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The Zaoboa website, March 7, 2004

WHY IS THE TRUTH ALWAYS OUT THERE AND NOT IN THE ENGLISH PRESS?

The above report said that a 15-year-old $ingapore student jumped to his death from the sixth floor of a Housing Board flat at Pasir Ris St 11 on March 5 around 4.45 pm. It was reported that the Secondary Three student was worried that he might be expelled from school after being warned by a woman Accounting teacher of being involved with one of his female classmates.

The two students had arrived at school at 3 pm that day and the boy was caught holding the girl's hand by one of the male teachers. The Accounting teacher was informed and later gave them a stern warning and asked for the parents to be in school at 6 pm for counselling. The boy's request not to inform his parents was rejected by the Accounting teacher.

The boy then rushed out of the school. His girlfriend tried to follow but was held back by the teacher. Two other classmates went after him, and one of them found him sitting on the sixth floor parapet wall with both legs hanging out. She tried to talk him out of it but to no avail, and watched him jump down to his death.

Visit http://www.zaobao.com/sp/sp006_070304.html for the article (in Chinese).


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OVER AND OVER AGAIN



The nation-builder press, March 4, 2004

In the above report, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said: "The whole thing is over already." He was referring to US accusations that a Malaysian permanent resident Bukary Syed Abu Tahir was manufacturing nuclear bomb components with a Malaysian company directly linked to PM Abdullah Badawi's son, Kamaluddin.

Although Malaysian police have published a report that confirms Mr Tahir was sending the parts to Libya, the police did not arrest him. Tahir is a Sri Lankan citizen married to a Malaysian.



The nation-builder press, March 8, 2004

In the above report, Malaysia used the Internal Security Act to arrest six Indonesians they claimed were "terrorists." And people who make nuclear bombs are not?

Read more by clicking on the banner or visit http://www.bigo.com.sg/fooled/tahir.html



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MALAYSIA'S ROAD TO REFORMASI


When Malaysia named names and charged VIPs and even a minister for corruption, it came almost at the same time US intelligence agents were getting ready to announce a key Malaysian link in the secret nuclear network operated by a Pakistani scientist. Over the past week, PM Abdullah Badawi’s only son, Kamaluddin, found out that a company he controlled was named by US intelligence as the manufacturer of centrifuge parts for the nuclear black market. Below is how the revelation came about:

WHAT U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH SAID


These are the exact words used by President George W Bush when he answered questions after a speech at the National Defense University, Feb 11, 2004:

"To increase their profits, Khan [Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan] and his associates used a factory in Malaysia to manufacture key parts for centrifuges [used for enriching uranium for nuclear bombs]."

President Bush clearly identified the link man in Malaysia:

"Khan’s deputy — a man named BSA Tahir — ran SMB computers, a business in Dubai. Tahir used that computer company as a front for the proliferation activities of the A Q Khan network. Tahir acted as both the network’s chief financial officer and money launderer. He was also its shipping agent, using his computer firm as cover for the movement of centrifuge parts to various clients. Tahir directed the Malaysia facility to produce these parts based on Pakistani designs, and then ordered the facility to ship the components to Dubai. Tahir also arranged for parts acquired by other European procurement agents to transit through Dubai for shipment to other customers."

President Bush did not let up on pinpointing the Malaysian connection:

"Mr Tahir is in Malaysia, where authorities are investigating his activities. Malaysian authorities have assured us that the factory the network used is no longer producing centrifuge parts. Other members of the network remain at large…As a result of our penetration of the network, American and the British intelligence identified the shipment of advanced centrifuge parts manufactured at the Malaysian facility. We followed the shipment of these parts to Dubai, and watched as they were transferred to the BBC China, a German-owned ship. After the ship passed through the Suez Canal, bound for Libya, it was stopped…"

Briefly, President Bush has

- fingered Bukary Syed Abu Tahir, a Sri Lankan staying in Kuala Lumpur, as a deputy of Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan.

- Tahir is said to be Khan’s chief financial officer and the coordinator of the manufacture and distribution of various components that can make a nuclear bomb.

- The name of the alleged factory, Scomi Precision Engineering Sdn Bhd, was found on the boxes that contained the centrifuge parts found on the BBC China, a German-owned cargo ship.

- Scomi is a company based in Malaysia and part of the Scomi Group. The man who owns the controlling stake in Scomi Group is Mr Kamaludin Abdullah, the 35-year-old son of PM Abdullah Badawi.

The reaction in Malaysia was like this: Scomi has admitted making the parts but have said they were unaware of its final destination. They thought the parts were to be used for oil and gas industries. A company in $ingapore who supplied parts to Scomi have made the same plea of ignorance.

