As Malaysia’s voters revolution moves into what could be its most crucial phase, its supporters are demanding that the slogan “bread, dignity, and social justice” be recognised as more than a slogan.While admitting defeat in last G12 election,Najib made an interesting point: that the UMNO lost, not because it is fundamentally weak, but due to the fact that it is weak in its fundamentals.This one phrase sums up, not just the problems of the UMNO, but the complex dynamics of Rosmah’s political intervention in the BARISAN GOVERNMENT.
Too many cooks — or leaders — in the party, said Daim the other day, explaining the rout. What has been amply clear, even before G12, is the enormous chasm of silence between the top leadership and the rest. Abdulaah and Najib were surprised they lost UP so badly because they don’t hear the truth from their closest advisers. They don’t hear the truth because they don’t really trust anybody.That would mean that they don’t really have any friends with whom they can share their worst political nightmares; there are always people around to share the good times, of courseIt’s not as if that UMNOis not peopled with intelligent young women and men. How many of them have been given serious responsibilities in government? The rout in G12 should lead to a soul-searching
Barely a week has passed since Prime Minister Najib Razak apologized for BN’s mistakes, and we are already served with more damning evidence that his coalition has no intention to change, apology or not.
BN will just continue doing what it does best – abusing and bullying the people who voted them in. By their actions, Najib as the head of BN has been exposed to be insincere to the core. The apology is not just a mere play on words to pull wool over the eyes of voters, but a cold, calculated and deliberate tactic to gain public sympathy because he knows full well that BN would never allow real reforms to happen.
Thus, it did not surprise anyone when the immediate reaction from his own Umno party was a big, huge snub. His own deputy Muhyiddin Yassin said there was no need to rake up the past and that it was time to move on. But how to move on? And where to move on to? Malaysians would love to walk forward in unison as one people, but they are kept back by the sheer absence of reforms. It is for this reason that they hanker for a new government.
DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang was among those who pointed out that Najib’s apology was “torn apart” by Muhyiddin. “As if Muhyiddin’s message was not clear enough, another UMNO leader, its information chief, Ahmad Maslan declared that ‘UMNO needs mandate to fix its mistakes’ – which was an open and public rubbishing of Najib’s ‘apology’ as it tantamount to a proclamation that UMNO need not and would not be able to correct its ‘mistakes’ unless Barisan Nasional wins a two-thirds parliamentary majority in the next general elections!” Lim said in his statement.
BN never fixes its mistake, take a look at Mong – the ‘barbarian’ BN politican
But Lim Kit Siang knows full well, BN never fixes its ‘mistakes’. They are too arrogant to do so, and this is proven in the case of Mong Dagang who shocked the nation by the crudity of his threat to stop extending government aid to Frusis Lebi, a disabled Sarawakian farmer.
Now, Mong is known for his pompous ways and his love for using official letterheads to parade his high office. Even in Frusis’ case, Mong made sure to issue the instruction to not help Frusis was written on his ministry’s official letterhead. And what was Frusis’ crime? Well, the farmer admitted he had supported the political opposition in the 10th Sarawak state election held in April 2011.
Despite the fact that almost a year had passed, and Mong himself had managed to retain his seat, there was no compassion for Frusis. Mong, the Sarawak agriculture minister, went at the poor handicapped farmer at full throttle, as if it was a personal grudge.
Even the handicapped will not be spared if they support the BN
But it was not. It was another devious ploy by BN government to send the awful message that no one will spared. Crippled or full-bodied, as you support the opposition, you will be BN’s enemy No. 1. Fine, if that what the BN wants. But the BN has no right to stop governmental allocations meant for the needy, the poor and the disabled. Is the BN saying, all the money in Malaysia belongs to it and is not owned by the Malaysian people collectively?
The public sees this as a gross injustice by a parliamentarian against a citizen, yet Mong has refused to apologize but instead keeps on trying to justify his stand on ending all aid to Frusis. “As a man of principle, I am not going to back out,” Mong declared. “We cannot continue to give welfare assistance and subsidies because he is a strong opposition supporter!”
Should the people apologize to the BN then?
Such is the depraved mentality of the BN leaders. Their utter arrogance and scare mongering cannot be ignored anymore. Will Najib Razak, as head of the BN apologize for Mong’s arrogance towards the people of Malaysia? Should not Najib at the very least punish Mong for bullying the people?
