Thursday, November 24, 2011

Yet More Lembu Issues - Lembu milk safe, oyster sauce flawed

The Malay Mail, November 24th

MALACCA: The Health Ministry admits the oyster sauce being sold at Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) is flawed, as claimed by DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua recently.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, said they had made verifications on the product and took two samples to analyse their protein content.

“The analysis results showed that both samples did not meet the required protein standard under Regulation 166A of the Food Regulations 1985,” he told a Press conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

“The samples contained 0.8 per cent and one per cent protein, less than the standard 2.5 per cent protein requirement for oyster sauce.”

Liow said he ordered the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to remove the product from the market.

Pua had said lab findings found the KR1M oyster sauce contained only flavourings and 0.6 per cent of protein.

Liow, however, rubbished Pua’s other claim on deficiencies in the 1Malaysia Growing Up Milk Powder for children above one year old.

Pua had claimed the product carried 6,012 international units (IU) of Vitamin A per 100kcal, which is 802 per cent above permissible limit.

Said Liow: “What Tony Pua said is not true. There are three types of milk formulas — infant formula for those below one year old, follow-up formula for kids between one and three years old, and the growing up formula for those above three years.

“After conducting verification on the milk powder, we found the product does not contain excessive Vitamin A.

“The Food Regulations 1985 states that the Vitamin A content in the product should not exceed 5,000IU and the 1Malaysia Growing Up Milk Powder contains only 3,240IU.

“The growing up formula is under Regulation 395 while the infant formula and the follow-up formula have its own standards and requirements under the Food Regulations 1985.

He said six other KR1M products, including meehoon and blackcurrant drinks, were also tested and found to adhere to regulations.

Liow said Pua was trying to confuse the public and politicise the issue.

“Tony Pua has twisted the specifications on these different formulas.”

“I would like to ask for Tony Pua’s cooperation.

“If there is any product which he has doubts on, he should send it to the ministry for checks. He cannot take action on his own because he is not an expert in it.”

There are three KR1M outlets in the Klang Valley.

Lembu see, lembu do

If there were any doubts at all before, its now official. The silly season is at its height and our politics have not only gone into overdrive, they are now on steroids. Steroids that you inject into lembus to fatten them up lah.

First, the lembus fight...

Ex-federal territories minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique has slammed PKR secretary-general and Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution for allegedly distorting the facts surrounding the purchase of cattle from the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).

Rafique, who is also Setiawangsa MP admitted there was a delay in the payment for 25 cows bought to celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Adha three years ago, but it was because the invoice was only sent a month later.

He said NFC only faxed the invoice for the RM70,000 purchase to his service centre in Setiawangsa on Jan 28, 2009 more than a month after the purchase on Dec 17, 2008.

“Upon receipt of the invoice, the service centre issued full payment on Jan 29, 2009, via a cheque handed over to NFC on the same day,” he said.

Saifuddin was quoted in news portals as claiming that Zulhasnan had bought the cows on credit in 2008 and only settled the debt in 2009. Zulhasnan accused Saifuddin of taking his statement in bad faith.

“It was a manipulation of facts in an attempt to make political insinuations,” he said.

Next, the lembus go on a rampaging stampede...

The DAP today demanded confirmation or denial from the Najib administration that it had sold 495 acres of prime land to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at a “ridiculously low price”.

Speaking to reporters in Parliament, DAP publicity chief Tony Pua alleged that Putrajaya, without calling for tenders, sold the Sungai Besi land to 1MDB for RM74.20 per square foot, which he said was far below the market price.

At RM240 a square foot, the Sungai Besi land should be worth a whopping RM5.2 billion,” Pua said. Despite its high potential valuation, the government has chosen to transfer the land to 1MDB for only RM1.6 billion, or RM3.6 billion less.

Since it is a known fact that lembus are not exactly well endowed in the brain dept (cow brain is used as an insult) it is up to the monkey (who will stop spanking for a bit) to explain:

The initial cost is in terms of transferring the operations of the Air Force and the Police to other areas. It is factually wrong to say that 1MDB paid RM1.6 billion for the land. The RM1.6 billion is what 1MDB will pay to relocate and develop nine new relocation sites for RMAF, Police Air Wing and the 31st Artillery currently in the air base.

