Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rejection of new Selangor State Secretray shows fear, no less...



Whats the big deal?

The appointment of the new Selangor State Secretary is the legal prerogative of the Chief Secretary.

The incoming chap, Datuk Mohd Khusrin is a true-blue government servant who operates by the rule, so why pick on him?

For the boisterous Pakatan people in Selangor, why not for once think out of the box and go round the problem? Just work with the man and serve the people, rather than to be bogged down with the issue of 'their man and our man.'

Please do not let the people of Selangor suffer just because you want everything to your liking and preference. We practice a federal system, remember?

The resentment, I believe, stems from the fact that Khusrin was the head of JAIS just when the many fiascoes over Islamic matters reared its ugly head in Selangor. Hence, this chap is a convenient fall guy or scapegoat, which ever way one looks at it.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ubah cara penguatkuasaan jalan raya!


Statistik kemalangan jalan raya semakin meningkat.

Banyak faktor yang menyumbang ke arah peningkatan ini, tetapi paling utama ialah sikap pengguna jalan raya DAN sikap pihak penguat kuasa sendiri.

Kumpulan kedua yang dimaksudkan ialah Polis Trafik dan Penguat kuasa Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ).

Di samping itu terdapat juga faktor-faktor lain, termasuk trend negatif yang dibawa pihak pengiklan peralatan kenderaan, terutama syarikat-syarikat pengeluar kereta.

FAKTOR

Apakah mesej yang disampaikan apabila syarikat pengeluar kereta mempromosikan kereta-kereta jenis baru yang tidak dapat tidak sering meletakkan prestasi enjin berkuasa tinggi sebagai daya penarik?

Di samping itu, keghairahan ini terus memacu trend pengguna dengan pelbagai dakwaan keupayaan peralatan sampingan termasuk minyak yang kononnya berkuasa tinggi dan sebagainya.

Berpandukan ciri-ciri tersebut pihak agensi pengiklanan pun terus “spin” produk terbaru itu berdasarkan tenaga enjin, kelajuan dan sebagainya.

Di pihak pembeli dan pengguna yang sebahagian besarnya golongan pasca-remaja, model-model sedemikian tentu sekali menarik dan apabila dimiliki perlu dipergunakan secara optimum. Ini bererti ia harus dipandu laju dan menggunakan sepenuhnya keupayaan enjin pada kereta yang “canggih” itu.

Tenaga enjin dan keupayaan kenderaan yang dipandu akan dimanfaatkan sepenuhnya bila saja ada peluang – bila tiada polis trafik kelihatan di jalan raya.

Tindakan mengubah-suai juga penyumbang utama kemalangan kerana ia mampu mengubah spesifikasi selamat kenderaan.

Faktor ini dipandang ringan hampir semua pihak, hinggakan jika dipantau kita mendapati ia juga dilakukan oleh pegawai-pegawai penguat kuasa pada kenderaan sendiri mereka!

Di kemuncak semua ini ialah pergandaan statistik kemalangan jalan raya.

Setiap kali berlaku nahas ngeri di jalan raya, setiap kali juga ahli politik, pihak polis trafik, JPR, MIROS dan sebagainya tersentak.

Lantaran itu kedengaranlah pelbagai pengumuman dan kenyataan untuk melaksanakan penguatkuasaan, penyiasatan rapi dan teriakkan supaya ditubuhkan suruhanjaya diraja untuk menyiasat.

Habis musim keghairahan ini, sejuklah semula semuanya. Kita mudah lupa – hinggalah berlaku satu lagi kemalangan ngeri.

PENGUATKUASAAN

Keghairahan sementara yang kita sering saksikan termasuk tindakan JPJ meletakkan pegawai dalam bas ekspres untuk perjalanan-perjalanan tertentu pada musim-musim perayaan.

Namun tindakan tersebut yang ketara dua tiga tahun lalu kini lenyap begitu saja.

Di pihak polis trafik pula, sekatan jalan raya sering dilakukan hingga kadangkala di lebuh raya pun diadakan walaupun hakikatnya ia amat berbahaya.

Sekatan jalan raya sama ada oleh JPJ atau polis trafik sebenarnya tidak memberi kesan atau mampu mengurangkan kemalangan jalan raya. Tindakan tersebut sekadar mampu menapis kenderaan yang mempunyai cukai jalan mati atau menangkap penjenayah.

