Saturday, June 6, 2009

Samy's mansion

A family pic, prominently placed in the family home

Vell Paari may be 47 and married with a daughter but he still prefers to live with his famous father the MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu in the family house in Jalan Ipoh surrounded by the memories of his childhood.

“I have an office in the house,” Vell Paari said as he showed off the famous house to The Malaysian Insiderteam recently.

It is the same house where in the heydays Samy Vellu held grand birthday parties and scores of loyalists lined up to garland him and offer presents that ranged from pens and cakes to huge paintings of their leader.

In was reported at one such birthday party Samy Vellu famously said that guests had eaten everything and that there was nothing left for his dogs.

At another he was furious to find chicken bones in the swimming pool.

A 20-year-old golden arowana has pride of place in the opulent sitting room with its many ornate decorations.

Along the side of the large oval shaped room are numerous figures of Lord Ganesa. “Lord Ganesa is a favourite gift among Hindu VIPs,” said Paari explaining why Ganesa is everywhere.

An outside view of the Samy home. - Picture by Jack Ooi

Outside, the waters in a large swimming pool shimmers under the hot afternoon sun. The garden is packed with trees including a few rambutan and durian trees with pet jungle fowls running around.

In one corner is an aviary with peacocks including two rare white coloured that were gifts. Some of the peacocks were born in the aviary, says Paari.

In another corner is another air-condition outhouse for two dogs — a giant sized German Shepard called Watts and an unnamed Pug.

Big is beautiful... Paari and Watts. - Picture by Jack Ooi

“They all have been with us for a long time,” says Paari adding, they were part of the family.

On the ground floor is Samy Vellu’s study lined with more statues of Ganesa, walls covered with photographs of family and friends and shelves full of books (both English and Tamil) and a large working table.

On the second floor is the prayer room, living quarters and more books which we gave a skip during the tour.

Samy Vellu’s wife Datin Sri Indrani Samy Vellu lives in a condominium in the city, Paari says and visits often.

At the time of the interview Samy Vellu was in Singapore checking up on his eyes.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Redeem your honour ..

The BN, especially UMNO, is so badly tainted with corruption, murder, etc that in order to win the confidence back from the rakyat, it's time for them to redeem their honour

Take for instance, the former President of South Korea because he and his family has been implicated in a corruption scandal. To save face he committed suicide by jumping off a cliff.

In Australia, recently saw the resignation of the Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon Read the story below.

Australia's scandal-hit defence minister steeped down on Thursday over 'mistakes related to accountability." Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said.

Joel Fitzgibbon steeped down over revelations that he called an army general in charge of dence helath services to a meeting with his brother, who runs an insurance company.

"The minister has offered me his resignation, I've accepted it and I think it's the right thing to do," Rudd said.

Rudd said Fitzgibbon had paid a "high price" for his error, which follows a series or damaging gaffes which had called his position into question.

Fitzgibbon had been under pressure over two trips to China paid for by a Chinese-Australian businesswoman. This week, he also admitted he failed to disclose a night's hotel accommodation paid for by his brother's firm.

"Obviously we're sad about this but it's important that we maintain high standards of miniterial accountabillity," Rudd said.

"That's why I believe the minister has acted responsibly."

The question is, if this has happened to one our ministers, will he resign?

In Japan, anyone caught in such corrupt activities, will take upon himself to "save face" for his family by committing suide, i.e. hanging. Not so long ago, they would perform hara kiri or seppuku.

If the government is serious indeed int he Look East policy, this is one culture that should be embedded into the minds of those in UMNO. If memory serves right, Mahathir once said that should he decide to charge everyone in his cabinet for corruption, he would not have a cabinet left after this.

To UMNO, redeem your honour and redeem it fast or otherwise come GE13, all of you would be booted out for good.

Khir Toyol's New RM15m Bungalow

The more trouble he creates for the PKR Selangor government, the more of his own shit will be revealed..........

Indonesian immigrants who made it big in Malaysia are known to be humble, but this Jawanese, being the most corrupt to the core, is the most devious and greediest of all.

His new bungalow is worth a staggering RM 15 million !

