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DUN Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival, Solidarity Ceremony with ISA detainees. September 19, 2008

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(Press Advisory) Bukit Lanjan State Assemblyman and Selangor State Exco, YB Elizabeth Wong invites you to the Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival this coming Saturday – 20th September – at Bandar Utama 3 Civic Hall.

This festival will be start at 6 PM with the support from the Bandar Utama Resident’s Association (BURA).

Food, drinks and mooncakes (halal) will be served. There will be entertainment with performances from a traditional Instrumental orchestra and Fu Sheng Yuan Tai Chi Academy. A home-made lantern competition will be held for children and there will be three categories:- Category I (below 12 yrs), Category II (13-17 yrs), and Category III (17yrs and above) and participants will be judged on originality, design, creativity, and use of recycled materials.

The ADUN office of Bukit Lanjan will also have a solidarity ceremony with lanterns for fellow state assemblyman of Kinrara YB Teresa Kok and writer Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who are currently detained with trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

YB Elizabeth Wong welcomes all Bukit Lanjan residents as well as those living in the surrounding areas to join the celebrations and solidarity ceremony.

For inquiries, please contact Special Assistant to YB Elizabeth Wong, Miss Chua at 012-2027054.

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1. Anonymous - September 19, 2008

Anonymous said…

Power Crazy is the word to describe the actions of the now defunct UMNO Government which has no more locus standi(legal standing) to govern but using whatever dirty & immoral tricks against the New Pakatan Rakyat’s action to takeover the Federal Government.

It is very Sad that the legacy of Malaysian Independence is reduced by this Moronic Flip Flop Coward into great disrepute and a laughing stock of the whole world and knowing very well that the UMNO Government has technically collapsed and but he has decided to shamelessly still cling on to power via dubious means like hiding himself via using of the ISA and we cannot imagine that the Malaysia Moronic Flip Flop Coward has now stoop so low and using the Police Deputy IGP as his willing tools especially the Deputy IGP’s clearly taking side as the Police must be neutral and should be not politiking for him.

The Coward Moronic Flip Flop Chicken dare not meet DSAI face to face to settle matters but chose hiding under the use of ISA and that is what you have as a disgraceful cowardice leader for UMNO.

After 51 years MALAYSIA IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE but backwards because of the Oppression from the UMNO goons’ divide and rule fear tactics the Rakyats have matured & you must see all this coming because All The Rakyats of Malaysia are all fed-up & can no longer with-stand the hypocrisies, bullshits, lies and deceits of these UMNO Clowns now in Power ok???

We urge all BN Components MPs with a conscience to do the necessary to make possible a New Malaysia for all Rakyats of Malaysia so that all our children and their children & their children’s children’s future will be safe and secured in the Country we all love and not be intimidated by those UMNO Clowns now in power with their oppressive & fear tactics and in the verge of making Malaysia a Police State if left unchecked otherwise. Save RPK as he is the midst of a conspiracy of the real murderers of Altantuya to silence him for good, instead of being C4ed he could be poisoned and worse off if he is on hunger strike by himself. The Acting IGP is defending the Police position after being made the tools of UMNO’s fear tactics & so he is now making lame excuses for being the Stringed Puppet to be easily manipulated by the Puppeteer, power that be. The Deputy IGP must be held personally responsible for the safety of RPK who has been heard to be tortured otherwise he must be made to eat his own medicine come the New Dawn of Malaysia.

Moronic PeeM and Botak Home Minister last minutes’ attempts to cling on power by using the fear tactics of using the ISA at their whims and fancies selectively against dissent & tried to deny their own actions as they now have no balls to face the wrath of the all the Rakyats of Malaysia. ONE DAY THE MORONIC BOTAK AND FLIP FLOP AND C4 MUST BE MADE TO TASTE THEIR OWN MEDICINE OK?

All Rakyats of Malaysia will see to that these Clowns will be thrown out soon come the New Dawn of Malaysia & that all Rakyats of Malaysia will welcome the New Malaysia on Malaysia Day 916, 2008 for a Malaysia for All Malaysians.

