Thursday, April 17, 2014

Karpal Singh dies in his Toyota Alphard on the way to Penang @ SAYS.com - Last interview with Tiger of Jelutong malaysiakini.com

Karpal Singh Dies In Car Accident On The Way To Penang


Last interview with Tiger of Jelutong


Karpal Singh, one of Malaysia's finest politicians, died early this morning in a car accident.

Malaysiakini republishes this last interview with him, done six days ago.



For Karpal, no going out the back door

INTERVIEW Nearly 30 years on from one of the first of many threats on his life, Karpal Singh still refuses to slip quietly out the back door.

Then, he was urged by police officers to secretly leave a courtroom to avoid the danger posed by a man, claiming to have spiritual powers, who threatened to attack Karpal for suing the sultan.

Karpal refused, saying “if I go through that back door now, I will go through back doors all my life.”

The 74-year-old lawyer-politician maintains the same stoicism today, in the face of yet another attempt by the government to not only kill his political career, but also to put him in jail.

The sentence for his recent sedition conviction, a RM4,000 fine, precludes Karpal from holding political office and imposes a five-year disqualification period on running for Parliament again.

Malaysia has no upper-age limit to enter Parliament, and Karpal said he would be 82 when he would be eligible to return to politics.

“They are not doing it fairly; it is not the right way to do it,” Karpal said of the attempt to remove him from politics.

But he plans to give the government “a run for their money” on appeal.

“I will fight them to the Federal Court, and if at the end of it I have to go, then that’s too bad. I’ve got nothing left to lose.”

He laments the loss of the Privy Council as Malaysia’s final court of appeal, as “you could expect justice” from the English judges, who were objective to the political implications of the verdict.

Antiquated British law

Yet for the enviable justice administered by British courts, it is an antiquated British law that Karpal has been convicted under.

“Sedition was a law brought by the British, way back in 1948. I don’t think any other country has sedition anymore, because what it amounts to is criticism of the government, which is allowed in a democracy. But here, you have no right.”

Malaysia kept the offence of sedition because “they want it as a political weapon against critics of the government, an easy way out,” Karpal said.

It is the second time he has been charged under the same legislation; the first, for a statement he made in court in the defence of Anwar Ibrahim, then facing charges of sodomy.
                  
It was the only known charge of sedition brought against a lawyer for remarks made in court in defence of a client in any country in the Commonwealth. In the face of intense pressure from the international community in Karpal’s defence, the government backed off.

“I think they were waiting for some other chance, which I think they thought they have got now.”

The government has filed a cross-appeal on Karpal’s sentence, seeking to imprison him. The maximum penalty available under the law is a three-year jail term.

“Yes, they want to put me inside. They want a custodial sentence. Can you imagine it?” he asked, laughing.

The threat of incarceration does not worry the veteran politician - “not at all.”

“If they put me inside, they are dead. Internationally, there will be a hue and cry, especially with me in my state,” he said, referring to the wheelchair he has been forced to use since 2005, when a car accident left him with spinal injuries and severely limited mobility.

Political martyrs

The jail term sought by the government carries an additional penalty - a five-year suspension on holding political office would, in that case, apply from the date Karpal was released from jail.

Yet Karpal knows both he and Anwar - sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on the latest sodomy charges - would become political martyrs if imprisoned.

“Once you do that injustice, then the ballot box will bring about the justice which you have denied others. But these are challenging things. It makes it more interesting, but also very dangerous at times.”

In the face of seemingly never-ending challenges, few would begrudge Karpal a peaceful retirement away from the persecution he has suffered for decades at the hand of the government, as an ever-present thorn in their side.

But he already has plans for his first act should the opposition win its hard-fought battle to come to power in Malaysia.

“The first thing I will ensure is that all convictions made against us will be set aside, declared invalid.

“We won’t go for a witch-hunt, but we will make sure to nail the buggers who did wrong to us. That will be nice,” he said, with a small smile at the idea of finally being vindicated after so many years.

Asked why he stays in Malaysia in the face of so much adversity, Karpal’s answer is simple.

“They want to make it as difficult as they can for us here so we’ll go away. But we will not go - that would be giving them what they want, and that would be wrong.

“We have to stay and fight.”



AIMEE GULLIVER is a New Zealand journalist interning withMalaysiakini for six weeks, courtesy of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

First time dining @ myBurgerLab SeaPark PJ - Hungry Go Where? Go to 9 Most-Talked About Burger Joints In KL @ SAYS.com

I guess myBurgerLab needs no introduction.
It is featured in almost every popular food blog.
@ HungryGoWhere
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nur Harlina & Nur Halisa want to share a hubby, ask for RM4 mil dowry. Berkongsi suami @ Agency Pencari Jodoh (AAS) Facebook

The personal ad of the twins wives that has gone viral and made it into facebook.com/sgshare too:

The match-making site:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Agen-Pencari-Jodoh-AAS/209688339128662

The pesonal ad:
https://www.facebook.com/209688339128662/photos/a.440211532743007.1073741827.209688339128662/557222831041876/?type=1&theater

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Angry Chinese MH370 Families Protest @ Beijing Malaysian Embassy. Najib appeared eager to bring some finality to families - SAYS.com

@ SAYS.com
[BREAKING] Hundreds Of Angry Chinese MH370 Families Protest Against Malaysian Government At Embassy in Beijing


Story @ The New York Times
Jet Fell Into Ocean With All Lost, Premier Says

Why did Najib appear eager?
Here's the top recommended comment in NYT Picks
This seems to be a political announcement to diminish the criticism of Malaysian handling of this terrible, tragic airline disaster. As others note here, there is no further evidence, no physical evidence at all. For days now we have heard of calculations and theories alone, of where the plane is. But even with today's announcement by the Malaysian PM, there is not one report of a physical sighting being confirmed as having come from the airplane. Moreover, iit seems extremely callous, if correctly reported, that families were notified of the Malaysian announcement today via text message. That's cold.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Angry Chinese nationals barge into briefing room @ Sama Sama Hotel Putrajaya - malaysiakini.com - #mh370 - #PrayForMH370

@ Malaysiakini.com
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/257575

There was chaos at the auditorium used by the authorities for the daily press briefings on Flight MH370 after a group of Chinese nationals barged in to speak to reporters.

The group, numbering at about a dozen people, said they were relatives of those on board the plane and want to express their anguish and anger after being brought to Malaysia, but are left with little information on the progress of the search for the missing plane.

A press officer announced through a microphone that the venue is for Department of Civil Aviation's (DCA) press conferences only, and security personnel arrived shortly after to remove the gatecrashers by force.

Some of them were seen crying and screaming as they were dragged into the media secretariat office in an adjacent room, which is off-limits to media personnel.

"I've been here for four days! Please help me get back my son!" cried one elderly woman in Mandarin.

"From the South China Sea and now elsewhere. We don't know where the plane had gone... There is no information at all," cried another person, who was on the verge of tears.

Another was seen carrying a banner which read "We are against the Malaysian government for hiding the truth and delaying the rescue. Release our families unconditionally!"

The entire episode lasted less than 10 minutes.

Hisham: It is heart-wrenching for me too

The incident happened as reporters were stationed in the auditorium. The standard practice is to reserve seats about an hour before the press briefing, which usually takes place at 5.30pm.

Relatives of some of the 152 Chinese nationals aboard the missing Flight MH370 have been flown to Malaysia and are currently staying at a hotel in Putrajaya.

MAS has claimed that they have been assigned a staff for each family in Malaysia and China, who will provide updates on the progress of the search.

However, there are some families who have grown impatient with the lack of progress while several families, in Beijing, have threatened to go on hunger strike.

Meanwhile, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (left), during the press briefing which followed, said he could empathise with what the families are going through.

"One of our main priorities is how to handle their emotions and the families. That is why we are sending a team to Beijing.

"I hope and appeal to everybody, that we are trying our very best. This is also heart-wrenching for me," he said.

Earlier during the briefing, Hishammuddin had also said that they are sending a high-level team that comprise of representatives of the prime minister, foreign ministry and the DCA to Beijing.

Fresh chaos

As the press briefing was going on, another round of commotion erupted elsewhere when the families were escorted out of the media secretariat office under heavy police guard at about 5.40pm.

Journalists were pushed away when they tried to approach the Chinese nationals as they were being taken to an upper floor.

Several journalist fell down while policemen could be heard shouting "tahan, tahan (hold them back)"  at the press.

After the family members were led to the new room, a police line was formed outside to bar entry of pressmen.

"Who is the officer in charge here and why we are not allowed to talk to the Chinese families?" asked a BBC journalist while recording a live report.

The latter was later pushed against a wall while he tried to approach Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar for comment at about 6pm.

The police chief then entered the room without talking to the press.


A group of angry family members of Chinese passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 caused a stir when they stormed into the auditorium at the Sama Sama Hotel  where the daily press briefings are scheduled to be held and accused Putrajaya of hiding information and misleading the public about the search and rescue operation.

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