Anwar’s Mistakes Led to Ops Lalang

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Anwar Ibrahim yesterday denied his involvement in Operasi Lalang 1987 by blaming his boss at that time Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the person responsible for issuing directive to the police to haul up the protesters.

However, the former prime minister today took a jibe at his former deputy by saying Anwar also played a key role in the operation.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) said today that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also played a key role in Operasi Lalang of 1987.

The operation witnessed the Internal Security Act being invoked to detain 108 political leaders and activists without trial.  Anwar was the deputy prime minister then.

Denying Anwar’s allegation that he (Dr Mahathir) was fully responsible for Operasi Lalang, Dr Mahathir said: “As a member of the cabinet, he (Anwar) should also take responsibility. Unless he had said, ‘I’m resigning from the cabinet because I don’t agree.’

“He never said such things. He agreed, supported everything including the ISA.”

Dr Mahathir also described the opposition leader as a master of deception and not a ideal thinker and that his party (PKR) was a party on “Anwarism”, set up solely to fulfill his (Anwar’s) ambitions.

The former prime minister said Anwar had also portrayed himself as a human who could not do wrong or sin in his path towards his personal interest and political career. Continue reading

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Stop the Lies

tnb wDAP fanboy and anti-BN blogger Anil Netto makes a few simplistic comments on the recent electricity tariffs in his blog recently. (read it here…)

As usual, these bias political bloggers disguised as neutral commentators make it a point to write as much falsities as possible to make their point.

Let’s get things straight. All consumers using less than 300 kWh are not affected by the new tariff rates. Especially those in the lifeline band category – that is, domestic consumers who consume 1 – 200 kWh per month – who enjoy a rate of 21.8sen/kWh. A rate which has not been raised since 1997. This covers about 3.25 million users. For those who use below 91kWh a month (i.e. if their monthly electricity bill is below RM20), electricity is free. They don’t have to pay a sen.

Anil uses an example of where those whose electricity bills come to more than RM 200 will see an increase of 17% instead of the announced 14.9%. First of all, the 14.9% is an average calculation. There are many bands when it comes to electricity usage and calculations.

With the tariff review, the bands have been reduced from 9 to 5 bands.

The new revised tariff also gives consumers the opportunity to determine/decide their consumption rate and how much they pay by adopting energy efficiency and energy conservation measures.

Many question the need for the tariff revision. We must understand that it was not an option. With rising global fuel costs (fuel makes up 82% of the tariff), is was no longer sustainable for the government to continue subsidising these increasing fuel prices.

In the same blog piece, Anil states that we are paying the price for all years of huge profits for the IPPs under lopsided concession agreements – which were at the expense of TNB. Continue reading

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MB at All Cost

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Too Early to Ask for Kajang’s Gratitude

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Voters need a rep who works for them, whether or not he is a world class leader

I’m currently unrepresented in the Selangor state assembly, thanks to Lee Chin Cheh, who has given up his seat in the hope that voters will allow his party boss to occupy it.

I must confess to being a little thrilled by the thought that my decision at the Kajang ballot box might make a difference to Anwar Ibrahim’s political future.

I haven’t decided whom to give my “X” to. And PKR deputy president Azmin Ali had better think again if he thought he could win me over with his call for “gratitude” from Kajang folk because a “world class leader” had decided to represent them.

I’m not at all bothered whether the candidate is world class or not, as long as his intention in seeking election in Kajang is tied strongly to his concern for my interests as a citizen.

If he can convince me of that, then I’ll be willing to disregard allegations that he is using me and my neighbours as a springboard to the Menteri Besar’s office from where, it seems, he will be in the proper position to resolve his party’s internal problems.

There’s yet another reason why I find Azmin’s plea offensive. The call for gratitude is too reminiscent of Barisan Nasional’s condescending attitude. We are all tired of hearing BN leaders tell us to be grateful to them for doing what they are paid to do, and we don’t want to hear the same from other parties seeking our support.

Excuse me, Azmin, there are 38,965 voters in Kajang and not all of them are thumb-sucking toddlers in awe of Anwar just because you say he belongs “not just to Kajang or Selangor or even Malaysia, but to the world”. Continue reading

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Anwar’s Pipe Dreams and Empty Promises

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In an exclusive report in Sinar Harian today, Anwar Ibrahim said he imagines himself replacing Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the Selangor’s MB if he wins the Kajang’s DUN by-election.

