Sunday, August 30, 2015

Killing a nation

Bersih 4.0 enters its second day. Illegal as declared by the authority, the defiant (est 150,000) protesters were more 'disciplined' yesterday - no untoward incident, no confrontation with the police as compared to Bersih 2.0 and 3.0

With hundreds of shops closed and traders have to bear heavy losses, and tourists shying away from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and other parts of the country, the protest spells disaster to domestic economy.

Soon, Malaysia will be able to match some 'damaged economies' of the world. See the photos below:

                                                  Bersih 4.0 in Kuala Lumpur

                                     Protesters in Beirut, Lebanon - economic problems

                                         Protesters in Brazil, also on economic woes

                                    Street protest in Dublin over higher water charges

                                    Protesters against corruption in Minnesota, US

We may also end up like this, if you prefer:

The choice is ours...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

'Just visiting...'


A boost to Bersih 4.0 when former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife Tun Siti Hasmah dropped by at about 7.30PM 'just to visit' the street demonstration. They did not 'join' the rally, of course. Some may question his action but his motive is clear - to see Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak resigns!

Bersih - originally mooted to fight for fair and free elections - has steered away from that objective and is now chanting a new government, by force.

How's that!

Let Maria laugh...

Bersih 4 to proceed. They defy all orders and instructions to call it off.

Its organiser Maria Chin Abdullah may laugh at a Home Ministry's directive to ban Bersih followers from wearing the yellow T-shirt but she will be fully responsible for any untoward incident should the stree demonstration turns unruly and ugly.

Yes, she promised a peaceful rally but the previous two Bersih demonstrations were marred with incidents when some participants and security personnel lost their head.

(Also read RockyBru's Restrain. Restrain, Restrain)

Mocking at the directive issued by Deputy Prime Minister who is also Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Maria said the rally will go on as planned, and those taking part will 'paint Kuala Lumpur' in yellow.

The Home Ministry's issued an order yesterday, under the Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No 22) Order 2015. It came into force on Friday.
Prohibited under the order are, among others, the publication, reproduction, sales, distribution or possession of publication which is likely to be prejudicial to public order and security, and contrary to any law.
The prohibition includes:

* any yellow-coloured clothing and which contains the words Bersih 4;

* any other printed material and pamphlets which leads to the Bersih 4 rally.
The order came amid mounting threats on pro-and-anti Bersih.

In Johor Bahru yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the police are taking a serious view of a video titled 'We will blast Malaysia!!' uploaded on social media as a threat that could jeopardise national security.

He said the police remained vigilant of issues which could jeopardise national security and public order.
"We are working on it. There is no need for me to say we have identified or not (those who are distributing the video). We do not take such threats lightly," he said. 
He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Mosque by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at the state police headquarters on Friday.

He was asked to comment on the video, which was uploaded by “Anonymous Malaysia” via YouTube on Thursday, displaying the bombings in Bangkok, Thailand recently.

At the end of the video was a note in English, “Wait for our blast at Bersih 4”. It is believed the video was produced by pro-Bersih groups.

Khalid also reminded the public not to be fooled by the statements of some lawyers that the Bersih 4 rally was not illegal. He stressed that the rally was illegal.

Also, provocative posters and banners were put up at several locations in Bukit Dumbar and Gelugor in Penang.

The slogans threatened those who are joining the Bersih 4 rally on Saturday and Sunday.

Also seen was a banner implicating that the poor villagers will be evicted from their homes.

All these orders and directives are meant for public order and safety, including for those taking part in Bersih 4 street rally.

While anti-Bersih sentiments are rising, Maria should take up the threats seriously and call it off. Unless she wants to bear full responsibility for any untoward incidents, then she may proceed and don't blame the government or the police if Bersih 4 comes 'deadly'!

To Maria, its okay that you chided and laughed at the minister and the police. However, make sure nobody cries after that...

Friday, August 28, 2015

'Sack the bad advisers!'

