Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Treason by Umno/BN govt.

Game of ‘Sabotage 24/7′ in Selangor

Selena Tay | January 30, 2013
The ruling Barisan Nasional has increased dubious voters by the thousands in 13 parliamentary seats in Selangor.
In a slick and covert mission, some smooth operators have managed to shoot up the numbers of the Selangor electoral roll by adding as many dubious voters as possible in order to subvert the vote of genuine Selangorians.
Appended below is the information on the increase of dubious voters in these Pakatan Rakyat-held parliamentary seats. The information is obtained from PAS’ Harakah daily dated Jan 25 to 27, 2013:
1. Kuala Selangor 10,083 (PAS MP Dzulkefly Ahmad)
2. Selayang 16,189 (PKR MP William Leong)
3. Gombak 15,467 (PKR MP Azmin Ali)
4. Hulu Langat 23,334 (PAS MP Che Rosli Che Mat)
5. Serdang 23,748 (DAP MP Teo Nie Ching)
6. Puchong 19,772 (DAP MP Gobind Singh Deo)
7. Kelana Jaya 13,714 (PKR MP Loh Gwo Burne)
8. Subang 27,765 (PKR MP R Sivarasa)
9. Shah Alam 15,417 (PAS MP Khalid Samad)
10.Kapar 21,606 (PKR MP S Manikavasagam)
11.Klang 11,702 (DAP MP Charles Santiago)
12.Kota Raja 22,256 (PAS MP Siti Mariah Mahmud)
13.Kuala Langat 17,172 (PKR MP Abdullah Sani)
This underhand operation to negate the vote of genuine Malaysian citizens reveals the desperation of those who want to win at all costs so much so that they are willing to sell out the nation’s rights.
In the process, they do not give two hoots about altering the nation’s demographics or jeopardising the lives and livelihood of ordinary citizens.
The situation will be difficult for us citizens if we do not do something about these dubious voters (most of whom are foreigners with MyKad) and if we do not take pro-active action on polling day.
Pakatan leaders have already made countless police reports and filed countless complaints with the Election Commission (EC) but to no avail. The relevant authorities are just not concerned and have turned a blind eye to these reports and complaints.
Other problems as well
Besides the electoral roll problem, the water problem in Selangor is also an attempt to strike at Pakatan by victimising Selangorians.
“If the water pumps are spoilt, then just get them repaired. What has it got to do with the building of the Langat 2 dam? BN is talking nonsense by linking the water pumps problem with the dam,” said PAS Pokok Sena MP, Mahfuz Omar.
Even the collection of rubbish in Selangor has been sabotaged. It is the game of “Sabotage 24/7” to halt the smooth running of the Pakatan Selangor government’s administration.
Therefore from the Selangor situation we can see BN’s game in attacking Pakatan and the citizens as a whole.
This means that all genuine Malaysians (regardless of whether we are voting or not) must be ready to serve the nation on polling day. It only takes one day to change the course of history.
And Pakatan needs all men and women of goodwill to monitor all the roads leading to the polling centres on polling day from the break of dawn to dusk. The rakyat should also gather outside the vote-counting centres to deter any extra ballot boxes from being brought in or other types of hanky-panky.
Chaos and hooliganism can also be prevented due to the strength of the rakyat.
This is the only chance for all ordinary citizens. Otherwise, BN will win again as it is in control of the EC and the National Registration Department (NRD).
There needs to be a massive force ushering in this change in history. The role of civil society is most needed to negate the efforts and effects of the phantom voters.
Therefore, civil society must act. There has to be a stop to all this victimisation of the rakyat, plundering of the nation’s coffers and robbing of the citizens’ rights via the giving of instant citizenships to unskilled or low-skilled foreign labour or aliens who had landed on our shores via the porous borders.
Gerrymandering game
It is already an uphill battle as the extremely dirty electoral roll coupled with gerrymandering of parliamentary and state boundaries work in favour of the ruling government.
The omission or transferring out of genuine Malaysian voters’ names without the voters’ knowledge or consent is another dirty tactic done with a lame excuse.
In addition, the EC has more than doubled its workers from 100,000 to 240,000 and these are the people who will be voting earlier.
The “pondok panas” to monitor voters have seen an increase in its distance from 50 metres to 100 metres from the polling centre and in the polling centre itself, the party representative has to face the voter’s back – all these are measures put in place by the BN federal government to make it difficult for Pakatan’s people to identify the “foreign” voters.
The rogues are therefore doing anything and everything, manipulating to the hilt to stay in power.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Growing Potential Of 3D Bioprinting

