By Former US Vice-President Al Gore
10th March 2014
It is extremely disturbing that the government of Malaysia — by continuing to press this case beyond the bounds of reason, let alone the bounds of justice — has used the courts to short-circuit the political process.
The entire world understands with clarity that Anwar Ibrahim was at the verge of running for an office that would have given him serious leverage for advocating greatly needed reform, had he won the election, that his election by the people was likely, and that it was the likely judgment of the electorate that inspired this action by those presently holding power over the administration of “justice.”
The court, by accelerating its calendar, reached its verdict in a rush — early enough to prevent Anwar from running in the election. The calendar of events is itself a contextual indictment of the decision.
By behaving in the manner it did, the court has, of course, invited speculation by reasonable friends of Malaysia in the rest of the world that its independence of judgment and judicial temperament have been influenced by political fear of, and intimidation by, the individuals now in control of executive power in Kuala Lumpur.
The importance of the rule of law should be deemed important for the reputation of Malaysia as a nation within the community of nations.
Moreover, the integrity of Malaysia’s parliament — a crucial asset for the future of Malaysia’s respect in the world community — would be diminished if this decision were to be accepted as “legitimate” by the elected representatives of the people of Malaysia.
In short, future prospects for accomplishing meaningful and necessary change on behalf of the people of Malaysia would be seriously depreciated if the capricious and slanderous imprisonment of an individual who has a universally respected understanding and affinity for the democratic process throughout the world is tolerated.
His pending appeal offers what could be a last chance for Malaysia to make things right. The stakes for Malaysia could hardly be higher. Please do not be deceived. The eyes of the world are focused on what will come next.
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12.3.2014.
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail – A Moral Choice For Kajang, Selangor And Malaysia.
Having failed to beat Pakatan Rakyat through the ballot box in the 13th General Election, when the BN lost the popular vote to PR which obtained majority support with 51%, the BN government is pursuing political persecution to defeat PR leaders by dirty means.
In the last week, we have seen two convictions against leading PR leaders whom BN lost repeatedly in the ballot box. Opposition Leader and PR Chief Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim was handed a five-year jail sentence for sodomy or “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” while DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh, who also happens to be Anwar’s lead defence counsel, was convicted for sedition and fined RM4,000 by the High Court.
Both convictions effectively mean that Anwar and Karpal would be disqualified as Members of Parliament. However, while their disqualification as MPs would be stayed pending appeal, both Anwar and Karpal are effectively ineligible to contest as candidates in elections, hence the need for Anwar’s wife, Datin Seri Wan Azizah to stand for the Kajang by-election.
DAP strongly condemns in no uncertain terms the gross abuse of power and political witch-hunt by the Attorney-General’s Chambers. The fact remains that in any other free and democratic country, both Anwar and Karpal’s cases would not even have seen the light of day in court, considering the clear lack of evidence by the prosecution. In fact, Anwar and Karpal had previously been acquitted in both cases, before the AG’s Chambers appealed.
In addition, the timing of the convictions and sentencing is also suspect, as they were brought forward and rushed in order to disrupt Anwar’s plan to contest in the Kajang by-election. This lends further credence to the claim of political intimidation and has resulted in widespread condemnation and disparagement, both locally and internationally.
For example, the deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Asia, Phil Robertson, said that Anwar’s trial “was all about knocking him (Anwar) out of politics and the government was prepared to do whatever it took to make that happen”. Meanwhile, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) condemned Anwar’s conviction as a miscarriage of justice, saying it “casts doubts on the independence and impartiality of the Malaysian judiciary and tarnishes the reputation of the country’s legal system”. The ICJ also commented on Karpal’s conviction by saying that “the decision shows the government’s lack of respect for the principles of free expression and is inconsistent with international law.”
Locally, the cases have elicited strong condemnation by groups such as the Malaysian Bar, Suaram and Lawyers for Liberty, with the latter stating that the conviction reaffirmed “the return of iron-fist authoritarian rule and Najib Razak’s false reformist credentials.” Many have also pointed out the inconsistency of the government in using the archaic Sedition Act, which the Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib himself promised to repeal.
The failure of the Prime Minister to fulfill his promise to repeal the much maligned Sedition Act and coupled with continued exploitation of the draconian laws to remove political opponents is ushering in a new period of repression and oppression. With many other PR and civil activist leaders due to face the courts on sedition and other charges, there is a real possibility that many more PR leaders will be convicted in the same manner.
As such, it is a moral imperative that Malaysians stand up and be counted to defend our fundamental constitutional rights of rule of law, justice for all and fairness without fear or favour. This makes the Kajang by-election a crucial test to decide whether justice is a victim of power or serves the ordinary citizens. It is no longer simply a by-election for a state seat in Selangor, but a battle for people’s power for prosperity, stability and moral dignity against the injustice, intimidation and persecution by the BN government.
