Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
11 years ago in 1997, to avoid the embarrassment that might cause by my motion of no confidence against him in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, Mohammad made a wise choice of resigning as the Chief Minister of Selangor after he was arrested in Brisbane Airport for failing to declare the currency worth approximately RM2.4 million carried by him.
With his announcement today, there are now 5 candidated vying for the post of Deputy President of Umno. That is not the end of the list. The much talked about Tan Sri Muyhidin Yasin has yet to make his announcement. If he did in the next few days, the list would be at least 6. That is chaotic and unprecedented for Umno.
Although Abdullah has said that Najib will be his successor, no one should take it for granted that Najib would have a smooth sail to the presidency. At least Tengku Razaleigh will not easily give up his hope especially now that he has Dr Mahathir's support.
This is a once-in-the-lifetime opportunity to see how the infighting within Umno will lead to its self-destruction.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
There are a few possibilities. Firstly, he might call it a day and will retain the prime minister's post until the election of the new Umno president next March. This seems to be the view of most of the Umno top leaders.
Secondly, he might fight on against all odds. Of course, one should not underestimate him. He might have had quietly obtained sufficient promises to nominate him to seek re-appointment by tomorrow. If this was the case, it would be a big blow to Dato Sri Najib Abd Razak and his ambitious followers.
Thirdly, Abdullah might bring 40 Umno MPs, and perhaps some other MPs from the Barisan Nasional component parties, to join Pakatan Rakyat and form a coalition federal government on the condition that he would be retained as Prime Minister for the next 2 to 3 years to carry out his reform in the judiciary, anti-corruption and public delivery system. Thereafter, he would hand over the premiership to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
It looks weird but it is possible. There would be a few advantages if the Pakatan Rakyat were to accept this offer. Firstly, there would be a peaceful transfer of power from the Barisan Nasional to the Pakatan Rakyat. Thus, there would be no declaration for emergency. Thirdly, all those reforms proposed by him could be carried out with full support from the Pakatan Rakyat MPs as against the Barisan Nasional MPs.
Lastly, Anwar would eventually be made the Prime Minister.
Whereto, Abdullah? It's all up to you.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Everyone in the Umno, except Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, has taken for granted that Dato Najib Abdul Razak will be the only and natural choice of substitute. As such, the relatively unknown leader like Dato Nur Jazlan has also announced that he would contest for the No. 2 post after the announcements by Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.
Going by the Malay culuture and of course the Umno culture, these leaders are biadap (rude) for being disrespectful to Abdullah Badawi. How could they assume that Abdullah Badawi will certainly step down? This is similar to the situation of a son buying coffin for his ailing father.
They are destroying not only the Umno but the Malay culture which they have been claiming to have cherished all these years.
The Umno is melting down amid the party election heat like the melting down of Antarctica as a result of the global warming.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
More bite to tackle power abuse
Tan Yi LiangKUALA LUMPUR (Sept 21, 2008) : The Selangor state government will be drafting an Act and amending its Standing Orders to give its State Assembly and committees more bite in compelling witnesses to testify against power abusers.
Its Speaker Teng Chang Khim told theSun today: "We are drafting An Act and amending the Standing Orders (to compel witnesses to give testimony). The moves are in response to difficulties causing delays in investigations into the Wives of Selangor State Assemblymen and MPs Charity and Welfare Organisation (Balkis).
"We intend to hold a public inquiry, which is what we have been entrusted to do. However, there are some obstacles in compelling some witnesses to appear before us. We are dealing with this either by enacting laws and amending the Standing Orders, to facilitate public inquiries."
Investigations into Balkis are being conducted by the Special Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat). It has called five meetings and collected evidence since May," he added.
Teng said the proposed actions would deal with more than just the Balkis investigations."We are not just thinking of this Balkis matter. We are also thinking of the future, if there is a need to call any officer or the public, there will be something that can compel them to come.
Within days after the Barisan Nasional (BN) lost control of Selangor, the wives of the former BN assemblymen transferred about RM10 million of funds belonging to Balkis to Bakti, the federal version of Balkis.
Teng, who is Sungai Pinang assemblyman, said: "Currently, the State Constitution gives the Assembly or its committees the powers to call any witnesses to appear, but there is no penalty that can be imposed if anyone refuses.
"Various models are being studied for the Selangor government. We are actually looking at the UK and US models to study how witnesses can be compelled to appear and testify, and run a public inquiry in the presence of the press."
Teng urged the public to be patient with the state government in handling the probe into Balkis."
This is the first time in Malaysia that a public inquiry will be held to investigate matters which relate to a state administration. So we have to lay the groundwork and make a proper start so that others can emulate," said Teng, adding that the inquiry would be held early next year if "everything goes smoothly".
