Going concern economy

Malaysia is open for business and the facts are scientific evidence that the nation’s economy is healthy and regardless what detractors tried to manipulate and lie about it. Hence, it is going concern.

We would like to share a comment that one of our regulars here in this blog pertaining to Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of “Failed economy”, shared in the last posting.

PM Najib’s performance in managing the economy in the first seven years of premiership is rather impressive, even taking Dr Mahathir’s first seven years’ performance.
It is a fact that Najib’s transformation policies did bring about steady reduction of annual budget deficit.
Comparatively to Dr Mahathir’s time his first budget saw a 16.3% deficit. six years later was brought down to -7.5%.
When he first started, the Malaysian Govt debt is 54% of GDP. Within six years, it shot up to 103.4% of GDP. 62% of that public debt was in foreign currency.
That simply translate Dr Mahathir borrowed 64% of GDP from foreigners.
Foreign reserves than was only at USD6billion. There was a minus current account. Then again, in Dr Mahathir’s first year as PM, the current account was at -13.4%.
How could the economy today is a “Failed state”?
There are more people working. The BOP in the current account is good. The unemployment rate is a little over 3%. It simply means those who are unemployed is by choice.

Income per capita is all time high.
Even market capitalisation of Bursa Malaysia is RM1.8 trillion. The foreign reserve is a healthy near USD100b.

The Malaysian economy is on-going concern. It’s evidently clear.


Malaysia was never a ‘Failed Economy’ then despite the ghastly figures. The fact is that, Malaysia is a going concern state.

The global rating agencies in the likes of Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor issue very encouraging rating scores for the Malaysian economy.

It is organic. It is industrious. The people are productive and there  raw materials to work on and goods to produce.

Thus, the industrialisation grew and more and more exports are generated year on year. When economic activity grew, the support system also would naturally grew.

This include banking and other services, like food and beverage and other ancillary services.

Economic activity also promotes more demand for transportation, energy and above all, infrastructure.

Naturally as the population grow, the demand for dwellings increase as well. The trickle effect is endless.

If comparable against present day, the economic vital statistics is even much better. There fundamentals are strong and the economic base is very solid.

Therefore, the confidence on the principle of ‘going concern’ should be higher.

However, there are some rogue personalities who are trying to frighten the majority with the ghost stories about the economy is sick and the nation slow is failing.

To the majority, they are unable to decipher even basic economic data. Along with rising cost of living, they are easily bought over.

The fact, many ordinary people are not putting the measurement ruler to the right pole. They simply simplify everything with a common viewing glass.

With the exception of unaffordable homes in the major metropolitan, everything else should be in the right context of affordability.

A quick example is a car. The same car with equivalent specifications today is actually cheaper than what it was ten years ago. If adjusted to the purchase power parity, then the affordability of a common car is accessible to all.

This is true considering that more and more cars are being sold and even to group of consumers previously, are unable to have access to such goods at their current state.

More and more Malaysians are travelling and taking holidays, regionally and even further abroad.

Published in: on October 21, 2016 at 10:00  Comments (2)  

Sound Fiscal Management

Malaysian Federal Government had been having sound fiscal management since Merdeka, considering that economic growth had been steadily achieved which is reflective in the rakyat socio economic stature and quality of life, without the need to issuing USD17.5 billion in a single tranche of sovereign bond to raise money.

Financial Times story:

First Saudi bond sale raises $17.5bn in emerging market record

Debt issue part of a broader plan to shift economy away from its reliance on oil
Read next:
Saudi Arabia to sell up to $17.5bn in debut issue

© Bloomberg

YESTERDAY by: Elaine Moore in London and Simeon Kerr in Dubai
Saudi Arabia has raised $17.5bn for its debut sovereign bond issue, eclipsing Argentina’s bond sale earlier this year to become the largest debt issue by an emerging economy.
Investors put up orders of $67bn, enabling the kingdom to increase the amount borrowed and overtake the $16.5bn raised by Argentina as buyers queued up in search of yield.

“This is clearly a success for the country,” said Richard House, head of emerging markets fixed income at Standard Life Investments.

Saudi Arabia’s entrance into international markets is part of a broader plan to pivot the country’s economy away from its reliance on oil, as prices slump to half the level of two years ago. The sale is expected to herald a pipeline of new deals, including the world’s biggest initial public offering from state oil company Aramco.

“This is very significant moment for the kingdom — until this year it had not held external sovereign debt,” said Monica Malik, chief economist at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. “They had to issue, given tight domestic liquidity conditions and stretched local funding sources, and we expect to see further issuance going forward — Saudi will become a fixture on global debt markets.”

The multibillion-dollar order book reflected heightened demand for debt issued by emerging markets this year, as interest rates in the developed world remain at historic lows. Argentina, Qatar, Turkey and Mexico have all sold large bond issues and the demand allowed Saudi Arabia to tighten prices. The sale comprised three maturities of five, 10 and 30 years offered at yields of about 2.60 per cent, 3.41 per cent and 4.63 per cent, respectively — slightly below expectations.

“Saudi is an attractive investment, but to be honest nearly every emerging market bond has been a success this year — investors are still desperate for yield,” said Mr House.

According to one investor, Asian buyers were responsible for a significant portion of orders, with investors such as pension funds and insurance companies known to be interested in buying the country’s long-dated bonds.

One investor said the issue was priced at a reasonable level, and would encourage interest in future expected bonds. “Saudi is just one big oil company, right, so there will be managers switching out some of their exposure to get the yield of the Saudi bond,” he said.

The bonds were sold around 40 basis points above debt issued by neighbouring Qatar, which carries a higher credit rating, and around 100 basis point wider than bonds sold by oil companies BP and Shell.

Saudi Arabia would have to embrace a new era of greater transparency as investors pore over its fiscal position and reform programme, he added.

“Bondholders will want to see that Saudi Arabia is continuing its fiscal consolidation — they won’t only want to see debt levels going up,” said Ms Malik.

Saudi Arabia’s economy is forecast to slow this year as oil prices remain low and the country engages in a costly war in Yemen, with the International Monetary Fund forecasting gross domestic product growth of 1.2 per cent this year from 3.5 per cent in 2015.

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IMF cuts Saudi Arabia 2016 growth forecast as oil price stays low
Overall expansion of 1.2% lowest since 2009 as spending cuts hit non-oil sector
The IMF has welcomed the government’s Vision 2030 plan, which seeks to crimp spending, raise new non-oil revenue streams and bolster the private sector.

“This issue is important as Saudi Arabia will be in the market for a number of years, so they need to lay out a predictable plan of where they are going,” said Masood Ahmed, the IMF’s managing director for the Middle East, said in Dubai on Wednesday.

“And they need a credible fiscal consolidation plan — they need to show that they have a plan to bring down their financing needs.

In its pitch to prospective bond investors, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance acknowledged the damage caused to its economy by falling oil prices, which led the government to resume issuing local currency-denominated bonds last year for the first time in almost a decade.

The kingdom faces a budget deficit of 13 per cent of gross domestic product this year, below last year’s 16 per cent deficit, as spending cuts move from capital projects to public sector wage bill. Next year, the deficit is forecast to fall to 9.5 per cent.

