Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I want her to be like Mukhriz, but she chose to be like Marina, Dyana’s mum tells Dr Mahathir - The Malaysian Insider

MAY 20, 2014
LATEST UPDATE: MAY 20, 2014 05:53 PM

The mother of Teluk Intan DAP candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud today responded to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who had suggested that she had not done enough to impress on her daughter of Umno's struggle for the country and the Malay race.

Umno member Yammy Samad said she had tried to raise Dyana like Dr Mahathir's son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahatir but she ended up like the former prime minister's strong-willed daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.

"I tried to raise her like Mukhriz, but she ended up like Marina. I give all my children the freedom to chose what is right and wrong. Dyana is old enough to think about this," she told The Malaysian Insider today.

Commenting on Dyana's candidacy yesterday, Dr Mahathir had said Umno members should impress upon their children about the party's struggle.

"As parents, Umno members should tell their children about Umno, its history and what it has done (for country and people), otherwise when they grow up, they will do as they please," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Dyana's family members are staunch Umno supporters and Dr Mahathir said he was disappointed with her for contesting on a DAP ticket.

He said he would not have minded if she had come from a "pro-opposition family as from young, she would have been taught to hate Umno"

Dr Mahathir was previously reported as saying that he was disappointed with Dyana as her family members are staunch Umno supporters.

Yammy, however, said Dyana had a right to decide her own future, even if she chose to pick a husband who is not a Malay.

"I leave her to choose. She is free to choose her own husband, what more a political party.

"If she wants to get married, it's up to her. If she wants to get married to a Malay, Chinese or an Indian. If I force her, and if it ends up in failure, then what is the point?" she said.

She said there was nothing her daughter needed to be afraid of by joining the DAP as it was not a "Chinese-only" party.

Dyana, she added, was born a Muslim and will continue to uphold her religion till the end.

"Why would she go far away from Islam. My daughter was born a Muslim. She will be a Muslim forever. There is no reason why she would leave her faith. In DAP, not everyone is Chinese. All are from different religions," she said.

When asked if her daughter would be championing for the Malays through DAP, Yammy answered, "God willing".

Elaborating on the Malay support for Dyana, Yammy said the people in the area prefer to convey their support quietly through SMS or emails.

"They are quietly supporting through emails and by sending thousands of text messages. I am scared that my phone is going to explode," Yammy added. – May 20, 2014.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cardiff City FC - Who has the last laugh?

ECGMA says: He who laughs last laughs best!

How Winning the Premier League Doesn't Guarantee the Most Money
By Sean Martin 
May 15, 2014 18:09 GMT 3    

Since the introduction of Sky Sports in 1991, football has increasingly become all about the money. Every passing year, Sky Sports usually battles with a passing competitor, such as Setanta Sports, or following its demise, ESPN, until that too perished, and ends up paying that little bit more to secure the rights to show the world's most watched league.

However, BT Sport has arrived and it looks like it means business. Its desire to show England's top league has pushed BskyB to the brink. In the end, a compromise was reached and they both got their fair share of games to televise.

No matter how much joy either broadcaster, or a plethora of channels around the world, got from securing the television rights, the real winners are neither the broadcasters nor the fans, but the football teams.

The broadcasting rights for this season and the next two were sold for slightly over £3bn (€3.6bn, $5bn) according to the BBC - almost double the previous television package, with the majority of that being pumped into the teams come the end of the term. The sharing formular determined by how many games are aired and the final standing of teams on the Premier League table.

Manchester United, who last year finished on top of the table, received £60.8m from broadcasting rights in the 2012/13 campaign. Thanks to the massive increase in television revenue, this season's bottom club Cardiff raked in £62.1m.

A lot has been said about the Red Devil's season and how dire it has been, but the board will be sleeping easy after the club revealed its third quarter results, which shows a massive jump in TV revenue. It rose by £28.4m despite finishing six places lower on the table.

Out of the teams to have competed in the past two Premier League seasons, Liverpool recorded the biggest increase as television rights generated £97.5m for the Merseyside club, £0.9m more than eventual league winners Manchester City.

Liverpool earned more than the blue club from Manchester by virtue of having more games televised as it won the affection of neutrals following its attacking style of play.

There is a lesson to be learnt for the teams. Play football that the viewers want to watch and the money will follow.

Stoke, typically branded boring to watch, finished closer to Liverpool on the table than did Cardiff, but because it only had seven games aired, it received only £13m more than the team from Wales.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Australia commits up to $90 million to MH370 search


Australia has been leading the hunt for the plane which was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

It is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean but despite a massive air and sea search, including underwater using a US navy submersible, no sign of any wreckage has yet been found.

