- A budget for big boys and civil servants
- Belanjawan Najib Jamin Harga Barang Naik Tahun Depan
- 砂選舉全國大選 蔡細歷：不可能同步
- Sin Chew: Many Chinese here more loyal to China than Malaysia
- Updates:- P185 Batu Sapi,”SAPP Says its on..”
- Just a few words
- Sodomy II: "A Closer Look"
- All the things you are
- Keadilan’s Nomination Closed Today
- Azmin : I Have been with Anwar for the last 26 years!
- RM1500, Harga Cita-Cita Anwar ke Putrajaya
- Kita tunggu "mega hits" dari Tiara !
- Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walk off The View in support of Muslims
- Phallic-symbolled Budget 2011?:) Rosmah is more than happu
- Arkosong giveth gOod food for thought!:)
- Chua: A Budget designed to sustain economic growth
- Damning letter: Can the big shots remain mum?
- Under-mining the Malaysian way
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 07:32 AM PDT
Lim Teck GheeCOMMENT There are several ways to analyse the budget. One is to take at face value what the prime minister has written in his blog just before his budget speech where he promised that it is "a budget by the rakyat". By it, he explained that he had read through the more than 1,000 comments and suggestions from his readers and forwarded them to the Ministry of Finance to incorporate.
According to the PM, there were three key issues raised – employment, taxes and subsidies, and education.
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 01:53 PM PDT
Membaca butir-butir penting dari Belanjawan Najib Tun Razak, saya terfikir satu perkara yang sangat-sangat penting untuk diperkirakan:
Di manakah Najib Mahu Mencari Wang Untuk Membayar Perkara2 Di Dalam Belanjawan Beliau?
Setahu saya, negara Malaysia "berhutang" (baca: defisit) di dalam tiap-tiap belanjawan semenjak 1997. Sehingga hari ini, hasil dari belanjawan "kurang duit" selama hampir 15 tahun berturut-turut, hutang kerajaan Malaysia telah mencecah hampir 54% dari hasil negara. Ini mengikut laporan rasmi Bank Negara.
Pada waktu yang sama, pelaburan asing yang masuk ke Malaysia juga adalah terlampau rendah. Tahun 2007, Filipina dapat menarik lebih banyak pelaburan berbanding Malaysia.
Sekali lagi saya tanya: DIMANA NAJIB HENDAK CARI DUIT BAGI PROJEK2 DI DALAM BELANJAWAN BELIAU?
Jawabnya mudah: CETAK DUIT LAGI.
Hutang Malaysia yang semakin lama semakin meninggi ini adalah disebabkan selama lebih 15 tahun, kerajaan UMNO/BN menjalankan projek pembangunan dengan wang baru yang MEREKA CETAK.
Kesan dari mencetak wang yang berlebihan ini, harga barang di Malaysia semakin lama semakin naik.
Dan, oleh kerana wang yang dicetak ini majoriti pergi kepada kroni dan UMNOPUTRA, maka gaji dan pendapatan majoriti rakyat Malaysia TIDAK NAIK.
Dalam negara yang sehat dan korupsi minima seperti Norway, apabila kerajaan meeka mencetak wang lebih, rakyat mereka rata-rata akan menikmati pendapatan serta gaji yang lebih juga. Kerajaan biasanya mencetak wang yang lebih kerana memenuhi keperluan ekonomi yang sedang berkembang itu.
Kerajaan UMNO mencetak wang kerana mahu mengkayakan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA. CUba tanya, projek Menara Kuala Lumpur dalam Belanjawan Najib itu siapa yang menang kontraknya?
Kita rakyat Malaysia lah yang akan menanggung beban kos hidup yang semakin tinggi serta gaji yang sentiasa rendah dan tidak menaik.
Kroni dan UMNOPUTRA pula semakin lama semakin kaya. Rakyat Malaysia semakin kayap.
Sedar atau tidak, setiap kali belanjawan, harga barang akan naik. Ini keran
Ikutilah kenyataan Anwar Ibrahim berkaitan Belanjawan Najib yang baru ini:
Sementara itu, ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, kerajaan Umno Barisan Nasional hanya prihatin terhadap rakyat apabila menjelangnya pilihan raya.
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 11:51 AM PDT
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 09:24 AM PDT
I didn't say it....just read the article written by SinChew's editor....
Opinion 2010-10-14 19:02
By TAY TIAN YAN
Chinese Malaysians are funny.
If you criticise the Malaysian government, everyone will be elated, saying that you are right, just and courageous.
But if you criticise the Chinese government, you will be slammed as wrongful, ignorant and jeopardising.
I made the above conclusion from my own experiences.
For instance, after I wrote A Nobel prize China is not proud of, I received plenty of e-mails and faxes from the readers. They lashed out at Liu Xiabo as a criminal, and said I was anti-China. As if that was not enough, they even didn't spare Norway and Western "imperialism."
A reader wrote in: This article goes particularly well with Mr Tay's pro-Western democracy stance, ... human rights, democracy, freedom etc advocated by the West... He is not able to liberate himself from the confines of all these, and has been writing things that do not make sense yet still excessively conceited. I think he needs a brain swap."
What a lovely reader, with a string of well conceived adjectives!
I think it is good that some readers would seriously and diligently defend what they believe, or imagine.
But why do they always separate things into Oriental and Western when it comes to issues about China? China is unique in its own ways and does not need to emulate the West.
And when it comes to issues about Malaysia, they will invariably base their arguments on Western standards and specifications. Anything that deviates from Western values are unacceptable.
It appears to me that only China deserves to have its own ways, not Malaysia or any other nation on Earth.
Take for example, to China, human rights, democracy and freedom are all things belonging to the West, which are not only unsuitable for China, but are potentially detrimental.
But when it comes to Malaysia, human rights, democracy and freedom are all cherished as acceptable and essential, as these attributes have been successfully proven in the West.
Confucius said this was "own wish": a person can hold double standards towards the same thing. It is called hypocrisy in the West: You think you have your own set of values but in actual fact you don't, as you decide based on nothing but you personal liking.
As Liu Xiabo is a convict, he does not deserve the Peace Prize, but how about Alexander Solzhenitsyn during the Soviet era, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in prison and was lauded by the world as the Conscience of Russia?
Liu Xiaobo's Charter 08 was said to jeopardise stability in China, but the Charter 77 of Czech Peace Laureate Václav Havel, who was later elected the Czech president, was hailed as the Voice of Civilisation.
Right, those people only have one standard answer: China needs "stability."
Why is it that only China needs stability? Don't Malaysia or the United States need that same stability too?
In the name of "stability," anything ranging from autocracy, corruption, persecution, human rights violation, income gap, etc. will become rationalised, acceptable and tolerable.
Perhaps these people should team up to form an alliance and openly call for single-party politics in Malaysia by abolishing the electoral system, suppressing freedom of speech and advocating unlawful detention, all in the name of "stability."
Sin Chew Daily
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 02:01 AM PDT
We also received an article from our Sabah political Correspondent Bugi Wijaya
Its confirmed that Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will contest the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in the 13th by-election to be held in Malaysia.
The seat which fell vacant with the demise of the incumbent Datuk Edmund Chong in a superbike accident involving a Mercedes Benz S320.
At this time, the party leadership are still in a meeting with the local CLC leaders on the plan for the by-election campaign.
Although no names on who will be representing SAPP in this contest, it is believed that a local leader will be picked.
As a party which practises non racial politics, a party leader who prefer to remain anonymous said that our candidate chosen is capable and we do not look at race as an issue. The important thing is he or she is ready to shoulder the challenge to serve the local community and bring about change to fulfil the party struggle to bring changes to Sabah political scenario.
Efforts to contact the other opposition leaders for their comment were not successful.
While SAPP have their candidate in mind, it is believe Sabah Pakatan Rakyat have yet to come to a consensus on their choice of candidate.
The interesting thing is that on the evening of polling day 4.11.2010 will see Prime Minister YAB Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak hosting a dinner for his Facebooks friends and on 5.11.2010 will witness the SAPP Congress.
Who will win? We will know then.
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 01:32 AM PDT
By Pakac Luteb
They are just a few words
"they agreed to drop their case in return for a commitment that there
would be no further incidents of intimidation"
Those words may be found here:
They are VERY revealing words.
ONLY the party responsible for the intimidation could give such a commitment.
Furthermore, ONLY the responsible party would give such a commitment,
for it amounts to tacit admission of responsibility for the
I think you, dear reader, after perusal of:
will have some hunch regarding who the responsible party might be.
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 01:24 AM PDT
A Closer Look - "Saiful Bukhari being examined"
By Pakac Luteb
Recently Saiful testified he was repeatedly sodomised by Anwar Ibrahim
without a condom, multiple times and over a period of months.
That is good news for Anwar Ibrahim.
Yes, you read correctly!
I did intend to say it is good news.
It is such good news i rushed out of my office and am now in Starbucks
writing this letter and sipping my latte.
How can such a thing possibly be good news for Anwar Ibrahim?
Let's take a closer look, a VERY close look.
If what Saiful testified is true, Anwar's semen and sperm would have
been released inside Saiful's anus and rectum multiple times over a
period of months.
The rectum is lined with thin tissue referred to as "mucous membrane".
Micro-organisms can readily interact with the immune system at that thin tissue.
For example, that's what makes anal sex a particularly efficient way
of transmitting HIV.
With regards to semen and sperm in the rectum, what happens?
The immune system of the owner of that rectum detects the proteins of
the semen and sperm as "foreign", meaning not from the rectum's owner.
The immune system regards the "foreign" proteins as invaders that must
To attack and destroy the proteins ["antigens"] the immune system
That antibody production takes time.
Multiple doses of antigen also helps trigger antibody production.
Those facts are why some vaccines are given in a number of doses over
a period of time.
Multiple instances over a period of months of Anwar's semen and sperm
entering Saiful's anus and rectum is perfect for provoking Saiful's
immune system to produce antibodies against Anwar's semen and sperm.
Saiful's blood could be tested for such antibodies.
However Saiful's blood needs to be tested NOW, not later!
That is to avoid giving time for Saiful to be inoculated with Anwar's
semen and sperm to provoke antibody production to match Saiful's
Proteins and antibodies to them are specific, they fit each other like
a key fits a lock.
If Saiful has antibodies to Anwar's semen and sperm there will be no
Conversely, if there are no such antibodies in Saiful NOW, it
unmistakably means Anwar's semen and sperm was NOT in Saiful's anus
and rectum on multiple occasions over a period of time.
Another aspect of anal sex without condom is that bacteria from the
anus and rectum can enter the urethra of the insertive partner.
The bacteria can travel to the prostate gland of the insertive partner.
The prostate gland unfortunately is something of a safe haven for
bacteria, the immune system and antibiotics have a difficult time
reaching bacteria inside the prostate gland.
One effect on the prostate gland is it swells. That swelling tends to
restrict the urethra and neck of the bladder and make urination
difficult, especially it's difficult to begin urination or technically
Guys, now when the guy at the urinal next to you struggles to start
his stream of urine flowing you can guess what he has been doing ;-).
Now what REALLY bugs SOME men with that condition is that maybe 10
minutes after they finally manage to urinate they feel urgency to
Guys, if you're going to bonk anally please use condom with lots of
lube, it will save you lots of grief.
Because those bacteria can remain in the prostate gland of the
insertive partner they might be detectable.
That's another aspect that could be looked into, although possibly a
match of bacteria may have less certainty, meaning be less specific,
than an antigen to antibody match.
Well, now it's time for me to pack up and leave Starbucks.
Well, not quite yet, i have to go urinate, because of the caffeine,
not because of how i bonk.
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 12:45 AM PDT
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Posted: 16 Oct 2010 12:27 AM PDT
As nomination to Parti Keadilan's election closed by noon today, the confirmed candidates list is out as follows :
Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid
Supreme council (20 posts)
Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin
Posted: 16 Oct 2010 12:08 AM PDT
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Posted: 15 Oct 2010 11:10 PM PDT
Difahamkan bila Rasid muncul di public dengan laporan polis menafikan keikhlasan SD round pertama, kem PKR sunyi senyap untuk menyanggah perbuatan Rasid. Tidak seperti ketika Rahimi comeback…..Anwar, Kak Wan anak beranak, Saifuddin dan barisan chi-bai peguam pro-PKR tak tahu kat mana lagi nak tutup lubang penipuan.
Selama ini rakyat Malaysia dimomokan dengan siri penipuan konspirasi apabila Saiful membuat laporan polis dan Anwar terkincit lari ke kedutaan Turki. Penipuan assinated Anwar dan spining ada 4 orang AP BN hendak terjun ke dalam kem PKR sampai hari ini langsung tak muncul.
Dalam dunia maya, nama Rasid sentiasa berlegar kewujudannya. Daripada penjara hingga dibawa masuk ke rumah Anwar, Rasid adalah entiti misteri untuk diperdebatkan. Ezam, pernah bercakap mengenai Rasid dan cakap-cakap Rasid antara 'santapan' nafsu songsang Anwar juga masih menjadi misteri.
Yang diketahui, Rasid dipertemukan dengan Anwar ketika di penjara, diarahkan untuk menjadi pembantu dan menjadi 'teman' pemuas nafsu pelik Anwar.
Rasid jelaskan Anwar mempunyai kecenderungan seksual yang pelik.
Kemunculan Rasid bersama skrip kebenaran benar-benar mengejutkan. Sudah terbukti, selama kehilangan Rasid dan Rahimi membuktikan Anwar sudah 'membeli' 2 orang saksi penting ini bagi menutup kerja jijiknya.
Rahimi tidak mendedahkan sebanyak mana bayaran diterima untuk menutup mulut tetapi Rasid mendedahkan gaji bulanannya adalah sebanyak RM1,500.
Selama hampir 3 tahun, Rasid hidup dengan RM1,500 sebulan daripada PKR. Anwar membayar harga itu demi cita-citanya ke Putrajaya. Murah dan cukup hina tindakan Anwar. Bukan kerana faktor KY Jelly Rasid disimpan kemas tetapi kerana sumbangan Rasid dalam memenuhi nafsu songsang Anwar yang sangat ditakuti bila dibicarakan di mahkamah.
Terbaca satu komen pembaca blog disini tentang seorang lelaki yang turut dikatakan Rasid dalam SDnya.
Posted: 15 Oct 2010 10:55 PM PDT
SALAM! Pada malam Khamis lepas, saya berbincang dengan tiga personaliti mengenai belanjawan 2011. Wakil NGO Datuk Halim meminta PM/Menteri Kewangan beberapa pertimbangan yang memboleh NGO bergerak dengan lebih cergas. Boss Proton Datuk Syed Zainal menyebut tentang perlunya ada insentif inovasi. Dan Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina meminta industri kreatif diberi dorongan untuk menghasilkan karya besar untuk persada dunia. Semalam, DS Najib Tun Razak menyahut semua permintaan mereka dalam ucapan belanjawannya. DS Najib sebut fasal peranan sektor korporat dalam tanggungjawab sosial; peruntukan untuk karyawan seni menghasilkan karya besar; dan insentif yang bertujuan menggalakkan inovasi dalam industri! Soalannya sekarang - sejauh mana NGO, sektor korporat dan penggerak seni akan memanfaatkan kemudahan ini? Dalam pada itu, ada juga pihak yang membuat andaian bahawa belanjawan yang DS Najib bentang itu bertujuan memancing undi! Dalam hal ini, pengkritiknya sudah diduga. Seorang pakar ekonomi dalam temubual berita akhir tv3 (Nightline), secara kebetulan ada dua pilihanraya kecil di Galas (Kelantan) dan Batu Sapi (Sabah). Pakar ekonomi itu berkata belanjawan negara melebihi itu semua dan bertujuan membina negara, tak kira samada pilihanraya atau tidak. Tetapi itulah dia - dalam dunia politik, sesiapapun akan mencari ruang untuk memenuhi hasrat dan citarasa mereka.
Posted: 15 Oct 2010 09:29 PM PDT
Congratulations to Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar for sticking up to the cause of Muslims when Bill O'Reilly started to rant about '70%' of the American public not wanting the Cordoba House Islamic Center be built near Ground Zero by walking off the set of The View in disgust at Bill's tirade against Muslims!
If only more celebrities were to stand up like Whoopi and Joy in support of the Muslims of America, then Islamophobia over there would soon slowly dissipate and be a thing of the past and bring about a climate of mutual respect, peace and harmony?
Wishful thinking some might say but what's there to lose by my hope for such a reality to come into existence over there in the West?
Malaysian Muslims here are much more racist and bloody recalcitrant in opposing each other as proven by the ongoing cold war between PAS and UMNO diehards.
There are many extreme s@#$%^&*#%'s here who just stick to their hatred for each other no matter what we say or do to make peace between them!
Frankly speaking, I'm just tired of trying to make sense to both parties!
Whoopi and Joy are a breath of fresh air compared to the recalcitrant morons we have plaguing the Malaysian social, political and religious scene to this day!
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Posted: 15 Oct 2010 09:17 PM PDT
Since a commenter at MC posited that Ms Wong Choon Mei (owner-founder of MC -- Malaysia Chronicle)and YL Chong were "one and the same person", I am going to reinfocre his/her/its perception today by reprising more GOoD articles from the almost 5-month-old news site. BTW, I befriended this veteran journalist less than A YEAR ago, but we "hit" ifit off because we have quite lots in common. I was grateful to CM when she joined a media panel at the 11th hour at BUM2010 (REF bum4msia.wordpress.com)-- YL, Desi
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Budget 2011: Remembered for phallic symbols, cheap undies
Najib's 2011 budget - a step closer to bankruptcy
Prime Minister Najib Razak shocked experts and pundits with what was basically a meaningless budget that will not help Malaysia achieve anything - either reduce its ballooning debt or increase the pace of economic growth. Again, it hinges on a dozen or so mega-projects including a 100-floor skyscraper. But like the Dubai Tower, which brought about the financial collapse of the once-thriving Dubai, and in the footsepts of all other over-built and under-utilized economies, Malaysia is now a step closer to bankruptcy.
Malaysia Chronicle appends below the views it has collated from experts and also from other media.
Bankruptcy if take-up poor : When completed, there is still a gestation period. It could take decades to convince investors to return. You can have nice buildings, infrastructures but no financial, social or judicial reform, investors still won't return. If they don't, then we have white elephants and Dubai and Greece will be the outcomes.
Some of the projects include Mass Rapid Transport for KL RM 40bil; Kuala Lumpur International Finance District RM26bil; Development of RRI Land st Sungei Buloh RM 10bil; Warisan Merdeka RM5bil; Sabah eco-leisure project RM3bil. - PHS Lim, Malaysian Investors Association, Malaysia Chronicle
Phallic symbols and cheap undies: Budget 2011 will be remembered for 100-storey phallic symbols & cheap lingerie - Tony Pua (real also Tony Pua: Why are operating expenses up, development down
Malaysiakini - Twitter has also been abuzz with brickbats and bouquets on the heels of Prime Minister Najib Razak's 2011 budget speech. Here is a survey of what Malaysians are tweeting, edited for clarity.
Special gift for special someone
Teo Nie Ching (Serdang MP): Tax deduction for bags, hairspray, perfume... Najib's early Christmas present for Rosmah (Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor)?
Nasrudin Hassan (PAS Youth): The rakyat is fortunate to be able to wear imported underwear without having to pay tax. Who is going to buy undies in bulk after this? I think I know.
yahyashukor: Underwear plays an important part in achieving the objectives of the Economic Transformation Programme and the seven percent economic growth rate.
Pimo: So Budget 2011 means more Coach, Kate Spade, Miu Miu (handbags) for all? Why not free health services?
Tian Chua (Batu MP): Najib kept a secret gift for the first lady - RM111 million for Permata! What a surprise for Rosmah. Thank you, hubby! So sweet!
Mikichoo: I think the opposition are being a little bit naughty here. Everyone knows Rosmah prefers to do her shopping overseas!
FarisMuhandisu: 'Kosmahtic' budget.
100-storey tower: Outdoing Mahathir
georgettetan: Do we need another huge erection?
Fahmi Fadzil (Fairly Current Show): What would a 100-storey tower really do for the country? Oh wait, contracts.
pratamad: I suspect Najib is like Dr Mahathir - both want a retirement office on top of a skyscrapper. Dr Mahathir has got (Petronas) TwinTowers, Najib wants Warisan Merdeka.
Bumilangit: Guess how many low-cost homes can be built with that money?
strung_out80: Taking (the saying) 'the sky's the limit' a bit too seriously.
Bumilangit: I hope it won't be designed by Rosmah. But why do I think that I would be wrong?
Payrise for the lucky few
Edmund Bon (Bar Council): The crux is in increased allowance for Tok Batin. Who gives it? Where is the accountability? Is it a way to control the Orang Asli?
Amir Muhamad (Filmmaker): Imams and postmen earning RM700? It doesn't pay to seek the right path, or deliver messages in this country.
amai amai: A strategy to buy votes!
What about our future?
CKGord: Looks like EPF funds will be used for development. Hey, that one is not 'tax' money but 'our future' money!
Z4r4z4in: No increase of toll rates for the next five years for PLUS highways - there goes our EPF dividends.
IamMalaysian: RM146 mil to support oil, gas and energy and a "commitment" for green technology. Sweet.
Erna Mahyuni (Writer): No mention of alcohol tax! Let's drink to that!
Some pats on the back:
Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor MP): RM500 million for re-tooling and upscaling skills. That's good, PM! Make sure there are no leakages for cronies.
Khairy Jamaluddin (Rembau MP): I'm glad suggestions by BN Youth Lab made it to the budget: first home-owner scheme, skills training, minimum wage and 1Malaysia fund.
rubus_pheonic: The 3-months maternity leave sounds great. Are all you Astro subscribers ready for the six percent service tax?
RashidYusoff11: I waited over an hour. What's the deal with my income tax?
IreneJY: I thought they said if we don't cut down the spending we'd go bankrupt? Why the budget increase this year?
And the conclusion is …
Shahredzuan: It's an election budget!
Budget 2011: Slammed for mega-projects, high expenses, silence on deficit
Posted: 15 Oct 2010 09:01 PM PDT
Is Zaid Ibrahim in effect playing Trojan horse in PKR?
Posted on October 16, 2010, 4:40 am, by guansin, under Democracy, Malaysia, Uncategorized, politics.
************************************* Johnny-come-lately former UMNO maverick minister who didn't toe the line Zaid Ibrahim has been making waves with his big-mouthed statements of challenges -- not thrown at the enemy like UMNO, but to fellow PKR colleagues, in his "impatient" ambition to take over party he joined up in less than TWO years. The way he flagged himself off as a potenial Prez of PKR could have worked in only he had joined the new party set up by DSAI's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail following the shocking dismissal of Anwar Ibrahim as DPM and Deputy President of UMNO by then PM Dr Mahathir Mohad in late 1999. I had voiced some reservation about Zaid myself in the initial switch to PKR, noting that he built his law company into the largest Muslim law firm in the coyuntry with loys of UMNO-linked patronage. -- YL
The rest that follows is commentary from airkosong.com,"Thanks a million,no bucks!:)" to fellow BUMmer whose AP I assume in reproducing this analysis. --YL, Desi****************************
I love Zaid Ibrahim when he was in UMNO. Back then he showed us a man of integrity and principle, upholding good governance and rule of law. He was doing all the good things, without thinking much on position and power. (At least that's the perception we all got.) He was a Cabinet minister after all, probably the last remaining good minister in UMNO-BN block.
He earned the admiration and respect of many Malaysians, myself included. I even have a book autographed by him. When he left UMNO and eventually joined PKR, we started to build our dream, that one fine man in Zaid Ibrahim will rise through the rank and eventually become a minister in a Pakatan government. And he would help to steer Malaysia back to the right path and rebuild the nation that never existed. How wrong was I.
I am not a PKR member. But through my involvement with The Movement for the last 3 years, I have probably done fair amount of work for it that I feel something for the party. Many people have similar emotion like mine, feeling strongly of what PKR stands for and fight for. But some of us start to forget the PKR we knew from the beginning: A PKR of Anwar Ibrahim leading the Reformasi momentum, a PKR of Tian Chua fighting tyranny on the street fearlessly, a PKR of Irene Fernandez defending the voiceless in Malaysia, a PKR of Sivarasa pursuing human right cases in court, and so on and so forth. Not that I am arguing for the party to return to the days of being a tiny opposition party. But those pre-2008 leaders did not focus their energy and time on power and positions. Surely they had differences in opinion, but they addressed them through the proper channels internally.
Then came the Tsunami in 2008. We had a bunch of 'accidental MPs'. Some of them are genuine to serve and probably bright enough too, but the rest we know what we have. Overall, they did behave, all within the tolerable and acceptable range of manner.
Then came Zaid joining the party. A memorable milestone that was, with the party leader Anwar welcoming him in a press conference. No sooner he played his role as what Zaid Ibrahim was – a maverick that does not mince his words but just speaks the truth, so-called. Through various public statements, he certainly stepped on various party leaders' toes, most probably unintentionally. Still, all well and good as what he said was mostly sound policies and genuine suggestions to strengthen the party and Pakatan. In a way, he added dynamism and diversity to the leadership of PKR. Using my good friend Nat Tan's iPhone/Android analogy, Zaid added to the openness of PKR, like what Android has over iPhone.
Then came the Pemilihan 2010. "All hell breaks loose" is unfortunately the accurate description. Various opportunists became restless and noisy. What they see is not an opportunity to offer their ideas and service to strengthen the party further, but an opportunity for power in Putrajaya post-GE13. Noisy indeed that outsiders of Malaysian politics may mistake PKR to be the ruling party, that its outcome would affect the direction of the country.
All was still fine and good. Zaid put himself up for contest of the deputy presidency early enough. And some of those 'accidental MPs' as well as some 'accidental leaders' (meaning those who have yet proven themselves in leadership but in leadership positions) started to make noises, ranging from engaging in shouting matches in public, to making allegations of invisible force wanting to shut them out of the contest. In summary, they wanted us to believe them as victims and outsiders of the party. Sympathy seems to be their only weapon in the absence of any tangible leadership offerings they have. Sigh.
Zaid was no exception. He went even further, letting his name appearing in various slandering articles against the party and its current leadership (isn't he part of it?), all conspicuously published through a single media outlet called Free Malaysia Today. His posturing started to look clumsy and weird. And he even broke the conventional wisdom by using UMNO-controlled media for his campaign. That's fatal and bad judgment indeed.
My 'enough is enough' moment came when he made his 'seven requests' publicly. Those 'requests' are plainly sensible and reasonable. The problem is, he should not make them through the media. I call that a childish act. It's almost like shouting across the street to complain against your neighbourhood grocery store. Just walk over and talk to the store owner nicely. The truth is, Zaid is part of the party leadership. He is an insider. He is a member of the powerful politburo of the party, for goodness' sake! Again, not using the right channel has lost him all credibility in this case.
By now it is clear that the Zaid campaign wants to paint a picture of David vs. Goliath in the deputy presidency race, and Zaid as the David against Azmin Ali the Goliath. I don't believe that Zaid himself is intentionally out to destroy the party, although the people around him may be so. In other words, he has unknowingly subjected himself to the poisons around him. Such a bad judgement on his part.
Speculation aside, his behavior through the 'seven requests' has proved that he is a disaster to any team or organisation. Perhaps he has overstayed his maverick self and failed to mature as an effective, dependable leader. If you have worked a few years in a sizeable corporate environment, you would appreciate the importance of interpersonal skill and proper communication. An effective boss does not get things done simply by shouting his/her demands to the subordinates. Getting the buy-in through dialogues and even persuasion is not uncommon.
Why then would a wise Zaid expect things to operate differently in the organisation called PKR? Having repeatedly showed himself as a consistent maverick, failing to step out and join the leader-ship, he has helped us see through him, that he is not fit to be a consensus builder, an effective leader. He shall remain good as someone who shouts from across the street, not realising that even the neighbourhood minimarts nowadays have a feedback box as their proper communication channel.
Since that's established, all that he is doing during the campaign is painful and destructive to the party. That's exactly what a planted Trojan horse would want to do. Is Zaid Ibrahim in effect playing Trojan horse in PKR? You bet.
Painful it may be, at least the Pemilihan 2010 has achieved one of its goals: help us pick the right leaders. So, just swallow the pain and rise above the clarity. Shall we?
Posted: 15 Oct 2010 06:32 PM PDT
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has described the Budget as a good one that will sustain economic growth for many years to come.
He, however, noted the impact of a slowdown among Malaysia's major trading partners, including the United States, the European Union and Japan.
"This will affect us badly if they are actually facing a recession," he said after attending the SJK(C) Pui Teh Teachers Day celebration here yesterday.
Dr Chua, in welcoming the setting up of the Wage Council to implement a minimum wage, said it was timely as a depressed wage system would not augur well for the country's competitiveness.
Nevertheless, it was disappointing that issues on foreign workers were not addressed, he said.
Dr Chua said the goods and services tax (GST) ought to be implemented in order to widen the revenue base.
He said there was also the need to rationalise subsidies, particularly for oil, gas and electricity.
On Chinese education, Dr Chua said the RM250mil allocation in development expenditure for religious, Chinese, Tamil, mission and government-assisted schools was less than expected.
"We (MCA) are disappointed as we were thinking of about RM150mil a year (for Chinese schools alone)."
Regarding the 100-storey 1Merdeka building, Dr Chua said details were yet to be made available.
"Hopefully, it will not become a white elephant,'' he added.
THE STAR (Saturday October 16, 2010)
Posted: 15 Oct 2010 06:27 PM PDT
Posted: 15 Oct 2010 07:57 AM PDT
By Lim Kit SiangCOMMENT Ex-top cop Mat Zain Ismail's open letter is testimony that the criminal justice system had further deteriorated after 2005 Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission report.
When the commission submitted its final report in May 2005, it said that Malaysia's reputation as a safe country was "seriously dented" by the "dramatic increase" in the incidence of crime in the past few years and that "Malaysians in general, the business sector and foreign investors grew increasingly concerned with the situation".
Posted: 15 Oct 2010 07:45 AM PDT
By Patrick Lee
COMMENT In the grand scheme of things, it would appear that everything happens for a reason. Even accidents involving a group of Chileans, who unexpectedly found out that it wasn't all that exciting to be under a (lot of) rock for a couple of weeks.
For one, it can get rather boring after the first five "I spy with my little eye" games.
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