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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UMNO ASSEMBLY A SHAM: All non-Malay parties must leave BN or be annihilated in GE14

UMNO ASSEMBLY A SHAM: All non-Malay parties must leave BN or be annihilated in GE14
When politicians say things in Parliament, they are simply asking questions and giving answers. No matter how serious or ridiculous the scenario may be, business in the parliament is never serious and people do not take things debated in parliament seriously.
It is the outcome of the debate that really matters and normally, the government will just bulldoze through. How many times have the motions raised by the government rejected? One, two?
On the other hand, the things being said as a prelude to the Umno General Assembly and things being mentioned during the assembly should be taken seriously. But why is this so? These are the things exalted by their leaders, to ensure their survival in Umno (on the pretext of saving Umno) and they are the same politicians who sit in parliament. What are being highlighted in this assembly will be implemented by parliament!
It is obvious that the same things are being re-played and that is everything about the Malays (or rather Umno); the racial card. Of course Umno is a Malay party and they struggle for the Malays and why should they care about others anyway? After all others as some quarters in Umno claimed) are ‘pendatang’.
Now when Umno is not concern about others, why on earth MCA, MIC, Gerakan and other non-Malay parties can just sit still, listen and not feeling anything about it? Are the people in those BN component parties especially their leaders not having any mind of their own to think or simply could not care less anymore on the well being of their members and supporters and the group of people they represent?
What is the stance of the leaders of MCA, MIC, Gerakan and others?
Since Umno is so Malay-centred and indirectly blaming the other communities for the faults of the Malays and Umno, then why on earth stick obediently by Umno?
Najib as reported by the media mentioned that if "Umno loses, the Malays will be damned.” But in Malay it is quite different, "Seperti mana beliau sebut, Umno kecundang, bangsa Melayu akan dibangsatkan.” The word is "dibangsatkan", that is “be damned by”. Thus the big question is “damned by whom”? It is not difficult to understand who Najib is pointing at, if not the non-Malays!
Umno can never change. It is as racially viscous as ever. All the non-Malay parties better leave BN, let Umno be alone.
And, by the way, the Malays will not be damned because the Malays do not need Umno, it is Umno who badly needs the Malays. –TMI

LOGA BALA: RENAMING OF ROADS AT REQUEST OF CONFERENCE OF RULERS

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(The Star) – The decision to rename eight major roads in the city was a request by the Conference of Rulers, or Majlis Raja-Raja, said Deputy Federal Territory Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan.
“The request was made to the ministry and we brought the matter to the Cabinet and a decision was made last year,” he said.
Loga Bala was commenting on Monday’s announcement by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to rename eight roads to reflect the names of past Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Work on the installation of new signboards is expected to begin today.
On how the roads were selected, Loga Bala said one of the criteria was the roads had to be of a certain length to reflect the significance of the names.
He said he was unsure if public engagement was conducted by DBKL on the matter and could not elaborate.
However, proponents of the matter such as DBKL advisory board member Gunaseelan Palanisamy said DBKL should do away with irrelevant road names.
“For example, in Bukit Jalil where the national sports complex is lo­­cated, road names should reflect sports heroes like the late Mokhtar Dahari and Datuk R. Arumugam. In other areas, historical or political figure heads could be used,” he said.
Jalan Duta will now be called Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim while Jalan Khidmat Usaha will be referred to as Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.
Jalan Ipoh, which is the stretch from Jalan Segambut to Jalan Pa­­hang, has been renamed Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.
Of the other roads, Persiaran Duta will now be referred to as Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin while Jalan Khidmat Setia and Jalan Ibadah will be known as Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.
Lebuhraya Mahameru will have its name changed to Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar, Persiaran Maha­meru to Persiaran Tuanku Ja’afar and Jalan Semarak to Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra.
A similar outcry erupted in 2008 when DBKL came under fire from all quarters when it changed the world-renowned Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang to Jalan Kejora without prior notice.
The backlash caused the then Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique to intervene and the decision to retain the original name was announced by KL Mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan.

