Welcome back, Maria Chin; now everyone can be an activist!


Brilliant news about Maria Chin’s release. Take a bow all you Malaysians who campaigned hard for her release. The above award-winning song of light overcoming darkness is dedicated to all those who persisted with the campaign.

As vigils were held, candles lit, petitions signed, online activism and awareness spread, it must have been a case of of How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? for the authorities.

As the final line of the lyrics goes, “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?” Simply impossible. And so it was with How Do You Manage the Public Outcry for Maria’s Release? They just couldn’t.

It didn’t help that with social media and messaging apps, everyone can be an activist! Each act of sharing news of injustice and oppression raises the awareness of the people.

We salute the extraordinary courage of those who turned out at the many events to make their voices heard, many of them attending a rally for the first time, inspired by the courage of Maria and their fellow Malaysians.

Why, some of them were even unfazed when hecklers tried to disrupt a vigil for Maria and Zunar at the Esplanade yesterday. Undaunted, these concerned Malaysians chanted slogans and even succeeded in drowning out the hecklers!

Even the police yesterday did a good job in containing the ruckus created by these 15-odd hecklers unlike what happened the previous day, when a mob went on a rampage during Zunar’s exhibition at Komtar.

Syabas to one and all!

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  1. Bersih has decided to sue TV3 for alleged defamation over the claim that the electoral watchdog received RM3.2 billion from American financier George Soros.

    “We have handed them a letter of demand to ask them to retract and apologise, (TV3) said they are not going to do that, so we are proceeding with legal action,” Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

  2. Datuks and Latuks
    COMMENT When will the few genuine Datuks defend their dignity, protect the sanctity of the ‘Datuk’ award and fight off the ‘Latuks’ of society?
    The ‘Cash-for-Datukships’ fiasco has been brewing for decades, but last week’s shooting in Penang has propelled the debate into overdrive, on social media.
    Last Thursday, businessman Ong Teik Kwong was shot dead in his car, near the Penang bridge. His alleged murderer, who was seated in the passenger seat, had drawn a revolver and shot Ong in the neck.
    The police confirmed that Ong was the head of ‘Gang 24′ and had been under police surveillance. ‘Gang 24′, and 13 other secret societies, ran protection rackets.
    On being conferred his Datukship, Ong’s peers paid RM150,000 for 50 full-page adverts in the local Chinese paper to congratulate him.
    It is sad that the vetting system for these awards had failed. The age of the recipient is a dead giveaway.
    Thugs like Ong sully the few genuine Datuks, tarnish the songkok which they wear for the investiture ceremony and render meaningless the award system. In other words, having criminals as Datuks cheapens the award.
    Worse still, police checks on the criminal records of nominees for the Datukship had also failed. What sort of message is being passed to the rakyat when a known criminal prides himself on being called a Datuk?
    Were the character checks conducted by the police less than thorough? Was Ong vetted? Indeed, are any of the ‘Datuks-duit’ vetted?
    Ong’s notorious past was no secret.
    Ordinary Malaysians try to be model citizens. When they read reports of Ong’s death in the local dailies, they become enraged because of his award and the fact that the police knew about his brutal and murderous past.
    Last Thursday, the alleged murderer, having shot Ong, took aim at a person in the back seat of the car, but despite being shot, this man escaped, and fled. Two innocent bystanders were also killed, whilst five more were injured by a volley of stray bullets.
    Initially, some people felt sorrow for Ong, who had died a brutal death. He was only 32. Their sadness was replaced with rage on discovering that the alleged murderer was the businessman’s own bodyguard.
    A young man who needs an armed bodyguard cannot be of unblemished character.

