Kongress Maruah DAP

It is abundantly clear the pro- Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s initiative for ‘Kongress Maruah Melayu’ is another of DAP Emperissimo of Chinese Chauvinists Lim Kit Siang’s strategic idea.

FMT story:

Don’t try to out-Malay Umno and out-Islam PAS, Kit Siang tells PH


FMT Reporters
September 15, 2019 10:17 AM

PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang has cautioned the ruling coalition against attempting to “out-Malay Umno and out-Islam PAS” to counter the alliance formally forged by the country’s two biggest Malay-Muslim parties yesterday.


The DAP supremo said Pakatan Harapan would “fail and fall” if it attempts to do so as such a tactic could alienate the 5.5 million supporters from various religious and racial backgrounds that voted in PH in the 14th general election.


He said PH said should instead implement the New Malaysia agenda and win over the 2.5 million voters who supported Umno and the two million voters who backed PAS in the May 9 polls last year.


“If the Pakatan Harapan government takes the high ground and is guided by the five-pillar promises of the manifesto in the 14th general election, the PAS-Umno alliance is likely to implode even before the next 15th general election,” he said in a statement.

Lim warned that the PAS-Umno alliance would see an escalation in “toxic politics of race and religion” to an unprecedented level.


He also took a swipe at Barisan Nasional components MCA and MIC for giving their blessing to the alliance. “This despite an earlier MCA threat to ‘kick’ Umno out of Barisan Nasional if it ‘coddles up with PAS’.”


MCA had, on the eve of the signing of the historic charter, said it would “consent and respect” any collaboration between opposition parties in Malaysia as long as it was in line with the Federal Constitution and upheld moderation.


It also sent representatives to witness the signing of the charter between PAS and Umno in the spirt of the BN and “ensure that the gathering will strictly observe the values of multiculturalism and moderation”.


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Published in: on September 22, 2019 at 19:55  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for ‘Mewayang’

They say imitation is the best form of flattery and Kongress Maruah Melayu in the works now for 6 Oct proposed at Axiata Stadium is the lamest attempt to redeem Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s standing in the eyes of the majority of the Malays.

The Malay Mail Online story:

UM Malay Excellence Studies Centre organises Malay Congress on Oct 6
Published

21 hours ago on 19 September 2019


BY ZAINAL EPI

COMMENTARY, Sept 19 — The Universti Malaya Malay Excellence Studies Centre is organising a mammoth gathering of Malays on October 6 ― this time a non-political — for those who are non-partisan to have their voices heard by leaders in both the ruling parties and the Opposition.

To be held at Axiata Arena, the closed-door stadium in Bukit Jalil, the gathering is called Kongres Maruah Melayu or Malay Pride Congress and aims to chart the community’s course in all aspects including economy and politics.

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It has already proven that in the eyes of the majority of the Malays, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir ‘sold his soul off to the devil’ for a whiff back into power and toppling Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and his ruling Government.

He is in power because of the power-base that’s derived from the Non Malays, particularly DAP and PKR. The two has a consolidated votes of over 4million.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s own party PPBM, a failed and lame spin off mainly dissenters from UMNO only managed slightly over 718,000 votes.

Compared to the combined votes got by UMNO and PAS of over 4.5million in the last GE.

Since taking control of the Federal Government and seven State Governments incl Johor and Perak, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and Malay leaders have been seen as lame and lackey to the real power, which is DAP.

It is a poor attempt to match the highly successful ‘Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah’ which saw the Malays come in droves to witness the top Malay and PAS leaders vowed and inked the ‘National Cooperation Charter’, which formalised and fortified their political and social network and cooperation.

Never before a congregation of 40,000 Malays, which include political parties leaders, NGOs, academicians and professionals, as well as ordinary folks from the Malay hinterland converged and demonstrated their emotion when the ‘National Cooperation Charter’ was inked and proclaimed.

By and large the majority of the Malays felt the Malay leaders in the top echelon of the PH Controlled Government are not having their mind and interests on the issues of the majority and the Malay Agenda.

They felt bit by bit the firms that were previous grown into conglomerates are there and grown to protect their interests, have now been systematically dissected and fragmented. As a result, these GLCs and MNCs are systematically hiving off assets and businesses with the lame exercise to reduce liability.

The public notion also felt that many of these corporate exercise have gone to cronies and selected few.

This is notwithstanding all the Government and Economic Transformation Programs (GTP and ETP) have now been reverted back to Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s old ways.

It is unclear how Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir shall lead the balance of the Malays who still gullible and hopeful something could be salvaged from the reminiscence of the available time and opportunity for the Malay Agenda.

The organisers of the Kongress Maruah Melayu are political and academic have been who lost their power base and dignity for selling themselves short to Gerontocracy Prime Minister and now considered worthless in the general public standing.

Especially the “Bacul Lari Malam” chap!

In actual fact, it is unlikely the organisers could amass a good number let alone quality participants for the Kongress Maruah Melayu planned 6 Oct 2019.

It is not surprising that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is back with his usual theatrics and weep on stage at his keynote address!

Published in: on September 20, 2019 at 09:15  Leave a Comment  

Penjualan Yang Belum Selesai

Penjualan yang belum selesai!

