Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Of Malaysia's : Whose dignity...

At the time when more than 2 million people converge to Padang Arafah... spare some time ti think about dignity.

These past few days, so many touch on the issue of dignity. At the time of writing, 2 million people in Padang Arafah and millions more around the globe pray to his almighty seeking forgiveness and the correct path whilst at the same time pray for things closest to them.

Dignity, whose dignity are we fighting for now? The Reds talked about dignity as they try to justify the need for 16th September rally. Shamefully, some tried to talk about Malay dignity but when pressed further, they are unable to elaborate. what is Malay dignity when there is no necessity to talk about it.

Instead, we should be talking in broader terms. Want to talk about Malay dignity? Can.. let's start with takraw. You know, the rattan ball game with three on each side. Once upon a time, Malays are the world champions but then it starts sliding, first losing to the Thais and later Indons. Now, at times, we can barely beat the Laos, Philipines... so, where is Malay dignity? Where are the Reds when this happens?

What about this... Malays are known to be a race raised in high moral values. Now, like the rest of Malaysians, is it esy to see Malays surrendering their seats for the elderly, the handicapped, the pregnant? Malays talk about high moral grounds but where are the Reds when so many babies born out of wedlock? Where are Malay dignity when so many of their young engaged in pre-marital sex. Drugs? Where are the Reds when so many Malays "graduated" from Pengasih and the numerous drug rehabilitation centers?

If we want to talk about Malay dignity, we should be talking and discussing with the rest on how to arrest these pitfalls if they are concern about dignity. If dignity is about massing in Padang Merbok shouting unacceptable slogans towards others, that's not dignity! That's provocation!

What dignity are we talking about when the Reds talked of invading Petaling street and demanding the spoils of Petaling street. Remember Kampung Baru and Chow Kit road? Is it not a Malay commercial area years before? Now? It is a place where Indons and Pakis and Banglas run their business from the same spots where Malays used to run their business! Talk about dignity, why didn't the Reds "invade" Chow Kit areas demanding their places back. What the Reds are doing is not fighting for dignity but jealousy to others' success. You want success? Try develop your own business centers. If Damansara uptown is successful, why can't the Malays do it in other areas? They did it in Shah Alam uptown, don't they?

So, whose dignity are we talking aout? If it is Malaysia, where is our dignity when our soccer lost by the dozens to a small and unranked country? Where is our dignity when our MH plane disappeared from the sky? If it is Malaysian dignity, what are we doing about it? Few days n the headlines and everything is back to normal. Talk about dignity, what about the numerous kidnappings in Sabah waters? What do we do about it? What about the infamous "invasion" to Malaysian soil when the "Sulus" decided to make a case against us?

Whose dignity are we talking about? If the Reds are fighting for one person's dignity, then it is not right! Look it this way...what are we doing about it when Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Britain, Switzeland and latest USA starts investigating 1MPM6? One may be wrong, two may be coincidence, but so many countries? Are we going to declare that all these countries are jealous of us and trying to topple the legitimate government? A person is not a government! The ruling party is entrusted to form a government! That said, investigating a leader is not an attempt to topple the government!

Dignity? Where is our dignity when our GLC, 1MDB, paid USD 1.4B and it seems that the payment is unaccounted! Where is the money? 1MDB cannot take the easy way out and blame others when they should be using their resources to find out what's really going on. If it is a lapse from 1MDB, it should be corrected, and if it is a lapse from IPIC, it should be pointed out! This is Malaysia's dignity. If this can happen to 1MDB, where is Malaysia's dignity in international business circle?

Some are obsessed in defending 1MPM6 and become his spokesman. The best person to answer is 1MPM6 himself. Do not be over obsessive for something uncertain. We cannot put the blame to Khairuddin just because he make reports in Hong Kong, Switzeland etc. These country, especially Hong Kong is known for their no nonsense attitude against illegal transactions as well as money laundering. In fact, Malaysia's investigative teams should come to the fore, either to clear or charge 1MPM6. Sad to say, our AG is dragging his feet when Bank Negara has alraedy put on record that they have completed their investgation and submit their papers to AG for his action almost 3 weeks ago.

Dignity? If a leader is accussed of misdeeds, he should stand up and reply to the accusation. Not his ministers, not his party members. If there is any dignity left, I call upon 1MPM6 to make the ultimate sacrifice during this auspicious Padang Arafah concentration of pilgrims. He knows what he needs to do it!

UMNO must make a stand on the Reds. UMNO is a matured party and they should be able to think about their political survivor. It is either UMNO or that 1 person. Make a choice...

Malay dignity? Read what others have to say.