Government debt, now at 5 per cent of GDP, is forecast to reach 20 per cent by 2017 as the state relies on borrowing rather than financial reserves to plug the shortfall.

Although oil prices have recovered from the decade-low of less than $30, they have struggled to sustain a rise above $50 per barrel.

Speaking at the Oil & Money energy conference in London on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid al Falih said the oil market had come to the end of a downturn, and that the time was now right to tighten supplies and raise prices.

Citi, HSBC and JPMorgan led the sale of debt on Wednesday, with Bank of China, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Mitsubishi UFJ, and NCB Capital also involved in the issue.


The expected 1.2% growth of the Saudi economy for the year is attributable for the kingdom heavy reliance on the oil and gas industry and the sluggish global market for almost two years has taken a toll even for Saudi.

The expected budget deficit of 13% of Saudi GDP for the year (compared to 16% for the last year) is rather alarming.

The Malaysian Federal Government 2016 budget deficit is 3.1% of GDP. When Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak took over the reins of the nation in the midst of the global financial crisis pertaining to subprime financial scandal in the West, the Bajet 2010 Federal Government deficit against GDP is 5..2%.

By comparison, the Malaysian Federal Government external borrowings is RM210 billion. That was accumulated through time, with many socio-economic development programs and projects have been successfully managed to be generated from these borrowings.

Of that, RM199.5 billion is in bond.

This is the Bernama online summary on what to expect from this Friday, when Bajet 2017 is tabled in Dewan Rakyat.

Bajet 2017 Akan Mencergaskan Ekonomi Malaysia

Beberapa tingkat di bangunan Kementerian Kewangan masih bercahaya berikutan pasukan bajet dan warga kerja bertungkus lumus bekerja lebih masa bagi menyiapkan laporan Bajet 2017 yang akan dibentangkan Perdana Menteri selaku Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di Parlimen Jumaat ini

Oleh Christine Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — Bajet 2017 akan terus mencergaskan ekonomi Malaysia, walaupun dilihat sebagai yang paling mencabar bagi Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Ini sejajar dengan kedudukan ekonomi Malaysia yang terdedah kepada ketidaktentuan ekonomi dunia, dengan pertumbuhan empat peratus pada suku kedua tahun ini, merupakan tahap pengembangan paling perlahan sejak suku ketiga 2009 ketika kemuncak krisis kewangan global.

Najib membayangkan kerajaan perlu kreatif dalam menangani kekangan untuk terus menyokong kebajikan rakyat dan menyediakan seberapa banyak bantuan, dalam Bajet 2017.

Oleh itu, kebimbangan rakyat akan ditangani dengan sewajarnya.


Kerajaan perlu mengurus kewangan secara berhemat, dari segi hutang dan defisit fiskal, ekoran unjuran pembayaran dividen yang lebih rendah oleh Petroliam Nasional Bhd dan kutipan cukai yang lebih rendah tahun depan.

Kerajaan juga komited mengurangkan defisit bajet kepada 3.1 peratus daripada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) tahun ini, seperti yang dibentangkan dalam pengubahsuaian bajet oleh Najib pada Januari semasa harga minyak mentah sekitar US$30 setong.

Pada harga minyak sekitar US$51 setong sekarang, ia memberikan kerajaan lebih kapasiti bagi meningkatkan perbelanjaan bajet, namun perlu berhemat memandangkan kedudukan kewangan masih dalam kedudukan sukar disebabkan ekonomi yang perlahan.

MIDF Research dalam laporannya yakin sasaran defisit 3.1 peratus itu boleh dicapai menerusi pelbagai langkah yang dilaksanakan setakat ini bagi menurunkan perbelanjaan dan melaksanakan projek pembangunan berasaskan keutamaan.

Risikonya ialah perdagangan dunia dan ekonomi terus lemah yang menjadi halangan utama kepada ekonomi Malaysia.


Berikutan ekonomi dunia yang terus lemah, wujud tekanan dari segi import dan akaun semasa yang akan terus menjejaskan ekonomi dan usaha kerajaan Malaysia untuk meneruskan perbelanjaan pembangunan.

Ekonomi Malaysia dijangkakan tumbuh 4.0-4.5 peratus tahun ini berbanding 5.0 peratus tahun lepas, selari dengan cabaran global, antara lain, angka perdagangan dan ekonomi China yang perlahan, pasaran pekerjaan AS yang lemah, kedudukan ekonomi di zon Euro yang rapuh serta impak pengundian UK untuk meninggalkan blok berkenaan.

Kadar faedah AS yang dijangkakan meningkat juga akan meningkatkan risiko pengalian keluar modal.

HSBC Global Research dalam laporan mengenai ekonomi Asia menyatakan bahawa risiko pengaliran keluar modal juga menjadi semakin ketara disebabkan lebihan akaun semasa semakin menyusut berbanding jangkaaan setakat tahun ini.

Berdasarkan kekangan fiskal, bajet yang dibentangkan pada 21 Okt ini antara lain dijangkakan mengandungi langkah terhad yang sama untuk golongan berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana seperti Bajet 2016.


Bagaimanapun, persekitaran ekonomi global yang masih rapuh akan memaksa kerajaan meningkatkan peruntukan bagi merangsang permintaan domestik dan perbelanjaan pengguna.

Profesor Ekonomi Fakulti Perniagaan Universiti Sunway, Dr Yeah Kim Leng berkata, kekangan fiskal akan menyaksikan keperluan untuk memberi keutamaan perbelanjaan ke atas bidang teras yang penting yang akan menjamin keselamatan sosial serta menjana pertumbuhan perniagaan dan pekerjaan.

“Dengan had ke atas perbelanjaan, terdapat keperluan untuk menangguhkan projek yang tidak memberi kesan segera ke atas ekonomi,” kata Yeah dalam temu bual dengan Bernama.

Bagi memaksimumkan kesan ke atas perbelanjaan, beliau juga mencadangkan kerajaan melaksanakan projek perkongsian awam-swasta.

Yeah menyokong pelepasan cukai atau pemotongan cukai untuk pertengahan 40 peratus isi rumah atau kumpulan M40 bagi menangani peningkatan kos sara hidup.

Peruntukan untuk perumahan, pendidikan, penjagaan kesihatan dan latihan, katanya, adalah amat penting bagi menyokong isi rumah di bawah 40 peratus atau kumpulan B40 itu.

Kategori M40 terdiri daripada mereka yang berpendapatan antara RM3,860 dan RM8,319 sebulan manakal kategori B40 yang berpendapatan dari RM3,855 dan ke bawah.

Bagaimanapun, jangkaan pertumbuhan ekonomi empat hingga 4.5 peratus tahun ini akan terus memberikan peningkatan sederhana kira-kira tiga hingga empat peratus dalam pendapatan kerajaan, kata Yeah dengan menambah, pendapatan tahun depan akan disokong oleh prospek cerah dalam ekonomi global.

Beliau melihat keperluan untuk menawarkan pelbagai insentif bagi merangsang pertumbuhan ekonomi dan mengekalkan keyakian pelabur, di samping menegaskan yang rancangan mengumpul dana melalui lelongan spektrum telekomunikasi juga akan meningkatkan tabungan negara.