"The government will provide up to $89.9 million over two years from 2013-14 as part of Australia's commitment to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370," the papers stated.

Some $27.9 million would be given to the defence department to pay for its activities up to June 30, 2014 in looking for the Boeing aircraft, while another Aus$2 million would be spent on the Joint Agency Coordination Centre established to liaise with key stakeholders.

"Further funding of up to $60 million over two years from 2013-14 will be provided to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for Australia's contribution to the next phase of the search," the papers said.

Australia has been coordinating the search for the plane -- thought to have gone down in its search and rescue zone -- in consultation with China, from where two-thirds of the passengers came, and Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed Australia will do all it can to find the jet which mysteriously diverted from its course, saying he owed it to the families of those onboard to discover what happened.

While the aerial and sea surface searches have been scaled down, Australia is now working on the next phase which will involve using sophisticated equipment to scan the unmapped ocean bed some 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) below the surface.

Negotiations are underway to engage contractors to do this work which Abbott has previously said could cost Aus$60 million.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lim Chin Siong was wrongfully detained

Lim Chin Siong was wrongfully detained

Lim Chin Siong was wrongfully detained
May 08
09:35 2014
By Dr. Thum Ping Tjin
Lim Chin Siong co-founded the People's Action Party (PAP) in 1954 with Lee Kuan Yew. His intellect, leadership, and legendary oratory skills enabled him to organise the trade union movement and provide the organisational base for the PAP. He effectively championed the cause of the unemployed and the exploited workers of Singapore, and was wildly popular, winning the Bukit Timah constituency in the 1955 elections with an outright majority at the young age of 22. David Marshall recalled that Lee Kuan Yew introduced Lim Chin Siong to him as the person who would be Singapore's next leader.

However, his promising political career was destroyed when he detained without trial by Lim Yew Hock's government from 1956 to 1959, then again by Lee Kuan Yew's government from 1963 to 1969.

For over five decades, the official government narrative of Singapore's history has justified Lim Chin Siong's detention by asserting that he was a communist who advocated violence and subversion.

One of the most concrete charges made against Lim Chin Siong was that he allegedly instigated riots on 25 and 26 October 1956. At a PAP-organised rally at Beauty World on 25 October to protest the government arrests of Chinese middle school students and civil society leaders, Lim supposedly worked up the restless crowd by urging them to "pah mata!" (beat the police). For this, he was arrested and detained without trial on 27 October. In the Legislative Assembly, then-Minister for Education Chew Swee Kee said:

It is significant to note that the Member for Bukit Timah (Lim Chin Siong) at that meeting said that instead of shouting "Merdeka" the people should now shout, "Pah Mata", which means "Beat the Police". Is there any doubt whatsoever as to who sparked off the riots?

Chew alleged that the crowd then drifted down Bukit Timah Road and clashed with police outside Chinese High School, sparking off the riot. This specific charge has since been repeated as fact.
Lim denied the charge all his life. The final occasion where he was recorded making such a denial was in the interview that he gave to Melanie Chew, published in her Leaders of Singapore (1996). Lim Chin Siong died in February of that year.

However, the question of whether Lim Chin Siong had indeed provoked the crowds to beat up the police can finally be settled conclusively. A transcript of Lim's speech, recorded and translated into English by the Singapore Police, has been unearthed in the National Archives of the UK. Far from urging violence, Lim used humour to defuse the tension in the audience, and reminded them that the police were also employees and did not deserve their anger.
Background: State-sanctioned violence and repression in Singapore
After the Malayan Emergency was declared in 1948, Singapore was turned into a virtual police state where most forms of legitimate political activity were banned, where people could be searched, detained, and tortured for no reason, and the state routinely used repression and violence as tools of governance.

Preparing for decolonisation, in 1955 the British introduced a constitution which gave Singapore partial self-government. The new Chief Minister, David Marshall, revoked the Emergency Regulations and replaced them with the new but similar Preservation of Public Security Ordinance (PPSO). However, Marshall strove to ensure that the Ordinance was applied fairly. When some labour activists were arrested in June 1955, the labour unions erupted in protests. Marshall pledged they would be brought to trial or released as soon as possible, and he was as good as his word. All but one was soon released. The last was tried in open court and found guilty of possessing proscribed documents.

This was a massive change from the previous eight years. Freed from fear of arbitrary violence and arrest, civil society activity took off, and Singapore politics became dynamic and vibrant. This alarmed the British. Since they had great difficulty finding evidence that the anti-colonial activities were illegal, they assumed anything which opposed them was subversive.

