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Gabfest 2008 December 22, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Malaysia, Politics.
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The end of the year is fast approaching. It appears that politicians and all their ilk can’t stop gabbing, hoping to hang on to the ebbing twilight of 2008.

Case 1:-

“The Sultan is disappointed with the actions by some irresponsible people for exploiting children in their campaigns or demonstrations.

He has expressed concern on the matter and wants the police to take stern action against those involved,” Khalid told reporters here today. (Malaysia Today)

At the start of every Exco meeting, the MB would relay to us some pertinent points raised during his weekly tete-a-tete with HRH Sultan of Selangor.

Last Wednesday, the issue of Jerit was brought up. We were informed that HRH was concerned, and advised us if possible, not to involve children.

Not once was the issue of punitive action brought up.  There was no laying down ‘the law’ or that there must be punishment etc.  From our extremely limited dealings with HRH, the impression given was that he was for reasonableness, not one hell-bent on punishing this or that person.

Case 2:-

PKR and DAP should make their stand on PAS’ goal to implement hudud law should the Pakatan Rakyat win in a general election, MCA Youth Chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.

“Other political parties in the Pakatan Rakyat should announce publicly whether they agree with PAS on the implementation of hudud law,” he said. (Malaysia Today)

If Wee bothered to do his study before blabbing, he would know PKR’s and DAP’s positions are not for Hudud, and that Wee’s own party MCA hid in the corner nibbling on some stale cheese when UMNO via Dr. Mahathir declared Malaysia an Islamic state.

Case 3:- (This one took the cake and made me choke on my Pho Bo!)

“When the state is governed by another party, then there is a difficulty in the chain of command.

“Who is in charge and where do staff of the Public Works Department or the police get their orders from?” he (Datuk Nazri Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Dpt)  asked. (The Star)

There is a set SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) when it comes to disaster response.  Surely you should know the answer to this. In fact, this was the first set of documents all Exco received when we entered the Selangor state office.

Question is: Was the SOP followed during Bukit Antarabangsa? Why was there so much wrangling over whether to give us the information or not? Why must emergency situations be politicised? (See also Perak’s response)

Perhaps in the past, it was easy for UMNO/BN Federal government to make life difficult for the one lone Opposition state i.e.  Kelantan.

Well, that was then, this is now.

Time to grow up UMNO. Start operating like a government, not some partisan-centric-frog-under-coconut-shell party. Get over it, or get out public office, please.

(Signing off from Hoi An :D)



1. klm - December 22, 2008

Way to go YB!

I think CPO Selangor is trying to hide his action behind His Highness.
The Selangor Govt should declare him persona non grata .

2. Edi神 - December 22, 2008

oh! go go go…

u r so brave

may hte lord be with u

3. Eaglee - December 22, 2008

YB, we need more women to be elected in the next GE. I want more people like you, focus and objective.
Politics yes, but the interest of the nation and the people always come first. Keep it up, will be supporting you. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you.

4. Samuel Goh Kim Eng - December 23, 2008


There will always be some local issues
That will be seen as paper-thin tissues
While there are strong muscular tissues
That need to be exercised to right issues

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 221208
Tue. 23rd Dec. 2008.

5. bamboo river - December 24, 2008

Dear Eli, politics and BN rhetorics aside. Its time to sit and ponder what YOU can DO for yourself on Christmas day!
Take a break tomollo and Merry Christmas plus many Happy New Year 2009.

6. Edi神 - December 24, 2008


Wishing you and your families a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

I am looking forward to a challenging but exciting 2009, when I will be encouraging us all to do whatever we can to support each other, in all that we do across the World. In this regard, I would welcome your individual thoughts early in the New Year, on how we can best support each other moving forward and what changes you would like to see, in order to facilitate that improvement.

Warmest regards and a big thank you to everyone for your efforts in 2008.

7. mosesfoo - December 26, 2008

Hi Elizabeth

I’m not sure how much influence or authority do you have but I paste here the article below to draw you attention to something that may or will bring catastrophe to humanity if it is true. Are we, in Malaysia, prepare for it? This just to draw you attention as far as honest politicians are concerned. There are more out there and should your teams or aides can do further checking you will the signs are there.

