“PBB,UMNO A BULLY…???”

It was a day of “Pomp and Pagentry” when Sarawak celebrated the TYT’s Yang di Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Hj.Muhammad Salahuddin 87th Official Birthday. Just past noon suddenly the handphones started going berserk as Malaysiakini carried a report PRS: UMNO is a bully,so is PBB.

Of course when it happens to your own party you will be frantic and say,”Really..!! let me check and let me get back to you.” I don’t want to draw any conclusions”. The top officials were notified and clarifications were necessary. A phone call was also made to Baginda and he said he signed on all the Press releases. An UMNO protem executive member who called audie61 said that,”Damaging statement but lets “double-check” before we point fingers.”

This Malaysiakini statement from Balleh PRS publicity chief Beginda Minda ,”has described Umno at the federal level and Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) in Sarawak as ‘too dominant’ and indeed are ‘bullies’ in their dealings with smaller component parties in the Barisan Nasional.”

Taking a cue from the statement of former MCA president Ong Ka Ting who has expressed similar sentiments,”tendency of one party dominance has an adverse impact on public perception and intra BN relationships.”

“It is my view that in Sarawak, PRS, a component party inside the state and federal Barisan Nasional has been bullied by what could collectively be called the “BN leadership,” he said in a statement to Malaysiakini today

Elaborating, Beginda explained that in the case of Sarawak, the BN system has generated a state level entity where there has been one dominant party, the PBB which is leading the state BN government.PBB president Abdul Taib Mahmud is also state BN chair and chief minister of Sarawak for the past 27 years.

He has long been described as Sarawak’s most powerful personality and is known to be intolerant of dissent within the party’s ranks. 

“Just as there is a public perception of Umno being too dominant at the national level, there is also a similar perception that in Sarawak, the dominant role of  PBB has had an effect on the conduct of smaller parties, such as PRS,” Beginda said.    

Prime Minister and national BN chair Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has responded immediately to Ong’s remarks on Oct 18, denying that Umno has bullied others in the BN. Umno information chief Muhammad Muhammad Taib has also asked for proofs of Umno bullying.

Responding to Muhammad Taib’s request, Beginda cited two recent instances of Umno and PBB bullying PRS.

The first was during the 2006 state election when a component BN party was ‘allowed’ to steal a PRS seat
   
“Neither the state nor federal BN intervened effectively to stop a component party from interfering in the affairs of another. Where was BN when effective action was needed? It was as if the BN was shutting its proverbial “eye” to the intra-BN infighting in Sarawak. By letting the problem fester, it was acting as a bully, not a problem solver,” Beginda pointed out.

The second incident was during the March general election when two of the party’s candidates were rejected without any reason.

Beginda queried why was PBB allowed to choose its candidates to contest on PRS seats.

“Where is the principle that component parties ought to be free to conduct their own affairs and make the selection of candidates themselves? Is this not a case of dominance and bullying?” he asked.

“As a result, PRS was caught in a dilemma. The choices were two: PRS could have rejected the suggested replacements or it could have accepted them. A refusal to accept the replacement candidates could have left the party open to accusations of being disloyal to BN, a grave enough political sin. Such a move would have put PRS leadership in hot soup and perhaps alienate the party from BN.“The impact on PRS was that it was a tremendous “let down”. To paraphrase Dato Seri Ong, the perception was that a partner in Sarawak BN – the PBB – was being “too dominant”.  

Despite these internal BN problems, Sarawak managed to deliver all but one of its 31 parliamentary seats to the BN. The ruling coalition only lost Bandar Kuching to DAP.

PRS is led by Dr James Masing who is the party’s founder president. He is also state land development minister.

PRS has six members of parliament. Its vice-president Joseph Entulu  serves at the federal level as deputy minister for national and rural development. 

Other options, other than BN 

On the current situation within the Sarawak BN, Beginda said it would seem that “we in PRS are still back in a bad school environment where the weaker students are being bullied by the more senior ones.”  

He called for a mechanism in the BN for components parties to be protected from the predation of others, no matter what the excuse.