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. (More...)
Organovo Holdings (ONVO.PK), a creator and manufacturer of three-dimensional human tissue for medical research and therapeutic applications, is working together with researchers at Autodesk (ADSK), a maker of cloud-based design and engineering software, to create the first 3D design software for bioprinting.
The software will be used in conjunction with Organovo's NovoGen MMX bioprinter, and represents an important step in improving usability and functionality for the design of 3D human tissues with the potential to extend the population of bioprinting users. Organovo's 3D bioprinting technology can create living human tissue that is three-dimensional, correct architecturally and composed of living human cells. The tissue can function like native human tissue, and this represents an opportunity for advanced drug discovery and development, and potential surgical therapies and transplants in the future. Autodesk is focused on developing state of the art technology for human-computer interaction, computer graphics and digital design. The bio/nano/programmable matter group is extending this expertise to develop software for the design and simulation of molecules and living systems.
Below, I will explain what 3D bioprinting is, the synergies between Organovo and Autodesk, the potential of 3D bioprinting, and the growing demand for human tissue including organs.
What Is 3D Bioprinting?
Organovo is developing ways to print living human tissue with the objective of producing body parts and implants in a process known as computerized adaptive manufacturing. Custom prototypes and finished parts are produced with the use of affordable 3D computer printers. Instead of extruding plastic, metal or ceramics, these medical printers extrude an ink of living cells. This is called shorthand bioprinting. This is a new use for a standard technology that we are all familiar with in the use of conventional inkjet printers. The printers can create tissue structures, layer by layer, in any 3D shapes, such as tubes, patches of skin and muscle to be used as living Band-Aids.
The Synergy Between Organovo and Autodesk
This is a partnership with a lot of potential. Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter is a novel, fully automated (custom graphic user interface), hardware and software platform developed specifically to meet the requirements of biological research and bioprinting. From a hardware point of view, it is an extremely powerful tool using state of the art technology, however, it runs on software that is not anywhere near as up to date. Every time a scientist wants to use the printer, the code has to be written from scratch, and this means that the scientist is preoccupied with debugging code instead of advancing research.
Autodesk, the CAD software leader, has become prominent in many professional areas of design, ranging from architecture to industrial design. Virtually anything that has been built in the last two decades may have been designed using Autodesk software, but this is the first time that the company will be working on software that creates living things. The first applications will likely be simple tissues that could be ready for clinical trials in the next five years. Meanwhile, Organovo intends to generate a steady and sustainable revenue stream by producing tissue to be used in drug research, discovery and development.
The Potential Of 3D Bioprinting Technology
The best way to get some idea of the potential of 3-D bioprinting technology is to look at the evolution of other technology that would have been unthinkable even two decades ago. Though the technology is different, the most compelling recent example is the development of tablets and smartphones. What made the leap forward possible was the ability to provide consumers with a multifunctional hand held device that was useful and portable at an affordable price. It was Microsoft (MSFT)which first introduced the Microsoft Tablet PC, the first commercially available tablet in 2002, which was not as successful as had been hoped. It took another eight years before Apple (AAPL) would break technological barriers with the introduction of the iPad in 2010. Today, tablets are selling in the millions and soon expected to overtake laptops and notebooks.
