Learning the right history

Liberal thinking of the prince from the reigning Yam Tuan Negeri Sembilan household should be more democratized in his sought for information from the perspective of the truth and accuracy, rather than personal interpretations and dangerous assumptions.

Battle for democracy continues

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Tunku Abidin Muhriz

Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz is founding president of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas).

SEPT 20 — The death of a polarising figure can harden opinions held while the person was alive. When Baroness Thatcher passed away earlier this year, some Britons celebrated in the streets with the ditty Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead while others solemnly sang I Vow to Thee, My Country as they followed her ceremonial funeral.

History is replete with leaders who can be viewed as heroes or villains, even centuries later.

Similarly, the death of Chin Peng in Bangkok on September 16 has triggered a reprise of arguments about the man and his legacy. I’d like to reiterate four points I’ve made before.

Firstly, all Malaysians should respect the emotions of those who lost relatives during our various conflicts (including the Emergency), and more generally pay tribute to those who died defending our land throughout history (including members of the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army).

Secondly, Merdeka was achieved on August 31, 1957, with a democratically legitimate government in place, but the Communist Party of Malaya continued to wage a campaign of violence in the independent Federation of Malaya. Responsibility for many of the acts of terror and resultant deaths ultimately lay with its leader, Chin Peng.

This is important, because those who claim a parallel to the forgiveness towards Germany or Japan for past transgressions fail to distinguish between a national or institutional collective responsibility and individual responsibility. There are very different leaders in those countries today, and even the present Communist Party of

China is hardly like it was under Chairman Mao (symmetrically, Umno today is hardly like it was under Tunku Abdul Rahman), but individuals remain even if institutions change: last month, a nonagenarian former Nazi bodyguard was awaiting trial for acts committed 70 years ago.

Having said that, and thirdly, emotions should be separated from the legal aspects. If the Malaysian government made an agreement with the CPM concerning the right of party members to live in Malaysia, it should have been honoured. A democracy that fails to practise this basic element of rule of law tarnishes its reputation and damages its institutions. Worse still is the selective application of the agreement, especially on racial grounds.

Fourthly, much of today’s distortion and polarisation stems from ever-increasing political interference in the teaching of history. Some astonishing obituaries label Chin Peng a national hero simply because of his fight against the Japanese that got him appointed an OBE, completely ignoring his post-Merdeka record.

The reason why many people enthusiastically accept this truncated story is because they revile what they see as the government’s version of history, stuffed down their throats for political purposes. It encourages the attitude that whatever contradicts the government narrative must be correct. And so today, any government reference to history is met with scepticism and quickly divides citizens.

That is why the formulation of the history curriculum needs to be completely overhauled. The first priority is to erase the notion that history is merely about the memorisation of names and dates, and then politicians must be removed from the process of determining what should be taught. If this means competing versions of history emerge, then so be it. Citizens must be allowed to make up their own minds based on evidence: it is condescending to think otherwise. Genuine patriotism cannot exist if it is not voluntary.

For now, I invite my fellow citizens who glorify Chin Peng to imagine a country in which he was victor: a “People’s Democratic Republic”. Look at other such countries, and imagine the state of our economy, our international position in the world, and the fate of our ancient institutions, customs and religious traditions. If it doesn’t make you shudder, then you are welcome to swim across the Imjin River.

It is ironic that some see a symbolism in his death being on Malaysia Day, for Malaysia is a project that the Left never subscribed to: they derided it as a Western neo-imperialist plot (never mind China’s bankrolling of communists throughout Southeast Asia), even though the anti-communist stances of the leaders of the four territories enjoyed democratic legitimacy.

But perhaps the greater irony is that so many years after defeating the communists, our democracy has yet to fully cleanse anti-democratic elements from our politics. Too many of our leaders still promote detention without trial, media censorship, concentration of executive power and a command economy based on the principle that “government knows best”.

The death of Ong Boon Hua is cause for neither celebration nor mourning. Rather, we should mark the event by remembering the onerous circumstances in which our founding fathers achieved so much in the pursuit of liberty and justice, and to always battle against anti-democratic ideas.

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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The might of his position and availability of resources, HRH Tunku Zain Al Abidin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz should have done his homework properly before penning down his thoughts into the nation’s oldest newspaper.

The fact is that one of the generous offer made for the Hadyaii Accord inked on 2 December 1989 between the Malaysian Government and Communist Party of Malaya in Lee Gardens Hotel, Hadyaii is the right of return for communist rebels back to their hometown in Malaysia and Singapore.

Hadyaii Accord, signed 2 Dec 1989

Hadyaii Accord, signed on 2 Dec 1989

That condition must be fulfilled by an application of each individuals, within one year of the agreement.

300 persons of the CPM applied and were placed back to where they wanted. These applications were made through the Royal Malaysian Police and vetted by the Home Ministry. CPM leaders such as Chairman, Musa Ahmad, Shamsiah Fakeh and Ibrahim Mohamad were amongst those who found solace in the company of kin.

However. the Malaysian Government did not receive such application from Ong Boon Hua or Chin Peng, who should have been known as the “Butcher of Malaya” for his leadership in the armed rebellion of 54 years.

This also explained by IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who is a non politician and never had been one.

Published: Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 10:30:02 AM

IGP: Chin Peng not a Malaysian citizen

PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng was never a Malaysian citizen despite being born in Sitiawan, Perak.

As such, the question of him being buried in Malaysia should not arise.

“Although he was born in Sitiawan, he was not a Malaysian citizen. He never took up citizenship when he joined the CPM. I believe he would be happy to be buried where he had spent time the most,” he said yesterday.

Khalid said all entry points into Malaysia were being tightly monitored to ensure there were no attempts to bring Chin Peng’s remains into the country.

Former IGP Tun Hanif Omar said Chin Peng’s body should not be allowed to be brought back to Malaysia, adding that he had fought CPM terrorists and subversive activities since his first day as a police officer in 1959 until his retirement.

He did not see why Chin Peng’s body should even be allowed into the country.

“We should look after those who stoutly fought and defeated him, particularly the families of those from all races who died or maimed fighting him and the CPM,” he told The Star yesterday.

Hanif said the CPM guerillas had refused the chance to return to Malaysia within a year from 1989 in accordance with the peace accord signed in Haadyai, Thailand.

One of those who had refused to return was Chin Peng, Hanif said, adding that the CPM was responsible for the killing of his predecessor Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim.

“Surely we do not want him back without bringing him to face murder charges,” he said.

Hanif said any debate on the return of Chin Peng or his remains should cease.

“Those who campaigned for him have their loyalties misplaced or must have been supporters of the CPM’s violent insurrection to seize power in Malaysia,” he added.

Hanif said the police were generous with the terms in the Haadyai peace accord in 1989 and allowed all CPM members of Malaysian and Singaporean origin to return, provided that they must do so within a year of the signing.

“About 300 former communist terrorists returned, but we did not see any application from Chin Peng.

“When he applied to return many years after the agreement, he had effectively missed the boat and there was absolutely no reason to admit him unless he could prove he had applied within that one-year window,” he said.

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Former Deputy IGP Tan Sri Hussin Ismail said instead of glorifying Chin Peng’s struggle, Malaysians should honour the men and women of the security forces who had fought the CPM.

“We should remember our friends and comrades who died protecting the country against communist insurgency. The fallen heroes should be honoured, not Chin Peng,” he said.

Hussin said there were those who were dismayed that past efforts at counter-insurgency ended at the Haadyai peace accord.

“They saw it as a political struggle. Any political struggle is a struggle for power, and that the CPM can be expected to employ various means from infiltration and subversion to revolutionary violence if the situation permits them,” he added.

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It was reaffirmed by another non-politician Former IGP Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar, who was a signatory to the Hadyaii Accord.

It is baffling why Tunku Abidin, who is founding member and President of IDEAS, did not call on Hanif considering the latter’s role in combatting the communist rebels for 34 years of his professional career and others who are still around and part of Hadyaii Accord, such as Former IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor.

Then again, it is mind boggling why he did not notice this point about Chin Peng did not apply to return until much later as it appeared in The Star, an English daily which the British trained prince used to write and share his thoughts.

Tunku Abidin should have been more precarious in any attempt to share his liberal thoughts, which often reflected in the deficit of intellectualism when the inaccuracy of facts is prevalent.  Needless to say,  this not the first time he did this. It is an irony for him to challenge the instances of “Anti-democracy” is his writings, since he was courted by the most undemocratic political party in the country.