Therefore, the DAP calls on all Kajang voters as well as all Malaysians to support Kak Wan as the moral choice not only for Kajang voters but also for Selangor and Malaysia as well.
LIM GUAN ENG
—–Mandarin Version —–
The saying goes, you’re only young once… so live your life to the fullest.
Yes, it is certainly true that people are only young once. Youth seems to fly by so quickly and before we know it, we find ourselves beset by responsibilities, obligations, stress, worries and most undesirable of all..grey hairs! ? So yes, you might as well enjoy youth while it lasts…
But even if you are a young adult today, there is no reason why you should not plan for the future. The future is inevitable. Each day brings us closer towards it, whether we like it or not. So, the sooner one starts preparing and planning, the better in the long run.
Here are some helpful financial tips to pique your interest in taking charge of your financial health.
Start saving and keep your debt manageable. As a young adult having just entered the workforce, you may or may not be aware of the pitfalls of living above your means. The reality is that one does not earn much starting out, especially in Malaysia.
So your take-home pay will be nothing much, at first. And, things can be especially deceptive if you still live with your parents. This is because most of the expenses for the basic necessities of life such as food, board and lodging, laundry, utilities bills and miscellaneous other expenses, will be covered by your parents, so you might think that the amount that you have to spend every month on your own entertainment and luxury items purchases is “all” you need to worry about.
Well, not quite. Because one day, you will be living on your own and taking care of all these “invisible” items, from your own paycheck. So you need to be aware right from paycheck No. 1, of the need to budget and set aside money for necessities.
Even if your parents end up picking up the tab, the money put aside can be banked into a savings account. Do not simply spend it on the latest gadget. Do not rack up huge credit card bills and assume you can just pay the minimum balance. This may seem like a cool way to buy things you otherwise can’t afford, but it is not.
The interest charged on the outstanding balance can compound very quickly and leave you with a huge debt on your hands. Avoid consumer debt at all costs. Budget carefully, save what you can and don’t spend on credit.
Build up a Specific Events Fund. So, in anticipation, develop a forward-thinking mindset now itself. Start up a fund for emergencies and/or specific events. At some point down the road, the likelihood is, you will buy a car, get married, buy a property, start a family. All these require a financial base.
You cannot “start” saving for your wedding only after you and your partner have fixed a wedding date. You need to have put at least some money aside, earlier. The same goes for a property. You must have access to substantial liquid funds in order to proceed with a purchase, even if you are planning to borrow most of the funds from the bank.
So, start saving money towards these big ticket items, now itself. Put aside a little every month and do not be tempted to “dip” into it.
Keep working, and study part-time. Parents from the previous generations often extol the virtue of a good education. They are happiest when their son or daughter is studying for a degree or post-graduate qualification. They firmly believe that their children’s chances in life will be greatly enhanced by obtaining as many qualifications as possible.
Well, the reality is that while qualifications are important, they are no longer worth as much as they used to be. For the simple reason that just about everyone nowadays, has a degree, a masters, a PhD. Any Tom Dick and Harry can get pretty much any qualification they want, just on the internet!
So in these days of mass democratization of education, qualifications are now a dime a dozen. Money is the real deciding factor of quality of life, not education. So, by all means pursue additional qualifications. But do not “take a break” from your job in order to study.
You will not only incur costs to further your studies but will lose out on the income (and the EPF contributions from your employer) that you will get as an employee. So, keep your job, and study part time. There are plenty of options out there for the lifelong student.
Invest and take up health insurance early. Life is unpredictable. When you are young, the world is your oyster and you feel invincible. But that feeling soon fades away, as early as around the age of 30! Sometimes early onset health complications and lifestyle diseases can already start to set in, around that time. So when is the best time to take up health insurance? Yes, in your early twenties – before any health complications have set in.
Your premiums will be low and manageable. You can lock in an insurance package loaded with benefits at that age. Never, ever make the mistake of waiting till you are in your late thirties/early forties to take up insurance. Same goes for savings. Plan for your retirement from day 1, do not wait until you are in your fifties to think about it.
Open a savings account and develop the discipline to keep setting money aside and banking it into this account. One helpful tip is to set up an autodebit facility where a specified, fixed amount is debited from your salary straight into your savings account (before you have a chance to spend it on the latest smartphone, tablet or phablet!) ?
Set aside time to review your finances, and learn about money. Contrary to popular belief, the only person who is going to help you manage your money effectively and increase your net worth, is you. It is not a so-called “wealth planner”, who is usually there to push the product being sold by his or her employer, either an insurance company or a bank.
