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Anti-GST rally as it unfolds

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The anti-GST rally is expected to begin at 2pm today.



The anti-GST rally set to take place today in the city will see participants converging in several checkpoints around Kuala Lumpur.

The checkpoints are the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), Sogo shopping mall, Masjid Negara, Dataran Maybank and Brickfields.

Participants will then move towards Dataran Merdeka where the rally is said to take place, however yesterday, PAS clarified they will not be utilizing the square on police orders.Meanwhile,

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, in a statement yesterday morning, called upon the public to gather at Dataran Merdeka to show solidarity against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) amongst others.


A PAS member, Nazrul, 34, from Penang, who is in charge of security told The Rakyat Post he is responsible for the welfare and behaviour of the protesters.

“My main task is to ensure that none of the protestors act aggresively or out of control. I also have look out for any signs of agent provocateurs, as these people tend to be the ones who turn peaceful rallies into chaotic ones.”


At Masjid Negara, 20 buses from Penang were spotted, believed to have ferried protestors to the location.

Most of them are hanging around in the mosque compound, clad in red t-shirts.


An estimated 200 people have begun to gather in front of Sogo shopping mall along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Rally t-shirts are also being sold at the location.

Traffic in the area is still smooth flowing and enforcement officers are not spotted as yet.

Time for BN to walk the talk

Iskandar Dzulkarnain  | May 17, 2013

The holiday is over and BN must start implementing the promises in its manifesto before it loses all credibility with the people.

Pakatan Rakyat won 52% of the popular vote compared to 48% by BN despite MEF (Massive Electoral Fraud). It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that Pakatan deserves to be the government of the day.

Not only has it come as a rude shock to Barisan Nasional, it is also a terrible shame for BN to comprehend it has lost the popularity vote count.

Fifty two percent of Malaysians actually believed in Pakatan Rakyat’s vision of a democratic nation, free from tyranny and corruption. It is a stunning vision that embraces racial unity, meritocracy, equal rights and individual freedoms.

But no, Barisan Nasional went on to win 133 seats despite being the minority. A two-party rule is firmly in place, which signals the end of BN’s unchallenged single party rule.

BN is still reeling in shock but it refuses to come to terms that the people have sent a strong message to BN to shape up or shift out.

But the message is loud and clear…the majority of Malaysians do not endorse BN.

A disastrous showing

Component parties MCA, MIC and Gerakan were decimated in the polls because they lost the trust of the people.

How Umno managed to pull through is anyone’s guess. Misbehaving political misfits have met their demise and have been packed off by the voters without any regrets.

Those who scraped through like Liow Tiong Lai, Chua Tee Yong, G Palanivel, etc. know how precarious their positions are.

Despite Umno’s claim of a Chinese tsunami, the Chinese did not vote against Umno. Standing alone, Umno would have probably gotten the Chinese votes. Fielding the MCA, MIC and Gerakan against the people’s wishes, Malaysians had no choice but to vote Pakatan.

The election is over and it is time for BN to walk the talk and administer the country and implement the promises in its manifesto before it loses all credibility with the people.

The holiday is over, so stop stalling and pulling long faces with flimsy excuses. Get back to work and steer the nation out of its economic predicament and reunite the nation before it becomes a racial tinderbox.

High on the agenda is the BR1M of RM1,200 a year which Malaysians are waiting anxiously for its disbursement.

Secondly, the finance minister must oversee the rot on our runaway national debt before it bankrupts the nation. Thirdly, the new minister for women’s affairs better start working before women’s rights erode to the point of no return.

The mainstream media should be given the freedom to report objectively before Malaysians give up on them totally. Leaders or ex-leaders who espouse extremism, fomenting extremism or seditious remarks should not be given any coverage.

Stop the blame game

BN must stop explaining itself any further or shifting the blame on to the people. Cut out the racial overtures and stop fomenting racial hatred.

How can Najib Tun Razak say that he is a prime minister for all races, but keep on stoking the flames of racism?

Malaysians aren’t racists. There is a deep respect for each other among all the races in this country and they know that politicians are artificially stirring racial conflicts for their own personal agenda to divide the people.

It will not work and it has backfired badly and caused BN to lose the people’s trust.

It was the likes of Perkasa and Utusan Malaysia’s inflammatory rhetoric that pushed the Chinese into a corner.

