Once bitten, shy forever?

The rumours about the ‘proposal to sack UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Vice President Dato’ Sri Mohd. Shafie Apdal’ in the upcoming UMNO Supreme Council Meeting, is getting really heaty and making many sides getting edgy till Vice President Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein came out to deny.

NST story:

Hishammuddin denies rumours of sacking Muhyiddin, Shafie

BY RIZALMAN HAMMIM AND AHMAD FAIRUZ OTHMAN –

3 SEPTEMBER 2015 @ 2:59 PM BATU PAHAT: Umno Vice President Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has denied rumours that the party’s Supreme Council meeting next week would discuss the possibility of sacking Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

“This is all rumours. I am not aware of what will be discussed at the meeting,” Hishammuddin said.

He said this when asked to comment on the rumours circulating on social media that the meeting would discuss the sacking of several party leaders including Muhyiddin and Shafie.

“I would have known if indeed this is in the agenda. Anyway, only the secretary-general would know what the agenda of the meeting will be,” said Hishammuddin.

He said whenever there is a Supreme Council meeting, there will be a lot of assumptions made about what will be discussed.

“Moreover, there are a lot of more pressing issues that needs to be discussed by the council like the economy situation, political stability and the security of the country,” said Hishammuddin.

He was speaking to the media after attending an orientation week programme with 2,445 new students of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia in Parit Raja here. Meanwhile in Nusajaya, Deputy Umno permanent chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz said the rumoured sacking of the Umno deputy president and other leaders in the run up to the meeting on Sept 9 will weaken the party.

He said these rumours could destroy the unity in Umno. While saying that such rumours had caused concern among Umno’s rank and file, he urged the supreme council to make a wise decision on such matters.

“The supreme council will convene on Sept 9, 2015 and it is being said that the supreme council will take action to suspend or sack the membership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (deputy president) and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (vice-president).

“If this is true then it is not a wise decision by the supreme council, which will anger party members. The decision will create a rift among members and weaken the party. Such an unwise decision is very much against the Umno slogan of Bersatu, Bersetia, Berkhidmat (to unite, be loyal and to serve) ,” said Mohamad, who is also Johor state assembly speaker.

He was speaking to reporters at his office today. On July 28, Muhyiddin and Shafie were dropped as Deputy Prime Minister and Rural and Regional Development Minister, respectively in a cabinet reshuffle. Mohamad said that as a veteran Umno member, many Umno members have related their worries to him about the rumour.

He said his intention to speak up about the matter was to ensure that Umno would uphold the unity which it has forged all this while. “My intention to say this is to ensure that the party remains united.”

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/hishammuddin-denies-rumours-sacking-muhyiddin-shafie

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The intensity of this rumour lurking around social media accounts and mobile application transmissions between many is added with the spread of the statement made by UMNO Deputy Permanent Chairman Tan Sri Mohamad bin Aziz.

KENYATAAN AKHBAR

1. SEBAGAI TIMBALAN PENGERUSI TETAP UMNO MALAYSIA YANG TELAH BERJUANG DIDALAM PARTI SELAMA 55 TAHUN, TENTUNYA SAYA MAHU MELIHAT AHLI UMNO TERUS BERSATU PADU.

2. UMNO SEBAGAI SEBUAH PARTI SENTIASA RELEVAN DALAM PERJUANGANNYA BAIK SEBELUM DAN SELEPAS MERDEKA, MENGISI KEMERDEKAAN DAN MEMPERTAHANKAN KEMERDEKAAN WATAN TERCINTA.

3. PARTI YANG KEKAL DENGAN ASAS PERJUANGAN BANGSA, AGAMA DAN NEGARA DISAMPING MENGHORMATI DAN MEMPERTAHANKAN MASYARAKAT MAJMUK YANG BERBILANG BANGSA DAN AGAMA.

4. PARTI YANG SENTIASA MENJADI TUNJANG PERKONGSIAN KUASA BERSAMA PARTI KOMPONEN DEMI KESEJAHTERAAN HIDUP RAKYAT BERNEGARA SEJAK DULU, KINI DAN SELAMANYA.

5. UMNO MENJADI KUAT KERANA DIDOKONG OLEH AHLI YANG TAAT DAN SETIA DISAMPING BARISAN KEPIMPINAN YANG BERTANGGUNGJAWAB, YANG SENTIASA MENGUTAMAKAN KEPENTINGAN PARTI SECARA BIJAKSANA.

6. KEPIMPINAN UMNO SEHARUSNYA MENJADI PAYUNG YANG MELINDUNGI KEPENTINGAN PARTI DAN AHLI DAN BUKANNYA MENJADI GOLONGAN ELIT YANG HANYA MAHU DI PUJA PUJI.

7. TINDAKAN MENGGUGURKAN TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN MOHD YASSIN DAN DATO’ SERI SHAFIE APDHAL DARIPADA KABINET SUDAH MEWUJUDKAN SUASANA TIDAK SELESA DAN MERUNTUHKAN SEMANGAT AHLI PARTI.

8. AHLI DAN AKAR UMBI RESAH DENGAN PERKEMBANGAN DI PIHAK BARISAN TERTINGGI. SUARA KERESAHAN BOLEH DIDENGARI DI SETIAP PELUSUK NEGERI SETIAP HARI.

9. MAJLIS TERTINGGI AKAN MENGADAKAN MESYUARAT PADA 9 SEPTEMBER 2015 YANG AKAN DATANG DAN DIBERITAKAN BAHAWA MAJLIS TERTINGGI AKAN MENGAMBIL TINDAKAN MENGGANTUNG ATAU MEMECAT KEAHLIAN TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN MOHD YASSIN DAN DATO’ SERI SHAFIE APDHAL.

10. JIKA BENAR BERLAKU IANYA MERUPAKAN KEPUTUSAN TIDAK BIJAK AHLI MAJLIS TERTINGGI YANG TENTU AKAN MENIMBULKAN KEMARAHAN AHLI PARTI.

11. TENTUNYA KEPUTUSAN TERSEBUT AKAN MENIMBULKAN PERPECAHAN DIKALANGAN AHLI PARTI SETERUSNYA MELEMAHKAN PARTI.

12. TINDAKAN TIDAK BIJAK TERSEBUT AMAT BERTENTANGAN DENGAN SLOGAN UMNO ~ BERSATU, BERSETIA, BERKHIDMAT.

13. AHLI MAJLIS TERTINGGI TENTU BERTANGGUNGJAWAB UNTUK MEMPASTIKAN UMNO TERUS KUAT DAN MAMPU BERKHIDMAT KEPADA MASYARAKAT.

14. AHLI MAJLIS TERTINGGI PASTI MEMAHAMI AKAN TANGGUNGJAWAB UNTUK MENENTUKAN UMNO TERUS DITERIMA OLEH AHLI DAN RAKYAT.

15. AHLI PARTI AMAT BERHARAP MAJLIS TERTINGGI TIDAK AKAN MENGAMBIL KEPUTUSAN YANG MERUGIKAN PARTI.

16. MAJLIS TERTINGGI PERLU MENDENGAR SUARA HATI AHLI DAN RAKYAT AKAR UMBI BAGI MELETAKKAN KEMBALI PERJUANGAN PARTI DILANDASAN YANG DISEGANI DAN LEBIH DIHORMATI.

17. UMNO ADALAH WADAH KERAMAT PERJUANGAN ORANG MELAYU YANG TELAH MELETAKKAN DARJAT BANGSA KITA SETARAF DAN MELEBIHI BANGSA-BANGSA LAIN DIMATA DUNIA. KINI MATA DUNIA JUGA TERTUMPU KEPADA KITA UNTUK MENGEKALKAN SEJARAH YANG TELAH DI BINA DAN DI CIPTA.

18. KITA SEDANG MENJALANI SEJARAH, NAMA-NAMA KITA AKAN TERPAHAT DALAM LIPATAN SEJARAH DAN KEDUDUKAN KITA DI DALAM SEJARAH TERSEBUT DITENTUKAN DALAM TINDAKAN KITA PADA HARI INI.