You must take responsibility for your financial well being at an early age. You must set aside time every month to review your financial position, track your expenditure, record your savings and investment gains, monitor your cash outflows, review your financial goals and develop strategies to increase revenue and maximize returns on your financial portfolio.
Read everything you can get your hands on relating to finance. Learn how to analyse financial statements, understand investments, and how do basic accounting.
Eventually, everything boils down to finance. Those with an educational background in finance, are at a clear advantage. For the rest of us, it doesn’t mean we have no chance to build up our personal wealth over time. It just means we have to work harder to educate ourselves. Starting young makes all the difference. Don’t waste a single day in terms of building your financial future! ?
How to be young but financially wiser than your older peer is a post from: KCLau.com
Woke up early the next day and for breakfast at a mamak nearby our hotel… this was the street that our hotel was located at. Quite a nice place and very near to the Stadthyus and Jonker street.
Across the street was a pub called ‘Discovery’ and they have beers and stuff til very late at night.
As I explored along the streets, I found this shop selling chicken rice balls. Despite the really low price at only RM3 (stalls at Jonker were selling at RM6 and above), the lady owner was kinda lonely as there were no customers.
Seems like people in Malacca loves cycling.
More… people cycling..
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Date: March 15, 2014.
Time: 9PM (Malaysian time)
You have loads of cousin around your age. We predict you will be best bud with Hana on your left. So let me set some guidelines for you.
If all else fail, just know it in you, we’ll always have your back and catch your fall.
Hukuman penjara lima tahun yang dijatuhkan Mahkamah Rayuan terhadap Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim memudahkan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) menawan hati pengundi Melayu, kata calon Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kajang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail.
Dr Wan Azizah dalam temubual eksklusif bersama The Malaysian Insider di Bilik Gerakan PR, di Kajang hari ini berkata, disebabkan keputusan mahkamah itu, pengundi Melayu yang sebelum ini sukar menerima PR mula menunjukkan respon positif.
“Bila mahkamah menjatuhkan hukuman, reaksinya jelas, mereka (pengundi Melayu) merasakan itu ketidakadilan terhadap Anwar,” katanya.
Pengundi bukan Melayu membentuk sejumlah 51%, dengan pecahan pengundi Cina sebanyak 41%, dan pengundi India 10%.
“Mereka dikejutkan dengan keputusan mahkamah terhadap Anwar. Situasi itu mengejutkan pengundi Melayu,” katanya.
Dr Wan Azizah yang juga isteri kepada Anwar berkata, reaksi yang diterimanya daripada pengundi Melayu selepas mahkamah menjatuhkan hukuman terhadap Anwar atas kesalahan meliwat Saiful Bukhari Azlan sangat berbeza.
“Selepas hukuman dijatuhkan, penerimaannya berbeza. Mereka melihat Anwar dari kacamata beliau sebagai mangsa.
“Mula-mula memang ada suatu gambaran mereka tidak terima saya. Tetapi apabila Anwar pergi tazkirah di surau dan masjid, penerimaan begitu baik,” katanya.
Dr Wan Azizah menggantikan Anwar sebagai calon PRK DUN Kajang berikutan kelayakan Anwar untuk bertanding di kerusi berkenaan terlucut setelah mahkamah menjatuhkan hukuman tersebut.
Pemimpin PR ketika Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat ke-5 di Shah Alam mendakwa, tindakan Mahkamah Rayuan dan penetapan tarikh pilihan raya kecil di Kajang adalah konspirasi kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) dan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) untuk menggagalkan Anwar bertanding di Kajang.
Dr Wan Azizah berkata, beliau rela dilihat menjadi “bayangan Anwar” kerana melalui perkara itu, cabaran ketidakadilan terhadap pemimpin pembangkang itu akan dapat dirasai rakyat.
“Bila mereka lihat saya mereka akan nampak Anwar. Saya memang mahu mereka lihat itu, ketidakadilan yang berlaku,” katanya.
Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail akan guna pendekatan keibuan menangani konflik antara ahli dalam parti.Dr Wan Azizah juga mengakui, pada awalnya beliau keberatan apabila mesyuarat biro politik memilihnya menggantikan Anwar untuk bertanding di kerusi yang dikosongkan bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Kajang, Lee Chin Cheh itu.
“Saya enggan menyertai politik dengan aktif kerana saya rasa apabila Anwar dibebaskan pada 2005 saya sudah buat apa yang saya perlu buat.
“Tetapi apabila ini berlaku, PR berbincang dan keluar nama saya, malah biro politik saya sendiri. Saya berfikir ini sebahagian untuk negara,” katanya.
Dr Wan Azizah berkata, keputusannya menerima cadangan PR itu adalah untuk kelangsungan generasi akan datang.
“Apa yang tinggal daripada hidup saya, saya rasa ini sumbangan untuk generasi akan datang,” katanya.
