Thursday, April 30, 2015

Out with the emperor Najib


Najib more like emperor than PM, says former minister

Datuk Seri Najib Razak is acting more like an emperor than a prime minister, says former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 30, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak is acting more like an emperor than a prime minister, says former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 30, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak is acting more like an emperor than a prime minister, says a former Umno minister, adding to the chorus of voices urging him to step down.
Writing in his blog, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said like an emperor Najib was rich and did not feel the need to account for his actions or explain anything to anyone despite intense criticism levelled at his governance and some of his government’s policies.
"Datuk Seri Najib Razak thinks he is Louis XIV. That infamous French King proudly declared that he was literally the state of France (L’etat cest moi), which meant that whatever he said was the law and no other authority mattered.

"No one could or had the right to question him. He spent the state’s money as he liked and accounted to no one, not even to the papal authority. His commands were followed and his coterie of loyal servants prospered," he wrote.

He said by the same token Najib was the country’s “first emperor”.
"He is very rich because, like Louis XIV, he inherited an enormous amount of wealth, so his office has claimed," Zaid said.
He was referring to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office that Najib's wealth came from a family inheritance after reports by The New York Times that his stepson, Riza Aziz, had bought expensive properties in New York City.
"When his siblings stepped in to say their late father – Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak – had not been rich, Najib did not explain where he had, in fact, got his money from.
"He did not even bother to tell people how much he is worth, because like an emperor, he does not need to explain anything to anyone," he wrote.
Zaid, who served for six months under Najib's predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after the watershed 2008 general election, said that a modern prime minister under a parliamentary system accepts that he is under both legal and moral obligations to be answerable to the people who elected him.
This also means a prime minister accepts that he is a leader who has to account for his actions or inaction, including explaining in simple terms issues of public interest raised by the people, as honestly as he can.
However, Zaid said that when one of Najib's former bodyguards Sirul Azhar Umar killed Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu nine years ago, the prime minister did not feel the need to ask why.
"He was not at all interested to explain these strange circumstances when everyone else wants to know why this killing was carried out.
“He was only interested to swear in God’s name that he had not known her. Like an emperor, he does not need to account for or explain his actions, and by extension, those of his bodyguards.”
Turning his attention to debt ridden 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB), the former de facto law minister said that Najib, as the finance minister, was ultimately responsible for the state investment fund and yet, he had not bothered to explain why it had amassed debts totalling more than RM42 billion.
"He does not seem embarrassed that this government company had to hawk the streets recently for the RM2 billion it needed to make interest payments to the banks. But he does not bother to answer the many questions raised regarding 1MDB because he is an emperor."
Malaysians did not vote for an emperor in the 13th general election two years ago, said Zaid, adding that it was time that everyone came together to find a suitable person to replace Najib.
"Please join me with some friends on May 23 to explain further why we now need to look for a new prime minister. I will let you know when the venue is secured. Please show your support by peacefully working for the reinstatement of a proper prime minister."
Najib has been under pressure from certain quarters calling for his resignation, chief among them, former long serving prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has been on a tirade against Najib since last year over his governance and selected national policies.
But in recent months, Dr Mahathir has upped the ante, urging the prime minister to step down over the1MDB scandal, for continuing the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) cash aid, and also over the murder of Altantuya.
He also told Umno to remove Najib or risk losing the next general election.
However, Najib said he would never back down or surrender, and stressed that his government was transparent.
In his speech during the launch of the Performance and Delivery Unit annual report at Angkasapuri in Kuala Lumpur two days ago, Najib said that he was aware of the mounting criticism against him, but added that he would not be alone as long as his "noble goals" remained alive. – April 30, 2015.
Yes, out with the emperor Najib, in with KU Li as PM!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for Prime Minister