“Umno and PBB could be strong but that should be so without being dominant up to the level that it could openly ‘interfere’ into the internal affairs of another component party,” said Beginda.

Stressing that the BN leadership must be just, Beginda said the organisational integrity of a component party like PRS must be maintained.

“Its decisions, such as the nomination of candidates, must be respected. Failure to do this could lead to fragmentation at the peripheries and ultimately could spread to the centre,” he warned.

Beginda also emphasised on the need for re-generation, re-vitalization and re-growth within the BN..

“The BN machinery is seen as an ossified body, presently unable to respond effectively to the needs of component parties and that of the country as a whole. The message is that such dominance need to be rectified and ways be found as a means of resuscitating the rest of the BN partners so that the BN machinery could be energized and respond to the people more effectively, “ he said.

Beginda reminded the BN top leadership that the coalition must wake up to current political realities and stop being in a state of denial.

“Before, there was only BN which could provide the  national leadership. After March 2008, it is clear that PRS has other, perhaps better, options,” he added with that friendly ‘warning’   

We question, Who could have initiated all this? Someone is really Fishing in Murky waters. Has this got to do with the imminent State Elections?

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91917

“Political Common Sense and Check”

When news broke out yesterday that P Vwaishhnnavi, the six-year-old niece of detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar there were conflicting stories. According to Malaysiakini report a spokesman S.Jayathas said,” We were trying to obtain permission from the security guards for Vwaishhnnavi to submit her letter. They said that we were from Hindraf, but we insisted that we were ‘concerned Indians’ who were accompanying Vwaishnnavi,”

Today in this latest Malaysiakini update http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91853 P Vwaishhnnavi and her mother K Shanti were released late yesterday but opted to spend the night at the Putrajaya police station. So it pays to listen to the right sources. There was anger when I heard it from an Indian friend that,” They also lock up little kids now under ISA“. I said lets check it out first and find out what really happened?

We need to have COMMON SENSE and CHECK before we embark on hate and other unlawful methods.The Police must know what they are doing or else they would not have taken the necessary actions. I said to my very angry friend,”If the Police is wrong we condemn,criticize and take legal means against them.” Kuala Lumpur police chief Muhammad Sabtu Osman clarified that Vwaishhnnavi has not been arrested and is in her mother’s care. It is extremely difficult to talk sense and give reasons when a person is angry and that’s a FACT. Its not the ISA Act after all and its the Societies Act. 

According to Lawyer N Surendran the 10 others arrested are under two weeks remand for police to facilitate the investigations. The 10 are being investigated under Section 48 of the Societies Act for participating in an unlawful organisation.

What then is Section 48 of the Societies Act 1966(Act 335) & regulations.Section 48 “Acting on behalf of or representing an unlawful society.”

  • (1) any person who in any manner acts on behalf of,or represents, or assists,whether in a professional capacity or otherwise howsoever,any unlawful society,or any person who was an office-bearer thereof as if continues to be an office-bearer thereof,or anybody which was the governing body of the society or of any branch thereof as if it continues to be such governing body,in relation to any matter,shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable,on conviction,to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine not exceeding fifteen thousand ringgit or both
  • (2) Subsection(1) does not apply to an appeal by an unlawful society under section 18,or to any proceedings in any court in respect of any matter involving such society,or any person who was its office-bearer,or any body which was its governing body or the governing body of any branch thereof. 

I am not trying to be a legal mind in this instance but of course all arrests now especially in this fluid political scenario will be used by political parties to get the extra mileage.According to PKR Legal advisor and Stampin Division Chairman See Chee How he has only this to say in an interview quoting 5 words,” THERE SHOULD BE SOME SENSITIVITY“.

PRS Batu Lintang Wanita Chief Cilla Balla said,”We Must Respect all Laws” and the message is clear “BUT” THERE SHOULD BE COMMON SENSE IN EXECUTING THEM. We say,Everyone is responsible for their acts and we must know our LAWS well before we even venture cross the dreaded RED LINE. The Government will not come down heavy and discharge the laws if we do not break them……… 

“BACK AGAIN…???”