Me? Selamat Aidil Adha... I need to make peace and seeks His forgiveness and Rahmat...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Of Malaysia's selective prosecution, probes, missing fund (again)...

First..a drop, now it's drizzling, next???

Things happen. When it does, it defies log thinking and at times deny the norm. It happens today when Ali Tinju , the infamous guy who did buttock exercising in front of Ambiga's house and the same man who disrupted the "Nothing to hide" forum as well as the guy who encourage actions at Low Yat plaza, got his charges dropped by the AG's office. Why? Ask the AG as he is the person who finally decides which charges to proceed and which is not. Maybe the AG is not listening to the people, instead he is receiving "strange" vibes from someone somewhere.

It is not a matter too small when AG decides on Ali Tinju. This is a matter of racial harmony and by taking the unbelievable stance, the AG is sending the wrong message. You can say things and stir sentments against a partuclar group and if it happens that the particular group is not on the "preferred" list, you can organise unlawful assemblies and speaks fieryly, it will be alright because the AG will not charge you.

Naturally, for their political survivor and dignity, MCA as well as Gerakan appeal the AG to reconsider his action and decision. Alas, it is all now Nasi menjadi bubur. Do you think AG will listen to minions like MCA and Gerakan, whose cabinet posts are at the mercy of big brother UMNO?

The best MCA and Gerakan can claim to their supporters is that they have raised their concern and the AG is looking into it. Or, alternatively MCA and Gerakan can claim that 1MPM6 has assured them that this will not recur, however AG is not under 1MPM6 citing the separation of power. Aiya... itu semua are cosmetics!!

It will be a joke if AG comes up with a decision that they are looking at possibly losing the case in court. As if the percentage of winning court cases is AG's KPI for the moment.

Anuar Musa claimed 250,000 attended the red rally. IPPKL's statement differs...

It says 35,000 attended the red rally and later revised to 50,000. Maybe the 50,000 ia taken because that is the capacity for Padang Merbok. Whatever, even at 50,000 attendees, it is amajor slap in the face for the man behind the glass tower.

On the confrontation in front of Petaling street entrance, PDRM will be probing the incident and identify the perpetrators as their actions will breed racism. Who would believe action will be taken and hese people will be charge in court? Will it be another show just to please the masses and later the AG will drop the charges as what happens to Ali Tinju? 1MPM6 can come out and say tat the incident should not have happened but this is all empty tins talking. Lots of thunder but no lightning!!

What I see is our Tionghua friends will be distancing further from 1MPM6's led coalition. Do you think 1MPM6 care? No, he will not care and will not give a hoot. Reason? He sees Kuala Lumpur parliamentary seats are stamped, sealed, delivered as opposition strongholds and as such he did not see the necessity to please the tionghua community when his survival greatly depends on the Red shirts of the rural areas.

Now, this Jamal guy is claiming that the Petaling street spoils of business should be shared with the Malays. Hello bro, you have some stalls in Kuala Lumpur pasar malam but you decided to "offload" for monetary gains and now you are looking for another goodies in Petaling street? This is the type of person who works for himself and he never learns to differentiate politics and business. Look at his ikan bakar Sekican, closed after his anti-BERSIH stand before and I understand that his prestigous car showroom is not getting better and most possibly closing down. A friend of mine told me that Jamal is a graduate of a non-academic institution somewhere in KL. I will not comment on this as he may have joined the mainstream after his stay in the institution.

The same cannot be said if you happen to be on the other side. Azmin Ali will be called in for his yellow dressing on 29th and 30th August 2015. Fortunately, they yellow dressing probe is limited to opposition key figures and not blanket coverage to 400,000 Yellows who flooded KL on that date. Come to think about it, what will happen if these 400,000 rally goers "surrenders" themselves to the police stations with photographic evidence as well as SD's taht they were wearing the "illegal" yellow t-shirt? Will AG decides to charge these 400,000 participants? Heh..heh...fortunately Maria Chin and Lim Kit Siang did not think the way I do. Me? I will definitely request these 400,000 "illegal yellows" to go to the police stations and surrender themselves for going agains the "yellow t-shirt" ban. It will be a sight to behold...

As I said earlier, things happen. Even if you do not wear yellow, you may find yourself in the same boat as MAZA because of a statement that can be probed as sedition. Expressing views about the intention what the yellow t-shirts wanted is also wrong???

Everything is possible when shadows are seen as enemies of the state. The Keruak said, don't be like Iraq n trying to dismantle the government because when the "truth" comes out, it might be too late. What is the similarity between Iraq and us? Saddam was accused of having WMDs' whilst in our case, what they wanted are fair elections and calls for 1MPM6's resignation due to the numerous charges of inproper transactions concerning 1MDB as well as the economic situation facing Malaysia. The analogy provided by Keruak is out of context. That's what you get when you appoint bootlickers...

apart from that, another expose from WSJ, is damaging us even more. It is said that another USD 993M supposed to be paid by 1MDB never reach IPIC. If that expose is not sufficient enough, the latest is Khairudin has been detained (or is it probed) for aiming to topple the government.

