Thursday, September 13, 2007

Petition to The Agong


Malaysia Today is going to send a Peoples’ Petition (Petisyen Rakyat) to His Highness The Yang di-Pertuan Agong. I really do not need to go into the host of reasons for the dire need of this Peoples’ Petition. Amongst some of the issues which are of concern to the Malaysian people are:

1) The recent shooting of two people in Kuala Terengganu.
2) The reported gang clashes in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johore over the 50th Merdeka celebration holiday that resulted in a few deaths.
3) The Auditor-General’s report that revealed gross and blatant abuses and transgressions in the management of the peoples’ money involving billions of Ringgit.
4) The state of affairs in the Royal Malaysian Police where even the former IGP Tun Hanif Omar admitted that corruption is a serious problem.
5) The state of affairs in the judiciary where senior judges have been bypassed in many promotion exercises in favour of candidates with blemished records.
6) The breakdown of law and order and allegations by serving police officers, who have signed Statutory Declarations or Affidavits, that the organised crime syndicate is running the police force.
7) The dangerous and alarming racial and religious divide.
8) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s implication in the Oil-for Food scandal.
9) The need for electoral reforms as proven by the incidences of gerrymandering and phantom voters in the many general elections before this and which will continue and prevail in the next general election.
Our concern is not confined to just these nine issues above but suffice that these nine demonstrate the urgent need for this petition. The actual text of the petition will be properly worded to meet the protocol requirements of a letter that is addressed to The Agong but the spirit of the petition will encompass the above.

If you support this Peoples’ Petition, please sign it in the blog below. You need not add any comments. In fact, we do not need your comments. Just add your name to it. If you do not support it then no need to do anything.

(Those not registered in Malaysia Today but would like to sign the petition just send me an e-mailed at raja.petra.kamarudin@gmail.com with the message "Signed" and your name.)
** Taken from Malaysia Today

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

ASLI-CPPS 50th Merdeka Anniversary Nation Building Dialogue

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute and the ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies will be jointly organizing the ASLI-CPPS 50TH Merdeka Anniversary Nation Building Dialogue on 30th August 2007, at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Sunway University College, Bandar Sunway at 9.30am.
Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and Former President of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan), Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu will be sharing some of their experiences, struggles and lessons of the past together with other key individuals who have been specially invited in light of their expertise to share their respective experiences.

The main objective of this Dialogue will be to discuss the experiences and lessons from the past learnt in the process of nation building, especially as Malaysia celebrates its 50th year of Independence. In celebrating the nation’s achievements and successes, struggles and challenges experienced must also be remembered and retold. Key issues covered will be on building a united Malaysian nation, discussing the social contract, history and formulation of the Malaysian Constitution, inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony and other key events that have shaped our nation to what it is today.

Other distinguished panelists at the Nation Building Dialogue will be Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Simon Sipaun, Vice-Chairman of SUHAKAM and Former Sabah State Secretary, Toh Puan Uma Sambanthan, wife of former MIC President, Tun V T Sambanthan, Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of International Movement for a JUST World, Ms. Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of the Malaysian Bar Council and Reverend Dr Hermen Shastri, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Council of Churches.

The Dialogue will provide a forum for all Malaysians to openly engage in an ongoing dialogue on the nation building process. Representatives from the Government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and key decision makers are invited to participate in this discussion. Arising from the presentations and discussions, we are hopeful that participants will go away with a better understanding of Malaysia’s journey, and more importantly where it seeks to go from here, taking into consideration the critical concerns and problems faced.

For information the event, please contact the following :

Tricia Yeoh
Senior Research Analyst
Centre for Public Policy Studies
tricia_yeoh@asli.com.my
012-6122100/ 03-20932820

Leong Yin Peng
Research Analyst
Centre for Public Policy Studies
yinpeng@asli.com.my
03-20934209

For further information on the press release, please contact:-
Eswari Kalugasalam, Director- Public Affairs and Publications, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) at 03-2093 5393, eswari@asli.com.my

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bangsa Malaysia Merdeka Get-togather


From Harris Ibrahim blog here

Event : Bangsa Malaysia Merdeka Get-together
Date : 25th August, 2007
Time : 8.30pm
Venue:Blog House (home of Malaysian All Blogs), No. 66, Lorong Setiabistari,
Damansara Heights, KL.