Sementara itu, Ketua Pegawai Operasi Perisian Senarai Gaji Dalam Talian PayrollPanda.my, Toine Vaessen berharap bajet akan datang akan memberi tumpuan kepada membantu perusahaan kecil dan sederhana (PKS), berikutan sumbangannya yang semakin meningkat bagi merangsang ekonomi.

“PKS adalah nadi ekonomi, menggunakan lebih 65 peratus daripada keseluruhan tenaga kerja di Malaysia dan menyumbang 36.3 peratus daripada keseluruhan KDNK,” kata Vaessen kepada Bernama.

Dalam satu kajian yang dijalankan PayrollPanda.my baru-baru ini mengenai keadaan ekonomi Malaysia, beliau berkata, ramai pembuat keputusan PKS merasakan ekonomi digital akan menawarkan banyak peluang untuk PKS.

Oleh itu mereka ingin melihat bajet akan datang memberi tumpuan untuk membantu PKS dengan transformasi digital ini dari segi infrastruktur, pelaburan, latihan, insentif cukai serta pelbagai inisiatif kerajaan yang lain.

Beliau berkata, walaupun ekonomi ketika ini lembap, PKS tetap positif mengenai prospek jangka panjang Malaysia.

“Ini menunjukkan pemilik PKS percaya kita sedang melalui tempoh yang sukar sebelum ekonomi kembali pulih,” katanya.

“Asas untuk ekonomi Malaysia yang kukuh, iaitu kestabilan, kepelbagaian dan ketahanan masih wujud. Pertumbuhan KDNK kini serendahempat peratus dan pembuat keputusan PKS menjangka kita akan kembali mencatat enam peratus dalam beberapa tahun akan datang,” tambahnya.


Bajet 2017 juga dijangka merancakkan lagi momentum perkembangan tahunan bagi mencapai matlamat penggal pertengahan yang ditetapkan Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11 (RMK11).

Ia juga dijangka menyasarkan kumpulan B40 dan M40 dan kerajaan dilihat akan meneruskan usaha membantu kebajikan kumpulan berkenaan menerusi pemberian Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) serta menangani kebimbangan mengenai perumahan mampu milik.

RHB Research dalam nota penyelidikannya, menjangkakan peningkatan peruntukan BR1M akan ditambah bagi merangsang perbelanjaan pengguna.

Firma penyelidikan itu juga percaya kerajaan akan mengumumkan perbelanjaan bajet lebih tinggi bagi 2017 berbanding pada tahun lepas.

Bagi menggalakkan usaha pemilikan rumah, kerajaan berkemungkinan bertindak melonggarkan kaedah penilaian pinjaman, meningkatkan pengeluaran caruman Akaun 2 Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) serta memperkenalkan lebih banyak skim Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia.


Antara kebimbangan disuarakan menyentuh aspek gaji lebih rendah serta pengurangan peruntukan bagi pendidikan pada tahun lepas.

Menurut Institut Penyelidikan Khazanah (KRI), gaji rendah serta pengangguran belia sememangnya membimbangkan selain peningkatan mendadak harga makanan berbanding inflasi secara menyeluruh.

Malah, berdasarkan laporan Keadaan Isi rumah II KRI membabitkan pembangunan kesejahteraan isi rumah bagi tempoh antara 2012 dan 2014, pertumbuhan pendapatan isi rumah Malaysia tidak dipacu oleh pertumbuhan gaji dan pendapatan.

Bagi tempoh 2012 hingga 2014, purata pendapatan isi rumah meningkat kepada Kadar Pertumbuhan Tahunan Terkumpul (CAGR) masing-masing sebanyak 10.8 peratus dan 12.4 peratus, namun kadar pertumbuhan nominal gaji dan pendapatan terbukti lebih perlahan pada 3.3 peratus.

Berdasarkan statistik baru-baru ini, median gaji di Malaysia pada 2015 adalah RM1,600 sebulan.

Ia turut membangkitkan aspek kewangan isi rumah yang terus berdepan tekanan dengan nisbah hutang isi rumah daripada KDNK adalah 89.1 peratus pada 2015 yang mana sebahagian besar beban hutang itu membabitkan pembiayaan bagi pembelian rumah.

Laporan KRI itu turut menunjukkan pekerjaan yang berteraskan kemahiran menawarkan gaji lebih tinggi, namun banyak syarikat Malaysia sebaliknya mengakui berdepan kesukaran mendapatkan modal insan yang memiliki kepakaran sedemikian.


Bank Dunia telah menyatakan keperluan untuk pembaharuan struktur dalam Malaysia ekonomi terutamanya dalam modal insan, liberalisasi dan daya saing selaras dengan aspirasi negara untuk bergerak ke arah sebuah negara berpendapatan tinggi.

Oleh itu, Malaysia tidak boleh berpuas hati dengan kejayaan dan melihat kebimbangan yang dibangkitkan berikutan laporan Forum Ekonomi Dunia 2016-2017 baru-baru ini, yang menunjukkan penurunan ranking daya saing global Malaysia pada kedudukan ke-25 daripada 18 pada tahun lepas.

Masih terdapat keperluan untuk melihat bidang yang memerlukan perhatian lanjut dan penambahbaikan bagi meningkatkan keyakinan dalam kalangan pelabur termasuk kepentingan amalan tadbir urus untuk menghalang sebarang kemungkinan ketirisan dalam kewangan dan bajet kerajaan.

Dalam Bajet 2016, peruntukan berjumlah RM267.2 bilion, dengan RM215.2 bilion adalah untuk perbelanjaan mengurus, RM50 bilion untuk perbelanjaan pembangunan dan baki RM2 bilion untuk simpanan luar jangka.

Sementara itu, bajet yang ubah suai, telah menggariskan 11 langkah penyusunan semula untuk memastikan ekonomi dan kewangan kekal pada trajektori yang tepat.

Mengenai perbelanjaan pembangunan, tumpuan akan diberikan kepada projek-projek dan program dengan kesan pengganda yang tinggi, kandungan import yang rendah dan fokus terhadap kesejahteraan rakyat.

Projek-projek yang akan diberi keutamaan termasuk pembinaan rumah mampu milik, hospital, sekolah, jalan raya dan pengangkutan awam serta keselamatan manakala projek lain dalam kajian akan dijadualkan semula.

Langkah ini dijangka dapat mengurangkan komitmen tunai sehingga RM5 bilion.

RHB Research menganggarkan peruntukan sebanyak RM45 bilion dalam perbelanjaan pembangunan kasar bagi 2017, lebih rendah daripada unjuran RMK11 tetapi masih jauh lebih tinggi daripada anggaran sebanyak RM40 bilion pada 2016.

“Peningkatan dalam perbelanjaan pembangunan kasar berkemungkinan akan memberi manfaat kepada industri pembinaan secara umum dan mengurangkan kesan daripada pelaksanaan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan serta perbelanjaan modal yang lebih perlahan oleh perniagaan berikutan harga minyak yang rendah dan persekitaran ringgit lemah,” kata RHB Research.

