Saturday, 20 September 2008
again, if they think now they are being nice by releasing syed, think again. they would have been nicer if they did not use the Seition Act in the first place!
KOTA BARU: Blogger Syed Azidi Syed Aziz - better known as Sheih Kickdefella - was released from custody at about 4.30pm on Saturday.
Syed Azidi, 38, an employee of Kelantan Mentri Besar Incorporated, was detained on Wednesday for posting alleged seditious statements on his blogsite.
It is believed that the investigations revolved around his posting calling for people to fly the national flag upside down as a sign that the nation was “in distress.”
Syed Azidi took up the state government’s offer to develop its Internet media production some years ago, having been a film director before.
He is regarded as among the pioneers of the Malaysian blogging scene.
Upon his release, he immediately posted at his blog with a message:
Hi folks, sorry for all the unreleased messages and comments. As you know, I have been away on holiday in Lokap Balai Polis Kota Bharu and Lokap Dang Wangi. I tried to check in at Pudu Prison but was turned away because not enough qualification.
I wished to thank all for the supports and prayers.
The police has treated me well and most of the time, beyond the call of duty. I made lots of friends too.
A PC is arrange for me at 5.30pm today for me to bare all. Hehehe if any.
Friday, 19 September 2008
Dr Mahathir said Kok’s arrest was not justified as there was no security reason at the moment but the Government could arrest her later for such a purpose if necessary.
He said if Kok was involved in trying to stop the azan (call for prayers), there should be an explanation that the subject was not something she should talk about.
Asked if he would agree for the ISA to be amended, he said there was no amendment during his time as the people who were enforcing it refused to amend it.
(the reb says he won't score his points. who is he trying to bullshit too? that he wanted to amend the ISA during his time but others prevented him from doing it? that others were enforcing it but not him? it is 'safer to trust a rabbit to deliver a lettuce' than trust our former PM's words. do you know how many people did he detain under ISA?)
2 released but raja petra and the Hindraf five and other political detainees still under ISA. 64 more to go!!
sign the online petition if you have not done so.
so, do we hartal ISA? read harris's blog on what is hartal ISA:
read the wall street journal report on malaysia:
18 Sept, 2008
WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced this week that he has enough parliamentary support to unseat the current government, led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. If he does, Abdullah's lacklustre economic management will be largely to blame.
The prime minister has not introduced any substantive reforms during his nearly five years in office, preferring to rely instead on opening up the government purse. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan announced in 2005, he expanded public-sector spending to RM200 billion annually from RM160 billion. In his Midterm Plan Review this year, he increased this outlay to RM240 billion. The national debt now stands at RM285 billion, up from RM192 billion in 2004. The official fiscal deficit has risen to 4.8% of GDP this year, from 3.2% last year. Revenue is being spent faster than it is coming in.
It's hard to argue that these outlays have served the broad public interest. Much of the funding has been channelled to elites in the majority Malay community, under the country's pro-Malay affirmation action programme. That has created discontent with many Malay who don't see the full benefits of the programme, and among the minority Chinese and Indians, who are excluded from it altogether.
Abdullah's stewardship has had a real impact on the economy. Capital flight has risen sharply; Malaysian investment abroad now exceeds inward foreign investment. The Kuala Lumpur stock exchange has lost almost one-fifth of its value this year to date. Malaysia's currency, the ringgit, saw its biggest one-month loss last month since the end of the dollar peg in 2005. Although GDP growth has averaged a robust 5% annual growth under Abdullah, that record is now under threat. Inflation reached a record 8.5% this summer. Job creation has reached record lows, as unemployment, particularly among young majority Malays, remains high. Ironically, only the opposition-led state governments are attracting new foreign investment — and without the federal government's help, no less.
Abdullah's 2004 attempts to promote growth and investment —such as through the promotion of the biotechnology and agricultural industries — have failed. He also fumbled discussions with the United States on a free trade agreement, which have now stalled. What Malaysia really needs is education reform and the liberalisation of its labour markets to improve its economic competitiveness.
