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.
Guests: Namsai, Chheng Chi, Tua Liap Thau, Belacan Ke, WiwiWawa, Eng Kok Tiong, Jagung.
We talk about education this week. Started off some good debate from various perspectives. Somewhat serious for a PGHK episode. But good nonetheless.
I struggled about posting a show this week because of the heavy news of MH370. My thoughts are with all who are affected in the disappearance of MH370.
The charge against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the manner in which his appeal was handled fuels the perception that the opposition leader was persecuted and not prosecuted, the Bar Council said.
Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong (pic) said that in the first place, the archaic provision under the Penal Code which criminalises sodomy and oral sex should never have been brought against Anwar.
“The case has unnecessarily taken up judicial time and public funds, and has muddied the waters of our justice system.
The Court of Appeal had found Anwar guilty of sodomy on Friday, overturning the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s January 2012 decision that had found him innocent.
Leong, in a statement today, said that Anwar’s legal team was notified on February 27 that substantive appeal would be heard on March 6 and 7, and that lawyer Karpal Singh only had seven days to prepare for a criminal appeal over a case that had gone through a lengthy trial and which involved 32 witnesses, including expert evidence.
According to Leong, prior to this, the Court of Appeal registry had informed Anwar’s lawyers to reserve April 7 to 10 as the proposed hearing dates, to which the team agreed.
However, these dates were abandoned and replaced with earlier dates.
“If this is true, it raises the question as to why the Court of Appeal brought forward the appeal to be heard when the April dates had been agreed on.
“After all the defendant was facing a possible 20-year jail term and the April dates would have given the legal team more time to prepare,” he said.
Leong further said that while the hearing of the appeal which extended until past 6pm was not unheard of, it was a rare occurrence.
Further to this, after hearing submissions on March 7, the court had taken approximately 90 minutes to consider before giving a unanimous decision in reversing the acquittal by the High Court.
The panel then rejected Karpal’s request for an adjournment to the following week for the mitigation and sentencing for the purpose of obtaining a medical report on Anwar and instead gave the legal team one hour to prepare.
The Court of Appeal then sentenced Anwar to five years jail that evening with proceedings ending only at 7pm.
“These matters raise many questions, cause much speculation, and lend to the perception that justice may have been hijacked, Leong said.
He said that questions that must be answered was whether the cause of justice was best served by the manner and timing in which this appeal was handled and whether the administration of justice was compromised or interfered with.
“Justice and independence are not only facts to be established, it is imperative that they are seen to be so established,” Leong said.
The Court of Appeal’s conviction of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy and the five-year jail sentence meted out to him just four days before the Kajang by-election campaigning kicks off will result in a public backlash against Barisan Nasional (BN), political analysts said.
Professor Ahmad Atory Hussain, a political science lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysia said the latest development was likely to deliver Pakatan Rakyat (PR) a bigger win in the state seat this time.
He said there is every possibility political parties from both sides of the divide will play on the sentiments of the people as they campaign towards polling day on March 23.
“With about 75% of Selangor voters supporting PR for two terms now, it is logical to conclude that the state seat will return to PKR with perhaps a bigger majority… it will be miraculous if BN can win it,” he told The Malaysian Insider yesterday after the appellate court overturned the High Court’s acquittal of Anwar on a charge of sodomising his former aide six years ago.
Anwar was Pakatan Rakyat’s candidate after polls were triggered by the resignation of its assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh on January 27, but with his conviction, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli is widely tipped to run for the state seat.
Ahmad Atory said issues BN could use against PR include the internal strife plaguing the three component parties, which may not even be relevant or strong enough to change Kajang voters’ minds.
He also said Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim will likely stay as head of government.
Khalid could possibly become PKR deputy president too, should he contest the post, he added.
“He may be more suitable for the post because he has had over a term in office as Menteri Besar to show his performance and he has delivered.
