Sunday, January 30, 2011



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Taib, Syria is waiting for you!

Egypt's Mubarak faces toughest challenge yet
By Matt Smith, CNN

(CNN) -- For nearly 30 years, one man has dominated Egypt.

Hosni Mubarak, 82, has survived would-be assassins and ill health, crushed a rising Islamist radical movement and maintained the peace with neighboring Israel that got his predecessor killed. His government's continued observance of the Camp David accords with Israel is the cornerstone of what peace has been achieved in the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict.

Following the revolt that toppled Tunisia's longtime strongman, demonstrators in the streets of Cairo are standing up to riot police and chanting, "Mubarak, Saudi Arabia is waiting for you." Experienced observers say it's the most most significant challenge to his rule yet.

Friday, January 28, 2011

more reformasi in Islamic countries, all started in Malaysia?

Thousands march in Yemen to demand change of government

SANAA (Reuters) – Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa Thursday to demand a change of government, inspired by the unrest that has ousted Tunisia's leader and spread to Egypt this week.

Reuters witnesses estimated that around 16,000 Yemenis demonstrated in four parts of Sanaa in the largest rally since a wave of protests rocked Yemen last week, and protesters vowed to escalate the unrest unless their demands were met.

"The people want a change in president," protesters shouted, holding signs that also demanded improvements to living conditions in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the United States in a war against a resurgent al Qaeda wing based in Yemen, has ruled this Arabian Peninsula state for over 30 years.

"If the (ruling) party doesn't respond to our demands, we will escalate this until the president falls, just like what happened in Tunisia," said protester Ayub Hassan.

A few dozen policemen with batons silently watched the protests, which ended calmly as demonstrators left to chew qat, a mild stimulant leaf widely consumed in Yemen in the afternoon.

Yemen's ruling party ran a competing pro-government protest that gathered only a few hundred supporters, witnesses said.

Yemen, in the shadow of the world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, is struggling with soaring unemployment and dwindling oil and water reserves. Almost half its 23 million people live on $2 a day or less, and a third suffer from chronic hunger.

Mohammed al-Sharfy, a student protester at the Sanaa University rally of around 10,000 protesters, said economic disparities needed to be addressed.

"I am here to say no to corruption. We need to end this trend of graduating thousands of university students each year with no jobs, while officials and their kids take everything."


Current unrest appears to be partly a reaction to a proposal floated late last year by members of Saleh's ruling party, the General People's Congress, to end presidential term limits that would require Saleh to step down when his term ends in 2013.

Yemen's opposition coalition tried to rally against the idea in December, but failed to bring large numbers to the street. The wider support for recent protests is apparently influenced by Tunisia's successful revolt.

"They tried before Tunisia to get people out and couldn't, so their ability to get a good showing now has been deeply influenced by events in Tunisia," Yemeni analyst Abdulghani al-Iryani said.

Saleh's party backtracked last week in an effort to calm discontent, floating the idea of a new amendment that would limit a president to two terms of either five or seven years.

Opposition leaders say that proposal is not enough, as it is seen as allowing Saleh to run for two more terms.

"We will continue protesting until the ruling party backs off its amendment proposals and initiates dialogue with all political parties, including the (separatist) Southern Movement, and ending corruption," said Fakher Yahya, a protest organizer.

Yemen is trying to quell secessionist rebellion in its south and cement a truce with northern Shi'ite rebels.

Saleh also promised this week to raise salaries of civil servants and military personnel by at least $47 dollars a month.

Opposition MP Abdul Malik al-Qasous said people wanted political and economic reforms.

"The opportunity for reform is still available, and we fear the situation will reach a point where people will not hear their ruler when he says, 'I have understood you!'"

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Politics have better kangtau than doctors

Prof Dr Sim for Pending

by Peter Sibon. Posted on January 27, 2011, Thursday

SUPP president says party may field MBKS mayor James Chan in Padungan

KUCHING: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) will nominate Professor Dr Sim Kui Hian to contest in Pending in the coming state election.

Party president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who disclosed this to The Borneo Post on Tuesday, said there was also a “high probability” that SUPP might field Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor James Chan in Padungan.

Dr Sim is currently the head of the Department of Cardiology and head of Clinical Research Centre of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) Kota Samarahan.

“Yes, SUPP will nominate Prof Sim in Pending in the coming state election,” said Dr Chan.

When contacted, Prof Sim said he was “shocked” to hear the news.