Antara projek-projek infrastruktur yang dirancang atau sedang dilaksanakan termasuk projek keretapi laju Kuala Lumpur-Singapura (RM34.8 bilion), Aliran Transit Massa (MRT) Lembah Klang (MRT2) dan Transit Aliran Ringan 3 (LRT3) (masing-masing RM36 bilion dan RM9 bilion), landasan keretapi dari Gemas ke Johor Bharu sepanjang 197 kilometer, lebuh raya Pan Borneo di Sarawak dan rancangan pembinaan ribuan kilometer jalan baru di kawasan luar bandar.

“Bagaimanapun, sesetengah projek infrastruktur ini seperti projek MRT dan LRT, dilaksanakan melalui pembiayaan yang tidak dimasukkan dalam imbangan kira-kira,” jelas RHB Research.

Oleh itu, pada asasnya, Bajet 2017, akan berusaha untuk memenangi hati rakyat semasa keadaan yang tidak menentu berikutan faktor luaran, sebagaimana kata-kata Presiden Amerika Syarikat Abraham Lincoln, “semua manusia berhak mendapat peluang yang sama untuk meraih kekayaan “.

Bajet 2017 tentunya akan mencergaskan lagi negara dan ekonomi.



The fact is that despite the economic growth steadily 4-4.5% the past seven years, the Federal Government deficit against GDP has been on the constant angle of reduction.

It simply translate that the Federal Government has been borrowing less to achieve the desired socio economic development programs sustainable to promote steady GDP growth.

This is far from Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir’s suggestion of the nation is spiralling into a “failing economy”. The first half of 2016, the GDP stands at RM590 billion. The industrial production index is 125 (2010 as 100 base point). The employment index is almost 97% of workforce.

The surplus of the current account for the first half is RM6.9 billion.

When Prime Minister Najib took over the helm of the nation, within one year he introduced the Economic Transformation Plan (ETP). The Federal Government will no longer be over reliant on oil and gas as the single largest revenue contributor.

In hindsight, his fiscal strategy is very much demonstrated today.

*Updated 1800hrs

20th October 2016

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today outlined the major themes of the 2017 Budget that he will deliver to Malaysia’s parliament tomorrow.
Noting that some commentators have said this will be a General Election Budget, the Prime Minister instead stated:

*“This is a commitment Budget. Others may put short-term political gain first, but this government will not.* ‎

*“We commit to ensuring that the economic fundamentals of the nation remain resilient and strong – including policy on deficit targets‎, spurred economic activity, and the long-term health of the financial system.* ‎

*“We commit to being prudent and creative in optimising expenditure, to ensure delivery for the people.*‎

*“And we commit to a comprehensive, inclusive Budget that will fulfil our promises to the people.”*‎

Noting that during a year when advanced economies are expected to register growth of only 1.6 percent, Malaysia’s economy is on course to grow between 4 and 4.5 percent, the Prime Minister said: ‎

*“Despite the challenging global environment, the measures we introduced in last year’s Budget have helped ensure that the economy remains resilient and continues to grow. We have a plan, and it is working.*‎

*“We will continue to ensure economic indicators – such as inflation levels, growth rates and debt levels – remain strong and resilient, reflecting the core fundamentals of the economy.* ‎

*“Despite fiscal pressures, inflation has been kept at low levels, and the Malaysian people as a whole are better off today than they were a year ago. Indeed, we are now an upper middle income country.*‎

*“We continue to fulfil our promises to the people in a manner that is fair and inclusive. We are on the right trajectory, with the economy expected to improve still further in 2017 with growth of up to 5 percent.*‎


*“At the same time, we recognise that there are challenges. We must put in place policies that address long-term structural changes, and will continue our efforts to improve the Bottom 40 as well as the Middle 40. Our focus is on both the people economy and the public economy. The overall happiness and welfare of the people is key objective.”*‎


The Prime Minister said he would make further announcements on infrastructure, development, public transport and health, fiscal incentives for small and medium enterprises, and human capital and skills training. He said:‎


*“In line with our commitment to put the people first; we intend to accelerate economic growth, empower human capital, drive education, increase connectivity, strengthen inclusive development and improve public service delivery.”*‎

In order to do so, the Prime Minister said that a major focus of the 2017 Budget will be on raising the disposable income of the rakyat; encouraging upscaling, reskilling and entrepreneurship training; mitigating the rising cost of living; providing more affordable houses, and funds for maintenance; substantial measures on education; and allocations for the provision of quality healthcare services.

The Prime Minister concluded by saying:
*“The safety and security of all Malaysians remains my biggest priority. We will intensify our efforts and allocate more resources to our fight against extremism and crime.”*‎


*For more information:*
Please see http://www.treasury.gov.my
During the Budget speech:
Live stream on http://www.NajibRazak.comhttp://livestream.najibrazak.com/
Live stream on Najib Razak Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/najibrazak/
Live Tweets on Najib Razak Twitter (Bahasa Malaysia) – https://twitter.com/NajibRazak
Live Tweets on PMO Malaysia (English) – https://twitter.com/PMOMalaysia
After the Budget Speech 
Full text of speech immediately available (Bahasa Malaysia and English) – https://www.najibrazak.com/bm/blog/
Explanatory infographics – https://www.facebook.com/najibrazak/ or Najib Razak Email (subscribe via https://www.najibrazak.com/en/)

Published in: on October 19, 2016 at 23:59  Comments (1)  

Anarchist Statesman

It is obvious Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad going around hoodwinking the nation about his manipulated and skewed interpretation of the National Security Council Act with seditious remarks against powers denied or taken away from His Majesty SPB YDP Agong.

NST story:

Agong has power to declare emergency in country, says AG Apandi

BY BERNAMA – 17 OCTOBER 2016 @ 5:10 PM


BANGI: The National Security Council (NSC) Act does not take away the power of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in relation to the emergency declaration as the King holds the power to order country-level emergency.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said in distinction, the prime minister was only empowered to declare emergency for “an area or certain areas” under the act.

In explaining the act, he said the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong did not have the discretion to declare an emergency on his own but must act on the advice of the government.

“It is not like when you intend to declare (emergency), then declare. Here, the King must act on the advice. That is very important,” he told reporters after delivering his talk at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) here today.

The NSC Act 2016 which allows the government to hold emergency powers came into force on Aug 1, this year.

Mohamed Apandi said, just like the King, the prime minister also could not arbitrarily act on his own accord for the emergency declaration.

“He (prime minister) will act on the advice of the council, which consists of various parties who are involved in the security matters of the country. The prime minister will act accordingly, to the advice given,” he said.

The parties include the inspector-general of police, armed forces chief and chief secretary to the government, he added.

For the emergency order by the prime minister, Mohamed Apandi said Parliament would never be suspended and would still be in session.

“Under the act, the declaration, which will last for six months, must be tabled within few weeks in Parliament.

“This is to allow parliamentarians to debate on whether it is proper to declare a certain area an emergency or otherwise,” he said.

The attorney-general stressed that the NSC Act was made for the protection of the country to ensure security and public order were maintained at all times and with speed.

Mohamed Apandi said the act came into existence due to several realities that Malaysia had faced, citing the terrorist intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah in 2013 as an example.

“I observed the Lahad Datu situation…and to tackle the situation, NSC came into existence for the sake that Malaysians can live in peace and harmony. There is no ulterior motive.

