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Exiled Leader Fights For Xinjang.


THINKING OUT LOUD

A couple of years ago I had set up a wifi system around my house but it was down, I am thinking of making another one and I am going to name it "wifi republic".

I am going to re-organize my blogs too, now I am testing some templates, trying and testing them at this stage. I am trying to fully utilized the latest blogspot editor. Not doubt that they are better with many needs that are taken care of. However the new blogspot editor lack fluidity where we can used different blog templates for different categories of posts or entries.

However I had thought of this new format. Try
anak matlesen to see the new format. The present PERWI is slightly messy as I had attempted to master the new blogspot editor. I think by doing that I had taken extra "memories".

I am still in the learning curve and I may not proceed with the present idea for I have to evaluate either to follow the existing system that blogspot new editor provide or do the necessary such as amending the html on the free template that I had obtained satisfactorily to get a system that I want.



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Taliban nearing Pakistan capital

The Taliban in Pakistan have moved deeper into areas near the capital Islamabad after they established their rule in the restive Swat valley.

About 20 vehicles carrying defiant militants entered Buner district, some 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad on Monday.

The local officials confirmed on Wednesday that the insurgents were moving into the town, clashing with police in some parts of the district.

Several people were reported to have been killed in the battles after the security forces backed by local militia tried to confront the militants in the region.[more]

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'Saniora's Decision to Run Was Made in US to Create Tension'


Former Member of Parliament Nasser Qandil said that Prime Minister Fouad Saniora's decision to run for the legislature in June ends the Doha agreement, adding that the decision to run was "made in America to create tensions in the city."

In a press conference on Friday, Qandil said that "Saniora's nomination ends the Doha agreement, for the prime minister is supposed to be neutral." He called for forming a new cabinet with a neutral prime minister that would oversee the June parliamentary elections.[more]

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Najib is now the Caliph

Today, Malaysia has a new successor, a new Caliph, and that successor is called Najib Razak. And he must rule this community called Malaysia by the same standards set by the first successor to Prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakar.

Najib is not King. Neither is he Emperor. He is a mere successor, successor to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. And he must rule this community called Malaysia as any successor or caliph since the time of Abu Bakar should.

A religious person would certainly believe, and would never dare deny, that a community leader, by whatever name you wish to call him or her, is chosen by God. God decides everything. In Islam this belief is even stronger. Innalillah hainaillahi raajiun. From God we came, and to God we shall return. [ more ]

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Focus on Gaza - The Spin Battle

April 10, 2009 - This week we will discuss a controversial cartoon published in America and visit an Israeli family of reservists to find out how they feel about their countrys public relations war. We also met with Gerry Adams who spoke to us about his feelings on the impact of media bias in conflict.
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GOLD VS DOLLAR

April 04, 2008 - The value of the dollar is dropping like a rock and this video is to show how this is affecting the prices of everything from gas to milk. This is the first of several videos to show what is really happening to the ecomy of the United States and why this country is in a lot of trouble financially.
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Azilah appeals against conviction in Altantuya murder

Chief Insp Azilah Hadri who was sentenced to death yesterday for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu filed his appeal today.

The notice of appeal against conviction and sentence was filed by his counsel, J. Kuldeep Kumar.

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Dr M unwanted, says Zaid

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had no effect on the April 7 by-elections and this shows that people do not want him anymore, says Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

The former law minister, who has had a running feud with the former prime minister since his move last year to compensate judges sacked by Dr Mahathir in the 1987 judicial crisis, said this in an interview on the “Fairly Current Show” [video below], a short programme that aired on the Internet yesterday.[more]


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Kelantan DAP wants Ibrahim Ali to quit Pasir Mas

Kelantan DAP has supported the call by Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat that Pasir Mas member of parliament (MP) Datuk Ibrahim Ali resign so that a by-election could be held.

Its pro-tem committee secretary Sew Kok Beng said this was in line with the voters’ wish that the constituency be represented by a credible leader.

“Ibrahim should resign as Pasir Mas MP because he won on a Pas ticket,” he said when commenting on a suggestion by the Pas spiritual leader that voters in Pasir Mas should be given the chance to pick a new leader.[more]


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Defiant Iran opens nuclear fuel facility

April 09, 2009 - Iran's president has inaugurated the country's first nuclear fuel production plant in Isfahan.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked Iran's National Nuclear Day with a speech, saying his country is open to talks based on "justice and respect".

