John Malott on BERSIH2.0


July 8, 2011

John Malott on BERSIH2.0

“Despite the government’s intimidation, thousands of Malaysian citizens of all races and religions are expected to exercise their constitutional right to assemble and call for free and fair elections. Tomorrow’s protest represents a brave step in what not just Malaysians but also the international community should hope will begin the country’s transition to full democracy. Mr. Najib should display his own courage and ensure that a peaceful rally that seeks the fundamental rights of democratic peoples everywhere does not turn into a bloody confrontation.”–John Malott

Running Scared in Malaysia

The Government of Najib Razak is demonizing protesters demanding free and fair elections

The Asian Wall Street Journal

July 8, 2011

The Malaysian government has pulled out all the stops to prevent an opposition rally this weekend. This week, army units conducted crowd control exercises with banners that said, “Disperse or we will shoot!” The Police set up roadblocks and arrested Malaysians simply for wearing yellow T-shirts, the signature color of Bersih, a coalition of 62 nongovernmental organizations that demands changes in Malaysia’s electoral system. To date, the police have arrested over 250 supporters of Bersih, claiming that they are “waging war against the king.”

Then something unprecedented happened. Malaysia’s King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, allegedly the target of Bersih’s campaign, intervened. He called on both Prime Minister Najib Razak and Bersih to resolve their differences in a spirit of harmony and cooperation, for the good of the nation.

There was a collective sigh of relief in Malaysia. The leader of Bersih, Ambiga Sreenevasan, an attorney and former president of the Malaysian Bar Council, met with the King and announced that the “Walk for Democracy,” as it was called, was cancelled. She said that she was ready to meet with the government to discuss Bersih’s concerns about electoral fairness. Prime Minister Najib then offered an olive branch, saying, “We are willing to provide a stadium for them to rally in … from morning until night,” an offer that Ms. Ambiga and Bersih immediately accepted.

Then Mr. Najib backed off. His government says that because Bersih is still illegal, it cannot apply for a permit. It also has banned Bersih’s leadership from entering Kuala Lumpur on the day of the rally. On Thursday, he joined a gathering of martial artists who said that their 50,000 members will “wage war” against Bersih. Donning their militant uniform, Mr. Najib said, “If there are evil enemies who want to attack the country from within, you, my brothers, will rise to fight them.”

Mr. Najib has undermined the authority of the King, who gave Bersih and its concerns credence by meeting with its leadership and calling for a negotiated solution. The political situation in Malaysia is a fast-moving target, and each day brings new developments. Ms. Ambiga and Bersih now say that because of Mr. Najib’s actions, they will go ahead with their assembly, no matter what.

Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. Bersih’s main issue is not freedom of assembly but the fairness of Malaysia’s democratic process. Bersih’s backers ask how anyone can be opposed to free and fair elections.

It’s an easy question to answer. The United Malays National Organization (UMNO), of which Mr. Najib is president, is the longest continuing ruling party in the world, and it is running scared.

In the last general election in 2008, Malaysia’s opposition took 47% of the popular vote. That year Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the party of Mr. Najib’s nemesis Anwar Ibrahim, went from one seat to 31. The establishment parties in Malaysia’s neighboring states are also in retreat. The opposition scored a major victory in Thailand last weekend, and in Singapore opposition candidates made surprising gains. No wonder Mr. Najib and company are worried.

Many observers of Malaysian politics believe that electoral reform will lead to the ruling party’s defeat, and that is why UMNO is afraid of Bersih. In the last election in 2008, the party received only one-third of the nation’s votes. UMNO rules only because of its coalition with other political parties, which it increasingly marginalizes, that represent the Chinese and Indian minorities.

Mr. Najib and his allies say that the opposition’s gains in 2008 prove that Malaysia’s elections are free and fair. Impartial observers disagree. Academic studies have enumerated how the Election Commission gerrymanders electoral districts to benefit the ruling party. The U.S. Department of State’s human rights report bluntly states that opposition parties are unable to compete on equal terms with the governing coalition because of restrictions on campaigning and freedom of assembly and association. “News of the opposition,” the U.S. says, is “tightly restricted and reported in a biased fashion.”