Semasa tempoh Anwar dipenjarakan atas kesalahan salah guna kuasa, Dr Wan Azizah mengetuai gerakan pembangkang dengan menubuhkan Parti Keadilan Nasional, yang kemudiannya ditukar kepada Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
Beliau juga pernah memenangi kerusi Parlimen Permatang Pauh selama tiga penggal bermula pada 1999, 2004 dan 2008 sebelum melepaskan kerusi berkenaan untuk membolehkan Anwar menyertai semula arena politik sebaik sahaja dibebaskan.
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail dalam temubual eksklusif dengan The Malaysian Insider. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Nazir Sufari, 11 Mac, 2014.Dr Wan Azizah juga pernah menjadi ketua pembangkang wanita pertama dalam sejarah negara pada 2008.
Ditanya keupayaan beliau untuk meredakan ketegangan dalaman PKR antara timbalan presiden parti itu Mohamed Azmin Ali dan Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Dr Wan Azizah berkata, beliau mempunyai “watak keibuan” untuk menyelesaikan perkara itu.
“Saya selalu menjadi individu yang mengamalkan pendekatan lembut . Saya mempunyai watak keibuan untuk menjayakan rekonsiliasi dalam PKR.
“Kami semua ibarat sekeluarga,” katanya.
Dr Wan Azizah akan bertanding satu lawan satu dengan calon BN dari MCA, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
SPR menetapkan 23 Mac sebagai tarikh membuang undi untuk PRK DUN Kajang.
This is a contest post for SalamMedia (yes, even as the owner, I want to win the iPadMini!)
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So my story goes on about my love and hate relationship with my Gen2.
It’s been 8 Years plus I have driven/owned the car. It has been with me through ups and down, street racing, dates, road trips, chances are, everything. To be frank Proton Gen2 is probably one of the most problematic car I have ever driven, but cars and cars.
I could list down all the problem but I think I should refrain from doing that now.
Few days back, my wife borrowed my car, since I ride daily now. Yes, she can drive a manual car and I complain a lot about her driving. Anyways, she literally broke the steering while pressing the horn.
Can you believe it, by pressing the horn and it breaks to smithereens? Ok, maybe not smaller pieces. It is broken!
I remember running into the car in front and the airbag never deployed. When I called Proton and asked about it, they said I have to be at certain speed for it to deploy. I don’t know how they calculate the G, but that is one lame excuse. It’s like telling me to break my neck first, then it will deploy. They also told me to bring the car to the factory, to get it fix, I have to pay for the airbag and 1 week in the bay. Wow, that’s a handful!
If you ever want to buy a car, don’t buy Proton. You’d probably say it’s my luck, but if in 100 cars manufactured and there are at least 17 faults in a brand new these Proton, it’s no longer luck. It just means quality is secondary.
Anyways, if you want to renew roadtax insurance and get 15% off, book now. Offer ends 31st March.
The Ides of March
The condemnation and sentencing of Anwar Ibrahim on 6th and 7th of March in the grandiose setting of Istana Kehakiman in Putrajaya were a political act disguised as legal procedure.
With a savagery that reminded one of the brutal stabbing of Julius Caesar, the prosecutor pursued his victim with further vituperation, while the condemned man and several in the audience called out, “Enough, sit down, you have got what you wanted.”
The final act of this trial fiasco displayed openly the malignancy of the forces at work.
The condemnation and sentence had been delivered abruptly and without the explanatory detail which would follow later. Time was running out and the matter must be accomplished without delay.
After delivering the verdict, and without pause, the judge proposed that he would proceed to mitigation pleas. Counsel for the defense protested that a mitigation plea required time to prepare. He was given one hour to do so and the panel of judges retired.
An hour later, Karpal Singh, the defence lawyer, explained the medical problems of his 66 year old client, back injury and heart disease. He asked for a delay of one week for a medical report which would be an essential component of the mitigation plea. However, the judge was urgent he needed to close the case. He was directly challenged and asked whether he denied the relevance of a medical report. Yes, he denied the relevance. Karpal disagreed and refused to enter further pleas. The opportunity to counter the non-existing plea passed to the prosecutor who had well prepared a summary of the most grievous aspects of the case, and of previous cases relating to Anwar. His harangue led to cries of ‘Enough’ from the convicted Anwar and the audience in the public gallery. Several persons, including lawyers in the defence team left the court.
Finally, Karpal played his last card and asked for a delay in execution of the sentence to allow consideration of aspects of the case by the Federal Court. A stay was granted and bail of 10,000 RM imposed to be paid on the following Monday. It was small respite in an act of political savagery which ended the possibility of Anwar’s intended candidacy submission for a Selangor State Assembly by-election on the following Tuesday, and possibly destroys his political career.
