Random Reflections

Why I am not into April’s Fool Day

Today, the 1st of April is marked as April’s Fool Day in most parts of the world. This day will see millions of people around the planet playing hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbors, or sending them on fools’ errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible.

So why am I such a party pooper on such a fun day? Simply because it is found written in the Bible:

The Biblical “Ten Commandments

Well I’m certainly not saying I am an “holier-than-thou” Christian, and I also can’t deny I’d never ever lie. But I would love to strive to obey God’s commandments as much as I possibly can. And not lying on the 1st of April is one of the things that I am able to do to honor Him. So what say you?

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Full Line-up of Malaysian Federal Government Cabinet

The PM has just announced the new cabinet line-up yesterday. It has been scaled down to 27 seats now, with almost half of them being new faces. Some major surprises would be the exclusion of some veterans such as the infamous “AP Queen” Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, and former Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also mysteriously chose to bring back the notorious Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, who was caught red-handed for bringing into Brisbane, Australia, a suitcase containing RM2.4 million in cash! He also failed to declare and explain the RM2 million home in Gold Coast, and a RM5 million ranch in Queensland, both also under the name of his wife, Asbi Rohani Binti Asnan.


New and fresh cabinet, but would it be same old story for Malaysia again? I hope Barisan Nasional has learn the lesson of ignoring the plight of the rakyat.

Complete List of the New Cabinet

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz

Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department
Datuk Johari Baharom
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
Datuk K. Devamany
Datuk Hassan Malik

Finance
Minister – Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Second Finance Minister – Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Deputies – Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Datuk Kong Cho Ha

Defense
Minister – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Deputy – Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop

Internal Security and Home Affairs
Minister – Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Deputies – Datuk Chor Chee Heong, Senator Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh

Housing and Local Government
Minister -Datuk Ong Ka Chuan
Deputies – Datuk Robert Lau , Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

Works Minister
Minister – Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad
Deputy- Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

Energy, Water and Communications
Minister – Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Deputy- Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Minister – Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputy – Datin Paduka Rohani Abdul Karim

International Trade and Industry
Minister -Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies- Loh Wei Keong, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan

Foreign Affairs
Minister -Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputy- Tunku Azlan Abu Bakar

Education
Minister -Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies -Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Razali Ismail

Higher Education
Minister – Datuk Khaled Nordin
Deputies – Khoo Kok Choong, Datuk Idris Harun

Transport
Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Deputy – Anifah Aman

Human Resources
Datuk S. Subramaniam
Deputy- Datuk Noraini Ahmad

Women, Family and Community Development
Minister-Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen
Deputy- Noriah Kasnon

National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage
Minister- Datuk Shafie Apdal
Deputy-Datuk Teng Boon Soon

Science, Technology and Innovation
Minister- Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy- Fadilah Yusof

Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development
Minister – Datuk Noh Omar
Deputy- Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah

Natural Resources and Environment
Minister – Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas
Deputy – Datuk Abu Ghapur Salleh

Rural and Regional Development
Minister – Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib
Deputy- Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Minister – Datuk Shahrir Samad
Deputy – Jelaing Mersat

Plantation Industries and Commodities
Minister – Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy- Senator A. Kohilan

Youth and Sports
Minister – Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob
Deputy – Wee Jack Seng

Health
Minister – Datuk Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy- Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad

Information
Minister – Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Deputy- Datuk Tan Lian Hoe

Tourism
Minister – Datuk Azalina Othman
Deputy – Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abu Taib

FT
Minister – Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique
Deputy- M. Saravanan

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SocioPolitics

Malaysia 2008 General Election – Interesting Facts

Barisan Nasional only gained about 51 percent of the popular vote from the 7.9 million ballots cast on Saturday.

However, it took 63 percent of the seats contested – or 140 of 222 seats in Parliament.

Interestingly,
its peninsula-wide popular vote was only 49.79 percent, which
effectively means that the opposition received the majority vote in
this part of the country.

However, when converted to
parliamentary seats, BN has 85 of the constituencies in the peninsula,
while the opposition bagged 80.

Almost 40 percent of the BN’s seats are in Sabah and Sarawak – 55 out of 140.

In 2004, BN won about 64 percent of the popular vote nationwide and 92 percent of the 219 parliamentary seats on offer then.

