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KTMB Land Issue: The Last Train into Tanjung Pagar

June 29, 2011

KTMB Land Issue: The last Train into Tanjung Pagar

by Din Merican

In signing the Points of Agreement (POA) on Malayan Railway (KTM) Land with Singapore on June 27, 2011 Minister in the Prime Ministers Department, Nor Mohamed Yakcop said, Its a very happy day. Its a new beginning for us in cooperation in attracting investment. Its excellent for both countries. We are confident this is a new beginning for good cooperation and plenty of investments. Certainly, not only Iskandar will do well but the whole of Malaysia will do well because of confidence factor in attracting foreign investment.

In reciprocation, Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam said: It really takes the relationship to a different level. Its win-win.for both countries and promises much more. In that sense, in every sense, its historic moment.

As a long time friend of Singapore who had the privilege of living and working there in late 1980s, I join Malaysians and Singaporeans in supporting and welcoming this enhancement in bilateral relations between our two countries on a mutually advantageous basis, one that could be continuously strengthened in the future.

But I am of the view that to sustain this positive momentum in bilateral relations, cooperative efforts and other confidence building measures cannot be undertaken in an opaque manner. There is, therefore, a need for our government to keep Malaysians informed on vital issues like the KTMB Land issue.

Murkiness, obfuscation and mystery have unfortunately overshadowed the so-called win-win deal in respect of a land swap deal in Singapore involving KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd), which was agreed to between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib! Razak a nd his Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, in Kuala Lumpur May 24 and September 20, 2010.

Six rounds of talks have been held between Heads of Foreign Ministries of both countries, even if the main negotiators have been our Khazanah National Bhd and Temasik Holdings, the respective governments investment arm.

To-date, no details on the definitive outcome of the deal have been made public by either government even after the conclusion of the sixth and final talks, which were held in Singapore on December 31 last year.

Instead, out of the blue, The STAR newspaper ran a story on June 9, 2011 under the caption Party plans on track for last train ride to Tanjung Pagar. And on June 14, 2011, The New Straits Times in a front page report said Tickets snapped up for KTMBs final Tanjung Pagar service.Apparently, KTMB had recently taken some of our journalists on a tour/special trip down to Tanjung Pagar (picture above right).

Historical Significane of June 30, 2011

It would appear that KTMB as well as some in our media tend to treat the pending closure of the nearly 100-year old Tanjung Pagar Station and the historic building as something merely nostalgic. Seeking out and keeping our public informed regarding details on the outcome of the six rounds of official talks by the two countries or on related issues of the railways service or its history seems unimportant to them.

Singaporeans must have been in glee over KTMBs idea of entertaining our history-deficient journalists, who do not seem to know that our country could have taken for a ride by Singapore over tens of billions of KTMB real estate in Singapore w! ithout a dequate compensation.

A rather perceptive member of the public, a certain Karim Mahsood, on June 13, 2011 wrote to The STAR newspaper, reminding readers that June 30, 2011, the date of the last train to Tanjung Pagar is not a joyous affair, but a heartbreaking episode in the history of KTMB in Singapore

Karim Mahsood attributed this development to a series of unfortunate steps that were taken by our own leaders, which began in 1990 with a lopsided agreement between Malaysia and Singapore called the Points of Agreement (POA), and culminating in the 2010 deal for KTMB to relocate its services from Tanjung Pagar to Woodlands on June 30, 2011.

The Najib-Lee Hsien Loong Deal

Under the Najib-Lee Hsien Loong deal, the Singapore Government would vest four tiny land parcels in Marina South and two parcels of land in Ophir-Rochor in MS Pte Ltd. (a joint-venture company set up by Khazanah National Bhd. and Temasik Holdings in a 60-40 % equity arrangement respectively, for the development of the said six parcels when KTMB vacates the Tanjung Pagar Railway Station), in lieu of the three parcels of so-called POA land in Tanjung Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands and three pieces of land in Bukit Timah. The long and short of the deal is that KTMBs Tanjung Pagar Station will be closed on or by July 1, 2011 and relocated to Woodlands temporarily.

And on June 26, 2011, there was yet another bolt out of the blue: that Nor Mohamed Yakoop (and not Foreign Minister Anifah Aman) and Singapores Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law, K. Shanmugam, would sign the instrument containing details of the implementation of the POA on KTMB land in Singapore on June 27. It was couched innocuously that Tanjung Pagar would be closed down by or o! n July 1 , 2011. Perhaps, both governments want this momentous event to pass off unnoticed.

Nor Mohamed and Shanmugam also confirmed that Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to open a rapid transit system (RTS) link between the two countries by 2018 and, secondly, that yet another joint-venture company had been established in addition to MS Pte Ltd known as Iskandar JV Co. , held 50-50 by Khazanah Bhd and Temasek Holdings to undertake two development projects in Iskandar Malaysia involving 87 hectares of land.

Despite the above, the public in both countries, particularly in Malaysia, remain uninformed especially as to how the Najib-Hsien Loong deal would contribute to mutually advantageous relationship between our two countries in the future and, specifically, how the deal would safeguard Malaysias national interest. Indeed, there are wider political implications that our Government leaders must face.