19. SEMOGA AHLI MAJLIS TERTINGGI DIBERIKAN TAUFIK DAN HIDAYAH ALLAH UNTUK TERUS BERTANGGUNGJAWAB MENGGALAS AMANAH BANGSA BAGI MEMPASTIKAN UMNO TERUS DISEGANI DAN DIHORMATI MEMIMPIN NEGARA MALAYSIA YANG MERDEKA LAGI BERDAULAT.

BERSATU, BERSETIA, BERKHIDMAT

TAN SRI MOHAMAD HAJI AZIZ
TIMBALAN PENGERUSI TETAP UMNO MALAYSIA
3 SEPTEMBER 2015
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Exactly seventeen years ago last night, UMNO Supreme Council met and sacked then Deputy President Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sodomy charges. It was a follow through from the sacking of Anwar from the Cabinet as then Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad the previous day.

Anwar immediately launched the mobstreet demonstration campaign ‘Reformasi’ within a few days, citing unjust sacking is because the leadership of the Government and UMNO was protecting their cronyism, abuse of power and corruption.

The ‘Reformasi’ movement grew and became a weekly affair for weeks, which spilled into when the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur was on later in September of 1998 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Council (APEC) Summit in November of the same year.

Many especially UMNO Youth challenged Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s action by becoming thorns within the party since not that many actually exited UMNO openly. They remained within UMNO but were part of the poison to demonise Party President Dr Mahathir.

The episode of the sacking of Anwar and  ‘Reformasi’ movement became a major political and confidence thorn in Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s leadership admist the hardwork to recover the economy and put it back on track, after the Asian Financial Crisis 1997-8 and the economic slump there after.

The sacking of Anwar episode was unlike the leadership challenge of April 1987 where Dr Mahathir was challenged by former Vice President Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.  That saw UMNO clearly divided as  ‘Team A Vs Team B contest’ and as the consequence was UMNO was declared illegal in February 1988 by Kuala Lumpur High Court.

The sacking of Anwar did not split the party unlike the ‘Team A Vs Team B’ episode. However, the Malays were split.

The reflective is seen in 10GE in November 1999 where UMNO lost 22 Parliamentary seats and PAS gained 19 seats. Four Cabinet Minister also lost their seats, Dato’ Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub, Dato’ Mustapha Mohamad, Dato’ Dr Abdul Hamid Othman and Dato’ Annuar Musa.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, then Education Minister almost was defeated when he narrowly retained his Pekan Parliamentary seat with a 241 majority.

Over all, BN saw the reduction from 162 seats in the 192 seats Parliament for the 9GE in April 1995 to 148 seats at the 10GE in November 1999. UMNO lost 24% of its Parliamentary seats, mostly to PAS. UMNO also lost the State of Terengganu to PAS in the same 10GE.

This is despite that the dissenters of the ‘Team A Vs Team B contest’ of 1987 who left UMNO to form Semangat 46 after UMNO was declared illegal in February 1988, voluntarily disbanded their party in 1996 and returned back into the folds of UMNO, for the sake of ‘Malay Unity’.

The ‘Anwar factor through Reformasi’ was a major bane against UMNO, despite the unification of UMNO Baru and Semangat 46. It was a bitter lesson which was supposed to learnt.

That episode saw for the first time how the use of internet expounded the reach and speed of information, by many times. Rumours and falsehoods spread like wild fire and were taken in as truth, especially when the Anwar backers, supporters and Opposition manage to create the serious negative perception and questionable integrity of the mainstream media.

UMNO was very slow in all the counter measures against the use of new and alternative media.

The advancement of communication and information through technology compound the factors of what UMNO had got to face the crisis of 1998-9 by many folds.

Unless it is glaring that these leaders co-operated with Opposition leaders openly against the party especially during an election campaign, then there would not be any solid excuse to initiate an expulsion exercise.

Hence, UMNO is unable to face the repercussion for another episode of sacking Supreme Council level leaders, regardless what are the mitigating circumstances and evidence presented.

Published in: on September 4, 2015 at 13:00  Comments (10)  

Latest victim of Alvin Tan’s urinium poisoning

Independent book publisher and bookstore Silverfish is the latest victim of Alvin Tan’s urinium (heavy urine aka kencing) poisoning, after the sexual deviant fugitive posted that he would want to shag SPNB Corporate Comm Boss Dato’ Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Silverfish drops Alvin Tan’s book after fugitive blogger threatens DPM’s daughter with sex

BY YAP TZU GING

Thursday September 3, 2015
01:23 PM GMT+8

Silverfish drops Alvin Tan’s controversial book, ‘Sex, Pork and Persecution’Silverfish drops Alvin Tan’s controversial book, ‘Sex, Pork and Persecution’

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 ― Independent bookstore and publisher Silverfish Books announced today it is removing controversial blogger Alvin Tan’s equally controversial book, Sex, Pork and Persecution from its shelves with immediate effect.

Silverfish, which touts itself an advocate of free speech, said it made the decision to stop selling Tan’s book after spotting the latter’s “uncouth” September 1 Facebook post threatening sexual advances against Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, the daughter of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“While we have no objections to bad taste, nor attention seeking, we draw a line at responsibility and accountability. If you want to say something like this, take responsibility if you have the balls.

“We respect her right to say what she did, even if we don’t agree with her. But we respect her as a woman and a person (regardless of who she is related to). She deserves her dignity,” Silverfish said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Silverfish is one of two known bookstores in the country to have stocked Tan’s book; the other is another independent book publisher and distributor Gerak Budaya.

“We do not believe in censorship and curbing of free speech which is why we agreed to sell the book, despite disagreeing with much of it, and finding it generally juvenile,” Silverfish said, concluding its statement.

In an explicit Facebook entry on September 1, Tan made overt sexual advances towards Nurulhidayah following the latter’s public criticism of the mammoth Bersih 4 civil disobedience demonstration in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend.

Nurulhidayah herself came under fire after she called the rally “stupid work”, telling the demonstrators they would have served the country better by joining the military.

Silverfish has drawn over 100 “likes” on its Facebook page at the time of writing, with a number of commentators of both genders largely supportive of its decision to drop the title.

“Thank you Silverfish! I think he should be castrated,” said one Facebooker by the name Linda T Lingard.

Another who goes by the name Ainul Azelone Jamaludin said: “That’s the right thing to do, Silverfish Books!”

Gerak Budaya’s administrations assistant manager, Susie Lee, told Malay Mail Online that her company was aware of Tan’s recent post about Ahmad Zahid’s daughter.

But when asked if the company would follow in Silverfish’s example and remove Tan’s book, Lee said, “No comment”.

The book was published last year.

Tan, a former National University of Singapore law scholar and dropout, hit the spotlight over a now defunct sex blog.

He has been living abroad after jumping bail in August last year while on trial in the Sessions Court on three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and Penal Code.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/silverfish-drops-alvin-tans-book-after-fugitive-blogger-threatens-dpms-daug#sthash.6OhMaHMj.dpuf

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This outrageous Facebook posting by Tan is reflective how ill his state of mind is, where a liberal and pro-freedom of expression media provider had to draw the line to Tan’s highly undignified call.

His ex-girlfriend and comrade-in-nude Vivian Lee is expected to face the law all by herself when Tan abandoned her and fled to the United States.

Pro-Anwarista newsportal story:

Blogger Alvin Tan, ex-girlfriend to go on trial in November

Published: 14 July 2015 7:45 AM
A total of 14 witnesses will be called to testify in the trial of controversial blogger, Alvin Tan and his former girlfriend Vivian Lee, who were charged with insulting Muslims and month of Ramadan, two years ago.

They include two forensic experts from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, who will testify as the prosecution witnesses in the four-day trial, scheduled to begin on November 23.

The trial was supposed to begin today before Sessions Court Judge Abdul Rashid Daud, but was postponed after the court allowed an application by counsel Wiliam Siau Vui Leong, who represented Lee, 26.

Siau applied for a postponement of the trial on the grounds of a pending Federal Court decision on an appeal against the Sedition Act faced by law lecturer, Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom, because his client was charged under the same act.
Earlier deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told the court that the prosecution was ready to proceed with the trial and said there was no problem in the case involving Azmi which had not been decided at Federal Court.

“There is no problem because even though Azmi’s case has not been decided, it did not involve any prejudice on any parties.

