Friday, August 24, 2007

MORE PICS & Video – Karaoke Singers Bloggers – Zainuddin new term for some Political Bloggers

ABOVE: The No 1 Karaoke Singer; not singing but spinning tales of bloggers and the No 1 Bloggers Labeler - calling bloggers different names. What's in a Name?

ABOVE: Malaysiakini has reported on this new label today H E R E and BELOW on Jul 29 07 - the attacks on Bloggers H E R E

Bernama has reported (see below) Information Minister labelling Bloggers as "goblok" (political bloggers). Now he likens them to "karaoke Singers" - singing out of tune.

Now Zam are names and handles important? Why called, likened and labeled bloggers to different names?

'What is your name, each of you?' My name is also nameless. I have no name.
You give yourselves names, because you believe they are important.
Understand, your existence is nameless. It is NOT voiceless though, but it is nameless. The names you take are structures upon which you hang your images . . . What you are cannot be uttered, and NO letter or alphabet can contain it.

Yet, now you need words and letters, and names and objects. You want magic that will tell you what bloggers are.
I have had TOO many identities to cling to ONE name.
Also understand the entity is the basic self, immortal, nonphysical and the individual is the portion of the whole self that you manage to express physically. There is one self, but within that self are many.
You exist in other realities and other dimensions, and the self that you call yourself is but a small portion of your entire IDENTITY.
Within the self that you know is the prime identity, the WHOLE SELF. This whole self has lived many lives and adopted many personalities.
Personality may be somewhat molded by the circumstances that are created for it by the whole self but the prime identity uses the resulting experience.

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Aug 24 2007: Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin today likened Bloggers as Karaoke singers who take pleasure in their singing but who has no influence but claimed to have received millions of hits. Now who has received a million hits recently?

Some people might enjoy their singing especially those who share their views. Many rejected them because they sing out of tune. And their views are unacceptable to the majority of the people.

He said some of the bloggers who have once received the attention of the main stream media but were now rejected so have to find a new avenue to vent their frustration but not many people read their pieces.

So who in particular is he referring to? No need to guess from the Minister of Bloggers Labeller?

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MELAKA, July 29 (Bernama) -- The people must wise up to "goblok" (political bloggers) because some of them were willing to become tools of others to destroy the nation, said Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin.
He said these bloggers belonged to groups with limited knowledge and had evil intentions.Zainuddin said they (bloggers) were not Asian in thinking but were trying to ape the West because that was where they got the education and thought anything western was the best for everyone.

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Watch the Video Clip (1 min) - Zam making fun of Bloggers as Karaoke Singers

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preview to next post ON

Easier Look South for Some tips & See who are the Filthy Rich; Malays must change system of beliefs to comprehend its existence in this physical reality.

ABOVE: Malaysiakini features & opinions covers

The great Malay Malaysian – Singaporean Malay debate by Feroz Qureshi . Details H E R E by subscription; following are some extracts.
"I have read numerous letters here of late that seem to radiate a certain tension every time the issue of Malay Malaysians and their brethren across the causeway surface. Let me paint a few broad strokes to frame this contentious issue. The former believe that Malay identity is centered on a socio-politic defined by its leaders - a permutation of Umno elites, religious heads and royalty. This is an empirical definition post-1945. On the

other hand, Singaporean Malays see themselves as a subset they don't necessarily feel displaced from the Malay motherland. Essentially, Malay Malaysians feel that all Malays are `one' people, much in the way how the mainland Chinese leaders consider the 15
million diaspora of the `Nanyang'to be citizens of a greater Chinese civilisation. This explains why they are `sensitive' to the perceived fate of the Singaporean Malay; a sensitivity that goes beyond the opportunistic rhetoric of Umno miinisters.
Adversely, Singaporean Malays, while proud of their Malay culture and heritage, are not of like mind. Through the decades, they have accepted the characteristics of
Singapore's multi-ethnic make up and go about their lives in a fashion that resembles the aspirations of a minority group in any given society. In effect, they see more in common with other ethnic groups, minority or otherwise, by virtue of a shared immigrant past. Hence, there is a greater assimilation of the Bugis and Rau peoples into the Singaporean Malay fold".