Address: Jalan Suasa 7/1L, Section 7, 
             40000 Shah Alam, Selangor D E

Tomorrow, Samy's mansion.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Was there a pay-off?

Even Hee Yit Fong, the State Assemblywoman who had been with DAP for 20 years, crossed over for money. She has thus far received RM15 million fromVincent Tan of Berjaya fame. She will probably be paid another RM10 million once the dust settles. It seems she needed the money to bail out her husband who was heavily in debt. This was the same situation with Lee Lam Thye who was forced to leave DAP so that he could bail out his wife from her gambling debts. Barisan Nasional, of course, helped settle all his wife's debts once he abandoned his cause and turned pro-establishment. This is NEWS indeed, if true. Just how would Vincent Tan explain to the tax authorities his payment to Hee? In the past 6-8 weeks 4-5 large hits happened. If I am not wrong 4 came from the 6/52 and 1 from 6/42 in Sports Toto. We know that the game is computerized and it would be easy for for manipulations to take place during the draw. If it did, the punters are the ones who paid Hee, not Vincent Tan. Thus the PUNTERS are the ones cheated. Just how many more will of these will be used to pay grasshoppers/ BN's NEEDS. If I am not wrong ( can some statistician ) please confirm. The odds for 6/52 is in the region of 1:22 million plus and 6/42 1:5 million plus. For 4-5 large hits to happen over a short span is quite usual.    Should my suspicions be correct than the Chinese with some Indians and Malays are all victims of Berjaya Sports Toto. Cheated. I have for some time been suspicious of Sports Toto as their real time draw could never be accessed on-line. All punters should now boycott playing until some independent body investigate thoroughly the activities of B. Sports Toto. 

The unsung heroes in the rescue of Manohara Odelia Pinot in Singapore

The New Paper of Singapore reports :

We don't have their names but we do have a name for them — unknown heroes.

Three strangers, including a Singapore cabby, played crucial roles in helping teen model Manohara Odelia Pinot flee from her husband, Kelantan prince Tengku Temenggong Muhammad Fakhry on Saturday.

Pinot's sister, Dewi Sari Asih, 20, told The New Paper that the escape would not have been possible if not for the help they received from these strangers.

The first was an informant from within the Kelantan palace. This unnamed person tipped off Pinot's family in Indonesia last Wednesday.

The informant told them that Pinot would be in Singapore that week.

On Saturday, the same caller called again and told them to “better come quick now” as Pinot would be leaving Singapore that night.

Pinot's mother, Daisy Fajarina, and Asih subsequently took the first flight they could get from Jakarta to Singapore that afternoon.

Arriving in Changi Airport at about 8pm, they hailed a cab and made a beeline for Royal Plaza on Scotts.

Their cabby is unknown hero No. 2.

On the way to the hotel, the mother and daughter started discussing about Pinot's plight.

The taxi driver overheard their strange conversation.

Said Asih: “The taxi driver said he wasn't trying to listen to our conversation but from what he had heard, he advised us to call the police.”

She and her mother were initially hesitant about getting the police involved.

“We were worried that the police might not help us. So we asked the taxi driver how the police here worked,” said Asih.

“He told us that the police would definitely protect us regardless of who we were, whether we were foreigners or locals, whether we were rich orpoor.”

The taxi driver's conviction in the police moved them.

When they called the police, there was finally a glimmer of hope that they would get to see Pinot after allegedly being denied contact with her for close to three months.

Having last seen Pinot on March 9 before she was whisked away on a private jet in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, her mother and sister were excited by the prospect of seeing her again.

But they were unprepared for the drama that was to unfold.

Arriving at the hotel at around 8.30pm, they entered the hotel lobby to find four to five of the prince's bodyguards there.

Asih told The New Paper over the phone from Jakarta: “The bodyguards' faces changed when they saw us. They looked scared and shocked and started speaking into their handphones.

“We waited in the area around the elevator, hoping to see Manohara as that was where she would come out from. We could not go up as we did not have a pass key (to operate the lift).”

The police arrived less than 10 minutes after they arrived.

