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Monday, March 31, 2008
P/s: I've registered for the forum. Interestingly, Tun Dr. Mahathir will be officiating the forum and hopefully he'll join the panellist as well. Until now, rumours have been broaden that some of the Selangor's UMNO division members were trying to sabotage the event by circulating warning letter to all UMNO's members to pull off from joining this event. What the heck are they trying to do? It's just an intellectual forum. It's definitely not some kind of unpermitted massive gathering to demonstrate anything against UMNO. You‘re (UMNO) the one that fight for the public democracy rights. So, proof it that you’re not so rigid against the public rights. Don’t be afraid to state anything that clearly wrong....
Friday, March 28, 2008
OPTiMuS PRiMe AnD MeGaTRoN PReMiuM SeRiEs 2 (CLiCK HeRe)
OPTiMuS PRiMe AnD MeGaTRoN PReMiuM SeRiEs 3 (CLiCK HeRe)
OTHeR TRaNsFORMeRs ACTiON FiGuReS CoLLeCTiON (CLiCK HeRe)
P/s: No words can be described the awesome of these action figures. Marvellous automorph transformation and cool G1 sound. Fuhhh...Breathless!!!...Not to mention, the cool energy sword as well. I bought both of them at the Toy-Workers Shop which is located at the Subang Square next to the Taylor's Business College in Subang SS15. In fact, we've a deal with the shop owner through the e-bay bid and I've won the pre-order prices which have cost me RM369.90 (both action figures). The price was much cheaper than the normal Toy's R Us price tag which is RM189.80 each. It was great actually and luckily I was!!...I mean, I bought it with the considerably lower price and at last, I won't have to spend every weekend to the Mid-Valley, Cineleisure, One-Utama and etc. just only to ask the horrendous promoter@seller when will be the delivery of the Transformer Premium Series and other action figures too (usually, when the Transformers new stock arrives, they won't even phone you although you've been asking them to do so. So, you've to be pro-active until you got the things that you wanted most...HeHeHe).
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
CoNSPiRacY THeOrY AHMaD SaiD: WHY SuLTaN oF TeRenGGaNu Didn'T APProVeD THe APPoiNTMeNT OF JuSoH?....
However, in 2000, this royalty was withdrawn and converted to ‘Wang Ehsan’ (goodwill money). Suddenly, the RM800 million or so a year that Terengganu was supposed to get as its 5% share of the oil and gas revenue was transferred out of the state and into the hands of one man, Idris Jusoh.Malaysia was then already suffering from an outbreak of JE. But in Terengganu it was JE of another kind, Jusoh Enterprise, Idris Jusoh's family business. Jusoh Enterprise or JE was suddenly flush with funds, RM800 million a year to be exact.
Then, in 2004, Umno, under the stewardship of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, won back the state from the opposition. But the state did not win back its 5% oil royalty. The ‘Wang Ehsan’ continued and Idris Jusoh, who now became the Chief Minister, continued to single-handedly manage the fund. Even the State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and the Terengganu StateEconomic Planning Unit (UPENT) were left totally in the dark. One man, Idris Jusoh, decided how the money was spent, and it is a lot of money. But the new Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, would not tolerate one man managing the state's coffers. He wanted Idris Jusoh's hands out of the RM800 million a year cash box. However, to revert to the 5% royalty only meant that the money would come directly under state control. That would not serve their purpose. They wanted direct control of the RM800 million. Now it was under the control of the Prime Minister's Department but passed down to Idris Jusoh's hands. What they needed to do was to get Idris Jusoh's hands out of the equation.
Then Khairy Jamaluddin, Abdullah's son-in-law cum adviser, came out with a fantastic new 'umbrella concept', better than even Mahathir's. They wanted control of the RM800 million a year. But they did not want to get it out of Idris Jusoh's hands by putting it into the hands of the state. That would merely be a case of out of the frying pan, into the fire. They wanted direct control of the money without Idris Jusoh deciding on how the money is spent. And this is how they did it.
First they appointed Wan Farid, Khairy's 'running dog', as Abdullah's Political Secretary. Then they appointed Wan Hisham, Wan Farid's brother, as the State Exco Member in-charge of tourism. Then they gave Patrick Lim, Khairy's business partner, the sole monopoly of all state tourism projects. Now the network is intact and Idris Jusoh has been cut off.
Patrick Lim's job is to create all sorts of state tourism projects at hugely inflated prices. He would then propose these projects to Wan Hisham, the man in-charge of tourism. Wan Hisham would then pass them on to his brother, Wan Farid. Wan Farid would then pass them on to Khairy. Idris Jusoh would of course be left out of the loop and he would only know about them when it was a fait accompli as the Malays would say, "Nasi sudah jadi bubur". They built 30 houses at RM1 million each on an island in the Terengganu River. They launched a RM300 million a year yacht race called the Monsoon Cup. Hundreds of millions a year is being spent to 'attract tourists to Terengganu'. It seems this year the amount of ‘Wang Ehsan’ has shot up from RM800 million to RM1 billion. So there is even more money to play around with.
To ensure that Idris Jusoh keeps his hands out of the cash box, Abdullah himself chairs the state meetings though he is the Prime Minister and not the Terengganu Chief Minister. Of course, Idris Jusoh, being the Chief Minister, is allowed to sit in on these meetings though he has no say on what they propose. Patrick Lim, though he is not in the government, is also allowed to attend these meetings.Abdullah would then propose all sorts of tourism projects conjured by Wan Hisham, Wan Farid and Khairy. Details are of course not discussed; only the gist of things and the amounts involved. Whenever Idris Jusoh raises any questions, he would be told to 'leave it all to Patrick Lim who knows what to do'. Idris Jusoh is not to involve himself in the details.After awhile Idris Jusoh got quite pissed and tried to resist. One project that he knew nothing about was placed before him and he was told by Patrick Lim to sign the papers. But how could he sign the papers when he knew nothing about it and would eventually have to bear responsibility for it?
Patrick Lim walked out of Idris Jusoh's office and phoned Wan Farid who complained to Khairy. Within an hour Idris Jusoh received a phone call from Abdullah who ordered him to sign the papers, which he of course did straight away. Patrick Lim's hold on Abdullah was apparent to all but somehow not to Idris Jusoh. One day Abdullah visited Terengganu to chair the regular meetings on how to spend Terengganu's RM800 million (which is now RM1 billion because of the increase in oil prices). Idris Jusoh fetched Abdullah from the airport but before his car could move Patrick Lim's car cut in front of Idris Jusoh's car and Abdullah got out of Idris Jusoh's car and got into Patrick Lim's car. Idris Jusoh should have realised then who really runs Terengganu.
Yes, RM1 billion a year is a lot of money. This money, which should belong to Terengganu, is not going to the state. It is going to Wan Hisham, Wan Farid, Patrick Lim and Khairy. And Abdullah chairs the state meetings to decide how the money is spent. And Wan Hisham, Wan Farid, Patrick Lim and Khairy help spend the money. And they spend it all. And Idris Jusoh has no say in how it is spent. And if he refuses to sign the papers he will get a phone call from Abdullah.Now do you know who runs this country? Abdullah says he and not his son-in-law runs this country. Idris Jusoh however will tell you that Khairy runs this country. And Khairy also runs Terengganu and manages its RM1 billion a year through Wan Hisham, Wan Farid and Patrick Lim. And Abdullah chairs the Terengganu State meetings on behalf of Khairy and according to the plan on how Patrick Lim wishes to spend the RM1 billion a year.
