Friday, February 27, 2009

Controversy over ALLAH

Here's another controversy. The move by the government to soften an earlier ban on the use of the world ALLAH by Christian publications to refer to God, is being contested and opposed by some quarters, especially the Muslims.

An SMS received from a Malaysian who is now in Jakarta called for all Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to oppose the revised order signed by Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Feb. 16 as it may confuse Muslims who might think Allah refers to the Christians' God.

"We want all Muslim NGOs to issue a statement objecting the goverment's decision to allow the use of Allah, Baitullah, Kaabah and Solat for the Christians. We would like to call for the government to rectract the gazette immediately.

"This is against the Development of Non-Muslim Religions Enactment and contradicts the Cabinet decision on May 19, 1986," according to the SMS, quoting the president of Syarie Council, Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar.

The Herald publishes weekly in English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay with an estimated readership of 50,000. The ban on ALLAH concerns mainly the Malay edition, which is read mostly by indigenous Christian tribes in the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak. The other three editions usually do not use the word ALLAH.

The dispute has become symbolic of increasing religious tensions in Malaysia, where 60 per cent of the 27 million people are Muslim Malays. A third of the population is ethnic Chinese and Indian, and many of them practice Christianity.

Well, has the Cabinet discussed this too?

I better not say anything about it...

The toll rates DRAMA!

Its good that the proposed hike in toll rates has been postponed to year end. However, the way it was done was full of DRAMAS!

Please... dont tell us that any proposal by any ministry must be implemented without prior consent of the Cabinet. Cummon Md Zin, what have you got to say to the rakyat.

The people are not that stupid anymore to distinguish an element of 'a game' in his announcement on Thursday about the new rates for 5 toll concessionaires. Even some MPs - of both BN and the opposition - were against it.

Can't you just wait for another day to present the proposal to the weekly Cabinet meeting. And true enough, it was rejected by the meeting which was chaired by Datuk Seri Najib today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in Pattaya that the issue should be referred to the Cabinet first before any announcement is made. Yes, but such is the habit of the BN government when orchestrating its drama in any run-up to by-elections or general elections.

Everybody knows that any ministry CANNOT make its own decision before it gets full consent and approval from the Cabinet. The Works Minister was aware of it but it is believed that he was asked to simply make such an annoucement to attract some 'cheap publicity' and to draw public protest.

He succeeded, and so did Pak Lah and Najib. Finally, they decided to postpone it to the relief of the rakyat. They government can expect lots of praises from all sectors of the community.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Numbers and tagging...

Do numbers really matter? Some say yes, some say no.

The run-up to Umno general assembly gets more interesting as candidates aspiring for senior party positions are numbered on the ballot papers.

For instance, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is given number 1 for his 3-cornered fight with Datuk Seri Ali Rustam and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib for the deputy president seat. Zahid Hamidi also gets no.1 bidding for one of the three vice-president posts.

However, Hishamuddin Hussein who gets the most nominations from Umno divisions, stands last at no.8. In fact, Hisham is most favourite to win one of the posts.

Rafidah, too, is no.1 compared to her opponent Shahrizat. As for Pemuda chief, Mukhriz gets no.1 tag, followed by Khir Toyo and Khairy Jamaluddin.

Many believe those ticked at no.1 will be in Datuk Seri Najib's new team. However, some said no.2 is good. For instance, one of Ali Rustam's aides said as the Melaka Chief Minister is contesting for the party's no.2 position, his no.2 tagging gives a strong indication to party delegates for the general assembly.

Blimme! Looks like the Malays are at feng shui too. This numbering issue is already making them contemplating.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Turning Gaza into US-weapon testing ground...

Palestinians in Gaza Strip may get that USD900 million as promised by Barack Obama's administration. That amount of money can rebuild the region and boost some confidence in US 'good intention' towards ending the Middle East conflict.

However, on the other hand, the US still supplies large amount of sophisticated weapons and arsenals to Israel.

What was Obama's main intention to help the Palestinians? Help them consctruct and then let Israel test the US weapons on Gaza or any other parts of Palestine again.

They have proven this with their phosperous bombs which killed many innocent women and children during Israelis 22-day offensive on Gaza Strip recently. That weapon was the latest set of arsenals supplied by Washington to Tel Aviv as parts of its friendship agreement.

Obama's motive is in question here. Why must he help rebuild Gaza while at the same time multiplying Israel's war machines?

I am in support of Amnesty International when they called for the US to put an embargo on arms supply to Israel and to any party involves in the conflict. In fact, US should stop supplying arms to any nations in war.

That USD900 million is nothing compared to arms supply worth of USD30 billion to Tel Aviv over the past 10 years.

The main issue here is to find an amicabel solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict which has became a diplomatic tumor to the Islam-West and Arab-West relations. The war will escalate if Obama's administration fails to recognise the fact that its good relations with Tel Aviv will forever dampen any peace talks.

There must not be a one-side engagement here. US must stand in between the two parties and not by inclining more towards Israel.

Unless if Obama wants to turn Gaza and the rest of Palestine as a warfare zone to test US new weapons as had been the case of Afghanistan during the Russian occupation in 1980-86 and Lebanon during the 80s...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another 2 more years for Hisham?

My posting on NSTP group editor in-chief Dtk Hishamuddin Aun drew a lot of attention, particularly from former journalists. Most of them had been with the NST and some are still serving either with NST or Berita Harian.

About 90 per cent of those leaving their comments on the posting were against Hisham, Dtk Manja, Mahfar dan some seniors at NSTP.

While many did not agree should the incoming administration of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak give extra lifeline to the duo (Dtk Syed Nadzri, NST group editor is considered safe), a few said they should be given a second chance.

I have no personal agenda when I posted that story but as I was part of the group - growing up in BH and later at Business Times - I found it interesting as many of those who left the company were disappointed at the 'direction' they lead the Group.

However, to those who blasted Hisham, Manja and their team, the latest news may bring more disappointment.

Sources from Najib office said Hisham will get another 2-year term until 2011. Means that whatever you readers out there say or do, he is a survivor. No news about Manja, not just yet.

On my part, I got nothing to say. I like to observe things on the roll...

If its true, congratulations, Hisham. Bila boleh tambah air?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

You better read this, FAM!

Let's share something about the pride of the nation - football. Reading news about our standard of soccer really thrills me in the sense that amid all the initiatives and incentives, they plunged into the ravine!

Funny, uh! Sitting at the 161 world position should make those in-charge of our soccer development grinning sourly or satisfied. Be proud of your efforts, pals!
Gone are the days of 70s and 80s where Malaysian football was at its best. Not much money then but the players were truly dedicated. Despite poor facilities, they became the real Malaysian Tigers!

I remember the days when it wasnt easy to get a ticket to watch football at Stadium Merdeka. It was always packed. Tickets were oftenly sold-out. You could even hear the roaring crowd from a few kilometers away.

We were a few levels above Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others. We used to be No.1 in Asia. Each time when Malaysia took to the field, they sent shivers down their opponent's spine.

However, we are 5th at Asean ground today. Another achivement, I suppose. He he he... and please take a look at the stadiums around the country during a soccer match nowadays! So pathetic!

I remember talking to an old pal, Rashid Yusof in Bangsar Coffee Bean last week. I asked him to tell his boss that the training system and players selection should be changed.

How? This is just my idea. Choose players of 16 years of age and above, average height should be at least 1.75 metres and with a lot of interest in soccer. Most of all, each and every one of them must be able to play with BOTH LEGS.

Make them to kick the ball from the spot. Right foot first, then the left. See how they can benefit from equal skill of their legs. If they can kick, stop or pass the ball with only one leg, get rid of them. Eventually, we will get a team with 'dua-dua kaki hidup'.

Why not give it a try, FAM? Either you try or you cry...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Where are the ministers and deputies?

The Dewan Rakyat was almost deserted today with no sign of ministers and deputy ministers. This has caused several members of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) to question their commitment.

Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) regretted the absence of ministers and deputy ministers who should be giving priority by listening to what the members of parliament (MP) have to say.

"We are debating the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's address, something important but I can see only one deputy minister here. Is this not an important item? The Yang di-Pertuan Agong reminded MPs to be polite but sometimes we have to raise our voice. The Prime Minister is vacating his post but nobody seem to care," lamented the veteran MP.

Only Transport Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin was in Parliament then.

Outspoken Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) also aired his unhappiness over the absence of many government representatives.

"When we raise our voice, people say we are rude. We may be on the government's side but this situation make us unhappy. The ministers and deputy ministers cannot be busy at the same time. If they don't have the time then replace them," he said.

Hmmm... something need to be done about that. However, this is not the latest trend. Ever since I started my Parliament-reporting in 1981, it has taken place... so many times.

This is our government we uphold. They are the ministers and deputy ministers we hope to bring about changes to a lot of weak systems. But there they are, attending to personal matters which can safeguard and prolong their political span.

Attitude problem, I suppose, especially those who have served for more than two terms. To them, the Dewan Rakyat excites them no more. It will be just a routine to them.

Shall we propose to the government or to Umno General Assembly next month to limit Cabinet members to only two terms tenure? That should apply to MPs, too!

The 'rear' problems

So much about 'rear' things. Which one?

Its that rear seat belt again. After creating such a mess, the RTD and police have given up. Now that the Transports Ministry has announced that the ruling will take effect in 2013 and not early this year, many sighed their relief.

Who actually was seeking popularity when introducing the rear seat belt? I dont want to comment but was he gaining from any kind of 'rear' businesses?

The police and RTD have to withdraw about 30,000 summons issued beginning early this year to those who failed to abide by the new 'safety regulation'. What a paper wastage!

In its announcement, the ministry said it has taken into account complaints made by commuters, especially in Sabah and Sarawak who found it not easy to get the belts assembled to the cars as it was time consuming.

For instance, the only service centre for Proton is in Kuching, forcing those from as far as Bintulu, Miri dan Limbang to spend a few nights in Kuching, just to get the job done.

This is what we called an 'over-zealous' implementation. Just because someone wanted to get popular and rich, the rakyat got to pay for it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hishamuddin Aun under attack...

I have no personal vendetta whatsoever with Datuk Hishamuddin Aun, NSTP group chief editor. We are good friends. The last time we met was in Kuala Terengganu during the by-election. However, this comment posted by one Hang Lekir on my weblog (I believe so many people have read it) came as a 'surprise'. Motive is unknown...

Brother... have you heard the latest about Hishamuddin Aun, the Group Chief Editor of NSTP? Apparently, he has asked Jamaluddin Jarjis to talk to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to retain him as GEIC. It is disgusting as to how low he can stoop. Last week, Berita Minggu carried an interview with JJ and this week it was the Sunday Times, all by Hishamuddin's instructions. I almost puked reading his column on Najib today. He is carrying balls lah. Last week he even kissed Rosmah's a***. And this is the same guy who has been going around saying that Rosmah is the actual Prime Minister-in-waiting. He has even said that Najib is being queen-controlled by Rosmah. And guess what Hishamuddin has even dyed his hair black... p.s. Kenapa takut sangat Hisham? Kan kau dah banyak bagi bisnes pada isteri kau, owner of Casa Impian. You are part owner of the company. Takkan sampai nak j**** j**** Rosmah, Najib dan JJ. Malulah sikit...

Respect the Federal Constitution!

YANG di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin today reminded the people to respect the federal constitution and expressed the hope that there will be no attempts to create laws that contravene it.

He said the history of the country's independence and the federal constitution must be explained to the young so that they would have a better understanding of the basis for the formation of the country.

"The young generation is the country's back-up and hope for the future. The principles of the Rukun Negara must be understood and appreciated by all strata of the society," he said when opening the Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Tuanku Mizan expressed regret that despite the country having gained independence for 51 years, certain parties were still raising narrow racial issues for public debate.

"I want to stress that my government will not hesitate to take action against anyone who tries to disunite the people, to ensure that racial harmony and peace in the country are maintained," he said to applause from the members of Parliament.

Bujai's comment - now that the King has said it, let us be well-understood that Malaysia is a well-balanced and resilient society. There may be hiccups in unification but nobody is allowed to take up matters in their own hands. There may also be loopholes in all sets of law but we should not go overboard in addressing it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pakistan slams US over missile attack

"We believe (Barack) Obama's administration will be worse than that of George Bush," said Nuzzerat Javed, a senior journalist with the Pakistan Times in an e-mail to me early this morning, hours after US-unmanned aircract launched missile attack which killed about 30 in south Waziristan.

Javed, who was one of my classmates for the South Korean Press Institute fellowship in 1996, said another 45 were injured while some houses were demolished.

"If this is how Obama' administration deals with terrorists, they are just like the Israel. If they can easily attack peaceful territory in Pakistan without discussing it with us, he can do that anywhere on earth.
"This is not the right way. This is Pakistan territory. Our government is doing all the necessary to thwart insurgency on our own soil. When the US did this, it dampens such efforts."

Pakistan spokesman Rehman Malik said the Pakistani Government was doing everything possible to suppress militant activity around the border with Afghanistan and such US attacks violate Pakistani sovereignty.

"All the upper houses and the lower houses, they have unanimously given the advice 'please stop these drones. They are hitting our sovereignty and our government is doing everything possible to stop it.

"I hope that America listens to the advice of the people of Pakistan and I believe America is a big champion of democracy.

"However, if they are after the Taliban, they should cooperate with Pakistan. Launching pre-emptive attacks can strain our relationship,'" he said.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Don't be rude, says Sultan Selangor

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj is deeply saddened and disappointed over the disputes relating to the recent appointment of the new Perak state government to the extent of displaying rudeness to the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.

"Political developments, instances of street demonstrations and disputes between various parties, relating to the recent appointment of the new Perak state government, to the extent of displaying rudeness to the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, have saddened and disappointed me."

He said this in a special press statement entitled Affirmation Regarding the Political Turmoil in Perak Darul Ridzuan, which was released from Istana Alam Shah.

In a three-page statement, the Sultan of Selangor advised the people who challenged the rights, role and position of the Rulers, which were enshrined in the Federal Constitution, to think carefully and evaluate deeply the consequences before taking any action.

"I hereby wish to advise with the utmost sincerity by taking into consideration the future of the religion, Malaysian nation and our beloved country. Please do not be misled by actions and behaviours that will only disgrace our integrity, invite high risks to our process of progress, and eradicate the foundations of national sovereignty through the display of rudeness, treachery, arrogance, ignorance in knowledge and lust for power," the Sultan said.

Sultan Sharafuddin said the fact that the Sultan of Perak was his uncle and that both Royal families of the two states had a long-standing historical relationship added to his sadness and disappointment. He said he knew Sultan Azlan as a very knowledgeable person with vast experience in the legal service and judiciary, appropriate with his former position as the Lord President.

Sultan Azlan and his Royal family also had distinguished educational credentials and qualifications and were always sensitive to the needs of the people to the extent that most of his actions were based on a knowledge of culture, holistic considerations and principle of consensus with experts on the relevant issues, Sultan Sharafuddin said.

"What we have seen and (are) still seeing for the past week in Perak has prompted concern among those who care so much for their religion, race, country, stability, wellbeing, civilisation, security and our future together," he said.

"In light of this occurrence, we now know which is glass, which is diamond. In fact, we could now understand the truth inside those people who 'burn the net out of anger with the mosquito'," he said.

Sultan Azlan appointed Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as the new Perak Menteri Besar on Feb 6 when the coalition government comprising the DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and PAS lost the majority in the State Legislative Assembly, and this had caused dissatisfaction among the leaders and supporters of the coalition.

As a result, supporters of the coalition held street demonstrations near Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar to the extent of obstructing the car of the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.

In addition, former Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was reported to have disagreed with the Sultan of Perak when his request for the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly did not get the Royal consent while DAP chairman Karpal Singh had incurred the anger of many people following his intention to sue Sultan Azlan Shah on the matter.
Sultan Selangor said the increasingly worrying situation at the global and regional levels warranted the people to strengthen unity despite their differing viewpoints.

"There are times when we can retract statements that were wrongly said, but these are precarious times where wrongful action can lead to disastrous consequences.

"I pray to Allah the Almighty to place us in his loving care, and continue to shower us with a clear heart, peaceful soul, wiser thoughts, easier path, the right actions, harmonious relationship and strong self-belief to manage the country togehter in facing future progress of our nation," the Sultan of Selangor said. - BERNAMA

Give Paklah a peace of mind, will you?

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi who was trapped inside an elevator at the Putrajaya Convention Centre today, will keep to his words to pass on the baton to Datuk Seri Najib Razak by end of March.

Those who come up with theories that it will only happen between May and November 2009 should consider many things before taking the jump.

Paklah will vacate his office on March 28, immediately after the Umno general assembly is concluded.

I met few of his top aides in Putrajaya yesterday and they confirmed that the premier was serious. "He always honor his words and promises. Why must some people doubt it? After pressuring him to step down, they still pasteur him. Why not let him have a peaceful mind before saying goodbye?

"We don understand it. Some say Paklah will leave in May as he didnt want to be Malaysia's shortest term PM. Its absurd. He has decided and that's final.

"Dont you know that he is sad not to leave office but for all the scrupulous remarks people made against him... and now they are playing around with the exact date he will make Najib a new prime minister.

"Cummon. Give him a break. Its only less that two months away. Why cant we be fair to him? He is just another human being who err sometimes. If someone out there feels he is a perfect man to lead this country, then come forward.

"At one time, Paklah was disgusted with the way you people manipulated his last day in office. Even his whole family was perturbed."

During that conversation at Putrajaya Lake Club, I only kept quite. Why should I say anything?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Treason: Did Anuar Musa too?

While the whole country is talking about 'treason', a reader of mine NeomaX posted this as a comment. Worth reading. Give it a thought, will you?

"Bujai,
Derhaka begitu hebat dibicarakan sekarang ini. Rasanya perlu dibangkitkan satu peristiwa yang berlaku di Kelantan some years ago. Dan bandingkan antara tindakan Nizar dan Anuar Musa di Kelantan. Satu masa dulu, rasanya dalam tahun 90an, Anuar Musa, masa itu timbalan ketua perhubungan Umno bawah Mahathir....TELAH MELANTIK DAN MENABALKAN SEPUPU SULTAN KELANTAN SEBAGAI SULTAN YANG SAH. Ini benar-benar berlaku. Utusan Malaysia masa tu melaporkan di muka depan! So dari scale 1 - 5 , please rate tahap keberanian Anuar Musa mencabar dan menghina sultan. Nizar mencabar atas pertelingkahan intrepetasi perlembagaan negeri. Tapi Anuar Musa mencabar dan menghina Sultan Kelantan pada masa itu kerana pertalian darah keluarga dengan Tengku Razaleigh. Ku Li masa tu presiden Semangat 46. Jadi bagi anak-anak muda yang tidak mungkin masih muda pada masa itu, janganlah mudah terpengaruh dengan sesuatu yang kita tak tahu keseluruhan duduk perkara."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We welcome US-Iran talks

Barack Obama made an unprecedented announcement today about re-establishing the strained US-Iran diplomatic relations which was 'cut off' after the late Khomeini's revolution toppled pro-Washington Shah Reza Pahlavi in 1979.

Russia, also trying to rebuild its image due to its war with its territories, has offered to become the mediator.

Iran, still in its joyous mood on its 30th anniversary of the revolution, was quite upbeat about the prospect of the meeting between president Ahmadenijad and Obama.

Ahmadenijad told about 20,000 supporters in Teheran, he was looking forward to the proposed meeting but cautioned the White House that it should be conducted in 'a mutul interest and respect of the two countries'.

Iran has been the subject of international criticism for its uranium enrichment program which many Western governments described would lead to the Persian nation emerging as another nuclear power - a sentiment oftenly regarded as Iran as a fear for attacks on Israel.

The Busher plant, which I visited in 2003 was actually built to supplement energy to its industry and other consumers.

It is hoped the Obama-Ahmadenijad meeting will take place as it will augur well for creating a peaceful environment in the Middle East.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Come Tuesday, Perak gets more colorful

Come Tuesday, February 10, 2009. Let's guess what will happen in Ipoh, especially at the Mentri Besar office.

Ex (axed) MB Datuk Seri NizarJamaludin, in defending his legitimate rights as Perak Mentri Besar has vowed to go to 'his office' as usual. On the other hand, BN's newly-elected MB Datuk Dr Zambry (some already addressing him as Dr Camry) said he will take a few days before starting his duty officially.

Nizar was serious about 'whoever got to the office first'. His Exco team will probably be there as well.

Another street demonstration is also scheduled in front of the MB residence tomorrow, a Pakatan Rakyat's affair.

However, most interesting will be Karpal Singh, the DAP chairman and lawyer who has avowed to drag His Majesty the Sultan of Perak to the High Court. Let's see as to whether he got the 'balls' to proceed.

Karpal, who lambasted Anwar Ibrahim's 'hopping policy' which led to BN 'coup' of the state government on Wednesday, drew wide criticism, especially among the Malays for what is termed as 'an act of treason' against the Sultan.

Come Tuesday, let's see if Murshidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat will answer reporters question of what he meant about 'Melompat ke PR - Baik; Melompat ke BN - Hina' (Defecting to PR - Good; Defecting to BN - Disgraceful).

Come what may laaaa....!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

KARPAL vs ANWAR and the MALAYS...

Is Pakatan Rakyat on the brink of collapse or Karpal Singh himself has his own agenda? When he lambasted PR adviser Anwar Ibrahim for his 'crossover' idea which led to Barisan Nasional 'coup' in Perak a few days ago, I was quick to detect something.

In became clear when he asked his comrades Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and others to consider leaving the political pact.

Karpal is a lawyer and very intelligent. He noticed that DAP is strong in the Penang State Government. Even without Parti Keadilan Rakyat and PAS, the party is capable to stand on its own.

This applies well in Perak. If DAP leaves the pact, it will become the party with most seats in the state. That's why he was angry with the Sultan of Perak that he dared to challenge His Royal Highness to the High Court.

And today, Karpal described Anwar as not fit to head Pakatan Rakyat as his 'bad crossover idea' has cost the PR its state government. Looking anguish and dejected, Karpal said: "I have been holding on to my patience for too long now...".

Karpal, however, issued warning to those who logded police reports against him that they were 'going to get it' from him? Who's getting it from him? Getting what? A spank on the butt?

Towards the end of Malay political survival...

Belittling the Sultan, wanting to drag him to the High Court, trying to launch an act of treason against the monarchy, taking to the streets, protesting the ruler's decision, destroying police vehicles... etc.

If this is the kind of democracy and mutual respect you want to promote should you are able to succeed the Barisan Nasional government in the next general elections, FORGET IT! When it comes to wisdom and solidarity, the Chinese and Indians are much better than the Malays. They did not take any part in the MALAY demonstrations against the Sultan of Perak. They were wise to stayed away.

It was PAS (whose 100 per cent members are Malays and Muslims) and PKR Malays (plus some Indonesians) who launched the anti-Sultan streets demo.

What would happen if they manage to form the federal government in three or fours years to come? What type of an administration will they promote? Sword and guns?

If the world were to perceive Islam as radical and promoting terrorism in Malaysia, may as well PKR and PAS take the credit for it. As they cant accept defeat and trying to become traitors before their own people, they should take the blame.

They also have the tendency to put an end to the Malay monarchy should they rule the country. The Sultans will be at their disregard and disrespect. The Malays will then have to squeeze in for opportunity since there would no more be 'ketuanan Melayu' to protect their interest, a scenario which would lead them back to the jungles of 1950s and 1960s.

While the Chinese and Indians are already prospering in their own manner (as the dont like to interfere much with the Malays economic agenda), infighting among the Malays and between the Malays of Umno and those of PAS and PKR will be the best lesson to learn.

We may end up like the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip who, due to differences between Hamas, Fatah and Hezbollah, gave an opening for Israel to attack them without mercy.

The only difference is, the destruction of the Malays will not be in the hands of other Malaysians but among themselves. As they were already some Indonesians and other foreign citizens joining the anti-Sultan protests the other day, PAS may opt to bring in or hire foreign Muslims to help them out.

I am not driving to any conclusion. However, I would like to count on available possibilities. Since PAS already lost their balance over just a small issue, what if the result of next general elections puts Pakatan Rakyat (if they are still together) much closer to BN?

I can be radical in my critics towards anybody, including Umno, BN and the Federal Government but I dont compromise when it comes to national stability, peace and unity because what PAS supporters did earlier this week posed a lot of danger to the country.

The Malays of Umno had never been involved in such act. Even when they lost in Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Kedah, Perak and Selangor, they remained calmed and accepted it as a challenge to revival.

It hurts the entire Malay population when Karpal Singh wanted to take the Sultan of Perak to the High Court, when PAS supporters blocked Raja Nazrin's car and when Anwar Ibrahim, Nizar and their people refutted the Sultan's decision as not to call for a fresh state election.

Hurling nasty words towards the Sultan only made the Malays of PR as traitors. Even some of their members were at their disbelief and shocked over such moves. To them, what some of their friends did were a bit overboard.

This is Malaysia, my friends. We dont tolerate politics of terrorism here. You may have got your training in Iran, Palestine, Syria and elsewhere but we dont subscribe to 'bloody intifadah' in this lovely nation. Go abroad and fight for your needful fellow Muslims.

If you dont have respect for your own rulers, may as well you find other places to live and champion the your kind of politics you desired. As far as the Malays and Muslims here is concerned, there is no place for such a robust approach.

If you think you will gain honour and respect for what you did to the Sultan of Perak, you are wrong. I agree with Harimau Malaya that Karpal Singh (and some of you) should be barred from setting a foot in Perak. No matter how good are you at your law discipline, there are still something you cannot over rule.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The casino of Malaysian politics

Datuk Dr Zambry is now the MB of Perak. We should congrat him. The party leadership has chosen him. What happened to Tajol Rosli? Better not comment.

I just wanna say how dissappointed I am with the turn of events in the state. More saddening is the fact the BN had to accept the three Malay legislators from Pakatan Rakyat (one of whom was a frog for 11 days while the other two were said to be facing legal suit for their 'immorality').

Is that what's Umno is all about now?

I remember former Minister at PM office Zaid Ibrahim who suggested for the Parliament to really look into the Anti-Hopping Bill. It received much support from the BN lawmakers.

And, do you remember sometimes mid-last year when Pak Lah chided Anwar for trying to woo BN members of Parliament to crossover to PR to enable him to form a new federal government? Pak Lah didnt like the idea. Instead, he lambasted those wanting to defect, describing such a move as unethical and immoral.

What happened in the past few days? Although we cannot confirm as to whether some money was involved in the 'transfers' of the 4 state legislators, what was the 'insentives' behind it? Can we blame the rakyat for making a conclusion that the duo in trouble will have their cases burried without trial?

Tun Dr Mahathir was right by saying that Umno should accept those of high value and morale. Where is the morale in this story?

Our domestic politics has been turned into a football arena. Players can opt to join other clubs if the offer is good. The price tag varies. Perhaps in the near future, the tote will be much higher if the player manages to mobilised himself/herself from one club to the other.

Interesting, isnt it?

Well, just let Dr Zambry lead Perak. What happens next, only God knows. Sooner or later, our Parliament and State Assemblies will become casinos....

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Malaysian politics at its dirtiest!

The Sultan of Perak is against Nizar Jamaludin's request to dissolve the State Assembly. He instead told Nizar to quit and let Barisan Nasional (at the advise of Najib) to form a new government and choose the new Mentri Besar.

Malaysian politics is at its dirtiest. One would never imagine such a scenario would take place in a country where infightings among Malays, Chinese and Indians are its worst level.

Prime Minister and BN chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi may have forgotten what he said late last year that BN cannot tolerate crossovers by MPs and State Assembleymen as a method to strengthen BN fragile Federal or State Governments.

However, he was lost in words when 4 Perak ADUNs decided to leave Nizar's weak state government. Pak Lah was proud to been able to kill the 11-month Pakatan Rakyat's loose government on Wednesday.

What happens to the 'Anti-Lompat' Bill?

Nizar has lost his grip as Mentri Besar. If he refuses to buck down, the State Constitution will still allow Najib to select a new MB.

Is that so? It doesnt matter who becomes the new MB but still, the new BN state government will walk on thin ice and clear majority.

What happens if 3 BN ADUNs jump over to PR in the coming months? PR will be in power again? Then, another defects from PR to BN and from BN to PR. Who wins afterall?

This is very, very dirty and filthy! By common sense and logic, a legitimate government must be decided based on mandate given by the people, through elections. No matter who wins, the rakyat must be given priorities to go to the polls.

This is not a gentleman's move. It goes to Anwar Ibrahim as well who all these while have been waiting for some BN members of Parliament to defect to PR in order for him to head the Federal Government.

No! This is not the way. A legitimate government is established by the peoples' power, by ballot boxes. This is what happened when you dont observe your own political ethic, fall bequeth to your own foray.

The rakyat of Perak are made to pay for all this nonsense. Their votes were unaccounted for as the government they chosed is no more there. Although the number of votes for BN and PR during the 12th general elections were almost even, their votes mean nothing already.

The Sultan of Perak should allow fresh State Assembly election. There is no guarantee that the 'frogs and grasshoppers' of politics would not repeat what they just did a few days ago. This is a mockery of the Constitution and Law.

GO BACK TO THE POLL AGAIN, you fools! Leave it to the rakyat to decide again. Can Pak Lah, Anwar, Najib or Lim Kit Siang give us assurance that the Perak State Government would not come under turmoil again, or at least no more crossovers?

My 'sembah takzim' for the Sultan of Perak:

"Ampun Tuanku beribu-ribu ampun, sembah patik harap diampun. Sesungguhnya apa yang berlaku di negeri Tuanku yang permai ini tidak pernah patik dan rakyat lain menduganya. Tumbangnya kerajaan YAB Datuk Seri NizarJamaluddin tidaklah disangka-sangka tetapi patik dan rakyat Malaysia yang lain juga tidak melihat wujudnya asas untuk menjamin bahawa kerajaan baru yang bakal ditubuhkan oleh Barisan Nasional di bawah kepemimpinan YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi kelak akan kebal daripada perbuatan yang sama dilakukan oleh empat ADUN Pakatan Rakyat (PR) yang keluar parti semalam.

"Ampun Tuanku. Sesungguhnya Tuanku berkuasa penuh di dalam urusan negeri Perak dan seluruh jajahannya. Bagaimanapun, sebagai Raja yang adil dan saksama, patik bagi pihak kebanyakan rakyat tidak dapat melihat akan terhentinya kejadian seperti ini dalam masa terdekat dan akan datang, sebelum berakhirnya tempoh kerajaan yang ada.

"Ampun Tuanku. Bagi menentukan wujudnya sebuah kerajaan negeri yang mutlak dan yang mampu memperjuangkan nasib rakyat dan memuliakan institusi beraja negeri Perak Darul Ridzuan, berilah peluang sekali lagi kepada rakyat untuk menentukan pilihan mereka.

"Ampun Tuanku beribu-ribu ampun. Patik hanya mencadangkan."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bad behaviour of our financial institutions

During the 1997-1998 economic downturn, Dr Mahathir's government took a bold step by asking about 50 banks then to merge into 10 big ones today. Such a system has helped the financial institution to shield themselves from the adverse impact of the global financial crisis.

Since then, the merged entities did well in managing their assets, investments, loans, deposits, etc. None was seen to be shaken.

However, as they got bigger, their taste for profits changed from small to hefty. They are more happy to finance larger companies rather than giving a hand to the needful small and medium-sized businesses.

So much so, the SMIs got weaker, thus leading to some entrepreneurs have to close down their shops, retail outlets of small factories. Those already bludgeoned with debts were declared bankcrupt as no helps came their way.

And today, the situation worsens. Having the world financial crisis around their belts, the banks can no longer be seen as saviour to the SMIs but still, the loan goes to big conglomerates as their capacity to service the interests is considered better than issuing small loans.

This is our banks behaviour nowadays. While the government made several appeals for financial institutions to be more lenient towards small loans, it went unheeded. Some banks even put up more stringent pre-requisities for borrowers.

More than 1600 SMI-related businesses came to a halt since 2005, involving private and government initial capital of about RM4 billion, many of which were in the services, electronics and retail.

What will happen to about 7,000 more in operation should no financial aid is made available to them in enabling the operators to weather the impact of the financial crisis, particularly with declining demand for their products?

The RM7 billion stimulus package announced by the government recently was just a short-term measure. It will reach some sectors of the economy and only a few of the small businesses. Once the money (its origin is unknown) is finished, will there be another one?

The government own or has stakes in respective financial institutions. However, these 'government banks', too are very reluctant to lend money to the needfuls. They are happier investing in some bonds and properties.

The current economic crisis may end later this year or mayber 3 years from now. Its different this time as compared with 1997-1998 as it triggered alarm to financial institutions all over the world.

Not a single economic sector will be spared of its unprecedented impacts. Whether they are big or small industry, the tendency to revive will be at nought if the government fails to emphasis the needs to help out the SMIs.

The bankers should change their attitude, too. Ignoring the significant contribution of the SMIs to the economy will only lead to gradual collapse of the whole economic system as the bigger players would not be able to cope with competitiveness.

Something also needs to be done here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Its my rights to criticise!

A lot of people didnt like my posting on Umno defeat in the Kuala Terengganu by-election, many of whom described me as trying 'to smear our top leaders' name' or 'wanting to create uneasy feeling among party members'.

The 'Pentarama' issue prompted some senior aides to this 'top leaders' to call me for explanation (because they were not there that night) while those who attended the 'fiesta' said I was not supposed to expose it. A few warnings did come, too! Only a handful said it was a good one, that it should be perceived as a wake-up call.

Was I wrong?

As an ordinary member ( I dont know whether I am still one), just like a few million more, we dont deserve to expose any 'wrongdoing', dont we? We deserve no rights whatsoever to tell them by saying 'hey, this is wrong' or 'we cant accept this', huh?

Yes, there are proper channels for grassroot members to voice out their dissatisfaction. However, how efficient are this so called channels? Will complaints reach the utmost level of the party administration?

I dont think so.

Umno is becoming a party of bad detente, an organisation which feeds the greed and personal needs of its office bearers, starting at its branch level. Disgruntled members could not find a way to protest almost every decision passed by the leaders. Those who dare will eventually find themselves on the sideline.

Once you are sidelined, it will the end. Your existence will be forgotten.

Division leaders operates like gangsters, leading their own clans, chosing who he likes as branch heads. Who says branch chiefs are chosen by members? As I am from Melaka, Masjid Tanah division is a good 'rotten' example (I posted something about it in October last year).

That's why each time the party calls for branch and division meetings, many will work hard for it. Money politics will be common. 'My Team' and 'Your Team' will clash like titans as division head normally gets project allocation from the party.

No just that. Whoever heads the division must get full endorsement from higher authorities i.e State Umno Chairman, vice-presidents, youth head or wanita head. If they pull different cards, out you go. Is Kluang division ready to confide?

So, what's wrong if bloggers like me do some 'reportings' on the weblog?

Should I have any complaint, must I go to Paklah or Najib or KJ or Ahmad Rithauddeen or Hisham? Nope! Almost impossible that they will entertain you when relating it to their senior aides even takes a lot of hassle. If their aides decline you, forget about meeting their bosses! You and me are just dirts to their shoes!

That's where I miss the era of Tun Dr Mahathir where almost all complaints, including minor ones,were attended to and given feedbacks. Actions were taken in many cases, too.

So, bloggers. Dont be intimidated. Its your duty to correct the imbalances.

You dont have to wait to be offered RM25 million to shut up. You are not any state assemblyman or lawmaker!