GE13: What Chinese Tsunami?


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(“Chinese Tsunami” – would it be Najib’s new “unity” motto for the next 5 years? Why call for national reconciliation when at the same whack one community for your failures at the polls? What else the Chinese want, you ask? How about an all out fight against corruption, fair treatment for all Malaysians and wastage of public funds & resources? Image source: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com)

GE13 polling has officially ended but not the subsequent implications. It will take probably weeks and even months before things get settled down. Anwar have indicated that Pakatan will not accept the outcome of the elections until EC explains on some of the glaring irregularities – they just had a large public rally on this which in turned caused a massive traffic jam (Raja Petra however raised concern of something more sinister) and surely there will be legal suits flying around. And there are quite number of states and seats won on slim margin – so one needs to wonder if there will be another round of frogs jumping ships as what we saw back in 2008? And trouble is brewing in Selangor as to who will get the Menteri Besar seat – I just hope the PKR fellows do not screw things up big time – pro-BN bloggers already having a field day on this.

The Results

All in all, it is a good election for Pakatan Rakyat. Racial bigots of Ibrahim Ali and Zulkfli Noordin were promptly shown the exit by multi racial voters but rest assured they will be around to cause the usual trouble. Nurul Izzah won the closely contested Lembah Pantai seat and a big thanks to the extra vigilant supporters, had managed to ensure the fight was fair and square and won it accordingly. Dr M got a good slap when Lim Kit Siang won the Gelang Patah seat with a good majority of 14,000 plus votes – still remember this old-man asking people to bury Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah and then recklessly said that there will be racial confrontation if Lim wins? Thankfully the voters thought otherwise and handed Uncle Lim a good margin to win.

On a bigger scale, despite failing to capture Putrajaya (which many of us were hoping for), Pakatan improved their number of seats in both parliamentary and state level. They kept Penang and Selangor with a higher majority and came close to regaining Perak and Terengganu. The popular votes also went to Pakatan – with 51% of the votes going to them (BN got 47% of the votes). The Kedah was a different story altogether – the votes in Kedah shifted to BN in a big way not because BN was better than Pakatan but rather it was because PAS screwed things up after they won it in 2008. Still remember them going over the board with their extreme Islamic way of governance even on non Muslims? We would have been dumb to still think that PAS would be able to keep Kedah. Its fall was predicted from day 1 and it did. Terengganu was a 50-50 thing.

However the biggest disappointment that Perak did not go to Pakatan – especially after they were robbed of the state by 3 frogs that jumped to BN last time around. Was it because Perakians had forgotten about this incident? Or it was rigged in a way that BN were meant to win – after all it was a very close fight with BN’s 31 seats against Pakatan’s 28 seats. Some of the stories reported do raise some red flags:-

“At that point the results for the Perak state seats were 29 for BN and 28 for Pakatan. I insisted on the recount because the results from these two seats would be the deciding factor in the formation of the next Perak government. “When I insisted that these documents be produced before the announcement of the results, the returning officer instructed the police to push my polling agents and me out of the hall.”

At this juncture, Vasantha Kumar said, “Saravanan threw a chair at me while I was being pushed out.” “I was shocked when the police manhandled me, pushing me 50m out of the centre, while Saravanan and his assistant tried to attack me. However, the police stopped them.” Vasantha Kumar claimed that he and his counting agents were pushed out by the police all the way to the main road outside the hall.

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It was also disappointing to note that a number of spilt votes screwed up some of the seats for Pakatan. Independents (all whom been wiped out for good reasons) screwed up the chance for Pakatan in Cameron Highlands big time – MIC’s G Palanivel got more votes against him and yet he won with slim margin, no thanks to almost 1,200 votes going to independents. The Pakatan’s screw up in Kota Damansara and Semenyih however is not excusable. Two good state seats were lost because of the stupid in-fighting within Pakatan for the same seats. Thankfully Pakatan had garnered enough seats to form the State Government otherwise Pakatan fellows would have kicked themselves for the major screw-up.

Hopefully this would be the last time Pakatan make a fool of themselves and have overlapping claim for the same seat. Every win counts (especially in situation like in Perak now) and the last thing they need to give away the seat on a platter with split votes. That would be really dumb.

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(Still remember the various promises before the election? Come on lah, Malaysians are not stupid – if the Government had wanted to, as a responsible government, they could have carried up the various promises way before the election. Instead it was back to the usual “you help me, I help you” nonsense from Najib’s administration. A clear breach of election laws but one that EC did nothing to curtail or punish the offenders. Image source: theSun)

Interestingly despite the claims of the success of NKRA especially in area of crime fighting, BRIM 1.0 & 2.0 give-outs, lavish dinners & live concerts (including one by Psy) and over the board “be grateful” propagandas, “you help me, I help you” rallies and advertisements in the media, Najib still fared worst than the sleepy Pak Lah by winning less parliamentary (and state) seats compared to 2008. Although some of these pre-election money, gifts and promises had influenced some of the voters to vote for BN especially in the rural areas and helped them to starve off the Pakatan onslaught for Putrajaya, a majority of them (especially in Penang and Selangor) did not buy them in exchange for their votes:-

No one asked you to give free dinners, RM500, lucky draw, etc. You syok sendiri. The Chinese did not cheat you. But I must congratulate the Penangites. They had two weeks of free food (no need to cook), a lot of free entertainment, money, and 2 weeks later, they get a good government in place! You have got the best of both world!

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He also failed to wrestle back Selangor despite leading the BN’s well oiled election machinery and with defeat of some of the BN Chairman in other states which included Malacca, Penang and Johore, the Fat Momma’s expensive overseas trip in coming months may be short lived. And the consequences would have been worse for him in the coming months if the allegations of phantom voters and other irregularities are proven to be true.

The Chinese Tsunami?