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UMNO 'GOON SHOW': Stunning lies, major spin & Malays once again DUPED by their own

UMNO 'GOON SHOW': Stunning lies, major spin & Malays once again DUPED by their own
I discussed with my good Malay friend, well educated, knowledgeable and studies Umno politics, the forthcoming Umno general assembly, which he calls the “goon show”.
He maintains the Umno leadership, as always, will pull wool over the eyes of the delegates by indulging in diversionary tactics. They will avoid discussing the problems that confront the Malay community.
He is sure that key issues – the horrendous political corruption, the AG’s report which confirms severe corruption in the civil service, the drug addiction problem and HIV, child marriage, teenage pregnancies and baby-dumping, the ever-increasing divorce rate, gender equality with regard to alimony payments, custodial rights and property division, rural poverty, incest, unemployable Malay graduates, extremism and the threat to national unity, the IS threat, the escalating crime rate, the rising national and household debt, the ever-rising cost of living, GST, the destruction of the environment, capital flight, the talent flight, and low education standards – will not be of importance at the assembly.
If Umno discusses 50 per cent of the above problems, I win our bet of RM100.
My friend says that going by the last Umno assembly, the “goons” are most likely to indulge in:
Pakatan bashing
Anwar bashing
Non-Malay, especially Chinese, bashing
Demonising the Christians
Talk about abolition of vernacular schools
Calls to retain the Sedition Act
Calls for Malay support to ensure “bangsa, agama and raja-raja” are not destroyed
Emphasising the Malay Agenda, Malay hegemony, ketuanan Melayu and Malay supremacy
Calls for action to be taken against those agitating for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia.
My friend recalled the Umno assembly that was televised. The rakyat for the first time were interested in what transpired at an Umno assembly.
But they were horrified at what was said and done by the delegates. No wonder Umno never again televised its assembly proceedings. At a later Umno assembly, Hishammuddin’s shameful performance of threatening the non-Malays and kissing the keris is fresh in the minds of the rakyat.
My friend says that this general assembly will be no different. The last one saw the bashing of the Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar, the non-Malays, especially the Chinese, the Christians etc. plus a video clip about Anwar’s poker bluff of 16 September and the alleged Bangladeshi voters padding the electoral rolls. Umno changing and transforming is mere rhetoric.
On 25 September 1986, Chandra Muzaffar, the then Aliran president, had this to say of the Umno assembly:
It is legitimate to ask at this point why Umno elites are whipping up ethnic emotions in the manner at this point. There are perhaps four possible reasons.
One, they want to conceal their own wrong-doings – wrong-doings linked to alleged corruption and mismanagement. They do not want ordinary Umno members and the Malays in general to realise this.
Two, the Umno elites want to divert the attention of the Malay community in particular, from similar episodes of mismanagement, cheating and corruption in future. The best way to do this is to allege that the scandals about the leadership are all manufactured by anti-Malay elements opposed to the well-being of the Malay community.
Three, the Umno elites hope to divert the attention of the Umno membership from factional feuds within the party. They are afraid that if these feuds are discussed and dissected with candour, their own shortcomings would be exposed. So they exploit Malay communal feelings with the aim of camouflaging the actual situation within Umno.
Four, the Umno elites do not want the people to realise the seriousness of the economic decline. For the economic decline is much worse than earlier anticipated. If the people knew the whole truth, they would get even angrier with the government.
To prevent that from happening ethnic sentiments are mobilised so that the Malay community which is Umno’s base will remain solidly united behind the leadership – in spite of the economic mess.
From the recent Umno General Assembly we have an outstanding case study how elites manipulate ethnic emotions for their own political interests.
If Umno discusses half the topics above, I win the bet of RM100.
I asked my friend whether Najib would make the stirring speech he made at the UN about moderation.
My friend’s reply was that Najib would not have the courage and the will power to do so. Also that Najib is a hero overseas but at home he is a coward.

As I took leave of him, my friend was rubbing his palms in glee.
When I asked him why he was doing that, he replied that he was itching to receive my RM100! - Aliran

WHO'S LYING - Al-jazeera or M'sia authorities? Dep minister denies detainees ordered to strip

