Saturday, 15 December 2007

Pictorial Tribute to Kerk Zi On

Friday, 14 December 2007

Website for Kerk Zi On

friends have helped to create a website for Kerk Zi On. check it out here:

Zi On's cousin, Eu ling, is asking for photos, news, your thoughts and anything you might have about Zi On so that a book in his memory can be created. Please email your thoughts, prayers and/or photos of Zi On to or

updates have been made to the blog entry on 'Further Tributes to an Unsung Hero':

The Full Length 'Infamous' Lingam Video Revealed

Video Penuh VK Lingam (Full VK Lingam Video)
14 Disember 2007

Berikut adalah klip video penuh dimana peguam V.K. Lingam dirakamkan berbual dengan Ketua Hakim Negara, Abdul Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim di dalam satu konspirasi untuk menjamin pelantikan hakim-hakim yang tertentu ke badan kehakiman negara. (the following is a full video clip where lawyer V.K. Lingam is recorded having a conversation with Chief Justice Abdul Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim in a conspiracy to guarantee the appointment of judges to the judiciary - translation mine).

Sila rujuk juga kepada kenyataan penuh daripada Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengenai pendedahan klip video ini. (please also refer to the full statement by Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim concerning the exposure of the video clip).

Transkrip penuh : (Full transcipt)


Note : Parts are slightly inaudible. This transcript may not be entirely accurate.

The CJ (Chief Justice - judiciary's No 1 post) said his relative is now the Agong, so he wants to stay on to 68, so, Tengku Adnan said - I told Tengku Adnan, yesterday I had a meeting with him - he said PM is already very angry with him … and … he said no problem, he is going to make you acting err... confirm your position as PCA (President of Court of Appeal – judiciary's No 2), working very hard, and then get Tan Sri Mokhtar as CJM (Chief Judge of Malaya – judiciary's No 3).

Ah, so we just keep it confidential. I am working very hard on it. Then there is a letter, according to Tengku - I am going to see him tomorrow - there is a letter sent to … ah … CJ - I mean Tan Sri Dzaiddin - that Datuk Heliliah, …er Datuk Ramli and Datuk Maarop be made judges, and he rejected that Dr Andrew Chew and apa itu Zainudin Ismail lah because Zainuddin Ismail who condemned your appointment and Tan Sri Mohtar's appointment.

And then you also, it seems, wrote a letter for the remaining … confirmed as judges. As per our memo, I discussed with Tun Eusoff Chin and we sent the same memo to PM. I just want to get a copy letter that this has been done.

And then Tan Sri Dzaiddin said he is going to recommend six people for the Court of Appeal, but until today the letter hasn't come to PM. He never discussed, but neither he has sent the letter to PM. He has not sent. So, I know it is under the constitution, for judges all, that is your job, Datuk, to send, but we don't want to make it an issue now.

Ah, okay. Actually I told Tengku Adnan to inform PM, PM to call you for a meeting. But I will organise this so that Tengku Adnan will call you directly. And then I got your number, I will tell him to call you directly to for you to meet PM lah. Ah… So should be okay, then ar… correct, correct, it is very important that the key players must be there.

Correct, correct, correct. Correct, correct. You know that the same problem that Tun Eusoff Chin had. He tried to do all this and yet he has run out of soldiers. He couldn't do it because many were from the other camp. Last time was unfortunate because Tun Daim was doing everything sabotaging, you know lah…

Otherwise how are things with you - everything is okay? No, don't worry. You know sometimes Tan Sri Vincent said that half the time we are talking about judiciary rather than doing the work. But if I don't do this part, my work will be useless. Ha! Ha! Ha!

Ah, yes. Correct, correct, correct, correct, correct. Right, right, right. Correct. Ah. Ah. Right! Susah. You see he has now asked for six Court of Appeal judges, so that he can put his men before he retires.

Correct, correct, correct, ah, and then, ah, ah, correct, correct, correct, correct, correct.