(pasca PH dapat kuasa)

Sesungguhnya tidak ada yang lebih menyayat hati

Dari melihat asset bangsaku dijarah

Tidak ada yang lebih menyedihkan

dari membiarkan bangsaku dihina

Air mata tiada ertinya

Sejarah silam tiada maknanya

Sekiranya bangsa tercinta terpinggir

Dipersenda dan dilupakan

Bukan kecil langkah wira bangsa

Para pejuang kemerdekaan

Bagi menegakkan kemuliaan

Dan darjat bangsa

Selangkah bererti mara

Mengharung sejuta dugaan

Biarkan bertatih

asalkan langkah itu yakin dan cermat

bagi memastikan negara

merdeka dan golongan terpilih itu selalu terpelihara

Bagi lain-lainya air mata sengsara

mengiringi setiap langkah eksesais kroni kita

Tugas sekarang bukannya sukar

Kerana menjual pasca kemajuan tercapai

Rupanya jauh senang dari bermandi

Keringat dan darah untuk mengadakannya

Lagi pula apalah ertinya Malaysia Bahru

Kalau bangsaku asyik dibodohkan

Dan terus dihina olehku,

Mengangguk dan membenarkan,

Kerana sekalipun bangganya negara

kerana makmur dan mewahnya

Kroniku masih memfaraid buta

dan meminta-minta di negaranya sendiri

Bukankah keangkuhkan dan obsessi

Menghina dan menjatuhkan Bangsa sendiri

Diwayangkan sebagai ‘Meneruskan perjuangan’

Kedudukan Bangsa kita sebelum ini

Kerana rupanya selain memerdekakan,

Mengisi kemerdekaan jauh lebih sengsara

Bangsaku bukan kecil hati dan jiwanya

Bukankah sejak zaman berzaman

Mereka menjadi pelaut, pengembara

Malah penakluk terkemuka?

Bukankah mereka sudah mengembangkan sayap

Menjadi pedagang dan peniaga

Selain menjadi ulama dan ilmuwan terbilang?

Bukankah bangsaku pernah mengharung

Samudera menjajah dunia yang tak dikenal

Bukankah mereka pernah menjadi wira serantau

Yang tidak mengenal erti takut dan kematian?

Tugas kita belum selesai rupanya

Bagi menjarah kepentingan dan asset bangsa

kerana hanya kroni yang berjaya

akan sentiasa dihormati

Rupanya masih jauh dan berliku jalan kita

Bukan sekadar mengayakan kengkawan dan mengisi jong-jong mereka

tetapi mengangkat darjat dan kemuliaan palsu yang cuba didustakan sebagai buat selama-lamanya

Hari ini, jalan ini pasti semakin berliku

Kerana masa depan belum menjanjikan syurga

Bagi mereka yang kita lemahkan dengan sengaja

Dan kita andaikan mudah kecewa

Kepada golongan terpilih dan kroni ketat

Tetapi syurga dijanjikan sementara

Selagi ada masa untuk menjarah dan melipat

Penjualan kita belum selesai

Kerana hanya yang cekal dan tabah

Dapat membina mercu tanda

Kroniku yang berjaya.

(Adapted from the original work, 4 May 1996)

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Published in: on September 19, 2019 at 15:22  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for Mengejutkan

It’s a very troubling development of events of the Federal Government under Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s leadership and Pakatan Harapan Rule with the circulation of a letter about a supposed RM450million job in Kota Bharu.

The Malay Mail Online:

Guan Eng on RM450m direct negotiation project: I have to discuss it with PM first


Published 7 hours ago on 16 September 2019
BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY


PETALING JAYA, Sept 16 — Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today said that he would be discussing with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a now viral letter, purportedly from the Ministry of Finance (MoF), about a RM450 million project allegedly awarded through direct negotiation in Kota Baru, Kelantan.

Lim when queried about the letter by a journalist who pressed him for comments, questioned the journalist in return, asking if the letter bore his signature.


“Was it signed by me? Was it signed by me?” Lim asked the journalist when she posed the question.

“So please lah. There are so many letters signed. If it is not signed by me, you must first let me go do the assessment first.

“I think you are referring to what the PM said, isn’t it? So can I discuss with my PM first? It is not right for me not to discuss with the PM first before talking to you,” Lim said referring to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,

When pointed out that the letter was issued from his ministry, owing to the letterhead, Lim again repeated that the document did not bear his signature and said there are many other officials under him at MoF.

“There are how many letters signed by me and other officials? So if it is signed by me, at least there is some basis. Signed by so many other officials. You know how many staff are there in MoF? Please be reasonable,” he said, again asking for space to discuss the matter with the Prime Minister.

However, last night Dr Mahathir had also told reporters that he would also be looking into the said letter that claims to have his backing and the approval of the MoF for a direct negotiation for the project located in Tunjong, near Kota Baru in Kelantan.

Speaking to reporters after the Putrajaya Boat Race Championship 2019, the prime minister said he has never approved any new direct negotiations since taking over Putrajaya last year.

However, he said that there was a possibility that the purported direct negotiation for the Kelantan project, could be a continuation of what was done during the previous Barisan Nasional’s (BN) regime.

The letter dated July 26, 2019 was allegedly faxed to the Prime Minister’s Department’s Senior Deputy Chief Secretary Datuk Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad.

It referred to a ‘design and build’ project for a “Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan” Kota Baru, Tunjong.

The letter said that it referred to a letter sent by the prime minister dated July 9, 2019.
“We would like to inform you that his honourable Finance Minister have agreed for PDM Builders Sdn Bhd to be appointed through direct negotiation to implement “Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan” Kota Baru, Tunjong with the price of RM450,000,000,” said the letter allegedly penned by Datuk Zamzuri Abdul Aziz from the Government’s Procurement Section.
The letter was tweeted by Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Razlan Rafii yesterday.

