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- Kit Siang: Utusan Is Muhyiddin’s Voice Against Najib - By Clara Chooi.
- Protest Outside MCA HQ
- Desi was slightly apprehensive attending Blog House Msia do yesterday...
- 1Melayu, 1Chinese and 1Indian Malaysia!
- RPK, and taking responsibility for one’s actions
- PM: Net Freedom is pledged and guaranteed! But where is Rais!
- PKR - a dog in Sarawak's manger
- Siapa yang rasis?
- To Give Or Not To Give....
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 11:08 AM PDT
Bidasan pemimpin UMNO dan Perkasa terhadap MCA nampaknya bertambah ketara. Sebelum ini SPDP Sarawak meminta MCA jangan campur hal Sarawak. Beberapa ketika dahulu MCA bidas perkasa dan menganggap NGO politik Ibrahim Ali itu sebagai badan yang rasis. MCA seolah-olah parti gila talak. UMNO sudah lama menghadapi penyakit ini dan yang paling nyata ialah apabila orang Melayu sedang memandang PAS sebagai gantian kepada parti yang ditubuhkan oleh Dr Mahathir itu.
Sekarang apa yang dinyanyikan oleh MCA, UMNO dan Perkasa tidak selunak dahulu kerana irama dan lagunya tidak seimbang lagi. MCA dalam erti kata hakikinya sudah tidak berapa seronok dengan UMNO tetapi apakan daya, parti itu mengharapkan UMNO untuk menjadi 'defender' nya di dalam situasi politik yang tidak menentu bagi parti itu sekarang.
Bagi MCA keadaan mereka ibarat sedang memegang ubi kentang yang panas, Sekejap dilepaskan, sekejap lagi dipegang. Bangsa Cina sudah beransur-ansur melupakannya dan orang Melayu pula sudah tidak percaya kepada MCA kerana sifat chauvinistik pemimpin-pemimpinnya. UMNO pula sibuk dengan masalahnya sendiri. UMNO nampaknya sudah tidak mampu untuk mengawal keadaan di dalam komponen BN itu sendiri.
Dalam pada itu orang Melayu sendiri telah ramai yang memalingkan muka mereka dari UMNO dan memandang PAS sebagai pilihan yang terhampir dengan mereka. Jalan yang paling mudah bagi UMNO dan BN untuk menutupi kelemahan mereka ialah dengan menuduh pihak lain sebagi rasis dan berbagai-bagai 'superlatives' yang lain yang dicopkan kepada pihak pembangkang.
Pihak pembangkang pula nampaknya 'relaxed' dan tidak mudah melatah. Memang pun sudah menjadi perkara yang hakiki yang akan menempa kejayaan ialah pihak yang tidak mengelabah apabila menghadapi dugaan penolakan orang ramai. Memang Tuhan pun jelas menunjukan kepada umat manusia ciptaannya hanya orang yang aman sahaja yang mudah di buka hijabnya.
Orang yang mengelabah tidak mudah untuk menyelesaikan masalah mereka. Pihak yang mengalabah selalunya tidak akan membuat keputusan dengan baik. Banyak elemen-elemaen negatif yang bersifat maknawi selalunya akan memperngaruhi mereka yang mengelabah itu untuk membuat keputusan yang salah. Elemen-elemen itu bersukaria apabila puak yang di sesatkannya itu mengikut kehendak mereka supaya manusia menjauhi dari membuat keputusan yang baik dan benar.
Nun di Sabah keadaan tidak seindah yang kita nampak secara zahirnya. Rakyat Sabah sedang meneliti segala apa yang sedang berlaku di dalam parameter politik negeri itu. Musa Aman sedang hangat diperkatan dengan terlalu banyak isu-isu sensitif terhadap UMNO/BN di Sabah, lebih-lebih lagi tentang isu peribadi beliau yang bermacam-macam yang pasti akan menjadi isu hangat di dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang.
Perpecahan di kalangan parti-parti komponen pula di tokok dan di tambah dengan masalah 'intra-party' yang didahapi oleh parti-parti dalam komponen itu sendiri.
UMNO di dalam banyak bahagian-bahagian pula sedng menhgadapi ketandusan pimpinan kserana yang berjaya menduduki barisan kepimpinan di bahagian-nahagian itu terdiri dari mereka yang terpilih secara 'illegitimate' selalunya kerana pemainan politik 'patronage' yang di lakukan oleh MB-MB yang mengetuai Badan Perhubungan UMNO itu sendiri.
Pengerusi Badan-Badan Perhubungan selalunya masuk campur di dalam pemilihan bahagian dan selalunya mereka yang di sokong oleh Badan Perhubunganitu tidak bersesuaian dengan kehendak ahli di Bahagian-bahagian.
Jika seseorang pemimpin yang popular di bahagian-bahagian itu cuba mendapatkan kepimpinan bahagian itu mereka ini di anggap sebagai pencabar kepada kepimpinan Perhubungan dan mereka akan menjadi mangsa politik 'patronage' dari Perhubungan itu.
Maka kehadapanlah pemimpin yang tidak mendapat sokongan ramai untuk menghadapi pilihanraya umum atau kecil. Sesungguhnya di dalam banyak bahagian yang saya sedikit sebanyak tahu pemimpin yang sebenarnya berada di luar kepimpinan bahagian itu.
