Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Soi Lek is only against 'hudud a la PAS'


I noticed that Chua Soi Lek's statement on hudud was taken out of context, not only by the opposition but also some pro-government figures and bloggers.Quite a number of pro-Umno bloggers (who are not pro BN) had spun the issue negatively, lashing out at the MCA president and condemning him as 'anti-Islam' and 'anti-hudud'. To them, CSL is beginning to spoil the spirit of Barisan Nasional, thus he deserves to carry such labellings.

I hope I didnt misinterpret what CSL was trying to explain, not only to the Malaysian Chinese but Malaysians as a whole.

Chua has been very, very consistent in avowing his displeasure at PAS 'hudud'. MCA too had in the past issued statements about how 'hudud a la PAS' is only a political gimmick and not hudud in the real context.

In other word, PAS only rides on hudud to garner political support, no doubt about it. Its alliance with DAP and PKR in Pakatan Rakyat is also in jitters over hudud. While DAP leaders are split over the issue, PKR has strongly rejected the idea of introducing Islamic Law to the country.

Only Karpal Singh of DAP dares to oppose hudud openly, ignoring the fact that his sentiment could dampen inter-Pakatan relations. But at least he is being honest and very downright about it.

So, when CSL spoke about hudud, he only meant 'hudud a la PAS' and not the one outlined by Islam. Even Umno never rejected hudud but could not accept the idea put forward by PAS.

PAS is an Islamist party, not Islamic. Hope everybody understands the different. The party uses Islam, the country's official religion, as its platform, notwithstanding the fact that MCA, Umno, MIC and other BN component parties have long agreed on politics of moderate and the non-use of religion for politics.

CSL has also been very, very careful in speaking it out, referring to only 'PAS brand of hudud' and not actual Islamic Law.

Its easy to impose Islamic Law in the country but implementing it is not. Countries like Sudan and Saudi Arabia didn't find it easy to punish those suspected of breaking the Syariah Law. For instance, to severe the hands of a thief, at least three witnesses must come forward to testify.

However, Islam puts a strict provision on such a witness. Among others, the sentence can be carried out if the witness is someone pious, never tell lies and fully respected by the community. In today's world, how many of such people live around us?

PAS actually realises this, that hudud will not come easy, especially in a complex multi-society like Malaysia. But the party continues to ride on hudud, hoping to gain extra mileage from Muslims who are on the fringe of fanaticism.

And all this while, PAS had never unveiled the mechanism and characteristic of its hudud, except for saying Malaysia should be made an Islamic state. Aren't we an Islamic state just yet for instituting a strong emphasis on syarie law and other Islamic law characters?

Majority of the Malaysian Chinese, Indians and other non-Muslims do not understand what 'hudud a la PAS' is all about. Some of those who took the courage to learn about Islam do understand hudud in the real perspective.

But still, the fear remains to haunt them. What is 'hudud a la PAS'?

Yes, PAS had given its assurances that its hudud will not affect the non-Muslims. However, the just can be put to question. For example, if a couple of Muslim and non-Muslim is caught for close proximity, only the Muslim will be punished, right?

Then, what about the non-Muslim? He or she will scot free! So, where is justice in a law that will encourage more such doings?

I am not against hudud but not for 'hudud a la PAS'. Just like CSL and many other Muslims who question 'hudud a la PAS', I don't see the logic for a political 'hudud' here. To implement the actual hudud, we have to go to the Parliament, and I personally believe it will be rejected by a slim majority.

Hudud is merely a PAS political game. Knowing how much is disgusts Karpal and friends and PKR, PAS motive is so loud and clear - to hitch hike on Pakatan should the pact succeeds in taking over Putrajaya in the next general election.

PAS seems to have lost faith in its own strength, and that tells how it accepted Anwar Ibrahim's offer to join PR about 10 years ago.

Its not about hudud or Islamic Law. Its all about power crazy!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Of Shah Rukh Khan and Jaclyn Victor...

I didn't watch the Hindi movie 'My Name is Khan'. Not that I' m not a fan of Hindi movies but I don't have that time anymore. The last time I went to the cinema was during 'Bobby', three times, and I can sing each and every song without understanding what it means!

However, I do listen to the song by Jaclyn Victor, 'Harapan Bangsa'. What's wrong with it, anyway?!

Sometimes, we get ridden by sentiment. As a Muslim, I prefer to be a moderate one. Who says Islam separates mosques from churches? But I am not such a liberal when it comes to the 'Dos and Donts'.

Hello! Some local movies too contain religious sentiment. Worse still is racial sentiment that hinders other race from watching it. And what do we do about that when the authority approves its screening, especially when the producers said 'it was just a movie laaaarrr!'
An influential Muslim youth group said today that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s “My Name Is Khan” movie confuses Muslims as it promotes liberal Islam and religious pluralism, and warned Malaysian broadcasters not to air the hit film.
The Muslim youth group’s statement comes after the Malay right-wing group Perkasa’s call last week for Muslims nationwide to boycott award-winning singer Jaclyn Victor for singing the Malay-language Christian song “Harapan Bangsa”, which she has said is meant for Christians.
“Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) strongly protests the screening of ‘My Name Is Khan’ on TV3 on the second Hari Raya Aidil Adha.
“Films that carry confusing messages clearly shouldn’t (tidak wajar) be screened by a main Malaysian television station,” the group’s vice-president Ahmad Saparudin Yusup said in a statement today.
He questioned the timing of the film screening, saying that it raises the question of where the “media’s care and responsibility in their broadcasting materials” went.
I dont wanna to contest what others say about the movie and the song but I just want everybody to stop politicising it. Its not good.

Politics aside, those disgruntled should seek a proper channel to the authority and table their logic. No point going to the media each time we feel a little pinch on our butt.

As Islam demands us to respect the view and feeling of others, we should remain true Malaysians, a society that tolerates each other over small and petty matters. As for the major ones, we should pool ourselves together and seek arbitration.

Who approves Scorpene purchase?

Scorpenes again.

After so many twists and turns, it goes back to where the issue had first surfaced - with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

After so many backbiting by Pakatan Rakyat and its propaganda machinery like Suaram and MalaysiaKini against the government and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, now they faced with a big dilemma.


Who actually approve the purchase of the submarines.

An NGO called the Young Journalists Club last week made a claim that it was approved when Anwar was finance minister in 1995. Really?

So, what the heck Anwar and friends pointed fingers at Najib and the government for?

I am a bit lazy to write a long posting today (too much of rendang, ketupat and lemang) but I have yet to hear anything from Anwar about the allegation.

Whose 'sandiwara' is this?

Friday, October 26, 2012

'Lakum dinukum waliyaddin...'

I was brought up in a moderate family, in a moderate mixed community and under a moderate education system that attributed Merdeka and national progress to the strive and spirit of brotherhood among race and religion.

