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10 theSun | FRIDAY JUNE 26 2009

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Court hears how
US approves sweeping late tycoon burned
money for fun
Pakistan aid package HONGKONG: A Honkong bartender-turned-feng shui
master who is fighting for the US$13 billion (RM45.5 billion)
estate of Nina Wang said in court yesterday that he and the
eccentric tycoon burned money for fun.
On the second day of his testimony in the epic court battle
over Wang’s will, Tony Chan denied having advised Wang
WASHINGTON: The US Sen- Pakistanis who are deeply in cooperation with Defence on May 25 that was interna- to burn real banknotes in the special feng shui holes dug in
ate on Wednesday approved skeptical of US support and Secretary Robert Gates and tionally condemned and led several properties of the tycoon’s Chinachem empire.
a bill to triple civilian US aid goals that Washington stands Director of National Intel- to the imposition of tougher “It was after June 1992, that the idea of digging those holes
to Pakistan, a bid to cement with them against Islamists ligence Dennis Blair, to craft sanctions the United Nations had become like a game between a married couple, between
a long-term partnership to over the long haul and has annual reports on Pakistani Security Council. the two of us,” Chan told the packed court.
defeat Islamist fighters who their best interests at heart. security forces. “The current existence Chan, who has said he was Wang’s lover, added he had
threaten the nuclear-armed “Today the Senate has Clinton would also be and risk of the proliferation of advised Wang to place pieces of jade in the holes for good
ally’s stability. made a clear bipartisan com- directed to work up a compre- weapons-usable fissile mate- luck.
Lawmakers unanimously mitment to replace an atmos- hensive strategy with Gates rial on the Korean Peninsula Lawrence Lok, the lawyer for Chinachem, showed Chan
approved the plan to provide phere of mutual distrust and and Blair for coping with vio- constitute a continuing unu- a photo of one of the holes which showed a burnt green
US$7.5 billion (RM26 bil- lack of accountability with a lence along Pakistan’s border sual and extraordinary threat banknote.
lion) in humanitarian and broad-based, durable com- with Afghanistan. to the national security and Chan said he had never told Wang to burn real money as
economic aid over five years mitment to Pakistan and its The Obama administra- foreign policy of the United part of a feng shui ritual.
and recommend that level for people,” said Kerry. tion has chafed at setting States,” Obama said in a notice “But there was an occasion that I accompanied Nina
another five years, while ty- The measure de-links conditions on economic aid to to Congress. to burn real money in a temple, 10-dollar notes,” he said,
ing US military aid to progress civilian aid aimed at boost- Islamabad, which the House Meanwhile in Beijing, the adding that the tycoon was doing it for fun after a boat trip
against extremists. ing education, democratic version does. United States said yesterday together.
“This legislation marks an governance, and sustainable Obama has made rooting it was “deeply disturbed” by Hongkong’s High Court will decide whether Wang, who
important step toward sus- economic growth for Paki- out extremism from Afghani- the reported arrest of Chinese at one stage was Asia’s richest woman, left her entire fortune
tained economic and political stan’s 170 million people from stan and Pakistan a major dissident Liu Xiaobo and to Chan when she died of cancer in 2007 aged 69. – AFP
cooperation with Pakistan,” military assistance that would priority. US officials in the past called for his release amid a
said Senator Richard Lugar, be approved on a year-to-year have accused rogue elements mounting chorus of condem-
the top Republican on the basis. in the Pakistani military and nation.
Senate Foreign Relations And it ties military aid intelligence service of secretly Chinese state media said
The House of Representa-
tives passed its version of the
to certification that Pakistan
security forces are doing their
utmost against Al-Qaeda,
abetting extremists.
The US president, Vice
President Joe Biden, and
Wednesday that police had
formally arrested Liu, a
leading force behind a peti-
Survey: 85% of
legislation in mid-June, and
the two chambers must now
work out and approve a com-
other terrorist groups, and the
Taliban from using Pakistan’s
territory as a base while “not
Clinton all co-sponsored
legislation nearly identical to
the Senate version when they
tion calling for democratic
“The US government is
Australians say
promise bill before President
Barack Obama can sign the
materially interfering” in the
country’s political or judicial
were all senators.
Meanwhile, on another
deeply disturbed by reports
that Liu Xiaobo has been
measure into law.
“Pakistan is facing a critical
moment,” Democratic Senator
It also calls for “bench-
marks for measuring the ef-
matter, Obama on Wednesday
renewed sanctions against
North Korea, declaring that
formally arrested and charged
with serious crimes,” Richard
Buangan, a spokesman for the
a problem
John Kerry, the chairman of fectiveness of US assistance” its nuclear programme posed US embassy in Beijing, said. MELBOURNE: Some 85% of Australians be-
the Senate Foreign Relations at a time when many in the a national security risk to the “We call on the govern- lieve the country has a problem with racism,
Committee, who crafted the US Congress are openly skep- United States and a danger to ment of China to release Mr. new research has shown following renewed
bill with Lugar, said after tical of the effectiveness and the Korean Peninsula. Liu and respect the rights ethnic tensions in recent weeks.
lawmakers agreed to approve desirability of boosting aid to The reclusive communist of all Chinese citizens who The study, led by University of Sydney social
it without dissent. Islamabad. state has rebuffed US efforts to peacefully express their desire science professor Kevin Dunn, found one-in-five
Supporters of the measure It would also require Sec- engage it diplomatically and for internationally recognised had experienced racial abuse while one-in-10
say they hope it will convince retary of State Hillary Clinton, staged a second nuclear test freedoms.” – Agencies had been excluded from activities on the basis
of race.
