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Friday, November 30, 2012


Sebuah rakaman CCTV di sebuah bank menunjukkan taktik terbaru mencuri kad ATM seseorang dengan 'duit syiling'. Rakaman video ini menunjukkan bagaimana seorang lelaki mengalihkan perhatian seorang pengguna yang sedang menggunakan mesin ATM dengan memberitahunya bahawa duit syiling beliau telah terjatuh di atas lantai.

Di dalam rakaman ini, mangsa yang berbaju jalur merah sedang menggunakan mesin ATM ketika ditegur bahawa duit syilingnya terjatuh di atas lantai, walaupun sebenarnya itu bukan duit syiling mangsa.

Ketika mangsa leka mengambil syiling tersebut, seorang lagi lelaki lain yang dipercayai rakan penjenayah mencuri kad ATM mangsa yang masih dalam berada di dalam mesin ATM.

Kepada semua pengguna mesin ATM, diharap tidak tertipu dengan taktik duit syiling ini.

The Mastermind

By Singa Terhormat
Deepak Jaikishan now says that Najib’s family engineered P.I. Bala’s second SDto save Najib’s “skin”.
Deepak quite obviously chose to make this declaration to coincide with the UMNO General Assembly.
About the same time ex-IGP, Musa Hassan, stated that amongst others, Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein Onn, habitually and unlawfully interfered with police investigations.
Not by any chance.
Not in Malaysian politics.
Who was the mastermind behind these revelations?
One reliable way to unravel the mystery is by ascertaining who stands to benefit from it all.
And often in examining the evidence the obvious is not necessarilly right.
One must not overlook the tale of the little boy that threw the stone and hid his hand behind his back.
That’s how an astute politician would do it anyway.
The revelations quite definitely were designed to embarrass and possibly cause the downfall of the cousins, Najib and Hisham, in time before the General Election.
Who would want to do that?
What would he stand to gain from it?
Revenge for failed contracts?
That would not restore those contracts anyway.
And surely he knows the risk of earning the wrath of the powers that be.
Would he risk a fate akin to that of Altantuya’s ?
No way. Not unless he had iron-clad assurances for his own safety.
Now who could give him such assurances?
Pakatan? Anwar?
Sheesh, Anwar could not even save himself from that “black eye”.
As Deepak now states, there were 2 parties “gunning for” Najib – Pakatan and a group within UMNO itself.
Pakatan cannot ensure Deepak’s safety to make him “sing” and so we have to conclude that it is that group within UMNO that Deepak spoke of.
Now who can that be?
Who would stand to benefit?
Why would they want to be rid of Najib when they are from the same party?
Who would benefit?
Mahathir and Mukhriz?
All of them together?
They are the obvious ones.
And quite obviously they view Najib as a liability to Barisan Nasional with all the scandals associated with him and with the Scorpene case making progress in France.
Removing Najib may also pull the rug from under Pakatan as the main object of their “gunfire” for the last several years had been trained on Najib.
And Rosmah.
With them gone, the main object of derision of the electorate would disappear.
Najib in fact is one of Pakatan’s biggest assets for the election.
With him gone, Barisan Nasional’s chances would brighten.
A brilliant plan!
We must not lose sight of the fact though that P.I. Bala went to Pakatan, not  Muhyuddin, Mahathir and Mukhriz with his first SD.
Also the fact that Deepak was represented in Court in his claim against Raja Ropeeah by Sivarasa and Surendran, both PKR hotshots, and not lawyers who would do any UMNO’s faction’s bidding.
Deepak must have approached Pakatan about what he knew and what he was prepared to reveal.
But why Pakatan when he knows they cannot ensure his safety?
Just like that little boy who threw a stone and hid his hand, some mastermind in UMNO, after ensuring P.I. Bala’s and Deepak’s safety, got them to approach Pakatan, knowing Pakatan would gleefully publicise the matter whilst the hand/s of the mastermind would remain hidden.
And no one in UMNO can blame the mastermind for undermining the party whilst the mastermind achieve his/their ends.
Without perhaps realising it, Pakatan ended up doing the mastermind’s “dirty work”.
Now who in UMNO can come up with such a brilliant strategy?
Nah! He cannot even make a decent job of the Education Ministry and he would not dare on his own.
Nah! For sure he does not have what it takes.
That leaves us with none other than Mahathir.
His fingerprints are all over the whole episode.
And whilst getting rid of Najib, might as well get rid of Hisham too to pave the way for Mukhriz.
Hence we have Musa Hassan’s revelation about Hisham to also coincide with UMNO’s General Assembly.
There you have it—the mastertmind.
- The People's Parliament


