Saturday, June 30, 2007

Anwar & the Foundation for the Future: The roads really lead to the U.S. State Department and more...

From Patriotski

According to the statement by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim:

“The other members of the board include Kamel Abu Jaber the advisor to the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Dr. Cornelio Sommaruga, the former President of the International Red Cross Committee; Professor Ibrahim Kallin, the advisor to the Turkish Foreign Minister and Sandra Day O’Connor, the former judge of the United States Supreme Court.”

In detailing the persona and background of the names mentioned in the statement, Anwar only brought out their positive sides. However, upon deeper observation it was found that the reality is exactly the opposite. These individuals are just the front for their actual roles as tools of the U.S. in the dissemination of what is purportedly made to be perceived as the ideals of “DEMOCRACY & REFORM” among Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

Former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dr. Cornelio Sommaruga is also working through the George Soros Foundation-controlled Open Society Institute Budapest. He is a board member of the foundation, whose function is to sponsor funding in the Middle East. And in recognition of the foundation’s contribution to the cause of the Jews he received a Presidential Award from Tel Aviv University.

Meanwhile, Professor Ibrahim Kallin's role is to facilitate Turkey’s involvement with the U.S. Although originally from Turkey, Ibrahim Kallin lives in the U.S. and works as a lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. He also lectures part-time at George Washington University as well as assisting Seyyed Hossein Nasr, who is a Professor of the Department of Islamic studies at the same university. Hossein’s son, Valli Nasr who is also a permanent resident in the U.S. is a close friend of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The latter would often refer to Seyyed Hossein on matters relating to contemporary Islamic thinking or Islam in the U.S.

Ibrahim Kallin, together with Anwar Ibrahim is actively involved in the International Institute of Islamic Thoughts (IIIT). So close was he with Anwar that he chose the International Institute of Islamic Thoughts and Civilization, ISTAC, in Malaysia while working towards his Masters degree at the International Islamic University, IIU. Through the arrangements made by Ibrahim Kallin and Anwar, the Prime Minister of Turkey-AKP, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went to the U.S. on 4 October 2006 for a meeting with George Bush.

Anwar welcomed the arrival of Erdogan and the representatives of the AKP (Justice and Development Party) in the U.S. with an Inaugural Lecture held at Georgetown University. Also in attendance was Paul Wolfowitz. Therefore, it came as no surprise to see Anwar shuttling between Turkey and the U.S. – he is an important facilitator in talks between the two countries.

Recently, the Turkish government had asked for compensation from Bush following the assistance rendered in allowing U.S. forces to use Turkey as the jump-off base for the attacks on Iraq.

Sandra Day O’Connor -- A former judge of the U.S. Supreme Court, who played an important role as the judge who helped to initiate laws that angered Christians in the U.S. For this she is highly regarded by Jews for fighting for their cause. Her sentiments towards the Jewish nation was so strong that she traveled to Israel to pray at the Wailing Wall as well as to strengthen her resolve in fighting for the Zionist cause by visiting Yad Vashem – the Jewish Holocaust Memorial. When she announced her sudden retirement as Supreme Court Justice, the majority of the American Jewish community mourned.

Sandra Day O’Connor is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation – a highly-influential organization owned by the Jews. The foundation plays an important role in the politics of the U.S. to ensure that the powers of the Jews reign supreme.

It is because of Sandra’s leaning towards the Jewish cause that had prompted U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, a close friend of Wolfowitz, along with Dick’s daughter, Elizabeth – all Jewish neocons, to persuade the former Supreme Court Justice to be in the Executive Committee and Board of the Foundation for the Future.

Kamel Abu Jaber, the advisor to the Jordanian Foreign Minister was educated in the U.S. and had served for some time as Associate Professor of Political Science at Smith College and Visiting Professor at the Carter Centre of Emory University. He has a PhD from the University of Syracuse

Kamel’s most outstanding success as Jordan’s Foreign Minister was to organise peace talks between Jordan and Israel. He is now the President of Jordan Diplomacy Institute, which is sponsored and fully supported by the U.S. government.