Justice MUST BE DONE for Altantuya and for all those detained under ISA without the trial nor the rights of appeal. Light-up a Candle in the Lantern of the Mid-Autumn Festival for them all to usher in the NEW DAWN OF MALAYSIA COME 916, 2008

2. Samuel Goh Kim Eng - September 19, 2008

Let us praise God for prayers answered
Let us thank God for those released as appealed
Let us raise our voices for ISA to be abolished
Let us bank on men’s sanity for ISA to be repealed

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 190908
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Fri. 19th Sept. 2008.

3. anewmalay - September 20, 2008

SOS call

Dear world leaders, save Malaysia .

Save M’sia from BN dictators.

Save M’sia from rampant corruptions.

Save M’sia from BN liars and flip-flops.

Save M’sia from the rule of the jungle.

Save M’sia from biased and BN Govt controlled media (MSM) full of lies.

Save M’sia from ISA (Internal Security Act).

Save M’sia from BN racists. Don’t let the UMNO/ BN racists fool Malaysians once AGAIN this time. Enough is enough.

Save M’sia from internet censorship.

Save M’sia from immoral and unethical BN regime of AAB and/or Najib and/or Mahathir.

Save M’sia from chaos and destruction.

Help Malaysians by urging the government getting RPK and all other ISA detainees released unconditionally right NOW!

Let justice prevail. 2008-09-20

anakpompuananaklelaki@yahoo.com

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http://www.keadilanrakyat.org/

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http://www.harakahdaily.net/

http://m.themalaysianinsider.com/

http://www.malaysiakini.com

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http://dapmalaysia.org/

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http://chongeng.org

http://colour-blind.org

http://liewchintong.com

http://www.jeffooi.com

http://www.dap-e-law.blog.com

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http://pokuan.blogsome.com

muslim bloggers allaiance- hashim. TV1.

Prof harun din

presiden muslim bloggers allaiance: zainal.

Selangor YBs

Y.B. Tuan Mohamed Azmin Bin Ali
Kawasan : P98 Gombak

Alamat Rumah : No. 18, Jalan 2/1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak , 68000 Ampang, Selangor
HP : 012-2052020

Y.B. Puan Zuraida Binti Kamarudin
Kawasan : P99 Ampang

Alamat Pejabat : -
Tel : 03-4251010Alamat Rumah :
Lot 98, Lorong Tanjung 9, Kampung Melayu ,
68000 Ampang, Selangor

Y.B. Cik Teo Nie Ching
Kawasan : P102 Serdang

Alamat Pejabat : No. 7, Jalan Kajang Mewah 4,
Taman Kajang Mewah , 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Tel : 03-89426381, 87231439, 87232439
Fax : 03-87231413Y.B. Tuan Gobind Singh Deo
Kawasan : P103 Puchong

Alamat Pejabat : Unit 7.07, Blok B, Phileo Damansara 1,
No.9 Jalan 16/11, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel : 03-79565233 Fax : 03-79576232
Y.B. Tuan Gwo-Burne Loh
Kawasan : P104 Kelana Jaya

Alamat Rumah : 11 Belair Condo, Lorong Basong, Damansara Heights ,
47000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
HP : 012-2207777

Y.B. Tuan Tony Pua Kiam Wee
Kawasan : P106 Petaling Jaya Utara

Alamat Pejabat : 55m, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama ,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel : 03-77260441 Fax : 03-77260443

Y.B. Tuan Sivarasa A/L K.Rasiah
Kawasan : P107 Subang

Alamat Pejabat : -
Tel : 03-61571842

Alamat Rumah : No. 3, Jalan 14/31, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Y.B. Tuan Manikavasagam A/L Sundaram
Kawasan : P109 Kapar

Alamat Rumah : No. 8, Jalan PJU 10/13, Saujana Damansara ,
47000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
HP : 016-2659511

