Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ant-Bersih Rally Protest – Dr Ayam & Bukit Bintang MCA Gang & 40 NGOs mainly Traders; Another M-C-A Money Controls All inspired initiative

Malaysiakini would not have cover this cheap MCA inspired protest against the Bersih Rally and neither would Al Jazeera waste their time. The latest related Malaysiakin story is on
King: No royal support for Bersih rally (see also Below)
and spot on It's a bad joke: Lee's counsel
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ABOVE: The historical moment, the crowd that was prevented into the Istana Grounds at about 4pm on Saturday Nov 10 2007.

It is hilarious to know that Dr Ayam ex-MP of Bukit Bintang Dr Lee Chong Meng is leading the Protest against the Bersih Rally claiming that it is “bad business” for traders. Did the Bersih Rally march went through the Bukit Bintang areas that he has reasons to complain? They know protest is illegal and they did not bother to apply for a permit to march around Bukit Bintang to show their displeasure. What and how did they protest? They went to a hotel had the placards and standing behind that MCA man - issued a statement condemning the Bersih Rally initiative - indoor style.
ABOVE & BELOW: Not in Bukit Bintang

Reading at the MCA controlled STAR’s account below & the NST, you can see the exaggerations used adding as usual the “salt & fire” to spice up that story. The reports says 80 NGOs and they rattled off just a few whilst the TV station says 40 NGOs. Some traders complained of the “losses” which were just for a day perhaps or was it just a postponement of business. The sacrifices & “losses” for the over 30,000 who came some from afar is much greater and all for a larger cause than these money moneyed china man which Raja Petra has so aptly and timely put it as:-

“Chinese must think of cari makan first. Chinese must protect their rice bowl. Chinese want to make sure that their business does not suffer so they must become running dogs of the Umno Malays. It’s all about money, money, money. Money comes first. Money calls the shots. M-C-A; Money Controls All.”

Now that a Royal Commison is instituted on the Lingam Video Clip and this Dr Ayam is the result of the “fixing of judgment” mentioned, they should go into his case of being rewarded the “MP of Bukit Bintang”. Retrogressively, his MP status should be taken away and deny the pension that he is enjoying.

ABOVE - Indoor Style Protest - holding the placards and standing behind that MCA man - issued a statement condemning the Bersih Rally initiative

= = == == = ==and the STAR account supporting Dr Ayam
Saturday November 17, 2007; Star
Traders and taxi drivers lament losses due to Nov 10 rally

ABOVE: Dr Lee the ex-MP (who lost to Wee Choo Keong in the Election) but was "fixed" by the retired Chief Justice and awarded the MP post; more popularly known as Dr Ayam, being the advisor to the Poultry Dealers Association and not the "kei lo" advisor to the Chinaman "ayam (kei)" in the notorious BB red light areas.And BELOW - the 40 NGOs and not 80s as in the STAR & NST.

KUALA LUMPUR: On weekends and public holidays, Beh Hock Heng’s dim sum restaurant on Jalan Alor is always packed but last Saturday’s illegal gathering caused him to lose thousands of ringgit as customers stayed away. The 65-year-old owner is furious, saying some customers could not come because of the massive traffic jam while others chose to stay indoors. “Even tourists, who often frequent my restaurant from the nearby hotels, refused to come out as they feared for their safety because of the demonstration,” he said. Beh was among a group of businessmen and representatives from 80 non-governmental organisations who attended a press conference yesterday in protest against the gathering.

The NGOs included the Kuala Lumpur Taxi Drivers Association, Federation of Malaysia Entertainment Associations, Jalan Alor Hawkers Association and Rukun Tetangga Pudu. Holding up placards, written in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese and Tamil, the group complained that their businesses had been affected by the gathering. Taxi operator Leong Aw said taxi drivers lost much business because of the illegal gathering, saying it drove tourists away when they saw thousands of demonstrators in the streets of Kuala Lumpur. “The Government is promoting Visit Malaysia 2007 which will help us make money, especially during this festive season. Such a gathering is not part of the Malaysian culture,” he said. Bukit Bintang MCA division chairman Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng said he was informed by hoteliers that many tour groups, especially from China, had cancelled their visit because of media reports on the protest. “We hope there will be no more protests because in the run-up to Hari Raya Haji, Christmas and Chinese New Year, a lot of activities are being planned in Bukit Bintang. We cannot afford to suffer any more losses,” he said.

= = == and from Raja Petra “15/11/07: MCA: the Malay running dog” emphasizing Dr Ayam’s "moneyed minded" problems.

