Posts Tagged ‘Politics

24
May
17

Minister should be serving the people, not personal interest

Crown prince: Better for KJ to be a wataniah soldier than minister

Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim is not pleased that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was absent from the Malaysia FA Cup match last Saturday.

Tunku Ismail, who is also Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president, said many had enquired about the minister’s whereabouts during the match between Kedah and Pahang at the Shah Alam stadium.

Pointing out that royalties from Kedah, Johor and Pahang had attended, the crown prince said Khairy should have been present as well.

“According to rumours, he (Khairy) was involved with the askar wataniah (territorial army) on the night of the FA Cup match.

“To me, if the territorial army programme is more of a priority (to Khairy), then it would have been better for him to be a territorial soldier than a youth and sports minister,” added the crown prince on the Johor Southern Tigers football team’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Tunku Ismail also said the minister should not only attend events where he would be the centre of attention.

“When it is otherwise, you don’t attend because you already know you won’t be the main focus.

“When you are a minister or a politician, you should be serving the people and national institutions, not your personal interest.

“If all is about becoming popular, then you should be a celebrity, not a minister or a politician,” he added in the hard-hitting post.

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Crown prince: Better for KJ to be a wataniah soldier than minister
23 May 2017 – malaysiakini

24
Feb
14

Mahathir’s nightmare, Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim has no right to be a leader. So reports Bernama.

According to Bernama news, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a once-upon-a-time prime minister of Malaysia, said that Anwar Ibrahim – a rising star of prime ministerial hope for many, has no right to be a leader.

With the Tun’s latest nightmare tantrum addition, the rakyat will now keep wondering since when did this edit come into place on the Malaysian political landscape.

The question is since when did individuals anywhere on this democratic planet “have a right” to be a leader?

And in making that allegation, the Tun has only further bulldozed home into the minds and hearts of Malaysians and the world-over, the perception that Dr Mahathir is the slayer of democracy and guilty of desecrating the sanctity of voting in a democratic manner.

In the first place no one has any right to be a leader. In a democracy that the world is fighting hard to promote, uphold and defend, it is the voting citizens – the community of people, who choose, anoint and consecrate an individual to be their leader.

By stating that one has a right to be a leader the Tun is certainly marketing tyranny. As long as one thinks he or she has a right to be leader, he or she clings to power. That is tyranny. It is not democracy, Tun!

Indeed, each time Anwar Ibrahim takes centre-stage on the political circuit, Tun gets all worked-up and jittery. One cannot help but conclude that Tun must be having nightmares at the prospect of Anwar becoming the chosen, anointed and consecrated leader for all Malaysians.

So, his recent media statement through Bernama – the national news agency, that there is a right to claim leadership clearly should ring alarm bells within and outside the nation. Champions of democracy will clampdown the enemies of democracy for democracy is the platform for the new age civilisation taking root across the planet since the dawn of Glasnost (openness) and the democratisation of Communism.

Tun, the people decide. Not you. Not Umno Baru. Not Anwar.

But at least Anwar has the humility to know that fundamental truth, but sadly not you.

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Mahathir’s nightmare, Anwar Ibrahim
Feb 11, 2014 – Malaysiakini Letters

18
Aug
13

If I listened to Mahathir, Malaysia would be bankrupt, says Abdullah

If Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had succumbed to the pressure applied by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to spend without a care and continue with some of his pet mega-projects, Malaysia would be bankrupt by now.

This frank assessment was offered by Abdullah in a book covering his years as the prime minister of Malaysia.

Titled, “Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years In Malaysia”, it was scheduled to come out earlier but there were some concerns in Putrajaya that the fifth prime minister’s comments and observations could spark a war of words between Abdullah and Mahathir and split Umno before the May 5 general election.

Putrajaya need not have worried. Abdullah lobbed a few barbs here and there, and threw a few zingers in the direction of his chief critic but did not reveal state secrets or offer juicy and humiliating anecdotes about the country’s longest-serving PM.

And he could have, he said. Referring to the constant attacks against him by Mahathir and other critics when he was in office, he recalled that some people asked why he did not clarify in detail the role of his young advisers, his son’s involvement in business and the influence of son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin.

“Perhaps I should have been more vehement in defending and explaining these issues. I could have retaliated by exposing Mahathir. But what good would have come out of this for the government and party?” he said.

He noted that Mahathir is very set in his ways and believed that his is the only way. And this fact is why Abdullah believes he has been on the receiving end of vitriol from mid-2006 till today.

After all the layers of biting comments from Mahathir are peeled away, it boiled down to just one thing: Mahathir’s inability to accept any other view except his own.

