Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Of parallelism... Zimbabwe way

Nothing last forever...

For Mugabe, it takes 37 years, halfway impeachment proceedings to bring the grand ol' man down. It has to happen. Whilst Zimbabweans rejoice with now hopes, what about us 6 hours ahead of the African nation?

Frankly, I see it coming last week. It might be nostalgic, it might be heart-broken, it could be tear-jerking but finally the curtains comes down for Mugabe.

What happens in the African nation shows that no power is absolute and there is no absolute power nor can one dictates when he is coming or going.

Let's be brief here. There are many parallelism between Mugabe and our own in Malaysia. Consider these :-

1. Grace Mugabe is Mugabe's second marriage. So is our 1MPM6 and his second marriage;
2. Grace Mugabe leads an opulent life and lavish lifestyle. Ours is not far behind;
3. Grace Mugabe used to be Mugabe's typist(?) before they got hitched. 1MPM6 entertain the daily "visitor" when he was Pahang's MB;
4. Mugabe's children from his second marriage flaunt their wealth to the extent of pouring champagne on their Rolex wristwatch. Malaysia's 1MPM6's step-son flaunt his wealth investing in Red granite and a close friend of J Lo;
5. Zimbabwe slid from an African basket of wealth to a pariah state. Malaysia slipped from being one of Asian top nation to scratching the barrel under current leadership;

Whatever, let's pray that Malaysia did not has to go Zimbabwe way to get fresh and dynamic leaders to lead the nation.

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Of unbecoming... or is it be coming?

Yesterday when I was young, there were instances when you see 2 feuding friends putting pieces of paper on the ground symbolising their father's heads and dare the other party to step on the symbolic "head" which sooner or later ended in fights, grappling to the ground....

It is not the same with Julio's melodious "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, alas,
on weak and shifting sand;

That was yesterday... lightyears before...

That is what 1MPM6 uttered during the recently concluded MCA meeting. Of course tere will always be two sides of a coin with those for and against his statement.

Politically, I am not interested to pre-judge 1MPM6 for his statement. However, I am looking from a different view....

Born in an aristocrat family in Pekan, Pahang, it is not surprising for 1MPM6 to be taught of manners, including respect the elders and controlled speech. There is not much peer pressure in Pekan and being in the aristocratic family, his circle of friends should be those who share the same upbringing and good moral judgement.

It is not easy to switch to the "darker side" unless 1MPM6 is under tremendous duress and pressure, especially with so many conflicting reports of GE 14 possible outcome. The recent paradise papers, House of Sauds purge, PAS' RM 70M suit against Sarawak report may lead to 1MPM6's unexpected character change.

It is not easy for 1MPM6 to go through when his anti-corruption watchdog is accussed of being morally wrong. In a mirror case, there is another almost similar case involving a female senior police officer was caught red handed by her husband for having an affair with another man.

Now, if MACC top officer goes free, will the ACP goes free too? Or will there be double standards here?

What about 1MPM6's top prosecutor? RPK corrected his earlier statement and believed that there are those who resort to card dropping for financial gains at the expense of Attorney General. Unfortunately, RPK zoom the person to Tabung Haji's top offcer.. who happens to be 1MPM6's inner circle man.

With all these dramas and claims, it is not surprising for 1MPM6 to slip his tongue.... and you can see from his reaction that this is not scripted. He may be cursing himself for the slip... as years of upbringing destroyed within those few seconds... 1MPM6 cannot blame Tun M for that nor should he blame the weather for the incident.

Maybe it is time for 1MPM6 to overhaul his inner circle, his top dogs men of justice, his foreign donors... it is getting too hot under the collar despite Metrological dept forecasting wet days ahead in Penang, Kelantan and Kedah...

Me? It's time to relax, sit back and enjoy Julio's redetion of "Yesterday when I was young" again...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Of Penang's state government stand.... landslide

Lives are lost. Regardless of whether they are Banglas, Malaysian, Indons, the fact still remains - families lost their loved ones and Malaysia lost a small fraction of its workforce.

On last count, 11 were confirmed dead with their bodies retrieved.

The question - What now, Penang State Government?

Everytime disaster struck, there will teh usual 2 - 3 days brouhaha before it dies down and life returns to normal. However, being DAP-led state, it is in everyone's hope that DAP practise what they preach. Now, it seems that that is not so.

In the case of Tanjung Bungah landslide, apparently Department of Environment (DOE) had voiced out their reservation on the project citing the following observation :-

1. The development site is located right next to Teik Granite Quarry, a permanent granite quarry that started operations in 1960;
2. The Department of Environment rejected the planning permission application in January 2015 and rejected it on Jan 23 2015;
3. DOE did not support the application as there was no buffer zone between the apartment project and the quarrying activities nearby, as required by the Guidelines of Siting and Zoning of Industries and Residential Areas;
4. The development also consisted of steep slopes that required a detailed engineering study and possibly, environmental impact assessment approval;
5. The State government ignore DOE advice and went ahead with the construction;

There will be more revealed in time to come. What does the State government response to this?

DCM II, P Ramasamy, starts with defending the state against the "I told you so" phenomenon.

He continued his argument as follows :-

1. Whether the landslide had anything to do with housing project per se remains to be established. The fact that housing project was on a flat piece of land raises questions about DOE's line of reasoning;
2. There is possibility that those responsible for the housing project - the developer, the consultant engineers and the contractors (and P Ramasamy failed to mention the Penang State government)- might have possibly overlooked the requirements of hill slope management, even though the hill slope was adjacent to the construction site;
3. The commission of inquiry that will be set up must pay serious attention to the issue raised by the ministry;
4. to put the blame squarely on the state government is not acceptable;

What DCM II wanted to say is, even if there is concern raised by relevant authorities, the fault is not with the State government. P Ramasamy is trying to deflect the obvious ie the State government failed to take into account all the concerns raised by Authorities as well as politicians, residents association. What is Lim Guan Eng's DAP-led state government is trying to do? Are they approving projects despite objections from federal authorities? These federal authorities are civil servants doing their job and they are not mouthpiece of Federal government. Why is Penang State government behaving like they know all attitude?

Even in approaching the problem, the State government tries to limit the inquiry to worker safety issues.

