Thursday, 28 February 2013

Anwar’s full schedule in Johor today (March 1, 2013)

Anwar’s full schedule in Johor today (March 1, 2013)

THE following is Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s full schedule to meet Johoreans today (March 1, 2013).
It is time for Malaysians, especially Johoreans, to muster their courage to go a change in the coming 13th General Election for a better future – rakyat and Malaysia.
Here’s the schedule:

5.30ptg                  Ketua  Umum dijangka sampai di Exit Tol Tangkak

6.00ptg                  Ketua Umum dijangka sampai di lokasi 1 untuk Program Hi-Tea
                                Bt. 3, Tanjung Gading, Ledang, Johor (Rumah Sdr. Shukor)
                                PIC : Sdr. Rizal – 0136944462

6.00ptg – 7.00ptg    -       Program Hi-Tea

7.00ptg – 7.20mlm -       Makan Malam di rumah Sdr. Shukor

7.30mlm – 7.45mlm       -       Solat Maghrib di Masjid Bt. 3, Tanjung Gading

7.55mlm          -       Ketua Umum dijangka sampai di lokasi 2 untuk program Tazkirah
                                Markas PAS Bt. 3, Tanjung Gading, Ledang
                                PIC : Sdr. Rizal – 0136944462
(Program Tazkirah terpaksa dipindahkan ke Markas PAS berikutan halangan dari pihak masjid dan pegawai agama daerah)

8.00mlm – 8.30mlm       -       Tazkirah

8.30mlm          -       Bertolak ke lokasi 3 di Pt Jawa, Muar
(perjalanan mengambil masa 30 minit)

9.00mlm          -       Ketua Umum dijangka sampai ke lokasi 3 (Ceramah Perdana)
                                Pejabat PKR Cabang Muar
                                Taman Seroja, Jalan Abdul Rahman
                                Parit Jawa, Muar
                                PIC : Tuan Hj Yatin – 0196666170

9.00mlm – 9.50mlm       -       Ceramah Perdana dari Ketua Umum

9.50mlm          -       Bertolak ke lokasi 4 di Sungai Tongkang, Rengit, Batu Pahat
                                (Perjalanan mengambil masa 1jam 20 minit)

11.10mlm                -       Ketua Umum dijangka sampai ke lokasi 4
                                Markas PAS Sungai Tongkang, Rengit, Bt Pahat, Johor
                                PIC : Syed Hamid – 0127128868

11.10mlm – 12.00mlm   -       Ceramah Perdana dari Ketua Umum

12.00mlm                -       Selesai

Where’s the millions given to Permata?

Where’s the millions given to Permata?
 | March 1, 2013 

Did Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak raise the Permata issue as a pre-emptive strike because Rosmah Mansor wants more?


 Either Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has a death wish or he has political retards as advisers. Else how do you explain his out-of-the-blue defence of Permata.
Has anyone raised the issue of Permata recently? Why did he suddenly take a pre-emptive strike against the opposition?
It sounds like he is “preparing” for future attacks by the opposition on the unprecedented millions channelled to Permata, which is headed by his missus.
Isn’t this odd? It’s like handing your opponent in a badminton game a “bola tanggung” or a return that will allow your opponent to smash.
Of course, we will respond since it is he who has raised the issue.
But the question is why did he make this pre-emptive strike? Could it be that Permata has obtained allocations and is asking for more? And to do what? may we ask.
Permata has opened up 56 centres for incubating four-year-olds to become some sort of gifted children. Since 2009, Permata has received on average RM130 million a year.
It has since received probably more than RM350 million.
Pray tell, is Permata a ministry? Or at least a unit in a ministry? If it is under a ministry, then why isn’t the Education Minister monitoring Permata’s operations?
Isn’t Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as clever as Rosmah Mansor?
The next question is, where did the allocations come from?
Where did funds go?
The “OK” came from Parliament. Which makes it the responsibility of MPs to ask how was the money applied.
What has Permata achieved thus far? How was the money spent? What happened to the 608 children who graduated in 2012?
Where have they gone?
So many questions and rightfully so. Because never in our history, has any wife of a sitting prime minister received allocation from Parliament to promote a pet idea.
Will feeding the children croissants each morning or having English or American breakfast with toast, eggs, beef bacon and baked beans turn these children into super clever youngsters?
Will these children go to Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Cambridge and Oxford?
The rakyat deserves to know how Rosmah spent the allocation. Given her penchant for spending and shopping, of course we have the right to know.
Has the bulk of the money gone into the construction of the 56 centres or are they existing premises belonging to others that have been refurbished and renovated?
In which case how much was spent in the construction? Or was the money spent on rings and a RM80 million Liberace piano?
The writer is a former Umno state assemblyman but has now joined DAP. He is a FMT columnist.

