Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or Pah Lah in short,has completed his third year today. What do you think his report card would show? Its anyone's guess.....record VERY VERY POOR. There has been only talks about development or improvement but nothing could be seen had taken place. Furthermore, his rift with Tun Dr Mahathir emphasises his credibility even further. Tun Dr Mahathir had asked Pah Lah to resign from his position, for the poor management of the government and country.

Pah Lah's 'Mr Clean' image is also now doubted. Some seems to express him as 'Mr really dirty'. How this expression had been evaluated, is still unknown to the rakyat.

PM Abdullah silent attitude on many issues is another reason for the poor performance. The rakyat is unable to gauge what he has in his mind or he does not know what to do. Information surfacing indicate that his son-in-law decides on every issue faced by him. If this is true, then it would be best that PM Pah Lah step-down and hand his reign to some capable leader. Even Tun Dr Mahathir has been indicating along these lines. Is it true or not, we are unable to tell at this moment. But sometimes, surprising things can happen. Will this happen in the case of Pah Lah?

Just recently, Pah Lah had indicated that while Tun Dr Mahathir was in power, his children had benefited alot more of government businesses than his children now. If the Prime Minister 's position is to gather wealth for ones family then these sort of people should be removed. This is a clear indication of 'conflict of interest' which when taking office, every official his discarded from undertaking.

Another criticism about Pah Lah is he is very unforgetful and always falling asleep while at official meetings or functions. It is also reported that Ministers will obtain his signature in a memo after each cabinet meeting to avoid future disputes with him, as there had been instances where these problems had happened. Some photographs of Pah Lah sleeping during important meetings had also been published, which tarnish his reputation. The Prime Minister's office is a very responsible office and we need a person who is healthy and fit to administer the country. Is Pah Lah sick and unable to take the burdens of the work involved?

It must always be remembered that once a person has obtained the 'power', for him to be removed is a difficult process. This could only be done at a general elections or by a coup d'etat. Knowing the nature of Malaysians, every politician seems to be taking advantage of the rakyat's patience and sincerity. Malaysians believe in respecting the natural process of transition and would not favour any uprising, although it is premature to speculate it from happening.

Should PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi leave office? Maybe give him another year to show his capabilities. It is natural for everyone to be given another chance. If he still fails this time next year...I am sure he knows what to do. Pah Lah has many good ideas that he wants to implement that will really benefit the rakyat. Let see whether he will implement them. Next on the agenda, he need to patch his rift with Tun Dr Mahathir, and this he need to do it fast before his reputation and credibility is tarnished. Another successful meeting need to be arranged or a public debate to resolve their issues.

There goes the third year. Good or Bad the government need to go on.

Monday, October 30, 2006


After reading and digesting the various comments made by many quarters, I feel the best platform to resolve the present rift between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would be for a public debate televised live to the rakyat. Then the rakyat could safely say who is telling the truth and who is telling a lie.

Both side supporters seems to be mounting their criticism against each other. This is not a very healthy situation.

Majority of the rakyat is still kept in the dark. Tun Dr Mahathir seems to be airing his grievances very openly and is risking himself to be penalised. In the eye of the rakyat, it seems that Tun Dr Mahathir is their 'hero'. But PM Pah Lah on the other hand, seems to be receiving his backing for the BN leaders, which in any given situation, this will prevail. So Pah Lah's support is artificial and the rakyat doubt his honesty and sincerity on this matter. He has yet to explain what transpired and his reply to the four-eye meeting held at Seri Perdana.

To allow the rakyat to judge who is right and who is wrong, a public debate which will be live telecasted would be the best solution. Then the rakyat can make a decision who should keep quiet or who should step down, since the rakyat is the one who had given their mandate.


Friday, October 27, 2006


After having summarized the various events that had taken place, we could conclude that the greed for power and money is what is in question. The welfare of the rakyat becomes secondary to these two leaders. You may not believe me now but with time, the rakyat will realise them to be true. I am sorry to say that the ruling government, BARISAN NASIONAL, now and the past, had made a 'big fool' out of us all.

During the recent so-called 'peace talk' at Seri Perdana last Sunday, although the talk was tape-recorded by Tun Dr Mahathir for obvious reasons that PM Datuk Seri Abdullah being branded 'forgetful and sleepy' will deny the statements later, the real truth is still a big mystery. It was made a 4-eye talk for obvious reasons. Tun Dr Mahathir had requested that the meeting be held with the cabinet ministers or with the UMNO Supreme Council members present. All these proposals were turned down by Datuk Seri Abdullah in fear that the truth that is about to be revealed by Tun Dr Mahathir will weaken his position and power he controls now. Isn't it surprising that the government is a Barisan Nasional government, but no mention of the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council Meeting. As usual, UMNOputras consider themselves supreme to others in the Barisan Nasional. But none of the component partners have voiced any grievances against them, in fear of their own position too. Do we need a coalition of parties to form a government and when a major crisis affects the government, a single party can decide on its faith and outcome. It seems UMNO treats the others in the BN as mere 'puppets'. This is what is meant by 'collective decisions undertaken' which the Barisan Nasional is always seemed to emphasize and 'singing' to the rakyat.

But it is obvious now that the matter of 'conflict of interest' was dealt with. Tun Dr Mahathir had spoken about Pah Lah son, Kamaluddin's Scomi Bhd deals with the Malaysian government companies and Pah Lah had admitted that RM1.5 Billion contract from Petronas was awarded, which clearly showed that Pah Lah knew about the transaction, despite his earlier denial that he was unaware of his son's company deals, and went on to argue that Tun Dr Mahathir had also given his children similar favours during his tenure as prime minister. So, the stories that we heard about in the past, seems to be coming true. Pah Lah had argued that his son's company is 100% bumiputra company and since the award procedure criteria is to award to bumiputra companies, to keep in line with the spirit and aspiration of the New Economic Policy to award government contracts to bumiputra companies only so that these bumiputras could bridge their socio-economical gap which is considered to be 'disparities among the various communities in Malaysia'. But the bigger question here is, how come a public company can be 100% bumiputra? A real joke of the century. There are many other real 100% bumiputra companies, why choose Scomi? All these question if probed, will link to only ONE ANSWER, the major owner's father is the PRIME MINISTER OF BOLEHLAND. Anything also, boleh la. Who dares to question? But Pah Lah never expected Tun Dr Mahathir to reveal this truth although Tun Dr Mahathir had done the same. Now Pah Lah says, Tun Dr Mahathir had given his children much more. But Tun Dr Mahathir is no longer in power, if anyone had a problem then, should have questioned him, although there were issues raised by certain quarters but knowing Tun Dr Mahathir, these matters were quickly and craftly swept under the carpet before it became a national issue. Even Pah Lah was in his cabinet, he never raised it then? Another funny part of all is that Scomi (according to sources) does not have the expertise, knowhow or assets to carry out these contracts but need to barter these deals to fulfill its obligations. So, Scomi becomes a 'middleman' so as to speak.

