A really witty episode from the New, Yes Prime Minister series. How shrewd political blackmail and horse trading could entwine.
Anthony Jay’s and Jonathan Lynn’s fictitous but highly popular comical British Prime Minister Right Honourable Jim Hacker MP has returned with new follies. This round, Hacker is a more temperamental troubled nation tinged with better grasp of machiavellian politics.
Along with Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, Political Adviser Claire Sutton complicated the chronic issues that looms No. 10 Downing Street and the rest of Whitehall and Her Majesty’s government.
The character ‘Jim Hacker’ is almost a real person who became a politician.
Hacker was an academic political researcher, polytechnic lecturer, and editor of a newspaper, Reform, and entered Parliament circa 1961. He continued with at least some of these jobs while holding the office of Member of Parliament for Birmingham East.
For the first twenty years of his political career, Hacker was a member of the Opposition, and he served as Shadow Minister of Agriculture from 1974 on. In 1980, he served as the head of the unsuccessful party leadership campaign of Martin Walker; the winner of this campaign, Herbert Attwell, later went on to win the general election in 1981, and thereby became the UK’s new prime minister.
Hacker was nervous that Attwell would pass him over for a Cabinet post as an act of revenge for running Walker’s campaign against him, but Attwell appointed Hacker to the cabinet as minister for the (fictitious) Department of Administrative Affairs. At least one news commentator of the time speculated that the appointment was actually an act of revenge, as the DAA had a reputation as “a political graveyard” that could end Hacker’s career
Issues discussed in these series include previously considered taboo.
This is a punt from BBC’s ‘Yes, Minister’ series, episode “Whiskey Priest”. It is very much applicable and could be extrapolated into the way things are done in Malaysia. Even how information and feedback is passed back to the Prime Minister.
Considering that there are several ‘inner circle rings’ that have been ‘circling the wagon’ around the Prime Minister, it is likely that the information never got to reach upstairs in the proper context, tone or even perspective. Thus, it would contribute to decisions and/or actions stalled if not the poor decision made.
Execution and implementation is something else. Nevermind the complexity of mastering how things are done in the civil service way.
Then, there is the process of measuring it. In 2010, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak introduced the planning the matrix and measurement of Government’s performance and planned policies being rolled out via the ‘consultants’s way’ by mixing inexperienced macro-economic planners and so-called management professionals from the private sector and hand picked cvil servants.
That is a total new creature, to deal with.
Today we would like to talk about Khaled Hadji Ibrahim. He is an Algerian performer and might we add, a very proud one. He shot to international fame with his number ‘Didi’, exactly 20 years ago.
The number won international fame, especially all over Europe. For the past twenty years, Cheb Khaled has been performing that song amongst other of his popular numbers over and over again in events, concerts and clubs.
The highlight is when he performed the song at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, representing the Arab speaking Africans.
As everyone can see, Cheb Khaled never fail to bring the most important symbol of his origin and proud nation, the Algerian flag.
It is grossly unfathomable why there are ingrate Malaysians who benefited so much from this land of plenty, try so hard to demean the country and to a point of insulting the Jalur Gemilang.
Now that a new Minister takes over from Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim Ph.D in the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek instructed that the feature film about two of the nation’s prolific statesmen between 8 May 1969 – 16 Jan 1976 “Tanda Putera” be released into public screening the soonest opportunity available.
Published: Monday June 3, 2013 MYT 1:25:00 PM
Updated: Monday June 10, 2013 MYT 4:39:32 PM
Controversial film Tanda Putera finally coming to local cinemas
BY PATRICK LEE
KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial local film Tanda Putera, which depicts events leading up to and during the May 13, 1969 riots, will hit Malaysian cinemas on Aug 29 this year, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
“It will be released on Aug 29,” he told reporters at theMalaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas)centre.
Ahmad Shabery had previously called for Finas to publicly screen Tanda Putera.
Directed by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, the film depicts events during the May 13, 1969 riots, focusing on Malaysia’s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.
Produced in 2011 by Persona Pictures Sdn Bhd, the RM4 million film carries a PG13 rating and was supposed to be screened from Nov 15 last year.
Commenting on the date, Ahmad said he preferred the film to be screened earlier, during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.
“People have been waiting for the film to come out, so the sooner the better,” he said.
However, Finas officials said that if Tanda Putera was released then, it would not do well at the box office.
Finas director-general Raja Rozaimie Raja Dalnish Shah said that two other movies were scheduled for a Aug 8 releaseAdnan Sempit 3 and Lemak Kampung Santan.
“Based on our previous experience, collections for films released during Hari Raya aren’t that good…Three Malay movies during Hari Raya is not good,” he said.
Raja Rozaimie said that the film’s producers asked for the Aug 29 date, adding this allowed it to be marketed from now.
The Cabinet earlier held back the screening of the film as it was concerned it would cause conflict among communities
Last year, the screening of “Tanda Putera” was postponed twice (September and November 2012) before Dr Rais lied about the film did not get the Board of Censorship approval and eventually he and Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon manipulated the Cabinet to decide on the indefinite postponement.
