‘M’ for Mengejutkan

It’s a very troubling development of events of the Federal Government under Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s leadership and Pakatan Harapan Rule with the circulation of a letter about a supposed RM450million job in Kota Bharu.

The Malay Mail Online:

Guan Eng on RM450m direct negotiation project: I have to discuss it with PM first


Published 7 hours ago on 16 September 2019
BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY


PETALING JAYA, Sept 16 — Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today said that he would be discussing with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a now viral letter, purportedly from the Ministry of Finance (MoF), about a RM450 million project allegedly awarded through direct negotiation in Kota Baru, Kelantan.

Lim when queried about the letter by a journalist who pressed him for comments, questioned the journalist in return, asking if the letter bore his signature.


“Was it signed by me? Was it signed by me?” Lim asked the journalist when she posed the question.

“So please lah. There are so many letters signed. If it is not signed by me, you must first let me go do the assessment first.

“I think you are referring to what the PM said, isn’t it? So can I discuss with my PM first? It is not right for me not to discuss with the PM first before talking to you,” Lim said referring to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,

When pointed out that the letter was issued from his ministry, owing to the letterhead, Lim again repeated that the document did not bear his signature and said there are many other officials under him at MoF.

“There are how many letters signed by me and other officials? So if it is signed by me, at least there is some basis. Signed by so many other officials. You know how many staff are there in MoF? Please be reasonable,” he said, again asking for space to discuss the matter with the Prime Minister.

However, last night Dr Mahathir had also told reporters that he would also be looking into the said letter that claims to have his backing and the approval of the MoF for a direct negotiation for the project located in Tunjong, near Kota Baru in Kelantan.

Speaking to reporters after the Putrajaya Boat Race Championship 2019, the prime minister said he has never approved any new direct negotiations since taking over Putrajaya last year.

However, he said that there was a possibility that the purported direct negotiation for the Kelantan project, could be a continuation of what was done during the previous Barisan Nasional’s (BN) regime.

The letter dated July 26, 2019 was allegedly faxed to the Prime Minister’s Department’s Senior Deputy Chief Secretary Datuk Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad.

It referred to a ‘design and build’ project for a “Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan” Kota Baru, Tunjong.

The letter said that it referred to a letter sent by the prime minister dated July 9, 2019.
“We would like to inform you that his honourable Finance Minister have agreed for PDM Builders Sdn Bhd to be appointed through direct negotiation to implement “Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan” Kota Baru, Tunjong with the price of RM450,000,000,” said the letter allegedly penned by Datuk Zamzuri Abdul Aziz from the Government’s Procurement Section.
The letter was tweeted by Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Razlan Rafii yesterday.

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So many wrongs about this ‘Direct Negotiation Award of RM450 million’ episode.

1. Gerontocracy Prime Minister still practices Crony Capitalism, something which is so against the PH Manifesto

2. The incompetent Minister of Finance is insinuating of either:

2.1. His incompetencies not able to run the MOF and Treasury properly

2.2. He is either detached from the mechanics of the MOF civil service or he is completely ignorant about it

2.3. He is not getting along with Gerontocracy Prime Minister

2.4. So many ‘Sir Humphrey Appleby’s within MOF and the Minister is kept in the dark and/or always brought into and through a maze of dark alleys

2.5. Official correspondents to and from the Ministry are leaked to the public

2.6. The abuse of power is worse than the previous administration and/or Federal Government

3. This response is incompetent Minister of Finance’s lams attempt to throw someone or a group of some people under the bus, when they are caught red handed with the trousers down

This is a nice precursor for a Cabinet shake up, shake down or reshuffle, instead of mere “Reassignment of duties”.🙄

If Gerontocracy Prime Minister is trapped unable to switch Ministerial positions and functions of PH Presidential Council members, then its a nice opportunity to introduce an MOF II post.

“To smoothen the mechanics, in the effort for Federal Government to facilitate the catalyst for economic growth, especially in this global trying times”

And “Bacul Lari Malam” could be the man for the job.

There should be some degree stability of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s leadership and administration otherwise all the ‘surprises’ of the political instability, gross lack of policies and consistency and grave lack of competency and follow through, is taking the nation and dynamism on a digression path.

Published in: on September 16, 2019 at 21:04  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for Muafakat

The ‘National Cooperation Charter’ to formalising the kick off the largest Malay political parties inked between UMNO and PAS Presidents at PWTC this afternoon would see the change of Malay hinterland politics-administration, with the inclusion of UMNO into PAS controlled states’ administration in the near future.

The Star story:

Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan


Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan

NATION
Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
3:39 PM MYT
By TARRENCE TAN, HANIS ZAINAL and FATIMAH ZAINAL

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has plans to include its new political ally Umno in the two states – Terengganu and Kelantan – that it currently governs.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said such plans will be unveiled to the public in the near future.

“Wait for the time to come. We will look at the latest developments. There are definitely plans (to include Umno). We are family,” he said.


Abdul Hadi was speaking to reporters during a press conference after the joint charter between Umno and PAS was signed at PWTC on Saturday (Sept 14).


“Taawun (cooperation) is a phrase that was discussed by Nik Aziz when he was still alive because of the cooperation we had in the 70s in the form of tahaluf (coalition).


“We need to introduce a new approach which is cooperation. That was discussed by the (PAS) Syura Ulama Council when Nik Aziz was alive,” he added.


The last time Umno and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 General Election when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.


Also present at the press conference were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
On seat negotiations for the next general election, Ahmad Zahid said it was too premature to discuss such details at present.


Ahmad Zahid said Umno was in the midst of reaching out to grassroots members to explain the new political alliance with PAS.


Hadi Awang concurred, saying that most importantly, both parties should work towards garnering support from the people first.


Ahmad Zahid, who’s Barisan Nasional chairman, said that its component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political alliance.


“Although we (Umno, MCA, MIC) had already discussed this, we will officially speak about this in the soonest Barisan supreme council meeting.


“So far, these two parties (MCA, MIC) have no objections at all,” he added.


Ahmad Zahid also said that a negotiations committee and a technical committee will be formed to iron out details for its newly signed charter and a memorandum of understanding between PAS and Umno.


The charter between Umno and PAS was signed on Saturday (Sept 14), formalising the cooperation between the two biggest Malay-based parties in Malaysia.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/14/hadi-we-have-plans-to-include-umno-in-terengganu-and-kelantan#vhhUqWaS3EMmLYju.99

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It is a landmark political cooperation for the Malays effectively rolled out under UMNO under President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Tuan Guru Dato Seri Hj Abd Hadi Awang since the mega anti-ICERD Rally on 8 Dec 2018, which saw over 300,000 people congregated and demonstrated in Dataran Merdeka.

The National Co-operation Charter which was inked by UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid and PAS President Hj Hadi, is an effective progress of the series of consultations, meetings and cooperation fostered between the two leaders and their associates since 16 July 2019.

Of course, it was effectively rolled out at the Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau by-ejections which saw an increased BN performance with the direct co-operation by PAS and its election machiery.

At the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon saw over 35,000 people at its peak, predominantly Malays, thronged and packed the UMNO HQ convention complex.

It is a new Malaysian history being made. Needless to mention, a record for PWTC.

Amongst other objectives, the formalisation of the political co-operation between UMNO and PAS would translate to the support of the Malays, particularly in the hinterland being consolidated.

At the 14GE, UMNO obtained 2.525 million votes and PAS obtained 2.032 million votes.

Even by comparison either UMNO or PAS on their own, the Malay parties within Pakatan Harapan, PPBM and PAN, could only managed 718,000 and 655,000 votes respectively.