“People have seen what he can do and he has many supporters in Selangor. What has (PKR deputy president) Azmin Ali delivered so far as MP?” said Ahmad Atory.
“I foresee a tough fight involving personalities like Khalid, Azmin and party vice-president Tian Chua in the May party election,” he added.
Asked to comment on criticisms against the justice system following the Court of Appeal’s verdict, Ahmad Atory said it would be unfair to write off the entire judiciary just because people disagreed with the decision of judges.
“I admit the people will perceive the judiciary negatively now but we have no way of knowing what happened,” he said.
Penang Institute fellow and political and social analyst Dr Wong Chin Huat told The Malaysian Insider in a text message that Anwar has become a “martyr and a symbol of BN tyranny”.
He said the government will see how angry the people are, with messages of “Reformase 2.0″ overflowing on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Last night PKR deputy president Azmin Ali declared the beginning of Reformasi 2.0 to hundreds of supporters who had converged at the party’s election centre at Kampung Sungai Sekamat, Kajang, urging BN’s ouster.
“PKR’s candidate will ride on the public opinion of anger and sympathy and if the right candidate is chosen for the Kajang by-election, BN may experience a humiliating defeat and even a lose its deposit,” Wong said.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, concurred, describing Anwar’s conviction as a rallying point for PR, one that would tip the by-election in the opposition’s favour.
“The conviction will be used as a focus point by Pakatan Rakyat. You can expect the coalition to be more vocal and stronger,” he said.
Anwar was found not guilty of sodomising Saiful in January 2012 at the end of the defence case. The prosecution filed an appeal against the decision, which led to the appellate court overturning the High Court’s verdict on Friday.
The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on charges of ‘sodomy’ should be quashed, Amnesty International said.
A court in Malaysia today overturned the acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim on politically motivated ‘sodomy’ charges. The court upheld a government appeal against a 2012 High Court decision that cleared Ibrahim of all charges, citing a lack of evidence.
“This is a bleak day for justice in Malaysia. Anwar Ibrahim has been consistently harassed by the authorities for years in a blatant attempt to silence one of the opposition’s most important voices and bar him from participating in elections,” said Hazel Galang-Folli, Amnesty International’s Malaysia Researcher.
“Unfortunately this fits a broader pattern of severe restrictions on the right to freedom of expression in Malaysia. Opposition politicians, human rights defenders and civil society organizations are among those that have been targeted over the past year.”
“The fact that the Malaysian authorities still consider ‘sodomy’ to be a crime is deeply disturbing in itself. The government must repeal the ‘sodomy’ law, a repressive statute that enables this kind of politically motivated persecution.”
Laws criminalizing consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex are contrary to international human rights law.
If Anwar Ibrahim is detained, Amnesty International would consider him a prisoner of conscience.
Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has accused Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government of orchestrating his conviction and five-year jail sentence for sodomy and warned it would “face the wrath of the people”.
“This is a travesty of justice,” Anwar declared after the conviction was delivered amid uproar in Kuala Lumpur’s Court of Appeal. “This has been choreographed.”
The verdict has inflamed tensions in the country after divisive and disputed elections last year and shattered Anwar’s plans to take control of the country’s richest state.
International human rights groups have condemned the four-year pursuit of 66-year-old Anwar on a rarely used colonial-era charge as politically motivated and a miscarriage of justice aimed at ending his political career.
The conviction, which Anwar has appealed, blocks him from contesting a by-election on March 23 for Selangor, the country’s most populous state, where he planned to become chief minister, providing a platform for him to launch a new bid to topple the government.
“It is a clear signal to the people of Malaysia that they [the government] are not interested in economic malaise but they are interested in killing their political opponents,” Anwar said.
Earlier Anwar, a former finance minister and deputy prime minister, said there was “absolutely no case” for him to answer and “this is clearly seen to be political”.
“You have got want you wanted,” Anwar shouted to the judges after the unanimous verdict was announced.
Judges allowed bail of $2973 to be posted on Monday.
