Titah Tuanku: Make changes from within

HRH Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim penned his thoughts (titah) the day after the Opposition leaders assembled in Taman Dahlia, Pasir Gudang, Johor, which serves as a very good reminder for all Johoreans in particular and Malaysians, in general.

Johor Southern Tigers Facebook:

PANDANGAN IKHLAS SAYA UNTUK RAKYAT JOHOR YANG SAYA SAYANGI

Hanya pandangan peribadi saya untuk rakyat Johor.

Assalamualaikum W.B.T. Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk berkongsi pandangan dan pesanan saya kepada rakyat Johor yang saya kasihi sekalian. Saya memberi nasihat dan berkongsi pendapat saya bukan sebagai ahli politik yang perlukan undian, tetapi ia datang dari hati saya sebagai seorang anak Raja yang berkhidmat kepada rakyatnya. Taat setia saya adalah kepada Sultan saya, negeri Johor dan rakyat saya. DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya saling berkongsi pandangan dan inisiatif apa yang terbaik buat masa hadapan negeri Johor. Bukan sahaja dalam segi pentadbiran kerajaan tetapi untuk memperbaikinya dan menjadi kuasa ekonomi dalam negara, menangani mentaliti ektrimis, menaiktaraf sistem pendidikan dan sistem kesihatan.

Dengan senario politik yang berlaku sekarang dalam negara, tidak kiralah parti yang memerintah atau parti pembangkang, rakyat perlu pandai menilai apa yang terbaik untuk negeri kita dan negara. Dalam situasi politik, rakyat hanya dengar apa yang disampaikan oleh ahli politik di dalam ucapan mereka atau di media sosial. Tetapi yang tahu situasi sebenar adalah DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya sendiri. Apa sahaja rahsia sulit dan agenda mereka kami tahu. Semua maklum bahawa ahli politik ini apabila inginkan sesuatu, mereka akan menabur janji-janji manis. Saya bukan ahli politik tetapi saya juga ada agenda saya sendiri dan agenda saya adalah untuk kedaulatan negeri Johor dan kesejahteraan rakyat Johor.

Semua maklum bahawa UMNO dilahirkan di negeri Johor, di dalam istana negeri Johor. Saya tahu buat masa ini rakyat semua berkecil hati terhadap kepimpinan negara dan saya faham. Bagi pandangan saya, UMNO perlu lebih aset daripada liabiliti. Ia bermakna UMNO perlu bertukar cara pentadbiran dan pemikiran serta polisi terutama sekali sistem hirarki. Kita perlu lebih aset iaitu orang-orang muda yang ingin berkhidmat kepada negara dan berkongsi pengetahuan mereka yang berpotensi.

Saya juga tidak akan lupa siapa yang merosakkan UMNO, yang menjadi peneraju dan melahirkan kroni-kroni, melahirkan korupsi, melahirkan proksi dan juga siapa yang cuba menarik kuasa-kuasa Diraja termasuklah cuba untuk membubarkan Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor (JMF) yang kami semua sayangi. Kedaulatan negeri Johor jangan dipersoalkan. Kami telah wujud dari tahun 1885 sehingga kerajaan persekutuan juga belajar protokol, pentadbiran dan perlembagaan daripada kami. Kami adalah negeri pertama yang mempunyai perlembagaan sendiri dan ia menjadi contoh kepada negara. Kadangkala kita tidak boleh menyalahkan sesebuah organisasi atau parti oleh kerana hanya seorang yang bermasalah.

Saya tidak lupa pada tahun 1992 ketika saya kecil dahulu dan nakal di sekolah, cikgu akan bercakap kepada saya, “Awak jangan main-main, awak tu kerabat diraja. Jika saya mengadu kepada Mahathir, habis awak.” Begitu juga dengan kisah Prebet Adam dimana Almarhum Sultan Iskandar iaitu datuk saya yang tidak ada peluang untuk mempertegakkan diri kerana ketika zaman itu tiada kemudahan internet, semua media dikawal oleh kerajaan.

Media mengeluarkan kenyataan kononnya prebet Adam mengamuk apabila mendapat tahu adik beliau dibunuh oleh Sultan Johor ketika itu. Sedangkan Prebet Adam tiada adik lelaki dan hanya ada adik perempuan yang meninggal dunia ketika berumur 2 tahun dalam tragedi rumah terbakar. Saya juga ada berjumpa dengan seorang individu berasal dari Kedah pada tahun lepas. Beliau yang bercerita kepada saya yang beliau berjumpa dengan Prebet Adam dan Prebet Adam menceritakan bagaimana dia dipaksa sepanjang 10 hari di dalam bilik sel yang gelap oleh anggota polis untuk mengaku yang Sultan Johor membunuh adiknya. Inilah yang sanggup dilakukan oleh kepimpinan tertinggi kerajaan ketika itu demi mendapatkan kuasa sepenuhya di dalam negara.

