Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Of beating the drums...psywar

You know GE is around the corner when the ruling party starts making overtures, baiting and slow-dance the opposition.

Let's not be concerned with the date of the next GE. Suffice to say that it will be held in 2017, and this time the stakes are too high for UMNO to take the snobbish high roads which they are accustomed to...

First, Teuku Adenan, the BN secretary general cum UMNO's secretary general, released a time bomb when he professed that BN had reached a consensus regarding the Hudud bill or Act 355. You think that's the full story? NO! Not when MCA and MIC, the original members of Pakatan together with UMNO claimed they were either unaware of the consensus or chose to be elegantly silent on the claim.

With component parties breathing down his neck, Teuku Adenan choose to play safe and add confusion when he said the consensus is to have consensus on the Hudud bill. What is his true meaning? Or is he taking the safe way out.

Remember that BN acts on 1 party 1 vote system. If this is the case and still is the case, BN will have an overwhelming consensus to vote down Act 355. Why? Simply because there are not enough component parties who will go UMNO's way to charmed Hadis's PAS.

Hadi will be two-timed yet again with UMNO claiming they have done their best to pursuade its allies to support Act 355. Hadi should know that Najib and UMNO are political animals who will not satop at anything as long as they get what they wants. Although MCA, MIC, Gerakan is practically finish, UMNO needs them to bring the votes to BN candidates. PAS? They can fly kite as long as BN (read UMNO) can continue running the country, their way.

Before the drums died, Anuar Musa, UMNO's cum BN Information chief choose to introduce fissure to the already fragile understanding between opposition parties. Anuar Musa goes 1 step further in hinting that anybody can make a comeback in UMNO. Read it as an open invitation to Anwar Ibrahim, Ezam, Mukhriz to return to the fold including Muhyeiddin Yassin. Promises can be made to place the stars and the moon on their laps. Once BN wins the GE, these people can fly kite!!!

Maybe it's time to polish the shoes and walks through the power corners of Putrajaya...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Of one, two or more....doesn't matter

How does one keeps oneself to be relevant? Simple, by periodically comes out with catchy statementwhich entice the rakyat.

Whilst some die-hard supporters of Tg Razaleigh will camped outside his langgak mansion for a glimpse of his idea, I think Tg Razaleigh is now a relevantly irrelevant politician.


Tg Razaleigh once caught my attention when he chose to go against Mahathir Mohamed when he contested UMNO's President post way back in the 80's. Back then, it was too close to call but Mahathir with his strategic mastery managed to "change over" Najib and Anwar resulting in the defeat of Tg Razaleigh-Musa Hitam combo. You can browse the internet for their epic political battles!

After that, Tg Razaleigh's political fortunes is an Oreo's "kejap ada, kejap takde" where everytime there is a talk of succession, his name crops up, not as a serious contender but more of making up the numbers. Still, his die-hard supporters believe Tg Razaleigh will one day be the PM.

Through the years, the opposition front approached him but Tg Razaleigh, though interested, is not a risk taker. Being princely, he thought that he could get everything on a silver platter. He did not want to commit but he wanted to reap the rewards. That said, he would not put his eggs in the opposition basket. He would rather placed his "so called" loyalty to BN but at the same time send confusing signals to the opposition.

Now, with 1MDB about to be full blown, Tg Razaleigh needs to make himself relevant again. Noticing what happened to Tun Mahathir, Tg Razaleigh choose to belittle the opposition by making "Malay will be divided" statement. He claimed Amanah and BERSATU will further divides the Malays and this will not be good. There are many who said that Mahathir is getting senile but I guess Tg Razaleigh is not that far off.

Tg Razaleigh failed to remember when he quit UMNO in 80's, he started Semangat 46 and at the same time PAS were splittered to Berjasa and what not. If Tg Razaleigh claimed that BERSATU formation will split the Malay vortes, then what is he doing with Semangat 46? Consolidate Malay votes?

There is not much different what Tg Razaleigh did in the 80's with what Mahathir created in 2016. The physical difference is Semangat 46 gets a rousing start whilst Bersatu kicks off slowly. I see there is a non-issue in Malay voting split.

However, I look seriously on what Tg Razaleigh fails to do. He failed the nation to stand up and brings UMNO's Majlis Tertinggi to task and "open" up on 1MDB. It has been a see saw movement when Rahman Dahlan declared MO1 to be Najib whilst Noh Omar said he has no clue who is MO1. How can that be? Both are Cabinet members and Rahman Dahlan is BN's strategic communication director. Does this mean both of them are not talking? Or worse, are the ministers running their own agenda without guidance from 1MPM6?

Noh Omar should refrain from being ignorant as he is touted to be Selangor MB if BN wrest Selangor from Azmin Ali. His statement is unbecoming of a politician and expose his weakness. Rahman in one of his statement said "Only an idiot do not know whos is MO1". Does that mean we have 2 in UMNO when Langkawi MP dragged DYMM YDPA as MO1 whilst Noh Omar, a minister doesn't have a clue who is MO1?

Back to Tg Razaleigh. His antics lately bare his true self, a person who is revengeful and self-centered. To him, everything is OK if I get my way. Tg Razaleigh is still vengeful of Mahathir. After years gone by, he still bears hatred and revemge against Mahathir, not only on personal basis but to the extend that he fails to put the nation first before self. To Tg Razaleigh, i bade you good bye. You ahve been deleted from my list of those who can be called upon to defend Malaysia in its bad times.

