Archive for August, 2013

31
Aug
13

Najib’s silence is deafening

The silence is deafening from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) and his office as his government marks its 100th day in office, a stark contrast from his reformist style in 2009.

Singapore daily, Straits Times, in a special report today said that Najib’s silence on a variety of issues, ranging from the spate of violent crime to increasing religious tension, was very different from when he first assumed office.

Four years ago, by the time he racked up 100 days in office, Najib introduced broad spectrum reforms, from lifting bans on two opposition newspapers to toll discounts for frequent highway users.

Broad plans were laid out for the public, including the introduction of the National Key Result Area strategies to combat crime, corruption and raise education standards.

Although he won plaudits for his bold and incisive reforms despite facing opposition from within his own party, the results of the 13th general election was a setback.

The upcoming Umno general assembly is also another reason Najib seems to be missing his spark and can-do spirit, some observers speculated.

Barisan Nasional fared worst at the 13th general election under Najib’s leadership despite spending millions of ringgit trying to win votes.

Many have speculated that Najib might be shown the door at the Umno general election, similar to the man he succeeded as prime minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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Najib’s silence is deafening
August 23, 2013 – TMI

31
Aug
13

Hidup Bersama – A. Samad Said (Video)

31
Aug
13

March for Merdeka Park

March for Merdeka Park
Source:
1M Malaysians Reject 100-storey Mega Tower

30
Aug
13

Boycott Tanda Putera

After the general election, the government seems intent on polarising our society further by communalising issues. Tanda Putera seems to be set in this trend.

COMMENT

By Kua Kia Soong

I do not intend to pay to watch Tanda Putera since the government has already used part of our money to sponsor this film which seems intent on spreading untruths and enhancing polarisation instead of promoting truth and reconciliation.

My response to the film is based on published reviews of the film on the online press.

Who orchestrated the May 13 pogrom?

From the reviews of the film, the Chinese are depicted as the aggressors, insensitive to the extent of urinating on a flag pole outside the residence of the then state menteri besar Harun Idris, hurting the feelings of Malays and thus triggering the May 13 race riots.

The communists are also portrayed as having a hand in the troubles.

I am surprised that in spite of my having produced references in my 2007 title, the director insists on putting the blame on the communists:

“…as late as May 29 (the Tunku) was still voicing his conviction that communists had been behind the trouble… But on the same day, Tun Dr Ismail was admitting that he had been wrong to ascribe the riots to the communists, and during the New Zealand Defence Minister’s visit on May 30 and 31, the Tunku admitted that the earlier accusations had been incorrect. Three days later, Tan Sri Ghazali followed suit…” (Kua Kia Soong, May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian riots of 1969, 2007:51)

This can be easily corroborated by checking up on all the official wires on the dates I have quoted, a standard practice of any respectable scholar.

This film maker does not bother with such basic SOP of research. She (the director) is more interested in the “creative licence” (sic) to orchestrate the scene of the Chinese youth urinating on the flagpole outside the Selangor menteri besar’s residence.

After the 13th general election, the government seems intent on polarising our society further by communalising issues. It’s payback time, as some observers have also pointed out. Tanda Putera seems to be set in this trend.

For a start, truth seeking Malaysians should boycott the film.

We also call upon Finas (National Film Development Corporation) to justify to all taxpayers why their money should be used to spread untruths which are costly to national reconciliation.

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Boycott Tanda Putera
August 29, 2013 – FMT

30
Aug
13

Airy-fairy Slogan May Suit Najib Well

By Kee Thuan Chye

I’ve said before that Najib Razak is a prime minister who does things by halves. Now there’s talk that he’s going to junk his ‘1Malaysia’ slogan for a new one. Online news website The Malaysian Insider reported this on August 21, based on information from sources. If it turns out to be true, I’ll be able to say that Najib is also a prime minister who doesn’t see things through.

A brand needs time to be developed. Najib’s ‘1Malaysia’ has been around for only four years, and that’s not long enough to win it acceptance and pulling power. Work has to be done to imbue it with more substance – work that includes making Malaysia a truly inclusive nation, which wholeheartedly embraces all its races, religions, cultures, languages without placing any above the rest – so that in the longer run, it can come to be trusted. If Najib discards it for a new slogan, it would show that he’s not willing to put in the work; he has no staying power.

And what might that new slogan be? How more potent will it appear? How more meaningful? If you haven’t heard it yet, hold on to your seats. Just in case you fall off laughing. Or faint. It’s called “Endless Possibilities”!

Many Malaysians will be wondering what it means. “Possibilities” is a big word. It’s also an abstract word. You can’t picture anything when you come across it. It also has five syllables, which is not appropriate for any slogan. Combine that with “endless” and the meaning is even more abstract. Not only that, it sounds pompous.

And of course it’s vague. But then vagueness seems to cohere with what Najib prefers. Last year, he reportedly said of ‘1Malaysia’, “I didn’t define the concept very clearly, but that was by design.” He said he wanted to give it an “element of strategic ambiguity” so that it could take in other views, including those from the public.