“Now, we have a proper law where the law will provide the armed forces to come to the scene of intrusion or whatever dangerous situation, for the security of the country,” he added.–BERNAMA


Attorney General Tan Sri Apandi Mohamed Ali is very apt in making this clarification, especially for the benefit of the rakyat after Dr Mahathir’s intense effort to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in any angles that the former UMNO President could.

AG Apandi is the lawyer for His Majesty’s Government, who was appointed by His Majesty SPB YDP Agong and he is the most fit person to offer any legal advice on any law to anyone in His Majesty’s Government.

This include to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Conference of Rulers.

Dr Mahathir admitted he failed to hoodwink His Majesty SPN YDP Agong to go along with his politics on their meeting in Istana Anak Bukit on 16 September 2016.

The fact is that regardless his game is low-blow, Dr Mahathir has the audacity to show His Majesty SPB YDP Agong “Pictures of the 1.27 million signatures” instead of having a verification by the qualified third party auditor that the “1.27 million signatures to the ‘Deklarasi Rakyat'” actually exist.

Earlier in August as part of his drama, Dr Mahathir apologised for taking the ‘Royal Assent’ power of HRH Rulers away in 1984 as his first tranche of amending the Federal Constitution, where bills and enactments passed by Parliament or Sate Assemblies automatically becomes law after thirty days.


In the support of taking the NSC Act to court from being implemented as law, Dr. Mahathir threw his support behind his former nemesis for 18 years by appearing in court.

The world saw how it is bottomless pit the depth of lowness that Dr Mahathir willing to go to demonise Prime Minister Najib in his obsession to see UMNO elected President and Chairman of BN being ousted from office.

Published in: on October 17, 2016 at 22:00  Comments (2)  

The Hooded Monkey

It is believed that Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would not get his opportunity to meet the Conference of Rulers and present his ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ with false “1.4 million signed petition” as the how of support of complain against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

It is also believed that the Fifth UMNO President did not submit a formal request for the special slot audience, at the recent 242nd Conference of Rulers meeting.

Again, Dr Mahathir demonstrated he had no qualms of achieving his objective which include manipulating the good name of the office of HRH of Malay Rulers to provide there falsehood in the traction that his agenda to topple Prime Minister Najib.

Previously, he seditiously lie by pronouncing “Agong is under House Arrest” when the audience he sought with His Majesty XIV Agong was not entertained at the speed and urgency that he wanted.

In September, he announced when he was in London that if the Opposition wins the 14GE Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin will be the next prime minister, did not augur well with the other Opposition parties.

Published in: on October 13, 2016 at 12:54  Leave a Comment  

The three silent monkeys

It is no surprise why the current Malay political protagonists in the cohort of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Mukhriz Mahathir is quiet over the alleged RM3.3billion for Sabah rural water development programs and projects, recently uncovered as a massive leakage of corruption.

The Mole story:

Sabah MP wants federal minister investigated, Shafie deflects allegation

by Zaidi Azmi

Written by Zaidi Azmi
KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 8, 2016: A Sabah Umno member of parliament wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe a federal minister whom he thinks was involved in the RM3.3 billion water infrastructure corruption case.

Tenom MP, Datuk Raime Unggi said in a statement that it was important for the MACC to do so because it was the “federal ministry and its minister” who approved the project related to the case.

He, however, did not name the minister.

The infrastructure project was shoved into the limelight after two senior civil servants at the Sabah Water Department, who oversaw the projects was arrested for their alleged abuse of power.

Via their alleged abuse of power the duo was reported to have amassed RM114.5 million in cash and assets that were seized by the MACC last Tuesday.

“The abuse of power happened in 2010 and it would be appropriate for the MACC to also investigate the minister and senior officials of the federal ministry involved.

“It is logical that the RM3.3 billion worth of infrastructure projects channeled by the federal government through the federal ministry would require the approval of relevant minister and senior officials,” said Raime in the statement issued today.

Raime was not the only one who deemed that the MACC should expand its investigations as the first to call the commission to do so was Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Pairin, who also headed the state’s Infrastructure Development Ministry, claimed, yesterday, that the RM3.3 billion was a federal funding that came directly from the Rural and Regional Development Ministry in Putrajaya without going through him.

Although both Raime and Pairin did not name any names it is believed that the minister they were referring to is Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal who was the Rural and Regional Development Minister from 2009 to 2015.

Shafie was later replaced by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob after he left Umno in July due to what he claimed to be “irreconcilable differences in opinions” with the party leadership.

Responding to the statement by Raime and Pairin, Shafie via a statement issued today stated that the duo had disrespected the MACC’s investigation by hastily accusing him.

“I would reserve my comment on this matter as I believe that we must not interfere or be seen to be interfering with the ongoing investigation by making public statements and plea of innocence so as to ensure that the integrity of the investigation by MACC is not compromise with,” Shafie stated.

He finds it was “quite perplexing and amusing” that the state authority was quick to plead innocence and shift the blame to the Rural and Regional Development Ministry while MACC is still investigating the matter.

“Making such statements publicly seem to show that the state authorities have no respect nor confidence towards the process of the investigation by MACC,” he added.


It is not rocket science the insinuation about the shocking corruption case where RM61 million in cash was found with Sabah Water senior officials, is about a recent Sabah MP who was sacked as a Cabinet Minister and also from UMNO.

It is believed that the same leader is under investigation for some properties that were acquired with his influence and probably instructions by a Federal Government agency, when he was a Cabinet Minister.

The three has been politicians have been trumpeting around about the issue of ‘grave integrity’ and that is their private peeve against the administration of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak but were conveniently silent about his MACC success, which shocked the nation.

Being silent and conveniently side stepping this case, automatically destroyed the moral compass of the three political primates, now busy going around the Malay hinterland to get membership of their new party.

Considering that the three had nothing to offer to the Malays and their political agenda is actually personal more than anything else, it is ashamed that some might be hoodwinked to follow them based on sentiments.

Published in: on October 10, 2016 at 13:00  Comments (8)  

Hoodwinking the Rulers and Rakyat

Parti Pribumi  Bersatu Malaysia top leaders are out to hoodwink the Malay Rulers and the Malays, with their grave political desperation after their game and stunts the past eighteen months failed miserably.

The Star story:

Saturday, 8 October 2016 | MYT 7:53 PM

Dr M: Elections last resort if Malay Rulers’ choose not to act on Citizens’ Declaration

PETALING JAYA: The polling station will be the last resort should Malay Rulers choose not to take any action on the Citizens’ Declaration, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister was referring to his handing over of the Citizen’s Declaration to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah last month.

“He has not decided on doing anything. So now we have gone to the next stage by appealing to all the Rulers.

“If that fails, I think we have to depend upon the elections and whatever else we can do,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at the Malaysia Freedom Summit 2016 here on Saturday.

He said that he had already sent letters to the Rulers and that he was awaiting the Conference of Rulers convening on Oct 11 for any developments on the matter.

On the matter of the apparent lack of support by the other Opposition parties for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as a candidate for prime minister, Dr Mahathir said it was premature to bring up the issue.