It is interesting that PAS only managed to secure 18 Parliamentary seats, considering the popular votes they obtained.

DAP, which obtained 2.098 million votes managed to win 42 Parliamentary seats. Despite securing most Parliamentary seats within PH with 49, PKR only obtained 2.046 million popular votes, which is only a tad more over PAS’s.

The strategic importance of the charter inked is that UMNO went into the political co-operation PAS with the syndication of BN’s coalition partners MCA and MIC.

The Star story:

Barisan Nasional will speak about Umno-PAS pact again, says Zahid


Published on 14 Sep 2019 5:46:15 PM

Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Saturday said that BN’s component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political cooperation between Umno and PAS.

He said the BN leaders had already discussed the matter and would officially speak about it again in the soonest BN supreme council meeting.



Read more at https://www.thestartv.com/v/barisan-nasional-will-speak-about-umno-pas-pact-again-says-zahid#ErlCs5AIya1pkYgU.99

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And The Malay Mail Online:

Zahid sees smooth road for PAS-Umno collaboration due to common ground


Published 1 day ago on 14 September 2019
BY IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi predicted an easier cooperation between his party and PAS than the fractious alliances the Islamist party had with previous partners.


Zahid noted that both Umno and PAS share a common ideology on Malay-Muslim interests, unlike the Islamists’ previous alliances with the secular DAP.

“When PAS was together with DAP, it was more difficult compared to PAS with Umno now, because we share the same philosophy.

“Our cooperation is in terms of common issues. It is much easier and simpler as compared to their previous collaboration with other parties, especially DAP,” said Ahmad Zahid at a press conference after the official signing of the PAS-Umno joint charter at PWTC, here today.

Zahid also said Umno’s Barisan Nasional partners, MCA and MIC, have not expressed objections to his party’s now-official alliance with PAS.

However, he said the matter will be formalised by the former ruling coalition in an upcoming supreme council meeting.

“They are components parties of BN, and though we had discussed on the matter, but we will announce it formally at the BN supreme council meeting in the near future.

“So far, these two parties have no objection at all,” he said.

MCA and MIC had previously opposed PAS, particularly over its attempts to expand shariah law in the country.

Today, Zahid insisted that the joint-charter was inclusive and would include non-Malays as part of its national agenda.

He sought to assure non-Muslims and non-Malays that PAS and Umno’s direction was not towards religious extremism or excessive Malay nationalism.

The combination of the country’s two largest Malay-Muslim parties is fueling concerns of increased racial polarisation in Malaysia.

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Even though it is believed that MCA and MIC still managed to retain their token Parliamentary seats with support from the Malays who are susceptible to UMNO’s politics, the BN coalition partners have their respective strength.

MCA obtained 653,000 and MIC obtained 167,000 popular votes respectively.

UMNO would never abandoned its partnership for new partners, but instead harness and capitalise on the strength. Especially, the history of the partnership that brought the nation to present position.

Using the 9 May 2019 results as a basis, BN plus PAS could derive to 5.4 million votes, all and sundry. Coupled with the appalling non delivery of PH with their failed promises and incompetency, a shift of 5% of votes obtained by PH to ‘BN Plus’ could translate to 5.65 million popular votes.

This is a new instrument of a fresh political deal for Malaysia.

The past track record of BN in the stability, development and prosperity of the nation, now coupled with the comeback of a partner of the original coalition in 1973, is the way to move forward.

There is now a new speculation that Parti Muafakat Nasional be formed and members are Barisan Nasional (UMNO/MCA/MIC) and PAS.

The formal political organisation could be the fresh ingredients to offer for Malaysia to move forward, based on over 65 years of effective political partnership and progress.

Muafakat Nasional would be a new deal for Sabah and Sarawak parties to align themselves, for the greater good of Malaysia.

Published in: on September 15, 2019 at 02:45  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for Manipulative

There a good and prevailing chance that if and when ‘Piagam Muafakat Nasional’ is highly successful post 14 Sept 2019 that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would turnaround and instead ride on the force of Malay unity, to check on the anti-Malay and Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

It is interesting on the perspective of UMNO President Dato‘ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, on the success of leading UMNO to work and collaborate with PAS, the two largest Malay-Muslim political parties after parting ways forty two years ago.

The Star story:

Why Umno supports PAS, Zahid explains

NATION
Thursday, 12 Sep 2019
6:56 PM MYT
By Zakiah Koya

KAJANG: As I trailed behind the latest Mercedes into the driveway of a grand-looking bungalow in Country Heights, we were told this is where we will be interviewing the man who used to be one of the most powerful politicians in the country.


A man clad in a short-sleeved blue shirt, dark blue slacks and slippers, with his greying hair, emerged from inside the house and welcomed us.

It was former deputy prime minister and former home affairs minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Bring those mineral bottles of water, cold ones,” he directed one of the 10 people hovering around him as we sat down to do an exclusive.


“Here, we only serve Barisan Nasional water. We will always have them and Barisan will always exist,” said Ahmad Zahid, as he decided that he wanted the interview to be carried out on the simpler modern-looking sofa compared with the grand Chesterfield-looking sofa set.


It is now over two months since he returned from garden leave.


Ahmad Zahid was pressured by fellow party leaders to go on garden leave from his post, as he is facing a total of 87 graft charges in court.


However, six months later, Ahmad Zahid announced his return to duty on June 30.


The bungalow was his family’s foundation, Yayasan Falah – handsomely furnished.
Right next door stands a “surau”, which is almost as big as a mosque, clean and new, but deserted.


Ahmad Zahid had offered The Star an exclusive interview to explain himself why Umno had decided to consort with its once-sworn enemy, PAS.


As Ahmad Zahid ordered his aides to prepare prawns and calamari for tea later on, I showed him a picture when he graced the magazine “Men’s Review” in 1997.

“Ah, I used to be so young, and my hair was all black,” said Ahmad Zahid, obviously delighted to see his old picture.


Ahmad Zahid, then the Umno Youth chief, has come quite a circle, for he is now leading Umno as the Opposition leader after losing the last general election to a one-year-old coalition, Pakatan Harapan.


As the interview took place, Ahmad Zahid cried “political persecution” for the long list of graft charges he is facing.


He said, despite that, he knows very well that he is also a wanted man to explain whether he is sidelining the non-Muslims, as he rubbed shoulders with the leaders of PAS.


The Bagan Datoh MP pointed out that the upcoming Ummah Unity Gathering on Sept 13 and 14 is not the first time Umno and PAS will be on the same stage.


More than 10,000 Umno and PAS members are expected to converge at PWTC on those two days, and it will culminate in a rally.


“Ummah is not only Muslims – it means humanity as a whole,” said Zahid, when asked if he had left behind main fellow Barisan counterparts MCA and MIC when he decided to embrace PAS-style politics.


“We have tried to come together for more than 40 years, and there was never any political effort to bridge this gap. Personally, I took the effort to bridge the gap in 1998 with the late Datuk Dr Haron Din of PAS, and he came out with the idea on PAS and Umno working together. He suggested a joint mechanism.

“On Dec 4,2016, we came together officially for the first time for the Rohingya issue. Both the then Umno and PAS presidents came together, with the majority of Umno and PAS leaders,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He added that the other events that followed were “Himpunan Melayu Bangkit” (Malays Rising Gathering) in Pasir Salak and the rally to oppose the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) in Kuala Lumpur last year.


When asked why Umno chose PAS, he said it is because PAS has “long been an Opposition”.


He agreed that both Umno and PAS have differences, but insisted that they have grown on each other.


“We need to build our chemistry, not by force but ‘organically’. The organic growth of this chemistry was established after I took office in Umno.
“I not only ignited the chemistry, but managed to come to a natural understanding and it has been a good political dividend for Umno,” said Ahmad Zahid.


