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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The "Najib Move"

While the world was busy preparing statements and meeting the press to slam Russia, it was the Prime Minister of a developing country with a population of 29 mil population

(1) established contact with Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the crash site

(2) secured the bodies and the black boxes

(3) received permission to access the crash site with safety guaranteed for the independent international investigators.


I wonder if the wife of the politician from Penang who used the words “scary and useless” to describe Malaysia (she apologized) has anything else to say now.

There were two comments in Twitter that caught my attention - YB Liew Chin Tong and Datuk Mazri Muhammad.

“@liewchintong: MH17 may be the beginning of a New Cold War. If Russia has to be told off, we have no choice but to do it. Our foreign policy needs clarity.”

“@mazri73: If we are vocal against Russia, will Russia stop support for Malaysian Su-30s, MiG-29s and other weapon systems in our military arsenal”


Their comments made me realized the complexity of our foreign relations policy especially in this tragedy.

Both countries have had diplomatic relations since the 1960s. About half of our air assault potential is Russian made. We have about 30 Sukhoi and MiG fighter jets. Trading between the two countries is valued at approximately US$ 2 billion. In education, we have over 5,000 students there.

This is not a case of being vocal, neutral or being quiet. It is about priorities and the timing must be right especially when there were reports of inaccessibility to the site and with news quoting the Ukrainian Prime Minister later that the rebels did not allow the train with bodies to leave.

The international media and international figures were quick to push the blame of the MH17 on Russia but there were some who threw in conspiracy theories against the Americans such as the Operation Northwoods that was rejected by President John F. Kennedy.

Whether it was the Americans, Ukrainians or Russians, no one is sure until the investigations have been concluded.

We are caught in a geopolitical crisis and Najib has played his cards right without jumping on the bandwagon to blame the rebels, the Russians or the Americans. The reality is that the bodies and crash site are in the region under the command of Alexander Borodai. Najib made the right move when he established contact and reached an agreement with Borodai for the bodies, the black boxes and the investigation to be carried out. No harsh statements or bullets would have worked but only diplomacy.


It is important that the Americans, Ukrainians and Russians know that the Malaysian Government and the families of the victims of geopolitics do not have interest in who controls Donetsk. In this moment of grieve and sadness, the only right thing to do is to allow the families to have their loved ones back for a proper burial first.

The next phase is for investigations to be carried out thoroughly and to deliver justice for those who lost their lives in MH17. The individuals who are directly responsible, the operations chief and the one who pulled the trigger, must be swiftly brought to justice. It is an unforgivable sin.

Yang ini JKM dan Baitulmal dah bantu, selebihnya kitalah


Yang ini JKM dan Baitulmal dah bantu, selebihnya kitalah yang kena bantu, siapa nak bantu boleh masuk akaun Maybank saya ROZMAL BIN MALAKAN , No Akaun 155126945930 , tlg tel/Whatsapp 012-2267406 selepas bank ini. Atau boleh beri terus kepada keluarga ini.

Tabah jaga suami terlantar

REMBAU - Melihat keadaan suami yang terlantar lesu, hatinya sedih dan sayu.

Namun, Norpiah Majid, 67, menerima dugaan itu dengan kuat dan tabah demi meneruskan kelangsungan hidup.

Suaminya, Abdul Latif Osman@Othman, 77, berhenti kerja setelah mengalami masalah kesihatan dan memerlukan penjagaan rapi, sejak setahun lalu.

Keadaannya itu menjadikan Abdul Latif yang dahulunya bekerja sebagai pengawal keselamatan di bengkel Mara, terpaksa bergantung harap pada isteri dan ahli keluarga untuk mengurus diri.

“Kini, dia terlantar sakit dan terpaksa memakai lampin pakai buang kerana tidak mampu bergerak lagi. Malah saya juga harus membantu menyuapkan makan dan minum suami,” katanya ketika ditemui di kediamannya di Kampung Batu Hampar, dekat sini.

Tambah Norpiah, suaminya merupakan penerima bantuan bulanan Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) sebanyak RM300 dan Baitulmal sebanyak RM200.

