Raja Petra arrested under ISA

Raja Petra arrested under ISA

Malaysiakini news by Andrew Ong

Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested today under the Internal Security Act for allegedly being a threat to security, peace and public order.


According to Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, the 58-year old father of five would be detained under Section 73(1) of the ISA, which allows for detention of up to 60 days.

“The police will do an assessment during this period and if they feel he should be held more than 60 days, the police will then refer to me,” Syed Hamid was quoted as saying by The Star.


The minister also confirmed that the Sin Chew DailyThe Sun and Suara Keadilan were issued show cause letters. “They have been given a week to reply,” he added.

Raja Petra’s wife Marina Lee Abdullah (right) earlier told

Malaysiakini that 10 police personnel from Bukit Aman came to their home in Sungai Buloh at about 1.10pm to arrest him.


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Syed Hamid tells why Malaysia Today was blocked

UPDATE from Malaysiakini

Dr M slams gov’t for banning blog site


 Mahathir Mohamad today condemned the government for reneging on its long-held promise of not censoring the Internet – a policy in which he was the architect.

mahathir hulu langat 120408 press conference“When a government makes a promise to the country and then reneges on its promise, then not only will the government lose credibility but also any respect that the public may have for it.”

The former premier, who implemented the no-Internet censorship policy in the mid-1990s, said the government’s action shows “a degree of oppressive arrogance worthy of a totalitarian state”.


“I do not often agree with Malaysia-Today.net and (website editor) Raja Petra Kamaruddin. He had been sometimes quite irresponsible,” said Mahathir in hisChedet blog. Continue reading

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has slammed the blocking of the Malaysian popular blog site

  The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has slammed

the blocking of the Malaysian popular blog site

Malaysiakini news
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranks Malaysia 124 out of 169 on its worldwide press freedom index, and says the main media are “often compelled to ignore or to play down the many events organised by the opposition”.

The government has previously threatened that bloggers could be punished under draconian internal security laws which provide for detention without trial.

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has slammed the blocking of the popular blog site.

“The commission (MCMC) is going against the national commitments spelt out under the Bill of Guarantee of the Multimedia Super Corridor, which promises no censorship of the Internet,” said CIJ executive director V Gayathry.

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Malaysiakini: Malaysia Today blocked! Order from MCMC

Malaysiakini: Malaysia Today blocked! Order from MCMC

Controversial online portal Malaysia Today had its access blocked by the country’s largest internet service provider (ISP) TMnet. 

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief operating officer Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi confirmed that the block was ordered by the commission. 

The domain name – http://www.malaysia-today.net – has been unaccessible to TMnet subscribers since yesterday evening as a result of the blockage – known technically as ‘DNS blackhole list’.

TMnet subscribers however can still access the website by typing in Malaysia Today‘s IP address or an alternative web address in their web browsers.

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Dr Osman Abd. Hamid @ Than Aung jumped out of the Myanmar frying-pan into the Malaysian fire

Dr Osman Abd. Hamid @ Than Aung

jumped out of the Myanmar frying-pan

into the Malaysian fire

ACA must made sure that there is fairness in investigations regarding the case of the Burmese Doctor from PUSRAWI.

In his SD, Dr Osman Abd. Hamid alleged the intimidation of police and attempted manipulation of his Medical Report.

In his statutory declaration, the doctor claimed that he had fled the country with his family following several visits by the police.

Among others, Osman also claimed that the police attempted to tamper with his statements.

No one seems to be investigating from that POV (Point of view) or complaint. Instead we are witnessing the threatening of the complainant and whistle blowers.

Comment written by ultraman kite, in Malaysia Today, August 22, 2008 | 11:17:38



Cops raid RPK’s house over doc’s SD

Malaysiakini news

Malaysia’s most famous blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s house was once again raided by the police. This time in connection with a statutory declaration made by a doctor from Hospital Pusrawi.A five-member team from the Bukit Aman police headquarters arrived at the blogger’s house in Sungai Buloh at 8am. They confiscated a laptop computer, a scanner and some documents.

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Let Moonlight continue to shine under the coconut shell only?

Moonlight under the coconut shell?