In this Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91850 The Umno supreme council meeting slated to take place next Thursday will discuss the calls for the party polls to be brought forward to December, said Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The PM said that the transition of power will still be in March. If the PM is pressured we wonder whether he will even see through the end of the year. The world economic turmoil is indeed putting a lot of pressure on the embattled PM. This could be used as one of the reasons for the UMNO warlords to pressure the PM to hand the reins earlier than expected to give the markets a much needed relieve and liftup some of the GLOOM. 

The Umno president said that even if the party holds its elections in December, he will still hand over power to the new Umno president only in March “assuming”  Barisan Nasional (BN) remains in control of the government as reported by an internet portal.The party’s general assembly had been postponed to next March to ensure a smooth transition of power, but some senior Umno leaders have been asking recently for the polls to be held in December instead.

Are we expecting some fireworks..? Why is the PM using the words assuming or has he been reported out of context? Is it done to ensure that the PM is politically losing it? All will be answered sooner than you can BLINK your eyes…..

 Related http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91815

Anwar,”90 Minutes up,It’s Injury Time Now..”

This Malaysiakini report by Beh Lih Yi http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91815 where Anwar said,” “We are not in a terrible hurry because, particularly in the present economic downturn, we need to engage with government leaders to ensure they take the right measures,”  Yesterday when interviewed by Bloomberg he said,” “I am not saying we have no options left, but I’m saying it’s getting to be much more difficult,”

In this political football match the 90 minutes is up and the score stands at 0-0. What does Anwar do? The assistant referee has just flashed 5 minutes on the board. Im just trying to read between the lines what Prof Dr Ahmad Atory Hussein of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) who said that  BN leaders should be focusing on the more vital issue of winning back the people’s confidence.  He also said BN should really need to go back and study the whole situation and find the root cause of the problem, then come up with brilliant ideas to really help the coalition woo back voters in the next general election. In a flashback Anwar knows that the next general elections is a no,no,no as BN will have enough time to reengineer back and the economy might just rebound to suit BN.

The 5 minutes or 5 months ahead are crucial times for Anwar and Pakatan to stay relevant. Quoting SAPP Presidents Yong Teck Lee’s favourite phrase,”Window of Oppurtunity” and it will get more difficult as Najib will not relent and submit as easy as Abdullah. Anwar can say,”“To suggest Najib has consolidated his position is an exaggeration. Maybe within Umno but not BN and certainly not with the rakyat.

“This is the first time in history that a Prime Minister-designate is being hounded and haunted by such serious allegations which have gone unanswered.” Does Najib need to be too bothered? He is fighting off the alleged involvement in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial to improprieties in the proposed procurement of helicopters. It seems that the BN goalkeeper has been magnificent and in unstoppable form in stopping all the balls which are goalbound. The only alternative that Anwar has within these five minutes or months is the “REFEREE HANDING A PENALTY “.  ASK yourself “Or Is itWho can that person be? How can he do that? What is the penalty for? It boils down to our earlier posting of WHO? HOW? WHAT?

The rakyat are not too bothered with the political transitional or takeover but more with the current financial crisis. Food needs to be served on the table for their families and they would not even have time to see out the injury time now. The people needs to cut costs, work doubly dillegently to face the mounting economic pressures and do away with the unnecessary costs. The bad times are here and most people will tighten their belts.

Its a fact and the BN and Pakatan MPs needs to find solutions to the problems and assist the people in whatever ways possible. Politiking is the least of the masses of peoples worries. The referee will blow for FULL TIME soon and Malaysia needs to ensure that when the credit crunch hits she will be able to sustain it.The injury time minutes are nearly up.Najib has already appealed to the UMNO faithful that the party needs to appeal to the masses and be responsible to the people at large. Meanwhile Anwar is looking at a dead end road but the economic crisis(penalty kick) some say might just be the medicine for the INJURY TIME WINNER….

Related  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91799

“ANWAR’S MARKETABLE ASPHALT ROLLER…?”