MUNGKINKAH Pegawai Jabatan Pendaftaran yang mengeluarkan kad pengenalan bernombor 920628-12-6541 kepada lelaki yang dipercayai warganegara Pakistan, Akim Syaed Bin Abdullah yang kononnya berasal dari Kampung Panagatan, Keningau ketika lelaki berkenaan masih berada di Pakistan? Persoalannya, mustahil pegawai JPN gagal mentafsir wajah seorang remaja yang berusia 19 tahun kerana wajah dalam gambar foto yang digunakan untuk pengenalan diri dalam MyKad berkenaan ialah seorang lelaki yang berusia 50-an? Adakah Hishamuddin dan Nazri Aziz sedar kejadian ini berlaku setiap hari kerana pedalaman Sabah mula dibanjiri Pakistan yang memiliki MyKad dan dalam masa yang sama mereka memiliki Pasport Pakistan?

New KL mayor to revive Plaza Rakyat project

But Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun expressed doubts, saying several attempts to restart the abandoned project have failed.
KUALA LUMPUR: The long-abandoned Plaza Rakyat project might be revived in the near future as the new Kuala Lumpur mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib has promised to appoint a new contractor for the project.
At a press conference after meeting with KL MPs yesterday, Ahmad Phesal said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is going through an arbitration process with the original contractor, Plaza Rakyat Sdn Bhd (PRSB), with RHB Bank being the arbitrator.
This followed the decision by the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry to terminate PRSB contract in 2010, 12 years after the company abandoned the mixed-development project.
Ahmad Phesal, 58, who was appointed the new mayor for a two-year term starting July 18, did not disclose the time frame for the arbitration to complete.
However, he said the new contractor would be appointed after the arbitration has ended, with the consent of RHB Bank.
But Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who was present, expressed scepticism on the revival plan, saying that the project, which was launched in 1994, has never been successfully reactivated despite attempts from different mayors and ministers.
“I remember when the project was launched, Time Square hasn’t been built yet. But it has gone through such a long time, even some of purchasers have passed away,” he told reporters.
Located next to the Pudu Sentral transport hub, Plaza Rakyat was supposed to be a RM1.4 billion project comprising a 79-storey building, a 290-room four-star hotel and a service apartment.
However, construction stopped in 1998 following the Asian financial crisis and several attempts to revive the project were unsuccessful.
Affordable housing
Ahmad Phesal also announced that DBKL would build affordable housing with the ceiling price of RM300,000 and minimal built-up space of 800 sq ft on government land.
He said the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry is drafting a guideline on the matter, which will take into account the percentage of affordable housing needed to be built by developers in the future.
On the integrated traffic information system (ITIS), which critics said was a failure, the mayor said DBKL will conduct an open tender in January to improve it.
The system, installed in 2004 and managed by three companies, features closed-circuit television and variable message signs to inform motorists of the traffic situation and the alternative routes to take in Kuala Lumpur.
However, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar pointed out that the new “improvements” would cost ratepayers an additional RM300 million, on the top of the RM300 million used previously.
“KL folks will have to bear RM600 million in total due to the ITIS fiasco,” she said.
Meanwhile, on the land dispute in Bukit Kiara Park, Ahmad Phesal said DBKL was ordered by the Kuala Lumpur High Court this year to alienate 62 acres of land from the park to developer Berjaya Corporation Bhd.
The residents in Bukit Kiara have been asking DBKL to acquire the plot of land from Berjaya, but the court has ruled in favour of the developer and ordered DBKL to split the plot of land out from the 423-acre park.
The mayor said DBKL has proposed to the developer to build a hospital, community facilities or an international school on the plot of land.
Also present at the meeting were Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, and Batu MP Tian Chua.

