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Friday, April 16, 2010

This by-election, switch off the idiot box

PETALING JAYA, April 15: It may not be good news for a government who has been so used to campaign for elections through public television channels, but it so happens that this year's 'Turn off TV' week coincides with the peak of the campaign for the Hulu Selangor by-election on April 25.

A photo op is all we got? Kit Siang raises questions over Najib-Obama meet

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15: Ipoh Timur Member of Parliament Lim Kit Siang today questioned whether prime minister Najib Razak, who spent RM77 million to engage Apco Worldwide as his image consultant, had benefited from his 40-minute meeting with US president Barack Obama apart from "a photo op and new image projection at home".

Najib Must Not Dance to the US’ Tune on Iran’s Civilian Nuclear Programme.

Never mind the fact that we are now vindicated that our fear of the government rushing the Bill on the Strategic Goods Act, 2010, was in direct connection with the PM’s historic meeting President Obama, arranged by the infamous APCO Worldwide, now known to be paid RM76 million.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BN, MIC close ranks for by-election

By Baradan Kuppusamy
HULU SELANGOR, April 15 – The MIC and Barisan Nasional (BN) are taking steps to close ranks after the BN dropped MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel in favour of newcomer P. Kamalanathan as the BN candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election.

PR confident of win over BN’s ‘compromise candidate’

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs talked up its chances of winning the Hulu Selangor seat after a divided Barisan Nasional (BN) named P. Kamalanathan as its candidate.

Show us your money, Zaid dares Muhyiddin

By Neville Spykerman

HULU SELANGOR, April 15 — PKR candidate Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was prepared to disclose his wealth after insinuations of corruption by the deputy prime minister, and challenged Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and other members of the Najib administration to do the same.

Nazri Aziz, the minister of lies

by Martin Jalleh

APRIL 15 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz acts tough, talks big and throws his weight around. He thinks he is very smart and knows everything! After all, he is also the minister in charge of parliamentary affairs and the de facto law minister.

BN choice uncertain as MIC mulls new offer

By G. Manimaran

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — Barisan Nasional has yet to decide on its Hulu Selangor candidate, with just hours to go before making its announcement today, as MIC reviews its stand that its deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel should be the coalition’s choice.

A view of Malaysia from across the Causeway

By Sheridan Mahavera
SINGAPORE, April 14 — Alexander Low dives into the files stored in his Blackberry when responding to the question “Do you believe that under the Prime Minister’s 1 Malaysia, non-Malays will be fairly treated?”

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MIC hits brakes to protest Umno scheming

By Baradan Kuppusamy and G. Manimaran
KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — The Umno campaign to install V. Mugilan in place of Datuk G. Palanivel as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election has hit a raw nerve with the MIC, whose grassroots members are now “going-slow” on the campaign in protest.

BN’s Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

By YB Lim Guan Eng
The recent self-contradictory remarks by BN leaders remind me of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 19th century classic, “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. Is there a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the BN administration with a split personality of 1Malaysia encompassing all together with a racial UMNO dominance lording over everyone?

Soi Lek frustrated, says Guan Eng

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has dismissed Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s attempts in inviting three Chinese guilds to attend an MCA presidential council meeting as signs of “frustration.”

DAP rep pans Chua over Chinese schools issue

By Neville Spykerman
SHAH ALAM, April 13 — Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim today accused the MCA president of “lying” and trying to “exploit” the issue of land available for Chinese schools in the state ahead of the Hulu Selangor by-election.

Government paid APCO RM76m

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — The government paid US$24.2 million (RM76.8 million) to APCO Worldwide, the international public relations consultancy linked by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders to Israel, for its services from last July until June this year.

What’s the fuss about APCO? — William Leong Jee Keen and KPRU

APRIL 13 — Following the Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim’s revelations about the Umno/BN Government’s use of APCO Worldwide public relations/lobbyists’ firm and the concept of 1 Malaysia and 1 Israel, Umno has reacted with harsh, ruthless and brutal responses even by Umno’s standards.

A win for Zaid to boost Pakatan’s ranks in parliament

By Debra Chong

SERENDAH, April 14 – PKR has named Datuk Zaid Ibrahim as its choice for the April 25 by-election for Hulu Selangor in an effort to restore faith in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and maintain its voice in parliament after losing four lawmakers recently.

Zaid says voting MIC is ‘like giving Mahathir another chance’

By Yow Hong Chieh
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — PKR’s outspoken candidate Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has asked Hulu Selangor voters to elect him on April 25, saying MIC has had 18 years there and voting them back is “like giving Mahathir another chance”.

Israeli spies: Kit Siang to call emergency motion today


IPOH, April 12: Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang has called on Barisan Nasional MPs to back an emergency motion which he will be submitting Monday to Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, to debate the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry on revelations that Israeli agents had infiltrated the police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Brazil rejects new Iran sanctions


WASHINGTON, April 13: Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim has stated that Brasilia prefers diplomacy for solving the dispute over Iran's nuclear program rather than tough measures.

Najib declares support for US campaign against Iran


WASHINGTON, April 13: Prime Minister Najib Razak, meeting US president Barack Obama on Monday, has agreed with US efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear power project, making Malaysia the first Muslim country to openly declare its support for Washington's campaign.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Playing Santa Claus in Hulu Selangor

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid and Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — It is no secret that both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat are in a race to dish out goodies as they attempt to outdo each other in the Hulu Selangor vote, a crucial by-election for both coalitions since Election 2008.

Umno, MIC divided over DPM’s local candidate remark

By G. Manimaran and Adib Zalkapli
HULU SELANGOR, April 13 — Local Umno and MIC leaders hold different views about Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s remark that a local will be the Barisan Nasional candidate in the Hulu Selangor by-election, with a Malay leader saying it will be a new face.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The life of a Muslim slave in America

Jonathan Curiel

It’s a summer night at the Civic Center in downtown Atlanta, and the guests, dressed in suits and evening gowns, walk amid glass cases displaying artifacts from America’s slave period (pic, right).

What is happening to Malaysia?

Kenny Gan  

What has happened to Malaysia? 

Cameron-Kuala Lipis highway: Miles and miles of destruction

Arshad Khan  
Environmental terrorism - this best describes the activities that greet the new highway which begins from the dirty and fly-infested town of Ringlet in Cameron Highlands, heading towards Kuala Lipis. Scheduled to open last month, ARSHAD KHAN finds out at what cost the highway is being constructed.

Israeli spies: Kit Siang to call emergency motion today


IPOH, April 12: Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang has called on Barisan Nasional MPs to back an emergency motion which he will

Selangor seeks video testimony for Pornthip

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — The Selangor government will try to get the Coroner’s court in the Teoh Beng Hock inquest to agree to a video conferencing proposal in a desperate bid to get forensic expert Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand to testify.

Gobind says no setback despite Dr Pornthip’s pullout

By Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s reluctance to testify further in the Teoh Beng Hock inquest will not be a setback to uphold her homicide theory, lawyer Gobind Singh Deo said today.

Teoh family, DAP wants Putrajaya to explain Dr Pornthip’s absence

By Debra Chong and Yow Hong Chieh

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s reported pull-out from testifying in Teoh Beng Hock’s inquest next week due to political interference has raised fears among the Teoh family and the DAP that the case is being tampered with at the highest level.
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