Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Of "fusion-like" politicians... BN and PKR alike

Reading Malaysiakini today is like experiencing fusion food. Fusion food is a blending of local and western cuisine make famous by Secret Recipe and today fusion takes a new meaning in Malaysian politics...

Forest City Johor is currently in the limelight especially when it comes to Johor EXCO who has been remanded for cases involving land deals and Bumi lots. On top of that, China's decision for capital control has indirectly hit Forest City project with the government taking steps to monior the situation.

Tun M continued touting BN with cliams of "freehold" land in Johor vis a viz Forest city. More importantly, Tun M managed to snare Sekinjang MP, Anuar Manap has to think hard to wriggle himself out of his own self-created mess. First Anuar Manap gallantly rebuts Tun M by declaring not an inch of Forest city is given out as freehold land only to u-turn and claim otherwise.

Now Anuar is claiming :-

1. Properties were constructed on reclaimed land;
2. Since it is reclaimed land, it did not exist before;
3. There are Malaysian buyers so selling to foreigners does not arise;

Is this the level of intelligence of our current MP? It is better for Anuar to shut up if he did not know the issue and worse, if he did not know what is freehold land.

Let's talk unintelligently for Anuar to understand and maybe can explain what he understands with the following :-

1. If reclaimation works is done within Malaysian boundary, what is te status of this reclaimed land? Free hold, Malay reserve, leasehold or undetermined?;
2. If a land next to the shores eroded into the sea, what happen to the said "lost" land? Will it still be Malay reserve, freehold, leasehold or classified as lost land?
3. If reclaimation land is not "a proper land", does that means the reclaimed land is excluded from paying quit rent and assessment?;
How many buyers are there in Forest city and how many % are non-Malaysians? If we go by normal convention of 30 % local, 70 % will be non-Malaysian owners. Isn't that selling to foreigners?

GE 14 is around the corner. Maybe Anuar is trying to bootlick Johor MB and 1MPM6 for a parliament seat. If this is his level of intelligence, BN can do without Anuar on board...

Remember Nurul Izzah? The one they called "Puteri Reformasi". The one who beat Shahrizat in Pantai Baru? PKR needs to rethink their strategy and not prioritising political votes over religious commitment.

Malaysiakini quoted Nurul Izzah on "Brothers' execution inconsistent with syariah objectives". Before proceeding further, let's list out what Nurul Izzah said :-

1. Execution of Batumalai's brothers is against syariah objectives;
2. Un-Islamic to hang the duo because application for pardon is still pending;
3. Convention of Islamic jurisprudence;

I am not going to dwell on whether the execution is right or wrong nor am I going to go through the case to determine the brothers guilt.

What I am highlighting is the fusion of politics whereby Nurul Izzah who has not state her stand on RUU 355 quoted Islam and Quranic verses in her argument against the execution. What Nurul Izzah failed to understand or pretending not to understand are :-

1. The Civil court found Batumalai brothers guilty and as such it is a civil court case and nothing to do with Syariah;
2. In ideal Islamic state, the brothers will be given an option to either be trialed under civil court or Islamic syariah system;
3. In fact, if Batumalai's brothers can also be subjected to their own religious courts if their religion has a complete legal system...;
4. Since RUU 355 is not yet implemented, syariah jurisprudence is not applicable here;
5. Even if RUU 355 beomes law, only Kelantan and Terengganu can impose RUU 355 as their state legislations have approved to follow syariah rule;
6. Other state including Negeri Sembilan where Batumalai's brothers hailed from and Selangor with majority PKR state legislators wll not be subject to RUU 355 until their states motion and approve syariah rule;
7. Syariah jurisprudence is for Muslims and non-Muslims has the options of which type of court system they want to use;

Saying that, I see both BN and PKR (and maybe other opposition parties) fused everything as long as they suit their politcal agenda. On one hand, Nurul Izzah is against RUU 355 and syariah jurisprudence but at the same time embrace the system when it suits her.

The same for Anuar who misinterpreted freehold status but still wanting to wriggle himself from his own ignorance.

What we need after GE14 are intelligent MPs and not chameleon MPs who act for their own political gains. Think carefully... it is still not too late..


Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Of brimming BRIM...