Lim Guan Eng, P Ramasamy and other EXCOs of DAP-led Penang State government should be held responsible for failing to take note of various concerns raised by NGOs like :-

1. The inquiry should look at the laws that have not been followed and whether or not the Penang Structure Plan (PSP) was neglected;
2. Look at whether the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), which has the authority to act, failed to properly do its job;
3. Photos of construction and hill cutting at the development site were presented to the state government. It responded that the ‘earthwork is being monitored;
4. Monitoring team will be established to ensure compliance in construction and performance (of projects). Where are the reports from these monitoring teams set up by Penang state government?;
5. The State Planning Committee, MBPP’s One-Stop-Centre Committee (which approved the project), the engineers, the developer and contractors should be investigated. Is there any elements of negligence here?;
6. The Safety Guidelines for Hillside Development clearly state that “if you have a slope ... depending on the height of the slope, you need to have a buffer zone that is greater than the height of the slope.” This statement clearly indicate that the developer and P Ramasamy failed to see the importance of the buffer zone;
7. Drone pictures may have indicated the problem in July 2017;

This tragedy goes beyond politics. However, DAP-led Penang state government needs to look inwards and ask themselves - are we doing things right or are we doing just as bad as BN when it comes to approving projects?

The buyers deserve better. Those, whose lives are affected by the tragedy deserves answers and solutions to prevent future mishaps. Now, what has you got to say on this, Lim Guan Eng? Or are you too busy planning strategies for the coming GE 14?

DAP almost normally cries their lungs off for transperancy. Now, where is transperancy when it comes to Penang state government? DAP tals about accountability, now will someone from DAP-led government steps forward and take the responsibility and resign from his post? Or is DAP, just like BN, All Talk no Action? Is Lim Guan Eng, P Ramasamy and their DAP-led Penang state government a paper tiger?

And please la...Lim Guan Eng, don't parrot the phrase "It was a construction site mishap"

On the other end of the spectrum, just can't wait for Apandi's suit against London-based blogger regarding certain insunuations in an article preceding "Strong rumours surrounding the AG: part 2". If indeed Apandi proceeds with his suit, just a word of advise to Apandi : Najib is suing Wall Street on Tuesday, so it is wise for you to sue on Wednesday. Which Wednesday? Well, the Wednesday after Najib's Tuesday... (whatever it means).

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Of same person, different fortunes... inside and outside

When does it starts to end and when does the end begins? Same person, different political approach, different results...

Easily said - as a politician, you are on the wrong side of the law the moment you turn your backs from the ruling party. This is what Shafie Afdal is facing now that he is helming Parti Wawasan after leaving UMNO last year.

Politically, your opponents will wipe you off in ways unexpected of you and Syafie Afdal in no exception and more. The "independent" MACC is investigating RM 1.5B development fund case from the ministry helmed by Shafie Afdal when he was UMNO's vice President. When you are on the wrong side of the party, everyone connected to you takes part of the heat, in this case both his brothers Hamid and Yusof Afdal were also remanded by MACC for investigation. Since justice is blind, the swoop did not take into account that Yusof Afdal is a current UMNO politician. It doesn't matters...

Is it just me wondering or is it a hallucination - Shafie Afdal goes from hero to villain the moment he jumps off UMNO ship to head Parti Wawasan Sabah. Is this retribution time for Shafie for abandoning UMNO? Further :-

1. Why Shafie Afdal now? What about the rest of the cabinet members? Are they as innocent as the white piece of cloth?;
2. Is this an act to send "messages" to those in UMNO not to abandon the sinking ship?;
3. Is this another subtle warning to Sabah UMNO politicians to toe the party line?;
4. Is political assassination of Afdal brothers will put UMNO in a strong foothold in Sabah?

Shafie Afdal is no saint. However, Shafie Afdal is Anwar Ibrahim of Sabah. His remand may lead to open confrontation with peninsular-based UMNO. UMNO (read : BN) could no longer rest on its laurels if Shafie Afdal is charged in open court. Like it or not, Shafie Afdal and his siblings is quite influential in Sabah, at least in Semporna.

1MPM6 may deny his role in getting Shafie Afdal and claim that MACC is an independent body. With things going on including those involving MACC officer, how many of you think MACC is totally independent? How many of you believe that 1MPM6 has no influence on MACC?

On-off RPK has his own take on certain issues including AG. There are many dots to be connected and if you connect the right dots, you may see some pattern emerging including the web of tamil-speaking guys from the north. Is 1MPM6 aware of this deceitful web? Or is he relying on his UMNO prince to cover all his tracks, locally and abroad? If that is the case, then what use of UMNO's youth to 1MPM6?

Whilst UMNO maybe gloating with their inspired war against corruption, the remand orders on Shafie Afdal is more of a warning shot to UMNO leaders who is thinking of jumping ship. Isa Samad's remand is a show-case to camourflage the real issues. Isa is just a selected "fall guy" to be paraded as UMNO's claim that the authorities are free in their actions. If it is really so, what about supersensitive issues that has been plaguing us since the past few years? Or is it "over" because 1MPM6 wants it to be over?

Pakatan Harapan needs to look at available alternatives should Shafie Afdal charged for misusing the RM 1.5B development funds. If Pakatan Harapan is really serious to put up a good challenge in GE14, they have to swallow their pride and work with other opposition parties as well. Can they do so? So far, there is always the bickerings, loud and clear, indicating opposition supporters are not magnaminous in forgiving old horse. So how can they win the war if they can't even cross a small stream?

Look at Hadi Awang's "A vote for Harapan is a vote for ..." Hadi is hellbent in taking out old horse but has he consider that old horse did not deviate state funds to his own pocket? Is Hadi okaying for politicians to pocket the rakyats' money as if it is theirs? Is Hadi giving his blessing that it is OK for politicians (and his minions) to spend thousands in gambling and partying? Is Hadi giving his acceptance to politicians wetting his pants with other peoples' wives or daughters? Is Hadi covering others (as long as they are not from Pakatan Harapan) to carry on with their sexual, financial, abuse of power misdeeds?

Maybe GE 14 is hotting up now...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Of responsibility over personal deficiency...

The Sun news caption "MACC chief defiant against personal attacks" is interesting indeed.

You can read all about it in the newspaper. What we are going to do is "what if" scenarios, comparing politician and civil servant similarities, when it comes to gross misbehaviour...

MACC Chief claimed that is is a "dirty and despicable" personal attack. No comment there as he ha his rights to say that. What is not mentioned is whether the accusation has truth or not. Did he or did he not?

Politicians and civil servants are looked upon and expected to be at their model best, not only in performing their duties but to set good moral examples. Malaysians and maybe the rest of the world expected their political leaders (as well as civil servants) to be at their best to serve their respective nations. Bill Clinton goes down because of his alledged (and later proven) extra-marital affairs, Nixon went down due to the infamous Watergate scandal.