It would shameful considering of his upbringing, surrounding and now in his attempt to portray his grouping’s of the new generation Malays with so called ‘A more balanced view’ of situation and analysis. Despite the thick the British upper middle class accent, what is certain is that Tunku Abidin is often out of context and knows very little.

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Berani Berubah: Meneruskan Perjuangan, Meremajakan Parti

MB Kedah Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir berucap mengumumkan pencalonan beliau sebagai Naib Presiden UMNO

MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir berucap mengumumkan pencalonan beliau sebagai Naib Presiden UMNO

Ucapan YAB Dato Paduka Haji Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar, Kedah 1730hrs 19 September 2013

Assalamualaikum WBT

Yang dimuliakan Pengerusi Majlis

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Ahmad Bashah Hanipah

Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Negeri Kedah

Yang Berhormat/ Yang Berbahagia Dato-Dato, Saudara-saudari Ahli Badan Perhubungan UMNO Negeri Kedah

Yang saya kasihi Ketua-ketua Bahagian, dan rakan-rakan yang sudi hadir bersama dari seluruh pelusuk negara (Kita berikan tepukan gemuruh)

Yang dikasihi Ketua-ketua sayap Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri Bahagian-bahagian

Ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Bahagian-bahagian 4 peringkat

Ketua-ketua Cawangan dan ketua-ketua sayap Cawangan 4 peringkat

Tuan-tuan. Puan-puan, Warga Keluarga UMNO Negeri Kedah

Para wartawan dan petugas media

Anggota-anggota Keselamatan

Hadirin-hadirat yang dirahmati Allah sekalian,

  1. Pertama sekali saya ingin mengucapkan rasa penghargaan yang tinggi kepada kesemua yang sudi hadir pada petang ini. Tiada ungkapan yang sesuai dapat mengambarkan kepuasan kita untuk kembali berkumpul di rumah kita ini, Seri Mentaloon, setelah lebih 5 tahun tidak berpeluang menggunakannya.
  2. Marilah kita panjatkan rasa syukur ke hadrat Allah SWT atas nikmat yang telah diberikan. Dengan izinNya jualah, keluarga UMNO dapat kembali berkumpul di dewan yang kita bina megah ini. Dengan izinNya jualah, kita kembali memegang tampuk pemerintahan Negeri Kedah Darul Aman yang kita cintai. Dengan kuasa politik yang sedang kita pegang ini jugalah, akan kita genggam erat amanah rakyat, memberi khidmat demi meningkatkan Syiar Islam, membangunkan bangsa dan mendaulatkan tanahair.
  3. UMNO telah melalui pelbagai pengalaman. Bermulanya dengan berusaha menyatu-padukan orang-orang Melayu dalam menentang pembentukan Malayan Union, beralih kepada perjuangan memerdekakan negara. UMNO telah diuji sejak Pilihanraya pada tahun 1955, kemudian melalui pahit getir perpecahan kaum pada tahun 1969. UMNO diasak dengan pelbagai halangan dan dugaan dalam berjuang untuk mengisi kemerdekaan, memajukan bangsa sambil terus berusaha mengekalkan keharmonian antara kaum.
  4. Hari ini, setiap rakyat Malaysia sebenarnya telah berpeluang menikmati hasil perjuangan UMNO. Tanpa kira bangsa, agama, keturunan atau ideologi politik, setiap rakyat telah menikmati peluang untuk belajar, mengguna perkhidmatan kesihatan dan memperoleh kekayaan hasil daripada dasar yang dibuat oleh UMNO.
  5. Kalau seseorang itu jatuh sakit, lantas dipanggil ambulans untuk ke hospital, UMNO lah yang usahakan agar perkhidmatan ambulans itu wujud, jalan yang dilalui ambulans itu juga dibina Kerajaan yang ditunjangi UMNO, hospital tujuan pesakit juga hasil titik peluh UMNO, doktor dan nurse dilatih oleh sistem pendidikan yang diperjuangkan UMNO, pendekata tiada yang berlaku dinegara kita ini yang UMNO tidak dari segi polisi Kerajaan dan perlaksanaannya. Begitu besarnya perjuangan UMNO yang tidak disedari dan tidak diiktiraf ramai. Inilah sumbangan fardu kifayah UMNO untuk seluruh rakyat Malaysia.
  6. Namun hakikatnya, UMNO juga telah di kecam, di tentang dan di khianat. Hari ini, kita telah melihat dengan jelas tanpa selindung, anak-anak bangsa kita yang sanggup bersekongkol dengan mereka yang sejak awal menentang cita-cita perjuangan. Musuh kita jelas menghina Agama Islam dengan lantang dan berani mendesak Kalimah Suci Allah digunakan dalam kitab selain al Quran ulkarim. Mereka memesongkan fikiran rakyat dengan alasan hak asasi, keadilan dan hak kesamarataan antara kaum.
  7. Apabila UMNO Kedah merintis usaha untuk menyekat penyebaran fahaman Syiah di negara, jelas ianya mendapat sambutan yang hebat dari kalangan pendokong2 ahli Sunnah wal Jamaah dari pelbagai latarbelakang politik. Malah penyokong penyokong tegar PAS dan penggiat pondok2 agama yang dahulunya lebih cenderung kepada PAS juga mulai meyakini UMNO, terus bersama kita dalam menyekat kemaraan Syiah. Kini apabila pemimpin2 PAS di negeri Kedah ini juga tidak menyokong enakmen jenayah syariah baru yang diluluskan di Dewan Undangan Negeri Kedah baru baru ini, jelas terbukti keberanian UMNO untuk mempertahankan kesucian Islam lah yang disambut baik oleh segenap lapisan ummat di negeri ini.
  8. UMNO berdepan dengan mereka ini. Cita-cita perjuangan kita untuk meningkatkan syiar Islam, membangunkan bangsa dan mendaulatkan tanahair terbantut dengan tanggungjawab untuk melawan akidah songsang mereka. Namun, apa juga alasan dan halangan daripada puak seperti ini, tidak melemahkan semangat kita untuk terus berkhidmat kepada rakyat.
  9. Untuk itu, UMNO mesti pandai menyesuaikan diri dalam apa juga situasi. Setiap kita mesti memahami permasalahan rakyat dan merasai denyut nadi mereka. UMNO mesti terus kekal relevan di mata rakyat. UMNO juga mesti Berani Berubah!
  10. Saudara-saudari warga Keluarga UMNO sekalian, Setiap yang kita lakukan mesti membawa maksud yang selari dengan landasan perjuangan asal UMNO. Begitu juga setiap tindakan kita sebagai pewaris perjuangan ini mestilah dengan tujuan untuk memperkukuhkan parti pusaka bangsa ini. Jangan ada diantara kita yang mendahulukan kepentingan diri, keluarga mahupun kumpulan lebih dari kepentingan parti.
  11. Saya berceloteh tentang perkara-perkara ini kerana kita semua sedia maklum akan kehadiran musim pemilihan bagi mengisi jawatan-jawatan parti di semua peringkat. Mengikut sejarah lama UMNO, inilah musim yang akan menentukan kekuatan kepimpinan orang Melayu di Bumi Malaysia ini. Inilah waktunya, jika kita tidak memelihara tindakan-tindakan kita, ianya boleh melemahkan, bukan sahaja kepada diri kita sendiri tetapi kepada keseluruhan bangsa.
  12. Saya amat berharap, pemilihan parti yang akan kita lalui di peringkat Bahagian dan Pusat tidak berapa lama lagi akan memberi semangat baru kepada setiap seorang dari kita. Proses demokrasi yang digunakan, jika dipelihara dengan sempurna tentu akan memberi perolehan yang terbaik untuk setiap seorang dari kita.
  13. Dalam masa yang sama, hak untuk menawarkan diri dalam sebarang jawatan yang layak kita tandingi bukan bermaksud kita harus segera mengisi borang pencalonan. Jawatan Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden contohnya, layak di tandingi oleh ramai pemimpin yang pernah menjadi Ahli Majlis Tertinggi. Tetapi, kita sebagai ahli parti yang taat setia dan insaf akan keburukan yang boleh dibawa melalui pertandingan jawatan tertinggi parti, sebolehnya menolak mereka yang kepingin menjawat jawatan tertinggi itu. Ini adalah kerana, kepimpinan yang sedia ada adalah merupakan gandingan yang terbaik dan wajar diberikan sokongan seratus peratus. Saya dengan tegas ingin memberi komitmen Badan Perhubungan UMNO Negeri Kedah untuk mempertahankan YAB Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak dan YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Haji Yassin sebagai Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO Malaysia. Jika ada pihak atau individu yang berhasrat untuk mencabar kedudukan tersebut, UMNO Kedah akan bersatu mempertahankan kedua pemimpin kita ini.
  14. Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan sekalian, Negeri Kedah ini terkenal dengan sejarahnya yang tersendiri. Keagungan Kerajaan Kedah yang tertua di Asia Tenggara dan masih kekal merupakan satu kebanggaan bukan saja bagi kita anak-anak Kedah tetapi bagi seluruh rakyat di negara ini. Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj, Bapa Kemerdekaan dan Perdana Menteri Malaysia yang pertama adalah merupakan anak Kedah. Begitu juga Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, seorang anak guru yang juga merupakan anak Kedah. Mereka telah begitu banyak berjasa kepada negara dan kita berbangga dengan pencapaian mereka.
  15. Kita percaya, kegemilangan anak-anak Kedah ini dalam mengharumkan nama negeri dan membawa kemakmuran kepada negara boleh diteruskan dengan pemimpin-pemimpin sedia ada di masa kini. Kejayaan Barisan Nasional kembali memegang tampuk Kerajaan Negeri Kedah adalah bukti kebolehan dan komitmen para pemimpin kita, terutamanya pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO. Kebolehan dan daya kepimpinan mereka ini wajar diberi pengiktirafan. Mereka-mereka ini wajar diberikan tanggungjawab yang lebih besar dalam sama-sama merencana perjalanan parti kita.
  16. Walaupun kejayaan besar yang telah kita perolehi, tentu sekali kita tidak mampu menjadikan setiap pemimpin Negeri Kedah sebagai pemimpin di peringkat Kebangsaan. Dalam perkara itu, saya amat bersyukur dengan komitmen dan tolak ansur dikalangan Ahli Badan Perhubungan UMNO Negeri Kedah. Kami telah sama-sama duduk berbincang dan mencadangkan pemimpin diantara kami yang boleh kita ketengahkan ke peringkat Majlis Tertinggi UMNO. Begitu juga, di kalangan Pergerakan sayap-sayap.
  17. Pada petang yang berbahagia ini, sukacita saya mengambil peluang untuk memperkenalkan calon-calon Majlis Tertinggi yang akan mewakili kita dari Negeri Kedah. Saya amat berharap agar kesemua mereka akan mendapat doa restu dan sokongan padu dari keseluruhan jentera UMNO Negeri Kedah.
  1. Calon Pengerusi Tetap UMNO Malaysia

i. Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Badaruddin Ameruddin

  1. Calon-calon Ahli Majlis Tertinggi

i. Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Mahadzer Khalid

Ketua UMNO Bahagian Padang Terap merangkap Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO Malaysia

ii. Yang Berhormat Dato’ Azeez Rahim

Ketua UMNO Bahagian Baling merangkap Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO

iii. Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO

  1. Tuan-tuan yang saya hormati dan kasihi sekalian, inilah calon-calon yang akan mewakili Negeri Kedah ke peringkat pusat. Marilah kita sama-sama berusaha keras, berdoa dan memastikan agar kesemua mereka terpilih agar dapat membawa suara kita ke peringkat yang lebih tinggi. Saya mengharapkan agar setiap dari kita, keluarga UMNO Negeri Kedah memberikan kesetiaan dan sokongan kepada setiap calon ini. Boleh? Sokongan yang sama saya harap dapat diberikan kepada calon-calon dari Pergerakan Wanita, Puteri dan Pemuda seperti yang telah diperkenalkan tadi.
  2. Hadirin sekalian, telah berminggu-minggu saya disapa dengan persoalan apakah saya akan menawarkan diri dalam apa-apa jawatan di peringkat Pusat. Sejak mula saya menjadi ahli UMNO, saya hanya berhasrat untuk menumpahkan khidmat bakti saya kepada Agama, Bangsa dan Tanahair. Berulang kali saya tegaskan, UMNO bukanlah tempat untuk membina kerjaya atau mengumpul kekayaan. UMNO adalah wadah perjuangan bangsa. Walau sejengkal ilmu yang ada dalam diri saya, akan saya kongsikan bagi membina negara bangsa.
  3. Saya amat gembira apabila Barisan Nasional berjaya dalam Pilihanraya yang baru lepas. Tumpuan selepas kejayaan tersebut adalah untuk mengekalkannya. Saya tidak pernah merancang untuk bertanding di peringkat Dewan Undangan Negeri, jauh sekali menyusun strategi untuk menduduki kerusi Menteri Besar mahupun Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Negeri. Namun sebagai ahli parti, kita harus sentiasa bersedia memikul apa juga tanggungjawab yang diarahkan.
  4. Kita juga harus melihat kehadapan. Parti-parti lawan telahpun memulakan persiapan menghadapi Pilihanraya umum yang ke 14 dari sekarang. Di ketika itu, mungkin AI sudah tiada dalam kancah politik negara. Mungkin juga tiada LKS, NA, KS dan Haji H. UMNO akan berhadapan dengan ramai pemimpin-pemimpin muka baru yang kini ditonjolkan dan diberi tanggungjawab menggalas jawatan jawatan penting parti masing masingdan Kerajaan diperingkat negeri. Di pihak kita, apakah persiapan yang telah kita lakukan. Apakah kita telah membuat persiapan dan perancangan strategik untuk terus memegang tampuk pemerintahan Negara. Apakah kita telah bersedia untuk meraih undi daripada lebih 3 juta pengundi baru nanti. Inilah persoalan yang paling penting difikirkan sebelum kita sama-sama membuat keputusan dan membantu pemimpin kita mengemudi parti.
  5. UMNO juga merupakan sebuah parti yang amat bergantung kepada kesetiaan ahlinya. Pengikut dan pemimpin saling melengkapi. Sebagai pemimpin Negeri, saya juga tidak dapat tidak, mendengar nasihat dan menerima desakan daripada pengikut. Antara nasihat yang banyak saya terima ialah untuk memastikan saya terus memberi khidmat, jika boleh, ke peringkat yang lebih tinggi. Nasihat-nasihat ini, semakin menjadi sebagai satu harapan. Sebagai pemimpin, saya semestinya tidak boleh lari dari perkara ini, yang juga merupakan satu tanggungjawab.
  6. Ingin saya tegaskan sekali lagi, saya sesungguhnya menyokong penuh kepimpinan YAB Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak sebagai Presiden UMNO dan YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sebagai Timbalan Presiden UMNO. Saya sekali lagi menyeru agar seluruh warga keluarga UMNO Negeri Kedah untuk bersama saya memberikan sokongan padu kepada gandingan mantap mereka berdua.
  7. Saya juga bertegas, bahawa pemilihan UMNO adalah merupakan satu proses demokrasi bagi membolehkan ahli-ahlinya membuat pilihan. Setiap pemimpin yang ada, tentunya telah berusaha dengan penuh setia dan bertanggungjawab. Pembaharuan yang difikirkan perlu dibuat, mesti dilakukan dengan penuh berhemah. Jangan ada keji-mengeji, tohmah atau memperkecilkan sesama pemimpin. Yang lebih penting sekali jangan sekali2 kita mencemarkan nama baik UMNO dengan amalan2 dalam proses pemilihan kita ini yang tentu akan merosakkan parti. Ingat kepada Allah yang esa dan balasan di dunia dan akhirat. UMNO mesti kekal kuat dan bersatu berlandaskan kepada nilai dan budaya yang murni.
  8. Hadirin-hadirat warga keluarga UMNO yang saya kasihi. Setelah menerima banyak nasihat dari setiap lapisan kepimpinan, saya telah memikirkan apakah jawatan yang sesuai untuk saya dipertanggungjawabkan. Saya telah memikirkan kesesuaian masa dan amanah yang tinggi bagi setiap jawatan. Saya telah tanyakan diri saya, apakah saya bersedia. Saya telah menimbang perkara ini dari setiap sudut.
  9. Maka bagi mewakili zon utara di negara tercinta ini, khususnya Kedah yang telah kembali kepangkuan UMNO, Kedah yang melahirkan Bapa Kemerdekaan, Kedah yang juga melahirkan Bapa Pembangunan Malaysia, Kedah yang DYMM Tuanku Sultan nya menaiki takhta menjadi Seri Paduka Baginda Yg DiPertuan Agong sebanyak dua kali…….. bagi pemilihan parti kali ini saya dengan penuh rendah diri ingin menawarkan diri bertanding sebagai Naib Presiden UMNO Malaysia.
  10. Saya mohon doa restu dari setiap warga keluarga UMNO Negeri Kedah. Saya mohon sokongan dan dokongan yang tidak berbelah bagi. Hanya yang cekal dan tabah, dapat membina mercu tanda bangsanya yang berjaya.

