Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chin Peng should be allowed home, Umno a great pretender

We had heard of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) secretary-general Ong Boon Hua @ Chin Peng's application to return to his hometown in Perak and its was swiftly rejected by the Umno dominated BN federal government on grounds of his past insurgency during the 1948-1960 emergency.

And he applied again via application to seek a court injunction to instruct the BN federal government to allow him to return to his hometown in Perak but his application was thrown out after the home ministry interfered.

Recently the deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Chin Peng will not be forgiven due to his past deeds and the deaths of our soldiers that are still in the memories of their relations and so on.

The BN and Umno leaders are great pretenders and hypocrites. You know why we said this? There are a lots of reasons to elaborate the situation that does not serve Chin Peng fairly.

First, if they said that the MCP had committed attrocities during the 1948-60 emergency period, then why didn't they blame MCP's sponsor as well - the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It was wellknown that during the MCP insurgency in Malaya at that time the CCP channelled its support actively to MCP in terms of arms and financial supplies. Besides the CCP and its youth organisation Communist Youth League (CYL) also provide training and motivational courses for MCP cadres and their top party leaders as well.

And today, Umno and Pemuda Umno had established direct ties and close relations with the organs of the CCP and CYL via party to party visits and so on. We had seen in the news and reports. It started when prime minister Datuk Najib's father Tun Abdul Razak initiated Malaysia's diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China by paying tribute to Chairman Mao Tse Tung during his visit to Beijing at that time.

Talking about the attrocities again, during the Second World War, the Empire of Japan carried out more attrocities and damages to humankind than any other parties in the world. When Japan conquered the entire Asia continent during the war they committed mass murders, rape, tortures, burning, ethnic cleansing which are all against the Geneva Convention. And yet today Umno had forgiven them and make friends with them by inviting them into our country for investments and businesses.

There you see, Umno is a great pretender and hypocrite.

The other one is, might it be a race factor? Umno allowed the MCP Chairman Rashid Mydin, MCP Wanita Leader Shamsiah Fakeh and the Commander of the 10th Malay MCP Regiment Abdullah CD to return to our country and even allowed their memoirs and books to be published and distributed to our Malaysian readers.

Why did Umno allowed the MCP chairman and the other prominent Malay MCP leaders to return? Because they are Malay, Muslim and Bumiputra? And they disallow Chin Peng's return because he is a Chinese and non-Muslim? What if we ask Chin Peng to convert to Islam now and then resubmit his application to return to Malaysia? Maybe Umno may reconsider that.

Come on, today he is just an old man awaiting the end of his day. His party and its arm wing, the Malayan People's Liberation Army (MPLA) has been dismantled completely. According to Umno supreme council member and information minister Datuk Dr Rais Yatim he will pose a danger and shake national security of our nation if he returns. Just what actually Datuk Rais is trying to talk about? He is talking nonsense and his elaboration does not make any sense at all.

Datuk Rais' statement and the deputy premier's as well only represents a small Malay segment in the Umno leadership and their words does not carry the weight of all Malaysians.
Poor little old man, just because he is a Chinese, he cannot return to Malaysia but his Malay comrades can do so because they are Malay Muslim Bumiputras.

Monday, November 16, 2009

MACC probing RM1.43 billion cost escalation of Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking rail project based on phantom PAC investigations?

by Lim Kit Siang, DAP Advisor and Parliamentary Leader

The statement by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will investigate the double-tracking rail project that has resulted in more than RM1 billion losses, as reported by Malaysian Insider "Nazri confirms MACC to probe double-tracking project” yesterday, is intriguing and perplexing.

The Malaysian Insider reported:

The MACC investigations come after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) announced last week it wanted to probe the RM6 billion double-tracking project when the Auditor-General's Report said poor project management led to the losses.

"MACC will investigate PAC‘s minutes. PAC is the parliament’s committee so certainly ... As I have said, MACC has informed me that they will investigate based on the allegations made by the PAC so there will be no dispute so don’t worry,” the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department told reporters in Parliament.