Glad that at the height of communal tension in 1969, we remained intact and united. We clad ourselves together and conducted prayers according to our different faith, all for peace and harmony.

When Muslim deviators came during late 70s chanting their slogan 'Islam ditegakkan dengan mata pedang', we told our non-Muslim friends that Islam was not as such.

In Malaysia and around the world, I believe Muslims should understand the true meaning of the 'ayyat', "lakum dinukum waliyaddin".

Its all about mutual respect and recognition between different religions and faith, and the spirit of co-existence along the divide. It calls for sacrifice by individuals to create a better today and tomorrow.

As what Allahyarham Ustaz Hussein and the late Uncle Ramu and Master Goh used to tell us, the children of Moncino - in human relations, there is no talk about race, religion and color.

SELAMAT HARI RAYA KORBAN!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

GLCs no longer help Bumiputera

I totally agree with former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that most GLCs have strayed from its original objective, which is to help elevate the Bumiputera economic status in the country.

However, the government's investment arm Khazanah which is entrusted in managing the GLCs is also 'deviating' from its original aim in ensuring that the GLCs helps nurture more Bumiputera companies by allocating them with some contracts and jobs.

Some GLCs are open to business competition while the rest keep the door shut to competitors. While used to be part of Bumiputera equity, the GLCs today are entirely government owned and no longer give emphasis on multiplying Bumiputera participation in its core business.

Sad to say that a GLC like Telekom Malaysia is so afraid of competition that it has to 'kill' a new highly-potential Bumi company for the same industry by shooing it away and not even willing to take it up as the one to complement its effort in wiring up the nation.
“GLCs are holdings in trust and were considered part of bumiputera equity,” said Mahathir (picture) at a press conference today after closing the Malay Economic Congress here. “Now the holdings belong to the companies concerned and they cannot be regarded as bumiputera holdings.”
The definition of whether GLCs are considered part of Malay equity could have implications on affirmative action programmes for Malays as many Umno leaders maintain that Malay equity stands at only about 20 per cent today, which is below the target of 30 per cent set in the New Economic Policy (NEP).
If GLCs, which comprise a large chunk of the economy and also make up a significant number of the benchmark FBM KLCI index components, were at one time considered to be Malay equity, it is possible that the 30 per cent target was exceeded in the past.
State oil company Petronas is also Malaysia’s sole representative in the Fortune 500 list of the world’s largest companies.
Perhaps, Tenaga Nasional is the best GLC to date for opening up its door to other players, especially to the Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

However, TM is so scared of competition. If not for the government policy to award few companies with the telco licenses, TM will be the only one monopolising the business. But even with the telcos, TM is still very much slow in its duty, especially in enhancing broadband penetration for the country, notably in Sabah and Sarawak.

Sorry to say that some people are managing the GLCs to their whim and fancy. They couldn't be bothered to take new approach in helping out Bumi companies that offer better services than them.

Even the government is being over-protective in safeguarding the interest of some GLCs to the extent that it can ask the banks not to approve financial assistance or loan to any qualified Bumi company that operates a better and more-advanced service than the GLCs.

Yes, it happened and is happening again. It won't be good if I reveal but some people are aware of it.

That's how benevolent we are, right?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

'Rogol' - Who actually lies?

To those who 'attacked' me for posting about Nik Aziz allows rape? a few days ago, and for accusing MCA of lying and fabricating lies, please view the video.

Posted by Stopthelies, this video carries every single word the PAS leader utters about 'moral' and 'rape'.





This is 'your' Israel, Anwar!

I just hope our Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reads this before making any more controversial statements on his support for 'the security of Israel'.

Malaysia, like many other countries, will not recognise the Zionist regime until it recognises the rights and sovereignty of the Palestinians for an independent state.

But Tel Aviv is still far from 'implementing' what it had promised three decades ago - a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, which is already reaching a crisis point.
Former US President Jimmy Carter on Monday said the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had reached a crisis point and that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government was not pursuing a two-state solution.
"That policy of promoting a two-state solution seems to be abandoned now and we are deeply concerned about this move towards this catastrophic so-called one-state choice ... this is a major concern," Carter told a news conference.
Carter helped forge Israel's peace deal with Egypt in 1979, the first between the Jewish state and an Arab country but has been a strong critic of Israeli settlement policy in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
"Every (Israeli) prime minister that I have known has been a pursuer of the two-state solution and I don't know that (US President Barack) Obama has found that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been willing to go that route..."
I wonder if Anwar understands what 'a two-state solution' is but he is obviously ignoring the paramount need for a peaceful and stable Middle East, especially after the Tahrir Squares which inspires his politics saw the fall of some Arabs' strong regime and the death of good leaders and thousands innocent people.

He should also learn to accept the fact that Israel is the axis for global conflict, the only reason why Washington's detente in some regions drew flax and met with opposition.

We are not against the Jews as most Jews are peace-loving people but we are against the regime that oppress the race that had given them a space to live.
As for Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, the former president said, “The U.S. government policy the last two to three years has basically been a rapid withdrawal from any kind of controversy.”
He added: “Every president has been a very powerful factor here in advocating this two-state solution. That is now not apparent...
Carter also said the situation is 'worse now than it’s ever been for the Palestinians' because of the expanding settlements and lack of prospects for change. Describing himself as 'grieved, disgusted and angry' (hahaha), he said the two-state solution is 'in death throes', which he called 'a tragic new development that the world is kind of ignoring'.

Surveys show Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly support a two-state solution, but intellectuals on both sides have increasingly been talking about a binational, single state.

But models for such a state generally either imagine Israel losing its Jewish character, or ruling over a Palestinian majority in an undemocratic way. Mr. Carter called the one-state option 'a catastrophe - not for the Palestinians, for Israel'

Monday, October 22, 2012

Anwar and Misuari could spoil Moro deal

The Bangsamoro Framework Agreement signed at the Malacanang Palace in Manila last Monday could not augur well in bringing about peace in Mindanao.

Its going through a slalom, notably when there is opposition from within Moro itself and an attempt by outsiders to disrupt the whole peace process. Ironically, the threat is coming from dejected leaders - in the Philippines and Malaysia!

The main problem with some former leaders is that, they think they are still very much in power and still have the say in all government's decision.

Its all about Anwar Ibrahim and Nur Misuari.
Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Nur Misuari, the founding chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), yesterday branded as “irrelevant” the signing of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, claiming it was cloned by President Benigno S. Aquino III in association with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Unable to make his trip to Quezon City due to an unconfirmed report of a warrant of arrest issued against him, Misuari over phone patch also lashed out at the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), claiming that the latter is losing its grip over of its own people and that joining the agreement was the last straw to salvage some pride.
In the case of Najib, Misuari said the Malaysian Premier wanted to create a scenario with the Philippine government to gain lost grounds and to address his allegedly waning popularity as his country’s national elections approach.
Misuari said he has not received a copy of the alleged warrant of arrest nor has he knowledge of the nature of the charge raised against him, claiming that his sources from the Philippines National Police (PNP) and the media with links in Malacanang and Justice Department gave him advance information.
Misuari was a special guest to the Malaysian government during the 1990s when Tun Dr Mahathir was prime minister and Fidel Ramos was president of the the Philippines. We recognised him as the MNLF leader who spoke for the entire Muslim community of Mindanao.