Rakyat jangan mudah tertipu dengan individu lidah bercabang dua seperti ular. Buat masa ini individu tersebut bukan ingin selamatkan negara tetapi apa yang dia sedang lakukan sekarang adalah kerana takut apa akan terjadi kepada anak-anaknya pada masa akan datang. Sedangkan orang yang paling kaya di dalam dunia pun belum pasti mampu untuk melahirkan tiga orang anak yang ‘billionaire’. Nasihat saya kepada rakyat Johor, jikalau kita tidak suka sesuatu dengan kerajaan, laungkan suara kita untuk pastikan mereka tahu apa yang kita inginkan. Anda semua mempunyai DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya di mana kami boleh sampaikan suara rakyat kepada kerajaan yang memerintah dan kepimpinan tertinggi dalam negara. Jangan sesekali anda sangka yang kami tiada inisiatif untuk memperbaiki sistem yang berada didalam kerajaan.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang saya hormati. Jikalau anda mahu berperang atau mahukan pertembungan antara kerajaan negeri Johor dan kerajaan persekutuan ia tidak akan mendatangkan apa-apa faedah. Jikalau kami mampu melahirkan ramai lagi anak muda yang ada potensi, sanggup berkhidmat kepada negara dan kami boleh pastikan yang dia mampu mewakili kerajaan, kita boleh mengubah segala-galanya daripada dalam.

DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya mempunyai agenda dan perancangan tersendiri. Agenda utama kami adalah untuk negeri Johor tetapi apa cara untuk kami sampai ke Putrajaya, kami tidak boleh kongsikan kepada anda semua. Ia adalah sulit dan rahsia. Saya bukan ingin menyokong mana-mana parti politik tetapi untuk mengubah nasib negara dan memperbaiki sistem, bukan untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan. Kita perlu mengubahnya daripada dalam.

Jadi, saya dan negara-negara jiran kami berpandangan, jika kapal ini telah berjalan dengan baik selama berpuluh tahun dan mempunyai masalah oleh kerana nakhodanya yang bermasalah, tidak perlu tukar kepada enjin yang baharu. Duduk di dalam kapal yang sama, dan membimbing nakhoda tersebut dan beritahu ke mana kita mahu pergi. Cukup ini sahajalah yang dapat saya kongsikan bersama rakyat. Tetapi rakyat Johor perlu percaya kepada visi DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya sendiri. Tidak perlu banyak perkara untuk dijadikan contoh. Cukup satu perkara kecil sahaja yang boleh saya beritahu anda semua untuk dijadikan sebagai contoh.

Apa yang anda lihat dengan apa yang saya lakukan dalam pentadbiran Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia (FAM) adalah sama apa yang kami akan lakukan di pentadbiran peringkat tertinggi. Bola sepak hanyalah minat saya. Pada 30hb Jun 2016, saya ada mengeluarkan satu kenyataan dalam laman rasmi JOHOR Southern Tigers yang mengatakan kami akan memusnahkan apa yang anda bina dan kami akan bina yang lebih baik. Ia adalah satu pembayang apa yang ingin saya lakukan kepada sistem pentadbiran FAM ketika itu. Saya tidak kongsikan perkara ini kepada ramai pihak tetapi hari ini saya akan kongsikan kepada semua. Misi saya ketika menyertai FAM adalah untuk memperbaiki dan mempertingkatkan struktur sedia ada. Ia juga untuk menukar struktur perlembagaan dalam FAM bagi memastikan kuasa Presiden FAM dan Persatuan Bolasepak adalah terhad. Mereka hanya menjaga Jawatankuasa Tatatertib, pengadil dan pasukan kebangsaan. FAM juga tidak lagi memberi arahan dan terlibat dengan apa yang berlaku kepada pasukan, kelab, kewangan dan pentadbiran liga. Apa yang saya lakukan adalah saya mengubah perlembagaan di mana kami melabur kepada FAM, melabur kepada semua pasukan dan kami menjaga kepentingan Malaysian Football League (MFL). Ini adalah sebab mengapa saya keluar daripada FAM kerana kuasa tiada kepada Persatuan Bolasepak sama seperti di negara-negara luar. Kuasa berada pada badan berkecuali yang menguruskan liga seperti LaLiga (Sepanyol), Seria A (Itali), English Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Jerman) dan sekarang di Malaysia adalah MFL. Tetapi jangan salah tafsir dengan menganggap Presiden FAM sebagai proksi. Beliau bukan proksi tetapi adalah individu yang layak dan boleh bekerjasama dengan MFL. Ini diibaratkan seperti latihan saya sebelum agenda saya yang lebih besar di peringkat tertinggi melibatkan pentadbiran sistem negeri dan kerajaan.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, saya datang dari keluarga dan hidup di dunia yang anda tidak boleh lihat dan dunia itu dikawal rapi. Anda lihat bagaimana pergerakan sesuatu rejim dan organisasi sulit mengawal dunia. Kami juga mempunyai sistem yang sama tetapi kami organisasi yang berbeza. Jika anda lihat bagaimana organisasi sulit mengawal negara-negara besar daripada sebuah tanah kecil di Timur Tengah dan inilah yang kami lakukan disini untuk mengawal takdir sesebuah negara. Ia telah dilakukan sejak zaman nenek moyang saya dan kami akan meneruskannya untuk rakyat bagi ‘restore the order’ apabila ia terkeluar daripada ‘order’ tersebut. Itulah tanggungjawab kami dan ia akan sentiasa menjadi tugas kami.

