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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kad Pengenalan Siapa Ni..???? Pelik Betul...!!!!



GELUGOR - Seorang pemuda terkejut apabila menjumpai kad pengenalan (IC) misteri tanpa nama dan gambar di sebuah taman rekreasi di sini.

Dia yang tidak ingin namanya didedahkan memberitahu Sinar Harian bahawa kad pengenalan berkenaan dijumpainya di dalam dompet.

Menurutnya, keadaannya sama seperti kad pengenalan yang digunakan warganegara Malaysia namun bezanya tidak bernama.

“Saya tidak mengesyaki apa-apa, namun terkejut kerana keadaan kad sebegini rupa pun ada.

“Dalam dompet berkenaan tidak ada duit dan sebagainya, namun hanya kad pengenalan tersebut sahaja yang ditemui,” katanya.

Dia yang pada mulanya memuatnaik gambar kad pengenalan itu di laman facebook kemudiannya memadamkannya kembali gara-gara bimbang disalahgunakan pihak tidak bertanggungjawab.


Kali pertama terjumpa perkara sedemikian membuatkan pemuda berusia 27 tahun itu sedikit bimbang.

Menurutnya, dia bertegas mahu menyimpan kad pengenalan berkenaan sekiranya diperlukan Jabatan Pendaftaran untuk membuat siasatan.

“Pada mulanya saya buang kad tersebut, tetapi selepas tidak lama kemudian mengambilnya semula kerana bimbang dijumpai orang lain,” katanya.- SH

Hapuskan TOL Yang Merompak Rakyat Untuk Suap Kroni!



Di Malaysia, projek pembinaan lebuhraya merupakan satu lapangan perniagaan yang berisiko rendah dan sangat menguntungkan syarikat konsesi. Akan tetapi, projek sebegini dikhususkan untuk kroni-kroni BN sahaja. 
Contohnya, syarikat PLUS yang membelanjakan RM 5.9 bilion untuk membina Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan, namun sehingga 31 Disember 2010, telah mengutip tol sebanyak RM18.3billion. Bagi setiap ringgit yang dikutip, syarikat konsesi memperoleh untung bersih sebanyak 52 sen!

Tambahan pula, kadar tol akan dinaikkan sebanyak 5% setiap 3 tahun bermula 2016. Mengikut terma konsesi, bayaran tol akan dikutip sehingga 2038 - ini bukan saja membebankan kita tetapi juga anak cucu kita.

Ceritanya sama dengan syarikat-syarikat konsesi yang lain seperti Lebuharaya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Lebuhraya KL-Putrajaya (MEX), Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS), Lebuhraya Cheras-Kajang, Lebuhraya Port Dickson, Jambatan Pulau Pinang dan Lebuhraya Karak. 


Di bawah BN, tol akan diteruskan di lebuhraya-lebuhraya yang baru seperti Lebuhraya Skim Penyuraian Trafik Johor Bahru (EDL) dan Lebuhraya Pantai Barat Taiping - Banting (WCE). Masing-masing akan mengutip tol untuk tempoh 34 dan 60 tahun.

Hakikatnya, jika rasuah dan penyelewengan dikurangkan, kerajaan boleh membeli balik lebuhraya, menghentikan syarikat konsesi daripada mengaut keuntungan yang melampau, dan memansuhkan tol dalam jangka masa yang paling singkat.

Ini adalah janji Pakatan Rakyat kepada rakyat Malaysia. Jika PR berjaya mengambil alih kuasa di Putrajaya, rakyat akan menikmati perkhidmatan lebuhraya percuma!

Ubah Sekarang, Bersihkan Malaysia! -
muslimeen-united

KOLEKSI RAKAMAN GAMBAR CERAMAH PR BERSAMA DSAI DI SEREMBAN


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KOLEKSI RAKAMAN GAMBAR CERAMAH PR BERSAMA DSAI, DI JALAN DATO' SIAMANG GAGAP SEREMBAN, YANG PASTI BUAT NAJIB DAN UMNO TERUS GAGAP!!!!!

Pergh!!!! Paling kurang 20,000 rakyat Seremban, Negeri Sembilan dari pelbagai kaum, tua dan muda telah turun berhimpun di Pusat Betaria, Jalan Siamang Gagap Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, malam tadi 30hb April 2013.

Para penganjur memaklumkan bahawa pihaknya telah cuba nak menempah Padang MPS tetapi pihak Majlis Perbandaran Seremban enggan sewakan, begitu juga dengan Stadium Negeri Tuanku Abdul Rahman Paroi, Seremban, pun tidak dibenarkan, maka tiada pilihan terpaksa juga cari tempat kosong yang berkedudukan dalam DUN Ampangan.

