04 July, 2014

PEMINTA SEDEKAH DAN PEMBERI SEDEKAH DI KOTARAYA KUALA LUMPUR DILIHAT KOTOR, BAGAIMANA PULA DENGAN KEGIATAN MAKSIAT?

Di bawah adalah kenyataan Dr Maza yang dipetik dari FB beliau berhubung kenyataan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Tengku Adnan Mansor yang akan membersihkan Kota Raya Kuala Lumpur dari kegiatan peminta sedekah. 

Tegas beliau mereka yang memberi dan meminta kedua-duanya akan dihukum.Pihak berkuasa sedang merangka tindakan di mana pemberi sedekah akan ‘disaman’ manakala peminta sedekah akan ‘diangkut’.

Sebaliknya bagaimana pula dengan kegiatan yang lebih kotor maksiat seperti pub, judi haram, pusat pelacuran yang seperti cendawan tumbuh di sekitar bandaraya Kuala Lumpur?

"Kepada pihak yang ingin membersihkan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur dari peminta dan pemberi sedekah atas alasan ingin membersihkan Kuala Lumpur dari pencemaran serta untuk menjaga nama baik ibukota NEGARA ISLAM ini, Mohon saya mencadangkan atas hasrat baik pihak tuan agar pihak tuan membersihkan Kuala Lumpur dari pusat-pusat hiburan dan segala aktiviti yang merosak dan meruntuhkan moral dan akhlak manusia. 

Jadikanlah ia kota yang selamat dan berkat. Makmurkan ia dengan kesantunan dan kemakmuran yang mendamaikan jiwa setiap pengunjung. Jadikanlah ia kota yang setiap orang yang masuk ke dalamnya merasa aman untuk dirinya, keluarganya dan temannya. Buktikanlah dakwaan bahawa ini negara yang berpegang kepada Islam dan ibu kotanya juga tentu melambang kemakmuran, kedamaian, keluhuran budi dan kesantunan moral selaras dengan kehendak Islam yang membangunkan manusia dan kemanusiaan. Sekian, terima kasih. rakyat marhaen, Dr MAZA".

14 June, 2014

Lawmakers, LGBT groups urge U.S. trade action on Brunei criminal laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 100 U.S. lawmakers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups on Thursday urged the Obama administration to stop trade talks with Brunei unless the country revokes Islamic criminal laws they say jeopardize human rights.

Brunei, the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law, has announced laws that will impose fines or jail terms for offenses such as pregnancy outside marriage and failure to perform Friday prayers. The laws will ultimately punish sodomy and adultery with the death penalty, including by stoning.
One hundred nineteen members of the House of Representatives signed a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to shun Brunei in talks on a Pacific free trade zone unless the code is repealed.

The United States and Brunei are among 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which aims to set common standards on issues from labor to intellectual property and cut tariffs on traded goods.

Pride at Work, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality said in a letter to President Barack Obama that Brunei's new laws placed the country outside the bounds of international standards for human rights.

"It would be inconsistent with U.S. human rights policy to enter into a preferential trade agreement with a nation that so vagrantly violates the human rights of its citizens," they said.

State Department officials have said the United States has "very serious concerns" about the Brunei laws criminalizing freedom of religion and increasingly threatening human rights.

Brunei, a tiny former British protectorate of about 400,000 nestled between two Malaysian states on Borneo island, relies on oil and gas exports for its prosperity, with annual per capita income of nearly $50,000.
(Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

10 June, 2014

An open letter to TS Francis Yeoh of YTL (reproduced from The Malay Mail):


Dear Editor,
I read in awe the comments made by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh (FY) reported in your Malay Mail Online Portal on Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014, and several other newspaper including The Malaysian Reserve and The Edgedaily, quoting him at Pemandu’s global Malaysia Series Forum at the Securities Commission.

Francis Yeoh is probably the last person qualified to comment on cronyism, racial and religious rhetorics. For someone whose family is one of the biggest beneficiary of crony capitalism, political corruption and high handed business tactics. Francis Yeoh should just keep his fake views to himself and continue planning his transfer of wealth overseas.

Lets recap how FY and YTL “won “ the first IPP in the country in 1994.

All you have to do is read the Memoirs of Tan Sri Ani Arope to know first hand of how high handed Francis Yeoh bulldozed his way through his IPP which has cost the Malaysian citizens billions of Ringgit. It’s the same billions which Francis Yeoh has now transferred abroad acquiring assets in UK, Australia and Singapore, all from the grossly inflated electricity tariff YTL got in 1994 on the back of power crisis in 1992.

Francis Yeoh called the IPP as “innovation”. I and most Malaysian citizens would call it daylight robbery.
The innovation was to produce electricity at 23 sen, sell it at 30 sen, when TNB was producing it at 8 sen and selling it at 17 sen.
Innovation was land-grabbing the Paka and Pasir Gudang sites from TNB and building his IPP. Innovation was arm- twisting Petronas to sell gas at huge subsidy. Innovation was forcing through a “take or pay” mechanism in the Off-take Agreement .

Innovation was bulldozing through the IPP via EPU through whatever means to get the sweetheart deal. Innovation was forcing Dato Sri Ani Arope, the TNB CEO then to resign for refusing to accept YTL terms.

Francis Yeoh is probably the only Chinese who dared walk through like a King into an UMNO General Assembly those days to see the Prime Minister and nobody dared questioned him or stopped him.