The KTMB Land saga(and other properties in Singapore) does raise several important points:

a) The move by KTMB to Woodlands will signal the beginning of the transfer to Singapore, not only the historic railway station building in Tanjung Pagar, but also some 175.7 hectares of KTMB land, in exchange for joint development of six parcels of land in Marina South and Ophir-Rocher whose total value is also not known to the public. ASIAWEEK magazine in its March 31, 1995 issue estimated the 32 hectares of prime property of Tanjung Pagar alone to be worth USD 2 billion, making KTMB the republics second-biggest land owner after the local government.

b) When KTMB vacates Tanjung Pagar Railway Station to tumpang(squat) at Singapore CIQ building in Woodlands by July 1, 2011, it woul! d actual ly mean that all KTM land in the Island nation, south of Woodlands, will revert to Singapore. This Malaysian real estate in Singapore some 175.7 hectares in all will be gone forever without adequate compensation to Malaysia. Again based on ASIAWEEKs estimate in 1995 of the 32 hectares of Tanjung Pagar property, KTMBs entire 175.7 hectares of real estate in the island Republic could today easily be worth between USD 0.25 to USD 0.5 trillion.

c) The Woodlands checkpoint is not a railway station in the normal sense but a Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoint belonging to Singapore. It is indeed difficult to imagine how KTMB can effectively use the Woodlands checkpoint as its new terminal in Singapore. It does look like KTMB will be compelled to retreat further north to Johar Bahru, sooner rather than later. When that happens, a glorious chapter in the history of KTMB operations to and from Singapore would be forced into an early closure.

d) The 1990 POA was Lee Kuan Yews strategic move to subtly uproot the KTMB Railway line which literally divides the Island State into two halves from North to South. Therefore, the move by KTMB from Tanjung Pagar to Woodlands is also the beginning of the fulfillment of Lee Kuan Yews dream since 1990.

e) The injection of the so-called development charges by the Prime Minister of Singapore at the eleventh hour into the negotiations in Kuala Lumpur is seen as one made in bad faith.

As a matter of fact, Singapores insistence that Khazanah will have to pay certain development charges might mean that in reality Singapore would get KTMBs entire 175.7 hectares in Singapore as well as ! Khazanah s investment in joint development projects in Singapore practically for free.

f) And, in the meantime, the dispute over the so-called development charges has still not been resolved. There is absolute silence over the status of the matter, which both countries agreed in Kuala Lumpur in 2010 to be brought up to the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

g) No less serious are real concerns here that not only will KTMB lose 175.7 hectares of its land and even Khazanahs investments in Singapore but, more importantly, that Malaysia, as a whole, over the longer haul, would effectively lose control of large chucks of Johor and even land as far as Malacca to Singapore through the Iskandar- Malaysia ventures and other similar plans.

How some Singaporeans look at the Najib-Hsien Loong Deal? Many Singaporeans who are friends of Malaysia are puzzled why the Malaysian negotiators agreed to such a deal in the first place? They ask what possible quid pro quo benefits Malaysia could have. Surely, they say Malaysia does not need the money.

Is maintaining KTMBs assets in Singapore a burden to Malaysia? If this is not the case, then Malaysia has the upper hand. So, what and why the rush and why the bending-backwards? Why so eager to close the deal? Worse still, friendly Singaporeans ask why so cheap?Many Singaporeans believe Malaysia is incompetent and, as a result, gets short-changed. That Malaysia is always ill-prepared and that it is not thorough enough. They attribute this to a number of factors:

i) partly due to interference by our politicians and that our civil servants have been marginalized;

ii) structurally, Malaysia does not have and fails to attract the brightest brains into the Civil Service, people with the long-term interest of the country at heart;

and iii) politicians and civil servants with too much personal, short-term interests to fight the kiasu, no-holds-barred, win-all, no tolak ansur (no give and take) Singapores Team. This, Singaporea! ns say, is at the root of the problem, one that is most unfortunate.

Why Nor Mohamad, not Anifah Aman

Singaporeans are also generally puzzled as to why Nor Mohamed Yakoop represented Malaysia at the recent signing ceremony in Singapore? They expected Foreign Minister Anifah Aman to have accompanied Nor Mohamed and do the honours for Malaysia.

But as proud Singaporeans, they say the deal is okay after all it is Malaysias loss and Singapores gain. As Singaporeans they feel proud of their Team, who got the best deal for Singapore. As for Lee Kuan Yew, getting such a deal from Malaysia makes the outcome even sweeter.

Need for Transparency

All told, transparency is crucial in ensuring positive, forward movement in bilateral relations as well as in winning the hearts and minds of the public. One can try to mask underlining problems of any deal by words and promises of future infrastructural development and consequent economic growth. But good intentions can produce bad results.

Foreign policy should be concerned with a countrys national interest. Diplomacy as an instrument of Foreign Policy is the art of negotiation, of getting deals that serve the national interest. In other words, national interest should dictate Foreign Policy.

Unless national interest is firmly embedded in the minds of government ministers, it is not likely that the making of foreign policy will return to its proper, central place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in our case, Wisma Putra). In this regard, Singaporean diplomats and their political masters are stark realists, always serving their countrys national interest.

In conclusion, there is a need for proper national debate in Malaysia on the Najib- Hsien Loong deal in the media, in intellectual and business circles and, indeed, ultimately in Parliament. Perhaps, a White Paper should be presen! ted to o ur legislators in Parliament.


Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me

The sun is associated with 'yellow', when young we are told the sun is yellow because of the hot flames that is yellow and red too. But generally we associate yellow as the colour of the sun.

These days in BolehLand, yellow seems to be a dirty word. It used to be black though, remember wearing black ts can get you arrested.

Today we are told those who wear yellow ts with word 'Bersih' is committing sedition, participating in an illegal assembly, inciting violence, very dirty action and things. And ts are not singled out as offensive. Even shoes, cars, buses too.