"There are a few factors that have to be readied, such as getting the laws done, and gathering enough evidence to hold such an inquiry," said Teng, who also spoke on the recent detention of Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
"In the last sitting, the State Assembly passed a motion urging the government to release all ISA detainees and the abolition of the ISA as it is against human rights. I believe that in our next sitting in October, our assemblymen will take further action on this issue," said Teng, who pointed out that Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M.Manoharan is still held under the ISA.
Teng said it was up to the assemblymen to decide whether action should be taken against former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for stirring up rumours which resulted in Kok's one-week detention.
"They should table a motion and let it be be debated by the assembly. If anyone feels that Khir Toyo should be disciplined, they should make the move. There is nothing to stop them from moving anything," said Teng.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The report by the Malaysiakini is as follows:-
"Khir's challenge: Declare assets
Andrew Ong Mar 27, 08 3:05pm
Former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has challenged his successor Khalid Ibrahim and his state executive councillors to declare their assets.
Mohd Khir was responding to Khalid’s recent revelation that there were reservations by some exco members on the matter.
"Before the elections, they (opposition parties) promised that they would declare their assets. I want them to declare now... if they cannot, that would be very unfortunate for the people of Selangor," said Mohd Khir during a phone interview today.
In an interview carried by Malaysiakini yesterday, Khalid said that he would "most likely" compel his exco members to declare their assets publicly.
However, he added that there were reservations by some exco members who do not want their shareholding information to be made public due to "family reasons".
Mohd Khir said that up until now, neither one of the new state governments had compelled their public office bearers to declare their assets, contrary to pledges made prior to the elections.
"All these opposition leaders should declare their assets and their debts. If they have settled their debts, tell us where the money came from," he said.
Two figures which Mohd Khir paid particular interest to, in regards to debts, was Khalid and newly appointed exco member Dr Hassan Ali.
Mohd Khir said previously, he and his exco members had to declare their assets to the Chief Secretary to the Government once every two years.
On Khalid’s proposal to implement a RM9 monthly levy for each foreign worker in Selangor, Mohd Khir said such a scheme would come under the purview of the federal government and not the state government.
"The first thing he needs to understand is the different powers of the federal and state governments. He should also thoroughly learn the state constitution and laws.
"He has shown signs of an inexperienced menteri besar who did not investigate matters thoroughly," said the former two-term Selangor chief executive.
Khalid, who has come under fire from various groups over the proposal, had said that the RM9 levy was for the purpose of weaning employers from foreign workers.
He also proposed that the collected levy, which is estimated to reach RM150 million annually, would be used for skills training programmes for youths as a means of tackling unemployment.
On Khalid’s announcement that the new state government would pursue its predecessors ‘zero-squatters’ policy, Mohd Khir said that it was due recognition of the previous government’s policy.
"Our zero squatters policy was the best in the world. Many foreign governments had sought my help in order to emulate a similar system in their respective countries.
"PKR on the hand were playing politics. It was only after they were in power they realised what we were doing in the past," he stressed.
In the case of Kampung Berembang, Khir said the state government had provided options for squatters to buy affordable and proper housing.
"Last time they were against the policy. Wan Azizah (PKR president) stayed there and gave tents to encourage the people to go against us. But now they seem to be emulating our policy," he added.
Asked about the Kampung Berembang issue, Khalid said the state government would "revisit" the issue, adding that he would try to accommodate both the wishes of the squatters as well as the developer.
Developers Perspektif Masa Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with state-owned Permodalan Nasional Selangor Bhd (PNSB), had sought to forcibly remove Kampung Berembang residents to make way for development projects last year.
Residents however are asserting claim to compensation as they have lived on the land since 1960s with consent from the Selangor government as evident in provision of electricity, water and other amenities by the authorities.
On veteran DAP opposition leader and Sungai Pinang assemblyperson Teng Chang Khim, Mohd Khir agreed that he had been sidelined in the appointment of exco positions.
"Teng is very senior and I respect him because he was a very effective opposition leader with lots of experience. In contrast, Ean Yong (Hian Wah) is only 29 years old. Why was he (Teng) sidelined?" asked Mohd Khir."
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Melaka is now leading.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
The support in Klang had obviously increased.
I will go to the Melaka ceramah tonight. May be I would help them to increase the donation from the ceramah crowd.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Looking at the response, Suee Lim should be able to retain the seat for the DAP.
Friday, February 29, 2008
29.2.2008: Ceramah at the DAP Sekinchan fund raising dinner
1.3.2008: Ceramah at USJ 12, Subang Jaya and Sungai Naim, Rantau Panjang, Klang
2.3.2008: Ceramah in Pey Fong School, Melaka
3.3.2008: Ceramah in Skudai, Johor Baru
4.3.2008: Grand Ceramah at Klang Hokkien Association Hall, Klang
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008