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The Wall Street Journal This Morning Feb. 04, 2011

02-04-2011 - The latest from Cairo, turmoil may strengthen U.S. foes and deep in the heart of the Super Bowl.

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Egyptian Freedom

NPR: 02-03-2011 Fresh Air

Stories: 1) Javier Bardem On A 'Biutiful' Acting Career 2) Two Titian Masterpieces Traveling Through U.S.

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Moubarak and Camel

The Wall Street Journal This Morning Feb. 03, 2011

02-03-2011 - Mubarak supporters strike back, White House charts a new plan for Egypt and who will be the next endorsement superstar.
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Rashid Khalidi on Egypt's protests

A professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University argues that the regime is digging its heels in

Mideast hotfoot

The Wall Street Journal This Morning Feb. 03, 2011

02-03-2011 - Mubarak supporters strike back, White House charts a new plan for Egypt and who will be the next endorsement superstar.

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Mubarak beats back

Hezbollah, Israel And Egypt: What Happens Next?

Story: Journalist Thanassis Cambanis puts what has been going on in Egypt in a historical context — and explains what the popularity of other political parties, like Hezbollah, could mean for relations with Israel and the United States.

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Middle East wants Democracy

The Wall Street Journal This Morning Feb. 02, 2011

02-02-2011 -- Mubarak promises to step down, the winter that won't let up and it is letter of intent day.
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Obama After Mubarak

NPR: 02-01-2011 Fresh Air

Stories: 1) 'Times' Editor: The Impact Of Assange And WikiLeaks 2) Celebrating James Levine's 40 Years At The Met

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Mideast Flames

NPR: 02-01-2011 Economy

Stories: 1) Church Foreclosures: Hard Times For God's Work 2) Uncertain Path Ahead For U.S. Mortgage Giants 3) Despite Good News, Ford Has Long Road Ahead 4) A CEO's Hopes For Corporate Tax Reform

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Mubarak Out

#248: Adam Smith, Mama's Boy

On today's podcast, we talk with Nicholas Phillipson, the author of "Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life." Besides learning about the intellectual and political world Smith inhabited, we hear a bit about the man himself — how he wasn't just awkward but a bit of a mama's boy.

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Mubarak steps down

The Wall Street Journal This Morning Feb. 01, 2011

02-01-2011 - A Florida judge rules part of the new heath law unconstitutional, talks with protesters may begin in Egypt and a new era for the Middle East.

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NPR: 01-31-2011 Fresh Air

Stories: 1) The Fresh Air Interview: The Black Keys 2) La Lupe: A Performer Ruled By Instinct, Ecstasy

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Egypt's Future

The Wall Street Journal This Morning Jan. 31, 2011

01-31-2011 - Opposition unites in Egypt, home prices sink further and Egyptian protests inspire others in the Middle East.

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Mubarak creating chaos

Scout Niblett

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Revolution in Egypt

ET Podcast Week Ending Jan. 30, 2011

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Classic: A True Malay F*** A Fake Malay (Mamak)

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad For PM !


Mahathir’s intriguing rhetoric of Malaysia-belongs-to-the-Malays

FEB 4 — You have asked me to write on a difficult subject and answer a thorny question especially coming close to a general election and after the defeat in Tenang.

It’s all right with Tun Mahathir and for that matter even with PM Najib. They can say the darnest things and yet can later turn and twist to escape unscathed and scot-free. But not us, lesser mortals, we will be criminalised especially by none other than people like you, the media.

I will say my piece, nonetheless, without fear or favour again. This is the most dangerous part of it. On the back of a perceived dwindling of the Malay support, my audacious attempt at taking the bull-by-the-horn type of response might not concur with conventional Malay wisdom in politics.

Being very objective, as I usually am, I’ve no qualms to concur with anyone that this nation, originally, has a lot more to do with the Malays more than the Indians or Chinese.

Since time immemorial, Western chroniclers have described this part of the world as the Malay Archipelago while the Greek geographers, dated a lot earlier, described Peninsular Malaya as the Golden Chersonese as gold is found here to this day.

That is as much as I would like to talk about the “Malayness” of this beloved country of ours at this critical juncture of our much embattled nation. Going beyond, which I very well could do, will embroil me in the deep shit of unending claims and counter-claims, a debate I don’t wish to be part of.

But the most paradoxical thing about this debate is “why Mahathir is insisting on this dialectic or divide when he should be openly supporting Najib, ostensibly his protégé, on his 1 Malaysia rhetoric”.

This is the crux of the matter, the bone of contention and the climax of hypocrisy of the living Umno elites, namely the combination of Najib and Mahathir!

