Saturday, 28 February 2009

"Celaka" can be used effectively

When someone come with 20 people asking for clarification from another party, I am sure you know how this will end up. There was intention to trash it out with the other party no matter where or what the situation was, it was a feat to attract attention. If UMNO Youth wanted to seek information or clarify a comment from Karpal Singh, why bring so many of your gangsters? If you are afraid of a person who is on a wheelchair, that shows how small you are.

By the way, if the word "celaka" can be so effective to get people to react "so fast with such passion and fire", maybe we should use it more often.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Scuffle in Parliament.

Megat Zulkarnain seems to warn Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong during the confrontation in the Parliament compound.

Another "wayang" by UMNO Youth, maybe there is another candidate for position of kepala UMNO Youth. Want to show terror, want to play hero, die for UNMO konon. Die for money maybe.

Karpal used words, UNMO Youth used force and they really looked like some gangsters from behind the alleys. If you have seen one, you have seen all. Behave, be properly represented, state your case, not show of force. Don't be like in some countries, they beat up each other silly in Parliament, it is not our culture. "Jagalah maruah sendiri, budi bahasa budaya kita"

Malaysian Insider KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — A group from Selangor Umno Youth, led by its Serdang chief Ungku Mat Salleh, attempted to stop DAP veteran leader Karpal Singh from entering the Parliament building today to demand that he apologise for saying yesterday that Umno Youth was responsible for sending bullets in the mail to him recently.

Pakatan Rakyat representatives N. Gobalakrishnan and Lim Lip Eng tried to protect Karpal but were roughed up by the Umno group members. Karpal eventually managed to make it into the Dewan Rakyat safely.

Also present outside the Parliament building was Gombak Umno Youth chief Megat Zulkarnain Omardin who told reporters that they are Umno members who are willing to die defending the party.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Elizabeth Wong will be reinstated?

Now, this is a Sultan who knows what his rakyat wants, Eli has worked hard and was noticed by the Sultan of Selangor. I am sure the Sultan wants Selangor to prosper and to have that, the Sultan requires people who are committed and not corrupted. So, MB Khalid, the final decision is yours, don't screw up.

Star 25 Feb 2009 SHAH ALAM: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor is above politics and will leave it to Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to decide the fate of his exco member Elizabeth Wong, who is now abroad, over a photo scandal.

The Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani said the Sultan believed that whatever decision Khalid was going make, it would be done accurately, fairly and with wisdom.

He added that the decision would take into consideration the interest of the people of the state.

He said this in a statement released after Khalid had an audience with the Sultan at Istana Mestika at 8.23am Tuesday. He said Sultan Sharafuddin was concerned of late over cases of privacy rights intrusions being used to destroy a person’s dignity and reputation.

The Sultan also felt sad that a person’s private was being made through the use of the mass media and that he hoped that Wong would remain calm and be patient and continue with her life.

Wong tendered her resignation as exco member and PKR's Bukit Lanjan assemblyman recently, after some compromising photos of her were sent to the media.

The state and PKR have yet to accept her resignation and Khalid had said last week that the decision to accept or reject Wong’s resignation would be made only after an audience with the Sultan.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Boy burned in camp cooking lesson

The Standard (Hong Kong) 23 Feb 2009 : A boy suffered second degree burns yesterday when boiling oil splashed on his face during a cooking lesson at a barbecue site in Hok Tau, Fan Ling.

The boy was covered with dressing and needed oxygen when admitted to the burns unit at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin. A hospital spokeman said that the victim was in stable condition last night.

A source at the scene said the boy was taking part in camp training with other youngsters when he was injured by splashing cooking oil.

Children weaker than their parents?

Found this cartoon in one of the newspapers in Hong Kong yesterday. It say, "If Hong Kong children are so fragile and weak, how come adults can shoulder so many burdens?".

How true! I mean even we as parents are so protective when comes to issues that may so called "harm" our children, may it be at school or their association with their friends. We always "screen" their friends' backgrounds, which class are they from, who are their parents, what do they do for a living and so forth. To come to think of it, my parents were not like that and it was never in their culture to ask those questions we dare to ask nowadays.

I was hiking the other day at Bukit Jambul and I overheard a conversation, a one sided debate I would rather put it, about how different the teachers are in comparison with those of 15 years back.