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim did not list out the other board members of the Foundation for the Future. They include Jamil Mroue (Lebanon), Abdul Rahman al-Rashid (Saudi Arabia), Naguib Sawiris (Egypt) and Andreu Claret Serra (Spain) – the reason for the omission is because these are all media figures involved in newspapers, television, communications and the Internet.This group of media practitioners are valued by USAID and the CIA as information gatherers from the Middle East. Naguib Sawiris, for example, was central in collating data on the activities of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for the U.S. And previously many wondered why the U.S. State Department appointed so many media directors as members of the board in the Foundation for the Future?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Anwar, Orang Paling Penting & Dipercayai dalam Foundation for the Future di mata Jabatan Negara Amerika

“Saya telah dijemput mengambil bahagian dalam Lembaga Pengarah Yayasan pada pertengahan 2006 bersama wakil-wakil dari Maghribi, Iraq, Sepanyol, Syria, Turki, Lubnan, Amerika Syarikat, Arab Saudi, Mesir, Switzerland dan Qatar.”

Secara amnya, yayasan Foundation for the Future mempunyai tiga jawatankuasa:

1. Jawatankuasa Pemilih
2. Jawatankuasa Eksekutif
3. Lembaga Pengarah

Kesemua jawatankuasa dipilih dan mendapat kelulusan dari Jabatan Negara Amerika.

Menurut satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh pejabat jurucakap di Washington DC pada 2 Februari 2006:

“Setelah dirundingkan bersama wakil masyarakat sivil dan pegawai-pegawai kerajaan dari Amerika Syarikat, Eropah, Timur Tengah dan Afrika Utara, hari ini telah diumumkan bahawa Rahma Bouqia dari Maghribi, Bakhtiar Amin dari Iraq dan Anwar Ibrahim dari Malaysia akan menganggotai ‘Jawatankuasa Pemilih’ bagi melantik ahli-ahli Lembaga Pengarah Yayasan bagi Timur Tengah dan Afrika Utara.”

Senarai ahli-ahli jawatankuasa Yayasan adalah seperti berikut:

A. Jawatankuasa Pemilih (tiga orang ahli) seperti yang diumumkan
pada 2 Februari 2006:

1. Anwar Ibrahim (Malaysia)
2. Rahma Bourqia (Maghribi)
3. Bakhtiar Amin (Iraq)

B. Jawatankuasa Eksekutif (lima orang ahli) seperti yang diumumkan semasa mesyuarat di Doha pada 15 Julai 2006.

1. Anwar Ibrahim
2. Rahma Bourqia
3. Bakhtiar Amin
4. Sandra Day O’Connor (Amerika Syarikat)
5. Dr Cornelio Sommaruga (Switzerland)

C. Lembaga Pengarah (14 orang ahli) seperti diumumkan pada 15 Julai 2006 di Doha.

1. Anwar Ibrahim (Pengerusi/Malaysia)
2. Rahma Bouqia (Naib Pengerusi/Maghribi)
3. Kamel Abu Jaber (Bendahari/Jordan)
4. Laila al Hamad (Setiausaha/Kuwait)
5. Bakhtiar Amin (Iraq)
6. Sandra Day O’Connor (Amerika Syarikat)
7. Cornelio Sommaruga (Switzerland)
8. Burhan Ghalioun (Syria)
9. Andreu Claret Serra (Sepanyol)
10. Ibrahim Kalin (Turki)
11. Jamil Mroue (Lubnan)
12. Abdul Rahman al Rashed (Arab Saudi)
13. Naguib Sawiris (Mesir)
14. Juhaina Sultan al-Easa (Qatar)

Berdasarkan keutamaan yang diberi kepada individu-individu dalam senarai tersebut, ketara Jabatan Negara Amerika Syarikat menganggap Anwar Ibrahim calon yang paling dipercayai dan penting dalam ketiga-tiga jawatankuasa. Dalam pada itu, semasa mesyuarat yang diadakan di Bahrain pada 31 Mei 2006, Anwar mengumumkan bahawa beliau juga telah dilantik sebagai Presiden Yayasan.

Selain Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, seorang lagi individu yang dianggap oleh Jabatan Negara Amerika sebagai amat dipercayai ialah Sandra O’Connor. Menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh pejabat jurucakap di Washington DC pada 8 Jun 2006:

“Jabatan Negara dengan bangga mengumumkan bahawa bekas Hakim Mahkamah Agung Amerika Syarikat, Sandra Day O’Connor telah bersetuju berkhidmat sebagai Wakil Amerika Syarikat bagi Timur Tengah dan Afrika Utara (BMENA) untuk Yayasan.”

