Awakened, to sleeping with the enemy

Proof of 'Sleeping With The Enemy'

Proof of ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’

It is undeniable that PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’. In a marketing campaign, pro-Opposition news portal Malaysiakini is offering the book by pro-Opposition academicians Bridget Welsh and James Chin “Awakening, The Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Years In Malaysia” for its subscription.

The fifth Prime Minister who brought upon the darkest five-and-a-half years in modern history and the worst GE digression within one parliamentary term where BN lost 58 seats and 2/3rd majority control in Dewan Rakyat and control five states within 59 months, inadvertently admitted of his guilt by responding to this blog’s analysis.

Active agents for the Opposition Welsh and Chin would not have credible subject to aggregate over 30 different essays into the book, without the “Long interview with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah”.

The book is believed to be bashing the Federal Government policies and decisions made by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, which mostly is being followed through by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Probably son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, who is Minister of Youth Sports and BN Youth Chief, could also offer the book to gain the nominations and eventually the votes for the UMNO Youth Chief post for the second term. That would definitely help the ‘sales’ of the book and earn the best seller status.

After all, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s “Doctor in the House” sold about 100,000 copies. Khairy and minions serving PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and realising Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim would never dream of surpassing that record, without some sort of deception.

*Updated 18450hrs 21 Aug 2013

The reckless-spending-Prime Minister struck a good one against the spend-thrift Prime Minister.

Dr M roasts Pak Lah about spendthrift ways and bankruptcy

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ
AUGUST 22, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: AUGUST 22, 2013 06:37 PM

Mahathir (left) and Abdullah Badawi in better times. August 22, 2013.Mahathir (left) and Abdullah Badawi in better times. August 22, 2013.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad used his trademark sarcasm today to compare his government’s success to his successor, saying Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s “rich government” did not do well in Election 2008.

Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister acidly said that “billions would have been saved if he stepped down earlier”, after Abdullah said in an interview that the country would have been bankrupt if he listened to his predecessor.

“Just imagine how many billions more would be saved if I had stepped down earlier before building the North-South Highway, Penang Bridge, KLIA, West Port, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, the Petronas Twin Towers and a host of other mega projects.

“We would be sitting on a mountain of ringgit,” Dr Mahathir said of his “spendthrift PM” reputation in his popular blog today.

His biting comments came after Abdullah’s interview was published in a book covering his years as the prime minister of Malaysia titled Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years In Malaysia.

In the interview, Abdullah spoke about the nation going bankrupt if he had gone ahead on Dr Mahathir’s advice to carry on with certain mega projects.

Dr Mahathir was prime minister from 1981 to 2003 when he resigned in favour of Abdullah, who then won a 91% majority in the 2004 election but lost the two-thirds super-majority in 12th general election in 2008.

“It must have been a very rich Government which went for the 12th General Election. Sadly the people did not appreciate the billions that were saved.

“They rejected the Government party, giving 5 states and one federal territory to the opposition, and just a small majority to the thrifty party,” Dr Mahathir said.

He also said he was happy Abdullah had explained that it was the interviewer who wrote about the country going bankrupt.

“Yes, I agree that I was a spendthrift Prime Minister who finished all the government money building the North South Expressway, Penang Bridge, West Port, KLIA, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and an assortment of others.

“Had Tun Abdullah succeeded me earlier all these would be stopped to save Malaysia from bankruptcy. As it is, he managed to stop the crooked bridge and the railway double-tracking and electrification project,” Dr Mahathir wrote in his blog posting.

On the crooked bridge, he highlighted that the bridge would have cost under RM1 billion to build but the government had to pay RM200 million to cancel the project.

According to him, the railway project from Johor Baru to Padang Besar was to cost RM14 billion – slightly more than RM2 billion per year for six years.

“Fourteen billion ringgit was saved. But then it was found necessary to build the electrified double track from Ipoh to Padang Besar at a cost of RM12 billion.

A contract was given to a foreign company to build the track from Seremban to Gemas. I don’t know what it cost. Looks like the RM14 billion saved was spent on very much shorter tracks, about one-third in length,” he added.

The former PM did not stop there with his scathing remarks.

He went to state that the “small jet he used was only good for the Deputy Prime Minister”.

“A big jet was bought not through the usual channels but by some private individual. There was denial by the government that the A320 was bought for the use by the Prime Minister.

“But the aircraft is even today used by the Prime Minister. Wonder why the deal was struck. Who really owns the aircraft? How much money has been saved by the Government from this deal?” he questioned.

He said that in his time, the government budget was for the government to spend, but under Abdullah, the government budget was extended for use by the private sector as well. – August 22, 2013.

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This is should be good for the semi-fictional book by Welsh and Chin. As they say in show business, “Bad publicity is always a good publicity”.

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Misinformed Minister?

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Penang CPO Sr. DCP Dato' Abdul Rahim Hanafi showing the guns recovered from this morning's shoot out in Sg Nibong

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Penang CPO Sr. DCP Dato’ Abdul Rahim Hanafi showing to media the firearms recovered from this morning’s shoot out in Sg. Nibong

Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Depart P Wathyamoorthy questioned the Police swift action in the shooting of three Indian gang members early Monday morning in the suburbs of Geogetown, Pulau Pinang. The tone of the HINDRAF Chairman’s doubt of Police professionalism reflects his anti-government tendencies.

Was it shootout or execution in Penang, deputy minister questions police

BY LEE SHI-IAN 
AUGUST 20, 2013

Deputy Minister P. Waythamoorthy has raised questions about the shooting of five Indian gangsters in Penang. He believes the police executed them.

His comments are likely to put pressure on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who was criticised heavily by Umno politicians for appointing Waythamoorthy to the administration.

MIC Youth chief T. Mohan did so too, saying it would further weaken Indian support for the government.

Waythamoorthy, who is also Hindraf chairperson, said that in the past few years many Indian youths had been shot dead by police who were not able to justify the killings.

The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department acknowledged that the crime situation in Malaysia was serious and police were responsible for keeping the peace.

“However, shooting suspects dead is not the way to go about maintaining internal security and public order,” Waythamoorthy said, calling for an inquest into the deaths of the five youths.

“The Attorney-General should call for an inquest immediately while the evidence is still fresh. The inquest would also dispel the mistrust surrounding the police on probing their own alleged misconduct,” he said.

In questioning the way the five were killed in the shootout, Waythamoorthy said, “Photos of their injuries suggest that the five suspected Gang 04 members had been shot at point-blank range.

“Nobody in their right frame of mind would believe that the five had been killed in a shootout if they saw the photographs.

“It has been a standard answer of the police that they were forced to defend themselves after being shot at.

“But the injuries on the suspects don’t fit the description of a shootout. They give the impression that they had been shot at point-blank range.”

Waythamoorthy also expressed his bafflement that the nation’s top cop concluded that the five men had been involved in 10 murders and two attempted murder cases.

Police recovered three weapons from the suspects and several rounds of ammunition after the shootout.

“How were the ballistics tests carried out so fast? Even if it was possible, how could the firearms be linked to 10 previous murder cases so quickly?” Waythamoorthy wondered.

He said the public was no longer easily misled by the standard answers given by the police every time they killed criminals.

Waythamoorthy said if it was true that police had been observing the five suspects for some time, there was no reason why they couldn’t have been arrested instead of being shot dead.

The suspects’ families have complained about their deaths and alleged that they had been shot like “animals”, according to Malaysiakini. – August 20, 2013.

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Wathyamoorthy would have means to obtain information about these three Indian men gunned down after Police raided their nest and found three firearms and live ammunitions, without the need to make an Opposition-toned statement via the media.

This brief report about the shooting has been circulated around in the social media:

Bertindak atas maklumat senjatapi pada 19/08/13 jam lebih kurang 0430hrs sepasukan  pegawai/angogta polis dari JSJ D9 Pulau Pinang dengan dibantu JSJ D9 Bukit Aman serta D9 Kedah telah membuat serbuan di alamat: 1104, Century Bay Service Apartment, Sg Nibong , pulau Pinang

Pasukan serbuan terus berbalas tembakan dan menyerbu kediaman tembakan di hentikan sehingga tiada lagi ancaman.

Hasil pemeriksaan dapati 5 Lelaki India telah mati ditembak dan 3 pucuk pistol dirampas. Butir-butir saspek dan senjatapi:

Bilik utama:

1) Nama:  Gobinath A/L Jayasooryam

KPT: 820526-07-5343

Alamat: 1568, Kg Main Road, 13600 Perai, Pulau Pinang.

Geng 04

Rekod Jenayah  1. Prai no. report 5430/09  Sek. 324 KK, 2. Sek Ceo -6(1)(c)

 

2) Nama: Rakan A/L Nagaiah

KPT: 880212-07-5089

Alamat: D38 Sg Nibong Kecil, Bayan Baru 11900 Bayan Lepas Pulau Pinang.

Geng 04

Rekod jenayah: 1. Pulau Tikus no. report 748/05 Sek 394KK (Dikehendaki).  2.  PPA Machang no. report 00/09 -POPC 4 (1) Ditahan 2 tahun 3. PPA Machang no. report 00/11 – PDPC 7A (1) Ditahan 2 tahun  dan  4. PPA Machang 00/12 – PDPC 7B (1) ditahan (pembatalan)

 

3) Nama: Ramesh A/L Raganathan

KPT: 861129-35-5801

Alamat: 1-4-2 Jalan Perkaka dua, Sg Dua, Gelugor, Pulau Pinang.

Geng 04

Rekod Jenayah : 1. Dadah DDA 39(A)(1) (Dikehendaki).

Senjatapi di jumpai : 1 pucuk Norinco berwarna perak

Bilik dua:

4) Nama: Vinut A/L Anbalagan

KPT: 900815-07-5067

Alamat: 3-12-B Blok Seratus Taman Selatan, Medan Penaga 11600 George Town Pulau Pinang.

