Battle for Johor

Johor is jewel prize for the storming army of evil darkness, to fight for and grab in the upcoming 14GE, only the Johoreans at large at not hoodwinked about the armies of lightning guised as the ‘Illuminati Eye’ would hv met their Waterloo

The much awaited Joceline Tan’s Sunday column:

Chinese dilemma in Johor

ANALYSIS

Sunday, 15 Apr 2018

by joceline tan

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A week is a long time in politics and what a week it has been in the politics of Johor – from the Crown Prince’s controversial statement on the politics of his state to the chaotic supermarket run on Wednesday night.

The Johor palace which has been closely watching the unfolding political developments seems to have stepped up its game. And it is a game where the royals set the rules and the rest of us watch on, not quite understanding how the game is played.

Although Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim or TMJ as he is known, said that his statement on Johor politics came from his heart, the perception was that he would not have acted without his father’s blessings.

All this has to be seen in the context of the image of the Sultan of Johor. His popularity is at an all time high, he has built up a reputation as the people’s Sultan and everywhere one turns in Johor Baru, there are billboards declaring, “Daulat Tuanku”.

Although the palace angst seems to be aimed squarely at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it affects the rest of Pakatan Harapan given that he is their Prime Minister nominee.

“The palace signal could not be clearer, it was like a sharp spear. How do you react to that?” said a DAP politician.

According to the DAP politician, it might impede the Malay momentum that Pakatan needs in Johor and it has complicated DAP’s push to win more seats and make inroads into the mixed seats.

“Even people who have warmed up to us, they will be asking themselves whether there will be a confrontation with the palace when it comes to appointing the MB,” he said.

But even without the palace factor, DAP had encountered problems in its grand design to wipe out MCA in Johor. The plan to move their big names to difficult seats in Johor and elsewhere has not been smooth.

The strategy was to pitch their big names against counterparts from MCA and Gerakan or what DAP leaders termed a contest of “king fight king”.

However, not many DAP big names were willing to risk it, with several of them indicating they will only move to seats where they can be assured of winning.

To date, only Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong has taken what is seen as a real plunge, venturing into Ayer Hitam to take on the MCA deputy president.

Ironically, the biggest fight may be in Perak rather than in Johor. Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming is expected to take on Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong in Teluk Intan. His star in the party will rise if he beats Mah.

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching who raised the battle cry to wipe out MCA – she used the term “wei jiao” (annihilate) – has backed away from taking on MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong in Labis.

She wants to remain in Kulai which she won by more than 13,000 votes in 2013.

Gobind Singh Deo, the son of the late Karpal Singh, is also reluctant to leave his Puchong seat. He was asked to consider Labis but after checking out the constituency, he decided against it.

The DAP leadership had also tried to make Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau go to, first, Ayer Hitam and then Labis. Lim Kit Siang had personally met Dr Boo to persuade him but Dr Boo’s view is that the party should have given him more notice so that he could have carried out some political programmes instead of just parachuting in.

He has insisted on remaining in Skudai where he managed to maintain the people’s support despite being sidelined by the DAP leadership.

Dr Boo’s former protege Tan Hong Pin, who is Mengkibol assemblyman, recently posted an open letter on Facebook pressing Dr Boo to take a risk and make a sacrifice for the future of the party.

Tan said he was willing to give up his Mengkibol seat and go to Skudai. That upset Dr Boo’s supporters who slammed Tan for betraying the man who used to be his sifu.

The fact that Wong Tack is again contesting in Bentong against MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai suggests that DAP is unable to live up to its “king fight king” objective.

Wong was a sensation in 2013 when he projected himself as a passionate environmentalist before falling off the radar screen.

He cannot compare to what Liow has brought to Bentong and putting Wong against the MCA president makes the battle elsewhere less convincing.

There are several other reasons as to why the DAP offensive in Johor may have backfired.

The Chinese do not agree with the idea of wiping out MCA which has played a significant role in sorting out Chinese issues and providing the link between the government and SMEs and other businesses.

The community, especially the business sector and Chinese guilds and associations, have expressed concern about a move that will see “Chinese kill Chinese”.

But wasn’t that what the Chinese voters did to MCA and Gerakan in the 2013 general election?

The thing is that in 2013, Chinese voters were told that they were voting against Umno but the end result saw the Chinese almost wiping out MCA and Gerakan candidates.

This time, it was a direct pitch to finish off MCA and it did not go down well with community leaders, they do not support the strategy to wipe out MCA.

Some of them have asked why they should kill off Dr Wee who has championed Chinese education and spoken up on Chinese issues. They see him as a capable leader.

They feel that they are being asked to choose between “fish and bear’s paw” or “yu yu xiong zhang”, a classic Chinese saying denoting a difficult choice between two rare delicacies during China’s imperial era.

It is not like gambling, where you can bet on both Sports Toto and 4D at the same time.

Those critical of the strategy said it was conceived by an elite group in the party who did not brainstorm before deciding to implement it.

The plan was also viewed with suspicion by some who perceived it as a scheme to get rid of people who are not aligned to the powerful Lims.

The DAP offensive was also supposed to be complemented by its partners. DAP, said the above party politician, had hoped that big names like Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Nurul Izzah Anwar and Mohamed Sabu would move south to lend their clout.

As Pakatan’s Mentri Besar candidate, Muhyiddin ought to be taking on Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin in Kempas and Pasir Gudang. But the former Deputy Prime Minister is contesting in Pagoh as well as the Gambir state seat.

Mat Sabu has opted for a safe seat in Kota Raja, Selangor, while Nurul Izzah is eyeing a safe haven in either Permatang Pauh or Pandan.

The Malay partners failed to rise to the occasion and that is why it is difficult to convince people that a Malay tsunami is on the way. With DAP alone playing the strongman politics has also sent the wrong signal to the Malays in Johor.

Aiming to capture Johor was a high-stakes game and DAP seems to have under-estimated the distrust that the Malay rulers have for Dr Mahathir. It was quite a blow to be labelled a “fork-tongued individual”.

It is too late to back off.

“When you beat the war drum, you’ve got to charge ahead or else the urge to win will be deflated,” said the above DAP politician, borrowing from the ancient Chinese strategist Zhuge Liang.

Perhaps the most curious aspect of DAP’s “king fight king” strategy is that only the second liners are being sent to the battlefront, while the top guns are staying put in areas where even a banana tree would have won as a DAP candidate.

It gave the impression that the top leaders were not willing to do or die.

But those who have been studying Lim’s politics over the years think the Gelang Patah MP may have a surprise up his sleeves. They cannot believe that DAP’s most powerful figure will take the easy way out and remain in Gelang Patah which he won with a majority of more than 14,000 votes.

Speculation that he would risk it all in Johor Baru seems to have petered off. Some thought he would go to Bentong but that is now also out of the equation.

A new round of speculation has begun over where Lim will go. Will he stay put in Gelang Patah or will he head north?

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2018/04/15/chinese-dilemma-in-johor-daps-grand-design-to-kill-off-mca-in-johor-is-not-going-as-smoothly-as-expe/#5BvePl64ee2ShtsR.99

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The mood in Johor now isn’t what it was in 13GE, ‘Ubah’.

Johoreans, who would be the receiving end by the 14GE, isn’t quite convince their agenda would looked after for than the invading armies of evil.

The past ten years, the transformation in Johor especially in the southern region has been tremendous. The state now boost that the fourth most wealthiest in the Federation.

The Iskandar Region area, RAPID in Penggerang and the expansion of Johor Bahru limits manifest the physical growth Johoreans saw and gotten benefit of.

As simple as the massive highway system all over southern Johor, opened up new residential, commercial and industrial developments. That comes with the mushrooming of hypermarkets, which trickles down more opportunities for the local.

Johor also is proud of the program to provide affordable housing, even within the Johor Bahru city limits.

Published in: on April 15, 2018 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

Seventy five left….

Pakatan Harapan is definitely face the Herculean up-hill battle to wrest the Federal Government from Barisan Nasional in the much awaited upcoming 14GE.

As a start, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s inclusive approach which include special attention to Sabah and Sarawak.

Particularly the imbalance of infrastructure and fundamental issues systematically denied for so long, which were incorporated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and under the Federal Constitution.

The on going construction of the Pan Borneo Highway, which shall cover end-to-end from Sarawak to Sabah and toll/free, is a manifestation of Prime Minister Najib’s commitment to improve infrastructure, which is the basis of any development particularly in the interiors and rural areas.

Another glaring example is Prime Minister Najib’s separate visits to Sabah and Sarawak in the first five years in office surpassed Pakatan Harapan Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s twenty two years in office as the Fourth Prime Minister.

The former’s consultative and open door-policy approach is far different from the latter’s heavy handed approach.

This warms up the Sabahans and Sarawakians to the leadership of Prime Minister Najib and more importantly their confidence in him.

Analysts projected a prudent number of 80% of Parliamentary seats of the upcoming 14GE shall go to BN. That would very much translate to in the neighbourhood of 46-8 seats in BN’s favour.

It means that BN requires only 75 seats from Semenanjung a simple majority to control the Dewan Rakyat.

At the current 13th Parliament, BN Semenanjung comprises of 70 UMNO, 7 MCA, 4 MIC and 2 Gerakan MPs.

Considering now BN already possessing the benefit as the incumbent for the upcoming 14GE for 132 seats, the most successful coalition of political parties needs only to do 90% of the 13GE performance.

A few factors could easily work on BN’s favour and retain status quo here in Semenanjung despite many issues and controversies (mostly compounded due to the Opposition’s sowing of hatred strategy) which somewhat created a negative perception in certain quarters.

The economy is growing despite so many quarters tried to convince themselves otherwise and undeniably the trickling down effect has reached almost every corner of Malaysia. The quality of life improved significantly and Malaysians across the board are enjoying more benefits.

The purchase power parity has gone up since Prime Minister Najib took office.

The indicators are so glaring. More of more Malaysians are connected, physically and virtually. This include more and more finds it more affordable now to travel between Semenanjung, Sarawak and Sabah.

Soon, when infrastructure projects such as the Pan Borneo Highway, MRT system, HSR, ECRL and even the new airport terminals are completed and operational, the domestic economic growth would see a steeper curve.

Domestic tourism grew encouragingly. Malaysian digital economy on retail alone recorded RM73billion for 2017 transactions.

Of the RM45billion of GST that it is expected to be collected for 2018, it is reflective of the RM750billion worth of goods and services domestic economy transaction which falls under the GST Act.

Politically, Dr Mahathir is more bane than boon for the Opposition. The fact is that a considerable number of traditional and hardcore supporters of the Chinese Chauvinist DAP party have gone bland if not completed disappointed with them working hand-in-hand with a nemesis of half a century.

Sabahans have an axe to grind with Dr Mahathir. They are unable to forget how Dr Mahathir ‘punished’ Sabahans for turning their back on Berjaya (then BN) in 1985 and worse still, after PBS left BN on the eve of the 8GE.

Equal sentiment is harboured by Sarawakians. Many of their requests were blatantly turned down when Dr. Mahathir was in power.

One important point is the criticism of the recently launched Pakatan Harapan’s Manifesto.

