Taste of own medicine

Loudmouth low class carrier operator Tony Fernandes is getting a real slap of his face, on top of a run for his money. The NADI-Lion Air new joint venture hybrid budget airliner Malindo Airways is set to be a major airlines in the region.

Reuters take on this:

Lion Air to launch Malaysia-based budget airline

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A brand new Boeing 737-900 ER series plane is seen before take off during its official launch by Indonesia's Lion Air at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta April 30, 2007. REUTERS/Crack Palinggi

By Siva Sithraputhran

KUALA LUMPUR | Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:37pm IST

(Reuters) – Indonesia’s Lion Air will set up a new low-cost airline based in Malaysia, it said on Tuesday, a challenge to dominant budget carrier AirAsia Bhd as Southeast Asia’s growing middle class fuels demand for cheap flights.

The new carrier, Malindo Airways, will begin flights between Indonesia and Malaysia next May with a fleet of 12 Boeing 727 aircraft which it plans to expand to 100 planes within a decade, Lion Air President Rusdi Kirana told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

The move is the latest in a burgeoning rivalry between Lion Air and Malaysia-based AirAsia as strong economic growth and rising incomes spur rapid passenger growth among Asian low-cost carriers, helping to shield Western planemakers from the malaise gripping developed economies.

“Malindo is an opportunity to tap a robust market that is right for the entry of a new low-cost carrier,” Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said at the launch event.

AirAsia (AIRA.KL) has made inroads into Lion Air’s home market, announcing in July it would make its first major acquisition by buying Indonesia’s Batavia Air.

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said in May his group was looking to list its Indonesian operations by the first quarter of next year as it moves its regional base to Indonesia.

In contrast with other budget carriers, Malindo Airways will have in-flight entertainment, extra legroom and free light meals, as well as low fares, Kirana said. Its hub will be Malaysia’s new budget terminal, KLIA 2, which is currently under construction.

“I should be selling at what AirAsia is selling, or I may sell lower,” Kirana told reporters, referring to ticket prices. He did not say how much Lion Air was investing in the new carrier.

Lion Air has a 49 percent stake in the airline, a joint venture with Malaysia’s privately held National Aerospace & Defense Industries Sdn Bhd, which holds the majority 51 percent

Despite Asia’s increasingly crowded budget carrier field, Kirana said there was still a need for “two or three more airlines with specific business models” by 2013.

The two firms’ rivalry is also part of a battle between dominant manufacturers Boeing (BA.N) and Europe’s Airbus (EAD.PA), which are favoured by Lion and AirAsia respectively.

Lion Air ordered 230 Boeing short-haul jets worth $22 billion last November to take its total orderbook to more than 400 planes. Sources told Reuters last week that AirAsia is close to a deal to buy up to 100 Airbus jets, closely on the heels of its record order for 200 last year. (Writing by Stuart Grudgings; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

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Lion Air would be the largest airlines operation in the region. CEO Pak Rusdi Kirana is hinting that they could offer cheaper tickets but with much better products, compared to AirAsia. Naturally, the now bullish Malindo Airways would be a major threat against AirAsia, even when Fernandes says its not.

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11 September 2012 | last updated at 09:46PM

‘Malindo Airways will not pose threat to AirAsia’

AirAsia Chief Executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has welcomed the new low-cost airline in Malaysia, Malindo Airways, but dismissed that the new budget carrier will be a potential threat to AirAsia Bhd, Asia’s largest frills-free airline.

He said the formation of Malindo Airways clearly indicated the growing importance of budget carriers in the global aviation industry, particularly in Malaysia and in the Asean region, in tandem with the Asean Open Skies Policy, which will come into force in 2015.
“I welcome Malindo Airways’ establishment. AirAsia had always wanted Asean to be opened up. This is a good step,” he told Bernama.
Fernandes quashed claims that Malindo Airways would force AirAsia to bow to pressure due to the keen competition in Indonesia.
He said neither the airline nor the joint-venture partners of Malindo Airways posed any threat to AirAsia’s vast airline network in the Asian region.
“The new airline is not an issue for us in AirAsia. We have competed in a country like Malaysia which has a strong airline such as the Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
“We also have in hand a strong team for AirAsia, AirAsia X and AirAsia Indonesia. I am proud of what we have and we will continue to grow.
“We are building a global brand and I don’t think that something like this (the new airline) will slow us down,” added Fernandes, who is now based in Jakarta, overseeing AirAsia’s Asean region operations.
AirAsia Malaysia is now headed by Aireen Omar.
National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (NADI) and PT Lion Grup today signed a joint-venture agreement to form Malindo Airways which will begin operations on May 1 at KLIA2 in Sepang.
The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The budget carrier will take off with a fleet of 12 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to destinations between big cities in Malaysia and Indonesia before expanding to other Asian countries.
Malindo Airways is considering offering low fares, even lower than AirAsia, in addition to the in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity in all of its aircraft. — Bernama

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Malindo’s initial investment of 12 world’s most popular and reliable airlines workhorse, the most recent B737 model from Boeing; B737-900. It could fly 160-170 passengers from this region to any East or West Asia destination in a single hop. In time, it would not be a surprise if Malindo Airways starts to fill-in the gap on point-to-point markets, against Malaysia Airlines’ or Garuda’s traditional hub-to-hub operations.

A promising bullish market for budget airlines market, but offering better products against current low regional low cost carriers would probably see Malindo Airways expand to 100 aircrafts within ten years.

As a full service airliner with state-of-the-art entertainment system, wifi and mobile phone connectivity (coupled with a choice of  business class option) but at budget ticket price, definitely the highly popular regional low cost carrier AirAsia  would be a lesser choice for passengers. Malindo will be operating from KLIA2 from May next year. At this point of time, AirAsia has yet to confirm their date and schedule to move their operations from KLIA LCC Terminal.

Lion Air B737-900. Malindo Air would be operating this model

This joint venture is very strategic for Malaysia Airports. Lion Air soon will be operating 220 B737s and would be the largest airlines in Indonesia. Eventually it would number 400. The market for the fourth most populated nation in the world is tremendous. If some of this market is being channeled through KLIA for a third destination, it would add more business for Malaysia Airports and indirectly, Malaysia’s tourism earnings.

Analyst already predict that Indonesian air travelers would increase by 52% by 2015. The steady promising growth is projected in Lion Air’s order of 22o aircrafts from Boeing.

Lion Air’s growth and potential is really promising. The airlines is serving Jakarta-Jeddah sector with 500 seater B747-400s. As the market grow, it is expected that Lion Air acquire suitable aircrafts which include wide body to serve  right destinations. This is unlike AirAsia which intercontinental AirAsia X is already showing problems and has been canceling what deemed to be lucrative routes such London and Paris.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s strong endorsement to a competitor against AirAsia, Malindo Airways

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak officiated the new hybrid-budget airlines this afternoon. It is a demonstration of a strong endorsement, in the spirit of Malaysia-Indonesia brotherhood and regional ASEAN co-operation ahead of the Open Sky policy beginning 2015.

“This will fortify the airlines business in the region”.

This is also a strong message to the arrogant and incurably annoying Fernandes for his grandstanding upon the ‘AirAsia-Malaysia Airlines share-swap’ last August where the latter was suckered to pay RM 18 million for lousy Queen’s Park Rangers sponsorship.

This serves Fernandes well. Especially after Fernandes’s sordid attempt to do an ‘Airport Spring’ against Malaysia Airports, which is a GLC under Khazanah Holdings Bhd. last December. And recently in May when the ‘share-swap’ signed on 9 August last year was overturned in a scheme which only lasted 36 weeks, Fernandes threatened to take his operations to Jakarta. It is obvious soon to be largest airlines in Indonesia has better faith in Malaysia compared to Fernandes.

‘Airport Spring’: Fernandes’s morbid attempt for passengers ‘uprising’ against MAHB

This is a third slap on Fernandes’s face as he tried to grow bigger into the Indonesian carrier’s market by acquiring a much lesser carrier Batavia Air.

Fernandes also failed in his attempt to hoodwink everyone for his failed Formula One team, once upon he wanted to be known as Team 1 Malaysia and ‘Lotus’.

The acid-test for Fernandes is straight forward. AirAsia placed a huge order of 200 A320 Neos. If any aircrafts from this order is passed over to another carrier, is a sign that the confidence for their ultra-bullish market growth projection is threatened. AirAsia X already has problems on routes assignment with their current order of A330s.

Even Virgin Supremo Sir Richard Branson quit on AirAsia X.

This is the way forward where Fernandes lost. For those who are bullish about AirAsia under Fernandes’s watch, the ‘good old days’ and as Datuk Rockey put it, “Honeymoon years” are numbered. Prime Minister Najib has never lend this much support for AirAsia, nor Fernandes. Not even when Fernandes was grand-standing for the Batavia Air acquisition.

*Updated Wednesday 12 September 200am

Wall Street Journal just reported that Pak Rusdi announced in Kuala Lumpur that Lion Air increased the order of B787-8 Dreamliners by ten. Some of these planes would be in the service of newly formed Malindo Airways.

Published in: on September 11, 2012 at 22:30  Comments (26)  

New education blueprint unveiled

The six attributes, which will be incorporated into the 11 shift initiatives for the education transformation plan

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak promised that one of the initiatives in his ‘transformation’ agenda is to revamp and re-engineer the education system. The aspirations of the Malaysia education still pertaining to access, quality, equity, efficiency and unity. Six new attributes would be the basis of this 11 shits in the education system, in the initiative to make it a more solid plan to develop future Malaysians.

11 September 2012 | last updated at 12:31PM

New education blueprint goes beyond politics

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KUALA LUMPUR : The new education blueprint is not partisan in nature and extends beyond politics, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

NEW EDUCATION BLUEPRINT
Pupils at SJK (C) Yih Min, Simpang Empat in Alor Setar doing last minute revisions before they enter the exam hall to sit for the UPSR examination. NSTP/ Lim Poh Chin

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“The plan, which in my opinion is futuristic, bold, transparent,  comprehensive and democratic in nature, is made to make every Malaysian child to realise his God’s given talent.
“I say democratic because the plan was lined up following input from various parties of interest including individuals, NGOs and education bodies,” said Najib after launching the blueprint at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Plenary Hall here today.
The plan is an early draft, which is expected to be produced in the Cabinet and passed this coming December.
The Education Ministry will for the next three months, hold “open houses” to enable the public to observe the plan and get clarifications regarding any queries they may have.
“The end result will be a plan that fulfills the people’s dreams and aspirations” added Najib.
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The five pillars of Malaysian education system

Prime Minister Najib that the nation needed a creative and innovative solution for education that would require participation and sacrifices from all segments of society. The thrusts of the new economy is knowledge, innovation, technology and infused with creativity.

The eleven shifts outlined are:

Prime Minister Najib also made specific comments about the necessary role of English, to propel Malaysians forward without at the expense of Bahasa Kebangsaan.

English not a zero-sum game says Najib

By Lee Wei Lian
September 11, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — Mastering English does not mean that the national language will lose out said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

This comes after bilingualism was endorsed in the new national education masterplan launched today that will run from 2013-2025.

The prime minister said that a command of the English language was a valuable asset and it needed to be taught using English literature.

“If we can’t start with Shakespeare, start with Enid Blyton, then move on to Shakespeare light and finally Shakespeare,” said Najib.

He added that Malaysians if possible should even learn three languages.

“I encouraged my son to learn Mandarin,” he said. “This is because we want a competitive edge.”

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“Education policy shouldn’t be a populist effort and everyone should depoliticize education”, said Prime Minister Najib. He already reiterated that Federal Government would bring about the best returns on money spend for education.

Prime Minister Najib also cautioned about the ‘value system’ should be inculcated in the education system, to prepare Malaysians in the future to be better people.

Part of the investments in this announced Education Blueprint include better education assets and development programs for educators, especially teachers.