Christine Keeler wrought havoc in Britain when she had sexual liaison with both the then British War Minister and Russian military attache. We haven't start talking about JF Kennedy and his shared common passion with known mafia leaders. All because of their sexual liaison with women, either sinle, married or divorcee...

Back to Malaysia, what if the issue currently faced by MACC top officer is mirrored by a politician? What if :-

1. Someone's wife frequented an elected politician office and make the elected politician office as her second office? In time, the elected politician stays unnecessary longer in his office to "entertain" the woman up to the stage that it becomes common knowledge to the inside circle? Will sexual contacts happen?

A civil servant need to travel overseas in his course of duty. It is uncommon for civil servants to divert to other destinations upon completion of his works. If a "dirty and mischeavous" person accused the civil servant of spending few nights with a married woman (soon to be divorcee) together under 1 roof and same space, will he succumbed to his sexual desire?

2. Due to the 2nd office policy of the married woman, an elected politician decided to rid his present wife under whatever pretext (be it fact or accusation), and negotiate to marry his trophy wife, will that lead to possible misuse of power?

For the civil servant, is it possible in times of "under duress", the civil servant decides to part ways with his existing family, will this leads to possible trophy wife marriage which can further leads to abuse of power?

3. Years later, the elected politician with time has better opportunity whereupon his "trophy" wife demands projects and the politician cave in to her demands, is this not abuse of power?

Is there any possibilty for the civil servant to be swayed in his decision through the whisper of his "trophy" conquest?

History has shown that sexual tryst can leads to destruction. In the past, civil servants and politicians are the vanguards of nation's security. Both have to co-operate for the betterment of the nation, not for the betterment to their sexual conquest.

MACC has come a long way and is trying their best to pin down corruption. However, corruption does not comes in financial gains alone. Sexual gain is also a form of corruption as proven in Perak in 2008.

It is up to the MACC officer to think of the issue. It is better for him to look within and ask himself whether what he did is right or wrong. Consider the following (if the "dirty and despicable" personal attack is true :-

1. As a Muslim, is it proper for him to spend the time together with a non-muhrim in a single room?
2. Even if the woman has been divorced on that particular date, the woman is still under 'eddah' which is approximately 4 months 10 days from the date when she is divorced, whereby her ex-husband is still responsible for the woman and is given the opportunity to 'rujuk';
3. What is the role of the other 2 identified person in the video? Are they the "arrangers" and fixers? What benefit do they gain from this "secret" rendzevous? If both of them will be promoted, is this not corruption?
4. Prophet Mohamad pbuh said "the best amongst you are those that treat their wife and children well". Maybe the officer need to ask himself the same question - am I fair to my family;
5. What is his next step? "Nasi sudah menjadi bubur". You cannot piece back a broken glass and claim that it is as good as new. Two families has been shattered. On one hand, the officer's family is faced with uncertainties of future because the decision lies with the man. For the woman in question, how can she cope with the issue in front of her colleagues and children?

You may want to read more here or to this link where the juicy part is there, complete with identities of those shielding the officer.

For the time being, AG Apandi tried to defuse the situation by setting up a task force to monitor probe against the MACC officer. Hopefully, this task force will carry out its duties dilligently without fear and favour. It should be noted that the said MACC officer used to be in AG office before transferred to MACC. By the way, Apandi did not set any timeline for the task force. An open timeline is a suspected timeline....

Misdeed has been done. It is better for the officer to stand up for his action and admit if the claim by "dirty and despicable" personal attacker is true or not. From thereon, the officer needs to make further decision regarding his family, her family, his career etc. It is better to answer from one's mistake now and vacant MACC seat rather than be held ransom for immediate past action.

Me? I am a simple guy who choose not to be actively politically involve nor do I accept previous offer to read Friday sermon. Reason : I have much more to learn and many miles to go to control my "nafsu"...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Of misplace target.. the wrong heartland

Pakatan Harapan is spoiling for GE 14.

Pakatan Harapan's anti-kleptoracy rally falls flat with recorded attendance lower than projection. Still Pakatan Harapan's ego is too big for their heads when they train their guns on fellow opposition PAS in their heartland. When will Pakatan Harapan learn or are they regressing to neverland.

Will there be another case of documents dragging to the courts including matresses, mistress and stained underwears?

Pakatan Harapan draws 25,000 supporters in Petaling Jaya last weekend, far below their expectation level. Jamal Sekincan did not show his face to see fish whilst I see it as Pakatan Harapan's failure to bring out supporters to the rally. The targetted crowd of 100,000 was not there. What gives?

For one, Pakatan Harapan do not have superb co-ordination between the parties. It was reported that PKR supporters "forget" to bering the flag post so they could not erect their party flags to the venue and was later resolved.

Pakatan Harapan is banking on carnival-type atmosphere to drum up support and this too failed. I guess Pakatan Harapan needs to go back to their drawing boards.

Mad Sabu got it wrong when he claimed that the anti-kleptoracy rally is not to rival PAS's fastaqim 2017. He said that knowing well ahead that Pakatan Harapan could not match with PAS' 200,000 attendance during fastaqim 2017. However, his other statements need some evaluation such as :-

1. Pakatan Harapan is not competing with any party, Pakatan is only against BN;
2. Pakatan Harapan targetted 100,000 to turn up on their rally (4 main parties DAP, Bersatu, PKR, PAN) meaning that the targetted attendance for individual party is only at 25,000 (which they failed to do);
3. Pakatan Harapan talk about downing BN but their action is multi-prong attack on PAS;

FRom what I gather, Pakatan Harapan is more serious in downing PAS-led Kelantan government than to overhaul BN in the coming election. To Pakatan Harapan, defeating PAS is more meaningful than overtaking the federal government.

If that is the main aim, Pakatan Harapan needs to declare their unwritten allegiance to BN and their "win at all cost" attitude against PAS. IN that, Pakatan Harapan is not building a viable opposition but more towards killing one of its own kind in political arenas. I see that in the event of PAS' political demise, PKR, Bersatu and PAN will be fighting over PAS former heartland. Forget the talk of better governance at federal level. What these parties doing is to fight for some political mileage as bargaining chips with BN.

In short, Pakatan Harapan is signalling that they are not ready to take on BN and pass their shortcomings to PAS.