Anwar’s 61-year-old wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, a leading opposition politician, wept in the packed court room and supporters chanted “reformation” and “free Anwar”.
Anwar has been a potent threat to the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled the country since its independence from Britain in 1957.
His opposition has made deep inroads into its parliamentary majority in the past two national elections, winning the most votes at elections last May but falling short of an historic victory because of a gerrymandered electoral system that favours Muslim voters in rural areas.
Anwar was arrested in 2008 on charges of having intercourse with a male aide.
He had already spent six years in jail on sodomy and corruption charges after he was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998 and lost his status as heir apparent to then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
He was found guilty of the 2008 charge but, after a long series of delays, the High Court in January 2012 acquitted him after a judge found that crucial DNA evidence submitted by the prosecution might have been compromised.
Human rights groups condemned the decision by prosecutors to launch an appeal against the acquittal.
The crime that criminalises “carnal intercourse against the course of nature” provides punishment of up to 20 years.
But the United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled it contravenes international legal standards and should be abolished.
The International Commission of Jurists 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’s observer at the court was its commissioner Justice Elizabeth Evatt, a former chief judge of Australia’s Family Court.
A government spokesperson saidMalaysia had an independent judiciary.
“This is a case between two individuals and is a matter for the courts, not the government,” the spokesperson said.
Malaysia’s Lawyers for Liberty said the conviction on a “clearly trumped up and politically motivated charge” reaffirmed “the return of iron-fist authoritarian rule and Najib Razak’s false reformist credentials”.
Anwar’s wheelchair-bound lawyer Karpal Singh, 73, who is also a leading opposition figure, was found guilty of sedition last month, a law the government had pledged to abolish in the run-up to the last election. He faces sentencing on March 11.
Phil Robertson, deputy director, Asia division of Human Rights Watch, said Anwar’s trial “was all about knocking him out of politics and the government was prepared to do whatever it took to make that happen”.
Went to try this Korean BBQ place near my house called Seoul in Soul. Damn nice with good ambience.
Few days ago, I attended the Nokia X launch. More details on DISCOVR!
Earlier last week, I went to The Latte Place again for the 2nd time… but it was so packed I dont think Ill go back there again.dtsv.dtse_post_7184_permalink = 'http://www.smashpop.net/popcrap-%c2%bb-korean-bbq-nokia-x-pancakes'; dtsv.dtse_post_7184_title = '#pOpcrap » Korean BBQ, Nokia X, Pancakes!';
Many routes to Putrajaya
Apabila “Langkah Kajang” diumumkan sebagai penjelasan mengapa Anwar Ibrahim perlu bertanding dalam pilihan raya kecil (PRK) Kajang, ada yang menyokong dan ada yang membantah, dan ada pula yang keliru.
Seperti mana yang dijelaskan oleh Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli, langkah itu merupakan usaha mempertahankan Selangor daripada komplot Umno merampas kuasa, dan seterusnya menjadi platform Pakatan Rakyat menuju ke Putrajaya.
Banyak suara sumbang kedengaran di kalangan Pakatan Rakyat, khususnya dari PKR sendiri, yang tak puas hati, marah dan geram dengan keputusan Anwar.
Lee Chin Cheh meletak jawatan sebagai Adun Kajang pada 27 Januari. Pada 5 Februari, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menetapkan 23 Mac sebagai hari mengundi.
Sewaktu kalangan Pakatan Rakyat masih berbalah tentang Langkah Kajang, tiba-tiba Mahkamah pada 28 Februari menetapkan 6 dan 7 Mac untuk mendengar rayuan terhadap pembebasan Anwar dalam kes liwat II.
Semalam, pada 7 Mac, Mahkamah Rayuan mendapati Anwar bersalah. Dengan itu, Anwar yang sudah bebas daripada tuduhan pada 9 Januari 2012 oleh Mahkamah Tinggi kini dianggap bersalah pula atas tuduhan tersebut.