Let’s move on to the Express Rail Link which is also another innovation by FY which he touted as a runaway success without government help.

Oh, he forgot to mention and most people didn’t know that RM 5 of every passenger airport tax paid by travellers going through KLIA is paid to ERL even though less than 5% of them uses the ERL to get to KLIA.

And not to forget that the government paid RM 100m for the recent extension of ERL to KLIA2 and the passengers now to pay an extra RM2 to get to KLIA2 to cover the cost of the extra trip to KLIA2.

Perhaps we should give FY the “Malaysian Innovator of the Century” for all the “innovation” he had done that ripped off billions of Ringgit of taxpayers money including mine.

Now lets move to the topic of racism.

Can FY come clean on how many Malays and Indian YTL Group has employed? I would like to see it broken down by category of senior management, management and kulis. It’s the same FY who employed a token Malay as Executive Director in his Group who doesn’t have to actually go to work, so he won’t learn their trade secrets.

On corporate governance, YTL has the infamous Kitchen Board comprising of family members only that meets and decide on key things . The formal Boards of his listed companies only meet to rubber stamp decisions and tick their attendances for publishing in the annual report.

Francis Yeoh participated in a recent forum of Top 50 PLCs chaired by the Prime Minister at the Security Commission recently.

At the session, a study on graduate employment by 2 lecturers (Dr Lee Hwok Aun and Dr Muhammad Abdul Khalid) in University Malaya was tabled, which highlighted how Malay graduates are discriminated against in job application.

It was Francis Yeoh his most eloquent, when he was asked to give his views. He managed to say about 5 words and “innovated” his way out by changing topics. Francis Yeoh’s latest innovation is now team up with royalties for business.

This is after years of currying favors from politicians until his true self showed up and no politician wanted to have anything to do with him.
 

After he bad-mouthed Tun Dr Mahathir to just about everybody who cared to listen, the same Tun Dr Mahathir who made him a billionaire many times over. After years of loathing the royalties, now they are his favorite people.

But things didn’t go according to plan. After losing out in the Project 3B IPP tender, FY managed to “innovate” his way through bypassing the open tender method to win Project 4A just days ago.
 

Another brilliant innovation by FY, is to metamorphorse YTL from a mere Chinaman contractor turned power producer to also now be a brilliant telecommunications company. How much did you pay for the 4G license Francis Yeoh?

And also the highly inflated Bestranet project to wire up all the schools in the country, so that you can plant your base stations paid for by the people! Another brilliant innovation by YTL should be your company tagline, no need to hire a bumiputera PR company to come up with a tagline for you.

And what about KTM land in Sentul FY? I suppose taking land from a bleeding KTM at rock bottom price makes you a national savior?
 

After benefitting from all these sweetheart deals, you later called for “brutal competition” as the only way for the country to progress.
 

When you get all these deals. Its innovation and entrepreneurship. When a bumiputera like Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar gets them, its cronyism and unfair privileges for the bumiputeras.

You criticized the affirmative action plan which is national policy giving unfair advantage to the bumiputera, but I can assure you that all the small contracts handed out to the small contractors the last 21 years since you got your innovative IPP does not even come close to the contracts and businesses YTL has got from the government and the people.

I can go on and on, and I am sure there are many more people who knows more than me who can add to it. Not enough in attacking and insulting our intelligence, FY is also now attacking bumiputeras, saying the non-bumis now have no chance in business in Malaysia.

My message to Francis Yeoh is maybe it’s time for you to sell out the remaining 15% of business which are still in Malaysia and start packing your bags to move to UK. A lordship awaits you in the land of the fair.

Hamid,
Anak Malaysia

08 June, 2014

SEJARAH BERAKHIRNYA SISTEM BERAJA DI NEPAL APABILA RAJA TERLIBAT DALAM SISTEM PENTADBIRAN

King Gyanendra
RAKYAT Nepal kini bergembira bagi meraikan tamatnya pemerintahan beraja yang wujud di negara itu sejak 240 tahun lalu. Parlimen Nepal pada Rabu lalu meluluskan usul menamatkan pemerintahan berkenaan dan sekali gus akan menukar pemerintahan negara itu kepada sebuah republik.

Ketika rakyat negara itu bergembira dan menganggap ia kemenangan bersejarah bagi mereka, keputusan Parlimen itu adalah sesuatu yang mendukacitakan bagi Raja Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.

Baginda kini diberi tempoh selama 15 hari untuk meninggalkan istana yang bakal ditukar menjadi muzium. Di situ akan ditempatkan segala sejarah mengenai pemerintahan beraja di Nepal untuk ditatapi generasi akan datang.

Raja Gyanendra menjadi Raja Nepal sejak 4 Jun 2001. Sebaik sahaja Gyanendra menjadi raja, baginda telah membubarkan Parlimen serta memerintah Nepal secara kuku besi.

Malah pada abad ini, baginda boleh dianggap sebagai sebahagian kumpulan elit raja di dunia yang merupakan monarki mutlak. Walaupun begitu tindakannya menindas rakyat, telah memberi peluang kepada Parlimen mengambilalih kuasa daripadanya.