Sekarang ini, di dalam negara situasi politik agak berkucar kacir. Tetapi ia tidak semestinya adalah pengakhiran dunia (kiamat). Inilah masanya untuk ‘restore the order’ dan melaksanakannya kepada sistem yang telah dirosakkan oleh individu yang berumur 93 tahun ingin menjadi Perdana Menteri sekarang ini. Jangan tertipu, buka mata anda, gunakan akal fikiran dan ikut bayangan yang akan saya berikan kerana saya tahu apa yang anda tidak tahu. Anda perlu percaya kepada saya kerana saya tahu apa yang ingin saya lakukan. Inilah masanya untuk bumi selatan mengawal sesetengah situasi dan memulihkan semula ‘order’ yang telah dirosakkan oleh individu yang tamakkan kuasa dan duit. Jangan mudah terpengaruh dan percaya dengan apa yang anda dengar semalam di Pasir Gudang. Negeri Johor tidak akan pernah lupa kepada individu yang ingin membubarkan Angkatan Setia Negeri Johor (JMF) yang telah wujud sejak 1886 dan berangan mahu menarik kuasa Sultan Johor yang memerintah serta memperkecilkan perlembagaan negeri Johor yang telah wujud sebelum adanya negara bernama Malaysia.

Ingatlah wahai rakyat Johor yang saya kasihi sekalian. Bersatu kita teguh bercerai kita roboh. Selagi rakyat Johor bersatu bersama-sama dengan kepimpinan DYMM Sultan Johor termasuk saya, pelbagai perkara yang kita mahukan boleh dicapai untuk masa hadapan anak cucu cicit kita. Jangan kita berpecah belah dan mudah dipermainkan dengan anasir-anasir luar yang mahu menghancurkan kedaulatan negeri ini. Lihatlah apa yang telah saya lakukan terhadap bola sepak. Bola sepak ini hanyalah latihan. Ia ibarat saya ke ‘driving range’ sebelum pertandingan golf sebenar.

Jangan tukar kapal jika enjin masih berfungsi dengan baik. Jangan menukar nakhoda kapal tetapi benarkan sultan saya dan saya membimbing nakhoda tersebut demi anda.
Ubah dan pertingkatkan apa yang perlu diubah dan apa yang perlu dipertingkatkan untuk negeri dan negara yang tercinta.

DYAM Mejar Jeneral Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Mahkota Johor

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MY HONEST OPINION FOR MY BELOVED PEOPLE OF JOHOR

Just my personal opinion Johorean

Assalamualaikum and peace be upon you. I would like to take this opportunity to send a message and express my views to the beloved people of Johor. I’m giving my advice and sharing my views not as a politician, but rather a message from my heart as a young prince serving his people. My loyalty is to my Sultan, the state of Johor and to my fellow Johorean. HM The Sultan of Johor and I have shared our views and initiatives for what is best for the state of Johor in the future. All aspects have been taken into consideration which not only covers the governance of Johor, but also the blueprint to make Johor an economic powerhouse in this country. Along with this, we’ve also addressed issues to tackle extremism as well as upgrading the educational system and healthcare.

With the political senario that is currently happening in our country, regardless whether or not it’s the ruling government or the opposition, the people must be smart in evaluating what is best for our state and country. Currently, the people are only hearing what the politicians are saying through their speeches or reading articles circulating on social media. The ones who know the real situation is HM The Sultan of Johor and myself. We know their secrets and agendas. Everyone is well aware that when a politician wants something, they will make sweet promises. I am not a politician but I too have my own agenda, and my agenda is to ensure the sovereignty and the welfare of the state of Johor.

Everyone knows that UMNO was formed in Johor. In a Johor’s state palace to be exact. I know the people are discouraged by the leadership of the country and I understand. In my view, UMNO needs to have more assets than liabilities. It means UMNO needs to revamp the way it governs, change the way it thinks and it’s policy. One important factor in my opinion is the current party’s hierarchy system. We need more assets in the form of young talents who are ready to serve the country and share their knowledge and replace the old guards with those who have these potential.

I will never forget those who damaged UMNO. The forerunner who gave birth to cronyism, those who gave birth to corruption and proxies, those who wanted to strip away the power of the royal institution and those who attempted to disband our beloved Johor Military Force (JMF). Do not question the sovereignty of Johor. We have been established since 1885. In the early days of the formation of Malaysia, the central government learnt protocols, adopted the structure of governance as well as the constitution from us. We were the first state to have our very own constitution and has been a model to other countries. We should not blame the whole organisation or party because of one problematic individual.

I won’t forget the year 1992. Back then I was a small and naughty kid in school. My teachers will say, “Do not play a fool, you are royalty, if I were to report you to Mahathir, you are done for “. Same goes for the story of Private Adam, where my late grandfather, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was not given a chance to defend himself. Back then we did not have the luxury of the internet and all media were controled by the government.

The media reported that Private Adam apparently “ran amok” when he got news that his brother was murdered by the Sultan of Johor. Private Adam did not have a brother and only a sister who perished in a fire at home when she was 2. Last year I met an individual from Kedah who told me that he met with Private Adam who told him how he was forced for 10 straight days in a dark cell by policeman and confess that the Sultan of Johor had killed his brother. This is how low the highest government’s leadership then is willing to go to have absolute power in this nation.

I hope the people are not easily fooled by a forked tongue individual. At the moment he is not trying to save the country, he is more worried of what will happen to his children in the future. Even the wealthiest person on earth would not be able to give birth to three ‘billionaires’. My advice to the people of Johor is, if you have a problem with the government then raise your voice and let them know what you want. All of you have me and the HM Sultan of Johor to convey the peoples voice to the highest leadership in the country. Never for once think that we have no initiative to fix the system within the government.