The Challenging Racism Project, collating

Governor admits extramarital affair surveys and studies over the past 11 years,
provides a timely snapshot of Australian race
relations, which are again under a cloud after a
ATLANTA: South Carolina and she regretted his actions possible 2012 presidential sure on Sanford, The State, series of attacks on Indian students.
Governor Mark Sanford tear- and the damage it had done candidates. Others include South Carolina’s main news- Racial prejudice was identified as a problem
fully admitted on Wednesday to their children. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, paper, published excerpts of by 85% of respondents, yet 87% believed cul-
he had been unfaithful to his But she added in a state- Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty, e-mails it said were between tural diversity was positive for Australia.
wife, likely ending any chance ment: “I remain willing to and Louisiana Governor the governor and the woman Dunn said the apparent contradiction
he might be a Republican con- forgive Mark completely his Bobby Jindal. in which he professed love for reflected Australians’ mixed feelings towards
tender for the US presidency indiscretions and to welcome As chairman of the gover- her. Sanford’s office did not multiculturalism.
in 2012. him back.” nors’ association Sanford has dispute the authenticity of the “Australians (are) pro-cultural diversity, yet
Sanford resigned as chair- Sanford explained how he been one of the party’s most e-mails, the newspaper said. anxious of the dangers inherent to cultural
man of the Republican Gov- had “developed a relation- visible spokesmen when its Sanford wrote in passionate diversity if it is not well managed,” he said.
ernors’ Association and was ship” with a “dear friend” fortunes are at a low ebb. terms to his lover, describing About 12% of respondents identified them-
replaced by Mississippi Gov- from Argentina. “It began very Last week, Senator John the physical and intellectual selves as racist, compared to about a third in
ernor Haley Barbour, another innocently ... in just a casual Ensign, another potential delight he found with her. a similar study in the European Union carried
possible 2012 candidate. e-mail back and forth,” he Republican presidential con- When US media reported out in 2004.
“Any aspirations for 2012, said. tender in 2012, announced Sanford’s whereabouts were Dunn said he conceived the project in 1996,
if he had any, are certainly out “But here recently over he had an affair and resigned unknown, and that even his Mark when right-wing politician Pauline Hanson was
of the question,” said Robert this last year it developed into from the Senate leadership. wife did not know where he Sanford enjoying a surge of popularity with her attacks
Oldendick, a political scientist something much more than Apologising for his “self- was, his aides said he was hik- speaks on Asian immigration and Aboriginal welfare.
at the University of South that. And as a consequence, I ishness,” Sanford asked for “a ing on the Appalachian Trail during Since then, Australia’s major racial flash-
Carolina. hurt her. I hurt you all. I hurt zone of privacy” for his wife i n the eastern a press point was the Cronulla riots in December 2005,
Sanford’s confession at a my wife. I hurt my boys. I hurt and their four sons. United conference when mobs of whites attacked Lebanese Aus-
tumultuous news conference friends ... I hurt a lot of differ- He did not identify the States. at the State tralians at a southern Sydney beach, sparking
ended days of speculation ent folks.” woman in the affair, whom he – Reu- Capitol in a series of retaliations.
over his whereabouts. After With his tearful admis- said was separated from her ters Columbia, Most recently, Indian students have been
he disappeared last week, his sion and groveling apologies, husband and had two boys. South subject to violent attacks in Australia’s major
staff first said he was hiking Sanford became the latest South Carolina senator Carolina. cities, causing outrage on the subcontinent and
on the Appalachian Trail. It member of a fast-growing Lindsey Graham offered diplomatic tensions with New Delhi.
later emerged he had travelled club of US politicians who his support to his fellow Re- Dunn criticised politicians for denying there
to Argentina to be with his have confessed their sexual publican: “I hope Mark will was any racial element to the Indian attacks,
lover, leaving his family over indiscretions before a public reconcile with his family and saying their stance hindered efforts to address
Father’s Day weekend. audience. can continue serving as gover- the problem.
“I spent the last five days of Sanford was one of several nor,” he said in a statement. “Clearly there is a need for the realities of
my life crying in Argentina,” Republican governors seen as Sanford’s final term as racism to be acknowledged, this is essential for
he said. governor ends enabling public policy responses to racism.”
Shedding tears, Sanford in 2011. Muslims were the minority most often
apologised to his wife Jenny, B u t cited as a concern by Australians, followed by
his family, friends and staff raising Aborigines, Asians, black Africans and Jews.
when he made the shock an- pres- Almost one-in-four victims of racism said
nouncement after returning they were “more bitter and cynical” as a result
on Wednesday from Buenos of their experience.
Aires. “These outcomes are inconsistent with a
Sanford’s wife Jenny said healthy society,” Dunn said. “It produces more
she and her husband had been guarded and less engaged citizens.” – AFP
undergoing a trial separation