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Friday, August 31, 2012

Hot!! Janji Demokrasi Event Sabotaged....



UMNO continues to sabotage every event organised by Pakatan Rakyat in fear of losing Putrajaya.

UMNO knows that if they lose Putrajaya all their leaders and BN leaders will face "punishment" for all the sins committed to the people. UMNO/BN have no choice but must by hook or crook retain Putrajaya and will do anything to achieve this goal.

UMNO continues with its "dirty political tactics" on Pakatan Rakyat and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, so as to distort the good name, reputation and image of them.



In order to undermine the current strength of Pakatan Rakyat, UMNO has been alleged to have been distributing a leaflet claiming that PR will change the national flag once they regain Putrajaya. The above picture speak for itself.

UMNO/BN is envious of the support by Malaysians for their cause by turning up in thousand without any financial gains even though the event is declared illegal by the relevant authorities. See pictures below:





CAN WE SAY : UMNO/BN IS IN DANGER OF LOSING CONTROL OF PUTRAJAYA & STATE GOVERNMENTS?

source: bloglist Malaysia

CONSPICUOULSLY INCONSPICULOUS!


Present at the UMNO Merdeka celebration in Bukit Jalil were the prime minister, his wife Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Norainee Abdul Rahman, cabinet ministers and BN leaders.

WERE NOT OUR KING AND QUEEN INVITED?


ANWAR'S HOTEL ROOM HAD AN ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN THIS MORNING AT KELANTAN


KOTA BHARU - Apart from the red-paint attack and breaking the bus mirror, it was also discovered that the hotel room of Datuk Seri Anwar ibrahim was also attempted to be broken-into by certain groups this early morning.

The Opposition Leader and de facto leader of PKR was in Kelantan for a ceramah (talk) organised by the Pakatan Rakyat.

Chief of Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) Kelantan, Mohammad Azihan Che Seman informed that they received information this morning after a briefing with Anwar.

"We really feel ashamed of these incidents and expect the authorities to investigate and take action against the culprits involved," informed to Sinar Harian here.

However the motive and reasons for the attack is still unknown.

Azihan informed that a police report will be lodged here.