Their lame justification was that the film might irk Chinese sentiments and would affect Barisan Nasional’s chances in then the much anticipated 13GE.
The fact has proven the Chinese en bloc rejected BN at the polls on 5 May 2013 for the 13GE despite so many concessions made for them, in what Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s initial reaction description as “Chinese Tsunami”.
It was about the Chinese en bloc wanted power and as minority having powering influence if not control over the majority. It was also more and more taken into the Oppositions’ ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy of demonising all principles, power and authority will lay in the hands of the majority, the Malays, and DAP’s continuous fanning racist sentiments and Chinese Chauvinism.
It was never about films like “Tanda Putera”, even though it was the recollection of what happened to the nation before, during and post 3GE in May 1969 which saw the radicals, extremists, Chinese Chauvinists and subversive elements such as the Communist Terrorists fanned radicalism, Chinese Chauvinism and racism. As such a bloody racial riots erupted and the nation was placed under Emergency Law.
Film-maker Dato’ Paduka Shuhaimi Baba brilliantly portrayed the intense and critical moments and decisions made by the National Operation Council and to put the nation straight again and slowly reconcile all fragmented society and the deep distrust between the races in record time.
That is on top then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman as individuals were suffering in secret of terminal illness and their resolve and determination to serve the nation first. This include the formulation of post 13 May 1969 policies such as the New Economic Policy and Industrial Master Plan which became the fundamental foundation for harmony and stability, which are the primary constants and facilitated the nation’s growth to present day.
Now it seems Astro-Shaw has published a new film based on the Malayan Chinese struggle against the Communist Terrorists (CT) in 1949 in the new villages created to re-settle Chinese communities away from the threat and influence of the jungle-centric CTs. It was skewed since the program to re-settle Chinese communities in then the newly instituted new villages under the ‘Briggs Plan’ came only after Gen. Sir Harold Briggs arrive at Malaya in 1950.
It is funny none of the so called critics, manipulators and most of all the Neo Min Yuen supporters and liars of historical facts which is the complete opposite to “Tanda Putera”, made no comments at all about “The New Village”. The fact is that Shuhaimi Baba’s work was based on history and true accounts where as Wong Kew-Lit’s work was purely fictitious and not based on facts.
There are suspicions that the film “The New Village” is about subliminal effort to continue the Chinese Chauvinism doctrine amongst the young Malaysian Chinese. Particularly, highlighting the “Butchers of Malaya” a.k.a. MPAJA struggle against the British and Commonwealth Forces after Emergency was declared, therefore they were the ‘true’ Independence fighters.
The movie made its way into the local cinema circuits seamlessly and most importantly, in total silence without any controversy what so ever where as “Tanda Putera” came under the artificial barriers by Finas and eventually to slot into the ‘Wajib Tayang’ scheme which is a policy for locally produced films.
The Malays have a saying, “Kera dihutan disusukan, Anak dibuaian mati kelaparan“. The public screening of “Tanda Putera” fits into that, perfectly.
The business of government is really tricky. It is a very complex mixture and infusion of arts and science of administration, politics, management, economic planning, reporting and managing expectations. It is an enigma of many variances, running parallel.
In the midst of dealing with the complexity of challenges, some politicians are bent of preserving their position and power, more than anything else. Where as the civil servants who are supposed to execute the operations of the government, are either confused on the inconsistent policies, directions and the whims and fancies of ministers whenever there is a Cabinet reshuffle.
Or as experienced administrative professionals, they have their own interpretations. And they work against their political masters in their own ‘little kingdom’, supported by an elite group of trusted lieutenants.
At times, it has been often wondered whether persons in these political and/or administrative positions suffer from the ‘moral vacuum’ syndrome. In sundry, concert or even in isolation.
When it comes to a juncture that would lead into a conundrum or crisis, they have the ‘alternative avenue’ instead of doing the right thing. They might work in tandem to cover their own tracks. So they adopt The Rhodesia Solution’.
“You write a note that is susceptible to misinterpretations”.
In the end, issues are not addressed. Compounded enigma of problems are swept under the carpet. They have their on intelligent mannerism to explain their position, even manipulate figures and analysis. Especially now in the age of KPIs and NKRA.
In short, they allowed for a ‘Systemic Failure’. And perpetrators go scot free.
The first response of the 13GE shocking results as it rolls in at PWTC on the evening of 5 May 2013 came unexpected. As soon as BN has got the mandate and formed the Federal Government, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak admitted on the “Chinese Tsunami” and an immediate remedy he mentioned was “National Reconciliation”.
One cannot help but immediately zoomed in on National Laureate Datuk Usman Awang’s poem on the meaningfulness of ‘Masyarakat Muhibbah‘, especially from the scars of the darkest history of modern Malaysian inter-ethnic relations some forty four years ago:
Anak Jiran Tionghua
Begitu kecil ia berdiri di tepi pagar
Kilat matanya memanggil Iskandar
Siapa lalu siapa berkaca
Melihat keduanya bergurau senda.
