“Tegur Raja Awak dulu”

It is interesting that former Throne Man in NSTP Dato’ A Kadir Jasin came out in the guise for the defence Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the current spat of ‘Bangsa Johor’, by publishing a third person’s blog posting to analytically argue what is best for Johor.

Maybe Kadir is not aware that the third party posting which he most recently did could be construed as seditious.

Considering all three KKA members is believed to be non Johoreans, they are unable to differentiate the woods from the trees when the context of ‘Bangsa Johor’ is raised.

WE have received an e mail, citing displeasure of Kadir’s posting on the matter and we shall publish it here.

“Terima kasih kerana memberikan Kawan ruang untuk membahasakan kepada mereka yang tak paham budaya Johor antara sesama orang Johor, rakyat dengan pentadbiran, rakyat dengan Sultan dan keaturan sistem kehidupan anak Johor.

Kawan mungkin bersetuju seorang berkedudukan dan peranan sebagai Raja ada adab untuk menyuarakan sesuatu pendapat. Namun, Dato’ Kadir nampaknya tidak menghargai pendapat Tuanku Sultan Johor, dengan terus memaparkan pendapat seangkatan dengan Awak.

Hakikatnya, dari penulisan Awak, tidak sedikit pun menunjukkan Awak cuba menegur Raja Awak dahulu. Percubaan dengan membahasakan pun tidak, apatah lagi Awak nak menyuarakan apa Raja Awak cakap dan buat, sepanjang alpan belas bulan ini.

Kawan bukan bermaksud Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah.

Kalau tak paham bahasa, Kawan bermaksudkan Raja Mandaliar Awak tu yang mengadu domba orang-orang Melayu dengan segala hasutan, agar berlaku segala syak wasangka, curiga dan perasaan durjana tiba.

Raja Mandaliar awak tu bersifat umpama mengalahkan Raja; berbuat segala tindakan dan mengeluarkan segala ucapan, tuduhan dan tohmahan tanpa sebarang peduli mengenai bukti atau peruntukan undang-undang.

Sebegitu angkuh membelakangkan tatasusila dan nilai budaya Melayu, dan bertindak umpama mempunyai imuniti dari undang-undang.

Mungkin Awak sendiri sudah lupa bagaimana keadaan menjadi Raja di NSTP.

Namun, sebagai rakyat sehaya Kawan tidak lupa apabila Awak begitu angkuh cuba mempertahankan Raja Mandaliar Awak tu, tatkala perpaduan orang Melayu diuji semasa sahabat Awak yang memberikan sebegitu banyak  Awak peluang untuk seorang anak Kedah menguasai seribu dinar.

Kawan miming sador Awak sengaja tidak menghargai dalam pertentangan menggulingkan Mohd. Najib bin Abdul Razak, beliau sememangnya Anak Johor dan bangga dengan warisan Johornya.

Awak dengan sengaja menggunakan gelaran warisan Bugis, yang sememangnya antara ciri dan komposisi integral yang mendefinisikan ‘Bangsa Johor’, sebagai ruang untuk memperolok-olokkan Mohd. Najib, yang sememangnya waris keturunan Bugis dari ayahandanya Abdul Razak Hussein dan nendanya Mohamed Noah Omar.

Keturunan Bugis ini juga warisan pemerintahan Kesultanan Johor, semada yang kuno maupun yang moden.

Apakah Awak memperolok-olokkan keturunan orang lain ini sebenar mesej tersirat bahawa Awak mempunyai inferioriti kompleks atas keturunan Awak sendiri?

Raja Mandaliar yang Awak mempertahankan itu dipercayai mempunyai masalah akibat keturunan darah Keling beliau, yang berasal dari Kerala itu, terpaksa mengharungi diskriminasi oleh masyarakat bangsawan Kedah berkisah seabad lampau.

Bila dilihat dan kaji reaksi mereka yang berkudrat sama dengan Awak yang masih lagi mencari rezeki menulis sebagai wartawan dan wartawanita dari akaun sosial media mereka mengenai komen Raja Mandaliar Awak mengenai Bangsa Johor, rata-rata pendapat Awak berdua adalah minoriti.

Semenjak sekian lama Johor menerima Awak dengan baik. Sadorlah, sebelum anak-anak Johor bertindak sebaliknya.

Awak begitu tegar dalam ‘Perjuangan Anti Korupsi’, yang kunun-kunun didalangi oleh pemimpin tertinggi sekarang ini. Hakikatnya, Awak tidak sedetik pun membangkitkan segala perbuatan rasuah dan salah guna kuasa, termasuk yang Awak sendiri sador mendapat restu Raja Mandaliar.

Bagaimana Awak sebahagian dari empat orang mengambil alih dua syarikat bernilai RM800 juta, dua dekad lepas?

Apakah Raja Mandaliar Awak itu bertahap seumpama maksum, yang tiada langsung salah-cacat-cela, dahulu, kini dan selamanya?

Ini termasuk apa yang berlaku oleh anak Johor.

Sudah-sudahlah hidup bermuka-muka dan banyak talam ini. Awak sebagai anak kampung dari Kedah yang tiada berharta untuk dimodalkan sendiri pun menikmati manisan dari suntingan sistem privatisi perladangan yang penuh cacat-cela salah guna kuasa dan kronyism ini”.

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There is some truth in this. Kadir never found any position or arguments of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad even having a slight deform, let alone be critical about it.

Considering that Dr Mahathir pushed the envelope almost to the extreme end, which include breaking the law such as sedition, Kadir remained obtuse at every single matter.

Published in: on August 26, 2016 at 15:31  Comments (10)  

Divide and Insult

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad received more lashing when he chided the 1920s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Abu Bakar of Johor for the Statehood Nationalism of ‘Bangsa Johor’ which united and brought Johoreans sense of belonging, by none other than the present Sultan Ibrahim of Johor.

The Malaysian Digest story:

“He Is Going Around Dividing The People, While I Am Uniting M’sians,” Sultan Of Johor Rebukes Mahathir

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Published on Thursday, 25 August 2016 13:05

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comment about ‘state citizenship’ being bad for unity has earned the attention and displeasure of the Sultan of Johor.

Yesterday, Mahathir had made the comment about the damaging effects about emphasizing the idea of being people of different states at the Perdana Leadership Foundation discourse on “The Federal-State Relations in Malaysia”.

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar immediately issued a response in a statement given to a local English news daily published today.

“Tun Mahathir’s uncalled for remarks reflect his complete ignorance of Johor’s history.

“My great-grandfather Sultan Sir Ibrahim in 1920 made the clarion call Bangsa Johor to unite the various races in Johor under one flag for greater cooperation, harmony and peaceful existence. No race or individual was marginalised. He has been proven correct.

“The Bangsa Johor concept was initiated even before Tun Mahathir was born. He has no idea of what he is talking about,” said the sultan in rebuking Mahathir, The Star reports.

However Sultan Ibrahim did not take kindly to Mahathir’s comment on the matter, saying that the latter was not qualified to talk about unity.

He also put the ball back in Mahathir’s court, saying that the former prime minister is the one taking the confrontational approach and picking quarrels with world leaders as well as driving the wedge further between Malays.

“He is going around dividing the people including the Malays, while I am uniting Malaysians of all races including the Malays.

“It is a figment of Mahathir’s imagination. He is stirring the hornet’s nest and my advice to him is to keep his mouth shut.

“He has quarrelled with many world leaders including with our neighbour Singapore and putting Malaysia in a spot.

“And now he talks about unity with an incredible straight face.

“Tun Mahathir is the root cause of the present problems in the country. He has no right to interfere in my state. I will not tolerate his antics,” the Johor Sultan said.

Many netizens have since rallied to the Sultan’s stinging criticism of Mahathir, pointing out that having pride in your home state also translates into patriotism, with the Sultan being recognized for his untiring efforts in promoting education as a key to unite the races.

