Payback Time for Tun Dr. Mahathir

April 25, 2015

Payback Time for Tun Dr. Mahathir

by RK

It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions…Niccolo Machiavelli, ‘The Prince

COMMENT: He (Najib Tun Razak) aspired to be different. He wanted to steer the nation along the path of moderation and inclusiveness. He hoped to transform what his predecessor had sought to reform.

This was the blueprint for his leadership and he believed that he could reverse the fortunes of the ruling coalition with the best brains from prestigious institutions of learning orchestrating his words and deeds. But alas this was not possible and now Najib Abdul Razak is sitting on the horns of dilemma.

The man who is demanding for Najib’s head is none other than the patriarch of UMNO Baru whom many regard as a father figure while the zealots consider him as the messiah.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that Najib would cause the ruling coalition, which has reigned since the birth of this nation, to be trounced in the next general election.

He wants to save UMNO Baru from defeat and destruction. He is bitter that both his successor and the successor of his successor have failed him. He is now uncertain of who can live up to his expectations.

Some believe that apart from selective amnesia, the doctor also suffers from a serious case of incurable megalomania and there is no candidate who can match his standards.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was weak and seduced by the illusions of grandeur whispered into his ear by those close to him, whereas Najib is dogged by a slew of allegations and his family is hanging like a millstone around his neck.

Mahathir often mentions how Abdullah was responsible for BN’s 2008 electoral debacle but ignores the results of the polls prior to that. A year after Mahathir bade farewell to the top post, Abdullah secured the biggest ever mandate for BN as the nation rejoiced over the departure of a man who had governed with an iron fist for more than two decades.

The lion’s share of the blame for BN’s predicament goes to Mahathir and those who came after him are struggling to repair the extensive damage done.His successors are forced to reap the poisonous fruits of negative perception born from the seeds that Mahathir had sowed, both when he was in power and even after stepping down.

Authoritarian regime

It was the authoritarian regime of Mahathir that created a nation with first world infrastructure but third world mindset as exhibited in last Sunday’s protest against a church for placing a cross at a vantage point that was considered disturbing and hurtful to Muslims.

It was during his tenure that the dimmest of bulbs rose to become the brightest of stars in the political constellation by merely pledging their unwavering allegiance to the supreme leader.

The culture of corruption and cronyism as well as the rigor mortis in the civil service peaked in his era, while the police and other enforcement agencies as well as the judiciary and media were castrated and kept on a short leash.

The man who was responsible for the incarceration of more than 100 opposition politicians, dissidents and activists now laments that Malaysia is turning into a police state.It is also argued that Islamism thrived under his leadership and thus polarising the citizens of various races and faiths.

Mahathir himself is no stranger to stoking the flames of racial and religious sentiments. Following his retirement, he made numerous racist remarks and lent his support to Malay right-wing movements that seem hell-bent on dividing the nation.

During the probe on the granting of citizenship to foreigners in Sabah, Mahathir attacked the country’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

“One should also look back and remember that Tunku Abdul Rahman was worse than me, he gave one million citizenships to people who are not qualified and not even tested?” he had said in reference to the Chinese and Indian immigrants.

And this remark came from a man whose paternal roots can be traced back to India .Mahathir had also defended PERKASA President Ibrahim Ali when the latter had called for copies of the Malay-language Bible with the word “Allah” to be torched.

Despite the overwhelming outrage, the former premier felt that the statement was not seditious or provocative. He then offered a bizarre justification, saying it was a Muslim practice to burn unusable copies of the Quran.

“We always burn the Quran, when it is old and no longer in use. What is sure is that we cannot throw it around. So, burning the Quran with good intentions is not a problem.”

He had argued that Ibrahim was showing respect for copies of the Bible that he felt should be discarded because it contained the word “Allah”.

