MORE PICS – Najib Blowing Trumpet in France – with Oil Money – Sending a Space Tourist & purchasing TWO Scorpene Submarines; No Money for Road Repairs
Scorpene submarine launched in France Oct 24, 07 10:48am
The first of two controversial Scorpene-class submarines was inaugurated yesterday in the northern port city of Cherbourg during a visit by DPM Najib Razak. More
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Malaysiakini had the earlier story on this launch but is very much preoccupied with the looming deadline that Anwar Ibrahin is facing tomorrow. There is a call for solidarity
The government must also admit that the extravaganza in the last two days is bought with the Petronas Oil money solely for the purpose of the kickbacks, in the case of the submarine deal; RM500 as unnecessary agent’s fee for a RM3.4 Billion deal. For the RM90M Space Flight, DAP MP Tan Seng Ghiaw has quoted a ballooned figure of RM589M. Why squandered all these money when the latest report in parliament (see below) - Samy has claimed there is NO money to repair rural roads due to “financial constraints ”.
Najib was quoted in France
” We have come a long way. The Royal Malaysian Navy waited, some twenty years to acquire our submarines. But it is .a time that is worth waiting for because submarines are strategic assets. And for us to acquire strategic assets, we have to plan for it.”
And the same goes for the kickbacks, all of them are planning on them by spending, the more mega, the more are the kickbacks and it is also worth waiting all the time.
And the latest in the spending M'sia to build own satellitMalaysiakini.tv is still on Cops fail to obtain statements from Bar Council
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From Roslan Ariffin
He said the two success stories would have remained mere dreams had it not been for the efforts of the country's wise leaders who always had the people's interest at heart.
Present were Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, Malaysian ambassador to France Datuk S.Thanarajasingam and Chief of Defence Forces Jen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal.
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Submarines Will Expand
NAVAL CAPABILITY… Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor launches the submarine, which was named after
From Roslan Ariffin
CHERBOURG, (France) Oct 24 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday the Scorpene class submarine to be delivered in 2009 will significantly expand Malaysia's naval capabilities and usher the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) into a new era of development and progress. "It is crucial for Malaysia to have a small but credible and effective naval force not only to safeguard its sovereignity and maritime interests against any eventuality but more importantly contribute to the maritime security and safety in the region," he said at the launch and naming of Malaysia's first Scorpene submarine at the DCN Shipyard, here.
Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, launched the submarine which was named after
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ABOVE & BELOW: Getting these state of the art submarines (RM3.4 billion) will cost millions to maintain them if they are not grounded in the Malacca Straits. And what for? to go fishing with them in the open South China Seas?
He also said that this first submarine, named "KD Tunku Abdul Rahman" was to symbolize historic events and Tunku's great contributions to the country as "Bapa Kemerdekaan" (
ABOVE: The commander in Chief taking a peep at the periscope and BELOW: given a tour to the sophisticated instrumentations on board. It would be cheaper to employ a French crew to operate & maintain rather than to train & upgrade the locals who might take years to understand these controls
Najib also thanked the French government and the French Navy for the support and cooperation in helping the Malaysian Armed Forces on its modernisation programme and sharing submarine technology. "
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Najib Arrives For Four-day Visit To
From Roslan Ariffin
A long-standing Unesco member since 1958,
He said Rosmah would launch the Scorpene submarine and name it. The second submarine will be delivered to
There are about 1,000 government-sponsored students pursuing tertiary education in areas such as engineering in French universities. Mara and Telekom
Thanarajasingam said France,
Financial Problem Delaying Repair Of Rural Roads
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And how did the PWD arrive at the RM350 million for the Killer roads? The cost is also estimated & inflated for the leakages. The RM160 million allocated would have been sufficient if proper tenders are utilized.
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PWD Needs RM350 Mln To Rectify Killer Roads
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Plug Loopholes In Government Agencies, Says Auditor-General
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang said efforts must be made to plug loopholes in government agencies to prevent unscrupulous people from exploiting them. Responding to a suggestion by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) for a thorough review of direct negotiation procedures for government tenders, he said: "If this can help prevent corruption, then it must be supported." He told reporters this when met at the Aidilfitri gathering organised by the Prime Minister's Department which was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi here today.
