Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yoooo... stop the 'war' please!

I totally agree with Rocky and A Voice about the ethic of blogging. Ever since I joined them in mid-2008, I found out that most of the top ones were the people I knew. They are those I call friends.

Yes, we may differ in opinion and standpoint but we remained united - as friends and as bloggers.

However, I dont agree when some of them started to throw punches and accusations, just because some may think they were better than the rest of us. Nonsense! To me, maintaining the good sense of comaradarie should be treated as bloggers best asset.

Just like politicians of different ideologies at the Parliament, most of them are 'friends'. They do visit each other during difficult times, during Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepaavali or Christmas. Its like that.

But when 1 or 2 bloggers whose bad disposition created unhealthy environment on the Net, what are we supposed to do? Despise them? I dont think its a good idea anyway.

My suggestion is, lets meet up like we used to do and level whatever you want to. When we had asked former premiers Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Abdullah not to criticise BN and Umno openly, we should observe our code of ethic too. Cant we?

We are not faultless. We have our weakness points. As what A Voice said that one or two bloggers were not the deciding factor for Rashid Yusof not being able to join Tan Sri Muhyiddin, I agree. In fact, I called him, saying: "Bro, you asked me whether I agree... and I agree. Bugger you!" We laughed on the phone (A Voice was on his way to Johor Bahru).

I dont know. Maybe someone out there was trying to lucre from this 'confrontation' but I do hope friends like Hard-T, Husin Lempoyang and others are willing to bury whatever difference they may have.

Bloggers should have a positive attitude. Despite their critical mindset, they are one, am I right? Stop having a palaeolithic brain. Its inept. Let us stop launching invidious postings against each other.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rashid's 'funeral' and 'bloggers at war'...

I was in Kota Bharu on the weekend for a friend's funeral. I was quiet for 4 days, just reading postings on other blogs, about Najib's liberalisation of the services and financial sectors, about by-election in Penanti and other issues.

However, I was saddened by two things. First was the 'funeral' for Rashid Yusof who was supposed to be DPM's press-sec, and secondly was the 'war of bloggers' among some of my co-blogger friends.

Rashid was perhaps one of the most successful and professional journalists the New Straits Times had ever produced. Since joining NSTP in mid-1980s, he managed to placed himself at par with the seniors within a short period. Not many Malay journalists were able to match his credence at the time. Not me either.

When he left in early 2000, he joined several institutions before he was enticed by Khairy Jamaluddin for his ability but not his politics. That's when many friends who didnt like KJ started to sideline Rashid.

And just because he was the strategist who help KJ to win the Pemuda Umno chief during the party's general assembly on March 24-28, some good friends of his have become his 'enemies'. That's what some friends are!

When the news that DPM offered him the press-sec position, friends who hated his association with KJ had launched a 'campaign' to fail him... and they were very successful, indeed.

Rashid called me on Sunday, saying his children cried when Muhyiddin reversed his decision. As the only breadwinner for his big family, Rashid was of course tormented but there was nothing he could do. "My fate is in the hands of bloggers. I hope they are happy," he said.

I dont understand it. Those bloggers who battered him didnt know him at all. Only one or two were Rashid ex-mates at the NSTP. One Nyonya journalist was sharpest. This same Nyonya was the one 'anti-Mahathir' before becoming one of his supporters of late.

For this Nyonya, nothing about the government is right and good. Nothing about Mahathir, Pak Lah and Najib and Umno and BN was right. Comparatively, she's not as good as Rashid.

I felt so sorry for Rashid. However, I didnt agree with Muhyiddin to reverse his decision. Just because Rashid was once associated with KJ, and later on considered his job as 'done and over with', he was shot down. I guess DPM is anti-KJ too and will not endorse KJ. He must have hated everything about KJ and Rashid.

Maybe they hated all about KJ - his driver, his car, his cat, his pants, his shirts, his soap, his hair, his buttock... everything to the extent that whoever is close to him is considered as 'not good!'.

