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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Malaysian Bali Bomber "high liklihood" Killed in Philippines.


'High likelihood' suspected Bali bomber among dead in Philippines clashes, official says

Updated 
There is a "high likelihood" a Malaysian militant who is suspected of being behind the 2002 Bali bombings was killed in a Philippines police operation, a senior official says.
Sunday's offensive in the southern Philippines had been against a number of "high-value targets" including fugitive Zulkifli bin Hir, who has a $5 million bounty on his head.
However, the operation turned into a bloodbath when clashes erupted between police commandos and Islamist militants.
A total of 44 policemen were killed and 12 others were wounded in the battles, interior secretary Manuel Roxas told a news conference.
Mr Roxas said a 392-member police "special action force" had been sent to the remote southern farming town of Mamasapano to arrest several top militants, including Zulkifli, who is also known as Marwan.
"There is a high likelihood according to the participants that Marwan was killed in the operations, but this needs confirmation," Mr Roxas said.
While the commandos failed to recover the body of their main target, "they were able to take pictures, and these pictures will undergo a process to determine whether it was Marwan or not."
Mr Roxas said he had personally seen some of the photographs, but could not tell if Marwan was among the dead.
A top Malaysian police official on counter-terrorism told the Malay Mail newspaper that Kuala Lumpur was still waiting for information from the Philippine authorities on Zulkifli's fate.
Zulkifli, one of the United States's most wanted militants, is a bombmaker for the Jemaah Islamiyah group which staged the 2002 bombings in Bali which claimed 202 lives, including 88 Australians.

Zulkifli bin Hir long sought by authorities

The militant had long been sought by the authorities, and declarations of his death have proved premature in the past, with the Philippine military saying in early 2012 that it had killed Zulkifli in an air strike.
Philippine authorities alleged some of the Bali bombers had fled to the southern Philippines and sought refuge with Muslim rebels waging decades-old armed campaigns against the Manila government.
They also said the foreign militants had trained the Filipino rebels in manufacturing improvised explosive devices that have been used in bombings in the Philippines.
According to Mr Roxas, the Philippine police were leaving the area where the operation was taking place when they were ambushed by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), one of the groups accused of sheltering Zulkifli.
The police escaped the ambush, only to stray into territory controlled by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), sparking another firefight, the interior secretary said.
The 10,000-strong MILF, the main Muslim rebel group in the south, signed a peace treaty with the government in March last year.
The BIFF, a breakaway faction of several hundred Muslim gunmen, was not part of the deal.
Philippines president Benigno Aquino ordered an investigation into the incident, a major test of the accord intended to end a 40-year insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
The MILF said police did not coordinate the operation as required under the ceasefire accord.
The MILF and BIFF did not release figures of their casualties.
Mr Roxas said that aside from the casualties, all remaining police commandoes had been accounted for.
AFP

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Malays are Angry? Really?

The Malays are Angry!
The Malays are angry. 

The Malays are angry with the opposition who they insists have lost the plot about Ketuanan Melayu and the need to safeguard the "special position" of the Malays in their own Tanah Melayu as agreed upon when the non-Malays were granted citizenship upon Merdeka.

The Malays are angry with the government that have grown corrupt and arrogant on the proceeds of the use and abuse of the trust the Malays have placed upon them to champion the cause of their own people.

The Malays are angry with the Christians, the Chinese, the Indians, the western culture and everything else that have threatened the fundamentals of Islam by exposing the Malays to the decadence and loss of morality and ethics that sex, drink and the non Muslim culture brings with them. 

The Malays are angry with Najib and Rosmah, Taib Mahmud, Anwar IIbrahim, Mahathir, Daim, Lim Kit Siang, Razak Baginda, Azmin Ali, Civil Servants, PAS, Umno, PKR, DAP, the purchase of the two submarines, the loss of the Jet Engines, Altantuya.....hell you can find a Malay to get angry at virtually anything that is going on in Malaysia!

