Annus Horriblis

The only admirable political achievement for 2013; BN recaptured Kedah from PAS

It comes to the moment to reflect back what had happened the past 365 days. Many could and should be learned, if we really wanted to. However, the will is rather suspicious, considering that many of the mistakes were avoidable and/or actually were repeat items.

2013 was not a particularly a good year.

The year was kicked off with HRH Sultan of Selangor Tuanku Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah issued a titah about “Non Muslims are prohibited to use kalimah “Allah” and the term is exclusively for the Muslims only”, in the wake of controversy due to the demand of certain minority to want to do otherwise.

In February came the shocking news. Hundreds of armed men from Tawi Tawi Southern Philippines landed in Kg Tanduo near Lahad Datu. They demanded the cessation of Sabah and back into the realm of self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu. After 3 weeks of ‘talks’, the first skirmish broke on 1 March. Two Police commandos were killed. Two days later, they attacked a village in Semporna and 6 trapped Policemen were killed.

Two days later, in a joint operation between the Police and Armed Forces Ops Sulu was launched with the bombing of FELDA Sahabat 17.

It was the year the 13GE was held, which was actually at the final brim. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak pushed several opportunities for an earlier date to call for the ‘Mother of All Elections’. Often, his excuse was he did not have enough space and opportunity to prepare although the four full years he led the nation as the 6th Prime Minister was actually equivalent to a full parliamentary term.

After being sworn in as the Prime Minister with his own mandate on 6 May 2013, Najib announced his Cabinet nine days later. The line up is baffling if not shocking, when deadwoods and political liabilities such as Dato’ Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor and Dato’ Seri Hassan Malek were included. Especially HINDRAF leader Wathyamoorthy, who was once considered as an ‘extremist’.

Summary of BN Manifesto 13GE

Summary of BN Manifesto 13GE

Despite having a very good manifesto, generally Malaysians were not taken in. With the exception of BN winning back Kedah at the 13GE polls on 5 May 2013, no other political score worth remembering about the year.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak got his own mandate as the BN Chairman with 133 seats In Dewan Rakyat in the ‘First past post system’ electoral process this nation adopted. Unfortunately, he faired worse than his predecessor exactly five years two months earlier, despite PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was dubbed ‘Sleepyhead Prime Minister’ and often caught dozing off in public functions.

In his initial reaction, Prime Minister Najib coined the term “Chinese Tsunami” for the very poor support amongst the Chinese towards BN despite his efforts to woo them.

The ‘Systemic Failure’ which almost brought BN as the ruling party and government of the day down to its knees, did not really have much affect on who Prime Minister Najib retain as part of his team and ‘inner circle’ and how things are done. Several of his own aides and advisers were believed to have made lots of money throughout the lengthy campaign that ran for over a year.

This is not withstanding the constant communications failure, formidably due to a web of complex network of media officers and advisers serving the Prime Minister is too many different circles. One of the glaring instance is the ‘Endless Possibilities’ campaign. When media officers who are supposed to facilitate news for the Prime Minister are themselves craving for news attention and validation, then the troff fit as pig’s swill gets thicker.

Front Page Utusan Malaysia Saturday 13 July 2013

Front Page Utusan Malaysia Saturday 13 July 2013

On 11 July 2013 in the early part of Ramadhan, Vatican Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur Apostolic Nuncio Joseph S. Marino stated his support for the Catholic Church’s publication The Herald quest to use kalimah “Allah” in place of God. That infuriated Muslims and demanded that Nuncio be expelled.

In late August, Defence Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein did a faux pas when he spoke to the media after the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting hosted in Bandar Seri Begawan.

In September, in the exercise to realise ‘subsidy rationalisation’ Strategy to reduce the budget deficit and burdening subsidies by the Federal Government to the amount of RM43billion per annum, retail price of RON95 and diesel was summarily increased.

Two weeks later in the effort to address growing economic desparity issues and grouses amongst the Bumiputera, Prime Minister Najib announced the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Plan. Although sounds good in passing, but when scrutinised from the practicality of achieving the desired objective many skeptics saw it as a rushed plan without proper thought-through.

The Malay NGOs showing the support, outside the Palace of Justice in August

The Malay NGOs showing the support, outside the Palace of Justice in August

October was a month of UMNO internal party polls. One of the three promises made when he assumed the 7th UMNO Presidency on 28 March 2009 was the ‘democratisation of UMNO’. Although it has been continuously harped that UMNO went through a ‘Transformation’ process where the decision makers of top echelon posts were expanded by 8000%, the result brought upon little ‘transformation’ as ‘Status Quo’ was maintained.

Prime Minister Najib’s fifth Budget was remarked as a well presented budget. Although many goodies were offered which include efforts to curb speculative trading on the growing escalation of price of houses and programs for affordable home ownership for the lower and middle income, the announcement of introduction of 6% GST from 2013 onwards did not augur well with majority of Malaysians.

The other wonderful news for the year was that on 14 October the Court of Appeal unanimously decided against the High Court ruling for the Catholic church publication The Herald four years earlier.

In December, was the final touch to the icing of the cake. Prime Minister Najib demonstrated his true self of being obtuse. When Prime Minister Najib is his rebuttal speech of the 64th UMNO General Assembly praising his wife Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor live on national TV.  This is gainst the controversy created because she used the Malaysian Government VIP jet to her early November trip to Qatar, Prime Minister Najib’s move was seen as nothing but highly inappropriate and distasteful.

