Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dr Badrulamin Bahron - Pakatan Rakyat No Confidence

Within the Pakatan Rakyat, the khalwat controversy of the good doctor, is rocking the boat.

Suara Pakatan Rakyat, "Badrulamin Patut Tutup Mulut, Tunggu Siasatan Selesai"

Alpha -
"BANYAK yang telah penulis baca dan lihat berkenaan dengan kes khalwat membabitkan Penasihat Menteri Besar Selangor, Dr. Badrulamin Bahron. Malangnya, semua yang penulis lihat tidak langsung menyebelahi Dr. Badrulamin."
Omega -
"Paling penulis takutkan ialah, kes ini juga akan menyebabkan persepsi rakyat terhadap PKR dan Pakatan Rakyat juga akan ikut berubah. Dan penulis yakin, kalau itu berlaku, lebih baik Badrulamin melepaskan semua jawatannya dalam parti dan kerajaan Negeri Selangor.

Justeru penulis menggesa Badrulamin, menutup mulut dan menunggu sehingga siasatan kes ini selesai. Jika kita bercakap tentang keadilan, maka biarkanlah proses yang sepatutnya berjalan.

Tanpa kita pula memburukkan lagi keadaan."

Dr Badrulamin Bahron Khalwat Controversy - Dah Pulak

Just an update on the good doctor's khalwat controversy.

The Sundaily, "Tengku Mahkota Pahang did not interfere in khalwat case"
Yesterday, Dr Badrulamin Bahron, the communications director in the Selangor Mentri Besar's office, had alleged that he was informed that the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang had interfered in the case.

Wondering what's next.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Strange Case Of Ustaz Dr Badrulamin Bahron Unplugged

These are points raised, according to the clarification by Dr. Badrulamin Bahron the Ustaz from the Selangor PKR, in his version of the khalwat controversy the good doctor is embroiled in.

1. He denies in the strongest terms, media allegations that he was caught committing khalwat by the Pahang religious authorities, Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang, JAIP.

2. He was contacted by the woman concerned on the evening of 24 February.

3. The woman, in a desperate tone, told him, fearing for her safety she intended to run away from her home to which he advised her against doing so.

4. The woman contacted him in the following early morning of 25 February, 2.00am to be precise, informing that she had arrived at the location of a PKR party leaders' encounter ((24 - 26 February) he was attending.

5. He has known the husband and wife couple for over a year when the woman together with her family had accompanied the good doctor's group performing an Umrah.

6. The couple had often communicated with him for advice to family problems including (a case of) domestic violence.

7. In efforts to help the couple, the good doctor and his wife had visited the couple in Rompin.

8. Out of feelings of responsibility for the woman and her child in an early morning the good doctor helped them get accommodation.

9. At precisely 2.30am, the woman's husband and about 20 unidentified men (raided) and attacked him.

10. The woman's husband then forcibly took his wife and child away.

11. The men in gangster manner stopped assaulting him when hotel security arrived to prevent them.

12. However, the men did not allow him from leaving the room.

13. Only after 20 minutes confined by the gangsters, did officers of the JAIP arrive and detained him, alone, in the room.

14. The statement by the Deputy Director of JAIP, that he was detained for committing khalwat, is therefor altogether untrue.

15. He considers the incident a planned action to trap and discredit him.

16. He was only asked to assist in a JAIP investigation.

It is to Point 15 that I address.

Whether it is in a political or personal context, points raised by Dr. Badrulamin Bahron's expressed statements, simply do not support the good doctor to consider the incident as an entrapment to discredit him (sopo articles interpret this statement to mean political conspiracy to discredit him).

For all intents and purposes, Dr. Badrulamin Bahron implies that the woman at the centre of this controversy is innocent. One may not agree but it would not be of any consequence.

As a political leader or a religious personality, a planned action to discredit him by being alone in a room with a woman and worse if the woman was married, and in Islam is seen and can be charged for committing khalwat, the woman bringing a child along totally nullifies that contention.

Politically, if the woman was in concert with the husband in a planned action to discredit the good doctor, there would NOT have been any reason to assault him.

The husband having suspicions of impropriety on the part of wife, and been implied by the good doctor to be violent prone, the husband's action explains the assault. But if the good doctor also implies that it was all an innocent act on his part, the woman cannot be said to be in concert with the husband, again the notion of a planned action for entrapment is dismissed.

Politically, if the woman was in NOT concert with the husband, the husband somehow having obtained information of his wife's innocent meeting with the good doctor, again a planned action to discredit the good doctor would NOT have necessitated an assault.

The good doctor's clarification, Point 1 and 16, expressly stating that he had NOT been caught by JAIP officers committing khalwat and that he was only asked to assist in investigations, absolves JAIP of being complicit of a planned action, whether the statement by the Deputy Director of JAIP is true or not, Point 14.

This is strengthened by his statement that when he was detained by the JAIP officers he was alone in the room, Point 13. To be complicit, the JAIP officers would have found the good doctor together with the woman in the room.

To place the woman together with the good doctor in a same room would not have been difficult seeing that he was confined in a room by unidentified gangsters. He would then be detained by complicit JAIP officers finding him to have committed khalwat witnessed by the 20 unidentified gangsters.

If planned, the woman in concert with the husband, would have certainly sealed the good doctor's fate.

The woman, and their child, was however forcibly taken away by the husband, Point 10.
This greatly diminishes any case against the good doctor.

Whether it was a political or personal agenda for a planned action, the husband had already involved his wife in a sordid affair. To forcibly place his wife, because she was not in concert, together with the good doctor cannot be beyond the husband. The good doctor together with a married woman, confined by 20 gangster witnesses, then detained by JAIP officers, complicit or not, finding him to have committed khalwat.

The woman, any man and woman for that matter, will not be able to refute the words of 20 complicit men, even worse complicit gangsters in any court of law.

Let me be clear that I am only addressing and rubbishes what the good doctor sees as an entrapment, or conspiracy in the political blogosphere.

While it may look that I have already decided that the good doctor is guilty of a serious transgression, that would not be true.

To reach such a conclusion would also mean that the woman is just as guilty. In both cases, it would be wrong if not unwise.

The guilt and innocence of anyone is not implied or expressed here by any means.

But the good doctor's clarification leaves much to be desired. It falls very much short of a satisfactory explanation.

It begs more questions than it answers. I am sure many will agree.

For example "location" raises but a few.

In that I mean how did the other persons know where the good doctor was.

Also, Rompin is mentioned by the good doctor. Rompin to Kuantan and one goes on a mental journey.

Whose "room''? Not specific, surely, for obvious reasons.
Be, all of the above questions, as it may, for such serious statement of facts, being assaulted and unlawful detention. These are serious offences.

Nowhere in the clarification is there any mention or intention to lodge a police report.

Surely, with the hotel security as witness, 20 men assaulting a single person should be ample grounds to establish a criminal offence committed.

As time of posting according to the Police: No report from Badrulamin over assault in khalwat case.

That also raises another question.

It is a trend nowadays for the opposition and their cohorts to blame UMNO and by extension the government for every contretemps.

In all fairness, the good doctor did not specifically UMNO or the government in his clarification.

But even the slightest hint of blame on the government conspiring to bring about the downfall of someone through nefarious means, especially by anyone in the opposition, when they are to be blamed for their own downfall by their own dastardly deeds, it is incumbent in me to expose hypocrisy and confront as aggresively as the opposition do.

