- Majoriti Orang Melayu Menghalalkan Korupsi
- Uncultured Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.if you have balls come Engage Malaysiatoday about thick-skinned politics this taxidriver is waiting
- Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah absurd parables about thick-skinned politics“cynical political plays“the stench of corruption”
- Perhimpunan di Pejabat Majlis Peguam Esok
- Shadow cabinet
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- Red book detention: Nazri unhappy with the police
- MP: EPF buy-up won't solve Plus 'highway robbery'
- BN gearing for snap polls, says Anwar
- Azmin: All party problems are my fault, right?
- 'New palace contract given to unqualified crony'
- Gobala: There's a hidden hand ...
- PKR-UMNO, 2 kali 5
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- Bakun Dam: Govt must bear responsibility for possible disaster
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Posted: 14 Oct 2010 03:33 PM PDT
Dari pengalaman saya bercakap dengan ramai orang Melayu, rata- rata orang Melayu tidak berapa marah dan benci dengan korupsi. Walaupun mereka ada yang benci dengan UMNO namun apabila ditanya berkaitan dengan amalan2 korupsi, mereka boleh menerima dengan tiada rasa takut ataupun rasa takut akan halal atau haram.
Saya juga membuat deduksi bahwa rata-rata orang Melayu tidak menjadikan Islam sebagai panduan sangat dalam masaalah korupsi, salah guna kuasa, nepotisma dan kronisma. Bagi mereka dalam bab memakan harta rakyat ataupun mengkayakan diri dengan menyalah guna harta rakyat, itu bukan perkara yang ada kaitan dengan halal ataupun haram.
Orang Melayu sudah begitu lama duduk di bawah UMNO menyebabkan majoriti orang Melayu tidak
Sebagai contoh, hari ini saya bertemu dengan beberapa orang Melayu dan makan bersama. Saya membuka cerita bagaimana saya mendapat maklumat seorang ahli lembaga pengarah salah sebuah anak syarikat GLC mendapat gaji puluhan ribu sebulan. Beliau berjaya mendapat gaji sebanyak itu kerana bapanya adalah salah seorang Lembaga Pengarah GLC tersebut walaupun umurnya belum sampai 40 tahun.
Salah seorang yang makan dengan saya itu berkaya kalau beliau mendapat peluang beliau pun akan membantu anak beliau sebegitu.
Saya tidak membalas, tapi saya hairan, tidakkan orang Melayu risau rezeki yang diberikan kepada anak cucu mereka samada rezeki itu haram atau halal? Masyarakat Melayu tidak kesah halal haram dalam perkara berkaitan amanah, perlantikan, gaji dan juga kontrak. Yang penting dapat gaji, dapat pangkat, dapat darjat. Halal dan haram nombor dua.
Ungkapan2 seperti "kalau aku dapat peluang, aku pun ambik" adalah sangat biasa didengari di kalangan orang Melayu.
PENGARUH UMNO MASIH MENEBAL DALAM MASYARAKAT MELAYU
UMNO sedari mula kewujudan mereka sudah mencampur adukan halal dan haram. Sudahkah kita lupa aktiviti ekonomi UMNO yang pertama adalah Loteri UMNO 1951? Ertinya, semenjak 1951 lagi UMNO telah melatih orang MElayu tidak memperdulikan halal haram dalam perkara berkaitan mata pencarian atau sumber pendapatan.
YAng penting, ada sumber wang masuk tidak kira wang tersebut halal atau haram.
Jadi, tak hairanlah amalan korupsi begitu berleluasa di kalangan orang Melayu dan Islam. Secara tidak sedar, setelah dipimpin UMNO sedari lima puluh tahun dahulu, orang Melayu telah kabur perbatasan antara halal dan haram.
Amalan2 haram di dalam mencari sumber pendapatan dilihat sebagai PELUANG KEEMASAN dan bukannya dibenci sebagai perkara yang diharamkan oleh Allah SWT.
Saya cuma takut penyakit yang sama juga melanda penyokong2 PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat terutama mereka yang dahulunya UMNO. Kadang-kadang unsur UMNO itu masih kuat melekat dalam diri-diri mereka sehingga terbawa-bawa perkara tersebut dalam parti baru mereka.
Sehingga ada kesedaran di kalangan orang MElayu terhadap halal haram dalam sumber pendapatan mereka, maka sehingga itulah masaalah korupsi ini tidak selesai.
Selagi korupsi wujud, selagi itu orang Melayu ekal terkebelakang dalam ekonomi Malaysia.
Posted: 14 Oct 2010 11:42 AM PDT
About thick-skinned politics
READ THIS MY NAME IS RAISE SON OF YATIM 1Malaysia concept such political ideology should not be allowed or encouraged is waste of taxpayer money
The last time Malaysiakini sat down for a chat with Anwar Ibrahim, he was the man of the hour.
Fresh from a string of victories in the 2008 general election, he was then about to leave for Permatang Pauh to make his political comeback.
Rais Yatim whenever this guy opens his mouth…..garbage just starts to spill all over….for heavens' save change your damn mode
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Bayan Baru MP mr Asshole Zahrain Hashim has attackedMalaysiakini over its report on arecent seminar in Washington last month, which he attended alongside top government officials.
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Governments don't like uneasy questions. Criticism or suggestion is like water off a duck's back to them. What's more exasperating is how bullheaded politicians can get when there's an outcry against what they do. Nothing can pierce their rhino-hide.
Much has been written about the overbearing manner of some ministers in recent months. Some are politely stubborn, some brazenly rude and a couple of others frazzle us with their stony silence.
There couldn't have been a better time for satirists and lampoonists and many have, indeed, blunted their pencils on the job. But you pine to look for sharper, more pungent comments on this theatre of the absurd, something that's appropriately wacky, and like the course of events, stops tantalizingly short of the climax. Just like our mantris skip, skirt or stonewall issues and show an unwillingness to carry forward an argument.
Wish we had a Daniil Kharms around. Kharms, the pen-name of Daniil Ivanovich Yuvachov, wrote short absurdist stories and children's tales in the Stalinist era. He lived in penury and hunger and was finally confined to the psychiatric ward of a Leningrad prison. His preposterous and comic stories end as they are being told. Just the right genre for tales about today's political bosses and their general insensitivity.
Here are three parables inspired by Kharms but minus the macabre. Needless to say all characters are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely imagined.
The antics of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders, particularly Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in criticising their own country abroad do not reflect good leadership qualities, said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
"We should look back at history and the world leaders because none of the world leaders had gone out of their country to criticise their own homeland," he told reporters after opening the Simpang Pertang bamboo craft incubator centre, near here today.
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He said this when commenting on Anwar's interview by TVOne television station in Indonesia yesterday where he belittled the capability of the country's leadership in resolving disputes and problems between the two neighbouring countries by claiming that if he were to become the prime minister, the problems could have been resolved immediately.
Rais, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Jelebu, said Anwar as the MP for Permatang Pauh, was earning salary as a Member of Parliament as well as the Opposition Leader.
"As the Opposition Leader, it does not mean that he has the licence to criticise and belittle his own country. He (Anwar) has a responsibility just like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak is responsible for the country.
"Thus, when he has criticised, to me his marks as a leader have dropped very low," he said.
Meanwhile, he said Kraftangan Malaysia would promote the construction of houses using bamboo in several areas.
"We at the ministry, particularly through Kraftangan Malaysia will first of all draw up several plans for kampung houses which we can use as centres for our decorative products in several districts and we will highlight the beauty of bamboo products which we can use as construction materials for houses. — Bernama
A thirsty man sat down for a drink at a pub in Bangalore and looked at the clock. When he was served his second drink, the clock struck 11. Another man came in, ordered his drink and sat watching the clock. When the second man was served his second drink the clock struck 11.30. A third man came in just then, ordered his drink and hid his wrist-watch in his pocket. A fourth man came in seconds later and banged his fist on the clock.
That's it. Now let's go out and watch that family sipping nimbu pani in their car parked by the roadside and talk of ticking bombs and moral hours.
Once upon a time there was a knight who fought all the looters of the royal treasury. He fought them all one by one and recovered all the gold, diamonds and pearls. He threw them out one by one, through the palace gates. And when he turned, the dogs barked. One by one, they clambered up the wall behind him and took their gilded thrones again. The knight mounted his horse…
Within seconds, the gates opened and a carriage laden with groceries entered. Somebody spoke of preparation for a grand feast to celebrate the kingdom's anniversary and somebody else replied in hushed tones that a courtier was charged of sexual misconduct.
K was driving back into town with his family after a weekend outing. Just around the bend he saw a speeding white car behind them and jammed the brakes.
"Why on earth did you stop to give way?" his wife asked.
"That's the government and it should always be ahead," said K with sly grin.
Even before they crossed the next milestone, the big white car blocked K's way. Two burly men pulled him out from the car, kicked and abused him. "No smirks, the government is always right," they thundered.
The lights went out and the story had to be abandoned midway. The telephone rang and the government declared: "There is sufficient light at the end of the tunnel."
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Perhimpunan menghantar nota bantahan terhadap majlis peguam (bar council) di hadapan pejabat bar council, kuala lumpur pada esok 15 okt 2010, selepas solat jumaat.
Perhimpunan itu kononnya bagi membantah kegagalan bar council mengawalselia dan membenteras kegiatan ahli mereka yang menipu anak-anak guam dan melakukan kegiatan jenayah.
Posted: 14 Oct 2010 08:08 AM PDT
The Malaysian Insider - EPF's proposed Plus takeover like 'robbing Peter to pay Paul', says Pua
Tony Pua has pointed out how the government has been paying PLUS nearly a billion ringgit per annum in a highly questionable lop-sided contract where the Malaysian public has been the real loser.
Excuse my pun but it's highway robbery ...
... which brings me to my controversial but apt recommendation, that Tony Pua be appointed by Pakatan Rakyat as the shadow Finance Minister.
I believe Pua is a fitting choice as I have observed how he has been keeping a beady burning brilliant eye on the BN government's profligate spending on such contractual atrocities and dodgy defence acquisitions.
Pakatan Rakyat presents itself to the Malaysian voters as the alternative government in waiting, yet it has been decidedly evasive about its alternative leadership in government, namely the shadow cabinet, giving mealy-mouthed excuses why it hasn't ... or more correctly, won't, can't, dare not!
The real answer why it hasn't done so is the coalition fears the component parties won't be able to agree to a distribution of ministerial portfolios.
My question to them is, if you can't now, how would you be able to when you win the next general election?
And if you fear an inability to negotiate and compromise then aren't you just delaying the inevitable, the disintegration of the coalition on its very moment of victory?
Shouldn't it be far safer to sort this unavoidable issue NOW rather than delay its inevitability? Quite frankly, I don't consider you fit to take over the business of the government of the day if you cannot even resolve this power sharing now!
Here's my choice, and yes, it's a f* compromise:
PM = Anwar Ibrahim (I am sure this is agreed – do I hear murmurs from Pak Haji Hadi?)
DPM = Pak Haji Hadi (I am quite happy for him to occupy this)
Home Affairs = Lim Kit Siang (who has the Kamunting experience)
Defence = Khalid Ibrahim
Health = Pak Haji Nasharudin
Finance = Tony Pua
Foreign Affairs = Zaid Ibrahim
Works = Nizar Jamaluddin
Youth = Nurul
Agriculture = Salahuddin Ayub
Teresa Kok = Trade
Sivarasa = Law
Mahfuz Omar = Energy & Oil (no more worries about royalty for Kelantan)
So on so forth ... Azmin Ali can be the Minister in the PM's Department wakakaka
Posted: 14 Oct 2010 07:03 AM PDT
this to say:
An American may have invented Facebook, but when it comes to social networking, we can't touch Malaysia.
A study showed that Malaysians have the most friends on their social networks, averaging at 233 digital friends per user.
Malaysians were also the heaviest users of social networking sites, spending a whopping nine hours per week on average communicating with their hoards of online friends.
So it is a grave mistake for Facebook to block the publishing rights of the page "Malaysians for Beng Hock".
The administrators of the above-mentioned page have this to say:
The arbitrary and undemocratic governance of Facebook on its users is not only tyrannical in itself, it is open to manipulation by authoritarian regimes to shut down facebook activism by making a lot of or high-powered complaints.
It is entirely expected that our scum-of-the-earth government would pressure Facebook with a request like this, but very surprising that Facebook would accede to that.
After all, Facebook have the highest number of users in Malaysia and you don't want to piss them off.
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PKR tidak belajar dari kesilapan pihak lain, malahan parti ini melakukan lebih besar dari kesalahan pihak lain itu. Pemimpin-pemimpin besar PKR sekarang adalahlah anak-anak kepada UMNO yang bercerai-berai tetapi tidak mahu menjadikan apa yang berlaku didalam UMNO itu sebagai pelajaran tetapi melakukan kesalahan demi kesalahan; lebih besar lagi nampaknya dari semasa mereka didalam UMNO dulu.
Betullah kata orang tua-tua dahulu; 'bagaimana acuan begitulah bentuk kuehnya' atau 'kalau bapa kencing berdiri anak kencing berlari'. Nampaknya penyakit yang dihadapi oleh UMNO begitu 'contagious' sekali; kemana pemimpin-pemimpinnya pergi mereka akan membawa penyakit yang ada kepada mereka sekali dengan mereka dan penyakit itu akan merebak dengan cepat sekali.
Dalam proses pemilihan diperingkat cabang-cabang parti itu baru-baru ini penyakit itu berjangkit dari UMNO dengan nyata sekali. Semalam ramai diantara pemimpin-pemimpin cabang parti itu berdemonstrasi didepan Ibu Pejabat parti itu membantah permainan pemimpin-pemimpin besar mereka yang cuba menolak kemahuan dan kehendak ahli-ahli cabang siapa yang mereka hendak pilih sebagai pemimpin mereka.
Tindakkan Azmin Ali masuk campur didalam pemilihan cabang Hulu Selangor misalnya telah menafikan kemenangan Mohd Nazar Yakin sebagai Ketua Cabang tersebut dan keadaan ini berlaku dibanyak cabang selyuruh negara. Kebanyakkannya dilakukan oleh penyokong Azmin Ali, salah seorang dari Naib Presiden yang akan bertanding sebagai Timbalan Presiden dalam pemilihan pimpinan diperingkat pusat yang akan berlaku tidak lama lagi.
Azmin adalah calun yang Anwar Ibrahim hendak lihat memenangi kerusi Timbalan Presiden parti itu maka sesiapa sahaja yang mirip kepada penentang Azmin seperti Zaid Ibrahim misalnya akan menghadapi tekanan seperti yang kita lihat berlaku sekarang ini.
Dengan cara apa sekali pun Azmin dengan sokongan Anwar mahukan pemimpin-pemimpin dicabang-cabang parti itu adalah 'orangnya' sahaja. Semasa didalam UMNO dahulu ini jugalah permainan Anwar Ibrahim sehinggakan Ghaffar Baba yang penyanding kerusi Timbalan Presiden UMNO gagal untuk mendapatkan cukup pencalunan untuk bertanding dan Anwar mendapat slot kedudukkan sebagai orang nubor 2 dalam UMNO itu tanpa tentangan dari sesiapa. Maka Anwar jadilah Timbalan kepada Dr Mahathir Mohammed dalam UMNO.
Rupa-ruapanya Anwar mendapat banyak pelajaran dari Dr Mahathir bagaimana cara untuk mengekalkan kuasa, dan apabila mereka mempraktikkan 'ilmu' yang sama maka mereka pun berpecah dan Anwar dipecat dan beliau menubuhkan PKR dan mempraktikkan kaedah politik yang sama dengan lebih jelas semata-mata untuk mengekalkan kuasanya tanpa ada pihak yang menentangnya berada dalam parti pmpinannya.
Dialam UMNO dan PKR, inilah penyakit yang tidak ada ubatnya seperti penyakit barah. Selalunya inilah kaedah pemimpin-pemimpin yang lemah untuk memperkuatkan diri mereka. Kalau kita kaji secara halus pemimpin-pemimpin diktator terbentuk dari pemimpin yang lemah.
Tidak semua pemimpin ingin menjadi diktator. Ferdinand Marcos misalnya mengambil alih kuasa melalui demokrasi tetapi apabila demokrasi tidak menjamin beliau akan berkuasa dalam tempuh yang lama, maka secara beransur-ansur Marcos menjadi diktator dan menggunakan kuasa diktatornya itu memerintah Filipina selama lebih dari 2 dekad.
Isterinya Imelda menggunakan kuasa suaminya tanpa halangan kerana suaminya adalah seorang diktator. Imelda menggunakan kesempatan untuk ber'shopping' secara gigl-gilaan sehinggakan barang yang murah dibelinya dengan harga mahal dan apabila Marcos hilang kuasa kerana gerakkan 'people's power' didapati Imelda mempunyai 7000 pasang kasut dan itu semua adalah hasil 'shopping' menggunakan wang rakyat tanpa halangan.
Kita berdoalah agar tidak ada isteri pemimpin-pemimpin kita yang seakan-akan sama dengan Imelda dinegara kita ini. Tetapi saya rasa tidak ada isteri pemimpin seperti itu diMalaysia ini. Tak tahulah jika ada dikalangan kita ternampak isteri pemimpin yang 'glamor' seperti Imelda itu. Mungkin ada yang nampak tetapi saya tak nampak pula. Jika seorang pemimpin itu tidak mampu mengawal kehendak dan keinginan isterinya tanpa kawalan pemimpin itu tidak mungkin boleh megawal politik dan negara dengan baik.
Barulah kita sedar PKR seperti juga UMNO dipimpin oleh pemimpin yang lemah; kerana takut kepada bayang-bayang sendiri, sanggup memecah belahkan parti yang dipimpinnya untuk berkuasa mengikut desakkan nafsu syahwat yang tidak terkawal.
Kesungguhan ahli-ahli untuk memperkuatkan parti keseluruhannya dicacatkan oleh kemahuan peribadi seorang dua pimpinan diibu pejabat parti yang tidak memikirkan kekuatan partinya dalam jangka masa yang panjang. Bagi Azmin kepentingan dia sendiri adalah yang terpenting, kerana parti itu hanya merupakan badan untuk mendapatkan kuasa semata-mata kerana kuasa; bukannya kerana perjuangan yang diretorikkannya siang dan malam.
Akhirnya kita lihat UMNO dan PKR adalah 2 kali 5 sahaja. Mungkin inilah sebabnya rakyat akan memilih batang tubuh pemimpin sahaja kali ini kerana hendak mengharapkan kepada parti tidak lagi cara memilih pemimpin yang relevan yang membawa kebaikkan kepada negara..
Selepas ini kita pilih pemimpin yang berani menyatukan rakyat dan mempunyai rekod cemerlang kepimpinan sahaja. Itu sahaja formula untuk memperbaikki keadaan politik dan siasah negara. Kita cari pemimpin seperti yang saya sebutkan ini. Jika hijab dibukakan tuhan, insyaallah kita akan bertemu dengan pemimpin yang saya maksudkan tadi.
Mungkin pemimpin yang saya maksudkan itu sedang berselindung disebalik cahaya yang terang.
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CM Taibs 30th year in office falls on 26th March 2010. Many in the blogsphere have so far seen their first prediction of 10/10/10 as the the date the Sarawak elections will be held thrown out of the window.
It is a known fact that CM Taib does look at all angles before he advises the Governor and the PM that he will dissolve the State assembly to pave the way for an election. Numerology a vital jigsaw plus others like economic climate and a hosts of other factors will be taken into consideration.
Earlier even the State Opposition leaders were quoted to have said this,""Election is coming. October or November is a very likely date," said Sarawak DAP chief Wong Ho Leng.
"The signs have become more prominent. Everywhere you go, people are talking about it and it does look very soon, possibly by November," Baru Bian, the state PKR chief, predicted.
See Chee How the State PKR Information chief for PKR Sarawak has already in an inclusive interview to audie61 said,"We are ready,its only CM Taib who is playing the Guessing game."It seems now someone is also getting into the act. Is he trying to tell us Pakatan something? Or could he be the New Side Kick for Taib? What has he seen in his Crystal Ball which Taib has not?
This was published in mosts of the main stream media and we reposts:-
"Personally, I do not think the election will be held this year. It's too early…maybe next March or April," he said.
Wong was responding to reporters' query on whether his latest campaign push in the rural areas was an indication that the election was near.
"To me, going to the ground to gather feedback is always my job and to assure the people that I will continue to serve them to the best of my capabilities," he added.
Wong said he had conducted more than 20 ceramah with the people in the rural areas for the past weeks and the whole intention was to listen to their needs."I received lots of requests from these people, ranging from better bridges to upgrading roads and drainage improvement.
"What the people want, I will do it slowly and I will make sure that all are delivered. However, priority will be given to urgent projects," he said.
ELECTIONS MARCH Hmmm.?? SHARE WITH US YOUR DATE.!!
Posted: 13 Oct 2010 04:03 PM PDT
From Kua Kia Soong (Suaram), via e-mail
There has been continuous inclement weather in the area which has caused the worst environmental disaster in Sarawak with the 250km logjam the length of the Rajang river, resulting in damage to bridges and villages, disruption to river transport and destruction of fish.
Posted: 13 Oct 2010 03:57 PM PDT
From Ooi Zhi Yi, via e-mail
In May 18, 1860, four men awaited news from the national convention of the Republican Party in Chicago. Senator William Henry Seward in Auburn, New York, Governor Salmon P Chase in Columbus, Ohio, Edward Bates in St Louis and of course Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
All four of the men were hoping that the other three would falter in their bid for the presidential nomination in the party. Lincoln's rivals had gained good achievements throughout their lives except for Lincoln.
As in the titles in front of their names, Seward is a Senator, Chase a Governor and Edward Bates is a judge. Lincoln, however, is a former one-term congressman who had been twice defeated for election to the Senate and expected to suffer defeat in this presidential nomination.
Neither Seward nor Chase nor Bates seriously considered Lincoln an obstacle to their great ambition. At the time of nomination, Lincoln was the least expected to win the presidential nomination.
By the end of the third ballot of the nomination, Lincoln shocked his rivals who believed the better man had lost. After winning in the presidential nomination in the party, Abraham Lincoln subsequently won in the election to become the 16th President of the United States.
The Republican victory in the presidential elections without a single electoral vote from the 15 slave states provoked seven of them to secede and form the Confederates States of America.
In this crisis, Lincoln took the unparalleled step of appointing all three of his rivals to his cabinet. Seward got the top spot as Secretary of State; Chase became Secretary of the Treasury, and Bates as Attorney General.
Joseph Medill, the editor of the Chicago Tribune, later asked the president why he had made these appointments as they were his rivals. Lincoln replied: "We needed the strongest men of the party in the cabinet. These were the very strongest men. I had no right to deprive the country of their services."
As the internal Republican feuds suggest, the party in the 1860s was a coalition of politicians who only a few years earlier had been Whigs (Lincoln, Seward, Bates), Democrats (Blair, Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles and vice president Hannibal Hamlin), Free Soilers (Chase).
In addition, several cabinet members personally disliked each other: Blair and Chase, Seward and Welles, Chase and Seward, Blair and Secretary of War Edwin M Stanton, who replaced Cameron in January 1862.
Lincoln's 'political genius' enabled him to herd these political cats and keep them driving toward ultimate victory. From the rivalry between these men, and as we all know, Abraham Lincoln became one of the greatest presidents in American history.
Fast forward to 2008, Barack Obama has adopted the 'political genius' of Abraham Lincoln. Obama appointed Hillary Clinton, who was Obama's rival in the presidential nomination in the Democratic Party as the Secretary of State.
The current president proved his decision right as both of them have forged a great working relationship to administer the country.
Here in Malaysia, the EGM for Penang Gerakan which was called on Oct 10 has just passed. The 'vote of no confidence against the state chairman' motion was rejected by the delegates by a margin of 29 votes.
The situation in Penang Gerakan is definitely different and better compared to what has happened in Lincoln's era. In the 1860s, cabinet members disliked each other whereas in Penang Gerakan, there's no public feud between any individuals.
In Penang Gerakan, it is just a group of grassroots members showing their concern for the party's future and advocating reforms in the party.
During the EGM, the voting process went smoothly without any disruption. It shows the maturity and democracy that Gerakan members have practiced. However, post-EGM, several members who had voted for no confidence motion had resigned or are expected to resign from the party due to dissatisfaction with the EGM results. Some are even planning to dissolve their branches.
Among the 145 delegates or other normal members who supported the no confidence motion came from different professions and experts in different fields.
It may be someone who's good at law, giving public speeches, planning strategies, analysing, technology experts or someone who's good at managing logistics. These expertises in different professions are crucial for the party to fight in the next general election and the leadership should not neglect and let them leave the party.
Now that the EGM is over and the decisions have been made by the delegates, members from both sides are left with no choice but to close ranks and focus on the development of the party if they want to achieve better results in the next general election.
Will Gerakan dismiss the rivalry that has emerged due to the EGM? Will the leadership reconcile the conflicting factions in the party? Will Gerakan form its 'Team of Rivals' to win in the next general election?
As President Lincoln has uttered in 1858, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Gerakan sec-gen: It's not winners take all verdict
Posted: 13 Oct 2010 03:57 PM PDT
From Wee (Melbourne), via e-mail
I think I'm with most Malaysians currently overseas who are yet to go come home. I'm not one of those born with a rich silver spoon in my mouth. My dad and mom slogged and saved to be able to afford me an education overseas, even sacrificing a big chunk of their retirement savings.
After doing my twinning, a couple of years in Malaysia and for a final year or so in Australia in 2006, I had to find my own source of living in Melbourne.
I slogged hard working in food outlet Nando's and sweeping factories, just to get me through university. Now I'm working for a bank.
The sacrifices my parents made to give me a better head start aren't something which I take for granted.
However as my parents begin to age, there is a high possibility that I would need to take it upon myself to take care of them in their old age. There has to come a point in time to logically look at the possibilities and seek out for yourself a better future.
People talk about patriotism. Am I a traitor? Do I not love Malaysia? Yes I love Malaysia, it has done much for me, I love the place, the culture, the people.
When my Aussie friends ask me about the country of my birth, I always talk about how lovely a place it is, the smell and the sights. Many of my friends visit Malaysia solely because I told them about how wonderful it is despite its issues. However like all places, it has its problems, some more than others.
It is genuinely a nice place to visit and have a holiday. Who doesn't love our beautiful beaches? Warm tropical weather and amazing food but to stay and live in Malaysia is a different question.
The disparity between the rich and poor is growing. How is the average Joe able to advance further if life is getting more difficult. The only way is to get a headstart in life, and isn't working overseas earning international experience, becoming a more beneficial person to society a better thing?
The problem is that the government and public society shouldn't vilify people who stay overseas.
Rather, they should be welcoming the rich wealth of experience and also the wealth that they carry.
Encourage people to start businesses in Malaysia. Bring in foreign currencies. That what I intend to do.
I believe some of the other issues the country has that deter Malaysians returning would be political instability and racial inequality. Having a two party political system in my opinion is a big step forward. However the shift should be towards competency and transparency.
However the biggest problem is that Malaysia has lost its goal. The last thing I remember is Vision2020 set forth by Dr Mahathir.
Ever since then, this 1Malaysia, I have no idea where it's going or how it's getting there.
Goals must be clear and simple. With the world economic crisis that hit us two years ago, markets are collapsing all around us, however I have not seen how Malaysia is trying to innovate and push forward with the emerging markets to be global leaders in certain industries, stamping our certain progress for the coming future.
Yes unfortunately, I bring more questions than answers.Hence I'm honestly not the person to lead the country. But I sure will back the person who does.
Posted: 13 Oct 2010 03:56 PM PDT
From Sean Whyte, via e-mail
While Perhilitan is to be commended for the very little time wasted in prosecuting Anson Wong, this does leave one to wonder why after 15 months, the Taiping Zoo has never been prosecuted for possession of a legally protected species.
In June 2009 Perhilitan confiscated two orangutans from Taiping Zoo and a further one from an individual in Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor. Inexplicably, neither has been prosecuted, leaving Perhilitan wide open, yet again, to further accusations of complicity and corruption. NGO's have requested MACC to investigate.
It is not the first time Taiping Zoo has been implicated in the illegal wildlife trade. In 2002 it was found to have in its possession, four legally protected wild-caught gorillas from Africa. The zoo was never prosecuted and Perhilitan staff were heavily criticized for their complicity in this illegal trade. Another serious matter for MACC to investigate.
As can be seen in the case of Anson Wong, when under pressure Perhilitan can move fast and decisively. So why has it taken this allegedly corrupt department fifteen months to (not) prosecute the Taiping Zoo and the other individual caught red-handed with illegally obtained orangutans?
Until it does prosecute, Perhilitan will remain under a heavy cloud of suspicion.
People now look to minister Douglas Embas to flex his muscles and order Perhilitan to proceed with the prosecution without further delay.
The writer is the chief executive of Nature Alert
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