Saturday, October 28, 2006


Findings of (LRT) ACCIDENT at SENTUL Overshooting End Station yesterday MUST Be Made Public URGED LEE LAM THYE; But Will Transport Minister Agree?
UPDATE1: October 29, 2006
The call by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye is timely. All the time whenever an accident happened, there will be an outcry and especially the Transport Minister and interested parties will come out and showed their concerns and asked for reports, and it will be studied and kept secret. Why? Because there are serious legal implications; if the technical reports are unfavorable to the concerned party, libel actions can be taken to sue for damages and negligence. So who is protecting who?

Anyone remember the July 30 Sunday -

Go here for a recall;

It was the worst express highway accident; all the big guns were there. Puspakom was to determine the technical aspects of the bus; Samy Velly said the driver must be sleepy. And after that no one knows what happened except that the bus driver was charged with “reckless driving”. Other LRT cases and Monorail - wheel falling down. The local main stream media are not interested to follow up on most of these cases but only in the sensational news and pictures.

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Findings of (LRT) ACCIDENT at SENTUL Overshooting End Station yesterday MUST Be Made Public URGED LEE LAM THYE; But Will Transport Minister Agree?

Report On LRT Coach Overshooting Track Must Be Made Public – Niosh

October 28, 2006 12:28 PM KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- Findings of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) coach overshooting the end station yesterday must be made public, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) says. Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said since the incident was a major public concern, it was only fair the operator -- Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (Rapid KL) -- conduct thorough investigations and disclose the findings. "This incident must be taken seriously. The causes and the people responsible must be identified. The question is whether it was a human error or a technical fault. "The company owes the public a full explanation as they have the right to know," he told Bernama Saturday.

ABOVE: A side view of the dangling LRT Coach: BELOW: A closed up of the coach
A coach of the Rapid KL Ampang LRT line dangled 25m above the ground after it overshot the end of the track at the Sentul Timur station. There was only a driver on board when the incident happened at 7.11am. The station was closed for 20 minutes until the coach was pulled back to safety using two heavy-duty cranes. However, LRT services were not affected. Lee said such an incident involving a public transport carrier used by thousands of passengers daily was not only a serious concern to the users but also to the people on the ground and the workers manning the LRT. Niosh, he said, had been advocating safety work culture to ensure zero workplace incidents which could be achieved only if employers adopted safe working procedures.

ABOVE: The fallen concrete embankment stop and BELOW; The nearby flat dwellers had a field day watch the action going on until the coach was lifted down by 2 cranes

"Merely making pledges about workplace safety is not enough, they must implement the safety work culture, especially the Occupational Safety and Health Management, to achieve the zero-accident target," he said. He urged public transport operators to give priority to safety aspects as a large number of Malaysians still relied on public transport to move around.

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Was the driver sleeping and not paying attention? Is it failure of the braking mechanism? Another “technical hitch” the favorite term used by Rapid KL the operator of this LRT? They should also invoke Murphy’s law which simply states that “if something is going to happen, it will happen” one of these days. And as usual the Transport Minister will come out with some comments to demand a “report” - sometime with a generous deadline of 4 weeks and the cycle goes on.

Operating a high tech LRT is no joke and requires constant maintenance and supervision of all it critical facilities to ensure safety for all it commuters. The festive break could be a factor as many essential staff might be away and its operation is running on “auto computer mode” with bare-bone supervision.

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Was the driver sleeping and not paying attention? Is it failure of the braking mechanism? Another “technical hitch” the favorite term used by Rapid KL the operator of this LRT? They should also invoke Murphy’s law which simply states that “if something is going to happen, it will happen” one of these days. And as usual the Transport Minister will come out with some comments to demand a “report” - sometime with a generous deadline of 4 weeks and the cycle goes on.

Operating a high tech LRT is no joke and requires constant maintenance and supervision of all it critical facilities to ensure safety for all it commuters. The festive break could be a factor as many essential staff might be away and its operation is running on “auto computer mode” with bare-bone supervision.

ABOVE: The LRT Coach dangling at the end of the line BELOW: Close up of its undercarriage

Star-LRT Coach Overshoots Track; October 27, 2006 14:09 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- One of the Star-LRT coaches overshot the concrete embankment and dangled almost 25 metres above ground level as the train pulled up at the last stop at the Sentul Timur station here early this morning.