According to Anwar, there is a real chance of him being Selangor MB if there is a discussion with Pakatan. “It is possible,” Anwar is quoted as saying.

But he is no stranger to some headline-grabbing statements before.

Past Contradictory Statements By Anwar

July 4 2012: Professor Anwar
“I will retire if PR loses in the General Election and become a Professor.”

May 25 2013: It’s The Bangladeshis’ Fault
“I will not retire. We won the GE. The loss involved the incoming of Bangladeshis to participate in the election. It is a scam.”

November 21 2013: It’s Umno’s Dirty Game
“I have never said the Bangladeshis was involved, this is Umno’s dirty game.”

January 27 2014: I’m Not Competing In Kajang
“I will not be competing in the Kajang by-election. It is only a speculation.”

Only a day after, he was announced as the candidate representing PR for the Kajang by-election.

January 28 2014: Khalid Will Continue Being Selangor MB, Not To Worry
“Khalid will continue to be the MB. I will not take over. This accusation is invalid and is a mere speculation.”

February 7 2014: Yes, I’ll be MB if Kajang is won
“I don’t deny I’ll become the Selangor MB if I win the by-election, but now our focus is on the by-election.”

One wonders what statement would he make after the by-election, win or lose?

Will he make new promises after winning the seat?

Can we imagine Selangor’s future with Anwar as the new MB?

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Is This Going to be DAP’S PKFZ?

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I still have not decided whether there are any shenanigans involved in the multi-billion Ringgit Penang Undersea Tunnel project being implemented by the Penang State Government. However, the news reports appear to suggest that there is something not very kosher going on behind the scenes. Is this going to be DAP’s PKFZ?

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin

(Tunnelbuilder) – The Dap-led Penang state government has awarded a RM8 billion (EUR2 billion) contract for the underground tunnel linking the island to the mainland and three major highway projects to Malaysia-China JV Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd, with a land swap deal and a 30-year concession on the tunnel. Consortium Zenith BUCG is made up of a local company, Consortium Zenith and China-based Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG). The deal will only be formally inked after a few more months when the finer details of the overall project are agreed.

The project includes a 12 km-long dual carriageway connecting Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang; a 6.5 km-long Penang-Butterworth sea tunnel that links Persiaran Gurney on the island to Bagan Ajam on the mainland; a 4.2 km-long highway linking Persiaran Gurney to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway; and a 4.6 km-long highway linking the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway to the Bandar Baru Air Itam bypass.

http://tunnelbuilder.com/Archive/Projects/Malaysia/my15-Highway-.aspx

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Penang Undersea Tunnel

(Beijing Urban Construction Group) – Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd was established on 5th July 2012 as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to undertake mega infrastructure project in Penang. The consortium comprises of Beijing Urban Construction Group, China and Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd.

BUCG is a large international comprehensive construction group, mainly in the General Contracting, Real Estate Development and Design & Consultancy businesses. BUCG is recognized both nationally and internationally as Top 225 International Contractor, China’s Top 500 Enterprises, China’s Most Influential Enterprise, and China’s National Outstanding Construction Enterprise.

http://www.zenithbucg.com/#!partners/c17gm Continue reading

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Anwar – MB’s Post at All Cost

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Anwar is Selfish

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Source: The Mole

Observers view the impending by-election for the Kajang state seat as a selfish attempt to put an end to the feud between the Mentri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy president Azmin Ali.

Although Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had said in a statement that he was not eyeing the top position in Selangor, political analysts dismissed his denial and said that that could be the only reason Anwar wanted to contest in the by- election.

Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Mohd Faisol Keling said:

“Such action is obviously selfish and shows that Anwar has his own agenda for his political interest and it is not for the interest of the nation,” he told The Mole in a telephone interview.

Mohd Faisol was commenting on reports of Kajang assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh resigning from the Selangor Legislative Assembly on Monday to pave way for Anwar to contest.

Mohd Faisol said Anwar’s move to contest was definitely wasting a lot of public’s funds as the by- election was not necessary.

He however contended that the move was Anwar’s strategy to neutralise the feud between Khalid and Azmin.

“This will be one of his strategy to cool down the tense conflict between Khalid and Azmin,” Mohd Faisol said.

He added that it would be a good opportunity for Anwar to regain the people’s attention on Pakatan Rakyat and secure their support. Continue reading

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