Y.B. Puan Dr. Siti Mariah Binti Mahmud
Kawasan : P111 Kota Raja

Alamat Pejabat : Pusat Khidmat Masyarakat, Parlimen Kota Raja, 34 Jalan Temenggung 1, Taman Sentosa Perdana 2, 41200 Klang, Selangor.
Tel : 03-51619000 Faks : 03-51626868
E-mel : drmarih@streamyx.com

Alamat Rumah : 42B, Jalan Bukit Rahman Putera 1/4,
Bukit Rahman Putera , 47000 Sungai Buluh, Selangor
HP : 019-2361889

Parliamentary constituencies (Kawasan2) PR Selangor

Gombak (PKR), Ampang (PKR), Puchong (DAP), Kelana Jaya (PKR), PJU (DAP),

Subang (PKR), Kota Raja (PAS),

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PKR adun and MPs: 2008-

ADUN

Aminuddin Harun [Sikamat]
Amir Sari [ Batu Caves ]
Azmin Ali [Bkt Antarabangsa]
Badrul Hisham Abdullah [Pelabuhan Klang]
Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim [ Kota Damansara]
Elizabeth Wong (Bkt. Lanjan)
Gan Pei Nie (Rawang)
Haji Yaakob bin Sapari [Kota Anggerik]
Haniza Talha [Tmn Medan]
Law Choo Kiang [Bkt Tambun]
Lee Kim Sin [Kajang]
Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei [Sri Muda]
Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin [Penanti]
Muthiah a/l Maria Pillay [Bkt Melawati]
Nik Nazmi (Seri Setia)
Ong Chin Wen [Bukit Tengah]
Rodziah Ismail [Batu Tiga]
Sim Tze Tzin (Pantai Jerejak)
Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (Ijok)
Xavier Jayakumar (Sri Andalas)

Ahli Parlimen PKR

Ab Aziz bin Ab Kadir (Ketereh)
Ahmad bin Kasim (Kuala Kedah)
Amran bin Ab Ghani [Tanah Merah]
Azan bin Ismail [Indera Mahkota]
Azmin Ali (Gombak)
Dato’ Rashid bin Din [Merbok]
Dato’ Zahrain Mohamed Hashim [Bayan Baru]
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Permatang Pauh)
Fauziah Salleh (Kuantan)
Hee Loy Sian [PJ Selatan]
Johari Abdul (Sg. Petani)
Kamarul Baharin bin Abbas [Teluk Kemang]
Khalid Ibrahim (Bdr. Tun Razak)
Lee Boon Chye [Gopeng]
Loh Gwo-Burne (Kelana Jaya)
Mohsin Fadzli bin Haji Samsuri [Bagan Serai]
N Gobalakrishnan ( Padang Serai)
Nurul Izzah (Lembah Pantai)
R. Sivarasa (Subang)
S.Manikavasagam [Kapar]
Saifuddin Nasution [Machang]
Tan Tee Beng [Nibong Tebal]
Tian Chua (Batu) – 013 – 683 6862
Wee Choo Keong (Wangsa Maju)
Willian Leong (Selayang)
Yusmadi Yusoff (Balik Pulau)
Zainal Abidin bin Ahmad (Hulu Selangor)
Zulkifli Noordin (Kulim Bandar Baharu)
Zuraidah Kamaruddin (Ampang)
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Dear leaders of the World,

September 17, 2008

REF: FREE RPK CAMPAIGN

Please help us. This is a Save Our Soul- SOS call.

A great Malaysian, Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK) are detained unlawfully / under draconian law.

(i.e. under ISA- Internal security Act).

The Malaysian government has lost ALL sense of humanity and morality.

Words can’t describe the pain and the agony Teresa and RPK are going through every minute of the day. They have been harassed every hour.

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/12790/84/

To me, they (ISA detainees) are absolutely innocent.

They have not broken any law.

Where is the proof that they have broken any law?

They have not been given any chance to defend themselves in an open court.

To me, the BN government has arrested them as an attempt to stop the unstoppable Anwar. The BN government knows very well that their ship

is sinking. But they are in a constant mode of denial.

The BN government is also constantly lying to / hiding the truth from Malaysians.