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No race is an island and they must learn the value of the individual man and its great dependence upon other races and species to comprehend its existence in this physical reality. For once, they must learn to swallow their pride and put the Nation ahead of race and UMNO in the national quest.

For change to be effective, we need “shared” or “mass” dreams. In these, we dream individually and collectively of ways in which change could occur. But alas, all of us do not share the same dreams. Each has his or her own dream are contented in their present needs and dreams and so are the majority of leaders (elected by hook or by crook) and having the power with all the attending benefits, comforts and privileges would not awake from their dreams for a change.

And so all our problems recur and will remain unsolved until and UNLESS the majority is fully awaken and enlightened to see through this current state of affairs. There have been misled into this NEP false dream and it will have to last a while and take its full course and cycle.
All this talk and exposure of corruption and grabbing in the current Malaysia situation when dealing with seemingly insurmountable problems of racial, political, financial and social nature while legitimate and true as these may be do not matter much to people if they can get a bit of the share of its spoils and politicians are fully aware of this to keep them in power. The price they dish back to the people for the support is indeed small compared to the gains they get with political power and Vision 2020 will only be a piped dream

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Learning a thing or two from Singapore
By Fauziah Ismail Aug 24, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR - THE Malays have a saying: Kuman di seberang laut nampak, gajah di depan mata tidak nampak - 'you can see a germ across the sea but not an elephant in front of you'. This is how we treat our neighbour, Singapore. Politics and our troubled relations in the past continue to cloud our feelings towards the Republic and its people. Because of that, we'd rather venture further abroad looking for best practices when we can find them easily down south.
We look at Japan's high culture of maintenance, when Singapore practices such high standards, too. Its public toilets are as immaculate as those in Japan. Its pre-Independence buildings are restored and maintained as if they were new. We eye Singapore with suspicion. We detest any form of comparison between the two countries and their people. We sneer at Singaporeans' 'kiasu-ness' but do not realise that this fear of losing in a highly competitive society is what made Singapore what it is today.
The nation of 3.6 million, which turned 42 recently, has become the most successful economy in Asean. Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said 'kiasu-ism' was not about being superior but about survival.
'Ask any ordinary Singaporean if they feel superior,' the eye surgeon turned politician and minister said. 'No oil, gas, palm oil, rubber, beautiful tourist spots or gems in the earth. What we have today is (the result of) hard work. 'If anything, we are probably insecure in that if we don't work hard, we will starve. Our focus on making money is actually survival. 'We are working to put food on our table for ourselves and our children. Any excess is put in reserves. This is security for the future,' said Dr Balakrishnan, who is also the Second Minister for Information, Communications and Arts.
Asked if it was asking too much of one minister to handle several portfolios, he said: 'It's the Singapore way of doing things. If it is proven effective, why not?' (In Malaysia, his equivalent portfolios are handled by three ministries). Singapore is a small country in hectarage - even with its land reclamation - but through Temasek, the Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) and private companies, it has spread its tentacles far and wide.
While we get foreign manual workers in droves, Singapore gets the best brains from within the region through scholarships offered to students of the other nine Asean countries. While there are no bonds on the scholarships, nothing stops these students from staying on in the Republic and working there. When Singapore gained its independence in 1965, it had to be self-sufficient. Its leaders had to tackle widespread unemployment, raise the standard of living and implement large-scale public housing.
Minister of Foreign Affairs George Yeo said the three main things the leaders prioritised in forming the structure for the country were education, health care and housing.
'We started by creating the foreign service and the defence force,' he said. 'Being small, we didn't have the numbers. We had to start national service. Then we had to give our people some sense of ownership of the country.' The Housing and Development Board (HDB) was formed a year after Singapore achieved self-rule. The agency has been in the red ever since but continues to build high-rise apartments - space constraints resulted in Singapore having to build upwards instead of sideways - to accommodate its growing population. It receives grants from the Singaporean government for its operational expenditure.
Married couples with a maximum combined income of S$8,000 a month are eligible for HDB flats. Singles aged 35 and above are also eligible, while those in the upper-income range can buy in the open market. HDB also offers financing to home buyers, making it easy for Singaporeans to buy the flats. Now, nine of 10 Singaporeans own houses. 'We have created a structure for the country that over the years saw the government ceding its control and balancing the public and private sectors' roles in nation-building,' Mr Yeo said. The country has now developed its economic infrastructure, curbing the threat of racial tension through HDB's ethnic integration policy and independent national defence system, centring on national service.
Singapore's leaders and people have made something out of nothing. Take tourism. Last year, the Republic received 9.7 million tourists and registered S$13 billion in receipts.
This year, it wants to see 10.2 million tourists and 17 million in 2015. By then, it should be looking at S$30 billion in receipts. Singapore creates new tourism products every year - the Night Safari (on good nights, and there are many, visitors get to see more nocturnal animals than they would in Taman Negara) and the DUCKTours, which take visitors on an hour-long tour of the city on an amphibious vehicle that can also take to the river, among many other attractions.
Next year, the world's tallest Ferris wheel, with gondolas that can accommodate up to 35 people each, will open on Feb 14. Forget about being among the first to ride it: The attraction is booked solid for the first six months. Two casinos will also be opening. Construction of a Las Vegas Sands-operated casino near Marina Bay and Resorts World on Sentosa, with a Universal Studio theme park, is under way. Singapore has been doing all this without a ministry in charge of tourism, just the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board. And up to 90 per cent of the workforce in the island's hospitality industry are Malaysians. So, when Singaporeans recite their pledge - 'We the citizens of Singapore pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation' - I believe they mean it. We don't have to open our hearts to them; just our eyes and ears. We may learn a thing or two.

