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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sabah deputy CM backs Rahman Dahlan for Sepanggar

Abdul Rahman Dahlan is speculated to contest in Sepanggar, after serving two terms as the Kota Belud MP. (Twitter pic)
KOTA KINABALU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan is ready to be transferred from his Kota Belud parliamentary seat to Sepanggar, where its MP Jumat Idris has been suspended by Umno since 2015 over a Facebook post critical of the Sabah chief minister.
And among those backing Rahman’s transfer is Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Raymond Tan.
“We want our people in Sepanggar to come out and request for him ‘to come home’,” Tan told a dialogue session with the Federation of Sabah Industries in Inanam near here today.
“As a leader, Rahman can contribute much more for the future. This is what the people are asking here,” he said.
Speculations over Rahman’s transfer to Sepanggar followed Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s speech in Kota Belud, in which he thanked Rahman for his contributions to the constituency, while saying that a Barisan Nasional (BN) leader would be replaced to serve a new area.
But Rahman has remained coy on his possible candidacy for Sepanggar, one of the hot seats in Sabah at the next polls.
“My guess is as good as yours,” he told reporters when met after an economic dialogue with the Federation of Sabah Industries in Inanam near here today.
“You know, as we always say, the decision is always with the Prime Minister (Najib Razak) and Chief Minister (Musa Aman),” said Rahman.
Rahman, who won the Kota Belud seat with a 5,095-votes majority, said he would remain loyal to BN even if he was not named as a candidate.
“If fate should have me being rested for the time being is also not a problem. I will work with whoever becomes the BN candidate, anywhere,” he said.
In April 2015, Umno suspended Sepanggar MP Jumat Ramli, after he openly criticised Musa in a Facebook post.
The Sepanggar seat was created in 2004 and has been won by BN ever since. Jumat won the seat with 22,845 votes, defeating his closest contender Jeffrey Kumin from PKR with a majority of 9,442 votes.
Jumat had among others suggested that then Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal, who was later dropped from the Cabinet, should replace Musa as the state party chief. -FMT

Include Sabah’s 13 new seats, says Warisan ahead of Dewan Rakyat debate

The Sabah state assembly increased to 73 seats following an amendment passed in 2016.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah has called the exclusion of the additional 13 state seats for Sabah in the parliamentary debate on redelineation next week as a total disrespect to the state constitution.
“It seems that the debate will only be on the redelineation of Peninsular Malaysia which means there is no intention on the part of the government to even debate on the additional 13 state seats,” Warisan vice-president Junz Wong told FMT.
The Likas assemblyman said if such was the case, it was better for the Sabah state assembly to remove the additional seats from the state constitution.
He said it would be unconstitutional to go the polls with only 60 seats when the law stated that there were currently 73 state constituencies.
“The prime minister Najib Razak has repeatedly said he wants to give us our rights including those ‘accidentally’ taken away from us. Well, these new seats are our rights too,” he said.
“The law was passed in our state assembly. So how about giving us this right for a start? It is very easy to do. Just table it in the parliament before the current sitting ends,” he said.
A bill for the additional 13 seats was tabled and passed by the state assembly in August 2016. The amendment was later assented to by the Yang Di-Pertua and gazetted as law.
Sabah opposition leaders have warned that any move for only 60 state seats to be contested in the upcoming polls would trigger a constitutional crisis.
Wong warned that any party that lost the state election could always challenge the results by bringing the issue to court.
“Much time and money will be wasted in the future. This thing can be avoided now by amending the state constitution if really, the government does not wish to gazette the new seats,” he said. -FMT

Why The Chinese Were Allowed Political Power

Finally, an agreement was reached, which most Malaysians know what it was. In short, Umno must share power with the Chinese and Indians through MCA and MIC. Today, the Chinese, DAP in particular, want to kill off MCA, Gerakan, MIC and PPP. The Malays have no problems with that (even if Umno may). It was the British, after all, who blackmailed Umno or held Umno to ransom by forcing them to include MCA and MIC in the government. Umno never really wanted MCA and MIC but were forced to create the Alliance Party because, if not, Britain would not grant Malaya independence.