ABOVE: The mishap attracted quite a crowd and BELOW; The Batu MP came and have a "look-see"

Batu MP, Ng Lip Hong There were no injuries. The residents use the Star-LRT and we hope one day the services would be extended to other areas so that we have a better traffic system in this area

There were no passengers in the six coaches when the incident occurred at 7.11am. Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd corporate communications division senior manager Katherine Chew, when met at the scene, said the city's Star-LRT services were not affected.

ABOVE: The dangling coach was removed by 2 cranes in late afternoon: BELOW: A closed up view of the damage
"It is too early to say what actually happened and our engineers are investigating whether it was caused by technical glitches or human error," she said. She said that after the initial investigation, the officers would decide how to lift the coach from the embankment.

ABOVE: An end view after the damaged coach was removed BELOW: the end of the line with the flats in the background
The mishap happened in the wake of the much-publicised incident on Oct 6 in which the Putra-LRT services were disrupted for nearly 10 hours following a technical glitch
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And here is the STAR’s account of the incident with some other details
Train overshoots LRT terminal and is left dangling; By MARC LOURDES and DHARMENDER SINGH

KUALA LUMPUR: A light rail transit train overshot the end of its tracks and ended up dangling about 25m above the ground near the Sentul Timur station here. The train, belonging to the Ampang Line (formerly known as Star-LRT) was empty save for the driver when the incident occurred at 7.11am yesterday. Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (Rapid KL), the operator of the system, said in a statement that the train had stopped at Sentul Timur station where all the passengers alighted. The train, which had started operations at Ampang station at 6.40am, then proceeded to the stabling area between the station and the end of the line. However, the train overshot the end of the tracks, crashed into the buffer stop and parapet wall of the elevated concrete guideway and ended up with the front half of its first coach hanging precariously in the air.
The train had six coaches. Rapid KL corporate communications division senior manager Katherine Chew confirmed that there were no passengers on board and said the driver was not hurt. “The cause of the accident is not yet known but Rapid KL is conducting a full investigation into the incident,” she said. The incident did not disrupt train services except at the Sentul Timur station which was closed for about 20 minutes following the incident. A resident at a block of flats opposite the station said he was sleeping at home when he heard a loud, grinding sound. The man, who only wanted to be identified as Naren, said the sound was caused by the train crashing into a metal buffer, causing it to fall onto the ground.
A TNB worker close to the scene said it was fortunate that the train did not fall off completely because there was an electricity substation underneath the stabling area. “If it had struck the substation, it would probably have exploded,” he said. When contacted by Bernama, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said he had directed Rapid KL to submit a comprehensive report on the matter to him. “I want them to submit a report to me. It has to be specific, identifying the cause of the incident and who is to be blamed,” he said. “Thank God there were no injuries and the system was not disrupted.” Yesterday’s incident was the latest in a spate of problems affecting Kuala Lumpur's LRT system.
A computer glitch on July 24 caused trains on the Kelana Jaya Line, formerly Putra-LRT, to stall. About a month later, services were disrupted due to flooding at the unused Seri Rampai station on the Kelana Jaya Line. On Oct 6, services between Masjid Jamek and Terminal Putra, also on the Kelana Jaya line, were disrupted for 10 hours when a train stalled near Damai station.

Friday, October 27, 2006

ABDULLAH Spited by MAHATHIR’s VENOMOUS Attacks Hits Back: NO TRUTH - His BELIEFS -Police State; No Ships, Yesmen, Restriction etc; WHAT is the TRUTH?

UPDATE: Tun Dr Mahathir's Full STATEMENT, 27th Okt 2006

Why Did I Criticise the Prime Minister?
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Ladies and Gentlemen
Citizens of Malaysia,
Why did I criticise the Prime Minister?

Because no one else is able to criticise the Prime Minister. He cannot be criticised by his Deputy, his Cabinet Ministers, Umno Supreme Council members, Menteri Besar, Chief Ministers, Members of the Dewan Rakyat, Members of the Senate, Members of the State Legislative Council, Umno members at all levels, Government Officers and anyone from royalties to beggars.
The mainstream media including radio and television are not allowed to admonish the Prime Minister. Pre-paid telephones are now required to be registered so that anyone who transmits SMS will be known by the Government and action can be taken.
The Internet and the websites will be electronically bugged and action taken against anyone who criticises the Prime Minister.

Anyone who attempts to hold any function that may involve criticising the Prime Minister will be harassed and threatened by the police and Government leaders to force them to cancel the function.
I myself have been blocked using all sorts of means to stop me from criticising the Prime Minister.