Ah, never mind, I will do this, I will get er… Tengku Adnan to arrange for PM to call you and Tan Sri Vincent Tan for PM to call. You know why, actually, I am very grateful to Tan Sri Vincent Tan, You know why? I brainwashed him so much I even quarreled with him.

One day I went to Vincent Tan's house, I fired him at night in his house. I said bloody hell, if you don't do this who will do it? All these people, Tun Eusoff Chin, Datuk Ahmad Fairuz, Tan Sri Zainal all fought for …that. Then he called Tengku Adnan. Tengku Adnan he said, saya bukan Perdana Menteri Malaysia lah, you know. If the old man doesn't want to listen to me, go to hell.

He quarreled with me. I said never mind, never mind, Tan Sri, you talk to PM again tomorrow morning to put Datuk Ahmad Fairuz to CJM. So next day morning he went and he called me back 9.30 that he said PM has already agreed. So I said never mind, we hope for the best. So I said no harm trying, the worst that it can happen is you lose.

Being the old man, he is 76 years old, he gets whispers everywhere, and then you don't whisper, he get taken away by the other side. But, now the PM is very alert because every time he gets letters from Tan Sri Dzaiddin, he calls Tengku Adnan, he says discuss with Vincent, come and discuss. And…

Yes, yes, ya. Correct, correct. Ya, but you see although I know PM, but my views … I am a lawyer in practice… my views are… I go through them, I go through them lah.

Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah.

And then Dzaiddin will go and tell them you went and saw PM and make a big issue out of it. Oh ya, I think so, I think so.

Okay, fine, fine, fine, fine. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. Right, okay, okay. Ah. Ah. Correct, correct.

Now I heard Raja Aziz, Raja Aziz ah, two weeks ago spoke to my lawyer Thayalan, and another lawyer Anad, in the High Court - they have a case with each other. So, Thayalan and Anad asked Raja Aziz, how is Tan Sri Wan Adnan?

He said he is on his way down. But you know what is the shocking thing he said? Datuk Fairuz became CJM. He overruled everybody, in three months time, he is going to be PCA, and six months time, he is going to be CJ. He said I can't take this shock. He told lah. Ha!

It seems ah that they are going to organise a campaign … they are going to organise a campaign to run you down. But you just keep quiet - don't say anything. Don't … even the press ask, you said I leave it to God, that's all. Don't say. I really like your message. You said I work very hard, what can I do? I leave it to God. That's the best answer, Datuk, that you can ever give. Ah.

Yes… I will also get Tan Sri to remind PM to put a Tan Sri ship this year lah. You know, this will elevate you, you know.

Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes. Ah. Steve Shim got so fast, Tan Sri Chong waited for a whole year to get Tan Sriship.

Ah. My God, that's why, ah. Correct, correct, correct, correct, ya, ya, ya, ya, right, right, right, correct, correct.

Don't worry, we organise this. And if Tan Sri Vincent and Tengku Adnan want to meet you privately, they will, I will call you. We organise a private arrangement, in a very neutral place.

No, don't worry, Datuk, I know how much you suffered for Tun Eusoff Chin. And Tun said Datuk Ahmad Fairuz 110 percent loyalty. We want to make sure our friends are there for the sake of PM and for the sake of the country. Not for our own interest, not for our own interest. We want to make sure the country comes out well.

Well, you suffered so much, so much you have done - for the election petition, Wee Choo Keong, everything. How much, nobody would have done all these.

Yes, you know. Ah. Good lah. You don't worry. I am constantly working on this. I…

Ya, ya, don't worry, don't worry. We work hard on this er Datuk. And if Tan Sri Vincent and Tengku want to see you, I will organise it in a confidential place.

Okay, Datuk, all the very best. God bless you and your family.

Okay. Thank you, thank you. Bye-bye, bye-bye.
(Off Camera Voice)
Who is that Dato?

Chief Justice Malaya.

(Off Camera Voice)
Who is that?