Dr M must move fast, or it’s Ku Li for PM

 | April 29, 2015
Muhyiddin will lose out if Parliament seizes the initiative to oust Najib,
says Shahbudin Husin.
Kuli, Muhyiddin
PETALING JAYA: Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah will be anointed Prime
Minister if Parliament seizes the initiative from Dr Mahathir Mohamad in bringing
about the ouster of Najib Abdul Razak, according to political analyst Shahbudin Husin.
Otherwise, he says, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be the man.
Reviewing the debate currently raging on the issue, Shahbudin says Mahathir’s
choice of Muhyiddin will be supported by “the lower levels of Umno” while
Razaleigh will have the backing of Pakatan Rakyat and perhaps some MPs from
Umno as well as Barisan Nasional representatives from Sabah and Sarawak.
He says Muhyiddin’s chances will depend on how fast Mahathir moves, although
he notes that the former prime minister appears to have stepped up his campaign
against Najib, with more frequent mentions of Muhyiddin as the appropriate person
to take over the Prime Minister’s job.
Shahbudin says Pakatan Rakyat appears to agree with Mahathir that Najib must
be replaced, but notes that none of the coalition’s figures have indicated a
willingness to accept Muhyiddin as the replacement.
Instead, he points out, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, Raub MP Ariff Sabri and
Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli have openly endorsed Razaleigh.
With Najib showing a determination to stay on, Shahbudin says, Mahathir
and his supporters in Umno must move with even more speed than they are
doing now if they want Muhyiddin to take the Prime Minister’s post.
“The lower levels of Umno may be with Mahathir in the issue, but Najib has
a tight hold on the upper levels, particularly the level of divisional heads,”
he says.
“But if Mahathir shows more aggression in gathering the support of some
members of the top leadership, including Muhyiddin, even the divisional heads
will switch camps.”
If Mahathir’s campaign drags on for too long, he says, “the change of prime
ministers may have to be done through a vote of no-confidence in Parliament”.
“If this happens, it is certain that Tengku Razaleigh, and not Muhyiddin, will
be the choice.”
The end result, Shahbudin predicts, will be a coalition government that
transcends racial divisions and political ideologies and places national
interest above everything else.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for Prime Minister.  TRH for PM, TRH for PM, TRH for PM.......

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dr M should name Ku Li as next PM, says Zaid

Dr M should name Ku Li as next PM, says former law minister

A former minister suggests that Umno veteran Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah be named as a candidate to take over as prime minister. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 27, 2015.A former minister suggests that Umno veteran Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah be named as a candidate to take over as prime minister. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 27, 2015.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should name Umno veteran Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as his choice for the next prime minister, if he truly wants to save Umno, a former minister has said.
By naming Tengku Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, Malaysians will be more receptive to Dr Mahathir's call for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be replaced, as the Kelantan prince has all the qualities of a capable leader, said Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
"I believe that by proposing Tengku Razaleigh, Dr Mahathir’s roadshows will be more meaningful.

“People will see Dr Mahathir’s efforts as not just seeking to replace the train driver with someone more suited to his liking – but rather to change the train itself, which is more suited to the needs of the country.

