Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Eyeing Najib's determination for the way forward

Umno for all


PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday said the time had come for Umno to take charge of the welfare and well-being of not only Malays and Bumiputeras but also all Malaysians.

The prime minister said Umno, while representing the interests of Malays and Bumiputeras, had to change with the times to also look after the interests of people of other races.

This was in line with the 1Malaysia concept of “People First, Performance Now”, which was gaining acceptance from all, he said.

“We have come to a stage where Umno is seen as a party which looks after the welfare and well-being of all Malaysians. Although Umno is a party for Malays and Bumiputeras, it should be allowed to take charge of the interests of all people,” the Umno president said in an interview with Bernama here.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak says people will support Barisan Nasional if they are a satisfied lot
Datuk Seri Najib Razak says people will support Barisan Nasional if they are a satisfied

Najib said this when asked about the message and image which Umno wanted to bring to its general assembly and special general assembly to amend its constitution, which would be held over two days from tomorrow.

However, he said, this did not mean that Umno would open its doors to all.

“It does not mean that we focus on our members only... but we must expand on what we can do in terms of delivering our message and fulfilling the people’s aspirations and resolving their problems of the people.”

He said this was why he emphasised on “people first” because the people would support the Barisan Nasional (BN) government if they were satisfied.

He said the big BN victory in the Bagan Pinang by-election in Negri Sembilan on Sunday was a crucial point in the process to restore the spirits of Umno members.

“Umno should strive harder and in a more organised manner to achieve bigger victories. We still have bigger responsibilities and duties which we have to discharge with commitment. Only then can we assume that Umno is on a strong and solid foundation.”

In this connection, he said, Umno should undergo a process of change and renewal, besides retaining the traditions and noble values it had upheld.
“Umno must also portray itself as as dynamic and progressive.”

For his maiden policy address as party president at the Umno general assembly tomorrow, he said he would continue to emphasise the message and theme he had introduced since taking over the party and government earlier this year

“I have pledged to bring change and renewal in terms of government policies and our methodologies so that they are in tune with the situation and the times. The same goes for the party as well.”

On the proposed Umno constitutional amendments, he said this was the first time in the history of Umno that such radical constitutional amendments had been proposed for adoption at the special general assembly.

He said previous amendments were more procedural in nature but this time around they were more substantial because they touched on the electoral process itself, making entry into the party more open and inclusive.

“It is difficult to change people, but we can put in place a tighter and more transparent election system of elections.”

The proposed amendments are expected to abolish the nomination quota system for candidates vying for top posts in the party and involve the participation of more grassroots members in the election process.

This will make the elections more open and transparent as well as stem money politics.

He said that if a member wanted to exploit the new system by buying votes, the risk would be too great because the number of delegates involved would be 150,000.

“If the person were to try that, he would be found out and action can be taken against him.”

He said it would be impossible to conceal attempts to buy votes from 150,000 delegates. Up to now, the fate of leaders waswere determined by 2,500 delegates only.

“Change the system and the system will modify the behaviour of members.”
He said Umno’s disciplinary committee and code of ethics were still in place to check money politics.

He said it was only through this effort that the party could portray itself as a dignified and clean party with integrity and continue to have the support of the people.

Najib said this was important because people, especially the younger generation and the educated, wished to see an Umno of quality.

Asked whether there had been objections from grassroots members to the proposed minimum conditions for an individual contesting top posts, he said there had been none but the final decision would be made at the special general assembly.

There has been a proposal for a contestant of any top post to have been a member of the supreme council for a specific period.

Asked whether his own position could be threatened by the proposed amendments, he said: “My fate is in the hands of Umno members and the people ... My goal is to work. I want to serve well and with full commitment in the interests of the people and nation. That is the only thing on my mind.”

Asked what the conclusion he could draw in relation to the mood of the party members now compared with the time of the general election last year when some Umno members were said to have voted for the opposition, he said: “There has been a change inat the grassroots towards Umno and Barisan Nasional. We have to push on with the momentum.

“We cannot afford to be complacent. Even thoughPeople say that though we won big in Bagan Pinang, one swallow does not make a summer.” So, we have to do what we have to do based on the work drawn up and with commitment.”

Asked whether Umno could be rehabilitated in time for the next general election, he said Umno must always be ready for the next general election, although the term of the government or Parliament was until March 2013.

He said the first signal which delegates had to send to Umno members, Malays and the people was that Umno was a strong party.

The second, he said, was that Umno had got the message of the 2008last general election and that it was putting forward an image which was more dynamic, progressive and free of defects .

Umno was a party which could change according to the times and ensure its relevance, he said.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Eyeing what Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik is up to these days

He is a very forthright man and he did not mince his words. He shoots off from the hip and do not hold back. What is important to him are the truths. He firmly believes that everyone should be truthful and must call a spade a spade. It was an invigorating 2 hours that we spent with him this afternoon. The first half of the session was discussing with Tan Sri about his expectations of the Monsoon Cup of which he is the Chairman of T Best Events Sdn Bhd now who had been given the mandate to organize the Monsoon Cup fro the next four years. The other hour is pent on politicts of the nation and how UMNO and also Barisan Nasional can effectively serve Malaysians.