Oleh itu pada April 2006, Parlimen mula membatas kuasa mutlak yang dinikmati oleh baginda selama ini. Raja Gyanendra dilahirkan di Kathmandu dan mempunyai seorang abang bernama Birendra. Bapa baginda ialah Raja Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah dan ibunya ialah Puteri Mahkota Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah. Walaupun baginda adalah anak bongsu, Gyanendra telah ditabalkan sebagai raja selama dua tahun antara 1950 dan 1951, sewaktu keluarganya yang lain berada dalam buangan di India tetapi pemerintahannya tidak diiktiraf di peringkat antarabangsa.

Takhtanya Datuknya, Tribhuvan, kemudiannya pulang ke takhtanya apabila keluarga Rana menyerahkan kuasa. Baginda bersama abangnya Birendra belajar di kolej yang sama iaitu Kolej St. Joseph, Darjeeling, India. Sewaktu di sekolah baginda dianggap sebagai pelajar pintar. Walaupun begitu, baginda meneruskan pelajarannya di sebuah universiti tempatan iaitu Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. Manakala abangnya pula melanjutkan pelajaran ke universiti di Eropah.

Setahun selepas tamat pengajiannya iaitu pada 1970, Raja Gyanendra telah berkahwin dengan Permaisuri Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah dan dianugerahkan dengan seorang putera dan seorang puteri.

Raja Birendra menaiki takhta pada 1972 dan cuba memerintah Nepal dengan penuh demokrasi. Namun baginda terpaksa berhadapan dengan tentangan hebat tentera Mao. Pada 1 Jun 2001, dunia telah digemparkan dengan serangan terhadap keluarga diraja Nepal, anak saudaranya Dipendra mengamuk dan membunuh sebahagian besar keluarga di Raja termasuk abang Gyanendra, Raja Birendra.

Sebahagian besar rakyat Nepal percaya, Raja Gyanendra menjadi dalang di sebalik pembunuhan itu memandangkan kesemua kerabat diraja yang lain dibunuh sedangkan keluarga baginda terselamat.

Bagaimanapun selepas siasatan menyeluruh dijalankan oleh pasukan penyiasat mereka gagal menemui bukti berhubung penglibatan Raja Gyanendra.

Sebaik sahaja menaiki takhta, Raja Gyanendra mengamalkan sikap mengawal sepenuhnya kerajaan berikutan kegagalan parti-parti politik. Pada Mei 2002, baginda memberi sokongan kepada Sher Bahadur Deuba sebagai Perdana Menteri. Bagaimanapun ia hanya bertahan lima bulan apabila, baginda menyingkirkan Deuba. Sepanjang tempoh 2002 hingga 2005, baginda telah melantik dan memecat tiga Perdana Menteri.

Ketika baginda menguasai sepenuhnya pemerintahan pada 1 Februari 2005, baginda menuduh kerajaan Deuba gagal melaksanakan pilihan raya Parlimen dan mewujudkan kestabilan dalam negeri berikutan tercetus perang saudara yang dilakukan oleh pemberontak Mao.
Walaupun Raja Gyanendra memberi jaminan akan mewujudkan keamanan dan pemerintahan demokrasi dalam tempoh tiga tahun tetapi sepanjang pemerintahannya ia dipenuhi dengan tindakan kuku besi.

Berikutan itu pertubuhan antarabangsa melahirkan kebimbangan mereka terhadap keselamatan wartawan berikutan langkah Raja Gyanendra mengehadkan kebebasan awam termasuk kebebasan media.

Tindakan demi tindakan yang dilakukan Raja Gyanendra mula mencetuskan perasaan tidak puas hati rakyat sehingga mencetuskan demonstrasi besar-besaran pada April 2006 bagi membantah pemerintahannya. Raja Gyanendra bertindak balas dengan mengisytiharkan darurat.

Bagaimanapun bantahan terhadap baginda berterusan dan ini memaksa baginda mengumumkan akan mewujudkan pihak berkuasa eksekutif yang mana Perdana Menterinya akan dipilih oleh parti politik.

Namun tawaran itu ditolak oleh beberapa ketua parti, mereka sebaliknya menggesa Raja Gyanendra mewujudkan satu majlis bagi menentukan peranan raja dalam politik.

Kemelut antara raja dan ahli politik di Nepal seolah-olah sampai ke kemuncaknya pada 10 Jun 2006, apabila Parlimen menghapuskan kuasa raja termasuk hak untuk menggunakan kuasa veto dalam meluluskan undang-undang. Tindakan itu telah menyebabkan Raja Gyanendra ibarat seorang raja awam yang tidak mempunyai apa-apa kuasa kerana segala-galanya sudah dipindahkan kepada Perdana Menteri.

Usaha Raja Gyanendra untuk terus mempertahankan sistem monarki di negara itu sampai ke penghujung pada Mac 2007 apabila Perdana Menteri Nepal, Girija Prasad Koirala yang dilihat orang yang paling memihak kepada sistem berkenaan berpendapat Raja Gyanendra perlu berundur daripada takhta.

Pada 23 Ogos 2007, kerajaan peralihan Nepal mengumumkan semua harta Raja Gyanendra yang diwarisi daripada abangnya termasuk Istana Diraja Narayanhity kini milik negara, bagaimanapun pengumuman itu tidak melibatkan harta peribadi baginda sebelum menaiki takhta.

Akhirnya apa yang dibimbangi oleh Raja Gyanendra menjadi kenyataan apabila pengumuman dibuat pada 24 Disember 2007 bahawa sistem monarki di negara itu akan dihapuskan pada tahun ini selaras dengan salah satu syarat dalam perjanjian damai dengan pemberontak Mao.