"The broad appeal that Dr Mahathir enjoys today with the rakyat can be put to full effect if there is a sign that he wants Umno as a whole to change, and not just its leader," wrote Zaid on his blog today.
The former de facto law minister said that unlike current Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Tengku Razaleigh "will have a great, positive impact on the rakyat and will be able to lay new foundations for the country".
He said Tengku Razaleigh possessed core qualities not present in the current crop of top Umno leaders – an ability to empathise with the plight of ordinary citizens; to eradicate extremism and unite all Malaysians; and to create a new standard by which leaders are judged.
Tengku Razaleigh is able to persuade those who have moved their money overseas to bring it back, said Zaid, adding that the Gua Musang MP would likely set aside the unpopular goods and services tax (GST) "until the government itself knows what to do with the collection of the tax".
He believed Tengku Razaleigh would probably increase the minimum wage and create several small banks to cater to the needs of small traders and businesses, and protect them from illegal moneylenders.
"Tengku Razaleigh is a friend to ordinary Malaysians, unlike Umno leaders in Putrajaya today who are friends only with tycoons and big businesses," wrote Zaid.
He added that Tengku Razaleigh would bring Malay and Chinese extremists back to the middle, and reintroduce dialogue and consensus-building, even with opposition parties.
Zaid said this was because Tengku Razaleigh was strong enough to deal with those who wanted to destroy the country, and was trusted by both sides of the political divide.
"More importantly, he can bring to the government a new standard by which leaders are judged. He himself is not afraid of being judged and examined, and does not need the Official Secrets Act and the Sedition Act to 'protect' him from any wrongdoings.
"He knows the value of integrity in government and in public office. Like Dr Mahathir, he was a favourite of the late Tun Razak (Tun Abdul Razak Hussein), and it is time that our nation gave him the chance to serve the people and the country," wrote Zaid.
Zaid noted that during Dr Mahathir's forum on Saturday, the former prime minister said Muhyiddin was the likely successor to Najib, given that he was currently the Umno deputy president.
But Zaid said Muhyiddin would not likely challenge Najib, and would instead stay neutral and do nothing until "Najib’s train has well and truly gone off the rails".
He added that it was unlikely Muhyiddin would be able to reform the country and undo what Najib has done in the past few years.
Zaid also doubted that Muhyiddin could bring the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue to a close with full public disclosure, and punish the offenders no matter who they were.
"The results of the upcoming by-elections will be instrumental. We’ll have to look at the results in Rompin and Permatang Pauh: if Umno does not do well, then it will be all the more pressing for Dr Mahathir to openly name Najib’s successor," said Zaid.
Dr Mahathir has gone on a tirade against Najib in recent months, urging the prime minister to step down over the 1MDB scandal, for continuing the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) and also over the murder of a Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu. ‎
On March 17, Tengku Razaleigh delivered a speech in the Dewan Rakyat urging his colleagues to decide whether they would remember their pledge to serve the people, or give up their powers to forces outside of the Parliament by putting party interests first.
He also pressed ministers and MPs to declare their assets to avoid conflict of interest and promote good governance, and criticised the GST. – April 27, 2015.
We need a new PM that is untainted unlike all the present Cabinet leaders. Let us usher in a new era with Ku Li now.

Pick Ku Li, not Muhyiddin

Pick Ku Li, not Muhyiddin, Ariff Sabri tells Dr M

 | April 27, 2015
Don't choose the best of the worst to replace Najib, says the Raub MP.
kuli muhyiddin ariff sabri
PETALING JAYA: Raub MP Ariff Sabri has pleaded with former premier Mahathir
Mohamad not to pick “the best among the worst” as replacement for Prime Minister
Najib Abdul Razak.
In his latest blog entry, Ariff expresses fear that Mahathir may endorse Deputy
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin or anyone else from the current hierachy of
Umno leaders. He says the best person from Umno to take the Prime Minister’s
 job is party veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
Referring to the DPM’s tenure as Johor Menteri Besar and reports alleging that
he sold plenty of land to Chinese businessmen, he says Muhyiddin has left a
record that is not much better than Najib’s.
“He smells nice because he hasn’t become PM. His wife smells nice because
she’s not yet a PM’s wife.”
Ariff cautions his readers against being “mesmerised” by Mahathir.
“Mahathir is not showing us a way out if he endorses Muhyiddin,” he says.
“If he wants to save Malaysia, he must propose a leader who has integrity
and who commands the respect of the many. Unfortunately, although there
is such a person in Umno, it looks as if he is deeply hated by Mahathir. If
he truly wants to save Malaysia, Mahathir should endorse Tengku Razaleigh
Hamzah. He may not be in the Umno leadership hierarchy, but extraordinary
situations call for extraordinary measures.
“I believe Tengku Razaleigh can restructure the governance of Malaysia with
the kind of inclusive politics that the opposition parties will commit
themselves to.”
Ariff sees “no way” in which Barisan Nasional can govern Malaysia. “All
the BN parties have lost their credibility,” he says. “Umno does not have
the trust of the Malays. The Chinese have rejected MCA. Indian support
for Indian leaders in DAP is greater than their support for the MIC Indians.
This is the truth. Like it or not, learn to accept it.”
He says Malaysians want leaders who are “honest, trustworthy and capable,
not the one-eyed among the blind. I say, let’s forget Muhyiddin Yassin.”
Referring to Mahathir’s attacks on 1MDB, Ariff says the former PM was not
raising much that is new, but repeating what opposition figures like Tony Pua
and Rafizi Ramli have “ferociously” been saying.
“The Umno people are pretending not to comprehend this financial scandal
because it involves their leader. Their responsibility is not to the nation, but
to their leader.”
Ariff calls for honesty on Mahathir’s part, implying that the former PM knows
there’s no one in Umno’s current leadership hierarchy who is fit to be Prime
Minister.
“Who in Umno’s hierarchy will Mahathir promote as Najib’s replacement?
Surely, it’s not Muhyiddin, who has his own financial scandal. I hope not.
“Surely it’s not the grandson of Onn Jaafar, who is so caught up with his
computer games that he goes to his office only in the afternoon. His little
success in handling the MH370 disappearance cannot erase his failure in
handling the Suluk incursion into Sabah.
“Khairy Jamaluddin? KJ is a gone case. He’ll be cut down by Umno veterans
even before he speaks. He failed to answer Lim Kit Siang’s question about
how he became the richest jobless person in Malaysia. Until today, the Inland
Revenue Board still has questions about his income. KJ is known only as the
minister who keeps planting grass at the Bukit Jalil stadium. He fails even in that.
“Shafie Apdal? He’s a non-starter.
“The reality is that Umno is bankrupt of leaders. Malaysia has no future if it
depends on Umno with its current leadership hierarchy. The only person it can
depend on is outside the traditional hierarchy.”
Yes, I agree Ku Li is the most preferred one to be the next PM. Let all Malaysians pick him to be the PM now!