Tunku’s take on Mahathir

Perhaps the best description of Mahathir and his 22-year administration can be found in the ‘Tunku Tapes’ where the late founding father states:

“There is no law, no justice, no freedom of speech. Anybody who speaks out goes to prison. So he has got all the members of the opposition in prison… This is what worries me and all the responsible citizens of this country, no matter what race they come from. We are all worried. The country is drained, dry, no more capital. People are saying in this country today, there are three big robbers – Umno robs the bank, MCA robs the co-operative societies and MIC robs the highway…

“…There is no more democracy. You say anything, you are put in (jail) and you are not allowed to reply nor allowed to hold rallies to defend yourself. Only Mahathir can go from place to place to attack us…

“The television every night broadcasts what the government is doing, what this minister is doing, what that minister is doing and so on but never about how the people are suffering, never about what the people want, only what the government is doing. We see so much of this that I don’t turn on the news anymore. There is nothing to listen to, only this self-opinionated government doing work for the people. You cannot talk, you cannot hold seminars and you cannot write…

“…They don’t know any rule of law, they don’t care about the law, they suspend and amend the law to suit their plans. So they rule by the law which they know to keep themselves in power. If you disagree with them or criticise them, you go to prison…”

“… Those who love sport can understand. They compete with a sporting instinct but this man has never liked that, he is a real spoilsport.

“The time will come. We will have to find a way to put this man in his place. We cannot at the moment because he controls the law – what do you do with a man like that? But the time will come…”

Mahathir can look far and wide for a knight in shining armour. Be it north or south or east or west. The hard truth is that nobody can save UMNO Baru because it is paying for the sins of the father. The time has come.

RK ANAND is a member of the Malaysiakini team.

Daunting times for Malaysia

April 24, 2015

Daunting times for Malaysia

By Leslie Lopez / Kuala Lumpur of The Edge Review

Najib Vs MahathirMalaysia’s risk profile is rising fast as controversy over the government’s debt-freighted sovereign wealth fund continues to snowball. Stability fears are growing amid concerns over Prime Minister Najib Razak’s hold on power, fragility in the economy and tensions among Malaysia’s multi-racial population over religious issues.

The problems combine to make the country Southeast Asia’s biggest trouble spot after post-coup Thailand, struggling under draconian military rule.  But the main focus remains the months-old controversy swirling around 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a brainchild of Najib that is saddled with a debt of more than RM42 billion (US$11.62 billion).

The fund is struggling to service this huge debt load and analysts say any default on its borrowings, raised through international bond issues over the last six years, could undermine the country’s international ratings.

Most ratings agency have so far resisted openly voicing concerns, although Fitch warned in March that Malaysia had a more than 50 per cent chance of a downgrade from A- status, which would mean an added burden on government finances from an increased cost of borrowing.

The crisis surrounding 1MDB deepened this week with news that Malaysians may face hikes in their electricity bills of up to 20 per cent to raise funds to bail out the fund. Calls for an inquiry were also prompted on Wednesday amid media reports alleging that bank documents given by a 1MDB subsidiary, showing it had US$1.1 billion in assets, may have been faked.

1MDB has become a lightning rod in the campaign to remove Najib from office. Most notably, in recent weeks, former Prime inister Mahathir Mohamad has harangued Najib for the growing mess in the sovereign fund and describing Najib as unfit to lead the country.

Dr Mahathir has also piled on the pressure by reopening public debate into a number of personal scandals directly involving the Premier, including the unexplained murder of a Mongolian woman by two members of his private security detail and the lavish lifestyles of members of his family.

Najib has responded to criticism by saying he is judged by the country, not by his predecessor, and so far appears secure. But the political crisis is starting to spotlight deeper structural problems besetting the country.

“Malaysia’s troubles go beyond the personalities. The economy, its political system and its institutions need urgent reform, and, without all of this, Malaysia will continue to under-perform,” says Manu Bhaskaran, Chief Regional Strategist at Centennial Partners in Singapore.

The malaise is a product of more than three decades of policy missteps that began during Dr Mahathir’s 22 years in office. In that time, he pursued his own brand of command capitalism, with the government pouring billions of dollars into heavy industries and costly infrastructure projects that largely benefited cronies of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

He also put a check on dissent by cowing important institutions – such as the Judiciary and other regulatory agencies and the civil service – that largely became subservient to the National Front coalition government headed by UMNO.

That ambitious economic agenda is today in tatters. Over the years, the government has had to bail out many of the companies entrusted to carry out the big-ticket projects, while the push into heavy industries has been a major failure, with the collapse of the state-owned steel company, cement plants and ship-building facilities.

