Thursday, 18 September 2008


Today Pakatan Rakyat leaders have submitted a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to call an emergency session of Parliament to deliberate a motion of censure against the leadership of YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi no later than Tuesday 23 September 2008.

This is in accordance with Order 11(3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament and warrants an immediate response given the gravity of today’s political impasse. A delay in his response would be interpreted as nothing short of a further sabotage of the democratic process and abuse of Executive Power.

The Prime Minister’s haggling on the syntax of our first letter is puerile at best. The intent of our meeting as described in that letter was clearly to discuss the future course of the nation’s leadership – though in deference to his position and in accordance with acceptable norms we remain considerate and polite in our approach.

I find the Prime Minister’s comment about me in his press conference yesterday to be reckless and irresponsible in light of the disastrous outcome of last Friday’s ISA raids.

He has conflated what is essentially an issue of democracy, freedom and the rule of law with national security. The use of the ISA to harass and detain duly elected political opponents is a grave transgression of the law and its continued use would further erode confidence in the current government and exacerbate political instability.

As the incumbent Prime Minister actively holding office and exercising all Executive powers, and as the outgoing Finance Minister, we hold him fully accountable for the current political turmoil and mismanagement of the nation’s economy. His accusation that I have had an adverse impact on the nation’s economy is entirely without basis.

I have met with the key fund managers in the region, representing over USD 1 trillion in assets, and on multiple occasions they were unanimously in support of comprehensive reforms in Malaysia including judicial independence, a free media, a more professional police force and anti-corruption agency, investor friendly laws and assurances on the non-interference of politicians in the governance of Bank Negara. These are policies Pakatan Rakyat has promised to implement– and initiatives that the current administration has done virtually nothing to advance since March 8th.

Leader of Opposition
De-facto leader, Keadilan

Body Language 101.

A picture definitely says a thousand words.
Here's a fantastic Snapsot from The Sun, of the 'banker & defender' of Malaysia:

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 17, 2008): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today described Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as a "threat to the nation's economy and maybe safety".

As a guideline to "body language", one could refer to this
Comment on MT

Liars are normally under stress.
The first thing to make clear is that body language and facial expressions are good indicators of when a person is lying but the indicators are not foolproof.

Here is what to watch for when a person is lying to you when face-to-face: (Also make sure you don't do these things!)

* Voice is higher pitched.
* Untrue answers to questions are slightly delayed.
* Body and face become stiffer.
* Hand-to-face touching increased, especially nose rubbing and mouth covering.
* Face and hands becomes a bit paler as blood is withheld from extremities. (A sign of high stress.)
* Nostrils may open wider ('flare').
* Breathing deeper and maybe audible.
* Lips become thinner and tighter.
* Shoulders pulled up and elbows pulled in to sides more. Body takes up less space.
* Forehead tightens up a little in area between eye brows.
* Eye contact breaks away from you and eyes may squint or close.
* Heart rate increases.
* Hand palms turned down or closed, and not revealed to you.

My God! This is our PM and DPM!

Thank You SUN - you surely got the right picture, for a picture paints a thousand words.