And now do you know why Mahathir is so pissed? And he has every reason to be pissed. In fact, I too am pissed. And that is why I agree that Mahathir stays pissed with Abdullah and his son-in-law. The Terengganu issue alone is enough for me to get pissed. And rest assured that Terengganu is but the tip of the iceberg.
Yes, it is nice being able to walk in the corridors of power. And much can you do when you walk in the corridors of power. And RM1 billion a year is nice to manage if you have that power to do so. And when you walk in the corridors of power you would of course have that power.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
While Raikkonen romped to a trouble-free victory, winning the 56-lap race by nearly 20 seconds, his McLaren rival, Lewis Hamilton, endured a torrid afternoon. Hamilton, winner of the season-opening Australian GP last week, finished in fifth place after a pit-stop mistake by his crew delayed him by nearly 20 seconds. Polish driver Robert Kubica gave BMW Sauber their first ever podium finish in Sepang in second place behind Raikkonen. He finished the race in 1'31:38.155 and it was his career best performance in F1 thus far.
Heikki Kovalainen restored some pride for the battered McLaren when he fought his way to third place in 1'31:57.005 after starting from eighth on the grid. But the day certainly belonged to his more illustrious Finnish compatriot, who was in a class of his own. Raikkonen took the lead after the first pit stop from Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa, who later spun off on the 30th lap. Massa had started from pole ahead of Raikkonen and was in a position to give Ferrari a 1-2 finish but lost the back end of his Ferrari and spun off into the gravel. Raikkonen had already built up a lead of four seconds by then and it was just a steady cruise home for the Finn. Raikkonen’s win cut Hamilton's lead in the drivers' standings to three points after two races and the Finn, who seldom smiled to the cameras, had reasons to flash a big grin after the podium celebrations. The victory was also Ferrari's fifth in Sepang and the first since Michael Schumacher won in 2004.
More importantly, Ferrari will see it as a boost to their championship aspirations after Raikkonen suffered from engine trouble and failed to finish the race in Melbourne. He was only classified in eighth place and picked up one point after Honda's Rubens Barrichello was disqualified for exiting the pit lane while the light was still red. “For sure we had quite a difficult weekend in Australia when I didn't really expect to have such difficulties,” said Raikkonen. “We were not 100% sure that things would be different here. We knew that speed wise, we would be fine, even in Australia the speed should have been fine. But everything worked perfectly here and we took it easy to make sure nothing went wrong.
“We saved the engine. It was a perfect job by the team to come back. But I would have been happier if Felipe got second but things went wrong.” Massa said that he still did not know what happened to the car and said they would get to the bottom of the matter. “I just lost the car completely when the rear came round suddenly,” said Massa, who was also on pole in the Malaysian GP last year. Hamilton was not pleased with the outcome of the race despite finishing among the points. Also not helping his cause was the fact that his water dispenser failed to work during the race. “I was very thirsty. We were in with a good shot for third place and then had trouble with the pit-stop. I pressed hard for fourth, I really wanted that point, but it wasn't to be,” said the Briton.
Friday, March 21, 2008
P/s: Fuhhhh!!...Awesome sounds, automorph transformation and very cool energy sword as well. Can't wait to have it at once...HeHeHe!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tarikh: 20 Mac 2008 (Khamis)
Masa: 9.00 pagi
Tempat: Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Tema: "MENJANA UMMAH GEMILANG"
2. ACARA-ACARA UTAMA
:: Titah Perasmian oleh SPB Yang Dipertuan Agong
:: Pengurniaan Anugerah Maulidur Rasul oleh SPB Yang Dipertuan Agong
:: Persembahan Khas oleh Kumpulan Hijjaz, Mestika, Wardah dan Mu’az
3. PERARAKAN BERKUMPULAN
Tarikh: 20 Mac 2008 (Khamis)
Masa: 8.00 Pagi
Tempat: Bermula di tempat letak kereta Stadium Hoki ke Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, KL
According to him, the car and the motorcycle had earlier brushed against each other, resulting in some minor damage to the vehicles. The suspect was later arrested by the police and nothing more was heard about this case. However, the image is burnt into my memory and keeps playing in my mind whenever I use the Federal Highway. I just hope that no one would encounter such a dreadful incident while driving on Malaysian roads.
Not too long ago, the kings of the road were lorries and other heavy vehicles. Not any more. These now share the crown with ubiquitous motorcycles speeding on the road and doing all kinds of death-defying stunts. Individually, they are a threat to other road users because of their irresponsible ways. And when they race in a group, they become a social menace. They have been given the glamorised name of Mat Rempit.
These young motorcyclists are reckless, arrogant and sometimes violent. They have no regard to the safety of other road users, the law and law enforcement. Many policemen have been injured when these motorcyclists rammed through police checkpoints or when they showed their defiance and anger by throwing stones at the police. Take that particular motorcyclist caught in his violent act by camera. Despite the fact that he was an illegal user of the Federal Highway (he should have used the motorcycle lane) and the car driver was an old man, the motorcyclist went on attacking without any mercy.
Was it road rage? No, because there appeared to have been no provocation. It was more like a case of mental sickness. But such cases are on the rise. Just a small incident can attract a swarm of motorcyclists threatening you with bodily harm if you do not come out with some hefty compensation regardless of who’s in the wrong. Because of their number, they are the kings now. Or maybe, more appropriate, the princes of the road. Just take a drive on the Federal Highway between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya and you can count the number of motorcycles weaving in and out of the long queues of cars at high speed, especially during peak hours when the jam starts. Sometimes, they perform their dangerous stunts as if to taunt you. And that leaves you wondering: where are the traffic cops?
So, for safe driving, I have compiled a set of dos and don’ts to avoid any unpleasant encounter with this bunch of daredevil motorcyclists. These are unofficial rules based more on experience rather than traffic rules:
# When driving on the highway, keep enough space on both sides of your car to allow motorcycles to pass through without scratching your car, breaking your side mirrors or any other mishaps. Keep a wide berth on both sides because you do not know which side they will be coming through. Forget about overtaking only from the right-hand side; this rule has been disregarded for a long time.
# Keep looking at your rear mirror for motorcycles trailing you at high speeds. You are supposed to look out for them and give way like you do an ambulance. Otherwise, they will not hesitate to verbally abuse you and show you the middle finger.
# If a motorcyclist weaves in and out of the queue and cuts in ahead of you, step on the brake and bear with it. Just presume that they are in a hurry and, as those road safety advertisements say, they are supposed to be more vulnerable than you. Sorry if they endanger you and cause your blood pressure to go up; it is just part of our road culture.
# When driving through the green light, watch out for motorcycles shooting out from the left and the right who might cut into your path. To some of these motorcyclists, the traffic light is just a suggestion. It is not legally binding and needs not be followed strictly. Beating the red light is so common that it has become more or less acceptable for motorcyclists.