I’m not sure if it will but it does we all gonna suffers greatly.

Any how, i wish you a Merry Christmas and fruitful year ahead come what may.

Where did all the sunspots go?
An ice age cometh?

31 May 08 – (Excerpts) You probably haven’t heard much of Solar Cycle 24, the current cycle that our sun has entered, and I hope you don’t … Solar Cycle 24 could mark a time of profound long-term change in the climate.

As put by geophysicist Philip Chapman, a former NASA astronaut-scientist and former president of the National Space Society, “It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age.”

The sun, of late, is remarkably free of eruptions: It has lost its spots. By this point in the solar cycle, sunspots would ordinarily have been present in goodly numbers. Today’s spotlessness – what alarms Dr. Chapman and others – may be an anomaly of some kind, and the sun may soon revert to form. But if it doesn’t – and with each passing day, the speculation in the scientific community grows that it will not – we could be entering a new epoch that few would welcome.

… In 1128, an English monk, John of Worcester, was the first person known to have drawn sunspots, and after the telescope’s arrival in the early 1600s, observations and drawings became commonplace, including by such luminaries as Galileo Galilei. Then, to the astonishment of astronomers, they saw the sunspots diminish and die out altogether.

This was the case during the Little Ice Age, a period starting in the 15th or 16th century and lasting centuries, says NASA’s Goddard Space Centre, which links the absence of sunspots to the cold that then descended on Earth. During the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, a time known as the Maunder Minimum (named after English astronomer Edward Maunder), astronomers saw only about 50 sunspots over a 30-year period, less than one half of 1% of the sunspots that would normally have been expected. Other Minimums – times of low sunspot activity – also corresponded to times of unusual cold.

The consequences of the Little Ice Age, because they occurred in relatively recent times, have come down to us through literature and the arts as well as from historians and scientists, government and business records…

Glaciers advanced rapidly in Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia and North America, making vast tracts of land uninhabitable. The Arctic pack ice extended so far south that several reports describe Eskimos landing their kayaks in Scotland. Finland’s population fell by one-third, Iceland’s by half, the Viking colonies in Greenland were abandoned altogether, as were many Inuit communities. The cold in North America spread so far south that, in the winter of 1780, New York Harbor froze, enabling people to walk from Manhattan to Staten Island.

… Since 1900, Earth has experienced what astronomers call “the Modern Maximum” – the 20th century has again been a time of high sunspot activity.

But the 1900s are gone, along with the high temperatures that accompanied them. The last 10 years have seen no increase in temperatures – they reached a plateau and then remained there – and the last year saw a precipitous decline.

But many are watching the sun for answers … Several renowned scientists have been predicting for some time that the world could enter a period of cooling right around now, with consequences that could be dire. “The next little ice age would be much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do,” believes Dr. Chapman. “There are many more people now and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the U.S. and Canada. Global warming would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it.”

We are now at the beginning of Solar Cycle 24, so named because it is the 24th consecutive cycle that astronomers have listed, starting with the first cycle that began in March, 1755, and ended in June, 1766. Each cycle lasts an average of approximately 11 years; each is marked by sunspots that first erupt in the mid latitudes of the sun, and then, over the course of the 11 years, erupt progressively toward the sun’s equator; each is marked by a change in the polarity of the sun’s hemispheres; each changes the temperature on Earth in ways that humans don’t fully understand, but cannot in all honesty deny.

See entire article:
Thanks to Tom Weatherby for this link

8. chengho - December 28, 2008

Case 1- The Police should press charge anybody using children..fullstop
Case 2- Let Huddud becoming Shahriah law only for muslim..
Case 3- Only to follow the constitution change of command..
The most pressing problem now in economic slowdown for the next 18 months…any suggestion YB?

EW: Invest wisely, cut expenditure and appreciate the good things in life – like love, friendship, health, the rays of the morning sun and the stars in the sky.

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