Najib after been declared as the winner as far as BN and the federal government is concerned started on the wrong footing by blaming the defeat wholly on the Chinese and then half sincerely turns around and calls for national reconciliation (it seems nothing changed for BN and nothing will in the future). It did not take long for UMNO-run Utusan Malaysia and Dr M to rub it in and provide the fuel to the fire:-

Mahathir repeated his stance that the DAP’s campaign was to make the Chinese community hate the Malay community. “I have said this several times in my campaign, even in Johor. Lim Kit Siang brought about the concept of Malaysian Malaysia, with the intention of making the Chinese hate the Malays,” he said. “As a result, many Chinese rejected the Malay hand of friendship.”

(Source)

At the end of the day, it has nothing to do with the Chinese, Malay or even the Indian tsunami. Yes the number of Chinese turning up and voting for Pakatan was higher than before. Are you going to blame them for that? Where it says that the Chinese (or any Malaysians for argument sake) have to vote for BN only? What a bunch of sore losers! It’s a fact that Pakatan could not have gained more votes using Chinese votes alone.

Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng lambasted the move to turn the Chinese as “scapegoats” and shape the election results as a “Chinese-versus-Malay” vote. “Many analysts have disputed this as a gross distortion of data, as this was more a urban-rural divide between Pakatan Rakyat and BN,” Lim said in a statement today. “How can this be a Chinese tsunami in states like Terengganu when PAS won 15 state seats as compared to Umno’s 17, when more than 95 percent of Terengganu voters are Malays?”

And the same was reflected by PAS:-

PAS has expressed gratitude to Chinese voters who backed Malay Pakatan Rakyat candidates in the recently concluded general election, even if it meant having to vote against a fellow Chinese. PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the action of these voters proved the claim by Umno that the Chinese had rejected the Malays to be slander.

“There are tens of Parliament and state assembly seats that were contested by Malay candidates against candidates from the Tiong Hua (Chinese), in mixed constituencies, which were won by the Malays, proving that Chinese voters were willing to reject candidates of their own race,” Tuan Ibrahim said in a statement today.

(Source)

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(Pakatan had won the popular votes but was it due to an overwhelming swing by the Chinese Malaysians or was it due to Malaysians from all races in the country who just fed up on the blatant corruption, wastage and unfair treatment? Image source: Malaysiakini)

Well, to those who keeping harping on the Chinese tsunami and how the Malays will be left out in the country, it is not about the race, and here’s why.  It’s a fact that Najib did miserably when it comes to fighting corruption and national unity.

He did nothing on instances of sheer corruption just because those implicated were from his own political party and he needed them for his own political survival. It took two independent journalists to break the story on PKFZ, a young politician from Pakatan to prove the abuse of taxpayers money dubbed “The Cowgate” (Najib even did not have the balls to sack the Minister) and some foreigners going undercover to show that there indeed a shadow state in the country. Despite the urgency and the need for an independent and robust corruption busting agency, Najib did nothing to strengthen the MACC – it remained lame duck. He promised to do something about it but that promise came with a condition that BN must win the election. Now he had won, will Najib keep up his promise?

On the national unity, it seemed a joke for Najib to call for national reconciliation. By blaming the Chinese for his own losses, he had started his administration by pitting the Chinese against the Malays. The king-makers Indians who were the darling of politicians before the election are now nowhere to be seen. Tough luck for Hindraf and their MOU with Najib – let’s see how sincere Najib will be now that he blaming it on the Chinese. He started the notion of 1Malaysia which seemed to be a good thing as we head towards the year 2020 but did nothing to curtail racial statements from his own party controlled mainstream medias and the UMNO friendly Perkasa extremists who even at one point threatened to burn Bibles. Where was the tough action back then? Najib justify the remarks in Utusan by saying that the Chinese media does the same. Once again, where the tough action against the Chinese papers if they been doing the same?

Is this how a Prime Minister of a multi-racial country speaks when it comes to curtailing racial incitements?

So What’s Next?

At end of the day, there must be a proper closure – both to the acceptance on the outcome of the GE13 and incorrect blame of the losses on the fellow Malaysian Chinese.

Yes we must protest against unfair election process and bring forward any irregularities to be rectified but then again, we should go on with our life – after all, there is a government to be run here. It is almost sure every political party (in addition to the various blogs, political analyst, media, etc) out there would be making their own assessment on the outcome of the elections, see where they have made mistakes and how they can improve on it for the greater benefit of the people and country (not for themselves and the political party).

Pakatan must improve their standing in the next general elections if we want to see a real change at federal level and hence improvement in competency, accountability and transparency. Unlike some politicians from the other side, Pakatan politicians need to ensure that their service centre are still operating and still providing the best service especially in areas where they had lost. Losing does not mean doing nothing and blaming others. Losing means an opportunity to improve on their standard of service and engage the people on the real issues facing them. The sooner the politicians do this, the sooner the country can get back on its feet.

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GE13: Manifestos, Fantasies & Imaginations


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(Santa Claus of a different nature – he seems to be promising a lot of things to many sector of the community but does that promise comes with a catch? Where the millions of ringgit is coming from and from who’s pockets?)

Malaysians will go to the polls on May 5 and it does not matter whether you will vote for BN or PR. What is important is that on May 5, you wake up on time and go to the polling station and vote someone. Remember it is your duty as the citizen of this country and it only comes once in 5 years.

Election Santa Claus

As we move closer to this date, the level of insanity seems to be increasing as well – more sex videos exposures (which seems to be more important than corruption by millions of ringgit for some morons) and Najib continuing his Santa giveaways – plucking millions from thin air and promising to deliver them only if people are “grateful” when it comes to casting their votes.

Some even get some last minute “miracle” granted by BN politicians:-

After 20 years of struggle, prayers were finally answered when an 85-year-old Chinese temple in Minyak Beku was granted ownership for the piece of land it sits on. The land title for the 0.696ha plot, including a 280m access road to Persatuan Penganut-Penganut Agama Buddha Ching Boo Tian in Jalan Segenting here, was approved by the Johor Government recently. “We could not have done it without MCA and the Mentri Besar,” he said at the thanksgiving dinner organised by the temple, which was attended by more than a thousand people here on Sunday.

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Should temple be “grateful” (Najib’s buzz word of the day) for the recent approval of ownership or more rightfully be angry that it took the Government over 20 bloody years to approve the ownership and it only happened because of the upcoming general elections and not for other matters?