Embracing diversity, integration in education

The very first step for the Malay ultras to take in the right direction is to cease making a scapegoat out of Chinese and Tamil primary schools.
By Dr Boo Cheng Hau
The recently announced National Education Blueprint contains nothing new. And it shows the powers-that-be have no real intention to listen to the public or make any bold reforms to our ailing education system.
It is a repetition of the sad old story about racial prejudice, not much different from the so-called “National Education Policy” which was largely based on Umno’s Malay nationalist belief that the national language should be the sole medium of instruction.
Proponents of the Malay-medium only policy also emphasise the Malay nationalist perspective of history that having one common language – such as in our neighbours Indonesia and Thailand – can save Malaysia from disintegration.
Racial prejudice and political demagoguery as the basis for our nation’s education agenda of true unity will not get us far. Let me prove how discriminatory is our education system and the false impressions that it projects.
I had a taste of victory for what it means to have “equal opportunities” in education about 30 years ago when I argued for admission, on behalf of a schoolmate, into an American university which has produced some of the Nobel laureates.
My friend was originally from Taiwan but studied in a Chinese independent secondary school here in Malaysia. She did not sit the SPM or UEC (Unified Examination Certificate). To my surprise, the admission officer of the American university requested for UEC results in lieu of SPM qualification.
She did not sit the UEC because the exam was still new at that time. After a long discussion, the admission officer agreed with my proposal that she be admitted conditionally on producing evidence of completing 12 years of primary and secondary education – a standard which almost all American universities and colleges go by.
She was then admitted “under probation” for one semester, meaning she would be considered a regular student after the period of study with a GPA of 2.0 and above (an average of C and above). She graduated eventually without any impediment.
Her experience goes to show how democratic, liberal and flexible the American education system is. This is one of the key factors that allow the United States to become the most technologically advanced country, and one to which many talents from other parts of the world choose to emigrate.
The value of the UEC
In the 1970s, nobody in Malaysia took the UEC exam seriously except for the powers-that-be who attempted to ban it on account that the exam was (perceived to be) “anti-national”.
Nonetheless besides Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore where the UEC was recognised, many American universities and colleges had already begun accepting it as a gateway for college admission.
As far back as 30 years ago, one of my classmates was admitted to the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on her UEC results and Chinese Independent School coursework assessments.
Would our public universities and UiTM open their admission policies and welcome UEC holders by integrating them into the mainstream of higher education institutes rather than discriminating them? Some top American universities even admit Chinese independent secondary school students based on school results and class ranking without referring to standardised examinations such as SPM, UEC, GCE, SAT and the like.
Yet after 30 long years, our own Malaysian government still despises the UEC as “anti-national”. In fact, except for respective language subjects, all UEC subjects are offered in three languages; in other words, one can opt to have his math, science, or other papers tested in English, Malay or Chinese.
Chinese independent school graduates are barred from using their UEC results as a means of admission to local public universities and teacher training colleges. This discrimination is deemed necessary to maintain Umno’s self-righteous “National Education Policy” for the promotion of “interracial unity”.
How can political demagoguery such as Umno’s ever help in promoting national unity and interracial integration? One could argue that the party is actually more interested in maintaining its tight grip on power by continuing to mislead the country that vernacular schools somehow pose a hidden threat.
STPM and matriculation – apple and orange?
The powers-that-be have since declared that racial quotas are no longer applied in local public universities. Instead, they claim a “merit-based” admission system has been put in place.
However, at the same time, university admission standards are “diversified” into two separate entry points – STPM and matriculation.
After years of protests by the non-Malays, only 10% of matriculation programmes has been opened up to the non-Bumiputera, and even this percentage is described by the Malay nationalists as a “sell-out” of Malay rights.
Non-Malays are supposed to be grateful for this small “kindness”, like once upon a time coloureds were supposed to thank their white masters for allowing them to go to schools in apartheid South Africa despite great disparities along racial lines in school facilities.
Almost all the non-Malays who managed to gain a seat in the local universities are students who sat the STPM. Many rue this blatant division of university entrance assessment – along racial lines – as comparing apples and oranges.
Satu Sekolah’s inherent contradiction
The authorities contradict themselves by professing a single-language system to promote national unity through putting children under one roof but at the same time segregating them either at Form 1 or when they finish Form 5.
There is an obvious discrepancy between the teaching facilities provided to the vernacular schools which sorely lack government aid and support, and the residential schools and Mara junior science colleges as well as the elite schools catering for Malays – for example, the prestigious Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) and Tunku Kurshiah College (TKC).