Frankly, this is their drama or soap opera in securing power and putting the Pakatan at bay. It’s a double game of sorts, a double-speak in its highest order. It is simply a case of downright greed — wanting to eat the cake and keeping it. It might have worked before, during lesser enlightened time of the Old Politics, but no longer now under the rubric of the New Politics!

Mahathir’s rhetoric that this country belongs to the Malays i.e. others are less than equal as Malays are more equal than others, ensures Umno will endear and entrench further the “gullible” Malay support.

Meanwhile, Najib’s 1 Malaysia is meant to hoodwink the “gullible” Chinese and Indians (of MCA, Gerakan and MIC members and well-wishers respectively) into believing that they are equally Malaysians, as this country also belongs to them, apparently oblivious of the fact that they are relegated to “second class” in the strictest sense of Mahathir’s worldview.

What a farce and a hypocrisy!

Be that as it may, PAS/Pakatan is not into such a game and publicity stunt.

I, for one, would like to believe that the issue of the special position of the Malays and the (natives) Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak must be read together with equal emphasis with the legitimate interests of other communities as enshrined in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

That’s perhaps the greatest safeguard for all! Pakatan and PAS have no problem with that at all. In all conviction and honesty, this has become one of our “cardinal” pillars of our Common Policy Framework (CPF). That’s the greatest security to Malays while simultaneously upholding the legitimate rights of all races.

Malays must not succumb to Umno’s machination that Pakatan would forsake their special position for fear of the DAP and the other ethnic groups. Yes, we are unlike Umno in the BN, acting as Tuan and Boss to others and at whims and fancy, dispensing orders for others to toe the line. But Pakatan’s CPF upholds the cardinal Articles 153, 152 and Article 3, without much qualms and misgivings by all our partners. I say it in all honesty and humility.

Back to the argument, it is all the better as it’s the ordained role of the constitutional monarch who must see to that all these communities must be accorded their special position and interest, as it is the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as enshrined in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

It is my conviction that only in a government that is committed to fair play, that encourages the true spirit and practice of equality, that respects affirmative actions where it is deemed necessary on a needs basis, that is foremost in enhancing true entrepreneurship and competitiveness and debunks all forms of race-base politics and religious bigotry, which is capable and credible to uplift and realise the vision as contained in Article 153 and the bigger agenda of nation rebuilding.

It is ingrained in the rhetoric of Mahathir’s Malaysia-belongs-to-Malays that has in fact encouraged the racial slurs of politicians and a few Umno-inclined bureaucrats alike and the continuous flip-flop of Najib’s 1 Malaysia that will continue to ruin and stifle the path of genuine reform and change in this nation.

The rakyat must be single minded on debunking hypocrisy and not allowing unscrupulous, double-speaking, self-serving politicians, both past and present, from both divides, to further divide us in any divisive diabolical design of race-based politics, religious bigotry, rampant cronyism and endemic corruption and wasteful extravaganza that we can ill-afford.

Isn’t Mahathir-Najib’s Umno creating the very thing they purport to fear? That is creating “divisive” plans and sustaining power through well-contrived divisive strategies. Isn’t that the accusation of Mahathir and Najib towards Tok Guru Nik Aziz and Anwar of dividing the Malays?

What has changed in 1 Malaysia, fellow Malaysians?

* Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad is a member of Pakatan Rakyat’s secretariat and MP for Kuala Selangor.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad is a member of the PAS central working committee and MP of Kuala Selangor.


Author brother,

IF true allegations that Ahmad Abbas said that the Acting Assistant District Officer of Semporna, Nursih Nusuri is establishing 'Forbidden Love' with Puteri UMNO Chief Semporna, also Vice Chairman of Puteri UMNO Sabah Haji Zakiah Kalipunya, I challenge for Puteri UMNO Malaysia Chairperson, Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin Zakiah for removing the charcoal scribbling Puteri UMNO faces.

As a member of Puteri UMNO Semporna, I am bombarded with many questions as we caught up with Puteri UMNO chief Sex Scandal with men while her husband is a partner Insolvency Officer and a government officer, brought this issue be discussed openly in the social web, facebook.

In this regard, we challenge the Zakiah Kalipunya, for suing and Ahmad Abbas Sabahkini.net displayed if the news is absolutely no basis, but if true, he should resign.

What a shame of the Puteri UMNO Sabah Muslim but behave like animals because before this there is an abortion until his death in Jakarta, there are berskandal the Assembly and Assistant Minister, there are those that tease husband had divorced her husband to marry Princess Head UMNO, even former Puteri UMNO Chief caught with a sex scandal.

