Monday, March 27, 2017

Who the this Pua to offer Johari a chance?

The centre of gravity in any democracy is best measured by the credibility of lawmakers of Parliament, an institution that fuses there is position, represented by government. There is opposition. The space in between is occupied by debate. Socrates, famously, established democracy’s philosophical principles when he replaced competition with dialogue.but DAP lawmaker Tony Pua  insists on discussion over 1MDB.only nothing else DAP under the elbow-jerk leadership of DAP lawmaker Tony Pua  If you insist on judgment without  trial what is left to discuss? The mordant joke doing the rounds is that Pua  will do anything to avoid speaking in court Perhaps the truth is simple:Pua  shout instead of talking only when you have nothing to say.
The plainer fact is that no one in DAP was innocent.including Lim Guan Eng did not resign because of mere allegations.Hewill go only when proof appeared in the public domain through a competent process..
a fund-raising dinner,  a closed-door affair,why  an UMNO Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani to a DAP fund-raising dinner, Has DAP lawmaker Tony Pua  become so   has invited Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani to a fund-raising dinner, at which Johari can put forth his arguments on 1MDB.a fund-raising dinner,   A fund-raising dinner a closed-door affair, reported and interpreted by a select few from print  like Malaysiakini  UMNO Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani like to have democratised debate to a spectacular degree. Members speak in front of the largest jury in history, in the court of public opinion. By sabotaging debate, DAP is denying the Malaysian people the opportunity to hear evidence from all sides, and then make up their minds.
 Finance Minister II  said Governments today have to respond fast, and transparently, not because any opposition party wants this to happen, but because Malaysian public opinion will not tolerate any cover-up. Our citizens constitute the most stringent judiciary in history. If  Malaysian democracy is safe, it is because of the vigilance of citizens, not the outbursts of DAP lawmaker Tony Pua

Other speakers  attending the May 6 dinner will be DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu and PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, they have no locus standi  so no way to debate;thrash out, hash out,with  Johari 

Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani has turned down DAP lawmaker Tony Pua's invitation to attend a fund-raising dinner to put forth his arguments on 1MDB.
"Thanks for inviting me, but I have said enough in my open letter to him. I hear him and I take note of his opinion. I respect him as (an) opposition (lawmaker)," Johari said.

Science journal Nature published an investigation conducted by researchers of the University of Wroc³aw, Poland, that found 48 academic journals offering their editorship to a non-existing individual cooked up by the sting operators (‘Predatory journals recruit fake editor’).And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Gross scientific misconduct, fake data, plagiarism, retractions and faulty experimental designs have become an inseparable part of research publication.Suddenly, the hallowed portals of scientific magazines look suspect. There are thousands of ‘scientific’ journals that do not care much about quality research. They merely exist to extract fees from ‘unsuspecting’ authors. Why these authors choose to publish in these ‘predatory’ journals is another question. The journals use the worst possible marketing schemes to publish research, often without scientific rigor or transparency.
The scientific community knew this for years. In 1978-79, professors at Yale and Harvard were at the centre of research fraud that rocked the very ethos of scientific inquiry. In 1989, the US came up with regulations that defined scientific misconduct and laid out a legal procedure to address such allegations. In their research, they found peer review was ineffective against misconduct. But now it looks that even those regulations were not enough.
In his 1942 essay, The Normative Structure of Science, sociologist Robert K Merton analysed the ethos of science. “Four sets of institutional imperatives — universalism, communism, disinterestedness, organised scepticism — are taken together as the ethos of modern science,” wrote Merton. While describing ‘disinterestedness’, he wrote “passion for knowledge, idle curiosity, altruistic concern with the benefit to humanity, and a host of other special motives have been attributed to the scientist.
The quest for distinctive motives appears to have been misdirected.” So, ascientist demonstrates the “willingness to work to extend knowledge, apart from personal benefit”.
Merton defined ‘communism’ as the free sharing of one’s discoveries with others. What makes such ‘altruism possible’ is the “reward system of science”. This ‘reward’ comprises a host of things: “honour, position, power and money go to those who make discoveries first — and who claim priority by promptly publishing their findings.”
It seems with the growth of aggressive consumerism and the opening up of digital frontiers, only parts of Metron’s ‘reward system for science’ has been the prime focus for many scientists.
In this mad rush to publish for ‘honour, power, position and money’, ‘disinterestedness’ has been given a quiet burial. In fact, predatory journals extend a helping hand to those who care to get on rooftops to shout about a discovery often backed by an invisible industry.
Commercialisation of scientific research has its own issues, as is reflected by ‘code of conduct and best practices guidelines for journal editors’ of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Under the guidelines for ‘commercial considerations’, COPE states, “Journals should have policies and systems in place to ensure that commercial considerations do not affect editorial decisions (e.g. advertising departments should operate independently from editorial departments).”
While it is not easy to identify fake data or plagiarism, over the years, organisations such as COPE have developed mechanisms to weed out suspicious submissions. The latest revelations unveiled how deep the malaise is.
In the early 2000s, when the ‘no peer review’ journals saw a mushrooming growth, the number of reported cases of scientific misconduct began to grow. Most of these journals only have an electronic avatar, their reach and appeal are deep. Visibility, reach and speed of publication make them an attractive proposition to researchers looking for a place in the sun.
There were watchdogs who kept an eye on them. In January, one of them, a blog that listed “potential, possible, or probable predatory” publishers and journals disappeared. Started in 2010 by University of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall, at its prime, the blog evoked fear and controversy in the science publishing community. Its disappearance has dealt a body blow to science misconduct-watchers.
The belief within the community is that science will get rid of these bugs. Let’s hope it’s right.
Citing “lessons learned from online engagement with ‘Bernie Bros,’” a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC is pledging to spend $1 million to “push back against” users on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Instagram.Correct the Record’s “Barrier Breakers” project boasts in a press release that it has already “addressed more than 5,000 people that have personally attacked Hillary Clinton on Twitter.” The PAC released this on Thursday.
The PAC was created in May of last year when it was spun off from the American Bridge SuperPAC, which is run by longtime Hillary and Bill Clinton supporter David Brock. Brock also founded the left-wing media watchdog website Media Matters for America.