Geng 04 . Rekod jenayah : Tiada rekod

Senjatapi di jumpai: 1 pucuk Revolver .38s barrel 4 inci berwarna Perak

Bilik tiga:

Nama: Suresh A/L Murugasen

KPT: 880928-07-5025

Alamat: 7-G-4 Kompleks Teratai, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang.

Geng 04

Rekod jenayah: 1. Tg. Tokong no. report 2143/11 Sek. 147 KK (Dikehendaki)

Senjatapi djumpai: 1 pucuk walther PPK berwarna hitam.

 

5. Nama:Gobinath a/l Myavanam

Kpt: 920102-07-5517

Alamat : 44, Tingkat Berani 2, Jln Mohd Saad, Bagan Jermal, Butterworth.

Geng 04

Rekod jenayah : Tiada rekod

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It is baffling to learn that Wathyamoorthy is completely oblivion of such information. Unless Wathyamoorthy is hopeless to get co-operation even though he is already in government as a Deputy Minister or he is complete dump for understanding the role that he should be playing when Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak appointed him.

Wathyamoorthy should be supportive of the Police Force, for trying to restore order to the near madness state of serious crimes with the rampant shootings. After all, he is also a lawyer who is deemed as someone who could at least know how to sought for the usual Police Force procedure, when it comes to a case involving gunned down bandits.

Yesterday wasnt the first time bandits were gunned down. It is not rocket science to understand this because of the three firearms recovered in the premise.

Then again during his involvement with HINDRAF, he could be exposed or ‘infected’ by the Indian triad groups since the pressure group once viewed as being an extremist Indian movement with militant tendencies.

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Unsafe for the Undesirables

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Penang CPO Sr. DCP Dato' Abdul Rahim Hanafi showing the guns recovered from this morning's shoot out in Sg Nibong

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Penang CPO Sr. DCP Dato’ Abdul Rahim Hanafi showing to media the firearms recovered from this morning’s shoot out in Sg. Nibong

The Police is making their move, as a response to the rampant shootings and assassinations lately across the country. Ops Cantas, which is believed to be a crackdown since early this morning is aimed towards taking on all the ‘undesirables’.

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‘Ops Cantas’ rounds up 200 suspects

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GEORGE TOWN: The police have rounded up 200 people under the nationwide operation, ‘Ops Cantas’, which was carried out since Saturday, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said the suspects, held in the major operation, were being investigated under the Crime Prevention Act.

“Beginning Saturday, we started a major operation on drug trafficking hotspots, mounted road blocks and held spot checks at entertainment centres and 24-hour restaurants which were frequented by secret society groups.

“To date, we have apprehended 200 people under the Crime Prevention Act in which they could be detained up to 72 days, and after that they would be brought to court for further action,” he said in a press conference at the Penang police contingent headquarters here today.

“We want offences committed under the Crime Prevention Act to be categorised as serious which could be subject to heavy punishment as a lesson to the offenders,” he added. — BERNAMA

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In the recent public outcry for the frightening almost every other day reported news about shootings and assassinations, Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi acknowledges the theory that all these hideous and brutal crimes are related and linked to the 2,600 EO detainees released and over 6,000 persons relived of their restricted residence order.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak promised for the Police to be given what ever tools and resources they need to combat crime, especially serious in nature.

Najib declares willingness to support police in fighting crime

JULY 30, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: JULY 30, 2013 11:49 PM

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the government is prepared to give the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) whatever is needed within reason and affordability to raise the effectiveness of the force in fighting crime, particularly serious crime in the country.

The prime minister also expressed concern over a spate of killings using firearms lately, saying it affected public confidence and increased fear with regard to security and serious crime.

In this regard, he said the police must take immediate action to regain public confidence following the developments with regard to security lately.

“It is up to the police to ask from the government what they require in terms of enhancing the capability within reason and within affordability. We will provide the police (with the necessary tools) to fight organised crime and serious crime in the country.

“We are prepared to consider the request and requirements of the police as long as there is a guarantee to safeguard against abuse of power and human rights,” he said at a media conference after chairing the National Finance Council Meeting 2013 at the Finance Ministry, here.

For immediate action, Najib said the police would use the existing law to implement whatever possible in the fight against serious crime.

In addition, he said a sub-committee comprising several ministers including the Home Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department would be set up.

Najib said the sub-committee would discuss with the Attorney-General and Inspector-General of Police to determine additional provisions in the law that could strengthen the police capacity to act.

“This matter can be brought up at the next Parliament session.

“We cannot allow the situation to persist. Immediate and serious action must be taken by the authorities to bring back public peace and confidence,” he said.

Yesterday, the founder of the Arab-Malaysian Development Bank now known as AmBank, Hussain Ahmad Najadi died while his wife suffered serious injury after being shot from close range at the carpark after coming out from a Chinese temple, the Kuan Yin Temple, at Lorong Ceylon, in Kuala Lumpur.

Last Sunday, anti-crime activist who is also the chairman of MyWatch, R. Sri Sanjeevan was injured after being shot at the junction near Taman Awana Indah, Jempol, Negeri Sembilan.

Another victim of a high-profile murder case was the Deputy Director-General of Customs (Customs/Internal Tax) Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim who was shot while on his way to office in Putrajaya on April 26.

Meanwhile, Najib refuted the allegation by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who claimed that there were “hands influencing the decision” of the judge who dismissed his election petition recently.

“The government has never interfered. We must have confidence in the decision of the court.

“It was also the court that acquitted Anwar before. So why is it that he has no confidence in the judicial system of the country,” the Prime Minister added. – Bernama

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Despite Home Minister Dr Zahid’s call to have EO-like preventive law be enacted, Prime Minister Najib believes that there is a need to balance between the need to maintain law and order for the sake of the majority and upholding the universal principles of human rights.

In addition to that statement, Prime Minister Najib today affirmed his stand that if existing laws and law enforcement mechanism is not adequate, then amendments on existing laws and new ones would be enacted

Published: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:55:00 PM
Updated: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:59:46 PM

Najib: Govt has not finalised decision to bring back preventive law

PUTRAJAYA: The government has not made a decision to bring back the preventive law to fight serious crimes in the country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

“We have not made a final decision. We want to see whether existing laws are sufficient at the moment. We are having intensive discussions, whether we require additional laws or not.

“The only problem for preventive law is that, how do you arrest someone if a crime has not been committed? If (it is) on mere suspicion, is it enough (sufficient) to arrest somebody on the basis of preventive law?

“So, that’s the debate we are having at present, and the public must be aware that at the same time, we are concerned about bringing down the crime rate and we are concerned about possible abuses of human rights in the country,” he said after attending the Hari Raya open house organised by the Treasury.

Between April and last month, 23 street shooting cases were reported nationwide, including those involving high-profile or public figures.
Asked whether the existing laws were sufficient, the prime minister said the government was looking at it, adding that the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers were working very closely within the existing laws to study whether such laws were sufficient at the moment.
“I have made a public commitment that if existing laws are not sufficient, we will strengthen the existing laws but with sufficient provisions to safeguard against possible abuses,” he said.

On Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that the current spate of street shootings was the price for freedom that each citizen paid, Najib said the government was looking for the best balance in terms of freedom of human rights and public interest based on our “desire to safeguard public order and peace”.

“The government is looking to ensure that the right of the individual is not compromised while public interest is safeguarded.

“This is the balance we have to achieve to create a more mature society and safeguard the fundamental rights of the individual, but without disregarding our desire to safeguard the public interest as a whole,” he added. – Bernama.

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Needless to say, the Police are taking very decisive actions to check against the persons who are the prime suspects or susceptible to be committing these cold blood murders and serious crimes. They are acting based on existing laws, which include Prevention of Crime Act 1959.

Earlier this morning, in Penang the Police gunned down five persons who are involved in several serious acts of crime which include twelve shootings, over three states..

Published: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 6:47:00 PM
Updated: Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:47:58 PM

IGP: Gang members behind 12 murder cases in three states (Update)

BY TAN SIN CHOW

Police officers carrying out investigations at the apartment in Sungai NibongPolice officers carrying out investigations at the apartment in Sungai Nibong

GEORGE TOWN: The five men who were gunned down by police early today were behind 12 shooting cases in three states, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said the men, some of whom were members of the notorious gang 04, were involved in at least seven murder cases and two attempted murder cases in Penang, two murder cases in Kedah and one murder case in Negeri Sembilan.

The five were shot dead in an ambush by a special police team at an apartment at about 5am in Sungai Nibong here

Khalid said police also seized three pistols from the five men, aged between 23 and 27.

“We ran a test on the firearms and it was proven that they were used in at least 12 murder or attempted murder cases,” he told a press conference.

 “Seven of the murders and the two cases of attempted murder occurred in Penang. Two of the murders occurred in Kedah and one in Negeri Sembilan.

“All the cases took place over the past year, with the latest in Penang,” Khalid said.

He said police laid an ambush at the apartment block before moving in.

“We were shot at first before we acted in defence and shot them down,” he said.

He said police were tracking down several other members of the gang believed to have been involved in the murders and shootings.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that one of the five shot dead today was the leader of the gang. The gang moved about on the orders of the leader and based on its targeted victims.

“It does not stay in any one place for long so as to avoid detection by the police,” he said.

Khalid said police had been monitoring the gang for several months and had set up a special team to investigate all the murder and shooting cases.

“The investigation and intelligence gathered resulted in today’s success,” he said.

Replying to a question, Khalid said the gang members offered themselves for hire to kill or shoot but they had also killed and shot people out of vengeance and other motives.

He also said that four of the five men had several previous criminal records.

Earlier story:

GEORGE TOWN: Police here have shot dead five men who are believed to be members of the notorious Geng 04.

The shootout occurred at 5am Monday, at an apartment in Sungai Nibong.

The five, believed to be in their 20s, were said to have been involved in the recent spate of shooting cases in the state this year.

Police had been monitoring their activities before moving in on a unit on the 11th floor of the building early Monday.

It is learnt that police have seized three pistols from the scene.

Police officers knocked on the door of the apartment but there was no response. They retaliated when the suspects opened fire from the inside of the apartment.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is expected to hold a press conference in the afternoon over the incident.