Sharing the cost of RM1.1 billion is to be borne by the government and RM1.6 billion and RM1.1 billion incurred  by 1MDB  is a breakdown for several years, with RM400m for the year 2012 - so it should not be deemed as a capital injection.

In actual fact, for a national project as significant as Bandar Malaysia, it is only logical for the Government to transfer the land from the Federal Lands Commissioner to 1MDB without losing ownership. Effectively there is no land changing hands because the Government remains the ultimate owner.

The trick here is that the stampeding lembus are in actual fact not really stupid. This information is readily available in the records of Parliament proceedings. The Spanker found it, right? They are merely pretending to be dumb while leading other genuinely trusting lembus to the slaughterhouse.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Why people repeat lies

It appears that certain people believe in the maxim - “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

It was reported in Malaysiakini on 22 Nov 2011 that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was engaging in “moneylending” to a relatively unknown international firm and was being probed by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), as the agency’s actual role is to channel in foreign investment and strategic partnership.

The report continued on to say that “Even if PetroSaudi is indeed a very strong company - since when it is 1MDB’s mandate to become a moneylender?

Let’s address that right now - it started as an equity investment, converted to Murabaha (An Islamic financing structure, where an intermediary buys a property with free and clear title to it. The intermediary and prospective buyer then agree upon a sale price, including an agreed upon profit for the intermediary that can be made through a series of installments, or as a lump sum payment) with an option to convert back to equity,  say sources familiar with such arrangements.

Another allegation was that ‘The role of 1MDB is not to lend money and give interest in returns, even if the interest is profitable, the role of 1MDB is to bring development into Malaysia not become a moneylender and more so to foreign entity which is of unknown origins,” added the source.

In response to that, what would one call KLIFD and Bandar Malaysia?

1MDB was called to answer alleged discrepancies in its business dealings with PetroSaudi, specifically into its joint-venture - 1MDB PetroSaudi Limited.

PAC deputy chairperson DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw  had allegedly told reporters that the two-hour meeting had focussed on 1MDB’s US$1 billion (RM3.5 billion) investment in a joint-venture with PetroSaudi International Ltd.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim had, in June 2011, questioned 1MDB’s dealings with PetroSaudi, saying that IMDB disposed of investments in its joint venture with PetroSaudi barely five months after the strategic partnership was inked.

The key to note here is that the opposition is, once again, spinning issues in a desperate attempt to gain political mileage for the upcomimg elections when in actual fact, the 1MDB-PetroSaudi partnership underscores strong ties between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

1MDB has been under attack by its detractors over its partnership with PetroSaudi International Limited since day one. Allegations were based on a purposely misguided notion that PetroSaudi is a dubious operation, disregarding the fact that it is a reputed company with offices in Saudi Arabia, England and Switzerland with a strong international network.

In actual fact, the opposite is true and PetroSaudi has developed a worldwide reputation as a partner of choice, working in alliances with major international oil companies.

Here’s what Renault Renault F1 Team Chairman Gerard Lopez has to say about Tarek when announcing his entry to its F1 team as a partner:

 “It is a true privilege to announce that my long-standing business associate and good friend Tarek Obaid will be joining the Renault F1 Team. Tarek brings a unique global perspective to our business as we solidify our operating model and begin an ambitious development programme.”

“Tarek’s vast experience in identifying and executing successful strategic investment opportunities will be crucial as we expand the Renault F1 Team brand name, especially in the Middle East. This tie-up also further strengthens the collaboration between the French and Saudi private sectors.”

PAC chairman Azmi Khalid rightly pointed out that 1MDB has not lost money in the investment with PetroSaudi. In March this year, King Abdullah sent Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council secretary-general, Prince Bandar Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Saud, as a special envoy to deliver several key messages further cementing the long-term partnership between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

PetroSaudi has paid an additional cash profit of US$81.50 million (RM247.19 million) to the 1MDB in conjunction with Prince Bandar’s visit.

1MDB has said the 1MDB-PetroSaudi joint venture is part of a bigger picture to attract multi billion ringgit investment into Malaysia. It has a long-term investment structured for 1MDB to keep its interest in the JV.

Another accusation is that 1MDB invested US$1 billion and PetroSaudi injected US$1.5 billion, but in this case PetroSaudi’s US$1.5billion was an injection of assets.