Be fair to me.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Strange Case Of Ustaz Dr Badrulamin Bahron

This is the clarification by Dr Badrulamin Bahron verbatim in PAS HarakahDaily, "Khalwat: Penjelasan Dr Badrulamin Bahron"

Saya menafikan dengan sekeras-kerasnya dakwaan media bahawa saya ditangkap khalwat oleh pegawai Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang (JAIP) di Kuantan.

Saya ke Kuantan untuk menghadiri Temurapat Pemimpin Parti Keadilan Rakyat pada 24 Februari sehingga 26 Februari 2012. Saya mengambil peranan aktif di dalam Temurapat ini.

Pada petang 24 Februari 2012, wanita tersebut telah menghubungi saya dengan nada cemas dan menyatakan hasrat beliau untuk melarikan diri daripada rumah kerana bimbangkan keselamatan diri beliau. Saya dengan tegas menasihatkan beliau untuk tidak berbuat demikian.

Walau bagaimanapun pada jam 2.00 pagi 25 Februari 2012, beliau telah menghubungi saya memaklumkan bahawa beliau sudah tiba di lokasi Temurapat Pemimpin Keadilan.

Saya telah mengenali pasangan suami isteri ini sejak lebih setahun lalu semasa wanita itu bersama keluarganya mengikuti rombongan umrah saya. Pasangan suami isteri ini sering berhubung dengan saya bagi mendapatkan nasihat mengenai masalah keluarga yang mereka hadapi termasuk kes keganasan rumah tangga. Di dalam usaha membantu pasangan ini, saya dan isteri pernah menziarahi keluarga ini di Rompin.

Di atas rasa tanggungjawab melihat wanita tersebut bersama anaknya di awal pagi, saya membantu beliau mendapatkan bilik penginapan. Pada jam 2.30 pagi suami wanita tersebut bersama lebih kurang 20 orang yang tidak dikenali menyerbu dan menyerang saya. Suami wanita tersebut kemudiannya telah membawa isteri dan anaknya pergi secara paksa.

Lelaki-lelaki bersikap ala samseng ini berhenti memukul saya apabila pihak keselamatan tiba dan menghalang mereka. Namun mereka masih tidak membenarkan saya keluar dari bilik. Hanya setelah 20 minit dikurung oleh samseng tersebut, pegawai Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang (JAIP) tiba dan menahan saya yang berseorangan di dalam bilik.

Kenyataan Timbalan Pengarah JAIP bahawa saya ditahan oleh pegawai JAIP ketika berkhalwat adalah tidak benar sama sekali. Saya beranggapan bahawa kejadian ini merupakan satu tindakan terancang untuk memerangkap dan mengaibkan saya. Saya hanya dipanggil untuk membantu siasatan JAIP pada 27 Februari 2012. Saya akan hadir bersama peguam untuk memberi kerjasama penuh kepada siasatan ini.

Dengan penjelasan ini, saya berharap semua pihak menghentikan tohmahan dan fitnah terhadap saya. Saya tidak akan teragak-agak untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap mana-mana pihak yang membuat tuduhan dan fitnah terhadap saya.

Dr. Badrulamin Bahron
Firstly, I find it odd that the PAS organ could provide such a provocative headline, for a prominent figure of one of it's own coalition partner, the PKR.

That in itself is food for thought.

Sit back and examine the clarification closely, taking the good doctor's word, and see if it fits  - "Saya beranggapan bahawa kejadian ini merupakan satu tindakan terancang untuk memerangkap dan mengaibkan saya." which translated means - I consider this incident as an action to trap and discredit me."

Just use the personalities involved the good doctor, the threatened wife, brutish husband, gangsters and the Pahang State Religious Depatment and see what you come up with.

Pakatan Rakyat Stupid Leaders - The Strange Case Of Ustaz Dr Badrulamin Bahron

In this post "When Pakatan Rakyat forms the Federal Government this is what to expect" I said, expect more idiotic Doctorate logic.

In the latest case of a Pakatan Rakyat leader, this time from the sex issues plagued party PKR, the PKR leader caught in Kuantan ‘khalwat’ raid, is now identified as Dr Badrulamin Bahron.

To be fair the "PKR calls for transparency in ‘khalwat’ controversy" is not an unreasonable one.

That being said, lets look at how idiotic the Ustaz,  meaning Islamic scholar, and doctor of what I don't know, is.

The good doctor is reported saying , "that the woman had first placed a distress call to him on Friday saying she wanted to run away from home as she 'feared for her safety' and  said he had advised her against doing so but the woman with her child in tow then showed up unexpectedly at 2am yesterday at the location where he was attending a two-day PKR meeting."

And as a good doctor, "He said the woman and her child were in such a state at the time that he decided to check them into a hotel room."

At 2.00 am in the morning!

The stupid doctor did not think to call the police immediately when the woman arrived since "she feared for her safety" and also to pre-empt any misconception that he now finds himself in trouble of, being an ustaz.

Thats the kind of idiotic leaders, doctors at that, the Pakatan Rakyat has in it's folds.

If you buy the good doctor's story then you must agree that he is a real idiot.

Edited 1.25 pm,  Even worse.

The stupid doctor did not think to call the police immediately when the woman arrived since "she feared for her safety" and also to pre-empt any misconception that he now finds himself in trouble of, being an ustaz.

The Star, "Badrulamin denies khalwat allegation" reported,

"The woman's husband, who was accompanied by some friends, had allegedly stormed into the room where she was found with the PKR leader."

UPDATE 1.43 pm, More Pakatan Rakyat idiocy

The Malaysian Insider, "Selangor sends Badrulamin on month-long leave"

"The state government hopes that he will use this break to focus on whatever problems he is facing and work towards clearing his name" it said.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Malaysia Supports Cardiff City Football Club in Carling Cup Final

I do not have to leave any hint, do I?

I am a Red blooded, Liverpool Football Club supporter.

This Sunday's Carling Cup final showdown between a David, Cardiff City Football Club and the Goliath of English football,  Liverpool Football Club, I dare say will be watched in every Malaysian football crazy household and watering hole.

The reason?

Apart from ever hating Mancis, Chelkis, Gonners et al rooting for an LFC loss, the Malaysian connection to Cardiff City FC is not lost among football loving fans.

Yes, Cardiff City Football Club is Malaysian owned.

The Sundaily reports "Carling Cup final conjures special feelings for Malaysia"

Malaysia has a special interest in the club since two well known businessmen – Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Datuk Chan Tien Ghee bought over the ailing club. They not only saved the club but also Welsh pride.
The Jalur Gemilang has a special place in Cardiff City and it will fly with pride at Wembley.

Who will I support?

Am I a Liverpool FC supporter first or a Malaysian first?

I support all efforts for the affection of the surety of a Cardiff City FC win.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New KTM Komuter Trains By End March

Please recall my post "KTM Commuters to Enjoy?" I asked,

By all accounts it is January of 2012, Christmas and both the Gregorian and Lunar New Years have all gone with no new coach in sight.

Does early 2012 mean March and does March mean early of the year?

Well, the Star just reports Transport Minister announcing that "A total of 10 new six-car trains will be added to KTMB's Komuter train fleet by the end of March."

I will not laugh for the moment, I have not seen a single train or set or whatever on a trial run never mind 10, and see whether the end of March date materialises.

These announcements by the Transport Ministry, KTMB and SPAD are exactly like the announcements at KTM komuter stations.

"Train ke Rawang akan tiba dalam masa sepuluh minit"

5 minutes later,

"Train ke Rawang akan tiba dalam masa tujuh minit"

5 minutes later,

"Train ke Rawang akan tiba dalam masa lima minit"

5 minutes later,

"Train ke Rawang akan tiba sebentar lagi"

3 minutes later,

"Train ke Rawang akan tiba dipletfom nombor satu"

2 minutes later, the train arrives.