As to whether he accepted PAS leadership’s open support for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Ahmad Zahid said that friends should respect each other.

“PAS has its own reasons to support Dr Mahathir to continue until the end of his tenure. We feel that if promises of Pakatan are not fulfilled, then we expect that (a non-confidence vote against Dr Mahathir in Parliament) may happen. If anything happens, there may be divine intervention. In this matter, respecting a friend is more important than a pre-empt what we cannot control,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He also said that although Umno and PAS may not be similar in their approach to non-Muslims, they had decided to “marry”, because both agreed that Pakatan had failed to deliver promises it made in the last general election.


“What we are doing now is not so much of political marriage; neither is it marriage of convenience,” said Ahmad Zahid.


Although PAS had been in cohorts with PKR and DAP, Ahmad Zahid said Umno decided to join hands with PAS because they both agreed that DAP should not push the “Malaysian Malaysia” agenda.


“Malaysian Malaysia” of DAP is a campaign which called for equality among all races, and Umno said that it questioned the privileged position of Malays as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.


“Umno then realised that if it does not work with PAS on these issues (Malay and Islam), these issues will disappear and a country which is multiracial will lose its main race as the main force,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He, however, insisted that although Umno and PAS are both Malays and Muslims, the joint charter on their cooperation would still be based on the multiracial concept for the country.
He pointed out that there is a need to work on that “misperception” that Umno-PAS is only for the Malays as they need to capture the Sarawakian non-Malay parties.

Ahmad Zahid said that although he is open to the idea of a coalition, he will work on what he has now.


“Let us cross the bridge first (if Umno-PAS can win the next general election). In Islam, we have to work hard and work smart. Then we do our prayers,” said Ahmad Zahid.


At the same interview, Ahmad Zahid said there were those in Umno who questioned his return from garden leave to helm the party once again, despite the charges.


However, he said those who do not agree with his plans are a “pain in the neck” which had been dealt with.
“It is not of me burning myself, but it is about taking risks for the struggle. There will be a bright light at the end of the tunnel, especially now that we are working with PAS,” said Ahmad Zahid.


Asked whether the light he sees at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train, he said there are two tunnels.
“One is for the leaving train and one is for the coming train. Whatever it is, there will be no loggerheads between the two trains,” said Ahmad Zahid.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/12/why-umno-supports-pas-zahid-explains#YJpw9G6Jfw1H1kWT.99

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It is very interesting on UMNO President Zahid’s story on the beginning of UMNO-PAS co-operation, after over three decades of political bad blood especially in Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s first tenure (1991-2003).

The UMNO-PAS co-operation that would be casted in stone is much more than two political parties do away with outlined differences of ideology, for the strategic and common good of the Malays.

The unity on Rohingya’s cause (December 2015) must have started earlier, perhaps from a series of consultations and meetings.

It has been said that Gerontocracy Prime Minister has been briefed by specific authorities in the recent months.

What is interesting from sources that at best, his leadership and Pakatan Harapan’s administration could only amass 30% of Malay votes.

One of the senior officials who instrumented the information which was capitalised and manipulated to the fullest by Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and PH leaders which saw the rejection and downfall of Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and BN’s rule opined that PH would lose if a general election be called immediately or soon.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir who has been seen as a leader with no continuous development agenda but his own, on the other hand is continuously attacking the Malays.

As a marvellous Machiavellian, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir would be likely to manipulate the situation if it is strongly proven the Malays are united.

The Baron of Crony Capitalism and de facto Adviser to the Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin already sounded out on the incompetency of the Government.

There are bound to be some gullibles within the said “70% of the Malays not supporting the Government” would be soften and bought into Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s theatrics and drama, in the name of Malay unity.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) would know what to do. We should trust him!”, who be the best line of those who would be blinded about the fact that Gerontocracy Prime Minister has a personal vendetta against PAS for half a century.

Specifically, he has been very bitter since he was defeated by PAS in his home turf seat of Kota Setar Selatan at 3GE on 10 May 1969.

In short, PAS scarred him for life!

He would be bold in the interpretation of DAP’s stance, as well as the incompetency of DAP leaders as Ministers in strategic posts such as Finance, Transport, Communications abs Multimedia, Law, Primary Industries and Human Capital.

More over, when he starts to attack DAP leaders incrementally.

After all, the future of Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s own party PPBM is highly on the very long uncertainty list.

Being Amanipulative is what Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is at his best.

He got UMNO leaders to ‘revolt’ against founding father and first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman post 3GE. He manipulated his way, mainly through the ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy to remain in power for over 22 years.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir got his successor and Fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to prematurely give up his leadership.

Needless to mention, he got his own blue eyed-boy Prime Minister Najib to be ousted and almost dismantle BN completely.

Never to underestimate the man who has successfully manipulated the intelligence and emotions of many, especially the Malays for over half a century, despite being a Gerontocratic man of over ninety four years old.

At the current buzz and flavour, denying Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim for the Premiership would be the right objective for his manipulation to remain in power and hitching on the Malay Unity is the best option there is.

Published in: on September 12, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

‘D’ is desperation

It is abundantly clear that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad days are numbered from the more intense statement from him as the UMNO-PAS charter coming closer to be formalised and he and his party is becoming a minority within the minority of the ruling Government.

Dr M throws spanner in the works of proposed Umno-PAS charter


Bernama
September 10, 2019 5:32 PM
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Dr Mahathir Mohamad says ‘even the UN charter has been unable to stop wars, what more the Umno-PAS charter’.


ALOR SETAR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has thrown a spanner in the works on the proposed signing of a formal political pact between the opposition parties Umno and PAS on Saturday.


The prime minister said PAS has to first retract its statement labelling Umno as a party of infidels (kafir) before the two parties can finalise their cooperation with the signing of a charter.


He said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has yet to officially retract this statement to enable his party to forge an alliance with Umno.


“Even the United Nations charter has been unable to stop wars, what more the Umno-PAS charter. They were (political) rivals. PAS has said Umno is a party of infidels,” he said with a hint of sarcasm at a press conference here.


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The ‘Piagam Muafakat Nasional’, a charter inked between UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Tuan Guru Dato’ Seri Hj Abdul Hadi Awang in a landmark event on Saturday at Putra World Trade Centre would create not only a new for Malay unity but history for Malaysia.

History has proven that when the Malays became united and unified with a common cause, it change land marked and created history.

Right after World War II, the British came back and decided to formalise the colonisation of Malaya which was a collection of sovereign states before invasion of Japan, with the introduction of the Malayan Union.

HRH Malay Rulers were forced to sign and accept the Malayan Union, which was brought forth by High Commissioner Sir Edward Gent. HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor was the First Malay Ruler to ink the agreement on 1 Dec 1945.

The Malays came in droves to protest the Malayan Union, after one by one Malay Rulers were corerced to accept Gent’s plan.

They organised the First Malay Congress on 1 May 1946, which HRH Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah of Selangor addressed the congregation. In his titah, HRH Sultan Selangor reminded the assembled Malays about the threat of their position, custom, hereditary powers and most of all, Islam.

By 10 May 1946, the third Malay Congress was organised in Istana Besar Johor Bahru, under the auspicious of Sultan Johor.

On 11 May 1946, all attended and the representation of 29 NGOs agreed for the charter of the creation of United Malays Nationalist Organisation.

UMNO became the forefront of the Malay struggle.

There on, in July 1946 HRH Malay Rulers, Gent and UMNO leaders started a series of consultations and negotiations with derived the Federation of Malaya Agreement inked on 21 Jan 1948.

