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Selangor sultan to issue decree on Jais-church issue

The sultan of Selangor will issue a decree on the Aug 3 search of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in the next few days, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today.

NONESultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had, during an audience with Khalid this morning, told the menteri besar that he would provide his views and advice on how best to solve the issue.

"Out of respect for the sultan, the state exco members and I will not make any more comments on the issue," Abdul Khalid said.

Speaking at the state assembly building in Shah Alam after an exco meeting, Abdul Khalid said the state will abide by the ruler's advice.

The issue involves the Aug 3 raid at a dinner function at the DUMC compound in Petaling Jaya by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais), which has sparked a major controversy.

The MB, however, stressed that this does not mean that the state government is washing i! ts hands off the controversy.

"We are involved (in solving the matter), but we must follow the custom. The sultan is the head of Islam and he will make a decree (on the matter)," he said.

Mum on report details

Probed by reporters, the MB refused to reveal the contents of the Jais report which was submitted last month, also citing the sultan's decree.

NONEAbdul Khalid also did not want to "speculate" as to whether the sultan's decree would affect Jais' decision on whether or not to charge the 12 Muslims who participated in the event at the church during the search.

"This is speculative. The discussion which took place between the sultan and me is not meant to be made public knowledge," he said.

Jais had searched DUMC on Aug 3, following an alleged tip-off that Muslims were being converted into Christiantity.

The church, however, denied this and maintains that the event was a thanksgiving and fundraising dinner for Harapan Komuniti, an NGO who provides aid to sufferers of HIV/Aids and their families.

Since the incident, several blogs have leaked videos of the Jais search, personal details of the Muslims who attended the event ! and what they claim is the agency's report on the incident.

Following this, the female participants claimed that they have received late night harassing phone calls, while Harapan Komuniti received a death threat at its premises in Petaling Jaya.

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Freight train derailment disrupts south sector services

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — The derailment of a freight train between Km596.75 and Km597 at the Genuang station, Johor this morning has led to the disruption of KTM Intercity services in the south sector, Bernama Online reported tonight.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) in a statement said that repairs are due to be completed at midnight.

KTMB also said the freight train, which was carrying a load of cement, was travelling from Padang Rengas, Perak to Pasir Gudang, Johor when it derailed at Genuang station at approximately 11.50am.

No casualties have been reported.

All passenger trains headed to the southern region are expected to encounter delays of at least two hours, the statement read.

The affected services are Train 1: Ekspres Rakyat (Butterworth-Woodlands); Train 12: Ekspres Sinaran Selatan (Woodlands-Kuala Lumpur); Train 13 Ekspres Sinaran Selatan (Kuala Lumpur-Woodlands); Train 15: Ekspres Sinaran Timuran (Tumpat-Woodlands); Train 26: Ekspres Senandung Timuran (Woodlands-Tumpat); Train 27: Ekspres Senandung Timuran (Tumpat-Woodlands); and Shuttle Train 64: (Woodlands-Gemas).

The statement also said passengers may request for a full fare refund for services that are cancelled or rescheduled.

The public have been advised to call the KTMB Care Line at 1-300-88-5862 for further information.

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Calling All Rebels

September 27, 2011

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Calling All Rebels

By Chris Hedges (03-08-10)

There are no constraints left to halt America's slide into a totalitarian capitalism. Electoral politics are a sham. The media have been debased and defanged by corporate owners. The working class has been impoverished and is now being plunged into profound despair. The legal system has been corrupted to serve corporate interests. Popular institutions, from labor unions to political parties, have been destroyed or emasculated by corporate power. And any form of protest, no matter how tepid, is blocked by an internal security apparatus that is starting to rival that of the East German secret police. The mounting anger and hatred, coursing through the bloodstream of the body politic, make violence and counter-violence inevitable. Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying.

Those singled out as internal enemies will include people of color, immigrants, gays, intellectuals, feminists, Jews, Muslims, union leaders and those defined as "liberals." They will be condemned as anti-American and blamed for our decline. The economic collapse, which remains mysterious and enigmatic to most Americans, will be pinned by demagogues and hatemongers on these hapless scapegoats. And the random acts of violence, which are already leaping up around the fringes of American society, will justify harsh measures of internal control that will snuff out the final vestiges of our democracy.

