Bumiputera Malaysia

Bumiputera Malaysia

By a Malaysian for his country

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi cannot be challenged

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi cannot be challenged. UMNO members who dared to challenge him were warned, reprimanded and kicked out from the party. His Barisan Nasional (BN) component party members such as the MCA and MIC are his dogs. They knew that they cannot challenge the weak Prime Minister. So much for Abdullah's Islam Hadhari fairytale.

When Abdullah took over the country's administration, he stopped the Johor-Singapore bridge project, he stopped the East Coast Highway project, he stopped the Ipoh-Rawang double track rail electrification project. He asked the people to focus on agriculture instead.

Then, former premier Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad said that Abdullah is slowing down Malaysia's economic growth. Statistics showed that the foreign direct investments (FDI) into Malaysia is dropping. The country's rankings fell, in the aspect of university ranking, economic ranking, corruption perception index ranking, competitiveness ranking and flawed democracy index.

All these are big challenges to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who cannot be challenged. And so, to prove that he is not slowing down the economy, he woke up from his sleep. Within these few weeks, Malaysians were shown various supermega multi-billion ringgit projects by his evasive government. The RM3 billion Second Penang Bridge project was announced in such a rush manner (never mind that the project draft plan was completed in less than 3 weeks without any call for tender).

RM100 billion will be spent to create the South Johor Economic Region (SJER) - also known as the Iskandar Development Region. It is OK if the Singapore-Johor bridge project is cancelled or Disneyland does not want to come to Johor. Abdullah has the SJER to show that "I am in control".

Then, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced a RM400 million project for the new National Palace project. Again, it was announced in such a rush manner and the project was awarded to an unknown company.

Then, Abdullah announced a RM9 billion undersea power cable link project, to link Sarawak's Bakun hydroelectric power dam to the Peninsular. And one wonders why there's a need to build a coal-powered power plant in Sabah that will costs another RM200 million?

Then, the state government of Melaka announced a RM21 million observation tower project in the central of the historical Melaka town, much to the objection of the residents and taxpayers.

Then, in the racist UMNO annual general assembly, the premier announced that RM600 million will be distributed among the UMNO head of divisions for the country's development and this money must be spent within the next 6 weeks.

Earlier, his government had announced a useless RM490 million sports complex project in London. Then, his government announced a RM320 million project to build a resource centre for Bank Negara Malaysia. The project was given to an unknown company again.

Next, his government made the announcement to build a RM30 million Ferris wheel in Kuala Lumpur as part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 attractions. The "Eye on Malaysia" ferris wheel will be similar to the "Eye of London" wheel in central London, United Kingdom.

Indeed, the premier cannot be challenged at all. Otherwise, more stupid projects will be announced. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi already announced projects worth over RM1 trillion in total, including the most embarassing 9th Malaysia Plan.

Malaysian authorities are cruel, corrupted and condemned

Local authorities in Malaysia under the weak leadership of the liar Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi are absolutely cruel, corrupted and condemned.

A Chinese temple in Penang was rudely demolished. Hindu temples across the country were demolished. An illegal palace with an observation tower owned by the Klang councillor (and Klang UMNO chairman) remained untouched. Millions of ringgit were wasted to build non-functioning clock towers and ugly artificial plants in towns and cities. The government came up with various transparently-stupid reasons to continue their corrupt and "Malaysia Bodoh" practices.

One of the stupid beautification projects carried out by a Malaysian local authority

Even though the poor Malay residents in Kampung Berembang have nowhere else to go, the local authority (Ampang Jaya Municipal Council - MPAJ) decided to demolish their houses. A stop-work order from the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya failed to stop the self-declared developed state of Selangor's Khir Toyo from kicking the people out from their 30-year-old houses. Scores were arrested for trying to protect their houses from being torn down. Homeless mothers and children spent the night without any roof on their heads. CRUEL.

Poor people's houses were burnt and torn down, innocent Malaysian citizens were arrested for trying to protect their homes

Residents performed their prayers by the road-side after the surau in Kg. Berembang was demolished while the children prepares for their examination in the open space.

At the same time, newly-appointed councillors of the Selayang municipal council (MPS) decided to reward themselves by spending RM40,000.00 to have its full board meeting in Awana Resort, Genting Highlands. MPS councillor Datuk Tang See Hang (BN-Rawang) said, "the seminar is beneficial...councillors can brush-up their knowledge on local authority by-laws". Some 50 staff, including heads of departments would be attending the 3-day event and staying at the 40 double deluxe rooms, enjoying 5 meals per day at the hill resort. The entire cost is borne by the taxpayers' money. CORRUPTED.

