Sunday 31 August 2008


Flag in Hand, Abdullah Looks Glum on 31st August 2008

Malaysia celebrates 51 years of independence on Sunday 31st August 2008, but the country dogged by economic woes and uncertainties as well as political worries and devious manipulations.

The recent landslide opposition victory has raised fears within UMNO and BN, and their subservient cronies and lap-dogs, that the resurgent opposition Peoples Aliance (Pakatan Rakyat) may very soon topple 'their' government that has ruled unchecked since 1957 when British colonial rule ended.

Barisan Nasional (BN), the National Front is a coalition of 13 political parties dominated by Abdullah's United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which claims to represent the majority Malays. It in theory shares power, with two main parties claiming to represent ethnic Chinese (MCA) and Indians (MIC), as well as the other 11 parties in BN which are small, but in practice BN is, as everyone is aware, now under the full control of UMNO.

BN’s credibility has gradually eroded over the years as UMNO's greedy grip on power has hardened, and Anwar's multi-racial Pakatan Rakyat (Peoples Alliance) promises have struck a chord with many Malaysians who say they are ready for change of federal government.

'Our leaders have let us down by indulging in too much politicking and polarization in our multiracial and multi-religious society,' said former Finance Minister Ramon Navaratnam, the president of Transparency International Malaysia.

'No group should feel marginalised in Malaysia, where God has provided for everybody's basic needs but not for anybody's greed,' he said.

Wise words indeed from Ramaon Navaratnam.

Many Malaysians have given the independence celebrations the cold shoulder, and unlike in the past, a minute number of vehicles, and very few businesses, apart from the GLCs bothered to display the Malaysian National Flag this year. The flag was visible mainly on flying on government buildings and civil service offices.

The 2009 budget tabled last Friday, by the multi-tasking PM, who doubles as finance minister, was aimed at soliciting support from the public, but was aimed at getting the civil service in general, and the police in particular on the governments band-wagon

So, it seems that there was no mood for any celebration on 31st August 2008.

Next year with a new federal government and a better economic situation, Malaysians may then be willing to celebrate again.

Forsan miseros meliora sequentur
- For those in misery perhaps better things will follow.

Saturday 30 August 2008

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Emitte lucem et veritatem
- Send out light and truth

20 Years on; the Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons to Review the 1988 Judicial Crisis in Malaysia

Sacked Lord President Salleh Abas was not only innocent of the charges levelled against him but was acting to uphold his constitutional duty to protect the doctrine of separation of powers, a Panel of Eminent Persons reviewing the 1988 judicial crisis has found.

The panel also concluded that the removal of Salleh and Supreme Court judges Wan Suleiman Pawanteh and George Seah subsequently was “non est”, that is, they should not have been sacked.

The panel comprised of:

Former Chief Justice of India JS Verma, who chaired the panel;

Former Pakistan Supreme Court Justice Fakhruddin G Ebrahim;

Advocate of the Pakistan Supreme Court and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Dr Asma Jahangir;

Senior Malaysian lawyer Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman;

Senior Australian lawyer and former Lawasia president Dr Gordon Hughes; and

Senior Malaysian lawyer Bill Davidson.

Bar Council chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan, launching the Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons to Review the 1988 Judicial Crisis in Malaysia, said: “It may have taken 20 years, but it is never too late for right to be done and for the truth to be told.”

In the 81-page report (which is available online at, the panel said that having examined the proceedings of the first Tribunal, which found Salleh guilty of misbehaviour, it was of the view that “not only was Tun Salleh totally innocent and none of the charges had any merit but, in fact, the Lord President was performing his constitutional duty to uphold and protect the doctrine of separation of powers and the rule of law.”

Causarum justia et misericordia

- For the causes of justice and mercy


Malaysia's stock market and foreign investors have been jittery since March general elections in which the opposition gained unprecedented ground, and promised to soon topple the ruling coalition.

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, announced the Malaysian 2009 budget on Friday 29th August 2008.

Malaysia’s beleaguered federal government offered some tax cuts and perks in a 2009 budget said to be designed to restore support for the flagging administration and spur growth in the face of a global slowdown.

The budget, when it is analysed, is it seems, mainly aimed at getting the support of the overstaffed civil service, especially the police force.