There is no freedom of expression in this country under the corrupt BN regime.

The BN regime treats ordinary Malaysians worse than beasts!

We appeal the world, to pressure / call upon / appeal the oppressive BN Government/ regime of Malaysia for immediate release of Teresa and RPK.

Please do it for us in whatever way you can.

Please do it for us in whatever way you think is right/ the best way.

Please do it for us in whatever way think is effective for their immediate release.

Please help us get Teresa and RPK of Malaysia released immediately.

They are in great danger. Their life is under threat.

For more info /details, please visit:

http://www.malaysiakini.com/

http://www.anwaribrahimblog.com

http://dapmalaysia.org/newenglish/

http://blog.limkitsiang.com

http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/

http://dinmerican.wordpress.com/

http://www.keadilanrakyat.org/

http://www.parti-pas.org/

http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-in/Malaysia#1488

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/12790/84/

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/12793/84/

God Bless you.

Sincerely,

A concerned Malaysian.

ANAKPOMPUANANAKLELAKI@YAHOO.COM

anakpompuananaklelaki@yahoo.com

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Dear reader, please write your own appeal ,letter and send to these email addresses.
Urge the countries / leaders to pressure on M’sian BN govt to release RPK and ISA detainees.

editor@commondreams.org

news@commondreams.org

inquiries@un.org

admin@afghanembassykl.org

embassy.kualalumpur@mfa.gov.al

emsia@mrecic.gov.ar

emsia@pd.jaring.my

Public-Affairs-KLPR@dfat.gov.au

andrewsmk@yahoo.com

diting@tm.net.my

kualalumpur@austriantrade.org

kualalumpur@diplobel.be

embassy@brazilembassy.org.my

dz@algerianembassy.org.my

kualalumpur.malaysia@mfa.gov.bn

Kuching.malaysia@mfa.gov.bn

sabah.malaysia@mfa.gov.bn

reckl@tm.net.my

klmpr@international.gc.ca

tyt@lbsb.com

cn@tm.net.my

ekualalumpur@minrelext.gov.co

croemb@tm.net.my

admin@cubaemb.com.my

chewan@pc.jaring.my

kualalumpur@embassy.mzv.cz

kulamb@um.dk

embaixada_tl_kl@yahoo.com

fhckl@pd.jaring.my

sanomat.kul@formin.fi

contact@german-embassy.org.my

huembkl@tm.net.my

highcomm@po.jaring.my

kbrikl@po.jaring.my

kjrijb@tm.net.my

info@kjripenang.org.my

indocon@indocon.po.my

kualalumpurembassy@dfa.ie

terry.mcparland@enterpriseireland.com

dah@ambg.com.my

japanculture@myjaring.net

jorembkl@streamyx.com

kuala-lumpur@kazembassy.org.my

kualalumpur.amb@mae.etat.lu

paul@galileokl.com

maur@tm.net.my

embamex@po.jaring.my

mekl@tm.net.my

namhckl@po.jaring.my

kll@minbuza.nl

consul@eblom.com

gteh@thestar.com.my

parepklumpur@po.jaring.my

eci@philembassykl.org.my

webMaster@philembassykl.org.my

roemb@streamyx.com

ruemvvl@tm.net.my

rusembmalaysia@yandex.ru

saembssy@tm.net.my

senamb_mal@yahoo.fr

cjkan@pc.jaring.my

shckl@pd.jaring.my

slovemb@tm.net.my

embespmy@mail.mae.es

ambassaden.kuala-lumpur@foreign.ministry.se

hpmarine@tm.net.my

medfaculty@pmc.edu.my

teco@po.jaring.my

thaikula@mfa.go.th

thaicg@streamyx.com

thaipg@tm.net.my

emb_my@mfa.gov.ua

uaemal@tm.net.my

klconsular@state.gov

urukuala@streamyx.com

conurukuala@yahoo.com

uzbekemb@tm.net.my

venezuela@po.jaring.my

daisevn@putra.net.my

http://edition.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form.sound.off.html

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by anakpompuananaklelaki@yahoo.com

4. Jason - September 21, 2008

Hi Elizabeth,

Happy to see this type of social activities going on… In fact, there is a similar activity going on in PJ Old Town tonight, which the Pesta Tanglung & malam buka puasa will be held together at the same place. I am indeed looking forward to see more of such events in future so that people from different races & religions can get together and talk to each other..

