MEDIA RELEASE MARCH 4, 2013
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOW PRIORITISE ON GUARANTEEING OUR TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND SECURITY
Any leader of any country must defend his nation’s sovereignty and the security of his people.
Failing to do so is a grave betrayal of the people’s trust in its government. Therefore, Pakatan Rakyat urges the present national leadership to do that which is required of them, to defend our land and never to compromise the safety of each and every Malaysian, and the test of those principles is ongoing in and around Sabah’s Lahad Datu and Semporna with the escalating violence brought by armed foreigners.
In Lahad Datu two of members of our security forces have lost their lives, while the latest acts in Semporna have claimed six of our men in uniform. We express our sincere condolences to these men’s families and may God bless them for they have given the highest sacrifice for a grateful nation.
Pakatan Rakyat calls on all Malaysians to show unreserved support to our security forces, both the police and military. And pray that they remain safe while defending our nation and its people from harm.
Pakatan realises the recent incidents in Sabah raise concern and fear, but we urge the public to remain calm and not to act rashly and hurt their fellow countrymen.
The coalition takes this opportunity to restate its confidence in the capacity and capability of our security forces to protect our country’s sovereignty.
We are disappointed with the weak leadership show by the federal government whose responsibility is to keep Malaysia’s security intact.
While we are convinced that national security transcends political divides and all citizens must support the security forces’ efforts, it does not abrogate the federal leadership for its lax treatment of the whole affair.
This leadership has failed to pass accurate information quickly so that the public is aware of what is happening, an error which has caused rumour-mongering to be rife.
We understand that the government is investigating the leader of opposition to over the armed intrusions in Sabah. We would like to state categorically that Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is in no way involved with the escalation of violence in Sabah nor the cause of it.
The Sabah intrusion is now into its fourth week (Day 23) — fourth day of hostilities — and the federal leadership appears not to have a clear plan to overcome the violation of our sovereign territory, or to stop any further intrusions. Instead Putrajaya is irresponsibly trying to avert the eyes of the people from its own role.
It is time the federal government realises its jobs is to defend and protect Malaysia, its people and the warriors on the frontline.
Pakatan urges for an immediate meeting between the leadership of our coalition and the prime minister, home minister and defence minister, followed by a special sitting of Parliament to discuss the intrusion.
We strongly demand Putrajaya stops finger-pointing at others especially Pakatan Rakyat and never to betray the trust of the Malaysian people.
DATO’ SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM
Leader of the Opposition
DATO’ SERI ABDUL HADI AWANG
LIM KIT SIANG
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When the U.S. dollar is listed first, the valuation is expressed as the number of the units of the other currency per U.S. dollar. When another currency is listed first, the valuation is expressed as the number of U.S. dollars per currency unit.
But experts are busy revising the numbers.
- October 15, Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz said growth for Malaysia’s 2008 economy will probably be between 5% and 5.5%, below the official forecast.
- October 16: Dr Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) said the country’s 2008 GDP growth is estimated at 5.3%, lower than Bank Negara’s figure.
- October 15: Bank Negara’s Zeti Akhtar Aziz said Malaysia’s economy may expand as little as 4% in 2009.
- October 16: With the outlook for the global economy turning increasingly dismal, MIER’s Dr Mohamed Ariff said Malaysia’s 2009 GDP growth could decelerate to 3.4%, lower than Bank Negara’s figure.
With that, MIER warned of a possible recession in Malaysia if the U.S. economy deteriorates. Quote:
“There is a 40 percent chance that Malaysia will enter technical recession in 2009, meaning two quarters of negative growth and a 30 percent chance it could be a real recession lasting more than two quarters depending on what happens in the U.S.,” he said.
MIER said the global credit crisis showed no signs of abating despite concerted interest rate cuts and massive liquidity injection by governments and central banks worldwide. The institute said consumer and business confidence in Malaysia has dipped and warned conditions would worsen if the credit squeeze dries up funds for investment and household spending.
Ariff said there are heightened concerns that the current global economic slump could drag on until the end of 2010 or 2011.
Now read the compilation of data about Malaysia’s economic forecast on Economist.com, here.
Let’s see Najib juggle the figures and tap-dance next Monday.
I will take a short cyber absence to go on an official assignment to Guangdong and Sichuan tonight. Also it’s an opportunity to review BlackBerry Bold 9000 on international roaming, courtesy Celcom-Vodafone.
Most private cars on Abu Dhabi roads are of high octane and are high-powered. The roads are three-lane each side. The Police, a majority imported from neighbouring countries, are prompt and strict.
I sat on one sturdy, brand new Chevrolet 4×4 around midnight, and I swear I had never done 170-180km/hr in all my life.
