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Al-Fatihah

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Selamat Menyambut Eidul Fitri

To all my Muslim friends, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all
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Selamat Menyambut Eidul Fitri
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If at any point of time, my writings have hurt you in one way or another, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for my mistakes, which I have not the slightest intention in my heart to hurt you.
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Have a safe journey home.
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And to all my non-Muslim friends, I wish you happy holiday.
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See you after raya...

Sex Anyone? Ooops Sorry, Its a Donation

“What is important is we did not ask for the women. He supplied them to us. If people sedekah (donate), don’t you want to accept it?”
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Whatever!!!
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Sick of all these people!!! Why is it that most, if not all of our politicians have got no brain or perhaps they left their brain at home whenever they go out so that they can talk without using their brain?
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That statement above is to me, made by a person who is sex maniac. I mean if you have faith in Allah, whatever it takes, you would not be seduced to have sex with any women of any race other than your legally married wife.
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Oh yes, he did not ask for the women, so he should not be guilty of any offence in the world and in the hereafter. Is that what he is trying to say? I feel sorry for him for being so stupid.
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Refer to the following: -
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(a) A hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) - "Ar Raasyi Walmurtasyi Finnar" which means the giver and the receiver (of bribe) are both in the hell.
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(b) A Qur'anic verse that says - "Azzaniyatu wazzaani fajliduu kulla waahidimminhuma miata jaldah" which means the adulterer (woman and man) to be given each of them 100 strokes.
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So, whatever ways this bugger look at it, both authorities above apply to him.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Internal Security Act

A lot have been said about the Internal Security Act 1960 or better known as ISA. While a few quarters are in favour of using the Act to ensure the country’s security, some others do not mind the authority invoking the ISA so long as there is no abuse of the said Act but most of the people are against the using of the Act against any individual for any reason whatsoever. Some even labeled the Act as a draconian law, which means rigorous, unusually severe or cruel law.
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Let me take you through the brief background of ISA and the salient sections of the Act to better understand what ISA is all about.
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The reason the ISA was drafted and enacted has been discussed by Yang Pei Keng in his Article entitled “Preventive Detention Under ISA – Unlawful for Non-Violent Peaceful Activities – The Effect of the Recent Federal Court Decision in Chor Phaik Har –v- Farlim Properties Sdn. Bhd. on Statutory Interpretation [1995] 1 CLJ cxcv (Mar)..
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The following is the excerpts from his Article above which I quoted in verbatim: -
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Professor R.H. Hickling, the former Professor of Law, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, was the first Parliamentary Draftsman and Commissioner of Law Revision of Malaya in the early years of Independence. He was "involved in much federal legislation, up to 1962. Included in that legislation was the Internal Security Act (ISA) of 1960".
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When he was assigned the task of drafting the ISA, he explained to the then Deputy Prime Minister Tun Razak in 1959, that "the preventive detention under the ISA was justified only in emergency conditions".

In the preface to Essays in Malaysian Law, written by him in 1989 when he was the Professor of Law in the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Professor Hickling had this to say when commenting on the frequent use of the ISA by the Executive:

I could not imagine then that the time would come when the power of detention, carefully and deliberately interlocked with Art. 149 of the Constitution, would be used against political opponents, welfare workers and others dedicated to non-violent, peaceful activities. It was with some considerable surprise that I discovered in 1987 that the Supreme Court (Teresa Lim Chin Chin and Ors. v. Inspector General of Police [1988] 1 MLJ 293 at 296) took the view that "from the wording of the provision(s) of the Act there is nothing to show that it is restricted to communist activities." It seems extraordinary that a Court, faced with two interpretations of a law, should adopt the one more restrictive of freedom, and indifferent to the Constitution." (see Preface to R.H. Hickling: Essays in Malaysian Law)
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So, now it is evidently clear that the reason and the intention ISA was drafted and enacted in 1960 was to curb communism and the same to be used only in emergency situations. So now the issue is whether ISA can be used for any other purpose including nation’s security, which is not in line with the intention of the law makers?
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Initially, in 1988, in the case of Teresa Lim Chin Chin and Ors. v. Inspector General of Police [1988] 1 MLJ 293, the then Supreme Court held that the intention of the Parliament in enacting any Act should not be used as the factor for interpreting the Act. It is for the Court to interpret in its own way. In other words, the using of the ISA is not restricted to the law maker’s intention when the same was enacted.
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However, in Chor Phaik Har v. Farlim Properties Sdn Bhd [1994] 3 MLJ 345, the Federal Court held that the statement of a Minister or the promoter of a Bill (the intention of the Parliament) can be referred to as an aid to interpretation. It means that the intention of the Parliament in drafting and enacting an Act may be used as an aid to interpret the Act but shall not be the sole or main factor to determine whether or not the Act should be used in a case.
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Based on the above two (2) cases, it is crystal clear that ISA may be used for any reason other than its’ original intention and I think that is why the government is using it so widely to safeguard the country’s security.
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Now, let us take a look at some salient points of the ISA.
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Section 8 (1) of ISA gives the Home Minister the power to order the detention of any person for up to two (2) years if the Minister is satisfied that such a person may be prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or to the maintenance of essential services or to the economic life thereof.
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However, Section 8 (1) does not really set the maximum period for the detention. By virtue of Section 8 (7), the Minister may extend the detention period for another two (2) years and thereafter for another two (2) years, so on and so forth, so long as the Minister is satisfied that the person is still a threat to the national security. In other words, Section 8 (7) gives the power to the Minister to determine the detention period and there shall be no limit to it until the Minister is satisfied that the detainee shall not be a threat to the country’s security.
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Section 8B provides that there shall be no judicial review on the detention order made by the Minister or the Yang Di Pertuan Agong unless on the ground of procedural compliance, which means the person who is detained under the ISA cannot have their detention reviewed by the Court based on merit unless they are able to prove that the detention does not follow the proper procedure. This provision makes it almost impossible for a detainee to challenge the Minister’s decision for the detention and they have to hope for any breach of procedures to be committed by the detaining authority, which is highly unlikely to happen because the detaining authority has been doing this over time.
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However, as oppose to the provision of Section 8 (7), Section 10 allows the Minister to suspend the detention order.
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Apart from the above Sections that gives the Minister the power to issue the detention order, Section 73 gives the power to police to detain a person, without a need for warrant, of up to sixty (60) days without a need of a detention order from the Minster as required under Section 8 if the police has the reason to believe: -
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(a) that there are grounds, which would justify his detention under Section 8; and
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(b) that he has acted or is about to act or is likely to act in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or to the maintenance of the essential services or to the economic life.
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As such, based on the Sections mentioned above, in a nutshell the detention under the ISA works this way: -
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(a) Police may detain the person for up to sixty (60) days without a detention order from the Minister in pursuant to Section 73;
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(b) At the end of the sixty (60) days, the Police may either release the person or obtain the detention order from the Minister, who may order the detention up to two (2) years.
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(c) At the end of the two (2) years detention period, the Minister may wither release the detainee or extend the detention period up to another two (2) years and so on and so forth.
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If we look at the provisions of the ISA, it talks about “if the Minister satisfied” and “if the police have reason to believe”. It indicates that all the arrests and detentions made under the ISA are made at the sole discretion of the police and the Minister. In this case, in my opinion, the discretionary power given to the Minister is very wide because the detention order issued by the Minister or any extension thereof is almost impossible for it to be challenged in Court.
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Going back to the provision of Section 8B above, while it is not allowed to challenge the Minister’s order of detention made pursuant to Section 8, it is silent on whether the detainee is allowed to challenge the arrest and detention made by the police in pursuant to Section 73. This means that detainees are allowed to file a judicial review with the High Court to challenge the arrest made by the police in pursuant to Section 73 both on merit and procedural.
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Based on the provisions stated above, ISA is actually a law that allows “detention without trial”. This is definitely against the principle of law where “a person is innocent until proven guilty”. And how do we prove a person is guilty or innocent? We definitely need to have a proper and fair Hearing so that all the relevant evidences can be tendered in an open Court before a Judge, witnesses are called to testified, their testimony can be challenged, and the evidences tendered can be challenged by the opposing party. All it means is that both parties i.e. the accused and the authority should play at the same ground level. So, when the authority is having the upper hand over the detainee, it is what common people called “unfair”.
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Well, as the Minister said recently that ISA is a preventive law, to me whatever it is, you have no right to detain a person without putting him in a proper trial. That is wrong and there is no two (2) ways about it.
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All I want to say is that, while the authority may have the information to form the grounds for them to believe that the person is a threat to the national security, thus arresting him under the ISA, the wide discretionary power granted to the Minister may still lead to an abuse of the process of law because no one can challenge the Minister’s discretionary power. Not even the court of law in the country. A person may be a threat in the eyes of the Minister but not in the eyes of the majority but the Minister’s belief shall prevail. So, in detaining a person under the ISA, whether or not the person is a real threat to the country, only the Minister knows.
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I am against the ISA.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Najib's Own Website