Ia sekali gus bermakna Nepal akan menjadi sebuah republik yang akan dipimpin oleh seorang presiden. Berikutan keputusan itu pada Rabu lalu, Raja Gyanendra diberi tempoh selama 15 hari untuk meninggalkan istana tempat baginda bersemayam. Baginda akan melangkah keluar dari istana berkenaan sebagai rakyat biasa dan tidak mempunyai apa-apa keistimewaan dari segi undang-undang.

Demikianlah berakhirnya riwayat pemerintahan beraja di Nepal yang wujud 240 tahun lalu. Kesilapan dan keangkuhan sang raja ketika memerintah telah mewujudkan rasa muak di kalangan rakyat.

Ia kesudahannya mengakibatkan istana tidak lagi dilihat sebuah institusi yang kebal dan perlu dipertahankan. Segalanya berlaku kerana kealpaan Raja Gyanendra yang selama ini merasa begitu berkuasa dan tidak terfikir bahawa suatu hari kelak institusi beraja di negara itu hanya akan menjadi lipatan sejarah yang disimpan di sebuah muzium.

Lebih malang lagi muzium berkenaan sebelum ini adalah istana yang menjadi tempat baginda bersemayam dan bersukaria. (UM - 1/6/2008)

30 May, 2014

THE STAR IS COUNTRY NUMBER ONE ENGLISH DAILY

The Star maintains its position as the country’s number one English daily, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) report.
 
Its average daily circulation increased to 339,162 in the second half of 2013. up 2.4% or 8,042 copies from a year earlier.

The Star’s circulation rose for both the print and digital formats. The digital replica saw a circulation of 49,551, up 17% year-on-year.

Sunday Star also recorded an improved performance, with circulation growing 2.2%, or 7,814 copies, to 341,963. The digital edition accounted for 49,737, up 19% from a year earlier.

Harian Metro retains the top spot among Bahasa Malaysia dailies but with a lower circulation. Its circulation slid 9.5%, or 36,174 copies, to 343,840 in the second half of last year.
 
For the first time in at least two years, Mingguan Malaysia has overtaken Metro Ahad as the premier Bahasa weekly. Its circulation grew 1.9% to 373,352 in 2013’s second half while Metro Ahad’s circulation fell 10.6% to 362,807.(The Star)

17 May, 2014

SINGAPORE'S LEE SAYS HE WANTS A QUICK DEATH

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, who will turn 90 next month, said in a new book published Tuesday that he feels weaker by the day and wants a quick death.

"Some time back, I had an Advanced Medical Directive (AMD) done which says that if I have to be fed by a tube, and it is unlikely that I would ever be able to recover and walk about, my doctors are to remove the tube and allow me to make a quick exit," he wrote in the book "One Man's View of the World".

The book is dedicated to the Asian statesman's views on international affairs but an entire chapter contains his musings on death, religion and other personal issues. The 400-page work is dedicated to his late wife Kwa Geok Choo, whose death in 2010 shattered the normally stoic veteran politician.

Lee has visibly weakened since then and revealed in the book that despite daily exercise and a disciplined lifestyle, "with every passing day I am physically less energetic and less active."

"There is an end to everything and I want mine to come as quickly and painlessly as possible, not with me incapacitated, half in coma in bed and with a tube going into my nostrils and down to my stomach," he wrote.

Lee, a British-trained lawyer who served as Singapore's prime minister for three decades and turned it into a high-tech industrial and financial centre, expressed his blunt views on religion in the book.

"I wouldn't call myself an atheist. I neither deny nor accept that there is a God," he said.

"So I do not laugh at people who believe in God. But I do not necessarily believe in God -- nor deny that there could be one."

Asked where he drew comfort from if not from religion, he said: "It is the end of any aches and pains and suffering. So I hope the end will come quickly."

Elsewhere in the book, Lee addressed what he considers the biggest long-term threat to Singapore -- its low birth rate -- and rejected as "absurd" suggestions that his population programme in the 1970s urging couple to stop at two children contributed to the current situation.

Despite a slew of so-called "baby bonuses" to encourage couples to have children, Singapore's total fertility rate last year stood at 1.20 children per woman, far below the 2.1 needed to maintain the native-born population.

Lee, who retired from politics in 2011, blamed Singaporeans' changing lifestyles for the problem and said monetary incentives would only have a "marginal effect" on it.

"I have given the job to another generation of leaders. Hopefully, they or their successors will eventually find a way out," said Lee, who handed power to his deputy Goh Chok Tong in 1990 after 31 years in office.

Lee's son, Lee Hsien Loong, is now prime minister after succeeding Goh in 2004.

Singapore's low birth rate has forced the government to open the country to foreigners, who now comprise a third of the population.

The influx, however, has sparked protests from citizens and prompted the government to tighten immigration flows in recent years.

Lee pointed to the example of Japan, which he said is on a "stroll into mediocrity" as the ranks of its elderly swell due to young couples not producing enough babies.

Japan's reluctance to open up to immigrants will further lead to its decline, he said.

