Monday, July 16, 2007

free nat tan now!...

i smell fear fm umno youth shit (sorry for the word, i dun think i can find any 'better' one) stirrers!..

the police at their 'best' again?!?... another round of abuse of power shown?!?... no concrete reason given initially?!?...

intellectual, smart, friendly, witty, kinda quiet and quite a shy guy who is working very much behind the scene to make malaysia a better place!..

his 'baby'... ( and (

frequent updates fm nat's younger sis... (

all these kinda actions are 'blatant oppression' fm the current ruling govt!... they indeed put themselves and their respective family to shame, big time!...

am pretty sure this arrest will make its way as a world news... indeed another malaysia bull-eh chapter!...

nat, proud of you!... you believe wat's right and wat's good for the country and you acted on it... people do this is perhaps just out of fear and to 'contain' you!... this kinda stuffs only make you a stronger person!...

p/s ; the guilty ones are being exposed... to cover up their exposure, they nail innocent people down without any concrete reasons given initially!...

p/s ; honestly, when come to solving crime matters, police are one of the last ones to arrived at the scene, besides ambulances and/or fire engines lah... when comes to this kinda 'political matters', those bootlickers are wayyyyyyy too fast to act on it... why?!?...

OSA probe: Police detains PKR webmaster
Jul 13, 07 5:40pm

A PKR information bureau staff was taken for questioning by three plainclothes policemen this evening.

Nathaniel Tan, 26, was picked up from the office of a non-governmental organisation Yayasan Aman in Petaling Jaya.

According to witnesses, the policemen did not provide any reasons as to why Tan was asked to follow them.

They said the policemen entered the office at about 4.45pm and requested for Tan to follow them to the Bukit Aman police headquarters for questioning.

The policemen also requested that Tan bring his notebook computer with him.

[Full report to follow]


a vigil for malaysia by farish noor...

for yr reading pleasure...

A Vigil for Malaysia

By Farish A. Noor

After years of beating about the bush and trying to sweep the issue under the carpet, Malaysia’s government is now forced to address one vital and visible constituency that it can no longer avoid: The non-Muslim minorities of the country. Observers of Malaysia’s convoluted racial and religious communitarian politics will know that things have not been so rosy for the country over the past few years. Since 2005, the Malaysian public has witnessed the spectacle of angry demonstrations, public debates and the
complex legal drama of several Malaysian citizens who have been trying – in vain – to have their religious status and identity recognised by the state.

The most visible and well-known case to date has been that of Lina Joy, a Malaysian of Malay-Muslim background who had converted to Christianity years ago and who has been trying to have her new religious identity accepted and recognised legally so that she can marry her Christian boyfriend. Lina’s stand has always been consistent: That as a Christian she sees no reason why she should submit herself to the rule of Muslim law to be recognised as an apostate in the first place, for doing so would mean criminalising herself.

Furthermore it is also unclear what the outcome of a Shariah trial would be as the double legal system that operates in Malaysia means that each state has a religious court of its own, and it is known that in some Malaysian
states the act of leaving the religion is seen as a crime and is thus punishable.

Lina has, however, been the focus of anger and frustration of many Malay-Muslims who see her act of leaving Islam as a betrayal of her racial and religious community, and over the past two years she has been forced to live in hiding thanks to the death threats she has received. Recently the
country’s highest court ruled that she would have to seek recourse to the Shariah courts after all if she wants to be recognised as a Christian, a move she is unwilling to make, and which now leaves her in a permanent state of limbo in her own country.

Now the Malaysian public is witness to another controversial case, that of Revathi (b. Siti Fatimah), a Malaysian of Indian background who has been taken to an ‘Islamic rehabilitation camp’ in the state of Selangor on the grounds that she cannot be officially recognised as a Hindu. Revathi’s case involves her struggle to be recognised as a Hindu after being brought up by her parents who are Muslims. For much of her life, however, Revathi who had lived with her grandmother had lived as a Hindu and had married a Hindu man. Now she has been separated from her husband and sent to a ‘rehabilitation camp’ so that she can be persuaded to return to Islam.

All these cases involved the tricky interfaces where racial, ethnic and religious identities meet and overlap. In many of the cases legal tensions arise as a result of couples who wish to marry or live together, but are prevented from doing so due to the dual secular and religious legal systems that operate in the country. Furthermore Malaysia has witnessed a steady expansion of the Islamic legal system and the parallel Islamic bureaucracy since the 1980s, when Malaysia’s Islamisation programme was spearheaded by the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed and his Deputy Anwar Ibrahim. Almost three decades on, it would appear as if the Shariah legal system and the parallel Islamic bureaucracy is as strong as the federal government, and the country is policed by state-appointed ‘morality police’ who patrol the clubs, restaurants, cinemas and other public spaces for signs of ‘un-Islamic behaviour’.

Needless to say, Malaysians of all creeds and races have begun to ask: What is the government of Abdullah Badawi doing to curb these tendencies, and where is Malaysia heading?