It's getting serious now... and I may talk about it when I wake up in the morning

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Of Malaysia's both sides now : Reds, yellows, oranges and...

Here are the Reds...

Honestly, I did not attend the Red shirt rally. I guess it's all right since Rocky did not attend it too.

Regardless whether this is "rent a mob" or whatever you want to call it, it all boils down to perspectives. As per BERSIH 4.0, the red rally is also sprinkled with their own political leaders like Anuar Musa, Ahmad Maslan, Reezal Merican. Unlike previous BERSIH, I doubt it is the same "water" gushing out from FRU's water canon in Petaling street today.

They say "Honesty is the best policy" so it is quite pointless for anyone to deny that the "3 million member party" is not involved in orchaestrating the rally. As such, it is not surprising when 1MPM6 Najib wanted the Petaling street incident to be probed. Afterall, directly or indirectly, he is the reason for the red shirt, as well as the recent BERSIH 4.0 rallies.

1MPM6 Najib is the reason why BERSIH 4.0 took the streets on 29th August and it is also the reason why Red rally converge at Padang Merbok today. One claimed to save Malaysia and its economy by demanding 1MPM6's resignation and the other raise as they perceive stomping Najib's poster is an insult to a race. Both have different reasons but the common denominator is Najib.

Najib previously claimed that the rest of the nation supported him except for those hundreds of thousands of BERSIH 4.0 participants who flooded the capital for 2 days. Let's use his argument approach albeit at a smaller scale - Is Najib supported by only 250,000 (figure courtesy of Anuar Musa) UMNO members? Using Najib's logic, the balance 2,750,000 members ie 2.75 million (UMNO claimed to have 3 million members) does not support Najib? Following through, that means 91.6 % does not support Najib. So Najib dear, apa lagi you tunggu? Turunlah because even UMNO members does not "support" you.

When the Reds left the city tonight, back to their various villages and towns with maybe RM 100 to RM 300 richer, those left behind will ponder what is in store for tomorrow. Is our nation divided? How can it be when we are 52 years old today?

52 years on, 1MPM6's top priority seems hollow. 1MPM6's top priorities and key points were :-

1. Peace
2. Security of the nation;
3. Najib say he will not allow for blood on the streets and burning shops;
4. Promote national unity;
5. It is not right to organise rallies dominated by 1 race;
6. Manage differences and not bitterness and anger;

Big promises and grandeur priorities but 1MPM6 must take a leaf of lesson from recent political changes around the globe :-

1. Guatemalan President resigned (and later charged) for fraud;
2. Australian Prime Minister replaced by his own party member;
3. South Korean Prime Minister resigned due to bribery scandal;

As for Guatemalan President, he is only as good as he last. Now, behind iron bars he claimed that a superpower has a hand in his downfall. A lesson here is, one is only good if one is useful to the superpower. Once you are out of favour, the end will be near, very near indeed. This should serve as a reminder that the superpowers wants something out of Malaysia. What is it? Speculations are many and this article is not about that.

The same for Prime Minister Tony Abbot. He accepts his fate when his own party rejected him and he took it in full stride, never clinging to power when it is time to go. Lesson learnt? You have to listen to the voice on the streets. Listen is not hearing for you can hear but you can choose to ignore and dismiss the noises. Listen means to understand what the people want and if it is time to go, then go...

South Korean Prime Minister? He choose resignation when he and his senior cabinet ministers were accused of bribery scandal. He did not hang to his job and let his supporters loose to strengthen his position nor did he threaten or accuse the opposition for his resignation.

Whether they are guilty as charged or not, they are gentlemen and statesmen in their own rights. If it benefits the nation, then do what you have to do. We are not here forever until "menongkat bumi". Whatever power given by the rakyat is for the benefit of the rakyat and not the benefit of 1 person or a race or a particular party members. What the rakyat wants is sacrifice and that sacrifice is for the nation's continued well being.

We are going to celebrate Aidil Adha next week and Aidil Adha is about sacrifice. Ibrahim AS and Ismail AS sacrifice for their faith as He wants to test his servants.

What now? Will 1MPM6 follow the footsteps of recent political leaders who are big-hearted to resign for their country, their dignity, their party and country? Or will we continuously see a leader who choose to blame others for his personal shortcomings? Once, maybe. Everytime? No way jose...