Marshall resigned in June 1956, when the British rejected his demand for complete internal self-government. Lim Yew Hock, who succeeded him as Chief Minister, was less principled. The British also put pressure on Lim Yew Hock, telling him that if he wanted progress on Singapore's independence, he had to bring Singapore's civil society under control.
The October 1956 riots
Lim Yew Hock and Special Branch formulated plans to dissolve various organisations which had been very active in anti-colonial activity. On 18 September 1956, the Chief Minister used the PPSO to dissolve several organisations and detained seven people, mostly from Chinese middle schools. This was greeted with massive public anger as a step backward from the freedoms enjoyed under Marshall, and an attack on the freedom of the people of Singapore. To the shock of Lim and the British, public anger was so strong that a Civil Rights Convention was quickly formed, bringing together not only a broad swath of organisations that transcended ideology, class, and ethnicity. Left and right-wing groups, Malay, Chinese, and Indian organisations, and white and blue collar trade unions all came together. Inadvertently, Lim Yew Hock was on the verge of creating a genuinely multiracial anti-colonial national front with himself as the common enemy.

To nip this in the bud, Lim sanctioned more and more rounds of arrests. Public anger mounted. By late October 1956, Singapore was a simmering cauldron of anger.

Meanwhile, the opposition PAP had been holding meetings to protest the detentions. At a meeting on 25 October 1956, at which Lee Kuan Yew, Toh Chin Chye and Devan Nair were present, Lim Chin Siong gave the speech as shown in the transcripts attached below. He reminded the audience that their target was Lim Yew Hock and the colonial masters of Singapore, not the police, who were only employees. The official transcript made by the police recorded:

"With regard to police… they are all wage-earners and they are all here to attend this meeting to oppose Lim Yew Hock. (Loudest cheers of the meeting so far) We gladly welcome them, and the more of them that attend will make us even stronger. (crowd cheers wildly) A lot of people don't want to shout Merdeka! They want to shout "pah mata". This is wrong. We want to ask them to cooperate with us because they are also wage-earners and so that in the time of crisis they will take their guns and run away. (Laughter and cheers)"

However, public anger was too strong. That same night, police and protestors clashed outside Chinese High School, and a riot broke out. It raged into the early morning. That morning, the police launched tear gas into Chinese High and Chung Cheng High Schools to clear out student protestors conducting a sit-in, and riots broke out again. This continued through the day.
Detention without trial
Lim Chin Siong was detained on 27 October. His speech formed a major part of the government's explanation for the detention. In a cabinet meeting, the Council of Ministers resolved to bring Lim Chin Siong to trial if sufficient evidence could be found to convict him. However, he was never brought to trial, which suggests that Lim was innocent of the charges.

When Chew Swee Kee made his allegation in the Legislative Assembly, Lee Kuan Yew did not refute it. Subsequent accounts of the events, including John Drysdale's Singapore: Struggle For Success; and Dennis Bloodworth's The Tiger and the Trojan Horse, and most recently, Men in White by Sonny Yap, Richard Lim, and Leong Weng Kam (2009) all include the assertion that Lim's speech incited the audience to violence.

The text of Lim's speech has been unearthed from the Singapore Special Branch files recently declassified by the National Archives of the UK. We now know that the government deliberately misrepresented Lim Chin Siong's speech. The Special Branch files show that Lim was framed. After the PAP came into power, it did not provide the opportunity for Lim to clear his name either.

Likewise, recent academic work (see here) has also proven that Lim's later arrest and detention in 1963 was politically motivated. The Singapore government has never had any evidence that Lim was part of a communist conspiracy. Nor has any evidence been produced for hundreds of other political detainees who were detained under the PPSO and its successor, the Internal Security Act. Declassified Special Branch files reveal that they were merely engaged in legitimate political activities to bring freedom and independence to Singapore. Most were arrested simply because Special Branch was unable to tell the difference between peaceful constitutional anti-colonial struggle and communist subversion. In November 1956 alone, 163 people were preventatively detained – in other words, there was no evidence against them, but they were arrested just in case they were communist.

It remains an open question if any of the detentions over the last sixty years were justified. The Internal Security Act remains in operation today. To ensure that this Act has been used appropriately and responsibly, an open Commission of Inquiry into the detentions of Singapore's political detainees is needed to set the facts straight once and for all. Only by learning the truth of our own collective past can we learn and grow as a nation.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hudud in M'sia - debating issues on implementation (Part 1)

ECGMA says: Watch the presentation from the gentleman on the far right (the viewer's right).

