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Posted: 18 Nov 2010 06:26 AM PST
By RK AnandCOMMENT True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else (Clarence Darrow). This is perhaps a dangerous path to tread. But what if Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has a point?
Insinuating that some races are less patriotic may not have been the most politically savviest thing to do in public, especially when his boss is working around-the-clock to market his 1Malayia magic pill to induce colour-blindness.
But then again, such disclosures hardly come as a surprise in a nation that has street lights brighter than many of its politicians.
And so the guns are trained on Zahid for suggesting that the low number of non-Malays in the armed forces may simply be a case of them being less enamoured by the uniform compared to the Malays.
Or in other words, they are not all that willing to shed their blood for this nation.
Even if Zahid is right, the pertinent question is why have the non-Malays become less patriotic? Is it perhaps because their motherland openly favours one child over the other?
No, this is not about that taboo subject of championing equality of the races.
In Malaysia, the special privileges of the Malays are enshrined in the Federal Constitution and this must be respected. Questioning it runs foul of the law and the perpetrator will be accused of sowing seeds of discord.
There will be a litany of police reports, street protests, bullets in the mail, a swift editorial in a certain Malay daily, and perhaps, even an effigy torched.
So in order not to waste time and taxpayers' money, this sacrosanct issue is best skimmed off the surface.
'Us versus Them'
While the prime minister tirelessly promotes the idea of oneness, there are some however who never tire of harping on the two-ness of things, constantly reminding the non-Malays that they are mere guests and should therefore behave and not question the house rules.
These politicians and racial supremacists have fanned the "Us versus Them" notion to the point that it has become almost impossible for Malaysians to fight on the same team, unless there are monetary rewards in store.
Recent incidents have also shown that it is those on the government payroll who appear to be the most racist of the lot, and the rot travels all the way to certain offices in the administrative capital.
And it is most distressing when educators, with the noble task of nurturing young minds, plant the seeds of discrimination to usher in a new generation of "Us versus Them" recruits.
The distress level rises another notch when the offender is let off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, leaving "Them" to wonder what will have the outcome been if the perpetrator was one of them. Racism cannot be eradicated, but racists can. However, this requires a political will that transcends the ballot boxes.
In Malaysia, heads, which will have rolled for lesser transgressions elsewhere, remain firmly fixed on shoulders, and this begs the question if we are a society in regression?
Till this day, many still consider former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's views on such issues to be the Gospel truth, nevermind that he is fifteen years short of turning a century old.
Notwithstanding that the octogenarian has always been able to re-invent himself, it is still unsettling to know that his old school views on race-relations in Malaysia can still hold water.
As for joining the armed forces, or any civil service outfit, many non-Malays consider it a brick wall career where promotions and salary increments boil down to skin colour rather than talent or years of service.
So why the need to subject oneself to rigorous trainings, the torment of being separated from loved ones and a meagre salary when the blood they are expected to spill on the battlefield is considered less valuable than the blood of a certain group of people?
Such notions should not exist when one places his or her life on the line to defend King and country.
Race aside, Zahid must also not forget that class can also dictate the levels of his brand of patriotism.
Can the minister deny that it is the poorer Malays who appear to be more patriotic than their richer counterparts, since it is the former who often end up in military boot camps.
How else can one explain why the children of most Umno ministers become corporate figures instead of risking their lives piloting Nuri helicopters? Or for that matter, how many of the military's top brass have encouraged their children to follow in their footsteps?
So perhaps Zahid is right, and perhaps the government needs to set up a royal commission of inquiry to look into the matter, and later use its findings compiled in a voluminous report as paperweight. Unless there is more to the 1Malaysia campaign than just colourful billboards, lavish dinners and fireworks.
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 08:35 AM PST
In movies, victim who kills the villains draws applause. In real life, the potential victim who kills his attacker is whisked away in handcuffs by the cops. He is a murderer and cools his heels behind bars. The so-called goon at times gets overpowered by the unexpected counter-challenge of the minnow target. At other times, things go wrong on its own like when a bomb going off before it could kept at its target. Whatever the case, there are many Davids in the city who have killed the Goliaths.
The latest murder of Sunil Latkar, alias Lalla, last week is one such example. Latkar had a dominating presence in Bhuteshwar Nagar with two cases against him. In the past, he had been hauled up for thrashing others. His illicit relationship with a married woman pitted him against woman's brother Jagdish Pise, who opposed the sinful alliance. Pise was no match to Latkar. In fact, he consciously tried to avoid Latkar's wrath.
Latkar would often intimidate Pise and probably planned a serious attack on him. Last week he went to Pise's residence with a sword. The end was dramatic with Latkar himself lying in pool of blood when Pise managed to snatch the sword and hit back with same weapon. Pise even took Latkar's sword to the police station as he surrendered.
Last year, assailants had a bitter lesson to learn when they were heading on a bike to Lalganj in Lakadganj to kill a man on whom they had accepted a 'supari'. The assailants wanted to hurl a crude bomb on the victim to eliminate him while he would be sleeping outside his residence on a hot summer night. The plan turned out to be a disaster for the killers who landed in hospital after bomb they were carrying in the dickey went off when their two-wheeler jumped over a pothole near Raj Bhavan.
In August, hardcore goon Pappu Deshbhratar faced the same fate in his attempt to harass two brothers at Jai Bheem Chowk. Deshbhratar had been just released from jail. One of the victim brothers had even gone to Deshbhratar's place to seek forgiveness for any wrong that had been done by him. Deshbhratar ticked him off bragging about his influence in the locality.
The brothers, sensing trouble, laid a trap for Deshbhratar and eliminated him when he was returning from Nandanvan police station after his routine reporting there. What the Shaikh brothers could not be thought of even by many rivals of Deshbhratar's.
Two such incidents took place in July 2008 under Jaripatka police station. Murder accused Chinna Naidu was killed by cousins whom the goon regularly harassed for money and liquor. Naidu was filthily abusing the wife and mother of the cousins who took a stone and crashed it on the skull of Naidu at old Punjabi Line. Earlier, four youths eliminated a goon and murder accused Prashant Ramteke at Barakholi. Ramteke was harassing one of them after his release from the jail. The youths were also attacked by Ramteke. During a skirmish, the youths snatched the sword from Ramteke and brought his end.
According to the Creation Plan of God, all human beings have two different qualities: ego and conscience. The ego symbolises arrogance, and the conscience, modesty. For instance, there could be a difference of opinion between two individuals, A and B. A might enter into a heated exchange, refusing to give B due respect and honour. This kind of behaviour is bound to provoke B, who might try to teach A a lesson. A psychologist offers this analysis: "When one's ego is touched, it turns into super ego and the result is breakdown."
In this case A presented a challenge to B and B's ego gained the upper hand due to arrogance. On the other hand, if, instead of getting provoked and acting out of ego, had B had opted for a compromise, or if A had restrained himself from provoking B in the first place, there would be no conflict.
In all likelihood, greater understanding would enable better relations between A and B; they would no longer be rivals bent on outdoing the other. There is scope for friendship now where earlier, there was only ill feeling. When one's conscience is touched, it turns into super conscience and the result is complete surrender.
This formula is within our reach, and can be used quite successfully. However there are certain risks involved readmore we are not going to dance Raja Petra Kamarudin's http://www.malaysia-today.net/careless whisper
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 08:25 AM PST
According to Adoimagazine.com, Facebook has beaten Google to become the number 1 most popular website in Malaysia! And it is slightly comforting to know that Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia are ranked higher than Kosmo and Harian Metro on the Internet.
For those not in the know, Malay tabloid, Metro, is currently the number 1 most popular Malay daily - which to my view is such a disgrace if the trend were to represent the level of intelligence and thinking of the Malay society at large, if you get what I mean.
Below are the top 20 websites, taken from AdoiMagazine.com.
1. Facebook 16. Wordpress.com
2. Google Sites 17. Kosmo.com.my
3. Yahoo Sites 18. Maybank2u.com.my
4. Mudah.my 19. Cari.com.my
5. Youtube.com 20. Hmetro.com.my
6. Blogspot.com 21. Lelong.com.my
7. MSN Sites 22. Fooyoh.com
8. Thestar.com.my 23. Themalaysianinsider.com
9. Lowyat.net 24. Mobile88
10. Malaysiakini.com 25. Biz.thestar.com.my
11. Mylaunchpad.com.my 26. Airasia.com
12. Utusan.com.my 27. Sinchew.com.my
13. Blogger.com 28. Paultan.org
14. Wikipedia 29. Nst.com.my
15. Bharian.com.my 30. Sinchew-i.com
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 07:58 AM PST
It is my fervent hope that the PKR leadership
I wish them well and hope that soon they will emerge from this dark tunnel and into the daylight stronger and ready to face the challenges of the coming 13th General Election.← A new dawn for Malaysian politics UMNO plagiarizining PKR? Monash University Malaysia political scientist James Chin says that by democratising the party
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 07:45 AM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 07:05 AM PST
My father, Hj Harun Abu Bakar is now 75. At this age, he walks on his third leg, a 'tongkat'. Many years ago, he was one of the Malayan heroes in Congo and among those few who survived the communists assault in Sungai Siput, Perak.
He was among pioneers of Askar Melayu, used to answer directly to his officer-in-charge during the 1960s, (now) Tan Sri Ghazali Che Mat. They were together with the rest of the battalion members during Confrontation and Emergency. He was also a member of the ADP (Army Depot Police) which enforced the Gurkhas, Sikhs and the Australian Army together.
He didnt retire. He quit after completing his compulsary and royal service. No pension, no nothing. But when the government announced a few years ago that those who used to serve in the Malay Regiment, with or without pension, would be given some 'token of appreciation' and a service medal, he was excited.
He registered with the Persatuan Bekas Tentera Malaysia (PBTM) in Melaka a few months ago and the officer on duty promised to visit him at home, at my sister's house in Bemban, Jasin to have a chat with him and probably an interview.
After months of wait, he called the PBTA office and again, they promised to come. But they didnt. So, he called again... and got the same answer. They were actually toying him around!
Abah saya bukan nak duit atau pembelaan tetapi dia amat berpegang pada janji. Jika Persatuan Bekas Tentera tidak mahu menjalankan tanggungjawabnya, usahlah memberi harapan kepada seorang yang sudah setua dia. Rawan hati orang tua tidak sukar dipujuk.
Saya nak tegur sikit persatuan dan Kerajaan Malaysia. Harap Menteri Pertahanan ambil 'pot'. Begitu juga Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
Tahukah mereka bahawa kebanyakan bekas tentera hidup daif selepas bersara? Do you know that most of them still receive a monthly pension of between Rm50 and RM100 over the past 20 or 30 years?
Di manakah perasaan kasih dan terhutang budi kita terhadap mereka yang berjuang sebelum dan selepas Merdeka, mempertahankan negara daripada Parti Komunis Malaya dan konfrontasi dengan Indonesia, sehingga kita dapat mengecap nikmat keamanan dan pembangunan hari ini?
Fikirkanlah. Dah tak ramai daripada saki-baki orang tua seperti abah saya ni yang masih hidup. Saya masih ingat ketika Tun Mahathir menjadi Perdana Menteri, beliau mengundang satu bas veteran perang kita sempena Hari Kemerdekaan (saya lupa tahunnya).
Ramai yang menitiskan air mata apabila melihat mereka membuka kasut di luar pintu bilik hotel. Kebanyakannya tidak pernah sampai ke Kuala Lumpur pun!
Di manakah mereka sekarang? Where are our unsung heroes? Jika kita tidak mahu melayan 'karenah' mereka, saya harap janganlah ada pihak yang berjanji akan membantu mereka dengan itu dan ini. Tak payahlah Persatuan Bekas Tentera beriya-iya menunjukkan keikhlasan sedangkan mereka sendiri berat untuk melaksanakannya!
Kita memang bangsa yang tidak mengenang budi...
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:48 AM PST
Amat menyedihkan bagi sesetengah tempat di Kelantan menyambut perayaan dengan ketiadaan air bersih.
Perkara ini bukan baru lagi bahkan sering berlaku dan bertambah buruk terutama ketika menghadapi musim perayaan.
Menjelang beberapa hari musim perayaan Hari Raya Kurban pada tahun ini di beberapa kawasan di Jajahan Pasir Puteh mengalami ketiadaan air yang serious .
Perkara yang sama juga berlaku bila menjelang perayaan Hari Raya Puasa yang lepas.
Kerajaan Pas Kelantan gagal menyelesaikan masalah tersebut biarpun diberi peluang mentadbir Kelantan sudah lebih selama 20 tahun.
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:23 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR 18 Nov – "Itulah Anwar Ibrahim, dia akan membuat apa sahaja demi kepentingan peribadi walaupun menghina negara sendiri, jika ada masalah dia akan keluar negara dan buat sesuatu untuk alihkan tumpuan," kata Ketua Penerangan Wanita UMNO, Datuk Hamidah Osman.
Hamidah berkata, sudah menjadi kelaziman kepada Anwar akan cuba mengalih perhatian rakyat dengan membuat sesuatu isu sama ada di dalam atau luar negara walaupun apa yang dilakukan itu memberi kesan negatif kepada negara.
"Anwar tidak pernah memikirkan kesan terhadap apa yang dilakukannya, yang penting baginya adalah melunaskan cita-cita serta agenda peribadi termasuk menggunakan media asing untuk mendapat perhatian.
"Tindakan Anwar itu adalah suatu perbuatan seorang pengkhianat yang sanggup memburuk-burukkan negara sendiri untuk kepentingan peribadi, macam mana nak tadbir negara sedangkan masalah parti sendiri (PKR) tidak boleh diselesaikan," katanya ketika diminta mengulas tindakan Anwar memburukkan Malaysia pada media asing ketika berada di luar negara.
Baru-baru ini, Anwar ketika ditemu bual oleh Sky News Australia, dia menyatakan bahawa pengiktirafan yang diberi oleh negara asing terhadap kemajuan Malaysia sehingga dianggap sebuah negara Islam yang moden adalah satu penghinaan.
Hamidah berkata, tindakan Anwar itu bagi meredakan tumpuan kepadanya terhadap kemelut yang berlaku dalam pemilihan PKR sehingga menyebabkan calon timbalan presiden parti itu, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim menarik diri kerana tidak berpuas hati dengan perjalanan pemilihan parti itu yang sedang berjalan sekarang.
"Orang macam ini nak dijadikan pemimpin untuk memimpin negara, masalah parti tak boleh selesai nak bercita-cita tinggi untuk jadi pemimpin nombor satu negara, tak tahulah apa akan terjadi kepada negara ini, jangan nanti bila ada masalah dia akan keluar negara dan minta bantuan orang luar.
"Rakyat perlu sedar dengan keadaan ini dan harus menolak pemimpin seperti ini yang akan cuba mencari pelbagai alasan atau helah untuk melepaskan diri jika ada masalah yang berlaku terhadapnya," katanya.
Menurutnya, Anwar sekarang sedang menghadapi pelbagai masalah dan kepercayaan serta sokongan rakyat terhadapnya telah mula terhakis, keadaan bertambah teruk dengan apa yang berlaku dalam PKR ketika ini.
Beliau berkata, apa yang dinyatakan oleh Anwar pada media asing itu adalah pandangan peribadinya yang cemburu dengan kejayaan negara di bawah kepimpinan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang mendapat pengiktirafan pemimpin dunia.
"Anwar ini ibarat seperti orang kecewa, cemburu dan tidak senang dengan kejayaan serta pengiktirafan negara luar terhadap Malaysia, sebab itu pengiktirafan yang diberikan itu pun dianggap sebagai satu penghinaan.
"Biasalah, jika orang yang mempunyai sifat seperti itu dia akan berusaha sedaya upaya untuk mengagalkan kejayaan yang dimiliki oleh orang lain," katanya.
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:18 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 – Trade between Malaysia and India is expected to double by 2015 as a result of many landmark agreements signed between the two countries.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said among them were the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, multiple memoranda of understanding in the fields of tourism, information technology and services, traditional medicine as well as in research and development collaboration.
"These are significant milestones that will feature prominently increasing trade and investment flows between Malaysia and India.
"We are confident the country-to-country relationship will manifest itself more intensely and significantly as the many initiatives start to take form and generate results," he said in his speech at the TiE Asia-Pacific Conference 2010 here today.
Najib said Malaysian government had embarked on measures to provide unique opportunities for businesses to access financial and capital markets as the government realised that for entrepreneurs to be successful, adequate access to finance and capital was essential.
In this regard, he said, Bursa Malaysia was working with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) to encourage Indian and non-resident Indian businesses to take advantage of the opportunities Malaysian capital markets had to offer.
He said the Securities Commission and the Stock Exchange Board of India had signed an agreement paving the way for improved opportunities in cross-border capital market activities.
Najib urged foreign entrepreneurs to explore opportunities in the country's highly-developed Islamic banking and financial services industry.
"We can confidently say our financial institutions have more than adequate capacity to support entrepreneurs in their business endeavours," he said.
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:16 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Nov – Parti Keadilan Rakyat dilihat seperti kehilangan sokongan anggotanya kerana jumlah yang keluar mengundi bagi memilih kepimpinan parti itu sangat rendah, kata Ketua Penerangan Umno Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
Beliau berkata pemilihan barisan kepimpinan tertinggi parti sepatutnya mendapat sambutan yang hangat daripada anggota, seperti yang berlaku dalam Umno, di mana kehadiran ahli untuk memilih kepimpinan di peringkat cawanganpun sangat tinggi.
"Saya pun terperanjat kerana menjangkakan ramai anggota parti itu akan keluar mengundi untuk memilih barisan kepimpinan mereka," katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis korban di Masjid Negara di sini pada Khamis.
Ahmad, yang juga Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, berkata anggota Umno bagaimanapun tidak seharus merasa selesa dalam usaha memenangi hati rakyat akibat masalah dalaman yang sedang dihadapi PKR sekarang.
"Anggota Umno perlu terus menerus berusaha memberi perkhidmatan terbaik untuk rakyat," katanya.
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:15 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR 18 Nov. – Pergerakan Wanita UMNO percaya sesiapa yang dipilih untuk memimpin Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dalam pemilihan parti itu tidak akan mendapat kepercayaan rakyat.
Ketua Wanita UMNO, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil berkata, ramai yang merasakan pemilihan dalam parti itu diibaratkan satu permainan yang cacamarba, main sana, main sini dan kerana itu pemimpin yang menang tidak akan diyakini.
Menurutnya, daripada apa yang beliau baca melalui blog dan media, sesiapa yang menang dalam pemilihan itu tidak boleh dianggap hebat dan diambil sebagai serius.
"Pada pemerhatian saya, proses pemilihan parti itu tidak mengikut sistem tertentu sebaliknya semua sistem boleh dilakukan seperti cacamarba," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri sambutan Hari Raya Aidiladha Wanita UMNO di perkarangan Dewan Jinjang Utara D di sini, hari ini.
Turut hadir Ketua UMNO Bahagian Kepong, Senator Datuk Rizuan Hamid; Ketua Pemudanya, Norizan Ali dan Ketua Puteri, Norshamsi Omar Talib.
Shahrizat yang juga Ketua Wanita Bahagian Kepong mengulas proses pemilihan pemimpin PKR dan keputusan calon Timbalan Presiden, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim yang mengundur diri dan bakal menubuhkan parti baru.
Shahrizat yang juga Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat memberitahu, beliau tidak menjangka perpecahan dalam PKR berlaku lebih awal daripada yang dijangkakan dan seterusnya tidak hairan Zaid menarik diri daripada pemilihan parti itu.
Dalam pada itu, beliau percaya rakyat Malaysia bijak dan mampu untuk menghitung apa yang sedang berlaku dan seterusnya tahu siapa yang akan mereka pilih pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.
Beliau berkata, rakyat mengikuti perkembangan politik PKR dan seterusnya mengambil iktibar mengenainya.
Shahrizat menambah, PKR ditubuhkan tanpa visi, ideologi atau idealisme perjuangan bagi membantu rakyat dan negara sebaliknya untuk menentukan individu tertentu menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia.
Beliau menambah, rakyat masih bernasib baik kerana mengetahui kerapuhan PKR itu lebih awal.
Katanya, di mana-mana beliau pergi termasuk kawasan Parlimen Lembah Pantai, ramai pengundi menyatakan kesal kerana membuat keputusan salah berlandaskan tsunami politik pada pilihan raya lalu.
"Kemenangan wakil rakyat PKR di Lembah Pantai tidak membela atau memperjuangkan nasib penduduk di kawasan tersebut sebaliknya mereka diabaikan.
"Saya boleh bercakap demikian kerana setelah berkhidmat tiga penggal membina satu-satunya kawasan dengan 20,000 keluarga setinggan hingga menjadi kawasan Parlimen yang hebat tetapi hari ini semuanya sudah 'hancur'," katanya.
Bagaimanapun Shahrizat mengucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada Ketua UMNO Bahagian Lembah Pantai yang juga Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin yang banyak membantu penghuni di kawasan tersebut.
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 04:58 AM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 04:27 AM PST
Natasha received a message from her former colleague telling her that "Tomorrow there might see some fireworks in PKR. Anwar will address a rally while Zaid will have a PC. Article will be up later."
WILL IT BE SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT?
We reposts the article for the benefit of all:-
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is scheduled to hold a rally at the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) auditorium tomorrow where he is expected to speak on the latest developments in the party.
According to one of his aides, Anwar (right) is expected to touch on the need to close ranks, on the eve of the final round of voting by party divisions.
"The party has undergone a lot of criticism. I believe he will address this and the need for the party to strengthen itself," said the aide.
Last week, PKR vice-president Azmin Ali announced that Anwar will be delivering a "special address" at tomorrow's event to explain the latest developments within the party.
The party has been in a state of disquiet and assaulted by public criticism over the tussle for the party deputy presidency, involving Azmin, Mustaffa Kamil Ayub and Zaid Ibrahim.
Even before accepting nominations, Zaid has been accusing party leaders of conspiring against him and being a victim of their smear campaign.
After two weekends of polling Zaid was just a tad behind Azmin but declared his withdrawal from the contest because of widespread "malpractise and electoral fraud", without formally writing in on the decision.
He also placed the blame for the situation on Anwar and Azmin and urged them to step down.
Zaid to explain resignation from PKR
Anwar had mostly stayed away from the fray until today, when he insinuated that Zaid had failed to serve the party despite the amount of special privileges heaped on him as a new member.
Zaid's (left) theatrics have attracted strong criticism against the PKR which has repeatedly denied malpractices in the elections while urging detractors to back their allegations with proof.
Meanwhile, Zaid is scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow at 10.30am at his residence to explain his decision to quit PKR.
Over the next few weeks, he is expected to hold a series of private meetings with supporters across the country.
Posted: 17 Nov 2010 11:07 PM PST
Posted: 17 Nov 2010 10:50 PM PST
Have I really changed?
NO HOLDS BARRED
Sunday, 14 November 2010 Super Admin
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One of my terms for agreeing to head the Free Anwar Campaign and manage its website was that I would be free to express my views whether they be favourable or unfavourable towards Anwar, his party, or the opposition coalition, then called Barisan Alternatif.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Blogger YL Chong wrote a piece called, "Why RPK is Acting Out of Character", which you can read here.
One reader going by the ID of 'kahsinaw' commented in Malaysia Today "you seemed to outgrow the size of your head." Others allege that I have changed. Nik Nazmi insinuates that my actions appear to be aimed at allowing Barisan Nasional to rule forever. And so on and so forth.
Maybe these people do not know me well enough or have never read what I had written since back in the 1990s. I have never minced my words and have always called a spade a spade. What I write today is no different from how I have always written since the 1990s.
As an example, read the two articles below, which I wrote on 1st November and 26th November 2001. That was nine years ago. And do you know where these articles were published? They were published in the Free Anwar Campaign website.
For the newcomers, the Free Anwar Campaign (FAC) was a movement that I ran and I was the webmaster for the website (www.freeanwar.com and www.freeanwar.net). The website still exists until today. And because of my work in the Free Anwar Campaign I was detained under the Internal Security Act in April 2001.
Note one important point. That was an Anwar Ibrahim website. And yet I wrote and published articles that whacked Anwar and his party, Parti Keadilan Nasional (now called Parti Keadilan Rakyat).
So, no, I have not changed. My stand has not shifted one bit. What I wrote back then I still write today. One of my terms for agreeing to head the Free Anwar Campaign and manage its website was that I would be free to express my views whether they be favourable or unfavourable towards Anwar, his party, or the opposition coalition, then called Barisan Alternatif.
Now read what I wrote nine years ago and tell me whether what I write today is any different from what I wrote then.
Welcome to the Real World
Raja Petra Kamarudin (1st November 2001)
From the 8th to 11th November 2001, the National Justice Party (keADILan), which was two and a half years old on 4 October, will be facing its first party election. As anticipated, as soon as the Sarawak State Elections ended – and with less than desired results, may I add – the campaigning heated up.
Deputy President Dr Chandra Muzaffar's decision not to seek re-election, followed by Hamdan Tahar's resignation from the party under unhappy circumstances, cast a glum scenario indeed. Earlier, one of the party's three Vice Presidents, Zainur Zakaria, who is also one of Anwar Ibrahim's solicitors, announced his withdrawal as well. Zainur had, in fact, filled that post when another Vice President, Marina Yusoff, resigned in a huff a year or so earlier.
Less publicised was Johari Abdul's resignation from the Supreme Council, a personality strongly linked to the Reformasi movement and regarded as one of its masterminds. This further widened the gap between the party and the Reformasi movement that claims it is being sidelined though the party would not have existed if not for the movement.
Rumours are rife that further resignations are in the cards and time will testify to this speculation. But people come and people go and, at the end of the day, one has to subscribe to the philosophy that no one is indispensable. If keADILan falls apart because of the exit of a few key figures, then it is no party to start of with, as a political party cannot revolve around a handful of people.
At first glance it looks bad. KeADILan appears to be breaking apart. And, from the feedback received, this is certainly the perception of those on the outside looking in.
The party supporters out there are extremely disappointed. Some are even angry and speak about the present goings-on with a bitter tone in their voice. They ask, were they wrong about the party and have they wasted the last three years supporting Reformasi and the party just to see its demise even before it can make inroads into Malaysian politics?
This is understandable. They had heralded keADILan's birth as the coming of new politics for Malaysia. They saw this new party, mothered by Reformasi and made possible due to the Anwar Ibrahim political crisis, as the future. They saw change and reformation on the horizon and the end to corrupt and racial politics - where nothing is regarded as immoral - that has been the accepted norm for Malaysia these last three generations.
Also understandable is the fact that keADILan's supporters are idealists. They had always shunned politics and politicians. But when they saw what they thought was the purity of the new party, they rallied forth. Some never voted in their life and now, for the first time, they actually registered as voters to play their role in ensuring the new party garnered enough votes to make a difference – maybe even enough votes to form the next government.
Now they realise that keADILan is…well, just another political party, and they are disappointed. They do not want just another political party. They want a different kind of party, and they stood up to be counted because they thought it would be a different kind of party.
Well, welcome to the real world! KeADILan is just another political party, but with a slight twist. To be realistic, keADILan needs to be another political party to last the distance. If it was that ideal, straight-laced, and an almost virtuous party that many thought it was and wish it would be, then it would be doomed from the word go.
Let's face reality. KeADILan is up against UMNO. UMNO is no saintly organisation. UMNO fights dirty. Anything goes as far as UMNO is concerned. UMNO will stoop to anything to win the elections and, given half a chance, will wipe the still-wet-behind-the-ears keADILan from the face of this earth.
Can keADILan withstand UMNO's onslaught if it fought with kid gloves? KeADILan too needs to be devious, street-wise, and blood thirsty to beat UMNO at its own game. So, keADILan too needs to be another political party to do this.
We are presently seeing what we believe is turmoil in the party. We are seeing factionalism and groupings formed - each trying to outmaneuver the other. We are seeing battle lines being drawn. We are finally seeing the aspiring candidates behaving just like any normal politician would.
But what is so wrong with this? What's wrong if keADILan's leaders and aspiring leaders act like politicians? This is, after all, what politics is all about. Politics is about contesting, and winning. It is about maneuvers and strategies. It is about outdoing and outsmarting your opponents.
KeADILan has so far never held any internal party elections. Seven months after it was formed, it faced its first general election, followed by a few by-elections and, most recently, the Sarawak State Election. There was nothing clean about these elections. As Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad promised in November 1999, the Tenth General Election was the dirtiest in the history of this country. And keADILan was ill prepared for all this.
KeADILan needs to learn how to fight, and how to fight dirty. If it cannot even get through an internal party election, how does it face UMNO in the next general election? Contests are good. That's what politics is all about. How one prepares for this contest is also very important. Slogans alone are not enough. Idealism does not cut any ice with the voters. One needs to do more than that to make any headway in Malaysian politics.
We should not look at the impending party contest as something negative. KeADILan needs to go through this and the faster the better. As it is, the contest is already too long overdue. The present crop of leaders was never elected, they were all appointed - the President included. They now need to legitimise their positions by getting elected into office.
So, the fighting is intense. Well, as they say, if the fire is too hot get out of the kitchen. If you think it is hot now, just wait until the next general election comes around. It's going to be worse than this and worse too than the last general election in 1999.
So, there are groups and camps. So what? Politics is about allies. Show me one political party that does not work on the principle of allying yourself. Some members and aspiring leaders feel that it should be a "clean" fight. What do they mean by clean? Do they mean everyone should be an "independent" candidate and not belong to any team?
Politics does not work that way. If every soldier were to do battle as Lone Rangers, without being part of an army, he would die the first day into battle. Have you even seen a football game won by a bunch of Prima Donas? If there were no team and no teamwork they would never win the match.
On whether the candidates badmouth each other and use money to win, I suppose the members will have to decide on this one. Fighting is one thing and slandering is another. The members will have to demonstrate their maturity by rejecting uncouth aspirants. And if they still get elected into office nevertheless…well, then probably those that left before this knew what they were doing.
KeADILan's true colours revealed - which is a shade of UMNO
Raja Petra Kamarudin (26th November 2001)
The media had predicted fireworks in Kemaman. Many had hoped that keADILan would fall apart due to the intense infighting. Most people had expected nothing less than the worst when Parti Keadilan Nasional held its first party election last weekend in Kemaman, Terengganu. However, what came out of it instead was a delightful surprise. The members, in a demonstration of their maturity, elected a whole new team of leaders whom they felt would strengthen the party.
The media had played up the ABIM versus ex-UMNO issue to the hilt. They made it seem like there was a power struggle between two major groups in keADILan to wrest control of the party. If this were so, then how come Irene Fernandez got in as the Women's Deputy Leader and Tian Chua as one of the three Vice Presidents when both are neither ABIM nor ex-UMNO members?
The keADILan contest was just a normal contest for party posts. All political parties in Malaysia go through it. But when the other parties see a contest it is not a big deal. For keADILan, however, it is front-page news with doomsday predictions thrown in. Maybe, as this was the party's first internal contest, all eyes were on it to see how it manages its elections with the backdrop of a fierce fight.
It was quite apparent that the contest was between groups and not individuals as nearly every delegate was armed with a complete list of who to vote for. There may have been about three or four variations of this list but the main players would be what were perceived as the ex-UMNO group of Abdul Rahman Othman, Saifuddin Nasution, Azmin Ali and the ABIM group of Dr Mohd Nur Manuty, Mustaffa Kamil, Anuar Tahir and Ruslan Kassim.
As in any block voting, an entire team would be voted in and the other sidelined. In this case, the perceived ex-UMNO group came in as the winner. How unhappy the "other side" was at losing was demonstrated when most who lost did not attend the closing session of the AGM. It was estimated that only about 300 of the 1,004 delegates turned up which puts to question whether there was any quorum for the closing session.
Party President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail tried to justify the high absentee rate by explaining that many had to return to their hometowns or go back to work. But no amount of explaining could dispel the impression that these were sore losers who would rather boycott the remaining session of the AGM because they did not get voted in.
If this is the attitude of the losers then maybe, in the first place, it was best that they did not win. Everybody knows how to manage victory. Only the matured know how to manage defeat. And if this is a demonstration of how they manage defeat, then they are certainly not matured enough yet to lead the party.
The campaigning was another source of anxiety. Some of the campaign tactics were rather dirty and centred on character assassination. In the euphoria to win seats and defeat their rivals, some candidates would resort to anything just as long as they win in the end. It was good that these people did not win, as this is certainly an unhealthy culture that should be rejected.
KeADILan preaches justice and fair play and urges the populace to reject the corrupt Barisan Nasional and its leading partner, UMNO. However, some of the keADILan leaders showed that they are no better than the BN or UMNO leaders. Why, therefore, would Malaysians need to kick out the ruling party just to replace it with a party that has the same practices and culture?
The next contest will be in March 2002 when the more than 120 divisions will be up for grabs. If the recent AGM was anything to go by, expect an equally intense and filthy contest during the division elections. If this happens, this would be the beginning of the end for the party.
Many supporters are disgusted with what they saw the last month or so with reported dirty tactics a la UMNO and fist fights at MPT meetings. Some of the die-hards are now becoming cold towards the party and no longer want to support it. They feel keADILan has deviated from the right path and has become just another political party. Worse than that, it has become another UMNO-like party.
If keADILan wants to continue getting the support of the people, it needs to demonstrate that it is a matured and responsible party. The test would be in March next year when the campaigning for the divisional elections heats up. If the Kemaman affair is repeated, then expect many to turn their backs on the party for good.
DEAR Raja Petra Kamarudin and malaysia-today.net web admin:
The column yesterday reproduced above refers.
Good day to you, and hope fellow esteemed blogger RPK, wherever you are, I hope you are thriving and in good spirits.
Yes, some straight answers and followed by what I feel are relevant points.
1. Wrt "
Maybe these people do not know me well enough or have never read what I had written since back in the 1990s. I have never minced my words and have always called a spade a spade. What I write today is no different from how I have always written since the 1990s.
As an example, read the two articles below, which I wrote on 1st November and 26th November 2001. That was nine years ago. And do you know where these articles were published? They were published in the Free Anwar Campaign website."
I would say that I was a regular reader of FAC website. In fact, I served as News Editor at malaysiakini for a year from early 2000 to 2001 that saw the early days of Reformasi following the sacking of Datuk Ser Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy President of uMNO as well as DPM (under Dr Mahathir Mohamad as PM). During that period, I was writing a weekly column named Ruminations which mainly were puttng the Mahatrhir's administration under a journalist's scrutiny, and hence, mostly critical and consonant with "Change".
Comtemporary writers whom I read wer (the late) MGG Pillai -- whom I could say was a friend as we knew each other for some two decades by then, having occasional tea and lunch as a twosome,or with other media buddies. In fact, after his death, I was also in touch with oneof his sons who was also from the media arena.
Another scribe I read was Sabry Zain with his entertaining Not The New Straits Times, whose barbs were not welcomed by NST, and I believe the NSTP did sue Sdr Zain for defamation (? I stand corrected as I rely on my memeory mostly. I indeed did a two=part review of Sabri's book "Face-Off" which I recommend to all reform-minded Malaysians whomissed the action taht followed DSAI's sacking and subsequent arrest.
(2) Wrt to my column that earned RPK's current "rebuttal", may I just say this is alright with me -- as RPK was the key speaker at Bloggers United Malaysia (Bum) 2007 which I chaired, followed by Bloggers Universe Malaysia (BUM2008), I had always prefaced the two annual gatherings by quoting Voltaire's dictum: "I may disagree with what you say but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it."
Unfortunately RPK was not available at BUM2009 and BUM2010 as he was the overseas, but my Org Com members will vouch for my saying taht he would have been welcomed as a key spoaker even "at the last minute" with no confirmation of participation, as did happen in the first two outing.
I think some of us bloggers are on the same page with RPK as far as fighting for change, for A Better Malaysia", is concerned. Ihave oft stated in my comments when carryong your articles that I hold you in high esteem. In fact, I had co-organised with several Seremban activists the Anto-ISA campaign, and had written an Ode to thy name which was read at the third (or fourth?) weekly Anti-ISA Candlelight Vigil at Dataran Seremban on the same day you succeeded in your ISA habeas corpus application in the KL court.
One piece of writing critical of RPK does not mean we have become"enemies" as has been the conclusion I deemed from reafing comments from your "fans" at m2day.
Yo yout question "Have I changed?", my general reply is that "We all grow up with each passing year", and only our close buddies will be able to truthfully come to a fair assessment when we have changed characterwise and our stands on the causes we fight/fought for. I had posed my article title as a question (first published at another web portal...) while the Malaysian Digest had re-phrased it to a statement -- it's alright. It's the body that counts.
My article that that earned the present response from you (RPK) was written in the spirit of "concern" for a writer who I still hold in high esteem for havig written an article whose very title " could give "ammunition" to the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional government to attack the federal opposition, and this can be very damaging cometh the next General Elections (GE13). Don't you think UMNO would cash with elaborate propaganda riding on your No Holds Barred column on Oct 13 "Umno is Beginning to Look Better Than PKR?
If you care to peruse my own blog -- desiderata2000.blogsppt.com-- the external source from which I copied&pasted the most number of articles were from your web portal and columns. One other writer I feature prominent is Kim Quek, whose political thoughts coincide a lot with mine, and since he himself does not have a blog, I run his writings as soon as I receive them via email.
I might have digressed a bit because I want to tell a bit of my writer's journey and where I stand in my political philosophy and causes I support, so I hope your readers will bear with me.
I also welcome feedback to what I wrote and will continue to write -- I offer no apologies for being first a DAP member for some two decades, and from January 2005 till to date, a PKR member -- as I think discourse is a two-way process, and in a way, we act as check-and-balance and benefit from rational and reasoned exchanges. I prefer feedback from readers who care to identify themselves, and not from Anonymous ones who often go into "personal" rantings without any relevance to the topic under discussion.
Thank you for your patience.
YL, Desi, knottyaSssual
12.36pm, Nov 15, 2010
Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:22 PM PST
From Pak Tua, via e-mail
The shift in the Chinese votes in Galas in favour of BN can be attributed to two reasons:
1. The Chinese and Indians were promised 750 houses by BN. Houses in Gua Musang are precious commodities as not many house lots or houses are provided to accommodate the ever burgeoning populace of Gua Musang especially after the opening of Cameron-Gua Musang access road.
Many Chinese from the west coast have found economic opportunities here but they have problems finding houses to live in. The prospect of getting a house from the BN's project gave them hope, so why not grab this opportunity since none was coming from the present state government.
2. Many Chinese have opened up land for small holdings, either to plant rubber or cocoa and of late, oil palm. Since they carry the identity cards with the code 06, 04 or whatever, other than 03 being an indication that they were born in Kelantan, the state government was reluctant to give them the land titles despite promising so in the March 2008 general election should PAS form the next state government.
They often compare their application of 30 acres as peanuts compared to those who asked for thousand of acres for an oil palm plantation.
The state government's attempt to explain that those big acreage granted were sub-leased from Yayasan Islam Kelantan, and not directly to the Chinese companies were unacceptable to them.
This just goes to show that their distrust in PAS as the state government has faltered and they are showing it at the ballot box. After all they now feel they have nothing to lose.
Don't expect the Chinese vote to return to PAS as they must have burnt their bridges after the by election of Galas.
What happened to the Chinese votes?
Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:21 PM PST
From Francis Pereira, via e-mail
Bumi-centric policies kept the non-Malay Malaysians out of the civil service, the police and the army. Discrimination drove many out of the service and even overseas. These are facts which all fair-minded Malaysians recognise.
Zahid Hamidi is as 'kurang ajar', as many of his Umno cronies are, to close his mind to these facts and accuse us of lacking patriotism.
Now he arrogantly adds insult to injury by trying to put a different spin to what he had said.
And by the way, do tell us your reason for not joining the police or armed forces if it is not abject lack of patriotism. What is it?
Friends and foes open fire on defence minister
Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:20 PM PST
From Betty Streamyx, via e-mail
Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:19 PM PST
From Stariy Perdun, via e-mail
Though we agree that robbing is a big no, this incident is making Malaysia looks like a Hollywood cowboy movie scene.
Guns are for the rich only, who will have heaps of reasons to have the guns.
But, has anyone checked the background of the dead teenagers? Did he do that to get money to buy food to feed his poor family?
There is nothing told about the dead robbers! May God forgive us to what we have done to each other.
Teenager shot dead during robbery attempt
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