Burning down the house

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak finally burned the bridge with Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for wishing him to continue to remain and campaign for the Opposition, particularly the Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

The Star story:

Sunday, 19 June 2016 | MYT 5:32 PM

Najib hopes Dr Mahathir will continue to campaign for Opposition

 

BY NEVILLE SPYKERMAN
KUALA KRAI: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should continue to campaign for the Opposition because it is good for Barisan Nasional, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in jest.

Responding to questions from reporters here on Sunday, the Prime Minister said the lesson from the two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar was clear.

“The more Tun Mahathir campaigns for the Opposition, the better for Barisan. I hope he doesn’t stop,” said Najib during a press conference after handing over keys to new homes for 31 families affected by the 2014 floods.

Barisan swept to thumping victories in both the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats on Saturday, winning by far bigger margins compared to the 2013 general election.

Barisan’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi garnered 16,800 votes to win the Sungai Besar parliamentary seat with a whopping 9,191 majority.

His nearest contender, Amanah candidate Azhar Abdul Shukur received 7,609 votes while PAS’ Dr Rani Osman bagged 6,902 votes.

In the 2013 general election, Barisan candidate, the late Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon won the seat with a razor-thin majority of 399 votes.

In Kuala Kangsar, Barisan candidate Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid won the seat previously held by her late husband Datuk Wan Moham­mad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, with a higher majority of 6,969 compared to the 1,082 votes recorded in the 13th general election.

Her victory was even more commendable considering that she had not been able to campaign as she is still undergoing iddah (waiting pe­­riod) after her husband’s death.

Mastura received 12,653 votes, defeating PAS’ Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad who got 5,684 votes and Ama­nah’s Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli with 4,883 votes, while independent Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary received a paltry 54.

Voter turnout was 74% in Sungai Besar and 71% in Kuala Kangsar.

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The Fifth UMNO President campaigned hand-in-hand with DAP leaders such as Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng in the recent Sg. Besar and Kuala Bangsar by-elections, specially in Chinese majority voting quarters.

He proclaimed “Its a referendum for the rakyat to reject Najib’s leadership”.

However, it failed miserably and BN garnered encouragingly increased majority in both seats, even against the combined votes PAN and PAS candidates got..

Tun Dr. Mahathir failed further when Chinese voters, especially in Sg. Besar decided to throw their support back again behind BN.

Joceline Tan’s story:

Sunday, 19 June 2016

BN captures the Chinese vote

 

BY JOCELINE TAN
The thumping victories in the dual by-elections signal that Barisan Nasional is on the comeback trail, with the Chinese vote swinging back.

THE political tsunami has retreated and the wind is blowing in Barisan Nasional’s favour once again.

Barisan swept to a landslide victory in both seats, winning Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar with massive majorities.

The “referendum”, as some have termed the by-elections, has gone the way of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The wins prove that Barisan is still the king in these Malay heartland type of seats but the icing on the cake was the return of Chinese votes to Barisan.

There has been a big Chinese swing back that will be the talk of the town in the days to come.

The coalition did very well in Sekinchan, the Chinese heart of Sungai Besar. Sekinchan is 80% Chinese and a notorious DAP stronghold.

Barisan won a lot of goodwill when it brought home two Sekinchan fishermen who were detained in Indonesia.

In Kuala Kangsar, Barisan won back Jerlun new village, a black area and epicentre of the opposition in 2013, securing some 57% of the votes.

This is despite DAP bringing in heavy artillery like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to campaign there.

Perak MCA chief Datuk Seri Dr Mah Hang Soon’s numerous rounds of door-to-door campaigns paid off.

“There is a tremendous warming-up of Chinese votes towards Barisan. It is a turning point for us,” said Dr Mah who is also a Perak executive councillor.

Amanah came in last in Kuala Kangsar and second in Sungai Besar where it was saved by the Chinese vote.

DAP went everywhere in orange to promote the new party, dragging Dr Mahathir along with them but their efforts failed to bear fruit.

