Friday, February 08, 2008

GE 2008 - MCA No Confidence, Timing inappropriate; Playing Safe ALL seats; PM Abdullah: Anytime is good time - I decide; Zam: Opposition Instigators

If the Chinese soothsayers are correct for the rat year, they are “predicting losses” in the year and this is going to be a “highly competitive year”. Investors are told, like a rat they have to be “nimble”.

For the BN and PM Abdullah, the coming General Elections, the predictions are already coming true in the Year of the Rat. The writing is on the wall. The Hindraf Rally completely destabilized the hardcore traditional support coming from the Indians Community. According to Ghandi:
It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result

And now MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting has over the NTV7 network declared in Mandarin
"When the Chinese community is still unhappy and dissatisfied, we face a bigger challenge; we have to explain to let the community understand that the points raised by the opposition are wrong not good for the community"
The timing of the early Election is Not Right. And his Deputy Chan Kong Choy also said that MCA is playing safe and regarded every “seat as not safe”. So the MCA is not confident at all in the coming GE and this mean there will be “MCA losses” as well. Plus the “MIC losses” the BN would most likely be unable to hold on to the 2/3 Majority.

ABOVE: This 25ft Big Rat will be on displayed throughout the GE 2008 Election

When asked to comment on the wrong timing, he simply dismissed it saying” Anytime can be appropriate when I decide - The “sleepy head” Abdullah is just not as nimble as the Rats who will finally gnawed away the BN 2/3 majority.The MB of Selangor also came out and condemn the MCA President for openly not supporting the PM and questioning him. For the UMNO, they are ever ready and have "no complains, very happy and Satisfied" as everything they demanded are almost immediately granted. When they want and make noise in the Ipoh-Padang Besar Rail award, 30% is quickly arranged for them.

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ABOVE: Datuk Seri On Ka Ting, MCA President (exclusive interview with NTV7:
"When the Chinese community is still unhappy and dissatisfied, we face a bigger challenge; we have to explain to let the community understand that the points raised by the opposition are wrong not good for the community"

== = = =and PM Abdullah Response: "anytime is good time decided by me"

February 07, 2008 18:15 PM
Any Time Is Apt For Polls, Says Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says any time he decides to call for the general election is a good time. "Rumours are rumours," the Prime Minister said when asked on talk that Parliament would be dissolved after the Chinese New Year.

"Any time is a good time when I decide to call for the election," he told reporters when asked to comment on political analysts' predictions that March was the best time for the polls in view of the school holidays. The election fever is being increasingly felt with the Prime Minister constantly being asked on the parliament dissolution date to pave the way for the 12th general election though the Barisan Nasional (BN) government's five-year mandate only lapses on May 16, 2009. The grapevine has it that the general election would be held in March, fuelled by positive factors such as the bull run in the stock market, which the Prime Minister had said the bourse's good showing reflected the confidence in the local stock market and the country's sound economic fundamentals.

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February 07, 2008 18:29 PM

People Will Not Fall For Opposition's Instigation, Says Zam

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- The opposition's vote-wooing stunts, especially by the DAP, to incite the people to help the party change the present government in the coming general election will not gather public support.

Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said the people would not be easily swayed by the instigations and what more to change a government that had helmed the nation to the point of all races living in peace and harmony. The Opposition was under intense pressure to the extent of inciting the people for their selfish ends, he told reporters after attending a meet-the-people session at the Paya Nahu residential flats here Thursday. Zainuddin cautioned the people of the opposition's antics and their readiness to seize the slightest available opportunity to fish for support although the Barisan Nasional (BN) had never victimised any race. "The opposition only knows to make promises every time an election is around the corner and disappear after the election, rendering the government to bear the burden left behind by them," he said.

Zainuddin said agencies under his ministry have been constantly explaining the current issues to the people to give them the right perspective of events. The opposition had twisted the issues to their advantage, he said. He said RTM, as a responsible government broadcaster to the nation and the people, would continue to be firm to only air true information and not propaganda pieces.

On Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Zainuddin said Anwar had lost his influence as a leader and was putting up a three-face facade to the main races in the country. He said Anwar's ploy to raise issues on the Malays' special rights when giving speeches overseas and supporting the Hindu Rights Action Force (HIndraf) extremist group and the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) was merely to project himself as a hero in the eyes of the people. "Anwar likes to pretend and to pit one race against the other on the highly sensitive Malay special rights and privileges. "At the same time, he preaches about the interests of Chinese and Indians when addressing a non-Malay audience," he added.