Then about this 'war' among some bloggers, my good friends as well.

Yooo, bro. Stop it laaaa!!! Not good to throw punches on the Net. Let's meet up and settle whatever the scores are...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Come out, RPK!

Where is RPK, nobody seems to know. Some say he is in London, hiding from being detained by the police.

I dont know him in person but I know what he blogs on Malaysia Today. I remember reading his statutory declaration about the murder case of Altantuya Shaariibuu and how he tried to suck Najib into it.
He failed to appear before the court yesterday for his seditious postings, prompting the authority to issue a warrant of arrest against him. His aides said RPK did not attend the hearing as he was afraid of the possibility of 'not getting a fair trial'. (also read this...)

Many were hoping for RPK and Pakatan Rakyat's de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to come up with what they claimed as 'tangible evident' to Altantuya's case.

Then, why were they so quiet? You should stand by what you said. Now that Najib is already a Prime Minister, I hope you wont come up with a new theory that he (Najib) controls the law now as to evade conviction.

You must be responsible for all the things you said and posted on your respective weblogs. Come out and tell the truth.

Dont be cowards!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Call off Penanti by-election!

I would like to make this suggestion to the Election Commission and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Call off the by-election for Penanti state seat in Penang. Appoint a special Cabinet committee instead, to look after the constituent and the well-being of the rakyat.

Its better than forking out so much money to finance a by-election. We have had one too many already since the last general election.

At this time of the economy, the money should be professionally-managed and be spent only for the welfare of the rakyat, NOT to fulfill the greed and meet the demand of unethical politicians.

The election provisions can be ammended, no doubt about it. After all, whoever wins of lose will not be of any significant. Should the Opposition wins, there might be another resignation. We cannot allow this to become a political trend.

By-election should be called should there be death or resignation over court cases.

Its time to consider this option. The Cabinet committee for unrepresented constituency will augur well in keeping the politics to order without sacrificing the rakyat. They can always wait until the next general election.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A bridge too far?

I remember helping TDM (I was assigned) preparing the small red book 'Jambatan Bengkok' (The Crooked Bridge) about three years ago.

Its content, among others were letters of correspondence between TDM (as the premier then) and his counterpart in Singapore Mr Goh Chok Tong.

Goh, if I am not mistaken, did not at all object to the construction of the crooked bridge across the Straits of Johore as long as it didnt go beyond our common border. In fact, Goh was supportive of such an idea.

However, many analysts then were more pro-Singapore, including those who are Malaysians. The bridge will, of course, lead to the demolition of the Causeway, enhance the waterway for tourism prospect as it would allow small ships and large barges and yachts to pass underneath, and improves the quality of water for the benefit of Johore fishermen.

Singapore didnt like the idea as it was perceived as an element to jeopardise their economy, notably its shipping. In fact, Port of Tanjung Pelepas will benefit more as smaller ships which can pass the Straits would eventually skip Singapore ports. (read Rockybru...)

When Pak Lah cancelled the project, the Singaporeans were overjoyed. Malaysians stood as losers as we failed to establish its economic potential.

Now that Najib wanted to revive it, the Republic was feeling the threats coming again. With the demolition of the Causeway, their worries are for the possibilities of water supply agreement with Johore being disrupted or renegotiated over its new price, and the railway link which has played an essential role in ferrying Malaysian 'Singapore-made' product across.

I also remember once the Sultan of Johore had called for the demolition of the Causeway to make way for the bridge.

Well, its not a bridge too far anyway...

Monday, April 20, 2009

BN must contest Penanti

BN should contest the Penanti by-election, said former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who rejoined Umno on April 4 (read here...) as any decision to skip it would frustrate many, notably the BN supporters. (also read A Kadir Jasin...)

No constituent should be labelled as a Pas stronghold or DAP stronghold as Umno and BN supporters are everywhere.

I agree. When I was a bureau chief in Penang (1990-93), Penanti was one of Umno's strongest 'strongholds' then. Unfortunately after 1998, many BN members had a change of heart. Why? The BN reps then were not doing their job well enough (you know who...).