However, he went against Manila for not having his wish granted by Malacanang although a series of meeting proved he refused to compromise on the conditions of an autonomous Moro region. He thinks he is always right.

And that's why he didn't recognise the agreement between MILF and Manila, avowing to continue with the armed war against the government. He won't shut up either.

And in Malaysia, opposition party PKR got plans to go to Manila. They are offering another set of 'peace solution' for Mindanao.

Former leader Anwar Ibrahim too didn't recognise Malaysia's role in the agremeent for failing to mention Malaysia and PM Najib in all his statements and remarks about the event. He still wants to lucre from the deal.

What is PKR up to? To spoil the agreement by working with Nur Misuari? Then the agreement would fail the Mindanao will forever ravaged by civil war.

Anwar should stop his intention while Misuari should give the peace agreement a chance!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nik Aziz allows rape?

A-ah! This is serious, man!

Did PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz really say that women who dress up indecently deserves to be rape? Whether they are Muslims or not, rape seems the ultimate 'punishment' for the Kelantan Mentri Besar.

He said that abut 4 years ago. Whether he meant it or not, that's what we call 'statement of immorality'. And coming from Nik Aziz, nobody would want to believe it!

But MCA has the proof:
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek agreed today with a Wanita MCA leader’s view that PAS condones the raping of non-Muslim women, pointing out that the party’s spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat had made the opinion clear in a speech four years ago.
The MCA president alleged that in the 2008 speech, Nik Aziz had said that women who do not “tutup aurat” (protect their modesty) “deserved to be raped”.
“And the reason he gave was that this is because the eye is connected to the genitalia so when you see… you get provoked.
“This is not what I am saying… this is what Nik Aziz said. I can get you a tape immediately if you are interesting in seeing (Nik Aziz’s speech),” he told reporters after chairing a special briefing with MCA delegates ahead of the party’s main annual general meeting (AGM) tomorrow.
Dr Chua was ask to comment on a Malaysiakini report quoting Wanita MCA vice-chairman Senator Heng Seai Kie as saying during the wing’s AGM earlier today that PAS condones the raping of women who do not conform to the Islamic dress code.
According to the news portal’s report, Heng, in trying to explain how the Islamic hudud law would affect both the Muslims and non-Muslims, had cited Nik Aziz’s 2008 speech, which can be found on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFZSgOhf7L0).
Nik Aziz may have forgotten it (if he had said it). Whether the statement was taken out of context or not, its wrong for him to pass such a 'ruling'.

Does hudud allow it?

Let's hear to what Pak Guru has got to say...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Moro: Anwar supports, Estrada opposes!

They are good friends, Anwar and former Philippines president Joseph Estrada. While our Opposition Leader supports the peace agreement between Manila and Moro, Estrada is against Malaysia's role in it, accusing Kuala Lumpur of intervening in his country's domestic affair.

Anwar's support, however, fell short of giving credit to the BN government. The statement which he issued did not mention anything about PM Najib witnessing the agreement on Monday.

The manner in which the 'statement of support' was written looks more like HIS OWN GOVERNMENT was the mediator (read Rocky's Bru). He wants the credit!

But what's more interesting is when Estrada told media in Manila that he opposed Malaysia' role in arranging the truce... and for the first time he and Anwar didn't share the same tune!
Although hoping that the framework agreement signed on Monday will pave the way for the creation of a Bangsamoro political entity, former President Joseph Estrada questioned yesterday Malaysia’s role in the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Estrada told The STAR the Philippine government must not allow foreign governments to intervene in the country’s “internal problems.”
“We should prove to them that the Philippines is a sovereign and independent country. We are way ahead of Malaysia in terms of independence,” he said.
The government and MILF peace panels conducted 32 formal exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia as the chief facilitator.
“I am against the Malaysian government intervening in Philippine affairs. You don’t have to ask foreign countries to intervene and encroach on our sovereignty,” Estrada said.
Estrada also expressed concern that the framework agreement will give rise to another breakaway group. He cited the emergence of the MILF when the administration of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos signed the Tripoli agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Nur Misuari in Libya in 1976.
I think Anwar and Estrada had forgotten to call each other before making that contradictory statements.

Looks like Anwar has to explain to his friend as to why he supports the agreement, or he could lose his 'Jose Rizal' status in the Philippines, especially in the eyes of Estrada.

But that's the problem with 'booted politicians'. When they are in power, they will get very supportive of anything the government does but when they are out of the picture, they became sour grapes and turned their back on the regime they used to reign.

A-ah! Estrada had actually failed in dealing with the Mindanao Muslims. He was the one who sent in the army to murder hundreds of them. Has he forgotten about it?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What happens to the money, LGE?

Penang CM Lim Guan Eng is at it again - toying around with the Bumiputras.

While giving so much emphasis in the state's development, he may have forgotten that Penang is not all about Chinese. There are many Malays and Indians too.

So, don't blame those who accused you of being a racist!

What actually had you done to the RM33.36 million allocation under the state's Bumiputera Housing Trust Account? If the money is still there, why didn't you spend it for good purposes, especially in building more low-cost houses for them?

Penang Bumiputras are your subject too, some of them had even voted for you in the last general election. But why are you sidelining them?

If the money is gone, you better come up with a good explanation as to how and where it was spent. They deserve an answer... and please don't get you deputy Mansor Osman to read your prepared media text again.

The Malays and Bumiputras on the island have been complaining about how you discriminated them of their rights for better houses and other facilities, and how the Bumi petty traders were chased away from locations provided to them under BN rule.

No need to mention Kg Manggis here but you could have at least considered their woes after taking office from Koh Tsu Koon four years ago. Maybe you don't feel how time flies!

I personally don't like the 'racism' tag given to you because Malaysians should be free from such a labeling.

So, you better prepare an answer... fast!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pakatan Rakyat ignores Islam

Many didn't notice it, that Pakatan Rakyat 2013 Budget failed to mention anything about Islam, about allocation for mosques and 'Sekolah Agama' or anything about upholding Islam in this multi-religious country.

Having PAS as one of its component also didn't help much as PAS - deviating from its original war path - is having DAP and PKR on its back. That makes PAS toothless in the 3-party political pact.

Even Nik Aziz and Hadi Awang failed (or not allowed) to give some insights to Anwar and his economic team in preparing details for the budget. What a shame!

