30% Liberalisation



DS Najib announcement to liberalise 27 services sub-sectors (meaning 30% Bumi quota to be removed in these sectors), received varies response across the region. Opinions such as, whether UMNO has abandoned the idea of Malay Rights has been heard for the past few days.

What does DS najib means by liberalisation? Liberalisation is closely interlinked with globalisation, privatization and free-market. Malaysia, being a FDI-driven country, would hope that this moves would create more foreign investors entering local market. But is this concept which are practised by the western countries are suitable in the local context? What are the price to the local economy? Can DS Najib implement this policy along with his "GLOKAL" slogan? There are many arguments that can be raised depending on how you view it.

Fistly, we need to remember that we have signed up to ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) which it will be implemented in 2010. From this context, DS Najib is preparing us to face the "REAL WORLD" next year. Local players have to "beef up" and be more competitive to face foreign competitors. We have been delaying the implementation for quite some times and its time for us to compete with our neighbouring countries. This will also directly improve Malaysian international economic competitiveness which has been sliding over the past few years.

Secondly, with the existence of such an open market, foreign direct investments (FDIs) will increase and this indirectly will provide more jobs to skilled workers and help raise the income of our people.

However, there are few isssues that the government needs to focus on -

1. Can this policy protects the welafare of the ordinary people, ecspecially the lower income group?

2. The "pro and cons' in the accessibility in critical industris such as health & education

3. Financial sector (financial liberalisation in the developed countries that cause current global crisis)

4. Can foreign players succeed in tourism and transportation industries withour LOCAL players?

5. Will this policy result us in signing the US FTA? (I am personally against this!, look at the mess that they are in now.)

With all the consideration above, we hope that DS Najib is aware of all the precaution in safeguarding the local interest. We are now facing the biggest challenges the nation has ever seen especially the global financial and economic meltdown. Effective measures and policies are critical in order to survive in this 'hard times', yet long-term implication to the domestic economy should not be ignored - FR


The God of the "Impossible"

by Sarah Bedenkop, Missionary Mom to the Nations

At times, the process of adoption seems overwhelming, almost impossible. Always remember, we serve a God of the impossible. When God places a dream in our hearts, He provides the wings and teaches us to fly.

As a young family, we dreamed of serving on the mission field.

Impossible with Bible college debt, a toddler and a baby on the way. Wings came as God canceled our debt and gave us our little Caleb right before our missions training.

Impossible to go as a family to Thailand 7 days after the Tsunami to share God’s love with the ravaged nation. God used our little ones to minister His grace and love and to be in a remarkable place after a tragedy.

Impossible to leave for the mission field full time with little financial support. We bought our tickets with our tax return and God has provided the rest. We have been serving in Central America for almost 5 years now.

Impossible to lead a team of Costa Rican missionaries to Kenya for an international outreach. Our family gave our tickets and God multiplied the money just like the fish and the loaves, providing for new tickets for us and the extra expenses of the team.

Impossible to adopt a child from Ethiopia while living in Costa Rica. After many months of battling on our knees and seeking the Lord for His perfect guidance, we have officially been accepted into an adoption program for Ethiopia. Our hearts rejoice!

We serve a God of the impossible! Thank you Lord, for giving our dreams wings to fly and teaching us to soar.

Are any of you facing an "impossible?" Remember what Jesus said in Matt. 19:26... "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Be sure to visit Sarah's blog: JustSarahDawn

Perak to Buy New Protons to Replace Camrys




The Perak state government will purchase a new fleet of Proton Perdanas for executive councillors to replace the Toyota Camrys bought by the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) administration.

Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Kadir said "We will get them new and cheap. We have always believed in using the Proton cars because they are our national pride. We are aware that there were previous complaints on the high cost of maintenance for the vehicles. This is one of our concerns too.However, we will speak with Proton on how to better maintain the vehicles without forking out too much,".

The state's 16 Toyota Camrys, used by the previous Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government as their official vehicles, will be auctioned off at the State Secretariat's car park from 9.30am to 4pm from May 4 to 18.The reserve price for each vehicle is at RM148,000.

p/s: It was a bad idea that the previous government switched from "Malaysian" to "Japanese". How can you convince the consumers when you dont believe in your own products :)

The Saga Continues.....

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is prepared to lead Barisan Nasional’s (BN) machinery for the Penanti by-election as his supporters continue to pile pressure on Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to abandon his idea of skipping the expected vote in Penang.