Secara tidak di sedari oleh pucuk pimpinan UMNO secara beransur-ansur telah putus 'connectivity'nya dengan ahli-ahlinya. Kebanyakan cawangan-cawangan hanya ada pada nama tetapi tidak ada kegiatan kemasyarakatan yang di adakan oleh pimpinan cawangan-cawangan itu. UMNO hanya bergayut kepada kuasa kerajaan yang di pimpinnya dan tidak lebih dari itu.
Tetapi kita boleh melihat kemajuan di dalam MIC kerana parti itu lebih pragmatik di dalam usaha memperbaiki keadaan. Sekarang kepimpinan pusat parti itu sedang berusaha keras untuk membawa kembali pemimin dan ahli yang telah di pecat atau meninggalkan parti itu semasa Samy Velu memimpin dengan kuku besinya dahulu.
Sekarang ini di kalangan kaum India tidak banyak lagi kekalutan kerana secara senyap-senyap parti itu telah melakukan transformasinya sendiri tanpa heboh-heboh macam kehebohan pimpinan UMNO dan program jom heboh anjuran TV3.
DAP dan PAS di sebelah pembangkang nampaknya ada 'connectivity' yang baik dengan orang ramai.Bermacam-macam tuduhan terhadap saya kerana mengakui sedikit sebanyak tentang apa yang baik yang ada kepada DAP dan juga PAS. Saya dikritik dengan keras oleh beberapa orang walaupun ramai yang menyokong pandangan saya.
DAP walau pun sebuah parti yang sedang berkembang baik parti itu tidak akan mengetuai pimpinan negara seperti yang di takuti oleh sebahagian kecil yang mengelabah tadi. Saya ada kecenderungan untuk menulis alasan saya yang DAP tidak akan menjadi pemerintah negara. Parti itu hanya berkehendakan kepada keadaan siasah yang realistic untuk negara yang dihuni oleh perbagai kaum ini.
Mungkin saya akan memberikan sedikit ulasan pendek tentang isu ini dalam posting saya yang akan datang. Tunggu.
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 09:54 AM PDT
Writtren by Aidila Razak
Political analysts today raised the alarm on a rise in the use of racist agenda in Sarawak politics following the outcome of the April 16 state election.
This could well be a consequence, following the mould of Peninsular Malaysia, where politics is increasingly framed in the context of Malays and non-Malays post-2008, academicians speaking at a round table discussion on the Sarawak election, organised by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said.
According to Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) political scientist Shaharuddin Badaruddin, the outcome of the Sarawak polls shows a trend of Chinese votes moving fast away from BN.
"It will continue in the next general election, and the opposition can extend this to 75 to 80 percent even.
"So, Umno and BN will make Malay and bumiputera votes the core of Malaysian politics," he said.
However, Shaharuddin (left) warned, this would be a "double-edged sword" for BN, for harping on Malay and bumiputera rights would expose its inability to safeguard matters expected by the Malay community, such as economic equity or native customary land rights of the bumiputera in Sarawak.
Further, he said, continuing to push for Malay votes would lead to greater attacks on Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, which also carried its own set of risks.
"If I was speaking in front of Umno, I would say, 'Watch out when playing this game'.
"If they continue with the character assassinations, it could go back to the 1999 (general election) situation (where Malay voters turned on BN)… and if the 2008 and 1999 factors are combined, (BN) will leave Putrajaya," Shaharuddin told an audience of about 30 academicians and political science students.
DAP wearing a mask of new politics?
While BN is expected to up the ante on the racial game, others, said Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's ethnic politics lecturer Nizam Sulaiman, are wary that DAP may be playing the same game as well.
"The issues they raise in their campaigns are universal and show new politics, of transparency and good governance, but we don't know if this is their true face, or if they are just exploiting the situation to gain votes.
"The death (in custody) of (Customs officer Ahmad) Sarbani (Mohamad) was not raised as much as that of Teoh Beng Hock," Nizam (left) said.
Fellow researcher from the Singapore Management University, Bridget Welsh, agreed that the outcome of the polls may bring about "troubling dynamics of polarised politics".
However, Welsh said, the swing of votes pointed not just to racial factors but to economic and social class-related issues as well.
"Lots of Chinese are small-medium business owners who are not dependent on the state and are not happy with the lesser degree of access (to the economic pie).
"Many Malay-Melanau work for the government and that is where they cari makan (earn a living) and if you don't vote where you cari makan, you probably will wonder whether you'll be hungry later," she said.
Nevertheless, Welsh pointed out, if one side uses the race card, the other must then find ways to communicate other larger issues with traction.
"People understand inequality (although) issues of class, etc, are sometimes tough to explain and build a connection to, compared with the more familiar race issue," she said.
'Pakatan needs to trust the locals'
Both Welsh and Shaharudin agreed that PKR, and along with it the other Pakatan Rakyat members, could have won more seats if they had concentrated their efforts.
PKR failed to do so because of its latent distrust of SNAP, and fears that the Dayak party may leave seats uncontested for BN, said Shaharudin.
Welsh (left) added that building local networks and trusting local leaders could also help the peninsula-based Pakatan parties to develop greater inroads in the state.
"DAP was contesting in Iban seats without having any Iban speakers at its rallies, that is madness… many Iban don't even speak Bahasa Malaysia.
"There is a lack of understanding between the Pakatan machinery from the peninsula and the local communities.
"Whatever you say about BN, it knows Sarawak and this showed in the results… BN did not just win through cheating and money," said Welsh.