Malaysians can go to www.1malaysia.com.my if they want to connect "personally" with Najib. There is nothing much in the website at the moment except, his biography, column for comment, photo galleries and the welcoming speech.
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Frankly speaking I am not too sure on the reason for him to have this website. As reported in The Star online, Najib is to try and reach to an increasingly Internet-savvy electorate. Well, I believe that it is too soon to judge whether that is truly the motive for having the website or is it just a political gimmick, given for the fact that he needs support from the Malaysians as well as the current political scenario. I am not trying to be skeptical about it but I can't help myself from talking about Si Bedol's own website, launched just before the election in March this year, which to me it serves no purpose other than the election gimmick.
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Whatever it is, Najib's own website, in my opinion is not that people friendly as oppose to blogs. In blogs, the readers are able to read other readers' comments but in Najib's case, you send your comment and that it. Other people will not be able to read your comment. So, at the end of the day, people will not know whether Najib really give it a damn about people's comment or just sit on it.
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But the only better feature in Najib's website as opposed to Si Bedol is that you do not have to state your house address and emploer's name to post a comment, which is a mandatory field to fill up in Si Bedol's website. I wonder why Si Bedol wants to know all those?
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Compare Najib's website with Si Bedol's at http://www.warkahuntukpm.com.my/

Speak With Full of Confidence

There is a big difference between the word “think” and “sure/believe”. While the word “think” indicates uncertainty, doubtful and less confidence, the word “sure/believe”, on the other hand indicates the strong believe and full of confidence.
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If someone says, “I think I can make it”, it really shows that the person who utter the sentence is not confidence with him/herself. He/she still has some doubt on his/her ability to do it. However, when someone says “I am sure that I can do it” or “I believe I can do it”, that person has full confidence in himself/herself that he/she can do it.
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Hence, one must use the correct word to describe their feeling. People will have more confidence when we use the word “sure/believe” and less confidence when we use the word “think”. Further, the word “sure/believe” carries more weight that the word “think”.
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The following are two (2) very classic examples of someone who talks with confidence (Najib) and someone who has doubt of what he says (SI Bedol)
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“I don’t think he has the names. If he does, I don’t think he would wait to inform the people (Si Bedol when commenting on the cross over MPs from BN to PR)
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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/17/nation/2050063&sec=nation
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He (Najib) told reporters he “did not have any doubts” and he had always been confident that the Barisan Nasional government would still be in office on Sept 16 (Najib when commenting on the rumours on the take over of government by PR)
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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/17/nation/2050109&sec=nation
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The above two (2) statements shows the different feeling the PM and DPM have over the issue of Pakatan Rakyat takes over the goverment from BN. While Najib shows confidence that the take over will not take place, Si Bedol on the other hand was 50-50 about it. It is further strengthened by the fact that Si Bedol had asked Anwar to make public the list of MPs who are said to crossover to PR. Si Bedol's request, to me, does not serve as a challenge to Anwar but rather showing his no confidence on his own MPs.
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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Bluffer is Bluffing and Flip-Flopper is Flip-Flopping

What about this???
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As reported in The Star online...
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Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) because police received information that her life had been threatened, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar...“Police wanted to get to the bottom of it,” he said...However, the minister vehemently denied that he had anything to do with the arrests and detention of Tan and two others — Malaysia Today news portal editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Selangor senior executive councillor Teresa Kok — under the ISA on Friday...Asked if he thought the police action was justified, Syed Hamid said: “If I start to interfere with the administration of enforcement then it’s difficult.”...“I am a minister. I am a politician. If I start to interfere, then people will say I have a political motive. It will send the wrong signals. I cannot interfere,” he said...“The police need not refer to me. It’s their discretion and their assessment of what happened. There has been no malice on their part,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman.
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As reported by Utusan Online (you know right? Utusan can't be wrong in reporting news especially involving government)
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Penahanan tiga orang di bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) kelmarin adalah keputusan kerajaan dan ia tidak sepatutnya dipersoalkan oleh mana-mana menteri termasuk Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim...Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar memberi peringatan itu sebagai reaksinya kepada kenyataan Zaid di Kota Bharu hari ini bahawa kerajaan tidak sewajarnya menggunakan ISA untuk menahan mereka sebaliknya perlu diadili mengikut sistem perundangan negara...menurut beliau, tindakannya meluluskan penahanan di bawah ISA itu adalah bagi pihak kerajaan yang memerintah, selaras dengan kedudukannya sebagai menteri Kabinet, bukannya ‘orang di luar kerajaan’. (Translation: The detention of the three people under the ISA was a government's decision and it should not be questioned by any Minister including the Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim...The Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar sent the reminder as a reaction to the statement made by Zaid at Kota Bharu today that the government was not supposed to use ISA to detain them but instead they have to be dealt with in accordance with the country's legal system...according to him, his action in approving the arrest under the ISA is on behalf of the ruling government, in line with his position as a Minister, and not as someone who is outside the government.
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(a) He said it was the police's decision on the ISA arrest but later said that it was the government'd decision
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(b) He said that he had nothing to do with the arrest but later admitted that he approved the arrest.
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But for once, Albar was right when he said that “If I start to interfere with the administration of enforcement then it’s difficult.” Yes, it is now difficult for Albar to justify.