‘Janji Ditepati’? Malaysia deserves better — Marcus van Geyzel



There are very few things that observers of Malaysian politics can regularly agree on.
However, there will be much concurrence with the suggestion that there are two significant traits for those who follow the local political scene very closely — a sense of humour, and a dose of masochism. Naturally, the agreement will be because those involved deem these traits necessary due to the ineptitude of those on “the other side”.
An unhealthy and extreme partisanship has evolved in Malaysian politics since 2008. This is even more obvious to anyone who follows political “commentary” on Twitter (to whom my use of the inverted commas would be obvious).
There is nothing wrong with a bit of banter and partisan one-upmanship. The disconcerting thing is when the immaturity comes from elected representatives, who forget (or perhaps never realised in the first place) that they are supposed to represent everyone, not just those who voted for them or their party.
Despite the frustration and disappointment, I do still follow some of these tweets, including the propaganda offered by full-time political commentators who are prominently featured in national newspapers. I did mention masochism earlier on.
However, the recent discussions about the Merdeka theme have taken things beyond what should be acceptable to any Malaysian, political or not.
I waited some time before putting my thoughts into writing, as I harboured some hope that the theme would be scrapped following the incessant criticism. Perhaps those responsible would hold their hands up and admit that it was a mistake? Silly me.
When announcing the theme — “55 Tahun Merdeka, Janji Ditepati” (55 Years of Independence, Promises Fulfilled) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said “we can already see that the promises made by the Barisan [Nasional] have been implemented”.
The theme has since been widely criticised. Some say the criticism is unjustified. It is important to put the theme in context, and consider the facts.
BN have been running a nationwide “Janji Ditepati” tour to highlight the promises that they have delivered to the people.
The theme speaks of the fulfilment of promises, which implies a need to be grateful. Whose promises? To whom are we to be grateful? How do we display this gratitude?
If the answers to these questions were not obvious enough, helpfully, there is an official song. The chorus goes, “Janji siapa? Janji kita!” (Whose promises? Our promises!). The verse serves up the kicker, “Janji sudah ditepati, kini masa balas budi” (The promises have been fulfilled, now it is time to repay our deeds).
Merdeka is supposed to be a celebration by all Malaysians of our nation’s independence. An official theme sets the tone for the entire occasion — and undoubtedly the message of the theme will seep into everything involved in the celebrations.
For this reason, the “Janji Ditepati” theme is fundamentally flawed. It is self-serving, and immediately alienates anyone who does not support Barisan — which, lest we forget, is a choice that Malaysians are entitled to.
I am not surprised that it has come to this. The political campaigning and posturing that has been putting “Malaysia” in the back seat has now extended to our Merdeka celebrations. It looks like this will continue at least until the general elections are finally called. Or perhaps even beyond then — the “winning at all costs” mentality that politicians on both sides of the divide have adopted is unlikely to result in either side losing graciously.
Is there an alternative? Perhaps a Merdeka celebration organised by a coalition of NGOs (no, not that coalition of NGOs)?
For the past two years, an alternative Malaysia Day celebration called “Malaysiaku” (My Malaysia) has been held in Bangsar, organised by Ed Soo. It brought together many NGOs and featured talks, film screenings, cultural performances, forums, stalls, and food.
It was a true celebration of the joy and privilege of being Malaysian, free of the stain of political campaigning — which really is what Merdeka should be about. Unfortunately, the event is not being organised this year. The Janji Ditepati theme means the absence of Malaysiaku is even more keenly felt.
Merdeka Day is already upon us, and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim has firmly said that the theme is fixed. He also asked the Opposition not to ignore Merdeka Day over political differences. This is where the sense of humour I mentioned earlier comes in, seeing that some argue that it is BN who have in essence ignored Merdeka with their unsuitable theme.
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that BN has the right to determine the theme, as it is the BN component parties who fought for independence in the first place. This sentiment unfortunately encompasses all that is wrong with the government’s approach to this year’s Merdeka celebrations.
The unfortunate victims amidst all this politicking are, as always, the Malaysian public. The political stakes are too high for the government to back down without seeming to be giving in. The political temperature that has been rising for months has gone past boiling point and scalded the Merdeka celebrations.
While all this is going on, we ordinary Malaysians will just have to celebrate Merdeka in our own ways, forcibly distanced from official themes and events.
It is unfortunate that, in our 55th year of independence, it has come to this. We expect our leaders from all political parties to conduct themselves in a manner that shows a respect and acknowledgement of the maturity of Malaysian society.
The BN government, in insisting on a theme that is unbecoming of the meaning of Merdeka, have allowed immature politicking to pollute this year’s Merdeka celebrations, and in doing so have disappointed and disrespected many Malaysians. — loyarburok.com

On Twitter, doubts over Putrajaya’s Merdeka record claim


A screen capture from the Politweet Facebook page shows a series of identical entries on Twitter that were registered during the record attempt.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 ― Putrajaya’s claim of setting a record 3.6 million tweets in an hour during the country’s 55th Independence Day celebration was met with disbelief by Malaysian Twitter users, who accused the organiser of rigging the bid by using “bots” to generate false publicity.
A screen capture shows a Twitter post made during the record attempt.
Malaysian users of the micro-blogging service continued today to pour scorn over Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim’s record-beating claim.
“Bots doing retweeting 4 thousand times, then u proud of hvg mils of tweets?” Twitter user @Amir_Shari wrote, referring to computer programmes designed to send out automated responses on the service.
Another user, Cyril Dason, tweeted on his account @cyrildason that “#merdeka55 stats online: 1,500 tweets generated 493,610 impressions, reaching an audience of 185,482 followers within the past 24 hours”, in an apparent rebuttal of the federal government’s record-setting claim.
They were responding to Rais’ announcement last night that some 3,611,323 tweets were recorded between 8.15pm and 9.15pm nationwide to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account, @NajibRazak, containing various independence-themed messages, during the “Janji Ditepati (Promises Fulfilled)” gathering at Stadium Bukit Jalil.
Independent online research house PoliTweet.org, which tracks social media use in Malaysian politics, had also noted the use of “bots” to increase the number of tweets for the event.
A screen capture shows a Twitter post made during the record attempt.
It observed that mentions of the official hashtag movement created for the event, #Merdeka55, had been generated at an unusual rate estimated at 720 tweets a minute, leading it to conclude that the messages were automated.
A check conducted by The Malaysian Insider also found new accounts on Twitter bearing the #merdeka55 hashtag that contained identical tweets posted at matching times. Some examples are available herehere, andhere.
“Noticeable use of bots tweeting the exact same tweet at the exact same time, as seen in this screen-capture,” said PoliTweet. 
“From 815-915pm we collected 107K tweets from 19K users. This represents a by-the-minute sample of what was tweeted. 38% of tweets came from 14% of the users, all of whom used TweetDeck,” it said on its website. “That’s 41K tweets from 2761 users. These were the likely spammers.”
The social media researcher compared the Malaysian phenomenon to tweets over the ongoing Republican electoral campaign in the US.
A screen capture shows a Twitter post made during the record attempt.
It noted that in the US Republican’s case, over half a million tweets had been generated on its official hashtags movement ― #RNC #GOP2012 ― and that tweets peaked at 3,306 tweets a minute yesterday at 11.04pm Eastern Standard Time. 
According to PoliTweet, the usage of Tweetdeck client application to spam politicians has been going on since July this year.
It added that it will publish more data on how the phenomenon was related to Malaysia’s #Merdeka55 event later.