"I tell you the teachers nowadays don't bother if you (students) pass the exams or not! They are fed up of the frequent complains received from parents about how they scolded or punished their kids." said a woman in her 60s.

"They just don't care anymore, but can you blame them?" she continued.

"Those days, if we kena caning, we don't even dare to tell our parents, we always say we fell and got the bruises." said another lady.

"You tell you kena caning or punishment at school to my mother ah, sure kena whacking from her again, double kena and she will say that you deserved it!" she said.

So, tell me why are we so over protective? Aren't we supposed to educate and train our kids to face this ugly world? Aren't we supposed to prepare them to be tougher as the future is not going to be easy as it looks?

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Where Is The Stimulus Package?

While the whole world is preparing for the worst economic tsunami to hit their shores, our leaders are looking at the local scenes like the current situation in Perak, the recent case of Eli Wong private photos and the "lembu" case with MB of Selangor. What is all these? You guys are like children playing sand.

The stimulus package was late to deploy to individual ministries which means help will not reach those in need fast enough. They said that most of the money will be used for "training or upgrading skills" to ensure that workers are marketable. But, who is employing now? You must be crazy to take new workers now. The market is totally dead. Manufacturers are scaling down and have started to retrenched locals. We need to know how the stimulus package can help the companies effected by the global meltdown. If the companies are here to stay, so will the workers.

Malaysian Insider PUCHONG, Feb 22 – Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim criticised the deputy prime minister’s management of the economy today, accusing Datuk Seri Najib Razak of being too focused on politics at the expense of governing the country in the face of a global economic crisis.

Najib, as Finance Minister, announced an RM7 billion stimulus package last November, but assumptions made then are no longer valid as the country’s exports have plunged more sharply than anticipated because global market demand for the country’s products has plummeted.

The government is expected to announce a stimulus package worth more than RM30 billion next month, according to a report in Sin Chew Daily today.
Anwar is, however, not impressed and says that the mini-budget is too late.

“While the leaders of other countries have acknowledged that serious measures are needed to fight the economic slowdown, Malaysia has not issued such statements because the finance minister is too busy abducting people,” says Anwar, referring to the three former Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Perak state representatives who were incommunicado for several days until they resurfaced in a press conference to declare that they had defected.

20 Millions Without Work in China

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong based news) 21 Feb 2009. Job crush. Security workers keep college students waiting at a job fair in Wuhan, Hubei province, yesterday. Demand for Chinese goods is falling, leading to increased unemployment, with the government saying at least 20 million migrant workers lost their jobs last year.
I was on the way to Hong Kong this morning and found this article about millions of Chinese without work. In some instances, graduates had to work as domestic helpers. Wearing a blue apron with a white floral print, many will spent days in school for domestic worker practising how to clean a window without leaving streaks across the glass. The job search for this year it seems will be difficult because another 6.1 million graduates will enter into the market. If times are not good in China, just imagine what the current situation will effect Malaysia. I really don't dare to even think about it.

Friday, 20 February 2009

First of all, Karpal is not like the others who are easily scared, like he mentioned earlier, ” If you are looking for trouble, this is the right place”. He is a fighter and he has the people behind him. It takes more than a few bullets to silence this old but wise warrior of justice.

PENANG, Feb 20 — DAP chairman Karpal Singh received a letter containing two live bullets at his home here yesterday. However, he was not in at the time. He made a report at the Penang police headquarters, accompanied by his son Jagdeep Singh Deo. He told reporters later that the bullets together with a note were found in an envelope by his clerk. “The envelope was found in my post box at my home by my clerk Ahad Hassan, and it was handed to my legal firm in Green Hall. “When it was opened at my office by another clerk, the envelope was found to contain two live bullets and a handwritten note,” the veteran politician said. The writer of the note threatened to kill Karpal and his family. Karpal believed the threat was related to the political issue in Perak. — Bernama

Perakians to decide

Now that's a smart person talking. The people of Perak has been asking for this from the beginning ever since the "rampasan kuasa" by BN. New MB suspended with his excos because of some kind of misconduct or was it someone complained about them, old MB suing the new MB for things that nearly half of the Perakians do not understand (too many lawyer language), everything is too "technical". While you guys are fighting in court, do you have time for the rakyat? So what if one side wins due to technicality, it is just like a technical knock out in boxing, not like a real Knock Out which is decisive and final. If you don't stand up by the tenth counts, you are out! So, put up your gloves and stop wasting people's time.