A recent spate of shootings in the state and various parts of the country have sparked speculation of a gangland war.

On Aug 8, K. Veerappan, a 37-year-old scrap dealer believed to be associated with Gang 36, was shot dead when he stopped the car he was driving near a traffic light in Anson Road.

A motorcyclist rode up and the pillion rider whipped out a pistol and fired 14 shots, 10 of which hit Veerappan’s neck, cheek and abdomen.

Earlier the same day, a gunman fired at least six shots at a businessman’s bungalow in Jalan Utama. No one was injured in the incident, believed to be a triad’s warning to the businessman.

On Aug 9, a third shooting occurred in the state, in Jalan Datuk Keramat, where a 43-year-old bouncer was hit in the left thigh.

A gunman fired seven shots but only one hit the victim, believed to be one of the top leaders of the Si Lian (Four Tyres), also known as Geng 04.

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EO was used against these ‘undesirable persons’ because they needed to be taken off the streets and away from society. Being detained under EO and bannished into districts away from their home turf, they are being detached from the triad and underworld crime groups. Since they are believed to be leaders and senior operators, the operations of their gangs are impaired if not paralysed.

The Police also believe that since the EO detainees were released, they seamless rejoined the triad and underworld crime groups they were once affiliated with and a nationwide turf war between gangs.

Malaysians as responsible citizens should be playing their role in ensuring that the nation is safe. If they cannot pro-active assist, then no one should be in the way for the Police to carry out their duties as professional law enforcement agents. They should provide the Police information whenever they can, to make sure that fleeing suspected bandits are nabbed.

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Police’s determination prevails in shootout against gang

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KUALA LUMPUR — The police’s success in defeating the five members of a triad gang believed to be involved in gun-related crimes in the country today is the proof of the their undying commitment and determination to combat crime.

While congratulating the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the success had also opened the eyes of many, particularly those who underestimated the credibility of the police force.

“This success proves that they are indeed determined to combat crime, particularly those involving firearms, which have been rampant of late. It also proves that they have discharged their duties in a detailed and efficient manners to ensure that the criminals were successfully defeated,” he said.

Lee said this in response to the shootout at an apartment in Sungai Nibong in Penang at 4.30 am yesterday where five members of a triad gang, who were also believed to be hired killers wanted for murders and attempted murders in three states, were shot dead.

Police also recovered three guns from them, namely a silver Norinco, a silver .38 revolver and a black Walther PPK.

Commenting further, Lee said the success also proved the efficiency and the quick action taken by the police in carrying out raids and taking any action against criminals.

“They (the police) must have made a very careful planning, carried out intelligence activity and collected public tip-off before successfully defeated the criminals, especially those who were wanted for serious or violent crimes,” he said.

Meanwhile, president of the United Anti-Crime Organisation of Malaysia Datuk Dr A. Balakrishnan said the incident proved that the security forces were very attentive and responsive to community concerns especially concerning gun-related crimes.

“They know the community was disturbed and scared by the series of gun-related crimes which have been rampant of late. So, they are determined and committed to combat the crimes. With this success, it goes to prove that they really practiced what they preached,” he said.

As such, he said the organisation hoped that the police would continue fighting crime in the future in order to improve the image of the team in the eyes of the society and the world.

Commenting on yesterday’s morning’s incident, Balakrishan said the five men were probably involved in several shooting cases reported in the media.

“However, further and detailed investigation should be done in order to prove it. If it is true, I would like to congratulate the police for successfully defeating criminals who are considered dangerous and violent,” he said.

Following the many cases of gun-related murders reported lately, the police had also set up a special taskforce to investigate the cases closely.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin was also reported as saying that the Federal Principal Assistant Director of Serious Crime (D9) SAC Datuk Huzir Mohamed would head the task force. — BERNAMA

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We made the call to do a nationwide campaign for a new preventive law, to help the Police in restoring order and ensuring peace and stability.

Like minded Malaysians also should boldly stand up and tell aloud the Opposition, especially the DAP leaders who are using the opportunity of the Police actions against these ‘undesirables’ by demonising the Police.

The twitter message of Lim Lip Eng, meant to doubt the Police's action in Penang this morning

The twitter message of DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng, meant to doubt the Police’s action in Penang this morning

The shooting of five men early this morning in Penang and the rounding up of these 200 suspects so far is the Police way of sending a very strong message to these ‘undesirable persons’ that, “Malaysia is no longer safe for them”.

Syabas, Polis DiRaja Malaysia.

*Updated 0100hrs 20 August 2013 

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Kapal Karam

Over 100 Malaysians are amongst hundreds of passengers stranded at Terminal 4 Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila when Zest Air was grounded. The Philippines civil aviation authority suspended all Zest Air air operations.

18 August 2013| last updated at 02:19PM

Zest Air passengers grounded in Manila

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SAFETY VIOLATIONS: Hundreds stranded at Ninoy Aquino airport after suspension of airline

MANILA:THE suspension of Zest Air, the Philippines’ unit of Malaysian brand carrier Air- Asia, left many passengers stranded at  Ninoy Aquino International Airport here yesterday.

Hundreds were seen lining up at its ticketing office outside Terminal 4 where the airline runs its nine domestic routes as well as two international destinations to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Zest Air also flies to Incheon in Korea and Shanghai and Jinjiang in China via Terminal 3. It has a fleet of 10 Airbus A320 and one A319.

Passenger Gabriel Manuel, who had booked a morning flight to Cebu in central Philippines, said he came early to the airport but was informed by security officials to go to the ticketing office.

“I am still waiting for answers. But from what I have heard and read in the newspapers, the airline has been suspended because of safety violations,” said the 38-year-old businessman.

Another stranded passenger Tim Lorenzo said airline staff had told them they would be booked into other flights, but had yet to get any confirmation or information from the carrier.

“I was asked to show my ticket and told to wait for their call.

“That’s it,” said the machine operator, who was also on his way to Cebu.

Zest Air ground employees were also unable to tell passengers when the next available flights had been scheduled but pointed out that stranded passengers would be given food vouchers and accommodation if necessary.

Other domestic destinations that the airline operated are Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerta Princesa, Tacloban and Tagbilaran.

The airline was grounded since Friday from 6.15pm after it received orders from the Philippines’ Civil Aviation Authority for various aviation safety violations.

Following the suspension, aircraft bound here were allowed to return but subsequently grounded.

It was estimated some 7,200 passengers, who were booked in 80 flights, would be affected by the suspension, including 1,429 in 14 flights on Friday night.

Meanwhile, in an immediate response, Zest Air director Joy Caneba said the airline’s priority was in providing those affected by the suspension with accommodation.

“Zest Air is also offering passengers the option of getting a full refund or being re-booked onto other airlines.” Additional reporting by Carisma Kapoor

Stranded passengers waiting for Zest Air officials to respond to their queries at the airline’s ticketing booth outside Terminal 4 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila yesterday.

Read more: Zest Air passengers grounded in Manila – General – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/zest-air-passengers-grounded-in-manila-1.339664#ixzz2cJwqbPK6

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The grounding of Zest Air air operations is actually very serious. According to Phillipine Star report on the story:

ZestAir’s non-conformance to PCAR and deficiencies affecting its flight operations included the absence of a qualified account manager, failure to check aircraft logs, flight manifests, weather, among others.

Canebo said that none of the airline’s 24 pilots are exceeding the flight time limit of 100 hours a month per pilot amid the findings of CAAP inspectors that the airline has been violating the flight time limit for pilots since January last year.

She added that Yao, president and chief executive officer of ZestAir since 2008, is acting as the airline’s account manager.

On the issue of the missing fuel cap, Canebo said the item is not in the minimum equipment list required under aviation regulations.

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Safety issues isn’t something entirely foreign, with Air Asia. Malaysians know all too well a few of Air Asia’s runway mishaps, which inevitably disrupted other airlines’ operations too.

One of the few Air Asia runaway mishaps

This afternoon, Air Asia announced that “2 flights have been despatched to ‘rescue’ Zest Air Malaysia bound passengers”:

18 August 2013| last updated at 02:27PM

Air Asia despatches 2 flights to rescue Malaysia bound Zest Airways passengers

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MANILA (Philippines): Air Asia dispatched two flights to rescue over 100 stranded Malaysia bound passengers of troubled budget carrier Zest Airways here today.

Yesterday, the suspension of Zest Air, the Philippines’ unit of Malaysian brand carrier Air Asia, left many passengers stranded at  Ninoy Aquino International Airport here.

Hundreds were seen lining up at its ticketing office outside Terminal 4 where the airline runs its nine domestic routes as well as two international destinations to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Read more: Air Asia despatches 2 flights to rescue Malaysia bound Zest Airways passengers – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/air-asia-despatches-2-flights-to-rescue-malaysia-bound-zest-airways-passengers-1.339824#ixzz2cJy8Lgno

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The fact is that the decision to send Air Asia aircrafts and fly the Zest Air stranded Malaysia bound passengers from Ninoy Aquino Terminal 4 shouldn’t be viewed as ‘rescue’. Air Asia is mere completing its obligation as a partner of Zest Air.

It is expected of Air Asia to uphold its corporate responsibility as a partner in Zest Air, to ensure that the contractual obligation of ferrying passengers and goods to the scheduled destination is being fulfilled.

This is not the first time Air Asia “Being reprimanded for safety issues”. On 26 September 2012, Air Asia lost its Airline Operation Certificate and DCA had to issue a six month interim AOC because of obsolete and compliance of flight operations manual.

‘Airport Spring’: Fernandes’s morbid attempt for passengers ‘uprising’ against MAHB, which ad The Star carried in full page colour

What is interesting is that The Star, which has been the mouth piece and leading ‘cheer leader’ in Tony Fernandes’s usual trumped-up campaign for trampling others which include manipulation of half-truths, is unusually silent about reporting on the grounded air operations of Zest Air and affecting up to 7,200 stranded passengers.