5. Nudibranch - September 21, 2008

JOHOR BARU : The Internal Security Act will not be reviewed or repealed for now, said Home Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar. He Said such preventive laws still needed for the people to live in peace and security.
- What he meant to say is that ‘People” ie corrupt politician and cronies need ISA to protect their interest. RPK as a dutiful Malaysian revealing corruptions and incompetence of the government is being detained under ISA however at no time did RPK incite violence or create a national security incident. Therefore the “people” Home Minister is referring to, must be the corrupt politician and cronies that need ISA for peace and security.
However, he said a review could take place “when the time was right”
- What he meant was that at present the government do not have answers to the many corruptions and injustice that were revealed by RPK. Therefore the time is not right.
Asked about various ministers speaking out against the Act, he said they were entitled to their “own views”
- What he meant was that although Malaysia is a democratic country, UMNO has the final say. UMNO can do what they like and when they like. The voice of the rakyat and their elected MPs are irrelevant.
So there you have it…… his statement can only be logical in the above context.

6. ruyom - September 21, 2008

This article revealed Dr Mahathir’s breathtaking hypocrisy. He lamented that race relations were deteriorating under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi without even considering that it is the culture of Umno, which he himself engendered, which is responsible for Umno’s racist and bigoted actions.

Racial division in Malaysia today emanates from one source only and that is – Umno.

Surely it was the fact that people of different races and religions were willing to unite which resulted in the unprecedented gains for the Opposition in the Mar 8 elections. In fact, the races have never been more united in Malaysian history.

Yes, there is a long way to go, but there has been a palpable sea of change. Race relations only apparently “deteriorate” when Umno instigates it using the media, religious government authorities and the police. The recent ISA arrests of 3 individuals under the pretext of national security and race relations were utterly disingenuous and could only be described as a synthetic charade.

When Dr Mahathir took over power, he emphasised Ketuanan Melayu. Racial division became the modus operandi of BN during his tenure. It was Dr Mahathir who in fact gloated that Umno could rule Malaysia without non-Malay support. So much for promoting racial harmony and Bangsa Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir inculcated the idea that non-Malays must accept the discrimination in the country if they wanted to prosper and live peacefully.

He rewrote Malaysian history, selectively applied the 1957 constitution and encouraged a racist agenda in the civil service reinforced by institutions such as Biro Tatanegara. Nevermind if the majority of the Umno bigwigs were not pure Malay, as long as they claimed to be Malay and were recognised as such, they could be leaders.

It explains why Dr Mahathir, whose Indian ancestors came to Malaysia little over 100 years ago, could volubly claim to be ‘indigenous’ but yet consider Baba Chinese in Melaka who have been here for almost 600 years as “orang asing”.

This is ‘Mahathirism’ in short – a Machiavellian ploy to exploit race and religion for financial gain and power. Dr Mahathir is shameless in his duplicity and the only reason why he was able to succeed was because he was a leader of a feudally minded people who were economically and educationally backward.

His Machiavellian psychological ploy was to engender a tongkat mentality in the Malay community to make them loyal to Umno.

Dr Mahathir was able to bring about a semblance of unity and economic progress during his tenure due to his dictatorial grip on all institutions of governance.

He was willing to share the wealth with the leaders of BN component parties as long as they acquiesced to his Ketuanan Melayu stipulation. It is no surprise that MCA and MIC leaders became immensely rich but had to sell out their communities as part of the deal.

It was only a matter of time that we would see Mahathirism unravel because it was based on a lie and was becoming economically, socially and politically untenable. Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking was a symptom of this. This led to the haemorrhage of support from Umno to PAS and PKR.