Line up, queu up.... BRIM is here



Young or old..it doesn't matter. Line up if you want to BRIM-up

Malaysiakini blares "BN leaders in three states request to hand out BR1M manually" Why BN leaders (read : not necessary MPs or ADUNs') of Perlis, Kelantan and Perak insist on dishing out BRIM manually? When one request for manual handouts, it must be for a reason. This time, BN leaders excuse is for them to meet the constituents and understand their problems.

Hello.. where are these BRIM distributors for the past year or years? Why the sudden urge to meet the constituents now? Is it something to do with GE 14? Out of nowhere, these BRIM distributors needs that few precious hours to propagate and self-advertise themselves, hoping these constituents will "repay" their gratitude with an "X" where and when it matters.

Just because someone says there will be 7 million BRIM recipients this year and so far 1MPM6 declared 5,153,238 has been approved, does that validate the government to handout BRIM to the balance 1,846,762? Does this provide a "solution" for small business owners to get their hands on BRIM? What about those political leeches who hang-out in BN leaders office waiting for their "dedak"? If they do not have stable income, do they need to "register" as small business owners to get BRIM?




If BN leaders are really caring as they claimed (during every election), will they let some BRIM recipients to faint?



Why make BRIM handouts difficult?

Me? I am not a BRIM recipient... guess need to take short break and go somewhere, as long as it is not North Korea...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Monday, March 06, 2017

Of persona non-grata ... right or wrong move?

Refraining from international news seems to be hard to do...


Expiry date : 6th March 2017 @ 6 pm

It is not easy living the lives of an ambassador in foreign countries. Remember Sergey Kislyak? Even his name is tongue twisting...

Sergey Kislyak is the current Russian ambassador to USA. Recently, he has been accused as a Russian top spy in Washington. It is immaterial whether the accusation has basis or not, or whether it is true or false but there is an effort to paint him as a Russian spy who met with Trump's political delegation during the recently concluded USA Presidential election.

Russia and USA is always playing the highest level of cat and mouse game. Whether the accusation holds any water is not important. What is important is the possibility is there and maybe there are people in USA who are concern with the accusation.

Alexander Litvinenko is another example of what might happen to those with sensitive information. A former Russian spy, he was poisoned by his ex-colleague. Not easy to be those working if diplomatic mission.

Closer to home, Kim Jong Nam's death (or is it murder?) is putting Malaysia head to head against North Korea. Regardless whether the dead is really Kim Jong Nam or Kim Chol or anybody else, it is the manner of death that gives rise to suspicion that it is murder or at worst a prank gone wrong.

It is not a case of mistaken identitiy nor a case of "cheap shot" cheating the 2 women from comitting the "prank", it is more of a why it happens. Why it has to be on Malaysian soil? Why it has to be North Korean?

Let others speculate on the motive, this time let's ask some dumb intelligent question on unearthed issues due to the death. Something that most Malaysians were unaware and maybe still unaware of :-

1. South Korea is a democratic country, North Korea is a communist country. Why "visa-free" priviledge for North Korea?
2. North Korea face economic sanction from UN. Why are North Koreans company (with Malaysia Director) doing communication business?
3. Malaysia and North Korea has diplomatic ties. What makes Malaysia expelling North Korean ambassador to Malaysia?
4. If there is not enough evidence implicating Ri Chong Jol to Kim Jong Nam's untimely death, why is he deported immediately upon expiry of remand orders and not charged for overstaying?
5. If Ri Jong Col nevers works in Malaysian company (that sponsors his entry), where is his income source?;
6. If the sponsoring Malaysian company (Tombol?) is providing false information to facilitate Ri Chong Jol's entry, is there any legal action taken to the company?

The laundry list may go on but for now, let's go on point by point form.

Malaysia provided 90 days visa-free travel to South Koreans and 1 month visa-free travel for North Korea, which has been recently rescinded by Malaysian government.



Clearly, North Korea will be more isolated now when Malaysia rescinded the visa-free travel. The decision was made due to escalating diplomatic tiff between Malaysia and North Korea, all over the death of Kim Jong Nam. Does this action means there will be no more North Korean labour in Sarawak's coal mining industry? Is the visa-free decision primarily made to accomodate these "specialised" labour?