When the dust settled tomorrow, we are actually many steps backwards. Are we heading to be a nation of mistrust? fractured by the many scandals the likes of scorpene, 1MDB, falcon bank, RM 2.6B donation? divided by whites and not so whites, east and west, urban and rural?

We are 52 years old but if you choose to take a step back, you will see a nation torn between two sides - "I love PM" and "PM needs to go"..

Me? 52 years on... sometimes I feels like a worn-out "Soldier of fortune". You want to know a secret? I am not a "soldier for hire". I am what I am..and I want the best for Malaysia. If today is not that day, maybe, I can see it in my dreams...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Of Malaysia's 16th September Red shirts... cold response!

"Hello (fill in the blanks)...., please send busloads of people here because we are not getting encouraging response from the city" - 16th Sept organiser(??)

If you guys thinks that this is in Thailand or somewhere in Israel-controlled Al-Aqsa, you are dead wrong. This is a picture of a local student leader who was beaten up when he was taking his turn looking after campaign posters for the upcoming UKM campus elections.

Malaysiakini reported :-

1. He was beaten up;
2. He was splashed with paint;
3. His car was also splashed with paint;
4. Speculated that the attack was politically motivated;
5. 2 attackers with full-faced motorcycle helmets with dark visor;
6. He received 7 stiches;

Regardless of his political inclinations, the university should be responsible for the incident, mainly because this is in relation to the campus election and the incident happened in the campus during the early morning wee hours.

If this happens in one of Malaysia's premier University and supposedly to our next crop of future leaders, what will the future holds when opposing political supporters meet? Not only our Universities lacking academically, our students are also influenced by bad elements when they are not politically connected. 5 years from now, these students will be joining mainstream politics and if they fail in politics 101 practical, worse is yet to come when they graduated. If this is happening to our cream of the crop, then how do the rest behaves? ten times worse?

16th September rally is going needlessly round and round. One says A, another says Z. There is no definite goals. Like 1MPM6, their goals keep on changing, bordering from supremely racist to all inclusive rally remembering Malaysia day. The Red shirt Jamal first says that they will do one thing and later announced that they will be joining PESAKA in Padang Merbok. Why? Simply beca use DBKL has given green light for a rally to be held in Padang Merbok.IGP says they will facilitate the rally and warned others not to play "cops" to protect traders group.

Maybe the top cop feels that his force is sufficient to handle what come may. I hope so but it is questionable as there is no "dry runs" to handle 16th Sept rally, not like when cops were instructed for "dry runs' training during the recent BERSIH 4.0.

Further to that, the rhetorics are unnecessarily threatening resulting in many of my "fair-skinned" friends opting to travel elsewhere during the coming Malaysia day holidays. Viral news travels fast when some even claim that there are efforts to induce participants with financial rewards if they joined the rally. So far, let's say that this is all hearsay.

PAS has declared that they will not be involved with 16th September rally and I hope other public movers will also come out to say the same and send a loud and clear message that eventhough we respect the rights of others for peaceful assembly, we frowned on any attempts to divide us along racial and religious lines.

We are Malaysians first and as Malaysians, we stand proud to sing Negaraku, regardless of race and religion, regardless whether we are white or black and I do sure hope that the REDS can match BERSIH yellow belting out our national anthem.

One short question - will 1MPM6 be in Malaysia when we celebrate 16th september or will he be half way around the world looking for new toys to satisfy his cravings??

Me? Of course, I will be here ready to service. However, fireworks are not for me as I leave to our younger generation to watch in awe..

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Esok masih ada...?

Apakah Malaysia sedang menghadapi krisis identiti dan halatuju? Fikir-fikirkanlah...

Dimana permulaannya? Setelah 58 tahun merdeka, apakah kita benar-benar bebas dari cengkaman penjajah? Mungkinkah kita kini berhadapan dengan cabaran terhebat, dalam sandiwara antarabangsa dengan skrip yang ditangani oleh barisan pelakun-pelakun antarabangsa. Kali ini bentuk penjajahan yang kita hadapi datang dalam pelbagai bentuk dan ragam.

Sebagai satu negara yang strategik dirantau ASEAN, Malaysia memerlukan seoarang pemimpin yang bukan saja dinamik tetapi juga mengamalkan sifat yang terbuka, bukab saja dari segi polisi negara tetapi juga intergriti diri yang tinggi.

