August 15, 2008

1 Anwar Mengadai Maruah Bangsa!!!!

Anwar gadai maruah bangsa - Ibrahim Ali

KOTA BHARU 15 Ogos – Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah menggadai maruah bangsa sendiri apabila menyokong cadangan Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim supaya Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) dibuka kepada bukan bumiputera.

Ahli Parlimen Pasir Mas, Datuk Ibrahim Ali menyifatkan tindakan itu hanya kenyataan popular Anwar untuk meraih sokongan pengundi bukan bumiputera menjelang pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pauh pada 26 Ogos ini.

Katanya, beliau juga sanggup menggadaikan nyawanya jika benar Anwar mahu menghapuskan hak keistimewaan Melayu sedikit demi sedikit.

"UiTM adalah darah daging saya, darah bangsa saya dan saya rela bergadai nyawa untuk mempertahankannya. Jangan sesiapa cuba mengganggu-gugat keistimewaan ini.

"Walaupun saya tidak popular, saya rela tidak menjadi Perdana Menteri, tidak guna menjadi Perdana Menteri kalau menjual maruah bangsa sendiri," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika mengulas mengenai kenyataan Anwar yang menyokong cadangan supaya UiTM membuka kuota 10 peratus kepada pelajar bukan bumiputera

Anwar dalam sidang akhbar bersama pemimpin DAP termasuk Setiausaha Agungnya, Lim Guan Eng dan Ahli Parlimen Bukit Mertajam, Chong Eng, hari ini berkata, angka itu kecil sahaja dan syor yang dibangkitkan oleh Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim itu tepat dan kena pada masanya.- Utusan.

Cucu Tok Selampit: Sanggup menjual maruah bangsa untuk undi bukan Melayu. Bodohkah rakyat Malaysia tidak dapat melihat siapa insan ini? ITM juga darah dagingku. Akan kupertahankan daripada insan tak berguna ini!

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Anwar juga perlu bermuhabalah - Mufti Perlis

KANGAR 15 Ogos – Mufti Perlis, Dr. Mohd. Asri Zainul Abidin menggesa Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim juga melakukan mubahalah bagi menghilangkan keraguan orang ramai terhadap beliau selepas pembantunya bersumpah diliwat oleh Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) itu.

“Jika Anwar juga bersumpah laknat seperti itu, maka jadilah mubahalah dan kita akan lihat hukuman Tuhan nanti," katanya ketika dihubungi hari ini.

Menurutnya, oleh kerana Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan sudah bersumpah di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, bagi menghilangkan keraguan tersebut, Anwar yang didakwa meliwatnya juga perlu bersumpah laknat.

Dr. Mohd. Asri menyifatkan Mohd. Saiful menanggung risiko yang besar apabila membuat ‘mubahalah’ atau sumpah laknat yang mendakwa beliau diliwat oleh Anwar.

Menurutnya, bekas pembantu peribadi Anwar itu akan menghadapi laknat Allah jika dia berbohong dan akan selamat kalau dia bercakap benar.

“Saya terkejut dengan keberaniannya bermubahalah tetapi dia sebenarnya menanggung risiko yang amat besar.

“Jika dia berbohong, banyak kelaknatan akan diturunkan Allah kepadanya," kata beliau.

Mufti Perlis itu ialah tokoh agama yang mencetuskan cadangan supaya Anwar dan Mohd. Saiful melakukan mubahalah.

Dr. Mohd. Asri bagaimanapun berkata, keberanian Mohd. Saiful melafazkan sumpah laknat tersebut menunjukkan pemuda itu yakin dengan apa yang dakwanya.

“Tetapi dia juga perlu faham akan kesan sumpah yang dibuatnya jika dia berbohong," katanya.

Mohd. Saiful hari ini bersumpah laknat mengikut syariat Islam untuk membuktikan kebenaran dakwaan dirinya diliwat oleh Anwar.

Upacara mengangkat sumpah itu dilakukan di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur pada pukul 6.30 petang.

Dalam upacara yang berlangsung di Dewan Solat Utama masjid berkenaan, Mohd. Saiful, 23, bersumpah disaksikan beberapa pegawai masjid tersebut serta ahli keluarganya.

Turut hadir ialah para pegawai dari Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (Jawi), antaranya Pengarah Jawi, Datuk Che Mat Che Ali.

Anwar dakwa sumpah Saiful gimik politik UMNO

BUKIT MERTAJAM 15 Ogos – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menyifatkan upacara bersumpah yang dilakukan oleh Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan bagi membuktikan kebenaran dakwaan bekas pembantunya itu diliwat oleh beliau sebagai gimik politik kotor UMNO untuk menjatuhkannya.

Beliau yang diminta memberi reaksi terhadap sumpah Mohd. Saiful, 23, yang dibuat di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan petang ini, selepas bertemu orang ramai di Pasar Malam Ampang Jajar di sini malam ini turut menyalahkan pihak polis yang didakwanya mendalangi dakwaan kes liwat ke atasnya.- Utusan.

Cucu Tok Selampit: Gimik politik? Helloooooo .... Ini kes muhabalah, buat sajalah. Banyak bunyi pula. Takut kena balasan Allah ke? Tak buat takut apa? Takut apa????

