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22 May 2024

Sunday, September 30, 2018


So, Mr Ng brought Amar Singh and his team up to the apartments. But when they reached the apartment Amar Singh did not have the key after all. He had brought a locksmith with him and the locksmith broke the lock on the front door so that the raiding party could enter the apartment.

Amar Singh Ishar Singh is upset with me for talking about his turban. I am glad. I meant for him to feel insulted. And he has the gall to call me a racist. But then it was two Sikhs, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, and not a Bugis like me, who assassinated Indira Gandhi in New Delhi.

Amar Singh is as treacherous as Gandhi’s bodyguards

And mind you, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, were Gandhi’s bodyguards. They were supposed to ensure her safety, not take her life. Can you see how treacherous Singhs can be? And Amar Singh is no less treacherous than Satwant Singh and Beant Singh and who now wants to ‘assassinate’ Najib Tun Razak after serving him for nine years.
Let me share a little secret with you. Amar Singh and his team went to the Pavilion Residences and approached the building manager, Mr Ng, and told him they want to get into Najib’s apartment. Mr Ng told Amar Singh they cannot enter the apartment because the owners are not home.
Amar Singh told Mr Ng that they have permission from Najib to enter the apartment. In fact, they even have the keys, Amar Singh told Mr Ng.

Amar Singh told Mr Ng he had permission to enter the apartment, and even had the keys, and then broke the lock to gain entry in his game of deception

So, Mr Ng brought Amar Singh and his team up to the apartments. But when they reached the apartment Amar Singh did not have the key after all. He had brought a locksmith with him and the locksmith broke the lock on the front door so that the raiding party could enter the apartment.
By then Mr Ng could not do anything about it. Amar Singh then chased Mr Ng away and the police ransacked the apartment and carted everything away without declaring to Mr Ng the details of what they were confiscating or seizing.
By the way, Amar Singh, I am not an investigative reporter, as you allege. That would be what people like Clare Rewcastle Brown are, an investigative reporter. I am higher than that. I am an assassin. And my job is to assassinate people like you. Hence get your facts straight. How come a senior police officer like you can get it so wrong?
Raja Petra Kamarudin

– https://www.malaysia-today.net


Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s address to the United Nations General Assembly was poised, articulate and to the point.
He did not mince his words when he spoke about global political, economic, social and environmental conditions since his last address 15 years ago, in 2003.
The gist? That the world has not changed much in terms of reform; that the developing world is still being bullied by powerful nations; that the trade war between the US and China continues to impoverish poorer and smaller countries; that there is a growing ambiguity of social values, and that the notion of freedom has become skewed, at best.
Intellectually-sharp and laudable, Mahathir delivered his poignant message, that the “new Malaysia” is not naive. He told the assembly that Malaysia will continue to soldier on with other countries, through the United Nations, to make the world a better place, economically, politically, socially and environmentally.
In foreign policy jargon, Mahathir delivered a warning against the acts of dangerous, threatening Hitlers and the misconceptions of peaceful, law-abiding allies.
Overall, his speech championed the aspirations of the developing world and smaller non-aligned nations.
However, there is more that we should take away from his address, in order to render his thoughts more relevant in the domestic Malaysian context. There are three key areas the new Malaysia should focus on.
Mahathir spoke of global terrorism. Although he did not specify the actual definition of the term (or of the word “terrorist”), one can read between the lines. He lamented that there is “something wrong with our way of thinking, with our value system. Kill one man, it is murder, kill a million and you become a hero”.
What he actually means is that the powerful have the capacity to define concepts in order to justify certain acts. Terrorism, as coined by the powerful, is a notion applied to non-state actors, jihadists and trans-national communities of oppressed people who react violently to achieve justice.
Powerful states have the sole purpose of pushing their economic and political agendas and so a global understanding of the concept of terrorism was born after 9/11.
Yes, about 3,000 died mercilessly at the World Trade Center in 2001. But almost 130,000 (mostly civilians) perished in one day, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in 1945. This is more than 43 times the death toll at the hands of the so-called Islamic terrorists.
Yet, throughout the decades after World War Two, the acceptable narrative describing US geopolitical advances (and those of her allies) was never termed “terrorist” or “terrorism”.
I am not condoning such acts as no mass killing of civilians can be considered civilised behaviour. However, we must consider here the socio-political manipulation of labels.
In the Malaysian context it is happening all around us to the detriment of the common people.
For instance, the notion of “the rights of Malays” and “the welfare of the Malays”. What rights are we focusing on? The right to get a job based on race or the right that all qualified and capable Malays should be appropriately awarded?
For me, it is the latter. Yet, certain politicians still choose to speak about the unfair treatment of the Malays and that the new Pakatan Harapan government should be tasked to help bring them up to greatness and to be protected.
The label of “rights” is bandied around but its meaning is deliberately couched in ambiguity for an ulterior political motive.
Using Mahathir’s example of the plight of the Rohingyas, his message was an appeal for “caring”; that just because a nation is independent it does not mean the world should close an eye to domestic suffering and injustice.
He reiterated that nations need to solve the problems of global conflict, racism and bigotry by going back to the root causes.
Similarly, the state of Malaysia’s education system needs care and we need to identify the root causes of the inequality that exists in our schools and universities.
Agreed, our teachers and professors are not being massacred, and neither are our students. But mentally, the massacre began 61 years ago.
The public university leadership has failed to produce thinking professional graduates and to my mind, this is humanity’s greatest form of oppression.
We are all aware that our public university leadership is more concerned with national and international rankings, administrative positions of the academic staff, titles and research funding.
But are the research funds, for instance, channelled into meaningful projects to help society overcome real problems of poverty and discrimination?
Are the researchers and academics “caring” enough to plan such research even though they may not be awarded a future government contract or a datukship?
This brings me to my next point: values. Mahathir commented that there is something wrong with our way of thinking.
To my mind, the sole purpose of an education is to instil good values. These include moderation, dignity, integrity, hard work, perseverance and honour. No matter what religion or creed one belongs to, these are universal values.
In post-election Malaysia, this topic has surfaced many times. But I fear it is just a narrative with no substance.
There are many issues that have surfaced since PH took over. From the appointment of key ministerial positions, to presidents of universities, to the PD move, to child marriage, the list goes on.
Nepotism, cronyism and corruption still loom over us but it is not too late for value reform. What better way to start than to realise that, while it is important for us to preach values to the international community, we should apply this to our own society.
There is a need for all Malaysians to delve deeper into Mahathir’s UNGA address because he was not only sending a message to the superpowers and their allies.
We should see his message as a warning to tackle our own domestic crises; problems that have arisen as a result of past mistakes, on-going stubbornness to address those mistakes and a lack of foresight into the future.
Sharifah Munirah Alatas is an FMT reader.