So Yellow is the new Black thanks to demonising the refreshing clean colour yellow.

Friends are asking if the change in colour of the blog has anything to do with showing support for the group or its cause, huh?

Must everything be politicised and only one track minded?

Why is only one colour and type of logo be singled out as offensive and seditious while two other groups are okay with their red ts and whatever earth colour the other group chooses to wear?

Even if they are trying to be seen as fair and warned each of the groups, their actions speak of their impartiality.

Anyway, what has the colour of the blog got to do with sedition or being offensive or is it? Since shoes, cars and buses are potential offensive vehicles of the cause, blogs may be next especially those who puts a logo of the NGO or use its colour. But why is wearing an organisation's logo offensive, why one and not another or the other two in this case, huh?

So one type of logo and word and colour we can supposed is offensive but these things below are openly on sale, including so many people wearing a red star, a hammer and sickle, prints of terrorists and communist leaders including Ben Laden are free to express their love for such fellos and ideology we can supposed huh? And ts of such expressions are openly on sale in BolehLand no?

Axis Revival or some religious symbol huh?

Anyway variety is the spice of life as they say and we all have different moods right? So the blog has patriotic symbolism and denotes loyalty and love an all that nice things. After all there is yellow, black and red, all colours of our beloved Jalur Gemilang right?

And it is just coincidental that those who say they will be in KL town on July 9 are also spotting yellow, red and black ts too, symbols of patriotism and loyalty too, right?

So don't have the mentality and paranoid behaviour of our politicians and all those who are getting ear aches putting their ears on the ground too long and hearing imaginery sounds, can?

Of course, some will point out at those red rempits that recently threatened to burn down a building. But that is expected of people who are willing to fight with their tooth and limbs to defend their honour, leaders and their comfort zone. They need to show their red firepower of the mayhem and violence that await anyone and we hope not those who love yellow colour. With such groups ready to fight fight fight, we can save lots of money dispensing with buying expensive military armaments right?

So please keep and open mind and be in the majority of open minded and rational thinking fellos. It's sad, the ranting and shouting are all those who want to stop others from expressing themselves but are allowed to do so unhindered!

But doesn't the new colour scheme of the blog looks clean and exudes full blown patriotism and loyalty given the different official colours in the blog?

Copycatting others? Nah, why should? Can we BolehLand folks have any freedom of expression at all unless it is officially sanctioned huh?

So how can this new clean, patriotic and loyal looking blog face be considered 'halal' or politically correct! ? The bl og must give praise and thanksgiving to all that is 1Malaysia and damn the other side, huh?

Or should one get MCMC, MOHA, the police and even those fellos sporting the same colour on July 9 permission before using such colour schemes huh?

Welcome to BolehLand, Where Cleanliness and Yellow aren't the Flavour of the month. So sad, we prefer dirty, unclean and gloomy colour schemes as our way of life, huh?

So please just because we want to like yellow and look clean, don't let the sun go down on me can even if it pisses some off huh?

And one last observation on the banning of a logo, wordings and colour and deemed seditious, offensive and breaking the law. Since the name Allah cannot be used and banned? in Semenanjung, will Christians who wear the crucifix, cross on their t-shirt or name of their church also committing an offense too. After all, they are all party to committing an offense each time they pray in Bahasa Melayu and utter the 'A' name huh?

Since China is a communist and communism is considered seditious and banned, why are we allowing BolehLand's companies to invest there as they can be influenced in a communist country and worst still supporting the communist China to dominate world economic power as well as political interference and power too, huh? And we hear of the Communists being invited to build railways here? Hey who let the commie in here huh?

Remember we are told any medium or vehicle used to promote an illegal activity is deemed an offense and seditious. Wonder if that includes communism, terrorism even corporations that have Jews in them since all these are considered 'No No' in BolehLand right? So still think yellow and wanting to clean up our BolehLand are worst than the rest huh?

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

I can't light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I'm growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here o! n the la dder of my life.

It's much too late to save myself from falling
I took a chance and changed your way of life
But you misread my meaning when I met you
Closed the door and left me blind by the light.

Chorus:
Don't let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it's always someone else
I see
I'd just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me

I can't find, oh, the right romantic line
But see me once and see the way feel
Don't discard me just because you think I mean you harm
But these cuts I have, oh, they need love
to help them heal

(Repeat Chorus)
YAHMEH!!!

It all started with an allegation

History is an interpretation of events. You cant change the actual events in history. But you can interpret the events. And everyone would have his/her own interpretation of things. For example, to the British it was The Indian Mutiny. To the Indians it was a Fight for Independence. The event never changes. How you perceive it would.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

How many non-Muslims understand the conflict between the Sunnis and the Shiahs? For that matter, how many Muslims understand it? Why have millions of Muslims died at the hands of fellow Muslims since the time of the death of Prophet Muhammad?

Many Muslims are in denial mode and Sunni Muslims, the largest sect in Islam (which most Malaysian-Malays belong to), would rather believe it is because the Shiahs are deviants. And that is why Malays who become Shiahs, or are suspected of following Shiah teachings, are arrested by the Malaysian government -- because they are following deviant teachings.

Let me tell you why the Sunnis and Shiahs are at war with one another. And to understand this I need to take you back to the time of the Prophet when the schism between Muslims first started -- even before the Prophet could breath his last breathe.

What I want to relate today is the official history of Islam. So it is not really my interpretation of events as such. And the story goes as follows.

Once upon a time the Prophets youngest wife, Aishah, was travelling through the desert in a caravan. The caravan stopped for a pit stop and Aishah decided to seek a secluded spot to answer the call of nature (they did not have R&R stops in the desert in those days).