Institutional racism practised in public university admission routes gives rise to an added dimension of polarisation. The racial distribution of students is further exacerbated when non-Malays, erroneously seen as well-to-do, are enrolled in private higher institutions of learning. Most people seem to forget that privately funded education, whether locally or abroad, comes at a heavy cost to their parents.
The indirect makings of apartheid
To generalise most Malays as “poor” and all non-Bumiputera, particularly the Chinese, as “rich” is just as good as apartheid.
The Malay ultras believe they are above being associated with the apartheid system in South Africa created with the ostensible excuse of helping the “poor”, Dutch-speaking whites of that country.
But then what should the international community make of UiTM – Malaysia’s biggest public university with campuses in every state – where almost all its students belong predominantly to a single race?
In the former apartheid of South Africa and during the 1950s in the Confederate states of the American south, physical segregation was made visible by the sign saying, “No Coloured and Dogs allowed”.
In Malaysia, there are no signs to say “No Non-Bumis and Dogs allowed”. However, de facto apartheid still permeates through the fabric of the Malaysian public education system. It is de facto racial segregation in its utmost hypocritical disguise without leaving any physical evidence.
Therefore, I see no difference between those poor whites in the former Confederate states of the American south that once held demonstrations against university admission of black students and those Malay ultras that hold demonstrations barring “non-Bumiputera” from entering local public institutions.
UiTM students did demonstrate against their university opening its door a crack when Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim proposed relaxing the admission just a tiny bit to the so-called “Non-Bumis”.
America’s highest court ruled for equality
In Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the US Supreme Court unanimously decided that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal”.
It stinks of double standard, if not a glaring blind spot, when vernacular schools keep getting blamed for institutional racism in Malaysia. If mother tongue vernacular schools (open to all students) are incorrectly termed as racist, then the one-race UiTM is nothing but apartheid.
The old, presumed poverty line along the race divide is no longer valid, not when Malaysia has endured discriminative policies predicated on ethnicity since 1970, which is all of 42 years or almost half a century.
There are very few Malay intellectuals willing to tackle the truth of the matter, but Dr Azly Rahman is one of them. At least he’s been honest and bold enough to speak out on the “bankrupt Umno ideology” of race supremacy in his article Dismantle Our Apartheid Education – seehttp://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/191989.
What is required is for more members of the Malay intelligentsia to question the veracity of a “moral” claim in the perpetuation of a quota system that amounts to apartheid. The only difference is that segregation, like that perpetuated by residential schools, Mara junior colleges and UiTM, is couched using terminology portraying a righteous morality.
The other difference is that Chinese schools are accessible to any non-Chinese, but UiTM does not welcome the non-Malays. In some Chinese independent secondary schools, non-Chinese are given a blanket free tuition.
Are Malays courageous to re-evaluate?
The Malays are a strong majority in numbers and without doubt politically dominant. Why should Umno cling tenaciously to the view that preferential treatment based on race is the “affirmative action” that Malays still require?
Professor Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi in Memories of Unity vividly describes his confidence to compete in his science class and how he emerged as one of the top students among his almost all Chinese classmates back in the 1970s (see http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?sec=lifefocus&file=/2012/9/23/lifefocus/12063972).
I had a Malay classmate who went to the same Chinese independent school as I did. He graduated as one of the top students and went to a local public university, and he is currently a lecturer at another local public university.
It is a myth that Bumiputera students are unable to compete with non-Bumiputera students on a level playing field. This misconception is wrongly used to justify the institutional racism imposed on the public education from top to bottom.
There are tens of thousands of Malays who have made it in local and prestigious foreign universities and thrived in adverse socio-cultural settings. There is no moral justification for segregating Malaysian post-secondary students into STPM/ matriculation except for satisfying Umno’s racial imperatives.
NEP and education apartheid
A few successful Malay billionaire cronies do not mitigate the failure with regard to certain protectionist areas of the NEP. This includes educational apartheid. The rejuvenation of the vernacular schools since the late 1970s when NEP went into full swing is a consequence of our race policies, and not the chief cause of racism.
The NEP was based upon the empirical generalisation that Chinese and Indian Malaysians were all well off and should be “positively discriminated”against in order to help the “poor Malays”.
It’s a different story today as the civil service has become Malay-dominated and this is empirical truth. The tables have been turned as Malaysians of Chinese and Indian descent are marginalised.
The original purpose of the NEP to eradicate the identification of race with profession – Malay farmers, Chinese shopkeepers, Indian clerks – is sidetracked when the civil service has become wholly identified with the Malay race. The racial traits along professions, as reflected in the hiring practices of both the private and public sectors, have been deepened by the NEP.
