Tuesday, November 06, 2007

PM Abdullah: Tighten your Belts; Challenges worried Delegates; NAJIB Starry eyed reaching for Stars to Spur Malays? Look Within better!

PM ABDULLAH : Tighten your Belts, Challenges worried Delegates; NAJIB Starry eyed reaching for Stars to Spur Malays? Look Within better!

Malaysiakini came out with 1 report On Najib's opeing Address
Najib: Be prepared for elections Nov 6, 07 12:07am & Mor eshoul dcome with

Malaysiakini.tv still On Detained human rights lawyers sue govt for RM85m

The DPM should exercise caution in reaching for the Stars. Just because of one visit to the Space station; take heed of the proverb "one swallow doesn't make a summer" advises caution against getting one's hopes up too early just because initial signs may look encouraging. All those one-off "Malaysia Bolih" achievements are illusionary. Reaching for the Stars is a journey into the unknown; Space is a camouflage... a deep deception for all and an illusion. Our idea of space is some completely erroneous conception of an emptiness to be filled and explored.
It would be better for human “capital investment & development” to explore the true inner space - the vital energy, itself alive, possessing abilities or transformation, forming all existences, even the camouflage reality with which you are familiar, and which you attempt to probe so ineffectively. This basic universe expands constantly in terms of intensity, quality and value, in a way that has nothing to do with your idea of space. The basic universe beneath all camouflage does not have existence in space at all, as you envision it.
Each individual has the same sort of idealized version of the self, and so does each species. The Malays must first learn to handle energy; and see, through physical materialization, the concrete result of thought and emotion and not the easy way out with things given on a silver platter and enactment of laws for "privileges" or as Rafidah puts it ",
rely on the assistance " ;pleading for projects" (see bottom). What hollow effortless successes are these (extracting tolls or putting in labels) to earn fortunes by political pull, by having government grant them favors and franchises at the expense of their fellow-men.

Yes the Malays must believe that “Malays can progress.. can succeed ..can achieve anything and everything “ but not using crutches forever under the new guise of a “national agenda “(see Al-Jazeera Interview Below)
UMNO youth and in particular the Malays must first change their system of beliefs. 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 in the national quest and allow others to participate effectively.
Malaysia is just 5o years old and it is too much to expect the major racial components be close to each other in such a short time. From the Christian era we have heard the term “Love your neighbor as yourself”. It was an ironic statement, for in that society no man loved his neighbor, but distrusted him heartily..

You must realize that your present race is the one into which you were born, in your terms in this place and time. But most of you cannot recall and remember each of you have been members of different races and so each of you have shared in both the advantages and ignominies attached, in historic terms, to such conditions of birth. But alas short is your memory and long is your pain and you have forgotten your many accents and have to relearn them. Those who remembered are few and can find no identity as a race but as a human species.

We are a cooperative species and a loving one. Our misunderstandings and our distrusts in each other 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. Many of these will be directly or indirectly connected with old myths and beliefs of your forefathers. You share an existence with others who are experiencing their own journeys in their own ways, and you have journeying in common, then be kind to yourself and to your companions.

What began the cooperation that allows people to unite even in tribes, if not the natural inclinations of man?
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November 06, 2007 00:46 AM

Avoiding Wastage, Price Hikes Touched On At Delegates' Briefing

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- Avoiding wastage, hikes in the prices of essential goods and fuel and efforts to make the economy more resilient were among the issues touched on by Umno President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the presidential briefing for delegates prior to this year's Umno general assembly. Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad (BELOW) said Abdullah also asked party members to exercise restraint when debating sensitive issues as it could affect racial harmony.

Asked whether Abdullah asked members against raising any sensitive issues, Radzi said the president did not stop them from doing so but merely asked them to be more careful when deliberating on issues which could be deemed sensitive by other races. Radzi was asked to comment on the closed-door presidential briefing for Umno delegates attending the party's general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here beginning today. A Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Abdullah reminded the delegates on the need for the people to brace themselves against the pressures of price hikes.

