Hibiscus-Trinightly fractured strategy

The formula of the Opposition dismantling the Pakatan Rakyat (by splitting PAS into dissenter group and showing their true colours of political misfit with DAP), formation of PAN and getting chummy-chummy with Founder of UMNO Baru Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would prove their peril plan would eventually fail.

Joceline Tan’s much sought after Sunday Star political analysis:

Sunday, 18 December 2016

A big play for the Malay vote

 

BY JOCELINE TAN

Shifting sands: Najib and PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang came together for the Rohingya cause while the body language between Dr Mahathir and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang was positively cosy during the Amanah convention.
Shifting sands: Najib and PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang came together for the Rohingya cause while the body language between Dr Mahathir and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang was positively cosy during the Amanah convention.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak may be inching towards that elusive feel-good factor while Pakatan Harapan is still struggling to sort out its partnership issues.

POLITICIANS on this side of the Malacca Straits have been transfixed on the trial of Ahok in Jakarta.

The blasphemy trial of Ahok, as the Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is widely known by, has gripped audiences in neighbouring countries which have a significant Muslim population.

Ahok is the highest-ranking Indonesian official ever charged with insulting a religion in Indonesia and the Islamist groups had held mass demonstrations against him. Add to that the fact that he is a Christian Chinese and an ally of President Joko Widodo and one can see why it is such a riveting issue.

When Ahok was elected Governor of Jakarta two years ago, many Malaysians especially those of Chinese descent had hailed Indonesia as a beacon of tolerance and progressiveness while running down Malaysia as intolerant and discriminatory.

The same people now seem strangely silent, unsure what to make of his reversal of fortune.

According to KRA political risk analyst Amir Fareed Rahim, the Ahok debacle is as much about religion as it is about a political power play surrounding the gubernatorial election in February and the presidential polls further down the road.

It is also very much about class issues and anti-Chinese sentiments. The anti-Chinese mood at the height of the demonstrations was so real that the Sin Chew Daily correspondent in Jakarta moved out of his rented house and checked into a hotel on the outskirts of the capital.

Race, religion and politics – there is no escaping it, whether in America, Europe, Indonesia and, of course, Malaysia.

Non-Muslims are struggling to wrap their heads around the Islamism they see at home and abroad.

The Muslims are going through an epochal moment in history to assert their identity, to make their voices heard and to tell the world that they will not compromise on their beliefs.

PAS is planning a big gathering in February next year to rally support for its Private Members’ Bill ahead of the new session of Parliament in March.

Proponents of the Bill say it is necessary for a higher quality of Syariah judges and to increase penalties for the court. But opponents of the act have criticised it as unconstitutional and see it as a step towards hudud law.

There are shades of what is going on in Indonesia happening on our shores, with Muslim politicians telling non-Muslims not to comment on Islam or oppose laws that are meant for Muslims.

A Muslim NGO recently said that, “in Malaysia, there are hundreds of Ahok’s,” the implication being that too many non-Muslims are commenting on Islam.

“At the end of the day, one clear message coming out is that Islamic issues can energise the ground. It’s an emotional thing, it touches on nerves and it moves people. If you are not sure, steer clear from using Quranic verses, it’s very sensitive,” said Amir.

PAS is asking Muslims to come out to show their support. If Umno joins in, the rally could be the biggest gathering of Muslims the country has ever seen.

Top leaders of PAS and Umno have already joined hands in rallying for the Rohingya cause but the February gathering could take things to another level.

Politically speaking, the gathering will send a chilling signal to multi-racial Malaysia – that if the two biggest Muslim parties gang up (three million in Umno and 800,000 in PAS) , there is little that they cannot do.

Tuan Ibrahim: ‘PAS is not interested in working with parties which hit out at it’.
Tuan Ibrahim: ‘PAS is not interested in working with parties which hit out at it’.
This could be the backdrop to the general election which is expected to take place next year.

The outcome of the 2013 general election was an intensified repeat of that in 2008. But with the shifting sands and changing tides, the next general election will be more difficult to predict.

The Chinese social discourse has begun to view Pakatan in a more realistic light. The Chinese intelligentsia is not thrilled with DAP’s newfound love for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. They can also see that without PAS, Pakatan can forget about Putrajaya.

But they still dislike Umno. In short, there will be shifts here and there but no major surprises on the Chinese front.

The opinion of many political analysts is that the next general election will be about the Malay vote although none of them can confidently predict what the new Malay political landscape will look like.

There are two new Malay splinter parties in the form of Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and there is Dr Mahathir doing what it takes to destroy the party that he led for 22 years.

But Pakatan had a break-through last week when it signed a cooperation agreement with Parti Pribumi. The coalition wanted Parti Pribumi as full-fledged partner but its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was not keen on being the most junior partner. The compromise was an agreement to cooperate.

Amir: The message coming out is that Islamic issues can energise the ground.
Amir: The message coming out is that Islamic issues can energise the ground.
The arrangement also allows Muhyiddin to continue negotiating with PAS because Parti Pribumi is eyeing seats traditionally contested by PAS.

Unlike Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin has yet to fully warm up to the unconventional styles of Pakatan leaders. He is still adjusting from being a big fish in a big pond to being a big fish in a small pond.

His body language during the signing of the agreement was rather stiff and formal. Then again, who can blame him when Pakatan leaders keep advocating Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the preferred Prime Minister candidate.

It is rather messy on the Pakatan side for a number of reasons.

Amanah has turned out to be a non-starter.

Amanah leaders like Datuk Husam Musa and Khalid Samad were such big stars in PAS but are unable to bring out the same wow-factor in Amanah.

The party is trying to ride on Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin and it is quite amusing to see Amanah leaders hanging on to the two former Umno leaders and rushing to stand behind them during press conferences so that they can be in the photo frame.

