Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Think and vote wisely for a better future.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The DAP had launched their own 2008 Election website: http://dap-elections.com/
Parti KeAdilan Rakyat had launched its own 2008 Election website : HarapanMalaysia.com .
It seems that the cyber age has picked up with this 2008 General Elections. It is hoped that all Malaysians will get to know how to use them wisely.
Malaysians leading their way to the cyber age..........................
Monday, February 25, 2008
The UMNO-led Barisan Nasional is pouring in 'goodies' to the Malay rakyat to woo them to vote for the Barisan Nasional candidates. It was reported that about 500 mosques in Kelantan would receive a face-lift if they were to gain control of the State, which until now is in the hands of PAS, an Opposition party.
It seems that UMNO is using every means to get the support of the Malays by using certain 'sensitive' statements to win the confidence of the Malay rakyat.
But at the same time, the BN President, sings a song that 'Malaysia is for all Malaysians'.
There is alot of 'petroleum' money available to the present government to offer various 'goodies' to the rakyat and it seems the BN is using them to the maximum as possible to obtain a 2/3 majority.
Whatever said, it all depends on March 8, 2008, the polling day.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Its confirm that Khairy Jamaluddin, 32 years, the son-in-law of Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will contest in the Rembau Parliamentary seat.
After much speculation this Oxford scholar has been named as the Barisan Nasional candidate. Khairy is Deputy Chief of UMNO Youth.
It is reported that he will be challenged by PKR's candidate Badrul Hisham Shaharim, 30 years.
Rembau had been predominately a BN stronghold for years.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini
It is confirmed that Batu Gajah two term incumbent, Fong Po Kuan, 35 years will re-contest again despite earlier claims that she is withdrawing. At a press conference this evening, she together with DAP officials made this announcement. Th Batu Gajah voters are happy since she is a very dedicated and hard working Member of Parliament who is always available to them.
In the meantime, its confirmed that Nurul Izzah Anwar will contest against incumbent Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil at the Lembah Pantai Parliament seat.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini
Thursday, February 21, 2008
It is speculated that Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim will be dropped as a candidate in this polls by the Barisan Nasional leadership.
Its been reported that the rakyat in Perlis are unhappy with this move by the BN and have expressed their disappointment to the BN federal leadership.
We will be able to have a full picture sometime today when the caretaker Prime Minister and Chairman of Barisan Nasional announces their final list of candidates for the coming polls.
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has retained his seat. Our speculation made earlier is wrong and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
picture courtesy of Malaysiakini
The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Deputy President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy is expected to annouce his retirement from politics today in wave of poor health and due to scandals in his ministry.
When the list of potential candidates were released by Selangor Menteri Besar, it was quoted that this Parliamentary seat candidate will be annouced later.
The MCA Central Working Committee is current discussing the issue and it will release a statement after they have finished.
Speculation have been around that Chan would not seek re-nominations and it seem that it will be true.
At the same time, various Barisan Nasional leaders have been announcing their list of potential candidates while certain areas have been identified by the Opposition team.
From the current standing it seems quite clear that it will be a one-to-one fight at most places and would be a very interesting elections ahead.
Nomination date is on 24 February 2008 while polling date is on March 8, 2008.
Its confirm that Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy WILL NOT contest in this elections.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
An earthquake at the scale of 6.6 on the richer scale had hit Aceh, Northern Sumetra, Indonesia at about 4.08pm today(20 February 2008).
It is reported that some people in Penang could feel the effect.
No reports of any casualities have been received so far.
It has been reported that the Menteri Besars and Chief Ministers from the Barisan Nasional States are having an audience with the caretaker Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional Chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi from this morning to finalise the list of potential Barisan Nasional candidates from their respective States.
The Prime Minister would also meet Heads of component parties to finalise their list of potential candidates too.
It has been informed that the Barisan Nasional would give an official statement on friday, February 22, 2008, the finalised list of potential candidates selected who will stand for the polls on the Barisan Nasional ticket.