Then, unknown hero No. 3 lent a helping hand.

Said Asih: “A lady, who turned out to be an Indonesian guest staying at the hotel, came up to us while we were waiting near the elevator.

“She asked my mum if she was Manohara's mum. My mum said yes, and she told us that she saw Manohara on the third floor, but the people upstairs were not letting her come down.

“Then I heard the emergency alarm from the elevator. A woman and a man then came running from the lobby area towards the elevator carrying what looked like a doctor's bag. They (the security guards) told them to go to the third floor.

“We tried to follow them up, but they stopped us.”

Soon after, her mum and the police also went up to the third floor while Asih stayed behind in the lobby.

Said Fajarina: “When I got up to the third floor, I saw Manohara inside the lift, sitting on the floor crying, pressing the alarm button. She refused to get out.

“When she saw me, she started screaming for me and said, 'Mother, never let me go again'.”

Asih said that she later met her sister and her mother in a hotel room on the third floor belonging to the Indonesian lady who had earlier tipped them off about seeing Pinot on that floor. She had allowed them to use her room.

Asih said that Pinot later contacted American embassy officials who turned up with officials from the Indonesian embassy.

Fajarina said that they stayed in the room from 9pm to 4am and negotiated with the prince, who did not want to let her daughter go.

She added that the prince relented only after his lawyer advised him that he could be in trouble with the law if he refused.

The family then made their way back to Jakarta on an early morning flight on Sunday.

Recounting her experiences that night, Asih said: “I feel relieved to see her in person, but it was bittersweet. I was so happy to see her, but also sad that she had to go through all those painful things. I wished she didn't have to go through that.

“It was very emotional, we wouldn't let go of each other.”

When contacted, Patrick Fiat, general manager of Royal Plaza on Scotts said: “The matter is a private affair and Royal Plaza on Scotts is committed to honouring our guests' confidentiality hence we are not at liberty to comment.”

When asked what actions the hotel takes when the emergency bell in the elevator goes off, he declined to comment, citing confidentiality for all security measures.

At a press conference in Jakarta after she arrived, Pinot said: “I am still traumatised by all that happened and it has left an impact on me.”

Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said Singapore police had called the US and Indonesian embassies for assistance.

“After Manohara was secured by the Singaporean police, our embassy staff in Singapore processed all her documents at the hotel within only four hours from 12am to 4am on Sunday so she could go back to Indonesia immediately,” the spokesman said.

Pinot said told the press conference that she wanted a divorce and would file a police report against her estranged husband.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A survey on Najib's performance

As blogger, DelCapo, observes ...

The survey was carried out byMerdeka Centre and the story picked up by The Malaysian Insider.

ok… delCapo is in no position to verify the stats revealed by Merdeka Centre… but somehow among my few disconnected circles of friends/acquantances/ workmates/ family… the stats simple dun represent them.

Maybe delCapo mixing with the wrong crowds.

THe Malaysian Insider’s Shannon Teoh has skifully picked up on the stats and subtlely shone a light on Najib:

Still, it seems Najib has surpassed expectations of Malaysians prior to his premiership, which began on April 3.

The Merdeka Centre also found that 45 per cent of Malaysians were satisfied with Najib in May, a point up from just before he stepped up as PM, which in turn was up from a low of 34 per cent in early March.

Well well well, Shannon…. nice writing….

Ok… Nevermind the Malaysian Insider spin… so what’s delCapo main problems with the stats (beside not being convinced)?

1) If delCapo is conducting a national survey and there are  39% of “no respond”… it will NOT be published, let alone published and being used as a major news reference!!

2) There are many ways of conducting and presenting a survey’s demographics – age group, geographical location, education level, professional background, sexual orientation, etc…. all which would have made meaningful mainstream analysis of an opinion poll on our new PM (except maybe sexual orientation)… but what is the ONLY one  this Merdeka Centre has chosen to use – RACE!!!…..WTF!?!?!?!

Hello!! We have been talking about Anak Bangsa Malaysia…. unity…. even the subject of your survey is trying to push his 1Malaysia propoganda lah… can you cut the race crap!?!?!?!