While BN gives much emphasis on Islam like enhancing the role of Yayasan Wakaf, withdrawal from the EPF for hajj purposes and RM200 million for Halal Industry Fund, PR has overlooked such importance, paying too much attention on other things, including a RM4 billion fund for women's movement!

Comments from MyNewsHub:
PR previously criticized BN for putting aside Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR) in this current Budget. PR’s hypocrisy is simply sickening especially fi we are to look at the party in issues such as murtad, including the usage of the word Allah SWR by non-Muslims and Bibles in Bahasa Melayu which they support.
If the matter of akidah is small to them, what qualifies PR to question other matters regarding Islam to other people?
Muslims also need to understand that knowledge in Islam does not revolve around the religion alone. It was even stressed in the Quran that the task of mankind is to look out for knowledge in various aspect of life such as science, astronomy, mathematics etc.
That is why it is right for the government to combine all subjects in education including religious studies in the national budget.
Meanwhile, religious development in the other hand should not only revolve around ibadah such as zakat or haj, but it should be as a whole such as combating poverty which could lead people to become ‘kufur’ among Muslims, in terms of social and crime which is rising.
So much of an 'alternative budget'!.

Where were Hadi, Nik Aziz, Mat Sabu and the rest? Don't tell me PKR itself doesn't have any Islamic scholar who can give ideas as how Islamic clauses should be included in their budget?

Who actually worked out its details? Of course Anwar is the main brain. Who else? Only PKR and DAP?

No wonder!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Who do you think you are, Kit Siang?

Lim Kit Siang had recently asked United Nations secretary-general Ban Kim Moon to make a clear stand on efforts undertaken by Malaysia to combat corruption.

The sec-gen's official Dmitri Vlassis, head of the UN;s Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had commended Malaysia for taking serious efforts at tackling corruption.

He also dismissed the annual Corruption Perception Index prepared by Transparency International as outdated and counter-productive.

Saying a United Nations official's recent praise of the Malaysian government's anti-graft efforts has "horrified" local anti-corruption campaigners, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang called on UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon to state whether it reflected the world body's official stand.
Lim was referring to remarks by Dmitri Vlassis, head of the UN’s Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who commended the Malaysian government for its “serious efforts” at tackling corruption while at the same time dismissed the annual Corruption Perception Index prepared by Transparency International as “outdated” and “counter-productive”.
Vlassis's remarks were made during the recently concluded annual conference of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities in Kuala Lumpur.
"Anti-corruption activists and campaigners in Malaysia want to know why Vlassis is condoning or seeking to 'cover up' the failures of the government’s anti-corruption campaign in Malaysia, in particular in the past 42 months of Najib premiership despite the fanfare about the Government Transformation Programme and NKRA on fighting corruption," said Lim in a statement.
Lim was not pleased with such a commendable remark by Vlassis. To Lim, Malaysia should be condemned as the most corrupt nation in the world.

Who does he think he is? Making such calls to the UN sec-gen didn't make him a sensible man. He didn't see and recognise the government's effort in fighting graft although he himself is aware that corruption is not easy to contain.

Corruption is like prostitution, Lim! Why didn't you make any call to Selangor, Penang and Kelantan, and the Federal to combat vise activities as well, instead of showing so much interest in corruption when the government, via the MACC is going all out to control it?

Or maybe you want the UN official to spare Pakatan Rakyat that complimentary remarks when you guys take over Putrajaya in the next general election?

Condolence to Cambodia

I waited for a few hours, hoping Wisma Putra to issue an official statement of condolence to the people of Cambodia for the demise of their former leader Norodom Sihanouk.

I guess Anifah Aman was too busy in Manila, and at home.

However, let me express my deepest condolence to my friends at the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the Cambodians in Malaysia and in the Kingdom for the big loss.

The former king, who remained an influential figure through a tumultuous five decades of war, genocide and upheaval, died in Beijing at the age of 89 early yesterday. Sihanouk will be remembered as perhaps the most adaptable king in modern history.

Reigning over the country during its most turbulent period, Sihanouk witnessed its political transition from an absolute monarchy to a fledgling democracy.

A sharp wit and flamboyant style were the French-educated king's weapons in the struggle to find accommodation with colonial France. He then helped forge a bloodless transition to independence in 1953, going on to make a stand against imperialism by forging alliances with newly independent countries throughout the world.

A confirmed nationalist, Sihanouk tried but failed to steer Cambodia away from the Cold War rivalry that was dividing Southeast Asia in the 1960s and '70s, taking a neutral stance. When his country was invited by Thailand to become a founding member of Asean in 1967, he countered that Asean was an imperial tool. Ever the francophile, he also asked that the new organisation use French as its working language. The request was denied.

During the Cold War, Sihanouk was credited with modernising his country's education system and re-establishing ties with the US and Europe, though he was determined that Cambodia be seen as independent and non-aligned.

He was one of Southeast Asia's main players during the so-called Vietnam War, which spilled into Cambodia with devastating effect and eventually helped bring Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge to power. As he struggled to control a changing political scene, Sihanouk held numerous posts, including prime minister, president and leader of various governments in exile.

During the Cambodian civil war he backed the anti-Vietnamese coalition comprising the Khmer Rouge, his son Prince Norodom Ranariddh and former premier Son Sann.

For 13 years they fought alongside Asean to expel foreign troops occupying Cambodia. After striking an ill-fated deal with the Khmer Rouge, the exiled Sihanouk returned to Cambodia as head of state, but he remained confined to the palace for most of the four years of Khmer Rouge rule, when an estimated 1.7 million people died.

Sihanouk later condemned the Khmer Rouge for the genocide, which claimed the lives of several of his own children.

For years he shuttled back and forth between Cambodia and Thailand, working behind the scenes to bring a diplomatic solution to the conflict. Sihanouk's mercurial character was ever-present at the negotiation table and he was a pivotal figure in talks that eventually brought peace in 1991. He was restored as the constitutional monarch following UN-sanctioned elections.

When I visited Phnom Penh in 1994, I had a close encounter with him but was not allowed an interview. He was not well at that particular time.

Sihanouk is a true nationalist, to me...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Clean Sweep on Bersih: We are too slow!

I must 'congratulate' the Opposition for successfully hammering the government, notably the Home Ministry, by publishing the book 'Clean Sweep' on Bersih.

The 428-page pictorial coffee table book is impressive, with photos of Anwar Ibrahim, Ambiga, Marina, A Samad Said, Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh and other supporters of Bersih demonstrators taking to the streets of major cities - from New York to London, Paris to The Prague, Singapore to Tokyo and Sydney to Jakarta.

Not much of the 'police brutality' was shown, except for a few showing policemen dragging away a few protesters and the smoke from tear gas canisters.

It was compiled at random but with neat and perfection. The message was clear - Bersih rules! I believe the RM60 per copy will become a bestseller in a short time.