Punyalah sesak dan padat dilokasi ceramah sehingga melimpah kedua belah jalan.

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Kenderaan terpaksa diletakkan 1km dari kedua arah...Laungan reformasi..Ini kalilah.. Ubah..lawan tetap lawan, sering dilaungan...

Cukup meriah dan bersemangat sekali...Memperlihatkan kesungguhan rakyat Negeri Sembilan secara keseluruhannya mau melakukan perubahan...Mood perubahan cukup tebal dan pekat sekali.

Apa yang pasti perhimpunan malam tadi sudah cukup membuat Najib dan seluruh pimpinan UMNO/BN gusar dan tidak bermaya...HARI UMNO UNTUK MENJADI PEMBANGKANG SUDAH HAMPIR TIBA, 
  

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GE-13: It's All About Najib


by Jose Barrock  & S Ashwiinie
 
Najib latestPremier Najib Abdul Razak, comes across as a well-bred gentleman – he speaks well, is very polished, always in pristine suits and the hint of a clipped English accent adds to his allure.
But he wasn’t always this way, so polished— he has in the past played many roles, an angry young man, the king maker, and many others, some of which we at KiniBiz will explore.
Turn back the clock, it’s October 1987— trendy Malaysians from all walks, hang out at the Tin Mine Discotheque in the Kuala Lumpur Hilton, (now the Crowne Plaza), the Bee Gee’s “You Win Again” is atop the charts, while the late Michael Jackson’s “Bad” has just been released—ripping speakers everywhere.
 Despite the apparent calm in the streets, there were serious racial problems sprouting up in Malaysia.
 An angry young man 
The appointment of non-Chinese educated personnel in Chinese schools resulted in a gathering of some 2,000 odd Chinese led by the association of Chinese school teachers and trustees or Dong Jiao Zong, in Kuala Lumpur. This group was joined by politicians from the Malaysian Chinese Association or MCA, Democratic Action Party known as DAP, Gerakan and other Chinese associations and parties.
Politicians from both sides of the divide—the MCA being the second largest member of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, and opposition stalwarts DAP—quickly charged up the crowd, racial slurs were made and a plan was put in place to boycott Chinese schools.
Interestingly enough Dong Jiong Zong and some of the other Chinese associations were asking for the resignation of then Education Minister, Anwar Ibrahim.
 This occurred on October 11, 1987. Six days later— in retaliation—- a 34 year old Najib who was the head of UMNO Youth led a 10,000 strong rally, in the TPCA (Tamilians Physical Cultural Association) Stadium in Kampung Baru and is purported to have called for the Malays to bathe the keris (a Malay dagger) in Chinese blood.
This eventually led to Ops Lalang (weeding ops) on October 27, 1987— where 106 individuals were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), and two publications, The Starand Sin Chew Jit Poh’s  had their publishing licenses revoked.
Najib however has denied this entire Chinese blood and keris episode, saying he never urged the unrest. “Many think that it is his cousin Hishammuddin (Hussein) who started thekeris brandishing and waving act at UMNO Youth gatherings….it was actually Najib who started it… It’s an UMNO Youth thing,” a local politician, and a Ketua Bahagian of UMNO said.
 A seasoned politician at 34
“It is like that…when you go for an MCA or DAP meeting they (the members) are very racist as well, you think they are singing the praises of Malays at their meetings?
“If you go to an MIC meeting also it’s the same, but somehow when Malays do anything it gets blown out of proportion,” the UMNO politician said.
While some may attribute the episode of Chinese blood and keris to Najib being young, the fact of the matter is at 34 years old, he already had plenty of experience in politics.
In 1976 when his father Abdul Razak passed away, Najib who was 23, was selected to run for the Pekan parliamentary seat left vacant by his father’s death. And of course he won.
His first stint in the Cabinet was at the age of 25 when he was appointed Deputy Minister of energy, telecommunications and post in 1978—making him the youngest deputy minister in the country. He had a whole host of ministerial portfolios from the age of 32.
Also at the age of 29, he was Menteri Besar of Pahang, a position he held for four years from 1982.Nevertheless some have also questioned who Najib’s political mentors are. This question arises due to his closeness to Anwar who he faces as the head of the opposition today in the 13th General Elections.
Closeness to Anwar  
Najib has had good ties to Anwar before. His position in 1987 as UMNO ???????????????????????????????????????????????????Youth head was a result of Anwar moving up the food chain, going for an UMNO Vice President’s position, and thus nudging Najib up.
Interestingly enough Najib was part of Anwar’s Team Wawasan in 1993, together with Muhammad Muhd Taib and Muhyiddin Yassin. All three were UMNO Vice Presidents, while Anwar strengthened his position to Deputy President of UMNO, when incumbent Ghafar Baba withdrew from the fight for the number two position.
