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Friday, March 23, 2012

Hamza Kashgari: Can UMNO BN government be trusted?

Hamza Kashgari was in Malaysia en route to New Zealand to seek asylum from likely death sentence in Saudi Arabia for allegedly tweeting blasphemous messages, but was arrested and deported.

Malaysian authorities claimed that Hamza was arrested upon arrival and handed over to the Saudi to be deported.

However, Malaysiakini published some photos to showed that the Malaysian authorities had lied. The photos were taken at Taman Tasik Titiwansa and Istana Budaya and mentioned too a photo taken at KLIA arrival hall.

So had the Malaysian authorities lied and can the UMNO/BN government be trusted to tell the truth?

Well, look at the photos below and form your own conclusions.

Article NGO: Photos show gov’t ‘lied’ about deportation courtesy of Malaysiakini:

 

 

NGO: Photos show gov't 'lied' about deportation

11:57AM Mar 23, 2012

The NGO Lawyers for Liberty said photographs showing Saudi national Hamza Kashgari in the country shows that the government had lied about having arrested the journalist upon arrival.
“Lawyers for Liberty has obtained photographs that affirmatively showed Hamza Kashgari was actually in the country for a couple of days before his arrest on Feb 9, 2012,” said the group in a statement yesterday.
NONEThe group produced several photographs of Hamza taken at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa and Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur, and one at the KL International Airport (KLIA) departure hall.
They said the photographs contradict the Home Ministry’s claim that the Saudi national, wanted in his home country, had been arrested upon arrival.
“The home minister and the police had continuously maintained that Hamza was arrested upon his arrival at KLIA on Feb 9, when in fact he was stopped by the immigration at the KLIA departure hall while trying to board a plane to Auckland, New Zealand after having arrived in Malaysia on February 7,” said the group.
They cited PDRM spokesperson Ramli Yoosuf’s statement reported in AFP on February 9 that Hamza had been “detained at the airport upon arrival following a request made to us by Interpol after the Saudi authorities applied for it”.
“These photographic proof reaffirmswhat Lawyers for Liberty has maintained all along - that the home minister and police had bent over backwards to please the Saudi Arabian government and had resorted to lies and deception in order to save the embarrassment that they had allowed Hamza to enter Malaysia, and to further justify Hamza’s unlawful detention and deportation which violated domestic and international law,” they added.
hamza kashgari 120212Hamza (left) had earlier fled his homeland after allegedly tweeting messages held to be blasphemous to Islam, with the Saudi authorities on his tail.
Malaysian lawyers had attempted to stop his deportation from Malaysia through a court order, but had not managed to serve it before Hamza’s departure from the country.
Following this, the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) slammed the government’s move as a violation of international human rights law of which which Malaysia is a signatory.
LFL yesterday added that Hamza has since been tried in Saudi’s criminal court on March 7 where his “repentance” was recorded, and at present remains in solitary confinement at Al-Hair Prison without access to a lawyer nor any indication of his release or detention period.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Election Commission conducting massive fraud?


Anwar Ibrahim today exposed what he claimed to be the method which the Election Commission of Malaysia conducts "massive fraud" in manipulating the voters roll by giving an example.

Anwar said this was how they register an existing voter in another constituency by using the same identity card number but adds a forward slash / to the end of the IC number.

Anwar furnished a printout of a voter, Zarina binti Abu Tausi, IC. No. 81100101536 registered in the polling district Desa Rahmat in Johor.

The printout showed Zarina also registered in polling distric of Seri Mahkota in Pahang but with IC No. 811001015036/ which is the same number as above except with that forward slash / at the end of the IC number.

I did a search myself at EC's Electoral Roll Checking and verified that what Anwar claimed is correct.