Raja Petra Kamarudin
Some people, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad included, ask why is it that Parti Islam Se Malaysia is called PAS and not PIS (which is because Islam is ‘Alif’, so it is ‘A’). Many people do not know that PAS used to be called PMIP, which is the acronym for Pan-Malayan Islamic Party. Probably very few know that before PMIP there was Hizbul Muslimin (Islamic Party), which can be said to be the forerunner of the modern-day PAS.
And I bet you all did not know that Hizbul Muslimin started as the Malay Nationalist Party (MNP), a left-wing nationalist organisation, formed in 1945 by Burhanuddin al-Helmy, who would later become the president of PAS. Then, out of the MNP rose the Pan-Malayan Supreme Islamic Council or Majlis Agama Tertinggi Malaya (MATA) in 1947. MATA, in turn, formed Hizbul Muslimin in 1948.

Burhanuddin al-Helmy, who took over as the PAS President in 1956, was a ‘radical’ Malay Nationalist and not an Islamist

So, does it surprise you that the PAS of today started as a socialist-nationalist movement in 1945 (before Umno was formed in 1946), then turned into an Islamic Council in 1947, then became a political party in 1948 (when the Federation of Malay Land was formed)?
Yes, Malaysians by nature abhor history. But then when you are ignorant of history you start making silly statements and come to the wrong assumptions and conclusions. For example, why are the Chinese part of the government or why have the Chinese been allowed to share political power with the Malays? Do you know? How is your history?
Today, DAP is saying that 90% of the Chinese support the opposition and in the next general election they want to bring that as close to 100% as possible. You may also have noticed that DAP is launching a new move to wipe out all the top MCA, Gerakan, MIC and PPP leaders. Not only does DAP want to kill the top MCA, Gerakan, MIC and PPP leaders in the upcoming general election, they also want to make sure that MCA, Gerakan, MIC and PPP end up with zero seats.

DAP wants Malaysia to be reduced to a two-party system of Umno versus DAP

So, in the end Barisan Nasional will be reduced to just Umno in West Malaysia (with some Umno seats in Sabah) plus the Bumiputera parties in East Malaysia. MCA, Gerakan, MIC and PPP will be totally wiped out (PAS will win some seats). And DAP will be enjoying the monopoly of ALL Chinese seats and Chinese votes with some Pakatan Harapan coalition partners sharing part of that ‘success’ but as a minority (just like the current position or status of MCA, Gerakan, MIC and PPP in Barisan Nasional today).
It is a good plan, if it can be pulled off. Then Malaysia, in essence, will be reduced to a two-party system — Umno on one side and DAP on the other — with the other coalition partners both in Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan being reduced to ‘chorus girls’.
However, before the Malaysian Chinese voters support this plan of DAP, maybe you first need to learn why, in the first place, are the Chinese part of the government? Why did the Malays allow the Chinese to share power in the government? Let us go back to history to understand this.

Umno was formed to oppose the Malayan Union but the Chinese and Indians did not support that opposition movement

When Umno was formed in 1946, it was not to fight for Merdeka or for independence from Britain. It was to oppose the formation of the Malayan Union. Because of the protests and demonstrations by the Malays, the British backed down and in 1948 replaced the Malayan Union with Persekutuan Tanah Melayu (the Federation of Malay Land a.k.a. the Federation of Malaya: ‘Malaya’ meaning ‘Malay land’ just like ‘Burma’ meaning ‘Burmese land’ or ‘India’ meaning ‘Indian land’).
After Umno and the Federation of Malay Land were formed, the Malays started discussing independence with the British. The British had already given India independence in 1947 while Indonesia got independence in 1945. So, the British knew that it was a matter of time before Malaya would have to be given independence but it must not be so soon such as in 1948 or 1949.
The British were playing for time so they told Umno that independence can be granted on condition that the Chinese and Indians issue is resolved. In short, what does Umno plan to do with the Chinese and Indians because the British do not want them and neither do China or India. Hence who is going to ‘absorb’ the ‘unwanted’ Chinese and Indians. Resolve that matter first and Malaya can be given independence.