Meanwhile, Mahathir’s uncalled for comment has raised the ire of ordinary Johoreans leading to its Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin telling off Mahathir, asking him not to talk about matters beyond his understanding.

He also echoed the Johor Sultan’s view that strengthening pride in one’s state beyond race and religion contributes to the unity of the entire nation.

“To Mahathir, there is no need for him to speak and comment on matters that is not his field of expertise. It is something that he cannot appreciate

“The rise of Johor nationalism does not in any way seek to separate from the Malaysian federation.

“Strong states, with a strong society, will form a strong federation,” he said in a statement today.

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And The Star story:

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Johor Sultan hits out at Mahathir

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor strongly rebuked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the former prime minister’s disapproval of the Bangsa Johor concept.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar expressed his displeasure over the remarks made by Dr Mahathir that the concept could disunite the people.

“Tun Mahathir’s uncalled for remarks reflect his complete ignorance of Johor’s history.

“My great-grandfather Sultan Sir Ibrahim in 1920 made the clarion call Bangsa Johor to unite the various races in Johor under one flag for greater cooperation, harmony and peaceful existence. No race or individual was marginalised. He has been proven correct.

“The Bangsa Johor concept was initiated even before Tun Mahathir was born. He has no idea of what he is talking about,” said the Sultan.

Dr Mahathir, asked for his opinion about the Bangsa Johor concept at the 20th Perdana Dialogue Series themed “Federal-States Relations” at the Perdana Leadership Founda­tion yesterday, had said unity among Malaysians could slide if the people practised too much parochialism.

Dr Mahathir said the people should all be known as Malaysians, instead of the people of Johor or Kedah because “only when we are united can the nation prosper”.

While Johor has the right to promote the idea of Bangsa Johor, Dr Mahathir said what should be pushed instead was for the people to embrace that they are all Malaysians rather than identifying themselves from the state they originate from.

“After all, we are all citizens of Malaysia, irrespective of our colour, religion, ethnicity or even position,” Dr Mahathir had said.

Sultan Ibrahim yesterday said Dr Mahathir was not qualified to talk about unity.

“He is going around dividing the people including the Malays, while I am uniting Malaysians of all races including the Malays,” he said.

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir should understand all states enjoyed their own unique pride but that did not mean they were leaving the Federation.

“It is a figment of Dr Mahathir’s imagination. He is stirring the hornet’s nest and my advice to him is to keep his mouth shut.”

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir had earned a reputation for being a confrontational person who had caused division, especially in his foreign relations policy.

“He has quarrelled with many world leaders including with our neighbour Singapore and putting Malaysia in a spot.

“And now he talks about unity with an incredible straight face.

“Tun Mahathir is the root cause of the present problems in the country. He has no right to interfere in my state. I will not tolerate his antics,” the Johor Sultan said.

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Where else Menteri Besar of Johor Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin chided his former Boss for failure to appreciate Johoreans pride of togetherness is in-sync with the notion of being a loyal citizen to the Federation of Malaysia and in anyway would not contradict otherwise.

The Star story:

Thursday, 25 August 2016 | MYT 3:09 PM

Dr Mahathir slammed for criticising Bangsa Johor concept

JOHOR BARU: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin has blasted former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for claiming that the Bangsa Johor concept will divide Malaysians.

He said the sentiments of Johor nationalism do not mean a break-up of the federation.

“Johor is a state that is part of the Federation of Malaysia and will continue to support its close relationship with the Federal Government.

“However, the relationship between Johor and the Federal Government should be interpreted in the spirit of partnership rather than unitary,” he said in a statement Thursday.

He was responding to Dr Mahathir’s claims that parochialism, including the Bangsa Johor concept, will divide Malaysians, which could result in the break-up of the federation.

He added Bangsa Johor is a state political identity that promotes unity and goodwill among the multiracial society here.

Mohamed Khaled said the concept calls for muafakat (consensus) of all races, uniting all communities and faiths under one state identity based on harmony, understanding and tolerance.

“A united Bangsa Johor will not only make the state and its people better but strengthen Malaysia as a federation,” he said.

According to him, Johor nationalism and the Bangsa Johor concept are special identities that have been long synonymous with the state and its people.

Mohamed Khaled stressed that as early as the 1920s, modern Johor’s second Ruler, Sultan Sir Ibrahim al-Masyur, introduced and implemented the concept of Bangsa Johor.

“This is proof that the term and usage of Bangsa Johor were established before independence and way before the creation of Malaysia,” he said.

He added that people should accept the rise of Johor nationalism and Bangsa Johor as part of Malaysia’s diversity.

“I urge them to understand the meaning behind the rise of Johor and its nationalism, where the state becomes a moral compass for us to appreciate the diversity that we have in the country that will make Malaysia progressive.

“To Tun Dr Mahathir, I hope he will not make comments about things with which he may not be familiar, appreciate or understand.

“We in Johor will continue to be proud in defending the concept that has successfully united the people in the state for many years,” he said.

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The Minister of Multimedia and Communication Dato’ Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak agrees with MB Johor Khaled that the Statehood Nationalism of Bangsa Johor is not contradictory to the spirit of Nationalism  and Tun Dr. Mahathir should not talk about matters he comprehend little about.

The Star story;

Thursday, 25 August 2016 | MYT 7:59 PM

Salleh: Dr M should not meddle in Johor affairs

 

BY JOSEPH KAOS JR
PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not “meddle” in the affairs of Johor, said Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

The Multimedia and Communications Minister said the former prime minister should respect the state’s usage of the term “Bangsa Johor” as it is something that has been practised for a long time already.

“He should not meddle in the affairs of Johor. The state has used the term Bangsa Johor for a long time.

“Our country consists of many states and we who are from other states should respect of their decisions,” Dr Salleh said after launching the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone here.

He said the term “Bangsa Johor” does not affect relations between Malaysians from different states.

“The Bangsa Johor concept does not divide the people. The usage of the term helps to unite people of different backgrounds. And Johoreans still admit they are Malaysian citizens,” he said.

Dr Mahathir had said that parochialism, including the Bangsa Johor concept, will divide Malaysians and could even result in the breakup of the Malaysian federation.

He said this at the 20th Perdana Dialogue Series, which was themed “Federal-States Relations”.

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Tun Dr Mahathir now falls in the same category of rogue politicians being lambasted by Sultan Ibrahim of Johor, in the company of Chinese Chauvinist Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and former MB Perak Mohamed Nizar Jamaluddin.

Johoreans rally up in the grounds of Istana Pasir Pelangi to voice their displeasure against former MB Perak Nizar Jamaluddin

Both Opposition leaders made political statements, which drew Johoreans to rally and stand up with their Sultan and voiced their displeasure.

Considering that Johor has been good to Tun Dr Mahathir, for him to comment against the concept of ‘Bangsa Johor’ in the tone of an agent of disunification and anti-Federal sentiments clearly manifest his utter lacklustre understanding of Johor, history of Johor and sentiments of Johoreans.

It is shameful for the Statesman who longest served the nation as the Prime Minister recently drew too much flak for his faux pax and outrageous statements.

A few days ago the family of his own loyal lieutenant Tan Sri Megat Junid lambasted him for suggesting the former Deputy Home Minister acted in the many detention order issued using the dreaded Internal Security Act (ISA), when Dr Mahathir was the Home Minister for 11 years.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also invited foreign authorities to come and meddle in domestic politics which include ousting Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak when the former’s various tactics of his open warfare against the latter since March 2015 failed miserably.

Published in: on August 25, 2016 at 23:15  Comments (2)  

Dereliction of duty, lying or signs of senility

Let us pray that the Statesman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is manifesting his true biological position of his faculty undergoing a phase of senility, in the recent outcry from the claims of about all ISA detention order were not signed by him then as Home Minister after Tun Musa Hitam summarily resigned but instead his Deputy, Allahyarham Tan Sri Megat Junid.