WHO'S LYING - Al-jazeera or M'sia authorities? Dep minister denies detainees ordered to strip
KUALA LUMPUR - Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar denied that detainees in immigration detention centres are made to strip naked as reported in a foreign media documentary last week.
He said the refugees come to Malaysia instead of going to other countries because Malaysia treats refugees better than others do.
"There is no stripping them naked, they are given a towel or 'sarung' if they are required to remove their clothes and it takes place in an enclosed area," Wan Junaidi said.
He was replying to the emergency motion on the inhumane treatment of refugees in immigration detention centres, which was exposed in a documentary by Al-Jazeera on Nov 19.
The documentary showed testimonies of former detainees, who alleged that they were physically abused and asked to strip naked.
Stressing that the United Nations officers visit the detention centres on a regular basis, Wan Junaidi denied any ill-treatment in the centres, although in the documentary he vaguely admitted that physical abuse does happen in detention centres.
Reiterating that there are children in the detention centre because the authorities do not want to separate children from their mothers, Wan Junaidi said that it was done on "humanitarian grounds".
"The children have to follow the mothers, who are detained for suspected criminal activities, based on humanitarian grounds.
"This is to ensure that the children are under the care of their mothers, not exploited by other parties and that the children are not emotionally affected by being separated from their mothers," he said.
Wan Junaidi said based on Article 11 of the Immigration (Administration and Management of Immigration Depots) Regulations 2003, a child below 12-years of age, who has been detained, will be allowed to enter the depot with the parents while a child below 18-years, detained for immigration offences will be excused from being charged.
"However, the Deputy Public Prosecutor can instruct otherwise if the merits of the crime or offences are heavy," he said.
Although he said that the regulation prohibits the detention of pregnant or nursing women, he did not respond to the testimony of a woman refugee who was detained two days after giving birth in Hospital Kuala Lumpur and was not given nursing care.
Wan Junaidi refused to reply a question raised on the case of an Afghan man, whose child could not recognise him after being separated from him which was showed in the documentary.
He also did not respond to whether the government would initiate and independent investigation on the matter as it violates human rights and international laws. -Sundaily

MALAYSIA WILL BECOME A PARIAH NATION! Civil society condemn Zahid's plan to censor the Internet

M'SIA WILL BECOME A PARIAH NATION! Civil society condemn Zahid's plan to censor the Internet
KUALA LUMPUR― The Home Minister's plan to block unapproved content on websites and YouTube is “regressive” and could pave the way for potential abuse of power, civil rights activists said.
Lawyer Eric Paulsen described the plan as a return to “the government knows best” approach where Malaysians are not given the opportunity to judge for themselves.
He also cautioned that this form of censoring could eventually spread beyond its screening purpose.
“I think it's a slippery slope, once you start censoring some films on the Internet... it'll snowball and affect other content. I don't think we should allow this.
“It would certainly infringe on an individual's right to freedom of information, freedom of expression and freedom of speech,” the co-founder of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said.
Even if the government wants to push ahead with the firewall, they should only block content which can lead to a high threshold of “serious harm”, Paulsen said, adding that no one is likely to object to content such as child pornography and videos promoting terrorism.
There should also be an avenue for content owners to appeal to the Home Ministry if their content is blocked, he said.
Suaram executive director Yap Swee Seng also called the firewall method “regressive” and an obstacle to Malaysians making informed choices on the economic and political situation through access to freely circulating information, besides also hampering Malaysia's bid to become a developed nation.
The idea of setting up a firewall is for us a regressive measure to restrict access to information and also restrict freedom of expression,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted earlier this week.
Yap said the firewalls are not effective, further voicing his worry that it could be “easily abused” by authorities to protect themselves from public criticism.
“There are technological advances every day and many countries have tried firewalls and it doesn't really work but the main concern is the government is using this as an excuse to filter information to cover up their wrongdoings and to filter information based on their political interests rather than interests of the country,” he added.
Yap noted that the Film Censorship Board was already arbitrarily stopping the public from watching films even in offline public screenings, highlighting the case of Pusat Komas staff Lena Hendry who was charged for showing a documentary titled No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka which did not receive the board's approval.
“Let the people themselves judge what information is suitable or not for them,” he said, having also noted earlier that many activists and NGOs including Suaram rely on YouTube to spread information.
Anna Har, the FreedomFilmFest director, similarly advocated for Malaysians to be independent-minded and allowed to tap into information to make informed decisions, saying that censorship would put the country in the same category reputation-wise as “repressive regimes” like China and North Korea.
She also questioned the censorship procedures, pointing out that abuses could easily happen.
“There is also the question of control; who decides on what needs to be censored, who carries it out, are they truly independent? Can their decisions be questioned or challenged? What are the guidelines for censoring?
“All these have also got to be outlined and detailed out very clearly in order that it does not lead to abuse and become counter productive to its 'noble' aims,” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
Under the current Film Censorship Act, there is too much room for discretionary exercise of power, Har said, saying this has led to complaints that the law is “enforced arbitrarily and can be abused for political interest.”
“With reference to the experience of the implementation of the current Film Censorship Act, the guidelines are too general and all encompassing and very much at the personal discretion of the board of censors and home minister who has the final say if a film is banned,” said Har, who is also the executive director of Pusat Komas.
Instead of seeking to “control” information available online ― which is an impossible and impractical task ― the government should instead allow Malaysians to have greater exposure to the information, she said.
“It would be impossible for any government to 'protect' its citizens from the web. In fact the government would do better to expose, educate and socialise its citizens on how to decipher and sieve through the barrage of information coming from different sources, in all its subjectivity and sensationalism and to develop their own internal censorship mechanism to sieve through and choose information that they find suitable and useful for themselves.
“Therefore, I call upon the home minister to rethink his plan to censor YouTube [and the] web and also to repeal the present Film Censorship Act or at least revamp the guidelines to reduce its jurisdiction to just the work of rating films for sex and violence according to age groups,” she later added.
Last Sunday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said his ministry is working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to set up a firewall on websites, including YouTube, to ensure content which does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board is not viewed by Malaysians.
Ahmad Zahid said the censorship board had a social and religious responsibility to ensure that films adhere to guidelines and to prevent the public from being influenced by negative elements in certain films.
Under Putrajaya’s 10-point Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Bill of Guarantees mooted in the 1990s, the government pledged that it will not censor the Internet, but also said that anyone who spreads illegal content online would still have to face the law.
Since stepping into office last year, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had said the government will not censor the internet. - Malay Mail

