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Updates March 28, 2008

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Yes I have an office in Shah Alam. Bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. No papers, not even a paper-clip. I wonder if I have a budget to re-stack the shelves with books on radical environmentalism and literature on travel and tourism (think… ‘Rumour of Calcutta’) :

Also finally settled on my service centre(s) for Bukit Lanjan. I’m opening three, come April.Will restart this blog on Monday. There’s been a major overhaul of my past lifestyle, which was pretty relaxed and sociable; now it’s ruled by my diary. In the past weeks, I crash by midnight, have regular work-related nightmares, then leap up at the crack of dawn in anxiety. One of my phones stopped working due to the sheer volume of calls and SMSs, while the other is perpetually in action. My internet time has been reduced from 6 hrs to a couple of hours every two days or so. I did ask someone whether I could go into work in jeans or fatigues (environment mah), to which I received the longest blink ever given to humankind.

I’d been scratching my head for the past weeks, wondering if I had to stop this, or change my style. I may have to start putting disclaimers eg. “This does not reflect the views of the state govt…”, otherwise I won’t be able to exclaim like, “Haiya…”, “Bebal!” “Idiot!” etc. Blogging about ‘work’ may not be all that interesting too. More later!

ps. Yes, I will publicly declare my assets, to which Teresa Kok quipped, “Aiyah…only got RM 25 lah!” :D

The paper trail vanishes March 18, 2008

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C’mon guys. All paperwork, even of MPs and ADUNs (state assemblymen), should be transferred over and there should be a proper transition. Like when an office has new staff coming in or after a company takeover. How about itsy-bit of professionalism here?

Here’s hoping that the incoming Selangor exco won’t be facing the same problems. Does it mean no paperwork = no proof = contract/agreements null and void? Wow, a clean slate :D


Kedah official papers missing
Monday, 17 March 2008All documents from the offices of the Mentri Besar and executive councillors in Kedah have gone missing.

The PAS-led government which took office after 12th general election on March 8 will lodge a police report based on the findings of an internal investigation.

Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to investigate the case of the missing documents.

“Phahrolrazi will investigate what happened.

“I do not want to accuse people without proof,” said Azizan who found that the Mentri Besar’s office was void of documents after the swearing-in ceremony last Sunday.

The newly appointed executive councillors, who were sworn in on Wednesday, found out the next day that their offices were also empty.

“There is not a single paper left in all the offices. We view this very seriously because the documents belong to the executive council, not to any individual,” said Phahrolrazi.

He said most of the documents were classified.

“We are questioning the government officers on duty. No one has a right to transfer the documents without permission,” he said.

Phahrolrazi said the former executive councillors did not have the right to enter the offices without permission.

“We need the minutes of the meetings to check the progress of projects and other matters that were discussed at the executive council meetings,” he said. – THE STAR

Penang excos start work in ‘bare’ offices

Bernard Cheah and Opalyn Mok

PENANG (March 17, 2008): The new state executive councillors (excos) started their first week in office to govern with a clean sheet, literally.

They found their offices cleared of all government documents and minutes of the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government. All records of projects, completed or current, approved by the previous government are missing.

Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said: “The action taken by the previous excos have hindered our work.”

“They (the previous exco) claim the documents are ‘personal property’ and cleared the offices,” he told reporters.

The new line-up would have to get copies of the documents from the state secretary’s office.

“We have the resources to track down these documents. They (state secretary office) would still have copies of whatever ‘approval’ documents. If the documents are not approved yet, they still have to come back to the exco for approval,” he said.

Public Works, Utilities and Transport Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said “we have to start from scratch”.

“We will have to go and get copies from various department heads on previous projects,” he said.

Phee said the previous exco members did not follow the conduct of former Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon who has been a gentleman all the way.

“If they (the previous exco) really loved the people, they should not have used such obstructions to try and stop us,” said Phee.

In Alor Star, the PAS-led Kedah government also found all documents in the offices of the Mentri Besar and excos missing when they took office after the 12th General Election on March 8.

Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to probe the case of “missing government documents”.

He also said a police report will be lodged after the “internal probe”. – THE SUN

KeADILan’s Malaysian Economic Agenda (MEA) March 16, 2008

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Let there be no confusion about this.