The former prime minister believes he can defeat PKR in the stronghold of his arch-enemy Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Penanti lies within Anwar’s Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency.

And this message has been communicated by Dr Mahathir’s supporters to various BN leaders.

Yesterday, Dr Mahathir urged Najib to call off the idea of skipping the Penanti vote just a day after the new prime minister floated the idea.

Dr Mahathir argued that to concede defeat to the opposition would be a sign of weakness.

source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/

p/s: interesting, a "brave call" from a "Real Soldier".

Ethiopia Trip Update #7 - from Mark via Liane

Yesterday Liane received a phone call from Mark in Ethiopia and here is some of what he shared:

Today is Easter Sunday in Ethiopia. Yesterday Mark and Abdissa went to purchase the goat that they will kill and eat. Before you kill the goat, you kill a chicken and eat it - and picking the right goat and chicken is a lengthy ordeal as there are very specific things to look for in these animals (I wonder what they are??). The week of celebrations and observances leading up to Easter are a big part of the Christian culture there, especially for Thursday and Good Friday.

When Mark, Joy and Abebe went to Gimbie, they met a couple - nurses at the hospital there - who are adopting two babies. Last week they came to Addis Ababa and also to Adama at Tezera's Orphans and Widows' Home where many of the children from Gimbie will be transferrred for adoption. Scott was on the roof of the compound doing some electrical work and was severely electrocuted. Mark said he had never seen such a sight! Scott fell about 15 feet to the ground from the shock. Mark ran to him and said he was white as a sheet. He was ready to perform CPR but Scott was breathing and awake. They took him to the hospital, as he did have a broken arm, but that was all! Mark said it was a PURE miracle that he was not killed. Praise the Lord!

Please keep Mark in your prayers as he has one more week in Ethiopia and many things need to be accomplished. More details about the things God is doing coming soon!

"One Malaysia" is About Sharing Power and Wealth



Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaking at the 63rd annual general meeting of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM), explain to the audience what 'One Malaysia' means in the business context. Najib reminded about the "formula” which had formed the glue, and a successful one at that, that held the country together through the years.

He promised to continue the legacy of “power sharing, equitable wealth distribution and eradication of poverty”. He added “This government of today has always implemented business-friendly policies for the good of the nation. It's a symbiotic relationship; when businesses thrive, the government collects more revenues in taxes that can be used to provide for services to the people. As such, I will hold true to the government policy of pro-business and this is my pledge as Prime Minister to all Malaysians: 1 Malaysia,”

p/s: While many Malaysian continue to scratch their heads on "One Malaysia", today DS Najib explained the concept in "business term". Next stop, in "social term".



She's Home!

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Joy returned home safe & sound!


Mark has more work to do!

Mark has become 'Uncle Mark' to so many of the children in our orphanages. They love him! He'll be in Ethiopia until the end of the month, with much to be accomplished before he comes home. We hope the electricity in Addis Ababa stays on and that Mark has a chance to email us an update.

Stayed tuned for lots more stories! (I'm trying to give Joy a chance to catch her breath before I pin her down for an in-depth interview!)
Becky
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Another By-election



Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who quit as the Penang deputy chief minister 1 last week, resigned his Penanti state seat to force a by-election that could decide his replacement. According to him, this decision is made in the interest of PKR and would also allow him to continue his postgraduate studies and spend time with his family. He also added that he would now focus on clearing his name from allegations hurled against him.

p/s: Never seen too many by-election in a short period of time. Hope we can cut down on politicking and concentrate on building the nation. ONE MALAYSIA!

Proton EXORA, Our First MPV


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib launched Proton's first multipurpose vehicle (MPV), "Exora" . The 1.6-litre Exora has already received orders of 2,500 units, before it was launched.

Medium and higher-specification models priced at RM69,998 and RM75,998 respectively. The 1.6-litre MPV, is manufactured with 90 per cent local parts.

"Malaysians want European technology, Japanese design but Malaysian prices,” Syed Zainal, Proton's MD.

p/s: Congrats! Price, looks and accessories, not bad. Hopefully the improvement of proton's overall quality can be seen in this 'piece'.

for details:

http://paultan.org/archives/2009/04/15/proton-exora-malaysias-first-mpv-from-rm69998/

Eli is Back (updated)




Selangor MB, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his Exco have decided to offer YB Elizabeth Wong to remain as Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman. If the offer accepted, she needs to resume work tomorrow. He added that “The state government believes this is an appropriate and fair decision..”. (Updated) Eli agrees to stay on as exco and assemblywoman.

That means no by-election in Bukit Lanjan


p/s: was it an issue of morality or was she a political victim?? You make the call..

Crooked Bridge



Several groups from Johor has made a call for Prime Minister to review back the cancellation of the crooked bridge. The project which was shelved by Tun Abdullah back in 2006, received many strong criticism especially from the former premier; Tun Mahathir. This project was initiated during Mahathir era, however was shelved due to financial reasons (according to Pak Lah's admin). Let's hear what the Johorian's have to say about this:

" The people of Johor, regardless race, would like the DS Najib to review back the crooked bridge. It is a long term investment and nobody can deny the positive effect it will bring to the economy of Johor"
Pemuda UMNO Johor

" The 'bridge' will boost up the economy, especially in Johor Bharu"
Dato' Soh poh Seng, President of "Dewan Perniagaan & Industri Johor"


"Both countries; Malaysia & Singapore will benefit from it, its about time to replace Tambak Johor which was build in 1924"
P Sivakumar, President of dewan peniagaan India Johor


p/s: "They" shouldn't have canceled the bridge at the first place, now it will cost more to build the bridge due to the rise of raw materials - FR

Comeback Kid..

One of my reliable source says that Tun Daim; one of the country’s ablest economic architects and one of the most powerful and respected figures in the corporate and political scene could re-emerge as an economic advisor to the government.

Tun Daim Zainuddin, respected for his economic & "money making" skills is being touted to the Najib administration as a member of National Economic Advisors Council (NEAC). Member of this council will enjoy ministerial powers.

Daim played an important role in steering the country out of the recession in the late 1980s and the Asian Financial Crisis in 1998. He resigned from the administration in 2002 and he retreated to the corporate world; running his business empire with interests all over the globe.

Born April 29,1938 in Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah, Daim bin Zainuddin is the youngest of thirteen siblings. Daim received his early education at the Malay Primary School in Seberang Perak, Alor Setar and then advanced to the Special Malay Class at the Sultan Abdul Hamid School, which was an English–medium school.

Daim’s great break was in 1971, when he decided to venture into land and property development. Together with two other partners, he formed a company, Syarikat Maluri Sdn Bhd of which he held a 60% majority control. The Company bought and developed Taman Maluri, Cheras and Daim became the first full-fledged Malay property developer in Kuala Lumpur. He was made Finance Minister in 1984 in the Mahathir era. He resigned in 1991 and was appointed for the same post in 1997 to help Malaysia during the economic crisis.Former Secretary–General of the Finance Ministry, the late Tan Sri Zain Azraai said: “He is an extraordinary man, a firm man, who came quietly to take over the Finance Ministry, did a splendid job, then left quietly.”

Names that are widely expected to be included in the council are, former head of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Datuk Andrew Sheng, and corporate figures Datuk Md Noor Yusof and Datuk Azman Yahya.

p/s: Tun Mahathir once said "Tun Daim is the only person that i know, who really understands money". Salute to the grand master of economics!

UFO in Larkin Johor??


Larkin, Johor, 2009

Gunung Jerai Kedah, 2007

Kuala Lumpur, 2000

Ministry of Science & Technology (MOSTI) has directed Agensi Angkasa Negara (ANGKASA) to investigate the report on UFO sightings in Larkin, Johor. Several witnesses had been reported seeing the same "green" & "yellow" lights in the sky for the past 2-3 days. Several sightings also has been reported in KL and Kedah but it remains a mystery.

p/s: Maybe we have our own "area 51"? :)

UMNO Youth Head List..

1. TUN HUSSEIN ONN (1949 - 1951)

2. TUN ABDUL RAZAK (1951)


3. TUN SARDON JUBIR (1951 - 1964)


4. DATUK SENU ABDUL RAHMAN (1964 - 1971)


5. DATUK HARUN IDRIS (1971 - 1976)


6. TAN SRI SYED JAAFAR ALBAR (1976 - 1977)


7. DATUK HJ SUHAIMI KAMARUDDIN (1977 - 1982)



8. DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM (1982 - 1987)


9. DATUK SERI NAJIB RAZAK (87 - 93)



10. DATUK SERI RAHIM TAMBY CHIK (93 - 94)


11. DATUK ZAHID HAMIDI (94 - 99)


12. DATUK SERI HISHAMUDDIN HUSSEIN (99 - 08)


13. Khairy Jamaluddin (2009 - now)

p/s: Paklah's favorite number is 13, his car registration is 13, his favourite UMNO youth chief is No. 13 :)

YB Dato’ Razali Ibrahim @ RTM1, 10th April, 10.30pm



RTM1 will be having a live telecast with YB Dato Razali Ibrahim in a talkshow called blog@1.