Bernama.com story:

Megat Junid’s Next-Of Kin Hope Tun Mahathir’s Claim Just A Slip Of The Tongue

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PUTRAJAYA: Family members of the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub are hoping that it was just a slip of the tongue when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that the former deputy home minister was fully responsible for signing detention orders under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Megat Junid’s eldest son Datuk Megat Fairouz Junaidi said it was very odd for such powers to be delegated to a deputy minister without the knowledge of Dr Mahathir himself as the then home minister.

“We are hopeful that Tun Mahathir, who was very much respected by our late father, had a slip-of-the-tongue moment when he said those words.

“If he (Megat Junid) did sign those detention orders, it must have been done upon approval and within the knowledge of Tun Mahathir. In fact, there is a big possibility that it was done upon instruction from Tun Mahathir himself as the then home minister and prime minister,” he told a press conference here today.

Megat Fairouz, representing his siblings and mother Puan Sri Faizah Shuaib, said this in response to a blog post which stated that Dr Mahathir had denied that he was the one who signed detention orders under the ISA.

The blog post also stated that Dr Mahathir admitted that even after taking over the post of home minister from Tun Musa Hitam in 1986, he had delegated the powers to detain any individuals under the ISA to Megat Junid, who served as deputy home minister for 11 years.

-BERNAMA

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Otherwise it would be either gross abuse and indecency of the dreadful Internal Security Act (ISA) where the Home Minister allows by his own conscious to sign the detention papers as prepared by the Police and officers of the Home Ministry for detention without trial.

Or worse still, he lied.

He allowed the abuse of the dreaded law to sign the detention order not prescribed and provided under the Internal Security Act as persons authorised to issue such detention order and all the while, he was hoodwinking Malaysians about it.

If there is any shred of true in tis claim, then a comprehensive investigation should be conducted with immediate effect.

During the tenure where Tun Dr. Mahathir was the Home Minister and Deputy Home Minister then was Megat Junid, Operation Lalang was launched on 27 Oct 1987 where 106 politicians, Opposition leaders, NGOs were detained under ISA.

It was a bleakest episode of the history of Malaysian democracy.

Never the less, it is poor taste for a Statesman to put on a blame on a very lieutenant, who would never be allowed to say his side of the story about what happened in the Home Ministry for 11 years since Tan Sri Megat Junid had been recalled to face his Maker almost nine years ago.

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Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad claimed ignorance to the statement by Tan Sri Megat Junid’s eldest son Megat Fairousz about the ISA detention order.

Malaysiakini.com story:

Mahathir claims ignorance over Megat Junid’s ISA orders

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Published Today 2:17 pm Updated Today 2:40 pm

 

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed ignorance over the Internal Security Act (ISA) detention orders that were supposedly signed by former deputy home minister, the late Megat Junid Megat Ayub.

This came after Megat Junid’s eldest son Megat Fairouz Junaidi reportedly said it would be very odd for his late father to sign the detention orders without Mahathir’s knowledge.

“I don’t know about that. I have never seen it. This is news (to me),” Mahathir told reporters in Putrajaya today when asked about Fairouz’s statement.

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Published in: on August 24, 2016 at 08:12  Comments (3)  

BNC is extending ANC?

Syed Akbar Ali, also known as blogger Syed Outside The Box is Gerard Rajaratnam's guest on BNC 'Help Malaysia'

Syed Akbar Ali, also known as blogger Out-Syed The Box is Gerard Rajaratnam’s guest on BNC ‘Helo Malaysia’

Cakap tak serupa bikin. It seems that the recently rebranded Bernama News Channel (BNC) is doing the Federal Government and Leadership a gross disservice by providing avenue of a voracious and highly obnoxious Anti Najib Campaign (ANC) personality opportunity and space as a guest in one of its prime time shows.

BNC is an agency which is wholly funded and bound under Ministry of Communication and Multimedia (KKMM) instructions, is also the propaganda arm of the Federal Government.

The KKMM Minister who is determined to set things up right in the times of manipulation of information, half truths, slanders and lies thrown indiscriminately to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, his leadership and administration.

Bloggers and cyber-writers who were supporters of PM Najib, here seen at National Press Club awards night, are now staunch Anti Najib Campaign personalities.

Bloggers and cyber-writers who were staunch supporters of PM Najib, here seen at National Press Club awards night, are now the most voracious Anti Najib Campaign personalities (With the exception of the only Non-Man is this line!)

Syed Akbar Ali, also known by his nom d’plume Out-Syed the Box, is one of those personalities who KKMM Dato’ Sri Mohd. Salleh Said Keruak should be going after for his manipulation of information, lies, slanders and outright cyber-anarchy writings almost ever other day.

This rogue blogger deletes all his posting within 18 hours of putting it up on public domain because he himself is very aware that the blog postings obnoxious, any of his writings could be cited up for serious felony such as sedition and instigating the public, wth existing laws of the land.

Of course, like a coward, Syed Akbar just lambast an attack without even having the audacity to stand up for what he wrote but quickly dispose them, before any law enforcement agencies are aware of his obnoxious writings and started to act on him.

Syed Outside the Box on BNC 'Help Malaysia'

Syed Outside the Box on BNC ‘Helo Malaysia’

Instead, BNC got him in ‘Helo Malaysia’ and got him talking about interpretation of Islam, which include ‘Kafir Harbi’.

If KKMM Minister Salleh or key personalities within the Ministry are oblivious of Syed Akbar, then they should do a little bit of homework. Seriously!

Syed Akbar, an active integral proponent of ANC, has been writing on stories without any shred of evidence, to ridicule the blog readers about all the conspiracy stories, manipulation and lies with the explicit purpose to demonise Prime Minister Najib.

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If they are a bit more diligent, then they might stumble on the fact that Syed was charged by Attorney General for sedition mocking Islam sometime seven years ago. Syed used the nom d’plume, “Mufti Murtad” in provocatively sharing his seedtious thoughts about Islam online.

Regardless, this operational cock up on BNC’s part against KKMM and Ministers’s own policies and determination is utter shameful. Especially, providing prime time air time for a key member of ANC.

Published in: on July 31, 2016 at 09:30  Comments (4)  

Bully’s blue bollocks blooming in bane

Opposition partner PKR isn’t convinced with Mini Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Guan Eng tactics especially when the latter has gone gone blue after getting panicky for his corruption case (now in criminal court play), manifested in bully nature when cornered as a trapped animal.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 | MYT 11:14 PM

PKR ‘not convinced’ on snap polls

 

BY ROYCE TAN
PETALING JAYA: PKR says it is not convinced with the reasons and intentions given by DAP for holding snap elections in Penang.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the party’s leadership, however, “is ready to discuss the matter with the Pakatan Harapan component parties.”

“The political bureau of Keadilan held its weekly meeting to discuss various issues including the snap elections in Penang.

“The bureau is of the opinion that we are not convinced by the aim of having snap elections.

“However, the Keadilan leadership is ready to continue discussions with other Pakatan Harapan component parties on the matter,” Dr Wan Azizah told reporters after the meeting at the party headquarters here.

DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng, earlier speculated that he would attend the meeting, did not show up.

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said a meeting with Pakatan Harapan parties would be held in the “near future” but it would not be revealed to the media.

“We have discussed just now and one of the matters is there is a proposal to hold a snap election but we need explanations from the state government about it.

“This is a normal matter. We did not turn it down, we just want a clarification,” he said.

A decision to hold snap polls in the state was made at the DAP central executive committee (CEC) meeting Monday night, according to Pakatan Harapan sources from Selangor.

Details of the meeting are unavailable, but it is learnt that six DAP leaders went to present their case to Dr Wan Azizah at her Bukit Segambut home in Kuala Lumpur after the meeting.

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Mini Emperorissimo Lim grossly over-reacted worse than a spoilt child after The Star senior political columnist Joceline Tan published her usual Sunday column.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Snap election for Penang?

 

BY JOCELINE TAN

THE noise level over Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s corruption charges has yet to subside but talk is rife of a snap election in Penang.

