Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Benarlah kata pepatah orang tua " Ibu bapa boleh menjaga ramai anak tetapi anak-anak tidak boleh menjaga ibu bapa mereka". Di dunia akhir zaman ini banyak cerita pelik berlaku. Kisah ibu bapa menyaman anak jika ada berlaku mungkin di dunia barat, tetapi sekarang sudah merebak di Malaysia. Kisah lanjut di sini.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed today added to concerns over the proposed low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Labu, Negeri Sembilan, insisting that the capacity at existing airports is sufficient.
"We have three airports in and around the capital city Kuala Lumpur, one in Sungai Besi, one in Subang and one in Sepang. Sepang was designed for 125 million passengers a year," he said referring to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Writing in his blog, Dr Mahathir alluded to the idea that news of a new LCCT less than two years after the one at KLIA was opened, was sheer madness by referring to "voices" he had been hearing.
"Right now the voices tell me we are handling only 25 million passengers. So we have capacity for another 100 million passengers more. But the voices said we will be building a new airport at Labu," he stated.
"After thinking up about raising buffalos in Langkawi, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi must be congratulated for yet another great idea," he added to mock his successor.
He was referring to Buffalo Park Langkawi, said to be the current prime minister's brainchild.
The government yesterday gave government-linked company (GLC) Sime Darby the go ahead to develop the LCCT.
Sime Darby and local budget airline AirAsia Bhd had proposed to jointly develop and operate the RM1.6 billion LCCT which will be known as KLIA-East@Labu although this estimate does not include the 3,000-acre tract of land where it would be constructed.
Dr Mahathir sarcastically remarked that "the building of the airport should stimulate the economy. Somebody can make quite a bit selling land.
A GLC will get the job and contract it out to some lucky bloke. There will be a whole lot of other contracts to look forward to. It could even help with the coming recession."
Malaysia's fourth prime minister, whose 22 year administration saw vast development in the country, also made jibes at the location of the project.
Referring to the constant "free flights" promotion by AirAsia and the cost of getting to the airport, he said that "the distance to Kuala Lumpur would be longer but of course it would be nearer than Seremban and other parts in Negri Sembilan. But that's all right as you don't pay any fare for the flights, only for the fares to the airport."
"Maybe the Government can enlighten us why Sepang or even Subang is not suitable. Has the Sepang Formula One circuit taken up all the land so we cannot build any more facility in Sepang?" he said.( Malaysia Insider)
Manakala, di blog MP Wangsa Maju, 18 SOALAN MP PERLU DIJAWAP OLEH KERAJAAN:
1. Why the hurry to rush through the approval to build KLIA East @ Labu? Has it got anything to do with Abdullah Badawi’s term as the prime minister coming to an end in March 2009?
2. Is the construction of KLIA East @ Labu a purported attempt to shore up and safeguard the political future of a young and ambitious politician?
3. Why build KLIA East @ Labu when KLIA is still grossly under-utilised until today? (KLIA was originally designed to handle 125 million passengers a year but is now only handling about 25 million.)
4. Why build KLIA East @ Labu when the government has already built LCCT in Sepang and spent a total of almost RM244 million for the seeming exclusive use of AirAsia? (The sum includes the RM123.9 million used for its extension and upgrade as recently as 2008 last year.)
5. Why build KLIA East @ Labu when it will be a threat to public safety when its location is dangerously close to busy KLIA and LCCT in Sepang with a straight-line distance of only 10 km between them when ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) strictly recommends that the minimum distance between two airports should be at least 40 km?
6. Why build KLIA East @ Labu when it will be at a much further distance away from the Klang valley where far more passengers will hail from?
7. Why build KLIA East @ Labu at such great cost for the exclusive use of one airline - AirAsia?
8. After the construction of KLIA East @ Labu is completed, will LCCT in Sepang be abandoned?
9. What is the synergy between the businesses of Sime Darby (a GLC) and AirAsia (a private company) that makes good sense for both companies to consider coming together to build KLIA East @ Labu and hope to make a success of it?
10. Sime Darby does not own enough land in Negeri Sembilan for building KLIA East @ Labu which will require about 3,000 acres. So from whom will Sime Darby be buying land? Who are the owners of this land? Are they cronies, family members and/or people who are friendly and personally connected with Sime Darby and AirAsia?
11. If KLIA East @ Labu is apparently a joint-venture between Sime Darby and AirAsia, does AirAsia have the fund for this massive RM1.6 billion project when the company has suffered heavy losses for hedging aero fuel price and has to take delivery of 150 Airbus planes at an average of 1 plane per month?