The web brigades , also known in English media as the DAP's Red Bean troll army, are Malaysiakini-sponsored anonymous Internet political commentators and trolls linked to DAP. Participants report that they are organized into teams and groups of commentators that participate in Russian and international political blogs and Internet forums using sockpuppets and large-scale orchestrated trolling and disinformation campaigns to promote  and pro-DAP lawmaker Tony Pua

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Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani intellectually stimulating analytical and strategic.

DAP MP Tony Pua supremacism the loss of credibility on Pua.

When Gobind Singh Deo ‘encounter specialists’ shoot first

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When Gobind Singh Deo ‘encounter specialists’ shoot first

My one encounter,When Gobind Singh Deo  ‘encounter specialists’ shoot first and whistle later shocked Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani  if that is the appropriate word, with a lawmaker who had washed his hands in cold blood, The worry is that public opinion often condones “Dirty Harry” methods, in which a bullet takes precedence over due process. Only one thing is clear in this dust storm of fierce argument. We are not interested in truth. A complex reality has been distilled into campaign fodder in election season. Politics is the petrol that can turn such a fire into conflagration.

when Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) posed the question to Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghaniwhether Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was a suspect in the probes related to 1MDB led to an heated argument between a minister and lawmaker.At first, Johari said he did not have an answer to that question, but when pressed, told Gobind to meet him outside.This angered the DAP legal bureau chief, who said that he wanted an answer in the House.
Life’s most traumatic cemetery is surely the memory of pain, for it is buried but not dead. Neither amnesia nor vengeance is a solution, although the timid find solace in the first and the violent seek options in the second. Individuals, communities, nations have to find the spirit that can liberate them from the bonds of past anguish, to discover a future in a new perspective that is something far more than a distorted reflection of fear.

When a nation’s confidence is undermined, adversaries abroad pounce to take advantage, The fulcrum of a tipping point in public life is that mortal enemy of a politician: humour. A joke might not destroy reputation quite as effectively as a corruption scandal, but it deflates credibility. Through his long career
enough never to get tempted by a wisecrack; wit is not his forte. He might therefore be a little bewildered by the artillery fire of jokes after his disastrous mismanagement of DAP

If it is any consolation to Gobind  jokes about Prime Minister i are far more harsh. As we leap-frog our way towards another general election, DAP might discover that its biggest problem is ridicule. We are in the last chapter of a drama that 1MDB has gone on too long. 
dreaming of resurrection on  DAP a deathbed is a waste of time. For most of this term, policy was lost in a swamp. Now, decisions are made to serve as slogans.An announcement now is mercenary: to milk the environment for what votes it can bring, and postpone ensuing problems. The timing is determined not by advantage to the people but by thoughts of benefit to the party.The dark side of today’s political satire is the evil of corruption. There is a school within the ruling establishment selling the theory that corruption as an election issue has been deflected. This is delusion. The voter is not going to be finessed by the argument that all politicians are corrupt, and so theft of the present lot should be condoned. A jury can punish only the person in the dock, and the present government is on trial in the next electoral court.Jokes are the evidence and the argument in this trial; the voter is both lawyer and judge in the court of the people. But there is some good news for those on trial. The maximum sentence is just five years in wilderness. The next five years will pass as quickly as the last five.