The Malay leaders in government are angry, the Malay leaders in opposition are angry....even the cawangan members of the various Malay political parties are angry  with the state of the economy, the arrogance and corruption of their leaders and of course, about the lack of trickle down from the top to them of the wealth and riches that they see their leaders are rolling in!

The mat rempits are angry.

The minah current are angry.

The Felda settlers are angry.

These anger have been the result of angst and frustration at the plight of the Malays as the Malays see themselves increasingly isolated and marginalized economically, financially and physically  in a country they consider their own.

These anger are real but they have also been manufactured, advanced and manipulated by Malay leaders to serve their own political and personal agendas. 

And more worrying, the advent of the social media and an increasingly knowledgeable Malay mass have made the anger of the Malays more focused, more intense and more relevant to the future of this nation and its people - be it the Malays or the non Malays. And invariable where the Malays go with this anger, so will Islam follow. 

These anger amongst the Malays can no longer be kept hidden and under wraps indefinitely because most of the anger, after a long period of gestation have started simmer, boil over  and have started to erupt.  Whether the anger comes from within or manipulated and promoted by politicians and self interest groups the physical manifestations of it all can be seen by the overt aggression you see on display by the Malays in issues that involve religion and race. 

And the most recent of these incidents happened yesterday with protest about the building of luxury condominium in Keramat.    


Today Keramat..... Esok apa pulak?

PETALING JAYA: All 674 units of controversial Datum Jelatek condominiums have been registered to bumiputra buyers, debunking allegations that the Malays could not afford to purchase the luxury units.


Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) in a statement said that a total of 1,097 potential bumiputra buyers have shown their interest, exceeding their expectations on the project.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that the protest against the Datum Jelatek condominium is a politically motivated demonstration meant to embarrass the Selangor state government. And by the same token, the opposition too are adept at doing the same thing to embarrass the BN led federal government on issues that more likely than not, will have no bearing to the well being of the Malays. 

As a Malay I am unable to comprehend the rise of these angry Malays except to try and understand it in the context of what is now happening to the Malay politicians that we have today. What defines the Malay politicians of today from those in the decades before Mahathir, Pak Lah and Najib are two things - arrogance and corruption. 

Arrogance and corruption came with Mahathir. History tells us that politically powerful Malays from the time of the early Sultans and their Bendehara have done to their people what Umno are now doing to the Malays! In India too this is a common tread in the history of India's royals and Maharajahs. In Mahathir we have a fusion of the two - and there emerged the Mahathir that we now know to have been arrogant once power was in his hands. Power,as they say, corrupts. And for Mahathir absolute power corrupts absolutely. 

All things considered, the truth of the matter is that while Mahathir was himself not corrupt while in office, the absolute power he wielded over our nation allowed him to use corruption as a tool to extend his sphere of influence in government and in business. Again we are familiar with how Mahathir was prepared to allow corrupt Ministers, public servants and businessmen to serve under his government in as long as they do his bidding.

So while Mahathir was not himself corrupt he set the tone for what was to come after him. That power taken by Mahathir for himself now went to Pak Lah and Najib  - a legacy they inherited from Mahathir. Under their watch, Pak Lah and Najib allowed corruption to simmer, ferment and advance its insidious erosion into the moral and ethics of all things Malaysian. 

Thus it was that corruption and arrogance became the hall mark of Malay political leaders within the government and the opposition.

Today these Malay leaders are driven to seek political power because they know that when they become MP, Ministers, Menteri Besars and Prime Minister, they will become rich, their family will become rich and those that they favor will also become rich.

And so money motivates everything that they do.

The same for many of those Malays who are angry today.

From their political leaders the Malay have learned to have the same motivation to cloud everything that they do. Whether they are for Umno, PAS or PKR what drives many Malays to do what they do today is money. 

The recent protest about luxury condos being built in Keramat is not about the Chinese buying those condo that is being built in a Malay area. It is  about Umno putting the PKR state government of Selangor in an embarrassing position. And to do this, Umno must spend money and promise money to move these Malays to protest a non event. This money will be in the form of cash outlay or/and the promise of further financial gains through jobs, contracts and business opportunities that will be given to those who do the bidding's of their political masters. Umno do this to Chief Justices, to attorney general, to Ministers, to Sultans and also to Malays who protests against the building of luxury condominiums in Keramat.