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan melakukan sumpah mubahalah di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan pada petang tadi Jumaat, Ogos 15hb, 2008 di Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur seperti berikut:

"Bismillahirrahman nirrahim. Pada hari ini, 14 Ogos 2008, saya Mohd Saiful Bukhari Bin Azlan, No Kad Pengenalan 850706-01-5687 dengan ini sesungguhnya dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang berikrar dan bersumpah seperti berikut….A’uzubilahiminasyaitanirrajim. Bismillahirrahman nirrahim. Wallahi…Wabillahi….Wata’alahi. Saya bersumpah bahawa saya telah diliwat oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 26 haribulan 8 2008 ... (dibetulkan) 26 haribulan 6 2008 iaitu pada tarikh tersebut Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah memasukkan zakarnya ke dalam lubang dubur saya. Jika saya berdusta, atas pengakuan ini, maka saya berdusta terhadap Allah dan saya sanggup menerima azab, laknat dan kutukan daripada Allah hingga ke kiamat. Wallahualam.”

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SIX STEPS TO TITLE GLORY

United legend Lou Macari identifies the key factors for league success...

Win your first game - I think if you were to pick the perfect first opponents you'd opt for Newcastle, they're a big disappointment every year. A big win would be nice, but getting three early points and the players gaining confidence are the main aims.

Overcome the bogey venue - I think you have to put recent results at Portsmouth into context. Last season, for example, Tevez was new to the team and Rooney was out. If you want to retain the title you have to think you can win anywhere.

Beat your rivals - If we beat Liverpool and Chelsea in September then you could really say we’re flying. That said, draws wouldn’t be bad either, given we're away.

Win your home games - United looked strong at OT last season, winning and entertaining. You're halfway there if you can make light work of the home games.

Teach the new boys a lesson - West Brom, Stoke and Hull will work hard and they could surprise a few people, but not against United.

Strong finish - If we’re top of the league then we won’t care who we play in the run in. We'll feel so close to the end we'll want to beat whoever we play.

1 It Is Your Turn Anwar ... If You Have Balls

Saiful swears he was sodomised

KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan took the ultimate religious step to maintain his honesty by swearing on the Al-Quran that he was sodomised by his former employer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He challenged Anwar to also swear on the Quran, and dared him to deny the allegation in Allah's name inside a mosque.

"It is time to honour my responsibility as a Muslim and to stand up for the truth. I deeply understand that if I am lying, I will be cursed by Allah, and woe will befall me, my family and for generations to come," said Saiful, 23, in his first ever meeting with the press at the Dynasty Hotel here.

The lanky young man, wearing a light chocolate baju melayu and black pants, was calm throughout the 15 minutes press conference on Friday. He had first read from a prepared text and answered some questions from reporters before leaving the meeting room.

He had came straight to the press conference at 7.12pm after performing the swearing at the Federal Territory mosque. Saiful was accompanied by father Azlan Mohd Lazim and lawyer Zamri Idrus.

Saiful maintained he had performed the swearing voluntarily and even dared invoke Allah's name because he was telling the truth.

"The swearing was done in accordance with Islamic rules and after I sought advice from religious elders on how to do it correctly. This is the best way for me to obtain justice on earth and on judgment day. I seek solace from Allah and for the return of my dignity.

"I do not wish to twist and turn the matter as Anwar did," he said.

Reporters then bombarded Saiful with questions. He was asked why he only came forward to swear one day before the nomination for the Permatang Pauh by-election where Anwar is standing as a candidate for PKR.

Saiful answered he needed time to collect his strength because the swearing was something sacred and the consequences severe.

"It has nothing to with politics. It is between Anwar and me," he said.

Other questions posed to Saiful included where he was all this while to which he replied:

"I kept quiet because I needed time to gather my strength because I had been accused of all kinds of malicious remarks, especially by Anwar."

Asked why he chose Friday to perform the swearing, Saiful said, "I had long wanted to do so. However, it needed mental and spiritual strength because this is not an easy thing because the consequence is incurring the wrath of God.

"Thankfully, Allah gave me strength for me to perform it today and to face the press."

Cucu Tok Selampit: I'm wonder what Anwar want to give excuses anymore. Oh Ya! As for his blind supporters, Anwar is 'Maksum' i.e. clean from sins.

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Lee Chong Wei hugging coach Misbun Sidek after defeating South Korean Lee Hyun-il in the men's badminton singles semi-final and qualifying for the final at the Beijing Olympics.

Go For GOLD!!!

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The Star, Friday August 15, 2008

Anwar brushes aside call for Hadi to be PM

IPOH: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has side-stepped the issue of PAS Dewan Ulama pushing for their party president to become the prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat succeeds in forming the new Federal Government on Sept 16.

Speaking to reporters here Friday after attending the PAS muktamar (gathering), Anwar said the calls were just the views of Dewan Ulama.

"It is just their own view and not an ultimatum. We should respect the view, which can be discussed (among Pakatan Rakyat component parties)," he said, adding that it was normal for the party's staunch supporters to want their president to become the prime minister.

Dewan Ulama head Datuk Mohamed Daud had during its assembly on Thursday called for Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to be made the prime minister as he was more qualified.

Anwar however said that Dewan Ulama's views should have been made in a proper forum.

"I take it as the Dewan Ulama wanting whoever it is who becomes the prime minister to not ignore Islam as the federation's religion," he added.

At a separate press conference later, Abdul Hadi was non-committal on the call from Dewan Ulama that he becomes the next prime minister.

"Let us wait until Sept 16," he said.

Asked whether the party would endorse Anwar as the next prime minister, Abdul Hadi said:

"Wait for him to win the Permatang Pauh by-election and when there is a change in the Federal Government."

He however stressed that Pakatan Rakyat would discuss the matter and see who is best received by the rakyat to become the prime minister.