The political opposition, in the form of Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition, have seized on these issues. They have promised to root out corruption and to implement a new economic policy to address the concerns of all ethnic communities in Malaysia. Their platform aims to move beyond populist spending to introduce structural reforms in government procurement programmes and in the management of government-linked companies.When Abdullah assumed office in 2004, he inherited an economy in need of structural reform. Malaysians have had to pay for his poor stewardship through higher prices, stagnating wages and growing private sector debt. Soon, Abdullah may have to pay the political price for that record.
in teresa's own words:
Thursday, 18 September 2008
|The morality of crossing over|
|William Leong Jee Keen | Sep 17, 08 8:12pm|
The Bar Council, Harris Ibrahim and Sean Ang are reported in theNew Straits Times on September 10 to have said that members of parliament crossing the floor to join another party is legal but immoral.
It is therefore necessary to draw the attention of the public to several fundamental principles with regard to the issue on the morality of MPs crossing the floor.
Crossing the floor to sit as a member of parliament in another political party is nothing new in parliamentary democracies. It has been described as the height of treachery. It has also been praised as the stuff which parliamentarian heroes are made of.
The great Sir Winston Churchill is perhaps the most famous parliamentarian to cross the floor and switch allegiance on more than one occasion.
There is no dispute that crossing the floor for money or personal gain is both immoral and a betrayal of the voters’ trust. However, when the MP crosses not for personal gain but in the interest and welfare of his constituents then he should be commended.
The argument that crossing is immoral is that the MP was elected on his erstwhile political party’s ticket and that is amounts to a fraud on his voters. This argument is founded on two assumptions. The first is that the MP’s seat belongs to the political party. The second is that the MP was voted in based on his party’s platform and policies.
The assumptions are wrong and the argument has failed to take into consideration several objectives and purposes of certain fundamental principles of a parliamentary constitutional system.
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
KOTA BARU: Police on Wednesday detained one of the pioneering bloggers in the country, Syed Azidi Syed Aziz, better known as Sheih Kickdefella, for posting allegedly seditious statements on his portal.
According to his wife Bariah Ishak, her husband who is an employee of the Mentri Besar Incorporated firm, was picked up from their home in Demit here around 5pm Wednesday by three plainclothes police officers.
”We were informed that the police were looking for us on Tuesday and we waited for them but they didn’t show up. We thought the worst was over but (on Wednesday), they came looking for him and so he surrendered.”
They informed that Syed Azidi was being detained under the Sedition Act but Bariah, 37, said she is confused as they did not produce any warrant of arrest which is the normal procedure for those detained under the Act.......
the government is trying to flex its muscles. in desperate times, especially when a dying man will try to grasp and pull down whatever he gets his hands onto, this looks the government's last moments to stay afloat. this time, it will be different. many will be willing to pay the price for freedom. the cost is high. sacrifices are to be made. when it comes, are we ready? the reb is ready! for the price of my freedom and speech but for the sake of my children and for all our children in malaysia and their children in the future, the price is worth it.
LeHayim!! (To Life!!)
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was released after police verified that she was no threat to public order and national security.
(exactly what everyone is already saying. she was never a threat. so, why use ISA on her just to verify she was not a threat? properly do your investigation work first and you will already ascertain that she was never a threat. a classic case of putting the cart before the horse!)
In a three-page statement released yesterday, Ismail explained an arrest under the ISA was only made when police strongly believed that certain acts by individuals posed a serious threat to public order and national security.
(Tan had written the article where the then Bukit Bendera Umno division head Datuk Ahmad Ismail had referred to the Chinese community as immigrants in a campaign speech during the Permatang Pauh by-election.)
The ISA blitz saw police picking up Tan, Malaysia Today news portal editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok in separate raids on Friday.
Syed Hamid's reasons for the reporter's detention had drawn flak from various quarters.
Ismail yesterday justified the use of the ISA saying it was to prevent racial and religious tension from escalating.
He pointed out that in recent weeks, there had been an escalation of racially insensitive, seditious and disparaging acts and remarks by individuals and organisations.
"Our actions were based on intelligence reports and observations that certain acts by the individuals concerned were detrimental to national security."
Ismail explained that an arrest under the ISA provided police with the means to investigate and verify whether the intelligence received could be substantiated.
Ismail added that police needed more time to investigate Raja Petra and Kok, on their alleged involvement in acts that could be consi-dered prejudicial to the national security.