Shakespeare, being a genius, got most things right. But, being human, he also got a few things wrong. A rose by any other name does often smell like a weed.
One dangerous misnomer is this entity called an intelligence agency. These organisations, a consistent growth industry in every nation whether times are lean or prosperous, are information accummulators. Intelligence may or may not be a by-product of their endeavours. Look no further than the case of the latest American whistleblower, Edward Snowden.
America's spymasters lost this plot long before Snowden broke cover and revealed massive incursions by US and British agencies into private lives. Their rage reflects the fury of impotence, or perhaps incompetence. Snowden did not hit and run. His sting took much preparation: he copied data, and then established contact with Julian Assange's Wikileaks and China, at the very least. Directly or indirectly, China, Russia and Ecuador knew what he was going to do before he moved. CIA, NSA and FBI were blindsided. America's intelligence was shipwrecked in an ocean of information.
One would assume, after the Wikileaks fiasco, that there would be alert mechanisms to track any unauthorized transfer of secret data by an insider. Wrong. Neither was there any security firewall between Snowden and either a pest like Wikileaks or a foreign power like China, although both must be equally high on CIA's watch list. If you imagine Snowden landed in Hong Kong by flipping a coin, you must be in kindergarten, still reading fairy tales. Conversely, if you believe China ignored the US demand for extradition because of a typing error in the application, your sense of humour is almost as nuanced as the Chinese official who thought up that whopper. The Chinese ran this operation for precisely as long as they wanted to, or Snowden would never have left Hong Kong, even if he had managed to enter this semi-liberal enclave of an authoritarian state. Snowden's story got top play in local media; and he was accompanied by a Wikileaks executive on his ride to Russia, both impossible without a silent nod from Beijing. Snowden went to Hong Kong because he was certain of a Chinese umbrella. And in Moscow, of a Russian shield. Try boarding a flight a Moscow without a valid visa on your passport. You won't get beyond check-in. Absolutely do not consider making Moscow airport a temporary residence, unless you are certain local police won't put you on the next flight to anywhere. Nor will Ecuador's friendly diplomats drop by to say hello without Kremlin's permission.
At the moment of writing, Snowden is discovering a few facts of life. Heroes have limited uses when playing cloak and dagger; the dagger can change direction in the switch of a blade. China, Russia and Ecuador were happy to use Snowden in the secret wars that continue below the surface of good relations, but reluctant to damage bilateral business with Washington beyond a point. Big boys like America carry aces up their sleeve when they sit at any table.
For some time now America has been ratcheting up an international offensive against China's invasion of cyberspace. This was high on the agenda of the summit between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in California earlier this month. China's President kept an admirable straight face while his shadow-security infrastructure timed this double-whammy to a nicety, producing Snowden just when American protests hit a crescendo.
While spy fact imitates spy fiction, the world must come to terms with a difficult truth. Privacy, a cornerstone of individual liberty in a free society, now belongs to the past tense. America, the world's largest people-friendly democracy, and China, the world's largest people-friendly dictatorship, have used war as the excuse and technology as the means to monitor the language, and through that the thought process, of any individual they want to target. If other nations, including Russia or India, have not succeeded as spectacularly, it is not for want of trying.
Governments know something that idealists are loath to admit: the argument for liberty does not travel very far with the populace when it is positioned against terrorism. The progress towards a free society has been led by a liberal elite that flourishes in the calm of peace, and bends before the hurricane of conflict. Barack Obama turns into George Bush. Obama knows that total information is the dream of every totalitarian, but will not intervene. He is in politics. Politics is about survival first and consequences later. For every Snowden briefly on the front page, and in limbo for the rest of his life, there are dozens defeated by helplessness. That is how a state defines victory over the individual.
Obama invited Xi Jiang for their summit in California to a place called Rancho Mirage. What an excellent title for a sequel to George Orwell's 1984.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tony Pua and Malaysiakini is.fearing the Mystery of Najib and Johari's Invisible Wave?

The truth isTony Pua  is less of a draw than Johari'

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Is Malaysiakini being unfair to  Najib and Johari ?
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Tony Pua an irritating nuisance, a mirror before our guilty conscience? Who wants to be measured by the yardstick of a saint who was so disconcertingly honest , mere handful of professions are honoured with an honorific that survives beyond the office. Priests, judges, armed services officers, professors and doctors, of both the medical and academic disciplines: that’s about it. Journalists, even editors, and politicians, even cabinet ministers, would invite ridicule if they handed out visiting cards marked ‘Editor X’ or ‘Cabinet Minister Y’. Malaysians are, at best, ambivalent about media and politics. They respect our guardians of law, knowledge and security. There is a new tendency among former envoys to add ‘Ambassador’ before their name, a practice borrowed from America, but this is a title snatched from vanity rather than bestowed by popular acclaim.
The most captivating within our current political theatre is surely Malaysiakini being naïve to promote  Ezam Mohd Noor the new opposition party is in the works with the single objective of fighting corruption."We only have two demands from Pakatan Harapan. Ezam wants to fight Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Pekan in the next general election..By himself Ezam Mohd Noor cannot win a seat . But add him to a larger formation and it has a multiplier effect. If one right partner generates arithmetical Use of outmoded tactics by former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Noor made no effort to remove moral stains on him said Johari his inability to comprehend that the canvas of electoral politics will not alter dramatically will consequently fail .  will be dismissed as deceptive by voters  on multiple fronts.Mahathir and Ezam  humiliation will bigger than PAS and DAP indignity in 2013 could be shown piloting a ship called the Titanic and saying things like “We have just hit a little iceberg but everything else is fine”. will just come across as a bunch of sore losers.progression then two can fashion a geometric leap..says there are people struggling to sort out their inner world for a meaningful life, while others are trying to hold together a damaged relationship, or are trying to raise consciousness in society, change the political system, save our planet and create universal brotherhood. The journey is daunting and often people give up.The argument that’s given usually is that one is too small to bring a change. But no one is too small and no problem is beyond them.
The party - mooted by former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Noor yesterday - has two targets, according to former Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
Malaysiakini promote Johari as jailed bird
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Every good drama needs a few sub-plots whirling through the mainframe Lim Guan Eng’s house is also very old, 40 years old to be exact. So it has very little value. Buckingham Palace is even older, 152 years old to be exact. And that is why it has even less value than Lim Guan Eng’s ‘palace’. No one would want Buckingham Palace even if the Queen gave it away free-of-charge Corruption is corruption. It does not matter whether it comes with a swimming pool or not. Did Khir Toyo go to jail because his house happened to come with a swimming pool?
Evidently no low is too low for Tony Puah, no theory too farfetched as long as it fulfils the twin goals of battering the current object of his hatred and keeping him on Malaysiakini. the media out poison the minds of malaysians