At a lecture in London last month, Dr Mahathir had promoted Muhyiddin as the top pick for prime minister should the Opposition win the 14th General Election.

“If the coalition of Opposition parties wins, then it is the coalition which will decide. It could be Muhyiddin, it could be somebody else.

“I was only voicing my party’s point of view,” said Dr Mahathir, who is also Pribumi chairman.

The former premier also warned that PAS would lose the next election if they did not work together with the Opposition coalition.

When asked about PAS’ ultimatum of refusing to work with DAP, he said that it was “very sad”.

“PAS elected members increased because of working with DAP, because the Chinese voters helped PAS to win as they are quite a big number.

“I hope to be able to talk to PAS to explain that if they don’t have us, the coalition, they, in fact, will be helping the Government (Barisan Nasional). Because they are going to lose,” he said.

Dr Mahathir added that should the situation result in a three-cornered fight during the elections, Opposition supporters would be divided and ensure a Barisan victory.


Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is really a shameless Statesman. First, he seditiously pronounced that His MajestySeri Paduka Baganda Yang Dipertuan Agong “Is under ‘House Arrest’ ” from not granting him the audience he sought, at the speed that he wanted.

Then when His Majesty Tuanku agreed to see him on 16 September, the XVIth King is not convinced about the self proclaimed “1.4million signatures for the ‘Deklrasi Rakyat’ petition” launched on 4 March.

Thus, Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim told Dr Mahathir off that he is above politics and refused to meddle into the latter’s game.

Obviously, when Dr. Mahathir and Muhyiddin formed PPBM when his ‘Deklarasi Dr Mahathir-Kit Siang’ flunked miserably after 3-4 months, his target support is the Malays.

The Fifth UMNO President tried to by-pass the political process by using the false “1.4million signatures” as the currency to demonstrate his case to His Majesty Tuanku that the rakyat is with them.

When he couldn’t get the audience in the speed that he expected that the ‘warmth’ of the ‘Deklarasi Dr Mahathir-Kit Siang’ had died down, Dr. Mahathir had to move forward.

Muhyiddin was the convenient court jester and is offered as the President of the new Malay party.

UMNO Treasurer Dato’ Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak was spot on about Muhyiddin said in the past as an “UMNO Totok” would come back, haunt and bite him back where it hurts.

The Star story:

Saturday, 8 October 2016 | MYT 11:16 PM

The past will come back to haunt you, Salleh Said tells Muhyiddin

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is going to have to own up to what he has said in the past, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak (pic).

Salleh said that any contradictions between what the former deputy prime minister said back when he was still with Umno and now, as part of the Opposition, will come back to haunt him.

“Muhyiddin Yassin is going to find out that what he said in the past and what he says now is going to be picked up and the contradictions between ‘then and now’ are going to be very glaring.

“If Muhyiddin thinks people are going to forget what he said before and the contradictions to what he says now then he is grossly mistaken,” said Salleh in a blog posting on Saturday.

Salleh cited the example of US presidential candidate Donald Trump who had apologised for making obscene comments about women in a videotape recording from 2005 that resurfaced on Friday.

He added that Malaysians would understand that what Muhyiddin said before was as an Umno leader while now, as president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, he is part of the Opposition.

He mentioned that former Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir had also “changed his tune” from the time he was an Umno member and after he was kicked out.

“No doubt Mukhriz is trying to justify his actions like what the Malays would say: menegakkan benang basah (effort done in vain).

“But then if Mukhriz had not been sacked from Umno would he have changed his tune?

“So this means it has nothing to do with party loyalty but just about personal interests,” said Salleh.

He said that Muhyiddin was also more concerned about his own political needs than about the country and questioned Muhyiddin’s claim that without the help of DAP, PAS would not be able to win many seats in the next general election.

He also wondered how Muhyiddin expected PAS and DAP to “sleep in the same bed” again when the issue that drove them apart was still up in the air.

“Is Muhyiddin saying that PAS should drop the Syariah Courts Act amendment bill or is he saying that DAP should accept the Bill?

“It has to be one or the other for PAS and DAP to get back together,” he said.


Now Tun Dr. Mahathir is trying to stretch his luck and of course, the drama, with HRH Malay Rulers. He is hoping to get an audience at the upcoming Conference of Rulers to present his case and again, this time, hoodwinking the brethren of Malay Rulers.

Despite being the prime minister for 22 years, Dr. Mahathir is really playing the dice with his goodwill of HRH Malay Rulers. Considering that he used the power of two-third Parliament in his time to amend the Federal Constitution clipping HRHs authority to assent on new laws and uplift immunity.

The Malay Rulers would not conveniently forget how Dr. Mahathir’s actions and other insinuations reflect on his attitude towards them.

It is very surprising if they would agree to grant him an audience. For instance, the last non official who were allowed to present to the Conference of Rulers was Raja Dato’ Kamarul Bahrin, who then was the architect for the new Istana Negara.

It is easy to guess the five Malay Rulers who would not agree Dr. Mahathir to present a political case with dubious “1.4million signatures” to the Conference of Rulers.

Even though HRH Malay Rulers are not involved in politics, the fact that Dr. Mahathir conveniently willing to work with DAP for his political expediency, would augur well with the most exclusive private club in the nation.

It is something taboo for majority of the Malays. The improved-majority result of the twin bi-election of Malay hinterland seats of Kuala Bangsar and Sungai Besar is evidently clear.

The Malays rejected DAP’s stooge in the form of PAN and they would not compromise supporting anti-Malay and anti-Islam elements especially PAS has broken away from Pakatan Rakyat or any other political creature.

Its baffling how far Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin think they can get away with this, especially their fake friendship with DAP and PKR. The fact the departure of Dr Mahathir, sacking of Muhyiddin and Mukhriz from UMNO week not followed by tears, is telling how the majority felt about them.

Published in: on October 9, 2016 at 02:59  Comments (2)  

Dedak involved when Agong refused to be dragged into Dr Mahathir’s desperation?

We are bent on disbelieve about rumours circulating amongst some circles indirectly put forth a notion in the tone of probably that there was ‘Dedak’ involved when Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir presented his case of the ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ petition at Istana Anak Bukit on 16 September.

NST story:

Dr Mahathir admits he failed to convince Agong to act on Mahathir-Kit Siang Declaration


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PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today admitted that his attempt to convince the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to act on the Dr Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang Declaration had failed.

The former prime minister said he had an audience with the King in Kedah for more than an hour to discuss the declaration – which supposedly bore 1.2 million signatures – and the relevant laws as provided by the Federal Constitution related to the King’s rights. Asked to divulge what transpired in the meeting,

Dr Mahathir declined to do so, saying that it was done in confidence. “I cannot repeat it as this was (done) in confidence. What we have requested for cannot be implemented. Why? I don’t know. “We had a long discussion. He asked me about the provisions of the law which I had explained. But in the end, I could not convince him,” he told reporters today.

Dr Mahathir is appealing to the Rulers when they meet in the upcoming Conference of Rulers to deliberate on the petition and act in favour of the declaration. He added the declaration group had sent out letters on the matter to all state heads.

Dr Mahathir claimed that the declaration had been screened and 500,000 signatures had been struck out from the declaration, leaving “only 1.2 million signatures.”