HIDUP UMNO

HIDUP UMNO

HIDUP UMNO

BERANI…..BERUBAH

BERANI…..BERUBAH

BERANI…..BERUBAH

Wassalamualaikum wbt.

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#MM4VP is GO!

MB Kedah Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir announcing his candidacy for VP UMNO

MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir announcing his candidacy for VP UMNO

The much anticipated decision has been made. Kedah Menteri Besar and UMNO Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir just announced his candidacy for Vice President post in the upcoming party election which is exactly a month from today.

He is expected to file his nomination papers in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

The ground swell for Mukhriz to step into the ring and contest for the five top most position in the nationalist party is far too great for him to ignore. On a special meeting Tuesday night at Seri Mentaloon, he received overwhelming endorsement and support by all but one UMNO Division Heads in Kedah.

In an interview with NST which appeared on Monday, he said that he “Wanted to chart a new course” as part of the ‘Succession Plan’. The theme is very clear; changing mindset, propelling transformation and play the catch up game. He is tweaking the game without changing the rules, to achieve better level of achievements.

Yesterday, he called on Deputy Prime Minister and UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd, Yassin in Perdana Putra. Later, he called on Prime Minister and UMNO President Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Both leaders respected his decision and would not deny his right to contest.

In short, its an endorsement for him to test his leadership acceptance by the larger UMNO delegates.

Some of the UMNO Kedah Division Heads at Seri Mentaloon

Some of the UMNO Kedah Division Heads at Seri Mentaloon

In his fiery speech, he explained at length that UMNO has been struggling for the interest of the rakyat, especially the Malays. “In the more recent times, the challenges are more intense which include attacks against the position and sanctity of Islam as the religion of the Federation.”

UMNO, said Mukhriz, must remain relevant and be rejunevated to ensure all the challenges are resolved.

Mukhriz contested UMNO Youth Exco in August 2004 and was elected with the highest votes. on 6 September 2008, he launched his ‘Berani Berubah’ campaign for UMNO Youth Chief. Even though he got the highest divisional nominations, he failed to win the UMNO Youth Chief post when the delegates voted on 26 March 2009.

After the 2009 UMNO party election, Sixth Prime Minister Najib formed his Cabinet on 6 April 2009. Mukhriz was appointed Deputy Minister of MITI.

This candidacy bring new hopes for the bigger demomination of UMNO members; the younger generation. This should be seen as the party rejuvenating itself, which is part of the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s ‘Transformation Plan’ for UMNO, as per his acceptance speech at the UMNO General Assembly closing ceremony on 28 March 2009.

Some of Dato' Paduka Mukhriz's staunch supporters at Seri Mentaloon

Some of Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz’s staunch supporters at Seri Mentaloon

In this defining moment in Seri Mentaloon, Mukhriz also affirmed his and UMNO Kedah’s loyalty to Prime Minister Najib as UMNO President and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin as Deputy President. Amongst those who attended are Cabinet Ministers, Perlis UMNO Liaisons Chief Dato’ Seri Shahidan Kassim and Merbuk UMNO Chief Mej. Jen. (Rtd) Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

The strong support shown so far, especially by many of the younger UMNO members and eligible delegates is a demonstration that they aspiration is for UMNO to have a ‘Succession Plan’.

The war cry for this campaign is

“BERANI BERUBAH!”

The Hashtag for social media sites Twitter and Facebook is

#MM4VP

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Published in: on September 19, 2013 at 16:45  Comments (9)  

Endorsement

Kedah UMNO Division Heads Meeting, 17 September 2013

Kedah UMNO Division Heads Meeting, 17 September 2013

In a meeting in Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar last night Kedah Menteri Besar and UMNO Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir last night received overwhelming support from all UMNO Division Heads in Kedah, to go for the Vice President post.

Published: Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 2:15:01 PM

Kedah MB gets the green light from state division leaders

BY SIRA HABIBU
SIRA@THESTAR.COM.MY

PETALING JAYA: Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir (pic) has received unanimous support from state Umno division leaders to contest the vice-president post.

The decision was made during a meeting with divison leaders last night.

If Mukhriz decides to join in the fray, he will be the game changer in a tight six-cornered fight among heavyweights for the three vice-president seats.

“Insya Allah (God Willing), I will make an announcement on Thursday,” said Mukhriz.

So far Felda chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad and former Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Ali Rustam have announced their intention to take on incumbents Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

Mukhriz is son of fourth prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, while Hishammuddin is the son of third prime minister Tun Hussein Onn.

Political pundits and netizens were all abuzz yesterday when news that Mukhriz had called Kedah Umno leaders for a meeting last night broke.

Mukhriz is said to have met the leaders including those from Umno wings at his official residence in Alor Setar.

According to a source, he called for the meeting to gauge their feedback before making a final decision.

Langkawi Umno division chief Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said should Mukhriz contest the vice-president post and win, he could help rejuvenate Umno.

“The younger generation in Umno views Mukhriz as an icon.

“Barisan Nasional was able to wrest control of Kedah from PAS because of substantial support from young voters.

“We need to get younger leaders like Mukhriz to play a greater role in the party as we need to prepare for the next general election where the younger generation makes up more than 40% of the voters,” he said.

Sungai Petani Umno division chief Datuk Ali Yahaya said Mukhriz was a rational person who was not likely to let external pressure influence his decision.

“Whichever position he will vie for, we will support him, and people in the northern corridor want to see him soar high,” he said.

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Later this afternoon, sources from Perdana Putra said that Mukhriz would call on Deputy Prime Minister and UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin. Later in the evening, same sources said that he would also meet Prime Minister and UMNO President Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

These meetings are in line on what Home Minister and UMNO Vice President Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s advice to Mukhriz a few days ago. In short, Mukhriz has sought the ‘endorsement’ from top leadership to offer himself.

If this endorsement is obtained, then it could be viewed as an endorsement for UMNO to have a leadership succession plan. This a high level extension to the UMNO democratization, promised by Prime Minister Najib in his acceptance speech as 7th UMNO President on 28 March 2009.

In all anticipation, Mukhriz is expected to make his announcement for his candidacy of the UMNO Vice President post at Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar at 400pm tomorrow.

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Power Rangers

Source of power (Re: Energy Commission)

Source of power (Re: Energy Commission)

Power is a very important element in the factors of production for an industrialised nation like Malaysia. It will define the competitiveness of produce by Malaysia, since other factors of production like wages inevitably have to be increased due to the corresponding cost of living. The cost for power is heavily dependent on the cost of energy, since 77% of power generation in this country is based on hydrocarbon.

45% of power generation is based from gas powered power producers.

The Federal Government is expected to approve the tariff adjustment by TNB from 2014, based on the revision of cost of natural gas charged to the power producers. At present day, the cost of natural gas passed to power generators is more than 65% lesser than the market price.

19 August 2013| last updated at 06:47PM

TNB: Tariff adjustment will not burden consumers

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has given assurance that the proposed electricity tariff adjustment, if approved by the government, will not burden consumers.

In fact, TNB president and chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Ir Azman Mohd, said domestic users who consumed less than 200 kWh a month would not see any increase in their monthly bill due to the tariff adjustment.

“About half of our eight million consumers are those who consume less than 200 kWh and have a monthly bill of less than RM70. They will not see any increase in their bills and will not be burdened.

“However, if the tariff adjustment is approved, it will be reasonable…the people need not to worry, it will not be a double or a triple increase…there is a certain percentage, but it will not be that high,” he told reporters at the TNB Aidilfitri do here today.

Also present was TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.

Azman said the final decision on the new tariff would be made by the government based on inputs and information given by TNB.

“…many meetings have been convened to discuss the matter,

“We are confident that the government will give its fair considerations to all quarters, including consumers and the industry players,” he said.

Azman said electricity tariff adjustment, should it be made in the future, was due to the hike in the price of fuel, and not to increase TNB’s profit.

“TNB is neutral, we have nothing to lose, the company that is suffering losses now is Petronas as it has to pay such a high price to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel,” he said.

Azman said currently, Petronas fixed the price of gas to generate electricity at RM13.70 per MMBtu, a rate much lower than the market price of RM40 per MMBtu. — BERNAMA

Read more: TNB: Tariff adjustment will not burden consumers – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/tnb-tariff-adjustment-will-not-burden-consumers-1.340379#ixzz2fBNYUzXp

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The current natural gas priced charged by Petronas is RM13.70 per MMBtu. It has been revised from RM10.70 per MMBtu even though the current market price is RM40.00 per MMBtu. The current tariff is also calculated based on the coal price of USD85.00 per toned (CIF). Coal powered generators contribute slightly lesser than 20% of power generation.