Speculation of snap polls in the state has taken on a life of its own despite the deafening silence on the part of DAP’s top-most leaders. It is hard to tell whether the silence is a sign that something is brewing or that the leaders are not keen.

The move would make Penang the only state other than Sarawak to go it alone and the implications are immense.

The snap election idea, according to a DAP insider, was first floated during the DAP central executive committee (CEC) on the afternoon after Guan Eng was charged in court.

Emotions were still raw after a dramatic morning that saw Guan Eng facing two charges of abuse of power and businesswoman Phang Li Koon, from whom he purchased his Pinhorn Road bungalow, charged for abetment in the transaction.

Top on the meeting’s agenda was to discuss whether Guan Eng should take leave from his Chief Minister office. The question was quickly settled because the consensus was that he should stay put.

This party is famous for demanding that politicians resign for issues big and small but given the sense of siege in the party that day, it would not have been the done thing for any of the DAP leaders to suggest that Guan Eng go on leave. In fact, it would have been the death knell for anyone foolish enough to propose it.

After it was decided that Guan Eng would stay on as Chief Minister, a party veteran, described as “one of the most tame personalities”, mooted the idea of a snap state election.

It would show their opponents in Barisan Nasional who is the boss in Penang, the party would be able to ride on public sympathy and the people would get the chance to reaffirm their support.

Two of the younger leaders in the CEC liked the idea and joined in arguing for it. One of them was Selangor DAP chairman and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua who put up a strong case.

But, said the above DAP insider, all three advocates of snap polls were not from Penang. The Penang-based CEC members, on the other hand, kept quiet and did not contribute to the proposal.

The most glaring thing was the silence on the part of the two powerful Lims. Neither the father nor son said anything on the proposal and no one could tell what they were thinking.

However, it is clear by now that the idea does not appeal to the Lims, especially the elder Lim. Kit Siang has been around since the 1960s, he has seen it all and he must have sensed how dangerous an early and stand-alone state election could be for his party and, more so, when his son is at his most vulnerable.

“It is an option but there are also misgivings that we are trying to disrupt the legal process. It would be seen as calling the people to judge the case,” said party insider.

DAP and its partner PKR have the numbers to dissolve the State Assembly. But the reality is that DAP is not in a position to face a snap election. It is not even ready to hold its much-postponed party election.

Calling for a state election now means that the party has to confront issues which it can ill-afford to do at this juncture.

DAP, said the insider, would have to deal with the thorny issue of candidates, of who to retire off and new faces to bring in. That is a problematic thing in every election and could derail an already unstable situation.

The norm in every party is to bring in about 30% new faces as part of the renewal process but it is doubtful Guan Eng would be able to do that without the risk of a breaking of ranks. At the same time, calling for fresh polls without significant changes in the line-up would be meaningless.

“No one can rock their grip on the Chinese vote. An election will divert attention from the trial and distract from any incriminating evidence. But what is the point of voting in a status quo line-up?” said a Penang lawyer.

It will also raise questions of costs and expenses. The Sarawak election cost tax payers RM181mil and a separate election for Penang will likely cost at least half of that.

“It will open a Pandora’s Box. Can Guan Eng get a mandate equivalent to that in 2013? Anything less, whether in seats or votes, will be deemed an erosion of support,” said a Penang lawyer.

Simmering issues like internal party problems, friction with PKR and the residual impact of expelling PAS will also bubble to the surface.

The party will also have to address the succession issue of who will take over after Guan Eng. All eyes are on senior state exco member Chow Kon Yeow whom some call the “CM presumptive”. But the boyish-faced politician has been playing it cool and trying not to open his mouth unnecessarily.

The last couple of years has also seen a dip in Guan Eng’s image. His habit of blaming Barisan for everything has started to wear thin.

The educated class has grown uncomfortable with his authoritarian style, be it his propensity for mega projects as well as his way of dealing with dissent in his party and coalition.

“The noise level has gone up,” said the DAP insider.

Penang’s civil society are starting to balk at all those mega projects which one NGO figure termed as “so Mahathir”.

On Wednesday, Penang Forum, a grouping of Penang NGOs, came up with an alternative transport master plan for Penang. It was presented as “better, cheaper and faster” than the mega-bucks plan favoured by Guan Eng’s government.

Their audacity is seen by some as a challenge to the state govern­ment’s grandiose plans and a sign that they are not holding back anymore.

The group’s new frontline face is the well-spoken Datuk Dr Sharom Ahmat who used to be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia.

For a number of years, these NGOs were enamoured with Guan Eng’s leadership. One of them used to describe the Chief Minister as “the most wonderful man”, another was awarded a Datukship while others were appointed to the boards of state GLCs.

But the love affair seems to be cooling off. The political tsunami is over and there is an opinion shift taking place especially among the intelligentsia.

The social media comeback on Guan Eng’s corruption charges was not as “hot” as some DAP leaders had expected it to be. There were many DAP diehards and right-wingers defending him but there were also many voices criticising him.

“You watch him say something today, another thing tomorrow, and after eight years, you get a better picture of what he is really like,” said the Penang lawyer.

Guan Eng’s position in his party is unshakable at the moment. His father will see to it that there will not be any moves to undermine his son.

His grip in the party will ensure that he holds on to his government post. It explained why the party moved so swiftly to endorse him on the very day that he was charged. It was to tell everyone that Guan Eng is staying put as DAP secretary-general and also Chief Minister.

“Moreover, the rebels in the party are no longer around. There is no one left to question his leadership,” said the lawyer.

Another deterrent to early polls is having to face the Barisan might. They saw the smooth operation of the Barisan machinery in the Sarawak state election. It was the same in the recent by-elections where Pakatan Harapan was hopelessly outflanked even in Selangor where it is the government and has full access to state facilities and resources.
They can see that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is on a strong footing and is now dictating the political momentum.

DAP is good at making noise on issues but their grassroots organisation and machinery is quite lacking. For instance, some DAP leaders were disappointed with the less than impressive turnout at the candle­light vigil for Guan Eng outside the MACC headquarters the night before his appearance in court.

The modest crowd chanting support outside the High Court the next day was even more embarrassing. It was like a dripping tap compared to the deluge of people who flooded the streets after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking in 1998.

Some in DAP are also worried that Barisan may declare emergency rule, using its powers under the National Security Council Act and that would be disastrous for Penang.

Snap polls would be impactful if Selangor also comes along but Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is not the suicidal sort. There are also issues in Selangor that Azmin would prefer not to tackle right now.

The silence from the two Lims and the leaders in Penang speaks volumes. They can see danger signs in the idea and they are not going anywhere near it.

Moreover, said the DAP insider, there are voices from beyond Penang who say that the party must come first. Going for a state election because of one man is not on for them.

Besides, they are not sure what will come out when the trial proper begins later this year.

Some of them are spooked by talk of new charges stemming from the controversial Taman Manggis land in George Town. Stories about a Penang-born fund manager based in Hong Kong and his links with Penang politicians have also begun to circulate in a way that seem to point to something big in the making.

Then there is talk that the authorities are investigating the manner by which the former Penang racecourse stretch of land was rezoned. All this has added to the unsettling times.

There are simply too many fires all over the place and a snap state election could be the biggest blaze of all.

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Obviously Mini Emperorissimo Lim would be accorded his right to rebut after Miss Tan’s story was published in the nation’s largest English daily in circulation. However, he waived that privilege but instead summarily threatened The Star and Miss Tan for that piece.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Guan Eng threatens to sue The Star for ‘misleading report’

Sunday July 17, 2016
05:30 PM GMT+8

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has directed his lawyers to send a notice of demand to The Star and its columnist Joceline Tan over an article he claimed to be defamatory.

Lim who is also DAP secretary-general said the piece titled “Snap Election for Penang?” published in the newspaper’s Sunday edition today which detailed an alleged discussion on snap polls in the northern state by his party’s central executive committee as recounted by an “insider” was a “false and misleading report”.