This is not the first time The Star has distorted the news. One day before the
30 October 2007 Conference of Rulers, The Star reported that the Rulers will be discussing the extension of the Chief Justice’s term of office. One day after the Conference of Rulers, Bernama carried an announcement by the Keeper of the Royal Seal that the Rulers did not even touch on the subject. His Majesty, The Agong, a week before that, had rejected the extension of the Chief Justice’s tenure and that was enough for the Rulers. They supported what The Agong had decided and saw no reason for further raising the matter or to discuss it at the Conference. Anyway, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi refuses to accept defeat. He still wants to get in the last word and show the Rulers who is boss. It appears like Penang may soon get a new Governor in the form of the recently-retired Chief Justice. I did say that the position of Governor is reserved for those who have no other place to go and this assumption will soon be proven beyond any shadow of doubt.
The Star, which is MCA-owned, and therefore can be interpreted as ‘Chinese’ since MCA claims to be the legitimate party representing Chinese interests, has also strengthened something else which I have been saying many times in the past: and that is the Chinese, in particular the MCA Chinese, are Umno’s running dogs. Yes, the Chinese are very upset. They condemn the present government as the ‘Malay’ government. They accuse the ‘Malays’ of screwing up the country. They refer to the government as ‘Islam-Malays’. But from where I am sitting it looks like it is the MCA Chinese and not the Malays who are Umno’s running dogs.

So, the Chinese are very upset. Yeah, sure they are very upset. They are very upset with the Malays. They are very upset because the Malays are running this country. They are very upset because the Malays are screwing up this country. Then why are they the running dogs of the Umno Malays? Yeah, sure, I know. They have no choice but to become the running dogs of the Umno Malays. Chinese are a minority.
Chinese must think of "cari makan" first. Chinese must protect their rice bowl. Chinese want to make sure that their business does not suffer so they must become running dogs of the Umno Malays. It’s all about money, money, money. Money comes first. Money calls the shots. M-C-A; Money Controls All.
No problem then. If money is the overriding factor and if money decides what you must do then do it. Be that Umno Malay running dog if you so wish and if that will guarantee you a good and prosperous future. I have no problem with that. But stop blaming the Malays for the ills of this nation. Stop blaming the Malays when this country goes to the dogs. The reason this country is going to the dogs is because you are the running dog, not because of the Malays.

November 16, 2007 14:12 PM

= == = = and more spin from NST account, running into a Millions, it was just business "postponed" not lost. If they cannot come on Saturday, surely they can come another day.

Businesses tell Bersih to keep protest indoors

KUALA LUMPUR: After suffering losses in "many millions" of ringgit following last Saturday's illegal demonstration, 80 non-governmental organisations have called on the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) to keep their agitation indoors. These NGOs represent businesses and petty traders in Bukit Bintang. Senator Datuk Lee Chong Meng, who is the adviser to a slew of traders and businesses in the Bukit Bintang area, said last Saturday was a financial disaster for them. "We don't want any more demonstrations. It (last Saturday's demonstration) had cost many millions in business to us in Bukit Bintang," he said.

ABOVE & BELOW: The MCA Man behind the Anti-Bersih initiative

Lee declined to peg a figure to the losses, but said that the impact of the demonstrations was being felt by Bukit Bintang businesses. "Tour operators are getting calls from their counterparts in China, Japan and Hong Kong on the situation in the country, while some have cancelled," he said at a press conference attended by representatives from the 80 organisations. Lee urged the demonstrators to emulate them and demonstrate indoors. "At least you won't cause traffic jams or frighten tourists and cause inconvenience to businesses," he said of their gathering at the restaurant venue. The demonstrations left the city motorists stuck in jams for hours and businesses in the vicinity had to close shop because of this. Steven Yap, who is the adviser to the Entertainment Industry Association of the Federal Territory, said members' businesses took a beating last Saturday. "Many tourists elected to stay in their hotels. "The demonstration may have been confined to a particular area, but its impact was felt everywhere," he said. Jalan Tiong Nam hawker association chairman Yong Chin Seng said members closed shop by 4pm, nine hours earlier than their normal operating hours.

"Many people could not get to Bukit Bintang because of the jams and many more refused to come later as they heard about the jams leading to the area." Yong said the real losers were hawkers like him who had to close shop and go home and lose money as food could not be sold. Tan Hooi Weng, a businessman who runs a wholesale clothes business in Jalan Merlimau, lamented the impact on sales. "We lost about a million in sales on that day as most of our customers come by during the weekend. "I appeal to those behind the demonstrations not to do this again."

= = == == = == and the MB from Pahang that made the wild suggestion of using ISA against Bersih protesters. And believe it or not, he is cluless about the GE date when the EC chairman is aware of it.
November 16, 2007 20:13 PM

Govt Confident ISA Will Not Be Used To Deal With Street Demos

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- The government is confident that Saturday's street protest will not deteriorate into a situation that will require the government to enforce the Internal Security Act (ISA), Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. "Hopefully not. For as long as the people observe the laws of the nation, we will be able to manage the situation," he told reporters after launching the CIMB Foundation here. Najib who was responding to a question whether the government would resort to using the ISA to curtail street rallies if the situation worsens in the near future, again appealed to Malaysians to observe the law and avoid participating in illegal gatherings.