"If I were a young Japanese and I could speak English, I would probably choose to emigrate," said Lee.
(Source : AFP News)

08 May, 2014

PLUS - HALIM SAAD DAH KAW TIM DENGAN IZAT EMIR

KUALA LUMPUR 7 Mei - Persatuan Pedagang dan Pengusaha Melayu Malaysia (Perdasama) menyambut baik cadangan pengambilalihan PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) kepada syarikat swasta yang dikaitkan dengan Idaman Saga (Idaman Saga) Sdn. Bhd., milik Tan Sri Halim Saad.

Presidennya, Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir berkata, walaupun cadangan itu dilihat masih samar namun persatuan itu menganggap langkah pengambilalihan tersebut harus dipertimbangkan bagi meringankan beban rakyat.

"Perdasama beranggapan cadangan itu harus dipertimbangkan bagi meringankan beban rakyat sekali gus menurunkan kos tanggungan rakyat dan dapat mengurangkan subsidi yang ditanggung oleh kerajaan setiap tahun," katanya dalam kenyataan kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Sebuah akhbar berbahasa Inggeris pada 25 Mac lalu melaporkan Halim melalui syarikatnya, Idaman Saga berhasrat mengambil alih PLUS dengan cadangan terbarunya kepada kerajaan untuk mengekalkan kadar tol pada paras semasa.

Isu pengambilalihan itu bagaimanapun dibantah oleh Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) kerana bagi pertubuhan itu, PLUS merupakan tulang belakang dan pemacu kepada perkembangan ekonomi negara.

Naib Presiden Perkasa, Syed Osman Syed Mansor semalam berkata, PLUS yang kini dimiliki bersama dua syarikat milik kerajaan (GLC) dan agensi kerajaan, iaitu Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) dan Kumpulan UEM Bhd. (UEM) selama ini juga telah diurus dengan baik.

Menurut Moehamad Izat, tidak dinafikan kedua-dua agensi kerajaan ini menunjukkan prestasi yang baik malah kedua-dua agensi tersebut mendapat manfaat daripada pelaburan mereka dan disalurkan kepada rakyat.

"Bagaimanapun saya percaya cadangan baharu yang dikemukakan oleh Tan Sri Halim Saad itu tidak harus diketepikan. Ini kerana, PLUS merupakan tunjang yang menghubungkan negeri-negeri di Malaysia dan merupakan landasan utama sektor pelancongan dalam negeri.

"Inisiatif seperti ini bukan sahaja membantu meringankan beban rakyat malah merancakkan ekonomi negara," katanya.

ONE IN TEN AMERICANS BELIEVE 'SPACE ALIENS' WERE INVOLVED IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ILL-FATED MALAYSIAN FLIGHT MH370

One in ten Americans think 'space aliens' were involved in the disappearance if the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, it was revealed today. A survey found that nine per cent of the people believe 'space aliens or beings from another dimension were involved'. 

Investigators are still continuing their search for the missing plane and the 239 people on board, which vanished from radars on March 8. The poll by CNN and ORC International found that while most people in the U.S. believe the search for MH370 should continue, half believe authorities are searching in the wrong place.

Findings also showed that the vast majority (79 per cent) believe there are no survivors. Just over half (52 per cent) think we will eventually find out what happened to the flight. However, a further 46 per cent say we will never know. 

The survey comes as 11 terrorists with links to Al Qaeda were arrested in Kuala Lumpur and Kedah and questioned about being involved in the plane's disappearance. Aged between 22 and 55, the suspects were believed to have comprised students, business professionals and odd-job workers. Terrorism was seen as a possible cause of the disappearance by Americans, with 57 per cent of those surveyed saying terrorists were likely involved, despite no group or organisation yet coming forward to take responsibility. 

Furthermore, 42 per cent of the U.S. public believes hijackers were involved, while 52 per cent said a mechanical failure was probably involved. Just a quarter said it was very likely that the crew or plane's pilots had something to do with the disappearance. Yesterday, it was revealed the Malaysian tourism minister has said the government will not inject any more money into the state-owned Malaysian Airlines after the MH370 disaster. The ailing national carrier has suffered a slump in bookings and £750 million losses following the disappearance of the flight two months ago and is undergoing 'restructuring'. 

Mohammad Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, said the government will not put 'any more money' into the troubled airline. Malaysia Airlines - which is owned by the government through a holding company - had already suffered $1.3billion losses over the past three years as it faced stiff competition and unprofitable routes, Gulf News reports. 

Mr Aziz said that the government is now unsure what it can do - but he added: 'To inject new capital is certainly not an option.' It now looks unlikely that the government will sell the national carrier to private investor after the share price dropped both under the restructuring plans and the flight MH370 disaster. Report Daily Mail UK

07 May, 2014

"CADANGAN SYARIKAT AMBIL ALIH PLUS TAK MASUK AKAL" NAIB PRESIDEN PERKASA

KUALA LUMPUR 6 Mei - Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) menentang cadangan pengambilalihan PLUS Malaysia Bhd. (PLUS) oleh syarikat swasta kerana pemegang konsesi lebuh raya itu merupakan tulang belakang dan pemacu kepada perkembangan negara. 

Naib Presiden Perkasa, Syed Osman Syed Mansor berkata, PLUS yang kini dimiliki bersama dua syarikat milik kerajaan (GLC) dan agensi kerajaan, iaitu Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) dan Kumpulan UEM Bhd (UEM) selama ini juga telah diurus dengan baik.

“Cadangan oleh syarikat persendirian untuk tidak menaikkan tol sehingga tahun 2038 dan kerajaan boleh menjimatkan RM40 bilion adalah tidak masuk akal tanpa bukti-bukti kukuh. 