Published in: on September 11, 2012 at 12:37  Comments (3)  

Patriotism yang semakin tiris

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

Pengisian mengenai pengorbanan, perjuangan dan sejarah pahit getir pejuang sebenar Kemerdekaan dikalangan generasi muda Malaysia adalah meleset dan membimbangkan. Rata rata kemampuan mereka memahami dan menyelami sejarah amatlah mengecewakan. Sikap sambil lewa juga menjadikan keadaan semakin runcing.

Pejuang anti-Kominis yang amat cemerlang Mantan Ketua Polis Negara Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar memberikan komen mengenai pengertian ‘Patriotism’ pada konteks rakyat Malaysia generasi ini, 55 tahun selepas mencapai Kemerdekaan.

Patriotisme: ‘Salah kita yang tua’, kata Haniff Omar

WARTAWAN SINAR HARIAN
10 September 2012

Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan & Hari Malaysia
SHAH ALAM – “ANAK muda kini tidak patriotik langsung!” Tentu kita pernah mendengar rungutan ini. Tetapi adakah adil untuk terus menyalahkan segelintir golongan muda kerana mereka gagal memperlihatkan jiwa patriotisme?

Menjawab persoalan ini, Presiden Institut Pengurusan Malaysia, Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar berkata, masalah ini wujud kerana generasi sebelum mereka tidak memberikan pengisian dan teladan supaya generasi seterusnya menghayati erti mencintai negara.

“Berbezanya semangat patriotisme generasi lama yang lebih berkobar berbanding generasi baru antara sebabnya kerana generasi terdahulu secara kolektif tidak memberikan anak-anak muda kini pengisian dan teladan seperti mana yang telah mereka peroleh daripada orang-orang terdahulu.

“Malah, pendekatan yang diberikan kepada generasi baru berhubung pengertian sayangkan negara telah banyak menyimpang, kerana itu mereka juga menyimpang di dalam menterjemahkan pemahaman mengenai semangat patriotisme kepada negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, penekanan terhadap mata pelajaran sejarah dan kesusteraan serta intisari subjek tersebut juga sangat berbeza berbanding pengisian pengajaran yang diberikan semasa peringkat persekolah sebelum memasuki era kemodenan yang mana lebih menitik beratkan kebendaan dan kemewahan.

“Oleh kerana itu, tidak wajar menyalahkan generasi muda kerana asas yang kita berikan kepada mereka pada awal telah menyimpang,” katanya.

Beliau turut memetik kata-kata penulis Inggeris, John Selber dalam bukunya Straight Shooting, menyatakan ‘kenapa nak menyalahkan generasi baru apabila tidak menyamai kita setelah kita sendiri dan secara kolektif tidak memberikan mereka pengisian dan teladan sama seperti yang diberikan kepada kita oleh ibu bapa kita’.

Katanya, perbezaan generasi baru dengan generasi lama adalah semula jadi namun, apabila menyentuh soal sahsiah; akhlak; pegangan; dan nilai hidup, golongan ini tidak mungkin boleh jauh berbeza sekiranya pengisian didikan; ilmu; ajaran; dan persekitaran di mana mereka dibesarkan diberi penekanan kerana ciri-ciri pengisian inilah yang menentukan corak dan tahap patriotisme seseorang.

Mohammed Haniff yang sebelum ini menjawat jawatan sebagai Ketua Polis Negara keempat berkata, cara pendidikan dan pembelajaran baik yang ditinggalkan bekas penjajah British sepatutnya dicontohi.

“Seburuk-buruk pentadbiran dan pendidik-pendidik British dahulu, mereka mengajar dan menuntut supaya tahap tinggi kecintaan terhadap negara termasuk penghormatan kepada simbol-simbol negara bangsa serta orang-orang yang jelas berkorban jiwa raga demi negara.

“Pernah pegawai-pegawai tinggi British tabik hormat askar dan polis berpangkat rendah yang memakai bintang-bintang keberanian, tanpa segan silu. Mereka tabik hormat pada sifat, pengorbanan dan teladan wira-wira ini sebaliknya masyarakat sekarang lebih agongkan kekayaan dan kebendaan.

“Justeru, kita mesti balik ke pangkal jalan dengan melihat kembali bagaimana sejarah kita bermula,” katanya.

Rukun Negara digubal oleh pemimpin-pemimpin selepas peristiwa 13 Mei 1969 bagi menyatupadukan semula rakyat di bawah satu panji sifat-sifat mulia.

Namun, beliau berkata, setelah 15 hingga 20 tahun, pemimpin-pemimpin baru mengenepikan penekanan terhadap Rukun Negara ini sehingga berlaku keadaan di mana murid-murid kini tidak mengenali malah tidak menerimanya lagi.

“Sekarang ini baru nak mengenegahkanya semula. Persoalannya, untuk berapa lama? Begitu juga dengan sejarah penting yang tidak perjelaskan supaya dijiwai begitu juga dengan mata pelajaran kesusasteraan dibangku sekolah. Apakah karya-karya yang dipilih dapat membina semangat patriotisme?

“Selain itu, dalam membawa wadah perjuangan sebagai usaha memupuk semangat patriotisme, warganegara yang telah menyumbang dengan cara mereka tersendiri menerusi kudrat dan kecekapan bagi meningkatkan daya tahan saing negara tidak boleh dibelakangkan.

“Oleh itu, adalah penting untuk kita fahami konsep patriotisme khususnya di zaman rakyat merdeka dalam lingkungan dan parameter Perlembangaan negara,” katanya

Sekiranya perkara ini diambil mudah, katanya, ia akan menggalakkan patriot-patriot palsu seperti apa yang dikatakan penulis dan moralis mahsyur British pada abad ke-18 yang diterjemahkan sebagai, ‘Patriotisme adalah perlindungan terakhir bagi si bangsat’.

“Bersikap biadap dan liar bukan ciri-ciri patriotisme kerana ia boleh menghancurkan moral dan perpaduan rakyat termasuklah perbuatan lucah yang harus diperangi secara bersunguh-sunguh oleh rakyat yang mendokong Rukun Negara.

“Itu sebabnya hak asasi manusia memberikan hak untuk berhimpun secara aman tetapi bukan bebas melakukan apa saja. Soal kesusilaan itu penting. Perbuatan memijak atau membakar bendera dan simbol-simbol negara adalah perbuatan tanpa kesusilaan dan biadap. Selagi simbol itu lambang negara, suka atau tidak kita mesti menghormatinya,” katanya.

Namun, jika dengan memberi saranan atau mendesak perubahan dilakukan tanpa memudaratkan negara dan masyarakat ia tidak boleh disifatkan sebagai tidak patriotik kerana seperti di Kanada, negara itu katanya, pernah menukar bendera negaranya.

“Malah Australia juga pernah menukar lagu negara, Anthem tetapi semua itu dicadangkan dan dilakukan dengan penuh kesopanan dan kesusilaan. Pokoknya, perubahan yang dicadangkan mesti munasabah dan membina.

“Kalau perubahan bertujuan mengagongkan mereka yang dianggap majoriti sebagai musuh dan perosak negara, khususnya yang telah membunuh secara terrorisma, ini bukan patriotik sebaliknya anti-patriotik dan harus dihalang. Jika tidak dihalang boleh mengekal dan mengembangkan kaunter-kultur.

“Oleh itu, rakyat mesti pandai membezakan perbuatan dan pegangan ini sama ada kaunter-kultur yang mesti ditentang atau pun manifestasi keperluan perubahan sihat mengikut perubahan zaman,” katanya.

* Dapatkan laporan lengkap dalam Sinar Harian edisi Isnin, 10 September

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Ketirisan semangat patriotism ini mengakibatkan pihak minoriti seperti mereka yang wajar disifatkan sebagai Neo Min Yuen menangguk diair keruh dan menyuntik ideologi bahawa mereka berhaluan kiri dan mendukung perjuangan ganas kominis merupakan ‘Pejuang Kemerdekaan Sejati’.

Kegagalan memahami dan mendalami sejarah juga merupakan peluang dimanipulasikan anasir anasir Neo Min Yuen untuk menyuntik ideologi pihak berhaluan kiri seperti Putera-AMCJA untuk menyingkirkan Raja Raja Melayu dan sebaliknya menubuhkan republik di Tanah Melayu ini pada 1947. Ada pun dikalangan orang Melayu dalam kumpulan minoriti ini pada masa itu mahu Tanah Melayu merdeka dan bergabung dengan Indonesia dan menjadi sebahagian dari Gagasan Indonesia Raya.

Mereka yang berhaluan kiri ini lebih mirip menganjurkan revolusi menentang British untuk mencapai Kemerdekaan berbanding pendekatan nasionalis, yang lebih mengutamakan perundingan. Akibatnya, promoter Putera-AMCJA bersedia menyokong revolusi yang dibawa Parti Kominis Malaya dan mengorbankan nyawa dan harta benda, demi mendapai objektif mereka sebagai minoriti menguasai majoriti.

Tekanan yang dibuat golongan nasionalis, yang bergabung menjadi UMNO pada 11 Mei 1946 mendapat sokongan padu orang Melayu dan kemudianya Raja Raja untuk menentang racangan Whitehall untuk menjadi Tanah Melayu sebagai Crown Colony dibawah Malayan Union dan menghakis sepenuhnya kuasa dan peranan Raja Raja Melayu.  Kegagalan Malayan Union memberikan peluang bagi British berunding dengan Raja Raja Melayu dan UMNO diberikan taraf pemerhati. Hasilnya, ‘Perjanjian Tanah Melayu’ dimeterai antara British dan Raja Raja Melayu pada 21 Januari 1948 dimana hak orang orang Melayu sebagai ‘warga DYMM Raja Raja’ dijamin.

Apabila UMNO, mengetuai perkongsian dengan MCA dan MIC dan mendapat mandat majoriti warga Tanah Melayu dalam pilihanraya Majlis Perundingan Persekutuan pada 1955, mengunakan peluang untuk merundingkan ‘kontrak sosial’ dengan Raja Raja Melayu dan warga Bukan Melayu diberikan hak sebagai warganegara. Memenuhi hak naungan tradisi Raja Raja Melayu, Perlembagaan Tanah Melayu pasca Merdeka menjamin hak istimewa orang Melayu, Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan Tanah Melayu dan kedudukan dan peranan Raja Raja Melayu sebagai Ketua Perlembagaan dan simbol dan payung kepada adat resam orang Melayu.

Sistem yang ditinggalkan British dengan pengunduran berkala hasil dari Kemerdekaan yang dicapai dari proses perundingan banyak memberikan kesan positif kepada Tanah Melayu dan orang Melayu. Kesinambugan berjaya memberikan ruang pembinaan negara-bangsa dengan lebih tersusun dan progressif. Ini berbanding dengan negara serantau yang mencapai kemerdekaan mereka dengan proses revolusi dan mendadak.

Apaibila pihak pihak minoriti yang cuba menguasai aspirasi majoriti sedar mereka tidak akan mampu diberikan keyakinan mandat, maka mereka mengorak langkah dengan cuba memberikan interpretasi berbeza mengenai ‘Patriotism’ dan perjalanan sejarah. Ini termasuk mengagungkan puak berhaluan kiri, termasuk petualangan masyarakat seperti kominis, sebagai ‘Pejuang Kemerdekaan Sejati’.

Pembangkang sehingga berkempen untuk membawa pulang Ketua Pengganas Kominis Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng, yang merancang dan melaksanakan keganasan terhadap masyarakat Semenanjung Malaysia dari 1945 hingga 1989.

Ini adalah cara mereka untuk menyemai kebencian masyarakat terhadap UMNO sebagai ‘barua British’, terutama dari imaginasi golongan muda dan berdarah panas dan idealistik. Aikbat pemahaman sejarah negara ini lemah, mereka lebih mudah terpengaruh dengan dakyah dan drama palsu ini dan tertarik kepada intepretasi makna ‘patriotism’ dari konteks ‘mereka yang membawa perubahan’ termasuk revolusi.

