- Najib Censors The World’s Most Prestigious News Magazine
- 5,000 Doktor Swasta Tuntut Jeyakumar Dibebaskan
- KDN Hitamkan Laporan The Economist Tentang Bersih
- Invitation to a dialogue session with Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Tareq Mohammed Al Suwaidan
- Nurul Iman Anwar: My Bersih 2.0 Experience
- Najib To Come Under Scorpenes Torpedo Fire This Thursday
Posted: 19 Jul 2011 07:35 PM PDT
It’s all over the Internet. The Malaysian Government has censored The Economist, the world’s most respected and distinguished journal.
Because it did not like what The Economist reported.
Question. How many people in Malaysia read The Economist?
According to The Economist website, it is 10,477. That is their circulation in Malaysia. Out of a nation of 28 million.
A new question.
How many people in Malaysia now know that Najib and Company took their black markers to The Economist? And hosw many Malaysians now want to read – and have read — what The Economist said?
Answer. Thanks to the Internet, in Malaysia, it is now probably 100,000 — 200,000 — or even more who know what The Economist said.
And what about the rest of the world? The Economist has a worldwide circulation of almost 1.5 million people – people who are called "opinion leaders."
Now they know what Najib did.
So once again, it's a self-inflicted black eye.
I keep wondering –
Why does this government keep shooting itself in the foot? – Malaysia Chronicle
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Posted: 19 Jul 2011 02:53 AM PDT
Persekutuan Pengamal Perubatan Swasta yang mewakili kira-kira 5,000 doktor swasta di seluruh negara bergabung dengan pertubuhan perubatan yang lain menuntut pembebasan ahli parlimen Sungai Siput D Jeyakumar.
“Kami amat prihatin dengan tahanan berterusan rakan kami, Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, yang kami iktiraf dan sahkan sebagai seorang doktor yang mematuhi undang-undang, cekap dan tekun.
“Rekod perkhidmatan awamnya cukup cemerlang dan sepanjang pengetahuan kami, beliau tentunya bukan ancaman kepada keselamatan negara ini," kata persekutuan itu dalam satu kenyataan media hari ini.
Ia memetik Jeyakumar telah berkhidmat untuk tempoh yang lama dengan kerajaan dan memberikan perkhidmatan kepada rakyat. tanpa mementingkan dirinya.
Doktor itu juga dipuji kerana kerja-kerja kebajikan dan sikap baik hati yang ditunjukkannya kepada semua di bawah jagaannya tanpa mengira bangsa dan agama.
“Kami, rayu perintah tahanan ke atas Dr Michael Jeyakumar ditarik,,” petik kenyataan itu yang juga memohon pembebasan lima anggota Parti Sosialis Malaysia yang ditahan bersama.
Jeyakumar dan lima rakannya kini ditahan mengikut Ordinan Darurat kerana didakwa terbabit dengan aktiviti haram bagi merancang perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 yang menuntut pembaharuan pilihan raya.
Sebelum ini, 176 pengamal perubatan lain juga telah mengeluarkan kenyataan yang sama menuntut pembebasannya.
Posted: 19 Jul 2011 02:33 AM PDT
Laporan tentang himpunan Bersih yang disiar Majalah antarabangsa The Economist ditapis oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri, dalam cubaannya menyaring maklumat sampai kepada pembaca di negara ini.
Perkara itu mula ditimbulkan Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat, M Kulasegaran dalam laman twitternya mengenai laporan Bersih yang diterbitkan majalah antarabangsa itu.
Berdasarkan gambar yang disiarkan portal media, laporan khas bertajuk 'Political Affray in Malaysia: Taken To The Cleaner" menunjukkan empat bahagian yang dihitamkan menggunakan pen dakwat kekal.
Sekiranya dibandingkan dengan versi dalam talian The Economist, bahagian yang dihitamkan itu berkaitan salah laku dan keganasan yang dilakukan polis dalam menangani himpunan aman 9 Julai lalu.
Antara ayat-ayat yang dihitamkan itu adalah:
'Seorang lelaki mati akibat sakit jantung' (and one man died of a heart attack), pada perenggan pertama.
'Perhimpunan itu kemudiannya diharamkan, meskipun pihak berkuasa menawarkan sebuah stadium untuk berhimpun – tetapi menarik balik tawaran itu' (The march itself was then banned, although the authorities offered Bersih a stadium to meet in – and then withdrew the offer') pada perenggan kedua.
'Taktik polis mencetuskan kemarahan; kerajaan akur menjalankan siasatan rasmi berhubung dakwaan keganasan polis. Dalam satu kejadian (sempat dirakamkan dalam filem) polis seolah-olah menembak gas pemedih mata dan meriam air ke arah peserta himpunan yang berlindung daripada serangan belantan'
(The heavy-handed police tactics have provoked a lot of anger; the government has conceded an official investigation into claims of police brutality. In one instance (caught on film), police seemed to fire tear gas and water cannon into a hospital where protesters were sheltering from a baton charge), pada perenggan keempat.
