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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Najib's "No Quota" assurance cometh 30 years too late!

Today many newspapers, including The Star, frontpaged PM Najib Razak's pledge yesterday at a public forum that the "30percent Bumiputra quota" be ablolished...Desi laments this comes some three decades too late!

The special provision -- in terms of public share distribution, staffing and housing allotment -- was supposed to run 20 years from 1979 to 1990 as part of the New Economic Policy (NEP, quite often chastised as the Never Ending Policy...), the brainchild of longest serving PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

And Desi like so many of my BF kakis at the Furong Bazaar are sceptical of Najib's latest pronouncement -- as with similar enthusiastic pronouncement before that like KPIs, NKRAs, and just recently the scrapping of the ISA! -- that it just another pre-General Election gimmick to win votes. Just ONE WEEK after delivering the Malaysia Day assurance of repealing the Internal Security Act, PAS deputy president Mat Sabu was chargedin court for just vopicing a different interpretation of a historical event named Kepong Incident that took place seven years in 1950 before Malaya gained its independence. Mat Sabu -- bless his critical mind in this Internet age and almost instantaneous information dissemination www -- just begs to differ from historians like TAN SRI Emeritus Professor Khoo Kay Kim that those who led a group of "communists" to attack the police station then under British rule/adminstration/patronage/oversight (your pick, see how democrazy Desi is:) were "traitors while those defending the station, mostly Malay mata-mata. As history is always rewritten, as I said in a post on Hang Tuah and all the Hang during the 15th century Malay sultanate in Malacca, so Mat Sabu bases his viewpoint that the attackers were patriots led by one Mat Indera also praised in other Johore texts -- so what's wrong? Is anybody going to charge me for "defamation" for writing that Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekiu, Hang Lekir and Hang Kasturi were NOT MALAY WARRIORS/HEROES but a bunch of Chinese Muslim pirates who accompanied Admiral Cheng Ho to escort a socalled princess (maybe just a courtesan!) named Hang Li Poh brought from then Ming Emperor as a gift to the Sultan Mansur Shah to strengthen ties for China';s benefit so its large fleet of trading ships could stop at Malacca port for R and R.

So we want to go for Wawasan 2020 in less than 10 years eh? Hey Mr Prime Minister, just walk the talk. Don't be like all your predecessors in the last 30 yaers from Dr Mahathir onwards -- strong on pronouncements, but weak on performance, both in bed and out of bed with Dr Chua Soiled Leg as an exception!

PM Mahathir shed tears decrying the fruit of his 22 long years of premiership. Now PM Najib follows with same footsteps misleading all his Malay-UMNO flock with sugar-coated words and making sure they remain loyal to dying UMNO-oh-NO! At least PM Pak Lah sleep-walked through his five years but he had a kind heART l;etting Anwar go free -- NO INDO or SODO MEE!

If you don't know what satire is all about, please visit a blogger's called TV Smith or Dua Sen, or izzit Tiga Suku? My mind is forgetfool nowadays, yesterday, today, and hopefolly, tomorrow. At least I can still string some words into proper sentences in English! (Unlike many of our cabinet ministers, who should be carpenters instead, and one (s)exMenteri Besar... YOu wanna Desi to name the latter? Hey, get ooouuch of hearrrr!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Coroner's death fall "an accident" verdict flies against core evidence and logic

From page 1 of The Sun:>>>> Coroner: Customs officer fell while trying to escape MACC building via a window

But is Desi surprised by the Malaysian court officer's conclusion?

YES< your guess is a foregone conclusion if you know me well --It's a vehement NO! NO! NO! just so that these Malaysian court officers such as Auizatul Akma Maharani who declared the verdict yesterday in Kuala Lumpur hear Desi loud and clear!

I am angry, no, it's enraged, that the coroner also found that Selangor customs assistant director Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed's death last April at an office at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was "misadventure", as reported by theSun.


Okay, firstly, the good coroner also stated that he greed with Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia pathologist Prof Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid that Sarbani fell from the ledge when he climbed out of the window of the third floor pantry.

Was the good doctor a witness to Sarbani's act of climbing out of the window? The most one could claim to infer was Dr Shahrom was "surmising' that that was what could have happened.

Secondly, so based on a third party's guess, no doubt a medical doctor, how could the Coroner "agree" with someone's guess at best?

Thirdly, the good coroner also said he believed that Ahmad Sarbani had climbed out the window to escape via the roof of the badminton court which looked near due to an optical illusion. (The emphasis, in bold highlight, is mine ~~ Desi)

The good coroner was able to mind read what Ahmad Sarbani was judging the distance he had to clear to make a "safe" jump? Any evidence presented in court? At best it was the good coroner making a guess -- mind reading, Mr Coroner, your specialisation?

Lastly, we had heard evidence which stated that Sarbani went to the MACC voluntarily/of his own accord to "amend" an earlier statement he had given to the MACC.

IF INDEED SARBANI WENT ON HIS ON FREE WILL AND INITIATIVE TO THE MACC BUILDING. WHY THE NEED TO "ESCAPE"? He could have just walked up "voluntarily"! My rebuttal is logical against the corner's opinions via the last two paragraphs in the Sun's report which again showed him using his mind-reading prowess, viz:

"I am of the view he may have known he would be stopped by any MACC officers if he tried to leaving by by taking the lift down, and the only was for him to escape was through the poantry window," said Aizatul.

"I believe Sarbani came out of the window to avoid being detained in what he thought of hell on earth but had by an optical illusion believed he could land on the roof (next to the badminton court) but fell," he said.

Now something positive from the coroner, at least a saving grace IMHO, shing through from the whole biased judgement always finding in favour of the MACC/prosecution case:- "It is not questioned that Sarbani was a customs officer who had a good character and was respected by his colleagues. He was also a good husband and a good father in his family," said Aizatul, according to theSun's frontpage report.

At least this finding vindicates against lots of rumours and claims, especially by MACC-biased parties in my humble opinion, that Sarbani could have committed suicide. For once the good Coroner's conclusion would not support any such dastardly theory well spread in the initial investigation into ANOTHER undeserved tragic Malaysian's death at an MACC premises. Why the "ANOTHER" stress, you dare ask? Have you such short memories -- remember Teoh Beng Hock?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

'Twist Najib's, Anwar's and Nik Aziz's word...(UPdated!)

and Karpal's least... and Mat Sabu's lust/last?

PM Najib pledged in his Malaysia Day message the removal of ISA and other repressive laws
But one week later Mt Sabu is being hauled to court for
Gifting thinking Malaysians a version of Bukit Kepong incident before Merdeka
Different from UMNO's-oh-no!
For "defamation" in big brother and warlord-of-everything-in-law UMNO's word
And Najib preaches making Malaysia the "best democracy" around
So it's Mat Sabu's round, wan/one.