Zakiah 'California' is the title for her father, 'Kalipunya', no longer qualified to lead Puteri UMNO and UMNO Semporna Sabah as Puteri UMNO was tarnishing the image and become a household pest man!

Best regards,


Kampung Baru redevelopment begins with local mosque upgrade

Najib got 1 Malaysia Development Berhad to contribute RM20 million for the redevelopment and upgrading of the Kampung Baru mosque. File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 Datuk Seri Najib Razak promised today that the Kampung Baru redevelopment would begin this year with the formation of a settlement development corporation and an upgraded mosque.

The prime minister announced a RM20 million allocation to upgrade the Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque, saying the newly-renovated mosque would be an icon to the Malay settlement in the middle of the capital city.

In the redevelopment of Kampug Baru, I want the Kampung Baru mosque to be the turning point. This mosque will represent a developed, modern Kampung Baru, said Najib when meeting the residents at the Kampung Baru mosque.

1 Malaysia Development Berhad will contribute RM20 million for redevelopment and upgrading of the Kampung Baru mosque, he added.

Najib unveiled the governments plans for the redevelopment of the largest Malay settlement in the city centre exactly one year ago when he promised that the villagers would not lose out.

This year the Bill to form the Kampung Baru corporation will be tabled in Parliament, we will see major changes in Kampung Baru this year, said Najib.

Najib gave an assurance that any disagreement on the redevelopment plans would be sorted out this year and the villagers interest would be protected.

If we can solve other problems in the country, we will find ways to look for solution in Kampung Baru, Najib told some 1,000 people who turned up to welcome him.

He reiterated the governments promise that the villagers would not be forced to move out of the settlement and that the villagers would be the main beneficiaries in the redevelopment plans.

The 110-year-old Kampung Baru area covers seven villages, is located on 90.2 hectares and is occupied by around 35,000 people! . The vi llages are Kampung Periuk, Kampung Masjid, Kampung Atas A, Kampung Atas B, Kampung Hujung Pasir, Kampung Paya and Kampung Pindah.

The Kampung Baru issue has dragged on after the Barisan Nasional federal government (BN), Pakatan Rakyat which controls Selangor, as well as public officials were unable to reach an agreement regarding the development prospects with the residents of the largest Malay settlement in Kuala Lumpur.

Kampung Baru lies within the Titiwangsa federal constituency which has always been an Umno fortress but it fell to PAS in Election 2008.

Most of the land in the settlement is under multiple ownership due to Islamic inheritance laws. A plan to allow non-Malays to take part in Kampung Barus redevelopment has raised the ire of residents there.

The Selangor government has proposed its own redevelopment plans due to historical links to the settlement, making the villages future a political football between the BN federal government and its foes PR. - Malaysian Insider

Anwar tellsTaib: Don't cling on like Mubarak

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has likened Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak - clinging to power, despite calls to step down.

"You want another 30 more years to rule Sarawak? That cannot be," he said of Taib at the PKR Stampin branch Chinese New Year open house today.

Both Mubarak and Taib have been in power for the last 30 years.

Millions of Egyptians are now staging protests nationwide demanding that Mubarak step down immediately.

"The people in Sarawak should also be demanding Taib step down, but they should do it only through the democratic process, " Anwar, who is also PKR de facto leader, said to cheers from those at the open house.

He said changes could be brought about if Taib was no longer the chief minister and Pakatan Rakyat formed the next state government.

"We will bring the prices of oil down, prices of essential goods down if we come to power in Sarawak," he added.

"It appears that his (Taib's) wealth his gone up, but the income and the standard of living of the ordinary people have gone down.

"If you want the prices of oil and essential goods to go down, the top leaders must go down," he said.

Anwar, who is on a two-day visit to Sarawak, said it was not true that states ruled by Pakatan were not doing well as alleged by BN leaders.

"When Penang was under the Barisan Nasional, it was incurring a RM2 billion deficit. Within two years of Pakatan rule, Penang now has a RM2 billion surplus," he added.

One reason for the huge surplus, he said, was the people's confidence in the honesty and clean government of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Don't be rabbits, advice

Meanwhile, Sarawak PK! R chief Baru Bian (left) warned the people to be wary of the carrots dangled before them in the coming state election.

"The Barisan Nasional is good at dangling carrots, now that this year, according to the Chinese zodiac, is the Year of the Rabbit. You know the rabbit likes to eat carrots.

"Incidentally, we will be holding the state election soon. And that is the time when the Barisan Nasional will be dangling the carrots. So, we should not be like rabbits grabbing the juicy, beautiful and appetising carrot dangled by the Barisan Nasional," he said

Baru said BN would come up with all sorts of promises to dupe the people into supporting them in the election.