Malaysiakini article:

Harapan’s manifesto falls short of Reformasi ideals

Kua Kia Soong

12 Mar 2018, 5:45 pm (Updated 12 Mar 2018, 5:57 pm)

The Pakatan Harapan manifesto for GE14 promises many things, the most welcome of which are the calls to repeal draconian laws, make several commissions directly answerable to Parliament and trim the fat from the Prime Minister’s Office, which are long overdue.

Beyond these critically needed reforms, the manifesto is long on populist concepts but short on actionable specifics. The current water crisis in Selangor is yet another reminder of the dire consequences of such cavalier populist policies as Selangor’s free water policy.

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The manifesto proposal to “resolve issue of unilateral child conversion in a harmonious manner” is no doubt well-intentioned, but wishful thinking in the current toxic climate without spelling out the clear constitutional and juridical positions on this issue.

Fundamentally, the manifesto lacks three vital changes sorely needed to take our country into a new beginning after 60 years of BN rule, namely: a race-free agenda to unify the nation, a progressive tax structure to redistribute wealth, and a truly democratic society.

A truly democratic society

Term limits for the posts of prime minister, chief minister and menteri besar are welcome and overdue. We are told that it will not be applied retrospectively to Selangor and Penang, the states that Harapan already rule.

Why not? The democratic principle behind the term limit for these posts is simply that elected officials can over time obtain too much power or authority and thus makes them less representative of all the citizens. It is also to prevent chances of corruption.

As we have seen only recently, even within a two-term service, corporate interests including those in property and finance can provide inducements to the incumbent leaders such as drastic discounts on house purchases.

There is clearly a correlation between the length of time a politician serves and the degree to which he or she has opportunities to engage in corruption. So, if Harapan truly believes in democracy, it should adhere to the two-term limit for their menteri besar in Selangor and chief minister in Penang as of now.

A national agenda

Now with Harapan having embraced the leader of Bersatu as the prospective prime minister, there is no mention of an end to the New Economic Policy in their GE14 manifesto. This is indeed bad news for those who had hopes of a more liberal economic policy, and also for all who have criticised the government for its racially discriminatory economic and educational policies.

Harapan tries to suck up to the “Malay agenda” by proposing puzzling proposals such as “restoring state sultans’ powers”. Which sultan’s powers are Harapan referring to that have been weakened? The ones that Mahathir effected during his reign? Please be specific.

And are we going to go through the same “statistical charade” that we have seen through the 50 years of NEP with the manifesto’s proposal to “increase bumiputera equity through GLC management buyouts?

Which class of bumiputeras is going to gain from this? Doesn’t it matter whether or not the poorer bumiputeras benefit? The statistics on “bumiputera equity” are meaningless when such equity can be resold to non-bumiputeras as soon as it is allocated, and when bumiputera companies fail such as happened during the 1997 financial crisis.

Instead of needs-based measures that target the lower-income and marginalised sectors, the Harapan manifesto follows the same divide-and-rule method practiced by BN. Thus, Indians have been specifically identified for special treatment as increasing their numbers in premium schools and Mara institutions. But the manifesto does not specify by how much.

And what about the Chinese, Eurasians and the Orang Asli? Harapan would like to “invest in training schemes for Indians” but a needs-based policy would be more cost effective and unifying to open the “bumiputeras only” institutions in this country to all Malaysians.

The NEP was scheduled to end in 1990, but has become a populist never-ending policy to win over the bumiputeras while benefiting mainly the political elite. Instead, it is common sense that poor rural Malaysians should be assisted based on their needs according to the particular economic sectors in which they live and work.

Today, with the lack of ethnic diversity in the civil and armed forces, it is high time that recruitment and promotion in these services are based on merit. Does Harapan address this? Does Harapan propose an expiry date for the NEP or is this not going to be realised in our lifetime?

Progressive taxes on the super-rich

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

How much do the top 10 percent of earners contribute to total tax revenues?

Across the developed world, the rich are expected to pay a substantial share of taxes and this share has risen in recent decades. According to the OECD, the top 10 per cent of earners contribute about a third of total tax revenues – 28 per cent in France, 31 per cent in Germany, 39 per cent in Britain and 42 per cent in Italy.

The wealthiest households in the US contribute a larger share to government than in any other OECD country, at 45 percent. In Europe, they certainly have more to show for it – social services, unemployment benefits, a national health system and other social benefits.

Despite this, William Buffett, one of America’s richest men recently criticised the US tax system as manifestly unfair since he is taxed at a lower rate than his secretary!

Malaysia’s income tax system grants greater tax savings for the rich as well as encourages tax evasion. We rank among the world’s top countries for illicit outflow of money.

What reforms does the Harapan manifesto propose to prevent tax evasion? The limited coverage has resulted in poor revenue generation. Without sufficient revenue, individual income tax cannot provide substantial funds for poverty lifting projects.

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

A progressive economic policy

Harapan has all along stood for the same neoliberal capitalist policies as the BN. Consequently, their manifesto does not have a progressive economic policy, including nationalising all utilities and essential services including water resources, health, public transport and energy.

They have not proposed measures to ensure that government enterprises such as the GLCs are owned and controlled by the Malaysian peoples at federal, state and local levels and to bring respite to our lowest paid workers, who deserve a decent standard of living, and not populist crumbs.

Mother tongue education as part of the national education system

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

Defence cuts

The Harapan manifesto is silent about their defence policy, which is surprising as they speak vociferously against the commissions that are creamed off from big arms deals. While we are agonising over giving our lowest paid workers a guaranteed minimum wage of RM1,500, the government is coolly shopping for the next generation Multi-role combat aircraft to replace the MIGs.

British Aerospace is trying to flog their Typhoons and other special offers in a RM10 billion arms deal. It is expected that the government will go through with this deal as soon as they get their mandate after GE14.

Beyond GE14

It is time that BN and Harapan take human rights seriously and respect all Malaysian citizens irrespective of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender or sexuality so that we can march forward as a unified nation.

Furthermore, in the states under both BN and Harapan, deforestation by developers goes on uninhibited, highways, tunnels and land reclamation continue unabated without concern for the environment, the public commons and the marginalised people living there.

A just, democratic and progressive alternative calls for a living wage and rights for all workers; a reasonable pension at retirement; affordable and liveable housing; free tertiary education (means tested for the well-off); formal or informal elected local government; commitment to international human rights practices and covenants.

The neoliberal ideologies that both BN and Harapan practice involves allowing private developers to buy up public assets. Such a practice has serious consequences in that it overrides and neglects the people’s interests and degrades our precious environment which is regarded as a free resource.

As a result, we are left with polluted air, questionable water quality, and limited green commons. We want a government that will take the lead in sustainable development initiatives such as renewable energy, that will benefit ordinary Malaysians and their environment.

The current reliance on the private sector results in environmentally harmful and socially destructive projects. A people’s government would enforce recycling measures, responsible waste disposal and enact laws to protect animal welfare.

Such a progressive government would also make it a priority to put the rights and livelihood of the Orang Asal at the top of the national agenda by recognising their rights over the land they have been occupying for centuries, prohibiting logging in Orang Asal land and ensuring all Orang Asal villages have adequate social facilities and services.

KUA KIA SOONG is Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) adviser.

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First, Pakatan Harapan is facing a lot internal problems within each component party, which includes mutiny and rebellion.

Second, the (un)holy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows can no longer hold water for Malaysians, who generally are more concerned for the well being and how the nation move forward more than anything else.

Third, the Pakatan Harapan lame Manifesto is a manifest that they are not trying at all for Malaysians and they don’t really have a plan to move forward and achieve better position for the nation.

It is logical to have BN back in power instead of Dr. Mahathir’s motley crew’s poor offering to Malaysians in the upcoming, ‘Mother of all GEs’.

Published in: on March 12, 2018 at 19:00  Comments (1)  

Incompetence

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his Motley Crew obviously is unable to run the nation when they can’t even get their own political party organised, in accordance with party’s own Constitution and Registrar of Society.

NST STORY:

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the party is unable to hold annual general meetings (AGM) due to its poor organisational structure. File pic by AZHAR RAMLI.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) failure to hold annual general meetings (AGM) at the division, branch and central levels is due to the party’s poor organisational structure.

Dr Mahathir, who is PPBM chairman, said the party’s branches and divisions have yet to hold meetings at their respective levels despite having many members.

“To have an AGM, we need to have meetings at the branch and division levels but although there are many members, they haven’t organised meetings yet.

“Even some divisions are not properly organised yet, so we can’t determine who will attend the AGM if we hold one,” he said during a press conference at the Parliament building here today.

He revealed that the branches are the most disorganised section of the party, which was founded in September last year.

On Sunday, Registry of Societies (RoS) director-general Surayati Ibrahim said PPBM is facing a possibility of deregistration if it fails to resolve issues concerning a proposed amendment to the party’s constitution, and its failure to hold AGMs at the division, branch and central levels.

She had said PPBM’s failure to hold an AGM since it was registered a year ago was a violation under its own party constitution as well as under the Societies Act 1966.

She had said PPBM allegedly failed to conduct AGMs at its divisions and branches with a minimum quorum.

“What they did hold was a Special Committee Meeting which only involved its supreme council members. It did not involve divisional or grassroots members,” she was quoted as saying.

Surayati had said these problems remained unresolved despite PPBM going “back and forth” to the RoS headquarters to iron out the issues since June.

She had also said the issues that had affected PPBM’s status as a registered party pertained to the party’s inclusion of its women and youth wings, whereby terms such as Armada (Angkatan Bersatu Anak Muda) for the youth wing, and Srikandi for the women’s wing, were not in the party’s constitution.

Meanwhile, commenting on Pakatan Harapan’s registration with the RoS, Dr Mahathir said the pact is still waiting to hold a meeting with Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the opposition coalition has yet to receive word from the RoS on whether or not their application is approved although it was submitted several months ago.

“We are trying to meet the minister (Zahid) but we haven’t received any answers yet. We want to know if there are objections or if RoS disagreed with our (application) or if they have suggestions for us,” he added. –Reporting by ARFA YUNUS, FERNANDO FONG AND BEATRICE NITA JAY.

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Dr. Mahathir was giving excuses that the party members have not ascertained their membership, based on branches and divisions.
PPBM has yet to convene their first AGM, since ROS approved the application in August last year.
According to PPBM Constitution, AGM must be convened within two months after divisions concluded their annual meetings. Divisional meetings must convene two weeks after braces concluded their meetings.
Published in: on November 15, 2017 at 23:59  Leave a Comment  

Maha-Hina

 

Perbuatan Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menghina Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sebagai “Berasal dari Bugis Lanun” dalam keghairan obsessi menjatuhkan beliau, menerima tamparan hebat.

Najib Presiden Indonesia Jusuf Kalla, seorang berasal dari Sulawesi berketurunan Bugis menyifatkan ungakapan Dr. Mahathir itu “Menghina masyarakat keturunan Bugis”.

Sebelum itu, masyarakat Malaysia keturunan Bugis menyatakan kemarahan mereka kerana keceluparan mulut Dr. Mahathir ini dalam tindakan menjatuhkan Perdana Menteri Najib, melalui strategi menghasut dan menanam kebencian.

Berita Harian:

Isnin, 16 Oktober 2017 | 10:43pm

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KENYATAAN Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed yang melabel Bugis sebagai lanun, menyinggung perasaan masyarakat Bugis.

