- Tahun 80'an, Gaji RM2k Sebulan Sudah Mewah
- The Demise of Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu, the former Penang Chief Minister
- KTAR may become a varsity college
- Yes Dr Rafick rights2write but you are not Dr Idiotology a school of thinking that is particularly appealing to dumb asses.
- PKR without Anwar Ibrahim & Azmin Ali
- A KADIR JASIN The media empire, the grand old houses of money and power protect each other.
- Anwar loses appeal bid, to pay RM70k in costs
- Privatisation ala Mahathir still continues
- Victim's family cries foul over 'trigger-happy' police
- Hang on and make it better - Malaysia's first "It Gets Better" video
- A day at Malaysian Immigration
- Hot humid afternoon, yet my heART sings
- Be Judged the judge’s “intimidation” So, they’ll get away after all?
- Humanity is priceless everywhere, not just Malaysia
- Our future depends on our choice now
- Henti buat lawak, bangunkan semula PKR
- Yes, Anwar is no Suu Kyi
- Kudos for highlighting plight of Sabahans
Posted: 24 Nov 2010 12:41 PM PST
Apa sudah jadi dengan Malaysia kita ni. Sebelum ada Proton,KLCC, Putrajaya, Wawasan 202 dsbnya, dgn gaji Rm2k sebulan, sesebuah keluarga itu sudah mampu menikmati kehidupan yang mewah. Mana taknya, pada tahun 80'an, kereta Toyota Corrolla yang baru pun baru RM20k sebijik. Maknanya, bayaran sebulan baru dalam RM150-200. Makan pun masa tu tak berapa mahal sangat. Harga rumah teres dua tingkat di Bangsar pada tahun 80an cuma dalam RM50k sebijik (kalau tak salah saya). Ertinya, dengan gaji RM2k sebulan kita mampu beli rumah, bayar EPF, cukai, makan, pakaian, kereta dan pendapatan kita masih lagi bersisa selepas itu. Isteri2 kita pula tidak perlu bekerja. Tak hairanlah, pada masa itu kerani sekolah cuma mendapat gaji RM500 sebulan.
TAPI, selepas projek2 gila dari Dr Mahathir dan UMNO, yang kita lihat barisan kroni2 dan UMNOPUTRA tiba2 menjadi kaya raya. Manakala, kehidupan rakyat terus terhimpit. Kita lihat realiti di hadapan mata kita sekarang.
Pada masa ini, gaji RM5k sebulan MASIH TIDAK MENCUKUPI untuk sebuah keluarga. Namun, kenaikan gaji semenjak tahun 80an adalah sedikit. Tidak hairanlah para isteri2 kita terpaksa bekerja menanggung pendapatan keluarga. Ini kerana kalau setakat RM2k sebulan, cukup suami bekerja. Namun, kalau hendak mendapat RM6k sebulan, maka perlulah kedua2 suami dan isteri bekerja kerana gaji pekerja tidak naik jauh berbanding tahun 80an.
Dengan para isteri2 terpaksa bekerja separuh masa dalam keadaan kos hidup semakin meninggkat, keadaan sosial remaja pun semakin buruk. Penyakit2 sosial remaja yang dahulunya tidak kedengaran sekarang sudah menjadi lumrah.
Cuma yang semakin kaya dan semakin makmur adalah para kroni dan UMNOPUTRA. Semakin rakyat Malaysia terhimpit kehidupan mereka, semakin kaya para kroni dan UMNOPUTRA.
Saudara/ri saksikanlah sendiri falsafah pembangunan UMNO: mengkayakan kroni dan menghimpit rakyat.
Bagi saya, Dr. Mahathir adalah penipu paling besar di Malaysia abad ini. Beliau mampu menipu rakyat Malaysia kerana UMNO sendiri adalah parti penipu.
Terpulanglah pada saudara/ri samada mahu meneruskan dasar mengkayakan kroni/menghimpit rakyat ini. Gaya UMNO memerintah, dalam masa 5 tahun lagi, RM10k sebulan belum mampu menjamin kehidupan yang selesa.
Yang penting yang kaya adalah kroni. Hahahahaha
Posted: 24 Nov 2010 08:01 AM PST
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Posted: 24 Nov 2010 07:48 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA is planning to upgrade Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (KTAR) into a university college, said its president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He said a committee had been set up to look into its fee and course structures after the upgrade.
The members in the committee are Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung and KTAR and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) council member Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn.
"We will ensure that KTAR will continue to provide affordable and quality tertiary education to all Malaysians," he told reporters after chairing the MCA presidential council meeting yesterday.
The MCA founded KTAR in 1969.
On another matter, Dr Chua said another committee chaired by Dr Wee had been set up to look into issues related to conforming schools (Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan).
The committee will have about two weeks to draft a memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minis ter.
On the 1MCA Medical Founda tion, Dr Chua said the criteria for those who could apply for financial aid had been drafted and would be posted on the party's website by this week.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was at the meeting, said a charity dinner to raise funds for the foundation to be launched by the Prime Minister would be held on Dec 13.
On the bidding of car registration numbers bearing the letters MCA, Dr Chua said he would not bid for the number plate MCA 1.
"If other MCA leaders are interested in bidding for the registration number, they can go ahead to do so but we (the party) will not help them," he said.
Dr Chua also said party members who announced their intention to quit the party in public would be considered to have tendered a formal resignation.
"This is because some of them have gained a lot of publicity in the media when they made such announcements but when we wrote to them to ask about their status, they denied that they had quit," he said.