Whether BN's candidate will be from Umno, MCA, Gerakan or MIC, it doesnt matter. They represent the legitimate government.

However, all components should work hand-in-hand to secure victory, not the kind of environment we had observed in Bukit Gantang (Rockybru, A Voice and Outsyed The Box were aware of it).

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The evil in Barack Obama

US president Barack Obama was under attacks following his decision not to prosecute CIA agents who used harsh and inhuman interrogation techniques against those suspected of 'terrorism'. (more...)

The Nazi-style interrogation, held at various CIA detention centres were condemned by human rights organisations across the globe and was described as another kind of 'terrorism' of post-Bush administration.

Some deemed the decision as fitting a pattern that Obama has set, which involves honouring his campaign promises – in this case to lift the veil of secrecy on the way the "War on Terror" was waged by his predecessor – while rarely going as far as some of his supporters wanted or expected.

Some also described the decision to let the CIA agents off the hook as against the norms of humanity for unacceptable methods applied on detainees.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Too many by-elections...

First, Permatang Pauh. Then Kuala Terengganu. Recently in Batang Ai, Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau. Next will be Penanti in Penang.

So many by-elections, too much money was spent. Many people were also making quick bucks out of it. (Read comment by Mana-Mana..)

When is it going to stop? Are elected Member of Parliament and Aduns not serious in honouring the trust given by the voters? What will be the implication on the future of politics in Malaysia?

Many believed this has to stop. The Election Commission should study the existing provisions as not to become the scapegoat to political disharmony. Unless for death or other solid reasons, MPs and Aduns must not be allowed to easily relinquish their position as they wish.

This is not at all a healthy political environment. Should we allow it to continue, may as well we call for a snap election rather than having to attend to such cases.

The opposition, in particular, should realise that their elected candidates must observe a high political code of ethic and not simply turning back to the rakyat to reassess them. Should they have other personal plan, they could have skipped being fielded as candidates.

What are we looking at now, actually? Just for the fun of it?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thumbs up for Proton Exora

Another pride of the nation.

Proton Exora, priced at RM69,998 was the result of a few years research conducted by our local automotive engineers (read here for details).

When Najib launched the MPV yesterday, my friends and some who used to criticised Proton for its 'complacency', put their thumbs up for the new model.

Yeap, its a new dimension for the national car project.

Its founder, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was there after 'so many years of absence'. He is also the pride of the nation.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Who's trying to fix up Ahmad Said?

Some people said the political turmoil in Terengganu was expected and well-planned. Who planned it, I dont wanna say anything.

However, it is not good for the new government of Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said, too has had sleepless nights ever since Pak Lah stepped down on April 3. (Also read Chun Wai here...)

The rumours are that, somebody or a certain quarter in Umno Terengganu was trying to set up Ahmad whom they accused of running the state like a dictator.

When Ahmad was sworn in as the new MB after the 12th general election on March 8, 2008, he went against all odds as Datuk Idris Jusoh was tipped to continue leading the oil-rich state. However, Ahmad got the full blessings of the Palace, hence Idris was 'toppled'.

During that time, Ajil state assemblyman Datuk Rosol Wahid led the protest by about 20 BN Aduns who were against the appointment of Ahmad. They were Idris men, alright. Even the then premier Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, after meetings with Idris and Ahmad, failed to stop what was described as 'the Palace interferences' in picking up a new MB.

So, Rosol and team had to oblige. Ahmad became Mentri Besar. What was harbored against Ahmad until today, nobody knew but it can be sensed.

When I was in Kuala Terengganu for 2 weeks for the January 17 by-election, Rosol and gang were nowhere to be seen. Idris attended few ceramahs, so sporty of him. He was still the crowd puller. In fact Najib said it loud in one of his ceramahs that it was Idris who shaped up Terengganu into what it is today.

When Najib became PM, maybe Rosol and gang saw the opportunity to re-seat Idris to where he was, as the Mentri Besar. As Pak Lah was not able to fulfill their needs, they saw opportunities in Najib. Perhaps Najib's statement then was very insinuating.

The news that Ahmad might face a motion of no-confidence at the State Legislative has made the rumours almost as good as it will happen anyway. The 'death threat' SMS received by Rosol and 2 other Aduns have been referred to the police. Investigation was under way.

Did Ahmad men send out the SMS? Or was it politically-orchestrated to apply more pressure on the MB. Who was the mastermind?

Rosol and gang are in KL today to meet Najib and his deputy. Why was Ahmad not summoned? Maybe later after both have listened to Rosol and The Gang.

Whatever it is, the Terengganu issue needs to resolved amicably. As Najib is already having a tough time attending to problems with BN (what's the problem with MIC, MCA and Gerakan?) and Umno, he ought to have a bigger brain to attend to all this craps!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lesson from Thailand: We need the ISA

Thailand internal problems are going into the deep. The street demonstrations have already taken its toll when at least 2 people were killed while dozens more injured as at last night.

Prime Minister Abhisit Dejjajiva, in trying to quell them has avowed not to call for a fresh general election too soon (read here...)
I dont know what's happening to my in-laws in Bangkok. The last time when they called me from their hotel was last Friday, that everything was 'fine'.

Around the world, similar incidents took place in Suva (Fiji), Tbilisi (Georgia) and a few countries but its worst in Thailand where the economy is plundering, stock markets took a beating while businesses stood at a standstill in many parts of the country.

Looking back at my own country, I am glad that we Malaysians are better off than them in many aspects, especially in keeping our yards safe and sound. Solidarity and mutual respect are observed by all.

There is no Internal Security Act (ISA) in Thailand, Georgia and Fiji. To some extent, its good that we have the ISA although some of its provisions need revision.

Dont you think so, fellas?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Revamp 'em all, Najib!

I am in support of Ahiruddin Attan @ Rockybru going back to the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) as its new editorial chief. The Umno-owned newspapers conglomerate needs the right people to steer it into the black again.

While Bru wrote about Bernama here in his latest posting, I would rather reckon that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak take a look at NSTP, Bernama and Utusan as well.

What Bru said about Bernama was absolute right. Since Datuk Jaafar Hussein (ex-chief editor) retired in 2004 to contest in the 11th general election (but Pak Lah chopped him off at 11th hour), the government news agency has gone haywire.

Jef's idea to establish Bernama TV was initially met with criticism but it eventually kicked off, led by a group of novice.

As for NSTP, the idea to make Business Times as a pullout of NST and the decision to sell of The Malay Mail has left the Group with no more pride. Only Harian Metro was doing well while the other publications were just slumps!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Death penalty for Azilah, Sirul

On the day Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced his Cabinet lineup, two policemen were sent to the gallow for Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.

Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were found guilty by Shah Alam High Court judge Zaki Mohd Yassin.

Abdul Razak Baginda, a close associate of the Prime Minister was acquitted of abetting the 2006 murder of the 28-year old model and interpreter which attracted the world attention.

Rockybru got a nice angle of the story, 'How do Sirul and Azilah look like'.

Yahoo got the full story and the 'link' here...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Good for Mukhriz... and KJ too

Its a 'clean' Cabinet lineup, that's what many say. Having Mukhriz as deputy minister is good. Not having KJ is also good as he can focus on efforts to rally Pemuda members behind him. Call it a full time job for him.

Najib has said during the press conference that he himself will help KJ to reorganise the Umno wing (read Rockybru and Mana-Mana in their postings) which is now in a split after the general assembly last month that saw KJ won. (Also read Sakmongkol and Nobisha.)

The premier has called and discussed it with KJ on Wednesday and the young man agreed that at 33, opportunity awaits him as long as he redeems himself and proof that he has all it takes to advance in politics.

KJ also needs to avoid any askance towards him as this may jettison Najib's effort to uphold Umno as the pillar for Malaysian politics. I personally believe Mukhriz and others will be there to give assistance.