The Charge of Sodomy
Whatever opinion one may hold on the complex events which led to the current trial of Anwar, the use of the courts and an antiquated charge to achieve a political aim is unacceptable. The crime of sodomy has long been obsolete in democratic countries. While a forced act of sodomy would of course be an act of criminal aggression, the field of law on which Anwar was challenged was the act of sodomy itself. It is long agreed that the sexual behaviour of the individual is guarded by the right to privacy, and also that sexual orientation is the free right of each person. The criminal charge of sodomy is a survival of British colonial rule which lies dormant in several legal systems of former colonies. Unfortunately, it has found new relevance in Muslim countries which, although they are nominally secular states, add a religious sanction to a crime bypassed by a tolerance which must prevail under democracy. The problem with the criminalization of homosexuality is that it involves emotional stigma and outrage which colours and perturbs legal process. A man may emerge unscathed from a failed charge of murder, but a charge of sodomy is a different matter entirely; the charge itself is an embarrassment making fragile the presumed innocence of the accused. The matter is well left to the give and take of human opinion or to the courts of sharia for those accepting their jurisdiction. The vindictive hounding of Anwar for political motives should not be tolerated on grounds of such inappropriate law.
The Appeal Court of March 6th and 7th
In theory the subject of the Appeal Court against the decision of an earlier appeal court should be limited to the precise technicalities considered suspect in the earlier hearing. But in practice no part of a trial can be excised from general consideration, but unsubstantiated criticism of earlier sections of the trial should not have been tolerated. The prosecutor, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, made capital out of the refusal of Anwar to enter the witness box in the first appeal hearing, implying guilt in exercise of the right to silence by an accused. The day for such an accusation was not the appeal court.
Technical Nature of DNA evidence
The appeal hearing of the 6th and 7th was badgered by the highly technical nature of DNA evidence. Of all those who based their submissions on technical aspects of the DNA evidence, no one, judge, prosecutor or defense attorney had the technical knowledge to do so. Comments on legal aspects of the evidence are matter of the appeal but technical reappraisal of value of the evidence is another matter. At the very least an expert on DNA evidence should have been on standby to answer technical queries on issues which questioned previous evidence. Instead the court was treated to a high speed summary of opinions by Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin who quoted here and there case histories which could not be assessed by anyone in the court room. During the first trial fully accredited experts gave their assessments and submitted to questioning by prosecution and defense. In the present appeal these witnesses were referred to as “armchair specialists” and their testimony dismissed by name calling. The credentials of these experts had been examined and their testimony accepted in their presence at the earlier trial. Why and by what acceptable legal reasoning was their testimony rejected in their absence and without the compliance of any informed authority?
The Heart of the Matter
The central argument of the prosecution was rejection of the charge of contamination of the DNA samples as presented by the defence. There are three elements to the charge that the samples were contaminated:
Pereira, for his part, has a history of untruthfulness which led to a refusal of the Malaysian Bar Association to accept his membership.
Interpretation of Justice
While the main protagonists, prosecutor Shafee and defending lawyer Karpal, maintained the façade of learned friendship, their antagonism for each other broke through, leading to rebuke from the bench: Presiding judge Balia Yusof Wahi then sternly ordered all parties to behave. But sodomy is a not a charge suitable for legal debate, and it was to be expected that important issues at the basis of legal process would emerge.
The first attack on basic issues came from the prosecution which questioned the notion of reasonable doubt. Shafee pointed out that beyond reasonable doubt does not imply 100 per cent certainty. No human judgment can attain 100 percent certainty but this shortfall of certainty does not constitute reasonable doubt. This led the prosecution to further precisions. Does the admitted opening of the outside plastic bag in which the samples were stored constitute tampering? Not, Shafee held, if the individual bottles holding the samples were not opened. The prosecution based its case on the integrity of these individual bottles.
Next the prosecution questioned why Anwar did not submit to cross examination during his earlier trial, implying guilt to this exercise of the right to silence.
Karpal responded to the issue of reasonable doubt that while beyond reasonable doubt might be sufficient for prosecution, it had another meaning for the protection of innocence. Although no further explanation was given, the likely meaning is that a lesser doubt should be enough to invalidate a case and thus protect the presumption of innocence, than a larger doubt in the case for the prosecution.
Karpal insisted on the expectation of deterioration of a DNA sample kept without the protection of freezing for a total of 96 hours between the sodomy incident and the examining laboratory. It was also incomprehensible that no degradation at all was observed in some samples while in at least one sample some degradation was observed, although all the samples had gone through the same treatment.
To avoid the suspicion of contamination the prosecution must have some explanation of the third party contamination observed.
The defence further queried the sources of the DNA specifically tested, and proposed that separation of the semen cells from non semen cells was not properly carried out.
