Tun Dr Mahathir: Perjuangan memartabatkan orang Melayu tidak nafi hak orang lain

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berucap di Perhimpunan Melayu anjuran PERKASA Kedah, 30 April 2011

Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV dan Negarawan Ulung Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengingatkan agar orang Melayu belajar sejarah secara menyeluruh agar mereka tidak mengulangi kesilapan lepas, termasuk dijajah dan dihina.

Beliau mengulas laungan “Hidup Melayu” yang begitu bersemangat, sebagai orang Melayu kini berada dalam keadaan serba salah. Beliau mengulas kini ramai orang Melayu sendiri malu alah apabila isu isu mengenai orang Melayu diketengahkan. “Ada yang mengatakan apabila kita bercakap soal Melayu, ianya ‘rasis.’ Perjuangan memartabatkan Bangsa Melayu tidak bermakna kita hendak menafikan hak orang lain”.

“Kini, mereka mempersoalkan bahawa orang Melayu itu layak sebagai anak pribumi dan ada juga mahu melabelkan orang Melayu sebagai ‘Pendatang'”.

Dalam kupasan, pasca Perang Dunia II orang Melayu tidak bersatu dan berpecah sehingga kedudukan orang Melayu walaupun sebagai majoriti dipandang sepi dan diabaikan. Beliau menyingkap bagaimana UMNO berjaya menyatukan orang orang Melayu pada 11 Mei 1946 dan berjaya menggagalkan Malayan Union. “British pada masa itu ingin menyingkirkan kuasa Raja Raja”.

“Perpaduan berjaya menjadikan orang Melayu yang lemah dan tidak ada apa apa itu menjadi kuat. Oleh kerana perpaduan (yang padu) ini, orang Melayu mampu tuntut Kemerdekaan”, dalam uacapan anjuran PERKASA Kedah dihadapan 5,000 orang Melayu di Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Setar, Kedah.

“Tidak siapa dapat nafikan kita berjaya bangunkan negara dan orang Melayu dengan begitu baik. Ini kerana kita bersatu padu. Kita berjaya memilih pemerintah yang berjaya”.

“Kita akui kita berkerjasama dengan kaum lain. Kita timbang rasa dengan kaum lain. Tunku Abdul Rahman sampai bagi 1 juta kerakyatan orang Bukan Melayu. Janganlah lupa itu dan kenanglah jasa itu. Balas budi sikit. Kita nak kerjasama, dengan parti parti dalam BN”.

Bagi Bukan Melayu, beliau berpesan “Kita beri sesiapa saja mau berniaga atau kumpul harta. Tetapi janganlah sampai nak ambik hak orang Melayu. Kita kongsi secara adil”.

Mantan Perdana Menteri itu juga mengingatkan walaupun orang Melayu berjumlah dengan kedudukan majoriti, perpecahan akan mengakibatkan mereka hilang kuasa politik. “Kalau orang Melayu pecah tiga, siapa yang menang itu terpaksa ‘tunduk’ kepada permintaan dan tekanan orang lain. Kuasa pada orang Melayu itu tidak ada makna”.

Beliau juga mengimbau bagaimana Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim masuk ke dalam UMNO semata mata inginkan kedudukan dan kuasa semata mata, dan tidak mahu berkhidmat kepada rakyat, terutama orang Melayu. “Dia hanya berhasrat untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri dan ianya hanya boleh melalui UMNO dan PAS. Orang ini berjaya memecah belahkan orang Melayu, sehingga menjadi lemah. Dia pengkhianat bangsa!”.

“Hari ini ada orang Melayu menyokong DAP pun ada! Memecah belahkan orang Melayu hanyalah cara untuk melemahkan mereka”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir mengupas bagaimana orang Melayu berjaya dibangunkan dengan memberikan mereka pelajaran, termasuk luar negeri. “Sekarang ini, ada orang Melayu yang berjaya dibangunkan ini mula mempersoalkan dasar dasar Kerajaan, termasuk dasar yang berjaya meletakan mereka dalam kedudukan yang selesa sekarang ini”.

“Tidak lama lagi kita akan ada PRU 13. Inilah ujian yang amat penting bagi orang Melayu. Kalau mereka terbawak bawak dengan cerita donggeng, maka orang Melayu akan rugi. Ni yang pi bakaq kelambu ni pasai apa!”

Beliau mengakhiri ucapan dengan satu pantun sindiran, bagi mereka yang lupa jasa UMNO, BN dan Kerajaan:

Pulau Pandan jauh ketengah
Gunung Daik bercabang tiga
Hancur badan dikandung tanah
Budi yang baik, dilupakan juga

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Tun Dr Mahathir di ‘Perhimpunan Melayu PERKASA Kedah’

Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV dan Negarawan Ulung Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad akan berucap di ‘Perhimpunan Melayu PERKASA Kedah’ hari ini. Ianya akan dianjurkan di Stadium Darul Aman, Alor Setar, Kedah jam 300pm hari ini.

Semua dijemput.

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Pakatan Rakyat makin terdesak, anarki sedang dijana

Maklumat dalam menunjukan Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim  juga hadapi tekanan bila ‘pembiaya utama’ PKR John Soh Chee Wen, yang juga tuan punya bangunan pejabat PKR Pusat di Merchant Square, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya telah mengambil keputusan untuk meninggalkan beliau. Perbalahan bermula apabila PKR mengenakan tindakan disiplin ke atas 12 orang Ketua Cabang PKR Sabah yang berpaksi kepada Dato’ Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan.

John Soh telah meminta Ketua Umum PKR itu campur tangan, tetapi gagal buat apa apa. Sejak itu beliau beralih sokongan kepads Dato’ Zaid brahim. Akibantnya, Soh telah arah pejabat PKR dibangunan tersebut dikosongkan dan sebaliknya untuk beri laluan kepada parti KITA yang diterajui Zaid.

John Soh juga dimaklumkan adalah pembiaya kepada Raja Petra “Anarkis Siber” Kamaruddin  ketika berada di London.

Selain itu, dalam tempoh terdekat ini Dato’ Shazryl Eskay akan buat pendedahan perjumpaan beliau dengan Anwar sebelum klip video didedah pada peringkat awal. Dato’ Eskay memaklum dalam perjumpaan tersebut Anwar telah mengarah beliau yang ada hubungan dengan Selatan Thai untuk mengumpul masyarakat kawasan tersebut untuk bersatu dengan penyokongnya di Malaysia untuk mengujudkan huru hara kearah kebangkitan rakyat seperti mana berlaku di Mesir baru baru ini.

Dalam pada itu, dilaporkan juga Penasihat parti Chauvinis Cina DAP Lim Kit Siang mengarahkan agar Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng menyokong sepenuhnya Mantan-banduan-salah-guna-kuasa Anwar dalam isu video klip ini. Ini bertujuan untuk mengelakan perpecahan dalam Pakatan Rakyat lanjutan perbalahan kalangan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dalam isu ini.