Despite tonnes of condemnation letters, emails and SMSes, the Malaysian authorities closed their eyes and ears and keep on telling the nation that "no one is above the law" and "semuanya OK!" (everything is OK!). The local authorities in Malaysia were condemned and will continue to be condemned. CONDEMNED!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

MCA proves to be UMNO's dog

The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) is supposed to uphold the benefits and defend the welfare of the Malaysian Chinese community in the country. However, MCA's existence today in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition is not to represent the Malaysian Chinese voice in BN, but to bring the UMNO voice to the Chinese community.

The decision to buy Nanyang Press Holdings led to the disunity of the Chinese-based MCA. Team A led by former President Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik bowed to UMNO's order to control Nanyang's newspapers through MCA's investment arm, Huaren Holdings. But Team B led by former Deputy President Datuk Lim Ah Lek refused to comply with UMNO's U Must Not Object instruction to purchase Nanyang.

Now, the MCA will be the dog of UMNO again by going down to the grassroots to explain the recent UMNO's racist remarks. MCA top leaders including its four useless ministers, will meet with grassroots leaders by way of a nationwide roadshow to explain the party's stand on several current issues, including the racist remarks made by UMNO delegates.

There is actually no need to explain anything to the grassroot leaders. MCA should instead meet up with their BN partners to lodge their unhappiness and uneasiness over the remarks made. MCA should not end up explaining UMNO's Islam Hadhari racist policies.

UMNO = U Must Not Object

On the bumiputera equity in Malaysia

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said that the government's 18.9% bumiputera equity data is correct. "You cannot question it. Do not question our social contract", the Deputy UMNO President said. Proof of UMNO = U Must Not Object.

On the statement by Mahathir's son Mukhriz that there's nothing new in Abdullah's UMNO AGM speech

UMNO President and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi invited UMNO Youth Chief Hishamuddin Tun Hussein for a dinner. Hishamuddin was scolded by Abdullah because UMNO Youth did not reprimand Mukhriz for his statement. Ironically, UMNO Wanita Chief Rafidah Aziz had said that "the President needs to repeat the same message for a few times because some of the delegates have never attended the UMNO assembly before". Proof of UMNO = U Must Not Object.

On the merger of Sime Darby, Golden Hope and Guthrie Group

Deputy UMNO President Najib Tun Razak has said "the merger of the 3 companies under Synergy Drive is PNB's initiative, we support the move decided by the trustees of PNB, of which I am one of the members. This is the position that we have taken".

However, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) in a statement has said, "PNB has yet to see a proposal to merge three of its plantations companies. Synergy Drive is not our company". At the same time, former PNB CEO Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has said, "it is very weird if PNB does not know upfront about the merger of its plantation companies". Next merger: Utusan Malaysia and NSTP. Proof of UMNO = U Must Not Object.

On the taking over of Southern Bank to become CIMB Group

Southern Bank Berhad (SBB) was originally a Chinese-based bank headed by Datuk Tan Teong Hean. Southern Bank then admitted some friendly bumiputera shareholders including the Sultan of Selangor. Subsequently, these bumiputera partners decided to sell out SBB shares to CIMB, a bumiputera banking group.

Datuk Tan and SBB major shareholders were very furious and resisted the hostile takeover by Nazir Razak (brother of Deputy UMNO President Najib Tun Razak) of CIMB and made attempts to rebuff the takeover. He even went to see the Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi but to no avail. Proof of UMNO = U Must Not Object.

On the illegal mansion belonging to the Klang UMNO Chief Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros

Selangor UMNO chief and Menteri Besar Khir bin Toyo was asked on whether Zakaria's illegal mansion in Klang will be demolished. His reply was, "from tomorrow onwards, we will demolish all illegal temples in the state. I have received many phone calls on illegal Chinese and Indian temples. We should demolish all illegal structures in Selangor. You guys better watch out".

With the right connection in place, even the most punishable of offences are pardoned. Both Selangor councillor Zakaria Mohd Deros and Klang municipal councillor Mazlynoor Abdul Latiff conveniently took matters into their own hand when they decided to flaunt their wealth through the construction of their respective mansions. As the representative of the people, it is baffling how both these men have amassed so much wealth. And Mazlynoor Abdul Latiff was re-appointed as the Klang municipal councillor again. Proof of UMNO = U Must Not Object.