Earlier, Anwar said he was proud of the commitment from fellow Pakatan parties in preparing for the Permatang Pauh by-election.

"Fellow Pakatan parties are well prepared for the battle ahead," he said.

Cucu Tok Selampit: Not yet form a government, everybody is dreaming to become PM. Tomorrow Kit Siang and Karpal Singh also would like to be one. What about repsentatives from Sabah. They also want to because they who will sacrifice to cross party. They also want to be PM....... PM! PM! Anybody greedy want to become PM! ...... PM! PM!

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August 14, 2008

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Hat Instructions. Must follow.


Satellite channel, anybody?

The World Strongest Man

Pet Sweat? Yeark!! and finally, pictures of the day ....

0 The True Stateman

The Star, Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mahathir slams Bar Council for holding forum

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad harshly criticised the Bar Council for holding its forum on conversion to Islam.

He said sensitive issues should only be discussed behind closed doors and its conclusions passed to the Government and not openly announced and disseminated.

He slammed the Bar Council for forgetting the agreement between the founding fathers of the parties representing the three main communities not to openly discuss sensitive issues, one of them being Islam as the official religion of the country.

“The leaders and races have respected this understanding when Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn and myself were Prime Minister,” he wrote yesterday in his blog www.chedet.com.

He said there should not be any misgivings about the level of democracy enjoyed in this country and that of certain developed nations.

“What is good for them is not necessarily good for us,” he said.

The former prime minister said certain restrictions that ensure peace and security of the country should be accepted.

He blamed the Government for the Bar Council's “arrogant attitude” and recent forum on conversion to Islam, adding that the Government should have prevented the forum instead of turning their back on the past understanding.

Dr Mahathir said during past premierships including when he was a premier, every race and their respective leaders had respected the special understanding although there were some challenges, which they overcame.

Cucu Tok Selampit: This is the true stateman. The man who love his country more than everything. We are with you Tun Sir. We miss you. Malaysia will be destroy with these Flip Flop PM and the US Stooge!!

0 The Stupid Malay Menteri Besar And De Facto Anwar Ibrahim


The Star, Thursday, August 14, 2008

I did not question rights of Malay students, say Mentri Besar

SHAH ALAM: The rights of Malay students were never questioned when the suggestion was made that 10% of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) intake be open to non-Malays and foreign students, said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. (CTS: What are you trying to do Khalid? This is the only Bumiputera institution left. What are you going to sell after this?)

“Never at any moment had I questioned the rights of Malay students but it was reported out of context and it is now leaning towards a racial line,” he said after the State Executive Council meeting yesterday.

Asked if he would apologise, Khalid said: “It was taken out of context, so there is no apology on the issue as it is now being politicised.” (CTS: These stupid politicians never apologies, like the rest of the crew)

Khalid said Selangor recognised that UiTM was established to provide an opportunity for higher education for Malays including bumiputras from Sabah and Sarawak.

“Our state will continue to uphold the spirit of the Federal Constitution Article 153 that enshrines the special rights of the Malays,” he said.

Khalid said the statement he made on Sunday was solely his and not a PKR policy.

Some Malay students had organised a peaceful demonstration in front of the state secretariat building on Tuesday.

“The statement was made in the context to uplift the quality of Malay students through tertiary education in a borderless world where it would give them better job opportunities,” he said. (CTS: What the hell are you talking about? Graduate from the UiTM never left unemployed. They are the best work force in the market. Do your research before you talked stupid!!)

In Petaling Jaya, the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association said UiTM was the last bastion for Malay and bumiputra students to further their studies and there is no need to open it up to other races.

Association project director Noor Nirwandy Mat Noordin said the Government and its leaders had to be tougher in tackling such issues because there was no need to sideline Malay special rights although the country was multi-racial. (CTS: 100% agree with you, Sir!)

Former MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the strong reaction to Khalid’s suggestion was “alarming” and “added to the racially-charged tension of the past week”.

He added that MCA should seek to point out that the common goal for all Malaysians is for the Government to ensure the highest quality educational opportunities for all Malaysians.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said: “It is obvious that Khalid’s intention is nothing but to give UiTM students wider exposure.

“And this includes the possibility of accepting international and non-bumiputra students in certain fields, especially those which involve global issues.

“We have to accept the fact that the quality of our local education institutions have fallen far behind universities in our neighbouring countries. (CTS: Another stupid and selfish statements from Mr US Stooge)

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh also stated that there was “no question of Khalid betraying the Malay race”. (CTS: I know you for so long, Mr Racist)

Cucu Tok Selampit: This is what happen if you give these son of the b**** a power to rule. They echoing the DAP request to ensure that Bumiputera institution is open to non malay. Today 10%. What about tomorrow. These leader will sell their own race and country just for the sake of power and ability to rule a government. This time you really make me mad. Damn it!! Dear Khalid and Anwar, don't sell your dignity just for the sake of power!!

0 Anwar Tidak Lagi Mantap Mempertahanakan Bangsa Melayu & Islam

Respons Kepada Pengunjung

Isu UiTM

Penjelasan Tan Sri Khalid perlu diteliti dengan sejujurnya dan kita haruslah siap untuk menerima hakikat mutu institusi pendidikan kita yang jauh ketinggalan berbanding universiti di negara jiran. Ternyata keprihatinan beliau adalah untuk melihat mutu pendidikan negara dapat ditingkatkan terutamanya institusi yang diamanahkan untuk mendidik serta melatih bumiputra.

