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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.



Time to rein in the real rogue states March 26, 2003

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Op-Eds, Politics, Writings.
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FI_attack iraq.jpgSo the war on Iraq is underway.

While the current focus has inadvertently shifted to whether the US-led ‘coalition of the willing’ and Iraq will observe the rules of engagement in the conduct of war (jus in bellum), the world community is left saddled with the unenviable task of reassembling what remains of an international order that the US and its coalition allies have willfully crushed for the sake of their political and economic expediency.

Whether this will be successful remains to be seen, but the alpha and omega is simply this – that a case of crimes against humanity must be made without delay against the US and its coalition for its pursuit of an illegitimate act of war, and those responsible for this crime must be swiftly brought to justice.

Any delay or failure in starting this process will only invite future acts of aggression, territorial invasions and vigilantism, either by states or non-state actors, based on and justified by the precedent set by the Bush and Blair regimes on March 20.


Where peace is no longer an option November 15, 2000

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Op-Eds, Politics, Writings.

I was still in university when the Oslo peace process was first mooted in 1993.

The Palestinians in Sydney were devastated by what they called, an "Arafat sell-out". However in time, the Palestinians were told to give "peace" a chance. Many accepted, although not without reservations.

Today, the two-word "peace process", brandished liberally by the United Nations, the US and its allies, has become what Edward Said called "the most hated phrase in the Palestinian lexicon".

Yet, the breakdown of the Oslo peace process was not unexpected. From the start, it has been fundamentally flawed. How can there be peace when a murderous armed state continues to patrol and control the disputed territories?