PDRM, it's not a crime to disagree with BN


YOURSAY 'National laureate A Samad Said recites a poem on Merdeka eve; that's a crime? I think PDRM have to get their brains checked.'

Police probing Janji Demokrasi organisers

your sayMaplesyrup: The gathering of the large crowd at Dataran Merdeka on Thursday night was orderly and joyous. There were no incidents, and yet our PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) wants to investigate. What a waste of resources.

The PDRM should do good to focus on crime fighting to make Malaysia a safe place for its citizens.

Anonymous #62163581: They want to investigate an old man reading a poem to an audience in yellow T-shirts - all of which came and went peacefully probably because those fellows in blue had been warned not to get trigger-happy with their water cannons. It's a mad waste of time and the rakyat's money.

Thank you, Pak Samad and the Janji Demokrasi organising committee. You have proven that we can assemble peacefully. Do it again and again in our call for free and fair elections.

Call for single-file walkathons around Dataran in yellow from 6pm to 7pm every Saturday. No traffic obstructions, no police permission, everyone just doing their evening exercises in yellow.

S Ravichandran: This is their priority. A respected national laureate recites a poem and the police want to see if a law has been broken.

Their priority is not solving crimes or preventing one, but ensuring a crime has been committed then charge the alleged perpetrator, especially those who don't agree with BN.

Odin: Do excuse me if I sound stupid, KL Criminal Investigation Department chief Ku Chin Wah, for I am not a very bright person, but is it not odd to investigate a body and/or a person to see if either or both have contravened a particular Act?

If you have to investigate to see if either or both have contravened a particular Act, does it not mean that you are not conversant with the Act?

If that is the case - that is to say that you are not conversant with the Act - then does it not mean that you should study the Act closely first instead of investigating any party?

Guardian: The police's time would be better spent fighting crime; why fight the peace-loving rakyat? Is it any surprise why crime figures are going up and democratic rights are going down? That's Malaysia.

Doc: When Information Minister Rais Yatim comes out with an idiotic Merdeka song, that is okay. National poet A Samad Said recites a poem on Merdeka eve; that's a crime? I think PDRM have to get their brains checked.

Akutuan: PDRM, please use my tax money to protect the rakyat. Reading a poem to celebrate Merdeka is not a crime.

Conmen: Why are they wasting time and effort chasing demons of their own imagination? There are already plenty of snatch thefts, burglaries and robberies in town to fill their hands. What misplaced priorities, what misguided policies.

Or are they simply carrying out their standard errands as running dogs to show their Umno masters that they deserve a bone treat at the end of the day?

Lin Wenquan: Umno-BN must be seething with rage at the sight of the sea of yellow in contrast to the 'low turnout' predicted by a nitwit minister. PDRM is now tasked with crucifying the organisers for taking away the thunder from the Umno-BN do.