The prosecution quoted case histories including one which indicated that sperm had survived in a rectum for 130 hours. However without assessment by expert witness the quotation of such examples is meaningless.
Finally, the question of mitigation of sentence was hard fought between prosecution and defence. Karpal Singh emphasized that mitigation is an integral part of a trial. He insisted that there was no necessity to rush the trial. He recalled that sentencing is about the offender, not the offence, and that a medical report was required before sentencing. He declined to proceed with a submission on mitigation.
In his intervention regarding mitigation, the Prosecutor became vociferous on the enormity of the crime, that it had been inflicted on a subordinate by a person in authority. He referred to past convictions of Anwar, finally likening the case to the infamous Profumo case, implying that Anwar’s action was a National Security Issue, subject to a maximum sentence of 20 years.
The excesses of the prosecution’s arguments against mitigation of sentence lead to noisy protest in the court, and the threat of expulsion of protesters by police.
The judges hurriedly imposed a sentence of five years, but allowed suspension of execution in deference to a Federal Court decision.
Several times Karpal Singh queried the rush to impose sentence. Of course everyone in the court and throughout Malaysia was aware of the issue at stake. It was necessary to impose a criminal sentence on Anwar and so invalidate his declared candidacy before the 11th March, date of registration for the by-election. The trial was politics in motion, and not a campaign to uphold morality by out of date colonial legislation.
The issue of reasonable doubt adapts badly to the emotive charge of sodomy. Courts in democratic countries have long abandoned legislation against sodomy which was notoriously the cause of blackmail, and the legislation regarding homosexuality was referred to as the blackmailer’s charter. This may well be the case in countries where such legislation is still active. But sodomy has also been a tool of political chicanery, it is a charge unused in ordinary circumstances and cases involving sodomy are most rare.
The length and complexity of the court proceeding on this case, and the persistence of unanswered questions is proof that there are indeed reasonable doubts of guilt.
Malaysia must grow democratically to meet the challenge of modern governance. The impatience of the population is palpable, as is support for Anwar Ibrahim who despite election lying and cheating already heads an opposition enjoying a 53% popular vote. It is predictable that public reaction to this trial will be shown clearly in the coming by-election.
Union for Civil Liberty, Bangkok
 The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire
 See the recent resurgence of the criminalization of homosexuality in Nigeria, Uganda.
 Charade of Justice, Anwar’s Third Trial, Chapter 8, Pawancheek Maraican, Gerakbudaya Enterprise, Petaling Jaya, 2012.Sodomy II, Chapter 7, Mark Trowell, Mashall Cavendish, Singapore, 2012
 New Straits Times, 7th March 2014, remark of Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi, spokesperson of three member bench
 There is a famous story in the Sherlock Holmes series of tales “The dog that did not bark” where the famous detective solves a crime by alluding to the mystery of a watchdog which did not bark, implying that the owner of the dog was guilty of the crime. In the Anwar case there is a mystery of the sample deterioration which did not take place, casting doubt on the related history of the samples.
Finally, after walking around Jonker the whole day, it finally got darker as night approaches.
From bright skies.. now its all dark and blue.
Car lights were turned on.. and trishaws started to flock on roadsides
The beer I was having suddenly turned into 7-Up. I knew something was wrong.. but I didnt expect..
.. that big ships came flying into Jonker street and hovered above the human crowd..
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I’m running Spotify version 0.9.4.183-1 and local mp3 files don’t play anymore.
All I get from the logs is “15:58:39.156 I [audio_driver_linux.cpp:18 ] Using PulseAudio”, no proper error message
After some googling, the fix was simple enough. Install the “ffmpeg-compat” package from the office repo.
sudo pacman -S ffmpeg-compat
Restart spotify and your local mp3 files should now play in your Spotify client.
Press Statement by The Malaysian Bar
By Christopher Leong, President, Malaysian Bar, 9 March 2014
The Malaysian Bar is deeply troubled by the conviction and sentence to five years’ imprisonment of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim by the Court of Appeal, for what was essentially consensual sex between two adults.
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim was convicted and sentenced under section 377B, read with section 377A, of the Penal Code.
Section 377A of the Penal Code criminalises sodomy and oral sex (fellatio). Section 377B provides that whosoever voluntarily commits the acts described in section 377A shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping. These provisions make no distinction between heterosexual and homosexual consensual sexual acts, and are thus applicable to both.
A law is only good and just if it is consistently and equally applied and enforced. It is extraordinary that Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been prosecuted and convicted twice, in a country that has rarely seen a prosecution and/or conviction for an offence of consensual sexual acts between adults under section 377A, read with section 377B, of the Penal Code.
This glaring anomaly and inconsistency brings the administration of justice into disrepute. It also fuels a perception that Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is being persecuted, and not prosecuted.