For example, Abdullah remembered that he went to see Mahathir and explain that he had to postpone several projects, including the double-tracking rail system that the latter had initiated because of the bulging budget deficit.

“He, however, disagreed with me as he felt the government should continue to spend. But how do we do it when the deficit was at such critical levels? It would be highly irresponsible for me to continue spending.

“So we had no choice but to reduce the deficit by postponing some of the mega-projects like double tracking and this made Mahathir furious. I suppose he viewed them as his pet projects.

“Can you imagine, if I had succumbed to Mahathir’s continued pressure to spend when the deficit was already so high, how could Malaysia have weathered the oil and financial crisis which subsequently came in 2008?

“The deficit which we brought down to 3.2 percent crept up again due to subsidies for oil and essentials and hovered again at the 5 percent level. If we had not been prudent then, continued to spend, I can tell you we would be bankrupt by now.”

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If I listened to Mahathir, Malaysia would be bankrupt, says Abdullah
August 06, 2013 – TMI

18
Aug
13

A time when Utusan Malaysia didn’t get away with everything

In a book about his years in power, former prime minister Tun Abdullah Badawi makes a startling revelation about how he dealt with Utusan Malaysia, in stark contrast to how the strident newspaper is managed by its Umno backers now.

Abdullah was known for liberalising news media in an attempt to restore their credibility after the severe damage that mainstream media took under the Mahathir years, but Abdullah still kept a firm line on racial and religious issues.

Referring to his appointees, he said, “I did not interfere with their work as I believed that they had a professional job to do and I allowed them the space to do it. But when they abused the openness by playing up racial and religious issues, like when Utusan Malaysia did, then I would call them and warn them.”

He revealed that he made a phone call to the editor-in-chief of Utusan Malaysia and left him with a stark warning: the newspaper had crossed the boundary with an editorial that smacked of racism and he should expect no favours from Putrajaya if charged with sedition.

As it turned out, the police did not come a-calling and the editor escaped any sanction. But Abdullah said that phone call put the fear of God into the newspaperman and, after that, there were no more offensive articles from the Umno-owned paper.

Such control apparently no longer exists over the newspaper that has since lost a bunch of defamation cases to opposition members and has even been ticked off in the courtroom for not following journalistic standards.

In reply to a question from the editors of the book on how much control Umno has over Utusan Malaysia now, the former leader replied, “Now, I don’t think there’s any control anymore.”

Malaysian academic Professor James Chin – who edited the book with Dr Bridget Welsh – followed up, noting that these days it appears the Umno president says one thing and Utusan publishes something else the next day.

Abdullah responded, “That’s why I said I don’t think there’s any control anymore.”

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A time when Utusan Malaysia didn’t get away with everything…
August 07, 2013 – TMI

06
Jul
13

What drives these young Malay political activists?

He could have been in a comfortable teaching position somewhere in Malaysia, earning a decent salary, driving a Myvi and planning for a family. An everyday man charting an anonymous middle-class life, the Malaysian dream for many.

Instead, Adam Adli Abdul Halim has been arrested more times than even Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He has been assaulted and threatened with multiple legal action, including sedition. And he is not cowed.

And what about Safwan Anang, once prisoner No 3130 2770? He could be planning for a future in the civil service, employment that would give him job security, a comfortable life for his wife and baby on the way. A young Malay man making his way up the ladder.

Instead, Safwan Anang has also been arrested a couple of times, thrown into Sungai Buloh prison with murderers and rapists after he refused to pay a RM5,000 bail. And he too, is not cowed by the authorities.

Both these 24-year-olds belong to a group of young Malay political activists who have emerged in the last few years. They have taken a confrontational approach against the government, pushing for more democratic space and freedom for students.

They do not believe in submitting written requests or making representations to their elected representatives. They protest.

They speak without fear at forums and also take part in sit-ins as they did, pitching tents at Padang Merbok in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on June 22 after the Black 505 gathering. When they were eventually evicted from those tents, they made their way to Parliament House where Adam, Safnan and others were arrested… again.

Some of the activists are affiliated to Pakatan Rakyat or close to Opposition-friendly groups like Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia, Solidariti Anak-Anak Muda Malaysia and Gerakan Penuntut Akademi Bebas. Others are drawn by issues and the fact that their parents too are activists.

What is perhaps surprising is that many are the products of the New Economic Policy, the affirmative action programme designed to give Malays and other bumiputeras a leg up through quotas, scholarships and other special privileges.

So why are these Malays rising up against a system which in theory is stacked in their favour?

One reason, say pundits and political commentators, is that many Malays do not believe the NEP benefits the larger Malay population. They believe it is, instead, a vehicle abused by the elite and the politically connected to get rich.