Mohamad, who is also Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar, said Abdullah stated that at times the government had to make unpopular decisions. The Prime Minister said that the government had given a lot of subsidies to the people to ease their burden, he said. "So the Prime Minister reminded the people to be wise in their spending," said Mohamad. Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the delegates were reminded to exercise caution when debating on religious and racial issues. Umno Youth vice chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the briefing reminded the delegates on the need to preserve harmonious relations among the races. "A lot of critical issues were raised by the president. The delegates wore a worried look when the challenges were laid before them," he said. Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib said Abdullah told the delegates to strengthen the party and bolster its unity.

ABOVE: The seasoned Rafidah Aziz and BELOW: Dr Norani Ahmad, Challenging her?

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November 05, 2007 14:10 PM
Abdullah Tells Civil Servants To Listen To Umno Delegates' Views

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has asked civil servants to pay attention to matters concerning the country's development and public service that may be raised by some of the more than 2,500 delegates attending the Umno general assembly. The prime minister said that such comments were not meant to attack government employees. "All of us, especially those working in the Prime Minister's Department, should be listening to what the ruling government party has to say," he said at the department's monthly assembly here Monday. "The delegates may want to voice out their opinions on certain issues or they may choose to remain silent," said Abdullah who is also Umno president. The Umno general assembly is on from today till Friday at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

The prime minister said he was satisfied with improvements in the quality of public service following the introduction of several measures, such as the setting up of one-stop centres to expedite the processing of applications. Abdullah said the move to raise the salaries of civil servants recently was aimed at retaining the best people in the public sector. "We don't want them to leave half-way through the service due to some bad things or doubts about their future," he said. He said those who joined the public sector should be genuinely keen on serving the public. Abdullah said that long-serving civil servants were an asset to the government and those due rewards would be given to them irrespective of race or religion. "They are all brothers and sisters, colleagues who should help each other to attain common goals," he added.
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November 05, 2007 23:23 PM

Abdullah Confident The People Are Ready To Face Challenges, Says Najib
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, is confident that the people are capable of facing whatever challenges that may crop up based on the country's experience in the last 50 years and the level of national unity currently. Abdullah, who is also the Umno president, had said this at the Presidential Briefing for Umno delegates attending the party's general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, here today. Disclosing what transpired during the closed-door session to reporters, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Abdullah had expressed confidence that the party would be able to surmount whatever challenges based on the party's past experience and track record. Najib said that this confidence was also based on the fact that the party was being led by capable leaders and the strong solidarity shown by its members. Najib, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, said Abdullah had outlined the challenges to be faced by the members of Umno, as the party that provided the pillar to the Barisan Nasional (BN), and the preparations needed to face the challenges. "The people will handle (the challenges) ... We had faced various challenges and tribulations in the past 50 years and some of these challenges and tribulations were not easy to overcome.

"But it had been proven that we succeeded in taking the country and people out of whatever crises faced all this while," he said. Najib said the Prime Minister also explained on the solidarity and the development of human capital with which the Malays and other races in the country could ride out whatever challenges that might crop up. "We will continue to give priority to national unity and human capital development in efforts to bring the Malays and the other races to greater heights," he added.

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Reach For The Star, Najib Tells Malays

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Malays must begin the process of internationalisation and elevation of the national civilisation. The Deputy Prime Minister said the transformation was aimed at elevating the Malays and Malaysians and mould the nation into one which constantly reached for the stars. He said the nation which had so long been rooted in the provinces and familiar terrain must begin a process of internationalisation and elevation. Najib, who is also Umno deputy president, said a space nation should rightly mean a nation that was elevated and highly evolved; a nation with high aspirations; a nation that was in itself an outstanding civilisation.

"In the era of globalisation, it is not even sufficient to `internationalise' the Malays. We must go a step further to elevate them and push them to reach for the stars. Everything begins with dreaming big, and today we inch closer towards making our dreams as a nation, a reality. "We must explore and excavate the farthest reaches of science and technology, we must enhance ourselves with knowledge and skills, we must muster languages and spawn innovation, we must strengthen our faith, we must adopt culture of excellence and we must keep our aspirations high, as high as the heaven. Najib was speaking at the joint opening of the general assembly of the Umno Wanita, Pemuda and Puteri wings at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre here tonight. The theme of his speech was "Reaching for the Stars - Elevating a National Civilisation". He said to reach for the stars was to strive for the highest achievements possible in everything that was undertaken.