In the recent state elections in Sarawak, the government announced $390 million in local projects during the run-up to the polls. Prime Minister Najib was caught on video tape telling one village gathering that the government would give them 5 million ringgit ($1.5 million) for a local project on Monday, but only if they elected his candidate on Sunday.

Who would win elections in Malaysia that truly are free and fair? The U.S. State Department reports that despite the many election irregularities during the 2008 elections, “most observers concluded they did not substantially alter the results.” But unless the electoral reforms that Bersih is calling for are made, we will never know.

Despite the government’s intimidation, thousands of Malaysian citizens of all races and religions are expected to exercise their constitutional right to assemble and call for free and fair elections. Tomorrow’s protest represents a brave step in what not just Malaysians but also the international community should hope will begin the country’s transition to full democracy. Mr. Najib should display his own courage and ensure that a peaceful rally that seeks the fundamental rights of democratic peoples everywhere does not turn into a bloody confrontation.

 Mr. Malott was the United States Ambassador to Malaysia from 1995-98.

74 thoughts on “John Malott on BERSIH2.0

  1. A well timed article in the AWSJ by former US Ambassador to Malaysia. In concluding his article, Ambassador John Malott conveys sentiments which Malaysians of peace and goodwill share and I quote:

    “Tomorrow (July 9)’s protest represents a brave step in what not just Malaysians but also the international community should hope will begin the country’s transition to full democracy. Mr. Najib should display his own courage and ensure that a peaceful rally that seeks the fundamental rights of democratic peoples everywhere does not turn into a bloody confrontation”.–Din Merican

  2. dear john

    what is your opinion on the pkr’s election? is it fairplay?
    what is your opinion on a so called democratic leader but NOT elected to the position of de facto leader?

  3. Kassim,

    What do you expect? PKR is as democratic as UMNO. After all, Anwar Ibrahim was part of the Mahathir regime before he was booted out in 1998. Only after that, he became a democrat. That is why he is the de facto leader and Wan Azizah is PKR President only in name. Well, let us hope Ambassador Malott will answer you.

  4. Eh kassim, Bersih is not about PKR. Still cannot get that through your thick skull? Just like the opposition is not about Anwar. Is it so difficult to comprehend?

    Najib is going to meet Ratzinger. For whatever reasons i don’t know. Maybe he wants to make a confession? Buying indulgences?

  5. I won’t comment on every posting. But I only want to ask my Malaysian friends one question —

    D0 you believe in– do you want — democracy or not?

    If the answer is yes, then you only have one choice —

    Support Bersih 2.0
    ____________
    I would add, Ambassaor Malott…if you don’t want democracy, you deserve the government you get. So don’t go around bitching after that. Stand Up for Democracy. Support BERSIH2.0 for Free and Fair Election.–Din Merican

  6. Dear Ambassador Malott

    If your views are the same as those of the
    Obama Administration, then the US is on the right side of
    history.

    Thank you for supporting the democratic movement in Malaysia.

    And just ignore any vile invective and attempts at character assasination thrown your way by the ruling regime’s supporters.

    Cheers!

  7. Government officials also confirmed that there has been a series of tooing and froing of the draft of the King’s statement between the palace and the Najib administration before Istana Negara issued what amounted to measured advice late Sunday. 

    “Some Umno politicians felt that the King’s statement should have been more strongly worded against Bersih. 

    And some ministers are also upset that the King met Ambiga,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.

    A Cabinet minister confirmed with The Malaysian Insider that dissenting views were raised during the weekly Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

  8. Jeff the man, please don’t be bodoh Kampung. Anybody with money are free to fund everybody.

    You won’t be surprised that PAS could be funded by The Chinese.

    Anyway , many Malaysian Chinese already donating to PAS instead of MCA.