It most apparent is when Air Asia passengers Izan Suhaila Mohd. Ali and her infant daughter Maryam Sophea were bumped off in Ho Chi Minh for suspicion of ‘chicken pox’ and Air Asia failed to assist them. Even on humanitarian grounds.

The Star only carried Bernama piece about Malaysia Airlines stepping up to assist and bring the two Malaysian passengers back home.

It is a demonstration of the both corporations attitude and practice of transparency. Then again, Fernandes sits on the BoD of both listed companies. The Star was very supportive in Fernandes’s campaign to get Air Asia passengers and consumers to revolt against Malaysia Airports in the November 2011 ‘Airport Spring’

Tony Fernandes and Idris Jala

This is also the man who shared the stage with PEMANDU CEO with ministerial status and former Malaysia Airlines CEO Idris Jala recently at PEMANDU Global Series Talk. Fernandes convincingly and arrogantly claim that;

“If somebody (in a company) screws up, we change them immediately,” he said.

“We got to have people that can adapt to change. Malaysians don’t like change,” he reiterated.

and

Fernandes said the country “needs to be honest with itself” and acknowledge constructive criticisms, especially on a global level.

“We should embrace change and we need to be honest with ourselves; and where are we in the global league in transparency and accountability,” he said.

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It is glaringly obvious that Fernandes is not entirely honest about himself and how he does things. This include “Screwing up”. Probably he should get his act and his house in the right order first, before making another arrogant statement or call.

This include the failed acquisition of Batavia Air, failed joint venture with All Nippon Airways on Air Asia Japan and the delay in Air Asia Indonesia IPO. It is utter shame to self-proven otherwise now, wouldn’t it?

Published in: on August 18, 2013 at 20:30  Comments (15)  

Internal Security Information Breach

The murder of AMMB Founder Hussein Ahmad Najadi on 29 July 2013 in KL Golden Triang;e

Bloomberg Malaysia reported a story about the Royal Malaysian Police will start using the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959 to address the violent and serious crimes lately becoming more frequent. What is interesting about this report is that the reporter claimed to have sighted the internal Police memo on the subject matter.

Malaysia Plans Crackdown After Wave of Killings, Memo Shows

By Manirajan Ramasamy – Aug 18, 2013 12:00 AM GMT+0800

Malaysia will use a section of its Crime Prevention Act for the first time to hold suspects without filing charges in a crackdown on violence following a wave of killings, according to a copy of an internal police memo seen by Bloomberg News.

The police will use Section 105 of the act to detain suspects for as long as 24 hours without charging them, according to the memo. While it says the operation is likely to start tomorrow, it will probably begin sooner, according to a police spokesman yesterday, who asked that he not be named because he wasn’t authorized to comment.

The rise in violence is partly due to the abolition of the Emergency Ordinance in 2011, which led to 2,600 people being released from detention, the malaymailonline reported July 9, citing Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Prime Minister Najib Razak repealed the law in a bid to boost civil liberties.

“Gangsterism” must be addressed, the memo reads. The first phase of the operation will start in the Klang Valley, which includes Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur. Inquiry officers have been appointed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the memo states.

The police action comes after Najib vowed to introduce legislation to tackle a surge in crime that included the July 29 slaying of AMMB Holdings Bhd. (AMM) founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi. The prime minister’s coalition was returned to power in May elections by its narrowest margin since independence from Britain in 1957. Najib promised during his campaign to make fighting crime and corruption a policy priority.

Crime Concern

Voters cited crime and social problems as their biggest concern after the economy, according to a survey of 1,018 people conducted in December by the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research.

Calls made to Hamidi’s mobile phone yesterday went unanswered.

A 26-year-old man in the town of Kapar was killed Aug. 15 by a gunman riding the back of a motorcycle, a shooting police suspect is related to a gang rivalry, the Star newspaper reported, citing North Klang deputy police chief superintendent Jani Ahmad. In Dungan, a restaurateur was shot to death outside his eatery Aug. 13 during what police said was an attempt to steal his Toyota Hilux, according to the New Straits Times, citing Terengganu Criminal Investigation Department Chief Assistant Commissioner K. Manoharan.

This month there have been three shootings in the northern city of Penang, including one man killed at point-blank range at a traffic light, according to an incidents list compiled by the Star newspaper and confirmed by police. An unemployed man was killed and a woman injured in Kelantan state. There was also a shooting at the Thai border, the list showed.

A primary school clerk was killed when a package he took from the top of a relative’s car exploded in Kelantan yesterday, the Star reported, citing local criminal investigations chief Lai Yong Heng.

To contact the reporter on this story: Manirajan Ramasamy in Kuala Lumpur atrmanirajan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stanley James at sjames8@bloomberg.net

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If this report is true, then it is a good news that the Police is taking stern and decisive action against rampant serious crimes including shootings of late. It is believed that these crimes are directly linked to the 2,600 Emergency Ordinance (EO) detainees released and the restriction of over 6,000 persons condemned for ‘restricted residence’ were lifted and free to move around, since both laws plus the dreaded Internal Security Act were repealed when Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced this through a special Malaysia Day eve gathering at Angkasapuri, the night The Mole went live.

Even the Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi admitted to this notion and has the statistics to prove the direct linkage of serious crimes including rampant shootings to former EO detainees and restricted residence persons.

In ‘due course’, home minister says of hushed EO stats disclosure

 

BY MELISSA CHIAUGUST 17, 2013

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Datuk Zahid Hamidi speaking to reporters at the Persatuan Pengasih Malaysia's Aidilfitri celebration at Rumah Pengasih, Off Lebuhraya Mahameru, Bukit Tunku today. – Picture by Siow Feng Saw

Datuk Zahid Hamidi speaking to reporters at the Persatuan Pengasih Malaysia’s Aidilfitri celebration at Rumah Pengasih, Off Lebuhraya Mahameru, Bukit Tunku today. – Picture by Siow Feng Saw

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 —

Media captains need to be properly “briefed” by the home ministry and police before the government can allow any disclosure of classified crime data involving former Emergency Ordinance (EC) detainees, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The home minister insisted he had the figures in hand but urged for continued patience before making them public, despite the heat from activists and opposition lawmakers who demand he show proof to link the recent spike in violent crimes to the release of inmates following the repeal of the archaic law.

“I am going to invite all the chief editors, news editors and senior journalists to be briefed by KDN [and] PDRM,” he said in a news conference here, referring to the home ministry and the Royal Malaysian Police by their respective Malay initials.

“Then we will show you the statistics,” he said, and added, “… they need to understand first, the journalists will be called, in due course.”

Ahmad Zahid had drawn flak for his swiftness in blaming the hike in increasingly violent crimes, especially those involving firearms, on former EO detainees, in his pitch to retain preventive security measures such as detentions-without-trial in the face of the Najib administration’s raft of legislative reforms.

Politicians from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition pact and human rights and crime watch activists have accused the minister of shooting from his hip without showing data to support his claims.

The recent wave of gun violence has caught Malaysians by surprise as Malaysia has strict gun control laws that allow people to own firearms only if they have a licence from the Inspector-General of Police.

Gun trafficking in Malaysia carries the death penalty or life imprisonment under section 7 of the Firearms Act 1971, while illegal possession stipulates a maximum 14-year jail term and a minimum six strokes of the rotan (cane).

Consorting with a criminal convicted of illegal gun possession also carries the same penalty under the Act.

On August 11, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi alleged that 2,600 former EO detainees have since gone on to form gangs with at least 10 members each, resulting in what he estimated to be 266,000 criminals roaming the country’s streets.

“According to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), from the 2,600 released, they have at least 10 right-hand men, meaning there are 26,000 with the society,” he was quoted as saying in Mingguan Malaysia.

“These right-hand men also have at least 10 of their own right-hand men, meaning there are 266,000 people,” Zahid said, roping in these followers as allegedly having contributed to the rise of index crime.

In Parliament last month, Zahid said he had statistics to show that former EO detainees were responsible for most of the country’s recent cases of violent crimes, but declined to provide the data when pressed.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/in-due-course-home-minister-says-of-hushed-eo-stats-disclosure#sthash.qdG79Kzp.dpuf

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What is alarmingly not good is how a Bloomberg journalist has access to internal Police memo. Either it was recklessly made available for his sight or it was obtained through unlawful means.

Either way, the Police should investigate this report very seriously. This is a matter of breach of information security if not official secrets act. And this time, the breach is believed to be from the law enforcement agency which is supposed to be in charge of crime prevention and investigation, internal security and public order.

Bloomberg is an international wire giving a lot of global coverage on business and economic news. This report would simply compound to the effort in tarnishing Malaysia’s image to the international community. It is simply giving the picture that sensitive and highly confidential information are made available to foreign journos.

Published in: on August 18, 2013 at 01:45  Comments (9)  

History Hedonistically Heuristic

The situation in Egypt is not subsiding, even after clashes between pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters and supporters and Egyptian police and military, which saw carnage and massive violence in a few major cities when live ammunitions where used. In fact situation is getting worse as the protestors started to barricade themselves in a mosque.

BBC latest report

Gunfire heard at Cairo mosque siege

Last updated 8 minutes ago

Soldiers have been firing at the mosque’s minaret
Heavy gunfire has been heard at a mosque in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, following a stand-off with barricaded Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Dozens have refused to leave the al-Fateh mosque, fearing for their safety.

TV pictures showed security forces firing at the minaret. State media said people were shooting from the mosque.

Meanwhile the interim PM proposed legally dissolving the Brotherhood, which has been demanding ousted leader Mohammed Morsi be reinstated.

The Brotherhood was officially dissolved by Egypt’s military rulers in 1954, but registered itself again as a non-governmental organisation earlier this year.

It has called for daily demonstrations since a crackdown on its protest camps in Cairo on Wednesday left hundreds of people dead.

Mr Morsi – Egypt’s first democratically elected president – was removed by the army last month and replaced with an interim government.

Chaotic scenes
Around the al-Fateh mosque, there are scenes of chaos. Tear gas has been fired into the building, and witnesses have seen live ammunition fired by both sides.