On Feb 20, 2004, Malaysian police, after denying for two weeks any wrongdoing in Malaysia, released a report that agreed with President Bush that indeed Tahir "had known that the centrifuge components manufactured by Scomi Precise Engineering (Scope) were destined for use in Libya's uranium enrichment programme".

However, no one in Malaysia has been arrested.

Here are three ironies worth noting:

- President Bush is the same man who compiled a thick dossier of "evidence" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The "evidence" was claimed to be detailed and accurate. Those weapons have not been found nine months after the war ended.

- Malaysia used the Internal Security Act against Malaysians whom US intelligence claimed were part of a terror network called the Jemaah Islamiah [JI]. Many allegations have been made against the detainees but none of the charges and claims have been proven in court. However, about 90 Malaysians remain in detention.

- The US has now uncovered a nuclear proliferation ring within Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led war against Iraq. The US invaded Iraq because they said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. But they didn’t. Instead their ally, Pakistan, had a secret ring selling nuclear secrets. The president of Pakistan has decided to pardon the alleged ring leader, Prof AQ Khan, the country’s leading nuclear scientist.

This is our fave clip of the ISA detentions so far:



The nation-builder press, Jan 28, 2004.

Yazid Sufaat was arrested in December 2001, about the same time $ingapore began arresting $ingaporeans alleged to be members of JI. In the above report, US and Malaysian security officials after two years now claim Yazid was the man running Osama Bin Laden’s "chemical and biological weapons program". These claims remain unproven.


When asked if the US were interested in interrogating Yazid, this is what the Malaysian Foreign Minister Syd Hamid Albar said: "We are always ready to cooperate with any quarter in helping combat international terrorism."

Ninety Malaysians are under ISA detention for being alleged members of JI but Bukary Syed Abu Tahir, an alleged member of a nuclear proliferation ring, remains free while Pakistan has pardoned the alleged nuclear ringleader Prof AQ Khan. What’s going on?

More here:

Police: Tahir knew Scope's parts destined for Libya
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/2004022000114144.php

Probe Scope independently call from DAP, PAS
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/2004022100114158.php

Read Yazid’s story here
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200204130015245.php


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Spread The Word #304, Feb 2, 2004.

25 $INGAPORE STUDENTS FINED FOR MUSIC DOWNLOADS

It wasn't one girl after all. On Feb 2, 2004 we reported that one $ingaporean was fined $4,000 for downloading music from Kazaa. But a Feb 18, 2004 report in the nation-builder press said 25 students have been caught and fined by their university "in the past six months". The report said the music companies did not catch the students but that National University of Singapore fined 20 students $200 each while Nanyang Technological University caught and fined five students.

This was revealed in the report: "Copyright owners complained to NTU and NUS after they tracked down the computers involved in the illegal swops." It was not explained how the music companies managed to detect music downloads in students computers. It was also not explained why the $ingapore courts were not used to charge the students if music downloads are illegal or how a university is empowered to fine its students for breaking a country's law. In the US, some universities challenged the music companies in court.

It became illegal for $ingaporeans to download music when the US and $ingapore Free Trade Agreement became law on Jan 1, 2004. $ingapore now has to obey US copyright laws. Previously, there had been no attempts to penalise $ingaporeans who downloaded music from the internet. Only vendors of pirated CDs and porno VCDS had previously been arrested by the police and charged in court.

University students in $ingapore now know "they can't be anonymous in cyberspace".

The report added: "A 22-year-old engineering student at NTU, who spoke on condition he wasn't named, said: 'Now I know my identity can be tracked, I'll remove the Kazaa program from my computer and stop sharing files over the network.'"

"Imagine, $ingapore universities are now policeman and judge for the music companies. We do not recall $ingapore universities ever policing the misuse of pirated computer software in students' computers. What police activities are $ingapore universities planning next?"
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, Feb 18, 2004.

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This is what Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said: "The United States did not go into Iraq to destroy Islam. It is not in Iraq to hit out at a Muslim country. It is clear to everyone, unless that person wears blinkers, that this is a war to remove the weapons of mass destruction from Saddam Hussein."

This is what former US chief weapons hunter David Kay said: "I don't think they [weapons of mass destruction] existed."



"It is clear to everyone, unless that person wears blinkers, that the Iraq war was NEVER about weapons of mass destruction or Saddam Hussein."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, Jan 25 2004.

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$INGAPOREANS WHO SPOKE AGAINST IRAQ WAR I



Time magazine, Mar 24, 2003.