The current progressive incremented tariff for homes and dwellings:

Tariff RatesPrint this page

Domestic Consumer” means a consumer occupying a private dwelling, which is not used as a hotel, boarding house or used for the purpose of carrying out any form of business, trade, professional activities or services.

TARIFF CATEGORY UNIT RATES
1. Tariff A – Domestic Tariff
For the first 200 kWh (1 – 200 kWh) per month sen/kWh 21.8
For the next 100 kWh (201 – 300 kWh) per month sen/kWh 33.4
For the next 100 kWh (301 – 400 kWh) per month sen/kWh 40.0
For the first 100kWh (401 – 500 kWh) per month sen/kWh 40.2
For the next 100 kWh (501 – 600 kWh) per month sen/kWh 41.6
For the next 100 kWh (601 – 700 kWh) per month sen/kWh 42.6
For the next 100 kWh (701 – 800 kWh) per month sen/kWh 43.7
For the next 100 kWh (801 – 900 kWh) per month sen/kWh 45.3
For the next kWh (901 kWh onwards) per month sen/kWh 45.4
The minimum monthly charge is RM3.00

Minister-in-charge of Federal Government key performance indicators Dato’ Seri Idris Jala explained in his blog posting that the burden of cost is translated in our everyday lives in one form or another. This include cost of energy and power generation.

“If subsidies to independent power producers and oil companies are removed, then we don’t need to increase petrol and diesel prices. Right? No, wrong – simply because we don’t give subsidies to them.

The notion that if subsidies for corporations are removed then we can continue to subsidise the public, is not just a mere over-simplification of subsidy rationalisation but incorrect. Unfortunately it is repeatedly trotted out to put every move that the government takes towards subsidy rationalisation in an extremely unfavourable light.

In the context of the recent 20-sen increase in the price per litre of diesel and RON95 petrol it is wrong to say that this could be avoided if subsidies to independent power producers (IPPs) and oil companies are removed.

The simple, unvarnished truth is this – the government does not at all subsidise IPPs or oil companies – not one sen.”

The low cost of natural gas charged by Petronas to the power producers means that tariff of electricity that Malaysians enjoy in the everyday lives be it reflected in the cost of production, cost of operation, cost of sales or even mere in schools, hospitals and homes is at where it is. Unequivocally, Malaysians should pro-actively contribute to utilise the demand for energy and usage of power effectively.

The trending growth of Malaysia as a net importer of hydrocarbon

The debate will now trot on should the burden of cost of production, production or sales be burdened by Petronas or there should be pro-active initiatives for industries and commercial entities to produce more efficiently, increase production and sale and thus, capitalise of the economies of scale. There is a trending growth for Malaysia as a net importer of hydrocarbon, particularly crude oil.

Growth in Federal Government expenditure

Then again, there is the added argument that a balance between the cost of power generation and maximise returns reliasable should be strived so that more could be derived by Federal Government from Petronas  in the form of taxes, royalties and dividends and eventually channeled to more deserving expenditures.

Federal Government Income Vs Expenditure 2011-3

The annual Federal Government expenditure is growing and there is the notion that the annual percentage of GDP deficit have to be reduced. The demand for the interest of the majority to be looked after in the ambit increased cost of living is an added burden to the Federal Government. It is expected that specific programs would be announced in the Bajet 2014.

Then again Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s Bumiputera Economic Plan and Strategy announced on Saturday fortified the need to address the growing socio-economic disparity between Bumiputera and Non Bumiputera. Although the necessary adjustments are required to mitigate the underlying factors and implementation of these policies and transformation plan.

Published in: on September 18, 2013 at 10:00  Comments (6)  

Succession Plan

Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir

Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir

Menteri Besar Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir gave his first interview since assuming the Chief Executive of Kedah on 6 May 2013. Obviously he is doing things differently to bring the transformation of Kedah, in the essence of preserving what UMNO stood for all the years.
 

16 September 2013| last updated at 01:34AM

‘I am here to chart a new course’

 
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SOLVING PROBLEMS, CHANGING MINDSETS: Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir shares his vision for Kedah and Umno. Shahrum Sayuthi has the story

Question: How do you find your job after more than four months as menteri besar?

Answer: I find it interesting, exciting and challenging at the same time… even daunting at times. The experience that I had before this, whether as deputy minister in the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) and prior to that, in the corporate sector, augurs well for the job I’m in now. But there are still tonnes of stuff I need to learn the hard way. Previously, as a deputy minister, I had Tok Pa (Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed), who was my boss, giving me assignments. He is one of those ministers who gives lots of leeway on how I was to execute his instructions.

So, I learnt a lot that way. I must admit that my four years’ experience at MITI was of tremendous help. Having said that, as chief executive of the state, despite having access and lots of help from the government machinery, executive council members and assemblymen, in some sense, I am on my own.

I have to decide on some critical matters, which have direct impact on more than two million people. So, that’s where the task is daunting. But, I’m quite happy to step up to the plate and take on the responsibility and fulfil the mandate given to me by the people. My intent is still the same, which is to be of service to the people the best that I can.

Question: Of all you had encountered these past four months, what was the toughest?

Answer: The toughest, generally speaking, is fulfilling the expectations of the people. I think that when they voted me in and voted back Barisan Nasional in Kedah, there were such high hopes that a new state government under BN would bring lots of good to the state, and of course, that’s what we want to do anyway. But sometimes, the expectations are somewhat unrealistic, that they want it done now. They almost expect overnight improvements. That’s when the pressure mounts. I guess it’s somewhat a tradition that in the first 100 days, the leader is judged by what he does in that very short time.

I find it strange that people expect some drastic changes to happen within 100 days. The pressure can be unbearable with people asking what are you going to announce, what do you want to announce…

I said: “You really expect that much changes in 100 days?”

In the end, I could only talk about what we hope to do and what we could get done in terms of policies to create a better Kedah for its people. So, meeting that expectation is the toughest for me.

Question: Does the fact that Kedah was previously under Pas make it harder for you to fulfil your tasks?

Answer: Not really. It was somewhat easier because… well, I don’t want to rub it in, but I think everyone knows that, in fact, this is the reason why we won. They did a dismal job for the past five years. So, it’s not difficult to come out looking like a bed of roses after that. The pressure is there of course.

For example, the Kuin (Kolej Universiti Insaniah) issue. We inherited that problem. It is a multi-faceted issue, in that we need to address the issue from so many angles. It was political, financial, academic and social in nature. But we were determined to do something about it and, generally speaking, there were some low-hanging fruits that we could solve immediately and turn the tide as to how stakeholders of Kuin look at the state government.

But there were also long-term measures that needed deliberations. While I think it’s not difficult to remedy the situation, those guys who were much the culprit and have first-hand knowledge about the internal goings-on of Kuin, they spin the issue to make us look bad when actually, we inherited this problem from them.

So, that’s when things got convoluted. But I think we explained this quite well during the state assembly and their arguments fell flat in the end. They said a White Paper needs to be done to investigate Kuin and anyone found responsible for any criminal breach of trust should face the full extent of the law. So, that was quite telling because before that, they were whacking us but then, they turned 180 degrees. So, I think it wasn’t too difficult taking over from Pas because of the mess they left us.

But still, that novelty may wear off, maybe in six months to a year. After that, we are on our own again. We can’t go on harping that it was what the previous government did. In fact, I said in the state assembly that I don’t want to keep talking about the misadventures of the previous state government. I’m here to solve problems and chart a new course for the state.

Question: Talking about charting a new course for the state, maybe you can share with us your visions for Kedah and how you want to bring about change.

Answer: It’s one thing to talk about visions, development plans and all that. But for me, there are two things that I find as preludes to those things. First is a proper strategy which takes into account ideas and opinions from as many people as possible. For that purpose, I started the Kedah Transformation Lab.

We got good people in it representing academia, non-governmental organisations, government officials, corporate sector and individuals who are experts in their respective fields so that in the end, there is absolutely no doubt that what comes out of the lab has been thoroughly deliberated by stakeholders. So, it’s not going to be a one man’s idea of what is Kedah’s future. I wouldn’t say I have solutions to everything. I’m more the type who is able to tap into people’s brains to come out with the best ideas.