Forum pasca PRN  Sarawak “The Impact On Coming General Election” telah dianjurkan pada Khamis 28 April 2011 di Dewan Serbaguna Chai Leng Park, Seberang Perai Tengah.  Akhbar Kwong Wah Jit Poh (KWJP) menganjurkan forum melibatkan wakil DAP, PKR, Gerakan dan MCA ini. Kira kira 850 orang telah hadir, terdiri dari ahli dan penyokonng parti yang terlibat. Forum dalam Bahasa Mandarin ini dikendalikan oleh Editor KJWP Lim Seong Eng dan disertai empat orang ahli panel ie Wakil DAP Chong Eng, Wakil MCA Eng Hiap Boon, Wakil Gerakan Dr Thor Ching Gee dan Wakil PKR Law Choo Kiang.

Pada keseluruhnnya wakil parti Pakatan Rakyat menyatakan kemenangan di Sarawak baru baru ini atas faktor kesedaran rakyat yang mula menolak BN  manakala wakil BN pula terus memberi tumpuan kepada usaha untuk memenangi semula hati masyarakat terutama sekali masyarakat Cina dan mempertahankan dasar Kerajaan BN.

Forum ini jelas masyarakat Cina boleh duduk semeja untuk membincangkan isu yang dekat disanubari mereka tatkala Anwar semakin memecah belahkan masyarakat Melayu dengan pembohongan yang berpanjangan dan strategi memperkudakan emosi orang orang Melayu dengan segala perasan negatif, termasuk menolak penguatkuasa undang undang yang rata rata diterajui oleh pegwai Melayu. PRU 10 November 1999 telah membuktikan bahawa emosi orang Melayu boleh diperkudakan sehinggakan undi orang Melayu amat tiris.

Jelas Anwar terus menerus memutar belitkan keadaan dan memanipulasi semua yang berlaku, untuk memperkudakan emosi orang Melayu bahawa beliau telah dizalimi. Dalam masa yang sama, masyarakat Cina bergerak untuk mengadakan kesefahaman strategik walaupun menyokong parti yang berbeza. Ini kerana undi masyarakat Cina merupakan ‘undi strategik’ yang menjadi ‘penentu’ dalam satu satu pilihan raya apabila dua calon yang bertelagah itu adalah antara BN dan PAS atau PKR.

Dalam banyak kawasan di Pantai Barat Semenanjung, demografi pengundi merupakan 60% orang Melayu dan 40% Bukan Melayu. Sekiranya pemimpin Chauvinis Cina DAP mampu mengusasai ‘penentu polar pengundi’ dalam kawasan ini, maka mereka akan berada dalam kuasa strategik apabila Pakatan Rakyat berjaya menguasai beberapa negeri sahaja.

Anwar sebenarnya bergantung kepada ‘rakan kongsi’ Cina dalam PKR untuk menentukan parti itu terus mampu beroperasi. Pembiaya utama ialah John Soh manakala pengurus utama kewangan PKR ialah William Leong. Leong yang begitu dipercayai Anwar untuk mengurus kewangan PKR dan peribadi beliau sekeluarga dilantik sebagai Bendahari Agung PKR. Leong juga menguruskan pembiayaan PKR yang datang dari luar seperti National Democratic Institute (Amerika Syarikat), Conrad Adenauer Foundation (Jerman) dan Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Jepun).

Untuk menentukan keadaan makin kacau bilau, Anwar bersedia untuk mengalihkan perhatian dari permasalahan seperti kes liwat yang sedang berjalan dan kes skandal video seks dengan menganjurkan kekacauan ‘yang di import’ secara berterusan dan berskala besar. Masyarakat Thai tahun lepas berjaya membuktikan bahawa mereka mampu mengadakan rusuhan berterusan secara berpanjangan iaitu Rusuhan Baju Merah.

Nampaknya Anwar semakin main kasar dewasa ini. Ini menunjukan beliau dan PKR, sebagai tunggak Pakatan Rakyat berada dalam keadaan amat terdesak.

Published in: on April 29, 2011 at 18:29  Comments (9)  

Return of the Labu

A little over two and half years ago, the right winger blogging community got together to strike at and on the proposal to create a dedicated LCCT airport in Labu, built on Sime Darby’s land. Attention was drawn onto the RM 1.7 billion proposed project, which eventually failed.

It was no big mystery which corporation was the prime mover behind the proposed project, which Sime Darby’s estates were to be developed into a modern LCCT airport complex. This include the extension to the purposed built ERL, connecting from the existing line to this Labu LCCT airport. It was a ridiculous proposition to have a high traffic commercial airport operating within 20 km soon to be congested airspace of runaways 14R/L and 32 R/L.  Even though Sime Darby was deemed to be taking the role of the primary mover of the said the proposal, it was believed that Air Asia wanted a dedicated airport of their own and under their management. Since low cost airlines have been on a consistent growth especially in Asia, it is an added highly lucrative revenue track for the group.

The same airline has been waiting a lot of things their way ever since they took over Air Asia from the hands of DRB Hicom seven years earlier.

They were lucky that they could manipulate their way around the Prime Minister PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, with having personalities like Dato’ Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan and the in-famous son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin to support all their proposals and projects. Even though the proposal would effect GLCs such as national carrier.

Riong Kali is an integral and pivotal part of Air Asia

First it was the ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’, which was tabled to the Cabinet by then Malaysia Airlines CEO Dato’ Idris Jala in May 2006. It was hijacked from the Prime Minister’s Office over the weekend and after a private meeting with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah at the ‘Residence’, a fresh plan was resubmitted to the PM’s Office via then the Co-ordinator of Policy Ahmad Zaki Zahid. As a result, a lot of routes previously flown by MH were conveniently transfered to AK.

The deal cleancher the transfer of all heavily subsidised rural air service by Malaysian Airlines for Sabah and Sarawak interior operations. The transfer of these routes allowed Air Asia to rationalise the routes with the huge order of aircraft they had from France and satisfy their financial backers and strategic shareholders, 53% of them from outside the country.

Those extra high traffic routes was a basis for the airline to grow aggressively in the region. Having strong support of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s administration means that  from that on, they almost got a ‘blank checque’. The low cost airline grew to do very well.

Now, they are on the prowl again. On top of the over-and-above achievement, they are not satisfied being crowned the ‘Best Low Cost Carrier’ in the world. They still wanted an LCCT hub of their own. They already benefited when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah pandered to their whims and fancies by getting Malaysia Airports to build a (temporary) Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) when they refused to use the Main Terminal Building (MTB) of KLIA for their operations. Nevermind the RM 69 million aggregate arrears they owe Malaysia Airports.

Rafidah and Fernandes getting the PM to witness their acquisition of GE engines

Recently, they appointed former MITI Minister Tan Sri Rafidah A Aziz as the Chairman. She is now sitting in a position where Air Asia could benefit so much from the clout the Chairman still able to carry. previous, former Chief Secretary to the Ministry of Transport Dato’ Pahamin A Rejab was appointed because Air Asia wanted to expand. They needed routes, previously were provided exclusively for Malaysia Airlines. Without these routes, Air Asia would not able to have the frequency to reach the desired critical mass.