Ladies and gentlemen. If you want to fight or start a war between the Johor government and the federal government, a head on collision, it does not bring any benefits. If we can produce more young talents with potential, willing to serve the country so we can ensure he or she is capable of representing the government, we can change everything from the inside.

HM Sultan of Johor and I have agendas and plans. Our main agenda is the state of Johor, but how we reach Putrajaya, we can’t disclose to all of you as it is private and confidential. I do not any political party, but in order to change a country’s fate and improve the system, it is not by bringing down a government. We need to change it from the inside.

Our neighboring countries and I believe that if a ship has been sailing fine for many years but has an issue due to its skipper, do not fix it with a new engine. We stay on the same ship and guide the skipper to where we want to go. That’s all I’m sharing with the people. But the people of Johor must believe in the vision of HM Sultan of Johor and I. I do not need to show many examples. Just one small example is enough for me to illustrate for you.

What you saw with what I did with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) administration is similar to what we will do with the administration at the highest level. Football is only my hobby. On the 30th June 2016, I released a statement with a quote on the JOHOR Southern Tigers official page saying, “We will destroy what you have built and we will build an even better one”. It hinted on what I wanted to do with the FAM administration at that time. I did not share it with many people, but today I will share it with all of you. My mission when I joined the FAM was to fix and improve the existing structure. It was also meant to change the FAM’s constitution ensuring that the powers of the FAM President and Football Association are limited. They will only look after the disciplinary committee, referees and the national teams. The FAM will no longer have the power to instruct or be involved in matters related to teams, clubs, the finances and the league’s
administration. What I did was I changed the constitution whereby instead of investing in the FAM, we invested in all the teams and we took care of the interests of Malaysian Football League (MFL), no longer the FAM. This was why I left the FAM because the power is no longer with the Football Association just like in other countries. The power is with a neutral body that manages the league just like in LaLiga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), English Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany) and now in Malaysia. It’s called the MFL. Don’t misinterpret it by thinking that the President of the FAM is a proxy. He is not a proxy but an individual who is qualified and can work together with the MFL. Once again, the modus operandi is simply my training before partaking my bigger agenda which is the highest levels involving the state and federal administration.

Ladies and gentlemen, I come from a family and live in a world that you cannot see and that world is carefully guarded. Just look at the small state regime in the middle east and the secret societies that controls the world. We are a totally different organisation but what we do is pretty similar. That is what we are doing here, to shape the destiny of a nation from the small southern state. It has been done long ago by my fore fathers and we will keep on doing it for the people. To restore the order when the order steps out of line. That is our duty and will forever be our duty.

At the moment, the political situation in the country is a bit messy, but it is not the end of the world. This is the time to restore the orders and implement systems that have been damaged by individuals who are dreaming of becoming Prime Minister. Do not be deceived, open your eyes, use your minds and follow the clues I have given because I know things you don’t know. You only have to trust me, I know what I am doing. This is the time for the South to take control of the situation that has been damaged by money and power greedy individuals and stear it in the right order. Do not be easily manipulated into believing whatever you heard last night in Pasir Gudang. Johor state will never forget that individual who tried to disband the Johor Military Force (JMF) an organisation that has stood since 1886 and that same time, dreaming of diminishing the Sultan’s power, belittling our constitution that has been here since before the inception of the country called Malaysia.

To my beloved people of Johor, we must remember that United we stand, divided we fall. As long as the people of Johor are together with HM The Sultan of Johor and I, we can achieve anything for the future of our children and grandchildren. Do not be easily played by the bad influences out there who want to destroy the sovereignty of this state. Look at what I have done for football. It is merely training at driving range before the real tournament.

Don’t change the boat if the engine is not broken, don’t even change the skipper but allow HM The Sultan of Johor and I guide the skipper for you. Change what needs to be changed and upgrade what needs upgrading for the sake of our beloved country.

HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor

Johor Mesti Sentiasa Jadi Johor

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The message is very strong. Johoreans are reminded to make their choice based on weighing the merits of the future offered to them.

Published in: on April 7, 2018 at 23:59  Leave a Comment  

The theatrics of Tua Kutuk

It was a day of so many dramas by Fourth Prime Minister and de facto leader of an illegal political organisation Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

He made seditious remarks to berate the professionalism of the Police and Armed Forces, as if His Majesty’s armed forces and police are presently supporting a dictatorship, likening to President Fredinand Marcos’s regime.

The Malaysiakini story:

Dr M: Tunggu saya dibunuh baru polis, tentera nak sedar?

Diterbitkan  |  Dikemaskini Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hari ini mengkritik polis dan tentera kerana masih menyokong Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Beliau mengimbas kembali bekas diktator Filipina Ferdinand Marcos yang hanya dapat dijatuhkan selepas pasukan keselamatan tidak lagi menyokongnya selepas Marcos membunuh musuh politiknya, Benigno Aquino pada 1983.

“Saya ingin mengingatkan anda tentang Marcos…Dia boleh menjadi diktator kerana mendapat sokongan polis dan tentera.

“Tetapi selepas dia membunuh Aquino, polis dan tentera memutuskan untuk tidak lagi menyokongnya dan dia pun dijatuhkan.

