North Korea shells South Korea

 

At 230pm South Korean time, North Korean military forces started shelling South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong. 200 rounds were fired from long range artilery and so far 2 deaths were recorded and 15 other are injured.

South Korea warns North Korea it will ‘sternly retaliate’ to any further provocation

South Korea has warned North Korea it would “sternly retaliate” to any further provocations after dozens of shells were fired at a South Korean island.

By Peter Foster, Beijing 9:41AM GMT 23 Nov 2010

Two South Korean marines were killed and 17 others injured, as well as three civilians, after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow sea, 50 miles off the South’s northwest coast in an area close to a disputed sea border.

The attack, which comes days after it emerged that North Korea was pressing ahead with its illegal nuclear programme, marks a serious further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

A presidential statement said the shelling “constitutes a clear armed provocation.”

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There is a population of 1,200 on that border island and exist a South Korean military installation.

These are the photos received via e mail from South Korea:

This latest skirmish is believed to be a reaction against the series of military exercises organised jointly by South Korea and United States, which is actually a reaction from the sinking of South Korean offshore patrol vessel Cheonan on 26 March 2010, whilst patrolling on the South Korean side of the Yellow Sea.

Few days ago, it was revealed that North Korea is actively re-enriching the uranium plant in Yongbyon. South Korea and its allies which include the United States and Japan were fast to react, which include diplomatic threats.

 

The Guardian:

South Korea considers return of US tactical nuclear weapons

Defence minister hints at deploying US weapons on his country’s soil for first time since 1991 after news of North Korean plant

North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility
A 4 November satellite image shows the site of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility. Photograph: Digitalglobe/Getty ImagesSouth Korea‘s defence minister today raised the possibility that USnuclear weapons could be deployed in his country for the first time in nearly 20 years, after it was revealed that Pyongyang had built an advanced uranium enrichment plant.
Kim Tae-young was speaking to a parliamentary committee about theNorth Korea plant, when he was asked whether the government would consider the return of US tactical weapons for the first time since they were withdrawn by President George Bush Sr in 1991.
He replied that the matter would be “reviewed” by a joint US-Korean committee on deterrence set up last month. His remarks drew attention as the issue has been treated as taboo in the highly-charged atmosphere of the Korean peninsular.
Korean government officials were anxious to play down the significance of his comments, and insisted the taboo remained in place. A Korean defence ministry statement said the redeployment of nuclear weapons had not so far been raised. The Pentagon said there were no immediate plans to redeploy nuclear weapons in South Korea.
The US envoy on Korea, Stephen Bosworth, who was in Seoul for talks on the deteriorating situation, also said that talks were still possible, despite the discovery of the plant, which was shown to an American nuclear scientist by the North Koreans earlier this month.
“This is not a crisis, we are not surprised,” Bosworth said, on the first leg of an east Asia tour. Asked whether six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear programmes could be salvaged, he said: “My crystal ball is foggy but I would never declare any process dead. We have hope that we will be able to resuscitate [them].”
Even before the visit of Siegfried Hecker, the former chief of the US nuclear weapons laboratory at Los Alamos, to the North Korea enrichment plant, the US and South Korea had insisted that the regime would have to cease other nuclear activities and apologise for thesinking of a South Korean warship before the stalled six-party negotiations could resume.
Hecker said the enrichment plant at Yongbyon, near Pyongyang, had up to 2,000 centrifuges and was surprisingly modern. He said it appeared to be designed for the production of low enriched nuclear fuel for power stations, but acknowledged it could easily be reconfigured to make highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons
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It is not known how the attack is resulted directly from the Cheonan and new developments at Yongbyon. However, creating a military tension is never good even for Malaysia which is over 3,500 miles away. The South Korean President is slated to come to Kuala Lumpur for his inaugural visit in two and half weeks time. It should be a boon to bi-lateral relations and business.

If this military tension persist, then the visit might not happen soon.

 

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 17:43  Leave a Comment  

When will KJ answer?

 

The most notorious son-in-law and father-in-law in Malaysian political history

Rembau MP YB Tuan Haji Khairy Jamaluddin has yet to answer several questions:

What does Khairy do for a living?

Is he a businessman, business owner, business developer, “mister fixer” or plain commission agent?

If he is any of these, what business is he involved?

Can he be transparent about it?

Seriously, these are pertinent questions that Khairy needs to answer. Record shows that he and rogue media personality Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan were substantial shareholders of stock-broking firm ECM Libra in late 2005, which acquisition of a  much larger public listed firm Avenue Capital Resource Bhd. in mid 2006 deemed a highly controversial deal. Neither of them had any experience what so ever in banking, investment banking and/or corporate experience to not only sit as executives of firms with huge asset which include cash and other liquid forms but also significantly played the role for ECM Libra-Avenue (then it was called) to get a full universal stock broking license from SC.

Then it was announced sometime in August the same year Khairy and Riong Kali relinquished their holdings. A few months later, Riong Kali went back into ECM Libra. It is a strong suspicion that Khairy had some degree of stake holdings with the re-entry of Riong Kali back into the new investment bank that the former helped to create from once down trodden Bumiputera Securities Sdn. Bhd.