Everyone knows what that outcome would be except sleepy BN. BN chose to stand aside to enjoy the show from a distance as the Chinese were humiliated and their rights gradually eroded.

The Chinese abandoned BN for the DAP, while Malays continued to vote Umno and the Indians voted for BN. That’s the message being whispered in the rural villages.

No one in the hinterlands has a need to know that the majority voted for Pakatan. BN continues to be invincible against all odds.

And just minutes after BN announced that it has garnered a simple majority, Najib quickly attributed BN’s reduced mandate to a Chinese tsunami.

Utusan Malaysia then went on a relentless campaign to highlight the issue, totally disregarding Malaysian sensitivities to blame disloyal Chinese for abandoning BN.

With a dubious mandate to rule for another term and the opportunity to start on a clean slate, BN chose to let off a torrent of racist remarks to justify their poor showing in the polls.

Malaysians are still shaking their heads in disbelief at the raw childish vindictiveness of BN. One would have expected BN to thank the people profusely for the new mandate and vow never to disappoint the people again, but instead they are resorting to threats and fear mongering to divide the people again.

It looks like BN is not going to discard its divide and rule policies, and its haughtiness to show its disgust at Malaysians are amplified by MIC, MCA and Gerakan leaders who readily echo Najib’s stance of a Chinese tsunami.

Racial issues are still being played out with mosques warning Malay Muslims that we are on the threshold of becoming a people who are scorned in our own country if Umno loses power.

Political rejects like Hassan Ali, Ali Rustam, Puad Zarkashi, Ezam Md Noor who were nullified by the people are still appearing on prime time news to scorn the people for being misguided pawns of Pakatan.

National reconciliation?

No amount of reconciliation will solve the political deadlock if BN and Umno continue to be in a state of denial, refusing to admit their failures or discard their divide and rule policies.

To reconcile, BN needs to come to terms that its dinosaur policies are seriously outdated and has failed to impress the majority of Malaysians.

Its failure to recognise meritocracy, national unity and equal rights have caused the majority to sympathise with Pakatan.

However, Pakatan is the least of its problems, and BN needs to cut out the cancerous tumours clinging on like parasites to its body eating away at the core and soul of BN.

Maybe, it is time for Umno to have a new leader, as the last one has failed BN and the country miserably.

Failing to rein in Perkasa and Utusan, both having wrought havoc on the tender strings that bind our racial unity, these two establishments have done a terribly good job unintentionally aiding Pakatan in its quest to secure the peoples mandate.

Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon has resigned. There are calls for the MCA and the MIC presidents to vacate their respective posts. When is Umno going to turn on Najib?

Maybe, it is best summed up by former Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat’s who said that to preserve peace and harmony, Umno should seriously consider joining the Pakatan instead.

Tour consultant, sports pilot and naturalist Iskandar Dzulkarnain has been writing a few years now. He is a FMT columnist.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Last updated at 9:32 AM

Guan Eng ‘biggest joke of GE13’

FACE-OFF IS OFF: Teng not surprised by DAP sec-gen’s decision not to contest in Padang Kota state seat

GEORGE TOWN: PENANG Barisan Nasional chief Teng Chang Yeow said he could sense the fear in DAP secretary-general and chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, in doing battle with him in the 13th general election.

Teng said he was not surprised that Lim had backed off from facing him in the Padang Kota state seat.

He described Lim’s decision not to face-off with him in the polls as the “biggest joke of the 13th general election”.

“I feel sorry for him but more so, I feel sorry for DAP,” Teng, who is also Gerakan secretary-general, told a press conference at the state BN headquarters yesterday.

Padang Kota was Teng’s former constituency where he had been the state assemblyman for three terms before losing the seat to Penang DAP chairman, Chow Kon Yeow, in 2008 by a 1,661-vote majority.

Teng said he had anticipated from the start that Lim would withdraw from contesting against him as Lim, he said “is not brave enough to face multiethnic voters”.

“He cannot be rhetorical about being a Malaysian leader and yet, dare not face a multi-racial composition seat. How then can he proclaim himself to be a Malaysian leader?” Teng asked.

“I have been stressing that this contest is about policies and not about individuals.”

He added that he had accepted Lim’s challenge after a KiniTV interview quoted him as saying “it was up to him (Lim) to contest against me”.