He also stressed that the government would continue to act in accordance with the law in dealing with such situations, regardless of the criticism that the government was preventing people from voicing their views. "As far as the government is concerned, we and the police will apply the law," he said.

"We have to manage things in a way that people will have continued confidence in the government." Najib said what was important was for the government to protect the interest of the masses and to provide them a sense of security and that everything was under control. "We'll not let people exploit things, because we do not want anything to deteriorate into becoming uncontrollable or racial tension." Asked about the general election, Najib said he was clueless as to when it would be held. "I also would like to know," he added when commenting on today's report which quoted Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman as saying that he knew the date of the upcoming general election but could not divulge. Najib, however, said the statement did not imply it would be imminent. "It can be any day; it doesn't mean that it's imminent."

The CIMB Foundation, with a pledge of RM100 million as an initial fund from the CIMB Group, will focus on three-capacity building areas, namely community development, sports development and education. Its first project is to train and fund deserving Indonesian students at educational institutions in Malaysia under the CIMB Niaga Scholarship Fund.
= == = == = == = and the Agong is under pressure and denied he had any tacit support for the Rally and called on his subjects to be “law abiding citizens”

Tuanku Mizan Regrets Claims He Supports Illegal Rally

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Yang di- Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin has expressed regret over claims that he and the Palace approved and suppported Saturday's illegal rally in the city. In a statement issued here today by the Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja of Istana Negara, Datuk Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan, the King also regretted the gathering which was organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) and supported by the opposition parties. Tuanku Mizan stressed that he and Istana Negara had at no time approved or given any support, directly or indirectly, to any quarters that organised or was involved in the illegal assembly or any other activities that contravened the law. On Saturday, Bersih, which comprises several non-governmental organisations, as well as some opposition parties had gathered their supporters at various spots in the city, including around Masjid Jamek, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and the National Mosque, before marching to Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum to Tuanku Mizan.

The following Monday, PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar said Bersih had decided to submit the memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after the ruler himself approved of it, and that the presence of Bersih at Istana Negara was to hand over the memorandum to the King's representative.

In the statement, Tuanku Mizan said as the head of state, he was responsible in ensuring that the country's administration based on the constitutional monarchy system as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, was respected and adhered to by all. He hoped that the people would act in accordance with the law and not be involved in any illegal action or activity. "Every Malaysian citizen is responsible for maintaining public order for continued peace and stability in the country," Tuanku Mizan said. The King also hoped that the people would together work at preserving unity and harmony to ensure that the country would continue to develop, prosper and be respected.

Meanwhile, Wan Mohd Safiain said that Istana Negara, for the first time, summoned the media to publicise the content of the statement as the King viewed the matter seriously. "Normally, Istana Negara would issue a statement via facsimile but this time, we had to call the media here to ensure that the King's message reaches the people," he added.

= = == = = =Watch AL Jazeera Video - 4 min 11 sec (Part III) - Bersih Protest Rally 10 Nov 2007

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== = = = Go H E R E for Links to the following 3 Videos

Part 1 (Forum 9 min 40 s), Part 2(Forum 8min 02s) & Part 3 (Protest Demo Video, 4 in 11s ) Al Jazeera 101 East Forum on Bersih Rally

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BELOW: Part 2(Forum 8min 02s)

= = == == == = == = == = =BELOW: Part 3 (Protest Demo Video, 4 in 11s )

= = == == Off beat news, Are these two boys flying around in their Daddy’s Company plane?

November 16, 2007 23:12 PM

Malaysian Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Indonesian Beach

By Mohd Nasir Yusoff
JAKARTA, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- A Cessna aircraft, with two Malaysians on-board, made an emergency landing on a beach in Bangka, South Sumatra, Indonesia today. The duo, identified only as Mohamad Rajib, 23, and Mohamed Nuraiman, 25, were safe, said police adviser to the Malaysian Embassy here ACP Mohamed Pilus Ismail. They were being questioned by the Bangka Belitung police, he told Bernama. He said that further details were unclear. According to the police there, the twin seater aircraft had "El Admal" emblazoned on it which they said was the name of a Malaysian company, he said. It was also said to be on a Batam-Pangkal Pinang-Pontianak-Kuching-Bintulu flight before the engine broke down, forcing them to make a crash-landing, Pilus said. Earlier, Antara news agency reported that a Malaysian training plane made an emergency landing on a village at about 1.30pm due to insufficient fuel.


Anonymous Klaw said...

Those Chinamen who claim losses have no balls to publicly deride the government and the police for causing them the problems instead of Bersih.

Those who attended Bersih were there for a noble cause, and all conveniences were caused by the police who refused to give a permit and a government who is afraid that real democracy will dilute their power.

If a permit was given, the marchers who numbered 50,000, less than Bukit Jalil stadium could have easily been controlled and road closures done in stages.

So to those cinapeks, shame on you. Grow some cojones, and use your brain. Blame the powerful police, not Bersih.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Klaw said...

conveniences = inconveniences

3:51 PM  

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