Corporations injecting assets into SWFs are not the anomaly that the opposition is trying to make it out to be. There are several global examples of this normal practise.

Another accusation hurled at 1MDB is that a chunk of the PetroSaudi assets included “a potential oil field in Turkmenistan”.  It is not normal practice for the SWF’s partner to visit potential investment. Underwriting banks rely on expert reports and audited financial reports.

Yet, despite these facts, detractors are still relying on false information to discredit 1MDB’s reputation.

Last year, opposition MP Tony Pua said that the RM425 million profit recorded by 1MDB had elements of 'right hand to left hand' deals implying that the FY2009/2010 financial accounts of 1MDB included the much talked about land transfer of the Sunga Besi Airbase. That transfer was only made several months later in June 2011.

In most countries, factual errors like this will lead to public outcry and most probably the resignation of the accusers, however Malaysians seem tolerant of these wild allegations being made by opposition figures.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had on September 20th made another accusation that the accounts of 1MDB will never see the light of day.

When it was made public¸ he cast aspersions and disinformation about PetroSaudi, an act that can only serve to damage the goodwill and trust between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), in its initial investigation, has found that the US$1 billion loan given by 1MDB to PetroSaudi International Limited did not cause any loss.

PAC Chairman Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid said the loan was probably a business strategy implemented by 1MDB to gain positive continuous returns.

 "So far, the loan has not caused any loss. In fact, the value has increased and they are getting more income through the dividends.

"So, the loan is probably their strategy to enable the company to gain continuous returns for 11 years," he told a press conference after chairing the committee meeting at Parliament building here.

Azmi said the investigation was done following a letter from Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, requesting the committee to investigate the business transactions involving the two companies.

PAC will call 1MDB representatives to submit other documents pertaining to the transaction next January, he said.

 "We still need to scrutinise several documents because there are certain issues that have been raised and 1MDB has promised to submit the relevant documents to us," he said.

For those hellbent on twisting their facts, here is the true fact conveniently blacked out by detractors: The Government of Malaysia wholly owns 1MDB as a strategic enabler for new ideas and new sources of growth to propel economic transformation. It means there is only one shareholder, i.e. the Government.

Also buried are the facts that the company identifies and unlocks strategic value to fully unleash new growth potentials. 1MDB creates high-impact business opportunities to forge international partnerships through equal-capital joint ventures in game-changing projects. It leverages on the partners’ expertise to build capacity and pave the way for the entry of foreign direct investment in the long term. Every investment undergoes a rigorous process of best global practices, supported by local and international experts.

Lembu Punya Susu

Sunday Star 20 Nov 2011
Following allegations of wrongdoing and attacks from the Opposition, National Feedlot Corp executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail has come out in defence of the Beef Valley project.

IT is a hot afternoon at the National Feedlock Corp (NFC) cattle farm in Gemas, and Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail can be forgiven for looking hot and bothered.

“I don't really like press conferences. I am a scientist. I go to the lab and I do my work,” says the NFC executive chairman and former head of Technology Park, his puffy eyes betraying his lack of sleep.

This time around, however, he does not have the luxury of keeping out of the spotlight. It has been a busy few weeks for him, not only because of the NFC project but also because he and his family have come under a barrage of attacks from the Opposition.

It started after the Auditor-General's report described NFC as “a mess” and poorly managed for meeting only 41.1% of its target for 2010.

Dr Salleh is the husband of Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who is also Wanita Umno chief. NFC is run by Dr Salleh and their three children Izmir 31, Izran, 27, and Izzana, 25.

Naturally, the Opposition was delighted at having such a juicy target.

The Opposition appeared to have help on their side as they managed to get hold of NFC's accounts and transactions.

Dr Salleh put it down to two of his top managers the finance manager and sales manager resigning from the company under “suspicious circumstances” a few weeks earlier.

PKR's strategic director Rafizi Ramli led the slew of attacks, questioning the RM250mil government loan to NFC and declaring he had information that the loan was already drawn down. He hit out at NFC, calling it a failure for having suffered a loss of RM7mil in 2008 and another RM11mil the following year.

Then he hurled questions about NFC spending RM827,579 on its directors' overseas trips and its whopping discount of RM2.9mil for beef bought by Meatworks, their family-owned restaurant.