Saya telah pun membaca kenyataan beliau dan berbincang dengannya, nyata sekali hasrat beliau tidak lain hanya untuk memberikan pendedahan seluasnya kepada mahasiswa UiTM. Dan ini termasuklah kemungkinan untuk menerima pelajar asing dan bukan bumiputra dalam beberapa bidang tertentu terutamanya yang melibatkan isu global dan peluang untuk bersaing di luar negara. (CTS: Selama ini berapa ramai graduan UiTM yang berjaya termasuk saya. Tak perlulah memandai-mandai nak memasukkan bangsa asing dan bumiputera ke sini. Tak cukupkah dengan UTAR yang dibina oleh MCA untuk kaumnya dan tidak cukupkan Kolej TAFE yang dibina MIC untuk kaumnya) Malangnya media UMNO memutarbelitkan kenyataan tersebut.

Umum mengetahui Tan Sri Khalid merupakan tokoh besar yang mengangkat Permodalan Nasional Berhad sebagai gergasi korporat antarabangsa dan agak janggal dan lucu bila perasuah besar bumiputra serta konco-konco mereka mendabik dada berbangga kononnya merekalah pejuang Melayu tulen! Saya berharap rakyat Malaysia turut mengkaji implikasi cadangan beliau secara matang dan tidak terperangkap dengan muslihat kalangan tertentu.

Isu Forum Majlis Peguam

Saya menyinggung isu ini beberapa hari sabelum majlis berlansung. Pendirian saya konsisten iaitu menghormati hak sesiapa saja untuk mengulas serta memberi pandangan terhadap sebarang isu. (CTS: Walaupun menghina Islam?) Namun memandangkan sensiviti mauduk, serta persepsi sebahagian umat Islam seolah-olah terdapat rencana menghina Islam, maka saya cenderung agar isu tersebut dibincang secara tertutup. (CTS: Tertutup atau terbuka, Saudara rela Islam dihina di suatu forum?)

Saya menyambut baik pendirian Tuan Guru Ustaz Hadi, Presiden Pas tatkala mengulas isu tersebut. Malah Majlis Profesional Muslim berjaya merumuskan keadaan dengan mantap sekali melalui kenyataan mereka. Kepimpinan parti pastinya berhasrat untuk mendengar penjelasan dari YB Zulkifli terlebih dahulu yang kemudiannya disusuli dengan perbincangan empat mata dengan saya. (CTS: Apa salahnya perjuangan YB Zulkifli mempertahankan Islam berbanding Sauadara yang baru bersuara. Itupun selepas desakan penyokong Saudara. Cakap berlapik, aduh manisnya orang politik bercakap. Saudara tidak layak sama sekali memimpin umat Islam)

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Cucu Tok Selampit:

Saudara Anwar,

Tahulah Saudara sekarang tengah berkempen untuk pilihanraya kecil akan datang. Jadi tak perlulah terlalu beradab apabila orang cuba mempersendakan Islam dan kedudukan Bangsa Melayu. Saya amat terkilan demi memastikan survival politik, Saudara sanggup menjaga hati pengundi bukan melayu dengan tidak memberikan konsensus yang mantap mengenai kedudukan Islam di negara ini dan hak istemewa orang Melayu. Saudara juga "Flip Flop" seperti sahabat saudara Abdullah Ahmad yang sanggup mengadaikan maruah Melayu dan Islam untuk memegang tampuk kuasa. Ingatlah, pemimpin yang tidak mempertahankan Islam merupakan bara api di akhirat kelak.

Wallahualam.

August 13, 2008

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August 12, 2008

0 The Real Colour of Anwar Ibrahim

I found this article here. No comment needed as the article speaks for itself. Nice article Bro.

Poser to AI

Much has been said about the credentials of Anwar Ibrahim as a potential PM. Fighter for the common man, civil society activist, democrat, free market advocate, victim of political persecution, Islamic moderate are some of the numerous appellations that have been heaped on this man from the boondocks of Permatang Pauh. In fact, he was credited for saving the Malaysian economy by no less than the International Crisis Group (a questionable assertion itself): see: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4238.

At home and abroad, Anwar is lionised as a true democrat, the indefatigable fighter of corruption, the ardent advocate of freedom of expression and the indomitable warrior against political repression. While questions can be raised about his more recent dalliances with the Law, the questions on the minds of this simpleton is : to paraphrase Eminem’s famous lyrics , Will the REAL AI stand up? (not Artificial Intelligence, of course!). Or are we seeing a slithery smooth Slim Shady in action?. Lets analyse the man himself as a public figure and leave out the pubic aspect to be contemplated upon by would be sleuths and wannabe CSIs.

We start off at Annapolis.

The following six are among the over 70 prominent signatories of a letter addressed to Bush and Rice prior to the Annapolis Summit which was staunchly opposed by the Iranian clergy (Sayyid Ali Khamenei) and Hammas. Read the letter here: (http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/Annapolis%20Summit%20Statement.htm) and note the six Moslem signatories,Anwar being one of them. Readers, set that off against Anwar’s own words below, Q: Anwar, how do you square this with your support for Annapolis:

Finally, he described the need for engagement between the Islamic world and the West, criticizing the “extreme” foreign policy of the United States and its refusal to negotiate with regimes like Hamas.“That policy is flawed,” he said, adding that “to refuse to engage is a recipe for disaster.” (see: http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2006/10/12/democracyForMuslims)

Now to the signatories:

1. Hutham Olayan
President & CEO, Olayan America Corporation; U.S.A. Member of International Board, USMEP

2. Adnan Abu Odeh
Former Political Adviser to King Abdullah II and to King Hussein of Jordan; Former Jordanian Permanent Representative to the United Nations

3. Fouad Makhzoumi
Chairman, National Dialogue Party, Lebanon; Member of International Board, USMEP, Chairman, Future Pipe Group; Founder Makhzoumi Foundation

4. Said Khoury
President, Consolidated Contractors International Company S.A.L., Greece; Member of International Board, USMEP

5. Anwar Ibrahim
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia

6. Fouad Alghanim
Member of International Board, USMEP


Excluding Anwar, there are 5 other signatories:

No 1 and 4 are big time capitalists(observe that no 4 is a president of a construction set up - usually the people who gain most after a huge war. Reconstruction.. remember. Just like Dick Cheney’s crony company (Haliburton) did after the Iraq war – shades of the military-industrial complex in action).

No 3 : see http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=20159 and appendix 3 below

No 2 – pretty obvious, as he is former advisor to the most Pro-American kings in the Middle East (remember King Hussein owes his survival and that of his dynasty to the Americans).

No 6 : a member of USMEP, a US-funded organisation and so are 1 and 3. USMEP ( I digress briefly here) :

US Middle East Project (USMEP) is devoted to exploiting the Middle East economically after the military targets (through a series of wars.. starting with Kuwait and Iraq with Iran next) are achieved. This strategy (i.e economic control) is mapped out in the policy document below which poses several scenarios (table 7) based on their knowledge of incomes (table 6). It should be noted that since the report was generated in 2002, oil prices has almost quadrupled in value (about US 30 to US 125 yesterday). See: http://www.usmep.us/reports/Harnessing_Trade_and_Development_and_Growth_in_the_Middle%20East_2002.pdf

After reading the report which comes after the appendices; note the people involved in preparing it (page 74), the who’s who in government, intelligence, academia, banking and finance). Then scroll down, on page 77, is the Board of USMEP, the names sure rings a loud bell doesn’t it, the echoes of which will chime to the summit of …yes… Annapolis.

What I am getting at is that these are staunch US of A supporters. People who will not raise a voice lest a finger against obvious the US' flag ration of international law and tenets of justice whenever the situation favours them. Much less, people who are not willing to comment on the rape of Civil Liberties in the US via the Patriot’s Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_Act) and the subtle suborning of the US constitution via National Security Directive No 51 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html) released in 2007 which surely debunks Zakaria’s (2008) assertion that this is not a War Presidency.. yes it isn’t for now…… but its sure waiting to soar out of the West Wing, once a fledgling hawk (chicken hawk?) flaps its wings.

Stage Directions: Out Obama and McCain! (Good performance for the US.. plebeians though!)

Back to Anwar, there has been a discernible shift in his beliefs ever since he joined UMNO in 1982, whether it had been there all along before that is impossible to know. But, since 1990, this perceptible shift has accelerated:

a) Adoption of free market approach to structure the economy, leading to infusion of foreign capital, both short and long term especially through capital account liberalisation. This not only led to rapid economic growth which Malaysia enjoyed but also set up the bubble economy (through the sudden upsurge of short term speculative capital inflow facilitated by loose monitoring and controls) that burst in 1997. (More on this in an upcoming post based on a series of policy studies)

b) He was instrumental in masking the real American gameplan when he rejected Huntington’s (1996) (actually an extension of Lewis’ (1990) idea :see http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/199009/muslim-rage) critique of Fukuyama (1992) analysis of history. In fact, it is interesting that Anwar (1994) in the asian Renaissance called for the adoption of a civil society, later coined as Masyarakat Madani at about the same time that the movement for the export of democracy worldwide gathered steam besides advocating for a dialogue between civilisations.

c) His adoption of IMF style reforms ostensibly to reform and restructure the economy. His “astute” economic stewardship led to the raising of interest rates , the slashing of public spending by 18% which together choked off money supply and raised unemployment rates and foreclosures and bankruptcies. Ironically, Anwar also had earlier implemented the very capital controls, that he later criticised Tun Dr Mahathir for imposing in 1998, way back in 1994 albeit on a short term basis but with no discernible impact.(read this policy document for a backgrounder: Ariyoshi, Akira, Karl Habermeier, Bernard Laurens, Inci Ötker-Robe, Jorge Iván Canales-Kriljenko, and Andrei Kirilenko (2000). Capital Controls: Country Experiences with Their Use and Liberalization, IMF Occasional Paper 190) Further, it is interesting to note that in the 1998 crisis, Anwar sided with the views of Michael Camdessus who was diametrically opposed by Joseph Stiglitz (see the appendix below) in thought and policy direction. Anwar questions Mahathir’s bailout but is strangely silent over the LTCM rescue and there is nary a whisper from Anwar about the more recent Bear Sterns arrangement as well as the Federal Reserve support to Fannie May and Freddie Mac.

d) Al Gore’s support for him, sounds pretty obvious now in hindsight as it is evidence that the US had vested interest in Anwar all along. After all did he not follow their IMF game plan. After his release, Anwar was embraced by the American right (note his appointments by American Universities and public think-tanks, the close relationship with Wolfowitz a right wing hawk and architect of the Iraq invasion).

For a description of his role in the Wolfowitz affair in the World Bank, read Ethics Committee Case No2 and President's Paper, p.102, Jun 2, 2005, World Bank available here at : http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:21297772~menuPK:34463~pagePK:34370~piPK:34424~theSitePK:4607,00.html.