Nik Aziz true to PAS' word and history fact says
"We want to implement the Hudud law in Kelantan"
(Hey, he's being consistent as that State already has such a law gazetted
But cannot implement it because of Federal Constitution bar...)
And Karpal Singh jumped, and did he more or less say again:
"Over my dead body, no?"
Mat Sabu's history lesson is correct
Desi supports 2
Karpal had said it once b4
Whence PAS and DAP (and PKR) weren't yet bedfellows
So it's Nik Aziz's round, t'o.

Anwar being big brother in PR has no choice
He preferred to support Kelantan MB's word o'er Karpal's
For Nik Aziz is Solomonesque in wisdom
So a younger brother Anwar has to defer
But Kapral begs to differ
So it's another wise olde man Nik Aziz's round, t'ree.

Meanwhile Najib happily reiterates
BN/UMNO will never implement Hudud law
And maketh Chua Soiled Leg happy as a lark
He's safe from withdrawal symptoms,
Safe from potential "...oral sex..." penetration
Najib looks askance at PAS, DAP and PKR
So you people carry on fighting more rounds
Of ammunition against each other
All of us in UMNO will supply more/aMore if you need summore
And Najib rides ap Ap APily into the sunrise/sunset
So it's nobody's round, Desi's and Rakyat's round cometh GE13
If you "V"ote wisely and review my V:for Vendetaa:).

All of you guys in the political ring maketh Malaysia a laughing stock
Wawasan 2020 and still fighting over juvenile victories
While commie China has now gone ballistically capitalist
And US continues to print money to keep afloat

And world oil prices keep going down****
And the pump prices remain up and up and up away
Don't you remember when world prices rose from USD7o to 100, to 120 and to 150?
First Mahathir, then Dollah Badawi said the BN Gomen had to raise pump prices
As the "subsidies" had been going up and up and up.

Now the prices have come down to about USD75 per barrel
I don't hear from the elegantly silent Finance Minister...
"Subsidies are going down, so we will lower pump prices..."?
Last round to the politicians, the consumers like you and me
Are screwed, so how many more rounds?

DESIDERATA: I'm in ruminatingly lighthearted mood; so ENJOYED a capitalistic continentalBF-cum-asianlunch jest now. Motivated to you, my EsteamedReaders, may enjoy. Pick up the leftovers wilya, clean up the table K!

UPDATEd @ 2.51PM because Desi works heart for his ER!:) Surfto dinmerican's blog and ENJOY THE FOLLOWING EXCELLENT ARTICLE --- ole but highly relevant to current and future times! -- jest the top section, go hunt for the bottom/bottoms and join the conversations dare! ~~ YL. Desi, knottyaSsusual

PS: **** above advises my ER to read Yesterday's post K!~~ YL, Desi

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September 24, 2011

Why hudud law is everybody’s business — Clive Kessler


Once again the familiar argument has surfaced, or been desperately invoked, this time in the latest stand-off between the leading Pakatan Rakyat allies Karpal Singh and Anwar Ibrahim.

Hudud law, if implemented, will apply only to Muslims, Anwar Ibrahim again insists, so the question is one that concerns only Muslims, not Malaysian citizens of other faiths — or no conventional doctrinal allegiance at all. So non-Muslims have nothing to fear, no legitimate interest in the matter, and no right to express any opinion. The matter is for Muslims alone.

This is not the first time that we have heard this argument. It is standard debating “stock-in-trade”, not only from Anwar Ibrahim and the syariah-promoting elements in Parti Keadilan Rakyat but equally from the designated spokesmen of PAS and UMNO as well as from the various associations of ulama and officially constituted religious authorities, state and federal.

Not just familiar, it is also, at best, inadequate and, more often than not, misleading. It is wrong for two basic reasons — reasons far more basic than any specific legal technicalities such as the issues raised over the interpretation of the 1988 court decision cited by Karpal Singh, or any similar individual legal judgment.

The first reason is this. Whether they are actually implemented and enforced or simply stand as symbolic signposts and “ambit claims” on the statute books, the formal authoritative assertion of the hudud laws — including such punishments as amputation and stoning and even death for apostasy — fundamentally changes the relation of the individual to the state and its legal order.

It substantially alters the balance between the state and the individual in the state’s favour. It thereby transforms the entire character of the state, arguably coarsening its laws and their impact upon public culture and social life.

When the state or any of its instrumentalities is suddenly empowered to hold, and potentially exercise, that awesome force — which it previously could not exert — over any of its citizens, or any section of them, the nature of citizenship itself is diminished and its meaning is reduced, not just for those directly “targeted” but for all citizens.

A state that declares itself ready to use such fearful measures, or even prepares to arm itself with them, is a state that announces its own capacity, both institutional and moral or psychological, for savage enforcement and retribution. It is not a state that any ethically enlightened, socially emancipated or truly thoughtful citizen who had lived in a state without such fear-inspiring powers would freely choose to call home. A free citizen would refuse to exchange what they had previously enjoyed for this debased and degraded citizenship under this kind of regressive and repressive regime.

Once the syariah law and its hudud punishments are authoritatively instituted, this degrading of the character of free citizenship is a general effect. It is one whose immediate human implications must soon affect all citizens, regardless of religion and social background, even if it is technically mandated only upon one section of the citizenry — in the Malaysian case the numerically preponderant and politically dominant section of the population.

This basic underlying change in the nature of the state, and in the character and extent of its power over its citizens, will inevitably transform the tenor of social life in general. So it will affect all the state’s citizens, not only those who are Muslims. Because it must affect the entire citizenry, all the state’s citizens without exception are entitled to have, and express, a view on the subject of hudud law implementation.

Every citizen of a modern state is entitled to voice a view whether or not that state should have the right to inflict dire physical punishment on any of its citizens, or even to enact hypothetically on a provisional basis laws of that kind whose effects are, to put the matter without euphemism, brutalising — either in fact, by their positive enforcement, or prospectively, by virtue of their intimidating inscription within formally codified law.

Even if still unenforced, their presence on the statute books cannot but have a clear, immediate and chilling effect upon all citizens by reshaping, in fact diminishing, the very meaning of citizenship itself. Even if it is only hypothetical or symbolic in intent, an assertion of the state’s right to mutilate and maim any citizen, even the least worthy and most criminally debased of them, can only demean everyone. It demeans, too, the citizenship that they share and the law under which they live and through which their citizenship is created and sustained.