Published on May 5, 2014

Four panelist consisting of MP for
Sepang, Hanipa Maidin, legal advisor for Save Sarawak Rivers, Abun Sui
Anyit, Director of the Islamic Rennaisance Front, Ahmad Farouk Musa, and
lawyer Syahredzan Johan discuss issues, challenges and rights
pertaining to the implementation of hudud in Malaysia.

looked at were the rights of PAS to implement hudud based on the mandate
given by the voters of Kelantan, hudud in the constitution and whether
it is allowed or not as well the interpretation and opinions of hudud by
different parties.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Chill Out With Harith Iskandar

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Petaling Street’s dirty condition turning many away

Published: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 7:37:00 AM
Updated: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 8:59:10 AM

Petaling Street's dirty condition turning many away

Maintenance needed: Visitors to Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petaling Street complain of dirty surroundings, rat-infested alleys and overflowing garbage bins. — Photos by CHAN TAK KONG
Maintenance needed: Visitors to Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petaling Street complain of dirty surroundings, rat-infested alleys and overflowing garbage bins. — Photos by CHAN TAK KONG




FAMOUS Petaling Street is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. 

Over the decades the street has transformed into a huge market selling many types of merchandise and is a food paradise. 

However, it is increasingly apparent that Petaling Street seems to have lost its lustre as a top tourist draw.

It is not uncommon for diners to see rats scurrying past drains and alleys when tucking into the dishes the area is famous for. 

The rodents are so "well fed" that some visitors have described them as bigger than a cat.

The drains are in a horrible state too, with grease and garbage trapped inside. 

The problem is compounded by the wet market's overflowing garbage bins, which are placed right at its entrance.
Children on a cultural walk through the street talking to some of the residents.
Children on a cultural walk through the street talking to some of the residents.
Lost lustre
The situation is worrying as Petaling Street is part of the DBKL Heritage Trail, which is being established alongside beautification efforts under the River of Life project. 
In recent years, NGOs involved in heritage conservation have also been organising cultural walks and food tours around this old part of Kuala Lumpur but cleanliness issues and poor maintenance are hampering plans to develop this tourist destination further. 

"Petaling Street has lost its appeal," said Yong Boo Ying, in her 60s, who used to work in the area. 

"I come here once in a while to attend activities organised by my clan association and visit some old friends, but frankly, it is a headache every time I am here. 

"Apart from the horrendous traffic, this area is really filthy. 

"Frankly, I do not have the appetite to eat here, although I must say the dishes prepared by the old-timers are still authentic. 

"Who would want to eat next to rat-infested drains and rubbish circled by flies?" she asked.

Yong feels that the traders' couldn't-care-less attitude is to blame for the area's poor hygiene. 

"On one hand we see some people trying to make Petaling Street a better place by restoring old shophouses and establishing businesses that enhance the area's character, but people here are not bothered about keeping their surroundings clean," she added. 

A traveller from Singapore, Hor Voon Seng, 39, said the cleanliness of Petaling Street left a lot to be desired.

"While the area has its old-world charm and nice food, I just could not turn a blind eye to the dirty corners and back lanes. 

"Something has to be done so that this place will not lose its appeal," he said. 

A shop operator in Jalan Sultan, who wished to be known only as Chong, said it was difficult for tenants and residents to keep public areas such as back alleys and pedestrian walkways clean. 

"We hope the authorities can play a more effective role especially in cleaning up the clogged drains that have caused a lot of hygiene problems in the area," he said. 
Momentous milestone
Stakeholders acknowledge that more needs to be done in this world-famous location, especially since it is marking its 100th anniversary in June. 
Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Datuk Ang Say Tee blamed the situation on an illegal market run by immigrants in Jalan Sultan. 

"They are the main culprits as the legitimate traders always make it a point to clean up the mess they leave behind as they have attended cleanliness courses organised by our association and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over the past few years. 

"But it is a different story with the immigrants' market," he said. 

According to him, the market that operates from 3am to 10am daily, only had about 40 stalls when it started three years ago. 

Now, the market selling mostly used goods, has a whopping 300 stalls that attract hordes of shoppers.

He added the association had brought the matter up with DBKL on a few occasions but nothing seems to have been done.

An earlier report quoted a DBKL spokesman saying the unlicensed market was allowed to carry on as they had not received any complaints. 

On the area's cleanliness, Ang said the association had attended three meetings with DBKL on the matter. Other agencies including Alam Flora, hotels, traders and establishments in the area have been roped in to tackle the problem. 

He said a major gotong-royong would be held before the 100th anniversary celebration, with a grand banquet planned right in Petaling Street. 

"Traders' awareness on cleanliness has improved over the past few years following efforts by the association and DBKL to educate them. 

"We have been holding gotong-royong for the past 10 years, two to three times annually," Ang said, adding similar efforts were taking place in Bukit Bintang.