“Perkasa berpendapat, aset kritikal negara iaitu PLUS wajar dikekalkan hak miliknya oleh dua agensi itu dan tidak dijual kepada syarikat swasta," katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini bagi mengulas isu PLUS yang kini menjadi sasaran pengambilalihan oleh sebuah syarikat swasta. 

Dalam pada itu, Syed Osman turut mempersoal mengapa PLUS perlu dijual kepada syarikat swasta sedangkan dimiliki oleh agensi yang kukuh. 

Katanya, Lebuh Raya Utara Selatan yang konsesinya dipegang oleh PLUS telah dibina berdasarkan konsep bina-kendali-pindah (BOT), maka harus kekal dalam pemilikan kerajaan. Beliau berkata, kerajaan juga disaran agar menguruskan aset kritikal negara demi menjaga kepentingan rakyat. Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd 

05 May, 2014

HALIM SAAD JANGAN GANGGU PLUS LAGI.

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Mei - Lebuh Raya Utara Selatan, aset kritikal negara yang merentasi lapan negeri di Semenanjung Malaysia adalah pemangkin kepada nadi pembangunan negara dan harus dikekalkan hak miliknya, demikian menurut seorang penganalis. 

Pengarah FA Securities, Zakie Ahmad Shariff berkata, PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS), pemegang konsesi lebuh raya tersebut, kini dimiliki bersama dua agensi kerajaan, Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) dan Kumpulan UEM Berhad (UEM), dan cadangan untuk memiliknegarakan PLUS kelihatan dangkal. 

"“Kenapa kita pilih untuk UEM dan KWSP mengambil alih PLUS empat tahun lepas ialah untuk memberi faedah kepada negara, memperbaiki kedudukan kewangan serta penyelenggaraannya dan mereka telah menunjukkan prestasi yang sangat baik," katanya ketika mengulas PLUS, yang kini menjadi sasaran pengambilalihan oleh sebuah syarikat swasta. 

Pemilikan sekarang bukan sekadar telah menjadikannya milik rakyat, malah secara langsung memberi manfaat kepada lebih 14 juta pencarum KWSP. Sebaliknya, beliau mengalu-alukan pihak ketiga mengambil alih lebuh raya bertol dalam bandar memandangkan faktor kekerapan penggunaan lebuh raya dalam kehidupan seharian warga kota berbanding lebuh raya PLUS di luar kota. “

Kalau betul-betul nak tolong rakyat, lihatlah lebuh raya bertol dalam bandar, bukan PLUS. Kalau sesebuah syarikat ingin mengambil alih tol-tol yang ada, kenapa tidak ambil alih tol-tol seperti LDP (Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong) dan sebagainya," katanya. 

Zakie yang juga pakar ekonomi turut berpendapat bahawa, selaku pemilik aset terbesar yang menjadi tulang belakang kepada rangkaian pengangkutan Semenanjung Malaysia, adalah wajar bagi PLUS kekal status quo. 

Beliau berkata, untuk meringankan beban kerajaan, rangkaian lebuh raya PLUS telah dibangunkan oleh pihak swasta berdasarkan konsep ’bina-kendali-pindah’ (BOT). “Kembalinya PLUS ke tangan kerajaan melalui usaha sama KWSP dan UEM adalah selaras dengan matlamat penswataan negara. Biarlah kedua agensi kerajaan ini, KWSP dan UEM, mendapat manfaat daripada pelaburan mereka, tambahan pula rakyat juga yang meraih faedahnya. Untuk diserahkan semula kepada pihak swasta, saya tidak nampak rasionalnya," ujar beliau. 

Seruan agar hak milik PLUS kekal status quo turut disokong oleh Pensyarah Kanan di Fakulti Perniagaan dan Perakaunan Universiti Malaya, Dr. Ervina Alfan. “Adalah jauh lebih baik bagi orang ramai jika lebuh raya itu kekal milik kerajaan. Ia sebenarnya adalah untuk kepentingan orang ramai secara keseluruhan," katanya. 

Ervina berkata, operasi lebuh raya berdepan dengan pelbagai risiko sama ada dari aspek politik, pasaran, pembinaan ataupun permintaan, dan aset berharga seperti Lebuh Raya Utara Selatan tidak seharusnya berada di tangan pihak swasta untuk mengelakkannya daripada dicagarkan bagi menyokong pinjaman. - BERNAMA

27 April, 2014

26 APRIL 2014 - LAWATAN PRESIDEN AS BARACK OBAMA

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah bersama Presiden Amerika Syarikat Barack Obama pada Majlis Jamuan Negara Meraikan Presiden Amerika Syarikat ke Malaysia di Istana Negara pada malam Sabtu. -Foto BERNAMA.

31 March, 2014

Soft power: Britain is losing its grip on this key asset

Joseph S. Nye, Jr is university distinguished service professor at Harvard
The Lords are right – we cannot 'simply proceed as before', the world has changed, and the government has to start factoring soft power into policy It is almost 25 years since the American academic Joseph Nye first introduced his distinction between hard power – force delivered through guns and money – and soft power – influence delivered through attraction and relationship. 

Yet Friday saw the first House of Lords select committee report on soft power – and its significance for Britain, as the Lords put it, "in a now almost totally transformed international scene". 