Fed up with what they see as the singular failure of the current Badawi administration to defend the secular constitution of the country, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism
and Taoism (MCBCHST) have issued a protest letter entitled Unity Threatened by Continuing Infringements of Religious Freedom. The protest letter contains a memorandum originally submitted to the Malaysian government in
2005, asking the government to take steps to ensure that religious freedom would be respected and protected in Malaysia. But now with the failure of Lina Joy at the courts and with the detention of Revathi by the state’s
religious authorities, non-Muslims in Malaysia feel that they can no longer protest in silence.

In a significant gesture pregnant with symbolic meaning, the MCBCHST has organised a candlelight vigil at the Merdeka (Independence) square in downtown Kuala Lumpur, where Malaysian independence was first proclaimed half a century ago this year. The vigil is meant in support of Revathi, the Malaysian citizen who now faces an unknown fate detained in one of the country’s ‘Islamic rehabilitation centres’ and separated from her husband
and child. No doubt, the country’s non-Muslims are worried about where the trend of religious-based politics is taking Malaysia, and there as many Muslims who likewise have questioned the wisdom behind the government’s overtly political attempts to turn Islam into part of the state’s ruling ideology.

In the end, however, cases like Revathi’s and Lina Joy’s revolve around the fundamental freedom to believe in what one believes, and to be recognised as such. The Muslim majority in Malaysia are not Muslims because their identity
cards and passports tell them they are, but because they simply are, and exist, as Muslims. The time has come for the laws of the land to recognise that being Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist in Malaysia has little to do
with paperwork and legal technicalities, but in the more fundamental nature of existential being itself. Until then however, those trapped in the legal chasm where Revathi and Lina Joy are in at the present are the unfortunate victims of a legal system at odds with itself and which oddly defend freedom of belief for some and yet not for others…

snatch thefts victims told to RETRACT police reports?!?...

since aab came on as the pm.... crime rates are increasing very steadily!...

think they are DESPERATE to reduce/'solve' every case possible now, after the pressure being put on by various parties... esp, crime in jb...

if this report is found to be true, it's absolutely pathetic, no 2 ways about it...

police are supposed to protect the citizens, be it local or foreign... whether possible or impossible to solve, that's a different story altogether...

taking reports, investigating, solving, etc... all these are basic duties of the police force!.. gosh!... since when they have got a new duty, which is to ask victims to retract their respective police reports made?!?...

50 years into independence... where are malaysia really heading towards?!?...

p/s ; tks for all the pm, you know who you are... those kinda pm is one of the many encouragements which keeps me going through the day...

Snatch theft victims won’t retract reports

FOUR snatch theft victims alleged that the Johor Baru police asked them to withdraw their police reports, as the chances of solving the cases are almost impossible, China Press reported.

The victims, from Hong Kong, China and Singapore, were holidaying in Johor Baru when two snatch thieves on a motorcycle grabbed one of the victims’ handbags while waiting for a bus to Singapore.

The incident took place on Saturday after they had lunch in the city.

The four lost their passports and RM800.

When the victims lodged their reports at the Johor Baru police headquarters, they were told to withdraw the reports after being questioned for three hours.

“The police said it would be cumbersome for us to fly back here to identify the suspects if they are caught later,” one of the victims was quoted in the report. However, the four did not withdraw their reports as suggested.

> Sin Chew Daily reported that foreign companies preferred to hire Malaysians who were fluent in Mandarin to work for them in China.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said that Malaysians who were multilingual had no problem communicating with the Chinese.

Monday, July 09, 2007

i am amazed by the STUPIDITY of people!... my emotional post on a monday morning...

i am also being emotional on the stupidity of people!...

owhh well... as soon as i read about the article below during my nasi lemak breakfast couple of minutes ago... i nearly choked on the ikan bilis which i find it quite chewy to chew on!...

honestly i was pretty amazed with the STUPIDITY of people nowdays, sad to say some of them are downright STUPID, STUPID and STUPID!...

that freaking pix ( by tian chua OBVIOUSLY is fake!.. come on, dun think he is that dumb to doctored a pix and send it to out and say, "hey, i got this pix and this pix is real"!...

like wat a fellow blogger said... " For those who want to doctor any shit or display their IQ by exhibiting how the lighting hits ones face just to prove the image is doctored, please save it and do something more constructive with your lives. And for those who actually thought it was real, please go kill yourself."... (

if you know tian chua personally and/or go to his blog and read and understand how and wat he writes, then you judge!...

many people would say keadilan will lose some their votes simply because of this 'artistic' pix... i would say, please go kill yrself too!... :) ..

anyway, this pix got the couple of pariah dogs in umno all riled up, is it because they have nothing against tian chua and/or keadilan before this?!?..

umno youth... as reported... "Umno Youth is concerned that if Tian Chua’s act of doctoring a photograph that implicated the Deputy Prime Minister is not stopped, more people will go overboard in their actions in the name of “freedom and democracy."...

wtf?!?... you mean there's freedom and democracy!... :) .. you guys dun talk about others, go look within YOUR group and then only tell the others on wat to do...