Commenting on the move to charge civil servants in court with abusing public funds based on the 2006 Auditor-General's Report he said: "Let the law take its course." "We'll see what will come out of it," he said. Ambrin, however, said the fact that there had been a follow-up action showed that the government was serious in tackling such problems. Asked whether he was satisfied with it, he said: "It's not about whether I'm satisfied or not. What's important here is that the government is doing the appropriate thing."== = == = == == = == == = P R E V I E W Next Post
DAY 51 – Altantuya Murder Trial –
Tests conducted after 4WD relocated
R. Surenthira Kumar and Maria J. Dass; theSUN
SHAH ALAM (Oct 24, 2007): Crime scene investigations (CSI) officer Supt Soo Mee Tong (ABOVE) testified in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial today that forensics tests were conducted on a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle after it had been moved from its original location. Under cross examination by defence lawyer Hasnul Rezua Merican, who co- represents Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, Soo agreed with the lawyer’s suggestion that he was unable to ascertain whether contents in the jeep had been contaminated. Soo, who was testifying on the 51st day of the trial in the High Court here before judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin, also agreed he was in no position to control the movements in and around the vehicle before and after the CSI team’s inspection because the 4WD was not under his control.
He told Mohd Zaki the 4WD was already in the
Prior to that Soo, during the continuation of the examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Hanim Rashid, identified the remaining 13 items retrieved by the CSI team from the 4WD. He said the Super Glue Fuming test was conducted on the rear left seat handle of the 4WD to lift fingerprints, but the results turned out to be negative. Soo said the test could only be conducted in non-porous surfaces which are smooth, as negative results would be obtained if conducted on other kinds of surfaces.
Grilled by Azilah’s lawyer Hazman Ahmad (ABOVE) during cross-examination during the afternoon session, Soo told the court that only items that were relevant to the case were collected from Sirul Azahar’s car as evidence. Hazman had asked Soo why he did not remove some pieces of clothing that were in the back portion of Sirul Azhar’s Suzuki 4WD to be tested as they may have shown that someone else had also used the vehicle. A heated exchange then ensued.
Soo: If someone else clothes were in the car, this does not necessarily mean that this person was in that vehicle.
Hazman: But you did not conduct a test to determine if the clothes were someone else.
Soo: It is not applicable. If you find my clothes in your house this does not mean that I was there. Someone may have put it there.
Hazman: But the possibility is there and you cannot say (for sure) because you have not done a test.
Soo: We only choose the relevant pieces of evidence for our investigations.
Hazman: That is your opinion.
Soo: No, I’m speaking form experience and knowledge.
Hazman: If the clothes were found to belong to another person, was that person there!? There is a possibility?
Soo: Yes, the possibility is there.
Hazman: That’s what I want to hear.
Soo said he had not examined the clothes piece by piece when asked by Hazman if he had done so as DNA test could have been done to determine who the clothes belonged to as long as it was not washed.
Soo agreed with Hazman that the test he and his team conducted on the vehicle was selective.
Asked during re-examination by DPP Hanim Rashid as to why he said that he had done selective tests, Soo said: "If I were to send all the items for testing, then I would need several lorries to transport them, so I have to make the decision to take only the relevant case items."
Judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin then asked him if it was not possible for the items from Sirul Azhar’s 4WD to be transported by vans, to which Soon replied: "The storage of case items is also a problem."
"So this is a logistical problem? Don’t tell me I have to write down that several lorries are needed to transport the items?" said Mohd Zaki.
Soo said he could not determine how long the soil samples from the tyres and bloodstains on the slippers had been there.
"It depends on whether these have been exposed to sunlight, rain or moisture," he said, adding however that he could not tell as he had not seen the structure the vehicle was in.
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Mohd Zaki was seen trying to exercise his fingers which were stiff as DPP Hanim Rashid was conducting the re-examination of the prosecution’s 40th witness Supt Soo Me Tong. It is believed that the cold weather, which resulted in the colder air-conditioning, aggravated the problem.
"I think I need a third hand," said Mohd Zaki as the lawyers in the gallery asked him if he wanted to take a short break. However, Mohd Zaki continued.
At the end of re-examination at , DPP Noorin Badaruddin said there was another witness for the day, a doctor from the
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No Fingerprints Found In Sirul's SUV
SHAH ALAM, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- No fingerprints were found in Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar's sport utility vehicle (SUV), the High Court here heard today. Fingerprint inspection, however, was not carried on the outer surface of the bluish Suzuki 1300 or on the slippers found in the vehicle. The slippers had "Heat Adswad" written on them. Chemistry division head of the police's forensic laboratory in Cheras, Supt Soo Mee Tong, 51, told the court this when cross examined by
Sirul's lawyer, Hasnal Redzua Merican. Sirul, 36, and another Special Action Squad operative C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 31, are alleged to have murdered Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, in a jungle in Mukim Bukit Raja here in October last year. Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 47, is charged with abetting them.