It is a landmark agreement, which became the basis of the Federation of Malaya Constitution.

Federation of Malaya came into force on 1 Feb 1948 and ceded the Malayan Union.

Persekutuan Tanah Melayu came into effect on 1 Feb 1948.

The key ingredients of FMA is identity indicators that together make up the HRH Malay Rulers sovereign DNA — the individuality of the Malay States, the Malay Sultanate, Islam, the Malay language— became part of the constitutional legacy that was inherited by the FMA and re-seeded into the Merdeka Federation of Malaya Constitution, which came into effect on 31 Aug 1957.

There on, it UMNO changed its cry of ‘Hidup Melayu’ to ‘Merdeka!’.

What is interesting, the Communist Party of Malaya heightened their rebellion and terrorism and on 16 July 1948, the Malayan Emergency was declared.

On 27 July 1955, the first Federal Consultative Council election was held. The Alliance Party (UMNO-MCA-MIC) won 51 out of 52 seats contested.

83% of the votes cast in the first free election were by the Malays.

It is fair to conclude the Alliance Party received a thunderous landslide near 100% percent because the Malays were unified and gave YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman the full force of mandate.

Self rule then was established where YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman was appointed the First Chief Minister of Malaya. He then appointed his Cabinet of Malayans.

With this mandate came about two significant events:

1. The Baling Peace Talks 28-29 December 1955.

Chin Peng and CPM rejected Tunku’s offer for peace and amnesty.

2. The negotiations for Kemerdekaan beginning Jan 1956.

The Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement was inked between Chief Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and Secretary of State for the Colonies Alan Lennox-Boyd at Lancaster House, 8 Feb 1956.

Thereon, the Federation of Malaya Independence Act was inked by HRH Malay Rulers and British High Commissioner Sir Donald McGillivray onbehalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at King’s House on 5 Aug 1957.

The Malayan Emergency did not end till July 1960, after more than four years of Malayan self rule and three years of Kemerdekaan and as a sovereign nation, is a member of United Nations.

It was said that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir received a briefing recently that at best, at the moment only 30% of the Malays support his leadership and his ruling party.

The professional advice also saw even that position in waning and sliding away, from the series of turnout of events such as Anti-ICERD, Adib’s death, Royals, Sekolah Tahfiz, Tulisan Jawi, faux pas of Chinese leaders, Zakir Naik and the more recent, ‘Buy Muslim First’ campaign.

Sources said a Tan Sri law enforcement chief, who was instrumental in the ousting of Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak’s administration and BN’s defeat in 14GE uttered “If there is a GE now, PH is sure to lose!”.

The cracks within leadership of all PH component parties, also adds to the fragility of PH’s and undoubtedly, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s position.

*Updated 1800hrs

Pakatan Harapan leaders, particular DAP is spewing more toxic and venomous opinion as the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah draws nearer.

MKini story:

Published in: on September 11, 2019 at 10:45  Comments (1)  

Seludup semakin sakit

Penyeludupan semakin meningkat kerana penguncupan kemampuan yang lahir daripada strategi ‘cukai dosa’ (sin tax) yang dikenakan bagi mengurangkan penggunaan barangan seperti rokok dan arak.

Strategi ini bertujuan mengalihkan perbelanjaan bagi perubatan merawat pesakit yang meningkat kerana merokok.

Namun, ianya mengundang permasalahan yang berlainan.

Nilai penyeludupan rokok ini telah menyelenyapkan lebih RM5b pendapatan.

Kajian menunjukkan peningkatan cukai mendadak, tidak mengurangkan penggunaan malah permintaan menjadikan aktiviti penyeludupan meningkat mendadak.

Dianggarkan 10billion batang rokok diseludup dan edarkan setiap tahun di negara ini. Data ini meletakkan Malaysia negara no.1 dunia dalam aktiviti rokok seludup.

Rakyat, samada warga atau masyarakat immigran, tidak menghiraukan apa-apa kesan daripada rokok yang diseludup, termasuk bahan yang tidak dikawal.

Kajian menunjukkan penyeludupan rokok ini begitu berleluasa.

Ianya juga menjadi saluran yang sama kepada arak yang diseludup.

Persoalan dari perspektif keselamatan dalam negeri timbul sekiranya saluran penyeludupan ini begitu berleluasa dan tidak mendapat kawalan sewajarnya, apa lagi bahan yang berjaya diseludup ‘menumpang’ saluran yang sama?

Published in: on August 29, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Amanah Saham (Sendirian) Had mana?

It is interesting that how and where ghost of Christmas Past turn up, when the Saint Niklaus is back with the sack of treasures or in modern times, treasures for ransack.

Blog Another Brick in the Wall revealed that former Bank Negara Governor and PNB Chairman Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz is one of the investors of a firm Ecotive Limited (incorporated in Middlesex, England 2014).

The founder and principal is Kamal Sidiqqi.

Siddiqi is a name associated with Proton and the tie up with Fraser Nash Research and Development quite sometime ago. Apparently, it didn’t turn out quite well for the National car company.

NST story:

Proton’s hybrid misadventures

APRIL 10, 2016 @ 11:02AM
BY A JALIL HAMID

With Proton very much in the news lately, Malaysians must be wondering about the fate of the generous public funds being disbursed to the company for the past few years to develop hybrid cars.

In 2010, Proton reportedly secured an R&D grant of RM270 million to develop hybrid cars. It is worth noting that Proton had a cash balance of RM1.2 billion as at the end of March 2011.

The Proton plan had envisaged mass production of hybrid cars to begin in 2012.

A total of 30 hybrid cars were to be delivered by the end of 2011. This was obviously not met. Media releases later said that 200 hybrid cars were scheduled to be delivered only in 2013.

For the record, Proton was in a joint venture with UK firm Frazer–Nash Research Ltd to develop the hybrid technology.

The chairman and owner of Frazer-Nash is Kamal Siddiqi, a UK-based Indian businessman who, by most accounts, is very close to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Many industry insiders claimed that Frazer-Nash was fully paid upfront even without one electric car being delivered to Proton.

What is more startling is that Siddiqi had been recently implicated in the controversy involving jailed ex-PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo.

According to documents sighted by the Malay Mail, Justo had, in his confession to Thai police, spoken to his “best friend”, Christian Frampton, regarding his offer to sell the stolen PetroSaudi data he had.

The Swiss national claimed he was sure Frampton did not know or meet Sarawak Report’s Clare Rewcastle-Brown and that the journalist had introduced Sidiqqi “as an intermediary in subsequent WhatsApp conversations”.

Siddiqi owns Kamkorp, a British-Swiss holding company. The 
company is part of the Frazer-
Nash group specialising in electric vehicle technologies.

About five years ago, Siddiqi boasted publicly about his long partnership with Proton.

“I believe we have come a long way, with lots of patience and perseverance. It is because of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who believes in what we are doing.

“He (Mahathir) saw hybrids and eventually REEV (Range Extender Electric Vehicle) as the future, and we are proud of what Proton engineers have done — a brilliant job. I believe we can showcase our technology with this smart partnership.”

In response to parliamentary questions on the Proton-Frazer-Nash deal, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said in September 2012 that Proton would be selling electric vehicles by 2014.

He had said Proton was collaborating with UK-based Frazer-Nash to develop its own EV.

In a reply to Gombak member of parliament (Datuk Seri) Azmin Ali, the MITI minister said that Proton had allocated RM500 million for R&D in green technology and was expected to gain profits after commercialising EVs in 2014.

The PKR man had asked MITI to state the rationale of investment by Proton through Frazer-Nash, to which Mustapa replied that Proton’s R&D spend was much smaller than other car manufacturers.