When Time magazine went searching for thinking Muslims, they headed to Kuala Lumpur. In Time's March 24, 2003 issue, they interviewed five, including lawyer and activist Latheefa Koya. Here's what she told Time magazine:

"There's paranoia against Muslims. My two female cousins, who are sisters, staged a peace protest in front of the US embassy in Singapore. Though they were just collecting signatures, they were detained and interrogated. And then, their computers were taken away, and one husband was asked why he had so much Islamic reading material at home.

"These people are Muslims, the women wear the Muslim head scarf, but they are innocent. Can they be charged for inciting peace?"

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$INGAPOREANS WHO SPOKE AGAINST IRAQ WAR II

Seventeen months ago, on Sept 3, 2002, four Muslim groups in $ingapore asked the PAP government not to support any US-led war on Iraq. The four groups were:

- the Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers' Association (Pergas)

- Perdaus, a volunteer-welfare group

- the Muhammadiyah Association which runs religious classes, welfare homes and care centres for the elderly

- Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies

Specifically, the groups asked the government "to oppose, or at least abstain from supporting, any possible collective attacks on Iraq."

They said: "We support the view that all lives are precious whether they are Iraqis, Americans or Israelis. Unfortunately, in any attack, the innocent suffer and die at the expense of the guilty party."

Ustaz Zhulkeflee Haji Ismail, manager of Pergas, explained that they had made their views to "fulfil their role of guiding the public." This is what they got for their effort...



The nation-builder press, Sept 5, 2002. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim has said nothing since the war started and no weapons of mass destruction were found.



The nation-builder press, Sept 5, 2002. Ms Irene Ng is a PAP MP and deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs. Ms Ng has said nothing since the war started and no weapons of mass destruction were found.

GOOD FOR NOTHING



When responding to the Muslim group's appeal, PAP MP Mr Zainudin Nordin (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) said: "I believe that going into Iraq is a security issue for the US. It is not a religious issue." Mr Zainuddin has said nothing since the war started and no weapons of mass destruction were found.


FEB 25, 2004: 298 DAYS... AND STILL NO WMD* FOUND IN IRAQ.

* Weapons of Mass Destruction



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SEPT 11 SUSPECT GETS ANOTHER TWO YEARS ISA DETENTION

A former Malaysian army officer with alleged links to the Sept 11 hijackers has been ordered detained for a further two years under the Internal Security Act [ISA], reported AFP, Jan 29 2004.

Yazid Sufaat, a US-trained biochemist has been in detention since his arrest in November 2001 when he returned from Afghanistan. His wife, Sejahratul Dursina alias Chomel Mohamed, who was also detained under the ISA, had been freed June 12, 2002.

The Malaysian authorities are accusing her husband Yazid of ordering four tonnes of ammonium nitrate in October 2000. Both Malaysia and Singapore are claiming that four tonnes of ammonium nitrate were meant for terrorist attacks.

Malaysian Special Branch accused him of buying the ammonium nitrate "to be made into bombs in the jihad or holy war against Christians in Ambon". But Yazid has said "it was purely business where he sold the chemical to an Indonesian engineer who was running a quarry in Jawa Barat and had obtained a RM8,000-profit from the deal". The $ingapore claim is that four tonnes of ammonium nitrate was meant for $ingapore targets.

The Abolish ISA Movement in a statement condemned the extension of Yazid's ISA detention, and called for him to be put on trial immediately or to be released unconditionally. "It is mind boggling that after making such specific allegations, the government decides not to put him on trial on those allegations but to continue his detention under ISA," it said.

Here is the latest press clipping on Yazid Sufaat:



The nation-builder press, Jan 28, 2004.

The report said: "An al-Qaeda program to develop chemical and biological weapons was in the early 'conceptual stages' when it was cut short by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan..." The report said US and Malaysian security officials believe Yazid Sufaat ran the program. No where in this latest report is there any mention of the four tonnes of ammonium nitrate he was originally accused of supplying. Ammonium nitrate is used as a fertilizer like bullshit.

Read Yazid's story here http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200204130015245.php


BUT NO DETENTION HERE



The nation-builder press, Feb 6, 2004.

On Jan 29, 2004, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi signed detention orders extending for a further two years, the jailing of Yazid Sufaat [see above] without the benefit of a trial. In the above report, nine days later, the same US intelligence agency that fingered Yazid Sufaat also pointed their fingers at a company that the PM's only son has a controlling stake in, the Scomi Group. US intelligence accused Scomi of being "the supplier of alleged centrifuge parts" which were bound for Libya's nuclear weapons program. PM Badawi's son, Mr Kamaludin Abdullah, owns a controlling stake in Scomi. No one in Scomi has been arrested.