And speaking about being grateful, did you read about Hindraf’s 180’ degree turn on their relationship with BN? P Waythamoorthy now insists that the community’s welfare will only be cared for by the ruling coalition BN and not Pakatan Rakyat. This is same man who just before 2008 blamed UMNO and BN led Government for the dire state of the Indian community and caused many to take to the streets to protest. This is the same man when things got more tricky (when the rest of the key leaders were caught under ISA), fled to overseas. Now he turns around and says only BN can take care of the community? That’s interesting. I surely hope that he has forgotten the fact that Najib have been longing for the lost Indian votes and will be willing to promise the sky as long he gets the crucial votes in the coming election – nothing more, nothing less. After all, if BN had been serious in dealing with the community’s issues, it would have acted on it a long time ago – after the Hindraf rally and not at the eve of a general election. Why it have come to a point where Hindraf have to come out with a blueprint for the community and asks both BN & PR for endorsement? As the famed comedian Goundami would say – “arasiyalila ithellam saatharanam pa” (it is all normal in politics), uh Waytha?

And looking at the bigger picture, doesn’t the very promise of goodies in return for votes contravene the law?

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) today chided the federal and state governments for enticing voters with cash handouts and other freebies in what the corruption watchdog said is a blatant breach of electoral laws. The local branch of Transparency International also criticised the election regulator and Malaysia’s graftbusters for failing to clamp down on politicians in Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) who have been giving cash and vouchers and promising perpetual aid such as bonuses, cheap homes and free water with their eye on the bottomline in the May 5 polls. “Caretaker governments and candidates are breaking the Election Offences Act 1954 Section 10 which states all these gifts, loans, offers, promises, pronouncements are to procure votes,” Josie Fernandez, TI-M secretary-general, said in a statement.

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Is someone sleeping on the job then? Or it is just business as usual in the Bolehland?

The Invisible Bogeyman

But in the midst of intensive campaigning, vote buying election promises and stiff fight for seats, it was not a surprise that we have this kind stupidity cropping up:-

A Lim Kit Siang win in Gelang Patah will result in racial confrontation, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today, arguing that Chinese-Malay economic partnership will be ruined. With weeks left to Election 2013, the former prime minister continued his doomsday prediction by hammering on the opposition leader with his warning that Lim’s victory in the southern state would trigger racial clashes that would replace the existing cooperation between the Malay majority and Chinese community. “Kit Siang is going to bring about conflict and antagonism between the races, to wage the Chinese to dislike and hate the Malays,” Dr Mahathir wrote in his chedet.cc blog.

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As usual, Dr M is not far from talking nonsense and jumping on his dumb cheap antics of blaming the invisible Chinese bogeyman and culture of fear. When we will ever come to a stage that a vote for Chinese Malaysian (or a Malay or a Indian for argument sake) at end of the day is a vote for a Malaysian? Hasn’t the ghost of May 13 and culture of fear put to rest a long time ago? Why there will be racial confrontation when Lim Kit Siang is just one man and it is not like he has not run for Parliament and won many times before?

So, why need an invisible bogeyman to burn down the country when you can have the same with this kind of politicians going around promoting culture of fear and disunity? Najib has only kept mum on this which will not reflect well on his overused slogan “1Malaysia”. One thing is for sure – we will never achieve a developed nation status by 2020 – not when we still have this kind of people asking us to distrust fellow Malaysians. We must reject anyone who are willing to do anything just to win the elections and to remain in powers (even it means causing racial confrontations when there is none in the first). Dr M should look back into his dictionary and understand what the word retirement really means.

Election Manifesto

And of course, you have political manifestos flying around with some claiming each other as unachievable. Fine, manifestos may not be contract cast in stone and to some, it is nothing but a convenient way to let the voters to know on what the party intends to do – ideal intentions that may change over time due to political pressures, financial constraints and of course, dirty politics. So, it was not a big surprise when Najib claims BN’s recently launched manifesto as a serious matter but turns around and say that Pakatan’s manifesto as a mere fantasy and imagination:-

Najib said as the manifesto or pledge was an important document, it must be launched at a gathering and broadcast live so that the people throughout the country could appreciate the content of the manifesto. “They can study what is the commitment of the BN to the people,” he said. “Let the opposition say that the manifesto is not a pledge, if it’s not a pledge, why present a new manifesto, what’s the point of presenting a new manifesto. “To the BN, the manifesto is a serious matter,” he said. On the other hand, Najib criticised the opposition and described their manifesto as a ‘fantasy and imagination’ by making all kinds of promises as they liked.

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Before we precede even further, bear in mind that manifestos – whether it is from BN or Pakatan, is nothing but a mere intention of the various political parties on what they may do if they are voted into power. It is not formal contracts that one can sue when it is not carried out – otherwise BN would have been riddled with lawsuits for all these years they have been power. Strip away the icing, sugar-laced thumbs up and “wow” statements (especially from pro-BNs sites & BN politicians) in the media and re-read BN’s manifesto in a bigger picture and you may find BN’s manifesto itself suffering from the same problem of mere fantasy and imagination.

Let’s take some for analysis:-

  • Increasing BR1M up to RM1,200 for households and RM600 for singles while maintaining it on an annual basis

(BR1M – is it a sincere safety net for the poor or a sweetener for the people to vote for BN? You tell me. The main contention of BR1M is a. where does all the money is coming from? The final damage is not small – the first BR1M cost the taxpayers about RM1.92 billion, while BR1M2.0 cost around RM3 billion and now Najib is talking about an annual BR1M of RM1,200 per person which will cost the taxpayers almost RM5 billion annually. and b. it is clear that RM500 is not much for a family to use in the long run. So what is the long term solution for the lower income citizens? Simply throwing money without any long term plan is wasteful and is bad governance.)