The next issue is IRAQ FOOD FOR OIL SCANDAL. Pah Lah had given a recommendation letter to his sister-in-law, who had benefited Billions. He did give similar letters to others too. Now Pah Lah claims he had not benefited personally. But the records of United Nations speaks otherwise. It quotes Pah Lah as the recipient of these BILLIONS. What is the meaning of 'recipient'? Why was it not in his sister-in-law's name? So knowingly or unknowingly, Pah Lah has received these Billions. So what Tun Dr Mahathir is trying to clarify is true. Can Pah Lah deny this allegation? Pah Lah clearly knows that when he took the office of Deputy Prime Minister, what he should do or should not do. Was he sleeping at that time too?

Coming to his favourite Oxford grad son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin. His involvement in ECM Libra? Pah Lah knows that since he is also First Finance Minister the company was awarded the merger. Now since he wants the public to believe him after the scandal had been exposed, he claims otherwise. Is this another case of a forgotten issue which he always seem to have. Another question is, how has this 31 year old have that much of money to buy these stakes. Even with a loan? Will anyone give Millions without a collateral? In this case the collateral was Pah Lah's instant approval with the merger with Avenue Capital Bhd, a government investment arm. Tun Dr Mahathir would have also raised that Khairy and his chinese buddy Patrick are 'ruling' Terengganu. What reply was extend, we have to wait and see. Tun Dr Mahathir would have told that it seems that Khairy seems to be 'ruling' the country too since every state head need to report to him. He seems to be the decision-maker of Pah Lah's regime. Pah Lah had openly denied this claim but from the looks of it, it may be true. Every important matter is seen by Khairy and his decision is what Pah Lah carries out. What reply was offered we need to wait and see. Tun Dr Mahathir would have brought out the story about his son having to 'beg' Khairy to reinstate his contract? When the contract was finally reinstated it was slagged.

Datuk Seri Abdullah decision to abandon Mahathir's pet projects.

(to be continued tomorrow)

Thursday, October 26, 2006


It has been reported in the media today that the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Iskandar al-Marhum Sultan Ismail told muslims at Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, in his impromptu address after Aidilfitri prayers on tuesday that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should stop criticizing the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and 'behave like a pensioner' and keep quiet and enjoy his life. The Sultan further informed that he knew both of them very well and had even bestowed on them the Darjah Kerabat Johor Yang Amat Dihormati, Pangkat Pertama (DK1). The DK or The Most Esteemed Family Order of Johor, is normally bestowed to royalty, but it is occasionally given to commoners who have given valuable service to the Ruler and the State. Tun Dr Mahathir had escalated his attacks on the current administration led by Pah Lah in the past six months, even after a peace talk held last sunday, accusing Pah Lah of jeopardising economic expansion and achieving nothing since taking over from him in 2003 and among his key grouses are the scrapping of several of his pet projects, including building a bridge to replace the current Causeway across the Johor Strait. During Umno’s 60th anniversary celebrations at Istana Johor in May this year, the Sultan had tried to patch the rift between them by asking them to be photographed together in a group picture with the Sultan and other key UMNO leaders. Among those in the congregation were the Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ibrahim Ismail, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, state executive councillors and heads of government departments and community leaders.

Tun Dr Mahathir informed reporters on Monday at his home at Seri Kembangan, the day after a peace talk with Pah Lah, that he would continue his criticism to 'save UMNO from a bad leadership', and until there was a change.

At the same time, it was also reported that the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who is deeply annoyed has ordered palace staff to compile information from the public on errant local councillors and elected representatives, including Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros, for him to stop the hanky-panky of these officials.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


It has been reported in the media today that many cabinet ministers are giving their full backing to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in relation to the continued criticism levelled by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad despite their peace talks held last sunday. When reporters asked Pah Lah for his comments during his Hari Raya 'open house' at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday, he had told them that he will speak on this matter another time.

In the meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak had been quoted as saying that a explanation would be offered within a couple of days against matters raised by Tun Dr Mahathir during that meeting. He further commented that the current administration had nothing to hide and will give its explanation on matters raised in order to build public confidence.

In another report, it was reported that Minister in Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Tan Sri Abdul Aziz had mounted his criticism against Tun Dr Mahathir for his unwarranted attack against the prime minister and the current administration. He was quoted as saying that as far as he knows, Tun Dr Mahathir had also on two ocassions deferred the UMNO Supreme Council elections on almost similar grounds and repudiated Tun Dr Mahathir's claims on this issue.

It seems to the general public that more fiery speeches are about to be levelled against each other within the next few days to come. As far as the public is concern, they do not care who is right or wrong as long as the current administration has a good justification for scrapping the projects while taking into account the interest and well-being of the rakyat. They want the government to deliver what it had promised, a clean and able government. The government may be compel to be more open and transparent in their dealings.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Just barely after 17 hours of the peace talk at Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister's residence on Sunday at 3pm, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had a press conference at his home at the Mines, Sungei Besi, Seri Kembangan at noon on Monday (on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri) that although he had met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and had viewed various issues that had displeasured him for almost 2 hours, he would continue to criticize the present leadership until he finds some improvement on his grouses made. Tun Dr Mahathir informed that at most times Pah Lah just merely took notes of what he had to say. The only thing Pah Lah remarked about was that with the current rift between them, the opposition leaders, like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of KeADILAN and PAS leaders seems to be gaining an edge over the ruling party, Barisan Nasional.