When Air Asia X was first formed, Riong Kali was appointed Chairman. The clout that he provided during the height of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s tenure, Air Asia X grew very fast in the intercontinental airline market. Landing rights were accorded to them, which include high traffic destinations such as London and Melbourne. Rafidah’s appointment is also strategic. Air Asia X wanted the very lucrative Sydney and Jeddah routes. These routes have been proven to be highly profitable for Malaysia Airlines.

Fernandes and Riong Kali with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

There is another strategic reason for Rafidah’s appointment. Air Asia still wanted an LCCT hub of their own. Recently, they managed to get Ipoh to be an Air Asia hub. However, the traffic in central Perak does not warrant for them to develop a full blown hub. The lucrative traffic would be on the northern sector of the Peninsula. For Air Asia to get a dedicated hub in Penang, would almost be near impossible as Malaysia Airports would not relinquish any additional facility of the airport to another operator. More over, it is high revenue generating facility.

This time round, it is believed that they are realising their ‘operating an LCCT airport’ via Perak State Government. Perak State Government under Dato’ Seri Dr. Zambry A Kadir is expected to make a formal requisition for a brand new LCCT airport to be developed in the north western corner of the state.

Air Asia changed their strategy to make Perak State Government their ‘Trojan Horse’. This proposal is much needed for Dr Zambry’s administration as since able to wrestle the State Government in a ‘reverse take-over’ operation in February 2009 (which was believed to be initiated and followed through by now Senior Exco Dato’ Hamidah Osman), not much achievement and progress recorded by the current administration. Infact, many hopefuls within his own senior state party leaders were left non chalant about his administration.

The most probable location is Parit Buntar, which is bordering to Penang. It is in the growth triangle of Northern Corridor Economic Region and the high industrial areas of Penang, Seberang Prai, Kulim and the PLUS highway from Juru to Taiping.

Rafidah is supposed to lobby for that. On top of that, highly controversial Ethos Consulting supremo Omar Ong, who is said to be very close to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, has also been invited into the board of Air Asia. It is Fernandes’s style to bring personalities whom he could capitalised to be utilised for all the lobbying work required to derive at the said objectives.

Air Asia is also banking on the fact that post PRU 12, Penang fell to DAP control and the likeliness of BN capturing the industrial state is not too bright. Therefore, the development of an LCCT hub as an extension to the existing and recently renovated Penang International Airport is thought to be unlikely. At least in the short to medium term.

Dr Zambry has not been to successful in his administration of the state. Perak has yet to see any projects being developed, even more than two years after BN managed to wrestle control from DAP-puppet PAS MB Nizar Jamaluddin. The one-time Anwarista needed a large if not mega project to ‘earn his stripes’, for him to stay relevant in the state. Perakians are getting restless with his ‘academic approach’ of doing things, which has not translated into anything tangible yet. His Iskandar Darul Ridzuan and Yayasan Bina Upaya cronyism-infested programs are not convincing enough of its success. Dr Zambry is now plagued with cronyism issues.

The expected RM 1.8 billion brand new dedicated LCCT in Parit Buntar might do the ‘political magic’ for Dr Zambry to stay relevant. If the lobby is intense enough, then we shall see the ‘Return of the Labu’, which has now on the way evolving into a saga.

Published in: on April 28, 2011 at 16:27  Comments (11)  

Dato Eskay bermuhaballah esok?

Dato' Shazryl Eskay Abdullah

Dato’ Shazryl Eskay Abdullah yang menjadi tunggak utama dalam kontroversi skandal ultra-sensasi video seks yang melibatkan Ketua Pembangkang Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim, dijangkakan akan mengadakan sumpah Muhaballah esok. Ianya dikatakan akan diadakan di Masjid Jame’, selepas Sembahyang Jumaat.

Eskay akan bersumpah-laknat ini untuk membuktikan bahawa beliau adalah jujur dalam semua maklumat yang telah dan akan dikongsi dan berikan melibatkan skandal ultra-sensasi yang sedang disiasat ini.

"Anugerah (Kerah) Tuhan", ucapan Wan Azizah

Mantan-banduan-salahguna-kuasa Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim akan dicabar untuk bersumpah Muhaballah yang sama, sebagai cara untuk menentukan penafian oleh Anwar dan didukung dengan padu semua kuncu kuncu Anwarista termasuk sekelian Kepimpinan Tertinggi Pakatan Rakyat adalah betul betul benar dan bukan pembohongan. Eskay merupakan sahabat rapat Anwar.

16 Ogos 2008, Mohd. Saiful Bukhari telah mengadakan sumpah Muhaballah menjunjung Al Quran dihadapan seorang imam dalam Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan bahawa beliau telah diliwat berkali kali oleh Mat King Leather. Beliau juga mencabar penjenayah sumbang-seksual itu bersumpah Muhaballah juga untuk menafikan dakwaan liwat  itu, namun sehingga saat ini tidak berani membuatnya. Sebaliknya, peguam peguam Anwar cuba untuk mendakwa Saiful dengan Qazaf (menuduh orang melakukan zina) dan gagal.

Saiful Bukhari Azlan ditemani bapa membuat sumpah Muhaballah

Perbicaraan Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim sedang berjalan dimana setakat ini 27 saksi telah memberikan keterangan dalam 59 hari perbicaraan dan pihak pendakwa baru sahaja menutup kes mereka. Hakim akan membuat keputusan untuk memanggil orang yang dituduh untuk membela diri pada 16 Mei ini. Untuk rekod, pihak pembelaan telah cuba 30 kali untuk menangguhkan perbicaraan, termasuk 2 kali percubaan untuk menyingkirkan Hakim.

Sumpah Muhaballah Eskay ini akan menjadikan kes ini semakin menarik. Kami di BigDogDotCom  antara yang mengesa agar siasatan Suruhanjaya Diraja diadakan, bagi mempertahankan hak rakyat agar tidak dibohongi oleh Anwar dan seluruh Kepimpinan Tertinggi Pakatan Rakyat lagi.

*Perkembangan dikemas kini 300pm

Trio ‘Dato T’ Shazryl Eskay-Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik-Dato Shuaib Lazim mengadakan sidang media di Hotel Impiana, Kuala Lumpur yang tamat jam 245pm tadi dan dihadiri oleh 50 orang wakil media.

Eskay menegaskan:

1. Pendedahan video kepada editor terpilih kununya dituduh sebagai merupakan konspirasi politik. Beliau sanggup mendedahkan sifat seorang rakan karib yang selama ini berpura pura sebagai seorang alim dan warak, untuk diketahui siapa sebenarnya Anwar
2. Bertujuan agar pihak media mengkaji sendiri video itu
3. Bertujuan agar Anwar Ibrahim bertaubat dan mengundur diri. Ini bertujuan agar generasi akan datang tidak menyalahkan ‘Dato Trio’ kerana tidak mendedahkan sedangkan mereka ada bukti menengenai salahlaku dan siapa Anwar sebenar
4 Eskay bersedia utk bersumpah, demi mengesahkan orang dalam video itu ialah Anwar
5. Ingin mempelawa Anwar Ibrahim sekiranya ingin menafikan orang dalam video itu ialah beliau, maka datang ke Masjid Amru Al-As selepas Sembahyang Jumaat esok (29 April 2011) untuk melafazkan sumpah Muhaballah sendiri.