So really the anger amongst the Malays are now driven by MONEY. Sometimes the Malays are angry because they are given money to be angry, sometimes the Malays are angry because of the lack of money! Money, money and money!

And this is the sad truth when we see Malays getting angry over the government, angry over the opposition , angry over the situation of their race, their religion and their way of life. 

This is not to say that there are no decent, honest and committed Malays who are driven to do what they can to improve the lot of their own race and religion. There certainly are Malays of this ilk...but their numbers are few and more often than not drowned by the obscenities hurled at them by these Malays who are driven by money in what they do. 

What more is there to say? For as long as the Malays do not stop their money driven anger that is how long they will stay under the thumb of those that throw the money their way but it will be a brave man that stands in their way for money can overcome decency, morality and ethics even in the best of us.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nothing to do with religion, race or politics! Just George Clooney and Amal.



George and Amal Clooney
George and Amal Clooney
George Clooney has been put on a diet by his wife.
The 'Monuments Men' star has reportedly been given a healthy eating regime by Amal Clooney, after he gained more than a stone since they tied the knot in September 2014.
A friend said: "Amal told me there are five rules for George's new eating regime and healthy lifestyle that should get him back in shape as quickly as ­possible."
The five rules include no alcohol, no fatty meat and less dairy products and Amal is hoping her husband can shed 15 pounds before the Oscars, which take place on
February 22.
However, the friend also revealed that the 53-year-old actor would find the healthy eating plan "tough" because of his love of tacos.
They said: "George is a pretty disciplined guy on set but, although Amal's new eating rules seem straightforward, he's going to find it tough because he loves Mexican food and even binges on the fast food variety several times a week in LA."
Another pal added to the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper: "There's nothing George likes to wolf down more than a couple of spicy fish tacos followed by a shot or two of his own tequila."
Meanwhile, the star's close friends - Rande ­Gerber and Cindy Crawford - are believed to be helping the 36-year-old human rights lawyer get her husband back into shape.
The source continued: "Rande and Cindy have promised Amal they'll do everything they can to help her lick him back into some sort of shape ­before the Academy Awards."

"Chinese looking" people in Melbourne. Every where you turn you will see them!

Chinese New Year in Melbourne
Sometimes when I walk the streets of Melbourne I cannot help but feel that Malays of the Umno genre would feel intimidated, if not overwhelmed, by the number of "Chinese looking" people that can be seen on the streets of this city. They are to the left of you and to the right of you. They are all around you in the tram. Some quietly sitting and watching the world go by. Some loudly talking to each other even if they are within kissing distance of each other. Occasionally you will see them suited, looking important and in the company of Australians moving from one meeting to another in the city. Anyway you turn you will see them.

I say "Chinese looking" because they can be from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam or even Malaysia - though the one from Malaysian you can know the moment they open their mouth to speak. And there are others from parts unknown...but there is no mistaking the fact that in one way or another, they can trace back their ancestors to tongsan.

When the tram you are riding in has 18 "Chinese looking" commuters, a black Sudanese looking guy, the "Australian looking" Tram driver and a Malay (that's me!) in the first carriage...you do start wondering how come there are so many of these "Chinese looking" people in Melbourne? 

That is probably because the Australian government allowed them in!

What has these "Chinese looking" people done to Australia? From what I can see...nothing but good! They are vibrant, lively and hard working people whose work ethics are a source of amazement to other fellow Australians. Where I now live the two main streets are dotted with shops run by "Chinese looking" people. Even a Malaysian restaurant call Masak Masak is run by them - the same with the other Malaysian restaurant "Blue Chilies". There are "Chinese looking" employees in the supermarkets, a "Chinese looking" owner of a cake shop just 50 yards from where I stay.....and plenty more. 

Are they a threat to me and to other Australians? 