keris-muddin... if you ever come acorss this particular article of mine.. as a rakyat, lemme tell you this... i am bloody ashamed that you came fm sji, i am bloody ashamed to acknowledge you as a johannian and with the currents acts of yours, you can raise those brothers fm the dead!... do not forget, you too a racist!... you too promote racism!... as the umno assembly is nearing, yes, pls go and polish the keris and get yr koncos and ask you when you gonna use the keris again!.. perhaps get them to ask a more direct question which how najib use to say it... "we will bathe this keris in chinese blood!"...

kj... if you ever come across this particular of mine.. as a rakyat, lemme tell you this too... i am ashamed that the beautiful nori got you as a husband... you are absolutely nothing if you don't have yr father-in-law to look after you and perhpas the 4th floor boys... you disgrace the top uni you went to... you are certainly giving yr soon-to-be born baby a very bad name... after looking at wat exactly happened in ijok, you are also nothing but a kampung boy trying to make his way to the top... you have no class compare to so many other ministers children/in-law!...

p/s ; there are loads of doctored pix going around.. fm aab to samy vellu to rafidah to nazri to many more others!... one may ask, why they make a big deal out of this then?!?.. it's because as days passes by on altantuya's case, najib's involvement is becoming very clear?!?... etc?!?..

p/s ; loads of buttering is happening in this particular case... keris-muddin wanna butter najib because he thinks he is going up as the dpm... kj wanna butter keris-muddin because he wants his title in umno...

p/s ; as reported... "“No one has told me exactly what I have done wrong. If the authorities think I have committed a crime, they should investigate me,” he said...

very sensible of you to offer that!.. you don't hear those pariahs saying the same thing tho... guilty! :) ... tian, you have my support!... tks for admitting to it, way much better than those face-less people sitting behind the pc and start doctoring opposition members in sexually compromising position!...

Hisham: Punish Tian Chua to stop such acts

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth is concerned that if Tian Chua’s act of doctoring a photograph that implicated the Deputy Prime Minister is not stopped, more people will go overboard in their actions in the name of “freedom and democracy.”

Its chief, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, said if the authorities did not reprimand the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief, this would mean his deed had been legitimised.

“Such a deed will then be accepted as a culture and practice in the country,” he said on the doctored photograph posted in Tian Chua’s blog that depicted Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda and a look-alike of Altantuya Shaariibuu at the same table.

Abdul Razak is one of three people accused in the murder of Altantuya, a Mongolian translator.

“The day might come when they use transparency and freedom as an excuse to insult the Prophet Muhammad, just as what has happened in the West.

“This is how it starts so we need to curb it. I am not equating the Prophet to our leaders but if the act is not stopped, it will become a norm,” he said in reference to caricatures of Prophet Muhammad carried by a Danish newspaper that led to an worldwide protests by Muslims.

Speaking at the opening of the Gombak Umno Youth divisional meeting yesterday, he said that Tian Chua’s action and that of PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who defended him, showed their true character.

Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the act by Tian Chua was to distract attention from the party’s weaknesses.

“His refusal to apologise, although it is slanderous, shows that he is rude and arrogant. Stupid people don’t know how to say sorry because they do not understand the meaning.

“We will show them in the next general election. We will bury PKR and make sure there is no place for Tian Chua or other PKR leaders,” he said at the Bukit Bintang Umno Youth divisional meeting yesterday.

Meanwhile, Tian Chua insisted there was nothing for him to say sorry for.

“No one has told me exactly what I have done wrong. If the authorities think I have committed a crime, they should investigate me,” he said.

2 mega 'good news' for all malaysians.. BUT...

most of us know that 2 mega 'good news' for all malaysians announced for the past few days.. still giving a LITTLE meaning to the word democracy, freedom,etc...

we have been hit by negative news one after another lately... this 2 news definitely serves as music to our ears...

1st is revathi's case, her 'contional release'.. ( then followed by broga incinerator project scrapped!.. (


personally, fm wat i see is... all this has got to do with the general election which is coming really soon... believe they have been losing out on loads of votes for the past 2-3 years and perhaps they are doing this to 'fish' back those votes...

me for one, won't be buying into all this kinda 'sweetening stuffs'... like wat i experience with the doc who gave me a jab many moons ago, think he 'bought' me with 2 sugus sweets!... when the day comes right after general election results... if people are still giving them the mandate, things will be back to the same cycle again whereby we would be denied the freedom of choice, democracy would be a bad word, suppression will be continued, etc...

the invisible rope will still be there, they are just letting go a little so we can breathe and then tie us up all over again...

p/s ; all this is perhaps a 'legal' way to buy votes eh?!?...

mega incinerator plant project scrapped!...

a good news?!?...

It’s official: Mega-incinerator scrapped
Beh Lih Yi
Jul 6, 07 11:02am Malaysiakini

The controversial RM1.5 billion Broga incinerator project is definitely off.Residents of Kampung Broga in Semenyih, who had fought long and hard against the project, finally got the confirmation through a letter from the government yesterday.Today, the same letter was submitted to the Shah Alam High Court where a suit by the residents against the government demanding full disclosure of the project was to have been heard.

