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Mar152009
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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

I have fallen a little behind with my blog. People have been asking me what I think of the so-called Second Stimulus Package. What I have to say about it can wait a little while longer. My comments would do little to lift the dismay of our citizens and business people with a package as puzzlingly weak, and directionless, as it is large.

Last Thursday I visited Rumah Nur Salam, a centre for homeless children in KL’s Jalan Chow Kit area. Rumah Nur Salam is founded and led by the indefatigable Dr Hartini Zainudin, the daughter of a dear departed friend of mine. I spent some time with the children and toured the centre, which is, as its name implies, a haven of peace in a very troubled area.

 
Mar102009
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(Video Inside - Courtesy of Astro Awani)

1. Open Barisan Nasional to direct membership by individuals only. Do away with membership by parties.

2. Only parties whose membership reflects the racial composition of the country will be allowed to contest elections. Race-based organizations may no longer register as political parties to contest elections. Every party that wishes to submit candidates for elections must be able to demonstrate that its membership is open to all Malaysians and reflects Malaysia’s racial diversity. We will need to apply some workable formula to measure this. It will feel artificial at first, but we have to start somewhere.

Amend the Societies Act and, if possible, the Constitution, to set these rules.

Last Updated on Oct102011
 
Mar092009
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We now hear from reports carried by Bloomberg and AFP that the stimulus plan to be unveiled tomorrow may be worth the RM25-30 Billion  that I and others think is necessary rather than the RM10 Billion as announced by the Deputy Minister of Finance in Parliament last week. Prior to this the quantum of the stimulus has been a closely guarded secret.

Has the government suddenly doubled or tripled the amount of  the third stimulus package (the first being Valuecap and the second the RM7 Billion amount) within a week? Was this another flip-flop? Or was the disappointing announcement last week, in Parliament no less, part of of the old public-relations ploy in which a second stringer is set up to disappoint everyone and stoke a public outcry only for the hero to ride in on a white steed in the next scene? Is this a bad movie or is this the management of our economy?

Last Updated on Oct102011
   
Mar072009
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I just got back from Gua Musang only to hear news of what happened to the thousands of GMP (Gerakan Mansuhkan PPSMI) demonstrators as they marched peacefully toward the Istana Negara. I am astonished at the way they have been treated. Was it necessary to tear gas Malay teachers and linguists, and a 76 year-old national laureate?

This government appears to be no longer capable of dealing with the rakyat without the use of force. This comes at the end of a week in which the Executive Branch has violated  fundamental principles of the Constitution, and deployed the instruments of state against elected representatives of the people. A government sworn to uphold the Constitution now tramples upon it, and sets itself  against the rakyat it was elected and appointed to serve.

 
Mar042009
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The BN’s takeover of Perak has set off a chain-reaction of illegality which has left Perak quite possibly without a legitimate government. One of our most prosperous states has been reduced to a failed state.

One lie leads to many lies. Each bad action leads to a cascade of follies. Particularly when the lie or violation concerns something very basic. This is a principle we teach our children. It is a simple but universal truth now being demonstrated in Perak.

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