So by the time the train arrives, 20 minutes later, an unannounced delayed/cancelled coach is not noticed at all.

Correction: No need to announce delay/cancellation. Where got?

Get it? Got it? Good.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Anwar Ibrahim - I Feel Good Being Two-Faced

Reported by the most rabid opposition news portal Malaysiakini and carried by Malaysia Today, is Brother Anwar's explanation to Tok Guru Nik Aziz, "Anwar to Nik Aziz: I share Hamas, Fatah view"
"I feel good as I could explain."
I ended my post "Anwar Ibrahim's Support for the PROTECTION of the Security of the STATE OF ISRAEL" thus,
Brother Anwar bin Ibrahim's statement,

"I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel"

means exactly what it means, period.
The Brother agrees with me and would not sue The Wall Street Journal over the report "as it was not wrong".

What was explained by the Brother to PAS spiritual leader, Tok Guru Nik Aziz, must have been magical.

Why so?

From the Malaysiakini report:

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim two-faced remark #1

"Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal told me, ‘Brother Anwar, I know the word contingent’. It is clear,"

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim two-faced remark #2

"The difference is in the emphasis. PAS is of the view not to have any sort of recognition of Israel... not even negotiation," he said, noting that it is up to Hamas and Fatah to conduct negotiations.

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim at his two-faced best, remark #3

"In the end I said I follow the desires of Hamas and Fatah and what was negotiated among them in Doha two weeks ago"
Here are the facts in the face of the Brother's two-facedness.

Fact #1 There are NO contingencies as far as Hamas is concerned as regards to Israel.

The Jerusalem, 19 February 2012, "Hamas, Fatah feud over political platform of gov't"
He stressed that Hamas remained opposed to negotiations with Israel or to making concessions on Palestinian rights, first and foremost the “right of return” for millions of Palestinian refugees to their former villages inside Israel.
Fact #2 Hamas will NOT conduct any negotiations. See Fact #1

Fact #3 What was negotiated between Hamas and Fatah in Doha has got nothing to do with negotiating with Israel. The Hamas and Fatah meeting in Doha was to form a Unity Government and reconciliation between the two parties.
The dispute came as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal made preparations to hold another meeting in Cairo later this week to discuss the formation of a unity government and the implementation of the recent Qatari brokered reconciliation agreement between the two sides.

Even PAS itself in their news portal, Harakah Daily, had an article with a self explanatory title, "Anwar's explanation and the stand that Hamas never took", posted just five days before Anwar was to meet the Tok Guru.

Ah yes, the magical moment you all are waiting for.

It's the Brother's two-face of the two-state.

Remember the Brother's Media Statement?

The one, the Brother eloquently tries to justify his support for the protection of the security of the State of Israel, which must be read together with respecting aspirations of the Palestinians and a two-state policy, which the Brother endorses? Eg,
"This means making real the promise of a viable, independent, sovereign Palestinian state, as part of a two-state agreement that resolves all final-status issues and guarantees security for Israel.”
Unless it is a "non-issue", the two-state policy has....vanished into thin air.

It has disappeared in the Malaysiakini, the Malaysian Insider, the Star, the Sun and eclipsed by the Moon.

If there was such a thing as triple-faced, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim will feel even better.

Relevant read "Poll: Palestinians reject 2-state solution"

Hamas tribute to Malaysia

من جهته، أعرب مشعل عن شكره للمواقف السياسية المشرفة التي تتبنّاها ماليزيا المساندة للشعب الفلسطيني، مؤكداً على حرص حماس وسعيها المستمر لتشكيل حكومة الوحدة الوطنية. الوزير الماليزي أكد من جانبه على دعم بلاده تشكيل حكومة وحدة وطنية، مشيراً إلى استعداد بلاده الدائم لمساندة الشعب الفلسطيني

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hilmi Malik - Malaysian Political Assasins

Just who are the the Malaysian leaders making threats against Hilmi Malik? The Malaysian Insider reports,

“My safety is not ensured in Malaysia as a result of threats made against me by Malaysian leaders who may use me as a pawn or political tool for the authorities”

Added 5.50 pm

Other tidbits of the report.

Hilmi Malek has confirmed his previous love affair with Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong but denied ever leaking semi-nude pictures of her.

“I don’t know who leaked (the pictures). All I know is that the mobile phone was long gone by then,” he told the Malay-language daily in Batam, Indonesia.

Hilmi, who is still wanted by police for questioning in connection to the nude photo scandal, however, refused to say if he had taken the pictures.

Hilmi is said to have told the Indonesian authorities his stay there had been funded by his family and PKR as it was not safe for him to remain in Malaysia.

Blogger Note:

Any sexual allegation, blame UMNO. UMNO buys everything and everybody but cannot buy Hilmi Malik. PKR does not buy anyone. PKR is squeaky clean.

Updated 22 January The Star reports
He also refuted claims that he feared being killed if he returns to Malaysia.

Nik Aziz Advised Anwar Ibrahim to Say Publicly

PAS spritual leader Tok Guru Nik Aziz has "politely" advised defacto PKR and Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, to publicly withdraw his statement in "support of all efforts to protect the security of the State of Israel".
“If he wants to meet us (PAS) to clarify himself, he’s welcome to do it. But since his statement was made public, it would be more appropriate if he clarifies himself in public as well
Speaking of this meeting between Nik Aziz and Anwar confirmed by PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar, scheduled today, the Malaysia Insider quotes the PAS vice-president,
"What is important is did he even say he endorses Israel. No"
In acknowledging "Anwar's contention that his support for Israel's security is dependent on the Jewish state not thwarting the Palestinians' ambitions for statehood", TMI further quotes Mahfuz,
"If that condition is not fulfilled which it has not been thus far then surely he (Anwar) does not support Israel"
Let us all put Anwar's support for Israel to rest.

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim can help us all, by taking PAS spiritually leader Nik Aziz's "polite" advice, and clear all "misunderstanding or miscommunication".

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim can arrange for another interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim can declare publicly in the Wall Street Journal, in no uncertain terms,

"I will NOT support all or any effort to protect the security of the Israel, which I do not recognise as a State, until ALL, not only respecting the aspirations of the Palestinian people, but fulfilling these aspirations.

The cessation of agression against peaceful Palestinians and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Subject also, as a two-state solution, Israel recognises the independent state of Palestine."
And with that, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim will put everything on the Israel issue behind him.

First Lady Wan Azizah Has A Say

Finally a rare word from the President, of Parti Keadilan Rakyat short for PKR, Datin Seri Wan Azizah.

You would have thought that the first lady of the PKR was under house arrest, like Aung San Suu Kyi, for any statement to come out her.

After all, she shares a similarity with the Nobel laureate.

She has been long suffering, from the various sex issues that has plagued her dream husband, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim.

"Anwar said it, but it's a non issue", online news portal the Mole carrying an NST report, "Anwar has already clarified statement", she is quoted saying,
"Anwar has already explained his statement. He will meet Nik Aziz to officially close all discussions on this chapter."
The NST also reports,
Dr Wan Azizah also said that Nik Aziz had already accepted Anwar's clarification on his statement during a Pakatan Rakyat meeting.
I get it, Brother Anwar has already "explained his statement" which Tok Guru Nik Aziz has already accepted "during a Pakatan Rakyat meeting."

I get it, ALL the OTHER PAS luminaries must be idiots, to have made an official fuss over a matter of "misunderstanding or miscommunication" and the meeting of the two defacto leaders, now is to "officially" close all "discussions" on the matter which is a non-issue.