PM Abdullah Badawi feebly defended his handling of the economy, which he forecast to grow by an unrealistic 5.7% this year and 5.4% in 2009, then he went on to attack the resurgent opposition led by former finance minister, and current MP Anwar Ibrahim.

The forecasts Abdullah made were much higher than those issued by institutions including the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, which has cut its 2008 growth projection to 4.6 per cent, partly due to the domestic political turmoil

'Political rhetoric cannot contribute to the well being of Malaysians nor the economic progress of the nation,' he said in his budget speech. This is a strange thing to say, since Abdullah, Najib and all the other UMNO / BN politicians have been churning out mindless political rhetoric hour after hour, day after day, month after month, for years and years.

'Efforts by certain parties to destabilise the country by attempting to seize power through illegitimate means and without the mandate of the people, must be rejected.' Abdullah said. What is he talking about? This is just pure political rhetoric!

Anwar, who was sworn in as a MP on Thursday 28th August 2008, after winning a landslide by-election in Permatang Pauh, hopes to unseat Abdullah by 16th September 2008 though Parliamentary defections. Anwar's opposition Peoples Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat) won an unprecedented 82 of Parliament's 222 seats in March general elections, only 30 seats short of a majority.

'I will not allow disturbances to continue. I will not permit the mandate given by the people to be seized from the ruling party’, he said. What does he mean by this threat, this wild statement?

This is perhaps a clear reference to Anwar's pledge to cut retail gasoline prices if he seizes power, PM Abdullah blasted Anwar’s 'populist claims'.

If implemented, they 'would undermine the government's financial position and bequeath a bankrupt nation to the next generation,' Abdullah said.

Abdullah announced a variety of ‘measures aimed at easing the impact of rising prices of food and fuel’, these issues have triggered strong public protests and greatly diminished his own support.

Income tax is to be cut by 1% for middle and high-income earners, employees' transport allowances are to be made tax-deductible, and income tax rebates were slightly increased to remove some 100,000 very lowly paid taxpayers from the taxable income bracket.

Civil servants (who in Malaysia are generally subservient to the government and some of whom are regarded, by many members of the public, to be lazy, inefficient and non-productive) will receive a one-month salary bonus.

To try provide a better alternative to private cars, 35 billion ringgit will be spent on improving public transport over the 15 year period from 2009-14.

(The public transport in Malaysia is largely sub-standard, insufficient and often badly maintained, fatal accidents to public transport vehicles, especially express buses are all too common)

To ease the impact of rising prices on consumers, import duties on some food and household items, including microwaves and kettles as well as biscuits and fruit juice, have been reduced. Big deal, this is just flannel!

Now for the rest of the bullshit:

Abdullah said the 'caring budget' showed the government was 'responsive to the concerns of the people and has taken measures to lighten the burden of all Malaysians, particularly the lower-income group'. Bullshit.

'The Barisan Nasional government will continue to manage the economy responsibly,' he said. Bullshit.

'The opposition, on the other hand, continues to make populist claims which if implemented would undermine the government's financial position and bequeath a bankrupt nation to the next generation.' Bullshit.

Anwar, who returned to Parliament this week a decade after being sacked as deputy premier and jailed for sodomy (later overturned) and corruption, dismissed the budget as 'disappointing'.

'There are sweeteners here and there but it fails to address some fundamental flaws in the economic policies,' he told reporters.

'Our problem is competitiveness; it is the failure to attract FDI (foreign direct investment) and the failure to switch economic policies to become more resilient.'

Anwar promised to slash fuel prices if he becomes PM, after Abdullah's 41% overnight fuel price rise announced in June, which triggered widespread anger in a car-dependent nation.

Abdullah stated education, health and internal security sectors (the police) would receive extra funding in total 1.5 billion ringgit.

The police are widely regarded as being a vital support tool for BN, as they appear to be amenable to political manipulation; so allocating them more funds is beneficial to BN. Increasing the budget of the police in the past, does not seem to have helped to reduce crime in Malaysia, in fact the opposite appears to be the case.

To attempt shore up the government's flagging rural support base, 5.6 billion ringgit will be used to ‘improving food security’ over three years by trying to reduce production costs and ‘encourage higher agricultural output’. This may well be ‘pie in the sky’, and much of the money is more than likely to be siphoned off due to corrupt practices.

