Bus Crash No More – Sign The Petition

February 5, 2008 at 1:21 am (Justice, Politics) (, , )

When I first read ‘Family mourns loss of beautiful, intelligent go-getter about the tragedy involving a double-decker express bus that killed three passengers, I felt angry and sad.

How could the bus driver who had 13 summonses against him or the driver’s company that had 13 summonses on that bus itself (not sure which is the correct version) be still free to roam on the road?

I hope the answer is not blowin’ in the wind.

If you have not already signed the petition, please do so here.

Lastly, I would like to end with a song below:

(to the tune and lyric of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ by Bob Dylan)

How many roads must a man travel down
Before death calls him home?
Yes, ‘n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many roads must the bus drivers ply
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Bus Crash No More - Sign The Petition


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On the records: Man enough to face death?

February 2, 2008 at 12:01 pm (Justice, Politics) (, , , )

C/Insp Azilah Hadri, 32, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, are charged with murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu at Bukit Rajah, Selangor between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006. Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting them. They face the death penalty, if convicted.

IF the three were man enough to kill, why are they not man enough to face death?

Latest on the trial taken from The Star:

Witness: Azilah contacted Sirul and Razak

SHAH ALAM: A Celcom Bhd employee told the Altantuya Shariibuu murder trial that there had never been any mistake in call records from its transmission stations.

Haizal Hambali, a technician with the telco’s access planning division, said in the eight years that he had been with the company, he had never come across any such error.

Haizal, the prosecution’s 63rd witness in the trial, which entered its 82nd day yesterday, was clarifying the earlier testimonies two witnesses from the company on the calls made by C/Insp Azilah Hadri, the first accused in the case.

Azilah, 32, and Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, 37, are charged with murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian at Bukit Rajah, Selangor between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.

Political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, is charged with abetting them. They face the death penalty, if convicted.

According to records, transactions involving the handphone used by Azilah were traced from Bukit Aman to the surrounding areas of Puncak Alam (the location of the crime) between 8pm and midnight on Oct 19 that year.

The call records also showed that the accused had contacted Sirul Azhar and Abdul Razak in the days preceding the murder.

Continuing with his testimony yesterday, Haizal said the company’s Puncak Alam transmission station’s records showed that Azilah made calls at 10.43pm and 11.16 pm on Oct 19 while a third call was detected by their Bukit Asmara station at 11.26pm.

Asked by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah during examination-in-chief why the third call was not detected on the Puncak Alam transmission station but the Bukit Asmara one, Haizal said: “When we are in a high place, we will get signals from a station that is far. On top a hill there are no other strong dominant factors, as such, the mobile phone can pick any nearby signal.”

He said after that, the Puncak Perdana station (nearest to the murder scene) detected another call that was made at 11.28pm to L/Kpl Rohaniza Roslan (Azilah’s girlfriend).

Thereafter Azilah’s calls were detected at Section U3 Shah Alam, Section 4 Kota Damansara, Km19 NKVE and Bukit Aman at 12.25am the next day.

“Based on the call transactions, the holder of the phone moved from Bukit Aman to Kampung Melayu, Subang before reaching the hill in Puncak Alam where the murder is said to have taken place, then moved back to Bukit Aman via Section U3, Shah Alam, Section 4 Kota Damansara and the NKVE (North Klang Valley Expressway),” he said.

He said although the Location Area Code might be the same, the actual locations would still be different because the LAC represented a very wide area within which there were many transmission stations, each with its own identity code.

The hearing before Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin resumes on Monday. – Bernama

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How long will this kind of thing go on?

January 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm (Justice, Politics, religion) (, , , , , , )

Gan Eng Gor… Another corpse-snatching by Police & Islamic authorities

JANUARY 19: It was reported by French wire agency AFP, quoting The Star, that Malaysian police have seized the body of Gan Eng Gor, an ethnic Chinese man, in the latest dispute between Islamic authorities and family members over a disputed conversion. Quote:

The dispute comes just days (Jan 18, 2008) after a court ordered a Christian woman’s body be returned to her family after Islamic authorities admitted they were wrong in claiming she had converted. The cases have fed accusations over the growing “Islamisation” of Malaysia, where the population is dominated by Muslim Malays living alongside ethnic Chinese and Indian communities.

The eldest son of the deceased, who died on Sunday aged 74, said his father became a Muslim last July, but his other children reject the claim and insist their father was a Buddhist.

Police reportedly took Gan’s body from a funeral parlour outside Kuala Lumpur after his eldest son, 47, who became a Islam several years ago and renamed Abdul Rahman Gan Abdullah, lodged a report claiming his father had converted and taken a Muslim name.

Even Eng Gor’s widow, Chua Chun, 65, who had been looking after her bedridden husband over the past two years and the couple’s seven other children, denied this.

A legal tussle, with the Syariah Court at the core, ensued.

JANUARY 20: The Syariah Court in Seremban deferred the hearing to determine the religious status Gan Eng Gor to allow his Buddhist family — to appoint a Syariah counsel.

According to The Star, Registrar Abdul Razak Mat Nayan told the dead man’s children that they would also have to submit the names of those who would testify during the hearing as part of the syariah court process.

JANUARY 21: On behalf of the family, Gan Eng Gor’s sixth child, Gan Hock Lim, 40, a supervisor living in Klang, filed a case at the High Court in Seremban, challenging the deceased’s conversion to Islam.

The family was represented by lawyers recommended by the MCA.

JANUARY 24: Seremban Syariah Court judge Mohd Nadzri Abdul Rahman in his ex-parte judgment said Gan Eng Gor, whose Muslim name was Amir Gan Abdullah, was a Muslim based on the testimony by officers from the council and his oldest child Abdul Rahman Gan Abdullah.

The remains of the 74-year-old man, whose widow and seven children had no knowledge of his conversion to Islam, was yesterday released to the state Islamic religious council for burial.

Eng Gor’s widow, Chua Chun, and the couple’s seven other children were not present in court yesterday.

Gan’s next of kin — two of whom are bloggers — contacted me last night.

I was told that the deceased’s family will be going ahead with civil suit against the eldest son for forgery charges as the father, who was paralysed and couldn’t talk due to a stroke, was deemed to be invalid.I was made to understand that evidence of discrepancy on all the documents will be tendered. There would be argument that Gan’s supposed conversion was concealed from the rest of the family until his death last Sunday.The eldest son had apparently lodged a police report, saying that the deceased was a Muslim, and wanted to claim the body, despite his mother having kowtow-ed appealing for compassion.

The family said they “lost” the case in Syariah court as their application for an injunction to stop the Syariah court from proceeding came in way too late.

Read these blogs for insights and feel the torment:
1 ) www.guilostories.com
2 ) http://hsiauchuen.wordpress.com

Meanwhile, Google News is starting the indexing of news and blog items related to Gan Eng Gor, here.

The origin of above post is taken from:

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Altantuya murder trial: Again, another media blackout!

November 17, 2007 at 12:26 am (Justice, Politics) (, , , )

The following article by The Straits Times, Singapore, was reproduced in The Malaysian Bar website (http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/content/view/12228/2/)

Wednesday, 14 November 2007, 09:02am

©The Straits Times, Singapore (Used by permission)

Records show call was made around time of Mongolian woman’s death

SHAH ALAM – THE name of the chief aide of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak was mentioned at the trial of a murdered Mongolian beauty yesterday, dragging another associate of the deputy premier into the courtroom proceedings.

Deputy Superintendent Musa Safri received a call from murder suspect Abdul Razak Baginda, said an expert witness who has gone through the phone records of the suspects in the case, the Bernama news agency reported.

CyberSecurity Malaysia digital forensic head Aswami Fadillah Mohd Ariffin did not tell the Shah Alam High Court what the call was about.

The call was made between Oct 18 and Oct 21, he said.

The witness said he had traced the calls from the phone records supplied by mobile phone service providers, Bernama reported.

DSP Musa is the aide-decamp of Datuk Seri Najib, while Abdul Razak is a close associate of the senior politician.

Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, is believed to have been murdered on Oct 19 or 20 last year.

Parts of her blown-up body were found in a jungle in Bukit Raja near Shah Alam last November.

Abdul Razak, 47, is charged with abetting her murder.

Two men from an elite police unit, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 31, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, are accused of murdering her.

Bernama quoted Mr Aswami, the expert witness, as saying there was also a record that showed DSP Musa had made a phone call to Azilah between Oct 17 and Oct 21 last year.

Abdul Razak had also received a phone call from the handphone of Azilah’s girlfriend during the same period, said the expert witness.

The trial has been closely followed by Malaysians due to the gruesome nature of the murder, Abdul Razak’s links to Deputy PM Najib, and the lurid details revealed during the hearings.

Adding spice to the case is the fact that the two policemen in the dock were part of a unit that guards VIPs, including Datuk Seri Najib.

When the hearings began in June, it was dubbed Malaysia’s trial of the century.

But the trial has been mired in technical arguments and many Malaysians have lost interest due to the slow pace of the proceedings.

The trial entered its 58th day yesterday.

Mr Aswami said he had analysed calls and text messages made from Oct 17 to 21 last year on 12 handphones and 14 SIM cards and also analysed two laptop computers sent to him by the police.

At the time of Ms Altantuya’s death, Abdul Razak was the head of the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre and an adviser to Datuk Seri Najib.

According to Bernama yesterday, Abdul Razak’s affidavit filed in January mentions DSP Musa as his acquaintance and that DSP Musa had introduced Abdul Razak to Azilah.

All three suspects face the death sentence if convicted.

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Woo Hoo!

November 1, 2007 at 9:45 pm (Justice, Politics) (, , , )

Thank God for a ray of hope.

The former Chief Justice (CJ), Tun Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim, had his application for a six-month extension rejected following today’s meeting of the country’s nine hereditary rulers with Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi. His tenure as the CJ expired yesterday when he officially turned 66, the mandatory retirement age for judges as stated in the Federal Constitution. This fellow is the one linked to the alleged brokering of judges’ appointments exposed in the Lingam Tape.

For the latest news straight from Putrajaya, the new federal administrative centre of Malaysia, click here.

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Astronaut or NOT?

October 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm (Justice, Politics) (, , , , , , )

A lot of hoohah about Malaysian first astronaut or cosmonaut or what-not.
Fact is he is just a FLIGHT PARTICIPANT. Perhaps, one level up after SPACE TOURIST.
I’m not making this up. Just check:

Or u can click on images:



Meanwhile, this week, Raya mood blankets trial in Altantuya case and No clear image of man’s face or number plates in Nurin case.

I pray Godspeed for these two cases.

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What a match!

October 5, 2007 at 10:09 am (Justice) (, , , )

In The Star Online today, the expert said match in DNA tests in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial.

Strange thing is the expert, a 54-year-old chemist, did not establish that the “biological daughter” was indeed the deceased.

So, what does that mean? A match that doesn’t match? If not the deceased, then WHO?

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THE MARCH: I was there!

September 26, 2007 at 6:33 pm (Justice, Personal, Politics) (, , , , )

I wish I had a cam or vid cam. Nevertheless, I will try to capture the event with words.

I arrived at Palace of Justice at 10 AM and had the call of nature. I think it was partly due to my anxiety of the impending march. So, I just took a slow and long walk to the next building where Jabatan Imigresen was. After the relief (naturally and emotionally!), I returned to my car, got my jacket out and wore it. My attire as was required or requested by the Bar Council in support of solidarity.

At 10:26 AM, I took small steps to Palace of Justice. Finally, I reached the steps leading to the entrance. There were not many people, not what I expected. ‘Probably, still early,’ I thought to myself.

11 PM. The march was supposed to start but not without the rest of the 7 buses load of Bar Council members. They were blocked by the police. Thus, they had to walk a distance of 4-5 km. Batch by batch, they arrived and finally, everyone was ready to begin.

12 noon. The President of the Bar Council, Ambiga Sreenevasan, made a short speech and emphasized the fact that we would march peacefully and were walking for justice! Chants like ‘Change, change, change!’ to the shout of ‘What do we want?’ and ‘Justice!’ were heard.

12:02 PM. We started to walk for justice.

12:12 PM. A convoy of 7 FRU vehicles passed by.

12:22 PM. Frantic with worry, I quickly sms dear and two good friends – ‘Spraying water canon ahead’ About 2 minutes later, I realized the ‘canons’ came from a water-spewing fountain.

12:35 PM. Yes, we reached the roundabout. Standing before us was PM’s Office.

12:40 PM. The President of Bar Council, Ambiga Sreenevasan, with a few others walked into the PM’s Office to present the memorandums.

12:45 PM. Gloomy sky and rain clouds. Soon, the rain came. The crowd scattered to look for shelter. Some under the structures at the roundabout. Some to the mosque. Some to their cars. Nevertheless, the ‘hardcore’ members of Bar Council and the Public braved the rain!

While waiting for Ambiga and her team to return, some ‘hailers’ led the crowd with shouts of ‘What do we want? and ‘Who are we?’ with a resounding of ‘Justice!’ and ‘The Bar Council’ respectively.

1:13 PM. Return of Ambiga and her team. She thanked the crowd for support and gave a parting speech that ended with a bouquet of white balloons being released into the air!

Thank God for a peaceful march.

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THE MARCH: I have resolved to go

September 23, 2007 at 10:59 pm (Justice, Personal, Politics) (, , , , )

SAVE JUDICIARY: Lawyers to march to Putrajaya
Sep 26: From Palace of Justice to PM’s Office

A Bar Council-sponsored March from the Palace of Justice to the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya will be held on the coming Cabinet Meeting Day.

The Purpose: To give a memo to the Cabinet calling for the setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate issues jeopardising the Judiciary.

The March:
– 09:00am: Chartered buses to leave Bar Council (for those who need transport)
– 11.00am: Meet at the staircase of Palace of Justice.
– Attire: Black-and-white attire, with jacket

The march is open to the Public to take part.

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Nation transformation

September 23, 2007 at 8:31 pm (Justice, Spiritual) (, , , , )

Micah 4:2

And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Webster’s Bible Translation)

Inspired by the word of God, the Pastor delivered a sermon based on Micah 4:1-4.

Moved by the current issues facing the nation, namely public safety in light of the lost-and-found-dead Nurin and judiciary crisis brought about by ‘The Lingam tape’, he exhorted the church to be an agent of change.

Only God can change the nation.

Are we willing to cry out to God, the Judge of all, as in the parable of ‘The Widow and the Unjust Judge’ in Luke 18:1-8?

Luke 18:1-8

[18:1] Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. [2] He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. [3] And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

[4] “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, [5] yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”

[6] And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. [7] And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? [8] I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

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