He said for 30 years, Taib Mahmud had been chief minister and it was time for a change.

"Our theme for the coming election is 'Barubah lah' (Go for change) and so, let us all together change the chief minister and the Barisan Nasional government," he said.

He hoped that the theme would help change the people's mindsets into supporting the Pakatan.

Baru stressed the opposition coalition election manifesto would focus on returning the rights of their people to their lands and equal opportunity for winning government contracts and tenders.

"We have observed throughout Sarawak that the talking points of the ordinary people are losing their customary rights land and other types of lands," he said.

"Pakatan is the hope of the people in solving their land problems," he added.

Sarawak will hold its state election in the next few months.

- Malaysiakini

Is it time to acknowledge the Sabah miracle ?

First it was the Kimanis Power Plant project, Sabahs new 300-megawatt power plant, a whooping RM1 billion contract. Then Sabah has been allocated another RM10.723 billion to implement 424 new projects in the first phase (2011-2012) of the Rolling Plan under the Tenth Malaysia Plan. Then there is another RM3 billion in MoUs signed by Sabah State Government with private sectors to invest in agriculture and forestry and manufacturing.

It is a commentary on the bizarre priorities of our information order that investment commitments total-ling $14 billion, equaling nearly one fifth of Malaysias GDP, are either ignored or put on par with anodyne political statements. This, however, is not the occasion to lament the lack of even-handedness in the treatment of anything remotely connected to Sabah chief minister Musa Aman. It is the time to celebrate something that is fast becoming undeniable: the emergence of Sabah as the investment powerhouse of Malaysia.

The start of the Rabbit Year, there was a stark contrast between a Sabah bubbling with optimism and the rest of the country despairing over economic mismanagement and missed opportunities. It is not that all the MoUs signed with private sector will be translated into reality. Many will remain paper commitments . But when the whos who of Malaysia industry line up to proclaim their faith in Sabah as a wholesome place for investment, having already put their money where their mouth is, neither Malaysia nor the rest of the world can afford to be in denial.

The proclamations of faith in Sabah are all the more meaningful because they have been made despite KLs unremitting displeasure with anything that could bolster Musa Amans credentials. Musa Aman doesnt usually win awards for being ! the Refo rmer of the Year or for innovative governance. In fact, he doesnt even make it to the shortlist. But he has invariably secured an unequivocal thumbs-up from those who have a real stake in the emergence of Sabah as a Malaysia economic power house.

The skeptics, who insist that the rise and rise of Sabah has little to do with the state government, are partially right. Entrepreneurship and business are part of the Musa Amans DNA and not because he is Sabahan, and its reason why Sabah has always proudly cloaked itself in the business ethos since Musa took over as CEO of the state.

The reason Sabah has registered the highest, near double-digit GDP growth in the past 2 years owes much to the targeted, business-friendly approach of its government. Four features stand out. The first is quick decision-makingwhat Musa Aman has dubbed the red carpet, not red tape approach, ask corporate philanthropist Datuk Victor Paul, for example, recount how the land allotment and development for the Perdana Park in Tanjung Aru was made possible. Datuk Victor Paul built the multi-million ringgit park all with his own money, there was no such thing as land swap and he build the park entirely as part of his Corporate Social Responsibility and as a gift to the state and the people without any form of payment or reward. Victor Paul completed the whole project in less than two years, a quick-fire decision that has fetched Sabah this park.

The second feature is the curious phenomenon of the near-absence of political corruption at the top. Even Musa Amans worst enemies will not deny that the chief ministers fanatical personal integrity has had a salutary trickle-down effect. Irritated by politically inspired extortion, industry has identified Sabah as a place where it is possible to do ethical business.

Third, Sabah since Musa Aman 2003, has been marked by social and political peace. Particularly important for industry is the absence! of poli tical unrest, which unseated Pairin in 1994 and is now so marked in Perak. This is because Sabah has bucked a national trend and is witnessing high growth in agriculturelast year the sector grew by 9.9%. This means that farmers mainly natives, now have a stake in the larger prosperity of the state and arent swayed by populists like Anwar Ibrahim.

Finally, the growth of Sabah has been spurred by a philosophy of minimum government and maximum governance. In plain language, this means that the state government has concentrated on creating the infrastructure for growth and left it to the private sector to get on with the job of actual wealth creation. In Sabah, politicians dont talk the language of class conflict; they too mirror the preoccupation with business. So all-pervasive is the respect for enterprise that even the Perdana Park which I call Victor Pauls Park, which has the state of the art facilities, someone has even suggested that Victor Paul create amusement features for kiddie games centred on the use of virtual money!

