Losing outstanding minds to Singapore and elsewhere because UMNO practices racial discrimination

May 28, 2017

Losing outstanding minds to Singapore and elsewhere because UMNO practices racial discrimination

by Mariam Mokhtar

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In 2010, another Ipoh born caused a sensation in the newspapers. He did his parents proud, his teachers were equally elated, his birthplace was euphoric to claim he was one of them, and his country would have been ecstatic. His name is Tan Zhongshan and he was born in Ipoh. He chose to read law at university because he said, “Being in the legal line gives you a chance to make changes that have a far-reaching effect.”

Won the “Slaughter and May” prize

In June 2010, Tan received a first–class honours in Bachelor of Arts (Law) at Queen’s College, Cambridge, one of the world’s topmost universities. Cambridge, England’s second oldest university, usually contends with Oxford for first place in the UK university league tables.

Tan excelled as the top student in his final-year law examinations, but he also won the “Slaughter and May” prize, awarded by the Law Faculty for the student with the best overall performance.

In addition, he managed to bag the Norton Rose Prize for Commercial Law, the Clifford Chance Prize for European Union Law and the Herbert Smith Prize for Conflict of Laws.

Tan distinguished himself and was a source of help to his fellow students, according to his tutor and the dean of Queen’s college, Dr. Martin Dixon.

Dr. Dixon said, ““He is probably the best Malaysian student I have seen in the last 10 years. He is the most able, dedicated and one of the most likeable students I have taught in more than 20 years at Cambridge. He works really hard, has great insight and intuition. He is a problem-solver, listens well and learns.”

However, the 23-year-old Tan shrugged off his accomplishments which he said was due to “consistent work and a detailed understanding of the subjects.”

Tan, who plays classical guitar, was modest about his success, “It was a pleasant surprise as it is hard to predict the end results.” Sadly, this brilliant, young Malaysian will not be working in Malaysia.

Tan, who went to Singapore in August 2010, completed his Bar examinations at the end of 2011 and then joined the Singapore Legal Service.

 Malaysia’s loss is Singapore’s gain


After completing his A-levels at the Temasek Junior College, the Singapore Ministry of Education awarded Tan an Asean scholarship. Tan will not be the first nor last Malaysian who we let slip through our fingers.

It makes many ordinary Malaysians quietly fill with rage that the policies of our government reward the mediocre or the ‘can-do’ or so so” types and ignore the best and the brightest. When will this madness end?

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Our judiciary was one of the best in the region, but today…Sadly, we have clowns and fools to dictate how our courts are run. The best comedy act was played out in the Teoh Beng Hock trial when renowned Thai pathologist Pornthip Rojanasunand was cross-examined by presumably the best of the Attorney General’s bunch of merry-men.

If that is how Malaysian lawmakers prefer to project their image to the world, then they really need their heads examined.

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Follow Malaysia by setting up a Talent Corp

We are haemorrhaging our best talent to countries that receive them with open arms. Record numbers of Malaysians are leaving – doctors, surgeons, nurses, lawyers, accountants, lecturers and academics, engineers, quantity surveyors. We are experiencing the biggest exodus in our 59-year history.

It is estimated that there are over 1 million Malaysians living and working abroad, many of whom are highly qualified personnel. If the government thinks that it is only the non-Malays who are leaving then they are wrong. Malays are also leaving in large numbers.

Feeling appreciated

What other countries do is to offer Malaysians opportunities – something which is not available, to the majority of Malaysians, of whichever racial origin. Our government fails to realise that people need to feel appreciated and thrive in conditions which stimulate personal development.

Government interference in the things that affect the personal lives of its citizens is what has kept many overseas Malaysians away. At the end of the day, most people value the things that have to do with their quality of life (not just for themselves but especially for their families), the laws, bureaucracy and tax.

Malaysia will soon pay the price for its crippling policies which our government feels unable, incapable or fearful of changing.

Malaysia: Why Democratic Change Has Not Been Possible

December 16,2016

Malaysia: Why Democratic Change Has Not Been Possible

Man, oh man!–Another Racist Political Party in Malaysia

July 26, 2016

Man, oh man!–Another Racist Political Party in Malaysia

by Azmi Sharom


Man, oh man! This new party being proposed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has really set some alarm bells ringing.