Key
non-Malay parties in BN have been reduced to 20 seats (MCA – 15, MIC –
3 and Gerakan – 2), making the ruling coalition predominantly Malay. On
the other hand, the opposition appears more multiracial with PKR (31),
DAP (28) and PAS (23).

As the dust settles on the 12th general election, Malaysiakini.com highlight a number of quirky facts and figures.

Election trivia

  • The youngest candidate was PKR’s Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who is 26. He defeated Seri Setia incumbent Seripa Noli Syed Hussin.
  • The
    oldest candidate was grandma Maimun Yusuf, 89, who contested in the
    Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat. She lost her deposit.

  • 56
    also-rans from opposition parties and independent candidates lost their
    deposits after failing to secure one-eighth of the votes cast.

  • The
    largest majority was won by DAP’s Teresa Kok against BN’s Carol Chew,
    by 36,492 votes in the Seputeh parliamentary seat in Kuala Lumpur.

  • The
    smallest majority was just 14 votes for BN’s Hamdi Abu Bakar who beat
    Abu Bakar Haji Hussain of PAS in the Pengkalan Baharu state seat in
    Perak.

  • Four pivotal players in the Lingam tape
    scandal also won: Loh Gwo Burne (who recorded the footage), Wee Choo
    Keong (lawyer who represented VK Lingam’s brother during the inquiry)
    and R Sivarasa and Sim Tze Tzin (listed as witnesses but eventually not
    called). All four are from PKR. Anwar Ibrahim, the person who released
    the tape, was unable to contest due to his five-year ban in active
    politics. He will however be eligible after next month.

  • There
    will be two ‘lone rangers’ in Parliament: Zulhasnan Rafique, the sole
    BN survivor in Kuala Lumpur’s 11 parliamentary seats – he took
    Setiawangsa; and DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen who won Bandar Kuching in
    Sarawak – the remaining 30 parliamentary seats went to BN.

  • The biggest number of candidates was in the Sukau state seat, Sabah, where eight candidates ran, including five Independents.

Debutant politicians

Prominent
blogger Jeff Ooi – whose campaign was done online and funds were raised
through his website – won the Jelutong parliamentary seat in Penang for
DAP.

Other bloggers are Tony Pua (DAP, Petaling Jaya Utara
parliamentary seat), Elizabeth Wong (PKR, Bukit Lanjan state seat) and
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR, Seri Setia state seat).

Civil society
activists who succeeded were Charles Santiago (DAP, water-privatisation
issues), Edward Lee (DAP, local community), Elizabeth Wong and R
Sivarasa (PKR, human rights).

Biggest blows

The losses in BN component parties will result in vacancies in various ministries, forcing a cabinet reshuffle.

Ministers

  • S Samy Vellu (Works Ministry)
  • Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (Women, Family and Community Development Ministry)
  • Zainuddin Maidin (Information Ministry)
  • Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (Rural and Territory Development Ministry)

Deputy ministers

  • Chia Kwang Chye (Information Ministry)
  • G Palanivel (Women, Family and Community Development)    
  • Tan Chai Ho (Home Ministry)
  • V Veerasingam (Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry)
  • S Sothinathan (Natural Resources and Environment Ministry)
  • Donald Lim (Tourism Ministry)
  • Fu Ah Kiow (Internal Security Ministry)
  • M Kayveas (Prime Minister’s Department) 

Parliamentary secretaries

  • Chew Mei Fun (Women, Family and Community Development Ministry)
  • P Komala Devi (Education Ministry)
  • Lee Kah Choon (Health Ministry)
  • Ng Lip Yong (Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry)
  • S Vigneswaran (Youth and Sports Ministry)
  • Rahman Ibrahim (Home Ministry)
  • Dr Mohd Ruddin Ab Ghani (Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry)
  • Yew Teong Look (Federal Territories Ministry)

The
full team from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry
(minister, deputy minister and parliamentary secretary) all lost in the
polls.

All top MIC leaders were wiped out – president, deputy
presidents, two vice-presidents, women’s chief and youth chief (one of
the three vice-presidents, KS Nijar, did not contest).