Many would say that Najib has had to 'employ' Mukhriz for his 'bin' but I dont agree with such allusion. As KJ has been assigned to shoulder the task to consolidate all factions in Umno, someone from the wing has to be represented in the Cabinet.

As far as Mukhriz appointment is concerned, I dont want to believe that Tun Dr Mahathir has got a hand in it. Its Mukhriz 'rezeki' and Najib's decision instead.

Let the new Cabinet carry out its duty to the rakyat. Those appointed must deliver while those axed should continue contributing ideas and support to the government. Please remember that a Cabinet position is transient. Najib did not make anybody a hangdog.

Those on the list, too must not lose their heads that they are now the corkers or the nation until they proof themselves. On the other hand, those who failed to make the cut are not supposed to be treated like persona non grata or bete noire.

You are appointed not because of your godly character or what. You are there as a big team. Should any of you falter, you may face the axe. Najib was considered smart in planning this lineup as he dared to drop giants like Syed Hamid Albar, Mohd Zin and Azalina to try many new faces.

Let us give them a chance and time. As none of them is faultless, they need all the help and advise available to serve the country. I believe Najib's choice should be fully-respected and accepted.

Time will show and tell...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

KJ and Mukhriz MUST join Najib's team

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will announce his list of Cabinet ministers and deputies at 3pm Thursday. Who gets the boot and who comes in is his prerogative rights upon the list submitted to him by leaders of BN component parties.

We should by now have listened to variety of versions - that Rais, Syed Hamid, Azalina and a few more will be dropped while Mukhriz and Razali will get full minister posts, that Najib will not give anything to Pemuda chief Khairy Jamaludin, etc... etc... etc.

What about this - Khazanah's Azman Mokhtar and Amirsham were also tipped to take over the finance portfolio. I dont want to imagine this.

However, I will be happy to see Mukhriz appointed member of Najib's Cabinet. The indications were so strong that he will be at Sports and Youth.

Nevertheless, what about KJ? My bloggers friends - including the hardliners and 'anti-KJ' agreed that the young man should be given the Foreign Minister portfolio or at least a deputy minister position as his background points more to it.

I believe Najib is a wise leader. Better give the opportunity to both of them or none at all. Otherwise, Umno will be shaken up again... believe me.

As Rockybru said it here, Najib did not consult any good bloggers like him or others who are much closer to many domestic issues than any other leaders are.

My view is that, it is time for Najib to appoint a panel of at least 5 leading bloggers to assist him with his new administration, like what South Korea, the US, Italy, Spain and some other countries are doing.

We must admit the facts that some bloggers can team-up better in running the administration and are more knowledgeable than most of the Cabinet members...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bukit 'Gampang!'

BN lost Bukit Gantang. After all the efforts that also saw Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took part in the campaignings, nothing could stop the Opposition from retaining the seat.

I was there with Rockybru, Outsyed the Box, A Voice and Husin Lempoyang. For a week, what we observed was the understrength BN mercenaries. Umno did their job well but there was almost no support from BN components MCA and Gerakan.

Although the votes from the Malay voters improved, the Chinese, in whom we hoped to swing around their support from Pakatan Rakyat, proved that the deciding factor in Bukit Gantang was theirs.

Nope! We should not blame them. Since MCA and Gerakan presence was not felt during the campaigning period (apart from initiatives led by a few Chinese associations), Nizar Jamaludin deserved the victory over Ismail Saffian of BN.

So pathetic it was. The Chinese were not supporting PAS but they voted for DAP, whose state government was routed by BN in an 'ungentleman' takeover recently. Our observation was that, the Chinese (irrespective of their party or ideology) opted for Nizar as a protest to the tug-of-war between Nizar and the new Mentri Besar, Datuk Dr Zambry Kadir.

What about the Malays? Was this another punishment for Umno, similar to what they did in March 8, 2008 general elections? Maybe...

