Tun Dr. Mahathir asks for change whilst Pak Lah collapsed?

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was invited to speak at UMNO Taiping Division’s “Interaksi Pemimpin dan Yang diPimpin” at TNB Headquarters in Taiping here this afternoon. He reiterated his earlier calls in Johor Bahru, 10 February, Kulai, 29 March and Kota Bahru, 6 May that UMNO should be united in a force to have and not fear a leadership change, especially when the leadership is no longer effective.

He said this to 350 people, mostly Taiping UMNO Division people. Earlier in the morning, he spoke to UMNO Youth Internation and NGO Affairs Bureau do at Taiping Golf Resort. As before, he started his lecture with the history of Dato’ Onn consolidating and galvanizing the Malays to fight British’s Malayan Union and UMNO was born from that. Dato’ Onn emancipated the Malays and brought democracy into the Malayan politics. UMNO then rejected Dato’ Onn’s idea to open up to non Malays, even though Dato’ Onn’s contributed immensely to the Malay politics.

Tun Dr. Mahathir said further it was important that the members are able to ‘sound out’ the leadership, especially when the leadership have gone of track. However, it seemed that the leadership today has been insulated and isolated from the members and some people around the leadership do too much to ensure that the leadership remained in that comfortable zone. This much change, according to the former UMNO President as the leadership is no longer effective for the Malays.

Tun Dr. Mahathir did not add anymore new material. He just refined existing materials further and his calls for UMNO to act and change the leadership had become more intense and focused.

At the same time, Rocky’ Bru, www.rockybru.blogspot.com reported that Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ‘suddenly feeling ill’ (collapsed or fainted?) in Lumut while doing the gotong royong with the BN Back Benchers Club. He is due to meet Singaporean Prime Minister Brig. Gen. (NS) Lee Hsien Loong tomorrow in Langkawi.

 

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 (Bernama) — For two days from tomorrow, many will focus attention on Langkawi, a legendary scenic isle in the north of the peninsula, where an informal meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong will take place.

This is their second informal meeting after unofficial talks during a brief visit by Abdullah to Singapore for a friendly golf with Lee last year.

Despite the “no specific agenda” and with Abdullah saying: “I’ll go for the meeting with an open mind”, many are hoping this “get-together” will pave the way for more talks, be they “informal or formal”, to seek solutions to outstanding bilateral issues between the two neighbours.

Ties between Malaysia and Singapore at one point was described as a “love-hate” relationship by some political and international relations experts.

However, of late, both countries seemed to have adopted a positive attitude towards each other.

It was reported that this time it was Lee who had expressed his desire to meet Abdullah.

Many believe now is the best time for Malaysia and Singapore to resume talks on many unsettled bilateral issues such as the price for the raw water sold to the republic, KTM Bhd land, use of Malaysia’s airspace by the republic’s airforce and a new bridge project to replace the 80-year-old Johor Causeway.

Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club acting chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar said the meeting was indeed a good sign, especially to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

“We believe this meeting will open a pathway for both countries to resume talks on bilateral issues and we definitely support our Prime Minister’s willingness to meet with his Singaporean counterpart.

“For us the willingness to meet doesn’t mean we are bowing to their demands, but because we want better ties with Singapore for our own good, to strengthen our political and economic stability,” he said.

Confident that something tangible would be achieved during the talks, Raja Ahmad Zainuddin said the meeting lent credence that both countries are now more open towards each other.

“This is an example of a good leadership because indirectly both leaders express their desire to improve bilateral relations, but in their own way, with no strings attached,” said the Larut Member of Parliament.

He also agreed that the meeting was timely as Malaysia and Singapore are now stronger in terms of internal affairs, be they in politics or economy.

“What’s important to us as Malaysians is that we want the world to see us as what we are — a friendly and polite people,” he added.

DAP National deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw also believed the meeting would achieve “some understanding” on certain issues.

“Knowing Pak Lah (Abdullah) and his open-mindedness, I’m sure they will reach some sort of understanding, may be to hold more discussions in the near future, which is what should be done in the first place, ” he told Bernama.

After all, he said, bilateral issues between the two countries, left on hold for many years, must be resolved for Malaysia and Singapore to move forward.

“For instance, we have so many development projects like the Iskandar Development Region in southern Johor, and many others in the pipeline and we want to attract foreign investors. Who are better to invest in our country than our own neighbours? They know us and have similar culture.

“We cannot hope for investors from the US, who don’t really understand our culture, to come here,” said the Kepong MP who also agreed that the Abdullah-Lee meeting was timely.

Lee, accompanied by several ministers, is scheduled to arrive in Langkawi tomorrow afternoon. A delegation meeting is scheduled the next morning.

This will be followed by Abdullah hosting a seafood lunch for Lee on board the Star Cruises’ “Megastar Aries”.

Lee is scheduled to depart for home later in the afternoon.

— BERNAMA

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Tun Dr. Mahathir remind youth of the right values

In Taiping this morning, former Prime Minister and UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad reminded the participants of UMNO Youth’s International Affairs and NGO Bureau special convention on “Internationalization of the Malays” that the strengths and most important ingredient of any successful civilizations are the values it upheld.

The convention was held in Taiping Golf Resort. Yesterday, UMNO Youth Head Dato’ Hishamuddin Hussein officiated this convention organized by the UMNO Youth bureau which is headed by Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir.

Tun Dr. Mahathir reminded the participants that is important that the UMNO Youth have resilience and perseverance, to carry on the struggle. That will ensure the development of civilization is carried into the next generation. Of course, they will have to carry with them the right, positive and progressive values. According to him, the right values like ability to gain knowledge, integrity, perseverance and resilience are the secret between a successful and failed civilization.

He insisted the youth have the right attitude for the quest of knowledge. He re-capped how the Arabs once were enlightened with the quest of knowledge after they embraced Islam and that brought their civilization very far. A thousand years ago, the Muslims in West Asia and North Africa were the most developed civilization. They developed science, mathematics, astronomy, medicine and trade, something they learn from the earlier civilizations like the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, Byzantium and Asia Minors and they developed the accumulated knowledge further.