Malaysian a Laughing Stock - The World Are Watching and Laugh at Us

It has come to a point that it is embarrassing to be a Malaysian. Don't get me wrong. The nation has done nothing wrong to cause the embarrassment. It is our politicians from both the government and the opposition that cause the embarrassment. Where do we put our face if foreigners ask us about the cat-and-mouse chasing game between PKR and BN Beckbenchers, about Anwar's greed to become a PM in an immoral way, the real reason behind the so-called study trip to Taiwan, the use of the ISA against a journalist and of course many more to come? It is ok for the politicians to act in such a manner because politicians were born with thick skin, so that they won't feel ashamed of the silly thing that that have caused or may cause. It is the normal innocent citizen, like you and me who feel ashamed and embarrass with the immature act of our politicians.
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(1) The announcement for the so-called study trip to Taiwan to learn about the latest technology in agriculture was made few days before the trip. I believe (if at all it was a study trip), it was not planned earlier. This is because the BBC said that they would either go to China or Taiwan but because of the long visa process for China, they might go to Taiwan. Further, few days before the departure date, there were still MPs who were not aware of the trip!!! Hei!!! Even for school trip to the zoo needs proper planning! I wonder how our BBC could plan such an important trip in such a short time? Amazing right. I mean their counter part in Taiwan definitely need to make some arrangement because this is study trip and not a normal holiday. I must salute the Taiwanese people who could attend to the BBC's request for the study trip and make the schdule very tight, as what Fuad Zarkahi said they woke up at 3am for sahur and left the hotel room at 8am and came back at 10pm. Wonderful...very tight schedule and all these was planned in few days time??? Amazing!!! And the BBC wanted the intelligent people like you and me to believe to all these nonsense? It was outrightly not making any sense from the beginning till the end and yet the BBC wanted to make it looks real. Originally the BBC would come back on 17/9/2008. But after the PKR flers went to join the said "study trip", all of a sudden, the study trip had to be ended earlier. And for that, the BBC said that it was as per their schedule i.e. the study trip to end earlier than 17/9/2008. They also bluffed by saying that the date 17/9/2008 was meant if the BBC members wanted to stay back or go somewhere else after they ended the study. My goodness!!! What a crap!!! Our politicians are all adult. It is up to them where they want to go and what they want to do? Why do the BBC needs to set the 17/9/2008 deadline for them to come back? What happen if some choose to celebrate their raya overseas? Any punishment? No right? So, why fixed the 17/9/2008 deadline when it has no importance.
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And to make it worst, the PKR sent five (5) stooges to Taiwan. Reason? Very obviously to meet the 16/9/2008 deadline for them to topple the government. I thought PKR was smatter than BN but they are all the same.
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See? The whole world are looking at our politicians who play cat-and-mouse chasing game. All because someone is greedy to become the prime minister. If Anwar becomes the PM, people and the whole world will remember him as someone who gets to be a PM by playing a cat-and-mouse chasing game before getting the ruling party's MPs to cross over, hence, toppling to present government. Every person of sound mind will think what the BN MP's must be given something or a lot of things to crossover to the opposition, so that the opposition can rule the nation while the ruling party will become the opposition. So, are we proud of having MPs who can easily be bought? Who are materialistic? Who put their interest on top and above the interest of the people? That is something for us to be ashamed of and not to proud of. I wonder if the MPs can be bought at any price, one day, sooner or later, our beloved country may be sold to other country simply because our politicians can be bought at any price. When I said our country may be sold, it does not necessarily means that the outsiders are physically here to administer the country. They can in fact doing it by using remote control. Our leader then is only a puppet. So, is that something for us to be proud of?
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If at all we need our people to learn about the latest technology in agricultre, I think it is better and wiser to send those from the agriculture ministry for the study trip because they need the knowledge and not our MPs. Unfortunately only wise people can thin wisely and silly people think sillyly.
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(2) The government has recently used the ISA to detain Raja Petra (a blogger), Teresa Kok (opposition MP) and Tan Hoong Cheng (a reporter). While I am not interested to talk about the detention of thefirst two (2) individuals named earlier, I believe that Albar has made the country a laughing stock when he tried to justify the arrest of the reporter. The ISA was enacted to curd communism and in the present context, it may be used (though I am not in favour of ISA for any reason whatsoever) to fight terrorism though the government is using it as way to fight racial disharmony. But whatever it is, ISA has never ever intended to serve as a protection for any individual of any political party, religion or race. But this Albar said that the reported was detained because the police intelligence believe that her life was has been threatened. My question is very simple. Who threatened her life? Why don't the police go ask arrest the culprit rather than the arresting the victim? In this case, I consider Tan as a victim because her life was threatened. And further, Albar said that it is good that the police hear the first hand information from Tan herself. Wait a minute? What information? First of all, it was wrong to detain Tan under ISA. Second, Albar said the reason behind the arrest was because of her life was in danger. Thirdly, it was just a police allegation that her life was in danger when Tan did not say so. So, what did the police want to know direct from Tan when she did not know anything about her life threatening situation? Funny right? No, it is not funny but it is stupid of Albar to say that. If at all the police want the first hand information about the life threatening situation concerning Tan, they should hear it from their own intelligence and not Tan.
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So, what was the reason behind the arrest of Tan under the ISA? Albar had tried it very hard to justify but as a citizen of Malaysia, I am not impressed at all. Albar looks stupid with that statement. After all, the police was so confident that after barely 18 hours, Tan's safety was no longer an issue.
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And to tell it all, read here an article by Tan Hoon Cheng entitled "My 18 hours under the ISA". It really does not reflect the "intention" of the police to give protection to Tan.
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Singapore introduces ‘unfriendly’ restrictions