“I have instructed my lawyers to send a legal notice of demand for defamation against The Star and its columnist Joceline Tan for its false and misleading report today, ‘Snap election for Penang?’,” Lim said in a statement.

“Whilst there is nothing new with these repeated attempts to disrupt party unity and the Penang state government with serial lies, this column by Joceline Tan clearly ‘crossed the red line’ and was made in bad faith to smear my reputation and image with fresh and baseless allegations of impropriety,” he added.

However, the details of what Lim considered defamatory in Tan’s column were not mentioned.

Lim also stressed that it was not the first time he had been defamed by the daily and Tan, citing his past defamation suit against them in 2012 which was resolved with The Star publishing an apology.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/guan-eng-threatens-to-sue-the-star-for-misleading-report#sthash.zO2bYlBv.dpuf

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This is gross abuse of freedom of media, which is one of the right which the Opposition supposedly championing, in their quest to unseat Barisan Nasional for power.

Miss Tan’s analysis is a fair comment by any count, considering the series of reaction pfMini Emperorissimo and his DAP CEC staunchest supporters.

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All these could plotted, since the alleged corruption case of the 25 Jalan Pinhorn bungalow acquitsition was built up and tied to the Kg Manggis parcel rezoning and other development approvals.

This is nothing as compared to the criminal defamation Mini Emperorissimo Lim did to then Chief Minister of Melaka Tan Sri Abul Rahim Thamby Chik, where the former was convicted and incarcerated.

Imagine, this bully on highly respected political columnist Tan is without Mini Emperorissimo Lim and his DAP politburo have yet to assume power.

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

Miss Tan’s analysis on DAP through her column especially on the Sunday Star through the years is obvious that she, as expected  of a seasoned political journo, has her stream of moles even within DAP.

Her writings have proven to be a credible political analysis. It evidently clear that her column is very much awaited if not sought after by so many  politicians, political observers and critics alike, for umpteenth years.

The case on in criminal court play is hurting DAP. Many amongst Penangistes, who are the success factor to ascend a Johor Bahru-born DAP leader to the CM-ship of Penang, have now been made disappointed for this blatant abuse of power for personal greed.

Their sentiments are being alleviated through some of the DAP CEC members.

The Malaysian Outlook story:

DAP Splits Over Snap Election Poser in Penang

20th July 2016

Speculation has been rife that Penang’s ruling party, the DAP, would dissolved the 40-man legislative assembly to pave way for a snap state election.

It’s learnt that the DAP central executive committee (CEC) had decided in a meeting on Monday to postpone the triennially held party poll, due for this year, for another 18 months as a shielding move for the snap election.

By postponing it, a source said a faction in the party, tagged as ‘Team A’, wanted to ensure that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would continue as the party secretary-general until the next general election.

“By postponing the party CEC polls, Team A can get rid of all its enemies in the party’s candidature for the snap and general elections.

“This will ensure survival of the dynastic rule in DAP if Guan Eng goes to prison for corruption,” claimed the source.

DAP is counting on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to call for the general election next year rather than in 2018.

DAP’s grand plan to call for a snap state election however, has hit a snag.

PKR, its senior partner in the loose political marriage called Pakatan Harapan, has poured cold water on the hot plan following a party political bureau meeting on Tuesday.

After a lengthy deliberation during the meeting, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that the party was unimpressed with the reasons given to hold a snap election.

“PKR political bureau has taken a stand that we were not convinced with the objectives and directions to hold an emergency election,” she said in a brief statement released on Tuesday night.

But she said PKR would continue to deliberate on the issue with other coalition partners, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) included.

PKR and DAP top guns are said to have discussed the matter in an earlier meeting.

The DAP is split right in the middle now, thanks to the graft charges brought against Guan Eng.

While Team A wants a stand-alone snap poll, another faction, labelled ‘Team B’, is dead against it.

Team B wants to get rid of Guan Eng as the chief minister, and subsequently as the secretary-general.

An insider said a group of seven top Penang DAP leaders held a closed door meeting to discuss about the political situation immediately after Guan Eng was detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Wednesday June 29.

In the meeting, a consensus is said was reached after much deliberation that Guan Eng had to relinquish his position as chief minister once he was charged the next day.

However, the plan is said was foiled by the timely arrival of DAP supremo and Guan Eng’s father Kit Siang and DAP action national chairman Tan Kok Wai in Penang on that night of arrest.

“The local leaders were ‘advised’ by the party seniors not to rock the boat,” said a branch leader.

The popular Chow Kon Yeow is being propelled by the Team B faction in DAP to become the next Penang Chief Minister.
The popular Chow Kon Yeow is being lobbied by the Team B faction in DAP to become the next Penang Chief Minister.
Team B wants the popular Penang DAP chairman and senior Executive Councillor Chow Kon Yeow to helm the DAP-led state government.

Of course Team A is against it, hence postponement of CEC election and the urgency to hold a snap state election.

A reliable source said Team A had outlined plans A and B to face a snap poll.

Plan A is to retain Guan Eng as the chief minister if DAP and its allies win the snap election as expected.

But, if Guan Eng was sent to jail over the corruption charges he faces now, Team A would appoint another person, not Chow, as the chief minister.

That Guan Eng’s successor will also be appointed as party secretary-general.

The name mooted here is DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook, the Seremban MP and Chennah assemblyman.

If this happens, Penang will have another outsider, this time from Negeri Sembilan, as the chief minister.

The state seat speculated to be presented to Anthony Loke is Tanjung Bungah, currently held by Teh Yee Cheu.

In March this year, Guan Eng had already appointed Anthony Loke, 39, as a director in Penang Hill Corporation (PHC), a state government-link company (GLC).

Tanjung Bungah is a state seat under the Bukit Bendera parliamentary constituency.

Team A is said to have toyed the idea in a secret meeting among its leaders after the CEC meeting on Monday.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke is speculated to take over as Penang Chief Minister.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke could take over as Penang Chief Minister.
Teh, alongside woman assemblymen Yap Soo Huey of Pulau Tikus and Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, are expected to be axed for the state election.

Also speculated to be dropped are current state executive councillors and assemblymen Phee Boon Poh of Sungai Puyu, Danny Law Heng Kiang of Batu Lanchang, Chong Eng of Padang Lalang and Lim Hock Seng of Bagan Jermal.

According to some internal survey, current public support for the DAP and Pakatan Harapan is favourably 52%, largely due to sympathy that Lim was a victim of selective persecution and prosecution, against 48% for Barisan Nasional (BN).

The DAP wants to capitalise on that public sentiment to regain Penang because the party believes support could erode if Guan Eng was imprisoned prior to the general election.

“If Guan Eng is jailed, the voters could be convinced that the DAP government may not be whiter than white as claimed by the party,” said an observer.

With PKR “unconvinced” and Team B rapidly canvassing grassroots backing for its plan, how Team A going to push for the snap election would be a beguiling political play.

Penangites are in for an exciting few weeks.

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This is not withstanding the uneasiness even dismay of many DAP staunchest supporters and leaders alike on the ‘partnership’ with the Chinese Chauvinist party nemesis of five decades in the ultra-Malay former UMNO President and Prime Minister.

Nevermind the future of this apparent not well thought through ‘Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’.

This bully is a manifestation of the attitude of Mini Emperorissimo Lim and DAP to hard handedness, in their approach to deal with critics when they are facing crisis.

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Malaysia’s own ‘Mr Justice Robert Jackson’ leading the charge. Just like in Nuremberg in 1946.

It is also reflective that the magnitude of the corruption case being brought down on him by Malaysia’s own ‘Mr Justice Robert Jackson’, is reaching worrying critical level.

If DAP is convincing enough that the case against their Secretary General as the Chief Minister of Penang is not at all criminal but politically motivated, then Miss Tan is right that a Snap State Election is ripe for the picking.

