Dr. Mahathir: Kekalkan kuasa, teruskan pembangunan & realisasi negara maju

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berucap di Kempas, dalam Parlimen Pulai 31 Mac 2013

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berucap di Kempas, dalam Parlimen Pulai 31 Mac 2013

Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menegaskan kesepakatan dan kerjasama erat dan kukuh antara semua kaum merupakan kunci kejayaan untuk Malaysia maju dari mula Kemerdekaan dicapai sehingga tahap ini. Ini merupakan mesej jelas, sebagai saranan praPRU 13 yang bakal menjelang bila bila masa.

Beliau berucap dihadapan 10,000 penduduk tempatan diprogram Ceramah Perdana yang dianjurkan oleh Pusat Perkhidmatan Parlimen Pulai di PPR Kempas, dekat Johor Bahru. Sebelum itu MP Pulai Dato’ Nur Jazlan Mohamed menyingkap sejarah pahit-maung Tun Dr. Mahathir semasa menjadi Perdana Menteri.

Menyingkap krisis politik yang sengaja ditimbulkan semasa pemecatan Anwar Ibrahim pada 2 September 1998 daripada jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir memberikan contoh rakyat Malaysia bijak memilih Kerajaan, dalam saat pemulihan ekonomi giat dijana setelah krisis matawang Asia 1997-8 dengan kawalan aliran modal dan matawang.”Walaupun ada isu ‘mata lebam’ masa itu, BN masih berjaya mengekalkan 2/3 majoriti Parlimen. Rakyat Malaysia bijak memilih untuk kebaikan”.

Tun Dr Mahathir juga menyifatkan Johor merupakan contoh terbaik Malaysia kerana semua kaum bersatu dan berkerjasama, tanpa rasa curiga.

“Semua kaum bersepakat dan memberikan mandat kuat kepada BN. Konsep ‘kongsi kuasa’ dari zaman Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra memberikan semua kaum peranan untuk mentadbir. Oleh itu, ianya menjadi ‘simpanan tetap’ (kuasa politik)  bagi Malaysia terus dibangunkan dan tumpuan diberikan kepada program pembangunan”.

Mandat yang diberikan rakyat itu digunakan BN untuk membawa pembangunan dan kemajuan yang saksama, kepada semua kaum dan tiada yang tersisih. Ianya berjaya mengujudkan kesinambungan pemerintahan yang menjana pembangunan.

“Itu sebab lambang BN ialah dacing. Kita membawa keseimbangan dan kesaksamaan”.

Beliau juga mengingatkan 8,000 para hadirin bahawa hasrat Ketua Pembangkang Anwar Ibrahim adalah untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri semata mata dan bukannya untuk membangunkan negara dan rakyat.

“Masa dia Menteri Kewangan dan Malaysia menghadapi krisis matawang 1997-8, selesaian beliau adalah untuk menerima cadangan IMF bulat bulat. Malaysia akan menjadi hamba kepada Barat”.

Semasa Anwar Ibrahim dibawa masuk dalam Kerajaan pada PRU 6 1982 sebagai Timbalan Menteri, beliau hanya berminat untuk kuasa sehinggakan sanggup mendesak untuk dilantik sebagai Menteri penuh.

“Orang ini mempersoalkan kenapa dia tidak dilantik sebagai Menteri penuh. Orang lain cukup berterima kasih apabila dilantik sebagai Timbalan Menteri”.

Hari ini, belang sebenar Ketua Pembangkang Anwar Ibrahim sebagai ‘tali barut’ Yahudi Neo Con telah jelas apabila  beliau menyokong untuk “Keselamatan Israel” apabila memperbincangkan isu Perdamaian Palestin. Tun Dr. Mahathir menjelaskan Anwar tidak langsung mengambil kira kedudukan rakyat Palestin yang sentiasa dalam tekanan, ancaman nyawa dan harta benda dan kekejaman Yahudi Zionis.

Beliau juga mengulas hasrat Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang untuk bertanding di Johor dalam PRU 13, bahawa ianya merupakan percubaan mencabar kubu kuat UMNO. Namun, Tun Dr Mahathir yakin rakyat Johor tetap bersama BN dan Lim akan gagal.

“Lim Kit Siang kunun kunun nak bawa ‘Perubahan’. Dia yang patut di’ubah’ dahulu. Semenjak tahun 1964 beliau menjadi Setiausaha Politik Devan Nair, beliau masih ada lagi sekarang. BN dah ubah enam kali Perdana Menteri semenjak masa tu!”

Beliau memberikan contoh usaha berterusan Kerajaan BN untuk menentukan pembangunan dan masih lagi gigih merancang dan melaksana. Hasilnya, pembangunan membawa kepada kegiatan ekonomi dan memakmurkan negara dan rakyat.

“Dahulunya, semua perniagaan besar milik British. Selepas Kemerdekaan, memberi kebaikan bagi semua kaum dan pembangunan menentukan rakyat Malaysia boleh berniaga dalam bidang yang dahulunya dikuasai penuh oleh British. Hari ini, ada yang sampai menjadi billionaire. Mereka mencapai kejayaan jauh lebih baik dari British”.

Beliau memperincikan plan transformasi berterusan Kerajaan BN sehingga merancang untuk Malaysia mencapai taraf negara maju menjelang 2020 melalui dasar ‘Visi 2020’.

“Kita ubah kepada benda yang kita tahu, tak apa. Ini kita tak tahu Pembangkang ini jenis apa, untuk kita ‘UBAH’. Kita perlu kekalkan sokongan padu kepada BN”.

Presiden UMNO V itu menyingkap sejarah penubuhan PAS pada tahun 1951 kerana kekecewaan golongan ulama’ kerana tidak diperuntukkan kerusi. Oleh kerana tidak berpuas hati, mereka keluar dari UMNO dan menubuhkan PAS. Mulai dari saat itu, kekuatan kesatuan Melayu dicabar kerana mereka memainkan isu ugama sebagai platform politik.

“PAS bukan Islam. PAS ialah parti politik! Jangan tipu orang Islam dengan mengeluarkan fatwa yang bukan berasaskan Islam”.

Beliau juga menambah,

“Pengaruh PAS di Johor ini amat kecil dan patutnya dihapuskan terus. Orang Johor mempunyai sistem pelajaran ugama terbaik. Mereka tidak ada sekolah pondok. Mereka tidak mudah dipengaruhi oleh guru sekolah pondok yang mempunyai hasrat dalam politik”.

Tun Dr Mahathir juga memberikan amaran bahawa Pembangkang akan melakukan apa saja termasuk kekacauan sehingga berlaku huru hara dan keadaan anarki apabila kalah dan tidak berjaya menubuhkan Kerajaan. Ini jelas dalam beberapa kali mereka meluahkan hasrat untuk mengujudkan ‘Malaysian Spring’ ala ‘Arab Spring’, sebagaimana demonstrasi bertukar rusuhan sehingga mengakibatkan kerajaan di Tunisia, Mesir dan Libya tumbang.

“Ini mereka sudah rancang. Apabila mereka rasa tidak akan menang pada hari mengundi, mereka akan mulakan khabar angin berlaku ‘penipuan’ dan menghasut rakyat untuk menimbulkan kekacauan”.

Beliau menjelaskan Anwar merupakan seorang yang pakar dalam memanipulasi emosi dan menghasut agar kemarahan orang ramai timbul sehingga berlaku demonstrasi yang sebenarnya dirancang untuk menjadi kekacauan.

Mesej Tun Dr. Mahathir kepada pengundi Johor adalah jelas; berikan BN mandat yang kuat agar pembangunan diteruskan, ekonomi dirancakkan dan taraf negara maju dicapai demi kebaikan Malaysia sebagai negara berdaulat.

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks in Johor Bahru

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be speaking, hosted by Pulai MP Dato' Nur Jazlan Mohamed

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be speaking, hosted by Pulai MP Dato’ Nur Jazlan Mohamed

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be speaking in Kempas this evening, in the Parliamentary constituency of Pulai. It is expected a crowd of at least 7,000 would be attending in an area where the political battle lines have been drawn.

Oppostion Leader Anwar Ibrahim announced recently that Chinese Chauvinist Emperissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang would be contesting at Gelang Patah Parliamentary constituency, which is the neighbouring electoral district where Tun Dr Mahathir will be speaking tonight. Last week, Anwar drew a crowd of 5,000 persons in Malay heartland of Kampung Melayu Majidee.

The event tonight is organised by Pulai Parliamentary Service Centre.

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Spooked by ‘Ghost of Past Radicalism’

Fear of actual account of history is clawing onto the heir apparent ‘Butchers of Malaysia’ radicals and extremists. More and more challenges on telling the truth based on history, from the mouth of the Chinese Chauvinist Emperissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang.


Kit Siang dares Tsu Koon to call for Tanda Putera ban

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 ― Lim Kit Siang has challenged Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon to demand a total suspension of the controversial film “Tanda Putera”, saying today the Gerakan president should otherwise resign from the Cabinet.

Koh (picture), who is also the minister in the Prime Minister’s department in charge of unity and performance management, reportedly said last Thursday that people could make judgements at private screenings of the film, as the Cabinet had only postponed public screenings.

“Tsu Koon still has a last opportunity. He should demand the total suspension of the May 13 film “Tanda Putera” on Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting or to submit his resignation as Cabinet Minister,” Lim said in a statement today.