It would have been unthinkable for them to whack the daylight out of the rakyat on the eve of Merdeka who were peaceful and otherwise law-abiding other than having the gathering labelled 'illegal' for reasons better known to the police.

Pak Samad's poem can't be seditious or provocative as to spark a bloody revolt though it might bestir the fence-sitters to exercise their rights in the coming GE for a clean and fair government.

Should Pak Samad or any of the organisers are persecuted and prosecuted through Umno-BN's whims and fancies, woe betide them and their incarceration will be translated into votes that Umno-BN would desperately need to stay in power.

Malaysiawatch4: Instead of catching criminals, the inspector-general of police (IGP) is using precious resources to go after peaceful protesters.

He should retire and ask Umno to field him as a candidate in Kuala Lumpur at the next election. Only then will he realise what the people think of him.

Ferdtan: Nothing will come out of this. The Merdeka celebration together with the Janji Demokrasi rally have passed, and there are no good reasons for the police to investigate further.

The police, in fear of a reprimand from the BN ministers of not successfully stopping the protesters in Dataran Merdeka, are just putting on the show of bravado to deflect from their failure. Hence the intimidations and soon-to-happen harassments against the organisers.

How long this charade will go on depends on the signal from the BN government.

The leaders of these NGOs have a life of their own - they don't depend on the opposition parties for their success. They have a very important power on their side - people's power.

The police may arrest or charge any leader/leaders among them and you can be sure many more will come out from within their ranks to replace them. There will be many more 'Ambigas' to deal with.

Unspin: After Bersih 3.0, Minister in PM's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said that salt and water bottles can be used as weapons to topple the government. After Bersih 3.5, it seems that poetry can also be added to the list of deadly weapons.

When is this moronic regime going to accept that the people who participated in the Bersih rallies are ordinary folks like you and me who want to see free and fair elections?

AnakBangsaMalaysia: Pak Samad must be some kind of truly frightening terrorist to warrant all this personalised attention from the police, considering that the police are normally far too busy having coffee and escorting their Umno bosses to even spare time for trivial things like fighting crime.

Perhaps Pak Samad's beard conceals a large amount of salt and mineral water bottles, which in Malaysia are considered as weapons of mass destruction. - Malaysiakini

Propaganda comics colour Najib's Merdeka bash


The circulation of propaganda comics at the Bukit Jalil Merdeka celebrations yesterday puts a question mark on government’s claim that their celebrations are apolitical.

The 20-page comic titled ‘Promises Fulfilled By The PM For The Rakyat’ piles praise upon the government’s initiatives, while making subtle jibes at the opposition.

NONEThe mystery publication by anonymous artists was given out for free at the stadium before start of the event that featuring Prime Minister Najib Razak.

On one of its pages, a couple is arguing over spending their RM100 school handout on groceries. The wife berates the husband saying they have no more money as he has spent everything by  “frequenting the ceramah”.

In another, a young man raves angrily that he can no longer “demonstrate and harass people” since the Internal Security Act (ISA) was abolished.

In both cases, the men are depicted wearing a white kopiah and green baju Melayu, and are always criticising the government’s schemes such as the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) RM500 cash handout to poor families.

NONEThe character appears five times throughout the comic book.

On page 12, a man is shown raising his arms to heaven as if praying, but instead offering praise to the PM for the curtains he has afforded to purchase at the Kedai Kain Rakyat 1Malaysia (1Malaysia fabric store).

On page 9, a man is scolded for being ‘berotak Yahudi’ (behaving like a Jew) for wanting to slander BN by using black magic on ballot boxes.

These cartoons, which have all the fingerprints of pro-BN propaganda, are packaged in a colourful booklet whose cover is bright and cheery in the style of BN campaign artwork, and includes a loud poster that reads ‘We love the PM’.

NONEThe ruling party’s celebration of this 55th anniversary of independence has been dogged by controversy, in particular the use of BN’s campaign slogan Janji Ditepati as the Merdeka theme.

What has been billed by some as the most thorny Merdeka celebrations in the nation’s history culminated in yesterday’s Merdeka countdown event at the historic Dataran Merdeka in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to beswamped by 10,000 Janji Demokrasi participants clad in yellow, the colour of the electoral reform movement Bersih.