Five hundred years later, the Europeans who had been in the dark ages whilst the Muslims were far developed, decided to get out of their medieval mindset and started to pick up where the Muslims left. That started the European Renaissance and with the knowledge developed and discovered by the Muslims, they applied for their own agenda. Today, they are the most developed race on the planet.

Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that when he was the Prime Minister, he introduced the “Look East” policy because he felt Malaysia could learn from the Japanese, especially on their work ethics, work values, perseverance, resilience as a race and determination to succeed. WWII destroyed the pride and almost entire resources of Japan but they managed to climb out of their predicament and in a few decade, became an economic super power.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also said the Japanese people had the culture of upholding to responsibility and accountability. The ‘face’ (pride) is the most important value to them and they are willing to commit ‘suicide’ (hara-kiri) when they are unable to uphold the expectations laden on them.

He also said that when he was in Government, he supported feat like Dato’ Azhar Mansur’s quest to sail alone and the Everest climb because this will generate pride and good example for the younger generations’ quest to achieve beyond the expectations.

In short, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad wants the participants to master their mettle and push to the limit. It was a good day to remind the youth.

*This report was brought by A Voice of Another Brick in the Wall, www.anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com, who attended this morning’s event at Taiping Golf Resort

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Appreciate the ‘power-share’ privileges

Perpaduan or Unity is the fundamental basis of our success a very distinctive concoction of ‘power-share’ management way in nation-building. The nation comprises vast spectrum of ethnic groups and multi-faith. The much diversity is united into one. As the motto of the Federation, “Bersekutu, bertambah mutu“.

The diversity was about Malaya had a majority ethnic group and other minority ethnic groups. In the mid 50s, they started to work for a political common good and they managed consolidate, into a voice which was validated by the British as a voice of a nation. The same voice, brought by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra and his posse of Independence negotiators consist of Dato’ Abdul Razak Hussein, Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman, Abdul Aziz Abdul Majid, Abdul Kadir Shamsuddin, Mohd. Seth Mohd. Said, Col H S Lee and T H Tan. Of course Dato’ Nik Ahmad Kamil and Hj Abdul Wahab (Dato’ Panglima Bukit Gantang) represented His Majesties the Malay Rulers.

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This was the united voice of Perikatan. This was the voice that represented the rakyat to negotiate with the British colonialist authorities and gained our Kemerdekaan, with some conditions attached and agreed by all parties, which include the Malay Rulers. The Malay Rulers agreed to give up their inherited sovereign right to rule in favour of the Westminster style Constitutional Monarchy democratic system and the rakyat, be it indigenous or immigrants, shall equally determine the Government.

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In August 1973, Perikatan transformed into Barisan Nasional (BN). It has been the helm of the Government, ever since. The people’s voices from the various component parties are represented in this power-sharing Government, including the Bumiputra groups from Sabah and Sarawak.

This was Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s message as the BN Chairman at MIC 61st party conventions in Kuala Lumpur today.

Uploaded from Bernama.com:

All Races Must Progress Together, Says Abdullah 

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Bernama) — Malaysia will be safe and prosperous forever if all races are to advance together in the pursuit for progress without leaving any group to lag behind, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.

The Prime Minister said it was crucial for leaders of the respective races, especially among the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, to also consider the aspirations and interests of the other races when pursuing the interests of their own community.

“I feel happy when I hear leaders of parties representing other races also think about the positions of the other communities. Everybody understands that we are heading to the future with the same goal,” he said when opening the 61st MIC General Assembly at Dewan Merdeka of the Putra World Trade Centre.

Abdullah, who is also BN chairman, said although it appeared that there was competition among the component parties in pursuing the progress of their respective races, it was a good friendly competition in the BN which would yield benefits to all communities.

He said BN leaders, particularly in the cabinet, always gave importance to cordial inter-racial relations to discuss issues arising responsibly and to listen to views and opinions of all races.

“We have a common destiny, we have a common struggle…the struggle for the future of Malaysia,” he said, adding that Malaysia and the people are safe throughout the 50 years of independence.

Abdullah said the thrust of the time-tested cooperation in the BN was inter-racial understanding and tolerance to ensure harmony, mutual respect and co-exist peacefully.

“While we want the nation to progress, we don’t want any race to lag far behind. This is very important…and must be our norm, a reminder for us forever,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the MIC, in its pursuit to develop the education sector for the Indians as well as in other fields, the party should also take into account aspirations and interests of the Malays and Chinese.

“Parties representing their respective races, if they adopt the thinking and act by taking into account the interests of the other races, I believe Malaysia will be safe forever,” he said.

Abdullah said the cooperation concept had been the national policy to develop all races without letting any race to be left behind.

He said the concept of consultation and consensus was BN’s recipe of strength as clearly reflected in the April 28 Ijok by-election.

The BN candidate from the MIC won in the keenly-fought contest, with a higher majority, garnering the support of the other races, especially the Malays, he said. Ijok is a Malay-majority seat.

The Prime Minister said the diversity in Malaysia must be nurtured into a pillar of strength that needed all communities to be careful in their actions.

“It teaches us to be cautious when taking an action. It is akin to all of us on a ship…if the ship springs a leak, all of us will be drowned,” he said.

Abdullah also reiterated his emphasis on developing a strong human capital for the country’s continued progress and to embrace the challenges ahead in the next 50 years.

“I believe if human beings are imparted with useful knowledge, good education, high integrity and moral ethics, physical strength and firmly uphold the Rukunegara…we’ll emerge stronger in future,” he said.

Abdullah said he had high confidence in the younger generation in continuing the struggles of their respective communities because many of them had ideas.

“I’m happy to see young people having ideas but it is our responsibility as the elders to remind them on the importance of preserving congenial ties among us,” he said.