    My Observation:
    Q: How can a Datukship be awarded to questionable characters, much less to those in the underworld with crimes under the watch of an OCPD?
    Q: From what I seen, the number of cars along roadside & in All-Seasons carpark with heavily tinted windows at the wake (last night) calls for JPJ ruling in question: heavily tinted cars are for whom? Besides the police, ministers, VIPs & security personnels, are the public allowed to have heavily tinted cars??? Are there privileges for a selected few in public?
    Q: How many are in this business of gang? Are our law enforcement (allegedly) on the take from these gangs? Is our society actually safe from protection rackets, al longs, forced prostitution & illegal gambling?

    Maybe Cosmopolitan Penang has its undesirables.

    • But the police was quick to say that ‘Datuk Muda’ has no link to any secret society in Penang? Anyway, the funeral procession with so many hia tee carrying the coffin may suggest otherwise?

      • Dai Lo means what?
        Not a simple ‘hormat’ anyone can claim allegiance from many members.
        As OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said: Datuk M a top boss in notorious Gang 24.
        Do you believe a top boss of such hi-profile gang has no ‘records’?
        Let’s play gangsters with water-pistols like 70s kids in Lorong Madras! No records mah!

  3. Dr M: DAP more Malaysian than MCA, party song in BM

    SHAH ALAM, Dec 4 — DAP has a stronger Malaysian spirit than MCA, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today as he noted that the former’s party song is in the national language.

    In sharing his observations after attending former political foe DAP’s conference for the first time, the former prime minister highlighted DAP’s use of Bahasa Malaysia and the opposition party’s multiracial membership.

    “Previously, each time MCA has an annual general assembly, I attend. The difference is DAP that is said to be a Chinese party sings their party song in the national language.

    “In MCA, it is not sung in the national language,” the former prime minister told reporters at the DAP conference here.

    Dr Mahathir went on to say he was “proud” that speeches by DAP national chairman Tan Kok Wai and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng were both delivered in Bahasa Malaysia, unlike MCA.

    “Maybe DAP’s Malaysian spirit is stronger than MCA,” he said, to loud claps from party delegates who were also present at the press conference.

    He noted that non-Chinese DAP members also had leadership positions in the party, citing the late Karpal Singh who had held the post of party national chairman as an example.

    “This shows DAP is not a Chinese party, it is a multiracial party. And non-Chinese members also hold high-level positions, such as Karpal Singh who held a high position and could speak in the national language.

    “This is an experience for me,” he said.

    • TDM screwed up during his 22 years but he also did a lot of things right. Action speaks louder than words – by entering DAP den of lions, by enduring scathing rebuke from his ex-colleagues in UMNO, by rebuking Ibrahim Ali, TDM is acknowledging his mistakes much more than any mere apology. I fear the day TDM is gone – our present problems will then never be resolved. TDM is the only one capable of bringing about acceptance of DAP by the Malays. He is also the only one capable of bringing a peaceful transfer of power in the event of a PH win.

  4. Catch bribe-givers, not bribe-takers, Umno delegate says
    “If no one gives, then no one will take,” Negeri Sembilan delegate Syamsul Amri Ismail quipped.
    I have one parallel ‘donation’ case in mind:
    The giver (or the source) cannot be identified, but the taker is known all over the world.
    Now, should the giver or the source (those with authority to AOK the ‘transfer’ of money) be caught & the taker is also the giver, then the law cannot apply! That is to arrest the giver but then release the giver since he is also the taker!
    My lovely condo lembu, give me a ‘moo’ for a Right, 2 ‘moos’ for a Wrong.

    • The Opposition likes to fabricate stories linking Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) to high profile murders, said the Umno president.

      “If there is a murder, I must be involved in it. Even if it is somebody I don’t know like Altantuya, I am involved,” said Najib in his winding up speech at the Umno General Assembly.

      “There is no need for police, if I was involved with Altantuya, my wife would have done something about it,” said Najib, referring to allegations over the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu.

      He said the Opposition also claimed he was involved in the murder of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais, despite him having nothing to do with Morais.

      Najib said that the Opposition often make up stories about him because he is Umno president.