It was a case of once bitten, twice shy – voters, especially the Chinese, bought into DAP’s sales pitch about PAS in 2013 and not many of them wanted to be played out again.

It is yet another wake-up call for DAP which has been taking the Chinese vote for granted. The rhetoric of DAP leaders has not been matched by delivery.

The party is now in two state governments and people want solutions to their daily lives but DAP leaders spend too much time indulging in political rhetoric and raising issues without offering solutions.

DAP’s finale ceramah in the centre of Sekinchan town on Friday night was meant to seal in the Chinese vote.

But it was missing energy, excitement and people. There were almost as many empty chairs as people.

Some blamed the MCA concert, featuring a famous Hokkien singer from Taiwan, going on in the nearby temple compound. It was standing room only over there and the audience was singing along to all the songs.

Ng Suee Lim, the local DAP strongman and Sekinchan assemblyman, is very popular but his party’s strategy to ride on national issues like 1MDB and the RM2.6bil donation flopped big-time.

The issues were too big and complex and went right over the heads of the local folk. They were not interested in taking a stand on issues they did not understand.

In hindsight, Barisan’s man in Sungai Besar, Budiman Mohd Zohdi, was the one with his feet firmly on the ground.

He is the original kampung boy who could tell his audience when the first KFC came to town, he remembered when a matinee in the cinema cost only 40 sen and he would point out the Hainanese kopitiam where his father likes to eat.

He spoke about local issues and promised relevant things like upgrading the market in Sekinchan which is shamefully rundown.

In fact, only the Barisan candidates in the two seats voted.

The other candidates were all imported and that is not the way things are done in the Malay heartland.

It has been a hard landing for Amanah and it showed in the body language of Amanah president Mohamad Sabu – he has not been his bubbly self and his trademark heh-heh-heh grin was missing.

Amanah’s dependence on the Chinese vote does not augur well for the party.

Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar were exactly the sort of seats that DAP had in mind for Amanah.

But the results show it cannot deliver the Malay vote and is struggling to replace PAS in Pakatan Harapan.

As for PAS, the party feels vindicated that its rival has been put in its place.

PAS cannot rival Umno in Selangor but the results show that its supporters did not stray to Amanah.

Barisan will never recover the kind of supremacy it enjoyed during its golden years but it is on the comeback trail.

Pakatan Harapan enjoyed a brief golden period but it squandered the opportunity and lost the momentum.

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There is very little option left for the man-possessed who supposed to have demonstrated his statesmanship instead of the open war, trying to oust Prime Minister Najib for the fast fifteen months.

Needless to remind, the Third BN Chairman failed all the way through in the various attempts and political stunts and sundry. The aggregated lies, exaggeration and manipulation might be bought in by some UMNO members.

However after a solid fifteen month of shelling against the former against the current President, UMNO as a political vessel still remained intact and the structure integrity is still sound.

This is not withstanding that he worked with the Neo Con Jewish controlled foreign media to meet his personal agenda. He went against one of his cardinal principles by  inviting foreign powers to intervene in Malaysian politics and oust Prime Minister Najib.

His proclamation and attacks against UMNO the past year already left many hardliners in utter disbelief, feeling very sore and hurt.

Crossing the line, first at BERSIH 4.0 in August last year and conveniently miss the National Day parade the very next day.

Six months later, Tun Dr. Mahathir established comrade-in-arms with DAP particularly Lim Kit Siang left many stalwarts the very bitter feeling for a leader whom principally UMNO members had reverence on.

At this juncture, he either continue to work with the Opposition, mainly DAP and soldier on trying to wage the political war against UMNO and BN.

Never the less, internally DAP at Central Working Committee is facing issues on this relationship. Already within DAP with ome of the older guards are opposing the notion of working with their nemesis of fifty years.