KUALA LUMPUR: The legal wrangle in Perak is best settled by going back to the people for an effective and definitive solution, said Bar Council president Datuk S.Ambiga.

“There is a reality on the ground that we must face. While we wrestle with these constitutional and legal issues, the legal actions are not the first and are unlikely to be the last.

“This does not provide an effective and definitive solution,” said Ambiga in a press statement.

The Bar urged all parties to seriously consider doing so, not only in the interest of Perak folks, but also in the interest of stability and the nation

Hilmi, come back and face us

Come back and prove your innocence Hilmi, why go into hiding if you have done nothing wrong? You can't hide forever, be a man and face us. What ever happened between you and Eli before is none of our business and it should be kept between both of you. But to provide these private photos of Eli was not ethical in any kind of relationship, especially when they are used for topple Eli's career in the political arena.

Star KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Close friends of Hilmi Malek, said to be the ex-boyfriend of Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong remain shocked at the turn of events and are hoping he will step forward to tell his side of the story.

“We do not know anything about the pictures and don’t think he would circulate those pictures,” said one of his friends who spoke on condition of anonymity. They last spoke to him on Saturday, and have been trying to contact Hilmi who is believed to be in Indonesia since Monday (three days ago).

The friends who described Hilmi as someone who is well-read and knowledgeable in politics were also disturbed with misleading reports on his personality. “The story that portrays him as an abusive person is only one sided. He has many times confided to us about his personal problems,” said a friend referring to a report in a Chinese daily accusing Hilmi of physically abusing the Bukit Lanjan assemblyman.

The 32 year old was an aide to PKR MP Hee Loy Sian for nine months before he quit the job in January.

Yesterday the police said they wanted to record a statement from Hilmi and have urged him to come forward to assist in investigations. Meanwhile Wong who has offered her resignation from all positions in the state today said she has left the country “to search for peace of mind to get away from the stormy events surrounding me”.

In a statement today she claimed that she has been informed that more sensational stories of her private life would be published. “I have also been told there will be a fresh assault, with more photographs and videos released and circulated in order to completely degrade and bury me,” said Wong. “This is the darkest episode in my life. I have never felt so alone, vulnerable and humiliated,” she added

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Elizabeth Wong goes abroad to rest

Star 19 Feb 2009 PETALING JAYA: Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong, who described the furore over her scandalous photographs as the ‘darkest episode’ in her life, has gone overseas. In a press statement on Wednesday, Wong said she had never felt so alone, vulnerable and humiliated since the scandal broke out.

“Despite having tendered my resignation from all posts, the media and websites continue to intrude into my private life and privacy."

“I have been informed by several media that they will continue to publish even more lewd graphical, sensational stories of my private life."

“I have also been told there will be a fresh assault, with more photographs and videos released and circulated in order to completely degrade and bury me,” she said in an e-mail on Thursday. "

She stated that public discussions should not be focused on her but on more important issues such as the coming serious economic recession that would be faced by the nation.

“Unemployment is rising, while corruption remains rampant. I wish public discussions would concentrate on these important issues rather than analysing my private life. My principles remains the same."

“I will not answer any question pertaining to my private life. My private life is not for public scrutiny as I have not broken any law or caused harm to anyone,” she said.

Mainstream medias are getting worst and idiotic

This evening while watching NTV7 news at 7:00pm, I was amazed how the station tried to “protect” the face or the identity of the suspect who distributed Eli’s photos. If we are talking about Hilmi Malek, don’t bother to blur his face. You can find his face almost in every blog that supports Elizabeth Wong and like I mentioned in my previous comment, “Hilmi, you can run but you cannot hide”.

The other night while watching TV3 late news, I noticed that they put up Eli’s photo (face and shoulder photo) at the background for so long. Why not her usual photos?

I sure TV3 has alot of her well dressed photos in their archive. The victim gets the full blown exposure while the suspects gets the blurred faces. Mainstream medias are getting worst and idiotic.

