Come and watch AKAR Jerlun

AKAR Jerlun, 23-25 July 2010

ADVENTURE KAYAK RACE AKAR JERLUN 2010

Pusat Khidmat Parlimen Jerlun will be organising a National level adventure kayak race commencing July 23, 2010 in Jerlun, Kedah Darul Aman.

This three day event is co-organised with the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports and UMNO Jerlun in collaboration with ANSARA, Malaysian Canoe Association, as well as Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

This Adventure Kayak Race will showcase 180 canoe representing 60 teams participating from all over the country. Competing for the Grand Prize of RM10,000, paddlers will take part in four categories; National Open, Closed Institute of Higher Leaning, Closed Institute of Teacher’s Training and Closed Kedah.

This Adventure Kayak Race will negotiate the river and waterways of Jerlun covering a distance of 53km. Paddlers will pass through paddy fields, towns as well as historical sites in Jerlun, which boasts two former capitals of ancient Kedah; Kota Siputeh and Kota Naga. The starting point for the first and second day is in fact of historical significance as evidenced by drawings found on the cave walls of Gua Kerbau.

Akar Jerlun is also a community initiative that is hoped to will grow to greater heights in future. The coordination of this event does not only involve statutory bodies and professionals, but brings together the people of Jerlun from all walks of life, youth as well as housewives working hand in hand to ensure the success of this event. The hope is that this Adventure Kayak Race will present wide exposure and become a platform for the locals to kick start  an economic initiative for  eco-based activities in such locations akin to what we have in Jerlun.

Published in: on July 21, 2010 at 06:47  Comments (2)  

Kerajaan Perak terus bagi tanah kepada sekolah Cina

Kerajaan BN Perak bawah Menteri Besar ke X Dato’ Dr Zambry A Kadir baru mengumumkan bahawa sebidang tanah berjumlah 1,012 hektar tanah akan diberikan bagi menampung perbelanjaan 9 sekolah Cina bebas dalam negeri itu. Pengumuman itu dibuat oleh Exco Perak mewakili MCA Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon.

Laporan The Star:

Published: Tuesday July 20, 2010 MYT 4:55:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 20, 2010 MYT 4:56:40 PM

Nine Chinese schools in Perak to get land for palm oil estate

BY IVAN LOH

IPOH: The Perak Government has allocated a 1,012ha piece of land to nine Chinese independent schools here to be developed as a palm oil estate.

The estate will help the schools earn income in order to be self-sustainable.

The piece of land in Besout, Sungkai, will be managed by Semangat Suwa Sdn Bhd, a company set up by the nine schools’ board of governors.

Semangat Suwa chairman Tan Hau Swee said a private company had expressed interest to pay RM3.6mil annually for rights to develop the palm oil estate.

“The revenue from the private company can cover about 30% to 40% of the annual expenses for each of the schools,” he said during a press conference called by Perak executive council member Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon here on Tuesday.

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Persoalan mengenai sekolah Cina bebas dan/atau swasta layak mendapat bantuan peruntukan Kerajaan atau tidak timbul kerana jenis sekolah ini tidak tersenarai bawah Akta Pendidikan 1996. Sekolah sekolah ini terangkum bawah kategori sekolah swasta dan pembiayaanya ialah atas inisiatif model perniagaan mereka atau derma yang berjaya dijana. Sekolah Cina bebas dan/atau swasta ini biasanya didukung oleh persatuan Cina. Dalam negeri Perak, majoriti persatuan Cina ini didukung oleh pelbagai industri yang matang dan dikuasai masyarakat Cina seperti golongan pengusaha lombong, masyarakat peniaga borong dan pembalak.

Sekolah yang lebih memerlukan seperti sekolah bantuan modal Kerajaan dalam negeri Perak, termasuk sekolah agama rakyat yang jauh lebih daif dan sebenarnya tidak mendapat pembelaan. Namun sekolah sekolah ini tidak mendapat perhatian Kerajaan Perak sebaliknya sekolah Cina bebas seperti 9 ini yang diberikan pembelaan.

Tanah 1,012 hektar untuk dimajukan sebagai estet kelapa sawit bagi menampung perbelanjaan merupakan anugerah tanah yang amat besar. Untuk jangkamasa terdekat dan serdehana, ianya memang menjadi estet dan dibangunkan sebagai pertaniah. Namun tanah anugerah ini mungkin akan ditukar status guna tanahnya akan datang dan dalam sekelip mata, syarikat Semangat Suwa Sdn. Bhd. ini akan menjadi pemaju tanah yang amat besar (sebesar sebuah pembangunan bandar baru) dan semestinya akan memberikan pulangan yang amat lumayan.

Apakah tiada anugerah yang sama diberikan kepada sekolah agama rakyat dalam Perak, atas skima yang sama? Tidak kah sekolah agama rakyat yang jauh lebih daif (kerana tidak dibantu masyarakat peniaga dan usahawan Melayu dan bergantung sepenuhnya pada derma)dan sesetengahnya berada dalam kawasan luar bandar yang serba kekurangan tidak memerlukan bantuan untuk menentukan orang Melayu yang memilih anak mereka dalam sistem ini berteruskan, demi menjamin hak pelajaran mereka?

Ternyata majoriti pemaju hartanah dalam negeri Perak merupakan golongan usahawan Cina dan tindakan ini hanya menambah satu lagi peluang bagi masyarakat Cina Perak menjadi pemaju hartanah yang berpotensi dengan pulangan yang amat lumayan sedangkan peluang yang sama tidak diberikan kepada orang Melayu yang memilih untuk mendukung sistem sekolah agama rakyat.

Nampaknya, dasar memberi tanah kepada masyarakat Cina yang dipelupuri sebelum ini oleh Kerjaaan boneka-DAP Nizar Jamaluddin diteruskan oleh pemerintah sekarang. Jelas tindakan ini, terutama kepada golongan minoriti yang sombong (dan tidak pernah berterima kasih walau apapun imbuhan yang diperuntukan Kerajaan tetapi sebaliknya meneruskan permintaan sehingga tahap ‘tebusan politik’) akan terus ‘melukakan hati’ orang Melayu dan mengakibatkan mereka makin ‘menjauhi’ BN dalam pilihanraya umum akan datang. Sekiranya ini sahaja strategi bagi BN Perak untuk memenangi undi masyarakat Cina, maka dikhuatiri mereka akan mengunakan permintaan yang lebih sebagai ‘agenda tebusan politik’ secara konsisten.

Jelas tindakan ini menunjukan Dr. Zambry sebagai seorang pemimpin UMNO dari latar belakang pendidik tidak berusaha untuk  menentukan sistem Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua diujudkan bagi menjamin secara strategik perpaduan, semangat toleransi, kerjasama dan muhibbah dikalangan masyarakat Malaysia akan datang. Semestinya, ini adalah satu yang menyesalkan.

Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 17:01  Comments (25)  

Parti waris Ulama tuduh Ulama berbohong?

Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS) yang mendakwa sebagai ‘pewaris nabi’ atau ‘pewaris ulama’ hari ini menuduh Mufti Perak Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria berbohong. Ini kerana mereka mendakwa tidak pernah mendekati Ulama tersohor itu menjadi orang tengah dalam cadangan agar UMNO sebagai parti nasionalis Melayu duduk berbincang dan berunding dengan PAS, demi kepentingan bersama orang Melayu dan Islam.

Dua Naib Presiden PAS Dato Mahfudz Omar dan Salahuddin Ayub menafikan bahawa PAS memberikan kebenaran agar Tan Sri Harussani bertindak sebagai orang tengah untuk membawa kedua musuh politik itu duduk berama dan berunding.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Harussani jadi sasaran kritikan pembangkang

IPOH 19 Julai – Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria yang berusaha menyatukan orang Melayu menjadi sasaran kritikan pemimpin Pas dalam ceramah yang diadakan di Kampung Pasir Putih Tambahan di sini malam tadi.

Harussani dituduh mahu mencampuri urusan politik sedangkan beliau adalah mufti yang bertanggungjawab terhadap hal-hal yang berkaitan agama.

Perkara itu dibangkitkan oleh Ketua Penerangan Pas, Idris Ahmad yang menggesa Mufti Perak tersebut menghentikan usahanya itu.

“Mufti ini pelik bercakap pasal Melayu, bukannya bercakap mengenai Islam. Kalau nak bersatu, UMNO kena bersatu dulu. Dalam parti dia berpecah-belah. Tengok apa berlaku di Sungai Petani dan Setiu,” katanya.

Menurut Idris, Harussani tidak perlu menjadi orang tengah kerana Pas tidak mahu bekerjasama dengan UMNO dan mendakwa dasar parti itu bukannya berasaskan Islam.

Sebaliknya, katanya, Pas mahu terus bekerjasama dengan Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dan DAP kerana mereka mempunyai persamaan menentang rasuah dan memperjuangkan keadilan rakyat.

“UMNO tak lawan rasuah, DAP menentang rasuah. Nak bekerjasama macam mana? UMNO tak memperjuangkan keadilan untuk rakyat tapi PKR memperjuangkan keadilan rakyat. Nak bersatu dengan mana?” katanya.

Berucap di hadapan kira-kira 100 penyokong, Idris menegaskan, Pas tidak akan bersatu dengan UMNO secara politik kerana kepemimpinan parti tersebut telah menyatakan akan terus komited dengan pakatan pembangkang.

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Inilah sebenar benarnya sikap dan hati budi pemimpin PAS yang menggunakan tindakan sebagai pembohongan atas menegakan agenda ‘Membangun bersama Islam”. Apakah menuduh seorang ulama yang mengerjakan proses bagi orang Islam untuk berunding bagi kerjasama dan penyatuan orang Islam, demi kepentingan warga majoriti rakyat Malaysia seluruh itu sebagai ‘PEMBOHONGAN’?

Apakah Tan Sri Harussani adalah jenis pemimpin yang tergamak berbohong?

Kerjasama dan penyatuan orang Melayu dan Islam merupakan tindakan waras yang mana mana pemimpin ugama sekalipun dianggap akan berusaha untuk lakukan, kerana tiada lebih mengancam keutuhan sesuatu masyarakat melainkan perpecahan dan pertelagahan yang berpanjangan. Maka Tan Sri Harussani sebagai penasihat ugama rasmi kepada DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak bertindak untuk berusaha untuk menentukan agar perpecahan ini dihentikan dan proses penyatuan dan kerjasama diusahakan. Maka perundingan ialah langkah pertama untuk merapatkan kedua dua parti politik untuk duduk semeja dan kedudukan beliau sebagai pemimpin ugama yang neutral merupakan platform terbaik untuk menjadi ‘orang tengah’.

Apakah jika dikaji kewibawaan seseorang pemimpin, maka integriti Salahuddin dan Mahdudz lebih baik dari Tan Sri Harussani?

Tidak mungkin! Sah. PAS tergamak BERBOHONG demi politik. Pemimpin PAS tergamak menafikan bahawa Tan Sri Harussani cuba untuk menyatukan orang Melayu dan Islam dengan memfitnah beliau berbohong. PAS lebih rela melihat orang Melayu berpecah dan dalam keadaan bertelagah kerana mereka meraih kekuatan politik melalui ‘politik membenci’ dalam kekeliruan yang mereka sendiri jana.

Hari ini PAS merupakan kekuatan sandaran politik orang Melayu kepada parti seperti Chauvinis Cina DAP (yang amat memerlukan undi orang Melayu kerana kemampuan mereka meluaskan kuasa adalah diragui kerana mereka sudah sampai ketahap tepu dalam kawasan majoriti Cina) dan parti-tanpa-jentera PKR memerlukan undi Melayu atas pagar bagi pemimpin-tanpa-parti mereka Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim terus popular, berdasarkan ‘politik kebencian’ dan kekeliruan yang dijana.

PAS tergamak berbohong mengatakan Tan Sri Harussani berbohong semata mata agenda menentukan rakan kongsi Pakatan Rakyat terus mendapat sokongan orang Melayu.

Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 00:08  Comments (7)  

May Dalilah’s sheer courage live on

Blogger Raden Galloh of One Breast Bouncing

Fellow human issues blogger Dalilah “Raden Galoh” Tamrin was called to be with God this morning, after a long illness. She succumbed to cancer after surviving an initial but had to painfully endure battling a second cancer spread.

Her courage and determination to fight is exemplary. She was positive minded all the way and redha with Allah’s test on her. As far back as three-and-half years ago when we first know her, she was optimistic of getting better and living a full life. In fact, she was planning to perform Umrah in June.

God willing, she did. She arrived back in tanahair on 12 July, exactly a week ago.

May Allah s.w.t. bless her soul and may her courage and determination to fight the much dreaded deadly dissease now becomes an inspiration to others. We shall sorely miss her, here in bloggosphere.

Published in: on July 19, 2010 at 09:27  Comments (5)  

Wee vs SC

Wangsa Maju recently turned independent MP Wee Choo Keong is set to take Securities Commission head on. The ‘irregularities’ of the capital and securities industry regulating body under Chairman Tan Sri Zarinah “Gangster Bukit Kiara” Anwar these past four years had been inconsistent, ineffective and worse of all, abusive.