THE STAR (Wednesday November 24, 2010)
Posted: 24 Nov 2010 07:06 AM PST
drrafick your friend has become← The London Street Medicine Seller Raja Petra Kamarudin's end justify his means when PETE the killer gets killed
Before fixing responsibilities let's see how Guru Rabindranath Tagore had identified and warned us about the reasons giving birth to corruption and its devastating fallout way back in 1922 in 'The Robbery of the Soil":…Like mountains, large fortunes and the enjoyments of luxury are also high walls of segregations; they produce worst division in society than any physical barriers.
Tun Mahathir despite many people dislike him is a shrewd and definitely a very intelligent person. He has fought so many political battles and comes out stronger readmore.By the time the evil barisan ends nothing will be left 'Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times', direct financial losses amounted to about The RM100 billion while his people are hungry → He pointed out GE 12 result is because of the people hatred to BN at that time rather than the support to PR. In one of my post election blog post, I mentioned that even a donkey can win if pitted against many BN candidates. The situation will not be the same in GE 13, hatred against BN is getting less. To win Putrajaya, it will be based on performance rather than politics of hatred.The universal greed, which now inflicts us all, is the cause of every kind of meanness, of cruelty and of lies in politics, commerce, society and human life…when a passion like greed breaks loose from the fence of social control it acts like that fire, feeding upon the life of society. The end is annihilation. It has been the object of the spiritual training of man to fight those passions that are anti-social and keep them chained. But abnormal temptations have set them free and they are fiercely devouring all that is affording them fuel… mother earth has enough for healthy appetite of its children and something extra for rare cases of abnormality. But she does not have sufficient for sudden growth of a whole world of spoiled and pampered children… In a society where greed of an individual or a group is allowed to grow uncontrolled, and is encouraged or applauded by the populace, democracy cannot be truly realised… then democracy becomes an elephant whose purpose in life is to give joy ride to the clever and rich… organs of information, through which opinions are manufactured, and machinery of administration, are manipulated by a prosperous few."
readmore← Najib toes the prevailing undercurrents in the party A bridge too far for the Nottingham University graduate Just means he's no leader.
Irom Sharmila is Gandhism personified. So is Aung Sang Suu kyi. In an era when a person is judged by his or her success no matter how it is achieved, the two iron ladies have proved that the power of sacrifice is divine and unparalleled. Both the non-violent crusaders have unrelenting faith in the righteousness of the action to aim for what they believe is just and true. On November 2, Sharmila completed 10 years of unbroken fast and on November 13, Suu Kyi was released after 15 years of house arrest. Sharmila's herculean struggle is against Indian army's alleged atrocities in Manipur while Suu Kyi is fighting for the freedom of Myanmar from decades of oppression by the junta. They may not have been able to achieve their goals so far but have moved the world with their satyagraha.
But the unfortunate part is that the Indian State continues to ignore Sharmila and has ditched Suu Kyi. When the heads of all the prominent countries in the world hailed Suu Kyi's release with strongest possible words, Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh chose to keep mum and left it on external affairs minister SM Krishna to do the formality and that too in a highly guarded manner.
The response of the Indian State in both the cases is shocking and deplorable. The two extraordinary souls are symbol of moral force. Both derive strength from Indian tradition and philosophy. Sharmila's inspiration is the holy Gita and Suu Kui is Buddhist to the core. The common factor to them is Mahatma Gandhi, who took inspiration from the Gita as well as Lord Buddha and evolved satyagraha, which became the common man's tool to defeat the mighty British empire.
Another factor common to the two cases is the fear of China in the Indian government's mind. The fear of the China-backed insurgency gaining ground in the northeast is preventing the Indian state from considering Sharmila's demand to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1959 imposed on Manipur to check violent insurgency. And the fear of China cornering India by influencing Myanmar has made the Indian government shift its stand from supporting a non-violent pro-democracy movement led by Suu kyi to a docile one favouring the military government. Ironically, by ignoring Sharmila, the Indian government has ended up promoting violence and by ditching Suu Kyi, it has compromised principles framed by our founding fathers, who provided India a unique status in the world — the status which US President Barack Obama saluted in his recent trip to India.
Sharmila started her fast unto death on November 2, 2000, after she saw the killing of 10 villagers in Malon in an indiscriminate firing allegedly by Army personnel. Since then she has been in police custody on charges of trying to commit suicide and is being forcibly fed through a nasal tube. But she carries on with firm resolution. She has not met her mother since the start of the fast because she thinks that will make her weak. Sharmila is not throwing stones or hurling bombs. Nor has she delivered any seditious speech. She is only voicing the concerns of the peace-loving 'aam adami' of Manipur, who sees the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as a tool of oppression. Sharmila's self-imposed suffering represents all those have-nots of the country who still have faith in the Gandhian way of struggle. The lady is trying to prick the conscience of the Indian State.
Suu Kyi, daughter of Myanmar's father of the nation general U Aung San, spent most of her youth outside her country and came back in 1989 to nurse her ailing mother. She also realised that her motherland required her services. People looked up to her as a liberator from military tyranny. Her party won in the 1990 elections but the military government put her under house arrest and annulled the elections. But she did not compromise. She even could not take part in the funeral of her British husband as she feared that once out of the country, the junta would not allow her to come back and fight for the people. Even after her release she said: "My people are not free and so I am not free." India supported Suu kyi's cause for sometime but later diluted its stand with the excuse that it needs to keep Myanmar's military regime in good humour to counter Chinese diplomacy.
The Indian State does not realise (or perhaps it does but is deliberately not following) that the strength of a nation lies in its people. It would be much easy to defeat insurgency in Manipur by winning over the people of the state. And that could be done by reaching out to Sharmila and peace-loving people like her. Similarly, the Indian State should focus on strengthening the country internally to counter the Chinese threat rather than diluting the moral principles which governed our foreign policy since independence. If all the public money devoured by corruption would have been actually spent on development, India would have been in a much better position compared with China. The change in the pro-democracy stand with regard to Myanmar in the name of 'strategic diplomacy to check China' has only exposed our weakness and lack of will power.
In a civilised democratic society, the challenge lies in tackling insurgency while upholding human rights, otherwise it would be difficult to distinguish between democracy and autocracy. Similarly, facing the Chinese threat while upholding Indian traditions would make India's position stronger in the world.
If the government is not listening, the privileged lot who can influence the policies are also to be blamed. We have failed to live up to the expectations of the freedom fighters who dreamt of a just and equitable India based on the principles of non-violence, truth, and sarvodaya. From a collective force which defeated the mightiest empire in the world, today we have been reduced to a nation of selfish individuals and hypocrites. If all the Indians rise in support of Sharmila and observe at least a day's fast, no government will be able to overlook it. Similarly, if we all exert moral pressure on the government, it will have to change its Myanmar policy. But our Page 3 sensitivities don't seem to feel and see beyond Big Boss and Rakhi Ka Insaf. And, our conscience is dictated by market sentiments which only allows us to think "how to earn and where to spend".
As far as Sharmila and Suu Kyi are concerned, it hardly matters whether they will succeed in their missions or not, because success lies in making an honest and righteous effort and not in results. The two satyagrahis will always inspire millions of have-nots in the world because they represent HOPE — the strongest thing in the world, which keeps the human spirit and will alive even in the toughest of circumstances and eventually triumphs.
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Posted: 24 Nov 2010 06:11 AM PST
Malaysiakini - 400k PKR members, where art thou?
Questions have been raised about PKR's real membership figures, especially as only 10% of the claimed 400,000 voted in the recent party's election.
Prior to this MKINI report, a reason tossed about was that PKR had deliberately inflated its membership numbers to justify/stake its large share of the seat allocations among the three Pakatan component parties.
If that has been the case then PKR had fibbed to its Pakatan allies; if that wasn't, then PKR has had an abysmal turnout for its party election, raising doubts about the legitimacy of Azmin Ali's election as the new deputy president of PKR.
Out of 10% of the claimed 400,000 members who voted, Azmin only received slightly less than 20,000, a mere fraction (5%) of the total numbers. Is 5% of membership support sufficient to justify his No 2 position in the party. With Dr Wan Azizah a known reluctant politician and a passive president (only in name), Azmin Ali is now virtually the leader of PKR, on the basis of the 5% members' support he received. And even that 5% is questioned for being not kosher.
However, my post is not so much about the numbers per se, but the longevity of PKR as one of the Pakatan trio. In this, naturally I have to raise questions about Anwar, and since Azmin Ali is so closely tied in with Anwar, him as well.
Actually I didn't plan to write my letter What of Anwar's less than admirable history in Umno?, to Malaysiakini, where I listed my reasons for not supporting Anwar Ibrahim. But I was compelled to by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad's letter to Malaysiakini in which he responded to Dean John's criticism of the sad state of affairs in PKR. I was mentioned, which forced me to reply.
My main point in my letter to Malaysiakini was that I do not believe Anwar's reformasi credentials or promise. Au contraire, I pointed out his 916 nonsense, that: To boast of an invisible force of 30 BN MPs defecting to his side was not only an outrageous affront to the supremacy of the Malaysian voters' decision but a hideous insult to democracy, exposing his reformasi as nothing more than a lip service sham.
The questions and complaints over his involvement in the recent party polls – see Zaid Ibrahim - suffers no fool gladly and PKR party election - the horror stories continue - have further fortified my poor impression of him, and now Azmin Ali as well.
Anwaristas and most of his supporters have been deceiving themselves by arguing that anyone, anything would be better than further enduring the UMNO-BN sh*t. Let me ask: aren't Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali also UMNO sh*t?
Changing an Anwar/Azmin-led PKR for UMNO is just changing sh*t. Then, some anwaristas, not accepting their icon is not deserving of our support, came along to say: Anwar sh*t is better than UMNO sh*t, and so the arguments continue on, along the line that Anwar, regardless of his faults and weaknesses, is better than any UMNO leader.
Having said all the above, I believe PKR can still be a good party, and Pakatan is worth voting for ... provided ... much as PKR anwaristas and other PKR supporters will undoubtedly condemn me, I have to agree with Zaid Ibrahim that for the good of PKR, Anwar and Azmin should leave PKR.
Of course that is unlikely to happen now because Anwar is so consumed about being PM, or failing that, to see Azmin as PM. They have a symbiotic relationship, which means they both see themselves as PM in the event of a Pakatan victory.
I am not sure I want to see either Anwar or Azmin as PM. Just imagine what they can do. It frightens me.
I reckon the scandal, complaints and questions over the recent PKR party polls have been a blessing in disguise because it means a significant number of PKR members and supporters might have woken up, realizing their messianic icon is not so reformasi-inclined as they had blindly and foolishly believe. This may spell a nascent willingness among PKR members to consider their party as one minus Anwar and Azmin.
The challenge to the Anwar-Azmin leadership have to, must come from within PKR, so as to save the party and preserve its useful role in Pakatan. PKR must and shall survive (better) without Anwar and Azmin. I'm really glad that Dr Syed Husin has left voluntarily; next should be Dr Wan Azizah as the poor long-suffering lady needs a good break. And so should the others like 'all complaints solved' Saifuddin, deer-like Dr Molly Cheah and the inner coterie of Anwar and Azmin.
The daughter Nurul seems a decent sort of sweetheart, honest, bright and promising as a politician. Maybe one day she'll be the leader. Yes, PKR can survive, in fact better, as a party of young members and leaders – Nurul, Chegubard, Tian Chua, Eli Wong, Jonson Chong, etc. Maybe it's time to recruit people like RPK and Haris Ibrahim into the party fold.
It's all up to you PKR members. Don't exist under the unfounded belief that Anwar Ibrahim (and symbiotically, Azmin Ali) is indispensable.
Perhaps it may not be remiss of Pakatan to put the trek to Putrajaya on hold and just focus on winning more federal seats and the new States of Perak, NS and Sarawak.
The next term, even in federal opposition, will provide the Pakatan leaders with more experience in being State ruling governments, and more importantly, the Malaysian civil service with sufficient time and exposure to an enlarged and enhanced Pakatan presence to realize the Malaysian political landscape has significantly and irreversibly changed, and to adjust to real Westminster democracy (and thus the possibility of a new federal ruling party, without harbouring any ethno-centric fears) and a return to its impartial professionalism.
And hopefully by then, Anwar and Azmin will no longer be in charge of PKR.
Don't be dragged in by Anwar-Azmin's obsession to race to occupy Putrajaya, regardless. Slow and steady wins the race.
Posted: 24 Nov 2010 05:49 AM PST
BY A KADIR JASIN
Why some political parties lost the plot Filth of UMNO and Evil of MAHATHIR never ever changes – it can hide, camouflage itself, but will never deliver benefits.
That's what is happening to the land of all virtues and 7% growth rate. The nation which boasts of a great functional democracy, looks dwarfed before countries like Myanmar and Zimbabwe . With a quivered lip and a smile that can't be hidden, they can say, oh my God, this is you? Your journalists, your ministers and your judges … phew!!Defeat is the distance between a bedtime story and a wake-up call. The former starts with 'Once upon a time…' and lulls the voter to sleep. The second is an energiser that addresses a fresh dawn.Three political parties have become victims of their own success: their narrative has run its course, and they have not been able to find a further chapter to their saga.
The fear of "revenge killings" is so deep that the politicians, otherwise so vocal in demanding a probe into many other scandals, are keeping their mouths shut, least a bruised journalist take on them at "an appropriate time".
Just see the grandeur of our scandals: THE UMNO STORY is the simplest: the fairies have abandoned its fairy tale. It began as the party of LIBERAL MUSLIM ELITES WITH THEIR KETUAAN MELAYU The robust economic and social resettlement of the dispossessed, evident by the 70s, paradoxically, liberated them from the party which helped them. After the high-drama blip of the ANWAR IBRAHIM SAGA the UMNO reinvented itself as a champion of a psychological rather than an economic need.
Najib's "Lucky Number"
ON his part, the Prime Minister, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, has to be supremely confident and 100 per cent sure that the BN has recovered to think of an early general elections.
Number 11 is said to be Mohd Najib's lucky number, hence the widespread prediction that he will hold the GE sometime next year.
If he holds the GE next year, this will be the shortest Parliament in history. The current Parliament is just over three years.
Unless he is so very sure that the BN will do better, he is taking an unnecessary risk. On the other hand, waiting for the full term may also pose a danger as the economy could worsen and his transformation plans may not produce the expected results.
So, with the mainstream media and friendly pollsters giving him a high mark for popularity and performance, Mohd Najib may be tempted to call for an early GE to obtain his very on mandate instead of continuing with the mediocre mandate of his predecessor.
Irrespective of when the election is held, one new equation has set in. This has to do with the sudden rise in the number of new voters, presumably young first timers and the change in the media landscape.
There has been a big fall in the following of the pro-BN mainstream media in recent years. Coupled with the rising influence of the new media, it could take the battle for the hearts and minds of the voters to whole new level. Whoever is in control of the new media, could end up with the bonus.
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What after this?
Maysia is going through moral turmoil.Mahathir the man to be impeached for corruption and power abuse was rewarded to be de-factor chief who would supervise all corruption cases for ensuring punishment for the guilty is the one who himself is facing charges and when the voters asked the reason for this, the attorney general had the cheek to rebuff malaysiansin these words: "If impeccable integrity becomes an eligibility criterion, then all judicial and constitutional appointments will be open to question."
Nothing. The media empire, the grand old houses of money and power protect each other. They have the platform to reach millions, but not a single one has tried to discuss it threadbare with the same savage ferocity they show in ripping apart their ideological opponents after having tasted a good French wine in a vineyard. They often use papers and channels for their political vendettas and abuse every other person they dislike without showing any civility. Then their outfits shut their doors for the other voices. No, the censorship is not by the state. It's by the media houses. They invite guests to their shows and use them to have their own "super Oprah" image projected at the cost of the other voices and other viewpoints.New media journalists have been accused of wrongdoing, including having inappropriate conversations with a corporate lobbyist and acting more like power brokers in recordings released as part of an investigation into an audacious multibillion swindle — considered the biggest scandal to hit Malaysia
I was intrigued by Hakim Joe's challenge to Karpal Singh whether he (Karpal) had witnessed PKR elections first hand and been around for the vote count. At the same breadth Joe claims that PKR electioneering culture is inherited from UMNO, so I wondered if Joe had witnessed UMNO elections first hand and been around for the vote count to make this claim.
Still, it seems to me that there is a strong link between organisational structure and culture. Looking at history, we see that with a New Army of about 2,500 men, Cromwell was able to defeat the English king with an army of over 7,000 men at Naseby.
By comparison, more than 1500 years earlier, in a different part of the world, great armies of over 100,000 men on each side (sometimes with 600,000 men on just one side) regularly and frequently clashed in the battlefields of China.
Obviously it takes a lot more to raise an army of 100,000 men than an army of 2,500 men. Could this explain why Asians in general are so much more placid and obedient than Europeans and why Europeans are so much more aggressive and rebellious? It was built into the cultures respectively through organisational structure.
For the Europeans, it was relatively easy to defy your king while to the Chinese, defying the Emperor means one has to have enough money to raise armies of hundreds of thousands of men or one lost one's head.
The question is – if the PKR is organizationally a carbon copy of UMNO, could not its romantic idealism in giving its members the direct vote the greatest folly and tragedy in Malaysian politics?
Obviously power in UMNO is based on patronage and is feudal in nature. Its organisational structure therefore reflects this. The big chieftain cannot deal with tens of thousands of members directly through patronage. He needs to depend on sub-chiefs and the sub-chiefs must depend on mini-chiefs through a whole chain of feudal patronage. In a sense that is why UMNO needs so many vice-presidents. (Perhaps if Joe had witnessed UMNO elections first hand, he might be able to provide more detail and information for us to consider.)
As a comparison, Red Indian chiefs can at most control 100 – 300 braves. To muster greater numbers for a big war, allied tribes speaking roughly the same language or dialect need to be persuaded to join the fight and a great war chief elected by the war council. This was a cumbersome affair and control and command was confusing and tedious. So it was that Red Indian culture remained tribal and eventually suffered genocide.
The early Republican Romans had essentially the same structure (with big landlords instead of big tribal chiefs), only more efficient and more structured, with laws and formal institutions to control things. Later power was invested in an emperor, but as with the Chinese dynasties, control fluctuated between periods of peace and plenty punctuated by war and instability every 100 – 300 years or so, the difference was that powerful Roman generals could seize power sometimes without even killing the overthrown emperor, while in China, the emperor and his whole clan and family had to be wiped out and another family installed.
So it is that a culture based on placidity and obedience must have murderous intent as its counterpart, while a culture based on rebellion and defiance could also be humane and loyal to its laws.
So it is that when PKR gave members the direct vote, PKR chieftains panicked because they had not bothered to reach out to ordinary members directly. They were big chieftains without Red Indians. They depended on the mass media to create a reputation based on their deeds at the national level and often it was just publicity seeking comical deeds. It was hoped that such deeds could attract the support that they needed to stay in power.
The results of PKR elections may support this conclusion. The voter turnout was miserable, showing that the ordinary members had not been properly organized and motivated and that the big chieftains were divorced from the grassroots. Those that bothered to turn out were subjects of their patrons and since one patron cannot reach out to tens of thousands of subjects directly, only a handful turned out and since these were fanatically motivated to support their masters, fist fights depended on hair triggers such as suspected wrong procedures for elections. Ordinary members voting without undue critical interest should not be so emotionally charged. The middle men (sub and mini patrons) were missing from the equation.
In addition, we now have a fair idea of what happens during UMNO elections at the branch and divisional level – lots of open hanky panky happens, but since these are committed by the dominant patron, most voters close both eyes. The situation became tensed only when 2 dominant and mutually unfriendly patrons contested. Unfortunately PKR has taken into its ranks people unfamiliar with all this patronage and hanky-panky culture, so there was horror and unending questions on the smallest transgressions.
It seems to me that this is the only (maybe a bit long winded) explanation for so many problems arising from so few voters in so short a time. If you can provide some sane alternative explanation, please do so to get us all out of our misery.
So it would seem to me that to change organisational structure at the stroke of a pen based on romantic ideals is a famous folly and a great tragedy without considering changes to be made in culture as well.
It would seem to me that PKR should not be accused of hanging on to obsolete feudal UMNO culture and traditions, but should instead be accused of being too wishy washy and too romantic in trying to move ahead too fast for its own good, even before organizing and preparing the grassroots for such a difficult and complex endeavour. (Such a mistake is not a rare one and can be found in all sorts of situations throughout history, one famous one would be the Cultural Revolution in China.)
Add in possible black ops sabotage and expert opinion forming by expensive consultants hiring hack writers, the situation can reach hysterical proportions which apparently it looks like it did.
It would seem to me that PKR big chiefs are trying to rule by decree rather than by painstaking organization at the grassroots level. Such a method of leadership assumes that the grassroots are able to react well and capably to such decrees. Obviously such an assumption is false.
So if you guys want to throw around wild accusations and sling around filthy mud, please, at least sling the right kind of mud. heeheehee
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When I asked around on Twitter and Facebook about the most efficient and most convenient Immigration office to renew my daughter's passport I got many suggestions. Shah Alam, Wangsa Maju, Subang Terminal 2, Damansara Heights...Thank you all for your suggestions. But as Subang was the most convenient location from home (and I'd used them once before) I chose to drive there. With my 10 year-old daughter and 7 year-old son in tow. Mainly because he was bored at home and I was going to bring my iPad with me. When I arrived at Terminal 2 the scene that confronted me confirmed my fears. It was the school holidays and the place was packed!
There's 20 meters of counters and 10 of waiting space in front of them. Why?
Well, nobody's fault but my own for procrastinating. Surprisingly, we found a parking bay not too far away from what looked like a very dilapidated Terminal 2 building. You know the usual signs. Broken windows. Uncleared litter and garbage. Overgrown grass. And floors that hadn't been cleaned since the last plane took off I think. We walked past the make-shift canteen. And past a glassed-off area the size of a low-cost housing flat bedroom (read minuscule) which I discovered housed the passport renewal machines. I asked the pegawai standing guard at the door what I should do.
"Have 2 passport photos, your passport and IC and money ready."
No need for forms?
"No need." I was impressed.
But of course I soon realised that my daughter did not have her passport photos ready.
"No problem, Encik. You can take photos inside." Wah!
Inside meant the main hall. When we went there we were confronted by the sight of scores of sweaty men, women and screaming children. All there to apply or renew passports I presume. There was an especially long queue which I eventually found out was the line for the photo-taking facility.
4 passport-sized photos for RM10 + 45 minutes
Well....it was a facility. It had one of those photo-taking machines that you find in archades and malls. You go in, sit down in front of a mirror, put in your coins, smile-FLASH-and you're done. But this photo-kiosk charged RM10 for 4 colour passport photos and was never meant to perform high volume photo reproductions. Hence the long queue which took 45 minutes from queue-up to photo-taking. This little example of entrepreneurial skill was manned by 2 rather disinterested silent, gentlemen who looked like off-duty pegawai from one government department or another. You know the type. I later found out that the photo-kiosk was operated by the cooperative of the Immigration Department. Good what. If only they'd see the potential and put in a little better maintenance or update the machine or even add additional equipment so the turnaround would be faster and more lucrative.
Halfway down the queue it occurred to me that I hadn't made it clear to the pegawai I asked that I was renewing my 10 year-old daughter's passport and not my own. So, leaving the young lady in the queue I went back to the machine room and asked again.
"Oh untuk budak ya? Then machine tak boleh. You go to counter #1, get a form, fill it up, make photocopy of your IC and photocopy of child's birth certificate and then submit at the counter."
Oh! So I go to Counter #1.
"Can have a borang please?"
I retreated to fill up the form. Brought it back to Counter #1
Oh must get gambar first. Back to standing in the photo queue. I go to get photocopies of my IC and my daughter's birth certificate.
The ever-present A4 notice on the window
The photo-copying service was also operated by the guys who were taking the photos. Which also was one of the reasons why the photo queue was so long. There's just so much a man can do la!
Finally, after 45 minutes we got the passport photos and the photocopies.
Back to Counter #1 and was told to wait for my number to be called to submit the renewal application. Another hour later our number came up. Yay! Rather short-lived joy.
"Where's your wife?", asked the counter lady. Wah! That's nice I thought. Maybe she's one of MamaMin's customers.
"She's at home," I replied.
"Where is your wife? Because you cannot renew your daughter's passport. Only your wife can do. Because your case under section (she quoted some number)."
I could feel my blood pressure rising. Stay calm.
"But I've spent almost half the day here only to be told that I cannot do this? How can la, Cik?"
Well, okay I wasn't exactly that calm la. But I was not rude. Tell you why later.
"Cannot. Only your wife can do."
"But why wasn't I told earlier so that I would not have wasted my time? Look, I am not angry with you ya Cik. It's just that your department's system sucks."
"If you like you can speak to my boss."
Yes I would like that very much. I was cleared through that magic door that separates the sweaty, screaming plebs from the powerful pegawai's. After waiting for less than a minute, some guy in civvies comes over, looked at my application, scrawls something on it, looks at me and says, "Ok?" and walks away. I don't know what his 'okay' was about although I detected a hint of resentment in his tone. Don't know why. I was nice what. Then the lesser pegawai ushers me through the magic door back into the sweaty masses.
"Okay, my boss say you can pay now but your wife has to come and collect the passport together with your daughter. Now you wait for your number then pay."
And so we waited another half hour to be called to the payment counter. I paid the dues and got a receipt and was told that the passport will be ready for collection in 2 hours time. But what the lady didn't say was that the counter closes at 4.30 and the 2 hours meant the passport would be ready at 5pm. And so my wife will have to make a trip there tomorrow to get through the final phase of the Malaysian child passport renewal process. No wonder Malaysian passports are so valuable on the black market. It takes a lot of effort and time to make one.
What I want to say before I end this rant is that the officers of the Jabatan Imigresen in Terminal 2 that I met this day, except for the 'boss', were friendly, smiling and genuinely helpful. And I salute them for doing their jobs in that kind of environment. The office air-conditioning system was not working.
Hi-tech cooling system for the over-worked photo machine
It was dirty and badly maintained. Broken chairs, wet floors, peeling wallpaper, uncleared rubbish. And the department system sucks big time.
A big TERIMA KASIH to the counter staff of Jabatan Imigresen Terminal 2 Subang.
I think you all should write a long letter to the minister of home affairs and tell him about your working conditions. He probably doesn't know and that's why he's spending time and money instead on catching people for sedition on the Internet. Tell him la that maybe if he helps you all improve your delivery system there might not be seditious writings on the Internet. Right?
Oh there is one more thing. Have you ever wondered why Malaysian government departments service counters are always designed width-wise? A long row of counters. But a very short waiting space in front of the counters. All of them are like that. LCCT, Johor 2nd Link Immigration, Terminal 2 Immigration...
If you know a lot of people are going to be queuing you make lots of space in front of the counters, right? It's not rocket science what.
Posted: 24 Nov 2010 01:23 AM PST
Listening to the birds sing
Ah, Neil Diamond too
Sweet Nasi Lemak
Sweet Roti Canai
Sweet Chinese Mamak mee
Sweet everything except UMNO
Give me anything except UMNO
This party has run Barisan Nasional for 53 long years
Any one year more is one too many 365 days
Days or dies dear fellow Malaysians
You change UMNO you bring s smile to my face
Sweet everything BUT
But UMNO, okay!
UMNO will only take you down Zimbabwe way
We in PKR kicked out a mole from UMNO recently
Will you kick out UMNO fromPutrajaya
For me,you and everybody
Posted: 24 Nov 2010 12:09 AM PST
"Tell me your weakness, and I shall give you a job." — Anon.
The Politics of Sodomy: Will Justice be Mangled Again?
To convict an innocent man of false charges, there must be four parties acting in concert, three of them in the criminal justice system. They are the Police to fabricate evidence, the Attorney-General to frame the charge and the Judiciary to convict the accused irrespective of whether he can put up a creditable defense.
Think of a society so indifferent (or wise) that a rape suspect is indicted only at the time the illegitimate infant is delivered, and since by that time the child's illegitimacy and the mother's social status are the major inflictions to be undone, the most appropriate legal redress would be to arrange a marriage between the accused and the victim. This would be the ultimate "happily ever after" story, in which the law even reforms someone's crime into a state of lifelong binding love, further taking into account those fraction of cases where "rape" is falsely reported for other gains. There would be only one flaw. The difference between "rape" and "marriage" would be lost for ever, or perhaps, "arranged" marriages would get a different definition. In ignoring prompt justice, society would be settling for a different social order. The idea is not so outrageous. But for man, the rest of the animal kingdom has no such definitions for bodily interactions. There is also no such entity as law.
The Fixer and Evidence Fabricator
The present mole hill the country is occupied with, while it basks on a mountain of corruption, may just be the turning point this land is waiting for. Having defined democracy in a text, scripted law on the basis of what was reasonable among those who could understand it, we went on conducting our affairs without letting the ideas of fairness and liberty trickle down to clear the cobwebs of caste, clan, region, religion, illiteracy and ignorance. These were comfortably converted into political banks. The counterfeit coins are being sent back, the chickens are coming home to roost, the prodigies are round tripping!
The controversy is not all about someone writing a letter, the official delay in response, the misinterpretation of guidelines, pressure of a coalition party, or the alleged complicity of a particular minister. Or maybe, it is a bit of all this, with the ubiquitous "foreign hand". It is simply about accountability of the highest offices, when a nation loses an amount of revenue that could wipe out the hunger of half its poor. Someone needs to exert his stature, or even set it aside, to put the record straight.
An irregularity that was to be addressed in Parliament finally reached the highest court of law, when the legislature seemingly failed. The press did its job, though it has much to do to keep abreast, even stay a step ahead. What the Hon'ble Bench asked was appropriate, and appropriately directed. Any man with honesty and integrity should welcome such a move. It gives him a platform to pronounce, pursue and purport by example. At that stage of dignity chosen by the nation, there is no such concept as defence. This is the ever anticipated moment of truth, the celebrated time of "reckoning". The PM, having much goodwill, should face the House squarely and singularly, clear the air, and take the party, allies and opposition into confidence. That makes the legal exercise secondary, and the less that is stretched, the better. He has to restore his image as the leader of the nation. Courts don't bestow that honor, they only absolve. There is no time to lose. Besides the present loss, a 10% growth in economy has been announced.
Even so, those who will be drafting the evidence and arguments need to see just one shining light. It is not the one of cleverness or chronic guile. It is of a collective national conscience. Individuals and events have lost significance before the lost common man. There has to be a revival of systems, and restoration of faith that they finally do matter. It is not entirely a matter of "right" or "wrong". It is a matter of what will finally be perceived such. Calling it a continuation of policy of a previous regime is an argument of doom. As a new government, it is deemed to be its own policy, and finally this argument was rejected as a defence for the sacked minister. It all depends on what the facts are, how simply they are put before a tired nation, and how gracefully the exercise is conducted. A people's need to believe in natural justice, their adoration of those in power possessing adequate merit, cannot be ignored.
One does sense that perpetual dependence on coalition politics in a rising economy may turn its dream sour. Coalition would be healthier for the opposition. Political inertia of the national parties is costing the nation dear. Power comes more easily by bargaining than by actually exerting for the common man's vote. The two large parties need to explain to the nation why they do not have even a respectable representation in two of the most populous as well as backward states of the country, which actually were their original constituencies, and prop up a majority of the central leadership. More is in store if this political equation of convenience is not sorted out by going back to the fields.
The third 26/11 is approaching. Hopefully, there should be ample security from invasion without. Peace within comes from fairness, equality, liberty and answerability to a population that, in segments, is the poorest as well as the richest on this planet. The common man deserves to enjoy uninterrupted constitutional guarantees, despite indulgent political scams. Which party would like to put such a warranty on its manifesto? It may be an answer to regionalism.
In the event of no one found "guilty", what is the plan of recovering the lost revenues if it was due to a false policy, coalition compulsion, or party loyalty. Would the law like to deliver composite justice by pronouncing a stricture on loss of revenues?
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Posted: 23 Nov 2010 02:13 PM PST
From R Shan, via e-mail
The latest melodrama in PKR, DAP, PAS and the usual suspects Umno notwithstanding, there is now talk of an emerging third force with Hindraf, Zaid, MCLM and East Malaysia.
The average Malaysian is so consumed with all this political nonsense and that he fails to understand why all this is happening. We were so close to ending the Umno regime through the opposition after GE12, and now there is a so called third force as the spoiler.
Whether we like it or not, the opposition's performance in the four states has been abysmal. Don't tell me about Umno and its mandores, that is a stale and old story.
What about the rest of the states, do we hear anything from the opposition in those states? Why not? Is it just status quo, are they there to make up the numbers?
Didn't we make a change in GE12 at least in the five states, now of course the four states? They can justify that they are new and give every excuse under the sun. Those excuses maybe reasonable, but what about those poor and deprived. How does it transpire for them?
Are their interests being looked after, are their needs being attended to even if decisions made are unpopular ones? Who are these elected personalities serving?
The poor and deprived need to be fed and roofed. Everyone talks about corruption, abuse of power, the might of Umno machinery and so forth.
Now today, they are in the same bracket, anything that is questioned in the conduct of the opposition is seen as a cardinal sin, racist, called a lackey and what not.
It is truly amazing that a cause for the good of all always capitulates to political will for lack of courage and moral fibre.
Today our morality lies in what I should do? Do I support Umno or Pakatan, why not a third option for what we may assume is for the sake of rakyat?
The stratification of the society in Malaysia, no doubt plays a part, but if the cause is for the welfare of all under the sun, then it is universal. It is justified.
Maybe it it too much for Malaysians, but when you discover the humanity formula, it is not a a subjective self preservative end but rather an objective purpose for the benefit of the people.
It is priceless like a virtuous will with the strength to overcome obstacles and to manifest words into deeds, if we can comprehend it.
Posted: 23 Nov 2010 02:13 PM PST
From Pakac Luteb, via e-mail
Malaysia has to move quickly forward and overcome its past or it will sink much lower than it already has sunk.
Race relations have declined, the economy has declined, crime has increased, the justice system has become a tool for oppression, the country is fast achieving pariah status.
Umno and the BN must cede power to the opposition.
What comes next? Malaysia can take a lesson from what Nelson Mandela did with South Africa.
In South Africa, many were fearful that there would be bloodshed and retribution against the years of oppression of the blacks by the whites.
Mandela wanted to avoid that, he wanted South Africa to quickly move forward.
He decided that there had to be peace in South Africa, there must be equality of all races and there must be forgiveness of the past.
South Africans remember apartheid, but have decided to not to dwell over it, just work together for the good of the nation, the blacks working together with the whites who had oppressed them.
As a model for Malaysia, I suggest forgiveness and reconciliation in Malaysia as Mandela accomplished in South Africa.
People put aside their instinct for revenge, and instead channel their energies towards building a strong, modern, energetic Malaysia that is prosperous, fair and just in how it treats everyone, citizens and foreigners alike.
I ask Malaysians what Mandela asked of South Africans, move forward, don't look back. Malaysia has vast resources, especially its people.
I appeal to all Malaysians, the Datuks, Tan Sri's, Tuns, towkay, kerani, etc., all Malaysians, rich, poor, middle class, educated or illiterate, to decide that moving forward requires forgiveness and reconciliation regarding past misdeeds of repression, squandering, etc.
It is a big request I ask of Malaysians, many of whom have personally felt the oppression by the Umno BN government, but it is a request I must make, because Malaysia is at a simpang in its history.
There are now two choices, everyone, whether they support the opposition or BN Umno can work together to make Malaysia truly great, or they can all continue fighting.
If they choose to fight, it will be a disaster and lead to ruin, if they work together Malaysia has a good chance of being well on the way to being a prosperous and developed nation by 2020.
Malaysia would receive kudos from the world as South Africa has. I want to work for a better Malaysia, hand in glove with everyone else, whether they are Umno, BN, PKR or otherwise, whether they are having the title of Tun, Agong, etc. or if they have no title, perhaps they just clean toilets.
I have a dream, that Malaysia will become a nation that the world takes note of, for all the right reasons. Please join me in making that dream become reality for all, those alive now and for future generations.
Posted: 23 Nov 2010 02:12 PM PST
Dari Khairul Pahang, via e-mail
PKR telah berjaya mengakhiri sebuah pemilihan paling demokratik di Malaysia apabila membuka proses memilih pemimpin kepada semua anggota parti. Walau apa pun yang diperkutukkan, PKR harus diberi pujian atas usaha mengembangkan demokrasi. Pemilihan parti 2010 akan termaktub dalam lipatan sejarah politik tanah air sebagai usaha baik yang gagal. Kisah kegagalan ini harus kita terima dengan berlapang dada dan ikhlas. Jangan sekali-kali kita gusar dengan kemaluan kita.
Posted: 23 Nov 2010 02:11 PM PST
From Rammy, via e-mail
It is true that Anwar Ibrahim is no Suu Kyi. He was charged for an offence under recognised Malaysian law.
The issue of whether it was a trumped up charge is for him to proof. He cannot undermine the Malaysian legal system without evidence.
Suu Kyi, on the other hand, was arrested arbitrarily. She was put under house arrest to deprive her of the legitimate right to govern.
Anwar is no Suu Kyi, says US writer
Posted: 23 Nov 2010 02:10 PM PST
From Wong Ji Henn, via e-mail
It is highly reflective of what many Sabahan of Chinese descent are concerned and worried about.
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