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(K. Terengganu) Nomination eve’s scare tactic January 5, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Politics.
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A new year. A by-election. The first politically-motivated arrests of 2009.

Fariz Musa, the KeADILan Youth chief of Terengganu, the state secretary Wan Amirudin Wan Ahmad and 4 others were arrested in Kuala Terengganu at 5.10 am while prepping for tomorrow’s nomination day.

Surely BN is confident enough of a “sure-win” not to have to resort to such dirty tactics?


We are not privy to the PWD Bukit Antarabangsa initial report December 18, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Democracy, Economy, Environment, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia.
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My office has been on a state of high alert to receive the initial assessment report on Bukit Antarabangsa today. I even cancelled my working trip to Singapore just to be in office to go through it.

But …. Public Works Department told us that the Selangor Government can’t have a copy of the report. 

Six pm came and ran off; we’re definitely not going to see it.

This is a disservice to the residents of Bukit Antarabangsa, and yet another good reason why there should be a Freedom of Information Act (not just a state enactment) in this country.

18 DEC 2008



Today, the Selangor State Government should have received a copy of the initial assessment report from the Public Works Department, including that of the potential geo-hazardous zones, of the landslide-affected areas at Bukit Antarabangsa for the state’s own study and assessment on the integrity of the hillslope and its surrounding areas.

With the said report, the Selangor state would meet with the residents on Friday morning 10 am, to make public the report and to convey the options that would be available for the affected residents, including whether or not they would be allowed to return to their abandoned homes.

This pledge was conveyed to the residents during a closed-door meeting with affected residents and families of the deceased on Sunday, 14th December 2008, with the Selangor Menteri Besar, state representatives and the Public Works Department.

Thus, it is of grave concern that the state has been informed that a Ministerial order has been given to deny the Selangor State Government of this initial assessment report today. Despite being informed of this fact this morning, we gave time for the Public Works Department and the Minister to reconsider their decision.

Instead, we have been told that the information is only for the eyes of the Minister of Works and that only after the Minister makes his announcement, then would the Selangor state government be allowed to view the report. It is further disconcerting to be informed that one of ‘reasons’ given was that because the report was funded by the Federal Government, thus it would be for their eyes only until they ‘allow’ us to view it.

I find this attitude is repugnant and disturbingly partisan.

Both the Minister and the Selangor State Government have a right to the information contained in the initial assessment report compiled by the Public Works Department. We are equally as anxious as the residents to ascertain the safety of Bukit Antarabangsa considering it may affect thousands of people and the future of development in the area.

Instead of wrangling who should read it first, one should reason that the report should be available to both the Federal Minister and the State Government.

I urge the Minister of Works to release the report to the Selangor State Government without further delay so that we are able to have enough time to study the report and to honour our collective pledge to the people of Bukit Antarabangsa.

Exco for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the Environment
Selangor State Government


Landslide: PWD decides not to hand report to MB
Jimadie Shah Othman | Dec 18, 08 6:32pm
Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is disappointed with the Public Works Department over its decision not to hand over the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide report to the state government.  

first 100 days khalid ibrahim interview 160608 01This has resulted in Abdul Khalid not being able to announce the next course of action as scheduled tomorrow.

According to sources, PWD revealed its decision on the matter to the state government this afternoon.

However, the department did not provide a detailed explanation as to why it decided as such apart from stating that “there were too many implications” if the report is handed to Abdul Khalid.

Sources said the menteri besar has expressed ‘puzzlement’ over the decision. 

Promise given during dialogue

Previously, during a dialogue between the menteri besar, PWD officials and Bukit Antarabangsa residents, the department had promised to hand over the report so that proper follow-up action could be taken by the state government.

It is believed that Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamad would announce the report tomorrow after it is tabled before the Cabinet.

bukit anatarabangsa landslide pdrm aerial photographs 101208 03The New Straits Times today reported Abdul Khalid as saying that the state government is expected to make an announcement on the safety of Bukit Antarabangsa after going through the report from PWD and the Public Works Institute of Malaysia (Ikram)

“We are waiting for the report from PWD, geologists and Ikram,” 

The massive landslide in the Bukit Antarabangsa area on Dec 16 left four people dead and destroyed 14 bungalows in Taman Bukit Mewah and Taman Bukit Utama.

Following this, Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Chuan said there were no indications of human negligence as the cause of the incident.

Badawi’s reforms snap, crackle, pop October 17, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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“The judiciary needs to enhance its stature and credibility in the eyes of the public.  Before I end my term, I will table a Parliamentary Bill to establish a Judicial Appointments Commission. Such a Commission will propose judicial appointments in a transparent and merit-based manner.” (Full statement from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on his resignation, 08 Oct 2008.)