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So many wrongs about this ‘Direct Negotiation Award of RM450 million’ episode.

1. Gerontocracy Prime Minister still practices Crony Capitalism, something which is so against the PH Manifesto

2. The incompetent Minister of Finance is insinuating of either:

2.1. His incompetencies not able to run the MOF and Treasury properly

2.2. He is either detached from the mechanics of the MOF civil service or he is completely ignorant about it

2.3. He is not getting along with Gerontocracy Prime Minister

2.4. So many ‘Sir Humphrey Appleby’s within MOF and the Minister is kept in the dark and/or always brought into and through a maze of dark alleys

2.5. Official correspondents to and from the Ministry are leaked to the public

2.6. The abuse of power is worse than the previous administration and/or Federal Government

3. This response is incompetent Minister of Finance’s lams attempt to throw someone or a group of some people under the bus, when they are caught red handed with the trousers down

This is a nice precursor for a Cabinet shake up, shake down or reshuffle, instead of mere “Reassignment of duties”.🙄

If Gerontocracy Prime Minister is trapped unable to switch Ministerial positions and functions of PH Presidential Council members, then its a nice opportunity to introduce an MOF II post.

“To smoothen the mechanics, in the effort for Federal Government to facilitate the catalyst for economic growth, especially in this global trying times”

And “Bacul Lari Malam” could be the man for the job.

There should be some degree stability of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s leadership and administration otherwise all the ‘surprises’ of the political instability, gross lack of policies and consistency and grave lack of competency and follow through, is taking the nation and dynamism on a digression path.

Published in: on September 16, 2019 at 21:04  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for Muafakat

The ‘National Cooperation Charter’ to formalising the kick off the largest Malay political parties inked between UMNO and PAS Presidents at PWTC this afternoon would see the change of Malay hinterland politics-administration, with the inclusion of UMNO into PAS controlled states’ administration in the near future.

The Star story:

Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan


Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan

NATION
Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
3:39 PM MYT
By TARRENCE TAN, HANIS ZAINAL and FATIMAH ZAINAL

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has plans to include its new political ally Umno in the two states – Terengganu and Kelantan – that it currently governs.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said such plans will be unveiled to the public in the near future.

“Wait for the time to come. We will look at the latest developments. There are definitely plans (to include Umno). We are family,” he said.


Abdul Hadi was speaking to reporters during a press conference after the joint charter between Umno and PAS was signed at PWTC on Saturday (Sept 14).


“Taawun (cooperation) is a phrase that was discussed by Nik Aziz when he was still alive because of the cooperation we had in the 70s in the form of tahaluf (coalition).


“We need to introduce a new approach which is cooperation. That was discussed by the (PAS) Syura Ulama Council when Nik Aziz was alive,” he added.


The last time Umno and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 General Election when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.


Also present at the press conference were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
On seat negotiations for the next general election, Ahmad Zahid said it was too premature to discuss such details at present.


Ahmad Zahid said Umno was in the midst of reaching out to grassroots members to explain the new political alliance with PAS.


Hadi Awang concurred, saying that most importantly, both parties should work towards garnering support from the people first.


Ahmad Zahid, who’s Barisan Nasional chairman, said that its component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political alliance.


“Although we (Umno, MCA, MIC) had already discussed this, we will officially speak about this in the soonest Barisan supreme council meeting.


“So far, these two parties (MCA, MIC) have no objections at all,” he added.


Ahmad Zahid also said that a negotiations committee and a technical committee will be formed to iron out details for its newly signed charter and a memorandum of understanding between PAS and Umno.


The charter between Umno and PAS was signed on Saturday (Sept 14), formalising the cooperation between the two biggest Malay-based parties in Malaysia.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/14/hadi-we-have-plans-to-include-umno-in-terengganu-and-kelantan#vhhUqWaS3EMmLYju.99

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It is a landmark political cooperation for the Malays effectively rolled out under UMNO under President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Tuan Guru Dato Seri Hj Abd Hadi Awang since the mega anti-ICERD Rally on 8 Dec 2018, which saw over 300,000 people congregated and demonstrated in Dataran Merdeka.

The National Co-operation Charter which was inked by UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid and PAS President Hj Hadi, is an effective progress of the series of consultations, meetings and cooperation fostered between the two leaders and their associates since 16 July 2019.

Of course, it was effectively rolled out at the Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau by-ejections which saw an increased BN performance with the direct co-operation by PAS and its election machiery.

At the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon saw over 35,000 people at its peak, predominantly Malays, thronged and packed the UMNO HQ convention complex.

It is a new Malaysian history being made. Needless to mention, a record for PWTC.

Amongst other objectives, the formalisation of the political co-operation between UMNO and PAS would translate to the support of the Malays, particularly in the hinterland being consolidated.

At the 14GE, UMNO obtained 2.525 million votes and PAS obtained 2.032 million votes.

Even by comparison either UMNO or PAS on their own, the Malay parties within Pakatan Harapan, PPBM and PAN, could only managed 718,000 and 655,000 votes respectively.

It is interesting that PAS only managed to secure 18 Parliamentary seats, considering the popular votes they obtained.

DAP, which obtained 2.098 million votes managed to win 42 Parliamentary seats. Despite securing most Parliamentary seats within PH with 49, PKR only obtained 2.046 million popular votes, which is only a tad more over PAS’s.

The strategic importance of the charter inked is that UMNO went into the political co-operation PAS with the syndication of BN’s coalition partners MCA and MIC.