The charge against Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is based on an archaic provision of the Penal Code, and should never have been brought. The case has unnecessarily taken up judicial time and public funds, and has muddied the waters of our justice system.
The Malaysian Bar also has grave misgivings with respect to the manner and timing in which the appeal was handled. In particular, we are shocked by the manner in which mitigation and sentencing proceeded.
The Malaysian Bar makes no comment at present as to the grounds for the reversal by the Court of Appeal of the acquittal by the High Court in January 2012 of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (“Respondent/Defendant”), and his present conviction and sentence by the Court of Appeal, as no written substantive grounds have been proffered as yet, save to say that there appears to be doubt and reservations as to the integrity of the DNA evidence in the case.
However, there are several aspects of this case that raise questions or concerns:
(1) The haste with which the appeal proceeded in the Court of Appeal. No doubt the appeal had been pending since about July last year, but time had been taken with intervening applications on several issues and appeals arising therefrom. It appears that the Respondent/Defendant had been notified on 27 February 2014 that the substantive appeal was to be heard on 6 and 7 March, thus providing his legal counsel Karpal Singh with only seven days’ notice to prepare for a criminal appeal arising from a lengthy trial that had taken many weeks and involved about 32 witnesses, including expert evidence;
(2) This was despite counsel for the Respondent/Defendant having informed the court that he was not available on those dates, as he was scheduled for other cases in court;
(3) It appears that about two weeks before the appeal was heard a registrar from the registry of the Court of Appeal had informed the office of the Respondent/Defendant’s counsel to reserve 7 to 10 April 2014 as the proposed hearing dates for the appeal. The Respondent/Defendant’s counsel apparently agreed to these dates;
(4) It appears that these proposed dates when the Respondent/Defendant’s counsel was available were subsequently abandoned and replaced with much earlier dates;
(5) If this is true, then questions arise in the mind of the public as to why the Court of Appeal brought forward the appeal to be heard, when the originally contemplated dates in early April had already been agreed to by the Respondent/Defendant, and would have provided the Respondent/Defendant, facing a possible sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, more time to prepare for the appeal;
(6) The appeal was heard on 6 and 7 March 2014. It is reported that each day’s proceedings carried into the early hours of the evening, ie between 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Although this is not unheard of, it is nevertheless rare;
(7) It is not uncommon for an appellate court to reserve judgment for a few days or months before handing down a decision, particularly where the proceedings in the trial court have been lengthy, the evidence substantial and the issues weighty;
(8) In this instance, the Court of Appeal had, at the conclusion of submissions by the parties on 7 March 2014, taken approximately 90 minutes to consider the matter, and then rendered a unanimous decision in reversing the acquittal by the High Court and finding the Respondent/Defendant guilty, at approximately 5:00 pm the same day;
(9) 5:00 pm is when the court usually adjourns for the day. On this occasion, the Court of Appeal and the prosecution insisted on proceeding with hearing mitigation and sentencing;
(10) The Respondent/Defendant’s counsel requested an adjournment until the following week, beginning 10 March 2014, to address the court on mitigation and sentencing, and to obtain a medical report concerning the Respondent/Defendant’s medical condition, which would be relevant in considering the sentence to be imposed. The Court of Appeal refused this request, and instead gave counsel one hour to prepare for mitigation and sentencing;
(11) Upon reconvening after about one hour’s recess, the Court of Appeal and the prosecution accepted counsel’s contention that the Respondent/Defendant suffers from medical conditions such as back pains, high blood pressure, and a heart ailment. They accepted that these were relevant to sentencing, but refused to allow time for a medical report to be prepared and provided to the court.
(12) The Court of Appeal had thus denied itself relevant medical information pertaining to the particulars or peculiarities (if any), and extent of, the Respondent/Defendant’s medical condition before considering the appropriate sentence to be imposed; and
(13) The Court of Appeal pronounced a sentence of five years’ imprisonment, and the proceedings concluded at approximately 7:00 pm.
These matters raise many questions, cause much speculation, and lend to the perception that justice may have been hijacked.
The questions to be answered, in the mind of the public, are thus, “Was the cause of justice best served by the manner and timing in which this appeal was handled?” and, “Was the administration of justice compromised or interfered with?”
The sanctity of the administration of justice and the independence of the Judiciary are intertwined, and essential for upholding the rule of law and instilling public confidence. Justice and independence are not only facts to be established; it is imperative that they are seen to be so established.
It is heart-rending, for those who sacrifice and work hard in good faith to protect and defend the administration of justice, and to maintain and promote the independence of the Judiciary, when public confidence in these two precepts may be shaken or in jeopardy.