Anak Tionghua kelahirannya di sini
Di bumi hijau ladang-ladang getah dan padi
Ia bisa bercerita untuk siapa saja
Di sini tanahnya dan ibunya bersemadi.
Bumi tercinta resapkan wahyumu
Jantung mereka adalah langitmu
Darah mereka adalah sungaimu
Nafas mereka adalah udaramu.
However, this one is from the heart of someone who feels the current socio-political climate is as warm and cheerful comparable to any mid November in Geordieland and making the call for some people who call themselves ‘Malaysians’ to step forward and demonstrate their loyalty and patriotism in the true sense:
Aku Pilih Malaysia
Aku tak pilih untuk jadi Melayu
Engkau juga tak pilih untuk jadi Cina
Tetapi Melayu itu memilih untuk Merdeka dari Penjajah
Engkau bersekongkol dengan penjajah untuk survival dan berniaga
Melayu pilih untuk jadi Askar Melayu dan pertahan negara
Cina pilih untuk sembunyi senjata, jadi Komunis dan Bintang Tiga
Melayu pilih untuk bersatu dan perpaduan demi Malaysia
Untuk itu, Cina, Sabah, Sarawak dan termasuk Singapura setuju untuk PILIH jadi Malaysia
Teguh bersepakat mendukung pemerintahan ‘Kongsi Kuasa’
Sama sama ada peranan untuk bangunkan negara
Masa Presiden UMNO persembahkan pada Raja Raja
Sebagai timbang rasa persediaan untuk Merdeka
Syarat warga Perjanjian Malaya 1 Feb 1948 diketepikan sahaja
Terima sejuta jadi rakyat tanpa sebarang helah dan bicara
Namun Cina itu juga pilih untuk sokong dua ekor badut dari PAS dan PKR durjana
Untuk MENGHASUT Rakyat Malaysia Membenci Malaysia
Cina pilih Lim Kit Siang dan Tian Chua dengan lantang bunyinya
Yang tergamak memfitnah Serangan Lahad Datu itu ‘Sandiwara’
Aku tak pilih jadi Melayu
Engkau Cina pun tak pilih jadi Cina
Tetapi kalau kita dah setuju pilih Malaysia
Maka kita sama sama jaga Malaysia
Dan tolak serta ambil tindakan kepada badut badut celaka ini
BUKAN engkau Cina semua SOKONG badut sial ini
Yang seluruh pelusuk tidak henti henti menjalankan aktiviti
Menghasut masyarakat Cina melihat Melayu dengan perasaan benci
Terkinja kinja macam kera kena belacan masa ‘Blackout Lima-Kosong-Lima’
BUKAN engkau Cina semua diam dan tak ambil tindakan segera
Keatas anak anak Cina yang Kurang Ajar dan Biadap lakunya
Dan suka suka terbalikan bendera Malaysia
Atau suka suka hina Raja Raja
Mengkhianati prinsip prinsip Rukun Negara
Aku tak pilih jadi Melayu
Aku pilih Persekutuan Malaysia
Aku juga PILIH tak mahu hormat pada Cina yang tak hormat konsep Malaysia
Yang terbukti membelakangkan prinsip prinsip Rukun Negara
Kalau engkau dah tak pilih semangat Malaysia
Maka engkau Cina pergilah cari lain negara
Ramai rakan taulan sedara mara yang telah hijrah melata
Mencaci tanah air tanpa sedikitpun rasa duka tercela
Kalau engkau masih nak pilih Malaysia
Maka engkau perlu BUKTIKAN engkau Sayang Malaysia
Dan ambil tindakan atas mereka yang merosakkan Malaysia
Dan menunjukan patriotisma dengan syaratnya tiada
Malangnya, jauh bahang dari bara
Engkau Cina benci Utusan Malaysia
Tetapi engkau Cina sokong akhbar akhbar Cina
Yang artikelnya bersifat rasis dan chauvinis belaka
Aku pilih Malaysia
Bukan sengaja aku cari sengketa
Datuk tidak kering gusi berpesan sentiasa
Jahat jangan sekali tapi buat baik biar berpada
Engkau Cina juga pilih untuk BENCI UMNO dan PERKASA
Dan mengecil ngecilkan agensi dimana Melayu jadi penguasa
Merata ceramah Chauvinis Cina engkau pasang telinga
Tanpa sedikit pun perasaan Melayu ditimbang rasa
Maka janganlah marah bila Melayu mula bicara dan mencerna minda
PILIH UNTUK MENOLAK SELURUH MASYARAKAT CINA
BOIKOT PERNIAGAAN, PERSATUAN SERTA SEKOLAH & BUDAYA CINA
YANG PENGHABIS BICARANYA TAK HORMAT MALAYSIA!
Aku Pilih Malaysia
Sebab Aku tiada pilihan lain Demi Sayang & Cintaku Kepada Negara!*************
The Malays have a saying, “Tepuk dada, tanya selera“. It is self explanatory. ‘National Reconciliation’ must come as a reciprocity.
Now everyone can get screwed! Sabor ajalah…….