The introduction, even the mere hinted suggestion, of any proposal for the official infliction of pain on people’s bodies and souls — for outright crimes against their fellow human beings, or even for the exercise of independent intellectual and spiritual conscience — must markedly shift society away from the gentle end, and decidedly towards the crude and brutalizing end, of the ethical scale. That seems indisputable.

Any such legally mandated assault upon the citizen — any citizen or subject of the state — with its mutilation of bodies, maiming of souls, shaming and extreme humiliation of persons and its violation of personal conscience and human dignity will discredit the state, its laws, and those who uphold them. This is not a direction that a modern progressive state can take or its citizens, if they are thoughtful, condone. Those who endorse such measures must have a different agenda.

Every citizen of a modern state has the right to say that the national political community of which they are a member should not be in the business of chopping off hands and feet or even talking about, or hypothetically considering, the introduction of such measures — nor in the business of criminalising beliefs, including those of personal and spiritual principle, that are held in good conscience.

Regardless of their religion or faith affiliation, a citizen is entitled to say to the ruling authority, “You cannot maim and painfully shame my fellow citizens — some of my fellow citizens, any of them — well, not in my name you don’t! Because if you do, you not only enlist me as one of the perpetrators of this dire, extreme and callous act, you also make me one of its objects and victims. As both implicated joint author and as implied target of this or any such action, I say no!”

Any contention that a citizen or any group of them should remain silent, and may be told to do so, because they have no legitimate say in such matters is unsustainable. It is a claim that fundamentally misunderstands the nature and meaning of modern citizenship as morally autonomous membership in the national political community.

Any citizen of a modern state, regardless of religion, is entitled to hold, voice and promote the view that the national political community of which they have long been a member — and long regarded in Malaysia, ever since its inception, as humane in its aspirations and progressive in its direction of development — should not suddenly assume, or (perhaps rhetorically to embarrass its political adversaries), even flirt with the previously unimagined power and right to cut off hands and feet or to criminalize individual beliefs held in good conscience.

Any such citizen would be entitled to take the view that such a dire innovation, when introduced or even officially considered — or merely intimated via some tactical political gesture — must unilaterally abrogate the fundamental contract that holds between a modern state and its citizens as its political stakeholders and moral shareholders.

Such a citizen has the right to the view that the state of which they are a member should not have, or suddenly grasp towards, any such recourse since — should it choose, especially as in Malaysia, to do so against its own history — the state and all its members stand to be demeaned by that action.

What the state does, it does in the name of its citizens — all its citizens — in general. All are implicated in its actions, and everybody is entitled, indeed obligated, to concern themselves with the moral meaning of actions for which they are in any measure responsible.

Every citizen is accordingly entitled to argue openly whether the state in which they hold citizenship should be permitted to impose such punishments on any of its citizens — and, as a citizen, to hold in good conscience that all stand to be demeaned if any one of them is so treated.


* This article was first published in “Off The Edge” on January 15, 2009.

P.S. Thanks, Frank for drawing the Kessler article to my attention. I have chosen to the highlight it to all our friends on this blog.-Din Merican

Saturday, September 24, 2011

World oil prices fall, is the BN Gomen going to lower pump prices?

Desi has been lamenting year in and year out the Government is taking us for an expensive ride as far as us consumers -- especially ordinary average household car owners -- when world oil prices peak to USD150 per barrel, the BN government would raise prices at the pump citing "having to spend more on subsidies" on oil imports. But now that world prices have declined back to doubler digits, to almost half the peak prices, it remains elegantly or blatantly or bastardly silent about bringing down the prices. I think the Finance Minister would say that Petronas would be earning less, hence CONtributing less taxes to the government, so the government can;t lower prices. Both ways the pendulum swings, the consumers are F**KED! Desi seldom break into 4-letter compliments, but dare you have it, you guess it. More politely, I spelll it out -- whether world prices go up or down, YOUR GOMEN IS SCREWING IN UP FRONT AND BACK!

So the average Malaysian won't hear from the PM or Finance Minister wrt to the following news break:

NEW YORK - World oil prices fell on Friday as traders weighed uncertainty in the global economy that could shake demand.

New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in November fell 66 cents to $79.85 a barrel, one day after losing more than five dollars.

Brent North Sea crude for November dropped $1.52 to 103.97.

The market remained dogged by persistent worries over another potential recession in the United States and the deepening debt crisis in the eurozone.

The United States is the world's biggest economy, and the biggest oil-consuming nation. It has yet to fully recover from the 2007-2009 recession, which was the country's worst since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

"We've seen a few attempts to push higher but every time we got into positive territory we've seen selling interest rise again," said Matt Smith of Summit Energy.

"It's really that uncertainty and nervousness, general trepidation in the market which is taking away the impetus for the prices to go higher."

"The feeling is that after such a large sell off yesterday, nothing has been resolved, we haven't learned anything today so it is really just the case of people unwilling to buy going into this weekend when there is so much uncertainty." - Today

DESIDERATA: Desi will search his archives hear to reprise an old post commenting on when WORLD OIL PRICES BALLOON, and how the BN gomen laments it had no choice bbut to raise local petrol prices at the pump, which always without fail lead to yet another round of price inflation!

PS: As promised, here's from my archives:)


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Petronas profits rise, pump prices rise...

Petronas profits fall, pump prices also will rise soon...

Either way, you consumers are suckled. To the top people at the National Oil Corporation, the oil revenues/profits are for them to mainly enjoy, NOT for the Rakyat/citizens at large whose trust has been emplaced on these suckers and UMNO chieftains with the right cables who continue to plunder...

Does it really matter to the ordinary ciizen Joe like you and me whether Petronas achieved super huge profits like last Financial Year (and the immediate two years too?), and now currently reporting declining profits? Not one positive byte. When world oil pices rose, the Government lamented the subsidy element had risen, therefore pump prices had to be RAISED.

When world oil prices fell/are falling as now, the Government laments the Petronas' profits would fall, and therefore they might have to raise pump prices to make up for the shortfall in revenues accruing to the government's coffers.

"Heads you win, tails I lose." (This is my initial projection based on the previous lessons of Petronas-cum-Government followup actions after Petronas' annual announcement of financials. I will be happy to be proven wrong this time around, and God bless my fellow Malaysians it's the beginning of rolling good times ahead...This point was ADDED @6.25PM June 26, 2009 ~~ YLChong)

I am going to bed with a curse silently creeping stealthily onto my lips praying that those vultures in charge of my country's rich resourc would have just desserts after enjoying the free lunches on the tax-payers' behalf...
May God save us from these trustees,

From the Malaysian Inisder:

Petronas profit falls
By Lee Wei Lian
KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 — National oil company Petronas’s net profit declined by 13.9 per cent due to low oil prices and high production costs.
The group reported RM52.5 billion in net profit compared with RM61 billion the previous year.
Petronas CEO and president Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican does not expect oil prices, currently around US$50 a barrel compared with a high of over US$140 last year, to improve any time soon.
"Fundamentals do not justify the prospect of high prices," he told the media during a briefing on the group's financial results.
"Demand is down and spare capacity has increased. My own opinion is that the current prices are due to speculative trading and the depreciation of the US dollar. We are still in a low price and high-cost environment till the global economy improves."
The Petronas group's revenue increased by 18.4 per cent to RM264.2 billion compared with RM223.1 billion the previous year.
"Our performance is on par with other major and national oil companies," said Hassan.
Looking forward, the company, one of the most profitable in Asia, expects to invest about US$12 billion (RM42 billion) this year of which 60 per cent will be to develop domestic upstream and downstream capabilities and the rest to develop new international hydrocarbon reserves.
It will also look to bring down costs by as much as 30 per cent to help its bottom line.
"We will talk to our contractors to bring down costs," said Hassan.
He added that the company's cash position is "very comfortable" but does not rule out raising funds via borrowings due to attractive interest rates.



Friday, June 29, 2007

Petronas profits surge, but pump prices rise...

The National Oil Corporation, PETRONAS, continues its profitable run while the oil pipelines gush on, and on, but where does the ordinary Malaysian figure in these flows of God-blessed riches?

Oil is the country's natural resource -- but do we The Rakyat have any real taste of the past few years' burgeoning oil profits -- RM35.5bil in FYE March2005 followed by RM43.6 billion (NOW re-stated as RM43.1bil) in FYE March2006, culminating with the latest financial year ended March 31, 2007 in a bumper harvest of net profit of RM46.4billion.

Pak Lah must be grinning from ear to ear and may just continue with his never-ending honeymoon abroad. No wonder he could give a handsome pay rise to Government servants -- which I don't begrudge as long as they deliver and improve on productivity! And maybe the logical expectations the Prime Minister would splash on the 50th Merdeka celebrations to create another "feel good" factor, then call the next General Elections. Predictable.

But while profits keep surging, the pump prices also surge in tandem...


Another predictable -- Petronas would just maintain its elegant silence like in the past two years.

You, dear ER, tell Desi while I take a break and look up last year's comments. I plan to RE-CYCLE because the rationale has not changed. Of course, I am a greenie when the circumstances suit Desi. And if the Government declares a bonus to Malaysians as Merdeka 50th Anniversary Celebrations, I will even turn Government supporter. For the month of August 2007. Can have some oil dollars to celebrate. We can THINK ALLOWED, even DREAM ALOUD, can't we?

From The NST,

Petronas pumps up record RM184b revenue
June 29 2007

PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) yesterday reported an 8 per cent increase in net profit to RM46.4 billion for its year ended March 31 2007.

The increase which came on a record revenue of RM184.1 billion was driven largely by increased demand for its petroleum products and the higher crude oil prices.

Revenue for the year was RM184.1 billion and pre-tax profit was RM76.3 billion, both increasing about 10 per cent from the previous year, Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas' balance sheet continued to strengthen with total assets rising 7.8 per cent to RM294.6 billion while shareholders' funds expanded 16.3 per cent to RM170.9 billion while return on average capital employed remained high at 40.9 per cent.

In short, Mohd Hassan said, Petronas either matched or bettered performances of other major oil players and national oil companies, given the challenging global environment in the industry during the year under review.

Crude oil prices stayed high in 2007 as demand outstripped supply.

Meanwhile, supply disruptions in Alaska and Nigeria, and continuing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, raised more concerns over security of supply.

Refined petroleum products remained top revenue generator for Petronas, with sales amounting to RM62.7 billion or one third of total revenue.

Revenue from the sale of crude oil and condensates rose to RM45.4 billion compared with RM41 billion registered in the previous year, as a result of higher sales volume as well as stronger crude oil prices.

"Sales volume increased from 184.9 million barrels to 192.4 million barrels, contributed by new crude oil production from Turkmenistan and Sudan," he said.

He said liquefied natural gas (LNG) continued to be the largest revenue contributor for the group.

"Sales volume increased by 2.1 per cent from 23.6 million tonnes to 24.1 million tonnes on the back of higher volume produced from the group's Egyptian LNG, by 1.4 per cent from RM28.5 billion to RM28.9 billion," he said.

The group's revenue from the sales of petrochemical products rose 9.4 per cent to RM13.9 billion from RM12.7 billion on the back of higher average realised prices.

Manufacturing revenue climbed to RM102.9 billion from RM97.6 billion the previous year.

"Without manufacturing activities, group revenue would be reduced by one-third annually," Mohd Hassan said.

Petronas also continued to reap benefits from its globalisation strategy, with its international business revenue, which comprises revenue from international operations and exports from Malaysia, up RM10.9 billion to RMRM141 billion, accounting for 76.6 per cent of total revenue.

In the period under review, Petronas secured six production sharing contracts overseas, namely in Indonesia, Egypt, Timor Leste, Pakistan, Cuba and deepwater offshore Vietnam.

On the strengthening ringgit, Mohd Hassan said it had a negative impact on the financial results of the group as Petronas conducted its business in US dollars.

"The exchange rate impact on the revenue totalled RM7.2 billion," he noted.

The group's total capital expenditure (capex) for financial year 2007 expanded to RM21.6 billion from RM18.7 billion, with the bulk of it going to domestic projects.

Overall, the group's total reserves increased 2.5 per cent to RM26.49 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) from 25.85 billion boe, of which almost 25 per cent was from international ventures.

Average total production was up 7.1 per cent to 1.71 million boe per day from 1.6 million, with international operations accounting for 34 per cent of the combined production compared with about 27 per cent last year.

In the retail sector, Petronas plans to add another three retail stations in Indonesia and acquire 27 sites for future expansion.

"The group also continued to strengthen its position in Thailand's petroleum pro-ducts market with 117 retail stations and successfully entered the aviation sector during the year," Mohd Hassan said.


I promised some "re-cycling", so here's Cut&Paste froma year-ago entry, edited to show only relevant and critical points:

*************** Re-CYCLING STARTS HERE! ****************


A sum of net profit of RM43.6billion i.e. RM43,600,000,000 in one business entity that is equivalent to one year's Government budget allocation for the country under the 9th Malaysia Plan, and one F***ed up reader thinks Desi is over-spending time discussing the ISUUE.


What ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hinted at has been confirmed officially with yesterday's PETRONAS RESULTS -- minus the RM30billion paid as taxes to the Government, the national oil corporation has NET PROFIT OF RM43.6BILLION -- is it too much to expect that instead of raising OIL PRICES at the pump, they should be decreased?

I have argued on the same topic that every time the world oil prices head north, out local pump prices should head south ... because MALAYSIA IS A NET BENEFICIARY FROM THE UPWARD PRICE TREND WORLDWIDE AS WE GET MORE REVENUE.

IT's just that Petronas is not transparent nor accountable to the people (via Parliament) on how it spends its monies.


Kim Quek said...

'We have shown better margins and returns than the majors,' Tan Sri Hassan said.

This statement is blatantly dishonest, as the bulk of Petronas' so-called profits are derived from the the petroleum producers in this country through the "production-sharing" agreements signed between Petronas and these producers. For these incomes from crude oil and gas, Petronas need not have to spend a single dollar in the exploration, production and capital costs relating to these productions.

If Petronas and the Prime Minister have been honest to the people, such incomes derived from the "production-sharing" agreements should have been seprately stated in the accounts, and deducted from its total profits. Only then could we ascertain how profitable is Petronas' operation.

Friday, June 30, 2006 1:40:19 PM

"H J Angus said...

Make the PETRONAS' accounts public and we can all make a good analysis of how effective the government has been to take care of this vital asset of Malaysia.

At the moment it seems to be the personal fund of the PM as even our MPs are kept in ignorance.

Friday, June 30, 2006 3:57:31 PM "

"desiderata said...

I support Kim QWQuek and HJ Angus' viewpoints.
I have stated even last year when Petronas announced a NET PROFIT OF RM35.5billion that its performance is based on reaping a nation's natural resource (dwindling no doubt, but Lucky Country Malaysia gets new oil fields find every now and then, keeping Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's admin afloat!)

My conetntion here is EVERYTHING BEING EQUAL, there is a NET RISE IN REVENUE OF RM43.6billion MINUS RM35.5billion = RM8.1 billion for 2006 over last year, and this can easily absorb any world price rise and WE CONSUMERS SHOULD GET A DECREASE IN PUMP PRICEE, not a rise!

The Gomen and Petronas have been working hand-in-glove just disclosing the quantum rise in SUBSIDIES, but hide the fact of the extra RM8.1billion. On top of that, there is the RM30billion in taxes collected from Petronas, which is RISING EVERY YEAR, so the Gomen in fact SHOULD BE LOWERING PUMP PRICES everytime there is a wrold price rise because WE ARE A NETT BENEFICIARY!

(NOTE: What Malaysia produces is a higher grade crude called Sweets, fetching a PREMIUM over the imports which we use locally; so everytime the world price rises, the NATION'S COFFERS GET MORE, not less! TO SPEND!)

Petronas Chief, can you oplease explain the true nett position in the Income & Expenditure Columns as far as revenues from our oil production goes, as pointed out by Kim Quek, which are anyway jointly undertaken with MAJOR foreign oil companies like EXXON, SHELL, etc...

Friday, June 30, 2006 8:32:36 PM

******************* Re-CYCLING ENDS HEAR! **************

DESI: a knotty PS can?

Will Malaysians be spared a "temporary" HONEYMOON INTER:LUDE (An angpow from the newly-wed First Couple?) of NO MORE PETROL/DIESEL PUMP PRICE INCREASE from now till the General Elections? I think so. But after the GE2007 or GE2008 latest, another petrol price rise would follow. Erection, anyone?

Don't blame Desi for being "sceptical" because it has become habitual for Petronas to maintain elegant silence and ignoring the constant and sensible calls by various parties, including parlaimentarians -- Opposition-lah, not the Barisan Nasional because they are another predictable, maintaining Silence of the Lambs, eh? -- that Petronas be made accountable to The Parliament and hence report its Financial Statements to the august House for debate and scrutiny.

And where is its Corporate Corpoprate Rersponsibility as the largest business entity, and also the most profitable, and listed among Fortune's 500?

Can I end with a poem quite inspired every year at this Petronas financials reportage time...?

Bleeding Malayisans

Oil fields offshore Malaysia are a-plenty
Yet when world prices rise
Malaysians pay more for their petrol

Shouldn't it be the other way around?
We produce an oil surplus
Which command premium prices

No, the politicians smartly tell us
The oil subsidies keep rising
Hence, we raise the pump prices

We chase away Malaysians in their youth
To study in faraway land
A decade or two later
We beg them to come back
To "serve" the motherland

Who bleeds more, my dear?
Malaysians or Malaysia?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Desi quite/quietLY agrees wit' one PR guru....

From the Malaysian Insider:

Branding guru calls Najib’s PR efforts an ‘absolute scam’

September 21, 2011
Anholt, courtesy of
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 — The creator of the nation branding concept has called the prime minister’s use of British publicity firm FBC Media to burnish Malaysia’s image abroad an “absolute scam” and a waste of public funds.

Simon Anholt, who pioneered the use of nation branding as a way to measure, build and manage a country’s reputation, said that while public relations was needed in the private sector, it was “highly suspect” that a country could up its standing using the same means.

“There’s a great deal of evidence around us to show what a waste of taxpayers’ money this is,” he told BFM Radio in a phone interview this morning.

“First of all, the countries that tend to spend most money on these PR campaigns to fix their image tend to be the rogue nations.

“If you look at the countries that have spent the most money on ambitious PR campaigns, they’re the places that are most despised and it hasn’t done anything to fix their image at all.”

Anholt pointed out that media studies has known for decades that the media cannot change people’s perception of a country from worse to better or vice versa but could only raise the profile of its existing image.

For this reason, he said “the last thing” a country with a bad image should do is engage in public relations as increased media coverage would only remind the rest of the world what a “problematic” country or government it was.

“So I’m afraid I think the whole thing is an absolute scam and a shocking and indefensible waste of taxpayers’ money,” he said.

Anholt stressed that governments needed to understand that when they engaged in foreign policy, economic development or international relations, they risked damaging the reputation of their country, which was worth “much, much, much more” than all other tangible assets combined.

It was the “sacred responsibility” of governments today to ensure their country’s good name was preserved and handed down in the same condition, if not better, he said.

Anholt added that countries could only make themselves more relevant to the rest of the world by becoming more useful, and suggested Malaysia tackle shared global issues like climate change, women’s rights, terrorism and financial instability to improve its reputation.

“And then I absolutely guarantee that if you do that and you do it well and you do it consistently over a number of years... you will find that you will become a much more widely recognised and more widely appreciated country,” he said.

“That’s how reputation is earned. I’m afraid there aren’t any shortcuts to it.”

Last month, Putrajaya was forced to end its contract with FBC Media after an embarrassing exposé revealed that Malaysian leaders routinely appeared in paid-for interviews on global television programmes.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has since engaged the services of a new group of political strategists — including members of the team behind Tony Blair’s “New Labour” — to reinvent the first-term premier as a moderate reformist in preparation for possible snap polls next year.

Najib’s new team of advisers is just the latest in his administration’s penchant for foreign public relations firms.

APCO’s time in Malaysia was marked by controversy after the opposition alleged the public relations firm was linked to Israel. ~~ MI

oxox or izzit xoxo? emiau desi tis so desi sar wit thieu!

Once in a while an email deserves forwarding and I think this one fits the bill.

As a long-time fan of Ah Beng and Ah Lian I can't have enough of their banter...if you have any of your own
please send them to me...humour is tonic for the soul..meanwhile I go lelax at kalah blight blight but go sing song until sky black black.
If got time you e-meow me and I e-meow you ok?

steve oh

Subject: Fw: I e-meow U, U e-meow Me
Note: Ah Beng has a website at
I e-meow U, U e-meow Me

The Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) are reverting back to teaching Science and Mathematic in Bahasa Malaysia .
A lot of our young generation of Msians are going to speak and write like this soon....

I e-meow U, U e-meow me

Dear Ah Lian

Thanks you for your letters. Wrong time no see you. How anything? For me, I am quiet find.
You say in your letter your taukeh soh want you to chain your face look? Somemore you must wear high hill kick kok shoe, hope you can wok properly wit out felling over.
You know, Ah Kau Kia working start in a soft where company now. Last week, he take I, Muthu & few of his junk friend to May Nonut to eat barger. After that he take we all go to kalah ok.

Muthu sing and sing no stop until the sky bright. We so drown we no go toilet but pee pees on the floor.

Next week, my father mother going to sellerbread 20 years Annie wear sari. My father mother going to give a fist to all the kampong people. So you must come with your hole family. My brother eye deer also to in white the kampong head.

I only hope one day we no need write you and send litters to you and to me. Better I e-meow you, you e-meow me.

I will ketchup you soon. And when you got time, please few free call up to me. Good bye.....

Worm regret,
Ah Beng

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Won't Get Fooled Again


CSI: Miami, theme song (The Who "Won't get fooled again")

Movie, cartoon TV, musical lyrics
The Who
Won't Get Fooled Again Lyrics

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We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals when they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again

The change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the foe, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they'd all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
No, no!

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?


There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are out-phased, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And their beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!


Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Today Desi is desicating two songs, one to himself and wan to a bud who went MIA for too long months. Jon A says he went for Ummah second round, then to Palestine to try to walk the same grounds of the greAts like Prophet Muhamma, may be Jesus? I don't know man, we get fooled too often by the History books.


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-peak Billboard position # 2 in 1962
-Words and Music by Noel Sherman and Joe Sherman

Ramblin' rose, ramblin' rose
Why you ramble, no one knows
Wild and wind-blown, that's how you've grown
Who can cling to a ramblin' rose?

Ramble on, ramble on
When your ramblin' days are gone
Who will love you with a love true
When your ramblin' days are GONE

Ramblin' rose, ramblin' rose
Why I want you, heaven knows
Though I love you with a love true
Who can cling to a ramblin' rose?


Ramblin' rose, ramblin' rose
Why I want you, heaven knows
Though I love you with a love true
Who can cling to a ramblin' rose?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Playing Najib's Numbers Game for FunD!

He chose September 15 to announce what I have described as "milestone" changes to the law, catching many people, especially oppositionists like Desi, by the balls -- oops, I mean surprise. Coming from a PM who had been to date mainly bold in pronouncement but lame in performance, I for once gave him him the benefit of the doubt in my first post on MD -- that the PM was serious, to mark Malaysia Day, in abolishing the infamous Internal Security Act and repeal the provision requiring annual licensing for newspapers under the PPPA1984.

After a couple of days, and obviously influenced by several critics' sceptism that Najib would deliver on his promise, as well as concern that two new laws to be enacted to replace the ISA and the Emergency Ordinance, might yet give the government powers to still continue to "detain Malaysians" in the name of being terrorists or having some communist tendencies, Desi pause.

After wearing out his thinking cap for four days -- in kantonis four is pronounced as "sei" meaning also "die lah!" when followed by lol...), YL trhe journalist in me decided to play Najib's bumbers game a byte.

It has been well reported (corrrect me if Desi is wlong!) that the PM's fave number is eleven (11). And among the dates commonly predicted for GE13 is November 11, 2011, shortened as 11.11.11.

So Desi pondered -- why did Najib deliver his MD message containing the surpise changes to the oppressive laws like ISA on Sept 15, 2011? Yes, it's traditionally the eve of the BIG day, you say, that VIP messages are broadcast. But could he make it just past midnight at 1201AM?

Then I visualise the nmbers involved -- fifteen is 15, September is 9 and the year is 11. In September we all know the infamous or famous in you are a supporter of Obama, or of Al Qaeda, respectively, and this year's marked the 10th anniversary of the downing of the twin towers of the WTC. If thou knoweth knot what WTC stands for, please STOP READING NOW, Desi has no time or dime for ye!

Now back to Najib's numbers game, eve of Malaysia Day's 48th anniversary, Sept 15 when separated and added up is 5plus9 equals 14, and 1 of course is a fave number in this month -- as Astro keeps reminding me to watch all the specials on 555 History channel. Remembering September 11, BEYOND: Message from 911 and for many countries, the distress emergency number to call is also 911.
So Najib's Sept 15 announcement on the eve of 911 was deliberate, in my not so humble opinion, for I am also a numbers game player, especially 3D and 3D + 1. So Sept 15, (2011) is abbreviated by Desi as 141., the dot (.) marking this year if it is ONE, and marking next year if it was TWO (2o12), etc, etc. If you still don't C IT, you also STOP HERE2!

And so it was the PM's premier belated Ap[ril Fool's joke for this year, or could be an premature wan for next and subsequent years.

I enjoy watching the CSI series, and among the theme songs is one "Won't Be Fooled Again"!

Cheers, chow

which means

Seea agin soon,


Come, let's eat (JO anywan? Desi likes CONtinental on Sundaes...). Meet me at Alson Kelana, don't join me without IT! -- Amex card I mean, you nIT!:( ~~ YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Milestones -- Blogger Rockybru and PM Najib

Rockybru who went from MSM to new media and then back to MSM -- the last at the Malay Mail's helm -- is back again in new media. Now he's helming THE M:O:L:E, and its first socalled news break is the following. Frankly as a newsman -- like rockybru on a smaller scalle, having traversed MSM and online media over three decades taking into account 13 years at diplomatic media -- I would say of the lates t report on DAP politician ex[pressinghis personal opinion in calling for a new flag to replace the Jalur Gemilang, is "NO BIG NEWSBREAK"!

You judge for yourself also Datuk Ahirudin Attan's slef analysis:


Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Mole's first "kill"

Killed: Pakatan Rakyat's plan to replace our flag..
Er, actually, it was DAP's rep Manoharan who declared on his Facebook that Pakatan Rakyat, the coalition of 3 parties including the predominantly Chinese DAP, will come up with a new flag. Why? In his own words:

Yes, I was wondering what his poison was, too. Not toddy, I'm sure.

The MOLE, on its first day as Malaysia's blogpaper, was alerted to Mano's madness and it sprang into action to do what it promises to do:

first, we called Mano to verify that the Facebook Mano was indeed him, the Hindraf leader backed by DAP in the last GE. Then we asked our friends from Pakatan if it's true, that Pakatan Rakyat will come up with a new flag because the existing Jalar Gemilang sucks?
Kudos to YB Tian Chua, who is the Info Chief of PKR, who responded to my twitter to him:

Was it the toddy talking, then?

The Mole was widely-quoted in the MSM (see screenshots) and on cyberspace.We hope to get an official Pakatan response and if the coalition (or DAP) plans to take any action against Mano. I think re-education is best, and maybe a rehab course, but I'm just thinking aloud.

Thank you to @dhanyraam of Penang for alerting The Mole. (rocky's post end)

Point number 2: PM Najib Tun Razak's milestone, in my opinion, was his Malaysia Day gifts of doing away the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA) which I blogged about yesterday.

Why does Desi mention Rocky and Najib in the same breath on some occasions. You venture a guess and tell me, OK! I may then invite yuou with the most intl answer to have a one-to-one tea wit' Desi! Isn't that more intimate than Saiful's meet with the PM with several other pairs of eyes present? YOU TELL ME! ~~ YL, Desi

DESIDERATA: If The MOLE could sneak an exclusive interview with the Bangladeshi ambassador to Malaysia on the following report by MI, ha, that would be a fantsatic newsbreak and merits the self-extollation the good Datuk jouno is giving himself. I don't blame him -- the positive inference is that he's full of enthusiasm in his latest venture. I wish him the bestA!

Anwar says verifying Bangladeshi vote allegation

September 17, 2011

PETALING JAYA, Sept 17 — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim seemed stunned by news that Bangladeshis have been given voting rights in Malaysia’s coming national polls, but is treading carefully in his follow-up.

The head of the three-party Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact said the news as put up in a statement on the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office appeared genuine, but declined to state what actions he will take in response to the allegation.

“We’re fighting Umno-BN,” Anwar (picture)said, referring to the ruling Barisan Nasional and its lynchpin party.

“This is a serious allegation... I am asking friends to help verify if this statement is true or not,” the veteran politician on trial for sodomy told a news conference today.

Anwar’s cautious reaction was a surprise departure from PKR vice-president Fuziah Salleh’s immediate call for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the contentious issue.

PR had recently demanded an emergency sitting of Parliament to debate its claim that thousands of permanent residents have been given citizenship and the right to vote “in the blink of an eye” and the Bangladesh website quoted appears to have backed up its claim.

“We want a royal commission of inquiry to investigate Bangladesh Prime Minister’s statement over this matter. If it has actually happened, Najib must be responsible and provide an explanation,” Fuziah was quoted as saying in her party’s Keadilan Daily website.

The Malaysian Insider had highlighted earlier an online statement from the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office as saying its citizens working in Malaysia have been asked to vote for the BN government.

According to the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Prime Minister’s Office website, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met her Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Razak last year where they discussed “long standing issues, including legalising Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia”.

Both met while attending the 66th World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur in May 2010.

It said highly-placed sources claimed that during the meeting, Najib assured Sheikh Hasina of considering the issue of legalising Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia country with utmost sincerity.

“Today, prime minister’s office has allegedly received a confirmation from some of our citizens those working in several sectors in Malaysia since last year that they were given more than citizenships from Malaysian Government. In fact they now have been given a right to be a voter in upcoming Malaysian’s general election.

“Another highly placed source from prime minister’s office has confirmed that Bangladeshi workers may easily conferred Malaysian citizenship with the condition to vote for party that represents the government in power,” the website said.

The website also reported Sheikh Hasina as urging her people” to take this opportunity in order to lower the national poverty in line with government’s initiative and numerous measures to solve all major problems, including power and gas crises”.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said last month that “baseless” allegations of foreigners being given the right to vote will be addressed by the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform.

He said that although “the allegations have already been proven in most cases to be untrue,” the National Registration Department (NRD) has engaged the Election Commission (EC) to answer PR’s claim that at least 1,600 foreigners have been added to the electoral roll.

“These allegations, which I believe are baseless ... this (the PSC) is the best platform for us. We have a co-operation (between the NRD and EC) to clean if there is a need to clean and to answer any claims that need to be answered,” he told reporters on August 17.

The bipartisan PSC, which will be formed in the October sitting of Parliament, will likely see PR raise its claim that BN has granted foreigners citizenships in exchange for their support in a general election that must be called by early 2013.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Najib's magic wand/wang makes ISA and PPPA1984 disappear!

Wit' one strike, PM Najib Tun Razak in a Malaysia Day ambush, has pulled the rug from under the Pakatan Rakyat's tripod feet -- are PKR, DAP and PAS similarly prepared to counter-strike? I know it's just promies by the UMNO chief at this stage; I will just give him the benefit of the doubt for once that he will keep his word!

I must give credit where credit is due. Najib appeared sometimes to be another Mahathir-follower, but this time he surpassed his sifu. Many critics from the Opposition andf NGOs have thought Najib incapable on "intellligent" moves. But theyt have underestimated the "counsellors at the back -- be it APCO, Rockybru's team of cybertroopers or Rosmah's Trojan-horse troopers -- they all have read the signals well and the Prime Minister yesterday pulled out from the rabbit's hat a magic wand to wave some key opposition ammo from striking the UMNO as key target in the coming 13GE.

Foreshadowing this latest volley, Najib moved a strategic battle ground by hosting the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations in the Oppositiuon Leader Sdr Anwar Ibrahim's lair -- Permatang Pauh, just several days earlier.

(More to come...)

From The Star:

Friday September 16, 2011

Najib announces major changes in controversial laws as Malaysia Day gifts

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians received a significant Malaysia Day present in the form of greater civil liberties and democratic reforms under sweeping changes announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Saying that the country is evolving and the people wanted more freedom, Najib outlined the historic announcement in his Malaysia Day eve address that was telecast live on TV.

The changes, he stressed, were to accommodate and realise a mature, modern and functioning democracy; to preserve public order, enhance civil liberty and maintain racial harmony.

All these changes will need to be tabled in Parliament.

Six of the best

>The Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960 will be repealed.

- In its place, two new laws will be enacted to safeguard peace and order the detention period will be reduced and can only be extended by the courts, except in cases involving terrorism.

>Three remaining emergency proclamations to be lifted are:

- Emergency 1969, Emergency 1966 (Sarawak) and Emergency 1977 (Kelantan).

>Banishment Act 1959 will also be repealed.

>The annual licence renewal requirement for newspapers and publications will be replaced with a one-off permit by reviewing the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

>Reviewing the Restricted Residence Act 1933.

>Allowing greater freedom to assemble by reviewing Section 27 of the Police Act 1967 by taking into consideration Article 10 of the Federal Constitution which guarantees every citizen with the right to freedom of speech and assembly


DESIDERATA: From now on, the three PR component parties need to anticipate more initiatives from Najib -- this is one PM who many quarters have underestimated up until the eve 48 anniversary of Malaysia Day, and what a surprise. Even bloggers who normally are one step ahead of hearing on the grapevine -- after mingling with the UMNO bloggers like aVoice and Rockybru -- are quite quite unaware of the premier strike.

Well, there are some chameleonic politicians like Kita's chief who quickly jumped on the bandwagon to try reap the 15minutes of media fame. Maybe Zaid Ibrahim, short-term candidate for number two PKR post just months ago, should start wriggling his way back into UMNO; he may get an easy UMNO stronghold in the impending general elections.

But my reading is that Najib has a team of advisers who are now more attuned with the masses' thinking -- OR is the latest barrage of surprises a volley to deflect DPM-cum-deputy UMNO chief Muhyidddin Yassin, and the ambitious Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Muhkriz (well guided by his daddy who just couldn't retire from politics!) Mahathir's concerted moves to destabilise their party chief's position?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

911 -- ap Ap AP birthday, sunny Len!

911 in my calendar marks my third boy's coming into mother Earth with a smile and a blessing truly treasured. We will do a lambe chop flaminge hoet tonighte heye, Desi,s excuse heaven-sent to let his guard down on Cholesterol Watch:):):).!

That date took on a strreaakk of infamy -- OK, badder word, a bombbbshellll of notoriety! -- when two jetliners came out of the blue crashing into the famous twin towers, and the rest is HIStory. And depending on which ssside your are sympathetic to, the US claims it's the work of Al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden, but the oppposite side claims then President Bush Junior did it! :(:(:(:( A post to read on contrarian-to-US view is here:

You dare aRsEk what is Desi's view? I am like the hung jury on the side -- THE JURY IS STILL ON (correction: OUT!) ON THIS ONE! But I know I will never forget my sunny boyz' birthdaes!

The Astro History channel 555 will recap 911 Remembered with a gOod view at 8.46PM tonight. JOM? Bring some KFC along willya!

************************************ A desi dedi to sonny :)

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

MCLM chief opts to believe PDRM propaganda over Batu MP Tian Chua's record! II

Continuing from yesterday's post, I am reproducing below the Press Statement from MP Tian Chua -- nothing like hearing it from the horse's mouth! I would also like to reprise one of my own posts from days of yore relevant to my asking -- shouldn't have Haris resigned his Bersih2.0 Steerig Committee membership the moment he decided to lead MCLM? Another question I would add -- as was asked by several Commenters at People's Parliament -- what right had Haris got to arrogate unto himself from Bersih2.0 chief Ambiga to be the spokesperson for Bersih in condemning the MP from Batu at the Bersih rally? What are Haris' motives (something I will explore tomorrow...Note on 13 Sept 11 ~~ I apologise it has to wait while Desi gets out of QWriter's Block which I suffer from when tackling certain writHes "reluctantly!, YL, Desi)

~~ YL, Desi

Press Release by TIan Chua on the Brutal Teargas Attack at the KL Sentral Tunnel

July 28, 2011

The title of this post is in fact the unedited heading of a press statement released by YB Tian Chua that I received by email.

The full text of the same is reproduced below.


On July 21, the PDRM held a press conference to justify the violent conduct of police personnel. An edited video footage was released to the press in order to show that BERSIH demonstrators were aggressive and provocative. The PDRM claimed that they had only used minimal force against the peaceful assembly.

One particular clip showed the scene where the crowd marching out of the KL Sentral were met by a row of policemen. The video is said to show me leading the demonstrators running to the front. The PDRM asserted that it was an evidence of provocation.

Subsequently the video has been broadcast on prime time TV almost daily, with the objective of depicting BERSIH rally as violent. This edited video does not give the true picture of what happened at the tunnel that day.

The PDRM has launched an all-out media propaganda war to demonize BERSIH. Although the police did not specifically accused me for “charging” the police, reports in mainstream media insinuate that I and other demonstrators intended to “attack” or cause physical harm to the police officers.

This is far from the truth. From the video, it was clear that the policemen had their guns loaded with tear gas canisters. At the time, the crowd was trapped in an tunnel-like enclosed area. The group included BERSIH chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan, Anwar Ibrahim, Wan Azizah, Hadi Awang, Lim Kit Siang and other leaders and participants.

For anybody in that circumstances could notice the danger of staying in the enclosure once the police fire the tear gas. The video footage only showed a few people rushed out toward the open air, and tear gas was fired directly into the crowd.

The video also showed that the police fired the tear gas canisters horizontally into the enclosed zone non-stopped. The police action was evidently malicious and intended to cause maximum harm to the peaceful group without warning. It was unprovoked and unwarranted action. It was police brutality

Hundreds of people were eye-witnesses to the incident. The edited video cannot distort the truth. The government should accept the responsibility of excessive force against peaceful BERSIH rally. The witch-hunt whether on me or other participants cannot absolve the guilt of brutality on 9 July.

The video also showed that the police fired the tear gas canisters horizontally into the enclosed zone non-stop. At least 12 shells were fired in a matter of a couple of minutes. 3 persons suffered injury to the head. The injuries suffered by Anwar Ibrahim’s bodyguard Fayyadh Afiq Al Baqry who had his left cheekbone crushed were particularly serious.

The police action was evidently malicious and intended to cause serious injury to the defenseless demonstrators. Use of tear gas in such a manner has been known to cause death.The incident was eye-witnessed by hundreds of people and even the edited video cannot distort the truth. The government should accept the responsibility of excessive force against peaceful BERSIH rally. The witch-hunt whether on me or other participants cannot absolve the guilt of brutality on 9 July.

I call upon the police to cooperate fully with the impending SUHAKAM inquiry where I believe the facts will be presented by all interested parties in a public inquiry. Let the public then judge based on those facts.

Tian Chua
Vice President Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Member of Parliament