Tun Dr Mahathir also informed the press that Pah Lah had while being his deputy had assisted his relative (sister-in-law) on the UN Food for Oil Programme where the parties had benefited billions, although Pah Lah had denied receiving any benefits. Tun Dr Mahathir told that since Pah Lah was a cabinet member and being his deputy, he should not have been involved at all in this Iraq Food for Oil programme.

Tun Dr Mahathir commented that Pah Lah has changed since he took the leadership from him.

Tun Dr Mahathir further informed that the chinese community in Malaysia are becoming quite sceptical of the Malaysian economy and unless the issues relating to them is addressed and resolved by finding ways of improving the economy, the chinese would prefer to relocate their business activities to China, which in turn will affect the economy of the country. Without a firm and strong support of the chinese community, the ruling government, Barisan Nasional may even lose the next polls. This issue was never raised during his meeting with Pah Lah.

Tun Dr Mahathir informed that the Malaysian economy is in bad shape and before he resigned from his position, the economy was strong although at that moment Petronas earnings were only about RM56Billion a year instead of RM88 billion at the present moment, compared to tax collections from individuals and corporate entities at RM60 billion. He told the present government is having alot of money at its disposal but seem to be doing nothing to improve the economy and well-being of the rakyat.

When asked by reporters whether he had given any memorandum to Pah Lah, he told there was no such things. Tun Dr Mahathir confirmed that he spoke about Scomi Group Berhad and ECM Libra which refers to Abdullah son, Kamaludin and son-in-law, Khairy.

Tun Dr Mahathir spoke about the restriction imposed on him to talk to UMNO members and if there was a invitation, the police force where sent to harras these individuals. It seems like a 'police state'.

When asked whether he will meet Pah Lah again if invited, he said he will consider if it was a public forum and the rakyat need to know what I have to say. If not, it is of no use.

Tun Dr Mahathir informed Pah Lah that he will continue to criticize if nothing is done to improve the current situation.

In the meanwhile, various UMNO leaders are surprise by the reaction. Everyone expected a peaceful solution would have been reached. Among the leaders are UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Norza Zakaria while UMNO Information Chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib commented that Tun Dr Mahathir should stop criticizing and give a chance to Pah Lah to prove himself. We have one Prime Minister and we have to fully support him.

Monday, October 23, 2006


I take this opportunity to wish all my muslim friends and relatives

Maaf Zahir Batin


From : Mohd Kamal Abdullah

Sunday, October 22, 2006


The historical meeting between two leaders had been done. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad met at the PM residence at 3pm today. Details of the meeting have not been revealed yet.

As predicted this meeting has been concluded in the true spirit of ramadhan and sincerely hope that this two leaders will have a very long lasting friendly relationship.

Saturday, October 21, 2006


I always wondered why some people want to build a 'istana' similar to the Sultans residence - is it to show-off they are much more powerful than the rulers. If it was from their sweat, then one should be proud of ones achievement. But of late, it has been widely reported that an assemblyman Datuk Zakaria @ Zainal Mohamed Deros from Klang in Selangor had build a 'mahligai', like a 'istana' without the permission of the local council. The four storey construction is almost complete. It was further reported that the Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo informed that Zakaria would be fined 10 times the RM2,400 planning fee. But since he had failed to adhere to numerous appeal request, why impose a fine. The government should without any further delay DEMOLISH the construction to show that no one is above the law and also to embarrass Zakaria for not following the proper procedure. Will the government do this? If it was a normal rakyat, the council would have used their powers to demolish the construction without any second thoughts.

In another development, it was also reported that 3 family members of Zakaria's family were also nominated to be councillors to the local council, as though there are no eligible candidates from the area who could fill the place but except for his son, Zainuri and daughter-in-law, Roselinda Abdul Jamil. The oath taking ceremony had been postponed so that the UMNO leadership could decide further on the matter. From these, one can gather the power of Barisan Nasional, more so UMNO Assemblyman and elected representatives have over the running of the government machinery. Everyone needs to listen to them or will be removed. They seem to be above the law. Now we have laws for the rich and powerful, next for the rulers and lastly, for the poor rakyat, who are always the victims of the laws even if they are innocent.

But one need to ask how did this assemblyman get that much of money to build this 'mahligai'. All of us know the answer, you mean to say that the law enforcers and the government is ignorant. CORRUPTION is the only answer I can think of. It was reported the ACA had started investigations. The rakyat knows that the ACA is just a mere puppet, nothing is going to be revealed.

But what can we the poor rakyat do. Just make some noise and it will soon be brushed away. The matter will be resolved the Barisan Nasional way. Tutup mata.

Just witnessing this simple matter, should awaken the rakyat. They need to use their POWER when the polls is called.

Friday, October 20, 2006


I wish to greet all Malaysian hindus a


From: Mohd Kamal Abdullah

Thursday, October 19, 2006


It has been widely reported in the media today that a meeting has been scheduled for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to iron out their differences of opinion on matters relating to the country. Very close sources reveal that it will happen within the next 3 days. It should be a sign of relief for many people. But whatever the outcome, this meeting is taking place and as I had earlier told in my article on September 24, 2006, 'Ramadhan - Holy month, reconciliation of leaders hoped'. This being a very holy month of Ramadhan, I am sure a compromise could be reached in satisfaction of both parties. I am very sure Tun Dr Mahathir wants what's best for the country. It was reported by some media that Tun Dr Mahathir will stick to matters of dissatisfaction he had already expressed widely. I hope Pah Lah will evaluate Tun Dr Mahathir comments and reasoning and make the necessary adjustments. In any deal there has to be a give and take.

I hope with this reunion of these two leaders, our country will continue to progress and our rakyat will live in peace and harmony.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

(Extract from Malaysiakini - Letters to Editor, October 18,2006 written by me)

I refer to the malaysiakini report M’sians not mature enough, says OCPD.

It comes as no surprise that the police seems to be distorting their case on the 'Bloody Sunday'. This 'Bloody Sunday' on May 28 was a peaceful protest against the government's decision on increasing petroleum prices. It had been reported that the police took the law in their own hands by beating peaceful protestors to disperse, causing certain individuals to bleed due to the harsh methods used.