  1. In IIU (UIA) International Islamic University, Malaysia, Burmese Students were given places to study Medicine, Engineering and Law before we were ASEAN members.
  2. After we are accepted as fellow ASEAN, those good places are nowadays denied to Myanmar students.
  3. If the university continue to refuse accepting foreigners for Medical studies, please drop the International word from your name and refuse donations from other Islamic nations.
  4. UIA used to reject all the Burmese Students for their Matriculation Classes with the lame excuse that IIU has no bilateral agreement with Myanmar Government. But they are accepting even non-Muslim students from India.(Are the authorities blind to see the anti-Muslim SPDC’s policy and democratic secular India’s policy?
  5. Now ASEAN Foreigners’ children are no more accepted in public schools. Previously they could. Is this the price of becoming an ASEAN member?
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Money, power and sex: what motivates man

Money, power and sex: what motivates man

Raja Petra Kamarudin

One of the more successful international trading companies is 3M. It is one of 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. 3M’s sales for 2007 touched US$24.462 billion while its net income was US$4.096 billion.

3M used to be called Minnesota Mining and Minerals before its name was shortened to 3M. They did the same for IBM, LBJ, JFK, etc. Eventually, when all these people or companies became famous, people started referring to them by their initials and no longer by their full names. This is the ‘culture’ in USA, which itself is the initial for the United States of America. Now, of course, a simple US will suffice as everyone knows who you are referring to.

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Bravest Internet Hero of our time

Bravest Internet Hero warrior of our time



We must not forget the truth that any HERO would definitely be seen by the people on the other side of political divide as a Villain.


In any war, our Heroes would be the worse enemies of our opponents.

In the true sense of the word, a warrior is a man/woman_

  • who has a clear and guiding moral code of honour
  • and is someone who serves others in the interests of social justice
  • and who normally stands up unfailingly for the cause of righteous justice,
  • fighting in a noble and measured way when required,
  • and doing so with wisdom and a tenacious quality of strength
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Posted by Super Admin in Malaysia Today

Now, it is not fair to suggest that only Myanmar SPDC Junta leaders are very reluctant or find it difficult to let go of power. It’s the same all over. Politicians have not been described as possessing animal-like behaviour for nothing — that’s why we have the term ‘political animal’.

Adapted, edited and Burmanized from Paul Sir’s article in The Borneo Post

IT seems that we are in the season of power transition in the country.

Now, let’s take an honest view about these so-called power transition being bandied about in the country. The first question to ask is — did these political leaders step down voluntarily or were they pressured to do so?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Now, it is not fair to suggest that only Myanmar SPDC Junta leaders are very reluctant or find it difficult to let go of power. It’s the same all over. Politicians have not been described as possessing animal-like behaviour for nothing — that’s why we have the term ‘political animal’.

  • Like the tigress jealously guarding her cubs or the viper protecting its territory and ready to put its life on the line, those with political power behave in the same manner.
  • They are very protective of their own space and will fight with whatever means to prevent others from entering.
  • History has shown how despots had even gone to the extent of committing mass murder and alienating the entire population just to cling on to power.
  • Sadly, we still have such kind of sick political animals in our midst today. Just think Robert Mugabe. 

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Blog standard: Politics on the web. Authoritarian governments can lock up bloggers. It is harder to outwit them

Blog standard: Politics on the web

Malaysia Today Friday, 27 June 2008

Authoritarian governments can lock up bloggers. It is harder to outwit them

From Egypt to Malaysia to Saudi Arabia to Singapore, bloggers have in recent months found themselves behind bars for posting materials that those in power dislike. The most recent Worldwide Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders, a lobby group, estimates their number at a minimum of 64.

The Economist

WHAT do Barbra Streisand and the Tunisian president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, have in common? They both tried to block material they dislike from appearing on the internet. And they were both spectacularly unsuccessful. In 2003 Ms Streisand objected to aerial photographs of her home in Malibu appearing in a collection of publicly available coastline pictures. She sued (unsuccessfully) for $50m—and in doing so ensured that the pictures gained far wider publicity.

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“I want peace. I don’t want any trouble.”

