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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DAP KDM OR BUMI LEADERSHIP IN SABAH




By : ANTHONY F. LIJUA

DEMOCRATIC Action Party (DAP) started making inroads to Sabah sometime in the 1970’s as a purely Chinese party. It was in 2007 that three branches were set up headed by Kadazan/Dusuns/Murut (KDM) - Mr. Edward E. Mujie (Tamparuli), Mr. Stephen J. Jimbangan (Kapayan) and Mr. Jusin Sabaran (Kuamut).

Over the last few years, more and more members among the bumiputra (KDM, Malay and others) began to join the party and more KDM or bumiputra branches formed. With the big numbers of bumiputra participation in Sabah, the Sabah DAP began to look more like a really multi-racial party from East Malaysia.
However, the KDM earlier leader members who started the bumiputra entrance into Sabah DAP are now beginning to feel sidelined by the national leadership as they are not represented in the National Central Executive Committee (CEC).

At present, unlike the other major Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties, DAP KDM original members have no representative in the CEC. This is a major over-sight by the national leadership although they want to portray a really multi-racial opposition party of Malaysia.

This has been going on and on and many KDM are beginning to feel that they are not given the respect or chance to voice out their opinions and contributions for Sabah in the party.

How could Sabah bumiputra participate in national leadership without a platform? If this cannot be resolved by the DAP national leadership, it will lead to an exodus of bumiputra leaving the party as they felt that the national leader do not care for the Sabah bumiputra contributions and struggles in the party.

In numerous meetings, gatherings, conventions, congress and discussions throughout Sabah, the Chinese language or mandarin has been predominantly used. These had resulted in many bumiputra finding it very hard or impossible to understand, thus causing them to be disinterested and disillusioned. DAP has many issues and policies that are of national interests to the member and will definitely affect their lives in the future if the voters choose PR DAP to be their representatives in the government.

It is, therefore, very important that the bumiputra understand what are being discussed or communicated to them. If this situation continues and persists, it would be better for them to leave the party and join other parties that the members would understand and communicate with.

In the recent Sabah DAP convention dinner held at the Grand Port Seaview Restaurant, many Sabah bumiputra came from all over Sabah with the intention of meeting up with Lim Guan Eng, the National Secretary General and Penang Chief Minister but were very disappointed that they had no chance of meeting him face to face, shaking hands and exchanging a few words with him.

He was heavily escorted and guarded by the Sabah DAPSY youth (acting as security guards) making it impossible to come close to him. It looks like these leaders are beginning to be made unapproachable as the PR DAP leaders are becoming more and more popular.

This is a very serious situation and we cannot afford leaders like this with an ambition to take over the seats in Putrajaya. And if the original KDM and bumiputra who struggled and worked so hard to make DAP acceptable among the bumiputra in Sabah are not properly represented in the CEC, DAP bumiputra voices in Sabah may or will not be heard at all.

Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang have been making many trips to get more and more support especially from bumiputra in Sabah for the 13th General Election. They will be wasting their time if the attitude of the Sabah DAPSY youth is to fence them away from the people who want to be closer and will support the party national leadership.

The bumiputra members want to actively participate and be a part Sabah DAP growth. But if their participations are not valued, they are brushed aside and not represented by the KDM original leaders who helped built Sabah DAP bumiputra then it will be useless for them to continue supporting the struggle to assist DAP on the road to Putrajaya.

The DAP party congress will be on 15th December, 2012. The KDM and bumiputra members are observing and taking notes of what the national DAP leaders are doing for Sabah representation. There would be a major backlash for DAP if this issues are not attended to by the national leaders at the DAP congress and before the 13th General Election.

LOWER PARKING FEES AT KOTA KINABALU




AT THE STATE Cabinet meeting on October 10, Chief Minister Musa Aman requested DBKK to revise the parking rates around the city. A similar call was made by his Deputy, Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology, Dr. Yee Moh Chai recently.

Mayor Abidin Madingkir responded by reducing the parking rates for all types of car parks in and outside the Central Business District (CBD) areas under City Hall management by 30 - 34 percent effective 1st November.
This reduction will affect 10, 719 parking bays under the City Hall's jurisdiction.

At a press conference at the City Hall yesterday, Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir disclosed that the new rates are among the lowest in the country.

According to Madingkir, the new rates are divided into four areas under the jurisdiction of the City Hall -Type A, B, C, and C1. Types A, B and C involves parking lots in the central business district (CBD) and B and C1 involves bays outside the Central Business District (OCBD).