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Aug 23, 2007

ABOVE: Ng Teng Fong , 79, via Singaporean: Forbes

Mr Ng, who controls both Far East Organisation and food and beverage maker Yeo Hiap Seng, owns assets worth US$6.7 billion (S$10.3 billion), up from US$4.9 billion previously, boosted by his hotel and mall holdings in Singapore and Hong Kong.

SINGAPORE - Property magnate Ng Teng Fong, 79, is the richest man in Singapore, according to Forbes magazine.

The rise propelled him ahead of last year's number one, the Khoo family, now in second place. The Khoos' wealth rose 14 per cent from US$5 billion to US$5.7 billion this year. Third on the list are United Overseas Bank's Wee Cho Yaw and family, valued at US$3.3 billion, down from US$3.4 billion last year.

The 40 richest people in Singapore saw their collective net worth grow 14 per cent to US$32 billion in a banner year for the Singapore economy and stock market. Forbes, which unveiled Singapore's rich list on Thursday, said that tycoons in real estate, shipping and palm oil industries did particularly well this year. Those in banking, however, suffered a dent in their wealth from the global downturn in mortgages, it said.

Of the top 40, the wealth of 19 increased, the net worth of eight slipped, one was unchanged, and there were 12 newcomers.
New faces
This year's rankings saw a bumper crop of 12 new faces.

Leading the newcomers is Chinese property developer Zhong Sheng Jian, now a Singapore citizen, who has 71.4 per cent interest in Yanlord Land Group, which builds luxury residences in the mainland. He is at number four with a net worth US$2.5 billion.
Other newcomers include a Kuok Khoon Hong, sixth with $960 million. A nephew of Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok, he has benefited from the rapid growth of Indonesian palm oil producer Wilmar, which he co-founded, said Forbes.

The top 10 wealthiest Singaporeans are:

1) Ng Teng Fong, US$6.7 billion
2) Khoo family, $5.7 billion
3) Wee Cho Yaw & family, $3.3 billion
4) Zhong Sheng Jian, $2.5 billion
5) Kwek Leng Beng & family, $1.1 billion
6) Kuok Khoon Hong, $960 million
7) Peter Lim, $830 million
8) Lee Seng Wee, $650 million
9) Denis Jen, $600 million
10) Chew Hua Seng, $595 million – BERNAMA


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