Daw Suu Quoted here_

written by Rashid, June 23, 2008 | 19:05:56
I got this quote from SAPP’s blog (http://www.sapphq.blogspot.com) and I think the Chinese and the 0ld people need to see how apt it is.

“Courage. Courage comes. Courage comes from cultivating. Courage comes from cultivating the habit. Courage comes from cultivating the habit of refusing. Courage comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one’s actions.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Above was quoted in the following posting at Malaysia Today

Posted by labisman Monday, 23 June 2008

“I want peace. I don’t want any trouble.”

That’s the reaction from most of the older people starting from age 50 and above (Not all, but most). Don’t get me wrong. I do not have any discrimination against older people but I am very frustrated with the attitude of most of them.
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Daw Suu, Wan Aziza, , DSAI, Corazon Aquino and Estrada?

Daw Suu, Wan Aziza,

DSAI, Corazon Aquino and Estrada?

Anwar Ibrahim: Memories of triumph and tragedy

Posted in Malaysia Today by Super Admin on Sunday, 08 June 2008

Anwar had come for a two-day visit, met with ousted House Speaker Jose de Venecia, former President Fidel Ramos, and Senate president and presidential aspirant Manuel Villar.

By Fernando del Mundo Philippine Daily Inquirer

Their ties were bound in good times and in bad, and for one special evening they shared memories of triumph and tragedy.

There was Anwar Ibrahim, 60, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia. He had been clapped in jail for six years as he sought to become premier. He is now on the cusp of political restoration.

There was his wife Wan Azizah Ismail. She had struggled to seek justice for her husband, when he was in jail on what she said were trumped up charges of corruption and sodomy. She had tried to fill the political shoes of the husband and became a member of the Malaysian parliament.

There was Corazon Aquino, now cancer-stricken, the icon of People Power revolutions in countries yearning to be free, widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

Wearing her traditional yellow-colored dress, the former President came out for the first time since it was announced that she had to undergo chemotherapy to attend a soiree in honor of one she had inspired.Wan, slighter than she was only a few months ago, she nevertheless was engaged in an animated conversation with Azizah during most of the evening.

“We reminisced about the past,” Azizah later said. “She talked about Ninoy when he was in jail.”The dictator Ferdinand Marcos had imprisoned Ninoy upon the declaration of martial law for eight years. He was later freed, went on self-exile in the United States for three years, and was murdered on his return to rally the opposition against Marcos.

After she stepped down as President, Aquino had taken the cause of the violent fates that had befallen husbands and wives of political leaders.

She once read a letter smuggled out of Burma on behalf of detained Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aquino had given Azizah a political pulpit in Manila to seek justice for her then incarcerated husband in Malaysia.

Ex-President Joseph Estrada hosted the evening of sumptuous meals, wine, and song on Friday in his opulent, centrally air-conditioned home on Polk Street at the wealthy Greenhills subdivision in San Juan.

Beside him stood his wife Loi, who, while her husband was detained on plunder charges for six years, had run and won a Senate seat, as Azizah did.

Anwar had come for a two-day visit, met with ousted House Speaker Jose de Venecia, former President Fidel Ramos, and Senate president and presidential aspirant Manuel Villar.

A ban on Anwar seeking political office ended in April. After he emerged from prison four years ago, he cobbled together the People’s Alliance of opposition parties that in March won in five of Malaysia’s 13 states.

The alliance is seeking a no-confidence vote on the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who had a falling out with the powerful former premier Mahathir Mohammad, Ibrahim’s jailer.

Political analysts say it is likely that Azizah will become prime minister (Insyallah, if our dreams come true, please dont forget our Daw Suu, your icon and the plight of all the Burmese Migrants in your country) and hold the post for her husband, who was unable to run for Parliament in March because of the ban still in effect. Anwar could ask an ally to resign so he could then run for the vacant seat in Parliament to pave his way to the premiership, something he hopes he will get in September.

If that happens, Estrada might well be at Anwar’s inaugural. “He will be one of the first few to be invited,” Anwar said.

“There’s a long way to go. I came to seek the advice of my great friend,” Ibrahim told reporters after posing for pictures with Estrada. “I’ve been looking forward to this,” he said.

