October 29, 2014

Special Branch Warning on ISIS-like Threat in Malaysia


A few days ago, the Malaysia Special Branch gave a public warning on the real and serious threat of ISIS affecting Malaysia anticipated to be done by Malaysian Muslims who were recruited to fight in ISIS against other Malaysians. Malaysia is a country who will not simply give any such warnings because such news may cause upheaval if wrongly understood.

What the Special Branch said in a carefully worded interview is a wakeup call for all Malaysians who see ISIS as a threat to our way of life in this beloved country. The analysis is that this threat is so serious now that the Police has no choice but to warn the people ahead of time because if this threat is allowed to be made real, it will be an overthrow of our Government and the people who do not subscribe to their advances.

The article was carried by The Sun Daily here.

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June 5, 2015

PAS Polls Gives Clarity to Pakatan


PAS wrapped up their party polls yesterday with Hadi Awang, the incumbent President since 2002, swept the positions with the pro-ulama faction leaving the so-called professionals biting the dust. The professionals faction had a poor showing. Mat Sabu, the ex-Deputy President, as well as the ex-VPs in Husam Musa, Mahfuz Omar and Sallehudin Ayub all lost their positions. Central committee members like Khalid Samad, Mohammad Hanipa Maidin and Dr Dzukelfy Ahmad also lost their positions. These were members who were critical of Hadi and vocal against his position of unilateral decisions in the Kelantan hudud issue and of PAS relationship with Pakatan, particularly DAP.

Indeed the polls have given clarity to the direction of PAS members. Although the professionals faction garnered about 20% of the votes, it is now crystal clear where the members want the party to head. They want a firm leadership like Hadi who can stand his ground against other parties and head down a path that the old warrior of Nik Aziz will not travel, namely, a path of cooperation with Umno.

With Hadi remaining at the helm, it also helps Pakatan to be clear of what to do next. DAP will have to cut ties with PAS for sure this time. There is no way Lim Guan Eng will continue entertaining the whims of Hadi and it is sure to signal a breakage in the Pakatan pact. PKR will not be able to hold them together as the glue was Anwar who is now incarcerated. The coming days will see the various parties having to make the hard decision to kick PAS out of the Pakatan group and suffer the consequences. PAS has said that they can win their political war alone without the help of others but that remains as a hollow rhetoric.

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April 2, 2015

Hudud Survey in Kelantan Flawed


The Malaysian Insider reported today (read here) that 

“a survey by the state agency in Kelantan last year found that 91% of people in the state agreed to the implementation of Islamic capital punishments or hudud”, quoting Dr Azhar Abdullah, a member of the state’s hudud technical committee. He alleged said that 91.7% of 8,940 respondents supported Kelantan’s move to bring a bill to Parliament to allow the state to implement hudud.

Apparently, the state conducted the survey by sending out SMS to more than 156,000 residents between May 25 and 31 of 2014 but only received 9,654 replies of which only 8,940 were accepted.

There were only two questions in the poll and each question were sent to different residents in the state.

Q1: “After 20 years the Shariah Criminal Code (hudud) is going to become a reality. Agree/Disagree” was sent to 77,382 residents in 12 constituencies, receiving 5,395 replies, out of which 5,284 were accepted.

Q2: “To ensure that Shariah Criminal Code (hudud) is implemented, it is necessary to work with the federal government. Agree/Disagree” was sent to 78,756 residents, receiving 4,259 replies, out of which 3,656 were accepted.

What a strange way of conducting a survey by sending different questions to different people and then summing up the results to make a conclusion. Look at the questions and the conclusion made. The entire survey is totally flawed. It appears that the survey were conducted by people who has never read or conducted surveys.

1. You never send different questions to different people if you want a true picture in a survey.

2. The questions asked were NEVER about if they agreed to implement hudud but rather OTHER related factual matters if they thought hudud was going to become a reality and if the federal government cooperation was important.

3. By sending questions to different people, how is it that the survey can sum up both respondents as if they were the same people answering “agree”?

This brainless survey is meaningless at best. If this is what the PAS Government can do, it is no wonder they are never reading their people’s desires. They conduct a survey to justify their views regardless what people thought. The conclusion is misleading and can never be arrived at. They made up the conclusion that 91% of the people in Kelantan wants hudud. They were never asked that question.

It will have been best to ask:

I want to have hudud implemented in my state of Kelantan. Agree/Disagree” and send it out to all the 156,000 residents and see what comes back. Send it to everyone in the state. Why hide the point in the survey?

This will make the survey data point blank and unambiguous. PAS Government in Kelantan, go do it!

January 21, 2015

PAS Youth Nothing Better To Do


It was reported today that PAS Youth wants to “hold a protest to condemn both the murder of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists as well as the weekly’s move to continue publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.” (read here). Why would they want to bother on something so far away while the urgent issues affecting them directly here are ignored?

