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RIP Jack September 25, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Note2Self, RIP.
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Jack Nathan, guitarist for 360 Degree Head Rotation was killed in what appeared to be a hit-and-run accident.

Jack would have turned 41 on October 6th.

Wake is at 6, Jalan ss3/32. Funeral at 4 pm, Kampung Tunku Crematorium.

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Search and destroy September 22, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, International, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.
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(updated 23 Sept 2006)

When the media can’t distinguish 20 or 100.

The Nation

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Bangkok Post

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(original post:22 Sept 2006)

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Godard and the framing of anti-Pope protests September 22, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Islam in Southeast Asia, Note2Self.
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Three things to keep in view when you’re watching the telly tonight.

It is possible to transpose these 3 points to the print platform the next day.

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Why military coups are never good for democracy September 21, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, International, Politics, Southeast Asia.
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Committee for Reform announcements and orders [as of 11.50, 20/09/06]

Announcement 1.
State of emergency in Bangkok is removed.

Announcement 2:
Military and police to make no movement without orders from the Committee for Reform.

Announcement 3:

Committee for Reform will abolish:
1997 constitution
senate
Parliament
Cabinet
Constitutional Court

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Coup d’etat in Bangkok! September 20, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, International, Politics, Southeast Asia.
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SMSs have been flying back and forth Bangkok and KL since news broke out of the military coup in Bangkok.

The latest one I received from a Bangkok-based politician at 1215 am says the following:-

“Confirm Gen Sonti takeover power. Thaksin must go to ICC (International Criminal Court) Court.”

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The (Re)Making of Musa Hassan (1) September 8, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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The one and only time I’d come face-to-face with incoming Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Musa Hassan was almost five years ago, despite the fact that we live in the same neighbourhood.

It was at a meeting between then IGP Norian Mai, S. Arutchelvan (Suaram) and I on the case of Tian Chua‘s custodial assault. Musa was present at this meeting at Bukit Aman which all of lawyer friends had this fantastical assumption that we would not be able to walk out of the police HQ.

Whenever I think of that meeting, two things come to mind.

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Weekend reading September 3, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Malaysia, Politics, Readings.
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Arus dan garis Anwar Ibrahim
Hishamuddin Rais

Ketika saya menulis ini keadaan politik tanah air sedang berkecamuk. Parti komponen utama dalam Barisan Nasional – United Malay National Organisations – sedang dilanda krisis dalaman yang paling hebat. Perdana Menteri dan ahli-ahli kabinet kerajaan parti itu sedang diperlekehkan oleh Mahathir Mohamad, bekas Perdana Menteri dan juga bekas presiden parti ini. Mahathir Mohamad secara terbuka sedang menggalang barisan untuk memastikan Abdullah Badwi dilucutkan dari jawatan Perdana Menteri.

Dalam kesakitan barah pergolakan dalaman yang sedang meretakkan United Malay National Organisations, tetiba, Hishammuddin Hussein ketua pemuda dari parti ini bersuara. Suara ini bunyinya agak sumbang dan ‘out of sync’, temponya agak lari dari drama yang sedang berjalan. Jika berlaku suara sumbang dari penyanyi, biasanya ini terjadi kerana lidah penyanyi itu belum terlatih atau pemiliknya berlidah kontot. Dalam kes Hishammuddin yang namanya dieja dengan dua ’m’ dan dua ’d’ ini saya tidak pasti yang mana satu atau mungkin kedua-duanya sekali.

Mengikut tuan empunya suara kontot ini ‘Anwar Ibrahim tidak akan dibenarkan kembali ke dalam United Malay National Organisations’. Mamat bersuara kontot ini cukup menakjubkan lagi menghairankan. Parti yang dikepalainya sedang tenggelam timbul tetapi dia tidak ambil peduli. Apa yang dia ambil ‘pot’ ialah hal masa depan politik Anwar Ibrahim. Hairan.

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Selling the budget September 2, 2006

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I loved the frontpage of New Straits Times today. Great idea to have adequate numbers of pleasant-looking people, well-compose, advertising how great the 2007 budget is. On par with those advertisements of starlets selling air-conditioners and kettles.

Putting those crucial elements and bold bullet-points aside, what can be said about the budget as a whole? (more…)

al-Fatihah: Rashid Maidin September 1, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in History, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.
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“Oktober 1917 terkenal dalam sejarah kerana pada masa itu berlakunya Revolusi Soviet di Russia, yang disebut juga sebagai Revolusi October. Pada bulan itu dan tahun itulah saya dilahirkan. (Bab 1, Memoir Rashid Maidin, terbitan SIRD 2005)

Rashid Maidin, pemimpin kanan Melayu Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM) meninggal dunia pada pagi ini di wilayah Narathiwat, Selatan Thai.

Pak Rashid adalah orang Perak, seperti Ching Peng. Dilahirkan pada bulan Oktober 1917 di Kampung Gunung Mesah, Gopeng.

Awalnya, Pak Rashid menyertai Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM) yang diharamkan oleh kerajaan British kerana dituduh berhaluan kiri dan menentang empayar British dan dia pernah ditahan beberapa kali oleh kerajaan British. (more…)

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