A "non-issue" that needed the Brother to clarify "his statement with Palestine's Hamas leaders" according to the party president.

Datin Seri, being the PKR president, why not you as PKR president personally meet the PAS president Abdul Hadi to also, er, "officially" close all "discussions"?

Can or cannot?

Surely your status as PKR president, you DO have a say, on matters concerning Pakatan Rakyat, in PAS.

Of course, not a closed door meeting, an open one.

We do not want anyone to have wrong impressions, do we?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Anwar Ibrahim's Support for the PROTECTION of the Security of the STATE OF ISRAEL

My previous post "Anwar Ibrahim and The Malaysian Insider - Two-Faced and Double-Talking" ends with an update of yet another clarification by Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, Kenyataan Media Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim Berkenaan Isu Palestin – Israel.

To summarise events leading up to the above Media Statement by the Brother, it began with the Wall Street Journal's "Malaysia's Anwar Presses On Despite Appeal", a postscript to Sodomy II and the subsequent appeal by the Attorney General of the acquittal decision.

As you would expect from the Anwar loving news agency or any other news agency promoting the Anwar agenda, any article would not be complete without an Anwar propaganda.

So it was that an answer to an unspecified question resulted in the furore it generated in Malaysia and resonated around the Muslim world, the now infamous Anwar statement,

"I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel"

The firestorm of criticism it created in our local media, both main stream and alternative, is already well documented.

What is relevant, for this post today, is that it ran counter to an avowed and politically sensitive policy of Anwar's Ibrahim's partner in the opposition coalition, the Islamic party, PAS.

An inviolable and non negotiable policy by which if unaddressed, the statement would have serious consequences to PAS grass root support and legitimacy of Anwar's party, the PKR, as a true and reliable coalition partner in the opposition pact.

This policy is comprehensively expressed in a strongly worded statement, "Dewan Ulamak PAS Menyokong Penuh Kenyataan Mursyidul Am" by the Islamic party,  demanding Brother Anwar to withdraw his statement, taboo to the PAS faithful, or sue the Wall Street Journal if it had misreported the Brother.

Not only was it demanded that Anwar withdraw the statement,  PAS spiritual leader Tok Guru Nik Aziz insists Anwar withdraws the statement publicly, meaning published and reported at the same media it was first revealed, the Wall Street Journal.

It culminated in the latest media statement by Anwar that is the subject of this post.

What can be read is Anwar explicitly states the following -

The now infamous statement must be read together with a two-state polity solution, an independent Palestinian state and the Israeli state, which he endorses. Subject, of course, to what was initially reported by the WSJ, ie  "contingent on Israel respecting the aspirations of Palestinians" and extensively elaborated in the Brother's media statement.

Supposedly, therein is where Brother Anwar's truth lies.

The complete paragraph as reported by the Wall Street Journal,

"I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel," said Mr. Anwar, although he stopped short of saying he would open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, a step which he said remains contingent on Israel respecting the aspirations of Palestinians. Malaysia has consistently refrained from establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, although limited commercial ties exist between private companies in the two countries.
 1. It is only after the statement was reported by WSJ that Anwar now says that it must be read together with a two-state solution which he endorses.

2. If that were the case, Anwar is in agreement to a two-state solution id est, there should be no reason why Anwar should have "stopped short of saying he would open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state".

3. While "security" is dealt with at length albeit undefined, Anwar expressed as reported, "efforts to protect the security".

For all his eloquent bluster, the correct response for whatever the question, would have been - "I support all efforts for the security of Israel contingent to..."

Meaning consultation and dialog to end of all aggression and the establishment  of a Palestinian state.

"PROTECT the security of the State of Israel" is an explicit word to mean an action and that includes military protection.

4. The killer, " I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel"

If you don't see it, let me elucidate.

If Anwar does not recognise the the state of Israel having "stopped short of saying he would open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state" until all "the aspirations of Palestinians" as eloquently elaborated are achieved, how can Anwar "support all efforts to protect the security" of the state of Israel which according to Anwar Ibrahim does not exist?

Tok Guru Nik Aziz has seen through the two-facedness of the Brother, If Tok Guru does not see through the meaning of the Anwar Ibrahim's statement, I will say it for Tok Guru when he meets the Brother today.

Brother Anwar bin Ibrahim's statement,

"I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel"

means exactly what it means, period.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Anwar Ibrahim and The Malaysian Insider - Two-Faced and Double-Talking

In an update of my previous post I wrote, 'The game is over, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim. No wonder your boys need to brainstorm'.

It has these connotations. Anwar's has always been playing political games for his personal benefit and the Israel game plan is being scuttled. What is there for PKR to meet? Surely Anwar as supremo, whatever his view and "personal" opinion on policy matters, is the policy of the party. In as far as PKR is concerned it goes without saying, by the party or anybody and everybody else. They can only stand by his official statement in the matter at hand.

Please do note the date of this Anwar detailed official statement, a clarification, for the his support for the security of Israel.

The date is 28 January 2012.

This is important.

The Malaysian Insider reports "Anwar: Nik Aziz merely gave ‘polite’ advice",
In response Anwar today blamed Umno for smearing him and omitting his remarks in the same report that were in support of Palestinians. 

"Umno has slandered me and erased my statement on the rights of the Palestinians ” said Anwar.
Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim is still trying to play games.

Anwar cannot put the blame on UMNO now.

Whether Anwar's "remarks in the same report that were in support of Palestians" were omitted or "erased"  has no bearing on the overwhelming decision by PAS for Anwar to withdraw his statement.

The decision by PAS demanding Anwar to retract his statement is dated 13 Februari 2012, "Dewan Ulamak PAS Menyokong Penuh Kenyataan Mursyidul Am",
Beliau yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan membuat gesaan itu dengan dipersetujui oleh seluruh ahli Majlis Syura Ulama PAS.

Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) mengulangi pendirian yang berterusan dan tetap dengan prinsip, sekali-kali tidak mengiktiraf negara haram Israel sebagaimana yang juga ditegaskan menerusi pendirian di kalangan gerakan Islam antarabangsa,  serta menyokong sepenuhnya perjuangan rakyat Palestin yang dihina di bumi sendiri.

Keselamatan negara haram Israel juga bukanlah menjadi tanggungjawab yang dipikul oleh orang Arab atau umat Islam, kerana ditegakkan negara haram itu sendiri di atas dasar kezaliman.
Therefor, it is another Anwar gamesmanship to put every blame on UMNO, particularly in this issue, because surely in arriving at a unanimous decision for Anwar to retract his statement, PAS would have already had read Anwar's statement and clarification.

Also therefor, while Anwar confirmed "The Malaysian Insider’s earlier report that he would be meeting Nik Aziz soon to explain his remarks and said further details will be provided later", what is there to explain?

You can appreciate the need for PKR to brainstorm.

"Anwar will be meeting Nik Aziz next Monday and that the matter was decided during PKR’s political bureau meeting last night ". Yes, a brainstorming session for Anwar to wiggle out of his present predicament.

Reading between the lines, I opine Anwar's utterance "Nik Aziz gave me polite soft advice. He suggested that if I had said it, retract; if not, sue" is a tit for tat of sarcasm.

Brother Anwar's penchant to sue, Nik Aziz's characteristic polite demeanour. 

I can also state for a fact that it is not a mere "suggestion" by Nik Aziz. It is a unanimous PAS decision "yang menggesa Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menarik balik kenyataannya mengenai Israel sepertimana yang dilaporkan di Wall Street Journal (WSJ) atau bertindak menyaman majalah itu". It is compelling.

Typical Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim double-talking.

As for the rabid opposition portal, The Malaysian Insider, it must be paying peanuts to it's reporters.