On the other hand, with the exception of Hadi Awang, PAS has been consistent in their fight against BN. They have declare that they want transperancy in 1MDB, they listen to Arul Kanda but at the same time, they are asking what are the steps taken to correct the wrong.

PAS is open to different idealogies but they are steadfast on LGBT issue. They welcome other religion rights to co-exist but at the same time they want to strengthen the syariah law.

What PAS did and fight for is not to please sets of standards practise by others but they hope that what they fight for is to meet the set of standards as set out by universal law ie not human values per se. This is something that Pakatan Harapan is grappling with. Their heroes are those that has been on the wrong side of the law with LGBT taking centre stage, with confuse lawyers in the mould of Siti Kassim taking the spotlight... Pakatan Harapan is not a coaltion of hope, it is a coalition of mismatch...

Where is Pakatan Harapan direction now? Johor can be Bersatu's bastion. Is Bersatu ready to take the lead in Johor? Or will spoilers PKR, PAN, DAP claim the lionshare?

Pakatan Harapan is strong in Penang and Selangor. Is Pakatan Harapan confident they can retain Penang without PAS support? Likewise, is Pakatan Harapan ready to replace PAS in those seats previously won by PAS?

Pakatan Harapan is better off taking BN head on. Pakatan Harapan should concentrate on those seats held by BN and welcome
'healthy" competition with PAS. In that way, Pakatan Harapan + PAS can surely retain their respective seats with opportunities to add more by capturing additional seats at the expense of BN and with a joint effort from Sabah's Warisan and maybe PBB Sarawak, Malaysia can get a second chance to get things right.

Saying that, Pakatan Harapan should ask PAN, are they ready to lose seats at areas where PAS won before but the elected reps turn rogue and embrace PAN? Big talks by Khalid Samad, Zul and others is just hot-air.

Is pakatan Harapan ready for the nation's heartland ie at BN's bastions of Johor, Perak, Perlis etc?

On another front, there is a clear strategy to divert attention from the recently "undiscovered" Bali rendzevous.

It is more surprising when UMNO supreme council member quips of unnamed political forces out to unnerved MACC. Fuad should be more blunt and identify who he suspected as the unnamed political force out to disrupt MACC. Since he is supremely brave in coming out with the statement, he should be equally supremely blunt in naming the political force. Leave the statement hanging will be a distraction to identifying the possible culprits.

Tunku Aziz upped with statement indicating corrupt politicians. We want to know who the corrupt politicians are and it will be interesting if Tunku admits that Malaysian paparazzi is awesome in their undercover works. Could they be from the uniformed forces using facilities within their disposal or could it be an outfit far better than that?

Even MSN Utusan has its own views linking possible illegal gambling operators as the possible culprits to protect "comprising enforcement authorities" targetted by MACC.

Three different views from three different source certainly is a clear attempt to divert attention to the issue at hand. Did the MACC officer did it? Is he involved with a married woman? Do they spend holiday together in Bali?

Section 498 of the penal code reads: "Enticing or taking away or detaining with a criminal intent a married woman". Is the section all inclusive? What if it is done without criminal intent and more or "suka sama suka" or to say it bluntly consensual dating. Which section will it fall into or is there a loophole within section 498? Afterall, they say that both Bali tourists were attached to the legal section before, surely they are well-versed in how to wriggle from the sticky situation.

Unfortunately, the scars are there. Pity the officer's wife and children for the officer's Bali escapade and it will be hard for the woman's children to comprehend why their mother chose Bali as her tourism destination.

The next few weeks will be a determining factor of how the officer will react. Maybe less "Walking tall" approach to curb corruption and let the real puppet master dictate his next moves...

Or will it be 1MPM6's "I scratch ur back and u scratch mine" approach?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Of targetted Sabah... be prepared

Only tesreday, I mention of arm twisting and today the STAR indicated that Sabah politicians are in MACC crosshair.

You doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to read between the lies. Sabah is going to be one of the deciding battlefields in GE 14 and MACC is providing the warning shot.

Truthfully, I have nothing personal against MACC. They are trying to do their job. When they did not take action, there are those who condemn them for being inactive. And when they are trying to do their job, there were also be those who claim foul on what MACC is doing. Take it with a pinch of salt and good faith that MACC is independently doing their job to stem off corruptive practise from its roots. Heck - why not start with Sabah, if MACC choose so...

Whilst Syafie Afdal welcomes MACC probe and ready to co-operate, it should be known that :-

1. What Syafie Afdal knows may not be what MACC is looking for;
2. MACC may ask a different set of questions that Syafie Afdal expected;
3. Syafie Afdal may provide information that is not related to MACC investigation;

As mentioned yesterday, 1MPM6 may capitalise on the independent MACC investigation to send a clear sign to his political allies and foes :- toe my line or be on the wrong side of the law. Game over...

Should politicians be the only ones to be blamed? Look at the RM 40M treatment plant white elephant project. Did someone up there consider the following :-

1. Treatment plant ready, water pipelines to be connected;
2. 4,000 villagers who is supposed to benefit from the project have yet to get their piped water;
3. Water supply from the river insufficient for the treatment plant to work;

My questions :-

1. Is it not the Economic Planning Unit (and impelementing agencies like JKR) supposed to do feasibility study on various projects before it takes off the ground?;
2. Who briefed the politician such that the projects were taken without taking into accounts other contributing factors like piped water?;
3. What is the Project Manager doing during the construction? Is he not supposed to raise the red flag if this is going to be a white elephant?
4. RM 40M to serve 4,000 villagers? That is an average cost of RM 10,000 per villager for treatment plant. Is that feasible? Is the treatment plant oversized? Where is the designer? What is his rationale in building the treatment plant of that size?;
5. Is the treatment plant Tested & Commissioned? How do you Test & Commission the plant if you do not have sufficient water?;
6. What is the operating cost for the treatment plant? Is it disbursed? If yes, who is the recipient for the operating cost? Another element of misuse fund?;
7. Who sign off the design and treatment plant acceptance? Why not haul them up and get to the bottom of this picture.

From what I see, the failure lies with the implementing agencies ie public officials who provide misinformation to politicians for decision to build the treatment plant. Or is it the weakness of our public servants who succumbed to politicians will and wishes? Malaysia have so many implementing agencies like Works Department, Water Authority, Sewage Authority, Economic Planning Unit, Federal Departments, State Departments. Are we telling ourselves that none of these departments foresee the problem? Does it take a non-technical person like MACC to point out the discrepancies before action is taken?