I have been receiving calls from the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the Governor of Bangkok, Mr Sukumbhan Paribatra; former President of Indonesia, Mr Jusuf Habibie and renowned Islamic Scholar, Dr Yusul al-Qaradawi since the Appeal Court judgment on the 7th of March. They have all expressed grave concerns over the manner on how the case was rushed and the subsequent ruling.
I was also visited by the American Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr Joseph Yun and his political officers at my residence on the 9th of March who have also express similar concerns. They have committed to convey these to President Obama soon.
More photos from Malacca!
As we walked along the river again, we saw people chilling at the cafes beside it. So awesome we will definitely do it the next time.
Not sure why is everyone selling the same drink at Jonker Street… but tastes quite nice.
All sorts of things happening at the same location at the same time. This couple were taking wedding shot by the river lol
Patriotic boat zoomed past us.
Mum was checking out the souvenir shops there and found something….dtsv.dtse_post_7186_permalink = 'http://www.smashpop.net/she-found-something-by-the-river-and-it-changed-her-life'; dtsv.dtse_post_7186_title = 'She found something by the river and it changed her life';
“I hate my boss..” …. “My colleagues are so irritating”… “I can’t stand my team members on this project”….”My employee is so annoying”….
If you are part of the workforce today, these comments are probably all too familiar to you. In fact, you may not just have heard other people utter them, you yourself may feel this way too.
Conflict in the workplace can give rise to a negative, toxic atmosphere in the workplace. Employers feel frustrated at the lack of motivation and co-operation amongst the employees. The employees feel angry, mistrustful of each other and resentful of the boss.
Doesn’t sound like a great environment to spend 8 hours of the day, does it?! So, what should you do – quit your job and find another workplace?
Well, you could – but chances are, you could find the exact same thing wherever you go.
So why not try a different approach to tackling the problem; work on making changes to your own mindset to create a better way of dealing with workplace conflict, instead of trying to control mindset of others (which by the way, you can’t do unless you are a hypnosis expert! ?
The key challenge, it would seem, is learning how to manage conflict in a constructive manner.
Constructive conflict is the kind of conflict that actually benefits the workplace. In the course of this kind of conflict, team members share a common vision and yet respect and accommodate individual differences of opinion as well as approaches.
This sort of conflict adds value to the workplace, as opposed to undermining it. As a result of such constructive conflict, teams are able to communicate better, function more effectively, accept difficult situations and assess tough choices, unmask flawed assumptions, view problems from multiple angles and generally craft more holistic, 360-degree solutions to problems being faced by the organization.
How you can you indentify and implement constructive conflict strategies in your day-to-day interactions with “difficult” bosses, colleagues and subordinates in the workplace?
Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Disagree in a “strategic” manner. Do not negate the other person’s comment or opinion, but try to add your comment or opinion, in the form of an “and I am of the view that….”.
This gives you a better chance of your comment being heard, than if you shot down the other person’s point with a response that begins with “but I think ….”. The other person is likely to argue back and try harder to justify his position, rather than listen to you and consider yours.
2. Use examples and refer to scenarios objectively. You may really not appreciate being contradicted by your boss, colleague or subordinate, especially at a meeting in front of everyone.
However, resist the urge to answer back or start arguing with them. Instead, try to paint a scenario using examples, to try to “illustrate” your point to the person. Done skillfully enough, it could gently “lead” your opponent to your point of view, without him having to “lose face” and accept that you are correct.
3. Take a big-picture viewpoint. Resist the urge to get bogged down by details and be drawn into an open argument with someone. If your ideas and point of view appear to be meeting with resistance, take a step back.
Ignore direct attacks on minute issues, and wait for the opportunity to make your point on a much more macro scale. A phrase like “Looking at this from a macro level, we could….” or “Let’s consider the big picture first, in order to….” .
In some scenarios, a macro standpoint allows parties in conflict to see things in a more similar light instead locking horns on divergent details.
4. Try to lead discussions down the “thoughtful” path. Find ways to inject a thoughtful perspective into any discussion, and encourage team members to come up with the answers you want them to, of their own accord.
For example, a question like “How do we think our customers might feel about that kind of price increase?” is a more strategic and effective way of responding than “I can tell you right now, there is no way our customers are going to accept that kind of price increase!”.
5. Ask for more information by portraying yourself as being the one who does not understand. Instead of responding incredulously “What?? That’s the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard!”, try saying “Sorry, I didn’t quite understand that.
My apologies – could you take me through that idea again?” When the person explains again, try asking questions which appear to genuinely stem from your lack of understanding, but are instead crafted towards highlighting the unworkable nature of the plan or proposal being tabled.
Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, but you can acquire the techniques and skillsets needed to better equip you to manage and improve your response to conflict in the workplace. There are also a variety of online resources, books, audio CDs and courses that will help you in this quest.