Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rocky vs NSTP4: An apology long overdue...

Sincere or not, Rocky's (Ahirudin Attan) apology to four former NSTP bosses over allegations carried on his blog about five years ago, suffice. It puts an end to a libel suit 'among friends'. Just like politicians who go after each others' butt, Rocky vs 4 should have been settled outside the court.

But Kalimullah Hassan, Syed Faisal Albar, Hishamuddin Aun and Brendan Pereira chose to be in the limelight by suing Rocky for 'defamation and malicious falsehood'.

Had a simple apology was all needed, Rocky could have offered it over a cup of coffee or a bottle of wine five years ago.

His apology was read out today in chambers at the KL High Court today in front of Datuk Asmabi Mohamad.

“The Defendant recognises, acknowledges and empathises with the considerable distress, embarrassment, and inconvenience caused to the Plaintiffs resulting from the publications of the statements as pleaded in the statement of claim and he is present in Court today to express his sincere and utmost regret... to withdraw all allegations and imputations which are complained of in the statement of claim and to apologise for the same,” read Rocky’s statement of apology.

He also agreed not to publish any similar allegations concerning the plaintiffs on his blog or any other website online in the future.

Under the terms of agreement, he will also publish a statement of apology on his weblog.

There was no order as to costs and damages.

My verdict: Rocky-4, NSTP4-0.

Monday, January 30, 2012

When it comes to money, LGE is not transparent

This letter from a 'George Khoo' to FMT two days ago draws my attention. Just read...

"There has been a lot of hot air over the so-called declaration of assests by the DAP state government in Penang. Many people have come out to praise DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is the Penang chief minister, for being transparent and accountable. Is he?

"First of all, why didn’t Lim and his exco members reveal their monthly income? Take Lim’s case, for example. I think he may be taking home more than a RM100,000 each month.

"He gets allowances as MP for Bagan, state assemblyman for Air Putih, big fat pay as chief minister, and his wife Betty also gets an allowance as state assembly person for Malacca.

"On top of that, which are all tax-free, Lim gets free housing, transport allowance, car and driver, and also big fat allowances as board member of various state corporations such as Penang Development Corporation, InvestPenang, etc.

"Similarly, other DAP leaders like Teresa Kok gets allowance as MP, state assembly person, and big fat pay as senior executive councillor, plus also big fat allowance as board member of various state corporations and government-linked companies. She also get free housing, transport allowance, car and driver.

"These DAP leaders often accused the Barisan Nasional of being corrupt. They are no better, being so greedy. I’m sure Lim’s children are receiving big fat ang pows from those who want favours from him. Is he prepared to declare all the ang pows he and his children receive, and from whom?

"Lim and his DAP are always criticising Prime Minister Najib’s wife Rosmah for showing off as First Lady Of Malaysia (FLOM). Lim’s wife is no better, being labelled FLOP (First Lady Of Penang).

"It seems she is increasingly becoming more visible and vocal in Penang, and demanding to be invited as guest-of-honour at almost all high society functions in Penang. Tongues are waging about FLOP, who will cause her husband to be ousted in Penang..."

My immediate comment is... WOW!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another lie!

Malaysians!

Read Anwar's interview with WSJ properly, every line and every single word he said. No where in the story did he speak of the 'two state solution', a reference to Israel and Palestine.

He even said what he told WSJ journalist is in line with Malaysia's and UN policy with regards to recognising the state of Israel and Palestine.

He lied again. This is NOT in the WSJ story. Now that he is under attacks, he is changing his stand.

He claimed on Saturday, "I stressed that the needs and rights of the Palestinian people must be guarded and that includes the right to their country and not to be victimised. I also stated that if this is met then Israel's rights should be respected".

“I stressed that the needs and rights of the Palestinian people must be guarded and that includes the right to their own country and to not be victimised. I also stated that if this is met then Israel’s rights should also be respected,” he said in a statement after some parties lambasted him.

Earlier Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister and Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin demanded Anwar clarify his words as reported in the WSJ, saying the latter’s remarks ignored the plight of the Palestinians.

"Is this the stand of the the opposition Pakatan coalition, when the government does not even have diplomatic relations with Israel," he said, adding that Barisan Nasional regrets what Anwar had said.

The Malaysian government, he said, was also very disappointed that the peace talks between Israel and Palestine had yet to bear fruit although they had been going on for a long time.

Before that, Umno Youth accused Anwar of defending 'Israel’s Zionist regime' over his reported comments, saying it was Palestinians who needed protection, defending and humanitarian aid after being oppressed by Israel.

Umno Youth’s international bureau chief Ahmad Zaki Zahid said the PKR de facto leader’s comments reflected 'his efforts to support certain friends who stand firmly behind the Zionist regime'.

I have read the WSJ story, not once but a few times but found nothing about the 'two state solution'.

Let's hear more from him...


Friday, January 27, 2012

Embassy of Israel in Malaysia...

Under 'Prime Minister' Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia is expected to open up its embassy in Tel Aviv, and of course the Israel administration will reciprocate happily.

After Singapore, Kuala Lumpur will play host to the Jews diplomatic mission. Oppss... not Jews, we don't hate the Jews but the atrocity of their government on the Palestinians.

We used to criticise Singapore for its diplomatic relation with Israel. Anwar, as our Deputy Prime Minister then, had also lambasted the Republic for going against Asean's ZOPFAN (Zone of Peace, Peace and Neutral).

When I joined him on his Manila trip in 1997 (for his Jose Rizal award), that was part of his gist of talks - that no country should recognise the state of Israel until Tel Aviv reciprocates in recognising a free Palestine.

He was another Rizal then, avowing support for the cause of Palestine and the freedom of its people to decide on their own future.

The majestic Manila Hotel where we (journalists and his entourage) stayed was specially booked for Anwar and us. Yes, the Filipinos do look up at him, then and now. Former President Estrada too is supporting him. What a good and loyal friend he is.

This 'Rizal' used to chide at Singapore for becoming 'a friend' of Tel Aviv. In fact, when Singapore engage Israeli advisers and trainers for its armed forces, he was quick to use his 'renaissance slogan' on the Republic, how Lee Kuan Yew was not sensitive over Asean standpoint and the Palestinians.

Malaysia has always refrained from having any ties with Israel. As long as the Israel-Palestine dispute is not amicably settled, there is no haggling about it.

But Anwar's relation with Singapore has taken a positive turn ever since he was expelled from Umno and sent to jail in about 13 years ago. His adverse perception about the Republic was fast diminishing. And today, he is a 'buddy' for Singapore.

I am not sure why he (and some of his friends in Pakatan Rakyat) love going to the Republic of late but there is already a sign that Singapore too wanted to see 'changes' in Putrajaya. That change is in Anwar.

Now, Anwar is willing to change his stand about Israel. When he told WSJ that he supports all effort to protect the security of Israel, I guess he sounds more like an American rather than a Malay or a Malaysian.

I personally believe Israel has every rights to safeguard its security but whenever it is achieved on the destruction of others - just like how the Americans destroyed Iraq for its bluff and anti-terrorism campaign - then it is not fair.

How does Anwar define 'security' in the Israel-Palestine context?