Without realising that Aishah was missing, the caravan continued on its journey leaving Aishah behind. When Aishah returned she discovered that the car! avan had left so she sat down to wait for them to come back for her.

But they did not realise they had left her behind until they stopped for the night. By then it was too dark to turn back so they decided they would do that the following morning come daybreak.

In the meantime a young, handsome Arab on horseback passed by and he saw Aishah sitting all alone in the desert. Although this Arab had never met Aishah before he immediately recognised her as being one of the Prophets wives because all the Prophets wives wore tudungs or headscarves.

The young Arab offered to give Aishah a lift and help chase after the caravan. Before they could reach the caravan, night fell, so they had to seek shelter for the night in a cave and continue their journey to look for the caravan the following morning when it was light again.

The following morning the Arab reached the caravan with Aishah riding pillion on the only horse that he possessed. Of course, this triggered talk that Aishah had spent the night alone with a young, handsome Arab. Within a day the whole of Medina was gossiping about this story and in no time at all the Prophets enemies were spreading the story about Aishahs affair with a young, handsome Arab.

Ali, the Prophets cousin and son-in-law (the first person after Khatijah, the Prophets first wife, to become a Muslim) came to see the Prophet to inform him that the rumours about Aishahs affair were becoming very bad and extremely serious. The Prophet was very troubled with this because Aishah was his favourite wife and also the daughter of his best general, Abu Bakar.

Ali argued that the Prophet cannot afford to be linked to rumours of an unfaithful wife. Ali insisted that the Prophet divorce Aishah.

The Prophet was extremely upset. He refused to divorce Aishah but he did leave her house and did not return for a number of days.

And this was when, according to Islamic beliefs, the Surah An-Nur (below) was revealed by God.

I will not go into details about this Surah but suffice to say that the Muslims believe that God, in response to the Prophets dilemma as to what to do about the rumours of Aishahs affair, laid down the rules on how to handle such rumours.

In the end the Prophet did not divorce Aishah but went back to her house and made her swear that she did not commit adultery with the young, handsome Arab (as guided by Surah An-Nur) -- and Aishah did so.

So that ended the rumours of Aishahs affair or adultery. The matter was now settled. But that did not settle the matter between Aishah and Ali. Since that day Aishah and Ali became adversaries (this is merely how I interpret this event, though).

And this revealed itself on the Prophets death. The Prophet wanted to spend his remaining days in Aishahs house and he in fact died on Aishahs lap. Just before he died, though, he summoned Ali and, according to Ali, the Prophet said that when he dies Ali should take over as the successor (caliph, in the Arabic language).

When the Prophet died the council met to debate who should be the new successor and Ali told them that the Prophet had already anointed him as the successor and that Aishah was a witness to this.

The council summoned Aishah to testify but she said she did not hear the Prophet say this. Because Aishah could not confirm what Ali said, Abu Bakar, Aishahs father, was appointed the successor instead.

It was not until Abu Bakar and the two caliphs after him, Omar and Othman, died did Ali get his turn to become caliph (the fourth caliph after the Prophet).

But soon after Ali took office, Aishah, who was then living in Mekah, led an army of Meccan Muslims to invade Medina with a view to oust Ali. And this was when the famous (or infamous) War of the Camel took place.

It is called the War of the Camel because Aisiah was riding a camel and Ali instructed his archers to not harm her (who was,! after a ll, his step-mother) but to aim for the camel. The camel was brought down with a well-aimed arrow and Aishah fell to the ground.

Ali then approached Aisiah, helped her to her feet, and told her to return to Mekah. Thus ended the rebellion.

The Medinan Muslims, however, were angry with Ali. Rebellion was considered a serious crime and rebels must be sentenced to death, their property confiscated, and their family sold into slavery. But all Ali did was to help Aishah to her feet and allow her to return to Mekah unpunished.

Many people turned against Ali and declared him a bad Muslim for not upholding the law. Aishah may be the Prophets widow and Alis stepmother. But the law is the law and Ali had violated the law. So they turned on him and soon after that Ali was assassinated.

Okay, that is the event in history. I cant change that particular event, which is well-documented. But I would like to interpret that event the way I see it.

It was most unfortunate that Aishah needed to answer the call of nature and doubly unfortunate that she did not inform anyone in the caravan and they left without realising she was missing.

It was also unfortunate that a young, handsome Arab, a Good Samaritan, passed by and he was riding alone. If he had been in a group rather than alone then the story of Aishahs affair and adultery would not have been possible.

But what happened, happened and the bad blood between Aishah and Ali resulted in the Sunni-Shiah conflict that is still going on until today.

You see, when they assassinated Ali, his followers formed the Party of Ali or Shiatul Ali (now know as Shiah for short) to seek revenge for Alis death at the hands of fellow Muslims. And the Shiahs are still seeking revenge until today (man, do these Shiahs have long memories).

But what I want to stress here is not so much the Sunni-Shiah conflict but how rumours of sexual misconduct can have serious repercussions. In the Aishah-Ali case millions died because ! of it, M uslims at the hands of Muslims.

Alis solution to this was that Prophet Muhammad must divorce Aishah to protect the image and reputation of the Prophet. A Prophet cant afford to have these rumours of an unfaithful wife hanging over his head. A Prophet and his family must be seen to be above sin and transgression.

As they say: it is a matter of perception.

Of course, these rumours were being spread by the Prophets enemies. That is natural. Who else but your enemies would do this?

