Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani for his sacrifice to UMNO his great achievementas through great effort, skill, perseverance, and couraget won the Member of Parliament forP119Titiwangsa, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani
UMNO must be wise in evaluating the changing demographics and make adjustments to its policies to prevent the party from being rejected by the people of Sarawak,Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia where Umno has not established any presence. Within Sarawak itself, the talk is not so much if, but when Umno will make a grand entry, as it did in Sabah.
Now, the conditions seem riper than ever before for Umno’s foray into that vast eastern state on the northern shores of the Borneo Island, as Sarawak is on the verge of plunging into a leadership vacuum.The PM may have had his compulsions, having strong political base, and yet to lead a party where he was unsure of the actual support within, he carried on his task. I will not doubt his selection for a suitable successor, for in a democracy you do not differentiate on caste or measly economic backgrounds, you also do not differentiate against those with silver spoons. A more apt remark, a bit more ambivalent and democratic-sounding, would have won his succeeding entrant, much more of public appeal. The real strategy for Najib is to delink further propaganda from lineage. Let him be seen as his own man.
An enduring literary myth is that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate starcrossed tragedy of true love. Wrong. It is merely a tragedy of true impatience. Romeo, proving once again that men are the stupid sex, kills himself because he assumes Juliet is dead, when all she has done is taken a helpful sleeping sedative, very useful indeed at moments of high stress. Juliet is then forced into her grave by a playwright in search of a highvoltage ending. If Romeo had been patient, he would have aged into a toothless tease in Verona while Juliet washed her grandchildren’s nappies. Nice, but no story.
It is impatience which ends in tears.
Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the Federal Territories Minister said “We want to impose the increase to only those who can afford it,”He said that the new pricing policy will most probably take effect in May or June.
Politics includes its share of theatre. Every politician knows that. Love is not a political word, so relationships are based on mutual benefit. The dalliance between Tengku Adnan and Mahathir’s
men augured well precisely because it was not high morality: the two planned to use each other
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak needs to change his ways and start doing the right things to ease the burden of the people, otherwise BN will risk losing the next general election, former journalist and prominent blogger Abdul Kadir Jasin said in his latest blogpost.Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor Ku Nan says that petrol subsidy will be abolished, voters has to pay if they want najib to be their PM..his controversial remarks that subsidised RON 95 fuel “No… no… no… I did not imply nor hint that the subsidy was going to be abolished”Najib a responsible leader. Najibcan not choose to be populist and not make certain decisions but we can’t do that and make decisions to be popular,”Tengku Adnan had drawn flak from from Najib.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor must avoid more silly statements prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has instructed for his ministers to go for mandatory media training.This is to avoid further missteps that have made his administration a laughing stock among the people, the media and the international arena. According to sources, Najib wants to stop more ‘foolish’ remarks made byTengku Adnan who have made statements that have indirectly ‘spoiled’ Najib ’s image and is not what Najib wants, according to the source.
All kinds of speculations run through the Sarawak grapevine of course. One version has it that the former PM and former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad had reached an agreement with Taib in the 90s that as long as Taib is the Sarawak CM, Umno will leave Sarawak entirely in his charge.
(I have also heard that this agreement has expired recently, and we do have a new PM and a new Umno president. One has to wonder about the authenticity of any report of such secret deals. It is meant to be secret, so how did it reach the grapevine? But then, the logic of such a deal does make a great deal of sense. Taib does have a lot of chips to play with, because he can deliver a big block of parliamentary seats to the Umno PM to shore up his position in national politics.)
Suppose we accept this scenario at its face value. Taib is bound to orchestrate his gracious and secure exit from Sarawak politics sooner rather than later. Powerful or meek, rich or poor, all men are subject to the immutable natural law of ageing and dying. This is really the time for him to settle the succession problem. That he has not done so does not bode well for the future of Sarawak.
His problem is typical of all political strongman of course. Having consolidating his position of absolute leadership within the BN and his own PBB by a long process of divide and rule, he has ensured nobody is strong enough to challenge him. In the end, nobody is strong enough to replace him once he is compelled by nature to retire, in one way or another.
Anything is therefore possible in the post-Taib era.