Dato Ahmad Fairuz.

(Off Camera Voice)
Oh .. Ahmad Fairuz.

I put him up there. Don't tell this, please. I cannot tell this to Manjit. And he is acting President Court of Appeals Number 2 post. He is next Chief Justice. He always says "I leave it to you."
(Off Camera Voice)
I thought you were very close to Tun Eusoff Chin, Datuk?

He is Eusoff Chin's man, Eusoff Chin retired. But Dzaiddin hates Eusoff Chin, you understand? Ah..

(Off Camera Voice)
Because you know far as I know you are very…

Eusoff Chin and I are extremely close. Because you know...Yeah. Eusoff Chin in power, I can straight and get in Pom! Pom! Pom! Pom! But now Dzaiddin is there. So Dzaiddin is attacking our cases. That means what? James Kumar is aligned to Dzaiddin. But Dzaiddin is retiring in 15th of September. He is finished.

(Off Camera Voice)
Next year?

So Dzaiddin really wants to go...Don't worry. Dzaiddin recommended Malik Ahmad to be Chief Judge of Malaya. But we went and "cut" "cut" cut" cut" I and Tengku Adnan and Vincent told PM. I stop him for now, because he is anti-PM. We put Fairuz in. And we put...I told you three months ago he became CJM [Chief Justice Malaya]. He said "Don't believe." Then he got it. He rang up to thank me. And all that. He now acting PCA because Wan Adnan is sick. Right? This. Apart from law knowledge you need kow tow. Please understand that. You need to know the emperor. Knowing the law doesn't give you the winning formula, you must also kow tow to the emperor. Correct or not? So now I am working very hard. So he agreed to meet Vincent Tan and PM and…what you call Tengku Adnan.

(Off Camera Voice)
Do you think Vincent has an interest over PM?

You don't know about the history. Businesswise may not be successful. Robert Kuok is very brilliant. Lim Goh Tong is very rich. Vincent Tan, you know what PM say? He went to Averton he went to Langkawi. He said bincang. I want you to build a hotel here. His wife pulled him away. [Inaudible] He said Dato Seri I will think about it. The wife pulled him away. There is another [inaudible] cannot get a bank loan. Vincent there. Vincent, can you build a hotel? Ready for next Air show?

I want you do it in 6 months. `Datuk Seri, Don't worry, I will get it done.' He paid double the price to get all of them. A big loss lah. Then Solomon Island and Fiji and all, he said, Vincent go and invest there, he went and bought...[inaudible] the government factory [inaudible] you do this project a bit and cover up your loss. PM will do what he want to do to cover your backside.
(Off Camera Voice)
Vincent is very close to him.

hat's right. Don't ask… because Vincent has taken me to PM's residence… the house ... [inaudible]... Anwar's case… the lawyers…Wee Cheong ... [inaudible]. But I cannot go and talk to PM just like that and say promote this and that…

Because ah, he knows… I am a… but when PM calls me on Anwar's case, I can tell him… he'll listen…But if I go promote so and so, that means I got interest. So, I don't do that. I use Vincent and Tengku, go and do that. I don't f*** them up. They go

and do that. But I tell you this lah. Don't tell in front of people, of course. Life, one thing go confidential wrong is dangerous. Ah. Never, never say…You should… never. Even though to PM. You should never say. I don't know. I always say "I don't know." That's all.

(Off Camera Voice)
Everybody... I think many people know. Even the son case, everything I talk the father, …. Talk until he agreed.

You know me [inaudible]. But I never talk about it. Even the son's case, I do everything. I talk to the father...Talk until he agreed. But if it is a big crisis that affects him, ….I can talk, he will listen. But if I want to favour somebody, that I cannot guarantee. Because my interest is not his interest. You know what I mean. Tomorrow invest your interest involving your father, I can come say this this this, you will listen. But tomorrow I appeal for me, you are not obliged to listen. Because you are a politician, PM. Politician is what is your interest, not what is my interest. But if I am giving advise on your interest, you will listen. On my interest, you will not. You must be careful about this.