What is Merdeka Centre playing at?? Why has Malaysian Insider picked this up with such enthusiasm????

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Humour

Define "Competence"

A priest, a drunkard, and an engineer are sentenced to death by guillotine. The executioner asks the priest if he wants to face upward or downward when he meets his fate. The priest says that he would like to die face up, so that he will be looking toward heaven when he dies.The blade of the guillotine is raised and released. It comes speeding down and suddenly stops just inches from his throat. This is seen as a sign from God, and the priest is set free.Next, the drunkard goes to the guillotine. He also decides to die face up hoping that he will be as fortunate as the priest. Once again, the blade stops inches from the throat. Again, a miracle, and the drunkard is set free.The engineer is next. He too decides to die facing up. The executioner slowly raises the blade of the guillotine. Suddenly the engineer exclaims, "Wait a minute! I see what your problem is."

A twist in the Manohara Odelia Pinot saga

The saga of French Indonesian model Manohara Odelia Pinot took another startling twist today after she fled to Jakarta and confirmed allegations of abuse and violence by her husband, a Kelantan prince.

Manohara told a press conference in Jakarta that she was miserable in her nine-month marriage to Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, 32."I did not sleep - the longest was four hours. I was afraid of being injected or drugged (without my knowledge)," said the 17-year-old, who was accompanied by her mother, Daisy Fajarina. "All the torture (allegations) are true. First, (I was) cut. I am afraid of the daily sexual abuse," she was quoted as saying by Banjarmasin Post.Meanwhile, her mother's lawyer Yuli Andre Darma told online daily that Manohara had admitted to having been abused, both mentally and physically.The online daily also reported that there was a scar on Manohara’s forehead which might have been inflicted with a hot iron.Detik quoted Daisy as saying that her daughter would undergo a medical check-up tomorrow.Meanwhile, Manohara told Indonesian television station TV One in an interview that she would not return to her royal husband.She said photographs showing her having a fun time with Tengku Ismail were "staged".According to another newpaper, Manohara claimed that she was given an ‘hormone injection’ to increase her weight.“I was given the injection and my weight increased by 15kg in two months. In fact, I gained 10kg in four days,” she said.It was reported that Manohara went to Singapore with her husband on Saturday to visit the Kelantan sultan who was seeking treatment there after suffering from a heart ailment.Her mother Daisy subsequently mounted a 'dramatic rescue' at the hotel where Manohara was staying with the help of the Singaporean police and officials from both the Indonesian and American embassies.Both mother and daughter arrived in Jakarta early this morning.'My first and last man'The plight of Manohara, who was named one of the country's 100 top women by Harper's Bazaar magazine, made headlines when her mother claimed the teen model was cut with a razor blade by her husband.Daisy also claimed the Kelantan royalty had abducted her daughter while Manohara was in Saudi Arabia with her family to perform the umrah (minor pilgrimage) three months ago.According to Daisy, her family was invited to perform the umrah in late February in order to reconcile with the Kelantan royalty.Daisy claimed that her daughter had earlier fled to Indonesia after complaining of frequent abuse by her royal husband, "whom she married last August after being raped by the man" when she was 15.Subsequently, her mother tried to visit her in Malaysia but found that she was banned from entering the country.Previously, a close friend of the Kelantan royal family had dismissed the allegations, and accused Daisy of demanding money from her son-in-law.According to businessman Mohd Soberi Shafii, Daisy allegedly wanted her son-in-law to settle her huge debts."She had asked him to settle the debts amounting to RM600,000 when the prince had already given her RM300,000."One night, she flew into a rage at the prince's house. She shouted like a mad woman. 'Why haven't you given the money, you have already married my daughter'."The prince said he wanted to pay and asked for an acknowledgment for the RM300,000 he had already given her. It was from this point that Daisy got angry," he said, adding that she also wanted to take her daughter back to Jakarta.Mohd Soberi also claimed that Manohara had told him that she wanted to remain with her husband, saying that she would have filed for a divorce otherwise."Every time I ask her about it, she would reply 'the prince is my first and last man'," he added.

[Source: Malaysiakini]