On this issue, what does the Auditor General say? Someone needs to dig the Auditor General report and see if this has been picked up. If yes, then clearly someone somewhere is not doing his job and getting paid blindly for his incompetence...

After Sabah, where next? Sarawak, maybe..?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Of hidden arm twisting ...

It is heating up in Sabah...

What better way to cool off, if not sending a few minions to inspect the lock-ups.

Things are brewing in the "safe" states of Sabah and Sarawak. "Safe" because this is where BN (read UMNO) can call on PBB and UMNO Sabah to deliver the required parliamentary seats in this coming crunchy GE 14.

However, "safe" is no longer immune to possibility of breaches when PBB has send strong worded statements on 1963 agreement prior to the formation of Malaysia. PBB wants more power and influence to determine Sarawak's future and at the same time expects the central government to accelerates progress to the state.

Sabah, as usual, is a fragile state where party hopping is second to nature. Eventhough Sabah UMNO helms the state leadership, there are growing consensus that Sabah deserves more. With Shafie Afdal forming Parti Wawasan, Sabah's political alliance is not that easy to read like those in peninsular Malaysia.

How does UMNO (read 1MPM6?) reacts? Of late, MACC has spend more time in Sabah looking through "irregularities" and in the process detains individuals for interviews. Amongst those detain is Shafie's brother.

Prior to his detention, Warisan big-wigs and several UMNO members were also detained concerning to the alledgedly misappropriation of funds for Sabah rural areas during Shafie Afdal's watch.

Skimming the surface, those detained were from both Parti Warisan and UMNO. Fair and square, right? However, I look at it from different angles :-

1. It is a subtle warning that Sabah politicians should toe the line, failing which their past (and current actions) will be scrutinised;
2. For Sabah and Sarawak politicians, to be considered as BN candidates, they must show "extra" loyalty to BN especially to 1MPM6;
3. Those who intend to cross over to opposition needs to think twice, either be dragged with alledged crimes or brought down by scandals;
4. Those who have crossed over, the BN door is still open for those who wanted to "repent" and retire comfortably with their spoils;

MACC is just doing their job. If there is any report and if the reports has basis, MACC will come in to investigate. Once done, the investigation papers will be handed over to the AG office either to take action ie to charge them in court or to be stamped NFA.

In a way, it is 1MPM6 applying his arm twisting to minimise future damage. BN can't afford to lose Sabah and Sarawak and see their 60 years of power crashed down. This must be prevented at all cost. How far will 1MPM6 is willing to go? How far will his lieutenants like Ahmad Maslan, Rahman Dahlan, Salleh Keruak is willing to up their loyalty remains to be seen.

Across the China Sea, not all things look as rosy in Johor. Can UMNO depends on Johoreans loyalty to UMNO as before? Or has UMNO lost its touch with reality that UMNO is now in critical state in Johor. If Johor falls, will BN (read UMNO) lose its grip on the premiership?

It is the calm before the storm... and it will not be surprising if Mr and Mrs 1MPM6 having nightmares like Marie Antoinette...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Of rally, really, rail-ly...

Will you be there? I am not...

14th October 2017... it should be another rally themed "anti-kleptoracy" to be held in Petaling Jaya. Whatever is said, Malaysians are getting tired of too many rallies... and all they want is GE 14 to settle the score, either for BN to retain power or to give opposition the chance of a lifetime to manage Malaysia.

On top of that, say whatever you want... Amanah, DAP, PKR, Bersatu fails to galvanise the crowd in the same magnitude as PAS. Hate or love PAS, they can galvanise the masses to attend rallies. This is something Pakatan Harapan has to admit.

Mat Sabu played it safe when he declares that the anto-kleptoracy rally is not to compete and compare with PAS's recently concluded Fastaqim 2.0.

The people are getting tired, jaded and worn out. With GST hitting them, unemployment rate going up, GE 14 seems to be the much awaited day for the great showdown. Remember Bersih 5.0? The crowd is just not there... not as many as Bersih 1.0 - 3.0.

I see anti-kleptoracy rally as a fish market for Jamal Sekincan to do business...

Whatever it is, if you decides to be at the rally, God bless... and take care yea.... Me? I am better off attending wedding invitation here, there, everywhere...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Of unbecoming Hadi...

Slow internet connection forced me to be on a backburner for the past few months, painfully looking at the spiraling opposition. Why do I say that? It seems that the opposition is jostling to outdo each other and harm themselves more than their thirst to see a better Malaysia.

Unfortunately, the brunt of opposition attack is on PAS, who seeks to be the lone ranger of opposition and the party that has been misinterpreted the most due to the concerted efforts of issuing contradictory statements by its leaders.

Now that the internet is back on track, nightcaller will be back assured.

Lately, Hadi cameup with another imploding statement rejecting secularism, Malaysian Malaysia and chauvinism. Honestly. Hadi is better-off monitoring his health charts and stop making nonsical statements that is putting him apart from PAS spirit.

Yes, it is correct for Hadi to reject secularism as all Muslims rejected secularism. To PAS, there is no division between religion and political ambition. Islam is a totality meaning it encompass religion as well as politics. Hadi rejected secularism and he is correct as all those who lafaz should also rejected secularism.

However, I did not see anything wrong with Malaysian Malaysia. As tere are those who proudly claim they are Saudis (although they are not from the Saud family), there is nothing wrong if you want to be proud of your country. Here, Hadi is wrong in his approach. What does Hadi wants? Does he wants us all to claim to be Saudis? Is it not mention in the Quran that Allah makes us in tribes so that we can know each other?

That said, Hadi is better off nursing his heart ailment and pass the political baton to his deputy.

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Of special function... H2O or not

Barry Manilow, the singer with a string of hits like "Mandy", "Can't smile without you" and "Copacabana (at the Copa)" finally feels relieved when he confirmed his public secret that he is a gay. That he did when he turns 73.

Malaysia is a close society. Not many are willing to come out and openly declare they are gay, regardless whether they are artist, politicians, career guys...

This posting is not about Barry's Mandy, this is about H2O. This is not about chemical H2O but a special H2O by the name of Hishamuddein Hussein Onn...

1MPM6's appointment of Hishammuddin Hussein Onn as special functions minister is an indication of things to come. PKR sees the appointment as a stumbling block for Zahid, whilst pro-UMNO blogs hails it a possible transition plan post GE14.

If DAP is boosted with Lim's father-son combo, PKR has Azizah-Nurul tagteam then nothing can be said of Najib-H2O combination. In fact, H2O has been a cabinet member long before Najib became 1MPM6.