He said that it was the duty of everyone to remind the younger generation on how the country had progressed so far so that they would not be easily influenced by the extremists.

Leaders of other BN component parties also attended the assembly.

— BERNAMA

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Perpaduan was achieved from understanding the various parties have. They ‘give and take’. ‘Win-win’ formula, as they started saying in the 90s. Actually, they started this formula much earlier.

Post WWII Malayan politics most significant juncture is when UMNO was formed 11 May 1946 and the founder, Dato’ Onn Jaafar managed to use the strong conviction of the Malay voice to persuade His Majesties the Malay Rulers to reject the treaty brought by Sir Harold MacMichael for the formation of Malayan Union. The Malays under Dato’ Onn opposed the erosion of powers from the Malay Rulers and saw the recognition of immigrants such as Chinese and Indians as citizens. When Malayan Union failed, British Malaya became the Federation of Malaya and was not regarded as a crown colony.

UMNO under Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra decided to work together with MCA and MIC, for a common cause. In first General Elections in 1955, in the spirit of working together and inter party co-operation, 17 Malay majority seats were surrendered for MCA and MIC candidates, who eventually won.

This landslide co-operation was brought to Whitehall as the mandate of the Malayan people. Tunku negotiated for the Independence and willing to have the concession of accepting the Chinese and Indians as citizens as long the constitution of the new nation is agreed by all parties to incorporate the Islam as the religion of the Federation, Bahasa Melayu is the Bahasa Kebangsaan, the Special Malay Rights under Article 153. Everybody shook and an agreement had been achieved. An agreement which translated to the hoist of Jalur Gemilang on 31 August 1957 and the instruments of indepedence was signed.

That was the basis of Perikatan’s working together, until today. UMNO decided to “share its power” with MCA and MIC and together, administer and manage Malaya. Even today, most of 31 MCA and 9 MIC important seats are Malay majority area.

This concept of power-share has conveniently been watered down and sometime “forgotten”, especially by the younger generation. Little that they realize that they are being represented and their rights and interests as minority ethnic groups being voiced in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara its out of the understanding and tolerance of the UMNO leaders willing to continue the working co-operation started by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra over 52 years ago.

The Malays are tolerant enough to allow non Malays be candidates in their constituencies for over 52 years. Without this tolerance and without the UMNO leaders ability to convince the majority Malay voters continuously to support their ‘power-share’ work-cooperation candidates, most of these MCA and MIC candidates, some GRM too, would not be voted in. Some of these candidates even face PAS candidates in a Malay majority area.

Its time these ‘power share’ and ‘tolerance for support’ being re-assessed , so that the current generation of non Malays are aware how their voices are being represented, therefore they are not freely marginalized like descendants of immigrants ethnic groups in other nations.

Dato’ Dr. Nordin Kardi, Vice Chancellor of UUM has this to say (uploaded from Utusan.com, www.utusan.com.my):

 

Fahami pemberian orang Melayu

Oleh: NORDIN KARDI

Semenjak meninggalkan Biro Tatanegara (BTN) untuk mengetuai Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), sudah hampir dua tahun saya tidak lagi bercakap mengenai politik. Namun, melihat kebelakangan ini pelbagai pihak semakin kerap membangkitkan isu kaum di Malaysia, kali ini saya memilih untuk turut serta. Tambahan pula saya banyak juga menerima sms dan e-mel yang sinis menyebut kata-kata ‘inilah demokrasi acuan Malaysia’. Kata-kata yang merujuk bahawa demokrasi Malaysia ialah demokrasi mengikut tafsiran nafsu Melayu.

Dalam konteks universiti, buku teks yang penulisannya diterajui oleh rakan saya Jayum Jawan, dari Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) mendapat perhatian mesyuarat Kabinet sehingga Shamsul Amri dari Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) ditarik untuk ‘memperbetulkannya’.

Meskipun tidak pernah di mana-mana di dunia Kabinet mencampuri urusan buku teks di universiti, di Malaysia nampaknya tradisi akademik ini telah pun dipecahkan. Saya tidak bermaksud Kabinet tidak mempunyai kuasa berbuat demikian. Memang Kabinet ada kuasa terhadap universiti awam, sebaliknya saya hanya mengatakan bahawa hal demikian tidak ‘biasa’ dalam tradisi pengajian tinggi. Demikian sensitifnya soal kepentingan kaum atau etnik sehingga hal yang bukan biasa pun telah dijadikan biasa.

Pemimpin-pemimpin Melayu terutamanya sangat defensif dalam menguruskan masalah kepentingan kaum ini. Kadangkala di Parlimen, ahli-ahli Yang Berhormat Melayu di pihak kerajaan seperti begitu ofensif dalam serangan balas mereka atas tuduhan perkauman. Namun, nyata tindakan ofensif itu pun hanya merupakan sebahagian daripada strategi defensif.

Seperti ada rasa bersalah di kalangan pemimpin Melayu setiap kali bercakap mengenai kepentingan etnik sehingga ruang rundingan kepentingan Melayu terutamanya tidak begitu terbuka, sebaliknya perlu ‘diseludup’ dengan cara lain. Pemberian terhadap orang Melayu secara terbuka ditakuti akan dilihat sebagai tindakan diskriminatif.

Frasa popular yang dilemparkan kepada kerajaan semasa ialah bahawa kerajaan perkauman kerana dibentuk oleh gabungan parti utama yang berasaskan kaum – UMNO, MCA dan MIC. MCA dan MIC selalu dimomok sebagai parti bukan Melayu yang yang tunduk dan menjadi alat kepada UMNO untuk menegakkan kepentingan Melayu.

Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) yang diasaskan selepas Peristiwa 13 Mei, yang menekankan sasaran penyertaan Melayu sebanyak 30 peratus dalam semua sektor untuk tempoh 20 tahun (1970-1990) adalah ibu kepada segala dasar ‘jahat’ perkauman UMNO.

