VOX POPULI: Is this all Pak Lah is good for?

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com

January 29, 2008

People are suffering with the price hikes. They are already hard-pressed so just let them voice out their grievances. Don’t shut them out.

On Opposition condemns mass arrests

Nirmala Naidu: The more the government tries to shut us up, the more we are going to rebel. There are more rallies and demonstrations that have yet to come. People are suffering with the price hikes. Especially in the low and average income groups.

They are already hard-pressed so just let them voice out their grievances. Don’t shut them out.

I just watched the video of a Malaysiakini journalist being hauled into the police truck. What is wrong with our police? These people are innocent. Why throw them into a truck? They looked like caged animals in there.

This is inhumane. Is this all Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration is good for? Go catch the real criminals, god damn it!

I salute the PAS lady representative. She was so gutsy when she revealed the number of males and females detained. People like them give us hope for the future.

HSW: Maybe the people should organise a ‘Support BN rally’ and surely getting a police permit will not be a problem.

At this rally, placards must show ‘Yes to price increases’, ‘Yes, to crime increase’, ‘Yes, to Zakaria Deros’ mansion, etc.

The message will not be lost on the Malaysian public!

On Lingam challenges clip authenticity

Judicial Independence Believer: Although the Lingam tape was captured six years ago, it was only released now through Anwar Ibrahim. If the tape had been released during Mahathir’s reign, the entire matter would have been closed. He would have branded it as opposition lies, confiscated all copies through the police and the matter would have been closed just like hundreds of other scandals during his reign.

Pak Lah for sure has greater integrity. His integrity will be revealed when he decides whether he will go all the way in cleaning up the judiciary or only make some cosmetic changes with the intention of fooling the public.

On Uthaya risks heart attack: family

Subra: Isn’t it so sad that our PM has failed time and again because he listens to bad advice all the time? If Utayakumar were to go into a coma or suffer a fatal heart attack, the PM can rest assured that hundreds of thousands of Indian voters will turn against the government.

It should be conveyed to the PM that the crowd at Batu Caves this Thaipusam was significantly smaller. The Indians are still boiling. Don’t let them boil over.

TM Kumar: I wish to comment on the recent action by these so-called fighters of Hindu or Indian rights. Please note the movement started off with the right message but somehow the opposition and some so-called Hindus have manipulated the movement for their own benefits.

Here I wish to refer to Anwar Ibrahim for I clearly remember he was the one who once said that he could stop a temple bell by a stroke of his pen (the temple vs mosque issue in Penang some years back).

Today he is fighting for us the Hindus. Well, many are taken up by his actions. But the rational Hindu knows that what Anwar is doing now is for his political comeback.

As such, I ask my Hindu and /Indian Friends to think rationally before casting their votes. We are what we are because of our past leaders. What we can do is to join forces with the current leadership for a better tomorrow.

On Vincent Tan takes full control of Sun, Edge

Garviel Loken: I have stopped buying The Star since 2006 due to the bias reports which treats readers like an idiot. The Sun is the only newspaper that I enjoy with a cup of coffee in the morning.

If it’s going down the road of The Star and NST, it’ll be a step backwards for Malaysia’s press progress towards having an independent and unbiased stand.

On Remembering Christopher Fernando

Aaron Yap: I saluted and admired Mr Fernando as one of the best out there. A real loss to the country for he was a man with such a good ability. May God bless him and let his soul rest in peace. To Mrs. Fernando and his rest of the family members, please stay strong during this trying moments.


On Dato Christopher Fernando, I wish to add my fond memories of the man. He was born in Yan, Kedah a few years after me. We both are from the same area at the foot of the awesome Gunong Jerai that had been for thousands of years the landmark for seafares who traversed the great Indian Ocean in search of adventure and fortune. I knew Chris since school days as he was my brother’s classmate.

The last time I saw Dato Christopher was at Sdr Azmin Ali’s Hari Raya Open House in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. He was in the brim of health and upbeat. He was a good and humble Muslim. He did not allow his reputation as an outstanding counsel to go to his head. He was a genuine friend to me. To his widow and family, I extend my sincere condolences.

Semoga Allah mencuri rahmat keatas roh kawanku Christopher

—Din Merican

9 thoughts on “VOX POPULI: Is this all Pak Lah is good for?