On Special functions minister, there are 3 that came to mind :-

1. King Ghaz, the master diplomat cum minister who was never meant to be DPM/PM of Malaysia;
2. Daim Zainuddin, the recluse roped in to face Malaysia's 90"s financial crisis;
3. Wahid Omar, the banker relied on to plug leakages.

Now, back to H2o. Is he tailored to be special functions minister? Whilst some vouched on his polished acts, there are moments when he could not deliver. One such case is the 2013 Lahad Datu incident. The other is his handling of Bersih 3.0.

H2O still lacks the international appeal and his keris antics will be long remembered. With his past record in UMNO's general assembly, it will not be easy for the non-UMNOs to accept that H2O speaks for the nation and has the nation's interest at heart.

If his special functions is limited to reining in UMNO and BN, then it will be a different story. H2O, being a cousin to 1MPM6 will be the final piece to 1MPM6's jigsaw. He is there to look over Zahid Hamidi and keep Zahid's ambition in check. With his special functions, he can checkmate Zahid if the latter thinks of pushing 1MPM6 off the power pedestal.

At the same time, his special functions can act as a detterent to BN's component parties, the likes of MIC and MCA to demand more seats for GE 14. Remember, he once wield his keris in General Assembly and there is no stopping him from reminding MCA and MIC of his past antics. As As for PPP and Gerakan, there are a non-issue.

H2O still lacks the political savvy to calm the storm and he is not moulded to go against Lim Kit Siang or even Muhyuddin. H2O ascendency to special funstions is to appease Johoreans. With Johore state EXCO in hot soup for land conversion issue, Muhyiddin cross over to BERSATU, 1MPM6 needs to calm Bangsa Johor by putting H2O as special funstions. It may not be DPM post nor is it DPM2 equivalent but sufficient enough to indicate that political power is shifting to Johore.

UMNO has seen Musa Hitam, Mahyuddin bumped off from DPM post, thus putting H2O as special functions will not be politiced by the opposition. Afterall, special functions have many different meanings. It may even be house cleaning or at worst toilet cleaning.

Whatever it is, let H2O get his job scope and we will see if he can achieve his KPI...

On the other front, Rafizi finally named Nasharuddin Mat Isa as ex-PAS leader who received who got SRC funds.

With PAS muktamar at the end of the month, political Hadi must come out clean. Either Hadi explained that Nasharudin, if he accepts money on personal basis or if he accepts on behalf of PAS. If he accepts on behalf of PAS, Hadi needs to explain why PAS accept the money from UMNO's najib and where is the money?

PAS is caught between 2 fires. One from its sworn enemy ie UMNO and the other from it's old ally - Pakatan. PAS has been playing with fire and now political Hadi is feeling the heat. You cannot get best of both worlds, not when it involved UMNO.

Rafizi has every rights to expose SRC money trail and Nasharudin will not be the main man. Rafizi is aiming at PAS leadership and political Hadi must come out clean. Unless, political Hadi is no better than what he called DAP recently. It stinks... will political Hadi comes clean?

PAS could not sweep this under the carpet. Doing so will expose PAS as a party similar to UMNO, only at a smaller scale.... maybe at the expense of more of its members abandoning PAS and migrate to other opposition parties. Is political Hadi willing to see that happen?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Of "embracing a live komodo"...

There is a Malay proverb "Saperti mendukung biawak hidup". That is the literal meaning of this posting. Again, the subject is political Hadi...

My last posting mentioned about an ulama should not be foul mouthed. Let's expand a little on it, ok?

Political Hadi is getting confused. Maybe, with both Nik Aziz and Harun Din gone, he has nowhere to turn to for advise. This leaves him in a very precarious position where his mind can be "make-over" by 1mPM6's seemingly nice overture. Little did Hadi realise that 1MPM6 is a thoroughbred UMNO and will do his utmost best to destroy PAS.

Political Hadi should consider these before making his own judgement :-

1. There are clear and eternity enemies;
2. There are trojan horse in his party who is out to destroy PAS from within;
3. There are "friendly parties" who have their own ulterior motive for their own gain;

When political Hadi berated others and say that it is not wrong for UMNO to be friendly with PAS when it comes to Islam, what about PKR, Amanah? Are there not parties with majority Muslims as their members? Are they not fighting for Islam too? So, why specifically allies with UMNO who has backstabbed PAS since time inmemorial?

Political Hadi should knpow that there is a heavy baggage and huge skeletons in 1MPM6's closet. It is a matter of time for it to be blown open, either by within or outside.

A question for political Hadi - Does receiveing donation from a "friendly" party acceptable? Even if it comes from a Jewish-related family? If it is not, then what is political Hadi trying to do in defending what is already wrong?

There is one thing called principle. If Hadi is a principled person, he will stay away from continually spewing foul mouthed words. It is good for the rural Malays...only as good as savouring kacang putih but in the end political Hadi will lose all the political clouts achieved in his early political career.

Someone asked me - why am I hard on political Hadi. It is not that. I believed in principle and political Hadi has crossed many red lines just to defends his decision and lately I see Hadi being sidelined for his actions. He lacks the strength to carry on PAS torch. He might be PAS president, winning uncontested but it is hightime for him to pass the baton to the next in line.

And Rafizi, don't hide behind your statements. If you are sincere in fighting corruption, then you should be equally truthful for the corruption within PKR camp... ada berani?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Of blind actions and blinded members...

Just because a newspaper lampooned your leader,it does not mean the newspaper is stoking religious tension.

Let's get it right, just because a leader is a Haji does not means everything he did represents Islam...

Let's ask ourselves, are we a matured society? There are leaders who categorically say that Malaysians are a matured society as he deemed it politically correct to utter the words. This, you can intermittently hear in parliament when government backers and opposition debate on issues of the day.

However, let's look deeper and ask ourselves - Are we really a matured society? You d not have to wait for an election to see party members lampooning the other side candidate in whatever issues possible, beginning from submarine, diamond rings, main belakang and what not. This is not limited to poster wars.

In this case, Nanyang Siang Pau lampooned both Pandikar and Hadi for RUU 355. Not familiar? Well, Pandikar allowed Hadi to tabled his private bill on ammendments to RUU 355 on the last day of recent parliamentary sitting. After tabling the bill and after the bill was seconded, Pandikar decided to end the sitting with many MPs' objecting as the debate on the bill is deferred to next parliamentary sitting.