After his scathing but shocking Dewan Rakyat speech on Thursday 15 July 2010 (which is the continuum of an earlier speech in the Parliament on 7 July 2010), SC decided to rebutt Wee in Utusan Malaysia this morning. Taking a position of “Being victimised by a politician like Wee”, SC’s rebuttal is both lame and inconsistent. SC as a regulating body with the Securities Act and Company’s Act as their guideline and tool, obviously could have done more in obscure and ‘irregular’ corporate deals such as the Pantai Holdings deal to Parkway, the elusive merger of ECM Libra to Avenue Capital and most recent, the mishandling of business journos in the investigations of the sale of shares in Kenmark.

SC had been very inconsistent in their performance to duty that they should be regarded as ‘Selective Prosecution‘.

The theory is that Zarinah was placed in her current position in mid 2006 by then Minister of Finance II Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop to ‘facilitate’ the highly ‘irregular merger’ between ECM Libra and Avenue Capital. Persons considered as ‘Abdullah and Co’ such as Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan and son-in-law then Prime Minister ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Khairy “Most Powerful 28 Year Old” Jamaluddin were direct beneficiaries of the merger. She should really answer for this ‘corporate fraud’.

It is without a doubt that Zarinah was put in place and she served the ‘purpose’ of the people that put her there. Nor Mohamed is the ‘King of Corporate Deal’, especially with regards to GLCs. Zarinah’s husband also benefited from her position.

The web of corporate power brokers during PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah’s regime is still very much an integral part of who-is-who in the KL corporate scene. Even though Riong Kali is out of sight, the puppet-master of GLCs and master-deal-maker Nor Mohamed is still very much around (now in charge of macro economic planning) and Zarinah is still very much in power at regulating end.

This is bad for the capital and securities industry when the regulating body can no longer be trusted as the integrity of the stewardship of the organisation is doubtful. PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is counting on the bullishness of the capital market as one of his bets to drive the economy forward, in translating the game plan of the New Economic Model to propel Malaysia as a high value economy nation. At the current state of the SC, their position and ability to uphold the law and regulate is becoming doubtful and a lot is required to gain confidence, especially foreign controlled companies contemplating to be listed here in Malaysia.

SC is making a grave mistake to elude and worse still, trying to spin all that Wee raised in the Dewan Rakyat two days ago. Wee is very resolved in upholding his stand, in any position that he takes. The pursuit against transparency and governance is very consistent. Prepare for more with SC’s lame attempt to spin their position.

The end game of this is clear. Wee will not stop till PM Dato’ Seri Najib replace Zarinah with someone with better integrity to restore confidence  to the SC. This will also the ‘nail to the political coffin’ of Nor Mohamed.

Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 23:45  Comments (5)  

25 Tahun Proton: Kejayaan perancangan strategik untuk negara maju

Minggu lepas, syarikat automobil terulung negara Proton menyambut ulang tahun 25 selepas keluaran produk sulungnya Proton Saga. Sepanjang 25 tahun ini, operasi Proton yang semasa permulaan difikirkan segelintir akan gagal semasa dan majoriti pula meragui kemampuannya untuk bertapak dan jauh sekali untuk mampu bersaing dalam industri teknologi dan berat ini, terutama cabaran motorkar import dan berhadapan skala ekonomi (economies of scale), dibuktikan meleset.

Proton yang memulakan operasi dengan men’cedok’ teknologi Mitsubishi, mengeluarkan Proton Saga yang berdasarkan Mitsubishi Lancer. Sedikit demi sedikit, kandungan tempatan yang boleh pertingkatkan dan sistem perolehan dan pembekalan dari pengilang anak tempatan, dipertingkatkan. Model baru seperti Proton Wira dan Perdana diperkenalkan. Kemudian Proton mengambil langkah untuk bergerak kehadapan dengan pengenalan model Proton Waja, yang direka dan bangunkan oleh jurutera Malaysia. Model model derivatif juga diperkenalkan.

Proton juga memperkenalkan generasi kedua model yang direka dan bangunkan oleh kepakaran tempatan seperti Proton Gen 2 dan Proton Saga. Kemampuan Proton untuk mengekalkan kualiti dan kos pengeluaran memungkinan model seperti Proton Saga dijual dengan harga 25% lebih murah dari persaingan, jika diukur dari harga jualan model pertama semasa tahun 1985 berbanding dengan hari ini.

Data mengenai pencapaian Proton amat membanggakan. Bermula dengan pelaburan asas berjumlah RM 224 juta, Proton berjaya meraih jualan terkumpul sebanyak RM 120 billion sepanjang 25 tahun ini dan keuntungan terkumpul sebanyak RM 5.768 billion. Tahun 2002 merupakan tahap paling menbanggakan apabila Proton meraih rekod  jualan RM 10.307 billion dan keuntungan sebelum cukai berjumlah RM 1.512 billion.

Kejayaan ini adalah perancangan pelaburan yang terancang dan strategik, termasuk dalam pembangunan produk. Pelaburan yang ditambah untuk meningkatkan keupayaan dan kemampuan termasuk kapasiti dan effisiensi pembuatan dan pengeluaran berjumlah RM 11.535 billion, yang rata rata dijana dari dana dalaman. Dalam tempoh itu, Proton dalam usaha peningkatan strategik telah memiliki syarikat pembikinan motorkar lumba ternama Lotus dari United Kingdom dan pengalaman dan teknologi yang dibangunkan oleh Lotus mula diserapkan kedalam produk produk Proton, bermula dari Proton Satria 16V.

Sehingga Jun 2010, Proton mengeluarkan 3,348,651 unit motorkar dan ini memberi peluang kepada 34,337 orang untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan. Buat masa ini, Proton mempunyai tenaga kerja berjumlah 9, 966 orang.

Kejayaan Proton ini memungkinkan ianya disenarai dipapan utama Bursa Malaysia pada tahun 1993. Syarikat ini yang pernah dimiliki DRB-Hicom dan Petronas, kini terangkum dibawah Khazanah Holdings Bhd. dan semenjak Dato’ Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamad Tahir diambil menerajui syarikat pembuatan dan pengeluar motorkar terbesar dalam negara, Proton kini bergerak untuk kembali memberikan keuntungan dan pulangan kepada modal yang dilaburkan.

Proton juga mengunakan pengembangan pembuatan dan pengeluaran sebagai peluang untuk membangunkan rangkaian sistem pembekalan dan vendor syarikat tempatan, yang mula diusahakan secara aggresif semasa zaman Allahyarham Tan Sri Yahya Ahmad. Buat masa ini sebanyak 268 syarikat terangkum dan penyertaan dalam program vendor, termasuk tier 2 dan 3 dan program pro-aktif pembangunan industri ini memberi peluang pekerjaan kepada 48, 000 tenaga kerja.  Banyak usahawan Bumiputera berjaya membina syarikat industri kecil dan serdehana (IKS) dari program ini.

