Monday, October 15, 2007

NAZRI Strengthen Judiciary & Don’t deride & Ridicule learned Lawyers; Listen to timely remarks by Harry Lee on Sound Judiciary, Rule of Law & CPIB

NAZRI Strengthen Judiciary & Don’t deride & Ridicule learned Lawyers; Listen to the timely remarks from down South that sound judiciary contribute to stability

Malaysiakini latest Top Headline Story

Stay focus on restoring judiciary, Nazri told Oct 15, 07 12:27am supplements its Exclusive 1 hr

Malaysiakini-tv - Nazri: They’re all crazy lawyers Beh Lih Yi | Oct 12, 07 4:46pm

Nazri Aziz says lawyers were crazy for taking to the streets in asking the Executive to interfere in the appointment of judges.

ABOVE: The unenlightened very prejudiced Minister will never be able to initiate changes to the judiciary; just cannot observe and understand things easily with an agenda.

Malaysiakini exclusive 1 hr interview with Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz revealed one startling psyche [mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior and consciously or unconsciously adjusting or mediating the body's responses to the social and physical environment] of this defacto law minister – No Shame but Plenty of Guts trying to as one commenter puts it “doing the Chubby Checker Twist” – trying very hard to justify and right an obvious wrong doing that has been festering for so long in the judiciary.

His strong beliefs generate his emotional outburst in calling the lawyers as “crazy” who went on a march. What he lacks is the power of discernment – though has a quick mind which takes in all kinds of data (can be true but mostly false beliefs), possesses it and makes it become his own. How can he unentangled his mind with a mass of knowledge or habits that he calls "I and to look beyond it to see at the real thing, the very obvious? He is just not enlightened enough but very prejudiced to observe and understand things easily. He is holding on to his beliefs as truths - unbending and unyielding. The only way out for him to change the judiciary is to change his beliefs. Reading closely to his interview with a Malaysiakini, he seems to have the triumph card that once the evidence is tampered (in this case the splitting of the video clip) it CANNOT be accepted as evidence and therefore the clip can be viewed as unauthentic.

But Anwar Ibrahim might shown his "bigger triumph card “at the right time".

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Nazri should focus on message not lawyers, says Malaysian Bar

Sunday, 14 October 2007, 05:31pm

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Bar Sunday urged Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz to focus on the issue of restoring credibility of the judiciary rather than on lawyers and whistleblowers.

Its president Ambiga Sreenevasan said the issue was not something new as the bar had been calling for the strengthening of the judiciary but not much action or initiative was taken. "What is important is the message put forward during our march," Ambiga said.
She was responding to Nazri's remark at a news portal which branded lawyers as "crazy" for showing their dissatisfaction over the country's judiciary by marching from the Palace of Justice to the Prime Minister's office on September 26. "I do not wish to quarrel with the minister since I have a good working relationship with him but on this issue I intend to disagree with him because earlier he had also stated that the Malaysian Bar was acting like an opposition party," Ambiga said.

She said the walk for justice comprising more than 2,000 lawyers cutting across age, gender, racial line and seniority showed that they strongly considered this as a serious issue of the judiciary. "The judiciary issue has been there for a long time and the march was just not about the video clip," she added. According to Ambiga, the walk was an attempt to highlight much more bigger issues pertaining to the importance of strengthening the judiciary. "We want a strong and first-class judiciary which we are capable of having," she said. Ambiga said today, there are many honest and hardworking judges, and "we are entitled to have an institution that is scandal-free". She also said that it would be wrong to ignore the views expressed by those who participated in the march which received a lot of support from the public.

"We at the Malaysian Bar strongly feel that a royal commission must be set up, similar to what the government did for the police force. Our only motive is a strong judiciary, what is wrong with that?" she added.

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Sunday October 14, 10:47 PM, Channel NewsAsia

Good governance, sound judiciary contribute to Singapore's stability: MM Lee

SINGAPORE: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew listed on Sunday some key attributes such as good governance and a sound judicial system that have resulted in stability and economic growth for Singapore. Addressing some 3,500 lawyers and participants at the International Bar Association's conference, Mr Lee (a lawyer by training) also emphasised the importance of the rule of law for investors and for economic growth.

The gathering of lawyers from around the world was an apt occasion for MM Lee to reflect on what made Singapore the thriving business hub it is today. And he touched on some themes that were dwelt upon with university students recently: The country's leaders had to create a Singapore that was different from its neighbours - a country that was cleaner, more efficient, more secure, with quality infrastructure, and good living conditions. Mr Lee said: "Important for investors and economic growth is the rule of law, implemented through an independent judiciary, an honest and efficient police force, and effective law enforcement agencies. "Had we not differentiated Singapore in this way, it would have languished and perished as a shrinking trading centre instead of becoming the thriving business hub it is today. "Our laws relating to financial services are similar to the laws of leading financial centres in other common law jurisdictions such as London and New York. As these are the two leading financial centres in the world, their laws govern the majority of financial transactions worldwide. They are used freely in Singapore."

