When asked if it was confirmed Adib had been assaulted, he replied: “If he was not assaulted, how would he be in such a critical condition with so much injuries on him?”
Whatever it is, as a Muslim, I believe that Adib is resting in a better place now and will be placed in jannah in the afterlife. As for those who caused his death and deny him justice in this world, they will rot in hell for eternity. This I believe with all of my heart.
Other main sponsors of the charity dinner are QI Group of Companies, which is the platinum sponsor; Sunway Group Berhad, UEM Group Berhad and F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd.
As mentioned in the report, other organisations which have pledged contributions are BIMB Holdings Bhd; Bank Rakyat; Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd; Sime Darby Plantations; Pos Malaysia Bhd; Bank Simpanan Nasional; Hong Leong Bank; Constance Westwood; Parkson Corporation Sdn Bhd; RHB Bank; Sirim Bhd; NIKON Malaysia; Maybank and AirAsia.
Also mentioned in the report was the plight of former NST journalist Jason Gerald. I actually received this about Jason via WhatsApp from a journalist friend a few days ago,
It is good that NPC is making the effort to assist journalists such as Jason in their time of needs.
Also commendable are all those companies such as Country Garden for contributing to the welfare of journalists.
Hopefully more will contribute to the good cause, particularly media companies such as Star Publication, Media Prima, The Edge Group, Astro, Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insight, etc.
After all, the fund collected by NPC is for the welfare of their journalists or those who once worked for them as journalists.
Actually I think it's a bit weird if the media companies are not at the forefront of the effort.
Meanwhile, another journalist friend who was at the NPC's AGM last night forwarded this picture of the club's newly elected committee members,
All the best to the new NPC team and hopefully they can further improve the good work of taking care of journalists' welfare.
Well, as proven by now, Osman does have several serious flaws.
However, as pointed by my friends, my criticisms of the PH menteri besar of Johor were rather mild compared to those that I had expressed against his predecessor from BN, DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin when the latter was in power.
To begin with, Salahuddin Ayub whom I initially suggested to be chosen over Osman for the job turned out to be not such a good choice after all. He is making a mess as the Agriculture Minister.
Now I believe that Salahuddin would not have been any better than Osman as the Johor MB.
In actual truth, I do pity Osman. He's in a pair of shoes too big for himself.
He landed himself a very tough job and, as I was told by friends in JB, he's really struggling with it despite trying his best.
However, one thing I know which is good about Osman is that he's aware of his limitations and he is not what the Malays describe as a bodoh sombong.
Despite his reputation of being abrasive and less refined, Osman does not shy away from asking for advice from those whom he respects.
I know that among the first he called after appointed as Johor MB was his former boss TS Abdul Ghani Othman.
Ghani was the menteri besar when Osman, who was then with Umno, served as Kempas assemblyman for three terms.
I believed Osman had called Ghani for advice about his MB duties and as a show of respect for his former boss who is his senior in that capacity.
The same thing didn't happen when Khaled Nordin took over the post from Ghani in 2013.
Yup, I went and spent the whole day there. Woke up in the morning and just decided to have a look at the place.
It's a typical small town with rows of shophouses along the main trunk road and villages as well as oil palm estates in the surrounding area.
Arrived there around noon and had lunch at a stall. Rice, mackerel masak lemak cili padi, fried bean sprouts, sambal belacan and teh O ice for RM5. Really not bad.
I asked the makcik who ran the stall about the coming by-election and she said things are not hotting up yet.
"Makcik nanti nak undi siapa?" I jokingly asked her.
"Ish....undi tu kan rahsia," she said laughing.
I laughed too as I didn't expect her to answer the question.
But then she added; "Tapi kalau boleh biarlah kita undi orang kita...."
I think I know what she meant, but I rather leave it at that.
I drove around a bit after that and noticed that everything seemed to be in place. The infra of the place looked good.
I even noticed a rather new fire station by the roadside, which is not bad considering the small size of the town.
Then I decided to check out the kampung house of Mat Hassan, the Umno deputy president who is going to be the BN candidate for the by-election.
The makcik at the stall had earlier told me how to get there. Everyone at the town seemed very familiar with Mat Hassan, who is the incumbent assemblyman there.
It was a bit troublesome to get to Mat Hassan's house yesterday as they were repairing the road in front of it.
The original small wooden structure, which is typical of Malay traditional kampung houses of Negeri Sembilan is still there. It looked very nice in front of the normal modern-looking part behind it.
They had erected a huge tent behind the house and I was told by local BN people later that the place will be the coalition's command centre for the by-election.
I then decided to visit Mat Hassan's community service centre in the town, which is about two km away.
There was already a crowd there as it turned out that Mat Hassan almost always would be at the service centre in late afternoon to personally attend to his constituents' problems.
The kind of help he gave ranged from providing financial assistance for the needy to easing the bureaucracies for those dealing with government agencies on matters such as applications for land titles.
I was also pleasantly surprised to meet a journalist friend who was there with his team from KL to try get an interview with Mat Hassan.
Mat Hassan arrived from KL about 4.30pm. I was told that he had earlier been at the parliament as an observer. My friend was given a slot to see him after he had done with attending to his constituents.
