Monday, February 28, 2011

Libya,Egypt,Tunisia should hire Mahathir to govern their countries

I am sure Mahathir would be very willing to serve these Islamic countries. Let's appoint him as an interim President for these countries.

Dr M: Arab upheaval may bring wrong change
By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned today that the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt may not necessarily benefit the countries, saying they are at risk of being taken over by opportunists.

Dr Mahathir added that even if elections were held, the chosen leaders may not be better than the overthrown leaders.

“I am sure that the people would want to see a democratic government, a government of the people, by the people, for the people,” said the former prime minister in his blog posting today.

“This sounds great but government by the people will not be so easy. You cannot have the people directly governing themselves.

“You will need to have a new constitution and political parties which will enable representatives of the people to form the government. For this, elections will have to be held. Unfortunately elections can be manipulated,” he added.

Dr Mahathir also warned against uncertainties if the newly-elected governments fail to fulfil the public’s expectation.

“It is not necessary that the government which replaces the old regime will be free from corruption. The people may have to try to remove the government again and again with no certainty the replacements would be any better,” he said.

Dr Mahathir’s administration for 22 years was credited for bringing economic progress, but he has also been criticised by his opponents for allegedly rolling back democratic practices.

Detractors have blamed the nation’s longest-serving premier for the arbitrary arrests of opposition leaders using the Internal Security Act (ISA) and accused him of interfering in the judiciary in 1988, which resulted in the dismissal of the then Lord President Tun Salleh Abas and five other judges.

Today, Dr Mahathir questioned the ability of the Egyptians and Tunisians to take part in elections.

“It will not always be the good people who will win to form governments. The idea of people choosing their leaders sounds very democratic but the people may not be savvy as to the quality of the candidates,” said Dr Mahathir.

“Sectarian loyalties, money and narrow-mindedness may bring instability, economic regression and even anarchy,” he added.

Dr Mahathir also warned that the civil service and the military might have problem adapting to a more democratic system.

“The professional administrators, military and police must learn to be subservient to the elected governments even when they are changed by the electorate through periodic elections,” said Dr Mahathir.

“Their political affiliations will be private as they will have to serve whichever party forms the government. It is going to be hard. The temptation to seize power will plague the minds of many,” he added.

Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who led the country for 23 years, was ousted early last month following series of public demonstrations.

It triggered more such protests in the Arab world, and resulted in the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled the country for over three decades.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ben Ali, Mubarak,...,Taib

I hope his final day will not be far away.
How can BN tolerate such a person to rule the state?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mubarak S'wak



Chinese have all to lose without BN, Taib warns
February 16, 2011

KUCHING, Feb 16 — The Chinese community in Sarawak will need to reflect on its fate by having good representation in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to ensure its communal requests are being heard, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said it was important for the Chinese, whose future in Malaysia was very good compared to other countries, to think now what they could do to make sure that the community remained united and for that quality to be nurtured by good internal leaders.

“That is why I told the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) it’s very sad for me to think of the possibility of not having a good and well-thinking Chinese leadership in the BN government,” he said at the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Associations’ 32nd anniversary dinner and Chinese New Year gathering, here last night.

Taib, who is state BN chairman, said he was not from a Chinese party and did not have the ability of the Chinese leaders themselves to “see direct to the hearts of the community.”

However, he said he cared for every race in Sarawak, including the Chinese, who contributed to the good performance in the state’s economy and development over the last nearly 30 years.

“You just think about what the Chinese have been able to achieve. You even have Chinese billionaires coming from Sarawak and if you think this not a good indication of a good economic policy, then you probably do not understand economic policies,” Taib said.

Although the Chinese were always part of the people of Sarawak and could preserve their culture, he said, they must discard their segregation, especially in a multi-racial society.

While they were entitled to be treated with the same kind of care like any other races, he conceded that the government could not afford to give in one hundred per cent to their requests at the expense of the others.

As chief minister, Taib said he needed to balance all the particular needs of every community, which was the reality of a multi-racial society like Malaysia.

It was all right for Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk Seri William Mawan to think of their own party but he needed to think very strongly of the interests of the Bumiputeras outside PBB even though he was PBB president, he said.