The Star story:

Barisan Nasional will speak about Umno-PAS pact again, says Zahid


Published on 14 Sep 2019 5:46:15 PM

Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Saturday said that BN’s component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political cooperation between Umno and PAS.

He said the BN leaders had already discussed the matter and would officially speak about it again in the soonest BN supreme council meeting.



Read more at https://www.thestartv.com/v/barisan-nasional-will-speak-about-umno-pas-pact-again-says-zahid#ErlCs5AIya1pkYgU.99

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And The Malay Mail Online:

Zahid sees smooth road for PAS-Umno collaboration due to common ground


Published 1 day ago on 14 September 2019
BY IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi predicted an easier cooperation between his party and PAS than the fractious alliances the Islamist party had with previous partners.


Zahid noted that both Umno and PAS share a common ideology on Malay-Muslim interests, unlike the Islamists’ previous alliances with the secular DAP.

“When PAS was together with DAP, it was more difficult compared to PAS with Umno now, because we share the same philosophy.

“Our cooperation is in terms of common issues. It is much easier and simpler as compared to their previous collaboration with other parties, especially DAP,” said Ahmad Zahid at a press conference after the official signing of the PAS-Umno joint charter at PWTC, here today.

Zahid also said Umno’s Barisan Nasional partners, MCA and MIC, have not expressed objections to his party’s now-official alliance with PAS.

However, he said the matter will be formalised by the former ruling coalition in an upcoming supreme council meeting.

“They are components parties of BN, and though we had discussed on the matter, but we will announce it formally at the BN supreme council meeting in the near future.

“So far, these two parties have no objection at all,” he said.

MCA and MIC had previously opposed PAS, particularly over its attempts to expand shariah law in the country.

Today, Zahid insisted that the joint-charter was inclusive and would include non-Malays as part of its national agenda.

He sought to assure non-Muslims and non-Malays that PAS and Umno’s direction was not towards religious extremism or excessive Malay nationalism.

The combination of the country’s two largest Malay-Muslim parties is fueling concerns of increased racial polarisation in Malaysia.

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Even though it is believed that MCA and MIC still managed to retain their token Parliamentary seats with support from the Malays who are susceptible to UMNO’s politics, the BN coalition partners have their respective strength.

MCA obtained 653,000 and MIC obtained 167,000 popular votes respectively.

UMNO would never abandoned its partnership for new partners, but instead harness and capitalise on the strength. Especially, the history of the partnership that brought the nation to present position.

Using the 9 May 2019 results as a basis, BN plus PAS could derive to 5.4 million votes, all and sundry. Coupled with the appalling non delivery of PH with their failed promises and incompetency, a shift of 5% of votes obtained by PH to ‘BN Plus’ could translate to 5.65 million popular votes.

This is a new instrument of a fresh political deal for Malaysia.

The past track record of BN in the stability, development and prosperity of the nation, now coupled with the comeback of a partner of the original coalition in 1973, is the way to move forward.

There is now a new speculation that Parti Muafakat Nasional be formed and members are Barisan Nasional (UMNO/MCA/MIC) and PAS.

The formal political organisation could be the fresh ingredients to offer for Malaysia to move forward, based on over 65 years of effective political partnership and progress.

Muafakat Nasional would be a new deal for Sabah and Sarawak parties to align themselves, for the greater good of Malaysia.

Published in: on September 15, 2019 at 02:45  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for Manipulative

There a good and prevailing chance that if and when ‘Piagam Muafakat Nasional’ is highly successful post 14 Sept 2019 that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would turnaround and instead ride on the force of Malay unity, to check on the anti-Malay and Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

It is interesting on the perspective of UMNO President Dato‘ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, on the success of leading UMNO to work and collaborate with PAS, the two largest Malay-Muslim political parties after parting ways forty two years ago.

The Star story:

Why Umno supports PAS, Zahid explains

NATION
Thursday, 12 Sep 2019
6:56 PM MYT
By Zakiah Koya

KAJANG: As I trailed behind the latest Mercedes into the driveway of a grand-looking bungalow in Country Heights, we were told this is where we will be interviewing the man who used to be one of the most powerful politicians in the country.


A man clad in a short-sleeved blue shirt, dark blue slacks and slippers, with his greying hair, emerged from inside the house and welcomed us.

It was former deputy prime minister and former home affairs minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Bring those mineral bottles of water, cold ones,” he directed one of the 10 people hovering around him as we sat down to do an exclusive.


“Here, we only serve Barisan Nasional water. We will always have them and Barisan will always exist,” said Ahmad Zahid, as he decided that he wanted the interview to be carried out on the simpler modern-looking sofa compared with the grand Chesterfield-looking sofa set.


It is now over two months since he returned from garden leave.


Ahmad Zahid was pressured by fellow party leaders to go on garden leave from his post, as he is facing a total of 87 graft charges in court.


However, six months later, Ahmad Zahid announced his return to duty on June 30.


The bungalow was his family’s foundation, Yayasan Falah – handsomely furnished.
Right next door stands a “surau”, which is almost as big as a mosque, clean and new, but deserted.


Ahmad Zahid had offered The Star an exclusive interview to explain himself why Umno had decided to consort with its once-sworn enemy, PAS.


As Ahmad Zahid ordered his aides to prepare prawns and calamari for tea later on, I showed him a picture when he graced the magazine “Men’s Review” in 1997.

“Ah, I used to be so young, and my hair was all black,” said Ahmad Zahid, obviously delighted to see his old picture.


