Friday, August 31, 2007

MORE PICS – Merdeka Rebirth – 31 Aug 2007 – An reenactment - thrust outward with great impetus of a Nation into a new World environment

ABOVE: Malaysiakini predawn report, details H E R E, extracts below

PM pledges unity as nation marks 50th birthday

Aug 31, 07 5:29am

Kuala Lumpur's pers lit up with scenes from history last night as Malaysia celebrated 50 years of independence from Britain amid questions about the diverse nation's changing identity. An evening of extravagant light shows and patriotic song and dance ended midnight with the raising of the national flag, while a major set-piece parade today will see fighter jets roar over foreign dignitaries and cheering crowds.

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For Humans, birth is an aggressive action - the thrust outward with great impetus of a self from within a body into a new environment. So is the same with a Nation.

Birth and death contain between them the earthly experience that you perceive as happening within a given period of time, through various seasons, and involving unique perceptions within areas of space-encountered with other human beings, all to one extent or another sharing with you events caused by the intersection of the self and time and space.

ABOVE & BELOW: The same venue as it happened 50 years ago, now known as Datatan Merdeka. The familiar Clocktower

August 31, 2007 01:28 AM
Birth Of A Nation, Re-enacted

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- For the 200,000 people around Dataran Merdeka -- and millions more watching TV across the country -- the re-enactment of the birth of the nation at midnight wasn't just a matter of looking back, and also looking forward. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi led the assembled groups and the public in seven rousing shouts of "Merdeka" as the image of the nation's founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, doing the same thing 50 years ago was shown on the facade of the Bukit Aman Royal Malaysia Police headquarters building.In his speech later, Abdullah not only reminded them of why the nation had prospered over the last half century but also counselled them on what it took for them to continue to enjoy being part of a blessed nation. Upon his arrival at the Dataran Merdeka, Abdullah was accorded a welcome similar to that given to the Tunku at the same venue -- then known as the Selangor Club Padang -- in 1957.

Abdullah, who was escorted by 50 classic motorcycle riders made up of youth members of Umno, MCA and MIC -- the partners of Alliance, the predecessor of the Barisan Nasional (BN), was received by Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who is chairman of the
celebrations committee. The prime minister, in a symbolic gesture, took up the position the Tunku had taken in 1957 -- at the middle of the stage flanked by the leaders of the

Accompanying Abdullah on the stage were Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and Dr Rais. The eyes of the massive crowd were trained on the clock at the tower of the Sultan Abdul Samad building after the lights at the square were turned off and the crowd roared the countdown to midnight.

At the stroke of midnight,(ABOVE) the lights at the square were turned on and Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin (BELOW) raised the "Jalur Gemilang" Malaysian flag to the strains of the "Negaraku" national anthem, which was followed by rousing shouts of "Merdeka" seven times led by Abdullah.

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ABOVE: The first "ladies" following the Negaraku till the Flag was fully raised (BELOW)

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MORE PICS & Video - Pandemonium - 24th Maika Holdings Meet - 1 Knocked Unconscious – 1 Bleeding; O C A Bhd Sold for RM129.8 mil; Subra Hit

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

MORE PICS & Video - Pandemonium - 24th Maika Holdings Meet - 1 Knocked Unconscious – 1 Bleeding; O C A Bhd Sold for RM129.8 mil; Subra Hit

ABOVE: Attendance to the AGM was by Registration and BELOW: Entrance straightly upon registration for bona fide shareholders

ABOVE: Malaysiakini had the early report of S Subramaniam - the former MIC No 2 being physically pushed and hit, details HERE and there was pandemonium after the meeting was called to order. Other Malaysiakini reports are:-

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ABOVE & BELOW: One of the shareholders having a brawl with opposing camp members

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Thursday August 30, 2007, STAR

Subra shoved at Maika AGM

ABOVE: Datuk S Subramaniam had to be steadied by his supporter after being physically manhandled at the brawl in the Maika Holdings 24th AGM and BELOW: Recovering from the ordeal, seemed to be short of breath

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ABOVE & BELOW: He angrily condemned the organizers of the meeting for what happened. Watch the video clip - words from his own mouth

KUALA LUMPUR: Former MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam was shoved around during a heated exchange between rival groups of shareholders at the 24th annual general meeting of Maika Holdings here Thursday. Subramaniam, who was furious after being prevented from putting up a suggestion to Maika Holdings chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdul Manaf, walked out of the hall, accompanied by several of his supporters and returned about 15 minutes later.

ABOVE: one of the man was "knock-out" completely on the floor after receiving the right punch on the head BELOW: A closed-up view

One shareholder, who attempted to throw curry powder at others, was apprehended and taken out of the hall. He suffered a gash on the head while resisting. He asked to see the former deputy president and only went away after being assured by Subramaniam that he was all right.

ABOVE: This 60-year old man had a jab and cut on the forehead and had to be helped away (BELOW) for first aid treatment

Another shareholder, S. Nadarajah caused a furore when he said that the AGM was conducted in a gangster-style manner. He, however, later apologised for making the comments. Officials said about 900 shareholders attended the annual general meeting, the first time that such a huge number had turned up in the company's history.

ABOVE: Elderly man was manhandled using his T-shirt collar as a strangle hold, further tightening could easily kill him; BELOW: He insisted showing his wounds to the former MIC No:2

Abdul Rashid had a tough time controlling the meeting with shareholders from the rival camps; one aligned with MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and the other with Subramaniam, shouting at each other. Despite the heated exchanges, the meeting went on smoothly, with Abdul Rashid replying to the questions put forward by the various shareholders including DAP's Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran. At about 1pm, the shareholders were asked to vote on the various resolutions including one calling for the sale of the insurance company Oriental Capital Assurance Bhd for RM129.8 mil.