“Susan Loone was the journalist who interviewed me and later wrote a story which led to Lim challenging me. I accepted the challenge to contest in a multi-racial seat,” Teng added.

When asked to respond to Lim labelling him as a “circus performer”, Teng retorted, “Then why didn’t he jump into the ring?

“Doesn’t that make him a circus performer or clown?”

Teng also brushed aside Lim’s allegations that he was subservient to Umno.

“This is nothing new as DAP has always accused every leader from (the late Tun) Dr Lim Chong Eu’s time as being subservient to Umno.”

At a separate press conference earlier, Lim, in ending the battle, said he decided to call off the potential face-off.

Describing it as a “circus performance”, Lim said he felt he was deceived by Teng’s political games in challenging him to contest the Padang Kota seat.

Lim said he did not want to waste time and entertain Teng any more.

“It is status quo for me as I will be going back to my Air Puteh state constituency and the Bagan parliamentary constituency.”

Read more: Guan Eng ‘biggest joke of GE13’ – General – New Straits Times

For Many Malaysians, Section 114A Sucks In The Age of Social Media

by Lim Yung-Hui, Contributor

Today is Internet Blackout Day in Malaysia. It is a coordinated online campaign, organized by the Centre For Independent Journalism, protesting the enactment of Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 by the Parliament of Malaysia. Some participating sites are blacking out for 24 hours today; many more are displaying the Blackout Day pop-up on their websites.

The Amendment aims to facilitate the identification and proving of the identity of an anonymous person involved in publication through the Internet. However, the amended Act is pregnant with unintended consequences. The insertion of Section 114A in the amended Act is controversial, mainly because it is fairly easy for fairness to start down the slippery slope. And for the most part, it is being perceived as a sinister attempt to stifle freedom of expression on the Internet.

Section 114A of the Act outlines the court’s presumption of facts and the most troubling presumption made is that whoever in any manner facilitates to publish or re-publish the publication is presumed to have published or re-published the contents of the publication.

Owners of social networking sites or websites with forums or blog’s owner, for example, are presumed to publish any seditious postings made by its community member, as the site owners facilitate the publication of the seditious postings. A person re-sharing a post on Facebook site can also be considered as facilitating the re-publication of any contentious content. The accused-but-innocent person must then create reasonable doubt to the court’s assumed facts.

Hacked social networking account can be used to spread slanders, smears, and lies by a rogue. But the hacked victim whose name, photograph or pseudonym appears on any publication depicting himself as the owner is assumed by the court to have published the controversial content.

The victim then may need to navigate a labyrinth of technical complexity to prove her or his innocence and such endeavor is likely to be financially and emotionally draining. This year alone, we have seen a number of security breach incidents on prominent websites, namely LinkedIn,, Blizzard’s, and the Twitter’s account of Reuters. No wonder many online users in Malaysia are nervy about a plethora of possible worst case scenarios

rought forth by the enactment of Section 114A.

UPDATE: Prime Minister of Malaysia posted a tweet saying his Cabinet is reviewing Section 114A of the Evidence Act.


Malaysia to make rail decisions by Q1

WORTH RM35B: KL-Singapore bullet train and Gemas-Johor Baru double-tracking projects

THE government will decide by the first quarter of next year when the bullet train and the Gemas-Johor Baru electrified double tracking project (EDTP), with a combined worth of about RM35 billion, will be implemented, sources said.

Malaysia is planning to build a 300km high-speed rail (HSR) line linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore under a public-private partnership.

The project will cost about RM20 billion to RM25 billion.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is conducting a study on the HSR system, which it expects to complete by the end of this month. If feasible, SPAD will call for pre-qualification bids by mid-2013.SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal, when contacted, told Business Times that the study is ongoing.

Its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said recently that several states have expressed strong interest for the high-speed rail to pass through their land because of the economic spillover.

Besides Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Malaysia is also studying the possibility of linking the HSR system to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and several cities in China.

Business Times reported that Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, who controls Skypark Terminal at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, has teamed up with UEM Group to vie for the HSR project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

They plan to lay railway lines parallel to the North-South Expressway from Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Malacca to Johor Baru, before connecting to Singapore.

The standard gauge railway network will beB2used, where the trains would run at 350 km/h.