Not to be outdone, Najib has declared his own Bukit Jalil stadium affair a “success” unlike last nights.

From the hundreds of buses chartered to ferry people to Bukit Jalil to the free LRT tickets to attendees, the government appears to have spared no expense in ensuring a full turnout at the event.

These include lavish lucky draw prizes ranging from the latest Proton Preve to rather un-Malaysian products such as a Chevrolet Cruze, a Vespa scooter, 50 Huawei tablet computers, 10 fixie bicycles and three Blackberry smartphones.

VIDEO & PICTURES : PKR BUS ATTACKED BY 'SAMSENG''IN KELANTAN












Syabas goes after errant consumers starting Monday


Syabas goes after errant consumers starting Monday
KUALA LUMPUR- Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) is to conduct an operation against errant consumers, who have run up arrears in their water bills, in several areas in the Klang Valley beginning Monday.
Syabas said in a statement that the operation would be conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Hulu Langat, Klang/Shah Alam, Gombak, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Petaling, Sepang and Sabak Bernam.
Consumers who fail to settle their arrears will have their water supply disconnected and will be charged RM25 for the disconnection and another RM25 for reconnection, it added.
- Bernama

EDL takeover could weaken future toll projects, says economist


Highway concessionaires could no longer count on unyielding support for toll collections, said Yeah. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 ― A government takeover of the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) could undermine future toll projects given as concessionaires must be mindful that the government could reverse support due to public pressure, said RAM Ratings chief economist Yeah Kim Leng.
This comes after reports on Thursday that the RM1 billion EDL, which has not been allowed to collect any tolls since it opened in April, will be taken over by the government ― a move that could potentially utilise taxpayer funds and increase the country’s public debt levels.
Yeah said future highway operators now needed to be mindful that government support for toll collection was fluid.
“It makes it more difficult for future projects,” he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted yesterday.
Yeah added that for government should first gauge the public’s willingness to pay the proposed toll for such future projects, as well as determine if taxpayers would agree to foot the bill for privatisation deals.
The Malaysian Insider reported last December that the RM1 billion highway built by Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) would force motorists making roundtrips to Singapore via the Johor Causeway to pay about five times more than the present rate of RM2.90.
The decision to bar the collection of tolls when the EDL opened was widely seen as a move to avoid a public backlash in the Umno stronghold state in the run-up to the general election.
The steep increase in tolls would have provided fodder for the opposition, especially PKR, which held its national congress in Johor late last year to signal its ready to take over the state despite not winning a single seat in the Umno fortress during Election 2008.
Over 50,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, mostly Malaysians living in and around the state capital who commute to the island republic to work.
The lack of revenue prospects since the new highway opened, however, caused the Islamic bonds issued by EDL’s owner ― MRCB Southern Link Bhd’s ― to be downgraded by RAM earlier this month.
Malaysia has seen the sprouting of privately operated toll highways since the 1980s and tolls were a major issue during the last general election.
The Najib administration has attempted to address public unhappiness over tolls, and either reduced rates or completely abolished tolls at several highways in and around Kuala Lumpur.
PLUS Expressways Bhd, which operates the North South Expressway, was also taken over by the UEM Group, a government-linked corporation, and national pension fund EPF for RM23 billion in 2010.
After the takeover, PLUS Expressways said it would agree to lower toll hikes and forego compensation in exchange for a longer concession period.
The latest toll project to come under scrutiny from the opposition is the West Coast Expressway being built by Kumpulan Europlus for RM7 billion, due to its interest subsidies and RM2.24 billion soft loan from the government.