The corporate forces that destroyed the country will use the information systems they control to mask their culpability. The old game of blaming the weak and the marginal, a staple of despotic regimes, will empower the dark undercurrents of sadism and violence within American society and deflect attention from the corporate vampires that have drained the blood of the country.

"We are going to be poorer," David Cay Johnston told me. Johnston was the tax reporter of The New York Times for 13 years and has written on how the corporate state rigged the system against us. He is the author of "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With the Bill," a book about hidden subsidies, rigged markets and corporate socialism. "Health care is going to eat up more and more of our income. We are going to have less and less for other things. We are going to have some huge disasters sooner or later caused by our failure to invest. Dams and bridges will break. Buildings will collapse. There are water mains that are 25 to 50 feet wide. There will be huge infrastructure disasters. Our intellectual resources are in decline. We are failing to educate young people and instill in them rigor. We are going to continue to pour money into the military. I think it is possible, I do not say it is probable, that we will have a revolution, a civil war that will see the end of the United States of America."

"If we see the end of this country it will come from the right and our failure to provide people with the basic necessities of life," said Johnston. "Revolutions occur when young men see the present as worse than the unknown future. We are not there. But it will not take a lot to get there. The politicians running for office who are denigrating the government, who are saying there are traitors in Congress, who say we do not need the IRS, this when no government in the history of the world has existed without a tax enforcement agency, are sowing the seeds for the destruction of the country.

A lot of the people on the right hate the United States of America. They would say they hate the people they are arrayed against. But the whole idea of the United States is that we criticize the government. We remake it to serve our interests. They do not want that kind of society. They reject, as Aristotle said, the idea that democracy is to rule and to be ruled in turns. They see a world where they are right and that is it. If we do not want to do it their way we should be vanquished. This is not the idea on which the United States was founded."

It is hard to see how this can be prevented. The engines of social reform are dead. Liberal apologists, who long ago should have abandoned the Democratic Party, continue to make pathetic appeals to a tone-deaf corporate state and Barack Obama while the working and middle class are ruthlessly stripped of rights, income and jobs. Liberals self-righteously condemn imperial wars and the looting of the U.S. Treasury by Wall Street but not the Democrats who are responsible. And the longer the liberal class dithers and speaks in the bloodless language of policies and programs, the more hated and irrelevant it becomes.

No one has discredited American liberalism more than liberals themselves. And I do not hold out any hope for their reform. We have entered an age in which, as William Butler Yeats wrote, "the best lack all conviction and the worst are full of passionate intensity."

"If we end up with violence in the streets on a large scale, not random riots, but insurrection and things break down, there will be a coup d'état from the right," Johnston said. "We have already had an economic coup d'état. It will not take much to go further."

How do we resist? How, if this descent is inevitable, as I believe it is, do we fight back? Why should we resist at all? Why not give in to cynicism and despair? Why not carve out as comfortable a niche as possible within the embrace of the corporate state and spend our lives attempting to satiate our private needs? The power elite, including most of those who graduate from our top universities and our liberal and intellectual classes, have sold out for personal comfort. Why not us?

The French moral philosopher Albert Camus (left) argued that we are separated from each other. Our lives are meaningless. We cannot influence fate. We will all die and our individual being will be obliterated. And yet Camus wrote that "one of the only coherent philosophical positions is revolt. It is a constant confrontation between man and his obscurity. It is not aspiration, for it is devoid of hope. That revolt is the certainty of a crushing fate, without the resignation that ought to accompany it."

"A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object," Camus warned. "But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object."

The rebel, for Camus, stands with the oppressed—the unemployed workers being thrust into impoverishment and misery by the corporate state, the Palestinians in Gaza, the civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, the disappeared who are held in our global black sites, the poor in our inner cities and depressed rural communities, immigrants and those locked away in our prison system. And to stand with them does not mean to collaborate with parties, such as the Democrats, who can mouth the words of justice while carrying out acts of oppression. It means open and direct defiance.

The power structure and its liberal apologists dismiss the rebel as impractical and see the rebel's outsider stance as counterproductive. They condemn the rebel for expressing anger at injustice. The elites and their apologists call for calm and patience. They use the hypocritical language of spirituality, compromise, generosity and compassion to argue that the only alternative is to accept and work with the systems of power.