When I recently requested some documents to be certified by a government department, the Malay clerk gave me a jealous one-eye wink knowing that it was for the purpose of applying to colleges in the US. The one-eye wink might perhaps have been nothing more than the coded message that all you “Chinamen” are rich and can afford to send your children overseas to be educated. This only goes to show up the failure of the NEP in correcting the racial prejudice among races in Malaysia.
How the Chinese prioritise education
The fact is that I told my children I would sell our house and live in a smaller one if we needed funds for their education. I mean education is where they would learn something new and be happy including getting away from institutional racism. We neither hope for Public Service Department or any other government scholarships after hearing so many sad stories of racial degradation.
Selling homes and other property for the sake of the children’s education among the lower- and middle-class Chinese Malaysians is not a new practice. I remember my mother decided to sell off the six-acre rubber plantation left by my deceased father to put myself and my sister through university.
She later worked as a babysitter to cover all our expenses studying overseas. We always thought that there might be more Malays who did not have land to sell. Nonetheless, our good reasoning has not helped many Malays to get rid of their own ingrained racial prejudice both against themselves and other races.
As I write this article, coincidentally, my 17-year-old daughter has just received news that a high-ranking American university has agreed to admit her into its Fine Arts programme based on her multiple talents, multilingual skills and ability to play the Chinese zither and flute. Some universities already made it clear they will admit her by waiving the requirement of her SPM or UEC results.
On the contrary, her talent in playing ancient Chinese musical instruments is definitely not a criterion for admission into any local public university. On the contrary, it may even work against her favour as it could be looked at as a form of Chinese chauvinism and clinging to our ancestral roots.
Deserving of places in local universities
I am not trying to boast my daughter’s academic achievement. She is actually a B-average student but it sure makes a parent proud when one’s child deservedly gains recognition for her talents and, more importantly, she will be able to further develop her talents without being labelled as a non-Bumiputera.
I am glad that her dedication to social work and extracurricular activities, including organising a joint concert of Chinese Orchestra and Western bands, won her recognition from some highly ranked American universities.
One of her recent achievements is receiving a Gold Medal in an international Chinese essay-writing contest in Taiwan. Instead of chucking her unique credential aside, an American university admission director gave great words of encouragement, such as “your family must be very proud of you [for the Gold Medal received]…We would like you to be with us, and I hope you will continue to contribute to the international programme here if you decide to join us”.
I was surprised that she was offered admission and given a partial academic scholarship before we even sent out applications to other American colleges and local private universities.
Some universities are amazed that our students can master two or three languages. They usually give positive encouragement like: “Considering English is your third language, your English is really good.” No parents will send their kid to a college where he or she faces the possibility of being humiliated and degraded on account of race, creed and “non-native status” when my daughter is actually a native-born fourth generation Malaysian.
As a matter of fact, most UEC holders have a greater proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia which is their second language as compared to English which is their third language. If the UEC holders can do well in universities overseas that teach in English, why can’t they be given the same opportunities by our local public universities?
It might be true that their Bahasa Malaysia may not be as good compared with SPM/STPM holders just as their English may not be as good as the Americans, British or Australians when they enrol in American, Australian or British universities. However, if they are given the opportunity to enrol in local public universities, they will be able to polish their BM just like how when given the opportunity to study abroad they are able to polish their English.
More importantly, such openness is needed in order to “converge” the vernacular school alumni into the local higher education institutions and complete an education integration process rather than forcibly “diverge” them to local private institutions and overseas colleges.
We have to be fair and realistic in assessing our students’ language ability based on what is the best they can do in their learning environment. In fact, cultural immersion is the best method to improve Malay language or any other second language proficiency instead of educational segregation like what has been practised here.
Some 30 years ago, it was rare to encounter Americans learning an Asian language. Today, there are American reporters who insist on interviewing me in perfect Mandarin or Bahasa Indonesia. It is a fast-changing world out there but it seems our Umno elites – with the exception of Najib Tun Razak whose son is a fluent Mandarin speaker – are lagging behind time.
The very first step for the Malay ultras to take in the right direction is to cease making a scapegoat out of Chinese and Tamil primary schools. It is an unfounded charge that little children are responsible for racism and racial disunity in Malaysia.
It is, on the other hand, our fear to embrace cultural diversity and true interracial integration that has left us lagging behind many other countries. It is time for the Malay ultras to open their eyes and correct their ingrained prejudice that has worked against their own competitiveness.
The writer is the Johor DAP chairman and state assemblyman for Skudai. This article first appeared at the CPI website.