Some also say that Najib’s meagre 231 seat victory in Pekan in the 1999 General Elections was a result of many showing their unhappiness with him supporting Premier Mahathir Mohamad, and parting ways with Anwar who had since been sacked.
 Najib plays kingmaker
There was massive infighting in UMNO in 1987, and Najib was involved in the thick of action. A year ago, in 1986, Musa Hitam the Deputy Premier stepped down saying Mahathir no longer trusted him. Then in April of 1987, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and former deputy premier Musa Hitam took on Mahathir and his Deputy Ghafar.
Dr Mahathir-nstMahathir won by a mere 43 vote majority—-garnering 761 votes while Razaleigh  managed 718 votes. A swing of a mere 22 votes would have altered Malaysia’s history.
Insiders say, Najib had privately backed Razaleigh, but at the 11th hour he switched camps to support Mahathir, giving the incumbent the win. They add that Anwar had played an important role in turning Najib against Razaleigh and Musa, and thus benefit Mahathir.
“I’m sure many wonder what would have happened had Najib not switched allegiances…Mahathir may not have won—Malaysian history would be very different from what it is today,” a local politician said.
While his political life panned out well in the early years, the later part of it has been tumultuous to say the least, with accusations that he was involved with a Mongolian model who was murdered.
Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder
In 2006 the entire nation was shocked when details of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder came about— especially the use of explosive substances such as C4, which are close to impossible to get on the open market, and the involvement of policemen who were assigned to the Prime Minister as bodyguards.
Najib’s aide and associate Abdul Razak Baginda was among those charged but was later acquitted. The prosecution did not appeal. Stories circulated that Altantunya was also known to Najib but Najib strenuously denied this.
Altantuya and Razak Baginda, who were emotionally attached, were said to be involved in an arms deal where Malaysia acquired Scorpene submarines from France, with the latter making high commissions from the deal.
“When you talk about arms deals there is a lot of secrecy, it’s all classified under OSA (Official Secrets Act) so there are no questions asked….it all falls under defence spending, so it’s easy money to be made…some say the whole Altantuya fiasco, is a deal gone bad,” a politician said.
Certain quarters have tried to link Rosmah Mansor— Najib’s wife to the murder, but there is no evidence to prove this.
Rosmah, an albatross around Najib’s neck
“In any political exchange, or discussion her name keeps coming up, and notRosmah Mansor in a flattering manner…earlier UMNO politicians defended her….now they don’t bother,” the politician said.
She has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. There is talk about her being involved in decision making at the highest levels, brokering deals, and living it up spending on accessories and jewellery.
Some say she is also close to the likes of Desmond Lim’s wife Tan Kewi Yoon, and steel magnate William Cheng’s wife Chelsea as well, explaining to a certain extent why the two businessmen can’t seem to do any wrong in corporate Malaysia.
Also through the grapevine was her purported involvement in awarding of the RM8 billion Gemas-Johor Bahru double tracking rail job.
As one official from a public listed company said, “It’s very seldom that almost the whole country is united against someone…strangely enough in this case it’s the PM’s wife.”
Other issues—1MDB, FELDA
More recently Najib’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. 1MDB has issued some RM20 billion worth of bonds with very high coupon rates, but has little or nothing to show for it. The company has come under fire.
Some of its partners such as PetroSaudi International are just as opaque, leaving many questions unanswered. Also 1MDB has come out to say that it has RM7 billion in investments in the Cayman islands—- which is safe. This has irked the investing community even more, as they wonder why the money is not transferred back to Malaysia, and with some even questioning why 1MDB was set up in the first place.
Meantime there have been mixed reactions to the Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV)’s floatation exercise, which was the second largest IPO after Facebook last year, and raised some RM9.9 billion. According to certain quarters the settlers, although they received cash, were given the shorter end of the stick with the massive ownership dilution of the company.
Profundo Economic Research in a report released in June last year, prior to FGV’s floatation exercise stated that, “Our analysis shows that an accumulation of environmental, social and governance risks will result in serious financial risks for investors.” It had an avoid call on FGV’s stock.
Since a surge to almost RM5.50 after its RM4.60 IPO, FGV’s stock has tapered off and been largely trading below that for most of the the year.