With oil prices slumping, Malaysia is facing bad times when Europe is gunning for "no palm oil" products. Europe is doing that to punish the "slah and burn" approach which resulted in yearly haze. Malaysia may not be directly involved but there are Malaysian companies operating palm oil plantation in Indonesia. 1MPM6 may not be the one who "slah and burn" but what about Malaysian companies in Indonesia?

With Petronas going south, palm oil facing "no palm oil" campaign what else can we rely on? PETRONAS laid off 1,000 staffs and may be laying off more soon, we will be flooded with highly-paid O & G workers. How are they going to cope up with the lay-off?

Rubber, once our treasured commodity is facing bleak times. Malaysians have to buck up and be prepared to face the worst. It is time for politicians to stand up and protect our money from being siphoned off and only "transform" selected few whilst the rest will be doomed.

Tg Razaleigh is hopeless, Mahathir is over the hill, Hadi is suspected, Anwar is jailed - who else will lead the fight for a better Malaysia? Those who can contribute are druken with power, influence and greed. It is time for normal daily Joes' like you and me to state our stand : "Enough is enough".

Can we still pin our hopes on Tg Razaleigh? Yes, he maybe the longest serving MP of Malaysia and yes, he maybe genetically connected to the Kelantan household but NO, he is not the nation's saviour.

Eventhough Tg Razaleigh is highly respected within his Gua Musang constituency when every election sees him easing thorugh with Orang asal's support, Tg Razalaeigh fails to deliver his part of the mandate. Where is Tg Razaleigh when his orang asal stand against the loggers? What is his stand, personally as well as the elected MP of Gua Musang? Becoming an elected MP does not gives Tg Razaleigh the license to forever stay in Kuala Lumpur within his plosh mansion. Instead, it is Tg Razaleigh's moral duty to attend to his constituents...and goes through the thick and thin of any issues affecting them. Orang asal looks highly to Tg Razaleigh but Tg Razaleigh looks highly to those who can dine and "bodek" him. That is not the way to earn their respect and their votes. Tg Razaleigh...you are doomed.

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Of substance or trivial... language

I remember James ingram.. singing "I did my best, but I guess my best wasn't good enough...
For here we are..."

Sometimes or rather most of the times, we love zooming in on trivial matters and blow it up out of proportion, just because we don't like the particular person or his party stand.

This is what I see when some alternative media and bloggers jumped in to belittle Zahid Hamidi's English pronounciation in the recent UN assembly. Not only that, some gleefully viraled his speech highlighting on his gross mispronounciation. Does that make you happy? Does it serves your end of the happiness scale?

Granted, Zahid fares better if he choose to stick to his Bahasa. Unfortunately, someone behind pull the strings and nod him to deliver his speech in English. Before I go any further, let me be frank. The speechwriter ought to be severely reprimanded for not knowing his job.

One of the phrases use by Zahid mentioned President Obama followed by (gasp) President Najib. When is Najib the President of Malaysia? Or is this a subtle message from BN that we are going republic, dispensing the monarchy system soon? Is this what BN is aiming for after GE 14?

Zahid has to be clear here and he must take full initiative to clear the air. If indeed this is right, BN needs to go to the rakyat and explain why the change. Is there any necessity for us to change our political system and install a President instead of Prime Minister? If this is so, when will the change take effect? And what will become of our monarchy system?

If it is indeed a mis-read, Zahid should state that too and let all understand that it is the optical illusion forcing Zahid to err.

Frankly, there is no love lost for BN. Bung Mokhtar strike the right chord when he says we should be more ashame if we cannot properly communicate in Bahasa Malaysia compared to English. He further says "“What is the big deal about someone not being fluent in English? It is not even our language. There are plenty of great world leaders who are well respected, despite not speaking English."

I agree with him. English is not everything. In fact, I bet that some of us could not differentiate between English and American and our spelling will be the "rojak" integration between the two. There were those who were fortunate enough to further their study in US of A after their high school. Thre in Us of A, foreign students were required to sit for an English proficiency test where they were graded on their English skills afterwhich the colleges will decide if these students need to take some English courses or not.

You think you are great? No way, Jose. The American colleges use their standard of English and Malaysian's "British slang" will end up with these students need to go for "English pronunciation classes". You think that is bad? Not yet. In these classes, you may find Koreans who pronounce "Electri-col" instead of "Electrical" getting the pat and declared excellent, compared to those who opted to pronounce it as "electrical". My question - does that make your English bad? I have not started with the spelling yet...

We need to be open minded. Not everything done by the guy from the "other side" is bad or should be taunted. Zahid Hamidi, for all his shortcomings, choose to take the hard route and delivers his speech in English. He has the guts to face the "empty halls" with his English, can you? Do you think Tian Hua can do much better? Or be it Mat Sabu, Hussam Musa, Anthony Loke, Hadi Awang will fare better? Even Anwar Ibrahim may not be able to deliver "perfect English" speech... so what's the fuss?

Instead of dwelling and trying to make Zahid a laughing stock, we should focus more of where Malaysia is heading. Malaysia is slipping in global competitiveness. We are down from 18th spot to 25th spot. This is a bigger issue than Zahid's English. What is the government going to do about it? Are we still on bragging rights that 25th spot is fine because we are still one of the most competitive nation in Asia?