Driving from Kuching to Mukah is a near 8 hours trip. The journey is made worst as the Selanggau to Mukah road is full of “unwelcome bumps,potholes and snakey-like terrain”. Its bad to worst and many motorists are agitated and furious and have taken it out on the State Leaders. I was forewarned but still I decided to find out for myself and I was not “Disappointed.” I received an ‘sms’ that Anwar has been called a “second hand car”. I couldn’t understand what it meant and ask for explaination.

The return sms said in Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91700 Salleh Kalbi (BN-Silam said,””The opposition leader, I describe him as a second-hand car coming into this Dewan Rakyat.”Anwar Ibrahim has been compared to a ‘second-hand car’ trying to shed a mangled past and refurbish himself as the new champion of all Malaysians. Now I get the bigger picture but I told my source that if you can please check up my earlier posting in May about ,”CURRENT BRAND,CURRENT TREND.”

 Just then I thought how an “Asphalt Roller” would have been good for the Mukah stretch to press the “mangled” asphalt mix in order to make everyones journey to be a smooth and enjoyable drive. Its not uncommon to hear from the ground that there is a need for a change and “PKR and Pakatan’ rolls off everyones tongue. In the good old days hardly anyone uttered words of the opposition. Is the threat so genuine that an BN Assemblyman needs to compare Anwar as a ‘second hand car”? Or is Salleh in denial of the fact that PKR is encroaching vey much closer in his territory?  I’m reposting the earlier report which I feel its relevant and the Assemblyman who feels threatened needs to walk that extra mile and serve their constituencies well in the remaining period of their terms. CHANGE,WORK HARD OR BE REPLACED and that is the peoples CLEAR MESSAGE

CURRENT BRAND,CURRENT TREND

Our momentum is just gathering speed and onwards so says State PKR Chairperson YB Dominique Ng in an exclusive telephone interview and we are not leaving anybody behind.The last few days in the State of Sarawak Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the de facto leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat was seen by many as a political star celebrity. It’s the current phrase in the market and amongst the political circles “PKR is the Name” ” I am One”  Seems that RHB Bank Corporate colours are also following Keadilan colours.It must be catching on says a new member who just had his membership approved. 

The former DPM said he would not like to make promises and to make “Malaysia Great” again he could bring in foreign direct investments.” Of course the brand now is “A New dawn for Malaysia” and the Anwar has to keep the flag burning or else people will start deserting him. It’s all about cashing in at the right time!!

Anwar knows that UMNO at the moment is embroiled in party disputes and the Image according to Overseas Umno Club Alumni chairman Datuk Noh Omar Umno is between a rock and a hard place. Wow!! Wow!! Strong words indeed and to add salt in the wounds the Perak State Umno Youth has asked the party’s management and disciplinary committee to sack the Jerlun Member of Parliament Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir while Perlis Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim wants to coax the former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohammad back into the party. What’s more even Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had this to say,”Pak Lah is my friend, but can he manage the current situation? He’s a good man, but the situation has changed. I am being sincere,”  What significance has this on Sarawak Politics one may ask?

PBB as we know is a strong coalition in the State of Sarawak for BN while UMNO’s image is bruised and dented with the infightings.Sarawak as Anwar knows is a rich state blessed with all the natural resources of  oil,gas and timber and he is not about to waste this oppurtunity of the current mood of the people to work his magic wand. His Pakatan ship has already headed to Sarawak shores.Even foreign investors are impressed with his economic reforms for the country when he delivered a  keynote address at  an Economic forum in Singapore for around 800 overseas Fund managers. Development needs to be done for the people of Sarawak and he knows too well that the current mood will not last long as the people will get back to bread and butter issues. The economic welfare of Sarawak needs to be addressed and on the way to Lubok Antu he stopped at Serian and a number of the BN component party members came and shook his hands and also to whisper to him that development programmes are necessary to win the hearts of the rural folks.

Chief Minister of Sarawak Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud has tight control over the BN MPs and ADUNs and has fewer issues with the federal government. It is not so easy to erode powers when most of the MPS and ADUNs are steadfastly behind their leader who they know is the “Father of Development” for the people of Sarawak. He does have a tight leash on the state.