Ahmad Zahid, then the Umno Youth chief, has come quite a circle, for he is now leading Umno as the Opposition leader after losing the last general election to a one-year-old coalition, Pakatan Harapan.


As the interview took place, Ahmad Zahid cried “political persecution” for the long list of graft charges he is facing.


He said, despite that, he knows very well that he is also a wanted man to explain whether he is sidelining the non-Muslims, as he rubbed shoulders with the leaders of PAS.


The Bagan Datoh MP pointed out that the upcoming Ummah Unity Gathering on Sept 13 and 14 is not the first time Umno and PAS will be on the same stage.


More than 10,000 Umno and PAS members are expected to converge at PWTC on those two days, and it will culminate in a rally.


“Ummah is not only Muslims – it means humanity as a whole,” said Zahid, when asked if he had left behind main fellow Barisan counterparts MCA and MIC when he decided to embrace PAS-style politics.


“We have tried to come together for more than 40 years, and there was never any political effort to bridge this gap. Personally, I took the effort to bridge the gap in 1998 with the late Datuk Dr Haron Din of PAS, and he came out with the idea on PAS and Umno working together. He suggested a joint mechanism.

“On Dec 4,2016, we came together officially for the first time for the Rohingya issue. Both the then Umno and PAS presidents came together, with the majority of Umno and PAS leaders,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He added that the other events that followed were “Himpunan Melayu Bangkit” (Malays Rising Gathering) in Pasir Salak and the rally to oppose the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) in Kuala Lumpur last year.


When asked why Umno chose PAS, he said it is because PAS has “long been an Opposition”.


He agreed that both Umno and PAS have differences, but insisted that they have grown on each other.


“We need to build our chemistry, not by force but ‘organically’. The organic growth of this chemistry was established after I took office in Umno.
“I not only ignited the chemistry, but managed to come to a natural understanding and it has been a good political dividend for Umno,” said Ahmad Zahid.


As to whether he accepted PAS leadership’s open support for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Ahmad Zahid said that friends should respect each other.

“PAS has its own reasons to support Dr Mahathir to continue until the end of his tenure. We feel that if promises of Pakatan are not fulfilled, then we expect that (a non-confidence vote against Dr Mahathir in Parliament) may happen. If anything happens, there may be divine intervention. In this matter, respecting a friend is more important than a pre-empt what we cannot control,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He also said that although Umno and PAS may not be similar in their approach to non-Muslims, they had decided to “marry”, because both agreed that Pakatan had failed to deliver promises it made in the last general election.


“What we are doing now is not so much of political marriage; neither is it marriage of convenience,” said Ahmad Zahid.


Although PAS had been in cohorts with PKR and DAP, Ahmad Zahid said Umno decided to join hands with PAS because they both agreed that DAP should not push the “Malaysian Malaysia” agenda.


“Malaysian Malaysia” of DAP is a campaign which called for equality among all races, and Umno said that it questioned the privileged position of Malays as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.


“Umno then realised that if it does not work with PAS on these issues (Malay and Islam), these issues will disappear and a country which is multiracial will lose its main race as the main force,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He, however, insisted that although Umno and PAS are both Malays and Muslims, the joint charter on their cooperation would still be based on the multiracial concept for the country.
He pointed out that there is a need to work on that “misperception” that Umno-PAS is only for the Malays as they need to capture the Sarawakian non-Malay parties.

Ahmad Zahid said that although he is open to the idea of a coalition, he will work on what he has now.


“Let us cross the bridge first (if Umno-PAS can win the next general election). In Islam, we have to work hard and work smart. Then we do our prayers,” said Ahmad Zahid.


At the same interview, Ahmad Zahid said there were those in Umno who questioned his return from garden leave to helm the party once again, despite the charges.


However, he said those who do not agree with his plans are a “pain in the neck” which had been dealt with.
“It is not of me burning myself, but it is about taking risks for the struggle. There will be a bright light at the end of the tunnel, especially now that we are working with PAS,” said Ahmad Zahid.


Asked whether the light he sees at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train, he said there are two tunnels.
“One is for the leaving train and one is for the coming train. Whatever it is, there will be no loggerheads between the two trains,” said Ahmad Zahid.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/12/why-umno-supports-pas-zahid-explains#YJpw9G6Jfw1H1kWT.99

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It is very interesting on UMNO President Zahid’s story on the beginning of UMNO-PAS co-operation, after over three decades of political bad blood especially in Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s first tenure (1991-2003).

The UMNO-PAS co-operation that would be casted in stone is much more than two political parties do away with outlined differences of ideology, for the strategic and common good of the Malays.

The unity on Rohingya’s cause (December 2015) must have started earlier, perhaps from a series of consultations and meetings.

It has been said that Gerontocracy Prime Minister has been briefed by specific authorities in the recent months.

What is interesting from sources that at best, his leadership and Pakatan Harapan’s administration could only amass 30% of Malay votes.

One of the senior officials who instrumented the information which was capitalised and manipulated to the fullest by Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and PH leaders which saw the rejection and downfall of Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and BN’s rule opined that PH would lose if a general election be called immediately or soon.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir who has been seen as a leader with no continuous development agenda but his own, on the other hand is continuously attacking the Malays.

As a marvellous Machiavellian, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir would be likely to manipulate the situation if it is strongly proven the Malays are united.

The Baron of Crony Capitalism and de facto Adviser to the Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin already sounded out on the incompetency of the Government.