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/12/nation/2007727&sec=nation
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Again, Singapore government made life difficult for us. No more special treatment for VIP, VVIP including the Johor royal family and our own High Commissioner in Singapore.
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See??? Singapore will not think about our feeling every time they want to impose new ruling that affect us. They don’t care. But we Malaysian, I mean our government will have to think ten times before making any new ruling that may affect the Singaporean and in the end they will not impose the new ruling on the basis of neighboring country spirit. What the heck!!!
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A couple of years ago, the government wanted to impose entrance fee on the Singaporean cars that enter Malaysia. I can’t really remember the amount but for Singaporean, it was not much. I think it was in the region of RM20 per entry. There was quite a big huha in the government. First about the need to implement and second on the amount. In the end, they abort their plan to impose the ruling and till now Singaporean cars enter Malaysia free of charge. They do not pay road tax and yet they are on our road. They enjoy same price of petrol like we do.
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So, why are we complaining when Singapore impose this new ruling?
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The report says that:
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“Wisma Putra sources said the recent ruling would “ruffle some feathers” as Malaysia has been “very accommodating” to requests made by Singapore in the past”
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My question is, did Singapore ask us to be very accommodating in the first place? I don’t think so. Our government is to be blamed.

Rela Member Ordered to Pay Former GRO RM100,000

Serves him right. I must say that. There is no other right word to describe the punishment imposed on the Rela member who had taken the photo of a GRO while relieving herself when she was arrested with few others by Jawi during a raid at a night club in 2003. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/12/nation/2010534&sec=nation
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I actually have had bad experience with this Rela people, not directly but indirectly. Last year our nation celebrated its 50th independence day and if you all still remember, during the parade, there was a group of UMNO veterans who took part in the parade. My father was nominated to be one of the UMNO veterans to take part in the parade. Arrangement was made by Melaka Rela. My father was very happy. He started to tell all his children and grandchildren about that. He even updated us about the progress. He was given the itinerary for the events such as the hotel my father would be staying, the rehearsal, the departure date, so on and so forth. In fact, he was told that he could bring my mother along and my father had been persuading my mother to go. A Melaka Rela member dealt directly and was in contact with my father. He even asked my father to go to a designated tailor to make a Baju Melayu for the parade. Of course it was all paid for and my father cooperated.
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Two or three days before they were supposed to fetch my father to go to KL for the parade, the guy who was in contact with my father did not contact my father. Curious of what was going on, my father went to Rela office in Melaka to find out the status only to be told that my father’s name had been dropped from the parade to give way to another veteran who was a Tan Sri. When asked about the guy in contact with my father, they told him that the guy was in KL already.
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My father was very frustrated. Really frustrated. He was so excited about everything and suddenly his dream went into the drain. All because of politics and to give way to a Tan Sri and to make it worse, a young Rela fler who does not know anything about courtesy on how to inform my father that his name was dropped.
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Before my father left Rela office, my father made a request. Since it was not possible for him to be in the parade, all he wanted was the Baju Melayu as a souvenir and those Rela flers in the office said, ok. And until now, nothing forthcoming.
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As a son, I was so angry when informed about what had happened. I don’t really bother about the Tan Sri. I don’t give it a damn. What I was angry at was the way they handled my father. They have no respect at all and it all because my father’s name is just Mohd Said bin Abdul Wahab without Datuk’ Dato’, Tan Sri, Tun or anything for that matter. My father may not have fought for the country’s independence but he is an UMNO veteran. He was the Head of UMNO branch for about 20 years and during his tenure, he contributed a lot to the people in my area, bring development and whatever a community leader was supposed to give to the people. He put the people’s interest first. Himself and family came later. 20 years as the branch Head, my father could only afford a bicycle to move around. I regard him as a true politician and he is so different with most of our politicians who are corrupted especially the current UMNO branch head in my area, who is so happen to be my cousin, who after few years took over from my father has increased the number of his car from 1 to 5. But sad to say that people does not really look at leaders like my father.
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So, I called the Melaka Rela Colonel (by the way, it is just a title and in no way in the same level as Army Colonel) to find out what happened and to express my unhappiness about everything. In short I was complaining to him about his people. To my surprise, his response was for me to write a letter to the Minister and he was rushing to end our conversation. When I refused to end the conversation, he was angry at me and started to scream at me. Of course I did scream at him back but after that I realized that no point talking to this man who could not think properly, maturely and sanely. I drafted a letter of complaint against the Rela fler and the Colonel (although originally, it was supposed to be against the Rela fler alone) to the Minister but then I told myself, this is not going anywhere because I don’t think the Minster would have entertained my complaint because my father is not a Datuk, Dato’, Tan Sri, Tun or anything for that matter.
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So, when I read the punishment meted out on this Rela officer, I said serves him right. It may be unfair for me to blame the whole Rela team because of one or two idiots but as the Malay proverb says, disebabkan nila setitik rosak susu sebelanga. But I think I am not wrong to have this bad perception on Rela members that some of them are just having very low mentality or in harsher words, they are mentally retarded.
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So guys, do not be surprise if after this you hear more bad stories about Rela beause i don't thin that our Rela is that reliable.