However, following the latest development, the residents have agreed to discontinue the suit, which was filed by resident Alice Lee in 2003, within seven days.

The confirmation letter, undersigned by senior federal counsel Suzana Atan, who is representing the government in the suit, was sent to the residents’ lawyer T Uma Parvathy (right) yesterday.

Ministry confirms letter

The one-paragraph letter, dated yesterday, read: “(The Attorney-General’s) Chambers has been informed by the relevant ministry that the project, the subject matter in this action, has been terminated.

“In relation to that, the Chambers believes this action (the suit) is now academic.”

Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Ting - whose ministry oversees the project - could not be reached for comment.

However, an aide to the minister confirmed that the “content in the letter is the government’s stand.”

At the brief court proceeding this morning, it began with Uma informing the court of the residents’ intention to discontinue with the suit upon receiving the letter.

As the letter did not state any reasons for the cancellation, it led justice Suriadi Halim Omar, who was seeking clarification from Suzana, to quip whether it was a ‘state secret’.

Suzana replied that she had no idea and the judge quipped that this was a ‘neutral answer’.

Justice Suriadi, who heard the matter in the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya as he has been elevated to the Court of Appeal, also awarded costs to the residents.

Claim for compensation

Apart from Suzana, who appeared for the Science, Technology and Environment Ministry (as it was known then), Zauyah Loth Khan represented the Selangor menteri besar and the state’s Land and Minerals Department director, who were named as defendants in the suit.

News of the project being shelved first surfaced in August last year when Singapore Business Times quoted “businessmen familiar with the project” as saying that it had been cancelled.

While government sources malaysiakini spoke to also confirmed that the project had been scrapped, there had been no official confirmation amid fears that it could erupt into a diplomatic spat between Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.

The incinerator project, touted as one of the biggest of its kind in the region, was undertaken by a consortium comprising Japan’s Ebara Corporation and local partner Hartasuma Sdn Bhd.

Residents had protested against the project on the grounds that it posed a serious threat to their health, the environment and their livelihood. They also challenged the merits of the proposed technology from Japan.

The consortium had reportedly filed a claim for compensation amounting to RM500 million following the cancellation of the project, but this could not be verified.

Originally, the incinerator was to be sited in Selangor’s Puchong but a protest from residents in the area forced the government to relocate it five years ago to Broga, a sparsely populated village 60km southeast of Kuala Lumpur.

Now that idea has been incinerated too.

revathi... a woman of REAL courage!...

is this a good news after all the hoo-hahs, hatred, aljazeera programme on this issue, etc?!?...

‘Revathi, that’s my name - forever’
Andrew Ong and Ng Ling Fong
Jul 6, 07 4:20pm

M Revathi, 29, still steadfastly wants to remain a Hindu, despite her six-month detention by religious authorities and on-going efforts to make her a Muslim.

“My name is Revathi. I want to hold on to that name - forever. I want to drop the name Siti Fatimah,” Revathi, sporting a pottu (Hindu symbol) on her forehead, told reporters outside the Shah Alam High Court today.

Born Siti Fatimah Abdul Karim to Muslim convert parents, she was called Revathi Masoosai by the grandmother who raised her.

She married to V Suresh in 2004 according to Hindu rites and has a 18-month-old daughter.

In January this year, Revathi was detained at the Malacca Syariah High Court when she attended a hearing over her application to have her official religious status be recognised as a Hindu.

She was detained at the court and subsequently held at the Ulu Yam religious rehabilitation camp in Selangor for six months until she was freed yesterday.

In March, the Islamic authorities seized her daughter from her husband and handed the child to Revathi's Muslim mother.

Speaking about her experience inside the camp, Revathi today described that she was subjected to ‘mental torture’ and claimed that she defied attempts to coerce her to attend religious classes.

“Their programmes are solely on religion. (There were also) prayer classes. I never attended (any of them). I only attended counselling. During counselling, they said I had to do this and that. They said I had to follow (religious) laws. I just buat tidak tahu (ignore)," she said in fluent Bahasa Malaysia.

“I argued that I had a right to choose my religion, but they replied that I should not talk about (my) rights,” said Revathi who is presently living with her Muslim parents as ordered by the religious authorities.

‘Many ran away’

She claimed that many had ran away from the "jail-like" conditions of the camp but she had not.

“A lot of people ran away, even though (the camp was for Muslims). Though I’m a Hindu, I could bertahan (bear with the conditions), because I’m upholding the good name of Hinduism,” she added.

During her detention, she was not allowed visits. Recalling the only time she got to see her husband during her detention, Revathi said:

“Even though I was not allowed to meet my husband, I got to see him (standing) outside the camp, without their permission. I saw his car and I ran towards the fence. It was only once (I got to see him during the detention). After that, they (from the centre) dragged me away.