The Chinese were more interested in raising money for the Kuomintang than in supporting Umno to negotiate for independence from Britain

Umno spent the next few years talking to MCA and MIC, the ‘recognised representatives’ of the Chinese and Indians. MCA, however, was not interested in independence for Malaya because they were more interested in raising money to send back to China to support the Kuomintang and regarded Chiang Kai-shek as their Tokong. MIC, on the other hand, was a socialist party and were only concerned about matters back in India and regarded Subhas Chandra Bose as their Tokong.
In short, both MCA and MIC felt that being under British rule was better than home rule. And if Umno wanted MCA and MIC to support Umno’s effort to gain independence from Britain, then it is going to cost Umno bigtime.
Umno would rather get independence from Britain minus the Chinese and Indians. The majority of the Chinese and Indians were, after all, merely British labourers. But the British refused to grant independence to Malaya unless Umno comes out with a plan on how to include the Chinese and Indians and ‘absorb’ the Chinese and Indians into independent Malaya.
Finally, an agreement was reached, which most Malaysians know what it was. In short, Umno must share power with the Chinese and Indians through MCA and MIC. Today, the Chinese, DAP in particular, want to kill off MCA, Gerakan, MIC and PPP. The Malays have no problems with that (even if Umno may). It was the British, after all, who blackmailed Umno or held Umno to ransom by forcing them to include MCA and MIC in the government. Umno never really wanted MCA and MIC but were forced to create the Alliance Party because, if not, Britain would not grant Malaya independence.

Mahathir’s ungrateful children

“The point of modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.”
― Garry Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster
So, this spin maestro (a long-time friend) aligned with Bersatu took me to task for referring to Bersatu members as “Najib refuseniks”. 
“Can’t you people (“you” people?) understand that he is trying to save the country,” he went on. I cautioned him that when a propagandist starts believing his own propaganda, he should quit the business but we have been friends for many years and he did raise some interesting issues that I am always willing to discuss.
People got all hot and bothered when Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan told youths to take physical action against those who slander BN but forget when rowdy Bersatu members disrupted a Pakatan Harapan Negeri Sembilan convention after they got butthurt over “being allocated the least number of state seats among the four component parties.” Talk about your Umno DNA.
I asked this friend, would he prefer it if I referred to Bersatu as the Malay vanguard because that is the perception that the party is attempting to generate.
Bersatu leader Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen attempts to do just that when he waxes lyrical about what the old Umnostood for and how young leaders shaped the direction of the party.
What he leaves out is that the hegemon nurtured young talent through a system of patronage, grooming young men and women to whisper the poisoned words of old grey-haired men to a polity racked with religious and class divisions.
I know people in the #UndiRosak crowd, NGOs and outlier political and social activists whom I could make the case that they are the Malay vanguard but unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Bersatu. 
This, of course, has nothing to do with the demographic that Bersatu needs to win Putrajaya.
Mukhriz Mahathir really should not feel bad about playing the race card. After all, that is the function of Bersatu in Harapan in its quest to oust Najib, isn’t it? The race card, unfortunately, is more than just a diversionary tactic.
It’s what sustains the Umno hegemon and any party which chooses to replace it. So potent is this card that anyone wishing political power in this country has to use it - or so conventional political wisdom goes.
Political analyst Kamarul Zaman Yusoff had to remind people that he did not wet himself when he met the old maverick but he is a construct of Mahathir and Umno politics, which truth be told is not mutually exclusive.
Maybe he should have wet himself a little when he met his maker. Kamarul, after all, is a child of what the Mahathir era wrought. All of Umno is. Everyone who supports Umno, including those who vote for them, is. They are all Mahathir’s children.
The sacred cows
And people like Kamarul are ungrateful. In fact, the whole of Umno is ungrateful. The non-Malays can point to the old maverick and claim that he is all that is wrong with the country but for your average Malay (who in some cases have votes that carry more weight), they owe it all to the old maverick.
Mahathir gave them everything. He taught them how to think, how to maintain power, how to use legislation to curb dissent.
Folks may complain about the Election Commission (EC) delineation chicanery but Mahathir literally defined the political landscape.
He can rightfully take credit for creating the Malay middle class and he can rightfully take credit for creating “Malay” citizens whose geographical location and religious leaning made them easier to assimilate into the Umno body politic. Of course, these days he demurs but reality and history say otherwise.
But let us concentrate on Kamarul for a minute. Muhkriz acknowledges – for political reasons – that whenever Umno could not address big issues, they relied on demonising the DAP and let us go further, they would demonise the Chinese community. This is an old trick but one that people like Kamarul have expanded on. Children adapt, as they say.
Kamarul’s attack against DAP, more specifically the "evangelical DAP", is a coordinated attack using religious sentiment as a basis to discredit Mahathir, Bersatu and Amanah as protectors of that most sacred of Malay rights, the right to use religion as a means of stifling dissent by non-Malays and the “puak liberal” in the Malay community. 
This, of course, is a dangerous game but because Mahathir poses such a significant threat, dangerous methods are needed. This is why Bersatu has to defend itself against attacks that it is not Muslim enough. Remember these were the same attacks that Umno had to defend itself against back in the day from PAS.
However, since these days PAS is simpatico with Umno, they have turned their attention against Bersatu and any other Malay party which works with the DAP, whose reputation - partly self-inflicted and partly damaged by Umno propaganda – is damaged in the eyes of the demographic that Bersatu is courting.
Great debt to Dr M
The children of Mahathir, specifically the Umno-aligned intelligentsia, these days find it difficult to mount a successful attack against their maker.
The civil service has become a demographic of their own which understands the great debt they owe Mahathir but more importantly are troubled by the profligate scandals which threaten their livelihoods. 
This is why Umno has to spend so much money on them while Mahathir just has to float about them reminding them that back in the good old days, their job security was not threatened by the numerous scandals that engulfed Umno.
The Malay petite bourgeoisie - unlike the Malay haute bourgeoisie who still pander to Umno the party as opposed to Umno the man (Mahathir) - still believe that Mahathir is a powerful totem.
People always talk about the feudalistic mindset of the Malay community but buried beneath it is a resentment of the sacred cows that we are told are, well, sacred to the Malay polity.
Umno and its allies are always trying to draw the royalty into their political conflicts. The reality is that Mahathir has done his fair share of curtailing the powers of the royalty and although this was a tricky endeavour, he and his party have found support in the demographic, we are told, hold these things sacred. There is a reason for that.
Mahathir always successfully portrayed himself as the little guy going against higher powers for the benefit of the Malay rakyat and if you think that his wife and him returning all those royal awards mean nothing, then you are underestimating the symbolism of the act and the simmering class resentment in the Malay community that Umno these days, with all its financial scandals, is acutely aware of.
If Bersatu is a nest of Najib refuseniks then Umno and the cabals that support it are Mahathir’s ungrateful children.
Is this a tragic comedy or a comedy of tragedies?

S THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy. - mkini

Pro-PAS NGO sets up Dr M vs UUM analyst forum

A pro-PAS NGO in Kelantan is organising a forum pitting Dr Mahathir Mohamad against analyst Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, after their encounter at another forum on Thursday became a viral sensation.
The forum in Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan on Thursday, March 29 is titled "Is Mahathir qualified to be PM again", and uses a line from Mahathir's tweet "I'm here guys. Say it to my face" as its tagline.
Besides the duo, the forum is also set to feature Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) founder Badrul Hisham Shaharin and Kelantan PAS Youth chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari.
Badrul Hisham, better known as Chegubard, told Malaysiakini that he was informed by the organisers - Pertahan Kelantan - that a formal invitation had been sent to Mahathir.
Kamarul Zaman, meanwhile, said he will show up if Mahathir does too.
"I just gave a general agreement that I agree to attend if Mahathir agrees to attend too. This is in line with my earlier stand that I am not afraid to talk to his face, not as alleged," he said when contacted.
Mahathir's aide, however, informed Malaysiakini that he was unaware of the forum, and that the Pakatan Harapan chairperson already had scheduled appearances in Kedah that day.
The news portal is attempting to contact the forum organisers over the matter.
Kamarul Zaman, when told of Mahathir's prior engagement, said he was willing to meet Mahathir on a different date or location.
"I am very open... Anywhere will be ok with me. I don't have a problem to accept him as the future PM if he can give satisfactory answers to questions that I ask," the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) professor said.
On Thursday, Mahathir had gatecrashed a forum that Kamarul Zaman was speaking at, on whether the nonagenarian was too old to be prime minister.
The encounter turned into a viral sensation, with one video alleging that Kamarul Zaman looked like he had "swallowed mothballs" after Mahathir arrived gaining over 2.5 million views. 
The video shows the UUM professor, who initially appeared to be confident and vociferous in his criticism of the former prime minister, purportedly squirming in his seat when Mahathir and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Ali arrived and sat in the front row.
Kamarul Zaman had denied being intimidated by Mahathir's presence, pointing out that he had reminded the former premier of his frailty, and questioned him on his stances.  -Mkini

Gov't offers expired road tax renewals without Puspakom checks

Owners of motorcycles and vehicles with expired road tax of not more than three years may renew them without having to fulfill the stipulated conditions through a special programme, effective today until the end of June.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the programme being implemented by the Road Transport Department for the first time was well received by insurance companies.
“I advise such vehicle owners to seize the opportunity to renew their road tax and insurance within the next three months.
“This programme shows the government's concern in helping the people, particularly those in the B40 group,” he told a press conference after officiating a Transport Ministry carnival in Bentong today.
Liow said the vehicle owners would also enjoy insurance rebate if they renew the documents within the period.
“For 125cc motorcycles, the owners will only have to pay RM80 compared to the normal rate of between RM100 and RM140,” he said.
Liow explained that in normal procedures, vehicles with lapsed road tax of more than one year needed to go through inspection at the Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom) before being approved for road tax renewal.
Meanwhile, the department’s director-general Shaharuddin Khalid said an estimated 28 million vehicles had been registered in Malaysia but in 2017, only 19 million had renewed the road tax.
In another development, Liow, who is also Bentong MP, said the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) scheduled for completion in 2024 would reduce travel time between Bentong and Kuala Lumpur from one hour to only 25 minutes.
He also said the 18km tunnel project across Bentong had begun.

Felda activist Mazlan released from police custody

Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) chairperson Mazlan Aliman was released from police custody this afternoon, one day ahead of his initial expected release date.
“Mazlan was released at 12pm today since his arrest on March 21, 2018,” said his lawyer Wan Anwar Wan Ibrahim in a statement today.
Mazlan, who is also an Amanah supreme council member, had been arrested on Thursday and remanded for four days till March 25.
It was reported that he was arrested under Section 500 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998.
Section 500 of the Penal Code deals with punishment for defamation while Section 233 of the CMA, among others, criminalises the use of the internet by a person to transmit any communication that is deemed to be offensive and could cause annoyance to another person.
“Yet, before he was released, he was once again questioned under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, believed to be about the same speech,” Wan Anwar (photo) said.
Mazlan’s arrest came after a police report was lodged by the lawyer of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor.
The police report was lodged against a Youtube video where Mazlan had claimed in a speech about Rosmah’s involvement in projects planned and executed by Felda.
Her lawyer, NoorHajran Mohd Noor, had said that these allegations create a poor perception of her client among netizens.
Wan Anwar, in his capacity as Amanah legal bureau vice-chief, also condemned the police’s action in treating Mazlan like a “hardcore and dangerous criminal” by sending about 10 police officers to arrest him at 1.35am.
He pointed out that Mazlan is not a criminal and has never been convicted of any crime.
“Additionally, Mazlan himself has always cooperated well with the police every time his statement was needed for any case,” he said.
Right now it is unclear whether there will be any charges brought against Mazlan, but Wan Anwar said the legal bureau will monitor this case and defend Mazlan in court if need be. -Mkini