The development of 3D printing has recently become one of the hottest new technologies. 3D printing started as far back as 1984. It took the prevalence of Moore's Law to advance the technology while reducing costs to the point where it made business sense for mainstream companies to utilize 3-D printers. As a result, the market leaders in the 3D printing field, 3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS), have been two of the hottest companies over the last two years. 3-D printing companies have been soaring recently. According to CNN Money, 3D printers were expected to be all the rage at the recent CES gadget trade show in Las Vegas in early January. 3D Systems has already jumped 15% since the beginning of 2013, after seeing a stellar performance in 2012.
The 3D printing industry is expected to see high growth and revenue generation in the near future as more and more companies begin to adopt the technology. Today, giant companies such as Ford (F), Boeing (BA) and GE (GE) are already utilizing 3D printing in their manufacturing operations. According to Brian Mathews, vice-president of Autodesk, "3D printing is a way to re-envision the manufacturing process." Ford uses 3D printing for speed and cost effectiveness in prototyping. Similarly, Boeing has used 3D printing for parts on military aircraft. In November 2012, GE bought privately-owned Morris Technologies, an engineering firm that has heavily invested in 3D printing equipment. The company will be focusing on printing bits for a new range of jet engines.
It is not difficult to see how 3D bioprinting of human tissue including organs could follow the same growth trajectory.
The Demand For 3D Bioprinting Technology
According to Donate Life America, a U.S. based not-for-profit alliance working toward increasing organ, eye and tissue donation, "Although there have been advances in medical technology and donation, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. The organization also says that "more than 115,000 men, women and children are currently awaiting organ transplants in the United States."
CompaniesandMarkets.com is a global aggregator of business information staffed by expert analysts who have authored hundreds of market research reports. According to expert contributor Mike King,
The global artificial organs market is forecast to reach $20 billion by the year 2017, primarily driven by the growing demand among patients for organ transplants. Additionally, technological advancements, cost benefits, an aging population, and scarcity of donor organs are some of the other factors which are expected to fuel demand within the artificial organs market in the upcoming years.
The report also said that artificial pancreas is expected to witness lucrative growth prospects due to 100 million people across the world suffering from diabetes mellitus. Worldwide demand for artificial organs is led by artificial kidneys.
There are other companies working in the field of tissue regeneration and treatment such as Tengion (TNGN), but they are using more conventional technology instead of bioprinting, and none of them have the same focus as Organovo. It could take a long time to profit from the potential of 3D bioprinting and, despite the considerable investment risk, the potential returns could be astronomical.
However, there are favorable short-term price catalysts from the efforts to generate revenues from drug discovery and development. In 2010, Organovo struck a partnership with Pfizer (PFE), under which the company was to earn $450,000 in revenue through the end of 2012. The company has a second agreement with United Therapeutics (UTHR), concluded in October 2011 for a period of 30 months, under which Organovo is utilizing its bioprinting technology to conduct research on treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Organovo has recognized $618,000 in revenues from this deal.
Investors looking at the biotech sector should perform further research on Organovo Holdings to see if it fits within their investment portfolio.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Umno/BN govt planning mass disturbance to call for Martial Law or Emergency Rule ?