Ties between the leaders of Pakatan partners are not exactly warm either. There is an undercurrent of rivalry and even resentment. During the recent Amanah national convention, the PKR-led Selangor government was chastised for favouring PAS over Amanah.

However, the most pressing issue for Pakatan is the question of PAS. DAP and Amanah do not want PAS, yet they need PAS to come along to avoid what happened in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections.

It is one of those supreme ironies and Muhyiddin has been tasked to slow-talk PAS.

Two nights before Muhyiddin signed the agreement with Pakatan, he joined PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man at a PAS ceramah in Paya Jaras, Selangor. It was not the first time Muhyiddin was on a PAS stage but this ceramah was supposed to signal the formation of a new opposition bloc.

Roslan: ‘We can accept PKR but Amanah has betrayed our Islamic struggle’.
Roslan: ‘We can accept PKR but Amanah has betrayed our Islamic struggle’.
Muhyiddin said his party intends to be the bridge between PAS on the one hand and Amanah and DAP on the other.

But it was a bridge too far because moments after the ceramah ended, Tuan Ibrahim told reporters that PAS could not accept any kind of cooperation with Amanah and DAP.

Tuan Ibrahim is a no-nonsense and serious-minded ulama who almost never smiles. He said PAS is not interested in working with parties who “hit out at PAS every day” and he did not take kindly to Amanah’s declaration to capture Kelantan or to take on PAS in every seat.

He is also very critical of Umno and slammed the Sarawak Report for its accusation that PAS accepted RM90mil from Umno.

“We can accept PKR but Amanah has betrayed our Islamic struggle and DAP is our Enemy No. 1,” said PAS corporate communications director Roslan Shahir.

The opposition’s problem is that with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in jail, there is no leader whom the component parties look up to.

Dr Mahathir aspires to that role but his party is too new, it does not have the numbers to call the shots and his new friends do not really trust him.

By now, Pakatan and PAS should be showcasing what they have delivered and achieved in their respective states. Instead, issues of political partnership and electoral seats continue to take centrestage.

In the meantime, their favourite target Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has his eye fixed on the end game.

Najib has just concluded a very successful Umno general assembly which showed that the party is with him and that members reject former leaders who are with DAP.

Despite the 1MDB controversy, he has made his mark on the international stage and he returned from China with a basketful of investments and a reputation as a special friend of China.

Earlier this week, Najib and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong finalised the agreement for the High Speed Rail project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore during which the two sons of former Prime Ministers lauded their bilateral ties.

Two days later, Najib looking relaxed and casual in a blue open-necked shirt, took an inaugural ride on the Klang Valley MRT after launching the much awaited rail service.

He is sending the signal that he can bring it on and that he is the Prime Minister that other governments want to do business with.

Is it possible that Najib could be inching towards that feel-good factor that is so important in a general election? That will certainly be better than a Malay show of numbers.

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The analysis sums it all. Pakatan Harapan plus Pribumi Bersatu would not able to amass enough Malays votes in the Malay majority constituency to turn the tide for them to take Putrajaya.

First of all, they don’t have enough armies to after 120 over Malay majority Parliamentary constituencies, which is currently majority of them are being represented well wth UMNO and PAS representative.

Be realistic. One of the most important success feature of winning during General Elections is a good campaign and ground machinery.

PKR isn’t at the highest curve. In fact, it this very much sliding down. The fragmentation pf the party key personalities has started to become prevalent on how they would no longer be able to garner the support of fence sitters, especially urbanites like they used to,

PKR don’t have their own people. They used to rely on PAS to mule the works. Now, PAN has joined PKR into the same problem. This is not withstanding the fact that lesser and lesser activists and volunteers are inspired to step up during GEs to roll their sleeves and socks, to add the void in a typical machinery-defective constituency machinery,

Previous, both had PAS mules to do the works for them.

Next, the laughable Pribumi Bersatu. Yes they are very busy going around Semenanjung doing their sales pitch and rubbishing UMNO and demonising Prime Minister Najib along the way.

However, are they getting the numbers signed up. Especially the ones that matter. The ones who are very familiar how to run party machinery during elections, be it by-elections or GE.

Considering that the hibiscus party has a former UMNO Baru Founder and President, sacked UMNO Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister and sacked UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief and MB Kedah as key personalities, the absolute numbers who have signed up to go with them is very poor.

Look at the Supreme Council of the dissident party. Hardly any worth political personality to be awed about.

The party cannot even have even a single proper division with only a few branches are managed to be formed, sporadically. Not even in the constituencies of the President in Pagoh or Deputy President in Jerlun or Kubang Pasu.

Pribumi Bersatu is expected to deliver the Malay votes, particularly the fence sitters for the Chinese Chauvinist DAP with this Motley Crew.

Even the majority of DAP middle level leaders, grassroots and sympathisers are skeptical about this. Not to mention the deep discomfort amongst the old hard cores when the Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo Lim Kit Siang foster the relationship with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

At this point and how things are comcenient being developed warmly for UMNO/BN and PAS, the numbers should be pointing to the direction of another failure of Barisan Alternatif, Barisan Rakyat, Pakatan Rakyat and now Pakatan Harapan.

UMNO and PAS may not formally team up for 14GE. However, the leaders of the two parties now getting warmed up to each other could strike a deal of ‘horse-trading’ constituencies.

The three-cornered-fight in the twin by-election of Kuala Kangsar and Sg Besar proven to be the boon for UMNO-BN.

They could continue this ‘Co-Operation’ to ensure that UMNO still has sizeable control over BN-majority Govt where else PAS retained some sizeable number of seats.

In the final analysis, both UMNO and PAS leaders understand without them ‘working together’, Chinese Chauvinists within DAP would be the net gainer and playing the master role in a Malay-puppet Govt.