Finance Minister11 Johari Abdul Ghani  has defended  govewrnment policies politely but firmly.
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in front of the largest jury in history, in the court of public opinion. sabotaging debate, DAP is denying the Malaysians the opportunity to hear evidence from all sides, and then make up their minds. If Tony Pua is dissatisfied with Irwan Serigar’s explanation,for reasons, unfathomable Tony Pua refusesto engage but criticise.If DAP feels that it has not got satisfaction from this democracy  process, it can consider other options. Malaysian democracy has come to a curious pass. A government insists on discussion over an opposition demand,
Tony Pua his Dap’s home is said to be his castle. No one – not even the monarchy – can invade its privacy.However,when  Lim Guan Eng’ ’s home could have not just its privacy but also its privy invaded and be turned into a loo open to any member of the public willing to shell out the established fee for the purpose.Even more important is the fact that Malaysiakini and the other pro-opposition portals and Blogs are already playing the Lim Guan Eng apologist role.

Why is Rafizi Ramli not planning a road show to travel the whole country to inform the rakyat of this matter?

Why is Tony Pua not asking the PAC to investigate this matter and for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be set up so that the truth can be revealed?

Why is Teresa Kok not doing a satire on YouTube so that everyone can be entrained by her clownish antics?

Why is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad not launching a Save Penang Campaign and signing a Penang Peoples’ Declaration?

Why are Sarawak Report and the Wall Street Journal plus the many opposition portals and Blogs not fighting for the truth and justice?
"We only have two demands from Pakatan Harapan. Ezam wants to fight Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Pekan in the next general election..By himself Ezam Mohd Noor cannot win a seat . But add him to a larger formation and it has a multiplier effect. If one right partner generates arithmetical Use of outmoded tactics by former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Noor made no effort to remove moral stains on him said Johari his inability to comprehend that the canvas of electoral politics will not alter dramatically will consequently fail .  will be dismissed as deceptive by voters  on multiple fronts.Mahathir and Ezam  humiliation will bigger than PAS and DAP indignity in 2013 could be shown piloting a ship called the Titanic and saying things like “We have just hit a little iceberg but everything else is fine”. will just come across as a bunch of sore losers.progression then two can fashion a geometric leap..saysThere are people struggling to sort out their inner world for a meaningful life, while others are trying to hold together a damaged relationship, or are trying to raise consciousness in society, change the political system, save our planet and create universal brotherhood. The journey is daunting and often people give up.The argument that’s given usually is that one is too small to bring a change. But no one is too small and no problem is beyond them.

Political commentators agreed that it was too close to call, although UMNO  was in pole position. If there was one certainty it was that there was no wave. There were a few notable voices, particularly towards the end that gave the election to UMNO
It is likelier that the bias was implicit in the way a significant section of media frames reality and this shades what it is able to see. This is a deeper problem, for here the desire to report objectively does not necessarily translate into objective reportage. Election coverage, in particular, comes with its own grammar and Malaysiakini Datuk Johari Umno supreme council member is absolutely right in pin-pointing that we need to dig deep into our consciousness and decipher from where this inferiority complex has crept into the veins of our society.
There are people struggling to sort out their inner world for a meaningful life, while others are trying to hold together a damaged relationship, or are trying to raise consciousness in society, change the political system, save our planet and create universal brotherhood. The journey is daunting and often people give up.The argument that’s given usually is that one is too small to bring a change. But no one is too small and no problem is beyond them. The thing is that our attention is rarely focused as we wish to multitask owing to our greed, restlessness and sensory needs.Those who understand the temperamental nature of any electoral season know that predictions are risky. It is far safer to keep your eyes open and mouth shut. 
, but very few, including those sympathetic to the party, had a sense of the magnitude of the victory. And without question, this is an absolutely stunning victory. To repeat the performance of 2014 two and a half years on, in the wake of what many saw as the failed demonetization gambit, without announcing a CM candidate, is a staggering feat.

 it has become clear that it is not possible for anyone to offer a meaningful prediction of the eventual outcome. The electorate is too large and diffuse, and the interplay of local and national factors too complex to be amenable to accurate forecasting. Neither the personal and direct experience of seasoned election watchers nor the scientific surveys, of which there is no shortage, seem to be able to produce results that can be relied upon. Pre-poll surveys are now entertainment rather than science, and should be viewed as such.