I want to know what Pakatan Rakyat/Harapan has to say about it. What are our action plan? Or are we leaving it to fate to decide?

English? We have many references to improve. "Mind your language", "English after school" are some of the preferred option if Zahid is seriously thinking to improve his proficiency.

With GE 14 around the corner, I am more worried about those who "sneaked" in becoming voters and may one day heads this country. Speaking of which, I refer to Article 160 of the constitution on the definition of a "Malay".

Article 160 defined a "Malay' as a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay custom and -

(a) was before Merdeka Day born in the Federation or in Singapore or born of parents one of whom was born in the Federation or in Singapore, or was on that day domiciled in the Federation or in Singapore; or
(b) is the issue of such a person;

Let's be real. Can we classify a person who speaks tamil at home but posess a "Malay" name ba termed as "malay"? Likewise, can we called a person, born outside Malaysia with both parents non-Malaysian be embraced as a "Malay"?

Whatever it is... have you ever heard Putin talking in English? Or Italian President, French PM, German Counsellor, China President speaking in English? They prefer their mother tongue. Maybe Zahid too should stick to Bahasa....

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Of fragmentation, distrust... and silver platter

Malaysians like winners. If you win, especially the conveted Gold medal, you will be feted with financial rewards in the sidelines.

Malaysia boleh!!

This is not about their heroics and sacrifices. This post is about fragmentation, distrust which is not in the paralympics athletes vocabulary..

In case you haven't heard it, there are growing rumours that 1MPM6 may call for snap election sometime early next year. You can smell the taste of election when there is this sudden rush to register new parties.

However, in the accelerated mode to go uno to uno against BN, there is a growing concern regarding the readiness state of a united opposition.

Whilst Bersih is planning for a grand November "get together", Lim Guan Eng choose to spar with Ambiga. I guess Guan Eng has a personal vendetta against Ambiga when the she opinioned Guan Eng should take leave until his bungalowgate is resolved.

If Guan Eng has an issue with Tun M, Guan Eng should confront the old man directly and not "pukul anak, sindir menantu". Amongst others, Guan Eng claimed :-

1. why she was working with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad;
2. she may be forgiving Tun M for what he has done (to the country);

Is Guan Eng seeding fragmentation between political parties and "opposition-friendly" NGOs'? If this persist, Guan Eng, in his capacity as DAP's Secretary General, may not be participating in the upcoming BERSIH5. This, in turn, will be fodder to BN as they go about preparing and strategising how to zerolimate opposition in the parliament.

Opposition is now in "headless chicken" situation. With Anwar tucked in Sg Besi, Nik Aziz, Harun Din, Karpal Singh gone, the opposition lost their standard bearer. Hadi is seen to be too cosy with BN, Azizah seen to be too indecisive, Mat Sabu is "lost in action', Muhyiddein is cautiously absent, Shafie Afdal is too "far" away, the opposition needs a rallying person, a mascot to go to. Tun M seems to be the next logical choice as Tg Razaleigh is forever brooding.

Tun M may be a "soldier from the past". He is old, disarmed and systemetically ridiculed. Even his latest "mengadap session' is being politicised. Instead of Tun M or DYMM YDPA, it is Najib who "almost" become their media man when he implied:-

1. Tun M presented the Citizen Declaration to DYMM YDPA;
2. Tun M had his audience on 15th september 2016;
3. DYMM YDPA in not empowered to dismiss him as PM although he can appoint one as PM. In short, the dismissing or terminating a PMship is not provided to DYMM YDPA;
4. Only the Parliament can terminate 1MPM6 service as PM through a vote of no confidence motion and after receiving majority votes;
5. DYMM YDPA can apply his goodwill to "pursuade" 1MPM6 to resign benefitting the rakyat;
6. It is a "four eye" meeting, one on one chat between Tun M and DYMM YDPA;

DYMM YDPA is not binded to reveal to 1MPM6 the details of his chat with Tun M. 1MPM6 is not privy to the discussion. What 1MPM6 implied may be true and may not be true. 1MPM6 can crows that DYMM YDPA advised Tun M to back off. If that is true, why meet in Kedah and not Istana Negara?

Let's ne practical. There are many hidden things for speculation. It may surface 10 years down the line when a party wants to score points. Lika what is presently going for Nalla. Wth full "Nambikei" spirit and Senatorship in hand, Nalla turn against his one-time tennis buddy (Anwar) claiming that Anwar two-timed him.

Nalla is having his "one-time" shot to fame in picturing Anwar as a back-stabber. Nalla is cleverly manipulated by KJ to paint Anwar in the nagative. Hopefully, this may prolong Anwar's vacation in Sg Buloh.

The opposition needs to gel fast if they ever want to capitalise on UMNO's (actually 1MPM6's) weakness. Opprtunity do not knock twice. However, the differences in opposition is too wide and the gap-filler is still unidentified.

For that, I say "Wake up, opposition". Unless, of course, if these brand of politicians still basked in becoming opposition forever...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Of miscommunication : here, there and everywhere...

Jeff Ooi claims that his tweet was misread (you can read it in my previous post).

Well! Miscommunication seems to be everywhere. Is it because of our education standard? or is it pure mis-communication mistakes? We hear but never listen??