Selepas “road block” pemandu akan memecut kerana melepaskan geram atau kerana menyangka apabila sudah kena sama takkan kena saman lagi.

Oleh yang demikian jelaslah sekatan jalan raya tidak efektif. “Contact” di antara penguat kuasa dengan pengguna jalan raya melalui kaedah road block sesuatu yang sia-sia.

Ia mungkin berkesan dalam usaha membanteras mat rempit.

KAEDAH EFEKTIF


Seperti di kebanyakan negara maju, pendekatan paling berkesan ialah menerusi kaedah “constant presence” di mana pegawai polis trafik sering meronda dan tidak teragak-agak menahan mereka yang melanggar had laju atau memandu kenderaan secara berbahaya.

Kaedah ini memerlukan tahap komitmen yang tinggi. Ia satu-satunya cara berkesan.

Antara pendekatan lain yang boleh membantu termasuk dengan seriusnya menguatkuasakan pemasangan alat had laju (speed limiter) pada bas ekspres atau lori.

Pada masa sekarang paling kerap didengar ialah pemasangan alat GPS. Apalah gunanya GPS jika pihak syarikat tidak mengambil tindakan apabila mendapati sesebuah lori atau bas ekspres tiba terlalu awal, lantaran membuktikan kenderaan berkenaan dipandu terlalu laju?

Satu lagi ialah pengharaman ke atas penggunaan bas dua tingkat. Beberapa orang pakar berkata bas dua tingkat hanya sesuai digunakan di kawasan bandar, tidak berbukit dan tidak dipandu laju.

Di Malaysia ia berleluasa digunakan sebagai ekspres antara bandar raya dan sering kali kelihatan dipandu dengan laju.

Selagi faktor-taktor ini tidak dipandang serius dan penguatkuasaan logik dilakukan, kita akan terus menyaksikan statistik kemalangan ngeri berlaku.

Friday, December 24, 2010

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS CHILD?



SAMANTHA YONG HUI CHYUEN, 15 YEARS OLD,
MISSING SINCE 14 DICEMBER 2010.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CHILD, PLEASE CALL
INSP. NOR AMIRAH BT AZMI
AT THIS NUMBER
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KAJANG DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUATERS

Pakatan's Call to Arms



There is no time to be wasted. This was the message drilled securely into the hearts and minds of over 2,000 members representing all the component parties in the rag tag coalition of Pakatan Rakyat at Dewan Millenium, Kepala Batas recently.

Although views were varied and disparate among the representatives, but one thing that managed to put a cap on things was the objective of the opposition coalition’s second ever major convention.

Peeling the glued ruptures and about-to-burst seams that made headlines over the past few weeks and months, especially in Selangor, Kedah and Penang, we cannot help but observe certain things, which may just raise its ugly heads at a drop of a coin. This shows how brittle Pakatan’s position is, regardless of what positive image they managed to project last weekend.

For PAS, the imperative was the leaders of all factions to learn from the philosophy of unity according to Islam.

With all the bravado exhibited through robust speeches by the three leaders of the pact – DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng, PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, observers without solid knowledge of what caused the fiascos in all the three component parties previously may truly believe that everytrhing was well in Pakatan Rakyat, although it was not.

Seemingly to put everything in the back burner, the overall message was clearly to save this country from the ravages which they perceive as the cause of all the ills -- ills that they (Pakatan) never failed to highlight and use as fodder.

So, as it was portrayed, the march to Putrajaya and from there to bring back justice and ‘restore’ democracy to Malaysia was still on, never mind that even the most respected and authoritative voices among their ranks have lots of reservations about the lofty plan.

And so unabashedly, the three main leaders rambled on with national policies to be put in place under their administration.

DAP honcho, Guan Eng announced a 100 days programme for the rakyat through genuine reforms, which the coalition could implement when they reach Putrajaya. It was an unhesitant answer to the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s Government Transformation Programme entrusted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to Pemandu, no less.

The Penang Chief Minister also warned the pact and its supporters to always be wary and to defend the constitution from being ‘hijacked’ by UMNO to split the people apart. By this he meant for them to always harp on the ‘actual’ meaning of Article 153, which they believe had been relegated to oblivion.

A pow-wow like this is something not to be taken lightly by the other side of the political divide. It should be seen as a call to arms to fortify the fort and look to the people within for support.

And no sooner had the convention’s message permeated to the grassroots that the challenge came rolling in the form of the upcoming Tenang State Assembly seat following the death of its representative, Sulaiman Taha.

As such, the few months ahead before the calling of the 13th General Elections will be quite contingent on a show of strength by both BN and Pakatan in that state seat in Johor.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sulaiman Taha ADUN Tenang Meninggal Dunia



Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Johor kawasan Tenang, Datuk Sulaiman Taha meninggal dunia awal pagi tadi.

Allahyarham, 59 tahun sebelum itu menjalani rawatan di Hospital Ampang Puteri di Kuala Lumpur kerana komplikasi penyakit kencing manis.

Menurut ketua UMNO Ampang Datuk Ismail Kijo allahyarham menghembus nafas terakhir pada 1.10 Jumaat.

Pada 23 November lalu allahyarham mengalami demam selepas menghadiri satu majlis sambutan Hari Keputeraan Sultan Johor.

Kerusi DUN Tenang terletak di kawasan parlimen Labis Johor.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

We muslims say that our religion Islam is superior...but of course!


And so it was reported (spinned?) by Malaysian Insider's Debra Chong today that Muslim scholars at a recent forum organised by the International Institute of Islamic Understanding (IKIM) declaring that Islam was superior.

But, of course. Isn't this the same as those who profess other faiths declaring the same thing about their religious conviction? So, what gives?

Was the writer trying hard to impose her blinkered views of religion on the others?

Saying that one's religion is the best within a forum for like-minded people (read: Muslims) is not wrong in any ways.

It is the same if a congregation of other faith listen to a sermon saying this or that religion is wrong, misled or even a product of satanic persuasions. They are saying it within the perimeters of their caucus, so why in the world would anyone be bothered?

It is the colouring of such innocuous statements, especially by members of the press corp that causes confusion and provoke anger among the people.

Malaysian Consultative Council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) president Reverend Thomas Phillips, who commented on this was reported to have said, “It’s just a theological stand and everybody, every religion has its own.”

Hence, it that was the case why would the reporter ramble on about Phillips noting the remarks were provocative and could nip the budding relationship between the Muslim community and others?

As a man of god I don't think Reverend Phillips even thought about such things. I believe he is too wise to bother, not unless the writer took it upon herself to ad lib the comment out of context...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

They say he did it!



The online edition of Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald quoted Singapore intelligence officials as saying that the de facto leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim actually did engage in the conduct (sodomy) for which he is currently standing trial.

According to the online paper the information exposed by the infamous online whistle-blowing site, Wikileaks, was relayed to Australia’s National Office of Intelligence (ONA) by its Singaporean counterpart, which went on to spin it as a case of entrapment by Anwar’s ‘enemies’ in Malaysia.

In a swift reply this afternoon Anwar tweeted the source of the report as coming from Malaysia’s Special Branch (SB) and that there was no proof of the allegation.

The information is among several cables that deal with private views of Senior Singapore officials, which included statements that said Malaysia was a “confused and dangerous” state as a result of incompetent politicians.

The alleged cable dated November 2008 that was exclusively released to Australia’s newspaper The Sun-Herald stated: ''The Australians said that Singapore's intelligences services and [Singaporean elder statesman] Lee Kuan Yew have told ONA in their exchanges that opposition leader Anwar 'did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted'.''

The document went on to say the Singapore intelligence told ONA that the assessment was based “technical intelligence” believed to be intercepted communications.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Anwar sengaja menggugat kehormatan parlimen Malaysia



Pada kira-kira pukul 2.50 tengahari tadi Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh yang juga Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengejutkan hadirin di lobi Parlimen apabila beliau mengadakan pertemuan dengan seorang ahli senate dari South Australia Nick Xenophon.

Pertemuan yang seolah-olah sengaja dirancang untuk menggemparkan dan mengejutkan itu bermula di lobi parlimen sebelum mereka beredar untuk perbincangan tertutup.

Pada dasarnya pertemuan Xenophon dengan Anwar berserta Ahli Parlimen DAP Beruas Ngeh Khoo Ham, Ahli Parlimen Subang Sivarasah Rasiah dan Ahli Parlimen Gombak Azmin Ali itu dilihat sebagai satu lagi usaha Anwar untuk menggugat kredibiliti kerajaan dan sistem kehakiman Malaysia berhubung kes liwat yang kini sedang dalam proses.

Xenophon di antara 50 ahli parlimen Australia termasuk Michael Danby yang memprotes supaya tuduhan ke atas Anwar digugurkan pada Februari tahun ini kononnya bagi mencerminkan "pemerintahan berkredibiliti oleh oleh kerajaan Malaysia.

Beberapa orang yang menyedari kunjungan Xenophon di lobi parlimen dengan sinis bertanyakan sesama sendiri apa erti istilah 'xenophobia' yang agak selari dengan nama ahli senate Austsralia Selatan itu.

Perkataan itu membawa erti kebencian mendalam terhadap orang luar, budaya luar, agama asing, dan tamadun orang luar.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Selangor Water Issue : A Class Act or Crass Act?


The dam at Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor

“PEOPLE kill each other over diamonds; countries go to war over oil. But the world’s most expensive commodities are worth nothing in the absence of water...”

This is the stark truth, which will not even spare us should water woes be sidelined and seen as something not significant enough to merit full and immediate attention.

Seemingly to have boiled over or painted to be as such, today’s crass act by the supporters of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat over the Selangor water issue is not one that should be ignored by Putrajaya or anyone else.

This issue, which has been long outstanding over the years, has even got the full attention of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who called for immediate action to resolve the crisis.

In attempting to resolve this matter, the Pakatan-led Selangor government should back down from its adamant stand in not allowing for the construction of the RM8.65bil Langat 2 water treatment plant, while hiding behind the excuse that there was no need to rush the project as the state had enough water to cater for demands right up to 2019.

However, to act immediately it must as the need for the continuous supply of this most important commodity is clear and present.

The state government’s stance in wanting to give priority to the restructuring of the water services industry in Selangor (read: tussle with Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor, Syabas) had caused a deadlock since 2009.

As for the Sultan, who rightly placed himself above all politics, the plight and welfare of his people is paramount to merit his wrath over the issue.

Sultan Sharafuddin called on all parties to put the interest of the people and the state first as he sees Selangor’s water problem can drive away investors and cause thousands of his subjects to lose their jobs.

Looking at things from a macro point of view, whichever party who wisely gives way to resolve this deadlock, will surely be smothered with undying allegiance and loving kisses from the people affected.

Take heed, for this is about the best in class act as opposed to the long-running crass act we see before us.

Taktik licik Pakatan Rakyat menghidupkan semula keghairahan budaya demonstrasi jalanan



Melihat aksi kira-kira 2,000 penyokong Pakatan Rakyat mengadakan demonstrasi jalanan mengenai isu air Selangor berhampiran Masjid Negara sejak pagi tadi, blogger ini ketara merasakan cap jari ketua umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Anwar Ibrahim di mana-mana.

Fokus Masjid Negara yang dijadikan tumpuan para penunjuk perasaan mengimbau kembali taktik licik dan 'trade mark' Anwar Ibrahim sejak zaman "Mahasiswa Menggugat" di Universiti Malaya pada awal 1970an.

Menyorot krisis dan pelbagai kepincangan yang menghantui parti-parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat sejak kebelakangan ini, sememangnya tidak silap jika kita membaca minda Anwar untuk mempolitikkan segala-galanya bagi kepentingan sendiri.

Selain itu ia juga taktik untuk menggugat kerajaan BN menjelang pilihanraya umum ke 13 akan datang.

Strategi menggugat ini pendekatan lumrah ideologi komunisme yang antara lain menumpukan kepada usaha meruntuhkan fabrik sosial dengan menimbulkan pelbagai keresahan awam, terutama melalui tunjuk perasaan dan keganasan.

Oleh yang demikian pada peringkat ini pihak berkuasa perlu menangani dengan keras segala usaha itu kerana ia bakal mengkucar-kacirkan segala usaha memantapkan perpaduan melalui konsep 1Malaysia.

Pakatan Rakyat yang semakin berasa terhimpit oleh kemajuan dan sokongan kepada pimpinan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak, mengambil jalan ini untuk mengeruhkan keadaan dan menimbulkan semula rasa tidak puas hati serta kemarahan di kalangan rakyat.