Posts Tagged ‘Politics


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.

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


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.

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


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.

What drives these young Malay political activists?
June 28, 2013 – TMI


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.

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


Tiger Isle – A government of THIEVES

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.

November 21, 2012


The Year That Was – – Rantings byMM

It seems ironic to me that while World AIDS Day features in the papers aim to enlighten the public about HIV/AIDS, at the very same time, a group of people gathered to triumphantly tout their ignorance, their prejudice and their hate. Blaming all the ills of society on those most marginalized and vulnerable, they hooted and cawed their fears and directed their disgust towards a group they cannot clearly identify. Yet they claim that society may only be saved if we put the different and defenceless into camps, much like the people of Gaza are put into a large prison camp, to be punished for their ‘mistake’ of trying to choose their own destiny.

There is nothing more fascinating than watching a group so devoted to displaying such willful hate. Some even called themselves God’s chosen ones, a familiar phrase to those of us who follow Zionist politics. The implications of such a claim is obvious; if God has chosen some people to lead us, why the need for elections when voters would make the likely mistake of choosing the wrong ones? Why not just abandon elections and let God choose? Where have we heard this before? Is this theocracy-lite, without the turbans and beards?

So retrograde was the discussion at this assembly that it felt like a 1950s movie. Once again, we were told, by a woman no less, that we already have gender equality in this country and therefore there is no need for any women’s rights activists. Coming from someone who has done very little to advance women’s rights in this country, this can only be expected. After all, while demanding 30% of the seats for women in the next General Elections, the same person had to ask a man to represent them to get permission for such allocations. Why ask yourself when you can ask a man to do it for you? Now that’s 1950s activism, none of this feminism business!

I must say it was a sublime moment: the leader of a woman’s movement triumphantly stating that there are no issues for women to fight for because everything is OK. Tell that to the many single mothers fighting for their rights in our courts, the many women who remain legally married but in reality have no spouses, the women who lose their property when their husbands die, the many women black and blue from beatings at the hands of their dearly beloveds every day. Tell that to our young women who after graduating find that some jobs are cut off from them because of their gender, or those who find jobs and then have to endure a workplace that is uncomfortable and subtly hostile through crass comments and even physical affronts. Or the many women bypassed for promotion by less-qualified men.

The Year That Was
Dec 6 2012 – Rantings byMM


A new paradigm in Malay politics

In truth, the split in UMNO happened in 1988 when UMNO Baru was formed and had riven further in 1998 when Anwar Ibrahim was ousted as deputy prime minister and UMNO member. UMNO has never been cohesive since then and has to depend on the support of non-Malays to survive in elections.

The frailty of the present UMNO Baru administration can partly be blamed for the wrong choice of leaders within the party since 1981. UMNO has not been able to find able, selfless, clean and sincere leaders after the departure of her first four leaders – Jaafar Onn, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein and Hussein Onn.

Money politics

What has torn apart and ruined UMNO Baru most today is money politics. Money politics and business interests are taking such an important role in the political reality of the party. Leaders climb up the political ladder not because of their honest intentions in struggling for the welfare of the rakyat and nation.

Status, financial standing and the use of money to buy support from members have clouded UMNO Baru.

The era of nationalistic struggles has long past in UMNO Baru. Since 1981 the frailty of UMNO administration can be attributed to the wrong choice of leaders within the party. Money politics started to rear its ugly head since then.

Political and business interests in UMNO have made the party irrelevant to the ordinary Malays. UMNO is seen more for the Malay elite groups more often than not supported by rich non-Malays.

Money politics is no more considered evil in UMNO. Aspiring UMNO candidates are seldom poor. They have to resort to money to survive and in many cases wealthy non-Malays will be behind these candidates and of course not without rewards after the candidates have come to power.

There must be a wealthy Chinese

A former UMNO leader cynically jibed, “Behind every rich UMNO Baru politician today there must be a wealthy Chinese”.

For this reason, it is seldom found UMNO leaders who are not filthy rich today. They drive posh cars, live in palace-like mansions, stay in exclusive hotels when overseas, own huge properties and businesses and their family members can be seen enjoying the same.

Some even go to the extent of boasting to the media that they are “rich and powerful”. They become a “celebrity” of sort in the eyes of some feudal Malays.

With power they have known to have demeaned critics as insignificant “mosquitoes” and feel that they have become the “untouchables” in the society.

This sort of arrogance by some UMNO leaders has made the rakyat abhor UMNO Baru. Today, the desire of every UMNO aspirant is to enrich oneself, get elected as leader and with some luck become a minister or hold high positions in government bodies. To prop them to higher positions in politics money is needed.

PAS & PKR already replacing Umno Baru: A new paradigm in Malay politics
Written by Moaz Nair
5 November 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle


Najib’s Achilles heel and poison arrow

Every Umno leader knows that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad blames Rosmah Mansor for the position Umno and Najib Razak find themselves in today.


It’s none of our concern if Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s attacks on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak are tactical or real. What we know is that they are all masters and practitioners of subterfuge and deception.

I suspect the Umno camp is really worried about the attacks on their man that they have to do a spin on the whole works.

That’s Umno thinking for you. When something is not working for them, they will manufacture a preferred storyline.

Hence the story line they come out with is that Mahathir is doing his usual reverse psychology.

Every Umno leader knows that Mahathir blames Rosmah Mansor for the position Umno finds itself today.

Rosmah is the heel to Najib’s Achilles. Mahathir is the poison arrow.

Mahathir never ceases to bully Malays into believing they are inadequate and therefore the solution is to entrust their future in the hands of good people like him.

Social evils, intoned Mahathir, arise from the activities of evil people and if only known devils like him and the band of marauders and plunderers are in control, Malaysia is safe.

What is wrong with this kind of thinking? Well, it only requires one to be unthinking and self-praising.

Mahathir likes to self-praise although he has a round-about way of doing it. The medical doctor uses self-deprecation to disarm and defeat opponents.

Malay disengagement scares Mahathir

So what’s really bothering Mahathir?

Mahathir’s biggest fear is that the process of Malay disengagement has spread so widely that it is threatening Umno’s stranglehold on the people.

Let look at the situation before us and perhaps help Mahathir make peace with himself.

First, Malaysians have acquired a new tradition of embracing democratic values and the sense of importance and self-worth.

These are natural outcomes of economic and social advancements with our own borders and also arise as a result of an almost complete removal of artificial physical barriers between nations.

Advances in the internet have demolished almost all barriers set up by autocratic government and has allowed people to learn and make comparisons.

Governments established by using autocratic means are finding themselves under increasing assaults from civil rights groups and people.

And that is happening to Umno and BN who have thrived on unchallenged autocracy.

Malaysians have acquired new values and traditions- that of liberty and liberal values.

The second force checking Umno’s hegemony and autocracy is simply its own success.

Mindless Umno leaders

Umno is a victim of its own success.

Once Umno and BN acquired a false sense of invincibility, they become victims to the baneful influence of corruption and power abuses.

Umno and BN have become a corrupt government.

The government endorses, incubates, nurture and encourage rampant and rapacious corruption buoyed by its believe in its own invincibility.

The desire to stop a corrupt government has become both a unifying and motivating force for Malaysians.

Najib’s Achilles heel and poison arrow
Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz
October 31, 2012 – FMT

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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?