On the sacking of Umno member Zaharin Yasin

The Umno Supreme Council led by Umno President and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met to discuss on the fate of Umno member Zaharin Yasin, who is alleged to have breached party rules and discipline by criticising Abdullah in the Sang Kelambai blog that he owned. Earlier, the Umno Disciplinary Board had met and decided that his 'crime' is not serious enough to warrant sacking. This was the Disciplinary Board’s decision that was brought to the Supreme Council.

But before the Deputy President Najib Tun Razak could even finish reading out the Board’s report, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi interrupted him and proposed that Zaharin be sacked from the party. The credibility and independence of Umno’s Disciplinary Board is over. The party president can now just brush aside and ignore its decisions. Proof of UMNO = U Must Not Object.

On the listing of Tabung Haji's TH Plantations

The depositors at Tabung Haji rejected a proposal to list TH Plantations at the KL stock exchange. This issue was brought up at both Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara in the Parliament. It was debated and members of the Parliament rejected the listing of the company in Bursa Malaysia. But Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (who has been saying "I will listen to the people") decided on himself to proceed with the listing of TH Plantations. Yet another proof of UMNO = U Must Not Object.

Abdullah's "work with me, not work for me" is "you must not object"

Corruption, high crime rate, lackadaisical local government councils, failing education system, a sycophantic judiciary, a gagged press, MPs un-educated in the process of parliament, lack of accountability, dropping off the radar screens of global investors, absence of good accounting practices, lower foreign direct investments (FDI), being ranked among the world's flawed democracies ... but U Must Not Object.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Islamic association making a fool of itself

The Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association (Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia) or PPIM is making a fool of itself.

A police report was made by PPIM together with Amir Hamzah (President of the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress) and Datuk Paduka Saharuddin Awang Yahya (President of the Yayasan Bakti Khidmat Masyarakat Malaysia) with regards to the symbol of cross found at the Walls' Moo biscuit.

PPIM demanded Walls to explain the presence of the cross symbol in the biscuits and also withdraw all such products from the market immediately. This of course, can only happened in Malaysia with our Malaysia Bodoh spirit.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sleeps when Malaysia is not OK

Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sleeps a lot. Cabinet ministers once caught him sleeping half-way during the weekly Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya. Whilst his UMNO delegates fired racist and threatening remarks during the recent UMNO general assembly in Kuala Lumpur, the UMNO president was away somewhere in the dreamland.

This is the same person that has keep on saying and lying that "I am still in control", "I am here to stay", "I am not a one-term Prime Minister" and "I am sleeping working to ensure the 9th Malaysian Plan projects are carried out". Well, a picture can paint a thousands words ...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Poor people's homes demolished, Zakaria's mansion still stands

Under the Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's half-past six Islam Hadhari administration, everything is really possible. Even the abuse of power in the daylight, suffering of the people and politicians breaking the law are OK.

In the same week when a Chinese temple in Penang was rudely demolished, hundreds of residents in Kampung Berembang turned homeless as another local council in the self-declared developed state of Selangor decided to demolish 51 houses of the poor people. The Malay village is located less than 10km from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Bernama and Malaysiakini reported that the residents could only stand in the rain with their crying children and watch in despair as their homes of 40 years were torn down by 5 bulldozers from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), on the order of the Selangor government led by the son of an Indonesian immigrant.

The villagers were outnumbered by hundreds of MPAJ enforcement officials

A stand-off ensued between the demolition squad and the villagers, which resulted in an open clash. Malaysian police moved in and arrested 9 people for prohibiting the demolition of the houses. 4 houses were demolished but following a tense situation in the village, the operation was called off for a while. Mysteriously, 2 of the houses were razed in a fire during the demolition operation.

Then after some time, the MPAJ officials tried to demolish the houses again and this time another 14 people were arrested for trying to stop the demolition. MPAJ then proceeded to demolish the houses.

Earlier on the day, the Prime Minister's Department had issued a letter addressed to the liar Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo asking to defer the demolition of the houses to next year. But MPAJ Town Planning Director Awang Mustapha Md Yunus said, "we have referred back to the Selangor state government and we have obtained their green light".

Even an order from Putrajaya is not powerful enough to stop the demolition works

This is again another proof of Malaysia being a police state. Whilst Zakaria's illegal mansion in Klang remains as it is until today, the poor people's houses were discriminately demolished. And one wonders how the sleepy premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is still in control with all the lies and people's sufferings.

(click HERE to watch the video of the scene captured by Malaysiakini)

Chinese temple demolition proves Malaysia is a police state

Local Penang Chinese residents have condemned the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) as "rubbish" for rudely demolishing the Tou Mu Kung temple in Bukit Mertajam. The demolition exercise saw tempers flare to the point that the Malaysian police had to fire warning shots.