Proton kini mensasarkan akan mampu merealisasikan kapasiti penuh kilang pembuatan integrasi di Tanjung Malim dan secara optimumnya mengeluarkan 300, 000 unit setahun. Fasiliti ini berjaya dibangunkan sepenuhnya dari dana dalaman tanpa membuat pinjaman luar kumpulan.  Buat masa ini, Proton masih lagi merundingkan kerjasama startegik dan pembekal teknologi bagi langkah menentukan produk akan datang mampu bersaing dalam pasaran global, termasuk dengan jenama ulung seperti VW.

Impian Perdana Menteri Malaysia ke IV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad bukan hanya melihat Malaysia mampu mengeluarkan motorkar, malah Proton menjadi industri induk bagi negara mengorak langkah kearah taraf negara maju jelas terbukti. Pengalaman dan pemikiran strategik dari Proton ini amat berguna bagi industri berat dan teknologi tinggi, termasuk industri pertahanan akan berjaya dibangunkan dan Malaysia makin dekat untuk mencapai taraf negara maju.

Anak Melayu melalui Proton kini berjaya menguasai kemampuan untuk reka, rancang, membangunkan secara end-to-end dan memasarkan motorkar dan ini memberikan peluang untuk program pembangunan modal insan bagi industri berat dan teknologi tinggi. Proton merupakan langkah strategik Tun Dr. Mahathir untuk membuktikan peluang bawah Dasar Ekonomi Baru memungkinkan orang Melayu menguasai kecekapan dan kemampuan arus globalisasi.

Proton berjaya membuktikan ‘Malaysia Boleh’. Wawasan dan pandangan jauh Tun Dr. Mahathir menyediakan ‘kotak untuk dipijak’ agar rakyat Malaysia berdiri sama tinggi dan megah dengan bangsa lain, termasuk negara maju berhasil. Maruah bangsa dan negara dipelihara dengan kejayaan Proton 25 tahun beroperasi ini.

Selamat Ulang Tahun dan tahniah.

Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 11:12  Comments (24)  

Senior Gen Mgr Sime Darby Energy arrested by MACC?

One Senior General Manager Operations for the Kumang Cluster project, Mohd Zaki Osman was said to be arrested by MACC for questioning. He was picked up in Johor Bahru at 1600hrs.

It seems this is the second senior executive Sime Darby Energy and Utilities that recently being ‘hauled‘ by authorities. So much attention was placed on Sime Darby after Board of Directors (BOD) admitted in mid May for the ‘irregular’ losses amounting to RM 1.63 billion for Bakun, Qatar Project and Maersk Oil Project. The ‘reporting to BOD’ was blamed and Group Chief Executive Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zubir Murshid was asked to take “absence of leave” till his contract ends in November.

This arrest is part of the process undertaken by Sime Darby BOD to ‘clean up’ the mess left by former Sime Darby Engineering MD Dato’ Shukri and Dato’ Seri Zubir. This is in the midst of newly appoint President and Group CEO Dato’ Mohd. Bakke Salleh, who has been alleviated from Felda.

This is a herculean task for Bakke. For starters, Bakke got to in short span of time and opportunity learn who-is-who within the conglomerate that employs 100,000 persons. Then he naturally need to understand the strength, capability and weakness of the senior managers and significant players. Of course, he also need to ‘pick-up-here-and-there’ who are amongst the managers that were ‘tainted’ in all sorts of scandals that lurk and loom, which now has surfaced.

Published in: on July 14, 2010 at 22:51  Comments (10)  

How did someone is able to get ‘Red Carpet Treatment’ in Pentagon?

The recent controversy about Partyless-Opposition-Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim being bashed by US mainstream media for ‘anti Semitic’ stance in the Dewan Rakyat despite going to the US to meet the Neo Con Jews really hitting of to a new twist. Anwar now is desperately spinning and deflecting, in his sordid attempt to get out from the traps he laid, actually went wrong  and bit him hard where it hurts.

On Sunday, in a post PGPO ‘Breaking the Gaza Seige’ conference Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said “If he (Anwar) is loyal to his Jewish masters, then he cannot be loyal to Malaysia”. In sheer desperation, as expected he started to spin, manipulate facts and even lie about him not being a ‘Darling of the Jews’.

Anwar being escorted by then Defense Secretary Cohen in The Pentagon

The indisputable fact is that, Anwar is the “Darling of the Neo Con Jews” in here Malaysia. When he was the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister back in 1997, US Defense Secretary William Cohen gave him a ‘Red Carpet Treatment’ for a visit to The Pentagon. He has very close relationship with former US Treasury Secretary Rubin,  former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former World Bank Presidents Paul Wolfowitz and James Wolfensohn. Upon the discharge from prison when his sodomy sentencing was overturned by the Federal Court in 2004, former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar left to Munich for orthopedic treatment and former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright flew in from Washington D.C. to call on him in the wards.

Chat between very close friends

So much of Anwar initiated organisations (covered from community based efforts such as intellectual discourse etc) here in Malaysia for the purpose of “Democracy, freedom of speech etc” is being funded by Jewish back organisations such as the Heritage Foundation and Foundation of the Future. Even PKR gets direct funding from Jewish businessmen like George Soros.

Anwar nestled in comfort between American friends, who are very pro Zionist Israel

One political attache’ in the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is often in the crowd when ever Anwar goes for his political rallies, all over the nation. Tom Daniels even attend annual PKR convention. It is obvious his presence is to ‘openly’ announce the CIA rather close involvement in Anwar’s political agenda and career.

All of these is not without Anwar having the support of Neo Con Jewish controlled media forever acting or even worse, pre-empting on his behalf. They would carry out his agenda, even to a point from far away. Case in point is the article by Dubus via French publication, Liberation. Anwaristas also resorted to techno-cyber anarchy, in the attempt to destabilize the country politically and non political aggressive solutions, like strategic lies indoctrination. They even resorted to have false portals, to confuse.

Recently, defected PKR leaders like Zahrain Hashim openly admit that Anwar lied about everything and deceived PKR MPs with false hopes that 16 September 2008 “Pakatan rakyat taking over the Federal Government was going to come”. It never did. Zahrain even admitted that the 16 Sept 2008 “Coup-de-e’tat” was necessary because of the severity of the Saiful Bukhary Azlan’s complain for sodomy. Even his own personal lawyer-turned-politician Zulkifli Nordin admitted for years he lied for Anwar, which include the “Arsenic poisoning whilst in detention”, during the abuse-0f-power-charges.

Then again, Anwar’s politics is all about assuming power at all cost, even anarchy. This is the very tactic he tried to deploy in his current sodomy trial.