Umno is still very much divided. Even after the March 24-28 general assembly, dissension and infightings within party factions still went uncontrolled. Pemuda Umno, notably, still found it difficult to accept the result that saw Khairy Jamaludin being elected its chief. And so were the groups who opposed Hisham, Muhyiddin and some who made it to the Supreme Council.

Backbitting rages on. The Malays bad inveterate found no cure. Rather than closing ranks to invigorate the party, the upshots were devastating.

(Also read Outsyed the Box, Rocky and A Voice)

After Kuala Terengganu which also saw Umno lost to Pas on January 17, no lesson was learnt, it seemed. Umno members were still in vertigo and failed to admit that their vivid for certain leaders was affecting the party.

Datuk Seri Najib must get rid of such scabs in the party and do some cleanings if he wants to put the house in order. Otherwise, Umno will get stagnate. Shoo away the party bigots before we can talk about other by-elections or the next general elections.

(Gampang in Indonesian dialect means 'easy' or 'senang'. I used it only to spike at BN, maybe they took Bkt Gantang so lightly... no offense)

TDM is more than just a statesman

I would personally like to express my sincere gratitude to Tun Dr M for his attendance in Bukit Gantang yesterday. Just like the years when I was assigned to cover him, locally and abroad, I was always impressed at the way he won the hearts of the rakyat.

That's him, the true statesman whom I wished would live another 50 to 100 years for Malaysia (God willing...)

More than 3,000 people attending to his speech at Simpang, Taiping were amused with his simple yet punchy dictations.

"He is a darling," said somebody standing behind me near the stage where he and other BN leaders delivered their speeches.

My co-bloggers in the team, Rockybru, Outsyed The Box and A Voice did share similar sentiment - that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is more than just a statesman...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Najib should consider...

I believe Datuk Seri Najib is wise enough not to be anamalous when naming his Cabinet line-up this week. He cant be a meek to sycophant and political gremlins who try to put Umno into a rickerty.

When I proposed Pemuda chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir to be included in the line-up, I was met with nasty criticism. However, I hope Malaysians, especially Pemuda members can understand and see for themselves how the wing is now has been torn apart over an unnecessary cauldron.

KJ and Mukhriz MUST be there to avoid party dissension. They need to invigorate the party or it will end up as spina bifida and stagnate.

Najib must not be irresolute in making such decisions or the upshots may be devastating for the party.

KJ needs help to rally Pemuda members behind him, that's for sure but as a legitimately-elected chief under a democratic election, everybody has to admit the fact that he is the wing's chief now.

Give him a chance to proof himself. Mukhriz may as well work together with KJ for the sake of party unity. Should KJ is at faults, it is Najib and members of the Supreme Council who should advise and guide him.

Its time for the Malays in Umno to correct themselves rather than bashing up others over something they could not even substantiate. Umno's joist is already shaken up by their incorrigible attitude.

Its time to see things from a positive heart and mind.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Cabinet: Who should come and go

Will the new Cabinet line-up involving Umno candidates envisage vicissitude for some already in the Cabinet or those aspiring for it?

Newly-elected Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will make the announcement next week, probably after the three by-elections in Bukit Segantang (Perak), Bukit Selambau (Kedah) and Batang Ai (Sarawak).

Like it or not, Cabinet positions are not transient. Even those who have served well, too may have to find exit due to 'terlalu lama duduk kat situ'. Please, no mayhem in this.

For the sake of Umno and the country, I and some bloggers have this to suggest to YAB Najib - who should go, who should come in, etc.

Those who should go are:
1. Datuk Seri Rais Yatim - being a veteran and already a septuagenarian, the Foreign Minister should take a rest from Cabinet but instead be appointed the new Umno secretary-general.

2. Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar - made some policy blunders that put him under a bad limelight, especially to the Press, bloggers and the Oppositions. His decision on ISA, the recent 3-month suspension on Harakah and Suara Keadilan (which Najib avowed to lift last Friday), plus his guidelines for ceramah elements in Bkt Gantang and Bkt Selambau, met mounting criticism not only from BN supporters but also from the Opposition. Consider him another non-Cabinet task.