A police report has been lodged on the excessive force used during the fracas which ensued when MPSP enforcement officers refused to let the temple devotees remove statues of the deities before proceeding with the demolition.

"The policeman shouted to me saying that he did not care even if the temple members died during the incident", said Penang state assemblyperson Lau Chiek Tuan. At the same time, Bukit Mertajam opposition parliamentarian Chong Eng said that "one man (from the temple) was already on the ground and there were 6 men pinning him down".

Meanwhile, the "MPSP is rubbish" banner also featured a rhyming couplet: "Rumah besar tak berani, Rumah tokong tak peduli" - means "Big house don't dare, temple don't care".

More and more people are getting dissatisfied with the Malaysian government

This referred to Klang's
MPK councillors building palatial mansions without approved plans. These illegal palaces still stand as the local authorities have not taken any action (thanks to the son of an Indonesian immigrant who had threatened the people).

In Malaysia, a number of Hindu, Chinese and Christian temples and shrines are deemed illegal structures due to bureaucratic impediments and hitches in obtaining building permits for them.

And the disrespect and overzealous actions of the authorities to demolish them prove that Malaysia is indeed a police state, of which the sleepy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Islam Hadhari administration has conveniently denied.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Chinese temple demolished, Zakaria's mansion stays

Merely 24 hours after the half-past six Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has said that "race and religious tensions have not reached worrying level", a Chinese temple in Penang was demolished in a hurried way, throwing aside all the government's claims of religious tolerance.

The demolition works (on the specific instruction of the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) President Datuk Md Aris Ariffin) of the Tou Mu Kung temple turned ugly on with Malaysian police firing warning shots to quell protests. Reuters and The Star reported that the police fired two shots in the air to disperse a crowd of 300 which turned unruly during demolition work of the Chinese temple in Bukit Mertajam.

"No respect at all"

About 40 people scuffled with 80 police and municipal officials at the Taoist temple (built in 1985) soon after the structure was cordoned off for demolition. Three people including a policeman were injured in the incident. MPSP officials said that the temple was built without planning approval. Whilst Zakaria's illegal RM8 million palace in Klang is still standing (no thanks to the son of an Indonesian immigrant), several local councils in Malaysia had over the years targeted Hindu temples and now, it is the Chinese temples that they are targeting.

"They didn't allow anyone to go in and pick up the statues and deities of the Gods and that made the people angry", said Chong Eng, a lawmaker and member of the opposition Democratic Action Party. "The people forced the gate to enter the temple", she added.

Earlier of the week, UMNO leaders have warned the nation's Chinese and Indian minorities to stop questioning Malay privileges or risk hurting race relations. The sleepy Prime Minister Abdullah has said that "it's time to remind people to lay down the ground rules". Recently, the premier has said that the Malaysian Chinese should be grateful. Under Abdullah's failing Islam Hadhari, there are truly different rules for different people.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Islam promotes violence and discrimination

The annual general assembly of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Kuala Lumpur led by the Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has just ended. The assembly was full of discriminatory racial threats that has proved again that UMNO is indeed the pivotal cause of disunity and racial tension in the country.

UMNO Youth Chief Hishamuddin Hussein brandished the keris at the UMNO assembly

Among the statements that were uttered in the UMNO assembly:

Do not provoke us!

The Malays know how to amok!

Don't mess with our rights!

Time has come for us to act against those who question Malay special privileges!

There is no religion above Islam, don't challenge us!

Whatever is required for Malay development, we will push for it!

Bangsa Malaysia is the Malaysians with Malay as the pivotal race!

Malays are marginalised in Penang and they have the right to express their feelings!

New Economy Policy (NEP) is the social contract, it will never end!

Do not question and challenge the position of the Malays and Islam in this country!

Use the Internal Security Act (ISA) to jail those who question our rights!

Raise the bumiputera equity target to 70% to reflect the actual population ratio!

They (the non-Malays) are manipulating the bumiputera equity figures. If we want to use the ASLI figures, let’s set a new target. Let’s make it 70% for the Malay equity!

We want to rotate the post of the Penang Chief Minister!

We know who they are. We know where they are and what they say!

Force the government-linked companies (GLCs) to set-up Malay special-purpose-vehicles (SPVs) to break the monopoly chain of the Chinese companies!

Since the racial riots in 13th May 1969, UMNO and the Malays have been too patient and tolerant!

We should defend Malay rights to the last drop of our blood!