Below is the screen shot of what I found and you can do the check yourself over at EC's Electoral Roll Checking. I did the check on Thursday 22 March 2011 at 3pm. If there are no changes, you should find the same result:

Electoral fraud by EC

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mariam Mokhtar on Yen Yen’s riotous assembly

Yen Yen, Minister of tourism, claimed assemblies (demonstrations) deter people from coming to Malaysia under the Malaysia My Second Home program, but read below Mariam’s rebuttal to her below in her opinion piece, courtesy of Malaysiakini:

Yen Yen's riotous assembly

Mariam Mokhtar
11:38AM Mar 19, 2012

If the Malaysian elite do not mind investing in the UK capital despite its riots why would Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen claim that foreigners are not attracted to Malaysia's My Second Home (MM2H) programme because of our street demonstrations?
ng yen yen pc parliament 160611 03In a written reply to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) about the MM2H scheme in Parliament recently, Yen Yen (right) said that riots gave the impression that Malaysia was not a peaceful and stable country and so prevented many foreigners from participating in the MM2H programme.
Yen Yen said: “This is the key barrier preventing foreigners from staying in Malaysia for long periods.” President Assad of Syria could not have said it any better.
It is understood that to qualify for the MM2H programme, foreigners over 50 years old must furnish proof of a minimum monthly income of RM10,000 and a minimum fixed deposit of RM350,000.
Those who are below 50 years, have to earn at least RM10,000 and have a deposit of at least RM500,000 in a local bank.
The participant will be entitled to a 10-year multiple entry social visit pass and the person’s spouse, children aged below 21 and parents are allowed into the country, as dependants.
Perhaps Yen Yen is not aware that these retirees also want a peaceful life and are frightened by the headlines that shout “Muslim model caned for glass of beer”.
The stories of the various artistes who are banned from performing in the country because of their outfits, tattoos or sexual orientation, do nothing to reassure the foreigners of the desirability of being in Malaysia.
Boys sent to boot camps
These foreigners are also fearful of the religious police breaking down doors in hotel rooms. This is precisely what happened to an elderly American couple whose yacht broke down in Langkawi.

china tourist in malaysia 060905Whilst waiting for spare parts to arrive, they had an unexpected visit by the authorities in the early hours of the morning.
There are stories of small boys who are considered too effeminate by the authorities and are therefore sent to special boot camps to “toughen them up”, of tomboys being told their hair style and choice of clothing are too masculine, and Muslims being told that yoga is against the religion.
Foreigners are also wary of the stories of Christians and non-Muslims being persecuted, of crosses and other Christian symbols being banned, of bodies snatched from graves and that Christmas carols are forbidden.
The Malay citizen will be wondering why his foreign MM2H neighbour is avoiding him, not realising that the foreigner avoids him for obvious reasons.
underwater world langkawi theme park 260907Anyone who has been to some of Langkawi’s tourist destinations will know of the tiered system of charges. Apartheid may have been abolished in South Africa but it thrives in Malaysia.
The lowest charge is for Malaysians with a MyKad and the highest charge is for foreigners. In the east coast, it is one price for the locals, another for Malaysians; whilst foreigners get the highest price for whatever is being sold - goods or services.
Yen Yen may travel in air-conditioned comfort with unmarked police cars clearing a path in heavy traffic for her but for the normal Malaysian and MM2H participant, it is chaos as usual.
If both the MM2H applicant and spouse are foreigners, then the couple is entitled to a duty-free car. They will need it as our public transport system is non-existent.
Nevertheless, they will be shocked by the high prices of cars in Malaysia, the traffic-jams and driving attitude of Malaysians.
Despite the chaos and clogged-up roads of Bangkok, we hear that foreigners do not mind making the city their home.
Malaysians have come to accept the litter, filth, dirty toilets and petty bureaucracy as the norm. The foreigners are disgusted by the squalor of our streets and do not like being ripped-off by taxi drivers.
The foreigner dreads the lack of transparency and is helpless when after investing in property, he finds that a rare earth separation plant, iron-ore pelleting works, incinerator or other heavy industrial facility will emerge nearby.
Malaysia’s success is also a magnet for undesirable types and one can’t help sounding like a racist and a xenophobe when one says that Malaysia has lost a lot of its charm with the influx of refugees.
Outlets manned by foreigners
Malaysia is a favourite holiday destination for Middle Eastern people, who come for cheap sex. They have plenty of money and some have more money than manners.