Pandikar, on his part, explained that since the previous day sitting ended at 5 am, he is in the opinion that the parliementary staff and the MPs' are too tired to debate healthily. Thus, he make the ruling to defer the debate to next parliemantary sitting.

Whether Pandikar make the right decision or not, it is his call as he is the boss and he rules it that way. Whether Pandikar was instructed from "upstairs" to defer the debate is a non-issue.

The same goes for Nanyang Siang Pau. It is the newspaper's right to view the issue in whatever way they want. That is part of press freedom. As other mainline newspaper or online newspaper lampooned political leaders from both sides of the fence, it is Nanyang's view.

Just because someone feels Nanyang has crossed the line, a protest is held against the cartoon in front of Nanyang Siang Pau's office.

What about linking the cartoon to religious tension? What connections is there to link the cartoon to stoking religious tension? Yes, Hadi is PAS president but that does not mean whatever Hadi does is right. If whatever Hadi does does not mean it is automatically religious, then Nanyang has the rights to lampooned Hadi. That said, PAS supporters should not get overzealous in linking what Nanyang Siang Pau did to stoking religious tension. I did not see religious tension here. What I see is Nanyang Siang Pau lampooning Hadi as a political person. Period.

There are two sides of Hadi here. One is religious leader Hadi and the other one is political Hadi. Political Hadi claimed that Rafizi claim of an ex-PAS leader receiving 1MDB related money is 300% wrong. Well! is there any such thing as 300% wrong or 300% correct?

This is not about defending Rafizi. What Hadi claimed is based on his knowledge. Maybe Hadi did not receive the money and Rafizi never claimed Hadi did. Rafizi mentioned ex-PAS leader. Well - even Nakhaie is ex-PAS leader and he may well received some 1MDB-linked money. I am not accusing Nakhaie but I am not discounting an ex-PAS leader may receive the money knowingly or unknowingly.

Until Rafizi singled out the person, political Hadi cannot totally dismiss Rafizi's statement. Both Hadi and Rafizi are politicians and as politicians they will wriggle their way out somewhere or somehow. Hadi should not jump the gun...let Rafizi names an ex-PAS leader and the link to 1MDB money, only then Hadi can claim whether what Rafizi say is true or false.

With political Hadi dismissing Rafizi's claim so early, it shows that the opposition as a fractured lot. Not broken just fractured. How serious is the fracture depends on who is looking at it. The way I see it, it may be a bit too serious for the fracture to heal come August...(ooops) when GE 14 date is announced.

If political Hadi dislikes others from spewing harsh words against him, Hadi shud also learn to refrain from being overtly foul-mouthed. Hadi being a fiqh scholar shud learn to refrain himself. By being overtly foul-mouthed, political Hadi may be showing his concern that his ability to lead PAS is being openly questioned. Further, Hadi is no Nik Aziz. Hadi should go back to school and learn etiqquite. No harm dome to learn how to be patient and not bashing everybody as if he is the only person right in this world.

Now that I have said my piece, hope noone starts to lampoon me.... BTW, going for my vacation...and internet will be intermittently available. Maybe no posting until next week?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, April 07, 2017

Of political deferment...

Purely academic. I guess that's how legal fraternities look at RUU 355.

"Someone once said if you are in power you are powerful. If you don't use your power you are a bloody fool" - Pandikar Amin Mulia (6th April 2017)

Finally, Hadi got his chance to table private member's bill on RUU 355 ammendment on the last day of Parliament sitting. Takiyuddin, in his 1 1/2 hour speech supported the motion afterwhich Pandikar Amin ruled debate on RUU 355 will be held in the next sitting.

What does this means? STAR reported the bill could stay stuck based on the following :-

1. In future sittings, Hadi's motion on ammendment to RUU 355 will be treated as private member's bill and Government's business of the day will take precedence. It means Hadi's motion will take a back seat;
2. The speaker must give permission for Hadi's motion to be debated and this is not automatic. It means everything can be in limboland;
3. Hadi's private member's bill can only move forward if Hadi's motion is debated and voted. It means the motion is still a political play for the government of the day;
4. BN would follow the spirit of consensus and not take over the bill. It means 1MPM6 will play to the audience of BN political partners as well as Hadi where it suits him best;
5. Hadis' bill could rmain in the order papers without anything happening for a long time. It means the bill can be collecting dust or as the malays say it "Hingga kucing bertanduk";
6. Example of this is GST which was on order papers since 2009 and only passed in 2014. It means it can be 5 years for the motion to be debated and voted. That means maybe in the next 2 general elections;

Let's look from different angles, depending on where you are standing.

For BN (especially UNO), this motion can be a double edge sword. Wilst UMNO can boast to the rural Malays that they are in line to support Hadi's RUU 355 ammendments, they can simply make a u-turn to appease the non-Muslims by saying BN consensus will determine the fate of RUU 355. This will depend on who BN is addressing to and whose votes they need most.

For PAS, Hadi's private member's bill reflect their seriousness to strengthen syariah courts and whatever result needed can only be achieved with Muslims supporting PAS.

For collective opposition block, ammenments to RUU 355 is just another rhetorics from flip flop BN who will use anything possible to remain in power.

Remember when I mention purely academic? Why dis I say that :-

1. Since this is Hadi's private member's bill, what will happen when Hadi ceased to be an MP? Will this means ammendments to RUU 355 will face a natural death?
2. If it is Hadi's private bill, My opinion is the bill will meet an untimely demise if Hadi failed to continue to be an MP either by God's will or if he lost in the next GE;
3. 1MPM6 must call GE 14 wihin the year and there are not much sitting left. Apart from July sitting, Sept sitting will be more on budget. By the time it passed September (if GE 14 is not held by July 2017), BN will be busy propping their act to win over discahnted voters;
4. If Hadi or Takiyuddin or PAS lost big time in GE 14, who will pick up the torch for ammendments to RUU 355? I doubt BN will do that and I am very sure DAP will not. PKR is equally hesistant whilst Amanah is DAP's shadow. Bersatu is still too young to carry the burden;
5. When this happen, it is just purely academic to discuss ammendments to RUU 355 as judges will say "this will not happen and as such there is no need to think of crossing over the rive as we have not reached the river".

That said, despite the hoo haa and the on-off 1MPM6 support, ammendments to RUU 355 will be on the backburner for a long time to come.

Conclusion? Purely academic...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Of destructive self-promo... Shabudin style

You know it's GE season when politicians came out with expletive statements - all in the hope of catching the eye of political party leaders and hopefully wooed as potential candidate for the coming election.