According to a BN Assemblyman from Asajaya Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah the basic needs of the rural mindset i.e.piped water,education,roads and electricity are what the people needs from the government of the day. The urban landscape are more towards current issues and the brand of PKR does appeal to the people. The rural BN YBs must not lose this attachment or else there will be problems he added. NCR to him can be addressed and its only a small minority that champions the cause. The Perak land issue will be used to convince the people in the next elections I added but to YB Karim it will fizzle out.

So what about the current players who just joined the ship in PKR i asked ? We shall see when the time comes and its still 3 years away but we must carry on our good works YB Karim does pack a punch in his words and to him his electorates are the ones that puts him in office. Suffice to say it’s one of the many safe seats for the BN in the rural areas.

PKR made inroads in the Last Sarawak State Elections in 2005 where they won the Padungan seat.Sarawak has only one YB in Dominique Ng who is the captain and to keep that momentum going other players are necessary to make the “team” The  recent addition of Dayak leaders in Paul Raja, a Kelabit from Bario,
Harrison Ngau , a Kayan from Baram,Baru Bian a Lun Bawang from Lawas and Nicholas Bawin Anggat (former MDC protem President ) an Iban from Lubok Antu speaks volumes for the party.I salute the party’s stance.

YB Dominique was quick to answer my on a touchy issue of the members who joined? I said some of them have past their bests. Why? To me, It was because it was triggered by the current scenario in the country, noting that Umno and Barisan fared badly in the polls and lost the support of the young. I do not mean that we have to get the 21year olds to stand. But looking at the membership mix it does not look very promising in that you have Generals but where are the Foot soldiers. True, he agreed that DAP in the urban areas are doing well as a party because they have managed to inject young blood into their party system.

Keadilan will be turning their attention to the “Young and Dangerous” as he calls them very soon. Keadilan needs to strike the right chord between the young and the old. The young voters have a way of telling the parties in the election,’ We will hurt you and by the time you know what hits you my friends its too late.” To me its call an “Association to the Current Brand.”  The young knows and YB Dominique is quick to acknowledge that too.

 We are not here to improve. We are here to change for the better. Words that must be used to push the party onwards as he said about the generals,”If anything there are not politicians per se but they are social activists and they fight for the people and are well known in their respective communities.” We need to educate and the rakyats needs are there to be addressed and we must believe in fighting for the people and champion their causes or else politics is just a game. Its not!!!  We must stay competitive and the rakyat will know who to choose in the polls.

This reminded me of former Health Minister Datuk Dr.Chua Jui Meng who said,”A politician who keeps quiet is not a politician”  Everyone loves to be associated with a winners and the current brand will it last long? The tide will change and to YB Karim and YB Dominique this is the time when they will know where their real strengths are and who is with them and who isn’t. Capitalising on Trends and Branding has always been the Number 1in business but it is now being used by political parties in Taiwan,Japan,UK and USA. Are we ready……? Onwards….

We say,Politics is Perception and the party that manages to sell its political ideology will see through the finishing line. The days of being on just a “TICKET” is long gone for an aspiring politician to be elected as a Member of Parliament or an ADUN. BN and Pakatan needs to work to entice the voters who will put them there. Its not that SIMPLE anymore….

It’s Special and the queue will be Long~ ref malaysiakini

Too much politiking says a former Sarawak MP and sometimes we need to unwind. How very true and stress is one of the reasons why many politicians are having to “Pop Pills”. Today at 5.45pm he says he just received news from his daughter who was reading the Malaysiakini report breaking news at 5.45pm that http://malaysiakini.com/news/91573 Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has qualified to stand for election as Umno president, receiving nominations from 59 divisions. So its Najib and Muhyddin past the posts who will be candidates for the UMNO General Assembly in March.

But what matters to many ordinary folks besides the political scenario is that Tuesday 21st October is a Special “TOTO” draw day. Why..? It seems that the Mega Toto 6/52 prize RM 20,209,075.08 is now carried forward to this date. Sure the queue at mosts Toto outlets would be massive. How about punting a few bucks also on the Toto 4digit Najibs 59 and Muhyddin 44 which is 5944.