DAP upbeat over another ‘No to BN’ incident

DAP upbeat over another ‘No to BN’ incident
 | February 26, 2013
Based on the cold response received by MCA's Dr Ng Yen Yen, Malacca DAP is hoping to deny BN a two-third majority in the state.
PETALING JAYA: The large crowd which gathered at the Malacca-level Chap Goh Meh celebrations repeatedly shouted “No!” when asked to vote for Barisan Nasional in the coming election, much to the delight of DAP.
The opposition party told FMT that the strong anti-establishment mood was an indication that Pakatan Rakyat could win more seats to deny BN’s two-third majority in the Malacca state assembly.
However, MCA begged to differ.
The “No!” incident took place at popular tourist spot Jonker Street on Sunday when Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen boasted about BN’s performance in her speech.
She told the crowd that a larger Chap Goh Meh celebration would be held should the BN government retain power in the coming general election, and asked them to say “Yes” in reply.
But she was met with a hostile response, as the crowd shouted: “No! No! No!”.
The MCA vice-president then told the crowd “to wake up TO the stark reality and say yes” but the chant of “No! No! No!” grew louder this time.
Not giving up, Ng tried to convince the crowd by citing Pakatan’s shortcomings such as the PAS-led Kelantan government’s ban on Valentine’s Day and lottery tickets but the crowd still shouted “No! No! No!”.
The irritated minister then retorted: “Those who say ‘no’, ask the Jonker street hawkers how much they earn everyday? Don’t pawn the Malacca tourism for the sake of politics!”
The embarrassing episode ended with Ng concluding her speech a short while later.
Commenting on the incident, DAP’s Kota Melaka parliamentarian Sim Tong Him said Ng’s arrogant attitude and the crowd’s response reflected the ground sentiments towards BN.
“It is a known fact that urban folks are not going to support BN. Even if you ask an old man in a coffee shop, he would say he is not going vote for them,” he added.

MCA losing ground

He claimed that the anti-establishment mood had grown stronger since 2008 especially among the Chinese and Malay voters.
The opposition through DAP won one parliamentary seat and five state seats in the last general election.
Malacca has five parliamentary seats and 28 state seats. The Chinese majority seats are the Bandar Melaka parliamentary seat and Bandar Hilir, Kesidang, Kota Laksamana and Ayer Keroh state seats.
“MCA didn’t manage to recover their lost ground due to their infighting between the Dr Chua Soi Lek faction and Ong Tee Keat faction.
“Now only Chua’s men such as (state deputy chief) Seet Har Cheow and (state secretary) Koo Nai Kwang are still working,” he said, adding that Ong’s supporter, former Kota Melaka MP Wong Nai Chee, had been idle in the state.
With firm Chinese backing and increasing support from rural Malay voters, Sim said hopes were high that they could deny the BN’s two-third majority in the coming GE.
“Voters in the outskirt areas used to vote BN. But recently we held a lot of events in the areas and the response and turnout was very encouraging.
“Last time before 2008 when I went to the pasar malam in rural areas, many Malays refused to shake my hand. Even when we distributed the The Rocket newspaper to them, they would throw it away after a while.
“But now they would come themselves to ask for the paper, they would gather around me to talk to me after a ceramah session,” he said.
Interestingly, Malacca Wanita MCA chief Kian Sit Har last year broke ranks with the party to join the mammoth Bersih 3.0 rally for clean and fair elections. Her surprise move might in some way reflect what the grassroots were thinking.
‘No infighting in MCA’
However, state MCA chief Gan Tian Loo who attended the Chap Goh Meh function claimed that he was not aware about the booing incident on stage.
He said the people had in fact supported BN because the state and federal governments had done a lot for them.
“We have done many things to boost the tourism industry, this creates job opportunities especially for the hawkers and hotel operators. I don’t think we are getting any problem,” he said.
Gan opined that MCA could even wrest back the six DAP-held seats.
He also denied there was a infighting in MCA, pointing out that the state leadership had been praised by the party president to be the most united one. - FMT