KeADILan Media Statement (English)
15th March 2008

KeADILan HAS CLEAR AND FIRM STAND ON NEP

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) has a clear and firm stand on the New Economic Policy (NEP). As explained by the Ketua Umum of the Party, Anwar Ibrahim in his 20-page article as well as through his many public pronouncements and ceramah, and further reaffirmed in several Party documents, including the Election Manifesto, we intend to replace the NEP with the Malaysian Economic Agenda.

The NEP, after nearly 40 years is already anachronistic. It has been abused by a handful leaders and cronies in Umno-Bn to rob the country of its wealth to enrich themselves, in the name of the Malays as a whole. It has led to discriminatory practices that are against the spirit of justice and fairness for all Malaysians, particularly the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged groups of all races.

The Malaysian Economic Agenda aspires to:

(a) institute and implement fair, just and equitable redistribution of the wealth in the country;

(b) fight against and finally abolish the evil practices of corruption, cronyism and nepotism and ensure the award of contracts and projects are done in open and transparent manner;

(c) continue the policy of positive discrimination in favour of poor dan deprived Bumiputera while at the same time giving equal opportunities to poor and deprived non-Bumpiputera on the basis of need and not racial greed;

(d) utilise the wealthy resources of the country to provide better social facilities – especially education, health and housing – for the poor, irrespective of ethnic backgrounds; and

(e) generate pro-people development and strengthen the competitive capacity of Malaysia so that she can stand tall with all developed countries, starting with those in Asia.

Those leaders of Umno-Bn and the media they own that accuse Parti Keadilan Rakyat as having no stand on the NEP and on other ways of improving the lot of the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged Malays are deliberately indulging in lies to mislead the public. We wish to emphasise that a policy of positive discrimination in favour of all Malaysians who are poor, marginalized and disadvantaged will benefit the Malay rakyat more, because they form the big majority of this category of people.

Dr. Syed Husin Ali
Deputy President
Parti KeADILan Rakyat

What are they trying to hide? March 12, 2008

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Fortunately, some members of the media caught this on camera.

Unfortunately, we can’t march right in to stop them because (i) we haven’t been sworn in; (ii) police has cordoned off the state office since Saturday night.

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Incommunicado March 11, 2008

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I shall be incommunicado until the swearing-in ceremony. Please bear with the radio-silence until the dust clears.

I’m told there are pics in the Chinese papers Monday evening edition of a Selangor state offices where there’s evidence of burnt documents (I have no access to those pics at this point in time – if you have the link, please ping the link here). In one of the offices, we were informed that papers were mockingly torn in front of our supporters.

Nope it’s not over yet. Someone else still harbours ambitions of being Chief Minister again.

Now for a little fact to whet one’s appetite.

The Semanjung (Peninsular) Malaysia votes for KeADILan-DAP-PAS was 51.79%  50.21% (initial mistake was due to total lack of sleep) compared to BN’s 49.79%.

This means the once thought to be impenetrable monolithic BN does not command the majority of votes here!!! It was only saved by Sabah and Sarawak.

More later….

(GE12) PKR reps in a rush to get down to work March 11, 2008

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(Malaysiakini) A real carnival atmosphere was evident at PKR’s de facto Anwar Ibrahim’s house in Segambut last night. The reason was obvious – the party has had its best ever results in a general election, winning 31 parliamentary and 40 state seats.

The manner in which the party’s new Yang Berhormats patted each other on the back and shook hands, it was evident that this was a significant achievement for the party.

More interestingly, they had achieved this as a single party with three different races fighting on issues for everyone instead of their own communities.

(more…)

And don’t call me ‘YB’ please March 10, 2008

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In our meeting last night, Anwar Ibrahim brought us down to earth.

First – we have to change this ‘bodek’ feudal culture of Umno. ‘Yang Berhormat’ or YB is only appropriate in the halls of the state assembly or Parliament. Do the Brits or Australians go around calling their MPs or state legislators ‘Right Honourable’ in public? Nope.

So please don’t call us YBs. It gives me a strange icky feeling if you do.

Two – any unreasonable perks will be slashed. There will not be any redecorations in our offices and we will use the vehicles bought earlier by the state government. Our salary will also be cut. We gotto cut those wasteful and unnecessary spending.