Shaharudin said that looking at the just-concluded Sarawak election, Pakatan could hope to win the Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Sarikei, Lanang, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu parliamentary seats in the coming general election.
"They also have potential in areas where they won (one of the) state seats like Saratok (where PKR won Krian) and Lawas (where PKR won Ba'Kelalan) as well as Kapit, because of Pelagus," he said.
Pelagus was won by Independent candidate George Lagong.
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 06:05 AM PDT
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Posted: 25 Apr 2011 07:49 AM PDT
We have been receiving a number of smses on the protests of Perkasa right wing members towards MCA. It wasn't much towards them but the message of "1Melayu,1Bumi campaign" and a warning that comes with the protests.
Millions of dollars were poured into the campaign of 1Malaysia and it seems at every corner we turn there is a "1 of this and 1 of that" It has caught on and PM is smiling that Malaysians have taken towards the 1 but will not be too happy when there are "warning overtones"
( this extracted from Malaysiakini-the group had handed MCA's top leadership a "four point warning",
Its supposed to unite the country through cutting out the barriers of multi-racialism,multi-culturalism and multi- ethnicity but not breakup the harmonious and tolerancy towards each others race.
The sms we receive in particular has this,"What abt 1dayak? Or 1Sarawak? Very soon the Chinese will have 1Foochow or 1Hockien and Melanaus will also have theirs 1MukahMelanau,1MatuMelanau while dayaks might have 1BidayuhBau,1BidayuhSerian or even 1Iban Betong, 1Iban Kapit.
What will become of 1Malaysia?
It's whithering right and directly under the noses of the Prime Minister Najib who is instrumental in making sure that this campaign will fit into every Malaysian life. It's his campaign and surely he will not want it to be decimated.
I received another sms which says the Perkasa boys are like West Ham supporters 'blowing bubbles" and hoping their team will not be relegated at the end of the season while 1Malaysia Najibs campaign will see Manchester United as Champions for the 19th time. So will you choose Perkasa's overzealous promotion of utusan malaysia's brand 1Melayu ,1bumi or Najibs 1Malaysia? WE choose winners right……
Let the newspapers fight their own wars and we as Malaysians should safeguard our national identity of A Multi racial country made up of different races,cultures,religions and where we lived harmoniously side by side in peace.
Malaysia is united and 1Malaysia is here to stay….
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 06:28 AM PDT
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 05:57 AM PDT
Lim Kit Siang rebuked Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today for saying Utusan Malaysia speaks for the Malay community, claiming instead that the deputy prime minister was using the paper to defy Datuk Seri Najib Razak's 1 Malaysia.
The DAP strongman charged that Muhyiddin was "a picture of absurdity" for making his proclamation earlier today and described the statement as the latter's "second unkind cut" against Najib.
He questioned if by endorsing Utusan Malaysia's "1 Melayu, 1 Bumi" movement, the country's administration was running on two separate idealogies — Najib with his 1 Malaysia platform and Muhyiddin with "1 Melayu, 1 Bumi".
"Utusan Malaysia is not the voice of the Malays as right-thinking and rational Malays like right-thinking and rational Malaysians have been migrating away from Utusan Malaysia particularly to online media. But what should really cause consternation is that Utusan Malaysia is at best the voice of Muhyiddin particularly at odds with the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. How can Muhyiddin give endorsement to Utusan Malaysia's call for '1 Melayu, 1 Bumi' when it is clearly an open affront and repudiation of Najib's 1 Malaysia signature policy?" Lim asked in a statement today.He questioned if Najib's Cabinet was prepared to resolve the apparent conflict between the country's top two leaders, or if the prime minister dared to wield his power and force Muhyiddin into line.
"Or will all the Cabinet ministers from Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, SUPP and the other Sarawak and Sabah component parties dig their heads deeper into the sand to pretend that they are not aware of such open policy conflict between the prime minister and the deputy prime minister — between 1 Malaysia and 1 Melayu?" Lim said.
He challenged Muhyiddin's claim that Utusan Malaysia represented the voice of the Malay community, insisting the daily often stoked communal hatred and tension.
Utusan Malaysia ruffled feathers recently when it suggested that Umno spearhead a "1 Melayu, 1 Bumi" movement to protect Malay unity, claiming the just-concluded Sarawak polls showed DAP was attempting to destroy the country's Malay leadership.
In response, MCA called for a boycott on the Umno-owned newspaper, warning that such a movement could lead to apartheid in Malay-majority Malaysia.
Speaking on the issue today, Muhyiddin refrained from condemning the paper for propagating the movement, saying instead that the government could not stop the newspaper from reporting the news.
"It is the voice and desire of the Malay community and also Malaysians in general. If we read Utusan, we can see that there are also reports on other things. Just like other media, there are pro and cons. We cannot stop a media from reporting what it wants to report but there is a limit," he told a press conference.
In disagreeing with Muhyiddin, Lim called Utusan Malaysia's editors a "disgrace" to journalism and accused them of doing the Malay race and Malaysia as a nation a disservice by playing up racial issues.
"If the police, the Attorney-Genereal's Chambers and the judiciary are efficient, independent and professional institutions to uphold the rule of law without fear or favour, Utusan Malaysia editors would have no time to edit the Umno daily but would be trudging up and down the court houses over a mountain of criminal charges round-the-year!" he said.
Lim also reminded how National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president Hata Watahari, who is also a senior Utusan journalist, had himself condemned his paper's editors for fanning race rhetoric and allegedly causing its declining sale.