Kim Jong Nam's death unearthed a few others which is unknown to us. It seems that North Korea manage to by-pass UN sanction by using a front company operating in Malaysia. Worse, when it is further revealed that the front company, Glocom has a Malaysia Director, Mustapha Ya'akub is a leader in UMNO. For Mustapha to claim ignorance to Glocom's nature of business and UN's sanction towards North korean products is uncalled for. How can a leader of Malaysia's leading political parties ignorant of these issues and as a Director, is he not responsible for the company's business?

Malaysia had established diplomatic ties with North Korea since 1973. That was 43 years ago. That said, Malaysia and North Korea has gone through patches of relationships but the latest frosty relationship resulting the expulsion of North Korean diplomat is serious.

It is really because Kang Chol blew his top with regards to recent events or is it something more deeper than meets the eye? Kang Chol, understandbly is trying to do his job and please his political masters. He has to present North Korea views of the event and if possible brush off accusations against his country and at the same time point to other countries or potraying that the investigation is biased. It is his job whether he likes it or not. It is his duty regardless whether what he say is true or not. In part, Kang Chol managed to provide alternative views and perspective relating to Kim Jong Nam's death. That is diversionary tactic.

What is surprising is the speed to expelled him. Is it because he touch the nerves of Malaysian leaders? Or is it because there are attempts to silence him from putting forth his theory and prolonging the issue will unearthed more dirt on Malaysia-North Korea relationship?

Ri Jong Chol, the North Korean chemist was immediately deported upon expiry of remand. His work visa was issued under Tombo Enterprise Sdn Bhd in 2013 but the company says he never comes to the company. That is 3 years!!!

Tombo Enterprise did not carry out any due diligence on Jong Chol and this is reflected when he is said to be in IT department which he has no knowledge of. Instead, Jong Chol is a chemist. Is he what he claims to be or is he an operative facilitating other North Koreans?

Tombo owner admitted Jong Chol's work visa application is done by the company. If he never shows up for work, then isn't Tombo now an accessory or maybe a conduit to possible illegal activities? If a company provides the documentation for work-visa, isn't the company responsible for the person and should be answerable to his action? Maybe someone is not digging enough. Could it be Tombo owner is somehow related to another political party? Why is Tombo not investigated for falsyfing information to give work visa? How long has this happen? How many other companies do the same? How many are "illegally legal" persons with work visas in Malaysia?

Kim Jong Nam's death is now beginning opening up many cans of worms in Malaysia. This is not good, especially when 1MPM6 is preparing for a political battle of his lifetime. Deporting Jong Chol and announcing kang Chol "persona non-grata" will not shut the lid on North Korea. Brace for North Korea to fire their own propaganda salvos soon.

Additional questions need answers :-

1. Is this 1 incident has the weight to severe ties with North Korea?
2. Is it more than Kim Jong Nam's death?
3. So far, it is a one-sided action. Where is North Korea's reactions?

Jong Chol has started his in Beijing and maybe by the time this posting is out, kang Chol will be firing his own and more dirt will come out. Malaysia do not need this... but life has to go on....

Expect turbulences ahead...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, March 03, 2017

Of defranchising UMNO Johor...

About time.

If this is not a wake-up call to Johoreans, then they must be over-hibernating.

Remember the case against Johore EXCO member which eventually leading him to go on leave to sort out his problems? You know, about the case where a few individuals were hauled up by MACC for "converting" Bumi lots to non-Bumi lots.

Heard that there is more to it that the surface news. It goes deeper with Abd latif named as one of the few right hand man of Johore MB ie Datuk Seri Mohamad Khaled. If you notice, Abd latif without the usual prefix of Datuk, Datuk seri or Tan Sri. A person who probably misuse his position should not be addressed with honourable mention for he has disgrace those who conferred him the title.

Why is the case more than skin deep? Malaysia Chronicle reads it as a power tussle in Johore UMNO with the caption " Power tussle and the word Waterloo".

Yes, the opposition is jumping in to give their version of the story and it is not surprising if they interpret it the way they do. However, when the Sultan himself is displeased with the disturbing events, it can be something more than just a clean cut MACC case.