  • Expanding the Rapid Bus System to every state capital, complete with facilities for the aged and disabled

(Well BN has been at this problem for x amount of years now, laying down the same old solutions for same old problems but nothing has been so simple and nothing has been so straight forward. Deployment of RAPID buses is nothing new but will the control of the route and some part of management be allowed to be delegated to the individual state governments for greater efficiency? Will there be a decentralization of the public transport management in the country which also includes the grant of license and permits?)

  • Solving the treated water supply problem in Selangor, the Federal Territory and Kelantan. Extending the supply of clean water to another 320,000 homes throughout the country

(Then there is always of dangling the issue of water and electricity – the basic needs of any voters and is an issue where one could not afford to take it so lightly. But the question that needs to be answered is this – do we really have an issue to contend with or it is an issue played out for political reasons? What about investing on alternate source for electricity and backup plans for potential blackout?)

And lastly, probably the dumbest of all (worth to be classified as the mother of all fantasy & imagination)…

  • Empowering MACC through the establishment of a Service Commission whereby the power of recruitment and service matters will lie entirely with the commission. Giving equal emphasis on investigations into, and action against, bribe givers and receivers

(Why the “wayang kulit” on MACC? After Taib’s show of the middle finger to MACC and no action whatsoever on the highly corrupt even after Global Witness’s video revelation, it would have been more proper and acceptable if Najib had instead proposed to shut down MACC permanently. MACC simply lacks the independence and prosecution powers to be effective against corruption. And to maintain MACC toothless is simply means an endorsement on the corruption and abuse of powers. If Najib wants to salvage his past promise of fighting corruption in this country should instead granted MACC wider powers which includes prosecution powers)

Winnable Candidates

It’s too bad that Samy Vellu was not named as a candidate for up-coming election despite naming himself as a winnable candidate (something that theSun columnist labelled as a Bollywood comedy) – it would have been interesting to see what would have been the outcome – whether MIC have indeed regained Indians’ support to the party. And speaking about winnable candidates, as you may be aware, Najib have dropped some from the list – the one we are happy to see to go would be Shahrizat Jalil and Ng Yen Yen but I won’t be so cheerful if I were you. Najib still carrying a substantial baggage of candidate with tainted history and as we have seen in the past, there is a good chance of those dropped from the list coming into the limelight through the “back-door”.

And one that Najib promoted for this election is Zulkifli Noordin who will be running for Shah Alam. Yes the same fellow who insulted the fellow Malaysians who are Hindus. The same fellow who stormed the Bar Council inter religion discussion back in 2008. Is Najib truly serious about getting the Indians to vote for BN? If he can’t get a better character than Zulkifli Noordin for his winnable candidate list, then that says a lot of the quality of people running loose in BN. If this is the best he can do to show that BN have changed, it is clear that it does not deserves our votes. At end of the day, nothing but a complete change of the government is what this country needs to stop the high wastage, blatant corruption and more importantly to promote a greater unity and fair-play in this country. Make your vote count for the right reasons.

Meantime, in the Bolehland…


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(It does not matter if they are from BN or from PR – whoever is corrupted to the core, wasteful and lives on the culture of fear and unreasonableness should not be rewarded but instead to be shown the exit from public office. Image source: Lim Kit Siang)

Despite the well known tragedy of William Yau, we still have dumb-ass buffaloes masquerading as parents and putting their innocent young children at great danger.

Please read this first:-

A mother watched in horror as a stranger got into the family car and drove off with her six-year-old daughter sleeping in the back seat, near here. She and her husband had earlier got out of the car, leaving the engine still running, to fetch their younger daughter at a daycare centre at Taman Kosas in Ampang at around 11.30pm on Saturday.

The stolen car and the young girl were found abandoned hours later at a restaurant in Setapak, about 10km away. The girl was unhurt.

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After a numerous incidents of missing children, all hell broke loose with the disappearance of the young William Yau who later was found dead. No one knows how he died. No amount of regrets and apologies by his parents can ever bring him back. And after this tragic incident that shook the whole nation, we had expected parents to be extra careful with their children. These 2 buffaloes however proved all of us dead wrong. All the necessary recipe for another tragedy were all there:-

  • Both parents out of the car – they must be one heck of dumb ass to have 2 of them to fetch one young kid and why so late at 11.30 pm on a Saturday night (The parents were out busy partying?)
  • Engine running and presumably the car was unlocked
  • Another kid was still in the car sleeping and unattended.

This could have easily turned to tragic by the seconds. What happens if the carjacker had decided to kidnap the girl and sold her to child trafficking syndicate? Or decided to kill the kid off as how it happened in China? It is sad that some idiots never learn from other’s mistakes and if things goes dreadfully wrong; they ought to be held up for gross criminal negligence and their kids taken away for their own safety. The nation cannot afford to have another William Yau tragedy.

Ok, let’s leave that for a moment – I just wanted to get that out in the open and hope all parents out there will be more careful on the aspect of safety of their kids. Don’t be like the above 2 dumb buffaloes who almost lost their kid to a stranger.

General elections are around the corner – there has been an increased obsession with Anwar’s so-called videos tying him on unnatural relationships with girls and boys. Before this, other than Sodomy 2, they had nothing much to gain on to paint the oppositions in bad light other than the loose alliance between DAP-PKR-PAS (you just need one clown to be unhappy and make statements on the mainstream media and immediately the rest of them jumps to a conclusion that Pakatan Rakyat is breaking away, unstable and will be a great danger to stability of the country if they were voted in). Now they are back on the alleged Anwar’s interest in another’s butt – with new videos and indirect assumptions (even the lovely Nurul Izzah was not spared). More is expected, of course.

But then if sex is the only overriding criteria to kick unworthy politicians from running for office in the coming elections, then what about this, this, this and this? Didn’t we were able to move over this rather sensitive issue and looked at politicians (so we think) who can get the job done in the past? If BN insists on this issue, then shouldn’t the same politicians (who now hold prominent positions) implicated in the past, should not be left to run for or hold any position to this date?

