Tuesday, December 14, 2010

R.P.K’S POSTURE POSTING IN MALAYSIA TODAY ON A REVIEW . A (The Straits Times) film starring -Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Lee Kuan Yew and Khairy Jamal

R.P.K’S POSTURE POSTING IN MALAYSIA TODAY ON A REVIEW . A (The Straits Times) film starring -Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Lee Kuan Yew and Khairy Jamal

R.P.K’S POSTURE POSTING IN MALAYSIA TODAY ON A REVIEW . A (The Straits Times) film starring -Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Lee Kuan Yew and Khairy Jamal

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 03:10 PM PST


Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is disappointed.. A (The Straits Times) film starring – FORMER Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin as their sidekick has been titled THREE IDIOTS. That is why. The octogenarian insists that the new film's title is an insult to the MALAYSIANS with the same FOREPLAY that featured..
If you notice, most of the films which are well promoted on the basis of who is looking hot, who has a superb body, who is wearing designer clothes are not really films. They seem more like advertisements for a lifestyle.
You either hate dogs or love dogs. There cannot be any ifs and buts.
In the hate category come those who have been barked at, those who hate continuous and incessant barking at any hour of the day, those who have been stitched up after running away (as opposed to being chased) from street mongrels, those who have had some bad experience in life with dogs, et al.
Also, an interesting choice for one of his main characters is Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew
. Of course, it's not a surprise to see FORMER Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin as their sidekick


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Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is disappointed.. A (The Straits Times) film starring – FORMER Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin as their sidekick has been titled THREE IDIOTS. That is why. The octogenarian insists that the new film's title is an insult to the MALAYSIANS with the same FOREPLAY that featured..
If you notice, most of the films which are well promoted on the basis of who is looking hot, who has a superb body, who is wearing designer clothes are not really films. They seem more like advertisements for a lifestyle.
You either hate dogs or love dogs. There cannot be any ifs and buts.
In the hate category come those who have been barked at, those who hate continuous and incessant barking at any hour of the day, those who have been stitched up after running away (as opposed to being chased) from street mongrels, those who have had some bad experience in life with dogs, et al.
Also, an interesting choice for one of his main characters is Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew
. Of course, it's not a surprise to see FORMER Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin as their sidekick

LKY’s Sodomy II remark not food for thought

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 06:00 AM PST

By Joe Fernandez

COMMENT Now we have heard it all. Senior Singapore Minister Mentor Harry Lee Kuan Yew has grounds to believe that Anwar Ibrahim is not only guilty of Sodomy II, but has committed the "mother of all stupidities" by "knowingly walking into a trap" set by his "political enemies".

"Political enemies" can only be a euphemism for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and the grand puppet master, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister and the bane of most Malaysians.

It's interesting to note that WikiLeaks, the source of the so-called leaks on Anwar, doesn't seem to know who his political enemies are since they remain unnamed. This could only mean that the Malaysian Special Branch (SB), the divine guidance of Lee's belief in Anwar's alleged guilt, deliberately withheld information on the opposition leader's political enemies. (Not that it knows anything most of the time.) This makes its "intelligence work" all the more suspect.

The nature of the relationship between the Malaysian SB and Singapore SB is an open secret. They are said to maintain a close working relationship. But beyond that, there's no sincerity or genuine cooperation between Malaysia and Singapore. The Malaysian SB tries to mislead – an analyst used the word "bullshit"– the Singapore SB as much as possible and vice versa. This allows both SBs to select what they like to hear, irrespective of whether it's true. And it's this information that's passed on to their political masters.

The Malaysian SB should better spend its time persuading its counterpart in Singapore that "Malaysia is not in dangerous decline, with the Chinese set to flee for the island", another fairy tale that WikiLeaks picked up from across the causeway via Washington. This is because there are still non-Malays, and Malays alike, who would protect Umno from their own stupidity and the "incompetence" noted by the "competent" Singapore officials.

The Malaysian and Singapore intelligence services are the last places to go to if one is looking for any intelligence. The Singapore government, it is believed, is aware of the historical weaknesses of its SB and may have set up parallel intelligence networks, especially in the diplomatic and commercial fields.

Another big hole in the Lee belief is that Anwar would knowingly walk into a trap set by his political enemies. This is a contradiction in terms unless Anwar is "a glutton for punishment", a phrase that Lee once used to describe the late Singapore opposition leader J B Jeyaratnam, whom Lee bludgeoned into bankruptcy time and again with the complicity of the island's judiciary, of which he was once a senior member. Had Lee said "unknowingly", his belief in Anwar's "guilt" would have been a little more credible.

Hence, we must discount these leaks from WikiLeaks, which in any case are not always a reflection of the truth but merely messages being broadcast for our entertainment irrespective of their merits. It's for us to sift through them and separate the grain from the chaff.

We can also conclude that Washington, where the right hand ostensibly doesn't know what the left is doing, must be complicit in the continuing WikiLeaks exposé.

Calling Washington's bluff

It is time to call Washington's bluff on WikiLeaks, which can only be part of the former's naïve hidden agenda in global diplomacy and security. Washington wants to determine the global agenda and dictate how the ensuing debate should proceed and this is where WikiLeaks enters the picture.

As for Lee, who is nearing 90, he must be losing the plot, especially after the recent death of his wife under tragic circumstances which dragged on for so long that it traumatised him no end. Most of the trauma stems from the fact that Lee, who sees himself as God's gift to Singapore, doesn't know where his wife has gone. The subject came up indeed between husband and wife as they debated whether there was life beyond the grave. This is the subject that Lee should focus on at this juncture of his life and not whether Anwar is guilty of Sodomy II.

Whether the WikiLeaks exposé on Anwar would play on the mind of the judge in Sodomy II remains to be seen. It certainly adds to the molehills of circumstantial evidence the case has covered so far unless the court has access to the "technical intelligence" the Singapore SB claims to have. They would have shared it with their Malaysian counterparts who would have gloated over such a prize find and run with it to their political masters for a pat on their backs.

The judge would have to discount WikiLeaks in his final summation before throwing the book at Anwar.

Between the paucity of credible evidence, and the continuing political interference in the case, the opposition leader is likely to receive a suspended jail sentence and fine, which will strip him of Permatang Pauh and disqualify him for five years from standing in any election or holding office in any political party. This must be one reason why he prefers to remain as the Ketua Umum of PKR.

In that case, we won't be hearing the last of Anwar after Sodomy II. We will hear less of him if he is really locked away and not given a suspended jail sentence as expected.

Whichever way Sodomy II goes, the longer it drags on, the worse it will be for BN and Najib – and Mahathir in particular – and the better for the opposition alliance. Sodomy II has become an albatross around the necks of Najib and Mahathir. They can only sink with it, not swim with it as these two arch villains are hoping. That will be poetic justice in an ironical turn of events.

Whatever happens, we can be sure of one thing: there won't be a Sodomy III, and not because the primary villains will exit the stage, but sequels are the kind of thing that only Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger can get away with.

Kita bina politik dan negara yang baru

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 03:07 PM PST

Tuduahan PAS terhadap BN yang BN akan merampas kuasa setalah PR mengepalai pentadbiran kerajaan selepas pilihanraya yang akan datang dinafikan sekeras-kerasnya oleh TS Muhyiddin Yassin hari ini. TS Muhyiddin menjawab yang apa yang diperkatakan oleh salah seorang Naib Presiden PAS merupakan spekulasi untuk memburukkan imej BN dan UMNO dengan membina persepsi orang ramai yang BN tidak akan menghormati kehendak rakyat dan tidak demokratik.