Quirky Sabah politician seeks PM’s post

Sabah-based Parti Bersatu Sasa Malaysia’s (Bersama) president is becoming increasingly ‘embarrassing’ and a liability to his party.
KOTA KINABALU: Suhaidin Langkap has stood for elections multiple times and failed but that has not dented the 63-year-old’s ambition of capturing Putrajaya and becoming prime minister.
Considered something of professional now after standing as a candidate in the last three elections and losing his deposit all three times, the Sabah politician is determined to contest in the coming 13th general election as well.
This time he is coming out all guns blazing. The president of Parti Bersatu Sasa Malaysia (Bersama) or Malaysia United People’s Party, will also be fielding candidates in all the 222 parliamentary and 502 state constituencies in the country.
Langkap claims his party membership stands at around two million with most of the members being former members of MCA, Gerakan and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
However, this has not gone down well within his own party and he is facing a revolt and a leadership challenge.
An irate Bersama divisional head for Kota Marudu, Timis Sambadi, said that by making the “fantastic” membership claim, the party president had blundered and created confusion in his own ranks.
“He did not even mention how many members the party has in Sabah. MCA and Gerakan members put together might not even go beyond two million,” Sambadi pointed out, and demanded Langkap resign to make way for others who are more capable to lead the party.
Langkap, who hails from Keningau, the throne of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) leader Joseph Pairin Kitingan, has always been a controversial figure from the time he started to focus on politics more than two decades ago.
He founded the United Democratic Sabah People’s Party (Setia) in 1994 during a period of political turmoil in the state after Umno spread its wings to Sabah and when PBS was in the opposition.
He led the party in 1999, 2004 and 2008 elections but its candidates all faired miserably with all of them losing their deposits after failing to win the minimum number of votes.
Defeat after defeat
In the 1999 state election, Setia contested in 18 seats but all its candidates lost their election deposits.
They had contested in Kudat, Bengkoka, Matunggong, Tamparuli, Dulaman, Likas, Petagas, Kimanis, Pantai Manis, Lumadan, Kundasang, Ranau, Tambunan, Labuk, Sungai Sibuga, Sekong, Elopura, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Kalabakan.
The party fielded candidates in the 2004 election and again they all lost their deposits in the state seats of Klias, Kuala Penyu,Kundasang, Keranaan, Paginatan, Sungai Sibuga, Tungku, Kunak, Balung, Tanjong Batu and Sebatik. The party’s candidate for the Pensiangan parliamentary seat also lost his deposit in the same election.
Langkap himself lost his deposit after bagging only 314 votes in a four-cornered contest for the Bingkor seat in 2004 which was won by Justin Guka of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation for the Barisan Nasional coalition.
He suffered defeat again in 2008 after polling only 202 votes in a four-cornered contest for the Sook state assembly seat which was won by BN component, PBS’s Bobbey Ah Fang Suan.
Last year, Langkap decided to expand the reach of the party and changed its name to Bersama when the party spread its wing to Peninsular Malaysia on April 23, 2011.
The Registrar of Societies allowed the party to make major changes and amendments to its constitution. These changes included having a new symbol which depicted Mount Kinabalu with three rings overlapping its face.
When launching Bersama’s wing in Kedah, Langkap announced that the party would field candidates in all states in the 13th general election.
The Election Commission website states that Bersama is among 32 parties whose symbols are registered with the commission, a prerequisite for eligibility to participate in an election.
During the party’s supreme council meeting early this month, Langkap disclosed that the party was ready to face the coming general election and its candidates’ list was almost finalised.
However, the embarrassment within the party over his flamboyant claims may see him ignominiously ousted from his post and doom him to defeat before the election is called.

