Tuesday, September 30, 2008
My stick man strikes back. I seriously do not know what is that thing protuding in between the legs.
p.s. Is it the
Monday, September 29, 2008
...divided into 5 parts.
Day 1: Who Are the Bloggers?
Day 2: The What And Why Of Blogging
Day 3: The How of Blogging
Day 4: Blogging For Profit
Day 5: Brands Enter The Blogosphere
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Just when you thought you could rely on public transport...
Satu lagi projek Kerajaan Tiga Beranak, Scomi!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Abolish ISA Forum: Penang CM Lim Guan Eng Calls For Private Member's Bill and Land Acquisition for Kamunting Camp
Why is she even holding that shit?
Standing ovation for Mrs. RPK, Marina.
Sassy MP took the opportunity to take some photos of the full-house audience while Perak EXCO Sivanesan speaks.
A video of Marina giving her speech.
All the info you need, here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Persistently high corruption in low-income countries amounts to an “ongoing humanitarian disaster”
Against a backdrop of continued corporate scandal, wealthy countries
Berlin, 23 September 2008 - With countries such as Somalia and Iraq among those showing the highest levels of perceived corruption, Transparency International’s (TI) 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched today, highlights the fatal link between poverty, failed institutions and graft. But other notable backsliders in the 2008 CPI indicate that the strength of oversight mechanisms is also at risk among the wealthiest.
“In the poorest countries, corruption levels can mean the difference between life and death, when money for hospitals or clean water is in play,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International. “The continuing high levels of corruption and poverty plaguing many of the world’s societies amount to an ongoing humanitarian disaster and cannot be tolerated. But even in more privileged countries, with enforcement disturbingly uneven, a tougher approach to tackling corruption is needed.”
The 2008 Results
The Transparency International CPI measures the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in a given country and is a composite index, drawing on different expert and business surveys. The 2008 CPI scores 180 countries (the same number as the 2007 CPI) on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to ten (highly clean).
Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden share the highest score at 9.3, followed immediately by Singapore at 9.2. Bringing up the rear is Somalia at 1.0, slightly trailing Iraq and Myanmar at 1.3 and Haiti at 1.4.
While score changes in the Index are not rapid, statistically significant changes are evident in certain countries from the high to the low end of the CPI. Looking at source surveys included in both the 2007 and 2008 Index, significant declines can be seen in the scores of Bulgaria, Burundi, Maldives, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Similarly, statistically significant improvements over the last year can be identified in Albania, Cyprus, Georgia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Korea, Tonga and Turkey.
Strengthening oversight and accountability
Whether in high or low-income countries, the challenge of reigning in corruption requires functioning societal and governmental institutions. Poorer countries are often plagued by corrupt judiciaries and ineffective parliamentary oversight. Wealthy countries, on the other hand, show evidence of insufficient regulation of the private sector, in terms of addressing overseas bribery by their countries, and weak oversight of financial institutions and transactions.
“Stemming corruption requires strong oversight through parliaments, law enforcement, independent media and a vibrant civil society,” said Labelle. “When these institutions are weak, corruption spirals out of control with horrendous consequences for ordinary people, and for justice and equality in societies more broadly.”
Global fight against poverty in the balance
In low-income countries, rampant corruption jeopardises the global fight against poverty, threatening to derail the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to TI’s 2008 Global Corruption Report, unchecked levels of corruption would add US $50 billion (€35 billion) - or nearly half of annual global aid outlays – to the cost of achieving the MDG on water and sanitation.
Not only does this call for a redoubling of efforts in low-income countries, where the welfare of significant portions of the population hangs in the balance, it also calls for a more focussed and coordinated approach by the global donor community to ensure development assistance is designed to strengthen institutions of governance and oversight in recipient countries, and that aid flows themselves are fortified against abuse and graft.