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Published in: on December 19, 2016 at 01:30  Comments (4)  

Ghost of past Ma(ha)dness

Founder of UMNO Baru and recently Pribumi Bersatu Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is probably the man least trusted to venturing into with, as the intriguing developments within the last eighteen months presented his sinister Machiavellian traits and propensity to over manipulate, lie, slander, backstab and hypocrisy, to suit his personal political agenda and ego at the expense of everything.

The most recent is the revocation of invitation to attend the swearing in ceremony of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV at Istana Negara, by Keeper of the Royal Seal.

The Star story:

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Mahathir’s past gets in the way

 

BY JOCELINE TAN

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s relationship with the Malay Rulers has been one of ups and downs.

But it hit a new low this week when he was “disinvited” to the installation of Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan as the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong this Tuesday.

It appeared to be a slip-up that became an embarrassment for both sides.

An invitation letter had been sent to him but the former premier was apparently not supposed to be on the guest list and another letter retracting the invitation followed suit.

There are few secrets in the age of social media. The second letter went viral and it became quite clear that Dr Mahathir’s past had once again caught up with the present.

The blame game for the faux pas is still on.

But those in the know would be aware of Dr Mahathir’s stormy relationship with the Kelantan palace through much of the 1990s.

The “Lamborghini episode” is often singled out as epitomising how the Mahathir regime had made things difficult for the Kelantan palace because of its association with then Semangat 46 leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

It is likely that the slights and attacks on the Kelantan royal house during the Mahathir years have not been entirely forgotten.

“Mahathir should accept that his past acts may have been forgiven but not forgotten by the Kelantan palace. He is now at the receiving end, the wheel has turned,” said Datuk Alwi Che Ahmad, assemblyman for Kok Lanas in Kelantan.

Several other well-known personalities have also been “disinvited” to the royal installation and among them was Ketereh MP and Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa, then a young, handsome and controversial minister who took on the Kelantan palace.

The royal snub could not have happened at a more inconvenient time for Dr Mahathir whose Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia is trying to establish itself as the Malay alternative to Umno.

Dr Mahathir is already in the bad books of the Sultan of Johor who has made no bones of his disapproval of the elder man’s brand of politics.

The Johor Sultan enjoys an exceptionally high rating among Johoreans and it will be difficult for Dr Mahathir to campaign in Johor the way he campaigns in other states.

The perception is that the royals regard Dr Mahathir with a mix of suspicion, scepticism and esteem.

Many of the Malay Rulers appreciate what Dr Mahathir did for the country during his years in power.

At the same time, they have never forgotten the humiliation of having their constitutional powers clipped and scaled back by the former premier.

Dr Mahathir has not given up trying to present the one million signatures that he collected for his Citizen’s Declaration to the Conference of Rulers.

His audience with the outgoing Yang di-Pertuan Agong had not gone the way he wished because Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah is mindful of the Constitution and the country’s system of parliamentary democracy and removing an elected Prime Minister via a signature campaign did not fall within that framework.

Palace sources said Dr Mahathir had subsequently tried to get an audience with the Kelantan Sultan but he evidently underestimated how the Kelantan royals feel about him.

It will be hard to live down the latest royal rebuff and he is fortunate that the monarchy’s hold on the Malay mind is not what it used to be, otherwise his party would be dead in the water.

The conventional way of looking at Dr Mahathir’s actions is that he is a quarrelsome man with a super ego and who cannot accept it when he does not get his way.

He is more complicated than that and he will continue to confound people who try to define him. But one consistent trait is that he is always changing the rules.

He does not believe in playing by the conventional rules and most of all, he does not like to play by anybody else’s rules but that of his own.

For instance, his problems with the Malay rulers was partly due to him refusing to play along with them.

His predecessors had been blue-bloods and aristocrats, he was the first commoner to become Prime Minister.

It is likely he wanted to show them who was in charge of the country and show them he did.

The trouble is that even though he is no longer in charge, he expects Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to play by his rules. But Najib was not having any of that.

Dr Mahathir’s cameo appearance at the DAP national convention last Sunday showed just how far he is prepared to go to bring Najib down.

Some said he wanted to thumb his nose at Umno after the way he was criticised during the Umno general assembly.

The DAP side preferred to explain his attendance as proof that the party is not anti-Malay and Dr Mahathir rose to the occasion by praising DAP as more Malaysian than MCA and Gerakan.

But privately, some DAP politicians are gloating over how the once mighty leader has had to swallow his pride. It was quite a coup for DAP to have the former Umno president come to their national convention and wax lyrical about the party.

According to Sin Chew Daily, the delegate turnout for the convention was only about 31%, the lowest in years and the elder man’s presence helped inject some oomph! to the gathering.

On the other hand, it is quite pathetic that the party had to bring in a former foe for their most important gathering of the year, whitewash his past and hang on to his every word of praise.

The man whom DAP used to condemn as the cause of the country’s problems is now lauded as a the man who can “save Malaysia”.

It is more than politics coming full circle, as some have put it.

The opposition front then known as Pakatan Rakyat rode a popular wave by condemning Barisan Nasional and blaming Umno for all the ills in the country.

Yet, it is now clinging to former Umno leaders for political leadership.

The sense is that the moral high ground is giving way under the feet of opposition politicians. The saying that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics has become a convenient excuse for politicians to jump into bed with whoever can help them.

DAP has calculated that associating with Dr Mahathir will soften its Chinese image among the Malay middle-ground. The downside is that the party comes across as opportunistic and short on principles.

That is what the thinking class is saying out there, that there is little difference between the two sides and it will cause the opposition front to lose the moral high ground.

DAP leaders were clearly put on the defensive in trying to defend their newfound friendship with Dr Mahathir and a top party leader said those who could not agree with their new ties with Dr Mahathir should leave the party.

Just three short years ago, DAP convinced the Chinese to put their faith in PAS. Now they are selling Dr Mahathir as the new saviour.

