‘The ‘oarsmen’ (taxpaying rakyat) are screaming tired, while the overfed passengers (cronies) are riding a roller coaster of waves.’ Whether the general election is held now or delayed, the prospects for BN look bleak. Just now, we had the ‘hang Ambiga’ thing, which had upset even the MIC.”Perfect weather … Perfect storm” are superlatives that don’t apply to Najib and the BN. They are in choppy waters with a broken-down ship, sinking in mounting scandals.I’ll offer Najib my free oracle reading: He won’t be defeated if he calls for election on Feb 29, 2013.Umno can only win if it chooses Feb 29 as the election date in the next three years. The Malay mind has lately been awakened, and Bersih on 428 (April 28) proved it. Najib still has an advantage as he has the Election Commission on his side and an uneven playing field too. He also keeps shifting the goalposts at his convenience.
That’s why he will not carry out all the electoral reforms put forward by Bersih despite witnessing the mass crowd of at least 100,000 people who came out in droves to support Bersih. When time runs out, he will call for emergency rule. That is why Umno’s poisonous racist machinery like Perkasa, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Utusan Malaysia has been on full steam to stoke violence.
In fact, the government and Kuala Lumpur City Hall had the cheek to sue Bersih co-chair S Ambiga.
Such arrogance will be rewarded with protest votes at the ballot box. Najib is probably digging his own grave and thus the Rahman prophecy will become a reality Just like, in his time back then, Harold Wilson who as British PM, always held that the best approach strategically was to “keep his options open” – which he did: until he had no options, and no time, left.In short, Najib is fried.
If you spend all your time waiting for the right moment, you may find that the right moment never comes!
And when you realise it, you may be tempted to make a sudden, rash, ill-advised “bolt” for freedom, a desperate attempt to “break out”. Let us see what now happens…
There was a cross-section of Malays from Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis, Kedah and the Perak hinterland, and they saw what the Umno lackeys did on Umno’s orders. No mainstream media bluff can pull wool over their eyes.With an approval rating of over 65 percent, Najib can be the most popular opposition leader in history in this country.
The people now see the Umno government as a Mafia set-up where no member will ever question any wrongdoing. Otherwise, he or she will be hanged.
The ‘oarsmen’ (taxpaying rakyat) are screaming tired, while the overfed passengers (ministers and cronies) are riding a roller coaster of waves.
The hidden coral outcrop is where they are heading for come GE13. Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ applies:
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.With all the scandals around him, particularly the Scorpene submarines, and his possible summons to either attend a hearing in France or be declared an international fugitive, PM Najib Razak knows his days as an unelected premier are numbered.
He knows the ominous signs are on the Umno wall, he will not only lose the election but Umno will be in the opposition.
Hence, Najib will drag on as long as he can before calling for an election in which the government will go to Pakatan Rakyat and Anwar Ibrahim will be the next premier of a new Malaysia.
In Sabah, we find the ‘Ini kali, guru’ (This time around, teacher) cry ringing through the rural areas. That translates as ‘This time around, get rid of the BN’.
In Sarawak, Ibans in Ulu Niah are preparing for war. They have received a notice that ordered them to vacate their longhouses within 14 days with no compensation for their longhouses, land and other assets.
One of Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s cronies is going to bulldoze their area to plant oil palm. They have vowed that they would fight to the death. The situation there is tense.
Thanks to Radio Free Sarawak, Ibans in many other areas would have heard of the matter by now; they would not be too pleased, either.
So, it looks like the BN’s bank accounts there are about to close – and let us hope that it will be so.
The former prime minister told online television station The Malaysian Observer (MobTV) that Malaysians were currently “more race conscious” than ever before, and that people were still segregated.
“Non-Malays are still privileged. Only in this country do people who still identify themselves in their country of origin… and are allowed to have their language, their culture, their school system,” said Dr Mahathir.
“At the moment, people are still talking about themselves, their rights and their privileges, and not just about Bumiputeras.
“We find people are still segregated; we try to do something (about it), but there are objections,” said the former PM.
Dr Mahathir (right) said past efforts to unite the country’s education system have been opposed by Chinese educationalists, and appeared to blame this on the federal opposition.
“Chinese educationalists have objected for their children to go near Malay children; this is the effect of opposition.
“If that is not racist, what is?” he asked.
Dr Mahathir has said that the general election to be held within a year will centre on race as Malaysia has become more racist than ever.
The influential former prime minister told a forum on business and politics that Barisan Nasional’s (BN) weakness, after losing its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament in the March 2008 election, has forced the coalition to cater to various racial demands.
Dr Mahathir, who led the country for 22 years before retiring in 2003, said “the current government is inherited from the previous administration which didn’t do so well. As a result, we have a weak government.
“The old leader was replaced with a new leader who is trying hard but it is not easy. He is being pressure from all sides. If he concedes to one group, other groups are unhappy. In the end the minority prevails,” he said.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak took power in April 2009, a year after Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi led the ruling BN to its worst-ever electoral performance, ceding 82 federal seats and five state governments.