Before I go further, Another brick in the wall sets alarm buzzing... Will it be another scoop for Al Bukhary's Tradewinds? or will it be another pits for Felda?.. or does 1MPM6 needs the Pradeeps to salvage his reputation using sheep clothing "Emirs" to camourflage where they came from?... It's "Singh is King" deja vu...

First...it was this hoo hah about FLOM RosCTmah getting UNESCO award. That was timelined 18th Sept by STAR.

Barely 24 hours later, STAT again timelined 19th Sept "Award withdrawn". On the same day, STAR quoted BERNAMA's original source about the award. Free Malaysia Today covers it this way...

Miscommunication may be playing havoc to RosCTmah's PERMATA but this is at the worst possible time. It looks bad when miscommunication happens but what if the original source comes from a highly-placed official? It comes from Educiation Ministry Secretary General!!! If our Education Ministry Secretary General cannot get himself right the first time, then it is no wonder our education system is going down the drains... I guess that is what they call "Leadership by example".

Is it about Murphy's law here? When everything is bad, it gets wotse?

First, let's walk through the events...

Remember DOJ (Department of Justice?). DOJ USA applied to seize certain properties linked to RosCTmah's son in USA under the biggest kleptoracy case. Although Red Granite (the son's production house) lodge their defense, it is eerily silent from Jh-Lo. That's one.

Remember Xavier Justo? He is an IT exec jailed in Thailand with a case connected to 1MDB. Latest news is he will remain in Thailand serving his full sentence eventhough it ewas earlier reported that he will be transferred to Swiss to finish his sentence. Why Swiss? He is a Swiss citizen. It is said that Thailand opts to choose the latest decision under diplomatic pressure. Trus or not? It doesn't matter much, as again it is connected to RosCTmah, directly or indirectly.

What about the recently concluded ASEAN meeting in Laos? Some "naughty" reports had it that Obama was stopped in his tracks to enable 1MPM6 to say "Hi" to his "golfing buddy". Again, this is said to be orchaestrated by you know who...

With all these events, it is really annoying for the Ministry Education Sec Gen to pass the wrong information. Is this miscommunication or is it done on purpose to humiliate? After all, you do not know who are your friends anymore when the tide is changing on an hourly basis.

and what about First Ladies summit? Nothing on the radar since 2010... has it been effectively "dikuburkan"? Or the lukewarm response turns off Rosctmah? Maybe, it is not "glamourous" enough to continue footing the bill, as none of our "big" neighbours attended the summit, what more those from G20 or G8 nation never bother to show up. I guess it is just a "One time showpiece"... and now poofff..Gone with the wind... So much for FLOM...

Will Ministry Education Sec Gen get the axe? Ala Red Queen's "Off with his head"? Or is the "miscommunication" hitting the nerves of Rosctmah at her weakest point? Time will decide... and that time is nearer than what you think...

Me? If miscommunication happens - I will just say sorry for "Sorry seems to be the hardest words"... Et tu Mahathir... who is said to be in London for last minute "adjustments" before letting loose the "next wave" against 1MPM6. Could it be a signal of a "turnover" from another "loose-mouth" blogger over there?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Of Adios, goodbye and...

A long and refreshing week. I took a well-deserved break last week. Whilst I took the break, the Maker decided to invite Dr Harun Din to meet the Maker.

I am not going to dwell on why he chose San Francisco to undergo his treatment nor to sensationalise anything including how some claimed that California is translated as "Land of the Caliph". Let others do that.

What caught my attention is how divided the opposition is becoming. Agreed that DAP is not seeing eye to eye with PAS, but the action of Jeff Ooi in "re-tweeting" the message is unbecoming of a parlimentarian.

Way before Jeff Ooi chose DAP to be his party, I admired his exposures in many government projects where I see him working hand in hand with Hussam Musa. That was during the fnal days of Tun M's era!!!

However, now Jeff Ooi looked a different man. Is his MPship getting too much in his head that he can't help but to "unwittingly" jumped into the pits?

Unfortunately many are practising "undifferentiated hostility" whereby everything said and tweeted by their idols are all correct and whatever done by others who are not in their same wavelength is wrong.

"Adios (good bye) Harun Din. Let there be peace" - looks innocent enough. Adios means good bye. but the words after ADIOS is suspiciously questionable. What is Jeff trying to say? Is he implying that with Harus's demise, there will be peace? Or is Jeff praying Harun meet his Maker in peace?

I read "ADIOS. Let there be peace" as Jeff implying the former. Jeff, in his full DAP clothing is actually not belittling Harun as PAS's Murshidul Am but indirectly "attack" Harun as one of Malaysia's most learned Islamic scholar. That is where Jeff goes wrong.

We may have the right to disagree with other religions but at the same time we have to respect their religious views. Jeff crossed the invisible line and unfortunately the rest of Pakatan failed to reprimand him. Lim Guan Eng said Jeff's tweet is insensitive and does not represent party. What says AMANAH and PKR? Is AMANAH too deep entrenched that whatever said against their former colleague turned enemy is alright? What says PKR who is just as confused between party and individuals?

Me? Regardless of what Harun did or did not do, I consider his death as a great loss to Malaysia. We lost one of the pragmatic Islamic scholar... May he received "keradaanNya"...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Of Alone Again... naturally

As I look around me, I see empty spaces once occupied by comrades-in-arms. Now, one by one, they are blown by the wind...and some meet Him... Fortunately or unfortunately, they do not know me when our paths crossed numerous times in the past. I am talking about Zorro, Harris "the lawyer" Ibrahim, Sakmongkol, Topeng Perak, Mrs MP and the rest...

But this posting is not about me...

One article in Malaysiakini caught my attention. It is something Rais "Bridge burner" Yatim said... regarding Jamal "Red shirt" and money politics in UMNO. You can read Malaysiakini's news "Don't hide behind blade of grass" here.

Rais Yatim being Rais Yatim goes with a pantun :

"Jangan dipanjat kelapa condong,
buahnya jatuh ke laman orang,
bumi dipijak langit dijunjung,
berdiri tegak bukannya lalang.”

(Do not climb a crooked palm tree,
its fruits fall into others’ yard,
where the land is trod the sky is shouldered
stand tall but be not like grass.)

Rais countered Jamal's insistence that the money is "donation" from his friends is considered money politics regardless whether this is UMNO's election year or not. Jamal stated that if money is distributed during UMNO's noon-election years then it is not money politics. Me? Simple... what is the money for? If it is to "buy" loyalty, then it is money politics regardless when, where, who, and how the money is transferred from the giver to the receiver.

Looking at the pantun, there is another malay proverb "Menegak benang yang basah" which literally means "To straightened a wet thread". What it means is to defend what is already obviously wrong.

Think - which one is bigger and broader? Lallang or benang? I believed that lallang is broader than benang. Years before, lallang is pictured as those whose stand (political or not) swayed with the wind. Back in the 80's, one such lallang is the present 1MPM6 when he last minute switched of allegiance change Mahathir - Tg Razaleigh power equation.

Now, benang is smaller than lallang and as "Bagai menegak benang basah", it is impossible o hide the truth. Years after 80's, we are faced with 1MDB. Are we still in the old cocoon believing that whatever UMNO does is right? If Rais Yatim who is an UMNO leader and currently UMNO adviser pointed out the "money" politics practised by Jamal (and many others not named) is destroying the party, then what about hiding the truth from the public?

Last few days in a flight (hey! I pay for the flight, OK?) an UMNO supporter make another stupid statement. It is about DOJ and kleptocracy case in USA. He lamented that MO1 is not named by DOJ and he further stressed that DOJ did not go after MO1.

First, to be a politician and to be a good and responsible politician, you have to appear whiter than white. That means you have to be seen almost a saint and not just innocent. In MO1's case, he may hide behind the legal jargons and legal manouvres, but the fact is MO1 is step-father of a person named by DOJ. On top of that, MO1 is a close acquitance to one Hollywood party goer. You add the sum and figure out MO1. If you cant, then just read Rahman Dahlan's statement on MO1's identity. Yes, MO1 may be legally right but is he morally clean? My answer "Tepuk dada, tanya selera".

What are you going to do about it? Start jogging in the park (not looking for pokemon) for November is calling you. See you all somewhere, sometime in November (God willing). Will you guys be there? Me? Yeah... I shall be there... in rememberence of and standing-in for Zorro... alas...Alone again, naturally...

By the way... look at the body language when 1MPM6 talked to P1 in Laos...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Of healing times ... and hope

Nothing last forever. This time, it takes 18 years and 3 days for both of them to shake hands. All praise to The One. It may be exceedingly longer than 3 days but it is a good beginning to bury the hatchet...

It may be everything and at the same time it may be nothing...

18 years is a long lost time. If it takes 18 years to get a new start, so be it as long as Malaysia is on recovery mode. I see Said Keruak hyperventillating and hallucinating. Must be sweaty in his air cond room.

In politics, there are no such term as permanent foes. If this is true, then Mahathir-Anwar handshake carries a thousand words and a million hope. Unfortunately, not all are true as there are mirages everywhere. Remember Tg Razaleigh? He once drew swords against Mahathir many many years ago, longer than Anwar. Up to today, the prince fails to put nation first and his ego second. His fiddling to decide to heal Malaysia of its present woes throws Malaysia deeper and deeper into the non-returning abyss.

Forget about being ASEAN's first nation. On latest check, Indonesia and Thailand has leap frogged Malaysia and forging ahead whilst Malaysia is losing its shine and competitive edge. Don't blame Mahathir or Anwar for that. This is country management and Malaysia has been handed over to 1MPM6 to manage years ago and he has successfully reverse our fortunes.

Why does that happen? Simple!! 1MPM6 has been busy travelling abroad in his first years as PM that he forgot to take of the nation. Along the way, something got cooked and 1MDB dish is served to us now, and the smell is all the way to Los Angeles and Department of Justice whiffed the smell and placed assets under kleptoracy civil suit, the biggest in US history.

Topping it, 1MPM6 leave everything to his minions and he himself rarely spend time to understand, foresee and take necessary actions to stop the slide. Now, with kleptoracy case in US, IPIC claims in UK courts, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia donors mystery, 1MPM6 is booged down with his own created problems and barely have time, stamina and reputation to tackle Malaysia's economic problems. "Nasi sudah jadi bubur!!"

Forget about the look good feeling of TNB, DBKL, Bank Rakyat corruption remands. If Sime Darby CEO goes scot free, what makes you think it will stick this time? This is showtime. Feeling good whilst it last... for 3 years down the line, everything got swept under massive carpet with the usual "mutual scratching".

