Now Malaysia Cabinet yes men dare to say no!

   Now only, Malaysia Cabinet yes men

dare to say no! 

DEC 19 – Maybe it’s democracy finally at work but the Cabinet’s swift if not subtle rejection of Sime Darby Berhad’s bid for IJN is a salutary lesson that top-down leadership is no longer vogue in Malaysia.

There was a time when a nod from the prime minister, his deputy and senior ministers would virtually assure any deal or proposal to go through as civil servants and political wannabes scramble to sycophantically serve their political masters. Case in point would be the Proton national car project, Petronas Twin Towers, Putrajaya administrative capital and the Bakun Dam project, among others.

All done despite objections and criticisms.

But such decisions are harder to push through by the day with the proposed IJN buy-out the latest in line of deals undone due to a combination of internal opposition and public outcry despite Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Economic Planning Unit endorsing the proposal.

Yet, it floundered at the Cabinet meeting today – a sign of times that those in power are not as sure footed as before. And maybe some people in various levels of the administration have found their voice and courage to object and say no.

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MIZZIMA:Nine years in prison for attempting to smuggle out letter

By:Than Htike Oo

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A cousin brother of 88 Generation Student Marki, held in prison, was sentenced to nine years in jail by Insein court for trying to smuggle out a letter from prison.

Zaw Naing Htwe, met his cousin brother Marki a.k.a. Kyaw Kyaw Htwe during a prison visit nine months ago, tried to smuggle out a letter given to him by his cousin from the prison in collusion with some prison staff.

However, he was arrested as the ‘Military Affairs Security’ (MAS) found out and was sentenced.

A source, close to the family members of Zaw Naing Htwe, said, he accepted a letter from Marki but was caught by the MAS and was arrested for trying to smuggle out the letter.
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Czech Republic, East Timor offer asylum to Burmese rebels

Czech Republic, East Timor offer asylum to Burmese rebels

New Delhi (Mizzima) – East Timor and the Czech Republic have ‘in principle’ agreed to offer asylum to 34 Burmese ethnic rebels, who are currently lodged in Kolkata’s presidency jail in India and facing trial for alleged gun-running.

Soe Myint, Editor-in-Chief of Burmese Independent News Agency – Mizzima – who is appointed by the Calcutta court as interpreter for the rebels said, the two countries have agreed to offer asylum in order to avoid deportation to military-ruled Burma, if they were found not guilty under the Indian law.

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Tun Dr Ismail, Malaya’s First permanent representative to the United Nations

   Tun Dr Ismail, 

Malaya’s First permanent representative

to the United Nations

 

DEC 19 — Against the background of the current economic outlook, much has been made of the need to ensure foreign direct investment in our country. Back in 1958, the late Tun Dr Ismail, who was the first permanent representative to the United Nations, pondered a similar need.

From September 1957 to January 1959, Dr Ismail sent regular reports on his experiences back to Tunku Abdul Rahman, the country’s first Prime Minister.

Ooi Kee Beng and Tawfik Ismail collected these reports, annotated them for clarity and the result is Malaya’s First Year At The United Nations published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (ISEAS).

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Than Shwe’s Dynastic Family Dream on Parade at State Function

 

 
Distinguished guests at the Graduation Parade of 51st Intake of the Defence Services Academy. —MNA

A highly publicized appearance by the family of Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe at an important military function is being interpreted in some circles as further evidence that the elderly general is creating a ruling dynasty of his own.

 

 

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Will Singapore merge with Malaysia? Lee Kuan Yew shouts in support of joining Malaysia

Will Singapore merge with Malaysia?

Lee Kuan Yew shouts in support of joining Malaysia

 

 

Will Singapore merge with Malaysia?