On the requests jointly submitted to him by the federation, Kuching Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries as well as three Chinese middle schools and boards in a joint memorandum during a recent dialogue, Taib said a 2,000-ha site would be given to the United Association of Chinese School Boards of management as a means of financial aid from the state government.

The memorandum also requested the state government to release land imposed under Section 47 of the Sarawak Land Code after two years if it was no longer required for public purpose and a fair compensation to be offered to the land owners.

Another request was for the state government to fully refund affected land owners on land lease renewal fee paid before June 1 last year. — Bernama

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mubarak S'wak


Asked whether Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud should step down before or after the state election, Dr Mahathir said: “It’s up to the people of Sarawak to decide, I think they know best whether he should step down or not.”

However, Dr Mahathir said if Taib were to step down, there should be somebody to replace him, not like former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who stepped down without a good succession plan.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

How much is Taib (Mubarak Sarawak)'s wealth?

Can any one tell us about the estimated wealth of Mubarak Sarawak?

How Hosni Mubarak Got So Rich

Rick Newman, On Friday February 11, 2011, 5:28 pm EST

There are no Mubaraks on the Forbes list of the world's richest people, but there sure ought to be.

The mounting pressure from 18 days of historic protests finally drove Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office, after three decades as his nation's iron-fisted ruler. But over that time, Mubarak amassed a fortune that should finance a pretty comfortable retirement. The British Guardian newspaper cites Middle Eastern sources placing the wealth of Mubarak and his family at somewhere between $40 billion and $70 billion. That's a pretty good pension for government work. The world's richest man--Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim--is worth about $54 billion, by comparison. Bill Gates is close behind, with a net worth of about $53 billion.

Mubarak, of course, was a military man, not a businessman. But running a country with a suspended constitution for 30 years generates certain perks, and Mubarak was in a position to take a slice of virtually every significant business deal in the country, from development projects throughout the Nile basin to transit projects on the Suez Canal, which is a conduit for about 4 percent of the world's oil shipments. "There was no accountability, no need for transparency," says Prof. Amaney Jamal of Princeton University. "He was able to reach into the economic sphere and benefit from monopolies, bribery fees, red-tape fees, and nepotism. It was guaranteed profit."

Had the typical Egyptian enjoyed a morsel of that, Mubarak might still be in power. But Egypt, despite a cadre of well-educated young people, has struggled as an economic backwater. The nation's GDP per capita is just $6,200, according to the CIA--one-seventh what it is in the United States. That output ranks 136th in the world, even though Egypt ranks 16th in population. Mubarak had been working on a set of economic reforms, but they stalled during the global recession. The chronic lack of jobs and upward mobility was perhaps the biggest factor driving millions of enraged Egyptian youths into the streets, demanding change.

Estimates of Mubarak's wealth will probably be hard to verify, if not impossible (one reason dictators tend not to make it onto Forbes's annual list). His money is certainly not sitting in an Egyptian vault, waiting to be counted. And his delayed exit may have allowed Mubarak time to move money around and hide significant parts of his fortune. The Swiss government has said it is temporarily freezing any assets in Swiss banks that could be linked to Mubarak, an uncharacteristically aggressive move for the secretive banking nation. But that doesn't mean the money will ever be returned to the Egyptian people, and it may even find its way to Mubarak eventually. Other Mubarak funds are reportedly sitting in British banks, and Mubarak was no doubt wily enough to squire away some cash in unlikely places. Plus, an eventual exile deal could allow Mubarak to retain some of his wealth, no questions asked, as long as he and his family leave Egypt and make no further bids for power.

Epic skimming is a common privilege of Middle Eastern despots, and Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were a bit less conspicuous than some of the Saudi princes and other Middle Eastern royals seen partying from time to time on the French Riviera or other hotspots. The family does reportedly own posh estates in London, New York, and Beverly Hills, plus a number of properties around the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh, where Mubarak reportedly went after resigning the presidency.

Mubarak also spread the wealth far and wide in Egyptian power circles--another Middle Eastern tradition--one reason he incurred the kind of loyalty that allowed him to rule for a remarkable three decades. Top Army officials were almost certainly on his payroll, which might help explain why the Army eased him out in the end--allowing a kind of in-country exile--instead of hounding him out of Egypt or imprisoning him once it was clear the tide had turned against him for good.