We have to look beyond GE 14. If Mahathir and Anwar can shake hands, why can't DAP and PAS do the same? Malaysia needs all the help to regain its position and dignity. Those who can't perform like Said, Rahman, Nazri, Azalina, A Maslan, Sabri should dumped themselves and let more able persons to take over. The fish rots from the head, and for that reason, 1MPM6 needs to make the ultimate sacrifice and leave his office and get somebody else to lead Malaysia. Maybe, that's the better solution for the time being.

By the way, relax and chill. Malaysia Chronicles's 1MDB Kebun Pisang is refreshingly nice...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Monday, September 05, 2016

Of overshooting, mulut becak and cocke-a-doo...

It is getting more difficult to circumvate and read alternative news...thus you have to make do with reading alternative pro and cons of news. Whatever, will 1MPM6 be travelling to Laos and meet his golfing buddy Obama and at the same time court Xi Jinping on the possible HSR project connecting S'pore and Kuala Lumpur? Someone, somewhere needs to pay for all this, isn't it? Nothing comes free...

Pink Floyd's Malaysian bricker observed this in his blog. Rightly or wrongly, BBC News used to be the world's mouthpiece, once upon a time. Now with CNN here to stay, it is just another Commonwealth mouthpiece...

Even as a second tier news carrier, Rahman Dahlan has no business commenting and agreeing that MO1 is indeed someone in Putrajaya. Rahman is overshooting his use. Worse, his statement will not carry much weight if he is a leader from UMNO Sabah. But being an elected MP, a minister and BN strategics Director, his statement carry the full weight, waiting for the opposition to pounce and capitalise. Is Rahman stupid? Or is he preparing to jump ship?

Being a full time politician, Rahman may know something that we, the outsiders, only dare to whisper and speculate. As BN strategic Director, he is privy to some of the most sensitive information. He may not like what he sees and by his political calculation, he sees BN caving in soon. Rahman needs a new firmer and stronger base and the best way is to start building a strong footing elsewhere. In the meantime, Rahman is scooping what he can get, chicken feed or not.

Rahman Dahlan did not turn out to be the man he is today by being timid. When 1MDB burst into international news, Rahman strategically put himself in the limelight and directly under 1MPM6's spotlight by being the defender warrior which he is not. Fortunately, his comrades in arms are as "clever" as him, coming in the lights of Ahmad Maslan, Azalina, Nazri, Salleh and Sabri... with them as his "classmates", Rahman managed to be "top student" and gain 1MPM6's confidence to man BN's strategic director. See - you can go far by being a mulut becak, regardless whether it is of substance or not...

In my younger days, there is always this taboo that you should refrain from getting married if it is too close to Ramadan. Why? Easy, you need to minimise the prospect of "3 months continuous fine" if your lust overwhelmed your patience... whilst you are fasting during Ramadan. Now that Ramadan is over and Zulhijjah is beckoning, Khir Toyo leads by getting hitched to a 39-year old convert. Age difference? 12 years. And another icon ends his duda days by getting hitched on Merdeka eve. Age difference? 26 years. Unconfirmed reports say the pro-term President of a newly-formed party may also be getting hitched for the second time. To all of them, let's pray they will be happily married till death do them apart...

However, there are some who loves to crows and assume... Some say Khir is getting married to endear himself to the non-Malays. Some say Muhyiddin take the path to clean his record. What I say is - It's their life and if they do it the "halal" way, why make it a fuss? Don't be like "Ayam jantan kokok berderai-derai, belakang penuh najis"!!

Can't wait to see when Justo Xavier will be transferred to Swiss jail...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, September 02, 2016

Of quickie posting...

The past few months have been a roller coaster ride for this person. Although it does not directly concerns me, out of friendship...there are something that I need to do ala "A guy needs to do what he needs to do". This leads to "partial neglect" of what is happening in the surrounding. Now I am back...and let's take it a step at a time...

Even when Department of Justice (DOJ) has mapped out the missing Billions from 1MDB, Malaysian full time politicians especially from the ruling party is still robots..who cares more about their survival than the well being of the country. Why? Simply because these guys are willing to pawn their own family and their own reputation by "standing" behing alpha male 1, barking "He is not wrong, this is an attempt to overthrow the legitimate Islamic ruler".Are you sure that's the case? Or is it for the "bread crumbs" handouts dished by the so-called Alpha male?

When the other side is barking, the opposition fares no less better. Look what a 2 term victory in Penang can do to you. Of late, there is this "old man" who seems to be peddling his son's position to get financial rewards. The last I read, this old man is being sought by MACC....

Talking about MACC, this agency is being "hyperactive" lately with arrest on Petronas, TNB, Bank Rakyat, DBKL etc. Is this "job well done" or another sleigh of the hand? Let's face it - the question burning in me is are those arrested, arrested because of their crime or is it because they are on the wrong side of the pole? Is there any personal agenda from the new MACC head to potrays that he is doing his job?

I will definitely watch his next moves and see whether he dares to go after Alpha Male 1 or will it be NFA. I want to hear MACC says "Alpha Male is legally right and morally wrong". If MACC dares to say that, then I will take my hats off to the new MACC boss.