Ini secocok dengan gerak-kerja Pembangkang, apabila perjuangan mereka tidak berlandaskan pembangunan dan kemajuan dan sebaliknya ‘Politik Kebencian’. Untuk mencapai objektif mereka, pemimpin Pembangkang sampai tergamak untuk menghina Raja Raja Melayu, Perlembagaan, bendera Jalur Gemilang, Islam sebagai agama Persektuan Malaysia dan anggota keselematan termasuk memfitnah Polis, tentera, Peguam Negara, SPRM dan sebagainya.

Negara akan runtuh sekiranya majoriti golongan muda tanah air ini terpengaruh dengan dakyah ‘patriotism’ palsu ini.

Published in: on September 10, 2012 at 18:47  Comments (8)  

Ready, aim…..

The YouTube video first uploaded by blogger Jiwa Paradox about a man believed to be Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, drawing his automatic pistol from a fleeing car in Kampung Rim, Jasin, Melaka on 8 September.

In the YouTube video, the man was in a black Toyota Camry leaving a scene as another man was running away in opposite direction from the fleeing car.

Zimbo, clearly taking aim against no one near him (probably a jeering crowd plus photographer/videographer) in a threatening act as the black Camry flees the scene

In slow motion, it is clear the man not only used his right hand to draw and took aim with the pistol but also used his left hand to support the aim. That should be construed as taking aim at a target just moments before pulling the trigger and had the intentions to discharge the weapon.

Then again there was no clear indication of any threat was eminent to the black Camry. The man in the black car’s action is a serious act of agression. In a situation of such crisis, that act warrants an act of self defence.

Supremo Journo-Blogger Datuk Rocky identified the man as Zimbo.

We hope there was a Police report made for this. This looks very serious, as is. Not too long ago, bodyguard to Anwar and PKR legal goons was quick to make a Police report against the Police for “An attempted murder” when they discharged teargas against Bersih protesters.

 

Published in: on September 9, 2012 at 21:00  Comments (13)  

Neo Min Yuens’ fear of history

National Operation Council (NOC) members (fr l to r) Chief of Defense Forces Gen Tan Sri Ibrahim Ismail, IGP Tun Mohamed Salleh Ismail, Chief Secretary to Foreign Ministry Tan Sri Ghazali Shafie, Works, Post & Telecoms Minister Tun V T Sambanthan, Home Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Deputy Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein, Finance Minister Tun Tan Siew Sin, Tan Sri Hamzah Abd Samah, Former Chief of Defense Forces Gen Tunku Osman Jewa, Chief Secretary to MINDEF Abd Kadir Shamsuddin and Abd Rahman Hamidon (Secretary of NOC)

A planned attack ahead of the public screening of Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba’s ‘Tanda Putera’ is already in play. ‘Tanda Putera’ is an effort to debunk Neo Min Yuens such as Dr Kua Kia Soong’s sordid attempt to distort history.

Dr Kua’s piece in Malaysiakini today:

Tanda Putera: Deconstructing prejudice

Kua Kia Soong • Sep 8, 12 3:13PTG

COMMENT I am in full agreement with the director of the forthcoming film ‘Tanda Putera’, Shuhaimi Baba, that we should withhold any critique of the film until we have seen it.

I have so far merely warned Malaysians about the record of the Barisan National in resurrecting the spectre of ‘May 13′ at every general election since 1969.

Others have protested against some of the images posted on the Facebook for the film. But judging from Shuhaimi’s interview, I am not too sanguine about her impartiality and capacity to discern fact from prejudice in a mature manner:

“When I first read Kua (Kia Soong’s) book, I thought what came out first and shining through was his prejudices against Malays and his resentment against the office of the prime minister then.

“His accusations – alluding to who was responsible for May 13 – that is, Tun Razak, was not only atrocious but irresponsible. But then he knows that, I am sure, since he’s more intelligent than most men, and he does it for effect and propaganda and to rile up Chinese sentiments.

“It was too easy for him. As a writer, he preferred to be biassed and did not shed any light on the riots but even considered the communists had nothing to do with it.

“His obvious biasness – not questioning why in Tunku’s own book, and later in an authorised biography of Tunku as late as 1990 – Tunku did not cast aspersions on Tun Razak.

“There were reports and books written by people who were not present during May 13. Some were based on third party reports.

“Yet in one publication, no mention was made that the writer was not in the country, the author did not point out he was not present but his comments and observations on May 13 were like a first-person report. Complete with prejudices against the Malays and the Malaysian government.

“How is it that this author can be quoted as a reliable source? He had deliberately, too, omitted details of what were the insulting behaviours towards the Malays before May 13.

“I find the NOC (National Operations Council) report on May 13, 1969, may not be as complete, but it was more useful and reliable because they were verified with statistics and signed support reports and documents.

“The NOC report was also verified by a committee appointed by Tun Ismail. The head of the committee was a person of high integrity. So that’s where I am coming from when I say I looked at all angles…”

Prejudices against Malays?

First, I would like to thank her for reading my book although I am very disappointed that she has drawn very odd conclusions from it.

I have read such accusations of my supposed “prejudices against Malays” among the mindless blogheads in cyberspace but I would expect better of an artist who seeks a reputation for integrity.

For a start, she fails to provide any evidence for my supposed “prejudices against the Malays and (my) resentment against the office of the prime minister”.

Many respected Malay intellectuals have critiqued my book and made no mention of it being “prejudiced against Malays”. I may be guilty of using class analysis in my writings but you will not find a more committed anti-racist crusader than me in this country…

The late Rustam Sani (bless his soul!) wrote in his blog on 13 May, 2007, after attending the launch of my book:

“May 13: A Sunday morning well-spent at the book launch. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that Kua had penned a very important book – indeed, to my mind, he has made “publishing history” of sorts.

“I came out of the book launch feeling only half-satisfied with the discussion that took place and half-pessimistic about the future.

“It did not, however, diminish my appreciation of Kua’s book as an important contribution to my understanding of Malaysia’s contemporary history, and for such interesting and thoughtful presentations by the guest speakers.”

Among the guest speakers was highly respected Malay intellectual, Professor Syed Husin Ali who disputed my “coup detat” thesis but he did not think that my book displayed “prejudices against the Malays”.

Azmi Sharom, writing in The Star on 31 May 2007, had this to say about the book:

“As with Kua’s earlier works, it is written in a passionate style that drives the narrative forward with a sense of urgency, so much so that reading it was a pleasure. I think that this is an important book.

“It raises issues and questions that challenge the official story of the riots and it adds new information that is vital if we as a nation are ever to truly understand that horrible period of our history.”

Again, he did not get the impression that I was “prejudiced against the Malays”. Likewise, my socialist comrade MHD Nasir Hashim has not mentioned to me that he finds my account “prejudiced against Malays” because he also subscribes to class analysis of society and history.

I am therefore dubious about the amount and the quality of research done by Ms Shuhaimi on May 13 and whether she seriously read my book.

She says that “no mention was made that the writer was not in the country, the author did not point out he was not present but his comments and observations on May 13 were like a first-person report.

Full May 13 story untold

First, my book uses declassified documents which I researched first-hand in London and made available in The British Public Records Office, Kew Gardens.

That’s a lot of valuable legwork that is potentially helpful research for Ms Shuhaimi’s film.

The suggestion that I was trying to portray this as a first-hand account is puzzling, as the title itself clearly states the fact that such first-hand accounts are extracts from the declassified documents themselves.

Ms Shuhaimi is certainly the first person to make such an observation.

The reason my book created such a sensation was because many Malaysians do not find the official versions credible. Contrary to what Ms Shuhaimi says, the official statistics on the casualties during May 13 are the least credible of all.

I may not have been there but my brother- in -law was a professor at the University Hospital at the time and my brother was a medical student at Malayan University, too.

They saw the number of bodies that were tarred to conceal their ethnicity and they certainly exceeded the official figures. The documents in my book testify as much to this fact.

I provided a class analysis based on the available evidence provided by the records at the time. A fuller story will only emerge with a Truth & Reconciliation Commission when families of the victims, the police, the army, hospital doctors and staff come forward to tell us their stories.

A serious artist should welcome as many stories from the people as possible and not be beholden to the official version.

Tunku’s views on Razak

Ms Shuhaimi accuses me of bias and claims that the Tunku didn’t cast aspersions on Tun Razak. Again, this reflects on the quality of her research and her capacity to weigh historical documents.

Obviously Ms Shuhaimi does not consider the documents produced in my book to be worth consideration or to be objective.

She falls back on the Tunku’s early writings and apparently, “the Tunku’s authorised biography”.

For the information of Ms Shuhaimi, K. Das was the Tunku’s official biographer and they had carried out a series of interviews which can be read in my 2002 title: “K. Das & the Tunku Tapes”.

Yes, a copy of the tapes was given to me by K.Das’ family. Can any records beat these audio recordings done in the twilight of the Tunku’s life when he could finally speak his mind?

Will Ms Shuhaimi challenge me to produce the Tunku tapes to verify if the Tunku actually said these words to K. Das?

“You know Harun was one of those – Harun, Mahathir, Ghazali Shafie – who were all working with Razak to oust me, to take over my place…” (Kua Kia Soong, 2002: 112)

For the further information of Ms Shuhaimi, I am not the first person to see May 13 as a coup detat against the Tunku.

A Malay (yes, Malay!) intellectual, Subky Latiff had already put forward this thesis in an academic journal, Southeast Asian Affairs, Singapore in 1977.

Although I was not at the seminar when Subky Latiff presented his paper, I am sure there were no gasps of “how atrocious and irresponsible!” among the academics gathered there.

Why deference to authority?

We can understand deference to authority in a feudal society. But why do we need to be deferential to the people we elect?

Ms Shuhaimi refers to the prime ministers as if they are deities to worship. In fact, whenever a general election approaches, that is the time when the politicians including prime ministers eat humble pie and plead for our support.

What are prime ministers but the leaders of the respective parties who happen to win a majority in the general election?

If we take the trouble to research into Malayan/ Malaysian history, we will invariably find that the leaders of political parties often use foul underhand means to maintain their political positions.

This goes not only for the incumbent but also for the opposition parties.

My recent “Patriots & Pretenders” gives an account of the way the British colonial power connived to ensure the victory of the Alliance in the pre-Independence manoeuvres.

Take Umno as an example. If political chicanery had not come into play, Dato Onn Jaafar leading the Independence of Malaya Party could have become prime minister at Independence.

If the British colonial power had not backed the Alliance, the Pmcja-Putera coalition could have given the Alliance a good run for their money and we could have had a socialist prime minister who would not want such feudal deference from the people!

The proclamation of The Emergency in 1948 through to 1960 was to ensure the British colonial power passed political power onto their local custodians at Independence and not to the Pmcja-Putera coalition.

Then again, if it had not been for Mahathir’s “tengkolok trick” in 1990, Tengku Razaleigh might have become Malaysia’s prime minister.

Likewise, the arrest of Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 altered the history of Umno and assured Mahathir’s hold on power into the 21st century.

Yes, like any democrat I have a healthy disrespect for authority in an oppressive regime and I would have imagined an artist with ideals and integrity would share such aspirations for truth, justice, freedom, democracy and human rights.

Communists responsible for May 13?

I really doubt the capacity of Ms Shuhaimi to “look at all angles” if after looking at the records produced in my book she still insists that the communists were responsible for May 13.

In my book I have shown that in the Tunku’s broadcast at 2230 on 17 May, 1969, he had qualified his earlier assertion that the disturbances were caused by communists, putting the blame instead on assorted “bad elements”.

Is this Ms Shuhaimi’s own prejudices or does she have stronger evidence to show that the communists were indeed responsible for May 13?

The regime used the communist bogey at that time because it was necessary for it to justify imposing a state of emergency and to carry out the agenda of the new Umnoputras.

To conclude, I fervently hope that Ms Shuhaimi will seriously study my views like any honest artist and ponder the deconstruction of prejudice.

Perhaps, this is an opportunity for Ms Shuhaimi as an artist to be more circumspect – be more of a calligrapher with a deft brush rather than follow the mindless mob that tars and feathers any detractors…

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A professional body using ‘intellectual discourse’ to demonize the Police Force

‘Tanda Putera’ is about the lives, crisis and decisions made by two examplry Malaysian statesmen and nationalists, Tun Haji Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman between May 1969 and January 1976. Both them selflessly attended to the nation’s needs first, from the midst of racial riots instigated by radicals and extremists, to the reconstruction of the ‘nation after the inferno’ with a new economic development plan to correct the socio-economic imbalance. That is not withstanding the re-emergence of Communist Terrorism dubbed ‘Second Emergency’ in 1968.