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What is wrong when Melayu bersatu?

Utusan Malaysia Deputy Chief Editor Dato’ Zaini Hassan on 20 April 2011 in his column asked the Malays to unite. All Malay based political parties should come together and be united as ‘1 Melayu, 1 Bumi’. He also threw the challenge at UMNO to take up this role, as it succesfully did it once on 11 May 1946.

Ayuh! Gerakkan segera 1Melayu, 1Bumi

Oleh Zaini Hassan

ORANG Cina telah bersatu. Keputusan Pilihan Raya Negeri Sarawak telah membuktikannya. Malah, sebenarnya orang Cina telah pun bersatu sejak dulu lagi.

Perkembangan politik muaasir (kontemporari), selepas era-Mahathirisme dan semasa era-Abdullahisme telah membuktikan ikatan orang Cina lebih utuh dan berpadu. Hubungan kekitaan, kekeluargaan serta brotherhood dan ukhwah orang Cina lebih erat, tanpa boleh ditandingi oleh mana-mana kaum di atas muka bumi Malaysia ini.

Walaupun antara mereka berlainan haluan politik, tapi apabila sampai masa menentukan arah untung nasib kaum Cina – mereka akan bersatu atas pangkahan undi yang sama.

Dalam ekonomi, mereka membantu antara satu sama lain. Dari sekecil-kecil ekonomis kepadalah yang sebesar-besarnya, mereka akan tolong-menolong antara satu sama lain.

Budaya telah berjaya menyatupadukan orang Cina. Dalam masyarakat Cina tiada istilah bidaah yang boleh memesongkan mereka daripada soal budaya dan adat resam bangsa. Bahasa Cina diangkat tinggi, malah ada yang kata orang Cina yang tidak boleh membaca Cina pun akan turut membantu membeli akhbar Cina. Maka itu, akhbar Sin Chew Jit Poh – suara keramat orang Cina, menjadi antara akhbar yang paling tinggi edaran dan keuntungannya di Malaysia.

Sekolah Cina terus dijadikan sebagai cagaran politik utama – yang tidak boleh dikompromi sama sekali.

Pendek kata, orang Cina sebenarnya amat beruntung sekali berada di bumi Malaysia ini. Mereka telah menguasai segala-galanya. Sepuluh teratas orang mereka adalah bilionaire Malaysia. Sebahagian besar kedai yang ada di atas muka bumi Malaysia ini milik mereka. Hampir semua pelajar yang belajar di universiti swasta dan IPTS ternama dan mahal-mahal di negara ini rata-ratanya orang mereka.

Saya telah nyatakan perkara itu dalam Cuit bertajuk Apa lagi orang Cina mahu? tahun lepas. Tulisan itu dipetik sepenuhnya oleh akhbar Straits Times Singapura dan surat pembaca yang saya terima dari republik itu menyokong penuh tulisan itu.

Apa yang saya katakan ini adalah hakikat atau fakta.

Hanya kuasa mutlak politik yang belum dikuasai sepenuh oleh orang Cina, yang lain semua sudah. Kini DAP membawa slogan yang cukup hebat di kalangan masyarakat mereka iaitu Undi untuk Ubah, Enough is Enough (Cukuplah) dan Selamatkan Malaysia.

Slogan itu sebenarnya bukan ditujukan kepada orang lain, tapi khususnya kepada orang Cina. Terpapar megah di dada baju penyokong dan calon DAP dalam pilihan raya Sarawak supaya diubah kepimpinan Melayu Malaysia ini.

Terus terang saya katakan, saya amat menyanjungi orang Cina. Mereka mempunyai matlamat dan masa depan yang cukup jelas. Walaupun tindakan itu berbau politik atau bukan, soalnya mereka cukup bersatu. Politik digunakan sebaik-baik mungkin untuk menyatupadukan kaum itu.

Kita jangan salahkan DAP. Apa yang DAP lakukan itu amat betul untuk masa depan kaumnya. Jika Pas dipergunakan oleh DAP untuk memecahkan bangsanya sendiri, itulah operatif licik DAP.

DAP telah berjaya menjadi parti Cina yang telah menyatupadukan orang Cina. MCA gagal dan SUPP pun gagal. Itu hakikat atas kertas. Malah seorang sahabat saya berbangsa Cina, pengarang sebuah akhbar ternama bersetuju bahawa orang Cina kini ke arah menyokong pembangkang. Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 akan digunakan sepenuhnya untuk menyatukan kuasa mereka.

Sebaliknya apa yang orang Melayu buat? Tiada apa-apa. Mereka ialah satu bangsa yang cukup selesa, komplesen, alpa dan tidak peduli. Malah pemikiran mereka cukup bercelaru.

Apa yang harus UMNO lakukan? UMNO harus berfikiran seperti DAPkah?

Pandangan saya, apa yang UMNO harus lakukan sekarang, di masa yang amat terdesak sekarang, ialah melancarkan gelombang perpaduan bangsa – 1Melayu, 1Bumi.

Lancarkan segera 1Melayu, 1Bumi dalam lingkungan UMNO dan parti-parti Melayu yang lain.

Jika Pas degil dan tidak mahu ikut serta, gabungkan dengan puluhan NGO-NGO Melayu yang kini tumbuh bagaikan cendawan di atas bumi Malaysia ini. Perlu diingat NGO-NGO itu wujud kerana mereka dahagakan wadah perjuangan untung nasib bangsa semakin ditinggalkan. UMNO harus tarik pertubuhan sukarela ini ke hadapan dan menjadi juara semula dalam soal ini.

Persetankan Pas yang ternyata telah menggadaikan perjuangan bangsa Melayu untuk kepentingan politik totok mereka. Hairan sungguh, para penyokong Pas akan menjadi lebih kuah daripada sudu semasa berkempen, dan mereka tidak pernah sedar bahawa secara senyap-senyap DAP cukup strategik mempermainkan mereka.

Saya kira, sekiranya lima kerusi Pas di Sarawak itu ditandingkan di kawasan Cina sudah pasti mereka akan menang dan ada wakil dalam dewan undangan negeri. Tapi DAP telah mempermainkan mereka. Pas diletakkan di kawasan kaum bumiputera, bagi membolehkan kaum bumiputera terus berpecah. Pas seperti biasa, tidak sedar semua itu.

Dalam usaha meniupkan gelombang 1Melayu, 1Bumi, tidak salah 1Malaysia diteruskan kerana ia adalah dasar jangka panjang negara. Parti komponen Cina dalam BN pun tidak akan marah jika UMNO melancarkan gagasan 1Melayu, 1Bumi kerana bagi mereka orang Cina telah pun bersatu.