I am not surprise that Malaysians, especially the Muslims' sensitivity about Israel will not be taken into account if he gets to Putrajaya. As he is already linked with some Jews organisations worldwide, an Embassy of Israel will be well in place in KL. The location could be the land behind the US Embassy... by chasing out the Libyans!

Aborigines... Malaysia and Australia

I had supper with a few Orang Asli friends last night, the same day our friends Down Under celebrated Australia Day.

Sulaiman (Sumai before he embraced Islam in 1984), 47, is a math teacher. I met him when visiting Bukit Lanjan in 1983.

"Our government is best when it comes to treating and reaching out for the Orang Asli. Over the decades, their life have changed dramatically. Even the Penans in deeper Sarawak have tasted the fruits of our development program.

"However, many still prefer to live their traditional way. They don't have to leave the jungle; the government brings schools, water, electricity and other thing to the jungle instead. We can't find this in other countries, particularly Australia," Sulaiman said.

A-ahhh... what a soothing statement. But that's fact!

Let's take a look at what happened at Australia Day yesterday.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott fled a restaurant in Canberra after the place was besieged by protesters. The two had been presenting the National Emergency Medals at the Lobby Restaurant on King George Terrace, near the Aboriginal tent embassy.

Reports say one woman ran into the restaurant and threw white flowers at the Prime Minister.

About 200 protesters followed, banging on the three glass sides of The Lobby restaurant chanting 'shame'’ and 'racist', referring to the ill-treatment given to the aborigines and the 'anti-colored' sentiment by some lawmakers last year.

The prime minister played down the incident, in which she stumbled while being dragged by security. "I am made of pretty tough stuff and the police did a great job," she said.

She refused to comment on whether Abbott should apologise for offending Aboriginal activists who were at the nearby Canberra tent embassy, celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The protesters blamed their actions on Abbott's comments earlier on Thursday that it was time to 'move on' from the tent embassy.

I think the Aussies should learn from us...


Thursday, January 26, 2012

'PwC'gate to audit 'Cow'gate?

The latest news is, PriceWaterhouseCoopers will be appointed the auditing firm for National Feedlot Corporation. Its already a market talk, and DPM Muhyiddin Yassin is said to have given it a go.

Why PwC, a firm plagued with 'scandals' and misconstruing its professional ethic? Ask why Maxis boss Ananda Krishnan is mad about it!

Don't we have other credible auditing firm for the job? Being a big name and a foreign-based company does not always guarantee satisfactory result, isn't it?

Apart from scandalising the court (there is an ongoing case against the firm at the Kuala Lumpur High Court) with fabricated evidence and documents, PwC is also believed to tamper with auditing reports for Felda listing.

Read this article here. It posed a question to Muhyiddin: "Tan Sri, can you imagine Chin Kwai Fatt (pic), the MD of PwC Malaysia, and master of document fabrication, auditing Cowgate?"

It says, Chin Kwai Fatt is now trapped by the fact that one of the documents he has fabricated in an ongoing Kuala Lumpur High Court case not only contradicts his own witness statement, but also the amended defense of all the defendants.

And I agree to this - Why is the Auditor General's report not enough for the truth about the NFC to be made public?

A-ahhh... looks like things start to brew again...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SRJK (C) is not for Chinese only!

"I wanted to enroll my 7-year old daughter at a Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) in Ampang. I went to see the headmaster but upon seeing that my daughter wore a 'tudung', he asked me to send her to a Sekolah Kebangsaan.

"He said there is no place for a Malay student in a Chinese school, especially those with 'tudung'," he said, anguish and frustrated.

"He also said that Chinese schools are supposed to be for Chinese only."

I am checking on the allegation.

However, the public general perception has always been stereotype - that whenever a non-Chinese pupil enrolls at any SRJK(C), his or her intention is to take up Mandarin and acquire Chinese knowledge.

This is actually wrong, totally not right. All Sekolah Kebangsaan, SRJK (Cina) and SRJK (Tamil) are government-aided schools. It belongs to the government, right?

So, while all Sekolah Kebangsaan accepts non-Malay students, the Malays too deserve all rights to enroll at any SRJK(C) and SRJK(T), am I'm not right? These are all government schools.

But why must there still be abrasive remarks about the system? I don't want to call the headmaster 'a racist' for his attitude but it reflects more on the government's hands-on policy on non-Sekolah Kebangsaan matters.

The Education Ministry, I believe, only ensures that the schools are under good management and with ample facilities but it fails to monitor the type of teachers being deployed. Whether its a Sekolah Kebangsaan, SRJK(C) or SRJK(T), the teachers, especially headmasters must be tuned to the fact that they are on the government's payroll.

Most important is, the schools are open to all Malaysians, not for a single race.

And I am also of the opinion that the 'Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua' will be most practical to address such a situation.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Neutralising the DAP: A Malay political strategy

Just got back from a CNY open house in Kota Kemuning. The host is a good friend of mine since college, Lau, now a successful dentist. His wife is an accountant with a GLC.

What enchanted me is his father, Lau Sr. At 77 and a former DAP member (he left the party when Lee Lam Thye resigned in the early 1990s), he was sharp and seemed to know everything about the Opposition party.

"Why not let more Malays join the party? Sooner or later, there will be more Malays in DAP than the Chinese and Indians. When they form the majority, they will hold the key positions.

"Karpal, Chen (Man Hin), Kit Siang and others cannot deliver what they promised. They will have to vacate their respective seats when the time comes.

"Part of the reasons why Lee Lam Thye left the party was when his suggestion for DAP to open its door to more Malays was rejected by the top leadership. They (the leaders) were afraid should more Malays walk in, they will soon become the majority race in the Chinese-dominated party," Lau Sr said.

I was startled. I remember talking to Lee some times ago but he refused to reveal anything about his reasons for quitting.

"Simple, my friend. If the Malays dominate DAP, the power will be in their hands. They might also consider the party's role in domestic politics. As PAS is already a strong Malay opposition party at the Parliament, they might opt to join Barisan Nasional.

"And such an idea frightens people like Chen, Kit Siang and Karpal. Forget about the Indian members. They are always sidelined, right from the very beginning," he added.

It makes sense. But what if the Malay-dominated DAP is rejected by the non-Malays, especially the Chinese?

"Of course the Chinese in DAP will not like it. Once they lose grip on the party key positions, they will think more than twice as whether to stay or opt out, say... forming another party or join the MCA or Gerakan.

"Should the Malay-dominated DAP decides to join hands with PAS, PKR and other opposition parties, the Chinese will lose faith in DAP and this will prompt them to find other avenues. And MCA, being a largest Chinese party in Malaysia, is a good option.

"You should also bear in mind that while the Malays, irrespective of their political parties, are talking about Malay unity, the Chinese too... this has come to their mind... will have to reconsider their position, a united Malaysian Chinese."

Well, nothing's wrong with that, I admit.

So, is it wise for more Malays to join DAP?

"Why not? This is a political strategy. The Malays outside Umno, PAS and PKR should consider this. The Malay-dominated DAP can choose to stay as an Opposition or join BN. It takes time, maybe 10 or 20 years from now. It can be attained.

"Once the Malays are in control, they can 'neutralise' the party... and there goes the government's strongest Opposition!"