Dari PubliusMelayu

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Kisah Benar: Amerika Syarikat, Anwar & Foundation for the Future

Dipetik dari komen Ikhwan Chen di Malaysia-Today

Pada 21 Mei 2007 lalu, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah mengeluarkan kenyataan rasmi bagi mempertahankan kesahihan dan kedaulatan Foundation of the Future yang dipengerusikannya. Beliau antara lain berkata:

"Yayasan tersebut merupakan sebuah badan independen, melibatkan kerajaan dan masyarakat madani untuk menyokong badan-badan bukan kerajaan di dalam usaha membangunkan demokrasi dan kebebasan di Timur Tengah dan Afrika Utara"

Sekali imbas memang ramai yang akan terpengaruh dengan penyataan rasmi Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim itu. Bagaimanapun, hakikatnya amat ketara berbeza daripada apa yang ditegakkan beliau.

Berbeza daripada deskripsi yang diberikan, pertubuhan Foundation of the Future (FFF) tidak langsung bebas. Ia sebaliknya jelas condong dan pro kepada Amerika Syarikat. Ini terbukti kerana pertubuhan tersebut diletakkan di bawah penguasaan Elizabeth Cheney, anak kepada Naib Presiden Amerika Syarikat Dick Cheney. Elizabeth pernah memegang jawatan Timbalan Penolong Setiausaha Negara bagi Hal Ehwal Timur Dekat di Jabatan Negara Amerika.

Dalam pada itu, Elizabeth juga dibantu oleh Shaha Ali Reza yang telah ditukarkan oleh Presiden Bank Dunia, Paul Wolfowitz, ke Jabatan Negara Amerika pada September 2005.

Pertukaran Reza keluar dari Bank Dunia adalah berupa langkah bagi melindunginya daripada konflik kepentingan peribadi dalam skandal bersama Wolfowitz.

Kepakaran Reza dalam hal ehwal Timur Tengah dan Afrika Utara adalah berikutan pengalaman yang diperolehi sepanjang perkhidmatannya sebagai ‘Senior Gender Specialist in the Middle East & North African Social and Economic Development Groups’ dan juga sebagai ‘Senior Communications Officer in the Middle East and North Africa regional Office (MENA).

Ketika memegang kedua-dua jawatan tersebut Reza telah mencadangkan kepada Elizabeth tiga nama tokoh beragama Islam pro Amerika Syarikat yang dirasakan sesuai dilantik menjadi ahli jawatankuasa pemilih lembaga pengarah yayasan berkenaan. Mereka ialah Anwar Ibrahim (Malaysia), Rahma Bourqia (Morocco) dan Bakhtiar Amin (Iraq). Kesemua mereka ini dilantik ahli lembaga pengarah berdasarkan pendirian yang terbukti pro Amerika Syarikat selain pernah menerima bantuan pembiayaan daripada negara itu.

Anwar Ibrahim pernah menjadi perunding hal ehwal pentadbiran dan akauntibiliti Bank Dunia. Beliau kini Visiting Fellow and Senior Associate Member di St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, England; Distinguished Senior Associate Member John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington DC dan Distinguished Visiting Professor di School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Amerika Syarikat.

Berdasarkan perlantikannya sebagai diplomat jemputan dalam Majlis Perhubungan Luar Negeri (Council of Foreign Relations) di New York, beliau dianggap ‘duta Amerika Syarikat’ di negara-negara Islam Timur Tengah, Afrika Utara, Asia dan Asia Tenggara. Dalam hairarki Jabatan Negara Amerika, beliau bertugas di bawah Riza yang diketuai Elizabeth Cheney.

Sementara itu, Rahma Bouqia, Pengerusi Yayasan, adalah Presiden University Hassan II Mahommedia yang di antara lain mendapat tajaan pembiayaan sebanyak AS$124,000 daripada agensi pembangunan antarabangsa Amerika Syarikat, USAID dan Networks for Financial Institute (NFI). Beliau juga seorang ejen Amerika Syarikat dalam memperjuangkan hak-hak asasi wanita di Maghribi dan Timur Tengah.