Witness: D9 personnel inflicted Kugan's injuries

The injuries on A Kugan, who was found dead in the Taipan-USJ police station on Jan 20, 2009, were inflicted by men from the D9 (Serious Crimes) division, a police sub-inspector admitted in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

However, Loh Voon Chye, 56, attached to the Subang Jaya CID, did not name the officer or the rank-and-file personnel involved in assaulting Kuga .

"There must be some people involved in causing the injuries," Loh said yesterday in reply to questions from Sivarasa Rasiah, who is appearing for Kugan's mother N Indra, in her RM100 million suit against the police and the government.

kugan ananthan 230109Indra filed the suit on Jan 13 this year over Kugan's death (left), in which she named former Selangor police chief and present deputy inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar, constable V Navindran, former Subang Jaya OCPD the late Zainal Rashid Abu Bakar, the IGP and government as defendants.

Loh was the supervisor at the Taipan police station where Kugan died on Jan 20, 2009 morning and was issued with a letter of warning after the incident.

Sivarasa: What was Kugan wearing when he was under detention?

Loh: He was wearing the orange lock-up attire, which is a long-sleeved shirt, and also long pants.

Sivarasa: Was he handcuffed, and also his legs, during the interrogation?

Loh: He was handcuffed but there were no cuffs on his legs. (Pictures from the Kugan autopsy report show his legs, too, were cuffed.)

Sivarasa: Look at the post-mortem report. There it is stated there were 45 injuries. Can you see them? Did you at anytime between Jan 14 and Jan 20 see the injuries?

Loh: No, he was fine and there were no signs of injuries.

Sivarasa: Look at the post-mortem report where the pathologist says there were external marks of injuries. There must be someone who had inflicted these wounds and injuries.

Loh: Yes

Sivarasa: I put it to you that the D9 fellows, maybe not you, did it.

Loh: I do not know.

Sivarasa: I put it to you since you admitted that someone had inflicted the wounds, it is the D9 officers who did it.

Loh: I agree, but I do not know who.

There were 11 officers from D9 then at the Taipan-USJ police station, which is not gazetted as a lock-up station.

Interrogators asked to feed victim
Loh also told the court that he and Inspector Faaezel Monir had instructed the interrogators to provide Kugan with food and drinks.

He admitted that he was instructed by one ASP Radzuan that Kugan was to be interrogated for 24 hours.

kugan funeral 230109 family cryingQuestioned by Navindran's counsel, R Ramesh Sivakumar, Loh agreed that since there was no lock-up at the Taipan police station, Faaezal and he asked the policemen interrogating Kugan to provide him with food and drinks.

"They had to provide the receipt and either Faaezal or I would reimburse them  from our own pocket money. We cannot claim this from the government," he said.

Asked by Ramesh whether this was the usual practice, Loh replied "yes" and said they had to fork out their own money to feed and provide drinks to suspects at the station.

To another question, he said he did not know whether Navindran, or anyone else, had hurt Kugan resulting in his death.

"All I know is that Kugan's death at 11.48am on Jan 20 was not during Navindran's watch as he (Navindran) was supposed to start work at noon," Loh said.

kugan house 230109 parents at altarNavindran, who was convicted of causing hurt to Kugan, had earlier testified that he had been made ascapegoat by the police, and was blamed and charged for what had happened to Kugan.

Loh said he prepared the roster for the police and the interrogators who were to keep watch on Kugan between Jan 15 and 20.

Despite the instructions that Kugan was to be interrogated for 24 hours, he said, the suspect was given time to rest and sleep.