However, they might eventually drop him like a bad habit because the man once dubbed “Ultra Malay” by onetime the de facto leader of the Chinese Chauvinist party, had proven to be a bane for the political cause.

Alternatively, he tries to burn UMNO within with his further road show instigations in the guise of ‘Gabungan Ketua Cawangan’ through a small band of rebels within the mid level UMNO echelon.

This, like the past year would not able to get the desired effect and traction and leave him further frustrated.

The fact is that Tun Dr. Mahathir has not been able to burn UMNO down since the failed ‘rebellion’ of UMNO delegates in last December’s UMNO General Assembly and Dewan Rakyat ‘Vote of No Confidence’.

His self departure from UMNO last February failed to cause any ripple at al within the party. The matter was treated as a non event.

Hence, he would not able to progress further from this point in burning UMNO down, from within or outside.

There on, it would turn the evilness as a man-possessed into unimaginable but unbearable state never seen before.

The result of the simultaneous by-election seats demonstrated that UMNO still remain intact and the leaders and party machinery are very resolved, despite the former President’s incessant rabid barks,

Eventually, out of shame for his failure and the contradiction in the aggregated proclamations he made and the principles he previous stood for,  he would find the shame is unbearable. In his stubbornness, he would self exile into oblivion, away from Malaysia.

Published in: on June 19, 2016 at 21:01  Comments (3)  

According to Dr Mahathir, proven rakyat is for Najib

Using Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s logic, rakyat is for the leadership Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak because the former said the simultaneous Parliamentary by-elections in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar is the rakyat’s referendum to support or reject the UMNO President/BN Chairman.

The Star story:

Saturday, 18 June 2016 | MYT 7:22 PM

BN sweeps to victory in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional retained both the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats with higher majorities.

The official count for Sungai Besar as of 9pm is Barisan garnering 10,572 votes with PAS getting 4,507 votes and Amanah 4,323.

In the 2013 general election, Barisan won the seat with a razor-thin 399 votes.
In Kuala Kangsar, Barisan’s tally stood at 12,332 votes with PAS getting 5,634, Amanah 4,865, and Independent 58.

Not only did Barisan retain both seats with higher majority, the Chinese votes also swung back to the Barisan. PAS did well in rural polling streams while Amanah garnered DAP votes in town areas.

The Sungai Besar by-election sees a three-way fight between Barisan Nasional’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi, who is also a Sungai Panjang assemblyman, PAS’ Dr Abdul Rani Osman who is also a Meru assemblyman, and Parti Amanah Negara’s Azhar Abdul Shukur.

In Kuala Kangsar, it is between Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid of Barisan Nasional, Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad of PAS, Prof Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli of Parti Amanah Negara and Independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.

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The master wizard Dr. Mahathir’s crystal ball is clouded. Probably out of being a man-possessed and the mixture of his hatred and obsession against Prime Minister Najib totally overpowered his best judgment.

The Third BN Chairman never admitted defeat in all the manoeuvres failed miserably of his open war to oust Prime Minister Najib since fifteen months ago.

Tun Dr. Mahathir even took Prime Minister Najib to court, in the political stunt to attract attention.

Even in the landslide BN victory (72 out of 82 DUN seats) in the recently concluded Sarawak State Election, Tun Dr. Mahathir had the audacity to insult Sarawakians that “Najib is now the slave for Sarawak. It is not about BN victory. This is the result for Sarawak State Election”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir is now officially an Opposition after demonstrating treachery against UMNO/BN which he led for over 22 years by campaigning for Amanah candidates in both Parliamentary constituencies, literally hand in hand with Opposition leaders such as Mat Sabu and Lim Kit Siang.

Even the Chinese voters are coming back to vote BN. It is clear they distrust the joint venture between lifelong nemesis Dr Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang.

