Najib has never seemed as helplessly weak as now when he think clever people him come to power he often make a simple mistake. He think the rest of us are fools
PAS president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang as an ‘interim prime minister
What makes someone a “real”Islamic intellectual in today rather than just a person who draws on a range of received wisdom to concoct theories, considering both tend to perorate to the appreciative huzzahs of like minded individuals?
What on earth, , Blame it on India’s tradition, but it does seem that these new Brahmins are not above the concepts of purity and impurity that defined the old caste system. Associating with those designated as “outcastes”, for instance, means exclusion or excommunication. In the West, the varna of intellectuals includes people of vastly differing opinions and ideologies. But there appears to be a disturbing homogeneity of views among this self-limiting class in India. And the very narrowness of their spectrum smacks of exclusion.. a Martian? could be forgiven for asking real Islamic Islamic ? How can one tell if a humanoid is an or some lesser – or greater – being on the evolutionary scale? And how does an earthling become an real”Islamic intellectual?
Is it hereditary? Is it a like secret society with its own initiation rules that include endorsement by a quorum of existing members? Though I am not a Martian, I must confess that the very same questions have been running through my mind these days. a Martian could be forgiven for asking, is an intellectual? not PAS deputy president how can one tell if a humanoid is an intellectual or some lesser – or greater – being on the evolutionary scale? And how does an earthling become an intellectual?Given PAS’s hoary history of Islam’s image hierarchies, the suspicion arises that intellectuals here are the new Muslims. They are a cadre of people who consider themselves “intellectually” if not genetically superior and therefore deserving of special reverence. The Oracle of our times –
Political Opportunism or Winning Whatever the Price
Noteworthy is his view of Najib as a political master at pulling the twin levers of patronage and punishment that underpin Malaysian politics as defined by UMNO; and the Prime Minister’s ability “to present himself as both the defender of the Muslim-Malay majority, and as the best protection the Chinese and Indian minorities have against resentful and assertive Malay political dominance.”
though a historic event in itself –The UMNO President the Sucker and Ultimate Loser recovering from the devastating effects of the giant earthquake the shocking expose by the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last July is arguably the biggest bombshell ever dropped on a sitting Malaysian prime minister in recent memory clearly, some gestalt principles — where the whole seems to be more than the sum of the parts — have been at play.Blame it on UMNO’s tradition, but it does seem that these are not above the concepts of purity and impurity that defined the old system. Associating with those designated as “outcastes”, for instance, means exclusion or excommunication. In the West, the intellectuals includes people of vastly differing opinions and ideologies. But there appears to be a disturbing homogeneity of views among this self-limiting class in PAS and the very narrowness of their spectrum smacks of exclusion.This characteristic of politically opportunistic behavior is, of course, found with most, if not all, politicians. In Malaysia, the trait has been developed to an extreme degree. The objective of gaining power and holding on to it at any price is especially deeply embedded within the ruling coalition with its Machiavellian and self-centric political philosophy and culture.A significant, if still barely recognized, by-product of the tortured PAS decade is the collapse of voters’ trust in any patch-up, last-minute conglomeration. Accretion is no longer seen as strength, but as invitation to weakness. has used PAS under Awang Hadi has made coalition compulsions” once too often to justify the politics of barter with greed and incompetence, turning PAS into a foxtrot between partners in blackmail.Najib decisions were negotiated through, while the other opened the nation’s treasury for loot as reward for compliance: witness spectrum, Donorgate or land grab deals. Instead of gloating over the apparent lack of commensurate intellectual firepower on the “other side” so to speak, the PAS should wonder why. Was is because they want to preserve a secret ideological purity in their ranks here?
Today Najib is not only busy repulsing the opposition from within UMNO. He is also preparing the groundwork for the extended continuation of his rule. Two apparently diametrically opposed but in fact self reinforcing approaches are discernible.One is the wooing of PAS and the formation of a new strategic alliance with UMNO’s former number one political adversary. Never mind that the current political leadership of PAS under Awang Hadi has made the attainment of a rigid and uncompromising Islamic state and the immediate implementation of hudud as its precondition for any political cooperation between the two parties.One is the wooing of PAS and the formation of a new strategic alliance with UMNO’s former number one political adversary. Never mind that the current political leadership of PAS under Awang Hadi has made the attainment of a rigid and uncompromising Islamic state and the immediate implementation of hudud as its precondition for any political cooperation between the two parties.
Funding parties need not be a dirty job political parties spend plenty of money. But they often end up collecting and spending huge amounts through patronage and extortion. Officially, most parties report only the tip of the iceberg. It’s best to make it compulsory for parties to declare their monthly spends in every locality. This should be open to challenge by other parties, watchdogs and the media. The process should be completed with the Election Commission finalising the spending figure. If undertaken up to the national level, political parties can be asked to show the source of income for their spending, at the disaggregated and combined levels. Off-the-book funding will stop when every Ringgit is accounted for.Lobbying the government into specific policy action is legal in the US, via its First Amendment and the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, which ensures that lobbying is publicly registered. The law also allows the public to evaluate any undue influences that may affect decisionmaking. Why not make lobbying legal in Malaysia too?
Whether rightly or wrongly, a perception has formed – especially in‘Donorgate’has been made more crippling by the fact the crisis has highlighted two important points
.Note the first substantive suggestion , as distinct from political verbiage , that Najib made in order to “punish
Najib cannot ignore the aspirations of Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, president of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).to be a minister can’t press the issue beyond a point. PAS too must display some flexibility. after all, the current political evolution. It’s one thing to engage in strategic diplomacy, quite another to come across as an overbearing Big Brother UMNO the idealism of that great American philosopher and public intellectual, Groucho Marx. As Groucho once said, ‘I have principles! And if you don’t like them, I have others…’
Call it the Najib paradox: the strength of his coalition depends largely upon on how weak he is as Prime Minister. The glue holds because he has no power over his partners. . All the Prime Minister can do is smile and carry on. The smile is wearing thinpower is central toUMNO schemes for the present and future, all parties have, by mutual consent, eliminated accountability from the algebra of governance to create a semblance of stability. Temperament and tantrum can coexist with venality and incompetence.The casualty is credibility: it began to creep away but the pace has gradually built up to a crawl. If Najib whose own reputation remains more positive than that of his government, does not act soon, the pace will quicken to a trot and develop into an irreversible gallop.
Najib seeks to address PAS demands to include concrete terms of reference for the political mechanism for
Hopes have been raised of a breakthrough to the ‘Donorgate’ crisis
Rhetoric aside, find a way to separate essential national business from the usual cut-and-thrust of politics.The Loss of billions from 1MDB case has turned into the biggest obstacle in government-opposition relations.monies finding their way into the god emperor’s personal account, and all fees, fares and tariffs rising. whether these demand will be acceptable to Najib and his supporter in UMNO remains to be seen.