The Malaysian Budget 2009 will not be well received by many people, it being designed solely to try to boost support for a failing federal government. It may well do exactly the opposite. Let’s wait and see.

Read the full budget to get your own perspective, and then form your opinion about it.

To see what was written by FORBES

click HERE


"Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, whose administration has been shaken by an election debacle and slowing economic growth this year, also used his annual budget speech in Parliament to mount a scathing attack on the revitalized opposition led by Anwar Ibrahim."

We are living in very interesting times.

Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat

- The mind intent upon false appearances refuses to admit better things


For a broader perspective, please read these news articles:

TIME magazine

‘The Moment’,9171,1836950,00.html

The Financial Times

‘Malaysia Censors blog after Poor poll Result’

Malaysiakini (Comments)

“Malaysia Today ban - 'Gestapo in action'”


Authorities order ISPs to block access to Malaysia Today news website

The 'offending' article that got MT blocked, click below

Salve veritate

- Saving the truth

Friday 29 August 2008

Malaysia Detains Six People Under the ISA

29th August 2008

Malaysia detains six under ISA

Internal Security Act allows for indefinite detention without trial

"KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA has imprisoned six more men under a strict security law that allows for indefinite detention without trial, a rights group said on Friday.

The Abolish ISA Movement, which campaigns to repeal the Internal Security Act, found out recently that the six men were detained in July under the law, said group chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.

Home Ministry officials could not immediately be reached to confirm the group's claim.

Mr Syed Ibrahim said the group's lawyers discovered the new names on a list of detainees when they visited the special detention centre for those arrested under the act. They do not know why the men were arrested, he said.

'I'm quite shocked and annoyed to see what the government is doing,' he said. 'We have been speaking out against this law, and here we have six more detainees.'

Rights groups have long campaigned against the act, saying alleged criminals should be tried in court. But the government argues the act is necessary for national security.

Malaysia is currently holding 68 people, including 33 foreigners, under the act, Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Heung was quoted by the national news agency Bernama as saying this week. It was not clear if the number includes the six reported by the Abolish ISA group.

Four Indonesian alleged terrorism suspects held under the act were released and deported early this month, the group said in a statement.

Two of the men were arrested in 2002 for alleged links to regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, while the other two were held in 2006 for alleged links to another militant group, known as Darul Islam.

Most of the other security act detainees are alleged to have links with militant groups. But the law has also been used against the government's political opponents.

Among those in detention are five ethnic Indian activists who were held last year after organizing a mass protest for equal rights for all races in Malaysia were detained under the security act. The government says they were arrested because they had become a threat to national security." – AP


Summum ius, summa iniuria

- The extreme law is the greatest injustice

The Blocking of Malaysia Today

To read what 'Asia Sentinel' has to say, click HERE

The article and the comments, make interesting and most informative reading.

Veritas Lux Mea

- The truth enlightens me / The truth is my light

Malaysia's BN Federal Government Finished?

Election win unnerves Malaysian bourse

Malaysia's Stock Market is uneasy.

This shipping industry publication obviously thinks Anwar in on track to be PM, it even talks about the current federal government being unseated!

This clearly indicates how deep rooted crony-ism is in Malaysia.

From ‘Fairplay’

“STOCKS in Malaysia’s bourse were ‘shaken’ after political uncertainty crept in following the by-election victory of the country’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a hotly-contested electoral ward. “It has created a bit of a tremor. Basically anything that clouds the judgement of investors can rattle the stock market”, pointed Pong Teng Siew, head of research at Jupiter Securities.

Most of the political ‘dislocations’ according to Pong relates to the declaration by Ibrahim to form a new government by mid-September amidst the recent ill-timed decision to raise fuel prices. The increase in fuel prices caused an inflationary spiral unseen in Malaysia in recent times.

Fairplay, meanwhile, understands that many Malaysian government-linked companies (GLCs) including major shipping companies are led by political appointees of the ruling regime. A change in government will mean the potential removal of political appointees of the former regime, including those heading shipping companies.”

Vincit omnia veritas

- Truth conquers all

Thursday 28 August 2008

Access to Malaysia Today,via these links


MALAYSIA TODAY web site is accessible via IP address

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Veritas numquam perit

- Truth never perishes

Minister of Transport wants ACA to probe all other agencies under Ministry of Transport


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The NSTP reported:

“The Ministry of Transport (MOT) is going on a major house cleaning exercise"

After the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) moved in on corrupted Puspakom officials and customers, Minister Ong Tee Keat now wants ACA to investigate corruption practices in other agencies under his ministry. (see list below)

These are:
Land Transport
Jabatan Pengakutuan Jalan (JPJ) Road Transport Department
Department of Railways
Road Safety Department
Railway Assets Corporation
Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research
Government Linked Companies (GLCs)
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railways)
Sea Transport
Jabatan Laut (Marine Department) Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah , Sarawak
The Malaysian Port Authorities (Seven)
Malaysian Maritime Institute (MIMA)
Government Linked Companies (GLCs)
Port Operating Companies (Seven)
Air Transport
Jabatan Penerbangan Awam (Department of Civil Aviation)
Government Linked Companies (GLCs)
Malaysian Airline System (MAS)
Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad

Speaking with reporters at the Parliament’s Lobby in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday 28th August 2008, Ong welcomed the ACA’s move, and said he was prepared to cooperate with the ACA to eradicate corruption.

“I want such a move to continue and I also want to see such collaboration between the ACA, Puspakom and even the police strengthened and action taken.”

“I reiterate that I will not condone this. Enough is enough,”
he said when asked to comment on news reports that 55 people nationwide, 28 of whom are Puspakom employees, had been arrested by the ACA.

The suspects, who were arrested on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th August 2008, were believed to have each 'earned' up to RM1,000 a day or RM55,000 a month “in takings” from owners of vehicles allegedly sent to Puspakom for periodic statutory inspection.

Ong said that he had been monitoring the situation on the ground and wanted all runner syndicates and vendors to be eliminated.

However, he said, one of the hurdles was the hesitation of the complainants to furnish evidence of their transactions to allow investigations to be carried out.

“I personally take special interest in this matter and I want action to be taken,”
he said.
It is welcome news that PUSPAKOM is at long last under investigation by the Anti-Corruption Agency, and many bad apples have been apprehended, no doubt there are many many more yet to be caught.
PUSPAKOM must be riddled with corruption and malpractice since the evidence is clearly visible on the roads and highways of Malaysia, where sub-standard commercial and public service vehicles are plain to see. Many taxis, buses, coaches and cargo vehicles are clearly defective and unfit to be on the road.
If the Minister of Transport is sincere in wanting all agencies under his ministry to be thoroughly investigated by the ACA, then we can expect to see many more arrests from the land, as well as the marine and aviation divisions of the MOT.
If my hunch is right, there will be lots of corruption and malpractices found in many agencies under the MOT.
In my opinion this is wonderful news, and is another tiny step forwards for Malaysia on its path to eventually becoming a developed nation.
The fantasy of year of 2020 being when this will occur, is of course far too optimistic, realistically this may be 2100?
All Ministries in Malaysia should follow the lead of the Minister of Transport.
Malaysia is riddled with corruption, so after the ACA is finished with the Ministries it should proceed to clean up the political parties and politicians.
The net should be cast far and wide, so as to net all those who are corrupt, from the bottom to the very top; to be effective the ACA needs to act with full independence, and without fear or favour

When all is completed, the ACA will then simultaneously have cleaned up the private sector too, as the accomplices (the bribe givers) will be netted too.
Then Malaysia will be another rung up the ladder of development.

Corruptio optimi pessima

- Corruption of the best is worst

Occasio facit furem

- Opportunity makes a thief

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Veritas numquam perit

- Truth never perishes

Wednesday 27 August 2008

THE PMs PRECEPTION! Dreaming in Cloud Cuckoo - land

PM Abdullah Badawi reportedly said on Wednesday 27th August 2008.

UMNO / BN still commanded strong support from the people.

No, not the joke of the day, it is sad but true.

The result of the Permatang Pauh by election, in which UMNO / BN was throughly thrashed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), whose was candidate Anwar Ibrahim, ‘cannot be interpreted as a trend that can happen in other constituencies’, according to UMNO President and PM Abdullah Badawi reportedly said on Wednesday 27th August 2008.

Abdullah said UMNO / BN still commanded strong support from the people.

"What happened in Permatang Pauh was not something so big as to change the situation that exists after the last general election.