How can they be? Nothing that they do intrude into my space, my personal life or my world. What they do only enhance it. I know I can get fried kueh teow for under $10 a plate during lunch just two minutes walk away from where I live. The "Chinese looking" owners of a cake shop nearby will discount his cakes after 4 p.m. and the "Chinese looking" cashier at Woolworth always politely call me Uncle whenever she rings up my groceries.

The apartment block I live in have many "Chinese looking" tenants - most of them older than me. Some of them talk in what sounds like Chinese to me and I response with a smile and a nod of the head to anything they ask me. If my wife is with me they will clasp her hand and wish her well....all in Chinese of course...but we understand. The only "Chinese looking" family that I know with a car drives a Jaguar - the 2000 S Type. Where he gets the money to buy a Jaguar is a question I would like to ask him....but it really is none of my business. He is not the friendly type and the only greeting we have exchange when we meet at the lift is a silent acknowledgement of each others presence - just a slight nod of the head. It puzzles me how someone able to afford a Jaguar would want to stay in an "affordable" apartment reserved for low income earners...but then I remember the cars that the "Chinese looking" people drive even when they are staying in the crowded housing estates near Jinjang - plenty of Mercedes there!   

I have not made any "Chinese looking" friends in Melbourne. In case you think me a racist - neither have I made any "Malay" or "Indian looking" friends in the two years I have lived here. In fact it would be true to say that I have not made any friends at all in the time I have been in Melbourne. That is just me being me - I do not like to make friends.

To all you "Chinese looking" people out there....thanks for making my world a better world, and my life more interesting. You never seek to impose your language, your culture, your religion or your way of life upon me....though those dragon dances during the Chinese New Year are a bit noisy and over the top.....but I can stay away from them if I want to - so no problems there. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

cakap cakap....Daim.


You think Daim is quaking in his shoes worrying about threats of sex tapes of him being put on Youtube? Huh! I would think that the moron or morons who are thinking of doing that should be more worried about Daim coming after them rather than the other way around! Aisehman that guy has got enough money to go after you, your family, your next generation and the generation after that if he wants to - and he has enough money to do all that even from his grave!

As for allegations of past corruptions against Daim....please lah...why tell me something I already know?

THINK!

What can a video of him doing anything - sex included - do to this old man? 


He has no morals to lose. 

All the respect that his money has bought he will not lose because money trumps everything else. 

What about friends and family? Where will he be able to hide from them for shame? 

Huh! Friends and his family will close one eye and shut the other when it comes to keeping on to the good side of Daim no matter what Daim has done. Remember this man has money pouring out of every orifice of his personal self!

What about his political clout with Umno - will such a scandal diminish his political reserves amongst Umno leaders and the rank and file? If Isa Samad, Rahim Thambi Chik and  a host of rogues, liars and thieves are still amongst the ranks of Umno leaders, why should Daim worry? If anything Umno would be looking towards Daim the same way they went back to Isa and Rahim for these are the leaders "whose experience" Umno needs. 

WIll it create problems for Daim and his present and past wife/wives and girlfriends? 

Can any of the Sultan of Brunei many wives or ex wives create any problems for him? Answer that and you will know that for Daim, wives, or to be more exact, finding wives, would have the same degree of difficulty as you and I will have whenever we want to find an excuse to give to the Mrs every time we feel like not doing the dishes....zilch! Hell some of you have never done the dishes so you have no need to even think of an excuse. The same for Daim! He never has and never will have problems of those kind. That's what having money does for you!

And as for Najib going after Daim because Daim support Mahathir....have you forgotten who wears the trousers in Seri Perdana? One "boo" frm Daim and Najib will wet the skirt he is wearing! 

Leave the guy out of politics. He is a businessman through and through and politics is just a distraction to him. A distraction that still does not distract him from doing service to the nation and its people while he was with the government - and if he feathered his nest while doing so, so be it - what he did pale in comparison to those who came before and after him.  

As for there being a move by all to oust Najib.... just consider this - who in his right mind does not want Najib out? Everyone is acting out of their personal belief that this idiot has to go....and I am sure Daim is no different....and there is no need for Daim to show his hand. Mahathir is doing ok by himself.  