Only a 30-minutes chat but it was very arousing. I am not sure how many of us share such an idea...

I remember reading Laure Paquette's 'Political Strategy and Tactics' some years ago. Will it work for Malaysia?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sharing the CNY

Its Chinese New Year again.

I really miss CNY during my childhood days. Our Chinese friends in the kampung would go around, inviting us - the Malays, Indians and others - to their open house. The best part for kids was getting the 'ang-pow' while the elderly were overjoyed with a gift of 'kuih bakul'.


I wonder where my 'darling' Yau Lin Na and buddies like Mok Kiang Tong, Goh Kun Teik, Alan, Ah Kow The Robber, Ah Keng and the rest are.

We were very much a 1Malaysia society back then...

To Malaysians, especially the Chinese, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Hope that one day, Malaysians will not be identified by their races but by their nationality...

(Thank you to Quah, Siew, Tan Tauke, Vincent, Danny and others for the invitation. I will try to make it).

Friday, January 20, 2012

Abbott's stupid joke

An alleged gaffe from Australian Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott:

He is under fire after joking about the cruise liner disaster in which at least 11 people died off the Italian coast.

During an interview on Triple M radio in Adelaide earlier today, Abbott made light of the situation.

"This is a bit from left field mate, the captain of the Costa Concordia wants to know if you need any help with your boat policy?" the Triple M announcer said.

"Well, that was one boat that did get stopped, wasn't it," Abbott replied, to laughter. So it was a line in 'response' to the Triple M guy’s jokey question.

Cue the outrage:

Federal Labor MP Rob Mitchell was quick to pounce on the remarks in Twitter.
Can't believe Abbott made his childish boat jokes about the Costa Concordia disaster when people died & are still missing," he tweeted.

"He must come out and apologise."

Abbott, who is in South Australia to take part in a charity bike ride on the sidelines of the Tour Down Under, says Labor has over-reacted to his comments. But he concedes the comments were inappropriate.

"On reflection, it's probably something that should not have been the subject of light-hearted banter on morning radio," he said.

"It was. It probably shouldn't have been, but I think the Labor Party should stop over-reacting and should appreciate just the kind of way that morning radio works.

"I was asked a light-hearted question, I gave a light-hearted response..."

Hmmm.... have your heard of similar 'stupid jokes' from our own politicians?

Let's sue each other...

Fulamak!

While Anwar Ibrahim is suing Utusan Malaysia for RM50 million, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has filed a RM100 million suit for defamation against Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) strategy director Mohd Rafizi Ramli.

Her lawyer Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah filed the suit at the High Court Registry on Jalan Duta yesterday.

The Wanita Umno chief said in her statement of claim that the Agriculture Ministry had in 2006, invited tenders from various companies to act as developer and integrator of a feedlot project (National Feedlot Project).

The ministry and an appointed selection committee for high impact projects had after evaluating the proposals, awarded the tender to Agro Science Industry Sdn Bhd and another company.

She said the committee had been specifically established by the government to assess high impact projects.

Shahrizat, who has taken a three weeks leave from her official duty as a minister, appeared confident in her 'war'.

A few days ago, the appellate court in Putrajaya affirmed a ruling, ordering a blogger to pay RM300,000 in damages to Information Communication and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim for defaming the minister in a blog article.

Justice Datuk Jefrey Tan Kok Wha, heading a three-member panel in the Court of Appeal, unanimously dismissed blogger Amizudin Ahmat's appeal over the High Court's ruling.

Tan, who heard the appeal with justices Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali and Datuk Alizatul Khair Osman Khairuddin, also upheld the High Court ruling that the blogger was liable for defamation over the article against Rais.

Reading the broad reasons, Tan said the court was in total agreement with the High Court ruling on the amount of damages amounting to RM300,000, awarded to the minister.

He said it might appear that the amount was high and that was the court's first impression.

In January last year, Rais, 69, sued Amizudin, 42, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth committee member, for defamation over an article posted in the latter's blog, sharpshooterblogger.blogspot.com, on or about Dec 28, 2010.

In his suit, the minister said the entire words in the Malay language article were malicious and defamatory of him, and the words in the article meant and/or were understood to mean that he was guilty of a serious offence of having raped and capable of murdering his Indonesian maid.

A woman who worked as a maid for him for eight years was later reported by an Indonesian news portal as denying that she had ever been mistreated or raped by her employer.

Interesting, isn't it? Our courts will from now on have to attend to more libel suits. While I am contemplating on similar action to be taken by the US Government against my posting on former envoy John Malott a last week, I also realise libel suit is becoming a hit nowadays...


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hang Tuah: What a shame for Melaka!

So, the legendary Hang Tuah is just a myth. The whole history book about him, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir, Hang Kasturi and Hang Lekiu was just a fiction, and hence should be burnt to ashes!

Its a shame, especially to Melaka. After all the effort undertaken by the state government to woo tourists to 'Perigi Hang Li Po' and 'Makam Hang Tuah', the upshot to it is nothing but a historic disgrace.

It also means that there were no personalities like Tun Teja, Hang Li Po, Kitol and Puteri Gunung Ledang as depicted in many history books. I learnt about it since my primary school, proud that my state was very historical.

So, if the mausoleum in Tanjong Keling is not that of Hang Tuah, who could it belong to? Hang Bodoh?

Prof Khoo Kay Kim could be right and wrong. Nobody could come forward with any tangible evidence that Hang Tuah & Gang and Hang Li Po really had existed. It was narrated from a generation to the next generation by people whom we call 'believers'. But are we blaming them should the facts are just mere fabrications?

And what about Kublai Khan and Genghiz Khan of whom we also learnt in school? Their existence was not verbatim as of today where camera and video are the legitimate tools of proof. Is it okay to say that I only recognise Zaman Khan because I used to shake hands with him?

What about the history of Hong Kong and Kowloon which was named after 'kau-lung' or the nine dragons? Is it a myth too as no dragon has yet to be traced in that territory? Or is it true that Neil Armstrong step foot on the moon hoisting the US flag since many parties were already questioning the logic, while some said it was photoed in a studio.

Are Marco Polo and Alexander The Great really had existed? Is Loch Ness Monster a true story or a myth?

I don't have any answer for all this but historians are people who should take care of the fact and figure. There shouldn't be any exaggeration to what has taken place.

However, it is usual for history data to be manipulated and twisted in favor of the story-teller or those in power. The Americans never recognise the fact that it was the black people who built the White House, and not them!

Another question is, did Mahsuri really exist?

As a 'orang Melaka', I feel embarrassed and cheated with Khoo's remarks but he has every rights to his own viewpoint. The only thing is the unbearable humiliation Ali Rustam has to face over the issue. The people of Melaka too will be frustrated.

So, what is true about Melaka history when there were no Hang Tuah, Hang Li Po, Laksamana Tun Perak, Datuk Bentara, Sultan Muzaffar Shah, Dang Anum and others? Was Parameswara really the man from Palembang who founded Melaka? Any proof of his existence?

What is true is only the Portuguese attacks on the kingdom in 1511, right? But still, why must they come up with such a story?