Semalam juga, Mahkamah menjatuhkan hukuman penjara lima tahun terhadap Anwar.
Sepatutnya Selasa ini, 11 Mac, Anwar akan mengemukakan borang pencalonan PRK Kajang. Kini keputusan Mahkamah menghalang Anwar daripada bertanding.
Jadi Anwar tak boleh bertanding dan tak boleh menang, dan tentunya tak boleh menjadi Menteri Besar Selangor; dan pastinya menyukarkan jalan ke arah Putrajaya.
Inikah yang dimahukan oleh segelintir dari kalangan Pakatan Rakyat?
Ketika kalangan Pakatan sedang berbalah dahulu, pimpinan Barisan Nasional (BN) amat bimbang dengan Langkah Kajang. Sewaktu kalangan Pakatan Rakyat beradu-domba, pimpinan BN mula mengorak langkah.
Ini bererti BN benar-benar takut dengan Langkah Kajang. Mereka bimbang kemungkinan Anwar akan mengorak langkah menuju Putrajaya. Kerana ia bererti berakhirnya era BN.
Kerana itu Anwar perlu dikorbankan demi mempertahankan kuasa Umno-BN. Kerana itu Anwar berterusan menjadi mangsa konspirasi BN yang menyeksa kehidupan politik dan keluarga beliau.
Sayangnya masih ada segelintir kalangan Pakatan Rakyat yang tak nampak, tak sedar dan mungkin tak peduli semua ini. Mungkin hati mereka berada di tempat lain.
Signal brand cigarettes.
That’s the brand of cigarettes my grandmother smoked. Not the grandmother in Melaka, the other on that stayed with us at home and took care of me.
No one else I knew smoked this brand of cigarettes, not then, not now. She smoked it when she stayed in Batu Gajah, and when she stayed with us, my mom bought it for her from the sundry shop near my house. I’m not sure if its a coincidence, or if my mom requested for the sundry shop to stock the brand, but i’ve never seen any other shop sell this particular brand.
It came in a simple pale orange box, with a picture of a white railway signal on the cover.
My grandmother smoked a pack a day, was thin as a reed, was completely deaf, swore like a Cantonese sailor, but lived to almost 80.
Anyway, the cigarette company is still around, its still being sold in the US, albeit from the website I can see they’ve changed to a modern box design.
If you haven’t seen; Latest video by Tricycle TV. It’s about love of 2 person in 2 diff time.
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The Internet is ever moving forward. So there isn’t such a thing as not learning something new. This was why I attended the recent Google Business Group Malaysia event titled; How Search Works. The event was held at a space owned by iTrain and graciously conducted by Wilfred Halim from Google Singapore, whom I’d like […]
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6th Political Tsunami Anniversary Message by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town on 7.3.2014.
As we celebrate the political tsunami of 8 March 2008 that ushered in a new era of democratic politics by establishing a two-coalition system in Malaysia, where a change of government is not an imagined possibility but a likely probability, we must not forget that the PR state government’s policies must give priority both to the rakyat and also towards winning the future.
Penang can only win the future for our children by investing in public infrastructure, building human talent, sustainable policies, reducing inequality, good and clean governance. For that reason, Government must also invest and innovate. The government must invest in infrastructure, people, incentives and subsidies.
The government must also innovate with new policies that stresses on:-
• liberalisation of the existing rules and to reduce red-tape,
• divestment from non-core businesses or accept that the “business of government is to stay out of business”,
• permit free and fair competition; and
• encourage human capital formation where human talent is now the new oil of the global economy.
The state government has embarked on building roads, bridges, drainage and even green parks both on the island and on the mainland to ensure balanced development. Physical public infrastructure is now extended to include free wifi hotspots where Penang is the first state in Malaysia to provide 1,550 free wifi hotspots in public places throughout the state. The number of free wifi hotspots will double over the next 4 years.
Investing in education and building human talent is crucial not because human talent is the new oil of the 21st century but also because Penang has no other natural resources. At the same time, policies must be sustainable to ensure that resources we use today are still available tomorrow. As the only state to impose a no free plastic bag rulings and car free Sundays, Penang records the highest recycling rate of 26% in the country. At the same time Penang is fortunate not to suffer from water rationing because of efficient water supply management.
Penang’s economic successes of attracting foreign investment and tourism have been facilitated by integrity in leadership that targets zero tolerance to corruption and good governance that enables Penang to be a most livable city in Malaysia that is clean, green, safe and healthy. However economic growth is meaningless if inequality widens. Building affordable housing, cash aid and becoming the first state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty in Penang with cash handouts demonstrates PR’s commitment towards a people-centric government.
These successes can only be sustained with a budget-based administration that deals with leakages such as corruption and wastages, and also an outcome-based administration that focuses on projects bringing positive impact to the people. Ensuring that money spent is not wasted, together with making a positive difference in the lives of the rakyat offers hope for the rakyat to live with dignity.
Penang is much changed during these last 6 years. It is not just the new RM 4.5 billion Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge or the refurbished RM250 million Penang International Airport by the Federal government. What counts as well is that Penang is cleaner, greener, safer and healthier. Let Penang be one of the game-changers that can change Malaysia for the better.
LIM GUAN ENG
2014 DAP Woman’s Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 7.3.2014.
The Prime Minister must personally direct the Home Ministry and the police to respect women by acting sternly, speedily and relentlessly against political gangsters who recklessly denigrate women with derogatory insults or threaten them not only with violence but choose to carry them out. As Malaysia celebrates International Women’s Day, this important occasion is marred by the violent act in Sama Gagah, Permatang Pauh in Penang when an unidentified man attacked Seputih MP Teresa Kok with an egg after she finished her ceramah.
DAP is dismayed and angered by this attack and strongly condemns those involved whether directly attacking her or indirectly attacking her by offering RM 1,200 to anyone who slapped her. Even though Teresa was uninjured when the egg smashed into her hand, this cowardly attack is unprecedented because of the inaction by the police and the authorities against UMNO supporters who had earlier offered the RM 1,200 bounty.
Clearly the refusal by the Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi to punish those who threatened Teresa with violence has emboldened these political gangsters to continue with such words and even conduct of violence. Such double-standards and selective prosecution is evident when immediate action is taken on threats against BN leaders but even death threats against PR leaders, including myself as Penang Chief Minister, have gone unpunished.
Since the Home Ministry and the police has failed to act, the Prime Minister must intervene to stop the impression of “sanctioned” violence in words and conduct against PR leaders, including women. What is shocking is the perversity of UMNO leaders in refusing to condemn such incitement by UMNO groups thereby tacitly sanctioning such violent words and conduct against women.
All cultures, religion or race in the world considers it a cowardly and shameful act for a man to bully much, less do violence on women, except probably amongst UMNO supporters in Malaysia. Even criminal gangsters do not bully or attack women like these political gangsters. Sadly even UMNO Wanita has failed to show solidarity with women by demanding that action be taken against the man who attacked Teresa or to severely punish those UMNO support groups offering a RM1,200 bounty to anyone who slapped Teresa.
DAP salutes Teresa’s courage as she remained unfazed by the incident and vowed to continue her public meetings without affecting her normal schedule. Strongly condemning this barbaric attack on Teresa is not enough, the public especially women demands punitive action against those responsible.
Since the police and the Home Ministry has abdicated their responsibility to protect Teresa, the Prime Minister must intervene to salvage the dignity of women in Malaysia and give meaning to International Women Rights Day by ensuring that their safety is assured from being harrassed by threats or molested by violence.
LIM GUAN ENG
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Prime Minister Must Intervene To Protect Women’s Safety From Physical Harm And Dignity By Directing The Police To Punish And Stop Political Gangsters, Who Shamed Malaysia With Language And Conduct Of Violence Against Teresa Kok(en/cn)