Sunday, December 21, 2014

Political beggars

Are we - the Malays - really that weak? Is Umno losing grasp and grip, politically?

They say (all this while) that the Malays hold the political power while the Chinese control the economy. What about the Indians and Sikh?

Days before the 13th general election in May 2013, analysts put it this way - that Umno would not be able to retain Putrajaya if MCA, MIC, Gerakan and other BN components couldn't win enough parliamentary seats.

Yup, Umno won (not convincingly) while MCA, MIC and Gerakan were 'battered'. Had not for Umno's 'safe deposit' in Sabah and a strong showing by its allies in Sarawak, Pakatan Rakyat would had installed Anwar Ibrahim as our new prime minister.

That's power sharing. However, the Malay party is said to have faltered without the Chinese parties although the poor showing in GE13 saw how the 'Chinese tsunami' almost made Barisan Nasional as the opposition at the Parliament.
The Malays who had introduced the concept of power sharing with the other races could end up being the weakest, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In this regard, the former prime minister urged the community to learn from past mistakes and not be complacent to ensure they do not lose political power in the future.
He warned that the community could be left behind despite the country achieving the high income nation status.
"Although we comprise 60% of the population, making us the majority, we are still divided into three political parties.
"Since we are split into three groups, we cannot hold a strong majority government.
"In order to enjoy majority support, Malay political parties are forced to beg for support from the non-Malays, especially the Chinese.
"Just to win elections, be it Umno, PAS or PKR, they need to beg from DAP just to win votes," he said at the Nusantara National Youth leadership convention on Saturday.
"When we are beggars, we cannot be powerful. Beggars do not have political power," he said.
Dr Mahathir said it, not me, not others. Some may agree, the rest may not.

The only Malay parties now are Umno and PAS. There were speculations and anticipations for both to merge as it will strengthen their political base. However, such a dream has been dashed by pride and egoism.

But do we really need such a merger? I don't think so. Different ideology and 'a separate set of Islam' are making it difficult for the Malays in both parties to accept each other. So, better not, right?

And what Dr M said could be true. Umno will forever needs the support from the Chinese in MCA, Gerakan and those in Sabah and Sarawak. It doesn't has the Perikatan (post-Independence era) strength to rule!

And that makes us (Umno) in a shaky situation. Come next general election, we would still need to tell the Chinese: "Please, we need your votes and support".

But I will not use the word 'beggars'....would you?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reasons...

They want PM Najib Tun Razak to step down but nobody dared to push such a motion during the recently concluded Umno general assembly.

Barely a month later, one after another came forward to avow such a call, that Umno and Barisan Nasional would be better off with a new leader. Such calls will escalate soon (I believe). When someone sets the precedent, more will jump onto the bandwagon.

They will talk to the media - the anti-BN media to be precise. If they choose Utusan or Berita Harian, they will go unnoticed.

Why? Because such people just want publicity and a bit of thrill. If they are sacked from the party, it means stardom for them.
In a rare show of defiance, an Umno grassroots leader has demanded that Prime Minister and party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak should step down before the next general election to rejuvenate the party.
In an open letter, Umno Taman Chempaka information head Syed Rosli Jamalullail said the party had become weak and was losing not only Malay support, but also voters of Barisan Nasional's component parties, especially from the Chinese and Indian communities.
"If Datuk Seri truly loves Umno and Barisan Nasional, the best thing is to step down.
"Help us to become strong again by leaving," the branch leader said in the letter.
"We did not mean to insult Datuk Seri but we feel that it is better that you step down voluntarily before the 14th General Election."
Yup! More Umno members have 'real balls' of late. When a few former Cabinet ministers and Umno veterans spoke freely about leadership's weaknesses, the chill goes down further. Even ordinary members enjoy such a polemic.

So, who's to blame when the four walls crack?!

Some may even ask, who are these people trying to push up?

Same issue when Home Minister Zahid Hamidi slammed former Election Commission chairman Rashid Abdul Rahman for criticising the government after retiring from the civil service.
Days after Perkasa chief labelled several Umno leaders “bangsat” (scum), its supreme council member Azrul Akmal Saharudin claimed the culture of sulking for not getting anything was “a cancer prevalent in Umno”.
Azrul said this in response to Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who was reported as stating that former Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman dared criticised the government due to “something he did not get”.
Ahmad Zahid had two days ago, claimed that Rashid had a hidden agenda of not speaking up on government corruption when the later was in office
“There should be a paradigm shift in Umno by requiring all top leaders to declare their assets to clear any suspicion,” Azrul said in a statement.
What Zahid said the other day is 'basic'. We have seen many ex-senior government servants turning 'hostile' against their paymaster (they still survive on government pension) by speaking their heart out on things they once 'afraid' to say.

Call them 'champion outside the ring'; they are everywhere.

And if Rashid is not a Perkasa vice-chairman, the organisation will not defend him (I guess)!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mentality of some retirees!

Senior government officials usually won't dare criticise the government or the prime minister when they are still in service; some are afraid of not getting promotions while others just don't want to land in the 'cold room' until reaching the retirement age.

We have seen many instances where former senior public servants chose to join the Opposition or start firing at their former paymaster upon retirement.

I am not questioning their rights to criticise or the substance of the critic but why after they retired? If you want positive changes to the administration, do it while you are there!
Without mincing his words, former Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman today told Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to stop lying to the public about the real situation in the country.
"Please stop lying to the rakyat and go do your work. Please also tell the Malay leaders to be honest and do whatever they can (to help the Malays)," said Abdul Rashid, a Perkasa vice-president, at the Malay rights group's annual general meeting today.
Abdul Rashid also told the government to stop harping about a report which said Malaysians were earning about RM24,000 per capita.
Without stating the study or where he got the figures from, Abdul Rashid told Putrajaya to stop "bragging" about the figure as it was a big lie.
Abdul Rashid took issue with corruption in Umno and the government, saying he did not mind if Umno supporters were to get upset with him for openly criticising Najib, saying he had nothing to hide.
"Now, I am very loud in criticising people but no one dares to come to me and criticise me because I do not take a percentage or steal other people's money. I have nothing to hide," said Abdul Rashid, adding that he had confronted Najib before on previous occasions.
"I told him right to his face. I also told him that if he doesn't like me he could just demote me but instead of demoting me, I was promoted," said the retired election commissioner, who managed six of Malaysia's general elections.
There could be some truths in Rashid's words but considering it came from him - one of the most senior government officer under Najib - I cant avoid but suspect something is up his (Rashid's) sleeve.

I think its better to show some guts while we are still in service because we could lend a hand in improving whatever aspect of the administration that we want to improve. Doing it when we are already out of the door will bring no significance.

A few former Cabinet members too had joined the Opposition upon retirement. Nothing's wrong with that but still, no point chattering now when we are no longer in power.

And why must we be afraid to avow our displeasure at certain policies, especially the ones under our jurisdiction? When u make noise outside a 'sealed' door, nobody would listen, right?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

1MDB must provide answers!

Interesting, isn't it? An Umno leader lodged a police report against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

So daring...but I believe he made the right move. After heavy critics were hurled at the government's investing company - by BN and Opposition leaders - its time to act like a true gentleman. All questions must be answered.
Government-owned strategic development company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) said it is unperturbed following a police report lodged against it by an Umno leader.
In a brief statement by 1MDB, it said that it was aware about the police report lodged by a Penang politician, but had not seen any documentation related to this.
Hence, it was unaware of the nature of the complaint.
“However, we are confident that it will have no legal basis. We welcome any investigation into our affairs and the opportunity to rebut malicious allegations.”
Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan today lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station claiming that 1MDB had failed to give proper explanations to the public on allegations raised concerning bond issues, overpaying agents and assets as well as debts highlighted by Opposition figures.
He also said he would lodge another report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission next week.
Khairuddin told the press that he was working on his own accord and that Umno must fight for the truth if it wanted to survive the next general election.
He said the Malay-based party risked being rejected by the estimated six million young voters if there were too many yes-man and lack of freedom to speak out.
The public wants to know the whole truth behind its operation. Most importantly is whether it makes or losses.

And who will be the right person to provide us with all the answers and explanations?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Crude oil price dips further

Crude oil prices settled below $60 a barrel Thursday as renewed selling pressure pushed benchmark prices to new five year lows. And the carnage may not be over yet.

In the US, West Texas Intermediate crude fell 2.6% to $59.36, its lowest level since July 2009. Brent crude oil dropped 1.4% to $63.34.


The slide came after Saudi Arabia, the world's No. 2 oil producer after the U.S., suggested it would not cut production to prop up prices. Separately, Bank of America warned that crude oil prices could fall to $50 a barrel in 2015 as North American output, coupled with increased production in Iraq and Libya, hits markets already awash in supply.

West Texas crude peaked this year at about $107 a barrel in June. It's now down about 44%.

"We're going appreciatively lower,'' says Tom Kloza, senior analyst for the Oil Price Information Service. "We could see $45 this month. We haven't found a bottom yet."

Crude's slide pushed gasoline futures down 1.3% to $1.62 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange, which is likely to spell more relief at the pump for motorists.

Back home, Petronas has set the price factor for Malaysian Crude Oil (MCO) for December at US$4.80 per barrel, down 90 US cents from the previous month, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

Petronas introduced a new official selling price (OSP) for its crude based on a basket of Malaysian crude oil grades Labuan, Miri Light and Kikeh with effect from January.

Spurious The Australian

An article in The Australian draws my attention. Not for its criticism against Malaysia, PM Najib or Rosmah but the 'twist and lies' about 'Bible burning'.
The use of the Arab word for God, Allah — commonly used by Christians, Sikhs and Jews — has been legally restricted to Muslims, and the government has approved the burning of Bibles that use the word.
I agree with the news analysis 'Rise of Hardline Islam Belies Malaysia's Moderate Image', that PM Najib should do more to stamp out religious extremism (not only Islam).