Tidak salah bagi orang Melayu melancarkan seruan 1Melayu, 1Bumi kerana orang Melayu sendiri belum bersatu.

Dalam tulisan-tulisan saya sebelum ini, saya ada mengatakan orang Melayu berpecah kepada enam golongan. Melayu UMNO, Melayu Pas, Melayu PKR, Melayu DAP, Melayu Liberal dan Melayu Atas Pagar.

Orang Melayu cukup berpecah. Orang Cina tidak akan marah sekiranya orang Melayu bersatu kembali. Mungkin DAPlah yang tidak selesa kerana matlamat mereka untuk memecah-belahkan lagi orang Melayu akan gagal.

Bagi DAP, selagi konsep Malaysia Malaysian mereka tidak berlaku, selagi itu mereka akan berusaha keras untuk menjayakannya.

UMNO harus meniupkan gagasan 1Melayu, 1Bumi ini segera. Orang Melayu harus disatukan segera bagi memastikan mereka menguasai semula politik yang semakin terhakis daripada tangan mereka.

Walaupun Melayu berpecah, namun ada lagi suara-suara segelintir yang amat sayangkan bangsa. Seorang sahabat umpamanya, menghantar SMS semasa tulisan ini ditulis berbunyi: “Tolong tulis…BN jangan lagi bagi kawasan majoriti Melayu kepada wakil MCA, Gerakan dalam PRU akan datang… cukup sudah pengorbanan UMNO yang dibalas dengan tuba. MCA dan Gerakan WAJIB akur kerana kalau mereka kalah dengan DAP, wakil mereka tak perlu dilantik dalam kerajaan…”

Itu ialah suara marah. Orang Melayu marah. Tapi kita harus rasional. Susun semula barisan dan gelombang satukan orang Melayu.

Saya bercakap bagi pihak bangsa saya. Gagasan inilah yang turut dimainkan oleh sahabat saya, saudara Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, seorang mualaf Cina yang cukup kental jiwa ultra-Melayunya. Orang Cina amat tidak menggemari beliau di atas semangat assabiyah Melayu beliau itu.

Namun bagi Ridhuan, dan orang Melayu yang lain, mereka amat khuatir dengan perkembangan mutakhir yang berlaku di negara ini sekarang.

Namun, penghargaan harus diberi kepada kaum bumiputera Sarawak yang telah melaksanakan tanggungjawab mereka dengan begitu betul sekali.

Saya angkat topi kepada kaum bumiputera Sarawak yang dilihat lebih matang daripada orang Melayu di Semenanjung. Sekiranya mereka tidak bersatu dalam pilihan raya 16 April lalu, maka Sarawak sudah tentu akan jatuh ke tangan orang lain.

Orang bumiputera Sarawak telah memberi satu petunjuk yang amat berharga supaya diikuti oleh kaum Melayu di Semenanjung.

Namun, orang Melayu Semenanjung berpecah enam. Mereka masih lagi berpecah enam.

Oleh itu menjadi kewajipan UMNO; atas nama pejuang-pejuangnya yang terdahulu; dan sebagai parti induk orang Melayu; lancarkan segera slogan 1Melayu, 1Bumi bagi menggerakkan semula gelombang kebangsaan bangsa itu.

Melayu harus dan wajib disatukan kembali sebagaimana kita mahu satukan orang Malaysia di bawah semangat 1Malaysia. Tiada makna adanya 1Malaysia, jika orang Melayu sendiri pun berpecah.

Kini terletak dalam tangan UMNO untuk menentukan hidup atau mati bangsa ini.

Orang Cina sudah ada 1Cina dalam erti kata tersendiri. Orang Melayu pun perlu ada 1Melayu, 1Bumi. Ayuh gerakkan!

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It is the same spirit that Dato’ Onn Jaafar and other nationalists garnered upon the declaration of the Malayan Union in 1946. The Malays were loose groupings of communities then. They did not have any position as the indigenous populous of Tanah Melayu. The only shred of holding they still had upon the surrender of Imperial Japan on 15 August 1945 was the little powers HRH Sultans were still accorded to.

The post WWII British Administration wanted to take that away.

Then Malay nationalists like Dato’ On Jaafar and educationists Zainal Abidin “Za’aba” Ahmad managed to convince the various Malay NGOs to come together and all were united under UMNO. on 11 May 1946, 29 NGOs signed the UMNO charter in Istana Besar, Johor Bahru, Johor under the auspices of HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Abu Bakar of Johor.

The unity that the Malay poised under UMNO manage to fail the Malayan Union. It forced the British to sit down with HRH Sultans and renegotiate. As a result of that, the Federation of Tanah Melayu Treaty between British Administration and HRH Sultans with UMNO as witness, came into force on 1 February 1948 and the first Constitution was born. That is also the basis of the Federation of Malaya Constitution which was put into force upon the signing on the Independence Instruments on 31 August 1957 and Malaysia as what we know to today, becomes a sovereign nation.

This how MCA responded:

Tuesday April 26, 2011

1Melayu 1Bumi plan not in line with 1Malaysia, says MCA president

PETALING JAYA: Utusan Malaysia does not represent the views of all the Malays, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He reiterated that the newspaper’s proposal of a “1Melayu 1Bumi” plan, supported by Malay rights group Perkasa, was also not in line with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak‘s 1Malaysia concept.

“We (MCA) support the 1Malaysia concept because this country is multi-racial.

“The Prime Minister’s policy of inclusiveness will make Malaysia prosperous and competitive,” he said yesterday.

The party had called for the boycott of Utusan Malaysia for propagating the “1Melayu 1Bumi” concept after the supposed rejection of Barisan Nasional by the Chinese community at the recent Sarawak election.

Dr Chua said the paper with a circulation of about 200,000 was not representative of all the Malays.

Likewise, he pointed out that The Star did not represent all the Chinese or even MCA though the party was its majority shareholder.

Earlier, Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the media should not be prevented from expressing its views even if there were parties that disagreed with the messages put across.

The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that Utusan Malaysiarepresented the voice of the Malays and had played a vital role in achieving independence for the country and in nation building.

“There are pros and cons but that does not mean that we should stop newspapers from reporting,” he said after launching the 30th Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair yesterday.

He said boycotting the newspaper would be ineffective, pointing out that newspapers in other languages had also touched on sensitive issues.

Later in the afternoon, Perkasa staged a small gathering outside Wisma MCA to protest against the boycott call.

Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali, who led the gathering, handed over a memorandum to Dr Chua’s press secretary Giam Say Khoon.

