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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hugo Chavez: Obama’s a ‘Clown’ President

Hugo Chávez blasted President Barack Obama as a “clown” and an “embarrassment” who has turned the United States into a “disaster” after Obama criticized Venezuela’s ties with Iran and Cuba, according to a report Tuesday.

Chávez’s comments came in the wake of Obama’s Monday written interview with the Caracas paper El Universal, where the U.S. president questioned Venezuela’s connections to those countries. Chávez hit back strongly at Obama on state TV Monday, according to The Guardian, saying the president gave the interview only to “win votes” in the 2012 election.

“Mr. Obama decided to attack us,” Chávez said. “Now you want to win votes by attacking Venezuela. Don’t be irresponsible. You are a clown, a clown. Leave us in peace … Go after your votes by fulfilling that which you promised your people.”

“Focus on governing your country, which you’ve turned into a disaster,” Chávez said, according to The Guardian.

Chávez’s comments were prompted by Obama’s response to an El Universal question about what the U.S. government thinks of Venezuela’s ties to Iran and Cuba. Obama told the paper, “It seems to me that the ties between Venezuela’s government and Iran and Cuba have not served the interests of Venezuela and its people.”

“We are concerned about the government’s actions, which have restricted the universal rights of the Venezuelan people, threatened basic democratic values and failed to contribute to the security in the region,” Obama said, according to The Guardian.

Referencing Iran, Obama wrote, “Sooner or later, Venezuela’s people will have to decide what possible advantage there is in having relations with a country that violates fundamental human rights and is isolated from most of the world.”

On Tuesday, Chávez landed in Uruguay for a summit of South America’s trade bloc, Mercosur. This is the Venezuelan president’s first trip abroad since he was diagnosed with cancer. 

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mysterious planet-sized object spotted near Mercury

Is a giant, cloaked spaceship orbiting around Mercury

That's been the speculation from some corners aftera camera onboard NASA's STEREO spacecraft caught a wave of electronically charged material shooting out from the sun and hitting Mercury.

Theorists have seized on the images captured from the "coronal mass ejection" (CME) last week as suggestive of alien life hanging out in our own cosmic backyard. Specifically, the solar flare washing over Mercury appears to hit another object of comparable size. "It's cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, 
it's cloaked," YouTube-user siniXster said in his video commentary on the footage, which has generated hundreds of thousands of views this week. Now, how this user was able to determine that the object was "obviously" a cloaked spaceship with no other natural explanation remains as much a mystery as the object itself.

Of course, there's another scientifically sanctioned explanation for the curious images, though we're not certain that skeptics and UFO enthusiasts such as SiniXster will endorse it. Natalie Wolchover of Life's Little Mysteries put the question to scientists in the solar physics branch at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). They're the people who analyze data from the Heliospheric Imager-1 (HI-1)--better known in this context as the camera that shot the footage in question.

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Head NRL group scientist Russ Howard and lead ground systems engineer Nathan Rich say the mysterious object is in fact Mercury itself. And what we're seeing in the footage is the equivalent of Mercury's wake, "where the planet was on the previous day," as it travels through the solar system on its natural gravitational path:

The analysts say the practice works even better when applied to far-off objects such as stars, which don't move much relative to the sun. But for moving objects, especially planets, the process is a little more complicated. And making matters even trickier is Mercury's staus as the closest planet to the sun.

"When [this averaging process] is done between the previous day and the current day and there is a feature like a planet, this introduces dark (negative) artifacts in the background where the planet was on the previous day, which then show up as bright areas in the enhanced image," Rich explained in an email.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

26 Pakistani Troops Killed in NATO Helicopter Attack

Government officials immediately blocked Nato supplies to Afghanistan and condemned the early morning airstrike on the Afghan border as a “grave infringement” of Pakistan’s sovereignty. 

Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, called an emergency meeting of his cabinet’s defence committee to consider the response.
In a late-night statement the committee condemned the attack and asked the US to vacate the Shamsi air base, where the CIA is believed to base predator drones, within 15 days.
“The Government will revisit and undertake a complete review of all programmes, activities and cooperative arrangements with US/Nato/Isaf, including diplomatic, political, military and intelligence,” it added.
The incident seemed certain to inflame already tense relations with America. Nato forces in Kabul said an investigation was underway and admitted it was “highly likely” the coalition had killed the soldiers in the Baizai area of the Mohmand region. Telegraph

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Iran is Ready For War.

Iran ratcheted up tensions in the Middle East yesterday when its foreign minister declared the country was ‘ready for war’ with Israel and the West.

In inflammatory remarks certain to fuel uncertainty in the volatile region, Ali Akbar Salehi warned that Tehran would ‘not hesitate’ to retaliate if attacked.

His posturing came as Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Israel’s defence minister not to fan the flames during top-level talks in London.

Iran has come sharply back into focus following the end of the Libya conflict.

Mr Hague made it ‘very clear’ to Ehud Barak – who reportedly favours a pre-emptive strike against the rogue Islamic state – to pursue a diplomatic solution.
Iran’s hardliners, led by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been increasingly aggressive in recent weeks sparking fears that the belligerent regime is close to producing a nuclear bomb.

Israel reacted on Wednesday by test-firing a new long-range missile.

Downing Street has also been warned that Iran is concealing technology to enrich uranium – used in atomic weapons – in a mountain base beneath the city of Qom to protect it from air strikes.

Britain is now developing plans for military action against Iran amid mounting alarm about the nuclear threat from Ahmadinejad, who has vowed to ‘wipe Israel off the face of the earth’.

Submarines armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Royal Navy warships could be deployed within range of Iran and RAF planes could carry out reconnaissance, surveillance and air-to-air refuelling.
Diplomats in Whitehall are keen to rein in Iran using a diplomatic solution but admit that ‘all options should be kept on the table’. However, the UK would take part only if the U.S. launched an attack. 

Barack Obama is unlikely to strike before seeking re-election in a year, but the president is aware that action is needed before Iran acquires a nuclear bomb.

Last night, Mr Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister, said the regime was ‘ready for war’ while on a visit to Libya.

He said: ‘We have been hearing threats from Israel for eight years. Our nation is a united nation. Such threats are not new to us. 

'We are very sure of ourselves. We can defend our country.’ He warned of retaliation a day after Iran’s chief of staff said Israel and the West would be ‘punished’ for any attack on its nuclear sites.

General Hassan Firouzabadi said: ‘We take every threat, however distant and improbable, as very real, and are fully prepared to use suitable equipment to punish any kind of mistake.

‘The United States is fully aware that a military attack by the Zionist regime on Iran will not only cause tremendous damage to that regime, but it will also inflict serious damage to the U.S.’

Iran insists it has a nuclear programme only to produce energy. 

But a report by the International Atomic Energy Association, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, to be published next week, will conclude that Iran is attempting to produce nuclear weapons in defiance of UN sanctions. 
Yesterday Mr Hague said it was vital to continue tackling ‘shared concerns such as ... the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme’.

Jim Murphy, Labour defence spokesman, said: ‘Iran’s efforts to acquire and weaponise nuclear capabilities are well known. 

'The international community has a responsibility to prevent this from happening through a combination of economic sanctions and diplomatic efforts.

‘Should the Government be thinking of going beyond that, this would be a very serious development indeed.’

Meanwhile, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a probe into alleged leaks of plans to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Ministers in Tel Aviv believe that domestic opponents who authorised the leaks were undermining the government and ‘gambling with Israel’s national interest’.

In other developments, Mr Hague accused Israel of undermining peace efforts by accelerating settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

He condemned the decision to build at least 2,000 apartments in Jewish-held areas in retaliation for Palestinian efforts to secure recognition as a state at the United Nations.

Speaking after yesterday’s talks, Mr Hague insisted the UK remained ‘fully committed to Israel’s security’.