Not once but several times. Calls for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to get rid of his 'useless' advisers around him.
Many agree that these people are not really helping him. They are opportunist who serve Najib with vested interest.
And since Najib is embroiled in 'unprecedented' problems, such calls are resurfacing again and this time with thicker tone. Expected, except that it is coming more from one direction, from within Umno itself.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should sack his bad advisers, urged a deputy minister.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Industries Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said these advisers are only looking out for themselves.
“The prime minister’s ‘punahsihat‘ (bad advisers) should be removed […] the problem is sometimes we are afraid to sp eak out.
“I know two or three of them. They don’t care if Umno wins or loses (in elections).
“If the prime minister calls me I will name them. Many leaders fall because of the people around them,” he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.
Tajuddin (photo) was speaking at the Sungai Besar Umno division meeting yesterday, in his capacity as an Umno supreme council member.
He said Najib’s advisers should also not get him into trouble.
“There are many things the people can’t accept. He (Najib) has to be careful. Meaning if it’s no good then don’t use it,” Tajuddin added.
He said he has a right to speak his mind as anything bad that happens to the prime minister will also affect Umno.
Well, nobody's perfect.

However, if advisers are just made to sit and listen, may as well don't appoint any. The boss should not only listen but assess their performance.

People like Tajuddin can be described as 'caring much' for the administration. Daring enough, he is not the only one as several Umno men have voiced out similar views.

The only thing is, did it fall on the right ear?

Yes, bring on the army!

For the first time ever, the army has spoken for the peace-loving Malaysians. They will move in to put a stop to Bersih 4 if the protesters turn unruly which could force the government declares a state of emergency.

A state of emergency may also lead to 'mageran' rule!

Why not? We have had it after that bloody May 13, 1969 communal riot. I think it will augur well to stabilise the country and free it from those subversive people who took advantage of the 'freedom' after we  repealed the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 2012.

Let the army take charge here!

The Armed Forces (ATM) chief Jen Zulkifli Mohd Zain said the army will intervene in the planned Bersih 4 rally only if the government declares a state of emergency..

Speaking to reporters at the Defence Ministry on Thursday, Zulkifli said the ATM has thus far not been involved in preventing the rally from continuing because the situation has not called for it yet.
"ATM will only intervene in the rally if the government declares a state of emergency.
"If the situation is categorised as a threat to public order, we will take over the role of the police in containing the situation," he explained.
Zulkifeli clarified that even though ATM personnel have not been deployed to monitor the planned rally on Aug 29 and Aug 30, they have been conducting annual training sessions for the eventuality that a peaceful gathering may get out of hand.
"It doesn't mean we haven't been carrying out training with the police to to maintain public order.
"We need to ensure that we are always prepared, skilled and efficient in our duties should the government declare a state of emergency," he said.
Zulkifeli noted that it was important for ATM to take preventive measures as he is concerned that an incident similar to Aug 17's bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand might happen in the country.

"We worry if rallies like these turn into states of emergency due to certain reasons. What happened in the Thailand bombing- there are people who take advantage of the situation..This is what we worry about."

There are many factors that could turn a rally, however peaceful, chaotic," said Zulkifeli.

And with the anti-Bersih red shirt group decided to postpone its protest on Saturday (Aug 29), Bersih organisers - who are breaking all laws - feel victory is already with them.

Some say Jamal Yunus' group has 'chicken out' but I believe it is best to avoid any unnecessary confrontation during the rally.
"We were briefed on how the police planned to handle the Bersih 4 rally. They also advised us not to have our rally on the same day and we will listen to their advice," Jamal told reporters at the Dang Wangi police headquarters here.
He said the group would hold a rally to voice its dissatisfaction over Bersih 4 in one or two weeks’ time.

"We will follow the law and have our rally at a suitable venue. We may hold the rally at a stadium," he said, although the group had earlier made logistic arrangements for the event on Aug 29, including renting buses to ferry participants.

Jamal also said reports of their supporters being advised to carry parang and other weapons were sensationalised.

"We did not advise anyone to carry weapons, we merely wanted to demonstrate silat techniques. We are being investigated under the Peaceful Assembly Act for holding that demonstration and I will take full responsibility for it," he said.