But the Prophets enemies were able to spread these rumours only because the event did happen (meaning: Aishah spent the night alone in the desert with a young, handsome Arab). If the event had not happened then they would not have been able to spread any rumours.

Those who supported the Prophet and/or Aishah naturally did not believe the rumours. Ali did not say be believed it as well. What Ali said was the Prophet has to divorce Aishah to protect/insulate the Prophet (and Islam, of course) from these rumours.

I interpret this as the saddest episode in Islamic history. How something so innocent can be twisted into something so devious that has now split Islam beyond repair is sad. But it happened.

Okay, now relate all this to present day Malaysia. How would you interpret Malaysias ongoing crisis of confidence for both the government and the opposition in the context of the story of the Sunni-Shiah conflict?

Yes, that is certainly something to ponder on. But I shall stop here and allow you to ponder this on your own. Those who can see it will see it. Those who cantwell, what more can I say about Malaysias education system that breeds dungus and lamebrains?

And what is my point? If you cant get it then I will not waste my time with you any longer.


ISA will not deter Bersih, vows leader

The use of the draconian Internal Security Act and mass arrests cannot be allowed to deter citizens from exercising their constitutional rights in joining the Bersih 2.0 march on July 9.

sisters in islam anti book banning book burning campaign 190808 maria chin abdullahSaying this today, Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah declared that the police's continued intimidation of those related to Bersih will not stop the rally.

They (the government) can use preventive measures, which they have already threatened to use, but the rally is not about individuals in Bersih 2.0," she told reporters today.

"Even if they catch all (the leaders), this is a citizens' call for (electoral) reform.

Maria, who is executive director of NGO Empower, stressed that the government's recent actions should be cause for concern for the public, especially after Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein today declared the yellow Bersih T-shirts to be illegal.

She said the government's paranoia has reached a point where just about anything can be considered a threat to national security.

azlanThey have not even given a reasonable answer why the Bersih T-shirts are illegal. This is a wild reaction, and reflective of a government that has lost control of what is rational and irrational.

She maintained that the police actions will only galvanise the public into showing the government who the real boss is.

Intimidation will not stop the rally. The people will show they are in charge... today we actually witnessed a whole series of moves to curb the ! people's rights. Change will come, and it starts now, she said.

Maria was among four people hauled up at the same time for questioning at the Dang Wangi police station today, in relation to Bersih 2.0.

The others were Tenaganita chief Irene Fernandez, social activist Hishamuddin Rais and Latheefa Koya from Lawyers for Liberty.

'Kopi Jantan' jibe


Irene said the recent string of arrests and the continuous stream of people being called up for questioning are clear acts of intimidation and harassment.

NONECalling the recent actions absolutely atrocious, she said the situation is becoming increasingly ridiculous, especially after the Bersih T-shirt was declared illegal and the police raid today on the Bersih 2.0 secretariat in Petaling Jaya.

It makes you want to laugh but it is also ridiculous. To claim democracy within such an announcement only proves there is no democracy, she said.

Hishamuddin put his own spin on the situation, making a joke out of questions police asked about his role in the Bersih rally launch.

They asked me who is sponsoring the rally. I told them 'mungkin Kopi Jantan' (maybe Kopi Jantan), he said, referring to a popular coffee mix infused with the herb tongkat Ali, which is purported to be an aphrodisiac. - Malaysiakini


Who is going to pay the bill?

by Dr Hsu

I received this from a friend via email. You may have read it long ago (since email stories go round and round), but i think it is worth reading it again and get the gist of the meaning at this stage.

It is written by a professor in US (David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, University of Georgia) but is applicable to most tax system in the world.

In the Malaysian context, it is especially relevant not only to our tax system but our economic policies as well. In Malaysia, Idris Jala has mentioned that one million people pay tax, out of our population of 27 millions.

If we chase away the tax payers (brain drain may have such an effect), and we run out of oil and gas, then who is going to foot the bill??

This is it:

Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, thats what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. Since you are all such good customers, he said, Im going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four me! n were u naffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybodys share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each mans bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).

The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25%savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

I only got a dollar out of the $20, declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, but he got $10!

Yeah, thats right, exclaimed the fifth man. I only saved a dollar, too. Its unfair that he got ten times more than I did!

Thats true!! shouted the seventh man. Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!

Wait a minute, yelled the first four men in unison. We didnt get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didnt show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didnt have enough money between all of them for even ! half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.


The Unwanted

There are some new articles inserted into our Federal Constitution taking effect today. They are:-

Article 8(A): All shirts and t-shirts are be equal before the law and entitled to be worn by anybody at any time. There shall be no discrimination against any shirt or t-shirt on the ground only of their colours, pattern, style, material or fashion unless and until proclaimed otherwise by the Home Minister.

Article 5A: No person shall be deprived of his rights to wear anything, especially shirts or t-shirts, in whatever colours, style, material, pattern or fashion unless such shirts or t-shirts are prohibited from being worn by the Home Minister.

Meanwhile, just now, these two guys were found, walking aimlessly and forlornly. Poor guys.

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Silat exponents threaten to wage war on Bersih activists

KUALA LUMPUR -- More than 50,000 Silat exponents are prepared to wage war with Bersih activists next Saturday, Utusan Malaysia reported today.

The Mahaguru (grandmaster) of the Pertubuhan Seni Silat Lincah Malaysia (PSSLM) Tan Sri Omardin Mauju was quoted as saying that the exponents were the third line of defence in the country, after the police and military, to ensure national security.