Good deeds— too few and far in between?                     
The UMNO politician said, “Who is the President of MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress), who is the President of MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association)….I tell you it’s all Najib….he’s the only hope for Barisan Nasional,” the politician said.
It is true, Najib has been in the forefront, using his own popularity to prop up both the MCA and MIC which are ailing parties.
Also to Najib’s credit economy-wise, Malaysia has been performing better than many other countries in the region. This year Malaysia’s growth is estimated to be in the region of five percent.
Last year the economy expanded by a 5.6 percent quantum as domestic demand recorded the highest rate of expansion over the decade buoyed by strong consumption and investment spending.
According to reports, overall investment by the private sector was the key driver of domestic growth in 2012. Private investment was strong contributing about 15.5 percent to GDP (gross domestic product – goods and services produced) and registering growth of 22 percent, while public investment grew 17.1 percent from higher capital spending by public enterprises.
In contrast global growth moderated in 2012, amidst the challenging economic climate. Much of these can be atrtributed to Najib’s plannning. From January 2010 to March 2013, he set up several programmes under the economic transformation project (ETP), slated to benefit the people and rightly targeting the lower income group.
ETP
The ETP which is under the belt of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit is tasked with creating a Gross National Income of US$523 billion by 2020, and increase per capita income to US$15,000 from US$6,700 in 2009.
He also set up several other initiatives which directly benefit the general populace. Among others, 1Malaysia Clinic was set up whereby treatment and medication cost only RM1, the 1Malaysia People’s Shop and the 1Malaysia People Housing Project (PR1MA), for those aiming for their first home.
Under Najib’s watch as well, work on the RM30 billion— Mass Rapid Transit System or MRT— has started.
The 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) is another of Najib’s trademarks, where cash payments of RM500 were made to needy individuals. From 2011 to 2012, approximately 1.1 million job opportunities were created.
Perhaps the landmark decision of his career is the abolishment of the Internal Security Act which is now replaced by the Security Offences (Special Measure) Act 2012 (Sosma). Najib also comprehensively reviewed the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 as well as the Sedition Act.
Malaysia also fared better in Transparency International’s 2012 Bribe Payers Survey.Thus Najib seems to have done well on some fronts.
Some of the unaddressed, unanswered issues 
However during Najib’s watch as well, household debt to gross domestic product (GDP) reached RM667 billion or 77 percent of GDP which is high.
More recently questions of national security arose, after some 200 militants parked themselves down in Sabah and declared parts of the region theirs.“Imagine if you and I and a few friends walked into Singapore, bearing arms….we’d be dead in minutes,” a market watcher said.
There are also those who wonder why under Najib’s watch one individual, Syed Mokhtar Albukhary has amassed so much wealth. One of his flagship companies, DRB Hicom Bhd is based in Pekan, Pahang, which is also Najib’s constituency.
Recently there was a huge hue and cry that tycoon Robert Kuok Hock Nien had bought a parcel of land in Johor, and is to develop property in the Iskandar Malaysia. Is it really a big deal when Kuok who was born and bred in Johor buys a plot of land to develop?
Looking forward
Moving ahead, Najib’s plans for the country are already largely in place with heavy investments in rail projects, oil and gas, construction, property and water among others. However for Najib, his long term plans for the country could be derailed by his current deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin.
Certain quarters in UMNO say that Najib’ has to either gain two thirds majority or win back Selangor, both seemingly tough targets to achieve, to continue being prime minister. Otherwise he is likely to be challenged by Muhyiddin.
It is also clear that Muhyiddin has the support of former premier Mahathir which is very important, and to top it all Muhyiddin’s grass root support in Johor is strong.
While Muhyiddin has always been coy, and never openly said he was after Najib’s position, he could be thrust into the number one seat, if he garners more support than Najib.
However much of the fight at the UMNO level will be sorted out in the third quarter of 2013 at the UMNO General Assembly.  Najib seems to have his hands full, having to look over his shoulder at Muhyiddin, campaign for UMNO, MCA and MIC, and running the country.
He has been Prime Minister for four years without a direct mandate from the people. Will the people now endorse him for the next five years?