But he said: ‘I urged Israel to revoke the plan for new settlements and to avoid further provocative steps which only make more difficult the attempt to facilitate a return to talks.
'These steps undermine efforts to achieve peace, and increase Israel’s isolation. Read more at

Thursday, October 20, 2011

In Israel, Joy — Israeli Soldier Freed

The recent announcements by Israel and Hamas of the deal to free Sergeant Gilad Shalit — and his release on Tuesday — have been met by mostly joy in Israel, and by reasonable people of all faiths and nationalities all over the world, but also with trepidation about the repercussions of releasing so many murderers in exchange for Shalit.

Hamas and Israel have long been bitter enemies. Hamas’ fundamental denial of Israel’s existence, indeed of even its right to exist, has been a major obstacle to the negotiation of a meaningful and enduring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Hamas has demanded that Israel release many hundreds of convicted Palestinian terrorists who have been involved with the murder of innocent Israeli citizens. And while the Israelis have been reluctant for more than five years to release Palestinian prisoners guilty of murdering Israelis by terrorist attacks, Hamas has continued to violate the basic human rights of Shalit ever since his abduction. Hamas has refused to grant visitation rights to Israeli officials and to the international Red Cross, and has even refused to provide proof of his still being alive and healthy. This further underscores and exposes the central Hamas doctrine of terror and murder and the striking lack of respect by Hamas for any meaningful and moral peace process with Israel.

The exchange of Shalit for more than 1,000 convicted Palestinian prisoners serving sentences in Israeli prisons is no victory for peace. While this deal is being greeted with joy by Israelis, they also reserve their celebrations knowing that many of those to be released are Palestinian terrorists who will probably return to their previous groups and continue terrorism. Israeli media have reported that many families of Israeli victims are devastated by the release of these murderers. CNN reports that an Israeli association of terror victims quote that 180 Israelis were killed by terrorists who had been freed in a previous deal in 2000. They also quote that of 238 terrorists freed in a 1985 deal, 48 per cent returned to terrorism and were recaptured by Israeli forces.

Indeed, this has been a most difficult moral dilemma for the Israeli government to confront. Israeli governments have had to struggle with this dilemma since Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas. For several years successive governments have been reluctant to release terrorists in exchange for Shalit, but Israelis place high value on the lives of each of its citizens. And because of this code, they now have agreed to release many of the most notorious of the Palestinian terrorists to gain release of their young innocent soldier.

In contrast, Syrian-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was reported by the CBC to have pledged “that those released will return to … the national struggle,” confirming for many seeking peace that Hamas views this deal as nothing more than renewal of its brand of terror and murder. The CBC also quoted Mashaal to have said that the released prisoners would include 315 who have been serving life sentences, suggesting they were convicted of attacks that were directly responsible for the deaths of Israelis. 

Mashaal went on to note that “This is a national achievement for the whole Palestinian people.” And yet, despite Hamas’ assertion that terrorists released from Israeli prisons will be welcomed as heroes and return to the national struggle, but makes no mention of peace, Israel has demonstrated its value for human life. They offered over a thousand convicted Palestinians in exchange for the life of one Israeli soldier, who was kidnapped at the age of 19 from Israeli territory by Hamas.

True political leadership measures its success by seizing opportunities to make the world a better place; by replacing terror with hope and fear with vision. Hamas has an extraordinary opportunity to convert this deal to a gesture of peace, but instead seems to be choosing endorsement of its brand of terror. It’s not hard to understand why Israel, which continues to be ready to sit and negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinians, is so torn about trusting whom they might be negotiating with.

Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir famously stated “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

Friday, October 14, 2011

US sends 100 military advisors to Uganda

The Obama administration announced plans on Friday to send about 100 U.S. forces to Uganda to act as military advisers to Ugandan and African Union forces fighting the Lords' Resistance Army (LRA). The U.S. special forces will provide information and training to assist Ugandan forces trying to apprehend the LRA's top commanders and bring them to justice, and to bring about an end the guerrilla group's two-decade campaign of atrocities, plunder and destabilization of the region, the administration said. 

