Monday, January 29, 2007

Dr Mahathir not official
mediator for Thai south
Putrajaya : Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was never told to back off from mediating in the Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand as he was never made an "official" mediator. Malaysia Foreign Minister Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the Government was aware that the former prime minister had close contacts with the Thais and he was informed to make full use of this to help bring peace to the troubled region.
The Nation

Official: Australia-Malaysia
Ties Better
Friday January 26, 3:48 pm ET
Australia's Top Diplomat to Malaysia Says Ties Improved After Former PM Mahathir Retired
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Australia's outgoing ambassador says his country's relations with Malaysia have improved since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad quit because his successor is not preoccupied with bickering over whether Australia is Asian

Malaysia's Anwar
on the attack in return
to political stage
Time is GMT + 8 hours Posted: 25-Jan-2007 10:23 hrs
Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim during a press conference at this residence in Kuala Lumpur, 10 January 2006, shortly after challenging his ex-boss Mahathir Mohamad to a court showdown in a suit launched after the elder statesmen accused him of being gay.
MediaCorp Press Ltd

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sunday Wrap up

PM Leaves For London Enroute Home After Attending WEF In Davos
ZURICH, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has left for London enroute home after attending the World Economic Forum in Davos over the past six days.He was seen off at the airport by Malaysia's ambassador to Switzerland, Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad.The prime minister attended two plenary sessions and met several foreign leaders and corporate chiefs during his participation at the WEF.He also expressed the hope that more Malaysian corporate leaders would attend the WEF in future.Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who had accompanied the prime minister on this trip, said he might consider attending next year in view of the immense networking benefits.
The Nation

Malaysian PM attacks Internet users
KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has accused Malaysians of using the Internet to spread lies about him, according to a report Sunday.The premier also insisted he still had the support of the majority of Malaysians despite attacks by critics.Abdullah said Malaysians were using the freedom and anonymity of the Internet and mobile text messages to make "unfounded allegations.""This sort of freedom had made them resort to such action," Abdullah told the government-linked New Straits Times in an interview

By-Election Win Proof Of People's Support For PM - Najib
RAUB, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tonight described the huge victory of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Batu Talam by-election as proof of the people's confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.He said the 5,857-vote majority garnered by BN's Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram was way above the targeted 3,000-vote majority, and was more than double the number of majority votes the BN received in the constituency in the general election of 2004.

Permintex wants to be global automotive player

KUALA LUMPUR: Permintex Sanko Technologies Sdn Bhd, the sole supplier of plastic-injected dashboards for Perodua MyVi and Kancil, aims to become a global automotive player, supplying parts to European car manufacturers.
Group managing director Datuk Mohd Zin Baharom said the company was negotiating with car manufacturers from Germany and France.
“We are discussing with certain parties to look at the possibility of setting up a joint-venture company to tap the huge European market.
“But, it is still in the preliminary stage. There are many possibilities. Maybe we are going to supply our parts through Proton Holdings Bhd and its foreign alliance,” he said.

The Star : Sunday January 28, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


LONDON, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- The government will not censor Malaysian bloggers on the Internet but they must be responsible for what they write, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday."We do not censor the Internet and that's our policy, but they (bloggers) must understand that there are also laws on defamation and sedition."These laws are enforced. They should bear in mind that they cannot hide and they cannot take advantage of doing something against the law," he told Malaysian reporters here in his first comment on the country's growing number of online bloggers of late.He was responding to a question on the legal suits for alleged defamation filed by the New Straits Times newspaper and four of its senior executives against two popular blogs, Screenshots and Rocky's Bru."The law is the law. They cannot hide and hope to be protected under some kind of a cover or whatever they think that they have," the Prime Minister said.Abdullah said it was obvious that for bloggers and for journalists of other media, duty and responsibility must go together."And if you want freedom, what is freedom without responsibility?" he asked. "I don't agree with freedom without responsibility. Freedom without responsibility is anarchy. Actually, it is being irresponsible," he added.Earlier, Abdullah spoke at a gathering of scholars and diplomats organised by Britain's International Institute for Strategic Studies on what the West and the Muslim world could do to moderate the tensions and close the divide between them. ....

I am analysing this Bernama release now. To be fair i really have to walk down the memory lane .... when newspaper is my only source of information and a little bit of sensational news. I saw many things over the years .... including a photo with a note (bakal pemimpin). I didnt bother me a bit!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Bloggers Beware.

Extract from other blogs:
Two very well-known bloggers are being sued for libel by a newspaper, its deputy chairman, CEO, GEIC and its former GE. Another who had "disappeared" for a while, re-emerged in a different mode but made a swift return to his former popular style, has also been threatened with a lawsuit.

The issue at stake now isnt about freedom, openess, integrity or whatever thats novel. Its about humans at their very raw!!!.... you hit me, i hit you back.