“Before, it was not enclosed. Now, they used zinc (sheets) to surround the area. You can’t see inside and we don’t know who is outside,” she said.

The emotional moment where Revathi and Suresh were momentarily reunited was captured on film by Al-Jazeera and aired on April 23 in current affairs programme 'Everywoman'. [View video]

Revathi was initially detained for 80 days at the camp but her detention was extended for 100 days twice. Her stint ended yesterday when she was presented before the Malacca Syariah Court, just before a hebeas corpus application filed by her husband was to be heard today.

A writ of habeas corpus is an application to the court to order the authorities to produce a detainee in court to determine whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he or she should be released from custody.

‘Wasted of my time’

She was ordered to live with her parents and undergo counselling. She lamented that she was “unsatisfied” with the decisions made by the court.

“They held me for six months, only to say that I cannot leave Islam. If that is the case, they should have told me earlier, so I don’t have to go into the centre," said a defiant Revathi.

“Who’s going to compensate for the six months I was there? (It is a) waste of my time! I was separated from my child and husband. How are they going to compensate?

“I have a right to choose my religion. In six months, they cannot make me change my mind, how can they do it now?”

She also said that religious officials tried to force her to pray, eat beef and wear a headscarf.

It is part of Hindu tradition to avoid the consumption of beef.

"Because of their behaviour, I hate (benci) Islam even more now," she added.

public forum... parliamentary human rights caucus hearing on crime... 11th july 2007...

do come for it if you can make it...

Second public hearing on crime

Organised by Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good Governance

The second public hearing to find long-term solutions to the upward spiral in crime rates in urban areas will be held at:

Petaling Jaya Civic Centre

8pm to 10pm

July 11, 2007

* Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is the chairman of the caucus and committee members include Lim Kit Siang (DAP), Chong Eng (DAP), Fong Po Kuan (DAP) and Wong Nai Chee (BN).

The 1st hearing is being held today in JB. The 3rd hearing is at Jit Sin High School in Bukit Mertajam on July 15 (10am).

Please disseminate widely. This concerns ALL Malaysians

Friday, July 06, 2007

why public malaysia universities will never improve...

got this fm a forwarded email... how true is it?!?.. you decide...

Why Public Malaysian Universities will Never Improve
(Luckily the neighbouring countries have their own problems. If the government doesn't get wise, the Thais will be hiring Malaysian maids in the not so distant future....)

Commented by an ex-researcher

I used to work in a Malaysian university holding a professorial post on contract. I could not be confirmed because I do not have a SPM (more later). I worked in research dealing with stem cells but left after 3 years despite the offer of renewal for another 2 years.

I am a Malaysian Chinese who spent nearly 20 years overseas in some of the big name universities in Australia and the UK. After observing the system from the inside I can tell you that Malaysian universities will never improve, and whatever improvement you see will not last. I will set out my reasons in a concise manner.

1) Staff are not hire on merit.
I've noticed that most of the new staff hired are Malays. There are very few Chinese and Indian staff on tenure track. In fact most of the non-Malays I came across are hired on contract. It does not take a genius to know that if you don't put people on tenure, they will not give their best. One day I asked a DVC in private why there are so few non-Malay staff on tenure. I was surprised when he told me directly that there was an unofficial quota. He further told me that there is a lot of resistance from the junior Malay staff when non-Malays come in because they perceived the non-Malays are better researchers and academics. He also told me that good non-Malay staff go overseas, especially to Singapore so they do not want to waste their time in hiring non-Malay staff. I don't knowif this is true.

2) No research culture since promotion is not based on research.
Despite all the talk by the Minister, there is no research culture. Infact, most local academics are not interested in research. A few of the Malay academics told me straight in the face that they like group or cluster research because it is "easier". They don't go for excellence or individual research. They also tell me that promotion is based on administrative work and "cables" to the Minister or VC. In fact a few of them told me that good researchers are punished by the whole group because they make the others look bad or lazy. Thus no matter how good you are when you join, by putting you in a "research group" they are slowing the good ones down and before you know it, they become part of the group culture. In the university where I was working, the VC or DVC did not published a single paper in an international referred journal. Except for one DVC, the VC and the other DVC do not even have a single book. The DVC with a book is a textbook in Malay and when I looked at it, I realized that it was mainly translation he passed off as his own work. Two of the DVC were active with UMNO and the VC is a relative of an UMNO strongman. Thus the "cable" theory appears to be true. A retired Malay professor told me the most important criteria for promotion is "how you get along with people". He also told me if you are good, they will bring you down because if the universities have standards, then they cannot survive in their jobs. In his own words, more than 4/5 of the current university staff will never be able to get academic jobs in a real university.