  1. Today I would like to write about rockets, half moons and full moons. No, I am not going to the moon by a rocket nor am I harboring any ambition to fly to the moon. Read in between the lines and you will discover that these three symbols represent the three main opposition political parties in Malaysia. Yes, what I mean by rockets, half moons and full moons are DAP, PKR and PAS.

    After 50 years, is it ripe to change the government? Perhaps it is required as part and parcel of a healthy democratic process to ensure good governance, integrity and accountability. But it is more than that. The citizens’ future are at stake. Is this the country we want to leave behind for our future generation when we are long gone? Do we want our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren to piss on our graves? It is time for change and the change starts now. In fact, the situation is changing and we have seen the people’s power in recent demonstrations by BERSIH and HINDRAF.

    This coming March 2008 let us show those who walk in the corridors of power who are the real powers that be. Even if the elections are rigged, if majority supports opposition, BN would have no choice but to admit defeat. Those in power are there because of the rakyat. And now the rakyat wants a change. The rakyat needs a combination of rockets, half moons and full moons, all three components working together with a common aim, goal and objective to displace the government of the day.

    Change first, talk later. Rockets need to fire accurately to reach their targets. One of the targets is Penang. Oust this ineffective Gerakan/MCA leadership and replace it with a better, more credible leadership. Pak Lah had admitted BN will not do as well in this election so capitalize on the bread and butter issues. Once BN wins in March, the fuel prices will increase and so do other bills like toll rates etc. These are signs of a mismanaged economy. The rakyat needs to see a united opposition. A united Barisan Rakyat opposition will spell the end for the ruling BN government.


    Wee Loon, let us get the oomphs flowing. I am not sure about the hand since it is in the habit of receiving money especially during election time!! D: Din Merican

  2. Dear Din, appreciate that u have dedicated an article to me earlier in one of your posts. I am back! The head, the heart and the oomph!

    Wee Loon, you are good young man. Stay the course, work hard and you will have great times ahead of you. Being a doctor, you can do a lot to help the sick, if you are not too preoccupied with making money. Don’t ever forget your Hippocratic Oath. Those big shots who were witnesses in the Haidar inquiry forgot what the implications of lying under oath!! Din Merican

  3. Dear Din, remember what Pak Lah said with full of humbleness:

    Ku Cari Damai Abadi ialah sebuah sajak yang ditulis oleh Perdana Menteri Malaysia kelima Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

    Aku cari bukan harta bertimbun-timbun,

    Untuk hidup kaya,
    Aku cari bukan wang berjuta-juta,
    Untuk hidup bergaya,
    Aku cari bukan kawan-kawan,
    Untuk hidup sekadar berfoya-foya,
    Aku cari mana dia Al-Ghazali,
    Aku cari mana dia Al-Shafie,
    Kita bongkar rahsia kitab suci,
    Cari pedoman
    Kita bongkar rahsia sunnah nabi
    Cari panduan
    Aku hidup kerana Dia Rabbi
    Dialah teman
    Dialah wali
    Dia mencukupi
    Aku hidup bererti
    Menikmati damai abadi

    Nukilan: Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi 2004

    Puisi itu diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Rusia oleh Dr. Victor A. Pogadaev, Profesor Madya Universiti Malaya.

    Wee Loon, we now know that is just “tembak” by Badawi. His son-in-law, son and Patrick Lim (Equine Capital) and others in UMNO-BN are making tonnes of money. Call him Mr. Clean? Din Merican

  4. Din Merican, with all due respect, you should be elected to be a member of the cabinet. A shadow cabinet sounds good, as follows:

    Prime Minister: Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim
    Deputy Prime Minister: Dato Husam Musa
    Minister of Finance 1: Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim
    Minister of Finance 2: William Leong
    Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister: Din Merican
    Transport Minister: Lim Kit Siang
    Education Minister: Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin
    Youth and Sports Minister: Khalid Jaafar
    Higher Education Minister: Emeritus Professor Khoo Kay Kim
    Health Minister: Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
    Rural Development Minister: Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang
    Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department: Nik Aziz Nik Mat
    Minister of Trade and Industry: Tian Chua
    Minister of Housing and Local Goverment: Fong Po Kuan
    Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries: Azmin Ali
    Minister of Community and Family Development: Teresa Kok
    Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage: Yasmin Ahmad
    Minister of Sex: Dato Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (oops..pun intended)

    Wee Loon,

    I am not a candidate. I seek no position in government, but I will make sure that when we (PKR, DAP and PAS) form the government, we will abolish the ISA, the OSA and the Universities Act, introduce the Freedom of Information Act, and free the media by doing away with the Printing Act. A free press and academic freedom are vital for a thriving democracy. We will make sure that the judiciary will adjudicate without fear or favor. By doing all these and more, we can truly be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. So vote for an alternative government that can also create an enabling economic, social and political environment conducive for sustained economic growth. Din Merican

  5. He is a person without any moral value, dignity and respect.dont expect anything from him, a true liar …who never never fulfill his promises.