The 6 digit we will have to give it to the youth numbers of Mukhriz 62 Khairy 34 and Khir 26.Give it a try who knows 623426 or 263462 a RM$1 will generate you M$100,000. Don’t forget to contribute to audie61 if you strike. What a way to unwind by indulging in a few dollars in Toto.

Are you game or has politics made you so engrossed that you don’t even have time to just sneak a few minutes at a Toto outlet. Its for a GOOD CAUSE and for a CHARITY this Tuesdays draw says an outlet owner.Try it and you will feel its worth your while………   

Related  http://malaysiakini.com/news/91556

“Party Constitution…??”

In this Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91556 and also all over the national and local tabloids PM is under attack to move back the party polls to December.Party watchers told Malaysiakini that Abdullah could stay on as premier even if party polls were carried out in December.

Even in this report the PM hits out at Muhyddin,””The point is that there is an agreement. Why want to raise it again? Can’t wait to become deputy president. That is if there is enough support for him,” the normally cool  Abdullah shot back at Muhyiddin, who is contesting the No 2 post.” So we say, does Muhyddin know what is the constitution or rather the President’s Duties and tenure..? Sure,there is “There is nothing wrong with shifting the election back to December but will Abdullah allow that.

Firstly he has the PREROGATIVE  to call the supreme council meeting and he determines the date and the need to call for such a meeting. An emergency meeting can be called anytime if he so wishes. According to the constitution I’m sure that he holds the office for a tenure of three years unless he sooner resigns,retires,or being dismissed or becomes disqualified from holding such office. Also can Muhyddin push the present supreme council members and wield his powers to oust Abdullah by asking Najib to call for a UMNO Supreme Council. Of course,Najib can with Muhyddins blessing and more than half of the UMNO supreme council.

This was practised by Party Rakyat Sarawak Supreme Council Members and it nearly worked but unfortunately that is history. In the party constitution there are additional powers provided in that the Supreme Council shall have the power to censure the President,Deputy president,Vice Presidents and any Council members for any failure to perform their duties or acting against the interests of the party or failing to COMPLY WITH any order or direction or resolution of the party or for acting against the interest of the Party and its members PROVIDED ALWAYS that any motion of motion shall not be passed unless it receives the support or votes of the 2/3rds of the SUPREME COUNCIL meeting and PROVIDED FURTHER that if a motion of censure is passed against the President or deputy President or any party official elected by the DELEGATES

We say,PM has something locked up in the cabinet and he will unleash it if he is pushed any further. I’m sure Mahathir knows this trick too well and thats why he too is moving fast to oust the PM. If the PM starts his rounds of going down to inform the grassroots there will surely be a split in UMNO. Will Abdullah use his party position to the maximum? A man can only take that much and he needs to work out who is actually with him in the Supreme Council before he moves to remove Muhyddin or Najib or be REMOVE AND OUSTED sooner rather than later. UMNO will be hoping the warlords stick to the transitional plan as any more drastic moves will propel UMNO to suffer more than a SPLIT.

 The “MAYBE” answered by Abdullah in an unshceduled Press conference which he refers to an attempt is being made to push him out of office earlier than March is already a SIGNAL. Your guess is as good as mine.Could one of the tigers be forced down from the HILL….??? 

Related :  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91573

Muhyddin seems to have ‘Lighted the Fuse”

In this Malaysiakini report Muhyddin deputy president candidate seems to have losts some friends within the BN coalition partners when he said http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91535 that there is no urgent need for Deputy BN chief post. Why just put a plug in or give himself no space for any manouvering? Muhyiddin today said the vice-president’s posts held by other BN component party leaders were good enough platforms from which they could express themselves. Has he shot himself at the foot or has he suddenly found power too hard to resist.?

 Moreover he was implicated and it was also speculated that he was slamming the transition plan when he recently said the campaign period for the Umno party elections was too long. All is not to well and Tun Mahathir has also come out and sounded with his ‘USUAL” trademark sarcastic remarks on Badawi’s needs and it really has irked the PM today.  This report from another source in Sabah has a lot of political intonations and it is solid in nature and has a very hard hitting political message by PM. It will bring with it some reactions from Tun I’m sure. We shall wait and see…..

