Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Well, let me say it loud and clear.
It is an exposure of hypocrisy. Hypocrisy of the leaders of the ruling party who have staunchly, and perhaps hysterically, supported the laws of moral policing to the extent that couple holding hands in public are now liable for offence of indecency.
The political leaders in the government of the day, including all the agencies and institutions, have enacted moral policing laws, regulations and rules to uplift morality to the level they themselves have not been able to maintain. Thus, the inconsistency of their own behavior with the standard and principle they preach. That is what I have exposed, not merely a photograph taken in an enclosed private place. Is that not an important issue for public discourse?
Equally hypocrite are those who have visited this blog for the first time merely to have a peep at the photograph to satisfy their own curiosity but immediately deplore it in pretence.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
I was one of the recipients of the above photograph. The man, apparently wearing a bathrobe, is a Member of Parliament at the lower house (Dewan Rakyat) and the woman in his chest is a Senator. Both are married but not to each other.
The scene seems to be a typical hotel bathroom where a towel rack and a clothes-line box can be seen on the upper left of the photograph.
What could they possibly be doing in the room or bathroom of a hotel in such a romantic atmosphere?
Whatever could it be but in a country where the political leadership emphasizes so much on moral and values based on religion, the two members of Parliament will certainly have to openly justify their close proximity.
They can either admit it or deny it by claiming that the photograph was super-imposed. Whatever. The point is that the public has a right to know since they are political leaders subject to public scrutiny.
Let's give them a chance.
Note: "Bicameral" means a system of government having 2 chambers of Parliament.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
At last, my letters to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) dated 27.2.2006 and 11.1.2006 on Zakaria Deros had received a reply from Pn Hasmah binti Abdullah, CEO of the IRB today, a copy of which had been faxed to me last week.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Zakaria was appointed a senator on July 30, 1991 and served two terms until July 31, 1997. He was adjudicated a bankrupt on Sept 10, 1992 but discharged on Nov 24, 1992.
Article 48(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution provides that “a person is disqualified from being a member of either House of Parliament if he is an undischarged bankrupt”.
Article 50(1) of the Federal Constitution further provides that “if a member of either House of Parliament becomes disqualified for membership of that House his seat shall become vacant”.
The two articles of the constitution read together would mean that Zakaria’s seat as senator had become vacant on Sept 10,1992 with immediate effect. There is no provision in the constitution that allows him to resume the office when he subsequently obtained the discharge order on Nov 24, 1992, unless there was a stay of execution.
Therefore, Zakaria’s term of office from Sept 10, 1992 until the expiry of his first term in the senate was unconstitutional and unlawful.
Consequently, he had unlawfully received the remuneration and allowances as senator during his first term after Nov 24, 1992. He has also been unlawfully enjoying the gratuity and pension all these years from the said unlawful tenure until today.
The Parliament should take cognizance of Zakaria’s said unlawful tenure and take action to revoke his pension and further demand that all benefits that he had received during the said unconstitutional and unlawful tenure be returned.
Zakaria may have to let go his municipal councillorship, but that does not end his political career in Klang and Selangor under the present decadent political culture in the UMNO and the Barisan Nasional.
I said in my press statement today:-
Although Dato Zakaria bin Md Deros, Selangor State Assemblyman for Port Klang, has announced yesterday that he declined the re-appointment as the councillor of the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), all issues related to him are far from over.
In fact, the UMNO Supreme Council which advised him to give up the appointment should have ordered him to resign as the state assemblyman as well for a person who is unfit to be appointed a councillor cannot be fit to be an elected representative. It is irreconcilable when one is found to be unfit for a lower public office can at the same time be fit for a higher public office.
Zakaria’s departure from the MPK does not mark the end of Zakaria’s era in Klang and Selangor. With his positions as the UMNO Klang Division Chief, the State Assemblyman and the Chairman of the Land Committee in the Selangor Economic Development Corporation (PKNS), he will still wield substantial influence in Klang and Selangor. In Klang itself, he still has his alter ego, his son and daughter-in-law, to represent him in the MPK.
His arrogance and habitual abuse of power and position are evident from the construction of his bungalow without permission, construction of a restaurant known as “DZ Satay House” on road reserve without permission and the approval of land application where he wore two hats simultaneously as the chairperson of the applicant and the approving authority.
His departure from the MPK shall not absolve him from all other necessary actions whatsoever to be taken against him should he be found to have transgressed the boundary of laws, including the following:-
(i) demolition of the illegal structure of “Satay House”;
(ii) demolition of the unlawful “Istana Zakaria”;
(iii) full investigation into all land dealings of the Land Committee of the PKNS chaired by him;
(iv) full investigation against all complaints against him by the public; and
(v) full investigation by the Anti Corruption Agency and the Income Tax Department to ascertain his incomes and sources of income.
Another important aspect of the whole Zakaria episode that requires public scrutiny is the decadent system of appointment of the local governments by the state authority. The episode is not an isolated case but a phenomenon in the country that needs immediate attention and remedial actions. The only available option is to re-introduce local government election which has been suspended for 40 years for which the government of the day is indefensibly evading. "
Thursday, November 02, 2006
“A councillor shall not act in the office of Councillor unless he has made and subscribed before a local authority a declaration of acceptance of office in Form A of the First Schedule hereto and such declaration shall be free from stamp duty.”
“I….. , having been appointed a Councillor of the ….. of ….. declare that I take the said office upon myself and that I will duly and faithfully fulfil the duties thereof according to the best of my judgment and ability.”
Faizal Abdullah, Klang Municipal Councillor, one of the three councillors in Klang who constructs bungalow without building plan announced his resignation last night. (NST Nov 2 and The Star Nov 2)
What about his fellow councillors, Dato Zakaria bin Md Deros and Mazlynoor Abdul Latiff, who commit the same offence?
Wednesday, November 01, 2006