Al-Jazeera television called one woman inside the mosque on her mobile phone as the shooting began.

“Nobody here is safe, they are shooting inside the mosque,” she said, with loud firing heard in the background.

Egyptian police have been bringing some Morsi supporters out of the building – leading some, dragging others – but are then having to protect them from angry mobs armed with bats and pieces of wood who are trying to attack them, correspondents say.

BBC reporters in Cairo says the authorities want to secure all buildings to avoid a repeat of Muslim Brotherhood supporters forming more camps as they did after Mr Morsi was ousted.

Separately, the Egyptian authorities say they have arrested the brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al-Fateh mosque, near Ramses Square, was turned into a field hospital on Friday after the square became the focus of clashes

Hundreds of Morsi supporters remained inside the mosque on Saturday morning after barricading themselves in overnight

As well as riot police, anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters gathered outside the mosque to express their anger at the Morsi supporters inside

Security forces provided a cordon around the mosque

A small number of Morsi supporters left the mosque on Saturday morning, escorted through the anti-Muslim Brotherhood crowd by security personnel

For relatives of those still inside, it is a worrying time
Mohammed al-Zawahiri was detained at a checkpoint in Giza, near Cairo, because of his links to Mr Morsi, according to security officials.

Also on Saturday, the Muslim Brotherhood said on its Facebook page that Ammar Badie, the son of the movement’s spiritual leader, General Guide Mohamed Badie, was one of those killed during protests on Friday.

The Brotherhood said that Ammar Badie, 38, had died of a bullet wound in Ramses Square on Friday.

His father was arrested after the removal of Mr Morsi and charged with inciting violence. It has not been revealed where he is being detained.

The secretary-general of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Mohammed al-Beltagi, says his 17-year-old daughter, Asmaa, died in earlier protests.

Escalation

Saturday’s violence come after days of unrest in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt.

The escalation in tensions began on Wednesday, when armoured bulldozers moved into the two Cairo protest camps which had been occupied by pro-Morsi activists since he was ousted on 3 July.

The camps were eventually cleared, but not before at least 638 people were killed.

Mobs later carried out reprisal attacks on government buildings and police stations as well as churches belonging to the country’s Coptic Christian minority.

On Friday, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered in Ramses Square for a “march of anger” about the bloodshed earlier in the week. At least 173 people died.

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This ‘Arab Spring’ type of demonstration came after series of demonstrations held to protest against President Morsi’s reforming new laws to give the stare more abosulte power. As a result, a military coup d’état was staged with the disposal of President Morsi from power and a temporary government installed.

The conflict for control of power of Egypt between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military isn’t something new. As far back as the early sixties when Gamal Abdel Nasser staged a coup d’état and deposed the monarch, the political rivalry has stemmed it’s divide.

In fact, pro-Muslim Brotherhood elements staged the assassination of President Anwar Sadat on 6 Oct 1981.

The actions of the Egyptian temporary government and military to use deadly force to stop demonstrations and ‘terrorists’, is fully supported by King Abdullah of Saudi who described them as “haters and seditious”.

What happened in Egypt today is very appalling and shocking. However, it is not something new or in isolation. History have demonstrated that Arab Muslims have been using deadly force to resolve political conflict, even internally and between families. This is despite that they are Muslims in the Al Quran strictly prohibit killing of other Muslim, even in the situation of defense against aggression.

Second Ummayad Caliph Yazid Ibnu Muawiyah ordered his generals Ubaidullah Ibnu Zaid and Umar Ibnu to stop the movement of Saidina Hussain Ibnu Ali and his Hashemite clan caravan , either to Kufah or back to Mekah. On 10 Muharram 61H, cavalry forces of Ubaidullah and Umar attacked As-Rashidin Fourth Caliph Saidina Ali Ibn Abi Talib’s son and his caravan of Hashemite Clan. Rasulullah’s grandson Hussain and infant -great grandson Ali As Afghar were killed, along 70 others in the Battle of Karbala.

If the Muslim Brotherhood plans to re-enact and continue the ‘Arab Spring’ where they last left it, then most likely they would not resolve anything. This is because this round the military is more ready. Even there erupt another civil war in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood supporters would not proceed much considering the recent experience in the Syrian Civil War where they western backers simply abandon them half way.

The Egyptians must find ways to at least get wiser after the event. Aggression has never brought then any progressive outcome.

Published in: on August 17, 2013 at 21:00  Comments (3)  

Raja Petra the Gossip King

The screenshot of Gossip On Broadway

The screenshot of Gossip On Broadway

Malaysia Today Editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin is now a proud Malaysian kopitiam owner-operator in Greater Manchester. His kopitiam Gossip On Broadway, has been on operation since 8 August. Coincidentally, that is the day Muslims in the UK celebrated Eidul Fitri.

It is located on 2 Broadway, New Moston, Manchester M40 3LN. Its north west of Manchester, near Oldham.

Screenshot of the location of Gossip On Way

Screenshot of the location of Gossip On Way

Raja Petra has been living in Oldham, Greater Manchester since fleeing the country since March 2009. He was then on trial since 6 October 2008, in a criminal case of four charges for sedition and criminal defamation. The charges were brought upon him after a series of investigations to an SD he made on 18 June 2008 against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s wife Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor pertaining to the gruesome murder of Mongolian national Altantuyaa Shaaribuu.

The SD was first made known into the public domain on 20 June 2008 here in this blog.

The scrumptous typical everyday Malaysian favourites are featured in Gossip On Broadway

The scrumptous typical everyday Malaysian favourites are featured in Gossip On Broadway

The member of the Royal Selangor extended family told us last year about this kopitiam project. Then, it was targeted for operations in April 2013. However, technical delays postponed the operation till last week.

When contacted, Raja Petra told us that Gossip On Broadway has been very well received by the local community. The kopitiam is serving the typical Malaysian everyday favourites. The more popular dishes are Satay, Rendang and Roti Canai and Dhal. He also told us the investment for the kopitiam is GBP 160,000.

Raja Petra Kamaruddin at Paddington, London 16 March 2012

Raja Petra Kamaruddin at Tuk Din’s, Paddington, London 16 March 2012

Raja Petra also said that three of his sons are running the place.

We wish Raja Petra and his family all the best in their new venture. Let us hope this is the sort of gossip which will bring pride to the effort of introducing common Malaysian culinary to the Brits. Especially in the North West England area.

Published in: on August 15, 2013 at 10:00  Comments (11)  

Duit Raya

Time for generousity: Hari Raya packets

Time for generousity: Hari Raya packets

Everyone is still very much in the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri mood. In fact, many are still on Hari Raya leave for the week.  Klang Valley is buzzing with all the Hari Raya visitations and Open Houses, which should start this weekend.

It is expected that Corporate Open Houses too, would be hosted from this weekend onwards.

It is traditional of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration Malaysian-style that monies are given away. Usually by the elders to the younger ones, especially amongst children and school-attending slightly older off springs.

Out of practice and norms, children and teenagers look forward for these mini envelope packets when they go visiting or sometimes when relatives come over to pay homage. It is a demonstration of love and generosity, in the mood of ‘sharing and giving’.

Emir Mavani’s “Ph.D” is still a popular potshot whenever the topic of FGV is raised during Hari Raya social gatherings

It is made to believe that FELDA Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. CEO Emir Mavani (p.k.a. Pradeeb Kumar) recently awarded a RM 700,000.00 package to a local PR firm, for communications job till the end of the year. This package is supposedly to include ‘communication crisis management’.

That is effectively RM 140,000.00 per month.

Why FGV hired a PR firm to do communications for them is unclear since FGV has a matured corporate communications team. Probably the current PR Head Muhamad  Hudaifah Ahmad isn’t good enough for the job since he was just a former Accenture consultant and is one of the PEMANDUettes brought in when Mavani was fluffing his CEO-ship throne chair earlier in the year.

It is also believed that FGV BoD did not approve for the appointment of any external PR firm to do any communications related jobs.

FGV first AGM 26 June 2013

FGV first AGM 26 June 2013

Then again for taking pro-active primary role preparing himself as in the incoming FGV CEO since January, Mavani seems to be shooting himself in the foot ever so often.

Probably there is a need for Mavani to appoint this PR firm, especially to do ‘communication crisis management’. Considering the bad light that shone on FGV recently with all the non-halal deals such as proposed acquisition of the New Britain plantations off Papua New Guinea, Pontian Plantations which one of the vendors is DAP Life Adviser Dr Chen Man Hin and the discount given for RBD palm olien to Hunjia.

Even at the FGV AGM on 20  June 2013, shareholders raised the same matters and not able to obtain the satisfactory answers. It is interesting to note the burning issue of Mavani’s dubious “Ph.D in ‘Government Reforms’ from Warnborough University, United Kingdom” was never handled amicably till present day.

Then again, this would be a repeat since FGV had a period of communication disaster when the ‘amateurish’ PR firm Edelman was brought in by Mavani in the preparatory works to the IPO since April 2012.

Have a generous season of Hari Raya, everyone.

Published in: on August 14, 2013 at 20:00  Comments (19)  

Withering West Asia

Almost ten years ago Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad made the damning but very precise descriptive statement at a summit of leaders of the world Islamic world that “The Jews rule of the world by proxy”. The power of their propaganda is very intriguing on how they could manipulate information and half truths and influence the minds of the international community strategic and diplomatic decision makers.

Their The Neo Con Jewish via their well entrenched network of intelligensia organisations are psych-ing the minds of the majority to the notion that United States of America is playing a little or no role in the Syrian civil war, spanning in the third year.

Paper | August 12, 2013

Breaking the Stalemate: The Military Dynamics of the Syrian Civil War and Options for Limited U.S. Intervention

By: Kenneth M. Pollack

The crisis in Syria continues with no end in sight, and in the Saban Center‘s latest Middle East Memo, Breaking the Stalemate: The Military Dynamics of the Syrian Civil War and Options for Limited U.S. Intervention, Saban Center Senior Fellow Kenneth Pollack argues that until there is a breakthrough on the battlefield, there will be no breakthroughs at the negotiating table.