Not only has economic power shifted unmistakably towards the south and east of the planet, says the report, but international relations – which used to be conducted entirely through diplomacy – are equally transformed. 

An internet-driven connectivity – between states as well as between institutions, groups and non-state actors of all kinds – has led to a new set of political relationships and identities, which could challenge traditional loyalties to either the US or Europe in the future. 

The Lords suggest that we should greatly enhance the capacity for meaningful engagement at all levels, including with online opinion formers such as Avaaz (and more locally 38 Degrees), adding: 

"The UK cannot simply proceed as before." Internationally, Britain is seen to have a deep, historic understanding of soft power. 

The BBC successfully frames international events on British terms, broadcasting in every major language. The British Council, British Museum and other arts institutions make cultural contributions worldwide. The royal family and the "mother of parliaments" offer a picture of a stable, working democracy. And London's spectacle as a well-connected, multicultural city suggests Britain is a microcosm of the globe. 

We are attractive to the rest of the planet, however different it looks from the inside. Yet we are behind the curve in articulating a soft power agenda in our politics. Many Bric and Scandinavian countries shape their foreign policies around explicit soft power goals. 

For example, China has opened 327 of a projected 1,000 Confucius Institutes, encouraging a philosophical understanding of its civilisation. India's investment in Bollywood has changed our view of it as a global agent: we now think of that great dance scene in Slumdog Millionaire before we remember the poverty. 

Finland sends monitors to join the Red Cross in the Ukraine – not just for humanitarian aid, but specifically to get closer to the people, to understand their wishes. All Nye's acolytes want to show themselves to the world as non-threatening and engaged, as attractive poles of influence. Yet, through what the report calls "absent-mindedness and neglect", Britain is weakening rather than bolstering its soft power institutions. 

Twenty-five countries have launched English-speaking world-affairs news outlets: we have cut funding to the BBC World Service, closing 22 bureaus (including the Ukraine) since 2011. Instead of harnessing institutions such as these, which reliably attract goodwill and trust, David Cameron has placed a commerce-oriented advertising campaign proclaiming "Britain is great" at the heart of its operations at No 10. 

The report recommends that we hold a national debate on our traditional reliance on the military to make our presence felt in the world. While it wants to defend a role for armies in the arena of global security, the report makes a strong case for a more explicit balance between hard and soft responses to events, described by Nye as "smart power". 

The Lords argue that such a debate would require a degree of popular education about how our international relationships are actually forged, and why these should matter to ordinary citizens. National narratives – the story we tell the world about ourselves – are key. Evidence from nation-branding experts such as Simon Anholt suggests behaviour that is proactively friendly to the global community is rewarded with trust. And trust is the corridor for any influence a modern state wants to have in the world. 

The Lords say that aggressive debates on immigration policy, widely reported in mainstream and social media, will have caused us a loss of soft power over the past two years.

In a pre-publication interview, Lord Howell said: "All witnesses who came before us … said the visa policy and some of the handling of immigration policy was creating rather a blot, creating a 'nasty Britain' feeling." Not only will that drive tourism and business away from us, it will give us less credibility in bigger discussions about the direction of globalisation over coming decades. 

This is not a simple tasklist for the Foreign Office or Department for International Development, as they are no longer the only departments involved in international relations. The entire government has to think about Britain in this new global environment. 

How does the UK retain its trust and influence of the past? How does it proceed into a future where the edges of statecraft have become softer and more porous than ever before? 
Indra Adnan, theguardian.com

24 March, 2014

DOA UNTUK MH370

اِنّا لِلّهِ وَاِنّا اِلَيْهِ رَجِعُوْن
Salam takziah kepada SEMUA yang kehilangan Keluarga ‪#‎DoaUntukMH370‬
سمواك روحث دجوجوري رحمة

Al-Fatihah

09 March, 2014

TRIBUTE: Who exactly is Malaysia Airlines Captain Zaharie Shah of MH370?

The brave pilot of MH370 must not go unnoticed. We find out just how passionate Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is about flying.

Note: All information found here is publicly available. This post acts as a tribute to the brave Captain Zaharie.  

Do not politicize, belittle or use this information with malicious intent. Do have respect for him and his family and please have common sense.
Read more : www.sharelor.net

10 February, 2014

NAJIB KENA PENAMPAR LEBIH DAHULU DARI TERESA KOK

Sementara ramai tertunggu-tunggu siapakah yang berani menyahut cabaran untuk menampar muka Ahli Parlimen Seputeh, Teresa Kok demi mendapatkan ganjaran wang tunai RM1,200 yang ditawarkan oleh sebuah NGO, secara tiba-tiba keluar berita mengenai peletakan jawatan pemimpin Hindraf, P Waytha Moorthy sebagai timbalan menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan Ahli Dewan Negara berkuatkuasa 10 Februari.
 
Meletak jawatan dalam suasana politik tidak menentu sambil menuduh Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan Putrajaya sebagai pemungkir janji, pedihnya lebih memeritkan berbanding tamparan yang singgah di pipi.

Sebagaimana yang dipetik daripada kenyataan Setiausaha Hindraf, P Ramesh bahawa peletakan jawatan itu adalah kerana kegagalan Putrajaya menunaikan janjinya kepada masyarakat India seperti yang dimeterai antara Najib dengan Waytha, beberapa hari sebelum pilihan raya umum lalu.