With Muhyiddein out of UMNO, Johore has been simmering and waiting to explode. Many, including my friend from Johore Bharu expected Johore UMNO to collectively rise and show the exit for 1MPM6. This does not happen, partly due to Hishamuddin, Azalina, Fuad prefers power over 1MPM6's ouster.

A traditionally UMNO stronghold, Johore UMNO has been the "voice" of UMNO with their number of delegates as well as number of cabinet ministers. Johore UMNO's voice is like a beacon for the rest to follow. If Johore UMNO falters, UMNO Malaysia will fall.

It has been proven that Muhyiddin could not carry he task alone. With other Johore UMNO leaders deserting him, 1MPM6 remains in Putrajaya. Do you think 1MPM6 boys will not weed out those seem to be supportive of Muhyiddein? It is a matter of time before they strike and now with MACC investigating Abd Latif, it is time for another feast in Johore.

Being an EXCO member, Abd Latif's actions are deemed to be the action of Johore UMNO and specifically And latif's actions is seen to have the blessing of Johore MB. Johore MB may not know it or he may feigned it but he cannot claim ignorance to Abd latif actions.

With MACC investigating Abd latif, it is a signal to Johore UMNO on the choice they have. Either toe the line and follow 1MPM6's blindly or fully support Datuk seri Khalid in mitigating the rough days ahead. There are those who vie for Khaled's positions and this is the time for them to be "extra-loyal" to 1MPM6. Maybe, the newly minted FELDA Chairman needs to chip in to state his unwavering support on the investigation to secure hos hot seat.

Datuk Seri Khalid needs to weigh in his options :-
1. Let Abd latif to settle his issues alone;
2. Support Abd Latif as he is Johore EXCO member;
3. Turn around and go against 1MPM6;

Khaled options are limited. If he lets Abd Latif on his own, Abd latif will be dead meat.It might end up with Abd latif and his son charged with every possibility Abd Latif may want to "deal" for lighter charges. Whatever "deal" Latif do will eventually drag Khaled and maybe others down.

Supporting Abd Latif, Khaled will be exposed to main stream newspapers playing up issues which might border on sensitivity. This may leads Khaled shown the door, either after GE 14 or before GE 14 itself depending on 1MPM6 mood. This is a better choice for Khaled as nobody can say for certain whether UMNO will still lead the country after GE 14.

Khaled can go all out and choose the toughest path by supporting Muhyiddein. This will let fly Johore UMNO's coop feelings which has been venting since Muhyiddein's departure. Johoreans are known to defend their Sultan ferociously and they identify themselves as UMNO die-hards. Having said that, how many of them will make the ultimate sacrifice for the betterment of Malaysia? Or will they be the ones who will sink with UMNO?

Johore maybe UMNO's bastion but it should remain so only if UMNO is performing. Johore should declare their stand supporting actions against bribery and fund misappropriation. Johore is UMNO's birthplace, could it also be UMNO's deathbed?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Of forever in blue jeans... in principle




Money talks
But it don't sing and dance
And it don't walk
And long as I can have you
Here with me, I'd much rather be
Forever in blue jeans

- Neil Diamond "Forever in blue jeans"

Frankly, Neil Diamond's songs are always close to my heart, especially from his "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" album about a carefree seagull going against the norm towards reaching his dreams. You guys need to do some research on this as this an oldie album.. maybe in the 70's. It is a gem... that is all I can say.

Way back in my younger days, I love blue jeans when Levis 501 is just USD 12 in USA. The more I wear it, the more I love it when it faded followed by the jeans ripped at your knees area. I still wear them to the day my mom conspired with my other half and conveniently hid all my precious jeans... those were the days, my friends.



This is not about blue jeans but more of the spirit of blue jeans wearers. I see blue jeans as an extension of the free spirit when we are younger when everything is easy-going and almost carefree. I see blue jeans as the symbol of the 70's when the youths of that era rose and stood against the establishment, leading world-wide changes. Ahhh... those were the days when we stood together shoulder to shoulder against "injustice"...



Roy Clark get it right in "Yesterday when I was young"...