This is the message that TI will be sending to the member states of the UN General Assembly as they prepare to take stock on progress in reaching the MDGs on 25 September, and ahead of the UN conference on Financing for Development, in Doha, Qatar, where commitments on funding aid will be taken
Prof. Johann Graf Lambsdorff of the University of Passau, who carries out the Index for TI, underscored the disastrous effects of corruption and gains from fighting it, saying, "Evidence suggests that an improvement in the CPI by one point [on a 10-point scale] increases capital inflows by 0.5 per cent of a country's gross domestic product and average incomes by as much as 4 percent."
Corporate bribery and double standards
The weakening performance of some wealthy exporting countries, with notable European decliners in the 2008 CPI, casts a further critical light on government commitment to reign in the questionable methods of their companies in acquiring and managing overseas business, in addition to domestic concerns about issues such as the role of money in politics. The continuing emergence of foreign bribery scandals indicates a broader failure by the world’s wealthiest countries to live up to the promise of mutual accountability in the fight against corruption.
“This sort of double standard is unacceptable and disregards international legal standards,” said Labelle. “Beyond its corrosive effects on the rule of law and public confidence, this lack of resolution undermines the credibility of the wealthiest nations in calling for greater action to fight corruption by low-income countries.” The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, which criminalises overseas bribery by OECD-based companies, has been in effect since 1999, but application remains uneven.
Regulation, though, is just half the battle. Real change can only come from an internalised commitment by businesses of all sizes, and in developing as well as developed countries, to real improvement in anti-corruption practices.
Fighting corruption: a social compact
Across the globe, stronger institutions of oversight, firm legal frameworks and more vigilant regulation will ensure lower levels of corruption, allowing more meaningful participation for all people in their societies, stronger development outcomes and a better quality of life for marginalised communities.
Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
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"Blimey, wot a sick country," the Brits must be thinking.
I hope he'll not be having '2 boiled eggs in curry gravy with cucumber' for Eid. :-(
I C U When U Get There!
Free RPK, Free Hindraf 5, Free All Detainees!
The Internal Security Act under Article 149 of the Malaysian Constitution permits the detention, at the discretion of the Home Minister, without charge or trial of any person in respect of whom the Home Minister was satisfied that such detention was necessary.
A week ago, we have witnessed yet again, the abuse of the ISA in the case of the detention of Raja Petra Kamarudin – Editor of Malaysia Today, Tan Hoon Cheng - Journalist, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Teresa Kok Suh Sim - Member of Parliament, Seputeh.
To demonstrate stand on the abolishment of the ISA and to show our solidarity and support with all ISA detainees and their families, we are organising a forum with invited speakers with details as follows:
Date: 23 Sep 2008 (Tue)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Jln Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
Admission is Free; Bring Friends
The panel of Distinguished Speakers include:
* Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister, DAP MP Bagan, ADUN Air Itam
* Teresa Kok, Selangor State Exco, DAP MP Seputeh/ADUN Kinrara
* A. Sivanesan, Perak State Exco, DAP ADUN Sungkai
* Khalid Samad, PAS MP Shah Alam
* Nurul Izzah binti Anwar, PKR MP Lembah Pantai
* Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bar Council President
* Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Chairman of Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)
Moderator: Teo Nie Ching, DAP MP Serdang
The wives of some of the current ISA detainees, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, M Manoharan (DAP ADUN Kota Alam Shah) and V Ganabathirao will be present and be given an opportunity to speak. We should all be there to give the all the moral support we can! Forward to all your friends!
Abolish ISA or Abolish BN!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
First things first, here's some background info on the docu:
Amir Muhammad had finished shooting MALAYSIAN GODS, previously titled "Do You Remember the 20th Day of September". The film was launched in March and shot in June. The film is made with form of "city tour", about several things that happened in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The film is now in the post-production stage, where Amir is writing the final script of narration.
The film is shot in one continuous take of 59 minutes. The shooting took three days. Out of the three days of shoot, Amir selected the second day shoot, which was raining the whole time, and the rain reached its peak when the tour reached final location. Shooting with him was Albert Hue, the cinematographer he worked together in two of his previous films, "The Last Communist" and "Village People Radio Show".
Since both his previous film had been banned, there is much speculation on the censorship of new "Malaysian Gods", which the topic is also controversial and much more recent. However, Amir Muhammad is being quite optimistic about the film.
