Friday, 31 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng is one angry taikoh. Last Sunday’s attempt to try take advantage of Teoh Beng Hock’s death with a rally under the guise of “Perhimpunan Rakyat To Seek Justice” at the Kelana Jaya Stadium was a huge disappointment – only 3,000 people had turned up.
There were many who were honest and sincere; I’m certain of that for I had read – and weighted - a few updates at Facebook from people whom I’d say are of generally decent character (that’s one of the great things about Facebook, Twitter etc – they allow some level of relationships among individual users). Now these people were there for altruistic reasons, and they were respectful of the deceased, his family and those who form the majority – as yet silent - in Malaysia.
CAPTION: One of the angry bosses - “It’s so hard to drag our followers by the nose these days, damn!”
The event was diverted by the damned politicians sure enough. But there wasn’t the hoped-for effect – the boiling anger that would overrule sanity and instead fuel the desire for destruction. Unfortunately, the absence of a huge crowd also meant this “black magic spell” couldn’t be invoked.
CAPTION: No huge crowd means `No Venom’
That’s a huge disappointment to the leaders: “We need something to get back on track after the slim win in Manek Urai. PAS is confused – PKR… well, useless as usual. And the DAP are in deep shit… the allegations of state excos being involved in the underworld; not to mention the troubles with some leaders in PKR and PAS.”
CAPTION: `Jinjang Capone’ at exco’s office yesterday, according to BlogReview sources - “So how’s it going, [deleted] baby? That’s a lucky break about Teoh – too bad you numskulls couldn’t tie it to the government and Umno. Business is down, [deleted]! No cut for you too this week. And it’s getting hot with the police investigations and all. You might go down, [deleted] baby – gotta divert the public’s attention from this talk of underworld thing! Get a move on, asshole! PTUI!… State exco, my foot!”
[Deleted] exco’s worried – “Haiyaa, what am I to do now?? Can’t use the same lines to try blame the government and Umno about Teoh. And those counter-commentators at ROCKY’S BRU – what a damned bunch of busybodies! Couldn’t be intimidated, couldn’t detract them with baits of Khir Toyo and what-nots. Have to call the Big Boss and try something else.”
“THINK, THINK!… What should we do to divert attention from all the talk about underworld, Azmin, Wee… The Selangor government is shaky as it is… And all those money from Jinjang Capone!… Have to pick a fight with… Umno… Malays… If we can start some inter-racial heated arguments, they might lead to some nastiness… Hmmm, maybe a… RIOT somehow! That would be nice for us. Okay, let’s do it!”
“Let’s blame the NSTP Group for all the country’s problems!
“ We’ll start a new industry too – we’ll use the Internet to create our own newspapers. Our bloggers will be reporters, sub-editors, editors… and whatever else. Besides being gangsters too, of course. Here’s our first newspaper: New Underworld Times (NUT)!”
[LEFT: MC’s_BlogReview reporter XY was at a PR office and sent this] WOI! Apa dakap-dakap nih?? WAAA – dok buat maksiat yer kat Pakatan ni. Hmmm, ni jantan-betina atau… JANTAN & JANTAN?!! Cepat, CHECK!!… [To be continued]
Sunday, 19 July 2009
*Which political party is desperately trying to shore up support after a “Perhimpunan 100,000” rally in Kelana Jaya earlier this month missed the target by 96,000?
*Which political party is still dazed after a near loss in a by-election held in its own heartland and stronghold?
*Which political party is having its state excos investigated, and know it is imperative to deflect the attention away from the issues?
The Three Stooges coalition is quite desperate right now – desperate enough to use the death of Teoh Beng Hock, who was one of their own – for a political stunt at the Kelana Jaya Stadium this afternoon (Sunday).
Perhimpunan Rakyat To Seek Justice for the late Teoh Beng Hock
No, it’s not to seek justice for the deceased but just a cheap attempt by the coalition to deflect attention… What better way than to manipulate his death than by holding a rally and whip up sentiments by somehow connecting it to Umno and the Barisan Nasional?