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports.[ video inside ]


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Ibrahim Ali wants Umno to 'propose'

Pasir Mas Member of Parliament Datuk Ibrahim Ali said today he was not in a hurry to apply to join Umno and instead would wait for the party to make the first move.

“I will not propose to Umno, but I will think about it if Umno proposes to me. I have no idea when that is going to happen,” he said when asked to comment whether he wanted to remain as the sole independent MP or return to Umno.

Ibrahim, whose Umno membership has been suspended for life, said that he would think about it carefully should Umno want him back in the party.[more]



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Iraqi shoe-thrower's prison sentence reduced

The Iraqi journalist who was originally sentenced to three years imprisonmant for throwing a shoe at George W. Bush will spend only one year in jail.

Muntadher al-Zaidi's lawyer said on Tuesday that an appeal court had reduced his client's jail term to one year, after a Baghdad court on March 12 convicted al-Zaidi of assault.[more]

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RPK - The case of the virgin prostitute

Malays, meaning Muslims, must first comprehend that there is no such thing as detention without trial. Islam just does not allow for this. And as long as they continue to argue that Malaysia still needs the Internal Security Act, then they have deviated from Islam and have violated Islamic teachings. You just can’t sing about Islam and in the same breath sing about things that violate Islam. It is like claiming you are a virgin prostitute. A virgin can’t possibly be a prostitute and a prostitute can’t be a virgin if she is a prostitute.

We do not need the Internal Security Act to be reformed. It is like saying we shall now slaughter pigs and sell the meat as halal pork. Pork can never be halal even if the pigs are slaughtered by Muslims wearing white skullcaps who utter bismillah as the knife touches the jugular vein. Pork is haram, full stop, in spite of reforming the way the pig is slaughtered. And so will the Internal Security Act be haram in the eyes of Islam in spite of amending the manner and circumstances in how a police officer can detain a Malaysian without trial.

As long as Muslims make a mockery of Islam and show no respect to the teachings of Islam, that will be how long non-Muslims will look down on Islam and consider the religion a total joke. And this is not the fault of the non-Muslims. This is the fault of the Muslims. When you run naked on the street and have sexual intercourse on a park bench, can you fault the passer-by for thinking you may be not quite right in the brain?[ more ]

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KJ launches new Youth unit

April 10, 2009 - Newly minted Umno Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin showing no signs of feeling slighted for not being given a cabinet position, launched a unit of the wing called 'Gerak Khas' to reach out to young urban Malays.

Khairly said that the March 08 elections showed that young urban Malays had abandoned the party and he has been tasked by prime minister Najib Razak to bring back this young into the Umno fold by the next general election.


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Mahathir-Najib Cabinet, Losers but Cronies are Welcome

The much-awaited new cabinet (no, it’s not kitchen cabinet) list is out and everybody is talking about it or rather digesting the difference compared with the previous one. In the process the Altantuya murder case which came to an end after the death sentence was delivered for both killers, never mind they have no freaking motive for doing so, was almost ignored. Many people also may have given an interesting advertisement a miss – Berjaya Corporation Berhad’s (KLSE: BJCORP, stock-code 3395) boss Vincent Tan started sucking PM’s wife by splashing a full-page declaring her as the “First Lady of Charity” *more contracts for this guy please*. I can’t remember the tycoon did the same to former premier Abdullah Badawi.[ more ]

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Najib's cabinet gets a mixed response

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's cabinet line-up received mixed response from political opponents to the business community but all agreed that Malaysia has only a small window of opportunity to transform itself in the current global economic slump.

There were high expectations that the new Prime Minister will radically overhaul the cabinet and cut it down in size as part of his reform agenda of "People First, Performance Now" but political accomodation ensured just a slightly trimmer administration.

Some who lost in Election 2008 or in the recent Umno party polls still made it to the front bench.

"It's not to my expectations," said Professor Agus Yussoff, who lectures in political science at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.[more]


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Politik Baru Malaysia & Kabinet Baru Najib


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Iraqis hold 'anti-occupation' rally

Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets, on the 6th anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country, calling for a complete US troop pullout.

The demonstrations held on Thursday also marked the fall of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime.

The protesters, including Iraqi officials and lawmakers, demanded immediate withdrawal of 'the occupier forces' from the oil-rich country and the release of innocent Iraqis held by US forces.[ more ]

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India's sold children

April 09, 2009 - For some families living in extreme poverty, children are seen as a commodity. Some are kidnapped, and there are syndicates that will sell the children elsewhere in other parts of the world.In this edition of 101 East, we look at how trafficking, adoption and surrogacy affect India's struggling families

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Political turmoil continues in Thailand

The current anti-government protests in Thailand are the latest development after years of political instability.