But what exactly did Dr Mahathir hope to gain out of the association? His party was formed to take on Umno and to deliver the Malay vote to Pakatan Harapan. It is unclear if the close association with DAP will help Parti Pribumi achieve that.

“Where Dr Mahathir is concerned, it is pure politics. People imagine he is senile or suffering from Alzheimer’s. I think he is a smart operator except that he is running out of time and options. He has become desperate, like a car with no GPS, turning here and there,” said political commentator Dr Azmi Omar.

The political landscape is in a state of flux. On one side, Umno and PAS are in the midst of a blooming romance and on the other side, Dr Mahathir has become the new BFF of the opposition front.

It is quite mortifying for the former premier to be shut out of the palace ceremony to usher in the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

It has never happened before and he is somewhat of a persona non grata where the palace is concerned.

His supporters say this is not the way to treat an elder statesman but his critics say his actions and statements of late have been anything but that of a statesman.

To rub salt into injury, Najib recently praised Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi whom he said “has shown how a former prime minister should behave”.

Dr Mahathir is a political animal par excellence but taking on Najib has turned out to be far more tortuous than he could have imagined.

Things will not get easier with the palace factor coming into play.

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The fact is that through the years Dr Mahathir have spoken poorly of HRH Malay Rulers openly as heredity rulers who are uninterested to take care the people, have now risen and demonstrated their displeasure on his politics and statements.

Dr Mahathir tried to pretend that there has never been bad blood between him and the nine Royal Household throughout these years. This is especially as the Fourth Prime Minister, he used the Parliament to amend the powers and immunity of the Rulers twice (1984 & 1993).

As such, he tried to take his ‘Deklarasi Dr Mahathir-Kit Siang’ muddled in the fake “1.4 million signatories” to shove it in the face first the SPB YDP Agong XIV and later the Council of Rulers, in his sinister agenda to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Then again, if details of Dr Mahathir’s politics against Prime Minister Najib changed far too many times. First is was the allegations on the 1MDB financial fiasco.

He shifted the amount “Disappeared from 1MDB books” so many times. RM42bil, RM24bil, RM18bil, RM16bil, RM12bil, RM8bil were the amount that were “Stolen from 1MDB” (depending the time and place this ceramah was made).

His battle cry a year and quarter ago was about “Saving UMNO”.

Then after a series of events, like him exiting UMNO in January and Dato’ Seri Mukhriz being sacked at MB Kedah, it didn’t create the ripple he wanted. Hardly any top leaders left the party in support of him.

In fact, UMNO members treated it as non event and majority of Malaysians were nonchalant,

So in March, he teamed up with arch enemy of half a century Chinese Chauvinist DAP Emperorissimo Lim Kit Siang and other Opposition leaders. It was a political move which took so many by surprise, considering all both leaders have pronounced about each other in the past.

Then he changed the battle cry to, “Saving Malaysia”.

This political-madness did not augur well, either with DAP hard core older supporters. Nor to the Malays who in the past was sympathetic or willing to give Dr Mahathir the benefit of the doubt, for the so called ‘Champion of the Malay Agenda” for so long.

What is unbelievable now is that how Dr Mahathir is trying to hoodwink his way to undo everything he had casted in the mind of the Malays about DAP and its Chinese Chauvinism and anti-Malay policies and stance.

 

After half a century of creating DAP as the bogeyman for the Malays, Dr Mahathir said DAP leaders are giving assurances that they would abide the Federal Constitution, particularly provisions of Islam and Special Malay Rights.

All appeared as a lie on top of a previous lie. More over, the splinter party he founded with sacked UMNO Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is also a Malay based party instead of a multiracial one.

Prime Minister Najib sums it up quite aptly at the MCA national convention recently:

In the final analysis, Dr Mahathir went to Chinese Chauvinist Lim Kit Siang and Opposition Leaders because he is desperate to topple Prime Minister Najib out of office.

At the Parti Amanah Negara convention today, Dr Mahathir proclaimed that “PAS is a confused party”. PAN is a splinter group of Young Turks, more inclined to Anwar Ibrahim liberal brand of Islam and many believes=d is being funded to directly challenge the pro-Ulama’ PAS traditionalists.

In reality, Dr Mahathir is creating madness out of his obsession. The Opposition (Pakatan Harapan + Pribumi Bersatu + PAS) would have to face the Malays, which is the largest group voters and most parliamentary constituencies.

This madness would not happen smoothly because each parties have separate and even opposing ideology and agenda. All of these opposing variances can never be sorted out. A good example is the formation of Pakatan Rakyat, since 2008.

For Dr Mahathir to go around meeting the Malays attempting to canvass the hope of this political party of Motley Crew could get their act together and later post 14GE and form a Federal Government, to carry of business of running the country itself is a notion of madness.

Probably in the scheme of things on many variances to the complicated formula and in the mind of obsessed and man-possessed Negara-sawan it looks promising. However to go around trying to hoodwink simpleton rakyat that this is their offering and would work is madness.

It is at par of Hitler selling his ideals of Nazi to the gullible Germans.

Published in: on December 11, 2016 at 19:00  Comments (3)  

Hanuman Gila!

Kegilaan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad makin menjadi-jadi apabila menyalahkan istana menurut selera politik apabila sebagaimana biasa beliau gagal menerima hakikat bahawa beliau sendiri punca apa yang berlaku lewat ini.

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PEMBATALAN

8 Dec 2016 | Uncategorized

Pada 10 haribulan 11, 2016, saya menerima jemputan dari Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja yang menjunjung titah perintah Majlis Raja-Raja untuk menghadiri Mesyuarat Majlis Raja-Raja Yang Ke-244 (Khas) di Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur pada hari Selasa 13hb Disember 2016 bersamaan 13 Rabiulawal 1438H jam 11.00 pagi sempena Istiadat Melafaz dan menandatangani Sumpah Jawatan oleh Seri Paduka Baginda Sultan Muhammad V, Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah, Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Saya jawab bahawa saya akan hadir kerana saya anggap acara ini sebagai acara nasional yang tidak ada kaitan dengan mana-mana parti politik.

