Archive for March, 2010

31
Mar
10

Now Showing in Bolehland

Now Showing in Bolehland
29 Mar 2010 – Free Malaysia Today

COMMENT You would never dream of a former British prime minister opening a general meeting of the right-wing British National Front or the English Defence League, or a former US president (not even George W Bush) opening that of the supremacist group White Aryan Resistance. But things are different in Bolehland. Something like that took place last Saturday.

That was when Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, earned himself a place in the Hall of Shame by officiating at the inaugural general meeting of Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Negara (Perkasa).

To be sure, it was not unexpected. He was being consistent with his practice over the years – enhanced during the last two – of the principle of divide and rule. Endorsing the chauvinistic activism of Perkasa was something right up his street and he played his role with relish.

His son Mukhriz was there to provide support in the audience. However, as an Umno leader and deputy minister, how could he justify to the Malaysian people of all races his presence at the gathering? And what about Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek Hussin and Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, the deputy chairman of the Election Commission, a civil servant in what is supposedly an impartial body?

Perkasa is anathema to progress; subscribing to it is to subscribe to a bleak future. What does it preach but narrow-minded concerns? What does it really champion? An old system that has seen Malaysia plunge into the abyss of corruption and rent-seeking, a system that has made the country unattractive to foreign investors, that perpetuates a mediocrity arising from affirmative action that has gone extreme and awry.

Mahathir used to pride himself as being a forward-thinking man; yet in his speech at the gathering, he asked Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and the Umno leadership to listen to Perkasa and to return to the old ways of defending Malay rights. This is passé politics. Malaysia should be looking forward to multi-racialism and globalisation rather than be frozen in a time warp – and for whose benefit? Everyone suffers if we stagnate.

Even Malays talk of the need to reform affirmative action, chief among them Nazir Razak, Najib’s own brother and the boss of CIMB Group. In an interview with The Edge on March 15, he said, “I spent much of the 1990s listing companies and saw at close proximity arbitrary allocations of shares [made] to individuals in the name of the NEP. Many become rich or much richer overnight, and then we wonder why bumiputeras are not competitive.”

He advocates that the New Economic Model that Najib will unveil tomorrow must be “transparent and conducive to competition and market forces”. This would be the kind of thing Perkasa would object to strongly.

Mahathir of course won’t acknowledge it but opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s idea of an economic model that provides assistance based on need rather than race makes better sense. Why talk of protecting Malay privileges when it is only a small group of Malays who reap the rewards of such privileges?

Why fight for an NEP that benefits only a small group of Malays with the right connections and helps them succeed in business without really trying? According to Nazir, “Unfortunately, (these) few may be politically powerful and loud.” Is Perkasa in cahoots with them? If not, why serve their cause?

…read more (Free Malaysia Today)

30
Mar
10

Dear Mahathir

Dear Mahathir
March 29, 2010 – the People’s Parliament

Sorry to be writing to you so soon after the last, but I read on Malaysianinsider that at the racist Perkasa congress over the weekend, you had called for a review of something or the other so as to be able to reply to allegations that the Malays have stolen the country’s wealth and denied the rights of non-Malays, and felt that I could not let you get away with these mischievous, dishonest observations without responding to the same.

You see, I do not think anyone has said that the Malays have stolen the country’s wealth or denied the rights of the non-Malays.

What many have said, myself included, is that you and your privileged cronies, inside and outside of government, have robbed the people of this nation, Malays included.

And, inspired no doubt by you, many in the civil service also got in on the action.

I’m going to keep this short, so I’ll just cite one instance. I’ll leave commentators to add to the list, if they care to.

…read more

30
Mar
10

Dr M, the father of re-colonisation

Recently, Dr Mahathir (Dr M) reminded the younger generation, who will one day lead the nation, not to be taken in by the subtle tactics of foreigners who want to bring about neo-colonialism in the country.

He said that “foreign forces would take advantage on the basis of globalisation and liberalisation to fulfil their agenda.

We are now “faced with various challenges from abroad… (and) threats from blog sites”.

He was speaking at the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Statesman Discussion organised by the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) of the Ministry of Information Communication and Culture (Bernama, 27.03.10).

It was one amongst the many of Dr M’s anti-re-colonisation rhetoric. Once when he was in power (in reality, he still is!) he declared that the rakyat must ensure that the BN “is returned to power with a big majority in the next general election so that the nation will be ruled by a strong Government capable of standing against any attempt by foreign powers to re-colonise the country”.

Alas, Dr M forgets very easily these days. Re-colonisation had in fact taken place in 1981 when he became PM. He had donned the mantle of British supremacy and with his Executive supremacy even outdid the white colonial master in many ways during the 22 years that followed!

Dr M and his cohorts who once detested the oppressive laws of the British, brandished a gamut of harsh executive powers during his reign which were deeply and undeniably derivative of authoritarian colonialism.

Many laws left behind by the British were amended and made even more draconian to contain, cripple and crush legitimate dissent by citizens and the Opposition. There were countless examples of this.

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28
Mar
10

Mahathir and the emperor’s new clothes

‘How ironic it is for Mahathir to talk about helping poor Malays, when his second son, Mokhzani, is a billionaire and ranked number 20 in the list of richest Malaysians.’