The extent to which this vibrant Sabah capitalism will benefit Musas ambitions is difficult to predict. But one thing is certain. As Sabah shines and acquires an economic momentum of its own, more and more businesses will find it worthwhile to channel a major chunk of their new investments into Sabah. Kuala Lumpur may not like the resulting uneven growth but the alternative is not to thwart Sabah by political subterfuge-such as preventing public sector from engaging with the state government and the whimsical use of environmental regulations. Sabah has shown that accelerated and sustained growth is possible when the state plays the role of an honest facilitator, rather than a controller.

Musa Aman didnt create the Sabahan character; he was moulded by it. He merely gave it a contemporary thrust and an ethical dimension. If politicians focused on these, Malaysia as a nation will be a much better place.

courtesy of Selvarajasomiah

Tee Keat: Gag on Soi Leks immoral acts illogical

By Yow Hong Chieh
February 05, 2011

Ong has accused Dr Chuas supporters of whitewashing the latters reputation as a means of damage control.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 Former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat hit out at Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Leks supporters within the party, accusing them today of wanting to erase his successors immoral acts by not discussing them.

Ong said it was illogical for MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, vice president Datuk Donald Lim and Perak executive councillor Datuk Mah Hang Soon to turn Dr Chuas extramarital affair and resignation U-turn into a party secret in a misguided attempt to protect the party.

Do they expect every MCA member, if not the public, to emulate an ostrich burying its head in the sand or simply to delete the scandal from our public memory? Ong said in a statement today.

The Pandan MP renewed his attacks on Dr Chua on Wednesday the first time since losing his presidency during last years party elections calling the former Labis MP a leader who has failed to keep his promises.

Dr Chuas offer to quit the posts he held in the party and government was merely a trick to gain public support and sympathy as means of damage control over his sex scandal, he had claimed.

Ong today also chided Kong for stating that the outcome of the last party election must be respected, reasoning that it was inappropriate to discuss incidents which happened prior to the divisive March polls.

Do they imply that the March 28, 2010 MCA poll that returned Chua as the new president has the power of political bleaching any blot in his past alleged immorality record retrospectively?

Ong added that Kong, Lim and Mahs energies would be better spent convincing Malaysians that personal immorality was permissible in political leaders rather than trying ! to keep him silent.

This would appear more convincing and productive as compared to mere gagging and censuring me, if not banishing me from the battered party, he said.

The former transport minister has been critical of Dr Chua and has ignored calls to stop his attacks. - Malaysian Insider

Scare Taib into fulfilling your rights, says Salangor MB

Stephen Tiong, Malaysiakini

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has come under fire from Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim for his unwillingness to step down, despite being in power for the last 30 years.

Stepping down is the biggest challenge Taib has to face, and I hope that the people will answer this challenge by electing leaders whom they believe have the interests of the people at heart and one who will lead the state to greater heights and prosperity.

ceramah selamatkan malaysia pas shah alam 090111 khalid ibrahimThere is no need to be agitated or frightened by Taibs refusal because we do not want to answer him by arguing with him. The answer for the people of Sarawak lies in the ballot boxes, he said in an interview with Radio Free Sarawak yesterday.

He said the peoples answer must be the election of new leaders and team who cared about Sarawak and the people, not the ones who were looking after the interests of only certain leaders.

Electing new leaders and team is the biggest challenge that the people of Sarawak must answer for themselves, he said, adding that there was no point in arguing over the matter with anyone.

Khalid also criticised Taib for saying that he had not found a capable successor to be the next chief minister.

In my dealings with Sarawak over the last 30 years, I believe that there are many Sarawakians who are capable, if not better than Taib, to be the chief minister.

I had never been the menteri besar of Selangor before or involved in politics for a long ti! me (befo re becoming MB), but I feel that there are a number of successful Sarawakians in the corporate world and with the little bit of support, I think they can deliver.

He said the successor must be one having the necessary qualifications and a person of high quality and integrity.

taib mahmud pc annoucement on sarawak state election 240406Khalid also said Sarawakians must search for ways to scare Taib (left) so he would step down.

He said the ordinary people in Sarawak did not get what rightly belonged to them under the Taib administration, and he felt that this needed to be corrected.

I am of the opinion that the wishes of the people to own land, for example, is very justified, he added, stating that Sarawak was rich with abundant natural resources.

It is not right if the government is not brave and does not return the rights of the people, he added.

The time has come for the people to make the necessary correction which must be for the development and future of Sarawak and that of Malaysia, he said.

Khalid has urged the people of Sarawak to stand up and be prepared to change the BN government in the coming Sarawak election.

