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Mongolian Murder Mystery Update January 19, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Malaysia, Politics.
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Newsflash:-

Abdul Razak Baginda’s bail was denied today at the Shah Alam Criminal High Court

Why is Goliath going for David(s)? January 18, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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Libel suits aren’t all that common in Malaysia. There are a handful of notables that come to mind, such as Vincent Tan vs. MGG Pillai; Vincent Tan vs. Prof. Jomo K. Sundram; and of course, one that would be interesting to watch in March i.e., Anwar Ibrahim vs. Mahathir Mohammad.

But we are nowhere close to the league of Singapore Inc. led by the Lees. The elder statesman and now his son, have carved a niche in the politics of the region, for their relentless assault against the opposition by way of civil suits. This strategy has been successful, not only because they were able to exclude credible opposition from the political process, it exacerbated a culture of silence and self-censorship amongst the oppositionists and dissidents.

Even less common, if not unprecedented here, are lawsuits filed by a newspaper against individuals.

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The politics of mergers (1) January 17, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Columns, Economy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) has asked for an extension, from January 15th to the 29th, apparently due to disagreements with Synergy Drive Sdn Bhd, led by the CEO of Sime Darby Datuk Ahmad Zubir Murshid, and merchant bank CIMB.

The Edge Daily quoted sources who said, “(T)he main contention was a disagreement over whether the sale of assets of the PNB companies to Synergy Drive should be made inter-conditional to a capital distribution proposal.”

PNB owns owns 39.4 % of Sime Darby, 64.7 % of Kump. Guthrie and 51.8 % of Golden Hope. While news of the merger of these <em>Big Three</em> centre on the combined ownership of plantations, very little is said about the rest of the assets, which are in turn extremely lucrative businesses, including real estate, engineering, construction and others.

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A cautionary tale from Aeneid January 16, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Malaysia, Note2Self.
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Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.

Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts.
(Virgil, Aeneid II.49)

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Batu Talam (3) January 16, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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Which ‘cott‘ did you not understand, ‘boy‘?

I didn’t realise we were speaking in Greek.

See also Boon Hui’s ‘Ghost’ Story.

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David(s) vs. Goliath January 14, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Free of copyright. Post it. Paste it. Spread it. Graphic courtesy of Kickdefella.

All will be revealed very soon. Strap your boots and polish your keyboards.
It’s a battle worth fighting for.

All revealed. Updated: 18 Jan 2007

Batu Talam (2) January 13, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
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Batu Talam has earned its rightful (and frightful) place as a mythical
site of intrigues; first with an assemblyman who was chopped into many
pieces; the latest assemblyman whose passing, according to local whispers, was not all that natural, and now this – a boycott of the by-election by the Opposition.

I doubt it was a decision that was easy to make for them. No one likes
to give BN a walkover. But with the stunning revelation by the
Election Commission (EC) Chief on Monday, 8th January, anyone who
isn’t in the ruling coalition would hesitate playing in a field filled
with landmines.

This brings back memories of previous elections. In the 1999
elections, though I had registered at Bangsar Shopping Centre two
years ago, my name was missing in the final electoral rolls. Whereas
in 2004, in my constituency of PJ Selatan, there were three (3!)
different electoral rolls going around.

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Batu Talam January 11, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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Batu Talam, originally uploaded by Elizabeth Wong.

Anwar Ibrahim, speaking to the crowd in the run-up to the Batu Talam by-election.

PM on the tolls January 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Economy, Human Rights, Malaysia.
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Instead of telling the rakyat what are in the toll agreements, the Prime Minister has instead threatened to come down hard on the Coalition Against Tolls for bringing to light, the minute details.

Instead of acting on his liberal promises of being transparent and accountabile, the Prime Minister has instead threatened to arrest the president of the Malaysian Trade Union Congress and chair of the Coalition, En. Syed Shahir, and politicians such as Dr. Hatta Ramli (PAS), Tian Chua (PKR) and Ronnie Liu (DAP).

Instead of initiating new discussions with the toll operators, the Prime Minister has instead decided to search and destroy the whistle-blower who had acted in the interest of the public.

No one’s asking for a geographical layout or points of defence ministry installation. Google Earth takes care of this quite nicely.

The following questions have to be asked: Why have toll agreements classified as a matter of ‘national security” in the first place? How many more contracts and agreements are considered ‘state secrets’?

And whose interests do these contracts serve?
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An apple a day – iPhone January 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Miscellanous, Note2Self.
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[Indulgence]

It’s 3 am. Tuna and I have been watching the live feed of Steve Job’s preview of the new iPhone. His link is faster than mine, so he’s telling me minute-by-minute details that come out faster than my end. Jerry‘s also watching this. In the meantime, they’ve brought down the Apple site to load the latest products.

Tuna’s chanting away, “3G …. WiMax….GPRS …pre-installed Google, Yahoo (free IMAP) ….. multi-screens … Safari ….Widgets….” . Also Bluetooth, GSM/EDGE, touchscreen, photos, audio, even Google Earth!

It’s an iPod Nano + 3G Phone + PDA all rolled into one. It’s a slice of heaven in your palm, running on Mac OS X. It’s the baby all iBook-ers would want! The revealing of Macbook/Pro didn’t even come close to this.

We couldn’t well go to sleep until the final details have been revealed. And we have waited for more than two hours, to hear the price, while our jaws dropped lower and lower.

Like the Big ‘O’, it came in a flash.

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