In order the stem the loss, Dr Mahathir, the arch secularist in a cynical and unconstitutional manner, declared Malaysia an ‘Islamic state’ to steal the thunder, as it were, from PAS. This further divided Malaysian communities as there was now a rivalry between PAS and Umno for Islamic credentials leaving non-Muslims confounded and alienated.

Badawi’s team saw this as an opportunity to wrest power from Dr Mahathir and seduced the rakyat with promises to end Mahathrism i.e. crony politics, police corruption, judicial corruption and religious and racial polarisation.

The gullible rakyat responded by giving BN and Umno an unprecedented level of support in the 2004 elections. However, Abdullah squandered this opportunity to reform governance in Malaysia by reneging on his promises.

The overwhelming support seemed to make Umno even more arrogant to the extent that it actually put into practise the notion that it did not need other parties or communities to rule.

This explains the arrogant and politically naive rhetoric by Khairy about Penang needing a Malay chief minister, the brandishing of the keris by Hishamuddin Hussein at the Umno general assembly, the demolition of a Chinese temple in Penang and the escalation in Hindu temple demolitions.

We recall that at the Umno conference which was held on Deepavali day, a delegate had the audacity to say that the temple issue was a ’small matter’. Khairy then went on to make his infamous speech about Indian news vendors “who controlled the business” not distributing his father-in-law’s speech because they chose to go on holiday.

This was just the tip of the iceberg of a cumulative set of events from 2004 till now which have left Malaysians feeling bitterly short-changed and cheated by Abdullah.

I personally believe that Umno is not capable of reform under Abdullah, a man who has never been known to stand for anything other than being a ‘Mr Nice Guy’. His promises for reform were at best well intentioned. The landslide win in 2004 made Umno think that they already had a winning formula and so why rock the boat and change?

Well, Mar 8 saw the rakyat waking up and bringing about change which they had been yearning for. The multiracial opposition smashed the psychological two-thirds majority of BN without any violent racial conflagration as a consequence.

It was a cathartic event for all Malaysians. It demolished the self -serving Mahathir mantra that a two-thirds majority was required for political stability. In fact, people began for the first time to see BN majority rule as a liability.

Umno does not appear to have learnt anything . It still behaves like a “one man show” when it cannot afford to do so. MIC and MCA are lame duck parties which are incresingly seeing the wisdom of distancing themselves from Abdullah’s Umno, which arrogantly pushed them aside when they won with a landslide in 2004.

Umno is now riddled with hopeless division and scrambling for power that it does not seem to realise that it is weak and needs to build up multi- racial support, otherwise it is as good as dead in the long run.

The current irrational actions by Umno to arrest people under ISA under bogus excuses betrays a pathetic mindset which sees the Malays as tools to be manipulated for Umno’s own self-serving ends.

Malays know that it was an Umno warlord who uttered racist comments against the Chinese, yet the journalist who reported it was arrested.

Malays now know that Khir Toyo’s allegations were the pretext for Teresa Kok’s ISA incarceration. The mosque in question has categorically said that Teresa was not involved in the azan petition and that the low volume of the azan was due to a technical fault.

Malays know from reading Raja Petra’s blog that he has always stood for justice and Islamic values. The arrests have further undermined Abdullah. It would appear that Abdullah’s administration is in complete disarray and this is in no small way is due to his utter incompetence.

To be fair to Abdullah, he inherited the rot which Dr Mahathir had set in motion. I would go as far as to say that Dr Mahathir is to be blamed for all the nonsense we are witnessing now. Abdullah’s fault lies in his inability to reform Mahathirism.

Malaysia and Umno needs Mahathir now

7. ruyom - September 21, 2008

To be fair to Abdullah, he inherited the rot which Dr Mahathir had set in motion. I would go as far as to say that Dr Mahathir is to be blamed for all the nonsense we are witnessing now. Abdullah’s fault lies in his inability to reform Mahathirism.

Malaysia and Umno needs Mahathir now like the proverbial hole in the head.

8. TW - September 21, 2008

I loved the young lion dance – so cute how the lions bumped into each other! Cerys, Cindy, Edwyn and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.


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