Oh, I wasn’t the driver. The chauffeur was celebrating his birthday before he gets married by the end of this year. He did 310km/hr on a Porsche before 35. We still owe him a Starbucks coffee.
The Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) was proposed to serve the metropolitan areas of Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam, which are affected by the intense industrial and urban development in recent years, as well as a surge in vehicle traffic. BORR is a 14-kilometre expressway that will begin west of the Jalan Baru Interchange with the North-South Expressway (NSE) and end at the Sungai Dua Interchange with the NSE. Construction alone will cost RM480 million, not including land acquisition and squatter relocation. BORR is currently being constructed under the charge of Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (Penang) Sdn Bhd, which was awarded the project by the Federal Government. The project will proceed in sections.
Total length of about 2 kilometres starting at existing point along Jalan Baru to Masjid Jamek Prai, consisting 1.5 km of dual three-lane divided carriageway and a flyover at Prai Roundabout over the mainline. Approximately 6.6 km of roadside and median drains will be provided. Also included is a toll plaza and its building which will be situated along Jalan Prai.
Sungai Prai Bridge
The bridge will be 1.85 km long. It is a dual-three lane highway with a dedicated trumpet interchange to the port.
Total length of about 2.6 km consisting 1.5 km of dual three-lane divided carriageway and 0.5 km each for dual two-lane flyover at Jalan Chain Ferry and NBCT/BKE junction. Most of this stretch will be built on reclaimed land.
About 4 km-long, comprising of 3.4 km highway of which 2.8 km is dual three-lane divided carraigeway on reclaimed land, as well as 0.6 km each for dual two-lane flyover at Jalan Bagan Ajam. A toll plaza and administrative office is included in this package.
Total length of 3.6 km consisting dual two-lane divided carraigeway starting after Jalan Bagan Ajam Flyover and ends near NSE Interchange at Sg. Dua. A total of four bridges crossing Sg. Lokan, Sg. Maklom and two irrigation canals will be constructed in this package.
Jajaran Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) adalah sepanjang 17km dari Tanjung Tokong ke Gelugor, merentasi
Berdasarkan kajian EIA yang dijalankan pada 1996, menyatakan cadangan PORR akan menguruskan kesesakan trafik dari Jalan Air Hitam, Jalan Tanjung Tokong dan Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah serta mengurangkan kesesakan kawasan bandar.
PORR mempunyai lebuhraya 2 lorong yang direkabentuk untuk kenderaan dengan kelajuan 80km sejam. Lebuhraya sepanjang 12km akan ditinggikan terutamanya di sepanjang kawasan tanah
yang berbukit termasuk 6km jalan dua tingkat.
Ciri-ciri keselamatan 3m ruang batu jalan bertar (hard shoulder) di kedua-dua jalan, lampu jalan sepanjang lebuhraya dan jejambat untuk pejalan kaki. Sebahagian besar PORR terletak di kawasan berbukit dan jarak 20m antara jalan dan bangunan diperuntukkan bagi kebanyakan kawasan perumahan termasuk halangan bunyi serta landskap untuk mengurangkan pencemaran.
Projek PORR diperlukan bagi mengatasi kesesakan kenderaan di pulau dan melengkapi lebuhraya Jelutong bagi membentuk lingkaran keliling
Kos JEWay termasuk penempatan semula setinggan dan pengambilan balik tanah ialah kira-kira RM310 juta. Projek mi dikendalikan oleh IJM Corporation. Lebuhraya tersebut bertindak sebagai jalan pelancongan untuk kenderaan dari selatan pulau dan dari Jambatan Pulau Pinang ke arah timur
Kerja-kerja pembinaan yang akan dijalankan dalam 3 Fasa adalah seperti berikut:
Dari Jalan Tengku Kudin ke Jalan Sungai Pinang
Siap dan dibuka kepada kenderaan pada April 2003.
Dari Jalan Sungai Pinang ke Pengkalan Weld
Pembinaan persimpangan dan penyambungan serta menaiktaraf lebuhraya untuk dual 3 jalan berkembar 3 lorong dua hala
Lebuhraya JEWay membantu mengurangkan kesesakan jalanraya yang dihadapi sepanjang jalan tempatan menghala ke tengah bandar terutamanya Jalan Jelutong, Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Gurdwara, Lebuh McNair dan Jalan C.Y. Choy. Koridor Iebuhraya tersebut juga akan dijadikan sebuah bandar yang terdiri daripada kawasan perumahan awam, komersial dan industri.
Tarikh akhir kemaskini: 01/11/2004
Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan (LMT)
Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan (LMT)
Kerjasama Kerajaan Negeri dengan Unit Perancang Ekonomi, Jabatan Perdana Menteri dalam kertas kerja LMT
- Kerajaan Persekutuan telah bersetuju dengan projek LMT Pulau Pinang melalui iniasiatif pembiayaan swasta. Sebahagian kos akan ditanggung oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan.