President Obama announced the decision in an official notification letter to Congress Friday. In the letter, Obama said that he had sent the initial team of armed U.S. combat troops to Uganda on Oct. 12. He explained that the rest of the roughly 100 military advisers would be deployed over the next month to Uganda--as well as to the neighboring countries of South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic, if they permit.
He also said that while U.S. troops would be authorized to use force for self defense they will not be engaging in direct combat themselves.

"For more than two decades, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Africa," Obama said in the letter. "In furtherance of the Congress's stated policy, I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of [LRA commander] Joseph Kony from the battlefield."

"On October 12, the initial team of U.S. military personnel with appropriate combat equipment deployed to Uganda," the letter explained. "During the next month, additional forces will deploy, including a second combat-equipped team and associated headquarters, communications, and logistics personnel. The total number of U.S. military personnel deploying for this mission is approximately 100."

The Lords' Resistance Army is accused of killings, plunder and widespread atrocities, including the abduction of an estimated 3,000 children, in its two decades of guerrilla warfare across central Africa.

The LRA's commander Joseph Kony "is the leader of this small band of of guerrillas who have been raging through ungoverned spaces between the DRC, Central African Republic, south Sudan and committing the most awful atrocities," Human Rights Watch's Tom Malinowski told the Envoy Friday.

Malinowski was among several human rights and NGO officials briefed on the decision at the National Security Council Friday. He strongly welcomed the Obama administration's decision to provide special forces to apprehend the LRA's top commanders.

The Ugandan military "has been most dedicated to going after him," Malinowski said, but he has been hard to find."We don't know where he is at any given time.... It's very difficult ... how to find 100 guys in a vast jungle area with very poor communications."

LRA commander Kony "styles himself as a prophet and spirit medium and practices a blend of mysticism and apocalyptic Protestant Christianity," the Washington Post's William Branigin wrote Friday. "He formed his Lord's Resistance Army from the remnants of the Holy Spirit Movement, an armed group led by his aunt that fought the Ugandan government in the late 1980s."

Kony and four deputies are the subjects of arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court in the Hague in 2005.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shanghai subway trains crash - 280 injured , 40 killed

Rescuers evacuate passengers after a subway train collision in Shanghai on September 27, 2011. State media urged the government to "be more cautious" after the collision of two metro trains on Tuesday injured more than 280 people, just months after a deadly high-speed rail crash in the eastern city of Wenzhou killed at least 40. 



Friday, September 16, 2011

Chinese Condoms Too Small for South Africans

A South African court has blocked the government from buying 11 million Chinese condoms, saying they are too small, a newspaper reported Friday.

The finance ministry had awarded a contract to a firm called Siqamba Medical, which planned to buy the Phoenurse condoms from China, the Beeld newspaper said.

A rival firm, Sekunjalo Investments Corporation, turned to the High Court in Pretoria after losing the bid, arguing that their condoms were 20 percent larger than the Chinese ones.

Judge Sulet Potterill blocked the deal with Siqamba, ruling that the condoms were too small, made from the wrong material, and were not approved by the World Health Organisation, the paper said.

South Africa has more HIV infections than any country in the world, with 5.38 million of its 50 million people carrying the virus -yahoonews

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Barah Prostat Ancam Lelaki.

 Hidup wanita pasti tidak akan lengkap tanpa lelaki. Biar apa sahaja gelarannya – datuk, bapa, suami, abang, adik atau anak, merekalah yang menjadikan dunia kita lebih indah dan berseri. Sebagai tanda sayang, berilah perhatian pada kesihatan mereka, kerana lelaki ini lumrahnya alpa serta jarang menyedari perubahan yang dialami diri sendiri. 

Antaranya berkenaan penyakit sulit yang berisiko maut, iaitu barah prostat yang kini mendaki tangga keempat paling kerap dijangkiti golongan lelaki.