Half a century of nemesis now chumy-chumy: Let the Penang rakyat decide

Let the rakyat decide.

Then again, last night’s PKR’s stance is evidence that even their own spouse in the ‘Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’ for the past two electoral terms is not convinced, in different perspective of DAP’s strength and survivability in Penang.

Published in: on July 20, 2016 at 04:00  Leave a Comment  

Man-possessed, obsessed or power crazy?

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir drops another dirty bomb by announcing a new Opposition party would be formed by him, existing Opposition parties and individuals involved in the initial launch of the ‘Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang Declaration’ launched 4 March 2016.

Channel News Asia story:

Mahathir to lead formation of new party, coalition against BN

By Sumisha Naidu, Malaysia Correspondent, Channel NewsAsia Posted 14 Jul 2016 18:32 Updated 14 Jul 2016 20:00
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (File photo: REUTERS/Samsul Said)
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced that the group of political figures and NGOs behind the citizens’ declaration against Prime Minister Najib Razak will work together to oust the ruling Barisan Nasional government in the coming election.

He also said he would be one of the founding members of a new party that would join this coalition.
“We agree that we together will work to defeat BN in the coming general election,” Dr Mahathir told the media on Thursday (Jul 14).

“Even though we aren’t a political party, we represent a group of citizens of the opinion that the current Barisan government has taken actions detrimental to the country, specifically Najib.

“But all have agreed in any election, we will field only one candidate, maybe from any party … And all will support that one candidate.”

Dr Mahathir has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Najib for some time, accusing him of financial mismanagement and misappropriating public funds.

It is unclear how the yet-to-be-named coalition will function in the current political landscape. The grouping currently consists of members of NGOs and individuals from parties already part of an opposition coalition – Pakatan Harapan.

But the leader of that coalition, Wan Azizah wan Ismail, was noticeably absent from Thursday’s meeting and news conference. Ms Wan Azizah is the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, the man Dr Mahathir has been accused of helping to put behind bars in the 1990s.
Dr Mahathir, who quit UMNO earlier this year, also said he would be a founding member of a new party that would be part of this coalition, as current parties may not “appeal” to everyone.

“I think there is a need for a new party to be formed to represent people who are not yet in the group but who wishes to have the same objectives as the group,” he said. “And when that is formed, that group just now (the new coalition) is willing to accept them as member of the group.”

Dr Mahathir added that he won’t contest the polls or position himself as a candidate for prime minister. When asked about who would be the new coalition’s candidate for prime minister, the 91-year-old said: “We will cross the bridge when we reach it.”

Dr Mahathir said his son, Mukhriz Mahathir, and former deputy prime minister and deputy president of UMNO Muhyiddin Yassin had expressed interest in joining the new party. However, they did not attend Thursday’s meeting.

There had been speculation Dr Mahathir would form a new party to be an alternative to UMNO – a political body exclusively for ethnic Malays. However, at the press conference, Dr Mahathir said this was still being decided on.

– CNA/ec

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The Straits Times story:

Mahathir Mohamad to launch party to challenge PM Najib

“We who oppose Najib cannot achieve victory unless we work together as a coalition,” said Dr Mahathir.

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KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (July 14) announced plans for a new party that would join an opposition alliance in a bid to oust the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition led by scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Speculation had been rife over the past week that Dr Mahathir, 91, Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister, was planning to start a party with three other former leaders of the United Malay National Organisation (Umno) which Mr Najib now leads. “We who oppose Najib cannot achieve victory unless we work together as a coalition,” said Dr Mahathir.

He added that he would not contest the next general election, due to be held in 2018, or position himself as a candidate for prime minister.

Dr Mahathir has been critical of Mr Najib’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and called on him to resign.

He was coy when asked if the three former Umno leaders – Mr Muhyiddin Yassin, Mr Mukhriz Mahathir and Mr Shafie Apdal – would join him in the new party, saying only that he was “very open”to the idea.

Dr Mahathir said he and his colleagues had yet to decide if the new party would represent the Malay-Muslim majority or eschew racial lines. He also did not give a time frame for when the party will be formed.

Last month, Mr Najib announced an Umno Supreme Council’s decision to sack Mr Muhyiddin, who was then deputy president, and Dr Mahathir’s son, former Kedah Chief Minister Mukhriz, from the party.

Both have been tough critics of Mr Najib, calling for his resignation following allegations of graft and mismanagement at 1MDB.

Umno vice-president Shafie later quit the party in protest against his suspension pending an investigation into his conduct in questioning Mr Najib’s handling of 1MDB.

In February this year, Dr Mahathir quit Umno, saying it was seen as “supporting corruption” under Mr Najib’s leadership.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that global investigators believed more than US$1 billion (S$1.35 billion) entered Mr Najib’s personal bank accounts, much of it from 1MDB. None of the information publicly disclosed about the 1MDB investigations across the world has shown any connection between alleged misappropriation of money linked to 1MDB and the prime minister.

Mr Najib has denied any wrongdoing and Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared him in January of any corruption or criminal offences. He said that US$681 million, deposited into Mr Najib’s personal account in March 2013 before a general election, was a gift from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and most of it was returned.

BN coasted to victory in two by-elections earlier this month.

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This would definitely be another political antic, which would eventually fail when the drive to work together in the ‘Unhholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’, is never about common drive for the rakyat or nation.

They are just interested to get power.

This lot in the past have been proven to fail so many times. Barisan Alternatif, Barisan Rakyat, Pakistan Rakyat and more recently, Pakatan Harapan, all failed.

This new party would be the third Opposition coalition since the ‘Political Tsunami’ as the result of post 12GE and the ‘Black April Declaration’ of Anwar Ibrahim’s legal qualification to run in politics (April 2008).

Even when they got their formula right like in Selangor, they did not use the mandate they got to bring the state into a better position. Instead, they dwindled into political backstabbing like the ‘Kajang Move’, which is nothing but to do a coup d’etat on a Menteri Besar for no valid reason but internal power struggle.

That was just within one party, which now severely fragmented with key personalities having deep distrust again each other. More over, when their Supreme Leader in serving time as a convicted criminal.

Now they are trying to make that work with a sworn nemesis. A man who was the enemy of every single individual in this delusional political hallucination, impaired by unknown obnoxious political narcotics.

That created the crave the greed for having a whiff of power by trying to sell this hair-brain scheme of ‘another Opposition party’. Not withstanding that they never got it right ever since classical Opposition parties (DAP and PAS) tried to ride on the dis-popularity of Dr Mahathir and BN upon the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim in 1998.

It is the right thing to do for Dr Mahathir to go on the political bandwagon properly, via a political organisation in his quest to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak through the democratic process of ballot paper in the next GE.

However, what happened to the so called ‘1.27 million signatures collected’ for the Dr Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang declaration, launched 4 March 2016?

Even there were only 70,000 genuine signatures collected, is Dr Mahathir prepared to admit that they have been taken for a ride for a futile effort which had no tacit value which resulted Prime Minister Najib being ousted?

The past sixteen months, Dr Mahathir and his ANC tried too many political antics which failed but not at the expense of some people as collateral damage.

For example is the attempt to demonise Prime Minister Najib’s administration by falsely projecting that Tabung Haji funds are being utilised to “Bail out 1MDB through TRX”, slightly over a year ago. There were handful Hajj pilgrims about to get their opportunity to serve the fifth tenet of Islam summarily withdrew their savings, only to learn later that the story was a total manipulation.

The Fifth UMNO President tried so many political stunts to oust Prime Minister Najib. He instigated for the people to rise to express their dismay, engineered a ‘Task Force’ to be conveniently quick formed the moment foreign media publish an unsubstantiated story incriminating Prime Minister Najib, manipulated to get the Cabinet to revolt, instigated UMNO delegates to put pressure at party General Assembly and even attempted to get MPs to do a ‘Vote of no confidence in Parliament’.

All these failed miserably. He even suggested that foreign powers come and meddle into domestic politics, just to oust Prime Minister Najib.

