the mouse that roared. Even the most hardened political players were alarmed communism-inspired ideology has all the ingredients to take Malays down the road of near-certain anarchy. Dare Abdul Wahid tell the same to his ‘political masters’? Does he have the guts to tell boss Najib that it is all about ‘leadership by example’?
I like to eat kangkung, says Najib Prime Minister Najib Razak said that he was using kangkung (water spinach) as an example of how market forces determine food commodity prices.
Fried kangkung with belacan should try it because the price of this veg has done down due to govt efforts.Rosmah,will FLY to shop for a Kazakhstan or Mongolian TOYBOY to SERVICE her!!! Najib,do u know that eating kangkung daily,wil cause,ALL your Legs,including,the 3rd little leg,to be wobbly..No wonder,you are a BIG FAN of VIAGRA,It is perfectly logical (albeit naive and comical) to use the price of kangkung to demonstrate the principle of supply and demand. However, is this principle of supply and demand and free market forces applied to the price of rice, sugar, flour, water, electricity, toll, cars and most government projects in Malaysia? In short, if free market forces are allowed to reign in Malaysia, most of us can even afford eat imported vegetables let alone the humble kangkung. The provocation extreme. Hence action should have been immediate.Najib has it’s knickers in a twist over the “outrageous” behaviour of Opponents like DAP and PKR leaders have taken steaming swipes at Najib before Veteran journalist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin joined in the kangkung issue took another leap beyond Malaysian shores tonight with it being covered on BBC’s World Service radio show. The broadcast highlighted the fact that social media in Malaysia, including blogs, Twitter and Facebook were flooded with various kangkung stories and satire this week.The subsidy story is repeated with waterNajib would rather encourage the criminal waste of water by making it free, than institute measures that promote its responsible usage. It is easy to dole out freebies with someone else’s money – especially if the end result is political power.
In the 7.30pm show, presenter Mukul Devichand said Malaysians have been talking and avidly joking about kangkung the past week and it was impossible to get away from the topic.
He was referring to the widespread anger of Malaysians who mocked and made fun of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for attempting to use kangkung to garner praise from the rakyat
Congratulations UMNO and PM! Surely you again had put Malaysia in the international map again, but, as usual for the wrong reason. Even those in England refused to let the kangkung episode fade away, because truly, this comedy is better than Mr. Bean.
Ah.. BBC should cover the protest in Penang today where UMNO baru again threatened the nation with another May 13th? I strained and strained my eyes to see whether there were genuine Malays in the crowd today, but, I cannot find many. Only about 5% of them were Malays while the rest look more like Indians! So, it was not the Malays who protested but, those who are shy to be Indians but cannot be Malays because God
made them easily identifiable.
Malaysians, let us unite and ensure that we are able to defeat this racist Government. We are Malaysians and not Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dayaks etc. Let us defeat those who are destroying the nation today!
The radio show – entitled #BBCtrending: Be careful what you say about spinach – looked back at the events of the past week in Malaysia following Najib’s ill-judged example.
Devichand also noted that the BBC report which was posted on the website on Tuesday was reportedly difficult for Malaysians to access.
“On Wednesday, many Malaysians reported difficulty in accessing the report although they did not have problems going to BBC’s homepage,” he said.
“There were conspiracy theories swirling about government censorship. Telekom Malaysia said any questions on blocking should be referred to the authorities.
“However, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said they had not blocked any pages nor had they received any such instructions,” Devichand added.
He also noted that at the time the MCMC responded, many Malaysians had managed to access the BBC report.”It was a small story about vegetables but showed a lot of the issues at play, including cost of living, prices of goods and services, freedom of speech and politicians,”“It was Najib and his advisers during the general election who promised the people that prices will not be raised. So, who is going back on their word?” he asked in a posting in his The Scribe blog yesterday.He also questioned whether the Prime Minister was an absolute monarch who could not be criticised or questioned. Or is he a living saint who is free from any kind of slip-ups?” asked Kadir, who was the Group Editor-in-Chief of the New Straits Times when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the Prime Minister.
Since September, Putrajaya has introduced a series of cost-cutting measures to rein in a chronic budget deficit which includes a reduction of fuel subsidies, removal of subsidy for sugar, allowed an increase in power tariffs and confirmed the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST). Putrajaya is also mulling a revision of toll rates while the 20% rebate offered to frequent users of tolled roads in the Klang Valley is being scrapped.The increasing cost of goods and services had also triggered a protest on New Year’s Eve by an undergraduate non-governmental organisation, Turun, which attracted more than 10,000 people.In defending his strident criticism of Najib, the veteran journalist also rebuked his critics who had claimed that he only lambasted the Prime Minister on “economic management but did not offer advice and pointers”.Kadir felt his critics did not read his long “advice” to Najib and his government through his blog and also through his writings elsewhere.Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was the Prime Minister following drastic hike in the price of fuel and cooking gas which resulted in the price increase of essential items and services.“I had written several articles then to remind the government on the implication and ways to reduce the burden of consumers,” said Kadir, who owns Berita Publishing which produces the Malaysian Business magazine. He added it was not his responsibility to teach Putrajaya economic management for that was the responsibility of ministries, government agencies and the advisers of the Prime Minister who were learned.“My job is to offer feedback. However, there are those who equate that to going against the establishment. This is the result of a society who are not critical and extremely partisan,” Kadir said that he had repeatedly stated that subsidy was unsustainable, distorted the market and led to the people to rely heavily on the government. “But I only questioned the way the government, especially under Abdullah dan Najib, managed the subsidy, price control, distribution of savings from the subsidy and ways to reduce financial wastage,” he added
the illustrious lawyer/activist/politician/legislator/minister is also an expert at obstructing justice. His meek response was that he was “attempting to strengthen the case.” Malaysians who are already bogged down with the challenge of coping with the onslaught of hardships can do without the sardonic remarks made particularly by the BN MPs.Leading the way is the country’s Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak whose inability to feel for the rakyat has further worsened matters. While the rakyat back home suffers, Najib decided to enjoy himself abroad. It seems that both he and wife Rosmah Mansor were overseas during the Christmas and New Year period.However, keeping in mind today’s harsh reality and the people’s struggle to come to grips with the rising cost of just about everything, from electricity tariffs to the proposed LRT ‘platform fees’, leaders like Najib should exercise wisdom each time he begins to open his mouth to address the rakyat, his intentions whatsoever.Bad enough that the Najib-Rosmah indulgences come at the expense of the taxpayers’ welfare. It is unfortunate for the nation that Najib is one leader who fails to take cognisance from past mistakes.
The Premier was recently lambasted by the very rakyat whose well-being he assured would be top priority. This time it was Najib’s callous statement that Malaysians are not thankful even though the price of kangkung (water spinach) has gone down.In a video uploaded on YouTube on January 12, Najib who is also UMNO President, questioned why the government was always at the receiving end each time prices of goods increased but was never praised when prices came down.“When prices of things go up, everything goes up, including sawi and kangkung. There are times when the prices of vegetables go up and down.Today I read in the newspaper that the prices of some things which have dropped. The price of kangkung increased before this and now it has gone down.When this happens, they don’t want to praise the government. But when it rises, they blame the government… This is not fair as it is due to weather conditions,” Najib was quoted as saying in the video.It does tell just how much Premier Najib ‘understands’ the rakyat’s predicament. And that explains too why the people are fed up and decided to participate in the rally that took place at the iconic Dataran Merdeka on new year’s eve.As for Najib, his very costly, the RM38 million worth ’1Malaysia’ programme has fallen flat on its face as far efficient governance goes, judging by the premier and fellow ministers’ addiction to profligacy.
Fooling the rakyat with ‘Putrajaya 11′In the meantime, the 11 austerity measures outlined by Najib which Putrajaya would be implementing within the civil service to reduce expenditure and cut costs is meaningless if the leaders themselves are not prepared to control their disastrous spending habits.
Following in the footsteps of his ‘boss’ Najib, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob thought he too could escape public scrutiny and flaying for the lavish wedding ceremony and dinner in big city Kuala Lumpur he held for his daughter.Ismail’s daughter Nina Sabrina and celebrity Indonesian fashion designer Jovian Mandagie’s wedding included the akad nikah ceremony, the first to take place at the previous Istana Negara building before the palace was converted into a museum and renamed National Palace Royal Museum.Then there was a two-day reception at a five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur, attended by royalties, celebrities, politicians and socialites who were entertained by Indonesian diva Ruth Sahanaya and Malaysia’s Jamal Abdillah Just how much Ismail had frittered away on the Dec 14 and 15 reception is anyone’s guess as the minister is not telling.It is regrettable that Ismail got carried away with the glitz that comes with assuming power. The veteran minister could have done better than to find the RM25,000 paid to use the Istana Negara for eight hours a ‘value for money’ deal, simply because his son-in-law received a “good package” in return for the publicity Was that so? What about the six Balinese dancers in full regalia flown in to perform? Was there a ‘discount’ there too?To Ismail, the glamour and grandeur of a five-star hotel like the Shangri-La outweighed the humility of a community hall or balai rakyat.Like Ismail, his colleague the Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi too is preoccupied withZahid HamidiX prestige. The latter hosted an extravagant birthday bash also at a five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur which his guests claimed was a 2014 New Year’s party.From Najib to his coterie of inept ministers, all share a common thread – their desperation to outdo one another not by way of serving the rakyat but by impressing friends by organising opulent dinners eIt is best that Najib’s economic adviser, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Wahid Omar knock some sense into premier Najib and the rest of the ‘spendthrift BN politicians’ to spend wisely.It is these MPs who need an earful and not the rakyat when it comes to emptying the wallet without batting an eyelid.Advising the already taxed Malaysians to look for alternatives and be thrifty is easy for the former banker- turned- politician.“I go to the market every week. I know that the prices of basic necessities are high, but consumers have a choice in what they spend their money on,” he was quoted as saying in a news report.