3) Pettiness and Jealously
The Malay culture is based in group behaviour and gossip and during my time there, I noticed that even academic staff took a lot of time in gossiping about nonsense. Most of the female academic staff used gossip to bring down capable people. For example, one Malay guy who just came back with his PhD had to endure a lot of gossip, all because one female academic staff complained that he did not hold a kenduri to celebrate his successful completion of PhD. Another time, all the academic staff, including the Dean, ganged up against me because I had managed to published a paper in a leading international journal. Immediately after my name was mentioned by the VC as an example, the Dean started telling other academic staff that I did not "contribute enough" to the faculty. I was under the impression that I was there to do research and publish but for these people, who cannot do research, the priority was on social events. This Dean was not even an academic in the first place but was a civil servant before he was appointed Dean. All the academics he has appointed since he became Dean all come from his state and all are local graduates. So how to improve? There are many more things I want to say but these are the main reasons why Malaysian universities have no hope of ever being world class. As long as everything is based on race, pettiness and not on merit, I cannot see a way out. I am writing this not out of frustration (I am now overseas) but to also show why local universities waste so much money joining the Geneva Exhibitions and the like (as reported in the newspapers). The sad truth is when you have people who cannot publish in real academic journals, then they play silly games like join exhibitions. The USM DVC who defended this practice would be laughed at if he was at a real university. In fact, to be frank, people like him cannot get a real academic job in Singapore, NZ or US. He is a symbol of what is wrong at local universities. In summary, you have the blind leading the blind.

i kinda give up reading the daily newspapers...

i can be quite forgetful simply because almost every other day malaysia is facing this kinda stuffs... before one issues can be sorted, another issue will crop up... even before mentioning wat's happening in the previous ones, they blast the new ones up... one can argue.. "that's the headline of the day"... right, i totally agree!... but, why not reporting the old ones too, perhpas with just a mini article to it?!?... cover up?!?.. media supression?!?.. ok, different topic altogether now... like wat aab said... he kinda actually thank the media for being responsible!.. bugger off!... being responsible or just being 'controlled'?!?...

wat about those headlines/updates on zakaria's mansion, microship heist, etc.. dan banyak lagi!.... where are those news?!?... wat's the latest like?!?...

perhaps one of the many latest news which have proper 'farewell' or wat some may call it 'happily ever after' kinda cases, is the lina joy's case... why?!?.. pls go figure!...

with some many 'cover up' cases and being told to 'play down' certain issues everyday in the newspapers, i kinda give up reading it... but, i must admit the star (to be read as one of the mca's publicity machineries) have pretty good sports and metro sections tho...

my thoughts are with the journalists, some of them are really good, at the same time their respective movements are pretty much 'controlled' by the respective bosses, because their respective bosses also have their own boss to answer too... all these kinda restriction and controlling give the 'media freedom' saying a bad name...

i get my daily dose of news fm the sun, malaysiakini, malaysia today and cnn... wat bout u?!?...

p/s ; freedom of speech?!?... my foot!...

God, pls save malaysia!...

sometimes i wonder why must they intimidate normal people like this singer?!?... this only happen in 'small' places?!?...

are they afraid of doing the same to those who are 'higher ranking' than them?!?..

a very simple example would be... i would suggest the religious dept of kuala lumpur to pay a visit to the club opposite the old weld swimming pool/eden every nite and start confronting and reporting how many muslims behave 'indecently'.. you may ask why that club since it's happening almost everywhere?!?.. it's because EVERYTIME i go there, i have seen with my own eyes how those 'datuks' who is a father of God knows how many and their respective koncos hit on other women PUBLICLY... wanna nail, nail 'them' 1st... wanna show example, they should start showing 1st..

as reported... "Siti Noor Idayu said an officer even told her that the money she earned working in the outlet was duit haram (illicit money) and that her parents, children and future generations would all be tainted for using such money."...

quite funny lah the officer... is he also trying to provide some hints to the TOP govt officers?!?... :) ... anyway, if cari makan via singing in a pub is haram then wat about those who abuse the advantages provided to the poor (to be read as nep)?!?... then wat about those who receive millions of rinngit via submarines deal/s?!?... then wat about those who involve in the sukhoi deal/s?!?... then wat about those who can provide millions of rinngit of compensation to their ex-wife as divorce settlement whereby the husband is just a normal minister?!?... then wat about those who steal/rob fm their poor and make them richer (to be read as nep)?!?... etc.. etc... etc...

tajol, wanna say something which is basically under yr jurisdiction now?!?...

p/s ; mykad is najis saying is downright vulgar... bekulah dia orang is a downright 'threat'...

Singer held over dressing

IPOH: The Perak Religious Department (JAIP) has ordered a singer to appear before the Syariah Court for “exposing her body” during a performance and “encouraging immoral activities”.

However, an indignant Siti Noor Idayu Abd Moin, 22, said she was wearing a sleeveless top and long pants when JAIP officers raided an entertainment outlet in Sunway City where she was performing on Tuesday.

“Our band had just finished and it was a little past midnight when they came in and rounded up all the Muslims.

“They asked to see our MyKad but one officer refused to touch the cards, referring to them as najis (unclean),” she said.

Siti Noor Idayu said the JAIP officers later detained seven people, including four employees of the outlet, and brought them to the department office.