More info on: http://www.malaysiangods.dahuangpictures.com
Directed by: Amir Muhammad
Duration: 61 mins
On 20 September 1998 Anwar Ibrahim, recently sacked as Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, headed a public rally of thousands of people that marched through Kuala Lumpur while demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister, his former mentor. The demonstrators ranged from 20,000 to 80,000 depending on who was doing the counting. A few hours later Anwar would be arrested.
MalaysiaKini had a write-up and heads-up on the first and only screening earlier here, or you can read the full text from Amir's blog.
[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]
The docu circles around a fictional Malay Muslim male narrator, who filmed a diary in reply to his SangKancil (am I right?) mailing list Christian friend, who is currently based abroad at an undisclosed country with 4 seasons. The snail mail was sent to the narrator earlier, in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the Sept 20th Reformasi Day, which both of them rallied.
The narrator first recorded his voice in Malay, with a background on what were the events that brought us to the Reformasi Day. It was just a black screen with some computer symbols like :-) and :-( at first, with English subtitles. One memorable scene here is how the mainstream media (MSM) at that time doctored with the figures for the participants of the rally - dividing by factor 10. And I guess most us still believed very much in the MSM at that time, and that included yours truly (on how evil Anwar was and how godly M was and all that shit).
The actual filming in the rain then begins, from the roundabout near the Old Railway Station and the National Mosque (which 'doesn't try to be Arabic like the newer mosques'), till the junction just before reaching PWTC. Filmed circa the Agong's birthday, there isn't any dialogue at all nor actors/actresses involved, except for the subtitle texts in English which you have to follow closely. Some of the landmarks visited by foot (or at least mentioned) are the National Mosque, the Dayabumi Building, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Merdeka Square (+Flag Pole), Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman textile row (named after our first King, not our first PM; an 'a' could make a difference, as mentioned in the docu), the night market just off of Jalan TAR, SOGO, Tune Hotel and finally Chow Kit. The subtitles were typed out word by word at the first half of the 'tour', and when it reached SOGO, it is switched to block-by-block type of subtitles (just like the one you will regularly see). When asked about this in the Q&A session, Amir explained that the switch is to symbolise the gain of motivation from uncertainty that the narrator got, when he was tear-gassed and attacked aggresively by the FRU and some plainclothes SB at the peak of Reformasi. The audience were given some non-preachy history lessons, and some quotes which range from Frank Swettenham (1st Governor of British Malaya) to Tun Dr. Ismail and Sudirman's songs. As it was filmed in the rain, there are some blurry moments because of the water droplets on the lens, but are occasionally wiped off by the filmer himself.
The filming then paused at the junction just right before PWTC, where the narrator then again spoke in Malay. When posed a question on why not in front of PWTC (by yours truly), Amir explained that it symbolises that we are now almost there, by not quite yet (post March 8th political tsunami). The narrator then relates the frustration of his friend that he's replying to, of why his friend would rather stay abroad because the 'change' was not fast enough after the Reformasi Day.
At the Q&A session also, Amir also explained that he got the inspiration to make this docu from a similar Indonesian docu named Rimba Jalanan (am I correct?).
Verdict? Not quite 'Cloverfield' nor [insert your favourite war/history docu] yet, but something you would bring along with you (the DVD, when it's out) when you go abroad, to give your overseas friends some pointers on exploring the landmarks of KL by foot; weather permitting or with a brolly, of course. Oh, and the KL traffic noise pollution is really hurting!
Missed it? Wait for the DVD release later this year.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Today no kahwin, tomorrow kahwin.
Today no dissolve Parliament, tomorrow dissolve Parliament.
Today no fuel increase, tomorrow fuel increase.
Today no fuel decrease, tomorrow fuel decrease.
Today no need meet Anwar, tomorrow ...
I don't have to whore this (now almost defunct) blog again, do I?
Gerakan Mansuh ISA President first gave a speech.
Penang CM Lim Guan Eng gave a speech next.