Type A car parks are those located along the front of shop lot buildings in the CBD area. They are considered as short-term parking spaces. Under the revised rate, the charge for type A parking will be reduced from 25 cents to 20 cents for the first and second 30 minutes for a vehicle parked from 9am to 10am.

Parking from 10 to 11 am at type A lots will cost 35 cents instead of 50 cents. The subsequent rates from 11 am to 5 pm will be reduced to RM1.40 from RM2. Whole day parking (9 am to 5 pm) will now cost RM20.70, from the previous rate at RM 29.50

Type B lots are categorised as medium term parking spaces. They are designed for motorists who do not need to park for a long period of time in the CBD or outside CBD (OCBD) areas. The present rate ranging from 25 - 50 cents will be reduced to 20 cents per 30 minutes for the period between 9 am and 12 pm. From 12 pm to 5 pm, parking will cost 50 cents instead of 70 cents per 30 minutes. Whole day parking will now cost RM7.20 instead of RM10.90.

Type C parking spaces are categorised as long-term parking. These spaces are usually located away from buildings. They are designed for those working in the CBD area. For type C parking lots, the revised rates would see parking cost reduced to 35 cents from 50 cents per 30 minutes from 9 am to 5 pm. Whole day parking will cost RM3.85 instead of RM5.50.

C1 parking lots are considered long-term parking spaces around the OCBD areas. These are lots normally located in areas behind buildings or open spaces. Type C1 lots are designed for those working in the OCBD areas. Parking in these lots will now cost 35 cents instead of 50 cents per 30 minutes from 9 am to 5 pm. Whole day parking will be reduced to RM3.15 from RM 4.50.

"I hope that the reduction in parking rates would ease the burden of vehicle owners," Madingkir said.

Also present at the press conference was Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology, Dr. Yee Moh Chai. Dr. Yee who is also Api-Api Assemblyman, thanked the Mayor for working out the schedule of new rates so comprehensively and promptly following the Chief Minister's request.

"I understand the area concerned is very large and I must acknowledge the efficiency of City Hall in coming up with the new scheme in a short period." he said.

Dr. Yee also took the opportunity to urge private parking operators to emulate the decision and action of City Hall following the State government's directive to reduce their parking rates.

"This is in line with the government's effort to serve the people above all other interests. Let's hope the private sector operators will do likewise," he said. (Insight Sabah)

MAB APOLOGISES FOR THE KKIA BLACKOUT



BRIEFING....Malaysia Airport Berhad Senior General Manager, Dato’ Azmi Murad (2nd from right) briefing the State Cabinet at Wisma Innoprise.

6,000 PASSENGERS were stranded at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) when the runaway light malfunctioned for two days recently.

During a briefing to the State Cabinet by MAB Chairman Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid and its Senior General Manager, Dato’ Azmi Murad at Wisma Innoprise today, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said the government is extremely concerned about such an occurrence.
"This is not good for the government, for Sabah and certainly not good for MAB. MAB must take proactive steps to ensure such an incident will not ever happen again," he said.

The Sabah State Cabinet wants Malaysia Airport Berhad (MAB) to immediately resolve any problem associated with Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) including the causes of the blackout of its runaway lights.

“I do understand that MAB is not entirely to blame, but MAB should also have been more prepared in responding to this type of situation. Those stranded must be updated with information and not left in the dark. At the very least they should be provided with drinking water,” he said.

Bashir told the State Cabinet that the KKIA runaway had to be shut down because of safety reasons.

“MAB followed every procedure in responding to the incident. We, however, do apologise for not being able to respond fast enough,” he said.

He also assured the State Cabinet that MAB would do its utmost to rectify the runaway lighting situation and any shortcomings at KKIA immediately. (Insight Sabah)

Al Qaeda Websites Hosted In KL Pula !!






Folks, this nightmare seems to be never ending.  Not only is Al Qaeda using Malaysia as a transit point and a recruitment centre but even Al Qaeda websites are being hosted in Kuala Lumpur.  The Star has this EXCLUSIVE story :
  • Local server shuts down al-Qaeda’s online library after being alerted
  • PETALING JAYA: Al-Qaeda's “official” website was registered at an address in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Tawhed.net said to be the largest terrorist website in the world was shut down at 4pm yesterday after The Star alerted the local server.  
  • But that won't be the end of the portal: counter terrorism experts say it is al-Qaeda's strategy to have its websites and forums hosted in one country and move to another when detected.
  • Tawhed.net described in a United States Military Academy report as “al-Qaeda's main online library” contained a message from Ayman Al Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's current leader following the death of Osama bin Laden, and featured interviews with detained terrorist suspects.