After all, if it could happen to Frusis Lebi, it could happen to any other Malaysian in any other state. Already, the news has traveled like lightning from one state to another. The people are being forced to swallow the brunt of BN arrogance and refusal to give up power to the new choice of the people. Should the people then apologize for voting for the opposition?
Corruption in black and white and on official letterhead?
Meanwhile, it has also come to light that Mong, being the principled man that he claims to be, had even petitioned for kickbacks from an oil palm plantation developer using official “Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak” stationery.
Part of the letter reads : “As an elected representative of the area I hereby authorized Mr Kho Chee Pheng (IC NO. 540905- 13 – 5653), of No.34, Three Hills Park, Lorong 2, Jalan Foochow Road No.1, 93300, Kuching, Sarawak, to propose, organize and invite any potential investor(s) intending to established and to develop on a joint venture basis with the landowners on oil palm plantation at Kelingkang Range, (Bukit Begunan), Sri Aman, Sarawak
“I the Undersigned hereby agree that the investor(s) will have to pay at least RM1000,00 per acre and after deduction of the up front to LCDA the balance will be divided 50% to the undersign and 50% to Kho Chee Pheng
“I also agreed that any of the three companies, Noble Reserves Sdn Bhd, Noble Resources Sdn Bhd or Noble Rewards Sdn Bhd to be used for the joint venture with the investor)s). Together herewith I enclosed my personal and curriculum vitae and also three (3) photocopies of our nominees Identity Cards, namely Bawang Ak Dem (IC NO. 660424-13-5886), Leyta Kupa (IC NO. 651120-13-5532) and Henry Yan Masing (IC NO. KP553094) for you to register into any of the three companies
“If you need any assistance please do contact me.”
The benefactors of the kickbacks demanded for those lands are Mong Dagong’s wife, James Masing’s brother, and the wife of Masing’s private secretary. A company search has confirmed that the main shareholders of Noble Rewards Sdn Bhd, the firm to be used for the ‘joint venture’ proposed in the crooked scheme, were Bawang Anak Deru, Mong Dagang’s own wife; Henry Masing, James Masing’s brother and Leyta Kupa, wife of James Masing’s private secretary Wilson Ugak.
Running on corruption and insincerity
Who will apologise for this bit of abuse by BN elected parliamentarians?
And Mong had the cheek to take away Frusis’ relief!
What kind of a country are we living in when the rich and powerful can step on the backs of the poor and the disabled? When the women folk of interiors can be raped at will by workers of large timber firms with close connections to Taib Mahmud, the chief minister? When the chief minister and the prime minister preach moderation and piety, and then rush off together to Monte Carlo to party till the wee hours of the morning, spending in one night more money that Frusis could ever hope to see in 100 life times!
The reality is that Najib – himself under fire for corruption over his daughter’s engagement party – would never on his own dare to raise a squeak. Given the enormous bad publicity, the BN may engineer a situation for Najib to grab some glory by taking a ‘personal interest’ in Frusis’ case. But would he dare to issue a public order that no Malaysian should ever be discriminated against for his or her political beliefs.
Even this morning, Bersih 2.0 committee member Maria Chin Abdullah was barred from entering Sarawak to meet up with a local group of free-and-fair election watchers. This after Najib promised to change in the aftermath of the brutal July 9 Bersih rally. And just a week after his famed or should it be infamous apology.
But this is Najib. He runs on insincerity. To him, life is a public relations game. As long as the media splashes out on the front page his apology and a large photo of his face, he thinks he has done his job. He doesn’t think further than that and consequently believes that the people too stop at the same limited point as him. But they don’t.
Every Malaysian citizen must have an equal right to vote. There is no reason which can excuse the denial of that right. There is no duty which weighs more heavily on us than the duty we have to ensure that right… The command of the Constitution is plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Malaysian the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.
he quality of governance is recognised by the management of a crisis; the depth of a politician measured by his ability to convert a crisis into an opportunity. A good prime minister controls events; a poor one becomes their victim. Each event demands attention, for politics is a daily diet, but all facts are obviously not equal. It can take time for a headline to etch its way into the national memory; the spectrum scandal took two years to become a scar in the collective psyche.
Scars might fade but only if the wound is light; in any case, they never go away. It may sound like a paradox, but every politician knows that when corruption becomes a joke in the voters’ discourse, it is no longer trivial. Each time an Indian pays some exorbitant price at the vegetable market, he is reminded, at some subconscious level, of the number of zeros in Billion. The figure has become a symbol of merciless greed in a culture of elitist loot.