Yesterday when I was young
The taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue.
I teased at life as if it were a foolish game,
The way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame.
The thousand dreams I dreamed, the splendid things I planned
I always built to last on weak and shifting sand.
I lived by night and shunned the naked light of the day
And only now I see how the years ran away.

Now, where are the footsoldiers who will continue the legacy of standing up against injustice and social imbalance? Oddly enough, our youths are trapped within the rempits, the cyclists, the signage climbers, the clubbers with few having the heart and soul for the betterment of Malaysia.

Instead of focussing to ridding the corrupted from ruining Malaysia, the youths are easily swayed by out-of focus NGOs' who capitalise on youths innocence for their benefits. We have the reds coming out demonstrating their "prowess" of harassing others, we have the "yellows" who flooded KL with different agendas, we have the "purples" who converge in Padang Merbok for something that they might not fully understand.

Malaysia is now in a state of "rojak". Too many ingredients and we failed to collectively act as one demanding "those who ruin the country" should face the music. Instead of a collective joint effort of ridding those who ruin the country, we have different voices singing different songs to different tunes depending on who is the maestro. The youths of today is not moving as an integral part of the society. Just like opposition parties, we are actually promoting fragmentation within the ranks. There is no "focus" and "priority" to right the wrong facing Malaysia.

Whilst most mainline newspapers talked about the charges against the "women assassin", a small ripple caught my eye. It is about "lone ranger Ong Tee Kiat" quitting MCA. Why he choose to quit MCA was not revealed. It could not be of him sulking because there is no reason for him to sulk. It could not be about his displeasure against the current set of MCA leaders as he did not lose to them.

Could it be because he is "frustrated" with MCA for being "ball-less" in preventing the rot getting worse in Malaysia? If MCA which is regarded representing the Chinese and representing the business of Malaysia could not make a firm stand in ridding those who is ruining Malaysia, then it is a wise move for Ong Tee Keat to bade farewell to his favourite party, the party that propels him to national recognition and the party that once put him in Putrajaya.

We need more Ong Tee Kiats... the movement ridding Malaysia of those who is ruining the country should start within ourselves. There are too many pilferages going on, there are too many rakyats suffering and the politicians are too busy enriching themselves - be it from ruling party or otherwise.

What about G25 - Group of Eminent Malaysians? How eminence are they if this group fails to find a consensus on how to stop those ruining Malaysia in their tracks? Is G25 really putting Malaysia first or are they really a group of "has-beens" who is vying for bread crumps and are actually "supporters for hire"? I see G 25 as more of a reactionary group instead of a pro-active group. I see them more of a liberalist group than a group fighting to fight social and financial injustice.

What has G25 got to say about possible conflict of interest regarding the housing issue as published by Malaysiakini today? This should be looked into as police report has been done and the report involved Minister Rahman Dahlan and AG's wife. Not much can be said of Rahman dahlan as he is a politician and as mentioned numerous times, politicians are there to milk the rakyats. What G25 should seriously look into is on claims regarding AG's wife. G25, if it consider itself as a pressure group should ask for speedy investigation on the police reports as this involves the integrity of AG and God forbids, AG should not compromise his stands against crime eventhough that might ends him signing charge sheet against his own wife. What of importance is G25 impartiality in dealing with high profile cases, if G 25 is really eminent.

When I turn towards those who is at the fringes of corridor of power, I see a group of opportunists who are clamouring to be seen and fighting to be "chosen" to inherit the plump cushion of political power for financial gains. They are not there to propel Malaysia to a better future but more of being there to self-promote their selves for parliamentary seats, state seats or at least Chairman of GLCs'. To them, material wealth supercedes their moral obligation for a better Malaysia. Do you think they care if the rakyats is bleeding with 11 sen price hike for every kilo of sugar? Do you think they hear the rakyats sobbing on RM 2.30 per litre RON 95 fuel?

Blue jeans generation are those with principle. They are willing to go out and stand with the oppressed fighting against social and financial injustice. Eventhough this writer has many opportunities to be in the corridor of powers including head-hunted to be a potential MP, I am not willing to forego my principles for worldly wealth. This has shaped me into a seasoned observer, looking on as Malaysia is slipping further and further down.