On a state level, they had tried hard with the water issue in Selangor but it did not really work there, not after it was proven that the cause of the water problem was due to maintenance and not lack of treated water (earlier they were so bent on the lack of raw water in the state which in the end was proven to be untrue) and after the Selangor Government made the offer to buy off the water concessions & their debts. And now the attack has focused against the proposed underground tunnel in Penang (read the Open Letter from Lim Guan Eng here and CAP’s reply here who seems to be whacking BN more than PR). Don’t tell me that no one in the world had done a similar underground tunnel but got screwed left, right and centre? Then what about the SMART tunnel?

That’s fine – we had already expected that the events leading to the general elections will be as tense as possible. And blaming each other on problems, mismanagement and abuse is nothing new of course – Pakatan fellows are doing the same, fair and square. At the end of the day, what is more important is not whether the leaders are involved in some abnormal relationships but rather whether they are smart, unbiased, not corrupted & hard-working enough to bring this country up to developed & corruption-free country status.

But then on the other side of the spectrum, just make sure that you are not losing sight of other main issues in the midst of general election campaigns, propagandas and stories in the mainstream media – there has been only silence on the rather uncontrolled and mismanagement of public funds in form of BRIM (1.0 & 2.0 & more coming up soon), pay increases to civil servants and one-off gifts such as this:-

Putrajaya awarded 1,000 individual permits to taxi drivers today and promised more soon with Datuk Seri Najib Razak saying it was proof that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government fulfills its promises. The announcement comes as part of the administration’s move to ward off potential voter backlash from some 80,000 registered taxi drivers nationwide, who have been angered by delayed reforms in the industry.

“What did I promise? I had promised individual permits to taxi drivers. Even though there are many companies that gave jobs to you, some had exploited tantamount to a slavery system of the past. “Ini satu lagi janji ditepati kerajaan (This is one more of the promises fulfilled by the government),” Najib told some 5,000 taxi drivers at the permit distribution event held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.

(Source)

They must have been paid good money for the taxi-drivers to show up for the event. After all these years of ignoring the taxi-drivers’ pleas for individual permits, there is no secret why Najib decides to give them now not without a catch to this deal of course – it is only available for a specific Proton model which may not be cost effective to some struggling taxi drivers and apparently 1,000 permits given away is actually owned by taxi companies, which are “giving up them as part of their corporate social responsibility”.

One has to wonder how much of arm twisting and carrots were dangled for these taxi companies to “give up” the profitable permits. Or perhaps 1.000 taxi permits were nothing but chicken feed to this people – so giving up would not be nothing big. In the end the problem is still there but apparently the long term solution will only come in if the taxi drivers are “grateful” to the government:-

Najib made this clear when he said today the decision to award the direct licences reflected the ruling coalition’s seriousness in safeguarding the welfare of taxi drivers.

“Let’s create this bai’ah (co-operation) among us. We can give more licences apart from this one. You have to bai’ah with the government. “Do not forget the government’s goodwill,” he said.

Another case of you scratch my back, I will scratch yours?

If you have missed reading in between the lines, whatever money being dished out by Najib to keep the voters happy (and ask them to be grateful) actually comes from tax-payers. It is a matter of taking out from the right pocket and putting it in the left pocket. So why should we be grateful? Does this is part and parcel of the Government’s job to collect taxes and distribute accordingly?

To keep throwing money just because the election is around the corner does not really help the country in the long run and asking the people to be grateful for the money they received is nothing but a salt rub on a wound with a smile. But other than the opposition, no one else seemed to be bothered to ask the Government on how they managing the sudden influx of money and where it is being scrapped from? The question that everyone should be asking is whether Malaysia is really flushing with money?

Then there has been only silence on the infamous Global Witness video evidence on wrongdoing in Sarawak.

Yes, everyone’s agrees that Taib is not in the video (one that the pro-BN blogs is arguing to compare to Anwar’s so-called sex videos). Then again, those who were videoed and admitted to acts of corruption, tax-evasion and crony-ism are not ordinary people. They are not the road side char keow teow seller or the man in sarong manning the small mamak stall. They are tightly tied to Taib and the circles of power and business magnates in Sarawak. Two of them are even well-known lawyers. And their admission of wrongdoing on camera should have been more than enough to slam them with criminal charges. So much so Taib need not be in the video to be implicated with serious accusations.

But then it seems like no one seemed to be interested on this case – not the PM (he is too busy giving away gifts to voters and pacifying the security forces in Sabah with pay rise and motivation talks). In times of general elections, understandably he may not want to mess up his “fixed deposit” in Sarawak. But he loses even more by keeping silent and passing the buck to the MACC. By now, everyone knows how MACC have limited powers and how they have operated in the past and many does not have confidence that MACC will get to the bottom of things.

MACC todate have only mentioned that they are “looking” into it and will “act accordingly” (of course, it does not strike anyone as being serious, not when there has been earlier reports and nothing had happened). But not all is lost – at least the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) will be referring the two Sarawak lawyers implicated in the video to the Advocates Inquiry Committee, an independent disciplinary body separate from the AAS, to conduct its inquiry into possible instances of professional misconduct under laws and regulations governing the legal profession in Sarawak. But then again, it is a matter of going after the small fish whilst the bigger predators are still free to suck dry the wealth of the country.

There has been just plain denial from the Chief Minister implicated in the said video and any damage control from pro-BN sites came in this form:-

But was it really a sting operation? Could it be a well crafted conspiracy against Taib by his own kin who have the coveted Chief Minister’s seat at sight? I’m sure those who know what happened during Ming Court 1987 won’t be surprised with Norlia & Fatimah’s latest tune, would they?

(Source)

And

A source has revealed to The Mole that Global Witness, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) responsible for the recent video that allegedly incriminates Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in questionable land deals, has received funding from an organisation founded by currency speculator George Soros.

(Source)

Ok fine, but why Taib have not sued those who implicated him in the video for criminal defamation? Why he has not called for a press conference and had set the records right on the accusations. Why the denial in the passing? After all, the accusations and admissions on video are very serious in nature where in some countries like China, if they are found guilty, faces the firing squad! If there is a so-called conspiracy against him, what more a better way to put away the competition / conspirators with defamation law suits and injunctions and help Najib with good PR along the way?