In his paper, Pollack lays out the military advantages and disadvantages of both the opposition and the regime’s forces, and looks at how different opportunities for U.S. intervention can affect those critical dynamics. This analysis provides a much-needed counterpoint to the debate over the possible cost of U.S. options in Syria with an analysis of their likely impact on the conflict.

Highlights include:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the opposition, including: greater numbers, a history of deprivation of political power, the aid of Islamist militias affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups, and support from Arab and Western countries.

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the regime, including: motivation to defend against a determined majority, a geographic advantage, the remnants of the Syrian armed forces, help of foreign contingents like Hizballah, and the support of foreign countries like Iran and reportedly Russia and China.

  • Options for U.S. interventions to break the stalemate, including:

    • Training and equipping the opposition.
    • Stopping the resupply of the regime in order to diminish its ability to generate firepower.
    • Attacking regime infrastructure targets, such as military bases, power-generation plants and transportation choke points like bridges.
    • Establishing and maintaining a no-fly zone.
    • Engaging in a tactical air campaign against regime ground forces.

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The New Con Jewish media New York Times provided the story about an African nation which the Americans consider as ‘rogue’ after Gadaffi’s regime was toppled and Libya became submissive to the West, Sudan, as the latest supplier of arms to the Syrian rebels.

Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels

 

 

In an image taken from the Internet, a Syrian rebel with what appeared to be a Chinese-made FN-6 antiaircraft missile.

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Syrian rebels, frustrated by the West’s reluctance to provide arms, have found a supplier in an unlikely source: Sudan, a country that has been under international arms embargoes and maintains close ties with a stalwart backer of the Syrian government, Iran.

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In deals that have not been publicly acknowledged, Western officials and Syrian rebels say, Sudan’s government sold Sudanese- and Chinese-made arms to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey to the rebels.

The shipments included antiaircraft missiles and newly manufactured small-arms cartridges, which were seen on the battlefield in Syria — all of which have helped the rebels combat the Syrian government’s better-armed forces and loyalist militias.

Emerging evidence that Sudan has fed the secret arms pipeline to rebels adds to a growing body of knowledge about where the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is getting its military equipment, often paid for by Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia or other sympathetic donors.

While it is unclear how pivotal the weapons have been in the two-year-old civil war, they have helped sustain the opposition against government forces emboldened by aid from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

Sudan’s involvement adds yet another complication to a civil war that has long defied a diplomatic resolution. The battle has evolved into a proxy fight for regional influence between global powers, regional players and religious sects. In Sudan’s case, it has a connection with the majority Sunni rebels, and a potentially lucrative financial stake in prosecuting the war.

But Sudan’s decision to provide arms to the rebels — bucking its own international supporters and helping to cement its reputation for fueling conflict — reflects a politically risky balancing act. Sudan maintains close economic and diplomatic ties to Iran and China.

Both nations have provided military and technical assistance to Sudan’s state-run arms industry and might see sales of its weapons by Sudan to help rebels in Syria as an unwanted outcome of their collaboration with Khartoum, or even as a betrayal.

In interviews, Sudanese officials denied helping arm either side in the Syrian war. “Sudan has not sent weapons to Syria,” said Imad Sid Ahmad, the press secretary for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad, a spokesman for the Sudanese armed forces, added that the allegations defied common sense, except perhaps as a smear.

“We have no interest in supporting groups in Syria, especially if the outcome of the fighting is not clear,” Mr. Saad said. “These allegations are meant to harm our relations with countries Sudan has good relations with.”

A Qatari official said he had no information about a role by his country in procuring or moving military equipment from Sudan.

Sudan has a history of providing weapons to armed groups while publicly denying its hand in such transfers. Its arms or ammunition has turned up in South Sudan, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Chad, Kenya, Guinea, Mali and Uganda, said Jonah Leff, a Sudan analyst for the Small Arms Survey, a research project. It has provided weapons to Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army; rebels in Libya; and the janjaweed, the pro-government militias that are accused of a campaign of atrocities in Darfur.

“Sudan has positioned itself to be a major global arms supplier whose wares have reached several conflict zones, including the Syrian rebels,” said one American official who is familiar with the shipments to Turkey.

Western analysts and officials said Sudan’s clandestine participation in arming rebels in Syria suggests inherent tensions in Mr. Bashir’s foreign policy, which broadly supports Sunni Islamist movements while maintaining a valued relationship with the Shiite theocracy in Iran.

Other officials suggested that a simple motive was at work — money. Sudan is struggling with a severe economic crisis.

“Qatar has been paying a pretty penny for weapons, with few questions asked,” said one American official familiar with the transfers. “Once word gets out that other countries have opened their depots and have been well paid, that can be an incentive.”

Analysts suspect that Sudan has sold several other classes of weapons to the rebels, including Chinese-made antimateriel sniper rifles and antitank missiles, all of which have made debuts in the war this year but whose immediate sources have been uncertain.

Two American officials said Ukrainian-flagged aircraft had delivered the shipments. Air traffic control data from an aviation official in the region shows that at least three Ukrainian aviation transport companies flew military-style cargo planes this year from Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, to a military and civilian airfield in western Turkey. In telephone interviews, officials at two firms denied carrying arms; the third firm did not answer calls on Monday.

Mr. Ahmad, the Sudanese presidential spokesman, suggested that if Sudan’s weapons were seen with Syria’s rebels, perhaps Libya had provided them.

Sudan, he said, has admitted sending arms during the 2011 war to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Libya’s new leaders have publicly thanked Sudan. Libya has since been a busy supplier of the weapons to rebels in Syria.

However, that would not explain the Sudanese-made 7.62×39-millimeter ammunition documented by The New York Times this year in rebel possession near the Syrian city of Idlib.

The ammunition, according to its stamped markings, was made in Sudan in 2012 — after the war in Libya had ended. It was used by Soquor al-Sham, an Islamist group that recognizes the Western-supported Syrian National Coalition’s military command.

When told that the newly produced Sudanese cartridges were photographed with Syrian rebels, Mr. Saad, the Sudanese military spokesman, was dismissive. “Pictures can be fabricated,” he said. “That is not evidence.”

Sudan’s suggestion that any of its weapons in Syria had been provided by Libya also would not explain the presence of Chinese-made FN-6 antiaircraft missiles in Syrian rebel units. Neither the Qaddafi loyalists nor the rebels in Libya were known to possess those weapons in 2011, analysts who track missile proliferation said.

The movements of FN-6s have been at the center of one of the stranger arms-trafficking schemes in the civil war.

The weapons, which fire a heat-seeking missile from a shoulder launcher, gained nonproliferation specialists’ immediate attention when they showed up in rebel videos early this year. Syria’s military was not known to stock them, and their presence in northern Syria strongly suggested that they were being brought to rebels via black markets, and perhaps with the consent of the authorities in Turkey.

After the missiles were shown destroying Syrian military helicopters, the matter took an unusual turn when a state-controlled newspaper in China, apparently acting on a marketing impulse, lauded the missile’s performance. “The kills are proof that the FN-6 is reliable and user-friendly, because rebel fighters are generally not well trained in operating missile systems,” the newspaper, Global Times, quoted a Chinese aviation analyst as saying.

The successful attacks on Syria’s helicopters by Chinese missiles brought “publicity” that “will raise the image of Chinese defense products on the international arms trade market,” the newspaper wrote.

The praise proved premature.

As the missiles were put to wider use, rebels began to complain, saying that more often than not they failed to fire or to lock on targets. One rebel commander, Abu Bashar, who coordinates fighting in Aleppo and Idlib Provinces, called the missiles, which he said had gone to Turkey from Sudan and had been provided to rebels by a Qatari intelligence officer, a disappointment.

“Most of the FN-6s that we got didn’t work,” he said. He said two of them had exploded as they were fired, killing two rebels and wounding four others.

Detailed photos of one of the FN-6 missile tubes, provided by a Syrian with access to the weapons, showed that someone had taken steps to obscure its origin. Stenciled markings, the photos showed, had been covered with spray paint. Such markings typically include a missile’s serial number, lot number, manufacturer code and year of production.

Rebels said that before they were provided with the missiles, months ago, they had already been painted, either by the seller, shipper or middlemen, in a crude effort to make tracing the missiles more difficult.

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Reporting was contributed by Andrew E. Kramer, Nikolay Khalip and Andrew Roth from Moscow; Robert F. Worth from Washington; Sebnem Arsu from Istanbul; Nicholas Kulish from Nairobi, Kenya; Isma’il Kushkush from Khartoum, Sudan; and Karam Shoumali from Turkey and Syria.

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The fact is that the West, via the well networked US and British intelligence agencies, NGOs fronting for the New Con Jewish combined economic-political lobbyist and pressure groups and corporations have been funding and providing a lot of material and information support to the Syrian rebels in their quest to topple the Al-Assad regime.

The Syrians are about the Zionist Israelis only sworn enemy immeidiate neighbour left to the criminally instituted unlawful State of Israel.

Since their political minions in the form of the Syrian rebels are now dwindling and no longer in the commanding position to win the Syrian Civil War, the New Con Jews have resorted to the tactic of psyching the international community on United States’ role.

Yahoo News carrying the Anglo-Saxon’s role of realising the New Con Jewish agenda of taking over control of West Asia, in the strategic assurance for the Zionist criminally instituted regime of Israel is in perpetuity.

To end Syria civil war, West must guarantee minorities’ safety with peacekeeping force

Christian Science Monitor

Thorsten Janus, Helle Malmvig July 25, 2013

Though Syria’s civil war rages on, Western leaders may have the power to help end the bloody conflict. And it’s not by arming the rebels.

Instead, Western countries – in cooperation with regional powers like the Arab League – should work to offer meaningful security reassurances to the minorities now supporting the Assad regime. This will undermine Bashar al-Assad’s base, move the country toward a political resolution to the conflict, and help ensure an inclusive post-Assad society. Without safety guarantees, Syria’s minorities are unlikely to shift support away from Mr. Assad. The promise of an international peacekeeping force, possibly headed by NATO and backed by the Arab League, could achieve that goal.