# If you are driving along a one-way street and suddenly find a motorcycle coming your way against the traffic flow, don’t panic. Just slow down and keep to your side of the road. Stop your car if the road is too narrow. Don’t hoot or shout, just keep your cool. The guy knows well that he is going against the law but he just wants to save a few minutes by taking a short cut. You don’t see them being stopped by traffic cops or being booked, so it appears to quite acceptable.
# If you are unlucky enough to run into a group of Mat Rempits, stay cool and manoeuvre slowly to the side to clear the way for them. If you are not hurt, say a prayer of thanks.
Sometimes, I wonder why we human beings make life miserable for each other or put other people’s life in danger. A friend says she abhors seeing motorcycles involved in accidents, as it is always the motorcyclists who are badly injured. Being a mother and a wife, she can imagine the pain of the loss of a son and husband. Likewise, the motorcyclist’s wife and children would also suffer anguish and for some families, their sole source of income would be lost. I believe that these thoughts do not go through the minds of these motorcyclists. If they love their parents and families enough, they would pause and ponder if they are being selfish in behaving as they do on the road. Post-accident grieving is always hidden from public view. It’s often done in private, shared only by relatives and close friends. What we see is only the heap of smashed metal and pools of blood - and seeing too much of this would harden many of us.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Dalam kenyataannya semalam, Anwar memperakui terdapat 'sejumlah' anggota Parlimen BN yang ditemui dan berhubung dengannya bagi menyatakan kesediaan mereka untuk menyertai Parti KeADILan Rakyat atau mana-mana parti gabungan pembangkang. Namun menurut Anwar, beliau tidak akan mempraktikkan amalan 'membeli wakil rakyat' atau menjanjikan apa-apa jawatan bagi mereka yang berhasrat untuk menyertai pembangkang. Pakatan pembangkang menguasai 82 kerusi daripada 222 kerusi di Parlimen. BN hanya memenangi 140 kerusi sahaja, kehilangan majoriti dua pertiga, pertama kali selepas 50 tahun memerintah.
51 kerusi Parlimen adalah diwakili dari kawasan Sabah dan Sarawak. Jika fenomena ini berlaku, bermakna pembangkang akan memperolehi 112 berbanding BN 110, kelebihan dua kerusi untuk memerintah Malaysia. Menurut sumber, berdasarkan perkembangan terkini, tidak mustahil Anwar boleh memperolehi tambahan 30 kerusi dari kalangan wakil rakyat BN, khususnya daripada Umno untuk menyertai pakatan pembangkang.
"Sebenarnya kita percaya Anwar boleh mendapatkan lebih dari 30 kerusi." "Perubahan kerajaan (Pusat) boleh berlaku pada bila-bila masa, namun kita tidak mahu ianya berlaku secara tergesa-gesa kerana ia boleh menimbulkan keresahan rakyat dan menjejaskan kepentingan para pelabur," kata sumber yang rapat dengan Penasihat KeADILan itu. Anwar bagaimanapun secara berterusan mempertegaskan agenda ekonomi untuk semua pihak sama ada rakyat atau sektor korporat bagi menjamin keselesaan pada masa akan datang. Dalam kenyataan medianya sejak akhir-akhir ini, Anwar sering memberi penekanan kepada persoalan ekonomi dan taraf hidup serta jaminan pelaburan, dipercayai untuk memberikan keyakinan kepada rakyat.
Menurut sumber, Anwar sedang berusaha untuk menubuhkan kerajaan yang stabil, membawa masuk pelaburan asing dan mempertingkatkan taraf ekonomi rakyat. Pada masa ini dilaporkan, Anwar banyak membuat perjumpaan dan perundingan dengan pelabur-pelabur asing dalam dan luar negeri bagi menyatakan komitmen dan jaminan semuanya tidak akan terjejas jika Kerajaan Persekutuan bertukar. "Kita tidak ada 'target date' bila perubahan kerajaan akan berlaku, mungkin dalam tempoh terdekat atau setahun dua. "Keadaan tergesa-gesa tidak akan berlaku, lagi pun kita mahu Anwar berpeluang masuk ke Parlimen sebagai Ahli Parlimen terlebih dahulu, untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri," kata sumber berkenaan - HaRaKaHDaiLY (18 Mac)
P/s: I wish this could be happen ASAP...We knew that you're capable of doing these reforms...
Monday, March 17, 2008
“There's not much to say about a disastrous start to the season,” said sporting director Luca Baldisserri. “We did not work well on any level and this is the consequence of that. We know how important reliability is and we were severely lacking on this front. It is absolutely ages since we have seen two engine failures in a race. We have to look at every detail of this weekend to understand what went wrong and how we can improve.”
The squad’s struggles started during Saturday's qualifying when Raikkonen, who clinched a convincing pole in 2007, was hamstrung by an electronic fuel pump problem on his F2008. Massa, meanwhile, only managed to clinch fourth on the grid after facing stiff competition from the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen and the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica. Although Massa and Raikkonen both had enough pace to fight their way up the field during the race, the duo’s fraught efforts - which included driver errors and off-track moments for both - eventually came to nought with both of their F2008’s succumbing to as yet undiagnosed engine strife. And in the end it was only the disqualification of Honda’s Rubens Barrichello that saved Ferrari’s blushes with Raikkonen scoring one point for eighth place, despite the Finn's DNF.
“It's really disappointing not to finish the race, but at least the point is better than nothing,” explained Raikkonen. “I had an engine problem, the reason for which now needs to be analysed. This result is obviously not the best start to the season but it is a very long one and we are well aware that we are capable of recovering from far worse situations than this.” Ferrari’s general director Stefano Domenicali added: “This has definitely been a very difficult start to the season and we have got off on the wrong foot. However, we should not react in an over emotional way to this. We weren't a phenomenon before and we're not carthorses now. We have to work out exactly what happened to the engines on both F2008s and they are being sent immediately to Maranello for analysis. The whole team has not performed to our usual standard. We have to roll our sleeves up and react, as we know we can.” With McLaren scoring 14 points at the Australian race, courtesy of race winner Hamilton and fifth-placed Kovalainen, Ferrari are now left with a substantial deficit ahead of next weekend’s Malaysian event.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Let me take this opportunity to thank you and the party's leadership for the faith in me and the chance to contest in Jerlun as a Barisan Nasional candidate. With the blessing and hard work of the party's leadership and machinery as well as the people of Jerlun, I have won the elections and am now a new Member of Parliament.
However, sadly enough, my victory is rendered meaningless in view of the defeat that Umno and the Kedah BN suffered in the hands of the opposition. Apart from Kedah, four other states as well as the Federal Territories also received similar humiliation in defeat. In fact your own state of Penang was wrested by the DAP from the BN. Kelantan is again under Pas rules. In other states, the BN also suffered a similar humiliation when the level of BN support by the people has tremendously reduced. This, Datuk Seri, has never happened in the history of BN rule. The sole intention of my letter to you is meant to save Umno and BN from being rejected further by the people and from being no longer relevant to our religion, race and nation.