Dengan adanya perjanjian itu yang didapati menyaksikan beralihnya sebahagian sokongan pengundi India kepada Barisan Nasional (BN) sebagaimana yang dibuktikan melalui kemenangan MIC yang lebih baik berbanding pilihan raya umum pada 2008 dan juga melalui peti undi di kawasan yang didiami mereka, Waytha kemudian dilantik sebagai senator dan timbalan menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

Namun hanya kira-kira lapan bulan berada dalam kerajaan dan menunggu janji kepada kaum India masih seperti menunggu buah yang tidak gugur, Hindraf akhirnya memutuskan Waytha perlu "mencampakkan" semua jawatan yang diberikan Najib itu berikutan tiada tanda ia akan ditunaikan oleh kerajaan.

Menurut Ramesh lagi, pihaknya melakukan segala yang boleh, menandatangani perjanjian dengan musuh semata-mata untuk kepentingan masyarakat India serta dengan kepercayaan segala janji yang ditandatangani akan menjadi kenyataan.

Malangnya, tambah Ramesh, setelah lapan bulan menanti dan bersabar, Hindraf sudah putus asa dengannya.

Di ketika kepimpinan Najib begitu dipertikaikan sebagai lemah, tidak tegas, gagal menunaikan janji, tidak mengutamakan rakyat sebagaimana yang dijanjikan sebelum pilihan raya, melupakan beberapa akujanjinya sendiri serta banyak lagi, peletakan jawatan pemimpin Hindraf itu bermakna mereka sudah menarik balik sokongan yang pernah diberi sebelum ini, keadaan ini tentunya merupakan tamparan menyakitkan bagi perdana menteri.

Ditambah dalam suasana BN perlu menghadapi pilihan raya kecil DUN Kajang pada 23 Mac depan, putusnya ikatan kasih antara kerajaan dengan Hindraf ini pastinya juga bakal menyaksikan sebahagian lagi daripada jumlah 10% pengundi India di DUN Kajang tidak akan memberikan undinya kepada BN.

Jika Teresa Kok sedang kerisauan kiranya cabaran menamparnya disambut oleh mana-mana pihak yang pendek akal, lebih-lebih lagi setelah Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi menyatakan bahawa ganjaran yang ditawarkan oleh sebuah NGO mengenainya tidak boleh dikira sebagai ugutan serta tidak perlu disiasat polis, tamparan yang dilakukan oleh Hindraf ini jauh lebih menyakitkan Najib.

Dengan adanya serangan terbuka terhadap Najib daripada dalam Umno sendiri, sokongan rakyat secara keseluruhan tidak bertambah baik, pengundi Cina kekal menolak BN, Pakatan Rakyat makin meningkatkan tekanan menghadapi PRU14, dan kini Hindraf pula memutuskan ikatannya lantaran kecewa kerana janji tidak ditunaikan, kedudukan BN atau kerajaan bukan saja dilihat sukar di Kajang, bahkan juga untuk mengekalkan kuasanya dalam pilihan raya akan datang.

Hindraf pula, melakukan tamparan kepada Najib ini bukannya kerana ada ganjaran terbuka yang ditawarkan oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim atau Pakatan Rakyat tetapi barangkali dengan berbuat demikian, faedah untuk kaum India sudah boleh dibayangkan untuk diperolehi melalui Selangor yang bakal mendapat ketua kerajaan baharu selepas ini, sebelum manfaat selebihnya akan dikutip selepas PRU14 nanti. –
DIpetik dari shahbudindotcom.blogspot.com,10 Februari, 2014.

01 February, 2014

NAJIB HARUS LETAK JAWATAN SEBAGAI MENTERI KEWANGAN

Posting Tun M yang menerima e mail dari Andrew Tang dalam blog nya ternyata ada kebimbangan dengan kejatuhan nilai ringgit. 

Blog Tun M meminta pandangan tentang kejatuhan nilai ringgit yang teruk ini. Ringgit Is Weakening Badly

Yang sebenarnya Najib yang harus tampil menjawab sebagai respon kepada posting ini.

Jika posting ini benar (Apa kata Bloomberg.com) dan berasas ini bermakna rakyat ada asas menolak Najib sebagai Menteri Kewangan. Najib harus menumpukan tugas-tugas sebagai Perdana Menteri sahaja.

27 January, 2014

SUDAH TERSERLAH KEHEBATAN "WINNABLE CANDIDATE" YANG DIPILIH NAJIB

Datuk Seri Najib Razak sudah mewajibkan latihan media kepada menteri Kabinetnya untuk mengelakkan kenyataan "kurang bijak" yang menyebabkan pentadbirannya menjadi bahan jenaka di kalangan rakyat Malaysia, kata satu sumber.
 
Imej perdana menteri penggal kedua itu tercalar disebabkan kenyataan kurang bijak beberapa menterinya sehingga menjadi bahan lawak yang menjatuhkan "air muka" Putrajaya, kata satu sumber kepada The Malaysian Insider.

"Perdana menteri mahu semua menteri menjalani latihan media untuk elak kenyataan-kenyataan kurang bijak terus dikeluarkan," kata satu sumber dengan syarat namanya dirahsiakan merujuk kepada arahan Najib kepada anggota Kabinet.

"Kita tak nak imej Putrajaya rosak kerana kenyataan-kenyataan seperti Ku Nan dan Hasan Malek," tambahnya.