BERSIH 4.0 telah berlalu. Suka atau tidak, ia mempunyai impak yang tersendiri bergantung pada dari arah mana pandangan yang kita percaya. Untuk mereka yang menyertai BERSIH 4.0, dari segi fizikal mahupun dari segi sokongan moral, BERSIH 4.0 telah berjaya menghantar satu mesej pada kepimpinan Negara bahwa masih banyak kepincangan yang perlu dihadapi. Sekali lagi, diperturunkan tuntutan BERSIH 4.0 sebagai renungan :-

1. Free and Fair Elections (Pilihan Raya yang Bebas dan Adil)
2. A Transparent Government (Kerajaan yang Telus)
3. The Right to Demonstrate (Hak Berdemonstrasi)
4. Strengthening the Parliamentary Democracy System (Memperkukuh Sistem Demokrasi Berparlimen)
5. Saving the Economy of Malaysia (Menyelamatkan Ekonomi Malaysia) [18]
6. Resignation of Prime Minister, Najib Razak (Perletakan Jawatan Perdana Menteri oleh Najib Razak)

Biarlah gambar berbicara tentang sambutan rakyat terhadap BERSIH 4.0.

Perhimpunan berterusan 36 jam membuktikan bahwa jika tidak ada provokasi, perhimpunan dapat diadakan secara aman tanpa kerosakan harta benda atau memberi kesan negatif kepada ekonomi setakat ketika perhimpunan dijalankan.

Kita menantikan dengan debaran bagaimana pula perhimpunan "baju merah" yang di war-warkan akan diadakan pada 16hb September nanti.

Kembali kepada tajuk asal, walaupun kesemua 6 tuntutan BERSIH 4.0 adalah penting, tetapi tuntutan nombor 5 dan 6 mempunyai impak terus terhadap 1MPM6 Najib. Suka atau tidak, 1MPM6 sedang berhadapan dengan krisis kepimpinan dimana beliau perlu memilih samada untuk terus duduk di Putrajaya atau mengundurkan diri secara terhormat.

Umum mengetahui bahwa Najib memecat TPM dan mengambil rakan regu yang baru iaitu Ahmad Zahid. Umum juga mengetahui bahwa didalam mesyuarat MT UMNO, Timbalan Presiden UMNO mengakui ada konspirasi terancang untuk menjatuhkan Najib. Mungkin pendedahan itu merupakan satu muslihat politik sesudah termetrai perjanjian dalaman antara Presiden dan Timbalannya.

Dengan tekanan yang berterusan terhadap Najib, Najib perlu mengutamakan Malaysia dari diri beliau sendiri. Malaysia memerlukan penggorbanan dari Najib dan Najib perlulah akur pada kehendak ini. Kenapa? Sehingga ke saat ini, Najib tidak menafikan tentang isu "derma" RM 2.6B. Apa yang kita dengar ialah pengakuan Najib bahwa beliau tidak menggunakan dana tersebut untuk dirinya TETAPI beliau tidak menafikan keujudan dana RM 2.6B.

Yang paling mengerunkan ialah apabila pentadbiran 1MPM6 mengambil langkah-langkah yang dilihat sebagai mencengkam serta bertujuan untuk menghalang penyiasatan terhadap ketirisan terutama berkaitan dengan 1MDB. Antara lain :-

1. 1MPM6 Najib memecat Muhyiddin Yasin dan Shafie Afdal dari kabinet serta menamakan mereka yang dilihat sebagai "Yes men" sebagai ahli kabinet yang baru;
2. Peguam Negara Ghani Patail dihentikan dari jawatan dan diganti dengan Apandi yang dilihat sebagai penyokong Najib. Apandi menghentikan penyiasatan terhadap 1MDB;
3. 2 pegawai SPRM yang terlibat dalam pasukan penyiasat khas terhadap 1MDB telah dipindah serta merta ke JPM. Pertukaran tersebut dibatalkan setelah mendapat tentangan;
4. Pengarah SB telah dipencenkan serta Penolong beliau telah dipindakan ke JPM. Walaupun demikian, pertukaran itu mendapat tentangan kerana tidak ada bidang kerja yang diberikan kepadan Timbalan Pengarah B (Hamid);
5. 2 pegawai Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) telah ditahan oleh PDRM. Pegawai2 ini adalah sebahgian dari penyiasat khas 1MDB;
6. Lapuran BNM yang telah dimajukan kepada Peguam Negara baru tidak diambil tindakan. Alasan Peguam Negara? Sibuk. Apakah 20 hari masih tidak mencukupi untuk Peguam Negara membuat keputusan tentan lapuran BNM? pakah Peguam Negara merasakan tindakan ndang2 terhadap beberapa individu tidak perlu kerana kepentingan tertentu?;
7. Penyiasatan PAC terhadap 1MDB tertabgguh apabila Najib melantik 4 ahli PAC (dari BN) sebagai sebahgian dari ahli kabinet beliau;

Najib tidak perlu menunding jari pada pihak lain atas kecuaian beliau dalam menguruskan amanah yang telah diberikan. Samada 1MDB menghadapi masaalah kewangan akibat penipuan tersusun atau rangkaian penipuan melibatkan beliau. Najib tidak perlu menuduh pihak lain yang di katakan berkepentingan untuk menjatuhkan beliau. Najib gagal menggunakan kesempatan untuk menjawab terus pada ICAC tempoh hari. Najib memilih untuk tidak menghadirkan diri atas "nasihat" Paul Low. Ini adalah tidak selari dengan laungan beliau "Rakyat didahulukan, Pencapaian di utamakan".