  9. Mr Beam you are still awake @@

    John Malott – July 8, 2011 at 8:27 am
    ———————

    I am, Ambassador Malott. It is only 8.45 pm where I am. I must thank the U.S. government for affording me the freedom that I seek. I will forever be indebted to this country. I have a four month old grandaughter who is a U.S. citizen. Me? I am still a guest of the U.S. government. But Malaysia shall always be my home. And one day like Gen. MacArthur I shall return.

  10. Hello Jeff the man

    1. Where is your evidence that Bersih is being funded by
    the Americans?

    2. I also studied in the US and was active in moderate social
    democratic US political groups that opposed much of
    US foreign policy. Especially during the Reagan years.

    Like I said, if the views of Ambassador Malott represent those of the Obama Administration, then the US is on the right side of history.

  11. Jeff the man,

    As a cybertrooper, you may have access to reliable information on the alleged link between the NED, Bersih and Ambiga. I don’t even know this man Ron Pal. But I would like to ask you who funds UMNO’s election campaigns over all these years. UMNO members? You know the answer.But let me tell other readers of this blog that UMNO is funded by crony capitalists like Vincent Tan, Syed Mokhtar, Ananda Krishnan et.al, commissions from over priced mega projects and military purchases, taxpayers money, gaming and special lotteries, and so on. All these stink as they are non halal money.

  12. I am glad that America has grabbed you !!-Ambassador Malott

    Ambassador Malott

    America’s gain is Malaysia’s loss.

    But UMNO and Perkasa still think this is one brain drain they don’t mind losing. Perkasa prefers to retain the “shit shit shit” brain of Ibrahim Ali ( who was also a graduate from the same University as Mr Bean. They might be contemporaries sitting next to each other in the Arts faculty.

  13. Phua,
    This Jeff the Man is doing what RICHARD NIXON has been doing all these while…..character assisinate potential opposite politicians. One fine day, just like Richard Nixon, this Jeff the Man & the mastermind would caught with their pants down
    Jeff’s mastermind might have to come up with this statement. I do wonder if Najib would come up with statement.

    I AM NO IDOIT! HAHAHA

  14. Thank you, Ambassador Malott. Not many Americans care or even know where Malaysia is, but Malaysians will always remember you for being their friend.

  15. Frank,

    Correction. I was never an Arts graduate but a law and political science graduate. And my law degree is not from University of Malaya.

  16. Mr Bean, thank you. That is the nicest thing that anyone has ever said about me. I don’t deserve it, but — thank you,

  17. “I studied in the US and we did discuss the book “Killing Hope: The US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II”, which stated the NED was set up to overtly do what the CIA had been doping covertly for decades.”

    Hmmm…you study and discuss about the evil and killing done by American in America? They don’t call you a terrorist or communist?

  18. Din,
    From the beginning I never believe in the so called “peace” plan by folks especially Najib. Forget about Najib doing the right thing. He never will. Anyway, how can he when he’s borned with a silver spoon. Being the youngest cabinet minister & menteri besar at one point of time. I bet if electoral reform were to carry out, Najib would lose his seat.
    Come what may! We move in to protest!If they don’t give us the stadium, we will march to the street.

    Najib,
    You will be the JIM CALLAGHAN of UMNO. Nah! let you have the winter of discontent! Ooops! To use Jim Callaghan to describe is an insult to Jim. At least, he’s far more competent & have more cojones than you. You are nothing .

  19. Your Tok Tam is crying in his grave waiting for his favorite cucu to come back and settle old scores with a cucu of an Indian from Kerala.
    But his cucu still looking at his teloq and it is still kecut.

  20. “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning” – Winston Churchill, Nov 1942 after the defeat of Rommel at Alamein, Egypt.

    July 9 will be the start of a new beginning…

  21. Hello Tok Cik, are you coming to town? If you want, you can park your Cooper S at Din’s residence provided Durian Raja Kunyit should not be in the boot. You can unload all your yellow Raja Kunyit at my house.

  22. “Do you believe in – do you want – democracy or not?

    If the answer is yes, then you only have one choice, support Bersih 2” JM

    Wrong question and therefore irrelevant answer.

    Which right-minded person will say no to democracy? But peace and stability first… which will hopefully lead to democracy. It does not work the other way round.