The limping national car project, Proton, is the sole vestige of Dr Mahathir’s ambitious economic blueprint and that too is struggling to stay afloat.

Economists and bankers say that the crisis unfolding at 1MDB is symptomatic of many economic fiascos that tarred the Mahathir administration: poorly conceived state-led ventures, often with questionable commercial merits, pushed through in a system bereft of proper checks and balances.

All of this has put the country’s US$303 billion economy on shaky ground. Even as it struggles with mounting household and government debt, Malaysia is one of the region’s biggest oil exporters and a recent downturn in prices has stripped the economy of a key growth driver. This is placing further strains on government finances, adding to fears of potential downgrades by international rating agencies.

The ringgit has also been battered to six-year lows against the US dollar and prospects of a further depreciation looms large as foreigners own nearly 40 per cent of the country’s ringgit-denominated debt.

The economic troubles have bred widespread public discontent towards UMNO, which dominates the coalition government that has held uninterrupted power since independence in 1957.

Independent polling outfit Merdeka Center recently reported that more than 60 per cent of Malaysians feel that Najib’s government is on the wrong track, compared with an approval rating of just 32 per cent.

This slump is the lowest since Najib took over the premiership six years ago and is largely due to sharp spikes in the cost of living, made worse with this month’s introduction of a goods and services tax – and by the attacks by his former mentor.

“The unrelenting Mahathir bashing of Najib is seriously damaging the National Front brand,” says Merdeka Center’s Ibrahim Suffian.

Dr Mahathir insists that his distaste for the Najib administration stems from the financial wrongdoings at 1MDB. But several politicians close to the premier argue that the animosity has more to do with Najib refusing to back several pet projects of Dr Mahathir, who is still revered within UMNO.

They include Najib’s refusal to build a new bridge to replace the causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore and the government’s refusal to provide Proton with a RM1.4 billion grant.There is also a strong political dimension to Dr Mahathir’s anger towards Najib. Close associates say that he believes the National Front, which suffered serious electoral setbacks in the 2008 and 2013 general elections, could be kicked out of power in the next elections, which must be held before mid-2018.

Dr Mahathir has genuine reasons to worry. The National Front’s stranglehold over Malaysian politics has sharply diminished. The coalition lost its long-held two-thirds parliamentary majority in 2008. Then at the 2013 election it lost the popular vote, securing only 47 per cent compared with the opposition’s 51 per cent.<

To restore its political clout, particularly among the country’s dominant Muslim Malay community, Najib has been pandering to rightist elements within UMNO, who have been pushing for greater cooperation with Islamic opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), which is determined to establish shariah law.

But Dr Mahathir believes UMNO’s dalliance with PAS could trigger a backlash from its coalition partners, particularly those in the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak, which together hold a crucial block of votes in parliament that could make or break the National Front at the next election.

The majority-Christian states are rich in resources and remain the country’s biggest producers of oil and gas. Now voters’ sentiments there are changing, with growing demands for more autonomy and a bigger share of natural resource revenues for the respective state governments.

Understanding China

April 24, 2015

Understanding China

by President of China Xi Jinping

[This speech was delivered at College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium ( April 1, 2014). The Chinese President’s observations about China and its history and traditions give us an insight into what China is today. China is a major economic power with a dominant role in Asia. It never claims to be a democracy but it is proud to be is a socialist country with Chinese characteristics.]

CHINA-RUSSIA-UN-DIPLOMACY...For any country in the world, the past always holds the key to the present and the present is always rooted in the past. Only when we know where a country has come from, could we possibly understand why the country is what it is today, and only then could we realize in which direction it is heading.

So let me use this opportunity to describe to you what a country China is. I hope it will be helpful to you as you try to observe, understand and study China. Of course, a thorough account of the country would be too big a topic for today, so I will just focus on the following few features of China.