If Prime Minister Najib were to carry on as is and ‘business as usual’, 2014 would promise for another lousy year.


*Updated New Year 2014, 0200hrs

Published in: on December 31, 2013 at 23:45  Comments (9)  

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  1. PM’s New years message as appeared in the 1Malaysia page is nothing more than a dry and recycled message telling Malaysians that what the govt is doing now is for the long term good. How long term and what is the cut off point because it is grossly unfair to inflict painful measures on the people now. The now people have to live too and why should they be punished for mistakes that they didn’t do i.e they didn’t create the national debt. PM makes it so much worse when he equates responding to the grievances of the people as something of a populist measure. That is so off tangent and again shows how disconnected the BN govt has become vis -a- vis the people. It is the method and the formula devised by his economic advisers that are faulty and are too focus on balancing budget and improving debts. They should know the budget of all countries in the world can never be balanced because there are too many variables and certainties cannot be trapped in a bottle or locked in a safe box. Any govt must be clever and smart enough to respond to economic vagaries without neglecting and hurting the lifes of the people. What the govt is doing is hurting the masses. They think only lower income group is affected? People’s income are shrinking trying to prop up the austerity policies of the govt. Worse because these policies are done all at the same time. Because we care for the survival of UMNO and BN, therefore we don’t want both these entities to travel to the edge of the precipice. Because it can fall. The oppositions who are not so smart economically are happy to watch the govt losing the support of the people. It is so true that the govt should change all its economic advisers. The only top leader who has sspoken with genuine concern on how to urgently address the plight of the people is the DPM. This guy has vast experience and his counsel should have been sought from the beginning instead of listening to the neoliberal economic advisers.

  2. Aiseh, BD, at first I thought your post title refers to Anwar Al Juburi. Then I realized the word Annus has a double n!

    Honestly, I think annus horriblis for 2013 was Anwarul Al Juburi. And many of the years previous to that, too. The son of a gun has largely been responsible for the mess in the country since the katak lompat attempted coup d’ etat time.

    In 2013 his nuisance tapered down at the end of it. He had to focus on his Sodomy II Appeal trial and grapple with the prospect of being imprisoned again. I hope to God he will be made to reside in Sungai Buluh again. No New Year or whatever good wishes for him.

    Happy New Year to you all, folks.

    • Just wonder why Al Juburi is so scared of Prosecutor Dato Shafiee Abdullah.k

      • 1. Shafee been known as UMNO’s lawyer – actually it only means that UMNO has been using him in a lot of cases and the success rate has been very high. Sure Juburi takut.

        2. The fact that AG is using Shafee suggests that he is very concerned that the Appeal succeed. Not like the last time, the stupid DPP then buat lebih kurang, kalah, then tak lama lepas itu the bloke appeared as a defence lawyer for Al Juburi in another case pulak. Damn stupid fellow – he should have waited 6-12 months before doing so, then tak nampak sangat being corrupted for Al Juburi.
        Driving that point of extreme seriousness in winning alone to all concerned makes people think very hard and watch every word that comes out of the DPP words at the trial. Lagi Juburi takut.

        3. As sodomy is a non-bailable offence ?), kalau kalah saja at this Appeal Court, kena masuk prison – like Sodomi I, he could appeal further but while in prison. Waaaa, prson is something Al Juburi tak boleh tahan. Mati akal dia, mati katak dia kalau kena bang 10 tahun lagi. Habis hope of becoming PM dia.

        4. No doubt the Prison Librarian job will be given to him, but he can’t get the kind of books there. Not even poems or books by pujangga negara Samad janggut panjang, maybe. N literature on LBGT, Arab Spring and the like. Bukan saja mati katak, he’d even mati pucuk!

        No offence intended on on you all on this New Year’s Day, guys, but I’m serious, I simply cannot stand this bloke – he is responsible for half the mess in this country today.

    • Annus Horribulus is a Latin term popularised by Queen Elizabeth when she delivered the Christmas Day message about 15plus years ago. Obviously you are a low intellect person that keeps getting fascinated with homosexuality.

      Najib did the right thing by raising prices. Malays and Nons now have to choose either to wise up or continue to think like this moron and pay higher prices.

      • Clearly, you have serious deficiency in getting the understanding of events in the right context and most of all, getting your facts right.

        Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II used the phrase “Annus Horriblis” in a speech at the end of 1992, which is NOT fifteen years ago.

        Please observe facts before you want to share opinion and/or thoughts in the comment section of this blog.

        We usually don’t tolerate show offs who is actually lame and habitually inaccurate and out of context.

        Thank you

  3. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  4. While you folks are told to tighten your belts, FLOM will celebrate New Year in Las Vegas in the most expensive way possible for any human being on earth. 220 bottles of Champagne with her name engraved on the label will be given to all her guests at the celebration.
    In other countries FLOM would have been executed, flogged or put behind bars.
    But in Malaysia, THE MALAYS SIMPLY LOVE HER.

    • Why don’t you provide the source of your information, Malim. Who said what, how, when and where.

      And give the link as well so that people will at least begin to assess the reliability of what you said.

      And what is your intention writing in capital letters THE MALAYS SIMPLY LOVE HER? I also have no love for her but wild accusations are not acceptable, man.

      Are you Malim as in Tanjong Malim, Malim Nawar or Tanjong Rambutan? See, how do you like that kind of wild accusation against you?

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