“Saya tertanya-tanya adalah polis dan tentera (di Malaysia) sanggup menunggu sesiapa di kalangan kita dibunuh terlebih dulu, termasuk saya, sebelum mereka sedar…,” katanya pada sidang media di Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Ketika ditanya sama ada beliau benar-benar risau nyawanya terancam, Mahathir berkata, “Dengan lelaki ini, saya bimbang tentang semua (perkara).”

Bekas perdana menteri itu mengulas kenyataan Panglima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor yang menggesa anggota keselamatan setiakepada kerajaan bawah pimpinan Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Beliau menyifatkan gesaan itu bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menyatakan pasukan keselamatan perlu setia kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan negara, bukan perdana menteri dan kerajaan.

“(Dan) polis nampaknya terikat dengannya (Najib). Mereka kini mengambil arahan daripadanya sehingga melanggar undang-undang dan melakukan jenayah, misalnya menangkap (bekas pemimpin Umno) Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan,” dakwanya.

Selain polis dan tentera, Mahathir juga mendakwa Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) dan Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) sebagai “bersubahat” dengan Najib.

“Mereka semua bekerjasama dalam memusnahkan demokrasi di negara.

“Ini dakwaan saya terhadap mereka. Mereka boleh guna undang-undang terhadap saya tetapi saya tahu undang-undang yang digunakan itu bukan undang-undang sebenar, tetapi undang-undang autoritarian,” katanya lagi.

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The Police and Armed Forces sworn their utmost loyalty to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong. By that, they have to duty to serve His Majesty’s Federal Government which is headed by the Prime Minister.

The power of the Prime Minister (by the way of the Minister of Defence) is clearly provided under the Armed Forces Act 1972. To suggest otherwise, it is unconstitutional.

It is terribly wrong and seditious to utter “It means (Prime Minister) Najib has his own armed forces”.

He also demeaned other Federal Government authorities in the likes of MACC and Inland Revenue Board, which powers were enacted by Parliament Acts  as “Accomplice of (Prime Minister) Najib”.

In Pasir Gudang, the adjacent port town to Johor Bahru tonight, de facto Opposition leader Dr. Mahathir announced that all Opposition candidates of DAP, PKR, PAN and those presumed under the illegal political movement PPBM would use the PKR logo as the common logo.

The Mole story:

Pakatan to use PKR logo in GE14

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – April 6, 2018: All component parties of Pakatan Harapan will contest in the general elections using the PKR logo.

This was confirmed by Pribumi Bersatu information chief Datuk Kamarudin Mohd. Nor today when asked how his party will campaign following its temporary de-registration by the Registar of Societies (RoS) yesterday.

Pakatan, which has yet to be registered with RoS, comprises Pribumi Bersatu, DAP, PKR and Amanah.

“We have decided to use PKR’s logo and it’s not just us (Pribumi Bersatu). DAP and Amanah have also agreed. As for our respective parties’ machinery, they will also be working under PKR’s logo.

“In a way, it was good of Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) to have us temporarily de-registered, otherwise each of us would have kept on insisting to contest under our respective logos. Najib had united us,” he quipped.

Talk of Pakatan contesting under PKR’s logo was widely talked about yesterday following the RoS decision and the DAP’s announcement that it will not contest using its  symbol.

The official announcement on the use of PKR’s logo is expected to be made at a Pakatan gathering in Pasir Gudang tonight.

Kamarudin expressed confidence that the pact has enough time to explain to the people why Pribumi Bersatu will use the PKR logo.

“The people are well aware of our issue with the RoS, so it’s not going to be difficult to explain to them,” he said.

The de-registration was due to Pribumi Bersatu’s failure to submit some documents and the its financial statement.

RoS Director-General Surayati Ibrahim said the party was given 30 days starting yesterday to re-submit the documents or risk permanent de-registration.

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In his speech, Dr Mahathir admitted it was not an easy decision to make for the four different political groups to come and agree to use the PKR logo.

DAP, the party with the most MPs in the 13th Parliament and won 38 constituencies, agreed to forego their traditional ‘Rocket’ logo in the 14GE, which is very much round the corner.

The Presidential Council between the four political groups decided last year that they would use a common political platform and logo for the 14GE, to wrangle support from the voters.

However, their application for Pakatan Harapan was rejected. Dr. Mahathir’s own party was declared provisionally disbanded by the Registrar of Societies yesterday, after failure to comply its own constitution and rectify the 428 complaints by its own members.

In the final analysis, Dr. Mahathir to swallow his vomit, that naturally attached to any reminiscence shred of decency and integrity by accepting his nemesis of half a century and ‘comrades in arms’.

What is worse, he is swallowing any shred of dignity to beg for shelter under the house that was created to oppose every sense of leadership and tyranny exactly two decades ago.

Irony is when the very basis of their establishment was to get rid of him and now he uses their symbol to represent himself. The ones in that faction know how ridiculous they look now?

If they had any common sense in them they would spurn him away like a diseased dog in towards GrandChamberlain of incorrigible compounded lies very much in Mat Sabu’s direction instead

That is Tua Kutuk for you. Unimaginable how low he’d go to serve his Machiavillean obsesssion as a man-possessed.

Published in: on April 6, 2018 at 23:00  Leave a Comment  

Status Quo

As expected, the dissident party formed by obsessed and man-possessed Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Parti Pribumi Malaysia Bersatu failed by its own rules and administration of the party’s Constitution and declared disbanded by Registrar of Societies (RoS).