Commuters using the trains could travel from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Baru in 80 minutes and to Singapore in 90 minutes, compared
to six hours by road, currently.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha recently said several options and alignments are being explored for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

He said the train could either run non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, or start from KL Sentral in Brickfields and have stops at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Seremban and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Gemas-Johor Baru EDTP will involve around 197km of parallel railway tracks.

Valued at an estimated RM8 billion, it includes building stations, depots, halts, yards and bridges and cover systems such as electrification, signalling and communications.

Read more: Malaysia to make rail decisions by Q1

Ani Arope – Trueblue Xaverian/Penangite – on Why He Is Now An Endangered Species

Our writer, STEPHEN NG has been a secret admirer of Tan Sri Ani Arope, a former Executive Chairman of [Malaysia’s] Tenaga Nasional since 13 years ago. He finally gets to meet the man he has always wanted to interview….

Tan Sri Ani Arope is one person you would enjoy listening to, if you have a few hours of your time to spare. He is one of a rare kind which, in his own words, “should be breasting the finishing line soon.”
Unassuming and broadminded, witty in every sense of the word, at 79, this former Executive Chairman of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is still mentally active and comes on regularly to chat on Facebook – offering some of his quotable quotes once in a while.
One of such quotes which caught my attention was his fatherly advice: ‘In your careers, you will meet many people from all walks of life from the CEO right down to the cleaner. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello.’
Although known only as Ani Arope on the social network, he is known and well-loved by many of his friends, relatives and acquaintances as Pak Ani.
In fact, Pak Haji Ani, as some would also call him, is in the midst of writing his memoirs in response to his friends’ request – and “for the sake of posterity.”
When a personal friend wrote a synopsis of his soon to be published memoirs, he described the man with precision: “Ani Arope is also highly principled….when Dr. Mahathir allowed independent power producers (IPPs) to set up plants and to sell power to TNB, Ani Arope objected to the skewed terms of pricing that virtually guaranteed profitability of the IPPs and forever rising costs to the average consumers. Of course Dr Mahathir told him to buzz off…and so Ani Arope went back home to his native Penang to join the ranks of the unemployed…”
He is one such a man who would not budge, even if it was an instruction by the prime minister to sign the contracts on behalf of Tenaga Nasional. In his memoirs, he will reveal more.
“Posterity?” he quipped, quoting a line from his memoirs. “That sounds a little ostentatious to me. However, being now a member of the endangered species heading for the departure lounge for the final flight beyond, I would now collate some of my thoughts on life as I see it and leave to the readers to interpret them as they see it.”
Life Back Then
Born to Arope bin Mat and Alus binti Mohamad in 1932, Ani Arope considers himself as a `pendatang’ (foreigner).
“My paternal grandfather is Bugis. My grandmother was described as having a dark olive skin with a prominent ‘hooked’ nose,” he described, unashamedly. “She could have been of a Bangladeshi or Burmese parentage, as there was a large community of them in Kampong Bengali in Province Wellesley or Seberang Perai. My father’s family was raised around Sungai Rambai, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.”
On the maternal side, his great grandfather was an Achenese fisherman. Being a newcomer, with his Achenese language, he must have found it hard to marry a local Malay lass; so he married a maiden from the “Kuai” kongsi. The “Kuais” were a group of Muslim Chinese who were unable to integrate into the then Malay society, as were the Arabs and Indians.
Unlike the Indians and Arabs, who sat with legs folded on the floor, the “Kuais” were not accepted as they ate using chopsticks and squatted on benches. The Malays then wanted those who professed Islam to imbibe the Malay culture wholly before being accepted as Muslims – hence, the concept of “Masuk Melayu” which was used for those who had assimilated into the Malay Islam society.
Apparently, everyone in the family referred to their grandmother as “Tok Kuai.” Recalling how “Tok Kuai”, being a “Pendatang” herself, stuck to her language, Ani eventually understood why her mother spoke flawless Hokkien!
Growing up in Penang
Ani, as a boy, grew up in a highly mixed environment of Malays, Javanese, Boyanese, Hokkiens, Tamils, Thais, Burmese, Eurasians, Arabs and Jews.
As young as five years old, he and his friends had turned the uncovered monsoon drain along Cantonment Road as their meeting spot. “During siesta hours, we would sneak out of the house and tease out the hair-like worms found between the concrete slabs lining the drain to feed our fighting fish,” he laughed. “We risked facing the wrath of our parents if we were caught playing there. When one of our names were called out, we would reply in the language of the caller (with accent and all) that Ah Hai or Gopal (or whoever) was not with us — and probably grounded at home!”
One of his best friends at St Xavier’s Institution was a fellow classmate, George Manasseh, who overcame the same initial problem of acceptance in class. “We became close friends and have remained so until today,” he said. “We reveled in the camaraderie and were protective of each other.”
For one, they knew that they were the children of immigrants and it was no big issue, until much later – the way he sees it – it was played up by some politicians with their own agenda. “The word ‘immigrant’ or to use the colloquial term ‘pendatang’ has unfortunately been given a derogatory twist,” he lamented. “Strictly speaking I am a third generation of ‘Pendatang’ as both great grandparents on my paternal and maternal sides were migrants.”
“What is there to hide or be ashamed of our own roots?” he asked. “In fact, I am proud of my lineage. Some of us have our origins from India, and dare we be ashamed of it! Worse is when we try to deny our father’s lineage. If our forefathers came from India, so be it! What is there to hide!”
Being Multilingual
Ani Arope epitomizes what I consider as a truly patriotic Malaysian. He is multilingual. Besides having a strong command of the English language, from the way he speaks and writes, Ani’s ability to speak in fluent Hokkien, Japanese, French and Tamil, is a plus point. At some point, it makes me blush because he speaks better Hokkien than I could manage myself, Hokkien being my mother tongue!
He picked up Japanese during the Japanese Occupation, when everything was taught in Japanese. It was years later that he found useful, when he had to deal with Japanese staff at Malaysian Rubber Research and Development Board, while serving with the Rubber Research Institute.
Having been posted to the rural areas of Kelantan in his early years as a fresh graduate, Ani’s ability to speak the local Malay accent also proved to be crucial in being accepted as one of them. “The rural Kelantanese is very sensitive to outsiders coming in with an inflated sense of self-importance,” he surmised. “I have fond memories serving in the hinterlands or ‘ulus’ of that state. One had just to speak their brand of Malay to be accepted, failing which one would be referred to as “anjing luar daten cari maken” – literally a foreign dog coming to look for food.”
Kelantanese charm
Commenting on the rural folk in Kelantan, Ani said, they seemed to know their faith at its deepest and richest best and this gave them a robust confidence to know enough of their non-Muslim neighbour’s faith to respect it. “That is why you find the longest sleeping Buddha’s statue in Tumpat, Kelantan,” he added.