Channel : RTM 1

Date : Friday, April, 10

Time : 10.30 pm

p/s: I have met him a couple of times, he seems to be very presentable and likable, hope he can bring the voice and aspiration of the young generation.

Mixed Reaction



"It's not to my expectations, those who lost elections were given positions or retained while those who won were not," "

Professor Agus Yussoff, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

"It's still the same old horses and same ministries. If you want to bring in political rejects, it makes the cabinet a bit of an artefact. After all the hype, it is a little disappointing,"

Tony Pua, Petaling Jaya Utara MP

"The appointment of former Finance Minister II Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop to lead the Economic Planning Unit could smoothen implementation of the second stimulus package.It is important to get everything going and I hope to see the stimulus to kick in in second half to limit the downturn in the economy."

Lee Heng Guie, CIMB chief economist

"Mukhriz should be able to settle down and do a good work. I hope he will tackle the problem of giving out Approved Permits (APs) to people who are selling the APs,"

Dr Mahathir

“This is the most challenging job in the most challenging of times. But I am prepared for it and will do my best,”

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed

"Kita juga tidak boleh berasa selesa dengan jawatan dipegang kerana prestasi akan dinilai Perdana Menteri dari semasa ke semasa,"

Hishamuddin Onn

" A good mixture of Ol' timers and young blood, a good mixture from East & West Malaysia, and a good mixture of races. ONE MALAYSIA" - FR





"He Doesn't Mind"

Rembau MP and Umno Youth Head, YB Khairy Jamaluddin, who was not included in the new Cabinet line-up said he does not mind that he was not included in the new cabinet. He added that that holding a position in the Cabinet was not important to him, especially in view of the heavy responsibility that he has to shoulder as head of the Youth wing.

“As Umno Youth head, I am ready to assist the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib), whether within or outside the Government, and I feel the post is not important,” he told reporters.

The same scenario happened before to previous Youth head where Suhaimi Kamaruddin (1978-1982) and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (1996-1998) were not appointed ministers.


NEW CABINET LINE-UP



Prime Minister and Finance Minister 1: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Deputy PM and Education Minister: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Ministers in Prime Minister’s Department
Unity and Performance Management: Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon
Law and Parliament: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz
Religious Affairs: Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharum
Economic Planning Unit: Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop

Deputies: Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Senator Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, Datuk SK Devamany, Ahmad Maslan, Senator T. Murugiah

Finance
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Finance Minister II: Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah
Deputies: Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein

Education
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies: Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Puad Zarkashi

Transport
Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat
Deputies: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Datuk Robert Lau

Home
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies: Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop, Jelaing Mersat

Information, Communications, Arts and Culture
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputies: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Senator Heng Seai Kie

Energy, Green Technology & Water
Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy: Noriah Kasnon

Plantation Industries and Commodities
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Deputy: Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

Rural and Regional Development
Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal
Deputies: Datuk Hassan Malek, Datuk Joseph Entulu

Higher Education
Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin
Deputies: Dr Hou Kok Chung, Saifuddin Abdullah

International Trade and Industry
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputies: Datuk Muhkriz Mahathir, Datuk Jacob Dungau

Science, Technology and Innovation
Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy: Fadillah Yusof

Natural Resources and Environment
Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas
Deputy: Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

Tourism
Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen
Deputy: Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib

Agriculture and Agro-based Industries
Datuk Noh Omar
Deputies: Johari Baharum, Rohani Abdul Karim

Defence
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Deputy: Datuk Dr Abdul Latif

Works
Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Deputy: Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

Health
Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy: Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shilin

Youth and Sports
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Deputies: Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Wee Jeck Seng

Human Resources
Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam
Deputy: Datuk Maznah Mazlan

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri
Deputy: Datuk Tan Lian Hoe

Housing and Local Government
Datuk Kong Cho Ha
Deputy: Lajim Ukin

Women, Family and Community Development
Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Deputy: Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun

Foreign Affairs
Datuk Anifah Aman
Deputies: Datuk Lee Chee Leong, Senator A. Kohilan Pillai

Federal Territories
Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Deputy: Datuk M. Saravanan

Ethiopia Trip Update #6 - from Joy





It is twelve long hours in the car to drive to Gimbie. Gimbie is nestled in western Ethiopia close to the Sudan border and it is tropical foliage and quite hot this time of the year. We passed by many small villages whose way of life has not changed for centuries. The farmers were out ploughing with oxen and the older children herded the goats or cows. As we passed a stream, I saw women washing clothes and further down others filling their water containers. Those that are more affluent ride horses or have horse drawn carts …. but the majority of people just walk. It is life lived close to the land. Black and white monkeys capered in the trees and we saw many baboons and exotic birds.

We were welcomed to Gimbie by an American couple who are working as missionaries at Gimbie Adventist Hospital and it was their invitation that motivated this trip. Scott is the head nurse of the hospital and they have been taking care of three babies that, through various circumstances, were placed in their path. They are adopting two of them and wanted YWAM to facilitate the adoption of the third. The Barlows see firsthand the need for someone to work with unmarried women who have an unplanned pregnancy. In this culture, it is shameful to have a baby before marriage and having a baby greatly damages your chances of finding a husband. Abortions are regularly being performed with a stick or umbrella, and many of them end up at the hospital with catastrophic consequences.

Take Tigist for example. She is a beautiful 17-year-old who tried to abort her baby with a stick. She came to the hospital in acute distress. The stick had perforated her uterus and bowel and the midwife delivered a preemie baby and the stick. There was nothing to do but to perform a complete hysterectomy. Amazingly, the premature baby was okay. He is one month old now and doing well, but Tigist wants to finish her schooling and is not ready to settle down and take care of her baby. She wanted to leave the baby at the hospital, but was encouraged to take the child home and try parenting simply because there was no place for the baby nor was there anyone at the hospital who could care for him. We walked to her house (which was an adventure all in itself … it was remote and down an extremely steep, rocky path) and ducked in the doorway of her mud hut. We found Tigist and the baby and they both looked quite well. The baby’s cheeks were full and he was alert and looking all around. We visited for a time and Tigist reiterated her dream of finishing school and once again asked that someone else raise her baby boy. We set an appointment to come to the hospital that evening to meet with the interpreter and social worker to begin the necessary paperwork.

In all of Gimbie area there is no one working with children or pregnant unmarried women. The need is acute, and before we left we accepted two babies and a little 7-year-old darling girl into our program, hired a social worker who is also a nurse and left instructions to find a building with painted walls, a cement floor and with running water and electricity that we can rent for a drop-in center for children age five and under. We know there could be, and probably will be, a flood of babies. For now, we will keep the babies/children at our Gimbie center and then transfer them to our established orphanage in Nazaret (Adama). The Adventist Hospital has offered to build an orphanage for us on their hospital property and perhaps even a place to care for pregnant women. We were amazed at how many doors were open for ministry and how enthusiastic the hospital staff was to have us partner with them in this vital service. One afternoon I gave a training to some of the hospital staff about adoption and we wrote policies and procedures for the hospital so they could know exactly the steps to take when a baby needed services. The Social Affairs office was contacted (which loosely might be the equivalent to our country’s Department of Social and Health Services) and they were ecstatic to have us come and help. We also contacted the police chief and received a very warm, helpful welcome from him and his staff.

Yesterday Mark, Abebe and I left Gimbie amazed and a little overwhelmed at what transpired in just 24 hours! Gimbie is so remote that it seems the government and most everybody else has forgotten about them. We found a warm, delightful society and a hospital who is delivering up to 160 babies a month …. and they only get the traumatic cases as most babies are delivered naturally at home! Scott gave us a tour of the hospital and when we stopped by the delivery room, Scott pointed to a tiny cardboard box by the door. It contained a dead baby. He said they bury from 2 to 4 babies a day. Mothers labor at home far too long before coming in, and many times their babies have already died or die shortly after delivery. They are going out into the villages to give training to the women about delivery and encouraging them with coupons to pay for medical care so they will come to the hospital much, much earlier when they have trouble.

I must get ready for the day. Once again, we have much to do here in Addis this morning and will travel back to Nazaret this afternoon. I slept like a log last night after three exhausting days going to and coming from Gimbie. I marvel at God’s hand in all this and timing of our coming. My worry is we won’t have enough families to adopt all these precious little ones!