Dalam isu ini saya tidak menyalahkan PAS atau pun UMNO. PAS tentunya mengeluarkan kenyataan seperti ini sebagai respon kepada kenyataan Najib Sabtu lepas yang mengatakan jika BN tidak menang parti-parti lain tidak boleh menang. Apabila seorang Presiden Parti yang memerintah berkata begitu tentulah PAS teringat kepada permainan UMNO yang begitu licik pada masa-masa yang lepas dalam mana PAS banyak kali tersungkur kerana politiking yang tidak 'gentleman' dari pihak kita.

Sebelum UMNO menghadapi masalah keyakinan rakyat dulu memang telah melakukan banyak perkara yang memberikan kesusahan kepada PAS untuk berjaya dalam pilihanraya. Tetapi apabila UMNO sudah mula difahami oleh rakyat, dan rakyat pula sudah mula berfikir sebelum memberikan sokongan maka barulah PAS dan pembangkang yang lain menjadi parti-parti yang menjadi 'alternative' kepada mereka. Malahan ini lah kali pertama PAS mendapat kerusi yang begitu banyak dalam Dewan Parlimen, lebih banyak dari PAS berada didalam BN diantara 1974 hingga 1978 yang lalu.

UMNO pula kini sedang mencuba untuk berubah walaupun segala usahanya diwas-wasi oleh rakyat tentulah marah jika PAS membuat tuduhan yang mereka anggap melulu itu. Mereka (UMNO) telah membuktikan jika kekalahan mereka tidak banyak maka mereka akan melakukan tindakkan yang dianggap coup de tat seperti apa yang berlaku diPerak. Tetapi UMNO tidak mampu melakukannya dinegeri-negeri seperti Kedah dan Kelantan kerana kekalahan UMNO adalah terlalu besar.

Jadi jika rakyat mahukan PAS memerintah maka mereka harus memberikan sokongan kepada parti itu secara besar-besaran. Begitu jugalah jika UMNO mahu setabil dalam kerajaan-kerajaan negeri maka UMNO wajar memdapat sokongan yang besar. Itulah sebabnya mana-mana pihak jika boleh mahukan representasi sekurang-kurannya dua pertiga didalam Dewan-Dewan Legislative dinegeri-negeri.

Banyak pihak telah membuat ramalan yang kita akan menghadapi 'hung parliament', tiada parti yang akan mendapat kemenangan mutlak dan ianya akan membawa kita kepada lanskap politik yang baru dan memaksa kita untuk melakukan politik baru dinegara kita. Jika perpaduan rakyat (national unity) masih lagi menjadi agenda kita maka seperti yang saya beulangkali menyatakan kita terpaksa memulakan 'negara baru dan politik yang baru' dan ianya bukan kali pertama berlaku dinegara kita ini.

Keadaan selepas pilihanraya 1969 dahulu telah menyaksikan pemimpin-pemimpin kita telah kembali kemeja rundingan dan setiap ketua kaum duduk bersama-sama dan membina politik baru berdasarkan kepada asas Perlembagaan Persekutuan dengan sedikit 'adjustments' disana sini.

Untuk melakukan ini ianya mesti dilakukan oleh pemimpin Melayu yang dihormati yang tidak tercemar dengan menerima rasuah secara sistematik atau pemimpin yang dikemudikan oleh ahli keluarga atau kelemahan-kelemahan yag lain. Ia perlu diketuai oleh seorang Melayu kerana negara ini mesti diteraskan kepada bangsa Melayu dalam segala bidang.

Jika kita masih tidak mahu melakukannya sekarang, sebelum kita menghadapi pilihanraya ini, maka kita akan menghadapi kesulitan politik yang tidak dapat dibayangkan pada hari ini. Yang pastinya tidak akan ada parti yang akan mendapat sokongan yang mutlak dan akan membawa negara kepada 'animosity' yang sangat merbahaya.

Jangan ditunggu sehingga 'nasi sudah menjadi bubur'. Lakukan apa yang patut dilakukan sekarang. Jika ini dilakukan barulah boleh kita katakan transformasi politik seperti yang diretorikkan oleh DS Najib sejak akhir-akhir ini.

BN boleh disifatkan sebagai kereta berjenama yang terlalu tua. Kos untuk 'Maintainance'nya terlalu mahal kerana selalu masuk 'workshop' kerana selalu rosak. Jika dilakukan 'overhaul' terhadap kereta tua ini maka kereta tua yang berjenama ini bolehlah berfungsi agak lama sedikit. Apabila di'overhaul' tentulah banyak 'spare-parts' yang diganti dengan yang baru...bukan gitu?

Buat masa ini elok DS Najib berhenti mengumumkan satu lepas satu perancangan yang setakat ini belum nampak lagi perlaksanaannya secara 'organic' oleh rakyat jelata.


Posted: 14 Dec 2010 03:34 AM PST

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Sivarasa: Debate WikiLeaks cables

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 02:22 AM PST

R Sivarasa wants Parliament to debate statements by Singapore officials relating to the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu as well as Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's alleged sodomy charges as appeared in an Australian newspaper.
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Wee: No mention of conspiracy in statutory declaration

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 01:26 AM PST

Wee Choo Keong (IND-Wangsa Maju) on the statutory declaration pertaining to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy charges.
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Speaker orders Karpal Singh out of Dewan

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 12:55 AM PST

Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) was asked to 'rest' until after the Dewan Rakyat's lunch break at 2.30pm today after he questioned Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia's rejection of his motion over Chief Justice Zaki Azmi. Karpal had tabled under a motion under Standing Order 18(1) over the refusal of chief justice to entertain his complaints of misconduct against Zaki. The veteran DAP leader engaged in a verbal battle with Pandikar when he spoke out before the ministerial statement by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz and questioned Pandikar's rejection in chambers of his motion. However, Pandikar refused to allow Karpal to discuss the matter further, maintaining that Standing Order 36(a) precludes the House from discussing the conduct of a judge in discharging his judicial duties.
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PAS condemns 'traitor' labelling by PM

Posted: 13 Dec 2010 11:57 PM PST

PAS condemns PM's labelling of Felda critics as 'traitors'. PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub also says that the PM should be brave enough to reveal Felda's actual cash balance. The Islamist party is also calling for a Royal Commission to investigate possible mismanagement of the agency.
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LGE: Indication is that GE next year

Posted: 13 Dec 2010 09:55 PM PST

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng believes that postponement of Umno and MCA party elections is indication that the 13th general election is next year.
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Najib gadai maruah melayu a gripping tale of how Lee Kuan Yew systematically and ruthlessly roots out and destroys any form of dissent in Singapore

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 09:18 AM PST

DECEMBER 14, 2010


A top Singaporean diplomat described Indians a smelly filthy toddy boys and a 'black-eye' for Malaysia.the two ole foxes..enemy and finally friends




the Lee Kuan Yew that very few Singaporeans know about

To Catch A Tartar: A Dissident In Lee Kuan Yew's Prison is an excellent study of the conceit and deceit of a man many Singaporeans thought they knew. The author, Francis Seow, is a former solicitor general and president of the Law Society in Singapore. This is his first-hand account of how he has suffered under the PAP government's use of biased legislation and media manipulation to maintain political hegemony.

In Devan Nair's words, Seow's book is an eye-opener, "for those whose eyes still require to be opened". The former president of Singapore, who incurred the "implacable wrath of a political genius gone awry" [referring to Lee Kuan Yew] for his public defence of Francis Seow, was labelled an alcoholic in a White Paper tabled before the Parliament.

Despite that, Nair traded blows with the government in several hard-hitting press statements and included a scathing attack on Lee in the foreword of this book: "Today, Lee no longer deals with his equals, but with his chosen appointees, who did not earn power the hard way, but had it conferred on them. They are highly qualified men, no doubt, but nobody expects them to possess the gumption to talk back to the increasingly self-righteous know-all that Lee has become. Further, the bread of those who conform is handsomely buttered. Keep your head down and you could enjoy one of the highest living standards in Asia. Raise it and you could lose a job, a home, and be harassed by the Internal Security Department or the Inland Revenue Department, or by both, as happened to Francis Seow."

Such unsavoury opinion of Lee was shared by Seow, who wrote: "The passage of years, far from mellowing the prime minister, has made him more imperiously intolerant of the common man. His abrasive, intrusive style of governance has not changed, and is best exemplified by this statement, brimming with his customary, boastful insensibility, in the Straits Times of 20 April 1987: 'I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn't be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn't be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters – who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.'"

Referring to Lee's brutal treatment of Nair, Seow lamented "there are, regrettably, very few Singaporeans with that rare courage and intellectual, let alone political, honesty to call a spade a spade".

On his part, Seow's account of the horrendous process of interrogation he underwent at the Whitley Detention Centre includes disturbing dialogues like the following utterance by an Internal Security Department (ISD) officer: "Look, cut out all your court English. This is not a court of law. The rules of evidence do not apply here. We make the rules here. This is a kangaroo court. No one can help you, no one. All the human rights organisations can do is make a little noise, but how long can they keep it up? After a while, you will be forgotten."

This devious way of thinking was also evident at the press conference following the arrest of the supposedly Marxist conspirators, which triggered off a chain of events leading to Seow's subsequent detention. When asked by Archbishop Gregory Yong for proof of the involvement of Vincent Cheng, et al, in clandestine communist activities, Lee interjected with a sharp disclaimer, "I have never said that I was going to prove anything in a court of law", which left his audience stunned. He continued: "It is not the practice nor will I allow subversives to get away by insisting that I [have] got to prove everything against them in a court of law or evidence that will stand up to the strict rules of evidence of a court of law."

Contrast this to what Lee said during the Legislative Assembly Debate on 15 September 1955: "If it is not totalitarian to arrest a man and detain him, when you cannot charge him with any offence against any written law – if that is not what we always cried out against inFascist states – then what is it?"

This, and several other quotes of Lee's speeches in the 1950s and 1960s, were cleverly used by Seow throughout the book to show how Lee has become almost everything he used to be against since he came into power.

Seow also quoted to potent effect a comment by Jerome A. Cohen, a prominent legal representative of Asia Watch, who found deeply disturbing both the use of psychological torture and what he called a pervasive Singaporean, if not Asia view that "if you haven't hit somebody, it isn't torture".

Seow's description of his harrowing experience during detention seemed to have confirmed Cohen's observation: "He [an ISD officer] swung his hand at me. I braced myself for the blow. But his fist stopped short just inches from my face. He looked like a thug. He behaved like a thug. He was a thug. …. Amidst deafening obscenities, he swaggered up to me and repeatedly blew thick clouds of cigarette smoke into my face. … Venting his frustration at my continued silence, he demanded that I take off my shirt leaving my upper body bare under the air-conditioner duct. No one stopped him. I reluctantly complied. It was cold. Very cold. Very very cold."

Later in the book, Seow described the ISD's tactics as such: "The word 'torture' normally evokes visions of medieval cruelty and violence, of racks, thumbscrews, and other exquisite instruments of pain and suffering. But the prime minister's version of the Spanish Inquisition is more subtle and no less effective. A detainee can be made to admit anything by the simple expedience of prolonged deprivation of his sleep – a most effective weapon in the ISD armoury of persuasions, which is its standard procedure."

The author also highlighted some of the dirty tricks used by the ISD: "For years, the conference room of the Barisan Sosialis headquarters was wiretapped without the leaders being aware of it. And the bugging of the residence of Barisan Sosialis' chairman, [the late] Dr. Lee Siew Choh, was only discovered when workmen accidentally found the bugging device above the ceiling of the dining room whilst making repairs in his home."

Seow further opined that the so-called Marxist conspirators were really just a group of young, intelligent, and idealistic graduates who could give the Worker's Party credibility and status if they were to enrol as members. But, according to Seow, it was crucial, using officialdom's favourite metaphor, to "nip them in the bud" before the flowers could bloom and contend.

To Catch A Tartar is thus a sober reminder that power, if left unchecked, can have dire consequences. Make sure you read Nair's open letter to Lee at the back of the book for an intriguing insight into some historical events in Singapore.

Conclusion: A gripping tale of how Lee Kuan Yew systematically and ruthlessly roots out and destroys any form of dissent in Singapore. Viewed in that perspective, the plight of Ryan Goh, the SIA pilot who was evicted from Singapore over the Alpa-S incident, is hardly surprising.



Contrary to the popularly built up myth of Singapore being the result f Lee Kuan Yew's genius which he constantly allows his media to spin about him, it was not Lee's economic genius that made Singapore but that of Dutch economist Albert Winsemius. Lee was merely an enforcer of the designs of Britain and the other foreign investors in Singapore.

Lee shamelessly takes credit for Singapore's economic successes to this day. Singapore could in truth be run by a combination of South American banana republic dictators and still turn out prosperous because it is a natural port situated at the confluence of the great sea lanes linking east and west north and south and no genius need plan for its prosperity. Certainly not Lee Kuan Yew. And his demise will prove that.

Without wanting to take too much away from Lee and the myths about his genius, the evidence shows that he clearly was a catalyst in a series of events that produced the outcomes that is Singapore today. In reality it was a combination of those factors of politics, position, need and greed both natural and human that conspired to create the island states success. Not the singular work of Lee Kuan Yew.

With Mahathir's Malaysia the odds were stacked against the Malay. His successes were for most part the efforts of a singular mind. His methods equally Machiavellian but not brutal and inhumane. The odds against him innumerable and immeasurable. But being Malay those odds were even greater. Such achievement by a Malay is considered in the minds of mainly Chinese Malaysians and Singaporeans to be an impossibility. Therefore something had to be wrong and the rumour mill began to run.


Singapore's success has nothing to do with Chinese ingenuity, hard work, higher work ethics or superiority over the Malays in commerce. A confluence of vital security, strategic and commercial interests converge out of necessity and convenience at the point of that island state because of its position to make it what it is.

The ruling party of Singapore has a lot to do with a servile mindset that dominates their political landscape like the rusty old retainers of a forgotten colonial past. Minions who continue to serve their white masters dressed in those same white cotton outfits the British forced them wear in the colonial days to make them appear clean (knowing how dirty the Chinese could be physically, metaphorically and morally) when dealing with them. It was symbolic then as it is now. Purely symbolic.


How could one forget the betrayal of trust the Sultan of Brunei placed in the late Khoo Teck Puat and Khoo's theft of hundreds of millions of the Sultan's money all under the full view of Singapore's treasury officials who were the Sultan's technical experts at the time?

From Phillipines to Brunei from Indonesia to Malaysia (his greater China) Lee and his Singapore believe that their economic model is a recipe for self righteous hegemony through the politics of money and the use of intimidation and mischief through Chinese merchants in the area.

Sadly for the delusional Lee that day will not come. Because like all dictators in history, he too will suddenly realise that he is human and fallible (or events ill remind him of the fact) and that not everyone can be bought through fear and intimidation, cleaner streets or better paid jobs. That's why Lee Kuan Yew is in a hurry to leave as his legacy a Chinese dominated Malaysia, his lifelong dream.


The Chinese of Malaysia often draw comparisons between Mahathir and Lee Kuan Yew without the facts. In order to denigrate the Malays they reinforce their racial stereotyping of Chinese and Malays referring to Lee in glowing terms of the spin that's become part of the Lee Kuan Yew Myth and Mahathir in terms of the Kuomintang and Singapore fed rumours about the man.

Mahathir does not share a similar vision for Malaysia as Lee does nor does he have a similar mercenary family background to Lee. And nor were or are his people rejects of their own ancestral societies driven to extremes. Mahathir and Lee were moulded out of totally different fires and made of an equally different metal.

Mahathir was educated against all odds as a medical doctor in a society where Malays and Muslims were excluded from any form of social, political, economic or academic attainment unless appropriately socially connected at the time.

He received no patronage like Lee from his mother Chua Jim Neo's 'special friend'. He did not taunt his classmates before exams so that they possible performed badly (James Minchin: No Man is an Island) allowing him to do better then be called a genius.


Nowhere in this planet is there evidence of an ethnic Chinese running a democratic state. Autocratic, fascist yes. But democratic no. The Malays like their Indian counterparts have long held traditions of collective government. It may not have been referred to in their vocabulary as democracy but the characteristics have always been there. It may sound a bit unkind and I would like to be proved wrong on this score.

The same cannot be said of Chinese communities anywhere who have traditionally succumbed to and strangely thrived under ruthless iron fisted totalitarians and tyrants. And the Kuomintang is no stranger to the politics of fascism and brutality either. Their influence in corrupt government's of south East Asia that fed a communist insurgency everywhere in the region from Indo China to Indonesia and Malaysia is legend.

The entire idea of Lee Kuan Yew's hard driving carrot and stick policies is anathema to the soul of the Malays. To the Malays the success of one of their own in the politics of liberal democratic industrialization in the form of Malaysia by Dr. Mahathir is therefore understandably hard for the Chinese to swallow. The Malays are a comfortable blend of both east and west unlike the Chinese at least in south east Asia.

Mahathir could fight an adversary from within and without Malaysia without the need to tie their hands behind their backs to win. He did not jail dissenters simply for being dissenters. He has not used Malaysia as a base to destabilise Singapore nor to benefit financially from the misery inflicted by the tyrants in his neighbourhood on their people.

The same cannot be said of Lee or his Singapore. Mahathir turned out to be more successful in achieving economic, industrial and technical progress for Malaysia within a relatively more advanced pluralistic and democratic framework than Lee could ever have dreamed of. The Chinese of the region are angered by it. It is as painful to them as it is proving to a Christian that the resurrection of Christ never occurred.

Mahathir had 25 Million people in their diverse forms to satisfy and to manage. Lee had a generic class of a mere 3 million mainly Chinese with all of the economic, political and military backing of Britain, Australia, the US and yes even China. Mahathir for his independence in thought and deed stood alone.

The results must have been devastatingly painful to the Chinese psyche. God after all turned out not to be Chinese. Perish the thought. So the Chinese of Malaysia (at least those who will not speak out) have joined this unholy chorus of criticisms against Mahahtir and thinking Malays in an unsubtle demonstration of where their true loyalties lie.

Inspite of the strength of available evidence against them, the same insult on corruption is never applied to any of the non Malays of the region like the Chinese by the so called opposition in the region. So deep run these prejudices that rumour is often the fuel of many a debate in places like Malaysia and Singapore.

All of Malaysia's dynamic changes, Mahathir achieved in much a shorter time than Lee's six decades of pain and oppression Lee had inflicted on his people to get his results. Sure Singapore is impressive. But so too is the local Westfield shopping mall when compared to its surrounds the suburbs and the different stimuli and responsibilities and problems that drive each of these. Its like comparing chalk to cheese.


Malaysia (warts and all) remains an oasis in a sea of cultural chauvanism. Thailand, Indonesia (till only recently) Viet Nam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia all had till recently prohibited the use of Chinese characters in any form from public display. Outside shops, temples or other public places the use of and the displays of Chinese cultural icons and language was prohibited by law. Malaysia remained outside this sphere of intolerance.

Singapore uypped the ante not to be outdone in the field of racial discrimination applying a unique form of racial and cultural discrimination. Created in its attempts to subdue the Malay Nationalism within the island and to render their culture subject to that of the engineered Chinese majority community Singapore introduced Mandarin as its national language alongside the English language. In doing so it achieved its purpose of rendering the entire Malay population culturally and politically impotent.


In Malaysia on the other hand as is the case in Singapore, there is significant though subtle discrimination in employment against the Malays even to this day. It manifests itself in non tariff barriers set in employment in one of the largest sectors of the economy and employment, the food, beverages and hospitality industry.

In the context of Asia, food and beverages remain one of the most important and lucrative industries and will continue to outperform most others even in times of economic distress. Food beverages and hospitality are two of Malaysia's largest employers and contributors to its gross domoestic product. Yet Malay patcicipation in this lucrative field of economic activity is deliberately stiffled and curtailed.

Now here's the trick. Most restaurants and hotels which are statistically in a majority run by the Chinese, sell or cook food either with pork or pork fat or some element of pork as an ingredient. The manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol another very significant industry from which the Malays are excluded for religious reasons is also Chinese dominated.

Fully aware of the consequence to Malays of the presence of these ingredients and material in food and beverages, very few previous or for that matter even the current Malaysian government have ever advocated to find alternatives to redress the imbalance created by this non tariff barrier to employment of Malays. The result is that it has become a tool of exclusion preventing and excluding Malays from employment in an important and a vital industry in Malaysia.

Pork is not a life saving necessity nor something that cannot be suitably and painlessly substituted with say,soy substitutes, beef, mutton, venesin or poultry. Yet it is conveniently and widely used in Malaysia by its Chinese population without protest or complaint by it Malay population save in some minority quarters.

The fact they the Malays and their government have not taken any active measures to end Chinese monopoly of this highly lucrative of sectors in the economy although harmful to their culture says a lot about Malay generosity the Chinese are not prepared to acknowledge.

It is examples such as these which conveniently get lost in the heat of arguments against the NEP and Malays. This level of inter racial tolerance is likely to be lost in a Singaporean Chinese dominated Johor corridor. Malays will be further driven into the hinterland or be reduced to being token Chinese like they are in Singapore today.

The consequence of all of the generosity of the Malays and their government is conveniently lost and conveniently forgotten by the Chinese. Whats not remembered is that the Malays in their own country are as they have been for decades, excluded from any form of meaningful employment or participation in an industry so large as the food and beverages sector to which they could contribute more significantly.

Food and beverage is an industry in which the Chinese have a stranglehold and monopoly over which for a long time has underwritten their individual and communal wealth. Entry barriers are low and turnover and profits high.


In the earlier days before people like Mahathir intervened, the Chinese middle men reduced Malay rice growers of the north to poverty. It was a feat celebrated by the British as Chinese ingenuity over the Malays. The Malays could do well to demand their government impose a punitive tax on the sale of pork and alcohol in all its forms. It will achieve the necessary balance of allowing the Chinese the freedom to eat pork in public places and others to consume alcohol also in public places for a price. That price has to reflect the disadvantage to the Malay economy.

An opportunity to redress this imbalance where Malays are excluded from places where the the use of pork and alcohol is served can be achieved by imposing license requirements on all premises that sell pork and alcohol which would undoubtedly provide a windfall to government and redressing the imbalance in the process.

More importantly the government of Tun Razak Najib ought to be made to publicly disclose the terms and conditions of the sale of water to Singapore and the sale of the Johor corridor to Singaporeans. And if necessary a referendum on these matters held. If they are found to be not in the interests of Malaysians it ought to be overturned.

The Chinese know that they will not be able to overthrow and set up in its place a non Malay led government. That's not possible as long as there are sufficient numbers of Malays to constitute a majority in the population.

The Chinese alternative aided by Singapore is now to grab as much land as is possible under terms and conditions that have been kept a secret from Malaysians and to introduce large numbers of imported Chinese labour as has been the case throughout the developing world in Asia and Africa and to spread Chinese economic and cultural hegemony throughout the region.

It will happen. And Lee Kuan Yew wants it to happen before he dies. Bahasa Melayu will be replaced as the main language with Mandarin. If thats taking it the message too far, take a look at Singapore, a former Malay territory and prove me wrong.


LKY – brilliant but ruthless

how he let the malaygirls Singaporean exhibitionist chick showing off her private parts in Singapore's public spaces. I knew the Marina Bay Sands had the hottest swimming pool in Singapore but no one told me about the topless chicks poolside

Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia Chronicle

By incriminating Anwar, they are putting justice on trial. Malaysian justice is already on trial but the Singaporean actions have only made it worse. They must be aware that at the same time, they compromise themselves. Would the Singapore intelligence be prepared to bring their "technical evidence" before the Malaysian courts in Anwar's trial?

Anwar's sodomy trial has taken on a new twist. Revelations in Wikileaks point to a cable dated November 2008 and released exclusively to The Sun-Herald which states: "'The Australians said that Singapore's intelligences services and [Singaporean elder statesman] Lee Kuan Yew have told ONA (the Australian intelligence service – Office of National Assessments) in their exchanges that opposition leader Anwar 'did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted'."'

The document states the Singaporeans told ONA they made this assessment on the basis of "technical intelligence", which many believe to be intercepted communications.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his ruling coalition BN must be rubbing their hands with glee.

The Wikileaks revelations couldn't have come at a worse time for Anwar and the opposition party. In the run-up to a possible snap general election, these Wikileaks disclosures have the effect of delivering a guilty verdict on Anwar, without having to look at any evidence or call any witnesses to court – not that Anwar is assured of a fair trial anyway.

It is strange why the Singapore intelligence services chose to take at face value the information they were given by Malaysia's own Special Branch and then allow the said information to be disseminated to their Australian counterparts, ONA.

Singapore is a nation that prides itself on being the most advanced and developed in the region. Its economy has been ranked amongst the world's ten most open, competitive and innovative.

Despite its small size, Singapore has one of the most advanced military forces in South East Asia. The armed forces serve primarily as a deterrent against potential aggressors and also provide humanitarian assistance to other countries. Singapore has mutual defence pacts with several countries and its security is based on strengthening Singapore against all kinds of threats.

Everyone knows that the intelligence service of any country is a dirty bogus business, riddled with deceit, manipulation and betrayal. It is a far cry from the romantic version as portrayed by 'James Bond 007'.

Singapore knows only too well, that a better, more democratic and free Malaysia is a threat to its own survival – politically, economically, civil, social, military and psychological.

What better way to undermine Malaysia by using Singapore's own intelligence service to make others believe what they want to be the truth. Thus when other agents (Malaysia's Special Branch) offer confirmation, the Singaporeans help spread the suspicion.

These Wikileaks show the Singapore intelligence to be sloppy in their methods. And everyone knows they are not. But what Singapore is doing is to play an important role in deliberately manipulating information and spreading disinformation.

By incriminating Anwar, they are putting justice on trial. Malaysian justice is already on trial but the Singaporean actions have only made it worse. They must be aware that at the same time, they compromise themselves.

Would the Singapore intelligence be prepared to bring their "technical evidence" before the Malaysian courts in Anwar's trial?

The Sun-Herald by WikiLeaks also states: "'The Australians said that Singapore's intelligences services and Singaporean elder statesman, Lee Kuan Yew, have told ONA in their exchanges that opposition leader Anwar 'did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted'."

So will Lee Kuan Yew be called upon to testify before the Malaysian courts?

Our courts should have the authority to subpoena and compel both Lee and Singapore's intelligence service to produce their evidence.

Lee Kuan Yew may be brilliant. But he is also ruthless. He is already an old man and is frail. He has put Singapore on the world-map and Anwar, if he succeeds to form the next government, is a threat to his country's domination. Anwar has the ability to destroy Singapore's mighty and carefully scripted image. Singapore is Lee's precious creation.

So, might this be one machination in Malaysia-Singapore politics that the Singapore statesman has bitten off more than he can chew?




WIKILEAKS: Raja Saudi Kerap-Kali Minta Amerika Serang Iran

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 08:55 AM PST

Selalu sangat bincang pasal isu dalam negeri, mari kita ubah selera pulak bincang isu luar negeri.

DI bawah ni saya dapat dari WIKILEAKS dalam kabel 04/08/2008 dengan kod "08RIYADH649":
¶10. (S) The King, Foreign Minister, Prince Muqrin, and
Prince Nayif all agreed that the Kingdom needs to cooperate
with the US on resisting and rolling back Iranian influence
and subversion in Iraq. The King was particularly adamant on
this point, and it was echoed by the senior princes as well.

Al-Jubeir recalled the King's frequent exhortations to the US
to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons
program. "He told you to cut off the head of the snake," he
recalled to the Charge', adding that working with the US to
roll back Iranian influence in Iraq is a strategic priority
for the King and his government
Perhatikan bahagian "King's frequent exhortations..." yang bisa diterjemahkan sebagai "Raja Saudi kerap kali meminta....".

Dengan kata lain, mengikut laporan Duta Amerika di SAudi ini, Raja Saudi kerap kali meminta Amerika menyerang Iran demi mengagalkan program nuklear Iran tersebut.

Macam tak percaya bila saya baca laporan ini?? Betul ke?? Tapi ini adalah laporan rasmi antara Kedutaan Amerika di SAudi kepada "State Department" Amerika yang berpusat di Washington DC.

Malahan dalam kabel yang lain, kepimpinan Saudi malah sanggup menggunakan kekayaan Saudi (minyak) untuk mengambil hati China supaya China dapat memaksa Iran untuk memberhentikan program Nuklear Iran:
(Kabel bernombor 10RIYADH118¶1 ):

(C) Summary: Saudi Foreign Ministry officials told
visiting NEA A/S Feltman that they are convinced Iran intends
to develop a nuclear weapon, and that the Saudi Foreign
Minister pressed his counterpart hard for greater Chinese
engagement on this threat during the Chinese FM's visit
earlier in January. While no explicit deal was discussed,
Saudi Arabia made it clear it was willing to address Chinese
concerns on energy security and trade in exchange for
effective Chinese support to prevent Iranian proliferation.
Saudi Arabia is also concerned about Iran's unhelpful role in
Yemen. While generally very pleased with the state of
bilateral relations, Saudi officials strenuously - and under
instruction - complained about the continued negative effect
of the recent Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)
regulations that call for extra security screening for Saudi
Arabia. The Saudi Foreign Minister will raise these concerns
with the Secretary in London on January 27. They noted that
the Saudi public is increasingly upset by this, and does not
understand why they were put in the same group with Cuba,
which has prompted some Saudis to question how special their
relationship with the United States really is. A/S Feltman
urged Saudi Arabia to associate itself with the Copenhagen
Accord by January 31. The MFA reported that Saudi Arabia
donated $50 million for Haitian relief efforts on January 25.
Tapi rasanya China tidak berapa mahu menurut kehendak SAudi kerana mengikut kabel yang lain:
(Kabel 10RIYADH123)
¶8. (U) In response to FM Saud's comments, FM Yang said China
called for serious negotiations between Israel and Palestine
that would carry out the peace process and establish the
State of Palestine. "China is ready for cooperation with the
world community to work for stability in the Middle East," he
added. In regard to Iraq, he said that China extended
assistance by reducing Iraqi debt obligations to China and
forging trade agreements between Iraqi and Chinese companies.
With respect to Iran, FM Yang said the Iranian file should
be solved through "political diplomatic channels which help
stabilize the situation in the region."(FM Yang = Foreign Minister Yang)


(Gambar) Ceramah Anwar Ibrahim Di Taman Melati, Wangsa Maju Mengenai Isu Wikileaks

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 06:31 AM PST

Gambar Ceramah Anwar Ibrahim di tapak pasar malam Taman Melati, Wangsa Maju mengenai isu Wikileaks baru-baru ini...

Komen sesetengah YB yang menghadiri ceramah tersebut melalui Twitter:


- Ceramah dgn DSAI dan beberapa pemimpin PR di Wangsa Maju KL. Polis sentiasa mengancam utk hentikan.

- Habislah BN lagu ni. Walaupun diberi amaran oleh Polis tetap ramai yg hadir. Sokongan berterusan.

Teresa Kok

Come 2Wangsa Maju 2speak in PKR ceramah.Police permit till 10.30pm 2nite.Surprise 2c d great turnout of d ppl.

Tian Chua

Tm Melati: crowd orderly, though police still threaten to stop the rally.

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Siri jelajah Anwar tetap bermula malam ini

Ketua umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan menjelajah ke seluruh negara bermula hari ini hingga 19 Disember ini bagi memberi penjelasan berhubung pendedahan dalam WikiLeaks yang mendakwa beliau terlibat dengan perilaku dalam tuduhan yang dihadapinya.

azlanAnwar dijadualkan berkongsi pentas bersama pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat iaitu PAS dan DAP bermula malam ini di tapak pasar malam Taman Melati, Wangsa Maju Wilayah Persekutuan.

Mengulas larangan polis kepada orang awam untuk tidak menghadiri ceramah malam ini, Anwar dalam twitternya berkata "Polis tidak benarkan - tanda Umno gentar dengan penjelasan. Saban hari diserang, mahu jawab dilarang."

Sebelum ini, Ketua Polis Daerah Sentul ACP Zakaria Pagan berkata penganjur tidak mempunyai permit untuk mengadakan ceramah umum itu. Polis juga katanya tidak meluluskan permohonan penganjur kerana ia boleh menyebabkan gangguan kepada ketenteraman awam dan keselamatan. Laporan Bernama itu memetik pegawai polis itu sebagai berkata pihak polis akan mengambil tindakan undang-undang sekiranya penganjur meneruskan majlis tersebut.

Pemangku ketua cabang Wangsa Maju Mazlan Abdul Jalil berkata segala persiapan untuk menjalankan majlis itu termasuk hebahan di tapak pasar malam Taman Melati, Wangsa Maju, telah dibuat sebelum ini.

"Kita cuba menjaga keselamatan malam ini. Seramai 50 hingga 60 petugas daripada PAS dan PKR akan menjaga keselamatan.

"Kita juga memaklumkan kepada DBKL (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur) dan persatuan peniaga memaklumkan penggunaan padang pada majlis ini.


"Tidak ada apa-apa gangguan. Ia tidak mengganggu lalu lintas dan tidak para peniaga," katanya ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini.

Ditanya mengenai sama ada pihaknya memohon permit polis untuk mengadakan ceramah tersebut, Mazlan berkata pihaknya "ada memohon permit" dan "baru mengetahui ceramah itu tidak dibenarkan" selepas dimaklumkan kepadanya hari ini.

"Saya merayu supaya ceramah ini (boleh) diteruskan seperti mana yang dirancang. Kita berjanji akan menjaga hadirin yang hadir dengan sebaik mungkin daripada sebarang provokasi," katanya.

Selain itu, beliau juga merayu kepada hadirin supaya tidak melakukan sebarang provokasi dan memberikan kerjasama kepada penganjur untuk menyelesaikan sebarang kemungkinan yang tidak diingini berlaku.

NONEteresa kokMajlis tersebut bermula jam 9 malam ini turut dihadiri oleh Naib Presiden PKR Tian Chua; ahli parlimen Shah Alam Khalid Samad (kiri), Exco Kerajaan Selangor Teresa Kok (kanan) dan Ketua Angkatan Muda PKR Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.

Sementara itu, Anwar dalam blognya hari ini menyebut, permit untuk mengadakan ceramah di Wangsa Maju telahpun diperolehi.

Polis membenarkan ceramah berkenaan berlangsung sehingga jam 10.30 malam dan Anwar akan berucap di ceramah tersebut pada jam 9 malam, menurut blog itu lagi.

Anwar yang juga ketua pembangkang berdepan dengan gelora besar selepas satu kabel Jabatan Negara Amerika yang bocor, muncul mendakwa bahawa pegawai perisikan Singapura dan Australia percaya beliau memang terlibat dengan perilaku dalam tuduhan liwat yang sedang dihadapinya.

utusan wikiLeaks anwarKabel itu adalah salah satu daripada 250,000 kabel diplomatik di antara Jabatan Negara Amerika dengan kedutaannya di seluruh dunia yang telah didedahkan Wikileaks di Internet.

Menurut akhbar Australia, The Sun-Herald, kabel tersebut mendedahkan bahawa pegawai perisikan Singapura dan menteri kanan Lee Kuan Yew telah memberitahu pejabat Agensi Perisikan Australia bagi Penilaian Nasional (ONA), bahawa "ketua pembangkang Anwar 'memang melakukan dakwaan perilaku yang sedang dihadapinya'.


WikiLeaks And Freedom Of Speech

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 05:27 AM PST

My friend Tim sent me this link a couple of days ago.

Unflattering remarks from Singapore have been a highlight of the past few days and Malaysia has handed over a "protest note".

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman summoned T. Jasudasen, Singapore's high commissioner, and handed him a protest note over the "unjustified comments" made by Singaporean diplomats, the ministry said in a statement.

"The foreign minister also conveyed Malaysia's deep concern and displeasure over the comments as revealed by WikiLeaks and subsequently reported in the media," it added.

The Malaysian government is incapable of accepting negative feedback from its citizens. How well can it swallow insults from its neighbour, I wonder.

According to our neighbours:

1) Malaysia is in a "confused and dangerous" state due to its incompetent politicians;

2) There is a "distinct possibility of racial conflict" in Malaysia which would see ethnic Chinese "flee" the country and "overwhelm" Singapore.

3) Najib Razak was reportedly described as "an opportunist" who "would not hesitate" to be critical of Singapore if "it is expedient for him to do so".

Of course, everyone is abuzz over the news that Anwar Ibrahim had walked into a honey trap.

His sexual orientation is the least of my worries. I am more concerned about his politics of cronyism and selective favour, not to mention his disconcerting obsession to become Prime Minister.

All that being said, I am still bemused at what people will say if they think no one will know.


Posted: 14 Dec 2010 05:04 AM PST

As you may already be aware, the latest political buzz has to do with Wikileaks.

Now, my personal opinion of Wikileaks? It's great that they are the watchers. But who watches them? Who is to say Wikileaks are not unlike 2 year old kids who felt different parts of the elephant and think that the elephant could be a snake, a rope or a wall? And be bribed with candies and toys? Yeah. They are not a democratic institution, and they answer to no one. The fact that they attacked Visa for stopping donations to Wikileaks is a demonstration of anarchism. Enough said.

Now, it could only happen to Malaysia that:

1) the government takes Wikileaks words as cast in stone with respect to diplomatic communique between Australia and Singapore that Anwar Ibrahim knew it was a trap and walked into one (because he thought it was fun to be caught again?? duh..)

2) the government rejects the same Wikileaks disclosure of Spore leaders' opinion of Malaysian leaders as being opportunists and incompetent.. as being merely grapevine. Oh actually they haven't quite made up their minds because they've just summoned Spore envoy to Msia to the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do some explaining. Spore side will of course say - it's all grapevine, it's not the whole story, and Malaysian leaders will make up with their counterparts.

Yet, they won't think twice that Anwar piece may equally be grapevine, and represents an incomplete picture too.

I want to tie this into the state of journalistic failure in this country.

You'll be amazed at the quality of partisan or otherwise incompetent journalism being practised in Utusan and TV3. Parliamentary committee on privileges today proposed to suspend Anwar over his accusation that 1Malaysia is developed by the same guys who did 1Israel. They conveniently left out the fact that Anwar wasn't called to testify. And he said he had evidence of Apco reproducing that particular template.

Look, I'm not supporting Anwar in a cult-like manner. If it were Nik Aziz, or Lim Kit Siang, or even Azmi (or had Zaid won the DP race in PKR, even him), and they are treated unfairly, that's called failure of natural justice. It ought to be condemned. The mainstream media practising double standards, that too ought to be condemned.

How did the mainstream media become so unruly?

I suspect the government wants to keep the people stupid and that's why the quality of our education system is as such that we are producing more unmarketable individuals. The stupid people who, unfortunately, buy into all these crap journalism. Who does not exercise a faculty that's probably alien to them, called the critical mind.

Many Malaysians, sad to say, will therefore buy into the half truths perpetrated by Utusan and TV3. And that keeps them in circulation.

Malaysians will continue to be screwed unless BN is toppled in the next big E. Personally, I think the chances are slim. Though I take to heart that at the very least, if RPK's prediction bears out, we're headed to a hung parliament. That's good. Any amount of power taken away from BN is always a good thing.

The 1st MCLM Candidate - Imtiaz

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 05:06 AM PST

Over two years ago, one man asked, "Is there a statesman in the house?"

These are his words:

We need a real leader; someone whose commitment to truth, social justice and nation building is as uncompromising as is his or her rejection of politics, greed and vanity. Though we do not need a saint, we need someone who understands that Malaysia belongs to all of us and that its future is our collective future; someone who appreciates the immense power that lies beneath its surface and is capable of harnessing and unleashing that power to capture the world.

Though, someone who could call a spade a spade and get on with dealing with things practically and fairly would be a good start.

Now, is that too much to ask?

Today, he has taken up the challenge of national service by agreeing to run as a political candidate.

This is one guy that many political parties have yearned to field as their candidates. MCLM is capable of producing miracles!

Forget his excellent track record in human rights activism - he is one would aspire to live up to the words he uttered above.

Selvach Held Under ISA??

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 04:45 AM PST

We all know the BN government is stupid, but to put the witness who implicated police in the R Gunasegaran death-in-custody inquest under ISA?

I grow more and more in awe of BN stupidity each day.

First, the witness was arrested in a violent manner in full view of other witnesses. Then he was slammed with trumped up drug charges.

Evidently nothing could hold water.

And when all else fails, bring in the Internal Security Act.

Time to walk your talk, people. Selvach needs us now. Will you be there for him?

The Teoh Beng Hock Inquest

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 05:29 AM PST

Apart from a dismal (though amusing) performance from the MACC, nothing much has developed from the Teoh Beng Hock inquest.

Perhaps there isn't enough pressure on the government.

Anyway, lawyers from both sides will make their submission at the next session, the coroner will deliver his verdict after the submission and the inquest should end soon.

Date : 17 Dec 2010 (Fri)
Time : 9:30am
Venue : Room 5, Shah Alam High Court

All Malaysians - the Teoh family, you and I - have been asking for the truth for Beng Hock, and thus your attendance at the inquest will be a strong support to Teoh family to continue to seek justice.

"Is MCLM Trying to Re-Invent the Wheel?" asked MC Reader

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 04:02 AM PST

Anonymous said...

Another juvenile ridiculous idealistic thoughts, cooked up from his nite dreams, by RPK on independent candidates.

The parliament is in disrepair because of bn, according to RPK today. That is why we need to change govt – our No1 priority. Just because of parliament is in need of repair or presence of clowns in parliament , we throw out the present parliament procedures and reinvent another power centre, like London mclm NGO? That is ridiculous.

Where the centre of power going to be? Parliament or some idiotic group of Ngo without mandate ? There is NO such arrangement in the developed world, including England/USA/Australia, where Ngo sets the standard for the parliament or congress. If the rules need to be fixed, you fix it from the INSIDE with authorized party/parliament rules within political consideration. It may be slow but we just have to accept it.

Assuming there are parallel systems in this department, parliament and fairy London Ngo power centre, there will be MANY2x questions by the dreamer Ngo and the MP. Who are the people who set the rules in Ngo? What if both major parties bn and PR disagree with so-called standards and bills, but insisted by the rakyat through this Ngo. Then what? Who has the final prerogatives? If the rakyat want minimum 5% tax policy through Ngo, it must stamped by the parliament? Why would both major parties surrender their power to this fairy Ngo to its own party demise, as the party power is being compromised?

It is easy to put them on paper these so-called rules, but in practice, it will be NIGHTMARE in implementation with parallel systems. The London dreamer is inventing a NEW wheel that has NEVER been tested in the very long history of the developed democracies. Surely, these MPs and leaders in his matured nations are not as dumb as this dreamer London man

Yes, it is this too much to ask for. Yes, it is an unreasonable request. Yes, the voters interest has more bearings in a properly functioning parliament, most likely under PR Federal govt, but not 100% or/and all the time. If you want to change or enforce the rules in parliament, then join a party. These are the rules we have to live with.

EVEREY minute we talk about this is EVERY minute we have diverted the focus away from the failures of the bn govt. And the London dreamer, so far away from the centre of action, is mainly responsible for this diversion, and potentially decreasing the chances of Pakatan for change of govt. He should be very ashamed for denying the rakyat the No 1 objective through his fairy garden path that he is leading the blind into.

December 14, 2010 6:39 AM
The MC reader has elegantly written what I would term an extension to my argument that some non-politicians want to act as a SUPRA GOVERNMENT BODY, hence launching the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement last weekend in London, helmed by blogger-in-exile RPK (Raja Petra Kamarudin) with his lieutenant civil-rights lawyer-cum-blogger Haris Ibrahim, an NGO activist via People's Parliament now asoiring to lead a group of Third Force civil society men/women of "integrity" to contest the next General Elections...
The MC reader not identified was among several commenters who responded to my article which appeared in a fellow-newshound's web portal, now reproduced at my own blog -- ENJOY the banter there, will you, and join the conversationalists at malaysiachronicle.com? Cheers, YL, Desi

Monday, December 13, 2010

With friends like RPK, Haris Ibrahim, PKR doesn't need enemies

The knives are out for Anwar - Umno offers big money for his scalp
YL Chong

I recently wrote an article thinking aloud why Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) the blogger now-in-exile in Britain has been writing some articles highly critical of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, especially regarding its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, but I tempered my concern with giving benefit of the doubt to the blogger now resident abroad that he might have been misinformed or disinformed by his cronies back home including civil rights lawyer-cum-blogger Haris Ibrahim.

My main criticism was that RPK had always written promoting Reformasi from 1998, marked by his outstanding role of director of FreeAnwarCampaign (FAC), and generally working in concert with opposition parties and non-governmental organisations(NGOs) towards change in government at the federal level. But recent writings had given rise to concern he was giving lots of ammunition to the ruling BN regime, especialy UMNO, to attack the Pakatan Rakyat. And today's New Sunday Times proves again my point -- its page 9 report shows that following the departure of former PKR deputy presidential candidate Zaid Ibrahim, RPK has become the "flavour of the month" of the MSM.

In fact, most Malaysians long to see the birth of a two-party/coalition system in this country -- surely a central message sent by the March 8, 2008 General Elections (GE12)? My contention is that PR consisting of PKR, DAP and PAS, now form the only viable alternative coalition able to topple the BN government in Putrajaya, and hence must be given a chance to prove themselves. I add that any third force, however well-intentioned, would only become a new impediment to PR's march on Putrajaya.

I have mentioned Haris in tandem with RPK because their efforts in moving civil society often are inter-connected in timing, and objectives, but whether by design or in revision of stands, the duo are caught flat footed in their contradictions when promoting their preferred candidate to take over PKR Zaid Ibrahim, and curently The Third Force in Malaysian politics.

I clearly recall that RPK, in elaborating on the third force, had stressed that it's NEVER meant to field any canidates in the forthcoming general elections, especially the GE13. Using the public-listed companies as an analogy, he said the third force would act like an auditor, to check the listed company's accounts and watch out for discrepancies, or waywardness by its directors and management chiefs. One point I would ask: The listed companies always appoint their own auditors who are qualified for this role, but whose mandate are this third force using to self-appoint themselves as auditors to the three components of the PR?

In fact, in my earlier article I had quoted Haris as saying the third force -- now birthing as Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) in London -- had identified some 30 men/women of integrity to stand as candidates in GE13, and some 20 had agreed to stand, and they would want DAP and PKR to allow these candiadtes to stand under their party banner, according to a Star report dated Nov 17, 2010. I had questioned why would these well established parties with their own selection criteria privatise such an important role to outside parties. This stance was also restated by leaders like PKR strategy director Tian Chua besides Dr Syed Husin.

This Third Force is neither third nor force, according to just retired PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali. In fact he sarcastically shared at a mew conference in conjunction with recent party Congress a "revealing" episode, relating that preceding the March 2008 elections, a representation was made to him to allow a Third Force candidate to stand under PKR banner. Syed Husin knew of this "guy" candidate quite well, so he told off the backers that they should have done a thorough background check and would have found that their nominee was a regular pub-goer who often ended up drunk.

Let me now reproduce the NST report dated December 12, 2010 in full, and I reiterate that the headline itself again proved my point that RPK is providing grist to the MSM to attack PKR and PR frontally, with banner headlines likely to be used by the UMNO campaigners cometh GE13.

'Some PR reps not fit to walk a dog'

KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Petra Kamaruddin has reiterated his disappointment at what he views as the lack of commitment to reforms by Pakatan Rakyat.

After virtually reprimanding his most recognisable political ally Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a London political forum on Oct 2 for not honouring campaign promises, the fugitive blogger wrote in his latest blog posting: "But what is Pakatan Rakyat's excuse? Pakatan Rakyat talks about reforms. But what reforms are they themselves introducing?

"They demand that Barisan Nasional reform. Should not Pakatan Rakyat demonstrate what it means by reforms by first of all reforming itself?

"In a nutshell, this is what I mean when I say that the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) seeks to reform the political environment of Malaysia. Note that our target to push for reforms is not just Barisan Nasional but also Pakatan Rakyat.

"And I will continuously write about how things are done elsewhere and ask why we can't also do the same in Malaysia.

"And I will not accept the argument that we can't also do that because our skin is black, brown, cocoa or yellow and not white.

"It is not the external colour of our skin that determines advancement. It is our brain and how we utilise it that will."

At the Oct 2 Friends of Pakatan Rakyat Forum in London with Anwar, and now Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Tian Chua, Raja Petra launched an attack on Pakatan's failure to implement "not a single one of the reform agenda contained in the People's Declaration".

He said this was an improved version of the Agenda of Change authored by Anwar in 1998.

According to Raja Petra, the People's Declaration was drawn up by what he termed as the civil society movement and was adopted by Pakatan parties as their manifesto for the March 2008 general election.

Three other non-Pakatan parties, too, embraced the People's Declaration, Raja Petra said.

He argued that the move and the spirited efforts of activists and bloggers like him had helped Pakatan gain seats. And now some 21/2 years after the election, not a single one of the reforms had been implemented.

As seen from the video recording of the event, Anwar had smiled approvingly when Raja Petra started addressing the forum but no longer smiled as the speech wore on.

Raja Petra offered not himself, but credible personalities from the civil society movement to be fielded as Pakatan candidates in the next general election.

As for some of the candidates fielded by Pakatan in 2008, Raja Petra, quoting his wife had said, "some of them, I can't even trust to walk my dog".

Raja Petra described them as an embarrassment.

(NST report ends here)

RPK asked in a reaction article to my piece titled "Why RPK is acting out (of character)" asked "Have I really changed?", and in a partial reply, I just said we all as individuals "grow up" with passing years, and that only the person himself or herself (including this writer!) would be able to answer truthfully if he/she has changed characterwise or with respect to the causes he/she once championed. But today, a month later, I conclude that RPK, your struggle has indeed changed direction, and you are treating PKR, and Anwar, as the enemy bigger than BN-UMNO. WHY?

So today when I opened up the New Straits Times, I wasn't surprised by the page 9 lead item headline; totally in character with his previous Oct 13's header: "Umno is Beginning to Look Better Than PKR"

So Pakatan Rakyat be forewarned that you would have to "review" your election strategies with the probable entry of MCLM or Third Force candidates, however you call them, now or revised because the promoters don't seem to know their directions and mandate. Maybe they will be strengthened by their well-linked ally Zaid Ibrahim-- in the next general elections?

The Rakyat/electorate must stay focused and united in rejecting a third, or fourth or fifth force; by contesting, they will only become "spoilers", siphoning off votes from the PR, hence benefiting the BN. Foremost on our mind must be to question where these sudden new forces get their monies from? Whose agenda are they really fighting for ?

Who are you to act like a SUPRA-GOVERNMENT BODY just because you have drawn up a People's Declaration via the People's Parliament via harisibrahim.com? Can an elite group meeting outside the country -- be it in London, Paris or Timbuktu, I care not -- totally a crowd of some 50 to 100 Malaysians carry the Malaysian fight for "A better Malaysia"? If you remain a cyber-voice writing pieces of concern for the homeland, I can live with that. But shortlisting candidates of impeccable character,playing a demi-god role? No, a BIG resounding No!

I end with a recollection of my criticism when it was made known that more than a decade ago, MCA leader Ng Yen Yen was a permanent resident of Australia when she was made a Senator. My stand then was,and still is, that I hold nothing against Malaysians having PR overseas, but I am firm that Yen Yen should NOT remain a Senator and continue to play active role in the country's politics as her loyalties were/are split. In fact, in passing, I too wrote a letter to the PM's Department too objecting to an Aussie PR being appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Star, more or less on the same principle that one must not have any "conflict-of-interest" situation that often arises with high profile posts.

I too wish that Malaysians abroad who wish to play any significant role such as taking part in the country's elections by initiating or becoming Third Force candidates, or serving as a Cabinet minister, to return home to fight the battles. And help sincerely PR and the people's efforts to win the war for Putrajaya.

Why launch an MCLM in London, and announcing candidates to shove down the PR component parties throats? Maybe the BN regime under Najib Tun Razak will be more accomodating absorbing them -- hence the direct Barisan Nasional membership?

The UMNO leaders seem suddenly to become reform-minded, and so willing to co-opt Taiwan-returned graduate-rapper "Namewee" aka Wee Meng Chee -- why not also co-opt the 20 men of integrity nominated by Haris Ibrahim? I wonder if indeed we are seeing the emergence of The Third Force or The Third Farce?

- YL Chong is a reader and contributor to Malaysia Chronicle
Posted by admin@ malaysiachronicle at 10:00 AM
desiderata said...

Anonymous at 6.39am Dec 14,
Thanks for a pretty well articulated rebuttal to RPK, Haris' efforts via MCLM.

I am republishing your Comment at my own blog, hope you don't mind (drop me a note some time? My email is chongyl2000@yahoo.com)
Thanks to all the esteemed readers' comments, feedback is the second half of a two-way discourse.
Cheers, YL, Desi

December 14, 2010 8:10 AM

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