Reporting in English, one should have an acceptable command of the language, desirous at the very least.

When you have not only qualifications but also proficiency in a language, as required for your profession, you would certainly be more than adequately remunerated.

This Malaysian insider report, "Malaysia two-faced in Saudi blogger saga, says US paper", aptly makes the idiom, "If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys", best suited for the reporter.

The original passage Washington Post item which inspired the reporter to contrive the headline is reproduced here,
"His persecution has been facilitated by another champion of double-talk, the government of Malaysia, which claims to respect the rule of law but bundled Mr. Kashgari onto a private Saudi jet Sunday in spite of a court order prohibiting his deportation"
"Double-talk" to mean "two-faced". Nonsense morphing into deceitful.

What ever the case may be, the reporter would be found wanting, of a serious defect.

If the reporter understands the distinction, then as a reporter, being ethical is not his forte.

If he did not, then he must be being paid peanuts, and must be "scolded" for serious lack of vocabulary.

For all this nonsense and deceit, the reporter reports to the peanut master, The Malaysian Insider.

The peanut master having editorial control, and by allowing a discrepant headline to be published, is the actual two-faced party, guilty as charged.

The gist of the ill conceived headline Malaysian Insider report  is totally unrelated with the Washington Post editorial titled ,"The Saudi king’s hypocrisy", which gives only a passing mention of the Malaysia "double-talk".

While the Malaysian Insider report is critical of the Government in the deportation of a Saudi journalist wanted by the Saudi government, the Washington Post editorial is a criticism of the Saudi ruling monarch, obvious by it's headline, unlike the Malaysian Insider.

Says much for the reporters "ingenuity" and more of Malaysian Insider's deceit, as would be expected of the partisan opposition news portal.

Criticism of the Government to deport the journalist for the crime which he is alleged to have committed is also covered by another alternative news portal, said to be Government friendly, the Mole.

The Mole ran an article, "Saudi journo - check properly before deporting", castigating the Home Minister and questioning the wisdom, or the lack of it, to deport the Saudi journalist for a disputable crime,
"I agree with Dr Mahathir that the Home Ministry should have paid more attention to this matter. It is not everyday that we get requests to deport "Prophet insulting Bloggers" back to a country whose criminal prosecution and punishment are still at the basic jahiliyah level. The Minister of Home Affairs should know his job."
That the Mole carried an article critical of the Government dispels doubt as to it's impartiality and buttresses it's credibility, in more ways than one.

Why the Malaysian Insider took such a circuitous and misleading route is obvious, that is to cater for their mouth frothing opposition addicts, seeing that even main stream media such as the Star made reports such as this with judicial questions of the deportation.

Coming back to the Washington Post editorial, what many in the opposition might be impressed with, is the freedom of the press in the US.

But then again there are those who give a thorough examination of this US freedom of the press. Also critical of the Saudis in the 22 November 2011 Asia Times and relevant for my post, Exposed: US press 'freedom',
If you are an official from a "valuable ally" - such as the House of Saud or the regime in Israeli - you are assured a tough question-free pulpit anywhere you choose, especially if you're fluent in English.

But if you are an official from a "rogue" regime, the maximum you can aspire is to be humiliated in public, as it happened to Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University in New York. Especially if you don't speak English, and most of what you say is lost in translation.

On the other hand, if you are a travelling US corporate media hack, you can get away with murder.

Example. During the Asian financial crisis, in 1997 and 1998, I went to countless press conferences where parachuted US hacks intimidated Asian leaders as if they were a bunch of hooligans (the hacks, not the leaders). Perky chicks emerging from some two-bit journalism school in the flyover states treated then-Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad as if he was a child rapist, because he had established capital controls.

Mahathir turned out to be right - as Malaysia overcame the crisis much earlier than those, such as Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea, that surrendered to the International Monetary Fund's dreadful "adjustments".
Fittingly, we now know why Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim has this sudden need to support the security of Israel at this point in time.

Getting back at The Malaysia Insider, the news portal would be well advised to be cognizant of the word, two-faced, best described in this blogpost, "Two faced Anwar Ibrahim and the infamous Wall Street Journal article", for future usage or reference.

So if "two-faced" and "double-talk" is your cup of tea, The Malaysian Insider is the place to be, just as much as with the PM wannabe

Updated 6.03 pm

I missed Anwar's Media Statement. Result of brainstorming. All the more, why need to meet Nik Aziz?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tragedy by Any Other Name - Honduran Prison Fire Claim Hundreds of Lives

Be it natural disasters, mass murder, accidents and all other tragedies, when hundreds of lives are lost, we pour our sympathies and extend condolence with sadness.

Do prison inmates deserve less?

I feel for families' and friends' grief of those perished in this Honduran prison fire tragedy that has reportedly claimed over 300 lives.

Sundaily reports "Honduras prison fire kills more than 350 inmates: Officials"

descanse en paz y que Dios esté con vosotros

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When Pakatan Rakyat forms the Federal Government this is what to expect

We agree to disagree, so says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng on the Hudud issue.

The DAP Secretary-General therefore disagrees but agrees with this kind of narrow and short circuited thinking of fellow Pakatan Rakyat, Bangi Assemblyman, Dr Shafie Abu Bakar.

This holier than thou Doctor, of what I do not know, Shafie, insists that cinemas are a threat to Islam.

Reported in the Star,

“Having a cinema will lead to vice activities and there will be films not in line with Islamic and eastern values.

“We don't want that (films) here to corrupt the minds of our young,” Dr Shafie was quoted as saying
and Doctorate logic,

“Why do you need to go to the cinema when you can watch movies from TV and the Internet?” said Bangi state assemblyman Dr Shafie Abu Bakar from PAS
Get it?  You can watch pornography in the privacy of your home but you are barred from watching movies in the cinema because everything on the internet is in line with Islam.

DAP secretary-general can have a word of disagreement passed on to the Bangi Assemblyman, falling under the the constituency of Serdang, through it's DAP MP of Serdang, Teo Nie Ching.

After all, the Serdang MP Teo is highly regarded by the Bangi assemblyman, that she is linked among the PAS glitterati, having taken good care of the Bangi constituency.

I wonder, did the good Bangi Assemblyman chose this pic to link the Serdang MP

instead of the Serdang MP's Teo Nie Ching official blog pic because it's a bit....too pushy.

I forgive the good Doctor.

When the Pakatan Rakyat forms the next Federal Government, and because they "agree to disagree", expect more idiotic Doctorate logic, maybe drive to Penang to watch a movie failing which you can watch porn at home or learn to ride camels.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Anwar Ibrahim - More Twist and Turns

In my first Anwar Ibrahim Twist and Turn post, when the Pakatan Rakyat had that high powered meeting to discuss Anwar's support for Hudud, I stated that it was sort of bigwig.

Sort of because PAS spiritual leader, Tok Guru Nik Aziz and party president, Abdul Hadi were not in attendance.

In that Edge report as well as The Malaysia Insider here, both gave prominence ito DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng announcing a decision had been reached and the Pakatan Rakyat leaders who agreed to disagree.

PAS and DAP have "agreed to disagree" over the controversial hudud law ending a longstanding squabble that placed both parties on a collision course for months.

In a statement today DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the decision was reached following a Pakatan Rakyat PR leadership meeting held at his party's headquarters here on Monday.

The leaders present at the meeting were Lim, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, several Kelantan state executive councillors, PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and Perak PKR chairman Dr Mohd Nur Manuty.

One can understand PAS sending underlings to the meeting rather than the two most influential and powerful leaders Tok Guru and Abdul Hadi.