      “They also make up stories like my wife’s ring. Then he will say that he is only joking, but the damage is done,” he said, in reference to PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli allegations against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

      Najib said that the people cannot simply accept everything the Opposition says.

      “They said 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was in RM42bil debt which is false. Then it went down to RM27bil. And now, they are quiet about it,” he said.

      • “There is no need for police, if I was involved with Altantuya, my wife would have done something about it,” said Najib, referring to allegations over the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu.

        Of course there is no need for polis (if wife is efficient) BUT then had it not for that private investigator’s SD.
        Reading his statement, my hunch tells me something like “tis a slip of the tongue!”
        Of course, we are all dungus…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. GARIS PERLAWANAN MENUJU PRU-14: Antara Ketakutan vs Harapan, Politik Perkauman vs Kebangkitan 99%

    Oleh: YB Liew Chin Tong

    Pilihan Raya Umum yang akan datang bakal menyaksikan pertarungan sengit antara UMNO dan pembangkang: UMNO yang akan menggunakan senjata perkauman bagi mewujudkan ketakutan dikalangan pengundi manakala pembangkang dengan tema ‘harapan baru’ untuk masa hadapan negara, mewakili aspirasi 99% rakyat terbayak di Malaysia.
    Mencermati intipati ucapan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Najib Razak dalam Perhimpunan Agung UMNO (PAU), terdapat 3 tema yang mereka ketengahkan:
    • Pertama, wala’ (kesetiaan) kepada Presiden UMNO dan Perdana Menteri adalah perkara terpenting mengatasi segalanya. Dengan kata lain, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal adalah pengkhianat parti.
    • Kedua, Pilihan Raya Umum akan datang adalah tentang membuat pilihan antara kerajaan yang bakal diterajui oleh UMNO atau DAP. Dalam hal ini, UMNO akan bermati-matian menentang DAP bagi mempertahankan orang Melayu.
    • Ketiga, PAS adalah rakan UMNO.
    Skrip ini tidaklah terlalu sukar difahami. Najib menyemai rasa takut dikalangan rakyat terhadap DAP dan bukan Malayu untuk menyeru ahli-ahli UMNO berjuang bersama beliau sepertimana ungkapan yang dilaungkan dalam PAU; “kami berjanji akan berjuang bermati-matian hingga ke titisan darah yang terakhir, biarpun nyawa kami ditukar ganti!”
    Namun, Najib terus mengelak dari menyentuh empat isu kritikal sedang melanda negara dan menjerut rakyat: GST, 1MDB, kejatuhan nilai matawang ringgit dan peningkatan kos sara hidup.
    Apabila pendapatan rakyat tidak meningkat, GST akan memberi kesan terhadap pendapatan bolehguna mereka. Skandal 1MDB pula menghakis keyakinan luar terhadap ekonomi Malaysia dan institusi-institusinya, bahkan turut memberi kesan terhadap nilai tukaran matawang. Peningkatan kos sara hidup pula antaranya berpunca dari penarikan subsidi, kejatuhan ringgit dan perlaksanaan cukai GST.
    Apabila pendapatan bolehguna rakyat menguncup, keyakinan mereka untuk berbelanja turut sama menguncup. Ini memberi kesan negatif kepada perniagaan/bisnes. Sekiranya keadaan ini berlarutan, tidak mustahil Malaysia bakal berhadapan krisis lebih parah yang sukar dipulihkan lagi.
    Rakyat Malaysia terbanyak – iaitu kelompok 99% – adalah kelompok yang bakal menerima kesan langsung dari kelemahan urustadbir ekonomi dan pentadbiran negara pimpinan Perdana Menteri Najib. Pun begitu, beliau hingga kini masih terus membisu. Lebih dari itu, beliau memainkan sentimen perkauman sempit sebagai senjata bagi mengekalkan survival kuasanya.
    Kita tidak perlu terkejut, bahkan kita mesti bersiap sedia dengan kemungkinan lebih buruk lagi. Agenda perkauman sempit ini bakal dimainkan oleh kerajaan Najib menuju hari-hari mendatang menjelang pilihan raya.
    Kepada seluruh rakyat yang tidak mahu Malaysia terus dicengkam oleh kleptokrat Najib, termasuklah ahli-ahli UMNO yang tidak bersetuju dengan Najib, kita perlu bergerak dari sekarang untuk memastikan pilihan raya yang akan datang adalah bebas dari muslihat agenda perkauman sempit ini.
    Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 bukan perlawanan untuk memilih kerajaan yang bakal diterajui UMNO atau DAP, jauh sekali perlawanan antara Melayu dan Cina, TETAPI perlawanan sebenar adalah antara minoriti 1% Najib dan kroninya dengan 99% rakyat Malaysia yang mengimpikan masa hadapan negara yang lebih cerah.
    Demi menyelamatkan negara, demi generasi masa hadapan, demi melawan ketakutan untuk Malaysia yang lebih gagah, tiada pilihan lain melainkan kita – kelompok 99% – perlu bangkit segera!