The nation-builder press, Feb 7, 2004.

The above report says a $ingapore company, Bikar Metal Asia Pte Ltd, supplied the raw materials to Scomi. The report was run as a sidebar in the nation-builder press's Asia section.


THAT OTHER SEPT 11 SUSPECT



Time magazine, Feb 2, 2004.


On trial in Hamburg, Germany, was Abdelghani Mzoudi, also accused of helping the terrorists who carried out the Sept 11 attacks. Mzoudi is a former roommate of Mohamed Atta who was accused of providing support to the suicide pilots. In the Feb 2, 2004 issue of Time it was reported that prosecuters introduced a surprise witness, six weeks into the trial. The "star witness" is a self-proclaimed Iranian intelligence agent known as Hamid Reza Zakeri, who told the court that Mzoudi handled logistics for the three hijackers based in Hamburg before the strikes.

This is what Time magazine also reported: "As far as the intelligence community is concerned, this new witness is absolutely not credible. After questioning him, it's clear to us that nothing he says is believable." The source of this quote is attributed to a "high-ranking German intelligence official".

Mzoudi was acquitted Feb 5, 2004.

Meanwhile in $ingapore....


WHAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN



The nation-builder press, Jan 15, 2004.

There are now 37 Singaporeans locked up under the Internal Security Act. Another 12 are under "restriction orders". Another 30, "marginally involved in JI activities" according to a nation-builder report Jan 15, 2004, have been warned to cease their links with terrorist groups. None have been charged in court for any crime. No one has ever asked to hear their side of the story.

Imagine if ALL had been detained under the ISA. Then $ingapore would have to explain how a small country with no history of terrorist activities can suddenly have 79 detained for terrorism within two years. Malaysia is holding around 90 suspected Islamic militants, many of them allegedly members of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah.

According to the U.S. State Department, which issues an annual survey of human rights conditions around the globe, the ISA has been applied sparingly over recent years. "No one was detained under the ISA from 1989 through to the end of 1996. Two persons were detained in 1997, and four in 1998, all for alleged espionage. Of these six, two remained in detention at the end of 1998. There were no reports of any new detentions under the ISA during [1999]," the 2000 survey said.

AFTER SEPT 11, GENERAL LEE SAID THIS


The nation-builder press, Sept 23 2001.

It has never been explained why it was initially broadcasted that $ingapore was free of Osama links. Now we have 79 people who are allegedly involved in some kind of "terrorist activity" linked to al-Qaeda.

SINGAPORE ENGINEER DOWN



"A $ingapore Technologies Aerospace engineer was killed after two US Marine Corps helicopters collided at the Paya Lebar Air Base July 17 2002. Flying debris from the collision struck the lower torso of Mr Mohamed Ruslan Radin, 41, who was in the hanger about 75 m away. He died in hospital..." - The nation-builder press, July 17 2002.

"The only reported Singaporean victim of post Sept 11 was an innocent bystander in a military airbase here."
- The "accident-prone" Mirror of Opinion, July 17 2002.


$ingapore was accused Jan 16, 2004 by Amnesty International of having the highest rate of state executions in the world.

In a scathing report, the human rights watchdog says more than 400 prisoners have been hanged in Singapore since 1991 - three times as many, compared to its total population, as Saudi Arabia [the No. 2 executioner] and almost seven times as many as China.

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong told the BBC in a recent interview that between 70 and 80 people had been executed last year. When queried about why he did not know the precise number, he said: "I've got more important things to worry about."

Two days later, Mr Goh's office retracted that statement and said the number of executions between January and September last year was 10.

Read the Amnesty Report here: $INGAPORE - The death penalty: A hidden toll of executions
http://web.amnesty.org/library/print/ENGASA360012004



UNDER LOCK AND KEY TILL DEC 2005

$ingapore's original 13 ISA detainees were arrested between Dec 9 and Dec 24 2001. They have been jailed without trial for TWO YEARS. Of the 13 suspects, the only one to have admitted involvement in an Al-Qaeda plot to bomb the US Embassy in $ingapore is Mohamed Nazir. Nazir is also the only one who is represented by a lawyer. No one is asking the $ingapore government to substantiate its claim in court. Neither have any applied for Habeas corpus.

It was reported Jan 15, 2004, that the 13 ISA detainees have had their detention extended for two more years. They have to wait till Dec 2005 to find out whether their detention will be further extended.

Lawyers start no detention without trial campaign in Malaysia
http://www.bigomagazine.com/thisweek/reformasi.html










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