First and foremost, I think that if anyone wants to set up a political party, that’s their right to do so.Go ahead, knock yourself out, have fun.

My concern is what this does to the already incredibly messy and chaotic political scene of the country. The Opposition is in disarray. Top leaders are either locked up or being dragged through the legal process.

Pakatan Rakyat  To Pakatan Harapan– From one Mess to Another

The promising Pakatan Rakyat has torn apart with PAS suddenly rediscovering its medieval roots. The new Pakatan Harapan (PH) is still finding its feet and I do not believe it has captured the public imagination as how the Pakatan Rakyat did all those years ago.

Plus, now with PAS dancing to its own tune (figuratively of course, because I am sure the party frowns on dancing), it looks like three-cornered fights is going to be the order of the day.

If that is the case, then Barisan Nasional will stand to gain the most.All this mess, and that is without taking into consideration any internal politicking in the three component parties of the PH.

I am certain such politicking exists, although I have no idea what they may be, being an outsider and all. But even without such shenanigans, things do not look good for the Opposition.

And into this situation a new political party may jump in. We aren’t even sure what this party is all about. It appears to be concerned with working with the Opposition to get rid of the Barisan Nasional Government.

Yet, at the same time, its figurehead is saying that it may not go up against UMNO. I’m sorry. What? Maybe I am missing some subtle political point here but the last time I looked, the Prime Minister, his Deputy and many other ministers are from UMNO.

With Mahathir’s  New Party? You must be kidding, man

You want to get rid of the current Government leaders but not fight against UMNO? Can this be correct or was there a total misunderstanding and the news report I read was wrong?

Furthermore, I am most curious to find out just what this new party is all about. What is its manifesto? Is it just to fight Barisan? Or will it have other things it wants to champion?

Perhaps it is going to promise to fix the institutional disaster that we are faced with today. A disaster that can trace its roots to the regime of Dr Mahathir (1981-2003).

It would be interesting if it did want to champion this, seeing as how its de facto head does not have any inclination to admit that perhaps, just perhaps, he has to bear some responsibility for the situation we and he find ourselves in today.

Also there is a possibility that this new party is going to be a Malay party. Really? Great, that’s just what we need; another party that reinforces racial politics. I suppose since its target demographic is UMNO and PAS supporters, it wants to appeal to the Malay heartland.

Even if that is the case, it is a sad state of affairs that these people seem to think that the only way they can do this is by reverting to a political norm that has in the long term caused a divisive and divided society.

And how about their potential partners? How can the PH accept a race-based party when all three parties in PH are not race-based and have spoken out against such things in the past? Additionally, just what exactly is the relationship going to be between this new party and the PH.

Will someone like Dr Mahathir–a megalomaniac by inclination– allow himself to be merely an equal partner or will he want to dictate everything? There is no clue whatsoever as to how this new party will fit into the existing system. All this does is add confusion to an already depressing state of affairs. And I do not know if it is going to help or not.

Let’s be frank, the reason I keep singling out Dr Mahathir is because without him, this new party will not exist. He has been campaigning against the Prime Minister for a long time now and you must be naïve to think that this new party, whatever it may be, will be formed if Dr Mahathir didn’t want it to happen.

But how influential is he anyway? In the last two by-elections, there seems to be no indication that his presence can make a dent in the UMNO support.

Will his party do better? Who knows? Yet, the PH are probably hoping that the Mahathir factor can help turn that particularly Umno-centric demographic.

They obviously decided that it is worth it to consort with their former enemy to do so. The question is, what if the Mahathir factor is not a factor at all? Will it then be worth it to have him in the same team?

Only time will tell.

Azmi Sharom (azmi.sharom@gmail.com) is a law teacher. The views expressed here are entirely the writer’s own.

DAP’s Dominance, Pakatan’s Downfall?

May 15, 2016

DAP’s Dominance, Pakatan’s Downfall?

Opposition parties must form a real coalition, not an electoral alliance, and moderate their positions.


By William Leong Jee Keen


AP needs to be sensitive that expansion by them, their ascendancy and assertiveness is seen as dominance in Pakatan. It validates UMNO’s rhetoric that Pakatan Malay leaders are DAP puppets who have sold out to the Chinese. PKR and PAS leaders’ credibility before Malay eyes are severely and irreparably damaged. DAP’s victories sow the seeds of Pakatan’s defeat.–William Leong

The opposition has failed to offer Sarawakians a viable alternative government for voters to choose. The essential requirements for a coalition government – wisdom, humility, patience, willingness to compromise, cooperation and teamwork – were clearly lacking in the opposition leadership and their rank and file.