“They put us in a tiny room and turned up the air-conditioner. I heard one officer tell the other: Bekulah dia orang (Let them freeze),” she said.

Siti Noor Idayu also said the male officers kept taking photographs of her, adding that she was made to stay overnight in that room until 10am.

She said the officer who finally came to record her statement at 8am, accused her of consuming alcohol and drugs, being involved in immoral activities, and that her MyKad was a fake.

“I took the breathalyser test twice and when the reading remained at zero, the officers looked frustrated.

“I heard one tell the other: Tapi dia tak minum lah (But she did not drink),” she said.

Siti Noor Idayu said an officer even told her that the money she earned working in the outlet was duit haram (illicit money) and that her parents, children and future generations would all be tainted for using such money.

“They finally wrote me a notice accusing me of dressing sexily and encouraging immorality just because I sang there,” she said.

The notice ordered her to appear before the Syariah Court here on Aug 6.

When contacted, JAIP director Datuk Jamry Sury said he was confident that his officers had not acted outside of their jurisdiction in issuing the notice.

“According to Islamic laws, a Muslim woman is not allowed to serve or entertain a man who is not her husband in a place where immoral activities usually take place,” he said.

106,000 gave up their malaysian citizenship...

wat about those go unreported?!?...

i know many frens of mine, some of them fm ryze/mmn too have went across to big sea to live a new life.. as much a fellow malaysian plus as their fren, i wanna encourage them to stay back, but after listening to their story as to the reasons given... i understand why... reason being fm marriage to new job to education to 'grass-is-greener-the-other-side' cases to migration to some of them just got fed-up with the current 'bollockstic' administration to etc...

some times i wonder do they, those sitting up there, treat this kinda matter seriously...

p/s ; 106,000 is the numbers given and/or the official numbers.. wat about the unofficial ones?!?...

106,000 gave up citizenship

A TOTAL of 106,003 Malaysians have surrendered their citizenship to opt for foreign ones.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the figure was part of the 111,313 Malaysians who had foreign citizenships.

He said another 5,310 had their citizenships revoked under the Constitution.

“Since 1996, some 26,804 Malaysians who are non-Malays had given up their citizenship,” he said in a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP - Batu Gajah).

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also the Prime Minister, in his written reply to Datuk Seri Syed DiRaja Syed Razlan Ibni Syed Putra Jamalullail (BN - Arau), said the banking sector was the main contributor of funds to the agriculture and agro-based industry.

He said that until Dec 31 last year, the collective loan for the agriculture sector stood at RM28.2bil, which was 12% of the total loans in the commercial sector.

Bank Pertanian had also given out loans totalling RM3.4bil while the Fund for Food had issued RM1.3bil in loans at 3.75% to 10,300 borrowers.

On another matter, Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharum said the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) had proposed to the Internal Security Ministry to review certain provisions under the Public Services Department's (PSD) regulations to allow former drug addicts to apply for jobs.

He said currently, there were provisions under the PSD regulations that forbade former drug addicts from applying for jobs.

put them on camera!...

his sacarsm rocks! :) ...

the 'REAL' reason is still unknown till today as to why malaysia parliament hearings not being shown live... must and got to be something they are afraid off eh?!?...

anyway, with people taking initiative and recording it and posting it on youtube and/or some other sites for the benefits of all malaysians, makes no difference eh?!? :) ...

just go to youtube and type 'malaysia parliament'... you'll be able to see wat kinda clowns people actually voted for.... fm the bocor issue to the stupid issue to ap queen apperance in parliament to uncle on mrr2 to the pathertic claims of, "malaysia ini negara islam, you tidak suka, you keluar dari malaysia" issue to many others...

p/s ; between bodoh, bangang and bahlul... pls choose one... :) ...

Put them on camera


Live coverage of Parliament debates may make errant MPs behave better.

IF IT’S always going to be a circus, watching it live would be more entertaining. The frolics of the clowns alone might provide more amusement than the shows on television these days.

Hats off to Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh for one of the better suggestions to come from a backbencher in the Dewan Rakyat recently.

“Let’s telecast the debates live on TV so that the MPs will behave,” he proposed last week, noting that parts of parliamentary debates – including the trading of harsh words and insults – were already being screened on some news segments.

But a spoilsport in the form of Deputy Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi threw cold water on the idea, giving the most cockamamie of excuses. He said no on the grounds that RTM would disallow lucah (obscene) words to be aired.

“Some quarters, including the opposition, are recording debates as well as heated arguments onto CDs and distributing them. My advice is we should behave ourselves in the House,” he said.

Isn’t that precisely the point? If MPs who use vulgar language and behave like thugs realise that their words and antics would be seen by all and sundry, might they not want to mend their ways?

Live coverage could also help identify the silent Yang Berhormats (The Honourable) who just warm their seats in Parliament, not to mention those who use the august hall as a convenient place for their afternoon naps.

Of course, viewer ratings for live TV coverage of parliamentary proceedings would be a long way off from shows like Akademi Fantasia, as much of it would feature soporific speeches.