This is on top of some of Chinese views that Dr. Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang is sabotaging their economy. This will affect them especially they are beginning to buy into some of Prime Minister Najib’s economic transformation plan.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also demonstrated gutter politics whilst campaigning in Sg Besar and Kuala Bangsar. This is actually a digression from his stature seemingly as a Statesman for demeaning the good office of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong for refusal to grant him audience for present his doubtful “1.4 million signatories of Deklarasi Rakyat”.

Considering the challenges of the holy month of Ramadan, BN’s improved majority in both constituencies and clean political campaign concentrating on the constituents and local development issues is a clear proof that despite Tun Dr. Mahathir’s dirty politics and joint venture with the Opposition failed to win the support of the rakyat.

It is without a doubt that Malaysia should be behind Prime Minister Najib to move forward for the betterment of the nation and sailing through the global economic and geo-political storm instead of bickering through very unproductive gutter politics and slanders.

*Updated 2200hrs

Sg Besar by-election

BN 16,800 votes

PAN 7,609 votes

PAS 6,902 votes

Majority 9,191 (BN majority against PAN + PAS 2,289). 13GE BN majority was 399 votes.

Kuala Kangsar by-election

BN 12,332 votes

PAN 4,865 votes

PAS 5,634 votes

Majority 6,698 (BN majority against PAN + PAS 1,775). 13GE BN majority was 1,082 votes.

*Updated midnight

PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK HAILS LANDSLIDE ELECTION WINS

1.       I am grateful to the people for putting their faith in Barisan Nasional ‎again. As a mid-term government being targeted by unprecedented politically-motivated slander, we are especially humbled that we ‎received such landslide results. Our official majority in Kuala Kangsar was 6,969, compared to 1,082 in the 2013 general election; and 9,191 in Sungai Besar, compared to 399 in 2013.‎

2.       Tun Mahathir Mohamad turned the elections into a referendum on my leadership. He campaigned for his former enemies in the opposition, dishonourably smearing his own party with crude language and claiming to speak on behalf of the people. But this betrayal was motivated by personal interest, not the national interest.‎

3.       Now, with these two huge majority wins, ‎and BN’s landslide 72 out of 82 seat Sarawak election win last month, the people have shown their confidence for and trust in BN. They rejected Tun Mahathir’s lies, they rejected his unworkable coalition of former enemies, and they rejected the incoherent opposition – partly because of their alignment with Tun Mahathir.‎

4.       I would like to thank all the BN machinery, well led by Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi‎. BN succeeded because we worked as a team‎. ‎We prevailed, and, if we continue to work tirelessly for the people and remain united, we will always prevail.

5.       As long as I am Prime Minister, the interests of the people will come first. We will deliver on our promises to them. My priority will continue to be the economic welfare, social wellbeing and security of all Malaysians. ‎

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
18th June 2016

The Star story:

Sunday, 19 June 2016 | MYT 12:02 AM

Najib: People reject Dr Mahathir’s lies

 

BY TAN YI LIANG

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PETALING JAYA: The big wins secured by Barisan Nasional in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections showed that the people rejected Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pix).

Expressing his gratitude to the voters for putting their faith in Barisan, the Prime Minister said they rejected Dr Mahathir’s lies, “they rejected his unworkable coalition of former enemies and they rejected the incoherent opposition – partly because of their alignment with Mahathir.”

Najib said Dr Mahathir had turned the elections into a referendum on his leadership, “campaigning for his former enemies in the Opposition and dishonourably smearing his own party with crude language and claiming to speak on behalf of the people in his own interests.”

“As a mid-term government being targeted by unprecedented politically-motivated slander, we are especially humbled that we ‎received such landslide results.

“Our official majority in Kuala Kangsar was 6,969 compared to 1,082 in the 2013 general election; and 9,191 in Sungai Besar compared to 399 in 2013,” Najib in a statement on Saturday.

Najib said that with these huge majorities and Barisan’s landslide 72 out of 82 seat wins in the Sarawak election last month, the people have shown their confidence for and trust in Barisan.

“I would like to thank all the BN machinery, well led by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi‎.