Followed by Selangor MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
Kit mesmerised the crowd with his '916' and 'Bian Tian' (Sky Change) chants.
Look at the crowd!
And then, the euphoric moment by DSAI...
Videos available at howsy's YouTube channel.
Monday, September 15, 2008
More from Malaysiakini.
Can't believe that I'm quoting from the racist piece of excreta that would make Pravda look like a kiddie newsletter and Adolf Hitler (God curse his soul) beam in envy.
Sure sell! And it's Halal too!
I could imagine the tagline already: "Freedom and Justice Fighter Needs Brand's Too".
Jokes aside, relieved to hear that Teresa is actually in Bukit Aman and her parents get to meet her. :-)
[UPDATED] Bad news is, she still will be detained for another 28 days.
Also, last Tuesday, he was promised to be made a full Minister.
[UPDATED] Also, in the BBC. Let the dominoe effect begin!
The embattled government has been cracking down on its critics
A member of the Malaysian cabinet and long-standing member of parliament, Zaid Ibrahim, has resigned.
He quit one day before opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he planned to try to topple the government.
Mr Zaid was resigning because of his government's use of the controversial Internal Security Act, an aide said.
The ISA allows for indefinite detention without trial and was used to detain a member of parliament, a blogger and a journalist over the weekend.
Mr Zaid, cabinet minister responsible for legal affairs, was brought into cabinet in the Barisan Nasional (National Front) government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi in March.
Correspondents say that government is now under intense political pressure.
[The security law] should only be used on armed terrorists or those out to topple the government by force
Led by Mr Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, the opposition plans to hold a large rally later on Monday and says it has secured police permission to do so.
Following elections in March, in which Mr Anwar's forces made significant gains at the expense of the government, Mr Anwar has claimed he needs only 30 defections from the government to take power.
Those plans may be delayed, he has admitted, not least because the government sent about 50 of its MPs on a trip to Taiwan late last week.
His opposition alliance has 82 MPs in the 222-strong parliament.
Mr Anwar's aides told reporters he planned to deliver a letter to the prime minister on Monday seeking a meeting with him for a "peaceful power transition" to the opposition Pakatan Rakyat alliance.
Mr Abdullah had agreed to hand over power in 2010 to his deputy Najib Razak, but has come under pressure from top leaders in his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to do so earlier. UMNO is the main party in the Barisan Nasional coalition.
Mr Zaid's resignation came after several protests by members of the government at its use of the ISA, in what correspondents said was a sign of growing division within the ruling party.
The ISA is a legacy of British colonial rule and has been used to imprison opponents of the government for years, including people alleged to be participants in the US-led "war on terror".
Detentions are usually for an initial two years but can be rolled over at the government's discretion, with no requirement for a trial or for charges to be laid.
"There were ample punitive laws to act against lawbreakers without having to invoke the ISA. [The law] should only be used on armed terrorists or those out to topple the government by force," Mr Zaid had said late on Sunday, before his resignation.
He said the arrest of Tan Hoon Cheng from the Chinese-language daily Sin Chew for reporting on racially charged comments by a Malay Muslim ruling party politician gave the perception of "selective prosecution" as no action was taken against the politician. Mr Tan has since been freed.
"The government must change but reform cannot take place if it continues with the old thinking and old philosophies," Mr Zaid had said.
"I joined [Mr Abdullah's] administration to make changes and everybody knows, I am also for a more open form of press reporting," he told local reporters.
Call for review
Separately, Bernard Dompok, a minister in the Prime Minister's Department, was reported to have said on Sunday that the arrests had put the government in a bad light.
The transport and health ministers reportedly called for a review of the law.
The Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar defended the government's actions, saying it was necessary to prevent racial tensions flaring up.
Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin was jailed apparently for his political commentary, and has been charged with sedition and defamation, while opposition Democratic Action Party politician Teresa Kok was accused of objecting to a mosque broadcasting its prayers too loudly.Prime Minister Abdullah's coalition has been in power since independence in 1957.
The first (positive) bombshell...
Look at the countdown clock on the right! Let's hope for more positive bombshells to come!