The authority has been 'so soft' in dealing with Bersih and other 'ill-intention' groups, including the secessionists in Sabah and Sarawak.

If they are daring enough to break the law, they must be brave enough to face the consequences!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why Najib 'wants vote of no confidence to happen...'

Heads I win, tails you lose.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is not at all worried about the Opposition-mooted vote of no confidence against him.

Whether it happens today or when the Parliament convenes in October, it will work in his favor, according to an analysis by Raja Petra Kamarudin in his Malaysia Today news portal.

It means Najib is more than ready for it, and even 'wants it to happen'! RPK wrote:
Once the vote of no confidence is passed Najib will ask His Majesty the Agong to dissolve Parliament to make way for snap federal elections. Umno will contest the seats it can be assured of winning and increase its seats from 88 to 100-110.
Najib will then give Sabah and Sarawak what they are asking for and win at least 45 of the 57 seats there, maybe even 48. That will give Barisan Nasional roughly 150 seats with at best 72 going to the opposition if MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP do not win a single seat.
That will also give Barisan Nasional two-thirds control of Parliament. If MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP can pull in 10 seats combined then Barisan Nasional will get 160 seats versus 62 for the opposition.
The Boffin Boys in Najib’s office have done their arithmetic and they are of the opinion that a snap election can actually work in Barisan Nasional’s favour. If Najib can bring in those results then Umno can hold its annual general assembly and party elections and Najib will not face a risk of being ousted in the party elections.
The added bonus would be that Najib will be able to use the general election for spring-cleaning and to purge the party of those opposed to him by not fielding them as candidates. All those from Barisan Nasional who join the vote of no confidence would be dropped and that would be the end of their political career.
It is no wonder that the Boffin Boys are gung-ho about the vote of no confidence. In fact, they want it to happen. That may actually solve Najib’s problems once and for all. If the vote of no confidence fails it will work in Najib’s favour. If it succeeds it will also work in his favour.
So, it will frustrate former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and those wanting to see Najib leaves Putrajaya.

And to me, the vote of no confidence will not work here... not in Malaysia where the ruling party is - despite some teething problems - is united in closing all doors for the Opposition to rule the country!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Who would be the real 'bangsat'?


Umno veteran Sanusi Junid, I believe, has been observing the 'goings on' in the country and has tried at his best to refrain from making any comment.

However, he 'cannot tahan' anymore, especially after seeing the party at a rickety, and finally came up with a stinging remark about the leadership and the administration.

He said it is not the Malays who will become “bangsat” if Umno is defeated but the very leaders themselves who caused Umno’s downfall who would be the real “bangsat”.

In a 1.31 minute video uploaded onto YouTube by Din Turtle, the former minister and one-time Kedah menteri besar said:
“Today, there is the threat that the Malays will become “bangsat” if Umno is defeated. Therefore those that cause Umno to lose are the reason behind it and must be identified as the reason why the Malays will become “bangsat”.”
To reiterate his point, Sanusi said, “It is not the Malays who will become “bangsat”, the leaders who cause Umno’s downfall are the real “bangsat”.

He made these comments in light of a recent speech by Prime Minister Najib Razak who said the Malays would be like “bangsat”, a derogatory term, if Umno were to lose power.

“I choose this word. ..because no other words can better depict the lot of the Malays if Umno loses power. They will be very hard pressed, lose everything, their dignity and future,” Najib had said in Kangar on Sunday according to a Bernama report.

Sanusi however said that Umno had never been defeated before, not during the time of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein or Tun Dr Mahathir.

“In fact during those times, Umno/Barisan Nasional obtained a two-thirds majority, which meant the Malays were never considered “bangsat”.

He said the word “bangsat” was of the “same calibre” as “kencing”, another harsh description of the act of lying, that was used by Wanita Umno Anina Saaduddin of the Langkawi division when she retaliated against Najib saying he had the support of all three million of Umno’s members.

“An Umno woman from Langkawi used the word ‘kencing’ and now we hear the word ‘bangsat’ used by Umno’s leader himself.

“I feel both these words, ‘kencing’ and ‘bangsat’ are of the same calibre… degree."