Dato' Seri, the people are unhappy and the message from them is very clear, and that is they have rejected you as the nation's chief executive. Contrary to your claim that you still have the support of Umno and other component parties, the reality is that even our own party members had reneged in their voting pattern by supporting the Opposition and inflicting the BN its defeat.
Dato' Seri, when the people held street demonstrations you openly dared them to resort to the ballot boxes to demonstrate. They took your challenge by coming out, especially the people in the Peninsular, and they demonstrated their feelings by voting us out at the BN at State and Parliament levels. It is therefore clear that your leadership and your handling of the issues faced by the people and the nation are no longer accepted. Let's not deny the truth just for the sake of keeping your seat as Prime Minister. For the love of this country and the people, I beg that you take responsibility for the defeat. We can save Umno, the BN and the nation only if you relinquish your positions as Prime Minister and the President of Umno.
Dato' Seri, I hope you will understand that I make this plea with the intention of salvaging a very dire situation. A move has been made to woo the BN representatives to join the Opposition. The enemy needs just 35 seats more to topple the government of your leadership. If you do not resign in the near future, I fear that the situation will become untenable and that the Malay support for Umno and BN will be a thing of the past. This plea I make without malice, and I am aware that your reaction and that of other Umno members could very well be hostile. But come what may, I am prepared, for the sake of the Malays and Umno, to face the consequences of my action. With all humility, I leave my fate to Allah SWT.
Dato' Seri, I am sure that you will do the right thing for the sake of the people and the nation. May Allah SWT bless you for the sacrifice you make by stepping down.
Mukhriz Mahathir Jerlun Member of Parliament (HarakahDaiLY-14 Mac 2008)
"By his resignation, then at least the confidence in UMNO and Barisan Nasional will be somewhat restored in the eyes not only of the people but also our members," Mukhriz told AFP. As a member of UMNO's influential young wing, Mukhriz is the highest-ranking member of the party to openly push for Abdullah to stand down. The premier won his party's backing in a meeting on Monday and he has vowed not to surrender. In his letter to Abdullah dated March 12, Mukhriz said the election result was a strong message from voters.
"The unhappy voters gave a clear message, that is they reject you as head of the government," he said. "Therefore if (Abdullah) does not resign soon, I really fear that the trust by the people in UMNO and Barisan will disintegrate." Mahathir, who led UMNO and the nation for 22 years before stepping down in 2003, lashed out at his successor after the worst performance in its half-century rule over Malaysia.
"My view is he has destroyed UMNO, destroyed the BN and he has been responsible for this," the veteran politician said on Sunday. Mahathir has previously said he never intended for Abdullah to serve more than one term, and that he should have opted instead for influential deputy prime minister Najib Razak who is now leader-in-waiting. - AFP (14 MaRcH, ToDaY OnLine-MeDiaCoRP-SinGaPoRe)
Pemangku Presiden Gerakan, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon menerima pujian pelbagai pihak, kawan mahu pun lawan, atas sikap profesional dan matang beliau menerima hakikat kekalahan partinya dan dirinya, terutama di Pulau Pinang. "Saya menerima keputusan dan pemilihan pengundi di kawasan ini. Saya ucapkan tahniah kepada calon yang dipilih iaitu Prof. Dr. P Ramasamy," katanya selepas pengumuman keputusan pilihan raya bagi kawasan Parlimen Batu Kawan, di Seberang Perai, malam 8 Mac lalu. Sebaik memastikan partinya dan BN tidak mungkin kembali memerintah Pulau Pinang, Koh mengambil inisiatif memaklumkan Yang di-Pertua Negeri agar menunggu surat rasmi daripada parti atau parti-parti gabungan yang telah menang majoriti dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) mengenai calon ketua menteri serta perlantikan exco kerajaan negeri.
Penjelasan Koh itu mengejutkan para penonton tv malam itu. Bukan itu saja, Koh malah menyatakan bahawa beliau sendiri turut memaklumkan tindakannya itu kepada Pengerusi DAP Pulau Pinang, Chow Kon Yeow. "Saya juga sudah menghubungi Pengerusi DAP (Pulau Pinang), Chow Kon Yeow mengenai perkara itu," katanya. Koh memberi jaminan proses transisi kuasa di negeri itu akan berjalan secara lancar dan sempurna. Kata itu memang dikotakannya. Dalam beberapa hari berikutnya, rakyat Malaysia dapat menyaksikan bagaimana bekas ketua menteri yang berjiwa besar itu menjadi 'hos' yang baik kepada penggantinya, Lim Guan Eng. Beliau sendiri 'membukakan' pintu Pejabat Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang untuk dimasuki Lim. Beliau juga turut hadir menyaksikan upacara mengangkat sumpah jawatan oleh Lim.
Presiden MCA, Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting juga tidak kurang hebatnya. Beliau tidak kalah di Parlimen Kulai. Calon-calon partinya juga ramai yang menang. Bagaimana pun secara keseluruhan partinya hanya mampu menang 15 daripada 40 kerusi parlimen ditandinginya. Ia suatu kemerosotan lebih dua kali ganda berbanding 31 kerusi yang dimenangi parti itu pada 2004. Secara gentleman Ong menerima tanggungjawab atas kekalahan itu. Beliau bertegas menolak sebarang jawatan dalam kabinet. Itu sikap dan kematangan ditunjukkan dua pemimpin parti komponen BN. Mereka bukan Melayu, bukan Islam. Lihat pula bagaimana reaksi dan sikap ditunjukkan pemimpin Melayu-Islam dalam BN atas kekalahan parti mereka.
Apakah jiwa bekas Menteri Besar Kedah, Dato' Seri Mahdzir Khalid sebesar Koh untuk menyambut kedatangan penggantinya di pejabatnya di Alor Setar? Apa pula komen atau keterbukaan ditunjukkan Dato' Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, bekas Menteri Besar Perak? Beliau dilaporkan enggan ditemubual wartawan selepas mengetahui BN gagal mempertahankan kerajaan negeri. Sikap ditunjukkan rakan sejawatnya di Selangor malah lebih mengundang perbualan masyarakat. Dato' Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo dikatakan 'hilang' dan tidak dapat dikesan media untuk mendapat apa jua komen atau ulasan mengenai kekalahan BN di negeri itu. Sehinggakan beredar meluas satu pesanan ringkas menerusi telefon satu jenaka mengenai kehilangan beliau itu. Jelas sekali para pemimpin Umno tidak dapat menyembunyikan perasaan kecewa dan marah mereka atas kekalahan menimpa BN. Bagaimana mungkin nak diharapkan mereka ini akan terus memberikan sumbangan bermakna untuk negeri masing-masing di atas kapasiti sebagai pembangkang?
Tambah mendukacitakan, perasaan marah itu turut diterjemahkan dalam bentuk tindakan membalas dendam. Sudah ada tanda-tanda bahawa rakyat yang menolak BN akan dihukum. Kenyataan beberapa pemimpin Umno kebelakangan ini menjelaskan maksud mereka itu. Slot berita Buletin Utama, di TV3 malam tadi (Khamis, 13 Mac) melaporkan Badan Perhubungan Umno Pulau Pinang telah memanggil mesyuarat khas parti itu semalam. Turut disiarkan kenyataan Setiausahanya, Dato' Azhar Ibrahim mengenai keputusan diambil Umno negeri itu berkaitan kelangsungan projek-projek mega di situ.