Rais: PM got 3.6m tweets during ‘Janji Ditepati’ rally


Najib (second left) waves the national flag on stage during the “Janji Ditepati” rally at Bukit Jalil Stadium, August 31, 2012.—Picture by Saw Siow Feng
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — Two records for the most tweets and largest assembly of tweeters were set in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR), in conjunction with the country’s 55th Merdeka Day celebrations last night.
Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said that within an hour, some 3,611,323 tweets were recorded nationwide to the prime minister’s account, @NajibRazak, containing various independence-themed messages.
“The other record was for the 10,128 tweeters in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium who tweeted #Merdeka55 simultaneously,” he said.
Rais, who is also chairman of the 55th Merdeka Day celebrations, announced the achievement during the “Promises Fulfilled” gathering at the stadium, here yesterday.
According to Rais, the MBOR will present the prime minister with a certificate for the record at the Malaysia Day celebrations in Sarawak on September 16.
The Merdeka tweets was among the programmes lined up for the gathering, which aimed to break the world record of the largest number of tweeters at 10,000. — Bernama

Regime change looms large at GE13



A very young demographic profile, a high urbanisation rate, ever increasing access to the Internet and extreme longevity in power, among other factors, will be working against the BN ruling coalition in the coming election.

There are many reasons for the international community to be deeply cognisant of this fact, and to prepare for a regime change for the first time since Malaysia gained independence in 1957.

Soon after the government suffered severe setbacks in the 2008 general election, the country went into a permanent campaign mode, and has remained that way ever since. Another general election has to be called soon, since the constitution requires that Parliament be dissolved by April 28, 2013 upon the completion of its five-year mandate.

NONEIt may be true that the government won 140 of 222 seats in the Lower House while the opposition managed to secure the remaining 82. But a closer look shows that the actual gap between the two coalitions to be much smaller.

The ruling BN actually won only 51.4% of the votes while the greater opposition gained 48.6%. Of the 7.9 million effective votes, BN and the Pakatan Rakyat were separated by a mere 313,509 votes.

As of the end of June 2012, there are 12.9 million Malaysians on the electoral roll. As many as 2.5 million of these - about 20% - are first-time voters; and it is these who will decide the outcome of the election.

The 13-party ruling coalition will be highlighting past achievements in its campaign and playing on the appeal of the status quo, while the opposition coalition vows to improve governance in the country through radical policy changes.

The status quo message is however unlikely to have an impact on an almost Arab-spring demography: 48% of Malaysia's population are below 25 years old and 70% are below 40 years old (though not all are voters).

The BN, especially its kingpin Umno, has always relied heavily on a rural vote bank. It has therefore good grounds to worry since as many as 70% of Malaysians now live in cities, compared to 11% in 1957 and 35% in 1980.

The young and urban are highly wired online as well. With 17.5 million Internet users, Malaysia's Internet penetration rate is 61.7% of the population and 81% of the populated areas. On top of that, Malaysia is also one of the most active country on Facebook, with 12 million users, ranking 19th in the world.

The easy access to alternative information has undermined the efficacy of the control over the mainstream media exercised by the government, be it through licensing procedures, censorship or partisan ownership.

Longest serving elected ruling party

The BN has been ruling Malaysia ever since its earliest guise, The Alliance, won a self-government election under British auspices in 1955. It is now the longest serving elected ruling party in the world. The only longer serving ones, are the non-elected communist regimes in North Korea, China and Vietnam.

The many negative signs of this political longevity are all too visible to the increasingly sophisticated voters. Essentially, not only has the government over the years alienated non-Malay ethnic groups through its race-based politics, rampant corruption and intra-ethnic economic inequality, but have also driven Malay voters away.

BN had for quite a while styled itself as the moderating force in the ethnically charged population. However, after Umno began turning right in 2005 both in rhetoric and in action, it began losing ethnic Chinese and Indian support. In 2008, significant numbers of ethnic Malays frustrated with corruption and cronyism joined this movement to vote against the government.

This sense of alienation has not diminished in the intervening years. On the contrary, more groups are showing open dissent against the central government.

NONEThe Kadazan Dusun Murut group in the state of Sabah is strongly aroused and highly critical of the government's handling of the long-standing citizenship-for-votes scandals that allegedly allow Umno to build up its support base in the state.

Umno strategists, using the party-controlled newspaper,Utusan Malaysia, and the affiliated right-wing group Perkasa, are working overtime to stop the dwindling of their Malay support base, and are doing all they can to portray the party as a fiercer ethnic champion than opposition Malay parties and leaders. So far, this seems to be alienating more middle-ground voters.