AND WHAT ARE WE DOING? JUST SIT TIGHT AND LET IT REACH EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD AND THE NATION?

Sad that my text message to a Yang Berhormat (sorry, can't disclose its content) went unanswered, unlike the previous. Is he not aware of the book?

However, I am glad that people from the Prime Minister's Office are supporting my idea (will reveal it soon).

Of course we cannot ban the book. Nothing's wrong with it but at least we can come up with a similar one to explain what Bersih is all about.

Unless we agree that Bersih is merely 'for a clean election' and not for reasons that each and every one of us already know!

Sometimes we are just tooooooooooooo slow!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Soros wanted to see Najib"

To the opposition media, read this carefully.

It was Soros who wanted to see PM Najib in New York two years ago, and not the other way round as you people had spun!

The Umno president said he had met Soros in New York on the request of the currency trader.
He added that there was nothing wrong with the meeting, pointing out that Dr Mahathir had also previously done the same thing.
“Yes, I met with Soros. It was only to fulfil his request,” Najib told reporters tonight after chairing a Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting.
The Umno president declined, however, to reveal details of the meeting.
“It is not a problem meeting with Soros. As long as it is not done with the intention of bringing down the government and it was not about getting any financial aid, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” he said.
Yes, nothing's wrong with that. So many people had met that currency manipulator, including former premier Tun Dr Mahathir. In fact, when Soros wanted to have a meeting with Najib, it implied how much he recognised Malaysia and the way its being managed.

Najib didn't ask for any financial aid from Soros, unlike the Malaysian opposition and some of its NGOs and media like Suaram and Mkini.

Just look at how Mkini spun the meeting, turning it into a 'political crime' when putting the country's interest under their feet seems alright to them!

Mkini and the opposition should be ashamed of themselves for politicising the issue... or could it be to cover their fundings from George Soros? Writer Steven Gan got no bullet in his gun for the kill but made himself and Mkini a bunch of fool, losing credibility for trying to spin it out of context.

Dr Mahathir wrote in Sunday Times:
“So why is Soros financing Malaysiakini, a Malaysian NGO?
“Obviously, it is in order to achieve regime change, to put his nominees as prime minister and ministers in the Malaysian government.”
“My view is of Soros is that he is still a rouge currency trader and he compounds this evil by using the money to put his kind of people to rule the countries targeted by him.
“And Malaysia is obviously one of his targets...
The opposition is good at shooting at others as a mean to cover their own mistakes. What Mkini, Malaysia Chronicle and others did was to avert attention on their Soros fund, thus finding Najib-Soros meeting as a shield to defend themselves.

Unfortunately, it ended up with them shooting at their own feet!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Apology and apologetic

News portal Malaysia Chronicle posted an apology for featuring an article "Lynas, Cancer and You" recently, purportedly written by someone 'outside' the organisation.

The article, done without any research and observation, condemned Lynas plant in Pahang as disastrous and hazardous to those living within its vicinity.
"Malaysia Chronicle accepts that there has been sound scientific basis for the regulatory reviews that have been conducted of the Lynas project by among others, the AELB and the IAEA. We would point that the article “Lynas, Cancer and You” was not written by us but a pick-up story which may not have been based on scientific claims. We apologize to Lynas for any misunderstanding and inconvenience caused."
I guess they are sincere. However, a good news portal (and newspapers and other media alike) should be more selective in establishing the logic of such writings before sending it to print.

In fact, some mainstream newspapers and TV stations had made silly errors in the past...and quite recently!

In another development, a Singaporean executive also apologised for a 'racist' FB posting about the minority Malays in the republic.

However, she is not anti-Malay. Just that she was perturbed at the long-and-time consuming Malay traditional wedding ceremony.
"A labor executive in Singapore who worked for a government-linked organization was fired after posting a racially charged and expletive-filled diatribe on her Facebook account.
Amy Cheong, an assistant director for the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), lost her job Sunday after posting a message on her Facebook account lambasting the Malay minority in Singapore.
Cheong, an ethnic Chinese citizen, criticized the community’s divorce rate and the length of Malay wedding celebrations in her rant. Her Facebook account has since been deleted.
“How many f***ing days do malay weddings at void decks [meeting halls in apartment complexes] go on for??,” she reportedly wrote according to a screenshot posted on Twitter. “Pay for a real wedding u a***ole, maybe then the divorce rate wont be so high!”
Sorry that she lost he job but sometimes you got to pay a high price for what you did.

In Malaysia, religion, race and color are time-bomb factors. Sensitive postings on FB and Twitter are getting out of control but there's nothing much the authority could do as not to be labelled as anti-freedom.

If we want to sack those involved, the figure could be thousands. Whether its Malaysia Chronicle or Amy, we should watch our tongue... and look before you take that leap!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Malaysia Chronicle and its jungle people

I don't know who this Hj Sobey Hj Daud is but he is perhaps the only Malaysian still living in a cave and uses stones to start his fire to cook the wild boars and other animals that he catches for meal.

Whoever he is, his calculation does not reflect him as a wise person. A kindergarten kid is able to understand simple math better than him.

And for Malaysia Chronicle to share his shallow mind shows the stupidity of its entire editorial staff to comprehend what actually BR1M is. I am not surprise if MC carries a story about a cow swallowing a buffalo next because to them, everything carries at least some logic.

This Sobey pasted on a Facebook that Malaysians is not worth a penny under Barisan Nasional. He does not understand simple economics.

BR1M is just another measure to help the rakyat, eases their burden and ensures that each and everyone of them gets the taste of the national wealth. However, Sobey and MC are too naive to take into account other factors before summing up their thought.

Since Merdeka, the government keeps on building roads, schools, houses and providing them with utilities such as electricity and water. Not forgetting other services and facilities, and subsidy for a lot of things.

I wonder if Sobey and MC staff have a family. How much is each and every single kid they have worth after taking into calculation the maternity cost, milk, napkin, food, education and other expenses to raise them up?

And how does Sobey and MC value every citizen of the US, UK, Singapore, Japan and others?

Or Sobey and MC expect each and every child is born to a world of free of everything. If they can name any country that practices such a heavenly policy, I will learn math from them!

Opppss... maybe this has something to do with Pakatan Rakyat's 'Negara Kebajikan' - government to provide everything for free, from A to Z, that the rakyat don't have to worry about anything. All that they need to do is call any of PR welfare agents and they will rush whatever you need to your home, including rice, sugar... and condoms!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The price of street demonstrations

Spain has received a 100 billion euro bailout package from euro zone countries to prop up its hobbled banking system, but, unlike Greece, it has not been required to reduce its deficit as a condition of the loan.

The government has had to submit control of its financial sector to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank and the European Commission.