No Need To Be Surprised, Si Bedol told

I laughed when I read The Star report that Si Bedol was surprised that Muhyiddin asked him to reconsider the transition plan in 2010 after Muhyiddin had agreed to the same when it was announced.
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What goes around comes around. When you cheat the people, someday you will be cheated. If you go against your own words (and hurt the people), someday people will also go against their own words (and hurt you). As the arabic proverb says, kama tadinu tudani (what you give you get back)...sounds like scorpion song right???
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Examples of a person who go against their own words (and hurt the people in one way or another): -
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(a) Si Bedol said he was not getting married and the next thing that we knew was that he got married.
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(b) Si Bedol said that he was not going to dissolve the Parliament tomorrow and tomorrow, he dissolved the Parliamnet.
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(c) Si Bedol said that petrol price would be increased in August 2008 and the next thing that we knew was that the price was increased in June 2008. Not only that, the increase was too high.
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(d) Si Bedol said that there was no reason to reduce the price of the petrol before 1/9/2008 and the next thing that we knew was that the petrol price was reduced in August 2008.
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Oh! What a coincidence!!! It is all about Si Bedol.
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So, what’s wrong with Muhyiddin going against his own words (if at all he did because if I am not mistaken, Muhyiddin was among those who said that 2010 was too long period when Si Bedol announced his transition plan). After all, he must have learned it from his Boss, Si Bedol. People lead by example and if you set bad example to your subordinate, you have no right to be surprised if one day, your subordinate follow your bad example.
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There are two (2) possibilities here (again, if at all, Muhyiddin went against his earlier agreement): -
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(1) That Muhyiddin had learned it very well from his Boss, Si Bedol; or
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(2) That Muhyiddin does not trust Si Bedol’s transition plan in 2010 and that the transition of power in 2010 may not materialised, as Si Bedol may (again) go against his own words, as he is fond of doing that as evidenced above.
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My brother in law told me that how we react and behave is all depends on who our Boss is. He said, during P. Ramlee’s era, any actor or actress could act so well and lively and they could carry any role whenever P. Ramlee directed the movie. That was because P. Ramlee was a great Film Director. The current cabinet line up is not much different with those under Dr. Mahathir’s administration. But most of the Ministers nowadays are talking nonsense with no common sense. They were not like this when Dr. Mahathir was their Boss but they turn to be one when Si Bedol became their Boss. So, I do agree with my brother in law that it is all about who our Boss is?
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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/12/nation/2012375&sec=nation

Monday, September 8, 2008

Khalid Ibrahim - Lack of Common Sense of Simply Dumb?