"A" For Ambiga



An Enlightened Indian View


Hang in there folks. All this politicking will be over in another few more days. Of course I will be changing the topic of discussion after the elections. Would you like to discuss pocket aircraft carriers and the manufacture of medium range guided missiles? It is something we have to do sooner or later. 

Today is May 1st, 2013 - a public holiday. Happy Labour Day to all the workers of the world.  Labour Day or not, we are open for business today - labouring away. Nine of us are working today while two of the girls are away on maternity leave. What will the world be without our own labour?

Anyway I appeared live on TV3 last nite - for about an hour beginning 9.15pm on 'Mandat' with Dato Zaini of Utusan. The moderator was Tok Mat (Dato Ahmad Talib of Media Prima).  The discussion was of course the coming GE on Sunday, May 5th. Thanks for some of your comments. Thank you also for your comments after watching me on Selamat Pagi Malaysia a couple of weeks back.

I received the following sms from a friend and former boss who is an astute observer of very many things. I just want to share his observations with you. My former boss is an Indian. I had asked him for any views that I may refer to during the live telecast. I was not able to use all the points last nite so I want to share it with you anyway. There are reasons why I am sharing these points. My comments are in blue.

Syed, in your programme today, you should consider the following points. 

1. PR is riding on 2008 results. There it must be recognised that people who were BN supporters was against Badawi, so they supported the Opposition. 

2. Now PR is riding on it by polarising people - like DAP depending on Chinese vote while PAS and PKR are running on it. 

My views : Absolutely. 2008 was an aberration caused by a widespread dislike of Abdullah Badawi. As I said before, those were the days when Ronnie Liu, Elizabeth Wong, Tony Pua, Nurul Izzah, Raja Petra and such hung out with UMNO Bloggers.   Raja Petra Kamaruddin and I went in my car to Ronnie Liu's victory dinner at Pandamaran. There was a  DAP motorcycle escort  waiting for us at the highway exit.  Even 100 days after the March 8, 2008 General Elections we were still hanging out together - because Abdullah Badawi had not stepped down yet. Here are pictures of a gathering we had on July 6th 2008. 

 Me, Abang & Mukriz
 Mukriz, Malik Imtiaz, Ronnie Liu

Dato Nuraina Samad & Nurul Izzah

Well those days are quite gone.  It was a "one night stand" and every had fun. No finger pointing ok. So if the BN wins back what it lost in 2008, please dont riot in the streets ok. 2008 happened because we wanted it to happen. Not anymore.

3. PR's only strategy is to get rid of BN at all cost without any clear cut deeply thought policies. 

4. They talk of populist policies like free education and so forth without realising the consequences. What must be understood, education is available to all Malaysians and everyone has to be responsible  for it. 

My comments :  Yes they do not have any policies. We do not even know what will be their foreign policy - which has contributed a lot to our well being as well. We are friends to all and enemy to none. We have spoken loudly against what is not right in the world. Will this change? 

5. PR's conduct is to encourage a hate and cheating culture, which has severe consequences for the peace and  stability of the country now and in the future. 

6. PR's greed for power overlooks deep seated differences among themselves ie a marriage of convenience which itself is imminent for serious breakdown 

7. No clear cut leader, run by 3 leaders which seem to be held togather by Anwar, who holds them together by sweeping contentious issues under the carpet. PR's leadership and its membership are not of the same mind in handling issues. Good luck.

My comments : the only thing that is holding the PR together is their hate for a common enemy which is UMNO. This is racism at its most obvious. They do not dislike the MCA or the MIC or the Iban and Kadazan parties (which are all race based). The hatred is just for UMNO which is Malay based. To them a Malay is only good when the Malay agrees with them. If a Malay does not agree with them then he is bad. 

Dont they realise that PAS and PKR are also Malay race based parties? Those are the same spots on the leopard.  Wait till PAS' moon is full - then you will see the leopard -  spots, fangs and all.

Which is why they cannot decide between hudud and no hudud, who is going to be their PM, to shrink or not to shrink the Malay dominated Civil Service and so many other things. The Malay dominated Civil Service not only keeps Government functioning but it is also a source of economic wellbeing for the Malay people. Remove that and you kill the Malay economic pie.  So the racists know what they are saying.

Instead of shrinking the Malay dominated Civil Service, I would suggest that we improve the productivity and output of the Civil Service.  But this might create that other thing that they dont want to see -  highly capable and efficient Malays. Its all just racism.   .

Something else I wanted to say last nite on TV - we will put a stop to all this. Come May 5th all this has to stop. After 15 years of turmoil since 1998, its about time the ship of State is put back on an even keel and be on its way. Those who rock the boat shall be left behind. 

Towards The Final Countdown


I love science fiction stories especially when one comes in a good movie, like Alien with yummy Sigourney Weaver as the heroine or, as my post title alludes to, The Final Countdown.



