Archive for February, 2007

Reuters: Abdullah’s Spin Doctors at work

February 14, 2007

The spin doctors failed to fool most people with their ‘feel good factor’ headlines for the past week, the working class just have to look at their bonus and they’ll know the economy is not good.

They will try again as they have received orders from the government as reported below. But with Reuters report, it will be harder for them to fool anyone.

Malaysian spin on economy sparks poll talk
Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:31 PM IST

By Jalil Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s media has been trumpeting good news about the economy, and that is stoking speculation of an early election this year.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi does not need to hold an election until early 2009, and insists he is in no hurry following the big mandate that he won in 2004.

But political analysts do not rule out snap polls this year.

“The PM is likely to give more candies, including the promised review of civil service’s salary, if he decides to go for polls this year,” said political analyst Yahaya Ismail.

At the weekend, Abdullah’s ruling party revved up its election machinery to try to regain power in the northeastern state of Kelantan, ruled by the conservative Islamic party PAS since 1990.

PAS, or Parti Islam se-Malaysia, is also gearing up for the polls. “We expect the election this year,” one official told Reuters.

Analysts say the climate appears favourable to Abdullah.

Malaysia’s opposition parties remain relatively muted, and the economy, the government says, is on a roll.

The mainstream media, which generally cheers the administration, went to town last week with a slew of upbeat stories ranging from a record 2006 trade volume to rocketing share prices, a stronger ringgit and rising foreign reserves.

“Good times are back,” blared one headline in the best-selling Star newspaper, summing up comments by Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

“The feel good factor is clear. Retailers are enjoying better business and restaurants are packed,” the minister said.

“Economy now more resilient than ever,” was the headline in the New Straits Times, a daily controlled by Abdullah’s ruling party.

More such stories are on the cards, said one editor, who attended a government briefing recently.

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Samy Vellu is a liar

February 12, 2007

I’m not a bad boy, Samy Vellu tells critics

“Many people think I’m a bad boy as if I decide on the tolls, as if I put people in trouble, that I go for blood and all that.”I’m a minister of the government and I implement the decision made by the Cabinet.

“It’s not my decision to raise the toll or to reduce it,” said the agitated minister.

Samy Vellu said toll rates were decided by the government and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).

“Privatisation is purely an EPU decision. It is then approved by the Cabinet and the Ministry of Works takes over. The ministry has to announce the toll rates, has to carry all the burden and has to face all the scoldings,” Samy Vellu said after presenting cash awards to 580 Tamil pupils who scored 7As for the UPSR exam last year.

He lashed out at certain quarters who said they would buy up the toll companies if they were in his position.

If all the toll companies were taken over, said Samy Vellu, it would cost the government nearly RM500 billion.

Is he not a member of the cabinet?

Is he not a member of the government?

Is he not the minister of the department that signed all the toll concessions?

Is the minister of the cabinet just a message boy then, a powerless thambi?

RM500 billion to take over all the toll companies? those toll companies must be world re-known super corporations then. As the KLSE market value is currently valued at around RM960 billion, and we need RM500 billion to buy them.

Dei thambi, get out of the government you liar!

Govt to ban non-Malay models?

February 7, 2007

Advertisers ordered to drop models with non-Malay faces

The Malaysian modelling and advertising industries are in shock after the government announced it was reviving a ban on the multiracial Asian faces that dominate billboards and magazines.

Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin said yesterday that models with so-called “pan-Asian” features were not representative of Malaysian demographics.

“Using pan-Asian faces means downgrading local faces,” he said. “We have to give priority to models with local looks.”

What is a Malaysian face or local looks? What about mixed Malaysian with a Pan asian face? Malays alone don’t represent Malaysia, so stop discriminating others. It is people like this that will try anything to disunite the people, how stupid can one be?

Today, the pretty models fights back: Malaysian models defend the mixed look

Anti-Toll Hike Protest (Round 4 pics)

February 5, 2007

Date: 4th Feb 2007

Time: 4pm

Venue: IOI Mall Puchong

The good: People from all walks

The bad & ugly: Police & government

Read:

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Anti-toll hike protest: More arrests made

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Chaos, caused by the police who promised to let the opposition leaders to speak for 15 minutes but started to pulling, shoving and arresting the leaders and their followers that tried to protect them after like 2 minutes.