Namun kata Norpiah, semua bantuan itu digunakan  untuk keperluan suaminya dan ubat-ubatan mereka sekeluarga memandangkan dia serta anak-anaknya juga menghidap penyakit kronik. -SH

[11 GAMBAR] Tol Sunway KESAS Terbakar, Beberapa Kenderaan Turut Musnah


Gambar kebakaran yang berlaku di plaza tol Sunway – Seafield, KM40.1 Lebuhraya KESAS yang berlaku petang tadi. 

Sebuah lori yang membawa muatan tanah terbakar selepas merempuh tembok penghadang Plaza Tol USJ, Lebuhraya Kesas kira- kira jam 4 petang tadi.

Dalam kejadian itu, dua kenderaan yang berada di laluan sama turut terbakar selepas berlanggar dengan lori berkenaan termasuk sebuah Estima. Walau bagaimanapun, pemandu kenderaan tersebut berjaya menyelamatkan diri.

Pemandu Lori yang melanggar tol berkenaan dipercayai melarikan diri sejurus selepas kejadian terbabit dan kemalangan berkenaan telah menyebabkan kesesakan lalu-lintas sepanjang hampir dua kilometer.


KAJOL SAMBUT RAYA DIPENJARA?

Penyanyi dikir barat terkenal Kelantan Kajol dipenjara enam minggu dan denda RM1,000 di Mahkamah Rendah Syariah Gua Musang, sebentar tadi, terhadap tuduhan berpakaian wanita dua bulan lalu.

Hakim Syarie Zubaidi Sulaiman menjatuhkan hukuman itu selepas tertuduh Kajol atau nama sebenarnya Mohd Hafiz Jeffri, 28, mengaku bersalah terhadap tuduhan. 


Mengikut pertuduhan tertuduh didakwa berlagak seperti perempuan dengan berambut panjang berwarna coklat, bibir bergincu, berpakaian wanita berwarna hitam serta memakai coli, bersubang dan memakai beg tangan perempuan. 

Tertuduh didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di Padang Perumahan Felda Aring Enam, Gua Musang pada jam 11.45 malam, 7 Mei 2014.


Tertuduh didakwa mengikut Seksyen 7 Kanun Jenayah Syariah Negeri Kelantan.

" Benarkah Dakwaan Baju Corak Ayat Al-Quran Yang Dikatakan Beli Di India Boleh Didapati Di Jalan TAR KL ??? "




Pihak berkuasa tempatan kena jawap isu ini. Polis mengatakan wanita Korea yang memakai pakaian yang terdapat ayat Al-Quran dipakaiannya sebenarnya pelancong Korea dan membeli baju tersebut di India.

Hari ini kecoh di laman sosial. Baju-baju yang mengandungi kalimah Allah dan ukiran khat itu sebenarnya ada dijual di Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. Jika benar amat malang dan sedihnya kita pihak berwajib tidak mengambil tindakan terhadap perkara ini.

Isu ini isu besar kerana melibatkan penghinaan terhadap agama Islam dan penghinaan terhadap kalam Allah Al-Quran.

