Crazy like the fox

Court-side jester Musa Hitam

Former Chairman of Sime Darby and Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam tried to be funny in another simplistic sweeping statement, when commenting that politics based on the interests of ethnicity and the outcome if the Opposition comes to power and takes over the administration.

Musa Hitam: Do not insult the electorate

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First Published: 8:09pm, Mar 12, 2013
Last Updated: 11:27pm, Mar 12, 2013

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  • Former DPM Musa, while saying he is still very much an Umno member, says the opposition would not be stupid enough to destroy the country should it come into power.

    Former DPM Musa, while saying he is still very much an Umno member, says the opposition would not be stupid enough to destroy the country should it come into power.

SHAH ALAM (March 12): Former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam said that it would be foolish for anyone to state that the country would be destroyed should the opposition comes to power.

“Do not insult the intelligence of the electorate.

“Saying that the country would be destroyed if the opposition takes over is (merely) a political statement. The opposition would not be that stupid (to destroy the country). It is also the opposition’s good that everything is for the betterment of the country – if not, why should they stand for election?

“The other side (opposition) would not knowingly allow the economy to collapse,” said Musa, who insisted that he is still very much an Umno member.

He was speaking to reporters after a talk on the survival of the Malay economy organised by Malay daily Sinar Harian and Astro Awani here today.

During his talk, Musa also lambasted politicians who resort to racism to gain votes.

“Those who use racism for politics, are bankrupt politician(s). There are so many more issues to be highlighted and there are so many successful government projects that can be highlighted. There is no need for the Malays to be frightened into submission,” said Musa.

He also talked of how Malays must get rid of their inferiority complex and strive for success in economy as “business successes do not come as government handouts”.

He further called on the Malays to be “ashamed of themselves” should they qualify for business tenders or high positions just because they are Malays.

He spoke of the need to get rid of the Ali Baba system, where the Malays are merely a front for the businesses, while it is run by the Chinese.

Yet, he said the Malays can apply for the Ali Baba system and use others as a front if they think it would make the business successful.

He cited examples of many Malays who have managed to make it on their own in the international economy without any government assistance and worked hard to achieve it without the Malay “race-merit” attached.

The Malay crowd of about one hundred people comprised Malay interest groups, Umno members and university students. The event was moderated by Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad.


Realistically, it is baffling that he was denied real information about things happening on the ground these past few years being cooped in ‘executive cave’ in the Sime Darby corporate office. His sweeping statement is reflective that he has never read the newspaper, watched local tv, never received sms from fellow Malaysians and his access to the cyberworld is everything but local political, economics and ‘market talk’ scenes.

There is no need to list every single bit that the Opposition is actually part, combination or in sundry either anti-Federal Constitution, anti-Islam, anti-Malay Rulers, anti-establishment, anti-order of nature, anti-establishment, anti-law enforcement, anti-order, anti-history, anti-Federation and most importantly, anti-Malay.

It is actually unbelievable that the intensity and frequency of insinuations, challenges, provocations, insults and any manipulation, deception and fabrication of facts to achieve the list stated above, have been done and carried out. Their ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy is their only salvation to realize power, which include plan to turn this nation upside down in chaos and anarchy.

Musa should start talking to persons who are more grounded and actually understand the realities in the states which the Oppositions have been managing the past five years, They are so many scandals in Selangor, namely the Talam-gate, Kuala Semesta sand mining enterprise and the various PKNS projects which are gaining national attention. That is on top of the Oppositions failed to own up to their own promises.

Kg. Buah Pala, Kg. Manggis and Bayan Mutiara scandals in Penang are the three most identified. That is to add the fact that once industrious Penang’s latest GDP figures sliding downwards as the rest of the nation is on the upbeat trend.

Kelantan and Kedah have been plagued with indiscriminate illegal and over-logging. The recent Kuin-gate is a demonstration that PAS cannot manage. Kelantan, which was left pristine development-less the past 22 years, must also explain the monies collected from donations for the Lebuh Raya Rakyat.

The Oppositions’ track record the past five years to burn this nation down is something previously thought unimaginable beyond the Reformasi odd-blokes. They have time and again making seditious statements to stir up Malaysians’ emotions, even to the low point of demonizing law enforcement agencies. And yet, they keep achieving new milestones.

Tun Musa and Tun Abdullah

Tun Musa and Tun Abdullah

Musa is not new in the personalitties segment of making faux pas. In 2006, his comment on the Prime Mininister ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s weak and manipulated leadership, which saw the dismantling of the power of mainstream politics, administration, media and confidence of the public at large as simply “Elegant silent”.

If that wasn’t insulting the intelligence of Malaysians, we are not sure what is.

When Sime Darby was literally the laughing stock of the oil and gas industry for the cock-up and scandalous Qatar Petroleum and Maersk Oil Qatar ventures, Musa was adamant that Sime Darby was doing the right thing. By the time they realize the reality and effect of the combination of corrupt executive leadership, poor project planning and management and incompetent business development, Sime Darby already accumulated a loss of over RM 4 billion.

Of course, Musa did not assume responsibility and went off after the Sime Darby BOD eventually bit the bullet. He finally retired almost three years later.

It is naive for the authorities not to remind the Malaysian public what these evil-intent Opposition have done and capable to do. After all, stories about their antics, misbehaviour and acts of crime have become almost a daily diet to majority of Malaysians.

It is expected that only a mad person would make a sweeping statement just as this. Musa should stop insulting the Malaysian public with his single phrase statements. It is like a dark satirical comedy when someone who has been invested with Darjah Seri Setia Mahkota (SSM), makes an unbearably stupid statement like that.

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  1. i dont trust musang hitam who still patronize karaoke lounge at his age

  2. Musa hitam who…?

  3. What does he hope to get saying all those? Some attention, now that he no longer is Sime Darby Chairman and holding any significant post anywhere we know of?

    Can we call him bodoh?

  4. He is a very stupid guy. Some say he married a foreigner who is a CIA agent. But one thing I am sure he treated the kin as collateral to get thing done.

    This is the man responsible for the Memali incident, Nov 19, 1985. We was then DPM and KDN. Tun Dr.M was in China. So he is the one calling all the shots, then. At that time race relation was very-very tense. There was some sort of hatred among Malays and Chinese because of allocation of Malay teachers in SRJK(C). The Chinese print media have been inciting hatred by suggesting that the government is trying to ‘dilute’ vernacular school. The Malay media condemned the Chinese, with vengeance. Some media were banned. Lucky, no internet of handphones, yet.

    There was already an ‘atmosphere’ resemblance that of May 13,1969, in the air. Factory operators were already afraid to go to work.

    To diffuse the tense situation, Memali incident occurred the way it did. Operation started, 4am and mission accomplished by 8am in the morning. (That incident almost caused a bloody confrontation between the army and police at Baling police station). The media immediately switched over the headlines and reported about Memali. Radio and TV aired “Jangan dengar khabar-khabar angin” and patriotic songs. Everybody seems to forgot about allocation of teachers. No more issues about SRJK(C) or (T) in the print media.

    That is why Musa lose his job as DPM.
    Don’t trust this guy, today. Somebody might have a grip on his balls.

  5. When I read the abv comments, I sighed. Komen2 hampeh Melayu otak semput. One commenter attempts “to aib” a person without input anything intelligent.

    Please don’t get me wrong. I am not in love with anybody. But if one is aware of economics as a study, what Musa said is no where controversial or shocking.

    Firstly, on economic growth. When a new government is formed after the GE, investors irrespective they be local or foreign, will naturally be wary. Whichever government comes into power, these investors will be of course concerned whether the government will carry on the same policies as previously introduced. When the same government returned to power, things can also change. Look at what damage was done by Pak Lah by his SIL and 4th Floor team. Look at the Transformation Programs.

    I personally do not worry if the opposition comes into power. Your otak semput may disagree with me because I write like this. Read up about Rostrow to get a sense please . Even if the new government is from the opposition, good policies will be retained. Why need for hoo-haa.

    Now if you truly understand economics, the true concern is really about WEALTH DISTRBUTION. Please read up to get a better appreciation on this matter as it is very wide. If the opposition comes into power, there will certainly be much concern about this matter!!! (the size of the cake remains as it is [conservatively-speaking] as argued in the abv para).

    Commenters can debunk or agree that I said the main focus is essentially about WEALTH DISTRBUTION.

    Stay focus … stay focus … stay on the subject .. lets flush out the smart commenters out 😉

    • Yes, but I don’t think you are the smart “commenter”. Do you know there is no such word as “commenter”? So, how to be smart?

      Look old boy, anybody knows that the economy is not going to tumble down overnight if PR comes into power- if longer, judging fom their manifesto, so-called Budget etc, it could well do so. But people are pointing out why the hell Musa has to say what he said, yet saying he is still an UMNO member. What is he trying to say?

      If he says, he disagrees with the UMNO leadership or is now pro-Pakatan Rakyat now that he is not holding any position, ok we’ll understand, though we’ll whack him prim and proper for doing so.

      Of course we disagree on you repeatedly talking about wealth distribution. Has there not been a wider wealth distribution in the past? Since you are the one putting that out, why don’t you give details why you think otherwise?

      And what makes you imply you “truly understand economics”? What economics are you talking about?. .

      • Hubris is the word that can describe this MH guy. He should know he has been the beneficiary of UMNO policy and has held important and privilege posts endorsed by the govt such as in the UN and the WIEF and appointed as Chairman of Sime Darby until recently. His advice maybe in good faith but was his past positions based on merit solely or because he already had a name made famous through his political career?

      • Musa was appointed Sime Darby Chairman becoz Pak Lah was then the Prime Minister. He wasn’t the best of choices, then and even in hindsight.

        Clearly Musa wasn’t a good Chairman becoz Sime Darby went into scandalous projects which incurred heavy losses.

        Musa should be regarded as a corporate heretic. How could Sime Darby suffered so huge of losses and he remained in the board of a conglomerate whose shareholders are unit trust schemes of 9 million Bumiputra depositors, for a few more years?

        No wonder he made stupid statements!

    • Musa is probably partly right on the occassional success stories of Malay businessmen made it into the regional or even international market on their own (without Govt ‘patronage’ or assistance).

      However, the reality is that are a lot more Malay businessmen didn’t get far because of the ‘unfair competition’ created by Non Malay businessmen within the country. Moreover, specific sectors within certain industries where they actually hv cartel and the market is completely oligopoly.

      Without having the economies of scale and footing in the local market, more often than not they are unable to develop themselves and compete in bigger markets.

      Even in the service sector, Chinese businessmen would not give jobs to Malay firms when they hv the option amongst their own.

      Unlike the oppostion, BN leaders hv proven themselves to bring growth in the economy without the expense of across the board socio-development programs and in the bigger scheme of things, the balance. So why change if it is not broken?

      The opposition hv been together not in Pakatan Rakyat, but before that in Barisan Rakyat, Barisan Alternatif, Gagasan Rakyat and Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah. To be exact, since 8GE or Nov 1990.

      Yet, either PAS stand alone or the opposition grouping (in whichever form or by what ever name) failed to bring any forms of progress into Kelantan. Not even in the simplest form of development which is education even though many professionals and academicians are Kelantanese.

      Yes, BD is spot on! Musa is mad!

      He against the other corporate personalities should be able to clearly distinguish the merits of having BN in power and its contribution vis-a-vis the opposition.

      Unless, Musa has an agenda and hedging his bets. Then again his fellow Team B mates (Ku Li, Kadir Sh Fadzir, Pak Lah, Rais) hv already demonstrated counter productivity and their thorniness in their own rights and spaces.

      • So long as there’s no national unity in the country, there won’t be any widening of the Malays in the economic life of the country. Right now you can’t even find a Malay hardware shop, and, as Syed Ali, President of the Malay Chamber of Commerce, said, there’s not even a Malay shop in Johor Bahru.

        Musa didn’t have a clue about getting Sime Darby spearhead a Pernas-like organization that, for example imports or manufactures hardware products, distributes them to Malay hardware shops which can help struggling Malay construction and other enterprises.

        Be done with him, and can we get serious efforts to help Malay businesses as per the above. National unity is a long way with no single-stream schooling, bloody Anwar dividing the Malays, and the non-Malays exploiting the situation, weakening the social fabric of society some more.

        Let’s give BN 2/3 majority, shall we, and demand the PM to start working on the national unity issue pronto.

      • Gang Team B ni semua tgh buat gerak-kerja sabotaj politik. Kenapa?

        Masa April 1987, Najib turn-over & sokong Dr Mahathir, Ghafar Baba & Team A last minute!

        Game changer!

        Sekarang ni time dia orang perasan Anwar tgh kuat & dapat support US & Saudi. Buat last bet, kut. Maklumlah, PRU lepas ni Ku Li dah umo 80 thn. Musa, tak payah cakap la! Pak Lah pun!

        Dendam kesumat pada Dr Mahathir, yg hari ni salah satu senjata kuat Najib, tak habis habis lagi…..

      • Yup, yup – it’s all about “rights”, “privileges” etc etc.

        Do you mean that since August 31, 1957, nothing has changed?

        What happened to working hard, getting a good education (yes, English-based), taking responsibility for your actions and bootstrapping yourself up instead of complaining about the “unfairness” of it all?

        It’s way easier to play the role of “victim”, isn’t it?

        Well, Malaysia has a choice. It can opt to play in the globalization game or sulk and retreat to the sidelines in high dudgeon.

        Because, believe you me, the likes of Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and even Myanmar aren’t going to wait around for Malaysia to get it’s act together.

        Just look at the TPP negotiations that are going in Singapore now. And the upcoming Asean-EU free trade agreement negotiations.

        What will happen when Malaysia has to “open up” it’s economy to honour it’s FTA commitments?

        Are we still going to ask for “protection” and “special treatment” because, hey, we can’t compete?

  6. musa hitam ni elok di lantaik jadi penasihat POP-K ( Persatuan Orang Pencen Kaya)

    • Good idea.:-)

  7. From Dzulman:
    MH is a maveric. He must have been briefed on the various aspects of his talking points without his hearing aid on thus the lop-sided views!

  8. What about the 10 proposed casino and on-line gaming licences to be granted to support PR Manifesto ?

    • Heh, heh – the Philippines is going to have not 1, not 2, but 3 mega-casinos.

      Lots of revenue coming from that – especially from China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Many “high rollers” in these places, you see.

      Maybe Malaysia can afford to lose “gaming revenue” to the IRs in Singapore, and later, to the new casinos in Manila.

      But I see taxes on casino earnings contributing to national exchequers.

      Which Malaysia doesn’t need, seeing as it has something better in Petronas!!

  9. I am puzzled why there is no word for “commenter” in the En lang?


    “Commentator vs. commenter

    A commenter is someone who makes isolated comments. These days, the word most often refers to people who post comments on blogs and news websites. A commentator is someone who provides commentary. The term usually applies to professionals in sports broadcasting or television news. Commentators don’t just make one comment; commenting is what they do.

    The difference between these words corresponds to the difference between a comment and commentary. A comment is an isolated remark, while a commentary is a series of remarks, explanations, and interpretations.”

    Another “otak semput” trying to be a bad spinner?

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