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What drives these young Malay political activists?
By MOHD FARHAN DARWIS
June 28, 2013 – TMI

25
Mar
13

Spending your money to lie to you

How would you react if someone used your money to put together a plan to deceive you? I repeat used your money.

Well, that is what the Najib administration did when it paid millions of ringgit in taxpayers’ money to right-wing bloggers in the United States to write articles damaging to Anwar Ibrahim on sites such as Huffington Post, etc. Essentially, the government used OUR money to plant fictitious reports about the opposition leader.

There is something very disturbing when leaders who swear to respect law and order and whom we hope would have the moral spine to navigate this country on the path of what is right would agree to promoting falsehood and slander. And use government funds at that!

But for me even more upsetting is the fact that this tactic of funding the factory of lies and deceit is happening on our shores and now targetted at the Malaysian audience — you and me.

What government would stoop so low and use taxpayers’ funds to pay bloggers, cybertroopers, set up websites such as The Choice and Malaysian Review and lie to its own people? Can we trust a government, which has embraced lies and deceit, with governing with integrity?

Many of us have been receiving “articles” directly through our emails, written by “eunice the, etc”. A couple of days ago, a “Steve Roads” wrote an “article”, quoting Philippine intelligence sources, alleging that Anwar Ibrahim was behind the Sultan of Sulu’s invaders.

For good measure, the article was accompanied by a Philippine Inquirer logo, giving the impression this was an Inquirer article.

It appears that the government believes that controlling the Internet means dumping fake articles written by fake writers. Isn’t it enough that we have to put up with the fiction written by the mainstream media (Utusan Malaysia’s 100 per cent record of losing all defamation suits shows that I am not overstating the claim) that we have to be sent fictional reports on the Internet.

But that this government chooses this approach to propaganda speaks volumes of the morality of the people at the top. How can we trust these people when they don’t trust us to make a good choice on who should govern Malaysia based on facts?

And really grating is that my money and yours is being given to intellectually-challenged and morally-bankrupt cybertroopers to spin.

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Spending your money to lie to you
Abdul Samad Sulaiman
March 11, 2013 – Hornbill Unleashed

19
Dec
12

Tiger Isle – A government of THIEVES

BOOK REVIEW
Tiger Isle
Welcome to Tiger Isle, or Pulipore, population 30 million, found in South-East Asia (SEA) between north of Sumatra and west of peninsula Malaysia, tag-lined “Corruption capital of the world”.

In his debut novel “Tiger Isle: A Government of Thieves“, author ES Shankar has created an imaginary, fictitious country which “mysteriously emerged from the depth of the waters of South-East Asia in 200BC, spirals towards the tipping point of 2012?.

In it are 322 pages of gruelling plots and events which resemble a country we know. Shankar leaves many clues that may lead a reader to conclude “This is Malaysia!”, when depicting how Rekha and her seven best friends race against time to save the world, with her famous cry of “We are all of One Race, the Human Race”.

Rekha – a mother of two and a government auditor – was an ordinary woman who died without fanfare yet thousands came for her funeral.

She did not die “being blown up in a secluded forest, while she was still half alive with dynamite half strapped to her chest, for which the courts decided it was not necessary to determine the killer’s motive”.

One of those who came to pay his respects was blogger Bernard Khoo, who goes by the moniker Zorro Unmasked.

Shankar, who also blogs at Don’tPlayPuks, says it is Khoo – a former school teacher – who encouraged him to contact Gerak Budaya to get the book published – and that adding names of real people, several other bloggers included, adds to the “fun”, while giving life to the fiction.

Clues that lead to Malaysia

The character of Pulipore or Tiger Isle ex-president Bhairav has an uncanny similarity to one of our prime ministers while there is mention of current premier Kapalin that plays “every card, from race to religion, to hounding his political nemesis Maitreya with trumped-up rape and sodomy charges”.

Leading us further on familiar trails is the inclusion of Kapalin’s ambitious, self-promoting and spendthrift wife, and the RM250,000 Omega wrist watch from the Saudi prince worked into the plot.

azlanThere are sordid tales of how millions or billions are being derived to finance the election campaigns of the United National Tigerists Association (a religious political party), including paying for extravagant lifestyles of ministers, chief ministers, members of Parliament and well-connected party members.

One can hardly put down Shankar’s book for it is full of suspense, you might feel as if you are in a theatre watching a fast-paced thriller, turning the pages quickly.

It helps that the chapters are short and crisp, while dialogues are witty and humorous, allowing the reader no opportunity to feel bored or to wander off the plot.

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TIGER ISLE-A GOVT OF THIEVES REVIEW BY SUSAN LOONE
November 21, 2012




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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?

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