Tok Guru and Abdul Hadi were responsible for Hudud laws enactments in their respective states of Kelantan and Terengannu as Menteri Besars.

You would have expected, a meeting deliberating such a divisive issue that could have spelled the end of the Pakatan coalition, to be attended by all top party leaders.

What does that tell you?

Political expediency of the highest order.

Many would have missed this twist.

The Edge headlined it's report "Guan Eng:PAS,DAP agreed to to disagree on Hudud" and The Malaysian Insider headlined it's report "PAS-DAP 'agree to disagree' over hudud"

It was about PAS and DAP, when the culprit responsible for the fiasco was non other than Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, thus it should have been DAP and PKR and not as headlined.

DAP, the rabidly anti-Islamic state party, aggrieved by the the "I support
Hudud" of the PKR defecto leader, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim.

Actually this "agree to disagree" by the DAP party is not unlike China's one country, two system policy.

Mainland China being a communist state and Hong Kong being partly democratic but wholly capitalist. Makes good business sense.

You never know, Islamic laws for the PAS and PKR ruled states, secular laws for DAP and PKR ruled states - agree to disagree. Makes good business sense.

Putting the contentious Hudud issue raised by Brother Anwar aside, let's look at the other matter that is raising temperatures within the Pakatan Rakyat - Brother Anwar's support for the security of Israel.

In my previous post I did say the following,

It is certainly conflicting but there is a distinct similarity. "Mat Sabu" and another "Pakatan Rakyat component party leaders meeting."? Okay. Never mind. Let's wait and see.

I made the statement in response to the Mole reported statement by PAS deputy president, Mat Sabu that the "support Israel" issue was far from over despite earlier reports to the contrary by PAS.

What I meant was that if two of the biggest PAS guns, Tok Guru Nik Aziz and Abdul Hadi, were to be absent again, it would prove to all that these so called high level Pakatan Rakyat component party meetings were nothing more than shams.

It looks as though PAS has now taken the matter seriously enough, not waiting for "Anwar to explain his statement in the next Pakatan Rakyat component party leaders meeting" with PAS Ulama Council demanding Brother Anwar to retract his statements of support.

Even PAS spritual leader, Tok Guru Nik Aziz, went as far to say that if Brother Anwar had been misreported by WSJ, Brother Anwar should sue the news portal.

The Malaysian Insider reports,

"If the Wall Street Journal was inaccurate in reporting what he said then we hope he will sue the newspaper." - Nik Abdul Aziz

In all of this, the DAP is so far conspicuously but eerily silent.

The same TMI report quotes another underling, this time PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution,

"the PKR leadership would be preparing an official response soon. We are currently meeting, brainstorming. Datuk Seri Anwar himself will be away for a one-day trip."

If it were not a serious matter I would be laughing.

I lied, what a laughable statement, "We are currently meeting, brainstorming". Brainstorming? That is really side-splitting stuff.

Your boss makes the statement, does the damage and you brainstorm for a response?

Saudara Lim Guan Eng, this is not Mat Sabu and Co deciding to "agree to disagree".

It has reached crisis proportions and warrants "Anwar to meet Nik Aziz to explain Israel remarks"

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim while taking potshots at UMNO and boasts,

"I would like to stress that Pakatan Rakyat is a coalition built on the principle of consensus and mutual trust and respect."
The PAS Ulama Council and Tok Guru Nik Aziz seems to have serious doubts.

Upadate 6.49 pm

The game is over, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim. No wonder your boys need to brainstorm.

The Star "Nik Aziz: Anwar should publicly clarify Israel statement"

"If he wants to meet us (PAS) to clarify himself, he's welcome to do it. But since his statement was made public, it would be more appropriate if he clarifies himself in public as well," said Nik Aziz during a press conference here Tuesday.

Related and essential twists.

DAP Gangster Talk

This would have been an ideal subject for "When Pakatan Rakyat Forms the Federal Government" but since it's hot off the press, I'm giving it special treatment.

With his big talking, foot in mouth disease blundering Penang is safer than Johore, the Penang Chief Minister's mouthpiece now comes out with ultimatums.

It sounds more of a threat to me.

The Star reports,
"Two hundred and fifty DAP members and supporters will be at the debate venue by 4pm. If no seats are allocated, I cannot guarantee what will happen," Ng Wei Aik told reporters at the Chowrasta market here Tuesday morning.
How can anyone support such a party is beyond me.

And this is only a debate mind you.

I wonder what would happen if you mess around with a real taikor DAP chap.

KTM Commuters to Enjoy? Tracking the Main Issues

In my previous posting, relevant passages from a The Star report, "KTM gets first batch of electric train coaches from China", were left out.

I therefore post the report in it's entirety with emphasis in support of my POV.
PORT KLANG: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) has received the first batch of six electric train coaches from the Transport Ministry.

Its minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the Six-Car-Set (SCS) manufactured by China's Zhu Zhou Electric Locomotives Co Ltd were shipped from Shanghai Port on Sept 13 and reached Westport at 2am yesterday.

“Unloading work began from 8am and was completed at 5pm,” said Kong, who was at the presentation ceremony at Wharf 3, Westport in Port Klang.

He said the coaches were part of the 38 new sets for the KTM Komuter service which are being financed via allocations from the Federal Government under the sixth initiative of the National Key Results Area programme.

“Under this initiative, RM1.894bil has been spent to buy the 38 sets which will help improve the quality of the KTM Komuter service,” Kong said.

He said delivery of the sets would be in batches and completed by May next year.

“The coaches will undergo operational and security tests before they are deemed safe for use,” he said, adding that it would take one to two months to test each set.

“The sets will be sent to the depot in Batu Gajah Perak for tests. The first train is expected to start service by December.

Kong said his ministry was optimistic that with the new trains, the schedule of train arrivals could be shortened from 30 minutes to just 10 minutes and the target to increase capacity from 95,000 commuters to between 150,000 and 200,000 would be achieved.
What is ambiguous in the report is number of sets and batch, whether 1 set or 1 batch of 6 sets, that was/were received.

Can anybody now confirm the complete delivery date is on track. That is May, which is just 3 months away?

And at the same time, can anybody enlighten us as to WHEN will ALL the coaches be in service?

Over to you Transport Ministry, KTMB and SPAD.

No sidetracking. Please.

Monday, February 13, 2012

KTM Commuters to Enjoy?

What's there to enjoy?

Today's The Star report "KTM commuters to enjoy improved services" quotes Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, to that effect.

The SPAD CEO obviously does not read The Star.

The Star is repackaging an old story to make it look new, in an effort to sidetrack readers, but not regular commuters like yours truly.

I had earlier asked "KTM Komuter - Wherefore Art Thou Coaches" Part 1 and 2.

For the benefit of those missing relevant Star reports and passages, they are posted here.

29 April 2011, in a like sounding headline, "Better days ahead for Komuter service"
"the first of the newly bought EMUs was expected to arrive in November and would be in service by January 2012.

We will need about three months for testing and commissioning but subsequent trains will take a month to be ready" - Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president Dr Aminuddin Adnan
And more "good" news 3 months later.

25 July 2011, "Delivery of EMU trains ahead of schedule"
"Kong said the trains manufactured by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd (CSR ZELC) must be tested on Malaysian tracks before they could be commissioned"
Right on schedule, I give him that.

23 September 2011 "KTM gets first batch of electric train coaches from China"
“The coaches will undergo operational and security tests before they are deemed safe for use,” he said, adding that it would take one to two months to test each set.
Which would mean that the first set should have been in service by November, please Mr Transport Minister, correct me if I am wrong.

Maybe my estimation is a tad optimistic in order to be critical but so were you.

