UMNO better get rid of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah soon!

PAK LAH

THE JOKER AND THE LADY-IN-WAITING

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

UMNO BETTER GET RID OF PAK LAH

BEFORE THE FINANCIAL

TIPPING POINT IN MAY / JUNE

The Shadow Play

My book, “The Shadow Money-Lenders and the Global Financial Tsunami” has been on sale in books shops since March 2008. Therefore, there is no excuse for Pak Lah and the 4th Floor Boys not to know (if they have their heads between their legs all this while) that the global financial tsunami is going to hit Malaysia anytime soon, specifically in May / June 2008.

In desperation to regain popularity with the rakyat, Pak Lah and his spin doctors are diverting the attention of the rakyat from the more critical issue of our economy and the urgent protective measures that need to be taken, to the restructuring of the ACA and the Judiciary.

They conspired with the “Lady in Waiting” Madam Ambiga (the President of Malaysian Bar Council) and her foreign backers (US and British Officials) and some very frustrated senior lawyers (past Presidents and Secretary of the Bar Council) who delude themselves that they are the powers behind the scene and that they can extricate Pak Lah from this mess .

The joker in the pack is our de facto law Minister, Zaid Ibrahim. Anxious to please his political master, he directed the Lady-in-Waiting to organise a dinner to announce the establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission and the ex-gratia payment to some judges who made the mistake of defending Tun Salleh. [i]

1988 Revisited

In 1988, I was one of the most vocal voices defending Tun Salleh when a tribunal was established pursuant to the request of the Agong to investigate into the misconduct of Tun Salleh.

When the Malaysian Bar EGM was convened to consider the issue, most senior lawyers were against supporting and or defending Tun Salleh because they were pissed-off with his judgment in the UEM case. I stand to be corrected, and the minutes of the EGM will show that I was the first person to speak in favour of defending Tun Salleh, on the grounds that we were not defending the Tun Salleh, the person, but the office of the Lord President. The rest is history.

I have on record and there are witnesses, that the late Justice Eusoffe Abdoocader thanked me publicly for my vigorous defence of the Judges.

I have since regretted my defence of Tun Salleh, because Tun Salleh has failed to tell the truth as to the reasons why the then Agong wanted him to be sack within 24 hours on receipt of a letter from Tun Salleh.

At the material time, I was not aware of this letter.

And this letter has nothing to do with the complaint (2nd Letter) to the Agong that the Judiciary has been unfairly criticised by the Executive. This letter was not the cause for the demand for Tun Salleh’s removal.

I wonder, whether if the five judges who came out to defend Tun Salleh knew the true facts, they would have acted in the manner in which they did.

If I had known of this “First Letter” I would not have defended Tun Salleh!

I therefore called upon Tun Salleh to openly explain the contents of the First Letter which he wrote to the Agong and the reasons for keeping silent all these years. Additionally, Tun Salleh must disclose whether he had disclosed and explained to his fellow judges about this letter to the Agong and the reaction of the Agong to his insolent letter.

The truth must come out.

Tun Salleh has demanded accountability and transparency. I now demand accountability and transparency from Tun Salleh.

I also demand from Pak Lah, Zaid Ibrahim, the Joker and Ambiga, the Lady-in-Waiting whether they were aware of this letter which Tun Salleh wrote to the Agong.

The Diversion Before The “Erections”[ii]

The conduct of Zaid Ibrahim, the Joker and the Lady-in-Waiting is very odd. Why did they not organised a dinner to “compensate” the Judges in 2003, when Pak Lah became the Prime Minister, if they were of the view that such an event could not have been feasible during Mahathir’s administration?

Why not in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007?

In fact, when the Joker was the President of the Muslim Lawyers Association, he was most strident in criticising the Malaysian Bar for defending Tun Salleh. The Lady-in-Waiting did not play any significant role at the material time.

Why now, after the massive rejection by the voters of the Pak Lah administration and the strident demands of UMNO members that he should step down immediately.

The joker, Zaid Ibrahim was found guilty of “money politics” (this is UMNO political language for corruption) and was not even selected as a candidate to stand for the recent 12th General Elections. To divert attention from the crime of indulging in money politics, he wrote a book and several articles which were published in the main stream press giving the impression that he was a progressive and a reformer!

This can only happen in Malaysia – to have a joker, guilty of “money politics” tasked with the responsibility of reforming the judiciary and to promote integrity!

Right on cue, and just before the elections, the Lady-in-Waiting led a march to protest and demand a Royal Commission to investigate into the “Lingam Tapes”.

A whole month before the elections, the mass media played up the “scandal of the Lingam Tapes” to divert the attention of the electorate from the scandals and corruption of Pak Lah and his family.

The effort was wasted. The anger of the voters against Pak Lah and his corrupt family only intensified and they saw through this sordid attempt to white-wash the crimes of Pak Lah and his family.

Now, when the UMNO grassroots are at fever pitch to demand the ouster of Pak Lah, the Joker and the Lady-in-Waiting are attempting another diversion.

It is therefore time to expose their theatrics.

The Challenge

I therefore challenge the Joker and the Lady-in-Waiting to an Open Public Debate on the following issues:

1. Whether Tun Salleh was rightly dismissed for his misconduct.

2. Whether the just announced reforms of the Judiciary is sincere and effective.

3. Whether the Lady-in-Waiting has lobbied directly or indirectly for judicial appointment.

Once again I invite Raja Petra of Malaysia Today to be the moderator.

The rules are simple:

1. Each party to be allowed to speak for half an hour: no-holds-barred.

2. Each party to cross examine the other party for half an hour: no-holds-barred.

3. Let the Court of Public Opinion decide.

The Joker and the Lady-in-Waiting have 48 hours to response to this challenge.

Why This Challenge

This is the only way to stop the diversionary tactics of Pak Lah’s cronies and lackeys. Once they are exposed, they will never dare repeat such nonsense.

We can then focus on the real issues – the global financial crisis that will devastate our economy. The IMF has already stated that no countries will be spared in this crisis. Go to their website and find it out for yourself.

I am willing to state here and now, that by end May or early June, crude oil price will hit US$150. It could be more. The government is not even ready for this scenario. The crooks are too busy looting the treasury!

I was spot in 2007 in forecasting that crude oil would hit US$100 and this was way before the sub-prime crisis in July 2007.

I was spot on in forecasting that gold would hit US$1,000 an oz. I was spot on, and the only analyst in Malaysia to state categorically that the financial crisis that first exploded in the USA was a global banking crisis – the collapse of the global banking system. This has since been confirmed by the Fed and G-7 Central Banks.

The country needs to focus on this and not the theatrics of Pak Lah and his cronies!

What Pak Lah is trying to do is to arrange his financial affairs – to siphon off billions – before he steps down. This is the ultimate crime and the actions of the Joker and the Lady-in-Waiting are an attempt to divert our attention from this crime.

Don’t let Pak Lah get away with this plunder!

Matthias Chang

21st April 2008

Kuala Lumpur


[i] To my detractors who only know how to use abusive language in response to my articles, and other misguided and the uninformed, I am not saying here that judicial reforms are not important, but the manner in which this issue has been dealt with by Pak Lah, his spin doctors, the joker Zaid Ibrahim and the Lady-in-Waiting is very much to be desired and insincere.

[ii] The previous Minister for Information referred to the elections as “Erections”.

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 18:58  Comments (10)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir: “Security problems in Asia and their possible impact on world stability”

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY
TUN DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD
AT THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BY CENTRE FOR DEFENSE INFORMATION STUDIES (CDIS)
IN HAVANA, CUBA
ON 21 APRIL 2008
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“Security Problems in Asia And Their Possible Impact on World Stability”

1. Security is a problem for every country and every region. Whether the security is seriously threatened or not depends largely on the perceptions of the countries involved.

2. The United States for example believes that its borders with Canada are secure. However to a certain extent its borders with Mexico are considered to be less secure.

3. Why the difference? Historically the United States was responsible for seizing large chunks of Mexico and since then the Mexicans had several times tried to get back some of its territory. And so there was and probably still is a security problem in North America.

4. Asia is a very big continent and different parts of it experienced different very different problems through the ages. During the period of the Great Games of the Europeans, there were constant threats of conquest and colonization. In fact many parts of Asia, East, Central, South and West were colonized or hegemonised by powerful European nations.

5. But what about Japan? Did it not try to conquer East Asia? Will it not repeat its aggression? Will East Asia be secure from Japanese territorial ambition? Will China and Korea feel secure with Japan’s amendment to its constitution to allow it to go to war again?

