The deafening silence of PH leaders after defeat in Cameron Highlands


 

February 4, 2019

The deafening silence of PH leaders after defeat in Cameron Highlands

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Malaysia must continue to speak up on issues such as moderation, good governance, people’s livelihood, sound policies and progressiveness.

But Pakatan Harapan’s victory has now given us another problem.

PH politicians who used to champion moderation, economic wellbeing, good governance and the environment have become silent.

Umno, as an opposition, does not even know how to advocate these issues and continues to harp on Malay supremacy and privileges to stay relevant.

Similarly for PAS. Their preoccupation with religiosity and obsession with Muslim leadership regardless of competency and integrity.

It would have been more tolerable and palatable if UMNO and PAS, despite their racial and religious orientation, have fought more for “livelihood issues” by articulating better policies and economic management.

But it is not to be. They have essentially used race and religion as conduits to power rather than to build a better Malaysia.

As for PH, they have largely forgotten where they came from.

The smarter ones among PH have become frontbenchers. Hence, they don’t provide checks and balances anymore. In fact, they are even afraid of being criticised now.

The back benchers among PH, except for a few, have also become silent or disinterested. I have got an inkling that many of them are just trying to be nice guys – you know, don’t rock the boat and wait for their turn.

Who then is fighting for Malaysia today? Who has pointed out the drastic increase in vehicle insurance premiums lately?

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Who is studying whether the proposed increases in water tariff is justified? Who is following up on whether the current toll rates and electricity tariffs are “overpriced”? Who is looking at Lynas now? Who is concerned with continued environmental degradation and encroachment of our forests and catchment areas?

Who is monitoring the many construction mishaps and accidents in the country? Who is tracking inflation, cost of living, unemployment and wages?

Who is taking an interest in death in custody and unjustified use of certain draconian laws? Who is highlighting and criticising some of the ill-conceived policies being proposed and implemented by PH?

When BN was in power, we had no shortage of criticisms of government’s shortcomings and misdeeds. We justifiably highlighted many malfeasance and bad policies. Today, how many politicians do the same? Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has pointed out a few shortcomings here and there but he lacks credibility.

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The Quiet Foreign Minister of Malaysia has  gone cold when our voice on pressing global issues needs to be clearly articulated.

As I see it, many of the present politicians don’t even want to take an interest to know what is going on, much less to evaluate and criticize.

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Malaysia’s Defense Minister Mat Sabu takes to the skies.

Many said May 9 was a watershed for genuine change and a new Malaysia.

Unfortunately, many are now telling me May 9 was not a watershed for change but an indication that we, as a nation, cannot really , or unwilling to, change. It is as if we are a handicapped country forever caught in the quagmire of political elitism, vested interest, cronyism, race and religion.

Food for thought, did Zimbabwe change after Robert Mugabe?

TK Chua is a FMT reader.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

Malaysia and Israel


January 29, 2019

Malaysia and Israel

by Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad

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1. Malaysia does not recognise Israel; has no diplomatic relation with it, does not allow Malaysians to visit Israel and does not allow Israelis to visit Malaysia.

2. This is the only country in the world that Malaysia treats in this manner.

3. In the first place Israel was created from a slice of Palestinian land, without a referendum or a plebiscite being held.  The Palestinians were expelled from Palestine without any compensation for the land and homes seized by the Israelis.

4. Then Israel seized more Palestinian land so that Israel became bigger. The Israelis then built numerous settlements on Palestinian land without the consent of the Palestinian nation. Palestinians are barred from these settlements.

5. When the Palestinians resisted and threw stones at Israeli tanks and armoured cars, the Israeli soldiers fired live bullets at the Palestinian children and arrested many of them.  The arrested people were detained for years without trial.

6. The detainees were used to exchange with Israeli soldiers captured by the Palestinians.

7. The Gaza strip is blockaded by Israeli forces.  Relief ships carrying food, medicine and building materials were siezed in international waters and forced to go to Israel. In one incident 10 activists were killed.  These acts by the Israelis is blatantly against international laws.

8. When the Palestinians fired futile rockets at Israel, the Israelis dropped bombs and fired missiles at Palestinian towns and villages.  Schools and hospitals were destroyed, patients and children killed or maimed.

9. The blockade of Gaza is illegal but no country has condemned Israel for breaking international laws and moral codes.

10. Today Israel declares that Jerusalem is its capital.  When Palestinian slapped Israelis soldiers, they were shot and killed and many were detained.

11. A high wall has been built to divide Palestinian villages and towns. Palestinians cannot visit relatives without being subjected to humiliating checks at many check-points created by the Israelis.  The Palestinians are not allowed to travel on roads built by the Israelis on Palestinian land.