We warn against anyone who attempted to incite religious and racial sentiments!

When tension rises, the blood of Malay warriors will run in our veins!

UMNO willing to bathe in blood!

* Source: Malaysiakini, The Star, Bernama, Utusan Malaysia, The Sun, TV3, NTV7

UMNO, the so-called defender of Islam in Malaysia has proved only one thing, that Islam promotes discrimination and violence.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Malaysia Bodoh

The New Economic Policy (NEP)'s 30% bumiputera corporate equity, the figure that the Malaysian Government uses to justify handing over huge swathes of public companies to Malays but not to other races is absurd. It bases its figure on equity valued, not at market value, but at par value.

Many shares have a par value of RM1 but a market value of RM12 for example. And so the Government figure (18.9% is the most recent figure) is a
gross underestimate. A paper by a researcher at a local think-tank came up with a figure of 45% based on actual stock prices. All hell broke loose. The paper was withdrawn and the researcher resigned in protest. Part of the problem is that he is an ethnic Chinese.

"Malaysia boleh!" is Malaysia's national catch cry. It translates to "Malaysia can!" and Malaysia certainly can.

The KLCC development in central Kuala Lumpur is an example. It certainly wasn't that there was an office shortage in Kuala Lumpur — there wasn't. Malaysians had little to do with it. The money for the constructions came out of the ground and the engineering was contracted out to South Korean companies. They don't even run the shopping centre that's beneath them. That's handled by Australia's Westfield.

Earlier, the Government under the sleepy Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that it would spend RM490 million on a sports complex near the London Olympics site so that Malaysian athletes can train there and "get used to cold weather". But the summer Olympics are held in the summer. So what is the complex's real purpose?

In 2007, a Malaysian astronaut will go into space aboard a Russian rocket — the first Malay in space. And the cost? RM95 million, to be footed by Malaysian taxpayers. Malaysia's first astronaut will do what no one in space has done before: play traditional Malay children's games without gravity, batik painting, making teh tarik and spin traditional Malay tops (gasing) in space.

A doctor and a dentist, chosen through stringent tests from thousands of qualified candidates. One of them will be Malaysia's glorified astronaut. How stupid he must be feeling to do batik painting and making teh tarik in space.

Bank bail outs, F1 racing track, Cyberjaya, Putrajaya, Southern Johor Economic Region (SJER) — Petronas has and will pay for them all. It's been an orgy of nonsense that Malaysia can ill afford. Why? Because Malaysia's oil will run out in about 19 years. As it is, Malaysia will become a net oil importer in 2011 — that's just 5 years away.

The Malaysian Government is more interested in self-made feel-good stunts like sending a Malaysian into space when Malaysia's inadequate schools could have done with the cash, and arguing about wealth distribution using transparently ridiculous statistics.

That's not Malaysia Boleh, that's Malaysia Bodoh (stupid).

Monday, November 13, 2006

Abdullah's Islam Hadhari down to the drain

New Straits Times journalist Melissa Darlyne Chow, 23, was on duty covering the council meeting at the Penang Municipal Council when the CCTV operator in the control room had outraged her modesty by focussing the camera on her thighs.

The incident came to light after a fellow journalist spotted the images on the CCTV monitor in the control room. The camera had been focusing on the women’s thighs for more than 15 minutes, which later caused one of them to break down in tears after seeing her picture on the monitor.

Instead of ordering a full investigation on the matter, Penang Municipal Council's president Datuk Abu Bakar Hassan has said, "the CCTV incident would not have happened if the journalist’s attire was not sexy". The president blamed the sexual harassment on the victim.

Journalist Melissa Darlyne Chow, wearing the same clothes she had on during the council meeting, of which Abu Bakar had labelled as sexy

Abu Bakar had blamed the sexy attire of the female journalists as the cause of the cameras zooming in on their thighs instead of focusing on the council's proceedings.

So much for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's Islam Hadhari administration.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

"Sandiwara" in the Malaysian Parliament

Malaysia's Parliament has always been the centre stage for political drama, known as "sandiwara" in the national language. From the MPs (members of Parliament) calling each other as animals to the insults of the Malaysian Indians community (some MPs pathetically labelled them as keling), there's always some interesting things to watch whenever the August House is in sitting.

The latest sandiwara was on last Monday. As a result of the Klang councillors' issue, MP Teresa Kok (from DAP) moved that the House debate the reintroduction of the council elections across Malaysia. However, Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib said, "the motion was of specific nature and of public interest but it is not urgent". And so the motion was rejected.