6. Then there is Russia, the conflicts in South Asia and of course the intractable conflicts in West Asia or the Middle East as it is referred to by the West. All these can undermine the security of Asian nations.

7. The culture of Asia differs from that of Europe. Their concept of empire does not involve conquest and the setting up of colonies. The Turkic people advanced westwards and established states in Central and West Asia, advancing even into Europe. But by and large the Turkic people adopted the culture of the local people and were absorbed.

8. The Mongols conquered much of Asia and again advanced into Eastern Europe. More than the Turkic people the Mongols allowed themselves to be assimilated by the local people. In the Turkic countries they became Turks, in China they became Chinese and in India they became Indians. They have no colonies as understood by the Europeans.

9. The Japanese did try to conquer China and Korea. But it was at the time when they were trying to emulate the Europeans. Had they succeeded there would perhaps be Japanese colonies in East Asia and Southeast Asia. But they failed and the lesson is well learnt by them. Japan by itself is not a threat to anyone’s security.

10. Other than these there is no history of military conquest and colonisation by Asian countries in Asia. The Asians of the past preferred to carry out raids and to cart away the spoils of war. But for a long time now the Asian powers have not indulged in military adventures.

11. But America has been telling Asian countries that they have a serious security problem. They have been telling us in South East Asia (S.E.A.) ever since World War II ended that we face the threat of Chinese invasion.

12. They fought a long war in Vietnam and promoted the domino theory – which says that if Vietnam fell to the Communists than one by one the countries of S.E.A. will fall to the Chinese – through Communism.

13. Well, South Vietnam did fall to the Communist. But none of the S.E.A. countries have gone the way of Vietnam. In fact Vietnam has now adopted the strategies of the S.E.A. countries and is inviting foreign investments which have made Vietnam the fastest growing East Asian country after China.

14. The threat from China and the Communist ideology did not materialise. But the United States is still insisting that we need its 7th Fleet to provide security for us.

15. S.E.A. is the home of the Spice Islands. For almost a millennium S.E.A. states traded with the Asian countries like China, India, and Arabia. Despite the fact that we South East Asians used to levy taxes on trading ships passing through our waters something which the Europeans describe as piracy, the home countries of these Asian traders, powerful though they were, never sent their military forces to punish us, even when some of their people were killed.

16. But when the Europeans finally reached us in their armed merchantmen, they demanded trade monopoly and the right to build fortified trading stations on our land. After that they came with their armed force to conquer and colonise us. The Portuguese occupation of Malacca is a good example. They came for the first time in 1509 and two years later an armada under Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Malacca. We can say the Europeans brought a security problem with them.

17. China was a huge country with millions of people and located only 2000 kilometres from Malacca, but they never threatened our security and certainly they never conquered us.

18. Portugal was 12,000 miles from Malacca (via Cape of Good Hope) but they actually attacked the tiny state and made a colony of it.

19. China has no history of military conquest with the purpose of acquiring territory. So why should we feel insecure because of China, as we are informed we should. We really do not think that China poses a security threat in East Asia, not even Japan should see in China a threat to its security. Yes, what about Tibet?

20. Well, what about Guantanamo Bay? Has it always been a part of the United States of America? The Chinese have more rights to be in Tibet than the Americans in Guatanamo Bay,

21. The United States has convinced Japan that China is a threat to its security. Therefore Japan must have American military forces based in Japan and paid for by the Japanese.

22. Is there a Chinese threat to Japanese security? There is a dispute over some islands but will China declare war on Japan because of this little island.

23. China has perhaps the biggest standing army in the world. With its new found wealth its military forces are now well equipped. But is it a threat to the security of its neighbours and to the rest of the world?

24. Frankly I do not think so. China knows it needs peace and good relations with the rest of the world if it is going to prosper, if it is going to feed and clothe its 1.3 billion people. Trade with the rest of the world is the only way for China to give its people a decent life.

25. War is no longer an option in the settlement of conflicts between nations. This is because the capacity of modern weapons to inflict death and destruction is so enormous. Additionally war has become prohibitively costly. Even the United States rich as it is said to be, is now practically penniless because of the war in Iraq.

26. China is doing very well without war. What is there to gain for China if it goes to war. Only death and destruction. But of course when the United States persuades Japan and Korea that China is a threat then it must prepare for its defence.

27. Is China entitled to defend itself? Of course it is. When Japan lost the Pacific War the victors imposed on Japan the condition that it may only spend 1% of its GDP on its defence force. In 1945 1% of its GDP was hardly enough to buy uniforms. But today 1% of Japan’s GDP would be more than what Britain spends on its forces. The Japanese Defence Force is now quite big.

28. If Japan can spend 1% of its GDP on defence cannot China spend the like amount on its defence. Surely it is entitled to. And so China’s military forces must be pretty big. Still it will not be as big as that of the United States. With the United States rattling its rockets and nuclear warheads China must spend money on its security needs.

29. So who is causing countries in Asia to feel insecure? It certainly is not the Asian countries. It is the United States, the most belligerent country in the history of mankind.

30. Of course it is not only in East Asia that the United States is creating a feeling of insecurity. Look at Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Iran. These countries feel most insecure. They are being threatened with invasions, shock and awe, regime change etc etc.

31. When countries feel insecure they must find ways to provide for their security. During the Cold War period they could play the two blocs against each other. But now the Cold War is over. So they must possess their own defence capability.

32. There is a belief that the world would be safe so long as the nuclear powers provide nuclear deterrence. But the nuclear powers have shown that they are the source of military threats and not the non-nuclear powers. So the idea of confining nuclear capability to the established nuclear powers does not hold water. These powers have allowed their protégés to have nuclear warheads while preventing the countries threatened by these protégés from having any defence capability at all.

33. That is the situation in West Asia. This had always been a turbulent region, mainly caused by the Great Games played by European powers. Still 60 years ago the Middle East was relatively peaceful.

34. But to solve the Jewish problem in Europe, Palestinian Arab land has been seized in order to create the state of Israel. Since then the violence in that region has escalated with each passing year. And now the violence has spread to the rest of the world.

35. Would there have been Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda if there had been no Israel. The West should not go into self denial. Admit it. Until you admit the truth, that it was the seizure of Arab Palestinian land, and the expropriation of land belonging to Arab owners and the expulsion of the Palestinians from their homeland, until you admit this truth, the problem of the Middle East will not be resolved.

36. Because of the creation of the state of Israel we are plagued by terrorism. Let us be frank and fair. The so-called terrorists are not the only people who blow themselves up with bombs or crash their planes into towers. Whoever creates terror or cause people to be terrified must be classified as terrorists. If we think of the thousands of innocent people who are terrified of being killed or maimed by the bombs, the missiles, the shells and the rockets, in particular those covered by Depleted Uranium then we must conclude that the countries whose armed forces employ these weapons are also terrorists. Indeed they are worse than the few individuals who sacrificed themselves in order to retaliate for the killings of their people and seizure of their land by the terrorist states.

37. The spread of individual terrorism is due to these people possessing no other means to fight the terrorist states. They do not have warplanes, armoured cars and tanks, warships etc to hit back at their enemies. Therefore they have no choice but to tie explosives to their bodies and blow themselves up. Whether they would go to heaven or not is irrelevant, for we know even though we desire to go to heaven we would not blow ourselves up in that way.

38. As to targeting civilians, the terrorists state, also target the civilians which they now call collaterals. More innocent people are killed by terrorist states than are killed by suicide bombers.

39. The real threat to everyone’s security is caused by the people who continually produce new and more efficient weapons. The cost of these weapons have escalated greatly and yet they do not give any return on investment, nor can they contribute anything to society at peace. This fact drives the countries producing these weapons to seek war. Then these weapons can actually be used. That these weapons can destroy whole countries and hundreds of thousands of people is irrelevant. Call them collaterals and forget about them.
40. In order to get a return on their investments, the producers of these very costly weapons have aggressively promoted their sale. Countries have been persuaded to equip their armed forces with these weapons, incurring huge expenditure. If a country refuses to buy than the neighbouring country would be persuaded to buy. Inadvertently an arms race would result. As the weapons keep on being updated, expenditure on arms by poor countries would make them even poorer.

41. These weapons including the warplanes, guns and rocket launchers may only be good for parades. But any conflict with neighbours may end up with wars in which these weapons would be used. The people who sell arms are in fact the people who create insecurity.

42. Apart from the fighting in West Asia, the rest of Asia is quite peaceful. And because we are peaceful we really feel quite secure. This world need not feel insecure because of Asia. What is happening in Asia is a race to give the people of the various countries a good life. Asia is interested in economic development. One after another the Asian countries are turning into factories for the world. To prosper they will not export insecurity through the promotion of their ideologies. Asia wishes to see the world prosper because a prosperous world would become a good market for Asian products.

43. Asia should help stabilize the world. Unfortunately there are countries outside Asia which do not want to see a stable prosperous Asia. These countries threaten Asia’s security and if Asia arms to the teeth it is because of these countries.

44. Asia has not interfered in the internal affairs of other countries. And God knows these countries’ internal affairs, their treatment of their people, their blatant disregard for human rights etc do not bear examination. Asia has every right to publish the ratings in term of various abuses in their countries and let the world be enlightened. But Asian have refused to take the moral high ground, not because we are not qualified to do so but because we believe in the freedom of every country to manage its internal affairs by itself. We believe our security is best guaranteed by a prosper-thy-neighbour policy. We believe when we prosper other people we will not have their problems spilling over into our country. We believe we will enjoy security that way.

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 17:45  Comments (4)  

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah flip-flopping again

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi done it again. Yesterday, he said it was alright for Gerakan Secretary General Dato’ Lee Kah Choon joining Penang Development Corporation to a DAP appointed position as a Director and investPenang as the Chairman.

Quoted from Malaysiakini.com:

PM: Up to Gerakan to decide on Lee

Andrew Ong | Apr 22, 08 10:37am

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would leave it to Gerakan to act against its former deputy secretary-general Lee Kah Choon, who has accepted a director’s post in the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and InvestPenang.

Gerakan, a component party in Barisan Nasional (BN), had been leading the Penang government up to the March 8 general election, when it fell into Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hands. “It is for the party to decide. It is up to Penang BN to do what they want. For me, it’s okay as long as there is no clash in policy,” he said at a brief press conference after attending a function in Kuala Lumpur today.

“Perhaps this opens ways for cooperation (between BN and PR).”

Abdullah, who is also BN chairperson, was commenting on Lee’s acceptance of the offer to join the two key investment development agencies in the Penang government.

Today, he flip-flopped, like expected and said “Ex-Deputy Secretary General Lee Kah Choon’s acceptance of investPenang Chairman’s post and PDC Director posts is against the spirit of BN”, as per quoted by The Star alert via sms.

It seemed PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah conveniently changed his mind again, most probably after consulting ‘Level Four’ outfit!

GOD HELP US ALL!

*Updated 7.30pm

Gerakan CWC has decided to issue Lee, a former Parliamentary Secretary of the Health Ministry, a showcause letter for his accetance of both appointment by the DAP Government in Penang. Their worry for Lee’s under experience of industrial promotion was one of the reasons given.

Bernama.com has the story:

April 22, 2008 18:41 PM

Gerakan To Send Show-cause Letter To Kah Choon E-mail this news to a friend Printable version of this news

PENANG, April 22 (Bernama) — Gerakan has decided to send a show-cause letter to former party deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon on why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for his decision to accept two top posts in Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and its subsidiary, InvestPenang.

Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the decision was made at the party’s central working committee meeting Monday.

He said Kah Choon’s action contravened the principle and spirit of the party’s general directive.

“The party has previously instructed members to relinquish all appointments as municipal and district councillors and village development and security committee members in states under Pakatan Rakyat administration after the general election,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

On Sunday, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced the appointment of Kah Choon as PDC director and chairman of the executive committee of InvestPenang.

Koh said the instruction was based on the premise that Gerakan now had to play the role as an effective opposition.

“We can’t do this objectively if our own members hold key positions in the state and local administration,” he said.

The former Penang chief minister also questioned the political motive of Guan Eng in appointing Kah Choon knowing that he (Kah Choon) had no direct experience in promoting investments in the industrial sector.

“So far, he has experience as a lawyer and as parliamentary secretary to the Health Ministry, which are unrelated to the manufacturing industry,” he said.

The industrial sector, being Penang’s most important economic sector, was not proper for Kah Choon to play politics as this may jeopardise Penang’s efforts to effectively attract investments to Penang.

— BERNAMA

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 14:41  Comments (10)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir on Hardtalk: “He (PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah) is making use of the system in the worsts ways!”

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today described PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as “Making a political move, a very unpopular man trying to do something ‘right’”. “He is making use of the system in the worst ways”, when reacting to the suggestion of the Prime Minister attempting to “make good against the Judiciary”, which purportedly was damaged during the former’s time.

Talking to Stephen Sackur in a BBC “Hardtalk” first aired this afternoon, who described him as “A personified fellow and opponents call him a ‘Dictator and Racist’ ”. The program was taped in London on Friday, 18 April 2008. This was his first interview on air in a foreign media since the 12th Malaysia General Elections on 8 March 2008.

He said “Results of the GE show former supporters of the ruling party (BN), voted Oppositions, not because they liked them!”. When asked for the reason, the stern response was “The Government promised to remove corruption but they themselves are corrupt”. He also explained that PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah must go now because the next leader needed time to revive the party and the support and unless there are changes, then this might be the beginning of the end of BN.

On the New Economic Policy, “It was a system initiated by my predecessors. The system worked for the past 50 years, and had worked very well. It was to correct the imbalance created since the British days”. Sackur asked about “The real discontent” from different ethic groups in the country and charged, Malaysia, especially during Tun Dr. Mahathir’s time, practiced racial-biased policies. Sackur remarked that the NEP is no longer relevant, nor acceptable. He even quoted Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement. The former Prime Minister’s response was “Malaysia is built for all. Everyone is prosperous. All benefited from the Government policies and progressed. Why only now and not during my time?”.

Then Sackur charged if people were to voice out against him then, they would be arrested. “Hundreds of people were arrested?”, Tun Dr. Mahathir’s instant response, “Who are they?” and vehemently contradicted the host with “The first thing I did as the Prime Minister, was to release many political detainees”. He then added that foreign media is fond of making up these stories and end up propagating them as “the truth”. “Tell me who are the hundreds who I have put in prison (for political reason)?”.

In the case of Anwar Ibrahim, when asked to comment about having the support of many, and even BN MPs are ready to defect, and wanted to make changes in the system, including racially-based policies, “He is welcomed to do that, when he becomes the PM” and added, “The present leadership should be blamed for losing the support of the BN MPs”.

On issues raised by Anwar, which is favourable to the minority groups “Now, there is an opportunity for him. He was in Government before. He did not complain”. Then the issue about his arrest and conviction was trumped up and now proposing that the former regretted on that episode, “Why should I regret? He was arrested under the laws of the country, tried under the laws of the country and locked up for abuse of power. This is accordance to the Malaysian law”. Sackur then added that Anwar wanted to do a full and thorough public inquiry for all of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s wrong doings in the 22 years in office. He responded with sarcasm, “Let’s see if he can obtain a fully impartial inquiry. Probably he can get foreigners”.

When responding to Sackur’s list of Western report of unfair trial for Anwar, Tun Dr. Mahathir asked in return “What are the track record of these countries? These are the sort of people who arrest people without law and trial, like Guantanamo Bay”. Then, the issue was raised about the use of the Internal Security Act, which was put in place as an Emergency Ordinance by the British. “We did it under the law of the country. We needed to prevent people from causing racial riot and disharmony”. He later elaborated on Malaysia being multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.

On the Judiciary, relating to the issue involving a video with lawyer V K Lingam purportedly talking on the phone and mentioning Tun Dr. Mahathir’s name, “This man had his video taken because he was defending me. This man was defending me, and Anwar is the one who released this tape. Anwar wanted to blackmail him!”.

On the move by PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah making ex-gratia payments to dismissed Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas and five Supreme Court Judges, “A political move by a very unpopular man, trying to do “something right”. He is not dismantling the system. He is making use of the system in worst ways!”. What he did not say was, none of the members of the bench attended the Bar Council dinner where PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah made the announcement.

About the appointment of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that the former seemed ‘clean’ and ‘pious’ when he was appointed as the successor, even though he did not have the bigger support as the Vice President of UMNO. “We all made mistakes. Just like the British people made a mistake by putting a liar like Blair to power”.

The debate continued towards democracy. He elaborated that democracy has to be fully understood and used with the right intention, otherwise, it can turn into anarchy. He also quoted that many earlier civilizations did not practice democracy and they turned out to be great. “Democracy is good when the leader is good”. He reminded that “It was a leader of a democratic country who dropped atomic bombs”.

Sackur then charged him as being ‘Anti-Semitic’ and the instant response was “Anti-semitism is something created by the Jews themselves”. He then related to the earlier issue of democracy. “There are journalists who were arrested for talking about and against the Holocaust. Where is the ‘Freedom of Press’ then?”. He also explained on the quote from his speech “The Jews rule the world by proxy”, with “The United States allowing the Israelis to do anything they want”.

The interview was ended when he was asked, whether he will continue to attack the Leadership and Government and whether “It’s time for you to be quiet”. His response, with the typical smirk, “Why should I be quiet, when they are doing something wrong to my country?”.

The wide ranging 30-minute program, was a really good interview, indeed.

*Updated on 6.20pm

The interview can now be viewed on the BBC.com Hardtalk page.

*Updated on 12.10am Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Bernama.com report on the program:

April 22, 2008 00:02 AM

Dr Mahathir: I’m Not Anti-Western But Will Point Out Their Wrongdoings

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 (Bernama) — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he is not anti-Western but will continue to speak up about their wrongdoings against other people.

“I am not anti-western, I’m against the bad things done by the western countries,” he said.

He said the Westerners, especially the British, had given the Malays many negative labels like lazy and incompetent, and expected them to like it.

He stressed that therefore, the Western people should also be ready to hear what others think of them.

“The British used to call us lazy Malays, incompetent Malays, untrustworthy Malays. We couldn’t say a thing about you, so when I was in a position to say what I think about you, and then said it, you don’t like it. When you say it to us, you expect us to like it, we don’t like it but we don’t have a way for our voice to be heard,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said this during an interview in “Hard Talk” aired by BBC in London, Monday.

He admitted saying that Anglo-Saxon Europeans were proponents of war, slavery and the holocaust.

“Which is true… I am stating a fact. This is their character and I will continue to say so,” he said.

On democracy, Dr Mahathir defended the brand of the system being practised in Malaysia.

“It is not necessary that the system will work for everybody, but if they have a bad leader, even a democratic system will fail.

“You must remember that it is a democratic country that dropped the atomic bombs killing more than 200,000 people,” he said.

He said if one were to look at the history of the West, they would find that the Westerners normally came up with all kinds of ideologies.

“They used it for some time and then they found it to be defective. They dump it and they start on another. One day, they are going to forget about democracy because in some countries, democracy usually ends up with anarchy, and there is practically no government,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said democracy was not a system that could fit everybody.

“You must have a certain understanding of the limitation of democracy in order for it to work,” he said.

Dr Mahathir was also asked to comment on the recent general election result where the ruling party lost five wealthy states to the opposition coalition allegedly due to the racial division pursued by him during his tenure.

“I know that was a wishful thinking on the part of foreign critics but the fact is that in this election result, it is due to the dissatisfaction on the part of the ruling party’s supporters with the present decisions,” he said.

He also defended the implementation of the New Economic Policy which was said to be the cause of the loss, saying that it was a necessary step to correct the imbalances that existed since the British days.

On questions regarding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Dr Mahathir said if Anwar were to become the new Prime Minister, he was welcomed to conduct a full and thorough inquiry on his (Dr Mahathir’s) so-called misdeeds.

“Well, he is welcomed to do so, but I hope that he finds people who are neutral, who are impartial, probably foreigners because I don’t trust people they are putting in charge of the people they don’t like,” he said.

Dr Mahathir was also asked whether he regretted what he did to Anwar.

“Why should I regret, he was arrested under the laws of the country, he was tried and sentenced by the court, if he was not wrong, I don’t think no matter what you think about the our judiciary, I don’t think he would have been sentenced to prison,” he said.

On the judicial system in Malaysia, Dr Mahathir vehemently denied that he appointed judges in the Supreme Court and stressed that he always had faith in the system.

“I didn’t appoint the judges, the judges were recommended by the chief justice, and my duty is to check whether they had any record or not, and after that it was presented to the King who then appoint the judges,” he explained.

He also commented the move by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to apologise and offering monetary compensation to judges removed during his time as “a political move”.

“It’s a political move, something a man who is very unpopular now wanting to show that he has to do something right,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also accused Abdullah of making use of the system in the worst possible way.

“Nobody can say anything against him, he has newspapers who duly report about him and how great he is, and he was misled by his own supporters into believing that he would win big in the recent election,” he said.

Asked why he choose Abdullah as his predecessor, Dr Mahathir said, “These people, they are very smart in hiding their true character, he was known as Mr Clean and I thought I should appoint a clean person to succeed me… although he was not the one with the highest votes (as vice president) in the party but I thought that he was older and I appointed him thinking that he is not going to do anything very wrong, but this man gives greater priority to his family rather than to the country.”

Dr Mahathir admitted openly in the talkshow that it was “a fundamental

lack of judgment on his part” to appoint Abdullah as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

He was also asked why he could not keep quiet after he retired.

“Why should I, they are doing something very bad to my country and I should not let it happen.

“I would be irresponsible if I do that,” he added.

— BERNAMA

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PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s cronies also stuck and bleeding money?

PAK LAH’S CRONIES ARE BLEEDING MONEY

BUT THEY ARE ALSO STUCK

& NOT ABLE TO LIQUIDATE

by Matthias Chang

I will let you on a secret.

Jet fuel price is skyrocketing!

But, what has this got to do with Pak Lah’s cronies?

Well, many of them have directly and indirectly latched on to the wings of AIR ASIA – the cheap-fare airlines that was the darling of the spin doctors and investors. Having the Minister of Transport (the previous two especially) as your sympathetic Godfather was a bonus. All “good things” don’t last forever.

And the good times are coming to an end. There won’t be any more champagne parties for Air Asia. Already, in the USA cheap-fare airlines are heading for the scrap heap. To cover up their financial stress, Air Asia is already levying surcharges on other items as a short term measure to maintain airfares at current levels. But, this wayang kulit has to end and price increases will be inevitable! There won’t be any more cheap flights. Expect to see requests for government bailouts.

When the financial tsunami finally hits Malaysia, companies that will be most vulnerable will be companies like Air Asia and those companies in the car business which are highly leveraged. Pak Lah’s cronies who are in the investment banking business up to their eyeballs will also suffer massive losses when their values hit south in the stock market.

Pak Lah’s cronies are all involved in these business and they ARE BLEEDING MONEY! And there is no blood transfusion available. The banks that were financing these businesses are stuck. If they provide more funds, it is throwing good money after bad. If they don’t provide additional liquidity to meet short falls and increasing costs, bankruptcy stares right into their faces!

If you have invested in these counters, get out when you can. But, if you have plenty of cash, you can buy exotic cars for dimes in the dollar. In so far as the shares of these companies, you can frame and hang them up as a reminder of your greed and stupidity.

Pak Lah’s cronies have been bleeding money and will be bleeding more money in the months ahead. Therein, lies the pain and agony because these cronies are in a dilemma.

It is only a matter of time before UMNO do Pak Lah in for screwing big time in the 12th General Elections. But the cronies are hoping and persuading Pak Lah to stay on so that their “investments” will not end up in smoke. But each time, UMNO members at Branch and Division levels calls for his retirement, they suffer a minor heart attack.

The billion question: “Do we liquidate and run with what we have in hand, or do we hold and wait for our fortune to turn for the better?”

Some have already liquidated and have made all the preparations for their get away – houses overseas, children studying abroad and minimum cash balances in local banks, with the bulk in foreign banks!

Oouch!!! Did I say foreign banks? Yep, and that is why they are also in a fix, what with these big global banks suffering massive losses and for all intent and purposes, insolvent. When these banks holding their ill-gotten gains fold up, I can assure you that they may very well jump from the 20th floor rather than face reality and shame. This is a given.

Don’t bother prosecuting them for corruption. It will be a waste of public funds. It is better that we watch them do their own thing.

These are desperation times and desperate people will do desperate things.

So when you read the news, please be careful, as there is more to it than meets the eye. I don’t mean just the main stream media but also some of the blogs as well. They are playing a subtle double game, part of Pak Lah’s web of deceit and deception.

In due time, I will expose them and named them specifically and lets see whether they dare sue me for defamation.

For now, I urge all of you to be vigilant.

Matthias Chang

Kuala Lumpur

19th April 2008

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Apa motif kumpulan “UMNO 11” mengaku tidak berniat haramkan UMNO, sekarang?

Hari ini, salah seorang dari kumpulan “UMNO 11”, gerombolan 11 orang ahli UMNO yang telah mengheret UMNO ke Mahkamah sehingga mengakibatkan Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Dato’ Harun Mahmood Hashim mengharamkan UMNO pada 4 Februari 1988 membuat kenyataan bahawa bukan niat mereka UMNO diharamkan.

Sebaliknya, mereka meminta Perhimpunan Agung UMNO (PAU) April 1987 diisytiharkan tidak sah dan pemilihan yang menyaksikan Presiden UMNO Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad mengalahkan pencabarnya Mantan Naib Presiden UMNO Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah dengan undi tipis 43 undi. Naib Presiden UMNO En. Abdul Ghaffar Baba mengalahkan penyandang Timbalan Presiden UMNO Dato’ Musa Hitam.

Laporan Bernama.com:

April 19, 2008 22:46 PM

“Umno 11” Did Not Seek To Declare Party Unlawful Claim

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 (Bernama) — The so- called “Umno 11” group Saturday claimed that it did not seek to have Umno declared unlawful in 1988 as it had been so accused by certain quarters.

One of its members, Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman, who claimed to represent the group, said all 11 of them only sought to have the party conduct its elections again because several delegates to the April 1987 general assembly came from unregistered branches of the party.

He spoke at a news conference to clarify a newspaper report that the group’s claim was granted by then High Court judge Datuk Harun Hashim and the outcome was the declaration of Umno as unlawful because it had unregistered branches.

Abdul Rahim said the group took the matter to court because its appeal within Umno following the party elections was not entertained.

He claimed that the newspaper was factually wrong when it reported that “Umno 11” had sought to have Umno declared unlawful after the court found that the party had some unregistered branches.

“That statement is wrong because the fact is that it was a request by the Umno group including myself that we, Umno members, seek a court declaration that the general assembly was null and void. There was nothing in our petition to have Umno declared unlawful or anything associated with banning Umno.

“For 20 years or two decades, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Umno secretary-general then Tan Sri Sanusi Junid and others had accused us Umno 11 as those responsible for having Umno declared unlawful,” he said.

Abdul Rahim said that today the occasion presented itself for them to clarify the matter because in the past they did not get the chance to refute the statements made by Dr Mahathir and then Umno secretary-general who continuously accused Umno 11 of being responsible for having Umno declared unlawful.

“My friends and I felt pressured when the first judgement of the judge was not in our favour, meaning we did not get what we had sought. We asked for a declaration for the general assembly to be held again. That’s all,” he said.

He said the group filed the petition to have the results of the 1987 Umno elections declared null and void after learning there were several unregistered branches with illegal members and several of these illegal members represented divisions and had attended the general assembly as delegates.

“These are matters presented in arguments which are called agreed facts. All quarters agreed that there were matters which need not be discussed, meaning that we accepted these in totality — the illegal branches, illegal members, illegal delegates and illegal delegates who lied about their age,” he said.

Abdul Rahim said that following the declaration of Umno as unlawful, the group appealed to the then Supreme Court to revoke or change the decision because they had only wanted the general assembly to be held again.

He told the news conference that the group felt that today’s explanation had to be made to rectify the assumption that they were traitors of Umno.

— BERNAMA

Kumpulan “UMNO 11” ini kini tampil kehadapan setelah 20 tahun, kunun kunun mengaku bahawa niat mereka sebenarnya tidak mengheret UMNO sehingga diharamkan.

Penasihat undang undang kumpulan “UMNO 11” ini pada masa itu ialah Dato’ Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, seorang Mantan Timbalan Menteri dan penyokong kuat Mantan Timbalan Presiden UMNO dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Musa Hitam dan “Team B”. Seorang lagi ialah peguam Dato’ Marina Yusuf.

Mesyuarat pertama kumpulan ini telah diadakan dikediaman Mantan Menteri Pertahanan Dato’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi di Bukit Bandaraya. Abdullah pada masa itu ialah Naib Presiden UMNO dan juga seorang penyokong kuat Musa dan “Team B”. Abdullah telah dipecat dari jawatan Kabinet setelah tamat pemilihan PAU April 1987, walaupun berjaya mempertahankan jawatan Naib Presiden.

Hari ini, Abdullah merupakan Presiden UMNO dan Perdana Menteri Malaysia manakala Radzi pula baru sahaja meletakan jawatan sebagai Setiausaha Agung UMNO dan BN, selepas BN mengalami kekalahan di 5 + 1 buah negeri dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke XII (PRU 12) pada 8 Mac 2008.

Antara isu isu yang tidak pernah ditimbulkan secara terbuka ialah salah seorang berkaitan rapat dengan ahli kumpulan “UMNO 11” ini ada memohon 10,000 ekar tanah balak di Pahang dan kerusi Pengarah dalam PKNP, yang tidak dilayan oleh Menteri Besar Pahang ketika itu, Dato’ Khalil Yaacob.

Perkara penglibatan kumpulan “UMNO 11” ini mungkin sengaja ditimbulkan pada masa ini (‘kebetulan’ selepas 20 tahun?) ialah sebagai ‘gangguan’ (distraction) dan ‘alih pandang’ (diversion) kepada desakan yang dimulakan Mantan Presiden UMNO Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad agar Presiden UMNO dan Perdana Menteri Malaysia PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan ianya semakin intensif. Begitu juga keputusan memberikan pembayaran ex-gratia kepada Ketua Hakim Negara yang dipecat pada Ogos 1988, Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas dan lima Hakim Mahkamah Agung lain dua malam lepas.

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Tun Dr. Mahathir speaking to students in Manchester

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is in Manchester, United Kingdom today. He will be speaking to Malaysian students, organized by UMNO Club Manchester.

The hall was filled to the brim with over 200 students, from all over the United Kingdom to hear him in person, especially after making scathing remarks asking PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to accept accountability for BN’s humiliating defeat in 5 + 1 states and reduced majority in the remaining states and resign, on 9 March 2008. It was the day after Malaysia concluded its 12th General Elections.

Yesterday, he was invited to appear on BBC Hardtalk, hosted by Stephen Sackur. The program will be made available in BBC World (Astro Ch. 512) on Monday, 21 April 2008 at 4.30pm (Malaysian time).

More information about Tun Dr. Mahathir’s speech in Manchester later. RTM and TV3 were said to want to interview him, after this event. It is expected that he will make a remark on PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s decision to give ejected Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas and five Supreme Court Judges ex-gratia payment for their untimely dismissal in August 1988.

*Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2008 1.30am

Tun Dr. Mahathir said, he is having second thoughts about Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak because the latter is ‘bowing’ down to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and not seen as “having the guts to stand against”, even on issues like the payment of ex-gratia to Tun Salleh and the five dismissed Judges.

The ex-gratia payment demostrated that the Government has no stand and do not abide by their own convention, but is able to be influenced by people representing minority interests, such as the Bar Council. Hence the ability do “Flip-Flop” decisions such as the abrupt cancellation of the Scenic Bridge project, the reinstatement of the double tracking railroad system (which was canceled, two weeks after asuming Premiership in 2003), the dismissal of the ‘Hindraf 31’ originally charged for attempted murder on a Policeman on duty and how the handling of the appointment of Menteri Besar of Terengganu.

He also explained that it was not him who sacked Tun Salleh and it was done in accordance with the law and provisions of the Constitution.

When asked on the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim from Government and UMNO in September 1998, he admitted it wasn’t personal and the victims who have been sodomised by Anwar admitted and complained personally to him.

Someone asked about the Constitutional provisions to limit the power of the Prime Minister, he elaborated the necessity of the concept on “Presidential Advisers” and give example that PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is now getting advice and over reliance on information and decision making process from his immediate family.

When answering about him being labelled as “Ultra Malay” in 1969, especially post ’13 May 1969 racial riots’, he explained that what he did was ultimately for Malaysia. He was raised issues which were very pertinent about the Malays then, who were gravely underdeveloped. There was a serious need to develop the Malays, especially economically and a balance between the different ethnic groups was very necessary, as harmony was an important ingredient for the nation to move forward.

He also talked about blogging as the new age media and how blogging should be handled by the Government with ‘engagement’ and not ‘alienation’ and denial. Blogs, he explained is how the rakyat voice the feelings and opinion.

*Updated Monday, 21 April 2008 730am

The Star report on this event in Manchester:

Monday April 21, 2008

Dr M: Najib should not be PM

By CHOI TUCK WO

MANCHESTER: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had second thoughts about Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak becoming Prime Minister as Najib had failed to speak up about the real reasons behind Barisan Nasional’s losses in the general election.

The former prime minister claimed that Najib was not “brave enough” to directly say anything that was not liked by his boss.

“We see that he is a penakut (coward). He is always saying, ‘yes sir, yes sir, saya sokong, saya sokong (I support, I support).”

He said, when the prime minister blamed Barisan’s losses on sabotage, Najib merely agreed to it.

Dr Mahathir cited another instance when Najib gave his full support for Malaysia to build a bridge to Singapore despite the republic’s disagreement. But Najib suddenly changed his mind when Abdullah decided against the project, he added.

“I believe he should rightly explain the real reasons for Barisan’s losses in the election,” he said when asked on the reason for his change of mind about Najib after giving a talk on “Malay, Malaysian and Malaysia: Challenges Ahead” at the University of Manchester on Saturday.

Dr Mahathir had earlier this month withdrawn his support for Najib to be prime minister but did not give his reason for doing so.

“I’m not so confident (about him taking over as prime minister). Even so, it all depends on Umno to appoint the person to be prime minister.

“Najib will have to face competition from others such as (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin Yassin, (Datuk Seri Dr) Rais Yatim, you never know.”

He, however, said if Abdullah were to step down now, it would pave the way for a smooth transition as Najib would succeed him in accordance with Umno tradition.

Dr Mahathir also felt that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would not be the sole candidate for Prime Minister if Pakatan Rakyat were to win in the next general election.

He believed there were other candidates as well, saying PAS was eyeing the post while (DAP’s Lim) Guan Eng could be premier too.

“Anwar thinks he will be prime minister. It’s not that they loved him but it’s a marriage of convenience,” he added.

On the plan to set up a judicial appointments commission and the goodwill ex-gratia payments to six senior judges, Dr Mahathir claimed it was a political move to boost the government’s popularity.

He said there was no reason for the compensation because everything was done in accordance with the law.

“If they can show me the removal of (former Lord President) Tun Salleh Abas was against procedures prescribed by the law, please let me know,” he said.


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PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is “SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY”?

RAKYAT WILL BE BETRAYED BY ANWAR

SHOT GUN MARRIAGE

BETWEEN

PAK LAH AND ANWAR IBRAHIM

by

Matthias Chang

Wake Up To Reality

Recently, Husam the confidante and right hand-man of Nik Aziz warned his allies, DAP and PKR that the electorate did not vote for the Opposition because they loved them and or that they supported Anwar Ibrahim. He correctly pointed out that the swing against Barisan Nasional was to “teach” Barisan Nasional a lesson.

I would add that the swing against BN was the expression of the rakyat’s total disgust towards Pak Lah and his family for raping and plundering the country. Anyone who took the trouble to go to the ground and listen to the rakyat cannot but come to the conclusion that Pak Lah represented the rot and cancer that was fast spreading within the BN government.

Anwar Ibrahim, like Pak Lah is in a state of denial, believing that the rakyat voted for him and this was a critical factor in the huge swing against the BN government. This is his ego on turbo charge!

Anwar also knows that the Pakatan Rakyat cannot deliver on its General Election promises because they don’t have the funds and the capability to draw foreign investments to the states which they control. Neither have they the ability to effectively manage the four state governments, the exception being Kelantan under PAS Nik Aziz.

The MB of Perak (PAS) has made some good moves e.g. the granting of land titles but this in itself will be insufficient to sustain the support of the masses come the next General Elections.

If at all there is a chance for the Pakatan Rakyat to survive, it has to depend on bumbling Pak Lah’s ability to continue as President of UMNO and as Prime Minister. It is a weakened UMNO under Pak Lah’s family control that will ensure the mounting anger and frustration against the BN and the total rejection and collapse of the BN form of government by the next General Elections.

Should this scenario plays out the country will suffer such economic devastation that the next two generations will suffer untold hardship. This is a given.

Why Pak Lah Needs Anwar & Vice Versa

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

The common political enemy of Pak Lah and Anwar is Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Pak Lah is suspicious of Najib and Muhyiddin and potential challengers!

Anwar knows that he cannot aspire to be the Prime Minister without the support of UMNO. It is the Malay factor, stupid! His overtures to Tun Mahathir Mohamad have been rebuffed. That route was a dead end. He has no choice but to make a deal with Pak Lah.

When Pak Lah announced that Najib will be his successor, he was not expressing any love or confidence in Najib. It was a simple chess move to neutralize Najib from openly challenging him as urged by the grass roots. If Najib were to make any move, he will be seen to be ungrateful and impatient and Pak Lah’s spin doctors will punish Najib for the insolence and ingratitude.

But Pak Lah needs further insurance especially against any action that might be taken, post his retirement. He needs to be assured that his billions remain intact. The delay in Pak Lah’s retirement has nothing to do with his so-called intention to remedy the ills of UMNO and repair the damage suffered from the recent elections.

It is all about the billions promised to his cronies and to his family that could be obtained from the 9th Malaysian Plan and the Super-Mega projects amounting to RM1.3 trillion. One trillion is One Thousand Billion. Ten percent of that is RM100 billion. Five percent is RM50 Billion.

The minimum stake is 5% i.e. RM50 Billion.

A deal has to be finalized to transfer this loot, post retirement – if not the whole loot, at least part of the loot.

Enters Anwar Ibrahim.

The exchange is simple enough – Loot for Pak Lah, Prime Ministership for Anwar. May be, just may be some crumbs for the cronies and allies!

This is the real deal but there is a shadow-play being played out so that time may be given to Pak Lah to complete the deal.

The dinner organized by the Bar Council and paid by the government is the Wayang Kulit to divert and distract the rakyat from the deal of the century. The promise of the “reform” of the judiciary, starting with the proposed Judicial Commission will excite some naïve lawyers and gives the impression that Pak Lah is doing something to make amends for the election fiasco. There will be kudos for those lawyers who manipulated the Bar Council to lend support to Pak Lah – no less than elevation as Judges!

What’s new? Everyone has a price.

The rakyat must take heed of this warning. This double-dealing will destroy the country.

The rakyat has won a handsome victory by teaching the BN government a lesson. And the man responsible for the rot is Pak Lah. We want him out, now! Not 2009 and not 2010! Now!

But this historic victory will be squandered if we allow Pak Lah to continue, and make this deal with Anwar.

DO NOT FORGET THE 1997 FINANCIAL CRISIS AND HOW ANWAR SOLD HIS SOUL TO THE IMF AND WORLD BANK CONTROLLED BY THE ZIONISTS SO AS TO BE THE PRIME MINISTER.

HE WAS STOPPED FROM DESTROYING THE COUNTRY.

The Choice

Pak Lah and Anwar are motivated by greed and ambition. They do not have the interests of the country.

They are masters of spin. Do not be conned again by Pak lah – don’t fall again for the bullshit – “work with me and not for me”. His family plundered billions!

Now he wants more billions for his retirement.

This is the endgame.

The rakyat has a choice. Demand the immediate resignation of Pak Lah or bear the consequences of the country being raped and plundered by these crooks acting in concert with foreign powers.

Matthias Chang

18th April 2008

Kuala Lumpur

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 08:56  Comments (9)  

‘Level Four Boys’: Damaging bane for PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah?

The ‘Level Four Boys’ have been suspected to be the real and actual ‘decision maker’ of the Government, since the creation of the office in 2003. They are now believed to have an unprecedented overpowering absolute control of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in the official capacity as the Chief Executive of the country and leader of the ruling party.

The primary function of this Private Office of the Prime Minister is to assist the Prime Minister in doing his job. It then grew so powerful that it actually undertook a lot of decision making process influences previously provided by agencies like the Economic Planning Unit, Manpower Planning Unit and at times, Cabinet itself. Of course, some of top party decisions are also undertaken by this team.

The ‘Level Four Boys’ is a term first introduced by the Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in his dedicated speech to criticize PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and his administration in a closed-door event. The event was organized by Malaysia Today at Century Paradise Club, Taman Melawati, Ulu Kelang on 22 June 2006. It was in reference to the ‘inner circle’, comprising of his son, Dato’ Kamaluddin Abdullah, son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin and close personal aides such as Dato’ Ahmad Zaki Zahid, Dato’ Kamal Khalid, Dato’ Dr. Vincent Lim Kian Tick, Dato’ Wan Farid and a few others.

Many speculate the overwhelming ‘influence’ these thirty-something gentlemen possess. With top British university education and grossly lack of experience and exposure (especially macro-management), they are often coyly referred to as, “Budak tak kerin’ idun” (wet behind the ears) by Tun Dr. Mahathir. Somehow, the real far-reaching effects these young men have on the decisions by PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, is really both strategically and tactically damaging.


It was Dr. Vincent Lim and Zaki Zahid who influenced PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah on the decision to cancel the “Scenic bridge-replacing the Johor Causeway” in March 2006. Then, these duo, also concocted the blue-print of the mega project South Johor Economic Region (SJER). It has since been renamed twice, as Iskandar Development Region in November 2006, and last week, Iskandar Malaysia. It is deemed that Iskandar Malaysia is a comprehensive development program to benefit Singapore strategically, allowing contraband from nations such as Israel, to be channeled into this region of 240 million Muslims, via Johor Bahru.

Iskandar Malaysia is now being seen as the beginning of the demise of the New Economic Policy as PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah long time mentor, now made IDRA Advisory Panel Chairman Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam made the announcement in Johor Bahru March last year.

Zaki has been said to have sat with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah at the many Khazanah Holdings Bhd. Special briefings to the Prime Minister. He is said to be the one who asked the many questions transpired after each briefing. Holding such a strategic position and having a very close ear to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, led to the Proton scandal of disposing highly valuable MV Agusta to highly elusive and mysterious Gevi S.p.A for one Euro and Husqavarna (one of the brands under MV Agusta) was then sold off to BMW Motorcycles last year for a whopping Euro 93 million price tag.

The National Automotive Policy, which is the systematical and structured program to see the slow demise of Proton, was actually put in place by Zaki, with the help of his long time buddy Omar Mustapha Ong of Ethos Consulting. The duo were also instrumental in the giga economic development corridor humongous masterplans of Northern Corridor Economic Region, Eastern Corridor Economic Region, Sabah Development Corridor and Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy. The implementation and deliverance of these giga proportion economic development projects is thought by many to be highly doubtful.

Khairy Jamaluddin is said to have brought Air Asia’s boss, Tony Fernandes, to the Seri Perdana Complex for a private briefing with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah on the weekend before the Malaysia Airlines Rationalisation Plan was announced. Suspiciously, Malaysia Airlines had to give up its entire domestic route (plus Rural Air Service) except for nineteen to AirAsia. This program saw an immediate redundancy for over 3,500 loyal serving airline professionals. Khairy’s close association with Fernandes was finally revealed when the latter joined ECM Libra as a director and shareholder, after Khairy made the announcement to sell of his stake in the recently obtained a universal stock broking license for the now capitally and resource enlarged firm.

 

Khairy, who had left the Prime Minister’s Office as the Deputy Chief Secretary in August 2005, was actually brought in to a special briefing on Singapore to the Prime Minister by Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Al Bar. The insistance of his stay in the meeting was, “Khairy is an expert on Singapore”. Khairy’s personal affiliation of Singapore is so apparent that since PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah ascended to Premiership, the bi-lateral relationship with Singapore had never been so close. So much so, even Malaysian Government and Khazanah are emulating and adopting ‘The Singapore Way’ of doing things, et al; including their terminology, “Government linked company” (GLC) in exchange to previous used “Government controlled company”.

Conveniently, at the ASEAN Head of Government meeting in November 2005, held at KLCC Convention Centre, Malaysia as the chair and host, led a charge against Myanmar in the pressure for ‘democratization’. This is very much favourable to the West, and was previously, a Singapore’s crusade within ASEAN. Malaysia, as a founding member defied its own policies and breached the fundamental ASEAN principle of “Non-interference in domestic politics” policy. In short, Malaysia saw a shift in foreign policy since Khairy came into the main administration scene.

In December 2005, when asked by The Star, on the proposed merger of ECM Libra and Avenue Capital, which directly involved his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah conveniently answered “I don’t know, I am not involved”. There is a serious breach of several explicit provisions within Securities and Companies Act, as Khairy, obviously, had vested interests in the high-powered but dodgy deal. Protests by the Minority Stockholders Watchdog Group against several issues in the merger were conveniently ignored by the Securities Commission. Until present, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee had not resolved the findings to his highly talked about scandal, especially within the capital market practitioners.

Khairy sekeluarga

Recently, the sixteen-page private letter which Wanita UMNO Head, Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz had sent to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah as a post-election reaction. The letter somehow found its way to Khairy’s mother, Datin Rahmah Abdul Hamid, and the former got a surprising earful from the latter, via telephone.

Dato’ Kamaluddin Abdullah, the biggest shareholder of Scomi Bhd., has the most to gain. His company had a meteoric rise in the Malaysia corporate scene since five years ago. Recently, post 12th General Elections (PRU 12), after Tun Dr. Mahathir and Dato’ Mukhriz demanded PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah to resign immediately, and Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah asked 18,000 UMNO branches to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), Tun Musa went to meet PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah at Seri Perdana. As a former ‘leader’ to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, Tun Musa was giving his two bits personal advice on current political situation in the private meeting, when suddenly, Kamaluddin stormed in and said to his father “What ever you do, do not agree to an EGM!”. The immediate reaction from Tun Musa was, “Who is the Prime Minister, you or him”, pointing towards Kamaluddin.

Kamaluddin was the organiser of the infamous Seri Perdana Merdeka Soiree, the week Malaysia celebrated its 50th birthday at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, Seri Perdana. An esteemed flock of high-powered Malaysians were the only admitted guests, plus some from abroad, to enjoy the R & B renditions of George Benson and Al Jarreau. The fact is that, since occupying Seri Perdana, the first family have not been having the average Malaysians as guests. Not even the traditional first day Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Open House, introduced during his predecessors’ time. The only time average rakyat were allowed access into Seri Perdana since five years ago was during Datin Seri Endon Mahmood’s passing in October 2005.

Of course, the issue of media control, is the real propaganda agenda which has been taken to task by the Prime Minister’s Office Media Coordinator Dato’ Kamal Khalid. Nowadays, the mainstream media editors get calls from this office more frequently than ever. Not only what were allowed to be published were discussed, the angle of the news and the photos to be used were instructed and selected. Surprisingly, these spin effort were never really discussed with the Boss. For example, the weeks preceeding to his wedding with Jeanne Abdullah in June 2005, editors were instructed that the rumours cannot be raised during any media conferences with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah. Conveniently, the sloppy Malaysian leader ‘let the cat out of the bag’, voluntarily.

The most recent incident took place, just before the PRU 12, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah did something amazingly unprecedented as UMNO President and BN Chairman. In a meeting with UMNO Management Committee, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah suddenly took over the prepared BN Manifesto. When asked by Rafidah “Lah, siapa buat BN Manifesto ni? Kita tak pernah tahu pun!“. Coyly, the answer was “Ini Zaki yang buat. He is very good, you know!”.

Time and again, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah overtly vehement denied that his son-in-law, Khairy, was ever involved in his decision-making, be it in the Government, or the party. Since the famous TV 3 special interview, conducted by Bernama Chairman Annuar Zaini, no one in the streets actually believed him. Not even the folks in the boondocks, who have never in their lifetime had access to internet. When UMNO Pulau Pinang met up with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah on rumours that certain unfavourable characters were to be pitted by BN as candidates in the state, his response was “Nanti saya balik, bincang dengan Khairy“.

Within this week, one of the Press Secretary Wan Esuriyanti was leaving her post. Khairy took to the task to interview Dato’ Ainon Ahmad, a former NST journalist, for the job. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s trusts for his aides like Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan, had actually propelled him on a self-destruction mode, prematurely.

The most recent controversial is the ‘self-righteous populist’ direction PM ‘Flip-Flop’ is going, with regards to the Judiciary issue. Last night, he announced the reinstatement of gratuities and emoluments, ex-gratia, of the sacked Judges since the highly controversial but lawful ejection of Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas and four other judges in August 1988. It was almost an admission of guilt and will lead to endless further ramblings. It is still a mystery why PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is willing to depart from the normal convention and thread along these ice-thin line which set a new irrevocable precedent, when it actually served no tangible value for the majority of Malaysians, who are actually non-chalant about this whole issue. The fact that Tun Salleh is the father-in-law of his son’s partner in Scomi, Shah Hakim Zain, is not quashing other speculations by skeptics of this odd move.

It is too apparent that the PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah has been grossly insulated from real information, and an over-reliance to the ‘Level Four Boys’ for the information all way through the decision making process. The decisions made had reached its overbearing level and inviting series of ‘mini rebellions’, within the society and system. An example never before in the 35 year history of illustrious service of Malaysia Airlines, did passengers feel so frustrated with delays and poor service of the once pride of the nation. Of course, the rate of the Police Force efficiency has deteriorated greatly, ever since the “Naked-ear-squat-in-lock-up” case, which also saw Malaysia made a totally unneccessary apology to China.

All these, were actually the most important factors why the rakyat decided to vote against BN. Blaming it on UMNO and BN’s fifth columnists was never the right approach, nor convincing enough. This is further topped by the continuous grossly vomit-level arrogance of, “We won big. We have a big mandate from the rakyat. Just eight short of two-third majority”, which will systematically drive the rakyat’s confidence and support away from UMNO and BN.

In short, the once respectable Cabinet Minister for his “pious and clean” outlook, is now being systematically destroyed and it is damagingly irreversible, by a small group of thirty-something, for his grave over reliance and morbid dependence on information and decision making process.

Published in: on April 18, 2008 at 17:39  Comments (134)  

UMNO pasca PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah

Persoalan yang menjadi bahan perbualan seluruh Negara, samada dikalangan ahli politik, professional, golongan kakitangan awam maupun masyarakat peniaga, terutama orang Melayu dan mereka yang mengamati perkembangan politik Malaysia dari dekat ialah, “Apa akan jadi kepada UMNO pasca PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah?”.

Pilihanraya Umum ke XII (PRU 12) pada 8 Mac 2008 menyaksikan bagaimana kuasa Barisan Nasional (BN), yang diterajui UMNO dapat dikalahkan dalam 5 + 1 negeri dan prestasi menurun seluruh Malaysia dalam keputusan luar dugaan. UMNO ditimpa kemelut yang lebih rumit apabila pertama kali semenjak 1959, gagal meletakan calon Menteri Besar pilihan di dua buah negeri yang dimenangi selesa. Setelah Kabinet diumumkan, tiga orang Timbalan Menteri menolak pelawaan menyertai pentadbiran dan Setiausaha Agung UMNO dan BN Dato’ Radzi Sheikh Ahmad meletakan jawatan. Ini semua adalah sejarah kejutan bagi parti nasionalis Melayu berusia 62 tahun ini.

Hari ini, rakyat termasuk orang Melayu dan ahli UMNO sendiri memberi ‘mesej jelas’ bahawa Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi tidak lagi disenangi dan beliau sebenarnya seorang pemimpin yang lemah dan rata rata tidak lagi diterima rakyat. Lebih buruk lagi, pengundi tergamak memberikan undi berharga mereka kepada PKR dan pemimpin mereka, Anwar Ibrahim, yang sebelum ini disifatkan sebagai pemimpin dan parti yang ‘bankrap dan hampir pupus’, sebagai tanda protes kepada BN.

Walaupun rata rata, negara tersentak kerana keputusan PRU 12 yang amat memberanjatkan ini, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah masih lagi angkuh mendabik dada “Kita masih lagi mendapat mandat kuat dari rakyat dan HANYA 8 lagi diperlukan untuk mendapat 2/3 majoriti”. Beliau gagal mengaku bahawa negeri sendiri telah jatuh ketangan parti Pembangkang yang terkenal dengan sikap dan sifat chauvinis dan anti-Melayu/Islamnya.

Mantan Presiden UMNO Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad mengesa PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah menerima kepertanggung jawaban sebagai Presiden UMNO dan Pengerusi BN dan berundur segera, sehari selepas PRU 12. Tiga hari kemudian, Exco Pemuda UMNO Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir juga meminta PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah berundur. Hari yang sama, Mantan Naib Presiden UMNO Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah mengutus surat kepada 18,000 Cawangan UMNO meminta diadakan Mesyuarat Agung Luar Biasa (EGM) untuk membincangkan PRU 12, halatuju UMNO dan Bangsa Melayu. Tiga minggu kemudian, dalam sebuah forum dihadiri ahli UMNO, Ketua Penerangan UMNO Johor Dr. Mohd. Fuad Zarkashi dengan lantang mendesak pengunduran yang sama.

Akar umbi UMNO juga tidaklah selesa dengan keputusan PRU 12. Dalam pertemuan tertutup UMNO Kedah dan Pulau Pinang minggu lepas, pengunduran juga didesak. UMNO Johor, tunggak kekuatan kubu kuat UMNO, dengan nada berlapik mendesak program “Peralihan Kuasa dan Kepimpinan” pada 11 April 2008. UMNO Perak juga menyatakan pendirian yang sama. Dua hari lepas, UMNO Selangor juga mahu melihat program “Peralihan Kuasa dan Kepimpinan”.

Naib Presiden UMNO Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin dengan nada tegas menyuarakan pendapat ini juga, dalam temubual ekslusif Mingguan Malaysia Ahad lepas. Ahli MT UMNO Dato’ Dr. Rais Yatim juga berpendapat yang sama.

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah kini menjadi liabiliti kepada UMNO dan Perjuangan Bangsa Melayu.

Amat jelas, UMNO didesak untuk perubahan. Langkah awal ialah peralihan kuasa dan pemimpin lain tampil mengantikan Kepimpinan. Namun begitu, perubahan dalam UMNO perlu lebih dari ‘Peralihan Kuasa dan Kepimpinan’.

Timbalan Presiden UMNO Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mengaku perubahan perlu berlaku, sebagaimana ditafsirkan semasa bertemu UMNO Selangor pada 16 April 2008. UMNO perlu muhasabah diri dan cara, pendekatan, keterampilan, gelagat dan paling penting, dasar pemimpin UMNO, disemua peringkat perlukan anjakan paradigma.

UMNO perlu dilihat bukan sahaja relevan dan menghayati penuh Perjuangan untuk orang Melayu, malah UMNO juga perlu terus dilihat sebagai peneraju BN yang relevan, kepada rakyat Malaysia Bukan Melayu. Soal soal dasar yang UMNO perjuangkan perlu dikaji semula dari sudut kekuatan, peluang, kelemahan dan ancaman (SWOT). Terlalu banyak variable perlu diambil kira, agar kepimpinan UMNO menerajui negara, diyakini dan kemudian, wajar menerima sokongan seluruh rakyat Malaysia.

UMNO tidak boleh lagi mengambil sikap dan pendekatan ‘pandang kedalam’ (inward looking) dalam semua perkiraan dan timbangan, sebelum apa apa keputusan dan tindakan dibuat, dari peringkat perundangan, dasar, hingga ke perlaksanaan. Jauh sekali ‘menyapu bawah permaidani’ (sweep under the carpet), tiap kali berdepan dengan sebarang masalah dan cabaran.

Yang penting sekali, UMNO perlu mampu berdepan dan berinteraksi dengan rakyat disemua peringkat. Pendekatan ‘berdepan’ (engagement) adalah wajar menjadi keutamaan berbanding ‘penyisihan’ (alienation).

Faktor faktor ini terlalu banyak diperkatakan oleh rakyat, termasuk orang Melayu sendiri. Golongan berpelajaran, professional dan generasi muda dengan lantang menyuarakan persoalan ini dan ianya dibuat secara terbuka. Hakikatnya Malaysia dan selera rakyat Malaysia, termasuk orang Melayu telah berubah dan PRU 12 adalah illustrasi keperluan perubahan merupakan agenda yang terlalu ramai dambakan.

Persoalan yang paling utama ialah, sejauh mana UMNO bersedia untuk membuat perubahan ini. Apakah UMNO, secara total dan komprehensif, bersedia untuk ‘berfikir diluar kotak’ (think outside the box)?

Sekiranya ianya berani dilakukan, perubahan itu sebenarnya perlu bermula dengan Kepimpinan. Samada peringkat Presiden, Majlis Tertinggi, Bahagian maupun Cawangan, semua peringkat, ahli UMNO sejumlah 3.2 juta mahu-tidak-mahu, wajar melakukan anjakan paradigma dan mengangkat pemimpin yang benar benar boleh membawa perubahan, progressif dan berwibawa, tanpa mencacatkan objektif strategik Perjuangan.

‘Peralihan Kuasa dan Kepimpinan’ ini mesti dilakukan serta merta. Apabila ini berlaku, Kepimpinan baru perlu bergerak untuk melakukan perubahan kerana psiki rakyat Malaysia, sebagai ‘penguna mutakhir’ (end user) mahu “Melihat bukan sahaja perubahan yang diidamkan, tetapi proses perubahan itu sendiri dirasai”. Ukurtara ‘hasil keputusan’ (deliverables) UMNO hari ini, ‘kepengunaan politik’ (political consumerism) yang sudah berubah dan proses pengadaptasian, ‘lahir-semula’ (re-generation), ‘pembikinan-semula’ (re-invention), pendoktrinan semula (re-doctrination) dan sikap negatif yang membelengu UMNO memerlukan ‘pembebasan’ (emancipation) segera dan setara (across the board).

Semoga dengan adanya ‘kesungguhan politik’ (political will) ini, UMNO akan terus relevan kepada orang Melayu, Perjuangan, Agama, Bangsa dan Tanahair, Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya.

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