Orang bukan Melayu dilihat sebagai telah berkorban selama 20 tahun untuk membiarkan orang Melayu merebut segala peluang ekonomi, pelajaran, sosial dan sebagainya. Oleh yang demikian sebarang usaha melanjutkan sasaran itu selepas 1990 adalah suatu usaha diskriminasi yang menzalimi kepentingan kaum lain.

Pemimpin UMNO selalu mempertahankan keputusan-keputusan berkaitan kaum dengan mengulang-ulang cerita kontrak sosial yang telah lama. Ini berterusan sehingga mata masyarakat Malaysia, lebih-lebih lagi mata asing (mungkin dengan minat tertentu), melihat seolah-olah benar kaum Melayu terus menerus mendapat laba selepas kontrak itu, sementara kaum lain sentiasa memberi.

Orang Melayu sudah tidak memberi lagi selepas 1957! Orang Melayu menerima subsidi, orang Melayu membolot kuasa, orang Melayu kaum penerima!

Bilakah orang Melayu memberi? Besar sangatkah pemberian orang Melayu itu kepada kaum lain sehingga kaum lain terpaksa membayarnya kembali tanpa kesudahan? Tambahan pula kontrak itu bukan dibuat oleh generasi pelbagai kaum sekarang. Dia buatan orang dahulu, mengapa orang sekarang harus terus membayarnya? Benarkah?

Memang pada tahun 1955, dua tahun sebelum merdeka, orang Melayu telah menghadiahkan sesuatu yang sangat berharga kepada kaum lain. Biasanya, orang akan cepat menyebut bahawa hadiah besar kepada kaum lain itu ialah kerakyatan.

Itu pun kata mereka kerana pembesar Melayu dipaksa oleh Inggeris. Tidak ada pilihan. Namun demikian, saya lebih cenderung mengatakan hadiah besar itu bukan kerakyatan sebaliknya hadiah selepas kerakyatan itu diperoleh. Jangan lupa, hal ini tidak semestinya terjadi jika keputusan sedemikian tidak dibuat orang Melayu.

Apakah perkaranya? Perkaranya ialah kerusi pilihan raya. Pada tahun 1955 itu diadakan pilihan raya dan orang bukan Melayu hanya mempunyai majoriti di dua konstituen. Namun demikian Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman telah memutuskan supaya orang bukan Melayu diberikan 17 kerusi. Lima belas untuk MCA dan dua untuk MIC. Segolongan pemimpin UMNO meninggalkan UMNO kerana hadiah yang terlalu mewah ini. Namun, rupanya orang Melayu.

Kebanyakan pun bersedia merestui pemberian hadiah ini. Keputusan pilihan raya itu menunjukkan orang Melayu memangkah untuk berwakilkan bukan Melayu di kesemua tujuh belas konstituen itu. Maksudnya, keputusan itu bukan lagi keputusan Tunku berseorangan. Orang Melayu berani meletakkan kepercayaan dengan berwakilkan bukan Melayu untuk memperjuangkan kepentingan mereka.

Apakah ada bukti lain yang lebih besar untuk menyatakan bahawa asas pemikiran politik UMNO tidak perkauman.

Itu dahulu. Sekarang bagaimana? Demikian lanjutan perbualan ahli politik generasi muda. Jawapannya tetap serupa. Semenjak pilihan raya 1955 itu UMNO secara berterusan memberikan konstituen majoriti Melayu kepada bukan Melayu. Jika tidak demikian semangatnya, MIC boleh dikatakan tidak akan diberikan satu kerusi pun.

Cuba perhatikan hadiah UMNO kepada orang calon bukan Melayu dalam pilihan raya terbaru iaitu tahun 2004. Ong Ka Ting, Presiden MCA menang di P165 Parlimen Tanjung Piai, Johor yang pengundi Cina hanyalah 40.14 peratus berbanding dengan pengundi Melayu 53.02 peratus. Kawasan itu boleh diyakini sebagai kawasan selamat menang kepada Ong.

Naib Presiden MCA, Ong Tee Kiat menang di P100 yang pengundi Cina hanyalah 42.56 peratus berbanding pengundi Melayu 51.42 peratus. Demikian juga dengan pemimpin MCA yang lain bergantung kepada undi Melayu seperti Chor Chee Heung di Alor Star (58.43 peratus), Lim Bee Kau, di Padang Serai (52.51), Tan Kian Hoe di Bukit Gantang (62.95), Yew Teong Lock di Wangsa Maju (52.67), Wee Ka Siong (55.26), Kerk Choo Ting di Simpang Renggam (54.29) dan Ling Ban Sang di Tebrau (51.09).

MIC pula mendapat konstituen yang majoriti pengundinya adalah Melayu di Hulu Selangor untuk Palanivel (50.50 peratus Melayu berbanding pengundi India hanya 19.04 peratus) dan Vigneswaran (50.05 peratus Melayu berbanding pengundi India hanya 27.30 peratus.

Dalam konteks ekonomi pula adakah benar orang Melayu sahaja yang menerima sedangkan kaum lain sentiasa memberi? Orang berniaga atau orang yang mempelajari pengajian perniagaan akan faham bahawa dalam sesebuah ekonomi setiap ahli masyarakat menyumbang kepada pertumbuhan.

Tentulah tidak munasabah mengatakan Melayu hanya sebagai penerima sedangkan mereka setiap hari berurus niaga dan berperanan sebagai pengguna yang berbelanja.

Baik DEB mahupun Dasar Pembangunan Negara (DPN) memang ada memperuntukkan bajet negara atas nama Melayu. Contohnya Felda. Majoriti penerokanya ialah Melayu. Namun demikian, jika katakan kawasan Felda itu adalah getah, peneroka akan menunggu tujuh tahun baharu getahnya boleh ditoreh untuk mengeluarkan hasil.