A historic event is easily defined; it lives across the lifetime of at least one generation, and shifts perception and faith imperceptibly but irrevocably. Bofors is 25 years old, but still works as a metaphor. The stench from the media cesspool has turned toxic, and there are still drama queens who believe that they can preen their way across the stage, noses delicately ensconced in a heroic lace handkerchief, till the troublesome citizens eventually tire of even the sharizat. Since journalists always demand more fairness and balance in the reportage of their woes than they offer their victims, it will perhaps take some more time, and probably more tapes, before we can confirm whether prima donnas were also corrupt. But there is already sufficient evidence to indicate that they were stupid.
I am continuously amazed by how little journalists understand politicians. Perhaps it hurts their sensitive and inflated egos to get the simple fact that politicians treat most media with disdain, precisely because they understand how it works. And they have nothing but contempt for cozy collaborators who think they have arrived because they were invited to the parlour for cocktails, although they were never permitted into the dining room for dinner. A few of them indulged the hallucination that they were enjoying the intimacies of the residential bedroom. You could hear the sound of hearts being broken when the tapes revealed that it was only a transactional exchange rather than true love.umno-barisan government begins to bleed from an Achilles heel? Much depends on how well the Prime Minister and ROSMAH bandage the breach, but the Andhra story is going to be in play for a while and will expose the contradictions inherent in a unitary national party that was unable to manage an epochal change. If UMNO bleeds from a internal war the stain will spread.Tension is good for governance; taut nerves keep your body on its toes, and the mind alert. After this year’s general election, the tension fizzled out from government, and rushed directly into the Opposition. Tension, by the way, is not good for Opposition, as is pretty obvious, isn’t it? If the government does not recover its balance we could have a very curious dilemma: authority is in disarray, and the Opposition spread-eagled. But the Indian people will be in array.
Finally, the news is out. An extremely reputable organization by the name of Perkasa has revealed that the Opposition blogs in Malaysia are funded by the United States or Germany or some other foreign power. Perkasa couldn’t make up its mind on which, but insisted it was either of these three groups.
Now being a hard-core extremist Malay rights outfit that sometimes makes itself out to be ignorant and backward – to Perkasa, such foreign connection is blasphemous. Never mind that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government was recently caught red-handed trading palm oil with Israel even though his Umno party says such activities are a betrayal to Muslims all around the world. But maybe because Perkasa has ties with Umno, it was ready to close an eye on that.
It was Selangor Perkasa chairman Abdullah Mansor who admitted he had no proof over the foreign funding allegations, but still insisted that the identified blogs shared the same modus operandi and published the same agenda simultaneously. To safeguard themselves, the Malays, the Sultans, national security and world peace, Perkasa members then duly lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi district headquarters.
So in demand!
Aiyah… how distressing it is to know that the US, Germany and other foreign powers are intervening in the political jurisdiction of our beloved homeland, Malaysia. Obviously, these countries are greedily eyeing our oil wealth and natural resources, which our brave Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has tried so hard to preserve.
It was the same case in Iraq, when the western powers rushed in to control all the oil resources. If not, why else are these Western powers taking such an interest in our country, which is a nice and peace-loving nation tucked away in a quiet corner of Southeast Asia!
Then, Perkasa and the various Umno-linked bodies also accused Anwar Ibrahim, the Opposition Leader of being an Israeli Secret Agent and a double agent for the United States, but since there was no proof, action is yet to be taken against him.
Frankly, there have been so many accusations and police reports lodged against this man that one wonders why Najib and Perkasa are so paranoid about him. Anyway, unless they can come up with some real proof, and not some trumped-up sodomy charges or sex Video farce, it looks like Anwar is set to become the leader of this country come June 2012. Ah! maybe that’s why Umno, Najib and Perkasa are so keen to chop his reputation down.
Yes, there is talk the 13th general election or GE-13 will be held in May-June of this year, some even say May 26. It will be a regime chance, the first ever in Malaysia’s 55-years of history after independence from British rule in 1957. And it is looked forward to by Malaysians throughout the country and all around the world. A new broom certainly sweeps better as the saying goes.
Enters FLOM and her staunch support for things US
So,with all these dynamics in mind, it was really startling and even humiliating when Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor – our beloved First Lady of Malaysia, FLOM – agreed to accept an honorary award from an American University, the Stevens Institute of Technology. Yes, the US again! This country is so desperate to intervene in our internal affairs that it has even spread its tentacles all around our comely Rosmah.