Even Transit - Malaysia' Public Transport Forum in the article "New KTM Komuter trains arrive in Port Klang (Update #2)" states,
This train is the first of 6 trains which will arrive over the remainder of this year, and will likely be put into service in late December 2011 or early 2012
and carries a short Railway Gazette news report stating,
"Six are scheduled to arrive this year, entering traffic from January on KTM Komuter services in the Klang Valley around Kuala Lumpur"
By all accounts it is January of 2012, Christmas and both the Gregorian and Lunar New Years have all gone with no new coach in sight.

Does early 2012 mean March and does March mean early of the year?

And what of the other 5 coaches reported to be arriving as of last year?

The SPAD CEO and The Star makes no reference to either the 1 coach being available for service, much less 5 other coaches which would have then taken "a month to be ready" according to the KTM chairman.

If there are any other "good" news, I say Transport Ministry, KTMB and SPAD, please save us more agony of not only the sad Komuter service but of more hot air. And you the blushes.

Stop railroading us with nothing but mouth service instead of actual service.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

There was a moment in time.

and I will always love you... in blissful peace

Whitney Houston 1963-2012

The music industry most prestigious awards, the Grammys, will tomorrow be absolutely sombre with grief.

Tributes to the most popular singer, arguably of her time, Whitney Houston, will undoubtedly take centre stage.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Anwar Ibrahim - Twist and Turns

When confronted with his "I support Hudud" which would have been the death knell of the Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar Ibrahim needed to clarify, not unexpectedly, with a statement.

Even though it was Anwar's "personal opinion", it had the furs of DAP chairman Karpal Singh on ends and necessitated a meeting to dispel concerns and concluded in "agreeing but disagreeing" by Lim Guan Eng and affirmed by other bigwigs in the tripartite coalition, sort of.

Sort of, because while the DAP and PKR were represented by their highest party officials, PAS was only represented by the deputy president, Mat Sabu and the secretary general.

The PKR defecto leader, Anwar in his statement is of the view that Hudud CAN be implemented but "non-Muslims are and must continue to be in all circumstances exempt from the Shari’a jurisdiction", but the DAP secretary general, Lim Guan Eng reiterated that Hudud was entirely ultra vires the Federal Constitution.

The two most senior, PAS spiritual leader, Tok Guru Nik Aziz and president Abdul Hadi, who had actually enacted Hudud laws and mattered most, were conspicuously absent in that crucial Hudud meeting.

Just when Pakatan Rakyat nerves were calmed, out comes another Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim bomb but this time, it was the turn of other Pakatan partner, Pas, to be annoyed.

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim clarifies again, and again not unexpectedly, is accepted by the PAS hierarchy, the NST reported,.
"Although Pas does not recognise the state of Israel, the party leadership yesterday decided that it does not have any problems over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s statement that he supported all efforts to protect the security of Israel.

The party’s decision was reached during the high-powered political bureau meeting that was chaired by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang at its headquarters last night."
However, in the Mole today, Mat Sabu, who attended the Pakatan Rakyat meeting to resolve the Hudud issue, now says that Brother Anwar has still got some explaining to do.
"Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu told The Mole the party will get Anwar to explain his statement in the next Pakatan Rakyat component party leaders meeting."
It is certainly conflicting but there is a distinct similarity. "Mat Sabu" and another "Pakatan Rakyat component party leaders meeting."? Okay. Never mind. Let's wait and see.

Shrapnel from the Anwar bomb caused to inflict another wound, one in which Anwar is especially sensitive to, can't blame the man, homosexualism.

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim needed took pains explain, with yet another statement,
He had also stated in an absolutely uncompromising position that he, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pakatan Rakyat will never engage in the organization, approval or legitimising homosexuality.
That would seem at odds with what was earlier reported when Brother Anwar came to the defence of Sister Ambiga in the Seksualiti Merdeka affair,
“If you disagree with them (and feel if it) involves Muslims than you should engage with them,” said Anwar in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.
While the DAP has been vehemently anti-Hudud, and since Bro Anwar has been hounded relentlessly on the issue, what is the DAP's specific stand on homosexuality?

I for one would be most interested to know the DAP position on gay rights and homosexualism, they being Christian champions and making most out of the Allah and Alkitab issue.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

More When Pakatan Rakyat Forms the Federal Government

Nitty gritty.

If some of you have still not grasped the gist of my previous post, it is this - firstly, even before the Pakatan Rakyat could begin to govern, they do not have anyone capable, never mind creditable, to fill those Ministerial posts.

From the very top right down to the junior posts.

Even the capable ones numbering anywhere between 1 and 4, let's not be too cynical and dismissive, will be demanding those important posts, by the respective Pakatan Rakyat parties.

The bickering for those posts, I would even wager to say, would take at least a couple of months.

The policy fiasco I mentioned before, economic and foreign, will be nothing compared to national policies.

The conflicting ideologies of all 3 Pakatan parties would make filling those positions a new, powerful, internal combustion system.

Messr Karpal Singh being the most celebrated and renown legal eagle must be favoutite to land the Home Minstry portfolio, or most qualified and suited for Law Minister.

Also I mentioned depending on which party had garnered the highest number of seats, most likely hypothetically if PAS had the majority, can you imagine Karpal handed the Home or Law Ministership?

Horror of horrors, for the DAP in more ways than one, if PAS then decides to ban gambling.

The media circus, mainstream or alternative, would make Barnum and Bailey look like Mini Me.

Oh, oh. Before I forget, remember that number 2 post?

Don't you folks forget.

In the event that something calamitous happened to PM Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, god forbid for them and even us, number 2 will be number 1, numero uno.

Mull on that folks.

Coming back to Pakatan Rakyat component party ideologies, PAS is Islamic, DAP is secular and PKR is..well, defecto leader and PM Anwar supports Hudud and is a world renown moderate and liberal..what does that make PKR?

Since we cannot put on a specific fix on the PKR ideology, let's just say the PKR is - a family oriented party.

After all, the PKR defecto leader is PM Anwar, PKR president is Mrs Anwar, PKR deputy president is family friend Azmin Ali and highest polled PKR vice-president is daughter Makcik Nurul Izzah.

Yes folks it's all in the family.

One for all and all for one.

More to come when Pakatan Rakyat forms the Federal Government returns.

Friday, February 3, 2012

When Pakatan Rakyat Forms the Federal Government

That I am a very staunch supporter of Tun Mahathir should be obvious to everyone.

I am pro-BN, pro-BN Govt and support the government of the day under Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib and Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin.

But it is not blind support.

It does not mean that I agree with everything the Government says or does. Follow some of the bloggers listed at this blog and find the Government, is never immune from hostile comments and will be questioned, when it is found wanting.

I admit and neither can it be denied, there are shortcomings and weaknesses that leaves much to be desired, whether within individual Barisan Nasional component parties or the Barisan as a whole, that needs to be addressed.

The Barisan Nasional is not perfect. Nobody ever claimed it was.

If I were to say that corruption, cronyism and nepotism does not exist, I certainly would be dishonest, if not plain stupid.

As far as all Malaysians are concerned from the rural folks right up to us the urban dwellers, corruption is the endemic disease that needs to be eradicated, permanently.

Not only within the Government. The GLCs and Corporations.

It is all about greed.

Greed leads to corruption of which cronyism and nepotism is a prerequisite ingredient or by product.

It's all about power.

Power which also leads to corruption, no need mentioning a particular personality at this point.

Most specifically, I abhor the use or rather the abuse of race and religion in politics.

Racial and religious issues exploited by every political and non-political entities have become the norm, for the pursuit of power and greed.