I went to a nearby cendol stall for a drink as my friend and his team waited for their turn to see Mat Hassan.
Unfortunately for him, Mat Hassan declined to be interviewed as he was not feeling very well. My friend only managed to chat a bit with him and even that was off-the-record.
Despite having waited for hours, my friend seemed okay with it as he really likes Mat Hassan.
"Tok Mat really looked tired and he is fasting today,' said my friend.
He, nonetheless managed to get some pictures of Mat Hassan attending to his constituents who were there asking for his assistance.
He gave me some of those pictures and that of the Rantau town as he knows I'm not good with a camera,
And these are pictures which I took myself yesterday,
The stall where I had lunch in Rantau yesterday.
The cendol that I had near Mat Hassan's community service centre.
Well, that's my day in Rantau yesterday.
My friend said he will try again to get a proper interview with Mat Hassan before the by-election. Hopefully he'll get it.
I think I will hang around here until the result is announced later this evening.
That's because I enjoy observing things on the ground during an election.
Sometimes what you see and hear from afar, is not the real picture, unless you are there yourself to witness it.
As for this Semenyih by-election, what I noticed most by being on the ground was that many people are quite fed up with Pakatan, despite them voting for it in GE14 less than a year ago.
Pakatan people are just talks and not much else.
That's what most of them said and I have to agree.
Have the people's life really improved because of the change in government last year?
I don't think so.
Prices of goods are still high or even worse, race relations definitely worse than before, many people are losing their jobs, etc etc.
The only pleasure is for some who hate the truly Malay-led government of BN and wanted it to be destroyed.
They think their kind can do a better job.
But really, on the ground, most people I met here don't really care about all that politics too much for now.
For them, it's about bread and butter issues as well as the GE14 broken promises of Pakatan.
Well, at least that's the sentiment among the Malay majority constituents.
A friend yesterday asked me via WhatsApp about the claim that Pas paid Sarawak Report to settle their case and I said it doesn't really matter in Semenyih.
It's just a sign of desperation.
The SB's report must be in by now and it most probably indicates that Pakatan may likely lose the by-election.
That's why they needed to have a last minute "bomb" to undermine the Pas-Umno cooperation which is giving them nightmare here as it was in Cameron Highlands several weeks ago.
The problem is that the target of the bomb is actually Pas supporters whom Pakatan needs to stop from voting for BN.
The claim needs to convince them that Pas leaders are corrupt, the way the same claim managed to persuade many Umno members to go against their party leaders in GE14.
Well, Pas supporters are not the same as Umno supporters. They believe in their leaders more than anyone else.
So, it's not going to work, okay.
It's not even convincing in the first place. Anyone can bank-in a sum of money to Sarawak Report and then claimed it's from Pas.
You know la how people lie these days....just like the Pakatan's GE14 manifesto.
And after all, the people on the ground in Semenyih can't really be bothered by such nonsense.
They should know better what's in their heart and who to vote for.
Well, just wait and see their decision by the end of today.
For me, the Semenyih voters may send either a strong message to the Pakatan government to get their acts together or just be happy with getting rid of BN and be contented with Pakatan's promises....doesn't matter that they were unfulfilled.
I even suspected that Jamal Abdillah was a BN's mole at the Pakatan's function.
I'm not very good at estimating the number of a crowd, but I noticed that at least half of those present were wearing the red Pakatan or Pribumi Bersatu t-shirts.
I don't think that having to fill up half of the venue with party workers was a good sign.
Then there's a stall less than 50 meters away from the stage selling Apa Malu Bossku t-shirts and it's doing, I believe, good business. There was some sort of a pasar malam near the venue which probably helped to boost the number of crowd.
The first speaker was Amanah president Mat Sabu.
His speech was focused on three things which were
- Najib and BN bashing.
- Telling Malays not to fear DAP.
- Pleading to the Malays not to let Dr Mahathir down.
Seriously, it was an awkward speech. Mat Sabu tried to be clownish as he always did but now that he's a minister and not an opposition leader anymore, he sounded more stupid than ever instead of being funny.
I didn't wait for the other speeches and left for Bandar Sri Putra about 20 minutes drive away to check on the BN's ceramah featuring Mat Hassan and Pas deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
By the time I arrived, Tuan Ibrahim was already halfway through his speech. I completely missed Mat Hassan's.
Still, Tuan Ibrahim's speech was quite good.
I particularly like the part where he asked for the audience to be honest with themselves on what have they gained from the change of government last year.
I know and like Tuan Ibrahim from my days in Pahang and I believe the guy is honest. His demeanour is that of a wise elderly kampung man. Nothing like Mat Sabu.
And I got chills down my spine when he read the doa at the end of his speech.
The first time ever that I listened to a Pas leader praying for a BN victory.
The crowd at the housing estate field looked more genuine than the Pakatan's one.
The BN supporters clapped to Tuan Ibrahim's speech while the Pas ones cried "Allahuakbar".
Pas' Unit Amal members were also in full force managing the traffic near the venue. It was as if the candidate on their side is from Pas instead of BN.
Well, I have a feeling that BN may win this one as it did in Cameron Highlands.