Pada 6hb Disember, 2016 saya terima surat dari Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja yang menyebut:

“Dengan hormat saya menyusuli undangan yang dihantar kepada YABhg Tun dan memaklumkan bahawa undangan tersebut adalah dibatalkan.
Surat ini bermaksud untuk mengelak sebarang kesipuan (embarrassment) jika YABhg Tun hadir pada hari dan ketika tersebut kerana Pejabat ini tiada menyediakan kerusi kepada YABhg Tun.”

Rupa-rupanya acara negara adalah sebahagian dari politik parti.

Saya minta maaf kerana membuat anggapan yang salah. Saya akan ambil ingatan bahawa Istana Negara adalah milik Najib dan Parti Barisan Nasional.

Sekian.

Terima Kasih.

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Tun Dr Mahathir sebagai Mantan Perdana Menteri berniat jahat dengan menukilkan dua para terakhir.

Semestinya beliau sedar dan amat faham hanya Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong dan sekelian baginda Raja-Raja Melayu sahaja yang menitahkan sebarang arahan kepada Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja.

Oleh demikian, pihak pentadbiran dan Eksekutif tak mungkin ada hak pun, jauh sekali berkuasa untuk mengeluarkan arahan kepada Penyimpan Mohon Besar Raja-Raja untuk menarik balik dan membatalkan undangan kepada Dr Mahathir untuk istiadat menanda tangani dan melafaz peralihan kepada SPB YDP Agong XV.

Hakikatnya, sebagai Negarawan Dr Mahathir dewasa ini melibatkan diri dengan mengeluarkan kenyataan, ceramah dan ucapan, terlibat dalam aktiviti politik yang tidak melambangkan kedudukan dan penghormatan beliau terima, terutama dari negara.

Beliau sewajarnya menunjukkan contoh yang baik dan menjadi warga model agar menjadi ikutan golongan muda. Sebaliknya beliau telah beberapa kali berbohong, melemparkan tohmahan dan fijnah, demi kegilaan ego agenda politik peribadi.

Menyalahkan pentadbiran dan Eksekutif sebagai dalang dalam undangan ini dibatalkan merupakan reaksi yang tidak bertanggung jawab. Ianya selari dengan segala apa yang tidak memenuhi selera beliau apabila mereka yang diharapkan, beralih pendapat dan kedudukan mereka keatas kegilaan apa yang dihajati oleh Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir juga tidak sedikit pun menyebut berkenaan beberapa pemimpin lain yang undangan mereka untuk istiadat yang sama juga dibatalkan. Ianya seolah-olah memangsakan Tun berdua sahaja.

Published in: on December 8, 2016 at 19:00  Comments (3)  

Kera Sumbang

Pengecualian bagi majlis terpenting dalam sejarah negara terutama apabila undangan yang sudah dikeluarkan ditarik-balik, adalah indikasi bahawa perbuatan, tutur-kata dan tindakan seseorang Negarawan itu tidak lagi melambangkan seorang pemimpin yang layak dan wajar dibariskan dalam apa-apa upacara rasmi negara.

Laporan Malaysiakini:

Jemputan Dr M ke majlis Agong dibatal, kerusi tak disedia

 

Undangan supaya Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ke istiadat menandatangani surat sumpah Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan timbalan baginda pada 13 Disember ini dibatalkan.

Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja dikatakan memaklumkan perkara itu kepada Mahathir melalui surat bertarikh 5 Disember (kelmarin).

Ia juga dikatakan bagi “mengelak kesipuan (embarrassment)” kerana tiada kerusi untuk Mahathir disediakan dalam istiadat itu.

Ia dialamatkan kepada Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana yang diasaskan Mahathir di Putrajaya.

Seorang pegawai Mahathir ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini mengesahkan menerima surat itu.

Malaysiakini sedang cuba menghubungi pejabat Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja bagi mendapatkan pengesahan dan penjelasan mereka.

Kandungan surat itu dikatakan mendoakan Mahathir berada dalam keadaan baik dan sihat serta turut memohon maaf kepada beliau.

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Ini kali pertama undangan kepada seorang Mantan Perdana Menteri bagi istiadat yang melibatkan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong ditarik semula.

Bagi seorang Negarawan yang pernah berkhidmat dan berjasa kepada Negara dan dianugerahkan bintang kebesaran tertinggi, untuk dikecualikan menunjukkan bahawa beliau merupakan seorang yang dilayan sebagai persona non grata.

Ada beberapa kemungkinan ini berlaku. Pertama, walaupun Tun Dr. Mahathir merupakan seorang mantan Perdana Menteri, baru-baru beliau melibatkan diri dengan demonstrasi haram BERSIH 5 dan berucap.

Beliau juga pernah meminta kuasa asing untuk campur tangan, dalam kegilaan beliau untuk menumbangkan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Dr. Mahathir pernah juga berkata “Agong dibawah tahanan rumah (house arrest)” apabila pada masa itu permohonan beliau untuk mengadap DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV belum diperkenankan,

Ini semua belum diambil kira ucapan-ucapan dan penulisan yang beliau buat, yang dianggap menghasut agar rakyat membenci, seterusnya bangkit untuk bergerak dan menumbangkan Perdana Menteri Najib.

Istiadat ini merupakan salah satu yang akan menjadi lipatan sejarah dimana ianya akan dihadiri oleh kesemua DYMM Raja-Raja Melayu, TYT Negeri, Menteri Besar, Ketua Menteri, Menteri Kabinet, Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan, Pegawai-Pegawai Kanan Kerajaan, Panglima Panglima Servis ATM

Published in: on December 7, 2016 at 17:30  Comments (12)  

Negara-Sawan reduction

In his bid to serve the madness his personal ego and obsession, the once Statesman reduced himself pathetically. He resorted to gutter politics, name-calling, on top his usual manipulation of facts, history, slander and lies.