The Star story:

RoS slaps Pribumi with temporary disband order (update)


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PETALING JAYA: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has ordered Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) to temporarily disband for 30 days.

RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim said Pribumi has failed to fulfil the RoS’ notice requesting for documents and details regarding its annual general meeting (AGM) that was held in December last year.

Speaking at a press conference, she said the RoS served Pribumi with the temporary disbandment notice under Section 14 of the Societies Act 1966 at 12.30pm on Thursday (April 5).

Pribumi, co-founded by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is not allowed to use its logo or conduct any party activity during its disbandment with immediate effect.

“Pribumi is not allowed to conduct any activities during the 30 days. The RoS will take further action if it infringes upon the order,” Surayati said, declining to comment on what further action the RoS will take.

It has 30 days to fulfil the RoS’ request for more documents, failing which, the party will be permanently disbanded.

The Pakatan Harapan component party can lodge an appeal within the 30 days.

Surayati also declined to comment on allegations that it is a political ploy to bar Pribumi from contesting in the general election. She said the RoS was acting on complaints from party members.

The disbandment came as Pakatan filed a judicial review on Feb 21 in its bid to obtain a court order to compel the RoS to respond to its letter to become a registered coalition.

In its affidavit, Pakatan stated that it wrote a letter on July 28 last year to the RoS director-general to register the coalition and again on Aug 21 and most recently Feb 6, 2018, asking for a response.

Pakatan claimed that it did not get a reply and is seeking a mandamus order for the respondent to register it as a coalition under the Societies Act 1966.

The Home Ministry had earlier said ongoing investigations into Pribumi due to complaints received over its AGM is holding up Pakatan’s registration as a formal coalition.

Without RoS’ approval of its registration, Pakatan will not be able to use its official logo to contest in the polls. It will likely use PKR’s logo to contest in the general election.

Pakatan comprises PKR, DAP, Pribumi and Amanah.

 

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It is very unlikely PPBM would be able to furnish all the requirements of RoS within the stipulated thirty days and hence, reverse the rule of temporary disband of PPBM.

This is not the first time that a political party under the leadership of former Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman received the identical fate.

On 4 Feb 1988 Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mr Justice Dato’ Harun Hashim deregistered the United Malay Nationalist Organisation (UMNO) founded by Dato’ Onn Jaafar in 11 May 1946, for failure to keep branch meeting legally as per required by party’s constitution.

The implication of this RoS ruling is quite far reaching. The application for thwe formation of Pakatan Harapan as the Oppositions’ coalition mirror to BN would now fail.

Dr. Mahathir admitted that the Opposition parties on their own would not able to topple the might and advantage of BN as the incumbent ruling party. One of the plan B tactic to tackle the problem faced by de-registration of PPBM and failure to register Pakatan Harapan.

A coalition means that the parties coming together to challenge BN would have a common logo, manifesto and even agenda to match the incumbent.

So far, the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto has been regarded by many as defective, which include former DAP leaders.

What’s lacking in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto

March 10, 2018

The manifesto lacks three vital changes i.e. a race-free agenda; a progressive tax structure and a truly democratic society.

By Kua Kia Soong

The Pakatan manifesto for GE14 promises many things and the most welcome ones are the calls to repeal draconian laws, make several commissions directly answerable to Parliament and cut the PMO fat, which is long overdue. Beyond these critically needed reforms, the manifesto is long on populist concepts but short on actionable specifics. The current water crisis in Selangor is yet another reminder of the dire consequences of such cavalier populist policies as Selangor’s free water policy. Is providing cheaper cars the answer to our traffic problems or purely populist? The manifesto proposal to “resolve (the) issue of unilateral child conversion in a harmonious manner” is no doubt well-intentioned but wishful thinking in the current toxic climate without spelling out the clear constitutional and juridical positions on this issue.

Fundamentally, the manifesto lacks three vital changes sorely needed to take our country into a new beginning after sixty years of BN rule, namely: a race-free agenda to unify the nation; a progressive tax structure to redistribute wealth and a truly democratic society.

1. A truly democratic society

Term limits for the PM, CM & MB are welcome and overdue. We are told that it will not be applied retrospectively to Selangor and Penang, the states that PH already rule. Why not? The democratic principle behind the term limit for these posts is simply that elected officials can over time obtain too much power or authority and thus makes them less representative of all the citizens. It is also to prevent chances of corruption. As we have seen only recently, even within a two-term service, corporate interests including those in property and finance can provide inducements to the incumbent leaders such as drastic discounts on house purchases. There is clearly a correlation between the length of time a politician serves and the degree to which he/she has opportunities to engage in corruption. So, if Pakatan truly believes in democracy, it should adhere to the two-term limit for their MB in Selangor and CM in Penang as of now.

2. A national agenda

Now with Pakatan having embraced the leader of Parti Pribumi as the prospective Prime Minister, there is no mention of an end to the NEP in their GE14 manifesto. This is indeed bad news for those who had hopes of a more liberal economic policy and also for all who have criticised the government for its racially discriminatory economic and educational policies. PH tries to suck up to the “Malay Agenda” by proposing puzzling proposals such as “restoring State Sultans’ powers”. Which sultan’s powers are PH referring to that have been weakened? The ones that Mahathir effected during his reign? Please be specific.