But I dont expect the people in Sarawak to go for a change as what were happening in Tunisia, or soon-to-be in Egypt, because there is no need to (do so).

NONETheir power lie in their hands, that is, the power to use their votes in the state election, he said, stating that the power they possessed decided their destiny and that of their children and country.

I feel that we need to bring a change in Malaysia. The Barisan leaders said that they are championing the cause of the people, but the people have not benefited from the struggle, he stressed.

Khalid also ! urged th e Sarawak government to take the cue from the Selangor government by coming up with a statement of accounts on the states assets.

He said such accounts should record how many acres of land Sarawak has and their worth, the value of protected forests and when trees were felled illegally and how much losses were incurred.

He said Sarawak should also have statements of accounts of its oil and gas and their worth.

The time is right for the people of Sarawak to raise questions on their assets, and what benefits have accrued to them from these natural resources, he said.

The problem with Sarawak was that there was no transparency in the Taib administration regarding the states assets.

Julians sex in Sweden the transcripts

English translations of Swedish police interviews in the Julian Assange case have been published at the Rixstep web site, run by software programmers involved in the Bloatbuster cause of lean, cruft-free programming. Assange, a founder of WikiLeaks, has been accused of rape of two Swedish women who had sex with him on separate occasions last year. The two women are Sofia Wiln and Anna Ardin.

The English translations of the police transcripts in full

The original transcripts of the interview were faxed from Assanges lawyer in Stockholm to his British lawyer, and a PDF file has now been posted at Scribd.com in the original Swedish.

PDF of police interviews with Julian Assange (in Swedish)

Extracts from some of the Rixstep translations:

Sex with Sofia

From the Rixstep introduction to the transcript:

The interrogation of Sofia was conducted by criminal inspector Irmeli Krans. during the interrogation Sofia and Irmeli were informed that Julian Assange had been arrested in absentia and the police were hunting for him. Irmeli notes that Sofia seemed to go to pieces on hearing the news. Irmeli seems to have been against classifying the allegation as rape and protested she was given no opportunity to discuss the matter. Yet before Irmeli concluded her interrogation and she was the only one who knew any details of the case Julian Assange was arrested in absentia and hunted through the streets of the Swedish capital.
Irmeli Krans was thereafter taken off the case.

Shed suggested they take in at a hotel but he said he wanted to see girls in their natural habitat.

It was dark when they got off the train and! they pa ssed old industry buildings where he went off to pee. She also took a pee. When they arrived at her flat she went in before him into the bedroom to clean up a bit before he saw it. They took off their shoes and the relationship between them didnt feel warm anymore. The passion and excitement had disappeared. They made out in the bedroom but she wanted to brush her teeth. It was midnight, pitch black outside, and they brushed their teeth together it felt banal and boring.

When they want back in the bedroom Julian stood in front of Sofia and grabbed her hips and pushed her demonstratively down on the bed
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Witness E worries about leaks

Witness E is a journalist who spoke to Sofia about her encounter with Julian Assange.

Ive understood that uh, there have been interrogations that have been released and above all else to, to a tabloid newspaper uh, and now Im thinking about Expressen. Uh, and I dont know if these interrogations have been released in accordance with the secrecy act or if there are leaks in your building here. But for me its very important that if I am going to talk about my journalistic profession, uh, and if the contacts I have in my profession that, uh, that you can guarantee in some way that during a certain time so this wont, yeah, lets say tomorrow be leaked to Expressen.

MG: Nothing has been leaked. All has been released.

WE: So nothing, there havent been any leaks?

MG: There have been no leaks and everything thats come out, in other words from it coming to this group. All documents that have been released have been released on request. And you know yourself how thats done most likely

WE: Hmmm
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In answer to a question Anna says that neither she nor Assange drank alcohol that evening. When they sat and drank tea Assange began caressing her leg. In answer to a question Anna says Assange earlier in the evening had not made any physical approaches save now which Anna initially welcomed. But it felt uncomfortable from the get-go as Assange was rough and impatient. According to Anna, everything happened so fast. He ripped off her clothes and in conjunction with this pulled at and broke her necklace. Anna tried to put some clothes back on again because things were going too fast and it felt uncomfortable but Assange immediately took her clothes off again. Anna says that she thought she actually didnt want to go any further but it was too late to say stop to Assange when shed gone along with it this far. She thought she could blame herself. So she let Assange fully undress her
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What Julian Assange told police

Julian Assange was questioned only once by Swedish police. He was informed that he was under suspicion for the crime of molestation, by having sex with Anna Ardin without a condom against her wishes. MG refers to the chief police interrogator.