There is nothing wrong in defending race and religion but when it becomes extreme tit for tat, all sensitivities are lost. Common sense out the window.

We were never like this before.

When did all of this start?

I will say it now, the blame lies squarely on Pak Lah. I say it again, Pak Lah.

Firstly, it was exacerbations with allegations of corruption, nepotism and cronyism that contributed and hastened the former PM handing over the reins of Government to Datuk Seri Najib.

Secondly, Pak Lah may have had the best of intentions, though many among us disagree, but the fact of the matter is Malaysian society, is not suited to a completely open society, socially and culturally.

Our civil society is given and prone to all sorts of manipulation inside and outside the country.

We should be more guarded in how we manage this "new found freedom", post Pak Lah, to demands for every right existing on this planet.

If the unhealthy and divisive state we all are in now, is not proof that a totally open society is incompatible to Malaysian society, then I do not know what is.

This unhealthy and divisive state of affairs has escalated with the opposition gains of GE 2008 and has not subsided one bit with no end in sight.

NGOs, supposedly apolitical vanguards and reformers for civil society, very coincidentally having similar opposition political agendas, arouse high emotions among sections of citizenry but always denying intent and liable consequences.

For and on both sides. Retaliations making matters worse.

There can be no denying utilising the alternative media, the cyberworld and every instrument and tool of the internet, is a major contributing factor in the escalation.

The mainstream media cannot be blameless.

It is politically correct even chic nowadays to say that racial and religious sensitivities are a thing of the past. We are now more matured. More knowledgeable. More discerning.

If that were the case, why fuss over pig heads and white ang pows?

Who is making a fuss? The mainstream media, the alternative media?

You will hear the following statements being repeated and repeated as GE 13 draws near.

"We must do away with race based political parties".

"Parti Keadilan Rakyat is proof of a successful multi racial party"

"DAP is now admitting more Malays"

"and PAS..."

PAS what?

"Never mind PAS, Anything But Umno."

"We don't buy that 'racial violence will flare' threat anymore. May 13 1969 is legacy and bogeyman of the Barisan Govt. We are now a more responsible and matured society."

The pig heads and white ang pows has been hogging the limelight with intensity, a pun intended.

Who is making a bigger fuss? The mainstream media, the alternative media?

Do we need an Anders Brevik unleashed upon us, shed our tears and then blame the moon, the sun and the stars? After the Government had been soundly condemned and blamed as being causative?

One thing I know for sure, of late we suffer from the "it will never happen to us here and now" syndrome and complacency, ably aided by "civil society".

"Civil society" must be given credit for Malaysians being more civil.

Just read your twitter, facebook and blogs.

Even those claiming to support BN and the Government.

The spewing lies and spreading hatred is sickening.

You may say my Government is corrupt and racist.

At the very least, this "corrupt" and "racist" Government has given us peace and prosperity for as long as I can remember.

As long as I can remember, I could go to church and pray, freely.

I have got my education.

Ever since eligible to vote, I have voted in every election, freely.

My two elections vote after my first were for the opposition.

I remember too, I and others could be openly critical, in the coffee shops, office and anywhere towards that man.

The one I have the greatest admiration now, Tun Mahathir.

The Government I support has stood every difficult test in time, and to continue doing so, mistakes and excesses of the past and present, must not be allowed to occur and continue.

There is no denying there is a lot to be done and has to be done.

The economy, security, education, homes, environment.

The wealth and health of the nation and it's people must be kept in good hands.

It is now, more than ever, a daunting task.

Datuk Seri Najib is only 3 years into the job and the signs are positive, not all, but at least he focuses on the important issues. He is working very hard. It reminds me of that man.

Of course, in doing so, you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

You can please all of the people some of the time.

But you cannot and should not please some of the people all of the time.

The Barisan Nasional and it's predecessor, the Perikatan, has always had the right formula.

From Merdeka as the Alliance then and an extended family as the National Front now.

Sharing and caring.

Which brings me to the main topic, what would happen when Pakatan Rakyat forms the next federal government?

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, indisputably by "consensus" , is Prime Minister of choice.

And who would be Deputy Prime Minister?

What about Minister of Finance? My opinion - Lim Guan Eng will be heavily recommended for this post by his DAP party.

Penang State Chief Minister saudara Lim's accomplishments, bringing in record FDIs, reducing state debt, improving his state security and implementing major projects, cannot be ignored.

But Anwar Ibrahim is the Prime Minister and recent convention dictates the Prime Minister to hold the Finance Minister post as well. Unless of course, Pakatan Rakyat does away with convention.

PAS candidacy for both posts cannot be ruled out, depending on which party holding the most seats in Parliament, it will be a contentious and drawn out affair filling those two posts among the Pakatan partners. And that's just for starters.

Here are other important portfolios -

Home Affairs
Foreign Affairs

Folks, to put you back on page, the Pakatan Rakyat does not have a Shadow cabinet, period.

What they do have are shadow committees in 2009 barring the Deputy Prime Minitership. Bear in mind some of the MPs are no longer Rakyat of the Pakatan.

Just to illustrate how improbable it is going be, for the portfolios I mention, here are the Pakatan candidates -

Finance Ministry
PKR: Mohamed Azmin Ali
PAS: Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad
DAP: Lim Guan Eng

Despite strong claims from the DAP, with all it's Secretary General's accomplishments, it pales when compared to the other strong candidate for the Finance Minister spot.

Azmin Ali's one and only accomplishment, being apple of the eye and blue-eyed boy, of the Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim himself.

Home Ministry
PKR: Datuk Johari Abdul
PAS: Salahuddin Ayub
DAP: Karpal Singh

Do you already see the oncoming collision course? Never mind, let's proceed.

By present convention all Prime Ministers of Malaysia has helmed the Education post and allowing for the Pakatan to break away from convention, this is what is offered.

Education Ministry
PKR: Yusmadi Yusoff
PAS: Che Uda Che Nik
DAP: Chong Eng

Who? Prime Minister material? I do know YB Chong Eng. She is from my era.

Then there is defence. It should be already understood by now, some of the candidates cannot fill certain portfolios because of race. I am sorry but that is a fact. Politically and realistically. In as far as the Defence Ministry is concerned this is more pertinently so. Of course I could be proven wrong, so here it is.

Defence Ministry
PKR: Saifuddin Nasution Ismail
PAS: Datuk Seri Muhammad Nizar Jamaluddin
DAP: Liew Chin Tong

Forget Saifuddin, appropriately, Headband Nizar is a shoo in for the post.

As for as the Foreign Ministry, this are the choices.

Foreign Ministry
PKR: Sivarasa Rasiah
PAS: Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar
DAP: Dr P Ramasamy

You would also have noticed that Guan Eng and Ramasamy will have to vacate their State Govt position. Or maybe not, the DAP is adept at holding multiple posts.

It is easy to declare "I support the security of Israel", and "I support Hudud" when you are not the Prime Minister. It does not have any effect on the country.

That said, when combined how these oxymoronic 'I support this' and 'I support that' by a Prime Minister be practical, as an official foreign or economic policy if at all it is accepted officially, the Pakatan Rakyat is conveniently silent.

Brother Anwar thinks the Makciks and Pakciks in the remote villages are only interested in the Koran, that their economic concerns are secondary and that complex matters like foreign direct investment are beyond their comprehension.

Lawyers , who would consider him " a mullah from somewhere", among his cabinet, can be capable and negotiate foreign treaties and economic agreements, meandering the two opposing policy matters.

Therefore, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim Ibrahim, will support this, that and everything in between.

This is only the start when Pakatan Rakyat forms the Federal Government.