Across the board at the moment, what Malaysians seem to be seeking is greater economic equality as well as an open and clean government. And yet, Prime Minister Najib Razak continues with micro-level vote-buying measures such as giving cash handouts to strategic groups at a time when the country is in great need of macro-level reforms.

The long years in power has also seen the BN generate its own worst enemies. Many leaders in the opposition were formerly from the ruling coalition, including former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

Their experience in government has been serving as a much-needed reassurance to voters that the opposition is ready to exercise power efficiently, while their personal networks within the system has brought valuable information and understanding of the system that had previously eluded the opposition.

Previous opposition coalitions (in 1990 and 1999) were hastily formed during election time and they easily collapsed soon after. An alternative coalition that has been tested for more than four years, with that has gained substantial administrative experience in governing four out of 13 states is in itself a novel - and critical - factor.

While all the built-in advantages that favour BN in an election have not disappeared and those that remain will be put to full use in the electoral contest that is to come, the factors that work against the government have been gaining strength as well.

For the first time ever, it does look very possible that the old government will be voted out.


LIEW CHIN TONG, an Australian National University alumni, is a MP for Bukit Bendera and DAP's international secretary. The above article first appeared in New Mandala.

PKR bus attacked by 'samseng' in Kelantan



PKR's Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat which kicked off yesterday was marred when its double-decker campaign bus had its windscreen smashed and splashed with bright red paint during a pit stop at Kota Baru.

The incident occurred at about 4.20am, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali at a press conference this morning in Kuala Lumpur.

"The bus arrived in Kota Baru at around 1.30am from Tanah Merah and was parked at Siti Khadijah market in preparation for a meet-and-greet programme later in the morning.

pkr election poll bus attacked in kelantan story"The bus' driver and his assistant decided to sleep on the top floor of the bus, but at around 4.20am they were woken up by a loud noise.

"An inspection found that the bus front and side mirrors had been smashed. The windscreen was also splashed with red paint," he said.

The incident, Azmin said, appeared to be a planned attempt at disrupting PKR's campaign blitz as cement blocks were hurled at the driver's side of the windscreen, on top of red paint being splashed onto it, to prevent the bus from continuing its journey.

Kelantan is the party's second stop in its three-day programme across the Malay heartland.

Earlier yesterday, PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim, accompanied by his wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, made their first stop in Bentong where 300 people welcomed the convoy.

Also present at the event were party communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and director of strategy Rafizi Ramli.

pkr campaign bus attacked in kota bharu police reportThe Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat campaign seeks to visit five states in three days - Pahang, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah and Perlis - and take part in 20 official programmes at multiple locations.

Prior to the attack, the bus had made stops at Kuala Lipis, Gua Musang and Tanah Merah, in addition to Bentong.

A police report of the attack was lodged at Kota Baru police station at 5.14am (photo above).
'Gangsters are king'
In a Facebook entry, Anwar had decried that "samseng bermaharajalela" (gangsters are king).

Despite the incident, Azmin said the bus would continue on the campaign trail as soon as it is released from the Kota Baru police station.

He refused to speculate who the perpetrators were but noted that this was part of the growing political violence targeted at Pakatan Rakyat in recent months.

Azmin took aim at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for failing to condemn previous attacks, which has resulted in further violence, including today's incident.

"pkr campaign bus attacked in kota bharu 1Indirectly, consent is given to a culture of gangsterism. This culture never existed under the tenure of former premiers Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi but it is happening pkr campaign bus attacked in kota bharu 2under Najib's watch. It appears that the gangsters are being given protection," he lamented.

Azmin also took to task Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for the police failure in taking action against past violence.

"Even though several police reports had been lodged, to date, not a single person has faced justice...

"I am confident that this time Najib will also not respond and the police's investigation will bear no real action against these gangsters," he said.

Bus to continue with damaged windcreen

In February this year, Anwar's vehicle was attacked in Sembrong, Johor, and its window smashed and a week after that, an alleged BN supporter had attempted to lunge at Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Nurul Izzah's event again was hit with violence in May when one of her supporters suffered a bloody head from projectiles hurled at her ceramah in Kuala Lumpur. A week before that, a similar incident occurred in Malacca at an event for Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.