First, China has a time-honored civilization. Of the world’s ancient civilizations, the Chinese civilization has continued uninterrupted to this day. In fact, it has spanned over 5,000 years. The Chinese characters, invented by our ancestors several millennia ago, are still used today. Over 2,000 years ago, there was an era of great intellectual accomplishments in China, which is referred to as “the period of one hundred masters and schools of thought”. Great thinkers such as Laozi, Confucius and Mozi, to name just a few, explored a wide range of topics from the universe to the Earth, and from man’s relations with nature to relations amongst human beings and to that between the individual and society. The extensive and profound schools of thought they established covered many important ideas, such as the moral injunction of fidelity to one’s parents and brothers and to the monarch and friends, the sense of propriety, justice, integrity and honor, the emphasis on benevolence and kindness towards fellow human beings and the belief that man should be in harmony with nature, follow nature’s course and unremittingly pursue self-renewal. These values and teachings still carry a profound impact on Chinese people’s way of life today, underpinning the unique value system in the Chinese outlook of the world, of society and of life itself. And this unique and time-honored intellectual legacy has instilled a strong sense of national confidence in the Chinese people and nurtured a national spirit with patriotism at the very core.

Second, China has gone through many vicissitudes. For several thousand years before the industrial revolution, China had been leading the world in economic, technological and cultural development. However, feudal rulers of the 18th and 19th centuries closed the door of China in boastful ignorance and China was since left behind in the trend of development. The country was subdued to a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society. As a result of incessant foreign invasions thereafter, China experienced great social turmoil and its people had to lead a life of extreme destitution. Poverty prompted the call for change and people experiencing turmoil aspired for stability. After a hundred years of persistent and unyielding struggle, the Chinese people, sacrificing tens of millions of lives, ultimately took their destiny back into their own hands. Nevertheless, the memory of foreign invasion and bullying has never been erased from the minds of the Chinese people, and that explains why we cherish so dearly the life we lead today. The Chinese people want peace; we do not want war. This is the reason why China follows an independent foreign policy of peace. China is committed to non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, and China will not allow others to interfere in its own affairs. This is the position we have upheld in the past. It is what we will continue to uphold in the future.

Third, China is a socialist country with Chinese characteristics. In 1911, the revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen overthrew the autocratic monarchy that had ruled China for several thousand years. But once the old system was gone, where China would go became the question. The Chinese people then started exploring long and hard for a path that would suit China’s national conditions. They experimented with constitutional monarchy, imperial restoration, parliamentarism, multi-party system and presidential government, yet nothing really worked. Finally, China took on the path of socialism. Admittedly, in the process of building socialism, we have had successful experience and also made mistakes. We have even suffered serious setbacks. After the “reform and opening-up” was launched under the leadership of Mr. Deng Xiaoping, we have, acting in line with China’s national conditions and the trend of the times, explored and blazed a trail of development and established socialism with Chinese characteristics. Our aim is to build a socialist market economy, democracy, an advanced culture, a harmonious society and a sound eco-system, uphold social equity and justice, promote all-round development of the people, pursue peaceful development, complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and eventually achieve modernization and ensure prosperity for all. The uniqueness of China’s cultural tradition, history and circumstances determines that China needs to follow a development path that suits its own reality. In fact, we have found such a path and achieved success along this path.

Fourth, China is the world’s biggest developing country. China has made historic progress in development. It is now the second largest economy in the world. It has achieved in several decades what took developed countries several centuries to achieve. This is, without doubt, a proud achievement for a country whose population exceeds 1.3 billion. In the meantime, we are clearly aware that the large size of the Chinese economy, when divided by 1.3 billion, sends China to around the 80th place in terms of per capita GDP. In China, over 74 million people rely on basic living allowances; each year, more than 10 million urban people would join the job market and several hundred million rural people need to be transferred to non-agricultural jobs and settle down in urban areas; more than 85 million people are with disabilities; and more than 200 million people are still living under the poverty line set by the World Bank, and that is roughly the population of France, Germany and the UK combined. In the 40-day-long season of the last Chinese New Year, China’s airlines, railroads and highways transported 3.6 billion passengers, which means 90 million people were on the move each day. Therefore, to make the lives of the 1.3 billion Chinese people more comfortable requires still arduous efforts for years to come. Economic development remains the top priority for China, and we still need to work on that basis to achieve social progress in all areas.