It was very disgusting to read yesterday’s Mingguan Malaysia report that about Selangor Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim who stood by his earlier statement that it is a waste of money and time for him to go down to earth to visit the typhoon victims in Klang.
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http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/arkib.asp?y=2008&dt=0907&pub=utusan_malaysia&sec=muka%5Fhadapan&pg=mh_02.htm&arc=hive
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He tried to justify his statement by then saying that "Saya ada wakil rakyat dan Exco yang mengendalikan bantuan untuk mangsa dan saya sentiasa berhubung dengan mereka. Jadi, tidak perlu saya turun padang kerana ia membazirkan masa saya” (translation – I have people representatives and Exco to provide the assistance to the victims and I will always be in contact with them. So, I do not need to go down because it is a waste of my time).
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How hard he try to justify his earlier statement, nothing can heal the wound felt by the typhoon victims. I can understand if he is too busy to go down and visit and to get his representatives to update him. But to say that it was a waste of money and his time, I must say that this Khalid Ibrahim is a plain stupid fler who does not know how to use common sense and proper language. He does not know how to appreciate people. Perhaps he still thinking himself as a CEO who can hire and fire and shout at people like nobody business. But in this case, he forgot that the people are not his subject but his boss who will determine his political career in the next general election. And I must also said that this Khalid Ibrahim is worst than Nazri Aziz. Wait!!! I am not saying that Nazri Aziz is clever. I will never say that.
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Let me tell this ungrateful, idiot Khalid Ibrahim. My suggestion to him is that next general election, he does not have to go and meet the voters, as it will just waste his time and money. What about that? Plain stupid you Khalid Ibrahim!!!

Education System

Tomorrow, all Standard 6 students all over Malaysia will sit for UPSR examination, which will determine whether they will get to go to border or daily school. Nothing more than that. This examination does not really going to determine their future. I mean they may score 5As but that does not really determine their future direction. It is the PMR and SPM that determine their direction.
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Talking about UPSR that reminds me of my good old days, way back in the year of 1988, exactly 20 years ago, I was the first batch to sit for the exam. Before that, it was known as Penilaian Darjah 5. However, I am not going to flash back those memories, instead, I want to talk about our education system.
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Ever since I enrolled in my standard one in 1983, or perhaps years before that until now, we have had the same education system, which was and is examination oriented. The achievement of the students and the schools was and is measured on the number of student who scored straight A’s in major examination. But the question is whether it is good to have education system which is examination oriented?
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Frankly speaking, I do not 100% agree with this examination oriented system. The system made the students to study just for their examination and then, they sit for the examination just because they want to pass and move on with their studies. That’s all. I am not talking about all, but I believe majority of our students think that way.
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When they study solely for their examination, they can hardly apply what they have learned in their life or at least after the examination. This is because they study by memorizing and not understanding. Not all of us have a good memory. Memory does not last long unless we keep on repeating on what we have memorized. It is like when someone memorise Al-Qur’an. He/she needs to do a lot of revisions I mean everyday to ensure that they do not forget what they have memorized. But that is ok because apart from understanding, Al-Qur’an is also meant for memorisation. Unfortunately, that is not the case with our academic subjects. It should be understood than a mere memorisation. This is because, what we learned in school should be applicable in our daily life. But when the students blindly memorise what is written in the text book without really understand the contents, how are they going to apply them in their life? Worst still, soon after the examination, they will forget about it because they have reached their objective i.e. to sit for the examination.
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Talking about this, I was told by my sister that my niece who is going to sit for UPSR examination tomorrow had to attend extra classes last weekend. I mean that was just 2 days prior to the big day, and yet the teacher still wanted to hold the extra classes. As if that is not bad enough, my niece and her friends has to attend more extra classes during examination day after they have completed all the papers for the day. Meaning to say, they sit for the examination in the morning and in the afternoon, they have to attend for their extra classes for tomorrow’s subject.
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If I were the parents, I would not really appreciate the efforts made by the teachers in trying to help the students. The question is by having extra classes over the weekend before the examination day and on the day itself, are they (the teachers) doing any good to the students? I do not think so. They are in fact putting a lot of pressure on the students. Students should be given their own space and time to study because they know better the area that they need to cover last minute. Having last minute extra classes cause more harm than good.
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But some may think why can’t I appreciate what the teachers are trying to do i.e. to help the students? As I said earlier, they are not helping the students by giving extra classes during the examination days. This made me wonder, because nowadays, school’s achievement does matter too. So, is it really for the students or the schools?
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Whatever it is, all the best to all the Standard Six students especially to my niece Nur Afiqah Binti Mohd Sakri and my nephew Ahmad Anwar Bin Rostani.