Leave him be...he is doing what any old man with plenty of money will do.....enjoying life and doing things he enjoys doing. And if that include having sex with young girls what business is it of ours - he is no longer in government, he is no head of any religious authority, he does not claim to be a champion of the Malays or anybody else......leave sleeping dogs alone! 

Sultan Ahmad Shah and Carla : What will Tuanku do to ensure that his legacy and that of the Royal House of Pahang, will endure nobly where ever it may be?


Sultan Ahmad Shah is not a man without compassion. His late father Sultan Sir Abu Bakar  was much respected and loved by the people of Pahang. Amongst many of his subjects, so is Sultan Ahmad Shah. Unfailingly he will make his way to villages that are flooded during the monsoon months bearing food and other essentials for those ravaged by the floods. It is in his nature to engage his subjects in conversation to inquire about their well beings and problems of his subjects, if any.



That is why, for those who know him personally, many are perplexed why Tuanku has not publicly and officially acknowledge Carla as his daughter. They met in London many many years ago and there have been "contact" between them since then. Tuanku have provided for some of their financial needs, there have been "negotiations" to resolve issues, promises made but not kept and to date, there are still issues unresolved. Time is not on Tuanku's side  and with Carla's recent marriage, surely the thought of grandchildren must cross Tuanku's mind. What will Tuanku do to ensure that his legacy and that of the Royal House of Pahang, will endure nobly where ever it may be?      

Sultan Ahmad Shah and Carla in London.



To be continued:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tom Dooley ; Kingston Trio

Ricky Nelson : Its Up To You

cakap cakap Saturday morning. Life is good.

It has been an eventful week - "blogwise" for me! It has to be an eventful week for any blogger when traffic to your blog doubles and more. At what cost? Time, effort and less sleep! I tried to do what I have never done before -- a series of articles linked to one common tale - the common abuse by the rich and powerful of their responsibilities for deeds done in the past. It will probably take me another week or so before I am done with this particular Sultan but I am sure another tale will need to be told once I am finish with this one. 

However blogging has to be done in between watching Sharapova, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray among many others,  play tennis in the Australian Open taking place about two kilometers away from where I live. Almost every match is relayed live through two dedicated channels and I am spoiled for choice - though of course Sharapova and Djokovic trumps every other player in getting my undivided attention when they are on court - at practice or match play.




The madness in KL continues. The flavor of the week seems to be Daim. This tale of an insanely rich and once (and still is?) powerful and now old man still promises to regale us with yet more tales of sex and more sex. Bring it on! At 67 that is about the only sex I still look forward to  - even if it just to read about....though I am told that the old man himself is still a rocking and a rolling! Good for you Daim. Go Daim go! Go with the flow.     



In all seriousness, the end days of the Rosmah and Najib decadent era seems to be not too far away. The signs are all there and none are more ominous than that of having Mahathir breathing  down Najib's neck even as he boards Perdana Satu once again for yet another OGS sojourn overseas, on yet another shopping trip at our expense...with the funeral of a King thrown in for good measure. Woi tepap - yes thats both of you - it's Hammertime! Time for the two of you to join MC Hammer -  in the past! Its over for MC and its over for the two of you! Bye bye! Close your eyes and picture Rosmah and Najib dancing away to MC Hammer - that should make your day!



It's almost 9 now and I am going to have fried rice with lean lamb strips marinated in spices for breakfast. The only proviso to me having that is that I have to cook it myself. No problems - the better to do it the way I like it - using better instead of olive oil and generous heaps of gourmet stock for flavor. 

Life is good.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bloggers are driven by what the rakyat think is right or wrong. We call this PUBLIC OPINION.

It is a truism to say that in these days of the Internet and our access and use of the social media as a tool to serve our own ends, we are now empowered to act as judge, jury and at times executioner of anyone who inadvertently gets in our way - for something even as uneventful as when we get up on the wrong side of the bed. What this means for politicians and those in public office is that out there on the web, there are many of us whose avowed life work is to keep you bastards honest! 