Bullets, Kidnappings & Videotapes

Malaysian Insider KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — A photograph of three bullets, “kidnappings” and CCTV videotapes. These were among the evidence presented or alluded to by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in parliament today to support his claims that the BN government is using bribery and other unethical tactics to entice defections.

Anwar also alleged that despite police reports, top government officials were deliberately taking no action. He told parliament how Lim Soo Nee, PKR’s state representative for Kulim agreed to be “bait” and worked together with the Anti-Corruption Agency (now called the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission) to secure evidence of alleged bribery attempts made by agents of Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid to entice a defection. Mahadzir is the former menteri besar of Kedah. Mahadzir’s agents were alleged to have offered up to RM5 million for a defection, Anwar claimed.

A CCTV recording was purportedly made of a meeting between Lim and Mahadzir at a hotel in Seberang Jaya at the end of last year. Anwar also showed a photograph of three bullets sent to PKR Bakar Arang state representative Tan Wei Shu. It was alleged to have been sent when Tan declined an offer to defect.

Anwar promises proof of BN blackmail

Let’s empty the closet, people need to know the “tricks” politicians use to discredit or “eliminate” others. Abang Anwar, expose them and describe the details in full.

Malaysian Insider KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will expose how threats and inducements are used against Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen and members of parliament in his speech in parliament tomorrow.

“I am going to show proof of blackmail in my parliament speech tomorrow,”

Pakatan Rakyat leaders have been under ferocious pressure with talk of defections rife ever since three Perak state representatives switched their support from the fledging coalition earlier this month giving BN a lead in the state assembly and causing the ouster of Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaludin.

It is speculated that the proof that Anwar plans to present tomorrow will be related to the resignation of PKR’s Bukit Selambau state assemblyman V Arumugam on February 8. The resignation was allegedly due to pressure exerted by BN on Arumugam to defect.

Most recently, naked photographs of PKR’s Bukit Lanjan state representative Elizabeth Wong have been leaked to the media and Pakatan Rakyat has been quick to label the photos as BN’s attempt at gutter politics aimed at discrediting the Selangor state government with which Wong was a state executive councillor.

Massive Jam at Penang Bridge 19th Feb 2009

Not sure what had happened this morning, but it looked like a huge crane being lifted. Traffic was crawling but moving when I passed this section of the bridge at 7:05am. Some of my colleagues were stuck before reaching the bridge and turned back.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

What? Malaysians denied entry to Sarawak?

They invited illegals from neighboring countries into Sarawak, gave them identity cards, gave them lands and housings but refused entry of a Malaysian? This is really sickening, we are Malaysians and we can travel anywhere we want within the country and overseas without any fear or favour.

You might as well issue the so called “rubbish whatever refusal notice” to the whole population of Malaysia. I know “sometimes” politics is unfair and dirty, but I didn’t know the politicians in Sarawak resort to such dirt cheap tactics. Pathetic.

Star 15 Feb 2009 KUCHING: PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa was denied entry into Sarawak yesterday, becoming the second politician from the party to be barred from the state. The Subang MP was stopped by immigration officials at Kuching International Airport at 1.30pm and served with a notice of refusal of entry under Section 66(1) of the Immigration Act. The reason given was that he was not from Sarawak and therefore not entitled to enter the state without a permit or pass.

Who is Elizabeth Wong?

Elizabeth Wong, 37, is a prominent social activist who has been involved in the struggle for human rights since her student days in Australia. She is a member of the leading human rights organisation, SUARAM and was Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM) 2000-05. Elizabeth has also served two years as Head of Research and Advocacy in Nepal’s premier development NGO.

Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, United States (2002-2003). She was involved in setting up the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus For Democracy and was also a founding member of the Solidarity Campaign for Human Rights in Aceh. She has also addressed several international conferences, among them United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, and also in New York, London and Paris.

Elizabeth has been involved in peace and conflict work in Southern Thailand, Mindanao, East TImor and Aceh. She is also a consultant for Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD). Most importantly, she is involved in many local issues, battling for greater environmental protection, greater transparency and accountability of local councils and the Selangor state government. She was involved in the residents’ fight against the controversial aspects of the Petaling Jaya Draft Local Plan 1, as well as the Save Sungai Selangor and the Save Bukit Gasing campaigns.