The rebel, however, is beholden to a moral commitment that makes it impossible to stand with the power elite. The rebel refuses to be bought off with foundation grants, invitations to the White House, television appearances, book contracts, academic appointments or empty rhetoric. The rebel is not concerned with self-promotion or public opinion. The rebel knows that, as Augustine wrote, hope has two beautiful daughters, anger and courage—anger at the way things are and the courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. The rebel is aware that virtue is not rewarded. The act of rebellion defines itself.

"You do not become a 'dissident' just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career," Vaclav Havel said when he battled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. "You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society. … The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes.

"He does not attempt to charm the public. He offers nothing and promises nothing. He can offer, if anything, only his own skin—and he offers it solely because he has no other way of affirming the truth he stands for. His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost."

Those in power have disarmed the liberal class. They do not argue that the current system is just or good, because they cannot, but they have convinced liberals that there is no alternative. But we are not slaves. We have a choice. We can refuse to be either a victim or an executioner. We have the moral capacity to say no, to refuse to cooperate.

Any boycott or demonstration, any occupation or sit-in, any strike, any act of obstruction or sabotage, any refusal to pay taxes, any fast, any popular movement and any act of civil disobedience ignites the soul of the rebel and exposes the dead hand of authority. "There is beauty and there are the humiliated," Camus wrote. "Whatever difficulties the enterprise may present, I should like never to be unfaithful either to the second or the first."

"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop," Mario Savio said in 1964. "And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."

The capacity to exercise moral autonomy, the capacity to refuse to cooperate, offers us the only route left to personal freedom and a life with meaning. Rebellion is its own justification.

Those of us who come out of the religious left have no quarrel with Camus. Camus is right about the absurdity of existence, right about finding worth in the act of rebellion rather than some bizarre dream of an afterlife or Sunday School fantasy that God rewards the just and the good. "Oh my soul," the ancient Greek poet Pindar wrote, "do not aspire to immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible."

We differ with Camus only in that we have faith that rebellion is not ultimately meaningless. Rebellion allows us to be free and independent human beings, but rebellion also chips away, however imperceptibly, at the edifice of the oppressor and sustains the dim flames of hope and love. And in moments of profound human despair these flames are never insignificant. They keep alive the capacity to be human.

We must become, as Camus said, so absolutely free that "existence is an act of rebellion." Those who do not rebel in our age of totalitarian capitalism and who convince themselves that there is no alternative to collaboration are complicit in their own enslavement. They commit spiritual and moral suicide.

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Now, Umno rakes up Memali to drive wedge between PAS and Anwar

Now, Umno rakes up Memali to drive wedge between PAS and Anwar

With the 13th general election expected to be held in less than 60 days, Umno is cranking up the propaganda to turn the Malay electorate against the Pakatan Rakyat and to create further divisions between PAS, PKR and DAP.

Pakatan leaders pointed out that during the August Hari Raya celebrations, Umno-owned Utusan began stirring up the Mat Sabu-Mat Indera incident to create Malay disgust for PAS. Earlier this month, ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad reignited the 'hudud law' issue to drive a wedge between the secular DAP and the Islamist PAS.

Now, Pakatan leaders expect Utusan and the mainstream media to play up the Memali incident that took place in 1985 to create suspicion between PKR and PAS. . They pointed to Deputy Education Minister Puad Zarkashi's eagerness to get into the issue during a forum entitled "Should History be Rewritten".

The most dirty tricks will be used

In the Memali tradegy, some 14 PAS members including their revered leader, Ibrahim Libya, were killed after a confrontation with the police sent in by the Umno-led federal government.

"Umno can be expected to raise the level of dirty tactics going into the GE-13," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle. "They will play the race and religious card, the sex card, nothing will be sacred."

Puad's attempt to blame PKR de-facto chief Anwar Ibrahim, who was then a junior Umno leader, put Pakatan leaders on red-alert.

"About Memali, when I was studying in the United States, Anwar was education minister. I had chaired a forum at which he said Ibrahim Libya was a traitor. He said Ibrahim Libya trigg! ered a s ituation that could cause chaos and political tension," Puad had said in response to a question at the forum "Should history be rewritten?"