There will be no charge. This, however, means that only light refreshments will be served.

The organising team wishes it could have hosted the entire Malaysian population to this get-together. Maybe the next one. For the 25th, the event can only accomodate 200 people and attendance is by invitation.

The organising team has also put together a forum/workshop entitled ‘Bangsa Malaysia : The Way Forward’ that is scheduled to take place at 5pm on the same day and at the same venue. It is hoped that the participants, numbering at most 30, will stay on for the 8.30pm event.

Confirmed speakers for the forum/workshop are :

1. Dato Zaid Ibrahim
2. Zorro Unmasked
3. Jayanath Appudurai
4. Rocky’s Bru
5. Malik Imtiaz Sarwar
6. Azmi Sharom
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What you need to do to get an invitation

Firstly, as places are limited, please be sure that you can attend before you ask for the invitation. If you are very sure that you can make it, please send an e-mail to bangsamalaysiamerdeka@gmail.com if you want to attend the get-together.

If you wish to attend the forum/workshop and stay on for the get-together, please send an e-mail to bangsamalaysiaforum@gmail.com

In your email, please provide the following details :

1. Name (as per IC) and IC number
2. Contact number
3. A litle bit about yourself (where you’re from, what you do) [This might help us identify and decline c-t and SB]. Also tell us what your feelings are about the last fifty years of independance, what you would like to see this 50th year, and what your hopes are for the coming fifty years.
4. For those writing in to attend the forum/workshop, briefly tell us how you think you might contribute to making Bangsa Malaysia a reality

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All e-mails will be replied. All particulars furnished will be treated with utmost confidence.


Up-date:



Read Rocky, Jeff Ooi, Haris Ibrahim, Nuraina, June E, Walski, SK Thew, Bangmalaysia here and here, sobnation, Big Dog, Little Puppy Aishah, and many many more update by bloggers of teh event.


I am positively sure NO Malaysian is against the idea of Bangsa Malaysia, although we differ slightly on its definition and the many ways forward. Bangsa Malaysia is orang Malaysia, or Malaysians. Thus, as I see it, we must be singular in the purpose to be a United Malaysian. That has to start from the heart.


Although there are those with insecurity with others ideology, exterior and willingness to allow certain others to speak, that should be a natural temporary reaction. However to pick on an 11 year old as in here and most likely absent from the event itself, thats sheer prejudice and ignorance! Remove prejudice and buruk sangka!


Hidup Bangsa Malaysia!
Hidup Warisan Negara Merdeka!
Hidup Satu Bangsa Merdeka, Satu Bahasa dan Satu Jiwa!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

RPK's Wife Called In For Interrogation

Cops to quiz Raja Petra’s wife

The Star
August 8th, 2007

Police have summoned Malaysia Today website owner Raja Petra Kamarudin’s wife to give a statement today.

She was asked to present herself at the Dang Wangi police headquarters at 11am to give a statement pertaining to the investigation against Raja Petra.

Raja Petra said the police had called him yesterday and asked him to bring his wife to the police station to record a statement.

“I will be accompanying my wife to the police station,” he said yesterday.

The police questioned Raja Petra for eight hours on July 27 following a report lodged by Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.


07/08: Raja Petra’s Wife Called In For Interrogation
Category: General Posted by: Raja Petra

Malaysia Today

Raja Petra Kamarudin’s wife, Marina Lee, has been summoned to the Dang Wangi Police Station, Jalan Stadium, at 11.00am, Wednesday, 8 August 2007, for interrogation related to the investigation under the Sedition Act launched against Raja Petra.

It is not known whether the police are trying to build up a case against Marina as well so that she can be jointly-charged with Raja Petra.

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Pertemuan Blogger, Penulis dan NGO Dengan Tun Dr Mahathir Anjura PRIMA

The Jawatankuasa Ad-Hoc Warga Prihatin Malaysia (PRIMA) will be organising a meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at 10.00am on Wednesday, 15 August 2007. (More on PRIMA) The meeting will be held at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya. (More on the Perdana Leadership Foundation).