Al Jazeera's Azhar Sukri looks back at the turmoil of the last three years.

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Kabinet Baru Najib -Prof Aziz Bari Indah Khabar Dari Rupa


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Grading Najib's Cabinet

The Malaysian Insider gives its view on the Cabinet.

• Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister and Finance Minister - He was always going to be in charge of the finance portfolio, with the turning around of the slowing Malaysian economy and finding new growth engines being his main KPIs.

Also, even since Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused Anwar Ibrahim of empire building as finance minister, it appears that no prime minister wants to outsource this important portfolio.

Senior civil servants say that Najib is more decisive than Abdullah and is likely to crack the whip harder to get the powerful civil servants at MOF to implement projects at a faster pace.[more]

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Hukuman mati, motif pembunuhan Altantuya belum terjawab



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Flu shot ingredients


Do you want to know what are the shots made of?

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No big changes in Najib’s Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced his Cabinet of 28 ministers today, with many faces retained and Sabah emerging big winners with four members given senior portfolios.

But despite the expectations otherwise, there were only a sprinkling of new faces with many members of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s team retaining their jobs albeit with different ministries.

The Cabinet was also marginally trimmed down even though a leaner Cabinet was expected.

Among the ministers dropped were Datuk Azalina Aziz, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Tan Sri Amirsham Aziz, Datuk Ong Ka Chuan and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, newly elected as Umno deputy president, was made deputy prime minister.[more]

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Powers Invite Iran to Nuclear Talks, US to Play Full Role


World powers urged Iran to take the opportunity to engage in talks with the US as a move to find a diplomatic solution to its nuclear issue.

In a statement released on Wednesday after a meeting in London, the US, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain said they would ask EU Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, to invite Tehran to a meeting to find "a diplomatic solution to this critical issue".

The statement by the major world powers came as US President Barack Obama declared that Washington would participate in future talks on Iran's nuclear program.[more]

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Election violence claims 5 in Indonesia

Police inspect a suspected bomb outside the police station in Abepura in eastern Papua province on April 9, 2009.


Separate incidents have claimed five lives across Indonesia's eastern Papua province as ballots opened in the country's third general elections since 1998.

The politically tense province has a decades-long history of separatism and police were on high alert on Wednesday in wake of calls for a boycott of the polls and demonstrations.[ more ]

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Is he going to war?


April 09, 2009 - While media plays up program cuts, total defense budget surpasses Bush by $20B

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GAZA: Behind the scenes

Following the outbreak of the recent conflict in Gaza and southern Israel on December 27, 2008 and then Israel's ground invasion of Gaza on Jan 3, Amnesty International delegates traveled to the region on Jan 8th. There, they began to research allegations of war crimes and others serious violations of international law by Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups.

This video is about the preliminary findings of our fact-finding team in Gaza.

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Najib's Cabinet




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United States Delivers Massive New Weapons Shipment to Israel, Confirmed by Pentagon, Says Amnesty International

Amnesty International - Press Release

(New York) -- Amnesty International today revealed that the United States has sent a massive new shipment of arms to Israel -- about 14,000 tons worth -- despite evidence that U.S. weapons were misused against civilians in the Gaza attacks. The unloading of the shipment in Israel was confirmed by the Pentagon. The human rights organization called on President Obama to suspend future arms shipments to Israel until there is no longer substantial risk of human rights violations.

Amnesty International said the Wehr Elbe, a German cargo ship, which was chartered and controlled by the U.S Military Sealift Command, docked and unloaded its cargo on March 22 at the Israeli port of Ashdod, about 25 miles north of Gaza.

The Pentagon confirmed the successful unloading of the ship, which left the United States for Israel last December 20, a week before the start of Israel's attacks on Gaza. Reportedly, the ship carried 989 containers of munitions, each of them 20 feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tons.[more]

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Egypt holds dozens over Gaza support

Egyptian security agents have arrested about 50 people over alleged links to the Palestinian movement of Hamas.

Lawyer Montasser al-Zayat said a group of Egyptians, Lebanese and Palestinians are being held and interrogated by the police on suspicion of having connections with and assisting Hamas -- the democratically elected government of the Gaza Strip.