Pakatan Rakyat in 2008

Pakatan Harapan –2016

Although DAP, PKR and Amanah profess to be multiracial, each party’s concept and strategy are different. As the Malay proverb says “tidur sebantal tetapi mimpi lain-lain.” If Pakatan Harapan is to become a viable alternative government, the parties must reach consensus on the approach to end racial politics. Failure is not an option. If they cannot do this, it is better for each to go their separate ways for the 14th General Election.

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UMNO put him in jail and ended hope of an Alternative Government

Opposition parties have tried and failed to form a coalition many times before. Pakatan Harapan is destined to join the list of failures unless the parties are able to agree upon, implement and assure voters it has a model, strategy and road map for ending racial politics.

It must be a model that can integrate and accommodate the different ethnic groups and religions. It must allay their collective fears for change in the future brought upon by living through the history of the past. Pakatan Rakyat before this and Pakatan Harapan until now have failed to do this.

The opposition must recognise that they will need to bring their policies towards the centre avoiding extreme positions that appeal to their own supporters but offending others. They must accept a model for bringing the voters to support the cause, moderate their policies and tamper their rhetoric. They must have the humility to accept that their party might not be the dominant partner or its leader the supreme commander or prime minister-designate. They need to cooperate: there is no room for prima donnas.

Negotiating as an electoral alliance

Seat allocations for elections must be negotiated as an electoral alliance not as a political coalition. An electoral alliance ensures a straight fight between the opposition and the ruling party. There is no need to agree on policies and government positions: if the electoral alliance wins, they may or may not form a government between themselves. It is possible that one or more of them may instead put their lot with the ruling party to form the government. This is what PAS said they will do in the 14GE.

The party the most seats gets to rule: each opposition party thus jockeys for winnable seats, seeking dominance in political appointments, and the main cause of the lack of cooperation among Pakatan parties. This negotiation system is a model for self-destruction.

It is better for Pakatan to negotiate seat allocations, ministerial positions and resolve policy differences now, rather than wait until elections are called.

Agree on a political coalition before elections, not only on seats but also the policies and administration of the government if it wins, with a prior agreement on the post of the prime minister, the cabinet, the chief minister and executive council members, allocation of government positions and including GLC directorships.

If the coalition wins and one of the parties fail to win its allocation of seats or even one single seat, the power-sharing agreement is nevertheless put into effect. This ensures unity, mutual assistance and support for each party by the others in the coalition.

Governing a plural society

Pakatan must adopt a suitable model for the government of a plural society. UMNO, as an ethnic party supported by the majority ethnic group, can dominate minority groups seemingly in perpetuity. In Malaysia, access to resources lies in the heart of the inter-ethnic tensions. The ethnic group that controls political power gain access to these goods and resources. In a multi-ethnic society such as ours the struggle to control state policy produces the competing ethnic interest.

It is therefore imperative that Pakatan Harapan is able to present its vision for interethnic political conciliation.It is a simplistic and wrong to believe that racial politics will be ended by a Pakatan grand coalition replacing the BN grand coalition, PKR and PAS replacing UMNO and DAP replacing MCA, Gerakan, MIC and the others.

The model of the BN grand coalition has failed Malaysia. UMNO enjoys dominance and control of BN. The other parties have no influence.

PKR believes that the best way to mitigate the destructive patterns of a divided society is not to encourage the formation of ethnic political parties or to replicate existing ethnic divisions but to depoliticise ethnicity by requiring politicians and their supporters to accommodate each ethnic group, to seek support from across the ethnic divide and making voters based their choice on issues other than ethnicity.

Politicians from multi-ethnic parties make cross-ethnic appeals and demonstrate their capacity to represent groups besides their own. PKR leaders and representatives have proven their ability to reach out and attract votes from all ethnic groups besides their own, to moderate their political rhetoric on potentially divisive issues and have learned to broaden their policy positions to make cross-ethnic appeals.