"The Permatang Pauh by-election is one by-election that cannot be interpreted as something that can happen in other constituencies. I believe we can still continue the government,"

Abdullah, who is also BN chairman, told the media, according to the Malaysian propaganda news agency BERNAMA..

Anwar Ibrahim won the Permatang Pauh by-election Tuesday with a massive 15,671 vote majority, garnering 31,195 votes against the UMNO / BN candidate Arif Shah Omar Shah, who obtained only 15,524 votes.

The other candidate, Hanafi Mamat, 61, of Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) lost his deposit as he received just 92 votes!

Vir prudens non contra ventum mingit

- A wise man does not urinate against the wind

After PRK Trounce UMNO / BN in Permatang Pauh, the Internet is Censored

After UMNO/ BN were well and truly trounced in the Permatang Pauh By-election, they retaliate by imposing Internet censorship!

Now 'with their tail between their legs' they are cracking down.

Big Brother (Malaysian Complete Mind Control [MCMC]) is trying to Control the Minds of Malaysians, by controlling their freedom of access to the Internet.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has this evening (Malaysian Time GMT +8 hours) ordered all Internet Service Providers in Malaysia (ISPs) to block all access to the online portal Malaysia Today. If you even 'google "Malaysia Today' the blocking begins!

Malaysia Today often criticises the Malaysian establishment, and does not shy away from exposing misdeeds of the government and its components.

Freedoms in Malaysia are being further eroded by this draconian move.

Perhaps folks overseas can forward Malaysia Today content to Malaysians, then it can be circulated by email and other by means.



Vox populi

- The voice of the people

Monday 25 August 2008


Never has a Malaysian By-Election been so nationaly important than the one to be held in Permatang Pauh, tomorrow, Tuesday 26th August 2008.

It is a Public Holiday in the state, so no excuse for there not being a good turn out of voters.
So all voters should exercise your democratic right and go to vote.

Reject the BN money politics, bribery in cash and kind and all other devious inducements offered by the BN.

Reject BN intimidation, lies, deception and thuggery.

Reject UMNO / BN's Arif Shah, who has been shown to be a devious and unworthy candidate.

Ignore Saiful's video and sportman Lee Chong Wei who was roped in, against his will, by the desparate BN to try to boost its flagging popularity.




Sapere aude!

- Dare to be wise!

Sunday 24 August 2008

Permatang Pauh, two more days to go


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For a good and informative read, and socio-political views, in English and Bahasa Malaysia, please go to this blog which has had nearly 42,000 hits (since 24/07/08)

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about 12 who are doing a great job to publicise the goings-on in Malaysia.

Congratulations to each and every 'Dandelion' on your one-month anniversary

Ubi concordia, ibi victoria

Ubi dubium ibi libertas

Where is the unity, there is victory

Where there is doubt, there is freedom

Defeat UMNO , the BN Master Puppeteers, their MCA Servants, and their MIC Servants






Do you trust these two, their accomplices and their cronies?

In the unlikely event that you do, vote for the BN candidate in PP.

If you do not, Vote PRK



ON 26 AUGUST 2008

PERMATANG PAUH, may be an acronym for:


















Banish BN

Defeat UMNO , the BN Master Puppeteers, the MCA Servants, the MIC Servants

& totally reject all the remaining BN minions





Sapere aude!

- Dare to be wise!

Saturday 23 August 2008

PR will Win Pemantang Pauh first, Control Parliament next, then Control the Federal Government

“Bandar Tun Razak ke Kulim tidaklah jauh
Kuala Kangsar Bandar Diraja
26 Ogos di Permatang Pauh
16 September di Putrajaya”

(Bandar Tun Razak to Kulim not that far
Kuala Kangar is the Royal Town
26 August in Permatang Pauh
16 September in Putrajaya)

So reads the ‘pantun’ (Malay poem) printed on the banner which is hung alongside the railway tracks by the side of the main road in Kubang Ulu, Penanti, an area regarded as a stronghold of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The banner [courtesy of PKR’s Bandar Tun Razak division?], refers to Pakatan Rakyat’s assured position that the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election an initial formality and that Anwar’s return to Parliament will thereafter lead to Pakatan Rakyat’s (People’s Coalition) eventual take over of the Federal Government of Malaysia.

Carpe diem

- Seize the day


- Ever upward