“Even if the Sedition Act was decided as unconstitutional, the charge under Sedition Act against the accused (Lee) can be dropped at any time during trial,” he said.

Wan Shaharuddin also told the court that the Attorney-General’s Chamber had also rejected an application by the defendant to withdraw the charge against Lee as Tan was not present in court.

When asked on the latest development on Tan, Wan Shaharuddin said the man was always on Facebook but did not dare to return to Malaysia.

On March 6, the court ordered the hearing against Lee to proceed in the absence of Tan. Tan failed to attend court for the first time on June 13 last year when the case came up for mention.

On February 18, the Federal Court freed the couple from a charge of creating enmity between the devotees of other religions after uploading pictures which insulted Muslims during Ramadan on their Facebook page.

Initially, they faced three charges but following the Federal Court decision, two charges against Tan, whose full name is Tan Jye Yee, and Lee, or Lee May Ling, stayed.

They were charged under the Sedition Act for displaying a picture with the caption “Selamat Berbuka Puasa (with Bak Kut Teh… fragrant, delicious and appetising)” on Facebook at 568-14-18, Kompleks Mutiara, 3 1/2 Mile, Jalan Ipoh, in Kuala Lumpur, at 10.48pm between July 11 and 12 2013.

Another charge was under subsection 5(1) of the Film Censorship Act 2002, for displaying a pornographic picture in their Facebook site between 9pm on July 6 2013 and 2am on July 7, 2013. – Bernama, July 14, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/blogger-alvin-tan-ex-girlfriend-to-go-on-trial-in-november#sthash.4H73NShh.dpuf

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They were both charged for sedition during the Ramadhan of 1433H where their posting of ‘Selamat Berbuka Puasa’ had presented Bah Kut Teh as the dish. Pork is an absolute taboo and prohibited meat by all Abarahamic religion.

Tan has been as completely abusing the freedom of speech and expression when he continuously do postings and video uploads which has been deemed as ‘anti-social’ and ‘against the norm and values’ for a multiracial society and community such as Malaysia and Singapore.

Published in: on September 3, 2015 at 15:00  Comments (3)  

Lessons from Paracels XXII: China cyber warfare scare

China has been reported to have deployed its sophisticated cyber warfare teams to hack US intelligence privy for clandestine information extraction.

Los Angeles times story:

China and Russia are using hacked data to target U.S. spies, officials say

 

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, shown in Moutain View, Calif., says the military needs to boost its cyberdefenses. “We’re not doing as well as we need to do in job one in cyber, which is defending our own networks,” he said. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
By BRIAN BENNETT AND W.J. HENNIGAN contact the reporters Asia Europe Russia China Cyber Crime Theft Blackmail and Extortion
Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said.

At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials.

The Obama administration has scrambled to boost cyberdefenses for federal agencies and crucial infrastructure as foreign-based attacks have penetrated government websites and email systems, social media accounts and, most important, vast data troves containing Social Security numbers, financial information, medical records and other personal data on millions of Americans.

 

Counterintelligence officials say their adversaries combine those immense data files and then employ sophisticated software to try to isolate disparate clues that can be used to identify and track — or worse, blackmail and recruit — U.S. intelligence operatives.

Digital analysis can reveal “who is an intelligence officer, who travels where, when, who’s got financial difficulties, who’s got medical issues, [to] put together a common picture,” William Evanina, the top counterintelligence official for the U.S. intelligence community, said in an interview.

Asked whether adversaries had used this information against U.S. operatives, Evanina said, “Absolutely.”
Evanina declined to say which nations are involved. Other U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal assessments, say China and Russia are collecting and scrutinizing sensitive U.S. computer files for counterintelligence purposes.

U.S. cyberspying is also extensive, but authorities in Moscow and Beijing frequently work in tandem with criminal hackers and private companies to find and extract sensitive data from U.S. systems, rather than steal it themselves. That limits clear targets for U.S. retaliation.

The Obama administration marked a notable exception last week when a U.S. military drone strike near Raqqah, Syria, killed the British-born leader of the CyberCaliphate, an Islamic State hacking group that has aggressively sought to persuade sympathizers to launch “lone wolf” attacks in the United States and elsewhere.
Junaid Hussain had posted names, addresses and photos of about 1,300 U.S. military and other officials on Twitter and the Internet, and urged his followers to find and kill them, according to U.S. officials. They said he also had been in contact with one of the two heavily armed attackers killed in May outside a prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. Hussain is the first known hacker targeted by a U.S. drone.

The Pentagon also is scouring the leaked list of clients and their sexual preferences from the Ashley Madison cheating website to identify service members who may have violated military rules against infidelity and be vulnerable to extortion by foreign intelligence agencies.

 

Far more worrisome was last year’s cyberlooting — allegedly by China — of U.S. Office of Personnel Management databases holding detailed personnel records and security clearance application files for about 22 million people, including not only current and former federal employees and contractors but also their families and friends.

“A foreign spy agency now has the ability to cross-check who has a security clearance, via the OPM breach, with who was cheating on their wife via the Ashley Madison breach, and thus identify someone to target for blackmail,” said Peter W. Singer, a fellow at the nonprofit New America Foundation in Washington and coauthor of the book “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar.”

The immense data troves can reveal marital problems, health issues and financial distress that foreign intelligence services can use to try to pry secrets from U.S. officials, according to Rep. Adam B. Schiff of Burbank, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

“It’s very much a 21st century challenge,” Schiff said. “The whole cyberlandscape has changed.”
U.S. intelligence officials have seen evidence that China’s Ministry of State Security has combined medical data snatched in January from health insurance giant Anthem, passenger records stripped from United Airlines servers in May and the OPM security clearance files.

The Anthem breach, which involved personal data on 80 million current and former customers and employees, used malicious software that U.S. officials say is linked to the Chinese government. The information has not appeared for sale on black market websites, indicating that a foreign government controls it.

U.S. officials have not publicly blamed Beijing for the theft of the OPM and the Anthem files, but privately say both hacks were traced to the Chinese government.

The officials say China’s state security officials tapped criminal hackers to steal the files, and then gave them to private Chinese software companies to help analyze and link the information together. That kept the government’s direct fingerprints off the heist and the data aggregation that followed.
In a similar fashion, officials say, Russia’s powerful Federal Security Service, or FSB, has close connections to programmers and criminal hacking rings in Russia and has used them in a relentless series of cyberattacks.

According to U.S. officials, Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin infiltrated the State Department’s unclassified email system for several months last fall. Russian hackers also stole gigabytes of customer data from several U.S. banks and financial companies, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., last year.

A Chinese Embassy spokesman, Zhu Haiquan, said Friday that his government “firmly opposes and combats all forms of cyberattacks in accordance with the law.” The Russian Embassy did not respond to multiple requests for comment. U.S. intelligence officials want President Obama to press their concerns about Chinese hacking when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the White House on Sept. 25.

After the recent breaches, U.S. cybersecurity officials saw a dramatic increase in the number of targeted emails sent to U.S. government employees that contain links to malicious software.
In late July, for example, an unclassified email system used by the Joint Chiefs and their staff — 4,000 people in all — was taken down for 12 days after they received sophisticated “spear-phishing” emails that U.S. officials suspect was a Russian hack.

The emails appeared to be from USAA, a bank that serves military members, and each sought to persuade the recipient to click a link that would implant spyware into the system.

 

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the hack shows the military needs to boost its cyberdefenses.

“We’re not doing as well as we need to do in job one in cyber, which is defending our own networks,” Carter said Wednesday. “Our military is dependent upon and empowered by networks for its effective operations…. We have to be better at network defense than we are now.”
Carter spent Friday in Silicon Valley in an effort to expand a partnership between the Pentagon, academia and the private sector that aims to improve the nation’s digital defenses. Carter opened an outreach office in Mountain View this year to try to draw on local expertise.

U.S. intelligence officers are supposed to cover their digital tracks and are trained to look for surveillance. Counterintelligence officials say they worry more about the scientists, engineers and other technical experts who travel abroad to support the career spies, who mostly work in U.S. embassies.

The contractors are more vulnerable to having their covers blown now, and two U.S. officials said some already have been compromised. They refused to say whether any were subject to blackmail or other overtures from foreign intelligence services.