Proof that their political rivals are responsible? Oh, to The Three Stooges, things like this are not important. There’s no need to consider what Big Dog had put forward in No unturned stones for the investigation of Teoh’s death. The most important thing right now is to create and direct anger towards the BN.
Did anyone ever tell them it’s a major sin to fitnah?
Hopefully the government and the police will take note of what A Voice had warned: Be firm against anyone turning Teo Beng Hock death into May 11, 12 1969 procession
Saturday, 18 July 2009
One thing that I’m quite surprised with following Teoh Beng Hock’s death: Almost all the comments that try to speculate on the cause have focused on either "murder" or "suicide". Might it actually be “accident”?
Or, to be more specific, a fatal episode of Sleepwalking, which is also called somnambulism or noctambulism?
Based on the circumstances leading to Teoh’s death, I’m more convinced that this is a more logical – and acceptable - answer to the mystery than what so many people have speculated on. Consider these:
“He was Murdered”: Look at the blogs – I’m surprised that so many people had come to this conclusion. Another unfortunate thing about it is that they are also influenced by “political considerations” than anything else – Who `murdered’ Teoh depends on which party one supports. Now that’s very scientific!… Sheesh!
Consider the weakneses present in this theory: Firstly, WHO had done it? Some people even accuse Umno! Many placed the blame on MACC. Presuming that someone in MACC wanted Teoh killed – Would he have done that in that particular building?
“Gangsters, Umno, PKR, DAP…” Although this is not something “impossible”, Is it that easy to pull him and throw him out? The commotion would have attracted others’ attention.
“He committed Suicide”: To this one, I’d like to repeat the headline of Malay Mail: `He could not have’ . He was due to get married a day after that – Even if he was facing a lot of stress, committing suicide there and then… I don’t think this is likely.
This leaves only “Accident” . This is my hypothesis:
It was through a combination of a stressed mind; plus sleepwalking, disorientation and confusion upon being half-awake in a strange environment - he didn't know how high up he was and just jumped...
Yes, merely speculations here. But I've remembered of people on angling trips in a fishing boat out at sea - there was someone who had a nighmare, ran down the boat while it was moving and jumped into the sea.
The deceased might have been waiting for someone, and tired that he was, went to have a nap. Then the disorientation began...
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Tukar Tiub Hishamuddin Rais tried to make light of it and put up a gay atmosphere to celebrate. But only simpletons could swallow the feeble attempts to joyously savour the outcome due to this disconcerting fact:
Pas almost lost in a state, constituency and election where they were expected to crush Umno.
The result must have sent shivers down the spines of the Pakatan Rakyat component parties. Shamsul Yunos had recorded the blow-for-blow vote-counting in Manek Urai polling day - live reports where a number of the PR cadres and representatives inside the hall might have felt faint symptoms of a heart attack.
No matter how some might insist "It's still a win even if it were a one-vote majority", the fact remains that all the gains in the previous by-elections - and the General Election of March 2008 - appear to have slipped away like water. Or at least in Manek Urai.
For Umno and the BN, they are surely heartened by this performance. Perhaps, they could now even harbour dreams that perhaps the tide has turned... that Umno and BN are on the way UP again?
Sorry, not so fast.
A blogger in Kuantan had SMS me in the afternoon, asking my opinion. He had predicted a 2,000-vote majority, which is an increase over the 12th GE. I had said "Pas wins, but with a decrease in majority" (had felt something like 800-1,000). I didn't really follow it on a day to day basis though. But there was "this sense" inside that I thought might be shared by many others.
A look at the posts submitted by members of Kelantan Bloggers seemed to confirm it: at any given time, only a quarter or 25% at the most, were about Manek Urai. The rest were about personal matters, sports, hobbies, health, relationships, feelings: These are the more important things in life!... not "which party is the best?"
My interpretation of the result is this: The voters had sent a message: "Enough of the idiotic stuff and all these intense and never ending political shenanigans and charades! It's time for REAL WORK!"