Another lesson that he learnt while serving in Kelantan in the mid-50s: “When there was a flood the folks came out in their best clothes to celebrate ‘Pesta Ayer’. Here I learnt that ‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.’”

A strong advocate of English, he said that the importance of learning the English language cannot be overemphasized. “This emphasis needs to be reinforced, because English is the bridge for cross-cultural and global communication. We have to maintain or further improve on the quality, innovativeness and communication skills of the English language to ensure that we as a nation are not left behind in our global endeavors.”

A philosophical man himself, Ani said: “Development in the Islamic world took place at a rapid pace because scholars accepted and acknowledged the fact that learning and understanding another language was crucial for the overall advancement of the position of man. Many Islamic scholars learnt Greek, Persian, and Mandarin, Urdu and anything and everything else for the pursuit of knowledge.”
Ani was the country’s first Fulbright Scholar, but he claims to be the first Halfbright to have gone on a Fulbright scholarship. He currently holds an undergraduate degree in agriculture from, Lincoln College University of Canterbury, NZ, a Masters of Agricultural Economics, University of Vermont, USA and seven Honorary Phds/DScs from local and foreign Universities.
For most part of his primary education from as early as five-and-a-half years old, and his secondary years, he attended St Xavier’s Institution in Penang. From young, people of all races were mingling freely. One of his close friends was in fact a son of a Jewish family. “We never had this inkling of choosing our friends based on our races,” he said. “I don’t see why we cannot maintain our good relations as fellow Malaysians.”
During the Japanese Occupation, his education was interrupted. But when the war was finally over in 1945, together with these friends, Ani went back to school to prepare them for the Cambridge School Certificate. By 1949, when Ani himself sat for the papers at the age of 17, most of his friends also did well.
One of the star students was Jasper Mehta, who was the youngest to sit for his School Certificate at the age of 14. However, he did not enter the university until he was 16, and he chose to study medicine. Recalling his friendship, Ani described Jasper as someone who “was always playful and pulling pranks on others. Jasper is now retired from government service and is with a private hospital as one of its top surgeons.”