"Kita mengesyorkan kepada kerajaan Pusat menghentikan semua projek mega dan projek-projek yang dirancang kerajaan Pusat di negeri ini. Biar kerajaan hari ini yang merancang untuk penduduk. Rakyat Pulau Pinang yang mahukan pemimpin baru di negeri ini," itulah lebih kurang kata beliau, sebagaimana disiarkan TV3 malam tadi. Nah! Bukankah itu tindakan balas dendam politik namanya? Mana pergi jiwa besar para pemimpin Umno sehingga tidak bersedia menerima kekalahan? Ataukah mereka ini memang jenis manusia yang sentiasa meletakkan diri mereka lebih hebat dari orang lain?
Akhbar Berita Harian, Rabu (12 Mac) pula ada memetik kenyataan Ketua Menteri Melaka, Dato' Wira Mohd Ali Rustam yang turut memberikan gambaran serupa. Dalam kenyataan dibuatnya selepas mengangkat sumpah jawatannya, Mohd Ali memberi jaminan kerajaan pimpinannya akan meneruskan semua projek pembangunan seperti dijanjikan bagi memastikan wawasan Melaka Maju 2010 tercapai. "Ini termasuk projek yang sudah diluluskan di Parlimen Kota Melaka meski pun pengundi memberi kemenangan kepada calon DAP. Tapi kalau projek baru, saya terpaksa berfikir dua kali sebelum melaksanakannya," akhbar itu memetik kata Mohd Ali. Akhbar The Star di hari sama mendedahkan kenyataan beliau yang lebih panjang. Di bawah tajuk utama mukasurat 12, berbunyi "CM: Projects may be disrupted", Mohd Ali dipetik sebagai berkata beliau akan berfikir dua kali untuk melaksanakan sebarang projek baru di Bandaraya Melaka memandangkan kawasan itu dimenangi DAP. "We wanted to develop it further but the rakyat is not so interested. If there are new things (project), maybe I have to think twice," akhbar itu memetik kata Mohd Ali.
Beliau turut dilaporkan berkata semangatnya untuk membangunkan bandaraya tersebut kini pudar disebabkan pendirian pengundi kawasan itu yang menolak BN. Wajarkah rakyat dihukum sebegitu kerana menggunakan kuasa undi mereka? Itu belum lagi seluruh negeri Melaka jatuh ke tangan pembangkang. Bayangkan apa yang pemimpin seperti ini akan lakukan sekiranya kerajaan negerinya juga kecundang? Jangan lupa Mohd Ali ini juga lah yang telah mengharamkan sebarang rombongan pegawai dan kakitangan kerajaan negerinya ke Kelantan dan Terengganu sewaktu kedua-dua negeri diperintah PAS pada 2000 dulu. Beliau bahkan turut membatalkan kontrak panel beberapa firma guaman yang disyaki dimiliki penyokong pembangkang di negerinya. Sikap balas dendam Mohd Ali itu bagaimana pun tidak begitu diperkatakan orang ketika itu. Di masa sama berlaku satu lagi episod balas dendam oleh Umno Terengganu yang jauh lebih besar, iaitu perampasan royalti petroleum daripada kerajaan negeri Terengganu pimpinan PAS.
Tiada pihak dapat menafikan betapa Umno Terengganulah yang menjadi punca perampasan itu. Ia bermula desakan perwakilan Umno Terengganu di Perhimpunan Agung Umno tahun 2000 agar pembayaran royalti minyak kepada negeri itu dihentikan. Dalam ertikata lain, oleh kerana rakyat Terengganu telah memilih PAS, biarlah PAS yang mencari sendiri sumber pendapatan negeri. Umno mendakwa royalti adalah hak kerajaan BN sahaja. Rakyat Terengganu wajar dihukum kerana menolak BN. Kini, bayangan tindakan serupa sudah menampakkan diri, terutama di beberapa negeri diperintah PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dan DAP. Meski pun transisi kuasa di Pulau Pinang dilangsungkan secara baik oleh Gerakan, ia tidak diterima sebaiknya oleh Umno.
Kita tidak tahu apa pula tindakan bakal disusuli Umno Kedah, Selangor mahu pun Perak terhadap kerajaan negeri masing-masing selepas ini. Apa yang pasti, para pemimpin parti itu jangan marahkan rakyat jika Umno digelar sebagai 'parti pendendam'.
HaRaKaHDaiLY.Net (14 March 2008)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
1. Reformasi spirit lives on
The BN severely miscalculated in its assessment of the Malaysian electorate. In 2004, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi embraced the reform agenda that catapulted into the electoral agenda in the 1999 election.The fight against corruption, increased transparency, and, most important, better governance underscored his 2004 campaign. Recall the advertisements for a more effective civil service, and the focus on building on his ‘Mr Clean’ persona. Coupled with Abdullah's affable personal style and the groundswell of goodwill, Malaysians embraced his leadership, giving him then a record mandate. But the mandate was not just about Abdullah the man, it was also about the issues that he used to get himself and the BN elected. The 2004 campaign was filled with promises of reform of the police to address crime and pledges to reduce corruption. Not only were these promises not fulfilled, the problems have been seen to deepen during his tenure as reform efforts were abandoned and anti-corruption efforts were selectively applied.Many in the 2008 BN slate continued to have questions about alleged corruption, from S Samy Vellu (Maika scandal) to others close to the prime minister. These charges were not investigated, and in fact with the continued selection of candidates this round with corruption clouds, the Abdullah administration failed to show a commitment to address the problems it acknowledged in 2004. At the core, Malaysians want - and deserve - a better government. The spirit of reform remained alive and kicked back in this election.
