Malaysian King Who is in charge of Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah together with Empress Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah visited the Yogyakarta Palace on Wednesday. The empress had shown her ability to make batik.

That was said by the King of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, to reporters on the sidelines of the visit of the Malaysian King4d entourage to the Yogyakarta Palace.

“Yes, he can also make batik often turns out here, to Yogya,” said Sri Sultan HB X.

The batik product of the Malaysian King’s consort later, said Sri Sultan, would be sent directly to Malaysia after it was finished. Batik is also a souvenir of the Yogyakarta Palace.

“Earlier the empress only made batik, then when it was finished, I will send it to batik] later Malaysia,” Sri Sultan said.

Sri Sultan continued, the arrival of the King of Malaysia with the empress and their three children namely Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan, Tengku Ilisha Ameera, and Tengku Ilyana Tengku Abdul were only for hospitality.

“Yes, it’s just a friendship. He used to come here in 1993. But he hasn’t [got the title] that is necessary,” he said. Sri Sultan said during the visit there was no specific discussion, only small talk.

In addition to being treated to traditional dances and food, the Raja Malaysia entourage was also shown a manuscript belonging to the Yogyakarta Palace. “Yes, only traditional food. Yes, because traditional just had a suitable tongue,” said Sri Sultan. The Malaysian king’s entourage arrived at the Yogyakarta Palace at 11:40 WIB. They were joined by four daughters of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X namely GKR Mangkubumi, GKR Bandara, GKR Maduretno, and GKR Condrokirono along with the son-in-law of the Purbodinignrat KPH Dalem and the Notonegoro KPH in Regol Kamandungan Lor.

After that, they were welcomed by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and Empress GKR Hemas in the Danapratapa Regol. The Malaysian king’s entourage was then entertained by the Sultan in Gedhong Jene to have a friendly meeting and continued by examining several collections, one of which was the keraton batik at Tratag Gedhong Prabayeksa.

In front of Gedhong Jene, Raja Malaysia with his wife and children posing for photos with Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X with his wife and child. They welcomed the media crew who had been waiting in front of the building.

Next, the group was treated to the Beksan Lawung Alus dance at Tratag Bangsal Kencana. This dance is a dashing son’s dance which tells about the spirit of practicing the palace warriors of the era of Sri Sultan HB I. At the end of the visit, the group was entertained at Bangsal Manis.

The Malaysian King’s entourage is scheduled to visit Kota Gede to see the silver handicraft industry, Borobudur Temple and watch the Ramayana ballet in the Prambanan Temple complex.

The day before the Malaysian King met with President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java. President Jokowi and Raja Malaysia planted a resin tree together.

After planting trees, President Jokowi then invited the King of Malaysia to visit the Bogor Botanical Gardens


Kuala Lumpur, 28 September 2007

This morning, more than three thousand Burmese protesters, most of them wearing red marched in the street of Kuala Lumpur. They walked from Ampang Park to the Burmese Embassy, 2 kilometers away. There they had a very organized peaceful demonstration facing the local Riot police who were guarding the Embassy. Then they proceeded to the Chinese Embassy and the Russian Embassy to hand over a memorandum.

The demonstration was a joint effort of nine Burmese Organizations here. Most of the protesters wore a headscarf, carried posters, and banners denouncing the military junta, calling for the killing to stop and demanding democracy. Many also carried symbols symbolizing Buddha and portraits of Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

Only a handful of Malaysians was among the crowd to give solidarity. PSM’s Secretary-General S.Arutchelvan in solidarity marched with the protesters to the three protest points. Among some of the organizations present were SUARAM, AI, and HAKAM. The protesters were very disciplined, very organized and had the entire program carried with such discipline and precision. The marshals kept the crowd in control. Many protesters took leave while in some places, the employer had to shut down the business today as almost all the workers were gone demonstrating. Most of those present today expressed anxiety about the situation back home.  The spirits were high throughout the program. The Malaysian police force who came in full force were amazed by the mobilization by the Burmese and maintained traffic control as well was very restrained.

It was a day when the diverse Burmese community came down with one message – Junta out! Democracy Now!

PRESS STATEMENT: 10 October 2007


How would the space mission solve our problems?

Party Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is amused by the fanatical atmosphere and the publicity generated on the launch of the first Malaysian to space. It is yet another desperate move by the ruling party to beat up the drums on this space mission after the 50 years Merdeka celebration fizzled out and when people came back to reality. Now it is a space fantasy which is taking us on another ride of the Malaysian Boleh trip.

