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Gabfest 2008 December 22, 2008

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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)

Comedic relief August 25, 2008

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Our DPM may well have a future as a standup comedian, post-politics.

“I don’t see why a public holiday is needed as the by-election is exclusively for the Permatang Pauh constituency. This (declaration) must have been a political decision,” he said during a speech at a meet-the-people session in Mengkuang Titi, Penanti.

If the entire day was a holiday, he said, the state would face huge losses in terms of productivity. (More)

Which begs the question – why did the Gomen decide to hold it on a weekday then, if not to prevent outstation voters from returning, thus adding to BN’s political advantage?

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This was related to us by one of the reporters who was very tickled by an MCA minister with the same potential for comedic relief.

During a press conference, a few days ago, at its operations centre at Sama Gagah, reporters grilled this Minister over the Umno anti-Chinese, anti-Indian propaganda materials, including the now infamous ‘cabinet babi’.

The Minister feigned ignorance.

One of the reporters then waved a copy and asked why then was MCA distributing it, if he didn’t have any knowledge of its existence.

The Minister hit the roof. Accused the reporter of ‘planting’ it. So the reporters pointed to a corner of the centre, where a group of volunteers were busy clipping them in piles for distribution by MCA volunteers.

The Minister was then forced to apologise. Three times, apparently.

Haha.

Gomen angpow for Permatang Pauh August 24, 2008

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A beneficiary, who collected his ‘angpow’ this afternoon of RM 200.00 from MCA, was kind enough to drop the (empty) envelope at our operations room.

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Yayasan Kebajikan Negara is supposed to be for those households earning RM 700 or less a month. But at Permatang Pauh, you only need to register and give your IC number.

So who is in charge of this Foundation?

Y.B. Dato’ Dr. Ng Yen Yen
Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat
Aras 3, Blok E, Kompleks Kerajaan Bukit Perdana,
Jalan Dato’ Onn,
50515 Kuala Lumpur.

Satu lagi projek penyelewengan Barisan Nasional

Why lah Ong Ka Ting? March 4, 2008

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In my interactions with local residents at Kayu Ara and Desa Jaya (yes… a sliver of Kepong has been carved into Bukit Lanjan!), I was appalled to find that there are still places which had temporary Certificate of Fitness (CF) that have since lapsed. Yes, there are still people living in flats with no CFs!

Ong Ka Ting, who used to head the Ministry of Housing (now caretaker Minister) must think so poorly of those who are middle to lower middle income. In the papers, MCA puts out ads about how they are ‘delivering’ but yet its head allows abodes with no CFs in sight to be built. Another classic example of how greed supercedes basic fundamental concerns for human lives.

Ong and his counterparts in Gerakan, tries to frighten voters about the imaginery loss of ‘Chinese’ influence in the BN, if these two parties were to thrashed in 5 days times.

Frankly, someone like him does not qualify to be a Minister (addition note:- even my dad speaks better Malay than him) and it is dubious to assume MCA and Gerakan have any influence in the first place. (refer to keris waving for two consecutive years, dissolution during CNY etc.)

Also see the continuing saga of ‘Who really decides on the new Chief Minister of Penang”

The Star poll vs China Press poll February 16, 2008

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Still exhausted. Even shorter post.

Read there’s a Star poll (can someone please point out the link?) of a couple hundred respondents who were said to be against demonstrations. A bit like the RTM TV boring campaign “Mereka BerKonspirasi” (jeng jeng jeng??)

I hope the police will see this poll from China Press and start worrying.

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That’s 216,596 votes, more than 98% said the behaviour and actions of the police will affect the way vote this time … jeng, jeng, JENG!!

Before and After Elections February 5, 2008

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Before and After Elections 

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Chua Soi Lek resigns January 2, 2008

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Dr. Chua Soi Lek has resigned as Health Minister and from his party posts. Also tendered his resignation as Member of Parliament.