Why rake it up now

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, who was also at the forum, questioned if PAS leader, the late Ustaz Ibrahim Libya, could be accused of being a criminal when he was trying to avoid arrest under the Internal Security Act, which would have allowed the government to detain him and his followers without trial for an indefinite period of time.

"If Mat Indera's struggle against the British colonials were seen as treacherous thus labeling him as communist, what more could be said about Ustaz Ibrahim Libya? There is no need to unearth the Memali incident because it has painted a black memory for the residents of the village. The village folks in the Memali incident were portrayed by the mainstream media as being responsible to the carnage," said Saifuddin.

"This incident has been long gone and is very painful history for the nation. If it is to be played up again by the mainstream media, it will only hurt the people in that village, so let's leave it in the past."

The PKR leader also refuted Puad's remarks, saying this was not the time to accuse anyone if there were no concrete facts.

"It is not the time for us to accuse anyone especially when the ground facts are not known and cannot be ascertained. Just because Anwar is in PKR, the issue is suddenly highlighted but when he was with Umno, even then the facts of the matter were not known," said Saifuddin.

"We cannot put any blame on Anwar, Tun Musa Hitam or even Tun Mahathir Mohamed because the time to accuse or counter accuse is over. What's important is that such incident will not happen again."

However, a historian from the National Professors Council, Prof Ramlah Adam, also at the forum, said the Memali incident needed a full study.

"There should be an emphasis on revisiting the history of the incident so that accusations can be avoided. I agree it is not a time for accusations because what is important is to seek the truth behind the tragedy," said Ramlah.

The tragedy of Memali

The tragedy of Memali took place November 19, 1985, with 14 people killed, countless more injured and several hundreds arrested. Those detained were later released except for 36 people who were locked up under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Memali is a tiny and remote village in Baling, Kedah. A team of 200 policemen under orders from the Acting Prime Minister and Home Minister Musa Hitam laid siege to ! kampung (village) houses there. Ustaz Ibrahim Libya, who real name was Ibrahim Mahmud, was in one of the houses occupied by his Islamic sect of about 400 people.

The Memali Incident followed severely strained relationships between Umno and PAS, the nation's two largest Malay-based political parties. At that time, some PAS leaders had called Umno members 'kafir' or infidels. In 1981, PAS president Hadi Awang, then a senior PAS politician, had said it was a jihad or holy war to struggle against Umno.

Tensions amongst the Muslims reached a stage when communal prayers were done separately for Umno and PAS congregations.

It is believed that the then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad wanted a crackdown to rein in what he had once termed Muslim extremism. During the confrontation between the villagers and the police, Ibrahim Libya was killed despite heroic efforts by his followers to defend him. The police codename for the uprising was 'Operasi Angkara/Operasi Hapus'.

The incident happened when Musa Hitam was Deputy Prime Minister and also Interior Minister. Mahathir was on a working visit to China. The coffee-shop talk during the days of the Mahathir administration, which lasted from 1981 to 2003, was that he always went abroad and left the baby with his deputy whenever he had engineered an unsavory incident to occur.

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Phaedrus II: The Last Judgement of Thamus

Phaedrus II: The Last Judgement of Thamus

by Azly Rahman

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Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

-- Denis Diderot, French Enlightenment thinker

There was non among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? No: from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and, more than all, against him who had formed me and sent me forth to this insupportable misery.

-- 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley-Wollstonecraft


Sometime ago, after reading Plato's narration of a conversation between King Thamus and the inventor Theuth concerning the impact of new technologies on society, after reading media guru Neil Postman's work Technopoly, and after deep reflection on the idea of the Luddites (a movement that "raged against the machine" during the Industrial Revolution), I penned verses which I find suitable to honour Malaysian bloggers in their onward march towards creating a spectre that will haunt the state-owned print media.