The hearing before Justice VT Singham continues on Dec 13.

Nik Aziz, 'KO Umno' debut at Umno assembly

Chants of "KO Umno!" rang out at the last day of the 66th Umno general assembly today, followed by the debut of PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

The seemingly out of place series of events was not a case of Umno delegates losing their marbles, but two videos that were played at the meet to drive the party’s point against PAS’ controversial prayer for Umno's downfall.

NONEThe first video featured Nik Abdul Aziz's brother, Nik Razi (left), who last month led thousands at the Kota Baru Stadium in prayer for the destruction of Umno, with repeated shouts of "KO (knock out) Umno!".

The presentation today was part of Arau Umno representative Fathul Bari Mat Jahya’s speech who chastised PAS for attempting to tarnish Umno's reputation.

"We may have our weaknesses that needs to be rectified as no one is free from weaknesses, but have they (PAS) never done any mistakes? What are they? Aliens?"

"Are those praying (for our destruction) messengers of God? prophets?" he queried, to a resounding "no!" response from the floor.

He then pointed at the big screen featured the second video of  Nik Abdul Aziz, who had insinuated being part of Umno amounted to apostasy, courting boos from fellow delegates.

Later, Fathul Bari, the son of former Perlis Mufti Mat Jahya Hussin, did a duet with delegates, chanting "satu" (one) while delegates responded "Malaysia" and then "tolak" (reject) with delegates responding "fitnah" (slander).

NONEEarlier, Rantau Panjang Umno representative Mohd Affandi Yusoff also flayed PAS for the controversial prayer.

"We are not afraid of PAS, whatever they pray, we are not afraid... we are not like them. We pray for enlightenment and true prayers," he said.

The duo were debating on a motion concerning religion and education.

Pahang MB: Look, I didn't mean it literally

Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob today clarified that he did not mean cut off his ears literaly if Barisan Nasional lost in Bentong.

Instead, he explained that it was a figurative speech intended for his critics to learn English.

"Do you know figurative speech? In English language, we have figurative speech. We have simile, we have metaphor, hyberbole...

"So when I say cut my ears, that means they (DAP) can never win. That shows the level of confidence. This is not that is we (BN lose) they (opposition) take the knife and cut off my ears literally.

"No, this is figurative speech - figurative language to let these people study English," he told journalists along the sidelines on the last day of the Umno general assembly today.

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No free BN radios for Sarawak rural folk, says deputy minister

PAKAN (Sarawak), Dec 1 — The Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sarawak will not give out free transistor radios to the people, especially those in rural areas, for campaigning purposes before the coming general election.
Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said this was because since its formation in 1973, the BN had been synonymous with the country’s rapid development, progress and prosperity.
The opposition in Sarawak is giving radios to rural folk. — Picture courtesy of www.flickr.com/photos/
Its administration too had been very fair, inclusive, caring and pragmatic in its services to the people, he told reporters after attending a Mesra Rakyat gathering at the Rumah Dunggok Megong longhouse in Tubai Buah, Pedanum near here last night.
Salang was commenting on a move by the opposition, namely PKR and the Sarawak Worker’s Party (SWP), to distribute radios to rural folk.
The state has two private radio stations, Free Sarawak Radio (FSR) and Radio Kenyalang, which broadcast in the Iban language.
Radio Kenyalang was set up by SWP while PKR encourages its supporters to tune in to the daily evening broadcast of Free Sarawak Radio which is always taking up issues against the government and its leaders.
Earlier, Salang took the deejays of the FSR station to task for their penchant for endless criticism of the state’s elected Dayak leaders.
“I am sure Radio Kenyalang deejays are going to follow a similar trend. This is ridiculous and a great injustice to the Dayak community,” he said at the gathering jointly organised by Kemas from the Julau and Pakan areas and the Prime Minister’s Department.
“I feel people have to think twice to listen to them. I am not saying they are wrong but if they have been so successful, and better off than those they criticised, we should listen to them,” he said.
He said two of the deejays had lost their bids to get elected in previous state elections in the Layar and Katibas constituencies and now they were passing judgment on the performances of those who had won.
On the coming elections, Salang again reminded the people that only the BN could help them to achieve a better standard of living. — Bernama