OPINION: Five guidelines for US role in Syria

When Syria’s conflict began, it looked political: A repressive regime was fighting to preserve its power and privileges. The opposition was fighting to end them. As 2012 wore on, however, the conflict looked increasingly sectarian: Communities of ordinary Alawites were targeted by Sunni Arab rebels, and a number of Alawite, Christian, and other minority-based militias started supporting the Alawite-based regime.

However, the main reason Syria’s minorities tend to support the regime is not their loyalty to Assad or hatred of Sunnis but their legitimate fear of the alternative. This is not surprising, given the historical discrimination and ostracism of Alawites under Sunni regimes before a 1970 coup brought Assad’s father to power, and the ruthlessness and sectarian tendencies displayed by Sunni rebels.

Of course, the United States and leading European governments are aware of this concern, and have long pushed the Syrian opposition to give meaningful assurances to the Alawites and Christians. The western-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has promised full equality to minorities in a future Syria. This has been applauded by Western leaders, who are eager to avoid a repetition of the sectarianism that raged in Iraq from 2003-2006.

Despite its promises, however, the SNC maintains that regime loyalists are to be purged, the Assad security forces dismantled, and the 2.5 million-member Baath party (of which Assad is head) dissolved. Such an agenda, along with the SNC’s lack of legitimacy within Syria and dominance by the Muslim Brotherhood rather than secular groups, undermine the credibility of the security guarantees it promises.

As a result, Christians and Alawites fear that in a post-Assad political order they will be objects of bloody revenge and political marginalization. Herein lies one of the main reasons for the prolonged and bloody character of Syria’s Arab Spring.

To pull away Assad’s support base will therefore demand more tangible reassurances to the minorities in Syria. These are to be granted by the Syrian opposition to be sure, but they must be backed by Western powers. The US and Europe should offer the minorities a robust security guarantee in the form of an international peacekeeping force.

The current Western course of unconditionally supporting the rebels and hoping they will respect the rules of democracy will not alleviate the minorities’ fears. Instead it may push them into a corner where they will use any means necessary, including perhaps chemical weapons, in order to survive.

An effort to guarantee the safety of Syria’s minorities might even be supported by Iran, which along with Russia is the Assad regime’s main external backer. After all, Iran would presumably prefer to have the Alawites protected and participating in Syrian politics than to have a Sunni sectarian regime backed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. If Iran can be persuaded to back a peace agreement, it can pressure Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, which is currently fighting for the Syrian government, to do the same.

In practice, it will be no easy sail to guarantee the safety of minorities in Syria. Obstacles include the expected collapse of state institutions, the militarization and radicalization of the Syrian opposition, and the meddling role of regional powers and neighbors. Lebanon’s bloody civil war in the 1970s-80s and the violence following withdrawal of the multinational force there provide a chilling reminder of the failures of international peacekeeping. Yet lessons from Bosnia and Kosovo show that peacekeeping forces can also be effective.

OPINION: Four things Syria must do after Bashar al-Assad

The question is: Do international leaders, particularly those in the West, have the stomach for another such mission in the Middle East? Let’s hope so. For the sake of peace in Syria and regional stability, leaders need to find the courage and the political agreement to implement this peacekeeping mission.

Thorsten Janus is associate professor of economics at the University of Wyoming. He focuses on conflict and governance in developing countries. Helle Malmvig is senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. Her expertise is in international politics and security in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Syria was never a threat to the region, before the Zionists’ armed troops of Haganah and Ergun massacred and murdered in cold blood unarmed Palestinians, destroyed their properties and dispossessed them out as refugees after the British withdrawal from Palestine 65 years ago. Neither were  Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The Syrian Civil War gambit obviously failed and now waning. Now they are in dire need of a new scarecrow in the ‘blame game’.
As such, another Neo Con Jewish media analyst on strategic and international intelligence Stratfor published a story about the Syrians are supplying arms to Palestianians in the West Bank to threaten Israel.

Iran, Syria: Smuggling Weapons to Gain Influence in the West Bank

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Iran, Syria: Smuggling Weapons to Gain Influence in the West Bank
Palestinian militants in Saair, West Bank, on Feb. 25. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Summary

There are growing indications that Iran, Syria and their local proxies may be attempting to build up militant capabilities in the West Bank to eventually threaten Israel. Physically transferring weapons into Fatah-controlled West Bank will remain a key challenge, as recent arrests of weapons smugglers in Jordan have shown. Though Iran and Syria face many constraints in trying to spread militancy to the West Bank, their quiet efforts are worth noting, particularly as Hamas and Iran are now finding reasons to repair their relationship after a period of strain.

Analysis

In the past several days, Jordanian authorities have reported two separate incidents in which groups of smugglers traveling from Syria have been caught with weapons and drugs in Jordan. A Jordanian security official speaking anonymously to local media said that five Syrian smugglers were caught the morning of Aug. 6 with anti-tank missiles, surface-to-air missiles and assault rifles in their possession. According to a Stratfor source, the arrests were made near Madaba in central Jordan. The smugglers, carrying Jordanian identity cards, allegedly hid the weapons in two pickup trucks loaded with watermelons, but when the two trucks traveled beyond the main produce market and kept heading south, the Jordanian police became suspicious. Jordan’s state-owned Petra news agency said the army had thwarted another attempt to smuggle a large amount of drugs and weapons from Syria into Jordan earlier in the week.

Jordan is the primary supply route for weapons (mostly from Arab Gulf suppliers) meant for rebels in southern Syria. Therefore, weapons traveling the opposite direction — from Syria into Jordan — stand out. Jordan is already on high alert for attacks, given its own history with jihadist activity and the proliferation of jihadists in neighboring Syria. Moreover, Jordan’s attempt to balance between supporting the rebels and maintaining a relationship with the Syrian Alawite regime could make the country vulnerable to attacks by militants on either side of the conflict. Jordanian authorities have thus tried to reinforce security on the Syrian-Jordanian border and have tightly restricted the movement of Syrian refugees in the north around the Al Zaatari camp, where militants could try to blend in with thousands of refugees.

However, Stratfor’s own investigation into the latest weapons shipment traveling through Jordan reveals a different target altogether. Contacts in the area claim that the smugglers caught Aug. 6 were Palestinians from Syria who were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The suspects allegedly were carrying weapons obtained from Syrian army warehouses in Sweida in southwest Syria. The weapons were to be transported through Jordan, from the Syrian border southward to Al Karak, to circumvent the large security presence around the Jordan River Valley. The final destination of these weapons, according to the contacts, was intended to be Hebron in the Fatah-run West Bank.

The smuggling operations fit with a pattern that Stratfor identified in November 2012, when Palestinian contacts in the region reported that Iran was working with Palestinian groups to try to transport munitions through Iraq and Jordan to the West Bank. To achieve this, Iran would likely work through Syrian intelligence and local Palestinian proxies. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, the group the smugglers were allegedly affiliated with, has had a close working relationship with Syrian intelligence, and it is plausible that members would have been commissioned to transport the weapons from Syrian warehouses to the West Bank. Though the secular, left-leaning Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command is at ideological odds with Islamist Hamas, those ideological lines can be blurred in such operations, especially when they are undertaken at the behest of the groups’ Syrian patrons. Hamas has a limited presence in the West Bank, but it does enjoy support in some of the surrounding villages in the Hebron Hills, where the weapons were likely to be stored.

Iran and Syria’s Plans for the West Bank

Both Iran and Syria would like to build up an additional source of militant leverage against Israel. The Iranian regime grew concerned with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region that led Hamas to distance itself from the Iran-Syria axis. When the Muslim Brotherhood came to power in Egypt, and when Syrian Islamists were making gains in their rebellion against the al Assad regime, Hamas calculated that in this sectarian environment it was better to align with its ideological allies than to risk alienating itself by maintaining a close relationship with the Syrian and Iranian regimes. As sectarian tensions grew over the Syrian battle of Qusair in the spring, reports began emerging that some Hamas fighters had joined Sunni rebels in Syria against the regime. At that point, Iran had to worry about its leverage weakening among Palestinian proxies in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon, all while Iran’s main ally Hezbollah was heavily preoccupied with trying to hold its ground in Lebanon while fighting Sunni rebels in Syria.

But Iran also sought ways to maintain its leverage among the Palestinians. Even as Hamas tried to publicly distance itself from Tehran, it was Iran’s supply of long-range Fajr-5 rockets to Hamas that nearly led to an Israeli invasion of Gaza at the end of 2012 and exposed a still robust relationship between the ideologically opposed allies. With Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood politically sidelined, the Egyptian military bearing down on Hamas in the Sinai Peninsula and cutting off the group’s supply lines and Syria’s Sunni rebels in a stalemate with the regime, Hamas is likely to find even more reason to remain close to Tehran. Iran, meanwhile, is trying to compensate for the sectarian challenges confronting its allies in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq by widening its militant proxy network wherever it can. Part of this strategy involves building up a presence in the West Bank to threaten Israel. This strategy also falls in line with Hamas’ interest in undermining Fatah, especially as the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority engages in more peace negotiations with Israel that fail to acknowledge Hamas’ authority in the Gaza Strip.

Challenges to Iran and Syria’s Plans

Physically operating in the West Bank is not easy, though. Fatah is the dominant party in the West Bank and controls local security forces, who frequently arrest Hamas members. The Fatah leadership will continue endeavoring to prevent Hamas from making serious inroads in the West Bank that could end up further threatening Fatah’s credibility. Moreover, Jordan’s increased security presence on the border with Syria, Israeli-Fatah security collaboration and Israel’s heavy security presence around the Jordan River Valley also make any route through Jordan highly susceptible to detection, as the recent arrests in Jordan indicate.