Zayat noted that state security prosecutors had begun interrogating the men on Saturday, and that he had been denied access to his clients.[more]

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Algerians divided over upcoming elections

April 08, 2009 - Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria's president, has received huge public support in Algeria as he runs for a third term as president, but his opponents say the elections will be a sham.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall reports on Algeria's upcoming elections and the man who appears likely to win them.[ video inside ]


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Cops to hang for Altantuya murder

Policemen Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were today sentenced to death by the High Court for murdering Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, ending one of the longest trials in Malaysian history.

Azilah, 33, and Sirul, 37, were found guilty of killing Altantuya, 28, and then blowing up her body in a jungle clearing at nearby Bukit Raja between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the next day.[more]

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Size matters, sometimes

Don’t get too excited. Political news may rule the day but change has yet to stamp its mark. With the new prime minister, hope is once again resurrected.

But even with promises of change, it may not mean the reform that the majority of Malaysians are hoping for. We’ve all heard it before — new leader, new promises, striving to be one true community, unity and so on.

Fine ideals but many of us have been disappointed before; more than once. I just think that more time is needed for positive changes. We’re still bogged down by the baggage of the past.[ more ]

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Political turmoil continues in Thailand

The current anti-government protests in Thailand are the latest development after years of political instability.

Al Jazeera's Azhar Sukri looks back at the turmoil of the last three years.[video inside]
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We know nothing but that she is dead

There are some fixed rules and guidelines in life. For example, gravity always wins, faster-than-light travel is impossible, and politicians are, by and large, economical with the truth.

On the other hand, there are some things which are a little fuzzier. Some people think that magnetic bracelets can cure hypertension, djinns invade bodies and turn some women into lesbians, and it's okay to call someone a murderer without proof.

For the last fuzzy point, the MP for Puchong was the most high-profile person to accuse the MP for Pekan of the act, specifically in relation to the unfortunate death of a Russian-speaking lady. He's not the only one, nor was he the first to cast aspersions on Pekan's character.[more]

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Pembatalan Balkis DIcabar Di Mahkamah

April 08, 2009 - Kerajaan Selangor hari ini melantik sebuah firma guaman untuk menuntut Pendaftar Pertubuhan membatalkan pembubaran Badan Amal dan Kebajikan Isteri-isteri Selangor (Balkis).
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Lebanon : Electoral Battle Kicks Off: 702 Candidates for 128 Seats


The race for parliament officially began in Lebanon as the deadline for registering candidates expired Tuesday midnight, with a "record" of more than 700 Lebanese running for 128 seats; a precedent in Lebanon’s history.

Among the 702 candidates, there are three Prime Ministers (Fouad Saniora, Najib Miqati and Omar Karami), two Speakers (Nabih Berri, Hussein Husseini), five President's sons (Emil Emil Lahoud, Dory Kamil Chamoun, Nadim Bashir Gemayel, Sami Amine Gemayel and Michel Rene Moawwad), two artists (Ghassan Rahbani and Abdo Monzer), four journalists (Nuhad Machnouq, Charles Ayoub, Ouqab Saqr and Nayla Tueini), eighty-six civilians only in Tripoli and Menyeh districts (north of Lebanon) and only eight women.[more]

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Obama Team Readying for Clash with Netanyahu, Lieberman


In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the “peace process” and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution.

The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside the Zionist entity. [ more ]


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Biden: Israel Would Be 'Ill-Advised' to Attack Iran


US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday the new Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be "ill-advised" to attack Iran, but stressed that it was unlikely to do so.

"I don't believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu would do that. I think he would be ill-advised to do that," Biden said in an interview with CNN, when asked about possible Israeli strikes on Iranian nuclear sites. "And so my level of concern is no different than it was a year ago," he added.

Biden's comments came after Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Monday that a "sophisticated and devious" Iranian regime has managed to hide the Islamic Republic's nuclear program from the world.[ more ]

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RPK speaks his mind : Minister Tormentor of Malaysia

Singapore has its Minister Mentor in the form of ex-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Malaysia has its Minister Tormentor in the form of ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. And who better to confirm this than Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who held onto power for a mere five and a half years and then had to relinquish his post to Najib Tun Razak after suffering a rain of torment from the very man who made him Prime Minister.

Walaupun Abdullah tidak lagi memimpin UMNO, jika ternampak kuasanya keatas UMNO masih ada, saya akan anggap syarat saya tidak dipenuhi,” said the Grand Old Man of Malaysian politics in his latest Blog posting.