According to Dato’ Kamal Amir Kamal Hijaz, Tun Dr Mahathir is expected to address the assembly. It is not known what message Tun Dr Mahathir will be delivering but it would most probably touch on the issue of the alternative media, the right to freedom of expression, and the responsibility of bloggers. This would be most opportune within the backdrop of the current controversy which the foreign media equates as a ‘war’ between Umno and the blogging community.

Members of the mainstream media, alternative media, writers, journalists and those from the blogging community who would like to attend can contact Dharmala NS (muluk47@gmail.com or gurl_wawa@yahoo.com) or Dato Kamal (012-3975055, greatest_dad56@yahoo.com or greatestdad56est@gmail.com). As the auditorium has limited space it shall have to be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Khazanah Global Lecture Series


Khazanah Merdeka Series (KMS) is a Khazanah Nasional initiative comprising talks, seminar and a forum to foster a culture of knowledge-building and sharing so that current and future generations of Malaysians can participate effectively in country’s development agenda. REad more here.

Scheduled are:

15 Aug - Muhammad Yunus (Read Lulu here)
29 Aug - Joseph E Stiglitz
10 Dec - YAB Prime Minister
4 - 5 Sept - National Development Seminar
Time To Be Confirmed - Carlos Ghosn

There are limited places for public and it is available on a first-come-first-serve basis via website registration only here.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Film Documentary Visit Palestine

r27th July 2007

PRESS RELEASE

Documentary Premiere: Visit Palestine

The Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI), the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) and the Global Peace Mission (GPM) will be jointly organizing a Documentary Premiere screening entitled 'Visit Palestine' on Sunday, July 29, 2007, at 9.00 am.

The screening will take place at the Auditorium, Islamic Arts Museum, Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur. The Palestinian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, His Excellency Abdel Aziz Aboughosh, has agreed to be present at the occasion and will give a short address on the current situation in Palestine.

This documentary, published by Katie Barlow, is about Caiomhe Butterly, one of the growing numbers of volunteers who risk their own safety to intervene in the long-running and bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine. Several internationals, including her, have now been injured. Some have died.

In this film, she describes witnessing the aftermath of the attack on Jenin in April 2002. The film follows her work, the main emphasis being "the accompaniment of communities at risk". Despite being threatened, shot in the leg and deported later that year, she is determined to go back.

In the interim, she brings her story back to her native Ireland at public meetings, receives a Time Magazine "European Hero Award", and travels to post-war Iraq to visit the Palestinian refugee camps. She arrives back in Jenin, shortly before a young woman from that community, Hanadi Jaradat, blows herself up in a suicide bombing in Haifa.

Activists such as Butterly are usually stereotyped as lunatics, meddlers or saints. This film offers an insight into a brave, honest, determined yet self-critical woman who takes direct action to the limit, with no quest for glory. She also serves as a conduit into the everyday lives of Palestinians, who are also usually presented to the viewer in a one-dimensional way, as fighters or victims, heroes or fanatics. The film gives us a rare chance to see what she calls "the spaces of beauty and joy" created by a people under occupation.

The event is open to the public and the media. We invite you to RSVP and join us for the documentary screening on Sunday, July 29, 2007, 9am – 12 noon at the Auditorium, Islamic Arts Museum, Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free. Please call MSRI at 4252-8699 or ABIM at 4256-9822.

Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI)
Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM)
Global Peace Mission (GPM)

Update:

Read A Voice's Catatan Ku: Caiomhe Butterly, Anugerah Hero Eropah Majallah Time



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Monday, July 23, 2007

Raja Petra Kamaruddin: News, Petition & Event


Latest on Police Report & Investigation on RPK, read Malaysia Today and latest on RPK at Google Blog Search.

Express your solidarity, sign Citizens In Solidarity with Raja Petra and Freedom of Speech! petition at Petition Online and Investigate Malaysia Today Allegations On Muhammad Muhammad Taib petition at Petition Online.

Sepetang Bersama Raja Petra

UNDANGAN KEPADA PENULIS BLOGGER

Jawatankuasa Ad-Hoc Warga Prihatin Malaysia (PRIMA) menganjurkan ‘Sepetang Bersama Raja Petra’, 5 Ogos 2007 ini di Serambi Nelayan, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur jam 4.00 petang.