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Large turnout at MCA, Gerakan CNY celebrations


KUALA LUMPUR: A bigger crowd turned up at the MCA and Gerakan open houses this year to welcome in the Year of the Rat with pomp and splendour.
Tens of thousands flocked on Thursday to Wisma MCA on Jalan Ampang and Menara PGRM for the MCA and Gerakan open house celebrations. Regardless of race, religion or social status, people came together as one and enjoyed a sumptuous meal and entertaining performances.

ABOVE: Abdullah Arriving and BELOW: all participated in "low Sang" to boast & try to revive up the sagging and no confidence spirits in MCA

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor visited both the MCA and Gerakan open houses together with MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and other politicians. Also present was former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. The stronger crowd turnout at the MCA and Gerakan open houses even caught the eye of the Prime Minister. "I see that there is more celebration this year compared to previous years whether at the MCA or Gerakan open house. "This is a very good sign as it shows the harmonious relationship between Malaysians is getting stronger and closer. "Regardless of race, people have come together to wish their Chinese friends a happy Chinese New Year, which makes the celebrations even merrier," he told reporters during a press conference at the Gerakan open house. Abdullah wished all Malaysian Chinese a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year and expressed hope that the New Year would bring lots of goodness not only to the Chinese, but to all Malaysians.

"We need to always remember the good relationship between the races. Such celebrations only further strengthen our ties. It is a real bonding process, a strength which is also part of Barisan Nasional," he added. MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting thanked all those who attended the MCA open house regardless of race, including political leaders, dignitaries, ambassadors, the public and tourists. "This is a tradition where Malaysians of all races come together to celebrate Chinese New Year and other festivals. "We will continue to fight for all Malaysians, regardless of race. The Malaysian spirit must be strengthened.

"Barisan Nasional will continue to guarantee the fairness and equality for all under the Federal Constitution," he told reporters at the MCA open house. "We hope 2008 will be a better year. If we work hard and unite, we can overcome any challenges," he added. Gerakan acting president and Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said he was thankful for the good response this year especially from the Malays and Indians as it showed the harmonious relationship between races. "Normally, we get about 6,000 people but this time, some 10,000 turned up (for the open house) to celebrate Chinese New Year. "I am confident that this harmonious spirit will help us overcome challenges in the future," he told reporters at the Gerakan open house.

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Market players must be nimble in new year; Chen Shiyin; Bloomberg News
Chinese astrologer Tony Tan, a former broker at DBS Securities, made money for his clients in 2007 by telling them Asian equity markets would turn in "peak performances" in the year of the pig. He's predicting losses in the year of the rat, which begins today. "Just like a rat, investors will have to be nimble," said Singapore-based Tan, an astrologer since 1995 and founder of the Harmony Academy of Chinese Metaphysics. "It's going to be a highly competitive year."
Chinese astrology, based on a mix of philosophy and astronomy dating back more than 3,000 years, has 12 animals that combine with five elements to define each year, making up a 60-year cycle. This year the rat, a "water" creature, combines with the "earth" cycle, another unstable combination according to Tan.
Stock markets are already falling. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 9 percent in January, its worst monthly performance since 2001, after a 12 percent gain last year. Benchmarks in 11 of the region's 14 largest markets including
China, Hong Kong and Singapore reached all-time highs in the year of the pig. MSCI's Asian index reached a record on Nov. 1. Tan expects markets to bottom out in April, a "dangerous" month for stocks because of clashing elements. Prices may rebound as the year of the rat continues, without setting new highs, he said. "The year of the pig was one of optimal strength," Tan said. "We're not going to see a repeat of those gains." More than 60 percent of 1,572 South Koreans surveyed recently said they had consulted an astrologer for the lunar new year or planned to do so, according to CareerNet Co., an online job-information provider in Seoul.
Some fortune tellers are more bullish than Tan. Malaysia-based Joey Yap said there will be plenty of opportunities to profit this year. "There's uncertainty, but there's also a lot of activity and growth,"
Yap said. Investors should buy shares of companies in the commodity-related, medical and transportation industries, he said, citing their favorable elements in this lunar year.

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February 02, 2008 17:24 PM

MCA Not To Regard Any Seat As safe

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 (Bernama) -- The MCA will not regard as "safe" any of the seats it will contest in the next general election and will work hard to secure all of them, party deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong
Choy said Saturday. "The party has never taken things easy by regarding any particular seat as safe in any election," he said. "The party's philosophy is to work hard in all the constituencies that it will contest," he told reporters after launching the mobile clinics for MCA's Crisis Relief Squad in Serdang near here. The relief squad was set up in 2005 as a disaster response team. It has rendered assistance in major post-disaster periods, mainly related to floods.

Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, who was also present, told Bernama that her team had readied the election machinery for her constituency and was prepared for the general election. A proven positive track record for candidates contesting in the general election is very important so that they (constituents) will know whom they can rely upon," she said. Chew expressed her gratitude to MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting for recommending her to defend the Petaling Jaya Utara seat in the next general election. Ong had reportedly said that Chew had done a great job in her constituency and he would recommend that she seek re-election in the same constituency.

= == = =Watch the Video Clip (2 min 15 s) ONG K T : Not the Right Time (40 sec in Mandarin); Abdulah: Right Time, I decide; Mohd Toyo: Anytime is good time

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More Pics & Video - Malaysians ushered in Lunar Rat Year - 07-02-08 – PM Abdullah Appealing for racial understanding for country's peace & prosperity

= == = =UPDATE: Feb 9 2008- RM2.00 for a Rat - dead or Alive

No reprieve for Malaysia's rodents in Year of the Rat
Kuala Lumpur (AP): The Year of the Rat has barely begun, but the rodents' reign of torment in a Malaysian suburb may already be doomed. Fed up with increasingly bold rats, officials will offer USD 0.62 (RM2)as reward to residents starting next month for each of the captured pests, dead or alive, in Wangsa Maju, an urban district near Kuala Lumpur, a news report said on Saturday.

"There's no incentive like money," Yew Teong Look, the area's member of Parliament, told the New Straits Times newspaper. "All residents have to do is place the vermin at drop-off points where City Hall officers will collect them for disposal." The suburb of 30,000 residents has long been notorious for a rat infestation, with the creatures sometimes coming out in daylight and chewing on electrical cables in homes and cars.
The residents include many ethnic Chinese, who ushered in the Year of the Rat on Thursday. The rat is one of 12 animals, or mythical animals in the case of the dragon, on the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, each representing a lunar year. Representatives of Yew's office and the Wangsa Maju council could not immediately be reached.

= == = == =UPDATE: MCA No Confidence & Timing of Election is Not Right

ABOVE: Datu Seri On Ka Ting, MCA President: "When the Chinese community is still unhappy and dissatisfied, we face a bigger challenge; we have to explain to let the community to understand that the points raised by the opposition are wrong not good for the community"

= == = = =and PM Abdullah Response, "who says so, anytime is good time decided by me"
Go H E R E next Post More details On

GE 2008 - MCA No Confidence, Timing inappropriate; Playing Safe in ALL seats; PM Abdullah: Anytime is Appropriate when I decide; Zam: Opposition Instigators

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MORE PICS Coming - in and around KL for the Chinese New Year

ABOVE & BELOW: Decorations at Sungai Wang Plaza, concourse for CNY 2008
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ABOVE & BELOW: The lanterns from the ceilings

= = == = = =Sungai Wang Chinese Cultural Theme in CNY 2008
ABOVE: Chines Silk Cross Stiching And BELOW: Oil Painting
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ABOVE: Who would want to buy some Chinese knotting? and BELOW: the expensive stuff - Jade Crystals
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ABOVE: Fancy the Art of Paper cuttings? BELOW: Snuff Bottle Inner Painting
= = === == = == =At the HOT Market within Sungai Wang Plaza
ABOVE & BELOW: The China made, CNY decors are Buy 1-1 Free

BELOW: The local peoduced, 3 for RM10

= = == == = == = == == = == = == = == = ==and Over in Jalan Petaling, at the Chinatown
ABOVE & BELOW: The streets and shops were decorated for the festive season

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ABOVE & BELOW: The bargain "red" or "ong" stuff

= == == == = == =and the CNY Cookies price differences
ABOVE: At the entrance to the wet market along Jln Petaling, the home made ones are reasonably priced and quality traditionally maintained. RM15 for the "kueh Kapek" and RM13 for the "Frided Nga Ku" and "Jam tart"
BELOW: the famous "Loong Kee" for its dried meat stuff and cookies are heavenly prices.
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ABOVE & BELOW: The traditional flowers for CNY and especially the long stalks "Pussy Willows"

= == == = =and this is the meaning of "Fa Hoi Fu Kwai" - literally, "When Flowers Bloom, Prosperity Arrives"
ABOVE & BELOW: The rare actual blooming of the pussy willows spotted in a house

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February 07, 2008 16:11 PM

Open Houses Enhances Inter-racial Ties, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- The air of festivity in ushering in the Chinese New Year bash through the tradition of hosting open houses to greet and to fete Malaysians of other races strengthens goodwill and inter-racial relations, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday.