“We don’t have that many loyal friends. I look at him as part of my family. He has a good heart. He has a passion for the poor and justice. It’s too strong.”

Upon his release, Anwar had wanted to visit Estrada while he was under detention in his rambling Tanay estate.

“The least I can do is just to go and express my sympathy and ask for his welfare,” said Ibrahim.

Estrada was convicted of plunder last year, sentenced to 40 years in jail, but was pardoned by President Macapagal-Arroyo.

Estrada described Anwar as a “mutual friend,” meeting him for the first time when the movie actor turned politician was vice president and the one time Islamic firebrand was then deputy prime minister.

When Estrada was President, he met with the wife and daughter of Anwar, earning the ire of Mahathir and causing a diplomatic flap.

Ibrahim also was very pleased that Aquino had gone out of her way to see him. She stayed for two hours. “I had to persuade her to leave earlier. In her condition, it could be bad,” said Anwar.

Asked if he expected to see Estrada in Malacañang in 2010.

He smiled and said: “That’s, of course, for the Filipino people to decide. But he’s a great friend and to my mind, I believe in his passion for justice, for the goodness of the people.

Sorry state of un-Islamic Muslim leaders around the world

Sorry state of

un-Islamic Muslim leaders

around the world

Extracted and changed from the famous MALAYSIAN BLOGGER’S ARTICLE, to reflect most of the world’s selfish, narrow minded and Xenophobic Muslim leaders

“ASEAN’s interests come first”, says the leader,” reported the Newspapers today.

The Newspapers then went on to report the leader as saying, “We should always consider the ASEAN’s interests above all else.”

 Sura Al-Fatiha

is the first chapter of the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an. Its seven verses are a prayer for God’s guidance and stress the lordship and mercy of God. This chapter has a special role in the Muslims’ daily prayers (Salat), being recited at the start of each unit of prayer, or rak’ah.Verse five of this sura says: You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help.

Asia Votes for Change

Asia Votes for Change


Posted by Raja Petra   

Nowhere was this in greater display than in Malaysia’s parliamentary elections. The strong showing of the opposition in the polls stunned Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi and the vote was widely interpreted as a sign of voter disaffection with his United Malays National Organization party, which has dominated Malaysian politics since 1969.

For a region that isn’t exactly a hotbed of democracy, it’s rather remarkable that these days from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei the cocktail conversation seems to revolve only around political change. Prodded by a growing realization that the world is passing them by, voters in many of East Asia’s laggard economies are either throwing out the incumbents or engaging in protest votes against their governments.

Outside of China, economic growth in East Asia over the past few years has barely averaged 5%. That is well below the global emerging market average of 6.5% and a distant cry from the 8% to 9% expansion that was commonplace in many of these countries before the Asian financial crisis in 1997-98. Domestic demand in much of the region has since been rather moribund.

Voters are now demanding change in these countries by backing the more likely pro-growth candidates, as was the case in Taiwan last week with Ma Ying-jeou’s thumping victory and in South Korea last December with the election of Lee Myung-bak. In a similar vein, voters in Thailand and Malaysia are turning back to leaders they associate with better economic times — Thaksin Shinawatra and Anwar Ibrahim.

The trend of anti-incumbency in the region is in stark contrast to the pro-incumbency wave running through the rest of the emerging-market universe. Popularity ratings of governments from Brazil to Turkey are at record highs on the back of booming growth and inflation rates that are well below historical averages.

All of this marks a major role reversal from the previous boom in emerging markets that ended in the mid-’90s. The superstars then were the tigers of East Asia. In development economics classrooms, countries such as Thailand and Malaysia were called paragons: Their high savings rates, industrious work forces and competent management of macroeconomic policy were cited as the signposts of Asia’s dynamism and savvy. In contrast, Eastern Europe was in economic chaos and Latin American economies symbolized decadence. Now the scenario has flipped. The stars of the current emerging market bull run are countries in Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, many of which are registering robust growth rates that were once commonplace in East Asia.

[Asia Votes for Change]

Following the East Asian financial crisis, countries in much of the region focused on fortifying themselves against any external shock by building up massive foreign exchange reserves and running large current account surpluses. But in doing so, they seem to have forgotten what it takes to be growth stars. Excluding China and India, there has been little new investment in the region since 1997-98. Now there is a growing sense among voters that their governments need to redirect efforts toward jumpstarting the investment cycle and economic growth by ushering in a new set of reforms.

Mr. Ma’s success in Taiwan reflects the continued shift in local sentiment towards the more business-friendly Kuomintang Party — a trend that was first apparent in the January 2008 parliamentary elections, when the KMT won nearly three-fourths of all the seats. The Taiwanese have been increasingly coming around to the view that stronger ties with China offer the island nation the best hope of changing its lackluster growth profile. The message from the ballot box is that voters prefer more pragmatic policies and deeper commercial ties with China rather than the previous ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s confrontationist stance.

In South Korea, the new president needs to get on quickly with implementing his reformist agenda as the Koreans are in no mood to even allow him a honeymoon period. Voter impatience with a sluggish economy is captured in the latest opinion polls, which already show a sharp fall in Mr. Lee’s popularity ratings amid rising doubts over his ability to deliver on the ambitious economic program that was the centerpiece of his campaign. Mr. Lee had claimed that he would usher in policies that would raise Korea’s growth rate to 6% to 7% from the 4% average of the past few years.

In Thailand, a rather remarkable turn of events has taken place in recent months. The Bangkok elite has now reconciled itself to let former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s men run the government after forcing Mr. Thaksin himself out of office nearly two years ago. Hopes are running high that the current administration will execute an economic plan similar to Mr. Thaksin’s policies during the first two years of his term starting in 2001, when there were massive increases in government spending to improve the country’s infrastructure.

The urgency among policymakers to boost Thailand’s flagging growth is evident by the fact that the military leaders had little choice but to accept Mr. Thaksin’s de facto return to power as they had little credibility left with the populace after making a hash of managing the economy in 2006-07. This changed attitude of the authorities in the region defines a new era: the growing acknowledgment of the popular will of the people.

Nowhere was this in greater display than in Malaysia’s parliamentary elections. The strong showing of the opposition in the polls stunned Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi and the vote was widely interpreted as a sign of voter disaffection with his United Malays National Organization party, which has dominated Malaysian politics since 1969. Following the unexpected result, there were fears that the government would not tolerate a smooth handover of power in the states where the opposition won and that it may even allow racial tensions to flare to get a firmer grip on its traditional vote bank of ethnic Malays. There was also much talk of how Mr. Abdullah’s predecessor, Mahatir Mohammed, would have dealt with the electoral setback: if he was in power, he would put the main opposition leader, Mr. Anwar, behind bars again.

Instead, the transition to a more multi-polar Malaysian polity has so far been remarkably seamless and Mr. Abdullah has quickly moved to channel his energies to revitalizing the government with a cabinet makeover as a first step. Issues long considered too sensitive to broach, such as Malaysia’s affirmative action policy, are on the table, with Mr. Anwar calling for a comprehensive review. Many economists blame the New Economic Policy of 1971, which grants special rights to only ethnic Malays, as the main factor that has undermined Malaysia’s competitiveness in today’s globalized world.

Of course, in politics there is always a huge gap between promises and action. Many of the East Asian countries also face long-term structural problems, from the poor quality of human capital to their export-oriented, manufacturing-centric economic model that has outlived its time, particularly with the rise of the larger economies of China and India. Malaysia, for example, hasn’t fully capitalized on strong global growth despite exports exceeding the size of its economy, as it continues to mainly manufacture electronic goods that are now increasingly produced in lower-cost countries, such as China and Vietnam. Meanwhile, the larger and more advanced economies of Korea and Taiwan have been unable to shift to a service sector-oriented model that would have allowed them to grow at a faster rate.

Some of these factors are hard for politicians to fix in the short term and may keep a lid on the growth prospects of the region’s laggard economies for time to come. However, at the margin it has to be good news that voters in these countries are using the democratic system to at least force the political class to step up to the economic challenge.

Mr. Sharma is head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.