"Certainly, reaching for the stars is not about the literal act of going into space, although that in itself is an achievement in science. Rather, it is about daring to dream the impossible dream and then pursuing it relentlessly," he said. Najib said the Malays should now be able to envision the glorious civilisation which they aspired. "Now to move forward we need to have a roadmap and know the milestones. We need good planning and effective implementation to ensure our success," he said. He outlined five thrusts in elevating the national civilisation to greater heights, namely a glocal people with first class mentality as primary drivers; knowledge and education as core components in nation building; religion and culture as the foundation of civilisation; economic growth and equitable distribution as a source of strength; and political stability as a pre-requisite.

"To grasp our history is indeed important but even more important is how we manage the present and how we ensure the future is even more glorious. The nostalgic past should serve as a lesson and parameter," he said. Reiterating his speech at the assembly in 2005, Najib said glocal Malays were rooted firmly at home, whilst having a global mindset and perspective and the thrust can elevate the national civilisation to greater heights by enhancing their competitiveness at the global level. He said the most essential element of the glocal Malay was the mind which must be sharpened and trained adequately because a healthy mind was the key to success. "If we are to progress, we must maximise the use of our mind to compete on the global stage. Indeed the battles of today and the battles of the future are the battles of the mind," he said. He said the Israk Mikraj, the raising of the Prophet Muhammad to heaven should inspire the Malays' imagination, to goad them into going where no man had gone before.

Najib said with the glocal spirit and powerful mind, the nation had elevated a civilisation when the whole country and the Islamic world shared a sense of pride when Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha blasted-off into orbit at 9.21pm on Oct 10. He said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar glorified Malaysia and became the first Malay Muslim ever to spend Ramadan and Aidilfitri in space. "We will continue to study and explore possibilities in the frontiers of space and aerospace science. This effort is not merely about one man ascending the cosmos. This is about the dreams of one nation reaching for the stars," he said.

He said the success would inspire the Malays and Malaysians to reach the pinnacle of whatever glory and hopefully, the achievement would inspire and motivate the younger generation to keep striving to be the best and carve a name for themselves in whatever field they might choose in life. On building civilisation, he said elevating a national civilisation was in line with the vision of Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who wanted the party to embrace Islam Hadhari (Civilizational Islam), a reference for others and a benchmark of success against which the world would measure itself. Najib said that looking back on the 50-year journey of nation-building and in the 61 years since the birth of Umno, it had not been all that easy nor had it been too difficult. Each time the nation encountered crossroads, the leaders made the right choices, he said, adding that "we have never been gluttons for power but rather we have always placed solidarity in nation-building above all else".

Najib said for the next 50 years, the new generation, the successors of the independence generation, would continue the struggle like a never-ending relay race to a yet undetermined finish line. "If we are the ones who stand ready to receive the batons, then the question to ask ourselves is: are we ready to also receive the burden of the responsibility that comes with it? The responsibility to continue reaching for the stars? "The responsibility rests on our shoulders. Yes, it's true. We are the people, Mamat and Dollah, Timah and Joyah, Sabran and Suparman; Fidah, Hisham and Ani; Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Ibans," he said. He said the Malay mind must therefore be driven towards learning and training in positive, creative, lateral, proactive and innovative thinking.

He said he had repeatedly spoken of the need to alter the Malay mindset through transformational leadership and to work as one team in fulfilling the Malay agenda whilst holding on to their beliefs and cultivating a capable next generation, which were the ingredients to foster a generation of glocal Malays with a first-class mentality. "We must believe that the Malays can progress. We must believe that we can succeed. We can achieve anything and everything good that we hold as our aspiration. The pre-requisite is always knowledge and education. "Therefore, the most important investment that a Malay can make is not the procurement of land, property or fancy cars. The utmost priority and the most important investment is in our children's education and ensuring that they get the best and the highest level of education possible," he said. Najib recited a "pantun" (poem) on harmony and elevating the national civilisation:

"Peace, Prosperity and Harmony
An elevated civilisation our destiny
Here in our beloved country
Let us contemplate resolutely
The ideals of a struggle, eternally
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November 05, 2007 23:09 PM
Malays Must Be More Actively Involved In Economic Activities, Says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- As the Malays have not sufficiently mastered the economy, they must be more actively involved in economic activities so as to ensure equitable wealth distribution, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. "The sharing of power among the races in the country should not be limited to the political realm but should also include the sharing of economic power. We have no intention of taking away the rights of others but all we ask for is a bigger share of an economic pie that is obviously expanding. "This is part and parcel of what we (Umno) are doing to reduce the deficits and inadequacies faced by our people," he said when simultaneously opening the general assemblies of Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Putera Umno at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here tonight. Najib, who is also Umno deputy president, said that the Malays must become a great race. "We have seen that Malays have been able to cross vast oceans, conquer the highest summit and explore the north and south poles. We are now in the midst of attempting extreme expeditions in seven continents, cycling solo round the world, and most recently we have begun exploring space.

"But beyond all these, Malays must also excel in mastery of economics; in the area of international trade and commerce; in competing in a knowledge economy; in innovation and securing patents and intellectual property rights; and in exploring strategic and lucrative ventures. Only then can we become a race of greatness that can build enduring civilisations," he said. He said that on the back of the principle of an equitable distribution of wealth and on the basis of sharing economic power, the government had launched three regional corridors of development - Iskandar Development Region (IDR), Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) and East Coast Economic Region (ECER), while the Sabah and Sarawak economic regions would be launched soon.

"These are all very real endeavours and not mere illusions or pipe dreams. In a matter of a few years, significant transformations in the landscape of socio-economic development across the country will begin to unfold. It is our desire to see no group excluded from enjoying the fruits of the nation's development," he said. Najib said all the five economic regions were the brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Umno president, aimed at developing the country in a fair and equitable manner and not just centred in the Klang Valley. "What is most important here is our (Malays) involvement and our readiness to take initiatives and seize the golden opportunities arising from the development of these regions. Let it not be the case that we once again allow this chance of a lifetime to just pass us by without doing anything, without making moves for a quantum leap to empower the economy of our people and our nation," he said.

Consequently, he said that the Malays must strengthen the culture of entrepreneurship, meaning they must be deft and capable in conducting business and commerce in a professional manner. "We must inculcate this quality into our children right from a very early age, in schools and in universities. In the same vein, we hope government-linked-companies (GLCs) will also discharge their social responsibility in developing Malay entrepreneurs, including women entrepreneurs, who are resilient and competitive," he said. At the same time, Najib said formulae and mechanisms to enhance the resilience and sustainability of Malay entrepreneurs must be found to enable them to face stiff competition in a global environment.

"Naturally one of the best methods is to enhance knowledge and skills in matters of commerce and trade. Business can be likened to swimming and staying afloat in the open sea, whether it is shark infested and bloodied red oceans, or in uncharted and calm blue oceans. I have repeatedly spoken of the Blue Ocean strategy which focuses on creating demand, finding new niches and making competition irrelevant," he said. He said that Malay entreprenuers therefore ought to explore new and uncharted areas of business where they can create their own niche, among others in halal (permitted by Islam) products, medicines, logistics, biotechnology, modern agriculture, Islamic finance, aerospace technologies, oil and gas, tourism and animation. The thousands of graduates who have just left university or even those now working at companies should consider entrepreneurship and be bold in taking risks after gathering sufficient knowledge, training and experience, he added.

"Ultimately, after everything is said and done, what we hope to have is a group of formidable entrepreneurs who will dominate the nation's economic landscape," he said. Najib also slammed some opposition leaders who had called for an end to the New Economic Policy (NEP). They had alleged that it only enriched a handful of Malays. The NEP, he said, had been a big success in expanding the Malay middle class with more of them becoming accountants, architects, doctors, dentists, veterinary doctors, engineers, surveyors and lawyers, with 38.8 per cent or 42,414 of the 109,532 professionals in the country now being Malays.