NONEAfter the press conference, Rafizi confirmed that the bus had been released from custody and will continue its trip to Perak with its shattered windscreen as it would take a week to get a replacement windscreen.

"The driver will need to drive slowly. We have only missed one stop at Jeli, the bus will head to Gerik in Perak where the campaign will continue," he said.

After Perak, the campaign will hit the trail in Perlis before concluding in Kedah on Sunday.

Rafizi noted that the bus had yet to receive approval from Road Transport Department (JPJ) to ferry passengers and as such, Pakatan leaders had to accompany the bus with their own vehicles.

NONE"JPJ is delaying it but we're hoping to get the permit for passengers soon," he said, adding that the bus serves as a ceramah stage at various stops during the three-day tour.

He added that in light of the incident, PKR will speed up the launch of its second vehicle by this month - a campaign trailer.

Malaysians attend Merdeka Day Promises Fulfilled rally (VIDEO)

PM Najib urges Malaysians to ‘defend independence’ against opposition


Najib addresses the crowd at the “Janji Ditepati” rally in Bukit Jalil August 31, 2012.—Picture by Saw Siow Feng
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Calling on the people to maintain unity in defending the independence, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called on the people to join hands to propel the country to greater heights.
The prime minister urged the people to unite and work with the leaders to ensure the success of the country’s transformation agenda.
He said that after 55 years of independence, Malaysia was now considered a successful, increasingly rich, prosperous and strong country.
“Be aware that the independence knocked [on] our door only once. Let us struggle to defend the independence firmly in every [nook and cranny of] the country at all times.
“We should shore up our defence when our adversaries and the opposition try to put the country in disarray,” he said when addressing over 150,000 people at the “Merdeka 55: Janji Ditepati” (promises fulfilled) gathering in conjunction with the Merdeka Day celebration at National Stadium, Bukit Jalil here tonight.
Present were the prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor; Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman; Cabinet ministers, and Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders.
The country is led by leaders who are continuing the struggle laid down by the founders who fought for independence, said Najib, adding that the leaders and the people were not working hand in hand to fulfil the independence for the third generation.
“So do not let your guard down, do not be complacent even for a moment. Never turn your back on the struggle,” he said.
Citing Malaysia’s resounding success, he said the economy grew 5.4 per cent in the second quarter of this year, the value of Bursa Malaysia had hit RM1,4 trillion, and Malaysia hosted the world’s third biggest initial public offering (IPO) after the United States and China.
He said the first phase of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) implemented since 2010 to raise the standard of living of the people would come to a close at the end of the year while the second phase would be launched early next year.
“We can compete with great economic power if we implement policies and programmes that have planned correctly.
“This is our success. Hence, we must ask ourselves, where we are taking Malaysia? Whether to the pinnacle of success or to the valley of doom. The choice is in our hands,” he said.
He said the results of macro successes achieved were distributed to the people through the like of the People’s 1 Malaysia Assistance (BR1M), the 1 Malaysia clinics, the 1 Malaysia People’s Shops (KR1M), financial assistance to students, and the 1 Malaysia Textile Shops.
Najib said the government would launch the 1 Malaysia Bookstore soon to encourage the people to enrich their knowledge.
On the theme of the Merdeka celebration, “Janji Ditepati”, he said it was not merely promises fulfilled by the government over the years, but also the promise made by the people to come together with the government to ensure stability, peace and prosperity in the country. — Bernama

40,000 FREE TICKETS FOR BUS & LRT GIVEN TO GARNER CROWD AT BUKIT JALIL STADIUM TO SHOW MALAYSIANS SUPPORT THEIR MERDEKA CELEBRATION!!!!!


More than 40,000 free bus, LRT tokens were distributed to commuters this afternoon at 4pm for ferrying people to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium for the 55th Merdeka Celebration.

A special counter was open for this free promotion at various crowded public places.

Will public monies once again be WASTED by UMNO/BN just to fulfill their political agenda to show that the people fully support their theme and song for this 55th Merdeka celebration.

UMNO/BN seems NOT TO BE LEARNING a lesson - time has come to LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC and  by giving monetary handouts and free rides will NOT HELP their cause!!!!

source : MI