    • Wahai orang Melayu! Dear Malays please for a moment think in your right mind why Mahathir, once a great leader and PM of Malaysia from BN is now forced to join and work with people whom he mistakenly thought were his enemies. It is all because he, at this old age, ‘berinsaf’ and wants to rectify his past mistakes and put back the country in the right path in good hands, in non corrupted hands who won’t steal and amass wealth by cheating the people. So Malays open your eyes and join Mahathir for this good cause.

    • If you really and sincerely want to solve the rakyat’s problems and not only your dumb, deaf and mute UMNO problems, please lah Najib be a good gentleman to step down and let others take over. They are better educated, non-corrupters, they won’t steal people’s money and amass wealth. They know how to lead the nation in a much, much, much better way. Enough is Enough Najib please go.

  6. If humour is subjective, why arrest me, Zunar asks IGP
    If humour is subjective, why was I arrested and my cartoons seized by the police, asked political cartoonist Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque.
    “Cartoons make people laugh, not hate. If you want to hate, that is your choice, but most people laugh at cartoons,” said Zunar, whose artworks mostly lampooned Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor.
    He said there was no law that prevented a cartoonist from criticising leaders, but the Sedition Act was frequently invoked to threaten him.

    Right on, Zunar. He shoot himself in the leg, you hit the laughing nail on (the) head!

  7. Don’t bow to threats by gangsters and hooligans, Penangites told
    Penangites must sent a strong message to “gangsters and hooligans” that they will not back down under threats to reclaim their public spaces in the state, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.
    Lim said the experience of being attacked by such groups may be frightening, but Penangites must have the courage to stand up to such hooligans.
    He lauded the courage of Bersih northern region coordinator Toh Kin Woon, who continued his speech at a rally to demand the release of the electoral reform coalition chief Maria Chin Abdullah at the Esplanade on Sunday.

    • Protection from bodyguard now also no use when Umno is busy shouting pengkhianat, as your closest ally can turn on you. The 32-year old Penang Datuk realised it too late?

      • … A local cultural observant in the kampung:
        Place an broom (made of bamboo strips) behind the front door. In case a hantu or penanggalan or pocong comes knocking on the door, just use it to whack the hell out of these uninvited. It always work!

      • That’s what I literally mean don’t bow to threats.
        Anil’s art of censorship can sometimes create incomprehension in comments 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • leg should also include the triads who are more daring that polis can only caution the public not to speculate their heinous activities. ask for mentorship from president Duterte as he is more experience for eliminating the underworld.

    • UMNO is the most tolerant party and Malays are big-hearted enough to forgive past aggressions by the Thais, Chinese and Indians, says an Umno man.