PORT DICKSON – Anwar Ibrahim’s campaign for the Port Dickson by-election kicked off immediately after the nomination process today, with a meeting with the Sikh community at a Sikh temple here.
Anwar said he hoped for peace and racial harmony in the country.
“I respect all religions and values. I appreciate the differences.
“I’m sure my presence here would cause us to lose some votes among the conservative Muslims, but I tell them that in my religion (Islam), giving respect and understanding different cultures and religions are important,” the PKR president-elect said.
Anwar, the Pakatan Harapan candidate, is being challenged by six others including PAS’ Mohd Nazari Mokhtar and five independent candidates.
The independents are former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Isa Samad, Anwar’s former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Stevie Chan, Kan Chee Yuen and Lau Seck Yan. – FMT
PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim, fresh from his nomination as a candidate for the Port Dickson by-election, will head straight to BN-controlled state constituencies in his first night on the ceramah circuit.
Despite PKR scoring a comfortable win in Port Dickson comfortably in the last general election, it lost two of the five state constituencies under it to BN, namely Linggi and Bagan Pinang. The other three state seats under Pakatan Harapan control are Chuah(PKR), Lukut (DAP) and Sri Tanjung (PKR).
According to Anwar’s schedule, he will be holding two ceramahs tonight, one in Linggi and another in Bagan Pinang.
Even though BN is sitting out of the by-election, local warlord Mohd Isa Samad – an Umno member until last Tuesday – is contesting against Anwar as an independent.
Isa was the Linggi assemblyperson for five terms, from 1978 to 2004, and also served as Negeri Sembilan menteri besar for 22 years until 2004.
He also contested in the 2009 Bagan Pinang by-election, which he won by a landslide.
Anwar’s ceramah at Pasir Panjang in Linggi will largely feature PKR and DAP leaders, including all three Harapan state assemblypersons – Yek Diew Ching (Chuah), M Ravi (Sri Tanjung) and Choo Ken Hwa (Lukut).
Anwar’s wife, outgoing PKR president and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, will also be present at the event.
The ceramah at Bagan Pinang, meanwhile, will largely feature Bersatu Kuala Pilah MP and Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Bin Shith.
Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Aminuddin Harun will also be present at both events.
The Port Dickson by-election will see a seven-cornered fight.
The other five candidates comprise Mohd Nazari Mokhtar of PAS, along with independent candidates Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Stevie Chan, Kan Chee Yuen and Lau Seck Yan.
Polling day will take place on Oct 13. – M’kini