Here it goes:

P H A E D R U S II
The Last Judgement of Thamus
Circa A.D. 2020
Lines composed near the banks of Hudson River, New York city
by Azly Rahman


Background notes: They say that there dwelt at Naucratis in Egypt one of the old gods of that country, to whom the bird they call Ibis was sacred, and the name of the god himself was Theuth. Among his inventions were number and calculation . . . and, above all, writing. . . . To [the king, Thamus] came Theuth and exhibited his inventions . . . when it came to writing, Theuth declared: "There is an accomplishment, my lord the kind, which will improve both the wisdom and the mentory of the Egyptians. I have discovered a sure receipt for memory and wisdom." "Theuth, my paragon of inventors," repl! ied the king, "the discoverer of an art is not the best judge of the good or harm which will accrue to those who practise it. . . . Those who acquire [writing] will cease to exercise their memory and become forgetful. . . . What you have discovered is a receipt for recollection, not for memory . . . ( Phaedrus, 95-96)


And it was in the year 2020
In a not-too-distant cybercity
As Socrates' narratives on cybertechnology
Laments King Thamus's concern for the fate of academies

And Theuth my inventor par excellence
What say you concerning educational excellence?
Of the methods and principles of teaching
Brought about by new technologies of communicating?

O' Thamus, Wise King of Cyberjaya
Indeed our children will undergo Karma
Of one imbued with Dharma
Which will bring us all to Moksha
Karma is Rebirth
Dharma is Devotion and Duty
And Moksha is art of being one with Creation
Of which educational practice will assume a new reality

This invention called blogging
Of which for many ages we have waited so patiently
Will transform the meaning of Reality
                                            and Democracy
as it marries Virtuality
More than what print media has guaranteed

O' wise King Thamus
We are witnessing the death of Papyrus
the demise of Gutenberg legacy
As we witness the birth of PERSONACRACY
deeply personalized form of postmodern democracy
In the brilliance of anarchy
To be cultivated with the media of blogging
By way of this ideology called PERSONACRACY,

O' King
Our children, the true song of democracy they will sing
Of which the teacher will die a slow death
Like the first teacher Socrates
whose fate was a choice he once had
Our children will be Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu
The Creator, Destroyer, and the One who Renews
Our children will make history and create Knowledge
Destroy paradigms
and like Vishnu, preserve what is ! old and what is new

They will be Renaissance men and women
In their mind neural connections will be made,
synapses will be woven
And the boundaries of the Real and the Imagined we can no longer ascertain
In this onward march towards Virtuality
Classrooms will cease to exist nor too the concept of teaching
The sage of Russia Illich
will be singing
In honor of this day when education means deschooling

O' Thamus wise ruler of Cyberjaya
The days wherein authorities rule capital cities
Will be gone with the advent of my invention called blogging
Pedagogy will be replaced with METAPHYSICAL TRANSITION THEORIES

And Plato's academy will be history
Buried underneath the magnificence of blogging
Gone will be the idea of faculties
In their place will emerge knowledge patterned like fractal geometries
And Chaos will be the order of the day
And Complexity will be king of pedagogies

For the sage Mandelbrott did once spoke
Of the patterns inherent in knowledge and wisdom
O' Theuth my kingdom's most honored inventor,
What say you of the blogger's impact on the teacher?
One who holds the key to any civilization's treasure
And who guards the principles of a moral character?

Wise King Thamus,
this is my conjecture:
My invention is Frankensteinish in nature
Aren't we already at the end of history?
Wherein the Knower and the Known has no longer a boundary?
This technology will destroy authorities
Including values we guard with jealousy
Slain like the dragon in Beowulf's story
Buried with Socrates and Dante Alighieri

A further elaboration concerning the death of authority:
O' King, I call this an Age of Subalternity
In which we will witness the dawn of PERSONACRACY
Of which with the help of blogging,
               the child constructs his customized version of democracy

O' Theuth Master Inventor
Yours is a song of conjectures
For, can you as a creator
Be the judge o! f what g ood and bad
               blogging will bring into our future?

My greatest apologies
Wisest of all Kings
Do you not remember that we are in the year 2020?
In which kingdoms have been crushed
                     under the weight of technologies of virtual realities?

And you dear king - are you not already ancient history?

You and your kingdom destroyed by technologies of Virtuality?
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Sarawak Cabinet reshuffle to see new ministry, 7 new faces

KUCHING, Sept 28 – The Sarawak state Cabinet reshuffle that will take effect this Friday will see a new ministry being created, five ministries renamed and seven new faces.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (picture) said the new ministry would be named the Welfare, Women and Family Development Ministry, to be headed by Datuk Fatimah Abdullah and assisted by two new assistant ministers who are also new faces. The other five new faces are also assistant ministers.

"All the full ministers will be retained and some of their ministries renamed," he said.