But Evanina’s office, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, based in Bethesda, Md., has recently updated pamphlets, training videos and desk calendars for government workers to warn them of the increased risk from foreign spy services.
“Travel vulnerabilities are greater than usual,” reads one handout. Take “extra precaution” if people “approach you in a friendly manner and seem to have a lot in common with you.”

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This is very serious because China has been intensifying its intelligence and clandestine information operations through its cyber warfare units.

Six months ago, Pentagon admitted deploying its counter cyber warfare mechanisms to ward off these cyber attacks by the China’s crack cyber warfare teams.

Skynews story:

Pentagon Admits Cyberwarfare Plan For First Time

America’s Department of Defense intends to establish a full-time unit of computer experts in the San Francisco Bay area.
11:10, UK,
Thursday 23 April 2015
Pentagon in Washington DC
The US Department of Defense is taking on recruits to conduct cyberwarfare
The Pentagon has admitted for the first time it plans to use cyberwarfare in its battle to keep up with its enemies.

In a 33-page ‘cybersecurity strategy’ the US Department of Defense has publicly laid out the approach plans to take.

The document says the DoD “should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary’s command and control networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities”.

The previous strategy, published in 2011, made little reference to clandestine warfare using computer networks, although US officials are known to have spoken privately about the issue.

Reports in 2013 claimed that senators had received a closed-door briefing on how the New York City power grid could be taken down by a computer virus.
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The television reports said officials had told NBC off the record that the US was already employing cyberwarriors who were capable of shutting down the power system of a smaller country – like Iran.

The new document takes a more open approach because the Pentagon wants more transparency in its cyber mission – and because it could be a deterrent to adversaries.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said: “I think it will be useful to us for the world to know that, first of all, we’re going to protect ourselves, we’re going to defend ourselves.”

He added that the new strategy is “more clear and more specific about everything, including (US) offence”.

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The strategy also, for the first time, refers to US concerns over cyber-espionage by China.

China admitted the existence of dedicated cyber warfare units in a document produced by the People’s Liberation Army earlier this year, according to the Daily Beast.

The hacking of Sony’s emails last year, which the US government blamed on North Korea, also showed the dangers to American interests from other unfriendly states.

The document says the US will continue to try to work with Beijing to bring greater understanding and transparency of each nation’s cyber missions to “reduce the risks of misperception and miscalculation”.
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“One of the things we need to do is have that dialogue,” said Mr Carter.

According to officials, Mr Carter is setting up a full-time unit of military, civilian and reservist workers in the San Francisco Bay area in the next month or so.

But he said one of the things holding back progress was that the US military suffers from a lack of “coolness”.

He said some of the bright young recruits the DoD needs to maintain its war are more likely to want to work for Silicon Valley’s top tech firms, rather than with the Pentagon.

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The China’s cyber warfare aggression which demonstrated its threatening capabilities has escalated into a very serious defense agenda.

The Diplomat story:

China’s Growing Cyberwar Capabilities

A recent attack on GitHub highlights China’s growing expertise – and aggression – in cyberspace.

By Marcel A. Green
April 13, 2015

With recent news suggesting that the recent massive denial-of-service attacks against online hosting and code-sharing site GitHub was either sponsored or encouraged by Chinese authorities, the spotlight has once again been turned on China’s intentions in cyberspace and whether or not its activities pose a threat to worldwide, and especially U.S. cybersecurity.

China is one of the most active nations in cyberspace. Moreover, China has made no secret that President Xi Jinping’s “new model of great power relations” policy means that it will not be afraid to challenge the U.S. and the rest of the world in areas it considers a core interest, such as cyberspace.

Much like the U.S., China has devoted substantial money, manpower and resources to developing its cyber capabilities. Chinese cyber capabilities include a mix of dedicated personnel, advanced equipment, and cyberattack methodologies. According to the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, since as early as 2006, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been using an elite cyberwarfare unit based in Shanghai to launch hundreds of cyberattacks targeting American interest. The unit, officially known as Unit 61398, operates under the PLA’s Second Bureau of the General Staff Department’s (GSD) Third Department, which is focused on cyber surveillance and monitoring of foreign electronic communications. Unit 61398 has a staff of “hundreds if not thousands” of people, trained in advanced network security, digital signal processing, and covert communications who have access extensive “infrastructure of computer systems around the world.” Recently the Taipei Times reported that Taiwan’s National security Bureau (NSB) has identified another unit of the GSD’s Third Department that is involved in cyber-activities. This unit has been revealed to be Third Department’s Sixth Bureau based out of Wuhan University in Hubei Province. According to the NSB, the Sixth Bureau is “engaged in technical aspects of surveillance and intelligence gathering on the Taiwanese agencies, intercepting telecommunications signals, hacking computers and mobile phone service networks and satellite imagery reconnaissance.”

In addition to its official cyberwarfare units, China is believed to also have “reached out” to people with the necessary cyber skills in the IT sector and academic community to help fill any gaps in state expertise and personnel when needed. As the GitHub attacks illustrate, there is also ample evidence that China uses hackers and other cybercriminals to accomplish operations that it is officially unwilling or unable to commit. To be sure, cybercrime is often intimately tied to state-sponsored threats to cybersecurity. The use of affiliated hackers is based on the idea that cybercriminals can be used to escape the attribution that may otherwise provide the necessary legal, military or diplomatic links that other countries can use to prove China’s official participation in cyberattacks. Consequently, in October 2014, the FBI issued a warning that a Chinese hacking collective known as Axiom has been engaged in a well-resourced, sophisticated campaign to steal valuable data from U.S. government agencies. According to the warning, Axiom, and other state-sponsored Chinese hacking groups like them, are “exceedingly stealthy and agile by comparison” to Unit 61398. Later in 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chinese citizens, affiliated with Unit 61398 on charges of theft of business information and unauthorized access to the computers of a number of U.S. companies.

China’s cyber capabilities are organized by a strategy that calls for the early application of its cyberwarfare units against an adversary “to establish information dominance.” Information dominance refers to: (1) taking and maintaining control of an adversary’s access to its own information, and (2) disrupting the flow of information necessary for “decision-making or combat operations.” Information dominance, moreover, requires that Chinese cyber capabilities are deployed pre-emptively or as early as necessary to support more traditional combat actions. Moreover, establishing information dominance requires China to have a fairly extensive and ongoing knowledge of an adversary’s capabilities.

Lastly, in order to achieve its cyber strategic goals and effectively make use of its cyberwarfare units, China has employed a wide range of advanced cyberattack methodologies. For instance, The PLA’s Unit 61398 is known for its use of zero-day exploits. A zero-day exploit refers to vulnerability in software that the software maker itself does not know exists. Discovering zero-day exploits require broad access to a software developer’s internal routines and procedures. It also requires a better understanding of the software then the developer. This is often achieved by employing a technique known as advanced persistent threat (APT). APT refers to a hacking process that involves a long-term campaign to break into a computer network, avoid detection, and harvest valuable information over days, months and even years. According to Mandiant, Unit 61398’s informal name was APT1 due to their skill at successfully carrying out advanced persistent threats.

Understanding China’s cyber capabilities will play a large role in resolving the challenge of determining the appropriate response that the U.S. and other nations can make to cyberattacks that can be attributed to China. Where the attack can be traced to an official Chinese organ, perhaps a diplomatic or military response will be suitable. Where the attack is traced to non-official organs, non-conventional responses such as economic sanctions or criminal penalties will prove more effective.

Marcel A. Green is an attorney and legal researcher specializing in American and Chinese Criminal Law.

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Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan ke 58

We recollect the moment YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra as the Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya proclaimed “Merdeka!” seven times in Stadium Merdeka exactly 58 years ago, which was stooped in traditions and heritage.

There on, the  celebration there after.

Proclaimation of Kemerdekaan

Proclaimation of Kemerdekaan

We also include the document of the proclamation of Kemerdekaan, which is the birth certificate of this glorious nation of 13 federated states.

The proclamation is written in Jawi befitting the official correspondence of HRH Malay Rulers.

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Two wrongs don’t make it right

They say a picture says a thousand words. A video clipping, simply reflect volumes of words unable to be said.