Tan Sri Khalid is gonna run this state like a corporation. We are expected to file quarterly reports like an good company. Expect some redundant committees and positions created to appease the Umno-aites to be erased. And yeah – no belly-dancing in those ‘lawatan sambil belajar’. It’s ‘belajar sambil bekerja’.

Three – we will be open to everyone in regards to suggestions and inputs. We want to be take stock of what is immediate and urgent. And please give us time. Fifty years of nonsense will take time to be rectified and corrected.

(GE12) THANK YOU!!!!!!! March 10, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
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First – my apologies as I wasn’t able to get online since Saturday. My sister’s internet was as usual dodgy and I wasn’t able to return home to my computer til this morning. The past 48 hours have been filled with meetings, discussions etc. I’m still sleeping less than 4 hours a day :D My phones keep dying on me and please do forgive me if you’ve not been able to reach me or if I’m not able to take your calls on time, or reply to your SMSs.
I’m still dazed. I don’t think the enormity of the people’s revolt has sunk in, especially with PKR, DAP and PAS now controlling two-thirds of Selangor State and PKR being the lead Opposition party in Parliament. My boss – Dr. Wan Azizah is going to be Head of Opposition :) :)

Thank you to all the brave and wonderful voters of Bukit Lanjan. The people have shown who are the real bosses and I am humbled by your zeal and commitment for change.

My special thanks to the following folks:- My family – especially my mother who came down all the way from Ipoh to support me, like making me sleep, making me swallow 5 vitamin pills each morning and for all those soups and herbal drinks; my boyfriend Hilmi who has been incredibly patient and supportive; Sivarasa, Anne and the Subang Parliament team who shared their labour, resources and Ops Centre; Brian who initially was only my wakil calon but he ended up multi-tasking; Latheefa, the de facto Campaign Manager whose yelling and butt-kicking was very necessary; Tian Chua who gave this newbie a lot of tips; my strategy/media team – Seng Kiat, Khai Loon, Yap, Alison; my leaflet Rambos of Puchong Saujana – Chee Keong, Lau, Bryan, Cheah; the bloggers including Youzi, Rockybru, JerryWho, Sammo (!); my other Rambo team – Hunter, Krishna and Haji Mahmud; the media who did make an effort to report on our campaign – Sin Chew, Nanyang, The Star, Sinar Harian and The Sun; Yvonne and her great team for the truck, banners and placards; the women’s groups – Cecelia, Maria, Oy Sim, Yock Lin etc; my old schoolmates, swimming team-mates, my super-generous donors who bought my idea that their donation was an investment on the future (!); designers Tze Yin, Bob, Moe Yin, Politea; my overworked printers Chee Chung and Jack; the SUARAM gang (yeah!!!!); Mogan and her PACAs, Bruno the head of Ops Centre, and many many more.

Without the help of the local residents, I wouldn’t not have been able to move in effectively in many areas – like Jit Lee, her husband, Darren, Aziz, the 3 ‘Dzuls’, Rao, Naran, Razak, the Bandar Utama residents, Sri Damansara Utama residents and many many more.

And I must also thank Saudara Anwar Ibrahim (yeah!). It is this man who blazed through our hearts and minds, and inspired the voters that we can change! This General Elections was in fact a vote of confidence for him.

If I’d left anyone out, which I’m sure I have, it is by accident and fatigue…

A new dawn is now upon us in Selangor.

We need your help and inputs. We need honest, committed residents to fill in the blanks and vacancies. There are many plans for change in the administration of the state. We now have the burden of carrying the people’s mandate to correct the past wrongs and make Selangor the model state. We have to deliver. And we have to do things differently — not the old BN ways. We are still undersieged by BN-UMNO and we need your continued involvement and participation to make things happen!

Now is not the time to be standing at the sides but the opportunity to be part of a truly incredible project is right before us.

Now let’s get to work!

(You can write to: bukitlanjan2008@gmail.com)

Unbelievable :) March 8, 2008

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Campaign updates on Subang P107 and Bukit Lanjan N37 HERE!

(GE12) Anwar’s Letter to Malaysia March 7, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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Fellow Malaysians,

Assalamualaikum and warmest greetings,

The moment of truth is upon us. The 8th of March 2008 is the pivotal moment of our time – when the people of Malaysia have a choice between changing to a better, more wholesome Malaysia; or continuing to be trapped and shackled by 50 years of a chequered independence.