In Alor Setar, Kota Star Perkasa chairman Datuk Mohd Yusof Ismail said the group would launch the “1Melayu 1Bumi” movement this weekend despite disapproval from many leaders, including Perkasa patron and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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It is expected for Dato’ Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek to respond in this manner. After all, Chua as the MCA President keeps blaming others for their own shortcomings, if not political failures for not able to convince the Chinese voters. As a senior partner of Barisan Nasional’s ‘power-share’ coalition, Chua blamed Malay NGOs like PERKASA for their own failure to garner Chinese support and votes in the P094 Hulu Selangor by-election April last year.

For the record, MCA did badly in the 8 March 2008 12th general election where they only managed to scrap by with 15 MPs instead of the 31 Dewan Rakyat seats they held the in 11th Dewan Rakyat. And yet, as ‘power-share’ coalition partner, they were still accorded with the 4 Cabinet Minister posts, despite their below average performance.

Most the MCA’s 31 seats are Malay majority constituencies as compared to DAP’s 24 seats, which is Chinese majority. They even asked for a Second Deputy Prime Minister post for the Chinese, despite their inability to deliver their end of the bargain.

As a result of their below average performance, MCA under Dr Chua themselves pandered to the Chinese Chauvinism as their track to be on the political foray amongst the Chinese voters. At that, they actually back-stabbed PM Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak’s effort to harness the strength of all and unite everyone under the call for ‘1 Malaysia’.

The Dong Zhong did their convention on 6 November 2010 and passed a resolution with 36 items, which include demands. Some perceived this as a ‘political blackmail’ against the BN leadership. The Chinese who are known to be ‘strategic voters’, used their political ‘decisive’ voting power to demand more and more at the expense of the interest of the majority.

Another earlier example is the Chinese Economic Convention organised by MCA on 15 August 2010. They are insensitive enough to ask for the NEP to be abolished and an open market, laissez faire.

It obvious the Chinese Chauvinism has started to challenge the position of the Malays, as what have been enshrined in the ‘Social Contract’, Federal Constituting and post-13 May 1969-racial-riots New Economic Policy to narrow the gap between the social and economic disparity of the urbans and rural folks.

The Malays have decided to start the move to unite themselves in the same spirit that managed to foiled Malayan Union now, for the same reasons; defend what ever grounds that they have, religiously, and not allow all these calls for a ‘Level Playing Field’ when the ‘field isn’t actually leveled’. This is not withstanding the fact that some minority amongst the Chinese already antagonising the majority on certain religious issues.

All of these are being aggregated into something ugly and is provoking, if not challenging the position of the Malays as the majority.

Zaini’s suggestion was a mere reaction to the Chinese Chauvinism campaigning in the recently concluded Sarawak State Election. The Chinese voters showed very little respect  for the majority when they voted for the DAP, especially when they pandered to the call “To throw the Malay Chief Minister out!”. Even MCA controlled English daily pandered to this Chinese Chauvinism, almost every other day in their reporting.

The call for the Malays to unite is to solidify and reitirate the position of the Malays as the majority and some of what have been accorded to them should not even be discussed, let alone challenged. It is not about a call for the Malays to take the rights of the Non Malays or the minority. There should not be anything wrong to protect the grounds of what the Malays see at as their ‘turf’, especially amongst the nationalist already felt that they were ‘generous enough’ in their willingness to share, even power with the minority which include the Chinese.

In a predominantly Chinese controlled environment, whether it is government or corporations, the Chinese in power do very little to ensure the concept of ‘power-sharing’ is translated and practiced with the Non Chinese, especially the Malays. Non of the large Chinese controlled corporations allowed the Malays to be alleviated to position of strategic power, if not top management. In Penang, the DAP controlled state government did not give the Malays the same power and decision making position like how it is being practiced at Federal Government level; consensus. Not to mention Singapore as an example where the Malays are completely marginalised.

Those are the facts. Zaini did nothing wrong asking the Malays to unite.

Published in: on April 26, 2011 at 16:37  Comments (50)  

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah still pressuring?

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak was appointed as Malaysia 6th Prime Minister on 3 April 2009. The party leadership was handed over to him on 28 March 2009 when UMNO’s sixth President PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah “I’m-not-a-PM-for-a-term” Ahmad Badawi did not seek re-election, against the wishes if not pressure from some of  his strongest backers and supporters.

This graphic appeared in Utusan Malaysia front page, on 18 March 2009

One of them in his own highly controversial son-in-law, Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin who by then already managed to get himself elected as UMNO Youth Chief, in one of the most controversial fights where he was to have been found to be guilty of some degree of ‘money politics’ but not reprimanded and instead, let of with a mere ‘warning’.

PM Dato’ Sri Najib announced his Cabinet on 9 April 2009.  Amongst those who were omitted out from this line up is Khairy, despite as an UMNO Youth Chief is a Vice President stature by default. Strangely, his Deputy UMNO Youth Chief Dato’ Razali Ibrahim is appointed Deputy Minister of Youth.

The arrogance of the moment

As an UMNO Youth Chief, he is also by default the BN Youth Chief. However, BN Youth Chief of component parties were then appointed Deputy Ministers such as Wee Ka Siong and Hj Fadzillah Yusoff, but not him.  To add salt to injury, even BN Women’s Wing Chief of component parties are given position in PM Dato’ Sri Najib’s administration. Senator Dato’ Maznah Mazlan is not even UMNO Wanita Chief and yet not only she was appointed as a Dewan Negara member, she was entrusted as Deputy Minister of Human Resources.

The pressure is mounting. Khairy uses all sorts of channel to make the message heard that as the UMNO Youth Chief (or known as ‘KPUM’ amongst his UMNO Youth boys), its a matter of pride that he must make it into the administration. Many UMNO leaders which include Vice President Dato’ Sri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insinuated that Khairy should be given a post, the very least by default of his position in the party.

But none avail.

Anak-Bapak: Rekod sokongan terbanyak hingga terburuk keatas BN, hanya dalam tempohmasa hanya satu terma pilihanraya umum sahaja

Dotting father-in-law, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi did try. In fact, many times. In his few engagements with PM Dato’ Sri Najib, he was said to be asking that Khairy be given a ‘Ministerial’ post.  Its a sheer sign of desperation. Of course, we saw that did not come. PM Dato’ Sri Najib did not entertain the request.

In fact, some people believed that there has been no major Cabinet reshuffle involving UMNO leaders since the 9 April 2009 line-up is because PM Dato’ Sri Najib wants to avoid the ‘stickiness’ of having to pander onto party pressure when Khairy is omitted again. For the record, Wanita UMNO Chief Senator Dato’ Seri Sharizat A Jalil is a Cabinet Minister and Puteri UMNO Chief Dato’ Rosnah Shirlin is a Deputy Minister.

This makes obvious sense. No Cabinet reshuffle means PM Najib need to say ‘no’ to his former boss, especially when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s himself chose to remain oblivion to the majority’s thunderous message when he unprecedented lead BN to lose in 5 + 1 states and for the first time did not control 2/3 majority of the Dewan Rakyat on the ‘Political Tsunami’ of  8 March 2008 ‘s 12th GE.

PM Dato’ Sri Najib is doing the right thing. Both of them, bapak and anak, should reflect on their history. Both of them should heed the voice of the majority. Both of them are liability to the party. A destructive duo, indeed.

Published in: on April 26, 2011 at 09:59  Comments (3)  

Mat King Leather singing the Sinatra song….

Science is fact. Science is precise. It takes science to refute a scientific finding. However, that is now the case in former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s side of the court. This is what was presented at Kuala Lumpur Criminal High Court this afternoon:

“Sodomy II: Profile of DNA samples from Anwar Ibrahim matches that of ‘Male Y’ taken from accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, says prosecution”

Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim ought to be singing a line from Frank “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Sinantra’s landmark song;

“Now, the end is near
And so we face, the final curtain”

At 517pm, the Opposition Leader called for a media conference at the lobby of the Jalan Duta Court Complex. He trying spinning by:

1. Asking how come the first doctor at Pusrawi was not called in the trial
2. Validity of the DNA testing
3. Calling this a “BN Conspiracy”

The fact is that, the first doctor asked Saiful to go to HKL. The DNA testing is accepted the court. No politics in this.

The end is very near, indeed….

*Updated 755pm

Anwar’s sodomy accuser is a “consummate liar”

Posted: 25 April 2011 1718 hrs

Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan
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Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Monday sought to have sodomy charges thrown out on the grounds that his accuser was a “consummate liar” and part of a plot to discredit him.

Anwar’s top counsel Karpal Singh made the comments in court in a bid to persuade the trial judge to rule that there was no case to answer.

Anwar is being tried over allegations by a 25-year-old former aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari, who said he was sodomised by the 63-year-old father-of-six at an upmarket condominium in June 2008.

“Mohamad Saiful is a consummate liar” because he was not at the condominium on the relevant date, the lawyer argued, “and he was never, ever sodomised by Anwar”.

“It is an absolute concoction by Saiful designed to cause Anwar to be maliciously prosecuted,” Karpal told the packed courtroom while the former deputy prime minister was seated in the witness box.

Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia, whether or not between consenting adults.

Anwar insists the accusation is part of a government plot to derail his political career, but authorities deny any conspiracy.

Anwar’s personal tribulations have dominated Malaysian politics for years, but he is still seen as posing a threat to the ruling Barisan Nasional, which has been in power for half a century.

Karpal also told the court that the prosecution’s evidence was flawed and that Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail’s decision to lay the charge was politically motivated.

“It is finally submitted that given this level of flawed evidence, there was really insufficient evidence to order the prosecution of Anwar.

“The attorney-general thus had a sinister motive in doing so and had wasted the taxpayers’ money to appease his political masters,” he added.

In March, Anwar’s lawyers threatened to put Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor in the dock if the judge decided to continue with the trial.

Saiful has said that he met with Najib before filing a police report about the alleged sodomy — a revelation that fuelled Anwar’s allegations that the case was politically motivated.

The trial, which has been punctuated by long delays, has also heard evidence from a chemist that multiple unidentified DNA profiles were found in Saiful’s anus and trousers.

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PM Najib: We guarantee no censorship

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak reitirated today the 15 year old Federal Government’s policy on internet and connectivity that there would not be any censorship. He spoke at the launching of Blog House Malaysia’s First Malaysia-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak launching Blog House Malaysia First Malaysia-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference

He also recognise the growth and position of new and social media, which include blogs to disseminate information. The experience in recent uprising in Egypt and Libya was attributed to the use of social medias, especially blogs, twitter and facebook. In the same breadth, he affirms the Federal Government’s attitude to engage the new and social media, which include blogs.

PM Najib witnessed the commemoration of Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s appointment as patron of Blog House Malaysia.

Blog House Malaysia patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivering his acceptance speech

In his acceptance speech, Tun Dr. Mahathir recapped how he started blogging. He also said that the new and social media could be an avenue where the government could be reminded on what the rakyat aspire and wanted to tell. “Government should listen”.

He added, the use of internet, social media and blogs should be done responsibly. This is his consistent message.

*Updated 830am

Keynote Address

by

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak

Prime Minister of Malaysia

At the 1st Malaysia-Asean Bloggers Forum

Kuala Lumpur, 24 April 2011

Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad,

Patron for the Blog House Malaysia

Tuan Syed Akbar Ali,

President of the Blog House Malaysia,

Datuk Ahirudin Attan or the famous Rocky’s Bru,

The Blog House Adviser

Ladies and gentlemen.

2. First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Exco of the Blog House , all 14 of them which include a lady blogger Datuk Nuraina Samad for organising this First Malaysia-Asean Bloggers Forum. This is indeed a splendid initiative given the explosion of the Internet, the social media, blogs, and microblogging such as Twitter.

3. This inaugural forum gives me the singular pleasure of saying Selamat Datang to the bloggers from our neighboring countries Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

4. I am told the Asean bloggers who are here include some of their most influential, including heads of the countries’ respective blogger associations and a lady blogger from Jakarta  who is also the author of 17 books.  One or two are here using pseudonyms due to the political situation back home, or something to that effect. Anyway, pseudonyms and anonymity are still quite common on blogosphere. I just hope you have come into this country using your real names and genuine passports. Unlike the borderless world of the Internet, we are still separated by real geographical boundaries guarded by immigration and customs officers, and sometimes border patrols! In any case, I hope all of you are enjoying your stay and will take time after this forum to enjoy more of our great Malaysian hospitality.

Ladies and gentlemen,

5. Asean, the regional body that our forefathers had established to foster unity and enhance cooperation among governments in the Southeast Asian region, is 44 years old this year. Nobody can deny that it has achieved many great things. Together, we represent 600 million people and combined GDP of USD1.8 trillion.  Individually, our countries are democracies – some older than the others – and despite the great disparities between ethnic groups and religions, we have co-existed peacefully. What disputes we have are resolved through proper channels with the aim of keeping that peace and prosperity.

6. These, we in Asean have achieved amid a global environment best described as unpredictable, sometimes even volatile. Just scan the news on North Africa and West Asia and we hear and read of daily waves of protests in the streets and armed rebelion in cities and villages.

7. Governments of today are being challenged not just with the use of guerillas and mercenaries armed to the teeth with deadly weapons  but also by the deployment of cybertroopers who wage viral warfare with the might of their keyboards and keypads and smartphone, as the Iran “Twitter” Revolution in 2009 manifested.

8. Even the so-called open democracies of the West are not spared by this viral cyber warfare The arrival of Wikileaks, especially the disclosure of highly confidential communication between government, has forced even the US to review its position on Digital Democracy. Nothing  is sacred anymore. As you are aware, even some juicy diplomatic cables involving governments in our region were recently exposed by Wikileaks, causing a little bit of discomfort on the part of certain quarters.

9. For the first time,  governments in the West which have been promoting the freedom of expression and freedom of information are forced to review their positions.  Some of their politicians are calling a gag on the Internet, or at least some form of government controls and regulations, in the name of national security.

10. Such is the power of the Internet today. Facebook, Twitter and blogs have given individuals the power to influence one another and shape the views of the masses. In an increasing number of cases, these Social Media apparatus have become the means to galvanize the masses and make them march against the Establishment. In some cases, these have led to the downfall of regimes and governments. At the very least, they create havoc and instability.

11. The mobile phone, or the handheld, is a necessity for us to communicate. Once it was a luxury that only a few could afford but today it is available to the masses.  Armed with WiFi or high-speed broadband, and applied with the SMS and other forms of text mails, that  handheld can become an enemy of the State!

12. In Malaysia, which has a population of 27 million and which has set its sight on becoming a high-income nation by 2020, there are said to be million registered handheld today. We are also one of the most ardent Facebook fans – there were 10, 141, 500 (10.1 million) FB users. Before our last General Election in March 2003, some five hundred thousand blogs were already in existence. Mind you,  that was before Tun Dr Mahathir started his blog, which has attracted over 30 million unique visitors and inspired an army of other bloggers!

13. I have no doubts whatsoever that Malaysia has one of liveliest blogospheres in the world. And definitely one of the freest if not the most free. Malaysian have to thank Tun Dr Mahathir again for this. When he was the Prime Minister, and Malaysia was developing our Multimedia Super Corridor, Tun made the promise to the world that Malaysia would never censor the Internet. My Government is fully committed to that wisdom. We intend to keep his word.

Ladies and gentlemen,

14. Last week, Malaysia held its first state election since the 12th General Election in March 2008. The Barisan Nasional which I lead won the Sarawak state election with a thumping two-thirds majority. When the reporters asked me about the victory, I said that “open democracy and the online media (in other words, Digital Democracy)” have made it more difficult to win elections. That is the fact of the matter.

15. It is also a fact that the Malaysian government, just as the other governments in Asean, continue to spend and invest to promote open democracy and Digital democracy. Malaysia is spending RM11 billion just on high-speed broadband. We have a scheme to provide free laptops to a million people, including school children, in the interior. The private sector spends billions every year on infrastructure and R&D, and to get that smartphone or latest Tab or Playbook to the market.

16. I am not sure why other governments do it, especially if it’s true that these told of the Internet can be a pain in the neck. But on behalf of my own Government, I can say for certain that it is because we know that this is the way forward. We practise open democracy, and as Digital Democracy is concerned, it is inevitable, that it would be silly – perhaps even futile – for governments to resist or ignore.

17. Also, we believe that the Internet is an engine for economic growth, the portal that opens up to a knowledge society. This is applicable to all societies; even a government that is not too keen about the “democracy” part of “Digital democracy” should embrace the “digital” part, as the economic implications are simply too great to ignore.

18. Applied properly, the Social media, blogging and microblogging are capable of bringing our nations closer. Imagine, for the first time in the history of mankind, our people are able to communicate with each other in real time and without having to wait for days or even weeks for the mail. An Anonymous blogger in Singapore can go into a blog run by someone in Thailand and interact, without any kind of intervention. An Indonesian with a Twitter account can take part in a thread of tweets by Malaysians and help put things in perspective and avoid the kind of misunderstandings that have plagued our nations in the past.

19. Take the latest tsunami that hit Japan. People were Facebooking, YouTubing, Meeting and Blogging to keep the world abreast, and the same Internet toils were used to help bring relief to the affected Japanese.

Ladies and gentlemen,

20. There is no limit to the good that blogging can bring about to our nations and our region, Asean. For that to happen, the bloggers in these region need to come together in a formal manner. Yes, of course, this could pose a bigger threat to governments but that’s an extreme view. I am an optimictic, in the sense that I believe that more good can come off of this union.

21. That is why I did not hesitate when Tuan Syed Akbar from the Blog House Malaysia invited me to speak at this inaugural forum today. I was told that this meeting would bring together hundreds of Malaysian bloggers with key bloggers from Asean. I think it is a noble attempt to bring the blogging fraternity of Asean closer together. For the local bloggers, I am sure the face-to-face interaction would enrich them, and create a new awareness of their greater surroundings.

22. It is very exciting to learn that the Asean bloggers and their counterparts from the Blog House of Malaysia have come out with a Kuala Lumpur Declaration. And that Declaration underscores a desire to pursue common aspirations, ones that we, the governments of Asean hold to, dearly as well. I am honored that you have decided to share these aspirations with me. Rest assured, I take such feedback very seriously as I am aware that you represent not just yourselves or your blogs and Twitter, but millions of readers and followers.

23. I would like to take this orpportunity as well to congratulate the Blog House of Malaysia for involving the private sector companies as sponsors and participants. Corporations are already doing business on the Internet but you have provided these companies a platform to reach out to the people behind the blogs and microbes, and vice versa.

24. I wish all of you a happy and fruitful interaction. To our guests from Asean, I look forward to reading about your experience – hopefully pleasant ones – on your blogs.

Published in: on April 24, 2011 at 12:49  Comments (14)  

1MARBC Kuala Lumpur Consensus

The 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference kicked off with a very fine start. ASEAN bloggers presented the blogging scenario in their respective countries.

Cambodian bloggers call themselves ‘cloggers’. It grew exponentially from 2007 onwards where internet connectivity has been improved, where connectivity now stands at 3.1 million users. As of 2007, only 0.3% of the population is connected compared to 10.4% in 2010. There is already 9.8 million mobile phone users now, which 1s 67% of all Cambodians and alreasy 34 registered ISPs.

Bruneian bloggers talked about seditious blogging, when touching issues about His Majesty Sultan of Brunei. According to the Brunei Attorney General “There is no such thing as rights of freedom of expression as the likes of the US and the UK”.

The Indonesians talked about blogging and social media is very big where the largest tweeter users outside the United States are in Indonesia. There are 4.8 million bloggers in Indonesia and they host ‘Pesta Blogger’ annually.

The Singaporean blogger talked about the Government regard the bloggers guild as a ‘political organisation’ recently. This is in anticipation of the upcoming general elections, which now has been set on 17 May. This means that bloggers are not supposed to accept ‘contributions’, especially from outside Singapore which has been made unlawful for political organisations to do so.

The representative from Thailand talked about a very big issue at home, lesse majeste law which translate to ‘injury to the Monarch’. During the recent ‘Redshirt Uprising’, the Monarchy and Government started to seriously block the flow of information. Particular in April 2010 and certain blogs and websites were blocked.

In Vietnam, 30% of the 90 million population are connected. 20% of those are blogging. The changes now enables that a blogger is suing the Prime Minister.

The Blog House Malaysia representative gave an overview on blogging in Malaysia. BHM came into being after a cabinet Minister took actions against Malaysia socio-political bloggers, to look into the issues of blogging and Malaysian bloggers. This include prosecution.

A Kuala Lumpur Consensus is expected to be drafted and adopted by this conference later today.

*Updated 1230pm


The conference is available to be viewed via live streaming at:

www.livestream.com/malaysia4all

Published in: on April 23, 2011 at 10:42  Comments (2)  
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