Second, and more importantly, the gumption and will to actually transform among all those who will be playing a direct role in this whole transformation of the state. There is no point in planning and strategising while the problem remains in the execution and implementation.

Therein lies the challenge of changing their mindset and getting them out of their comfort zone, and be willing to accept not just change, but also transformation. And transformation is defined as not incremental change, but sometimes earth-shaking movements that destroys before it reconstructs.

Question: How do you expect to change mindsets.

Answer: Systematically. I don’t lecture them, instead I really believe in training and gentle persuasion. We will soon be conducting training for as many people as possible, such as civil servants, professionals, entrepreneurs, teachers and others.

I have plans to conduct training for 1,000 people in the first batch. After that we will see how many more we need to train. The underlining mission is to get everyone on the same page doing something for Kedah.

We are all Kedahans and first and foremost on our minds should be what can do for Kedah instead of what Kedah can do for us. There’s some religious element to it too, so that they understand what we ask them to do is fardhu kifayah (collective responsibility).

Question: Before the general election, it was said that Kedah Umno was somewhat fragmented. But once you came into the picture and was announced as the team leader, things started to gel together. How did this come about?

Answer: Even during the time of Datuk Paduka Ahmad Bashah (Md Hanipah), as his deputy, I found that we worked extremely well together and complemented each other. Now that our positions have switched, it’s still like that.

So, it’s been good in that sense that others tend to follow suit and they are very supportive of what the state and federal leadership wanted to do.

The only issue is when we get to party elections. This is where sometimes, fragmentation happens because positions are contested at the divisional level.

I guess this is part and parcel of democracy. At the same time, I want all of them to conduct themselves honourably. The problem with party elections is that, if there is any hanky-panky, the effects extend all the way to the general election.

The internal sabotaging that sometimes happens at general elections comes from the party elections. That is usually the case. So, if everything is above-board during party elections, insyaAllah (God willing), there should not be any problems at the general election.

Question: As the state party chief, how do you plan to minimise these fragmentations?

Answer: If we find there are contests which are unnecessary, we will provide some advice to the players without jeopardising the democracy that we are practising. I will only advise and if they don’t listen, it’s fine as we cannot compel people to go one way or another. If they still want to contest, then my next advice is for them is to do it properly and correctly.

They must adhere to all our rules and regulations. If we find someone really flouting the rules, then we will take stern action because I think that sort of behaviour really damages the party and its reputation. We really shouldn’t tolerate that kind of behaviour.

Question:  It is has been observed  that the menteri besar, who is state Umno chief, tends to place his people at the divisional level and this usually leads to problems. Are you planning to avoid this practice?  Answer: Yes, definitely. I truly believe if there are no disruptions by way of unacceptable behaviour, then we should really leave it to the branches to decide who should be their leaders at the divisional level. Usually, they know better.

We keep saying that we are the largest party in the country with 3.5 million members and we are very proud of that, but what is the point of having 3.5 million people if we are not going to listen to them or want to dictate to them who they should pick as their leader?

You can’t say we are strong because we have 3.5 million people but we expect them to follow instructions on such matters. That is why we go into general elections with 3.5 million people, but are baffled by the number of votes coming in which indicates that they didn’t vote according to our wishes.

Question: This next question is likely on everybody’s mind. What can we expect from your position in the party election?

Answer: I’m running out of time before nomination day. I must admit that I’m still in two minds about this matter. I know I am going to contest but in which position, I haven’t decided. I have taken the opportunity to talk to as many people as possible and I must say that the views I received vary.

The most ideal situation is when the leadership’s mind is synchronised with the masses. My worry is what if we are not. I am loyal to the party and I hope no one will question that. Whatever I do, I always bear that in mind… whether I’m doing it for the good of the party. I never put self-interest above the party. I read some comments in blogs which accuse me of having it easy all the time. You know, like he’s been secured, protected and given the easy path all the way.

Well, my first attempt to contest was as the Youth chief of Kubang Pasu and I lost by nine votes despite my father having been the division chief there for 35 years. I won with the highest number of votes in the Youth exco but lost when I contested the chief post, where I came in third among three contenders. This time around, at the general election, I chose to contest at a seat that we had previously lost. So, how could this be a grand design for me to reach a higher level?

Don’t you think that if I had such aspirations, I should have gone and contested in places like Kuah or Jitra, which were sure bets?

So, I think it’s clear that I took calculated risks as I knew what I was doing. Not many understood why I was taking chances as even my father (former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) was not so keen about me standing at state level, and worst still, at a seat where we have lost before.

Even the prime minister was surprised that I said Air Hitam when he asked where I wanted to stand. Of all places, reports were that Air Hitam was not so safe as the votes there swinged a lot and there were also many who tended to vote for Pas. But I was comfortable and confident, and I felt that if I was there to win back the state, I myself must contribute a seat. What’s the point of me standing in a safe seat and expect BN to win the state back?

That’s why I think I am okay with taking risks and I have a proven track record in that regard. I have absolutely no qualms about being in difficult situations and that it’s all for the party.

Question: A lot of people see you as representing the more youthful side of Umno, despite yourself being almost 50 years old. How do you feel about that and in what way do you think you can contribute to rejuvenating the party?

Answer: I don’t know whether it’s really about being young or old. I find that at some point or another, the general perception is that the party may veer from its original cause and that a lot of people, many of them young people, want Umno to go back to its original values. So, because this set of people who want to see a revived Umno tend to be younger, that’s why they say its a generational thing.

I think it’s not really so. A lot of things have happened in the party, some are good and quite a lot that are not so great which damaged the party’s reputation and image. I’ve made it at least a personal mission to clean up the party’s image and I hope others will be with me. That’s why, whenever I have the chance, I talk about integrity, about being professional, about being work oriented and having the right values as well as being grounded in Islam.

All these things, everyone knows are good for the party.

Coincidently, a lot of young people I talked to share the same feelings. Many of them told me that they voted for BN and Umno mainly because they didn’t like the other guys. That is not good enough. I don’t want them to vote for us just because they don’t like the opposition. I want them to vote for us because they trust us and they believe in us and they want to be with us in the true sense. Well, how do you feel if someone (you love) says I love you because I don’t like the other guy?

This old adage about the devil you know, that can’t be it. So, I hope more in the party will champion this issue. Just look at whenever we go into an election or by-election, we can see how the other side behaves. They act like ruffians. They accuse us of practising graft and abuse of power. I don’t think we addressed that enough and a lot of young people believe those accusations.

We shouldn’t assume that just because there is no evidence, the young people shouldn’t believe those accusations. We haven’t done enough to exonerate ourselves from that. And do bear in mind that those guys who accuse us, they actually don’t even have the moral high ground to make such accusations. And yet, their unsubstantiated allegations form misperceptions about Umno as a whole. I hope to clean up the party’s reputation and image.

Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir says he started the Kedah Transformation Lab to gather ideas from the people.

Read more: ‘I am here to chart a new course’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/i-am-here-to-chart-a-new-course-1.356888#ixzz2f7N816DQ

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The theme is very clear; changing mindset, propelling transformation and play the catch up game. He is tweaking the game without changing the rules, to achieve better level of achievements. The mandate that UMNO/BN got on 5 May 2013, will prevail the corresponding benefits for the rakyat.

It also obvious that Mukhriz is offering himself as part of the UMNO succession plan.

Published in: on September 17, 2013 at 16:00  Comments (14)  

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah made Malaysia weaker

In the realism of whichever perspective, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s poor and weak leadership made Malaysia weaker than what  it was. Unfortunately, pro Former-abuse-of-power-convict Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim would try their intellectual best to portray otherwise.

The Riong Kali newsportal story:

Pak Lah’s legacy — his “weakness” made Malaysia strong

BY RITA JONG
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 10:44 PM

Dr Bridget Welsh (right) and James Chin with the 'The Awakening' books at the launch today. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 16, 2013.

Dr Bridget Welsh (right) and James Chin with the ‘The Awakening’ books at the launch today. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 16, 2013.

Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi’s “weakness” made Malaysia stronger with its people becoming more vocal and pushing for more democratic reforms.

“That is his legacy of strength,” said Dr Bridget Welsh who co-edited “Awakening: The Abdullah Years in Malaysia”.

“Malaysians became more critical,” she added.

Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim who was also present at the launch of the book at the Bar Council headquarters this evening, pointed out that Pak Lah had big shoes to fill after he took over as prime minister from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Pak Lah is a decent and good man. He wants politics to be on an open path. He was not interested in dominance,” he said, adding that Abdullah would have accomplished more if he had more time.

Perhaps, Zaid said, Abdullah should have strengthened his team when he came into power in 2004.

