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.

Continue reading

Happy New Year (ABBA)

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.
Read more>>

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.

Continue reading

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).

Continue reading

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.

 

 

Continue reading

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?

Why Depayin massacre mastermind Myanmar SPDC leaders are still at-large but Rwandan massacre mastermind convicted of genocide ?

Why Depayin  massacre mastermind 

Myanmar SPDC leaders are still at-large 

but Rwandan massacre mastermind convicted of genocide ?

RUSHA, Tanzania, Dec 19 — A former Rwandan army colonel was convicted yesterday of genocide and crimes against humanity for masterminding the killings of more than half a million people in a 100-day slaughter in 1994. Survivors in Rwanda welcomed the watershed moment in a long search for justice.

 

The UN courtroom in Tanzania was packed for the culmination of the trial of Theoneste Bagosora, the highest-ranking Rwandan official to be convicted in the genocide. Onlookers were silent as the 67-year-old was sentenced to life in prison.

Continue reading

Ensure equality for migrant workers in financial crisis

Ensure equality for migrant workers in financial crisis

 

Today marks a day of international recognition for the role that migrant workers have throughout the world. According to International Organisation for Migration (IOM) there are currently over two hundred million people who leave their countries of origin in order to seek economic betterment, representing some three percent of the total global population.

Continue reading

The world this year

from:Economist.com

The credit crunch turned into a full-blown global financial crisis in September when Lehman Brothers, one of Wall Street’s big investment banks, declared bankruptcy and American officials seized control of American International Group to prevent the giant insurer’s collapse. As panic spread, governments engineered the rescue of distressed banks or took them over directly. By the end of the month the remaining big Wall Street houses had either been absorbed by others or become bank holding companies.

Continue reading

33 countries face possible genocide, says report

By Steven Edwards

UNITED NATIONS – Genocide and other mass atrocities are underway or risk breaking out in at least 33 countries, says a new comprehensive watch list slated for release Tuesday – the 60th anniversary of the United Nations prevention of genocide convention.

As reports indicate UN peacekeeping efforts are in crisis amid dwindling contributions of both cash and well-trained forces, the authors of the new study call for an international focus on genocide prevention in countries they’ve identified.

Read more>>

U.N. assembly again votes against defaming Islam

U.N. assembly again votes against defaming Islam

 

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly condemned defamation of religion for the fourth year running on Thursday, ignoring critics who said the resolution threatens freedom of speech.

The non-binding resolution, championed by Islamic states and opposed by Western countries, passed by 86 votes to 53 with 42 abstentions. Opponents noted that support had fallen since last year, when the vote was 108-51 with 25 abstentions.

Continue reading

AP:UN chief criticizes Myanmar and Zimbabwe

By EDITH M. LEDERER

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized the governments of Myanmar and Zimbabwe Wednesday and said a year of multiple crises has put human rights on trial.

At a year-end news conference, the U.N. chief said 2009 “promises to be no less difficult” than 2008, with a worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the danger of anarchy in Somalia, a continuing global financial crisis and the need to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Continue reading