  23. Which right-minded person will say no to democracy?
    -BN and any authoritarian regime?

    But peace and stability first… which will hopefully lead to democracy. It does not work the other way round.
    -How hope would lead us to democracy? And of course it does not work the other way round, only those not treasure democracy fear peace and stability

    Wrong question and therefore irrelevant answer
    -By re-read your own reply, do you now have some idea what is wrong question and irrelevant answer?

  24. “But peace and stability first… which will hopefully lead to democracy”. Isa

    Well my friend, strife was there from the very beginning. You have chosen.
    There’s no mountain high enough nor ocean deep enough, that can stop what has been unleashed. There is a difference to make. For your edification of who or what makes Paradise Lost:

  25. Guys,
    It’s fun to read history. I believe Najib has read this. The same fate that has befallen a rather high competent Prime Minister as compared to Najib. Din was surprised that Najib is willing to leave Malaysia in the midst of Bersih protest
    To put in a nutshell…….Najib is saying

    CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS? I HAVE SENT THE ENTIRE ARMY OF POLICE, SILAT, PERKASA, UMNO YOUTH & ARMED FORCES

    Najib,
    Remember what happen to Jim Callaghan. Hehehe

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/921524.stm

  26. Hi Jeff the man

    “alledgedly” = nudge, nudge, wink, wink

    We’re still waiting for evidence from you that
    Bersih is funded by the Americans

  27. Mr Malott,
    I love the US and much as you love Malaysia. Its natural for one to have this inexplicable affinity for a country after one has visited it and experienced sweet memories during the stay there. My family was in the US for about a month, met wonderful people and received help from strangers during our 2,000 mile drive around California and Missouri.

    My two children, obtained their degrees from a renowned university in Missouri. And they love America like mad.
    I feel you love my country because, like me, you must have had wonderful experiences during your stay here.
    So, I understand why you are standing up for us, “the underlings” of the BN government.

  28. Some said that Bersih 2.0 is being funded by the US’ National Endowment for Democracy (NED) set up in the early 1980s

    According to William Blum the writer of Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, the NED was set up to overtly do what the CIA had been doing covertly for decades.

    He described it as a “masterpiece of politics, public relations and cynicism”.

    Ron Paul, a Republican Congressman from Texas, described the NED as “nothing more than a costly programme that takes US taxpayer funds to promote favored politicians and political parties abroad”.

    “What the NED does in foreign countries, through its recipient organizations the National Demo­cratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, would be rightly illegal in the US.

    “The NED injects soft money into the domestic elections of foreign countries in favor of one party or the other.

    “It is particularly Orwellian to call US manipulation of foreign elections ‘promoting democracy.’

  29. Bean, we shall await your return. Please notify, I will bring Mr. Jack Daniels and Mr. Jim Beam along.

    Yes, Jeff the Man is just another Isa Manteqi, a Malaysian under the tempurung of fascism and loves it. It is also his right to defend what he wants, but in defending his rights, he fails to understand others have rights too.

  30. James,

    It’s kind of unfair for you to call Isa Mentaqi a katak bawah tempurung and compare him to jeff the man. To be fair to him he is against street demonstration but he isn’t blind to the abuses and corruption of the ruling regime. Jeff the man on the other hand, he’s a hopeless case. The naivety he’s trying to put in his postings reminded me of orangkampung whom i suspect was an umno cybergestapo.

  31. Didi, I said katak under tempurung of fascism. I did not say he was ignorant. I said it was his choice. Is that really unfair?

  32. Yes , finally an answer I have been hoping would come! We are all defending rights, myself included. And I am against street demos because by practising your right to demonstrate in the streets you are denying others their right to carry on their normal lives.

    But then we fascists never want to understand that only demonstrators have rights.

  33. JUST A BIT OF COMMON SENSE IS THE ANSWER

    BERSIH 2.0 RALLY IS TO BE HELD AFTER ALL – IN THE STADIUM PLEASE
    Would you believe that the findings of weapons, explosives and Bersih yellow colored T Shirts by the police in KL recently is the work of the Bersih organizers or its supporters? And do you not see how irrational and stupid the police were in pointing their ten fingers and declaring that this has to be the dirty work of Bersih? Wasn’t I right in saying that the Special Branch officers today are no longer of the caliber of those officers of the 60’s and the 70’s?