There are bound to be some gullibles within the said “70% of the Malays not supporting the Government” would be soften and bought into Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s theatrics and drama, in the name of Malay unity.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) would know what to do. We should trust him!”, who be the best line of those who would be blinded about the fact that Gerontocracy Prime Minister has a personal vendetta against PAS for half a century.

Specifically, he has been very bitter since he was defeated by PAS in his home turf seat of Kota Setar Selatan at 3GE on 10 May 1969.

In short, PAS scarred him for life!

He would be bold in the interpretation of DAP’s stance, as well as the incompetency of DAP leaders as Ministers in strategic posts such as Finance, Transport, Communications abs Multimedia, Law, Primary Industries and Human Capital.

More over, when he starts to attack DAP leaders incrementally.

After all, the future of Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s own party PPBM is highly on the very long uncertainty list.

Being Amanipulative is what Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is at his best.

He got UMNO leaders to ‘revolt’ against founding father and first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman post 3GE. He manipulated his way, mainly through the ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy to remain in power for over 22 years.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir got his successor and Fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to prematurely give up his leadership.

Needless to mention, he got his own blue eyed-boy Prime Minister Najib to be ousted and almost dismantle BN completely.

Never to underestimate the man who has successfully manipulated the intelligence and emotions of many, especially the Malays for over half a century, despite being a Gerontocratic man of over ninety four years old.

At the current buzz and flavour, denying Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim for the Premiership would be the right objective for his manipulation to remain in power and hitching on the Malay Unity is the best option there is.

Published in: on September 12, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

‘D’ is desperation

It is abundantly clear that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad days are numbered from the more intense statement from him as the UMNO-PAS charter coming closer to be formalised and he and his party is becoming a minority within the minority of the ruling Government.

Dr M throws spanner in the works of proposed Umno-PAS charter


Bernama
September 10, 2019 5:32 PM
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Dr Mahathir Mohamad says ‘even the UN charter has been unable to stop wars, what more the Umno-PAS charter’.


ALOR SETAR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has thrown a spanner in the works on the proposed signing of a formal political pact between the opposition parties Umno and PAS on Saturday.


The prime minister said PAS has to first retract its statement labelling Umno as a party of infidels (kafir) before the two parties can finalise their cooperation with the signing of a charter.


He said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has yet to officially retract this statement to enable his party to forge an alliance with Umno.


“Even the United Nations charter has been unable to stop wars, what more the Umno-PAS charter. They were (political) rivals. PAS has said Umno is a party of infidels,” he said with a hint of sarcasm at a press conference here.


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The ‘Piagam Muafakat Nasional’, a charter inked between UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Tuan Guru Dato’ Seri Hj Abdul Hadi Awang in a landmark event on Saturday at Putra World Trade Centre would create not only a new for Malay unity but history for Malaysia.

History has proven that when the Malays became united and unified with a common cause, it change land marked and created history.

Right after World War II, the British came back and decided to formalise the colonisation of Malaya which was a collection of sovereign states before invasion of Japan, with the introduction of the Malayan Union.

HRH Malay Rulers were forced to sign and accept the Malayan Union, which was brought forth by High Commissioner Sir Edward Gent. HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor was the First Malay Ruler to ink the agreement on 1 Dec 1945.

The Malays came in droves to protest the Malayan Union, after one by one Malay Rulers were corerced to accept Gent’s plan.

They organised the First Malay Congress on 1 May 1946, which HRH Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah of Selangor addressed the congregation. In his titah, HRH Sultan Selangor reminded the assembled Malays about the threat of their position, custom, hereditary powers and most of all, Islam.

By 10 May 1946, the third Malay Congress was organised in Istana Besar Johor Bahru, under the auspicious of Sultan Johor.

On 11 May 1946, all attended and the representation of 29 NGOs agreed for the charter of the creation of United Malays Nationalist Organisation.

UMNO became the forefront of the Malay struggle.

There on, in July 1946 HRH Malay Rulers, Gent and UMNO leaders started a series of consultations and negotiations with derived the Federation of Malaya Agreement inked on 21 Jan 1948.

It is a landmark agreement, which became the basis of the Federation of Malaya Constitution.

Federation of Malaya came into force on 1 Feb 1948 and ceded the Malayan Union.

Persekutuan Tanah Melayu came into effect on 1 Feb 1948.

The key ingredients of FMA is identity indicators that together make up the HRH Malay Rulers sovereign DNA — the individuality of the Malay States, the Malay Sultanate, Islam, the Malay language— became part of the constitutional legacy that was inherited by the FMA and re-seeded into the Merdeka Federation of Malaya Constitution, which came into effect on 31 Aug 1957.

There on, it UMNO changed its cry of ‘Hidup Melayu’ to ‘Merdeka!’.

What is interesting, the Communist Party of Malaya heightened their rebellion and terrorism and on 16 July 1948, the Malayan Emergency was declared.

On 27 July 1955, the first Federal Consultative Council election was held. The Alliance Party (UMNO-MCA-MIC) won 51 out of 52 seats contested.

83% of the votes cast in the first free election were by the Malays.

It is fair to conclude the Alliance Party received a thunderous landslide near 100% percent because the Malays were unified and gave YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman the full force of mandate.

Self rule then was established where YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman was appointed the First Chief Minister of Malaya. He then appointed his Cabinet of Malayans.

With this mandate came about two significant events:

1. The Baling Peace Talks 28-29 December 1955.

Chin Peng and CPM rejected Tunku’s offer for peace and amnesty.

