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OIC … whimpers December 31, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, International, Malaysia.
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Is the Chair of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi still on holiday?

Or is it his media officers; so it had to be subcontracted from the 4th Floor to Jalan Ampang?


(HRW) “History will judge these actions harshly” December 30, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, Race Relations.

cover.jpgIraq: Saddam Hussein Put to Death
30 Dec 2006 03:26:45 GMT

(New York, December 30, 2006) The execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein following a deeply flawed trial for crimes against humanity marks a significant step away from respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch has for more than 15 years documented the human rights crimes committed by Hussein’s former government, and has campaigned to bring the perpetrators to justice. These crimes include the killing of more than 100,000 Iraqi Kurds in Northern Iraq as part of the 1998 Anfal campaign.

“Saddam Hussein was responsible for massive human rights violations, but that can’t justify giving him the death penalty, which is a cruel and inhuman punishment,” said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program.



(Reuters) Saddam Hussein executed December 30, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, International, Note2Self.

Saddam Hussein hanged, says Al Hurra TV station

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Iraqi television station Al Hurra said Saddam Hussein had been executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday. […]


Sapura’s 10-digit spy bonanza December 29, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Op-Eds, Writings.
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Sixteen hours after the story broke in Bernama, Sapura’s COO, Rodzlan Akib Abu Bakar came out to deny it is neither in the running to receive the RM 1 billion contract nor is it involved with EADS. (View Here)


Santa must have had trouble getting to this part of the world, since it was only today he came a-calling at Sapura with a surveillance contract worth RM 1 billion.

Bernama’s Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah reported late this afternoon on the likelihood of Sapura securing a Federal government contract to supply 3,000 cameras in major cities in the Peninsular, in anticipation of Visit Malaysia Year 2007, as well as for ‘security’.

Earlier in March this year, Sapura-LTAT Communication Technologies Sdn Bhd won a RM 500 million contract to supply 3,000 Malaysian-made and designed tactical field radios to the armed forces.


Charade December 27, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Event, Malaysia.

(noun) farce, pantomine, travesty, mockery, parody, pretense, act, masquerade

While this is an apt description of The Consummate Liar, it is equally applicable to those starring in the mystery titled, ‘The Woe of Tolls’, scheduled for release on 1 Jan 2007

Consider the following three statements by Works Minister, Samy Vellu on three different occasions:-

September 22, 2005 19:47 PM
A Total RM38.5 Billion Compensation For Highway Concessionaires
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) — The government, as a result of bowing to public pressure not to increase toll rates according to the concession agreement with highway operators, has till now paid a whopping RM38.5 billion in compensation to these companies, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Thursday.
He said the multi-billion ringgit figure included compensation in cash, tax exemption and the government giving up its profit sharing with the highway concessionaires. […]


Wet and weary Christmas December 24, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Columns, Current Affairs, Malaysia, Politics, Writings.

– Graffiti found in Newtown, Sydney; circa late 20th Century

banjir82.JPG(NST Pix by Shahrizal Md Noor) My box of dusty Christmas lights and weathered decorations lie unopened, the gifts unwrapped. Every fifth person I know is frantically sending out Christmas e-cards and SMS greetings before the phone networks overload with messages of peace and giving.

I’ve never been terribly fond of Christmas, barring the occasional Bing Crosby songs. I confess I do like relatively painless family gatherings, the quirky gifts and the company of close and old friends.

But the fates have decided to make this occasion pricklier than in the past.

The great deluge has taken at least half a dozen lives (and counting), and has all but drowned any holiday joy for close to a hundred thousand people in West Malaysia, unveiling the crassness of Christmas in all its glory.


Public Forum: “Mega-Merger of Plantation Sector and Corporate Governance in Malaysia” December 19, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Malaysia.
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策略资讯研究中心 (SIRD or Strategic Information and Research Development Centre), with support from concerned members of the RSC, will be organising a forum on a hot issue that’s preoccupied the business community on “Mega-Merger of Plantation Sector and Corporate Governance in Malaysia” on 20 Dec 2006.  The speakers are:

  1. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (Former CEO of PNB and Kumpulan Guthrie);
  2. Prof. Dr. Rajah Rasiah (Expert and Author on Mergers and Acquisitions);
  3. Dato Dominic Puthucheary  (Senior Constitutional Lawyer); and
  4. Enc. Abdul Wahab Jaafar Sidek (CEO, Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group)

Below are details of the forum: 

Date:20th December 2006 (Wednesday)
Time:8:00 – 10:00 pm
Venue:Banquet Room, 1st Floor, Royal Selangor Club, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur


Live ‘Web-logue’ on Elections December 18, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Link: http://www.asia247.tv/live/


Last remnant of Bok House December 17, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Heritage, Malaysia.


(updated) This afternoon, under the searing sun, Sam and I made our last trek to the Bok House. If there were any final show of protest, none were to be found as the orange arms came crashing down on the remaining remnants of the Bok House.


“The Day Bok House Died” December 16, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Heritage, Malaysia, Readings.

Demolition in progress, 15 December 2006 copyright Badan Warisan Malaysia