Dr Mahathir tried pathetically to justify his ‘treachery’ to UMNO and the Malay race when since March, he openly embraced arch enemy of half a dead Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo of DAP Lim Kit Siang.

Not to long ago, he described Lim Kit Siang with passion and enthusiasm as “Kit Siang racist!”. Over on Sunday, he made a surprised appearance at DAP party convention in Shah Alam and pathetically trying to hoodwink the people especially the public that DAP is actually not a racist and Chinese Chauvinist party.

Probably the Malaysian public did not remember Dr Mahathir ever uttered the word “Pengkhianat” (Treacherous) used to described his challengers and enemies within UMNO.

Maybe Mamak sengaja lupa, but it was the photo of Tengku Razaleigh wearing the Kadazan tanjak-like headgear with then being celebrated by PBS Supremo Joseph Pairin Kitingan. The damning photo appeared on the front page of Berita Harian day before the Nov 1990 VIII GE cost them the entire GE.

Ku Li as President of Semangat 46 managed to entice PBS last few days of the 8GE and joy his Gagasan Rakyat. He went to KK and was celebrated, and BH used this photo as front page material to depict

Ku Li as President of Semangat 46 managed to entice PBS last few days of the 8GE to abandon BN and instead joined his Gagasan Rakyat. He went to KK and was celebrated by Pairin, and BH used this photo as front page material to depict “Ku Li pakai salib?”

Musa Hitam’s financial backers in the mid eighties like property developer Clemens D’Cruz were stopped in Subang and not allowed to leave by then the Inland Revenue Department.

D’Cruz through Kadar Shah was financing Musa’s operation of ‘Musa’s Boys’ the Team B, when Ku Li tried to get UMNO delegates to topple Dr Mahathir as UMNO President at the 27 April 1987 party elections.

The Machiavellian madman is far away of being saint.

It is time also that Dr Mahathir (along with Mahiaddin), explain to the rakyat of Johor about them hiving off the rights to Sg Lingui to Singapore Public Utility Board in an ironclad agreement inked in 1990.

How about ‘Project IC’ in Sabah, where 1 million identity card were indescriminately issued under his instruction to mainly South Filipinas and Indonesians, as a strategy to improve the Muslim voters when the PBS were in power?

The Wisma Putra response to his outrageous idea of 700,000 foreigners coming into Iskandar Puteri area and eventually be absorbed as citizens.

Utusan story:

Dakwaan rancang bawa masuk 700,000 warga China tidak logik

29 November 2016 1:10 AM

KUALA LUMPUR 28 Nov. – Dakwaan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad bahawa kerajaan merancang membawa masuk 700,000 warga China ke Forest City, Johor Baharu dan diberikan kad pengenalan bagi membolehkan mereka mengundi pada pilihan raya umum akan datang adalah tidak logik dan berniat jahat.

Reezal Merican Naina Merican
Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Pulau Pinang, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican berkata, antara yang boleh dipersoalkan ialah bagaimana untuk menempatkan penduduk yang begitu ramai di kawasan penempatan baharu yang memakan masa antara 20 ke 30 tahun untuk di­siapkan sepenuhnya.
Beliau turut mempersoalkan, berapa pula kakitangan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) dan Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) yang perlu disediakan kerajaan untuk menyiapkan kad pengenalan dan daftar mengundi mereka, sedangkan untuk mendaftar 5,000 orang pengundi pun memakan masa yang lama serta memerlukan kakitangan yang ramai.
Tegasnya, dakwaan bekas Perdana Menteri itu tidak lain hanya mahu menanam curiga terhadap kerajaan dalam kalangan rakyat dan boleh disifatkan sebagai satu perbuatan tidak bertanggungjawab serta berbahaya kepada keharmonian negara.
“Proses pembinaan penempatan seperti Forest City bukan boleh dilakukan sekelip mata, Putrajaya yang dibina 20 tahun lalu pun belum siap sepenuhnya, inikan pula projek yang baru memasuki fasa pertama.
“Satu lagi persoalan, berapa ba­nyak pula pekerja yang diperlukan untuk menyediakan kad pengenalan ini, ikutkan akal fikiran memang tidak logik semua perkara itu boleh disiapkan dalam masa terdekat. Rakyat perlu sedar dengan permainan politik seperti ini dan jangan sesekali mudah terpedaya,” katanya ketika dihubungi hari ini.
Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas dakwaan Dr. Mahathir dalam Ceramah Bicara Rakyat Bersatu di Krubung, Me­laka baru-baru ini bahawa lebih 700,000 warga China akan diberi kad pengenalan untuk membo­lehkan mereka mengundi pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.
Dr. Mahathir mendakwa, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang berkunjung ke China selama enam hari baru-baru ini bukan sahaja berunding untuk membina landasan kereta api, tetapi turut berunding untuk memasukkan lebih 700,000 warga China ke Forest City sebuah bandar baru yang dibina di Johor Baharu.
Sementara itu, Ahli Parlimen Johor Bahru, Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Shahrir berpendapat, kenyataan Dr. Mahathir hanya mahu mencari sensasi dengan kebenaran fakta tidak lagi menjadi kepenti­ngan utama asalkan mampu me­ngubah persepsi masyarakat terhadap kerajaan.
Ujarnya, ini bukan kali pertama Barisan Nasional (BN) dikaitkan dengan tuduhan membawa ma­suk warga asing kerana sebelum ini pembangkang pernah mendakwa 40,000 warga Bangladesh menjadi pengundi dalam Pi­lihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13).
“Inilah yang dinamakan sebagai cakap-cakap politik yang hanya mahu mencari sensasi walaupun cerita yang disampaikan mengarut, bagi pembangkang bercakap bohong itu tidak mengapa asalkan mudah diterima.
“Namun, fakta sebenar tentang Forest City diketahui sepenuhnya oleh rakyat Johor hasil sesi penerangan yang diberikan oleh kerajaan negeri, tak boleh tipu, memang benar zon itu adalah zon antarabangsa dan pemiliknya merupakan warga asing tetapi kita tidak sediakan pakej untuk memberi kad pengenalan kepada mereka,” tegas beliau.
– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/politik/dakwaan-rancang-bawa-masuk-700-000-warga-china-tidak-logik-1.413650#sthash.6IbXcETJ.dpuf