Many of them are arrogant and push their way around - literally and physically. They are loud and believe that money always talks.
sabah tourism poster turtlesOur coral islands are invaded by people from the Near East. Trying to go for a quiet snorkelling session in the islands of the east coast is a nightmare.

There does not seem to be a restriction on the number of people. This will result in the extinction of the coral and the life it supports.
The stalls in our cities are manned by foreigners, so that there is little chance of interaction between the MM2H foreigners and true Malaysians.

It is like going to London and being surprised that Eastern Europeans, some of whom can barely speak English, have replaced the locals.
Malaysians cannot avoid being blamed for being obnoxious. Anyone who goes to a hotel buffet will go hungry if he is late. Malaysians are greedy and pile their plates high with food, whether or not they are hungry. They also have no concept of queueing.
The worst display of lawlessness was told by a British woman who bought what she thought was a luxury flat. She said that when the second phase was ready, several Africans moved in.
They claimed to be students but drove expensive BMWs, splashed money around and picked up girls for wild parties. They were just wealthy criminals who run their scams from Kuala Lumpur because it has become too hot for them in Lagos.
So, Yen Yen, do you really think that the riots keep the MM2H foreigners away?


MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In ‘real-speak', this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How votes are bought in Malaysia and the polling booth orientation (and how to spoil your vote)


Update: for those whose votes have been bought (because they badly needed the money) as explained in the article below and you are concerned at the terrible state that Malaysia is in and want to do your part, spoil the pre-marked ballot paper that had been given to you by crossing the other box or boxes as any ballot paper with more than 1 cross (mark) will be considered as spoilt and will not count. Perhaps this is why sometimes we get an unusual amount of spoilt votes?


During my training as a polling and counting agent for the 2008 elections, my trainer explained to me how votes are bought by the corrupt UMNO/BN.

It all starts with a voter going in to the polling station with a pre-marked fake polling ballot in favor of UMNO/BN candidate hidden in his pocket and putting that pre-marked voting slip into the ballot box, then taking out the unmarked voting slip out of the polling station. However, first I will explain how the much much earlier orientation of the privacy shield at the polling booth makes cheating very difficult.

Earlier orientation of privacy shield at polling booth which makes buying of votes difficult


It seemed some time in the past, the privacy shield was orientated away from the polling agent and so when the voter is at the polling booth, his back is facing the polling agent. See Figure 1 below (click to enlarge):

Figure 1: Earlier layout of privacy shield and polling station which made bying of votes difficult


So it seems that polling agents will be able to observe the back of the voter at the polling booth and while no person other than the voter himself will be able to see him marking the ballot slip, he will be unable to take out the pre-marked voting slip from his pocket and hide the real unmarked polling slip in his pocket without being observed, put the fake pre-marked ballot slip into the ballot box and take the unmarked genuine polling slip out of the polling station.

Orientation of privacy shield to facilitate cheating


In the 2008 and prior general elections, the privacy shield was deliberately reoriented to face the polling agents and the voter's back is facing away from the polling agents can see only the legs of the voter while the backside and upper body is hidden from the view of the polling agents (see figure below, click to enlarge):

Figure 2: Orientation of privacy shield 2008 and "prior" which enables cheating


Thus to start off, a cooperating voter is given a fake pre-marked (in favor of BN) polling slip to hide in his pocket, walks into the polling station and is given a genuine polling slip, take the slip to the polling booth and now his back is facing away from polling agents and only his legs are visible.

He hides the unmarked genuine polling slip into his pocket unseen by the agents, take the pre-marked false ballot slip and put it into the ballot box and walks out of the polling station unhindered.