After all anyone can deny wrongdoing – it is a matter of one man’s say against another (yes, even if you are a Chief Minister) but if there is hard evidence that suggest otherwise, a mere denial is simply not enough. Those pro-BN sites should know better – they been whacking Anwar the same despite the numerous denials and multi-million ringgit lawsuits by Anwar. And they have always insisted that even very blurry video evidence is the hard proof of wrong-doing. The same should apply to Taib even though he is not in the video. And who really cares who funds Global Witness, what is more important is what was investigated and brought to the attention of common public – something that will never see the light of the day in BN funded media.

At end of the day, it does not matter if one supports BN or PR but if there is serious wrong-doings and whoever stands for public office is immoral, wasteful, corrupt, lazy, biased, and fully against a united Malaysia, they do not need our support and certainly our precious votes. They should be made answerable for all the things that they have done. So keep on top of the fairy tales, grandfather stories, grand fiction that are flying from both camps (trust me it will get a lot more worse and weird as we near the voting date) and vote wisely.

GE 13: DAP’s Early Irreplaceable Loss?


Gosh, I hope DAP have not scored their own goal…

(I am not sure which one is more damaging – a senior politician resigning from the party due to opnion difference or a group of old ex-soldiers doing a butt “exercise” in front of Ambiga’s house. Image source: NST)

Read this:-

PETALING JAYA: Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has announced his resignation from the DAP, citing “irreconcilable differences” with the party leadership. His resignation comes days after his criticism of the recent Bersih 3.0 rally and the announcement that his senatorship, which ends on May 31, would not be renewed.

During an interview aired on NTV7 last night, the party vice-chairman said he would advise the DAP of his resignation “within the next few minutes”.

“I think the time has come for me to take a hard, very serious look at my own position within the party. Given the very wide differences now, which are irreconcilable, there is no alternative but for me to seek to withdraw, with some dignity left. “I will therefore resign my membership from DAP and I will be advising the party within the next few minutes,” he said.

A man of strong principles, Tunku Aziz is among the few Malays who joined the Chinese-dominated party and was immediately made a DAP vice-chairman. In 2009, he was nominated as a senator for Penang.

Tunku Aziz said he had already been warned by friends and colleagues to be prepared to be sacked.

(Source)

From the start, I have been very supportive of the opposition in this country for a simple reason – without them, you can kiss goodbye to rule of law, enforcement of human-rights, abolishment of double standard and better governance in this country. You know how things went before 2008 when arrogance and abuse of power & trust ruled the day. And since 2008 (thanks to BERSIH 1.0 and Hindraf rallies coupled with the general feeling of frustration even at BN level) the opposition got just a bit stronger with the capture of 2 important states (at one point we had 3) and denying BN the two-third in Parliament and things have improved somehow. It is not perfect though – there are still areas where both BN and PR need to work especially on national unity and governance.

But still, you get this strong feeling that despite capturing 2 states and making a stronger impact in the Parliament, the opposition has not matured enough to handle valid criticisms and dissenting voices within the party tactfully. Yes, there is dissenting voices within the opposition parties especially within PKR in the past – not all made in the best interest of the people but when it is, they either do it openly in the public – throwing mud at each other at the expense of the party image, ideal principles and the public trusts or they simply indirectly force the other resign or to keep their mouth shut. It seems to have affected DAP as well now

Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim was one of the few politicians who had the right charisma and conviction on what need to be done right in this country (the other is Tengku Razaleigh) – after all, he was one of the founders of Transparency International-Malaysia (an NGO that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption). And just because he did not agree on breaking the law to have street protests which did not go along with the hard-cores in the party, he was heckled and abused to the extent of he gracefully resign from the political party.

Perhaps the cause for resignation could have been due to some other reasons which is not made known to all (some are saying that DAP forced the resignation, others are saying that Tunku decided to resign on his own free will) but still, the resignation of a respectable politician from DAP could not have come at the worst time for the DAP and the opposition even if DAP is not in the wrong.

It is apparent now that DAP is doing a serious damage control whilst the pro-BN bloggers and media is having a field day (a massive one with some even bordering stupidity) painting DAP as just another Chinese chauvinist party or a party who dislikes dissenting voices (with the elections just around the corner, who wouldn’t?).

It’s good that Lim Guan Eng was quick to make the statement that DAP still needs Tunku but they not only need to only show that they are sincere in calling Tunku to reconsider his resignation but also that they are matured even to accept and consider valid dissenting views positively (valid and not the usual stupid ones like this). This is necessary if they want to show that it is truly a multi culture, multi race political party. This could be easier said than done for DAP considering now Tunku is unlikely to heed Lim Guan Eng’s appeal to reconsider his resignation – not when he had said this:-

Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has openly attacked Lim Guan Eng, saying he does not trust the DAP secretary-general and ending any hopes of bringing the former party vice-chairman back into the fold after his resignation on Monday. Tunku Aziz, who was the party’s most senior Malay leader, said Guan Eng “had no sense of decency and was biadap (uncouth).”

“Kit Siang and I are old friends. I trust him but his son (Guan Eng) is a different kettle of fish,” he told The Star in an interview published today, referring to DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.

(Source)

Strong words indeed from the ex-DAP man (very damaging to PR and another bullet for BN to shoot on PR’s creditability). What is done is done and it is good that Lim Guan Eng decided not to retaliate these strong words – there is no point trying to pacify those have decided to resign and moved on but continued the personal attacks on the leaders and the party. The same shit happens in BN too (still remember Dr M’s attack on Pak Lah?) and expect more with elections around the corner.

And considering the whole country is readying for the next general elections and when BN is determined to win back the key lost states of Penang and Selangor and have recently gained substantial grounds, it is hoped that the opposition treads more carefully when it comes to address political issues in and out of the party. Calling Lim Guan Eng biadap may have cause some dents on DAP’s stronghold in Penang.

It is not as bad as some dumb “ex-soldiers” doing a butt exercise but still a bad publicity is the last thing we need now. I just hope that the party have learned their lessons and act wiser next time – Tunku has decided to resign and nothing much DAP can do about it – it’s time for them to move on and focus on more important things.