We maintain our stand to go to war if they still want to proceed with this illegal rally, he was quoted by Utusan Malaysia as saying.

If it happens, I cannot guarantee I can control the emotions of my members because they have been taught to act when faced with opposition.

The July 9 rally by Bersih 2.0 is making eight demands of the Election Commission (EC), including the call for free and fair elections. The government insists that elections are already free and fair, pointing to the oppositions gains in Election 2008.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hopes the demonstration will generate momentum ahead of a general election expected within the year.

The first Bersih rally in 2007 saw up to 50,000 people take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur before they were dispersed by police armed with tear gas and water cannons.

The demonstration has been partly credited for Pakatan Rakyats record gains in Election 2008, where the opposition pact swept to power in five states and won 82 parliamentary seats.

PKR has accused the police of dancing to the tune of Utusan Malaysia and Umno leaders in their investigations into the July 9 Bersih rally.

Vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar told reporters after her statement was recorded at the Dang Wangi police station yesterday that she was asked questions that ran along the lines of the Umno-owned newspapers coverage of the planned march for electoral reforms.

Both Umno Youth and Perkasa are also persisting with counter rallies on the same day, leading to fears of possible chaos.

The mercury rose on Monday night when up to 600 Um! no Youth members surrounded the PKR headquarters, claiming that death threats to the movements chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, came from the opposition party.

PKR, in return, accused Umno Youth of threatening to burn down their office, a claim which the youth wing has denied.


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State should stop fueling tensions over Bersih rally

State should stop fueling tensions over Bersih rally

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemns the state in not only repudiating Bersih 2.0 organisers and supporters right to assemble peaceably but more dangerously, in actively drumming up public antipathy against the Bersih rally and its organisers through the mainstream media, almost all of which is under state control.

Most recently, Prime Minister Najib Razak has even tried to put the blame on Bersih organisers for any chaos arising from the planned rally on 9 July 2011, which will also see two counter-rallies.

This has led to heightened tensions, with growing threats from both state and non-state actors mostly against persons or organisations connected with the rally, which include:

  • death threats issued to at least seven persons.
  • arrest of up to 81 persons since 22 June for various Bersih-related activities - from showing support for the assembly by wearing Bersih T-shirts to allegedly waging war against the King.
  • police resorting to calling Bersih supporters communists to evoke the pre-Independence red menace
  • labelling of Bersih supporters with pejorative terms such as anti-Islam and funded by foreign Christian groups.
  • defacement of SUARAM website by an unknown person(s) calling themselves Indonesiancoder Team, who also brought down the site.
  • a break-in of the SUARAM Penang office.
  • an attempt to intimidate the Parti Keadilan Rakyat by an Umno Youth-linked motorcyclist mob who surrounded the headquarters and allegedly threatened to burn down the building.

These developments are a cause for serious concern by all peace-loving Malaysians who value human and democ! ratic ri ghts.

The continued misuse of section 122 of the Penal Code to suppress the constitutional right of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and stifle legitimate criticism is unacceptable. The use of the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act against Bersih supporters over the act of possessing leaflets and T-shirts of Bersih and leftist freedom fighters is ludicrous. CIJ is also appalled that the use of the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial, has not been ruled out by the Home Minister.

The need for a permit for under the Police Act, even for peaceful assemblies, is unconstitutional and should be reexamined without delay. At the very least, the government should put in place recommendations by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) to not only allow but also protect peaceful rallies, and for the use of proportionate and non-violent methods to disperse protesters.

CIJ reiterates its earlier statement that the right to peaceably assemble is guaranteed under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, which the federal government is bound to uphold. CIJ disagrees with the demonisation of the Bersih rally as illegal. We also note that the proposed counter-rallies by Umno Youth and Perkasa have not been under the kind of scrutiny, nor have its leaders been vilified by the authorities. Yet of the three organisers, only the Bersih 2.0 steering committee have gone on record in support of peaceful assembly and issued guidelines on the dos and donts.

Instead of stoking fear over a universal democratic right, the Prime Minister should step up to the responsibilities of his office and set the tone by acknowledging and respecting the rakyats right to assemble peaceably.

- The Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia or CIJ is a non-profit organisation that aspires for a society that is democratic, just and free, where all peoples will enjoy free media and the freedom to express, seek and impart information.


Who is going to pay the bill?

I received this from a friend via email. You may have read it long ago (since email stories go round and round), but i think it is worth reading it again and get the gist of the meaning at this stage.

It is written by a professor in US (David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, University of Georgia) but is applicable to most tax system in the world.

In the Malaysian context, it is especially relevant not only in our tax system but our economic policies as well. In Malaysia, Idris Jala has mentioned that one million people pay tax, out of our population of 27 millions.

If we chase away the tax payers (brain drain may have such an effect), and we run out of oil and gas, then who is going to foot the bill??

This is it:

Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, thats what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. Since you are all such good customers, he said, Im going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33.! But if they subtracted that from everybodys share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each mans bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).

The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25%savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

I only got a dollar out of the $20, declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, but he got $10!

Yeah, thats right, exclaimed the fifth man. I only saved a dollar, too. Its unfair that he got ten times more than I did!

Thats true!! shouted the seventh man. Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!

Wait a minute, yelled the first four men in unison. We didnt get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didnt show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didnt have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack the! m for be ing wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.


I received this from a friend via email. You may have it in

I received this from a friend via email. You may have it in your mail too, but i think it is worth to read it again and get the gist of the meaning.

It is written by a professor in US (David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, University of Georgia) but is applicable to most tax system in the world.