  6. Malaysians griefs the sudden passing of a highly respected and able son. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Mrs Fenando and family.


    Tersenyum mendengar tuduhan najib yang disiarkan media arus perdana, kononnya pembangkang tidak berpijak dibumi yang nyata. Terserlah kedangkalan politik najib, seolah cuba lari dari tajuk permasalahan yang melanda Negara sekarang.

    Sejak dari pilihanraya 1955 hingga sekarang, pembangkang terpaksa bergelut dengan pelbagai sekatan. Saat tiba pilihanraya, UMNO/BN akan mengunakan kekuatan Negara bukannya parti untuk menghadapi pembangkang. SPR ditunggang semaksimum mungkin demi mempertahankan kekuasaan UMNO/BN. Pelbagai jentera serta harta kerajaan dilacurkan untuk menjadi perkakas UMNO/BN. Tidak cukup kakitangan kerajaan, budak sekolah juga dipaksa untuk menghadiri program parti tanpa kerelaan mereka.

    Dipihak pembangkang pula, ruang diberikan amat sempit. Hak mereka dinafikan malah dirampas oleh UMNO/BN selaku pemerintah. Perjuangan mereka atas dokongan rakyat yang mahukan kebebasan dalam erti kata merdeka yang sebenarnya. Pembangkang sentiasa sedar bahawa mereka harus berpijak dibumi yang nyata. Yang mana bumi penuh dengan perasuah dan sang penggila kuasa, maka mereka harus berjuang dengan apa cara sekalipun untuk menyelamatkan bumi bertuah bernama MALAYSIA ini. Kekuatan yang digunakan hanyalah kekuatan dokongan rakyat,bukannya dokongan jentera kerajaan yang dilacurkan. Inilah hakikat yang perlu ditelan oleh pihak pembangkang sejak dari zaman penjajah hingga kini.

    Nah! Adakah UMNO/BN berpijak dibumi yang nyata? Sekiranya benar mengapa harus mengecilkan hak rakyat untuk bersuara? Mengapa tidak turun dengan kekuatan parti yang bernama UNITEDS MALAY NATION ORGANISATION semata-mata.( takut kalah teruk kot) Mungkin najib tidak melihat atau cuba membutakan mata serta memekakkan telinga, sebaliknya memilih untuk hidup didunia khayalan ciptaan UMNO/BN. Kegagalan mematahkan hujah pembangkang dimana pelbagai isu kebobrokan sistem pemerintahan telah menyebabkan najib enggan menerima kenyataan. Mungkin juga najib dan UMNO/BN memilih untuk cuba MENONGKAT LANGIT, dan berharap rakyat terus kekal bodoh seperti yang diharapkan oleh najib dan UMNO/BN.

    Berpijaklah dibumi yang nyata wahai najib, UMNO sudah lama lari dari perjuangannya.
    UMNO/BN Sudah tidak relevan lagi dalam konteks mempertahankan hak orang melayu khasnya dan rakyat Malaysia amnya. System pemerintahan yang cuba dipertahankan oleh UMNO/BN sudah mulai luntur. Segala kononnya kejayaan Negara yang dicanangkan media arus perdana hanyalah tahyul semata.

    Kini rakyat sudah mula mencari dan membaca hak mereka yang terkandung dalam perlembagaan Negara, anak muda pula sudah muak dengan gelagat pimpinan dalam UMNO/BN yang hanya layak memimpin sekolah tadika. Lonjakan kebangkitanrakyat mutakhir ini adalah satu signal buat UMNO/BN agar bersiap sedia untuk dimuziumkan.


  8. Sebenarnya puisi Abdullah Badawi diterjemahkan ke dalam 80 bahasa dunia dan diterbitkan berupa buku oleh Universiti Malaya pada tahun 2008 (editor Victor Pogadaev)

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