But First Lady, FLOM or not, she really should have declined. It is a major slap in the face for her husband, his government, Mahathir Mohamad, the Malays, Umno, Perkasa, Utusan, Berita Harian, Awang Selamat, the Sultans and even the federal constitution! Her refusal to heed her husband’s direction and her rush to grab all types of doctorates and awards from foreign powers with ulterior motives will soon land them both in hot soup.
In New York earlier this month, she expressed hopes that talented performing artistes from Malaysia will be given the opportunity to pursue their studies at the renowned Juilliard School there. She even expressed her gladness over music prodigy Tengku Ahmad Irfan Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal, 13, being the first Malaysian to be accepted by the prestigious school and hoped that under the personal tutelage of well-known and sought-after pianist Dr Yoheved Kaplinsky, he would be able to realize his fullest potential.
Indeed, her insistence on maintaining warm relations with the USA is nothing short of displeasing, especially when the influential Washington Post read by all the top US leaders including the powerful Jewish lobby called her husband a champion of doubletalk! Still, she thought nothing of splurging good Malaysian ringgit on an expensive front page advertisement in the New York Times, not to mention her legendary shopping sprees in that other ‘enemy’ country – Australia, which once dared to call our Mahathir Mohamad a ‘recalcitrant’.
Stop the hypocrisy and flip flops
Najib too is not consistent. If the ‘US, Germany and other foreign powers’ are as bad as Perkasa tells us they are, why did he lobby to meet with US President Barack Obama? I mean, what good is a handshake when Perkasa has proof the US is paying the Opposition blogs to create havoc and topple him! How silly of him to waste public money like that when the Opposition blogs have made mincemeat of them!
So what is the point of this article and the histrionics above? The point is the ‘beloved; first couple would do better to remain level-headed and look at the big picture. They must make up their mind, is the US our enemy, is Germany our enemy and are ‘foreign powers’ our enemy? Or is it Perkasa which is our enemy? Life is not just about short-term political expediency, there must be some long-lasting principles.
As it is now, Malaysians can expect the police to act fast on the Perkasa report. Arrests may even be made. Evidence and proof are not important in the Malaysian system. Look at the cows and condos scandal involving Umno minister Shahrizat Jalil and her family. A wealth of documentary evidence has been submitted, but the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission have closed both eyes!
Then there is the buzz over the Razak Baginda written judgment released only a shameful 3 years after the ruling was delivered. Accused of abetting the Altantuya Shaaribbuu murder, Baginda was let off the hook without his defense called. The Attorney General quickly moved in to say they would not appeal the decision.
But was this because Baginda is Najib’s buddy and Najib is also implicated in the murder. Why, the culprits were actually Najib’s own bodyguards, and one of them insisted he was paid to do it. Yet recently, the AG contradicted himself when he rushed to appeal the court’s decision to acquit Anwar Ibrahim due to flimsy evidence. Was this to help Najib get an easy ride in GE-13 by immobilizing his political rival?
Cheap tricks to fool the people
Whichever it is, the fact is there is already a steady decline of American and German tourists to Malaysia. Yet, Perkasa – the Umno champion of the Malays – continues to reveal the dastardly acts of terrorism by these irresponsible powers and their evil intentions in Malaysia, even when there is a lack of proof.
Not too long ago, Perkasa even warned the government that the Chinese were helping Singapore to take over this country. The same warning was echoed by Mahathir Mohamad, but then the government couldn’t act as there was no proof.
Such awful, unpleasant and dangerous accusations, yet no effort was made at all to demand that Perkasa and Mahathir show proof. What does this show? Well, firstly, Najib is the champion of the doubletalk that the Washington Post has accused him of being. So is his Umno party and Perkasa.
The bottom line is, Najib and wife Rosmah are not ashamed to publicly chase after the bright lights in Washington, Monte Carlo and the First World cities. Yet, they think nothing of keeping their countrymen backward – yes, even stupid – by making bogeymen of the very same ‘foreign powers’! If they were more responsible people, surely they would teach Malaysians to appreciate and learn some of the good things about these Western countries.
In other words, make a stand when political thugs like Perkasa and Mahathir make outrageous claims without an iota of proof and not just flow depending on which way it benefits them politically. Maybe the First World countries are advanced because they have found out the hard way that it doesn’t pay to use cheap tricks on the people!