- Menghasilkan bunyi yang rendah
- Mesra alam
- Murah untuk dibina dan buatan tempatan
- Amat sesuai dengan jumlah populasi dan pengguna di Pulau Pinang
- Pengunaan ruang yang terhad
Sistem bas akan melengkapkan dengan sistem LMT
|Fasa 1||:||Timur–Barat Dari Pengkalan Weld ke Paya Terubong (12 km)|
|Fasa 2||:||Utara-Selatan Dari Tanjung Tokong Ke Bayan Lepas (25km)
|Kos||:||RM 1.11 bilion (anggaran)|
|Panjang||:||37 km-2 lorong (Fasa 1& 2)
Tarikh akhir kemaskini: 04/07/2007
Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang
|24km (17 km melintasi selat)|
|Laluan ini akan menghubungkan di antara Batu Kawan ke Batu Maung.|
|Lebuhraya ini akan dilengkapi dengan 2 lorong sehala dan sebuah lorong motosikal.|
|RM4.3 billion (anggaran)|
Yesterday, on 3.05pm the internet was down, it was offline and the ADSL light was not lighten. The ISP Streamyx there was some technical problem and it causes offline for a hours. Some of the area are still online, not all the area are offline. But i think it was 83% are offline in Penang State.
The ISP (Streamyx) apologize for the causes and it was back online at 8pm, but not all the people can be online, many of the Streamyx User complain about it and i call them at 6.12pm and they answer me the idiot answer that is, we cant help you any thing.
It was back to normal by the time 6.18am in the Morning.
In the latest example, Anwar disclosed yesterday that during his medical examination at the KL Hospital, he was stripped naked, had his whole body examined including his private parts measured.
In today’s papers, for example, people from the government, notably the Home Affairs Minister who helped Malaysia lose Batu Puteh, started to make statements that suggest Anwar was not cooperating with the police investigations into the alleged sodomy claim made against him. So, the stage is set.
Now, back to the original question: Was Anwar stripped naked? Did he have his whole body examined including his private parts measured?
Never mind the effect is as good as quoting from an anonymous blog, interestingly, the New Straits Times today found it fit to use an unnamed source to rebut Anwar’s version of truth.
Let me excerpt today’s NST:
Anwar also spoke of his embarrassment at being ordered to strip naked and “measured” when he was taken to the hospital.
“I was stripped naked and had my private parts examined. They also measured the parts,” he said.
He said he refused to have photographs taken “as that could end up on YouTube (the free video streaming website)”.
The allegation that he was stripped naked, however, was denied by hospital authorities who also claimed he was not “measured”.
A hospital official said all those brought in for rape of sodomy cases were given due respect and examined in a professional manner in keeping with the code of medical conduct.
“At all times, due respect is given to ensure that the patient’s decency is not violated,” the official told the New Straits Times.
Now, enters the third version. This is from Anwar’s lawyer and the MP for Subang, R Sivarasa, and I quote Malaysiakini:
“That statement is false,” said R Sivarasa in a press conference today, referring to a New Straits Times report which quoted hospital authorities as denying that Anwar was stripped naked and measured.
A reprise of the 1998 debacle?
Importantly, Sivarasa also said that the police were not addressing a prime issue pertaining to Anwar’s concerns about the possibility of his DNA sample being fabricated and manipulated. The lawyer quoted the 1998 episode:
“In 1998-1999 trials, Anwar experienced the phenomenon of fabrication of DNA evidence. We had SAC Rodwan illegally removing DNA samples from forensic custody. In cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses it was exposed that DNA taken from blood samples was planted on the infamous mattress,” said Sivarasa.
“When confronted with this fact the prosecution amended its charge and persuaded the judge, Augustine Paul, to expunge the entire DNA evidence from the record, preventing Anwar’s lawyers from responding.”
Which is the real truth, you may ask? Rashomon again.
If you had watched the 1950 Kurosawa film several times, like me, you would have been impressed with the ending scene. The last shot closes on the woodcutter (who wasn’t really a saint as he had stolen the dagger that killed the samurai) walking home with the baby. Pan up, and the rain has stopped and the clouds have opened revealing the sun in contrast to the beginning where it was downcast.
And you turned off the DVD, fulfilled that deceptions and lies shake even a priest’s faith in humanity. But there’s, after all, hope to start things anew for everyone once down-trodden.
The plot thickens. But it’s good to read Sivarasa’s statement in full to get a firm context. It’s not that difficult to single out the lies and liars, this time.