At a secret location the first voter exchanged the unmarked genuine polling slip for a pre-arranged sum of money.

The genuine polling slip is pre-marked in favor of UMNO/BN and is given to the next voter with instruction to put that into the ballot box and take out the unmarked ballot slip in order to collect his loot.

The second bought voter goes in and is given a genuine unmarked polling slip, goes to the polling booth and again hide the unmarked polling slip in his pocket unseen, goes to the ballot box, puts in the pre-marked slip and walks out of the polling station with the unmarked polling slip (genuine) undetected.

Again at the secret location, he exchange the unmarked polling slip for money and that unmarked polling slip is pre-marked for the next voter and the whole process is repeated until the end of polling.

Thus in this way the person/party who wants to buy votes ensure that the bought voter actually vote for the selected candidate.

The "new" orientation of the privacy shield as shown in NST


I saw the new arrangement of the polling station in New Straits Times and it is shown with the original orientation of the privacy shield facing away from the polling agents with the whole of the back of the voter visible to the polling agents which must be enforced at all cost. This is as it should be and and was the orientation used in the distant past (see figure below):

Previous and "new" layout of polling booth and polling station


Actually, the diagram in NST may be slightly different from the above which is reproduced from memory, but the essential relation of the polling agents, the voter and the privacy shield is as shown. That diagram I believe is given by the Election Commission. If anyone has that diagram given by the Election Commission anywhere on the web, hope you can leave the URL in a comment below.

Thus I hope those doing the training for the upcoming 13th General Election should inform the potential polling agents and all polling agents must ensure that this orientation of the privacy shield is adhered to.

Please spread this information to as many people as you can to reduce buying of votes.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Help invisible children and capture Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony of LRA (Lord's Resistance Army), an Ugandan guerrilla group kills children's parents and forces boys to be child soldiers and girls to be sex slaves.

Watch the video below and understand how important it is for Joseph Kony to be captured and the children to be rescued:

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.



And if you want to know more about Joseph Kony, read about him and his brutality over at Wikipedia: Joseph Kony and help spread the message.

Mat Sabu joked about Lembu (cow)

This is the first time I saw Mat Sabu and from the reaction of the audience, Mat Sabu can really crack jokes and make people laugh.

However, he delivers an important and serious message - UMNO/BN must be kicked out from Putrajaya (Federal power) for real urgently needed reforms to start and not the so called reforms talked about by Najib Abdul Razak.

Wished I have the ability to transcript his jokes and message into Bahasa Malaysia or translate into English to reach a wider audience. Any volunteers>

General Election - questions to help you decide

From an email forward:

General Election - Bungkus BN

We all know that once in a few years we are given the opportunity to vote.
Why vote? It has no effect on the outcome.
One vote alone may not count but many votes together becomes a voice to be reckoned with. Let your voice be heard.
This election, more so than others is a vital election because we are at a cross roads. If we get it right we will prosper; if we get it wrong, we will suffer as we have seen in our neighboring countries.

To help you decide please ponder these issues:
Do you think our politicians in power are corrupt?
Do you think our civil service is corrupt?
Do you think they are incompetent?
Do you think the people in power sets themselves above the law?
Do you think our leadership has lost its way?
Do you think we are getting more & more divided by race & religion?
Do you think we have a questionable justice system?
Do you think that they are wasting our wealth?
Do you think our children will suffer more?
Do you want to see change?

If you say yes to 3 or more of these issues, don't you think we need change? YOU CAN MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN!!!

Just send this to 10 other relatives or friends and ask them to do the same to 10 of their friends and so on. By so doing we are enlisting the power of multilevel marketing. Yes the math works and it is awesome. By the 7th level this message would reach 1,000,000 people. Yes we can make our vote count! Better believe it!! We owe it to ourselves and to our children and to their children.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Did PMO paid for Najib’s daughter engagement do?