From day one on nomination day itself, fraud upon fraud has been the hallmark of Umno-BN, through their ever-willing puppet, the EC. The introduction of stamp duties, followed by its abrupt abolition; uneven campaigns and gangster-like threats towards opposition candidates; the EC’s admission that there are apparent 8, 666 votes above 100 years of age; un-secret postal votes; and most shockingly – the abolition of the use of indelible ink on the grounds of ‘public safety’.

These absurd frauds are clearly desperate attempts to maintain the rule of Umno-BN, even as they shiver in fear, seeing the readiness of the people to voice out their dissatisfaction across the length and breadth of the country. But what is truly sad is that it seems, from this endless series of trickery, that in the eyes of Umno-BN, the people of Malaysia are so easily manipulated and fooled with impunity.

That is what Umno-BN wants – for the people to shift their attention away from them, into a morass of deception and misplaced distrust. Dirty tactics are the order of the day, including the ‘import’ of phantom voters in certain areas, including Kelantan, Terengganu and not forgetting Pekan, Pahang. The opposition is blasted daily in the mainstream media, with barely an opportunity to respond to the allegations. I myself, supposedly ‘irrelevant’ in the arena of Malaysian politics, have been attacked mercilessly day in and day out with an array of libellous accusations. Ironically though, thousands seem to attend Opposition talks without ever needing the incentives of money or ‘entertainment’.

From North to South, I am glad to say that we have made the best out of our 13 days of opportunity. Alhamdulillah, I have been privileged enough to witness the people of Malaysia rise up across the country. Far from being a marginal struggle, this is a struggle for all our people, who have long wished to free themselves from the tyranny of UMNO-BN! The response given to our KeADILan candidates, as well as our comrades from PAS and DAP, has been nothing short of phenomenal, while Umno-BN looks increasingly desperate by the day. Even with their complete control of the mainstream media, they continue to be on the defensive – rather than engage with our manifestos, they have only managed to attack us blindly, stabbing in the dark with no real rhyme or reason.

My dear brothers and sisters,

Each and every Malaysian has the right to an opportunity for a better life. Malaysia has tremendous potential, but it has been worn down and suppressed by the vile political games of Umno-BN, who continue to poison our minds and bind our potential with narrow racial sentiments and the all-destroying ooze of corruption. The judiciary has become the marketplace of gambling kings; crime is endemic, with rape, snatch theft and murder all on the rise. The police have been taken away from their positions as guardians of public safety, and shunted instead to the useless surveillance of opposition figures. Inflation is spiralling out of control, even as wages shrink; and the people just keep on suffering. And what does BN tell us? That we should be thankful for what we have.

What you need to do on the 8th of March 2008 is to have the courage to change. KeADILan’s commitment is clear. The victory that you grant to us will translate into reduced petrol prices, a lid on inflation, a more sustained and credible effort at tackling crime, free education for all; and a government that is fair and just to all its people, regardles of race and religion.

KeADILan has given you a Manifesto titled A New Hope for Malaysia, which strikes at the heart of the basic problems that the average Malaysian faces today, and offers you solutions for tomorrow. The hope that KeADILan promises shall be realised by each and every one of our candidates, coming as they do to you from all sorts of different backgrounds, united by their shared credibility and calibre of the very highest degree.

KeADILan, PAS and DAP have played their roles in saving Malaysia from its current course of self-destruction, fanned by the greed and lust of the Umno-BN leadership and the gamblers of the nation’s future. Now, it is your time to make a choice. All our hopes and dreams for the nation are now but a step away from being realised – it is in your hands, as a citizen of Malaysia, endowed with dignity and the freedom of choice.

I firmly believe that the people of Malaysia are a mature and wise people, and I am confident that that wisdom will be translated into votes for KeADILan, PAS and DAP come this 8th of March 2008, in the name of saving our beloved Malaysia.

It is now time for Malaysia to tread the path towards a new future, armed with a New Hope, great and bright in its promise of glory. The choice is in your hands. And in God we trust.

I wish you all the very best, as you fulfil your civic duty tomorrow in bringing about a better Malaysia for all.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

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