’Tun M perlu bertaubat’

JOHOR BAHRU: Kenyataan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed yang melabel Bugis sebagai lanun, menyinggung perasaan masyarakat Bugis di negara ini, dan dianggap kenyataan yang menghina serta rasis.

Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Bugis Johor, Md Sah Daeng Matatah, berkata masyarakat Melayu Bugis berada di seluruh negara ini, termasuk keturunan dan berhubung kait dengan keluarga diraja Johor, Selangor, Perak, Terengganu, Kelantan dan Kedah.

“Tidak patut Tun Mahathir cakap begitu. Itu dah rasis. Berapa ramai orang Melayu Bugis di sini? Sultan Melayu ramai dari keturunan Bugis di Johor, Selangor, Perak, Kelantan dan ramai lagi.

“Orang Bugis bukan lanun. Itu (lanun) digelar oleh orang putih. Kita (Bugis) adalah pahlawan dan ini juga disebut dalam sejarah,” katanya ketika dihubungi BH.

Beliau berkata demikian mengulas ucapan Mahathir pada himpunan pembangkang di Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya pada Sabtu lalu, yang menyebut bahawa Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, mungkin berasal dari lanun Bugis, yang sesat ke Malaysia dan memintanya balik ke tempat asalnya.

Md Sah berkata, sebagai orang yang sudah berusia, Mahathir tak sepatutnya bercakap sedemikian dan menghina orang lain.

“Jangan hina orang Bugis. Tak patut dia cakap seperti itu. Dia sepatutnya jaga mulut.

“Patutnya sebagai orang yang sudah tua, dia kerap pergi ke masjid, sepatutnya dia bertaubat di hujung usia ini,” katanya.

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Jelas reaksi masyarakat rata-rata demanding jelek seorang Negarawan yang tergamak untuk mengeluarkan kata-kata demikian, disamping “Perdana Menteri penyangak, penyamun, pencuri” semata-mata untuk meningkatan kebencian rakyat.

Dalam pada itu, Dr. Mahathir dengan angkuhnya enggan meminta maaf kepada masyarakat keturunan Bugis, samada di Malaysia atau Indonesia kerana keceluparan memuncak itu.

Astro Awani:

Dakwaan hina Bugis: ‘Saya tidak akan minta maaf’ -Tun Mahathir

Adie Sufian Zulkefli, Astro Awani | “Diterbitkan Oktober 21, 2017 16:17 MYT

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang bertegas bahawa beliau tidak akan membuat sebarang permohonan maaf secara terbuka ekoran kenyataannya yang dianggap menghina masyarakat Bugis.

ALOR SETAR: “Saya tidak akan mohon maaf dan untuk apa saya perlu lakukan.”

Demikian reaksi Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang bertegas bahawa beliau tidak akan membuat sebarang permohonan maaf secara terbuka ekoran kenyataannya yang dianggap menghina masyarakat Bugis.

Dr Mahathir juga mempertahankan ucapan beliau ketika perhimpunan haram di Selangor baru-baru ini bahawa hanya ditujukan kepada pemimpin tertentu.”Pahlawan Bugis ni bukanlah pencuri, tapi ini pahlawan Bugis pencuri.

“Jadi apa salahnya saya kata dia pencuri. Saya bukan kata semua orang Bugis pencuri. Saya tak perlu minta maaf pasai saya tak kata benda tu,” katanya kepada pemberita pada dalam sidang akhbar selepas Majlis Perasmian Konvensyen Nasional 2017 Parti Amanah Negara di sini, siang tadi.

Dr Mahathir semasa berucap dalam perhimpunan haram Pakatan Harapan diketuai DAP di Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya pada Sabtu lalu menyebut tentang pemimpin tertentu yang mungkin berasal daripada lanun Bugis yang sesat ke Malaysia dan memintanya balik ke Bugis.

Ekoran kenyataannya itu, pelbagai pihak termasuk yang mewakili masyarakat etnik tersebut mendesak Dr Mahathir supaya membuat permohonan maaf secara terbuka dan menarik balik kata-katanya..

Terbaharu, Duta Besar Malaysia ke Indonesia, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim berkata, kenyataan Dr Mahathir yang menghina keturunan tersebut telah menyebabkan Perhimpunan Pemuda Bugis Makasar Indonesia (PPBMI) mengancam untuk mengadakan demonstrasi di Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Indonesia jika Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan itu tidak memohon maaf.

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Ini antara tanda jelas menunjukkan Dr. Mahathir dan Pakatan Harapan terdesak kerana mereka tidak mampu meyakinkan rakyat untuk menyokong pakatan Pembangkang.

Hakikatnya rata-rata rakyat sedar pakatan Pembangkang yang sebenarnya tidur-sebantal-mimpi-lain-lain ini tiada plan dan rancangan program pembangunan untuk rakyat sekiranya menang selepas PRU14.

Dalam pada itu, Dr. Mahathir juga menyerang dan menghina badan pencegah jenayah SPRM kerana menahan Presiden Parti Warisan Dato’ Seri Shafie Apdal dan lapan lagi berkenaan siasatan atas skandal penyelewangan dan amalan rasuah jumlah RM1.5b.

Malaysian Insight:

Penahanan Shafie arahan Najib, kata Dr Mahathir


Dikemaskini satu hari yang lalu · Diterbitkan pada 20 Oct 2017 6:24PM ·0 komen

“Penahanan
Dr Mahathir berkata ia untuk melumpuhkan Parti Warisan dengan menangkap Shafie Apdal dan menakutkan penyokongnya. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insight, 20 Oktober, 2017.

PENAHANAN serta siasatan terhadap Presiden Parti Warisan Shafie Apdal adalah arahan Perdana Menteri Najib Razak dan ia bertujuan untuk melemahkan parti pembangkang, kata Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan Dr Mahathir Mohamad hari ini.

”Kali ini, (Perdana Menteri) Najib mengarah SPRM menangkap pemimpin-pemimpin parti lawan (Warisan) di Sabah.

”Matlamatnya ialah untuk melumpuhkan Warisan dengan menangkap Shafie Apdal dan menakutkan penyokongnya,” kata bekas perdana menteri itu dalam blognya hari ini.

Dr Mahathir yang juga Pengerusi Bersatu berkata ini adalah sebahagian daripada usaha Najib untuk “menipu” dalam pilihan raya.

Shafie ditahan malam tadi dan ditahan semula untuk 4 hari sebagai sebahagian daripada siasatan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) terhadap penyelewengan RM1.5 juta dalam dana persekutuan bagi projek pembangunan luar bandar di Sabah dari 2009 hingga 2015.

Ketika itu, shafie merupakan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah sebelum dipecat daripada kerajaan oleh Najib.

Beberapa pemimpin Warisan juga ditahan untuk siasatan.

Dr Mahathir mendakwa pegawai kerajaan di pelbagai agensi termasuk SPRM diugut untuk “melaksanakan arahan Najib” atau diturun pangkat, ditukar ke jawatan lain yang lebih rendah, dimansuh hak pencen dan bermacam lagi.

Beliau menggesa penjawat awam agar tidak takut untuk menolak arahan tersebut.

Kata Dr Mahathir lagi, jika PH menang dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 dan mengambil alih Putrajaya, kerajaan PH akan akan mengembalikan semula apa sahaja yang penjawat awam hilang kerana enggan mematuhi arahan tersebut.

”Kami berjanji jika kakitangan kerajaan yang mengurus PRU diugut dan didera oleh Najib dan kehilangan gaji, pangkat atau jawatan, kami akan pulih balik mereka dan pendapatan mereka. Mereka akan kembali pegang jawatan yang telah dilucut dari mereka. Demikian juga mereka yang memberi maklumat kepada kami akan salah cara dan penipuan Najib. Kami akan selamatkan mereka,” kata Dr Mahathir. – 20 Oktober, 2017.

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Ianya dari RM7.5b  dari peruntukan Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi program menaik taraf kehidupan rakyat Sabah terurtama diluar bandar dan pendalaman, melalui Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah (KKLW) antara 2009-2015.

Shafie, yang juga mengetuai rakankongsi Pakatan Harapan di Sabah merupakan Menteri KKLW sebelum dipecat dalam rombakan Kabinet 2015.

Dr. Mahathir sebagai Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan wajar mengimbau pembongkaran PKR mengenai dakwaan keatas penyelewengan program Bekalan Elektrik Luar Bandar (BELB) bawah KKLW semasa dibawah Shafie sebagai Menteri.

Najib Presiden PKR Tian Chua dalam sidang akhbar di Parlimen ini menyebut mereka yang mendapat kontrak ‘rundingan terus’ “Dengan cara pembahagian kontrak yang tidak telus dan tidak adil kupada ironi-kroni Shafie”.

Ianya juga didakwa harga kontrak dinaikkan sehingga 200% berbanding kos.

Sumber di Sabah melaporkan sebahagian dari projek-projek yang tersenarai bawah  skandal dan penyelewengan RM1.5b yang sedang disiasat itu terbengkalai.

Kes-kes seperti di Sabah ini, termasuk Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng yang sedang menghadapi tuduhan atas amalan jenayah rasuah merupakan ‘Kleptokrat’ sebenar kerana mereka adalah berkuasa dan mengamalkan jenayah mencuri dari peruntukan.

Dr. Mahathir sekali lagi memaparkan sifat Maha-Hipokrit beliau semata-mata agenda obsessi politik untuk menajatuhkan Perdana Menteri Najib walaupun telah terbukti ‘Kleptokrat’ sebenar ujud antara rakan-kongsi pakatán Pembangkang yang beliau terajui.

Sifat Maha-Hipokrit ini yang ditambah kehadiran berbohong, memfitnah, menghasut dan menggelarkan orang dan menggunakan ‘nama kesat’ lebih mengkukuhkan akibat agenda obsessi politik peribadi yang makin kecundang dan terdesak.

Malaysian Insight:

Dr Mahathir and his Malaysian dilemma


Low Han ShaunChan Kok LeongMuzliza Mustafa

Dr Mahathir and his Malaysian dilemma
Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Malays of this generation face a different dilemma from his time – the leader and party they had counted on have failed them. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, April 8, 2017.

DR Mahathir Mohamad is running out of time and he knows it. He knows that he has only one shot of persuading the Malays to turn their backs on Umno and Najib Razak.

So much to do and so little time – that is the dilemma of the man who made the Malay dilemma part of the Malaysian conversation for more than 40 years.

‎In an interview, the 92-year-old founder of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) told The Malaysian Insight: “My dilemma is that I’m old, I’m 90-plus and I don’t have much time. But all things take time… But for as long as I am alive, I will be a thorn in the flesh of other people. I don’t care.”

The former Umno president said he had been encouraged by the good turnout at political rallies, believing that they were an indication of a restive spirit among voters towards the Najib administration. He noted that even in Umno strongholds, he had been welcomed warmly.

Now he wants this support at the ceramah to turn into support at the ballot box. He understands that Malaysians may be afraid to show their support openly for Pakatan Harapan for fear of being harrassed and intimidated by government agencies.

But he hopes that this fear would dissipate once they are in the voting booth.

In 1970, Dr Mahathir wrote the book, the Malay Dilemma. It was a controversial book for its time and the main assumption was that the Malays were subjugated in their own land and needed a form of affirmative action to correct the economic imbalance.

Today’s generation of Malays face a different dilemma, he said.