"Utusan Malaysia nose-dived from one of the nation's top circulation papers to a disreputable rag, falling from a height of a daily circulation of 350,000 to less than half the numbers — as Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures for the full year ended June 30, 2010 showed its circulation had dropped to 170,558 as compared to 181,346 the previous year," Lim said.
Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 06:04 AM PDT
Obviously no one got the FRU boys to tear-gas these nut jobs. Only HINDRAF merits all the brutality.
Talk about double standards.
For Utusan, Perkasa swarms MCA HQ
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 100 Perkasa members staged a protest outside the MCA heaquarters here condemning the Chinese-based party for criticising the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia daily.
The protesters shouted "Hidup Melayu" and warned MCA against "playing with fire" as its actions could cause a repeat of the 1969 racial clashes.
MCA leaders had blasted Utusan for what they described as a continued racist attack on the Chinese community especially after the Sarawak polls.
The overwhelming Chinese support for the opposition led to the fall of 12 state seats, more than double the amount previously.
Utusan had described the Chinese as being ungrateful and called for the Malays to unite under a campaign called "1Melayu, 1Bumi", mimicking Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia, which was meant to promote racial pluralism.
Columnists from the Malay daily also accused DAP, the Chinese-majority component party in Pakatan Rakyat, of racism and attempting to oust the nation's Malay leadership.
Perkasa declared its intention to spearhead the "1Malay, 1Bumi" campaign and warned MCA that it would "face the consequences" if it did not stop its criticism against Utusan.
The Malay right-wing group also demanded MCA to retract its call for a boycott on the Malay daily, which Perkasa described as the "sole defender of the Malay voice".
Check FMT for updates and watch the video.
Bear in mind all MCA did was to criticize Utusan Melayu, which publishes bigoted articles that is not worth the paper it is printed on.
It is becoming so evident that either Najib has absolutely no control over these village idiots or he endorses their brand of racism.
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 01:01 AM PDT
So I rbought along two bodyguards from Furong. If you have to ask where/what is Furong, Desi's short dismissal willl be : Hey, get *Ooouch of **here/hear! Two more/amore to follow next!:)
NOTE that wordplay marked * and ** above are examples of knotty Desi's blog writing using DDC -- Da Desi Code -- a term aof enderament gifted me by Ipohlang I nicked AWEofHelen... she couldn't trun up to be the third bodyguard as she committed to Easter celeb with Ipohlites, Desi doesn't ***no if it's da Truth or ****knot!:) OR :(
However, I am glad I made the effort to tstart journey from Seremabn at 7.00AM -- the newshound in me always made me give ample time, dont wanna get scooped, fellow nesdogs understand that mottoeh! Butt two BUMmers couldnot wake up early on an unusual Sunday, so vvveee arrived at exNikko Hotel -- InterContinental now, why? -- at 9.10AM, late by 10minutes. My apprehension disappeared with the whiff of hot coffee and BF spread, soon hugged by bigDOG and a Latuk Ahirudin Attan aka rockybru though coffee served on this adbiser's be1/2 was not of his brewing as he was too bees-y entertaining fellow Bloggers from the ASEAN region. First time for Malaysian bloggers well backed by the government -- hence the VIP speakers that addressed the gathering at lunchdime. Which was well sponsored by 5 BIGgie listed comapnies where Desi has no clout/d! Sigh, sigh 4a w'ile! or two viles? (Thinking of RPK in Bangkok and his sidekick Haris Ib, chair and Prez of seven-month-old MCLM who should have been invited as VVIP and giften talk-time worthy of another TV3 cover as these two are "Father" to the opposition...Hey, PM's talk did encourage interaction betweenpro- and anti-government ++++BUMmers. That BUM refers to struggling Bloggers' Universe Malaysia and at its BUM2009 outing featured former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad who caused quite a stir when he alleged that udring his 22-year-long premiership, his regime DID NOT CENSOR THE PRESS. He said t was the Editors-in-Chief, anting to curry-favour with him, wo self-censored the copies so that only "feel good for BN" stories were highlighted!
This c;aim was repeated when he addressed the crowd of 300plus people --comprising mainly bloggers, MSM newshounds and a few inteprid freelance writHers like Desi -- pre-lunch.
Let me just say these TWO reports from the Star -- I invested RM1.20 on the print copy, not like some of you only reading Star Online, OK! -- so to ease myself, the online versions follow:
Monday April 25, 2011
PM believes a lot of good can come out of bloggers' union
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has pledged to uphold the Government's promise not to censor the Internet.
He said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, during his tenure as prime minister, had promised that Malaysia would never censor the Internet.
"The current Government intends to keep to his word," Najib said in his speech at the First Asean Regional Bloggers Conference here yesterday.
Meeting of minds: Najib opening the 1st Asean Regional Bloggers Conference in Kuala Lumpur Sunday. With him is Dr Mahathir.
Najib also said the social media had become a powerful tool that could create havoc and had led to the downfall of regimes and governments.
He added that the Government wanted to work with bloggers and establish a relationship based on mutual respect, adding that digital democracy would be promoted.
"We are not afraid of bloggers. It is important that you put forward your views so we can build a better future for our country.
"The Government will accept constructive criticism and allow freedom of speech on blogs but we must draw the line at lies.
"If we use cyberspace to tell lies and half-truths, that is wrong," he added.
Najib expressed optimism that the union of bloggers in the region would bring more good than bad.