These challenges have not deterred Iran and Syria from trying to use their local networks to build up weapon caches in the West Bank so that eventually Palestinian militant factions can try to ambush Israel Defense Forces patrols. The inclusion of anti-tank weapons and man-portable air-defense systems in these weapons shipments to the West Bank would be particularly alarming to Israel. The threat has not yet materialized, but these efforts bear watching closely.

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In another opposite corner, there is the report that the Saudi authorities planning to raze down tomb of Rasulullah s.a.w. and Khalifahs Abu Bakar As-Sidiq and Umar Al Khatab to make way the expansion of the Haram As-Shariff.

Saudi Arabia to raze Prophet Mohammed’s tomb to build larger mosque

Published time: October 30, 2012 20:26
Edited time: November 02, 2012 16:56
Courtyard of the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Medina (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams) Courtyard of the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Medina (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)

The key Islamic heritage site, including Prophet Mohammed’s shrine, is to be bulldozed, as Saudi Arabia plans a $ 6 billion expansion of Medina’s holy Masjid an-Nabawi Mosque. However, Muslims remain silent on the possible destruction.

Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, is planned to start as soon as the annual Hajj pilgrimage comes to a close at the end of November.

“After the Hajj this year, in one months’ time, the bulldozers will move in and will start to demolish the last part of Mecca, the grand mosque which is at least 1,000 years old,” Dr. Irfan Alawi of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, told RT.

After the reconstruction, the mosque is expected to become the world’s largest building, with a capacity for 1.6 million people.

And while the need to expand does exist as more pilgrims are flocking to holy sites every year, nothing has been said on how the project will affect the surroundings of the mosque, also historic sites.

Concerns are growing that the expansion of Masjid an-Nabawi will come at the price of three of the world’s oldest mosques nearby, which hold the tombs of Prophet Mohammed and two of his closest companions, Abu Bakr and Umar. The expansion project which will cost 25 billion SAR (more than US $6 billion) reportedly requires razing holy sites, as old as the seventh century.

The Saudis insist that colossal expansion of both Mecca and Medina is essential to make a way for the growing numbers of pilgrims. Both Mecca and Medina host 12 million visiting pilgrims each year and this number is expected to increase to 17 million by 2025.

Authorities and hotel developers are working hard to keep pace, however, the expansions have cost the oldest cities their historical surroundings as sky scrapers, luxury hotels and shopping malls are being erected amongst Islamic heritage.

A room in a hotel or apartment in a historic area may cost up to $ 500 per night. And that’s all in or near Mecca, a place where the Prophet Mohammed insisted all Muslims would be equal.

“They just want to make a lot of money from the super-rich elite pilgrims, but for the poor pilgrims it is getting very expensive and they cannot afford it,”Dr. Irfan Al Alawi said.

A general view of the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Medina (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams) A general view of the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Medina (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)

Jabal Omar complex – a 40 tower ensemble – is being depicted as a new pearl of Mecca. When complete, it will consist of six five star hotels, seven 39 storey residential towers offering 520 restaurants, 4, 360 commercial and retail shops.

But to build this tourist attraction the Saudi authorities destroyed the Ottoman era Ajyad Fortress and the hill it stood on.

The Washington-based Gulf Institute estimated that 95 percent of sacred sites and shrines in the two cities have been destroyed in the past twenty years.

The Prophet’s birthplace was turned into a library and the house of his first wife, Khadijah, was replaced with a public toilet block.

Also the expansion and development might threaten many locals homes, but so far most Muslims have remained silent on the issue.

“Mecca is a holy sanctuary as stated in the Quran it is no ordinary city. The Muslims remain silent against the Saudi Wahhabi destruction because they fear they will not be allowed to visit the Kindom again,” said Dr. Al Alawi.

The fact that there is no reaction on possible destruction has raised talks about hypocrisy because Muslims are turning a blind eye to that their faith people are going to ruin sacred sites.

“Some of the Sunni channels based in the United Kingdom are influenced by Saudi petro dollars and dare not to speak against the destruction, but yet are one of the first to condemn the movie made by non Muslims,” Dr. Al Alawi said.

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If this report is accurate, then it is probably no mystery that why the Saudi ruling family decided to desecrate any remnants of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. physical history. They trust the Americans fully and distrust fellow Arab and Muslim immediate neighbours. They also have proven to be more than just allies amongst the Islamic countries in the region to the Neo Con Jewish controlled and manipulated superpower.

Undoubtedly, the heritage and traditions of prophet Muhammad s.a.w. form a major unifying factors for Muslims.

Without historical relics for the Muslims of present day to relate how Islam was completed by the last of Allah’s prophet and His Messenger Muhammad s.a.w., the spirit of Muslims could be strategically weakened. A weakened international Muslim community would just allow for the Zionist Jews to resurrect the Solomon’s Temple at the very site of where the Al Aqsa Haram al Shariff is.

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Admission of Guilt

PM 'Flip-Flop' Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's "Awakening, the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Years in Malaysia"

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s “Awakening, the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Years in Malaysia”

In the midst of a national controversy being the basis for pro-PKR biased academician Bridget Welsh and James Chin latest work titled “Awakening, The Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Years in Malaysia”, unwittingly PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi admitted that he guilty for ‘sleeping with the enemy’.

MALAYSIA

Pak Lah: I’m not sleeping with the enemy

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 — Under fire from pro-Umno bloggers, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi denied today that the release of a book on his years as prime minister is a conspiracy to attack the Malay nationalist party.

The contents of the book as well as the choice of PKR lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, to launch the book in Singapore earlier set tongues wagging online.

“The principle of openness means that we must be ready to give space for anybody to speak. But do not make an assumption that the book was written by Pak Lah who has conspired with the opposition to attack his own party,” Abdullah (picture) said in a statement here, referring to himself by his popular moniker.

“Whatever criticism given in my interview in the book was made because I want to see Umno given continued mandate and trust by the people.”

“Awakening: The Abdullah Years in Malaysia”, a book on his short reign as the prime minister who succeeded Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, features an exclusive interview where the usually quiet man finally speaks out against his detractors.

In the days following its release, the book dominated headlines in the media with heavy focus given to Pak Lah’s words on Dr Mahathir and what the former prime minister described as “unwarranted attacks” on his person that eventually led to his ouster.

Pro-Umno bloggers have since accused Abdullah of being a “mouthpiece” of the opposition with the release of the book, painting its editors Prof Bridget Welsh and Prof James Chin as alleged anti-Barisan Nasional (BN) dissenters.

Today, Abdullah denied he had a hand in the book’s tone or the decision to have Nurul Izzah launch the book in Singapore.

“Since I am not the publisher, printer, editor not the author of the book, I do not know, am not informed and not responsible for any invitations to launch and discuss the book,” Pak Lah explained.

“The news of an opposition leader attending the book launch in Singapore — even if it is true — was the decision of the publishers, not me.”

The Singapore launch has since been cancelled, according to the book’s editors today, who earlier postponed a companion event in Kuala Lumpur due to the growing controversy over the tome.

On Saturday, the editors decided to postpone the launch here, citing concerns over its “politicisation” and sensationalisation by media organisations in their reportage of certain portions of the book.

Today, Chin also denied that Nurul Izzah’s scheduled attendance had contributed to the cancellation of the Singapore launch, and repeated the hope that the public will read the book in its entirety before making any comment.

Abdullah has also clarified that he was not planning on attending the launch event, to dispel any notions that the book was written and endorsed by him, explaining that it was not written under his request or sponsorship.

On Saturday, Welsh and Chin noted in their open letter that some media outlets had wrongly categorised “Awakening” as “Pak Lah’s book”.

They pointed out that this was inaccurate as the book was a collection of multiple views from different persons, including politicians across the divide and academic observers.

Despite the postponement of the launch, the duo said the book will remain available at book stores nationwide.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pak-lah-im-not-sleeping-with-the-enemy#sthash.8I2BFfa2.dpuf

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Either PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is totally stupid or is part of the sinister agenda when he stated “Whatever criticism given in my interview in the book was made because I want to see Umno given continued mandate and trust by the people”.

Is it a very well known fact that co-editors of the book Welsh and Chin have never had said or written anything positive about the Federal Government under Barisan Nasional or UMNO as a nationalist party.

“Reforming UMNO” is in the tone of abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim’s battle cry . PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is recklessly obtuse to willing give long interviews with answers to questions which could be manipulated to demonise the government and UMNO leadership by known anti-UMNO academicians.

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s quick response to the notion of “Sleeping With The Enemy” substantiated with clear evidence only to demonstrate that he is guilty as charged.

The fact that PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar who was invited and slotted to launch the book in Singapore on 30 August symbolises that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim personally endorsing the book. As Nurul Izzah continues to defend the book, is strengthened the evidence that the Opposition especially PKR is backing PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah for his contribution to demonise government’s policies and strategic plans and indirectly, weaken UMNO.

It is interesting to note that Welsh and Chin decided to publicize about the book a day before Hari Raya and originally planned to launch the book in Singapore and invite Nurul Izzah for it, a day before Hari Kemerdekaan. Obviously, the significance of these days are selected for specific strategy for the purpose of being political and achieving a desired impact.

Particularly the Malays, who are the majority of the country and recently in 13GE proven to back Barisan Nasional and UMNO.

It is unbelievable that PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah admitted he had neither the knowledge nor influence about the planned 30 August launch in Singapore by Nurul Izzah. Then again if he cannot even excert control over a book which uses his interview as the fundamental basis, it is no mystery why he had no control when his aides and closest associations made the decisions, gave instructions and managed the government and party for his behalf.

Needless to day, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah was guilty then for syndicating and franchising the management of this nation to persons who did not swear in the name of Allah s.w.t. to take responsibilities for it. Now, he is guilty for allowing himself to be a ‘ventriloquist dummy’ for Anwar Ibrahim’s wet dream.

Then again there are evidence that sacked-Deputy-President-of-UMNO Anwar Ibrahim trying to make a comeback into UMNO, via PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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Please read PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s past sins to the nation and Malaysians. We are willing to bet these wont be included in his interview to Welsh and Chin and also his autobiography.

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