This posting in Anwar’s blog is a really poor attempt to salvage what ever shred of confidence he still commands in his supporters and those who were ‘on the fence’ but willing to give him the chance, for their frustration with then BN leaders such as PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and co. No one in their level headedness would ever believe that Anwar is not a Jewish stooge here in Malaysia, obviously for the American Neo Con Jewish agenda via the CIA.

*Updated 2000hrs

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Tun Dr. Mahathir: We will study the law of sea

“We will study the law of the sea. If vessels detained by Somalis in Somalia are regarded as ‘piracy’, then what the Israelis did is ‘piracy’ too”, PGPO Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad  referring to the illegal assault and boarding of ‘Freedom Flotilla’ vessels in international waters bound for Gaza carrying aid.

The media conference of the PGPO 'Breaking the Gaza Seige'

The vessels which include MV Rachel Corrie is still being detained at the port of Ashdod, in southern Israel.

The support of the Federal Government on the initiatives to ‘Break the Gaza Seige’ is very encouraging. Earlier, while address the conference in his speech to close the event, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Md. Yassin reiterated the Malaysian commitment to continue on the international diplomatic front which include UN for the lifting of blockage on Gaza and end the suffering of 1.5 million Palestinians.

Muhyiddin also mentioned that the importance “To rekindle our spirit and revive our efforts to uphold the Palestinians’ inallienable right to their homeland. We need to reaffirm our stand that the Israeli regime must end occupation of the Arab and Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. Israeli regime must end its collective punishment and indiscriminate assault on the Palestinians which had so far resulted in the loss of life and injury to civillians “.

Commenting on the UN and Security Council, Tun Dr. Mahathir reiterated that the veto power should no longer exist and irrelevant as the US and UK would continuously invoke their powers whenever any actions against Israel is being brought up. On the OIC, he said that the Muslim nations club should base their resolution on majority instead of consensus.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also encourages that younger Malaysians to be exposed in the plight of the international community suffering. ‘They should be aware that the hardship of others instead of comparing the little things that they don’t have”.

On the question on the Government and people of Malaysia is standing strong against the Neo Con Jewish controlled media which is distorting facts, spinning and spreading lies, especially with regards to Israel but instead there are Malaysian politicians like partyless-Opposition-Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim trying very hard to ‘Earn back his position’, “He will go to the extend to buy space in CNN to show he is loyal to his Jewish masters. If he is loyal to his Jewish masters, then he would not be loyal to Malaysia”.

Recently Jewish communities in the US hit hard against Anwar for ‘betraying’ them, as he went strongly against the Jewish controlled media whilst  trying to spin within the Malaysian political scene, in a sordid attempt to pin PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration for employing the services of international PR firm APCO. The one time a very close friend of Cohen, Rubin, Albright, Wolfowitz, Wolfensohn etc. has been tarred as an ‘anti semitic’. At home, the former-abuse-of-power convict is now in trouble facing the Parliamentary select committee for wrongful alleging these charges without substantiating, in the augur house.

*Updated midnight

Bernama.com carried the story about Anwar not being loyal to Malaysia if he is loyal to the Jews:

Anwar cannot be loyal to Malaysia if he’s loyal to Jewish groups, says Dr Mahathir

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Tun Dr. Mahathir: Counter Jewish controlled media lies & break the Gaza seige

SPEECH BY

TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

AT THE PERDANA GLOBAL PEACE ORGANISATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

AT THE PUTRA WORLD TRADE CENTRE, KUALA LUMPUR

11 JULY 2010

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BREAKING THE SIEGE OF GAZA

We must end the Apartheid and establish an Independent Palestine State

Honourable speakers, guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Firstly I would like to welcome all of you to this conference on the siege organised by the Perdana Global Peace Organisation backed by UMNO.

  1. We are gathered here today not only to honour the Turkish martyrs who were brutally slaughtered by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara, but also to counter the lies and propaganda by Israel and the Zionist controlled international mass media, that the passengers, specifically the martyrs, were terrorists and therefore the killings were justified.
  1. More importantly, we must send a message of hope and solidarity to the Palestinians that the peace loving peoples of the world will never abandon them, come what may and that we will stand shoulder to shoulder with them in their struggle for liberation and for the State of Palestine.
  1. Prime Minister Netanyahu has openly and unreservedly declared just a few days ago that Israel will not apologise for the brutal murders committed in international waters in contravention of all conventions and international laws because Israel was justified in the massacre of unarmed people in order to defend Israeli security.
  1. Netanyahu said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 1:

“Israel cannot apologise for our soldiers being forced to defend themselves against the mob that almost slaughtered them.”

Yet, not one single Israeli commando was killed. In fact, from the testimony of Ken O’Keefe, a passenger on Mavi Marmara, which we have just witnessed from the multi-media presentation, it was the well-armed commandos who killed and injured the passengers.  Far from killing or attempting to kill the commandos, despite their friends being killed, the Turkish passengers managed to disarm three of the commandos and after a doctor had washed away the blood caused by their faces being scratched, released them. Is this the behaviour of a mob bent in slaughtering the commandos?

  1. In a speech to the Israeli parliament, Netanyahu elaborated:

“They want to strip us of the natural right to defend ourselves. When we defend ourselves against rocket attack, we are accused of war crimes. We cannot board sea vessels when our soldiers are being attacked and fired upon, because that is a war crime.”

6. But where is the evidence that the Israeli commandos were being attacked and fired upon?  Such is the distortion of the truth!  Even the UN Report chaired by Justice Robert Goldstone, a Zionist and a Jew who found that the Israelis committed war crimes when it invaded Gaza in 2008, was dismissed as mere propaganda, and the said report was not allowed to be tabled and debated in the U.N.

7. Self-defence can take place if there was an attempt at attacking or when actually attacked by the aggressor. Even the Israelis said that the passengers were armed with iron rods (railings) and scissors. Is Israel suggesting that people with scissors and iron railings attacked the fully armed commandos before they boarded the Mavi Marmara? It was to defend themselves after the commandos dropped from the helicopters and killed their friends that the unarmed passengers tried to defend themselves with scissors and iron railings, the only weapons they could lay hands on.