ABOVE: With Kulasegaran (Left), DAP MP for IPOH, this shareholder complained bitterly about the Police being inside the meeting and were not doing much and BELOW:This shareholder explained with the disposal of Insurance unit, the proceeds can be used for those who wants to be "out" - See video for his exactwords

Maika's management claimed that the sale of OCAB would enable the company to clear its outstanding debts and repay the shareholders who wanted to withdraw their investments. Speaking to reporters later, Subramaniam said he was pushed when he tried to put forward a suggestion at the meeting. He said he was not opposed to the sale of OCAB but wanted Maika should give the first option to an Indian community-linked company or cooperative so that its majority stake would remain in the community's hands.

ABOVE & BELOW: Who is in charge? Still arguing?

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MORE PICS & Video – BN MPs Patriotic Antics Surprised DAP MPS; Failure to join 7 “Merdeka” Shouts - Accused of Disloyalty; Lim Pleaded: Without Notice

MORE PICS & VideoBN MPs Patriotic Antics Surprised DAP MPS; Failure to join “Merdeka” Shouts Accused of Disloyalty; Lim Pleaded: without Notice

ABOVE: Malaysiakini from Parliament reported a hefty RM11 million spending expenditure during the recent launch of the NCER in a written reply to queries posed by DAP MP Theresa Kok (the Sassy MP) but they forgot to mention the BN antics in trying to discredit the DAP MPs. Details H E R E. The Malaysiakini server has gone hay-wire (maintenance they announced) and is giving FREE News (without subscription) to one and all. A pre–Merdeka treat perhaps that would not last long. Hurry while it lasts.

ABOVE: the august Dewan Rakyat turned into a Contest? An entrapment for the oppositions? Did the PAS MPs rose to the impromptu shouts?

Before the Dewan Rakyat went for the Merderka break the BN MPs staged a Shameful Patriotic Test for DAP MPS this morning 29nd Aug 2007
It was 50th Anniversary Merdeka Ploy and well orchestrated antics of the BN MPs in an effort to embarrass and put the DAP MPs to shame for failing to rise to the occasion when the Dewan Rakyat started the day’s proceeding with 7 shouts of “Merdeka” lead by BN MP & Chairman of the Backbencher Club, Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BELOW). DAP MPs failed to rise to the occasion in joining them for the 7 shouts of “Merdeka” which was used by the MP (Jasin) - the one eye closed MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof (in the afternoon) in accusing the DAP MPS for being unpatriotic.

ABOVE: BN MP & Chairman of the Backbencher Club, Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar at the start of session made the following call

“We pray for the rakyat to continue living in peace and harmony. Let us together shout Merdeka 7 times”
ABOVE & BELOW: As if on cue and preplanned, the BN MPS Shouted "Merdeka" 7 Times
ABOVE the staunch supporter Jasin MP and BELOW from Sungei Petani

There were no complains in the morning, but n the afternoon DAP MPs were chided for indiscipline and labeled as being disloyal.And this caused an uproar from the DAP side.

ABOVE : Opposition leader MP Ipoh Timur jumped to the defense stating that they were not aware of chantings at the start of session & were not given Notice. The speaker (in many moons?) supported the opposition claim of ignorance.
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ABOVE: The lady MPS as usual are subdued and kept their ladylike silence.

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August 29, 2007 23:07 PM
Speaker Warns MPs Against Using Unparliamentary Langauge
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 Bernama) -- Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Taib Wednesday warned all Members of Parliament (MPs) to stop using foul words that smacked of prejudice in Parliament. He issued the warning when trying to defuse a war of words that broke out between backbenchers and opposition MPs, who each questioned the other on their patriotism. It began when Datuk Mohd Said Yusoff (BN-Jasin) stood up to question why opposition members, who he claimed lacked discipline, did not stand up when "Merdeka" (Freedom) was being hailed just before proceedings began in the morning.

ABOVE & BELOW: MP Jasin was most vocal in trying to condemn the DAP MPs

"DAP is not setting a good discipline. This morning they did not stand up to shout Merdeka" "This shows they are not loyal to the country," he said to thunderous support from his fellow backbenchers.

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Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang (ABOVE) in defending the opposition MPs said they had no knowledge that "Merdeka" would be hailed this morning and were caught by surprise. His answer only got a chorus of disapproval from the backbenchers. Things became chaotic after that and for about 10 minutes the two parties exchanged verbal abuse before Ramli stepped in to calm the situation.

ABOVE: The Speaker was more reasonable and diffuse the situation when he said:

"It is not because of not being loyal. What happened this morning was spontaneous. We did not give our notice. That is the spirit of Merdeka"

"We cannot quickly jump to conclusion that those who did not stand up are not loyal," Ramli said to loud support from the DAP MPs. Just when things seemed to have returned to normal, another flare up broke when the topic of students' indiscipline was being debated, this time with words like "bodoh" (stupid), "binatang" (animal) and "go to hell" being spewed from the mouths of the MPs. It caused Ramli to step in again and issue a terse warning to all present to stop their unparliamentary behaviour. The Dewan takes a break for the Merdeka (Independence) celebrations (tomorrow and Friday) and will sit again on Monday.

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see H E R E on the Scuffles at 24th Maika AGM - 30 Aug 07

MORE PICS & Video - Pandemonium - 24th Maika Holdings Meet - 1 Knocked Unconscious – 1 Bleeding; O C A Bhd Sold for RM129.8 mil; Subra Hit

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