However, about 5 billion euro was lost due to the cost of massive demonstrations since May 2011 over the government's austerity drive, forcing the government to do whatever is necessary to put both problems - street demo and the economy - under control.


The spending cuts appear to be in anticipation of a possible second bailout package to keep the government from defaulting on its debt, and so rather than be forced to relinquish any sovereignty over its spending policies, Madrid is saving face by imposing austerity on itself.

The Indignados have been protesting since May 2011, when the current political opposition, the Spanish Socialist Party, was in power. As a loosely organised popular political movement, the Indignados share a frustration with Spain’s two-party political system, a strong opposition to government austerity and rejection of the current economic system, which they view as subverting democratic freedoms and breeding political corruption.

Now, perhaps Malaysia could learn something from the 'happenings' in Spain, especially with regard to street demonstrations and a stiff opposition that rejects everything the government does for the benefit of the country and its people.

What separates the opposition in Spain with us is that, the Spaniards would usually close rank on every constructive measures introduced by the government, and this include the opposition as well. However, ours is totally an 'opposition' that opposes anything the government does.

I have not seen a situation like this, not in any of the 87 countries I have visited.

But we can understand why Pakatan Rakyat is throwing stones at Barisan Nasional government every now and then - for the sake of power!

And ever since Anwar announced his quest to become a prime minister, the opposition movement has gone radical, subscribing to fascism method in avowing their greed to take over Putrajaya in the next general election.

What happens if their 'victory' is met with similar protest like what they have been doing? Would they be able to sustain present stability in the years to come?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Stripping the King's authority...

After lying about Scorpene submarines, the water shortage in Klang Valley and dodging the rakyat with their counter-Badget 2013, Pakatan Rakyat is making a new attempt which is beyond imagination - to strip the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of his legitimate authority over the Election Commission.

They want the EC to be answerable only to the Parliament, and to them. They refuse to recognise the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform where they are represented.

Still accusing the law and the system introduced under Barisan Nasional as corrupt and bias, they mock the PSC and the EC as being the tools to deny them a win in the next general election, that the PSC is incompetent and will fail in ensuring PRU13 will be clean and free from vote-rigging.

They have forgotten how they won 5 states during the last national poll, a proof that the EC is a totally independent body and only answers to King.

And now they are questioning whether the EC can be put directly under the Parliament, instead of it being the prerogative power of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

His subject can still remember when Pakatan Rakyat tried to amend the Constitution in such a way that the country would end up as a republic, thus stripping the palace of its status!

Looks like they will never stop. They had even tried to get the King's commitment for Bersih 2.0 last year to the disgust of the rakyat, especially the Malays. They treated the King like a president of a republic!

But that's the whole idea. They see the constitutional monarchy as a barrier to their political desire. Stripping him of any power to the administration would augur well in attaining their objective - to rule the country without any interruption from the palace!
There are no plans to make the Election Commission (EC) answerable to Parliament, as it is an institution under the authority of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said under Article 114 of the Federal Constitution, the EC is an independent body appointed by and answers to the King.
"In principle, the EC is an institution under the authority of the King ... the Prime Minister's Department only oversees its daily administration and management.
"Therefore, there is no need to make the commission directly answerable to Parliament," said Nazri in reply to Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Tanjong).
Chow had asked if the government plans to implement a suggestion by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform, to make the EC answerable to Parliament.
Nazri, however, said the EC will look into the suggestion for future implementation if the need arises.
One may suggest that if PR wins the next general election, they will want absolute control on everything, including the King. Its true!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scorpenes a clean buy

So, its confirmed that Scorpene was a clean buy, no scandals and no hidden hands involved.

Defence Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Auditor-General has already explained that the purchase of Scorpene submarines was made according to legal procedures and his official report must be accepted by all quarters.
In response to the opposition’s plan to bring in a French lawyer, William Bourdon, to brief the Malaysian lawmakers on court proceedings in France on the purchase of the submarines, Ahmad Zahid hopes no quarters would twist the existing facts on the matter. 
He was also of the opinion that the lawyer was invited to Malaysia by the opposition merely with political motive and not so much for legal business. 
The purchase of the submarines should be seen from the aspects of an offset programme, training, and performance assurance for certain period of time, he said, adding that it was really an old issue brought up to create public anger and confusion.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim went to Paris last week to meet the lawyers acting for both SUARAM and DCNS in the Scorpenes corruption trial, with the intention of inviting them to come to Malaysia and brief Parliament on the latest status of the case.

Pakatan Rakyat, through its media like Malayskini, Malaysian Insider and others had accused PM Najib's Cabinet of using RM7.3 billion public money to purchase both submarines.

Even NGO like SUARAM plays a leading role in 'exposing' what the opposition alleged as 'the biggest scandal' the BN government ever committed, and that Najib, his wife Rosmah and former aide Razak Baginda were the culprits, linking them to the murder or Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, a person they believed was part of the 'scandal'.

And now that the Auditor-General has confirmed the purchase was legal and according to procedure, I believe the opposition will lambast it as a cover-up cahoot.

Let's hear to what Anwar & Gang have to say about this...

For sure they will call the Auditor-General 'a big liar'!




Saturday, October 6, 2012

No public fund for Ali's son wedding

What's the fuss about Ali Rustam's son wedding which attracted about 130,000 crowd? As a good leader, the Melaka chief minister is a darling to majority of the rakyat whom he frequently visit and rub shoulder with over the past 20 years.

Ali is not like other VVIPs, Ketua Mentri or Mentri Besar. He is so simple, easy to talk to and someone who really belongs to the rakyat.

Tell me. How often have you seen him using the service of police outrider on his official duty? How many bodyguards circle him at all time? Even his official residence does not have security guards!

Try compare him with Lim Guan Eng and Khalid Ibrahim who enjoy the privilege of security escort and outriders. Lim especially, is not easy to meet without having to get through his four or five bodyguards.

Compare Ali's residence to that of Lim and Khalid. No guards, and this enable the rakyat to walk in at any time, day and night. Ali will find time attending to weddings, the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Portuguese and others, whenever he got the invitation and time (read Husin Lempoyang blog).

The people of Melaka will usually send him invitations for various events, knowing he will never fail them. Even a minute visit will bring cheer to them. In many occasions, he will just drop by, with or without invitation.

Irrespective of race and political ideology, Ali will pay respect to the deceased, visiting the sick at hospitals, giving away aids to those in need and spend longer hour discussing rakyat matters with his officers and government officials.

So, what is that RM600,000 spent for his son's wedding. He used his own savings. Had there been sponsors, not a single sen involved state government agencies as alleged by the opposition. The rakyat is more than happy to 'chip in' wherever necessary to lighten his burden. To them, what is a little sacrifice for a good leader like him!

I don't know how did the opposition arrived at the figure between RM1.3 million and RM13 million spent for the wedding. Even by simple calculation, it leads to rubbish!