Both men were suffering terminal ailments in secret and succumbed to the deaths, not having to fulfill all their ‘transformation’ plan through.

The National Operation Council (NOC) of the ’13 May Tragedy’ dated 9 Oct 1969, which accounted 196 deaths and 180 others injured from firearm shot

Nothing about the film is about ‘fanning anti Chinese sentiments’. Infact, Dr Kua has yet to watch the film. And yet, he already took wild pot shots against something he has yet to even go through.

There are still persons of prominence and stature in society today, having illustriously served the armed forces and security services since the times of Emergency and Second Emergency. To quote someone who was on duty during the bloody 13 May 1969 incident, was part of the NOC and still alive today as a point of referral in case Dr Kua really wanted to learn the truth as it happened and actually was privileged to see ‘Tanda Putera’, “The 11 and 12 May (1969) processions longer and wended through more areas. ‘Tanda Putera’ racial clashes scene are tame compared to the real stuff which took place in three major areas (1) In front of Setapak theatre starting with jeering (2) In front of Dato’ Harun Idris’s MB Residence which exploded a running attack along Jalan Raja Muda (3) Later, at Ujung Pasir but were late because military were already deployed there. However, the Chinese had already attack the Malays in and around the Odeon and Federal theaters”.

Manipulator of facts and sometime fabricator of evidence former DAP MP for Petaling Jaya and now SUARAM Supremo Dr Kua Kia Soong

However, Dr Kua Kia Soong never intended to tell the truth. In his ‘May 13’ book, SUARAM Supremo Dr Kua used the unsubstantiated facts based on reports of diplomatic missions and wires sent to their bosses on their made up figures of the dead during the bloody racial riots of 13 May 1969, to sensationalise the manipulation he created that the racial riot was Tun Razak’s opportunity to oust Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. According to Dr Kua, the Malays were instigated by pro-Tun Razak nationalists to attack the urban Chinese and thus create the state of emergency. This was the coup d’etat that Tun Razak and his cohorts planned.

The fact remains Dr Kua did not in anyway provided facts as per presented in the National Operation Council (NOC) report on the ’13 May Tragedy’ dated 9 October 1969, chronologically account all the issues and events preceding the racial riots. It also accounted the official number of record of deaths which were substantiated Police, hospitals and Red Cross reports. However, in his attempt to demonise Shuhaimi’s effort to debunk his book, made referral from known leftists instead of officials who were part of NOC till it was disbanded on 17 February 1971 and the Federal Government with mandate in Parliament came back into life on 23 February 1971.

What Shuhaimi portrayed about the ‘Politics of Hatred’ by Chinese Chauvinists DAP, radicals and Min Yuens in ‘Tanda Putera’, is very much re-emerging today. Still in the form of DAP, but also in pro-Opposition NGOs such Suaram, Bersih, ABU, MCLM and the likes of them, which include Bar Council.

The recent ‘Janji Bersih’ do on 30 August, continuous insults against the symbols of this nation, Opposition’s expressed intent of ‘Malaysian Spring’, Seksualiti Merdeka, prosetlysation of Muslims, M Manoharan’s utterance against Jalur Merdeka, the ‘vow’ at Red Rock Hotel, Penang 5 May 2011, the attempt to bring back to Malaysia  Chin “Butcher of Malay” Peng, simply wrap every messages what ‘Tanda Putera’ wanted to send to a wider audience of ‘Middle Malaysians’.

Dr Kua made referral to Putera-AMCJA. They were leftists and some of the advocates of the movement actually supported the Communist Party of Malaya. Putera-AMCJA only had a small support from Malayans. Majority of Malayans, were supporting UMNO. UMNO was a very successful political force that managed to over turn the Malayan Union, even after all nine HRH Malay Rulers signed the Whitehall lopsided agreement obtained via deception.

MCP bandits armed with M3 Carbines

As the result of that, British negotiated with HRH Malay Rulers where UMNO was accorded an observer status. The outcome of that was the ‘Treaty of Malaya’ inked on 21 January 1948 and came into force on 1 February 1948. In that treaty, the definition of persons deemed to be subjects of HRH Malay Rulers were outlined.

On 21 Jan 1948, the Federation  Treaty was signed  (and eventually came to force on 1 Feb 1948) by British High Commissioner, representatives of HRH Rulers and UMNO and adopted the pre-1941 status quo. There were specific mention of Article 12 on citizenship, item (a) “Any subjects of HRH Malay Rulers who were born on on before the date”, (b) “Any British subjects who were born in the Strait Settlements on or before that date”, (c) “Any persons which was born on or before the date in any of the Malay States within the Federation who is practicing the Malay culture and speak the Malay language”.There was specific provision for the application to be citizens, which clearly state the requirement to be verse in Malay. No provisions for the rights of the Non Malays were mentioned. This was the basis of the Federation of Malaya Constitution, which came into affect on 31 August 1957.

It was necessary for Neo Min Yuens like Dr Kua to promote Putera-AMCJA since majority of the Non Malays, which probably his ancestors were deemed ‘Stateless Persons’ at that point. It because historically proven that the fundamentals of this nationhood rest in the hands of nationalists within UMNO. In the spirit of ‘power share’ UMNO gave a handful of Malay-majority seats to MCA and MIC in a newly formed Alliance Party and swooped the Federal Assembly general elections. UMNO, contested in 35 out of 52 seats in that GE and won every seat accept one.

Putera-AMCJA holding a rally

It was the ‘social contract’ post 1955 GE where UMNO convinced HRH Malay Rulers to relinquish their first-right-refusal of the rule over this nation in favour of Westminster-styled Constitution Monarchy and the Non Malays were accepted as citizens accorded with rights as Malayans. In honouring HRH Malay Rulers’ compromise to absolute power,  Special Malay Rights such articles 152, 153 and Islam as the religion of the Federation were incorporated into the Federation of Malaya Constitution.

Shuhaimi Baba was also the film maker who produced Hati Malaya 1957, which was released in 2007. It was about the nationalists’ struggle for Kemerdekaan, in the midst of a brutal insurgent war against the Communist Party of Malaya. 18,000 Malayans lost their lives in the 12 years rebellion, where the protagonists within Putera-AMCJA were secretly supporting the ‘Butchers of Malaya’ terrorist reign.

These are images of the provocations in the victory parades held by DAP and Gerakan in hours after winning half of the seats in Selangor

What the Min Yuens stood for, was carried through the ‘Second Emergency’ which was carried out by the armed  CPM rebels in 1968. It was a year after DAP was formed in Federation of Malaysia, two years after Singapore was expelled from the federation on 9 August 1965. The radicals (by now masquerading via the form of labour unions) and Chinese Chauvinists DAPsters, instigated the Non Malays particularly the low middle class urban and suburban Chinese with sheer provocation and rise against the Alliance Party administration which was led by UMNO leaders. That escalated into a point of no return in hours before the 1969 third general elections.

When the 3GE resulted in a standoff in Selangor, the Chinese Chauvinist DAPsters and radicals decided to provoke the Malays of Kampung Baru further with the post election parade. When Malays were beaten in High Street Setapak, hell broke lose and Kuala Lumpur-Petaling Jaya saw the bloodiest racial fightings and riots for the next three days.

The scene in Kuala Lumpur after the 13 May racial riots

That prompted then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman to declare the Parliament suspended and the nation was in a state of emergency.  An NOC was appointed, to replace the function of the Federal Government. Deputy Prime Minister Tun Razak was appointed Director of NOC and Home Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman made a member, along with other personalities which include Chief of Defense Forces Jen Ibrahim Ismail and IGP Mohamad Salleh Ismail.

This is what ‘Tanda Putera’ chronologically portrayed in the first quarter of the film.

Scene in ‘Tanda Putera’ depicting the Chinese demonstrated after intense provocation by the radicals

The demonisation of law enforcement agencies such as Royal Malaysian Police, MACC, the Armed Forces and others is part of the ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy. Teoh Beng Hock’s suicide is being manipulated even after all sorts of enquiries carried out.

The Oppositions have no ability via the democratic process to capture the imagination, hearts and support of the majority, in their effort to come to power. The past electoral term in four states, which include the wealthiest, is the proof that they cant manage. Let alone bring progress.

IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim, gunned down near Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur on 7 June 1974

Therefore, the only way they can get the power they crave is through manipulate, spin and fabricate. The Neo Min Yuens also adopted ‘Offense is the best Defense’ strategy, probably because they have dark pasts to hide which include how they were formed as a political party to carry on part of the socialists’ (aka communists!) struggle to impose themselves against the will of the majority. Communist Party of Malaya, like some of the leftists which were protagonists in the Putera-AMCJA struggle were outlawed, declared illegal organizations and banned.

There is also the likeliness that Neo Min Yuen friends of the likes of DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang and Dr Kua Kia Soong were collaborators to the acts of terrorism such as the assassinations of IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim on 7 June 1974 and Perak CPO Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong 13 November 1975.

Bastards, glorifying the flag of those who supported ‘Butchers of Malaya’.

Neo Min Yuens such as Dr Kua and Lucifer of Anarchy such as Anwar Ibrahim, have been at this for a while now. They are very afraid the majority of Malaysians now understand the truth how and what actually happened before and on 13 May 1969, what it took to correct the dark bloody incident and the challenges the nation had to face in the process, and most importantly, how Malaysia changed there on.

The fact is that Dr Kua has been manipulating facts and even fabricate some of them, to justify his make-believe charge. His books ‘May 13’ and ‘Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia’. His NGO SUARAM’s poor attempt to tarnish the good name of Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in the over-sensationalise fabrication of corruption-turned-murder in the acquisition of the two Perdana Class Scorpene submarines from DCNS, France.

Dr Kua’s attempt to sensationalize strategic military spending with minimal facts

So far those who had the privilege to watch ‘Tanda Putera’ in it series of pre-screening show, even the random youths were flabbergasted of Malaysia’s dark past. The Non Malays who watched this swore not to allow the repeat of the dark events.

‘Tanda Putera’ is about unfolding and putting everything where it should be, once and for all. Only those who fear the truth will fear the history, as it happened.

*Updated 300am 10 September 2012

Please also read Captain John F Seademon’s take on Putera-AMCJA and attempt to distort history.

Published in: on September 8, 2012 at 20:56  Comments (21)  

Anwar, how now?

Haram Al-Shariff Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Palestine

This was something really interesting which happened early this morning. Israeli Jews which had Isreali armed military escort, broke into Haram Al-Shariff Al Aqsa Mosque, to perform Talmudic rituals.

Settlers, Members of Israel’s Intelligence Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Thursday 6th September, 30 members of Israel’s intelligence community headed by Likud member, Moshe Feiglin, and groups of settlers broke into al-Aqsa mosque since early hours of the morning.

Al Aqsa Institute said in a press release that Moshe Feiglin, escorted by settlers broke into the mosque to perform Talmudic rituals, under the protection of Israeli forces.

Eyewitnesses said that Feiglin and settlers raided al-Aqsa mosque at 8 AM from al-Magharbeh gate and headed to the mosque where they performed their religious rituals and walked in the mosque’s yards.

Al-Aqsa Institute described “Israeli continuous incursions and the profanation of the mosque by leaders of Israeli parties, members of Knesset and settlers,  with very dangerous procedures, in which occupation attempts to implicit Jewish presence daily in al-Aqsa mosque, in a step to impose the decision issued earlier to divide al-Aqsa mosque between Palestinians and Jews.”

Al-Aqsa Institute called on Palestinians, especially Jerusalemites to increase their presence in al-Aqsa mosque to help protecting it from such incursions and profanations.