In early June, a police report was lodged against fake signatures supposey contained in the declaration. Freelance programmer Azharuddin Othman was reported saying he had sold over the details of Malaysian citizens to a third party for the Dr Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang Declaration.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/10/178287/dr-mahathir-admits-he-failed-convince-agong-act-mahathir-kit-siang-declaration


By Tun Dr Mahathir’s standard of attitude and practice of late, he has evolved from a democratic leader to a distant feudalistic dictator.

He has numerous times threw his tantrums against the many political stunts which were not properly thought through that flunked half way, in the strategy of ousting Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak through demonising him, his leadership and administration. Some miserably buckle, even upon roll out.

His idea of Presiden Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin for the next prime minister upon the failure of UMNO/BN for the control of majority of the Dewan Rakyat after the 14GE, is an announcement the former made in London which did not augur well amongst Pakatan Harapan leaders, who have been struggling far longer to defeat UMNO/BN.

By Tun Dr Mahathir usual habit of throwing allegations without bothering to offer any shred of evidence, the situation much like this when his proposal is hoped to be accepted and adopted but instead rejected, is due to ‘Dedak’.

Under normal circumstances, it is quite average the prime minister of 22 years three months and fifteen days would cast the damnation, insinuating that those who are no longer supportive of Tun Dr Mahathir must have sold out, most probably to ‘Dedaks’.

The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is; HOW MUCH?

The more important “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is; REALLY?? Who the Devil is he is taking this position about the HRH Malay Rulers?

To even thread on this is really low. Then again he is a man of contradiction and surprises and his notanle calling card, is doing the unthinkable.

Published in: on October 6, 2016 at 06:00  Comments (4)  

Hijrah to be better

In the spirit of the celebration of Hijrah today, we pray for Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to have a paradigm shift for the betterment of Ummah in the nation, directly, and globally, indirectly.

His development into a demented Statesman is really shameful and in the final analysis, not doing good for the big picture.

Recently in his blog posting ‘Propaganda’, he attacked Datuk Rocky and us for being disloyal and insinuated that we sold out to be propaganda tool for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

It is his words against us whether or not we became Dr Mahathir Disloyalist and were bought over to go after him instead. However, what is certain like his many  allegations against Prime Minister Najib and his colleagues, there were no evidence presented by Tun Dr. Mahathir that we sold him out.

Former Attorney General Gani Patail also was deliberately attack for issuing a statement recently about his dismissal was in accordance with proper procedure.

We don’t have to retell the story about our last meeting 10 April 2015, Tun Dr. Mahathir was at all convincing enough about toppling Prime Minister Najib and irresponsible as he actually was, he just wanted the ousting without a full exit and succession plan for he nation.

What is glaring about Tun Dr. Mahathir, he expects every person who had served him before to be continuously loyal to him perpetually regardless all the contradictions he does, what position he takes and even the about turns and he lines he drew but eventually crosses.

This include all the manipulation, exaggeration, lies, slander and even seditious statements the prime minister of  Malaysia for 22 years did to demonise as a strategy to topple Prime Minister Najib, openly for the past 18 months.

Disagreement opinion and position on any of these matters tantamount to disloyalty and damnation by him.

It is impossible Tun Dr. Mahathir is on the right side up, the past thirty five years since he became prime minister and tasted the power to rule and command.

Moreover, when the issues that he is bringing forward is lack of incriminating evidence instead of the mixture of facts and some unproven information. Like in the case of 1MDB and how Prime Minister Najib is in the scheme of workings to steal from the corporation. Furthermore, for his own personal gains.

Another good example is Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, who has been convicted guilty for the murder of Mongolian nation Altantuya Sharibuu in November 2006 and the conviction was upheld exhaustively at Federal Court.

The sooner the Fifth UMNO President, who was the leader which championed Malay nationalism for over 22 years realised that what he is doing is further causing the Malays to be fragmented further and weakened the Ummah, the better it is for Islam as a whole in the nation.

Malay Nationalism is about defining the Malays, which is as per the Federal Constitution are Muslim, and the party struggle is to defend the rights and provide betterment for the Malays.

Since taking over the helm of UMNO from Tun Hussein Onn in July 1981, under Tun Dr. Mahathir saw bitter infighting within UMNO several times, UMNO being split in half, UMNO deregistered, splinter parties arisen from disgruntled UMNO members (Semangat 46 and KeAdilan) and now Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

In short, Tun Dr Mahathir’s hand is in every single move of disuniting and disintegration of the Malay-Muslim.

Like it or not, the Malays are today one of the global leaders of championing the Muslim cause. The Statesman is systematically weakening that.

Hijrah is a good moment to step away from all and come back to the path of righteousness. We offer peace and forgiveness, for this leap of emancipation from the systematic destruction of the Malay Ummah.

Salam Maal Hijrah 1438H.

Published in: on October 2, 2016 at 15:59  Comments (1)  

Meet our next P(uppet) M(arionette)

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad slightly opened the mystery Pandora Box of political chaos by announcing in London that sacked Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin is his choice for the next PM when his party and the Opposition managed to get their act together and win the GE.

The Star story:

 Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Dr Mahathir tries to call the shots

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad has finally said it out loud – the Pakatan Harapan candidate for prime minister is likely to be Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
It was unclear how Muhyiddin feels about being named as the prime minister candidate for the Opposition coalition but it must have made his day because that is the dream of most politicians.
What was clear though is that he is not Pakatan’s choice because DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua immediately declared that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is still the coalition’s preference.
The PM candidate has long been a touchy topic for the Opposition and it looks like the struggle for the coveted job has begun even before the battle is won.
The endorsement of Muhyiddin, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president, came during a political talk by Dr Mahathir in London.
The former premier said what most people already suspected he had in mind. But what was shocking was his stand that the prime minister would have to consult his party and its chairman, who is none other than Dr Mahathir, on government policies.
He said this was to ensure that the prime minister does not make unilateral decisions.
It was quite bizarre and it basically meant that Dr Mahathir will be the de facto prime minister calling the shots from behind the scenes while his party will be some sort of secondary Cabinet vetting policy decisions.
It would also mean that Muhyiddin would be a lame duck prime minister who has to report to his party chairman.
It was little wonder that DAP’s Pua shot it down and it was quite amazing that Dr Mahathir’s sophisticated London audience took it all in without a murmur.
The politically correct answer would be that an important matter like this has to be decided by the Pakatan leadership.
Dr Mahathir did qualify himself by saying that the choice of Muhyiddin would depend on his party and also the coalition.
But the point is that his party is laying claim to the crown when it is not even an official member of Pakatan.
“My first instinct was that this man is into wishful thinking. He thinks he’s a supremo, the master puppeteer who has put Lim Kit Siang and Azmin Ali in his pocket,” said a Penang DAP politician.
Alternatively, said the same politician, Dr Mahathir might have been trying to give former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin a jab in the arm, to make him take the lead.
“Muhyiddin has been relying on Mahathir to take charge. By naming him as the PM-in-waiting, he could be telling Muhyiddin to wake up from slumberland and take a leading role,” said the politician.
The question of who will be prime minister has always been sensitive and contentious. In the run-up to the last general election, PAS had proposed its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang over Anwar for the top job.
This time around, there is Selangor Mentri Besar and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali waiting in the wings.
“If you put Azmin and Muhyiddin up there, people would place more hope on Azmin who is younger, more dynamic and has less baggage,” said the DAP politician.
The bottom line is that the Pakatan folk do not regard Muhyiddin, 69, as PM material.
Pakatan’s embrace of the ex-Umno leaders was on the assumption that they would bring in the Malay votes and help them gain access to the Malay hinterland.
They complain that instead of coming up with a strategy and plan on how to engage the hinterland Malays, Parti Pribumi is talking about who will be prime minister.
Some think Dr Mahathir is being disrespectful to the Pakatan leadership in jumping the gun.
But Dr Mahathir is just being Dr Mahathir, he does not need to kowtow to anyone. He probably believes that only he has the key to the gates of Putrajaya and he is doing Pakatan a favour by ganging up with them against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“He’s got to realise that the world has changed, his era is over and he’s no longer pulling the strings. His statement will cause more damage than move our programme forward,” said the same DAP politician.
There is also some disconnect with the political reality out there and the perception is that Dr Mahathir’s obsession to overthrow Najib is so overwhelming that it has affected his judgment and assessment.
But he is living in a bubble if he thinks that his new allies will put up with nonsense like having the prime minister report to him and his party.
Pakatan leaders are beginning to understand that Dr Mahathir can be an asset as well as a liability. He is also becoming somewhat of an embarrassment.
His name carries clout and he brings star power to the coalition but he also comes with loads of baggage. Everywhere he goes, he has to answer questions about his past.
Even his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz has not been spared. When Mukhriz announced that Parti Pribumi wanted a two-term limit for the prime minister, people thought he should be the last person talking about that given that his father stayed on for 22 years.
When Pakatan leaders hooked up with Dr Mahathir, they did not realise they were riding the tiger. Now, they cannot get off or else they may be mauled.