MG: Is it true youve had a sexual relationship, you and Anna?

JA: Yes we had a sexual relationship from the, Friday the 13th, a couple of days. We slept in the same bed until the following Friday.

MG: So how was this sexual relationship, were there multiple occasions?

JA: Yes.

MG: Was a condom used on any of these occasions?

JA: On the first occasion. And we had sex several times on the 13th and the 14th. And afterwards, on the other days too, we also had! a sexua l relationship.

MG: So, the later sexual relations, so it was intercourse?

JA: No they were more we touched each other.

MG: So that, were talking about one time its about intercourse?

JA: Yes we had intercourse the 13th and the 14th.

MG: And that was once or was it multiple times?

JA: Multiple times
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The battle of two giants: BN vs DSAI

BN should test the waters. BN at best can arrest DSAI and all his powered-allies. Incarcerate them in prison. Sell the story to the rakyat about DSAI and his team's wrongdoings. What will be the eventuality?

By J. D. Lovrenciear

Since the day the great Tun sacked his deputy, the seed of reform was sowed. The Tun Dr can either be scorned or praised for that defining moment when he made a decision to annihilate his deputy in disgrace.

And so began that arduous battle between DSAI and the Barisan Nasional.

Today, one man stands out battling a whole crew of BN aligned politicians. That in itself is amazing.

While DSAI has successfully reined in the decades old battle weary opposition parties, BN rightly so now aims for that one single target DSAI.

The billion-dollar question is: Will he survive the onslaught? Will his pact stay the ground, come what may?

Or will BN be hammered into a tight corner, fighting tooth and nail for survival?

The answer lies not within the power corridors of the ruling government. The answer also cannot come from the opposition pact. The answer fortunately or otherwise, lies in the hearts and minds of the rakyat.

If the rakyat cannot withstand the price that must be paid for reform, then they will have aided the demise of a political hope for many - DSAI.

If the rakyat believed that DSAI is not a hope but a curse, then BN would have killed this man the day after he was unceremoniously sacked and hackled in prison.

But what we are witnessing today is that hard to assimilate fact by several quarters, i.e. that DSAI is making in-roads into the hearts and minds of the rakyat despite the advantage position of the ruling elite.

If this is not true, the BN! should test the waters. BN at best can arrest DSAI and all his powered-allies. Incarcerate them in prison. Sell the story to the rakyat about DSAI and his teams wrong doings. What will be the eventuality?

Will the rakyat celebrate in a euphoric mood or will there be a sea of street protests as in the likes of Tunisia and Egypt?

If anyone cares for the well being of the humble citizen, this battle must cease. Give the platform back to the citizens to vote their hero DSAI or BN. And let the winner take the lead to re-build a nation of people who are praying and crying for a happy future.

Please ask these pretty Malay chicks about the smelly Mamak Tongkang Kerala ...

Group Portrait @ Pedestrian Bridge

Group Portrait @ Pedestrian Bridge

Actually we were on our way to restaurant (starving as he**), and suddenly Amira stop everyone and ask me to take group picture..on pedestrian bridge..everyone looking at us lol ...

Buildings of Xi'an Jiatong University, China

Buildings of Xi'an Jiatong University, China

This is the main campus of Xi'an Jiatong University of China (i'm studying at medical campus which is a lit bit far away from this campus)...

Nadzirah.Tree 2

Nadzirah.Tree 2

Nadzirah.Tree 3

Amira & Her Sister

Amira & Her Sister

Amira (my friend) and her sister came from Malaysia, during their visit to the main campus of Xi'an Jiatong University of China, pose for picture taken by my other friend and i just candid them from beside..,,,

Amira & Her Sister 2

Amira & Her Sister 2

Amira and her sister from Malaysia, during visit to the main campus of Xi'an Jiatong University of China, pose for picture taken by my other friend and i just candid them from beside..,,,



This university definitely won't run out of beautiful places to be captured.

Leaked: Details of WikiLeaks mans sex encounters

The leaker got leaked. WikiLeaks founder Julain Assange has become the victim of a leak of a PDF file containing graphic details of his consensual sex with two Swedish women who later accused him of rape. The file, sent from his Swedish lawyer to his British lawyer, has been posted at Scribd.com with a cover letter that says: Please note that the documents are legally privileged information for Mr Julian Assange and nobody else.

PDF of Julian Assanges sex with Swedish women

For the voyeurs among you, it is all in Swedish.

Image: Wired.com

But for the determined voyeurs among you, there are English translations posted by Rixstep, a team of programmers in the Bloatbusters cause.

