Archive for April 21st, 2011

Explain DAP-SNAP merger invite, PKR tells Kit Siang

By Clara Chooi
April 21, 2011

KUCHING, April 21 — Sarawak PKR demanded a clarification today from Lim Kit Siang for inviting SNAP to merge with DAP without prior discussion with his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners.

SNAP, a Sarawak-based opposition party, came at odds with PKR during the just concluded Sarawak polls after seat distribution talks broke down.

Warning that such a merger would affect the existing relationship between PR’s key coalition partners — PKR, DAP and PAS — Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said today that Lim, as a veteran leader in the DAP, should explain his suggestion.

“Sarawak PKR is surprised to learn that Lim Kit Siang wants a ‘merger’ of DAP and SNAP. Since we are PR partners, we would appreciate a clarification of this proposal from Lim and the DAP,” he said in a statement today.

Baru, who was one of three PKR candidates who triumphed in the just-concluded Sarawak polls, reminded Lim that SNAP had attempted to “undermine” PKR by contesting against the party and forcing multi-cornered fights.

“SNAP has also consistently been negatively critical of PKR for reasons best known only to them.

“If anything, PKR Sarawak is deeply disappointed and saddened by SNAP’s approach within PR since we have always regarded SNAP as our partners,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »


MCA leadership showing itself even more irrelevant after its ignominious rejection by voters in Sarawak state elections

The MCA leadership is showing itself to be even more irrelevant after its ignominious rejection by the Sarawak voters in the Sarawak state elections on Saturday.

MCA President Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi had gone to Sarawak as Barisan Nasional paramount Chinese leader and other MCA Ministers and leaders as “heroes” and “saviours” of SUPP but they all returned as pygmies.

One of the biggest mistakes made by SUPP in the recent Sarawak state elections was to expect the MCA and Gerakan leaders to save them, when SUPP leaders should have realized that these very MCA/Gerakan leaders could not save themselves or their own political parties!

This is the reason for the recent extraordinary MCA political gyrations with the MCA President egging on SUPP to boycott the Sarawak state cabinet while a MCA Vice President called on Tan Sri Abdul Taib to quit as Sarawak Chief Minister as he has lost the support of the Chinese community in the state.

All very correct and proper – except they reek of political hypocrisy and raised a mountain of questions, such as what the four MCA Ministers and seven Deputy Ministers are doing in the Federal Cabinet; why Chua did not review MCA’s earlier unprincipled decision in 2008 to be part of government when he took over as MCA President but instead was more interested to get his son appointed as Deputy Minister and elevate his confidantes in government through the Senate backdoor; and whether the MCA leadership would dare to tell Najib to resign as PM as it is asking Taib to quit as Chief Minister?
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Alleged Anwar sex tape2 – Police in danger of suffering knock-out blow in public confidence which only a change of government can restore

It is exactly one month ago that Malaysians were sprung with the alleged Anwar Ibrahim sex tape made public by a cloak-and-dagger screening at the Carcosa Sri Negara on March 21 to select media representatives.

Malaysians now know that this is Alleged Anwar Sex Tape2 as 12 years ago in 1999, a sex video linking Anwar had surfaced and was investigated by the police.

This was revealed by Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim, who was then the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Division (CID) chief and who had investigated the Alleged Anwar Sex Tape1.

The Police had dismissed the Alleged Anwar Sex Tape1 as a smear and attempt at character assassination of Anwar in 1999. The Alleged Anwar Sex Tape2 is the latest attempt to smear and character-assassinate Anwar.

Zain has asked the Police to widen its investigations into the Carcosa sex video to ascertain whether there are any possible links between the two Alleged Anwar Sex Tapes separated by 12 years, viz: Read the rest of this entry »


DAP dares MCA to dissolve and call for Najib’s resignation

By Clara Chooi
April 21, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The DAP challenged MCA leaders today to dissolve their party or call on the prime minister to resign should he lose Chinese community support in the coming general election.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang charged that the MCA was being hypocritical in calling for Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s resignation due to his failure to deliver the Chinese vote last week, pointing out that the MCA itself had performed no better in Election 2008.

In the Sarawak state polls last Saturday, Barisan Nasional (BN) lost 16 seats to the opposition, most of them Chinese-majority urban seats.

In Election 2008, MCA suffered its worst ever electoral defeat when it saw its parliamentary representation cut by more than half from 31 to just 15 seats.

“Now they are asking Taib to resign on grounds that he lost the Chinese vote. Will they apply the same standard to PM (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak)?

“And why is MCA still in the Cabinet? Why was MCA’s president (Datuk Seri Dr) Chua Soi Lek so keen on securing his son (Chua Tee Yong) a deputy minister’s post?” Lim asked.

DAP publicity chief Tony Pua, who led the party’s campaign in Sarawak, agreed, saying that the MCA should “dissolve” itself for having failed in its purpose of representing the Chinese community. Read the rest of this entry »



(Latest Open Letter by Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim, former KL CID Chief to the Inspector-General of Police)

Mat Zain Ibrahim

18hb.April 2011


YDH Tan Sri Haji Ismail Hj.Omar,
Ketua Polis Negara,
Polis Di-Raja Malaysia, Melalui:Email dan Dengan Tangan
Bukit Aman,
50560 Kuala Lumpur,
Email:[email protected]

YDH Tan Sri,


1. Sepertimana juga sebilangan besar rakyat,saya turut mengikuti perkembangan penyiasatan Polis berkaitan isu video seks menerusi MSM dan juga media alternatif yang akan masuk minggu ke-empat.Berdasarkan kepada komen-komen mereka yang berpeluang membuatnya,menampakkan ramai yang mempersoalkan hala tuju penyiasatan Polis. Malah ramai yang membantah secara lantang pendirian Polis yang dikatakan jelas kelihatan berat sebelah terhadap satu pihak yang bertelagah dalam isu ini.