Penulis-penulis blogger dijemput hadir bagi memberi sokongan moral kepada Raja Petra Kamaruddin yang berhadapan dengan ancaman pihak yang berkuasa, lagi berkuasa dan mahu terus berkuasa.

Jurucakap PRIMA, Dato’ Kamal Amir Kamal Hijaz berkata, sokongan moral kepada Raja Petra bukan bermakna mencabar kepimpinan negara, tetapi mempertahankan ‘kebebasan intelektual’ bagi menentang ‘perhambaan minda manusia kepada manusia’ bagi menjana masyarakat yang tak menerima ‘robot bernyawa’.


Dipetik dari blog Jawatankuasa Ad Hoc Prima sini.

Sepetang bersama Raja Petra telah dibatalkan atas sebab-sebab keselamatan. Sila baca di Malaysia Today di sini. - August 1st, 2007

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Blogger Buff 2007

  • Bloggers Buff 2007 was mooted to be a stepping stone to get Malaysian bloggers from various genres together in a day to open up their minds towards different aspects of blogging and to comment on issues that affect bloggers in the country.

    It will be a workshop cum forum event, where we plan to call established speakers to grace the event and share with us their experiences. The speaker list would be released soon once we've managed to confirm with them.
    Our objectives include:

    To create a good network of Malaysian bloggers of different genres.
    To alienate fears and negative perception of blogs in mainstream print media.
    To promote blogging as a hobby and as a potential income generator.
    To promote blogging as a medium to exchange information.

    Till then, here are the details regarding the workshop :

    When : Sunday, 8th of July 2007( 8.30am – 5.30pm)

    Where :Dewan Dato’ Haji Sidek, Jalan Kg Attap, K.Lumpur

    Who : This workshop is opened for about 50-60 Malaysian bloggers of all genres and race. Registration for this event would be starting soon.


    How much : We're making this as low cost as possible by absorbing most of the costs. Tentatively we've decided on a RM5 fee per person that can be paid on the day of the event. Lunch and tea breaks are served.

    Updates : Some of our confirmed speakers including :
    Dato Ahmad Talib, ex-NSTP Editor
    Timothy of Nuffnang.com
    Mr P Kamalanathan of Cordinator of Putera MIC
    MalaysiaKini.com Representative
    ...and a few more surprise speakers... coming soon! Check this space out!

More updated info: Look out in their blog here

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Rocky's Saga In Pursuit Of Truth

Fainted or Giddy: Rocky Fast Forwarded


The Fast Foward program without Rocky (taken from Howsy's Sensointrovert blog)


Rocky, the All Blog Protem President was invited to appear on RTM2 program Fast Forward on Tuesday May 15th, 2007 8:30 p.m. The program intended to talk about Press Freedom and he is appropriate a person to discuss about it. By midnight, he got to know that the program was postphoned. Read his posting here.

By Tuesday, it is obvious that he was dropped (as he update it here). The program was not postphoned. In fact, the originally planned panelists, The Sun's Zainon Ahmad and Bernama's Azman Bujang (via the phone) was present, together with The Star's Bunn Negara and the host Hamidah Hamid.


Rocky felt that he was dropped because his earlier presence on Hello On Two some two weeks ago was too hot. Thats partly true but frankly Rocky, I believed it is more to do with his Sunday posting on Pak Lah's alleged "pengsan" or "pitam".



Pak Lah before the alleged "pengsan" or "pitam" (taken from Patrick Teoh's Niamah blog)

Arising from that incident, he was attacked by Pak Lah himself, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, Dato Shaziman, and Dato Lim Keng Yaik yesterday. Pak Lah and Mohd Taib's response were merely forms of denial.

Of all, Dato Shaziman expressed the strongest words. He spoke of using Penal Code, if there is any element of slander. He mentioned of applying the CMC Act which could result with RM50,000 fines and jail term. Strangely, his comments were made without reading Rocky's posting.

His boss, Dato Seri Lim Keng Yaik was more realistic in his response yesterday. "There is nothing we can do. What you want me to do? Block the whole thing? If they break the law and we know who they are, we will go after them."

He said further, "You want to listen to all these fellows, the lies and misinformation? You get confused and you do not know what is the truth, half-truth or lies. But as you become more knowledgeable, you can differentiate (them).”