What's next?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PwC taints Felda's listing

I have been following this 'corporate' blog over a year now. Its interesting in the sense that it carries allegations that nobody - including the Securities Commission boss Zarinah Anwar - had made no attempt to deny it.

Its attacks on auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also contain proofs and strong arguments.

In its latest series of 'corporate allegations', Zarinahtakesapaycut claims that the listing of Felda Global Ventures Holding is being manipulated by PwC boss Johan Raslan & Gang.

The listing, it says should rightfully be an event that will bring great joy to the Felda settlers "but could there be a fly in the ointment that we are missing, that can turn what should be tears of joy into genuine tears of sorrow and grief....?

"The numbers are now being crunched by PwC Malaysia, in preparation for the listing of FGVH, and therein lies the problem.

"Will institutional investors trust an audit done by PwC Malaysia? Will any investor worth his salt trust an audit done by an audit firm like PwC Malaysia that fabricates documents and submits them in a bundle to a Court of Law?

"Is it worth risking the future of thousands of settlers and their families, when the proof of fabrication comes out in open court, and the forgers are found to be the very same chaps running the audit firm behind the Felda listing?"

According to the blogger, a PwC insider told them there was evident of fabrication of documents by the auditing firm for the listing, and that evidence is going to come out in open court in February.

To add insult to injury, 'a little bird says that Chin Kwai Fatt (Johan's partner in PwC) himself will be shown as having fabricated one of the documents during the trial...'

And I like this:

"PM Najib, we, the group of six behind this blog, are fully behind you, but we must ask you this painful question. Can you risk having the misdeeds of PwC Malaysia and Johan Raslan costing you crucial votes in GE 13?

"Can we risk having the Felda settlers angry with the outcome of the listing simply because investors everywhere start hearing caveat emptor whenever someone whispers PwC Malaysia into their ears?"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Myanmar: The world owes it to Razali Ismail... not Obama!

The US administration was fast to attribute Obama's foreign policy to the changes taking place in Myanmar. As normalisation of US-Myanmar relation looks imminent, American diplomats were already jumping around, claiming it was their effort which led to a new Myanmar (or Burma).

What a load of craps!

The US, Myanmar, Asean and in fact the international community owe it to our former senior diplomat Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pic).

It was his continuous effort as the United Nations' special envoy to Myanmar in 2000-2005 that paved the way to a democratic Myanmar. He was the one responsible in securing the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in May 2002.

However, his impartiality as a UN Special Envoy was questioned by American officials in an embassy cable that was released via Wikileaks, alleging his business ties with the Burmese military regime.

Later however, Myanmar military junta repeatedly denied him entry to Myanmar, contributing to his decision to quit the special envoy status in December 2005. It was only recently that the junta realised its accusation against him was unfounded.

Across the United States and elsewhere - including in Kuala Lumpur - US diplomats were quick to claim credit for their 'endless' effort in bringing about changes in the Asean country.

As preparations were made to send a senior ambassador to Yangoon, some White House officials said it was Obama's policy of engagement which managed to bring one of the 'world's pariah states out from the cold.

Typical American diplomats. It was the same 'engagement policy' that allowed former President George Bush to launch military attacks on innocent Iraqis and Afghans. It was that particular policy which permitted the murder of Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

And Myanmar could be next if it fails to comply with their diplomatic pre-requisites!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pro-Umno but anti-MCA

I remember sending text messages to a minister, his secretary-general and director-general over the need to pool editors of pro-Umno mainstream media and bloggers into a forum, specifically to discuss 'pro-Umno' and 'pro-Barisan Nasional'.

That was about two months ago. Only the sec-gen replied, seconding my proposal and promised to bring it up at a meeting with his boss. Then, everything went silent.

I know its not 'advisable' to blog about it as it should be confined to top level discussion. But even our Prime Minister and his Cabinet members are not doing anything about it. I guess that explains why those in charge of the government's propaganda machinery are sleeping on their job. Or, they are not aware of the danger awaiting BN in the next general election.

Yes, I am worried.

Why? While some mainstream media and bloggers are pro-Umno, they are not BN-friendly. I thought when we are pro-Umno, it goes without saying that we should also be pro-BN.

But the situation is otherwise. In showing undivided support for Umno, some pro-Umno media and bloggers are battering MCA, Gerakan, MIC and other BN component parties. It gives the impression that MCA, for instance, belongs to the Opposition.

It also implies that Umno can form the government without MCA, Gerakan and MIC. Reading some editorials and blogs that condemned MCA sent shivers down my spine. What is MCA to Umno? A rival?

What is the point attacking Chua Soi Lek, Koh Tsu Koon and G Palanivel when the parties they lead are part of BN? Can Umno form the next government without having to bank on their contribution?

I am not sure if Najib is aware of such a 'ring worm' shrouding the media and blogosphere but it does not augur well in bringing Malaysians - especially BN members - together under the 1Malaysia slogan.

We need MCA. They have their own domestic problems but Umno too is facing similar setbacks. But blaming each other for some minor issues will cost BN dearly in the next national poll. Distrust among each other will be very, very disastrous to BN.

Please bear in mind that there is no more 'comfort zone' for BN in the 13th general election. The Pakatan Rakyat's onslaught gets stiffer by the day and we cannot forget the simple fact that Umno cannot form the government all alone.

So, badmouthing MCA by pro-Umno media and bloggers should be put to a stop. I am not the right person to discuss the issue here but since such a proposal fell on deaf ears, its my duty to ring the alarm.

To my pro-Umno fellow bloggers and media, do accept my apology. But please consider this - do we have to be anti-BN and anti-MCA for wearing the pro-Umno tag?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mallot The Macaw

The diplomatic macaw is at it again. When Anwar Ibrahim said Pakatan Rakyat will make it through in the next 'just and clean' general election, former US envoy and political drop out John Mallot added to such a malodorous remark that the coming poll will be the most 'dirtiest' ever.

No surprise. This diplomat who spent most of his time at the dining table and brothels when he was US ambassador to Malaysia (1995-1998) and now joins Barack Obama in a fascist America, is nothing but a dissolute manipulator.

His latest jottings in the Wall Street Journal on January 12 proves how a marmot and laggard he is.

When he accused the 'Malaysian's corrupt' are expected to exhaust all avenues to cling on to power, he was actually trying to get the Americans into believing that what being practiced in the US is far off better than that in Malaysia.

Anwar's acquittal, which he deemed as a proof of innocent, reflected how shallow his small brain is in law.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court did not acquit Anwar of his innocence but freed him on the grounds that the prosecutor failed to produce enough and tangible evidence to convict him. Being freed does not tantamount to not guilty, and Mallot's pig brain is beginning to cheat him as a septuagenarian.

Pointing out to the National Feedlot Center (NFC) cattle issue and numerous 'scandals' in PM Najib Razak's government, Mallot in a way was trying to help cover Anwar's circumlocution in defending the corrupt government of Selangor, Penang and Kedah.

This American sycophant is unwittingly forgetting the fact that his President is losing more political grips than his predecessors due to domestic problems which saw the US economy on a slalom while the blacks continued to be oppressed.

Mallot is not a successul diplomat. Neither was he outstanding. I met him on several occasions, in meetings and social functions. He talked too much of America and openly belittled the Islamic world and Africa by calling them 'stagnant mind'.