Here is something from the past:

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Mencemari sambutan sejarah kedaulatan

Penganjur BERSIH 4 yang didokong Pembangkang seperti parti Cina Chauvinis DAP mengotori sambutan lakaran sejarah apabila begitu angkuh meneruskan demomstrasi sekeliling Dataran Merdeka, padang bersejarah bendera Union Jack diturunkan dan bendera Persekutuan Tanah Melayu yang merdeka kali pertama dinaikkan.

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Mereka berhimpun dipersimpangan Masjid Negara dan Stesyen KTM sambil melaung laungkan “Tumbang UMNO!”.

Sekiranya mereka benar benar rakyat Malaysia yang patriotik dan menghayati sejarah Kemerdekaan, sewajar mereka tidak bertindak untuk mengotori semangat sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan.

Hakikatnya, sejarah membuktikan UMNO memainkan peranan sangat signifikan dan mengasaskan seluruh proses tanahair ini mencapai Kemerdekaan.

UMNO dilahirkan di Istana Besar, Johor Bahru. Bersama sama ialah DYTM Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim

UMNO yang ditubuhkan pada 11 Mei 1946 di Istana Besar, Johor Bahru adalah hasil dari penyatuan dan kesepakatan padu 29 NGO Melayu membuktikan orang Melayu begitu padu menentang penubuhan Malayan Union.

Setelah UMNO ditubuhkan, aktivis aktivis nasionalism ini begitu berjaya menyemarakan perasaan orang orang Melayu mengesa seluruh DYMM Raja Raja Melayu untuk menolak dan membatalkan Malayan Union. Tekanan ini berjaya dan Malayan Union dimansuhkan.

Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, 21 January 1948

Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, 21 January 1948

Kemudian berlaku proses perundingan antara Kerajaan British dan Raja Raja Melayu dimana UMNO telah diberikan status pemerhati. Hasilnya, Perjanjian Tanah Melayu dimeterai pada 21 Januari 1948 dan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu ditubuhkan pada 1 Februari 1948.

Perjanjian Tanah Melayu ini merupakan asas kepada Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang mula diguna pakai apabila Persekutuan Tanah Melayu mencapai Kemerdekaan pada 31 Ogos 1957.

HRH Malay Rulers, UMNO representataives, Menteri Menteri Besar and British High Commissioner at the Federation of Tanah Melayu Treaty, inked on 21 Jan 1948 at King's House, Kuala Lumpur

HRH Malay Rulers, UMNO representatives, Menteri Menteri Besar and British High Commissioner at the Federation of Tanah Melayu Treaty, inked on 21 Jan 1948 at King’s House, Kuala Lumpur

Dalam proses mencapai Kemerdekaan, UMNO juga bersetuju untuk bekerja sama dengan MCA dan MIC dan menubuhkan Parti Perikatan dalam usaha mendapatkan sokongan rakyat bagi mengukuhkan tuntutan kearah Kemerdekaan. Dalam Pilihanraya Majlis Perundangan Persekutuan pada tahun 1955, Parti Perikatan telah berjaya meraih 51 dan 52 kerusi yang dipertandingkan.

Ini amat menarik kerana walaupun 84% dari pengundi yang layak mengundi adalah dikalangan orang Melayu, namun UMNO hanya memperuntukkan 35 dari 52 kerusi yang dipertandingkan itu. Walaupun UMNO berhak untuk bertegas bertanding di 44 kerusi memandangkan dominasi pengundi yang layak, parti nasionalis itu bersedia untuk beralah dan memberikan ruang kepada MCA.

84% of the eligible voters in the 1955 Federal Consultative Council general election are the Malays, who were 'Subjects of HRH Rulers'.

84% of the eligible voters in the 1955 Federal Consultative Council general election are the Malays, who were ‘Subjects of HRH Rulers’.

Ini merupakaan kebijaksaan dan kematangan pemimpin UMNO untuk mentafsirkan kesediaan memberikan kompromi, lantas menjalinkan kerjasama ‘kongsi kuasa’ sekiranya berjaya.

Jelas UMNO memainkan peranan begitu signifikan bagi meraih sokongan padu rakyat Persekutuan Tanah Melayu dengan mencapai keputusan yang amat memberangsangkan itu. Orang orang Melayu ketika itu begitu bersemanngat denganw adah perjuangan UMNO, yang berusaha kearah satu negara yang meredeka dan berdaulat.

Orang Melayu yang begitu terkebelakang dalam segala serbi berharap Kemerdekaan akan membawa kedudukan yang lebih baik kepada masa depan mereka dan generasi Melayu akan datang.

Artikel 12 Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu 1 Feb 1948

Artikel 12 Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu 1 Feb 1948

Sambungan Artkel 12

Sambungan Artkel 12

Mandat Majlis Perundangan Persekutuan itu, membolehkan Presiden UMNO Tunku Abdul Rahman untuk menubuhkan Kerajaan Perkutuan Tanah Melayu. Ketokohan Presiden dan pemimpin UMNO ketika itu juga berjaya mendapat keyakinan dan perkenaan DYMM Raja Raja Melayu untuk menerima ‘kontrak sosial’ dimana sekelian baginda melepaskan hak mutlak memerintah.

Sebaliknya hak memerintah itu diberikan kepada rakyat melalui sistem demokrasi Raja Berperlembagaan. ‘Sosial kontrak’ yang ditunjangi UMNO itu juga mendapatkan perkenan sekelian baginda Raja Raja Melayu untuk menerima 980,000 orang Bukan Melayu yang ditakfrifkan sebagai ‘Orang Tidak Berkerakyatan’ (Stateless Persons) kewargaan dalam Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, tanpa menurut proses biasa.

Komponen Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu; Raja Melayu, UMNO dan Pesuruhjaya British

Komponen Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu; Raja Melayu, UMNO dan Pesuruhjaya British

Tunku Abdul Rahman juga mengetuai romobongan untuk merundingkan Kemerdekaan yang turut disertai pemimpin pemimpin UMNO, MCA dan MIC, wakil Kerajaan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu dan wakil Raja Raja Melayu. Kebijaksaan Presiden UMNO berunding dengan Pejabat Luar dan Kommonwealth berjaya mencapai Kemerdekaan bagi Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.

Perjanjian Kemerdekaan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu dimeterai pada 8 Februari 1956 di Lancaster House, London.

Ketua Menteri Tanah Melayu dan Presiden UMNO Tunku Abdul Rahman mengumumkan persetujuan Kemerdekaan yang berjaya dicapai dari London pada 20 Feb 1956 di Bandar Hilir, Melaka

Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan adalah sinonim dengan kejayaan perjuangan pemimpin UMNO terutama Presiden UMNO kedua Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.

Sekira sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan kali ini dithemakan sebagai sarkas politik oleh politikus bankrap, maka semangat pemperingati sejarah keramat negara ini lahir sebagai berdaulat adalah dicemari.

Keadaan ini lebih tercalar terutama rata rata 80% pendemonstrasi BERSIH 4 ini terdiri dari Bukan Melayu dan lebih tepat lagi, majoriti dikalangan mereka adalah keturunan Cina, sedangkan proses memelupuri Kemerdekaan ditunjangi oleh pemimpin pemimpin dan kuasa orang Melayu.

The photos from the pre 13 May 1969 racial riots where supporters of Dap and Gerakan paraded through streets of Kuala Lumpur and part of Kg Baru holding up brooms and chanting "Melayu balk kampung, tan am jagung!"

The photos from the pre 13 May 1969 racial riots where supporters of Chinese Chauvinist DAP and Gerakan paraded through streets of Kuala Lumpur and part of Kg Baru holding up brooms and chanting “Melayu balk kampung, tanam jagung!”

Cubaan mencalari sejarah itu dengan memilih masa dan peluang untuk berdemonstrasi jelas memaparkan maka agenda politik yang tidak lagi tersirat. Malah, ianya pretentangan kepada semangat memperingati sejarah dengan penghinaan yang yang berterusan secara tidak langsung ini.

Kesungguhan majoriti dikalangan Bukan Melayu terutama keturunan Cina untuk menumbangkan Kerjaaan UMNO/BN makin jelas, selepas 2 pilihanraya umum. Dikalangan mereka terdapat ada yang tergamak untuk mengagungkan kemerdekaan negara ini dipelupuri puak radikal dan pengganas kominis.