3. Datuk Wira Abu Seman - this Masjid Tanah MP has been there for about four terms now, always on a deputy-minister chair. Created some spins during the division elections last year for chosing his own team to lead the branch.

4. Datuk Azalina Othman Said - the attractive-single Tourism Minister who once was the force in grooming up Puteri Umno. Facing an investigation for what she 'had done' and lost her bid for Umno Supreme Council seat during the party general assembly last month.

5. Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib - also lost his bid to challenge Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for Umno deputy president post last month. No seat in the Supreme Council.

Those who should come in are:
1. Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil - the new Wanita chief who defeated Tan Sri 'Iron Lady' Rafidah Aziz. Although her appointment by Pak Lah as an adviser-minister at the PM office was met with criticism since she lost her Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat to Ezzah Anwar on March 8, 2008, she will definitely find her way to the Cabinet again.

2. Khairy Jamaluddin - the new Pemuda chief who beat Khir Toyo and Mukhriz Mahathir during the party elections. Although met with many discontentment from Pemuda members itself, Najib will have to find him a Pemuda 'traditional seat' and help him to unite all Pemuda factions. Many believe this extrovert should be given the chance as he is young and got many years ahead.

3. Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir - another Pemuda who should work together with Khairy to rally the Pemuda behind them. Their combination will eventually group the Pemuda members again. If not, Umno will suffer in the next general elections.

This is our line-up. Its up to Najib to consider...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Vote for 1Malaysia...

My message to voters in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai - you may opt for 1Malaysia. Give Datuk Seri Najib the chance to steer his new administration and reshape the country.

1Malaysia should be perceived well as the beginning of a new era for all Malaysians to work together in keeping up the big house to the satisfaction of all. It is time to put aside all differences.

Hopefully, those who have been on the opposition bench, too would realize that Pak Lah is no longer there. He left his legacy, of course but the hope now is for Najib to elevate or standard of living and to substantiate the trust given to him as a Prime Minister and Umno president.

Najib took over the helm when our economy is at its rickerty. The whole world is shuddering from the onslaught. Even US economist have predicted that the world power could regain its momentum in 3 to 5 years from now.

Malaysians must come together to help Najib and his administration in finding solutions to a faster economic recovery. Politics aside, 1Malaysia should augur well in upholding the interest of our multi-racial and multi-religious country.

Now that Tun Dr Mahathir himself is rejoining Umno and will campaign for Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau on next Monday, the voters should join him in showing solidarity toward the new leadership.

We have given similar chances to Pak Lah in 2004. Now, give it to Najib...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shahrir quits. What about Azalina?

Umno MT loser Shahrir Samad has announced his resignation as the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs with effect from April 8, 2009.

Wise move, I suppose.

What about Tourism Minister Azalina who also did not make it to the Supreme Council during the just concluded Umno General Assembly last week? ... and who else?

I am not in the position to judge Shahrir and Azalina although both had done some good jobs to the country. Maybe Shahrir can concentrate as an MP or go back to his laundry business. Azalina, too, can consider joining her legal mates again as to prepare herself for... whatever la!

Malaysians are there to assess them...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bkt Gantang: Not an easy one...

BUKIT GANTANG. From the way I see it, BN is facing an uphill task.

To gain voters' confidence at least (forget about the thought of winning first), these options need to be considered:

* Syed Hamid MUST lift the 3-month suspension on Harakah dan Suara Keadilan

* Syed Hamid MUST not dictate the elements of ceramah

* KJ, Mukhriz and Khir Toyo MUST joint hands in campaigns.

* Dont give Ezam Mohd Nor too many rooms in BN ceramahs

* Dont let Cabinet Ministers strew promises of this and that projects

* Dont parade your luxury cars and expensive attires before the orang kampung.

* Najib MUST consider a visit, no matter how busy he is as the new Umno president

Think about it, will ya?