His successor Lynn Pascoe - now UN deputy sec-gen for politics - was among the best US diplomats I've ever met, and we are still good friends.

Mallot 'The Parrot' once chided the Malaysian media as being to obsessed with 'those who lied' and was too fond of 'carrying sensational news' like rapes and racial issues. The non-Malays, he said will forever remain as a '2nd class citizens' in Malaysia.

Now, let me remind Mallot about the US media and who are the second-class citizens in America.

The US media, known for its 'self-proclaim' as being the best in the world, is actually runned by a group of anti-Islam and anti-East tycoons. The editorials about Islam and the East are always churlish.

As an example, the US media recently played up stories about women and girls being raped in Somalia. Rapes, to them is common in that Muslim nation and this has strained Washington-Mogadishu relations.

The New York Times carried a big story about rape in war torn Somalia. It is difficult to critique this sort of journalism without seeming to be blasé about sexual assault. I am not at all uncaring about rape survivors here or abroad, but I am very wary of the media showing interest in women of color only when they are rape victims and the circumstances permit wholesale finger pointing at all black people.

The Times has never given its readers a true history of the Somalia conflict, which is a direct result of American intervention.

The comments from Times readers were true to form, calling Somali men animals, blaming Islam, and of course advocating for more US terror under the guise of humanitarian intervention.

Mallot should tell New York Times that if their reporters want to write about sexual assault, they don’t have to go all the way to Somalia. They might talk to police in any American jurisdiction or go to one of the 70 prisons located in the state of New York and talk to victims of rapes carried out by other prisoners or prison personnel.

Of course, writing about rape in America’s prisons would open a can of worms which most people would rather not see. It is far easier to point the finger at a faraway land populated by black people.

And now, racism. What does Mallot know about the blacks in the US and Obama's failure to fulfill his presidential campaign promises that the blacks would get better standings under his administration?

If Mallot is not aware of this, let me - a Malaysian - tell him that black people are at the bottom of the heap. The median income of Americans is only $50,000 per year but a mere $32,000 for African Americans.

The wealth gap is even worse. White median net worth is $113,000 but it is only $6,325 for latinos and $5,677 for blacks.

Compared that with Malaysians, let Mallot answer me question - which race in Malaysia is the richest? Is it the Malays?

It is not coincidental that the dismal economic prospects for black people has occured at the same moment that black politics limp along on life support. Black politics traditionally affirmed a right, indeed an obligation, to speak directly to the needs and aspirations of the masses of people. It has been substituted with feelings of vicarious joy when a black person reaches a high office.

Enter Obama, the beneficiary of both black loyalty and a system which he assessed astutely as being ready for the right man to come along. He fills the duel roles perfectly, giving good feelings about his presence in the White House but this presence is a result of promising to do nothing that the one per cent would find inconvenient.

No matter who the pot and kettle is but for Mallot to sink into such a perception about Malaysia, is totally a bad notion from someone used to be an ambassador here. And it does not matter at all if he supports Anwar but he should well look back at how the American system speaks for itself.

And to Mallot, you should become an adviser to Anwar's spring government...


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shahrizat takes leave as minister

Shahrizat Jalil will be on leave for three weeks from tomorrow as Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

She has put in the leave application to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"I hope the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be able to undertake the investigation to determine whether I was associated with or not in any of the decisions made by the Government on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) in which my husband, Datuk Seri Dr Mohammad Salleh Ismail, is the executive chairman," she said in a statement.

The NFC issue cropped up after the 2010 Auditor-General's Report issued last October said the corporation's cattle-breeding project in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, to boost production and reduce import of beef had failed to meet its target.

The issue heated up following allegations by the opposition political parties of irregularities in the government allocation of RM250 million to NFC.

Speculations are rife that Shahrizat will not be chosen as a BN candidate in the next general election. Her Senate seat also will not be extended.

I don't want to speculate and contemplate. Its the prerogative rights of Najib as Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman.

Until investigations are concluded, better not write any further...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Don't offer Hasan Umno membership!

Why are we talking about Hasan Ali now? He is not a celebrity. Neither is he a BN politician.

Talks that Umno might offer him something (a position?) should be put to a full stop. Why must Umno assign or hire him? He was never a member right from the very beginning. He was with PAS, the opposition.

So, when DPM and Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin said that Umno has yet to make any offer to Hasan, I take it that the possibility cannot be discounted. Is Umno serious about it? Are we dead serious?

I hope it won't happen. But the publicity given to him by pro-government media and blogs are pointing to an inept narration - that he will be an asset to Umno and Barisan Nasional.

Just because he was sacked by PAS and asked to resign as the Selangor State Exco does not make him a star. For all his Anwar bashing and anti-Anwar sentiment that led to him gaining 'support' from some Umno people, I think that also does not make him a anti-Opposition champion.

He is an ordinary guy, just like the rest of Umno members. For him to become an Umno member, he must apply within. No need for any Umno leaders to offer him. Any offer is tantamount to recognising how valuable and important he is to the party.

And once we offer him, we cannot just make him an ordinary member. After all, he has avowed not to join any political party (for the time being). He was testing the water. Any party that sees him as an asset will eventually has to make him 'somebody'.

If Umno wants to offer him a member status, may as well we launch a campaign to recruit more Malays and Bumiputras to join it. Hasan can make his entry through that door.

Nope! I hold nothing against him but I don't see recruiting and offering political 'dropouts' as a wise move. Umno must hold on to its dignity. What we need to do is to open up our door to all but its not necessary to make any offer.

Understand?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Trusting the lies...

Its really beyond comprehension. Anwar fabricated a lot of lies and twisted so many truths. When he was supposed to be the mentor in the Opposition pact, he misled them into believing every single word he utters and move he makes.

Unexpectedly, the rest in the Pakatan Rakyat - especially PAS and DAP leaders - treats him like a saint, that he never sinned!

I am okay with the fact that he got acquitted by Kuala Lumpur High Court earlier today. It shows how independent our judiciary is. It also proved wrong all Opposition critics that the Court was in the hands of the government.

On the eve of the verdict, Anwar wangled a drama - that one of Wan Azizah's bodyguard became a victim of 'poisonous jab'. Worst still, he alleged that those who did it were actually planning to kill his wife.

And today, the tests conducted by the Chemistry Department on Fayyadh Afiq Albakry Jaafar's blood and urine samples found them to be free of drug and poison. Its confirmed by Penang Police Chief Ayub Yaakob. The 26-year old was admitted to the Seberang Jaya Hospital after his hand was injured when pierced with a sharp object at a political talk in Cheruk Tok Kun here last Saturday.

Who on earth would plan to kill Azizah, a victim of 'Anwar's fiddlestick politics'? Its totally absurd!

During Bersih 2.0 rally last year, Anwar also lied being hit by a teargas canister at the KL Sentral. Investigation revealed he actually tripped when trying to leave the crowd in an abrupt manner.

Such lies started after he failed in his Sept 16, 2008 bid to takeover Putrajaya. That's when he began to accuse PM Najib, wife Rosmah and the Cabinet of launching a conspiracy to uproot him from politics. Just because Saiful went to see Najib, he took it for granted that the PM planted his former aide to nail him.