The Final Countdown is an oldie science fiction film about a modern aircraft carrier that travels back through time to a day just before the 1941 Japanese naval air attack on Pearl Harbour.

I love the story-line on how the captain of the aircraft carrier deals with his unusual predicament. 'Twas about decision-making under extreme pressure, namely, the pressure of war as well as the pressure of known history and that challenging question, should he interfere with it?

But for this post, The Final Countdown would be obvious to be my dear readers as Malaysians 'multi-task' by holding their breath for who will emerge with the majority of federal parliamentary seats in GE-13, while somehow (indeed miraculously, wakakaka) continuing to vent their spleen and spew out bile against anyone they consider as the competitor or non-supporter.

Poor Michelle Yeoh was one such victim of feral cyber-fascist attacks. Some Malaysians can't handle democratic differences. I dread to think of those intolerant cyber-bullies ever coming into power.

Other unjust victims might have been 3 PKR office holders in Kedah, S. Manikumar (the incumbent for Bukit Selambau), Lim Soo Nee and Tan Joon Long, who were not re-nominated by their party as candidates for GE-13 but, to add insult to injury, weren't even informed of being dropped. So they decided to relinquish their office-appointments and remain as just ordinary members in PKR instead of office bearers. Nonetheless, they were cursed, lambasted and excoriated for being frogs, traitors, rubbish and whatnot - all this vicious bile piled against them despite their remaining in PKR as non-office bearers - see Malaysia-Today's Three Kedah PKR executive councillors quit all posts in party, which tells us:

The trio will remain as PKR members but would not participate in party matters, including attending meetings. Manikumar said they were disappointed because they were not given any explanation by the PKR top leadership why they were dropped as candidates.

He said they were among the five top state leaders and were also in the state leadership council. Even the Kedah PKR chairman Datuk Wan Salleh Wan Isa himself was not notified about their being dropped, ...

RPK has been more than spot on when he had on several occasions sneered at those moronic mindless Malaysian myrmidons for their lack of basic reading skills, or they would have known the 3 didn't resign but merely, and quite within their rights, chose to relinquish their office appointments after expressing their frustration at not being duly informed.


don't fret darling, kaytee still loves you, wakakaka

Yessirree, there's lots of tension, wakakaka.

The most interesting events to watch have been those intra-party squabble brought about by members'  dissatisfactions for being omitted from the candidate nomination list as well as those back-stabbed like PKR party president Dr Wan Azizah and PKR member Chegubard (Badrul Hisham Shahrin) - wah, the gnome had been very busy in the noxious depths of his malodorous putrid subterranean cavern, wakakaka.

Just imagine, a party president's candidature was decided by her party subordinate, sheeesh!

Of course PKR is not the only party having internal strife as Johnny, Jimmy and Jenice (no pun intended, wakakaka) merajuk over their omission from the party candidate list and decided to do their own things.

PAS is also getting excited as its ulama see the pending fruition of their dreams, making Malaysia an Islamic State, even though such an event has never been part of the Pakatan Agreement.

In their usual 'amnesia' brought about by their anticipated spiritual 'ambrosia', they have conveniently forgotten or ignored coalition agreement on the non-event of hudud.

Like sharks sensing blood, the PAS ulama heedlessly move aggressively forward to stake their pet claim and are already licking their chops at the thought of implementing hudud, a legal move which I suspect has more to do with consolidating their power than any pious piety and which will render their positions impervious to questioning by the hoi polloi as they know they, the majlis ulama, will be the only ones who will be 'untouched' by the harsh penal code of the hudud.

Why? How? Because they will the ones who decide who shall be prosecuted for whatever and who will be found guilty, wakakaka.

Additionally, they decided to go for broke and grabbed as many seats as possible, even and especially from their PKR ally, wakakaka. Like thugs, they even attempted to violently prevent Chegubard from submitting his papers for the Sungai Acheh state seat. Alhamdulillah, they weren't successful.


Chegubard

Five more days to go! What other peccadilloes and political atrocities will we witness? wakakaka.

Poor Dr Mahathir has worked himself into a frenzy of racist spewing even unto saying untrue stuff like Lim Kit Siang was responsible for May 13. One of UMNO's kitchen sink wakakaka.

The son of the late Gaffar Baba stepped in to tell the truth, that while Lim Kit Siang was actually in Sabah at the time of the tragic May 13, it was Dr Mahathir himself who had supported UMNO (Tun Razak) engineering of the tragic May 13 incident to depose Tunku. Good work by Mohd Tamrin Abdul Ghafar and DAP advisor, Zaid Ibrahim - for more, see Malaysiakini Ex-Umno man defends DAP against May 13 charge.