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They say the best is for a thief is able to catch a thief. Imagine all of these wild baseless accusations must come from the mind who at one point of time in his 22 years reign, got his chaps to exactly do all these against his detractors and challengers.

And even if he could not remember them all, it is a fact and lots are still around to vouch for them.

Published in: on December 6, 2016 at 08:30  Comments (4)  

Maha-Mule Too

Founder of UMNO Baru Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is extending his strategy to cripple UMNO for the ultimate goal to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak with manipulation and lies about DAP, by specially appearing despite earlier announced “Not invited” and making statements about he was wrong about the Chinese Chauvinist party.

Probably it is worthwhile to recap who the Democratic Action Party really are before more of Dr Mahathir sinister agenda hoodwinks are being manipulated, to justify his treacherous political move to work with the arch enemies of the Malays, just suit his obsessed ego.

DAP was described as the “Radical and racist elements” in the post 13 May 1969 incident analysis, which saw a bloody racial riot and clashes as an outcome of the post 10 May 1969 Third General Election. In the chants of demonstration, the Non Malays particularly the Chinese where instigating seditious slogans and the Malays were insulted.

DAP, as an off spring of People’ Action Party (PAP) of Singapore upon the separation in August 1965, worked with the Malayan Communist Party, which earlier than that decided to take their war no longer in the jungle by through secret societies, trade unions and political movements.

Dr Mahathir could try to be naive and hoodwink the Malays with “They have assured me that they would abide by the Federal Constitution”.

Probably the Chinese Chauvinists within DAP would not amend or even try to append Act 153 Special Malay Rights. However the implementation of policies which exist for that purposes could be violated,

We are talking about MARA, UiTM, PNB, FELDA, FELCRA, RISDA, KEMAS and other SPVs incepted which have shown tremendous success in alleviating the socio-economic status of the Malays through the four and half decade of NEP.

When DAP have establish their governments with the help of PKR and PAN, they would still be the strategic ‘puppet master’ in the back.They already shown tendencies to amend laws so that they could dip their hands into monies collected by Pusat Pungutan Zakat and BaitulMal.

Personaliti gereja dan DAP yang terlibat dalam majlis Red Rock Hotel pada 5 Mei 2011 dikenal pasti

Church leaders and DAP personalities identified at the event at Red Rock Hotel on 5 May 2011

Then again, there is vow made at Red Rock Hotel in MacAllsiter Road, Penang on 5 May 2011. DAP was sponsoring the meet of pastors post Sarawak PRN and their leaders were present at the vow, as part of the religious prayer..

The Chinese Chauvinist Leaders in DAP probably be adhering to the laws under Federal Constitution. However, their co-curriculum engagements with fellow Malaysian Chinese would continue to fan, burn and harbour anti Malay sentiments amongst he Chinese communities.

ADUN DAP blatantly stood on the bench and was yelling despite HRH Regent of PerakDYTM Pemangku Raja Perak was still present in the DUN Perak chambers

ADUN DAP blatantly stood on the bench and was yelling despite HRH Regent of PerakDYTM Pemangku Raja Perak was still present in the DUN Perak chambers

Raja Muda Perak

The instances are so clear. How how the DAP elected represented State Assemblymen and women scuffle infant of the Perak Regent on one of the State Assembly term opening session.

Let us not include erratic DAP Leaders. Just ordinary members of society, who have demonstrated their blatant disregard for the values of unity, harmony and perpaduan antara kaum.

The incident of showing the finger at Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong in Penang Airport, Alvivi Ramadhan month Bah Kut Teh campaign, the recent couple bullying a parking meter girl in Bukit Rahman Putra are some of the outcome of Chinese Chauvinism.

It is really pathetic for the Negara-sawan who has down so much especially to the Malays, trying to undo the very political institution which provided such leadership and facilitation for the Malays to progress this far, is trying to be torpedoed and sink because personal sinister obsession to oust Prime Minister Najib.

Now, he has sold himself to the devil to achineve that sinister obsessed agenda even if he has to be a mule, for DAP leaders to ride onto him to battle against the Malays.

Then again anywhere in the world through time, the ride is left outside with the elements when the journey is compeletded as the rider gets to be cosy in the warmth of the abode.

Published in: on December 5, 2016 at 06:01  Comments (4)  

A New Deal for the Malays

UMNO Johor delegate Dato’ Ayub Rahmat of Sekinjang Division raised a pertinent question when he had the floor, about where would UMNO take the Malays and what would the new deal for the Malays be after 70 years of the nationalist party.

Ayub was critical enough to state that UMNO’s call should no longer about making sounds in the tine of nostalgia, sentiments and rhetorics.

He called for ‘Radical Transformation’ for UMNO, as the mainstay of political power which forms the Government as the lead facilitator to plan, govern and implement policies and strategic plans for Malaysians, not only the Malays.

What we see is that UMNO would play its strategic role to provide the broad strokes  and lead the rakyat’s aspiration from the Government. There on, the Federal Government would be the master-facilitator for several different categories of the Malays.

The top band would be those who are able to complete and participate at global level, be it in commercial, professional services or academic.