Anwar Ibrahim has called out for the party and Pakatan to persevere with the centripetalist model. He knows it works. In 2008, Anwar Ibrahim was able to take Lim Guan Eng into the kampongs and Malay majority constituencies to hold him out as a chief minister who can take care of Malay interest as well as Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Dayak and all Malaysians.

To end racial politics Pakatan must adopt centripetalism and reject the grand coalition of ethnic parties. DAP is in substance a Chinese-based party expanding into mixed non-Malay seats. By taking away the non-Malay seats from PKR and Amanah, their essential nature of being multi-racial parties is eroded.

DAP’s demand, in effect, is for these parties to cede their non-Malayseats, consequently their non-Malay leadership, electedrepresentatives, members and support base to DAP.

DAP is pushing PKR and Amanah into becoming Malay political parties. By doing so, DAP is pushing Pakatan into adopting the failed BN model. All seats across the board should be allocated to each of the three parties equally, subject to the peculiar demographics of the states and constituencies. This means PKR and Amanah must also be allocated Chinese-majority seats and DAP Malay-majority seats, each party allocated both urban and rural seats.

In this way the component parties must move their policies from the extreme to the centre and their leadership and grass roots shift their rhetoric from intemperance to moderation.

Leadership and dominance

Without being disrespectful to the leadership and capabilities of Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and all DAP leaders and members, the sad but undeniable truth is that the road to end racial politics, no matter how one tries to twist and turn, must pass through the gates of the 60 percent Malay-Muslim majority holding the key to 114 parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia.

Gerrymandering and malapportionment will always be there. We have to take this in our stride in the fight against racial politics and an authoritarian regime. Only a Malay-Muslim majority political party which espouses moderation, equality and multi-ethnicity can take us there.

UMNO is well aware of this and have placed great emphasis to remind Malays on the need for Malay unity to protect their race, religion and culture. To maintain their hold on Malay support, Malay leaders who dare to join multi-ethnic political parties are cut-off from the community, turned into outcasts, persecuted, imprisoned and discredited.

UMNO did this to Dato Onn Jaffar, have done this to Anwar Ibrahim and will do this to the young Malay leaders, activists, academicians and student leaders. The price extracted on Malays who choose multi-ethnicity and equity is a high one.

Anwar Ibrahim has broken this psychological chain used to tie the Malays to Umno by paying the heavy price of being persecuted, loss of personal liberty and physical well-being. This precious prize so dearly won must be fully capitalised upon by Pakatan.

UMNO has tarred and feathered DAP as the bogeyman for Malays. Unfortunately, ill-advised or instinctive responses to Umno provocation, occasional slips of the tongue by DAP leaders and insensitive statements by overzealous grassroot leaders serve to validate Umno’s claims.

Although DAP seeks to address this stigma by appointing Malay leaders and having elected representatives, it is an uphill task. There is no chance of winning Malay hearts and minds if one cannot even get past the door.

DAP needs to be sensitive that expansion by them, their ascendancy and assertiveness is seen as dominance in Pakatan. It validates UMNO’s rhetoric that Pakatan Malay leaders are DAP puppets who have sold out to the Chinese. PKR and PAS leaders’ credibility before Malay eyes are severely and irreparably damaged. DAP’s victories sow the seeds of Pakatan’s defeat.

This is attested by the 13th General Elections. DAP won all the Chinese-majority seats. UMNO won 83.5 percent of rural seats, containing 73.76 percent of rural Malay votes. PKR and PAS bore the brunt of UMNO’s resurgence.

Malays saw the ascendancy of DAP as a challenge to Malay supremacy. Malays fearful of DAP’s agenda as told by Umno returned to UMNO’s fold. Voting for the other Malay based parties, PAS and PKR was not an option, because they are part of Pakatan and a vote for Pakatan is a vote for DAP.

UMNO’s racial rhetoric struck the right chord with the Malays.Irrational as it may sound the fear of Chinese domination and the Malay race disappearing from the face of the earth saw Malays voting to maintain Ketuanan Melayu despite UMNO’s record of financial scandals, poor governance and corruption. Fear after all, is never rational.

For the 14 GE, Hadi Awang, recognising this, steered PAS out of Pakatan to work with UMNO. PKR and Amanah have kept the faith. They are however, painfully aware that unless fundamental changes are made in Pakatan to attract Malay votes, DAP’s ascendancy hangs like an albatross over their heads to win Malay support.