  1. However, even without an Independent Inquiry and in spite of the fact that Israel had confiscated and destroyed incriminating videos of the massacre, the international mass media cannot ignore the overwhelming evidence provided by the survivors of Mavi Marmara – journalists and passengers who were able to evade the tight security measures and brought out videos showing that Israeli commandos had commenced firing at the passengers before boarding the Mavi Marmara. IHH, the organisers of the Mavi Marmara has just come out with their report and I am told that this is available in CD for all delegates.
  1. Additionally, we cannot ignore the fact that the intent to attack the Freedom Flotilla was made well before the flotilla set sail for Gaza.  Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak declared that Israeli naval ships and commandos would be conducting naval exercises to prepare for the eventual attack on the flotilla and that Israel would do everything possible to prevent the flotilla from reaching Gaza. This was reported by Bloomberg, the Associated Press and even Israeli newspapers, and was affirmed by the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren in an interview on June 2nd, 2010.
  1. It came as no surprise that on 31st May 2010, in contravention of international laws, Israeli commandos as directed by the Israeli regime boarded the Mavi Marmara, and in the process shot and killed nine passengers and wounded many more and hijacked the entire flotilla to the port of Ashdod in Israel.
  1. Rifat Audeh, a passenger on the Mavi Marmara gave an account of what happened before Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara. She said:

“The Israeli military was firing at us from their vessels which approached the sides of our ship and the helicopters from above as well, even before a single soldier landed on deck. Here we had fully armed Israeli commandos firing live rounds, tear gas, sound grenades and other types of ammunition at unarmed activists of a humanitarian ship at night in international waters, and once again the media has criminalised us and vindicated the perpetrators. Let me be clear: we had every right to defend ourselves and our ship against this illegal barbaric assault as our brothers were being wounded and killed.”

12. Just as Israel denied using white phosphorous and other banned weapons on the civilians of Gaza in the barbaric invasion in 2008 and the massacre of civilians in Jenin in 2003 until exposed by the Robert Goldstone report and independent observers respectively, Israel is denying again and hopes that this time, the war crimes would be lost with the passage of time. 

13. But peace loving nations of the world condemned this wanton aggression and demanded that the siege of Gaza be lifted and a U.N. sanctioned Inquiry be established to investigate into the massacre of the passengers on the Mavi Marmara.

  1. Knowing that the United States will not condemn its actions and veto any Security Council resolutions that demanded a full account for the incident, Israel ignored international condemnation and maintained that she has the right to do as she likes.  Israel considers itself above international laws and common moral values.
  1. This heinous murder of Turkish nationals and the confiscation of the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara seemed strange to many, as Turkey has been a close strategic ally of Israel for many years, having regular joint military exercises and shared strategic interests. Turkey is also a NATO member. However, it is evident that even an ally would not be spared the criminal behaviour of Israel whether there is justification or not.
  1. Such is Israel’s arrogance and her confidence that she can get away with murder. And indeed Israel has been getting away with blatant murder since 1948.
  1. Many may have forgotten that such betrayal by Israel of an ally is not without precedent.  The ally that was previously betrayed by Israel was none other than the United States. That treachery needs to be retold, if we want to understand and appreciate the strategic implications of the attack on Mavi Marmara.
  1. It was on the 8th of June, 1967, soon after the commencement of the six-day war by Israel against her Arab neighbours.  President Johnson had given his consent to Israel to launch a limited war against Egypt on the condition that Israel would not widen the war to include any land grab against Jordan and Syria.
  1. Egypt had closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships and the limited war was to compel Egypt to reopen the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships.  But, the then Defence Minister Moshe Dayan had different ideas from what was agreed between President Johnson and the then prime minister of Israel, Levi Eshkol and his military Chief of Staff, General Yizhak Rabin.  Moshe Dayan, the one-eyed war criminal wanted to use the opportunity to extend the borders of Israel to fulfil the aspirations of the Zionists for a “Greater Israel.”  It was in the plan that after the capture of the Sinai Peninsula, Israeli military would be diverted to the Jordanian and Syrian fronts.
  1. The USS Liberty was a “spy ship” and its mission was to listen to all Israel’s military communications so that Israel would abide by the agreement not to widen the war after she attacked Egypt.
  1. The USS Liberty clearly stood in the way, as President Johnson would know through communication intercepts by the USS Liberty, if Israel reneged on its agreement for a limited war, and proceeded to wage a full scale war against all her immediate neighbours.  Time was of the essence. If the USS Liberty was disabled, Israel would by her surprise attack against Syria and Jordan achieve her aims of a Greater Israel before President Johnson could intervene to stop the wider war.
  1. General Moshe Dayan therefore ordered the attack on the USS Liberty that left 34 Americans dead and 175 wounded and severely damaged the ship. The captain of a nearby US aircraft carrier scrambled jet fighters to assist the USS Liberty but his orders were countermanded by President Johnson and Defence Secretary Robert McNamara. The excuse for the attack was that Israel made a mistake as to the identity of the USS Liberty.  Moshe Dayan hailed the day of the attack, 8th June 1967 as a “Great Day” because the destruction of USS Liberty enabled Israel to extend its borders to encompass the Golan Heights and the entire West Bank and more!  The fact that President Johnson had to cover up the murder of his own soldiers and accepted thereafter the fait accompli of a Greater Israel shows all too clearly that the United States was and is still subservient to Israel.
  1. The international mass media propaganda at the material time accused the Arab states for starting the war and wanting to annihilate Israel. Once again, we have to ask, who is telling the truth?

  1. We need only to examine some public statements of Israel’s military leaders at the given time.  On 28th February 1968, Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Chief of Staff in an interview with Le Monde, conceded that:

“I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent to Sinai on 14th May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.”

Menachem Begin, then Minister without Portfolio was quoted by the New York Times in 1982 as saying:

“In June l967, we had a choice. The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

25. Given this hidden agenda, how did Israel prepare the propaganda for war against the Arabs?  The strategy was simple enough – portray Israel as the victim. In an interview with Al-Hamishmar in 1971, Mordecai Bentove, then Minister of Housing revealed:

“The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory.”

26. This deliberate lie was corroborated by General Haim Barlev, Chief of General Staff Branch, Israel Defence Forces and as reported by the Israeli newspaper Ma’ arrive in 1972. I quote:

We were not threatened with genocide on the eve of the six-day war, and we had never thought of such a possibility.”

General Chaim Herzog, Commanding General and first Military Governor of Israeli Occupied West Bank expressed similar views when he said:

“There was no danger of annihilation. Israeli headquarters never believed in this danger. “

  1. From these facts we can draw the following conclusions, namely:

a)    Israel treats her allies no different from her enemies if its interests are threatened.

b)   It is by deception and outright lies, that Israel wages war.

  1. Not for nothing is, “by way of deception” the motto of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence unit. The attack against the Turkish ship and the Turks is thus typical of the Israelis. They knew and yet they shot to kill the Turks with live bullets. Given this sordid history, it comes as no surprise that President Obama chose to express regrets instead of condemnation of the murder of the nine passengers, one of whom was an American citizen of Turkish descent. He was only nineteen years old. Tony Blair, the war criminal and the so-called Special Peace Envoy for the Quartet for the Middle East declared that Israel was acting in self-defence when it attacked the passenger ship Mavi Marmara and hijacked the entire flotilla to the port of Ashdod.