Malaysia can go bankrupt if Dr M’s warnings on 1MDB ignored


Malaysia can go bankrupt if Dr M’s warnings on 1MDB ignored, says Mat Taib

Malaysia could go bankrupt if Umno continues to ignore Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's warnings on the debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), said former Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib.
Muhammad said this was possible if Umno continued to support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's leadership, which he said was fraught with greed and weaknesses.
"If Umno members continue to throw their support behind a leader who has lost his capabilities and is extraordinarily greedy, at this rate the country could become bankrupt," Muhammad, who is popularly known as Mat Taib, told The Malaysian Insider.

The former Selangor menteri besar had attended Dr Mahathir's meet-the-people session over the weekend, which saw the former prime minister reiterating his criticisms against Najib.

Muhammad, who is now a PAS member, said Dr Mahathir's criticisms stemmed from concern and disappointment that the prime minister was leading the country into ruin.
"We don't know what Dr Mahathir is thinking, but he is very disappointed when there is a leader who can be considered as ruining the country," said Muhammad when asked about Dr Mahathir's critical stance against Najib as of late.
Muhammad said the continued attacks, as well as Dr Mahathir's upcoming roadshow, would add pressure to Najib's administration, especially as the prime minister has failed to respond to the issues raised by his senior.
"I can see that Dr Mahathir is very focused and he is now giving further explanations, through question-and-answer sessions, on the matters he has previously brought up, especially 1MDB.
"I definitely think it is adding pressure because so far, no satisfactory answer has been given, despite Dr Mahathir's relentless questions on the disappearance of such a large sum of money. It is a major issue which could have negative implications on the country, so of course, we, the people, want to know what happened and where the money went."
Muhammad also urged for a forensic audit to be carried out on 1MDB, which is wholly owned by the Finance Ministry.
"I don't think only an audit should be carried out, but a forensic audit as well, to examine the purchases. Some purchases are said to be too expensive or too cheap, why is it this way? The IPP (independent power producers) are all expensive, according to Dr Mahathir.
"There was land that was purchased cheaply, like in Sungai Besi, and that is a loss for Malaysians because the land belongs to the public," Muhammad added.
On the presence of many Umno veterans at the recent forum with Dr Mahathir, Muhammad said many wished to hear for themselves what the country's longest-serving prime minister had to say.
"They want to hear it directly from Dr Mahathir, after he has been speaking out for weeks and months, and now he has explained himself."
On Saturday, Dr Mahathir told the forum at a club in Kuala Lumpur that he would not forgive Najib for the RM42 billion that 1MDB has incurred as debts.
Dr Mahathir had also raised concerns over 1MDB's business deals, including the state investment arm's purchase of several power assets and government-owned land.
He also reiterated his call for Najib to resign and make way for a new prime minister.
The former premier had also attacked the "lavish lifestyle" of Najib and his wife,
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Najib took part in an interview on TV3 earlier this month to address some of the issues raised by Dr Mahathir, but the former prime minister said Najib had still left a lot unanswered and continued to speak out against him. – April 27, 2015.
So true we believe this therefore Najib and Umno/BN need to be relieved of their RULE over Malaysia to avoid us going bankrupt. Whoever takes over from Najib will also have to please these kingmakers and bribe them and of course enrich themselves and their cronies, family, relatives, etc., this will start all over again!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GST – government says ‘thanks’ to patriotic Malaysians