Sedangkan, kontraktor pembina jalan, kontraktor pembuat rumah peneroka, kontraktor memasang paip, kontraktor elektrik, kontraktor membina kompleks dewan, sekolah dan sebagainya yang menelan jutaan ringgit (berbanding beberapa ringgit yang bakal diperoleh oleh peneroka tujuh tahun kemudian!) yang umumnya melibatkan golongan bukan Melayu serta-merta menyejat peruntukan jutaan ringgit itu.

Inilah yang dikatakan oleh Tun Razak dahulu bahawa DEB yang memperuntukkan 30 peratus kepentingan Melayu dalam semua sektor dalam tempoh 20 tahun untuk dicapai bukan bererti merampas daripada bukan Melayu kepada Melayu, sebaliknya ia dilaksanakan dengan memperbesarkan kek ekonomi.

Walaupun sesuatu projek itu diluluskan atas tajuk Melayu namun nikmatnya tidak semestinya dirasai oleh Melayu sahaja.

Saya teringat kata Profesor Bazerman, pakar strategi perundingan Harvard yang menyebut jika ada dua pihak sedang berunding yang kesudahan rundingan itu satu pihak mendapat lapan dan satu pihak lagi mendapat 10 tetap lebih baik meneruskan rundingan berbanding jika setiap pihak mendapat masing-masing tujuh jika menamatkan rundingan.

Dari sudut politik, sehingga semenjak 1955 sehingga pilihan raya 2004 orang Melayu masih setia memberi apa yang mereka biasa beri. Ini akademik. Mungkinkah Profesor Bazerman pernah secara diam-diam belajar dari Malaysia?

DATUK DR. NORDIN KARDI ialah Naib Canselor Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

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Dr. Nordin’s analysis missed MCA and MIC heavyweights such as Chang Kong Choy, Dr. Chua Soi Lek, Fong Chan Onn, Lim Si Cheng, Donald Lim, Tan Chai Ho, Ng Lip Seong, S Samy Vellu and S. Sothinathan. No longer heavyweights like Jimmy Chua Jui Meng should be included too.

According to Dr. Nordin, UMNO’s ‘power-share’ partners owes it to UMNO who worked hard to ensure that the Malay votes remained strong. This is a strong statement why the minority are allowed to be in power and that should be treated as a privilege.

Understanding the fold of history is imperative to see the linkage of what at hand today and how it got there. In May 1969, some of these urban Chinese got over excited with the leftist and socialists ideology left by the constantly pain-in-the-behind PAP. They irresponsibly chose to express their new found winnings in the most provocative fashion. The Malays, on the other hand, have been harbouring a lot of dissatisfaction on too many issues, being systematically provoked and insulted and a devastating inter-racial scuffle followed on.

Everyone promised the bitter and bloody experience of the May 13 incidence were never to be allowed to happen again. All of them sat (except DAP) and formulated a long term plan to ensure that no one should thread on those dangerous lines, again.

When Barisan Nasional was launched in August 1973, it is a statement of the ‘power share’ once enjoyed is being strengthened further and a more structured working relationship be forged.

It is important that the minority ethnic group which enjoy being represented in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara realize that the tolerance of the Malays towards their demands and pettiest expressions might have a limit. Their voice are allowed to be heard with the concessation and constellation ‘allowed’ the majority (of course in the spirit of ‘power-share’). Therefore, the minority must realize that the majority also reserve the right to revoke this privilege if its overly used or abused, one day, in the universally accepted practice of democracy.

Of course the consistent argument that the nation is moving along in a more dynamic world and all the trimmings that go on with it. However, as Malaysians, we chart our own affairs in our own fashion. We stride along our own pace. We are responsible of our futures. Most importantly, we measure with our own values.

Yes, the values, which are most acceptable by the majority. Unavoidably, we will always look into everything with the half glass perspective, half empty or full. Which ever, it is not good to rock the boat when everyone is settled in. It is also not good to throw pebbles when one lives in glass houses.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 00:31  Comments (3)  

Singapore ‘inching’ into our F1 turf

The moment we lacked a bit, the Republic of Red Dot just a mile of the coast of southern most city in the mainland Asia will make an inroad into our turf. Soon it will inch its way and deeply entrenched, taking over our turf, from our own wooly eyes.

Read this report from the official Formula 1 website, www.formula1.com :

Singapore confirms 2008 night race

11 May 2007

The announcement follows the agreement of a five-year deal between FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone, Singapore entrepreneur Mr Ong Beng Seng, and the Singapore Tourism Board.

“I am very pleased to welcome Singapore to the Formula One family and we look forward to this exotic addition to the championship,” said Ecclestone. “This will be the first fully lit street race in Formula One.

“As a night race we anticipate it will quickly establish itself as one of the most dramatic and atmospheric races on our calendar. I know the Formula One drivers, teams and fans are all looking forward to coming to Singapore next year.”

The new race is scheduled to take place towards the end of the calendar in September or October. The timing of the night event means it can be broadcast at a convenient time for European TV audiences as well as thrilling local fans. It is also expected to have a hugely positive economic impact on the region.

“We are delighted to have reached a deal to bring this landmark event to Singapore, and look forward to working with F1, the Singapore Tourism Board and the business community to deliver a great race and vibrant support events together with the very best of Singapore’s famed hospitality and cuisine.” Ong added.

The Singapore Grand Prix will take place on public roads around the Marina Bay area. The design proposal includes powerful lighting systems that will replicate daylight conditions and the most stringent safety protocols will be applied to ensure driver and spectator safety.

Grandstand seating and hospitality areas lining the track will be able to accommodate more than 80,000 spectators, while a permanent pit area with deluxe paddock facilities will be built adjacent to the existing Singapore Flyer complex.

“It will be more than just a motor race,” commented Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr S Iswaran. “We envision it to be a national festival, and one that presents many opportunities for participation for everyone, both visitors and Singaporeans alike.

“Singaporeans are excited about the race coming to Singapore and I share their enthusiasm. Singapore looks forward to welcoming the Formula One drivers, teams and fans to Singapore next year.”