 

If this photo is genuine, then it is a lifestyle no longer acceptable especially for a Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia

Imagine the opportunities that arisen from this, even though he was playing the role of an ‘invisible partner’. Not only he has the advantage of being ‘stealth’, the ‘world of businesses derviced from GLCs’ with his influence on father-in-law PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the notorious ‘Level Four Boys’ is immensely lucrative. For the record, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ remarried shortly after Riong Kali’s re-entry into ECM Libra-Avenue.

Lets say we took that at face value then. Khairy did sell out. What did Khairy do with the proceed of the sale?

Did he put it an income yielding deposits or investments?

Did he roll that into another business?

If so, what is the new business?

Being “An employed man” at the raw age of 30, Khairy certainly had and still having a good life and somewhat luxurious lifestyle. He resides in one of the most wealthiest neighbourhood in West Kuala Lumpur where raw land could easily fetch a value of RM 400.00 psf.  He staged a team back in 2006 to challenge the national team in soccer. (It was heart wrenching to see Malaysians cheer MyTeam and  boo-ing the national team wearing the Jalur Gemilang in the Stadium Nasional, in a game sanctioned by the Federal Government via Ministry of Youth and Sports and attended by the Prime Minister).

 

KJ appearing in a gay-centric fashion magazine cover. What a suspicious feat which could be reflective of a bizarre lifestyle

His lifestyle does not reflect his limited work experience. He had a short stint with The Economists before he joined then PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Special Functions Officer when the latter was appointed Minister of Home Affairs in late 1999. Soon after the thumping success of 11GE April 2004, Khairy was alleviated to the newly created post of Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Private Office. After loads of complaints of him and his meddling into executive affairs (even by PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s staunchest long time supporters), he left office in 2005 to be an “Investment Banker”.

Then he went seriously into mainstream politics. He contested as a BN candidate for Rembau Parliamentary seat in the 12 GE and later vied for the post of UMNO Youth Head in the party elections later in the same year. That must be a really expensive proposition to venture. Despite getting the lowest nominations derived at grassroot Division level during the preliminaries against two other candidates, Khairy turned out as the victor gaining 304 votes of the 800 odd casted at the UMNO Youth delegates balloting on 25 March 2009.

 

The most controversial win in UMNO Youth Head contest history

Considering that he was reprimanded by the UMNO Disciplinary Board but was not sentenced to any punishment, his ascension to the UMNO Youth Head (an UMNO Vice President level) did not come easy. When he was first presented during the UMNO General Assembly the next day, the majority of the delegates boo-ed him as if he was spurned away like a rabid dog.

He possibly cannot maintain his current lifestyle with his RM 6,500.00 pay (called allowance) as an MP. He could probably claim an equal amount for communications, transportation and accommodation. Does Khairy have a minder or minders?

Malaysians especially UMNO members must know who this minder or minders are. Are they Malaysians? Are they Malays? Or are they persons who are acting on behalf of ‘outside forces’. What sort of influence being exerted into Khairy’s call and political maneuvers. Especially when he consorts with tainted personalities like Riong Kali, who is a known ‘Singaporean Stooge’.

UMNO must not only have clean leaders, they must also be perceived to be clean. Khairy already have had attracted too much of negative attention towards UMNO/BN. Khairy is the single next most frequent name mentioned at large and sundry whenever how and why BN  in record breaking lost 5 + 1 states and 2/3 majority of the Dewan Rakyat on 28 March 2008.

Its time for these questions to be answered in the open, which include his relationship and involvement in AirAsia and all Dato’ Seri Tony Fernandes’s businesses. AirAsia is a Malaysian domicile and managed airline listed in Bursa Malaysia which is actually 53% foreign owned and in the past been countless bane for the national carrier Malaysia Airlines. It started with the ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’ in mid 2006 where PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah upon the ‘advice’ of ‘Level Four Boys’ hived off almost all domestic routes (except for 19) which include the highly subsidised Rural Air Service away to the carrier which tried so hard to be a ‘national carrier’ status.

We have asked these questions before.  Last December we announced here in BigDogDotCom “The game’s afoot”. We have never laid down arms against Khairy’s further ascension onto power.

For UMNO’s survival, everyone must know who Khairy really is and what he is made of. UMNO could and should no longer afford to nurture another Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim. In many ways, Khairy’s meteoric progression and ability to ‘pander to the gallery’ within UMNO is almost following the footprints of former-abuse-0f-power-c0nvict Anwar. Both were equally ambitious, manipulative and have the tendency to be inconsistent, even on issues about the Malays.

 

The depiction of a "BN Samseng" is a visual most common used to describe Khairy

Inadvertently, for all these unanswered suspicions about YB Tuan Haji Khairy Jamaluddin MP clearly demonstrate that he does not belong in Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration in any capacity despite he is the UMNO Youth Head and de facto BN Youth Head.

 

*This article is about Khairy Jamaluddin and all unanswered questions and ambiguities about the man. Please keep the debates focused on the article. Thank you

 

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 13:57  Comments (15)