PKR claimed there is evidence that PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) paid for Najib’s daughter engagement reception but Najib says no?.

The said evidence came from a banquet event order from Shangrila Hotel which billed PMO a total of almost half a million ringgit.

Here is what is stated on Shangri-La Hotel Banquet Event Order printed on 6/13/2011. Note particularly red words bolded below:

BILLING

VIP Western Set Menu at RM450++ per person

Normal western set menu at RM310++ per person

Handling charges at RM81,000 nett

To be billed to PM’s office. Letter of Undertaking by 15 June 2011

Account: Pejabat Perdana Menteri

Post As: Pejabat Perdana Menteri – OCS Dinner

Function: Pejabat Perdana Menteri – OCS Dinner

Address: Bangunan Perdana Putra

               Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan

                Putrajaya, WP 62502

Auth Sig: Encik Huzairi/Cik Najbah

On site: Encik Amirul

Bkg Contact: YBHG Dato Mohd Po’ad bin Jelani

Phone: 019-3110011

Fax: 03-88880142

Read more below article 'PMO paid for engagement do of Najib's daughter' courtesy of Malaysiakini:

'PMO paid for engagement do of Najib's daughter'

Aidila Razak
4:19PM Mar 9, 2012

PKR today revealed evidence that it said shows the government footed the bill for the engagement reception for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's daughter.
Citing a banquet event order from Shangri La Hotel, which catered for the event, PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli said the Prime Minister’s Office was billed RM409,767 for the reception.
"This is not a small matter. It may be just RM409,767, but it signifies the lax attitude of the government, starting from the PM to his cabinet ministers, who use taxpayers' money for the personal luxuries," Rafizi said.

According to the copies of the document provided to the media, the event billed to the Prime Minister's Office was held on June 17, 2011 at the Perdana Putra complex.
Nooryana Najwa Najib and Daniyar NazarbayevBernama had last year reported that Nooryana Najwa's engagement to Kazakh national Daniar Nazarbayev took place at the PM' Najib Abdul Razak's official residence Seri Perdana, Putrajaya that night.

The document, which names the PM's private secretary Mohd Po'ad Jelani as the main contact person for the booking reveals that it was done under the PMO's office account.
In the billing section, Shangri La noted that the PMO was due to furnish a letter of undertaking by June 15, 2011.

The function was categorised as a 'OCS dinner', and required setting up three days before the event and pre-function drinks for that night.
Rakyat paid for PM's taste

The dinner cost RM522 per head for 36 VIP guests, and RM359.60 per head for 862 other guests, while handling charges reached a whopping RM81,000.

The menu included lobster bisque and wagyu beef, while Shangri La also catered supper for 300 people at RM45++ per head.
"I'm not sure why they didn't use National Feedlot Centre's beef," quipped Rafizi, who is at the forefront of exposes on Cabinet Minister Shahrizat Jalil-linked project.

However, in a Twitter posting, the PMO denied the allegations by Rafizi.

"The engagement bill of PM's daughter, Nooryana Najwa, was not taken up by the Prime Minister's Office as alleged by some quarters," read the post.

It adds that the PMO will issue a statement over the matter soon.

rafizi speech 181011According to Rafizi, (left) Najib needs to come clean on the matter as it is clear that the PMO was used for a private function.

"Even if he paid for the event from his own pocket (later), it is still a moral issue as he cannot pay for a private function through the PM's office," he said.
He added that while it is Najib's "personal right to have expensive tastes", it is "nauseating" that taxpayers' money was used to meet it.
"At the same time the PM pays consultants to build an image of himself as someone who eats with the people and lives moderately," he said.
He added that PKR will also raise the matter at the parliamentary sitting next week.
Malaysiakini has contacted Mohd Po'ad but he has not responded so far.

When contacted by the portal to check the veracity of the documents, Shangri La said it will be in touch once it checks its records.

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