He said the union might pose a bigger threat to governments.
"But that is an extreme view. I believe more good can come out of this union," he added.
Among those present were the Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Dr Mahathir and Blog House Malaysia president Syed Akbar Ali.
Bloggers urged to unite despite opposing views
Monday April 25, 2011
Bloggers urged to unite despite opposing views
By P. ARUNA
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on the blogger community to come together regardless of their political views.
"Try to also engage those who are highly critical or even against the government," he told bloggers who attended the 1st Asean Regional Bloggers Conference here yesterday.
He said a union that included those "on the other side" would reduce the polarisation among bloggers and allow a free flow of discussion.
The Prime Minister said this during a question and answer session after delivering his keynote address at the conference.
To another question, Najib said he believed that the perception of bloggers and other Internet users towards the Government had improved compared with the situation before the previous general election in 1998.
"The people may be pro-government on some issues and against the government on other issues. I believe the flow of opinions on cyberspace today are more balanced compared with how it was previously," he said.
To a question on what could be done to ensure that the people did not fall for lies and half-truths found on the Internet, Najib said education was the key.
"In order for democracy to function well, we need to have a population that is discerning," he said adding that education would give the people the ability to decide on what was the truth and what was not.
"It is a journey. As we become more developed and more people have access to tertiary education, I believe we will be able to close this gap," he said.
He also addressed a question on the boundaries of freedom and regulation on the Internet.
"If you stick on the path of telling the truth, you can't go wrong. But if you try to manipulate the cyberspace for your own political gains, you will be exposing yourself to all the ramifications and consequences," he said.
DESIDERATA: I gave TWO SALUTES to the two HIGHLIGHTED (BOLDED THUS) SECTIONS of the two Star repoprts I reproduced without paying royalty. Will they report me to de MCMC ah?
I hope that PM Najib can be relied on to keep his word.
Remember, my dear fRiends at home and from abroad -- and I believe several of the foreigners to acquainted wit' yesterday will pop in to desiphere my knotty writHes! -- what Najib's predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said? -- "Walk with me, work with me"
what we witnessed over five years was was Pak Lah sleep-wokking the talk, and working the jeans!
However, I still believe Pak Lah is a "decent fellow" for he gave DS Anwar a respite from the courts and further incarceration at Sungai Buloh or Kamunting.
Was this singular act of Pak Lah good enough to redeem awe his weaknurses? Time will tell as Malaysians cling to some HOPE for Change at Putrajaya comth GE13. I am only xxpressing feedback from average Joes at Seremban Main Market where I linger everydae from 9am becos I can't afford AllsonKlana or Nikko, oh no!, hotel.:)
which can mean
Come, let's makan-makan!:):)
PS: For newcomers reading my current post FOOLofErrata, email Desi at email@example.com for an XXplanation!:) No Xrating please because some 15-year-olds --especially from Melaka -- like to come visit Desi in the steal of the night!
Posted: 24 Apr 2011 11:56 PM PDT
Two rallies are planned at 3pm today to support Utusan and Perkasa over their '1Melayu, 1Bumi' slogan. One at Utusan office in Ipoh and the other at MCA HQ in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
The slogan drew first blood from MCA and DAP, two Chinese-based of 'different ideology' parties. Malay chauvinism, it seems, is also fast backfiring. Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir said on Saturday the label itself would be a disaster to the nation.
Now, who is right or wrong doesnt matter, not just yet. But the Malay-Chinese confrontation is bringing us back to the era of mid 1940s when our British Colonial master introduced the Malayan Union that could have turned the Malays as beggars in their own homeland.
British idea to award immigrants from China and India with equal citizenship had, for the first time saw the Malays to defy 'politics were the prerogative rights of the royal families' mentality they held for centuries, and launched a massive anti-Malayan Union campaigns throughout the country.
The Malays were the destitute lot then. The Malay Rulers also were part to blame for 'selling' their respective States as British Protectorates. But when the Japanese came, the British abandoned Malaya.
The Malays were doing the right thing then in protecting their legitimate rights as owners of Tanah Melayu. The British, in taking up the Malays for granted, brought in people from China and India to work in their tin mines and rubber estates. The Malays were known to be less interested in such economic activities, except for planting paddy and as fishermen.
These immigrants helped the Malayan economy grow. Their contribution is well-recognised, even by the Malays. And when they were given equal citizenship under the administration of Malayan Union, Malay discontentment was minimal except for those in Umno.
But more than 50 years after Independence, the Malay-Chinese issue flares again. Why are they against each other when the Malays in Umno and Chinese in MCA are buddies in the ruling Barisan Nasional?
Are the Malays to blame for their 'still lagging' position in this country as compared to the Chinese, and perhaps the Indians too? And is it because of the much reduced Chinese votes for BN in previous by-elections and the recently concluded Sarawak state election?
Many said the Chinese will never change since they already have almost everything in the country except political control of the government. But does Umno really dictates Putrajaya? And how are we going to face the next national poll should this time-bomb is not defused by now?
The problems with modern Malaysians now is their thickening prejudice among each other. The post-Independence harmony is fast diminishing. Those were the days when the three major communities helped each other in many ways and aspects. They understood each other well enough.
However, the non-Malays began to grow pessimism over the government's affirmative plan in the 1970s meant to assist the Malays boost their economic standing in a thriving multi-racial nation. They, the non-Malays went to the extent of accusing the indigenous Malays of wanting to rob them of their wealth and high standard of living.