Ini jelas agenda untuk mengaburi pemikiran terutama generasi muda dengan dakyah palsu mengenai perjuangan, terutama yang ditunjangi pemimpin pemimpin UMNO dan aktivis nasionalis.

Kini puak puak radikal ini muncul kembali dan melaung laungkan pemalsuan mengenai bagsimana tanahair ini mencapai Kemerdekaan dan siapa pemain utama dalam perjuangan itu.

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Provokasi yang mereka buat dalam demonstrasi yang mereka war-warkan sebagai ‘aman’ itu sebenarnya tekanan agar reaksi dari orang Melayu berlaku dan peristiwa berdarah pergaduhan kaum 13 Mei 1969 berulang.

Published in: on August 29, 2015 at 15:00  Comments (4)  

Shattered success factor

AirAsia Big Boss Tony Fernandes should come out and boldly admit to the public some of his pronouncements of his low cost carrier success all these years may not be truly as he claimed to be.

The Star story:

AirAsia X finds fictitious services

Friday, 28 August 2015

AirAsia's plane is seen take off from KLIA2 during the AirAsia and AirAsia X new office ground breaking ceremony in Sepang. AZMAN GHANI / The Star

AirAsia’s plane is seen take off from KLIA2 during the AirAsia and AirAsia X new office ground breaking ceremony in Sepang. AZMAN GHANI / The Star

It involves 24 payments totalling RM7.01mil made to a service provider

PETALING JAYA: Long-haul budget airline AirAsia X Bhd has discovered payments for fictitious services that adds up to RM7mil.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the firm said its internal and external auditors had recently discovered that certain payments had been made to a service provider between the period of 2010 to 2014 for services which were now established to be fictitious.

“Following the discovery of the irregularities, the board has on the recommendation of the audit committee appointed PwCCS to carry out a forensics audit and instructed the management to ensure the availability of all relevant documents and/or key personnel for PwCCS review and interview, where applicable,” the aviation firm said.

During the course of the forensics audit, the auditor PwCCS discovered 24 payments totalling RM7.01mil had been made to a service provider for fictitious services.

The payments were authorised by a person in a management position within AirAsia X.

Based on the forensics audit findings, the irregularities had been confined only to a sum of RM7.01mil, it added.

“The board is of the opinion that the amount involved in the irregularities does not have any material financial or operational impact on the company,” AirAsia X said.

Following the discovery, the company has taken several measures to safeguard its assets and interest.

Among others, it has sought legal advice on the possible courses of action the company can take to recover the losses and lodged a police report.

On top of that, it is reviewing the current internal control process to ensure that similar transactions will not recur.

“The board could not make any announcement earlier as it did not have sufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations and to assess with certainty the financial and operational impact to the company,” it said.

For the second quarter ended June 30, the firm raked in RM653.03mil for its revenue but made a loss of RM132.94mil. That’s compared to a revenue of RM671.61mil and net loss of RM128.79mil in the previous corresponding quarter.

During the quarter, the group recognised unrealised foreign exchange loss on borrowings of RM30.9mil as compared to a gain of RM31.9mil a year earlier due to the weakening ringgit. It also saw lesser passengers flown but average passenger fare has increased by 7.2%.

For the first half-year, its topline was at RM1.43bil while losses sum up to RM258.86mil. Net asset per share stood at 20 sen per share.

The stock traded 1 sen higher to 16 sen with a turnover of 19.17 million shares.

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Needless to say, this is very embarrassing admission to Bursa Malaysia, which is an avenue to tell all the stakeholders of AirAsia X. It includes the customer base.

These transactions are pro-rated to be RM 1.4million a year or almost RM120,000 per month. That is about RM4,000 per day.

FY 2014 AirAsia X posted a revenue of RM2.94billion and net loss of RM529million. That is half a percent of daily takings which had been discovered gone into one the fictitious service providers.

It could be assumed that a fraction of what the consumers paid for AirAsia X services did not go to the services that they paid for but probably is a part of a continuous scam, which slipped through AirAsia X’s safety net.

Simply, the consumers may not get what they actually paid for. Now, the market talk is if this falling out of AirAsia’s safety net is true, is that the extend of the leakages from the transactions derived from its online portals or third party payment gateways.

That is counter productive to Fernandes’s success story for the longest time, is based on the low operating cost by eliminating ticket sales through third party agents.

What is embarrassing that Fernandes continuously proudly claimed that e commerce is one of AirAsia’s key success factor.

Nextupasia.com story:

3 AirAsia Success Factors

3 AirAsia Success Factors that entrepreneurs should look at to grow their businesses. 10 years on after taking a bold chance to start a low cost airline, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has built AirAsia from two planes to 115 aircraft today, flying to more than 400 destinations spanning 25 countries, making the slogan “Now Everyone Can Fly” comes true.
So what are AirAsia Success Factors?
When the music industry failed to adapt quickly to the World Wide Web, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes decided to make a clean break. He left his job to pursue a childhood dream: Set up Asia’s 1st ever Low Cost Airline.

Today, AirAsia is named as the World’s Best Low-cost Airline for 4 consecutive years 2009 – 2012 by Skytrax. Air Asia has become a household brand in Malaysia and beyond in less than a decade.

In my opinion, Air Asia has not just only revolutionized the entire airline industry but more significantly, it has allowed more Malaysians especially the younger generation to travel abroad and see the world.

AirAsia Success Factors

This experience has enabled many Malaysians to be critical to the nation’s developments; they count the blessing of their mother land but at the same time, give constructive criticism by comparing to more developed nation as well as to progress which went awry.

There are indeed, a lot of lessons for Start Up to take home from AirAsia stories. Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has shared with BBC on his way of doing business.

He adopts a “walk around” management style. “If you sit up in your ivory tower and just look at financial reports, you’re doing to make some big mistakes.” For a few days every month he works on ground or in the cabin crew and he made important decisions by getting the feedback from the crew.

Being a big fan of AirAsia and its business model, there are 3 AirAsia success factors to learn from:

1. Never afraid to challenge the norm.

A few years ago, people had to call a travel agent or airline operator to buy a flight ticket. Air Asia challenged the norm by riding on the e-commerce wave. It invested in a user-friendly website interface and allows travelers to book and print flight ticket anytime and also introduce online check in services. This has proven to be enormously successful especially in engaging with the Gen-Y customers.

AirAsia Success Factors

2. Dare to Think Big and Serve the right Customer

Air Asia business model has always been focusing in low cost operation and serving the mass market. They know their targeted customers well and do not directly compete with other premium airlines. 10 years ago traveling by air was a luxury. Air Asia was daring enough to think big and today, it is truly “Everyone Can Fly”.

3. Create Complementary business opportunities, they can be Huge

This is shared by Luke Bong and I think it is an exemplary example for businesses to learn.

AirAsia Success Factors

When we fly AirAsia, most likely we will use their services such as Sky Bus from KL Sentral or stay at Tune Hotel. It is very important to think of innovative ways to get more out of your existing customers.

The question is not about how to squeeze more profit out of the existing operations, but how to provide add on values so that customers are willing to pay for even more.

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Announcement to Bursa Malaysia is not enough enough considering that Fernandes is aloud when criticising and even dramatising against other corporations, especially Malaysia Airports and Malaysia Airlines.

Example, recently AirAsia  made a big ruckus about the defective Malaysia Airports’ KLIA2 and making a claim against the GLC which is part of Khazanah Holdings Bhd.

Bloomberg story:

AirAsia Demands $107 Million Damages From Airport Operator

Michael Arnold
July 31, 2015 — 5:09 PM HKT Updated on August 1, 2015 — 8:24 AM HKT

AirAsia Bhd., Southeast Asia’s largest budget carrier by market value, is asking the Kuala Lumpur airport operator for 409 million ringgit ($107 million) to cover losses and damages the airline says it suffered using the new and old budget terminals.
AirAsia sent a letter Friday demanding payment from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd. and a subsidiary, claiming they breached their duties at the airport. The letter claims problems at the new klia2 terminal have hurt the airline’s reputation, “as the public perception is that the failings of the facilities are within the control of AirAsia” as klia2’s largest user.
The 4 billion ringgit terminal, which opened in May 2014, is sinking, causing cracks in the taxiways and pools of water that planes must drive through, Bloomberg News has reported. AirAsia says the defects could cause flight delays, increase wear and tear on planes and pose safety risks.
Malaysia Airports says the depressions and ponding are caused by soil settling unevenly in the apron and taxiway, where some of the structure is built on piling and some stands on normal ground. The operator has patched and resurfaced problem areas and is building a concrete slab that it says will serve as a more permanent solution by next April.
In a statement late Friday, Malaysia Airports called AirAsia’s claims “baseless” and said it would “vigorously challenge them.”
“We are surprised by some of these assertions about klia2” and the old low-cost carrier terminal “after AirAsia has benefited from the facilities provided by Malaysia Airports since 2001 to grow into the largest LCC in Asia,” the airports operator said in the statement.