Perhaps his advisers told him to say that, but it doesn’t sound like good advice. One would think a slogan that has something concrete to impart works better. ‘Bersih, cekap dan amanah’ (Clean, efficient and trustworthy) which Mahathir Mohamad touted during his early years as prime minister may not be the best of examples, but at least it was something that people could relate to. His successor Abdullah Badawi’s ‘Work with me, not for me’ also made some earthy sense, even though it was also broad.

But ‘Endless Possibilities’ … what endless possibilities?

As a slogan per se, it’s lame. It’s not action-oriented. Compared to it, ‘1Malaysia’ has at least a semblance of concreteness. It symbolises an ideal state – of national unity and racial harmony, even equality. ‘Endless Possibilities’ connotes something airy-fairy. It doesn’t convey certainty, only what may be.

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Airy-fairy Slogan May Suit Najib Well
By Kee Thuan Chye
23 Aug 2013 – my.news.yahoo.com

29
Aug
13

Calls for the IPCMC grow louder

Calls for the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) grew louder yesterday following the Inspector-General of Police’s statement that police will do what it takes to protect the public.

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in defending his men on the shootout in Penang on Monday where five suspected thugs were killed, had said that police did not practice the “shoot-to-kill” policy but had a duty to protect Malaysians.

“We don’t care, we have a duty to carry out, and we will carry it out to ensure that Malaysians are safe,” he shot back at critics who claimed that the five men were shot “execution style”.

Human rights lawyer N Surendran (pic) said such shootings must be put to an end immediately.

“This incident further strengthens the call to set up the IPCMC,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

“The police are daring enough to do this because they know they cannot be held accountable. So, the only way to stop this is to set up the IPCMC.”

He said he was also shocked at Khalid’s statement, saying it was arrogant of the IGP.

“He thinks that the police are doing this to protect the public but they are not. They are actually endangering the public,” Surendran said.

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Calls for the IPCMC grow louder after Monday’s shooting
BY RITA JONG
August 21, 2013 – TMI

29
Aug
13

Bersih’s Ambiga jabs, EC ducks, won’t promise to clean up electoral rolls

The Election Commission refused to promise to clean up the electoral rolls before beginning the delineation exercise, despite being asked several times by Bersih’s co-chair Datuk S. Ambiga during a forum today.

EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar deflected Ambiga’s questions or kept quiet during the 7th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Wan Ahmad, Ambiga and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar were discussing if the first-past-the-post electoral process was past its prime in Malaysia.

However, Wan Ahmad updated the forum on what the EC had been doing about cleaning the rolls.

“We will give priority to cleaning up the electoral rolls before the EC begins the redelineation process,” Wan Ahmad said, adding that the EC had heard the complaints and grouses of the public, especially claims that there were 10 names registered at a single address.

Wan Ahmad revealed that a workshop had been organised in Shah Alam to thrash out all the issues plaguing the commission related to the electoral rolls and to submit recommendations.

“If the recommendations are too many, we may consider alternative actions including proposing new registration laws in Parliament before the next general election,” he said.

Earlier this month, Ambiga had said the electoral watchdog will launch Bersih 4.0 if the commission proceeds with its delineation of parliamentary and state constituency boundaries before cleaning up the electoral rolls.

Since the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah began early this year, numerous witnesses have testified on Project IC, where illegal immigrants were allegedly issued identity cards indiscriminately to boost the Barisan Nasional vote bank in the state.

Witnesses such as former Sandakan district officer Hassnar Ebrahim, former senator Dr Chong Eng Leong and Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming have told the RCI about immigrants being registered on the electoral rolls after they received their identity cards.

Ambiga asked Wan Ahmad at least five times for a promise that the EC would clean up the rolls before carrying out the delineation process.

She said it was completely unacceptable for the delineation exercise to be carried out based on the 2013 electoral rolls as it was flawed.

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Bersih’s Ambiga jabs, EC ducks, won’t promise to clean up electoral rolls
BY LEE SHI-IAN
August 25, 2013 – TMI

28
Aug
13

Apa lagi Mahathir mahu?

If the third prime minister of Malaysia, Hussein Onn, had not nominated Mahathir Mohamad as his successor in 1981, the course of Malaysian history would have been very different.

Mahathir may have left office after 22 years in power, but today, he pops up like those annoying advertisements which appear, without warning, on your computer screen. Mahathir’s messages act in a similar way to some of those adverts; they can harm your computer with malware or other unwanted files, when they are “opened”. Perhaps, we need a spam-blocker that will work on Mahathir.

How will we ever learn from history, if we are prevented from examining what has gone badly wrong for this nation? Mahathir’s policies continue to divide the nation, but many Malays are under the illusion that he is their saviour. Sadly, after 56 years of independence, it is mostly non-Malays who are more Malaysian than the Malays.

Until we get a change in government, only one man can stop Mahathir’s deleterious effects on the nation – Najib Abdul Razak – but he either won’t or can’t bring himself to perform this saintly task. Such is the hold that Mahathir has over Najib.