In the Malaysian context, it is especially relevant not only in our tax system but our economic policies as well.

This is it:

Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, thats what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. Since you are all such good customers, he said, Im going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybodys share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each mans bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.! < /p>

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).

The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25%savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

I only got a dollar out of the $20, declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, but he got $10!

Yeah, thats right, exclaimed the fifth man. I only saved a dollar, too. Its unfair that he got ten times more than I did!

Thats true!! shouted the seventh man. Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!

Wait a minute, yelled the first four men in unison. We didnt get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didnt show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didnt have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.



NGO: Arrested Korean student an intern

An election reforms advocacy group has denied claims by the police and Utusan Malaysia that its South Korean intern Song Min Young is a threat to national security.

In a statement today, the National Institute for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (NIEI) said that Song was arrested while doing field work as part of her attachment programme with the organisation.

NONENIEI described Song (right) as an assistant researcher for the group's paper titled "Election in Malaysia: Comparison studies between Malaysia and South Korea".

Song, 24, is a student at the Chonnam National University, Gwangju and is an active member of May 18 Memorial Foundation which is a prominent pro-democracy advocacy group.

She was arrested on Saturday while traveling with Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) at Ledang, Johor as part of her observation work.

She was released the same day but arrested near her home in Kuala Lumpur yesterday evening, allegedly for violating immigration rules. She is currently held at the Bukit Jalil police detention centre.

Security threat claim baseless

NIEI said allegations that she posed a security threat, as claimed in a front page Utusan Malaysia report today, were "baseless".

"She is currently helping NIEI (in) our research work on electoral systems and is not in any way a foreign spy. Observing the (PSM)roadshow is part of NIEI's work.

"We deplore the action taken against her by the Royal Malaysian Police and demand for her immediate release," read the statement.

NONENIEI described itself as a non-partisan group which is in constant contact with government agencies and is in no way connected with the Bersih 2.0 movement, which is now the target of a government crackdown.

NIEI chief Amin Iskandar (left) and South Korean embassy officials have visted Song at the detention centre today.

Since Sunday, Utusan Malaysia has been claiming that Bersih 2.0 is being infiltrated by communist elements and is threatening to topple the federal government by violent means.

But Bersih 2.0 is maintaining their position that they are a non-partisan civil society driven movement, out to create awareness and campaign for electoral reforms. - Malaysiakini


Perkasa tells supporters not to bring weapons

Perkasa and its NGO allies will come to their July 9 rally to counter Bersih empty-handed to prove that they are there merely to defend peace in Malaysia.

However, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said that he cannot guarantee that none of his members will engage in violence on that day.

NONEI cannot guarantee, it can be anybody (engaging in violence). If (Perkasa members do), it's their own fault.

With so many people how will you know who started it? It might even be Bersih infiltrating into our group, he said.

Nevertheless, Ibrahim said that Perkasa has held briefings at 10 districts and 22 parliamentary divisions where members were told to not provoke, come empty-handed and do not bring weapons.

Repeating his earlier advice to the Chinese to stay home and stock up on food, Ibrahim said he was only anticipating the worst.

When the country is in chaos, with roads congested, how will you go to the market? he asked, explaining also that his intention was to keep people off the streets.

He added that this is the first time Perkasa is to hit the streets without a police permit, but it is justified as it is only reacting to Bersih, which does not have a permit in the first place.

Ibrahim gets hot under the collar

Meanwhile, the Pasir Mas MP got hot under the collar when asked about the Bar Council's statement defending the right to assemble, saying that it is part of Malaysian founding history as Umno, too, held a demonstration against the Malayan Union.

Bar Council is a bastard council because they are hypocrites and (practice) double-standard, supporting only anti-government elements, he said.

Calling the council anti-Islam, Ibrahi! m added that the lawyers' organisation is always silent if Malays are being victimised.

NONEHe also had choice words for National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) chief Hasmy Agam (left), who defended Bersih's right to assemble according to the federal constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This freedoms is based on the law, it is not a blank cheque. The law must be read together, like the constitution with the Police Act, he said.

He added that Hasmy should have responsibly advised Bersih 2.0 to take their rally indoors to avoid havoc, as views can still be expressed at stadiums, through big screen projections, videos and memorandums.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not mean (sic) you can demonstrate on the roadside, he said.

He added that Hasmy was being simplistic in saying that the police need to just keep the peace as even large numbers of army personnel could not control order at Tahrir Square.

Organisers also can do little to control a mob, he said, giving an example of a rally he organised.

In the 1970s I was speaking at a masjid and someone threw stones and I was arrested under the Internal Security Act, and Hishammuddin Rais who was a Socialist Club (of Universiti Malaya) member skipped the country, he said.

Besides Perkasa, Umno Youth is also rallying on July 9, calling their march the Patriot rally.

Bersih 2.0 will march to the palace to hand over an eight-point memorandum to the King seeking, among others, the use of indelible ink and a 21-day campaign period. - Malaysiakini


BERSIH 2.0 DROP YOUR RALLY, DISCUSS WITH EC AND DECIDE LATER

PRESS STATEMENT BY
TAN SRI DATUK ROBERT PHANG. Justice of Peace.
Chairman Social Care Foundation


The whole country has been debating the Bersih 2.0 rally planned for July 9. Perkasa says it is going to stage a counter rally. Umno Youth is planning a rally of their own. The police say that Communist elements are involved and have started arresting people. The Home Minster has threatened to use the ISA against the organisers and others. The prime minister has said that the rally is a calculated move to unseat the government by force. Business people have come out in protest that the rally will disrupt their businesses and make life hard. All over a failed dialogue between Bersih 2.0 and EC pertaining to the Rakyat to demand a free, clean and fair elections.