2. Abdullah's laissez-faire lackluster leadership
Abdullah brought about a profound transformation in liberalising the political system, allowing more voices to be heard, and graciously accepting the electoral results. In these areas, he deserves high praise. Yet, he failed in the key area that has been the backbone of the BN's legitimacy - economic performance. The macro numbers in Malaysia are strong and the country remains one of the most competitive for investment regionally. Yet, it is falling behind in maintaining competitiveness and the economic gains are not being effectively distributed to the population. Abdullah's administration corresponded to high inflation - the highest since the early 70s. Inequality is rising sharply and ordinary people, notably the middle-class based in the urban areas, are feeling the pinch. Even though commodity prices have brought more wealth to the rural areas, it is not keeping up with rising costs. This was brought home to me with conversations with Malay rubber tappers in Larut, Perak, who supported PAS in record numbers. In fairness, the rising prices are the result of an appreciating ringgit, rising oil prices and high government subsidies, issues that are either out of Abdullah's control or he inherited. Yet, his economic team proved not able to manage domestic prices effectively and translate the oil and gas revenue into gains for society at large that could be felt in ordinary households. The recent Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali holidays were noticeably less plush than before, a real sign of fiscal difficulties. Wages have comparatively dropped and those working in the service sector make barely enough to survive. The starting take-home salary at 7-Eleven is RM700 a month. Unemployment among younger people remains too high, and not all of them can be absorbed into the civil service. Difficult conditions are compared sharply to the wealth of the political elite, including Abdullah and his family with a reported new home in Perth. The conspicuous display of consumption of the elite is on display from the rural areas of Perak to the Kuala Lumpur shopping malls. Beyond the bread-and-butter issues, was a more serious dynamic - the inability to instill confidence in promoting long-term economic development, increasing Malaysia's economic competitiveness. The economic vision was missing in Abdullah's first term, and the fiscal liquidity in the country was not adequately invested locally. The economic reforms needed to bring about the changes were not pursued with the zeal to keep Malaysia ahead of countries like Vietnam. In particular, Malaysia faces the difficult task of making is domestic business entrepreneurs more competitive. This involves weaning them off a dependence on contracts. This is true for both the Malay and Chinese business communities alike. Abdullah's administration strengthened its use of patronage, and did not send a clear message to end wasteful big projects. The new economic corridors have yet to be shown to be effective allocations of resources, rather than avenues for elite economic gain. Malaysia did not aggressively pursue trade liberalisation in a means to attract more foreign capital. Moreover, the much-needed reforms in education, to strengthen Malaysia's human capital, were not effectively implemented, although good ideas were touted. Investors want confidence, and effective policy implementation. Abdullah's decision-making style has yet to yield the results his 2004 mandate should have given him. The ideas were developed, but not implemented. The talent in Malaysia is there, but Abdullah was not able to effectively harness it. The BN is fooling itself if it thinks the electorate does not appreciate the larger issues that affect their children's futures.
3. BN coalition failings and infighting
Abdullah's poor management extended to the BN itself. The component parties within the BN were dismissed and ignored. Whether this involved the PGCC (Penang Global City Centre) project in Penang in which the opposition of Gerakan to the project was completely by-passed or the memorandum on Article 11 that the parties were forced to withdraw, the perception was created that voices for non-Malays in the coalition were not being heard. Umno came across as too arrogant within the coalition. This came to a head in the Hindraf affair, when voices within the system rejected the concerns of ordinary voices and added salt to the wound by arresting the Indian Malaysian leaders. This seriously delegitimised the MIC as the voice of the Indian Malaysian community. It is not a coincidence that Devamany S Krishasamy, the MP from Cameron Highlands, who had the bravery to at least acknowledge concerns, was reelected and Samy Vellu, who justified the arrests, lost. The issue of problematic BN management extended to the dominant party within the BN itself, Umno. Abdullah came into office without a strong political base within his party. The party rallied around him in the office of the PM, yet he continued to face dissension inside. Rumours of rifts between him and his deputy Najib Razak continued, and were denied as in fact their working relationship was overall sound in the first term.Yet, the dissension continued to percolate, with former premier Dr Mahathir Mahathir leading the charge. The March polls were not just about national elections, they were also about positioning for the next Umno elections. In this regard, the March polls were used as a means to strengthen Abdullah and his allies positions within the party. Mentri besars were given much more influence over the candidate slates. Popular candidates, those that hold important division chief positions within Umno, were dropped. It is no wonder the Umno machinery did not work as effectively in this election compared to the last. As one Umno elite described it, there were too many "fronts" opened this campaign to mend. The impact of Umno infighting is most obvious historically in Kelantan, but can account for losses elsewhere and reduced majorities even in safe areas such as Perlis. The divisions within Umno were paralleled by splits within the other important component parties. For the MCA, the battle over leadership was already on the agenda before the election and the ouster of Chua Soi Lek, distancing of Chan Kong Choy and rise of Ong Ka Chuan, the brother of the party’s president have created serious ripples within the party.The MCA knew defeat was coming, but not as serious as the outcome. They slated the least number of incumbents - 35% - due to infighting and the difficult Chinese electoral terrain. The MCA's loss in the urban areas shows that they lost both Chinese and English-educated Chinese, the latter of which have not been effectively included in Ong Ka Ting's tenure. The MIC's crisis is well-known, as a similar dynamic over succession permeated the election, and the record number of new candidates for the MIC only served to have MIC fight itself in places like Perai in Penang. Gerakan's internal difficulties in the chief ministership issue were also on public display, although for the purposes of the election, the party maintained unity - to no avail.
4. Better messaging by the opposition
It is thus not surprising that the BN campaign lacked a coherence. In reading the messages about its record, the issues raised were disparate and lacked focus. While clearly polished posters and top printing quality, the BN content did not resonate clearly. The messages used in different states did not fit clearly under one umbrella, such as Umno's focus on it being the party of the struggle for Islam in Terengganu and Kelantan. In fact, many of the messages belied the experience of ordinary Malaysians - end of poverty? clean police force? prices least in the region? The connection to society was missing. The tone of the campaign was one in which the voices of society were not listened to, and people were talked down to. Many pointed to the arrogance of the BN in its campaign - highlighting the ‘One Choice’ poster as a fundamental lack of appreciation that there was another choice in this campaign, a choice that the majority of the electorate chose. The defensive posture of the BN campaign failed to offer hope to the electorate. "Be grateful for what you have" does not evoke support in a context of increased economic difficulties. In comparison, the opposition was united in promoting one message of "change". While they differed in their priorities of what they wanted to change, they all concurred on introducing more checks and balances in the system. Each party had a common template and umbrella that allowed candidates that were unknown to build on the individual party's identity. The message was modest in goals and a positive message. This more effective messaging allowed the opposition to reach out to new voters, and convinced many Malaysians to vote outside of ethnic lines.
5. Embracing modern campaigning: New mediums
A critical component of the opposition's stronger campaign was its more aggressive move to modern campaign techniques. While Malaysia elections continue to be labour intensive affairs, with house-to-house campaigning the norm, the use of polling of the electorate and the embrace of the Internet, blogs and SMS worked more the advantage for the opposition. The opposition was denied balanced coverage in the mainstream media, and thus was forced to adopt new campaign techniques for greater penetration of their message. PAS was perhaps the most effective of all the opposition parties in using its website to reach out to its supporters, with its candidates profiled early on. Yet, PKR and DAP were also close behind, using email list-serves and YouTube. The uploading of ceramah allowed a wider audience to hear their message. The BN lacked the same level of adoption of these techniques. In part, it believed that control over the media and resources would work. This is understandable. They have worked in the past. Yet, Malaysia is no longer the same place. Now 42 percent of Malaysians reportedly use the Internet, and they have access to alternative opinions. No matter what level of control over blogging the government introduces, they cannot control cyberspace. The BN will need to adjust its campaigning methods to reach out effectively, especially to younger voters.
6. Timing of election and campaign period
The long campaign worked in favour of the opposition, not the government. This has to do in part with the cheaper means to conduct campaigns noted above - CD's, Internet and SMS are cheaper than paying campaign workers.Yet the longer campaign period - the longest since 1969 - allowed the opposition to get its message out, to respond to the issues that the BN were raising. Instead of a blast in which the focus was on a few key messages, candidates from all parties had to adapt and change their messages as the campaign evolved. This was most evident in Penang, where the response of outgoing chief minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon to the issue of the state's future leadership, provided fodder to the opposition during the campaign itself. The BN proved less willing to adapt as the campaign evolved. Thirteen is clearly not Abdullah's lucky number. This election was called too early. While there is no doubt that economic pressures would have made the context difficult, the possible international recession might have given Abdullah more ability to deflect blame. As is, he alone was faced with an assessment of his economic management.The scheduling of the elections only a few months after Hindraf and during the Chinese New Year celebrations did not help build confidence among non-Malays. Rushing the seat allocation within the coalition contributed to internal BN disgruntlement. More policies should have been implemented to address ethnic relations and more efforts to address the infighting within the coalition needed to be done before the election. The election was clearly poorly timed.