1. I cannot be invited by Umno, non-Government organisations, associations of Government officers or non-Government officers, universities or any other institutions.
2. Umno members and the public are prevented from and advised against attending any functions or meetings where I am to speak.
3. All sorts of threats are meted out by police and political leaders to scare anyone who refuses to comply.
4. Everytime anything that involves the public takes place, the Deputy Prime Minister and certain other quarters will forcefully advise that any criticism, comment or debate should stop.

Actions that are taken or threatened to be taken include sacking, transfer to remote areas like in Sabah, retraction or cancellation of contracts, harassment by the banks, call-up by the police, the Anti-Corruption Agency and other Government enforcement agencies, detained and interrogated repeatedly.
A climate of fear has enveloped this country.

No one dares to comment, criticise or oppose anything that is done by the Prime Minister.
In a situation where no one can criticise the Prime Minister, I have to voice my criticisms on matters that do not concern my personal being, but only those that concern the interest of the religion, race and country.
Because of this I am abused by the Prime Minister's henchmen including component party leaders, the mainstream media that is controlled by Kali and Brendan and all other Government apparatus.

The questions and issues I raised have not been answered. What is being questioned is my right to comment and criticise. Attempts are made to disparage me so badly that I am made out to be of unsound mind. Repeatedly, allegations were made that the administration during my time was worse.

Their media make out that my criticisms of the Prime Minister are despicable and reprehensible.
Muslims should know that even the Imam can be corrected by those he leads in prayers if he reads or does something wrong.
Saidina Abu Bakar, Islam's first Caliph, had asked to be corrected if he does something wrong, not by foreigners but by the Muslims themselves.
But the current Prime Minister cannot at all be commented upon, criticised or advised. He is almost a saint who is free from any human weaknesses or wrongs.
My meeting with him should be kept secret from the rakyat. And because we have met, I can no longer criticise whatever is done by the Prime Minister.
Because of my statement that I would continue criticising if something that is not good for the religion, race and country is done by the Prime Minister, all sorts of condemnations and insults are thrown by these hatchetmen and the mainstream media towards me.
Because all avenue for criticising the Government has been shut, therefore I am forced to come up with this written statement so that it is not spun by anyone.


Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Citizen and Commoner
October 27, 2006

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There is no absolute, everyone speaks from his or her own truth. The point is you speak from your own beliefs, your own expressed beliefs. There are truths and there is the definition of a truth. A truth is some expression, which is translatable in every area of consciousness in some manner. What is translatable in every area of consciousness, in some manner? Reality, tone or color but not YOUR associations. Is it translatable in every area of consciousness, unchangeable? . Truth contains no distortion. There are truths beyond physical experience; constants that are, within themselves, a priori,( accepted without being thought about or questioned) The existence of God is a priori for most people with a religious faith. In a court of law, a priori assumptions about guilt and innocence can be dangerous.

In practical down-to-earth matter, truth should represent accurately your awareness of something. If I were to repeat what someone said, or if I were to explain what I did, then my common definition of it would be that I presented that information as accurately as possible to the person and therefore expressing truth. Yes there is no absolute truth, just what we believe and see. Just like a truth may be identified that the sun in its orb rises and sets every day. In certain positions that is a truth with many individuals, for it is unquestioned and absolute. It merely occurs. It is uncontrollable and there is no other choice. It is what it is. Your sun rises every day. You view this as a truth. Your night follows your day. You view this as a truth. There are many, many, many expressions within your perception that you do not question for you view them as truths. They are absolutes; there is no question. But in this modern era of space travel, if you’re an astronaut, you can view the sun rises many times a day.

But dependent upon your position within your physical world sun does not rise and set every day. It rises and remains risen, or it sets and remains set. For it is dependent upon your POSITION which is dependent upon your PERCEPTION, which creates your reality. Truths are mere beliefs, but as you identify them as truths, you do not see them as beliefs.
So the problem is when trying to communicate your truth to somebody who is different, it almost … there becomes a question of honesty, rather than truth. You’re not being dishonest if you’re communicating your truth to another individual whose truth is different than yours, but they may perceive it that way. In a cultural setting, the physical location of a country, the mass beliefs expressed in that country which are reinforced by all of the people incorporate certain absolutes, which become their truths as in religious beliefs. What is significant is that we must recognize objectively that theses are NOT actually TRUTHS. They are strongly unquestioned BELIEFS. The belief systems that are strongest to us individually, we would call that a truth. You express it each day within your focuses. You associate with it continuously. Many of your automatic responses are associated within yourselves as truth.

