We are just minutes before 2008 ends. In brief, let us browse through and quickly recapture what seems to be a very interesting year, here at BigDogDotCom.
2008 started with the Chua Soi Lek scandal and prompt admission. The story which made news and some degree of controversy was when the fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad admitted in the VK Lingam tribunal that the Malaysian Prime Minister had the right to appoint judges. In the same month, his gourmet restaurant and bakery The Loaf in Pavillion was launched.
In February, it was much more interesting. UMNO Youth Exco and Peace Malaysia Co-ordinator Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir led a mercy mission to Gaza. Then later in the month, he was nominated to contest in P005 Jerlun Parliamentary seat, under Barisan Nasional. Of course, fifth UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, campaigned for his son. Earlier, BigDogDotCom celebrated its first year of operations, whilst on ‘reconnaissance’ mission to Langkawi.
March saw a month of roller coaster ride, in Malaysian politics. Mukhriz was elected into the Dewan Rakyat, the same night BN saw the humiliating defeat in 53 years of Malaysian history of democracy by losing Kedah and five other states, which include Wilayah Persekutuan. By morning, Tun Dr. Mahathir urged PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign and within a few days, newly elected BN MP Mukhriz wrote a letter and demanded PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah to own up for the poorest BN performance and resign from office. UMNO Youth was urged to make a decision on Mukhriz for his bold demand. However UMNO Youth Head Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein decided otherwise.
April equally saw very interesting developments. UMNO Youth Head aspirant Mukhriz, asked for support to correct and rehabilitate UMNO. BigDogDotCom highlighted the personalities of ‘Level Four Boys’. UMNO Johor, the mainstay behind the nationalist party, hit out strong against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah. Tun Dr. Mahathir appeared on BBC’s Hard Talk, hosted by the tangy-tongue Stephen Sackur.
May saw more interesting events. The High Court ruled that the word ‘Allah’ is not exclusive to depict God by the Muslims only. Tun Dr. Mahathir, an UMNO member since 1946, announced his conditional withdrawal from the party. BigDogDotCom’s article was quoted by The Star and received its millionth visitor. Tun Dr. Mahathir urged BN MPs to leave the coalition, in attempt to drive PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah out of office.Then there is the humiliating defeat to the Pulau Batu Puteh case.
June was a month of controversials. The Federal Government abruptly announced the exhorbitant increase of retail price for petrol and diesel, which is deemed to be burdening the rakyat. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, being conned by defacto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim, announced the ex-gratia payments to the 1988 sacked Lord President Tun Salleh Abas and five other senior Judges. Tan Sri Sanusi Junid service as the IIUM President was prematurely terminated whilst very senior UMNO leaders strongly urged PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah to withdraw from office, in the UMNO retreat in Shah Alam. High Court Judge Ian Chin’s controversial statement, which did not go well even with former Attorney General. Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that the Malays have the right to stake their claim for their share of the wealth of this nation, without eating into others’. Riong Kali, as usual, tried to demonize Tun Dr. Mahathir with distorted facts. One of BN component party, SAPP announced their withdrawal from the coalition.
For 2008, nothing could beat the adrenaline of month of July. First was the caution and later the call to end speculative oil trading, which is the main factor world economy is brought down to its knees. Then its about a month of highly controversial SDs. Of course, nothing beats Raja Petra’s ultra controverisal expose, of which include the Military Intelligence Chief media statement on the issue. Then the announcement of the ‘Power Transition’ in UMNO Leadership. Its about the Drama King and also, Drama Queen, with some new twist to an old drama script. Of course, former power abuse convict Anwar Ibrahim, being in the Neo Conservative equation of world dominance gets the sympathy and support of some foreign powers. Three pertinent questions, raised in the Dewan Rakyat about Anwar, was never answered by him or any of his ardent supporters.
August was equally emotionally charged and nerve wrecking. UMNO leaders urged PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah be investigated for wrongful use of Government machineries to campaign for party elections. Saiful Bukhary, who alleged Anwar sodomised him, went to swore on the Quran before an imam in a mosque. Noteable trial lawyer Muhammad Shafiee Abdullah sued Raja Petra and Malaysia Today, for lies. Bar Council is lambasted for trying to stir up racial and religious controversies, from their attempts on “intelectual discourse”, like the one about ‘Ketuanan Melayu and Social Contract’ forum in June. Anwar, who is vying back into Parliament, have riddiculous hopes of forming a Government by 16 September 2008. This is something Mukhriz and Tun Dr. Mahathir described as “halucinating” and “making excuses”, when he will never ever able to realise that ‘promise’.
September saw the month of UMNO leaders gearing up for nominations, as annual meetings will start within the month’s time. UMNO Youth Exco Mukhriz announced his ‘Berani Berubah’ campaign for the movement top job. Highly controversial defacto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim resigned and Anwar Ibrahim, now deemed a ‘short seller and compulsive liar’. We at BigDogDotCom made a projection of retail petrol going at RM 2.0o/litre and was honoured when Tun Dr. Mahathir dedicated his “Blogging to unblock” book, based on his infamous blog chedet.com. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah had the intention not carry on with the announced ‘Transition of Power Plan’ due March 2009, but had stern opposition even at UMNO MT level. Of course, UMNO members are skeptical about PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah not doing the ‘Flip-Flopping’.
October was a month of equally adrenaline and fun, especially UMNO divisional meetings started, which will determine the nominations for party elections in March 2009. On the adrenaline worry and fear of many of sordid and deperate attempts to disfulfilling promises and salvage position and popularity within UMNO, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah finally announced not defending the UMNO Presidency, which provided relief to many. UMNO Deputy President aspirant Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin announces his candidacy. Tun Dr. Mahathir warned for ‘Level Four Boys’ influence beyond PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s departure. Mukhriz was the first UMNO Youth Head aspirant to qualify. Tun Dr. Mahathir was honoured along with upcoming UMNO President Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and aspirant UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin. MCA asked for a second BN Deputy Chairmanship, without them earning their notch, especially after poor performace during the XII General Elections. A upcoming Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib’s own ‘Level Four Boys’ aspirant Omar Ong was bashed by Tun Dr. Mahathir.
November was neither a walk in park. Inadvertently after much controversies, High Court Judge Ian Chin finally ‘bites the dust’. The pro-Riong Kali again tried to demonize Tun Dr. Mahathir for the latter’s ‘Mahathirism policies’, which actually brought progress and positive nodes to Malaysia. Latest pictures of the ‘Houses on Mosman Park’, which are closely linked to outgoing PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah was highlighted here in BigDogDotCom. The highly controversial bar brawl which started by a grandson of a Soveriegn Ruler, was highlighted by the pro-Riong Kali news portal and Straits Times of Sinagpore, for very cunning reasons. Aspirant UMNO Youth Head Dr. Khir Toyo supporters were blasted for reacting adversely to former UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir’s call to do away with leaders who have the tendency to do corrupt practices. MCA Deputy President Dr. Chua Soi Lek, who managed to make a political comeback despite first day of the year scandal, stirred up another controversy.
December was the month which closes 2008 but not without a bang! Mukhriz demanded that vernacular schools are done away in favour of a single school system, seen as a reaction against Dr Chua’s ‘Kurang Ajar’ call. This call is something sucessfully implemented in Singapore and required political will, which something MCA and Gerakan as BN component parties always conveniently forget. On Christmas day, the minorities now insult the majorities by demanding the Malay language allowed for the Bible. The pro-Riong Kali news portal tried to spin on the failed ascension of Tunku Laksmana Negeri Sembilan Tunku Naquiyuddin as the XI Yam Tuan, especially after the Undang Royal Court made their democratic decision deemed best for Islam and the Malay heritage and culture. Tun Dr. Mahathir’s infamous blog, chedet.com, has now migrated to a new home.
In all, 2008 was a very good year for BigDogDotCom. Thank you, to all. All the best for 2009.