The Singapore Grand Prix will be managed by Singapore GP Pte Ltd, a newly incorporated race promotion company formed between Komoco Motors and regional events company Lushington Entertainments, via its parent company Reef Enterprises.

Few years ago, Singapore’s longtime iron-fist master puppeteer Lee Kuan Yew admitted that it was a mistake Singapore did not work on getting the Formula 1 circuit in Asia and envied Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for successfully bringing the highly prestigious world motorsport event to Malaysia and made it a significant calender in its annual event.

Since hosting the Malaysian GP and a permanent feature in the annual prestigious Formula 1 racing series, it has brought RM billions worth of free publicity and media promotions about Malaysia to almost all corners of the world. Dr. Mahathir’s far sightedness and strategic mindedness had paid off.

Now, it seems Singapore is working hard to get itself to get into the circuit and soon enough KL Sepang GP would bummed off in favour of Singapore’s night street race, introduced from 2008 onwards.

Considering what we already achieved, it is ashame if eventually we reached there.

 

*An update on the Formula One issue, (The Star, Sunday, 13V07):

 

Nod for KL to host F1 until 2015

PETALING JAYA: All issues in the contract to extend Malaysia’s hosting of Formula One races until 2015 have been ironed out with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and it is now up to the Cabinet to give its approval. 

Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir said a meeting with Ecclestone in London on Wednesday had seen all issues “played out”. 

“We will now pass it to the Youth and Sports Ministry and it will be tabled in Cabinet for approval soon,” he said on Friday.  

Malaysia holds the right to host Formula One races until 2010. 

He added that SIC had also agreed to a new provision in the contract where it agreed to night racing at the Sepang F1 Circuit. 

Mokhzani said that Ecclestone was playing an “active part” in trying to determine the type of lighting needed to see the start of such racing in Formula One. 

“We have had nine years of a working relationship with Bernie and have put things in the proper context,” he said.  

He added that Malaysia would have accomplished what it set out to do in terms of hosting Formula One races even if the country did not play host beyond 2010.  

“If that happened, then we would have hosted for 12 years. We would have done what we need to do with Formula One,” he said.  

The accomplishments, he said, included developing motor sports and promoting the country in terms of tourism.  

 

Published in: on May 12, 2007 at 01:03  Comments (6)  

An afternoon with Anwar

All Blogs protem President Ahiruddin “Rocky” Attan organised a session with former Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim this afternoon. We met at his private office in section 16, Petaling Jaya. One of Zorro Unmasked‘s (www.zorro-zorro-unmasked.blogspot.com) students arranged the meeting and Zorro insisted that I attend.

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More than a dozen bloggers showed up. Then Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim appeared, in his dashing grey baju Melayu, a nice songket samping but without the songkok. PKR Vice President Azmin Ali and Anwar’s PA, Nik Nazmi were there too.

The session was conducted in an informal ambience. Mainly, we asked him questions and opinion and he answered. Most of it was about politics. It was like a PR exercise for him and PKR, with the vast spectrum bloggers.

Anwar Ibrahim felt that bloggers have a big role to play in the political interests now. He said bloggers provided a lot of information and created awareness. He also said that the Government is feeling the affect of it growing and they are beginning to react.

Anwar tributed a lot of his earlier struggle after being sacked from Government and UMNO to Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Malaysia Today. In his own words, “…strong supporter and immense contribution….” into his cause. He also admitted he reads Malaysia Today, often. However, he did not say about the other blogs.

Anwar had a strong resolution that PKR lost in Ijok recently, because of the phantom voters and cheating in the ballots. When I raised that PKR’s lost in Ijok is dubbed “Anwar’s Waterloo”, he coyly answer was “That’s interesting”. Anwar admitted that its tough to strike a balance between the getting the support of hardliners PAS supporters, especially in the interiors and the more liberal issues with the DAP people.

Talking about the current politics today, the matter about him opposing Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s and now Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administrations. Anwar said, “At least Dr. Mahathir gets things done!”, with a full confidence of a clear distinction, “Pak Lah is not doing anything. What is going on now is a blatant rape and molestation of country’s resources”.

Asked about the chances to run against the current administration as opposed the previous, Anwar said its slightly easier now. He explained further, “Dr. Mahathir was more decisive in his approach and has no qualms about using force and resources”.

When posed to the question, why not he take on Abdullah in Kepala Batas in the next elections, he smirked, almost not ready to be ‘ambushed’ in that manner “That’s interesting……got to be looked into”. Then he rambled about further about the ethnic composition. He said “Its not easy”. When asked why he is relaxed on the attacks against PM Abdullah, he gave an excuse that some of Penang people asked him to ease of on the son of a well known Ulama’.

Anwar also reiterated “You cannot underestimate the intellectual capacity of Dr. Mahathir”. Clearly, its embedded in him that Tun Dr. Mahathir has put a mark in his system on the latter’s ability to achieve many things. When asked about him reconciling with his former Boss, he coyly said “I told Al Gore the same thing recently…. let us just move on”.

Asked about upcoming PKR Convention, two agenda would be focused which is Economy and Election Commission. He spoke of the abolishment of the NEP and have a market economy with a special policy to help the under developed Malays, which is majority of the population. It sounds suspiciously like NEP re-packaged in another form, being re-branded. He also admitted in the 70s, he also supported the NEP when he was a student leader. Of course he conveniently omitted the point that he was the Finance Minister which specifically implemented a lot of projects and programs under the NEP as we know it, for 7 years (1991-1998). Nailing him in front of fellow bloggers in his own turf might be regarded as ‘distasteful’.

Anwar also touched on the international inter-faith convention that was supposed to be held here in Malaysia but canceled. He sounded like he is in support of the “Article 11” movement and he said he did explain the issue of engaging the different faith from a more liberal perspective at great length to the PAS leaders. He said he managed to contain the PAS leaders from antagonizing against the issue further.