BERSIH? Will definitely be out for BERSIH 5.0 to show my belief and stand against Alpha Male 1. On the same breath, I wish all the opposition parties can cast their differences aside and stands united against the "mother of all corruption" 1MDB case. Talking about it, where is Hadi lately? He has not been talking much. Is he "caught" by his own dilemma to support "Alpha male 1" when he knows Alpha Male is wrong or is he physically weak to make statements? Whatever, Hadi should quit politics and let the younger generation takes over the rein.

I will be back for more, starting next week...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Of fragmented opposition... Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar

In short, the opposition parties overkills themselves with silly intra-bombings!

Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-election is going to be costly. Not in turn of Dollars and Cents but more in terms of pride and bragging rights. Unfortunately, it may not involve BN. With the way events are turning out, what BN has to do is to sit back, grab some popcorn and see the fragmented opposition overkilling each other.

If things are not checked, I can see BN not only retaining Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar but may needles its way into re-capturing Selangor ala-Perak. mark my words!

First stop - Kuala Kangsar. I did not see the fun of making Hadi (PAS President) looks like a clown. No doubt, some may see Hadi's moves lately as erratic and unpredictable, but to likened him to a clown is defacing PAS itself.

To makes matters worse, Sg Besar is not much better. It maybe DAP Sekinchan assemblyman saying but hey... this is by-election and this Ng Suee Lim has no business to up the ante by suggesting beer drinking to celebrate if Amanah fares better than PAS in Sg Besar. Ng is not talking about winning the by-election. He is talking about faring better than PAS.

First, let me point out why I say so... with regards to the 2 Malaysiakini's news :-

1. If some do not agree with Hadi for his style and approach, you may put up your points and list it. Bunching him with another clown infers that he is not fit to lead the nation? Nah... he never says he wants to lead. In fact, I did not see him as PM material, not after seeing him handling Terengganu once upon a time....

2. Celebrating for faring better than the other is also not appropriate. Worse, when those commentators start talking about it being only "reserved" for non-Muslims. If the argument is that, then why can't the same commentators accept that Hudud is only meant for Muslims? When it comes to Hudud, the same guys argue that it will be spread and includes non_Muslims...how pathetic!!!

Instead of jumping on each other, why can't the opposition focus on winning Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar? Be it PAS or Pakatan Harapan.

This is the time to question Mastura, BN candidate on her statement that she will only think about Hudud after the by-election? Is Mastura living in a cave in Timbuktu? She is a Muslim (by the way she projects herself with tudung and all). If that is her approach, then why not she also issue a statement and say "I will think about iddah (staying indoor to observe her late husband pass away) after by-election. If she claims that iddah is part of Islamic teaching, then is she admitting that she doesn't know that Hudud is part of Islamic teaching too?

If Mastura is too busy campaigning (from inside her home), then she should have the guts to voice her opinion on Hudud and not "tai chiing" her way out!

Back to the topic... why did I say opposition is fragmented? Instead of stocking their ammunition against their common enemy, Pakatan Harapan and PAS is literally aiming to destroy each other. Billboards, posters are used.

If this is the way it is going to be...then sad to say that Pakatan Harapan is no longer Malaysia's Harapan in steering the country to the right course. Pakatan Harapan has lost its aim and is going rudderless. Worse - PAN (Amanah) is not the driver for this by-election. DAP is... and as DAP, their strategy is insensitive to Ramadan month.

This is what BN is looking for. PKR, being part of Pakatan Harapan needs to bear some of what is happening in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar. And if PAS thinks that PKR is a major player in belittling the party, just wait after the by-election. We may see a disjointed Selangor... If Selangor is wrested back by BN, the real loser is PKR. Why? PAN was never a factor yet.... and PKR may lost the golden state of Selangor due to their pwn making. DAP? They have no issue since their man is not the MB of Selangor.

Think and think wisely. Pakatan harapan needs to re-focus on battling BN. It is not about faring better tha the other. It is about winning the by-election. Unfortunately, the stupidity of Pakatan Harapan is confirming that they are still not ready to lead the nation... period.

In the meantime....NSC law goes ahead....

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Of direct & indirect interpretation...

Most of the time, you cannot take things at face value. More so when it involves politicians...

When the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issues a statement, some political aides and its hired guns will jump to blow things out of proportion. This time, it is about MAS statement stating that the money (and you know which money I am writing about) is not in Singapore.

This once heralded journalist latch on to the news with his posting "Singapore's MAS tells WSJ: No such thing! " Let's look what our Bro implies :-

1. WSJ (Wall Street Journal) is wrong in reporting;
2. WSJ is not credible;
3. WSJ got it all wrong;

WSH issued a correction saying that the funds were transffered to an account in Switseland and not Singapore.

Regardless of whether the fund is in Singapore or Switseland, what interest me is, is the fund morally, legally and spiritually is with the right owner or is it be siphoned??


My point is simple - MAS say that the fund does not end up in Singapore but it did not say whether the fund pass through Singapore or not. If the fund does not pass through Singapore, then why is Singapore authorities hauling up former bankers and charged them? Why did Singapore inssue instruction for BSI S'pore to be closed down?

In short, there is more than meeting the eye...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Of logos... Balance, Moon and Triangle

Parti Amanah Negara - Logo

Be it Sg Besar or Kuala Kangsar, it is all about the party and not individuals. What interest me is hadi's statement on the shape of the party's logo.