The next day, another motion was moved in the Parliament. MP Rahman Ismail (from BN) moved that the House debate the situation in Palestine vis-a-vis the acrocities committed by Israel. The same speaker ruled that the motion was specific in nature, of public interest and urgent. So urgent that Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar rushed down from Wisma Putra (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on the hill in Putrajaya to take part in the debate in Kuala Lumpur.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

"Syiok Sendiri"

Let's face it. Malaysia is not doing well. No matter how the sleepy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is trying to hide the true facts, we are just not OK. Let's don't try to make ourselves feel good or "syiok sendiri" when the country's supposed-to-be premier university fell in the world university ranking, the inflows of the foreign direct investments (FDI) have fallen to a record low, hundreds of thousands of university graduates are jobless, prices of goods and services keep shooting up, the global corruption perception index shows that we are more corrupted and the politicians are behaving like monkeys and abuse their powers.

And now, we are trying to tell ourselves that our country is doing quite well. With newspapers' headlines saying that the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) has breached the 1,000 mark, it seems that the good ol' days are coming back. Are you really sure? Read on...

Data compilation by The Edge and Citibank

Let us compare ourselves with our neighbours (after all, whenever the fuel price goes up, you will hear that "our price is still the lowest in the region"). Malaysia's market capital has consistently fallen over the last 10 years by a huge margin (40%), which equals to US$117 billion or RM427 billion. The loss is staggering and mind blowing especially when the other 8 countries in the same region managed to increase their market capital by an average of 134%.

What actually went wrong? Malaysia's market capital should have increased by about 53% over the 10-year period. It would then take 6th place in the above table, between Singapore and Thailand. This growth would imply a market capitalisation of US$452 billion in 2005. The difference between this number and the actual number is US$274 billion or one trillion ringgit (RM1,000,000,000,000). This amount is so large, that divided by the number of Malaysians, it would equal to RM38,000 per every Malaysian!

So, are you "syiok" or shocked? Who is lying to us?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Prime Minister Abdullah scolded by Johor Sultan

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi tried his best to hide his weaknesses by diverting the attention of the people to the embarassing 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP). Yesterday, he was in Johor to launch the 9MP's multi billion ringgit South Johor Economic Region (SJER) project, also known as the Wilayah Pembangunan Iskandar. The controversial Johor ruler Sultan Iskandar was also present in the SJER launch event.

The sultan embarasses Abdullah by saying that the 83-year-old causeway to Singapore was undermining the state's economy and is a vestige of colonialism. Sultan Iskandar said that the causeway, which blocks the natural flow of water in the Straits of Johor, must be demolished and allow ships to go through. To the shock of the 2,000 people present and thousands of viewers at home of the live telecast over RTM 1 and TV3, the sultan digressed from his written text and said the Johor Causeway should be removed. Abdullah skipped the press conference after the event.

It is the same Johor causeway/crooked bridge issue that first created the tension between Abdullah and former premier Tun Dr. Mahathir (Abdullah's government had reversed Mahathir's decision to build a bridge to Singapore). Abdullah had said the causeway will remain as it is as "it is the people's wish".

Analysts and economists have voiced concerns over the SJER project. The government has long dreamed of turning sleepy southern Johor into a Hong Kong-style metropolis, but instead abandoned buildings mar the Johor's skyline and nervous Singaporean investors shy away. Scores of ugly concrete pillars bristle from the seabed alongside the failed RM6.3 billion JB Waterfront City project.

Vehicles trapped in the flood water in Johor's state capital, Johor Bahru

Perhaps the sleeping Abdullah should look into why the state continues to be plagued by other problems instead of continuing to lie to the people. These include high crime rates, traffic snarl, corruption, poor city planning, a narrow channel of water with one of highest toxic levels in the world, highest inflation in Malaysia due to massive inflow of the stronger Singapore dollar and a whole colony of underground industries to cater to Singaporeans and others (DVD piracy and prostitution).

Khir Toyo is right for once

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd. Khir bin Toyo said that the assemblymen in the self-declared "developed" state should be allowed to retain their councillorship, adding that "I hope other assemblymen won’t be dropped from any local council. It would be more difficult if they (state assemblymen) are outside (the council)".

"Selangor is developing and there are many complaints on infrastructure such as on potholes, clogged drains and non functioning streetlights. I just want to say Selangor is different", the evil menteri besar concluded. He is right for once. Selangor is indeed different from other states in Malaysia because:

1) No other state has a true-blue Indonesian as the Menteri Besar. Bahasa Jawa is made the official language in the Office of the Selangor Menteri Besar.