Whether we are gainfully employed in these endeavors (i.e. cyber troopers financially rewarded by persons unknown from parts unknown!) or we do so from a passion born from our beliefs that someone needs to keep these bastards honest (highly unlikely!)  - suffice to say that between the devil and the blue sea one would have to find ones own niche and be comfortable with that choice.  

The debate rages as we bloggers write but what should be obvious by now to these bastards is simply this  : If you do not go our way, you pay! 

Yes this is bloody unfair.....but that is the way the cookies crumbles! 

There are enough of us bloggers out there to allow you to chose a "way" that resonates with you and by the same token there are enough of us out there to "hantam" you for any "way" that you choose. There is no right way and no wrong way....not empirically! 



But here is the sting! 

If enough of us bloggers think it wrong then it is wrong...and if enough of us think that it is right, then it is right.....because we are driven by what the rakyat think is right and what they think it is wrong. 

We call this PUBLIC OPINION

As mark Twain said : It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God. The public is the only critic whose judgment is worth anything at all.

So what are bloggers now writing about? What is the rakyat now thinking about?

Two words : Rosmah and Najib....arguably in that order! 

Everything else that is happening in our country and to our country can be directly attributed to what these two do, what they say, how they conduct themselves in their private and public lives!  

Go google them yourself and read what we bloggers write about these two idiots and you know what the rakyat think about them! 

Here are some pointers to  start you in the right direction:



And then the Murder of Altantuya would have something to do with the revulsion the rakyat has for these two:


and of course their private use of public property !


I can go on listing the abuses of these two but I have not had my morning coffee yet...so I will desist. As for you all out there in bolehland I must insist that with your Nasi Lemak, your Yow Chow Kwai or your Tosai....please google Rosmah and Najib and give us  bloggers a few more clicks on our sitemeters and allow us some "syiok sendiri" time contemplating how many of you out there will click our way! 

And "YES" Mahathir understand PUBLIC OPINION!
Mahathir knows the natives are restless!
Najib is DEAD MEAT!  

Salam!









Then I was taken to the King of Malaysia under gunpoint, fearing for my safety and well being. Our first encounter happened in one of the Agong's private houses, in what I believe was a place called Bukit Nanas.

Sultan Ahmad Shah ....the story continues:

Sultan Ahmad Shah married twice. First with Almarhumah Tunku Ampuan Afzan binti Tengku Muhammad and second with Sultanah Kalthom. He has 3 sons and 5 daughters.

(with Tengku Ampuan Afzan)

  1. Tengku Meriam (1955)
  2. Tengku Muhaini (1956)
  3. Tengku Aishah Marcella (1957)
  4. Tengku Abdullah (1959), Tengku Mahkota
  5. Tengku Abdul Rahman (1960), Tengku Muda
  6. Tengku Nong Fatimah (1962)
  7. Tengku Shahariah (1964)
(with Sultanah Kalthom)

  1. Tengku Abdul Fahd Muadzam (1994), Tengku Arif Temenggung
And with Dina Briezela Cooper, Sultan Ahmad Shah had one daughter : CARLA 


Dina wants Carla to be acknowledged as the sultan's daughter.
"It is unfair to her to be treated as an outcast. She just wants to visit her father and get to know her half-brothers and -sisters".

The next generation of Pahang royals. Carla's generation!  
"She wanted to have the ability to visit him annually, for a period of two weeks each summer and maybe one or two weeks during her winter break," said Dina.

Dina stressed that Carla never had the intention of becoming a royal princess at all.

"Carla has also informed her father through his lawyers that the reconciliation she sought was not for money and that she was not for sale," said Dina. 

Carla was disappointed when the sultan and his lawyers indicated in previous meetings that he was reluctant to have a steady relationship with his daughter. 

For Dina any settlement must include a written acknowledgment of Carla's paternity, an agreement that Carla be allowed to visit her father annually and that Carla be accepted as one of the sultan's children.




to be continued: