Friday, August 31, 2007

The Nation's Success Is The Combined Efforts

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said, we should be thankful to our forward-thinking leaders like the two earliest prime ministers, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak. They were given full support by the then party leaders, Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun V. T. Sambanthan.
The spirit of unity and the sacrifices made by the founding fathers should be a guiding light to Malaysians particularly the younger generation. Malaysia's independence was the result of the sacrifices and struggles made by the rakyat who were united in one spirit.
"The success of our country is built upon our combined efforts. This approach must be practised in overcoming issues that may bring about hardship, confusion and tension among the people," he said.

Golden Frog Discovered In Colombia

A new poisonous frog was recently discovered in a remote mountainous region in Colombia by a team of young scientists supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP).
The new frog, which is almost two centimeters in length, was given the name the "golden frog of Supatá." It is unique and only found within a 20 hectare area in Colombia's Cundinamarca region. Colombia is one of the world's richest countries in amphibian diversity, with more than 583 species. (Release by Conservation International August 29, 2007.)

A Leopard Can Change Its Spots

The clouded leopard of Borneo discovered to be an entirely new species is the latest in a growing list of animals and plants unique to the Southeast Asian country's rain forest.
Genetic tests by researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute revealed that the clouded leopard of Borneo and Sumatra islands is a unique cat species and not the same one found in mainland Southeast Asia as long believed, said a statement by WWF, the global conservation organization. The Associated Press (AP) reported on March 15, 2007.

Let us see this undated photo released by the global conservation group WWF. (AP Photo/WWF, Alain Compost, HO.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Zam Accuses theSun Supports DAP

Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said theSun should be viewed as a newspaper that supports the DAP because it fought for a "Malaysian Malaysia", which is the DAP's objective.
He said theSun often blew up issues that contradict the federal constitution besides "publishing statements that oppose and question the government's action to suspend the Makal Osai newspaper recently."
On the contrary, in many issues, "the Chinese and Malay newspapers are fairer to Malaysia than certain English newspapers.
"The Chinese newspapers, which are written and read by the Chinese, do not involve the feelings of the other races but the English language newspapers must be more careful because they are read by all the people.”
Zainuddin said Gerakan adviser Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik's assumption that the Malay and Chinese newspapers favour certain parties and are not fair to all the races was inaccurate.
He told a news conference after attending an "Anak-anak Merdeka dan Malaysia" gathering in Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur on Aug 28, 2007. The news was reported by all the major Malaysian newspapers.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Endanger Public Order - Makkal Osai suspended

The government today (Aug 24, 2007) slapped a one-month suspension on Tamil daily Makkal Osai after published an image of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette and a beer can four days ago. The order effective immediately and will end on Sept 24,2007.
The two-year-old daily, Makkal Osai is closely aligned to former MIC deputy president S. Subramaniam, who is known to be MIC president Samy Vellu's arch rival, has a staff strength of about 100, was informed of the order via a faxed letter from the Internal Security Ministry at about 5pm.
The Internal Security Ministry officials said the suspension was punishment for the daily's publication of an image of Jesus Christ which was deemed inappropriate and could endanger public order. The suspension was reported by all the Malaysian newspapers.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Do Not Mock Any Religion

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has reminded all Malaysians not to mock any religion or its teachings as these are sensitive issues.
“Do not do things which may offend the believers of other religions , this is not good. This can make the Christians unhappy, Muslims too cannot tolerate such things.” he said after performing the groundbreaking ceremony for the new RM150mil UiTM campus in Kg Beting near Bahau Thursday August 23, 2007.
Abdullah was asked to comment on Tamil daily Makkal Osai printing a picture of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a canned drink looked like beer in the other with a quote – “If a person repents his mistakes, heaven awaits him.”

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Equitable policies to all communities

"I have been fair, I want to be fair and I will always be fair. This is my promise to you,” said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has assured all Malaysians that his policies will be fair and equitable to all communities.
The Barisan Nasional chairman's pledge was greeted by thunderous applause from the more than 1,700 MCA delegates who listened attentively to his hour-long address before opening the 54th MCA annual general assembly at Wisma MCA's Dewan San Choon here yesterday.
This is reported by all the newspapers especially Chinese newspaper.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Not all bloggers are stupid, says Zam

All blogger are "goblok ?"
By the way, Information Minister says not all bloggers are "goblok", this is reported by The Star Monday August 6 2007. Read this story.

KUALA LUMPUR: Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin says not all bloggers are stupid as some of them are informative, knowledgeable and disseminate positive views on current issues.
The ones that were mostly goblok (stupid, in Indonesian) were political bloggers who float rumours and create hatred among the people, he said yesterday.
He said political bloggers “blatantly abused the freedom of the Internet.”
“Readers of these blogs read them to pass time and for fun, akin to reading a ghost story. The people must be able to distinguish between goblok bloggers and bloggers,” he added. – Bernama

Saturday, August 4, 2007

54% Chinese Support BN

The recent polls done by Merdeka Centre on the trend of urban voters through phone interviews involving 1022 respondents throughout Peninsular Malaysia, is highlighted by Malaysiakini on August 4, 2007.
Abdullah's rating remains high, with 86% of Malay, 71% Indian while 54% Chinese supporting the administration. The low Chinese support is due to the failure of Abdullah to fullfill most of his election promises, less confident with the government's ability in fulfilling the people's aspirations and the sluggish Malaysian economy can be addressed by having more opposition leaders in Parliament.
The accuratecy of this poll is yet to be proven as with a relatively small sample size of 1022 respondents, which includes those between 16 and 21 years which is not the voter.
According the poll, 54% of urban Chinese will vote opposition, so it means opposition can win when the Chinese voters are more than 60%. During last general election, only 12 Chinese majority seats with more than 70% Chinese voters and opposition won 10, except Bukit Bendera and Petaling Jaya Utara won by Gerakan and MCA respectively, so the result of the polls is by far not much different from last election results.

Malaysia not a Secular or Theocratic state

Prime Minister Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said, "We are not a secular state. We are also not a theocratic state like Iran and Pakistan which PAS wants us to be, but we are a government that is based on parliamentary democracy."

Read this Bernama's story, "Malaysia not a Secular or Theocratic State."
04 Ogos, 2007 BUKIT MERTAJAM (Bernama)-Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hari ini menegaskan bahawa Malaysia bukan sebuah negara sekular mahupun teokrasi sebaliknya sebuah negara yang mengamalkan demokrasi berparlimen. Beliau berkata kerajaan di negara ini mengamalkan ciri-ciri pemerintahan yang melambangkan komposisi penduduknya yang berbilang kaum dan agama."Kita bukan negara sekular. Kita juga bukan negara teokrasi seperti Iran dan Pakistan yang Pas mahukan tetapi kita sebuah kerajaan berasaskan demokrasi berparlimen," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan program bersama rakyat di Institut Perguruan Tuanku Bainun di sini. Beliau berkata kerajaan yang ada di negara ini sekarang merupakan sebuah kerajaan yang bertanggung jawab sama ada kepada rakyat mahupun negara dan ia diperintah bersama oleh pemimpin daripada semua kaum dan agama di bawah payung Barisan Nasional."Kita terdiri daripada agama Islam, Buddha, Hindu, Kristian dan semua sama-sama bermuafakat, berbincang untuk menghasilkan dasar-dasar pembangunan negara," katanya. Perdana Menteri berkata formula yang diguna pakai itu telah terbukti mampu memacu kemajuan negara dalam tempoh 50 tahun lalu."Itulah negara kita yang maju dalam bentuk formula kita sendiri yang telahpun diuji dan teruji 50 tahun lamanya dan telahpun berjaya hari ini," katanya. Abdullah berkata beliau tidak nampak mengapa kerajaan seperti ini tidak dapat terus maju pada masa akan datang iaitu sehingga Malaysia meraikan ulang tahun kemerdekaannya yang ke-100 tahun kelak.