Fifth, China is a country undergoing profound changes. Our ancestors taught us that “as heaven maintains vigor through movement, a gentleman should constantly strive for self-perfection”, and that “if one can make things better for one day, he should make them better every day”. Being faced with fierce international competition is like sailing against the current. One either forges ahead or falls behind. Reform, which was first forced upon us by problems, goes deeper in addressing the problems. We know keenly that reform and opening-up is an ongoing process that will never stop. China’s reform has entered a deep water zone, where problems crying to be resolved are all difficult ones. What we need is the courage to move the reform forward. To use a Chinese saying, we must “get ready to go into the mountain, being fully aware that there may be tigers to encounter”. The principle we have laid down for reform is to act with courage while moving forward with steady steps. As we say in China, he who wants to accomplish a big and difficult undertaking should start with easier things first and make sure that all details are attended to. With the deepening of reform, China will continue to undergo profound changes. I believe that our efforts of deepening reform comprehensively will not only provide strong momentum for China’s modernization drive, but also bring new development opportunities to the world.

To observe and understand China properly, one needs to bear in mind both China’s past and present and draw reference from both China’s accomplishments and the Chinese way of thinking. The 5,000-year-long Chinese civilization, the 170-year struggle by the Chinese people since modern times, the 90-year-plus journey of the Communist Party of China, the 60-year-plus development of the People’s Republic and the 30-year-plus reform and opening-up should all be taken into account. They each make an integral part of China’s history, and none should be taken out of the historical context. One can hardly understand China well without a proper understanding of China’s history, culture, the Chinese people’s way of thinking and the profound changes taking place in China today.

The world’s development is multi-dimensional, and its history is never a linear movement. China cannot copy the political system or development model of other countries, because it would not fit us and it might even lead to catastrophic consequences. The Chinese people, over 2,000 year ago, had come to understand this from a simple fact that the tasty orange, grown in southern China, would turn sour once it is grown in the north. The leaves may look the same, but the fruits taste quite different, because the north means different location and different climate.

A French writer once said that friends are transparent to friends because they exchange life. I hope what I just shared with you could draw for you a more transparent picture of China. I also sincerely hope that the College of Europe will produce a large number of talents who know and understand China well so as to provide a constant source of talent and intellectual support for the growth of China-Europe relations.

China and Europe may seem far apart geographically, but we are in fact in the same time and the same space. I even feel that we are close to each other, as if in the same neighborhood. Both China and Europe are in a crucial stage of development and facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges. As I just said, we hope to work with our European friends to build a bridge of friendship and cooperation across the Eurasian continent. For that, we need to build four bridges for peace, growth, reform and progress of civilization, so that the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership will take on even greater global significance.

We need to build a bridge of peace and stability linking the two strong forces of China and the EU. China and the EU take up one tenth of the total area on Earth and one fourth of the world’s population. Together, we take three permanent seats on the Security Council of the United Nations. We all need peace, multilateralism and dialogue, instead of war, unilateralism and confrontation. We need to enhance communication and coordination on global issues and play a key role in safeguarding world peace and stability. Civilization and culture can spread, so can peace and development. China stands ready to work with the EU to let the sunlight of peace drive away the shadow of war and the bonfire of prosperity warm up the global economy in the cold early spring, and enable the whole mankind to embark on the path of peaceful development and win-win cooperation.

We need to build a bridge of growth and prosperity linking the two big markets of China and the EU. China and the EU are the two most important major economies in the world with our combined economy accounting for one third of the global economy. We must uphold open market, speed up negotiations on the investment agreement, actively explore the possibility of a free trade area, and strive to achieve the ambitious goal of bringing two-way trade to one trillion US dollars by 2020. We should also study how to dovetail China-EU cooperation with the initiative of developing the Silk Road economic belt so as to integrate the markets of Asia and Europe, energize the people, businesses, capital and technologies of Asia and Europe, and make China and the EU the twin engines for global economic growth.

We need to build a bridge of reform and progress linking the reform processes in China and the EU. Both China and the EU are pursuing reforms that are unprecedented in human history, and both are sailing uncharted waters. We may enhance dialogue and cooperation on macro-economy, public policy, regional development, rural development, social welfare and other fields. We need to respect each other’s path of reform and draw upon each other’s reform experience. And we need to promote world development and progress through our reform efforts.