Di Malaysia, barah prostat mewakili 7.4% daripada kes-kes barah di kalangan lelaki. Lazimnya, ia mengambil jangka masa yang lama untuk merebak. Itulah sebabnya ia kerap digelar penyakit orang tua kerana lazimnya dialami warga emas berusia 50 tahun ke atas. Ia juga mempunyai kaitan genetik yang rapat dan boleh mengancam risiko dua kali ganda jika pernah dihidapi olehahli keluarga terdekat. Prostat ialah sejenis kelenjar pembiakan lelaki yang menghasilkan air mani. Akibat beberapa sebab seperti jangkitan bakteria, virus atau protozoa, sel barah akan merebak dari dalam kelenjar menuju ke lapisan lemak prostat, seterusnya ke pundi kencing, saliran kelenjar seminal dan kelenjar limfa berdekatan. Tahap paling serius apabila 90% daripada jumlah sel kanser ini telah merebak ke tulang.
1. Kerap kencing dan arus kencing yang perlahan, selalunya pada waktu malam.
2.Kencing tidak lawas.
3.Kewujudan darah atau sperma dalam air kencing.
4.Jika terasa sakit-sakit tulang, pinggul atau tulang belakang, kemungkinan kanser sudah merebak jauh.

1. Saringan ujian darah PSA (prostate specific antigen)
2. Pemeriksaan rektum oleh pakar.
3. Menggunakan kaedah imbasan melalui dubur serta cebisan biopsi untuk mengenal pasti kedudukan dan  saiz tumor.

Barah prostat, bahkan apa sahaja barah sekali pun jarang menunjukkan sebarang tanda-tanda yang ketara sehinggalah ia sudah melarat. Justeru,sebagai golongan wanita 
yang prihatin dan penyayang, berikan galakan kepada lelaki-lelaki tercinta anda agar segera melakukan pemeriksaan bagi mengenalpasti status kesihatan diri mereka. 

Lumrah hidup saling mengambil berat bukan sahaja mengeratkan silaturrahim, malahan menjamin kasih sayang berpanjangan sehingga ke hujung usia. nona

Friday, July 15, 2011

US-Vietnam naval drill begins against China's wish

DANANG, Vietnam — Former enemies Vietnam and the United States began a joint naval drill on Friday, despite Chinese objections after weeks of escalating tension in the disputed South China Sea.
US officials described the week-long exercises off Vietnam's central coast as "non-combatant events", focused on areas such as navigation and maintenance, in a statement from the consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City. 

But China's top military officer General Chen Bingde said Monday that the timing of US naval exercises in the area was "inappropriate", after talks with his American counterpart Admiral Mike Mullen aimed at cooling the tensions.

China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan all have overlapping claims to parts of the South China Sea, believed to be rich in oil and gas deposits and home to shipping lanes vital to global trade.
Vietnam and the Philippines have in recent months accused Beijing of taking increasingly aggressive actions in staking its claims in the sea.

Tensions flared in May when Vietnam said Chinese marine surveillance vessels cut the exploration cables of an oil survey ship.
Since then, a series of anti-China protests have been held in Vietnam, where rallies are rare, with the latest on Sunday being forcibly dispersed by local police. At least 10 people, including journalists, were briefly arrested.

During talks on June 25, Beijing and Hanoi promised to resolve the issue peacefully, and China has warned Washington not to get involved in regional maritime disputes, according to state media.
The US and Vietnam, former wartime enemies, normalised relations in 1995 and have been rapidly building relations across a wide range of areas, including military affairs.

"This exchange helps our respective sailors gain a greater understanding of one another and builds important relationships between our navies for the future," Rear Admiral Tom Carney said of the latest drill.
The Philippine and US navies also recently held 11 days of military exercises close to the South China Sea, war games that have been seen as aimed at recent Chinese provocations.

Source : AFP

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Train Hits Bus - 35 killing just After Wedding

                                                                                                                                                                           A train hit a bus at a railway crossing in northern India early Thursday, killing at least 35 people returning from a wedding party, an official said.
At least 39 others were injured when the train dragged the mangled bus more than 1,600 feet (500 meters) before coming to a halt, local administrator Selva Kumar

The bus, filled with about 80 people, had stopped at the unmanned crossing after its axle broke and then was hit by the speeding train, she said.

