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Sinohydro admits flaws in Bakun Dam construction procedures

Sinohydro admits flaws in Bakun Dam construction procedures

Sinohydro denied accusations it used unsafe construction methods to build Malaysia’s Bakun dam.

Nonetheless, it acknowledges that its construction processes it implemented was not in accordance to  correct procedures.
NGOs have alleged that Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned enterprise China’s biggest dam builder, improper construction practices in the dam were widespread and pose concerns for its future safety.

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Why public appearance by dissident/opposition or non-regime group can cause riot-as warned by the Burmese regime? (see attachment below).Who would provoke/instigate such a riot? The dissident group themselves don’t seems to be the possible actor-then who?Are the regimes leaders/spokepersons talking about themselves that they will instigate violence against the Opposition/non-regime group when they appear in the public? Are they harbouring a 1-party rule ideology such that any activities outside their group would be crushed by violence if need be?

Myanmar’s government warns Suu Kyi planned tour could cause riots

June 29, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi

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As if it is a give away on UMNO/BN’s diffidence Najib the BN/UMNO chairman reportedly gave hint that 13th GE may be around the corner-which means some where before this year’s end, from the state farthest from the nation’s capital viz Sabah. And that is the survival tactics of BN/UMNO ie to hang on to these far away states where its weaknesses are lesser known! After Mar 8th 2008 general elections the political geography of the country has changed dramatically: BN/UMNO has been left the southern states in the Penisular and its political life depend on the 54 parliamentary seats in East Malaysia. If the trend continues it may lose power at federal level in the coming general elections.  Whether this will happen depend on the trend. After winning in a string of by-elections in the southern states in Penisular UMNO felt that it had stalled the advancing trend of the PR -but still try to invest heavily in the East Malaysia to assure the half-century alliance that there is still future to its rule. UMNO/BN or more specifically the PM who heads it, has been wavering between putting up a gung-ho fight in the capital/Opposition stronghold to win back the lost grounds, or to streangthen its holds on the Southern Penisular and East Malaysian `fixed deposit’ states. Thus if UMNO/BN chief choose to go back to its surer backyards to rally its forces the pointer is more towards an BN/UMNO which is caught in its defensive back-foot!

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Why BN is scared of Bersih rally? In a way they let it out themselves -that the Bersih rally will lead to their downfall! Even though the Bersih organisers only want to press for electoral reform rather than Jasmine revolution that went around the Constitutional framework the BN is scared of the possibility that the rally will turn into their worst dread: being over thrown. But since BN chairman Najib boast that they don’t want to be around without the peoples support, and that they don’t want to win by cheating then what is there to fear? Winning and losing should be a normality in any democracy-not something to fear overly. There is still life after a lose. but Najib proceeded to say: there is no runner up in elections-he didnt say it-but it only applies in Malaysia. In many other countries the winners don’t take all. Power is shared in all levels of government-unlike the Malaysian situation where the federal government almost control everything. In any case the strong point raised by Rajapetra here is worth taking note of:

The fear of unity

Thursday, 30 June 2011 Super Admin

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The male detainees chosed to go topless after their Bersih and party t-shirts were confistcated by police, as a sign of protest. Women detainees loaned the guy's shirts to cover themselves. 14 persons from DAP and PKR were detained for promoting Bersih rally pronounced as `illegal' arbitrarily by Home Minister Hishammuddin.

Update: Dr Lee Boon Chye and 2 others who were arrested the day before had been released too.

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Najib with a clenched fist-ready for a fight?

If Najib claim it can mobilise 3mil -apparently refering to its 3mil members, to a public assembly-why not? But that is not a reason to stop others from organising a 300k rally! Or is it a case of blowing hot air to suppress the citizens’ right to peaceful assembly Najib claim that assemblying his 3mil army will be `irresponsible’ -why? Does he think that they can then take the laws into their own hands? So far the UMNO assemblies have been lacking attendants-so the only way they can do it is to loan people from the civil servants and pay people to become rent-a-mob. Looking back at the million youth assembly the highest concentration of attendants were only 2000 at 1 time. The organiser claim that the people who come and go during the entire event could come to 1 mil. So much for UMNO’s hot air which depend on abusing government’s expenditures and personnel.

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1. The National Registration Department offered to share data base between NRD, EC and the Police. This far they keep separate data on the citizens causing many discrepancies. The automatic registration proposal from the election watchdogs have been based on the idea that the sharing of data will save costs and personnel for all concerned.

2.New system of EC data allow voters to find put who else are registered in a voters’ address/home. This follow PKR’s Azmin Ali complaining of unknown people using their home address to register as voters.Actually this problem had been noticed and exposed many times during all previous elections;

`Death Permits’ needed from NRD?

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Parliament speaker said it is OK for parliamentarians to wear yellow-so what the fuss by the police?

 

The police, following the Home Ministry’s order, has started to arrest and summon people who wear yellow or anything related to the alleged `illegal’ assembly by Bersih. However just look at their enforcement to see if they are fair:

* Lokman Adam and 20 UMNO Youth who wear red t-shirt to lodge police report near PKR HQ at Merchant Square was not stopped by police nearby, even though the UMNO Youth rally also planned a similar `illegal’ assembly on July 9th. Is the `illegal’ assembly by UMNO Youth enjoying immunity from police action?

*MBPJ councilors who wear yellow/Bersih paraphernalia at their full board meeting has just been swiftly summoned by police to give statement;

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See no Bersih does not mean others don't see Bersih! An Ostrich formula is a sure business loser !

Update: Apparently there is more to the media advisory! Merdeka Review reported a leak from attendants of a media briefing at Cyberjaya today, which says that the government has advised the media to exaggerate any inconveninces caused by the Bersih rally eg traffic jams, and ignore the possible police violence in their reports. This is clearly a political interference which is unacceptable to any media professionalism and ethics that require reporters to report what which are true and what which are happening in front of the reporters.  So readers and audiences should know what to expect from these mainstrema media and where to look for alternate, true reports!

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Why is supposedly neutral EC bothered about the momentum created by Bersih favour PR instead of BN? Isn't it the BN's job to bother about its own fortune in elections?

The EC held a talk this morning in KL to rebut the Bersih’s rally on July 9th. While there are expectation that the EC may finally see the light and take some of the Bersih demands to the politicians who hold back the electoral reforms the EC No. 2 Dato Wira Wan Ahmad chosed to parrot the BN politicians’ accusation that Bersih aim to topple the BN government through mass rallies, or at least help Opposition build momentum to capture Putrajaya. Well the best test on Bersih’s intention is for EC to accept the 8 very reasonable demands from Bersih and see if the group will continue its current agitation. It is only after talking had failed to produced results that civil society groups take to the streets-and this is happening all over the world. Similarly the EC’s faulting the Bersih for choosing the timing now to take action -mindful of a possible general election by year end -a possibility just reportedly confirmed by Pairin of PBS, is taking the civil society for fools. Would politicians listen after the elections, after they had secured the votes they desire so much? All over the world voters can only have the golden chance to plead their cases ahead of a poll-not after!

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