We need to build a bridge of common cultural prosperity linking the two major civilizations of China and Europe. China represents in an important way the Eastern civilization, while Europe is the birthplace of the Western civilization. The Chinese people are fond of tea and the Belgians love beer. To me, the moderate tea drinker and the passionate beer lover represent two ways of understanding life and knowing the world, and I find them equally rewarding. When good friends get together, they may want to drink to their heart’s content to show their friendship. They may also choose to sit down quietly and drink tea while chatting about their life. In China, we value the idea of preserving “harmony without uniformity”, and here in the EU people stress the need to be “united in diversity”. Let us work together for all flowers of human civilizations to blossom together.

In spite of changes in the international landscape, China has always supported European integration and a bigger role in international affairs by a united, stable and prosperous EU. China will soon release its second EU policy paper to reiterate the high importance it places on the EU and on its relations with the EU. Last year, China and the EU jointly formulated the Strategic Agenda 2020 for China-EU Cooperation, setting out a host of ambitious goals for China-EU cooperation in nearly 100 areas. The two sides should work in concert to turn the blueprint into reality at an early date and strive for greater progress in China-EU relations in the coming decade.

The College of Europe has, in recent years, placed increasing importance on China. It has opened courses on Europe-China relations. It is also busy preparing for the launch of a Europe-China research center devoted to studies of Europe-China relations. China has decided to work with the College of Europe to build a “Chinese Library”, the first of its kind in an EU member country, and will provide, for the purpose of academic research, 10,000 books, videos and films on Chinese history, culture and the achievements China has made in various fields.

As we Chinese believe, one needs to not only read 10,000 books, but also travel 10,000 miles to know the world around us. I suggest that you go to China more often to see for yourselves what China is like. What you hear from others might be false, but what you see with your own eyes is real. China intends to work with the EU to bring the number of students exchanged between the two sides to 300,000 each year by 2020.

Young people are always energetic and full of dreams. They are the future of China, Europe and, indeed, of the world. I hope that Chinese and European students will perceive the world with equality, respect and love and treat different civilizations with appreciation, inclusiveness and the spirit of mutual learning. This way, you will promote mutual understanding and knowledge among the people of China, Europe and other parts of the world, and with your youthful energy and hard work, make our planet a better place to live in.

Malaysia’s “First Couple” (Rosmah and Najib)’s Lavish Ways make news in Indonesia

April 21, 2015

Malaysia’s First Couple (Rosmah and Najib)’s Lavish Ways make news in Indonesia

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by FMT Reporters@


The lavish lifestyles of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were highlighted in an Indonesian magazine Tempo, just two days before the couple head to Indonesia for a formal engagement.

The article, containing excerpts of news pieces about the couple published in Malaysia and abroad, centred largely around the extravagant lifestyles the two led, ranging from Rosmah’s love of luxury handbags and jewellery to her trademark bouffant.

Also included in the piece was a more recent revelation by Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) Chief R Sri Sanjeevan who uploaded onto Facebook, pictures of the couple’s favourite luxury watches, running into thousands of ringgit.

Tempo marveled at how the luxury watches owned by Rosmah were acquired by the couple despite her husband drawing a salary of only RM350,000 a year.

“Najib and his family’s lifestyle has courted the anger of Malaysians,” Malaysiakini quoted the article as saying. Also making it’s way into Tempo’s article was the unfortunate remark Rosmah once made prior to the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Malaysia where she talked about how her hairdo costs a whopping RM1,200.

Echoing the criticisms of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the article also made a mention of the Hollywood-like lifestyle of Riza Aziz, the PM’s stepson who has snapped up property in New York and Beverly Hills, California worth millions.

The couple’s lifestyle has come under attack from politicians and the general public here in Malaysia and now it is becoming even more unfortunate that their reputation is preceding them as they make their way to Indonesia as well.