We need to wait for friday to see who they are?
photo courtesy of Agendadaily
Monday, February 18, 2008
February 24, 2008 will be nomination day. On that day, the rakyat will know who are the candidates selected to represent each party in the coming polls on March 8, 2008. Most seats would see a straight fight between the ruling Barisan Nasional and the Opposition. If this is a reality, this would be the first time that the Opposition seem to have been united and this will give the Barisan Nasional a tough fight since of late there are many criticism levelled against the Barisan Nasional.
Since intense lobbying for being a candidate is going on, there are also major problems affecting both fronts. Barisan Nasional seems to be having problems with certain component parties with regards to allocation of seats while there is a problem with residents having no faith on the proposed candidates. Meanwhile, Opposition seems to have its own problems too.
But all this, whether good or bad will be known after their respective nominations are accepted and their candidacy announced by the Returning Officer of the Election Commission.
The start of the POLLS begins.....
The RAKYAT WILL THEN DECIDE..............on March 8, 2008 for whom to vote for.
The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) is in turmoil with various problems affecting it with nominations and polling day in a couple of days or weeks.
Firstly, the Malaysian Indians are not happy with the performance of the MIC since many Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders had reported that the state of the Indians today were mostly due to the uncaring attitude of its MIC leaders. Temple demolitions were actually carried out with the blessing of these MIC heads but had kept silent when the matter exploded just to keep their political status.
Now with the elections, candidates field by MIC is also creating uneasiness among the people in that respective area. Taking a look at Batu Caves, there is reports that the Indians are unhappy with the MIC leadership for 'importing' an outside candidate for the seat when a able candidate is available in that area. A similar situation has been reported for the Parliamentary seats too. There is a report that MIC Youth head should be disqualified from contesting.
Its President, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu had claimed that veterans have to give way for a more able young candidate but in his case, he still wants to remain in power with his arrogance although after having served for almost 29 years. There were also a strong demands for his resignation from the MIC leadership due to his uncaring attitude towards the community.
The Malaysian Indians are an unhappy lot at the current situation. They have claimed that since the restructuring of estates, they were forced to move to the towns and this had created many social problems but the MIC had just had a blind eye towards them. The Indians are demanding the government to give them an edge so that they could uplift their community and protect their culture and tradition. BN leaders have been giving assurances but nothing concrete has been forthcoming so far. Indians have two major peaceful street protest recently to voice their grievances. Since then, it is expected that a majority of them will refrain from voting just to show their displeasure or vote for the Opposition to show their anger for all the broken and empty promises made in the past by the BN.
The Malaysian Indians are current aware the real 'culprits' for their 'fourth class citizenship status' is mainly due to the MIC which had claimed to be the 'champions of the Indians' but had always been uncaring towards their plight. The BN had always been providing support but these were channel only between the close buddies of the top MIC leadership.
The MIC need to realise the Indians have woken-up and know the reality. More problems are ahead since the current moment would be the best time to demand for their rights and privileges to be restored or obtained.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Chinese New Year celebration was held at Malaysia Hall this afternoon (17 February 2008) and it was very well attended by Malaysians residing in the United Kingdom. The Guests-of-honours were Tun Musa Hitam, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Malaysian High Commissioner to United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Datuk Abd. Aziz Mohammed.
A delicious Malaysian meal was served to all who attended this function.
This function was organised by the Malaysian Student Department at London and the MCA Club UK.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The prediction is that the Barisan Nasional will still form the government but maybe with a smaller majority. This has been based on the fact that the Opposition parties are still quarrelling over the allocation of the seats, if this were to materalise, we would see a one to one contest with the Barisan Nasional.
Even yesterday's Malaysian Indians Rose illegal rally had not created any impact. It could not be discounted that some Indians will vote for the Opposition, but it seems that still a majority would continue to vote for the ruling Barisan Nasional since they want security and feel that BN will take reasonable steps to uplift their community in the near future.