Yes, I might have aged but I will forever be in blue jeans at heart. I believe Malaysia deserves a better future and has the potential to be so, with the right person to guide our country. I have done my job, now you guys go out and do yours...
Signing off... listen to the smooth melody of "Be" from original soundtrack of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".. high above the clouds, dare to dream for perfection...



Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Of monkey see, monkey do... pilferaging funds

Monkeys see, monkey do.

If the Alpha male escapes, the sub-alphas will follow suit.

Thse days there is no more feeling remorse if one gets caught for pilferaging funds from the state coffers. In fact, maybe these pilferagers are proud that they almost homefree from their acts, only to be caught with their pants down.

Johor EXCO member ropes in his son and special officer to jointly loot others of special priviledges. This is the type of politician that we have now. Their main aim is to fatten their own self, in case they are not considered for the upcoming GE 14. Even if their names are shortlisted, there is every chance that their party may lose big this time around. To prepare for future uncertainties, they took the easy way out by devising plans to divert RM 45 million into their accounts. This is entrepreneurship, Malaysian style. Product of 59 years under the same party.

Even GLCs have the same practise. FELDA top officer managed to siphon off RM 47 million into their accounts by breaching SOP and by-pass their board. This is not an isolated case. It seems that GLCs' with their politically-connected CEOs and Chairmen have various means to go about business at the expense of genuine businessmen. Political retreats are used as opportunities to "i scratch your back and hopefully you scratch mine".

One of the Board to promote an agricultural industry is trying hard to maintain its KPI with promises to supply their products and at the same time decided not to recognise the recognition bestowed by a Federal ministry, all vainly done to protect their Chairman and soon-to-retire Director General.

Government officers too has their share of looting whatever they can. One got caught on solar panel issue in the rural areas.

With the prevailing rate, no wonder Malaysia is slipping further and further down. When once we were the financial tiger of Asia, now we are paper tiger, easily shredded.

Monkey see, monkey do... what are we going to do?

As laymen, we have every right to be angry. The rots starts from the above... Politicians, GLCs even government staff are doing it rampantly. Of late, graft cases matches criminal cases in terms of numbers and if nothing is done to arrest the slide, all Malaysia funds will be gone into the pockets of alpha male and sub-alpha males aptly termed as donations, special services, consultancy and whatever name appropriate as long as the word "graft" or "bribe" is not mentioned.

If this is not a wake-up call for the masses to reject the corrupted, then it is bye-bye Malaysia...all will be forever lost...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Of untwisting the truth... heresay vs facts

There is always two sides of a coin, that's what they say. Sometimes, you come across same face coins... and this is not in movies.

2 issues worth visiting : 1 about the unfolding saga of Kim Jong Nam's "mysterious" death and the other about the state of Saudi Arabia. Choose which one you believe in because in the end, the truth may churns something uglier that you can ever imagine...

When Kim Jong Nam's death diverted the world's attention to Malaysia, it has been mentioned in past postings of "who is the clown". Without delving further, obviously Rahman Dahlan is trying hard to vie for the "clown" and kudos to PDRM for tackling the issue as objective as can be. The DIGP did a good job and when IGP steps in, North Korean ambassador starts reacting forcing Anifah Aman to be dragged in. Even 1MPM6 was forced to give his piece.

Of interest is the constant newsfeed regarding the arrested suspects and in particular, the Indonesian lady. Latest, her friends claimed the lady celebrated her birthday in a well-known nightclub in Kuala Lumpur the night before her murderous prank on Kim Jong Nam. There are a few unanswered questions here :-

1. Her family claimed that she worked in Batam. How can she be in Kuala Lumpur at the time of incident?;
2. She worked as a saleslady in Batam, is her earning sufficient to party in a well-known nightclub in Kuala Lumpur?;
3. How is it possible for a clubbing girl to remain alert in the morning to carry out the prank in KLIA2? Would it be better for her to sleep off her partying fatique?

Is it possible that the party is intentionally planned as an alibi to her movement? An alibi to claim that she might be too tired to carry out the prank? And who are her party guests? Any Koreans in the list?

Reporters are there to carry out their job. Is it possible for "hidden hands" involvement in splashing about the party story? IGP claimed that PDRM investigations showed otherwise. Further, IGP denied the theory of the Indonesian lady "framed" for the act. The next few days will be interesting...