Najib and Mahathir have been playing good cop, bad cop all along, with each selecting the role he prefers. It's a shame that Bapa Bangsa Malaysia has become Bapa Bangsat Malaysia.

In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be we are - Robert Louis Stevenson

It's not only UMNO throwing in the kitchen sink. I have NOT been impressed at all by the wife of the world's best private investigator coming in at this juncture to tell us of alleged recent nefarious interference in her life, with predictable (or desired?) outcomes.

There have already been so many inconsistencies demonstrated by her husband and she has now added to that list of inconsistencies, for example, first informing us she didn't know what her husband was doing, then asserting her husband didn't do this and that. But really, the timing of her media interview sucks.

Anyway, on that evening of 05 May 2013, we'll know one way or other which coalition gets to govern Malaysia for the next five years (or less, as our political system is that of a Westminster democracy where a PM can, with the approval of HM the Agong, dissolve Parliament early and call for a new election), indeed, with or without the 'help' of the EC, or with or without the use of the so-called 'indelible' ink, wakakaka.

Meanwhile down in Oz, friends who went to Canberra to process passport renewals and whatnot, came back relating stories gleaned from fellow Malaysians at the High Commission that BN was doomed, wakakaka.

Another case of counting the chooks before the eggs have been hatched? Bet you the UMNO will not lie down quietly on its back and accept the long overdue screwing it should get. Things are likely to get even more vile, vicious and violent as we get nearer 05 May 2013, inclusive of self-planted and detonated devices for sympathy votes, wakakaka.

Note I've underlined 'which coalition' (no single party will emerge with a election majority) because I'm disappointed by the way campaign events have moved along, deliberate or unwitting, towards a presidential style election as a choice between Najib Tun Razak or Anwar Ibrahim (though many PAS members would silently disagree with the latter, wakakaka).



There is no denying that the reputation, personality and charisma of a coalition leader is important and can attract or/and sway the opinions of voters, but I would have loved to see the election fought over policies and of course the governing track record of a coalition, which alas, we Malaysians have been less than fortunate in that throughout our nation's independent political experience, we have only experienced one ruling political coalition. Besides, what's there to choose between Najib and Anwar? wakakaka.



Of course, when we talk about governing, we include and embrace issues like competency (performance), integrity (non-corruptibility), transparency (good governance), and accountability (fiscal responsibility and prudence).

In this, some could claim the virgin (or lack of) track record of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition should be an advantage because they have a clean slate. But equally so, others could argue voters would be chancing their and their children's future by voting for a coalition without any track record in governing.

Likewise, some could claim the track record, warts and all, of the Barisan Nasional coalition would be an advantage because they are able to show they have brought the nation to where it is today. But then, others could argue that voters could have obtained a far better deal (look at Singapore as an example) by voting for the alternative political choice which will be less corrupt, more prudent and less wasteful, more effective, efficient and accountable, and asserte these by pointing to the performance of state governments the Pakatan Rakyat have governed for the last five years (despite severe handicaps, wakakaka).

Though almost every voters have more or less made up their mind, the competitors are working on their 'more or less' because some voters can be a wee fickle (like a couple of my Ex's, wakakaka) and liable to last minute change of minds.

And this is what Nat Tan has attempted to do with his letter to Malaysiakini titled In business and gov’t, folk gain from competition though I think poorly of his attempt at the following analogy he wrote:

It is as if for all time, our neighbourhood has had only Hypermarket A, and no other supermarket.

As in all monopolies, the lack of choice for the consumer inevitably means higher prices and terrible service.

Today, for what is in effect the first time ever, we have the opportunity to allow Hypermarket B to open its doors in our neighbourhood.

Viable competition creates immediate ripples: both competitors suddenly trip over themselves in trying to reduce prices, offer rewards, and provide better service.

Customer satisfaction means nothing to a business without competitors, it means everything to a business that must beat its competition to survive. A consumer without options is a consumer without power.

How can a government elected into power faced governing 'competition'? There can only be one government of Malaysia. It's either so-called Hypermarket A or Hypermarket B, unlike the commercial world where both can exist at the same time as hypermarkets and where the public can choose between shopping at A or B, or even both!

Sorry Nat, poor pathetic analogy.

The far superior advice, zillions of kilometres by far, comes from Khoo Kay Peng who posted Irrational Voters & Check-and-Balance: SAY NO TO 2/3 MAJORITY! at his blog.