PETALING JAYA – Move aside, Singapore – who needs to lay claim to Crazy Rich Asians when you’ve got a Billion Dollar Whale?
Malaysians were aflutter over the news that the movie based on the book Billion Dollar Whale will be produced by Crazy Rich Asians star Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh in her new deal with Ivanhoe Pictures, an SK Global Company.
In a “casting call” on The Star Online Facebook page, we asked readers to recommend those who they think can play the roles of the personalities mentioned in the best-selling book.
This includes personalities such as former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and fugitive financier Jho Low.
Comedian Dr Jason Leong was the number one choice for the role of Jho Low, with scores of commenters picking him as the perfect choice for the part.
Asked if he would take on the role, Dr Leong said he definitely would.
“It’s such an important story to tell, especially for Malaysia and Malaysians. I would consider it a service to the nation, really,” he added.
Dr Leong admitted that it was “really remarkable” how he bore an uncanny resemblance to Jho Low, noting that they wear almost the same type of spectacles.
“Apparently he speaks Hokkien, and so can I! True story – two people have actually seriously asked if I was Jho Low. Plus, I like wearing suits when I perform, and it doesn’t help that 90% of Jho Low’s photos are of him in suits,” he quipped.
Other names that came up for the titular role were Randall Park, who played North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in The Interview, South Korean pop star Psy of Gangnam Style fame, and JB-born NY-based actor-comedian Ronny Chieng.
Thiru Senthan also suggested that actor-comedian Sacha Baron Cohen play Najib’s part.
However, Lau Chee Kin had another local veteran actor in mind to portray the former premier: “Jalaluddin Hassan! He has the gray hair, he can mimic his voice and speech mannerism. But he will need a fake moustache.”
Zahir Akhtar suggested Hollywood comedian actor Jack Black for the part instead, while Kelvin Ong U-Lin and a few others felt that comedian Harith Iskander should take on the role.
Ong also suggested tapping actor Rowan Atkinson of Mr Bean fame to play the role of former 1MDB president and chief executive officer Arul Kanda.
With regards to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, several were of the opinion that actress and singer Adibah Noor should portray her part.
Shafiq Razali also suggested actress Delimawati of Hantu Kak Limah fame, while Amr Syahir chose television personality Maria Tunku Sabri.
For the role of Najib’s stepson, Florian had another funnyman in mind to play the film producer, one that is perhaps the best in Singapore, JB, and some say Batam – Gurmit Singh as Riza Aziz.
Actor-host Gurmit is best known for his role as “Ah Beng” contractor Phua Chu Kang.
Roy Shu was hopeful that the film crew would “find the real person” when it came to the roles of Leonardo DiCaprio, Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Elva Hsiao, and Paris Hilton, through it remains to be seen if any of the A-list names will want to make a cameo in the movie.

– https://www.thestar.com.my


Umno is morally obligated to take action against elected representatives who leave the party, says its former president Najib Abdul Razak.
According to Najib, any victory obtained by these lawmakers at the polls were due to them running under the Umno-BN ticket.
"In terms of moral principles, we see that something must be done, as they were elected and they won on an Umno-BN ticket.
“When contesting (in the elections), the representatives were given aid (allocation) and support until they succeeded in becoming MPs,” he told reporters after his successor Ahmad Zahid Hamidi delivered his maiden presidential speech at the Umno annual general assembly last night.
Najib, the former prime minister, was commenting on Zahid’s declaration that Umno will sue lawmakers who quit the party and demand they pay back the necessary “costs.”
Since the 14th general election, Umno has seen the number of parliamentary seats it holds dwindle to 49 after the exit of five MPs from the party. It is no longer the party with the highest representation in Dewan Rakyat, as it is now tied with PKR.
The five who left the party are Masjid Tanah MP Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Bukit Gantang MP Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal, Bagan Serai MP Noor Azmi Ghazali, Jeli MP Mustapa Mohamed, and Kimanis MP Anifah Aman.
At the assembly yesterday, the WanitaPuteri and Youth wings also called for Umno to take action against party hoppers to further stem the exodus.
Even so, Najib cautioned that Umno must still adhere to the rule of law in punishing party leavers.
“There are morals in politics, but whether we can force them to stay or not, we must look at the legal aspect of it.
“They (wantaway leaders) should go to the party with their decision to leave, and offer the best solution on what to do next, such as whether to hold a by-election or anything else,” he said.
‘MPs represent the people, not party’
Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, however, warned that Zahid would face an uphill task in carrying out his plan to sue defectors.
Razaleigh said it would be difficult for Umno to compel MPs to stay, as they are meant to serve the people, not the party.
“I am unsure if we can do this (sue lawmakers) from a legal standpoint.
“Penang and Sabah have tried this, but it was not easy, as it not only deals with legally committing someone who has been elected by the people, but also the rights of an individual, as they offered their services to the people and not the party.
“The party may have selected that person (to contest), but the support received is not just from the party but by voters who may not all be party members or supporters,” he said.
Razaleigh, who was defeated by Zahid for the Umno presidency last June, further stated that carrying on with the plan for legal action may see the party mired in deeper trouble, as it touches on individual and voter rights.
“Perhaps the MP’s fights are not in the same direction as the party’s struggles,” he added.
Even so, party deputy Mohamad Hassan said Zahid’s proposal would not be impossible to carry out, as the courts’ decision could swing in any direction.
“We cannot say it is impossible, as the courts can decide in any way. But at least if we do this, it would become a hindrance (to those trying to leave),” he said, although admitting that the plan could be problematic from a rights perspective.
“But at the very least we are taking some action,” he added.