The OCPD of Dang Wangi, Kamal Pasha Jamal, told the inquiry that he perceived 'Malaysians are not matured enough to handle the situation'. That was the reason for the police to have used force to remove the peaceful protestors from the KLCC compound that day. From the outset, the protestors had a peaceful gathering and there were no indication to show that the protestors had gone above the law. How Kamal had established his point about being ‘not matured enough’ really surprises every Malaysian. It is time that the police account for their actions. If the police had used 'dirty' tactics, then they need to be reprimanded for their actions. Just trying to hoodwink the inquiry panel by making foolish remarks in order to get away from the mess created by them will not assist.

The police need to accept their follies and not use sensitive remarks that undermine every individual Malaysian including themselves. What it sounds is that the police had made a wrong judgement that day and are just trying to find a excuse to escape from the charges. The police fail to realise that the protestors, almost all of them, were educated Malaysians and they knew what they could do and should not do. Since this incident was not initiated by the ruling party, wild accusations are created to distort the incident.

Will the police face up to their misconduct like gentlemen?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Malaysia has always been a multi cultural, multi-religious and multi-racial community and have always lived in peace and harmony, respecting each others beliefs and way of life. But of late, there are indication that certain people are trying to preach their version to the people. I am not here to debate on religion since I am not an expert on this topic but I do know that our country has its own ways in celebrating and enjoying each others religious and festive celebrations. The world has great admiration to our country for having this special 'gift',things and ways each community gather to celebrate each others festive celebration. The 'open house' concept where other faith believers would call over and wish and celebrate in one's festive celebration had strengthen the peace and harmony of our country and this should be continued and encouraged to foster greater unity among the races in Malaysia.

Soon, Malaysians are going to celebrate Deepavali and Hari Raya (Eid) within a few days apart. This is the time for celebrations with a long holidays. This is the time when greeting cards on each others festival is sent to greet the other in celebrating this happy and auspicious occasion. On the day of the event, while calling over at their friends or relatives of different faith, a wish of happiness is usually greeted. It has always been a Malaysian tradition for centuries.

But it has been reported that certain parties have made certain remarks claiming them to be 'un-islamic'. It was reported that Takaful Malaysia's Syariah department head, Fauzi Mustaffar had sent a memo to all muslim staffs informing that they should refrain from wishing their hindu friends or relatives, 'Happy Deepavali' since it is a religious celebration and un-islamic to do so. Today, the Perak state Mufti, Harussani Zakaria had also made a similar remark that it is un-islamic for muslims to wish their hindu friends and relatives. This so-called religious people fail to realise that there are many un-islamic issues that they are practicing and when it concerns these individual, it is deemed appropriate.

The government should immediately warn these so-called religious extremist not to interfere with these established, long term traditional values of our country. These people should be reprimanded for their statement, since they are employed by the government or its agencies. A public apology should also be made by these individuals to ensure that this long-time tradition of unity will always survive so that the rakyat can always live in peace and harmony and respect each others beliefs and culture. I am very sure that Malaysians are fully aware of what should be served to muslims and non-muslims. This understanding had always been the yardstick of our unity success.

So why all this fuss. Celebrate and enjoy yourselves, Malaysians.

I take this opportunity to wish all hindus a 'SELAMAT HARI DEEPAVALI' and to my muslim brothers and sisters, 'SELAMAT HARI RAYA, MAAF ZAHIR BATIN'.

Latest News:

The Takaful Syariah head, Fauzi Mustaffar had apologised over the incident today. This brave step need to be appreciated.

Monday, October 16, 2006


The government had agreed to the formation of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and had forwarded a proposal to the Attorney-Generals Chambers for their comments and advice. In the meantime, it is also learnt that the police have also submitted their views and comments with their proposed recommendations on the proposal before the final go-ahead is given by the Prime Minister who is also Internal Security Minister. This proposal had come about after various misconduct allegations have been made against the police. At the present moment, there is no specific body or term of reference the rakyat could fall back in the case of a recorded misconduct of the police but by just making a simple complaint to the relevant bodies, Inspector General of Police, Public Complaints Bureau or the Home Minister or Internal Security Minister. The Prime Minister had set the target day of implementation sometime in May 2006 but due to various counter proposals from various quarters, the implementation date had to be brought forward until the Attorney-Generals Chambers have formulated their final draft. The Attorney-Generals Chambers have not indicated until now when this will be ready.

In the meantime, a few more misconduct cases of the police had been reported, making the need of the IPCMC to be enforced and implemented immediately. Many bodies have requested the urgent need of the establishment of the IPCMC.

When will our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi establish the IPCMC?

Sunday, October 15, 2006


After many years, almost 36 years, it has been noted that the targets of this policy have still not been achieved, as stated by the government. But independent studies have revealed that the target had exceeded the intended target, which is creating a friction between the bumiputras and non-bumiputras in the country. This independent study was carried out so that the government could use their useful feedback to formulate new strategies with the 9th Malaysia Plan. Rather than to calm the situation, government leaders who were handed this report way back sometime in February 2006, had now claimed the independent study as 'rubbish' or 'baseless' and so forth without even deliberating or looking into the matter in fear of losing their support from the majority Malays. The government had until todate not revealed its methodological methods of deriving at the 18.9%. On the other hand, the independent body, ASLI had stated their research methods and even had a public forum to debate on the issue. Over this issue, the person involved in researching the independent study had tendered his resignation due to mounting pressure in degrading the intellectual character of this individual and in support of his brave and dedicated team.