The nation rightfully should be spared from pandering into more unproductive politicking. To the majority, it is already over bearing.

NST story:

New coalition is nothing but a ‘dangerous liaison’ based on frustrations – Rahman Dahlan

 

BY BERNAMA – 15 JULY 2016 @ 12:29 AM Facebook 4 Twitter Share 4

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) describes the announcement of a new party made by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a healthy democratic process.

However, BN Strategic Communications Director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it would only weaken the opposition further and strengthen the chances of BN to win big in the next general election.

“We will continue to rigorously fight for our principles and our struggle. We will defend our track record. “We have gone through worse and more formidable challenges before and Alhamdulillah, we managed to overcome each and every one of them,” he said in a statement here, today.

Dr Mahathir today announced that he would form a new party which will be a component of a new opposition pact in facing the 14th General Election.

The new opposition pact will also feature DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara as its component parties. Abdul Rahman said BN would reach out to the public and tell them not to place their trust in a rickety coalition, driven by a man whose singular objective is to topple the current prime minister, by hook or by crook. He said the coalition partners have no common agenda for Malaysia.

“What they have is a “dangerous liaison” based on their acute frustration and failure to capture the imagination of the rakyat. BN intends to checkmate them every step of the way,” he added. He said: “BN will face anyone, anytime, anywhere for the future of this beloved country.” — BERNAMA

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/07/158298/new-coalition-nothing-dangerous-liaison-based-frustrations-rahman-dahlan

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It is sinful to manipulate the hope and emotion of the rakyat at the expense of time, resources, energy and opportunities wasted pandering to all these unnecessary politicking, just to serve a man-possessed’s obsession for power madness.

*Updated 15 July 2016 0045hrs

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Denial towards dementia

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as expected, is in the denial of the outcome of the two by-elections which he dubbed as a “Referendum by the rakyat”.

He is also in denial the fact that his gutter politics which digressed from his own poor understanding of the situation, the 1MDB issues no longer fly with the grassroots and the Chinese have started back to vote BN.

Most important, majority of Malaysians would rather throw support and stick with Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to move the nation forward then anyone else.

The fact that the Fifth UMNO President don’t really providing a credible solution to the aftermath from the ousting of Prime Minister Najib as the UMNO President/BN Chairman and Prime Minister of Malaysia.

That is by no means that he has any shred of dignity as a gentleman, for the disablity to admit defeat especially when it is clear on all fronts the battle which he participated, lost.

There is probablity that the ninety one years old supposedly a Statesman who keeps repeating rhetorics of which many without clear evidence but his own personal interpretations, muddled up with his own compounded emotions and frustrations are facing the cruel truth which evidently is unfolding slowly very much against his agenda and prophecy.

It is ashamed that eventually that would progress the leader who was hailed for a longtime as a strategist and master tactician, towards dementia.

Age is a natural enemy against the epitome of biology.

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Musafir or Musibat

Let us pray that Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was either fasting or being influence by some medication that he is taking at his ultra golden age of 91 years old yesterday when he was in Kuala Kangsar when he called Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak as “Idi Amin of Malaysia”.

NST story:

Mahathir labels Najib as ‘Idi Amin of Malaysia’

BY M. HAMZAH JAMALUDIN – 16 JUNE 2016 @ 3:38 PM

 

KUALA KANGSAR: In a desperate attempt to garner support for Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) candidate, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today has labelled Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the ‘Idi Amin of Malaysia’.

In his inflammatory speech at Kampung Baru Jerlun here, Dr Mahathir said Najib would do anything he could to stay in power.

“Like Idi Amin of Uganda, he (Najib) uses his power to suppress the people,” he said at the Ceramah Perdana organised by PAN.

The late Idi Amin Dada was the third Ugandan president who is known for his brutal regime and crimes against humanity while in power from 1971-1979. International observers and human rights groups have estimated that between 100,000 and 500,000 people were killed as a result of his regime.

Overthrown in 1979, he fled first to Libya and then to Saudi Arabia, where he died on Aug 16, 2003. Although Dr Mahathir admitted that he could not talk much as he was fasting, the former prime minister continued to attack Najib, whom he claimed had tarnished the country’s image.

“This Malaysian Idi Amin has embarrassed us, we were well known and respected as a democratic country before,” he said.

The intense afternoon heat also did not stop Dr Mahathir from spitting venom at Najib, whom he accused of being a pest, and other Umno leaders, who he branded as “pemakan dedak” (bribe taker) and yes men.

Also present were Dr Mahathir’s wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, PAN president Mohamad Sabu, former Gopeng Wanita Umno chief Datuk Hamidah Osman and former Wanita Umno vice-chief Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim.

Dr Mahathir also urged the voters here to support PAN candidate Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli and ensure that BN candidate lost her deposit in the parliamentary by-election.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/152330/mahathir-labels-najib-idi-amin-malaysia

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That is a terrible to thing not only in the holy month of Ramadan but also when a Muslim is assumed to be fasting. It is not only a very bad lie but defamatory intended to sow hatred.

Ramadan is a month where believers and followers of teachings of Muhammad PBUH are tested to refrain themselves not only from eating and drinking (from sunrise to sunset), but evil deeds, thoughts and intention. Instead Muslims are encouraged to do good deeds.

Even if the Fifth UMNO President who by his own doings left and or sacked by the party three times, was travelling (more than two marhalah: about 85km) thus entitle him to be a Musafir (Traveller). That could exempt him from fasting.

However that does not at all absolve him from the sins of lying and sowing hatred. More over as a former leader of this nation, he is expected to demonstrate good behaviour for the younger generation to emulate.

Considering it is Ramadan and Tun Dr. Mahathir has been making his ceramahs in period where Muslims are supposedly to be fasting and observing ultimate refrains of the holiest month, then for him to say that is really shocking.

Especially on a political platform, campaigning for Amanah against UMNO. He has clearly demonstrated treachery to the nationalist party, the ruling coalition party and to say the least, against the Malays when he teamed up with the anti-Malay Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

It did nothing but reduce the man who supposedly a Statesman to the sub-terrain level of the worst practitioner of gutter politics.

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Fourth Prime Minister, Fifth UMNO President and Third BN Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad campaigning against UMNO/BN candidates on Opposition (Amanah/Pakatan Harapan) platform  in PRK Sg Besar yesterday and Kuala Bangsar today is a clear evidence political treachery to the principles, ideology and nationalism politics he was involved for over 60 years.

The Star story:

Sunday, 12 June 2016 | MYT 2:25 PM

Nur Jazlan: Dr Mahathir’s action a betrayal to Umno, BN

JOHOR BARU: The decision of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to campaign against Barisan Nasional in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections is an act of betrayal to the party and Umno, said Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic).

The Deputy Home Minister said his act of deceit would be part of the legacy left behind by the former Umno president.

“I do not know the rationale for his action and if he knows it, the act is a betrayal to the party and his legacy as the prime minister of the country for 22 years.

“Nobody must forget that what we are enjoying today is the fruits of his labour for 22 years, and if all that is destroyed due to his ‘betrayal’, it will also be a legacy left behind by him,” the Pulai Umno division chief told reporters here on Sunday.

Nur Jazlan, who is also the Member of Parliament for Pulai, said Dr Mahathir had in the past taught the community to not be involved in too much politics but rather concentrate on developing the country.

“He had carried out Operasi Lalang to detain Opposition leaders like Lim Kit Siang and Mat Sabu for allegedly posing a threat to the security of the country, but now, he is sharing the same table with them to urge voters to oppose Barisan,” Nur Jazlan added. – Bernama

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The longest serving UMNO President resorted to joining forces with the Opposition and to the shock of many especially within UMNO, working in arms in longtime DAP nemesis to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Now, it is official the battle is against UMNO/BN.

What started out as an attempt to publicly oust Prime Minister Najib fifteen months ago failed miserably after several poor and failed political stunts and seditious calls. This is not withstanding  a series of lies and going so low to seditiously sell off the good name of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong.