Had the '1Melayu, 1Bumi' slogan was chanted during the Malayan Union and before the immigrants were made citizens of Malaysia, they could have fared better than Umno. However under 1Malaysia concept, we need to admit the fact that we are now one. But again, disparity gap claims its tolls in domestic politics.
Racial tolerant too is making ways to race chauvinism. But are blaming MCA for tailoring to DAP's 'Chinese chauvinism' when Umno and Pas are agreeing to talks on a solidarity government? Are we blaming the Indians as well when Hindraf was formed to the likes of Perkasa and few Chinese-for-Chinese organisations?
Now, what will be the future of the country if a Malay-for-Malay, Chinese-for-Chinese and Indian-for-India politics thrive?
We are so fond of blasting the issue out of context. Had we resorted to the post-Independence and Perikatan concept of 'musyawarah' (consultation), today's bad episode would have been settled amicably.
Another thing. I consider the government failure in containing such chauvinistic activities is also leading to it.
So, whoever wants war, go ahead! You want racial riots, you make the calls!
But who should we blame for all this? The BRITISH?
Posted: 24 Apr 2011 10:34 PM PDT
Hi all. Been (really) enjoying a short break… :)
Amongst the things I missed was the unfolding RPK drama.
I think I will focus my comments around one issue: his TV3 comments on how he himself "never made any accusations". The snippet is at about 1.18 of the video below, and the verbatim quote is pasted below.
"Di dalam sd saya tadi saya telah bercerita bahawasanya orang ini telah beritahu dan biarlah orang ini yang datang dan bercerita. Dan pihak berkuasa perlu siasat dan panggillah orang ini. Itu yang saya tulis dalam sd. Saya sendiri tidak timbulkan apa-apa tuduhan. Saya tidak kata saya tahu yang isteri timbalan perdana menteri semasa itu ada di tempat kejadian. Saya tidak cakap. Saya tidak buat satu tuduhan seperti berikut. Yang saya kata ada orang yang bercerita tetapi bergantung kepada pihak berkuasalah untuk menyiasat perkara ini lebih lanjut lagi dan untuk orang-orang ini kedepan. Dan saya sebut nama-nama orang ini. Saya sebut semasa siasatan polis."
In the maelstorm that is Malaysian politics, it has been… interesting to observe the moral compasses of various individuals throughout time.
Obviously, here is not a time/place to comment at length on such things.
Having seen and heard all that RPK has said about Altantuya's murder (represented most easily perhaps by the famous article that got him in trouble) over the years, my thoughts over what he expressed above is probably best summarised by this video:
Clinton tried to escape on a technicality, and if you want to talk technical details, RPK's assertion that he never made a direct accusation may be construed to be true.
However, any attempt to deny that a large number of things he said and wrote were fully intended to imply (in no uncertain terms) involvement of both Najib and Rosmah in the murder of Altantuya deserves, in my own view, to be frowned upon.
I recently began watching Battlestar Galactica. First season, second episode, towards the end, there's a simple line about how a man has to accept responsibility for his actions.
Again, it has been… educational to watch the different roads many of us have walked down, especially since 2008. I think I have some appreciation of how difficult it is to stay on the straight and narrow, to remain consistent, and to keep one's moral compass clear.
There actually a few things I agreed with to some extent in the interview, but for the above: I think there is little honour in saying years after the fact "I didn't say it, somebody told me, and I'm just reporting what I heard". It dishonours either one's informant, one's readers who've clearly understood otherwise, or both.
Of course, knowing RPK and his bravado (although speaking of bravado I'm not sure how "And I would not hesitate to deny my body food and water as an act of defiance just to prove to my jailors that they may incarcerate my body but they can never own my mind or break my spirit." really jives with the decisions made thus far), I wouldn't be surprised if sometime later he turns around and says "Oh, this was all part of my plan to trap them, etc etc".
I shaved my head when RPK was arrested under the ISA in 2008, and shaved it has been since – a reminder of those who remain detained without trial.
My dad likes to say: friends are friends, business is business. I would like all to remain intact, but I suppose without our integrity, we would be mere Ronin.
Posted: 24 Apr 2011 08:37 PM PDT
It was a great and significant event last week when Malaysian bloggers, headed by Blog House (BHM) Malaysia, to successfully organised the first ever two-day 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference at Intercontinental Hotel, a former Nikko Hotel. (I love it when I can mentioned a hotel name in this write up, I remember as a journalist we were told not to mention hotel names and we always say a "leading hoooootel in Kuala Lupur" when we report events.
Blogging is so refreshing, now that our Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak promised to keep the government's word that it will not censor the Internet, even though some countries have called for such control.
The prime minister, and his wife, was accompanied by former prime minister Tun Mahathir and his wife. The speeches were great too.
My only question to the organiser, and to BHM advisor Datuk Rockybru is how come the Information Minister Rais Yatim was not there after all he is in charge of monitoring the blogosphere?
I was told that Prime Minister Najib asked him how come Rais was not there, and I was told that Rocky said he forgot?! Regardless Datuk Rocky it is your house you can invite or not invite anyone that you like or not like. Anyway with or without the Information Minister the event went very smoothly.
Anyway well done and I was told Najib was very happy with your event, and I have never seen Rosmah to be very happy throughout, with or without Rais!
PS. As for you Rosmah you must always be like that at every event that you and your husband will be attending form now on!! Cheers!