Ali has explained that several corporations such as local snack company Mamee Sdn Bhd and beverage firm Orang Kampung Drinks Sdn Bhd had advertised their products in the young couple’s wedding souvenir book, and I believe its normal for one to pay for the promo.

“As advertisers, they have to pay the advertisement cost by giving away products, such as 50,000 cans of Kacip Fatimah drinks,” Ali said, which to me is nothing wrong.

There were suggestions for the MACC to investigate the source of the wedding fund. Go ahead, Ali got nothing to hide.

Hey! What didn't the opposition justify the RM1.2 million PKR bus and the private jet hired by their leader Anwar Ibrahim? Whose money was it? Anwar's or the rakyat? Where did Unisel's RM40 million go over the last three years as it only incurred loses after PR took over Selangor in 2008.

A leader like Ali is hard to come by these days. He deserves the special treatment given by the rakyat of Melaka.

But what is RM600,000 for a Malay wedding if some people in PR spent a few million, both for wedding and funeral?

Let's see how much DAP would spend on Guan Eng or Lim Kit Siang's funeral...

Ooppsss... how much did the opposition spend for Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0?

You people (the opposition) should look at what you have done before point fingers at Ali and others. Since you don't really go down to the rakyat, like what Ali does, you don't really know what a good leader means to the people.

Please watch your tongue before you lose it!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Corruption - from head to toe!

I concur with Prime Minister's statement that corruption extends beyond the abuse of power by politicians and public servants and into the core values prevalent in society.
“If we view corruption as truly unethical and immoral behaviour, we cannot stop at just looking at the public officials and politicians who abuse their powers – we must go much further than that. For example, we rightly demand greater scrupulousness from those in public office; yet we live in a world where the public culture endorses the bursitis of greed and unmitigated success, at least until someone is found breaking the law,” he told some 1,500 representatives of international anti-corruption governmental agencies and commissions attending a conference in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
So, how corrupt is the Malaysian society, and how efficient and effective is the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in dealing with it?

Most importantly how do we define corruption? Does a reward, commission, lobby money, kickback and political fund comes under such a definition?

I wish I had the chance to speak at the MACC Academy in Jalan Duta, specifically on this subject. Why, I have been part of the 'corrupt society' from the day I recognised what money can buy and do. And I believe many more - millions of them - are like me.

As a kid, I was always given an extra 5 sen or 10 sen by my parents, grandparents and others to buy what they needed from the market or shop, on the condition that I do it straight away and deliver it fast. Frankly, that was also part of my 'earnings' for pocket money.

What do you call that? Bribery?

Years ago, when calling at the Income-tax office in Jalan Duta, the 'pencari fail' said my file would be ready in three working days. However, after showing him a RM50 note, he said "give me 3 minutes, abang!"

At the particular moment, I realised that such a practice was not only corrupt but also deprive those without money, especially the poor, from getting a fast and efficient service.

And today, just walk into any office and department offering counter services - immigration, banks, national registration office, government clinic, etc - jumping the 'Q' is a common practice for those who are able to buy the time and speed.

Yes, it is unethical and immoral but there are more serious cases that are 'covered up' by the authorities, notably involving the top brass.

Kickbacks that goes into ministers' political fund for projects awarded by the ministries, special project allocation for the special officers around their waist, commission from public contracts, reward for senior officers over land approval, etc.

There were cases where members of the judiciary, including lawyers were 'bought' to acquit murderers, robbers, drug peddlers, loan sharks, rapists and others by destroying evidence and creating alibis to stand for the accused.

The MACC is too keen in hauling up 'small fish', including a policeman who took RM10 from a motorcyclist without a valid driving license rather than going deep into the force and nab some senior officers for massing up tonnes of 'protection' money every month from illegal gambling dens, owners of brothel and massage parlor, pirated CD 'tauke' and other outlawed businesses.

Take note of these examples:

- a 35-year old police inspector drives a 5-serie to work.
- a temporary staff at the Immigration Dept buys an E-250 after working for six months.
- a land office officer can afford to pay a monthly RM2,200 for a RM500,000 bungalow he bought with his RM3,00 salary, despite having a wife and 4 kids.
- a MP with a monthly RM10,000 allowance can afford to hire 3 bodyguards @ RM2,000 each per month, a new 5-serie, service his housing loan and 2 wifes and 6 kids.
- a senior government officer under JUSA C can afford to have a bungalow, another 2 houses, 4 Continental cars, 3 maids and 2 gardeners.

There are many more.

Personally, I don't trust the MACC much. Some of its members are also corrupt. I got a strong case against a Dato', with all proofs pointing to his corrupt practice. However, the officer in charge of the case was transferred out from Putrajaya, to Sabah.

I heard a lot of things about the irregularities at MACC but sorry to say, they always think they are never at fault, and free from any malpractice.

The worst corrupt practice, to me is money politics but who would like to become a politician without enough money to spend?

So, political money is not categorised as graft?

And what about the money reward by MACC to any whistleblower who could feed the right info about any corrupt practice around him/her? Without the offer, do you think many people would cooperate?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Where's the 'overtime', Omar Osman?

I believe PM Najib Tun Razak has granted more than half of Cuepacs' wish when presenting Budget 2013 on September 28, especially bonus, housing and other allowances.

The civil service is the pillar of our administration. Yes, no doubt about it and that's why the government will do anything necessary and affordable to provide them with higher pay and better perks.

However, rewards must commensurate with good product and work quality. Its Cuepacs' rights to safeguard the interest of its 1.4 million members but in doing so, it also has to ensure quality is achieved and assignments are completed.

Three days before Budget 2013, its president Omar Osman said civil servants nationwide were prepared to work overtime - an extra 30 minutes without pay - if 70 per cent of its six claims are approved by the government.

I called it a 'nonsense' offer in that blog posting.

Two days after budget announcement, Omar issued a statement requesting that the one and a half month bonus for civil servants be exempted from tax.

"This is the first time we are requesting it for all civil servants, regardless of ranking," he said, adding that those who wished to apply for affordable homes should be allowed to get full loans without having to pay a 10 per cent deposit, while a 100 per cent loan should be given to first-time house owners.

In the Budget, RM1.9 billion is allocated to build 123,000 affordable housing units in strategic locations and RM500 million to build houses priced between RM100,000 and RM400,000 nationwide.

A good and fair requests, I suppose.

But Omar is fast forgetting what he promised - the overtime! He mentioned nothing about it although such a 'counter offer' does not make any sense.

I hope he remembers.

The government has been very generous with civil servants, and its time for a payback. The rakyat would like to see how Omar and Cuepacs honor their promises!

Don't become another 'Melayu mudah lupa'!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PM's statement on women thrown out of context!

Prime Minister Najib's statement at the Women's Day celebration yesterday was misinterpreted and thrown out of context. The opposition, especially was quick to lucre on it, accusing him of being disrespectful and undermining the role of women in national development.