2. Saya jemput Tan Sri merujuk kepada Surat Terbuka saya bertarikh 28 March 2011 yang kemudiannya dibahaskan diParlimen.Saya mengekalkan dan mengulangi kenyataan-kenyataan saya dalam Surat Terbuka tersebut,serta mengambil kandungannya sebagai sebahagian dan lanjutan kepada surat ini.Saya mengekalkan pendirian saya bahawa isu video lucah ini adalah merupakan pertembungan peribadi antara Rahim Thamby Chik dan Anwar Ibrahim.

3. Saya yakin Polis mampu mengambil pendirian yang professional dan berkecuali menangani siasatan ini,serta memberikan pendengaran yang adil kepada kedua- dua belah pihak,sambil memberikan mereka “gelanggang yang samarata”(level playing field),untuk membuktikan kebenaran masing-masing.

4. Bukan menjadi hasrat saya mencampuri siasatan Polis,namun begitu sebagai seorang pesara Polis yang berpeluang menangani isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan Anwar dan Rahim serta beberapa kenamaan lain ketika dalam perhidmatan,saya rasa terpanggil untuk mendedahkan maklumat-maklumat yang saya percaya dapat membantu siasatan. Read the rest of this entry »


Another alleged sex tape of Anwar in 1999, says ex-cop

By Shannon Teoh
April 21, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — A retired senior police officer has said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was linked to a sex video in 1999, and is asking for an investigation to uncover any connection with similar allegations last month.

Former KL CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim wrote about his suspicions in an open letter to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar this week, saying he had investigated the first case 12 years ago.

“Several comparisons and questions arise regarding the two sex videos. I am of the opinion that the investigation into the 2011 Sex Video II must take into account the circumstances surrounding the 1999 Sex Video I.

“There is a ‘nexus’ between the two,” he wrote in the letter that was made available to The Malaysian Insider.

A mysterious “Datuk T” had first screened the video purportedly showing the opposition leader having sex with a Chinese prostitute on March 21.

Former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim and businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah later took responsibility for the 21-minute recording, stating that their aim was to “show that a man who wants to be prime minister is not qualified.” Read the rest of this entry »


1 Malaysia email page changed on Pemandu website

By Shannon Teoh
April 21, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) changed details of the 1 Malaysia email project on its website between the day it was announced and yesterday, and now calls it a private sector initiative when it was previously listed as a government initiative.

“The 1Malaysia Email project is a government initiative in providing a unique and official email account and ID for the citizens of Malaysia,” the description read on Tuesday.

Since yesterday, the description of the RM50 million project read: “The 1Malaysia Email project which features the domain name of ‘’ is a private sector initiative led by Tricubes Berhad to provide a unique and official email account and user ID for interested citizens of Malaysia.”

This came after public outcry over the project that many said was a waste of public funds forced both Pemandu and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to clarify on Tuesday that the government would not fund the platform for secure communication with the public.

As of 8am today, close to 36,000 Facebook users have joined a virtual protest against the project and both #1malaysiaemail and Tricubes are still among the top 10 Malaysian topics on microblogging site Twitter, nearly two days after the emails were first announced.

The unit, under Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala, insisted yesterday that the project is a private sector initiative despite a report by The Malaysian Insider that the government had invited bids last November for a RM50 million government services Internet solution. Read the rest of this entry »


DAP-Snap merger would break the mould

By Terence Netto
Apr 21, 11

COMMENT If a mature politics is a pattern of creative responses to society’s vast inertia and small margin for change, then the idea of a merger between DAP and Snap is one of the more stimulating propositions to emerge in recent times.

With one stroke, Alexander of Macedon solved all the mystery of the Gordian knot. A DAP-Snap merger, in one fell swoop, would break the racial mould in which Sarawak’s politics has for the last four decades been mired.

Floated by the DAP’s strategic director, Lim Kit Siang, in the immediate aftermath of his party’s redoubtable showing in the Sarawak polls last Saturday, the idea is a win-win proposition for both parties.

For the DAP, the merger would enable them to field suitable Chinese Malaysian candidates in Dayak-majority seats; as for Snap, they can commend capable Dayak candidates to stand in the urban centres in Sarawak where Chinese voters predominate and who, in the election last week, overwhelmingly preferred DAP candidates to rival, SUPP, ones.

This hypothetical cross-fielding of candidates would begin to bridge the real but unspoken gulf in Sarawak: the chasm in politics and economics that exist between the more affluent Chinese and the majority and disadvantaged Dayaks, especially the Iban.

The gulf is compounded on the one side by condescension and, on the other, by mistrust. It’s the kind of divide that politicians are loath to deal with. In sallying forth to try, Lim delivers another blow to his critics’ unfair stereotype of him as a covert racist. Read the rest of this entry »


S’wak: Why Pakatan failed to deny 2/3rd majority

By Ong Kian Ming

I did not have time to write a prediction piece for the recently concluded Sarawak state election because I was heavily involved in the campaign this time, rather than analysing it as an outside observer.

But I did tweet and put on Facebook (and placed a few friendly wagers) that the BN would lose its two-thirds majority by failing to win at least 47 seats. I was, not for the first time and certainly not for the last time, wrong.

In this first of my two-part analysis of this election, I will quickly lay out the basis for my initial optimism and then proceed to explain, using the election results, why my prediction did not materialise.

I will pay particular attention to the very complicated voting patterns exhibited by the various non-Muslim bumiputera groups because these voters were, and will likely be, the swing voters come the next general election.
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