2. The negotiations for Kemerdekaan beginning Jan 1956.

The Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement was inked between Chief Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and Secretary of State for the Colonies Alan Lennox-Boyd at Lancaster House, 8 Feb 1956.

Thereon, the Federation of Malaya Independence Act was inked by HRH Malay Rulers and British High Commissioner Sir Donald McGillivray onbehalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at King’s House on 5 Aug 1957.

The Malayan Emergency did not end till July 1960, after more than four years of Malayan self rule and three years of Kemerdekaan and as a sovereign nation, is a member of United Nations.

It was said that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir received a briefing recently that at best, at the moment only 30% of the Malays support his leadership and his ruling party.

The professional advice also saw even that position in waning and sliding away, from the series of turnout of events such as Anti-ICERD, Adib’s death, Royals, Sekolah Tahfiz, Tulisan Jawi, faux pas of Chinese leaders, Zakir Naik and the more recent, ‘Buy Muslim First’ campaign.

Sources said a Tan Sri law enforcement chief, who was instrumental in the ousting of Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak’s administration and BN’s defeat in 14GE uttered “If there is a GE now, PH is sure to lose!”.

The cracks within leadership of all PH component parties, also adds to the fragility of PH’s and undoubtedly, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s position.

*Updated 1800hrs

Pakatan Harapan leaders, particular DAP is spewing more toxic and venomous opinion as the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah draws nearer.

MKini story:

Published in: on September 11, 2019 at 10:45  Comments (1)  

Seludup semakin sakit

Penyeludupan semakin meningkat kerana penguncupan kemampuan yang lahir daripada strategi ‘cukai dosa’ (sin tax) yang dikenakan bagi mengurangkan penggunaan barangan seperti rokok dan arak.

Strategi ini bertujuan mengalihkan perbelanjaan bagi perubatan merawat pesakit yang meningkat kerana merokok.

Namun, ianya mengundang permasalahan yang berlainan.

Nilai penyeludupan rokok ini telah menyelenyapkan lebih RM5b pendapatan.

Kajian menunjukkan peningkatan cukai mendadak, tidak mengurangkan penggunaan malah permintaan menjadikan aktiviti penyeludupan meningkat mendadak.

Dianggarkan 10billion batang rokok diseludup dan edarkan setiap tahun di negara ini. Data ini meletakkan Malaysia negara no.1 dunia dalam aktiviti rokok seludup.

Rakyat, samada warga atau masyarakat immigran, tidak menghiraukan apa-apa kesan daripada rokok yang diseludup, termasuk bahan yang tidak dikawal.

Kajian menunjukkan penyeludupan rokok ini begitu berleluasa.

Ianya juga menjadi saluran yang sama kepada arak yang diseludup.

Persoalan dari perspektif keselamatan dalam negeri timbul sekiranya saluran penyeludupan ini begitu berleluasa dan tidak mendapat kawalan sewajarnya, apa lagi bahan yang berjaya diseludup ‘menumpang’ saluran yang sama?

Published in: on August 29, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Amanah Saham (Sendirian) Had mana?

It is interesting that how and where ghost of Christmas Past turn up, when the Saint Niklaus is back with the sack of treasures or in modern times, treasures for ransack.

Blog Another Brick in the Wall revealed that former Bank Negara Governor and PNB Chairman Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz is one of the investors of a firm Ecotive Limited (incorporated in Middlesex, England 2014).

The founder and principal is Kamal Sidiqqi.

Siddiqi is a name associated with Proton and the tie up with Fraser Nash Research and Development quite sometime ago. Apparently, it didn’t turn out quite well for the National car company.

NST story:

Proton’s hybrid misadventures

APRIL 10, 2016 @ 11:02AM
BY A JALIL HAMID

With Proton very much in the news lately, Malaysians must be wondering about the fate of the generous public funds being disbursed to the company for the past few years to develop hybrid cars.

In 2010, Proton reportedly secured an R&D grant of RM270 million to develop hybrid cars. It is worth noting that Proton had a cash balance of RM1.2 billion as at the end of March 2011.

The Proton plan had envisaged mass production of hybrid cars to begin in 2012.

A total of 30 hybrid cars were to be delivered by the end of 2011. This was obviously not met. Media releases later said that 200 hybrid cars were scheduled to be delivered only in 2013.

For the record, Proton was in a joint venture with UK firm Frazer–Nash Research Ltd to develop the hybrid technology.

The chairman and owner of Frazer-Nash is Kamal Siddiqi, a UK-based Indian businessman who, by most accounts, is very close to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Many industry insiders claimed that Frazer-Nash was fully paid upfront even without one electric car being delivered to Proton.

What is more startling is that Siddiqi had been recently implicated in the controversy involving jailed ex-PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo.

According to documents sighted by the Malay Mail, Justo had, in his confession to Thai police, spoken to his “best friend”, Christian Frampton, regarding his offer to sell the stolen PetroSaudi data he had.

The Swiss national claimed he was sure Frampton did not know or meet Sarawak Report’s Clare Rewcastle-Brown and that the journalist had introduced Sidiqqi “as an intermediary in subsequent WhatsApp conversations”.

Siddiqi owns Kamkorp, a British-Swiss holding company. The 
company is part of the Frazer-
Nash group specialising in electric vehicle technologies.

About five years ago, Siddiqi boasted publicly about his long partnership with Proton.

“I believe we have come a long way, with lots of patience and perseverance. It is because of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who believes in what we are doing.