“Well, I don’t know my fate but I am here to serve my country,” he quipped.

Prof Sim, a world-renowned cardiologist, was practising in Australia when he decided to return to Kuching in 1998.

He subsequently started the Cardiology Department at the SGH in 2001.

Prof Sim is also the adjunct professor at the Faculty of Medicines and Health Sciences at Unimas and a fellow with at least 10 renowned medical institutions worldwide.

He is the son of the late deputy chief minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Sim Kheng Hong.

Prof Sim is currently SUPP Pending assistant branch secretary.

On Chan, Dr Chan said there was high probability that he would be fielded in Padungan but added that the party preferred all its candidates to be party members.

Chan is currently not a member.

When asked for his comment, James Chan said that it was too premature for him to comment.

“I am here to serve the people as a mayor of MBKS. I consider this disclosure as a speculation as it is not confirmed yet,” he said.

Pending and Padungan are two of the eight seats which SUPP lost to the opposition in the last state election held in May 2006.

Prior to the defeat, Pending was held by SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sim Kheng Hui and Padungan was held by SUPP vice president Datuk Lily Yong.

The other five seats are Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa, Engkilili, Maradong, Bukit Assek and Kidurong.

However, Engkilili assemblyman Dr Johnical Rayong had left the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) shortly after the last state election and became a BN friendly assemblyman.

He was subsequently admitted to SUPP and the BN last year.

Meanwhile, Dr Chan revealed that at least two of SUPP’s 12 current assemblymen will not be defending their seats in the coming state election.

“They have indicated that they will not be defending their seats,” he said, but declined to reveal their identities.

SUPP has been hard-pressed to field only winnable candidates in the coming state election as advised by the prime minister when he officiated at the recent SUPP Convention.

Chinese Independent Schools

In order to get recognition, BN, especially SUPP, will have to have another big defeat. Only then UMNO may listen to the people. Punishing SUPP and BN is infact very beneficial to the people.








Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reformasi in Islamic countries

it will come to Boleh again....soon....

Egyptian protesters denounce Mubarak; 3 killed
By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press

CAIRO – Thousands of anti-government protesters, some hurling rocks and climbing atop an armored police truck, clashed with riot police Tuesday in the center of Cairo in a Tunisia-inspired demonstration to demand the end of Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30 years in power.
Three people were killed in confrontations around the country.

After a day of violence, thousands of demonstrators stood their ground in downtown Cairo's vast Tahrir Square, steps away from parliament and other government buildings. They promised to camp out overnight, setting the stage for an even more dramatic confrontation.

Throughout the day, police blasted crowds with water cannons and set upon them with batons and acrid clouds of tear gas in an attempt to clear demonstrators crying out "Down with Mubarak" and demanding an end to Egypt's grinding poverty, corruption, unemployment and police abuses.

Tuesday's demonstration, the largest Egypt has seen for years, began peacefully, with police showing unusual restraint in what appeared to be a calculated strategy by the government to avoid further sullying the image of a security apparatus widely criticized as corrupt and violent.

With discontent growing over economic woes, and the toppling of Tunisia's president still resonating in the region, Egypt's government — which normally responds with swift retribution to any dissent — needed to tread carefully.

But as crowds filled Tahrir Square — waving Egyptian and Tunisian flags and adopting the same protest chants that rang out in the streets of Tunis — security personnel changed tactics and the protest turned violent. Around 10,000 protesters packed the square, the Interior Ministry said.

The sight of officers beating demonstrators had particular resonance because Tuesday was also a national holiday honoring the much-feared police.

A policeman was hit in the head with a rock during the protest in Cairo and died later in the hospital, an Interior Ministry official said.

In another demonstration in the city of Suez, two protesters were killed, he said. One of them had respiratory problems and died as a result of tear gas inhalation; the other was killed by a rock.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information to journalists.

In Egypt, discontent with life in the autocratic, police state has simmered under the surface for years. It is the example of Tunisia, though, that appeared to be enough to push many young Egyptians into the streets for the first time.

"This is the first time I am protesting, but we have been a cowardly nation. We have to finally say no," said 24-year-old Ismail Syed, a hotel worker who struggles to live on a salary of $50 a month.

Demonstrators attacked a water cannon truck, opening the driver's door and ordering the man out of the vehicle. Some hurled rocks and dragged metal barricades. Officers beat back protesters with batons as they tried to break cordons to join the main group of demonstrators downtown.