Allegations that Proton spent some RM270 million to test 30 cars with each costing about RM9 million were untrue, Mustapa said.

Apart from RM120 million that Proton would receive in 2013, it had already been given RM100 million in 2012. This was on top of the RM270 million in grants given in 2010.

This means a total of RM490 million in grants was given to Proton in four years.

The government on Friday approved a RM1.5 billion soft loan to cash-strapped Proton. The money will be used mainly to pay the amount outstanding to its component suppliers.

But the loan came with strings attached.

The question is, will this fresh lifeline be enough to take Proton forward?

Proton critically needs a strategic foreign partner to inject life into it, with the company at its lowest ebb in its history. The foreign partner can help transfer technology and regain domestic market share.

Some European automakers are looking at Asean as a huge market potential. Proton may offer some answers.

Proton can offer infrastructure, skilled workers and a vendor base.

What it needs to do is develop new and relevant products and build up a critical mass.

Currently, its problem is its low brand equity. After 30 years, it is still struggling to build a reputation as a maker of competitive but quality cars.

A veteran newsman, A Jalil Hamid believes that a good journalist should be curious and sceptical at the same time

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In his passion for automotive technology, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad provided his patronage for the Proton-Fraser Nash Research and Development tie up.

It is very important for Zeti to disclose whether or not she is still in commercial relationship in any Siddiqi’s ventures.

Based on reports, Siddiqi isn’t quite a reputable businessman.

Anyhow, it was said that Siddiqi was the chap who arranged Dr Mahathir to meet Sarawak Report Editor Claire Rewcastle-Brown and PKR Deputy President and then MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali in London.

Separately, of course.

Just to note, at the time Dr Mahathir was still UMNO member and also the Chairman of Proton. It was also the time Dr Mahathir lambasted the Federal Government, particularly Minister of MITI Dato Seri Mustapha Mohamad for not providing the RM1.7b grant to Proton.

At this point of time, it is also interesting to know what is the business of Ecotive Limited.

However, if the same dodgy character is in all these stories, it is intriguing, isn’t it?

Published in: on August 28, 2019 at 14:13  Leave a Comment  

Saluran Seludup

Gejala penyeludupan yang kemungkinan makin menular dikalangan warga Malaysia, termasuk golongan immigran negara, lambas laun akan bergerak menjadi encaman sekiranya telah pun menjejaskan kepentingan negara.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Rokok seludup RM4.2 juta dirampas

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KUALA LUMPUR 10 Ogos – Polis menumpaskan sindiket pengedaran rokok seludup dengan merampas sebanyak 25,750 karton rokok jenama U2 bernilai RM4.2 juta selepas cukai taksiran menerusi operasi khas di Mersing, Johor, semalam.

Pengarah Jabatan Keselamatan Dalam Negeri dan Ketenteraman Awam (KDNKA) Bukit Aman, Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani berkata, operasi dijalankan Bahagian Perisikan dan Siasatan Khas, Pasukan Gerakan Khas jabatan itu selepas mendapat maklumat daripada orang awam.

Ujarnya, sindiket itu dipercayai aktif menjalankan aktiviti pengedaran rokok seludup di kawasan Semenanjung Malaysia.
“Dalam operasi tersebut, kita turut menahan lima lelaki tempatan berusia lingkungan 23 hingga 37 tahun. 
“Selain rampasan rokok, kita juga menyita sebuah lori dan sebuah kereta Proton Wira yang digunakan sindiket untuk menjalankan aktiviti penyeludupan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.
Tambah Acryl Sani, kesemua suspek ditahan reman di Ibu pejabat Polis Daerah Mersing selama tiga hari bermula semalam sehingga esok bagi membantu siasatan di bawah Seksyen 135(1)(d) Akta Kastam 1967. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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Mungkin rokok dipandang sebagai perkara remeh sekiranya ianya penyeludupan bahan yang menjadi sebahagian dari konsumsi warga Malaysia, termasuk golongan imigran.

Menurut laporan pakar, negara kerugian jumlah pendapatan kasar lebih RM6 billion setahun akibat penyeludupan rokok.

Ianya tidak setakat daripada industri rokok tempatan, termasuk pendapatan kepada Kerajaan melalui cukai, duti import dan lesen, tetapi agihan pendapatan daripada industri tersebut dalam bentuk perniagaan, pendapatan pekerja dan petani tembakau.

Penyeludupan rokok juga merupakan ancaman yang luar daripada jawapan pihak berwajib.

Bahaya ini akan meninggalkan kesan kepada seluruh eko-sistem peruncitan, terutama dikedai-kedai makan, pusat istirehat dan maupun kedai runcit-mudah (convenient store), stesyen minuak dan sebagainya yang sebenarnya makin bertambah.

Published in: on August 15, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Buckling on to the push to the shove

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad started to demonstrate his ‘Malay Ultra’ness and uneasy with the Chinese Chauvinism and anti-Malay traits of the ‘Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’, especially with DAP and openly attacking them.

Malay Mail Online story:

Dr M labels Dong Zong as racist for not agreeing with anything

LANGKAWI, Aug 12 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has described Dong Zong, the United Chinese School Committees’ Association, as racist as it has never agreed with national education policies, including the introduction of Jawi calligraphy in schools.

The prime minister said apart from the Jawi calligraphy or khat issue, the group had also protested against the setting up of Vision School (Sekolah Wawasan) for fear of Chinese students mixing with other races.

“Dong Zong is racist; we set up a campus in Vision School to put a Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) Cina, a SJK Tamil and a sekolah kebangsaan (national school) in one campus, but they were against it.

“They are afraid to let their children mix with Malays, so they did not want it. They are against all (implemented by the government), never agreed with anything,” he told reporters after attending a gathering with the residents of Padang Matsirat in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration here today.

He was asked to comment on Dong Zong’s move to organise a petition to protest the learning of Jawi calligraphy in vernacular schools.

Elaborating, Dr Mahathir said the decision to introduce khat was made in 2012 by the previous government but the Chinese pressure group did not raise its objection at that time.

He said the present government is practising a more open policy for groups to voice their views compared to the earlier government.

Dr Mahathir also said when the country wanted to achieve independence, the government introduced romanised writing to help non-Malays as it would be difficult for them to learn Jawi.

“Now the Malays have to learn Jawi to read the Quran instead. So, why are we fighting? We have given special consideration in the interest of non-Malays,” he said.

Asked whether policy matters should be discussed in the Cabinet before a decision is made, Dr Mahathir said almost all matters are discussed in the Cabinet but the contents of discussion are not made public.

Meanwhile, commenting on a call by Klang MP Charles Santiago who wanted the power of the prime minister in making decisions curbed, Dr Mahathir cynically said he will refer to Charles before making any decision.

“In future, when making a decision, I will ask Charles Santiago; if he did not agree I will not make the decision. Of course, I have to obtain his view; he is on the same level as me,” he said. — Bernama

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Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir conceded to the expectation of the Malays amidst a growing anti-Government sentiments, as the Federal Government is felt of not only neglecting to the Malays but also allowing the increasing anti-Malay policies.

Published in: on August 12, 2019 at 20:00  Leave a Comment  

Brothing the Hot Soup

Pakatan Harapan leaders are throwing the blame to Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of allowing disability, with the intent to stay in power longer and not handover the Premiership to heir apparent PKR President Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim.

The Malay Mail Online story:

DAP MP demands Pakatan rein in Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 — Klang MP Charles Santiago accused Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of unilateralism today and told the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council to curb the “minority party” leader.

The DAP MP blamed the Bersatu chairman for the current controversy over the introduction of khat in primary schools, insisting Dr Mahathir must have known it would trigger public dissatisfaction.