Her direct involvement with national politics began in 2004 when she joined the People’s Justice Party (KeADILan). Today, she holds the position of Information Chief of the KeADILan Women’s wing. Elizabeth was also the Parliamentary Aide to Member of Parliament (Permatang Pauh) YB Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Elizabeth also writes on socio-political issues and was a columnist in Her other interests include photography, history and philosophy. Her photographs have been exhibited in Malaysia, South Korea and Australia. In addition, she was a former national swimmer. She is fluent in English, Bahasa Malaysia and conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Elizabeth Wong’s private photos

Look who is talking about moral! Of all people, the former MB of Selangor. Caught by the police in Penang recently for staging an illegal assembly at KS’s house not embarassing enough?

Before you talk about Elizabeth’s private photos and saying how immoral the situation is, try looking back at those who had “sinned” and “shown even more” of their immorality to the public and still taken back by the ruling party as if nothing had happened. What about the Chinese minister who had fun in a hotel and was filmed? And not forgetting the Dato “raba raba in the lift” CCTV clip taken from one of the lifts in the government building.

Suddenly you are so concerned about PKR’s image, what is PKR to you anyway? Clean your own backyard first before you peep at others. And make sure you wear your lingerie when you sleep, just in case.

Malaysian Insider KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 – Selangor Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo urged state executive councillor Elizabeth Wong to resign immediately after her nude photos were circulated.

Describing the scandal as embarrassing, Khir said Wong is no longer fit to remain as a member of the state administration or a lawmaker.

“This is about morality, whether the pictures were taken with or without consent is another matter, I cannot accept a lawmaker whose morality is questionable,” Khir told The Malaysian Insider.

“This is very embarrassing for the people of Selangor. This is about leadership, the people will not be able to accept this,” he added.

92% says Elizabeth Wong’s Career Intact

In the polls results in NTV7 today, the public voted that Elizabeth Wong’s career will not be effected by her private photos. So, Eli we are all here to support you.

Elizabeth Wong quits over nude photos

Malaysian Insider KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 – Selangor executive councillor and Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong broke down in tears as she announced her resignation from both posts today following the circulation of her nude photographs.

“I have received overwhelming support from family and my constituents but in the interest of my party, I have decided to offer my resignation as exco member and State Assemblyman for Bukit Lanjan,” she said while trying to contained her tears.

She said the event of the last two days have shown an insidious and underhanded attempt by certain quarters to smear her reputation.

“My personal life and privacy has been violated.”

The human rights activist and environmentalist will be the third politician in recent history to quit posts due to such photographs or video. The first was then deputy speaker of parliament D.P. Vijandran in 1989 who quit after pornographic tapes featuring him surfaced. Last year, Health Minister Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek resigned on New Year’s Day under similar circumstances.

If her resignation is accepted, it will lead to a by-election in Bukit Lanjan.

Cops to record statement from Wong’s ex-boyfriend

When there is a buyer, there is always a seller. Signs showed that there was money involved and political motivated. I am sure that the same “offers” are given to those who can provide such low down “evidence” so that it can be used to topple hardworking politicians like Elizabeth Wong. I hope that the police will go deeper rather than just scratching the surface of this case. We demand to know who is the main culprit who ochestrated this event.

Star 18 Feb 2009 SHAH ALAM: Police will record a statement from Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong’s former boyfriend over her nude pictures scandal on Wednesday, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said. He said police had received two nude photographs, as well as a compact disc, of the 37-year-old politician from a Malay Mail journalist. So far, police had recorded statements from two Malay Mail journalists and two other journalists from theSun in connection with the case, he told reporters at a function here. He said police were now monitoring websites which posted the pictures.
He advised those in possession of the politician’s nude pictures to either destroy or hand them over to the police, adding that stern action would be taken against those found distributing the pictures.

On Tuesday, Wong offered to resign as an assemblyman and also Selangor executive councillor over the case. — Bernama

Hunt for Hilmi Malek

If you are the Hilmi Malek who willingly provided certain people the private photos of Eli for money, we have news for you. Do go into hiding or better still, flee the country, but there is no place where we cannot reach you. You can run but you cannot hide!