“BN succeeded because we worked as a team‎. ‎We prevailed, and, if we continue to work tirelessly for the people and remain united, we will always prevail,” said Najib.

“As long as I am Prime Minister, the interests of the people will come first. We will deliver on our promises to them. My priority will continue to be the economic welfare, social well-being and security of all Malaysians,” said Najib.

Published in: on June 18, 2016 at 21:00  Comments (4)  

“Who did Mueller sleep with?”

Outgoing MAS CEO Christoph Mueller recent statement to German media about some of the staff “Were sleeping on jon” the justification why 6,000 persons thought to be the more productive ones of the now defunct national carrier previously known as Malaysia Airlines Berhad, irritated some of the affected professionals.

Malaysiakini story:

Outgoing CEO: Many MAS employees were doing nothing, some sleeping

136 comments Published 17 Jun 2016, 4:16 pm Updated 17 Jun 2016, 9:29 pm

Outgoing Malaysian Airlines Bhd (MAS) CEO Christoph Mueller said he had to cut 6,000 jobs because many of the 20,000 employees were “doing nothing”.

He said he was not impressed with the state that MAS was in when he first took over the Malaysian flag carrier.

“Despite all the announcements by the government, a turnaround wasn’t initiated by the time I became CEO.

“Many of the 20,000 employees who worked for the airline had nothing to do. In fact, when I walked through the hangars, people were sleeping. That’s why I had to radically cut 6,000 jobs,” Muller told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) on its web portal.

He said MAS was in dire straits before he took over because of poor personnel management and a bloated workforce.
He said that was why he laid off 6,000 workers and streamlined the firm’s operations.

Mueller said MAS also suffered from a bloated and overpriced supply chain, partly because the airline bought products from suppliers at prices 20 to 25 percent higher than the market value.

“Everything from pens to US$200-million aircraft were purchased at these rates. I am not saying that we were bad negotiators, and in any case corruption is punishable also in Malaysia,” he told DW, delicately explaining the matter.

Mueller also pointed out that MAS had about 20,000 suppliers and, as a result, the glut made it difficult for the airline to get a volume discount from anyone.

“Since I took over, we have managed to downsize the number to about 4,000 suppliers. But our goal is to cut it further to some 2,000. By doing this, we’ve reduced our procurement costs,” he said.

He noted that the airline has had a spate of bad luck in recent years – the disappearance of MH370 and shooting down of MH17 that gave it bad press – but expressed incredulity that the carrier could have been in the red at all.

“Malaysia Airlines has a proud heritage. It’s known as the epitome of Asian customer service. Given the country’s macroeconomic conditions, with economic growth averaging over five percent for 55 years now, it’s difficult not to make money with this airline,” he said.

He observed that the previous so-called turnaround plans announced for the airline were half-hearted at best.

However, Mueller is confident that with the management reforms he has put in place, MAS will be in the black again by 2018.

The German will officially step down in September this year – well ahead of his initial three-year contract, citing personal reasons.

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Mueller statements irked many, who are known to the rising star within Malaysian Airlines were made to leave since the exercise to terminate the 6,000 staffs came from the winding up of the original formerly listed company and the setting of an SPV.

“If Mueller said we were sleeping on the job, let me ask who is he sleeping with?”, remarked a veteran of Malaysia Airlines of 27 years service before he was summarily sacked because of Khazanah’s corporate manoeuvres.

He was believed to be referring to a rumour about a CEO of GLC who summarily resigned despite non completion of contract period after his wife found out about his extra-marital affair.

Mueller’s other justifications about Malaysia Airlines’ poor financial position is about acquiring equipments and goods from vendors, which is 15-20% higher than market value.

That is quite baffling because since almost 20 years ago, Malaysia Airlines is a plc listed on then Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia). Being a plc means there stringent processes of acquisition through the tender board, board pf directors and perhaps on some assets like aircrafts, involving Khazanah and Ministry of Finance.