Jom kita merenung dari sudut lain tentang apa yang mungkin terjadi tetapi di sembunyikan untuk menutup cerita sebenar.

Kalau dilihat dari makro, gambarannya ialah 1MDB yang diasaskan oleh Najib merupakan biawak hidup yang kini menghantui 1MPM6 Najib. Akibat kepincangan akaun 1MDB dan peralihan wang melalui beberapa akaun serata dunia, beberapa negara telah memulakan penyiasatan sendiri. Selain daripada itu, pendedahan berterusan dari Sarawak Report menjadi punca Justo ditahan di Thailand.

Antara negara-negara yang terlibat dengan pendedahan dan "salah laku" 1MDB adalah Singapura, Switzeland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Britain dengan Perancis dan Amerika Syarikat mungkin akan melibatkan diri dalam masa terdekat. "Minat" yang ditunjukkan oleh negara-negara ini perlu dilihat dari sudut lain. Untuk masa ini, eloklah dikategorikan minat mereka kepada nilai komersil dan politik antarabangsa.

Nilai komersil yang dimaksudkan adalah nilai pertukaran wang antara negara apabila Malaysia perlu membuat tempahan besar. Sebagai contoh ialah minat Malaysia untuk memiliki Helicopter carrier dan pesawat pejuan yang baru. Cuba kita perhatikan keadaan mutakhir apabila :-

1. Perdana Menteri Britain datang ke Malaysia untuk mempromosikan jet pejuang Typhoon walaupun dikecam hebat oleh pembangkang. Barang diingat kedatangan Cameroon tidak dengan tangan yang kosong kerana Britain telah menolak permintaan Malaysia untuk menahan Claire Brown yang merupakan peneraju Sarawak Report. Sebaliknya, Britain yang mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan Hong Kong akan menggunakan pengaruh mereka untuk mendesak Najib membeli jet pejuang Typhoon kerana Hong Kong telah membuka penyiasatan terhadap akaun-akaun bank yang dikatakan mempunyai kaitan dengan Najib;
2. Dalam masa yang sama, Perancis juga datang bertamu ke Malaysia untuk menawarkan Mistral helicopter carrier dan jet pejuang Rafale. Perancis juga mempunyai "saham" dalam diri Najib apabila kes kapal selam Scorpene masih dalam siasatan mereka. Perancis mempunyai asas untuk mendesak Najib membuat pilihan kerana penyiasatan pembunuhan Altantunya serta "brokerage fee" ditangguh sementara atas sebab-sebab politik dalaman Perancis. Perancis akan mempercepatkan penyiasatan sekiranya ia dapat mempengaruhi Najib untuk membeli senjata dari Perancis;

Itu baru dari segi komersil, bagaimana pula dari segi politik antarabangsa? Kemungkinannya ada, antaranya :-

1. Diantara kesan 1MDB, Singapura telah membekukan 2 akaun yang mempunyai kaitan dengan 1MDB. Selain dari itu, Singapura telah meminta kerjasama Malaysia untuk mengesahkan beberapa perkara dibawah "money laundering act". Singapura juga mempunyai beberapa isu "sensitif" melibatkan Malaysia. Antaranya ialah bekalan air mentah ke Republik tersebut. Mungkinkah Singapura akan menggunakan hasil siasatan itu sebagai percaturan memandangkan Najib amat terlibat dalam 1MDB?;
2. Thailand juga mempunyai sesuatu yang melibatkan 1MDB. Justo Xavier telah ditahan di Thailand kerana dipercayai cuba menggunakan maklumat tentang 1MDB untuk mengugut syarikat beliau. Wlaupun ditangkap, Thailand mungkin akan menggunakan maklumat yang ada untuk mempengaruhi Najib apabila mereka bertemu untuk hubungan dua hala. Ini akan merupakan satu "setback" dan "disadvantage" kepada Najib secara peribadi dan Malaysia secara am;
3. Perlu juga diingat bahwa didalam apa-apa jua hal, Amerika Syarikat akan masuk campur sekiranya ia mengguntungkan mereka. Bank2 yang berniaga dengan 1MDB akan tertekan sekiranya terdapat unsur-unsur peralihan wang haram, apatah lagi sekiranya ia membabitkan 1MPM6 Najib. Ada sebahgian bank ini menjalankan perniagaan di Amerika Syarikat dan secara "indirect" perlu malapurkan perbuatan "money laundering" kepada Amerika Syarikat. Amerika Syarikat sudah lama mengidam untuk mengawal Selat elaka dan ni akan memberi peluang yang paling cerah untuk mereka mengawal Selat Melaka serta menjejaskan pengaliran minyak kepada China yang kini merupakan saingan utama Amerika Syarikat dalam pentas dunia.