Wan Junaidi in denial on refugee issues

Deputy Home Minister alleged not to have seen Al Jazeera documentary where he was interviewed on refugees.
al jazeera2KUALA LUMPUR: If the attitude of the government is to continue to be in a state of denial over refugee issues, it will continue to the detriment of these refugees and Malaysia’s international reputation.
“The replies of the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaffar in Parliament on Tuesday showed that he is not aware of the seriousness of the accusations revealed in an Al Jazeera programme even though he was interviewed in the programme,” said Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming expressing his disappointment with a debate in Parliament.
“In particular, his replies show that he is totally ignorant of the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) of which Malaysia is a signatory.”
The Al-Jazeera 101 East documentary entitled, Malaysia’s Unwanted, stressed Ong, was a shocking story on the mistreatment of refugees in Malaysia.
Ong pointed out two examples in the Al Jazeera documentary of how Malaysia had flouted the UN CRC.
Firstly, a Myanmar refugee was thrown in the lock-up not long after she had given birth and as such, was separated from her child.
Secondly, a refugee from Afghanistan in a detention center told the Al-Jazeera reporter that he could only meet his son, who was also at the detention center, once a month and that after a year in the detention center, his son did not recognize him as his father.
He referred to 6 Articles in the UN CRC that were flouted in the two examples above and cited Articles 4, 8, 9, 10, 20 and 22.
“The Minister’s reply was that a child had to be detained in the detention centers on humanitarian grounds so that they can be close to their parents,” said Ong.
“This totally ignores the specific requirements set out in the CRC to protect the liberty of children including that a child must only be detained as a measure of last resort and that they only be detained for the shortest appropriate time.”
This was certainly not the case for the Afghan man whose child had been detained at the same detention center for one year, added Ong. “The humanitarian grounds which the Deputy Minister referred to has been totally ignored in this instance since the father only gets to see his son once a month and his son doesn’t even recognize him as the father!”
It was revealing that the Deputy Minister failed to answer my specific question relating to the case of the Afghani refugee and his child, charged Ong. “Perhaps the Deputy Minister has not even seen the documentary himself!”
“The plight of the refugees in detention centres is not new. Former SUHAKAM commissioner Chiam Heng Keng had highlighted this before in a report dated 5 December 2008.”
The Speaker allowed a one hour debate in Parliament on the documentary.
The debate was allowed under Motion 18 (1) of the Parliamentary Standing Orders because the speaker judged that this motion was (i) specific (ii) of public importance and (iii) of immediate concern.
The motion was filed by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.