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Its time Fernandes literally put his money where his loud mouth is or was. To be exact, RM7.01million.

Published in: on August 28, 2015 at 23:00  Comments (9)  

Stop hoodwinking Bersih using streets, use Dewan Rakyat

The true invisible hands and benefactor of BERSIH 4

The true invisible hands and benefactor of BERSIH 4

Bersih 4 organisers, who are very closely affiliated with the Chinese Chauvinist DAP, should stop hoodwinking the Malaysan pubic using BERSIH street demonstration but instead use the current political storm to test the outcome of democracy through the augur Dewan Rakyat.

After all, their sordid drama of “Unfair elections” isn’t really genuine since they accepted the election system outcome and DAP, PKR and PAS used the legitimacy of the past two GEs and claimed the right to form the respective state governments.

DAP has since March 2008 ruled Penang and PKR ruled Selangor. PAS, which is a trued jaded benefactor of the same election system then and now, has been in power in Kelantan since Novermber 1990.

The Opposition has been persistently harping that they would want to table a motion in the upcoming October Parliamentary session to moot a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Pro-Anwarista news portal story:

Kit Siang stresses need for no-confidence vote against Najib

By LOOI SUE-CHERN

Published: 25 August 2015 3:11 PM
As the political and economic situation gets more worrying, DAP today reiterated the need to table a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Parliament.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had assured yesterday that any no-confidence move against the prime minister was neither criminal nor a police concern.

This, the DAP veteran said, would allow a proper and less inhibited discussion on the alternatives to the present Najib administration.

He said the safest bet now was to assume that only some 75 to 78 opposition MPs would take a common position on the motion with the balance having to be made up from Umno and Barisan Nasional MPs.
“Although DAP, PKR and PAS have 88 MPs, it will be foolhardy for anyone to assume that the 21 MPs from PAS would all support a vote of no-confidence against Najib unless there was clear and specific directive from PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

“Are there at least 35 Umno BN MPs who are prepared to join with the opposition MPs on a ‘Save Malaysia’ agenda including the no-confidence motion against Najib?” he said in a press conference at the Penang DAP headquarters today.

Last month, Hadi reportedly said PAS would consider the necessity of the no-confidence vote, although his remark was reported as telling PAS MPs to stay out of it.

However, last week, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said PAS would support a no-confidence vote against Najib.

BN as a whole has 134 MPs – 88 from Umno and 46 from its component parties.

Lim said if Najib was removed in a no-confidence vote, the government could have a new prime minister from Umno’s ranks and the administration could still remain controlled by Umno and BN.

Otherwise, he said the country could be administered by a caretaker government made up of parties, including the non-BN ones, with a prime minister chosen from among all the MPs, until the next polls.

“Such a national or caretaker government is unchartered waters for Malaysia. It may be feasible or otherwise, but all political parties and national players must be prepared to explore such possibilities,” he said.

Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, also said in view of the latest developments in the country such as the continual plunge of the ringgit, there must be a special Parliament sitting in the first week of September.

He said apart from tabling the no-confidence motion against Najib, the sitting would allow a new chairman and new members to be appointed to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), replacing those promoted to the Cabinet by Najib in his recent Cabinet reshuffle, and resume its probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

“The 1MDB scandal has been described as a ‘one tonne millstone’ which Najib will carry with him wherever he goes. It is also a one tonne milestone for Malaysia, weighing down our economic capabilities and potential,” he said.

Lim said the Bersih 4 rallies this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu have come at a especially momentous time in Malaysian history.

He said it was an occasion for all Malaysians, regardless of their background and political beliefs, to acknowledge that the country was facing an unprecedented crisis, and to show their love for the nation and resolve to unite as patriots to seek a national solution in line with the fundamental liberties provided by the constitution.

“For this reason, the various government authorities should extend their full cooperation to ensure the success of Bersih 4 as a Carnival of Democracy and the salvation of Malaysia, instead of issuing threats and warnings.

“Bersih 4 participants are united in their common endeavour and commitment to peaceful and non-violent expression of support for democracy and a united Malaysian nation,” he added. – August 25, 2015

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kit-siang-stresses-need-for-no-confidence-vote-against-najib#sthash.bVRsk1VM.dpuf

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The Police already gave assurance that the motion through the augur house of Dewan Rakyat is neither criminal nor a concern by the law enforcement agency.

The legislators’ of Dewan Rakyat should exercise this right and if they truly represent the rakyat through the Westminister styled Constitutional Monarchy first-past-post-system, then they as MPs could vote to decide whether Prime Minister Najib still enjoy the majority support of Parliament.

The MPs have been given enough exposure about the controversy of the issues on 1MDB and reflect of the constituencies’  stance on the matter to decide whether Prime Minister Najib should be scandalously deposed through the proper and legal means of democracy or continue to lead the Federal Government.

It is also an opportunity to put the test of many outcomes. Whether or not Prime Minister Najib still enjoy the majority if to the total support of BN MPs. And whether or not PAS MPs would throw their support behind the Opposition pact.

Please do away with this mockery of ‘exercising basic human right on the freedom of expression’ and ‘right to assemble’. What is consistent is that BERSIH organisers then (in 2007) till present day do not possess the audacity to respect any of the authorities, even when permission to hold their demonstration have been granted, provided they adhere to the conditions.

What is the point of the dramas and circus stunts, which semi paralysed the city and inconvenience fraction of million daily commuters and dwellers in and out of the city centre and surrounding areas, who could care less about all these political stunts and clowning on the streets?

How did the first three BERSIH street demonstration changed the outcome of their political agenda?

How different is that in tactics, strategy and outcome compared to the series of Black 505 nation-wide rallies staged days after the 13GE was concluded and BN still retain a 133 majority in the Dewan Rakyat, after so much staged pro-Opposition series of demonstrations and rallies?

The fact is that BERSIH is nothing but a platform for political masturbation for these Opposition leaders and their supporters and pro-Opposition individuals masquerading behind NGOs hoodwinking innocent Malaysians with the idealism of their sordid politics.

All of these, at the inconvenience of a bigger majority within the striking range of the city centre and 20 Parliamentary constituencies within Wilayah Persekutuan and surrounding areas in Selangor.

This is not withstanding the waste of public funds through law enforcement authorities to monitor and manage these worthless political stunts and dramas in public areas (even at stadiums) and streets. Of course, there is also the City Hall extra bill for clean ups.

Worse still, it is on the weekend of Hari Kemerdekaan where they plan to invade and adulterate a venue already prepared to receive His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPeruan Agong XIII as the guest of honour of the official Merdeka Day parade next Monday.

If BERSIH 4 still carry through this weekend, then it is evidently clear that the Opposition just want to capitalise any opportunity to create controversy and drama at the expense of everything even there are better and more civilised ways to realise the underlying objective.

Unless the underlying objective is to continue their sordid series of political stunts and irate the majority within the the immediate effect of gross inconvenience, at the expense of so many innocent Klang Valley commuters and dwellers, again and again.

Yet, come what may these politically-bankrupt Opposition leaders would still try to initiate a vote of no confidence.

Published in: on August 27, 2015 at 08:30  Comments (29)  

Spooks, spokenth

Former Special Branch Deputy Director Deputy Commissioner of Police Dato’ Abd. Hamid Bador spoke to the media, insinuating the ‘invisible hands’ involved the quick retirement of his boss and his transfer out of the Police Force to a ‘Thames House’ being instated in Perdana Putra.