The last word in this session with Anwar Ibrahim, the bloggers were asked to give more support for PKR. In response to that, Rocky said that it is important that All-Blogs remain impartial as it drew bloggers from adverse political affiliations including UMNO (this is where everyone “conveniently” turned to the back and glanced at me! Thanks a million, Rocky! Of course, Anwar gave another cynical smirk at me, again). Being a seasoned politico-bloggo-journo who is very matured in the political scene, Rocky said All-Blogs needed PKR support more than PKR needed them. All laughed.

When parted, as Anwar shook my hand, he gave a very cynical smile (as if we have engaged before). Most probably for an informal PR session, I threw too much prickly questions at him. At the end of the session, his daughter and aspiring PKR young politican Nurul Izzah Anwar dropped by to greet the bloggers.

Published in: on May 11, 2007 at 18:09  Comments (24)  

Business from blogging

This is an enterprising feat. This blogger earned money from his blog. Now, good money. Taken from NST online, www.nst.com.my, today:

From hobby to a steady five-figure income

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SAMSUL Zamzuri Abu Bakar, 32, gets puzzled looks whenever he tells people about his profession.

He blogs, but for most people, blogging is a hobby, not a job. The economics graduate also does marketing but his neighbours don’t see him leaving home smartly dressed to meet clients with briefcase in hand, like most marketers.

In fact, Samsul Zamzuri is often at his home in Sungai Buloh. He is one of a small but rising number of Malaysians who earns an income solely through the Internet.

It started off in 2003 as a hobby for the technology enthusiast, then working as an internal auditor. His first website offered free downloands of software allowing Windows-run computers to have a Apple Macintosh interface. Both are rival operating systems.

“After a while, my friend suggested I put up advertisements there. I signed up with Google Adsense and my first US$100 (RM350) cheque came six months later,” said Samsul Zamzuri.
As he devoted more time online, traffic to his website soared — and so did his income.

By 2005, while earning about RM2,000 from his day job, Samsul Zamzuri was already chalking up between RM7,000 and RM8,000 in advertising fees from his stable of websites and blogs.

In August that year, he took the drastic decision of quitting his job to focus on his online ventures.

Now, he owns more than 15 websites and earns a five-figure salary. Some of the websites are on gadgets like handphones and digital cameras. He hires bloggers from countries like the United States, New Zealand and Ecuador.

Samsul Zamzuri bears the costs of running the websites and shares the profits with his partners. All his marketing (to get companies to advertise) is done online.

His top revenue earners are directory websites where companies pay to get listed, and are then ranked higher in search engine results.

His number two money-earner is his first website (www.osx-e.com), the one which got him hooked into online forays in the first place. Samsul Zamzuri claimed he had been offered up to US$20,000 for the website, but declined the bid for sentimental reasons.

His advice for those who want to follow in his footsteps?

“When you start, don’t think of making money first. Treat it like a hobby. Be patient and hard working. The rewards are sweet.”


More and more tools are being developed and induced into the bloggosphere, which are commercial in nature. It is not far away that businesses finds its more cheaper to advertise in blogs compared to known and highly acclaimed websites.

This is indeed a healthy development, which will encourage more technies to develop the blogging culture in Malaysia into something really big and common.

Published in: on May 11, 2007 at 10:32  Comments (1)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir in Taiping

Former Prime Minister and UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will be in Taiping this Sunday, 13 May 2007. He will be at Taiping Golf Resort, speaking at an event organized by UMNO Youth International and NGO Affairs Bureau. The “Kollokium Mengantara-bangsakan Melayu” event starts at 11am. UMNO Youth members and some selected institute of higher learning students from the Northern States are expected to attend. It is an invitations only event, due to the limited space available.

This is Tun Dr. Mahathir’s second speech at an UMNO affair this year. His son, Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir is the UMNO Youth Exco in charge for International and NGO Affairs Bureau. The UMNO Youth International and NGO Affairs Bureau have been is the most active bureau amongst the other bureau within UMNO Youth. Their involvements in various humanitarian programs, especially through Peace Malaysia have been tremendous and highly regarded. Last August, they managed to organise a debate with the British High Commissioner on the Israeli’s illegal war in Lebanon. However, their same invitation to the American Ambassador was ignored.

Taiping Golf Resort is located at Jalan Bukit Jana, Kamunting, Taiping, Perak. Resort living accommodations are available for a reasonable rate in the 18 hole golf course.

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 09:50  Comments (2)  

Wong Chun Wai’s opinion on better democracy of press

This is an interesting perspective. Dato’ Wong Chung Wai’s statement, as published by Rocky’s Bru (www.rockybru.blogspot.com), titled Out with outdated press laws:


Top mainstream media editor wants more. Veteran journalist Wong Chun Wai has called on the government to do away with “archaic” laws that are stifling Press freedom in Malaysia. The Star’s editor is unhappy with Malaysia‘s poor rankings in a Freedom House survey on nearly 200 countries (Malaysia is ranked 150th). He also noted that bloggers are becoming more credible as a source of news.

“Many have raised pertinent issues and asked good questions, which make us think harder. Many former journalists-turned-bloggers have proven that they still have the network of contacts to help them break news.”

But a seasoned editor knows how and when to cover his behind:

“Still, it cannot be denied that under the Abdullah Administration, the Prime Minister has allowed greater democratic space and tolerance for dissent. It is thus unfortunate that some bloggers have made heroes of political players who had suppressed the media when they were in power. Many of these figures lack the credibility to talk about press freedom and when they do so, they smack of hypocrisy. Some are turning to the new media and have complained about media blackout when they, too, had used the same tactics to shut out their opponents. Many bloggers, unfortunately, are much too young to realise this or they have chosen to look the other way for political expediency. Some bloggers write about press freedom and yet display blatant intolerance of others who don’t share their political views. “

I disagree with Wong on one point, at least. I was there, too, and I will deny that under the Abdullah Administration, the Prime Minister has allowed greater democratic space and tolerance for dissent. And I wonder who Wong is referring to when he writes about “political players who had suppressed the media when they were in power”? Dr Mahathir Mohamad?”