DAP can win all the non-Malay majority seats but these are not enough to form the government. By achieving dominance in Pakatan Harapan, the DAP is winning the battle but Pakatan will lose the war. The racial tensions and ugly reality of our ethnic divisions must be dealt with in a practical manner, otherwise the cracks in Pakatan may lead to permanent fissure.

Failure to learn from victories will lead to defeat, failure to learn from defeat will lead to destruction.

Democratic Action Party (DAP): A View from Malay-Muslim Insider

June 23, 2015

COMMENT: It has been after a long lapse of time that I feature myDin MericanY good buddy, Dato Ariff  who I often meet at Chengkih, in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail in the company of Aspan Alias, another DAP member and blogger. Why now? Well, the answer is simple.

There is a lot of misunderstanding  about what DAP stands for. It has been demonised  and branded a Chinese chauvinist party and so on. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is under constant attack performing better for Penang than his predecessor, Gerakan’s Tan Sri Koh Tsu Khoon. I know the Chief Minister very well.

This latest garbage that is being out in cyberspace that its leaders are a bunch of evangelists out to convert Malay Muslims  to Christianity is the most ridiculous I have heard and read in recent years.

What better way to put the matter  to rest than to hear from Dato’ Ariff, a DAP insider who was once an UMNO man and a  former close associate of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

A party that attracts the likes of Dato Ariff, Dyana Sofia and Dato’ A. Samad Said and rejects the now pro-Najib Tunku A Aziz who was once party Vice Chairman by logic must have some attractive qualities. One thing is certain.  DAP’s leaders are not a bunch of evangelists.

They are not into politics to convert Malay Muslims to born again Christians. They are politicians  to stand up for all peace-loving Malaysians who want change because they are sick and tired of a corrupt and dysfunctional regime that has been in power since Independence.

The leaders mentioned in Dato Ariff’s article and others are veryCharles Santiago educated, articulate, committed and responsible politicians. I know them all because I was once interacted with  them during my short stint in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (2007-2009). I still keep in touch with them today.  For example, MP Charles Santiago and I share a common interest in Cambodia,  socio-economic  development, civil society and human rights issues.

The Oxford educated Tony Pua is a Member of Parliament for myliew-chin-tong constituency. I know Gobind Singh Deo  as an outstanding lawyer who came into prominence  in connection with the Teoh Beng Hock murder case. We exchange views whenever I visited Parliament. I am in contact with MP  Zairil Khir Johari who heads The Penang Institute and  Kluang MP  Liew Chin Tong.–Din Merican

Democratic Action Party (DAP): A View from Malay-Muslim Insider

by Dato’Ariff Sabri aka Sakmongkol AK47

I actually want to begin commenting on 1MDB- but cannot resist commenting beforehand on the accusation that DAP is controlled by evangelists. The person saying this must be a mental gnome or what.

As a Malay and a Muslim in DAP, I would be among the first to actually know whether DAP is run by evangelists and wants to Christianise everyone. DAP is a secular party which treats a person’s religious denomination as a private matter.

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So who are the evangelists? Teresa Kok? Tony Pua? Anhony Loke? The Deo (Karpal) brothers? Charles Santiago, DAP MP for Klang has the ominous name of being a secret preacher, but fraternizing with him, reveals that he is a soft-spoken fellow, happier at talking about Trade Agreements or the plight of refugees. Just do not get him on stage where he will boom about the injustices of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

I think these people would be happiest when left alone to pursue their own religiosity. If Teresa Kok wants to be a nun, that is her choice. She is sometimes referred to as Mother Teresa – that’s a testimony for her untiring social work. I don’t even know whether Anthony Loke, Tony Pua and others are regular church goers or not. It’s a private matter.

tony-pua2They are no preachers. The only thing Tony Pua preaches on is 1MDB and he wants to convert all listeners and readers into believing that 1MDB is the mother of the mother of all scandals. He has converted many, even Dr Mahathir.

90% of DAP members are Buddhists I think, or some whom I know are free thinkers. So, far from trying to turn Malays into Christians, they would do well to convert the DAP members first. Now, these are made up of ordinary Chinese, who are more at home sitting on crates drinking whatever they want. I think if  DAP evangelists want to convert them, these people would  lambast them first.