Mr Lee added Singapore also has special legislation to meet its needs, such as the Religious Harmony Act and Group Representation Constituencies to ensure minority representation in Parliament. The minister mentor also cited three factors which enabled the Republic to escape the poverty that had plagued the region. He said: "First, clean and efficient government; second, the character and capabilities of the leadership in charge; third, an industrious people, eager and quick to learn to be productive and gainfully employed. "Political leaders in Singapore take action against opponents who make statements against them that impute dishonesty and lack of integrity. Situated in a region where 'money politics' is part of the political culture and an accepted way of life, any allegation of corruption in Singapore must be taken seriously.

"It leads to an investigation by the CPIB (Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau) and an action for defamation against the person making the allegation to clear any doubts on the integrity of the government. As a result, people in Singapore do not equate their political leaders with second-hand car salesmen." Despite international endorsement of the achievements Singapore has scored in building up the nation, Mr Lee stressed there is no room for complacency. He said Singapore has to respond to new challenges that technology and globalisation have brought about. Mr Lee also stressed the importance of maintaining Singapore's position as a city par excellence, with an environment that is clean, safe and vibrant to work and live in. During the question-and-answer session, the minister mentor was asked how he would measure Singapore's successes.

He said: "I do not measure myself by the yardsticks of Amnesty International or Freedom House or Reporters Without Frontiers. I measure myself by the objectives of governance of my people. What must the government do? It must establish a system where there is peace, stability and opportunities for everybody to live a full life, which means good health, good housing, good jobs, good education, good hospitals. "There is nothing which you want to read that you cannot read in Singapore. Everybody is on the Internet, everybody has got broadband, you have got cable television, access to all the information, you can blog, you can do anything you like."

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Oct 17, 2007

Financial Times apologies to PM Lee, MM Lee, Ms Ho Ching

THE Financial Times has 'unreservedly apologised' to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Temasek Holdings chief executive Ho Ching for publishing an article that alleged nepotistic motives in the appointment of members of the Lee family to key positions here. The apology was for an article, headlined 'Sovereign funds try to put on an acceptable face', that was carried in the international business newspaper?s Sept 29 weekend edition. It was also freely available on its website.

In its apology, carried in the letters page of the newspaper on Wednesday, the FT said, 'We recognise that the article meant or was understood to mean: that Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew secured, or was instrumental in securing, the appointment of his son, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, as prime minister for nepotistic motives; that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong secured, or was instrumental in securing, the appointment of his wife, Ms Ho Ching, as the chief executive of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited for nepotistic motives; and that Ms Ho Ching is promoting her brother-in-law Lee Hsien Yang's interests by securing or helping to secure his appointment as Mr Jackson Tai's replacement at DBS Bank for nepotistic motives.' The FT added, 'We admit and acknowledge that these allegations are false and completely without foundation.'' We unreservedly apologise to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Ms Ho Ching for the distress and embarrassment caused to them by these allegations.' The newspaper agreed not to make further such allegations, and to pay undisclosed damages and costs to PM Lee, MM Lee and Ms Ho Ching.
- CNA/so

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MORE PICS & Video – Tioman Ferry Engine Fire 13 Oct 07; 4 Killed 5 Injured; Fire due to overloading and overheating; Ferry with more than 100; max 75.
- PASSENGERS on a holiday ferry that burst into flames on Saturday, killing four, claim they had to jump into the sea with their children after the crew abandoned them.


Anonymous Master Mariner said...

The loss of life on the Mersing to Tioman ferry "Seagull Express" was a result of criminal negligence, if the reports from Bernama and in NST on-line, and other sources are factually correct.
It is likely that the ferry was:
Unlicensed (licensed expired 10 months ago)
Overloaded with passengers
Undermanned with crew
Had inadequate lifesaving and fire fighting equipment on board
Master & crew were inadequately certified and poorly trained

The following parties / authorities need to be independently investigated and if guilty of any crime or dereliction of duty, they must be punished to the full extent of the law.
The Marine Department
The Maritime Enforcement Agency (Coastguard)
The Marine Police
The ferry owner and the ferry operator
The master of the ferry
The crew of the ferry
The Pahang state tourism authority (they promote this ferry on their web site.
The Johor state authorities
All other relevant licensing, regulatory and enforcement authorities.

In the past maritime incidents have been poorly investigated and shortcomings have been simple swept under the carpet. In many cases the guilty were not punished

Innocent lives will continue to be lost at sea if the typical Malaysian lackadaisical 'tiada apa' attitude continues unchecked.

Malaysia urgently needs an independent Marine Accideny Investigation Board

11:43 AM  
Anonymous gringodog said...

The saddest thing is this : It is not a question of If it will happen again, but WHEN it will happen again. And I don't mean just sea travel, but also land and air.
Didn't the authority just stated that our airport security is up to the mark,just after a stowaway managed to sneak himself onto an airplane's landing gear compartment.

What a wonderful country, with such imaginative, creative, but thoroughly STUPID people running it.Maybe they are the smart ones, we who voted in the politicians who continue to protect them, are the stupid ones.

11:19 PM  

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