Wednesday, August 29, 2007

An Appeal To The Malay Rulers

Ibnu Hakeem

Ke Bawah Duli Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Raja Melayu,

All temporal power in the land is derived through the will of the people.

After 50 years of being sidelined, and with the country now being hijacked by the corrupt, the mentally inept, the sleepy, and the cowards, the Malay Rulers are at last being recognised as that other necessary arm of power sharing in our Constitutional Monarchy. We have always called ourselves a Constitutional Monarchy based on the Westminster model of Parliamentary Democracy. Only now are we beginning to appreciate the value of the Malay Rulers.

The power to rule the country is divided between the Executive, the Parliament, the Judiciary and, last but not the least, the Malay Rulers. Due to the skewed nature of our election results (caused by our skewed voting behaviour) the Parliament has become completely subservient to the Executive. These two combined have totally overwhelmed the Judiciary. The end result is that the Executive is supreme.

But all this is possible only and only with the connivance of the population. The population expresses its willingness in this connivance through the ballot box. It is the will of the people that gives the Executive complete rubber stamp authority over Parliament as well as the Judiciary.

Until now, the will of the people ignored the role of the Malay Rulers. Until now, of course. The populace now recognises that it has created a monster and the populace has little chance of getting rid of this monster that it has helped create. Hence the will of the people is changing.

The will of the people is now reverting to the Malay Rulers to save the people from the clutches of the mentally inept, the corrupt, the sleepy, and the cowards. The country is most certainly going down the toilet.

Bus drivers will not be driving buses for the Merdeka weekend and the Hari Raya holidays because too many are on drugs, have serious traffic violations, or even have criminal records. A corrupt system kept them driving buses right off the road. When people start dying in large numbers, the breakdown in the system comes into the open.

The tuition teachers are on strike because a corrupt and inept system which makes a mockery of the schools made it necessary for tuition centres. Now, with the tuition centres being shut down, who is going to teach the children?

The Police are caught between a rock and a hard place. They do not know whether to work for the good of the people or for the crooks and the gangsters.

The Prime Minister has made Australia his second home. He has also gone overseas 83 times (and counting) in just three years in power. The Prime Minister's favorite phrase is 'I dont know'.

The Ministers and the high and mighty are robbing the country blind. The Iskandar Corridor is a fake. The Northern Development Corridor is another fake. The Prime Minister's son, son in law and their cronies are set to make billions from land development in these areas.

Vast amounts of tax payers savings in EPF, SOCSO, Tabung Haji, LTAT and in the GLC's are being used to speculate on the Stock Market which is now crashing. The Prime Minister who is also the Minister of Finance says 'I dont know'.

The Government machinery only works when enough money is used to grease its rusting wheels. Hawker permits, building approvals, college accreditations, drivers licenses, lorry permits can all be had for a price. Pay and you shall get.

Murder cases can be totally and completely mishandled if you can pay enough money. The Judges and the Public Prosecutors can all be bought.

The country is going to the dogs. It is a question of time before there is complete break down of law and order.

The Malay Rulers cannot wait for the situation to worsen further. The Malay Rulers cannot wait for the people to get down on their knees and beg the Malay Rulers to save them.

The Executive has no power. Parliament has no power. The Judiciary has no power. Power resides only with the people. Power resides where the people decide to place it. Right now, the people are turning to the Malay Rulers to intervene to save the country. The people will empower the Malay Rulers. The Malay Rulers cannot ignore the people at this most crucial time.

The Malay Rulers have it in their power to dismiss the Executive. There are sufficient provisions in the Federal Constitution to allow the Malay Rulers to fire the Executive. If the Malay Rulers choose to exercise this authority, the people will support the Malay Rulers.

If the Malay Rulers do not intervene now, the population will suffer. The country will be thrown into chaos. If that happens, history will ultimately question the role of the Malay Rulers.

The Prime Minister is not a leader. He is a monyet. He has to be replaced and all his henchmen thrown out.

To be born into real leadership is not a privilege. It is a commitment, a duty, and an awesome responsibility. That shall be the Daulat. To save the nation is paramount. The Malay Rulers must act decisively now.

Daulat Tuanku.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

US Planning Sale
Of Precision Bombs
To Singapore

WASHINGTON: The US Defence Department said on Friday it was tentatively planning to sell Singapore up to 84 precision-guided bombs for its F-15 fighter fleet as part of a military package deal valued at up to USS200 million (RM700 million).