Love , Joy

Target Group!!



SURVEY: YOUNG MALAYSIANS RELYING ON INTERNET FOR INFO
Tuesday, 07 April 2009 17:59
(Bernama) - Young Malaysians are increasingly relying on the Internet for information and to keep themselves up-to-date, according to a recent survey by market research company Synovate.
About 45 per cent of the Malaysian youth interviewed in the survey said they planned to use the Internet more than other media, Synovate said in a statement today.
"Young Malaysians are definitely turning to the Internet more for their information and entertainment needs and it's not surprising that the Internet is slowly becoming the medium of choice," said managing director of Synovate in Malaysia, Steve Murphy.
The fourth annual Synovate Young Asians study looks at what's in the hearts and minds of the region's youth, revealing their media consumption, purchase habits, attitudes, favourite singers and cartoons.
The survey, supported by Microsoft Advertising, MTV and Yahoo!, found that young Malaysians were active bloggers with close to half (48 per cent) spending a portion of their time blogging.
"Malaysians in general have embraced blogging and bloggers alike as a way of expressing themselves and this virtual form of communications has certainly had an effect on the nation's youth," Murphy said.
"A total of 21 per cent of Malaysian youngsters create and update their blogs regularly and this figure is expected to rise," he said.
The survey also found that young Malaysians aged eight to 24 spend an average of 1.2 hours a day on email, one hour and thirty-six minutes a day as part of online communities, two hours and 48 minutes on instant messaging and two hours and 36 minutes on other Internet activities.


p/s: more & more gen X are relying on the internet as their main source of news. The youngsters are abandoning traditional media. UMNO has to make a serious re engineering within the party in order to attract these young voters. UMNO needs to convince these group why should they support the struggle of UMNO..

Najib is Still Shuffling...


After hours of meetings with BN coalition partners, new PM Najib is finally ready to unveil his "dream team" cabinet at 3pm tomorrow (thursday) after getting consent from the Agung.

From reliable sources that i get, UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is not included in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's Cabinet list.On the other hand, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir could be appointed youth and sports minister and UMNO Youth vice chairman, MP for Muar Datuk Razali Hj Ibrahim could also be offered as a minister of Rural Development.

My sources also informed me that some corporate figures will be in the line-up to turn around the economic crisis.

These are my prediction:

PM/Finance: DS Najib

DPM/Home & Internal Affair: Muhyiddin

Defense Minister: Datuk Shafie Apdal

Miti: Datuk Ahmad Zahid

Education & Higher learning: Hishamuddin Onn

Foreign Affair: Rais Yatim

Entrepreneurial and cooperative development: Noh Omar

Federal Territory: Zulhasnan

Works: Md Zain

p/s: we just have to wait tomorrow for the official announcement, I hope that we will see a good mixture of new blood and Ol' timers..

Ethiopia Trip Update #5 - from Jeff

Pastor Jeff Butler of Bonney Lake Community Church just returned from Ethiopia where he and Ben Hull served with Joy and Mark (who are still there) visiting several orphanages and YWAM's outreach in the community in both Addis Ababa and Adama.

It was an incredible blessing to travel and serve with the Adoption Ministry Team recently. My eyes were opened to see such a beautiful people with so many needs. My heart has been broken over the pain, loss and sadness I saw in the faces of both young and old. So many people with so very little - yet often joyful, kind and gracious.

It's hard to convey in words all of the sights, sounds, smells and experiences. It's impossible to fully convey how this trip has personally impacted me.

Let me share a few memories that touched my heart the most:

A little boy - having lost both his mother and father, a sister unable to care for him. He lives in the orphanage helping to care for widows, leading the blind ones around. He looks after the smaller children when they need a hand to hold.

He looks into my eyes with warmth and love, hugs me tightly and kisses my cheek. This little one has nothing on this earth to offer - nothing to give - except love! How could one who's lost so much, love so much? The orphanage director tells me that "On this earth he has only God." I will never forget how he ministered to me, when I thought I was there to minister to him.

A little girl - who asked, "Where is my family?" When would she be adopted? Tears running down her cheeks as we prayed over her life. Is she "the least of these" Jesus referred to? An Ethiopian, orphaned, girl, child with HIV? Yes, she is one of these precious ones dear to Jesus' heart. Who will He call to adopt this little girl? Who will love her and call her daughter? All she wants is a family.