First of all congratulations to The Star for detecting this website and alerting the server provider - who is a Malaysian company.  But isnt this the job of Hishamuddin at the Ministry of Home Affairs? We really need to be wide awake on this one. Hishamuddin is simply not doing the job.  

Folks, there is too much crap going on in the country and too often it involves foreigners and foreign ideas that are alien to our well being.  

Its like this - there are too many countries around the world where everything is screwed up. Usually these are the Islamic countries (plus some non Islamic countries). So people from those countries come to Malaysia because we are peaceful, harmonious, stable, we have beautiful weather, beautiful towns and cities and we offer these people hope and opportunities. So they have come here by the millions (Indons, Banglas, Nepalis, Pakistanis, Arabs, Iranians, South Americans, Africans, Eastern Europeans, Central Asians etc). 

Unfortunately instead of getting them to adjust themselves to our way of life (which is what made our Malaysia attractive to them in the first place)  we are now letting them run riot and repeat their bad mannerisms which made their countries of origin screwed up in the first place.

A couple of days ago in our neighborhood (which is fairly upmarket) I saw an African guy pissing against the lamp post just outside his rented house. (There were like 10 other Africans there and it was not even a party). There is no need to assume that back in his African home, that is what they do - they piss in the street. Which is why their countries are so screwed up and they end up finding their way to other countries like Malaysia where people do not piss in the street in front of their own houses !!

The same with these Al Qaeda terrorists. Their religion of hatred and more hatred towards other human beings (just because people belong to a different religion) has caused them serious problems. They cannot live peacefully and amicably with anyone at all. As a result they suffer violence and its consequent poverty. They become poor also because of their philosophy of hate. 

So they have no choice but to migrate to other countries (Australia, America, Europe and now Malaysia) to look for a better life. But they come here carrying their same hatreds and violence. And they start abusing the hospitality that we extend to spread their hatred and violence.

This is what is happening. Those Al Qaeda websites hosted in KL are just spewing hatred and violence.  They dont know how to get a job, go to work in the morning or produce something that is useful for them and their families. As a result they depend on others - especially the "kafirs" whom they dislike so much - for their very survival. They know this and so they fall deeper into despair. 

Now here is the punchline folks. This message is for the Prime Minister, the Deputy PM, the Ministers, the politicians and those in authority - it is NOT the job or the responsibility of  Malaysians to provide the hospitality for these very confused people in our country.  We are NOT obliged to them for anything.

They can take their "pissing on the lampost" and their Al Qaeda hate websites somewhere else. Those who cannot behave or dont know how to behave according to our culture should not be allowed to enter the country.  

What does this mean? This means placing quotas for number of entrants from some of these screwed up countries (for example ALL OIC countries except Brunei and Indonesia), all African countries and some South American and Central Asian countries. Or placing stricter visa requirements for all these countries. NO MORE visa upon arrival.

And enforcing strict immigration rules on the tenure of stay here in Malaysia. 

I also think the time has come where private colleges that take in too many dubious foreign students be classified as security threats. Yes the Ministry of Home Affairs must label private colleges which have significant numbers of dubious foreign students as security threats to the nation and act upon them accordingly. 

I also think the BN Government is going to lose a lot of votes because you dont know how to handle this simple matter. It is becoming too irritating to the normal man in the street.

The Cabinet Ministers dont see the picture because they belong to the Billionaire's Club. Their friends and cronies are the same people who have the licenses to operate the private colleges.  Its all about money.

Just a few days ago I was talking to someone (who was and maybe still is close to the Prime Minister) who was saying that we cannot solve the taxi problem in Kuala Lumpur because of the same reason - the Billionaires Club and its cronies are the same people who own or control the taxis through the permit system.  

If the local taxi drivers complain too much, they just allow the Taliban types from Peshawar in Pakistan to drive taxis.  That is why we now have foreigners driving taxis in the country. Ini semua duit punya pasal.  Will the Immigration Department check on these "foreign" taxi drivers? Or will they just 'close one eye'? Maybe Hisham can answer this question. Bro, wake up. I know you know all about this. I also know, that you know that we all know about this. Tapi buat slumber saja bro. 

You have enough money for three generations bro. You punya bank account sudah penuh. Take care of the nation.  Wake up.

You ignore the well being of your voters in favour of who? Or what? A few extra Ringgit in your bank account? How stupid can you get?   Tak boleh faham ke - orang dah fed up. Dont say I did not tell you.