So how do we treat the statement that DAP is run by evangelists? It’s a sensational statement superseded only by the stupidity of the person giving it.

 The only agenda in accusing DAP as being run by evangelists is to create further distrust and fear among Malays. I will ask the Malays the same question- is your faith that fragile, that it’s easy to get you converted?

Now, if there are evangelists who go into the jungles converting orang Aslis into Christians why should that bother us Malays? They are not Muslims. And if they get converted into one of the revealed religions, that is a good thing.

When it comes to us Muslims choosing to discredit Christianity on whatever grounds, that is a different matter altogether.The lunatic fringe crowds from both sides will do that, either openly or quietly. The responsibility of this government is to prevent a jihad or a crusade.

My worry is that our pirate DNA-ed Prime Minister has this habit of running with the hare and hunting with the dogs.

If Muslim missionaries don’t want to spend time in the jungles and rough it out living among orang Aslis, we should not prevent others who are willing. As long as Malays don’t get converted. We prevent Malays and Muslims from being converted by strengthening our own faith.

After getting that off my chest, allow me to speak of the matter a hand. So many people are talking about 1MDB. People forget it was Tony Pua and Rafizi Ramli who first sounded this financial scandal out in the first place. Outside of the political crowd, Sarawak Report and the Edge put up revealing exposé about 1MDB.

Then came DR Mahathir.

Mahathir Mohamad-2014

The stature of Dr Mahathir placed him as the most prominent critic of 1MDB. The opposition expects no thank you notes from him. We are happy that he has chosen to fight alongside us. Our objectives are however different.

He seeks the removal of Najib. It is however a futile endeavour. Because Dr Mahathir has no replacement. He must say clearly who he wants. He wants Muhyiddin, but the man has not got sufficient capacity and stature. He does not want Tengku Razaleigh (TRH) for 1001 reasons although, TRH is the best qualified for the job.

We seek to expose the incompetence, gross abuse of power and downright embezzlement of the money in 1MDB with the help of the Prime Minster who must be directly or indirectly complicit in the matter. We want a post Najib and post UMNO type of political leadership.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

We can support Tengku Razaleigh if he is committed to the ideals of forming a true democratic and a rule of law government. We want a government founded on the principle of accountability. Among others.

We cannot be expected to list down what we are going to do just because the other side demands it. They don’t have a clue either in running the government. Just as Jack Sparrow, the pirate DNAed PM makes things up as he goes along. Today 1 Malaysia, yesterday piratisation on the seas, today piratisation of the treasury.

Najib and 1MDBEnough technicalities have been unearthed about 1mdb. When the idea of TIA was abandoned, how much did Jho Low get paid? Surely putting up the idea and having it accepted even temporarily was not an act of charity. So how much did Jho Low get?

When TIA morphed into 1MDB, Najib and Jho Low got a free hand to deal and wheel as they pleased. Najib must have thought being the number 1, he answers to no one. He forgot the principle of accountability.

As Muslims, most members of the cabinet must understand the principle of working together. The  Holy Quran says People cooperate and work with one another in the pursuit of good things and the fortification of spirituality. They don’t work and conspire in the commission of bad things.

No member of the cabinet must be held under the overrated term of collective responsibility in the commissioning of a wrong or on something they have no prior knowledge and wasn’t a party to.

Clearly someone is stealing money from 1MDB or using MDB as the means. Things can’t be done without the knowledge and even approval of the PM. He knows wrongdoings have been committed but was hoping holes can be covered before others know about it.

The wrongdoings even if made good later, do not cancel out the fraud and crimes committed.

Clearly someone is stealing money from 1MDB or using MDB as the means. Things can’t be done without the knowledge and even approval of the PM. He knows wrongdoings have been committed but was hoping holes can be covered before others know about it.

The wrongdoings even if made good later, do not cancel out the fraud and crimes committed. Everyone knows about paying more for the IPPs. The cost was probably around RM8-10 billion, but the PM okayed the purchase at RM18 billion. More than that, he Okayed the payment of RM6 billion outstanding debts incurred by the IPPs.

Everyone knows about paying more for the IPPs. The cost was probably around RM8-10 billion, but the PM okayed the purchase at RM18 billion. More than that, he Okayed the payment of RM6 billion outstanding debts incurred by the IPPs.

Someone must have put in these to be plucked conditions in the SNP. The money was collected and distributed by the clever guys who drew up the SNP.