Hadi claims that his "moon" can't be turned upside down. Well... Hadi may see his party as the "moon" but for the Chinese, PAS is the "panadol". Will the "panadol" viewed as the all-can-do tablet or will it be otherwise? Why is Hadi so quick in likening his "moon"?

On the other side, Amanah's triangle shape is no help. One glance it looks like a sailboat... hey.. we are not sportsmen here. We are all looking for an alternative to UMNO. Triangle don't help...

Worse still, if u combine 2 triangle with 180 degree turn, and you might see the

Seriously, anybody here follow Malaysia Chronicle? Quoting Syed Saddiq Abd Rahman, he claims that 83 % of Malays (assumed Muslims) wants the implementation of Hudud. And if we assume that 65 % of Malaysian citizens are Malays, that roughly means 52 % of Malaysian citizen wants Hudud implementation. That being the case, why are the politicians still haggling about what Malaysia wants?

Is it not Najib who at some point of time says he "listen"? Now., where is his listening goes to? Too much concession to our southern neighbour on the "I scratch your back and you scratch mine"?

I wonder...

Whilst Hadi of PAS and Mad Sabu of Amanah traded jibes about petty things, another "small-scale" avalanche is hitting us. This time, from FELCRA and Bung Kinabatangan...

What started as a win-win deal where FELCRA (Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority) where a developer (WZR group) proposed to develop FELCRA HQ with WZR getting the large portion of the building. What it ended is, FELCRA needs to fund the RM 550 M project with WZR becoming the contractor. What happens?

The rough timeline of the events are as follows :-

1. FELCRA and WZR group inked a deal in 2015 where WZR group will deveelop a mixed project of 35 storey office, 43 dtorey residential, retail mall and halls;
2. The project was launched in May 2015 by (none other than 1MPM6 Najib);
3. FELCRA ended to take over the project on 21st Jan 2016 after WZR failed to secure fundings;

Do you think that is enough??? NOoooo!!!! FELCRA make it worse by appointing WZR group as the Contractor!!! How can that happens? Topping up the cake, FELCRA claims that the award is done through open tender for RM 687.5M.. and that is 25 % more than the initial costing of RM 550M. Apa dah jadi?? Another leakage somewhere??

Conveniently, WZR MD "tai-chied" questions by saying that he is in Mecca. Hey... dear Mad Kamal, it just takes a few minutes to answer questions. Don't use Mecca as your ultimate shield...

Wooo... Better stop before my BP goes sky-high....

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Monday, June 06, 2016

Of Sungai Besar, Kuala Kangsar and ...

Many things happen in my sabbatical absence. A blogger friend passed away whilst another got married and now taking care of the newborn. Me? I am still a drifter...wondering where I will break fast today :)
Looking for votes...

My friend came back from Sg Besar yesterday and he has a story to tell. He is a die hard BN supporter (and motivator). Yesterday, he went to Sg Besar on wedding invitation wearing an orang batik shirt. Being a nomination day for the parliamentary by-election, the town is packed with supporters from all parties and traffic were diverted and he ends up in a paddy field with "green" supporters who greeted him as "sahabat". What else to do but to endure the crowd with an orange batik shirt and "blue" heart.

Seriously, let's make a short anaalysis of the twin by-elections. Chinese voters will likely be the kingmaker with 31 % of voters Chinese. With voters registration of 42,365 it will be an uphill battle for all the candidates. On surface, BN may have a slight advantage if the Chinese votes solidly on them.

However, MCA and Gerakan are all playing second fiddle to DAP. If the Chinese voters shunned BN due to DAP factor, it is not as easy as that. Being calculative, the Chinese will not vote a losing candidate. AMANAH may have the thunder but they could not deliver Malay votes. If that is the case, who will the Chinese vote?

Obviously it will either be BN or PAS. Will the Chinese sacrifice their principle and voted BN? I doubt so because voting BN in is like endorsing what is wrong as right. So lets say 80 % of the Chinese voters are anti-establishment. That will means 10,500 Chinese votes are for the opposition. And if PAS fails to convince the Mandarin voters to vote them, it will be either spoil votes or no-show. Which way will the CHinese voters turn?

Chinese are basically aagainst Hudud. But, as I say countless times, why bother to oppose something that does not affact you? HUdud is primarily a punishment for the Muslims. Yes, there will be Chinese affected by Hudud, but that will be those who converted to Muslim, either by marriage, family or reading. If these Chinese are Muslims, then the rest need to bother about Hudud.

Hudud is only applicable to Muslims and Chinese Muslims like Riduan Tee. The rest? "To you your religion". If this is the case, why are Chinese voters and the rest so jittery on Hudud bill? For once, Chinese voters should sit back, cast the religious differences aside and focus on giving BN a black eye. Then the obvious choice will be either Amanah or PAS...

What about 66 % voters which are predominantly Malays? They have 3 choice - either BN, Amanah or PAS. BN voters will remain loyal. The balance? Will either go to Amanah or PAS. Since PKR is out of the picture, it will be a tough decision here.

Amanah may have DAP full support and token PKR's support but will that be enough? I did not think so. If that is the case, there is no better alternative than to vote PAS and stay with it for the next 2 years prior to GE 14.

Will that happen? I will tell u more soon...

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