Malaysians United Against Govt's Highly Controversial Toll Hike
Read here on Colour-Blind -Ronnie Liu
".... I was delighted to see that we have almost equal number of Malay and Chinese protestors, plus quite a good number of Indians. We also witnessed a big number of women and students of all races joining the protest enthusistically.
The demo was led by Syed Shahir, the President of MTUC. He is the Chiarman of the Coalition Against Toll Hike. He said TOL stands for “Tipu orang lagi” and Dr Hatta Ramli of Pas added his own version-”Tolak orang lemah”.
We were also encouraged by the courage and high spirit shown by the protestors. A friend of mine from the Keadilan even stood right in front of the FRUs, using the top of his voice to warn them not to use violence against the protestors. The police has refrained from using violence this time and no one was man-handled or arrested by them.
In my address to the protestors and the police.....I pointed out that all toll concessions were given to either Umno or Umno-related companies.
The leaders of NGOs and opposition parties(DAP, Pas, PKR and PSM) took turn to address the protestors.
The Press Coverage of the Anti-Toll Hike Demonstration
Read here on Rocky's Bru
".....There were journalists and pixmen covering the people's protest against the toll hike in Sunway yesterday.
Unfortunately, a call to the editors at Utusan Malaysia and the Star ensured that their reports and pictures didn't make it to print.
Half a call to Hishamuddin Aun from the 4th floor operator was all it took to censor the entire news about the people's protest.
The Sun, however, had a picture and story headlined Anti-toll protest attracts Big crowd for its on-line.
Which shows that all you need to promote greater media freedom is the balls to say NO to the 4th floor (sic) Putrajaya operators. ..."
The Toll Hike
"..... Tulisan saya yang lalu telah mencetuskan perbahasan yang hangat di kalangan pengunjung blog ini.
...Majoriti berpendapat bahawa kerajaan TIDAK sepatutnya membenarkan kenaikan tol dan tarif yang terlalu tinggi.
Secara ringkas, pendapat dan pandangan mereka boleh disimpulkan seperti berikut:1. Kerajaan telah gagal menunaikan janji-janjinya walaupun diberikan mandat besar pada pilihan raya umum 2004;
2. Kerajaan menjadi bongkak kerana menang besar pada pilihan raya umum itu;
3. Wakil Rakyat Barisan Nasional lebih mengutamakan kepentingan peribadi dengan memuji dan memuja pembesar-pembesar parti daripada bersuara dan bertindak bagi pihak rakyat jelata;
4. Yang perlu diubah bukan parti yang memerintah tetapi para pembesar yang menerajuinya;
5. BN masih berupa parti campuran pelbagai kaum yang terbaik dan paling “viable’;
6. Parti-parti pembangkang belum berjaya menunjukkan bukti yang meyakinkan bahawa mereka mampu menjadi alternatif kepada BN;
7. Barisan Alternatif lebih daripada mampu untuk menggantikan BN dan perlu diberikan peluang;
8. BN tidak akan dijatuhkan atau akan kalah pada pilihan raya akan datang tetapi majoritinya perlu dikurangkan supaya ia sedar kesilapannya dan tidak terlalu bongkak;
9. Cara terbaik mencapai matlamat ini ialah dengan tidak keluar mengundi atau memberi undi rosak manakala yang lain pula berpendapat cara terbaik ialah dengan mengundi pembangkang; dan
10. Umumnya mereka sependapat bahawa dasar, pendekatan dan tindakan kerajaan sejak pilihan raya 2004 membebankan mereka....."
- A. Kadir Jasin
The Murder of the Mongolian Girl in Malaysia
Roslan SMS Corner... Read here
Even the Kelantan MBs son was handcuffed when he was detained under the ISA, a law that blatantly denies justice.
Therefore in Razaks case we hope that despite being linked to people upstairs, no VIP treatment be accorded to him so long as he stands as an accused in this trial.
Justice must not only be done it must also be seen to be done...."
Stop calling the murdered Mongolian girl a model
Read here in Politics 101 Malaysia
....I wish a reputable news media like Malaysiakini would stop tagging Altantuya Shaariibuu as a “model” just like the mainstream ones are doing.
She’s a professional translator and secretary. If she had ever modelled, which is denied by a family, it was probably more out of fun than as a career.
Referring to her as a “model” is misleading, petty and inaccurate..."
Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Trying to Interfere with Judge Segara's Decision
Read here in Cakap Tak Seruapo Bikin
".....Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz said there was a possibility of hearing being brought forward. "The March 2008 hearing date is too far off. I think what the judge did was to go on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, public interest cases should be given priority," he said.
The language used is funny? All cases involving those under remand (that is, detention without trial as yet) are construed as of "Public Interest" - That's the rule of law and the rule of natural justice.
How is it that "high profile publicised cases" are framed as to be "Public Interest" case? Does it mean that those cases which the Press gave front page attention are Public Interest cases?
Judge Segara was right:"The court is not here to please the public, the Press or anybody else. We want cases to be carried out in a fair manner. Hence I do not see any need or urgency to fix an early trial date for this case. Publicity is not grounds to give an early date...it is not fair for those cases not taken an interest in by the Press to be left in the cold."
Blooper in New Straits Times.
Read here in The Aisehman
".... If the people at the New Straits Times are looking for a reason, just one reason, as to why the newspaper is faring poorly, then they only have to look at their frontpage today:
' Strategies mapped out by the prime minister are excellent, a seminar on Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s three years in office was told. But his projects are sadly … HELD UP BY BLOOPERS'
And “bloopers”? A blooper is a clumsy mistake, a faux pas, unintentionally committed.
The speakers at the seminar were NOT talking about bloopers; they were talking about fuck-ups.
And what’s this bullshit about “before” Pak Lah’s “time”? Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been in the Government, in one capacity or another, for so long that he’s become part of the furniture.
After 22 years of Mahathir, we thought we were going to see a better way of doing things.
We were all excited over the new guy. He was making all the right noises. We were going to work with him, not for him. But it’s clear to us now that beneath the disguise of so-called reforms, it’s still the same old shit. How utterly and bitterly disappointing.
We made a mistake in the last General Election, and what a clumsy mistake he has turned out to be. ..."