The NEP, which is also widely known as 'NEVER ENDING POLICY' was introduced in 1970 after the 13 May 1969 racial riots so that the social economical disparity among the various community will be balanced. At that moment, the bumiputras were left far behind and certain privileges were granted to uplift their lives and it was due to expire in 1990. Due to poor implementation, this intended targets had to be extended, firstly up to 2005 and now to 2020. At a first glance at the situation, a person will discover that many bumiputras are now employed in the public sector and most bumiputra households in the urban area live a very comfortable life. Looking at this view, it seems the NEP had somewhat materialised its objective. It has created a good group of bumiputra millionaires too. But shame to say that the real benefactors were the ones who lead or support the head of the ruling coalition, UMNO. As such you can see the life style of these Malays have changed. The disheartening point to note is that the Malays especially the UMNOputras who have been practically spoon fed, had not learned to stand on their own two feet and if this special privilege is withdrawn, it will create a massive chaos to the community. Recently this had clearly been told by our former premier, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad too. This is where the implementation methods had been flawed, from university places, awarding various government contracts and so forth. With regards to government contracts, its true that many UMNOputras have gained successfully through various government contracts and have become multi-millionaires, but the actual contracts, in most cases, had been sold 'ali baba' to others mainly to the chinese for quick cash. The contract is fullfilled by these non-bumiputras, mainly the chinese. Until and unless this mindset is changed, the Malays or UMNOputras are not going to achieve the government targets and will always be made use off due to the privileges enjoyed. The rural Malays on the other hand, who are not interested in politics or just live within daily means have been totally neglected. Looking at the total scenario, the bumiputras may have not achieved their targets since most of them live in the rural areas, where the government had ignored them for various political reasons.

But the aim of the NEP policy was to create a 30% bumiputra equity target by 1990. If this is the case, then ASLI's report could be considered correct as many GLC belong to bumiputras since public companies need to have at least 30% bumiputra participation. This the government can't deny. Then the target has been achieved with a handful of UMNOputras itself. Who's mistake is this? Will the government take responsibility for just supporting themselves and their cronies?

During these past 36 years, with the restructural policy of the government from argricultural to industrial base, the indian community from the non-bumiputras community have been hardly hit. Due to minimal assistance, most youngest have resorted to crime and gangsterism. The government knowing these circumstance existing had neglected to provide sufficient assistance to enable this community to live a normal life. Will the government ever care for them?

It seems pretty clear that the implementation of the NEP has been flawed. The aim was to ensure that the social economical disparity is balanced. The government need to emphasize a new method that could help the really needy bumiputras and the non-bumiputras, so that they too can live happily.

Another aspect that is of importance is transparency and accountability. Many government ventures are classified 'secret' and unknown to the public. Many of these ventures have failed drastically which had sliced down the development budget. The foreign medias report these follies and only then it is known to a small section of the rakyat. If more transparency and accountability is practised, Malaysians will be aware where they stand. Even with our own oil, which is of premium quality and totally exported, we are still not enjoying the real fruit of the cake. High level corruption should also be addressed and eradicated from the system.

No one denies that the underprivileged need to be assisted but this help has limitations. It can't go on forever. All Malaysian irrespective bumiputras or non-bumiputras have struggled to make Malaysia a peaceful place to live, which is paramount importance. With dedication and trustworthness, we will go a long way.

It is expected the government will address its flaws in the NEP and overcome them.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


During an interview today on 'Talk Asia' by Cable News Network (CNN), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah answered that he was performing his job as what the rakyat had entrusted him to carry out. He further informed interviewer Anjali Rao that he has his own way of doing things. When asked about the critics raised by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PM Abdullah informed that Tun Dr Mahathir was admired by him and a great number of Malaysians, even now for his contributions to the country during his 22 years of leadership. PM Abdullah further informed that he was working towards achieving the 'Vision 2020' goal set by Tun Dr Mahathir. He further commented that it is true that certain projects were scrapped since it would not benefit Malaysians.

PM Abdullah informed that he was silent to criticisms raised by Tun Dr Mahathir but had noted his remarks and made adjustments accordingly. He dismissed the notion that it was a 'political suicide' for being silent.

My main priority is to carry out programmes that will benefit the rakyat, PM Abdullah informed.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


It was widely reported today that Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) had admitted that their study report 'Corporate Equity Distribution: Past Trends and Future Policy' claiming that the bumiputra corporate equity claim of about 45% have been seriously flawed. Its President, Mirzan Mahathir announced that there were grave discrepancies in their report, and the methodology used to ascertain this figure had been wrongly applied and as such, have decided to withdraw the said study report formally effectively. However, insiders have expressed that mounting pressure from the ruling government and many bumiputra organisations and influential individuals had forced ASLI to retract their claim although there is truth in their study findings.

In another development, Dr Lim Teck Gee, the director of ASLI responsible for the finding had tendered his resignation today, in disagreement with Mirzan's claim. Dr Lim is expected to leave ASLI in a month's time. A few directors of ASLI have also expressed their regret that mounting pressure has deminished intellectuals from carrying out any future researched studies.

ASLI had completed its findings sometime in March 2006 and copies of their report was handed to the government, members of parliament and interested bodies. The said independent study report was made in conjunction with the statitics required for the formulation and implementation of the 9th Malaysia Plan. But however, the Economic Planning Unit of the government had only reported 18.9%, a stagnate figure since the last report sometime in 1990. The methodology used by the Economic Planning Unit have until todate not been revealed and has created various suspicions. On the other hand, ASLI had clearly indicated their source of research and even had a public forum, a short while ago to explain their findings and how this research was formulated.

Of late, various groups and bodies had questioned the validity of the report. A couple of days ago, our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had termed the report as 'baseless'. Ever since then, many concern groups have indicated that mounting pressure will be used to retract this report and the government may enforce a 'gag order' similar to the Article 11 movement. This surprise turn of events have surprised many non-bumiputras as to the actual state of affairs.

The New Economic Policy was introduced in 1970 after the 13 May 1969 riots with the creation of a 30% bumiputra equity quota until 1990 so that it will bridge the socio-economic disparities between the races in Malaysia. But since the government had revealed then that the target had not been achieved, it was extended to 2005 and it was now further extended to 2020 since the claim that the equity target was stagnated at 18.9%. Many interested parties had doubted the correctness of this percentage from the Economic Planning Unit. With the revealing of the ASLI Study Report, the public where surprised by the target achieved and the non-bumiputras have felt that they have been the victims of the social order for such a long time.

