Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Malaysia loses a truely creative Malaysian

Film producer Yasmin Ahmad laid to rest

Yasmin, who gave us those heart-rending and guilt-raising Petronas ads has died of a stroke at an early age of 51. Who can forget her ground-breaking and race-blind movie "Sepet" in which she showed us who are the true Malaysians?

A retrospective of Yasmin's work

A friend to everyone

"I am so kampung"

Monday, July 20, 2009

Death at the corridors of MACC

DAP's Political Secretary found dead after a fall at MACC HQ

He was being questioned as a witness to a corruption case involving RM 2,400. Yes two thousand and four hundred ringgit as opposed to the RM 4 billion (PKFZ) and many more millions exposed cases involving the ruling party (Khir Toyo) which the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) has chosen to conveniently ignore.

For RM2400 the MACC questioned Teoh Beng Hock, 30, an aide of Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, throughout the night and the next morning he was found dead apparently after falling from some floors up the MACC building. Now, a lot of questions are being asked. Who is responsible? What drove him to jump if he did jump?

In The Sun today, MACC advisory panel member Tan Sri Robert Phang, who revealed that the panel will meet on Thursday to discuss the case, said: "If a person has been detained and interrogated for more than six hours, past midnight and right up to early in the morning, I view this is abuse of power.

Teoh's family has also been reported to distrust any investigation results by MACC and by the Malaysian Police. How can you not side with them with the overwhelming evidence of the selective prosecution by MACC and our Polis whom have always gone after the opposition members, and even more so recently as the Malaysian government try their utmost best to bring down the present Selangor state government which is under opposition rule. (Perak being the other state recently won back by the ruling party using highly questionable tactics).

Call for Royal Commission? What good would it do as even the last RC resulted in no action taken against the infamous "king-maker" Lingam despite obvious evidence to prosecute him.

One could only see all this happening in a country where politics have become the be-all and end-all and freedom and justice is just another dirty word for the public as like most foul-words they are often said and never seen.

And for once can we see our Polis actually catch the real crook (instead of the usual suicide classification), or the MACC actually catch someone from inside the government?

A Prayer for Teoh

Aliran: Polis beat up demonstrators outside MACC building

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Malaysian Politician Builds His Palace

Ex-Selangor Mentri Besar pays RM3.5 million for his mansion
With (only) a RM3.5 million loan Selangor's ex-Mentri Besar (Chief Minister), Dr Khor Toyo has build his "presidential palace" (worth RM24 million).

Fresh from utilising his free trip vouchers which took him around the world Selangor's ex-MB now returns to build his presidential palace.

"I have a lot of time in my hands..."

The double-storey mansion is nestled among manicured lawns with a swimming pool and playground and occupies two lots at the end of Jalan Suasa 7/1L.

An extract from the Land and Mines Department named Mohd Khir and his wife Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik as the owners of Lot PT 65 (0.189ha) valued at RM900,000 and Lot PT 62 (0.30ha) valued at RM2.9 million. The lease is for 99 years.

The lots were transferred from Ditamas Sdn Bhd to Mohd Khir and his wife in July and September 2007. However, Shah Alam City Council records show that Ditamas is still the owner. Annual assessments on the property total almost RM9,000.

Not much could be seen from the outside except for rooftops of four blocks, palm trees, several air-condition compressors and closed-circuit TV cameras along the high walls. A man inside what looked like a guardhouse quickly shut the door behind him at the sight of reporters.

Reporters were given a first hand view of his impressive property yesterday.

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