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JOHARI ABDUL GHANI is Second Finance Minister. perhaps the world’s most articulate politician in the first decade of the 21st century.
COMMENT I refer to a press statement issued today by YB Tony Pua.
YB Tony Pua is well-versed in the facts concerning 1MDB, given he is a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Thus, it is disappointing to note that he has chosen to misrepresents the facts and has accused me of lying, in his desperate attempts to mislead the rakyat.The matter at hand is clear, simple and has been publicly explained, as evidenced in page 81 of the PAC Report on 1MDB.

The facts are as follows:

1. The TRX and Bandar Malaysia lands were originally owned directly by the government. The government made a decision to sell the lands in 2010 and 2013 respectively, to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a holding company 100 percent owned by MOF Inc. 1MDB in turn owned the lands via its 100 percent equity shareholding in two subsidiary companies, ie TRX City Sdn. Bhd. (TRXC) and Bandar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (BMSB).

2. It is clear that from the above transactions, the government ownership of the lands shifted from direct to indirect ownership, via MOF Inc ultimate ownership of 1MDB and its subsidiary companies.

3. Although the Bandar Malaysia land was sold at a nominal sum to BMSB, there was a responsibility to construct/upgrade six bases for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and two bases for the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), for a total development cost of RM 2.7 billion, of which 1MDB had to contribute RM1.6 billion.

4. Although the TRX land was sold at a nominal sum to TRXC, there was a responsibility to construct infrastructure not only in TRX but also in the surrounding areas, including a vehicular tunnel under Jalan Tun Razak, for a total sum of approximately RM 3 billion.

5. TRXC and BMSB undertook debts of RM 800 million and RM2.4 billion respectively, to undertake the construction of infrastructure and the six air force/two police bases referred to above. These debts were always attached to the said land when these two companies raised their financing and thus form part of the security for the said debts. In other words, it is an operating debt of these two companies.

6. With the infrastructure development and planning approvals obtained by TRXC and BMSB from 2010/2013 to the present day, the value of the TRX and Bandar Malaysia lands have increased in value significantly.

6. The PAC recommended in April 2016 that MOF Inc take over direct ownership of Bandar Malaysia and TRX lands from 1MDB. The most efficient and cost-effective way to achieve this is via a transfer of TRXC and BMSB shares to MOF Inc. So, instead of owning those companies via 1MDB, MOF Inc will directly own BMSB and TRXC, along with all the assets and the operating debts of the respective companies.

7. The TRXC and BMSB debts will be repaid by future cashflows of these companies as described in page 81 of the PAC Report. Further, whilst TRXC will continue to be 100 percent owned by MOF Inc, it is pertinent to note that a sale and purchase agreement has been executed with a consortium for the sale of 60 percent equity shareholding in BMSB.

8. More importantly, page 81 of the PAC Report also makes clear that the debts that will remain on the balance sheet of 1MDB are the RM 5 billion sukuk, the US$3.0 billion bond and the 2x US$1.75 billion bonds. These 1MDB debts will be serviced from matching cashflows, as described in the PAC Report. Whilst MOF Inc will not be taking over these 1MDB debts, the substance of the letter of support and guarantee from the government, remains intact, as described in the PAC Report.

There is therefore a clear distinction between 1MDB debts, which will not be taken over by MOF Inc, and the BMSB/TRXC project company operating debt, which are part of the assets and liabilities of the company and which will be serviced from the project cash-flows.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Let Abdul Hadi do the flirting, seduce Mahathir with Islamic PM post

 Since ages, we have been witness to an incessant face off between faith and logic. European enlightenment exposed certain flaws in blind faith and ushered in an era of rationality, and logic became the dominant paradigm.

Detractors of PAS' proposed amendments to Act 355 do not fear the law itself, but the unity of Muslims who back it and the "victory" of Islam that would ensue, said Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz.with it the future of the ‘Pivot to PAS’ policy  Najib and  UMNO had instituted has Malaysia been pushed into uncertainty.PAS youth chief said : "They do not fear the amendments to the act per se. It is negligible and does not affect them. Their lives will go on as usual.