With the withdraw of this report, its has created serious doubts whether the actual truth will ever be known. Is it 18.9% as indicated by our government, or 45% as per the researched findings of ASLI.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Obtaining a good university education is everyones expectations and desire in life. Likewise, every university faces the challenge in the quest for excellence, quality and international recognition, which will be the attracting point to boost more quality students to seek a place here. Universities are annually assessed and are reported in the 'Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) World University Ranking' based on their world academic position. Although many school leavers in Malaysia do not make it into local universities due to certain reasons, obtaining a university degree will excel ones career prospects and in turn, improve the educational standards of the human resources in our country. Our government, on the other hand, is striving very hard to make Malaysia an educational hub of this region and this statitics plays a vital role in attracting and promoting higher education in Malaysia.

Normally, people do not get excited about the annual publication of the THES rankings although those who wish to further their studies do greatly rely on them for their admissions. Usually, the worth of a university degree cannot be measured by its world ranking alone but must be evaluated and respected for fulfilling the required traditional criteria of a true academic institution.

The poor international rankings of Malaysian universities in the THES 2006 World University Ranking need to be addressed by the government immediately and drastic plans need to be undertaken to ensure that the future ratings improve tremendously. With the establishment of the Higher Education ministry, a serious and methodical approach in uplifting this rating is needed to be implemented to keep with the aspirations of the 9th Malaysia Plan and 'Vision 2020'. Just depending on the vice chancellors of the local universities to improve their international recognition is quite beyond their depths and capability and with their own resources, they are only able to struggle to keep their universities within the THES 200 bracket, without any hope of even competing with the best in the Asia-Pacific, let alone the world.

Having a glance at the list of the 23 Asian-Pacific universities ranked within the top 100 universities in the THES 2006 list, there is no reason why the nation’s premier university cannot be among their ranks, especially after 30-40 years in existence, Universiti Malaya would undoubtedly be ranked among the first 10. But this is not the case.

As per the report, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) ranked No. 185 and UM ranked No. 192 are hovering perilously close to being knocked out of the THES ranking, as UKM is only 1.3 points and UM 0.7 points in overall score better than University of Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV), the last-ranked No. 200 university. UKM’s overall score is 29.2, UM is 28.6 while University of Paris Sorbonne is 27.9. In contrast, the overall score of the Top Five Universities are Harvard University 100, Cambridge University 96.8, Oxford University 92.7, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University 89.2. The overall score of the Top Five Asia-Pacific Universities are Beijing University 67.9, Australian National University 64.8, National University of Singapore and Tokyo University 63.1, Melbourne University 61.6.

The Cabinet meeting today need to decide whether the Malaysian universities are to continue with their struggle to keep within the THES 200 Best Universities Ranking, or whether we are confident enough in the capabilities of Malaysians to take a quantum leap to aim to be among the world’s top 100 universities, including one university among the world’s top 50 universities. If so, the Cabinet must demonstrate, it has the political will to take the bold decision to restore meritocracy as the primary yardstick for Malaysian universities, from student-intake to appointment and promotion of academicians. If not, it is not so much the vice chancellors but the Higher Education Minister and the entire Cabinet, who must bear the greatest responsibility for the sharp fall in standards, excellence and quality of Malaysians universities and their dismal performance in international rankings – losing out even to Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University ranked 161 this year and 121 last year, something unimaginable only a decade ago.

Related to the future of Malaysian universities, Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapha Mohamad should also explain what has happened to the Zahid Higher Education Report and its 138 recommendations, why they had been cast aside and the reasons for the secrecy and total lack of transparency in setting up a “high-level committee” in his Ministry to come out with a new blueprint for tertiary education for our country.

Monday, October 09, 2006


The latest fiasco concerns the cloning of APs or Approved Permits for the import of foreign vehicles. Although this activity had been widely known among the motor trade industry, the authorities have just suspected the issuance of cloned AP documents to import foreign luxury vehicles or were involved in the racket or did not totally focus on this issue(as usual, tidak apa attitude) since the culprits were high-ranking Barisan Nasional politicians. APs are usually issued to Barisan Nasional politicians and supporters, more so especially to UMNO politicians. APs are a immediate ticket to fast cash, and each AP could fetch up to RM20,000 to RM50,000 depending on the market situation. Many controversies had been exposed as regards to the issuance of APs, even some time ago former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had criticised the AP issue when he had a tiff with Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz on the issue which let to the publication of a list of recipients of APs granted by her ministry. Tun Dr Mahathir had expressed his concerns since it was a set-back that had affected the poor sales of the proton cars which affected the overall performance of national car manufacturer, Proton. But this current issue is not about issuance of APs but the CLONING of APs which is a criminal offence.

It has been widely reported in the media today that the person responsible for the cloning is a Senator (Ahli Dewan Negara) and due to this, his name had been withheld although most people could speculate the person involved. As expected this politician must be from the ruling government, Barisan Nasional. It has been further reported that almost 1,000 cloned AP's have surfaced but industry sources predict very much higher figures. Taking this into account, one can imagine how much these culprits would have earned, MILLIONS without nothing but with a mere paper(fake document). Just because he was a recipient of AP's and being a BN politician. Previously, students studying overseas were entitled to a single AP but since the exposing of some racket involved, this issuance had been stopped by the government. But the surprising part is how the relevant departments were unable to detect these fake APs, unless they too were involved in the racket. Even the Auditor-General's Office or Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had not detected this fiasco. Many government departments are involved in the implementation of the APs and it is surprising how this matter was not detected much earlier by any one of the government departments concerned. If there was proper 'check and balance' by the relevant government departments, this matter would have been detected much earlier and this culprit or maybe more culprits would have been charged for the criminal act.

This Senator has now claimed as reported in the NST today that he was ignorant about his company's activities as the day-to-day running was handle by his son. It is reported that the Senator's company is given 500 AP's annually by the government. The Customs have identified that the AP's have been faked five times. It was reported that since the culprit is a VIP, they need to await the advice of the AG Chambers before prosecution. What a double-standard, this is. Criminals in top places treated differently. The Laws of Bolehland are for every citizen to obey and be treated equally.

This incident maybe the tip of the iceberg. There must be many other similar situations on other matters that may have been cloned or faked but still unaware by the relevant authorities. Its time our government conduct an investigation and find out if the system had been abused. A total revamp of the auditing procedure of the government departments and agencies need to be carried out immediately to flush our criminals like this.