But please don’t forget the remittance of over USD 1 billion into Good Star Limited Account. That company was not a party to the agreement between 1MDB and the bogus Petrosaudi Caymans. Who approved the remittance? It must be the PM because not transactions can take place without his approval. Even if Jho Low promised Najib that the USD700 million to USD 1 billion can be repaid later, a wrong has been committed. A fraud and criminal breach of trust may have been committed.

So forget about the issue of DAP being controlled by evangelists. Instead insist that Muslim cabinet members follow the tenets of  Al Quran (the Muslim Holy Book).

A Tale of Two Coalitions: The Dysfunctional and the Ideologically deranged

June 17, 2015

A Tale of Two Coalitions: The Dysfunctional and the Ideologically deranged

by Terence Netto@www.malaysiakini.com

COMMENT: Malaysia’s two competing coalitions for political power stand at identical crossroads.

Incumbent UMNO-BN is dysfunctional, having lost the moral legitimacy to govern long before it was stripped of the political writ to rule by its loss in the popular vote in the 2013 general election. Rivals Pakatan Rakyat has ceased to exist, its expiry brought on by acute ideological derangement.

UMNO-BN will continue to trudge on by dint of the momentum of its more than half-century’s incumbency, a longevity that – if Malaysian voters don’t watch it – will overtake the longest in the democratic world, which dubious honor belongs to the Institutional Revolutionary Party of Mexico.

Najib and the Mad Mullah of PAS

The intractability of some of Mexico’s current problems is traceable to that party’s 72-year tenancy. Now that the DAP has departed it, a rump of Pakatan will continue to sustain the fiction that the opposition coalition can persist under the same common policy framework of seven years ago when the framework was crafted which component, PAS, has willfully chosen to mock.

But that persistence would just be a confirmation of the truth of an observation of Anwar Ibrahim’s favourite poet – that “human kind cannot stand very much reality.”

PKR will be aided and abetted in their flight from reality that Pakatan can continue to exist by the religious inebriates who have taken over PAS for whom TS Eliot’s admonition will not serve to deter them in substituting artificial constructs for descriptions of the real world.

Where will all this leave the broken Pakatan’s former chief inspiration? Anwar Ibrahim, the chief welder of the seven-year coalition, will be left high and dry in jail.

On June 7, PKR could have put distance between it and PAS by simply denouncing the decision of the Islamic party at its muktamar the previous week to cut ties with DAP.

Veiling itself in ambiguity

But PKR chose to veil itself in ambiguity and opted instead to play an unsolicited role as mediator between DAP and PAS. DAP was prompt in its “Thanks, but no thanks” riposte.

Anwar IbrahimLanguishing in Goal

This afternoon, when he puts his mark on PKR’s handiwork, Anwar ought to delineate what was it that has brought Pakatan to its sorry end before deigning to describe where the rump that remains ought to go and how. More than ever clarity is needed in this time of rampant confusion in the country and in both competing coalitions for federal power.

Just where does all this leave the DAP? Poised to take best advantage of any new resurgence in currents let loose in the country within a fructifying fortnight in November 2007 when polls reform advocacy group, Bersih, organised a huge rally in Kuala Lumpur which was followed by an impressive march by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).

That was the matrix for the first denial of a two-thirds majority to the UMNO-BN in March 2008 and its repetition in May 2013 – this was coupled with UMNO-BN’s loss in the popular vote. The true import of the two denials and, crucially, the loss in the popular vote has yet to run its course in the political landscape.

Anwar showed great acuteness in picking up the signals emitted by the marches of November 2007 and leveraged them to two denials of UMNO-BN’s super majority and a besting of the ruling coalition in the popular vote, before the reactionary furies he unleashed in his former allies came back to gaol him.

Ambiga & Pak SamadBut now the person with the most sensitive antennae is literary laureate A Samad Said . If it is true that artists are the antennae of the race, then Samad’s decision last week to enlist with the DAP is an early pick-up of what’s trending.

Given DAP’s certainty that Pakatan is dead in the water, which is indisputable, and that the forces for change that jelled Elections 2008 and 2013 are very alive, a new configuration on the national political landscape may be spawning.

The currents that were set off in November 2007 have not eventuated.  They may well find a new channel for their fulfilment.