These processes then had to under a series of audit process, either internally which the management eventually had to answer to the audit committee and a statutory external auditor.

Under Mueller, Malaysia Airlines Berhad shed a lot of its traditional routes which include Amsterdam and Paris and the new carrier is focusing of becoming a regional airline.

“If Mueller said we slept on the job and now we are no longer there, how is the company getting along? Is he making encouraging profits?”.

Now that Mueller is not even completing his contractual term, if it is true that what he said about the untimely termination of 6,000 staffs last September and 6,000 more expected by this September would eventually be the net loser to the German’s and Khazanah;s corporate games.

Published in: on June 18, 2016 at 16:00  Leave a Comment  

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.

Published in: on June 17, 2016 at 15:00  Comments (4)  

E-M(ahathir)ancipation

Proton would see a transformation of a new leaf there on, now founder and dictatorial remote-controller Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is completely out of the picture after 33 years.

Malay Mail Online story:

Era of Dr M’s meddling in Proton over, says Najib

 

PUTRAJAYA, June 14 ― Proton Holdings Bhd is entering a new chapter where it will no longer face the interference of politicians such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

At the launch of the company’s new Perdana sedan today, Najib said such meddling in the decision-making process at Proton was why the carmaker needed billions in government assistance to remain viable.

“There has been too much political interference in Proton’s strategy, management ― including of personnel ― and business model. We saw the results of that early this year. A manufacturer which should be a source of national pride was facing a very difficult situation.

“Now, I am pleased to say, there have been significant changes at the top levels of Proton. Tun Mahathir’s era of political interference has come to an end,” Najib said.

MORE TO COME

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Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak said this during the launch of Proton’s flagship model Perdana.

He also wanted Proton to be less reliant on the domestic market but also explore the opportunities as a car for the export market.

NST story:

Proton must become less reliant on Malaysian buyers, says Najib

 

BY AZURA ABAS – 14 JUNE 2016 @ 11:16 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Proton must become less reliant on Malaysian buyers and build up a strong export programme. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, addressing the future of Proton, said the government’s assistance to the national carmaker was subject to conditions, such as the company identifying a strategic foreign partner.

The government in April had approved a RM1.5 billion loan to Proton Holdings to enable the company to pay for components that had been supplied. The loan, Najib stressed, was not a bailout as it came with strong conditions.

“We stepped in because the well-being of the people is always our first concern. We will never fail to support Malaysian workers and suppliers. We will always fight to ensure that no one is left behind.

” The assistance was conditional on Proton meeting stringent standards of professional management going forward; ensuring that the company has a model for long-term sustainability; and immediately identifying a strategic foreign partner.

“The loan was not a blank cheque. The company must prove itself, both in the domestic and the international markets. Ultimately, Proton must build up a strong export programme and become less reliant on Malaysian buyers.”

The prime minister was speaking at the launch of the all-new Proton Perdana today. The Perdana, now in its fourth generation, is developed via a strategic collaboration with Honda Japan Ltd. It is priced at RM113,888 for the 2.0 variant and RM138,888 for the 2.4 variant. It has already received around 900 pre-bookings. The company expects to sell around 3,000 units by year-end.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151789/proton-must-become-less-reliant-malaysian-buyers-says-najib

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Recently Malaysian Government agreed to provide Proton with conditional financial packages to the amount of RM1.5b, to alleviate its current and strategic issues.

Proton is required to revamp and restructure its management and use some of the provided funds to immediately address working capital issues such as long list of local vendors’ debt.

The company which started as the National Car Project is expected to find a strategic partner, to ensure the required investments for research and development, which is deemed necessary for products to remain relevant in a very competitive market.

Proton market share in Malaysia dropped from its peak of 76% in 1993 to the current 18%.

Proton also is expected to improve its marketing programs, to ensure the current products market acceptability.