Thats exactly what we have been saying. Just like the existence of NST and TV3 in the mainstream media, it also exist in the Internet. Let the consumer decide. I am sure they are wise enough to know an decide.

Dato Lim mentioned of request by "... minister you have to stop this and stop that." But this was his reply, "I can’t stop because knowledge, good or bad, come together.” He added, which is good advise for his Deputy, "Through the Internet, you select the knowledge and not the minister who pushes the knowledge to you."

By the way, TV3 insinuate Rocky as making "fitnah." Perhaps, lets all read again Rocky's posting here and decide. Lets also listen to Pak Lah's own words below or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5TAs51Cwi8.



Did Rocky fabricate or "fitnah" as TV3 described? Whether he "pengsan" or "pitam", Rocky reported it professionally and even did the necessary updates. Whats the fuss? Where's the beef? Damn you people! Give Rocky a break! Isn't his plate already full with NST and the four rectums' lawsuit?

We understand that information like this is serious s**t for it affects the head of Government. Wiser head should have prevailed to avoid commotion and possibly panic among the general public.

Lets look at a recent revelation of the past. Should we be putting under wrap the illness of the late Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak that led to his death? A physically impaired Prime Minister can seriously make wrong decision and have his decision made by some insiduous characters around him.

Can we take that kind of risk? Think about it!

From: Another Brick in the Wall

More take on these issues from Howsy here, Pasquale here, Susan Loone here, the venerable blogger Dalai Baru here, Multimid's coverage here and The Malaysian here. Patrick Teoh has an interesting posting here. Not to be left out are Sagaladoola here and Jeff Ooi here.

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Saturday, May 5, 2007

World Press Freedom Day 2007 May 3rd



NUJM Urges Govt To Acknowledge Blogging As A New Media

May 03, 2007 00:23 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Bernama) -- The National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJM) is urging the government to acknowledge the existence of internet citizen reporting and blogging as a new media for disseminating information.

Its president, Norila Mohd Daud said this online phenomenon had made great impact in the country as an alternative information source on current issues affecting the public.

"The usage of internet and the concept of the uncensored `borderless world' have made information more easily accessible to anyone. As such, any abuses committed by public officials can be immediately exposed on the internet," she said in a statement issued here, in conjunction with the International Press Freedom Day which falls tomorrow.

She said it was also in line with the government's mission in ensuring greater accountability and transparency, as well as improving its delivery system.

At the same time, she said that the growth of this new media channel had influenced mainstream media and changed the current journalism landscape.

"In view of this latest development, NUJM feels that the government should accord greater freedom to the local media by amending restrictive laws such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act, and Official Secret Act (OSA)," she said.

NUJM, she said, was of the opinion that the enactment of a Freedom of Information Act could improve the flow of information between the government agencies, the media and the public.

-- BERNAMA

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Perdana Discourse Series: Media & National Development


Perdana Discourse Series: Media & National Development.
April 18th, 2007,
Perdana Leadership Foundation
Putrajaya.

Details here, here, and here.

Latest Update:
Report on event (as at posting): BigDog
Expect a lot of attention on Tun's apology for wrong fact on the "house in Perth" spin as "Tun apologise to Pak Lah". Rocky, and expect many blogs on this.

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Event: Bloggers United - Gathering Malaysia 2007



Name:
Bloggers United Malaysia Gathering 2007 - Embrace and Engage
An event in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May

Date:
19th May 2007

Time:
6.30pm – 1100 pm.


  • Forum: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

  • Drinks: 8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Buffet: 8.30pm - 11.00pm

Venue:
The Lake View Club
Lot 3606, SS12/1, Subang Jaya
47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Malaysia Tel: +603 (0)3733-8342

Payment:
RM30 via Maybank account number:
Please email …. for confirmation details.

Attire:
Smart casual

RSVP:
By 9th May 2007 (Wednesday). Please send all correspondence to howsyh@gmail.com.

Speakers:
Confirmed attendance by Jeff Ooi, Marina Mahathir, Sonia Randhawa, Citizen Nades, Rocky Bru, Tian Chua, and Tony Pua.

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I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.” - Voltaire