In the holy month of Ramadan, Tun Dr. Mahathir resorted to perpetuate the lies and defamation to justify his personal quest to oust Prime Minister Najib.

In Kuala Bangsar today on Opposition platform, Tun Dr. Mahathir gave two condition for him to return to UMNO. One is the oust of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and reform of the grand old nationalist party.

It should be taken as a bad Ramadan joke by someone who is fasting and the probability of low sugar in the blood might affect the straight sense-ness of the soon to be 91 year old supposedly statesman.

The oust of UMNO President should be done by UMNO members. And he should make the call on an UMNO platform. However, making the call on a DAP-sponsored Opposition platform in dead treachery against UMNO and the Malays.

Considering that he is no longer an UMNO member after leaving the party for the third time in February and making the call on an Opposition platform during a by-election, the two call for UMNO is actually a really failed political pun.

No wonder Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi pleaded to him to stop talking or risk being perceived as a “Senile old man”.

Malaysiakini story:

Zahid on his alleged RM230m: Shut up Dr M, or be called senile

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LIVE BLOG DAY 8 | After campaigning in Sungai Besar for Amanah, former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad and a group of civil society leaders will rock Kuala Kangsar with talk of the 1MDB fiasco and RM4.2 billion donation controversy.

He will later enter Bukit Chandan, a 90 percent Malay area, to shower them with his Save Malaysia call.

Both sides of the divide in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar go all out win over the undecided voters, with Parents Day celebrations, fishing events, walkabouts, a kopitiam forum youth event, as well as the evening’s Super Sunday ceramah.

On BN’s side, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid will campaign in Kuala Kangsar in attempt to neutralise Mahathir’s effect.

Umno ministers Salleh Said Keruak and Ismail Sabri Yaakob will be leading the campaign in Sungai Besar.

Follow our LIVE BLOG as the Malaysiakini team brings you the news as it takes place.

11 police reports lodged in K Kangsar to date

4pm: Kuala Kangsar – Police have received 11 reports and five investigation papers have been opened since campaigning for the Kuala Kangsar by-election started a week ago.

Apart from the case of paragliders in the constituency on nomination day, one investigation paper was opened after a person complained his number was used to send SMSes urging people to support Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Perak police chief Abd Rahim Hanafi in a statement today says police are also investigating the case where Amanah was told to stop its ceramah, at which they had received threats their loudspeakers would be destroyed for not respecting Muslims who were offering terawih prayers.

Police are also investigating a scuffle involving members of the Youth branch of Indian Progressive Front (IPF) under Section 323 of the Penal Code.

Abd Rahim also confirms they are looking into a police report lodged into the ‘disappearance’ of the BN candidate’s banners originally placed at the junction leading to Bukit Chandan.

Zahid on his alleged RM230m: Shut up Dr M, or be called senile

3.27pm: PDRM tactical HQ, Kuala Kangsar – Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid tells former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to shut up before someone says the 91-year-old is senile.

Mahathir while at the 1MDB colloquium in Kuala Kangsar earlier today, told the crowd Zahid had declared he had RM230 million when the latter was Umno Youth chief.

Zahid when asked at a press conference responds curtly, “I am of the view that he better shut up, otherwise people may describe him as senile.”

“That’s all I have to say, don’t ask me about him (Mahathir). Better to shut up before others call him senile,” he replies.

Zahid however neither denies nor confirms if he possesses the huge sum of money alleged by the former PM.

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It is really heart wrenching to watch him to stoop so low to fulfil a personal obsession, in the holiest month for the Muslims. As a supposedly statesman, that is morally treacherous.

Published in: on June 12, 2016 at 16:00  Comments (6)  

Seditious sour puss

There must be a limit for the extend of Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in taking his obsession to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Coyly saying that His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang Di Pertuan Agong is “Probably under House Arrest” just because his whims and fancy of unable to present himself to the King should be seen as seditious.

Tun Dr Mahathir is very impatient in getting his unconstitutional agenda, which is by his own admission, of ousting Prime Minister Najib followed through. So far, it has miserably failed.

The past fifteen months, he has desperately tried assortment of tactics which failed throughout all the way. It is so unlike him, to fail any tactical manoeuvres he started.

He tried his initial ceramahs all over the nation in getting the rakyat to uprise against Prime Minister Najib upon the outcry of issues pertaining 1MDB beginning early last year.

Then he harped on the falsehood of “Bailout”, pertaining how the decision was derived by Tabung Haji (TH)  to acquire a 67,954 sq.ft. parcel in Tun Razak Exchange (TRX). His associates tried to pull a run on TH but that failed miserably.

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Zaid Ibrahim collected Tun Dr, Mahathir at Pasar Seni LRT station on 30 August 2015, as the latter attended the second in a row appearance at BERSIH 4.0

His endorsed failed coup d’etat by way of pressuring Prime Minister Najib to resign last July by then Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former AG Tan Sri Gani Patail, only made had an adversed effect.

Tun Dr. Mahathir attended BERSIH 4.0 illegal rally twice last August but that did not get traction. On the contrary, that drew to a landmark moment where previously so many those who admired, supported and gave him the benefit of the doubt toter their back against him.

Then he pre-empted that “Prime Minster Najib would probably be arrested if he travels abroad and tried under ICJ”, when the latter was about to visit United Kingdom for a working visit and then attend United Nations General Assembly in New York last October.

The Fifth UMNO President attempted to do a whisper campaign amongst UMNO General Assembly delegates in last year’s UMNO AGM but it did not follow through.

He tried to instigate BN MPs to rebel against Prime Minister Najib and support Opposition’s moot to do a ‘Vote of No Confidence’ early last December but that failed too.

Tun Dr. Mahathir did something very unethical when he revealed personal conversation to public in his ceramic in Ipoh. It was to the grave displeasure of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, when very private materials he confided to the Statesman was shared in any open ceramah.

Upon the submission of the MACC investigation papers (IP) of 1MDB and SRC International 31 December to Attorney General, Tun Dr. Mahathir pre-empted the outcome by stating AG would reject the IP as part of the demonisation of the Government.

AG did reject the IP a week after submission. However, it was later revealed and admitted by MACC that the IP was defective and incomplete.

The Fifth UMNO President summarily quit the party he lead for over 22 years. It did not create the snowball effect.

In fact, against his favour that paved the way for UMNO Kedah leaders to rebel against his son then MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir. After two weeks of stand of, he eventually had to quit.

When all failed to follow through as initiated, Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir also took upon the challenge to take Prime Minister Najib to court.

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Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

Tun Dr. Mahathir also joint forces with life long nemesis Opposition Leaders in the likes of Lim Kit Siang, Anthony Loke, Teresa Kok, Mat Sabu, Mahfuz Omar, Azmin AliAmbiga, Hishamuddin Rais and all the works, to launch his ‘Deklarasi Mahathir’ on 4 March 2016.

Until last week, the Anti Najib Campaign activist claimed that they have managed to amass “1.27 million signatories”, which 1 million of it came from online manoeuvres.

The dubious claim have yet to be verified since many claimed they toyed with signing on the campaign and the tally still went up.

Now, with Tun Dr. Mahathir’s claim of “1.4 million signatories”, he wanted to present them to His Majesty YDP Agong. It serves nothing but to create a drama, in the perception and effect that he and his ANC effort even get attention of His Majesty.

Tun Dr. Mahathir must be stopped from all these unproductive political stunts. These stunts brought forth no productivity to the nation and actually is causing ripples to the effort to unify the nation.

There are more prevailing agenda to get all citizens onboard and contribute, to ensure that the economy is stronger and brought forth better trickle down effect to household disposable income and quality of life.

Clearly Tun Dr. Mahathir is way pass the abuse line in his own ultra-obsessive political agenda and self bastardisation of his position as a Statesman.

Published in: on May 21, 2016 at 01:30  Comments (12)  
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