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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August 31, 2015

BERSIH 4 ENDS PEACEFULLY


Today is Day 2 of the 34-hour Bersih 4 rally.  It was estimated that few tens of thousands of Malaysians camped all over the vicinity of Dataran Malaysia.

The morning started with prayers of various faiths. The crowd built up in the late morning.

Towards the last leg of the program at 9pm, the crowd had swelled to over 100,000 people. Speeches were made by politicians, NGOs and also the public.

The atmosphere remained electrifying all the way to midnight when everyone sang our beloved national anthem,  Negara ku. Watch the video.

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August 30, 2015

BERSIH 4 Day 1 Highlights in Pictures


The day was hot but it didn’t deter the few hundred thousand of Malaysians coming out to stand up to be counted. Amidst threats by the Police and banning of the Bersih t-shirts, Malaysians were fearless to defy the senseless attempt to rock Bersih 4. Here are some highlights from Day 1 on the ground.

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Walking near Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock

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A lesson on metaphorical illustration

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Speeches at Central Market

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August 30, 2015

MAHATHIR MAKES 2ND BERSIH PRESENCE IN 2 DAYS


In an unprecedented move, Tun M did the unthinkable to show up at a street rally Bersih 4 not once but twice in as many days.

Today, Tun M took the KTM Komuter together with his wife, Siti Hasmah, along with an old friend, Zaid Ibrahim. FB went abuzz with pictures of Tun M with the people in a train, arriving at the Central Market station at 4:30 pm this afternoon.

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August 29, 2015

Bersih 2.0 Claims A Mega 200,000 Turnout Today


There were certainly an incredible turnout of Malaysians in the Bersih 4 rally thus far. It will be hard to count as this is a 34 hour rally. Many have turned out in multiple locations and many will come at various times.

The KL Police Chief says an estimated 25,000 turned up but he will need to go for training to tell numbers in a crowd and willing to tell the truth.

There was definitely more than 25,000 but is it 200,000? Not sure but the turnout was awesome and will be scary for some people.

These aerial photos by MalaysiaKini may give us some perspective.

At the junctions if Tun Perak and TAR and Raja Laut.

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At Masjid Jamek area, HSBC building on the left.

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August 29, 2015

Tun Mahathir and Wife Stops By Bersih 4 Rally Tonight


This is really unexpected and surprising. During his tenure as Prime Minister,  Tun M never condoned peaceful assembly or assembly of any sort.

This evening at 7:30pm, he and his wife we’re mobbed by the crowd who were elated to see him there.

This can present Bersih 4 a big boost if morale and totally frowned upon by PM Najib. They are well respected veterans and Umno members, notwithstanding Tun M being an ex-PM and current instigator to wanting a change of PM.

In a rare sight, Siti Hasmah comments that Bersih 4 is “people’s power“.

Let’ see how the MSM spins this tomorrow.

Malaysiakini reported via Prime Streams just now.

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August 29, 2015

BERSIH 4 TODAY


The time has come for reckoning if this rally will achieve its objectives. Many have made their way to the city regardless how many road blocks were put up by the police.

The LRT is most favored to transport people into the heart of the city. They are packed with passengers going to the same stops dressed in yellow. Instructions went out to all participants not to enter Dataran Merdeka or cross any Police barriers.

This rally, if the turnout is tremendous, will be the catalyst to major changes in the country as many believes. How and what the changes will turn out to be is left to be seen.

August 27, 2015

BERSIH 4 Starts Saturday


There is another mega rally dubbed Bersih 4 scheduled to be held from 2pm this Saturday 29 August thru midnight 30 August. Gauging from the donation response exceeding RM1.5m and a sell out of 35,000 t-shirts, many people expect this to be an awesome turnout of the rakyat.

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Certainly, the Police is saying and behaving in the most predictable way declaring Bersih illegal, setting up road blocks and threatening potential protestors of the strong arm of the law, all repeated in each past Bersih rally.

There will also be sister rallies across Malaysia and around the world. Thus will garner global attention possibly over reputable media like BBC and CNN.

No, the PM will not step down, and that’s for sure. There is no such expectation either.

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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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