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi lashed out at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom he described as behaving like the party elections director who decides “the leaders in the Umno party and whom should be removed”.He said Umno had never needed instructions from leaders who were not in the party.“Who is Tun (Dr Mahathir) who has left Umno and trying to issue orders to Umno people which should be followed?

“He is behaving like the director for the party elections, determining so and so should hold such a position … this person should hold this position, who needs to be in the party, who needs to be removed. What right has he to do this?,” he said at a press conference at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, here tonight.

Abdullah said this when commenting on Dr Mahathir’s statement wanting Umno delegates to “remove Abdullah’s men” in the party elections in March.“Actually he wants to create changes, anger and hatred.“Is it really wrong for people to work with me. Should those people who don’t speak and don’t make noise be considered as bad people…people who have never done good for Umno and the government.

“Who is he to make such decisions. This will create hatred among Umno members, teaching Umno members to quarrel among themselves,” he said.Abdullah said he had decided not to defend his Umno presidency to avoid quarrels among party members.

“Because of the contests which normally happen especially at the top level, there will be splits. We should learn from what had happened in the past.“Such talks will raise anger among those who are considered unacceptable, (those who) must be sidelined. I consider what Tun had done had actually led to quarrels within Umno,” he said.

According to the Prime Minister, what Dr Mahathir had called for would not bring any good.“Is this the reform that we want…We have freedom, every Umno member has the freedom to contest.

“I hear that there was an attempt by someone to ask Ali Rustam (Malacca Chief Minister), who wants to contest the deputy president’s post, to withdraw … why ask Ali to withdraw? What is bad about Ali?“Let him contest and let Umno people decide whether they want Ali or otherwise,” he said.

In this matter, Umno members did not need outsiders to give orders.“It’s better for Tun not to speak at all today,” We say,could this be a direct reaction to the Mahathir telling PM to “SHUT UP”. Seems that PM is absolutely right this time round as Mahathir has resigned from UMNO and he should not meddle in UMNO party matters. Sometimes we say,”BETTER TO PLAY DUMB AND NO ONE WILL SAY YOU ARE A FOOL OR A STUPID PERSON.”

Muhyddin has actually put the cats amongst the pigeons and he will need to watch his steps as the crocodiles are about to pounce on you. An hour in politics is a long time and whatmore 5 more months. The fuse needs to be stopped or Mahathirs old guards will also be blown away. Malaysiakini and other portal sites will surely give more insights to this newest spat between Mahathir and Abdullah. Its getting interesting again…………. 

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MCA Results

Malaysiakini reports http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91528 and also confirmed from astro AWANI live reporting that the new MCA President is Ong Tee Keat wins by 1429 against Chua Jui Meng who polled 917 and the deputy is Dr.Chua Soi Lek who won against three other candidates.

MCA is trying to regain the hearts and minds of the Chinese community following its humiliating defeat in the March general election. At the national polls, the party only managed to win 46 state and parliamentary seats compared to the 106 it had secured at the 2004 polls.

This is a major blow for the Ong brothers who have backed a slate of candidates including Tee Keat. The new MCA President will face the challenge of taking charge of a party with a strong faction in the senior leadership not alligned to him. But as the President he must know how to balance all these,revamp the party and look forward to leading MCA towards the next General Elections.

We are “MALAYSIANS”

Could this be happening to Sarawak too? This Malaysiakini report though ‘Cosmetic changes at Sabah NRD ” http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91009 Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar publicly axed the Sabah National Registration Department Director, Abdul Rahman Mohd Nor, yesterday and brought in Papar-born Abdul Jaffear Henry. Todays local tabloid echoed by Party Rakyat Sarawak President Dato Sri James Masing headlined,”Birth certicates: Why the hassle?” is an eye-opener and he has made a “valid point.”

Who knows the State better than One of their Own? When the NRD Sabah Directors posts was given to a local born many in the political fraternity were delighted. An UMNO Penaja executive committee member said that he concurs with James saying that,”As long,as they are born in Malaysia,they should be given the birth certificate.”