ABOVE & BELOW: at the Gerakan Open House in PGRM Building Cheras

"Hopefully, this year's Chinese New Year will be showered with more blessings not only to the Chinese but also to other races," the Prime Minister told reporters after attending the Chinese New Year open house hosted by Gerakan at Menara PGRM today. Earlier, the Prime Minister attended MCA's Chinese New Year open at Wisma MCA in Jalan Ampang. Abdullah said it was important for all races to value and appreciate the cordial ties and unity in diversity in this country. Asked on SMSes being sent around that there was no racial harmony in the country, the Prime Minister said: "Let them with their SMSes".

ABOVE: PM Abdullah arriving at MCA Open House and BELOW: Participated in the "low sang" to revive MCA low sagging spirits and confidence in the Coming GE

"But in reality as you can see today the Chinese New year is being celebrated more joyously than in previous years," he said. Meanwhile, acting Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the party's open house this year was merrier and was well attended with more 10,000 visitors and well-wishers as compared to only 6,000 last year. "I believe with this kind of goodwill and comradeship we can overcome whatever challenges ahead of us," he said. MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the tradition of all the races celebrating Chinese New Year together must be nurtured and preserved.

ABOVE: Other Minister present - Azalina, Mustapha & Radzi; BELOW: SIL Khairy Jamaluddin, potential MP candidate for Rembau? in "Chinaman" attire

The Housing and Local Government Minister thanked Malaysians of all races for coming to the party's Chinese New Year open house. He said the Chinese New Year was the time for the Chinese community to reflect on what had happened and to rectify weaknesses, if there are any, and to plan for the future. The MCA open house was also attended by the Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali

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February 06, 2008 15:06 PM

Consensus Key To National Peace, Says Abdullah

ABOVE: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama)-- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Wednesday called on Malaysians to uphold the spirit of consensus, tolerance, solidarity and mutual respect among the various races as they were
key to the country's peace and prosperity. In his Chinese New Year Message, the Prime Minister said Malaysians were fortunate and should be thankful that they could celebrate various festivals observed by the various ethnic groups and faiths in a harmonious environment. "If we look around, there are not many countries with multi-racial communities like us which are able to enjoy what we have achieved.

"However, we must acknowledge that the stability we have achieved in the country was not attained easily, it was not without efforts and sacrifice. We must appreciate that it was achieved through solidarity and unity which we have forged all this while," he said. Abdullah said Malaysia did not belong to any particular individual or community but belonged to all Malaysians. He said 2008 was a most meaningful year as it was the first year after Malaysia celebrated its 50th year of independence.

He said the government took great pride that it had moved far ahead and achieved much success within only 50 years. However, he said Malaysians should not be complacent with the country's excellent achievements and success all this while but should continue to redouble efforts to face challenges and stiff global competition.

"In order to progress further, we must have all the prerequisites so that we will continue to be competitive and resilient. "We must continue to equip ourselves with all the necessary elements so that can face all the challenges and obstacles with confidence and success," he said.

Abdullah said the government had provided various foundations needed to face the challenges in the long term. He said the regional economic corridors together with the development projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan would bring more rapid and balanced development which would benefit more people whether in the urban or rural areas. Abdullah said that as the Prime Minister, he was committed towards creating a Malaysian community that was dynamic, progressive and lived in peace and harmony and strongly upheld the Malaysian cultural traditions.
"I will continue to redouble efforts so that we can continue to move forward and gain the respect of the international community in all aspects," he added.

He ended his message by wishing all Malaysians a Happy Chinese New Year

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February 06, 2008 23:34 PM
People Must Be Of One Heart And Think Positively To Preserve Unity, Says Ong

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- All Malaysians must be of one heart and think positively to preserve national unity, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said in his Chinese New Year message today. Ong, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister, said the people, including the Chinese community who had played an important role in the development of the nation since independence, must strive to preserve solidarity among the races to assure a bright future for everyone in the country.

"In a plural society like ours, the strength of the Chinese must be combined in tandem with mainstream development and through close collaboration with the other races, will lead to comprehensive overall development," he said in a statement in conjunction with the lunar new year, which will be celebrated by the Chinese community tomorrow. Ong said the government placed a lot of importance on the celebration as evidenced by the widespread decorations in public places for it apart from having open houses for all the communities. "I also urge all races to visit each other and celebrate this auspicious occasion together," he added.

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= == = =Watch Video Clip (2.31 mins) - Lion Dance ushering in the New Year Theme at Sungai Wang Plaza - the once upon a time - leading Shopping Complex

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GE 2008 - MCA No Confidence, Timing inappropriate; Playing Safe ALL seats; PM Abdullah: Anytime is good time - I decide; Zam: Opposition Instigatorsand

= == = =Watch the Video Clip (2 min 15 s) ONG K T : Not the Right Time (40 sec in Mandarin); Abdulah: Right Time, I decide; Mohd Toyo: Anytime is good time

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