Umno to take drastic action against deserters, Zahid says

KUALA LUMPUR— Umno will take drastic measures against elected representatives who desert the party to become independent MPs or assemblymen, said its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
This includes sending writ of summons to certain such individuals, and demanding they repay the party back the costs they incurred as well as vacating the seats they won on the Umno ticket in the last general election.
“The seat belongs to Umno, and to the supporters of Barisan Nasional,” he said in his speech to party delegates during the second night of Umno’s annual general meeting.
Although Zahid acknowledged it is very difficult to block someone from leaving Umno, the party will respect the wishes of its members who feel they have been betrayed with such action by having existing representatives of both Umno and BN sign a declaration.
Zahid also attributed the loyalty of Umno’s rank-and-file to its leaders rather than the party as being the main thing that contributed to warlord culture.
“This culture is the primary cause of money politics. As president, I am committed to making Umno a zero-corruption party, where money politics can destroy a party and cause its members to elect the wrong leaders who become greedy devourers.
“To that, we will restructure the Discipline Board and grant it more power to function as an independent body. This will enable it to make final decisions when taking actions, and the board will be staffed with legal professionals and investigative experts who can ensure quick and decisive action will be taken,” he said. – MALAY MAIL


Why do we love to attack Anwar?

Among others, Anwar Ibrahim is criticised for his ultra ‘Malayness’ and ‘Islamic tendency’ although past prime ministers have also championed race and religion.
I have no idea how Anwar Ibrahim will behave or perform when, or if, he becomes the prime minister. However, it is fair to say that no past prime ministers of Malaysia, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad (who has become the prime minister for the second time), have ever had to go through the ordeal and challenges like Anwar.
Other prime ministers, particularly the two recent ones before Mahathir, were more or less given the coveted post without much scrutiny and fanfare. The people were hardly critical of them when they were first appointed prime ministers. As it turned out, their performances were way below our expectations. In fact, we can only count on their collateral damage.
As for Anwar, it was an endless struggle 20 years in the making. But judging from the Whatsapp messages I received each day heaping insults and insinuations on him, I think his ordeal is far from over despite his resolve and tenacity.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not a diehard supporter of Anwar. I am just musing over how we Malaysians in general look at issues, events and personalities.
All past PMs championed race and religion, but somehow we are particularly harsh on Anwar for his ultra “Malayness” and “Islamic tendency”. I wonder why.
I wonder why we are so doubtful of Anwar and love to attack him so much.
We criticise him for practising nepotism when his wife and daughter were reluctant politicians who only entered politics because of Anwar’s predicament. We label him ultra-conservative one minute and ultra-liberal the next.
We doubt his pardon by the Agong and even accuse him of lying on behalf of the Agong. Some lawyers are now saying Anwar is not qualified to stand as a candidate (in Port Dickson). Some politicians are saying Mahathir should serve his full term. I wonder what is next to get Anwar out of the way.
We never stop ridiculing him. Even his political comeback at the Port Dickson by-election is paved with absurd and weird contestants.
With Umno gracefully bowing out, we are now left with a party obsessed with caning women to challenge him.
And who is that former leader saddled with an endless chequered past to challenge Anwar?
Who is that accuser who had wasted enough time of this country and is now trying to recycle his antics hopefully to gather another round of attention?
And who are those independents probably hoping for a “Prabakaran” act?
At least getting the present Umno deputy president to challenge Anwar would have been more credible.
Are we grasping at the last straw to deny Anwar his rightful place?
TK Chua is an FMT reader.