But boring or not, voters shouldn’t be deprived of watching how their elected representatives perform where it really matters. After all they pay these YBs’ tax-free salaries, fat allowances and life-long pensions.

With cameras focused on them, would MPs still go for the burlesque? You know, like cracking crude, sexist “bocor” (leakage) jokes, getting all hot and bothered by scantily clad Super GT models, or stewing over the “sexy” uniforms of Malaysian Airlines stewardesses.

Just imagine watching the dramas unfold in Parliament, with close-ups of the faces of the rankled MPs raising such matters of utmost importance to the nation.

If opinions are based merely on newspaper reports, Malaysians can’t be faulted for thinking that many of our MPs are preoccupied with jaga tepi kain (monitoring hemlines) instead of jaga kepentingan rakyat (looking after the peoples’ interests).

Whether they accept it or not, the general perception is our MPs dwell too much on trivial matters instead of focusing on the real issues affecting the country.

Surely, there are enough compelling subjects for them to get agitated over. Here’s a small sampling: corruption, weaknesses in the education system, rising levels of crime, drug abuse, disregard for rule of law and gross misuse and wastage of public funds.

Wouldn’t it be a welcome change to see backbenchers grandstanding before the cameras, getting riled up over corruption in high places, or demanding clarification over claims of police-crime links?

If and when that happens, who knows, voters might be tempted to do something special for them, perhaps even wear T-shirts proclaiming: “I am YB So & So’s constituent ... And proud of it!”

Most of us, however, would be content to just see our MPs argue their cases against opponents intelligently and rationally, not display spoilt-brat temper tantrums or frenzied screaming of un-parliamentary terms like the recent outbursts of Bodoh! Bodoh! Bodoh!” (Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!)

But then again, with politics being such a bizarre realm, Malaysians too might eventually warm up to such behaviour, as in the case of Taiwan where brawling and unruly behaviour have become the norm in Parliament.

Apparently, voters on the island expect their representatives to fight hard on issues – both verbally and physically. To get maximum media coverage and support back home, legislators plan their showdown strategy to the extent of choreographing the pushes, shoves and fisticuffs.

In the end, it’s all about our level of acceptance. As long as we choose to allow errant MPs to remain unaccountable for their words and misdeeds, we shouldn't expect things to get any better.

Within the walls of the Dewan Rakyat, however, the onus is on Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib and his deputies, Datuk Lim Si Cheng and Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, to draw the line on unacceptable conduct.

They ought to wield their gavels more resolutely against misbehaving members, irrespective of party allegiances. They must hammer home the importance of maintaining the decorum and dignity of the House.

M. Veera Pandiyan Deputy Editor, New Media, a taxpayer who has voted in the past six general elections, has always been observing what MPs say and do in and out of Parliament.

'cyber war' started in malaysia?!?...

out of the whole article below... the only line that really caught my attention is this...

as reported... "“This is among our key strategies in preparation for the elections. The other is getting our members to register as voters,”"...

yup, one can imagine how soon can the next general election be... also, through this statement, am pretty sure there are loads of umno members who are NOT registered voters!... talk about committment eh?!?...

as reported... "On the other hand, she said, there was a tendency among opposition party members not to believe any negative report about their leaders."...

then, why bother starting a 'war' in the 1st place?!?... sigh!...

anyway, why only start this kinda 'war' now, just because of general lection is coming?!?.. meaning they could not be bother wat people say during the 'normal time'?!?...

p/s ; with evidence and facts but they call them blatant lies?!?... siapa yang bodoh, bodoh dan bodoh sekarang?!?... hehe! :) ...

Umno recruiting team of writers to fight ‘cyber war’

KOTA KINABALU: Umno is set to do battle in cyberspace ahead of the anticipated general election by assembling a team of writers from every state to counter allegations about the party and its leadership on certain websites.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Azalina Othman Said said she had been recently tasked by party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to take charge of this “cyber war.”

“This is among our key strategies in preparation for the elections. The other is getting our members to register as voters,” she said yesterday after opening the Kota Kinabalu Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri meetings.

Azalina, the Youth and Sports Minister, said all state Umno liaison committees would be asked to identify writers willing to assist the party in this cause.

However, she declined to explain how these writers would carry out their duties nor did she name the websites that had purportedly spread the allegations.

Earlier, in her speech when opening the Youth, Wanita and Puteri meetings, Azalina said certain websites appeared to be stepping up their attacks against the country’s leaders.

“We need to counter these blatant lies. If we remain quiet, our worry is that some of our members and civil servants will be influenced by all these nonsense,” she added.

Azalina said she was aware that many party members liked visiting certain websites and could end up believing what was posted there.

On the other hand, she said, there was a tendency among opposition party members not to believe any negative report about their leaders.

“We want Umno members to support and defend their leaders. If they are sitting in a coffeeshop and hear others talking badly about the party leaders they should counter those lies immediately,” Azalina added.

In a related development, she said the opposition had resorted to moving their members and supporters to seats they were confident of winning in the coming polls.