Khoo has been spot in by his observation of voters', or more correctly, party supporters' irrationality as the one I mentioned earlier about Michelle Yeoh and the 3 PKR members in Kedah.

In his post he advises voters to consider 4 points before voting, most of which will be wasted on those irrational voters. But the one I believe is a gem is this:

Do not allow any political coalition/party to gain a 2/3 majority.In the last 5 years, the reforms that we enjoy is a result of a strong opposition. A good check-and-balance needs a good government and a strong and constructive government (should be) opposition.

Well pointed out, Khoo. For years we had experienced the evils of 2/3 parliamentary majority which allowed the BN government to muck around with our Constitution, the most amended in the World, surely a record for our own Malaysian Book of Records. And we have been bloody responsible for giving BN that 2/3 majority.

A coalition requires 113 to rule (112 majority plus a speaker). Give the one you prefer, say, 123 with an extra 10 MPs for political stability. We must avoid giving any coalition or party a 2/3 majority again.

Considering Dr Mahathir, the obsessed proponent of the idea of 2/3 majority, indeed insisting on it even as late as yesterday, had once said if he won by one single vote he would still rule, it's a bit rich for him to demand 2/3 as a minimum standard of a good government.

I suspect he wants to be like the captain of the aircraft carrier inThe Final Countdown movie and travel back into time when he was PM, with all the weapons. For him he won't face a dilemmatic problem in decision-making as had challenged the captain of the aircraft carrier captain in the movie. He would simply blast all opposition to smithereens regardless of whether he might interfere with history as it had unfolded, wakakaka.



His so-called lecture on some bullshit 'solidarity' to naval personnel at Lumut, as informed by S Thayaparan in Malaysiakini's Something rotten in Lumut naval base is a lamentable politicization of the military.

Thayaparan wrote: Many former and current serving armed forces personnel are bewildered by Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar's comments that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was addressing the crowd in the Lumut naval base about "solidarity" and not "politics".

Why do the armed forces need a lecture in solidarity? Whom do they have to come together against? And the implication here, considering that Mahathir is the Perkasa patron, is that solidarity means Malay/Muslim solidarity and the question, then becomes, is this the kind of solidarity that a supposed multiracial 1Malaysia armed forces requires?


But PKR has been equally bad as well in bringing on board the despicable former IGP, Musa Hassan. PKR is certainly living up to its 'taxi sapu' label.

Anyway back to the issue of a government with a 2/3 majority. Such a government will be tempted, as BN was, to muck around with the Constitution and various other agreements our founding fathers had agreed upon.

Yes, so much is at stake that, as mentioned, each side has already resorted to throwing in the kitchen sink.

Recall I mentioned in my previous post Najib's Han Chiang Counteroffensive? the caretaker PM would do well to woo the Chinese voters on a topic close to their hearts, namely, vernacular education.

As I have written several times before, it's not so much vernacular education per se that the Chinese are concerned about, but rather the high and reliable standards of education they have come to favourably identify Chinese independent schools with, while viewing national types schools either with disdain/disrespect or suspicions, or both.

The quite recent exposures of the racist behaviour of BTN-ized headmasters of national type schools had merely consolidated their suspicions their children would have gotten a rotten deal if they had attended national type schools.

Unfortunately, visitors reading and interacting vis-a-vis my previous post have strayed away from the thrust of my article into social debates over the merits and demerits of vernacular education. My post has been about the politics and not social dimension of vernacular education.

As my erstwhile matey, sweetie Helen Ang once remarked in Malaysiakini's Di mana bumi ku pijak:

"The [Chinese education] boat has left the harbour and sailed too far to turn back now."

Be that as it may, I thank my visitors for their interesting discussions which perhaps I will use to formulate a new post sometime in the future. 



Thus, Najib and Muhyiddin have both played on the education theme promising to build or improve Chinese schools in Alor Setar, Pokok Sena, Johor, Rawang, etc, and even approved Han Chiang College as a university college with a grant of RM1 million. It's a pity Najib didn't capitalize on the occasion to announce approval of the UEC. He would have stolen a gia-normous march on Pakatan with all the attendant political benefits.

Quite frankly Najib and Education Minister Muhyiddin would have obtained more certain support from the Chinese if they had done this much earlier as there now exists a high degree of scepticism about BN promises, but I suppose it's never too late.

But nonetheless, much as Pakatan may not like what I now say, Najib would have scored a few brownie points with the Chinese voters - though I stress, only a few brownie points - on approving Han Chiang university college status.

We continue to watch with interests, wakakaka.