He also cited the government’s decisions in other issues including the refusal to deport Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik as well as the high-profile reversals on Lynas Malaysia and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) as examples.

“Mahathir, by now, should be able to read the mood of the people. And he must understand that arbitrary decisions, without consultation, will not get him far.

“Therefore, there must be a review in the decision-making process at the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council,” he said in a statement.

Charles asserted that the PH leadership must be consulted on matters relating to race and religion in government policy.

The country’s education system was also in need of fundamental reforms that were more pressing than the introduction of khat, he said.

He warned that voters were “livid and furious” with the administration and threatening to expel the current leaders in the next general election.

“Currently, it looks like there it too much power in the hands of the prime minister and so this power needs to be shared equally amongst all the component parties.

“We can’t get rid of former premier Najib Razak, only to become just like him,” Charles said.

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A Machiavellian that he is, Gerontocracy Prime Minister is the Master of Divide and Rule.

Now, he got them by the short and curlies!

He has perfectly mastered the art to continuously create controversies, and he wouldn’t be allowed to leave in the middle of these unresolved issues.

DAP leaders within the ruling is accusing Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir has been making unilateral decisions of issues like Tulisan Jawi/Khat in schools.

Where as amongst DAP, the introduction of it as part of Bahasa Melayu at year four didn’t augur well at the grassroots level.

Two days ago Emperorissimo of Chinese Chauvinism Lim Kit Siang was heckled by his own constituents on the matter.

The Star story:

Kit Siang heckled in own constituency over khat issue


  • NATION

  • Saturday, 10 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang was seen heckled by the public over the khat issue during a Hungry Ghost Festival event in his constituency on Friday.

In two videos circulating on social media, Lim, who is the Iskandar Puteri MP, can be seen being shouted and booed at by the public.

In the first video, a man is heard shouting at Lim, “Are you still lying” while Lim is giving a speech.

In the second video, another man questions Lim but does not get a response as Lim just continues with his speech.

Online portal Malaysiakini reported that the function’s organiser had claimed that Lim was booed at by locals as they were not happy over the khat issue.

The report also stated that Lim did not leave the event later over the jeering, but because he needed to attend another function.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/10/kit-siang-heckled-in-own-constituency-over-khat-issue#1Q3dJlTqesWAJYqe.99

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This is a prickly issue which is part of DAP’s successful anti-Malay Strategy, for over half a century and those who bought into this, now would not accept DAP to concede on the matter.

The fact is that DAP leaders across the board are trying hard to continue to sow the ‘anti-Malay Strategy’.

Malaysiakini story:

Speech, ‘Jawi in porno book’ example taken out of context – Kluang MP

 (Updated )

Pakatan Harapan lawmaker Wong Shu Qi today accused the opposition of taking her speech on the introduction of khat (Jawi calligraphy) in schools out of context in a bid to play up racial sentiments.

The DAP Kluang MP said this includes a reference she made to the use of Jawi text in pornographic books during a dialogue session with Chinese groups last Friday.

In a statement, Wong alleged that “an MCA leader” in attendance had recorded her speech without permission, which was later uploaded on social media by a Kluang MCA Youth leader.

Part of this recording, which has since been deleted, was later used by Umno cybertroopers to accuse her of insulting Jawi, she claimed. Video clips of the speech are circulating online.

“By referring to the same speech, MCA accused me of supporting Jawi to incite the Chinese, Umno claimed I insulted Jawi to incite the Malays. Their evil political game is clearly shining through,” she said.

As Wong noted, she was explaining the khat issue during a dialogue session with representatives from the Tiong Hwa Association and 27 other Chinese groups in Kluang.

“In my speech, I explained that Jawi was used as the general system of writing for Bahasa Malaysia before 1956, and was used for all sorts of reading materials in the language, which were not limited to Islamic writing alone.

“In the presentation, I used three slides to explain the argument through the history of Jawi writing, including… Jawi being used in Bahasa Malaysia writing before Romanised letters were introduced. Hence, Jawi was used in the Christian Bible in the 19th century.

“Slide two gave examples of other reading materials which used Jawi, including pornographic reading materials,” her statement read.

The third slide, Wong explained, showed that people do not assume Chinese calligraphy is reserved for Buddhism just because it is used in religious manuscripts.

From the purported transcript of her speech during the dialogue session, Wong had said the image on the second slide “shows pornography books from long ago, and is just used as a picture reference here.

“If Jawi was specific for Islamic use only, should Islamic extremists have known of this, there is a chance they would have objected to the use of Jawi by non-Muslims, as these kinds of materials could insult Islam.”

Wong today stressed in her statement that her presentation was aimed at clearing the confusion over the introduction of khat by the Education Ministry, which some believe to be an Islamisation tactic.

“The evil action of twisting my speech shows that MCA and Umno conspired to play up racial sentiments over the issue of Jawi (khat) writing.”

DAP leaders have been slammed by its grassroots and by Chinese educationist groups for defending the introduction of optional khat writing lessons in the Standard 4 Bahasa Malaysia syllabus, including for vernacular schools.

Khat is the calligraphic or written art form of Jawi, which was used to write Bahasa Malaysia prior to use of the Roman alphabet.

Meanwhile, former Umno Youth leader Mohd Razlan Rafii said Wong’s choice of example on the use of Jawi was “irresponsible” and a mere popularity tactic.

“There are many examples which could have been taken to show DAP is sincere in supporting (teaching of khat).

“DAP likes seeking popularity by bringing in sensitive issues with hidden meanings,” he claimed in a statement.

As such, Razlan accused Wong of intentionally sensationalising the issue by shaming khat writing.

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It is abundantly clear day-by-day the current ideology and relationship with Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and his pro-Melayu worshippers would never work hand-in-hand with DAP and their anti-Malay ideology.

Published in: on August 12, 2019 at 13:03  Leave a Comment  

Dashing the Nine-Dash-Line

The recent uproar against the DAP leaders for the Chinese Chauvinism anti-Malay stance, it is obvious that the minority within the minority is throwing the weight around to create an imbalance and destabilise the nation where tolerance and understanding are the fundamental ingredients when the nationhood platform was laid

The Star story:

Lim Lip Eng says sorry for sharing FB post over khat issue


KUALA LUMPUR: Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has apologised for recently sharing on his Facebook post a quote from an article over the proposal of teaching khat in primary schools.

Lim received backlash for his post on Saturday (Aug 3) after putting up a Facebook post which read: “While education ministers in our neighbouring countries are planning to introduce computer programming language (coding) to their young students, let us not rub cow manure on our faces by introducing khat. Please.”

However,the post was deleted five hours after being put up and Lim said that this quote was not his, but from an article from a news portal that he linked to his Facebook page.

Lim admitted that he erred when he shared the quote from the article on his social media account without attributing it to the original writer, causing social media users to think that it was his own view.

“I also promise to be careful in posting on social media. I hope that the misunderstanding can be cleared up with this explanation,” said Lim in a statement on Monday (Aug 5).

The issue of khat calligraphy has become heavily debated after the Education Ministry announced its plan to implement the art of writing the Jawi script for primary school pupils.

The syllabus is planned to start next year as part of the Year 4 Bahasa Melayu subject, although students will not be tested on their skill in writing khat.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/05/lim-lip-eng-says-sorry-for-sharing-fb-post-over-khat-issue#Qc7xDH0Spb0yT0KK.99

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The DAP Chinese Chauvinism and nature of being anti Malay isn’t a new phenomenon.

In fact, the DAP has systematically provoked and insulted everything in the eco-system about the Malays, right from their inception over half a century ago.