Post-election quotes

Anwar Ibrahim, PKR de facto leader, quoted in Star today

Some
mentris besar in the past spent half-a-million ringgit to renovate
their offices. Such things cannot be an example in this new
administration.

Nurul Izzah Anwar, Lembah Pantai MP at a press conference yesterday

(On
whether she will vacate the seat to force a by-election so that her
father, Anwar Ibrahim, can re-enter politics after a five-year ban): I
have already started working in my constituency. The question does not
arise.

PPP president M Kayveas, quoted in Star today

Prior
to the elections, Barisan Nasional had kept on telling people to show
their dissatisfaction through the ballot box. Now they have really
shown it.

Sungai Petani losing BN candidate Zainuddin Maidin, quoted in Star today

It is not that they love PKR or PAS more that they voted against me.

The
Chinese showed their resentment because of the economic backlash they
often complained about. So, PAS and PKR should not be overly proud of
their win (in Kedah).

The people may have to pay a price for their decision.

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Jokes

Friend in Need

My friend is looking for a job. His education  back ground is not that strong. He has been working with Malaysian’s government more than 30 years. His last post held was works minister with the Malaysian’s government. His name is Samy Vellu. Please help him.

I am oh-so-bad!

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Malaysia’s 2008 General Election

Latest News/Results as of at 3:30am:

Official

Oppositions have won at least 75 seats, thus denying BN the 2/3 majority; unofficial result put the Oppositions’ win at 82 parliamentary seats

Badawi announced on TV live telecast that BN has won the election and will form the new government. He also denied talks that he will step down as the Prime Minister of Malaysia

Kelantan: PAS won 39 out of 45 seats, BN won 6

Penang: DAP – 19, PKR – 6, PAS – 2; BN – 11; Gerakan only won 2, Koh Tsu Koon lost; DAP’s Guan Eng is new CM; Badawi won with reduced majority (11,000 votes)

Kedah: PAS-PKR won 22 out of 36 seats; BN’s Zainudin Maidin lost,

Perak: Oppositions wrestled control of this state by winning 30 out of 59 seats; Samy Vellu lost big; Rafidah Aziz retained seat, Kayveas lost big in Taiping

Kuala Lumpur: DAP & PKR win big in the capital (10 to 1); BN’s strongholds such as Batu, Lembah Pantai, Titiwangsa, Wangsa Maju and Bandar Tun Razak all fell into opposition’s hand. DAP retained Bukit Bintang.

Terengganu: BN retained control of the state by razor-thin majority of 2 seats (BN – 17, PAS – 15)

Sarawak: The state remains as BN’s bastion by giving the party 29 out of the 31 parliamentary seats.

Pahang: BN won 12 out of 14 parliamentary seats; PKR won the other 2 including Kuantan

Perlis: BN won all but one of the 15 state seats (PAS won 1), as well as winning all 3 parliamentary seats

Melaka: BN won 23 out of 28 state seats, and 5 out of 6 parliamentary seats; DAP is the only other winner

Johor: BN took at least 22 out of the 26 parliamentary seats, and at least 48 out of 56 state seats

Unofficial

Almost all MIC & Gerakan leaders were defeated

Selangor: Oppositions (DAP-PKR-PAS) won 35 out of 56 state seats

Sabah: BN winning; KK fell to DAP

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Pak Lah, their ceramah is bigger than yours!

As the campaigning of the General Election draws to a close today, all the politic parties’ leaders are scrambling to fish votes in “hot” states. Last night in Penang, saw one of the biggest DAP’s ceramah ever. The more conservative counts put it at about 30,000 people, but some claimed that it is near to 70,000 people.

Would this converts into votes? Guess we would only know after the voting tomorrow.

But enough is enough. It is time to get rid of the current racial-based politic system. It is time to realise the fact that we are all equal citizens of this beloved country of ours. You can call us Malaysian, you can call us Malaysiaputra, heck, you can even call us all as Bumiputra (son of the soil), as most of us are indeed born here in this land.

Now its the time for us to stop whining and complaining about the government or the country. It is time to let yourself be heard. It is time to cast your vote! For those that have not register to vote, do your part by praying for fair, clean and safe election. May God’s will be done for this country.

“Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – John F.Kennedy 1960
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