Seandainya Najib mempunyai jiwa yang besar, beliau seharusnya mengambil langkah berani untuk mengundurkan diri dari pesada politik tanahair dan membiarkan pengganti beliau mengambil alih. Mungkin Najib mempunyai sedikit ruang apabila mesyuarat MT yang lalu berjalan lancar dan membibitkan satu jambatan rapuh antara Najib dan team Muhyiddin/Shafie Afdal. Itu tidak bererti Najib dapat berlapang dada untuk mula menjelajah dunia sebagaimana yang dibuat sebeum skandal 1MDB.

Andainya benar Najib akan memulakan perjalanan pada 15hb September ini, maka ternyatalah beliau tidak peka bahwa 16hb September merupakan tarikh keramat tertubuhnya Malaysia. Sebagai Perdana Menteri, 1MPM6 Najib perlu dilihat di Malaysia untuk bersama-sama rakyat menyambut tarikh tersebut dan bukannya berada di England, tempat penjajah terdahulu sebelum kita mencapi kemerdekaan.

Selain dari itu, ketiadaan beliau dan Menteri Pertahanan kerana menghadiri pertunjukan dan pameran pertahanan antarabangsa mungkin akan memberi ruang dan peluang untuk musuh-musuh politik beliau bertindak.

Untuk itu, fikir-fikirkanlah...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Of Malaysia's Once, Twice, Three times French obsession...

American Hotdogs, British Pie, Italian spaghetti, Chinese Peking Duck... Move aside. Here comes French toast...

All this while, when growing up, we are fed with American heroes like John Wayne, Charles Bronson, Tom Cruise. Everthing American is the best in the world. British? They are too slow, too gentlemen to be heroes, unless they moved over to USA like Sean Connery and the likes. Chinese? Too small for comfort with "cheapo" copycat products. Russian are seen to be too stiff with minimal comedic instinct with products likely to fail at the most crucial times.

Of late, in the past decade, Malaysia is turning to France to fortify its defense. It is a question when Malaysia opts to purchase submarines to bolster its naval arsenal. It's choice? Scorpene-class submarines developed by a French company and partner. Malaysia never has a submarine before. Obviously there will be problems highlighting that something is amiss during the negotiation. A submarine is supposed to be capable of moving underwater. The price? RM 3.4B for 2 submarines.

However, there were controversies surrounding the purchase i.e. :-

1. Brokering fee for the purchase is RM 540M. That was claimed by the opposition and if that is true, the brokering fee is 15 % of the submarine package;
2. Razak Baginda claimed that he did not use one Altantunya as interpreter when the Government signed the submarine in 2002. He said he knew Altantunya in 2004. That was what Razak Baginda claimed and picked up by Al Jazeera in East 101 documentary;
3. Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa aka Aminaa was murdered in 2004. 2 members of Malaysia's elite security detail were prosecuted and found guilty;

Next stop - Mistral helicopter carrier. Capable of transporting and deploying up to 16 helicopters, landing barges, tanks and soldiers, comes equipped with 69-bed hospital. Apparently, the French have 2 excess Mistral carriers which was formerly ordered by Russia.

Do we really need this specific Mistral carrier when ...

1. It is built for Northern hemisphere specifications including weathering the winter season;
2. Cost aside, the maintenance cost for 1 carrier is expected to be in the region of RM 4B;
3. If Britain who is a close ally of USA can make do without a carrier in their fleet, what makes Malaysia a step above them in acquiring the carrier?;

Perimekar may not be the preferred "service provider as there will others getting itchy to take over Razak Baginda's role.

If Mistral carrier is not enough, Malaysia is also looking at purchasing French (again) Rafale fighter jets. Is it time to buy these expensive toys when our ringgit is depreciating faster than other currencies in the region?