Majalah mingguan itu mendakwa Malaysia mempunyai sejarah dalam menapis laporan-laporan yang disiarkan oleh The Economist dalam rencananya pada September tahun lalu.
Majalah itu menyenaraikan Malaysia di bawah India dan China dalam carta 12 negara yang menapis, mengharamkan atau menyita naskhah-naskhah The Economist, yang dijual di 190 negara.
Posted: 19 Jul 2011 01:12 AM PDT
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to a closed dialogue session with the honorable Dr. Tareq Mohammed Al-Suwaidan and Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Member of Parliament and leader of the Malaysian Opposition. Dr Tareq will deliver a speech on “The Future of Islam” and Dato’ Seri Anwar will deliver a speech entitled “Leadership and Change.”
Date: 19th July 2011 (TUESDAY)
Time: 5.30pm – 11pm
Venue: Level 16, Menara Yayasan Selangor, Petaling Jaya (near Amcorp Mall)
Details of the program:
5.30 – 7.00pm: Speech delivered by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim( (A Generation of Change )
7.30: Maghrib and Dinner
8.30pm – 11pm: Speech delivered by Dr Tareq Mohammed Al-Suwaidan (Islamic Civilisation)
Posted: 18 Jul 2011 11:08 PM PDT
Posted: 18 Jul 2011 10:42 PM PDT
For over two years, Parisian prosecutors, led by investigating judges Francoise Besset and Jean-Christophe Hullin, have been gingerly investigating allegations involving senior French political figures and the sales of submarines and other weaponry to governments all over the world. French news reports have said the prosecutors have backed away from some of the most serious charges out of concern for the political fallout.
The investigators are following a paper trail that would bring to the forefront corruption involving both French and Malaysian officials. And even though the investigations will not look into the murder of translator and former lover of Razak Baginda – Altantuya – the murder would definitely be on the minds of all following the case.
On Thursday, July 21, French lawyer William Bourdon will be in Penang to give an exclusive presentation. He is expected to disclose how even “bigger” commissions were paid to “extremely high level” government officials in Malaysia related to the purchase of two submarines in 2002.
Many may not know that French lawyers William Bourdon, Renaud Semerdjian and Joseph Breham filed two requests with Parisian prosecutors on Dec 4, 2009 and Feb 23 2010 on behalf of the Malaysian human rights organization Suaram to investigate bribery and kickbacks from the deal.
As Defence Minister at the time, Najib would have full knowledge of all things pertaining to the purchase of the equipment. A purchase this large and complicated and involving the use of public money should require Najib's full attention. All details would have made its way onto his desk. Failing to keep in check all the details involved would be tantamount to Najib being sloppy at the job.
In other words, there is no way Najib can be a small player in the whole sordid affair, he would certainly have to be the star.
Additional budget allocations needed for the Scorpenes
From the very beginning, French investigators have shown interest in Razak Baginda's role in the RM7 billion purchase of Scorpene submarines from French company DCN and the alleged irregularities in the payment of RM570 million to Perimekar, a company managed by Razak, for what the Malaysian government calls "co-ordination and support services" in clinching the submarine deal.
Last month, Najib asked for an additional RM13 billion from Parliament. Part of this additional money was to go into the up-keep of the submarines. The initial maintenance cost, according to the Defence Minister, by Boustead stood at RM50 million per year for 6 years – apparently that figure was only an estimate. Now the cost would be RM417 million in total. An increase of RM117 million from its original RM300 million price tag.
And this increase will be borne by the public. We have yet to hear of the cost for construction of the submarines base in Sabah. Apparently, the Straits of Malacca is too shallow for submarines of the Scorpene class to operate in, thus they have been commission for service in deeper water off the coast of Borneo. This goes against the initial idea that the submarines would be used to curb pirate activities along the Straits of Malacca.
Titanic daylight robbery
So why would Malaysia purchase submarines when geographically, the seas around Malaysia are not that suitable for any submarine activities. What sort of planning went into the purchase beforehand?
Only Najib Razak can answer this. As Defense Minister at the time of the purchase, he was the person tasked with convincing Parliament to approve the purchases.
And now, with further revelations that greater amounts of public money had been used to pay "commissions", it looks like Najib may have out-done himself as both the weakest and the worst Prime Minister in Malaysian history. Whether through negligence or outright involvement.
Indeed, Najib has much to answer for when it comes to the purchase of the Scorpene submarines. The Frence investigation is clear in its focus – to flush out the corrupt practices involved in the whole deal.
And as the investigators dig deeper, expect more heads to roll. And not just Najib’s but every other high-level leader involved will come under scrutiny.
The Scorpene deal is forging ahead to sink what appears to be the Najib-UMNO-BN's titanic day-light robbery of public funds.
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