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Haram Al-Shariff is Muslims third most sacred mosque in the world. It is the site where Muhamad S.A.W. mounted the Buraq to be taken to the heavens in a holy incidence known as Israq Mikraj, met God Al Mighty. It is also when Muslims were commanded to perform prayers, five times in a day and kneel before God Al Mighty seventeen times within the same time.

The Israelis have been tunneling under the mosque for quite sometime now. The Zionist Jews need hard evidence to prove the Temple of Solomon, which they believe to be on the same spot where the Haram Al-Shariff now exist.

A peek into Temple Mount excavations

Western Wall Heritage Foundation holds tour of tunnels in attempt to ward off Muslim claims that al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger of collapsing. Waqf refuses offer for similar tour for Muslims, saying ‘settlers won’t give us approval to enter a Muslim-owned area’

Ronen Medzini

Published: 11.08.09, 18:56 / Israel News

Excavation works being held near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have sparked uproar in the Muslim world in recent years. Recent riots in the capital were allegedly sparked by a repeated Muslim claim that the Jews are attempting “to take over” the Temple Mount mosques or damage them through the digs taking place in tunnels within the mount.

 According to the Muslims, the digs are taking place under the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock and are threatening to collapse them.

Initial photos obtained by Ynet show the excavation works along the tunnels, as photographed during a tour held in the area about two weeks ago, which was attended by several officials and organizations from all parts of the political spectrum

Following the tour, its participants said they did not witness attempts to dig under the mosques’ plaza.

Within the tunnels. Important archaeological remains from the First Temple

The digs begin on al-Waad Street in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter and connect to the Western Wall tunnels under the ground. The works began more than four years ago, and have since caused angry responses in the Muslim world, which is finding it difficult to receive a clear picture of the dig, due to the discrete manner in which it is are being led by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

One of the claims is that the dig is endangering the buildings located above it and damaging the heart of the Muslim heritage. The fears are also related to the fact that many of the members of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation are also members of the Ateret Kohanim association, whose goal is to see Jews settle in the Old City’s Muslim and Christian quarters.

 The tunnels are expected to be open to the public in the future, but today they remain closed until the excavation works will be completed. In light of the many claims, however, the Foundation decided to invite several officials to tour the area.

The tour’s participants included the Foundation’s executive director Mordechai (Sullie) Eliav, Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Jerusalem Council Members Meir Margalit (Meretz) and Rabbi Yossi Deutsch (United Torah Judaism), and representatives of left-wing organizations.

12 meters deep

The tour’s participants spoke to the excavation workers, who told them that the digging is currently 12 meters (39 feet) deep. According to estimates, the final dig will be 16 meter deep, where the workers will reach an impenetrable rock layer.

According to the participants, the workers uncovered important archaeological remains from the First Temple during the excavation.

It should be noted that the tour’s participants testified that in some of the places, improvised reinforcement works were being conducted to support the walls and ceiling, in a manner which raises fears that there is indeed a danger of collapse, or at least a danger that the land above may sink. The picture brought here support this claim.

Arab diplomats seek solution

“I don’t support digging in sensitive places, and I understand the Muslims’ fears,” said Margalit. “However, in the name of intellectual integrity, I did not see any attempt to dig under the mosques’ plaza. I cannot guarantee that such a thing will not happen in the future, but it’s clear to me that in the meantime there were no signs testifying that this is in fact taking place.

“It’s important for me to say this because I am very concerned about what may happen following the wave of rumors and speculations running around this city,” he added, “and everyone must contribute as much as they can to calm things down.”

Margalit in one of tunnels. Very concerned

Ynet has learned that the Western Wall Heritage Foundation is now planning to conduct another tour, which will be attended by a professional Muslim delegation, in order to refute the accusations.

Margalit has even approached representatives of the Jerusalem Waqf with an offer to tour the area, but they have rejected it for now, claiming that “we will not receive approval from settlers to enter a Muslim-owned area.”

 Diplomats from an Arab country arrived in Jerusalem on Thursday in an attempt to come up with a creative solution which would allow a Muslim delegation to tour the area. A third party is now trying to mediate between the Foundation and the diplomats in a bid to organize such a delegation, which will be comprised of representatives from Arab countries.

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According to the Al Quran, Yaacob built the first mosque forty years after Abraham. Solomon, which is a prophet, expanded the mosque.

The Israelis have a supporter within Malaysian political system. In 2008 just days after the ‘Political Tsunami’ and Opposition won 5 + 1 states, Jerusalem Post published this:

Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia’s Future Prime Minister?

By SHANI ROSS
03/20/2008 15:46

Malaysia is slowly moving towards stronger checks and balances, a principle requirement for any true democracy.

Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia's Future Prime Minister?PHOTO: AP

Malaysia’s opposition parties made significant gains in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, March 8. Their success demonstrated a growing desire for political change and the furthering of democracy in Malaysia. The election result means that the ruling Barisan National (National Front (BN)), no longer has a two third parliamentary majority. This means that its power has been limited in some respects, for example it can not amend the constitution or make key appointments without support from the opposition. Ultimately, the election results means a stronger system of checks and balances, a principle requirement for any true democracy. The largest of the opposition parties, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party (PKR)) won 31 seats, a significant gain compared to the single seat it won in the 2004 elections. The PKR’s success has been attributed largely to the revival of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s political career. As a proponent of moderate Islam, cultural and religious impartiality, and liberal democracy, Anwar’s popularity is gaining strength, with some reports suggesting that should the opposition coalition win the next election, he may well be next in line as Malaysia’s Prime Minister. Anwar launched his political career in 1982 by joining the United Malays National Organization (UNMO), currently the largest party within the ruling Barisan National (National Front (BN)). The UNMO was led by Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia longest-serving Prime Minister. By 1991, Anwar was appointed Minister of Finance after which he was appointed as Mahathir’s Deputy Prime Minister in 1993. Anwar’s term as Minister of Finance was characterized by unprecedented economic prosperity and growth, awarding him widespread acclamation. However, his political career came to an abrupt stop when he voiced strong opposition to Mahathir’s support for the Bumiputra (‘Sons of the Soil’), programme. This opposition led to criminal convictions for corruption and sodomy (the sentencing was 6 and 9 years respectively, although the sodomy conviction was overturned in 2004). Despite, if not because of his criminal convictions, Anwar became an icon for political progress, justice and equality. He maintained considerable support throughout the years largely because of the work of his wife, Wan Azizah Ismail, who established the PKR in 1999, to call for her husband’s release. The PKR also kept Anwar’s political reforms (the latter becoming known as ‘reformasi’) agenda alive. Since his release from prison, Anwar has sought to revitalize his political campaign by challenging the current government, headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, on a host of issues, in particular the ‘New Economic Policy’. Created in the late 1970s (currently termed the National Vision Policy), the policy intended to create conditions for national unity by reducing interethnic disparities, however in practice it granted the Bumiputra preferential treatment, creating an increasing ethnic Malay middle class and thus substantial opposition from ethnic Indian and Chinese who did not reap the benefits. Anwar has been awarded acclaim by many for his success in creating unity amongst the previously divided opposition parties, which resulted in a coalition that won an unprecedented total of 82 seats out of parliament’s 222 seats in the latest election. Considered to be one of Malaysia’s most charismatic speakers, Anwar’s endorsement of PKR’s political platform is gaining significant momentum. In February 2008, the PKR published the Keadilan Manifesto titled “A New Dawn for Malaysia,” detailing the party’s vision for putting Malaysia back on a track of economic, political, educational and cultural prosperity. Centering on five central positions, the party first and foremost advocates for a constitutional state for all whereby ³bumiputera rights are guaranteed fully alongside with non-bumiputera rights² and thus creating non-racial based politics. With a growing percentage of the population unsatisfied with the political status quo, the PKR’s reform agenda, as advocated by Anwar, appears to be the change that Malaysia increasingly desires. Anwar’s political ban is due to end in April and if reports hold true, he will easily win a by-election and resume a parliamentary role after his wife expectedly vacates her seat. The main obstacle that analysts suggest is that once Anwar formally re-enters politics, he will need to continue to prove his political competence and ensure the long time fragmented opposition parties sustain a successful coalition and thus an effective governance implementing reforms within the states in which they hold a majority. Should they do so, analysts further predict that the opposition coalition may have a strong chance of defeating the ruling party in the 2013 elections, thus likely placing Anwar as the forerunner as Prime Minister.
Shani Ross is the Coordinator for the Executive Programs & Conferences at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya, Israel.
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Lets hear it from Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is darling of the West and Neo Con Jews, on this incursion on Muslims’ third holiest mosque in the world.

Published in: on September 6, 2012 at 21:05  Comments (14)  

Bastards thinking their parents wed

Bastards, glorifying the flag of those who supported ‘Butchers of Malaya’.

Malaysians, especially the younger generation, have the responsibility to learn history properly. Failure will just make them people without remembering, let alone understanding what happened to them the day before, last week, last month, last year, last decade and even last century (if they lived that long). The neo PUTERA-AMCJA flag they flew on the eve of Malaysians celebrated Merdeka, was about them glorifying Malayans who casted a dark period on our history.

Tuesday September 4, 2012

Blogger sparks uproar

KUALA LUMPUR: A blogger has claimed responsibility for the “new Malaysian flag” controversy, saying it was done to honour the country’s early freedom fighters.

Muhammad Nasir confessed in his blog Singaselatan, which attracted instant flak from local historians and sparked an uproar among Netizens.

Historian Tan Sri Prof Khoo Kay Kim questioned the motive of Muhammad, who said he was responsible for unveiling the flag with his friend Zairi Shafai during the Janji Demokrasi gathering at Dataran Merdeka here last Thursday.

“Do they really know the struggle of Kesatuan Melayu Muda (KMM) and what it represented? If they are not happy with the country, they should give up their citizenship and migrate elsewhere,” Khoo said.

Prof Khoo, one of the co-authors of the Rukun Negara, said KMM was formed in 1938 for the purpose of overthrowing the then British rulers in Malaya.

He noted that a large number of KMM members were Indonesians, hence the leftist movement’s goal of forming Panji Melayu Raya or Greater Indonesia which called for the unification of Malaya and Indonesia.

Datuk Dr Ramlah Adam, the author of over 30 books on local history, questioned the group’s motive for glorifying KMM.

“They are trying to create their own version of history without really understanding the details behind KMM, which was against the Malay rulers.

“Some may treat their actions as young boys being mischievous but I worry that there may be a greater plan by the Opposition to cause disunity,” she said.

Blogger Aesheh Adlina Karim drew attention to the similarities of the group’s flag to the Singaporean and Indonesian national flags.

“Do they (Pakatan) mean to make Malaysia a republic because both Indonesia and Singapore are republics?” she asked in her blog.

Meanwhile, PKR deputy information youth chief Najwan Halimi said he modified a 1947 AMCJA-Putera leftist movement 12-star flag in 2007, adding that this flag design was mistakenly used by the group.

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In being objective, a renowned and eminently respected historian Professor Khoo uttered a very strong statement to supporters of the radicals who are against what the Federation of Malaysia’s Constitution spirit and provisions, be it then or now. They tried to resurrect a failed struggle and skew our nation’s history, to fit their ongoing ‘revolution’ against the will of the majority.

In their sordid attempt as minority trying to impose themselves against the aspirations and will of the majority, just like KMM in the past, they want to glorify the leftist-turned-communists as “true heroes of Independece”, instead live with the proven successes by the right wing nationalists. However, their version of these “heroes” were never sincere.

Kesatuan Melayu Muda (KMM) pro-actively aided the Japanese invasion in the planning and ground work that led to the landings in Kelantan on 8 December 1941.

There on, Malayans were humiliated, treated like slaves and unequivocally, suffered from atrocities and brutalities. There were communities which were massacred. Those who are spared, suffered from lack of food, medicine, dissease and even worse living conditions compared to when the British ruled. The Japanese even changed Sultans in many of the Malay states.

KMM leadership wanted Malaya’s Independence to be part of Greater Indonesia and they wanted a republic. It was against the will of the majority of Malayans, which is the Malays. The Malays then, adored the position and roles of the HRH Rulers in their socio-political system.

