Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
The ship sails,
Friday, 20 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
a project by the Human Rights Committee of Bar Council
It’s that time of the year again when the Bar Council, Malaysia puts together an annual event to commemorate International Human Rights Day.
This year’s theme is “Our Children. Our Hope. Our Future”, in recognition of our role not merely as custodians of society but also as those who shape its values. We believe that every child has economic, social and cultural rights, related to the conditions necessary to meet his or her basic human needs such as food, shelter, education and healthcare.
Therefore, we are holding a Children’s Homes Fundraising Dinner this year, whereby proceeds will go to seven children’s homes - Desa Amal Jireh, The Pure Life Society, Gurpuri Foundation, Rumah Solehah, An-Najjah, All Ethnic Group Refugee Children Education Centre and Rumah Sayangan.
Donations received will help to maintain and improve the conditions of the homes and create a better environment for the children, some of whom are orphans or living with HIV/AIDS and other forms of terminal disease and disability.
Please come and support this important and meaningful event because it is up to all of us to make it right for our children.
“Our Children. Our Hope. Our Future” Children’s Homes Fundraising Dinner
Grand Ballroom, Sunway Hotel, Resort and Spa
10 December 2009, 6:30pm
Dinner ticket @ RM200 per ticket/ RM2, 000 per table
Dress code: Formal
We welcome individual donations, in cash or in kind, and corporate sponsorship.
For tickets and further information, please contact Lim Ka Ea at 03-2031 3003, ext. 127, email: email@example.com, or Siti Kasim at 012-223 3371, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
After all that, MCA is now back to square one.
We had the President sacking the Deputy. We then had the Deputy retaliating and demanding for an EGM. The President’s men also put in a few motions. And then MCA Central Committee (CC) narrowed it down to 3 motions. They then fought it out on 10th October 2009. The President declared that he will resign if the lose the motion of no confidence (VNC). The Deputy asked to be re-instated as a member and also as Deputy.
The big day came. All the fight, the brave words and the show of might took place. In the end the President lost the VNC; the Deputy got back in as a member but not re-instated as a Deputy.
We then hear about this mysterious 3rd force. The President’s men then came out full force on the internet, in essence and summary, suggesting that the vote was sabotaged by the 3rd force. A Vice President who was asked by the President to get ready and take over, suddenly became a scapegoat, and accused of power hungry. Funny, the President who was voted out, and the Deputy who was not re-instated; AND wish to remain in their position (because apparently they still have work to be done) are both NOT power hungry.
The President then declared he wont resign despite losing the vote of no-confidence. Suddenly the President used this rule of 2/3 vote against him, before he can out voted. How silly, why wasn’t this built into the Motion of Vote of No-confidence in the first place, since he say so. All the CC got to do was to say ‘For the motion of VNC, must have 2/3’. So easy, yet not done. Since it was not done, then no choice, the normal rule of majority applies.
President then declared he wanted to have an EGM to decide if he should go.
In the meantime, the Deputy asked the Registrar of Society to declare him as still the Deputy.
The CC voted in Dato Liow as new Deputy. So, 1 MCA, but 2 Deputy.
Suddenly out of the blue, Najib made President and Deputy make peace, and they are now friends. President went on to sack a few more people in the CC. He then appointed inter alia Deputy’s son into CC, and at the same time demoted Dato Liow back to Vice President, and guess what – the very man he wanted to sack, is, on 3rd November 2009, back as Deputy of MCA.
What a pusing-pusing MCA.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
I am going to write this based on what I see, heard and concluded. So at the end of this article, please tell me if I am wrong or correct.
About 2 years ago, a friend e-mailed a video link of a man on the phone mentioning names of people in the Judiciary. I instantly recognised the man as VK Lingam. (Much later, there was a second video link of the second half of the conversation.) But I am not a 1Video Forensic Expert, so I could be wrong.
In the conversation, I can hear discussion about getting a Tan Sri-ship to the receiver of that call. The man who looked and sounded like VK Lingam had insisted that the receiver of that tele-conversation should get his Tan Sri ship as soon as possible. But I am not a 1Video Forensic Expert, I could have heard wrongly.
Then as I walked out of my office room, I informed my other partners to watch the Video. We laughed at the amount of time this person who sounded and looked like VK Lingam, said the word ‘Correct, Correct, Correct’. But we were also very upset as the Video looked and sounded like a recording of a man fixing up Judicial Appointments of Judges in Malaysia. But then again, I am not a 1 Video Forensic Expert, I may have heard wrongly.
Later, I found out many members of the Malaysian Bar watched this Video, and the lawyers were so upset, that over 2,000 of us handed a memorandum to the Prime Minister demanding a Royal Commission to get to the bottom of this. I was part of that peaceful march and my friend Lee Shih and I were right at the back of that group that morning.
I also recall when a few of us were planning the walk, Lim Chee Wee, George Varghuse and I visited Putrajaya on the Sunday before the Walk, where the 2 gentleman walked from the Palace of Justice to the PM’s Office at Putrajaya, to gauge the distance so that to prepare the walk that week. I was lucky, I did not have to walk that Sunday - Chee Wee asked me to drive his car and wait for him and George at the end of their walk.
But the thought that lingered in my mind as we did our simulated Walk that Sunday was “Is it wrong for us to Walk?”
We then had the Royal Commission where I was asked by Lawasia, an International organisation of Lawyers based in Australia, to attend the Hearing on a watching brief. I watched and heard the testimonies of many people. Some were defensive, some clearly had something to hide, and some were just cocky and dismissive. But my feelings as I listen to the Hearing, was that something was definitely wrong, and that it was likely that the man in the video was in fact VK Lingam. But I am just 1 small Malaysian, I may be wrong.
I thought I was correct at that time. But obviously, I must have been wrong. Despite 2,000 of us who marched that day at Putrajaya, the thousands of comments and articles condemning the content of that Video and more importantly the damning hearing and eventual Report by the Royal Commission; our 1Government - through the 1 and only Public Prosecutor - have today announced that the VK Lingam case is closed and no prosecutions will be carried out.
So, now you can see what I said earlier, I made 1 too many wrong conclusions above. I must be wrong, wrong, wrong as I was clearly not correct, correct, correct.