Archive for ‘Current Affairs’

November 24, 2015

Was Works Minister MISINFORMED?


When Fazillah Yusof answered a question in Parliament, he apparently had said that the recent major increase in toll across the city did not break the BN Manifesto presented in 2013 for the General Election. This angle was only carried in THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER and no where else even when the other media covered this story.

If you are not already aware, the recent toll hike took Malaysians by surprise and gave us all a nasty shock at the rate the increases were applied to 18 highways from October 15. This graphic from PAULTAN.ORG summarizes neatly in case you have forgotten.

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Now, you can read the story reported by TMI below dated 23-November-2015 or click here. Then you can check if he was misled, mistaken, misinformed, etc. You be the judge.

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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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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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