So, to the politicians and those who claim to be leaders: Please go and do things that are positive for all of us. No, endless by-elections aren't included.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
CAPTION: Ronnie James Dio of Rainbow and Black Sabbath
This is one vocalist whose name should always make it to anyone’s list of “Five Best Male Singers”. Unless if this “anyone” is the type whose favourite music revolves around the sappy songs of Elton John. Ronnie James Dio was the singer in the memorable albums of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Rainbow Rising.
In the latter is that brilliant Stargazer, which to me is one of the best rock songs ever.
CAPTION: Cover of Rainbow Rising
But this post isn’t really about Rainbow, but of another Ronnie. There is something about him in the Malay Mail yesterday: "Name him" – Rift widens as Liu dares Wee to name errant exco member.
Now Ronnie Liu no only challenged Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong to name the exco member whom the latter alleged had allowed his office to be used as a place for people connected with underground activities… he also belittled this widely respected politician to “grow up”.
“Wee is a former political enemy of the DAP. He was a DAP member but he had criticised the top DAP leadership. So maybe he has a grudge. I don’t know.”
Wee had come up in support of Azmin Ali’s call for the exco lineup to be reshuffled – which means `somebody’ won’t be around after that. What makes this interesting – and potentially explosive – is Teresa Kok’s involvement in fully supporting Ronnie. Or rather, in lashing out at Azmin. The problem is, Azmin isn’t a “mid-level” PKR leader…
Bakaq Penarik Beca, a zealously pro-PAS and Pakatan Rakyat blogger but one who isn’t “taksub” like some are, isn’t too enthusiastic about Ronnie and Teresa. And when Bakaq feels like this, you can bet it’s a reflection of the mainstream PAS supporters too.
Wei Liang Goh of A Piece of My Mind is something else and beats the lot – he has gone so far as to speculate Selangor Govt crumbling. That’s bold. However, his record of being cool-headed and analytical makes this a must-read. Wei is going back to Australia today but you can be sure he’s keeping an eye out on Malaysian politics.
Oh, there’s a by(buy?)-election today in Manek Urai today. The amusing thing is that outsiders seem to be more interested in it than the Kelantanese!… Like DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang; who didn’t say a word about Wee-Ronnie-Teresa. Instead, he prefers to write about Manek Urai Heheh! What’s so important about a constituency that’s 99% Malay, which means a “no-go” for the DAP?
Have a look at the most recent posts in Kelantan Bloggers and count how many are about Manek Urai. People have better things to do and are dead tired of the never-ending politicking. To the political parties: You guys aren’t at the centre of the universe-lah!
Friday, 10 July 2009
“Protections given to journalists in New Jersey do not apply to people who post online, a judge has ruled.”
Okay, so New Jersey is in the United States; which also means the Kota Bharu High Court in Kelantan might yet rule that Mat Cendana, Piggy Singh and satD – by virtue of having an account at Blogger.com - are to be given protections similar to people like Fauziah Ismail, the New Straits Times Chief News Editor, and Malay Mail editor Ahirudin Attan. YAHOOO!
But then our courts might not – the observations made by the judge here are universally sensible. So, to those bloggers who see themselves as “Citizen Reporters”, this is as far as it goes. Unfortunately, there might be some who somehow `perasan’ they are also on par with the regular ink-stained reporters. And no, the number of pageviews doesn’t matter either.
CAPTION: What `Live Blogging’ would be had laptops not been invented. Hidden on the other side is a 12-Volt car battery
This is from the First Amendment Center in the US, in a case where a blogger, Shellee Hale, refused to reveal her sources. This is what journalists do when various angry people or organizations seek retribution after something these scribes wrote had left a negative impact on them.
This is fair for both sides – the journalist gets the story while the source remains unknown.
In this particular matter, Hale had claimed that customer information of a company called Too Much Media (TMM) was compromised. Now TMM, which provides software used by porn websites, was not too happy about that, to say the least.
There are many “closet porn patrons” at the sites and `exposures’ like this are sure to make them jumpy. So, to protect its business reputation, TMM insisted the info is secure and has taken Shellee Hale to court. That was when she tried to invoke that “protecting sources” line.
See the full story here: N.J. judge: Blogger isn't protected by state shield law