“Is Tsu Koon capable of such a last honest and honourable stand?” added the Ipoh Timur MP.

The DAP stalwart questioned Koh if it was permissible to show private screenings of pornography.

The public screening of “Tanda Putera” ? which has scenes depicting the country’s May 13, 1969 racial riots ? has been postponed a few times, with its director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba recently telling The Malaysian Insider that it would be shown after Election 2013.

“Tanda Putera” was shown to over 3,000 FELDA settlers this February and was viewed at a private screening by over 600 “invited’ students of the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIA)’s Gombak campus on March 9.

The film was also scheduled to be shown privately in UIA’s Kuantan campus on March 21, news portal Malaysiakini had then reported.

Shuhaimi defended the movie earlier this month, telling The Malaysian Insider: “Tanda Putera is not a racist film.”

She had also stressed that “Tanda Putera” was not a documentary, but a movie “with dramatic elements and creative licence responsibly exercised in its making”, having pointed out that it is an interpretation of history based on official records, published documents and interviews.

“Tanda Putera” also depicts the second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy, Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, during the post-May 13 period. Abdul Razak’s eldest son, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is the current prime minister.

The RM4.8 million film was produced by Pesona Pictures Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS), which provided the financing together with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC).

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It is clear Emperissimo Lim is adopting the ‘Offense is the best Defense’ strategy. He has been rabidly attacking Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba’s film on lives, actual events, crisis, thoughts and arguments, and decision making process of then Prime Minister II Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his Deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abd Rahman between 9 May 1969 and 16 January 1976, ‘Tanda Putera’.

The fact is that he has not even seen it yet.

Emperissimo Lim could have waited until the film is offered in cinemas for public screening and allow the public to judge for themselves on Shuhaimi Baba’s latest project completed a year ago, based on the National Operation Council report and testimonies of actual account of events. Some of personalities involved during the 13 May 1969 racial riot and subsequent events, such as former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former IGP Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar are still available, to corroborate the actual events.

The film also depicted the communist terrorists’ continuous attempts to destabilise the nation post 13 May, with the assassination of IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Ismail in 1974 and Perak CPO Tan Sri Khoo in 1975.

This rabid attack against the film only solidify the fact that Chinese Chauvinist DAP played a pivottal role along with the radicals and extremists (which include Malayan Communist Party agents) to distabilise the nation before, during and post 3GE in May 1969. As a result of the gross racial overtone provocations by DAP and Gerakan, a bloody racial riot erupted on the evening of 13 May 1969.

This is also a clear demonstration that Chinese Chauvinist DAP not only practice ‘gag order’ whenever media tried to expose any truth which is against them, but never respected any freedom of expression. ‘Tanda Putera’ obtained a PG13 public screening certificate from Film Censor Board, an agency under the Home Ministry on 13 June 2012.

Shuhami Baba is an acclaimed film maker who makes a film based on extensive researched, such as ‘Hati Malaya 1957’ released in 2007.
The fact is that Malaysia has not place for such a racist radical. And Malaysians deserve to know the truth, via films like ‘ Tanda Putera’.

Published in: on March 30, 2013 at 17:00  Comments (13)  

Banking on bankrupcy

Ministry of Finance released their analysis of the Opposition Pact’s 13GE Manifesto; the Federal Government fiscal deficit would rise from the current 4% of GDP to 11.5%. Borrowings would rise to 62.5% of GDP.

What is most horrific is that Federal Government would be insolvent and unable to meet financial commitments. This include the monthly emoluments bill for the civil servants’ salary and pensioners.

So many people already said thet the Oppostion Pact’s 13GE Manifesto with goodies to give away in term of subsidies, writing off debts such as PTPTN student loans and reduction of import on automobiles and much cheaper subsidised fuel and energy are very unrealistic. The total lot would burn a very deep hole in His Majesty’s coffer of RM 49.5 billion. Malaysia would join the Euro-zone club of doom in the likes of Greece and Cyprus.

The Federal Government under the current BN Chairman Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak already managed to reduce the fiscal deficit 6.7% of GDP in 2009 to 4.5% of GDP in 2012. The Federal Government committed further to reduce the percentage by another 33% to 3% of GDP.

In their fantasy to mesmerise the Malaysian voters for the upcoming 13GE, failed Finance Minister and Economic Adviser for Selangor State Government Anwar Ibrahim and his band of politically bankrupt with unrealistic offerings, in their short-sightedness to pander into some gullible and simplistic Malaysians. However, the majority are matured and wise enough that their 13GE Manisfesto is mere a wet dream.

Their track record in Selangor the past five years is proof that not only they cant manage, they never fulfill their promises. Goodies like ‘free 20 cubic metres of water’, ‘stipends for single mothers and kindergarten going children’ and more never did materialise.

The fact that they claim the ‘savings of 24% in Selangor’ is not able to the extrapolated to the much larger and macro Federal Government budget management. This is because the Opposition never did detail the savings and prove that there were real savings.

Furthermore, some spendings were never in State Government budgets. Such as security, defense, health and education. The unrealistic comparisons are only evidence that they are not accountable.

Opposition Pact is about politically bankrupt, planning to bankrupt the nation in their desperation of giving ‘the minority imposing their will against the majority’. In the bigger picture; neither they nor their economic plans are tenable nor bankable. Literally.

Published in: on March 29, 2013 at 19:30  Leave a Comment  

Timely to do some shopping

The recent Lahad Datu Incident is an eye opener for majority of Malaysians. The national and internal security capabilities, apparatus and processes needed a beef up, very urgently. After Ops Sulu and Ops Daulat commenced for the Police and Armed Forces to retaliate and crush the Sulu armed intruders, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced the ESSCOM on 7 March as a measure to address the long term solution for East Sabah security issues.

The nation rallied behind the Federal and Sabah Government’s effort to mitigate all the issues, despite the Opposition trying to score by politicising the matter. Worse still, in a sinister tone for an agenda to perpetuate the ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy. A continuous effort for their ‘Big Picture’, to demean the defense of the realm.

LIMA ’13 this week is an opportunity for the Minister of Defense Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to announce the spending of RM 200 million to resolve the immediate needs of the defense, particularly to address the most pressing tactical issues and implementation of military-backed strategy for ESSCOM. This include the acquisition of fast patrol boats and craft, as part of the program to enhance Ops Pasir and address the ‘porous’ waterway border between Sabah and Southern Phillipines.

In the same week, a powerful Chinese Navy flotilla showed up at our doorsteps, in the disputed islands where Malaysia and Brunei laid claims.

The story in the South China Morning Post:

PLA Navy amphibious task force reaches Malaysia ‘to defend South China sea’

A Chinese amphibious task force sparks jitters around the region by reaching the southernmost waters of its claimed domain

Greg Torode Chief Asia Correspondent

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Chinese Navy’s amphibious landing ship Jinggangshan is seen during a training with a hovercraft in waters near Hainan Province on March 20, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

A fully equipped PLA amphibious task force has reached China’s southernmost claimed possession in the South China Sea in an unprecedented show of force that is raising eyebrows across the region.

The four-ship flotilla headed by the landing ship Jinggangshan visited James Shoal – some 80 kilometres from Malaysia, less than 200 kilometres from Brunei and 1,800 kilometres from the mainland coast – close to the outer limits of China’s “nine-dash line”, by which it lays claim to virtually the entire South China Sea.

A Xinhua report yesterday described marines and crew gathering on the deck of the Jinggangshan – one of the PLA Navy’s three 200-metre landing ships – to pledge to “defend the South China Sea, maintain national sovereignty and strive towards the dream of a strong China”.

“It was a surprisingly strong message in sending out this task force, on such a new operational role from previous PLAN [PLA Navy] patrols in the region,” said Gary Li, a senior analyst with IHS Fairplay in London.

“It is not just a few ships here and there, but a crack amphibious landing ship carrying marines and hovercraft and backed by some of the best escort ships in the PLAN fleet,” he said, adding that jet fighters had also been used to cover the task force.

“We’ve never seen anything like this that far south in terms of quantity or quality … it is hard to know whether it is just coincidence, but it does seem to reflect [President] Xi Jinping’s desire for more practical operationally based exercises.”

Youtube video: CCTV footage of Kunlunshan, a PLA Navy amphibious landing ship similar in model to Jinggangshan.

The landing ships are considered some of the most sophisticated vessels in the PLA and are thought to be key to any strategy to invade Taiwan. Their deployments are closely watched by regional rivals. The first of the landing ships, Kunlunshan, has been used in anti-piracy work off the Horn of Africa.

Photos circulating on mainland websites show marines storming beaches, backed by hovercrafts and helicopters dispatched from the Jinggangshan during several days of exercises that saw them visit all of China’s holdings in the Spratly Islands.

The PLA took six Spratlys reefs and shoals from Vietnam in a sea battle 25 years ago this month.

The ships are due to head back north, crossing into the western Pacific for further drills via the Bashi channel between Taiwan and the Philippines, Xinhua said.

News of the Jinggangshan’s appearance off James Shoal last night sparked chatter among military officials in the region.

“That is quite a show of sovereignty – an amphibious task force,” said one military attaché monitoring developments. “It has got everyone talking.

The Spratlys is one thing, but turning up at James Shoal is quite another. Once again, China is showing it is quite unafraid to send a message to the region

“The Spratlys is one thing, but turning up at James Shoal is quite another. Once again, China is showing it is quite unafraid to send a message to the region – and in a year when Asean is chaired by Brunei, turning up down there in such a fashion is pretty strong symbolism.”

PLA deployments into the South China Sea in 2009 and 2010 sparked fears across the region of a new assertiveness by Beijing. Those concerns in turn prompted fresh moves by several Southeast Asian nations to force the long-simmering South China Sea dispute back on to the regional agenda – and forge closer ties with the US.

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This is without doubt is China’s effort of ‘Projection of Power’. It is part of ‘flexing their muscle’ as China Communist Party endorsed the recent appointment of President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping. Xi also assumed the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the ultra powerful Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

China is also displaying their military might ahead of the ASEAN Defense Minister Meeting for 2013 where Brunei would be Chair.

These constant ‘Projection of Power’ by China and the history of occupation of disputed islands in the South China Sea brought upon a lot edgy feelings amongst ASEAN nations. Especially after Paracelles (closer to Vietnam) and the more recent Scarborough Shoals (closer to thr Phillipines):

Southeast Asian countries stock up on arms as they face off with China

Southeast Asian countries are stocking up on the latest military gadgets, expanding an international arms web as they seek to counter China’s rise

Saturday, 09 February, 2013, 5:24am

Greg Torode, Chief Asia Correspondentgreg.torode@scmp.com

Two Russian-built Kilo submarines cruise the dark, frigid waters of the North Sea out of Kaliningrad, being readied for delivery later this year to Vietnam, where Indian technicians are already helping to train Vietnamese crews.

Down in the Philippines, meanwhile, final preparations are under way to seal a deal to buy a squadron of jet fighters from South Korea and receive three naval helicopters from Italy.

As Southeast Asia’s military build-up intensifies to counter China’s military rise, it is increasingly clear that it has an international dimension, tying China’s neighbours to a widening range of relationships that could complicate Beijing’s strategic environment.

“There is certainly a strong international component to these developments in Southeast Asia,” said Richard Bitzinger, a senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, who is tracking a growing list of acquisitions across the region. “Southeast Asia is a very open arms market compared to other parts of the world like the Middle East … there is no shortage of potential sellers, and plenty of interested buyers.

“And in this business, you don’t want to be dependent on any one supplier, so that explains all the shopping around. Price is, of course, another factor.”

Vietnam has long attempted to diversify its sources as it rebuilds its once-formidable military, reflecting a marked internationalist cast to its foreign policy, avoiding alliances and over- reliance on any one major actor.

Military hardware recently or soon to be acquired or deployed in Southeast Asia

Hanoi has looked to Moscow – its cold war-era patron – for key elements of its state-of-the-art kit, including frigates and Sukhoi jet fighters, as well as the Kilos. But it is also tapping India for anti-ship cruise missiles and talking to various European nations, including France, for ships and radars and has lobbied Washington hard about lifting restrictions on weapons sales – a legacy of the Vietnam war.

One representative of a major US weapons manufacturer said there was considerable US interest in potential business from Vietnam, but State Department officials have told them they must wait for improvements in the Communist Party-ruled nation’s human rights situation.

For the Philippines, however, its move into the international arms market is something new – and a factor that is surprising analysts. A US ally tied to Washington by a decades-old security treaty, Philippines’ leaders have long ignored calls to update its tiny and creaking armed forces, relying on the occasional infusion of surplus US materiel.

President Benigno Aquino is determined to challenge that perception, pushing ahead with bold plans to gradually increase defence spending after years of atrophy. The US$443 million deal to buy the South Korean FA-50 light fighter jets will give the Philippines its first meaningful air attack capability in the best part of two decades. The planes are also a perfect training platform for more advanced F-16s from the US – another deal in the frame.

The jet purchase is being matched by other moves, including buying 10 coastguard ships from Japan under an aid deal, and talks with a host of other nations about possible purchases. The significance of a Russian naval task force visit to Manila Bay a year ago – the first such mission in 96 years – was not lost on military analysts.

“The amazing thing is not just that they are buying from a range of countries, but it is amazing that they are buying at all,” Bitzinger said.

And then there is Indonesia. Southeast Asia’s largest nation has been active as well, purchasing submarines from South Korea, anti-ship missiles from China, Sukhoi jets from Russia and F-16s from the US.

Bitzinger noted that Indonesian defence spending rose 200 per cent in the decade to 2010, reaching US$6 billion and boosting regional figures that saw spending across Southeast Asia rise more than 50 per cent during the same period.

The trend looks set to expand. Bitzinger said he expected Indonesia, Vietnam and possibly oil-rich Brunei to significantly increase defence spending, with Indonesia overtaking traditional military heavyweight Singapore as the biggest player.

Officially, of course, it is not targeted at China. As Aquino spokesman Edwin Lacierda said last week: “The military upgrade was already a priority before our incident with China … It is not aimed at any particular country. It is our obligation to modernise our military hardware.”

But speak privately with military brass and strategists across the region and the spectre of China’s vaunted military ambitions – fuelled by two decades of double-digit spending rises – looms large. Vietnam and the Philippines, of course, are locked in increasingly tense territorial disputes over the South China Sea, along with fellow claimants Malaysia and Brunei. Philippine officials have described their sovereignty as being under direct threat as Chinese ships maintain a permanent presence in the disputed Scarborough Shoal, within the Philippines’ claimed exclusive economic zone.

Given the reach of China’s controversial “nine-dash line” claim deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, countries such as Singapore and Indonesia look on nervously.

“No one of us is ever going to be in a position to challenge China militarily,” one Vietnamese strategist said. “What we can do is create a strategic deterrent that would make them think very long and hard before contemplating even a limited conflict to enforce their claims. That’s what we are doing … as well as reminding China now and then that we would be prepared to fight to defend our sovereignty.”

Vietnam’s dynamic deputy defence minister, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, has already stated, in a clear nod to China, that if any party escalated the dispute, “we would not stand by and watch”.

While Vietnam is well on the way to such a position, the Philippines still has a long way to go, as the Scarborough Shoal situation suggests. In creating that deterrent, countries are effectively trying to do to China what China is trying to do to the US, whose military remains the most powerful in the wider Asian region.

Through the use of so-called asymmetric weapons such as a submarines and anti-ship missiles, a larger foe can be deterred – as China hopes the US would be in case of a conflict over Taiwan

Professor Carl Thayer, who has been monitoring the build-up at the Australian Defence Force Academy, recently described it as a “cycle of action-reaction”, driven in large part by China’s military rise and assertiveness. It is not about ultimate supremacy, so it can not be seen as a classic arms race.

“But neither Vietnam nor Indonesia are straining their economic resources to develop their armed forces,” he said. “And to both Vietnam and Indonesia, China creates a security dilemma but it is not an adversary.”

Major international weapons manufacturers and exporters have been increasingly active across the region, appearing behind the scenes at high-profile gatherings such as the informal Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual gathering of defence ministers, top military brass and scholars.

“In the last year or so, I’ve noticed the smiles on the faces of my peers working the region are getting broader, and their cigars bigger,” said one regional representative of a large US weapons and systems manufacturer.

“It’s nice to be in a growth industry.”

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A formidable military capability doesn’t mean that any nation is interested to go into armed conflict against a Super Power like China. However, it is necessary for a nation not only to uphold its sovereignty but to give the perception that it is able and willing to if the need arise.

The fact is that, the Malaysian Armed Forces needed a lot improved, upgraded and new assets to ensure that the defense of the realm is intact.

RMAF Su 30 MKMs

RMAF Su 30 MKMs

The list is rather long. It is good that the consideration for the multirole combat aircrafts (MRCA) to replace the aging squadrons of Mig29Ns and shortly, the F18Ds. So was the consideration for proven multiple requirements for the multirole ships and the littoral combat ships.

That is not withstanding the fact that the necessity to have the airborne early warning (AEW) and anti submarine warfare/maritime surveillance patrol (ASW/MP aircrafts, which went on the ‘need list’ quite sometime back.

Of course, the avionics upgrade of the C130H Hercules transporters and acquisition of four A400M transporters and a dozen of EC 725 Cougars is far from adequate to meet the mission and application requirements of the ATM.

The six A100 Meko Class New Generation Patrol vessel program undertaken by Boustead Naval Services stopped when the initial requirement was stipulated at 27 fifteen years ago. These Kedah Class NGPVs ‘provided for but not with’ armed with 76mm and 30mm rapid fire guns could be added with a respectable anti shipping and anti aircraft missile systems and making them immediate capable corvettes or light frigates.

Coupled with the six LCS (At this time, it is believed that the DCNS Gowind Class corvettes are the forerunner for the RMN LCS program), Royal Malaysian Navy would have two Perdana Class submarines and twenty high powered surface fighting ships (two Lekiu Class frigates, two Kasturi Class corvettes, four Laksmana Class corvettes). It could be supported with two squadrons of AEW/ASW-MP aircrafts and additional two squadrons of Super Lynx squadrons for the Fleet Air Arm capability.

It is necessary for Malaysian Armed Forces to have all these capabilities. It is to for the mission requirements and military applications to ensure security of the massive body of water and two land masses (Semenanjung Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak) is intact and upheld. This is further burdened with Malaysia’s position as a maritime nation, a major international waterway, the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and 17th world largest trading nation.

The shopping list is a necessary strategic investment, to propel the nation forward and realise its full potential as laid down by policies such as ‘Vision 2020’ and all PM Najib’s economic, social and political transformation programs. The confidence for security and protection of public and private assets and investments is as important for the citizens to believe and feel that they are safe and sovereignty and defense of the realm is intact and upheld, dulu, kini dan selamanya.

Malaysians should throw in support and give faith to the people undertook the responsibility to implement Strategic shopping for military and defense applications

Strategic shopping should be done timely. Malaysia should not get ‘wiser after the event’.

Published in: on March 28, 2013 at 08:00  Comments (4)  

Legacy of technology induced Malaysia Inc. lives on

LIMA '13

LIMA ’13

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is continuing the legacy of public-private sector close co-operation and symbiotic relation based on advancement of technology and people development, as a driver of the economy and part of the transformation program to move forward. Potential growth in aviation and maritime sector of the continent and region is waiting to be exploited.

SPEECH BY
YAB DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB TUN ABD RAZAK
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF LIMA 2013
MAHSURI INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE
LANGKAWI, KEDAH
26TH MARCH 2013 (TUESDAY)
8.20 AM
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Ladies and gentlemen,

1. I stand before you today in unique circumstances. I have served as Defence Minister, as Deputy Prime Minister, and as Prime Minister; I have spoken at this exhibition, and others like it. But this is the first time I have done so whilst an internal security situation is ongoing. So with that in mind, I hope you will allow me to reflect a little on the operations in Sabah.

2. Six weeks ago, a group of armed militants landed on Borneo’s eastern shore, pursuing a grandiose territorial claim that is without merit or basis in fact. It was the beginning of the biggest internal security threat since the communist insurgency ended in 1989.

3. Weeks of attempted negotiation – and repeated requests by both the Philippines and Malaysian governments – yielded no progress. On Xth March, we decided that the presence of what amounted to an invading force was no longer tolerable, and military and policy operations began. It was the first time troops had been deployed on Malaysian soil since 19xx.

Ladies and gentlemen,

4. Many of you have served your nation, either in the armed forces or in government. You have made big decisions about defence procurement and policy, advised companies and forces on spending and strategy. As a former defence minister, I had faced such decisions before: about committing troops in Bosnia and Somalia, and about peacekeeping operations in Lebanon.

5. These were big questions. They involved potential loss of life, and deployment of national resources. But they do not adequately prepare you for a situation like that which emerged in Sabah. What was initially a policing matter soon became a live operation, with members of each of the forces committing themselves to protecting our sovereignty.

6. On behalf of all Malaysians – from Langkawi to Lahad Datu – I would like to express my thanks and record my appreciation to those who are serving in Sabah, using their skill and professionalism to bring an end to what could have become a diplomatic incident.

7. I urge the men and women currently on duty in Sabah to remain steadfast and vigilant. Our prayers are with you always. There is no price higher than the sacrifices made by our security forces in fighting armed intruders.

8. It is the responsibility of the government to assure our people are given the best equipment we can afford, and to show that the lives of men that we lost in protecting our sovereignty was not lost in vain. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our fallen heroes from the Royal Malaysian Police and the Malaysian Army who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, keeping Malaysia safe from harm. You shall not be forgotten.

Ladies and gentlemen,

9. This year marks the 12th edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. I have attended almost all of the previous editions, so I know how important this event is; yet even by the standards of the past, there is much to look forward to. Over the next few days, a hive of activity will grow within these walls, with new programmes dedicated to exposing opportunities here in Asia.

10. This focus is not surprising. Much has been made of America’s recent ‘pivot to the Pacific’, but – as is so often the case – diplomacy and strategy tend to lag behind the markets. After all, whatever your business, over the past decade investors have been focusing relentlessly on Asia.

11. So it should come as no surprise either that Asia is a hugely important growth market for aerospace and maritime spending, both in the defence and commercial sectors.

12. Aviation in particular, will develop significantly in the next few years, with considerable increases in air travel, infrastructure investment and new policies. Much as the potential growth in Asia’s vehicle ownership is causing multinational car companies to shift their design focus to the East, so aviation manufacturers are looking to Asian markets for medium-term opportunities.

13. Military modernization programs continue to drive defence spending in ASEAN. Acquisition of ships and aircrafts, drones and armoured vehicles will continue to be the focus of procurement within the region, and is expected to form the majority of defence procurement spending till 2020. According to Jane’s, South East Asian countries increased their defence spending by 13.5% last year; and for the first time, Asia’s military spending is set to overtake Europe’s.

14. Against this backdrop, this exhibition is poised to become a gateway to this vibrant marketplace. This year, we have nearly 427 companies from 29 countries present with us – a 10% increase on last year, with global maritime and aerospace market leaders well represented. With 78 aircraft and 62 warships on display, the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition offers delegates and companies from Asia and the world an opportunity to see some of the latest defense and commercial technology – and perhaps a little of this beautiful island, too!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

15. I am sure your schedules will be packed during your time here, much to the dismay of my colleague the Tourism Minister. But actually, what happens within these walls is just as important for Malaysia, for we have identified the maritime and aerospace industries as key sectors for investment and support.

16. Two years ago, we launched the Malaysian Shipbuilding / Ship Repair Industry Strategic Plan 2020 here at this very conference. The recent inclusion of shipbuilding and ship repair industry in our Economic Transformation Program is a clear acknowledgement of the importance of the industry – not just for accelerating Malaysia’s growth, but also for providing new high income jobs.

17. We have also pushed aviation to the centre of our industrial policy. Through the Malaysian Aerospace Council, we have successfully steered the development of the aviation industry. An industry that registered some RM8.2 billion of turnover in 1998 is now worth RM30 billion, with more than 230 active companies and a workforce of 65,000.

18. Our strategy – a specific incentive package for the aerospace industry – has attracted continuous new investments from major foreign and domestic players. Last year, the aerospace industry recorded RM2.3 billion of investment, which is expected to generate more than 2,700 new employment opportunities.

19. These numbers are impressive; they illustrate not only the potential for further growth here in Malaysia, but also our desire to transform our economy as we strive to become a high-income nation.

20. Situated as we are – in the heart of one of the most vibrant maritime and aerospace markets, with strong connections to Asia and an open, business-friendly economy – I believe the future prospects for growth are strong. And if this year’s exhibition is anything to go by, that future is not very far away at all.

21. I commend the organisers, along with Defence Minister Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, for their commitment to staging such a successful event. I would also like to thank the Armed and Security Forces, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Higher Education for their collective contribution to the programme.

I wish you all the best for the rest of the exhibition.

Thank you very much.

Published in: on March 27, 2013 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

Annals of anarchy

The Opposition is trying to falsely point the blame against Home Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein for warnings of ‘political violence’ in their attempt to wrest power from the majority during and post the much anticipated pressure-packed and ultra heated 13GE.

Hisham is endorsing political violence, says Pakatan

UPDATED @ 11:55:20 PM 26-03-2013

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID
MARCH 26, 2013

PETALING JAYA, March 26 — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s recent remarks that he expects more disruption of opposition events soon is tantamount to endorsing political violence, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders alleged today.

The federal opposition coalition said that since the home minister had failed to give his assurance that the authorities will do its bit to protect them, PR is bracing for more political violence prior to and during Election 2013.

“The politics of slander and violence is definitely on the rise and we the leadership of PR is bracing for this,” Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told reporters after chairing the pact’s leaders council meeting at PKR’s headquarters here.

Anwar, the de facto leader of PR’s anchor party PKR, said the anticipation comes amid the pact’s preparation to launch its polls campaign nationwide.

Speaking at the same press conference, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang blasted Hishammuddin’s statement as unbecoming of a minister tasked to protect internal security.

“This will make it the dirtiest elections. This trend must be checked and stopped. We are becoming the laughing stock of the world,” Lim said.

The Ipoh Timur lawmaker added that Hishammuddin (picture) had also indirectly supported violence against the opposition by inciting hatred among government supporters in his speech on Sunday.

Party workers had shouted “Kill Tian Chua” when the Umno vice-president urged them to rally behind Barisan Nasional (BN) and “eliminate traitors” like PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang, better known as Tian Chua, whose allies in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) have been accused of instigating the Sulu invasion of Sabah.

Hishammuddin admitted yesterday that political violence in the country was worsening, but accused PR of exploiting the situation to sow hatred for the government and the police.

He also noted that more incidents of violence might occur during the campaign period of Election 2013, which is expected to be held in weeks, due to the shortage of policemen.

His statement drew flak from poll reform group Bersih 2.0 who urged the minister to censure Umno supporters for the threat or risk being blacklisted by polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 for condoning political violence.

PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu echoed Lim’s view that Hishammuddin as a minister should adopt a non-partisan stand against political violence.

“But instead he said we should expect more violence,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, along with leaders from BN component parties, signed Transparency International-Malaysia’s Election Integrity Pledge last month in a move they claimed displayed their seriousness in playing fair in the upcoming polls.

But Najib and his coalition have come under heavy fire for their muted response to several violent attacks on the opposition, allegedly perpetrated by BN supporters or members of hardline groups linked to Umno, the ruling coalition’s Malay lynchpin.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s tour in Johor was attacked with nails and stones last September.

At another incident in Pahang last month, Anwar’s daughter, Nurul Izzah, was almost physically assaulted by Umno supporters. Although her supporters managed to prevent it, the PKR vice-president continued to be verbally abused.

On March 12, suspected Umno members were again implicated in a violent attack on the opposition, including a threat to torch PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya just days after the party’s leadership alleged assault by BN supporters in Malacca.

Members from right-wing groups pelted rocks, sticks and traffic cones on the PKR building. A few torched the party’s flag. The incident took place under police observation. No action, however, was taken.

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It is far from the truth. In fact, history has proven that the Home Minister is spot on and the Opposition has been very notorious to destablise the nation using planned anarchy and violence.

The fact is that, it has been and still is all along the agenda of the Opposition to wrest power from the majority via unlawful and immoral methods.It started when deviant minority and Chinese Chauvinists in DAP provoked the Malays as a planned coup d’etat when the results of the May 1969 3GE had a hung Selangor State Assembly and no single party could form the State Government. As a result, the bloody 13 May race riots erupted.

Anarchy is the premise of their politics ever since Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was sacked from the Federal Government as the Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998 and as an UMNO member a day later.

The ghost of mobstreet politics and violence suddenly re-emerged after a 24 years absence when Anwar then as a youth leader in Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia instigated university students to demonstrate and later riot for a make believe “Someone in Baling died because of extreme poverty”. Anwar was arrested under the Internal Security Act.

Thereafter then Minister of Education Dr Mahathir Mohamad introduced a bill in Parliament and the University and University College Act  was born, which prohibited students to be active in politics.

Since November 2007, BERSIH series of demonstration were designed by the Opposition for something ugly to develop after the law enforcement agencies clamp onto the provocations made by some of the demonstrators. It is clearly seen in BERSIH 2.o which was a planned attempt for chaos, when Tian Chua charged towards a Police line without any provocation by the authorities.

Then in BERSIH 3.0, it became very clear when Anwar Ibrahim and his most trusted lieutenant to issue the ‘order’ to charge towards the unarmed Police line.

The most glaring is the attack against a Police car and Policemen in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Even those who wanted to have a ‘peaceful demonstration’ were very dissatisfied when the Opposition initiated the provication against the law enforcement agencies in their attempt to stir up the situation into chaos.

More and more of the Oppositions’ sinister plot surfaced. Post BERSIH 3.0, Opposition leaders harped on stirring up mosbtreet-demonstration-turned-violence seen before in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in their attempt to prop the democratically-deviant minority against the wishes of the majority, dubbed the ‘Malaysian Spring’.

The plan to create chaos ‘Malaysian Spring’ during and post 13GE is clearly spelt out by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Malaysians must not forget in the run up of the BERSIH 2.0 so-called ‘peaceful demonstration’, 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia members were detained for sowing communism ideology. Anwar also tried to re-package his ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy with supporting the notion of bringing back the notorious public enemy no.1 Malayan Communist Party Secretary General Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng to this country.

In the attempt to instill ‘Politics of Hatred’ The notoriously manipulative and proven to lie pro-Opposition newsportal is not doing justice either. They failed to include all these points in their story.

It is evidently clear that the ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy to create a situation of anarchy is the Oppositions’ mode come into power.

Published in: on March 26, 2013 at 23:55  Comments (3)  

1 undi PAS = 1 undi DAP

Kolumn Lidah Pengrang ‘Cuit’, Utusan Malaysia 21 Mac 2013

Naib Presiden PAS Salahuddin Ayub membaca kolumn 'Cuit' hari ini.

Naib Presiden PAS Salahuddin Ayub membaca kolumn ‘Cuit’ hari ini.

1 undi Pas = 1 undi DAP

Oleh Zaini Hassan

PEMBUBARAN tidak berlaku semalam. Ramai yang meramalkan begitu. Namun itu tidak penting, kerana yang pasti Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU-13) akan tetap berlaku.

Mari kita lihat tajuk Cuit hari ini. Apa maksudnya? Pada PRU-12 semua orang sedar para pengikut totok Paslah yang bekerja keras untuk kemenangan pakatan mereka. Namun yang kaut besar ialah DAP.

Makna kata, para pengikut tegar Pas – yang sanggup tidur di atas jalan; atau bertakbir atas nama Allah jika UMNO dapat dipersendakan – tidak peduli jika DAP menang besar. Matlamat mereka ialah asalkan mereka dapat memalukan UMNO (bukan BN), itu sudah memadai.

Namun pada PRU-13 ini, bagaimana pula coraknya? Apakah para pengikut totok Pas dan para pemimpinnya akan bertindak sekali lagi? Melihatkan trend sepenggal dari pasca tsunami politik 2008 sehingga pra-PRU-13 ini sudah ada perubahan dalam Pas. Ada yang setuju, ada yang tidak.

Puak ulama Pas beralih arah. Mereka tidak bersetuju dengan cara Pas itu. Maka ada yang tidak selindung lagi, menyatakan perasaan masing-masing. Mereka termasuklah Nasharuddin Mat Isa dan lain-lain. Akibat keceluparan dan perlakuan, Ustaz Nasha akhirnya dipecat daripada Majlis Syura Ulama Pas.

Ini sekali gus mengulangi sejarah hitam Pas setahun lalu yang memecat bekas Pesuruhjaya Pas Selangor yang juga AJK Pas Pusat, Dr. Hasan Ali pada 8 Januari 2012 juga tanpa memberi ruang pembelaan diri.

Puncanya juga adalah kerana keceluparan dan perlakuan Dr. Hasan Ali yang tidak tahan melihat kerakusan penguasaan DAP dalam Exco kerajaan Selangor. Haron Din pun ada menyatakan perasaan yang sama – secara rasmi mahupun tidak. Namun, beliau kelihatan masih playsafe!

Sebaliknya, puak Anwarninas, penyokong totok Anwar Ibrahim dalam Pas pula bermati-matian ke arah matlamat mereka. Nik Aziz Nik Mat adalah pemimpin yang terlalu taksub dengan Anwar. Beliau sanggup melakukan apa sahaja asalkan bukan kemenangan kepada UMNO, walaupun isu kalimah Allah dipermainkan oleh DAP.

Ikuti analisis ini, yang turut disumbangkan oleh sahabat saya blogger Bigdog, Zakhir Mohamed. Benarkah 1 undi kepada Pas bererti juga memberi 1 undi kepada DAP?

Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 yang terpaksa muncul dalam beberapa minggu sahaja lagi ini makin menarik. Keyakinan pakatan pembangkang untuk bertarung ke medan yang bukan tradisional perlu diberikan perhatian.

Kebelakangan ini, parti cauvinis Cina DAP semakin agresif. Mereka mahu menggempur kubu tradisi UMNO/BN iaitu Johor. Keyakinan ini dizahirkan apabila Penasihat DAP, Lim Kit Siang, anak Batu Pahat buat pertama kalinya akan bertarung di negeri kelahiran sendiri setelah lebih 45 tahun berkecimpung dalam politik. Pengumuman dibuat dengan begitu gah sekali oleh Ketua Pembangkang Anwar Ibrahim.

GELANG PATAH MENJADI SASARAN PILIHAN

Begitu juga Naib Presiden Pas, Salahuddin Ayub, kemungkinan besar ke kerusi, sama ada Parlimen Pulai atau Pontian.

Mantan Naib Presiden MCA dan kini Pengerusi PKR Johor, Chua Jui Meng juga akan menawarkan diri. Ini bermakna personaliti seperti Pesuruhjaya Pas Johor, Datuk Dr. Mahfodz Mohamad dan Pengerusi DAP Johor, Dr. Boo Cheng Hau tidak lagi memadai, untuk mengepalai ‘tentera politik pakatan pembangkang’ di Johor.

Dalam percaturan perkembangan politik terbaharu ini, apa yang penting ialah pertimbangan ke atas penawaran pakatan pembangkang kepada pengundi Johor. Ini kerana untuk menggempur kubu kuat dan tradisional UMNO/BN itu, tawaran mesti berpatutan untuk pengundi berubah kesetiaan mahupun selera politik mereka.

Lim Kit Siang, sebagai mantan Setiausaha Agung, Pengerusi dan kini Penasihat DAP telah menjadi Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN di Melaka, Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Perak. Setelah mula menjadi YB hampir 44 tahun yang lampau, inilah kali pertama dia mencuba nasib dalam negeri kelahiran.

Kit Siang dengan gah mengumumkan hujung minggu lepas corak pentadbiran baru sekiranya pakatan pembangkang berjaya menawan Putrajaya.

Antara ciri utama pentadbiran pembangkang sebagai Kerajaan Persekutuan ialah pemecahan kuasa pemusatan (decentralisation of power) iaitu memberikan lebih banyak kuasa kepada kerajaan negeri.

Ini adalah sebahagian takrifan politik mereka untuk mendemokrasikan pemerintahan. Mungkin negeri-negeri kemudiannya akan menurunkan pula kuasa kepada majlis-majlis perbandaran melalui pilihan raya masing-masing, yang mereka perjuangkan selama ini. Jika ini berlaku maka, penguasaan kaum Cina di majlis-majlis perbandaran akan menjadi lebih mutlak. Mereka secara idealnya mahu mewujudkan satu konsep demokrasi sepenuhnya.

Namun rekod mereka menggunakan kuasa di peringkat parti amatlah berbeza iaitu indah khabar daripada rupa.

DAP diperintah bukanlah secara demokrasi sebenar. Mantan Naib Pengerusi Tunku Aziz telah mengesahkan perkara ini.

Pengumuman Kit Siang sebagai calon DAP di kawasan Gelang Patah merupakan cara untuk mengekang penguasaan Pengerusi DAP Johor Dr. Boo Cheng Hau, yang dikatakan tidak sehaluan dengan anak beliau, Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng.

Dr. Boo merupakan ADUN Skudai, satu kawasan DUN dalam Parlimen Gelang Patah. Dr. Boo juga berhadapan dengan krisis kepimpinan dengan orang kepercayaan Guan Eng dalam DAP Johor iaitu ADUN Bentayan, Gwee Tong Hiang.

Gwee pernah dihalau keluar oleh Speaker DUN Johor pada 19 Jun 2008 kerana enggan memakai songkok dalam majlis perasmian DUN Johor oleh Tuanku Sultan Johor.

Ditambah lagi bagaimana pilihan raya jawatankuasa eksekutif pusat DAP 15 Disember lalu yang penuh kontroversi. Gerakan terancang dalam DAP juga membuahkan hasil apabila hanya personaliti tertentu sahaja berjaya dipilih oleh perwakilan.

DAP merupakan parti yang mengamalkan nepotisme yang kronik. Semenjak 1969, Kit Siang dan anaknya Guan Eng menduduki kerusi paling berkuasa iaitu Setiausaha Agung (kecuali untuk tempoh lima tahun di antara 1999-2004 yang dipegang oleh Kerk Kim Hock).

Ini merupakan amalan sama dalam PKR.

PKR ditubuhkan daripada gerakan politik jalanan ‘Reformasi’ yang dijana semata-mata kerana memperjuangkan pemecatan Anwar Ibrahim sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri pada 2 September 1998 dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO pada 3 September 1998.

Hari ini, PKR terdiri daripada Ketua Pembangkang Anwar Ibrahim sebagai Ketua Umum, isteri beliau Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sebagai Presiden, pegawai khas beliau Azmin Ali sebagai Timbalan Presiden dan anak perempuan beliau Nurul Izzah sebagai Naib Presiden.

Kit Siang juga menyebut bahawa pemerintahan pakatan pembangkang sebagai Kerajaan Persekutuan juga berdasarkan ‘ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawaban’. Namun realitinya, ia gagal dipraktikkan oleh kerajaan anaknya di Pulau Pinang.

Isu kontroversi projek Bayan Mutiara, tanah yang sepatutnya menjadi peruntukan pembangunan sebuah masjid telah dijual. Skandal tanah di Taman Manggis juga masih lagi baru.

DAP yang juga merupakan rakan kongsi ketat Kerajaan Selangor masih gagal menyelesaikan isu skandal tanah di Bestari Jaya yang melibatkan tanah pegangan pajakan seluas 2,263 ekar dan pengutipan hutang dengan Talam. Jumlah RM42 juta lebih tinggi daripada harga pasaran masih lagi belum selesai dan jauh daripada ‘telus dan kebertanggungjawaban’.

Dalam ‘perang twitter’ baru-baru ini, MP Ipoh Barat M. Kula mempersoalkan isu-isu korupsi berkenaan ‘kedai baju’ kepada kepemimpinan DAP Perak yang terdiri daripada MP Beruas, Ngeh Koo Ham dan MP Taiping, Nga Kor Ming.

Persoalan kepada isu-isu ini semua tidak memberikan kesan, sebagaimana isu ‘Kalimah Allah’, yang sengaja dipanaskan dengan bertujuan menimbulkan kemarahan orang Melayu.

Mesej Guan Eng pada Hari Natal 2012 meminta Kerajaan Persekutuan mengkaji semula ketetapan mengenai isu ‘Khalimah Allah’ itu merupakan provokasi terancang. Ia mencabar peruntukan dalam Artikel 11(4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Sama juga seperti majlis makan malam pada 5 Mei 2011 di sebuah hotel di Pulau Pinang, semasa meraikan paderi-paderi pasca kejayaan DAP memenangi beberapa kerusi dalam pilihan raya negeri Sarawak April 2011.

Majlis itu mendengar ikrar yang dilafazkan dan dipercayai menyalahi peruntukan undang-undang yang mewartakan Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan Malaysia.

Mantan Timbalan Presiden Pas, Nasharuddin juga pernah menyebut mengenai peristiwa ini dalam ceramah beliau, dalam nada yang kesucian Islam telah dicabar.

Jelas bahawa kepimpinan Pas bersedia untuk membelakangkan isu-isu ini demi kerjasama politik dengan DAP, walaupun ia bertentangan dengan prinsip perjuangan parti itu. Dalam kegilaan untuk merampas Putrajaya, kepemimpinan Pas telah bertolak-ansur dengan nilai-nilai asas kesucian Islam.

Sehingga ke saat-saat ini, Pas masih tidak sedar ia tidak boleh bergantung kepada DAP untuk membawa undi Cina kepada calon-calon mereka. Ini adalah kerana hakikatnya, DAP tidak mempercayai Pas atas isu-isu seperti Hudud.

Isu ‘salon rambut’ dan ‘khalwat’ oleh bukan Melayu di Kelantan baru-baru ini makin menjauhkan keyakinan DAP menjana undi Cina kepada Pas.

Pada PRU-12, beberapa kerusi yang berjaya dikuasai DAP adalah atas ihsan undi yang dijana daripada sokongan dan kempen berapi Pas. Contoh ialah DUN Rahang dan Repah di Negeri Sembilan, DUN Teratai dan Sekinchan di Selangor dan Parlimen Seremban, Teluk Intan dan Puchong.

Dalam konteks Johor iaitu sasaran medan tempur DAP pusingan ini, kerusi Parlimen Bakri dengan majoriti 722 undi (PRU-12) diberikan kepada DAP, walaupun pengundi Melayu merupakan 43 peratus.

Pada PRU-11 MCA menang dengan majoriti 19,059. Pertambahan undi Melayu kepada calon-calon DAP dalam kawasan strategik undi Melayu, adalah kerana kempen intensif Pas ke atas akar umbi Melayu. Sebaliknya, DAP tidak berusaha bersungguh-sungguh agar calon Pas menang.

Malangnya para pengikut totok Pas tidak sedar itu semua. Walaupun mereka sedar, akal mereka sudah berada dalam kepompongan minda (mental block) yang tebal serta ketaksuban kepada pemimpin yang melampau. Para penganalisis bebas meramalkan pada PRU-13 ini DAP akan menang besar. Pas pula akan kalah teruk.

Kesimpulannya: Orang Melayu yang lain wajar diingatkan bahawa mengundi Pas itu sama dengan mengundi DAP.

Artikel Penuh: http://utusan.com.my/utusan/Rencana/20130321/re_06/1-undi-Pas-1-undi-DAP#ixzz2O9v2o1ma© Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd

DAP secara dasar dan praktikalnya, tidak menerima prinsip dan asas perjuangan dan mempercayai tindak tanduk dan kemampuan pemimpin PAS. Namun demikian, DAP memerlukan PAS untuk memacu dan menjana sokongan dari pengundi Melayu. Ini kerana rata rata orang Melayu enggan mengundi parti Chauvinis Cina itu.

DAP sedar bahawa dalam kelumpuk tertentu yang sebelum ini penyokong tegar PAS seperti tok tok guru sekolah pondok, golongan ulama dan veteran dikalangan masyarakat majoriti dan pendalaman, mereka mula hilang keyakinan kepada PAS setelah parti itu menjalankan kerjasama erat dan perkongsian kuasa dengan DAP. Golongan konservatif PAS ini tidak selesa dengan DAP.

Sandaran kuasa sokongan keatas PAS hari ini yang menjadi pertimbangan DAP untuk digunakan dimana tergamak mengundi parti Chauvinis Cina itu ialah mereka yang dilihat sebagai ahli PAS golongan professional, terpelajar dan muda. Ini pun atas semangat ‘anti UMNO/BN’ dan ‘perkongsian-kuasa’.

Hakikatnya, DAP memerlukan PAS bagi meraih undi Melayu dalam PRU 13, yang dianggap sebagai ‘Mother of all Elections‘. Tanpa undi Melayu yang dijana dari kempen PAS, DAP tidak mungkin akan mampu meraih 25 kerusi Parlimen pun atas kekuatan mereka sendiri, terutama ciri dan sifat Chauvinis Cina itu terlalu menyerlah.

Inilah sebab DAP beriya iya mahu kuasa Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Kerajaan Negeri dikurangkan, bawah dasar ‘decentralization of power‘ sebagai corak pentadbiran baru pakatan Pembangkang sekiranya mereka berjaya menguasai Putrajaya, sebagaimana yang disebut Emperorissimo Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang beberapa hari lepas. Mereka begitu bertegas mahukan kuasa lebih pada Kerajaan Tempatan.

Ini kerana kawasan kawasan urban didiami oleh majoriti masyarakat Cina. Cara saja mereka boleh memberikan kuasa (empowering), sebahagian dari strategi mereka sebagai minoriti untuk menguasai majoriti. Kuasa pada Kerajaan Tempatan ini amat strategik untuk mereka menguasai lesen lesen perniagaan dan peruncitan, iaitu sistem sokongan utama masyarakat Cina.

Masyarakat Cina akan mendapat kuasa hampir mutlak dalam kawasan semua urban.

Untuk merealisasi hasrat ini, mereka memerlukan undi yang dijana dari PAS agar kuasa pada Kerajaan Persekutuan dileraikan kebawah. Apabila mereka mempunyai kuasa pada peringkat Kerajaan Tempatan, ianya akan menentukan powerbase mereka berkekalan walaupun pakatan Pembangkang diperingkat pusat tidak.

Oleh demikian, pada peringkat ini 1 undi kepada PAS itu bererti 1 undi kepada DAP. Tanpa pengecualian.

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Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner & supper (Veni, Vidi, Vici)

Iskandar Waterfront Holdings turf, which include the Danga Bay, East-West, CBD and part of Iskandar Malaysia under IIB-Khazanah

Iskandar Waterfront Holdings turf, which include the Danga Bay, East-West, CBD and part of Iskandar Malaysia under IIB-Khazanah

Lately Contractor-turned-developer and now Mega Master Developer of Greater Johor Bahru Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo has been grandstanding. He is now thumping his chest, to make himself notably present.

His initial investment into Danga Bay already grew so far with more parcel and project injections by KPRJ and Johor State Government which include two PLCs and a land bank in excess of 100,00 acres. All of that, within twelve years.  Now, IWH would be listed in the form of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Bhd. planned in June 2013.

Friday February 10, 2012

Johor in RM80bil joint venture with Lim to build waterfront city

By B.K. SIDHU
bksidhu@thestar.com.my

JOHOR BARU: Johor Baru’s coastline fronting Singapore is in for a major transformation that will have a gross development value (GDV) of some RM80bil and led by a joint venture between the Johor state and businessman Datuk Lim Kang Hoo.

A new vehicle called Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Bhd (IWH) is being created and it would be injected with massive landbank hitherto mainly owned by the Johor state and Lim. As a result of these injections, Lim would have 60% of IWH while the Johor state, through its vehicle Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor (KPRJ), would hold the remaining 40%.

The straight-talking Lim, who granted StarBiz an interview after numerous calls were made to his office, also didn’t rule out the listing of IWH.

“We are still preparing for it … One day it will be listed,” he said at his modest office in downtown Johor Baru.

StarBiz interview with Lim: ‘The partnership we have entered into is driven to enhance the development of the southern tip of Johor which is the gateway to Malaysia from Singapore.’ – By ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/Starpic

He said the development would be undertaken over several years and would become a major economic engine of growth for the state.

IWH will oversee the development of the valuable landbank stretching 3,000 acres from west to east of southern Johor Baru to be transformed into an integrated waterfront city.

One of the assets being acquired by IWH was a 33.15% stake in Tebrau Teguh Bhd held by KPRJ. This led to concerns that the state was hiving off its assets to Lim.

“It’s a misperception. This is a consolidation exercise to put all the landbank into the holding company. In the end, what KPRJ will have is joint ownership of a much larger pie than what it had before,” he said.

“We and KPRJ are the master developers and we will take charge of the development of Danga Bay, Iskandar Waterfront, Tebrau Coast and the central business district development in Johor.

“To have a project of this size, the need for a strategic partnership with the state is necessary,” Lim said.

The entire waterfront project is part of flagship A of the massive Iskandar Malaysia development, which is spearheaded by Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

“The partnership we have entered into is driven to enhance the development of the southern tip of Johor which is the gateway to Malaysia from Singapore,” Lim said.

A key component of the project is for IWH to attract established world class developers to undertake different parcels. These parties are also expected to part fund the entire development, bringing in the much needed foreign direct investment, said Lim.

“We are aggressively trying to attract more local and foreign developers to invest in Johor. We are not into building townships but we want property developers to be our clients to develop the landbank we have,” he said.

The company has attracted developers such as Dijaya Corp Bhd, Singapore’s Azea Residences, Plazzo Hotels & Service, Waz Lian Group, Tune Hotel and Australia’s Walker Group.

It has been reported that Dijaya has committed to invest RM3.8bil to build a high-end mixed development while Singapore’s Azea Residences will work on four blocks of high-end apartments at a cost of over RM500mil. Australia’s Walker Group has also partnered with IWH to develop Senibong Cove into a high-end residential development modelled after the Hope Island project in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Lim said the project had received enquiries almost on a daily basis from both local and foreign developers.

“The interest level we see now is nothing like what we have seen in the past 15 years. We are swamped with serious enquiries and over the past year we have seen every developer from Malaysia going to Johor Baru and also some very big names from abroad,” he said.

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The grand agenda of taking the wholesale of property  market within the Greater Johor Bahru area is very clear. Judging by the tone and content of annoucements and statements made, Lim behaved as if he was above the authorities in the State of Johor. Even in the JCorp restructuring of QSR-KFC, he was conveniently brought in by the design of the ‘Level Four Boys’ into the game with real property gains as the end game.

The fact still remain where questions lurk amongst so many skeptics and observers of the Triple Platform Sdn. Bhd.; Why the need for JCorp to bring in IWH in their scheme of corporate restructuring?

The new structure of QSR and KFC under Triple Platform Sdn. Bhd.

The new structure of QSR and KFC under Triple Platform Sdn. Bhd.

The super-rush restructure exercise of IWH and continuous injections of more assets is like it was an unstoppable train which is peaking up speed and the sheer momentum is overwhelming. Probably in principle the Federal Government would welcome any corporate exercise to public list asset-backed corporations and add value to the market capitalsation of the Bursa Malaysia.

However, the cost of the exercise which include the opportunity cost should be a major concern, especially strategically it would have a political and socio-economic implications. An exercise this huge is eventually irreversible.

The subliminal messages are very clear. The Star’s story over the last weekend:

Saturday March 16, 2013

Success with the power of doubles

Face Shui
By TEE LIN SAY

Persuasive: According to his face, Lim’s good fortune is here to stay.
Persuasive: According to his face, Lim’s good fortune is here to stay.

All signs indicate a good outcome for IWH’s impending IPO.

THE impending listing of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) is probably one of the most anticipated initial public offerings (IPO) of the year.

The man behind IWH is none other than the very savvy and astute businessman Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo, who is undeniably one of Johor’s most influential figures at the moment.

Lim owns some 60% of IWH via Credence Resources Sdn Bhd, while the Johor government, through Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor, holds the remaining 40%.

Sources say the listing of IWH is looking to raise between US$800mil (RM2.48bil) and US$1bil (RM3.11bil) for an IPO which is targeted in June or July.

IWH is the master developer of Iskandar Malaysia, a big city with 1,600 ha of prime waterfront land in the southern tip of Johor. IWH is developing its land into a waterfront city fronting Singapore in a development that is likely to take between 30 and 50 years to be fully completed.

The land bank includes 800ha in Danga Bay and strategic parcels within the Johor Baru city centre, the Tebrau coast in the eastern corridor of the city and Desaru in the east coast of Johor.

IWH’s waterfront project will have a reported gross development value of about RM80bil.

Currently, IWH is vigorously looking for strategic local and foreign partners to develop high-impact projects and create new business and tourist destinations within its land.

So here’s the deal so far… Lim has managed to pull in the big names to invest in IWH.

Together with IWH, CapitaLand Malaysia Pte Ltd and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Ltd, they have signed a ‘heads of agreement’ to jointly acquire and develop parcels of land in Danga Bay for a planned RM8.1bil mixed integrated development. This deal is considered the biggest entry into Iskandar Malaysia by Singaporean investors.

Some 220ha have already been acquired by investors. They include Dijaya Corp Bhd, China’s Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd, Australia’s Walker Corp and Brunsfield Group.

So the question to ask — should we buy IWH shares when it is eventually listed?

Can we bet on Lim Kang Hoo to pull off the biggest coup ever?

He’s basically listing an ambitious master development that is more vision than reality at the moment.

Double Everything!

Goodness gracious me, Lim’s face is a wonderland for a face reader!

Can you see the double nose? The double Fa Ling (laughter line) and the double chin?

It is a goldmine of so many compelling features drawn on one single canvas!

However, let us calm ourselves down and evaluate this reasonably.

First of all, let us look at Lim’s current age point.

In 2013, he will be 58, thus in Chinese years he is 59. This age point is situated on the left side of the lower lip, before inching to the centre of the lower lip at 60 years. In Chinese, the age points ending with the number ‘9’ are always significant. They say that if one has the ability to cross that age point, and, in Lim’s case 59, then this assures another 10 years of good luck.

Nonetheless, based purely on Mian Xiang and the current age point, Lim’s entire lower lip is looking good and very favourable. The lips are fairly wide and the lower lip in particular is thick and luscious. It is also ruby red, which depicts Lim’s robust health. He is energetic and alert, and this implies that this is one of the best times of his life to reap everything he has patiently sowed in the past.

Thus, when evaluating the lips together with Lim’s intimidating strong eye qi, we would say that his 59th and 60th years are looking good. Based on the lips alone, it would appear that the listing of IWH will pretty much swing in Lim’s favour — which means a successful listing and a good many cornerstone investors to support the Danga Bay drive.

Those Eyes!

Now, how can we read Lim’s face without evaluating those eyes?

How do even we begin to describe it?

Menacing, shrewd, wily! You get the drift. This is already our first indication not to bet against Lim. His eyes are very long when compared to its height. What we see are only slits of the eyes.

When one’s eyes are very slitty, it alludes to high levels of strategic thinking and the ability to carry out psychological warfare extremely well.

This is a person who is very patient and will only strike when the time is right. Every move is thought through and has been analysed in his head. The eyes, with their huge eyebags, also show that most of his troubles and obstacles happened in his thirties. Yes, he has suffered and gone through a tsunami of troubles. Those are now a thing of the past.

You will notice that as the face goes lower, the features become more favourable in Mian Xiang terms.

This is seen in the fleshiness of the cheeks, the long and entrenched laughter lines, the wide mouth and the strong chin.

This is Your Property Man!

Lim’s eyes are further complemented by very high eyebrows. The eyebrows are one’s Siblings Palace, which signifies the power of partnerships. The higher one goes in life, the higher ones eyebrows.

More importantly, the space between the eyes and the eyebrows are the property palace. This is a supremely important feature for a master developer. To evaluate how much money a developer is able to generate from selling and developing properties, always evaluate the property palace together with the wealth palace — the nose.

A high property palace is one where we can put one finger comfortably in between the eyes and the eyebrows. Look at Lim’s property palace! I think we can easily put in two fingers in that space. When you evaluate this together with Lim’s long and fleshy nose, it is obvious that Lim’s property ventures will be very successful.

Notwithstanding that he has also invested a huge chunk of his money for his properties — this is seen in his wide and flared nostrils. Nonetheless, that investment will pay off manyfold. His properties will be moving. Investors will be equally besotted and buy into his waterfront vision.

Another extremely important feature he has is the nose. Do you notice how Lim has what we term the ‘double nose’?

It is as if he has a nose upon a nose. This is known as the Tiger Nose. This sort of nose denotes great wealth and immense power. He commands respect certainly. However he commands fear in even larger proportions. He is a chameleon who can be equally charismatic with a lethal ability to win people over.

Last but not least, another iconic feature he has are his laughter lines. Deep, long and two of them again. Can you see them forming from the nose and from the lips. This is the biggest market for insurance in his old age. This means his good forture isn’t a fly-by-night fad. It is stoically here to stay.

This Is The Tycoon To Watch!

So people, this is your tycoon to watch. He’s got two of everything — nose, laughter lines and even the chin! Moreover, he’s got those brutal eyes to continue expanding aggressively and protecting his turf.

The listing of IWH is not random and suddenly thought off. It is a culmination of a personal masterplan that has been in the works for quite a bit. Bet on him through his various listed Johor entities.

Apart from IWH, Lim is also a major shareholder in Tebrau Teguh Bhd via IWH, with a 47% stake.

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What is baffling how and why did the Johor State Government saw only this one man for the solution to the issues of the state. Probably he was the only entrepreneur who was willing to resolve KPRJ’s accumulated debts which turned into non performing loans for the infrastructure projects with the objective to stimulate socio-economic growth in the rural areas, which the Johor State Government embarked in the mid 90s with borrowed funds.

However, post existence of Iskandar Development Region (later Iskandar Malaysia) Lim still benefitted as the most preferred enterprise for most of the projects which Johor State Government planned and approved. The recent acquisition of Tebrau Teguh Bhd and the rationalisation of all assets which include the premier parcels under Johor CBD and Khazanah Nasional Bhd. owned Iskandar Waterfront and Iskandar Coast are being streamlined for the listing maneuvres of IWH.

The IWH structure which Lim Kang Hoo proposed

The IWH structure which Lim Kang Hoo proposed

A plantation PLC PLS Plantation Bhd. with a landbank of almost 100,000 acres was injected into IWH scheme of properties. In this structure, Lim via Credence Resources and IWH Sdn. Bhd. has full management control of IWHB. That is the power over RM 6 billion worth of much sought after premium properties in Greater Johor Bahru.

The fact still remains. Lim via several vehicles which started from Danga Bay, just amassed the land banks since twelve years ago. He has not develop any of it yet. What he undertook and delivered so far are all the infrastructure projects, which were Federal Government contracts and are paid through agencies such as IRDA. Example is the RM 850 million highway to Nusa Jaya.

Part of the most prized IWH land bank

Lim is nothing more than just a mere land bank wholesaler. He amassed land parcels, amalgamate, submit for development approvals, value add with infrastructure and conveniently flip them over for a handsome sum. Some of these parcels he did some earthwork, reclamation and beautification. No physical development and yet the returns are almost double from the initial cost of acquisition plus the value added programs invoked.

It is ether outright property flip or joint ventures. IWH need not even take lead role in these joint ventures.

It is baffling that Johor State Government didn’t any other enterprise, including Johor-0wned such as JCorp to do this work. Now that new executives are taking the lead and JCorp has been on the restructuring since two years ago, these land value-add land parcel Grand Master Developer role should have been done by JCorp’s own vehicles or joint ventures with stakeholders that carry the responsibility of the masses.

Partners of IWH; Credence Resources Sdn. Bhd. (Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo), Khazanah Nasional Bhd. (Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar) and KPRJ (Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman)

Indeed they are proven property giants which include GLCs which are calibre enough to be in this ‘Greater Johor Bahru Property Sale’ scheme of land-based enterprise.

With the exception Walkers Ltd of Australia and Tune Hotel from the list of the joint venture partners and potential developers which IWH has identified to develop the premier waterfront and coastal, Johor Bahru central business district (CBD) parcels and part of the ‘East West’ project within Iskandar Malaysia, all of them are either Malaysian, Singaporean and mainland China Chinese.

What was published on The Star on Saturday 16 March 2013 coupled with Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang’s announcement to contest in Gelang Patah Parliamentary seat in the very soon to appear 13GE, what is seemingly the prophecy of Sin0-nisation of Jauhar is very apparent and prevailing.

Anwar confirms Kit Siang gunning for Gelang Patah

MARCH 18, 2013

Lim will depart from his Ipoh Timur seat in a PR push for Johor. — File pic

JOHOR BARU, March 18 — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced here today that DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang will be contesting in Gelang Patah in the upcoming 13th general election.

Anwar, who is also the de facto leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), made the announcement at an opposition ceramah in Taman Sutera here.

The current MP is Tan Ah Eng, who is also Johor Wanita MCA chairman.

Tan defeated PKR’s Zaliha Mustafa by 8,851 votes in the 2008 general election. — Bernama

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The two Lims would be making a serious psychological mark in the most developed Malay heartland. Especially when the entrepreneur Lim’s domain is the premium properties within Greater Johor Bahru and the political Lim is targetting a constituency where the administrative centre of the Johor State Government, Kota Iskandar and the centre of Iskandar Malaysia’s and Federal Government investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s prized development projects are conveniently situated.

Kota Iskandar

On the eastern coast, the primary developer for Petronas RAPID project is Dialog Group.

In the past, there were suspicion amongst some skeptics about Iskandar Malaysia which was the crafted and designed by the ‘Level Four Boys’ and created for the inadvertent agenda for the ‘Annexation of Greater Johor Bahru’. Then chummy-chumy G-to-G relationship and attention towards Iskandar Malaysia plus RAPID provided by the Singaporean authorities all the way to the top added the evidence of the Sino-nisation of Jauhar Agenda is comprehensively right on the vector. In fact, the whole program is on the fast track.

Whether or not of all these Sino-nisation of Jauhar Agenda programs are by designed structured or out of convenience as the circumstances presented themselves, these programs are economically, politically and socially overpowering Greater Johor Bahru, stock, lock and barrel. It would inevitably have catastrophic effect to the majority.

The majority here is the power base for Malay led Federal and State Governments, which have proven to bring upon a balanced socio-economic growth, prosperity and a major global trading nation and ensure the majority is not left isolated far behind.

Artist impression of the premium prized parcels under Johor Bahru CBD and Iskandar Waterfront projects, in the heart of Johor Bahru city centre

Traditional Malay areas such as the combined parcels of  1,000 acres of Kg Bakar Batu, Permas Jaya and Senibong which previous owned by Tebrau Teguh Bhd. were hived off into IWH. So far in his series of grandstanding and corporate chest thumping media exercise, Lim has only been talking about realising the premium from luxury and super luxury housing and commercial development markets.

Nothing about the affordable housing for the lower and middle income majority.

What also very glaring from IWH’s property game radar is the systematical exclusion of proven Malay or Malay led property developers such as Sime Darby, Emkay Holdings, Al Bukhary Group (Tradewinds and DRB Hicom), Boustead, Glomac, Tabung Haji and the likes. Even Johor based such as JCorp and Pelangi Bhd. were never in the scope of this mega grand properly scheme.

This would eventually create a serious ill feeling of the Johor Malays towards the State and Federal Governments.

Puteri Harbour (termasuk dalam Pinyin)

Writings on the wall: The only welcome signage into Puteri Harbour is an indication of the Sino-nisation of Jauhar has started

Not only Johor is a BN fixed deposit. Johor UMNO also has the largest number of divisions in the country. It is ashamed that the sovereign land where once stupid the glorious Johor-Riau Empire and the birthplace of UMNO and the custodian of Malay literature Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka is on the target of buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper gluttons.

He came. He saw. He conquered. And now it is a ‘they’ thingy.

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