The next band would be those who are competent in the regional level.

The third band is group which is able to fend for themselves with minimal assistance from the Government and shed the stigma of ‘The Malays have subsidy mentality’.

The fourth and lowest band would be the group which is still in need for Government facilitation, which include infrastructure and socio-economic development programs to alleviate themselves as probably the band being defined currently as ‘B40’.

After all, the philosophical role of a government in to provide what the people are not able to do for themselves.

Ayub pleaded that UMNO should work on this ‘New Deal for the Malays’ and call for a special assembly to present the strategic plan for the Malays.

 

Published in: on December 3, 2016 at 09:00  Comments (1)  

Maha-Mule

his Majesty the King wouldn't accommodate Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

His Majesty the King wouldn’t accommodate Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

UMNO Baru Founder Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad may not want the Chinese Chauvinist DAP to rule, although they are riding on him in the process to cripple BN by the success of the Malays turning their back against UMNO.

The Fourth Prime Minister is obsessed going around demonising against UMNO President Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak with manipulation of facts, slanders and lies. It also at the expense of UMNO.

Dr. Mahathir proclaimed that “DAP assured me that if they are in power, they would adhere to the Federal Constitution”.

What he is naively trying to insinuate is that the Chauvinist Chinese DAP would adhere and respect Special Malay Rights provisions in the Federal Constitution, like Article 153.

However, it is doubtful that DAP leaders would leave alone institution for benefits of Bumiputera such as MARA, UiTM, PNB, FELDA, RISDA, FELCRA, TH and various Zakat Boards.

UMNO President Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was mindful enough when this was specifically mentioned in this year’s UMNO General Assembly keynote address.

After 2008, it is apparent that DAP was the culprits behind who wanted Selangor State Govt to interfere and dip into the zakat monies collected in the Baitulmal for development purposes.

Let us be reminded for the brief 11 months DAP ruled through puppet MB Perak Nizar Jamaluddin, land parcels of 999 years lease were rampantly issued to Non Malays, particularly their supporters.

In the eight years DAP ruled Penang, many Malay petty traders have suffered. This is not withstanding the many corruption involving key  State Govt officials.

Even the Chief Minister and family are rampantly involved in corruption and at the moment being charged.

DAP is the party with 37 MPs in Dewan Rakyat. That makes them the most powerful Opposition compared to PKR, PAN, PAS and the new kid on the block, Dr Mahathir’s Pribumi Bersatu.

Dr. Mahathir is DAP’s Trojan Horse into the traditional Malay voters. Inadvertently, this would destroy UMNO when DAP comes to power and the struggle for the Malay Agenda is gone.

Then again as a animal being riden on, it does not the same perks when the journey ends. The rider would be in the warmth and comfort of the abode where as the ride, remains outside with the elements.

Maybe DAP sincerity of providing fair and progressive leadership is something Dr. Mahathir trying to hoodwink voters, especially the Malays.

However, the Malays would never be the mule that Dr Mahathir allowed himself to be.

Published in: on December 2, 2016 at 14:00  Comments (4)  

Wala’, perserverance and waging a war on treachery

UMNO President Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak delivering the keynote adddress for UMNO GA 2016

UMNO President Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak delivering the keynote adddress for UMNO GA 2016

UMNO President Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak gave his simple but most powerful speech to ensure UMNO sustain its struggle and continue to serve the nation as the mainstay of the political power ever since the Federation was incepted as a sovereign nation.

He spoke and reminded the delegates representing 191 Division converging at Dewan Merdeka how the party sustained its strength and maintained its course despite being tested with major crisis. All due to the leaders and members remained and maintained ‘Wala’ (loyalty) and put the party agenda and struggle paramount to personal issues.

Prime Minister Najib reminded delegates to remain loyal is a responsibility, which is about maintaining teamwork. That is very much part of cultural-religious trait which defines a Malay.

He took a swipe at former leaders who were in strategic and position of power  but blurt out state secrets when they are no longer there and were disgruntled.

Prime Minister Najib also articulated about the Malays, who were fragmented and without any resources organised themselves through 41 NGOs managed to form UMNO 70 years ago.

The nationalist party not only successful in reversing Malayan Union, but also strived for Kemerdekaan with the blessing of HRH Malay Rulers. In the process, UMNO forged alliance with the Non Malays and the concept of ‘power-share’ was born.

He also reminded the audience that UMNO provided the sound and continuous leadership which developed the nation, transformed societies and alleviated the people.

As expected, he was not shy to strike his former mentor Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for abandoning  the party, all for the obsession of a personal agenda. He described Dr. Mahathir willingness to co-operate with Opposition leaders especially Lim Kit Siang, BERSIH 5, foreign powers and “currency rogue” Soros as “Ultimate betrayal”.

He reminded that UMNO as an organisation and its members were very loyal to Dr Mahathir when he was in power.

Today, Dr Mahathir not only disloyal to UMNO but willing to co-operate with arch enemy DAP to destroy UMNO. That has been described as despicable.

Prime Minister Najib reminded the Malays that DAP never shed its Anti-Malay policies and if ever they come to power, agencies created and developed to alleviate the socio-economic status like PNB, MARA, FELDA, RISDA and UiTM would be ridiculed and existence be challenged. Eventually, it would be taken away.

So would institution like JAKIM, Tabung Haji and Zakat boards.

Prime Minister Najib also elaborated on the PAS’s Private Parliamentarian Bill RUU355 to empower the Syariah Criminal Courts, that the Non Muslims shouldnt be concerned and eventually, the Federal Government would introduce the Bill.

This very much spelled out that Prime Minister Najib value the co-Operation with PAS. He interpreted that the jihad UMNO is undertaking is for the whole nation.

He also articulated the value of ‘Unity’ amongst the Malays and should move forward together and find the common course for betterment.

Published in: on December 1, 2016 at 13:30  Comments (1)