A father - three children to look after. Their mother died only a few months ago. He doesn't have the means to feed them. His prayer is that they would be able to grow up knowing Jesus Christ. His only desperate option is to give them to someone who can feed them, clothe them, teach them and love them.

It's not that he wants to place them for adoption, but he has no options. A Christian father, just like me. A father who loves his children as much as I love mine and you love yours. Oh Jesus, do I know the pain of his heart? Do I understand his desperation?

These are just a few of the lives that touched me last week. I have many more memories. I treasure these. I'm asking the Lord what He would have me to do. My heart is broken and dislocated for these beautiful people and those precious children. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, would you begin to pray? Would you be willing to help? Could we not join our hearts and hands and reach out and reach down?

Let's ask the Lord to join us together and help Adoption Ministry to help these widows, orphans, mothers and fathers. It's truly an amazing work that God is doing through Adoption Ministry. I encourage you to pray again and ask God how He can use you to help "the least of these."

I will never be the same as a result of my trip. God use me. All that I am and all that I have is Yours. Bless me, break me, multiply me! We are His body, His hands, His feet.

Matthew 25:34-40

PR retains 2 Bukits, BN retains Batang



The official results of the three by-elections are as follows:

Batang Ai: Malcom Mussem Lamoh (BN) 3,907 votes; Jawah Gerang (PKR) 2,053; Majority - 1,854 votes.
Bukit Gantang: Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS) 21,860 votes; Ismail Saffian (BN) 19,071; Kamarul Ramizu Idris (Independent) 62; Majority - 2,789 votes.
Bukit Selambau: S. Manikumar (PKR) 12,632 votes; S. Ganesan (BN) 10,229; Majority - 2,403 votes.

p/s perjuangan kita belum selesai, a long way to go!!!!

Cabinet Reshuffle..


Prime minister, DS Najib will announce a new cabinet line up today. Rumors says that the new cabinet will be smaller in numbers of portfolio compared to the previous one, and a few "familiar faces" will be dropped to give way to the new blood. DS najib will reveal his dream team in order to strengthen the administration and to gain confident from the people.

p/s: I hope more new fresh faces to be introduced tomorrow, generation has changed, we need to impress the young voters which will be the 'King Maker" in the next election.

2 Bukit, 1 Batang

VS


Tomorrow, 7th April 2009, voters from 3 areas will decide who should be their "YB". The announcement of the parliamentary seat by-elections will be made around 9pm for all 3 areas. The most important by-election would be Bukit Gantang Perak due to this will be a testament from the people to decide between Dr Zambry or Dato Sri Nizar. Tun Mahathir made an 11th hour appearances both at the 2 Hills in hope to garner support at the final leg.

TS Muhyiddin offers five reasons on why the wind of change is heading towards BN– Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak becoming the country’s sixth prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad return to Umno, the quality of BN’s candidate, renewed confidence of the people in BN and Pakatan Rakyat being beset by its own problems.

I hope the voters know whats best for them, vote wisely!!

Mahathir vs Anwar (Round 2)



Just days after submitting his application to rejoin Umno, Dr Mahathir was in Bukit Gantang to campaign for the by-election at the invitation of Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.This is the first time in the nearly six years since he left office that the premier of 22 years has hit the campaign trail.

Tun, in his usual attacking mode said "That man just wants to create uncertainty. He said something big would happen on September 16 but in the end, nothing happened," referring to Anwar's promise to topple the government last September.

Some critics might say that this is the return of mahathirism but this is what he has to say "They condemn Mahathirism. What is wrong with Mahathirism? The country was developed for 22 years because of Mahathirism. So I think it is good,".

p/s: hmm, smart answer from a smart leader.. HIDUP TUN!!


"Pemuda Prihatin"

Yesterday (4th April 2009), my Umno Youth Branch (Gugusan Sg merab, Sepang) organized a program called "Pemuda Prihatin". We visited 2 houses; 1. Tok Imam Besar Masjid Sg Merab (just had a spinal operation) and 2. Hjh Rokiah (Warga emas). They were pleasently happy by our visit and both houses prepared yummy food for us. We presented some gifts to ease their burdens. I personally hope that this kind of program will be held through out the years as I feel that this is more effective to attract the younger and older generations. Kudos to us!!