12. Is it too far-fetched to consider that KLIA East @ Labu is perhaps built to help accommodate the parking need of AirAsia’s Airbus planes as they are delivered?
13. AirAsia sells air tickets in advance as far ahead as 1 to 2 years which is equivalent to deposit-taking. What will happen to this money which belongs to the public in the event AirAsia goes under because of its heavy commitment and undertaking in the construction of KLIA East @ Labu?
14. If AirAsia is purportedly doing well and has the fund to build KLIA East @ Labu, what are the reasons then behind all the foreign investors selling off their shares in AirAsia?
15. What is the reason for EPF to be the biggest investor of AirAsia, a JV partner in the construction of KLIA East @ Labu with Sime Darby, and why does EPF continue to buy shares in AirAsia when its share price continues to dip south?
16. Does Sime Darby and AirAsia have the fund to sustain the maintenance of KLIA East @ Labu when it will cost, on average, about RM40 million a year to maintain an airport?
17. Is the reason for EPF to be a major shareholder in AirAsia, which has entered into a JV with Sime Darby to build KLIA East @ Labu at great cost, so that when this massive project needs to be bailed out EPF will be there to do so with the rakyat’s money?
18. Even though the construction of KLIA East @ Labu is claimed to be a Privately Funded Investment venture, should the authority throw caution to the wind and compromise on public safety by giving its approval?
Despite the seemingly beneficial economic development it brings to Negeri Sembilan at first glance, should the authority in all honesty in the name of public safety, public convenience and public interest be conscionable to give its blessing and approval for the building of KLIA East @ Labu for some - if not all - of the questions asked above?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tidak seperti di negara jiran kita, Indonesia, poll online atau poll sms di TV sudah menjadi budaya di sana sejak tahun 2004 lagi. Semasa saya menonton TV di Padang, Sumatera Barat pada PRU 2004, poll sms di TV menunjukkan Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) mendahului undian sms di TV tetapi apabila keputusan PRU dikeluarkan mojoriti kerusi dimenangi oleh Partai Golongan Karyawan (GOLKAR).
Bila ditanya pada orang disana, jawapan mereka adalah undian sms hanya untuk orang yang kaya iaitu mereka yang ada TV dan handphone untuk mengundi sedangan majoriti pengundi duduk di kampung-kampung.
Bagaimana nasib calon PAS... Ikuti tinjauan m-Star disini
Saturday, January 3, 2009
by Alix Van Buren
"The Super-Most Wanted" Meshal
DAMASCUS—The day of Hamas' triumph, the supreme leader, Khaled Meshal, keeps his euphoria in check and weighs his words: "This is a first step. Yet, other steps are needed before the goal: the liberation from the occupation".
It's not easy to succeed in meeting Meshal (Abu'l Walid, for his followers). Being a moving target of Israel, he continually changes his headquarters. In Amman, the Mossad injected poison behind his ear with an air-compressed syringe. After being discovered and captured, the Israeli agents were released in exchange for the antidote. The fact raised an international crisis.
Now we're being brought by an armoured, smoke-windowed Mercedes 200 to meet him. Off with the mobile phones, that have been disassembled and put in a metallic box, off with the bags, off with the shoes.
Mr. Khaled Meshal, what does victory taste like?
"You should ask that to the Americans and Israelis, judging by their dismay before the outcome of the elections. Washington invokes democracy. Well, the constituency expressed their vote. Maybe our democracy has a not much welcomed face to the westerners: however, this is a great day for our nation".
Is it also for peace? Israel considers your victory as a catastrophe, the end of peace process.
"That depends on Israel, not on us. If it is willing to acknowledge the rights of the Palestinians, to live freely on their own lands, then peace is at hand. We're ready. But are they?"
Mr. Meshal, are you willing to negotiate?
"Since Madrid and Oslo, accords have lead nowhere. The peace process is at a deadlock, the Palestinian life quality has worsened, the fence is moving forward and engulfing further lands. As to the Road Map, it is unacceptable. It imposes upon us detailed conditions: the disarmament and the arrest of mujaheddins, the giving up of resistance. Yet it's vague as regards Israel's duties: it doesn't say a word about Jerusalem, the refugees' fate, the extension of territories to give back".
Nor does Hamas make clear about which part of Palestine it means to free. Please, say it yourself: do you mean to recover historic Palestine that comprises Israel or only the territories occupied in 1967?
"I'll answer you with another question: why does the world ask the Palestinians to define the borders of its own homeland while it doesn't ask the Italians to do the same thing with Italy? I know very well what is the map of my country."