Forget about Siti Kasim, she may be a good political pawn for DAP and maybe PKR but certainly she will not make it to rural areas. Her best hope is in urban mixed-area like Bandar Tun Razak.

Shabudin may like to retain his Tasek Gelugor seat. Shabudin who?

Every politicians want to be a hero. To catch 1MPM6's attention, BN politicians need to be creative. One such case happens to Shabudin Yahaya. The Guardian carried the news "Rape victims should marry their rapists, Malaysian MP tells parliament". In it, Shabudin was reported :-
1. Rape victims can "ward off" bleak future by marrying their rapists;
2. to suggest rapists can turn to new leave by getting married to their victims;

When the public turn against his views, Shabudin take a short cut answer by claiming that he has been misquoted. maybe the hansard in parliament can prove otherwise.

This is where Shabudin gets wrongly tanggled. He was a syaria judge before elected as MP of Tasek Gelugor. As a judge, syaria some more, Shabudin should have carefully choose his words. Shabudin should ask himself - which is his priority, to get his points across or to get 1MPM6's attention?

Even if Shabudin is misquoted, the initial news of his statements has grab world headlines from UK to Tokyo. Is it equally easy for him to get his statements corrected in Guardian and Tokyo Times? I doubt it...

Maybe it is time for Shabudin to look within himself and learn to think before shooting his own foot, just because he seeks the pleasure on 1MPM6 and hopefully retain as MP candidate for Tasek Gelugor.

Me? I will be ashame of him if I were a voter of Tasek Gelugor. The same response when someone's son was enraged when his father was mentioned in Parliament. What say you?

Will there be a group of Tasek Gelugor voters in Shabudin's office demanding him to retract his statement? Maybe, over a cup of coffee and nasi lemak...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Of unexpertise statement... backfire

I am not sure whether I have openly comment on Siti Kasim. If not, then serves her right... when Perak mufti advises her to learn and understand...

Sometime, it is better to keep your mouth shut if you do not know what you are talking about. This is none truer for Siti Kasim. Being a lawyer and activist does not grants us the rights and freedom to voice vocal ignorance on every issue, especially those affecting RUU 355 and Islam. Why? Simply because we are not an expert in Islam and its way of life. What we are doing now is to look at Islam from orientalist eyes and line of thoughts. As such, we are looking into Islam from a different set of thoughts which is not in parallel to Islam.

Is it possible that Siti Kasim has been out of touch too long during her 17 years stay in UK. She was there when she was 21 years old, a critical stage to critical thinking. If not properly addressed, there are possibilities that the line of thoughts has been compromised by western thoughts which is contrary to Islamic thinking. having said that, it explains where she is coming from and the possible cause to ignorance. Prove me wrong, there...

Inferred that she is not a normal Muslim, what is she then? Maybe she can highlight for others to know. At least, explain on her "blondeness", how she comes to the conclusion that her dyed hair is allowed for in her religion or in her understanding of Islam.

Her insistence that there is no requirement to wear tudung in Islam. Maybe she can explain what Al Ahzab verse 59 means. If that is not the requirement to cover the head, then she can explain what the verse means.

Kalau kita tak tahu, bergurulah pada yang tahu. Jangan berguru pada buku kerana buku tak boleh berinteraksi dengan murid....

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Of abandoned RUU355 and sidelining PAS...

Now that the leak is out, BN (read 1MPM6) quoted consensus as the reason for BN to spurn RU355.

Malaysiakini said Govt won't table bill.

I guess 1mPM6 is laughing at Hadi (and PAS) for being gullible and falling into BN's trap...

I say "Apa lagi PAS tunggu...

I read it simply as a double whammy for PAS...

1. Now that Najib has confirmed it is consensus for BN to shy away from taking over Hadi's RUU 355 private bill, PAS is left stranded on its dreams of pursuing RUU 355;
2. With Pakatan Harapan finalising its co-operation structure, PAS is also left out from the Pakatan political equation;

What is PAS going to do about it?

PAS has to realise by now that whatever UMNO does, it is for their own political benefit. There is nothing sentimental about it. Najib might be desperate to potray himself as the person promoting RUU 355 but in the end Najib realise that if he were to embrace RUU 355, then it's lights out for him and the field will be wide open for his political enemies to capitalise on his weakness.

Najib also realise that with his precarious position, he has to rely on Sabah and Sarawak to deliver the support. Turning his back on Sabaha and Sarawak's wishes will be suicidal. Najib, whether he like it or not, whether he admit it or not is currently hanging on his PMship through courtesy of Sabah and Sarawak politicians. Now that Sarawak and Sabah has openly defies his RUU 355 aspirations, Najib has no other choice but to make U-turn (lallang) on his decision. Nothing personal Hadi, it is just politics.

With Najib's supposedly backing, Hadi was confident that his RUU 355 will go through. He miscalculate and since Najib has backed down, Hadi and PAS is now the lone ranger in his RUU 355. Not only that, PAS has bypassed their opportunity to work together with other opposition parties.

PAS has again been fooled, hoodwinked by BN. This time Najib played out Hadi. What are PAS options?

PAS can go alone on RUU 355 and for sure it will not be tabled as govt papers will take priority over Hadis bill. In fact, RUU 355 may never be tabled. That is something Hadi has to accept.

So what now? PAS can continue fighting for their RUU 355. Nevr say never if PAS truly believes that it will strengthened their resolve for RUU 355. Never mind what others say. In this way, PAS will remain true to their original struggle to uphold Islam.

Being a lone, PAS can now focus on GE 14. Forget about working together. PAS can now choose where and when they ant to fight. If need be, let it be 3 or 4 cornered fights. But PAS must choose intelligently. This is not about payback. This is about strategy. You don't put your candidate against someone just because they are not in line with your thoughts. You put up your candidate because you believe in your chance of winning. This is not about reducing one's vote to help the other party wins.

PAS can forget about UMNO. They are now uselessly untrustworthy. Forget about it if someone whisper to Hadi that this is not their decision but boss decision. UMNO is UMNO and UMNO is PAS's political enemy. Forget about those soothtalkers who whisper that PAS is calling the shots in GE 14. That is all sweeteners. PAS need to rely on its stregth. Some may choose to leave pAs now since RUU 355 is defeated. Some may think Pakatan is a better option. Let them be.

PAS befriended failures since the 60's. There is nothing stopping PAS now.


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