Then came the judiciary; that he would never get a fair trial for the sodomy case. But it was proven today that the judiciary belongs to nobody, and his acquittal was merely based on loose-and-weak prosecution. Also bear in mind that the court did not say 'he was not guilty'.

As how Stopthelies puts it:

"If we were to believe the Pakatan Rakyat propaganda, Anwar Ibrahim would be rotting in jail and Wan Azizah’s bodyguard dying from a lethal injection but all these did not happened.

"But Anwar Ibrahim has been freed by the very court system which they claimed is tainted, ruined, corrupt and controlled by BN. If that’s the case, they shouldn’t be accepting the decision of this purported kangaroo court.

"This is classic PR. When a court favors them, it is a good decision but when it is against them, they run down the verdicts."

True.

And I am equally puzzled with the solid support given by PAS and DAP to his circumlocution. So, Pakatan Rakyat is led by a pact of liars!

When will they ever stop? After getting Putrajaya? I doubt it. Why? They are actually enjoying their lies!

The judiciary wins

Rais Yatim says: "It proves the government does not hold sway over judges' decision"


Anwar is acquitted.

However, if we are to pick a winner, its not Anwar or Saiful. Its the judiciary. For all the accusation that our judiciary is bias and inclines more towards the government, the system stood for itself.

And for all the melodrama and allegations that the government was behind the conspiracy to 'kill' Anwar politically, its proven that it has nothing to do with it.

Picture by KL BOYZ


What else?

Anwar's supporters - after the High Court passed its verdict this morning - were not only jubilant but were mocking Najib and his Cabinet for being a bunch of coward and scared to send back Anwar to jail.

"Najib penakut! Dia yang suruh mahkamah bebaskan Anwar!" is among what chanted outside the court after the judgement.

Now what? Had the court finds Anwar guilty, they will still hang on to their 'conspiracy' theory. But as Anwar walks a free man, they became more obsessed to badmouth the government.

Its the day of Malaysian judiciary, not Anwar's!

Anyway, tahniah to Anwar...

The Guitar Man

The right song for someone who will face the music...

From The Bread album, 'The Guitar Man'. I like the last para. Here's the lyric:


Who draws the crowd and plays so loud
Baby it's the guitar man
Who's gonna steal the show
You know, baby, it's the guitar man

He can make you love
He can make you cry
He will bring you down
Then he'll get you high
Somethin' keeps him goin'
Miles and miles a day
To find another place to play

Night after night who treats you right
Baby, it's the guitar man
Who's on the radio
You go listen to the guitar man

Then he comes to town
And you see his face
And you think you might
Like to take his place
Somethin' keeps him driftin'
Miles and miles away
Searchin' for the songs to play

Then you listen to the music
And you sing along
You want to get the meaning
Out of each and every song
Then you find yourself a message
And some words to call your own
And take them home

He can make you love
He can get you high
He will bring you down
Then he'll make you cry
Somethin' keeps him movin'
But no one seems to know
What it is that makes him go

Then the lights begin to flicker
And the sound is getting dim

The voice begins to falter

And the crowds are getting thin

But he never seems to notice

He's just got to find

Another place to play



But I hope he is ok...


Saturday, January 7, 2012

'Khazanah cannot save Proton'

Khazanah is too busy with other investments. Its boss Azman Mokhtar also has to focus on other GLCs and as such, he looks a bit handicapped to attend to Proton's woes.

This is what the founder of Proton Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meant when he put Khazanah to task - that Azman and Team will not be able to save Proton and put the company back to the level it once reigned.

The former premier appeared to back a management buyout of Proton Holdings, saying the national car maker needs proper attention and 'somebody more focused' to help it recapture its share of the domestic passenger vehicle market.

He pointed out that at present, national investment arm Khazanah Nasional, which owns 42.7 per cent of Proton, could not afford to focus fully on turning around Proton's flagging finances.

“Khazanah has a lot of other investments... it cannot give focus to Proton. I think we need somebody to be focussed on Proton. Proton needs proper attention and also, Proton needs money.

“If you want to do anything in this industry, it is not about RM1,000 or RM2,000... It is RM100 million, RM200 million... it is a very expensive business and whomever comes in should have the capacity to support it financially,” Dr M, who is also Proton adviser, said.

Khazanah is said to have put its entire 42.7 per cent stake in the national carmaker up for grabs, and confirmed it has received several proposals of interest. As at today, three firms have indicated an interest.

Proton chairman Nadzmi Mohd Salleh has also openly indicated his interest in purchasing Khazanah’s controlling stake in the national car maker, suggesting during a recent interview that Proton needs to sell part of its stake in Lotus, slash costs and increase exports to recoup some of its losses in the industry.

He is believed to be up against business tycoon Syed Mokhtar Albukhary for the bid.

Dr Mahathir also said the on-going discussion between Proton Holdings Bhd and US based-General Motors Corp (GM) on the former's Tanjung Malim manufacturing facility plant is expected to resolve in a 'win-win' situation, hence brings about some benefits to Proton.

Media reports said Proton is in talks to sell up to 50 per cent of its stake in its Tanjung Malim plant to GM for between RM700 million and RM800 million.

"I have not heard of any party taking over the plant, but about using the power plant, yes. What they want is to do part of their production in Malaysia," he told reporters after a gathering between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Selangor industrialists in Shah Alam today, hosted by Proton.

"We are sending our people to discuss with them next week and with a firm commitment from both sides, we will see it from there," Dr Mahathir said.

GM, a global automotive company develops, produces and markets cars, trucks and parts worldwide. It also provides automotive financing services.

GM is the home of Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC. If GM kicks off its production in Proton's Tanjung Malim plant, the move would support the global company to reduce their cost as well as benefit Proton, particularly in full utilisation of the plant and technology transfer.


Let rakyat be the judges

Totally agree with Hisham, our Home Minister.

"Let the rakyat be the judges... we have learn from Bersih 2.0..."

When the authority gave them permission to stage a 'peaceful' rally, they must keep up to the promises. Peaceful means no untoward incident, no clash with the police and most of all, no kids among them.

But such promises are meant to be broken. While the government recognises their (the Opposition) rights to organise such rallies and demonstrations, the latter takes it for granted that such permitting means they can go overboard.

Tian Chua made a silly statement yesterday that Pakatan Rakyat will not stop the children from joining the 901 rally on Monday, and neither can they advice parents not to bring on their kids to the venue, the Jalan Duta High Court.

Yes, we recognise their rights but do they recognise the rights of the masses for a peaceful and uninterrupted daily life? Its their rights to fight for the cause of Anwar Ibrahim but if kids are included and should the protest turns ugly, what rights is deem to be righteous?

The city folks are already contemplating. If Anwar is guilty, trouble is imminent. When Bersih 2.0 took to the streets, business was closed and it costs a few million ringgit in losses.

And is the High Court safe enough from possible ransack?

Friday, January 6, 2012

901: Children as 'human shield'

A-aahh!!! Another dirty trick by Anwar's supporters again. That's why I mentioned much earlier not to underestimate them. They will do anything for this 'lord' of theirs.