Look at the argument by Abdullah that Dr Mahathir is not telling the truth when he said that Scomi had NO ships. Abdullah has distorted the truth perhaps because Mahathir can maintain that at the time of award of contract, Scomi had NO ships and once the contract was given it only acquired the company with ships. So there is NO absolute, truths are changing when facts have changed.

It may outrage your intellect, and the evidence of your physical senses may shout that it is untrue, yet a belief in doing the right thing without a belief in doing the wrong is actually highly realistic. Seekers of truth will find that it contains no distortions. Imaginations follow beliefs; you can find the spin doctors in viscous circles constantly painting pictures in your mind that reinforce “negative” aspects of their stories. The imaginative spins can generate appropriate emotions and the resulting hormonal changes in the body can affect your behavior with others or cause you to interpret events always in the light of their beliefs (TRUTHS). And so will daily experience will seem to justify what you believe more and more. The media great allies are their imaginations and emotions and these will automatically come into play to reinforce any new beliefs they want to spin with a hidden agenda.
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I was told, continue with it Pak Lah, you still have time, don’t be disappointed, we support you. You are still new in office.”
PM Describes As Doses Of Venom Dr M's Remark To Continue Attacks; October 26, 2006 19:06 PM
KEPALA BATAS, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Thursday described as "doses of venom" the remark by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to continue criticising the government. The prime minister said he hoped Dr Mahathir would wait for his explanation to the issues he had raised but before he could explain, the former prime minister launched renewed attacks on him and the government.
"He repeated again with stronger doses of venom... what else can be done? he wants to continue", he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house. Abdullah said he was very disappointed and regretted Dr Mahathir's remark to continue criticising the government.
"During Hari Raya many people came and asked me...

"I'm sad and disappointed... I hoped he would wait for my explanation... I feel sad about it because I've to take time to respond... but he repeated again," he said.

Abdullah said he did not want to quarrel with Dr Mahathir. Asked what is going to happen next, he said: "God knows". Commenting on his "one-on-one" meeting with Dr Mahathir on Sunday, Abdullah said some of the issues raised by his predecessor were not true especially his claim that the country had become a police state. The prime minister said he had no intention to turn the country into a police state and there was no basis to say this country was a police state. He said a prosperous country is a country that respects the rule and law in a democratic system of governance and Malaysia had a parliamentary system as a recognised institution that enacts laws.
"The country that survives is the country that respects the laws. We don't curtail the people's freedom. We respect the laws in a democratic nation," he said. Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, said nobody should be afraid of the police if they had not flouted the law. "Also Dr Mahathir's claim that my son was given a project despite not having the capacity was not true. He said Dr Mahathir claimed Scomi Bhd was awarded TNB's contract to transport coal but did not have a ship but actually the company owned 180 ships for its operations.

"Not having ships... that's not true, actually, the company has ships... 180 ships owned by another company which was acquired by Scomi... his children (Dr Mahathir's) also received contracts, only it was not highlighted. "The projects awarded to Dr Mahathir's children were far bigger from what Scomi received," he said. He said the claim by Dr Mahathir that the present Umno leaders were afraid to give their views and all Umno members were mere "yesmen" were also not true.

In fact, Umno members were now feeling relieved as they could talk, he said. "I said all that is not true (Dr Mahathir's claims). All Umno members now feel at ease under my leadership as they are relieved they can talk... democracy... this is expressed by Umno leaders themselves," he said. The Umno president said it was also not true the claim by Dr Mahathir that he (Abdullah) prevented him from moving around the country (to meet the people and attend functions).

On the contrary, Abdullah said Dr Mahathir might not know that while he (Abdullah) was the Umno vice-president and did not hold a cabinet post, "some people who wanted to make Dr Mahathir happy" had restricted his movements. "... Maybe at his level, he (Dr Mahathir) did not restrict... I also did not stop him from going around now. "But at that time when I was an elected Umno vice-president, I was holding a party post... in fact, I can go anywhere I want," he said. "Nevertheless, despite the restriction on my movements, people still respected me and maybe Dr Mahathir did know then that such a thing was done to me by people who wanted to make Dr Mahathir happy," he said.

Counting “Leave that option of when to call the general election to me. If I say I want to call the election next year, then how? Tun says it has been 2 years while the 9 Malaysian Plan had entered the 7th month
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here is the Transcript (more than you can chew at a Press Conference) via STAR

Transcript of Pak Lah's press conference at his Raya open house in Kepala Batas, Penang

Transcript of the press conference held by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at his Hari Raya open house in Dewan Milenium, Kepala Batas, Penang, on Oct 26.