Kim Jong Nam's death is putting extra pressure on North Korean ambassador. Free Malaysia Today posted a little known information regarding North Korean's previous ambassador to Malaysia and his name was Jang Yong Chol. Apparently, Jang Yong Chol was sentenced to death by firing squad in early 2014. It seems that being a top North Korean officer is no guarantee at all.

Will STAFOC be out in full force tomorrow providing ample security coverage on the 2 gals in Sepang court? Heard that the 2 gals will be formally charged tomorrow. What about the Korean guy with chemical knowledge? Will he be charged too? Or will he be charged on lesser count of legally illegally obtaining work permit in Malaysia? What about his sponsor? Will the fella charged in court for providing false information and harbouring a suspected agent?

Back to the "clown", can someone explain why it takes 2 weeks before HAZMAT sweep KLIA2? With thousands patronising KLIA2 daily, imagine what would have happen if there are really poisonous chemical agents and radioactive residue in KLIA2? It will be epidemic and how do we contain the threat?

Would it not be better if HAZMAT did not sweep KLIA2 at such late stage? Or are we trying hard to remain in the news for all the wrong reasons?

IGP now says that PDRM has no problem sharing VX evidence with UN if Wisma Putra gives the go ahead. Over to you, Wisma Putra...

Turning middle east, a MalaysiaKini article "The Kingdom in Malaysia" puts forth interesting views on the "custodian of 2 holy cities". You may find an article claiming House of saud is of Jewish origin here. True or false? Ask the historians...

For Malaysiakini article, the main points are :-

1. Saudi Arabia is heading into extremely choppy financial waters;
2. Saudi Arabia is waging an ideological and proxy war with Iran;
3. Saudi Arabia leading a “coalition” against Yemen;
4. Saudi Arabia promulgating its version of Islam which has resulted in blowback across the world;

After years of living lavishly, the present oil prices is forcing Saudi Arabia to consider planning a USD 10B loan from a number of International banks. If this plan comes in place, do you think Saudi Arabia prince could afford donating millions and perhaps billions to others including Malaysia's own 1MPM6?

It could well be the historic visit is to ask Putrajaya to "show me the money". If the donation has been put in good use, surely there will be an accounted audit trail of where the spending goes to. Even if it is a personal donation spent individually, there should be receipts to account for large portion of the spending. With Saudi Arabia feeling the "squeeze", it is hightime to share the "squeeze" with donour recipients.

Questions aloud - is there any hidden agenda with ARAMCO's 50 % investment in PETRONAS Rapid project? USD 7B is not a small amount and is it really necessary for ARAMCO to invest in Rapid? How much will the deal-maker gets? If this is a truly 50-50 venture, who is calling the shots?

Right or wrong, Saudi Arabia and Iran has been long in proxy wars, starting from Ayatollah Khoemeini. Saudi Arabia use the "custodian of 2 holy cities" to continuously remind others that Iran's brand of Shiah is against mainstream Islam. Learned scholars can debate on this. To Malaysian Muslims, Shiah is deviant of sunnah wal-jamaah.

Saudi Arabia should not enforce its brand of Islam onto others. The most important question is - is the "custodian of 2 holy cities" subscribed to Al-Quran and hadith as well as sunnah rasul or is he practising his own version to control his 30million citizens?

With whatever shortcomings of Saudi Arabia, it does not absolve our leaders from their responsibilities. For now, I see Saudi Arabia needing Malaysia more than we need them. Malaysia needs Saudi Arabia to increase our hajj quota but Saudi Arabia needs Malaysia support to fund part of their loan as well as their planned IPO of ARAMCO.

Saudi Arabia has not gone through recessions as Malaysia had. Saudi Arabia is not prepared to face the financial crunch. It is not easy to adjust their habits of living lavishly and extravagantly. This may a prelude of unrest in Saudi Arabia. The house of Sauds need to brace themselves with the possibilities of civil unrest. Dishing Malaysia-like BRIM is not an answer to possible financial woes. Is it possible for House of Saud making the trip to Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei to get a quick education on citizen-control?

Hopefully 1MPM6 has nothing much to offer as his own house of BN cards is shaking and waiting to collapse...


Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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