Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Pak Lah doesn't. Please bloggers, give chance to him. Tho' he may sleep once a while, and at times, once too often, he is often awake when needed...dinner time.
Malaysia's leader says he refuses to be ruffled by 'ridicule'
The Associated Press
Published: January 28, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has accused his critics of unfairly smearing him, but pledged not to let them distract him from working to boost Malaysia's economic progress, a news report said Sunday.
"I know there are people who are trying their best to ridicule me," Abdullah said in an interview with the New Straits Times newspaper. "They make a mountain out of a molehill. They just want to rubbish me."
Abdullah did not specifically identify his critics, but said bloggers and other people were using Web sites "to create stories" that underscore how online freedom has been manipulated.
"Lies after lies are being told," Abdullah was quoted as saying. "They feel they are free, they cannot be disturbed and they can say whatever they wish to say."
Abdullah's comments came after the pro-government New Straits Times sued two bloggers for defamation earlier this month in Malaysia's first lawsuits involving online journals.
Both blogs feature political commentaries that have included criticism of the government and the New Straits Times' coverage.
Abdullah has backed the Times' right to sue the bloggers, saying blogs are not above the law and their owners have to be responsible for their content.
Criticism of government policies in the mainstream media is rare, and the lawsuits have raised fears that the freedom of online media might be jeopardized. The Times has denied wanting to shut down the blogs, saying it launched the suits because some postings were defamatory.
In the interview published Sunday, Abdullah stressed that he remains "energized to fulfill Malaysians' ambitions" and would silence his critics by ensuring that plans for economic and social development succeed.
"To them, everything is not right, everything is not good. If I allow myself to be distracted by all this, I will not be able to do any work," Abdullah added.
Abdullah was attending the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, and his aides could not immediately be contacted to comment on the report.
Abdullah took office in 2003 when former leader Mahathir Mohamad retired after 22 years in power and hand-picked Abdullah to succeed him.
However, Abdullah came under intense political pressure last year when Mahathir began repeatedly accusing him of corruption, nepotism, mismanaging the economy and compromising national sovereignty. Abdullah has denied Mahathir's allegations.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
PM's Interview Sunday Spin: Ong Ka Ting and Bloggers ImplicatedBack from his worldwide luxurious tours, he felt that he (or his spin-doctors) needed to do something. Hence, the interview, where else if not by The Paper To Boycott™.
'Baru 10 minit main bola' again...
Some people are under the impression that I had launched the plan a long time ago.
But it was only in June last year, and just two months after the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) was approved by Parliament, that we began proper implementation.
"Why is it so difficult, Ka Ting?"
People used to complain that the issuance of certificates of fitness (CF) was always delayed. The house is ready but it’s a hassle to get the CF. I promised to get this improved.
For close to two years, people were still grumbling. I asked Ka Ting (Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting): "What happened? What is the progress?"
I told him: "This is an important matter. Find a workable solution, do not look for cumbersome solutions."
I told him the best way to do it is through disclosure-based applications where professionals provide guarantees and are held accountable.
If the information provided is later found to be wrong and not consistent with current policies and laws, action must be taken against them.
I fail to understand why they (the relevant approving agencies) are still reluctant to do this.
I told Ka Ting again that I want these processes to be expedited. Why is it so difficult?
Then it was said that there are 12 laws and regulations (that need to be fulfilled) before a CF can be issued.
"Certain actions by certain groups"
Q: Do you mean to say that our civil servants are generally good but are bogged down by many procedures?
A: There are laws but do it (work) quickly. But there are people who criticise all (civil servants) just because of the acts of a small group.
But, at times, certain actions by certain groups provoke anger towards the whole civil service.
I am not sure what the 'certain actions' are. Hmmmm...something like blaring 'I am rich' and ' ...broken my pot of rice' in the papers and how certain modes of transportations sprung up like mushrooms, while their pay is like peanuts?
"Bloggers spread lies"
Q: But do you think the criticism against you has gone overboard? If previously there were people who disagreed with certain matters the leaders did, the government did, today there seems to be more integrated efforts from a particular group to discredit you. This is most evident in cyberspace. Why is this happening?
A: Seems that these people are captivated by these tools, the SMS, electronic media.
They feel they are free, they cannot be disturbed and they can say whatever they wish to say. They do it (post comments) anonymously.
This sort of freedom had made them resort to such action (of spreading lies and making unfounded allegations).
Even bloggers or those who maintain websites use this opportunity to create stories. Lies after lies are being told. To them, everything is not right, everything is not good.
If I allow myself to be distracted by all this, I will not be able to do any work. That is what they want, that I not focus on my work.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
PM: I’ll run in next elections
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants to run in the next general election and continue leading the country.
“I think so. I think so. There is a lot of work to be done. There is a lot of work. Yes,” the Prime Minister said when asked if he still had the appetite for the job and planned to contest in the next elections, expected in 2009.
On Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s criticism of him, Abdullah said the former prime minister had the right to say whatever he wanted, but as the current leader, he (Abdullah) had a government to run.
“I have to do whatever is best. The economy is better now. The 9th Malaysia Plan was launched last year, and today it’s gathering momentum.
“Maybe (the criticism is because) we are a little slow and he (Dr Mahathir) is getting impatient,” he added.
The PM must also prove that his ministers are also made responsible for signing concession agreement that would ultimately pass the cost to the citizens. The various privatized tolled-highways are great examples of irresponsible ministers who sign agreement to allow the lucrative hike in toll collection which had burdened the citizens. We also must not forget the IPP agreements which TNB is now bogged with. Equally, the PM may have forgotten that he had promised RM600 for his 200 MPs in the Barisan Nasional which is public's money.
But, PM, you must also stop the forces of extremism that is burgeoning within the oligarchy.
Dear PM, the people should not take advantage of the internet. Equally, the government shouldn't take advantage of the citizens by spin doctoring and shafting lies unto us.
We appreciate you may be a good PM but please show to you that you truly are. We need empirical evidence of what you called: Walk the Talk, not just talking. BTW, you don't have to remind us that your son is rich as we already know. Please don't remind us that your son-in-law lost RM200,000 from the sales of ECM-Libra shares because we didn't force him to buy or to sell.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
I don't know what's he going to talk about. Maybe about these?
• Declaration that Malaysia is an Islamic state;
• The keris-wielding by Umno Youth leader and Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein;
• Demolition of Hindu temple on the eve of Deepavali;
• Holding of the Umno General Assembly on Deepavali itself;
• Public excoriation of the Indian news vendors as if they were at fault for Deepavali being an annual press holiday, resulting in no newspapers the next day to cover the Umno Presidential speech of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi;
• Call by extremist UMNO MPs in Parliament for the removal of the “cross” and Christian symbols in mission schools’;
• The ban on the use of “Allah” by Christian and Sikh religions; and
• The revocation of approval for building the 108-ft Mazu statue in Kudat, which will be the tallest Mazu statue in the world and would also be a tourist revenue-earner for Kudat, Sabah and Malaysia.
[Source: Kit's compilation]
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
In defining Ulul Al-Bab, Pak Lah said these thinkers are those who know how to analyse natural occurrences and uses natural greatness for development purposes.
This group of thinkers will play the role in the development of the people and contributing to mankind.
"This is my aspiration," Pak Lah said.
Malaysia don't have thinkers? And we need 5,000-10,000 thinkers by 2020?