Yes, Tun Dr Mahathir does not want any remnants or residual of Tun Abdullah Badawi’s era in Najib’s new Cabinet, due to be announced at 3.00pm today. That is his syarat (terms and conditions). And what Tun Dr Mahathir wants, Tun Dr Mahathir gets, as Tun Abdullah Badawi discovered the extremely hard way. Is this what will happen later today when Najib announces his new Cabinet line-up? Or will Najib make the same mistake as his predecessor in not listening to what Tun Dr Mahathir wants?[more]

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Why gold is best way to ride recession

G20 leaders are expected to discuss using proceeds from planned gold sales by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to double funding available for poor countries which need help dealing with the global economic crisis, a source familiar with the plan said on Sunday.

The source said there was not unanimous support for the idea, including within the IMF, because the IMF's low-interest lending to poor countries does not generate enough return to fund further lending.

Regardless of any possible gold sales, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has already asked the G20 group of the world's 20 biggest economies to provide additional funding to double resources for IMF low-income programmes.[more]

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Former Aceh rebels (GAM) contest Indonesia polls

April 07, 2009 - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province get to contest for parliamentary seats for the first time when the country holds elections on Thursday.

But a spate of recent violence is threatening the fragile peace in the area.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports.[ video inside ]




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The thorny issue of the Successor ( Caliph)

But Tengku Razaleigh was young and had unfinished business. Tun Razak had launched the New Economic Policy just five years before that. Much needs to be done to ensure that the aspirations of the New Economic Policy are met. Tengku Razaleigh felt it would be better he focused on ensuring that the New Economic Policy succeeds. Furthermore, he was still quite young so it was too early for him to take over as Prime Minister.

It was agreed that Tun Hussein Onn would instead take over. And Hussein Onn would choose one of the three Umno Vice Presidents as his Deputy. And these three were Tengku Razaleigh, Ghafar Baba and Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in that order of priority. At first, Hussein Onn wanted to bypass all three. He pr
eferred Ghazali Shafie. But Ghazali Shafie was not one of the three Umno Vice Presidents so the three would not allow that to happen. Hussein Onn’s hands were tied. He had no choice but to choose from amongst one of the three.[more]

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Nizar elected, BN rejected; Perak elections needed

The Barisan Nasional has suffered four deadly blows in a row. Umno has been soundly defeated on three occasions since 8 March 2008.

The outcome of these by-elections have confirmed that there is no stopping the Pakatan no matter what crafty means the BN adopts or devices to reach out to the electorate.

For Umno the results have been devastating. It has not recovered lost ground neither has it revived its fortunes. It has been downhill all the way in spite of changing its president and acclaiming him as the sixth prime minister of Malaysia.

Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak going down to the ground without any fanfare dressed in ordinary clothes; meeting ordinary people and eating vadai in crowded Brickfields; addressing the nation propounding the concept of one Malaysia; bringing in Tun Mahathir Mohamad to turn the tide on the last day of campaigning – all this did not make any difference.[more]

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The first big step is a small cabinet

Scepticism comes naturally with broken promises. Due to disillusionment among far too many individuals under the previous administration, the words of a Barisan Nasional-led administration are close to worthless nowadays.

It is, therefore, not hard to prove that the window for sloganeering for the new Prime Minister is extremely narrow. What really matters now is action, and the first step in breaking that scepticism is by assembling a Cabinet worthy of trust.

The window for sloganeering should have been shut completely if not for the role of slogans in clarifying any agenda. While catchy slogans still have a place, the agenda must first be set straight and right. In this era of extreme scepticism, doing otherwise invites disaster.

A failure to form a lean cabinet will, however, make the years of the Najib administration a hell for Barisan Nasional.[more]

* Hafiz Noor Shams explains minarchism at maddruid.com

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The tales of the 2 Bukits

The results of the April 7 by-elections are not unexpected. While the status quo was expected to remain, what was surprising was the increased margins of the winning sides, especially in the battles of the 2 Bukits.

BN leaders have been telling the people and their grassroots that Malay votes have begun to return to Umno, what with the charges of “derhaka” against the ousted mentri besar of Perak Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin being floated around and working up the feelings of the people on the ground.

Even though I do not have the breakdown of the voting streams yet and hence would not be able to tell how much of Malay votes have returned, common sense dictates that with the increased margin won by PAS and PKR respectively in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau, it is unlikely that significant Malay votes have returned to BN.

This is despite the awesome BN by-election machinery, the catchy rhetoric of the new prime minister, and the return of a former prime minister to the fold of Umno, who also campaigned on behalf of BN candidates in the 2 Bukits.[more]

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People change, can Umno?