Yesterday, Mahathir urged that MAS be privatised. His penchant for privatisation enables profitable companies to be annexed by his cronies or Umno Baru nominees. This practice has all but bankrupted the nation.

It is ironic that the man who once said that “Melayu mudah lupa”, should forget his role in handing the national airline carrier, on a golden platter to Tajudin Ramli. Few MAS employees will ever forget how the company’s performance plummeted with Tajudin at its helm.

Mahathir observed that Umno Baru had failed to tap into young, smart Malay professionals. He claimed that Umno Baru, unlike PAS, did not like, and possibly feared people who were smarter than its leaders. Again, Mahathir mudah lupa. He once isolated younger men in his cabinet, like Anwar Ibrahim and Musa Hitam, in an attempt to contain their political aspirations.

When Mahathir was the education minister in the early 70s, he quelled student unrest with an iron fist. Did he forget that the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA), which many associate with Umno Baru, stops young adults from their right to full political expression?

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Apa lagi Mahathir mahu?
Mariam Mokhtar
Aug 19, 2013 – malaysiakini

27
Aug
13

Shocking revelations in Sabah RCI

Prior to the RCI, we had heard rumours and allegations of identity cards being given to illegal immigrants, under what has been called Project IC or Project M, so that they could vote for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and keep it in power, but hearing it now from the mouths of people involved in the project confirms our fear that our country’s citizenships have indeed been given away cheaply and illegally.

The recent testimonies at the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah have certainly been revealing – to some of us, shocking.

To be sure, prior to the RCI, we had heard rumours and allegations of identity cards being given to illegal immigrants, under what has been called Project IC or Project M (after ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad), so that they could vote for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and keep it in power, but hearing it now from the mouths of people involved in the project confirms our fear that our country’s citizenships have indeed been given away cheaply and illegally.

One of the witnesses, former Sandakan chief district officer Hassnar Ebrahim who first gave out forms in 1981 to Filipino and Indonesian illegal immigrants to allow them to apply for ICs, gave damning indication that Mahathir must have given his approval to the project because an enterprise of such a magnitude would have required it.

Besides, Hassnar said he attended a “secret meeting” in the 1980s that involved officers from the Prime Minister’s Department, the Immigration Department and the police, and at this meeting, then home affairs minister Megat Junid Megat Ayub said Mahathir had approved the project.

It was proposed that 130,000 to 150,000 names be added to the Sabah electoral roll to boost the Muslim vote. Although there were protests from one of the officers present, the proposal was passed. Hassnar himself was given 30,000 HNR3 forms to take back to Sabah. These forms were for the immigrants to apply for blue ICs.

Another witness, former banker Mat Swadi Awi, gave startling testimony when he revealed that he was the “grand designer” of the exercise conducted from 1987 to 1990 to distribute voters throughout Sabah who would vote for United Sabah National Organisation (Usno), a BN component party, with the aim of toppling the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) government.

He did this in response to a personal request from then Usno president Datu Mustapha Datu Harun – with the consent of Megat Junid. They both told him that Mahathir knew about the plan and had given his approval.

The plan was to increase the number of Malay and Muslim voters in strategic constituencies by deploying to these places immigrants who already had either fake or genuine Malaysian documents, as well as Malaysian citizens from Peninsular Malaysia and those serving in Sabah.

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BLOG: Will there be justice for Sabah?
By Kee Thuan Chye
19 Aug 2013 – news.malaysia.msn.com

27
Aug
13

The price of handing out citizenship for votes

The question you may ask yourself after reading a few paragraphs of this story is: What if something like this were to happen in the peninsula too?

Where it’s happening is Sabah. What is happening, according to one key witness in a special court now looking into the issue of identity cards given to illegal residents there, is little less than the colonisation of a part of Malaysia.

While the accusation that illegal settlers were given Malaysian identity cards in return for their political support is well known, what is less known is what has come after this.

In return for their political support of the powers that be, those with the new ICs have been making open land grabs as well as soaking up healthcare and education privileges, said former Sandakan district officer Hassnar Ebrahim.

“Take a look at University Malaysia Sabah: 80% of the students studying there are not local Malaysians,” he told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

Hassnar testified in the Royal Commission of Inquiry Into The Illegal Immigrants In Sabah just last week, where he named former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the brains behind the scheme to offer illegals there Malaysian identity cards in return for their votes for Barisan Nasional.

“There is no country in the world where the government intentionally dilutes the voting power of the native population like in Malaysia,” he noted wryly.

“Thousands of acres of native land have slowly been taken over by foreigners who use forged powers of attorney documents and forged sales and purchase agreements,” he claimed.

So big was the problem that even Sabah and Sarawak Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum had called for a Native Land Tribunal to be set up to handle abuses caused by the issuance of native land certificates, he said.

Hassnar told of his personal experience as a victim of a naked land grab by the former illegals.

“I have asked the police, how is it that native land is able to find its way into the hands of non-natives when that is clearly against the law?” he said.

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This is the price of handing out citizenship for votes
By LEE SHI-IAN
August 20, 2013 – TMI





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