Instead, he chose to keep a lot of Dr Mahathir’s men.

“He was the one who said there should be an interfaith commission. So we must give him credit for that.

“But he was not prepared to fight. He was not going to get involved in a bloodbath. I had told him that he had to be harder and sack a few people, but he said that was not his style.”

Zaid was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of legal affairs and judicial reform from March 18, 2008 to September 17, 2008 when Abdullah was premier.

James Chin, who worked with Welsh on the book, pointed out that it was during Pak Lah’s tenure that the nation flourished with new ideas.

“Cyberspace, bloggers, newsportals were actually established during his time as prime minister.

“Even the newspapers were freer then,” he said. “He genuinely wanted to bring reforms. Although he did not accomplish a lot of things we wanted, he had done a lot of things we see today.”

Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar said it was during Abdullah’s tenure that there was a change in the judiciary and it was in better shape after a long time.

“Sure there was a change and I am referring here to the acquittal of (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim.

“At that time, you will see the two male judges on the panel had the scrotal gumption to do the justice that the law required them to do,” he said.

The Federal Court had overturned Anwar’s sodomy conviction in September 2004, just months after Abdullah came into power.

The book is a collection of 37 articles by an array of contributors, including scholars and practitioners.

Abdullah had last month said that he did not write the book and that he had no intention of attending the book launch. – September 16, 2013.

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What Welsh and Chin claimed during the launch of this book based of misconstrued and skewed analysis. The reality is far from their biased perspective. For starters, as pro-Anwar Ibrahim academicians both never had anything positive and constructive to say about Malaysia.

Instead, very consistently biased.

Let’s start with international relations and diplomacy. It was in the brief 65 months stint as the Fifth Prime Minister, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah poor and weaked ‘out-sourced-leadership’  lost the Pulau Batu Puteh, cancelled the Scenic-Bridge (which will replace the Johor causeway) and invited Singapore to be part of the planning of then Iskandar Development Region.

USN Nimitz Class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Port Klang

USN Nimitz Class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Port Klang

US Navy nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines started to berth in Port Klang, as part of their technical stop over when plying the Straits of Melaka.

He made himself as an international idiot and became a diplomatic laughing stock when he did a state visit to Venezuela. In that visit, he called Venezuela as “Vietnam”, “New Zealand” and “Bolivia”. Even in the presence of his host Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

PM “Flip-Flop’ Abdullah despatched Home Minister Dato’ Seri Azmi Khalid to Beijing to ‘Apologise for the mistreatment on a Chinese national, in the ‘Nude-ear-squat-in-lock-up’ case’, after DAP MP for Seputeh lied about it in Parliament. Later, it was discovered that the woman is neither Chinese national nor Chinese ethnic. A diplomatic embarrassment, unimaginable even for a very careless leader.

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah dozing off, on the stage in PWTC

On a personal problem, how could a Prime Minister who keeps dozing off on the job which include in public and live on TV, is good for the country?

On the corporate side, he allowed his close friend and personal confidante Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan and son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin to violate several security and capital market laws which include Company’s Act by hiving off Avenue Capital Resources Bhd. to a smaller stock broking firm ECM Libra in mid 2006.

Pantai Holdings was hived off to a Singapore group. Part of then Telekom Malaysia shares were sold to Temasek Holdings for no real benefit to Malaysia.

It was this administration that allowed the national car project Proton to slowly die. Upon the deal made by the hidden hands of the dreaded ‘Level Four Boys’, Proton hived away motorcycle brand MV Agusta to an unnamed benefactor for a very meagre sum of one Euro. The new owners later hived off one of the brands under MV Agusta, Husqavarna to BMW for Euro 65 million.

As the Prime Minister and Finance Minister, he started the process of Malaysia Airlines being devoured and reduced when he allowed for the ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’ also in mid 2006, where 39 of MH routes were handed over to AirAsia. This include the Rural Air Service (RAS), which Tony Fernandes undertook under Fly Asian Express (FAX).

A corporate con-job, to ‘wayang’ the routes taken over from Malaysia Airlines

It was a corporate con-job. Not only Federal Government had to spend RM 250 million for it on subsidies, FAX did not service the interior Sabah and Sarawak and eventually forced the national carrier to take back and operate the RAS. These extra routes he used to justify the expansion for Air Asia, which was listed in Bursa Malaysia. Later, Fernandes used FAX licenses and changed to Air Asia X, which served his low cost carrier model for intercontinental routes.

The Federal Government of doing things were undone with the outsourcing and franchise-management of the nation by the ‘Level Four Boys’. The culture of appointing consultants especially foreign based to do civil servants and traditional macro planners suddenly emerged.

During his tenure, the Federal Government spent more money and actually achieved nothing. In his five years, Petronas paid  the Federal Government RM 260 billion in dividends, royalties and taxes compared to RM170 billion in 22 years tenure under Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Yet there was no new ‘mega projects’ started or undertaken during that 5 years and 5 months.

The ACJ219 and a shot from the Monsoon Cup party

Probably what is apparent are spending such as the RM200 million per year Monsoon Cup, the RM200 million ACJ219 delivered for PM ‘Flip-Fop’ Abdullah’s used in December 2006 and the 50 years Merdeka celebrations Soiree in Seri Perdana, where George Benson and Al Jarreau were paid to perform for only 200 private guests.

Welsh and Chin are by-far wrong about it was more democratic under PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s poor and weak leadership. Various UMNO outfits nationwide cancelled 14 of their invitations issued to Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, because of harassment by the authorities which include the Police and party leadership.

Former UMNO President and Kubang Pasu Division Chief Tun Dr. Mahathir’s attempt to be elected as a delegation was sabotaged by corrupting the branch delegates in August 2006.

 

Journos and bloggers were harassed the By Police, which include the use of the dreaded Internal Security Act (ISA). Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Sin Chew journo were detained under ISA in September 2008. So were bloggers Syed Azidi “Kickdefella” Al Bukhari and Abu Bakar “Penarik Beca”, who spent a few nights in Police lock up.

Let us not forget the arrest and detention of Sri Lankan born businessman BSA Tahir under ISA, under ‘instructions’ of powers from outside the country in 2004. He was released in 2008.

Even without aggregating all these and each of these cases analysed as a stand alone, it could easily proven Malaysia was weakened when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s poor and weak leadership and ‘outsourced and syndicated’ the management of the nation to the ‘Level Four Boys’. Sleeping in the enemy, does not make the country stronger.

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Published in: on September 17, 2013 at 01:00  Comments (20)  

A “Golden Jubilee” Closure To 54 Years of Atrocities

Finally, it is all over. Communist Party of Malaya Secretary General Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng died in a Bangkok hospital at 620am this morning. He was 90 years old.

Published: Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:29:00 PM
Updated: Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:47:51 PM

Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng dies in Bangkok at age 90

PETALING JAYA: Chin Peng, former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), died at a hospital in Bangkok on Monday morning. He was 90 years old, the Bangkok Post reported.

He died of old age and was pronounced dead at 6.20am, reports said.

His relatives will perform religious rites for him on Friday, the daily said.

Chin Peng led the MCP’s guerrilla insurgency and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.

The insurgency officially ended on Dec 2, 1989 when the Malaysian government signed a peace treaty with MCP, less than a month after the Berlin Wall came down.

He lived in exile in Thailand and was not permitted to return in Malaysia, the Bangkok Post said.

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Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng led Communist Party of Malaya to brutally terrorise and committed atrocities which saw 18,000 lives killed merciless for 12 years of Emergency (1948-1960). Mostly non combatants, women, children and old folks. Rubber estates, smokehouses, mining dredgers, factories, warehouses, barracks and even kampungs were not spared from being razed down or partly wrecked.

The communist rebels attacked Bukit Kepong Police Station on 25 Feb 1950 where 27 persons were killed. Again in Kroh, Upper Perak on 17 June 1968 where 17 Field Force Policemen were ambushed and killed.

In December 1955 after winning a landslide Federal Consultative Council first general election in Malaya, then Chief Minister Tun Abdul Rahman wanted to meet Chin Peng in person and end this merciless armed rebellion, since it is proven majority of Malayans are behind him.

So the ‘Baling Talks’ were held and Tunku offered amnesty and return to ordinary Malayan society. Chin Peng rejected it and went back into the jungle, to continue armed struggle and terrorise Malayans.

A very huge bounty for the Most Wanted Man in Malaya alive, 1 May 1952

He continued the armed rebellion even after Federation of Malaya achieved Kemerdekaan. Emergency ended in 1960.