Bukit Aman has just given them a 'GO' to their planned 'peaceful rally' at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on January 9. The permitted venue is the car park area which is located just a few meters from the Court's doorstep.

Remember Bersih 2.0 demo last year? They said children were not allowed but we could spot some of them among the adults. And this time around, PKR vice-president Tian Chua said Pakatan Rakyat cannot tell the children to stay away from the rally or advice parents not to bring their kids to the venue.

So, what's the whole idea?

By logic, if PR pools about 100,000 supporters on that day, trouble cannot be discounted. When they promised a peaceful demo for Bersih 2.0, their supporters went out of control. Police orders were defied.

What is the assurance this time that they wont create any chaos? I bet it will be more rowdy than before. And with children joining them, there is a possibility they will be used as 'a shield' to confront the police.

Its easy to read between the lines, isn't it? If Anwar is found not guilty, its ok (I suppose). However, if the High Court finds the PR leader guilty (I hope he is not), do you think the 100,000 supporters will remain quiet?

I believe the police is ready for this but I better think of the worst first. If the court's decision is not in Anwar's favor, please watch his supporters very closely.

Will they remain calm and stand up to police order? I don't think so. They will make noise, thumping the feet, mocking the police and the court... and worst still, throng the court! They will go on rampage if the verdict reads Anwar as guilty as charged!

And the children are there, remember?

That's what Tian Chua meant when he said 'we can't stop the children from coming...'

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Student revolt: Taking cue from Anwar 1974

On December 3, 1974, Anwar Ibrahim led student protests against what he claimed as 'rural poverty and hunger'. His ticket for such massive demonstrations was a fabricated news that a family in Baling, Kedah died of hunger.

He was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and sent to Kamunting for 20 months. After joining Umno in 1982, he became the only politician who braced no real test to his elevation - from Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth to becoming the second man to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1993.

But he never parted with students' movement. His aura in student politics remains strong, to the present time as undergraduates still see him as a stately leader, amid his lies for organising the demonstrations in 1974.

Our students nowadays are easily led. They are most gullible. As student movements worldwide have only proven to be disastrous and against many laws, they still chose to jump into the bandwagon, with no solid reason or any tangible motive.

They are happy to join any demonstration and create their own. To them, this is a hallmark to their era as undergraduates - to gain the role as a protagonist in students' movement, or students' liberty.

And to strengthen their cause, they created bonds with similar movements abroad. The Indonesian student movement, known as among the most notorious in the region, is already making its impact on our students. There are already news portals, websites and blogs being co-organised by Malaysian and Indonesian student leaders. The Higher Education Ministry, Home Ministry and Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture must check this out.

Anwar continues to become the mentor of undergraduates. Education and scroll aside, they got so tempted with aggressive politics. While their demonstration is an incommode to public order, they use their position in campus to audaciously attack the government. Taking to the streets is becoming a common norm of democracy, as being shown by the Opposition.

And so, they became the Trojan horse of the Opposition.

During the Bersih 2.0 street demos, about 2,000 undergraduates took part, according to official records. They were paid between RM50 and RM100 by the organiser or those who supported the organiser. In some cases, students from as far as Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak, Penang and Johore were provided with accommodation about one week before the rally.

So cheap is their dignity to be bought by the Opposition. But their leaders are the proud ones, having managed to pool suport - not for the demonstration - but for them.

So, who got the credit when about 70 students launched a rampage at UPSI last week? Of course, their leaders. Although the turnout was small, they were proud enough to have caused alarm to the police, the other students and in getting headlines in the newspapers and television.

And they lied too, just like Anwar Ibrahim. They accused the police of bashing them up, as Anwar did when he tripped at KL Sentral during Bersih 2.0. Anwar, on the other hand, is a smart politician. He is very tactical. However, the students are just a bunch of copycats. When people took to the street, they just joined in. When the Opposition antagonised the government, they quickly turned into a group of meek.

But we cannot undermine them from now on. Student movements in Malaysia are getting more support from the Opposition and from foreign organisations. If we fail to curtail them, their street demos would turn into an 'uprising' and a 'revolt'.

This is the 'renaissance' Anwar once propagated, and the upsurge of student movements is part of it. Student leaders are labelled as rogues in many countries, including Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and Europe. In the United States, students uprising usually met with stiff counter mechanism of the authority.

And come January 9 - the day when Kuala Lumpur High Court decides on Anwar's fate - we can expect more undergraduates to storm the Court and join the Oppposition for 901 rally to 'free Anwar'.

So, how are we going to deal with the students? Catch them and call up their parents?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Malays of DAP

So, the Malays who are frustrated with Umno and feel neglected by the party leadership, accusing Barisan Nasional of favoritism and nepotism; and losing all privileges they once enjoyed, may join DAP from now on.

As general election closes in, they will also get the chance to stand as DAP candidates. And of course, they will clash with BN nominees in the Malay majority constituencies.

Nice, isn't it? Having more Malays in DAP will relive the moment when Ahmad Nor was one of the party commandants, the only Malay who looked at DAP as a true demoractic party.

Me? I like the idea of more Malays joining DAP. Who knows, one day DAP will be dominated by the Malays, hence more Malays will be appointed to the top brass of the so-called Democratic Action Party of Malaysia.

But can they realise that? DAP is so demoractic that it failed to hold party elections for a long, long time. Nobody dared to contest the top positions as they are too obsessed (or scared) of Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Lim Guan Eng and others. Even the central committee members are those endorsed by the top leadership.

So democratic are they that nobody within the party should criticise the leaders or face the 'loudest'music. Opposition within the party will be deemed as 'traitor'. Remember what prompted Lee Lam Thye to quit the party two decades ago?

And what endured some people to leave the party they once rode on and joined another? The had their glorious time with Umno and MCA but decided to join DAP and PKR after losing the position the their respective parties. Some of them were just 'wakil rakyat' for a term but managed to join the millionaires club.

One simple question from a layman - if you are a good 'wakil rakyat', why only for one term?

And just because you got booted at the previous general election (for not being a good peoples' representative), you feel dejected and humiliated. So, the only way for you to vent your anger and frustration is to join the Opposition.

Its an individual's rights to join whatever party he wishes but the choronolgy itself spells doubt and stigma. Since you failed to reach the hallmark of politics, you start blaming your own party and those who once voted you in.

Such people claim of having the prowess to bring about changes to the nation. That is commendable. Personally, I would like to see it happens. But the record speaks for itself. For all the accusation that there are so many flaws in the government (no government is perfect), the party they chose to hop is even worse.

Take a look at the Pakatan States. Except for Penang (Guan Eng is just continuing the BN policy), the rest are not making progress, socially and economically. Kedah, for instance, is dropping far behind Selangor and Penang in terms of GDP growth while employment rate is incorrigible.

But still, why must we blame Umno for our incompetency? A level-headed politician will think many times before quitting on the party that once flushed him with power and wealth. A wise member should reconsider his decision to leave the party that used to provide him with so many assistance, including monetary.

However, the still left the party. Why? Because they already lost their footing in the party and their demands were not longer fulfilled. They have forgotten the fact that Umno does not belong to one or two persons. The party needs to help others too. But these people take it differently - that Umno must listen to their unreasonable plights!