And are we going to go through the same “statistical charade” that we have seen through the 50 years of NEP with the manifesto’s proposal to “increase Bumiputera equity through GLC management buyouts? Which class of Bumiputeras is going to gain from this? Doesn’t it matter whether or not the poorer Bumiputeras benefit? The statistics on “Bumiputera equity” are meaningless when such equity can be resold to Non-Bumiputeras as soon as it is allocated and when Bumiputera companies fail such as happened during the 1997 financial crisis.

Instead of needs-based measures that target the lower-income and marginalised sectors, the Pakatan manifesto follows the same divide-and-rule method of BN’s. Thus, Indians have been specifically identified for special treatment as increasing their numbers in premium schools and Mara institutions. But the manifesto does not specify by how much. And what about the Chinese, Eurasians and the Orang Asli? Pakatan would like to “invest in training schemes for Indians” but a needs-based policy would be more cost effective and unifying to open the “Bumiputeras Only” institutions in this country to all Malaysians.

The NEP was scheduled to end in 1990 but has become a populist never ending policy to win over the Bumiputras while benefiting mainly the political elite. Instead, it is common sense that poor rural Malaysians should be assisted based on their needs according to the particular economic sectors in which they live and work. Today, with the lack of ethnic diversity in the civil and armed forces, it is high time that recruitment and promotion in these services are based on merit. Does PH address this? Does PH propose an expiry date for the NEP or is this not going to be realised in our lifetime?

3. Progressive taxes on the super-rich

Pakatan does not tell us how their many populist promises will be financed. There are no fiscal policies to redistribute wealth, never mind fundamental changes in economic policies, including nationalisation of utilities. Malaysia is one of the few countries where the super-rich do not have to contribute part of their wealth to finance state welfare. How much do the top 10% of earners contribute to total tax revenues?

Across the developed world, the rich are expected to pay a substantial share of taxes and this share has risen in recent decades. According to the OECD, the top 10 per cent of earners contribute about a third of total tax revenues — 28 per cent in France, 31 per cent in Germany, 39 per cent in Britain and 42 per cent in Italy. America’s wealthiest households contribute a larger share to government than in any other OECD country, at 45 per cent. In Europe, they certainly have more to show for it — social services, unemployment benefits, a national health system and other social benefits. Despite this, Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest men recently criticised the US tax system as manifestly unfair since he is taxed at a lower rate than his secretary!

Malaysia’s income tax system grants greater tax savings for the rich as well as encourages tax evasion. We rank among the world’s top countries for illicit outflow of money. What reforms does the Pakatan manifesto propose to prevent tax evasion? The limited coverage has resulted in poor revenue generation. Without sufficient revenue, individual income tax cannot provide substantial funds for poverty lifting projects.

Similarly, we do not see a higher marginal tax rate on high-income earners and a correspondingly lower tax rate for lower income earners; an incremental Capital Gains Tax on property; a progressive inheritance tax; a tax on all international financial transactions and hedge funds; a progressive tax on all luxury goods.

4. A progressive economic policy:

Pakatan has all along stood for the same neo-liberal capitalist policies as the BN. Consequently, their manifesto does not have a progressive economic policy including nationalising all utilities and essential services including water resources, health, public transport and energy. They have not proposed measures to ensure that government enterprises such as the GLCs are owned and controlled by the Malaysian peoples at federal, state and local levels and to bring respite to our lowest paid workers who deserve a decent standard of living and not populist crumbs.

5. Mother tongue education as part of the National Education System

The Pakatan manifesto pledges to recognise the UEC and to build one Tamil Secondary school. That is good. But are the Chinese and Tamil schools still going to be treated like step children in this country with a few schools being allowed to be built and the Chinese Secondary schools getting occasional funding at the pleasure of the government whenever elections are round the corner?

6. Defence cuts

The Pakatan manifesto is silent about their defence policy, which is surprising as they speak vociferously against the commissions that are creamed off from big arms deals. While we are agonising over giving our lowest paid workers a guaranteed minimum wage of RM1,500, the government is coolly shopping for the next generation Multi-Role Combat Aircraft to replace the MIGs. British Aerospace (BAE) is trying to flog their Typhoons and other special offers in a RM10 billion arms deal! It is expected that the government will go through with this deal as soon as they get their mandate after GE14.

Beyond GE14

It is time that BN and PH take human rights seriously and respect all Malaysian citizens irrespective of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender or sexuality so that we can march forward as a unified nation. Furthermore, in the states under both BN and PH, deforestation by developers goes on uninhibited, highways, tunnels and land reclamation continue unabated without concern for the environment, the public commons and the marginalised people living there. A just, democratic and progressive alternative calls for a living wage and rights for all workers; a reasonable pension at retirement; affordable and liveable housing; free tertiary education (means tested for the well-off); formal or informal elected local government; commitment to international human rights practices and covenants.

The neo-liberal ideologies that both BN and PH practice involves allowing private developers to buy up public assets. Such a practice has serious consequences in that it overrides and neglects the people’s interests and degrades our precious environment which is regarded as a free resource. As a result, we are left with polluted air, questionable water quality, and limited green commons. We want a Government that will take the lead in sustainable development initiatives such as renewable energy, that will benefit ordinary Malaysians and their environment. The current reliance on the private sector results in environmentally harmful and socially destructive projects. A people’s government would enforce recycling measures, responsible waste disposal and enact laws to protect animal welfare. Such a progressive government would also make it a priority to put the rights and livelihood of the Orang Asal at the top of the national agenda by recognising their rights over the land they have been occupying for centuries, prohibiting logging in Orang Asal land and ensuring all Orang Asal villages have adequate social facilities and services.