    I am not a full fledged intelligence trained retired military officer, but having seen and worked with some Special Branch officers of the 60’s and 70’s, I think by preempting that the ‘loot’ to be the work of Bersih, even without making a thorough investigation first, is arguably stupid and dumbfounded. Special Branch officers of yesteryear’s and the many that I am personally acquainted with would not have come out with such a preposterous conclusion.

    Anyone with a bit of common sense would not want to do what the supposedly ‘perpetrators’ did for the following reasons:
    1. Placing the ‘loot’ at a conspicuous place to be easily noticed by the public.
    2. The timing for placing the ‘loot’ is also not right. If someone seriously wants to create problems, they would do it at the very last minute and in the most secured place.
    3. Surely, the ‘perpetrators’ has to make sure that their act is not seen by anyone. They would have to surveil the area first before doing their job.

    What is most amusing is the claim that several Bersih yellow shirts were also found among the ‘loot’. My guess is that these shirts must be the ones taken by the police in their raids or stripped off their owners during the arrests. My common sense tells me that it is merely a ploy to reinforce the police claim that it is indeed an act perpetrated by Bersih or its supporters. I don’t buy this kind of bluff my dear friend. If at all it was Bersih that had placed the ‘loot’ and had intended to use it during the rally, the Bersih supporters do not need the shirts anyway; they would have worn the Bersih shirts before joining the rally itself. Why rush to wear the Bersih shirt the very last minute?

    Please, I have had enough of this nonsense. Now that PM Naijb has allowed the rally to be held at the stadium, let’s all join hands; Bersih, dissenting and pro-Bersih NGO’s, the opposition parties, Perkasa, UMNO Youth, police and all like-minded citizens, and together we gather in peace and harmony, to show our solidarity and demands for an election reform. Is this wrong?

    And to Home Minister Hishamuddin, I am yet to hear you annul the order that the Bersih 2.0 rally an illegal assembly. The same goes to the IGP and his Deputy. And why don’t all of you join us in this peaceful rally? I am quite sure the people will offer you a bunch of roses.

    CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
    Posted by Mohd Arshad Raji

  34. Yes, Mohd. Arshad Raj, the demand for electoral reform is spot on and I am convinced that in the Klang valley alone there are so many who sympathise with Bersih’s aims that they would fill twenty stadiums.

    What is perplexing though is the MANNER in which Bersih is going about their work. Why go for the confrontational method when a conciliatory approach would have done just as well, if not better. All the hullaballoo just to deliver a memorandum …

    And how come nobody has thought of a nationwide signature campaign? Peaceful, a lot more civilised and infinitely more effective.

  35. Isa,

    I guess that’s why the oppressed can become the oppressors. But I always wonder, there should at least be a compromise no? You don’t want street demonstrations and some others do and you would want them to go your way by not demonstrating. It’s not fair to them but it won’t be fair to you if they go demonstrating. People are so troublesome.

  36. Isa Manteqi,

    If the govt. of the day is conciliatory, there certainly is no necessity to call for such rallies. If the PM can win a truce and renege on the terms of the truce, what does that tell us? Bersih was conciliatory, and at the same time played out.

  37. Didi,

    I think John statement is lucid enough to provide an answer – “do you believe in and do you want democracy”, democracy is troublesome, democracy never promise no trouble.

    Some people who tell they believe in democracy and want democracy could be just lip service, or herd mentality, or want to feel better.

    LKY don’t believe in democracy, at least in this context, he is honest.

  38. HIGH NOON at 2 pm.
    Location: KUALA LUMPUR.

    “The Good People vs the Bad Sheriff.”

    One day showing only.

    Free Admission.