Published in: on June 14, 2016 at 12:00  Comments (6)  

Mahatraitor

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

28 comments Team Malaysiakini Published Today 10:06 am Updated Today 5:01 pm

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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)  

Lessons from Parcels XIX: Honouring the code

China's unsubstantiated claim of the 'Nine-Dash-Line'

China’s unsubstantiated claim of the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’

Malaysia and China achieved a landmark diplomatic step to jointly declare that both nations shall resolve any matters pertaining to South China Sea based on the Document of Conduct which was inked in November 2002.

Bernama.com story:

Malaysia, China agree to settle South China Sea dispute via conduct declaration

Tuesday May 10, 2016
03:33 PM GMT+8
PUTRAJAYA, May 10 — Malaysia and China have agreed to settle South China Sea-related issues through the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and to speed up the completion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the agreement was reached at his meeting with visiting China State Councillor Yang Jiechi after the latter called on him at Wisma Putra here today.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Anifah said the issues discussed at their meeting included the encroachment of Chinese fishermen into Malaysian waters.

“We raised our concern and he (Yang) said he will look into it. We believe that between friends we should be able to find solutions.

“We (Malaysia and China) are not exactly neighbours but we share the same South China Sea. So we are bound to have that kind of problems,” he said.

Anifah said Malaysia faced the problem of fishermen encroaching into its waters even with Indonesia because of overlapping areas.

“Therefore, what we (Malaysia and China) have promised is to settle all issues through the DOC and speed up the completion of the COC,” he added.

In March this year, it was reported that about 100 China-registered boats and vessels had been detected encroaching into Malaysian waters near Beting Patinggi Ali in the South China Sea.

It was also reported that the Malaysian Foreign Ministry summoned the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Huikang, to provide some clarification and to register Malaysia’s concern over the matter.

Besides China, Asean countries involved in the overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea are Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The overlapping territorial maritime claims had resulted in the signing of the DOC in 2002 between Asean and China to pave the way for and draw up the COC as a guideline to avoid any friction in the area.

Elaborating on Yang’s visit, Anifah, who regarded the one-time China foreign minister as a close friend, said the visit reflected the close ties between China and Malaysia.

Anifah said they also discussed bilateral relations, the economy and ways to boost bilateral trade and investment.

“Because of Malaysia’s close relationship with China, we (both countries) sincerely believe that we should be able to talk to each other about problems that we may have, provided we continue to keep the communication and engagement open,” he said.

Yang arrived yesterday for a two-day working visit. Yang’s visit is the fourth to Malaysia in his capacity as the State Councillor. He had visited Malaysia five times as Foreign Affairs Minister, between 2007 and 2012.

According to a Wisma Putra statement, Yang’s visit reflected the close relations between Malaysia and China and the strong desire of both countries to strengthen the ties. — Bernama

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-china-agree-to-settle-south-china-sea-dispute-via-conduct-declarat#sthash.TBONS5YU.dpuf

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Malaysia is one of the claimant in the multiple claimant of disputed territories in South China Sea and have been very strong and consistent to use diplomatic channels and multilateral dialogue as avenues to resolve the complex matter.

Both nations agreed to speed up for the Code of Conduct for all signatories to comply in their engagement with regards to South China Sea.

Published in: on May 10, 2016 at 21:00  Leave a Comment  

Sarawak PRNXI: DAP CEC should resign

The entire Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Chinese Chauvinist Democratic Action Party (DAP) should resign for the dreadful performance at Sarawak State Election (PRNXI) on Saturday & May 2016.

DAP contested in 31 seats but only managed to win 7. During the PRN X April 2011, DAP wrestled 12 seats and almost obliterated local Chinese Sarawak party SUPP.

Pro-Opposition portal Malaysiakini analysis:

Breakdown of Sarawak election wins

Published 7 May 2016, 10:42 pm Updated 7 May 2016, 10:49 pm

S’WAK POLLS As BN coasted to an easy win in the Sarawak state election, the results show that they have won more than two-thirds of the 82 seats available, with 87.8 percent of the House.