Why did Tengku Razaleigh leave Umno and formed Semangat 46? Why did Chua Jui Meng join PKR? Because they failed to get what they wanted. Overwhelmed by frustration, they turned their back on their own party.

I don't blame those who quit on Umno and join other parties. But I regret that those who did are the ones who used to hold important position in the BN government and still enjoy pension and other perks.

In fact, there are already news that a few more friends in Umno will be joining DAP pretty soon. I wish them all the best but majority of the Malays will remain united in Umno and under Barisan Nasional. Its a usual thing to have protagonists and antagonists here and there but the bottom line is, we should avoid being superficial.

It will be a faux pas to wake up the next morning and realise what we did yesterday was entirely wrong!

So, what kind of Malays go to DAP?

Checking my mobile phone, I still keep few text messages from three former Umno members who sought the party's help over something...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Students uprising must be contained!

I have seen students' 'uprising' in Warsaw, Osaka, Seoul, Pusan, Jakarta, Dhaka and Teheran. They took to the streets on a peaceful tag but it often end up in chaos. The demonstrations turned ugly and in some cases, it claimed many life.

Democracy and freedom are usually their two favorite labels to avow their dissatisfaction towards the government's policy. And it is normal for the Opposition to back them by providing whatever affordable support, including financial.

Jakarta, in 1999, students demo turned disaster when it claimed not only the life of demonstrators but also the police and passers by. University students are of the perception that they are the future leaders of a country. However, their action usually does not reflect that. Their leaders are more like a bunch of subversive agents.

Education aside, they always think of 'changing' the government. Scroll as secondary, they ride on opposition sentiments to wage wars against their own country, forgetting the fact that they study on government education loans, scholarships and at government universities and colleges.

Pusan (South Korea) in 1996, the police had to resort to harder measures when the students began to burn vehicles, shop houses and looting which led to 2 policemen being killed and dozens injured. When tear gas and rubber bullets failed to halt them, the police were left to no choice but tu 'run them down'.

It was a street war when the authority were forced to baton them. Thousands were arrested in that incident that led to about 20 people - on both sides - lost their life and scores injured.

The students - whether in Malaysia or elsewhere - are of the opinion that the authority will not use harsh measure in order to gag their demo. They take it for granted that the police is fully authorised to take pre-emptive measures to safeguard public interest and safety.

The incident at UPSI, which took the cue from Bersih 2.0 rally - could have easily led to a disaster had not for the police interference. Do remember that the demo was not entirely supported by majority of the students as it was held to show support for one leader - just like Pakatan Rakyat fighting for Anwar Ibrahim.

The non-participating students were intimidated to join the rally or face the 'consequences'. And they had to oblige.

I believe the government will see the upsurge of students demo in the near future. If we fail to monitor them, Malaysia will become another Indonesia, South Korea or Poland. In fact, there are already people using the Facebook and blogs to incite anti-government sentiments among the students.

There are also news portals specially designed on a Malaysia-Indonesia students cooperation to spearhead a la Jakarta uprising in Malaysia. Should this happens, the country can expect an earlier doomsday.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2+0+1+2 = 5 political challenges for Najib

Happy New Year, and come what may, we should be well prepared to brace for the worst of politics. I would sum up 2011 as the year of 'political maverick' while 2012 will see the government of Datuk Seri Najib being confronted with the biggest challenge ever.

Anwar Ibrahim's case, general election, racial and religious sentiments, the upsurge of students' political movement and finding medicament for some scabs in Umno are among the major headache the BN's chairman has to bear.

We can expect trouble on January 9 when the Kuala Lumpur High Court passes the verdict on Anwar's sodomy case. If he walks a free man, there would be less noise on the streets. The Opposition will claim victory and this will add weigh to their claims that the case was politically orchestrated.

Anwar's acquittal will take them on a higher political platform. It will be a boast and boost. They will boast his innocence and boost their moral prior to general election. With support from various international organisations and NGOs, Barisan Nasional will find the goings tough enough.

And whether the judiciary will be lauded as being fair and impartial, does not surface. What matters most is it will add strength to their abrasive allegation that Najib and Rosmah were behind the conspiracy to uproot Anwar's politics.

However, if the Court finds him guilty and sends him back behind bars, we can expect things to turn more ugly. The Opposition and its supporters have vowed to make Anwar a prime minister even it takes them to break the prison wall.

While the Opposition Leader starts his nationwide 'innocence road tour' this week, anti-government groups have planned a large scale of street demonstration to refute any guilty verdict on him. If this happens, the impact will be disastrous both to the economy and home affairs management.

Of course the government is or has prepared a security plan to counter such a protest. If it turns ugly, the security forces will have to come down hard on them and if the government resorts to minimal action, the rakyat will accuse them of being too soft and accommodating.

The natural death of a taxi driver during Bersih 2.0 rally last year was exploited by the Opposition and foreign media as the police brutal act. At the same time, the government's failure to ensure that the rally did not take to the street was also seen as a fiasco by many, including pro-government supporters.

And if Anwar goes to jail, they are expected to be more notorious and this will leave the authority to no choice but to come down hard on them. With the upsurge of students' politics of detest late last year, we can expect for the worst!

So, when will general election be?

Of course its not wise for Najib to call it early or before mid year, based on Anwar's verdict. If Anwar is acquitted, the Opposition's will ride a victory parade and the voters will provide him with more sympathy votes this time around.

Similarly, if he is found guilty, Najib still cannot call for an early election as the allegation of political conspiracy will fit well on his palms. The Opposition will see an early general election after Anwar's guilty verdict as Najib's plan to wrest back power in the Opposition-led States, namely Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan.

Given such options, Najib should call for the general election later this year. Even former premier Tun Dr Mahathir suggested that Najib completes the Parliament term first before calling for the national poll. But any too late an election will also be deemed as a 'cowardly decision'.

The year 2012 will also see some student leaders on the 'political rampage'. There have been news that they were teaming up with radical student groups in Indonesia to wage a war against the government. My call to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, be careful and tactful in dealing with this. We have to keep our eyes and ears open for such intimidation.

Indonesia is known for its students' reprisal. Any government's decision that they rejected will lead to street demonstrations. I remember Jakarta and a few Indonesian cities in 1999 when the peaceful march they organised turned ugly and took many lives.

We don't subscribe to such an act. If our students defy and deny the duty to complete their studies, may we well we put a stop to such an aggression. We do not need such an insolent young generation.

I bet some factions will go on dancing to racial and religious issues this year as a political platform. The NGOs and other organisations will continue making demands for a free society, freedom of speech and same sex marriage.

And of course, Najib too - in preparing for the 13th general election - will have to clean up Umno from those who became a burden and liability to the party - whether he likes it or not. He must!

If Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan and other component parties want Barisan Nasional to continue dominating the government and stay relevant, some corrections need to be carried out. They too have to listen to the masses and stop tailoring to elements of personal interest and greed.

Najib will have to go through all this, and the people around him must be able to provide the assistance. Malaysian must be administered as a resilient, progressive and peaceful nation if we still want to realise our dream of becoming a fully-developed nation by the year 2020. Its only eight years away...

Selamat Tahun Baru, semoga Tuhan memberkati segala usaha kita.