(Off Camera Voice)
Datuk, I need to ask you this question.

Ask me. Ask me.

(Off Camera Voice)
For a while now …

Because we can talk behind these people.

(Off Camera Voice)
Actually, I think, you know, Daim has more equity interest in Berjaya than Vincent Tan, isn't that true?

Let me tell you something ... [inaudible] was bought by Daim ... [inaudible]. Later on he did some deals where Daim supposed to help him. One or two he helped. Supposed to give him some money. Didn't give. Part was paid, part not paid. Later on Daim called up and he got paid.

Do you hear the people sing?

one of my favourite songs is from Les Miserables - 'Do you hear the people sing?'

play the clips from youtube and watch the amazing performances:

this clip below has the international singers singing lines in their own language (the international singers are those who have played the role of Valjean in their own native country. spot Takeshi Kaga from japan who is the Iron Chef) :


not to be outdone, we have our own malaysian version of this song by wiliam leong. can someone put it to tune and let us sing it les miserables style?:

Sajak William Leong

Mr. Prime Minister,

First there were 2,500.
Then there were 138,000.
Now there are 30,000.
Tomorrow there will be more.
The day after even more.

Mr. Prime Minister,

Do you hear them?
Do you hear the people sing?
Do you hear the song of angry men?
Do you hear the music of the people who will not keep silent any more?
Do you hear the beating of the people’s hearts?
The beating of their hearts for justice is louder than the beating your police can give.

Mr. Prime Minister,

Do you see them?
Do you see the people’s tears?
Do you see the people in a sea of yellow two kilometers long?
Do you see the tears on their faces?
The tears from their cry for democracy are more than those your tear gas can cause.

Mr. Prime Minister,

Do you feel them?
Do you feel the people’s force?
Do you feel the strength of the people who will not be marginalized and oppressed any more?
The strength of their resolve for equality is more than the force of your water canons.

Mr. Prime Minister,

Do you know them?
Do you know the people’s dream?
Do you know the dream of the people for justice, equality, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
The power of the people in their thirst for justice, is stronger than the brute force you can ever muster.

Mr Prime Minister,

Do you hear the people?

William Leong Jee Keen
26th November 2007


A Question of Fairness

Some rallies are allowed:

26 July 2006, Khairy Jamaluddin led a fiery mob to rally against attacks on Lebanon at the KL Convention center. LEGAL OR ILLEGAL UMNO RALLY?

Watch Khairy at

Some rallies are not:

(and some get tear gas and chemical laced water shot at them)

Bersih rally at: AL JAZEERA news

Hindraf rally at:

AL Jazeera -

ISA Deja Vu!

it has finally happened. the government under Mr Clean PM Adullah Badawi has used the ISA to detain the 5 hindu lawyers of Hindraf. read bobjots' write-up:

i have argued in earlier posts on the ISA that it must be abolished. see the below:

if you have not viewed the suaram video on the ISA at their recent seminar, go to the above link. my video on the ISA in the above link is meant to be informative, so that readers understand what exactly is the ISA, its origins, its impact in the 1987 Operation Lalang, and why it must be abolished today!

the original use of the ISA has long been forgotten. today the ISA is used indiscriminately for all sorts of cases. it is clear that in this case of the Hindraf lawyers, when the charges cannot stick, use the ISA!

while i do not agree with the overt racial overtones of the Hindraf lawyers nor do i think their charge of ethnic cleansing is true nor do i support open street demonstrations, nevertheless i agree that true freedom of speech cannot be denied to every Malaysian citizen. it is our right to speak up what are obvious deficiencies in the system and the neglect for the Indian community in the past. one cannot ignore the voices of 30,000 Indians who wants a 'fair deal'.

statements made by the PM about the 'balanced' racial composition of the Cabinet is a laughing stock:

"At the IMT-CT SME conference and Expo 2007 the PM went on record to say,"Half of the cabinet is non-malays,non UMNO members and non-muslims". If we refer to the Prime Minister Office web-site we will find that 69% or 22 out of the 32 cabinet Ministers are from UMNO, 23 out of 32 cabinet Ministers are Malays, 25 out of 32 ministers are bumiputra and 23 cabinet Ministers are muslims."

maybe the PM counted everyone in, incuding Parlimentary secretaries etc, so that number is more balanced out among the races. but it is clear that the ratio of cabinet ministers is not balanced! one only wonders what else is correctly understood by the PM.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

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further tributes to an unsung malaysian hero

update: other blogs and orgs have paid tribute to this unsung malaysian hero. pls pay a visit there. the list is growing.

(updated 26.12.2007 )

Monday, 10 December 2007

missing swimmer

re: some corrections made to the info given

29/12/07 - some info is corrected in the blog entry below. thanks to the kerks for pointing them out. my apologies to them and to our readers for the inaccuracies.

it has been 6 days since kerk zi on was swept away. chances are almost nil that a person can survive that long in the sea. police search is now concentrated on finding the body. and even that, chances of finding the body is slim as the waters around there are known to be infested with sharks.

there has not been much news from australia. here is an old clip from the yahoo7 news from thursday (one day after the fateful event). it shows the place where the event happened which perhaps can give us a perspective of things.

i will be blogging my thoughts on this event (but not immediately as it is still trying to sink in)(seriously, no pun intended). it is hard to accept the fact that he is gone (to be with the Lord). i first knew him when he was about 8 years old when my wife and I moved to teluk intan wesley methodist church in december 1990. he and his brother were cute kids, each one having a temperament which were poles apart. zi on was taller and more sober about things while his younger brother was shorter, plumber and with a jolly good nature. even after we left teluk intan in mid 1993 (for my studies in singapore), we made our regular visits to the home of the kerks. mr and mrs kerk became our daughter's god-parents soon after she was born in December 1991. they have been wonderful god-parents for our daughter (and the main reason why we asked them was because we could see that their christian parenting obviously works. zi on and zi lu were 2 boys every parent could be proud of. mrs kerk has 2 more god-daughters). staying with the kerks was a regular affair, as often as a few times in a year.

we saw zi on growing up year by year, doing well as a member of the teluk intan 1st company boys' brigade, becoming a sergeant and receiving the President's Award in 2000. even when both brothers went to australia for their university studies, we would catch up with them during chinese new year holidays when we visited the kerks as they made regular trips home during university breaks. zi on finished his first degree but wanted to further his studies in another field. it was probably with a little reluctance that his parents agreed with his plan. he wanted a change which was the reason why he applied to both melbourne and queensland and it was the latter that he went to do his masters.

there will be a lot of unanswered questions as to why such a thing could have happened: where was God in all things? couldn't He have saved zi on too? why did God allow this to happen? why do bad things happen to good people? why does God test us sometimes to our utter limits?

i have worked on some of these issues in my last book 'Job Made Simple' and in subsequent posts will make mention to them. my next book is 'Ecclesiastes Made Simple' (it will most probably be dedicated in memory of zi on) and have begun preaching on the book chapter by chapter once a month at Wesley Methodist Church Segamat. Only just yesterday i was preaching on chapter 4 on Qoheleth's arguments why life is meaningless and vain if there is no God. The Teacher made 4 observations about life and how life does not make sense (a striving after wind) if God does not come into the big picture in our lives. Likewise, as I shared about zi on with the church at Segamat, it was as if his life was that perfect illustration of why it is so importnat to have God in the big picture. If not, his death would be in vain and his saving the Korean girl whom he doesn't know seems an useless act. but for mr and mrs kerk, his brother zi lu, and the many others we know him personally, we all know that zi on's death was not in vain.

'There is no greater love than this when a man lays down his life for his friend and no greater love than even this when a man lays down his life for someone he does not even know'. The Reb