"When the NEP was introduced, Malays only constituted five per cent numbering a mere 225 professionals," he said warning the opposition not to distort the numbers. He added that the NEP had also helped transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of more Malays in both urban and rural areas so much so they are called "Anak-anak DEB" (children of the NEP). "As such, as long as Umno is around, and there is life in the members, we will continue with the Malay economic agenda. This agenda is not only for the benefit of the Malays but for all Malaysians," he said.
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November 05, 2007 23:20 PM
NEP Is A National Agenda For All Malaysians: Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that Malaysians must look at the New Economic Policy (NEP) as a national agenda and not necessarily as an instrument of social and economic policy to help the Bumiputeras alone. "I think it would be wrong to consider the NEP as purely a Bumiputera agenda. It is a national agenda and it must be seen as a national agenda," he said during the "People & Power" programme that was aired by the Al-Jazeera television station today. The twice-weekly business and political programme producer, Aloke Devichand interviewed Najib at his office in Putrajaya recently relating the issues of the complexities of race and politics in Malaysia.

The programme will be repeatedly shown on the Al-Jazeera channel until tomorrow. The NEP was launched by the second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, in 1971 as the socio-economic restructuring affirmative action programme especially to help the Malaysians. The NEP's goal was poverty eradication and economic restructuring among Malaysians be it Bumiputera or non-Bumiputeras. The NEP also targeted a 30 per cent share of the economy for the Bumiputera. Najib said: "The underlying reasons (to have the NEP) were economic reasons and because there was a feeling that the Malays were marginalised". Najib said the NEP and other government policies had helped to reduce inequality between the Malay community and the Chinese community, who had long dominated the country's economy. He said the government had also tried to ensure that the non-Bumiputeras would also gain in the national wealth-sharing. "(In the) public university for example. We have departed from the quota system to meritocracy and as a result of that, the non-Bumiputeras have a larger share of enrolment into public universities," he said.= == == = == =

November 06, 2007 01:55 AM
Malays Must Make A Quantum Leap To Elevate Civilisation – Hishammuddin

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- The Malays must make a quantum leap to greater glory without having to forgo principles and values which have been the basis of their struggle all this while, said Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. He said this was the message imparted by Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his speech when opening the general assemblies of Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre here tonight. The theme of Najib's speech was "Reaching for the Stars - Elevating a National Civilization".
"Datuk Seri Najib touched on the basic values of the struggle and how to propel the Malays to greater heights in the glocal context. "The approach is that it must be a continuous struggle... what is most important is how Umno Youth can translate (Najib)'s hopes into reality," Hishammuddin said when approached by reporters. Hishammuddin, who is also Education Minister, said Najib also delved on the need for the party's wings to strengthen themselves to ensure a bigger victory for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election. Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin said Najib showed that nothing was impossible for the Malays to achieve if they resolved to work hard. "No challenge is too big for us to accomplish. This is a very important motivational message," he said. Khairy said Najib also expoused that no party was more relevant than the BN in the Malaysian political arena. "The deputy prime minister stressed that the Opposition parties had not advocated a relevant cause for multiracial Malaysians," he said.

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November 06, 2007 02:18 AM
Women Entrepreneurs Should Venture Into New Areas On Their Own - Rafidah

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- Although most Bumiputera entrepreneurs, including women, rely on the assistance from government-linked companies (GLCs), they should resolve to venture into certain areas on their own, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said today. She said an entrepreneur should be able to understand business intricacies, risks and markets, and not go into business merely to answer the government's call to fill the 30 per cent quota. "What is more pertinent is to ask whether we are ready to face the challenges of fluctuating markets, competition, development, product research and development (R&D), banking costs and rising costs of material, and how to shelter the business against recession," she said. Rafidah was commenting on Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's keynote address when he opened the general assemblies of Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno at the Dewan Merdeka of the Putra World Trade Centre here tonight. The theme of his speech was "Reaching for the Stars - Elevating a National Civilisation".

In the context of GLCs as a catalyst for entrepreneurs, Rafidah, who is International Trade and Industry Minister, said there were various activities that they could venture into, such as outsourcing, which could be exploited by them before opening their own business. She said the development of the economic regions would open up more business opportunities for both men and women entrepreneurs. "What matters most is that women must build their capacities to succeed in the areas of their choice. We can't go into business by merely pleading for projects," she said. Rafidah said that though she was satisfied with the achievements of women entrepreneurs, she wanted them to go into new areas. "We hope more women, including the older generation, could explore new areas. They are ready for it," she said.

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