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28
Mar
10

Dr M and Perkasa – Nice try

Dr M and Perkasa, the antithesis of 1 Malaysia — The Malaysian Insider
Mar 27 2010 – Malaysian Insider

MARCH 27 — Nice try by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but who is it exactly who has accused the Malays of stealing the wealth of the nation and denying the rights of non-Malays.

Who? No one.

Opening right-wing Malay group Perkasa’s AGM today, the former PM asked for a comprehensive review to answer allegations that the Malays have stolen the country’s wealth and denied the rights of non-Malays.

“I ask that if people want to accuse, make accusations that have basis, don’t be unfair,” Dr Mahathir told the Perkasa faithful.

“I am not racist, I love my country, we are not racists … if we cannot be fair to the Malays, then we cannot be fair to other races,” he had said.

Dr Mahathir said: “If I am wrong, prove it to me, prove it to others.”

Though his voice remained level, the 84-year-old still managed to stir the crowd this morning into a frenzy when he remarked on how unfair it was for non-Malays to be allowed to call Malays “pendatang (immigrants)” and not vice versa.

This is Dr Mahathir at his best. Create an accusation, level it at his enemies or rivals and claim that they started it.

It is clear that all the non-Malays want is not to be treated like tenants in the country.

As for for wealth, the accusation has been levelled against a small group of Malay elite by Malaysians who have seen the abuses and leakages, most of which happened during Dr Mahathir’s time in government.

Today was an exercise in deflecting true cause of unhappiness and disaffection among Malays.

Today’s sabre-rattling rhetoric appears to be also aimed at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as well.

On Tuesday, Najib is due to deliver a speech to outline administrative reforms and even possibly a timetable for removing subsidies and other crutches.

…read more (Malaysian Insider)

27
Mar
10

Oil: Tale of greed and dishonour

Oil row: Zaid tells a tale of greed and dishonour
26 Mar 2010 – Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: The federal government had failed to honor the original intention of the oil agreement by sticking its fingers into Petronas’ coffers, said PKR supreme council member Zaid Ibrahim.

Political differences and legal technicalities aside, Zaid said this is the root cause of the dispute concerning oil royalty.

In a recent exclusive interview with FMT, the former law minister noted that the agreement inked between Petronas, the federal government and the state governments stipulated the percentage of revenue that each party would receive from oil found in any of the 13 states.

Petronas would be awarded 90 percent, while the federal and respective state governments would receive five percent each.

Zaid explained that Petronas was given the lion’s share of the revenue so that the state-owned company could invest the money for the nation’s future generations.

“Yet the federal government dipped into its coffers to build the Twin Towers and Putrajaya.

“And in helping itself to more than its allotted five percent, the government dishonoured the intention of the oil agreement,” he added.

This, Zaid stressed, was the crux of the dispute.

“Not the stupid, irrelevant argument about territorial waters, which was not included in the agreement and had no relevance to the ownership of oil,” he added.

Zaid said the current government was attempting to find flaws in the agreement in order to justify its actions, “but none of it holds water when you look at history”.

“The previous governments paid Terengganu for 22 years not because it misunderstood the law but because it honoured the intention of the agreement.”

The former Umno leader also slammed the government for keeping a tight lid on the agreement, and urged it to disclose the document.

“But I doubt it would. Because doing so would mean exposing its abuse of Petronas,” he said.

‘Dr M blatantly abused Petronas’

Meanwhile, Zaid also lambasted former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly abusing the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) and manipulating its original intention to suit his plans.

“Our economy is tottering and all we’ve got is Petronas. Once we lose it, we are finished. And we would lose Petronas if nothing changes.

“When (the country’s second prime minister) Tun (Abdul) Razak created Petronas, he wanted to protect it from internal corruption. Therefore, he crafted the PDA in a way that gave him full control of Petronas.

“But Mahathir saw this as an opportunity to use Petronas for other means without being found out. He blatantly abused the PDA’s noble intention and this is unacceptable,” he said.

…read more (Free Malaysia Today)

27
Mar
10

Clueless Perkasa blames all but Dr M

Zaid: Clueless Perkasa blames all but Dr M
25 Mar 2010 – Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat troubleshooter Zaid Ibrahim believes that Malay right-wing pressure group Perkasa and its chairman Ibrahim Ali are trapped in a time warp.

According to the former law minister, the “Umno tentacle” appears to be clueless about the bigger picture, preferring instead to indulge in stone-age politics.

“They are worked up about Malay rights being threatened but do not care about what’s happening to Petronas’ money or about the massive corruption in the system,” he told FMT in a recent exclusive interview.

Zaid lambasted the movement for merely skimming the surface as opposed to diving deep into the issues which the Malay community is confronted with.

“Instead of conducting a serious analysis on the real reasons for the lack of progress among the Malays, they indulge in chest-thumping speeches.

“They blame everyone for the problem except themselves and (former premier Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad),” he said.

However, Zaid is confident that the Malays are much wiser now and will not fall for such political gimmicks.

Creating a sense of alarm

Last week, the PKR leader slammed Perkasa for twisting the facts concerning the special rights of the Malays, and described the movement as irresponsible.

He accused Perkasa of intentionally injecting a sense of alarm into the Malays in order to achieve its political aims.

…read more (Free Malaysia Today)




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