A question remains to be answered – Did President Obama know in advance of the attack on Mavi Marmara and give his consent just as President Johnson did when Israel attacked Egypt in 1967 in the six-day war?

  1. It is inconceivable that the intelligence services of the United States were unaware of such plans by the Israeli military.  The President of the United States is briefed daily by the intelligence services.  And given the special relationship between Israel and the United States, it would be naive to think that Israel would not share intelligence regarding what they consider their mutual security interests. In the just concluded visit by Netanyahu to the White House,  the prime minister remarked that:

“There is a depth and richness of this relationship that is expressed every day. Our teams talk. We don’t make it public… What is not told is the fact we have an enduring bond of values, interests, beginning with security and the way we share both information and other things to help the common defence of our common interests. The President said it best in his speech in Cairo. He said it in front of the entire Islamic world, he said, the bond between Israel and the United States is unbreakable. And I can affirm that to you today.”

30. Yet, the Muslim world continues to be taken in by President Obama’s rhetoric that he is committed to change and he is for peace. His actions contradict his spoken words, for upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama then escalated the war in Afghanistan, a war started by President GW Bush. It is not surprising that the UN chose not to allow a debate on Malaysia’s resolution condemning Israel for its dastardly acts.

  1. Given this reaffirmation by President Obama and Netanyahu, we must not be deluded into believing that there will be peace, genuine peace in the Middle East anytime soon. On the contrary, war preparations are in place. The same lies have been repeated. Have we not heard the same refrain, that Israel’s very existence is threatened by her neighbours? A thief shouting thief as he runs away with the booty is a most effective way of deflecting focus on his thieving. That is Israel’s strategy.
  1. Iraq was accused of having weapons of mass destruction so as to appear to be a threat to Israel’s existence. Israel demanded that Iraq be invaded and its people subjugated. And so in 2003, Iraq was invaded. But as we now know Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Iraq was attacked because the plans for the invasion of Iraq were laid much earlier. In 1996, the then prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu commissioned the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies to prepare a blue print to enable Israel to be the dominant regional power in the Middle East. The report, A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm sets out the new paradigm for Israel. According to its authors, the centerpiece of the recommendations was the removal of Saddam Hussein as the first step in remaking the Middle East into a region friendly to Israel. Their plan also signaled a radical departure from the peace-oriented policies of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by a member of an extreme right-wing Israeli group.
  1. One of the pillars of this new policy was the abandonment of the “comprehensive peace” with the entire Arab world. Israel’s new strategy would be to work jointly with Jordan and Turkey to “contain, destabilise, and roll-back” those entities that were regarded as threats to all three (i.e. Israel, Turkey and Jordan), firstly by destroying Iraq and then Syria and finally Iran. This is the significance of Turkey in the overall scheme of Netanyahu under the “Clean Break” master plan.
  1. Now that Iraq and Saddam Hussein have been disposed, the target has shifted to Iran as Syria is seen to be a lesser threat. The world is made to believe once again the lie that Israel’s existence is being threatened by a nuclear armed Iran, notwithstanding that El Baradie, the former head of the IAEA had repeatedly stated that there is no evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.  President Bush had threatened Iran with tactical nuclear weapons. President Obama is no different for he has said that “all options are on the table” in confronting Iran.
  1. And once again, the United States at the instigation of Israel has compelled the UN Security Council to impose crippling sanctions to weaken the resolve of the Iranians to resist Israel’s aggressive designs. We can observe a pattern in the war preparations from recent examples, namely Iraq and Gaza. Broad sanctions were imposed on Iraq and Gaza to starve and weaken the people before the military invasion in 2003 and 2008 respectively. If the past is a precedent, then it is a matter of time before the war criminals in Israel and the United States launch another war of aggression, once Iran has been weakened by sanctions.
  1. However, Israel may have miscalculated the willingness of Turkey to be a partner in its grand design to contain Iran and Syria as envisaged in the Clean Break blue print.  As it stands at the present moment, the encirclement of Iran – Afghanistan in the East, occupied Iraq in the West and Turkey in the North rests on shaky foundations. But this may not deter the warmongers from attempting to fulfill their design for a “New Middle-East”.  There is already a map showing how the Middle East would be carved out to serve Israel’s strategic interests.
  1. It is left to be seen whether Israel’s blood lust for wars of conquest can be accomplished without Turkey as part of the equation as stipulated in the Clean Break blue print. Turkey has demanded that Israel apologises for the brutal murder of its nationals, failing which Turkey would sever diplomatic relations with Israel. Presently, Turkey has ceased all military collaboration with Israel and a few days ago had declared that Israeli military planes are no longer allowed to enter Turkey’s airspace.  It is early to say whether these are temporary misalignments or potential major paradigm shifts in the foreign policy of Turkey.
  1. The recent actions of prime minister Erdogan provide grounds for hope that the forces for peace can forge a broad alliance to isolate Israel and thwart its grand design to wage wars of aggression to establish a Greater Israel and to be the undisputed regional power. The public dressing down of Shimon Peres, the President of Israel at the World Economic Forum by premier Erdogan was unprecedented as even the President of the United States has not dared to rebuke publicly any Israeli leaders.
  1. It is in the context of this geopolitical matrix that we must applaud the courageous leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan in supporting the efforts of IHH peace activists on board the Mavi Marmara as part of the Freedom Flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. The supreme sacrifice by the nine Turkish peace activists will not be in vain, as by their deaths, the true nature of the Zionist regime, its barbarity and ugliness has been laid bare before the world:

Israel is…

A brutal regime that has no respect for international law;

A brutish regime that has no qualms in murdering unarmed civilians on a humanitarian mission;

A brutish regime that has created the largest open prison in the world, the enslavement of 1.5 million people within its borders, through blockade and economic sanctions of Gaza;

A brutish regime that brainwashes its young to be mindless killers of unarmed civilians, men, women and children;

A brutish regime that practices apartheid.

A brutish regime that wages wars through deception and lies.

A brutish regime that practices and fosters state terrorism.