An example is Emperorissimo of Chinese Chauvinist Lim Kit Siang’s 1984 writing about the Jawi scriptures.

Lim Kit Siang’s blog:

Education Ministry’s regulation that Jawi is a compulsory subject violates Article 152 of Malaysian Constitution

Speech by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and Mp for Kota Melaka, Lim Kit Siang, at the Selangor State DAP Committee meeting on Friday, 1.6.1984 at 8 pm

Education Ministry’s regulation that Jawi is a compulsory subject violates Article 152 of Malaysian Constitution

On 26th Feb.1984, when opening the Penang DAP State Seminar on Malaysian Culture, I stated for the first time that there was proposal, in conformity with the ‘One Language, One Culture’ policy proclaimed after the Barisan Nasional’s April 1982 general elections victory, to make Jawi a compulsory subject for all pupils, including Chinese and Tamil primary schools.

Although the Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Tan Tiong Hong, vehemently denied at that time that there was any such plan, it is now clear that either Dr. Tan did not know what he was talking about or he was taking part in a deliberate plan mislead the parents, pupils and the public.

The compulsory teaching of Jawi to school pupils was officially admitted for the first time in the Actionline of New Straits Times May 31, 1984, in response to an irate parent’s query to know whether it was compulsory for non- Malays to learn Jawi, as his nephew at a primary school in Jalan Peel, Kuala Lumpur was made to write 100 lines in Jawi because his earlier Jawi writing was unsatisfactory.
In response to this letter, the Federal Territory Deputy Director of Education, Haji Zainal Bahaudin said Jawi now compulsory for all pupils. He said:

“Everybody must learn Jawi as it is now taught as part or Bahasa Malaysia in the primary school syllabus.
“Previously Jawi was taught during religious classes and as such only Malay pupils were taught.
“Parent should be clear that Jawi is now regarded as part of the academic subject and since Bahasa Malaysia is a compulsory subject, pupils – regardless of race – must study it.”

The DAP is opposed to the introduction of Jawi as a compulsory subject for the primary schools, for it is clearly against the Constitutional provision in Article 152 which provided for the national language to be Rumi script of Bahasa Malaysia. The Jawi script therefore is not part of the national language, or official language.

If education officials can by administrative decisions amend the meaning of the national language to include the Jawi script, then they have superseded even Parliament itself which is the sole authority to amend the Constitution. No wonder a Deputy Minister like Dr. Tan is treated like small boy by his Ministry officials, who think they are even more powerful than Parliament! The DAP is also very concerned at the dangerous precedent that is being set to make Jawi a compulsory subject, by making it part of Bahasa Malaysia. If this is not challenged, then in future, some over-zealous education officials would suggest that Islamic civilisation should also be taught as part of Bahasa Malaysia!

The DAP is not opposed to the teaching and learning of Jawi, but cannot agree to its introduction as a compulsory subjects, like raising the standard of English or mother-tongue proficiency for non-Malay students.

Those Tung Chiau Chung officials who joined the Gerakan in the April 1982 general elections on the platform of ‘Assault BN to rectify BN’ should also let the public know whether this is one of their many bitter fruits of ‘rectification’! Another such bitter fruits is the announcement by the Gerakan Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Posts, Telecoms, Au Howe Cheong, that government departments would not accept cheques written in chinese.

Mr. Lim Kit Siang released this statement on June 1, 1984 and is filed under Constitution, Education.

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The systematic provocations and insults have often brought race relations between the Malays and Non Malays, particular the Chinese, into precarious zone.

The DAP leaders may not attacked Islam directly but indirectly, they are getting the hands in anti-Islam situation.

A good example is the prickly issue of proselytisation of Malay-Muslims into Christianity.

Then we are distracted towards a story from Hong Kong about how Chinese mainlanders are coming in droves and settling here in the Malay hinterland.

South China Morning Post story:

Why are Chinese moving to Malaysia by the thousands?

With an election looming, the country’s often fraught race relations are as complicated as ever, but that hasn’t dented its appeal to a ‘third wave’ of immigrants from China


Paul Ying Qian, 32, first tried durian when he was 10 years old in his home town of Hunan ( 湖南 ), China. A family friend had sent his mother the pungent fruit, which the whole family enjoyed. Paul tried durian again when he was studying in Australia, but it was expensive and didn’t match the taste in his memory.

Now he lives in durian-obsessed Malaysia, but it isn’t the fruit that brought him here. It was the temperate weather, cleaner air and mix of Asian values and Western infrastructure. “It’s easy to join in the culture here, and not feel like a total outsider. The different races get on well, and it’s quite near China – much nearer than Australia. The education is good, and the country maintains its traditional face while also experiencing development. Back home the seasons are very dramatic with extremely hot summers and very cold winters. Malaysians are very friendly. I feel this is a good place for my next generation.”

Paul, who gained his residency through the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, is one of thousands who have settled under the scheme. He has been here since 2009, and his two children, aged one and three, were born in Malaysia.

“I travel between here and China, spending about four months a year in my home town Wuhan (武漢) to take care of the family business. My wife Sophy stays in Malaysia with the kids,” he said.

He discovered Malaysia thanks to his father, who travelled the region in his youth.

“He went to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia. He liked it best and moved here when he was older. After I completed my undergraduate degree in Australia, I came here to do an MBA and stayed on. My parents actually live in the same building as me,” he said, pointing to the tall tower behind him ensconced in the leafy upmarket suburb of Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

Paul and his family are comfortable in the nation’s capital, even with MM2H’s no-work clause. His real estate and wholesale business dealings in China allow him to support his family, while he has also invested in the Malaysian hotel industry. And in his spare time he and his family go on road trips, travelling to hawker haven Penang or idyllic Langkawi just because they can.

Although Malaysia has a history of mistreating migrants, particularly refugees and foreign workers, those under the MM2H scheme are considered “expats”, an elite, high-earning group.

The scheme allows successful applicants largely unrestricted travel into and out of Malaysia as well as various incentives and tax exemptions. However, it comes with stringent eligibility criteria as well: liquid assets of 350,000 Malaysian ringgit (HK$615,000) to 500,000 ringgit, fixed deposits and a minimum price cap on purchasing property so as to curb speculation.

In 2016, more than 1,000 Chinese signed up for the scheme, fleeing the freezing cold winters and dangerous pollution levels of their homeland – 43.9 per cent of applicants were Chinese, with Japanese a distant second at 9.2 per cent.

Chinese have shown the most interest in the scheme. Official government statistics put the number of successful Chinese applicants at 7,967 from 2002 to 2016, out of a total of 31,732 successful applicants from around the world – 25.1 per cent of the share.

Malaysia is experiencing a “third wave” of Chinese migration – after a 15th century influx and a tin mining boom in the 19th century – these days that isn’t at all limited to just MM2H participants, but also includes foreign workers, some of whom are undocumented. A fair number of these migrant workers are usually employed in low-skilled sectors such as construction or factory lines. Recently, 127 Chinese nationals were rounded up by the Sarawak Immigration Department and 16 of them lacked valid travel documents.

This influx of Chinese migration comes at a time when Malaysia’s often fraught race relations are more complicated than ever, with a general election – always a good time for race to be made a political football – looming. In 2015, a pro-Malay protest with anti-Chinese sentiments drew the ire of Ambassador Huang Huikang, who said China would not ignore “infringement on China’s national interests or violations of legal rights and interests of Chinese citizens and businesses”, reported the media.

However, MM2H applicants brush aside such concerns, reporting friendliness from the Malaysians they meet. Since many divide time between China, where they deal with business obligations, and Malaysia, any concerns about racial tensions are lessened as they have someplace else to go.