2) No other state government in Malaysia has dared to defy a Royal command.

3) None of the other states have attempted to pull wool over the people's eyes by claiming to be fully developed. How could the state be fully developed when "there are many complaints on infrastructure such as on potholes, clogged drains and non functioning streetlights"?

4) No other state has fudged statistics to back the lie of developed status. And when caught out, to bluff more, to hide the earlier lie. At the same time, the state has some of the "most developed" problems not seen in any other state.

5) No other state menteri besar / chief minister has openly condoned the rape of large tracts of nature's forests and hills and dismissed outrage and concern with "Semuanya OK!".

6) No state has forged the official minutes of meetings to escape court action.

7) No state has openly supported the wrongdoing of corrupt politicians with great zeal as in Selangor.

8) No other state government leader has openly threatened the people of his state with massive retribution when the demolition of a palace built from the ill-gotten gains of his colleague and partner was demanded.

9) No other state takes action against Malaysian squatters while letting those illegals from Indonesia go scot-free.

10) No state other than Selangor has so many Umno politicians with a weakness and partiality for palace-style living and build them illegally with impunity.

Prime Minister Abdullah is a big liar

LIE: Premier Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that over 200,000 Malaysians attended his 2006 Hari Raya open house event at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur recently. The sleeping and evasive Prime Minister of Malaysia said that the high numbers of people who turned up at the event showed that he still command the support from the people.

TRUTH: Supposed that the weak Abdullah was able to shake the hands of 2 people in every second, it means that he managed to shake the hands of 120 people in 1 minute's time. For 1 hour, the premier should have managed to welcome 7,200 people to his open house. The event in PWTC only lasted for 5 hours, therefore theoritically he can only managed to shake the hands of about 36,000 people. Abdullah needs about 27 hours to shake the hands of 200,000 people.

"Work with me, not work for me" is the first lie of Abdullah when he became the premier

Abdullah has turned into a big liar despite leading the country for only 3 years so far. The Prime Minister lied about
his son's involvement in securing government contracts, total bumiputera's equity in the country's economy cake and many others.

Abdullah's conspiracy in UMNO

The Umno Supreme Council led by Umno President and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met on 28 September 2006. On the agenda was what to do with Umno member Zaharin Yasin, who is alleged to have breached party rules and discipline by criticising Abdullah in the Sang Kelambai blog that he owned.

Earlier, the Umno Disciplinary Board had met and decided that his 'crime' is not serious enough to warrant sacking. A reprimand and warning would suffice. This was the Disciplinary Board’s decision that was brought to the Supreme Council, but before the Deputy President (and Deputy Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak could even finish reading out the Board’s report, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi interrupted him and proposed that Zaharin be sacked from the party.

Half the Umno Supreme Council members did not even realise what was going on. Some were chatting and joking. Others were on their phones or sending SMSes. All they heard was some members saying, "Setuju!" (agree!).

Setuju with the sacking of Zaharin? When was this decision taken? Nope, it was not discussed or debated. Datuk Seri Najib attempted to read the report, but before he could read even halfway through, Abdullah butted in and proposed that Zaharin be sacked. One member said "setuju" and half of the Supreme Council echoed the Prime Minister. The other half looked at each other with puzzled looks on their faces.

Umno Youth Chief Hishamuddin Hussein brandished the keris at the Umno AGM

Umno members were allowed to criticise a lot of things before Abdullah became Prime Minister. They can criticise the Malays. They can criticise the Sultans and call them pirates and robbers (even though the Sedition Act 1948 is there). Umno Deputy President Najib has threatened to bathe a keris (dagger) with Chinese blood. They can criticise Islam. They can even criticise the Quran and Allah by declaring that Islamic laws as outdated and stupid in this modern day and age. But they must never criticise Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

This is worse than criticising Allah. And for that, Zaharin has to go. The credibility and independence of Umno’s Disciplinary Board is over. The party president can now just brush aside and ignore its decisions. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is now the one-man Disciplinary Board in Umno.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Khir Toyo and his "developed" lies

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd. Khir Toyo should be promoted to become the "most developed Menteri Besar" in Malaysia for his lies:

LIE: "I will follow the orders, which say that the appointment of councillors has to be according to their party positions. So, if there is any problem, we will refer to the party management", said Khir at a press conference on Wednesday 18 Oct 2006. Then on Saturday 28 Oct 2006, he said, "The state exco has deliberated on this matter. We have already made a decision to withdraw the councillorship from Zakaria."
TRUTH: The state exco meets every Wednesday, and unless it met on the second day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Wednesday 25 Oct 2006), it does not compute, but it all seems part of a sandiwara.