“They know that the party which was supposed to look after them has become a liability, but they can’t get rid of this party because they have elected a person who has been able to bend the laws, to disregard the laws, and make sure of personal loyalties to him. So much so, he can get away with a lot of things.”

Below are excerpts of the interview:

Q: How different is this battle against Najib from the ones against Tunku and Pak L‎ah?

‎Dr Mahathir: This man (Najib) has got full control over Umno. They will not go against him. He has the inspector-general of police and the attorney-general working for him and protecting him.

He is, in fact, a dictator. Tunku was not a dictator. He was popularly elected and he stepped down when he felt that he was not popular any more. Abdullah realised that he was not very popular with Umno itself and he decided on his own to step down.

But Najib, he will never step down.

Q: Some people say you are to blame for weakening some of the institutions and centralising powers within the prime minister’s office. What do you say to that?

Dr Mahathir: Lots of things were said about me and my administration, which were cooked up by people who want me out of the way. They have to demonise me, otherwise, I will be there all the time, supported by the people.

So they must paint a bad picture of me, to make me seem like a dictator and all that. If I am a dictator, then a lot of people will probably end up inside (prison), but I allowed them to go through courts. They had demonstrations against me every week.

Because that is the way of democracy and I never sued anybody. They called me all sorts of names but I never sued them. In politics, of course, people will call you nasty names. That is normal.

Q: A survey sighted by TMI says that your popularity among Malay voters is wavering because you are working with DAP now.

Dr Mahathir: Well we have fixed a mindset for these people who are now in Umno and told them that DAP is a Chinese party and they are the devil. It is difficult to erase that impression.

So when I was seen with (Lim) Kit Siang, they thought I was with the devil, but that devil was created by me in order to win the elections.

If you tell people that Kit Siang is a good man and all that, then he will win and we cannot allow him to win. We had to call him a devil and he is a Chinese chauvinist and all kinds of things, but actually he is not.

Between MCA and DAP, MCA sings their songs in Chinese, conducts their meetings in Chinese, but DAP conducts their meeting in the national language and they sing their song in the national language.

So DAP is more Malaysian than MCA. MCA now, as you know, has got relations with the communist party of China, not DAP.

Q: BN is saying that you are doing this so that Mukhriz (Mahathir) will become PM one day.

Dr Mahathir: If I wanted to do things for my son, I could have made him deputy prime minister when I was prime minister. But I don’t even allow my son to join the party.

My son Mokhzani was appointed by Hishammuddin (Hussein) as a treasurer of the Youth, not because of me, because he appears to know something about accounts.

My son Mirzan is nowhere to be seen in the party or anywhere, and my daughter Marina was against me during my time as prime minister.

But you see Najib, the wedding of his daughter consumed millions of dollars.

So you see he favours his children, so did Abdullah Badawi. I have never favoured my children.

Q: But your son Mukhriz is now holding one of the top positions in Bersatu?

Dr Mahathir: Mukhriz built up his reputation in Kedah and he won back Kedah from PAS. It was his leadership. And it was not because of me.

After I stepped down, if I stopped him from becoming a leader it is not fair to him. I am not trying to preserve my good reputation at his expense, I did that when I was prime minister, but I can’t do that now.

I am still trying to preserve my image of not going for nepotism and all that. If Mukhriz succeeds, it is by his hard work.

Q: If the opposition is not successful in replacing BN in the next election, what will Dr Mahathir do?

Dr Mahathir: I will accept that I would die and leave all these things to other people. That is the normal thing to happen. You are old and you die. I’m sure lots of people are wishing that I am dead now.

But for as long as I am alive, I will be a thorn in the flesh of other people, I don’t care. – April 8, 2017.

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Hakikatnya, Negarawan yang suatu masa dahulu disanjung majoriti rakyat terutama dikalangan orang Melayu telah menjadi neorang politikus Maha-Hina.

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Projection of sentiments Vs facts

Gaming is more of a process and methodology of science and complex mathematics in the determination of the odds of winning the race against ‘sentiment and gut feel’ horse.

Joceline Tan’s Sunday Star column:

Columnists

Analysis

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Malay tsunami – fact or psywar?

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Brickbats and bouquets: Lim’s assertion that the Mahathir factor will cause Kedah, Perak and Johor to fall has drawn mixed opinions ranging from applause and support to claims that the DAP leader is delusional.

Brickbats and bouquets: Lim’s assertion that the Mahathir factor will cause Kedah, Perak and Johor to fall has drawn mixed opinions ranging from applause and support to claims that the DAP leader is delusional.

DAP has been talking about a Malay tsunami that will carry Pakatan Harapan to power. But without PAS in the coalition, where is the giant wave of Malay votes going to come from? 

 

THERE are signs that DAP leader Lim Kit Siang is gearing up for another attempt at shock-and-awe in the coming general election.

The buzz around the opposition circles in Johor is that the man often described as the “DAP supremo” is eyeing the Johor Baru parliamentary seat. It will be his most risky political adventure ever because he will be going where he has never gone before, that is, contesting a Malay-majority seat.

Up till early this year, the Gelang Patah MP was exploring the possibility of returning to Penang. He had been making his presence felt at a string of state government functions, alongside his Chief Minister son and other state exco members.

He was testing the waters but the currents were not encouraging. He has since cut back his appearances in Penang and it looks like it is back to Johor for him. It also means that he is committed to Pakatan Harapan’s plan to capture Johor.

Johor Baru is one of those mixed seats with 52% Malays, 43% Chinese and 5% from other races. DAP will have unparalleled bragging rights if Lim, 76, takes the capital of Johor.

But he will have to ride on the Chinese vote. He will struggle in a one-to-one fight against Barisan Nasional because he is unlikely to win the Malay vote. But he will have an easier time if PAS jumps in and splits the Malay vote in a three-cornered fight.

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Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong speaking in the press conference after the launching of The 60th Merdeka Mural at Jalan Genting Klang yesterday. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. July 27, 2017.

Dr Wee: What is the hidden objective behind DAP’s Malay tsunami theory?

The Barisan side is aware of the danger ahead and there have been efforts to persuade Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad to forget about his retirement plans and stay on to defend the seat.

It will be a thriller or, to borrow from Lim’s favourite slogan, a do-or-die contest. It will bring the Chinese out in droves to attend the DAP ceramah and to do their part to save Lim.

In fact, Lim’s political longevity has been a result of his instinctive ability to convince the Chinese that every election is a do-or-die mission to save Malaysia from one calamity or another. It is an over-used sales pitch but it seems to work for him.

His career for much of the 1980s and 1990s was about saving Malaysia from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad although it is a different story now that the two old foes have become new friends.

Lim has also been talking about a Malay tsunami that will cause Kedah, Perak and Johor to fall to Pakatan in the general election.

He said the Malay tsunami will also enable Pakatan to win Putrajaya with 113 out of 222 parliamentary seats. It means a government holding on with a majority of only two seats which sceptics say will last maybe two weeks.

Lim did not define how the Malay tsunami would happen but his hypothesis seems to be based on the hope of a 10% Malay vote swing and 5% non-Malay vote swing.

The Malay tsunami story drew quite a bit of interest. The trouble was that most people had trouble believing it.

For instance, the common query was: Where is Pakatan’s Malay tsunami going to come from now that PAS is not around to deliver the Malay votes?

Former Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman admitted that PAS is still a force to reckon with in Malay states.

“But we (Parti Pribumi) will play a leading role in taking Malay votes away from Umno,” said Abdul Rashid, who is now a vice-president of Parti Pribumi and who will be moving from running elections to contesting in an election.

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Khaw Veon Szu

Khaw: DAP’s claim of Malay wave is aimed at energising their Chinese base.

Lim, said a DAP insider, is banking on Dr Mahathir to neutralise the PAS influence and even to wipe out PAS in certain states like Penang.

“Kit Siang is not stupid, he does not trust Mahathir but he is putting his chips on Mahathir creating a political momentum,” said the insider.

A high-ranking DAP leader from Kuala Lumpur has however cautioned his party: “Much as we talk about a Malay tsunami, we have to make sure we don’t lose our Chinese tsunami.”

To political commentator Khaw Veon Szu, the Malay tsunami story sounds more like psywar than a prediction based on facts and findings.

“On what assumption would the Malay vote swing to Pakatan? Pakatan cannot talk about a Malay tsunami while ignoring the PAS factor. It’s a fatal omission, a big hole in their grand design,” said Khaw.

Dr Mahathir, said Khaw, is able to attract Malay votes to Pakatan but he also repels voters who cannot come to terms with his past.

“He will win some, he will lose some,” said Khaw.

Some think that Lim is either delusional or in self-denial. Others think that given his problematic image among the Malays, he is the wrong person to talk about a Malay tsunami and it could instead send the Malays running in the opposition direction.

“The tsunami thing is not aimed at the Malays but at their Chinese base. They can see that the Chinese base is softening around the edges and they need to energise their core support especially in Johor,” said Khaw.

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Khaw: DAP’s claim of Malay wave is aimed at energising their Chinese base.

The Chinese electorate, said a think-tank head, has grown lethargic, fed-up and tired of the non-stop politicking.

“If you talk to the thinking Chinese, they are stunned that Mahathir can just cross over like that to become the leader of the opposition. When he starts talking about better governance, they become even more incredulous.

“This is not like Anwar Ibrahim. He was a victim, he went to jail and his reform narrative is more believable. Moreover, Mahathir has not uttered a word about moderation or about pushing back the Islamic agenda which is what the Chinese want to hear from a Malay leader,” said the think-tank head.

Given that PAS has a hardcore support of around 20% among the Malay electorate, the Malay vote swing is more likely to swing away from Pakatan in the general election.

The PAS propaganda that DAP is anti-Islam and anti-Malay has been quite relentless.

As for the non-Malay support, Pakatan captured about 85% of the Chinese vote in 2013. Lim’s hypothesis of an additional 5% swing means that he is expecting 90% Chinese support in the next general election which sounds terribly ambitious.

DAP’s quest in Johor goes beyond just an attempt to capture the state, its aim is also to take down MCA in Johor.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the hidden objective behind DAP’s Malay tsunami theory is to compensate the Chinese who feel let down that DAP, which has the most seats, is unable to lead Pakatan whereas the party with only one Parliament and two state seats is sitting on top.

“They are telling the Chinese, you are the kingmaker because the Malay vote is spilt, you can play a pivotal role. They also need to justify why they have to work with the man whom they called a racist and other bad names. They need people to forget Mahathir’s past by telling them he can bring the Malay tsunami,” said Dr Wee.

So is Dr Mahathir the tsunami man?

Parti Pribumi is fortunate that it has not been tested like Amanah.

Many people had high hopes on Amanah, thinking it would replace PAS. Their ceramah were also drawing good crowds and they had started to venture into the Felda schemes. They seemed to be flushed with funds, their gatherings were filled with people in smart orange shirts.

But their image sank after the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections. Amanah failed to command the Malay votes and was heavily dependent on DAP to bring in the Chinese votes.

Parti Pribumi’s test will only come in the general election and, in the meanwhile, most people are prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt.

But not Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz though.

“What Malay tsunami? It’s just a DAP dream, the Malay votes will be divided between Umno and PAS. Even in Pagoh, they (Parti Pribumi) are going to lose there. You think PAS will give them a free ride over there?” he said.