      • Yeah, also can forgive the #1 Thief & forget (senang lupa)! …

  8. Wanita delegate: Why appoint non-Malays in top positions in GLCs
    Does she mean all top posts in gomen bodies are also reserved for Malays only?
    I would like to remind her that our Malaysian gomen utilises tax payers’ money to set up GLCs.
    What is the meaning of: Government of the Rakyat, by the Rakyat, for the Rakyat.
    What is the meaning of: Rakyat.
    Definition of GLC:
    GLCs are defined as companies that have a primary commercial objective and in which the Malaysian Government has a direct controlling stake. Controlling stake refers to the Government’s ability (not just percentage ownership) to appoint BOD members, senior management, make major decisions (e.g contract awards, strategy, restructuring and financing, acquisitions and divestments etc. ) for GLCs either directly or through GLICs.

    I would also like to remind her that the ONLY way forward for Malaysia is leadership chosen thro’ meritocracy.

    • Thanks for the alert, David. It’s shocking.

      Please post such off-topic items are ‘Readers’ alerts’ so that they won’t be ‘lost’ here.

      • The local activists are crying foul over ill treatment of Rohingyas in Mynmar, but neglecting the plight of Nepalese at McD KL? McD all day value meal now minimum RM8.99, better eat economy rice eg. Di Wang Rice at Air Itam or the soon to be opened Bar Wang Rice in Penang. Avoid nasi kandar for the obvious reason.

      • McDonald’s is expensive now because the local owner has to pay higher franchise fees to US as the Ringgit has depreciated a lot against US Dollar?

        Imported goods are getting expensive due to unfavourable currency exchange because of our weak Ringgit.

      • Smart phones also getting super-expensive!
        I have been postponing getting a smart phone & now?
        I don’t have apps or roaming data, so have to postpone again until after next GE hoping Ringgit will rise again (after the fall of N & His Merry Men).

      • The iconic iPhone 8 (10th anniversary of iPhone) next year will cost you at least RM5K, more if Trump oders Tim Cook to manufacture it in USA.

        Anyway, where got data roam in Belum?

      • Data roaming:
        Belum Rainforest Resort.
        Nearest town: Gerik (an hour drive from Belum)
        Remember the satellite phone (in a suite case)? This is still used by 4WD kaki, no need for roaming signal in the thick of jungle. I was in Mahang rainforest (Kedah) when my 4WD-Sekawan buddies used Motorola walkie-talkie connected to a satellite radio transmitter to talk with friends @ Gurney Drive! That was in 2002 when there was still no mobile roaming package.

    • Easy for McDonald’s Malaysia to shift the blame on its employment agency without taking any accountability on the abuse of its workers.

    • Too bad Umno has shifted the attention of the kampung folks towards its new 70-storey PWTC, while the price of kangkung is now RM5/kg!

      • Najib said at Umno assembly that big projects will elevate the economy of Malaysia to bring up the income status of rakyat. This is partly true as rakyat can earn more in salary in time to come, BUT Ringgit will depreciate much faster under BN regime, and will be on at with Indonesian Rupiah before TN50. Everyone can be a millionaire with Ringgit, just like in Zimbabwe. That is why Najib dare not benchmark Ringgit with SingDollar!

  9. My dedication to Maria Chin:

    She’s more than just a Home Mother.
    A Mother who simply Loves,
    Her Family, her Friends, her Country.
    A Mother who’s there for what’s Right,
    Against Kotor, against all Odds.
    We now have Mother Maria,
    Whose Motherly Love conquers all.

    If you wanna sing to Maria Chin:
    Mother’s Day Song: A Mother’s Love- Gena Hill (Lyric Video)

    • “Mother” – as performed live by John Lennon

      It is now the theme song for the new US sitcom “better things”

      Christina Aguilera sings “Mother” (John Lennon Cover)

      • In this day & age, there still are some elements in this country who don’t respect mothers or women.
        One good thing, they don’t forbid women to drive cars.


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