Another outstanding student was Abu Bakar Merican. He was far ahead when it came to Physics on Heat, Light and Sound – even ahead of the teacher! He would scour around the radio scrap yards to pick up parts with which he would fashion his own receivers and transmitters.

Merican’s Chemistry and Biology were above the standards required even in the Higher School Certificate level. He would have been a leading Physicist but was given a place in University of Malaya to do Biological Science. He graduated with Honours and joined the Fisheries Department but died in a commercial plane crash in Johor. “The last time we met was in Terengganu in 1962,” Ani said.

George Manasseh went on to do his degree in the United Kingdom after his Diploma from the Technical College. After leaving the Malayan Railways, he joined Shell and went up the executive ladder. “He subsequently migrated to Australia and we met up again like long-lost brothers in Perth,” he said.

His other friends were the Mong brothers – Boon Mee, Boon Khan and Mong Kong – who grew up with him. “They all decided to join the police force. Coming from Myanmar and Thai parents, they spoke their “mother” tongue fluently. Talking about the sacrifice of the non-Malays for this nation, Ani immediately came to the defence of his childhood friends: “Their mother was of Thai origin. For that, they volunteered for undercover work and were posted to the border area. One of them was kidnapped and very nearly executed.”

Ajit Singh was a junior member in his Scout patrol. “Because he was the only turbaned member in the troop, some less sensitive members would peck on him. Being his patrol leader, I had always to tell them to back off,” Ani recalled.

Being young and growing up together as fellow Malaysians long before Independence, Ani spoke of his friendship with Ajit: “This bond between us grew over the years and Ajit still looked up to me for a lot of things. When later I enrolled for the College of Agriculture, Serdang, he too applied and we met up again.”

One thing about Ajit that Ani would never forget: “I remember well the day he decided to cut his hair short. The Tamil barbers refused his request unless he got a letter of consent from his parents. They did this out of respect for his religion and did not want to get embroiled in any controversy. Such was the mutual respect and caring about other’s religion in my growing up days.”

Ani’s education did not just stop at the College of Agriculture in Serdang. He was offered a place at Lincoln College, University of Canterbury in New Zealand. “I enjoyed my stay at Lincoln as I got myself involved with the local community there,” he said.

As the Cub Master of the Lincoln Pack, every Saturday was down at the village with the Cub pack. As he recalls, the children at the village were very expressive for their age. “I had two lady assistants, Akela 1 and Akela 2. One was, let us say, well endowed. When the pack was divided into two, I gave the kids a choice of which pack they preferred to join,” he recalled. “One cheeky Cub said without hesitation, `The one with the bigger tits!’ There was an embarrassing silence, but it was hard to pretend not to have heard the remark.”

Becoming a Nation
As the nation turns 54 come August 31, Tan Sri Ani Arope is lamenting that a lot of today’s woes are the result of gutter politics played by politicians who are bounded by arrogance, boastfulness, avarice, hate and jealousy. “There seemed to be no rules governing their behavior, and these are the people who formulate bad laws and bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny,” he said.
On the issue of special rights for the Malays, the outspoken Tan Sri Ani wrote, with the hope to see the loopholes of the New Economic Policy being plugged: “The issue of special rights for Malays and other Bumiputras is and will always be a delicate issue. If these rights will benefit Malays and other Bumis who truly deserve, then Malaysians will view the whole matter in a different light. However, it appears that these rights have been skewered to benefit the privileged Malays. The rural folks and those who really need help are getting the smallest of crumbs, if at all.”
Having grown up in the same era as the first four prime ministers, where he is critical of one of them, Tan Sri Ani raised the question in the midst of today’s political scenario: “What is the answer? At this challenging period, we do not need party loyalists, but people who are sensible, temperate, sober and well-judging persons to guide us through this tumultuous political time.” For him, common sense must prevail at all times.
“A race-riot or a civil strife should never be our political option. The collateral damage is too great a cost of human sufferings,” he warned.
When speaking at the Fulbright Scholars’ meeting a year ago, Tan Sri, who was the country’s first recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, said his major concern is “to see a more stark polarization of races in our schools and institutions of higher learning.”
“This polarization opens the door to prejudice and bigotry amongst the various races,” he said. “Harnessing our diversity could be the driving force for development not only in respect of economic growth but also of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life.”
He opined that, whatever the conflicts, they should not be swept under the carpet but met head on and discussed honestly about everyone’s concerns.
“We may disagree but we must understand that healthy disagreements would help build better decisions,” he advised. “We must be prepared to discuss our value systems and our priorities. We should not feel embarrassed to talk of the short-comings amongst us or the marginalized sections of our society who are not able to participate in the mainstream of society.”
Just one final advice from this “endangered species” – something which he posted on his Facebook: “Do you know why a car’s WINDSHIELD is so large and the Rearview Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. Look ahead and move on!”