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C’mon, fully gear up policeman vs girls & old man….the police got no shame

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See, they even handcuffed the girls. The only danger there were the police with their weapons, not the protestors.

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Arrested.

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A peaceful event ended after the chaos, because of the police.

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The crowd refused to disperse after the police arrested 15 people, they gathered at the opposite of IOI Mall to protest, again. That’s the spirits.

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Protestors marching towards Puchong police station.

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Since when Rela became a part of the armed forces? they’re just some local thugs.

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Hundreds of protestors & curious residents surrounded the police station waiting for the release of the 15 arrested.

I hope more people will come out next time and see this with your own eyes, you don’t get to read this in the mainstream medias. We have the right to know about the toll concession because we are tax payer, and we pay the toll everyday.

Remember, the people should not be afraid of the government, the government should be afraid of the people.

Reporters sans frontières : Abdullah failed

February 3, 2007

Malaysia – Annual report 2007

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has still not fulfilled the promise of openness which he made when he came to power in 2003. Censorship and self-censorship have not gone away and media concentration in the hands of the families of government members has been further boosted this year.

On 7 December 2006, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also public security minister, told parliament that he planned to intervene regularly with the media to warn them off certain subjects. “If the media persist in not respecting the law, the ministry will send a caution, which could turn into a suspension or withdrawal of a licence”, he said. The government, which is extremely vigilant on issues which might provoke tension between the country’s different communities, regularly puts the press under pressure. Sensitive subjects are censored or avoided completely. For example, in March, demonstrations against a hike in the price of petrol went off without any coverage in the main media. In June, the presenter of a radio talk show in Chinese was replaced and the phone-in section of the programme was axed. In the same way, in November, police summoned several journalists to tell them to cut back their coverage of a particularly grisly murder in which police officers were implicated.

The rare independent publications are to be found online, including Malaysiakini which did not suffer any official harassment in 2006. On the other hand, bloggers and discussion forums did find themselves in the government’s sights.

The Public Security ministry and censorship bodies are also very prompt to defend good morals in the press. In November, a weekly and its editor were suspended for having published an article about sexuality. Hundreds of international publications and books on sex and religion are banned in the country. The authorities invoke Article 6 (2) of the press law to punish media accused of putting out indecent news.

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Attention: Anti-Toll Hike Protest (This Sunday)

February 2, 2007

There will be a anti-toll hike protest this weekend, all are encourage to come and join this peaceful event.

Date: 4th Feb 2007 (Sunday)

Time: 4.00PM

Venue: IOI Mall Puchong

Read:Kerajaan guna OSA untuk takutkan rakyat- Tian Chua

Anti-Corruption Agency’s brilliant idea

February 1, 2007

ACA to still confiscate preoperty even if owner not nailed

SHAH ALAM: The Anti-Corruption Agency will seize property acquired through corrupt means, even if it fails to nail the owner for corruption. ACA national investigations director Mohd Shukri Abdull said there were cases when the agency had proof of graft, but the guilty parties could not be brought to court due to lack of supporting evidence because witnesses refused to testify or documents were lost.

This is so ridiculous, ACA is so desperate to prove to the public that they’re useful, they want to become samseng now. If they can’t prove someone is guilty for corruption, they can still ask the court to confiscate their property.

“It’s like you (the prosecution) telling the judge that you don’t have evidence to prosecute the person, yet you ask the judge to accept your word that the property was obtained via corrupt practices.”

That’s the remark of KL Bar Committee chairman of criminal practice N. Sivananthan, you don’t have to be a lawyer to agree with him.

ACA, make yourself useful and please go and investigate those government scandals. Maybe can start with the ECM Libra-Avenue merger, RM30 million yacht, the Toll concession, water concession, AP etc etc.

Use the Internet, look for hints from blogs!