I need to highlight the fact that the rally by Bersih 2.0 maybe staged by peace loving Malaysians but with the fact that Perkasa has decided to stage a counter rally which means anything can happen from that stage and if there is a group of shit-stirring, instigating and provoking each other. The situation can turn out to be disastrous and beyond control. Business will be interrupted, innocent lives may be lost. A situation where we should avoid.The EC have said that they are prepared to meet with Bersih 2.0 to sort things out. Bersih 2.0 has said that it is futile to talk to the EC because they have tried to do so in the past without any results. Since the EC has offered that the Door is open for discussion, I appeal to Bersih 2.0 and the group to seriously indulge and engage with the EC.


To explore better ways to settle their difference and to seek meaningful results, because all of us do not want to see the Rakyat heading for a s! howdown. Under all circumstances,COUNTRY MUST COME FIRST. It is a common feeling of the Rakyat, that since EC has open the door for discussion, Bersih 2.0 should take it up and exhaust all the efforts, otherwise the Rakyat will ponder the reasons for the refusal of Bersih 2.0 to discuss with EC.Why don't we try this instead? Bersih 2.0 accepts the EC's invitation to talk at a date, time and place set by Bersih 2.0, with the understanding that should nothing new come out of the talks the rally will go on. And the government and police will then allow a peaceful rally to proceed. Bersih 2.0 will need to prove once and for all that it is NOT politically-motivated. The government is given the chance to prove that it is.

It is in everybodys interest that Bersih 2.0 and the group should engage with EC as to explore every chance to avoid this dangerous confrontation. Bersih 2.0 and the Group, please therefore drop the call for the rally and proceed to discuss with EC.


We all love peace and support it in the most orderly manner.

We pray.

Pas provides shelter for PSM detainees' relatives

A Pas markas in northern Seberang Perai is providing shelter for some 35 family members and friends of the PSM activists detained in Kepala Batas.

The relatives and friends had earlier been waiting at a bus stop near the police station. Police ordered them to disperse.

A group of about 100-200 youths, some of them on motor-bikes, soon materialised.

Pas members then took the relatives and friends to their markas to provide a safe place for them to spend the night.

About half a dozen of the detainees are being held on the island, the remainder in Kepala Batas.

-anilnetto


Malaysia on the brink of ushering in a new-world order

Malaysia on the brink of ushering in a new-world order

Abraham Lincoln once said 'the only thing you have to fear is fear itself.' How true! But then fear is also the weapon used by tyrants and dictators to force their citizens into absolute obedience and submission.

Over the course of history, man has risen against despots and the cruel yoke of tyranny. An uprising occurs when citizens feel the yoke of oppression weighing heavily upon them and upon reaching the point of no-return decide to cast aside their fears to start an uprising.

Ancient Chinese history has a long record of many uprisings. But of course, China is a very old kingdom whereas Malaysia is a young nation. Even Malaysia's independence was borne out of negotiations although there has never been a really serious uprising in Malaysian history.

Those who use fear

Tyrants use fear as a weapon to quell uprisings but there will come a time when this weapon is no longer effective against the human spirit that yearns for freedom and truth.

There will come a time when each nation is at the crossroads of history. Malaysia is facing that moment now, for better or for worse. There comes a time when the Old World Order must give way to the New. But it is when the Old wants to cling on to power regardless of the consequences, then there will be what can be termed as a 'clash of civilizations'.

The BN Government will be in power for 54 years come this August 31. They are now in clear and present danger of being deposed by the New World Order, the Opposition coalition known as Pakatan Rakyat (which can be translated into English as the Peoples' League or Citizens' Coalition). This New World Ord! er is mo re people-friendly and people-centric.

Knowing that they are in danger of losing their iron grip on power, the BN government has dug in their heels and will fight tooth and nail to remain in power at all costs till Kingdom Come. They will do everything in their power to quash this New World Order.

Clash of civilizations

Thus, begins the clash of civilizations. The old must give way to the new in a graceful manner in order for a smooth transition to take place but if the old is stubborn, then the nation can only regress into becoming a failed State.

Inevitably, the Old World Order which has amassed unlimited wealth and power during its lengthy reign will stifle all forms of dissent so that they can rule forever.

But change is unavoidable, one way or other. If change is resisted by the Old World Order, then the clash of civilizations can erupt into chaos and untold disaster.

In the name of peace, prosperity and progress, which is BN's well-known mantra to woo voters, perhaps it is timely for BN to remember its dignity and not descend into the gutter of bar-room brawls with the Opposition and its own citizens.

If BN fails to do so and clings onto power relentlessly and ruthlessly, it will only lead to a greater catastrophe than the people could ever imagine. Once events spiral out of control, the wheel of time cannot be turned back to arrest the deterioration caused by those who were greedy and lusted for power.

Thus, the price of resisting change is a price that is too high to pay but the Old World Order will never give up their grasp on power. By hanging on, they will lead the nation to perdition, sinking her into the abyss of oblivion, forever consigned to being a 3rd world nation.

If the Old World Order refuses to budge, must the people take the future into their own hands by setting a path for the nation to follow and thus forever changing the course of history?

July 9 is calling, history is in the making. This wi! ll be on ly the beginning as momentous events will unfold.

Will the people abandon their fears and be brave enough to usher in a New World Order? If they are, it would herald the rebirth of a great Malaysian nation.

- Malaysia Chronicle