LIE: Khir Toyo gave an ultimatum to Zakaria - resign or be sacked from his position as a councillor of the Klang Municipal Council (MPK).
TRUTH: Zakaria's term as MPK councillor ended in Sept 2006. He was supposed to be sworn in for another term on 19 Oct 2006, but that ceremony was called off. Technically, Zakaria is not a councillor, how could he resign or be sacked?

As long as Khir Toyo remains as the menteri besar of Selangor, all's not well in the country's only self-declared fully developed state.

Semuanya OK!

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that it is OK for his son to get government's contracts as long as his family is not getting more than Tun Dr. Mahathir's family.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) councillor Mazlynoor said that it is OK to build his illegal mansion because his house is not bigger than Zakaria's mansion.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that "money politics" within UMNO cannot be investigated by the Anti Corruption Agency (ACA) because it does not involve public money.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Khir Toyo said that there is nothing wrong in appointing three members of a family as municipal councillors.

Semuanya OK!

Khir Toyo wants to "teach" the rakyat again

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd. Khir bin Toyo has did it again. The menteri besar who self-declared his messy state as the most and only developed state in the country wants to teach the rakyat yet again.

At a press conference after attending the Hari Raya open house event organised by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) today, the menteri besar was asked on whether Zakaria's illegal mansion in Pandamaran will be demolished. His reply was, "from tomorrow onwards, we will demolish all illegal temples in the state. I have received many phone calls on illegal Chinese and Indian temples. We should demolish all illegal structures in Selangor. You guys better watch out".

"We will demolish all illegal Chinese and Indian temples", says Khir Toyo

The idiotic menteri besar was obviously threatening the rakyat, who voted for the half-past six government led by the sleepy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Khir Toyo is obviously unable to lead the state with fairness and just. He needs to be removed NOW.

Where do you want to hide, Pak Lah?

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi needs to divert the attention of the country when his former boss Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad continues his "doses of venom" attacks on his 3-year-old administration.

Latest, the Malaysian premier capitalised on the country's improved ranking of press freedom index, released by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders' 2006 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. The report said that Malaysia jumped from the 113th spot last year to 92nd rank this year.

However, Malaysian reporters are questioning the report, as the following events in 2006 clearly show that "a climate of fear has enveloped in this country", as claimed by Dr. Mahathir:
a) Political interference in China Press for inaccurate reporting
b) Non-renewal of Suara Keadilan's publishing permit
c) Suspension of Sarawak Tribune & Berita Petang
d) 2-week suspension of Guang Ming daily
e) Political threats against the New Straits Times & TV2 over images related to Danish cartoon
f) Closure of Chinese talk programme on Ai FM radio station
g) Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin and Deputy Prime Minister Najib warned the media about reporting "sensitive" issues
h) Prime Minister Abdullah banned all public inter-faith forums and discussions
i) Malaysiakini reporters are barred from covering the UMNO annual general assemblies

Press freedom in Malaysia is effectively curbed through the use of legislation that gives the politicians absolute powers to take action against dissenting voices. These laws include the Printing Presses and Publications Act, Sedition Act, Official Secrets Act and of course, the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The Prime Minister is trying to show that his way of ruling the country is right and that he is indeed in control but, to where does Pak Lah will have to hide next time?

Caught with pants down on bumiputera equity issue

While the Malaysian Government is still keeping quiet on its bumiputera's 18.9% equity calculation methodology, another report has come up, saying that the New Economic Policy (NEP)'s target of 30% bumiputera equity ownership had been achieved (at par value and not market value) at about a decade ago in 1997.

The research was conducted in 2002 by Universiti Malaya (UM) academician Dr. M Fazilah Abdul Samad, and it was based on a 10-year analysis of bumiputera equity ownership between 1988 and 1997 of public listed companies on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE), now known as Bursa Malaysia. It found that the bumiputera equity ownership target was exceeded in 1997 when it hit 33.7%, comprising bumiputera corporate equity ownership of 30.6%, and individual bumiputera share ownership at 3.1%.

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi reiterated his government's stand that the country has yet to achieve the 30% bumiputera equity ownership target, relying on the figure calculated by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) that is based on the par value of shares of 600,000 registered companies in the country.

Abdullah's half-past six government is caught with pants down (again). How much longer that he can hide behind the "I want to focus on the 9th Malaysia Plan" curtain, which is a laughing stock for the whole nation.