Tsu Koon – Super Minister or Superfluous Minister in Najib Cabinet?

Gerakan Youth leader Lim Si Ping yesterday hailed the Gerakan President, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon as the “Super Minister” in the Najib Cabinet who is tasked with monitoring the performance of the other 28 Ministers.

Is Tsu Koon a Super Minister or Superfluous Minister in the Najib Cabinet?

If one is to strike out the most superfluous Minister in the 29-member Najib Cabinet without causing any ripples of having to find a replacement, it will be difficult to find another candidate than Tsu Koon and his portfolio.

How pathetic – to end up as a Superfluous Minister when he should be a Super Minister after 18 years as Penang Chief Minister, especially as he is the most senior Barisan Nasional government leader in the Najib Cabinet after the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyideen Yassin and Information, Communication, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Rais Yatim.

He is even more senior as Barisan Nasional government leader than the other Umno leaders including Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Rural Development and Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamad and Minister in PM’s Department (Law and Parliament) Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, not to mention the MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, the MIC Minister for Human Resources, Dr. S. Subramaniam or the Minister for Agricultural Development and Commodities, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.

As a flyweight in the Najib Cabinet, who will believe Tsu Koon can wield the powers and influence to monitor the performance particularly of Umno heavyweights like Muhyiddin, Hishammuddin, Zahid or Shafie Apdal – when as Penang Chief Minister, he could not exercise authority or influence over Penang Umno divisions or branches, as illustrated by the “Chinese are squatters” political scandal precipitated by the Umno Bukit Bendera division chairman, Ahmad Ismail during the Permatang Pauh by-election last August?

However Gerakan national leaders are not so naive like the Gerakan Youth chief as to believe that Tsu Koon has become a Super Minister, which is why the Gerakan Central Working Committee in its statement on April 10 welcoming the Gerakan President’s appointment into the Cabinet through the “backdoor” of Parliament was careful to touch only on Tsu Koon’s role to monitor the performance of the 40 Deputy Ministers, omitting all reference to Ministers.

Clearly even the Gerakan CWC knows that it is ludicrous to expect a flyweight like Tsu Koon to monitor the ministerial performance of Umno heavyweights like Muhyiddin, Hishammuddin, Zahid or Shafie Apdal.

Never mind about being the “monitor” for the other Ministers on their Key Performance Indicators to gauge their respective ministerial performance and achievements.

Is Tsu Koon prepared to set a KPI example for the rest of the Cabinet by being the first to make public the framework and structure of the KPI to evaluate the success or otherwise of his carrying out of the Ministerial portfolio to promote national unity?

Najib had said when announcing his new Cabinet that he has created a separate portfolio in the PM’s Department to oversee national unity which will “adopt creative approaches towards promoting national unity, in line with the concept of One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.”

In other words, whether Najib’s slogan of “One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” succeed or fail as miserably as those of his predecessors, like Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s “Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang” and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s “Amanah, Berseh, Cekap” , will be on Tsu Koon’s shoulders.

Is this what Gerakan Youth leader meant when he said Tsu Koon is the Super Minister in the Najib Cabinet?

How can the Malaysian public evaluate Tsu Koon’s KPI to assess the success or failure in ensuring that Najib’s “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” is instantly the overarching philosophy of the Najib government in all fields and not just empty rhetoric?

Is Tsu Koon able to come out with a website without any delay so that Malaysians who have complaints about the failures of the government in measuring up to Najib’s “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” slogan can lodge their complaints and seek immediate redress?