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Wasteful & Short-Sighted Again


(Countdown – 316 days to “doomsday”)

(In the Global Competitiveness Report 2010–2011, Malaysia ranks 25 out of 139 countries where public spending is somewhat better managed than the rest but then again, if one reads deeper into the report, Malaysia’s ranking is only 4.2 out of the full 7 on the mark. We are no where close to our neighbor down south who ranks at the top at 6.1 despite their limited natural resources, human resource and living space)

It is scary to hear that the Government has no qualms spending RM650mil annually on something that is not really critical or beneficial to the nation.

PEKAN: A National Service Voluntary Brigade has been launched to further promote volunteerism and tap the services of hundreds of thousands of former National Service (NS) trainees.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who launched the brigade in Bandar Chini here yesterday, said the brigade could be roped in to help during natural disasters such as floods, landslides and fires.

The Government has no qualms spending RM650mil annually, or RM8,200 per NS trainee, he said. The number of former NS trainees totals 620,000.

“We see it as an investment in our human resource development,’’ Najib added.

(Source)

When the National Service was first started, we were kind of understood the need for National Service although we did not really understand why the Government could not have just reviewed the weaknesses of the already existing Rakan Muda program and improve on it. But still and probably under the delusion of the National Service that has been deployed in Singapore, we went on to see Malaysians by the thousands packed up and sent to National Service camps around the country and despite the well defined objectives and short stint, since the start of National Service, 16 of them had died and there has been other criticisms as well:-

Meanwhile DAP’s Senawang assemblyman P Guna when contacted said that the NSC programme was no more relevant to school-leaving students.

Conceived in 2004 with the aim of instilling patriotism among the younger generation, foster national unity and develop positive character, the programme, Guna said, had failed to meet its objectives and was now merely a benefit to Barisan Nasional cronies.(According to Deputy Defence Minister Abu Seman Yusop until 2008 the government had spent RM2.37 bilionl to finance the programme.)

“There is no comparing our NSC programme with Singapore. “In Singapore a participant must attend the programme for three years. Whereas here they attend the programme for three months only.

“What can they learn in three months? Also why are the 80 camps in Malaysia run by individuals and not the government?” he asked adding that most parents were unhappy with the way the programme was managed. Guna added that the NSC also had a poor track record of safety.

“So far 17 detainees have died and numerous cases of injuries reported. They have also been few cases of sex abuse, racial brawls and harassment. These cases ministry has failed to solve, ” he said.

(Source)

And now the Najib says that the Government has no qualms spending RM650mil annually on the so-called National Service Voluntary Brigade and for what – to have the ex-National Service trainees to help during natural disasters such as floods, landslides and fires? You think they have nothing else better to do? How about their studies? And even if we were to swallow that half-past six argument, don’t we already have the more well trained and better equipped Fire Department, the SMART team, rescue units under the various local authorities and if need to, RELA for the very same purpose?

And how the Government came to a figure of RM650 million in the first place – uniforms, trainings and accommodations going to cost us that much?? What is breakdown and who is going to get their hands on this money? If we utilize the existing National Service infrastructure and those trainees used back their existing uniform, I am sure we can save a couple millions more. After all, the proposed RM650 million is almost the same as the total expenditure that the “normal” National Service program has been incurring on a yearly basis.

And if the Government really want to invest in the national human resource development, instead of wasting RM650 million a year on some dubious para-military brigade, they can better spend it on building better and well equipped schools, training Malaysians to speak and write better English (and in the same process, kick start the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English), have better teaching skills to teach the younger generation in the country, have more PSD scholarships available for top scorers, more places in the local university and skill learning classes for those well deserving school leavers. Wouldn’t that give human resource development a boost in the long run?

RM650 million per year is a lot of money but unfortunately we have been plagued with a people in power who don’t think twice (or do very little thinking) when it comes to planning out a good strategy and spending tax-payers hard earned money in the best way for national development and wealth.

Couple weeks ago, we have hearing on how our GLC may to lose RM118 million to a mystery British Virgin Island shareholder for doing nothing. And then we read on how the Government has awarded a lucrative RM7 billion highway deal, to be tolled for a record 60 years, to a company known principally for making and selling granular and powder-activated carbon. The existing highway agreements has been crappy so don’t expect this one to be rosy instead.

And there is more on the plate in the coming months – Government is also putting their hands on the EPF monies (certainly there must be an end to this kind of utilization of public pension funds for political social welfare) that may not promise a good return to the EPF members:-

In disbelief I read that funds from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) — RM1.5 billion to be exact — are to be channeled to a foundation to provide loans to Malaysians who are not able to get a housing loan from a commercial bank. Not only that. The loan would be at a lower interest rate than that offered by a bank. The report quoted Federal Territories and Well-Being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin as saying that these loans would be provided to retirees and those without steady income.

How can the government take funds which you and I have put aside for our retirement and use it to fund home purchases of those without a steady income? I am all for helping those who are experiencing difficult times, but there has to be another way of doing so.

In case it has escaped the notice of Raja Nong Chik and other members of the cabinet, the objective of the EPF is to set aside funds for employees who do not have any pension scheme. On retirement, the amount the employee and employer have contributed during the employees’ working life is available with interest or dividends to be paid in a lump sum so that the employee has sufficient funds to fund his or her retirement.

The monies belong to the members of the EPF — not the government. The board of the EPF has a stewardship responsibility — to act in the best interests of its members

(Source)

In banking terms, there is something we called bad debts – on paper, it looked impressive – the loan facility rides on high interest rate and backed by collateral. But once the customer is unable to make the repayment, the reality of things kicks in – the so-called high interest remains uncollected and we can’t even find buyers for the collateral. At the end of the day, the bank loses and writes off the loan as bad debts.

And this is where RM1.5 billion of EPF funds heading to – when you have home buyers who do not have steady income, repayment indication remains very shaky (at lower rate than the banks too) and I am sure EPF is going to find hard time selling off low cost units (even if it does, it is going to be after a huge discounts). Will we see some kind of bailout in the end?

