Archive for January, 2012

January 30, 2012

Sheer Desperation by an Ali


Some people have the knack to get into the spotlight but Ibrahim Ali has the knack to get that for the wrong reasons. It appears that he is desperately trying to be relevant to Umno to get a place in the “winnable” candidates list known only to a precious few.

First, he tells the world that Anwar is irrelevant (read here). He thinks if he chimes in after a few others say the same things regarding Anwar being irrelevant that Anwar can be just that. Alas, for an MP, this is quite unbecoming for him to condemn another MP. Seems he’s got nothing better to say. His PR expert advice is to get into the spotlight at whatever the cost or reason. He did just that.

Image taken from Malaysiakini

Then he makes the faux pas by distributing white packets to elderly folks in Perkasa’s first CNY open house he hosted (read and watch here). How can he not know that the color “white” is typically reserved for bereavement matters in the Chinese culture and money in a white envelop is a donation for the funeral? How can Ibrahim Ali give “funeral characteristic” symbols to, of all people, the Chinese elderly? What is he trying to convey to these folks?

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January 27, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note – An excellent oddity


The Note barely fits the hand

I have been looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note for a while now. It comes in white and black and the advertisements make it very attractive indeed. It also comes with a not-so-new novelty of a stylus. The earlier O2 xda and Palm PDA devices were stylus based as the touch screen being new lacks the precision and the UI designed for the fingers.

Anyway, Samsung has elected to use the stylus for more precise selection like a cut-and-paste action on images. I am not sure how many people will thrive on using that and one can easily loose a stylus.

At first glance, the Galaxy Note is extremely enticing and sexy. The vibrant colors of the super AMOLED capacitive touch screen catches the eyes immediately on the 5.3-inch large screen. As predicted, Samsung will use their AMOLED technology on the larger form factor devices. Samsung first used the AMOLED technology on their high-end phones in the past. One of these days in the near future, maybe in March, Samsung will let us have this super AMOLED on the Galaxy Tab series. Otherwise, Samsung will not be able to compete with the rumored Apple iPad3.

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January 26, 2012

The facts of NFC debacle


The National Feedlot Centre (NFC) and the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) have been confusing the public a lot. In many cases, it has been used interchangeably but they are actually two separate entities. In actual fact, based on the AG Report 2010, the two have no legal agreement with each other at all. This is a highly engineered piece of work by those involved. Here is the attempt to clear some of the fog covering the so-called debacle and is based on the AG Report 2010

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January 23, 2012

Ibrahim, NFC and All Gone Wrong!


The Malaysian Insider reported yesterday that NFCorp Chairman Mohd Salleh Ismail met with Perkasa and 15 other NGOs to brief them on the NFC situation (read here). Immediately after that, Ibrahim Ali gave a statement that “the office of the Auditor-General had already agreed in private that the company’s affairs were in order“. He further made startling remarks that stabbed the AG in his back insinuating that the AG made a mistake in his 2010 Report regarding the “mess” in NFCorp and that he should “release an official statement.”

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January 10, 2012

Auditor General: The Man Najib Wants Replaced (Updated)


Latest: The Auditor General of Malaysia has just had his tenure extended for another year starting February 23 (read here). We applaud this move and wish Tan Sri all the best to continue his work without fear or favor.

Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, the Auditor General of Malaysia, deserves to be applauded for remaining steadfast to the cause to bring about good governance in the Public Sector. The 2010 AG Report that Najib apparently delayed to present to the Parliament before tabling the 2012 Budget was the hard work of Ambrin and his dedicated team. Unfortunately, he has remained the bearer of bad news for the BN Government every year and last November was no different. (Read here on a recently published Q&A with the AG).

Each year, there appears to be more and more cases of “faults” reported by the AG and every year it falls on the deaf ears and toothless agencies who can’t seem to take any action to rectify them. All the irregularities must be fixed and culprits punished but we never hear of anyone prosecuted. In the 2010 AG Report, there are so many items that the MACC can act upon to make right but the good work of the AG stops just as information only. Even the binoculars case in MACC was quickly brushed aside as a non-issue. Not forgetting the National Feedlot Corp fiasco which the AG report called a “mess“.

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January 10, 2012

Anwar Acquitted: Does it show independence of the Judiciary?


Anwar was acquitted yesterday, much to everybody’s surprise (including mine!)

Masterwordsmith reported that there were more than 1,171 articles on Anwar’s acquittal yesterday (read here). This must have been a real surprise to everybody too.

So it is safe to say that Anwar’s acquittal by the court yesterday was not something that most people had expected. In fact, I had written in another posting that it was almost certain that Anwar will be found guilty. So did most others except for Karpal Singh who felt that Anwar will be freed. Obviously, we were wrong although the assessment and the gut feelings were so strong on the incarceration of Anwar.

Well, there is enough said about this from yesterday’s article. But there is one issue I would like to comment on. And that is the loud assertions by Najib and the BN that this proves the independence of the judiciary. The fact is this acquittal by the court does not prove the real independence of our judiciary but that this particular case did not appear to violate the natural course of justice. Of course, this is an opinion.

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January 3, 2012

Dissecting RPK: He was just being honest


I didn’t read the spins that the Main Stream Media made. Just watch this video on the interview here.

The conclusion one can draw is that RPK was just being himself speaking what he believes is the truth albeit sometimes hard to take. Yes, they are his opinions and yes as opinions go, the interview doesn’t carry many facts to back them up except in some cases. I am not defending RPK but he is just trying to call a spade a spade.

There was nothing on MCLM so I can’t comment on the reasons why the movement’s president resigned. But what we can tell is as follows. You be the judge when you watch the interview.

Relevance of Anwar

This is politics. As long as it is expedient, Anwar will always be held in the highest esteem by the party, PKR, as well as by the Pakatan partners of DAP and PAS. RPK is right to say that the people is not in love with Anwar to vote for Pakatan. They see that Pakatan under Anwar is the only real alternative to Najib and BN.

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January 3, 2012

2012: Interesting Times Ahead


Malaysia enters 2012 with many uncertainties but also with many certainties. We are looking at interesting times this year for sure. Let’s take a quick look at what lies ahead.

Uncertain

  1. RPK an Umno blogger? His interview in Singapore has been set ablazed by the MCM to haunt Anwar and PKR. Rumors are running rife that he has been bought by Umno and is given a free pass home to Malaysia. Is that so? It can be true or it can be a game to toy with Umno. RPK is not stupid and neither are we Malaysians. We shall see and time will tell the truth about this matter.
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