  39. The working of democracy is pretty much similar to that of the judicial system. Millions over here who followed the Casey Anthony trial which ended with a “No guilty” verdict fail to understand that it is better to let a few criminals walk free than to have one man wrongly convicted and languishing in jail waiting for his life to be snuffed out by the state.

    When we have public rallies (not street demonstrations as some of you guys have come to characterise the BERSIH rally), in response to state action by a government that has over much of the better half of the last five decades since the country’s independence, acted vigorously to stifle public dissent, it is difficult to stop it from being a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. Emotions would overflow and tempers would flare and things that could go wrong, go wrong. It happens everywhere and all the time.

    But that is democracy. That is the judicial system. Better to see tear gas cannisters being fired and water cannons and police batons finding their victims than to see democracy held at ransom just because there isn’t one system that is perfect. Better to let a few criminals walk free then to let an innocent man languish in jail for a crime he never did.

  40. Some people wants the best of both world, no street rally and also a democratic and fair government. You can’t have the cake and eat it too. You have to work (sacrifice) in order to reap the democracy. Street rally doesn’t have to be disruptive to business or get out of control.In fact many street vendors will make a ton of money by selling to the street ralliers (if i can call them that).
    It becomes disruptive when the authorities start corralling the crowd and shooting tear gas and chemical laced water. Police should be patient and conduct better crowd control. Come to LA and learn from LAPD on crowd control.
    Every weekend we have demonstrators in front of the Federal Buildings in West LA. Often times we have opposite groups gathering to voice their opinions. The Police stand by and observe and make sure the groups don’t get into fights. After a few hours the groups disperse quietly each side having vent off their anger.

  41. very wise words, Mr Bean!

    O’ Maria, hope MORE people can understand what you wrote.
    probably because you are livimg in a true democracy and second you being a lawyer.
    demonstations or public rally as you call it, we have nearly every other weekend, then we have trafficjams, angry drivers and disappointed tourists. all that is part and parcel of a Westminster type representative parliamentary democracy; you like it or not!
    if some people are not satisfied with it they should change the constituition – easy!

  42. Semper fi,

    You should know that when the government of Malaysia sends some delegates to learn something overseas, these delegates rarely bring anything back home. Anyway, I just find it amusing that our government and some Malaysians think street protests are similar to armageddon. So they argue that it’s not Malaysian culture. I guess our culture must be the culture of Pak Angguk and complacency then.

  43. Hmmm … finally made it into our capital city. Plan to camp here with friends till noon tomorrow. Drove through some of the most horrendous traffic jams , all caused by the PDRM. While driving through , i was thinking wondering :

    1. who are the polis supposed to protect? are they supposed to protect the thieves , the crooks and the morons who sit as prime ministers , home ministers , misinformation ministers , tourism ministers, blue film producers , distributers , etc ., or are they supposed to protect and not inconvenience malaysians ?

    Well driving through into the city just now , confirmed that they were inconveniencing malaysians. Not only that . It also confirmed that they were protecting the LOOTERS OF THE NATIONAL TREASURY. No wonder the crime rate in the country is so high – they are all following Mahathir’s Kepimpinan Melalui Teladan ( or leadership by example ).

    2. the second matter that i would like to highlight here is the fact that the King or Agong , created an opportunity for the two sided to work it out but this opportunity was spurned via lies and stone walling on the part of the prime minister , the home minister and of course their protectors – the PDRM.

    3. thirdly , having survived this drive , i would like to congratulate Dato’ Ambiga on a job very very well done . I did not know one woman , on her own , could make the PDRM , work so hard . I am sure there wont be any crime committed tonight . …… Hahahah…

    4. lastly , just think , all it takes is one good woman’s efforts to do good and to do right , and all the country’s TOP thieves and crooks get together to choke up the Federal capital.

    Dato’ Ambiga , you must be a tremendous LADY. Malaysia is very proud of you.

  44. Mr Malott is a friend of Mr Anuar Ibrahim.Mr Malott has tried to put words in the mouth of the Malaysian authorities.

