Archive for November, 2008

Anwar to make ‘Bangkok’ havoc in Malaysia?

November 30, 2008


Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim assured supporters on Saturday that he was still determined to unseat the government, which foiled his bid to seize power more than two months ago.

Anwar had boasted he would be able to persuade dozens of ruling coalition lawmakers to join his opposition alliance by mid-September.

After no defections occurred, Anwar accused the government of using legal roadblocks to prevent a peaceful power transfer.

In a speech at the annual congress of his People’s Justice Party on Saturday, Anwar told more than 2 000 opposition members that the ruling National Front coalition “cannot block the will of the people(Anwar’s)”.

Political observers say it remains unclear whether Anwar ever had sufficient support to oust Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration, which rejected Anwar’s demands in September to discuss a voluntary power transfer or to call a special Parliament session to hold a vote on confidence in Abdullah’s leadership.

Anwar’s three-party opposition alliance won an unprecedented 82 seats in the 222-member Parliament in March elections, gaining ground as the National Front’s popularity plummeted amid racial disputes, a weak economy and corruption accusations.

Anwar reiterated his pledge to implement fair economic and social policies if the opposition takes power, but he did not set any new deadline. Malaysia’s next general elections are scheduled to be held in 2013.

“We promised change … but the change has not yet been achieved,” the former deputy prime minister said. “Our future is bright.”

Anwar’s comments came amid expectations of a small electoral battle. Deputy Education Minister Razali Ismail collapsed and died while playing badminton late on Friday, and a by-election will need to be held for his parliamentary seat.

– AP

A simple fact of Obama

November 28, 2008


Government Name: Barack Obama

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Fun Fact: When Obama was a child, he resided in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather, as well as Hawaii, where he finished high school, before attending Columbia University in the United States.

Claim to Fame: In 2004, Obama, the only African-American serving in the U.S. Senate at the time, raised eyebrows at the Democratic Nation Convention in Boston, Mass., where, afterwards, everyone from Oprah Winfrey to critics suggested he run for President of the United States (Obama entered the presidential race in 2007)

Bahasa Malaysia: It’s the voice of all Malaysians

November 7, 2008


The love for Bahasa Malaysia as the national language and a foundation of the national character should be reinforced in the face of challenges in the globalisation era.

Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek who was spotted at the opening the Malaysian Citrawangsa Awards 2008, Friday night said:

“We want to build a country and the Malaysian race according to our own mould and become a Malaysian make-up,”

“Bahasa Malaysia is evolving through the process of enhancement like the American English which has gone through the evolution process for hundreds of years,”

The language represents the beauty of a nation. It is the medium of ideas that we manifest to the world so we can understand. The world can learn. We can share.

The culture and the nature of us, Malaysians are sculptered around our language. It’s the language that we personalized in common. Sure we may have different dialects and slangs, but that are some parts of it that make it even more special.

Bahasa Malaysia is a reflection of who we are, where we from, what we are.

If the Americans speak English and claimed proudly that they are speaking American- English, so why can’t we?

Be proud. You have nothing to lose. Bahasa Malaysia is our language of unity, freedom and harmony. Be proud of it. It’s a heritage that we shall preserve for as long as mankind can speak. Be proud to be Malaysian. ūüėČ


NEWS all over the world: In Obama We Trust

November 5, 2008


May the world be a better place.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said Kuala Lumpur hoped there would be ‚Äúnew possibilities‚ÄĚ in enhancing ties with Washington following Obama‚Äôs victory. TheStar

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today congratulated Barack Obama on his election as the president of the United States, and said he should give immediate attention to addressing issues to bring positive changes to the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Palestine. NST

China’s President Hu Jintao said he hoped bilateral ties could reach new highs while Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso pledged to work with Obama to strengthen relations. AFP

In Australia, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd praised the president-elect for turning Martin Luther King’s dream into a reality, and said the world looked to America for leadership. AFP

In war-torn Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of US troops are fighting Taliban militants, President Hamid Karzai said Obama’s win took the world into a “new era — an era where race, colour and ethnicity, I hope, will also disappear… in politics in the rest of the world.” AFP

India’s ruling Congress party said Obama’s “youthful energy” was in tune with the dynamism of the emerging country, adding it was confident that rapidly warming ties would grow stronger under Obama’s leadership. AFP

A statement from South Korea’s presidential palace expressed the hope for further development of relations with the United States, which has 28,500 troops stationed in the country. AFP

Elsewhere in Asia, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo’s spokesman Lorelei Fajardo said Manila looked forward to greater cooperation with Washington, which has close military ties with the country. AFP

And Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he hoped the leadership change would boost the fight against the global economic crisis. AFP

Stephen Harper, the recently re-elected Conservative Prime Minister of Canada, expressed hope the new President would help redouble the ties between Canada and America. He said: “I look forward to meeting with the President-elect so that we can continue to strengthen the special bond that exists between Canada and the United States.

Relations between the US and Europe have been strained since the war in Iraq, but European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso signalled that Barack Obama’s election could help repair broken bonds between the two powers.

Observing that the world was in turmoil and doubt, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Obama’s election has raised enormous hope in France, in Europe and beyond at a time when the world must face huge challenges together.

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe said, “Africa, which today stands proud of your achievements, can only but look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you, both at bilateral and multilateral levels, in our endeavour to create a better world for all who live in it.”

Mynamar’s pro-democracy party headed by Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed Obama’s triumph but said time would tell if he could help open up the military-run country.

Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki, in his congratulatory message to Obama, said, “We the Kenyan people are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots. Your victory is not only an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, but it has special resonance with us here in Kenya.”

US’ all-weather ally Israel said bilateral ties would strengthen under Obama’s presidency.¬† “Israel-US relations are a special relationship based on values and common interest…We have no doubt that the special ties between the two states will continue and strengthen under Obama’s presidency,” outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a statement.

In Iran, where the US is demonised as the ‘Great Satan’, prominent Member of Parliament Hamid Reza Haji Babai said Obama’s victory was an ‘opportunity and test’ and that the Islamic country has been waiting for a change. The election of Obama is positive, he said.

Good: UMNO is reforming, bad: they change to the same people, ugly: it’s Najib for president!

November 3, 2008

Good: You’re pregnant. Bad: It’s triplets. Ugly: Your husband had a vasectomy five years ago.

Good: Your husband is not talking to you. Bad: He wants a divorce. Ugly: He’s a lawyer.

Good: Your son is finally maturing. Bad: He’s involved with the woman next door. Ugly: So are you.

Good: Your son studies a lot in his room. Bad: You find several pornographic movies hidden there. Ugly: You’re in them.

Good: Your husband understands fashion. Bad: He’s a cross-dresser. Ugly: He looks better than you.

Good: You give “the birds and the bees” talk to your 14-year-old daughter. Bad: She keeps interrupting. Ugly: With corrections.

Good: Your daughter got a new job. Bad: As a hooker. Ugly: Your co-workers are her best clients. Way Ugly: She makes more money than you do!