GST – government says 
‘thanks’ to patriotic Malaysians
 by Edmund Lee

GST WATCH: Some of the more creative minds among us have coined 'GST' as Government Says Thanks!
I believe this appears to be most appropriate after what all that had transpired over the past three weeks since the GST was introduced in Malaysia on April 1.
I am also amazed by the efficiency of our Umno-led BN government in implementing the GST while other more pressing issues like crime, urban poverty and rising costs of living are allegedly approached in a rather indifferent manner.
But they are the government. They know what's right for us even though there's hardly anything left for us to know. They decide what's best for the country notwithstanding that the best is anybody's guess. 
They need funds for development in the name of modernisation and progress to enable us to compete with the world's best and join the ranks of the elite nations in a special club known as 'The First World Countries' where membership is by qualification and status. 
- See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/GST-government-says-thanks-to-patriotic-Malaysians#sthash.JrnFSfcs.dpuf

Being 'Malaysia Boleh', there is great belief that we can achieve it – in our own unique ways.
For example, making the steering wheel of the Proton Saga on par with BMW or Mercedes and impressing on us that Proton can be an international brand despite selling its cars at world class prices – 'out of this world', to be more precise. 
Then we have our Minister of Higher Education trying his academic best to sway us into believing that our universities may soon be like Oxford or 'Oxford-like'  based on his own conclusions and yardstick. 
I believe he is fully aware that none of our universities have been ranked any higher than the top 100 universities in the world. It's good to have dreams but daydreaming is something that some of our leaders in government have grown accustomed to.
But none of the above 'projects' can beat the GST in branding and marketing under the government's dire need to collect more revenue.
Sun Tzu was renowned for his 'Art of War' strategies. Stephen Covey became famous for his '7 habits of highly effective people' while Robert Kiyosaki raked in millions for authoring 'Rich Dad Poor Dad'. 
I believe many Malaysians, after reeling from the effects of the GST must be scratching their heads and screaming – “Who Stole My Cheese?” 
Our GST was packaged as a 'national service' product – that paying taxes is the duty of every loyal and patriotic Malaysian. The country needs you, so to speak.
Since most Malaysians are familiar with C4, it is not farfetched to associate GST with the '4 Cs'.
From an explosive economic 'think-tank' right into our faces and burning holes in our thin pockets. 
What are these '4Cs'? 
First, 'CONVINCE' the rakyat that paying GST is necessary for a variety of reasons, however dubious – ensuring the government coffers have sufficient revenue to develop the country and giving back to the people in cash or in kind despite the GST being unkind to fixed income earners who comprise the bulk of the working population. 
Obviously, the daily media-blasts over radio and televison have managed to convince the less internet-savvy Malaysians into believing that whatever the government says is the gospel truth despite misinformation from the Minister of Communication and Multimedia. 
Second, weapon of mass distraction – 'CONFUSE' those who cannot be convinced by the merits of the GST. This is a relatively easy job and all it takes is for different ministers to issue different statements to different people at different times using vague-meaning words like 'zero-rated', 'intermediaries' and 'tax exempt' on an exhaustingly long list of goods where mee and noodles can be as alien as prawns and lobsters.
Being the government, convincing the people to accept the GST should not be a problem but confusing them creates more problems. 
The social media is abuzz with public feedback on alleged profiteering by unscrupulous business outlets using the GST as a pretext to increase prices.
There is also the issue of service charge being levied despite the government's assurance that this is optional – we can choose not to pay if the service were not up to our expectations. Unfortunately, we do not get to decide this as we have been used to paying service charge even for poor service. 
There are also business outlets which are still rehearsing their act of collecting the GST – despite their system being not GST – compliant, they have been manually-compliant in collecting the tax. 
Printers choose a wrong time to run out of ink and unethical businessmen have resorted to scribble their company's GST ID manually on their receipts, employing staffs with bad handwriting to ensure that proper identification becomes a challenging, if almost an impossible endeavour.
Of course, we also have the creative businessmen who automatically include the GST on every possible receipt they issue with these very authoritative remark – 'plus GST 6% '. 
Third, within all these malpractices, it is not wrong to say that the poor consumers have been ‘CONNED’ under the system of 'pay first and complain later'. 
Conned sounds rather harsh but short-changed doesn't start with the letter 'C'. 
And fourth, of course, the government has the final say on what's right and what's left. ‘CONVICTION’ for those who abuse the system with heavy penalties to go with it. 
On a brighter note, the GST has created employment opportunities for those in enforcement. 
But there's a catch – the grace period where ignorance of the GST may be a bliss for these unscrupulous businessmen who capitalise and prey on unsuspecting consumers until the enforcers appear on their doorsteps with their days numbered. 
The Goods and Services Tax aka GST is collected by every conceivable means – convincing, confusing, conning and conviction.
Who's being convinced, who's still confused, who's actually conned and who's to be convicted – only time will tell. 
Lest we forget, the GST was implemented on April 1 2015. 
You and I know what that date represented. 
But we may not really know why. 
Until then, we have to say “GST is here to stay.”
Yes, thank you for helping Najib and his gang pay for 1MDB debts, payments for Umno divisional leaders their RM50,000 - 100,000+ per month, for SRC so-called losses, for Najib's govt excessive spending, for Najib wife lavish lifestyle and use of govt. jet, etc....
Yes,  GST - Govt. says Thank you - you SUCKERS!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Greenpeace wants Jokowi to #StopTheHaze