This puzzle was actually the tricky question left unanswered when some of us were invited to have a private engagement with the Man who lead the charge to topple Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (it was our last!) on 10 April 2015.

Yesterday, after a full 18 months cycle and a dozen of failed stunts, Tun Dr. Mahathir made the pronouncement which has been seen is shoving it down the Opposition’s throat.

It has been expected that Pribumi Bersatu President Muhyiddin is to play the dunce-on-the-corner role (tunggul).

The mainstay of the new Opposition coalition would still be the Non Malays. In raw analysis, Muhyiddin’s appointment would be prickly issue because of his previous ultra Malay aura.

Even in London earlier last week, it was raised in passing about Muhyiddin’s infamous proclamation ‘I’m Malay first, Malaysian second’ and this alone would not augur well with a new political coalition alternative for Malaysia which is supposed to bring the agenda of reform, liberalisation and justice for all.

This announcement in London proven that the new Opposition coalition just like Barisan Alternatif, Barisan Rakyat, Pakatan Rakyat and Pakistan Harapan previously is unable to get their act together on the same platform, climbing the same wall for Malaysians with the exception of the desire to topple UMNO/BN.

Even when the Super Mighty Tun Dr Mahathir is onboard, this cannot be resolved because it is clear that majority of CWC members of DAP and key personalities within PKR are very sceptical of their former nemesis of over 50 years, to provide him the pleasure of being the ‘King Maker’.

This latest stunt warrants defacto PKR Leader Deputy President Dato’ Sri Azmin Mohamed Ali to distance himself further from Tun Dr. Mahathir.

The inpredictability of someone who many regard as ‘Master Strategist’ but actually showing signs of dementia on the evil side, is very worrying.

His speeches and ideas may still remain the guiding beacon of so many obtuse, blind loyalists and simpletons, without the consideration that it is actually incoherent if taken in its totality.

This proclamation itself is ‘Wayang’. Just like how Tun Dr Mahathir taken every Malaysians for a ride the past thirty five years.

*Updated noon

Tun Dr. Mahathir-pronounced-future-Prime-Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin announces that a new Opposition pack would be formed by the end of the year.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 | MYT 11:54 AM

Muhyiddin: Opposition to form new alliance by year-end

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) claims the Opposition expects to form a new alliance by the end of the year as more Umno members jump ship.

“The party faces declining support and many are not even sure whether Umno can survive the next elections,” the former deputy prime minister told Reuters on Tuesday.

The general election is due by the end of 2018, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, speaking during a visit to Berlin, Germany, has ruled out bringing it forward.

Muhyiddin did not identify any potential Umno rebels during the first interview, Reuters reported.

He said many Umno leaders keen to join his new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, are uncomfortable with the problems facing Umno.

A Malaysian government spokesman dismissed Muhyiddin’s statement as a ploy to revive his career.

“Muhyiddin has been claiming for over a year that Umno’s leaders, and indeed the Malaysian public, are about to desert the party,” the spokesman told Reuters.

“This has proven to be wishful thinking, with Barisan Nasional winning all three recent elections with landslides, and the party more united than ever.”

Pribumi is chaired by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

His son, former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, is also a member.

Muhyiddin told Reuters that Opposition leaders realise they need to work together to avoid multi-cornered contests that could split the vote base at the general election.

“I would like to see this pact happen as soon as possible, before the year’s end,” he said.


The Opposition have been trying this so many times. Barisan Alternatif, Barisan Rakyat, Pakatan Rakyat, Gagasan Harapan and Pakatan Harapan, which nothing stick and needless to say, works.

The rakyat would expect to see a social development plan, on top of leadership for those vying for the rakyats’ vote and aspire to form the next government.

Pakatan Rakyat almost got the social development agenda plan out. At least, they attempted with the ‘Buku Jingga’, regardless how lame that is.

Forming an alliance and offering an insincere list of key leaders if they win in the next GE isn’t quite adequate to hoodwink the rakyat that the motley crew of ‘unholy-marriage-of-9in0convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’ is for real and bring out betterment for the nation.

The very least, the current Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration the past seven years managed to brought forth improvement in the midst of global challenges like raising the income per capita, standard of living for the majority and the same time reduce deficit in the annual budget.

Muhyiddin for example, hardly did well in his capacity as the Minister of Education. His successor Dato’ Sri Mahadzir Khalid made a lot of mark in the same capacity in just one year filling in Muhyiddin’s old job.

If rhetorics are still in the menu of the Opposition for the 14GE, the recent Sarawak PRN and the twin bi-elections is a good manifestation where the flavours of the silent majority are. This include the strategic voters aka Chinese.

Published in: on September 28, 2016 at 09:18  Comments (5)  

Being Ban Kin Moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Kin Moon, a career diplomat, is very comfortable addressing in his formal capacity as a top global diplomat, as a typical Korean with a thick accent of his native language.

No need to be petty on how SG Ban deliver his address. What is paramount, is his message.

Do we see SG Ban’s fellow countrymen mocking him on any of speeches in the international arena especially United Nations, for the delivery form?

It is childish for Malaysians to nit-pick Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his recent speech at United Nations General Assembly.

What is important what he said, which is reflective of Malaysia’s policy.

This include the call for immediate solution of Palestine.

Published in: on September 27, 2016 at 19:41  Comments (1)