And another endeavor that is waiting for major fuck-up if not managed well is the 1Care proposition which already creating fiasco with fellow Malaysians:-

The government is about to introduce a mandatory national healthcare system called 1Care, which will force all employees to give up to 10% of their monthly income to pay for basic healthcare. This has created an atmosphere of fear among the people as to the uncertainties of the medical facilities made available to them and their families.

While it may be a noble idea to come with a comprehensive national healthcare system to provide quality and affordable medical services for the people, it has to make sure the people at large, in particular the lower income group are ready for such a scheme, which will further drain their already meagre resources.

According to the planned scheme, despite paying a hefty sum every month, one:-

1 Cannot choose the own doctor but go to the one assigned by a healthcare provider appointed by the government. These healthcare providers are usually managed by non-medical professions, and are basically run on profit-motivated financial systems.
2 Can only see the assigned doctor six times a year free
3 Can only see the doctor for one problem at a time
4 Get only cheaper generic medicine and not the patented drugs that are more costly.
5 If one wants a doctor of his choice or patent drugs he has to pay more for them.

(Source)

In his blog, Lim Kit Siang further reports:-

Each year, we all pay a total of RM44.24 billion a year for healthcare – now called National Healthcare Hospitals and clinics ( an integration of public hospitals and clinics, private hospitals and private GPs. which in essence is a privatisation of public and nationalisation of private healthcare facilities). All this will now go under 1Care. This means 1Care will get almost RM45 billion a year. The administrative cost is likely to be 10% or about RM 4.5 billion

Can we manage the remaining RM40 billion wisely and ensure that it is used wholly for national healthcare services and ensure that it does not end up in some crony’s personal pockets (heavily disguised as “commissions” and “other services” perhaps)?

This all really shows that it has been sometime since we got someone very brilliant and highly responsible in running the Finance Ministry – someone who is bent on maximizing the income for the Government (by closing the loop-holes for corruption, tax-evasion, etc) whilst at the same time, slashing down unnecessary expenses and then with the funds available, prioritizing the spending of the limited resources for the right, non-political biased purposes.

We have been seeing millions wasted on unnecessary and often bloated national projects, advertisements, “you help me – I help you” election giveaways (beware – latest scam is called nambekei), cash giveaways to public when there is limited funding in other areas and uncontrollable corruptions (we already lost RM1.08 trillion todate to corruption). And when there is no money left, the tax-payers are asked to pay, one way or another for the Government to spend even more and more to crony’s and corrupt politician’s own pockets – that is indeed sickening.

Because when you don’t the money to provide loans for low income Malaysians to purchase own homes or when there is not enough to cover the national health care and can’t even manage the available money, throwing another RM650 million down the drain is the last thing one needs to manage the limited resources.

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Good Question!


(Hardly looked like a composed PhD student – Image source: TheStar)

TheStar says:-

Hamood Sheehab Hamid, 45, was charged with committing the offence driving in a reckless and dangerous manner, under section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, at the traffic light exit to USM, at Jalan Transkrian about 9.45am.

However, no plea was recorded because Hamood could neither understand English nor Malay.

Pakatan Rakyat’s Lim Kit Siang asked:-

Can you believe it? A PhD student in Universiti Sains Malaysia who cannot understand English or Malay! What medium of instruction is the student using in USM?

USM website states:-

Degree programmes are taught in the national language Bahasa Malaysia or the Malay language and English.

The medium of instruction is Bahasa Malaysia. International students who do not have the knowledge of the language will have to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the language as part of the entrance selection criteria.

Prospective candidates who are not sufficiently proficient in the language ill be required to undergo a preparatory programme of six months duration (one semester) prior to admissions into the degree course. This course is offered four times a year (one semester) prior to admissions into the degree course. This course is offered four times a year.

The question is how did the Hamood pass through the initial selection?

It will be interesting to see how USM response to this especially the course that Hamood Sheehab Hamid was taking is in electronic engineering. Or is Hamood doing another “I don’t know English” tactic in the courts, made famous by one local politician in Australia and hope to get away with it. If he is carrying million of cash, maybe, but this is not the case. Not when someone got killed due to reckless driving.

Frankly speaking, having this kind of foreigners in country seems more frightening than having the lowly paid Bangladesh factory workers, don’t you think so?

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Poll result: What is the main reason why Indian community in Malaysia not doing well?


It is an irony that the day I am closing the poll, I am reading about the downfall of the “Deva Gang” in the newspapers. It is an irony indeed

I wish to thank all who participated on the short poll especially those who added the link in their blog. I have conveyed the result to my friend and he appreciated your time spent on the poll.

Yes, I agree that it may not be an accurate poll as was pointed by Mack when he commented on Lim Kit Siang poll but it was a good way to gauge the reader’s opinion on the matter as rightly pointed out by Lim Kit Siang in his response to Mack.

The final result from 34 respondents is as follows:-

I must say that I was in for a rude surprise. I had never expected that lack of motivation and focus was the main course of the Indian community in Malaysia not doing well. However, as I reflected back on people I know, this does not seem far from the truth. There are other factors of course, such as insufficient support from the community, lack of avenues for people to be motivated, etc but this is present in every community as well in Malaysia. It is not a new issue. This is something the community needs to work on it because being demoralized and not being motivated to make great achievements can at times be tragic.

I must agree on the other result of the poll where there is indeed less unity among the community. I mean how well we get along with others in the Indian community? South Indians have their own way (that too sometimes is limited to Indian Pubs), the Punjabis on the other side, North Indians on another, etc. The unity seems is limited within family but this too seems lacking these days. One fight in the family and you has a major split among family members for years.

As far as the lack of support from the government / political parties, well, I have long abandoned the hope for such support. I could be bias here – from own experience with MIC twice in my life have led me to think twice whether political party is indeed is contributing to support the Indian community.

However, not all is loss for the community (Indian or otherwise) to start picking the pieces and start working on improving the stature among other communities in Malaysia. Forget about political parties if you may.

Let’s get started on little things such as unity and being motivating others – after all, it is something within our control.