PBB, led by newly re-instated Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem, won all 40 of the seats they contested for a 100 percent win streak.

Another BN component party which won 100 percent of their contested seats was Sarawak Peoples’ Party (PRS), winning all 11.

This is followed by BN direct candidates, who won 11 out of 13 seats contested, at 85 percent.

Though Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) only contested five seats, they managed to win three, putting their win at 60 percent.

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) which won seven out of their contested 13 seats, had an overall winning percentage of 54 percent.

Combined, BN won 72 of the 82 available seats, which gave them their 87.8 percent super-majority in the House.

Crushing defeat

Meanwhile, the opposition suffered a crushing defeat, with DAP losing five out of 12 urban seats it had previously held, as well as being defeated in all the bumiputera seats it contested this round.

DAP only managed to win seven out of the 31 seats it contested, giving them a winning percentage of only 23 percent.

Though PKR managed to defend all three of its seats, they did not win any new ones.

Contesting in 41 seats, their winning percentage was a meagre seven percent.

Meanwhile, candidates from PAS, Parti Amanah Negara, New Sarawak Native People’s Party, Star, and independents did not win any of their contested seats.

This gave the opposition 10 seats out of the 82 in the state assembly.

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11 new DUN seats were introduced as part of the re-allignation of the DUN Sarawak, to accommodate 82 ADUN members after the 11th Sarawak State Assembly.

DAP dismal display to represent Sarawakians is apparent when their representation dropped from 16.9% of 10th Sarawak State Assembly with 12 out of 71 ADUNs to 8.54% of the 11th Sarawak State Assembly.

That is a drop of more than 50% of their own political segment constituencies.

In any examinations, any drop of 50% of last performance tantamount to bad failure. Hence, DAP CEC should take responsibility and resign and make way for fresh new leaders, to offer a brand new ideology for the party.

Stupid Sohai

The politics of hatred and Chinese Chauvinism DAP leaders managed to sow to sizeable pockets of Malaysian Chinese in Semenanjung is translated to the reaction via social media platforms.

Published in: on May 8, 2016 at 20:00  Leave a Comment  

Playing with three sticks

The buzz being whispered about town going back and forth between market punters, gossipers and arm-chair analysts that the sudden departure of a CEO of a GLC with “Personal issues” as the excuse, is about a very delicate if not intimate ‘personal matter’.

The strange bit about the resignation that the man is only letting go of his executive function and responsibility but remained as a member of the Board of Directors (BoD).

The said married man is believed to have discovered for an intimate relationship, here in this country. It is also believed that the matter has been brought up to the attention of some of the BoD members, by his own spouse.

Across the board, this is the second surprise announcement made regarding key personalities of GLC within the Khazanah Group.

Earlier was CIMB Chairman Dato’ Seri Nazir Razak, who decided to take leave from CIMB (nothing said about Khazanah) after the recent Wall Street Journal revelation of his personal involvement of political funds channeled of the amount USD7 mil. The buzz-cock suddenly felt it was the ‘right thing to do’ (to go on leave pending investigations), for a brotherly favour he did at the same time his eldest brother Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was handling USD690 mil of donations, believed for political purposes.

The said CEO who had summarily resigned only completed eight and half month stewardship of a New Co. which was formed as part of the turn-around and rationalisation plan, is said to have signed a contract for three years of service.

Whether issue of morality is part of the consideration for him to remain as BoD, to serve for the remaining duration of contract cannot be ascertained.

However, at the rate of the gossip it is bound that the matter would eventually be raised by some of the 6,000 (mostly able and very productive loyalists) made redundant of the Khazanah plan to revive the GLC, in the rough tones of “They put a fucker in charge, after our lives were fucked!”.

After all, most of the 6,000 made jobless are people with families, of Malay-Muslim conservative background where infidelity is a major morality matter.

Published in: on April 20, 2016 at 17:00  Comments (3)  
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