“Thank God for Mahathir,” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said as he celebrated the huge wins in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau last night.

His four words captured everything that was wrong with Umno and Barisan Nasional’s strategy to recapture the two hills lost in Election 2008. They spoke about race not respect, development not democracy, faith not friendship and treason not trust.

No on said it better than Umno's latest prize, Member 0000001 Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who rejoined the party he founded and endorsed Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as a better prime minister than Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who was his hand-picked successor.

Mahathir, complete with his signature smirk and olive bush jacket, campaigned like in the past by telling the people all the goodness of Barisan Nasional and why the various races have to compromise for the better future of the country.

Nothing wrong with his message, which the opposition thought could swing votes back to Barisan Nasional.[more]

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Satu Malaysia: Mendahulukan rakyat negeri Perak

Memang ada benarnya kata-kata Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein bahawa kekalahan Barisan Nasional dalam pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Bukit Gantang dan Dewan Undangan Negeri Bukit Selambau tidak boleh dianggap sebagai tanda rakyat menolak kepimpinan Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

Menurut Naib Presiden Umno itu, Najib sebagai perdana menteri tidak boleh dipersalahkan kerana beliau baru sahaja memegang tampuk pemerintahan negara.

“Saya percaya berikan masa kepada kami, kita dapat buktikan bahawa politik BN bukan politik sementara, bukan politik sensasi dan bukan politik berkisar kepada isu-isu tertentu saja tetapi suatu perjuangan yang konsisten dan mengambil kira cita rasa dan kehendak orang ramai, masa, tempat dan zaman,” katanya.[selanjutnya]

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Najib to name cabinet tomorrow


Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will name his Cabinet line-up at 3pm tomorrow after getting the Yang diPertuan Agong's approval.

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office today said Najib will have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at 11am tomorrow to seek his consent for the new cabinet.

Sources say the Prime Minister's list includes a mix of old and new faces, including some who will have to be appointed senators.
It is understood that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be the deputy prime minister.

Among the Umno ministers likely to be retained from the current Cabinet are Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Nazri Aziz, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim and Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed.[more]

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Ong wants Najib to retain 4 MCA ministers

MCA wants to retain the four Cabinet slots it has in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s new line-up to be announced tomorrow despite talk of a smaller administration.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said he has asked the new prime minister to retain the same number of MCA seats in the cabinet which is speculated to be with just over 20 ministries.

“We have agreed on one understanding that is we all realise the PM’s prerogative in determining the members of the cabinet but MCA would like to voice the hope that its current numbers be retained,” Ong told reporters after chairing a party presidential council meeting.

Apart from the four Cabinet positions, MCA also has six deputy minister slots. Some leaders have been asking for Barisan Nasional to create a second deputy prime minister's post to be filled by MCA.[more]

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April 05, 2009 - Trip in Indonesia . -Bali Islands-Gili Island -Lombok Island -Java Island

Trip in Indonesia .
-Bali Island
-Gili Island
-Lombok Island
-Java Island in the city Yogyakarta also name Jogjakarta

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Egypt arrests over 40 suspected arms smugglers

Egyptian authorities are questioning more than forty people suspected of smuggling weapons into Gaza.

The alleged smugglers from Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine were suspected of having bought or rented homes in the border town of Rafah where they smuggled in the weapons, an Egyptian lawyer for some of the detainees was reported as saying .[more]

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The truth behind the release of the 13 ISA detainees

My curiosity got the better of me and I put my book down to step outside and investigate what the commotion was all about. Three Internal Security Act detainees were in the midst of being released that morning, I was told. Who are they? The guards mentioned their names but I did not know them from Adam. After all, you do not quite have a social life when under solitary confinement and I had yet to make many friends from amongst the 60 or so detainees.

Hari Raya was around the corner and these were three of the lucky ones who would be going home to join their families for Hari Raya. Maybe ten more or so will also be released around Hari Raya, the guards told me. I sighed. These people who are due for release had been under detention for up to eight years. I was barely two months in custody. I never dreamt I would be one of those lucky ones who would be going home for Hari Raya.

But the ten or so never got released for Hari Raya. Even the guards were puzzled. These people had already been slotted for release. Why were they not released? It did not occur to everyone, then, that they would be released, but they would only be released after Najib Tun Razak takes over as Prime Minister. This was so that Najib would be seen as spearheading reforms and the first ‘reform’ would be to release a few Internal Security Act detainees who had spent many years under detention.[more]

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