Kua Kia Soong is SUARAM adviser.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

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It is believed the common logo the Opposition would use is the PKR logo. It is their only salvation to come up with a near forminable offering for the rakyat as an alternative to BN, to take the nation foward.

Then again, PPBM failed to attract the best amongst the Malays to be on their bandwagon. The very least, the better ones within UMNO itself.

The fact is that only a handful of competent and experienced party leaders at middle or grassroots level, followed Dr. Mahathir, former UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yaasin and deposed MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir when they left UMNO.

If Dr. Mahathir expects to get results against the fact of it is bad reliance on PKR grassroots machinery in the upcoming 14GE as his own followers from UMNO and PPBM are unable to get their act together and get properly organised.

Factor the scenario without a new ‘turf war’ or ‘rebellion’ within PKR, then nothing else could be said about what is coming forth but ‘Wishful Thinking’.

In last three GEs. KeAdilan and later PKR has been reliant almost entirely on the PAS grassroots and election machinery.

So, it might as well be as Status Quo again, this round.


Published in: on April 5, 2018 at 15:00  Leave a Comment  

Ghastly skeletons in the closets and the haunting the come-back Old Man

Fourth Prime Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should really reflect the basic development agenda he systematically ignored even isolated many quarters of indigenous Sabah and Sarawak, all for his own political vindictive during his twenty two and a quarter years as the Prime Minister.

NST Story:

Pairin: Sabah, Sarawak progressed only after Mahathir left office

APRIL 3, 2018 @ 10:57PM

BY NST

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan has taken umbrage with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the latter’s statement that Sabah and Sarawak could progress at a faster rate if its leaders were “less greedy”.

He said it was “extremely ironic” that Dr Mahathir should say so when the two states had lagged behind during the 22 years the former prime minister was the nation’s leader.

He said, since the 93-year-old Pakatan Harapan chairman left office, Sabah and Sarawak had progressed by leaps and bounds.

The Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president also took Dr Mahathir to task for his comments about administrative issues and that if the federal and state governments were concerned, they would upgrade the infrastructure of both the states.

“Has he not heard of the Pan Borneo Highway?”

Pairin said the Sabah stretch of the highway alone would cost almost RM13 billion, covering a distance of 730km from Sindumin all the way to Tawau.

“What did Dr Mahathir give us when he was prime minister? Pittance compared to what we are getting now. He is in no position to talk about giving us better infrastructure. As prime minister of 22 years, he did not do it. He is going to start giving at 93?

“As we near the halfway mark of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), nearly RM15 billion has been allocated for Sabah by the federal government, and this year alone the sum stands at RM3.87 billion,” he said.

To compare, said Pairin, under the 7MP (1996-2000) when Dr Mahathir was prime minister, RM6.93 billion was allocated, under the 8MP (RM13.2 billion), 9MP (RM17.7 billion) and 10MP (RM21.96 billion).

Understandably, these are electoral promises from Dr Mahathir, now that the 14th general election is near, but it begs the question of his sincerity as these were pledges he failed to deliver in the 22 years he served as prime minister.

“Was Mahathir ever concerned about the rural people of Sabah and Sarawak? To demonstrate the contrasting promise and actual delivery, the Rural Development Ministry was allocated with a sum of RM107.8 million under the 7MP from 1996 to 2000 and RM1.42 billion under the 8MP.

“Under the present administration led by Datuk Seri Najib Razak, RM10.2 billion was allocated between 2011 and this year under the 10th and 11th MP.”

Pairin stressed that there had also been greater empowerment to local civil servants of the two states, now that eroded rights sealed in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 were returned, something that was ignored during Mahathir’s tenure.

Najib, said Pairin, was the only leader who understood and recognised the sentiments of the people over the rights enshrined in MA63, so much so that he even agreed to the formation of the National Steering Committee meeting on the Devolution of Powers to Sabah and Sarawak that is co-chaired by Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

The prime minister had even openly declared and assured any rights that were either deliberately or inadvertently taken from Sabah and Sarawak will be duly restored and returned, said Pairin.

“(One of Najib’s) first deeds when he took over as prime minister in 2009 was to declare Malaysia Day a national public holiday, giving due recognition to the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16 in 1963. It also gave the people of Sabah and Sarawak a stronger sense of belonging to the nation.

“It was also Najib who was bold enough to call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Immigrants in Sabah which resulted in a damning report about Project IC and the many other alleged misdeeds of the past administration under Dr Mahathir.

“Dr Mahathir had also played the musical chair-like Chief Minister’s Rotation System to suit his fancy and tune when he was the prime minister. Is that the trait of a leader who is concerned about the people of Sabah and the desire for more progress?

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Pakatan Harapan Chairman Dr Mahathir is pretending to be naive at this point of time, to show how the interests of the Sabahans and Sarawakians are centred in his mind.

It would be the greatest, (in Dr Mahathir’s own words, “Sandiwara”).

Federal Government, both under Tun Abdullah Badawi and Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, contributed and achieved so much more in half the time of Dr Mahathir’s administration.

Published in: on April 4, 2018 at 11:08  Leave a Comment