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January 18, 2015

Smartphones Continue Growth into 2015


The Christmas season has seen a very interesting period of launches by some of the major smartphone vendors in the world. The likes of Apple and Samsung, both world leaders today in their own right, have brought out formidable devices that define a new standard in technology for 2014. These devices present a taste of what 2015 will bring to our markets. Hot behind their heels come a slew of China manufacturers who are coming of age. Their mature offering now redefines a standard of quality and innovation not usually associated with Chinese brands. Indeed, 2015 will definitely bring greater expectations to the hearts of consumers around the world.


Apple has managed to regain world dominance by introducing the new line of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The larger screen sizes are the result of listening to Apple users who wanted larger screens similar to the trend set by Samsung and others in the Android world. In fact, Apple sold more devices in the first few days to break their previous record speaks volumes for the fruit company. Its following of ardent consumers have returned to Apple’s fold, something that was of concern to the company in recent months. Perhaps, Apple had to be pushed back by Samsung in order to dig deep to regain dominance in style and form. By this time, we canall see that Apple is back in the game, stronger than ever, including the China and Korea markets. They listened to market feedback, gave the consumers something to be proud of as an owner of an Apple iPhone and infused technology innovation that Apple has been known by.


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January 2, 2015

Malaysia 2014


It has been a sad and historically disappointing year for Malaysia. There has been more politicking than focusing on the nation and people.

We had to brave not 1, not 2 but 3 losses of airliners, one from Air Asia and two from MAS. Possibly the first and worst in a year for any country to stomach. The loss of lives from MH17 and Q8501 as well as the uncertainty of MH370 whereabouts is just too much for the families and the country to bear.

The politicking between BN and Pakatan on a virtually non-stop basis as well as the furious spew of emotional nonsense by Perkasa and ISMA all added to a year of wasted time.

The Kajang Move which was to remove Khalid and was stumped by BN to prevent Anwar from taking over the helm of Selangor became somewhat a circus in town, ending up with political turmoil affecting state and royalty and a totally different candidate.

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December 9, 2014

UPDATED: China Brands Maturing – Oppo Find 7


2014 sees the year where Chinese gadget manufacturers come to maturity. We see the wild success of Xiaomi and Oppo besides Huawei and ZTE already pushing their way to the front of the pack.

With their success comes the threat to the likes of HTC and particularly Samsung and LG. Both Xiaomi and Oppo are eating into the marketshare of Samsung who was the leader just a year ago with their wild success of the Galaxy Note 3.

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September 21, 2014

Clarity of Pakatan Rakyat Break-up with PAS


After a month of arduous representation to the Sultan of Selangor and his royal “anger” at PKR and DAP regarding their “disobedience” to his decree to have at least 2 names nominated, while PAS at their Central Committee level agree to nominate Wan Azizah and Azmin finally ended up with Hadi Awang nominating 3 candidates totally different from the PAS CC, including one PAS candidate.

PAS is having their Muktamar and all eyes are on them, including the Sultan. According to news reporting his royal decision on the new MB, it stated that HRH is waiting for the PAS meeting to conclude before deciding on the new MB but the installation date is set for next Tuesday. Presumably, invitations have already gone out but is kept private for now.

Constitution lawyers are surprised by the secrecy shrouding the appointment of the new MB by the Sultan, if the constitution is actually being followed. That is the only basis of the appointment, if the ADUN has the majority support of the house. If that is breached, it will plunge the state into chaos.

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August 17, 2014

Pakatan Rakyat is Resolved on Selangor MB


The Pakatan Rakyat leadership just made a press statement on this matter. It was a clear statement to give face to PAS and Hadi who had earlier the day decided to stay with Pakatan Rakyat and also nominated Azmin as an additional candidate for the MB post. That move was veiled as a step to allow Hadi to save face for coming out to defend Khalid openly and then Khalid got the sack thereby making Hadi’s position totally untenable.

Tonight, PR press statement thanks PAS for the support and acknowledge their endorsement of Azmin. In a twist of face saving move, it also states that Azmin remains steadfast to the PKR decision to name Wan Azizah as the new MB of Selangor.

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August 17, 2014

PAS Oversteps Pakatan Rakyat Boundary


PAS decided this morning that they will stay in Pakatan Rakyat in solidarity of the coalition but surprised everyone to recommend not only Wan Azizah but included Azmin as well. How can a coalition party member who agreed that the MB post should go to PKR recommend other candidates? PAS will never accept it if DAP or PKR had nominated somebody else for the MB of Kelantan but they would do this to PKR. Such is an uncalled for position for an equal coalition partner. Seriously undermining PKR leadership, PAS dug another hole after climbing out of one today.

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