Nazri said that the MACC had assured him that they would pursue the PAC’s recommendations.
"The fact that it was tabled in the Parliament and there is no debate about it because the PAC is a extension of the Parliament and their decision is our decision,” he added.

MACC cannot possibly be probing the double-tracking rail project based on PAC proceedings as the PAC has yet to start investigation into the RM1.43 billion escalation of the Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking contract and there is neither any PAC meeting nor PAC minutes on it.

What is this phantom PAC proceeding on the Rawang-Ipoh double tracking project that Nazri and MACC are talking about?

Former Transport Minister, Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy had mentioned that the double-tracking project was “three times the size” of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) when he appeared before the PAC on PAC probe into the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal.

As Chan had told the PAC: “No, it is not the biggest (project under the Ministry of Transport). Double-tracking project is much bigger. It is 12 almost 13 billion? It is three times the size of this project (PKFZ).”

Is this tangential reference by Chan in his testimony about the double-tracking project before the PAC sufficient to found a MACC investigation purportedly based on the PAC minutes?

In any event, why is it necessary for the MACC to wait and depend on the PAC minutes and recommendations to initiate anti-corruption investigations?

Or was Nazri actually referring to the calls by UMNO MPs for MACC investigation into the current Transport Minister and MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat for purchasing four 20-year-old diesel multiple unit (DMUs) trains at RM30 million for the Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking route?

Nazri should make a proper clarification.

MCA unity plan endorsed, Liow sidelined. MCA Revolutionary Committee is the last choice?

As we know yesterday, the so-called MCA unity plan was endorsed in a close door session held yesterday at the MCA hearquarters by the party's central delegates who were present. The question here is, is this move a democratic one? Why not have it endorsed in the coming party annual general assembly due to be held on early December next month?

And then the party deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek also told the delegates not to attend the proposed extraordinary general meeting (EGM) called by former deputy president Datuk Liow Tiong Lai who now leads the MCA Integrity Restoration Task Force who wanted to reclaim his deputy presidency at all cost.

The MCA leadership crisis almost similar to the one happenned in the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT), where the other reform faction later formed the KMT Revolutionary Committee in Hong Kong and move back to China immediately after the country's civil war.

We would like to advise Datuk Liow and his faction, if you all really sincere about reform and democracy in the party, do not waste your time with this power struggle as you will not win it anyway. Follow the steps of the reform KMT leaders by moving out and establish the MCA Revolutionary Committee in order to move on with your "real political reform agenda" from there effectively.

The problem here is, are Datuk Liow, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Datuk Chor Chee Heung and Wong Nai Chee bold enough to give up their respective government positions to materialise the MCA Revolutionary Committee to speed up their reform agenda and fight to be heard from outside BN fold?

If they really have their guts to do so, we are certain the Chinese community will support them of their courage. But again, the problem, will dare enough to do so?

'BN to win elections? Go test it in Perak'

The Najib factor would allow BN to fare better than the last general election if the 13th general election is held today, according to pro-Umno Merdeka Centre.

In that case we want to inform Najib and the director of Merdeka Centre (who should also advise Najib) then dissolve the Perak state assembly and hold fresh elections in the state. It will be a perfect chance to evaluate your so-called "excellent, visionary leadership".

The problem is Umno did not have enough guts to dissolve the Perak state assembly now to hold a fresh elections because they fear of their repeat lost in the last general elections and the exposure of their mismanagement of the state resources of their previous governance.

They had heard, seen and watched what happened to Selangor Umno and Khir Toyo who mishandled the entire state to their lust and they did not want their wrongdoings to be uprooted by the Pakatan Rakyat. That is why the Perak Umno Rebel State Government continued their illegal administration instead. They cowardly hid behind the back of the state ruler, by saying that they followed the ruler's advice, instruction and so on.

And when we say Umno is wrong, these Umno leaders will say those who said the party was wrong committed treason as the ruler had given its blessings to the party. Where is the prove that the ruler had given his consent to Umno to seize power in the state? We did not see it. It was hel behind close doors and anything can happen at all times.

Do not support Umno anymore, they are ruin the entire nation into chaos without our knowledge and we were to realise it, then it will be too late to save our nation.