Also see appendix 1.

e) His realignment of Malaysian politics involved neutering the Islamist by getting them to forget about the Islamic state concept and adopt the better governance, civil society initiative. He embraced the notion of Western style liberal democracy not only in thought but also in practice. The non-Moslem membership of PKR consisting of liberal social democrats like Elizabeth Wong, R. Sivarasa, Christine Liew, Low Gwo Burne, etc just to name a few and the presence of civil society groupies like the Hisses, the MISsies and HelAngs) among his coterie of ardent supporters is a testament to this. Further, the alliance with like minded people in the DAP (the old style socialist like LKS and KP and young turks like Jeff Ooi, known anti-Islamic state activists) throws the spotlight on his true intentions.

f) Anwar is a signatory of the A Common Word Between Us and You. Click on the links regarding the background of the other signatories and make your own judgements. Also tarry about to read the reactions:
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Common_Word_Between_Us_and_You.)

g) The arrest of Anwar has provoked an outpouring of support for him again from mostly American related interests: here are some examples:

1.http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ICG/c6017d03ff013afeba9de97389272061.htm
Scroll down to the signatories and don’t some of the names again ring a bell.

2. The appeals presented by Camdessus et.al and of course the public opprobrium delivered by Condo Rice. Doesn’t all these people sound so familiar?

And familiarity will eventually breed contempt if taken to the extremes…oh sly wolf…, dig the author of this article. His name sure sounds very familiar…ain't it?

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733757_1735709,00.html

interesting to note this from the article :

When he was finally released from prison in 2004, U.S. policy on Iraq was unpopular in Malaysia, and Anwar was harshly critical. It would have been easy for him to disown our friendship, but he is not that kind of person. He kept the channels of dialogue open, even while making clear our disagreements.

Wonder whether Anwar's criticism was due to the prevailing angst against America among the local Moslem polity which thus shaped his rhetoric or actually an act of sincerity?

So Anwar, having established the events as they have unravelled thus far, my simple query to you is this: what is your real stance or who are you really ? A straight answer will do and don’t sell us Moslem plebs goods that are short of substance and long on charisma. We are not that easily hoodwinked.

Revert: Well folks, don’t be enraptured by all these talk about a new, free and egalitarian Malaysia on the horizon, be prepared, instead, for Rapture oops…. rupture in the months ahead as the war machine cranks up in the Middle East and gets into full swing after a “staged event” in the USA. Strange that someone should keep harping about Sept 16 . Ain’t that fishy what with a distant buddy about to get his moment of epiphany very soon (Lewis even fixes 27 Rejab which this year falls on 30th July) and presto we will be under world wide martial law and a govt led by a technicolor chameleon beholden to the . .. go figure that one out.

So will the real Anwar please stand up unless you are affecting an elaborate Taqiya, the likes of which will even out-flummox the Shia!

Buffalo (bellowing) : me thinks… we poor sods should watch our backs… Jangan tak pandang belakang! oh my dear master…

APPENDIX 1

DOCUMENTS *( excerpt of the record)

23 October 1, 2006 Anwar Ibrahim letter to CleveIand requesting transfer of Riza
24 December 14 note from Coll to Cleveland approving request as consistent with agreement
25 December 14 confirmation signature from Cleveland to Ibrahim

AND HERE IS Anwar’s letter ( original : pg 24 onwards till close at page 26 for the full picture) http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/
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Ms. Robin Cleveland
181 8 H St. NW,
Washington DC 20433

Dear Ms. Cleveland:
I am writing to request the transfer of the secondment of Ms. Shaha Riza, British citizen, employee of the Bank, from the Bureau of Near Eastem Affairs at the US Department of State to the Foundation for the Future which she was in charge of establishing.

While assigned to the Foundation for the Future, Ms. Riza will work in the Washington DC office of the Foundation. Ms. Riza will be Senior Advisor to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Future. Her responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

9 Continue to seek and solidify the engagement of international and regional partners
e Recruit staff for the DC office. –
Supervise the registration of the Foundation and the opening of offices in the region.
Supervise the recruitment of the Foundation's senior management from the region.
Supervise the recruitment of the Foundation's staff and consultants in the region including their training.
0 Supervise and assist in identifying programs and groups that will receive grants from the Foundation.
Supervise the implementation of the policies and procedures governing programmatic, financial, administrative and development activities as approved by the Foundation's Board.

Ms. Riza's secondment to the Foundation will be subject to the same arrangements agreed to with the State Department.
After reviewing it this document, please sign it and return it to me via fax at (703) 464 5163. We look forward to continue our work with Ms. Riza on this important initiative. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact me at (703) 464 5161.


Yours sincerely,
Chairman
Foundation for the Future



APPENDIX 2
Excerpt from the New Republic : What I Learned at the World Economic Crisis accessible at :
http://www.globalpolicy.org/socecon/bwi-wto/critics/2000/whatilearned.htm

By Joseph Stiglitz*
About the Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz was Chief Economist at the World Bank from 1996 until 1999, during which time he became quite critical of World Bank policy. Under pressure to keep quiet, he resigned in protest. He is the author of the book 'Globalization and its Discontents', a critique of the major international financial institutions.

………The last set of financial crises had occurred in Latin America in the 1980s, when bloated public deficits and loose monetary policies led to runaway inflation. There, the IMF had correctly imposed fiscal austerity (balanced budgets) and tighter monetary policies, demanding that governments pursue those policies as a precondition for receiving aid. So, in 1997 the IMF imposed the same demands on Thailand. Austerity, the fund's leaders said, would restore confidence in the Thai economy. As the crisis spread to other East Asian nations--and even as evidence of the policy's failure mounted--the IMF barely blinked, delivering the same medicine to each ailing nation that showed up on its doorstep.