PKR politician and blogger Chegubard in his posting lashed out at Najib's arrogance in recognising women's movement in the country.
"Najib menyatakan Malaysia tidak memerlukan sama sekali pergerakan wanita dalam negara ini. Beliau selaku Menteri Wanita dalam majlis anjuran kementeriannya telah menghina perjuangan aktivis-aktivis hak wanita dalam negara ini..."
The Prime Minister spoke in simple Bahasa Malaysia at the function. I just wonder if Chegubard (as a Melayu) and his friends understand the language.

The way he spun the story didn't reflect him as a mature politician, and so are those who failed to digest the message of such a statement.

However, I believe he took cue from his boss' blog posting about the recently tabled Budget 2013 at the Dewan Rakyat, that 'the government didn't give the right amount of allocation to women'. PKR president Wan Azizah said:
"Our two projects for empowering women call for spending of RM3.94 billion. All in, we intend to spend up toRM4.5 billion a year on programs for women. This is 10 times more than Umno BN's spending for women."
True, the Budget allocates about RM400 million for women but that is more than sufficient after considering other funds and insentives. Compared with Pakatan's RM4 billion, it will make each and every woman in the country close to becoming a millionaire!

Najib's statement should be interpreted like this:

Women's movement in Malaysia does not need further recognition because they are already well-established and much more advanced than other countries, including those few in the West. So strong and influential are their organisations and movements that they are present in all sectors of the economy and nation-building, and become the envious of similar groups abroad.

What PM actually meant was, they do not need recognition as they are already well-known and are able to champion their course without much assistance from the government, and that makes them very special as compared with the achievement of other women movement in Africa, Latin America, Asia and other regions.

So, there is no reason at all for them to jump to conclusion, sensationalising and politicising it!
A press statement issued by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG), which comprises Sisters in Islam (SIS); Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO); Perak Women for Women Society (PWW); Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO); All Women’s Action Society (AWAM); Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER); and Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) also voiced out their 'disbelief' at Najib. 
"Such a statement by the prime minister, who is also the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, belies and belittles the reality women face on a daily basis — the violence, harassment and discrimination — which Government policies have not adequately addressed. The recently released CEDAW alternative report comprehensively documents all forms of discrimination that women in Malaysia continue to face today. For those of us who have to deal with the problems women face on the ground, the Prime Minister’s claim does not inspire any confidence in his leadership of the country and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development..."
I wonder if we have enough Malays in these organisations who can understand the language. It is not fair at all to simply become abusive over things that we don't really comprehend.
I am also not sure if the PM Office will issue a statement to clear the air but for one thing, I am sure the opposition is riding on the issue for their politics... and for something to blog and criticise!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Home Ministry loses to Mkini

I think this is the second time in few months the Home Ministry lost to the opposition, both in court. First, to Bersih and yesterday to Malaysiakini.

In a matter of time, there will be Bersih 4.0 and 5.0. And soon, we can buy 'Mkini Daily' from the news stand, 7 Eleven and other stores.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court's Appellate and Special Powers division has quashed the Home Ministry's decision not to grant a publishing permit to Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, which operates the Malaysiakini news portal.
In ruling the ministry’s decision as “improper and irrational”, judge Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim said the home minister's decision was misdirected as it exceeded the limit of its jurisdiction.

“The decision affects the right of the plaintiff to the right of freedom of expression, which also includes the right to a permit, and it is a fundamental liberty enshrined in the constitution,” Justice Abang Iskandar said.

"Hence, the court allows the application for a certiorari (to quash) the decision of the respondents (Home Ministry) and the applicant needs to submit its letter to the ministry.”

Justice Abang Iskandar noted that freedom of expression (through publication) is a natural right and is enshrined in Article 10 of the federal constitution.

He recognised the fact that the portal has won numerous local and international awards, and that this should not stop the authorities from giving Malaysiakini a permit.

The judge also ordered the Home Ministry to pay RM5,000 in costs.
Don't blame the court and the judge. Nothing's wrong with the law and our Constitution.

It's how we put things under control. We have been so lenient, too soft. In order to win the hearts of many, including foreign governments and international pressure groups, we submitted to what has been termed as 'free and liberal' tag.

There were times when action came too late while some measures and good proposals were rejected without valid reasons. In some cases, nobody took heed of positive feedback given by the public and experts.

Now, I think Mkini deserves every right to print, and it will sell. Clamping a conditional printing permit too won't be wise as other opposition media are already in the market.

What else can we do about it?

Monday, October 1, 2012

PR's 'Negara Kebajikan' can plunge the nation into bankruptcy

PM Najib Tun Razak today told BN leaders to be bold in fighting for the welfare and the well being of the people, go to the ground and not afraid of being intimidated by the opposition.

A positive reminder, indeed although it is a well-known fact that Barisan Nasional walks the talk in dealing with the welfare of the rakyat. This is evident from the package under Budget 2013 he announced on Sept 28.

Pakatan Rakyat has yet to proof anything although its counter-Budget proposal contains some attractive measures it will undertake should the electorates choose them in the next general election. But still, the possibility is slim as the people is so used with the comfort within BN's spirit of cooperation.

Again, the issue of welfare under Pakatan Rakyat can be put to question. Its 'Negara Kebajikan' or 'Welfare State' is only a political slogan to woo support and votes.

What is a 'Negara Kebajikan' when you dodged the rakyat of Selangor about the water, housing and land issues?

What would become of our present and future generation if we provide them with free tertiary education, without PTPTN loan scheme?

No country accords free education for its people. Scholarship is only given to outstanding students as a stimulant and encouragement for others to strive in their study and excel in their respective discipline.

Even a developed nations like the US, UK, Germany and France do not provide free tertiary education as the swelling cost might eat up the government's purse, hence interrupting development for other sectors. In other words, it may lead to a nation going bankrupt!

How much money is needed for free tertiary education. Taking into account the number of students enrolling at all public and private universities and colleges, we may need about RM200 billion every year to support them.

Going by math logic, even Japan could not do that, let alone Singapore and Brunei Darussalam!

I dont know how Pakatan arrived at such a formula but free education will lead to a lazy, complacent generation.

And what else should be free under Pakatan's 'Negara Berkebajikan'?

Welfare only means 'everything provided for'. Just like the Rumah Kebajikan, Home for the Aged and others. We provide them with eveything - a house to stay, free clothes, school uniform, food and beverages. We even pay for their utility bills.

Can Pakatan do that under their welfare scheme?

Give us everything for free or at a significant discount. Why not 50 per cent off for houses, half price for Proton cars, free water and electricity, free-fare on public transport, etc. That's what welfare really means!

Impossible, right?

So, don't talk about welfare if you don't know what it means. Learn from BN's welfare approach!