  1. When the Perdana Global Peace Organisation visited Cyprus in July 2009 to collaborate with the activists of the free Gaza Movement, we did not expect that our idea of a flotilla of cargo ships and passenger boats manned by volunteers from all over the world would have such an impact on the conscience of world leaders who before had stood aloof and cared not for the sufferings of the Palestinians. Following the invasion of Gaza in December 2008, more than 1,400 civilians, men, women and children, in fact mainly children were slaughtered, over 20,000 homes were destroyed, schools and hospitals were levelled to the ground. Many countries pledged billions in aid, but the pledges were not translated into concrete action to alleviate the sufferings of the Palestinians in Gaza. It was hypocrisy at its very worst.
  1. While world leaders turned their backs on Gaza, peace activists the world over came together to challenge the might of Israel and expose their crimes.  George Galloway started the Viva Palestina Land Convoy which smashed the land blockade and brought hundreds of truckloads of aid to Gaza.   The Free Gaza Movement had more humble beginnings. They started by sending small fishing boats to break the sea blockade. On one occasion, their boat was rammed and the volunteers were thrown into the sea to drown. On another occasion, fully armed Israeli commandos boarded their boat, The Spirit of Humanity and hijacked it to Israel. The world took scant notice of these happenings.
  1. We realised that small fishing boats would not do and that a flotilla of cargo ships and passenger boats would be needed to challenge Israel’s navy. And as they say, the rest is history. Malaysia’s contribution in this effort was the purchase of a cargo ship and two passenger boats, the former named after the courageous American peace activist Rachel Corrie who was crushed to death by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she acted as a human shield to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes in 2003. She gave her life so that others could live in freedom and with dignity. Her country had forgotten her, but we were moved by her determination and sacrifice to free the Palestinians.

43. Imbued with the spirit of Rachel Corrie, our Irish colleagues – Jenny and Derek Graham nurtured and brought back to life the abandoned cargo ship MV Linda and appropriately renamed her MV Rachel Corrie. The ship was abandoned by her owners and was auctioned for 70,000 Euros. She set sail for Gaza on 14th May and immediately encountered problems. She had a broken propeller shaft and had to dock for repairs. She could not join the flotilla in time and so the flotilla led by the Mavi Marmara set sail for Gaza.

  1. Following her repairs, the Rachel Corrie, determined as ever, headed for Gaza. On board were five Irish volunteers Derek and Jenny Graham and my good friend Denis Halliday, the former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations as well as the Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead McGuire. There were six Malaysians, two representatives from the Perdana Global Peace Organisation, a Member of Parliament, a volunteer from the Ministry of Information and two TV3 journalists.
  1. Rachel Corrie was all alone, sailing at a mere 8 knots but she never waivered in her resolve to reach Gaza. After the massacre of the nine Turkish nationals on board the Mavi Marmara, massive disinformation was initiated against Rachel Corrie. It was rumoured that she had turned tail and headed back for Ireland. Another report stated that she was heading for the safe haven of Cyprus and might even head for Turkey. This propaganda was made notwithstanding that the Captain and his crew together with all the activists on board had declared in a press statement that in honour of the martyrs they were more determined than ever to sail towards Gaza and bring badly needed aid, comprising of cement, medicine and equipment, toys and educational materials.
  1. Knowing that Israel had just massacred nine passengers and wounded many more and that Israeli commandos may act similarly, Rachel Corrie and her passengers were not deterred and were ready to face Israeli brutality. Israel deployed four naval ships, two fast patrol boats and six zodiacs to intercept and hijack the Rachel Corrie to Israel. This was an act of cowardice by the Israelis – to deploy naval ships and armed commandos to hijack a small cargo ship with unarmed passengers and crew. By this single act of defiance, Rachel Corrie exposed Israeli cowardice to the world.
  1. This is but a beginning in our collective efforts to bring peace to the long suffering Palestinians. Israel under tremendous international pressure declared that it would be easing the blockade and would allow more aid to enter Gaza. Israel must take us for fools to believe in her lies.
  1. Let us not forget that Netanyahu is the prime minister of Israel, the same man who in 1996 commissioned the blue print, the Clean Break which rejected a comprehensive peace in the Middle East and opted for war – to be precise the destruction of Iraq, Iran and Syria so as to impose peace on its own terms. The present policy of Israel is but the continuation of the strategies laid down in that blue print.
  1. Israel has succeeded in destroying Iraq and emboldened by this success is now moving to the next phase of the blue print, the destruction of Iran. The time tested modus operandi of imposing harsh sanctions followed by a vicious invasion has already started.  In the just concluded visit to the White House, Netanyahu made the following remarks at the joint press conference with President Obama. He said with regard to sanctions on Iran:

“I think the sanctions the President signed the other day actually have teeth. They bite. The question is – how much do you need to bite is something I cannot answer now. But if other nations adopt similar sanctions, that would increase the effect.”

  1. Let us be very clear. Sanctions amount to laying siege, to starve and weaken the enemy. It pays to remind ourselves of what Dov Weisglass, an Israeli aid to Prime Ministers, said of sanctions;

“The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet but not to make them die of hunger.”

The invasion would meet with little resistance after that. This is the US’ and Israeli strategy. It is a strategy based on cowardice.

51. But in spite of two years of sanctions against Gaza before the preceding invasion of December 2008 an invasion which lasted until mid-January 2009, the Gazans withstood the siege. The Palestinians were not so easily cowed.

  1. Hence the blockade of food and medicine. It is not about preventing arms from reaching Gaza. The blockade of the food, medicine and cement convoy is about weakening the people of Gaza for the next orgy of slaughter. Israel and the United States have no intention to see a Palestinian State and for the Palestinians to live side by side with the Israelis. Netanyahu has not said since becoming the prime minister of Israel that he has abandoned the Clean Break blue print, and neither has President Obama demanded that he should.
  1. The warmongers continue to propagate that the ideological enemy of the West is Islam and the Zionist controlled mass media have not ceased their efforts to demonise Muslims. In the circumstances, the path for all of us, the peace loving people of the world, is clear. We must be vigilant and be prepared to resist any attempt by the warmongers to unleash another war, be it with Iran, Syria and or any other country.
  1. We must pursue with greater vigour our efforts to criminalise war. War is mass killing, is massacre and must be made a crime.  It is heartening to note that recently, the International Criminal Court is also of the view that war of aggression is a crime, but the United States under the present leadership of President Obama opposed vehemently this noble initiative. So once again, we are being confronted with the inevitable conclusion – there is no change, the status quo remains and for these leaders war is their preferred option.
  1. In the circumstances, we must strive to create a broad coalition for peace and to expose and resist the grand designs of these warmongers. Rachel Corrie and Mavi Marmara have shown the way. The NGOs and the volunteers have cleared the path. We must build on this momentum and surge forward. We must call upon all governments not to be hypocritical and stand up to this rogue State called Israel.
  1. Israel cannot be allowed to continue in its present path and exist as an Apartheid state. Just as the world would not stand for a White South Africa, it should also not allow an apartheid state to continue its oppression of the Palestinians. We will struggle for as long as it takes.

We will break the siege.

Palestine will be liberated from Israeli oppression.

Thank you.

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