Posted: 24 Apr 2011 08:59 PM PDT
A few days ago I posted Baru Bian's brain baffling bullxxxx where I scoffed at his claim in Malaysiakini that PKR vied for 49 seats for the sake of Pakatan (note, he avoided mentioning PKR) being taken seriously by Sarawakians.
Baru Bian had attempted to explain away its greedy gluttonous grab of the Sarawakian state constituencies, initially (and preemptively) by a staggering 52 out of 71 seats, a 75% claim on the pie, to leave the remaining 25% to be shared among DAP, PAS and then SNAP, .....
..... as a sweet 'Mother Teresa'-ish altruistic reasons for Pakatan, when everyone knows it had been its selfish avaricious ambitions to dominate Sarawakian (and no doubt Sabah and Peninsula) politics among Pakatan members.
I asserted it was 100% unadulterated bull for a host of reasons detailed in my post. Those were in addition to PKR's already known selfish treacherous behaviour in 2007 when it attempted to oust DAP out in a number of seats developed, nurtured and regularly contested by DAP, with some even with incumbent DAP members like Kulasegaran in Ipoh Barat.
From sickening avarice to sweet altruism, really, who would/could believe his fairy tale.
Today Nurul Izzah confirmed my belief.
She told The Malaysian Insider PKR won't cede Sarawakian seats to the DAP, despite evidence that the DAP has been the most successful component party of Pakatan in the recent State election, where its brand name is highly respected, more so than the other Pakatan members. Even PAS acknowledged this, wishing it had promoted the image that a vote for PAS is also a vote for the Rocket.
So how does Nurul explain her equally avaricious statement with Baru Bain's lamentation that:
"... the Pakatan [note, he studiously avoided mentioning PKR] principle was that all seats must be fought for because the electorate must know that the coalition is serious about taking over the state government."
"We cannot give the other side a free ride. If we did, it would demoralise us. This was the strategy" …
... but ...
"... this strategy came with a heavy cost. The party was severely stretched because the rural campaign was resource-intensive".
Let me do it for her. The reason why PKR, as per Nurul's continuous claim on that unbelievable greedy gluttonous grubby number of Sarawakian seats is two-fold, namely:
(a) It's just a dog in a manger, wishing to continue its unrealistic fantasy about dominating the Sarawakian political landscape, and preparing to lose rather than allow DAP to win,
(b) It has its greedy eye now spotlighted on federal parliamentary seats in Sarawak for the coming GE-13.
There is the question of DAP's seniority in Sarawak since 1978, bettering that of PKR by a clear two decades of serious hard work. Ginny-come-lately doesn't see this. It thinks it has a birthright to dominate its partners and dictate to them its preferences - hmmm, wonder where it obtain that mentality from?
And then, despite (a) its pathetically piffling poor performance in the last Sarawak state elections, (b) DAP's evidence of better campaigning and success, and (c) DAP being a far far more acceptable political party in Sarawak, it still insists on its so-called birthrights to monopolize the Sarawak poltiical terrain. That's why I call its selfish behaviour as that of the proverbial dog in the manger where it seems prepared to lose to BN rather than give way to another Pakatan member with a far superior prospect of winning.
Indeeed, that has been precisely why PKR had recently degenerated into frenzied furious fears when Lim KS proposed SNAP merged with DAP. It knows that the realization of this merger could enhance the probability of Pakatan winning the next state election, but with the new Sarawak SNAP-DAP emerging as the majority party among the partners. It also dreads the likelihood of a long-overdue Iban from SNAP-DAP becoming the next CM of Sarawak. For PKR, it would be Paradise Lost!
Until PKR rids itself of those UMNO rejects and their atavistic mentality, the future of a cohesive Pakatan doesn't look good at all.
As I wrote in Baru Bian's brain baffling bullxxxx:
PKR is like a ripe nangka with one side rotting away, infested by fruit flies. We Malaysians are familiar with such a fruit and know what needs to be done - the rotting part should be sliced cleanly away, allowing the rest of sweet fruit to be still enjoyed.
That's what PKR requires, the amputation of its gangrenous portion.
Slice that bloody nangka.
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 08:04 AM PDT
Utusan Malaysia sedang bermain dengan api. Akhbar ini melalui pandangan Awang Selamat telah menunjukan permusuhan semata-mata kerana kekalahan BN dan kemenangan DAP di dalam hampir kesemua kerusi di dalam kawasan Cina dalam pilihanraya Sarawak baru-baru ini. Bukankah memang parti-parti yang wujud sejak negara mencapai kemerdekaan adalah berdasarkan kepada bangsa-bangsa yang ada di dalam negara ini.
Semasa mencapai kemerdekaan Perikatan telah memenangi hampir kesemua kerusi kerana sokongan mengikut selera bangsa-bangsa yang ada di Semenanjung Tanah Melayu? UMNO diwujudkan untuk mengambil hati dan membawa orang-orang Melayu menyokong gagasan Perikatan. MCA pula wujud untuk tujuan membawa orang-orang Cina kepada Perikatan dengan sokongan melalui parti khas untuk bangsa Cina itu dan MIC pula untuk meraih sokongan dari bangsa India.
Parti Melayu UMNO bersama dengan parti orang Cina, MCA dan MIC yang membawa sokongan kaum India bersekutu dalam Perikatan dan membentuk kerajaan Merdeka Tanah Melayu pada 31hb Ogos 1957. Selama itu parti-parti pembangkang juga adalah berdasarkan kepada lunas-lunas bangsa-bangsa juga. DAP didominasi oleh bangsa Cina tetapi orang Melayu juga boleh menyertai parti itu dan tidak pernah ditahan dan dicegah untuk menjadi ahlinya.