The rakyat hopes that this culprit or culprits are severely punished for the criminal acts and not to be 'swept under the carpet' or covered-up due to their political connections.

Will this happen?

The Senator purportly involved is Datuk Muhammad Abdul Ghani from Kota Bahru, Kelantan. He has a successful business in the dealership of motor vehicles. He is the only Senator given AP's by the government annually. He has denied the above allegations and has made a police report yesterday against the NST and another two dailies belonging to NST group.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


It is surprising to note that when prices go up in the world market, our government immediately adjust their prices to keep with this hike. But, when a commodity price falls, our government does not adjust them or take considerable length of time to make the reduction. This is Barisan Nasional (BN) style of management. Anyway, BN is also know as 'BARANG NAIK'.

The world market price for petroleum products has sharply fallen but our petroleum product prices still remain unchanged. The government had demanded a hike a few months ago on the basis that the world price was higher although there was a huge protest from the rakyat. We ourselves are a petroleum producing country.

It is expected that during the coming festive period, the government will immediately reduce the petroleum product prices, so that prices of other related products will also be lowered. In this way, the rakyat will have a bit more to spend.

Will this reduction take place now?

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Road accident claims many lives in Malaysia, not because of poor roads or enforcements. Malaysian roads are considered to be one of the best in the world. The main reasons are that road users have been reckless and impatient. Just because one holds a valid driving licence does not mean that they have the passport to do anything on the road. At times, we need to cultivate the attitude of give and take. Our goal must be, to reach our final destination safe and sound. Drivers should also check their vehicles before embarking on long trips. The safety of the car also greatly matters. Another important factor is to have, full concentration on the road. If the driver had not enough of sleep, he or she should refrain from driving very long distances. Drivers should have a very good rest before embarking on long distances. If we adhere to these basic principles, we will reach our destination with our loved ones, safe and sound. It is better to drive slowly, although it may take a while longer but we will eventually reach our destination with safety.

During the past festive seasons, the government had implemented various enforcement plans and campaigns, some have worked and some have failed. But I think with the reduction of speed limit on federal roads to 80KM during festive periods against the usual 90 or 110 KM, as suggested and about to be enforced, its success will greatly depend on the drivers and road users. A normal trend in Malaysia is always to break a rule which is meant to protect every road user. If there is no evidence of police or RIMV personnel at site, the drivers will break the law. This is a normal phenomena in Malaysia. Until and unless we change this idealogy, road accidents will always be on the rise. If every road user abides by the speed limits, for sure road accidents will be brought to the minimal.

We need to appreciate the police for suggesting this new policy. But implementation play a major role. It is hope that the police and the RIMV will deploy their personnel to frequent accident sites to ensure that the traffic flow is in accordance with the speed limits in force.

It is hoped that our road accident level reduces with this new road safety campaign?

Friday, October 06, 2006


It is sad to hear and read Malaysians raising racial issues against one another although we have gained independence for past 49 years. The culprits behind these, are our own politicians who use race to champion their cause to gain popularity. So long as we are divided as Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Dayaks, Ibans, Bidayuhs and so forth, we are not going to achieve integration. Until and unless we consider ourselves as Malaysians, irrespective of our ethnical background, we will always be having these differences, and our politicians will keep playing with our emotions on this racial tone. There are laws to prevent them from creating and inciting racial sentiments but the enforcement is at the whims and fancies of the administration. In most cases, it is one sided and the victims are always the non-bumiputras or precisely the non-malays.

Recently, it was reported that Bukit Mertajam Umno leader Musa Sheikh Fadzir had told the Chinese, especially the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce, not to stir the 'hornets' nest and had warned that "this is our land, our rights, our constitution." What does he mean by "ours". Is he referring to Umno or to the Malays? Looking at his background, Musa, whose forefathers migrated from India to this Malay kingdom, must be reminded that Malaysia belongs to Malaysians irrespective of race, religion or culture, and this is their land, their rights as citizens and the Malaysian constitution is their constitution. Malaysia is not the land of the Malays alone, including the Indian Malays or Arab Malays. On this matter, what has Musa and his Umno peers done to uplift the economic and social status of Penang Malays? The Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce has called for the review of the 30% bumiputra equity quota in the State.

For the past 35 years, since 1969, the bumiputras have been having an edge over their non-bumiputra counterparts due to the New Economic Policy (NEP) which is currently widely termed as 'Never Ending Policy', which was formulated to bridge the gap of disparities among the various races in Malaysia so that they too, can share the wealth of the country and live in peace and harmony by providing privileges in most areas, which was termed as 'bumiputra quota'. Although the implementation of this privilege was to end in 1990, more than 15 years ago, and since the target of 30% equity was not achieved as reported, the government extended this privilege and during the recent 9th Malaysia Plan, it was further extended for another 15 years to the year 2020 on the view that the bumiputra equity target was only at 18.9%. Recently, an independent report from Asian Strategy of Leadership Institute (ASLI) revealed that the target had long been achieved and it is now estimated to be about 45%. For sure, the non-bumiputras who have been deprived for so long would retaliate. The government on the other hand, is not able to substantiate its claims on how it had arrived at its figures. Just mere statements by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will not keep this matter silent. The rakyat, more so the non-bumiputras wants facts and figures to prove this arguments.

The Prime Minister's son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, who is UMNO Youth Deputy Chief had sometime ago made a remark saying that the 'chinese will take a upper hand if the malays were weak and disunited'. Although this remark incites racial sentiments, he had refused to apologise to the chinese as he quotes that the media had misinterpreted his statement. This is a social crime in Malaysia and Khairy, an Oxford scholar, should have been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA). But this has never happened. When Singapore Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew made some racial remark that 'the chinese in Malaysia and Indonesia are systematically marginalised', the government and UMNO had demanded an apology which Harry Lee had tendered in some way or another. Just look at the double standards practised by our leaders and UMNO. Sometime ago, there were certain non-malay Members of Parliament who had incited racial statements but they were reprimanded for their actions. . This is, after all, racial politics, BN style or precisely UMNO style.

It is time that we, the rakyat, should take a serious look and consideration our options when the next elections is called. We will need a government who will be transparent and accountable to the rakyat. Corruption in any form to be totally wiped out. A major review of all government policies. Most of all, create a singular Malaysian identity of various faiths. Get rid of the race identity. Let us live with one single happy family called MALAYSIANS or RAKYAT MALAYSIA.

Will this vision be a reality?

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Its been reported that the haze situation in most part of Malaysia today is at a critical level but our government until now had not taken any drastic action to act and clear the current poor situation. The visibility in most parts of the country is also reported to be bad. They only seem to be talking of Harry Lee's sorry letter, Khairy's no-sorry state over his racial remarks, political corruption at Kubang Pasu division polls and the mounting corruption of the current administration. There were reports that the main stream medias were barred from reporting the critical haze condition in order not to frighten foreign tourist. I feel everyone need to be told the truth about our current unsafe condition and if they want to come, they are here, at their own risk. Haze sometime create medical complications like ashma and so forth. If people are not warned of the dangers, our credibility will be tarnished. Our country relies on foreign tourist for the booming of the tourism industry.

The government further need to take immediate steps to create artificial rain to clear the sky. With this in force, the air index situation will improve and it will be safer for the rakyat and everyone here.

The culprit being Indonesia need to be warned about their uncaring attitude towards its neighbours in not controling large-scale open burning.

It is hoped that our government will take immediate steps to improve the air index and overcome the current situation.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Reason for Fasting
Fasting is an act of deep personal worship to God in which Muslims seek to raise their level of God-consciousness. The act of fasting redirects the heart away from worldly activities and towards the remembrance of God. Muslims focus during this month on strengthening their relationship with the Creator. It is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer and doing of good deeds. Fasting is intended to inculcate self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.

Benefits of Fasting
Fasting is one of the best treatments for acidity in the stomach as well as inflammation of the large intestines. In addition, fasting can strengthen the skin and bones, reduce the risk of gall bladder stones, improve heart function and blood circulation. It can also help with weight loss, making the body lighter on the heart and the bones, specifically the back, legs and feet. However, fasting has not been prescribed by God simply for dietary reasons. Rather, fasting is an act of worship to God in order to teach mankind self-restraint. In addition to restraining from food and drink, the individual must work on being more patient and forgiving.

A Time for Thought, Action and Change
Islam seeks to guide man onto the path to eternal life and prepares him for it through worship, prayers, charity and fasting. All these are meant to enable man to exercise control over his own life and have the moral courage to take the path of truth, justice and compassion. It wants reason to take charge of the ship of life and steer it wisely and safely through the stormy and dangerous seas of this life under the guidance of Divine Revelation. That is the message of Ramadan.

Fasting - A gift from the Creator
The month of Ramadan is an opportunity to develop qualities of endurance and self-restraint, to control anger and a fiery or malicious tongue. It is an opportunity to fine tune the body and shed it of obesity and sloth, and to benefit from any therapeutic effects fasting may have. Ramadan is a time to awaken compassion and solidarity with others and in particular with the poor. Muslims are urged to be more liberal in giving during Ramadan and are required at the end of fasting to give Sadaqatul-Fitr to the poor (a small amount of mandatory charity), an amount to enable all to share in the spirit of warmth, affection and brotherhood. Ramadan is above all an opportunity to reorient oneself to the Creator and the natural path of goodness and God-consciousness.

After 3 hours of meeting yesterday, it was announced that the Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth leaders have accepted Khairy Jamaluddin's explanation as regards to his racial remarks about the chinese taking a upper-hand if the malays were weak was misinterpreted or misquoted by the media. As far as everyone knows, to raise any racial sentiment is a social crime in Malaysia and under national security, the said person need to be detained under the 'famous' Internal Security Act (ISA) without further questioning. Khairy, a educated Oxford scholar, cannot claim ignorance now. Even until now, he has no guts to apologize to the chinese or non-malay communities for his racial remarks. Not all the chinese in Malaysia are members of BN component parties. A public apology is required since it affects the masses. Being a very holy month for muslims, it seems that Khairy has no desire to repent for his mistake and worst of all, even Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, has joined with him to bail him, when Hishammuddin knows for sure that he had in some form or another made this remarks, which is also a sin during this ramadhan month. Its seems to us that Hishammuddin could be the leader but is a servant of Khairy. It was reported that Hishammuddin did not allow Khairy even to speak to the reporters to explain his views since the matter pertains to him in fear of further blunders.

Its totally surprising that the non-UMNO youth leaders of the Barisan Nasional Youth have accepted his racial remarks without an 'open' apology. Even Lee Kuan Yew has made a point to apologise for his racial remarks although there is some truth in his statement.

Its time the government take action against Khairy since his remarks had incited racial sentiments. The question that he is the son-in-law of the Prime Minister is a separate issue. Anyone who breaks the law need to be punished. The ISA is there, so use it.

Will our government do it?

From this, you can safely say that the Barisan Nasional Youth leaders are a laughing stock.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


All our newspapers widely reported today that Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has apologized to PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, through a letter handed personally by the Singapore High Commissioner, T. Jesudasen on Monday in respect of his recent remarks. Its seems that we have finally 'triumphed' in our quest. "Badawi menang, Lee Kuan Yew kalah" is the statement of the day. But, the first impression we gather is that 'AT LAST, SINGAPORE ADMITS THEIR MISTAKE FOR MAKING A WRONG ASSUMPTION THAT MALAYSIAN CHINESE (including Indonesian Chinese) HAVE BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY MARGINALISED' but if one were to read between the lines of his apology letter, Lee Kuan Yew categorically stated that his remarks were not intended to cause our PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi much discomfort (due to his present feud with Tun Dr Mahathir), and that "after a decade of troubled relations with PM Abdullah's predecessor (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad)" it was the last thing he wanted? Furthermore, it was also revealed that Lee Kuan Yew had also annexed previous racial remarks made by Malaysians (not only of Tun Dr Mahathir) as regards to their Singapore Malays which the Republic had not made a big issue of. Its seems that it was a mere 'tit-for-tat' situation, just giving a reminder that, they will retaliate if you interfere into their affairs.

Since knowing Lee Kuan Yew, he must have an ulterior motive in offering this 'apology'. What is it, we need to wait and see.