Greenpeace wants Jokowi to #StopTheHaze
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Greenpeace has launched the #StopTheHaze email campaign to urge Indonesian President Joko Widodo to put a stop to peatland-draining in the country—which leads to the annual haze that affects the people of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia itself.
Jokowi made a visit to Sungai Tohor village in Riau to investigate the source of the annual haze shortly after assuming office last year, and witnessed firsthand the peatland draining for palm oil and pulp plantations.
While there, Jokowi joined locals in damming a canal to stop the drainage of a peat forest, and promised to put an end to the problem.
Greenpeace intends to remind Jokowi of his promise and wants to help ensure that total peatland protection policies are in place before the next dry season.
In particular, the email petition campaign calls for the passing of zero deforestation legislation in Indonesia, which will end the practice of draining peatland for palm oil and pulp plantations.
The campaign also calls for Indonesian authorities to extend and strengthen a forest-clearing moratorium which expires next month, and to support the community management of forest areas with agricultural practices that are more ecologically-friendly.
“We believe that the key to stopping the haze is not only a matter of putting out fires but addressing the root cause of the problem—which relates to the mismanagement of natural resources.
“Total protection of peatland ecosystems is needed through strengthening and extending the forest moratorium due to expire in May 2015,” the petition says.
Peatlands are built up from organic matter accumulating over thousands of years, and are normally saturated with water, which makes it near-impossible to set them alight.
But when water is drained from peatlands for commercial agriculture, the organic matter becomes dry and highly susceptible to fires.
According to Greenpeace, over 75% of fire hotspots in Indonesia are peatlands.
It added that protection peatlands is a must, for they can be potentially devastating to human life if all 60 billion tonnes of the carbon within are released into the atmosphere.
As such, it believes that stopping land-draining and clearing in Indonesian peatlands would in turn help to stop the haze.
All signatures will be collected by Greenpeace and delivered to Jokowi, to support him in achieveing this solution for the benefit of everyone in the region.
The petition can be found on the Greenpeace website.
This pitiful as Malaysia and S'pore cannot get Indonesia to end the HAZE caused by open burning and peat fires as they are Asean members.  Greenpeace has to step in and petition for us. What is the use of being an Asean member!!! Indonesia as a Asean member must do its duty and not harm and pollute other members'
country health and well-being. Be CONSIDERATE!
 




 
 
 
 

 



 
 

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