Should there be a factional fight within the PBB, it will affect the stability of the entire state BN. There could be a realignment of political tectonic plates in Sarawak, and the new CM may be weakened. The obvious way out for some Sarawak Malay leaders may just be that: get Umno to enter Sarawak. A kind of political crisis could be easily created to engineer the need for Umno.
There are many reasons why it is advantageous for Umno to gain direct control of the last “free” state in Malaysia. That would deserve some attention elsewhere.
There are also obvious obstacles. For one thing, the PBB is composed of a dominant Malay/Muslim wing, and a Dayak Pesaka wing. The Pesaka wing is crucial to the dominant position of the PBB within the Sarawak BN and the state government.
After all, the Malays/Muslims comprise only a quarter of the state’s total population, while the Dayaks make up over 40%. It would be next to impossible for a Malay/Melanau CM to hold office for long without this crucial strategic alliance between the Malays/Muslims and the Dayaks.. With the inclusion of the Dayak wing, the BN was able to fight off any Dayak nationalist challenge from the opposition, such as the one mounted by PBDS in the late 80′s and early 90′s.
If Umno were to enter Sarawak, how they would accommodate the Dayak chunk of the party will be an ambiguous area, which the Umno has never been very good at. It would be next to impossible for Umno to admit Dayaks as full members, for that will dilute the Umno ideology of purist Malay nationalism.
Unique distinctive traits
For another, the brazen near-racist political style of Umno would be quite alien to Sarawakians, even to the Malays in Sarawak.
I am not sure if the Malays in my home state are of the same stock as the Malays elsewhere, but culturally and socially, they have very unique distinctive traits shaped by a different historical path. Memories of the Malacca Sultanate and the rise and fall of the Peninsular Sultans over the past centuries would be quite irrelevant to the Sarawak Malays. They were ruled by the Sultan of Brunei for centuries until the arrival of James Brooke (right) in the later half of the 19th century. The grand Malay nationalist narrative that works so well in KL may not tally well with those Malays over the other side of the ocean.
The Malays in Sarawak even speaks a kind of dialect which will be largely unintelligible to Malays coming from West Malaysia for the first time! Outside official and business circles, at the levels of personal and social interaction, the official version of Bahasa Malaysia so beloved by the people in charge of RTM would sound like a foreign language! Ironically, integration in Sarawak has been achieved partly by the mastery of this Sarawak Malay dialect by people of other ethnic origins!
For example, the Sarawak Malay word for a cockroach is lipih, and it signifies all that is bad about an insect that steals food in the night. It is the dishonourable word bestowed by Sarawak Malays on the West Malaysian Malay soldiers posted to this eastern state to ensure the territorial integrity of Malaysia. In past decades, there have been rare but rather violent clashes between some of these soldiers and the local Malay community over the soldiers’ dating habits.
The Malays in Sarawak are certainly very devout Muslims, but for some strange reasons, they have been spared the radicalisation of political Islam that began in the Peninsula in the 70s and the 80s. PAS has tried several times to establish a foothold in Sarawak, without any apparent success. The sort of religious issues that have divided the races in West Malaysia is not likely to trouble Sarawakians muchSoon to gain heat is a matter of economic performance of the nation. We need the best political talent that can gather more of its type to take one giant leap forward in his tenure. A country that spontaneously became a leader in software, pharmaceuticals, and guiding talent in management, has only one direction and a minimum specified speed to move ahead. We are more attached to world economy, and issues of global peace than ever before. A prosperous economy, a diligent administration, a commitment towards every citizen, and the demons of corruption, regionalism and communalism shall vanish.
The governments and their heads, perhaps found the right shortcuts to lead such an electoral mindset. The executive head, for quite a while decided by progeny (it is a known phenomenon, for instance, the Kennedys), was a smart, and many a time the only alternative. The followers, so succumbed to their “idolism, merged with idle-ism” never allowed any other dissent or alternative talent to grow. Their own sources of lavish survival would abruptly come to an end, and any attributed all embracing mortal, would probably not mind a further extension. The politics in this country was never mature to select the best man for a job required for a particular time. Leadership was a pre-decided phenomenon
It only had to carry over the feel-good phenomenon. Government-sponsored publicity was to take over the rest. Refraining from being party- or person-specific, the popular slogan “Indira is India” is more an opportunity of rhyme. No denying that she was one of the greats, did not win her seat through lineage, but by a political divide she won. Still, sycophants got their chance to squeeze more benefits. Some started vehemently supporting her son, to please the mother. The result: an indelible blot of an “Emergency” on India’s democratic credentials.Here is a country where people manoeuvre the manoeuvrable to power. Soaked with godly adulation, soon addicted to it, accepting nothing but praise, they lose their authentic sight of the nation that got them the seat. Quite surely they begin to align with the self-serving goals of those who provide for the peacock throne. I am enamoured by this adjective.
History, though, records “Tudors”, “Kaisers”. I think “peacock” is closest in meaning to the designation that has more ingredients of power and pride than of any other human virtue.
My impressions may be false, but for 7 years this great democracy was kept under the impression, which it duly abided by, that a statesman-like PM,Najib, was projected as a standby PM by Mahathir, for a PM in waiting. Probably ushered by sycophants, this propaganda in some ways is going against this young candidate’s raw, natural, personally worked out philosophy.
Change comes from the bottom up, not top down
Mahathir and his allies want to set a date for Malaysia’s prime minister to move out.Forces aligned with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appear to be attempting push embattled Malaysian Premier Najib Tun Razak into giving a time frame for his eventual departure from office and naming a successor, Although Mahathir left office as prime minister in 2003, he has kept up a constant barrage of criticism about the way the country has been run, quitting UMNO near the end of Badawi’s reign in supposed outrage over party politics. He reawakened with force after the 2013 general election, charging that Najib’s election strategy of reaching out to the country’s 40 percent of minority voters was a mistake.’citizen elites’ through modern history that ignited the sort of change that ultimately led to the creation of the liberal democratic welfare state and society, in Europe to start with, then across the developed world. India’s Constitution, an elite-generated document, aspires to the same ideal.
Najib is also under heavy public pressure because of rising prices due to the withdrawal of subsidies and other reasons, not least of which is dissatisfaction with the ostentatious behavior of his wife, Rosmah Mansor. He has also been widely criticized for being out of touch with the rakyat, or citizenry. He was ridiculed for saying that while some prices had gone up, the price of “kangkong [water spinach] has fallen but why don’t they praise the government?”
This brings us back to our first question – what is your solution,Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir?
Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has been told not to speak publicly of his dissatisfaction with UMNO can resigDatuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir n from UMNO and fight from outside Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
“I told him that this was not right as it would jeopardise the party,” said Tengku Adnan.
Mukhriz had expressed concern that Barisan Nasional might lose in the 14th general election.When the UMNO suffered a humiliating defeat in G13 election if Putrajaya continued implementing unpopular decisions.”Defeat is a real possibility if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak continues with his present policy of correct but unpopular decisions, especially on issues concerning the rising cost of living,” Mukhriz, who is also the Kedah menteri besar, had said.
Tengku Adnan said Only marginally true. For, if that was the case, he would not have run down Najib so close.Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir lacks killer instinct, Najb carrying such deficiency.
The problem with the babus of today is that they cannot draw the line between the political objectives of their political masters and the obligations of the post they hold. It is not the job of the Home Secretary to improve the image of the Congress or rubbish that of the AAP. It is not the job of the police to promote political agendas.
Unfortunately, such fine distinctions between public responsibility and private gain are long gone and Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor align with Mahathir’s Gang to get ahead.Umno secretary-general have given enough space for Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir go against Najib.
As if on cue and immediately after Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir announcement, different UMNO spokespersons of varying stature hailed this statement as an indicator that a ‘game-changing idea’ was in the offing. One person in particular, who appears rather frequently on TV debates, proclaimed that Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir “was the best thing to happen to UMNO..”
KUALA LUMPUR – Government leaders and ministers should stand up and defend the government relating to issues brought up by the rakyat instead of taking on a safer approach, said Bernama Chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman.
He said it is time for them to back one another in defending the government on issues concerning the rakyat which are being manipulated by the opposition and taking the country on the verge of crisis.
“Find ways on how to defend the government, for example (how the ministers should stop) the kangkung issue, I do not see anyone coming out helping and supporting him (Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak), this is not supposed to happen, (they should not) ‘play safe’,” Abdul Rahman said.
“The time has come for cabinet members to defend the prime minister, if not don’t be in the cabinet,” he told Bernama at the Appreciation event for Internal Trainers for Bernama School of Journalism (BSJ) programm