Q: Will you reply in detail to the issues raised by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during your recent meeting with him?
A: I have to prepare answers for many issues that have been raised. Actually, during my meeting with him, I gave him the chance to express his dissatisfaction. That was what happened. It went on for an hour and a half. There were occasions when I felt like debating with him, when I did not agree with what he had said. But, if I had done that, it would have taken time. Tun would not have been able to tell me everything. And that would have become an issue. Tun wanted to speak to Pak Lah, so Pak Lah listened. But, my stand from the beginning was to allow him to talk. I abided by my intentions.

Tun took one-and-a-half hours. We had agreed to meet for two hours. So, that left only 30 minutes for me. Tun stopped on his own. I did not force him to stop talking. He paused for a while. I felt there was no more that he wanted to say, only then did I speak.

Abdullah: ‘My stand from the beginning was to allow him to talk. I abided by my intentions’

I will tell you what was raised. First, he said the country was a police state. That I disagreed with. Second, he spoke on Umno, saying that people were afraid of giving their views, that all had to listen to what I say, and that nobody was bold enough to fight or give their opinion. I said that’s all not true. All Umno members are happy under my leadership because they feel relieved that they can talk. This democracy has been created by Umno leaders themselves. That’s what I said briefly.
Then he mentioned about me restricting him from going here and there. This is not true. On the contrary, he might not be aware that when I was Umno vice-president but was not holding a Cabinet post, people who were trying to please him restricted my movements. Maybe at his level, he did not restrict. I also have not restricted. But at that time, I was an elected vice-president and held a party post. If we go by that, I could have gone anywhere.

Nevertheless, despite the restriction on my movements, people still respected me and maybe Dr Mahathir did not know then that such a thing was being done to me by people who wanted to make him happy.
Tun also spoke about my son and son-in-law. That there were calls here and there. But when he said my son Kamal (Kamaluddin) did not have the facilities to undertake a project that was beyond his capacity, especially the coal contract, I said he had. He said it (Scomi Group Bhd) has no ships. But, who says it has no ships? That’s not right. The company has ships. 180 ships. Ships that are owned by a company that it has been taken over. His son also had a contract. It's just that it was not revealed and the project his son got was bigger than the one Scomi got. I did not say more than that to him. Other matters about projects that Kamal got, I did not touch on much.
There were no arguments or exchange of harsh words in the conversation. It was calm. But I was not able to talk much. It was already two hours long. I did not say anything further.

Q: Will you give a detailed explanation later on?

A: I have explained. What is there to explain further. The list is very long. But most of it were issues that I had explained before. But he still insisted on telling them to me directly. So, I could not say much. I was not interested in arguing with him.

He wanted to convey what was on his mind and I gave him an opportunity to do so. Some of the other details I had explained in the past. So, I did not want to repeat them. Tun himself had said before that if the Prime Minister did not want to give explanations, he could ask the other ministers to do so on his behalf. So, I took his advice and allowed other ministers to give the necessary explanations. But, when he said that I could not answer him, that was not nice.

Q: People were expecting an amicable solution to this issue but it seems that Tun has gone in the open to attack you. What are your comments?

A: I felt sad because people who came to my Hari Raya open house were still talking about the matter. I felt disappointed and sad. Many directly asked me about it. I had hoped he could have waited till I had given him my explanations. I felt sad about it because he had told me all that he had wanted to say. I needed time to respond. But, he repeated (the attacks) again with stronger doses of venom. What more can I do? Allahualam, he still wants to continue.

Q: What are your views on the Sultan of Johor’s statement that Dr Mahathir should behave like a pensioner and stop making noise?

A: The Sultan’s comment reflects the people’s opinion. Many people have said so. When people greet me, they urge me to carry on. They say I still have time. They say I should not feel disappointed. We support you, Pak Lah. We know you are new. The 9th Malaysia Plan is still new. Tun said it has been two years, but it is only seven months old. He said it has been two years. It is incorrect.

Q: What have you to say about the two Cabinet ministers who went to Tun’s Hari Raya open house?
A: It is all right. It's to establish friendship, which reflects the Hari Raya spirit. It is common. So, it is not right to say that we should not go. If you do not want to go, it is another matter altogether. But if we want to prohibit, then that’s not right. If you want to go, go ahead.