I thought this was a mistake. For one thing, unlike the Latin American nations, the East Asian countries were already running budget surpluses. In Thailand, the government was running such large surpluses that it was actually starving the economy of much-needed investments in education and infrastructure, both essential to economic growth. And the East Asian nations already had tight monetary policies, as well: inflation was low and falling. (In South Korea, for example, inflation stood at a very respectable four percent.) The problem was not imprudent government, as in Latin America; the problem was an imprudent private sector--all those bankers and borrowers, for instance, who'd gambled on the real estate bubble.

Under such circumstances, I feared, austerity measures would not revive the economies of East Asia--it would plunge them into recession or even depression. High interest rates might devastate highly indebted East Asian firms, causing more bankruptcies and defaults. Reduced government expenditures would only shrink the economy further.

So I began lobbying to change the policy. I talked to Stanley Fischer, a distinguished former Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor and former chief economist of the World Bank, who had become the IMF's first deputy managing director. I met with fellow economists at the World Bank who might have contacts or influence within the IMF, encouraging them to do everything they could to move the IMF bureaucracy.

Convincing people at the World Bank of my analysis proved easy; changing minds at the IMF was virtually impossible. When I talked to senior officials at the IMF--explaining, for instance, how high interest rates might increase bankruptcies, thus making it even harder to restore confidence in East Asian economies--they would at first resist. Then, after failing to come up with an effective counterargument, they would retreat to another response: if only I understood the pressure coming from the IMF board of executive directors--the body, appointed by finance ministers from the advanced industrial countries, that approves all the IMF's loans. Their meaning was clear. The board's inclination was to be even more severe; these people were actually a moderating influence. My friends who were executive directors said they were the ones getting pressured. It was maddening, not just because the IMF's inertia was so hard to stop but because, with everything going on behind closed doors, it was impossible to know who was the real obstacle to change. Was the staff pushing the executive directors, or were the executive directors pushing the staff? I still do not know for certain.

Of course, everybody at the IMF assured me they would be flexible: if their policies really turned out to be overly contractionary, forcing the East Asian economies into deeper recession than necessary, then they would reverse them. This sent shudders down my spine. One of the first lessons economists teach their graduate students is the importance of lags: it takes twelve to 18 months before a change in monetary policy (raising or lowering interest rates) shows its full effects. When I worked in the White House as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, we focused all our energy on forecasting where the economy would be in the future, so we could know what policies to recommend today. To play catch-up was the height of folly. And that was precisely what the IMF officials were proposing to do.

I shouldn't have been surprised. The IMF likes to go about its business without outsiders asking too many questions. In theory, the fund supports democratic institutions in the nations it assists. In practice, it undermines the democratic process by imposing policies. Officially, of course, the IMF doesn't "impose" anything. It "negotiates" the conditions for receiving aid. But all the power in the negotiations is on one side--the IMF's--and the fund rarely allows sufficient time for broad consensus-building or even widespread consultations with either parliaments or civil society. Sometimes the IMF dispenses with the pretense of openness altogether and negotiates secret covenants.

When the IMF decides to assist a country, it dispatches a "mission" of economists. These economists frequently lack extensive experience in the country; they are more likely to have firsthand knowledge of its five-star hotels than of the villages that dot its countryside. They work hard, poring over numbers deep into the night. But their task is impossible. In a period of days or, at most, weeks, they are charged with developing a coherent program sensitive to the needs of the country. Needless to say, a little number-crunching rarely provides adequate insights into the development strategy for an entire nation. Even worse, the number-crunching isn't always that good. The mathematical models the IMF uses are frequently flawed or out-of-date. Critics accuse the institution of taking a cookie-cutter approach to economics, and they're right. Country teams have been known to compose draft reports before visiting. I heard stories of one unfortunate incident when team members copied large parts of the text for one country's report and transferred them wholesale to another. They might have gotten away with it, except the "search and replace" function on the word processor didn't work properly, leaving the original country's name in a few places. Oops.

It's not fair to say that IMF economists don't care about the citizens of developing nations. But the older men who staff the fund--and they are overwhelmingly older men--act as if they are shouldering Rudyard Kipling's white man's burden. IMF experts believe they are brighter, more educated, and less politically motivated than the economists in the countries they visit. In fact, the economic leaders from those countries are pretty good--in many cases brighter or better-educated than the IMF staff, which frequently consists of third-rank students from first-rate universities. (Trust me: I've taught at Oxford University, MIT, Stanford University, Yale University, and Princeton University, and the IMF almost never succeeded in recruiting any of the best students.) Last summer, I gave a seminar in China on competition policy in telecommunications. At least three Chinese economists in the audience asked questions as sophisticated as the best minds in the West would have asked………………

Appendix 2
As I argued in the LRB (16 August 2007), the assiduously promoted story of Israel’s pursuit of peace and its search for a Palestinian ‘partner for peace’ was fashioned to buy time to establish ‘facts on the ground’: settlements that would so completely shatter the territorial and demographic contiguity and integrity of Palestinian land and life as to make the establishment of a Palestinian state impossible. In this, Israel’s leaders have succeeded so well that Olmert, who claims finally to have realised that without a two-state solution Israel will become an apartheid entity that cannot survive, has not been able to implement even the smallest of the changes he promised in Annapolis.