The reality is Malaysia exchanged palm oil for a space trip. In October 2003, the Malaysian Government signed an agreement with Russia where Russia will buy RM1.1 billion worth of palm oil and send a Malaysian into space as part of a multi-billion-ringgit deal for 18 Sukhoi 30-MKM fighter jets.

Besides that Capitalism has taken science to yet another new dimension with the introduction of space tourism.  Space tourism is a new phenomenon of filthy rich individuals and private companies paying to go to space. The price for a flight brokered by Space Adventures to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft is now $30 million. Flights are fully booked until 2009. Among some of the people who have gone to space since Dennis Tito became the first “fee-paying” passenger in 2001 are South African computer millionaire Mark Shuttleworth and Gregory Olsen an owner of a company that produces specialist high-sensitivity cameras.

According to Alexei Krasnov, head of the Russian space agency’s manned programs said that four space tourists have paid about $20 million for the pleasure of spending a week on the orbital station and said that each tourist flight deal is discussed individually and is considered a commercial secret. The latest space tourist, Anousheh Ansari, 40, an Iranian-born American businesswoman, returned to Earth after paying around $20 million for about eight days in space. The Malaysian  Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (SMS) is the latest of the list of space tourists.

While the Malaysians are kept busy with news on roti canai in space and fasting in space which is seen as new breakthroughs in science, the truth is before this Malaysian, more than 400 people have traveled to space, not including many monkeys, chimpanzees,  mice, frogs, tortoise, fish, and dogs. Many of them have sacrificed or being sacrificed in many missions.

The question before us is how this mission is going to resolve our problems on planet earth.  PSM seeks answers on how can a space mission, worth billion of ringgit resolve the following problems faced by the nation :

1.                  Increasing Ethnic and racial disharmony

2.                  Increasing the income gap of the rich and poor

3.                  Increasing corruption at all levels

4.                  Suppression of democratic rights – free and fair election, rights to assembly, expression and association, free media and others.

5.                  Increasing suffering incurred by the people with the rising of basic goods, fuel prices, and controlled items.

6.                  The suffering incurred with the introduction of privatization and neo-liberal policies such as privatization of health care, water, and other basic amenities.

7.                  The suppression of workers through pro-employer bills while workers are denied a basic living wage.

8.                  The continues decline of the Judiciary

Millions of ringgit are spent and wasted to send one person to space while the money could have been put in good use to improve the livelihood of the common people. While the ruling party points us to the star and takes us for a ride in space, this mission is just an ego trip by a Government that has lost its purpose and sense on what needs to be done for the betterment of the people.

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The people in Sungai Siput are very clear on which party has been doing grassroots work in the last 15 years, on who has been having active service centers. We also believe that the people are smart enough to distinguish which party does work actively and which party becomes active during general elections.

There is no doubt at all that the PSM candidates are the best and the most deserving people to stand in both Sungai Siput Parliament and the Jalong state seat in Sungai Siput.

In the last election, DAP refuses to recognize this point and three-cornered us in both the seats and the result is obvious. Three corners are not good for anyone and both the parties lost but PSM candidate using PKR tickets came second in both this contest in Parliament and Jalong state seat. DAP was further humiliated in Parliament seat when its candidate lost its deposits.

In the coming elections, PSM is once again making the same request, that DAP allows PSM – the best party to run in these seats. In this coming election also, PSM is almost certain of winning the Jalong state seat. DAP cannot pretend and must concede that in the last election, the DAP candidates came out third against PSM candidates and therefore it is only logical to give way this time.

Having said that, PSM has never been unreasonable. We would definitely agree to exchange seats with DAP in Sungai Siput Parliament if DAP is willing to field their top guns like Karpal Singh or Kulasegaran there. We believe both of them know very well that, it is a very difficult seat to win. Without any credible candidates put forward, then the best candidate would be someone from the PSM.

Very recently, DAP’s Kula has been throwing Uthayakumar’s and other Hindraf leaders’ names to stand against Samy Vellu. PSM welcome this and is willing to give in, in condition DAP also becomes magnanimous in giving way in other areas where PSM has tremendous support and has done grassroots work.

Currently, we are determined and have the capacity to field candidates in Buntong, Bercham and Jelapang state seats in which we are ready and willing to stand and win in exchange with the Sg. Siput Parliament seat. In all these areas, PSM has worked for more than 10 years. Our candidates are not people who are just brought in via express to stand in elections. They have done work in the area for at least 5 years – a precondition set by PSM to its candidates who want to stand in elections.

So it is important for parachute candidates to understand that politics in not work once in 4-5 years. If we want to beat the BN, let’s be serious and give and take. Let the best candidate and the most deserving party be filled and take on the BN.