Q: Your comments on the postponement of the Umno elections?

A: The decision was clear. Let there be an option. The option is for me to decide.

Q: Will there be a second meeting?

A: We will see. Everything is possible, and everything is also impossible.

Q: When do you plan to give further explanations?

A: Let us find a better way to explain.
Q: Do you see an end to these attacks?

A: I do not know. He is the one. To me, I fully understand the promises in my manifesto to the people. I also understand the 9th Malaysia Plan. There are a lot of projects have begun. It all takes time for the results to materialise. I am confident that what (projects and programmes) have been started will be clearer to the people before the middle of 2007. The projects are good for the benefit of people from various groups. Nowadays, there are many Class F contractors. They are given a chance to carry out small projects, according to allocation. In terms of big contracts, there are not many but they have started. (Works Minister Datuk Seri S.) Samy Vellu had expedited the technical drawings. If had not been done, tenders could not have been called quickly.
We, in the Cabinet have decided that if JKR (Public Works Department) is unable to carry out a project, we will let other contractors help out. There are many other possible methods. Interested parties should submit their proposals. We will select the best in terms of quality and pricing.
I have explained many times that the private finance initiatives (PFI) is one of the ways that the Government is using. Not all are build, lease and transfer (BLT). For example, the monorail project in Penang. It will be better if it’s a PFI project. Let the private company build it and do its planning and costing. They will see the project’s feasibility and viability, whether it can be carried out or not, whether it is profitable or not. It all depends on the company that’s proposing it. After that, they will know how to manage the monorail.
If they charge fares that are too high, people will not use it. Only after a few years will they be able to determine their profits. The company that builds the monorail in Penang can finance, build and run the monorail system and can manage it forever. Why should the Government involve itself in such a big project when it can use the funds for other deserving projects? The monorail will be the private company’s. It will know how to run it and determine the fares.
If we give to a concessionaire for 30 years, and the Government takes over later, the company will not be able to determine its profits within the short concession period. Under PFI, when the company makes profits, the Government can collect taxes from them. I wish to clarify a little about the issue of Malaysia as a police state. Malaysia is not a police state. There is not a single appropriate reason to suggests this. I do not have the intention of turning Malaysia into a police state. We are governed by a democratic government that is fair and equal. Our laws uphold our sovereignty according to the Constitution.

It’s a country that brings development to the people, who wish to live in harmony. We hold steadfast to the sovereignty of our laws. So if people abide by the law, they need not feel threatened. Our country is free to table laws in Parliament. The present Parliament meets according to schedule. This institution is recognised and democratic.
Whatever laws that are applied have been passed by Parliament. We do have the police but not a private police. Our police are ruled by a government that is chosen by the rakyat.

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Enemies Will Take Advantage Of Mahathir-Abdullah Spat, Says Mustapa; October 26, 2006 20:39 PM

JELI, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said Thursday he feared that adversaries might take advantage of the spat between former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his successor Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. "The criticism of Pak Lah (Abdullah) by Tun (Dr Mahathir) is regrettable. We don't think it is proper, all the more so during the Syawal month when the spirit of forgiving should prevail," he told reporters, here. Mustapa said Dr Mahathir should convey his criticism directly to the government or to the prime minister to avoid creating public misconception about the present administration.
He said the criticism can cause confusion among the people as well as affect unity in Umno. Mustapa also said that the tirade hurled by Dr Mahathir at Abdullah and his government can impact the country in a negative way. "We feel that the tirade can weaken Umno and the country. If Tun (Dr Mahathir) loves Umno and the country, he should stop his criticism. If he continues, this may open doors to the enemies to come in and destroy us," he said. As such, he hoped that Dr Mahathir would be more rational in his criticism of the government and the prime minister. "We hope Tun (Dr Mahathir) will be more rational... the government will explain to the people the issues raised (by Dr Mahathir) and answer all his allegations," he said.

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Johor MB Joins Chorus Of Condemnation Of Mahathir; October 26, 2006 20:40 PM

MUAR, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman has joined dozens of the country's political leaders in condemning former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his open criticism of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Abdul Ghani said it was not proper for Dr Mahathir to openly criticise the policies of the present administration.
He said Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, is managing the country and the economy well. "The budget deficit has been reduced to 3.2 per cent from 5.4 per cent previously. This is good for the country," he told a press conference at his residence here Thursday. Abdul Ghani was also confident that the country would see higher economic growth once development under the Ninth Malaysia Plan picked up momentum.