That money trail, in fact, will help determine whether Egypt becomes a more prosperous, democratic country, or continues to muddle along as an economic basket case. Even though he's out of power, Mubarak may still be able to influence the Army officials running the country, through the financial connections that made them all wealthy. And if not Mubarak, the next leader may be poised to start lining his pockets the same way Mubarak did. For Egypt to have a more effective, transparent economy, all of that will have to be cleaned up. There are probably a lot of people in Cairo who have been checking their bank balances lately.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

20 pages report



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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan,.......

Where is Sarawak? It is not in the list. Taib will not go.

Wait until the election and to be decided by the votes? It will never happen, and in fact Taib will die before that will happen. You must be dreaming.

Use the people's power, like the way the Philipinos kicked out Marcos. Else Taib will never step down. Do like what the people in North Africa and Middle-East are doing now. Our voice has to be heard loud.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

George Chan

Infamous George Chan. We heard recently about how his mistress (or former mistress?) got billions from the Heart Hospital equipment purchase.

In fact, a news has been around about his daughter, who is Taib's daughter in-law, together with Taib's son and sister, got almost free land from the state. These crooks have to stop and return their lands.

What has been the anti-corruption agency doing? Is it protecting the crooks in robbing us?

After Taib, Jabu, George Chan, who is next to surface in the Hornbill Wikileaks? Will it be Wong Soon Koh?


Monday, October 25, 2010
How did Sulaiman Taib's wife get RM70m shares?

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: DAP wants Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president George Chan to explain how his daughter Elisa Chan Wai Kuen @ Anisa Hamidah Abdullah received 12% of 269 acres of prime land near BDC Stampin, Kuching.

Sarawak DAP secretary-general Chong Cheing Jen said he has “solid evidence” of Elisa Chan's shareholding.

“I have solid evidence that his daughter was given 12% of the shares which are worth about RM70 million.

“Chan must explain as the people have the right to know,” said Chong, who is the Bandar Kuching MP.

He said Chan and SUPP have been telling the people that they were looking after their interests as far as land was concerned.

“But if you look at the Bako land issue where 3,000 acres of people’s land have been acquired by the government without giving satisfactory compensation and explanation and the land given to his daughter, it is obvious that Chan and SUPP are not looking after the people’s interest, but only their own interests.

“He must explain how his daughter got the state land so easily,” said Chong, adding that SUPP appeared to have adopted a new slogan -- cronies first, people last.

Elisa Chan is the wife of Sulaiman Taib, the son of the Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, and her 12% shares are being listed in a company known as Monarda Sdn Bhd.

Registered in November 2008, the company’s 100 shares have been divided among four persons. Taib's son Mahmud Abu Bakir holds the majority 52 shares.

Other shareholders are Taib's daughters' Jamilah Hamidah and Hanifah Hajar who each hold 12 shares, Anisa (12) and Chung Soon Nam (12).

Although the market value of the land is around RM500 million, Monarda paid only RM78,647,112.00.

This again is being paid in kind.

Campaign against tower

Chong, who is Kota Sentosa assemblyman, also urged Sarawakians, especially the Internet users, to support the facebook campaign against the construction of the 100-storey high Warisan Mernara building.

The proposed building was announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in Budget 2011 proposals.

So far the campaign has registered more than 140,000 people.

“This mega project is a waste of public money, even though Najib said that it would be carried out by the private sector.

"Permodalan Nasional Bhd is owned by Yayasan Pelaboran Bumiputra, a 100% government-linked company (GLC),” Chong said, adding that it is a trust.

He added that being a GLC meant that it was still the people's money that will be used and that there was no neccessity for such a building.

“But what the government should do is to look into 10 records which need immediate attention and rectification,” he said.

The 10 are crime rate, accident rate, budget deficit, government debt amounting to RM408 billion, brain drain, unemployed graduates, illegal immigrants, corruption, multi-billionaire chief minister, and daily transport costs coupled with lack of public transport.

“All these need the government's immediate attention,” he added. - FMT