Bakhtiar Amin ialah pengasas Iraqi Institute of Democracy (Institut Demokrasi Iraq, yang mempunyai ibu pejabat di Amerika Syarikat) dan ditaja USAID, The National Endowment of Democracy (NED), The National Democratic Institute (NDI), The International Republican Institute (IRI) dan The United States Institute of Peace.

Beliau dilantik oleh Amerika Syarikat sebagai Menteri Hak Asasi Manusia Iraq dalam kerajaan sementara negara itu (selepas Saddam Hussein ditumbangkan). Bakhtiar juga Setiausaha Agung The Kurdish Institute di Paris selain menjadi Pengarah Human Rights Coalition, sebuah pertubuhan gabungan hak asasi manusia di Washington. Pada 2003 beliau dilantik menjadi Pengarah International Alliance for Justice yang ditaja George Soros Foundation dan berpusat di Paris.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Speaking for Islam

In Islamic tradition, utmost care has been given to the preservation of its source: the Quran, and the Sunnah (Tradition) of the Prophet, which aids in the interpretation of its truth.

JUST one year after the tragic events of 9/11 a dialogue was held in Granada, Spain. It was the inaugural meeting seeking to bring together the different ideologies under a programme entitled Dialogues: Islamic World-US-the West.

The programme itself was conceived in the aftermath of 9/11 to entertain discussions concerning the relationship between Islam and the West. According to the report, the conference witnessed considerable discussion on what constitutes Islamic authority today. Sadly, no answer to the question of who speaks for Islam was offered.

Tthe question was posed in a dialogue where Muslims were invited as “representatives” of the Muslim World.

The organiser was either ignorant of who should have been invited or had intentionally invited those who were not qualified.

The question may also indicate the psychological condition suffered by the inquirer. It betrays a situation where there is a great deal of confusion and disagreement over who should be entrusted with the responsibility of speaking for the Muslim World.

The fact is, we have in our midst government officials, academicians and intellectuals, social and political activists, modernists, reformists and traditionalists, each apparently portraying a different and conflicting interpretation of Islam. In such a situation it is normal to ask: who (truly) speaks on behalf of Islam?

Only those who know Islam should speak for Islam. Normally the reply would necessitate another question: who are they? By “normal” we mean it is a common question. It is not normal in the logical sense.

Logically, if one knows how to define knowledge the question does not arise, because the answer is all too obvious. One who knows what wealth is should know who is wealthy and who is not!

Hence, the correct question should be: what is knowledge? If one knows what knowledge is, one would know who is in possession of it, and the question of who speaks for Islam should not arise.

Returning now to the original question, who speaks for Islam? Thus far we have assumed that the inquirer is ignorant, but sincere in his efforts to rid himself of his own ignorance.

But what if the inquirer is one who denies the possibility and objectivity of knowledge altogether? In other words, what if the inquirer is a sceptic?

To a sceptic there is no difference between knowledge and opinion. In this case, what has been made of the question is actually a statement: that no one truly knows about Islam; and that whatever is being said about Islam is merely an individual’s subjective opinion!

We observe this kind of attitude everywhere, even among Muslims. We hear people asserting that only God knows what is meant by His words, whereas the human interpretation of those words are subjective and historical.

The Quran has to be reinterpreted according to the changes in human history. If this sounds familiar it is because it has been taken by many as dogma regardless of its truth or falsehood.

Scepticism and subjectivism are not alien to Western intellectual tradition, but they are certainly alien to Islam. Islam is a practical and common sense religion, and by virtue of this fact, there is no room for scepticism and subjectivism.

Affirming the possibility and objectivity of knowledge is assumed in “being a Muslim”. How could one “be” a Muslim if it is not possible to know objectively what Islam “is”? The label “a Muslim sceptic” is an oxymoron.

Knowledge is the foundation of Islam. Muslims affirm that adequate knowledge concerning Islam and the worldview projected by it is always possible. They know that it is not possible to understand and practice Islam if the authenticity of its original source is questionable or subject to corruption and alteration.

Hence, we may observe in Islamic tradition, that from the very beginning utmost care has been given to the preservation of its source: the Quran, and the Sunnah (Tradition) of the Prophet, which aids in the interpretation of its truth.

Since the source of Islam is intact, and the method of dealing with the source is established, we can always know who truly speaks for Islam and who does not. The truth of what is being said may be verified and defended, and falsehood exposed, refuted and condemned.

Certainly, we admit that Muslim society today is backward in many respects, but with regard to religion this is certainly not true. Muslims, unlike their Western counterparts, have not – and will not allow – their religion to be corrupted because it is they who are entrusted with the responsibility of preserving it for all mankind until the day of judgement.

However, if one is speaking of the administration of justice and the practical application of this administration, then the onus of responsibility does not assume the religion itself but, rather, the capacity to understand and correctly apply that understanding of the practitioner, namely, the Muslims themselves.


Philips Green showroom to go on roadshow to rural areas: A wrong target?

Philips Malaysia will send its van, called the Philips-Cetree Energy Efficient Mobile Showroom into rural areas to educate folks on how to save energy and money.

(Cetree stands for Centre for Education, Training and Research in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency).

According to the company’s chief executive officer for Malaysia Rajah Kumar, the purpose of the exercise was to introduce solar energy to rural folk and to get them interested about other forms of energy generation.

Now, what really piqued me is why in the world would Philips want to send this van to the rural areas when the actual target ought to be the urban folks, who use more electrical appliances compared to their rural counterparts.

This another example of a non-thinking strategy and a waste of a noble effort.

Tidak Mampu Berkhidmat: Wakil Rakyat Perlu Berundur

Baru-baru ini Presiden Institut Integriti Malaysia, IIM, Datuk Mohd Tap Salleh telah menggesa wakil rakyat atau ahli politik yang sudah tidak mampu berkhidmat kepada rakyat agar mengundurkan diri secara terhormat bagi memberi laluan kepada orang lain.

Menurutnya, berdasarkan prinsip integriti langkah tersebut amat perlu kerana wakil rakyat atau ahli politik seharusnya memberikan perkhidmatan yang terbaik kepada masyarakat yang dipimpin.

Keengganan melepaskan sesuatu jawatan walaupun seseorang itu tidak lagi mampu berkhidmat bercanggah dengan peranannya dalam konteks demokrasi dan kepentingan rakyat.

Pendapat Datuk Mohd Tap memang kena pada tempat dan masa. Ini kerana Malaysia tidak dapat lari daripada mengalami anjakan global daripada segi pemikiran dan teknologi.

Kita tidak boleh terus berpegang kepada minda yang mentafsir bahawa semua pemimpin sama saja – asalkan mereka diterima rakyat sudah mencukupi untuk dipilih semula. Walaupun ini kriteria utama, tetapi pucuk pimpinan perlu peka kepada angin perubahan global yang telah membawa pelbagai perubahan.

Generasi muda begitu terbuka dan lebih agresif mempersoalkan pelbagai isu. Sikap ini adalah positif bagi membentuk masyarakat yang progresif dan seteraf dengan corak kehidupan global masakini.

Oleh itu jika seseorang wakil rakyat atau ahli politik sudah tidak lagi mampu menangani kehendak rakyat kerana tahap pengetahuan cetek dan tidak sehaluan dengan minda terkini, maka dia tidak lagi mempunyai pilihan selain memberi jalan kepada mereka yang lebih berkeupayaan.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Karen Armstrong di Malaysia untuk promosi kefahaman di antara Islam dan Barat

Pengkaji sejarah, penulis dan di antara ahli fikir paling provokatif dan berpengaruh mengenai peranan agama di dunia, Karen Armstrong, akan berada di Malaysia bagi mempromosikan kefahaman dan perdamaian di antara Islam dan dunia barat.

Pada pukul 10 pagi Sabtu, 16 Jun, 2007, beliau akan hadir di hotel Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur untuk menyampaikan syarahan berjodol “Peranan Agama di Abad ke 21.”

Ini dikira satu-satunya acara yang patut dihadiri.

Hari ini apabila dunia barat diperhatikan sebagai terlalu lantang dan seolah-olah bermusuh terhadap agama Islam dan di mana Islam sentiasa ditakuti, disalahfaham dan diperperburukkan, Armstrong muncul sebagai seorang kawan dan pejuang kedamaian.

Beliau telah menghasilkan pelbagai buku mengenai agama dan sejarah agama, termasuk Islam. Penulisannya yang berdasarkan penyelidikan mendalam, amat dihormati.

Pada 1991, selepas fatwa dikeluarkan ke atas penulis Salman Rushdi, Armstrong menerbitkan bukunya berjodol, “Mohammad: Percubaan Barat untuk Memahami Islam.” Karya tersebut adalah jawapan beliau terhadap pemikiran serta perspektif negatif berhubung agama Islam setelah fatwa tersebut dikeluarkan.

Arsmtrong, antara intelek agama paling terkemuka di barat ialah seorang bekas rahib Roman Katolik dan jurulatih di Leo Baeck College, London – sebuah pusat latihan paderi Yahudi terkemuka. Beliau juga seorang penyiar dan penulis ruangan akhbar. Beberapa buah bukunya telah diterjemahkan ke dalam lebih 40 bahasa.

Antara lain, beliau telah menghasilkan buku “The History of God” (Sejarah Tuhan) yang mendapat sambutan begitu menggalakkan di serata dunia. Beliau juga membantu dalam penerbitan siri TV PBS yang diacarakan oleh Bill Moyer di Amerika Syarikat. Buku-buku beliau yang lain termasuk “Jerusalem”, “The Gospel According to Women”, “Holy War, Muhammad”, “The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: A Short History.”

Bukunya, “ The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness,” menjadi di antara karya paling popular dalam masa yang singkat setelah diterbitkan.

Sememangnya seperti mana-mana penulis, Arsmtrong mempunyai ramai pengkritik. Bagaimanapun, nama beliau diketengahkan kerana beliau berani dan dengan secara ikhlas menawarkan dunia “ pembetulan penting” terhadap perspektif sempit dunia agama Islam.

Arsmtrong, dalam penulisannya menengahkan Islam sebagai sebuah agama yang begitu maju dan berkembang pesat – berbeza daripada fenomena pandangan sempit dan kompleks yanag wujud masakini.

Penulisananya mula condong kepada isu-isu Islam dan dunia barat sejak tragedi 9/11 di Amerika Syarikat.

Jadual lawatan Armstrong ialah dari 17 hingga 20 Jun. Beliau juga akan berada di Residence Hotel, Kajang untuk berucap pada majlis dailog “Inter-Civilizational Youth Engagement Programme” (IYEP) yang bakal dihadiri oleh lebih 50 wakil belia dari seluruh dunia.

(dipetik dan diterjemah dari blog Nuraina Samad)

Proton Shares Surge on News of Partnership

Proton Holdings Bhd, which was up sharply this morning on news that it is close to forging a partnership with Volkswagen, remained high in the afternoon although Sime Darby denied it is buying Khazanah Nasional Bhd's 43 per cent stake in the national carmaker.

The surge in Proton shares is not a surprise as it is a reaction of investors who now would welcome any partner for the ailing national carmaker after a long and complicated search for a partner to help it to turn around, a dealer noted.

The shares of the national carmaker rose to a high of RM7.05 this morning after reports said Volkswagen is likely to take equity and management control of its key operations.

At 3.56pm, Proton was traded 60 sen higher at RM6.45 while Proton call warrants rose 25.5 sen to 89.5 sen.

The price is still below the RM7.00 - RM9.00 fair value for Proton shares put forward by research houses. For instance, RHB said the fair value for Proton is at RM8.60.

An analyst said investors are generally cautious and awaiting further details considering the difficulty Proton faced in clinching a partnership deal in the past.

According to news report, Volkswagen will acquire a 51 per cent stake in a new company which will hold Proton's assets such as manufacturing, research & development, engineering and also its UK unit, Lotus.

Proton will retain its distribution unit, it added.

-- Bernama

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Gopeng-Kampar now a full-fledged district

KAMPAR (The Star, May 2, 2007): The upgrading of the Gopeng-Kampar sub-district into a full-fledged district makes it Perak's tenth.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the Cabinet had approved the elevation of the sub-district's status last week.

The Perak state government had asked for its status to be upgraded following rapid development in the area.

Ong said that the presence of international standard facilities, rapid economic activity and a safe environment were among the criteria for becoming a district.

“Kampar will eventually become a dynamic and progressive district,” he said during the opening ceremony of the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman campus here yesterday.

The Gopeng-Kampar sub-district previously fell under the jurisdiction of the Kinta Selatan district council.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said that the sub-district's elevation would enable the people to enjoy better service from the Government. He was confident that Kampar could be upgraded to a municipality soon.