Prime Minister Najib Razak,snap out of your Lalaland

April 20, 2015

Prime Minister Najib Razak, snap out of your Lalaland

by Fa

No Hudud in MalaysiaOnce again our Prime Minister, Najib Razak emerged from his hideout to make yet another futile statement. This time around through a radio broadcast uploaded on, he urged Malaysians to be wise in assessing the validity of information as he elaborately explained how we have become a nation living in the era of perception and not reality.

Thanks for your kind advice, Najib, but really, no thanks.With all due respect – I do not believe that Malaysians are misled by perception. In fact Malaysians are just tired of your sandiwara. And from my social circle, I have solid reason to believe that political supporters from both sides, Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat, not to mention fence sitters, are on the verge of giving up (if they haven’t already, that is).

While I still have some saki-baki respect for you as the leader of our nation, I shall take the liberty to draw out a clear picture to make you understand what perception is all about. I will try to make it as simple as possible so it is easier to understand, ya?

• Our Education Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin once said our schools were better than those in Germany and Britain – that was HIS perception. It later turned out to be nothing but an attempt to make our screwed up education system look good.

• Do you remember when former Home Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein Onn denied there was serious crime in the country at a time when ordinary citizens were being mugged and robbed in broad daylight? Well, that was HIS perception, which of course changed after his own daughter became a victim of a snatch theft.

• Next in line was chief of PERKASA, Ibrahim Ali who threatened to burn Bibles in his belief that it would protect the usage of ‘Allah’ among Muslims – that was HIS perception. The majority of Muslims thought it was ridiculous.

• The people thought you were a man of honour when you said you would scrap the Sedition Act – that was OUR perception which you so clearly proved wrong two years later.

• Tun Mahathir trusted you as the best man to continue his legacy of the Malaysia we all knew and grew up with – that was HIS perception, which sadly has also left him in a dire state.

You see, none of the perceptions mentioned above have anything to do with false information derived from an illegitimate source as you claim. So what are these “perceptions” you keep talking about, I wonder.

Our national debt has ballooned from RM263.6 billion in 2009 to RM740.7 billion in 2015. Is that perception? Two policemen who had no reason to kill a woman were sentenced to death for murder. Is that perception?

While unable to settle the debts of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that amounts to RM42 billion, the government decides on its 7th private jet purchase. Is that perception? Abusing the freedom and rights of the people while giving speeches about being the champion of human rights. Is that perception?

A man – a father to be, jumping out of the window of a building and falling to his death for no apparent reason. Is that a perception?

Najib, oh Najib, none of the above are perceptions. It is not defined as perception if there are solid facts to substantiate the claims.But then again, if you feel so strongly that everything is merely perception, why don’t you get an independent body to investigate 1MDB and the many other questionable matters to prove us wrong? What is there to fear if you have nothing to hide?

While we are talking of perception here, perhaps I should point out to you that your biggest problem is not about the people having misperceptions. Instead it is about YOUR OWN PERCEPTION that you are running this country excellently.

Najib, snap out of your Lalaland. Face it, you have lost the confidence of half the population of Malaysia. While you think of yourself as “the chosen one”, you have failed to work your way back into our hearts in order to gain back our lost trust in you and your government.

So you see “Yang Berhormat”, there is nothing wrong with our perception. But yours… well, your perception is somewhat flawed.

By the way, would you like to know what my perception is? I will tell you anyway – I perceive this government today, led by you, YAB Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the worst in the history of the nation.Now that is something you can refute because it is after all my 100% perception.

“Sheep are domesticated to be defenceless. Malaysians are not sheep. We fight back.”

Make Malaysia and the World a Better Place for us and Humanity

April 20, 2015

Make Malaysia and the World a Better Place for us and Humanity

I thought I should begin this Monday with a remainder from the Late Michael Jackson to our leaders and politicians that they have a sacred duty to make our country a better place for all. If they can do that, Malaysia can contribute to making the world a better place.

There are many of us still living in a state of poverty; with billions of ringgit spent of education, we are still denied good schools for our children and grandchildren. They make big bucks for themselves, live lavishly and burden wage earners with taxes including the latest  being GST. We here deserve a better deal.

Najib-Razak-Hopeless-ObamaPrime Minister Najib Tun Razak should not forget that we did well during the era of his illustrious father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.  He, on the other hand, is messing up our country in a big way.–Din Merican