In March, Abdullah, Dr Mahathir’s hand-picked successor, also said race will be the main issue for the 13th general election.
“We are always concerned about race. Because there is a tendency for certain parties to make use of these issues, as a way of getting support for them and creating problems for us,” the Kepala Batas MP said in a video interview with Bloomberg.
However, he told the business wire “the lesson we can learn is, and some people may not agree, but the fact we didn’t have two-thirds did not mean that we became weak.”
Najib took over from Abdullah ostensibly to improve on BN’s performance in the next general election.
Observers believe he will need an improvement on the 140 federal seats won and to regain some of the states lost to be assured of remaining in power.
That for a long time now, since MCA took over Star, the editors and the primarily the current group chief editor has been nothing but a piece of garbage. I have stopped reading rubbish. I can write a lot better that those garbage spewing so called humans. Integrity is not doing wrong even when no one is looking and no one will ever find out if we did wrong. Journalism is publishing what the Government and many people do not want to see in print. The rest is public relations.
Yesterday afternoon was one of those very rare occasions when I picked up a copy of The Star at the nearby newsstand. On page 26,
I came across an ‘analysis’ of Ong Tee Keat which said, “He was MCA president for only 17 months during which he made more enemies than he could handle”.
“Enemy” is a very strong word invoking references to antagonism, hatred and harmful designs of the offensive kind. An enemy may be a group of people, a force, an institution or even a state. These are some possible enemies of a president, after all Tee Keat was the president of a political party with members numbering close to a million.
What, then, is the likely number of enemies that one would not be able to handle? To an ordinary person, one (1) could be sufficiently fatal. As for Tee Keat who was then the president of MCA, I trust the writer of the analysis, a senior journalist of The Star newspaper, could provide the answers.
In my article, ‘Has media behaviour gone sideways?’ (Malaysiakini Nov 20, 2009) I raised the matter of journalistic integrity. Linguistics pervade all aspects in journalism, albeit that the reported article was labelled as narrative or meant to be an analysis.
The sentence, “He is standing on what one might call no man’s land in his own party” calls for much explanation. Describing the parliamentary constituency (P100) as “no man’s land” was cruel not just to the voters and other residents there. It was an outright insult to the government of the day which administered Pandan.
Have the state assemblypersons of Pakatan given up the Chempaka (N21) and Teratai (N22) – the two state constituencies of Pandan? As for the BN Member of Parliament, being Tee Keat himself, his footprints are in every corner of Pandan.
As for the comment that Tee Keat “is in his own party”, I will strongly recommend that Tee Keat clarify with MCA whether his membership had been terminated. Alternatively, the article might have been designed as an insinuation that MCA had disowned Tee Keat – to mean that voting for Tee Keat in the coming general election will not equate to giving one’s vote to MCA?
Clarity in this matter is a priority as it was later mentioned that Tee Keat’s “challenge this round in Pandan is not only from Pakatan Rakyat but also from within the party (MCA)”. Further, “he is unlikely to get the organisational (MCA) support that he will need to win.”
This comment, that Tee Keat will not be receiving support from MCA, did not come as a surprise, particularly from a newspaper that is owned by MCA, and if my earlier suspicion of directed writing was correct.
The Star’s article had portrayed Tee Keat as a political outcast. It mentioned that Sin Chew Jit Poh labelled Tee Keat as the “worst president in the history MCA”. “DAP is said to be wary of him after watching the havoc wreaked in MCA during the time he was in charge”.
The Sin Chew comment was grossly unfair as the late Lim Chong Eu who was MCA president from March 1958 to July 1959 and left MCA and founded an opposition party, Gerakan, which initiated the erosion of MCA’s representation for the Chinese in Malaysia. Whether or not DAP kept a distance from Tee Keat because of “the havoc he wreaked in MCA during the time he was in charge”, also needs to be supported by confirmed sources for accuracy.
This Star article lacked the basic characteristics of political analysis. The outdated opinions of others reproduced without due reference nor critique had reduced it to mere mamak stall prattle.
To save the Chinese votes for MCA, just go and find yourself a truly sincere team and GOD will be on your side. The road of dominance, money politics, power dynamics don’t work anymore. People are very very tired. If need be, Mr. CSL you should step down and let the MCA be led by a non tainted leader.Malaysians who are discerning enough will know the truth on why this Hainanese man Ong Tee Keat was sidelined or treated like an outcast in his own party. OTK is definitely much more charismatic and much more eloquent than CSL. I think if a debate is staged, OTK will win hands down. An honest politician who stands by his principles will always make enemies amongst his own peers. To summarise, what has been MCA history? Tan Koon Swan went to jail. Ling Liong Sik under PKFZ investigation. Ong brothers integrity also in question. Then we had the terrible scandal of Pornogate which was outright base and disgusting. Sadly, this is how MCA has degenerated. The whole association is dysfunctional and its each man for himself. Each President trying to install a new crew. The Rakyat is not blind and it will take another 100 years before the Chinese will care about politics anymore. There is so much that is lost with MCA. Out there in the streets, people have given up on MCA. For sure.