PAS juga adalah didasarkan kepada penyertaan orang-orang Islam dan tidak mengambil kira dari bangsa apa sekali pun, tetapi ianya di dominasi oleh bangsa Melayu sahaja. Sejak merdeka inilah cara dan pattern pengundian yang digalakan oleh Perikatan dan kemudiannya BN. Oleh kerana BN telah menikmati sokongan dari kaum Cina melalui MCA maka isu isu ini tidak timbul isu perkauman sedangkan cara mendapat sokongan itu adalah berasaskan kepada permainan poitik perkauman.
Tetapi akhir-akhir ini oleh kerana orang Cina sudah hilang keyakinan terhadap kita maka kita mainkan isu perkauman yang begitu menebal. Kejayaan DAP meraih sokongan itu dikatakan diperolehi dari isu prkauman yang dimainkan oleh DAP, tetapi kita sendiri telah lupa yang sokongan Cina terhadap BN selama ini adalah di asaskan kepada sentimen perkauman itu.
Pihak kita tidak mahu menerima yang kita adalah negara demokrasi. Itulah sebabnya blog ini selalu mencadangkan supaya kita berubah secara radikal dan bermula dari peringkat struktornya. Kita mesti memulakan politik baru seperi pemimpin dahulu melakukannya semasa mencapai kemerdekaan. Untuk melakukan itu ianya mesti ditaja oleh seorang pemimpin yang luar dari barisan kepimpinan hari ini, yang dihormati oleh semua kaum dan pihak. We must start the nation anew.
Barisan kepimpinan hari ini wajar berkorban kerana selagi pimpinan yang ada pada hari ini masih memerintah negara ini maka isu yang hangat ini akan bertambah hangat dan tidak akan ada kesudahannya. Kita selalu membuat komentar tentang politik negara hanya di dalam parameter politik di Semenanjung sahaja sedangkan nun di seberang lautan Cina merupakan wilayah yang mempunyai kuasa politik yang kuat dan bertenaga.
Jika semua pihak mahukan negara ini dalam keadaan aman kita harus mempunyai pemimpin yang berani tetapi di hormati oleh semua pihak. Kita tidak boleh dipimpin oleh mereka yang bermuka-muka kepada kaum-kaum…bercakap lain dan berbeza mengikut kaum apa yang ada di hadapan kita. Saya bukan mempertahankan DAP tetapi di dalam sebuah demokrasi tulin isu membidas parti yang sedang mendapat pengaruh itu adalah tidak betul.
Jika kita mahukan pengaruh kita bertahan setidak-tidaknya, kita wajar melakukan perubahan yang drastik. Jika kita benar sayangkan parti dan kerajaan yang ada mungkin memerlukan pengorbanan. Dahulukan nasib parti dari politik peribadi sendiri. Jangan pula kita lakukan perkara yang tidak bermoral seperti membunuh parti ini lagi semata-mata untuk mempertahankan kuasa. Cukuplah setakat apa yang telah di lakukan 20 tahun dahulu.
Di dalam pertandingan bola sepak, kita tidak boleh mengalihkan tiang-tiang gol semata-mata untuk memenangi pertandingan itu. Jangan pula bertindak membuang 'referee' seperti yang pernah dilakukan oleh pemimpin kita 23 tahun dahulu. Tun Salleh menjadi korban politik yang dimainkan oleh pihak eksekutif.
Pengasingan kuasa yang sepatutunya di suburkan di dalam sistem politik demokrasi telah luntur dan tidak nampak kemajuan di dalam usaha kita untuk memperbaikinya.
Selalunya jika pihak yang takut kepada kekalahan, kekalahan itulah yang akan tiba. Kalau sebuah busut itu dianggap berhantu suatu hari itu busut itu akan berhantu. Jika kita mengelabah sangat dengan kemaraan DAP maka DAP lah yang akan menang kerana kita asyik dengan perasaan takut itu.
Kita jangan menjadi seperti seorang yang takut berjalan dalam gelap. Orang yang takut berjalan di dalam gelap selalunya akan membuat bising untuk menghilangkan ketakutan itu. Kalau tidak berani menerima keputusan plihanraya maka elok kita ubah perlembagaan dan jangan di adakan pilihanraya lagi untuk mengelakan isu untuk membenci pihak yang menang.
Kita asyik menyalahkan pihak lain tetapi kita tidak pernah melakukan introspeksi yang mendalam kenapa kita di tolak. Orang lain semuanya salah, hanya kita sahaja yang betul. Kita mesti ingat parti politik kita ini bukannya agama yang tidak boleh dibelakangkan oleh mereka yang tidak berkeyakinan kepada kita.
Setakat ini tidak nampak dan terbaca yang DAP membuat kenyataan anti Melayu dan anti mana-mana bangsa. Yang selalu kita dengar membuat kenyataan anti Melayu ialah MCA. UMNO pula selalu memperkecilkan kemampuan orang Melayu dengan meminta orang Melayu hanya menyokong mereka membabi buta. Benar atau salah UMNO mahukan orang Melayu menyokong mereka. Sekarang ditambah pula dengan sikap rasis yang ada pada Utusan.
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 06:19 AM PDT
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