There is some fear in the Chinese voters as regards to Penang Chief Minister. Since Barisan Nasional chief and caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had reported that he will maintain status quo, it is presumed that Gerakan will still control the State and this will please the Chinese to vote for them.
The government has planned various 'goodies' for every race coming this election and we can see them once after the nominations are over. As usual, the Malays will receive most of these 'goodies' since they form the majority.
But whatever said it is all up to the rakyat to decide. The vote is in their hands. They need to vote wisely for a better Malaysia.
photo courtesy of The Star Online
Friday, February 15, 2008
Police had used tear-gas and acid laced water cannons on the Malaysian Indian crowd that had gathered at some distance away from Parliament House to hand over red and yellow roses to the caretaker Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi so that his government will immediately implement programmes to uplift their community and request for the immediate release of their 'heroes' HINDRAF 5 from Kamunting.
Despite many children were at the crowd, the police action were highly criticized.
It was also reported that at least 100 Indians have been arrested from this 'illegal' peaceful protest.
It is for sure that the majority of the Indian will not vote for the Barisan Nasional this coming polls and since their votes are crucial at certain electoral areas, the Barisan Nasional will face a extremely tough challenge to win these seats.
The uncaring attitude of the Barisan Nasional leaders and the police have been strongly criticized.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini
The Malaysian Indians are about to march once again, this time around to offer our caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi with red and yellow roses, which resembles peace and loving people, at the Parliament House at about 10am tomorrow (16 February 2008).
Organisers expect a big turn-out but at least 100 children holding red and yellow roses will be at hand to hand over these roses to our Prime Minister.
It is speculated that the crowd would be massive and it would seem like a'pesta' of Malaysian Indians around Kuala Lumpur tomorrow since most of them are expected to be from outstation who really want the Malaysian Government to look into their plight as promised and to uplift their lives. They also want the government to immediately release the HINDRAF 5 leaders who are at Kamunting, who had just voiced their concern for their community.
It is now up to the Prime Minister, if he is there personally to accept it, he would gain the respect and confidence of this undivided and loyal Malaysian Indians.
This campaign is also held in various other countries simultaneously like London, United Kingdom, Los Angeles, California, USA, New York, USA, Belgium, Northern Ireland, Indonesia, New Delhi, India, Mumbai, India, New Zealand and Australia.
BERSIH supporters were at the Istana Negara this afternoon to give a press conference against the abuse allegations levelled against the Election Commission, who had been termed by them as 'liars' who manipulate the electoral system for the benefit of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional.
Before the press conference could commence, the police stepped in and arrested a few key leaders including Tian Chua and a PAS politician.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced the dissolution of Parliament at 12.34 noon today at the Prime Minister's Office at PutraJaya.
The 12th general election has commenced.
Now, its up to the rakyat to make their minds and vote for their next government.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini
Monday, February 11, 2008
The political parties seem to be mobilising for the announcement that Parliament will be dissolved for the commencement of the 12th General Elections. Coffee shops talks speculate that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will dissolve Parliament on 13 February 2008 to pave the way for the next general elections since he had already had the audience with the Yang DiPertuan Agong last week, to obtain his consent.
Barisan Nasional parties and Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers of States have been summoned to prepare a list of eligible candidates and forward them to the Prime Minister, who is also Head of the Barisan Nasional to make his final selection.
The Opposition is also making its final preparation on the list of candidates.
What the Malaysian want and like to see is an united Opposition, where all or most seats are contested one is to one. This will be the best 'eye-opener' to the ruling party, Barisan Nasional since it has been branded uncaring, ineffective, inefficient and corrupt.
But whatever said, its all up to the rakyat to evaluate and vote.
The final decision lies with the voters.
If we want to see a massive change in policies and wipe out ineffectiveness, inefficiency and have a corrupt free government, we together need to vote for a new party to rule our government. The Barisan Nasional will never be able to change since it has already been incorporated in its 'blood'.
So, Malaysians, its all in your hands. Your vote will decide the future path of our country.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop claims 'Malaysians better off then four years ago'. On what basis he is claiming puzzles most Malaysians.