What's new in Mahathir's UN speech?

Sharp as he was and is, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad rattled off his speech to the international community at 11.40am EST in a shaky voice, befitting a 93-year-old man's cranking of the vocal cords.
He spoke with a slight Kedah Malay twang, at times swallowing his words and mispronouncing a few. Perhaps the long trip to New York, jet lag, and age itself contributed to an unsmooth and forceless start. Behind the light golden frame of his glasses, his eyes look puffed, and heavy with bags. He looked tired and groggy. But he was making his comeback, and the global community to know it.
Five minutes into the speech, he went right into trumpeting the idea of a 'new Malaysia', a slogan more and more now picked up by many Malaysians in their emails and WhatsApp messages – replacing the old "Salam 1Malaysia" which recalls 1MDB, now synonymous with the mysterious and puzzling grand theft of the nation's coffers, the people's savings, by Malaysia's crime ministers and their merry band of more than thieves, including those in turbans and green robes.
So, the grand old man – a veritable GOP of one, or the Vito Corleone of Malaysian politics – spoke at length about the new regime's commitment to ensuring the country's equitable share of the nation's wealth.
"My last speech here was in 2003, and fifteen years later, the world has not changed much. In fact, it is worse now," he lamented.
Against the jade-green UN General Assembly wall, he spoke of Malaysia's foreign policy of "prosper thy neighbour." He spoke with a heightened tone of how in May he overthrew race and religious bigotry to destroy the dominant 60-old party he led for 22-years, at a time when there was still no term limit. A time of consolidation of power, inspired by what Niccolò Machiavelli taught to the prince.
Seize power, consolidate power, and disperse it as hegemony, That is the lesson on the deep state of things. Love thy self, know thy enemies, one hundred battles, one hundred victories.
The New Malaysia is faced with the global issues of the effects of the US-China trade war, an attack to the institution of marriage, and the war on terrorism, he complained to the assembly.
But it was, in general, a good speech. Vintage Mahathir. Anti-imperialist, anti-hegemony, anti-oppression, and anti-US, primarily. I did not expect anything different in content, delivery and tonality from the prime minister.
He sounded as defiant as David throwing stones at Goliath or Hang Nadim warding off the swordfish with just a keris, as he did during the time of Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Perez, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Robert Mugabe – his peers in the general assembly, not all of whom lasted as long as he has.
This defiance is how Malaysia's foreign policy was crafted and communicated to a world that continues to prioritise bombs over bread.
I used to like it when Mahathir spoke to the world. He, for lack of a better clichĂ©, called a spade a spade. I just didn't like what he did to the country in his 22 years of 'solopreneurial'-political rule. While calling for world justice, he did several degrees of harm to the country's economic, political, and educational culture, and ensured that almost all power is concentrated in the executive.
But at the UN General Assembly this year, Mahathir had nothing new to say: strive for peace in a world defined by, to use Willy Brandt's term, "arms and hunger."
I did, however, like Mahathir's mention of the military-industrial complex, of the world arming itself, and the proliferation of conflicts in a paradigm governed by the all-too-familiar maxim "in order to have world peace, nations must prepare for war." 
It is a Bismarckian world the current president of the US would uphold, what with the "principled realism" undergirding the country's foreign policy – a realism based on the might of the right, and the Pentagonian power of war-loving corporate America of defence contractors, bomb makers, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, DuPont, and Raytheon; builders of warmongering tools of peace; speakers of the language of the war system, realpolitik and gunboat diplomacy.
Thank you, Mahathir, for pointing that out.
As the Malaysian 'comeback kid' left the podium, teleprompter and all, I did not feel anything except a sense of academic nostalgia – of ploughing through hundreds of pages of his speeches of the 1980s, as he spoke of world peace.
Same tone same message, perhaps taken from old files, but whose contents still work fine.
Because the world is still the same. Sane and insane. Whether in the global arena, or at home, in Mahathir's Malaysia.

AZLY RAHMAN is an educator, academic, international columnist, and author of seven books. He grew up in Johor Bahru, and holds a Columbia University doctorate in international education development and Master’s degrees in five areas: education, international affairs, peace studies communication, and creative writing. - Mkini