So Hamas won't acknowledge Israel, will it?
"No, we won't do it. Israel was born from an aggression, an occupation of another's lands."
Your statute calls for the destruction of Israel. It was said that, in view of the elections, you would delete that paragraph written in 1988.
"You westerners are wrong: the statute doesn't invoke Israel's destruction at all. In Arab it is written, " to put an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine". We don't want to get rid of the other, we only wish to attain our rights. So, that paragraph will remain."
Would you accept negotiations through a third party involved, such as Israel has done in Lebanon with Hezbollah?
"We still haven't decided. We already are dealing with the Israelis, as regards municipalities, for practical reasons. Hamas doesn't reject talks. It's Israel's philosophy that impedes us from negotiating. So, there's nothing left for us but resistance".
America, Europe and Israel ask you to put down your arms. Will you agree?
"Obviously not, as long as most of the territory is under occupation. Only force has produced some result, the Israeli withdraw from Gaza."
Yet, you have negotiated a truce.
"It's true, and we have respected it whereas Israel has not. Now, since 1 January it expired. This doesn't mean that Hamas won't take into account the reality: it will depend on the conditions of the people and on the land."
How does Hamas think about entering into the political process?
"Hamas has been dealing with politics for a long time. Our political platform also provides for a second way, besides the resistance: to build the political life on a democratic and solid foundation, to fight against corruption and introduce a principle of freedom and justice."
Marwan Barghouti, from prison, is proposing to you a coalition government together with Fatah.
"It's too early. We have to evaluate the international situation, which is very delicate, to consider America's pressures upon the Palestinian Authority, whether Abu Mazen will ask us to accept the Oslo Accords and recognise Israel, something that we won't do. At any rate, we'll partake in each decision-making process."
Sharon has struck and liquidated your leadership. What have the results of this been, Mr. Meshal?
To this question, Mr. Meshal jumps to his feet. "Look," he says pointing to a board on the wall: a huge diamond-shape board filled with photos of smiling faces, of the "martyred" Hamas leaders. On the right, glowing within a sun there's Sheik Yassin. On the left, Dr. Rantissi "The results are under everyone's eyes. That, notwithstanding all these dead men, America, Europe and Israel will have to deal with us from now on."
"Let them govern, but without us"
An interview with Saeb Erekat by Fabio Scuto
RAMALLAH—Saeb Erekat, former minister and person in charge of negotiations with Israel on PNA's behalf, is sitting in his office in Ramallah that, at the first evening lights, is surrounded by green flags waved by some thousand Hamas' supporters celebrating the electoral victory in the streets. Car horns sound and slogans can be clearly heard even through closed windows.
Dr. Erekat, this rejoicing we're hearing in the streets might have been yours. While instead…
"They have won, they've the right to celebrate. And they're greatly rejoicing because what has happened is a political tsunami."
You have won and been elected in your own town, Jericho; though, it has been a total defeat for Al Fatah; how do you feel?
"I have no problems acknowledging it, frankly, I'm shocked."
And now what will happen?
"President Abu Mazen, after having accepted the Prime Minister Abu Ala's resignation, will have to charge Hamas to form the new government, and we of Fatah don't expect to take part in it. If they are thinking of involving us within a coalition to get us to do the task they don't mean to or don't know how to do, in which they'll be taking merits while we'll be concerned with the most awkward and, sometimes, difficult matters, they are totally wrong."
In your opinion, is there any chance for an agreement with Hamas?
"We have our own agenda, founded on negotiations, on accords with Israel. If they accept this program, we might talk about it."
What mistakes have you made during the electoral campaign? Why haven't people voted for you?
"There have been a number of errors. We have been punished because we didn't manage to reach a definitive peace in these past years, because the corruption we've had has been overly emphasized, because the negotiation with Israel has stopped and the occupation has been going on while in general life conditions certainly haven't improved. Moreover, Israel decided to carry out the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza as well, without any accord with us, thus letting Hamas ascribe the merit of it to its armed resistance and to the no-agreement line."
Behind the defeat there is also the lack of renovation of your party.
"Absolutely yes, unfortunately it's not come about. We must start again from this defeat and go towards a deep reform inside the Fatah. We must change the leaders, the party's structures, and, mainly, we must work to win back our people's trust. I hope that we can have a congress by next July."
Many are sure that a Hamas led government won't be going too far. And that in one year you will have to call new elections.
"It was a vote to punish us, but those who voted for Hamas couldn't imagine or didn't want such a defeat. In fact, I'm sure that many of those who yesterday voted for Hamas, today are regretting and they would gladly change their vote."