However, CPM refreshed their struggle. The 17 June 1968 ambush on the Field Force Police patrol in Kroh is known as the beginning of the ‘Second Emergency’. This is the two throng strategy of CPM in mid sixties when the armed struggle was waning, Chin Peng changed his tactics and gotten his Min Yuens to infiltrate and move within formally established organisations such as trade unions and political parties, such as the DAP, Gerakan, Socialist Party and Labour Party. They are supposed to sow radicalism, extremism and subversive elements via their posts and organisations.

This led to the bloody racial riot of 13 May 1969.

After failing to prop the Chinese Chauvinists to take over the Federal Government with the bloody racial riots, Chin Peng changed his strategy. Assasination of leaders especially security and military chiefs are planned. As such, IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim was shot at close range on 7 June 1974 and Perak CPO Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong 13 November 1975.

After years on intense intelligence work by the Police Special Branch led by then Director Dato’ Rahim Md Noor, the Hadyaii Accord was singed on 2 December 1989. The CPM armed rebellion finally came to an end.

Hadyaii Accord, signed 2 Dec 1989

Hadyaii Accord, signed 2 Dec 1989

For years he wanted to come back. He even apologised for his sins. Lately the Opposition, especially the Chinese Chauvinist DAP advocated the return of Chin Peng to Malaya but was vehemently opposed. The matter was taken to court. Even his Malaysian citizenship has been questioned. Finally, after a long legal battle the Federal Court decided against it on 7 December 2010.

His citizenship and right to return was questioned again. IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s remark to this:

Chin Peng not a citizen, say police

BY LEE SHI-IAN
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 11:54 PM

Bukit Aman does not consider Chin Peng a citizen and does not see any reason why his remains should be brought back to Malaysia.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said there is nothing more to discuss about the former secretary-general of the Communist Party of Malaya.

“I’m not sure whether he obtained a citizenship from Thailand, but he is not a Malaysian,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

“He has passed away so I don’t see what the issue is now,” Khalid said, declining to comment on the earlier statements made by former IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor on Chin Peng.

In November 2009, Rahim had backed Chin Peng’s right to return to Malaysia, at least on a social visit.

Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng (pic) died in Bangkok today, Thai newspaper Bangkok Post reported. He would have turned 90 this October 21.

The daily said his relatives will conduct religious rites this Friday.

Chin Peng led the guerrilla insurgency and fought against British and Commonwealth forces to establish an independent Communist state.

Chin Peng, whose real name was Ong Boon Hua, had been living in exile, mostly in Thailand, after the party signed an agreement in Haadyai in 1989 to end hostilities.

The Haadyai agreement was inked on December 2, 1989 by CPM leaders and senior government officials representing Malaysia and Thailand and signalled the end of the decades-long jungle war in the two countries.

The agreement also allowed for CPM members to return home, if they so desired, but till the end, Putrajaya refused to allow him back. – September 16, 2013.

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His death in Bangkok is now a closure of something evil and very painful, which started on 15 August 1945 when Japan announces it surrender. It is a good 50 Years Malaysia Day commemoration gift for all Malaysians.

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In a media conference in Kota Kinabalu, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak said that the ashes of Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng or his real name Ong Boon Hua would not allowed to be brought back to Malaysia.

Published in: on September 16, 2013 at 13:00  Comments (16)  

Challenging the Undoing of Nationalism

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin plans to undo the right wing-ness of UMNO and eventually bring the nationalist party into a liberal and middle path political party.

Published: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 11:44:22 AM

Khairy aims to make Umno Youth more centrist

BY NIK MAZWIN NIK ANIS AND RAZAK AHMAD
NEWSDESK@THESTAR.COM.MY

PUTRAJAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin, who looks set to be returned unopposed as Umno Youth chief, will use his second term to cultivate a more centrist approach for the wing that has traditionally been a pressure group.

He said that being vocal in expressing right-wing sentiment in defending the interests of the party was no longer appropriate.

“I am trying to change the DNA of Umno Youth from being mostly right-wing and Malay-centric to a more centrist wing that focuses on issues and their solutions,” Khairy said in an interview.

With nominations due on Saturday, Khairy has yet to be challenged in the post that he won in the 2009 polls, beating Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

Khairy stressed that he would not compromise on the party’s core struggle to uphold the interests of Islam, the Malays and the country.

”We will still fight to empower the Malay community, protect the sanctity of Islam and defend this country, but the way we do this must be different,” he said.

One plan he has to re-orientate the wing is to set up a “finishing school” to groom potential young leaders who will be identified from the ranks of Umno Youth and Puteri Umno and from among new members still studying in universities.

The finishing school will expose the members to what Khairy calls “the new politics” and will train them on topics such as human rights, media relations and the social media.

“Whatever I can do to change the DNA of Umno Youth I will do in this last term and one way I want to do it is by rewriting our political education training module for use in the finishing school,” he said.

He added that both the Umno president and deputy president had agreed to the proposal to set up the finishing school which will be headed by supreme council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The 37-year-old Khairy admitted that his approach to politics has not gone down well with conservatives in the party who accuse him of being too liberal in his outlook.

“I get called all sorts of names, but I think this is the way forward. If I get a second term I will be 41 years old at the end of it, which is just the right age for me to leave Umno Youth.”

“What I want to do is make sure the changes I am making remain in place after I am gone.”

On the contest for the Umno Youth deputy chief post, Khairy said he supported all four candidates and would accept anyone whom the delegates chose to be his right hand man.

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This is as if Khairy plans to take UMNO into a party that panders into popularism and liberal thinking and values. Eventually, what he has yet to say that one day he wants to see UMNO be liberal enough into accepting the values and principles that the Malays have stood against, like LGBT and apostasy.

That is politically dangerous, which is against what the nationalists who founding UMNO; ion the spirit of protecting the position and role of Islam, special Malay rights, values, traditions, heritage and culture and nationalism.

Undoing what the nationalist party stood for is the only way for anti-UMNO elements such as PKR and DAP could weaken UMNO and eventually wrestle power from the Malay majority. In general, the Malays are very conservative of values and principles especially when it is guided by Islam.

On the same note, Langkawi UMNO Youth member Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi offered himself to challenge Khairy Jamaluddin for UMNO Youth Chief post.

Published: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 6:55:00 PM
Updated: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 9:26:23 PM

Umno Youth: Akhramsyah Sanusi to take on Khairy Jamaluddin

BY SIRA HABIBU

PETALING JAYA: Akhramsyah Sanusi (pix), the son of former Kedah Mentri Besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid, says he intends to take on incumbent Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin in the upcoming party polls.

“I want to see the wing return to its era of glory where there was sincerity in struggle and unity in implementing the Malay agenda,” he told The Star Online.

He also said he was going against Khairy because so far, no one has come up to announce their candidacy.

“The grassroots have been asking if I am willing to contest the top post in the wing.

“After having intense discussions over the last two weeks, and after referring the matter to elders, I decided to throw my hat in the ring,” he said.

“I will be making an official announcement after a few other consultations,” he said.

Akhramsyah, who would be 40 next month, is a chemical engineer with a masters degree from the Imperial College of London.

Sanusi said although it would be a tough fight, Akhramsyah “has my full support.”

Akhramsyah is a member of the Bendang Baru Umno branch in the Langkawi Division, Kedah.

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It is a herculean task to unseat an incumbent. Then again Akhramsyah is paving the way for others who are very protective in preserving the values and principles that the nationalist party stood for and by, to stand up and be counted in this round of party election.

Akhramsyah Sanusi in his MAYC shirt

He is a chemical engineer and currently serving Shell Malaysia as a senior manager. For the record, Akhramsyah who is a political analyst, socio-political blogger and Vice President of Blog House Malaysia stood for UMNO Exco post in the last party election. The He was unsuccessful.

Menteri Besar Kedah and Kedah UMNO Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir is expected to make an announcement on candidates from Kedah who would be standing up for posts in this party election, at 400pm on 18 September 2013 in Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar, Kedah.

Published in: on September 16, 2013 at 02:00  Comments (15)  

Speed cameras save lives

British Transport Minister Dr. Stephen Ladyman was a guest of Jeremy Clarkson in the ‘Reasonably Priced Car’ segment of TV world’s most watched automobile magazine BBC “Top Gear”, arguing about speed cameras.

United Kingdom is the most ‘watched over’ country in the world. There are over 5.9 million CCTVs (one for every eleven people), where as there are over 6,000 speed cameras on the island nation.

Published in: on September 15, 2013 at 14:00  Comments (4)