The bride and the groom were traveling in a separate vehicle and were not among the victims, Kumar said. No passengers on the train were hurt.

Two men sitting on top of the bus escaped when they jumped off seconds before the train crashed into the bus, said Shobharan Singh, a government official at the site.

The accident happened near Kanshiramnagar, a village 220 miles (350 kilometers) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
Local villagers and passengers from the train rushed to the bus to pull out the injured, who were taken to a nearby hospital, Singh said.

"It appears the conductor was driving the bus, as his body has been found in the driver's seat," Singh said.

Train accidents are common in India. The country's railroad network is one of the world's largest and carries more than 14 million passengers each day. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error. Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Planned Illegal Assemblies Hatched By People Impatient To Gain Power, Says Najib

The illegal street demonstrations planned for July 9 are actually hatched by people who cannot wait to be in power and not because elections in the country are not clean, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"If we could manipulate elections, all the states would be ruled by the Barisan Nasional (BN). We are not people who manipulate elections. We do not want to be in power without the support of the people. That is Barisan Nasional (BN)," he said when opening the People's Progressive Party's 58th general assembly here Sunday.

"We choose to be in power only if the people are with us, but do not do something that can cause chaos in the country just because you want political power," he said, adding if the people concerned were truly brave, they should contest in elections rather than resort to illegal street demonstrations which were of no benefit to the country.

"If the country descends into chaos, it is they who will be held responsible. We want to look after the people's welfare, not the interests of power-hungry people," he said to thunderous applause from the gathered delegates.

Najib, who is also BN chairman, said the action of these rabble-rousers in trying to hold the illegal street demonstrations was to try to regain support they lost after the 2008 general election as the support momentum was now back in the BN's favour.

"The BN winning by-election after by-election shows we have reversed the trend as compared to by-elections in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 GE. We also won the just-concluded state election in Sarawak.

"They have studied this and are trying to look for ways to win back support. That is why this July 9 illegal street demonstrations ideas came about.

Najib said street demonstrations were not the way to gain political power because this (who gets to be in power) was in the hands of the people and that if the people behind the planned illegal assemblies really had the people's interests at heart, they should contest in elections.

"If you really have guts, get in the ring. If you don't have guts...what can I do, do it in the streets and be prepared to face the consequences," he said.

Najib said it was better for the mastermind behind the planned illegal demonstrations to "get his act together" before trying to correct others as the party he was leading was beset by so many problems leading to even its own leaders criticsing him, in an obvious reference to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de factor leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"We all know know what happened when his party held its internal polls last year. They shout "reformasi" but ended up throwing chairs (during the internal elections) so much so their own leaders lost confidence in the party.

"Some party members ended up in hospital after they were physically assaulted during the polls. PKR's polls saw people punching each other and rioting. Can a party with this kind of discipline be good for the country? They claim to be a democratic party but democracy is non-existent in it," he said.

Najib added: "He (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) is the de facto leader but never entered any contest for posts in his own party.

"Can someone like this become the leader of the country. He can't even get his own party in order."

As such, the prime minister said, the people ought to understand they were being taken for a ride by this individual who was so bent on becoming prime minister that he would do whatever was expedient.

"We do not have to be too apologetic and afraid. We will fight to the finish but will not disregard the laws of the country. We are not thugs. We fight like genttlemen who have the best interests of the people at heart," added Najib.

He also reminded BN members not to take for granted the outcome of the next GE and come out of their comfort zone to win over the people by delivering the goods.

BN members must work hard and build close relationship with the people to perform well at the next GE and not do anything that could hurt the coalition, he said.

He said despite incessant attacks by the opposition, the BN was still able to command the support of the people as evidenced in recent by-elections and the Sarawak state election.

"This shows the BN brand is still accepted by the people and they are placing high hopes in us," he said.Bernama