The Star story:

Published: Monday August 24, 2015 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday August 24, 2015 MYT 7:39:41 AM

Ex-SB officer: I met Dr M

PETALING JAYA: Former Bukit Aman Special Branch deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador said he had met Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad four times in the past two years under instruction from his superiors to get the former prime minister to tone down his attacks on Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a lengthy press conference here yesterday, he said he had met Dr Mahathir to get his views on certain things and also to get his consent to not do “some things”.

“At first, he agreed not to attack (Najib) openly. He said he would meet him,” he said yesterday.

DCP Abdul Hamid also said Dr Mahathir told him that he was unhappy with the way the Government was running things such as BR1M.

Last week, DCP Abdul Hamid reportedly said that even if he was cut into 12 pieces, he would never defame the servant of Allah who has contributed so much to the country, referring to Dr Mahathir.

DCP Abdul Hamid, who is now on leave, was then transferred from Bukit Aman to the Prime Minister’s Department last Thursday.

He also alleged that there were “invisible powers” that were uneasy with his presence as the No.2 in Bukit Aman’s Special Branch which could have lead to his transfer due to his insistence on having 1MDB fully investigated.

He said several weeks before the transfer order was out, he was called up to meet Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“I was given a choice of being transferred to the National Security Council or the Prime Minister’s Department,” DCP Abdul Hamid said, adding that he felt it odd that he was not told what his new role would be when the transfer takes place.

He also said he was not involved in the arrest of three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers to assist investigations into SRC International.

SRC International is a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

“I have nothing to do with it. My advice then was not to do it. It is wrong,” he said.

MACC’s probe into SRC International is over a RM4bil bond sourced from Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pencen.

He also said Special Branch had advised the Government to explain clearly to the people about the 1MDB issue, and urged those involved to come forward to explain the issue.

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Apparently, lately civil servants and members of His Majesty’s Government services made a lot of qualms about their summary transfer. It is unbecoming of themselves, their former role and position and the office they served illustriously by speaking to media in the tone of dissatisfaction and dismay.

They should not behave like a celebrity because they have taken oath of secrecy and agreed to follow and obey all instructions, in their capacity and function of the said roles.

This include transfers and re-assignment.

Even if their transfer and/or reassignment carries a lot of attention and media is using the opportunity to capitalise on the sensation and hoping to escalate it into controversy or even scandalous, they should have remained professional.

Their action inadvertently would encourage more and more junior officers to emulate or aspire mounting a challenge if and when they are faced with anything that is not up to their own personal agenda, whims and fancies.

It is doubtful that strategic officers like Hamid would want mutinies created.

Civil servants and career officers in His Majesty’s services are duty bound to remain professional, regardless what challenges they face. They are after all in the service of their political masters.

In all essence, what Hamid did in this meet the media session is somewhat the same magnitude when MACC Director of Investigation Dato’ Bahari Mohamad Zain uttered “Saya akan cari sampan ke lubang facing!“.

Otherwise, it is spooky to note this reckless drama by non professional actors.

Published in: on August 24, 2015 at 17:30  Comments (22)  

Gerombolan Harapan Bangsat

Deposed Former Deputy PAS President Mohamad “Mat” Sabu is out with his usual antics manipulating facts with his own skewed and sinister interpretations, with the malice intent to confuse the rakyat and ridicule the party he once aspired to lead.

NST story:

GHB members should be allowed to retain “elected positions”: Mat Sabu

BY PHUAH KEN LIN –

24 AUGUST 2015 @ 1:21 AM BUTTERWORTH: Pas lawmakers should not be asked to resign as elected representatives as the ulama council had taken the view that they had contested under Pakatan, said former Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu.

He said members of parliament (MPs) and assemblymen who aligned their political interest with Pas splinter group Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) could still retain their current elected positions after leaving the party.

“The ulama council shared a different view from the Pas president. It (the council) ruled that they (Pas elected representatives) won their respective seats under the Pakatan ticket so there is no reason for any of them to step down.

“Why should they quit when they got the backing of the council?” the GHB national pro-tem chairman said after launching the movement officially here following a national roadshow at the state level.

Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu, was asked to comment on pressure from Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for GHB elected representatives to quit as MPs or assemblymen.

He said GHB members would leave Pas in stages from their respective states when a new political party had been formed, which is expected to happen as early as end of this month upon registration by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/node/97474

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The fact is that those 18 Yang Berhormats who found that they no longer enjoy the majority grassroots support from PAS for their pro-Sodomy Convict Anwar Ibrahim stance, won because they stood on PAS ticket.

The pro-Anwarista news portal story:

PAS reps who join Amanah should quit seats, says Hadi

BY LOOI SUE-CHERN

Published: 22 August 2015 8:28 PM
Elected reps who won in the 2013 general election on the PAS ticket should vacate their seats if they wish to join the new party created by splinter group Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) or New Hope Movement.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said those who joined Parti Amanah Rakyat, which is expected to be launched on Merdeka Day, should resign as elected reps for breaking an oath sworn to the Islamist party.

“It is up to their dignity. They took the Bai’ah Oath as PAS elected reps.

“They took the oath, made the promise. So they should resign and vacate their seats,” he said at the PAS himpunan tolak BN (anti-Barisan Nasional) rally in Kota Sarang Semut, Kedah, this evening.
Hadi was asked to comment on the new party being planned by GHB, which is headed by progressive PAS leaders ousted in the PAS elections in June.

Amanah is also set to replace PAS, which is now controlled by the ulama faction led by Hadi, in a new opposition coalition with DAP and PKR.

According to the PAS constitution, members who joined another political party will automatically lose their memberships.

However, a number of PAS division leaders in Selangor and Malacca have announced their resignations as they crossed over to GHB.

Hadi said he did not see that as a big challenge to PAS.

“PAS had been through worse challenges before. In the 1980s, the president quit the party. Some 10 central leaders left the party.

“PAS was left with only one MP, the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. We fought back and won Kelantan in 1990.

“That was more challenging than what we face now. We can bounce back. What is interesting now is youths are coming to PAS.”

Hadi also denied talk that many Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have joined GHB.

“A majority of the Islamic NGOS are with us and there had been media statements made on that.”

On criticism that PAS was not progressive and becoming backward, Hadi said the party has not changed its policies and goals.

“We are not a ‘parti kampung’ (village party). We don’t just have religious scholars but also other professionals.

“Their numbers are growing. After the recent muktamar, we saw the new PAS central leadership line-up made up of ulama, lecturers, lawyers and others.

“We have more of them than before. We also got new applications for membership. So far we have 9,000 but we only managed to process some 6,000.”

On today’s gathering themed “beristiqamah (consistent) until victory”, Hadi said such a programme was normal for the party to explain its policies to the grassroots after its general assembly. – August 22, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pas-reps-who-join-amanah-should-quit-seats-says-hadi#sthash.SqMKxxeA.dpuf

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There is no such thing as ‘Pakatan Rakyat’. The (un)holy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows never really got their act together to formalise the Opposition Pact which they conveniently call as ‘Pakatan Rakyat’.

It exist to demonstrate that they are together and have a common policy; to topple Barisan Nasional.

They don’t really have a proper structure where there is a constitution that every party agree upon, an organisational structure that works for everyone and a common logo.

The fact is that, most of of their fundamental philosophies, ideologies and policies are adversarial to each other.

It is interesting that the PAS dissenters who were ousted in the recent PAS Muktamar, found themselves no longer tolerable by the majority of the delegates representing PAS grassroots for the pro-Anwar stance and pro-DAP stance. It is seen as seriously compromising the fundamental of why PAS was formed.

Thus is it proven that these former ‘modern-Islamists’ or the Young Turks within PAS were never about upholding the principles of Al Quran and hadith and sunnah. Instead, they have capitalised on the opportunity to ride of principles and sentiments of Islam, for the purpose of manipulating them into political currency and expediency.

They are the same people who were willing to fitnah (slander), just like Mat Sabu demonising the Police as “British lackeys” in his interpretation of the attack on Bukit Kepong Police Station on 23 February 1950. The more recent is the support of the fitnah on the former MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in the initiative to politically assassinate him.

By far, these are traits of bangsats!

Published in: on August 24, 2015 at 13:00  Leave a Comment  
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