According to the federal constitution, citizens by registration are those born locally or abroad of Malaysian citizens who obtained their citizenship by naturalization. It is a fact too that children born locally of registered citizens become citizens by operation of law. In Malaysia, citizens who had to otherwise register themselves as citizens, need no longer do so after Malaysia Day on 16 Sept 1963.

James was highlighting to the department that”NRD must do it once and for all to settle this problem by giving the proper documents.He also called on the department to send its “MOBILE” team to the various Penan settlements to help with the processing of their applications for birth certificates and identity cards. He finds it strange however that the NRD was finding it hard to do their part. We ask,”Does it take a Minister to highlight this teething problem before actions are implemented and carried out?” Isn’t there any programme by the department task force? Is the director familiar with the landscape and geographical terrain of the State of Sarawak?

The Sabah issue of the NRD which was carried by the Malaysiakini report had stated that UPKO President and Minister in Prime Ministers department has openly said that the government should not be in denial about  the incompetence of the State NRD, various abuses there and its lack of transparency. It takes a Minister to rock the institution and if no presurres are applied the civil servants who sits in this “HIGH THRONES” are not focus on their,’so called job-descriptions” 

By the way, I wonder whether some of them in this departments know what is a birth certicate? I am not trying to question their intelligence but sometimes we as human beings needs to be REMINDED. A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The original purpose of birth registration was for tax purposes and for the determination of available military manpower. Most countries have statutes and laws that regulate the registration of births.

The actual record of birth is stored with a government agency. That agency will issue certified copies or representations of the original birth record upon request, which can be used to apply for government benefits, such as passports. The certification is signed and/or sealed by the registrar or other custodian of birth records, who is commissioned by the government. So is this department important..? Of course it is as the children who are born will contribute to the human capital of the country and the progress of the nation in time to come. So when Masing said that anyone born in Malaysia must not be deprived of proper documents I totally agree as most people would do too. Human capital is of absolute importance to the country and it contributes to the well being of Malaysia as a nation.

On another note which was highlighted was the issue of the “Unfulfilled Personal Pledges” of RM5 Million towards the Bakun Trust fund which was highlighted by the local tabloid. A telephone call was made to the legal advisor of PKR Sarawak See Chee How and he says that ,”any pledges or promises should be kept as it deprives the students the benefits of using this money to pursue their education. RM5 million which was promised 10 years ago today with interests should be about RM20 million or thereabouts.”  Who knows even one of the students should have qualified by know and become the “NEW DIRECTOR OF SARAWAK NRD”.

James said that the RM10 million that the State and Federal contribution had so far reached out to more than 1500 recipients and they have received their diplomas,degree and certificate education. he even said that not only Penans benefit but also Orang Ulu,Chinese and Malay from Belaga and the requirement is as long as they fulfill the academic requirements and they would be granted scholarships. The promise by the party he said was made before the former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir and in front of Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Taib. We say wouldn’t the  RM5 million look after the scholarship of at least another 750 potential future leaders of Sarawak be it in the corporate and government sectors..? 

To my friend Stephan George whose issue appeared in the NST and also was highlighted in the Malaysiakini portal as Malaysian citizen with red IC ref. 12071011-20080227-114402 ‘don’t worry you are not alone,as there are many out there also wanting their rights.” Imagine his father tried since 1975 to register his Malaysian citizenship to no avail. Same excuses “under process”for 33 years is a bit too long but the issue highlighted by James Masing would be of a great assistance to many who have suffered this predicament.

I remember an instance 6 years ago when i brought my father to the NRD department in Kuching at Simpang Tiga. They say whats in a name? My late grandfathers name is William Chua Tamby on the IC,my dads name has also Joseph Chua Tamby on his IC but when I tried to add in mine there were problems. The NRD officer then, made hell a lot of excuses and I lost my cool. But who am I to create a scenario then..?

What I am saying is that,” Does our civil service needs to be pushed by the YBs or Ministers? All these problems can be solved by the departments concerned and not through a higher authority. Malaysians problems should not be greater than what it is. A Malaysian is a MALAYSIAN and there should not be any QUESTIONS. FULL STOP………………

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