Friday sermon irks local church leaders as ‘Allah’ row rages on

January 26, 2013

The ‘Allah’ dispute remains a hot-button topic in the run-up to this year’s polls. – File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 - Local clergymen are unhappy that federal Islamic authorities appear to be bent on “waging a war” between the country’s Muslims and Christians over the protracted dispute on non-Muslims’ usage of “Allah” to refer to their God.
When contacted for their response to yesterday’s Friday sermon by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), church leaders sighed in disappointment that the religious authority was so blatantly inciting suspicion and intolerance between the two most dominant religions here.
But they refrained from condemning Jakim, noting that the authority reserved the right to preach to all Islamic followers like how church leaders could preach to parisioners, adding that it was time to lay the matter to rest.
“The emphasis is unfortunate, because all religious places should be teaching people to live in peace and harmony with others, instead of cultivating a culture of suspicion,” said Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri.
Treading carefully, the leader said that religions should always foster togetherness and acceptance, and should prevent from creating a society of fanatics.
“But that is all I can say at this point,” he added.
Catholic priest Rev Fr Simon Labrooy was more forward with hs words, asking if the individual or individuals who penned the sermon in Jakim had unity or division in his mind.
He said it was not the Malaysian Muslims who were “waging a war” on the Christians, but suggested that it was the person who wrote the sermon who should be investigated for his intention.
“Never that the Muslims are to blame for doing this. But who has the right to write this? He should be hauled up because it shows that in his mind, he is already inciting religious tension.
“Next, we have already provided a lot of facts o why and how ‘Allah’ has been used by Christians... why do you want to commit yourself to a blatant lie like this?
“How could you judge the Arab-speaking world, particularly the Christians who use ‘Allah’ there?” he said.
When asked if Subang Jaya parisioners in his flock have been affected by the ongoing polemic or feel animosity towards Muslims, Labrooy said Christians are aware that the ordinary Muslim is not the one responsible for the dispute.
“They (Muslims) too do not want tension or trouble... this is just the work of a few bad apples,” he said.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church parish priest Rev Fr Michael Chua said the latest Friday sermon would warrant another discussion among CFM members on whether they should issue another response to the issue.
“This is not the first time... there have been many other occasions and we cannot be responding to every single thing.
“Let us stick to our last stand on this issue... for the sake of not prolonging this,” he said, referring to CFM’s remarks on the threat by Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali to burn Malay language Bibles.
In the statement issued four days ago, the CFM had expressed disgust with the threat, reminding those who intend to participate in it that all religious scriptures are sacred books.
“Christians are peace-loving people who will continue to seek peace and harmony across all religious groups for the well-being of our great country.
“We call on those who desire to foment hatred for political gain to cease and desist from such  a vile act -  an act unbecoming of us as Malaysians who uphold the Rukunegara of  which the first pillar is ‘Belief in God’,” said CFM in the statement signed by its president Bishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing.
In Jakim’s Friday sermon yesterday, the religious authority warned Muslims nationwide of attempts by “enemies of Islam” to confuse them into believing that all religions are the same.
Muslims here were also told that being too open-minded and allowing Islamic rights to be abused by other religions was a “dangerous” act.
“It is very clear that today, enemies of Islam are seeking to divert and undermine the Muslim community’s faith.
“They are united among themselves and are attempting, with their many tricks and ways, to stake their claim on the usage of ‘Allah’ in their scriptures,” the sermon said.
Jakim insisted that “Allah”, a word that millions of Arab Christians and those in non-Arabic-speaking lands use to describe their God, belongs to Muslims and is an exclusive right to those who profess Islam as it is clearly to prevent Muslims from becoming confused, doubtful and mistaken over the true identity of the Muslim God.
Citing an unnamed academic research, Jakim said that the word “Allah” was never found in the Bible as God, to these users of the holy book, exists in the Trinity concept as “God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
The general term for the Holy Trinity, said the religious department, is “The Lord”.
As such, Jakim insisted that the National Fatwa Council’s 2008 decision on the matter was accurate in stating that “Allah” cannot be used by those of other religions and cannot be likened to the Gods of others.
The authority also warned that painful punishment would await disbelievers in the afterlife, noting that these “symptoms” if Islam’s collapse would only destroy the glory and prestige of Muslims here.
The “Allah” dispute, which first erupted after the watershed 2008 Elections, remains a hot-button topic in the run-up to this year’s polls.
Debate resurfaced last month after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is also the Penang Chief Minister, called on Putrajaya in his Christmas message to lift a ban on Malay-language bibles in Borneo Malaysia.
Hot on the heels of the DAP leader’s remarks, several state Rulers and Islamic religious authorities reminded non-Muslims of state laws banning use of the word, despite conflicting with a 2009 High Court judgment that ruled “Allah” was not exclusive to Islam.

 Is Umno/BN govt planning mass disturbance to call for Martial Law or Emergency Rule so that the coming planned General Elections can be called off.
Well using Malays to incite or cause mass disturbances in Malaysia and maybe rioting and church burning can result in BN govt proclaiming Emergency Rule.
And blame it on DAP Lim Guan Eng speech asking for the  word Allah to be allowed by Christians to use is a convenient way to kill 2 birds with one stone.
If the ruling party cannot win with big majority or may even LOSE in the coming GE so why have GE at all.



13 Votes

January 25, 2013

Kudos to Lawyer Rosli Dahlan: The Court of Appeal decided to stay the High Court’s expungement order

by Din Merican
Rosli DahlanThe tenacity of Lawyer Rosli Dahlan in pursuing his persecutors whom he called the “rogues in government” has to be  acknowledged. On January 3, all the mainstream media gleefully reported that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AG-C) had succeeded to expunge six parts of Rosli’s Witness Statement. This is to be expected. The mainstream media gives wide coverage whenever the AG-C scores a victory against Rosli but would be almost silent when they trashed by Rosli.
Only last week, we saw The Star newspaper having to apologise and humbled by Rosli. Yet, The Star made no mention of it until they had to publish the Public Apology that the court ordered against them. That is the state of disinformation, misinformation and lies in our country perpetrated by the mainstream media. They are no longer newspapers which report news but are just instruments of  official propaganda.
On November 28, 2012, the AG-C had asked the Court to prevent Rosli from testifying in A-G Gani Patailopen court and also to expunge certain parts of his witness statement relating to the Copgate Affair and other matters. On January 3,Malaysiakini reported that Justice Hue Siew Kheng had ruled in favour of the AG-C that the allegations made in Rosli’s statement were “riddled with hearsay” and were not relevant.
The parts that the AG-C wanted expunged described how A-G Gani Patail, former IGP Musa Hassan and the MACC had conspired to fix Rosli. It narrated IGP Musa Hassan’s connection with the underworld Along loan shark syndicate; why A-G Gani Patail was upset with Rosli for foiling his plans not to charge MAS’s former Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli for defrauding the national airlines; also of the MACC’s attempt to extort Rosli to drop his RM50miliion law suit against them.
In 2011, RPK’s Malaysia Today revealed that A-G Gani Patail had a “special relationship” with Tajuddin’s proxy, Shahidan Shafie, a former Police Officer who was charged for corruption in the 1990s.  Tabung Haji’s documents showed that A-G Gani Patail and family had enjoyed the Zamrud Hajj package that costs more than RM 260,000/- bringing into question if the trip was paid by Shahidan since they all shared rooms like one big happy family. Of course, the MACC cleared A-G Gani Patail of any wrongdoing.
Expunging these parts of Rosli’s witness statements would have meant that none of these would be revealed in court. It means that Rosli would have to go to trial without these material evidence being allowed to be tendered in Court.That’s why the AG-C was intent on blotting out these evidence. But despite that setback, Rosli persevered and soldiered on alone.
However, the irony in the AG-C’s application was that they had reproduced the whole expunged questions and answers. Similarly, all the expunged parts have also been reproduced in the written judgment of Justice Hue. This is a comedy of errors! While on one part, they wanted to hide these stories from the public, on the other hand, they have reproduced all these in a public document!  Where is the logic?
So, Rosli appealed to the Court of Appeal because these evidence are necessary to tell exactly how he was fixed by the Unholy Trinity of the A-G Gani Patail, former IGP Musa Hassan and the MACC. To expunge them would be like hiding these things under the carpet. That is grossly unfair to Rosli’s case.
This afternoon, the Court of Appeal Judges Dato Ramly Ali, Dato K. Anantham, Dato David Wong Dak Wah agreed with Rosli to stay the High Court’s expungement order and also  the trial which was originally scheduled today and on January 30 and 31. Kudos to Rosli’s fighting spirit!
As G-E 13 draws near, we see in Rosli Dahlan  a man who is determined in his own way to demand accountability from those who had abused him and the justice system. We see a man determined to use the court process to establish the Rule of Law.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Generosity to foreigners at Malaysian taxpayers expense

The idea for this university was mooted by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar. It is referred to as ‘humaniversity’ – a university to propagate waqf values. No expense was spared on the construction of this exclusive and posh campus that claims to cater for underpriviledged and disadvantaged students.
But what lies beneath the whole university is something not many Malaysians are aware of. This is from the university’s website.
AiU is an international university where up to 80 percent of the students and a substantial portion of academic staff will come from all countries of the world. Such an international campus environment will allow opportunities for networking with friends from every corner of the world….
The university is funded 100% by Syed Mokhtar.
* the students don’t pay any fees
* they get free hostel, free food, free t-shirts, free trips around Malaysia
* each student gets monthly pocket money RM300  – paid via Bank Muamalat which    
   is also owned by Syed Mokhtar
* there’s RM500 duit raya for each student  
So in other words for this 80% foreigners IT’S ALL FREE, FREE, FREE. Now how many Malaysian students get a deal like this?
Now coming to the ‘substantial portion of academic staff’ again what is not explicitly stated is that management positions in the university are for Malays and foreigners only. No non-Malay is allowed to hold a management position – mandated by the founder Syed Mokhtar. As for academic staff, positions for non-Malays are only available if a foreigner cannot be found (not the other way around). So it is easier for an Indian from India to secure a teaching position there but nearly impossible for a Malaysian Indian to do so.
In it’s early stages, there were  non-Malays holding various positions, but this was when the difficult work of developing programs, policies, etc, had to be done. Once the university was up & running, their contracts were terminated and they were replaced by Malays and foreigners.
Syed Mokhtar is a BN ‘manufactured’ billionnaire. He owns Pos Malaysia, EON, Johor Port, etc.etc. you name it. And on occasions, the BN led government has even dipped into our EPF to help this guy. But where does all the benefit go – to foreigners. It’s waqf or charity says Syed Mokhtar. So he has taken it upon himself to ‘donate’our money!
Souq Albukhary  is also another one of Syed Mokhtar’s venture. The shopping center is strictly for Malays and foreigners who are Muslims. No non-Malay is allowed to run a business there. Even the Giant hypermarket in the center only sells halal food.
What is charity and what isn’t – only the wise voters can and should decide in the coming M'sia Gneral Election.

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