12. Thousands of Palestinian have been killed or wounded through Israeli military actions.

13. The whole world can see the injustice and the oppression of the Palestinian by the Israelis.  But Israel is not even criticised by the people who talk so much about freedom from oppression and the rule of law.   Israel seems to be privileged.

14. If anyone criticises Israel or the holocaust he is immediately labelled “anti-Semitic”.  The implication is that he is inhuman or immoral.  But the blatant inhumanity of Israel is not condemned.

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15. Malaysia is not anti-Jew or anti-Semitic. The Arabs are also Semitic people.  But we reserve the right to condemn inhuman and oppressive behaviour anywhere, by anyone.  We have condemned the Myanmar people for their treatment of the Rohingyas.  We have criticised many countries and people for inhuman acts.

16. Many people and many countries have condemned us.  But we have not been labelled nor have we labelled people who speak as a matter of right in a free world.

17. Malaysia bans two Israeli athletes – the US bans citizens of five Islamic nations and plans to build a wall against South Americans. Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic ban refugees. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban referred to Syrian refugees as “Muslim invaders.”

18. Israel is a criminal state and deserves to be condemned.  We know the strong backing for Israel.  We cannot act against Israel beyond refusing to recognise it.  We maintain we have a right to bar Israelis from our country.  When the world condemns us for this we have a right to say that the world is being hypocritical. Their talk of human rights and the rule of law is so much empty words.

19. I appeal to those who sympathise with the Palestinian cause to voice their condemnation.  Terrorism is not the answer.  A proper strategy is needed to bring justice to the Palestinians.

Sources claim envoy punished for not securing Jho Low’s sister’s release–Shame on Wisma Putra


October 24, 2018

Sources claim envoy punished for not securing Jho Low’s sister’s release–Shame on Wisma Putra

by Hariz Mohd 
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EXCLUSIVE | A former Malaysian High Commissioner, Dr. Ilango Karuppanan (pic above) to Singapore was purportedly recalled and placed in cold storage for refusing to pursue the release of fugitive financier Jho Low’s sister in 2016, according to highly-placed sources in Putrajaya.

The sources claimed that May Lin and her husband were detained by the Singapore Police in May of that year, and former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s aide had instructed the Malaysian envoy “to do the necessary” to secure the couple’s release.

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However, Najib told Malaysiakini that he had not issued any such instruction nor heard of the incident. “There was no reason for me to protect Jho Low. As I have explained to Malaysiakini before, Jho Low represented the Arabs, not me.

“The officer (who supposedly relayed the instruction to the then Malaysian high commissioner in Singapore) is no longer with me. He is in Wisma Putra now and part of the current government,” he said when asked to comment on the allegation.

According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the high commissioner also received a call from May Lin’s father over the matter.

Malaysiakini was told that the attempt to secure May Lin’s release did not go through, however, due to the high commissioner’s “reluctance” to use his diplomatic access.

“The High Commissioner had contacted the Singapore Police, who confirmed they had May Lin in custody.

“However, they also put a request to him not to interfere as there was an ongoing investigation under the republic’s laws,” said the sources.

The sources claimed that when the High Commissioner refused to pursue the matter, Putrajaya withdrew him from the commission the following year.

Checks by Malaysiakini revealed that the High Commissioner in question was Ilango Karuppanan , who served in the Malaysian mission to Singapore from April 25, 2016 to April 30, 2017.

According to Wisma Putra’s website, Ilango had the second shortest stint among other Malaysian High high commissioners to Singapore. The shortest tenure was that of his successor Zulkifli Adnan, who was appointed on Oct 10, 2017 but had his service terminated after the Pakatan Harapan government came into power.

Sources said Ilango was reassigned to the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) after he was recalled by Wisma Putra.

According to the sources, this was considered “cold storage” for someone of his stature in the civil service .While in cold storage, he obtained his doctorate from  The University of Malaya.

Meanwhile, Ilango declined to speak on the matter, saying that as a civil servant, he was not authorised to speak to the media. “I cannot tell you (the press) anything as I am a civil servant. I hope you understand,” he said.

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Singapore Police have also chosen to remain tight-lipped regarding the purported arrest of May Lin and her husband.

“Dear Sir, I refer to your email dated 16 October 2018 directed to Singapore Police Force. We are unable to accede to your request for comments. Thank you for your understanding,” it said in a response to Malaysiakini‘s e-mail.

Low has been described as the mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal. Malaysian authorities have charged both him and his father in absentia over allegations of plundering the state-owned fund.

Malaysiakini had also attempted to contact May Lin for comments.