Najib’s historic Malaysians asks a question that repeatedly withers on the dry sand of evasive clichés. How long will the apartheid of two laws for the same crime continue?Another barbaric chapter of an epic conflict between the presence and promise of modernity, and the bitter, toxic romance of regression was written by Najib and Hadi

Neither goes into a brown study to ponder the causes of political terrorism, a manipulative phrase designed specifically to provide cover for perpetrators of political terrorism  Neither the Chinese nor Hindus public opinion would accept such a pussyfoot leadership.This war, raging across the world, is a confrontation between the lethal adrenalin of faith supremacy and belief that faith equality is the basis of civilised political and social stability. The epicentre of this war is within the Muslim successor states of the Mughal and Ottoman empires; but its destructive reach extends far beyond its immediate habitat.Corruption is the mechanism through which a section of our elite has poisoned the credibility of our nation’s political and economic edifice. Governments have been either complicit or helpless as high end individuals, buoyed by the arrogance of unaccounted wealth, began to believe that they were above the law or beyond the reach of coercive instruments.Nothing illustrates the complacency of this class more than the manner in which it ignored  we underestimate the power of those vested interests which have been challenged. Their ability to shape public opinion by compounding some inevitable pain in process through exaggeration and fear was on full display. But they underestimated one fact  that voters to assault this pervasive monsters with sustainable commitment. that Malaysians  are not willing to accept passing discomfort as the collateral price of the struggle against the rampant PAS fanaticism. This is why such a massive change to take place without violence. 

Almost 70pct of our population are Muslim. Over 90pct of ministers and CMs are Muslim  so you already have the powerPAS has turned Islam into a religion of fear and intimidation. There is no difference between the ideologies of Islamic terrorists like Taliban, Abu Sayyaf and Isis, and that of PAS Act 355 is an attempt to intimidate and mislead gullible Muslims into supporting PAS and Umno, who would otherwise be accused of apostasy. Act 355 is nothing more than an instrument to impose severe punishment on wrongdoers.A true religion seeks to be merciful and forgiving towards sinners, to give them hope, rather than to punish. It was once said by a great man, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at the sinner.”

It's a bad idea to get elected on a racial basis. It's just as bad to get elected on religious basis.What Hadi is in effect saying is that Malaysia must be an Islamic state notwithstanding the ideology of our Founding Fathers nor the fact that the economy of the nation is dependent to a large extent on the efforts of non-Muslims.PAS that Umno has been responsible for our racial and religious intolerance, the use of race and religion as political tools, the destruction of the rule of law and ethical conduct, promoting a culture where corruption and greed are acceptable values, failure to hold people to account for their crimes, a preferential and entitlement mentality, destruction of our education system, the breeding of utterly incompetent politicians,

PAS also seems to be totally blinded to the contributions of the East Malaysians where a significant percentage of the people are non-Muslims. Does Hadi want to turn Malaysia into a Syria, Iraq, Iran or Yemen?God does not need you or tiny mortals to fight for him or defend him because he is the supreme, all-powerful, infinite soul who fills out the infinite universe and you are just a speck of dust consisting of a tiny finite soul that fills out a tiny finite body.

Both culminates into discrimination against other religions and other races, makes the majority of people in this country less tolerant, making Malaysia less welcoming, and makes us less prominent in the world.
Hadi, now you admit that gerrymandering is rampant. Why then did you prohibit your members from participating in Bersih 5 which demanded for free and fair elections?

Umno and PAS are both dinosaurs in an age where Internet technology is revolutionising the way we solve global problems, transact and interact with one another.

Often, people make a mistake and then add to it by making yet another mistake: by trying to justify their mistake. But what they should actually do on making a mistake is reflect on and seek to discover why they made that mistake in the first place.
If you don’t do that and, instead, you seek to justify your mistake after committing it, you remain just where you were before. On the other hand, if you seek to find out why you made that mistake, you will save yourself from repeating it.This is a natural fact. It is reflected in a hadith, narrated from Anasibn Malik, according to which the Prophet said, “Every person commits sin, and the best of those who commit sin are those who repent.” (IbnMajah, hadith no. 4251) The fact is that no human being possesses total knowledge. Because of this, people often adopt wrong views and opinions.
There are often errors in their plans. The virtue of human beings is not that they are immune from making mistakes. Rather, their virtue lies in their being willing to acknowledge their mistakes and to bring their actions into conformity with reality.
Aperson who does not acknowledge his mistakes has to pay the price of continuing to remain stuck in his wrong approach. Accordingly, he deprives himself of confidence, because he chooses to remain in that groove even though he recognises that it is wrong.
Moreover, his actions cannot produce meaningful results, and his plans will fail to produce the results that he seeks.

Turning Penang into FT is an activity designed to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by unconstitutional means is an offence under the Section 124B of the Penal Code.

According to Tengku Adnan, turning Penang into a federal territory can help make home ownership affordable. If the Federal Territories under his watch is anything to go by, Kuala Lumpur has more soup kitchens and vagrants than most states in Malaysia, including Penan

Friday, February 17, 2017

South or North Korean spies who spooked Malaysia at KLIA2

 Who will blink first?

 Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi  draws flak over 'sexy beauty' assassin 
Malaysian authorities have detained a woman in connection with the investigation. The woman, in her 20s, was detained in the low-cost terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, The women are thought to be agents of a foreign country, he said, refusing to speculate if they were hired by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, who is suspected of ordering the murder.
You don’t have to be beautiful to be Mata Hari; you merely have to be available.agent who made spying synonymous with sexual frisson, was actually a bit of a podge who couldn’t get a job in a vaudeville chorus line because she wasn’t “cute” when she became the terminater Lim Kit Siang wants Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to explain the security lax at KLIA 2 following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
In a media statement, the DAP veteran said that reasons must be provided as to how the airport could become a “playground for foreign agents.”One female suspect seen on CCTV was found wandering in the airport," police said. She had apparently been "left behind" by the other assailants. The suspects  are North or Korean, police sources said
 But the principle of a spy’s mentality holds. Since there is  never sufficient justification for the betrayal of a country, and the greed (whether for money or sex) involved must be rationalized by layers of self-deceit, the spy converts a complex, tortured fiction into his or her version of that malleable commodity called truth.

File photo of the information desk at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, where Kim Jong-Nam was attacked by two women
Lim Kit Siang wants Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to explain the security lax at KLIA 2 following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
In a media statement, the DAP veteran said that reasons must be provided as to how the airport could become a “playground for foreign agents.” Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expertise in the seductive arts.more vulnerable to the inflammable concoction of ego and libido. cocoon world of an embassy   could only have heated her fantasies to an unbearable conflagration. You can see that she had lost any mooring with reality in the taunt after her arrest — “What took you guys so long to get it?”  It would not even occur to her that institutions are reluctant to condemn their own, particularly when the final responsibility with those who decided to send her to 

she had an extraordinary talent, the ability to trump the real with the surreal. She reinvented herself as an expert in the secret and mysterious arts of “Indian” erotica (hence the name ‘Mata Hari’), learnt  during her interlude in Java, and became a sensation. She was not much of a spy actually; she did more spending than spying. there is an obvious problem in the analogy with Mata Hari. 

One pithy observer thought she was as attractive with clothes as without them, which may or may not have been a compliment. She was driven to be  by despair: 
Image result for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-unpicture of assassin  at KLIA
It is not, presumably, compulsory, but it is clearly useful for a potential spy to have a split personality. The pain of the tragedy, or failure, is subsumed by the surreal. But a fevered imagination also weakens or even erases the constraints of duty and morality that bind real life.

It was about 8.20am on Monday and there was a bustle of passengers in the departure hall of KL International Airport's budget terminal when the two women moved in on Kim Jong-nam, estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.

A few steps away from a Starbucks cafe and a Puffy Buffy Malaysian food stall, one of the women stood in front of their quarry to distract him. Her accomplice approached from behind, pulled a cloth drenched in some chemical from a blue handbag, reached around his head and clamped it onto his face.

That was enough to deliver a deadly poison to the portly 46-year-old relative of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to a senior Malaysian government source and Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat, who both spoke to Reuters.

After the attack, Kim Jong-nam approached a help desk and explained that someone seemed to have grabbed or held his face and now he felt dizzy. He was taken to the Menara Medical Clinic, a small glass-fronted surgery one floor down near the arrivals area.

"He still felt unwell there, so they decided to send him to the hospital, and he died in the ambulance on the way to Putrajaya Hospital," said Ahmat.

Media reports said the two women fled the airport in taxis.

The government source declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the case.

Malaysian officials have publicly released little about the killing. Indeed, it was 36 hours after the murder before they acknowledged it had happened, and then only after the news was broken by South Korean media.

Malaysian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a woman with a Vietnamese travel document as she was trying to take a flight from the same terminal. According to local media, this was the same woman whose image was captured in a grainy airport CCTV image wearing a white shirt with the acronym 'LOL' on it.

A second woman, who was holding an Indonesian passport, was also identified from CCTV footage and detained on Thursday.

Vietnam has said it is investigating. Indonesia has confirmed the second arrested woman was an Indonesian national and is seeking consular access to her.

A third suspect, apparently a boyfriend of one of the women, has also been taken into custody, Malaysian police said.

"It's like a mystery novel," said a foreign diplomat in Kuala Lumpur who is closely following developments, which have included comments by South Korean officials that Pyongyang agents were behind the killing, and now the arrest of two women carrying passports from South-East Asian countries.

Many key details about the brazen attack on Kim Jong-nam are still unclear, particularly information about the two arrested women and whose orders, if any, they were following.

North Korea has made no public comment on the killing, and calls, an email and a fax message to its embassy in Malaysia were unanswered. A source in Beijing with ties to the North Korean and Chinese governments told Reuters that Pyongyang was not involved and had no motive for killing Kim Jong-nam.

The Malaysian police and the government source's accounts of what happened in the departure hall contradicted early media reports that Kim Jong-nam had been poisoned by injection with a needle.

An autopsy began on Wednesday and is still ongoing, a senior police officer said.

When asked if he could confirm that a woman with the Vietnamese documents was the one seen wearing the 'LOL' T-shirt, state police chief Abdul Samah Mat said: "We are investigating to confirm that."

Local media identified her as the main attacker.

Manhunt for four accomplices

The sources said Kim Jong-nam - travelling under the name of Kim Chol - had flown on Feb 6 from Macau to the Malaysian capital, which he visited often because he had friends there. He was booked on a return flight with the low-cost airline AirAsia on Monday, the day he died.