Post World War II, the same people then formed Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM) which in the leftist and radical frame of mind supported communism. The communists, who should be known as ‘Butchers of Malaya’, also terrorized this blessed land and brutalized Malayans in their effort to gain power and control of the Tanah Melayu against the will of the majority.

Malayans live in fear and properties and infrastructure were destroyed. The Malayan economy declined. 18,000 lives were lost in the 12 years they terrorized Malaya. They were part of a movement to franchise internationally organized rebellion.

When the Japanese were defeated, the British came and had a grand plan to formalize Malay as a crown colony known as Malayan Union. The High Comminssioner convinced at Malay Rulers to sign it. That got the common Malays together and 31 Malay NGOs formed UMNO on 11 May 1946 with the consent of the Sultan of Johor, to stop the Malayan Union. As the will of the Malayans, particularly the Malays move forward along the political lines of the nationalists which is more structured, the Malayan Union failed.

The failure of Malayan Union got the British to sit down and negotiate with all HRH Rulersm where else UMNO was accorded the observer status. After a series of negotiations, the two parties signed an agreement ‘Tanah Melayu Treaty’ dated 27 January 1948 and enforced on 1 February 1948. The treaty was about laying the foundations for a full blown Federated of Malaya Constitution, some day. The most important article in the Treaty was provisions to ‘citizenship’.

The Federation of Malaya Constitution was formed based on the ‘Treaty of the Federation’ which was negotiated as a consequence to the failure and revocation of Sir Harold MacMichael’s Malayan Union, which actually came into effect with Sir Edward Gent assuming the position and role of Governor on 1 April 1946. Subsequently the British sat down in a series of meetings and negotiations with HRH Rulers and UMNO representatives were present as observers and witnesses. As a result, 0n 21 Jan 1948 the Treaty of the Federation was signed and sealed (and eventually came to force on 1 Feb 1948) by the British High Commissioner, representatives of HRH Rulers and UMNO and adopted the pre-1941 status quo.

The most important bit of the Treaty of the Federation 1 Feb 1948 is Article 12. There was a specific mention of Article 12 on citizenship, item (a) “Any subjects of HRH Malay Rulers who were born on on before the date”, (b) “Any British subjects who were born in the Strait Settlements on or before that date”, (c) “Any persons which was born on or before the date in any of the Malay States within the Federation who is practicing the Malay culture and speak the Malay language”. There was specific provision for the application to be citizens, which clearly state the requirement to be verse in Malay. No provisions for the rights of the Non Malays were mentioned.

The spirit and essence in form and substance of the ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ was preserved and enshrined in the Federation of Malaya Constitution 31 August 1957. The specific mention is best reflected in Article 153:

  • It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
  • Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, but subject to the provisions of Article 40 and of this Article, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall exercise his functions under this Constitution and federal law in such manner as may be necessary to safeguard the special provision of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and to ensure the reservation for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of such proportion as he may deem reasonable of positions in the public service (other than the public service of a State) and of scholarships, exhibitions and other similar educational or training privileges or special facilities given or accorded by the Federal Government and, when any permit or licence for the operation of any trade or business is required by federal law, then, subject to the provisions of that law and this Article, of such permits and licences.
  • The Yang di-Pertuan Agong may, in order to ensure in accordance with Clause (2) the reservation to Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of positions in the public service and of scholarships, exhibitions and other educational or training privileges or special facilities, give such general directions as may be required for that purpose to any Commission to which Part X applies or to any authority charged with responsibility for the grant of such scholarships, exhibitions or other educational or training privileges or special facilities; and the Commission or authority shall duly comply with the directions.
  • In exercising his functions under this Constitution and federal law in accordance with Clauses (1) to (3) the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall not deprive any person of any public office held by him or of the continuance of any scholarship, exhibition or other educational or training privileges or special facilities enjoyed by him.
  • This Article does not derogate from the provisions of Article 136.
  • Where by existing federal law a permit or licence is required for the operation of any trade or business the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may exercise his functions under that law in such manner, or give such general directions to any authority charged under that law with the grant of such permits or licences, as may be required to ensure the reservation of such proportion of such permits or licences for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may deem reasonable, and the authority shall duly comply with the directions.
  • Nothing in this Article shall operate to deprive or authorise the deprivation of any person of any right, privilege, permit or licence accrued to or enjoyed or held by him or to authorised a refusal to renew to any person any such permit or licence or a refusal to grant to the heirs, successors or assigns of a person any permit or licence when the renewal or grant might reasonably be expected in the ordinary course of events.
  • Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, where by any federal law any permit or licence is required for the operation of any trade or business, that law may provide for the reservation of a proportion of such permits or licences for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak; but no such law shall for the purpose of ensuring such a reservation-
    • (a) deprive or authorise the deprivation of any person of any right, privilege, permit or licence accrued to or enjoyed or held by him;
    • (b) authorise a refusal to renew to any person any such permit or licence or a refusal to grant to the heirs, successors or assigns of any person any permit or licence when the renewal or grant might in accordance with he other provisions of the law reasonably be expected in the ordinary course of events, or prevent any person from transferring together with his business any transferable licence to operate that business; or
    • (c) where no permit or licence was previously required for the operation of the trade or business, authorise a refusal to grant a permit or licence to any person for the operation of any trade or business which immediately before the coming into force of the law he had been bona fide carrying on, or authorise a refusal subsequently to renew to any such person any permit or licence, or a refusal to grant to the heirs, successors or assigns of any such person any such permit or licence when the renewal or grant might in accordance with the other provisions of that law reasonably be expected in the ordinary course of events.
    1. (8A) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, where in any University, College and other educational institution providing education after Malaysian Certificate of Education or its equivalent, the number of places offered by the authority responsible for the management of the University, College or such educational institution to candidates for any course of study is less than the number of candidates qualified for such places, it shall be lawful for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by virtue of this Article to give such directions to the authority as may be required to ensure the reservation of such proportion of such places for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak as the Yank di-Pertuan Agong may deem reasonable, and the authority shall duly comply with the directions.
  • (9) Nothing in this Article shall empower Parliament to restrict business or trade solely for the purpose of reservations for Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak.
    1. (9A) In this Article the expression “natives” in relation to the State of Sabah or Sarawak shall have the meaning assigned to it in Article 161A.
  • The Constitution of the State of any Ruler may make provision corresponding (with the necessary modifications) to the provisions of this Article.

‘Ketuanan Melayu’ should not be mistaken and translate on and about ‘Malay Supremacy’. ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is about ‘Malay Dominance’, especially the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawk is the majority of the citizens of this nation. The fact is that ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ which is the basis and enshrined in the Federation of Malaysia Constitution which is the Supreme Law, is about the preservation of the rights and position of the Malays as the majority of the population. However, it does not mean that the Malays have the right or authority to take what is accorded for the Non Malays like the right to vote, own properties and own businesses. ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is never about repressing others, in spirit, form or substance.

The essence of the wisdom, fairness and goodwill of Malay Leaders led by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra in 1956 who negotiated first with HRH Rulers (to allow for constitutional monarchy) and then with the British to unconditionally and with grace accept the near 1 million ‘stateless’ Non Malays (they were then neither subjects of HM Queen of Great Britian of United Kingdom and Eire nor any of HRH Rulers, as stipulated by the ‘Treaty of the Federation’, 1 Feb 1948) to be automatically granted citizenship of the soon to be born Federation of Malaya, must be understood, respected and most of all preserved as the single most important fundamental point and blueprint of being what Malaysia is today. That cannot be denied, changed or erased.

The DAP, which is a spin of from Singapore born PAP in 1967, vowed to fight these specific provisions for Malay Rights in the Federal Constitution as one of the thrust core in their political struggle having a Chinese Chauvinist party. Many believed that it is a platform as the political arm for Min Yuen radicals when their struggle to win support of the Chinese via armed rebellion faced the slow but almost certain death after Emergency was declared over in 1960.

DAP, which is the integral partner of the Opposition’s ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy, is consistent about their support for the ‘Butchers of Malaya’. They carried on their ‘subversive movement’ when the Communist Party of Malaya struggle waned in the 60s via radicals, which was clearly transpired in the bloody 13 May 1969 racial riots.

Senior writer with NST thinks its about bankrupt politicians’ sordid attempt to grab attention with a ‘political mischievous’ stunt.

04 September 2012 | last updated at 08:44AM

Contentious flag raising stunt reads political mischief and crassness

By Azmi Anshar 0 comments

SO, a couple of undergraduates — jazzed up with reverence for a post-war, pre-independence moment — chose the eve of Aug 31 to unleash a political statement teeming with so-called historical awakening.

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Those behind the unfurling of the ‘Sang Saka Malaya’ at Dataran Merdeka have a dubious motive for their brazen act.

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Initiated by the blogger who dubs himself Serigala Selatan (Southern Wolf), who writes at a blog called Singa Selatan (Southern Lion), and one Zairi Shafai thought that unfurling the horizontally equidistant red-white flag with a yellow crescent and 11-point star nestled on the top left corner was the enlightening way to inform people about a particular lost historical episode that demands equal billing with the 55th commemoration of Merdeka.

Sang Serigala’s idea of this symbol he calls Sang Saka Malaya, with its uncanny resemblance to the Republic of Singapore and Republic of Indonesia flags, was to re-open a long-forgotten era, the salad days of the country’s pre-war left wing political parties battling against British rule.

Sang Serigala’s unbridled (some would say misguided) youthful enthusiasm has propelled him straight into trouble with the authorities.

The poser is, why now? Why not last year? Or before March 2008? Or during the past 30 years? Why bother?

Even if the undergraduate simply stumbled upon this historical anecdote in the course of his studies, what is the compulsion to turn it into a political sideshow that has now escalated into a circus?

Sang Saka Malaya’s grandiloquence would have a relevant point in History books, maybe a lecture by a professor or a forum by historical societies, but their in-your-face aggressive assault at Dataran Merdeka on the Malaysian sensibility exposes a dubious motive.

The flag bearers quickly denied any political association while opposition parties reportedly did not want anything to do with the flag bearing stunt, claiming also to have no inkling to the posts that made its way to the blogosphere that accused them of wanting to replace the Jalur Gemilang.

However, their denials seemed shallow and deceptive. Utusan Malaysia is nailing PKR Youth’s deputy publicity chief Najwan Halimi as the designer of the Sang Saka Malaya, based on an article he posted in 2009 that contended a tenuous notion — Malaysians were reluctant to raise the national flag because the Jalur Gemilang was adapted from the Stars and Stripes, the national flag of the United States of America.

After half-a-century’s worth of water under the bridge, where the Jalur Gemilang has been the official flag flown in official buildings and in Malaysian embassies and high commissions, and waved in march-pasts at the Olympics and prided in just about everywhere Malaysians won prizes and clocked up achievements (including the tip of Mount Everest and the expanse of Antarctica), there are still misgivings about the national flag? That another flag of a distant past should stand side by side?

This political caper, masked as a symbolic gesture to cast aspersion on the verity of the Jalur Gemilang, is not historical revisionism or a cry to reclaim what had faded into a distant timeline. It is plain mischief.

Opposition leaders like to pontificate that they have nothing to do with this sort of mischief but they have done little to discourage its incurrence.

Just like the mischief fired by DAP assemblyman for Kota Alam Shah M. Manoharan, a lawyer of such crassitude that he committed an unforgiveable faux pas last year, after he threatened to change the Jalur Gemilang if Pakatan Rakyat conquers Putrajaya (let’s not get into a hissy fit over Manoharan’s unbelievable twits that insulted silver Olympic medallist Datuk Lee Chong Wei).

Manoharan was roundly and rightly condemned as an “unpatriotic idiot”, even by his party leadership who slapped a six-month ban, which was surprisingly mitigated to a “severe reprimand” after he was forced to apologise. There you are.

The flag’s unfurling might be considered as a risqué pursuit on any other day or year, but with the general election looming, the opposition, which is steadily losing points on a daily basis, have to perform political alchemy to recover that sagging support as it hits rock bottom.