IDENTITY CRISIS OR INTEGRITY CRISIS? (in Malay)





SETELAH hampir 20 tahun menanti penggantian kad pengenalannya yang hilang, namun sehingga kini tiada sebarang jawapan menyebabkan, Sabri Bin Kasim hilang segala hak kerakyatan Malaysia. Sabri yang kini menetap di Semporna masih menaruh harapan agar JPN menyegerakan penggantian kad pengenalannya kerana resit kad pengenalannya telah lusuh dan setiap kali ke Jabatan Pendaftaran Semporna, beliau hanya diberi cap enam bulan untuk semakan lanjut. Mujur 7 orang anaknya tidak menghadapi krisis ini. Sabri salah seorang daripada lebih 20,000 rakyat Sabah yang menghadapi masalah identiti setelah kad pengenalan mereka hilang; namun JPN yang kehilangan integriti gagal menyelesaikan masalah mereka. Kenapa mereka tersisih dari siasatan RCI? - Sabahkini

The “Tidak Apa Attitude” of most Malaysians!


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Sad to say that majority of Malaysians have this “tidak apa attitude” within them. How much do we really care for our environment? Do we teach and instill into our children that we should take care of the surrounding environment that we are living in? Are we as adults being good example to our kids?  I will never only blame the kids for throwing the rubbish here and there but the adults too.
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This year 2012 is Perak Tourism year and we expect tourist to come and visit our country. Which tourist will come and visit our country if the surrounding area like beaches are polluted with rubbish thrown here and there. We see plastics,food wrappers, polystyrene lunch packs thrown every where around the beaches and not forgetting broken bottles too.
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This month on Oct 6 2012, a group of environmental activist gathered at the Turtle Sanctuary in Segari, Manjung on a campaign to Save Our Turtles. When we got there, we saw rubbish thrown here and there. The place was not kept tidy at all. There were tourist coming over to visit the Turtle Sanctuary. On the beach there were rubbish too thrown here and there.
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So the group of environmental activist got into groups and started cleaning the surrounding area. Really could not believe my eyes when I myself picked up an adult pampers thrown under a tree. Hello! Come on lah! Are we that foolish to throw an adult pampers that has already been stained thrown under a tree? I just forgot to take a photo of that pampers. Should have taken one photo of it.  I wonder if people with this kind of mentality will throw the used adult pampers in their living or dining hall? Aha! This is what I called those people with the “tidak apa attitude” character. They just care a damn for the environment because they do not value what we have.
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And what surprised me more was, there was no rubbish bin at all at the Turtle Sanctuary sight. What is the City Council of Manjung doing about it? Why no rubbish bins at all placed at this area where I see there were people running business by selling food. What if picnickers come bringing the food that they have prepared and after eating where can they throw the paper plates and cups? These piled of garbage bags were loaded into a four 4WD to be disposed to a better place since there were no rubbish bins located here at all by the City Council of Manjung. Is this how we want to promote Perak as a year for Tourism?
This is truly our Malaysian style. We just do not care at all for the environment. Try throwing rubbish out of your vehicle in Singapore and see what you get! How come if Malaysians go to Singapore they know how to behave themselves by not littering everywhere, where else in our own country we still see people littering everywhere. I guess because “Malaysia is a Boleh Land” where you can do what you like.
By the way it is not only in Manjung area but also in Ipoh. You will see rubbish on the road of Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah facing the Tesco Extra. I wonder what are the municipal workers doing? Why are the roads so dirty with rubbish? What has the Mayor got to say for this. looks like the workers are not doing their job. What are the Councillors doing? Go and do your job and just do not sit in the office doing nothing.
I see big bill boards with words such as “Bandaraya Ipoh Bersih!” Is it really Bersih? Please as a Perakian, I want to see my city and my Perak State in a more better greener and cleaner environment. Why can’t we learn form our neighboring country Singapore to keep our country clean like them. We are so advanced in so many things but when it comes to cleanliness it is such a disaster. The toilets too are in a disastrous  condition. I do hope that the people concerned will take a serious look into these matters. We are promoting Perak as a Tourism Year 2012 but look at what we are offering to the tourist…“An Unhealthy and Unclean Environment in the state of Perak!”

Environmentalist
jasmine.c
source : Media Perak

Daydreaming or plain cocky?