Police are looking for four foreign men they believe worked with the two women, the government source said.

The entire team involved in the attack landed in Malaysia - although it was not clear where from - some days before the attack, checked into a hotel near the airport and monitored their target's movements, the government source said.

Two employees of the help desk Kim Jong-nam approached declined to discuss the incident when asked by Reuters reporters, several people working at the Starbucks cafe said they had seen nothing unusual that morning, and the medical centre's receptionist said she could not confirm that he had been brought into the clinic.

The government source said the woman whose documents showed the Vietnamese name of Doan Thi Huong told police that the group split up after the incident and had not seen each other since.

The woman said she hadn't been aware that she was killing someone, but the source said police doubt that and believe it was a well-planned operation.
CIA intelligence about Putin’s interference in elections is considered dubious by many commentators. Masha Gessen, a critic of both Putin and Trump, writing in the New York Review Daily (’Russia, Trump & Flawed Intelligence’, pointed out that the US intelligence report on the role Russia and Putin had allegedly played was hardly convincing as no proof had been given.

Donald Trump, owner of Trump Organization, is now the president of the United States. In his journey to the White House, Trump tore the playbook of those have been used to wielding real power in the US — the kingmakers and dynasts from Wall Street, the East and West Coast notables. The campaign was ugly and divisive, of a kind never seen in the US. Then the disgruntled elite turned against Trump even after the results were announced. Clearly a case of bad losers.

No, no, I don’t mean not doing good that way. That way I’m fine. I meant I’m not doing good because of all these darned critics and what they’re saying about me. First that Hollywood dame, Meryl Creep, or whatever, says those nasty things about me, then all these women go on protest marches against me saying I’m racist and sexist. Heck, I don’t even know what those words mean, so how can I be them.

There were campaign letters in August 2016 opposing Trump by about 50 former intelligence officers, including a former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) andthe Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), two former Homeland Security secretaries. Later in October, 55 retired general officers of the military signed a statement describing Trump as being “utterly unworthy of being commander-in-chief and president”.
And there were the bizarre stories about Trump in Moscow and his ‘bromance’ with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this month, outgoing CIA chief John Brennan warned on public television that Russia had interfered in US elections, continued to undermine democracy in many countries, was engaged in manipulating elections in Europe and that this was not acceptable.

To Russia Without Love
The report alleged that Putin was seeking revenge against Hillary Clinton for her role in inspiring a popular unrest against him in 2011-12. The 25-page report had three key judgments where the agencies assessed that the Russian president had ordered an influence campaign aimed at the US presidential election.
That this campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blended covert intelligence operations (including cyber) with overt efforts by Russian agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries and paid social media users. And third, the agencies assessed that Moscow would apply lessons learnt worldwide especially against America’s allies.
Last December, President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats on unproven charges of hacking by Moscow. This evoked no reaction from Putin but came at the end of a year when relations with Russia had begun to freeze rapidly. Earlier in October, Obama used his red email hotline with Putin alleging that if hacking in an election year did not stop, there would be reprisals. Paradoxically, the hotline was meant to prevent wars, not to threaten them.
Accusations against Putin may or may not be true. It is not unusual for major powers to intervene in such situations. US intelligence had publicly warned about ‘evil Russian designs’, but they were unable to preempt or prevent this. The hacking is believed to have ended on November 8.
Beginning early last year, there were several commentaries about how Putin was reviving the KGB. Although the KGB had been wound up, Putin, himself an old KGB hand, preferred its style of functioning and was reviving old agencies or creating new ones. The implication was that Putin was reverting to Cold War tactics against the US. Russian intelligence operations against Americans by the internal service FSB (Federal Security Service) had also reportedly increased in the last three years.
Other Reasons for Hate
The US wishes to be seen as being threatened by the Russians for a number of other reasons. It was knocked out of much relevance in Afghanistan when Russia, China and Pakistan met in December last year without the US to discuss the country’s future. The Russians have similarly outsmarted the US in Syria when their military defeated US-backed proxies in Aleppo. It would now seem that the US is going to be out of reckoning in most of West and Central Asia. This turf increasingly belongs to China and Russia. Hence the bogey of Russia, something probably more manageable than China.
Besides, the Deep State of America — the US military-industrial-technology-intelligence complex — has to retain relevance and profits. New weapons are being paraded, such as the the next secret weapon, electromagnetic pulse artillery shells that can apparently paralyse cities by cutting off all communication links without damage to property and lives. Or the next superstealth weapon that is ‘neither a helicopter nor an aircraft’.
The F-35s and F22s will get Artificial Intelligence to control nearby drones equipped with weapons, test enemy air defences and perform intelligence functions. These upgrades need to be sold, for which the country needs enemies and repeated wars while heightened threat perceptions help purchases.
The evolving Russian threat is the diversion and US troops have recently been dispatched to Poland and Norway to make the threat appear realistic. Considering President Trump’s statements in his inaugural speech it appears that he and his Cold Warriors are on a collision course. Who will blink first?