Also read Wong’s Do Away With Archaic Laws.

Earlier today, I spoke to a The Star journalist, on the subject matter, ‘Press democracy under Pak Lah Vs Dr. Mahathir’. His coy answer is, “When Dr. Mahathir was the Prime Minister, we are able to ask him anything and everything. He would answer each question. Even the ones that are prickly and tricky, he’d make faces and expression but you know you’ll get an answer.”

“Now, you have to be careful when you ask Pak Lah. There are incidence that Pak Lah even said “Bodoh, tak dengar apa saya cakap tadi dalam ucapan!”. Actually, from another journalist, I heard this once the Prime Minister threw his tantrum at the media conference for Malaysian press during his state visit to Venezuela last December.

Another journalist from Wong’s paper gave a story “Nowadays, we get calls from Kali or ‘Level 4 boys’. They tell us what angle to write our story. Even what picture we should use. Another example is when Pak Lah addressed the Parliament the first time as Prime Minister, we were asked to highlight the point where Pak Lah gulped when mentioning Allah s.w.t. name; to show that Pak Lah is a God fearing man”.

One journalist in Wong’s own company who was covering Putrajaya was said she was asked to be transfered and replaced because she purportedly asked the Prime Minister in a media conference about the rumour within the bloggosphere he got married sometime early this year.

There is other former journalist who had this to say “During Dr. Mahathir’s time, the Press were controlled to make the Government and country look good. Nowadays, the Press is controlled to make Pak Lah look good. That’s the difference!”.

There you have it, four different interpretations and accounts on the same subject. So, is the Press more democratic now?

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 03:38  Comments (2)  

Its for Melayu, again

There will be a congregation of selected Malay NGOs this Sunday, 13 May 2007 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. This ‘Agenda Melayu’ flavoured event is organized by Yayasan Rangkaian Sahabat and Alumni Melayu Universiti Amerika Utara. It will be officiated by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the closing ceremony by Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Several Cabinet Ministers and UMNO Supreme Council members are expected to attend.

2500 people are expected to attend. There will be an intellectual discourse themed “Malay Leadership”. No further details about this discourse at this point of time, which will be held after the Prime Minister’s keynote address.

*An update (Tuesday, 08V07, 1715hrs): The event is by invitation only. The title of this event is Konvensyen Kepimpinan Kebangsaan.

*A further update (Thursday, 10V07, 0259hrs). The Konvensyen Kepimpinan Kebangsaan event has been CANCELLED because Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is unable to attend. This is the second event in six months organized by the celebritum de mediocritis people which was cancelled due to PM Abdullah expected to be ‘no show’.

Published in: on May 8, 2007 at 11:38  Comments (3)  

Shar101’s scoop on TRC

Well, it seemed Shar 101 has a scoop. Not bad for a newbie. Titled “KING IN WAITING?” (in bold capital letters), this is a story about a Pak Lah crony construction company, been enjoying all these wonderful direct negotiation projects and failed to do a good job (in the case of the runway lights failure at the Kuala Terengganu airport extension project).

Even the DYMM SPB YDP Agong and his majesty’s entourage were affected by this below par work at the Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu (Bernama report):

Airport lights still out, King’s flight postponed

KUALA TERENGGANU: A special flight scheduled to take Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin back to Kuala Lumpur had to be cancelled last night as the runway lights were still not operating due to damaged power cables.

A palace spokesman said Tuanku Mizan was to return to the federal capital aboard a special aircraft at 10.45pm after gracing the prize-giving ceremony of the YDSMPENN Endurance Challenge 2007 at the Kelab Teluk Warisan in Pulau Duyong, near here.

“His Majesty’s special flight has been postponed to 8am tomorrow (today),” he said when contacted.

Tuanku Mizan had been in Terengganu since Tuesday to participate in the two-day championship which ended at Lembah Bidong, Setiu, yesterday.

On Saturday night, about 300 passengers were stranded at the airport after the runway lights failed to function, forcing all three night flights to be cancelled.

Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said in a statement last night that repair works on the cables were to have been completed yesterday morning.

It was learnt that the contractor engaged had carried out tests on the runway lights at 7.30pm but the lights did not function.

MAS, AirAsia and Firefly flights out of the airport last night were also affected. – Bernama

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So Shahrir Samad, Khalid Nordin and what looks like Norza Zakaria, were in collaboration in this company? What are you going to say now, Shahrir (www.shahrirsamad.blogspot.com)?

For the record, Australian trained chartered accountant Dato’ Mohd Norza Zakaria was an aspiring UMNO Youth Exco who wanted to go for the Deputy Head post in the Aug 2004 party elections. He bowed out in favour of Khairy Jamaluddin, who eventually won the seat uncontested. He was then rewarded the powerful Political Secretary to the Minister Finance II seat (because PM Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi already appointed Dato’ Reezal Merican as the more powerful Political Secretary to the Minister of Finance post, Norza had to settle for this job). The UMNO Wilayah Persekutuan Youth Head later was appointed as an UMNO Supreme Council member by the UMNO President.

So it seems TRC’s linkage is complete. This fashion of dishing out contracts listed under RMK 9 amongst selected same companies through direct negotiations is exactly what former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was questioning when he commented on Dato’ Annuar Musa’s announcement that an extra RM three billion more is sought for Kelantan, yesterday, at the Majlis Tindakan Rakyat Kelantan’s Annual Lecture series in Kota Bahru.

* We at BigDogDotCom are in full support of the investigations be carried out by ACA and UMNO Disciplinary Board, to ensure that UMNO Leaders are free from corruption/misuse of power in the capacity as public office bearers. This is pertinent to for UMNO to weed out personalities that will eventually run the nationalist party to the dogs. We at BigDogDotCom take this matter very seriously when the UMNO Leader in question an aspirant to hold top party position and any misconduct of corrupt practices will reflect on public opinion on the UMNO led Federal Government and party itself.

 

Published in: on May 7, 2007 at 19:19  Comments (7)