Just why does BN/Umno find delight in playing the racism card when the issues beleaguering the rakyat are one too many?
COMMENT
The Barisan Nasional government is doing its worst to prevent the opposition alliance of Pakatan Rakyat from setting foot in Putrajaya and calling the shots.
Much castigation and accusations have been thrown upon Pakatan and its leaders by Umno, BN’s patronising arm.
Still, the rakyat seem eager to give Pakatan a chance to administer the nation, having had enough of ruling government BN’s domineering and rhetorics post-1957.
If BN is not puzzled as to why the rakyat are all thumbs-up for Pakatan, the former is either daydreaming or plain cocky.
To the people of this nation in particular the non-Malays, they have had it with the antics of BN’s top guns like Muhyiddin Yassin, the deputy prime minister.
Two years ago Muhyiddin stunned Malaysians when he claimed that he was a Malay first and then Malaysian.
Why should the people be in favour of BN as the ruling government when its leaders are doing all they can to perpetuate an agenda that only serves to discriminate and segregate Malaysians of different faiths?
BN keeps claiming that Pakatan’s ally DAP is racist. But then has BN not the slightest decency to acknowledge the fact that it is Umno which takes the cake when it comes to raising racial tensions.
The racist remarks made during the annual Umno general assembly is a classic example of the miscreant nature of this ‘all Malay’ party. What is unbearable is the fact that the racist remarks made via the Umno general assembly platform have always the backing of top leadership.
And it is even more painful to have a prime minister who cares a hoot about having a racist deputy.
In July last year, Najib when asked by a student at the Malaysian Student Leaders Summit to comment about Muhyiddin’s ‘Malay first, Malaysian second’ remark gave the most ridiculous of replies when he said:
“I don’t want to respond in any way that will divide me from my deputy. 1Malaysia is our guiding philosophy. It does not matter what you say, just as long as you follow (the 1Malaysia concept).”
Going by Najib’s tacky reply, do we need any more reasons to show BN the door in the coming 13th general election?
Issues are endless
Just why does BN/Umno find delight in playing the racism card when the issues beleaguering the rakyat are one too many? Does BN not care about the well-being of the people or is the agenda of political survival more crucial?
The ongoing issue of a 29-storey condominium taking shape next to the limestone temple in Batu Caves has not interested both BN’s president Najib and Muhyiddin. The duo have been silent on this issue, perhaps at a loss for words on how to convince the rakyat that the condominium project is a ‘good’ thing.
Alternatively, the Najib-Muhyiddin pair cannot care less just how environmentally unsafe the condominium project is.
One wonders whether ‘enlightened’ leaders in other parts of the world would react the same way too – keeping mum and ignoring the issue altogether.
Then there is the issue of our students leaving school as ‘illiterates’, as revealed when some of the National Service trainees were unable to read and write.
But to Muhyiddin who is also the Education Minister, Malay supremacy is a more pressing issue, so much so that he decided to ignore all calls and pleas by reversing the teaching of Mathematics and Science from English to Bahasa Malaysia from this year on.
Deaths under police watch, corrupted politicians and ministers, the tainted electoral system and the never ending nepotism and cronyism are among the issues that far from interest both Najib and Muhyiddin.
Instead, both the PM and DPM are working hard to ensure their Putrajaya seat in no way falls into the hands of Pakatan.
Rakyat knows the truth
When words are ineffective, it is time to indulge in artifice or splash loads of money – at least this is how BN best works, looking at the various alms it started handing out to the rakyat, starting with the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) which was given a ‘special’ place in the 2012 Budget.
Such help aside, BN cannot make the folly of ignoring the fact that the rakyat is today savvy and knows the truth.
Using money to buy the people’s votes and loyalty will not work and neither will Najib’s promises of making life a ‘bed of roses’ for the masses win BN the votes it desperately needs to edge out its rival Pakatan.
The truth as the people know it is that the damage has been done. For the non-Malays, they are forced to accept the bitter reality that only Malays will seat in the chair of the prime minister and his deputy.
Is BN willing to change with the time and allow a non-Malay to become a prime minister or a deputy premier or a menteri besar or a chief minister for that matter?
If the answer is ‘no’, then is it futile to allow BN to savour victory in the coming general election if the people are averse to any kind of political segregation and discrimination.
Jeswan Kaur is a freelance writer and a FMT columnist.

Kota Belud MP: SAPP’s Marajin is blind


Abdul Rahman Dahlan asks if the SAPP leader has even been to Kota Belud in the first place.
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno-Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan has attacked SAPP supreme council member Peter Marajin over what the former claimed were baseless accusations.
The Sabahan MP asked if Marajin – who claimed nothing was being done in Kota Belud – had visited his constituency in the first place.
“This Peter Marajin, I don’t know what he’s talking about. The federal government has easily allocated RM120 million, and [the development] is there. If he cannot see what has been done, he has to see an optometrist, he better check his eyes,” he told FMT.
Abdul Rahman said that since allocations there were approved, various agricultural methods including tunneling and irrigation measures had been carried out.
He added that these measures were needed to help water the paddy fields there; part of an initiative to reduce Sabah’s dependency on imported rice.
He was referring to a recent FMT article where Marajin criticised him for preferring to speak on federal and economic matters than focusing on his own constituency.
The SAPP leader also claimed that nothing had been done to ease the area’s traffic congestion.
These allegations appeared to bewilder the Kota Belud MP, who said that he had tried to build alternative exit roads for the Kota Belud town.
“I managed to get allocation to build these roads, but at the end of the day, some land acquistion needed to be done, but the people were not willing to let go of the land,” he said.
He added that after fierce opposition criticism, the government decided not to go ahead with construction, and withdrew the allocations.
Abdul Rahman then stressed that it was his job as an MP to speak on national issues, even if they had nothing to do with Kota Belud.
“Who’s going to talk about national issues if not the MPs? We are the ones who are responsible to pass the national budget. If you don’t get your MPs to talk about this, who is going to talk about it?
“We don’t talk about state issues alone, we have to talk about national issues because we are at the federal level,” he said tiredly.
Abdul Rahman then said that if Marajin did not believe him, he was willing to let his officers show the SAPP man around his constituency.
He however claimed that Marajin was eyeing the Kedamaian state assembly seat, adding that the letter was merely “playing hero”.

‘Nurturing’ Mukhriz Mahathir


The gap in Umno and the distrust amongst the leadership is getting wider.
COMMENT
The intrigue in Umno today is greater than the intrigue in the forbidden city during the last days of Chinese Emperors. It is a sure sign of a declining Umno in a ‘dog eat dog’ situation.
The gap in Umno and the distrust amongst the leadership is getting wider.
Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin has asked his camp to play low key. If anything has to be unleashed against Najib and his “mentor”, it has to be sudden and at a crucial time, so as not to allow for an opportunity for the Mahathirian camp to fight back.
“It should be swift and decisive, there will be no turning back,” Muhyiddin was quoted as having told his inner circles.
Muhyiddin is very uncomfortable with Mahathir and he has to watch every step he takes.
He can’t have his plans leaked. Thus far he seems to be doing fine on that score, but you can never tell in Umno, especially with Mahathir who is famous for buying out Umno boys to get what he wants.
And there are people in Johor Umno who are willing to align with Mahathir in this war.
Uphill task for Muhyddin
Mahathir has the funds or at least the sources from which he can squeeze it out. Muhyiddin has his back against the wall.
Under normal circumstances, an Umno deputy will be able to muster funds at will, but now after the Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s NFC affair, it has been made very difficult for him.
In Umno today, it’s money that talks, not Bahasa Melayu, but money!
So it is an uphill task for Muhyiddin, but sources say he has a good following and can turn the tables – money politics or not.
The not so intelligent (Home Minister) Hishammuddin Hussein does not have enough money to spend so lavishly to win any position.
He also does not have the support of the grassroots to make himself invulnerable, so he goes the way of Mukhriz, whose father and siblings together with their cronies will outbid anyone on the scene.
So Hisham will play the Mahathirian plan although he hates it, like his father, he will be used by Mahathir as a stop gap premier and then moved out ungraciously.
Mahathir is looking to park his son Mukhriz’ interests. If you notice Mukhriz has been rather quiet, very quiet for anyone’s liking.
He has ambitions and his father has plans to nurture that ambition but where he parks himself in this controversy and this power struggle in Umno will determine his future in the party, and both him and his father know that and are worried sick on how to solve this power equation.
Muhyiddin, a stop-gap
Muhyiddin has no place in the equation and he knows it.
Mahathir never liked the fellow. The only reason Mahathir placed him as deputy was to threaten Najib that Muhyiddin would be president if Najib did not go for (Abdullah) Badawi.
Once Najib took the position, it was time to begin the process of grooming Mukhriz but, a few stop gap personalities had to be put in place first.
The first stop-gap was Muhyiddin who would play a Ghaffar Baba-type role, then Hisham would come in to unseat him and Mukhriz would move for the vice-president’s slot as a measure towards party presidency.
Najib would be asked to make way for Hisham. Hisham will take over and appoint Mukhriz as his deputy just like when Hussein named Mahathir.
The stage will be set for Mukhriz to close the curtain on Hisham and take over the PM’s post within the next five years.
Toffee Rodrigo is a businessman who spends his free time writing to create awareness. He blogs at Toffee’sTurn.

Do you think I care a shit?


You Pakatan Rakyat supporters are still too immature. And that is why Pakatan Rakyat is not ready to run the country. Pakatan Rakyat supporters first need to gain some maturity before Pakatan Rakyat can be allowed to form the federal government. You need to suffer another term under Barisan Nasional. This suffering might then wake you up and only when you wake up can we talk about a change of government.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
“More I read your articles, more I have an inclination that you really are on a BN payroll.” -- bengali kunday. 
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That was what a reader going by the nickname of ‘bengali kunday’ said. Well, allow me to reply to that.
First of all, even if I am on the payroll of Barisan Nasional, so what? There are people like those in Malaysiakini,Malaysia Chronicle, and so on, who are on Pakatan Rakyat’s payroll. In fact, sites like Harakah and many others actually belong to and are financed by Pakatan Rakyat or parties within Pakatan Rakyat. And they do not hide that fact or are apologetic or ashamed about serving the interest of a political party, notwithstanding the fact that it is an opposition party.
Are you implying that it is okay to be on Pakatan Rakyat’s payroll but not okay to be on Barisan Nasional’s payroll? Are you also implying that democracy and freedom of choice and freedom of association means you must be on Pakatan Rakyat’s payroll but not on Barisan Nasional’s payroll?
What type of democracy is this when you are restricted to serving one party’s interest but not the other? What type of democracy is this when you have no freedom of choice or freedom of association and are obligated to serve one party’s interest but not the other? 
You take the moral high ground whenever you feel that someone is serving Barisan Nasional’s interest but you do not demonstrate that same moral outrage if someone is on Pakatan Rakyat’s payroll. So-called ‘independent’ human rights organisations such as Suaram openly work for Pakatan Rakyat but that is not repulsive to you. Only if they serve Barisan Nasional’s interest is it repulsive. 
Secondly, when I write articles very damaging to Barisan Nasional and Umno -- such as my two recent articles this week in The Corridors of Power regarding Umno Sabah -- you do not consider that as being on Pakatan Rakyat’s payroll. However, if I write just one article that is slightly uncomplimentary to Pakatan Rakyat (in fact, the article that I wrote in which you posted that comment is not even about Pakatan Rakyat or uncomplimentary to Pakatan Rakyat) you consider that as being on Barisan Nasional’s payroll.
To you Pakatan Rakyat supporters, the decent thing to do is to serve Pakatan Rakyat’s interest. Serving any other interest is an indecent thing to do. You decide the moral boundaries and limits of decency and anyone who does not pass your interpretation and yardstick of morality and decency is vilified. Who appointed you the guardian and trustee of morality and decency? 
How different are you from the religionists who decide what is moral and what is decent and impose their standards of morality and decency on others? Since Muslims represent the majority population in Malaysia can Muslims then, going by the doctrine of democracy where majority rules, impose their Islamic interpretation of morality and decency on the minority? 
Since the majority dictates the ground rules then surely what is compatible to Islam should prevail and anything repulsive to Islam should be barred. In that case the Islamic Sharia law, Hudud included, should be the law of the land. Muslims who are the majority in Malaysia should decide what is moral and what is decent and Islam must be the code of conduct that all Malaysians should live by.
Religionists such as Muslims, even if they are the majority in Malaysia, should not impose their will on Malaysians, even on fellow Muslims, let alone on the non-Muslims. So why should you impose your will on others? The believers of Islam should not vilify those who are not of the Muslim faith. Why should the believers of Pakatan Rakyat vilify those who are not of the opposition faith?
When misguided Muslims adopt the ‘either you are with us or you are against us’ religious doctrine, you find that revolting, indecent and immoral. But you can adopt the ‘either you are with us or you are against us’ political doctrine and it is not revolting, indecent and immoral.
What kind of hypocritical double standard is this? You resent it when others impose their will on you and when they decide what is tolerable, moral and decent. But you can impose your will on others and decide what is tolerable, moral and decent. Can you see the hypocrisy that is so thick you can cut it with a knife?
Do you think I care a shit about Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat? Do you think I care a shit whether Barisan Nasional retains power or Pakatan Rakyat gains power? Do you think my life is only about the general elections and about who gets to march into Putrajaya? That is a very narrow way to look at life.
Do you honestly think that my mission in life is to make sure that Barisan Nasional does not get kicked out? Do you honestly think that my mission in life is to ensure that Pakatan Rakyat gets to form the next federal government? You have a very narrow mission in life. Do not imagine that my mission in life is as narrow as yours.
Politicians are politicians, never mind from which side of the political divide. And the narrow objective of all politicians is merely to get into power. What makes you think that that is also my very narrow objective? If you think that then you have not been reading properly what I have been writing over these last 35 years.
You Pakatan Rakyat supporters are still too immature. And that is why Pakatan Rakyat is not ready to run the country. Pakatan Rakyat supporters first need to gain some maturity before Pakatan Rakyat can be allowed to form the federal government. You need to suffer another term under Barisan Nasional. This suffering might then wake you up and only when you wake up can we talk about a change of government.
Yes, do keep whacking me. Continue to vilify me. And when you do I will do everything within my power to make sure that the coming general election is going to result in a huge shock and disappointment for you.
Never give a flower to a monkey, the Malays would say. That is like throwing pearls to swine, the English say. And that is how I look at some of you Pakatan Rakyat supporters, monkeys and swine that are not ready to be entrusted with power.
So you want to fight. So let’s fight. I have nothing to lose because I don’t care a shit which side is going to win the coming general election. That is what you want. That is not what I want. Just because that is what you want you have this mistaken notion that that is what I also want.
What stupid people you are. If I support Pakatan Rakyat then I am God. If I do not support Pakatan Rakyat then I am a Barisan Nasional stooge. Well, let me break it to you gently. I am neither God not a Barisan Nasional stooge. I am an independent-spirited individual who does not care a shit about losers like you.

Rafizi eyes Pandan, will Tee Keat defend it?


Pandan is largely working class and the people want an MP who can solve their problems.
The next general election is expected to be the closest fight to form the new government. And several seats across the nation are likely to see heated battles with the victor winning by the slimmest of majorities. The Malaysian Insider takes a look at some of these hot seats in what will be an intense election for control of Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 — Mention Pandan to any political pundit and the conversation will inevitably meander to the RM64 million question: will Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat be contesting? 
It is no secret that the Pandan MP is not exactly a favourite of MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and most political observers think it is not likely that Chua will voluntarily field Ong in Pandan — or any seat for that matter — in the next general election.
In the past two years, the 56-year-old Ong has also been outspoken about many issues linked to Barisan Nasional (BN) including the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ). All this has not endeared him to many people in the ruling coalition. In fact, there has been much speculation that he will leave the MCA and join the opposition but nothing of the sort has come to pass. 
Still, there is no denying the best chance for BN to retain the seat is to field Ong especially now that PKR’s strategy director Rafizi Ramli is slated to contest in Pandan.
Rafizi, 35, who in the last year has made a name for himself with a series of exposes like the National Feedlot scandal, is already a household name with his many appearances in the media and various opposition ceramahs around the country. 
Ong is popular with his constituents.
But Ong — the former MCA chief — is immensely popular in the constituency where he has been MP since 2004. When his constituents — 49.34 per cent Malays and 45.04 per cent Chinese — need help, he is THE man they turn to. Even during the political tsunami that was GE12, he retained his seat with an increase in number of votes while the two state assembly seats fell to the opposition.
MCA leaders have remained silent on whether Ong will run in Pandan but it is well known that Umno insiders feel it is important to field Ong as he has the best chance of denying Rafizi a seat in Parliament.
They feel that Rafizi — should he become an MP — will stir things up too much in the august House as he seems to be the “go to” guy for whistleblowers. If Ong is the man the community in Pandan turn to when they need help, Rafizi is the man whistleblowers contact when it comes time to expose irregularities in government.
So now we have a situation where a Malay party, Umno, is backing a Chinese candidate who does not have the support of his own Chinese party, the MCA.
But what will the people who live in Pandan think? Pandan, of course, is on the “wrong” side of Ampang; instead of the upper-class neighbourhood of Ukay Heights and Bukit Antarabangsa or the many embassies and residences of diplomats in the Jalan U Thant area, Pandan is working class. 
For them, bread-and-butter issues are top of mind. They want an MP who is not afraid to get his hands dirty, who listens to them and who helps them sort out problems that are both personal and general.
Rafizi seems to be the ‘go to’ guy for whistleblowers.
Ong is no absentee MP and has proven himself time and again with the constituents. Still, Rafizi has lost no time in making his presence felt in Pandan. His “boys” have gone to the ground and Rafizi himself has made the rounds of the area.
PKR insiders admit that this seat will not be easy to wrest away from Ong should he run again. “There is a small sliver in the constituency near Cheras which is a newer area... the people there are not from the Pandan area... this is our best chance to swing the voters here to Rafizi,” said someone close to Rafizi’s camp.
A senior MCA member disclosed that the prime minister himself has given instructions that Ong be fielded in GE13.
Is Pandan a done deal if Ong stands for election? Not necessarily so. “It depends on how the people feel on the day,” says another veteran MCA man.
Wise words indeed. After all, the MCA’s Datuk Lee Hwa Beng — a popular state assemblyman in Subang — was one of the casualties of GE12. He lost to PKR’s untested and unknown Loh Gwo Burne.