"I am confident that the economy will sustain 5.2 per cent annual growth for the next five years. This will make the economy more vibrant," he said.
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Dr M's Persistent Attacks On PM A Setback To Umno, Says Rosnah; October 26, 2006 11:42 AM

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- Puteri Umno has described as "a setback to Umno" Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's persistent criticism on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Vice-Head Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said whatever is the reason of the former prime minister to criticise Abdullah's leadership, Umno members were hurt by his action. Party members are advised and reminded to be loyal and stand firm behind the current leadership but Dr Mahathir had done the reverse, she told Bernama. As a highly respected statesman and the man instrumental for the setting up of Puteri Umno, an off-shoot of Wanita Umno, he should not have acted in that manner towards Abdullah's leadership."It's public knowledge that Pak Lah is a open-minded person but with the persistent attacks will surely hurt his and party members' feelings," he said.
Rosnah, who is also Papar Member of Parliament, was commenting on Dr Mahathir's renewed attacks on Abdullah's administration apart from making fresh allegations which might jeopardise the country's political climate. Prior to the "one-on-one" meeting between Dr Mahathir and Abdullah on Sunday, she said Puteri Umno had high hopes to see both leaders renewing their ties. " But we were shocked and disappointed in the manner Dr Mahathir reacted after the four-eye meeting. Dr Mahathir could have made use of other channels if Abdullah's leadership needs to be criticised '"
"Puteri wants Dr Mahathir to propose new ideas that can strengthen the government of today and not create an uneasy situation," he added.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

MORE Reactions-Dr MAHATHIR's Criticism: ZAM: MISCALCUALTED; Idris Jusoh: Contrary to ISLAM; Muhyiddin: UNDERMINE Stability; Dr M: OPEN HOUSE

Tun Dr Mahathir, Time to let Go. Let go of all your fears. What are your biggest fears – policies & decisions that do not benefit country & MALAYS in Particular? Look at and watch things grow. They grow...and bloom... and fade...and die...and change into something else. In the process of becoming, we must also learn when to let go; for change, growth and evolution—the elements of the process of becoming—are impossible without this.
The Nation is also changing, growing and evolving and is in good hands. Whatever misunderstandings, wrongdoing and other imperfections committed by Abdullah, real as they are, are seldom committed out of any intent to be evil, but because of severe misinterpretations about the nature of good, and the means that can be taken towards its actualization. Forgive and let go just as your mistakes can be forgiven.
Your problems are caused by your own doubts. These doubts arise because you have been out of touch with the validity of your own existence. O
ur lives are structured by our prejudices and beliefs. Many of your own beliefs work for you for a certain period of your life. So examine your core and invincible beliefs. They are valid for certain periods only and you should grow out of many of them. Recognize those “leftover” beliefs and discard them.
Your BIGGEST predicament is to overcome your PERCEIVED FEARS. The purpose behind all life lessons is learning how to overcome these fears, for doing so is the only way that you can let go and move on with your evolution as conscious beings
. Otherwise it will be difficult