Hu Xiaolong, 65, moved to Malaysia from Shanghai to be closer to his daughter after she married a Malaysian. Before he became part of the MM2H programme, he could not stay for longer than a month.

“I now spend a few months in Shanghai and a few months in Malaysia visiting my daughter. I found Malaysia a nice place for the elderly, so my wife and I bought an apartment in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

“Kuala Lumpur is nicely developed and everything is still quite cheap. Much cheaper than Shanghai. I have travelled to over 30 countries and I think Malaysia is a good fit for me. Chinese can live harmoniously with Malays and Indians here. There is no conflict among different ethnic groups.”

The only problem, he says, is when his wife tries to order food with her limited command of English. “But that’s why she usually goes for buffets,” he noted wryly.

Hu said he had urged friends to sell their properties in China and move to Malaysia.

“I told a friend that if he sells his apartment in Shanghai, he can buy a luxury home in Kuala Lumpur and still have some money left. My friend refused, saying that his social circle is still in China. But some friends are considering the second home scheme and they want to come here to have a look.”

Hu Yiqing, 48, fell in love with the sea when she visited her aunt in the island state of Penang. “You could see the sea from her home. We are from Shanghai and it’s rare to have a sea-view apartment in Shanghai. She told us about the scheme so once we went back to China, we immediately started applying … We filed all the papers in May and by August we relocated to Penang.”

Penang’s laid-back vibe appealed to homemaker Hu and her husband, who runs a financial services company. They do not miss the bad traffic and poor air quality in Shanghai.

She said her husband split his time between Penang and Shanghai. “If we had a better internet connection my husband would stay the whole year. But even now, we still don’t want to go back to China,” she said, adding that the pair and their son integrated into local life quickly due to the high number of Chinese-speaking Malaysians in Penang.

“There are so many Chinese that you can integrate into the society easily. My friends are from Chinese parents in international schools or Chinese from local churches.”

Hu said her son could go to an international school for half the price of Shanghai. “The education quality is pretty much the same – in fact, I like the international school in Penang better. In Shanghai, even if you study in an international school, kids are still being pushed by teachers to study hard and compete with each other. I disagree with their way of teaching.”

She has praised the scheme to her friends, many of whom are now applying.

“So many Chinese have been coming to Penang. It’s hard for children to enrol in an international school now. They are all packed.”

Retiree Maurice Choy, 55, left Hong Kong for Malaysia because of its weather and reasonable cost of living. Fishing, swimming and badminton are on his list of priorities.

“I travelled to Malaysia many times over the last 20 years for work and holiday, and I found Penang a nice place to retire. I bought an apartment there several years ago and applied for the scheme. This month I will settle permanently in Malaysia with my wife.

“Malaysia is much more affordable than Hong Kong. It’s easy for us to have a high-quality life with our pension. The weather is good, too. I actually migrated to Canada 10 years ago but had to come back because I’m not used to cold weather. The weather in Penang is good the whole year round.”

Despite Malaysia’s tendencies towards xenophobia and its sometimes strained race relations – balik Cina (go back to China) and apa lagi Cina mau (what more do the Chinese want) are slurs sometimes hurled at the Malaysian-Chinese community – these migrants appear shielded from it all or have not encountered such unpleasantness. Many MM2H participants have praised Malaysia for its friendliness.

However, some Malaysians wonder how the country benefits from the programme. “In terms of cultural impact, it honestly depends on how the incoming Chinese population behave in a social setting. There won’t be a large economic impact unless a huge number come in with enough capital to invest in business,” said Hafidz Baharom, 34, the former communications head for the Malay Economic Action Council.

Accountant Tarsem Singh, 31, said that because MM2H minimum property thresholds were high, most programme applicants would only be able to buy homes that were out of the reach for most Malaysians. The minimums include 2 million Malaysian ringgit in Selangor and 1 million Malaysian ringgit in Kuala Lumpur. In Penang , on the island it is 1 million Malaysian ringgit for a condominium and 3 million Malaysian ringgit for landed properties.

“I am not sure how we benefit, other than property developers who get to sell their expensive homes,” Singh said, adding that immigration priorities should focus on young and skilled migrants to stimulate wealth creation and prevent brain drain. This was echoed by independent analyst Khoo Kay Peng: “Most who come here are retirees or run smaller businesses. The high net worth individuals prefer the US or Australia and other OECD [Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries.”

While MM2H is a good programme, lawyer Ong Yu Jian, 35, said that it needs to be kept in check with policies that limit artificial growth. His home state, Penang, recently raised the minimum price cap for foreigners purchasing property.

“In the short term, it boosts growth and makes the numbers on any economic paper look good. But the potential long-term trade-off may be the displacement of our own locals in terms of economic footholds and nation-building. If the Chinese do so, it may cause resentment and heightened tensions,” he said.

Malaysian Chinese Association Youth Chief Chong Sin Woon, however, dismissed the possibility of racial tension, saying that such animosities were the domain of a tiny minority of extremists.

“It’s a small group of radicals who harp on about this issue. Generally we are accepting of these migrants.”

Analyst Hwok-Aun Lee, a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, agreed, attributing this to biases based on economic standing.

“Unfortunately, humankind tends to discriminate immigrants by class, viewing highly qualified and wealthy entrants more favourably.

“At the same time, opulent immigrants can also breed resentment. I would like to see a greater emphasis on human rights and dignity, mutual respect and appreciation of diversity, and conscious efforts to avoid group alienation or enclaves separated from society,” he said.

Faisal Hazis, of the National University of Malaysia’s Asian Studies Centre, warned that Malaysians might “not be comfortable with a glut of foreigners coming to Malaysia and potentially doing business or eating into the market. If this happens it may strain the relations between Malaysians – regardless of race – and Chinese nationals.”

And although the programme promises investment opportunities along with lower costs of living and tax-exempt offshore incomes, many participants, such as housewife Zhang Wei, 40, just want room to breathe.

“We used to live in Beijing. Air quality is so bad that my two kids couldn’t spend much time outdoors. Now my kids can spend a lot of time outdoors. They are happy, so am I.”

Last August she settled in Putrajaya, the country’s administrative capital, after deciding against the US due to its distance from China where her husband has business dealings.

Malaysia, she said, was better for living than for working or investment.

“Some of my friends have businesses in Malaysia so they want to live here, like a friend who runs a tourist company specialising in bringing Chinese newlyweds here for honeymoons,” she said.

“But I don’t think the business environment here is that great and I didn’t see any good investment opportunities. When we decide where to invest, we need to compare it with China. If there is an opportunity, we will invest – but we are still looking.” 

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There is the two different sides of people who share the cultural heritage and operating system.

One finds it necessary to the protagonist into the eco-system which accommodated them from being economic immigrant and allow them to power share.

And now, they felt it is their right as minority to systematically provoke the stability factor, for an opportunity for them to manipulate the ‘Peril of Democracy’ and put the majority under their control.

On the other hand, there are here in droves by choice to make Malaysia their emigration destination and a new place to settle.

Never the less last night, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad encircled the wagon.

PPBM leaders, Menteri Besars, MPs and even the ‘monkeys from UMNO’ met, in the wake of the recent developments on the fresh demonstration of Chinese Chauvinism and anti Malay stance by DAP and PKR cracking up wide open.

Of course on the agenda is the UMNO and PAS partnership into ‘Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah’ charter, which would be stone-cast by middle of next month.

The Malay Muslims, who makes up the majority of the nation are ganging up nicely and the mainstay of Pakatan Harapan powerbase is getting bolder systematically attacking them and trying to use Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s administration as a shield.

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