However, 'burn the Bibles' accusation is simply unacceptable. No Bible was burnt, and nor Quran was torched in Malaysia. Just because the government did not take any action on Perkasa (over allegations that its chief Ibrahim Ali wanted all Bibles using 'Allah' must be burnt), Putrajaya has to carry such a bad label.
Malaysia “consistently does poorly in international press freedom rankings”, Whiting says. The government has monitored students and academics. “All documents that pass through national or state cabinets are classified as secret” under the Official Secrets Act, which “specifies a range of harsh punishments”. The Sedition Act, under which 30 people have been charged this year, defines “seditious tendency” so broadly, she says, that “the utterer, publisher, printer or importer of virtually any critical comment could be liable for … a hefty fine or … imprisonment, or both.”
This law’s wording, she says, “tilts it in favour of UMNO and puts it at the service of ethno-nationalist and authoritarian Islamic interests”.
Mr Najib — a supporter of Hamas in Palestine — reneged on a pre-election promise of 2012 to replace it, and recently announced he would strengthen it with “a special clause to protect the sanctity of Islam”.
Whiting says “intolerant Islamisation combined with UMNO’s fostering of an aggressive Malay supremacist agenda encroaches upon freedom of belief and practice of non-Muslims”, as well as Muslims from minority communities.
The rights women gained through reforms to sharia family laws in the 1980s are being eroded, she says. And fatwas — pronouncements by sometimes self-declared religious law specialists — are being used to identify new offences and to penalise acts that are permitted under the constitution, because once gazetted they have the force of law.
To write about freedom and human rights in Malaysia, you must first understand what the country is all about.

Australia doesn't encourage hate speech, racial and religious sentiments. And so is Malaysia. We know the deadly consequences should people are allowed mongering it. Perhaps what differs us is that, Malaysia regulates a stiff penalty while Australia adopts a soft stand on it.

No, Malaysia cannot afford to fall under such a circumstance. We had learn the lesson and we cannot allow it (racial bloodshed) to recur.

Please also note that extremism and fanaticism are not only about Islam. These elements are also in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and others. And if we wanna write about religious extremism in Malaysia, I think Muslims is not the only subject.

No matter what Australia or other governments say about our Sedition Act, it is our house that we are looking after, unless Canberra is willing to accept a few million refugees should Malaysia draws into a calamity!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Another legal defeat

We have seen how the Opposition winning one legal case after another over Putrajaya. While each and every one of us has the rights 'to sue and defend', I believe our legal team is not that formidable as that of the Opposition.


Sorry to say, we also sue to be sued!

(Perhaps the only 'consolation' news for Putrajaya today is when the High Court ruled that the wife of the late private investigator P.Balasubramaniam has no legal right to initiate a civil suit against the Prime Minister)

The latest decision by the Court of Appeal today reflects how some of our actions - in the name of the law and order - are befalling us.
Five former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees today won damages totalling RM2.6 million as an appellate court found that their detention was unlawful as they had been detained for their political beliefs.
A three-man Court of Appeal bench chaired by Datuk Abdul Wahab Patail, who partially allowed the government's appeal to reduce damages, said the grounds of detention were frivolous and devoid of merit.
"The five were not a threat to national security," said Abdul Wahab.
The five are Batu MP Tian Chua, Hulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib, PKR supreme council member Dr Badrul Amin Baharom, and activists Hishammudin Rais and Badaruddin Ismail.
They were held without trial between 41 and 51 days in 2001.
The implication is, of course, not nice for the government. Its hard to win one, in fact. The Opposition always win.

Here is another one:
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has ordered Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad to pay DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang RM250,000 in damages for libel over the party’s central executive committee (CEC) election.
High Court judge Justice Yeoh Wee Siam, in handing down the judgment yesterday, also ordered the publisher to pay costs of RM25,000.
“The defendant is liable for defamation.
“I, therefore, order the defendant to pay a global sum of RM250,000 in general, aggravated and exemplary damages,” said Justice Yeoh.
In his lawsuit, the Gelang Patah MP claimed that Utusan had defamed him in its article, “Kit Siang manipulasi pemilihan CEC?” (Kit Siang manipulated CEC election?), which implied that he was untrustworthy and had achieved his political success in a dubious manner.
Dont' you feel that 'big whack' on your butt?

The Opposition is taking all pending court cases with ease, confidence of winning. When Tian Chua was acquitted over the Lahad Datu case (when many said there were enough evidence to send him behind bars), our prosecution team was criticised for 'fail and weak'.

And so, nobody is afraid of doing anything now, especially against the 'law and order'. The Opposition lawyers are always there to provide assistance.

No wonder Rafizi Ramli is proud and happy to be sued by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak!
PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said he would be proud to be sued for standing up for the people’s right to enjoy fuel subsidy.
Referring to a letter of demand from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s law firm on Thursday, Rafizi said he believed it had something to do with his continued criticism of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
The letter of demand requested his explanation on several comments he made in defence of the fuel subsidy during a ceramah in Bandar Tun Razak on Nov 22.
What's next?

Will Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim go to jail for his sodomy case? Many doubt it. Why? So many precedents have been set.