Taib who will retain his portfolios in the Finance Ministry and Resource Planning and Environment Ministry, said there was no urgent need for the appointment of second deputy chief minister.

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Najib infiltrated by spies? Then his Pandora's Box of scandals will soon open...

Najib infiltrated by spies? Then his Pandora's Box of scandals will soon open...

PKR leaders ridiculed an article published in the Umno-owned Utusan newspaper accusing Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim of establishing a network of spies inside the top rungs of the BN government as part of a plot to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Some of the PKR leaders also saw it as an indirect attempt to coerce the civil service to vote for the BN.

"This another absurd attempt to discredit Pakatan Rakyat. Firstly we don't use sleazy methods like Najib. Secondly, we condemn the indrect implication and the burden Najib is trying to enforce on the civil service - to make sure the heel and obey orders to vote the BN," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

A little bird said ...

According to the Utusan article entitled Musang berbulu ayam dalam badan-badan strategik kerajaan or Wolves in sheep's clothing in strategic government bodies, senior editor Zaini Hassan claimed to have received reliable information on the matter.

"I received information that a body or maybe more than one body which is indeed strategic in the government, has been and is being infiltrated by Anwar Ibrahim's men. The information I received shows that it is a real and evident situation," Zaini said in his column Cuit.

According to his source, "you can observe yourself how the federal government agencies (not named) given the important task to defend government policies and to educate the people so that they will support the leadership of the prime minister, can apply, absorb and even use the opposition's instrument to undermine the prime minister."

If true, go after Najib not the whistle-blower

The source also cited two examples as being the work of Anwar's infiltrators. Firstly, the manner in which the opposition obtained the details of Najib's expenses incurred during his official trips, and secondly, the details of his flight during a private overseas holiday. "There are many other examples. How could they obtain the information so fast if there is no insider who leaked all the confidential information?" asked the source.

However, PKR leaders said Zaini's source only confirmed that recent news reports about Najib bringing dozens of private guests to attend his daughter's engagement party in Kazakhstan on public funds, and using the official government jet to fly himself and his family for a private holiday in Perth were true.

"This shows the shallowness of Utusan. After all, if the reports are true, it should be Najib who must be immediately investigated and punished, not the whistleblower," PKR veteran Eddie Wong told Malaysia Chronicle.

"Or maybe it is deliberate. It lloks like certain people in Umno itself want to highlight Najib's corruption by pointing out that the information is true. Notice, they are saying the information came from a so-called 'body' that was infiltrated. In other words, the information is true. They are just using Anwar as a scapegoat. This makes me wonder, who are actually Najib's friends or enemies right now."

The Gaddafi comparison or is it a warning?

It is telling that the Utusan article also drew comparison between Najib with Muammar Gaddafi, the most recently fallen of Middle-Eastern despots.

The 58-year-old Malaysian leader has been accused of not listening to the people, especially during the July 9 Bersih rally for free and fair elections. His harsh crackdown has left severe repercussions on his personal popularity and also affected the image of Umno, for which he is being blamed.

"For small officers like us, we don't want to see th! e prime minister facing the ill fate of Gaddafi. No matter how strong Gaddafi was, eventually he was toppled from within with the help of Islamic enemies outside," Zaini quoted his source as saying.

The Utusan editor also said, "If it is untrue, maybe I can sleep well and be thankful that this did not happen, although I could be blamed for writing something that did not happen. What I write is probably a bit surprising but I will let the relevant authorities investigate its veracity."

"It is a subtle, cunning and well planned move that could jeopardise the go! vernment of the day."

Time bomb Najib

Indeed, it is a cunning move to place spies, moles and Trojan horses at the offices of one's rivals, said PKR leaders.

Pakatan, especially PKR, has suffered no lack of such dirty tricks. Even the office of the Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim was bugged, with hidden cameras installed to spy for information that could be used against the Selangor state government as well as to potentially blackmail him.

"But the mother of all dirty tricks must surely be the Perak crisis, the Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbaini inquests and of course the Bersih rally and the PSM 30. But let's not fall into the Umno trap. If the Utusan report is true, then Najib will be a massive liability. Just imagine the dirt that will hit the fan when the infiltrators reveal more truths about him. He is truly a walking talking time bomb for Umno," said Tian.

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