Wired magazine says the file relates how Assanges separate sexual encounters with two women in Sweden last year led to the criminal investigation, telling the story through police interviews with the two alleged victims, and with friends to whom theyd confided. There is nothing in the extensive details to support Assanges past assertions that the Swedish criminal probe is part of dirty tricks campaign against WikiLeaks.

The most substantive content in the file was previously reported by theGuardian in December, apparently from a subset of the same police documents.

Assange began seeing the two women during a 10-day trip to Stockholm last August. The first woman, referred to in court as Miss A., told police that her consensual encounter with Assange became violent when Assange pinned her to the bed as she attempted to reach for a condom. He then allegedly released her and agreed to wear the condom, but did something to it that caused it to rip, and continued to have sex.

The second woman, Miss W., also initially ! had cons ensual relations with Assange using a condom. But later, as they shared a bed, Assange allegedly began having sex with her while she was asleep the basis of the rape allegation.

Read more at Wired.com, with plenty of comments
Documents in Julian Assange rape investigation leak onto web

PKR dubs RM19b annual gas subsidies as lost income

By Lee Wei Lian
February 05, 2011

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli called the dependence on subsidies an artificial competitiveness for the country.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 PKR focused on the RM19 billion annual gas subsidy in a forum on national TV last night, saying it should be stopped as it was lost revenue although a government strategist said it helped create jobs.

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli cited the study by Stanford University professor Jeff Rector in 2005 which purportedly showed that 81 per cent of the gas subsidies went to industries and businesses and only 19 per cent to the general public and the benefits of the gas subsidies ended up being exported out by industries.

The dependence on gas subsidies has to be stopped, said Rafizi in the forum televised by RTM1 at 10pm. It is artificial competitiveness for the country.

The abolishment of gas subsidies is one of the reforms proposed by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) if it takes over Putrajaya.

The proposed reforms are listed in its Buku Jingga document and include the abolishment of tolls and the repeal of the Internal Security Act.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had called the reforms too good to be true and claimed that it would bankrupt the country.

Rafizi said, however, that the abolishment of the gas subsidy would help pay for the reforms.

The government would get RM19 billion in revenue if there is no subsidy, he added. The government was represented by Hulu Selangor MP P. Kamalanathan

Another panellist on the forum, chief executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Datuk Mahani Zainal Abidin argued, however, that the gas subsidies helped create jobs.

Even if 81 per cent of gas subsidies goes to export-oriented industries, it is still jobs, she said. If exports are affect! ed, then jobs are lost.

Mahani, who is also one of the authors of the Najib administrations New Economic Model, admitted, however, that gas subsidies were undesirable in the long term but it was not something that could be changed overnight.

Yes, we want higher gas prices but a sudden change is tough, she said. It is a complex issue.

National oil company Petronas, which has to bear the subsidies via fixed gas prices, said last November that it is seeking a review of gas prices.

In the 2009 financial year, Petronas gas subsidy bill reached RM19 billion, or nine per cent of total revenue while in the first half the 2010 financial year, the amount stood at RM10.2 billion.

Cumulative subsidies borne by Petronas up till November 2010 since the gas price was fixed to the power sector in 1997 and the non-power sector in 2002 amounted to RM126.6 billion.

The issue of gas subsidies is also a controversial one as the prime beneficiaries are seen to be the independent power producers (IPPs), many of which are highly profitable and perceived to be controlled by politically favoured parties.

Gas demand in Malaysia is primarily driven by the power sector, with about 55 per cent of gas sales coming from the sector.

The non-power sector accounts for about 38 per cent of total sales while the remainder is exported.

Government strategist Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has come up with a gas subsidy rationalisation plan whereby the price of natural gas will be first raised by RM4.65 per mmbtu (million British Thermal Unit) for the power sector and RM2.52 per mmbtu for the non-power sector.

The electricity tariff will then be raised by 2.4 sen per kW/h and thereafter, the price of natural gas will be increased by RM3 per mmbtu every six months and the price of electricity will also go up by 1.6 sen per kW/h every six months. - Malaysian Insider

Water cannon unleashed on anti-Mubarak protesters

Police fired water cannons at protesters as about 3,000 Malaysians held a noisy rally outside the US embassy today to demand Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resign immediately.

It is feared that 'its only a matter of time before a similar peoples revolution sweeps our shores. That is why sycophantic supporters of the BN regime are so afraid of public displays of dissent.

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Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars

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At TEDxNASA, planetary scientist Joel Levine shows some intriguing -- and puzzling -- new discoveries about Mars: craters full of ice, traces of ancient oceans, and compelling hints at the presence, sometime in the past, of life. He makes the case for going back to Mars to find out more.