The most explosive salvo was that NFC had used the government loan meant for its cattle business to buy a RM9.8mil luxury condo at One Menerung in Bangsar. Rafizi called this an “unheard of investment decision” for a cattle company and accused NFC of misappropriating public funds.

It didn't stop there.

Allegations that NFC had paid RM26,400 for “expenses” to Shahrizat in 2008, donated cattle worth RM5,300 to Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Mansor and given another RM2,600 worth of cattle to Klawang assemblyman Datuk Yunus Rahmat were shot at them.

“I was shocked. My wife was also shocked. We didn't know how to address it. The business is doing well, sales are expanding and I consider ourselves lucky having succeeded. Then suddenly this 30-something-year-old guy, Rafizi, comes along and attacks us.

“I don't know him. My wife doesn't know him. My wife has always been friendly and nice to everyone and she has never hurt anyone so we didn't know why he was attacking us. We asked our children if they knew Rafizi and none of them did.

“We were checking to see what wrong we might have done for him to try to harm us like that. It's not like he came to ask for my daughter's hand in marriage and we turned him down,” Dr Salleh bursts out.

He stresses that his wife Shahrizat is not involved at all with NFC or its operations. Discussing the business at home, he says, is a strict no-no with her.

“If I open my mouth and even try to bring it up, she will tell me to keep quiet. She doesn't want to hear about it. My wife puts up a big wall between us, where I have my part and she hers (and these remain separate),” he adds.

A little sheepishly, Dr Salleh reveals that when the controversy broke, Shahrizat even went for a day without talking to him!

“After that, it was okay. She was composed. My wife and I and the kids are all very close to each other.”

He confides that it took him a long time to understand that the attacks were “political” and that for some (like Rafizi), “politics is more important than integrity.”

The publicity-shy Dr Salleh shares that Shahrizat did not force him to have the press conference. He felt compelled to address the allegations after seeing the comments from her party members, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who had asked NFC to explain and former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who said Shahrizat has nothing to do with the company.

On the day of the press conference, Shahrizat had flown off to Makkah for umrah. The family was supposed to go there together but with the allegations pending, they decided to shelve the trip. Dr Salleh says he managed to persuade Shahrizat to go ahead without them.

“I told her this issue has nothing to do with her. I think going there and praying would help strengthen her. I am biased because she is my wife. She is a good woman.”

Flanked by lawyer Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, NFC corporate and financial consultant Zakaria Mohammed, and his son Wan Shahinur Izmir, who is also NFC director, Dr Salleh fields various questions from reporters for an hour and a half, giving lengthy explanations for each allegation.

He also does not hesitate to provide information on the business.

NFC imports Brahman cows from Australia. These are kept in pens at the Gemas farm where they are fed and fattened to be ready for slaughter in four to six months.

The cows at his farm are valued at over RM4,500 compared with RM2,500 for a local cow, he explains, because Brahman cattle are twice as heavy as those from Kedah and Kelantan.

“The six-month-old cows we have are as big as the four-year-old cows in Kedah and Kelantan. Local cows eat but do not grow fat.

“We (NFC) need cows which are of good stock because we are producing them for meat. Our cows eat and grow fat quickly and can weigh up to 600kg in just a few months,” he adds.

When asked why they have to import their cattle, he says they have to start somewhere.

The long-term plan, he explains, is to work together with Felda and Felcra, which have large tracts of land, to breed these high quality cattle locally.

“We are forced to import the cattle now but we have been in business for only two years. Our contract is for 30 years and is renewable for another 30 years, so I think in 60 years, the success will be there (to breed the high quality cattle locally).”

He feels that it is not accurate to say the NFC had only met 41.1% of its target in 2010 because there is a difference between the number of cows they have and the numbers slaughtered.

Dr Salleh points out that NFC only started the business in 2009, and there were things to take care of before they were able to market the meat.

Its mini abattoir was only ready in April, obtained halal certification in June and got the Veterinary Health Mark (VHM) only in mid-2010, he adds.

It took a while to get the VHM because the Gemas farm is quite far and the department is very strict in issuing the VHM, he explains.

He says the department officers checked the farm twice, first to inspect the facilities, for which they suggested improvements and corrections, and later to make sure the corrections were made.

“Even if there is a temperature difference of 3 (in the abattoir), they will ask us to fix that. If we don't have the VHM, supermarkets will not buy the meat from us even if they like our beef.

“It was only when we got the VHM in mid-2010 that our sales went up. We had the targeted number of cows in 2010 but we couldn't slaughter them until we got the VHM. If we can't sell the meat, why slaughter the cattle?” he says, explaining why NFC fell short of its target of cows that were slaughtered that year.

On its loan and grants, he says the government allocated a grant of RM13mil, of which 50% has been disbursed, and a loan of RM250mil with a 2% interest rate.

He denies that NFC had drawn down the RM250mil government loan, saying there was still RM69mil that hasn't been released. The money, he says, is allocated in a special loan account and NFC would need to justify to the Finance Ministry the amount it needs before the money is released accordingly.

The agreement for the loan specifies that repayment will only kick in once the RM250mil has been totally disbursed.

Repayment for the principal amount would be RM14.7mil each year for 17 years, he adds.

On the controversial purchase of the One Menerung condominiums, Dr Salleh defends it as a “good business decision”.

The company wanted to develop a feedmill and this would happen only after the contract farmers' project takes off and succeeds, he says, “So, we thought, while waiting for this, we have to find a place to park the money for the short term, one which would not depreciate and where we could make profits almost yearly.”

NFC bought the two condominiums for RM6.9mil cash per unit. In return, the developer gave them a cash rebate of 10% for two years, which comes up to RM57,000 a month per unit. They rent out each unit for RM18,000, which generates an income of RM75,000 a month per unit or RM900,000 a year for each unit.

“We are getting 12.9% returns on the investment. If we had put the money in the bank, we would get only 2.5% to 3.25% interest, which is less than the inflation rate,” he says, adding that the condominiums were purchased under the company's name. Once the contract farming started, he says, NFC would sell off the condominiums at a good price because they are in a prime location.

As for the discount NFC gave to its Meatworks restaurant, like every new business that's just starting out, says Dr Salleh, it had to be priced in a “very favourable way” to attract buyers.

He adds that every one of its 150 buyers, including wet markets and hypermarket operators, received the same amount of discount as Meatworks and that NFC was not giving preferential treatment.

He also denies that NFC paid RM26,400 to Shahrizat for expenses. In fact, she was the one who paid NFC RM25,000 for cattle she bought for qurban (sacrifice and distribution to the poor for Hari Raya Haji), he says.

Dr Salleh nevertheless admits that NFC gave a cow each to Shaziman and Yunus, but it was as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to donate to the poor in the area.

He also justifies the RM827,579 NFC spent on overseas trips.

As the company was new in the industry, he explains, it had to go to Australia a number of times to look for the cattle and suppliers and establish business links with them.

“2009 was a difficult year for us because we didn't have the expertise. We had to look for expertise in abattoir and feedlot, and skilled manpower to bring to Malaysia, and that cost money. Australia doesn't consider Malaysia a big market, so there was a lot of cost of investment in our first year.”

None of them travelled first class on these business trips, he says, adding that Shahrizat did not come along for a single trip.

On NFC's loss of RM7mil in 2009 and RM11mil in 2010, Dr Salleh took Rafizi to task.

“Obviously he doesn't know anything about business. In any new business, you don't make money for the first few years because there are investment costs. You need to put up buildings, infrastructure and make investments.

“The first year, we were struggling; the second year, we were getting better and for the third year, we are doing well. By 2012, our returns will be positive. And we have 27 more years to go.”

By this time, Dr Salleh has managed to get over his media shyness to deliver a jibe that Rafizi should not advise the Selangor government on how to do business.

“He would close everything down due to his inexperience,” he says. “(PKR's) Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was running Guthrie and has experience running real companies. I suggest he understudies Tan Sri Khalid before making any critical decisions.”

Dr Salleh also points out that his three children who graduated from universities in the US had highly paid jobs there and it was he who forced them to return because he wanted to create skills in the cattle industry here.

“No child who graduates from university wants to be a farmer. I told them the country supported you and now you must support the country, and they reluctantly came back,” he says, adding that one of the jobs his children do now is to jaga tahi lembu (clean cow dung).

Lawyer Shafee says there is an overwhelming case to sue for defamation because every one of the allegations made is “rubbish, has been spun and not truthful at all”.

Dr Salleh says his family will sit down together to discuss whether to sue and how to proceed.

“It will be a family decision. We don't want to rush into this. Rafizi has rushed into accusations. I don't feel angry. I actually feel kesian (pity) for him. The anger will burn him rather than make us angry.”

Son Izmir too says he is not angry because the allegations are not true.

“But I am a bit sad that everybody else in the country may believe his over-eager accusations. We have addressed those issues and I hope the press can help disseminate this information,” Izmir says

“And I would like to invite Rafizi to take a look for himself instead of coming and screaming at us from the gate outside and then making allegations about everything when he has nothing.”

Still, people will be watching to see how Shahrizat emerges from it all. Some of her Umno colleagues, like the colourful Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mohktar Radin, have demanded for her resignation over the issue.

But Muhyiddin has come to her defence, saying she doesn't need to because she is not directly involved.

In the meantime, Shahrizat has been keeping a low profile.

Asked whether his wife has indicated she would resign, Dr Salleh only says he could not answer on her behalf.

“She, the PM and the DPM they decide. I am only her husband. She doesn't discuss political aspects with me. Whatever she decides, I support her 100% as I have for the 31 years of our married life.”

Monday, November 14, 2011

When Superman Fled The Earth In Shame

I have only a couple of simple requests of my elected reps (and yes, I expect these to apply to me too);

1) I expect them to be polite, no matter the issue. It’s okay to get mad or have passion (actually, passion is good), but it is not okay to be abusive or uncivilized in this day and age.

2) I don’t want to have to catch these abusive politicians twice. Given that its the silly season running up to the elections, I fully expect the current crop of politicians from both sides of the divide to lie, obfuscate and try to “shades-of-gray” the truth.

What I don’t like is personal attacks and character assassinations in the street fighting, no-holds-barred, absolutely everything my opponent does is wrong tactic that seems to have become the norm today.

My 4-year old niece has learned these rules - be nice, and when and if you do screw up, admit it. I don’t think that’s too much to ask of our elected reps.

Which brings me to DAP Central Publicity Chief Dr Hew Kuan Yau and his much talked about "Chopping" Chinese Kung Fu style of public speaking. Hew obtained his doctorate in the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a historian. In addition to the study of history, Hew is also a Mathematician.

As the DAP’s Central Publicity and Political Education Director, it is incumbent on Hew to exhibit exemplary behavior and his words should be reflective of his mature thinking and good character.

Sadly, the reality is that you can be a PhD holder, but a person’s character is not determined by his academic qualification. Conversely there are many people who did not receive much formal education but are of very good character.

Hew has consistently engaged in anti-social behavior and grandstanding, using shock tactics to ensure he remains in the public’s consciousness.  The manner in which he cursed the MCA president and his family publicly is certainly an eye-opener to the brand of politics the Opposition is currently practicing.

Hew called Chua “soh hai” (literally translated as stupid cunt) and “ham ka charn” (Cantonese to condemn a person’s entire family to perish) during the DAP’s 45th anniversary dinner on Oct 13. In contrast, Chua merely responded by saying that it was up to the people to decide whether they wanted a government that focused on using foul words, personal attacks and empty promises; or one that seriously tried to resolve issues faced by the people.

Chua said Hew and the DAP had gone overboard as such an attack was contrary to the DAP leaders' stand when accusations of sexual molest were made against Marcus Lim, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's son.

“It does not gel with Guan Eng's statement that politics should leave out children and family members of politicians,” he told reporters in his measured response. Chua continued by saying personal attacks against other politicians and their family members should be condemned as it did not augur well for politics in the country.

On a related point of interest – the DAP had to scramble to do damage control over Hew calling SUPP members “Orang Utan” in another recent name calling episode.

Spank this monkey for the details

Here’s another shining example of the lengths some PhD holders will stoop to get our attention – in full view of special guest YB Lim Guan Eng, YB Anthony Loke, YB Teresa Kok, YB Liew Chin Tong, YB Wong Ho Leng, YB Leong Mee Meng & several other Ybs, Hew dons red underwear on stage! I heard Superman fled the earth in shame over this one.

Date : 02/05/2011 Time : 6:00pm Venue : Musical Corridor, Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club, Miri. 

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