It is true that the government revenue during the past years from mainly petroleum has arisen, since the current world market has exceeded more than USD100 per barrel. This means the government has more money to use.
But if you were to ask the ordinary rakyat, they all claim that with soaring consumer goods and services prices, they are feeling the pinch. The kampong Malays, Sabahans, Sarawakians, Indians and also Chinese when approached, claim that everything is going up and what they earn is just enough or may have to go without. So how is that, the claim that we are better off than four years ago.
Maybe, the Barisan Nasional politicians who are corrupted and UMNOputras who are frequently given 'hand-outs' to win their support by the government, maybe the basis used by this Second Finace Minister to make, this remark. Then, he should make it at an UMNO gathering and confine his claim to this group of privilege people.
It would be timely for the government to see that the excess income earned be made to subsidize consumer goods and services so that, it will benefit the rakyat on the whole.
Until and unless the rakyat can feel that they are better off, this claim made by Second Finance Minister is just a eye-wash to gain support for the current uncaring, ineffective, inefficient and corrupt Barisan Nasional government and an election gimmick.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was reported as saying that:
"It is God's will that I become the Prime Minister of Malaysia and I am very conscious that I have to serve the people although I personally do not benefit even one sen because of this............."
"Some of you can say that I'm not good, you can say whatever. But don't say that I don't work."
"I work very hard. I really mean it and you know it."
This seem to illustrate that our Prime Minister is trying his best to gain the respect of the rakyat although he had been branded ' a sleeping Prime Minister'. Various reports had portrayed pictures of him sleeping at official functions and there were a group that even when to the extend to give him pillows with his pictures of him sleeping.
No one denies that he is not performing his duties but how effective has he performed is the question that has been raised.
PM Abdullah has said that he wants every citizen to live in peace and harmony but it appears that UMNOputras can perform or do any sensitive acts, they are forgiven and not arrested and charged, but when non-UMNOputras do a similar act for the benefit to their own community, who are also Malaysians, they are arrested, attacked with acid water cannons, arrested and charged and even to the extend of using the ISA on them.
Why practice this double standards.
To gain the popularity and support of UMNO Divisional leaders, Millions were given in the way of awards but this similar scheme is not offered to the other communites when we all are Malaysians too.
There is a saying, preach what you say.
So, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, we all know you want what is best for the nation, but please do your duties, fairly and equally among all the communities in Malaysia.
Then only we can proudly say...you are doing your work.
picture courtesy of agendadaily
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Some Malaysian students together with their counterparts from China celebrated the Chinese New Year at the AROMA Restuarant at the Braintree Freeport Designer Village in Braintree, United Kingdom (about 30 miles away from London) with a delicious buffet dinner. These Malaysian students have instill the muhibbah (together with other cultures and race) spirit which is very common with our Malaysian lifestyle.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
At last, the Barisan Nasional government after much hesitation have admitted that the plights of the Indian community has been neglected and agreed to resolve most of their grievences. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, on behalf of the BN government made this declaration and it is hoped by the non-bumiputras in the country that they will honour their words and not use this as a election gimmick.
The Indian community would only deliver their loyal votes to the BN if a concrete programme has been implemented before the general election.
We need to wait for the next few days to see what they have in stock for the Indians and also for their other counterparts, the chinese.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
A section of the group at the protest rally
A another group of protestors
A group of protestors carrying banners
A banner demanding the release of this innocent Indians from ISA
A group of protestors with Wathya Moorthy
A crowd of more than 100 Malaysian Indians protested in front 10 Downing Street, London today with police permit and later at 2pm, a group of 5 representatives which included Mr Wathya Moorthy were allowed audience with the Prime Minister H.E. Mr Gordan Brown's representative to present a Petition requesting the British Government, who were responsible for bringing the Indians to work in the rubber plantation and to seek their assistance to ensure that the Malaysian government does not continue to discriminate and marginalise the Indian community any further.