- Lalang déjà vu
- MCA chief: Deputy director not fit for Civics Bureau position
- Mahathir Muhammad Iskandar Kutty Juara Hak Melayu???
- Challenge to an Open Debate with Raja Petra on the Issue of Hudud/Shariah
- James Fallows has this to write about Malaysia in an influential Atlantic magazine!
- Hamim Husin,”Why OooH Why..??”
- (VIDEO) Perkasa Mendemontrasi Di Depan KLSCAH Menentang Namewee
- Dialogue between Ben Eder, a New York Pastor and Mahaguru58
- Teach all 'racist' gov't officers a lesson: MIC Youth
- 19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind
- No respect for the law
- If only he walks the talk!
- Subang PKR: Elections adjourned but voting done under duress
- Mahathir a racist? Naaaaah...
- Malaysia must enact FOI law to realise people's right to information
- You name it what you want
- Yes to snakes, no to water on planes
- PM Najib caught by his doublespeak...?
- Perkasa torches Namewee's poster outside KLSCAH
- (Gambar) Semangat Silaturahim Di Kalangan MP Pakatan Rakyat
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 03:22 PM PDT
23 years ago on 27th October, the police rounded up 106 Malaysians and detained them under the ISA. The publishing permits of The Star, Sunday Star, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Watan were withdrawn.
All these came about following the questionable decision of an Education Minister to appoint around 100 non-Mandarin speaking senior assistants and headmasters to vernacular Chinese schools. The Chinese saw it as a deliberate attempt to dilute and then destroy vernacular education. Very harsh words were thrown around between UMNO Youth (then headed by Najib, today's PM) and the Chinese based political parties (MCA, Gerakan and DAP) and some NGOs.
Guess who was then the Education Minister – wakakaka.
Anyway, racial tension rose swiftly to the red mark and the police, then reasonably neutral and independent under Tan Sri Haniff, proposed to cancel a mammoth UMNO Youth rally (in response to Chinese protest over the Education Ministry's unprecedented action).
The police raised their mounting concerns over the staging of such a rally which would have sparked another May 13, at a time when the UMNO-Chinese war of words was further worsened by a Malay soldier who had gone on a killing rampage in the Chow Kit area, fatally shooting a Malay and two Chinese with his M16 rifle. We came to learn that he was struck with grief and insurmountable rage over the death (or murder) of his brother, a caddy at a golf course.
Apparently, local experts said the PM (guess who – wakakaka) agreed to the cancellation of the rally provided the principal Chinese leaders of the protest and some token Malays and even a few UMNO blokes (presumably those not popular with the top echelon of their party - wakakaka) were detained under the ISA, as an appeasement to the organizers of the UMNO rally.
Naturally under such a claimed arrangement, even with a redoubtable IGP, Tan Sri Haniff, there were the usual Teflon-ised exceptions – Najib was not touched at all while MCA Deputy President Lee Kim Sai was sent away, not back to China as per the wishes of Siti Inshah Mansor but to Australia for a 'vacation'.
Apart from loss of Lee's been chooi or 'face', where Najib needn't have to leave but he had to – yup, that's the eternal story of UMNO and MCA - his other 'loss' was his Selangor Datukship, which under the instigation of UMNO Youth (Najib) was withdrawn by the previous Sultan. Then many Chinese had hoped Lee would be dignified enough not to re-accept it.
Flash forward 23 years, with 27 October just around the corner, and a police force now functioning as a direct tool of UMNO (note their harassment of DAP pollies like Tony Pua on a issue of policy debate conducted openly in the public arena), and the Malaysian Insider's headlines recently reading MCA, DAP flay BTN, demand punishment for 'racist' official it's a frightening déjà vu.
In 1987 Dr Mahathir had warned of the unacceptability of a Shaolin type gathering of Chinese leaders (MCA, Gerakan and DAP and some NGOs) at a Chinese temple to coordinate their protests against the provocative education decision. Shaolin Temple was famous as a centre of rebellion against the Manchu overlords.
Won't MCA and DAP attacking BTN deputy directy Hamim Husin today be seen as Shaolin-ish? wakakaka.
In the meanwhile, to add spice to the virtual 'reenactment', Perkasa is going after Wee Chee Meng while the police goes after Tony Pua and DAP colleagues.
As for the media, Malaysiakini needs to look over its shoulders because this time it won't be a very mute The Star that gets it.
That should buy the BN some extra time for the next general election.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 09:00 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: A deputy director of the National Civics Bureau (NCB) who allegedly uttered racist remarks is no longer fit to hold his position, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.
He added that Hamim Husin should be sent for counselling, retraining and transferred to a desk job.
Dr Chua said Hamim did not understand the concept of democracy when he proclaimed Malay rights as a mandate to rule the country.
"He obviously does not know what democracy is all about. In a country that practises democracy, it is the rakyat who determine who rules the country," he said.
A news portal on Monday reported that Hamim had made the remarks at a Puteri Umno event.
Dr Chua said the Public Services Department should take action against Hamim if he was in the wrong.
"Our (MCA) stand is very clear. Anyone who makes remarks which are racial, religious, extreme in nature and hurt the people of other religions or races should be subjected to punishment according to the country's laws," he told reporters after chairing the party's presidential council meeting here yesterday.
MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok said it was shameful for a public servant employed to train upcoming civil servants to use such derogatory stereotypical terms.
He said Hamim's statement had offended the Chinese and Indian communities.
"If necessary, the police should also charge Hamim under the Sedition Act. It is time to put a halt to the arrogance and intolerance of bigots," he said in a statement yesterday.
THE STAR (Wednesday September 29, 2010)
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 08:59 AM PDT
Nama penuh dia pun bukan nama Melayu. Ini kan pulak bangsa dia. Sekarang ni, dia sedang berjuang bersungguh-sungguh memperjuangkan hak melayu. Dia dakwa hak Melayu akan terhakis sekiranya Pakatan Rakyat memerintah. Tapi, parti politik Melayu yang terulung di Malaysia PECAH BELAH dua kali angkara seorang "mamak" yang mengaku Melayu ini.
PARTI UNTUK INDIA MUSLIM ADALAH PAS BUKAN UMNO
Hakikatnya, parti yang berbilang bangsa adalah PAS. Dalam PAS kita ada bangsa:
g. Campuran Bangsa2 Di Atas
j. Bumiputra Sabah dan Sarawak
Dalam PAS juga ada banyk suku2 "Melayu" seperti:
i. Orang KEdah
j. Orang Kelantan
k. ORang TErengganu
m. Bajau Laut
Ertinya Mahathir Iskandar Kutty tak layak memperjuangkan Hak MElayu kerana beliau bukan Melayu pun. Tak caya, pegi tanya TEngku Razaleigh. MAsa saya rajin pegi ceramah S46 dulu, biasa Ku Li panggil Mahathir dgn gelaran Mamak.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 08:45 AM PDT
Raja Petra in his latest article decided not to answer my argument, instead creates a "fictitious" Tulang Besi and attacked that fictitious "Tulang Besi" without an ounce of mercy.
I do not blame him for doing so because that is what we have come to know in the world of Psychology as "Defence Mechanism". When under threat, defence mechanism will kick in automatically. It's beyond his control.
If Raja Petra was writing from his heart or from his mind, he would have chosen to at least address the argument I presented and NOT attack a fictitious TUlang Besi. He would have addressed these facts that I had presented in my earlier postings:
1.0 Shariah has been in practiced for 1400 years ago and continues to be in practice to the present day
2.0 Islamic Penal Code was removed forcibly by the Colonialists when Muslim lands were invaded by the Europeans i.e. English, French, Belgians, Dutch, Americans etc.
3.0 The Muslims themselves were not the ones removing the Islamic Penal Code from their societies or communities. They were forced to do so by their colonial masters
4.0 And another fact I did not add in my original posting is that Islamic Penal Code has made a comeback and more and more Muslims wants the Islamic Penal Code to be implemented.
5.0 The Susilawati case falls under QISAS and not HUDUD. Raja Petra clearly do not know where the case of Susilawati should be classified showing his deep ignorance of the Islamic Shariah he is criticizing
6.0 His usage of the history of Christianity to criticize the Islamic law is clearly a sign of abject ignorance of the Islamic Shariah. The Islamic Shariah DOES NOT FOLLOW the same historical as Christinanity. In fact, it is miles apart.
The arguments presented above were largely ignored by Raja Petra. Instead he went on a character assassination routine labeling me as this and that, which is all UNTRUE.
The truth is Raja Petra is TAKEN ABACK by the simplicity of the argument I presented. The fact I presented is simple and common knowledge to all that has a fully functional brain. It doesn't take a person with PHd in Islamic history or law to acknowledge it.
Except, of course, Raja Petra.
So, in the interest of the TRUTH I hereby CHALLENGE RAJA PETRA to a PUBLIC DEBATE. I am willing to fly up to London just as long the debate is a reality.
I am also willing to debate Raja Petra on the issue of Al Hadeeth An Nabawi and it's legality in the Islam. So let's settle this issue like men, not like children.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Send me an email RPK, if you think you are on the side of the truth. We can broadcast this debate over the internet and let the world see and hear. Let the world decide whether Tulang Besi is really what Raja Petra had accused him of or that Raja Petra is lying through his teeth.
It's time for Raja Petra to show the people what he's made of.
p.s. your comment below from your blog:
I did not make this comment that you are so angry with. Please stop slandering me.
Freedom to oppose as long as you agree with me
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 08:37 AM PDT
I met James Fallows in Kuala Lumpur many years ago, where he once lived with his wife at Lorong Kuda Lari near Ampang. The house was a huge colonial bungalow and when he came to receive me he was a tall, gangly and smiling and said "come in!"
I went there simply because I wanted him to autograph a copy of my Atlantic magazine that I had subscribed for the last four years until 1989. He is now a National Correspondent for The Atlantic, an influential magazine read by every decision maker of the USA, if not the rest of the English speaking world.
This 25-year veteran of the magazine and former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, wrote recently on Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak (while the PM was in New York) and an impression that he wrote in his magazine is something worth mentioning.
James Fallows is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic. A 25-year veteran of the magazine and former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, he is also an instrument-rated pilot and a onetime program designer at Microsoft.
He is the National Correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for more than 25 years, based in Washington DC, Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and most recently Beijing.
He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and has been an Emmy nominee for a documentary "Doing Business in China." He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His two most recent books, Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards from Tomorrow Square (2009) are based his writings for The Atlantic. He is married and has two sons. Below is what he wrote:
"There is lots in the queue about different observations of Islam in different parts of the world, about America from afar, and all the rest.
For the moment, a notable speech yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly from Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, about the need for members and leaders of the world's major faiths to censure and reject their own extremists and jointly support a "movement of moderates." That is him giving the speech, at left. Eg:
>>The real issue is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists of all religions, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism. Across all religions we have inadvertently allowed the ugly voices of the periphery to drown out the many voices of reason and common sense. I therefore urge us to embark on building a "Global Movement of the Moderates" from all faiths who are committed to work together to combat and marginalize extremists who have held the world hostage with their bigotry and bias. We must, and I repeat, we must urgently reclaim the centre and the moral high ground that has been usurped from us. We must choose moderation over extremism. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side.<<And this conclusion to the speech:
>>It is time for moderates of all countries, of all religions to take back the centre, to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalise the extremists. This "Global Movement of the Moderates" will save us from sinking into the abyss of despair and depravation. This is an opportunity for us to provide the much needed leadership to bring hope and restore dignity for all. With greater will and collective determination, we will build a more peaceful, secure and equitable world.<<OK, it's just another UN speech; talk is cheap; and so on. The significant point is: Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country. Over the decades, PM Najib's predecessors would sometimes have crafted such a speech to emphasize the Zionist menace or Western hegemonism as trumping all other threats. This prime minister took a different approach. The next time someone asks, Why is there no Muslim voice of moderation? you can say: Well, here's one......read more here if you wish!
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 08:20 AM PDT
Yesterday we wrote "Racial Slur ..it takes all of us..??" We have been receiving positive responses from our readers/friends near and far and many just couldn't understand on Why Oooh Why did he have to say what he said.
Does he know that he is indirectly hitting with his right hand an uppercut at the Prime Minister Najib especially so with Najib at the UN Assembly saying that the moderates must now take centrestage instead of letting the extremists holding the world hostage by their bigotry and bias.
The Malaysian Cabinet it seems is so not amused and judging from this report which we will upload HamiM Husin will need to sought out for something better to do in the very near future. In other words his DAYS ARE NUMBERED.
WILL HE RESIGN OR BE PUSHED OUT? YOU BE THE JUDGE…
The cabinet is upset over allegations that racial slurs had been uttered by a senior National Civics Bureau (BTN) official against ethnic Chinese and Indians during a recent function with Puteri Umno.
According to reports, Human Resource Minister Dr S Subramaniam said the cabinet also ordered the chief secretary to the government Mohd Sidek Hassan to investigate the claims against BTN deputy director Hamim Husin.
Hamim was alleged to have referred to the Chinese as si sepet (squinty eyes) and Indians as si kaki botol (alcoholics) when speaking of the need for Malays to cooperate with other ethnic communities for political purposes.
Subramaniam, speaking after the cabinet's weekly meeting, said the ministers were upset to hear of the allegations and wanted a full investigation.
"All we have now is a report on an online portal, claiming the deputy director made racist remarks. This is not enough to take action against the person involved.
"Chief Secretary to the Government Sidek Hassan has been directed to investigate the allegations first, before any action is taken," the MIC vice-president added.
Lets see some ACTION sooner rather than later…
I'm sure most bloggers will not hesitate to pin him down and give him a good uppercut. Will YOU..???
audie61 stand by this,"To me racial lines,racial overtones,also racial "spat" and practically a "fist in your face to prove your racial superiority" is a way back in time and the fight back for everyone has just begun.
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 07:55 AM PDT
Semalam ahli Perkasa telah mendemontrasi di hadapan KLSCAH kerana Penyanyi kontroversi, Namewee telah menghadiri suatu forum di sana. Menurut polis, polis tidak menahan ahli Perkasa yang mendemontrasi kerana mereka memberikan kerjasama...
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Semalam ahli Perkasa telah mendemontrasi di hadapan KLSCAH kerana Penyanyi kontroversi, Namewee telah menghadiri suatu forum di sana. Menurut polis, polis tidak menahan ahli Perkasa yang mendemontrasi kerana mereka memberikan kerjasama. Apa kata pula dengan forum yang dianjurkan oleh Pembangkang?
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Posted: 29 Sep 2010 05:44 AM PDT
Posted: 29 Sep 2010 03:08 AM PDT
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 11:24 PM PDT
EDITOR's NOTE:It's just sad how the rich in America chose to destroy their own country so long they can remain rich and powerful.
19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind
The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing. It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes. It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II. But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America.
Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period. The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little. Do you know what our biggest export is today? Waste paper. Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us. The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our economy is now just a shadow of what it once was.
Once upon a time America could literally outproduce the rest of the world combined. Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world. If the deindustrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children?
Any great nation throughout history has been great at making things. So if the United States continues to allow its manufacturing base to erode at a staggering pace how in the world can the U.S. continue to consider itself to be a great nation? We have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world in an effort to maintain a very high standard of living, but the current state of affairs is not anywhere close to sustainable. Every single month America does into more debt and every single month America gets poorer.
So what happens when the debt bubble pops?
The deindustrialization of the United States should be a top concern for every man, woman and child in the country. But sadly, most Americans do not have any idea what is going on around them.
For people like that, take this article and print it out and hand it to them. Perhaps what they will read below will shock them badly enough to awaken them from their slumber.
The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind....
#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.
#2 Dell Inc., one of America's largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.
#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.
#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
#5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.
#6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.
#7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.
#8 According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.
#9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.
#10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford's new "global" manufacturing strategy.
#11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.
#12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.
#13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
#14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.
#15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.
#16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.
#17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.
#18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
#19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.
So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it?
How many millions more Americans are going to become unemployed before we all admit that we have a very, very serious problem on our hands?
How many more trillions of dollars are going to leave the country before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing our economy?
How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting war zones like Detroit before we understand that we are committing national economic suicide?
The deindustrialization of America is a national crisis. It needs to be treated like one.
If you disagree with this article, I have a direct challenge for you. If anyone can explain how a deindustrialized America has any kind of viable economic future, please do so below in the comments section.
America is in deep, deep trouble folks. It is time to wake up.
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 11:12 PM PDT
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 10:58 PM PDT
Our PM gave a very 'good' speech in UN. Good in the sense that what was expounded in the speech is correct and morally right.
He said that ""We must, and I repeat, we must urgently reclaim the centre and the moral high ground that has been usurped from us. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side"
He also urged the US president to"'galvanise the moderates, bring in NGOs and social movements so that more people would see the importance of taking a moderate stance".
This is indeed what is needed in the whole world.
This is indeed what is needed in Malaysia.
My question to the PM is this:
Why is this — the essence of his speech — not practiced in our own country?
He, as the PM, has the power to walk the talk , to do what he preaches overseas.
Why aren't those uttering extremist words dealt with using existing laws? The incidents of the 2 principals and the words of some civil servants ( like the one in BTN) are certainly extremist, no one can deny that. Why aren't any actions being taken against these people?
When he urges Obama to galvanise the moderates and bring in the NGOs , did he not realise that he has not reined in the NGO group called Perkasa? Did he not realise that the perception is that, by keeping quiet and refraining from attacking this group, Perkasa is seen as an outsourced extremist group from the Big Brother?
His speech is certainly good. If Obama does what our PM advises, America and the world would be a better place, no doubt about it. But our PM must put his own house in order first before offering such 'good' advice to others. Otherwise, there is only one word in the English language to describe the whole situation – hypocrisy!
There is still time to prove that he is not by coming home and taking charge and dealing with these extremists according to the advice he gave others in UN.
Will he walk the talk?
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 01:34 PM PDT
From Sivarasa Rasiah, via e-mail
Due to technical errors in the ballot papers, the election for the division had to be delayed. The new ballot papers had not arrived in reasonable time and by than many members had left and due to the time, all five candidates and their representative for the division chief post met with the election official in-charge, Zariny Zainol and four of us appealed for an adjournment as most party members had left.
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 01:32 PM PDT
By MelayuTakMudahLupa, via e-mail
Right now, many quarters are accusing Tun Dr Mahathir of being a racist. Presumably these accusations were prompted by his open support of Perkasa, his recent comments about the race relations in Malaysia and his vocal championing of Malays.
How do you define the term "racist" and does Mahathir fit that definition? According to the Princeton University WordNet lexical database, a racist can be defined as "a person who holds the prejudice that members of one's race are intrinsically superior to members of other races and/or who has discriminatory or abusive behaviour towards members of another race".
It also implicitly follows that such a person would never do anything against the interests of his own race.
Now, the best way to assess a person's character or traits is to look at his actions and not just his words. Words are cheap, so goes the adage. It's actions that count. Going by that, the best way to decide if Mahathir is a Malay racist or otherwise is to put under scrutiny his various actions while he was the longest serving and most powerful prime minister this country has ever had, a period of 22 years during which he was Numero Uno and was indisputably the one calling the shots.
The question to ask ourselves is did his actions then fit the aforementioned definition of a racist? Let's look at some episodes which stood out during his administration.
First, the Memali tragedy of 1985 in which 15 innocent Malay villagers died during a police operation to arrest a villager under the ISA. Mahathir was not the minister in direct control of the police then but as prime minister he did absolutely nothing to bring to book those responsible for the botched police operation and botched operation it was, in contrast to Operation Lallang two years later during which police efficiency was such that in rounding up 117 individuals under the ISA, including leaders of opposition parties, not a single incident of bloodshed took place.
Now if Mahathir was a Malay supremacist, he would have hit the roof to learn that 15 innocent Malays had died at the hand of the police and would have done everything possible to punish those responsible. That he did nothing is a stark contradiction to any accusation that he is a Malay racist.
Second, the de-registration of the old Umno in February 1988. Now, irrespective of whether you are a pro or anti-Umno person, that the old Umno was a Malay institution is a fact indisputable. As home minister during the whole affair, Mahathir had the powers conferred on him by the Societies Act of 1966 to exempt Umno from its provisions, the breaching of some of which led the High Court to declare the party illegal.
Had he exercised those powers, the old Umno would have avoided de-registration. The undeniable fact is that he did not. Now what kind of Malay ultra or supremacist or racist would see his own party, a Malay institution of forty-two years, dead rather than raise a finger to rescue it from that fate? This is another strong evidence in defence of Mahathir against any accusation that he is a racist.
In addition, in the intervening period after the court's declaration and before the new Umno formed by Mahathir was legally registered as a political party, the interim leader of the Barisan Nasional was the then president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), Dr Ling Liong Sik.
If Mahathir was a Malay racist, he would never have allowed such a situation to arise.
Third, after Mahathir had consolidated his grip on power using the vehicle of Umno Baru, the Malaysian economy recovered and went on to hit the boom years of the early and mid '90s. During this period, how did the ordinary Malay masses that Mahathir supposedly championed profit from the strong economy?
By most accounts, it passed them by. It was also during this period that the phenomena of corruption, cronyism and nepotism became ever more discernible. Whilst there was a coterie of Malay businessmen who benefited from the Tun Daim Zainuddin connection with Mahathir, those businessmen who were under the direct patronage of the latter were all non-Malays.
Names such as Francis Yeoh, Ananda Krishnan, Vincent Tan and Lee Kim Yew all easily come to mind. If Mahathir was a Malay racist, he would never have allowed himself to be surrounded or so closely associated with such non-Malay individuals.
Fourth, when the state of Terengganu came to be under opposition rule following the 1999 general elections, Mahathir had no compunction whatsoever in discontinuing the petroleum royalty that Petronas was supposed to pay to the state government.
It was a blatant act of abuse and discrimination against the state's population which was more than 95% Malay, one which arguably was in breach of the agreement Petronas had signed with the state.
No racist would blatantly disadvantage his own race, going by the definition of a racist given above.
That Mahathir so unhesitatingly discriminated against a whole population of people who are his own race speaks volume of the fact that he is not a racist.
Fifth, in the 1999 general election, a large part of the Malay electorate voted against Umno Baru in protest against Mahathir's conduct in his persecution of Anwar Ibrahim. With Malay votes almost evenly split between government and opposition, it was only the non-Malay votes which rescued many Umno candidates from losing.
In the one single act that more than any other weakened Malay domination of the country's political landscape, after the 1999 general election Mahathir proceeded to delineate parliamentary constituencies resulting in more racially-mixed constituencies where non-Malay voters hold the
balance of power.
Most tellingly, states with overwhelmingly Malay voters did not have any new parliamentary constituency in the delineation exercise. If there is any definitive act to prove that Mahathir is not a racist, this is the one, for what kind of racist would weaken his own race's hold on political power?
Hopefully, the preceding exposition would silence once and for all those, especially among the non-Malays who are so unfairly accusing Mahathir of racism. A person whose many actions, when he was the most powerful person in the country, were to the detriment and victimisation of his own race cannot logically be described as a racist.
Those many, mainly non-Malay, voices which are presently pinning the label of Malay racist on Mahathir doth protest too much. They should cease and desist. Who could forget that a bit more than a decade ago they were the ones so vociferously and fiercely supporting him. They must have been so stupid to be so easily fooled for the man then surely was the same as the man now – look at his deeds, dudes, always his deeds.
Never just the words, especially not those of a politician.
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 01:29 PM PDT
From Chuah Siew Eng, via e-mail
In conjunction with Right to Know Day on Sept 28 , the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) calls upon Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to make serious efforts toward enacting a Freedom of Information (FOI) law in keeping with his government's aim to eliminate corruption.
CIJ also urges the same of the following 67 members of Parliament who have openly expressed strong support for an FOI law in a recent survey by news site The Nut Graph.
See here for the full list of supporting MPs.
CIJ recognises that the Federal Government has taken some steps in addressing the overwhelming need for transparency in governance – the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Personal Data Protection Act, two laws that need to be in place with an FOI law, were passed by the Dewan Rakyat in April and are awaiting gazetting.
However, having these two laws is not enough if the Federal Government is seriously concerned about our Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score, down from 5.1 in 2008 to 4.5 in 2009.
Perception of corruption is strongly related to transparency. It is in the interest of the Federal Government to improve Malaysia's CPI ranking by establishing a legal framework that will boost investor confidence in the country's governance.
Nearly 90 countries around the world have adopted FOI laws, most in the past 15 years. Other top economies in Southeast Asia are capitalising on the economic benefits from having an FOI law, leaving Malaysia far behind.
Thailand was the first to do so in 1997, followed by Indonesia in 2008. The Philippines are planning to retable a stronger law in 2011 after the first attempt was rejected in June.
In Malaysia, only the Selangor state has committed to making the law, which is now awaiting public feedback before the third reading in the state assembly early next year.
More than an economic benefit, however, an FOI law embodies the right to know, a fundamental human right that is also central to democracy.
Enacting an FOI law should be on the immediate agenda of the Najib administration as proof that the slogan "People first, performance now" is not mere rhetoric.
Chuah Siew Eng is CIJ's publicity officer
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 01:29 PM PDT
From R from KL, via e-mail
Reading all this racial issues being reported is a shame to our beloved Malaysia. The rot and decay to our present state of affairs was set upon by the "powers that be "years ago,
The whole nation has suffered humiliation because of a certain system. be it in education, sports and progress.
There was a long time ago when we Malaysian's were a force to be reckoned with in sports. Why did it all change??
Did anyone realise why there are no James Wongs from Sabah. Arumugams from Klang. Soh Chin Auns from Malacca, Santokh Singhs from Selangor and many more in football??
The whole system collapsed when the "powers that be" decided otherwise.
We will remain a third world country with this mentality and be dominated in sports. education and progress.
Who needs the Twin Towers? Malaysia was a power house in sports. What Happened?
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 01:27 PM PDT
From Lincoln Y, via e-mail
"State police chief Ayub Yaakob said police would not investigate the matter as no one had lodged a report."
This was reported recently – see here.
What sort of airport security is this, and what an interesting remark by the police chief.
They prevent us from taking water on board the plane, but snakes are OK?
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 10:38 PM PDT
ONE woman writer whom I hold in high esteem has the honour of being placed at Desiderata'sblog for a maiden appearance;Mariam Mokhtar is her name, and her latest colmn at the Malaysian Mirror has somewhat caught our Prime Minister abroad with his emperor'sclothes a little worn out so the hide is showing. Desi gives Najib Tun Razak some benefit of the doubt -- hence that question mark! MM did that too, though it says at the end of the commentary piece the writer's views do not represent MM's. But I can avow she does represent Desi's mostly.Thanks, MM, and MM here/hear does not stand ofr a previous prime minister's initials! -- YL, Desi
Reject extremism: Is Najib walking the talk at home?
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 14:52
najib-un-2COMMENT It is all very well for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to say that 'the moderates' should 'reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism', in his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly. But shouldn't he be cleaning up his own backyard first?
He maintained that all faiths needed 'to work together' and that extremists 'held the world hostage with their bigotry and bias'. He suggested that "we must choose moderation over extremism".
Ten days earlier, Najib had already lectured to us about extremism. But his message then was vague and non-committal.
At the 65th session at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept 27, Najib expanded his views on extremism and said, "We must urgently reclaim the centre and the moral high ground that has been usurped from us. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side."
Why dare tell the world to reject extremism, when at home, he refuses to censure the 'extremists'? If he cannot even act in his own territory, then he shouldn't be patronising others on the world stage.
Najib said the real issue "is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists of all religions, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism. Across all religions, we have inadvertently allowed the ugly voices of the periphery to drown out the many voices of reason and common sense."
He praised the efforts of some American Evangelical Christians who prevented the threatened burning of the Quran: "This is a clear example of what can be achieved when moderates in each faith stand up to the extremists who are trying to hijack the universal values of our religions."
So why are his reactions and responses very muted when it comes to the religious intolerance by Muslims at home?
Many people will recall the ugly scenes popularly dubbed 'the cow-head' incidents or the incendiary reaction of Malaysian Muslims with the use of the word "Allah".
Why can he not interfere and propose that laws dealing with issues of 'conversion', be it conversion to Islam (eg. automatic conversion of minors) or conversion from Islam (persecution of various individuals for apostasy) are fair, just and speedily executed rather than allowed to drag on causing those who are affected, including their families, added trauma?
Najib commended both President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for supporting Cordoba House, a mosque and multi-faith community centre, which will be built near the site of the World Trade Centre.
He said, ""We must support the objectives of the Cordoba Initiative, an organisation that focuses on promoting peace, understanding and moderation, both between Muslims and non-Muslims and within the Muslim communities."
And yet at home, state governments are slow to give their approvals for the construction of churches or temples despite the federal government's ruling that non-Muslims have a right to worship.
It has not gone unnoticed how churches of old in Malaysia, built at a time of greater interaction and before the creeping tide of fundamentalism, have more character, exhibit greater architectural definition and look less like shop-lots or factories.
Najib says that Malaysians observe the various religious and cultural celebrations of the various religions.
So what? That is nothing new as other nations do too. Moreover, Malaysians just love any excuse to have a good time. Many are well aware that one slip by the non-Muslims is enough to make the Muslims cry out that they are 'offended', their religious sensitivities bruised - an escalation in tension is the result.
Najib boasted about how he had "introduced a philosophy known as 1Malaysia. . .to bring all people together in a just and harmonious relationship" and "we celebrate our multi-ethnic and multi-religious society for strategic strength and harmony".
Again, we note his reticence in spelling out who he was referring to, when he lashed out against the forces of extremism at home.
The levels of aggression and intolerance shown by some Malays towards non-Malays and non-Muslims have risen. When Malays who make racial slurs go unchecked, Najib is not practicing what he preaches.
He may defend his '1Malaysia' concept, but he cannot excuse the terrible religious intolerance of the holier-than-thou Muslims who have no qualms about disrespecting people of other faiths.
Perhaps Najib is trying to touch too many bases at one time. He is trying to appeal to the moderates at home but then, he refuses to punish those extremist politicians, religious leaders and individuals in a responsible position, who revel in stoking racial and religious disharmony.
Part of the problem is that members of his cabinet have their own, conflicting views of 1Malaysia. Another part of the problem is how the former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is egging on the Malay extremists. Najib appears unwilling to condemn their inflammatory views.
Malaysians would prefer he restored racial and religious stability at home rather than try and take centre stage at the UN before putting his own house in order.
Rhetorically, Najib is correct. But by refusing to name and shame whom he considers extremists, his views about rejecting extremism run hollow. Until he comes down hard on those who harm our country, he will only make a mockery of the '1Malaysia' concept. The cost in human and economic terms will remain high. Therefore, Najib's domestic challenge to tackle extremism must be more focused.
* The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysian Mirror and/or its associates.
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 09:03 PM PDT
Posted: 28 Sep 2010 09:14 PM PDT
Gambar-gambar di rumah terbuka ini telah menunjukkan semangat 1Malaysia yang sebenar oleh MP Pakatan Rakyat! Apa kata Muhyiddin Yassin dan Perkasa yang mengamalkan Melayu dulu, Malaysian Kemudian?
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