The above excerpted from : “Grab more hills, Expand the territory” by Henry Siegman from the USMEP website which pours cold water on the promises made by the Israelis at Annapolis.. whither now Anwar??

Appendix 3 (from the Lebanese news web portal : NOW Lebanon at : http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=20159

Wolf Blitzer and Fouad Makhzoumi, fast friends But for the present, smaller parties like the Solidarity Party and the Lebanese Peace Party, despite their grand ideas, ultimately have little say in the goings-on of government; whether or not the 2009 parliamentary elections will change that, only time will tell. Similar associations, however, do use their party status to good advantage abroad, oftentimes lobbying in the US or Europe in unique and creative ways. Take, for example, the National Dialogue Party of Lebanon, a one-man show chaired by wealthy Lebanese businessman Fouad Makhzoumi.

According to reports filed with the US Secretary of the Senate, the National Dialogue Party paid just over $300,000 in 2006 to the top-tier Mississippi-based lobbying firm Barbour, Griffith & Rogers to “provide guidance and counsel with regard to foreign-policy matters before the US Government.” Furthermore, in 2004 and 2006, Future Pipe Industries, Inc. – a multimillion dollar company chaired by Makhzoumi – paid US Foreign Service Officer Cheryl Steele an undisclosed amount to lobby on its behalf, mostly for industry-related reasons, but also to advance “the Middle East peace process.”

Makhzoumi’s investments rewarded him with multiple summer 2006 appearances on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer. However, instead of calling for an immediate ceasefire before his nearly one-million-strong audience of American viewers, he used these guest appearances to denounce not only Hezbollah but also Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his government as weak and ineffective.

Both Fouad Makhzoumi and Barbour, Griffith & Rogers, however, declined to comment for this article or to add further details.

References:
1. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in International Crisis group at http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4238.
2. FAILURE RISKS DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES (first published in the New York Book review in Nov 2008) accessible at : http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/Annapolis%20Summit%20Statement.htm)
3. National Security and Homeland Security Directive available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html and commentaries : Who will rule the country after the next 9/11? - Slate.com NSPD-51 and the Potential for a Coup d'Etat by National Emergency - Analysis by William H. White.
4. Huntington, Samuel P., The Clash of Civilizations?, in "Foreign Affairs", vol. 72, no. 3, Summer 1993, pp. 22-49
5. Huntington, Samuel P., The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1996
6. Tusicisny, Andrej, Civilizational Conflicts: More Frequent, Longer, and Bloodier?, in "Journal of Peace Research", vol. 41, no. 4, 2004, pp. 485–498.
7. Francis Fukuyama The End of History and the Last Man. Free Press, 1992.
8. Lewis, Bernard, The Roots of Muslim Rage available at : http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/199009/muslim-rage
9. Ariyoshi, Akira, Karl Habermeier, Bernard Laurens, Inci Ötker-Robe, Jorge Iván Canales-Kriljenko, and Andrei Kirilenko (2000). Capital Controls: Country Experiences with Their Use and Liberalization, IMF Occasional Paper 190. ( includes a review of Malaysia’s Imposition of Capital Controls in 1994 and 1998)
10. Zakaria, Fareed : America Needs a War President Newsweek, July 21, 2008.
11. Ethics Committee Case No2 and President's Paper, p.102, Jun 2, 2005, World Bank available here at : http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:21297772~menuPK:34463~pagePK:34370~piPK:34424~theSitePK:4607,00.html
12. Harnessing Trade and Development and Growth in the Middle East, 2002 available at: http://www.usmep.us/reports/Harnessing_Trade_and_Development_and_Growth_in_the_Middle%20

August 11, 2008

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Tribute for Tevez

"I think Carlos Tevez has probably been our most exciting player in pre-season. He's been fantastic in all the games.

"He caused Portsmouth a lot of problems and maybe could have had one or two goals. He was deservedly the (sponsor's) man of the match."

- Gary Neville

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They said that people in China were so anxious to watch the Olympics Games. I don't believe also until I got these pictures ....






0 Experience In Medan, Indonesia

It is my day two in Medan. I feel home sick already. How am I going to survive another 5 days. I would like to share my bad experience during the 2 days:
  • Medan have a wonderful immigrations officer. He asked me on what purpose I came to Medan. I politely said for leisure. Note: It takes months to prepare work permit, indirectly I am an illegal worker here. For how long, I said 7 or 8 days. For what purpose, I said to see the celebration of Indonesia 63th Independence Days on this coming 17/08/2008 and by the way this is Visit Indonesia Year, right? I think he got offended and he asked for my flight return ticket. Common guys, am I look like a terrorist? If yes, I am the most handsome terrorist ever live!
  • People in Medan like to honk! I was in the car about less than half an hour everyday and I heard not less than 200 honks. People said drivers in Kuala Lumpur were rude. Now I change my perceptions.
  • Except for normal fast food restaurant, "Minang" restaurant and "Nasi Padang", don't you dare to buy food from the off the street seller. I have experienced that seller wore "songkok" and looked like me (except far less charming) sold "pig satay". It cut my appetite for two days!!
  • I stayed at The Aryaduta Hotel, subsidiary of Hyatt Group. They said that because of the bomber suicide recently, the security have been tighten. You have to walk through the sensor gate (like at the airport), they will search all your luggage and handbags. If these happened more than twice a day, I think tourist will run away. Don't you think so?
So I want to apologize to my Indonesian readers, it just my individual bad experiences.

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