MIC threatens to leave BN: Isn’t Samy Vellu a bane for the Indians?

MIC President for thirty years Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu was reported to be upset for not being appointed a Senator and made a Cabinet Minister in Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s new administration line up, announced on Thursday 9 April and sworn in on Friday 10 April.

Malaysian Insider has the story:

Upset at not being made minister, Samy Vellu threatens BN

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Embattled MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, whose wish to return to the Cabinet was rejected by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is playing his final gambit by threatening to withdraw the sole MIC minister.

The Malaysian Insider understands Samy Vellu has little support except from party vice-president S. Sothinathan in this gambit which was sparked after Najib rejected all hints last week to make Samy Vellu a senator and put him back into the Cabinet as works minister.

Samy Vellu complained to his supporters that if Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon could be made a senator and minister, he should have been accorded the same privilege.

Samy Vellu is also unhappy that Selangor Gerakan chief A. Kohilan Pillay has been made a deputy foreign minister, a high-profile post for an Indian.

He feels it should have been given to one of his nominees.

After failing to get himself re-appointed, Samy Vellu tried to propose two additional deputy ministers posts for Sothinathan and Senator Loga Chitrakalla, according to MIC sources.

The sources said a close aide of Samy Vellu had leaked the story that Samy Vellu was considering pulling out Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam and deputy ministers Datuk S.K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan, to put pressure on Najib to give additional positions in the Cabinet.

The leaked story is said to be timed for the MIC central working committee meeting on Thursday where Samy Vellu has two choices — to work up his loyalists into making a “do or die” stand over the issue or deny the leaked stories and walk away from the issue.

MIC leaders are divided on whether he will carry out the threat.

“Except for Sothinathan, Samy Vellu is alone in this gambit,” said a senior MIC leader. “He has been asked to wrap up and hand over power in the party by mid-year and that has upset him. He wants to put his man as deputy and serve his three-year term as president before handing over.”

“Najib has told him not a day longer than necessary,” the sources said. “This is the real spark for the rebellion against Najib.”

Samy Vellu, who seriously believes he can make a comeback, was elected president for an 11th term last month and wants to complete the three-year term before handing over to a yet unnamed successor.

The Malaysian Insider understands from aides that the party’s government representatives were shocked and perplexed by the threat.

Samy Vellu’s plan to pull the ministers out of the Cabinet but keep the MIC in the Barisan Nasional coalition, party insiders said, is a scheme hatched out of emotional disappointment with the Cabinet outcome.

“What is the rationale for pulling out of the Cabinet but remaining in the Barisan? If he pulls out of the Cabinet, then MIC must also pull out of the various state executive councils in the country,” the MIC leader said.

Former MIC vice-president Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan, when contacted by The Malaysian Insider, said he takes the threat seriously.

“It is not advisable to pull out of the Cabinet because we will be rendered blind on how the government is thinking and the decisions that are being made,” he said.

“It will be a great disadvantage to the Indian community,” he said.

Another former MIC leader said on condition of anonymity that there would be stiff resistance to the idea at Thursday’s CWC meeting.

“This is one matter Samy Vellu cannot carry through,” he said. “There is too much fear and self interest involved. They will not allow Samy Vellu to carry out this threat.”

But other MIC leaders said a desperate Samy Vellu is capable of even pulling out of the BN and joining the Pakatan Rakyat.

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So many factors affected PM Dato’ Seri Najib’s decision. One, the new sworn in Prime Minister needed not only to maintain a clean administration team, but also perceived to be clean. Samy Vellu has been plagued with so many scandals throughout the years, both as a Cabinet Minister and MIC President. The most damning is the unsolved issues of Maika Holdings.

Two, the performance of Samy Vellu as the MIC President and de facto leader of the Indian community left much to be desired. Generally, the Indian community loathe his leadership and blame him for the complex social issues that is still plaguing, such as high drop out and unemployment rate of Indian youths and their tendency to be involved in crime.

The acid test is simple. Had Samy Vellu done reasonably well as a Cabinet Minister for 29 years, in the context of representing the Indians, the HINDRAF episode would not have happened.

Three, the Malaysian Indians are diversely split. For an ethnic group that represent only 7% of Malaysians, they are actively involved in several political parties, namely MIC, Gerakan, DAP, PKR, IPF, PPP and KIMMA. Hence, they find it with much difficulty to get their act right, especially being splintered far too wide.

Who is Samy Vellu trying to threat? What has Samy Vellu or MIC contributed lately that qualify him the demand to be made a Cabinet Minister three days ago? Isn’t Dr Subramaniam already representing the Indian community and MIC in the Cabinet, since 12 GE 8 March 2008? Is this about representation of MIC and the Indian community in the Cabinet or Samy Vellu’s own personal agenda, despite already been part of three Prime Ministers over 29 years?

Four, the fact is that, MIC did poorly the General Elections XII on 8 March 2009. DAP and PKR combined would produce 8 times more representation of the Indians in the Dewan Rakyat. Samy Vellu inadvertently lost his ‘currency’ to demand anything, more over on the BN platform.

At this point in time, MIC is actually unable to make any demands, nor threats. If MIC really crosses over to Pakatan Rakyat, it is actually no loss to BN. However, it is a significant loss to the Indian community. Crossing over only reflects that this is all about Samy Vellu and not the Indian community, nor MIC.

For the record, this not the first time an Indian based BN component party threatened to ‘cross’ to the other side. PPP President Dato’ M Kayveas did the same sometime last year. It was about their concern on the reforms for ISA. However, till present, PPP is still with BN.

MIC is one party that really needed serious “Dare to change” program. Over the years, Samy Vellu ‘autocratic’ management had ‘weeded out’ all the personalities who offered credible alternative to represent the Malaysian Indians. The leaders and delegates should really consider throwing Samy Vellu out of the helm. He is a bane for the Indian community.

Post scriptum: We at BigDogDotCom remembered clearly on the fateful Saturday night of 8 March 2008, some very senior UMNO leaders actually were glad  to learn that Samy Vellu lost in Sungai Siput.

Published in: on April 12, 2009 at 02:28  Comments (8)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir for the NEAC Chairmanship

Party elections are over. New President, Deputy President, Vice Presidents, Wing Heads and Supreme Council members voted in. The sixth Prime Minister sworn in. Triple by-election’s done. The Cabinet’s been announced and sworn in. Euphoria is over, agony is over. Now its time to work.

There is the management of the nation needed a lot of attention and work. Top most on the agenda is the economy. Aggregate demand needed to be made, industries made more productive and competitive, interest rates kept low, jobs to be protected and created, the unemployment to be reduced and so the list goes on.

This is pertinent to the global financial crisis already on our doorsteps. The nation may not feel the brunt of it yet, unlike other more developed and sophisticated economies, which have  already started to bite-the-bullet. However, it is there and inevitable.

The question now is how do we do this?

We already faced a major regional financial crisis in 1997-98. The RM was attacked, stock market was almost obliterated and businesses went belly up in an unseen rate. Loans and financial commitments are unable to be met. Much to the dismay of many, the western-puppet Finance Minister then was out to ‘ruin’ the economy by almost taking the IMF prescription. He was removed and the Prime Minister personally took charge. One of the action plan was the formation and implementation of the National Economic Action Council (NEAC).

This was a revolutionary but highly effective effort to carefully monitor, analyse, formulate action and implement on a play-by-play basis. Nation’s best economic analysts, industry players and strategic thinkers met daily, to religiously go through the numbers. Sometime twice daily. Non performing loans (NPL), financial and capital markets and interest rate, industrial, commodity  and consumer price indexes were critical indicators and microscopically managed. All Government contracts were managed via the project management method (PMC) for efficiency. The NEAC even wanted to know how many are there unsold brand new houses, shops and mini factories, on a weekly basis.

Now it is time to do that again. We have more streams of people to sit and do this, once again. The past twelve years, we have developed more matured strategic thinkers and planners, industry players, economists and bankers. More Malaysians also now sit in strategic MNC positions all over the region. These are the minds that needed to be tapped.

The thirteen million Ringgit question now is, who should provide leadership?

Who else but the Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. He has the wealth of knowledge and experience, kept himself abreast with the latest information on the global economy and financial crisis, regularly speak and consult with world renown economists and strategic thinkers and recently, took the initiative to round up all the industry captains and guilds and economists to discuss this in detail.

In all, Tun Dr Mahathir made the newly appointed MITI Minister Dato’ Mustapha Mohamad to be the Executive Director of the NEAC exactly ten years ago. So, was now the Minister in-charge of EPU Tan Sri Noh Mohamed Yaackop. The newly appointed Deputy Finance Minister Senator Dato’ Dr. Awang Adek Hussin was then made the Assistant Governor of the Bank Negara. Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz was appointed Governor of the Bank Negara in 2001 and still managing it. Dato’ Azman Yahya was handpicked to head the Danaharta, the agency which solved almost the entire NPL problem, which was the key factor to get the banking and financial market back on its track. The Danamodal head then Dato’ Muhamad Ibrahim is now the Bank Negara Assistant Governor. So those who are running the economy now are the people he handpicked.

It was Tun Dr. Mahathir’s highly unorthodox method of capital control enforced on 2 September 1998 that stopped the nation’s wealth from ‘bleeding’, of which the next step of recovery plan was able to be planned and implemented. The entire free economy criticize unprecendented move but later was proven to be very effective. It received a lot of recognition, even by the most revered economic guru such as Joseph Stiglitz.

The same time, he advocated the use of Gold Dinar for international trade and vehemently against the dependence of US Dollar. International startegic partnership dialogues, especially amongst the under developed nations were encouraged. Intra-Asian trade was promoted, with focus on East, West, Central and South Asia. Tun Dr. Mahathir even almost got the East Asian Economic Caucus going.

He was also an advocate of the knowledge based economy; k-economy. Earlier, he created the right platform for that; Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). Today, Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Najib is talking about the ‘innovation based economy’.

Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak should really consider this, especially he is personally taking charge of the economy. He should bring back some of the original NEAC members in coupled with new ones and get Tun Dr. Mahathir to lead the charge.

This is the first bullet Malaysia must bite. And in the immortal words of US President Harry S. Truman, “The buck stops here!”.

Published in: on April 11, 2009 at 10:40  Comments (3)  

Kabinet baru Najib: Mana Menteri jaga MARA?

Pada tepat jam tiga petang tadi Perdana Menteri VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mengumumkan Kabinet baru, setelah mendapat perkenan DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIII Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin lewat pagi tadi. Terdapat perubahan ketara, termasuk beberapa Menteri dan Timbalan Menteri yang baru dilantik dan perlu dilantik Senator terlebih dahulu.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Senarai penuh barisan Kabinet baru

09/04/2009 4:23pm

 

KUALA LUMPUR 9 April – Berikut ialah senarai penuh barisan Kabinet baru yang diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak sebentar tadi.

PERDANA MENTERI : Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

TIMBALAN PERDANA MENTERI: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

JABATAN PERDANA MENTERI:

Menteri:

1. Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (Hal Ehwal Perpaduan & Pengurusan Prestasi)

2. Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (Hal Ehwal Perundangan dan Parlimen)

3. Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop (Unit Perancang Ekonomi)

4. Mejar Jeneral (B) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom (Hal Ehwal Agama Islam)

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Liew Vui Keong

2. Datuk Dr. Mashitah Ibrahim

3. Datuk S.K. Devamany

4. Ahmad Maslan

5. T. Murugiah

KEMENTERIAN KEWANGAN:

Menteri: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Menteri II: Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Chor Chee Heung

2. Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussin

KEMENTERIAN PELAJARAN:

Menteri: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong

2. Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi

KEMENTERIAN PENGANGKUTAN:

Menteri: Datuk Ong Tee Keat

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri

2. Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew

KEMENTERIAN PERUSAHAAN, PERLADANGAN DAN KOMODITI:

Menteri: Tan Sri Bernard Dompok

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Hamzah Zainudin

KEMENTERIAN DALAM NEGERI:

Menteri: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop

2. Jelaing anak Mersat

KEMENTERIAN PENERANGAN, KOMUNIKASI, KESENIAN DAN KEBUDAYAAN:

Menteri: Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum

2. Senator Heng Seai Kie

KEMENTERIAN TENAGA, TEKNOLOGI HIJAU DAN AIR:

Menteri: Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui

Timbalan Menteri: Noriah Kasnon

KEMENTERIAN KEMAJUAN LUAR BANDAR DAN WILAYAH:

Menteri: Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Hassan Malek

2. Datuk Joseph Entulu anak Belaun

KEMENTERIAN PENGAJIAN TINGGI:

Menteri: Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Dr. Hou Kok Chung

2. Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah

KEMENTERIAN PERDAGANGAN ANTARABANGSA DAN INDUSTRI:

Menteri: Datuk Mustapa Mohamed

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir

2. Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan

KEMENTERIAN SAINS, TEKNOLOGI DAN INNOVASI:

Menteri: Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili

Timbalan Menteri: Fadillah Yusof

KEMENTERIAN SUMBER ASLI DAN ALAM SEKITAR:

Menteri: Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas

Timbalan Menteri: Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

KEMENTERIAN PELANCONGAN:

Menteri: Datuk Ng Yen Yen

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib

KEMENTERIAN PERTANIAN DAN INDUSTRI ASAS TANI:

Menteri: Datuk Noh Omar

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Johari Baharum

2. Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim

KEMENTERIAN PERTAHANAN:

Menteri: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad

KEMENTERIAN KERJA RAYA:

Menteri: Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN:

Menteri: Datuk Liow Tiong Lai

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin

KEMENTERIAN BELIA DAN SUKAN:

Menteri: Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek

Timbalan Menteri:

1. Datuk Razali Ibrahim

2. Wee Jeck Seng

KEMENTERIAN SUMBER MANUSIA:

Menteri: Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam

Timbalan: Datuk Maznah Mazlan

KEMENTEIAN PERDAGANGAN DALAM NEGERI DAN HAL EHWAL PENGGUNA:

Menteri: Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Tan Lian Hoe

KEMENTERIAN PERUMAHAN DAN KERAJAAN TEMPATAN:

Menteri: Datuk Kong Cho Ha

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk Lajim Ukin

KEMENTERIAN PEMBANGUNAN WANITA, KELUARGA DAN MASYARAKAT:

Menteri: Datuk Seri Sharizat Jalil

Timbalan Menteri: Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun

KEMENTERIAN LUAR:

Menteri: Datuk Anifah Aman

Timbalan Menteri:

1. A. Kohilan Pillay

2. Datuk Lee Chee Leong

KEMENTERIAN WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN:

Menteri: Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

Timbalan Menteri: Datuk M. Saravanan

 

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Beberapa Menteri Kabinet digugurkan. Ini termasuk Menteri Luar Negara Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Menteri Kerjaraya Ir. Dato’ Mohd. Zin Mohamed, Menteri Pelancongan Azalina Othman Said, Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah Senator Tan Sri Muhammad “Mike Tyson” Muhd. Taib, Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan Dato’ Zulhasnan Rafique, Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Dato’ Ong Ka Chuan dan Menteri DiJabatan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Amirsham Aziz.

Yang menghairankan dalam senarai Kabinet kali ini, dimana Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Pembangunan Korperasi?

Menteri yang menjaga Kementerian yang dipertanggungjawabkan secara khusus membangunkan orang Melayu tidak tersenarai langsung. Persoalan sekarang, apa akan jadi pada agensi khusus membangunkan orang Melayu, seperti MARA?

MARA, yang diujudkan dengan Akta MARA pada 1966, bertujuan untuk membangunkan orang Melayu, terutama dalam bidang pendidikan dan keusahawanan. Ianya lima tahun lebih awal dari Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB).

Kini, belum jelas lagi Menteri mana yang dipertanggung jawabkan untuk meneruskan semua program khusus dibawah MARA seperti MRSM, IKM, UniKL, GiatMARA dan sebagainya, sebagaimana yang jelas digariskan dalam Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB). Ini akan membabitkan 40 buah MRSM seluruh Negara yang merangkumi 30,000 pelajar Melayu yang bakal mewarisi gunatenaga professional negara secara konsisten setiap lima tahun.

Ini belum lagi agensi yang amat penting kepada program menabung dan pelaburan orang Melayu dibawah Kementerian Pembangunan Usahawan dan Korperasi seperti Bank Rakyat. Sebagai sebuah bank korperasi yang ahlinya 100% orang Melayu, Bank Rakyat memberikan pulangan yang amat lumayan kepada ahlinya. Berpuluh ribu orang Melayu, terutama kakitangan Kerajaan beroleh menafaat dari skim pembiayaan perbankan runcit (consumer and retail banking) seperti pinjaman peribadi dan kredit kad, yang berlandaskan syariah. Bank Rakyat juga berjaya membangunkan skim pajak gadai berasaskan emas yang berlandaskan prinsip syariah.

Dimana perlaksanaan DEB yang khusus untuk orang Melayu selepas kementerian ini dimansuhkan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on April 9, 2009 at 15:58  Comments (27)  

The new BN Chairman’s expensive lesson

The results of the triple by-elections are out. Barisan Nasional (PR) lost 1-2 to Pakatan Rakyat (PR). All three constituencies saw the incumbent party retaining their seats comfortably.

The Star has the play-by-play report:

Updated: Tuesday April 7, 2009 MYT 10:51:41 PM

Tri-Elections Live Coverage

 

(10:45pm) Bkt Selambau: Official final results – PKR’s Manikumar wins with 2,403 vote majority. PKR 12,632 votes vs BN 10,229 votes. Independents 1,326 votes. Spoilt votes 415.

(10:35pm) Bkt Selambau: Official results from 61 out of 64 streams – PKR 11,856 votes vs BN 9,708 votes. Independents 1,245 votes.

(10.00pm) Bkt Selambau: Unofficial results – PKR wins with 2,096 vote majority.

(09:55pm) Bkt Selambau: Official results from 41 out of 64 streams – PKR 7,398 votes vs BN 6,228 votes. Independents 941 votes.

(09:30pm) Bkt Selambau: Official results from 33 out of 64 streams – PKR 5,880 votes vs BN 4,708 votes. Independents 836 votes.

(09:15pm) Bkt Gantang: Official final resultsFrom MB to MP, ousted Perak MB Nizar (PAS) wins the parliamentary seat with a 2,789 majority. PAS 21,860 votes vs BN 19,071 votes. Independent 62 votes.

(09:00pm) Bkt Selambau: Unofficial results indicate a victory for PKR candidate S. Manikumar.

(08:55pm) Bkt Selambau: Official results from 22 out of 64 streams – PKR 3,591 votes vs BN 2,765 votes. Independents 368 votes.

(08:40pm) Bkt Selambau: Official results from 16 out of 64 streams – PKR 2,621 votes vs BN 2,034 votes. Independents 254 votes.

(08:30pm) Batang Ai: Police commend both parties for cooperating to ensure the by-election proceeded smoothly; add that only five police reports had been filed during the campaign period.

(08:25pm) Bkt Gantang: Official results from 96 out of 112 streams – PAS 18,881 votes vs BN 15,869 votes. Independent 51 votes.

(08:10pm) Bkt Gantang: Official results from 81 out of 112 streams – PAS 15,770 votes vs BN 13,079 votes. Independent 42 votes.

(08:05pm) Bkt Selambau: Official results from 10 out of 64 streams – PKR 1,712 votes vs BN 1,142 votes. Independents 140 votes.

(07:50pm) Bkt Gantang: Official results from 50 out of 112 streams, including postal votes – PAS 9,761 votes vs BN 7,740 votes. Independent 25 votes.

(07:50pm) Bkt Selambau: After nine out of 22 polling streams tallied, PKR candidate S. Manikumar leading by a 1,000-vote majority.

(07:45pm) Batang Ai: Returning officer Nelson Mujah declares Malcom Mussem Lamoh of Barisan the official winner, to thunderous cheers.

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What the results translate is very clear. One, all the slander and lies concocted by former-power-abuse-convict Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim and his Anwarista cyber-anarchist bandits against Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak consistently and such high intensity sank in with the young and IT affluent voters. This is a long oustanding perception issue which he and his aides really failed to address. Despite the zestfulness ‘reaching out to the rakyat’ which include the immediately release of 13 ISA detainees at the ascension to the Chief Executive post, the down side for PM Dato’ Seri Najib is that, as the Perak UMNO and BN Liaison, his infant leadership actually saw the majority for the PR increasing.

Two, the rakyat, especially the young and more ICT affluent voters is sending a clear message to PM Dato’ Seri Najib’s newborn leadership; changes are aspired. The past term, UMNO and BN have been perceived as elitists party and paid little attention to aspiration of the common rakyat.

Three, the rakyat really want to see a better and cleaner Government. The results of the recent UMNO party elections have little bearing to the confidence of the rakyat. The reason is obvious; some leaders are voted in because of corrupt practices and still too many leaders linked to the failed PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi are still voted in by the delegates.

Four, to sum up points two and three, PM Dato’ Seri Najib has no choice but to appoint really credible, hardworking, intelligent and most of all, clean and corrupt free Cabinet members. Most of the current Cabinet Ministers must really be weeded out. This is the carpe diem moment of truth for the newly sworn in sixth Prime Minister, seventh UMNO President and fifth BN Chairman.

One interesting fact about BN loses in Semenanjung is efficiency and co-operation provided by the Pemuda BN. Despite having a newly elected but highly controversial leader Khairy Jamaluddin, Pemuda BN whom should have been the workforce behind the operations with their ‘Gerak-gempur’ tactics on the by-elections did almost too little or near non-existence. Their presence and performance was appalling. As case in point  in Bukit Gantang this morning, at least seven polling stations which the Pemuda BN was supposed to provide logistics and voters movement operations failed miserably. Little can be desired from the attention of all the ceramahs that this Pemuda UMNO Chief gave.

Obviously, the 304 Pemuda UMNO delegates voted the wrong leader almost two weeks ago. This is something PM Dato’ Seri Najib really got to pay attention. The rakyat watched and completely dissatisfied on how the Rembau MP, which was reprimaded but without conviction of money-politics misconduct the UMNO Disciplinary Board, been given a chance to ascend the position of an UMNO Vice President equivalent.

The silver lining of this by-election is that because of Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s campaign, there is a significant change of the Malay voters towards BN.

The stewardship of PM Dato’ Seri Najib must really show result very quickly. This ‘baptism of fire’ for PM Dato’ Seri Najib is damning. In short, UMNO and BN have a really steep learning curve to climb. It starts yesterday!

Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 23:57  Comments (29)  

Kugan’s demise: Odoema and myocarditis after all

The result of the independent post mortem on A Kugan, 22, who died in Police custody while being detained for a car theft investigation in Subang Jaya Police Station, revealed that he died of heart ailments. To be precise, fluid in the lungs and enlargement of the heart.

The Star has the story:

Kugan died of inflamed heart and lung, blunt force trauma (Update)

By MAZWIN NIK ANIS

 

KUALA LUMPUR: An Independent committee that investigated the two post mortem reports of suspected car thief A.Kugan, who died in police custody, found that the cause of death was due to acute pulmonary oedema due to acute myocarditis, compounded by blunt force trauma said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican on Monday.

Wikipedia describes pulmonary oedema as the swelling of the lung tissue and/or the accumulation of fluid in the lungs. Myocarditis is said to be the inflammation of the heart muscles.

In releasing the findings, the 10-men committee unanimously agreed there was no evidence of thermal injuries in the skin on the back of the deceased as reported in the second post mortem and was of the opinion the injuries on Kugan’s back were the result of repeated trauma by a blunt but flexible object, like folded rubber hose.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr. Ismail Merican said the deceased was found to have an underlying acute myocarditis and the blunt force trauma could have led to acute renal failure.

“This (renal failure) had aggrevated the acute myocarditis, resulting in acute pulmonary oedema or lung congestion,” he said.

As for injuries on Kugan’s back, they were in fact patterned imprint injuries which had been caused by a blunt and flexible object.

“There was no evidence that the deceased had been `branded’ or be given repeated application of heat with an instrument or object.

“All body injuries noted on the deceased were insufficient, either individually or collectively to cause death directly,” he told a press conference Monday.

Dr Ismail said it was also concluded that the discrepency was not due to “foul reporting, misleading of information and neither was there any intention to hide information”, adding the findings would be handed over to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on Tuesday.

Kugan, 22, was detained by police on Jan 15 this year in relation to investigations of alleged car theft but died five days later while in police custody.

An autopsy was performed to establish the cause of death and this was done on Jan 21 by head of Serdang Hospital forensic unit, Dr Abdul Karim Tajuddin, who gave the cause of death as ”acute pulmonary oedema”.

The family then requested Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) to conduct a second post mortem, which was done on Jan 25 and the pathologist gave the provisional cause of death (pending toxicology report) as “acute renal failure due to rhbdomyolysis due to blunt trauma to skeletal muscles.”

The discrepancies in the two post mortem reports had resulted in the deceased’s family alleging that there were attempts to cover-up his cause of death.

In view of the allegations, the independent investigation committee was set up to conduct an indepth study and assessment of both post mortems.

Dr Ismail said Dr Karim had 26 years of working experience as a pathologist while Dr Prashant N. Samberkar, who conducted the second post mortem, had 11 years of work experience mainly in India and Fiji before serving in Malaysia in 2008.

He said Kugan’s family’s request for a second autopsy was not in accordance with the provision of the Criminal Procedure Code where subsequent post mortems required a court order, adding it was “nevertheless done”.

On the differences in the number of external injuries found on Kugan, Dr ismail said Dr Karim tabulated 22 external injuries because he had grouped them by regions of the body while Dr Prashant had listed some individually and some in groups.

“This had resulted in a discrepancy but based on the report by Dr Karim, there were actually a total 86 number of external injuries of various shapes and sizes.

Whereas, Dr Prashant documented 45 but out of these, six were incision wounds that had been made by Dr Karim earlier,” he said.

Dr Ismail said Dr Prashant had also misidentified and misinterpreted some changes in post mortem hypotasis as injuries by the deceased before his death and the committee was unable to establish how and where Kugan’s body was kept between the first and second post mortem, adding this would have significantly effected the physical state of the body.

“The discrepancy in the reports were due to the absence of communication between the two pathologists, the misinterpretation of post mortem changes and some of the injuries by the second pathologist (Dr Prashant).

“This could have been avoided if the two were in communication when the second post mortem was conducted,” he said.

Dr Ismail said the committee made several recommendations, including ensuring proper post mortem procedures be followed and in event of a second autopsy, that it was ethical for the second pathologist to communicate with the first pathologist, in keeping with accepted international practice and standards.

“It must be reminded that all medical reports, including post mortem reports are confidential and should not be divulged to unauthorised personnel.

“I hope the committee’s findings will put to rest any doubt that we are in cohorts with anyone as far as this case is concerned,” he said.

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To those who easily and conveniently want to blame Police brutality on Kugan’s death should apologize and do so immediately. Especially amongst pro-PKR supporters. PKR, a creation of power-of-abuse-convict Anwar Ibrahim had been promoting anarchy via all the universally-correct values such as ‘human rights’ and consistently promoting civil unrest and street demosntration in the lame and sordid excuse of Police brutality and being ‘dogs of the Federal Government’.

This is easily illustrated from the conveniently translated forms in all the illegal assemblies organized, even as low as to capitalize the misfortune of the some people, like Kugan’s family. To dramatize this misfortune further, PKR paid for the funeral and organized the procession.

Were they advocating trouble from this? Probably. It was the same tactics DAP used post May 1969 General Elections where DAP and Gerakan managed to trounce UMNO, MCA and MIC into an even draw. Conveniently, two youths were killed by Police in Kepong and DAP and Gerakan organized a three day funeral procession all over Kuala Lumpur. During the processions, the adrenalized advocate of social unrest hooligans shouted at and against the Malays in humiliating ton. The heated situation came to an unberable boiling point when several DAP supporters went into the MB Selangor residence and peed on the flag staff. This broke the camel’s back and instantaneously the Kampung Baru and Gombak Malay youths decided to react.

Hell broke loose. It became the bloody racial unrest of 13 May 1969; an event majority of Malaysians vehemently want to avoid.

Somehow, many ‘intellectual anarchists’, lead by party-less Opposition leader Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim and chauvinists and extremists acting behind NGOs like Dr. Kua Kia Soong and Dr. Farish Noor, consistently and structurally ‘blow and sow the winds of hatred’, via guised brainwashing advocating social unrest via ‘intellectual discourse’.

Malaysians should be cautioned with extra care. The peace, harmony, tolerance and co-operation that was painstakingly developed and put in place for Malaysians should never be compromised for all the guised universally correct values and expectations. Otherwise, this is what the Internal Security Act is for.

Lesson learned; Whenever a youth dies under Police custody, do not over react before the post mortem in done.

Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 01:54  Comments (16)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir: Yakin penuh Kepimpinan Najib

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Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV dan Presiden UMNO V Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yang baru menyertai UMNO kembali Sabtu lepas, kerana ‘keluar bersyarat’ di Alor Setar Mei 2008, pagi ini berkempen di Pilihanraya Kecil (PRK) Bukit Gantang.

Beliau secara terbuka menyatakan keyakinan penuh dan memberikan sokongan padu kepada Kepimpinan Perdana Menteri VI dan Presiden UMNO VII Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak dan menyarankan rakyat memberikan sokongan kepada Barisan Nasional (BN) agar proses pembangunan untuk semua diteruskan dan berjalan lancar.

Beliau yang hadir dalam program bersama pemimpin di Batu 2 ½, Pekan Simpang, Taiping diiringi Timbalan Presiden UMNO IX Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin, Naib Presiden UMNO Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MB Perak X Dato’ Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir dan ketua komponen BN.

Petang ini, beliau dijangka akan berkempen di Bukit Selambau, Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 12:59  Comments (5)  

Kompromi dengan masyarakat Cina: Jangan biarkan sehingga biadap

Masyarakat Cina sebagai minoriti yang satu masa dahulu diklassifikasikan sebagai etnik immigran perlu muhasabah diri, terutama kedudukan dan peranan mereka dalam politik dari konteks pembinaan Negara-Bangsa (nation building). Janganlah kerana peranan mereka membangunkan ekonomi semata mata dijadikan ‘tebusan’ agar boleh berlaku “bagi betis, mahukan peha”.

Isu mahukan seorang Timbalan Perdana Menteri etnik Cina dibangkitkan semula, terutama dalam kehangatan Pilihanraya Kecil (PRK) Bukit Gantang.

Laporan The Star:

Monday April 6, 2009

Better voice in government with a Chinese Deputy PM, says Wee

 

SUNGAI PETANI: The proposed appointment of a Chinese Deputy Prime Minister will give the Chinese people in the country a better representation in government, said MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“We welcome such a proposal and hope it will materialise,” said Dr Wee, who is also a Deputy Education Minister.

He was asked to comment on MCA deputy secretary-general Datuk Loke Yuen Yow’s call to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to create a post for a Chinese Deputy Prime Minister and a Chinese Barisan Nasional deputy chairman and appoint MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat to the two posts.

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Peranan MCA sebagai parti komponen mewakili masyarakat Cina yang merupakan rakan kongsi BN kedua terutama selepas UMNO perlu dikaji dan perhalusi sebelum Kepimpinan BN dan Kerajaan menimbangkan permintaan yang berulang ini. Ini kerana prestasi MCA yang hanya mampu meraih 15 kerusi Dewan Rakyat secara automatiknya tidak melayakan mereka membuat sebarang ‘permintaan’, lebih lebih lagi strategik seperti Timbalan Perdana Menteri II. Kemampuan meraih 15 kerusi ini pun bergantung pada undi Melayu, yang semestinya dijana kerana ‘muka’ yang UMNO berikan.

Jika dihayati sebenar konsep ‘perkongsian kuasa’ yang mula mula dibawa Perikatan yang ditunjangi UMNO bawah Kepimpinan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra ialah masyarakat minoriti etnik Cina dan India diberikan peluang untuk sama sama menyertai proses Pilihanraya untuk memberikan wakil dan suara dalam Majlis Perwakilan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu (1955), walaupun sebilangan besar dari kawasan yang mereka tandingi ialah kawasan majoriti Melayu. Kemudian, setelah dipilih, mereka tetap diundang untuk menduduki Kabinet kerana Tunku mengiktiraf bahawa keperluan etnik minoriti dalam proses pembinaan Negara-Bangsa. Ini tidak bermaksud konsep ‘perkongsian kuasa’ untuk ialah ber’kongsi’ secara samarata. Kompromi politik yang Kepimpinan Melayu sanggup buat perlu dihayati dari konteks yang betul.

Peranan minoriti etnik Cina dikatakan penentu antara BN (UMNO) dan PR (PAS), kerana orang Melayu sebagai majoriti penduduk kawasan Parlimen ini dikatakan sudah membuat kesimpulan pihak mana yang mereka sokong. Oleh demikian, parti komponen BN yang mewakili masyarakat Cina sengaja membangkit isu ini sekali lagi sebagai ‘ugutan politik’ kerana undi yang dipengaruhi masyarakat Cina dalam situasi ‘stand-off’ dimana UMNO dan PAS sama kuat seperti di Bukit Gantang ini amat berharga.

Kemenangan ‘moral’ PRK Bukit Gantang ini amat penting bagi Kepimpinan Perdana Menteri VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Pertamanya, ini kerana beliau baru mengangkat sumpah dan kemampuan pentadbiran baru meraih keyakinan rakyat di’uji’ dari prestasi BN disini.

Kedua, sebagai Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO dan BN Perak dan baru baru ini, penerimaan dan keberkesanan pengaruh dari kejayaan menubuhkan Kerajaan Negeri BN baru dan mengundurkan kerajaan boneka-DAP secara ‘paksa’ diukur dalam PRK Bukit Gantang ini.

Ketiga, ‘peperangan psikologi’ dengan cara segala fitnah yang Ketua Pembangkang dan Mantan Banduan Salahguna Kuasa Anwar Ibrahim lontarkan secara konsisten dan berstruktur untuk ‘membunuh’ kareer politik dan persepsi mengenai kredibiliti Dato’ Seri Najib juga di’uji’ dalam medan PRK Bukit Gantang ini.

Dalam pada itu, pemimpin politik masyarakat Cina makin ‘berani’ dan ‘lantang’ memperkudakan  dan hingga tahap menghina Islam dalam kempen politik mereka. MP  Taiping Nga Kor Ming yang juga Setiausaha Agung DAP Perak dirakam menggunakan ayat Al-Quran dan membuat tafsiran semasa membuat ceramah politik. Ini dijangkakan amat menimbulkan kontroversi dikalangan masyarakat Melayu kerana tindakan biadap keterlaluan Nga ini dianggap menghina Islam. Mufti Perak Dato’ Seri Harussani Zakaria juga apabila diminta membuat ulasan berpendapat tindakan pemimpin DAP biadap ini keterlaluan kerana sebagai seorang Bukan Islam, tafsiran mengenai ayat suci Al Quran dikhuatiri akan di’lacur’kan hanya untuk kepentingan sempit politik.

Ini jelas menunjukan bahawa ada dikalangan pemimpin politik Cina yang berani biadap, terutama bila pemimpin politik Melayu, seperti PAS dan PKR reda untuk tunduk dan ‘menyembah’ mereka, demi pengaruh politik. Walaupun Kerajaan boneka-DAP Dato’ Seri Nizar Jamaluddin berjaya di’kalah’kan, namun pengaruh sebenar kuasa di Perak jelas terletak bawah DAP dan PAS ‘terbelenggu’ bawah telunjuk DAP. Pilihan Dato’ Seri Nizar sebagai calon PRK Bukit Gantang itu illustrasi jelas bahawa PAS terpaksa akur kepada kehendak DAP walaupun Kepimpinan PAS memilih calon lain.

Orang Melayu perlu waspada dengan perkembangan ini. Pertama, kompromi politik yang orang Melayu sebagai majoriti dan pribumi tanahair ini sanggup dan wajar berikan perlu ada had. Kedua, dalam kealpaan sedikit kompromi yang sanggup diberikan atas dasar ‘menghormati hak orang lain’ dan sehingga timbul kekeliruan memberikan orang lain ‘kebebasan bersuara’, perlu jangan dibiarkan sehinggakan sub-kumpulan ala kommunis dari sebahagian etnik minoriti Cina seperti chauvinis dan pelampau DAP berani berlaku biadap dan me’lacur’kan ugama Islam dalam modal politik mereka. Penghinaan ini  mampu akan menjadikan konflik antara kaum dan/atau ugama yang begitu ramai pihak mahu dielakan  dari ‘meletup’ setelah sekian lama berkudis sehingga keadaan “menang jadi abu, kalah jadi arang” menjadikan tanahair tercinta ini “padang jarak, padang terkukur”.

Inilah keadaan anarki paling sesuai, dimana pihak yang tergamak tanahair ini di’jajah’ semula, terutama tali barut Yahudi Neo Con sanggup rancang untuk mengambil kesempatan “menangguk diair keruh”.

 

 

 

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 08:42  Comments (29)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir kembali ke UMNO: Pengkukuhan bermula

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Selepas mengumumkan keluar bersyarat dari UMNO di Alor Setar Mei tahun lepas, kerana kekecewaan Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan kegagalan UMNO untuk membetulkan keadaan yang dilihat membelakang kepentingan dan aspirasi Orang Melayu, pagi ini Presiden UMNO V Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan isteri Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd. Ali menyerahkan borang untuk menyertai UMNO semula.

Peristiwa ini dilakukan kepada Presiden UMNO VII dan Perdana Menteri VI yang baru semalam mengangkat sumpah Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak dikediaman rasmi Timbalan Perdana Menteri Seri Setia di Putrajaya sebentar tadi.

Persaraan rasmi PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah merupakan syarat Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV Tun Dr. Mahathir kembali kedalam UMNO. Tindakan ini dilihat akan mengukuhkan UMNO dan Perjuangan Bangsa Melayu kerana beliau masih lagi dilihat sebagai Pemimpin Unggul Bangsa Melayu.

Kemasukan kembali kedalam UMNO ditafsirkan dengan kesugguhan Tun Dr. Mahathir membantu untuk mengukuhkan UMNO. Beliau dijangkakan akan berkempen dalam Pilihanraya Kecil Parlimen (PRK) Bukit Gantang Isnin ini. Ini dilihat akan memberikan cabaran hebat kepada PAS, yang menyandang kerusi Parlimen  ini dan menengahkan MB boneka-DAP Dato’ Seri Mohd. Nizar Jamaludddin sebagai calon yang umumkan disifatkan sebagai pilihan DAP dan bukan Kepimpinan PAS.

Ramai pemimpin yang berpaksikan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah sedikit sebanyak menyalah Tun Dr. Mahathir mengkritik Kepimpinan dan Kerajaan, sebagai sebab begitu ramai akar umbi dan rakyat, terutama golongan muda menolak UMNO dan BN. Ini mesej jelas yang ditafsirkan pada fenomena ‘Tsunami Politik’ Pilihanraya Umum XII 8 Mac 2008. Untuk beberapa bulan menyusul PRU 12, UMNO tidak dilihat sebagai belajar dari kesilapan dan bergerak kearah membetulkan keadaan. Ini adalah motif utama Tun Dr. Mahathir mengumumkan ‘keluar bersyarat’ 17 Mei 2008.

 Namun, setelah ‘Plan Peralihan Kuasa’ yang diumumkan pada 17 Julai 2008 berlaku dengan nyata semalam, beliau mengotakan janji dan kembali untuk berusaha mengukuh dan memperkasakan UMNO. Kehadiran Tun Dr. Mahathir semasa Timbalan Presiden UMNO IX yang baru Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin sedang membuat ucapan penggulungan sulungnya Sabtu lepas merupakan indikasi amat jelas kesediaan beliau kembali untuk berjuang atas platform UMNO.

Kommitmen Tun Dr. Mahathir yang mahukan UMNO terus diperkukuhkan, dengan pembaharuan yang Presiden UMNO VII Dato’ Seri Najib dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO IX Tan Sri Muhyiddin bawa akan menjadi kegusaran kepada Pembangkang, terutama PAS dan PKR. Kempen PRK Parlimen Bukit Gantang yang tertumpu kepada dakyah dan isu fitnah Dato’ Seri Najib merupakan modal yang diperjudikan Pakatan Rakyat (PR). Jelas rakyat mula sedar ‘perkahwinan tanpa berkat’ PR (PKR-DAP-PKR) sebenarnya tidak berkesan untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat dan negara dan pengukuhan UMNO ini perlahan lahan akan mengembalikan keyakinan dan sokongan rakyat kepada UMNO dan BN, pihak yang berjaya dan pengalaman meluas membangunkan rakyat dan negara setakat ini.

Published in: on April 4, 2009 at 10:11  Comments (13)