  45. Jeff, you and Isa should travel a bit, go to LA, London or even the backwater Wellington, NZ to watch a rally or demonstration as you call it. It could open up your eyes a little, and learn how the cops there are respected for withholding peace amongst people that have conflicting or even radical views. Dont use Malaysian cops as the standard, Malaysian cops are about the worst in upholding laws, they are better in battering people. If you dont beleive it, why dont you shout some abuse to the police in Malaysia, and after that go to Wellington and do the same. You could learn something.

  46. James,demonstrations in those places are civil and peaceful.Over here,they get out of hand and disturb the peace by throwing stones and get too emotional.Have we reached that kind of mentality and maturity yet to demonstrate peacefully?From the past experiences,I definitely say no.

  47. Dato, vous avez quelques photos de famille très agréable sur Flickr en particulier du séducteur fringant que vous n’étiez pas et votre charmante épouse royale à la recherche. Je vous souhaite ne serait pas juste mettre des coups de tasse de qui est qui. Nous avons assez de ces. Donnez-nous un aperçu de vous-même à jouer et nous laisser dans votre vie. A partir de jour Darby Sime. Je comprends que vous n’avez pas de bons souvenirs de ces jours, mais elle fait partie de qui vous êtes

  48. lol …. bad translation if you translate back from French to English.

    Guys, our bloghost has nice pictures of him and his lovely wife on Flickr. Go see.

  49. Aku nak pi makan roti canai dengan teh tarik dulu no! Tok Cik dalam Cooper dia nak pi main golf padang mana tak tau.

  50. JAMES : Many thanks for the travel tip. My travelling days are over but I am sure that police in these other cities are a lot better at crowd control.

    Trouble is that comparing different countries is not always useful in our situation. That is why it is pointless when friends bring up Zimbabwe, Burma, North Korea and now New Zealand in discussions. Travelling widens horizons, no doubt, but beware when comparing social and political situations.

    Pleased to note that you are a well travelled individual and therefore can share your wisdom with us.

  51. Hang tean, jangan lupa tinggai sikit roti canai dengan curry kepala ikan. Jangan pulak hentam sampai habih. Roti canai di mana? Raju ka? Hang tak tengok gambaq hang di Flickr Din? Pompuan mana tak jatoh hati dengan hang! Hang pi tengok sat dan report balek.

  52. Mongkut,

    Dah perkena tosai dengan teh tarik kat safa tepi rumah. Hang dok telan burger dengan teloq kat NY tak jemu ka. Tengah hari sikit nak pi cari moktan, manggis dan buah laici . Hang dok sana, telan air liur la no. moktan dengan manggis musin ni 3 kg 10 ringgit saja.
    Gambar kat Flikr tu masa kami pi tibai roti canai dgn Art Harun kat Raju. Balik mai la kalau nak makan. Tapi rasanya ada orang kena makan beras hancur kat lokap hari ni.

    Din, dok garu teloq kat rumah lagi kot.

  53. Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purpose are beneficent……. the greatest danger to liberty lurks in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. Justice Louis Brandeis 1928

  54. Mana sempat nak main bola, Bean? Kerbau kita sapa nak jaga? Yang tean tu dok sebok jaga wat sampai lupa nak lepaih benatang ni. Aku lah kena jaga nak main golf pun tak dapat. Member lain dah cabut ke KL nak ikut Ambiga. Aku pun nak kesana lah. Nah, mampus lah kerbau ni….

  55. Kedahans gone BERSEK with their kind of HUMOUR !! Another SYOK SENDIRI episode. Cheers ..bean ..Tok Cik and Tean the Monk of Wat Siam or Wat ever !!!!

  56. Bukan siok sendiri, casey. Tapi steam sendiri. .

    Yang aku tau si tean tu suka sangat susu cap gantong..Susu yang simamak Brahim jual diwarong pokok ceri depan hospital aloq staq tu lah…

    During this heated moment we need to release our pent-up anger a little. KL is in a gridlock. A couple of my lawyer friends who are there as observers have been nabbed by the Police.

  57. I am sure you will remember for life the safety and friendly Malaysians during your stay there. And I am sure Malaysians wont forget your “exellenct” service and all your lies about Malaysia! What an ashame !

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