7. Opposition cooperation
The opposition is comprised of three different political parties with different political outlooks and philosophies. It is also comprised of strong personalities. After the DAP left the Barisan Alternatif in 2001, the divide between the opposition parties widened, as the ideological differences over Islamic governance split the DAP and PAS, and even had ripple effects within PKR. Bringing the opposition together into the non-aggression pact of this election and the common umbrella was a massive effort, led by members within all the parties who recognised that national gains were not possible without cooperation. All the parties needed cooperation to win new ground - DAP in Penang, PAS in Kedah and all the parties in Selangor and Perak. The seat negotiations were heated and difficult, but in West Malaysia successful. All the party leaders are responsible for this success. It involved moving PAS away from an openly Islamist agenda, which it adopted in the 2004 campaign, and all the parties to embrace multiracialism. Operationally, cooperation involved joint PKR-DAP and PKR-PAS ceramah and on the ground canvassing, in which PKR and Anwar Ibrahim in particular brought parties together. For the campaign, the common goal of breaking two-thirds majority blinded the opposition to the ideological differences within itself and instilled more party discipline in all the parties. Electorally, the opposition was seen as a viable alternative as the opposition, not individual parties.
8. Strong opposition candidates
The opposition also slated strong articulate candidates who spoke about the issues. From Nurul Izzah Anwar's discussion of housing, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad's attention to education and Liew Chin Tong's focus on the chief ministership issue to Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi's highlight of the royalty disbursement in Terengganu, the candidates in the opposition spoke concretely about concerns in their constituencies. The opposition is now comprised of a greater number of professionals - up to over 45% - and now includes businessmen such as incoming PKR MB of Selangor Khalid Ibrahim as well as social activists such as Dr Lee Boon Chye in Perak. Those that have stayed in the opposition and joined the parties after the heyday of 1999 are deeply committed to the principles the opposition calls for. While lacking in governing experience, there is talent and many who listened to the ceramah recognised this.This is not to say that the BN did not slate capable candidates. The share of professionals remained high - over 30% - and the parties have extraordinarily capable people. Yet, the few that are tainted by scandals spoil the chances for others. Clean politicians within the BN - and there are many hardworking representatives within the BN - are negatively affected by the image that BN governance is about gaining wealth, not public service. This time round, even the hardest working parliamentarians such as Chew Mei Fun, could not meet the challenge of the younger dynamic slate for change.
9. Backfire from attack on Anwar Ibrahim
If there was one serious miscalculation that took place during the campaign, it was the attack on Anwar Ibrahim. Personal in nature, it was seen as unfair, especially in the Malay community. No question, there are real concerns among many Malaysians about Anwar Ibrahim's tenure in government - from issues of education to Islamic governance. He will have to continue to build confidence in the Malaysian electorate to those who have reservations about this leadership in the opposition. Yet, the attack on Anwar provoked a reaction, particularly among Malays. It reignited the 1999 reformasi spirit, and only served to add credibility to his influence nationally. Here, the BN served to alienate many Malays through negative campaigning, rather than convince the electorate to support its message of development.
10. Sophistication of Malaysian electorate
Finally, and it is finally (with apologies for the length of this article), the 2008 election illustrated the strengthening of Malaysian identity and growing sophistication of the electorate. Gone are the days when resources and promises alone can woo support - except perhaps in East Malaysia. Malaysians want more responsiveness and voices, and they used this campaign to stand in the majority for change. They no longer can be talked down to, but need to be listened and heard, not just during the election.The leadership in both the opposition and the BN will have to keep this in mind, as the terrain has fundamentally changed.
DR BRIDGET WELSH is assistant professor in Southeast Asian studies at John Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington DC.
P/s: Intimidating or impersonating the police car similarly as Barricade wasn't a bad idea at all...HeHeHe!! Worst come to worst, you'll end up in the jail....Wakakaka
Monday, March 10, 2008
'Suruhan Pilihan Raya a.k.a SPR' has zero credibility. All promises given to Malaysians were broken. These were some of the misconduct that have been identified as below:
1. Ballot paper is still printed with serial number. The secrecy of voting is comprised especially to those government servants.
2. The use of indelible ink was cancelled in last minute.
3. The duty of stamps requirement was revoked in last minute.
4. Military personnel are allowed to multiple register as phantom voters.
5. No secrecy in the ballot papers for postal voters.
6. Rampant phantom voters with fake IC.
7. Voters are illegally transferred out from their constituencies.
8. Inaccurate and fraudulent voter's registration record. We have oldest man and voter in the world! and other discrepancies.
The only way to restore SPR credibility is:
1. Rashid resigns from SPR immediately.
2. Request a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate and revamp SPR.
SPR is working for the King or Barisian Nasional? All evidence so far pointed that SPR is bias to BN. Vote opposition regardless they are from which party to show your power and angry to SPR and BN. DON'T THINK MALAYSIANS ARE 3-YEAR FOOLS CAN BE CHEATED WITH EMPTY PROMISES. BERSIH is appealing all conscious Malaysians to support them in asking a reform on SPR.
“I expected Barisan to lose support but not this badly,” he said of the Opposition victory in five states and 10 of the 13 parliamentary seats in the Federal Territories. He said that while it was up to Umno to decide, one possibility was Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak taking over from Abdullah. He said the fact that Indians, Chinese and Malays voted for the Opposition showed that it was not about racial politics but that on the whole, the people sent the same signal. Malays and Umno members voted for the Opposition because they were affected by the high inflation, and despite the high economic growth figures announced by the Government and the launch of development corridors, the people did not feel the benefits, he said.
Asked if Barisan had miscalculated holding the election, he said postponing it by another year would have led to more pent-up frustrations. He, however, said the Barisan concept was still relevant. On the Opposition’s position, he said there would be instability for some time but if the Opposition was good, it would be able to remedy the situation. He said Barisan, with its simple majority, would form a weak government, which would make it difficult for it to run a multiracial country, and this would affect investor confidence.
On whether Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contributed to the Opposition’s victory, he said: “There is a strong feeling against Barisan rather than strong feelings for the Opposition. “I can’t think he is relevant, in the sense that he is not going to be a prime minister,” he said. He said Umno and Barisan Nasional could still remedy the situation if they continued to serve the people well and took note of their signals. Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the results were “not just a blow to Barisan and Umno but to the nation as a whole.” “Alongside losing our two-thirds majority in Parliament, we have lost a record number of states to the Opposition, including the home state of the Prime Minister,” he said in a statement. “The honesty with which we interpret this result, and the decisiveness with which we act on it, will determine whether we still have a future with the people. “We must face it without further denial, self-deception or media spin.”-The Mines (The Star)
Menteri Besar Kedah: Kedah PAS commissioner Ust. Azizan Abdul Razak
Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang: Lim Guan Eng (DAP)
Menteri Besar Kelantan: PAS Spiritual Leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
Menteri Besar Selangor: The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Secretary-General Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim
P/s: Kudos to all top opposition's leaders. You've eradicated the 2/3 parliamentary majority status from them...From now, 'openness and transparency' are the key roles of the waves of reformation.