Singapore has requested up to 28 Guided Bomb Unit-10 and 56 GBU-12 precision-guided munitions along with 126.000 20mm practice round cartridges, crew training in the US and related items, the department told Congress.

"Singapore needs these munitions to support its F-15 aircraft," the Pentagon's Defence Security Co-operation Agency said in a notice required by law for a potential arms sale.

It said the bombs would give Singapore, a staunch supporter of the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, "a credible defence capability while avoiding the col-lateral damage associated with conventional gravity munitions".

Singapore would be able to "develop mission-ready and experienced aircrew" for Boeing Co F-15s through the latest phase of longstanding pilot training in the United States, the notice said.

The notice does not mean a deal has been concluded.

Congress retains the power to reject a proposed sale but rarely does so. — Reuters

The New Sunday Times 26 August 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Diana WAS Pregnant When She Died

Mark Reynolds in London and Ian Sparks in Paris

An investigative journalist, formerly of the reputable Paris Match magazine, claims to have uncovered the explosive proof from archives at the hospital where the Princess was taken after the crash on the night of August 31 1997.

The document has previously remained hidden for 10 years due to “ethical and privacy” concerns, according to respected investigative reporter Chris Lafaille.

The journalist makes the shocking claims in a new book called Diana, the Inquiry They Never Published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of her death later this month.

He said: “It is a near certainty Diana was nine to 10 weeks pregnant at the time she died, according to papers from the Paris Public Hospitals archives.

“The document dated August 31 1997 was sent to the then minister of the interior Jean-Pierre Chevenement, with copies to health minister Bernard Kouchner, foreign affairs minister Hubert Vedrine and Paris police chief Martine Monteil.”

He added: “It has never been claimed or proved to be a fake.”

The revelation would explain why the Princess was illegally embalmed in the hours after her death. The process, carried out contrary to French law, meant any potential pregnancy test results would have been rendered invalid.

The pregnancy claims address one of the key questions set out by the coroner to be answered at the inquest into Diana’s death, which is due to begin in October. Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker recently listed 20 key issues he intends to explore during up to six months of hearings.
More Singaporeans Willing
To Let Docs Pull The Plug

SINGAPORE, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- Singaporeans are becoming more receptive to the idea of signing living wills indicating that they do not want their lives artificially prolonged should they become unconscious while terminally ill, local media reported.

In the first half of this year, a total of 1,429 people signed the Advance Medical Directive (AMD) to indicate their wishes should they come to such a stage, reported The Straits Times.

In the past two years, 3,486 signed the AMD, as compared to 2,512, who did so over an eight-year period since 1997.

Most of the people who signed the will to let the doctor pull the plug are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, the report said.

Singapore Health Ministry launched a series of campaign since early this year encouraging Singaporeans to make an AMD.

The report quoted Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan as saying that "because you don't talk about it, by the time patients are dying or not able to express themselves, the burden is left to family members."

As part of the campaign, the ministry distributed booklets in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil to all hospitals and clinics to explain about AMD.

Inside the booklet are AMD forms and a prepaid envelope to make it easier for Singaporeans to send the forms to the registrar of AMDs.

According to the Health Ministry, AMD is voluntary and is not euthanasia or "mercy killing", explaining that euthanasia is a deliberate ending of the life of a person suffering from an incurable and painful disease by unnatural means, such as the administration of lethal chemicals.

"An AMD acts as advanced instruction for your doctor not to prolong your life with extraordinary life-sustaining treatment, and to let the dying process take its natural course when you become terminally ill and unconscious," said the ministry in its website.

Singaporeans aged 21 and above can make an AMD by filling up a form, sign it in the presence of two witnesses, one of them a doctor, and send it to the registrar of AMDs.

The AMD form is free but a person may have to pay the doctor whom he or she needs to consult before signing the AMD.



I wonder if LKY supports this campaign. Singaporeans should find out about it. Or, is it not possible that even the Health Minister himself dare not and has not sign the AMD? In Malaysia, we have a description for such an act – cakap tak serupa bikin!!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Najib Takes Two-Week Leave

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is on a two-week leave from today.

His Press officer Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad said, Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, would be overseas.

"Datuk Seri Najib and Datin Seri left KLIA (KL International Airport) at 10am today," he told Bernama here, adding that the date of Najib's arrival home would be announced later.


Comment: A few weeks ago Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and wife left the country in a “very mysterious manner”. And now, his deputy and wife, also left the country to an undisclosed destination. Even “the date of Najib's arrival home would be announced later.” This is rather strange, isn’t it? – Ruhanie Ahmad