Protesters emerged stumbling from white clouds of tear gas, coughing and covering their faces with scarves.

Some had blood streaming down their faces. One man fainted. Police dragged some away and beat a journalist, smashing her glasses and seizing her camera.

Crowds also marched to the headquarters of Mubarak's National Democratic Party, shouting, "Here are the thieves."

After remaining silent throughout the day, Egypt's government on Tuesday night called for an end to the protests. The Interior Ministry, which controls the security forces, said authorities wanted to allow the protesters the chance to express their opinions and accused the crowds of "insisting on provocation."

"Some threw rocks at police ... and others carried out acts of rioting and damage to state institutions," it said.

In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Egypt's government, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, is stable despite the outpouring. Clinton said Egyptians have the right to protest, but urged all parties to avoid violence.

At one point Tuesday, the protesters seemed to gain the upper hand, forcing a line of riot police to flee under a barrage of rocks. One demonstrator climbed into a fire engine and drove it away.

"I want my 3-year-old child to grow up with dignity and to find a job just like the president," said 50-year-old Eid Attallah, who works as a driver.

He said he had heard about the planned protests from friends but didn't expect them to be so big.

Many expressed similar surprise.

"We are fed up; this is just enough," said Sayid Abdelfatah, a 38-year-old civil servant who marched with an Egyptian flag. "Tunisia's revolution inspired me but I really never thought we would find such people ready to do the same here."

During a lull in the clashes, lines of protesters bowed in unison to perform the sunset prayer as police stood aside.

Demonstration organizers issued demands for Mubarak and his government to resign, for parliament to be dissolved and for a national unity government to be formed.

To the north, in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, thousands of protesters also marched in what was dubbed a "Day of Rage" against Mubarak and lack of political freedoms under his rule.

Like the Tunisian protests, the calls for the rallies in Egypt went out on Facebook and Twitter, with 90,000 people logging their support on the site. Organizers used the site to give minute-by-minute instructions on where demonstrators should go in an attempt to outmaneuver the police.

By late afternoon, access to Twitter appeared to have been blocked.

In another parallel with Tunisia, the protests drew energy in large part from the death of one person: a young Egyptian man named Khaled Said whose family and witnesses say was beaten to death by a pair of policemen in Alexandria last year.

His case has become a rallying point for Egypt's opposition. Two policemen are on trial in connection with his death.

Tunisia's protests were also sparked by the death of one man: a poor Tunisian vegetable vendor who set himself in fire to protest corruption.

Last week, several people in Egypt — and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa — set themselves on fire in apparent attempts to copy his actions.

Mothers carrying babies also marched Tuesday and chanted, "Revolution until Victory!" while young waved signs reading "OUT!" that were inspired by the Tunisian protestations of "DEGAGE!" Men sprayed graffiti reading "Down with Hosni Mubarak."

"We want to see change just like in Tunisia," said Lamia Rayan, 24, one of the protesters.

Some passers-by dismissed the protests, saying a few thousand of Cairo's 18 million people coming out on the streets was not nearly enough to force change.

"This is all just a waste of time," said Ali Mustafa Ibrahim, who works at a cigarette stand. "These are a bunch of kids playing cat and mouse. ... It's just going to create more problems and more traffic in the city."

Nearly half of Egypt's 80 million people live under or just above the poverty line set by the United Nations at $2 a day. Poor quality education, health care and high unemployment have left large numbers of Egyptians deprived of basic needs.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

fire the director!


Knowing that the problem has to be solved and yet not doing it. The guy should be fired.

Did he make any recommendation to the minister? If he did and the minister did not listen to his advice, the minister should also be fired.

These people are our servants. Why should they have a good living based on the people's money, while not doing a proper job for the people?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

overstayed rulers

When you overstayed, this would be the end result.

Never mind, you may now find a place in Syria, which is harbouring many terrorists as well. That may be why you selected a 28-year old Syrian, as young as a grand daughter, as new wife.

Tunisia’s Ben Ali finds refuge in Jeddah palace

JEDDAH, Jan 15 – Behind a high wall in a palace guarded by soldiers, Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his family have found a home in Saudi Arabia after being swept from power in Tunis.

Following weeks of violent protest, Ben Ali, president for more than 23 years, fled to the Red Sea port city of Jeddah yesterday, arriving late at night after France turned him away.

The Saudi government welcomed Ben Ali and his family but did not say how long they would stay in the Gulf Arab kingdom.