One week later, someone goes senile. So — kaput.
The new Chief Justice is (junior judge) Zaki Azmi. 


Four more ‘reforms’ to go.

Insult the egg, and you get petrol bombs & bad language September 27, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The Front for Defenders of Eggs (FRODE) upped the ante early this morning by lobbing two petrol bombs in the house of Teresa Kok.

Included was a sinister message in bad BM, published by Malaysiakini Chinese version, but not (yet?) in the English or BM versions) which reads,


I’m confident the Sentul Police investigations are underway, unless they are a little preoccupied with trying to stop tonight’s anti-ISA vigil at Dataran Merdeka.

Khirs go mum May 2, 2008

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“The RM9.9mil in the Balkis bank account transferred to the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti), was done in accordance with the organisation’s constitution and accounted for, as the auditor had finalised the 2007 accounts.”
– Former Selangor MB Khir Toyo in The Star, 28 April 2008.

On Monday, a press statement was faxed by the Auditors of Balkis:-

A Fish called “Wonder” February 13, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Malaysia, Politics.
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I knew there would be hell to pay for a blissful week without internet, news and manic phone calls.

Today’s theme is ‘Fish’.

First, the PM called us ‘yu sang’. Eh?

Then, one had to read about how fantastic the government is at resolving problems. How about this blatant act of “fishing for more” by the Immigration Department down south.


X-factor Rashid February 3, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Politics.

“They’re rude and disrespectful. There are other ways to air their protest(EW’s note – They did and you arrested all of them, you git),” X told reporters after attending the Universiti Malaya Alumni Day.

X was asked to comment on the action by Bersih members to tear Rashid’s picture as published in the New Straits Times today in protest against the election system in the country.
X said Rashid had discharged his duties well by conducting elections in a fair, clean, transparent and democratic manner. (Source: Bernama, 2 Feb 2008)

Who is Mr. X? (Hint: IQ Ling-ling)

A bare-faced liar too, if he can say all that about Rashid. But he needs Rashid to smooth things out for him.

Gimme a bonfire any time. After all, Bebal Nasional (BN) amended the Constitution for a cheat.

Satu lagi projek Bebal Nasional (BN) – part 2 February 1, 2008

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Here’s one I missed on Wednesday, alerted by the good folks of a hip, indie bookshop, on Selangor Water Authority charging for RAINWATER!!!

According to a circular (reproduced at bottom) from the Selangor Water Authority (LUAS), factories and golf clubs will have to apply for a licence and then have to pay for rain water! And this is no joke either.

(…) The rain water collected in the ponds is used to water the greens and fairways, hence saving large amounts of water so that there is enough treated water for public use.

(…) Can you propose a levy for God-sent water? (source: Citizen Nades, Rent-Seeking from Rain, The Sun)


EPF swoops in to save KLCI? January 22, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Economy, Huh?!, Malaysia, Politics.
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In case anyone noticed, right after the Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister said last week’s rally was indicative of investors’ confidence in our economy, it’s been a bloodbath at the KLSE.

Some joker even said our economy won’t be affected by the downturn in the US.

Nope. Not say everyone else. “Malaysian shares open sharply lower as regional markets extend plunge” (Forbes.com)

“We’re in panic territory,” said Patrick Chang, who helps manage $4.5 billion at CIMB-Principal Asset Management Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. (Quoted in Bloomberg News)

So what do we do? (more…)

“Polis Raja Di Malaysia”? January 17, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.

Read and weep, Malaysians!

“Meanwhile, another Bersih supporter Norazimah Mohd Noor was charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code with allegedly provoking a police officer on the same day.
According to the charge sheet, Norazimah had allegedly provoked Public Safety Division and Kuala Lumpur Traffic chief ACP K Kumaran with the knowledge that her action would cause the police officer to disrupt public security.
Norazimah was also given the option to plead guilty to a separate charge under section 14 of the Minor Offences Act – for calling Kumaran kurang ajar (you are rude) and sombong (you are arrogant.)
    For the first charge, if found guilty, she faces a maximum two-year jail sentence or a fine or both. As for the second charge, Norazimah could be slapped with a fine amounting to RM100.
Norazimah claimed trial and Magistrate Aizatul Akmal Maharani set bail at RM800. Trial was set for Dec 17 to 18 this year.  (Source: Malaysiakini, 17 Jan 2008)

To Norazimah’s credit, she waived the easy route of merely pleading guilty and paying the small amount. And to think, we can use adjectives such as ‘arrogant’, ‘rude’ even ‘stupid’ etc. on deserving MPs and Ministers, but not on the police?

The Rakyat should be Rajas, not the police or the BN in Malaysia.

Time to teach these pretenders a lesson.
Stop the Rot. Vote for Change.