The Tourism and Culture Minister, who rarely minces his words, said Mahathir will lose if he tries to contest in Langkawi and that Barisan may win even more seats in Johor, Perak and Kedah in the event of three-cornered fights. DAP’s Malay tsunami story has quite little to do with the Malay audience and a lot to do with keeping the Chinese tsunami rolling through the next general election


Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2017/08/27/malay-tsunami-fact-or-psywar/#AOPujF28FdLSmMr1.99

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The senior The Star writer’s analysis is corroborated by Minister of Communication and Multimedia Dato’ Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak’s opinion, on the same subject matter.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

ANALISIS ONG KIAN MING MENARIK TETAPI JAUH TERSASAR

Salleh Said Keruak

1. Ong Kian Ming dalam analisisnya tentang PRU ke-14 menyatakan akan berlaku 15% peralihan undi Melayu kepada Pakatan Harapan seperti mana yang berlaku pada tahun 1999 dan 2008.

2. Hujah beliau mudah: setiap kali parti UMNO berpecah akan menyebabkan orang Melayu menolak BN.  Ini dapat dilihat dalam PRU 1999 apabila peralihan undi Melayu berlaku sebanyak 27%.  Dalam PRU 2008 pula, BN hilang majoriti dua pertiga apabila 6% lagi pengundi Melayu beralih menyokong pembangkang.

3. Pertanyaannya, bolehkah dicapai 15% peralihan sokongan Melayu ini?  Kian Ming kata tidak mustahil jika melihat kepada sikap pengundi Melayu dalam PRU 1999 dan 2008, dan juga jika melihat kepada munculnya PPBM.

4. Benarkah andaian Ong Kian Ming tersebut?  Hasil semakan saya kepada data lepas mendapati analisis Kian Ming tersasar dari fakta sebenar.

5. Untuk analisis yang lebih tepat, kita perlu melihat senario tahun 1988-1990.  Situasi inilah yang perlu dijadikan sandaran untuk membuat analisis perubahan undi Melayu kerana sejarah perpecahan politik Melayu bermula di sini.

6. Pada tahun 1988, UMNO berpecah setelah Dr. Mahathir dan Tengku Razaleigh bertanding merebut jawatan Presiden UMNO.  Selepas pemilihan itu, kumpulan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah keluar daripada UMNO dan menubuhkan parti Semangat 46.

7. Dalam PRU 1990, S46 bergabung dengan PAS, HAMIM, DAP dan PBS, namun adakah pakatan pembangkang memenangi pilihan raya tersebut?  Jawapannya tidak.

8. Kemerosotan pengundi Melayu hanya 2.4% berbanding PRU 1986. S46 pula hanya memenangi 8 kerusi parlimen daripada 61 kerusi yang ditandinginya. Bagi peringkat DUN pula, S46 hanya memenangi 19 kerusi daripada 152 kerusi yang ditandingi.

9. Situasi tersebut sama seperti hari ini yang mana UMNO mengalami perpecahan dengan melahirkan PPBM.  Maka, bagaimana dengan PRU ke-14 nanti?

10. Jika melihat kepada realiti sekarang, sukar untuk berlaku peralihan undi Melayu lagi.  Dalam PRU 1999, senario berlakunya peralihan undi Melayu ketika itu adalah berbeza dengan situasi sekarang.  Tahun 1999, negara baharu diserang krisis kewangan dan ada isu mata lebam.  PRU ke-14 isu tahun 1999 dan 2008 sudah jauh kita tinggalkan.

11. Analisis saya sebelum ini telah menggariskan lima faktor kenapa anak muda akan menyokong BN dalam PRU ke-14 nanti.  Dalam analisis ini, jika mahu bersandarkan kepada hujah “UMNO berpecah maka Melayu akan mengalih sokongan kepada pembangkang,” itu adalah generalisasi.

12. PRK Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar telah membuktikan walaupun UMNO berpecah, parti pembangkang masih tidak mampu menumbangkan BN.  Tambahan pula, parti pembangkang kini mempunyai pecahan parti Melayunya sendiri seperti PAN yang lahir hasil perpecahannya dengan PAS.  PPBM dan PAN juga adalah parti baharu yang masih tidak mendapat sokongan meluas.  Politiking pembangkang yang terlalu banyak juga menyebabkan rakyat bosan kerana rakyat mahu terus bergerak ke depan membangun Malaysia yang maju dan sejahtera.

13. Maka, kenyataan bahawa akan berlaku perubahan 10-15% undi Melayu kepada pembangkang dalam PRU ke-14 adalah jauh tersasar.

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The fact that the Opposition is facing a lot compounding issues, should be factored.

The current corruption case in the hearing process against Chinese Chauvinist Secretary General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng opened the horizon to the Chinese voters, especially Penangites.

PKR Vice President and Chief Strategist Rafizi Ramli is also in trouble,  to pay the suit he lost and upcoming criminal charges against him which include possession of state secret.

In Selangor, trouble is brewing after the bit by bit revelation with regards to the abuse and leakages from various state owned GLCs, said to be in RM billions.

The internal conflict faced by all the component parties within Pakatan Harapan itself is glaring to their own supporters or the fence-sitters, which are likely to throw their mandate to the ‘Gang of Four’.

They have contradicted and backtracked their own battlecries.

The Malaysia Today analysis:

Rashid Rahman: The Reason For Bersih 2007

It is time the Chinese ask DAP what game they are trying to play. They blame Dr Mahathir for May 13 and they make him their Top Dog. They blame Anwar Ibrahim for messing with the Chinese schools and they make him their Prime Minister-in-waiting. They blame Rashid Rahman for election fraud and they make him the VP of PPBM. Is this a demonstration of how smart the DAP Chinese are?

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

No one can deny that the 2008 general election was the turning point for Malaysian politics. But then one must not over-simplify the reason for what happened in 2008. It is like saying WWII was triggered because Germany invaded Poland. Historians will tell you that WWII was trigged by WWI and the Treaty of Versailles that followed the end of the war and which the Germans simpan dendam for so many years.

Hence when Hitler came along to ‘avenge’ the injustice done to Germany and to restore German pride the Germans rallied behind him, never mind how crazy he may have been. As they say, never kick a man when he is down because he might just stand up again. And they kicked Germany after WWI when it was down so Germany rose back up again to take revenge.

Anyway, that is not what we want to talk about today. What we want to discuss is what made 2008 possible.

Rashid Rahman’s PERKASA is opposed to Bahasa Malaysia Bibles

There are many factors to any scenario. One of the factors is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ran a successful hate-campaign from June 2006 until Polling Day of March 2008 to convince Malaysians that Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was incompetent (the ‘Fourth Floor Boys’ were actually the ones running the country), was literally sleeping on the job (sleeping during meetings, during dinner functions, and even while having his photograph taken during the APEC conference), corrupt (his son Kamal and son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin were doing crooked deals), was a Singapore agent (which is why he did not want to build the ‘Crooked Bridge’), and many more.

Mahathir mobilised all the bloggers from both sides of the political divide and launched his social media attack on the Prime Minister, Umno, and Barisan Nasional. Meanwhile, Zainuddin Maidin a.k.a. Zam told Umno that the social media was no threat to the government. The kids use the internet only to play games and to look for cheap airline tickets, Zam said. So they can ignore the social media. Later, of course, during the post mortem, they identified the internet as one of the biggest factors for the beating the government received in the 2008 general election.

Rashid Rahman of PERKASA upholds Malay supremacy and Malay political power

Another factor for the 2008 general election result was the November 2007 Bersih march to Istana Negara. A group of NGOs and political activists, also from both sides of the political divided, marched to Istana Negara to hand over a petition to His Majesty the Agong calling for electoral reforms.

The SPR or the Election Commission was running fraudulent elections where the ruling party needs to win only 45% of the popular votes to stay in power whereas the opposition needs to win at least 60% of the popular votes to get into power. Even when they win 55% of the votes the opposition still cannot get into power.

Well, ‘fraudulent elections’ is what the opposition calls it. The proper terminology is gerrymandering, and there is no crime in that. Even in the US and the UK this is being done and this is not illegal even in the west. Further to that, there is the disparity between seats where one seat could be 20,000 voters and another could be 120,000 voters. Ideally the variance should be around 20% plus-minus and in some countries this is the law. In Malaysia, the variances are very large and that is not illegal at all.

The third bone of contention, of course, is postal votes, which many feel is no longer required due to many reasons.

Rashid Rahman, the man DAP hated most, is now DAP’s partner in PPBM

Anyway, these and many more have been bones of contention for the opposition and they tried to have a dialogue with the SPR since 2000 but the SPR tak layan. And the man who was heading the SPR from 2000 to 2008 was Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.

When asked what is the job of the SPR if not to conduct free and fair elections, they replied the job of the SPR is to ensure that the Malays do not lose political power. When asked why can’t they abolish the postal voting system, they replied if they do that then not a single Cabinet Minister can retain his or her seat.

Yes, this Rashid Rahman of SPR was one huge, arrogant, mother-fooker who the opposition hated like hell. If the DAP Chinese had it their way they would have taken a knife and cut Rashid Rahman’s throat. And the first Bersih march to His Majesty the Agong’s Palace in November 2007 was because Rashid Rahman was so fooking arrogant and refused to accept our petition calling for electoral reforms.

Since Rashid Rahman told us to fook off and refused to see us we had no choice but to bring this matter to His Majesty the Agong. Even then Rashid Rahman told us to fook off and said that His Majesty the Agong has no business interfering in administrative matters, especially those involving politics.

READ: PPBM VP Tan Sri Abdul Rashid: “A lot of damage has been done to the country”

Anyway, the elections were held in March 2008 and history was made. And in December 2008 Rashid Rahman retired from the SPR and everyone was so happy that finally that mother-fooker was gone and maybe now we can talk to the SPK and discuss electoral reforms.

And what happened to Rashid Rahman after he retired from the SPR?

Have you not heard? Rashid Rahman is now the Vice President of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM). He is now in the party that is DAP’s partner in Pakatan Harapan and his boss, Mahathir, is the ‘Top Dog’ of the opposition.

READ: Ex-EC head joins Perkasa to boost Malay power

Can you see how things have become very interesting? Rashid Rahman, one of the most hated persons in Malaysia, whose job was to rig the elections to make sure that Umno stays in power and that Malays will never lose political power, is now DAP’s partner. According to DAP, if not because of Rashid Rahman, Pakatan Rakyat would already have come to power back in 2008. But now they cannot ever come to power.

It is time the Chinese ask DAP what game they are trying to play. They blame Dr Mahathir for May 13 and they make him their Top Dog. They blame Anwar Ibrahim for messing with the Chinese schools and they make him their Prime Minister-in-waiting. They blame Rashid Rahman for election fraud and they make him the VP of PPBM. Is this a demonstration of how smart the DAP Chinese are?

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Another interesting fact is that Pakatan Harapan has yet to be unified in their thought who they should offer to the Malaysian voters as the ‘next Prime Minister’, despite going around proclaiming themselves as “The Government in Waiting”.

The most interest fact the absence of the congruent offering in economic and developmental plans and programs for Malaysia, to move forward amidst all the challenges and at least maintain the same trajectory, vector and momentum.

The representative young Pakatan Harapan to that agenda is obvious a hopeless voice!

 

 

Published in: on August 27, 2017 at 14:00  Comments (5)  

Limiting the Limited

Limiting factor of one’s own limit to capacity, is probably the best justification to unravel  the baffling thought trying to understand the cyber reference of why Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (PERKASA) Secretary General Syed Hassan Syed Ali had taken up in his defiance against Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Nazri Aziz.

Malaysiakini article:

Kalaulah ramai pemimpin negara macam Nazri…

Syed Hassan Syed Ali

15 Ogs 2017, 9:44 malam (Dikemaskini 15 Ogs 2017, 9:52 malam)

Pertamanya, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz yang menurunkan taraf dia yang kononnya pemimpin besar kepada setaraf aktivis kerdil seperti saya hingga sanggup memberi respon terhadap kenyataan yang dibuat aktivis kedil dari PERKASA ini beberapa hari yang lepas.

Hebat sifat rendah diri YB itu.

Terima kasihlah kerana beliau juga mengiktiraf PERKASA sebagai pejuang bangsa apabila melabelkan kami sebagai pertubuhan rasis.

Maka samalah PERKASA dengan MCA, MIC dan Hindraf yang sentiasa berjuang untuk bangsa masing-masing.

Tapi DAP, MCA, Dong Zong, MIC dan Hindraf tidak pula Nazri gelar rasis.

Nazri juga secara tidak langsung mengiktiraf Umno bukan lagi memperjuangkan kepentingan Melayu dan Bumiputera sebab apabila mengata pihak lain rasis, maka pihaknya tidak rasis.

Jika tidak rasis, Umno perjuangkan kaum mana?

Oh…. Umno perjuangkan semua kaum. Nazri mungkin tidak tahu bezakan kerajaan, parti dan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO).

Hak dia walaupun Melayu

Kerajaan, ya, memang perlu perjuangkan semua kaum, tetapi walau apa pun kena akur dengan perlembangaan negara. Parti semestinya berjuang mengikut perlembagaan parti itu.
Semestinya Umno demi agama, bangsa dan tanah air. Tidak tahulah maksud bangsa dalam perlembagaan Umno itu. Tapi rasanya semua orang tahu ianya bermaksud Melayu.

Dengan itu apakah pemimpin-pemimpin DAP, MCA, Dong Zong, MIC dan Hindraf lebih hebat daripada pemimpin Umno dalam perjuangkan kepentingan bangsa masing-masing?

OK-lah dia nak bertutur guna bahasa Inggeris dalam sidang media, hak dialah walau pun sebagai pemimpin Melayu sepatutnya dia perlu mengutamakan bahasa ibunda sendiri yang menjadi bahasa kebangsaan.

Kalau dia bangga dan cintakan bahasa ibundanya iaitu bahasa Melayu, pasti dia bertutur bahasa Melayu dalam apa acara sekali pun di dalam negara.

PERKASA tidak hairan dengan jati diri sesetengah pemimpin Umno. Cara hidup kebaratan lebih gemar ditonjol-tonjolkan. Pastinya masyarakat Melayu terpegun dan kagum sangat-sangat kepada mereka.

Nak bercakap, lebih gemar berbahasa Inggeris.

Maka tidak hairanlah apabila bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan tidak dapat diperkasakan lagi oleh Umno sebab sesetengah pimpinan parti itu sudah tiada jati diri.
Sebab itu kita mudah lihat banyak papan iklan dalam bahasa Inggeris di merata-merata tempat sekarang, termasuk di dinding-dinding bangunan, nama bangunan, nama taman perumahan dan nama kondominium di seluruh negara.

Jemput Namewee ke parlimen
Malah slogan yang dicetuskan oleh pimpinan negara juga kebanyakannya menggunakan bahasa Inggeris. Mereka seperti langsung tak ambil kisah.

Itulah nasib bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan sejak kebelakangan ini di bawah kuasa BN naungan pimpinan Umno sekarang.

Sedih sungguh mengenangkan nasib pejuang-pejuang bangsa yang bersusah payah memastikan bahasa Melayu menjadi bahasa kebangsaan disematkan kemas dalam Perlembagan Persekutuan Malaysia.

Jika pimpinan negara makin ramai seperti Nazri, tiadalah lagi kepentingan Melayu dapat dipertahankan dan diperkasakan pada masa depan nampaknya.

Kepada orang Melayu, berusaha dan berdoalah untuk mendapatkan pemimpin-pemimpin baru yang mempunyai jati diri Melayu yang tinggi demi menjamin kepentingan bangsa di masa depan.

Untuk para pembaca semua, Nazri bukan baru serang PERKASA. Sejak awal penubuhan PERKASA lagi beliau sudah mengecam pertubuhan ini sebagai NGO rasis.

Sebab itulah PERKASA tidak hairan sangat kerana Nazri membuktikan sebelum ini beliau bukan rasis, kerana beliau lebih melayan budak Cina biadab menghina Islam dan Melayu serta negara bernama Namewe dengan menjemput si biadab itu ke parlimen.

Dia hadir tanpa mengikut etika berpakaian dalam bangunan parlimen demi hendak mendengar masalah budak itu.

Akhir sekali saya sertakan pautan laman web yang ada mempertikaikan semangat Melayu Nazri untuk semua pembaca mengenali lebih jelas seorang yang dikatakan pemimpin parti yang perjuangkan orang Melayu. [Link 1] [Link 2]

Diharapkan tuan punya bigdogdotcom.wordpress tidak keluarkan artikelnya apabila kenyataan saya ini disiarkan.

SYED HASSAN SYED ALI ialah setiausaha agung PERKASA.
Rencana ini adalah pandangan peribadi penulis dan tidak mencerminkan pendirian rasmi Malaysiakini.

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This attempt to retaliate against Tourism Minister Nazri is pure dry dark humour by using our posting in almost seven years ago in support of an organisation, which claimed to have over 200,000 members.

We don’t even know where to start!

The fact is that, don’t Syed Hassan have a more current reference, to support his and/or PERKASA’s case against Tourism Minister Nazri?

Let us go on the points raised by Syed Hassan.

PERKASA is a right wing organisation. Their patron Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, was a former President of UMNO for over 6 years and President of UMNO (Baru) over 16 years there on.

UMNO is a nationalist organisation formed by for the Malays.

UMNO mortal political nemesis is the DAP. Even Dr. Mahathir on various platforms called the DAP and leaders such as Lim Kit Siang as “Chinese Chauvinists, extremists and racists”.

He did this on the platform of UMNO.

PERKASA President Dato’ Paduka Ibrahim Ali refused to participate alongside Dr. Mahathir for the illegal street demonstration.

He also pronounced that he is “A leader of his own right” and refused to be a ‘lackey’ (Gurkha) for someone like Dr. Mahathir, despite that he is admitted the Statesman did a lot for the nation.

When his obsession Dr. Mahathir proclaimed outright that he is ashamed for PERKASA President Ibrahim for refusing to join him in his party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

PPBM forged relationship with DAP. Dr. Mahathir shocked the world for fostering political partnership with arch nemesis Lim Kit Siang and DAP.

It is known that Syed Hassan idolises Dr. Mahathir.

As the Secretary General of PERKASA, Syed Hassan should lambast Dr. Mahathir for jumping into bed and sleeping with the enemy.

Then again, Syed Hassan whacked Tourism Minister Nazri for speaking in English. These video clippings also clearly show that PERKASA President Ibrahim also is comfortable in elaborating in English, when it matters.

It is not professional to regard Syed Hassan as a hypocrite. However, Dr. Mahathir has self proven that his compulsion to lie and continuous hypocrisy.

It is a matter of principle for Syed Hassan, an advocate of the struggle for the Malays and an office bearer of a right wing organisation since its protem inception in June 2008, to publicly disown and attack Dr. Mahathir for the relationship with the “Chinese Chauvinist, racist and extremist DAP”.

Then again, there is probability that his limited formal education unlike his Boss PERKASA President Ibrahim who is proud to tell about his quest for Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, inhibited his ability of comprehension and put forth a solid argument even to rubbish a British trained lawyer like Tourism Minister Nazri.

Back to being professional. Can Syed Hassan as the Secretary General of PERKASA provide evidence that the  right wing organisation has over 200,00 registered members?

Then again, is he credible enough to hold an office which is able to process 200,000 membership application?

Syed Hassan is also was incredibility petty for raising the point that then Law Minister Nazri met the controversial Malaysian Chinese rapper Namewee in Parliament almost seven years ago.

Probably he was never accorded such honour by Nazri as a Minister, then in the previous nor now as a Cabinet Minister.

Like it or not, Tourism Minister Nazri is still on the right side up, as UMNO Supreme Council member and the nationalist party had continuously been the mainstay of the backbone power since 1955.

Well, limiting factor is always the devil of achievement and progress.

Syed Hassan should be proud of his in PERKASA and galvanise his right wing organisation for the betterment of the Malays, instead caught in the paradox of his own personal dilemma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on August 16, 2017 at 04:30  Comments (2)  

Lemau dan Masuk Angin

Dr. Mahathir bergambar dengan jemaah di Masjid Acton selepas Sembahyang Sunat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, yang dipercayai terdiri dari pelajar Malaysia

Perdana Menteri ke IV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad semakin tiris modal politik dan terpaksa meraih perhatian semasa musim Hari Raya Aidil Fitri ini kerana tidak lagi relevan dalam arus perdana politik Malaysia.

Dalam posting blog Che Det berkenaan ‘BerHari Raya di London’, jelas beliau semakin terdesak kerana tiada idea baru dan modal drama, tohmahan, fitnah dan dusta selama hampir 30 bulan ini dalam impian dan agenda menjatuhkan Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak hakikatnya gagal.

Para ketiga sendiri menunjukkan Dr. Mahathir seorang hipokrit, kerana beliau sendiri tidak melakukan apa yang diungkap berkenaan khutbah sembahyang sunat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri di Acton, Barat Laut London.

“Menyeru kepada kehidupan orang Islam seperti yang dikehendaki agama Islam – iaitu berbaik-baik sesama orang Islam dan juga dengan bukan Islam”.

Sepanjang 30 bulan ini beliau berbohong, memfitnah dan menghasut agar orang Islam membenci Perdana Menteri Najib. Ini termasuk dalam bulan Ramadan baru ini. Beliau terus-terusan menghasut dan berburuk sangka, dengan jelas niat politik jahat.

Ini tidak terkecuali mengecam orang Cina dalam MCA, walaupun parti itu pernah menyelamatkan karier politik Dr. Mahathir sendiri.

Maka itu, beliau berjaya mengekalkan mengekalkan kuasa selepas undi masyarakat Cina kepada Barisan Nasional kukuh semasa orang Melayu membelakangkan UMNO pasca episod pemecatan Anwar Ibrahim.

Presiden UMNO ke V itu memang jelas kelihatan makin terdesak, dengan andaian yang bermaksud menghasut rakyat Malaysia untuk menolak Barisan Nasional.

Dakwaan Dr. Mahathir pelajar Malaysia di United Kingdom terutama sekitar London takut dan mengelakan dii dari berdampingan dengan beliau kerana kesan tindakan mereka adalah meleset. Seperti mana biasa, tiada bukti.

Beliau sendiri menukilkan bahawa pelajar Malaysia tersebut tidak bertanyakan hal ehwal politik Malaysia.

Ianya jelas satu lagi fitnah kerana mana mungkin penaja mereka termasuk wakil Kerajaan di Pejabat Edu Malaysia beribu pejabat di Malaysia Hall akan ada butiran mengenai siapa bertanya apa, terutama pasca Sembahayang Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

Hakikatnya, amalan biasa pegawai beribu pejabat di Malaysia Hall akan bersembahyang di Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater.

Sekiranya pelajar-pelajar ini membuat kunjungan dimana Dr. Mahathir menginap semasa di London secara rahsia, ianya lagi tidak diketahui. Sesungguhnya, beliau akan tinggal di tempat yang dijamin keselamatannya dan tidak boleh diakses, tanpa kebenaran.

Perkembangan ini termasuk faktor ucapan, kenyataan dan tulisan beliau adalah jelas bahawa Pengerusi BN ketiga semakin terdesak dan politik kepalsuan dan berpaksikan agenda peirbadi, nafsa dan ego ini makin tidak laku dan terpinggir,

Sekiranya tuntutan agama Islam agar umat Muhammad S.A.W. menggunakan kemulian Ramadan dan Syawal ini untuk bertaubat, bermaafan dan mengekalkan silaturahim terutama dikalangan sesama Islam yang bersaudara, diketepikan, malah sebaliknya terus dipetingkatan.

Maka hakikatnya secara prinsipnya Dr. Mahathir akan mengkhianati segalanya, demi kuasa, agenda peribadi dan keangkuhan dengan tafsiran sendiri akibat tidak akur kepada apa-apa sempadan.

Ini amat menyedihkan bagi seorang Negarawan yang akan berumur 92 tahun dalam seminggu lagi dan pernah satu tempoh lampau berjasa dan melakukan banyak transformasi kepada negara dan rakyat Malaysia.

Sesungguhnya biskut Hari Raya yang sangat sedap dan istimewa ramuan, rasa dan rupanya itu akan sampai satu ketika menjadi lemau dan masuk angin. Masa itu, ianya layak menjadi dedak binatang berbanding sajian tetamu terutama yang dimuliakan.

 

 

 

Published in: on July 2, 2017 at 23:30  Comments (4)  

Langkah kanan atau kiri?

Lapan jam lagi, genaplah tujuh hari Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) memberikan akhbar The Star peluang untuk menjawab Surat Tunjuk Sebab mengenai mukadepan akhbar tersebut 27 Mei 2017 yang dianggap menghina masyarakat Islam Malaysia.

Foto memaparkan kuasautama akbar The Star.

(Dari kiri) Dato’ Leanne Goh (Ketua Pengarang yang digantung sementara), N Dorairaj (Pengarang Eksekutif yang digantung sementara), Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai (Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan, kini memangku Ketua Pengarang), June Wong (Pengarang).

Muka depan akbar The Star Sabtu 27 Mei 2017 bersamaan 1 Ramadan 1438H

Apakah akbar The Star sekadar memohon maaf (sekali lagi) atau tindakan lebih keras akan diambil?

Tindakan yang dimaksudkan ialah menggantikan Ketua Pengarang, Pengarang Eksekutif dengan suntikan darah dan muka baru diperingkat teratas pengarang akhbar.

Atau KDN akan menggantung permit menerbitkan akhbar sementara berlaku perubahan struktur anggota kanan akhbar tersebut, amat ditunggu sebilangan rakyat Malaysia dengan penuh rasa berdebar.

Hakikatnya, The Star bukan pertama kali mengguris hati masyarakat Islam Malaysia. Akhbar berbahasa Inggeris hanya terlepas sekadar memohon maaf sahaja.

Ianya amat ketara setelah ‘Tsunami Politik’ 8 Mac 2008 dimana Pembangkang menguasai pentadbiran lima buah negeri.

Parti Chauvinis Cina DAP mengambil alih kuala di Pulau Pinang, negeri dimana akhbar berbahasa Inggeris edaran terbesar mula bertapak.

The Star pernah digantung pada 29 Oktober 1987 selama enam bulan.

Dikatakan pihak pengarang akhbar ini mula mengamalkan peluang memaparkan kepentingan Pembangkang, terutama DAP dengan kadar 40:60 berbanding dengan parti pemerintah, Barisan Nasional (BN).

Ini mungkin berkaitan kecenderungan pihak pengarang sendiri yang pro-DAP berbanding MCA, tonggak kuasa politik mewakili masyarakat Cina dalam formula pengkongsian kuasa BN semenjak tahun 1955 lagi.

Peralihan dasar yang tidak didokumenkan ini mudah dihujahkan sebagai memberikan ‘berita yang seimbang’ bagi paparan pembaca dikalangan rakyat Malaysia.

Kecenderungan The Star memihak kepada DAP ini bleh dilihat apabila Ketua Biro sebuah negeri ditukarkan ke negeri lain apabila memaparkan cerita yang meletakkan parti Chauvinis Cina itu dalam paparan yang tidak memihak kepada mereka.

Ini juga jelas apabila pendapat liberal yang akan menimbulkan keresahan majoriti masyarakat Melayu-Islam Malaysia yang konservatif, atas dasar ‘Moderat’.

Mereka yang dikatakan pencerna masyarakat ‘Moderat’ Malaysia, walaupun terdapat beberapa yang sering berpendapat bertentangan dengan mengutarakan tafsiran yang membatasi nilai amalan konservatif Melayu-Islam, iaitu majoriti rakyat Malaysia

Pengarang Kumpulan Media The Star Wong Chun Wai tidak wajar menjadi penggerak ‘Kearah Masyarakat Malaysia Moderat’ selepas beberapa kali akbar ini menyinggung sensitiviti masyarakat Melayu-Islam, yang menjadi majoriti rakyat Malaysia.

Apakah episod kali ini akan berakhir dengan orang Melayu terpaksa beralah, atas asas “Menjaga sensitiviti” dalam kancah politik yang begitu dirundum dengan pelbagai ribut dewasa ini.

Faktor undi masyarakat Cina mula kembali kepada BN sebagaimana yang dilihat dalam PRN Sarawak dan PRK kembar Sungei Besar-Kuala Kangsar dalam tempoh setahun lepas perlu diutamakan, merupakan timbangan penting kemelut sekarang ini.

Bak kata Ibrahim Pendek dalam film ‘Ali Baba Bujang Lapok’, “Mari kita lihat siapa yang kena!”.

Published in: on June 5, 2017 at 00:30  Comments (2)  

The enemy of the people

It is a very good reminder for the Malays who the majority of Malaysians to understand the extend of the political threat against them by the minority, in the 71st celebration the party which emancipated them from the chains of being colonised, underdevelopment, undereducated and destitution.

Black Swans in Malaysian Politics

Liew Chin Tong

I would like to thank Mr Tan Chin Tiong, Director of Yusof Ishak – Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, for the invitation to speak at this excellent institution, of which I was a visiting research fellow in 2006. I would also like to express my appreciation to my friends Dr. Lee Hock Guan for arranging this visit and Dr. Ooi Kee Beng for chairing the session.

I last spoke here almost nine years ago on 23rd April 2008, a month or so after the great Black Swan back then – the political tsunami on 8th March 2008. Since then, there has never been a dull moment in Malaysian politics. We have experienced a Black Swan after a Black Swan.

For instance, just a year ago, who would have expected Dr. Mahathir Mohammad to become among Opposition leaders working hard to push UMNO to become the Opposition.

Just as I was giving the final touch for this speech yesterday, there was the news that Prime Minister Najib Razak had appointed his cousin who is also Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein to be the Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.

This gives rise to a new Black Swan question: does this mean Najib will step down as Prime Minister before the next general election? Should that happen, we will have to grapple with a new set of conditions and scenarios. If he doesn’t, there is already a new power equation in which Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi is being sidelined, but Zahid may not take it lying down.

To put things in context, let me bring you to late November 2007. As someone born and bred in Kuala Lumpur, I was offered, and reluctantly accepted a challenge to contest a parliamentary seat in the unfamiliar ground of Penang. The two seats available to me to choose from, namely Bukit Bendera and Jelutong, were both Barisan Nasional incumbent seats, which DAP stalwarts Lim Kit Siang and the late Karpal Singh lost in the 1999 general election.

No one expected me to win. Even fewer thought the change of government in Penang was possible. At best, some observers noted that there was a possibility of denying Barisan Nasional’s two thirds majority in Penang.

Only during the campaign period that we noticed some signs pointing to the possibility of winning Penang. What we didn’t expect was that the Opposition parties had enough numbers to form state government in Selangor, Kedah and Perak late in the night of 8th March 2008.

I was probably one of the very few who somehow had some inklings of what were to come. Apart from the surveys and polls I came across, I recalled a conversation at a private lunch meeting involving 10 core leaders of Penang DAP on 10th February 2008, three days before the dissolution of Parliament. Lim Kit Siang asked us “to prepare for the unthinkable”; partly due to the fact that he noticed ethnic Indian voters were in such restless and discontented state – a situation that had never happened before.

Fast forward to 2017. While many pundits would like to think that Prime Minister Najib Razak is in a strong and unassailable position, they may have chosen to ignore the fact that there has never been such restlessness and discontents among Malay voters recently. Herein lies the contradictions and the possibility of Black Swan events.

Let me be clear here. I am not suggesting that a change of government will be a walk in the park. Far from it. However, the stake is very high for Najib and UMNO, and they will do whatever it takes to keep UMNO in power. That will mean some very intense months ahead until the next general election.

My point is that Najib and UMNO are vulnerable, and therefore susceptible to Black Swan events.

The largest Malay swing in favour of the Opposition thus far happened in the 1999 general election as a result of Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in September 1998, which sparked the reformasi movement. An irony indeed.

As a comparison, the 1999 wave was mostly urban, when the rural sector was still fairly large; and UMNO machinery was largely intact, albeit losing some UMNO Youth leaders to Anwar’s side. Then, the civil service was in support of UMNO. Even then, UMNO suffered significant loses and was largely saved by overwhelming support of non-Malay voters.

In both the 2008 and 2013 general elections, Malays who voted for the Opposition were mostly urban voters. But today, discontents among Malays can be felt among UMNO’s vote banks such as civil servants, Malay women, and even FELDA settlers.

The Quiet Front

How to describe the mood among Malay voters today?

I recalled during the 2008 campaign, the Sun newspaper front-paged an interview with my opponent Mr. Chia Kwang Chye, who was then the powerful Secretary-General of Gerakan, a Federal Deputy Minister, and the incumbent for three terms.

“The Quiet Front” was the headline in which Chia told the newspaper he sensed troubles, as voters and traders he met a particular local market were very quiet and passive. I went to the same market with Lim Guan Eng around the same time with a hugely different reception: the traders carried Guan Eng on their shoulders as if he had won the election, and the entire market welcomed us with overwhelming enthusiasm.

I also remember reading about the 1996 Australian election when, it was said, voters “were waiting for Paul Keating with their baseball bats”, just to finish him off politically.

Such is the mood I detect today. Many Malays whom I came across told me that they and their friends were just waiting for the election to teach Najib a lesson, “kita tunggu sahaja pilihanraya datang”.

My view is that the sentiment against Najib in the Malay ground is beyond repair. What you see in the mainstream media, be it a newspaper or TV news, does not tell the whole story on the ground.

The challenge for UMNO is how to deal with Najib, and whether the antipathy is just against Najib the person or UMNO the party. Recent allegations of corruption in “guardian” institutions for the Malays, such as FELDA and MARA, will certainly aggravate the situation.

Take my constituency as an example. I commissioned Merdeka Centre, an independent polling firm, for polls survey in February 2013, a month before the last General Election, when I was deciding whether to contest in Kluang, and once again in August 2016.

In February 2013, the satisfaction of Malay voters in Kluang with the Federal Government was at 72%; and satisfaction of the same group with the performance of Prime Minister Najib was at 78%.

In August 2016, only 39% of Malay voters in Kluang were satisfied with the Federal Government while those who were not satisfied were at 56%. And only 42% of the same group was satisfied with Najib as Prime Minister while 50% was not.

The situation in Kluang is widespread in other similar constituencies in Johor, and elsewhere, among Malay voters. An important point to note, this was before Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia was officially formed in September 2016.

How did we get here?

The question is, how did we get here?

Najib and Barisan Nasional received only 47% of votes in the 2013 general election, but continued to rule thanks to the process of gerrymandering of constituencies, heavy use of money, and abuse of government machineries for campaign purposes, and by “planting” multi-cornered battles in Sabah and Sarawak to split votes.

Despite such abuse of power and blatant disregard for the law, of the 133 parliamentary seats Barisan Nasional won in the 13th general election, 60 were garnered with a vote share of between 40.6% (in Mas Gading in Sarawak) and 55.8% (in Johor Bahru). A further 33 seats were won with a vote share of between 56% (Batu Sapi in Sabah) and 60.9% (Parit Sulong in Johor).

I admit that not all Opposition seats are safe. Thirty-eight opposition seats were won with a vote share of between 47.4% (Alor Setar in Kedah) and 55.8% (Pasir Mas in Kelantan), of which 5 were with less than 50% votes. A further 18 seats were won with a vote share of between 56% and 60%.

However, if there is a net swing of 10%, it means that BN would lose 93 of its 133 seats. This is not impossible in a “gelombang” or a wave of voters’ swing, a scenario such as the one we witnessed in the 2008 general election.

Of course, based on the last election results, 56 of Opposition’s 89 seats could also be lost, if there is a net swing of 10% to go the other way.

As I mentioned earlier, many pundits and some politicians have argued that Najib would still win, because they think the rural voters will still be with him. It’s not really true. Let me explain this.

There are actually very few rural seats left in the Peninsula, if we go by the idea of rural areas as we usually imagine – that is a far-flung place, cut off from communications with the wider world. Sorry to disappoint you, but those are the images you are likely see in some nostalgic-style TV advertisements during Hari Raya, Chinese New Year or Deepavali celebrations.

The reality is this: UMNO won 88 seats in the 2013 general election, of which 14 were from Sabah, and one from Labuan, which a Federal Territory seat. Of the 73 seats on the Peninsula, 30 or so are seats which are “built and designed” for UMNO. The remaining 40 seats are up for grab.

Most of UMNO/BN marginal seats are in the following clusters:

• Southern Kedah/Northern Perak/Mainland Penang;

• Southern Perak/Northern Selangor

• The Karak Highway Belt

• Melaka/Northern Johor

• Southern Johor

What are these seats, then? Most of these seats are semi-urban areas which have a town and surrounded by some villages with less than half an hour’s drive to the towns. In these semi-urban constituencies, most of the youth and adults are working outstation, residing in larger cities in the Klang Valley, and Singapore. Often these are seats with Malay majority voters but with a sizable number of non-Malays.

In fact, according to the Statistics Department, 65% percent Malays live in urban areas, while slightly more than 70% of the national population live in urban areas.

The semi-urban areas in West Coast Peninsula are likely to determine the outcome of the election. They are far from “rural” as most observers and politicians would like to think of them. Also, the current Malay discontents are even enveloping FELDA areas which are deemed fixed deposits and rural, a stronghold for UMNO.

In short, much as the Opposition is vulnerable, Najib is walking on thin ice, too.

Regime’s strategies

What are Najib’s strategies to survive?

It is not that Najib doesn’t understand the precarious position he is in. I supposed he has resigned to the fact that UMNO would not be able to win an outright mandate in the coming election. Hence, he had been trying to break up the Opposition, as soon as the 2013 general election concluded.

There were even attempts by Indonesian Vice President Yusof Kala to broker deals between Najib and Anwar Ibrahim, between June and August 2013 which Anwar rejected.

And, since then, Najib’s strategies included:

• Putting Anwar Ibrahim behind bars, hence depriving the Opposition its Prime Ministerial candidate and unifying figure;

• Luring PAS into forming a de facto alliance with UMNO on the pretext of promoting hudud legislations; and

• Portraying the Opposition as a DAP/Chinese dominated alliance.

However, in his grand scheme to win by default, Najib did not anticipate that:

• The Opposition survives despite Anwar’s imprisonment;

• A sizable number of PAS leaders had formed Parti Amanah Negara in September 2015 to continue the struggle, and many in PAS still disagree with their top leaders’ collusion with UMNO; and

• UMNO would split in 2016, and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia would be formed to join Pakatan Harapan.

Broadly, even without Najib at helm, UMNO is weaker than in the 2013 election for the following reasons:

First, since independence till the 2004 general election, UMNO ruled through an extended coalition of Alliance/Barisan Nasional, and governed with a substantial support from the non-Malays. But the comfort of buffers formed by BN component parties in Peninsula eclipsed since UMNO made a right turn – becoming more visible in its claim of Malay supremacy – in July 2005 with Hishamuddin waving the kris at UMNO General Assembly, which caused massive defeats of MCA, MIC and Gerakan in both the 2008 and 2013 general elections. UMNO dug further in since 2008 to push the racial line in the hope to expand Malay support but achieved very little.

Second, as UMNO is incapable of expanding its support base since 2013, collaborating with PAS becomes an attractive option. UMNO hopes that by colluding with PAS to divide the society into a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims, the UMNO-PAS de facto alliance would win enough seats between them to form the next government. However, as an unintended consequence, such a move further alienates non-Malay voters in the Peninsula, as well as majority of voters in Sabah and Sarawak.

Third, while Najib the man managed to command more support among Malay voters compared to UMNO the party in the 2013 election, the situation has changed. Najib is now a burden to UMNO due to the 1MDB mega scandal, and unpopular economic policies such as GST, fuel hike and cuts to basic amenities like health and education. Angry UMNO leaders and members have formed Bersatu and this new Malay party is making inroads to areas previously inaccessible to the Opposition.

In short, UMNO under Najib is on a narrowing path with a much smaller base than ever. If Najib is still perceived as strong, it is because the Opposition is seen as weak and disunited. Najib is not strong on his own merits but only survives in a vacuum.

What’s ahead?

The known knowns are that Najib is not popular, and there are serious discontents among the Malays.

But there are certainly challenges for the Opposition to overcome in order to precipitate change.

First, while there are serious discontents among the Malays, the Opposition must stand for something inspiring and visionary, and not depends solely on the anger against Najib as forward strategy. The Opposition must stand for more than just removing Najib. The economy and the well-being of the people should be the number one priority.

Second, the coming together of Bersatu and the Pakatan Harapan parties, namely Parti KeADILan Rakyat, Parti Amanah Negara, and Democratic Action Party, is a reconciliation of unlikely former foes. Who would imagine Dr. Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim forming an alliance nearly 20 years after their very bitter fallout in 1998. But the coming together of the once political father-and-son can unleash huge energy if handled properly. After all, both Mahathir and Anwar are positive leadership figures compared to Najib, and they each appeal to some segments of the Malay electorate.

Third, to present a common agenda for Mahathir’s audience and DAP’s supporters is another challenge. If Mahathir and Bersatu go on a racial campaign, it will depress the support of non-Malay voters, which in turn creates a lose-lose situation for the entire Pakatan Harapan coalition. Likewise, the regime’s attack on Mahathir and Bersatu is that they are associated with the DAP. The presence of DAP can also depress the support for Bersatu and other Malay-based parties like PKR and Amanah if the Opposition is unable to break out of UMNO’s racial playbook, and articulate new narratives that can bridge all groups in a larger vision.

Fourth, PAS as UMNO’s “new friend”, as Zahid Hamidi calls them, is a reality, and the sooner a clear line is drawn between the genuine/official Opposition, Pakatan Harapan, and the pseudo “third force” of PAS, the better it is to condition the voters to vote along the line of those “for Najib”, and those “against Najib”.

Fifth, the ultimate challenge for the newly re-aligned Pakatan Harapan that included Bersatu, is that Najib could just exit the scene and take out the raison d’être of the Opposition and the anger in the community.

If this is to happen, can the Opposition survive this unlikely but not impossible Black Swan?

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Liew is the DAP MP for Kluang.

It is clear the Chinese Chauvinist DAP strategists are planning for a ‘Black Swan’ attack against UMNO, the mainstay of Barisan National in the upcoming 14GE.

This also very much validated Raja Petra’s story about Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is the donkey ride for Emperorissimo of Chinese Chauvinist DAPlandia Lim Kit Siang to power.

UMNO leaders and strategists should take heed of the five points highlighted by Liew as the weakest links within the Opposition and instead maximise them to be the noose, for the gallow which fit all four parties in the upcoming GE.

They are also worthy to put  Dr Mahathir and Lim to the political gallow as well.

Liew’s unqualified opinion is not actually substantiated with facts. An example is the twin by-election in Sungei Besar and  Kuala Kangsar ten months ago, where UMNO candidates handsomely won bigger majority over aggregated votes the Opposition obtained.

Despite the challenges that UMNO faced when Dr. Mahathir openly attacked Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak a little over two years ago and all the effort to manipulate and hoodwink members against their President, the party remained intact.

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

On the hand, it is DAP which is facing turmoil upon Lim Kit Siang forging working relationship with an arch enemy of half a century, openly proclaimed 6 March 2016 when ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ was launched.

The recent exit of six Yang Berhormats (two MPs and four ADUNs) and several Branch Chairmen is very apparent that the rebellion of the grassroots against Lim & Co. dictatorship.

Many Dr Mahathir’s sympathisers amongst the Malays actually abandoned him from this juncture, for the raison d’être of the treachery against the Malays and principles what the nation stood for.

Never the less, the Dr. Mahathir plus Opposition threat should not be taken lightly.

In the two interviews just aired over Bernama TV and TV3 to commemorate UMNO’s 71st anniversary, Vice President acting the role of Deputy President Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi outlined a few interesting points.

“UMNO should remain relevant to continue to the serve the nation, in the spirit of nationalism”. He also added that UMNO had always been engaging the stakeholders, especially the Malays.

What could also be noted is that the Opposition constantly manipulate facts and information and without the exception of extending fake news to hoodwink the rakyat. And they are very effective in their information dissemination and propaganda.

The fact is that these efforts are very costly to the nation. They rubbish the Government in sweeping strokes instead of leaders where in many times, somewhat affected international confidence on Malaysia as the 17th most important global trading nation.

That is where they are no longer the Opposition but instead, enemy of the people.

Published in: on May 11, 2017 at 00:02  Comments (1)  

Ghost of past Ma(ha)dness

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

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

The Star story:

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Mahathir’s past gets in the way

 

BY JOCELINE TAN

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

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

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

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

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

The blame game for the faux pas is still on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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