Devising this particular mischievous political gambit undoubtedly makes for great newsbytes: newspapers, websites and blogs are already crackling in outrage but think this one out, it might have been manipulated to help turn the tide.

But also consider the other plausible motive of unfurling that wretched flag: it is the boys’ quick route to infamy and stardom, a cynical marketing gimmick to rake in the hits by applying the timeless tactic of crass controversy.

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Actually, its not. It is an extension to the Opposition’s strategy of ‘Politics of Hate’ and ‘Politics of Hatred’, which in the past transgressed via attempts to create anarchy. It is the premise of their politics. Infact ‘Janji Bersih’ was all along designed to create anarchy chain reaction towards the ‘Malaysian Spring’.

The Oppositions have been dwelling, planning and even openly talking about it. They are nothing but Neo Min Yuens.

In the past fourteen years, we have seen how Oppositions’ sordid agenda ‘Politics of Hatred’ and demonisation of any law enforcement agencies and the authorities, even though it is within the provisions in the Federal Constitution. Particularly, Anwar Ibrahim’s ability to stir up sentiments and emotions which from time to time sent Malaysian youths into stunts without them understanding that they were made used as a bunch of anarchists, if not gorillas. Their lawlessness is really shameful and simply anti constitutional.

Some believed that the Oppostions have things to hide. Needless to mention, they have been consistent in their insults to the symbols of this nation.

For these monkeys who got sucked into this sordid game by politicians who will never get the support and mandate from the majority of Malaysians, please make the effort to learn and understand who did what, when and how, for this land to achieve the independence as we all know it, on 31 August 1957. Their gross lack of understanding of their own history is actually pathetically beyond redemption, where George Santayana’s immortal words on being condemned for repeating past mistakes, no longer apply.

Otherwise, they would be parroting a perpetuated lie. It is just like bastards who all the while thought their parents were married.

Published in: on September 5, 2012 at 02:00  Comments (25)  

Kedamaian Sejagat dan Kriminalisasi Perang : Inisiatif Serantau

UCAPAN OLEH
TUN DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD
DI UNIVERSITAS MUHAMMADIYAH YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA
PADA HARI SELASA, 4 SEPTEMBER 2012

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“Kedamaian Sejagat dan Kriminalisasi Perang : Inisiatif Serantau”

 

1. Saya bangga dengan kehadiran begini ramai rakyat Indonesia untuk melihat pameran berkenaan Kriminalisasi Perang, iaitu menjadikan perang sebagai satu jenayah, serta mendengar penerangan berkenaan dengan sebab-sebab dan usaha kearah ini.

2. Kita semua tentu sedar terdapatnya selisih faham dan pertikaian dalam masyarakat antarabangsa yang kadang-kadang membawa kepada peperangan diantara mereka.

3. Di zaman dahulu, diwaktu manusia masih primitif tidak hairanlah jika manusia sering berperang. Tetapi manusia di zaman ini kononnya sudah bertamadun, bertamadun tinggi, dan berpegang kepada budaya yang mulia. Dan manusia yang bertamadun semuanya anggap membunuh sebagai satu jenayah yang besar. Demikianlah buruknya jenayah ini sehingga hukuman yang keras digunakan, termasuk hukuman mati.

4.​Di zaman yang lewat ini membunuh begitu dianggap tidak berperikemanusiaan sehingga banyak negara yang kononnya tertamadun tinggi dan moden telah hapuskan hukuman bunuh walaupun ketas pembunuh. Demikianlah bertimbangrasanya manusia di zaman moden ini.

5.​Yang anehnya masyarakat manusia ini juga terima dan izinkan pembunuhan beramai-ramai yang dilakukan semasa perang. Mereka yang membunuh dan mereka yang mengarah supaya pembunuhan dilakukan dipandang tinggi, dihormati, dianugerah bintang kebesaran, diberi gelaran dan dibangunkan tugu peringatan bagi mereka. Ternampak manusia rata-rata menghidap penyakit split-personality (schizophrenia) dengan satu personaliti mempunyai sifat yang bertentangan dengan personaliti kedua walaupun mempunyai tubuh badan yang sama.

6.​Sementara satu personaliti memandang pembunuhan sebagai jenayah yang dashyat, personaliti yang satu lagi terima pembunuhan sebagai sesuatu yang mulia.

7.​Inilah kecacatan tamadun manusia. Lebih tepat lagi ialah manusia masih menjadi makluk yang primitif, yang tidak bertamadun kerana memuliakan pembunuhan.

8.​Di zaman dahulu satu dari cara menyelesaikan pertikaian antara dua orang ialah dengan mengadakan duel iaitu perlawanan menikam dengan pedang atau menembak antara mereka dari mereka sehingga terbunuh seorang dari mereka dan ini menyelesaikan pertikaian antara mereka.

9.​Kerapkali bukan pihak yang benar yang menang tetapi pihak yang cekap main pedang atau menenbak yang terselamat. Penyelesaian cara ini jelas tidak adil tetapi di Eropah dahulu kononnya untuk memelihara maruah seseorang inilah caranya.

10.​Berperang untuk menyelesaikan pertikaian antara dua buah negara juga tidak menjamin keadilan bagi pihak yang benar. Tetapi manusia masih lagi terima perang sebagai cara penyelesaian pertikaian antara dua buah negara atau kumpulan negara-negara. Selama 7000 tahun dalam sejarah manusia kesanggupan berperang antara manusia dengan manusia menunjuk yang manusia masih lagi primitif.

11.​Perang di zaman purba tidaklah menyebabkan jumlah pembunuhan yang begitu ramai. Senjata yang digunakan seperti pedang, tombak, pemanah hanya dapat membunuh seorang setiap kali di guna. Lagi pun yang menjadi mangsa biasanya askar kedua-dua pihak.

12.​Malangnya semakin lama semakin canggih senjata yang dicipta. Hari ini kita sudah sampai keperingkat mampu membunuh semua manusia di dunia dan memusnahkan semua bandar dan negara yang ada. Kita sekarang mampu menamatkan sejarah manusia di dunia ini supaya dunia menjadi padang jarak padang terkukur, iaitu seperti dataran yang tidak bermanusia atau haiwan atau tumbuh-tumbuhan, seperti padang pasir.

13.​Perang Dunia Ketiga jika berlaku boleh meninggalkan keadaan seperti ini. Perang dunia sudah tidak lagi menjadi penyelesaian dalam menangani permusuhan antara negara dengan negara, tetapi sebaliknya boleh memusnah segala-galanya sehingga tamatlah sejarah manusia di dunia ini.

14.​Apakah kita masih ingin berperang untuk menghapuskan semua manusia dan haiwan lain di dunia ini? Mungkin kita tidak ingin malapetaka ini menimpa ke atas kita. Mungkin perang nuklear tidak akan dilakukan oleh kuasa-kuasa nuklear. Tetapi senjata nuklear masih ada dalam milik kuasa-kuasa nuklear. Apakah akan jadi jika secara tidak sengaja, kerana kesilapan atau kerana kurang siuman tiba-tiba terlancar sebuah roket dengan nuklear warhead kearah kuasa nuklear yang satu lagi dan negara ini pula membalas dengan senjata yang sama dan tercetuslah perang nuklear.

15.​Kita tidak boleh percaya dan yakin peristiwa seperti ini tidak akan berlaku selagi ada negara-negara yang memiliki senjata yang dasyat ini dalam simpanan mereka.

16.​Walaupun perang nuklear sehingga ini belum berlaku, tetapi perang biasa (conventional) masih berlaku. Di Iraq, di Afghanistan, di Korea, di Vietnam dan di beberapa negara lain peperangan bukan konvensyenal sudah berlaku. Mungkin perang ini dianggap sebagai peperangan kecil. Namun yang terbunuh, yang tercedera, yang kehilangan saudara-mara, yang kehilangan rumahtangga dan harta benda tentu mengalami kesan peperangna yang tidak kurang pedihnya.

17.​Beratus ribu mati di Iraq dan ribuan lagi kehilangan anggota tubuh badan. Mereka bukan pun askar atau anggota tentera. Mereka adalah orang biasa yang tidak bersalah, tidak pun bermusuh dengan sesiapa. Tetapi oleh kerana perang, mereka kehilangan nyawa dan cedera parah. Keluarga mereka kehilangan anak, ibu, bapa, abang, kakak – dan merasai kesedihan yang tidak terhingga. Penderitaan mereka yang terselamat kerana kehilangan rumahtangga, bekalan air dan api sama buruknya. Tidak ada makanan dan rawatan perubatan bagi mereka.

18.​Ya, perang ini bukan perang nuklear, bukan perang dunia tetapi bagi mereka yang terbunuh, mereka yang cedera, mereka yang kehilangan ahli keluarga, rumahtangga, perang kecil-kecilan ini tidak berbeza dengan perang secara besar-besaran. Ia adalah satu malapetaka. Tetapi malapetaka ini adalah kerana perang, perang yang disengajakan, perang yang dicetuskan oleh manusia, manusia yang kononnya bertamadun.

19.​Malapetaka ini berlaku kerana kita manusia masih terima perang sebagai satu cara menyelesaikan sengketa antara bangsa-bangsa atau negara. Bagi kuasa militar yang besar perang ialah pendekatan pilihan mereka. Dan perang bermakna membunuh manusia secara besar-besaran.

20.​Manusia yang menganggap nyawa manusia sebagai keramat, sebagai yang tertinggi nilainya, begitu tinggi sehingga hukum bunuh diharamkan, tetapi kita masih terima pembunuhan semasa perang sebagai halal dan wajar, kita masih terima perang sebagai cara yang halal untuk menyelesaikan masalah permusuhan antara manusia dengan manusia. Sehingga bila akan kita terima pembunuhan beramai-ramai manusia sebagai halal kerana ia berlaku dalam peperangan.

21.​Manusia yang berfikiran waras harus, mesti mengubah persepsi terhadap pembunuhan kerana perang sebagai halal, legitimate. Sudah sampai masanya pembunuhan dalam perang juga dianggap sebagai jenayah. Sudah sampai masanya mereka yang mencetus perang, yang melancar serangan dalam perang dianggap sebagai melakukan satu jenayah yang jauh lebih buruk dari jenayah membunuh keseorangan. Sudah tiba masanya yang mereka yang melancar peperangan di anggap sebagai penjenayah besar. Sudah sampai masanya peperangan dijadikan satu jenayah yang di tolak oleh masyarakat manusia.

22.​Tetapi apakah yang boleh dilakukan jika pertikaian dan permusuhan di antara negara masih berlaku.

23.​Jika tidak dengan peperangan, apakah dapat pertikaian antara negara di selesaikan. Memang pun ada.

24.​Kita tubuh Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu supaya pertikaian antara pasangan negara yang bersengketa boleh diselesaikan melalui rundingan, melalui rujukan kepada pihak ketiga dalam proses arbitration atau melalui rujukan kepada mahkamah antarabangsa.

25.​Sementara peperangan akan menyebabkan kehilangan nyawa yang begitu ramai, kemusnahan bandar dan negara, kehilangan harta benda, tetapi akhirnya satu pihak akan kehilangan segala-galanya dan satu pihak lagi akan memperolehi hasil darinya. Sebaliknya proses rundingan, arbitration dan mahkamah akan memberi keputusan yang sama – iaitu akan ada yang menang, dan akan ada yang kalah juga. Tetapi tidak ada siapa akan terbunuh atau negara hancur. Jikalau sama sahaja hasil dari peperangan dengan hasil dari rundingan atau rujukan ke mahkamah tentulah cara kedua lebih baik kerana tidak ada nyawa yang hilang, negara yang musnah.
26.​Jika kita fikir akan hakikat ini maka adalah lebih baik mengharamkan peperangan dan mengadakan hukuman berat ke atas mereka yang sengaja mencetuskan peperangan. Membunuh manusia untuk menyelesaikan pertikaian bukanlah cara yang boleh diterima oleh tamadun moden. Masa sudah tiba untuk perang di jadikan satu jenayah yang besar dan mereka yang melancarkan peperangan dianggap penyenayah dan dihukum dengan seberat-beratnya.

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Empowering Malay Nation

 

 

UCAPAN OLEH

TUN DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD

DI UNIVERSITAS SEBELAS MARET , INDONESIA

PADA HARI ISNIN, 3 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

“Empowering Malay Nation”

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  1. Saya ucapkan terima kasih kepada Universitas 11 Maret serta Pengurusan dan para gurunya kerana anugerah Doktor Kehormat dalam bidang Kepimpinan dan Pemberdayaan Bangsa Melayu kepada saya.  Sesungguhnya ini adalah kehormatan besar kepada saya kerana sumbangan sedikit saya kepada pembangunan negara saya Malaysia dan kemajuan bangsa Melayu.
  2. Di sini ingin saya berbicara sedikit berkenaan etnik Melayu dan kemungkinan mereka mengembalikan keteguhan kedudukan mereka dalam masyarakat dunia.
  3. Etnik Melayu merupakan satu daripada kumpulan etnik yang besar di dunia.  Umumnya mereka berada di kepulauan Asia Tenggara.  Sejarah meriwayatkan akan tamadun yang tinggi yang didirikan oleh mereka selama ratusan tahun dahulu.  Namum kedatangan bangsa Eropa pada abad 14 – 15 telah menyebabkan kejatuhan tamadun dan kuasa etnik Melayu ke tangan kuasa-kuasa Barat.  Sejak itu etnik Melayu ini telah dikuasai tamadun Eropa moden dengan budaya yang berpusat kepada Eropa. Tamadun Etnik Melayu telah terhakis dan disertai kehilangan kuasa mereka ke atas wilayah yang diduduki oleh mereka.
  4. Pada pertengahan abad kedua puluh wilayah etnik Melayu telah berjaya dibebaskan keseluruhannya dari belenggu penjajahan bangsa-bangsa Eropa.  Tetapi kemajuan mereka tidak dapat dipulih secara yang signifikan. Wilayah yang bertamadun tua ini telah ditakrif sebagai sebahagian dari dunia ketiga yang kurang maju.
  5. Soalnya apakah dapat tamadun baru Melayu yang sejajar dengan tamadun-tamadun lain di dunia moden ini dapat didirikan di zaman ini.
  6. Jika diperhatikan dari sejarah terdapat bangsa-bangsa yang dahulu mundur tetapi berjaya mendirikan tamadun yang tinggi.  Contoh yang mudah digunakan ialah tamadun Eropa.  Di zaman ketamadunan Islam yang terkenal, bangsa-bangsa Eropa berada dalam zaman kegelapan – the Dark Ages.  Mereka tidak berilmu pengetahuan dan dibelenggu dengan kepercayaan kepada makhluk-makhluk ghaib.  Masyarakat mereka begitu feudal sehingga separuh dari mereka diperhambakan dan bekerja untuk memperkayakan sebahagian yang kecil dari golongan bangsawan yang memiliki kuasa hidup dan mati ke atas mereka.  Majoriti mereka tidak pun boleh membaca dan ilmu pengetahuan hampir tidak ada
  7. Tetapi pada abad kelima belas, setelah melihat kemajuan orang-orang Islam dan tamadun mereka, padri-padri mereka kagum dan memutus untuk memajukan kaum bangsa mereka dengan mempelajari ilmu orang Islam terutama sains dan matematik yang menyumbang banyak kepada kemajuan orang Islam.
  8. Mereka mempelajari bahasa Arab, yang menjadi bahasa ilmu di zaman itu, dan berusaha menguasai ilmu-ilmu yang dikumpul oleh orang Islam yang tersimpan dalam khutub khanah besar di Khurtubah Al-Andalus dan Baghdad dan lain-lain lokasi dalam dunia Islam.  Dengan ilmu orang Islam yang diperolehi oleh mereka maka dapatlah mereka menjayakan Renaisssance atau kelahiran semula mereka.  Sejak itu tamadun mereka diteruskan dan kemudian ianya dapat menguasai pemikiran dan budaya serta sistem masyarakat manusia di seluruh dunia.
  9. Sifat ingin tahu yang menjadi sebahagian dari budaya mereka mendorong penerokaan pelayaran sehingga sampai ke dunia baru di barat iaitu Amerika dan dunia timur jauh. Dengan ilmu yang memperkaya dan memberi kekuatan kepada mereka, mereka berjaya menakluk sebahagian besar dari dunia dan membesarkan tamadun mereka.
  10. Apakah mungkin etnik Melayu mengembali dan memperkukuhkan tamadun Melayu seperti yang dilakukan oleh bangsa-bangsa Eropa?  Tidak ada sebab kenapa tidak.
  11. Seperti dengan bangsa Eropa yang menyerap ilmu yang diterokai oleh orang Islam, kali ini pula etnik Melayu perlu kejar ilmu yang dikumpul dan diterokai oleh bangsa Eropa dan bangsa-bangsa lain.  Tetapi tidaklah memadai jika hanya menumpu kepada penguasaan ilmu yang sedia ada sahaja.  Untuk menjayakan etnik Melayu, kaji selidik hendaklah dilakukan kepada ilmu yang ada dan ditambah tokok dengan ilmu yang baru.
  12. Ilmu yang diperolehi bukanlah untuk menambah pengetahuan sahaja tetapi lebih penting ialah diguna untuk memperbaiki lagi kehidupan kita dan meningkatkan tamadun dan kuasa. Alatan dan pendekatan yang baru yang boleh menyumbang kepada kemajuan hendaklah dicipta dan diperalatkan.
  13. Untuk semua ini etnik Melayu perlu kepada institusi pelajaran tinggi yang dapat memberi ilmu pengetahuan kepada seramai mungkin dari rakyat sebangsa.  Dengan ini tamadun etnik Melayu dapat meningkat sehingga bangsa ini menjadi bangsa yang semuanya celik huruf dan berilmu, sesuatu yang dapat menyumbang kepada ketamadunan dan kekuatan
  14.  Kita hidup sekarang dalam zaman pengetahuan dan maklumat.  Zaman ini berkembang maju kerana teknologi IT dan Internet membolehkan siapa sahaja mengejar dan memilik ilmu tanpa had.  Sementara alat-alat ini mempermudahkan proses menguasai ilmu, penggunaan alat-alat ini sahaja tidak memadai
  15. Bangsa yang ingin memperolehi kekuatan harus menguasai teknologi dan kemampuan mencipta dan mengeluarkan segala alat yang diguna dalam kehidupan manusia dan untuk menyebar ilmu.  Dari situ diperlukan juga penguasaan teknologi dan teknik dan bidang pembuatan yang boleh meningkatkan keupayaan mencipta, membangun dan mengeluar apa sahaja yang diperlukan oleh masyarakat etnik Melayu di zaman moden yang kian maju.  Sudah tentu hasil penerokaan dan penyelidikan ini juga perlu diedar kepada seluruh dunia.
  16. Untuk semua ini selain dari instituasi pelajaran tinggi seperti universiti, diperlukan juga makmal-makmal untuk kaji selidik dan penerokaan dalam ilmu dan teknologi yang baru dan yang lebih canggih.  Hari ini makmal yang utama ialah dalam bidang elektronik terutama design mikrochip yang semakin lama semakin tinggi kuasanya.
  17. Undang-undang Moores mendakwa bahawa kuasa microcip akan berlipat sekali ganda tiap 1½ tahun.  Dengan peningkatan kuasa microcip ini maka kegunaandan kuasanya juga akan berlipat ganda, menjadi lebih pantas dan lebih halus.  Akhirnya ukurannya akan hanya sebesar satu atom. Manusia masih belum sampai ketahap ini. Kita, melalui penyelidikan makmal mungkin dapat menyumbang kepada proses ini.
  18. Dengan kemajuan dalam peningkatan kuasa microcip maka banyaklah kegunaan baru yang boleh dicipta dan dihasilkan.  Diantaranya ialah kebolehan melihat sesuatu yang berada di belakang tembok yang tebal, atau membaca pemikiran seseorang dan bermacam lagi.
  19. Jika kita sanggup melabur wang yang banyak dalam usaha kaji selidik makmal ini, besar kemungkinan kita akan dapat menyamai dan mungkin mengatasi tamadun Eropa dan tamadun lain juga.
  20. Penguasaan ilmu yang terkini dan canggih akan menyumbang kepada tamadun etnik Melayu.  Tetapi kita juga perlu cekap dalam bidang pentadbiran dan pembangunan bangsa dan negara.  Ini juga memerlukan ilmu yang khusus dalam bidang pentadbiran dan pengurusan.  Sekali lagi institusi pelajaran tinggi seperti universiti boleh main peranan utama
  21. Piawaian (standard) institusi kita mestilah tinggi seperti yang tertinggi di dunia serta memilikki guru-guru yang penuh dedikasi kepada penguasaan ilmu lebih daripada tarikan yang lain. Institusi juga perlu mendapat bantuan dan pembiayaan dari pemerintah dan orang yang telah mendapat nikmat daripada ilmu dari institusi-institusi ini yang menjayakan mereka.
  22. Sesuatu yang amat penting untuk mendirikan tamadun yang tinggi ialah budaya dan nilai hidup yang dipegang dan diamal oleh masyarakat berkenaan.  Tidak ada puak atau etnik yang boleh membangunkan tamadun yang tinggi jika nilai hidup mereka tidak sesuai.
  23. Satu kajian perlu dibuat akan nilai-nilai mulia supaya dapat dikenal pasti nilai yang mesti dipupuk di kalangan etnik Melayu dari kecil lagi. Jika nilai-nilai mulia berjaya diserapkan oleh etnik Melayu maka proses mendirikan tamadun mereka, proses memperkasa mereka lambat laun akan tercapai.
  24. Dengan terhasilnya tamadun baru bangsa etnik Melayu maka tentulah mereka akan memiliki kuasa yang dituntut oleh mereka.

 

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Bloggers honoured at TUDM media open day

Today, Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) treated 60 new media practioners which include 30 bloggers for a open day for media in TUDM Kuantan. Special guest is Minister of Defense Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Panglima Tentera Udara Jen Tam Sri Rodzali “Rod” Daud is hosting.

Bloggers, just before departing from Pengakalan Udara Subang

All the VIPs and media would be flown onboard C130H Hercules military transport from Pengakalan Udara Subang to Pengkalan Udara Kuantan. The organizer for the event is Corporate Communications Unit, MINDEF, in collaboration with TUDM.

MiG 29Ns from Sdqn No 17 approaching the C130H carrying the bloggers for a ‘Forced Down’ interception demonstration

A spectacular show would awaits them. During the flight from Pengakalan Udara Subang to Kuantan, show started when the C130H carrying the media was ‘intercepted’ by two MiG 29N and demonstrated for a ‘Forced Down’. ‘Five terrorists’ were apprehended by PASKAU commandos upon their arrival in Pengkalan Udara Kuantan.

PASKAU commandos extracted after a successful mission

They would be treated with the MiG 29N ‘Smoking Bandits’ launch alert and Hawk 206 attack aerial display and several static displays. The new media practitioners are free to shoot and write about any objects or movements they see and observe in Pengkalan Udara Kuantan, without any restriction. The highlight of the day would be two bloggers been specially selected and flown to a height of 10,000ft and they would do a tandem-free-fall jump from the military transport.

SENTRY Command Control System: Monitoring 150 aircraft movements all over the Peninsular

Minister of Defense and all guests were brought to Sqdn 320 Sector Operations Centre 02 (SOC02), were live demonstration of the SENTRY Command and Control system is being displayed. Real time air defense operations involving two MiG 29Ns from Sqdn. No. 17 callsigned ‘Taufan Ganas 1’ and ‘Taufan Ganas 2’ were deployed to intercept an identified approaching aircraft designated as Bravo Bravo 100.

The visit to Pengkalan Udara Kuantan will also be demonstrated with the TUDM alert readiness and PASKAU deployment and extraction from the combat area of operations.

The new media posse is expected to arrive back Pengakalan Udara Subang at 1830hrs. A special sumptuous BBQ dinner awaits them.

*Updated 1200noon

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