Malaysians awoke on Sunday to the biggest sea-change in politics in almost 40 years, with opposition Islamists and reformists winning control of five states and giving the government a humiliating wake-up call. Abdullah's multi-racial National Front coalition won just a simple majority in parliament, and his future as leader is in doubt after he watched a record parliamentary majority from the last election in 2004 collapse to the weakest level ever.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
VERY few television shows have lasted as long on air and enjoyed as much global success as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But even with seven seasons under its belt, the fast-paced procedural drama continues to captivate audiences all round the world with its riveting storylines, high-quality acting and state-of-the-art special effects.
Crime stoppers: The cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, (from left) Robert David Hall, George Eads, William Petersen, Gary Dourdan, Marg Helgenberger, Eric Szmanda (background) and Paul Guilfoyle, is back for the series’ eighth season.
With Season Eight of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation kicking off today on AXN, fans of the show will be able to reacquaint themselves with the dedicated and resourceful members of the Crime Lab in Las Vegas as they sift through murders, suicides, robberies and violent crimes that plague the streets of Sin City, moving beyond the neon decadence to its seediest and darkest corners. Relying on cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned savvy to solve crimes, the investigators are driven to succeed by the premise to let the evidence bring justice to the victims and closure to the survivors.” Season Seven saw the show scaling new heights in terms of entertainment value with the CSI team embroiled in a gripping and intense on-going hunt for the deadly “Miniature Killer”, an enigmatic serial murderer who created detailed miniatures of her crime scenes and sent them to the authorities.
While this case ran throughout the season, other interesting subplots such as the traumatic abduction of Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger)’s daughter Lindsey and Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda)’s civil suit for wrongful death after taking the life of a gang member who attacked him also offered much in terms of viewing satisfaction. Going beyond the standard police procedural storylines most weeks with the introduction of more personal accounts involving many of the team members as well as new faces, Season Seven consistently delivered the goods. Plot devices like the introduction of Michael Keppler, who was excellently portrayed by The Manchurian Candidate star Liev Schreiber, as stand-in supervisor for Gil Grissom (William Petersen) during a four-week sabbatical made for a fascinating change of pace and dynamics.
Of course, no season of CSI would be complete without its usual parade of famous special guest stars and among those appeared in the last season were John Meyer, Sean Young, Ned Beatty, Ally Sheedy, Method Man, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and even Cirque du Soleil! Seven Seven’s riveting finale found the Miniature Killer targeting and abducting one of CSI’s own-Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox). With plenty of uncertainty regarding Sara’s whereabouts and condition, everything is set up nicely for Season Eight. The new season promises more thrills and suspense with the CSIs being tested harder-both professionally and personally-than ever before. Not only will viewers get to see what happens with Sara and the Miniature Killer but they will also discover more about her secret relationship with Grissom. Yes, Grissom will finally let the cat out of the bag. Other interesting subplots in Season Eight include Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) going head-to-head with the remnants of the old Vegas mob (beginning in an episode directed by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin of The Exorcist fame), and Grissom investigating the causes and repercussions of Colony Collapse Disorder-a global bee epidemic, while Nick Stokes (George Eads), the soul of the team, senses that in the fallout of the Miniature Killer ordeal, his “family” is breaking apart and fights to maintain their unity. Viewers will also be introduced to rookie CSI Ronnie Lake (Jessica Lucas), who comes with plenty of energy and enthusiasm but very little experience. Fresh out of school and eager to learn, Ronnie’s enthusiasm quickly begins to wear on her new colleagues.
The show that nobody wanted
Gary Dourdan, George Eads and Marg Helgenberger were busy filming scenes for Season Eight episode nine (You Kill Me) at the CSI set situated at Universal City, Los Angeles, but they still found the time to speak at length about the show to the group of jet-lagged journalists from Asia and Latin America. With the entire group of journalists gathered in the Crime Lab’s meeting room, Helgenberger, who plays Catherine Willows, took the opportunity to talk about how her character will develop. “The plan for Catherine, this season, is how she might come to some sort of a crossroads in which she has to decide if she wants to stick with her current position or make a career change and work on the casino that she has just inherited from her father,” she revealed. “I think that the business side is exciting for her,” she continued. “I think change is always good, especially for a person like Catherine, who has been doing this for quite a long time and might want a little change. So, I think they’re going to play that out and see what happens.” For Gary Dourdan, the Philadelphia-born actor who plays Warrick Brown, the cool and laid-back analyst with insider knowledge of Las Vegas, the show’s global success has been nothing short of amazing, especially considering that in the beginning, nobody really had high hopes for the show.
“We were the show that no one wanted because they (the studios) were all about the cast list at the beginning,” laughed the easy-going Dourdan. “And to come from that to be the No.1 show in the world, we just weren’t expecting it. We weren’t going, ‘let’s take on Friends, we’re going to win.’ We were just happy to be on the air. And to go from that point to be the No.1 show has been an amazing journey.” Dourdan finds it strange that although people like watching the shows, they don’t really admit to watching them. “It’s funny. The critics constantly just look right over us and they don’t invite us to any of the awards shows. The other shows that are like us-the copycats-they’re getting awards and they’re getting invited to all the parties. And so it is kind of strange, you know?
“Why have we managed to last eight seasons? I’m way deep in the forest just working the shows so I don’t really know why people like it so much. I think that maybe because we’re the original show that created this franchise.” Commenting on what may be in store for his character in Season Eight, Dourdan said: “He kind of goes through a lot, like, ‘mayday! mayday!’, you know? He crashed and burned with his marriage, so you will see that.” Talking to George Eads, the chatty, opinionated, distinctively alpha-male actor from Texas that plays Nick Stokes, one gets the impression that nobody loves the show quite as much as him.
Even after eight years of playing the same guy, Eads still gets very excited about the task of bringing his character to life. “Well, I think that they hired the right guy,” opined Eads, still dressed in his blue Crime Lab jump suit for the interview. “I’m just very passionate about the show. In one respect, you get to play the same guy for eight years, and you wonder how you are going to make it fresh this time. But in another respect, it is a long movie where I get a chance to mature and evolve. “With every passing week, I get an opportunity to improve my acting because I get to do it day in, day out. So a lot of times, I compare it to being a professional athlete. “I feel like in the eighth season, I’ve gone from maybe a good high school quarterback to someone that is throwing the ball harder and faster with more energy and who has more ability to lead a team. Eads added: “So I’ve got to evolve this character to being not only more of a man than he was in the beginning, but a better CSI too. And I think he’s kind of fallen into a role of possibly being a leader of men instead of a follower.”
Season Eight of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premieres tonight on AXN (Astro channel 701) at 10pm.