Tun Mahathir Made Political Miscalculation, Says Zam; October 25, 2006 17:41 PM

ALOR STAR, Oct 25 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a political miscalculation when he revealed the substance of his meeting last Sunday with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said Tuesday. He said that at a time when the leaders, the Malays and Muslims were hoping for a settlement (of the differences of opinion between the two leaders) before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the former prime minister had revealed matters of a sensitive nature discussed at the meeting. He said that for the Malays it was a sad Aidilfitri this year because they failed to see the settlement that they had been hoping for between the former prime minister and his successor. "As far as I can remember, this is the second time that Dr Mahathir has made a political miscalculation. The first time was when he brought Anwar (former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) into Umno to strengthen the party but the move only caused damage to Umno," he told Bernama when contacted.
Zainuddin, who is the Member of Parliament for Merbok, said that following the political miscalculation, a random survey among officers of the Information Ministry a day after Dr Mahathir's statement showed that Abdullah had won much sympathy. He said the survey also found that the people were disappointed with Dr Mahathir's approach in making the open statement. However, he added, the Information Ministry would conduct a more comprehensive study on the people's response towards the development. Many people were not in agreement and feel that it was not appropriate for Dr Mahathir to have done what he did, he said. Zainuddin said he was taken aback by Dr Mahathir's statement predicting a poor future for the Barisan Nasional (BN). "Three days before the meeting, I mentioned to Pak Lah (the prime minister) that I did not think the meeting would bring any positive result," he said. Zainuddin said the meeting should have ended without any statement afterwards.
"My hopes and that of other Malays and Muslims were dashed when Dr Mahathir came out with a more critical statement and of a personal nature against Pak Lah," he said. Zainuddin said the prime minister had opened the doors to subsequent discussions and meetings when he extended the invitation for further meetings with Dr Mahathir.
"I believe the people are hoping for private four-eyed dialogues to be held in the future," he said. Meanwhile, Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said he hoped that Dr Mahathir would discontinue making unhealthy comments against Abdullah because it was tantamount to discourteous acts by a member against his own party. "I state this because never has there been a case in Umno where a member can force a leader to follow his wishes. "If everything that the government does is commented on and disputed in a big way, it is clearly not proper," he told reporters at his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at his residence in Kampung Tok Has near Jertih.Idris said it was not wrong to make comments about a leader but it had to be done through the proper channels.
"I have made comments against Pak Lah but the difference is that we do so in the correct way, not contrary to Islam," he said. He said that when Dr Mahathir was prime minister, other leaders had great respect for him and that it was now the former prime minister's turn to respect the decisions made by Abdullah. "What is implemented are not the decisions of the prime minister alone but those of the Cabinet," he said. Idris said he was disappointed that Dr Mahathir preferred to seek publicity by revealing issues to the media when the two leaders had already met last Sunday. He said that whatever happened, it would not deter him and the people of Terengganu from continuing to support the leadership of Abdullah.

In MUAR (Johor), Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister and Umno Vice-President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the people were disappointed over Dr Mahathir's latest verbal assault of Abdullah as they had hoped that the differences between the two leaders would be resolved at their meeting. He said the people's support for the leadership of Abdullah showed that they did not want the political stability as well as stability of the government to be undermined by Dr Mahathir's criticism of Abdullah. Commenting on the meeting of the two leaders, Muhyiddin said answers to 90 minutes of discussions on politics, foreign policy, administration and other matters could not be found in a short time. The government leadership had to study each matter that was raised before making its decisions, he said, adding that it was not necessarily so that the government must agree 100 per cent with what was raised by the former prime minister. Muhyiddin also said that it was important at this time to give the government leadership the opportunity to implement development programmes in line with the objective of making Malaysia a developed nation according to Vision 2020 that was initiated by Dr Mahathir. Although the approaches of Dr Mahathir and Abdullah differed, the objective was one and the same

Works Minister, Datuk Samy Vellu: “The criticism I believe would be detrimental to the good name of the country. In the future, Malaysian businessmen and politicians may not be able to make inroads into other countries. We cannot foster any trade or political ties. I believe such matters must be settled in private and not through the media

Over the projects issueI don’t want to say anyone is wrong. I am just explaining. My explanation is he said there are no projects. My answer is there are projects, that’s all. I don’t want to point fingers, that’s not my intention.”

And More comments from Veterans at Dr Mahathir's OPEN HOUSE

ABOVE: Rural Development Minister, Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin: “All parties must work together to develop the country. Polemics, bad intentions and jealousy must be avoided”

ABOVE: Former MB of Selangor Tan Sri Abu Hassan Omar,: “I think at the second stage, there must be a co-coordinator to summarize and detail everything. God willing the matter can be solved because it is not for both of them but for the country

ABOVE: Culture, Arts & Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim,: “The best thing is for both to meet over a cup of coffee. Differences of opinion are not a bad thing for us. Democracy requires us to cultivate various views. But we need always meet. This is the Malaysia Boleh Spirit and is in line with creating a Malaysian community of multitudinous views.”
ABOVE: MCA Veteran Micheal Chen, “I am looking forward. They should not be too pessimistic about it. Don’t be like two giant elephants fighting; it is a wrong perception. Both have a heart for the nation
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Posing for souveniors photos
Thousands Converge At Dr Mahathir's Raya Open House; October 25, 2006 16:15 PM

SERI KEMBANGAN, Oct 25 (Bernama) -- Tycoons, politicians and ordinary Malaysians, young and old, made a bee-line to greet former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at his Aidilfitri open house at his residence here Wednesday.

Welcoming guests

Neither the morning heat nor the afternoon rain deterred the visitors who made it a point to stop by his villa at Country Heights. Among those who visited Dr Mahathir and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali were Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsudin.


Corporate captains Ananda Krishnan, Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin Amin and Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew also joined the crowds to tuck in the big spread of traditional Raya cuisine. Former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and former Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Omar were also there.

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