Further, consider these :-

1. If Scorpene cost us billions and "tainted" 1MPM6 Najib with implied scandal related to Razak Baginda and Altantunya, what will Mistral and Rafale holds?;
2. If Scorpene deal was sealed when 1MPM6 was the Defense Minister, why must these purchase made during Hishamuddein's (who happens to be 1MPM6's cousin}? Transperancy is an issue here;
3. Why was the decision not made when Ahmad Zahid was the Defense Minister? Is there any hidden agenda when Ahmad Zahid switched ministries with Hishamuddein? Is this 1MPM6's planning?;
4. If it is transparent and really necessary, is Transperancy and Integrity imported Minister, Paul Low, involved in ascertaining and verifying that everything is done above board?;
5. What advantage does the Mistral carrier offers when it is meant for Northern hemisphere specifications? Are we sending the Mistral for UN duties in the Black sea areas?;
6. Do we have enough local experts to do maintenance for the carrier? Or are we resorting to place our trust to the imported labour from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nepal to service and maintain the carrier?;
7. Are we going to use the carrier to fight the kidnappers around Sipadan islands?;
8. Has our security improved to the level the Government can vouch that no more fighter jet engines and its accessories will be missing when Rafale landed in Malaysia?;
9. If Altantunya was the translator (at a late stage?) for the Scorpene deal, who is the translator (s) in these carrier/Rafale deals? Another Mongolian? Khazakhstan?
10. Will the service provider be Jho Low or his connections?
11. Is the recent "accusations" against 1MPM6 a staged and elaborate plans to hoodwink the rakyat into deviating our focus away from the real "coming soon" mother of all Malaysian scandals?;
12. Is the Mistral/Rafale deal the handshake parting gift to Najib?;
13. Worse still - are the French/British and the rest holding "something" to sway Malaysia's decision to procure our defense arsenal. Is there any connections between the series of recent "bombarstic" exposures with the procurement? Hmmm...

We really don't need Mistral carrier and Rafales to blast Godzilla. Godzilla is just a fragment of imagination fit for movies. And the French intel are good at chewing gums to fool the Americans. Us? One look and they know that we are not Americans and we are closer to Chicanos than GI Joes. Let's be real. Buy when we really need to upgrade or restock Malaysia's defense and not because of commissions for those close to power.

If only Philippe Roache is around to advise...

Please take some time to reflect the tragedy where a construction crane fell resulting in 100 deaths in the holy city of Mekah. May God has mercy on them...

Me? All I have are Tin Soldiers...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Of Malaysia's Najib's Sounds of Silence...

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.
- Simon & Garfunkel

Silence is Golden Is it true? When 1MPM6 decided to go on silent mode, Hong Kong opens probe in Credit Suisse branch. That comes days after WSJ revealed 1MDB USD 1.4B payment to IPIC is not in the latter's consolidated account. Pandikar was quick to dismiss the leak comes from Parliamentary staff.

Putrajaya is expressly quick in denying Najib's possible account in Credit Suisse. Further, it blames politically motivated report.

If the former was money related, what about social relationship? Al Jazeera's report regarding Altantunya's relationship. If there is no truth, why the need to deport Al Jazeera's journalist who was doing her job for the documentary?

Don't forget about Malaysia's own submarine issue when SUARAM brought up to the French authorities.

Be it today, a few days ago, few years ago, it seems that the baggage is getting heavier by the day. Like it or not, world news wil be swooping into Malaysia to cover 1MPM6. Innocent or guilty? It doesn't matter if he the sitting PM or not, Najib has to go all out to prove his innocense especially when the world is watching Malaysia's every steps.

Consider these :-

1. Hong Kong police is investigating the allegation that RM 2.6B was in Najib's personal account in Hong Kong;
2. Bank deposit of more that USD 250M made in Credit Suisse branch there;
3. Najib was a signatory of companies owned by J Low's family;
4. Switzeland and Singapore has separately and independently opened investigation on 1MDB where Najis is one of it's adviser;
5. Pandikar denied that Parliamentary staff leaked PAC's information on 1MDB;
6. RM 146M service charge to Perimekar for purchase of scorpene submarines with web of illicit transactions involving Malaysian companies setup in Hong Kong;
7. Who is involved in Altantunya's murder?

Najib is Malaysia's Prime Minister. The expectation is - not only must he be cleaned (innocent) but he must also be seen clean (innocent). Following Tun Abdullah's elegant silent is no longer acceptable. In fact, there is no more room of 6 months for Najib to clear up 1MDB's mess.

Najib has to face the world and not let his officers to do the denials. Maybe Najib do not know Altantunya. Maybe he knows her as Aminah. Najib has no more option but to answer and squash all doubts about him.

Forget about the red shirts. That is Zahid Hamidi's territory. Najib should not allow his emotions to take charge. Greed is not an option. The longer he waits, the less options available for his "retirement scheme".

Me? strumming my guitar , whispering...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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