Tough questions show up Paul Low's INEFFECTIVENESS in tackling govt corruption

Tough questions show up Paul Low's INEFFECTIVENESS in tackling govt corruption
As Putrajaya continues to grapple with reports of leakages and graft, Datuk Paul Low said today a Governance and Integrity Committee‎ (Jitu) will be set up in every ministry and state government to spearhead "transformation" in the public sector.
But he said each Jitu will be headed by the respective minister and menteri besar, a move that may spark concerns over the independence and efficiency of the committees.
"We want to set up a government framework to help in the transformation process. We want to make sure change are not just at the top level of government, but right down to ground zero," Low told a press conference in Putrajaya today.
This drew a sharp response from a senior journalist present at the press conference.
The Sun's senior editor R. Nadeswaran questioned how the ministry could place "tainted men" like the Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Datuk Seri Hasan Malek, to be in charge of an integrity committee.
"You're asking the minister to chair it, but the minister himself is writing letters to Bank Rakyat to close the case," he said, referring to Hasan's alleged interference in a RM32 million Bank Rakyat loan to controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan.
"How is this going to work... it defeats the whole purpose of an integrity committee," Nadeswaran said.
Low, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, attempted to downplay the matter, saying it will be dealt with, but Nadeswaran pointed out the ramifications could be huge.
"When you cast in concrete that only a minister can chair it, then when you find a crooked or tainted minister, how can they continue?" asked the veteran journalist.
Low said this was remedied by his own role as the co-chair for almost all the integrity committee‎s, despite the vast number that Putrajaya intends to set up.
"Most of the chairing will be done jointly by me, together," Low said.
"Most of the meetings, we will jointly chair. In fact we had past meetings, in all ministries‎. Myself and minister will be chairing it."
Low revealed he would also be in charge of chairing the Governance and Integrity National Committee.
Meanwhile, Low said today that Jitu would be effective immediately, ‎and was part of the "government transformation strategy to combat corruption in the public sector".
"‎The direction we propose will be radical, but changes will be incremental. We may not see changes immediately, but we hope change will come in time, ministry by ministry," said Low.
Datuk Paul Low
Jitu will advocate the creation of integrity units with certified integrity officers (CeIO) in all government ministries, departments and major agencies, he said.
"As the Jitu secretariat, this Integrity Unity will act as the focal point for all matters related to governance and integrity‎, working closely with their chief secretaries and internal auditors to implement measurable, long-term solutions," said Low.
‎The role of the internal auditor would also be enhanced, as they would meet with the minister or the auditor-general if necessary, and work closely with integrity officers to identify governance and integrity-related issues, said Low.
Low added that Jitu would be answerable to the national council, which could directly report to the Cabinet to take immediate action on a certain case.
"‎I hope to see real tangible results coming through... we will have less leakages, wastage, less solicitation of bribe, we should have better implementation of management, better quality of goods.
"There will be more projects that is based on value for money, and less issues of the middleman or go-between," said Low.
But he said there was no specific method to measure Jitu's progress, as they would just refer to Transparency International Malaysia's (TI-M) annual corruption perceptions index (CPI)
In December last year, TI-M announced that Malaysia scored 50 out of 100 points in its global annual CPI.
Malaysia ranked 53rd out of 177 countries, improving by one point compared with 2012 when it scored 49 and was ranked 54th.
Malaysia was ranked third among Asean countries, with Singapore topping the regional list and ranking fifth place out of the 177 countries.
TI-M’s top concerns were selective investigation and prosecution, and the lack of convictions in “high profile” cases.
It also focused on the lack of open tenders or competitive bidding in the awarding of privatisation and major projects. –TMI

Malaysian shooting ace withdrawn from Games after jacket goes missing

Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallist Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim has been left devastated after being ruled out of competing in Glasgow because her competition jacket was lost en route to Scotland.
Malaysian Ayuni, who won the gold medal with Nur Suryani Taibi in the 10 metre air rifle pairs in New Delhi four years ago, was due to compete in the 10 metre air rifle and 50m rifle prone events.
Team manager Musa Omar said he was left with no choice, but to withdraw Ayuni from competition after the missing luggage, believed to be in London, failed to show in time for Monday's registration ahead of Thursday's start of competition.
"We made a report when her bag did not arrive with the other luggage. We waited for three days. Today is the last day for us to confirm the names.
"The rules clearly state that a rifle shooter must wear a jacket.
"We tried to borrow one, but it did not fit her. We tried to make a new one, but she said that she would need two months to get used to it."
Musa said Ayuni had been unable to stop crying and wanted to fly home immediately upon being told she would not be able to compete.
However, Musa said she would have to stay with the team in Scotland and watch Muslifah Zulkifli take her place in the 10m air rifle and Suryani, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics while 30 weeks pregnant, take over for the 50m prone.
"The licence for all her firearms is under her name. We cannot send her back immediately," Musa said.
"This is so unfortunate. She's taking it badly. She is sad. We are all sad."
- TMI