Honda EX5 motorcycle No Plate WPV 4963.

He has a ‘sad face’ & is Malaysian / Indian. When you refuse to open the window, he will yell at you & be more aggressive.

He carries a yellow bottle (likely to be acid behind his back).

Husband beats, suffocates pregnant wife
Anisah Shukry,September 4, 2012

PETALING JAYA: In a desperate bid to stand up for herself, a bruised and battered 19-year-old has turned to Facebook to share CCTV footages of herself being beaten relentlessly by her husband at a boutique in Ipoh.

“I am Amanda Fong Kim Yen, I’m 19 years old & I’m two months+ pregnant with Calvin Chik Foo Keong’s baby & I’m standing up for myself now,” the young woman wrote on her Facebook profile page at

“I would like to share my experience with all of you out there how abusive my husband is by beating me up terribly & he had been torturing me.”

The first video Fong uploaded on Aug 30 is almost 12 minutes long and depicts a man hitting, wrestling and throwing a girl around a shop for nearly the whole duration of the clip.

The silent footage, which an unknown user had also uploaded yesterday on YouTube , shows the petite, slender girl struggling and attempting to fight back.

But she is easily overpowered by the man, who is a head taller than her.

At one point, he can be seen stripping off his shirt, before proceeding to shove her onto a recliner and apparently smothering her with the shirt for several seconds.

“As you can see in this video he wouldn’t let me out from the shop even I went to press the door access,” Fong wrote in her post.

“He has put me under tremendous pressure, hurt, pain and & suffering. I cannot endure it anymore longer. I’m very tired of living this miserable life.

“I have been accused, suffered from humiliation, physically & mentally anguished.”

Relentless beating

According to the time stamp on the video, the scene took place on Aug 23 at 5.08pm. The boutique is owned by the couple.

The next day, Fong uploaded a second video which revealed a scene that took place an hour after the first ended.

Also over 11 minutes long, the clip, which is available on YouTube at depicts the same man working alone behind the counter for a minute.

However, once the girl comes into the room, the couple quarrel and the relentless beating continues, only far more brutal.

“This is the second session after I came out from the toilet after vomiting,” Fong explained on her page.

“As you can see in this video again, he wouldn’t allow me to exit my shop & he snatched my phone to prevent me calling my mother and even beat me with the phone.”

But towards the end of the video, a woman Fong identified as her mother is seen entering the shop. The two hug and the older woman whisks the younger away, while the man stands by and watches.

“My mom had really saved my life, if it wasn’t for her…. I wouldn’t be here anymore,” wrote Fong.

‘You are so heartless’

In her most recent post, written at around 4pm today, Fong announced that she is slowly recovering from the wounds and injuries her husband caused.

“But whenever you see me, there will be scars all over my arms. I just hope things are coming into the right place,” she wrote in a post that received 191 likes so far and a slew of supportive comments.

Fong had previously uploaded 24 photos of the bruises and scars on her arms, shoulders, legs and around her collar bone. The photo album “Is this even called love when you are even becoming a dad” has over 2,000 shares.

But despite the fact that Fong appears to be safe now, the drama online has not abated.

Her husband Calvin Chik Foo Keong also has a Facebook profile
( which is flooded with comments by
furious users calling for his arrest and throwing around labels such as “stupid abuser” and “mad monster”.

“I could not even bear to watch without breaking into tears! How could you do such a thing!??? All I can say is. Heartless, you are so HEARTLESS,” wrote Facebook user who wanted to known as JC.

“I dunno you too, but watching the video makes me hardly describe how angry I am to a monster like you,” wrote another user by the name Mic Chew.

Despite the onslaught of furious comments, Chik has not defended himself nor denied his actions on his Facebook profile, preferring instead to accuse Fong’s mother of abusing Fong since she was 15.

Meanwhile, commenters on the Facebook page of the couple’s boutique ( are expressing disgust at both Fong and Chik.

“Amanda… you real sohai disgrace us woman, next time use your eyes to pick a good lou kung instead of sacrifice your [expletive] for a rich [expletive] who beats woman,” Coco Ping wrote.

“Overall I agree with most people you chimpanzees along those social retards are a disgrace to the world,” wrote Timothy Wong.


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