Tan Sri Sabbaruddin hopes that UMNO members at all levels should not abuse their position in the party and should not allow friends or members of the family to influence decisions or take advantage of the positions of power that is entrusted to UMNO leaders. When UMNO is given the mandate to lead and serve Malaysians, it is not for UMNO to serve themselves and make them rich. UMNO should be fighting for the benefits and prosperity of the masses and not some individuals only.

After undergoing a kidney transplant for about ten years ago, Tan Sri Sabbaruddin is as healthy and fit as ever and the two hours spent with the retired politician was very refreshing and fulfilling.

Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik's biography.

First Name: Sabbaruddin
Last Name: Chik
Title: Tan Sri
Country: Malaysia
Date of Birth: 11/12/1941
Place of Birth: Temerloh, Pahang
* Puan Sri Faridah Mohammed (current)
* Sekolah Melayu Bintang, Temerloh, Pahang. 1952
* Sekolah Abu Bakar, Temerloh, Pahang. 1960

* Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), Perak. 1962
* University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. 1963-1965 B.A (Hons)
* Institute of Social Studies, The Haque, Holland. 1972-1974 Diploma (International & Nat.Dev)
* Institute of Social Studies, The Haque, Holland. Masters in Public Administration.

* 1966-1967 State Assistant Secretary, Negeri Sembilan.
* 1967 Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
* 1967-1971 2nd Secretary, Malaysian Embassy in Saigon.
* 1969 Acting Head of Mission, Malaysian Embassy, Saigon.
* 1971-1975 Principal Assistant Secretary, Prime Minister's Department.
* 1975-1976 Director Planning, Ministry of General Planning & Social Economic Research.
* 1976-1979 Director, International Trade Division, Ministry of Trade & Industry.
* 1980-Dec 1980 Deputy State Secretary of Selangor.
* 1981 General Manager of International Division, Pernas Trading.
* 1982-1999 Member of Parliament for Temerloh, Pahang.
* May 1982-May 1987 Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance.
* May 20, 1987-May 1999 Minister, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism.

* 1973 UMNO Joined as member.
* 1980-1982 Head of the Temerloh UMNO Youth Division.
* 1981 UMNO Youth Head, Paya Jejawi.
* 1982 Division Chief, Temerloh UMNO Division.
* 1984-Oct 1996 Member, UMNO Supreme Council.
* Jul 17, 1987 Deputy Chairman, Pahang UMNO Liaison Committee.
* Head of UMNO Culture Bureau.
* Feb 21, 1988 Appointed member of UMNO Baru pro-tem committee.
* Sep 1995 Returned unopposed as Head of Temerloh UMNO Division.
* Nov 1996-May 1999 Secretary General, UMNO.
* Until Apr 2001 Head, Temerloh UMNO Division.
Nov 2, 2001 Priceworth Wood Products Berhad. Chairman
* Nov 20, 2002 Eden Enterprises (M) Berhad. Independent Non-Exec Director
* Southern Waste Management S/B. Chairman
* Chairman T Best Events Sdn Bhd

* President, Anak-Anak Pahang Welfare Association (PERKAP), Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
* Oct 21, 1984 Chairman, FAM Finance Committee.
* Advisor, Society of the Blind in Malaysia.
* 1998 Chairman, National Day Celebration Organising Committee.
* 1998 Chairman, Constitution Amendment Committee.
* 1988-2001 President, Malaysian Chess Federation.
* Jul 10, 1988 Vice-President, Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
* Nov 5, 1988 Vice-President of Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
* President, Manchester United Supporters Club Malaysia Branch.
* Member, Subang Golf Club.
* Member, Royal Selangor Golf club.
* President, Subang National Golf Club (KGNS).
* Patron, Temerloh District Amateur Athletics Association.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Eyeing some questions ?????

--- QUESTIONS To ponder.....

If you have sex with a prostitute against her will, is it considered rape or shoplifting?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going to?

Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change?
They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours?
They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an astroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Why, Why, Why

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?

Why does someone

Believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?

If people evolved from apes,

why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses

are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?'

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

And my FAVORITE......

The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Eyeing what the MCA delegates up to

On second thoughts, if they had used their brains rather than their brawn, both of them could still be working together constructively in a party where the Chinese Community put their hopes on in the political landscape of Malaysia. Now the community that is represented by the delegates at the extraordinary general meeting had shown them the way, the leadership decisions is questionable and did not get the confidence of their mandate and that the dismissal should not be done and at the same time there is no place for characters which have a reputation which can erode the good image of the Chinese Party. Link to NST report.

The way forward,

one is for OTK and CSL quickly search their soul and ask for forgiveness and mend their rifts because it is proven that they are equally strong and if they are united, it is a very strong and formidable combination for the party subject to the endorsement of their supporters.

two, if they cannot get to terms, then the MCA needs to find a new force to bring the chinese community together and rebuild the Chinese political vehicle to be accepted by Barisan Nasional and Malaysians at large with dignity and respect so that they will be trusted to represent the ommunity in the next general election.