“He (Mahathir) saw hybrids and eventually REEV (Range Extender Electric Vehicle) as the future, and we are proud of what Proton engineers have done — a brilliant job. I believe we can showcase our technology with this smart partnership.”

In response to parliamentary questions on the Proton-Frazer-Nash deal, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said in September 2012 that Proton would be selling electric vehicles by 2014.

He had said Proton was collaborating with UK-based Frazer-Nash to develop its own EV.

In a reply to Gombak member of parliament (Datuk Seri) Azmin Ali, the MITI minister said that Proton had allocated RM500 million for R&D in green technology and was expected to gain profits after commercialising EVs in 2014.

The PKR man had asked MITI to state the rationale of investment by Proton through Frazer-Nash, to which Mustapa replied that Proton’s R&D spend was much smaller than other car manufacturers.

Allegations that Proton spent some RM270 million to test 30 cars with each costing about RM9 million were untrue, Mustapa said.

Apart from RM120 million that Proton would receive in 2013, it had already been given RM100 million in 2012. This was on top of the RM270 million in grants given in 2010.

This means a total of RM490 million in grants was given to Proton in four years.

The government on Friday approved a RM1.5 billion soft loan to cash-strapped Proton. The money will be used mainly to pay the amount outstanding to its component suppliers.

But the loan came with strings attached.

The question is, will this fresh lifeline be enough to take Proton forward?

Proton critically needs a strategic foreign partner to inject life into it, with the company at its lowest ebb in its history. The foreign partner can help transfer technology and regain domestic market share.

Some European automakers are looking at Asean as a huge market potential. Proton may offer some answers.

Proton can offer infrastructure, skilled workers and a vendor base.

What it needs to do is develop new and relevant products and build up a critical mass.

Currently, its problem is its low brand equity. After 30 years, it is still struggling to build a reputation as a maker of competitive but quality cars.

A veteran newsman, A Jalil Hamid believes that a good journalist should be curious and sceptical at the same time

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In his passion for automotive technology, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad provided his patronage for the Proton-Fraser Nash Research and Development tie up.

It is very important for Zeti to disclose whether or not she is still in commercial relationship in any Siddiqi’s ventures.

Based on reports, Siddiqi isn’t quite a reputable businessman.

Anyhow, it was said that Siddiqi was the chap who arranged Dr Mahathir to meet Sarawak Report Editor Claire Rewcastle-Brown and PKR Deputy President and then MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali in London.

Separately, of course.

Just to note, at the time Dr Mahathir was still UMNO member and also the Chairman of Proton. It was also the time Dr Mahathir lambasted the Federal Government, particularly Minister of MITI Dato Seri Mustapha Mohamad for not providing the RM1.7b grant to Proton.

At this point of time, it is also interesting to know what is the business of Ecotive Limited.

However, if the same dodgy character is in all these stories, it is intriguing, isn’t it?

Published in: on August 28, 2019 at 14:13  Leave a Comment  

Saluran Seludup

Gejala penyeludupan yang kemungkinan makin menular dikalangan warga Malaysia, termasuk golongan immigran negara, lambas laun akan bergerak menjadi encaman sekiranya telah pun menjejaskan kepentingan negara.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Rokok seludup RM4.2 juta dirampas

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KUALA LUMPUR 10 Ogos – Polis menumpaskan sindiket pengedaran rokok seludup dengan merampas sebanyak 25,750 karton rokok jenama U2 bernilai RM4.2 juta selepas cukai taksiran menerusi operasi khas di Mersing, Johor, semalam.

Pengarah Jabatan Keselamatan Dalam Negeri dan Ketenteraman Awam (KDNKA) Bukit Aman, Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani berkata, operasi dijalankan Bahagian Perisikan dan Siasatan Khas, Pasukan Gerakan Khas jabatan itu selepas mendapat maklumat daripada orang awam.

Ujarnya, sindiket itu dipercayai aktif menjalankan aktiviti pengedaran rokok seludup di kawasan Semenanjung Malaysia.
“Dalam operasi tersebut, kita turut menahan lima lelaki tempatan berusia lingkungan 23 hingga 37 tahun. 
“Selain rampasan rokok, kita juga menyita sebuah lori dan sebuah kereta Proton Wira yang digunakan sindiket untuk menjalankan aktiviti penyeludupan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.
Tambah Acryl Sani, kesemua suspek ditahan reman di Ibu pejabat Polis Daerah Mersing selama tiga hari bermula semalam sehingga esok bagi membantu siasatan di bawah Seksyen 135(1)(d) Akta Kastam 1967. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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Mungkin rokok dipandang sebagai perkara remeh sekiranya ianya penyeludupan bahan yang menjadi sebahagian dari konsumsi warga Malaysia, termasuk golongan imigran.

Menurut laporan pakar, negara kerugian jumlah pendapatan kasar lebih RM6 billion setahun akibat penyeludupan rokok.

Ianya tidak setakat daripada industri rokok tempatan, termasuk pendapatan kepada Kerajaan melalui cukai, duti import dan lesen, tetapi agihan pendapatan daripada industri tersebut dalam bentuk perniagaan, pendapatan pekerja dan petani tembakau.

Penyeludupan rokok juga merupakan ancaman yang luar daripada jawapan pihak berwajib.

Bahaya ini akan meninggalkan kesan kepada seluruh eko-sistem peruncitan, terutama dikedai-kedai makan, pusat istirehat dan maupun kedai runcit-mudah (convenient store), stesyen minuak dan sebagainya yang sebenarnya makin bertambah.

Published in: on August 15, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment