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GE 13 : STOPPING COALITION OF CORRUPTS (READ: UMNO-LED BARISAN NASIONAL)

There is without a doubt that campaigning up to the very last day before voting will be crucial for both the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional with the People’s Alliance or Pakatan Rakyat.

Various accusation and counter accusations have been thrown at each other…..with signs of violence being reported here and there, but hopefully capped by the security apparatus!

It was so obvious that the campaign run by Barisan Nasional has centred around the ‘aura’ of ‘popularity’ of its Prime Minister, Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Hardly has Barisan Nasional had any significant political rallies around the country……bar those attended by Najib.

More shocking has been its paid on-line advertisements – they are shown prior to the video clips of massive Pakatan Rakyat rallies loaded on YouTube!!

Such desperation…….and a clear sign of the irrelevance and waning influence of the UMNO-led government.

I am now convinced that if the elections was carried out without any mischief, Pakatan Rakyat would win hands-down.

But when desperados cling to power, then abuse will arise…….look no further than Mahathir’s comrade-in-arms, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Like Mugabe, there is too much at stake for Mahathir (and the UMNO warlords) for Pakatan Rakyat (esp if the Prime Minister is Anwar Ibrahim) to take over the government at Putrajaya.

The latest serious allegations is the ferrying in by air, of foreigners into Kuala Lumpur and Selangor…..apparently to vote this Sunday.

It is therefore imperative that every voter should come out to vote……in order to prevent fraudsters from taking advantage of the low turnout to ‘parachute’ in the frauds to vote in place of the absent voters!!

Much has been said leading up to the elections this Sunday……… BUT the bottom line is that this UMNO-led government has perpetuated a corrupt administration that has gone from bad to worse.

Worse to the extent that the country will be on the brink of Bankruptcy if this is not checked.

It cannot be checked under a new UMNO-led government due to entrenched interests!

The only way is via CHANGE!

UBAH!

And this is the voice of the people of Malaysia – Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans etc etc.

Happy voting and if you’re still not convinced on who to vote, watch this video below:-

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THE STAR’S COCKEYED VIEW OF MALAYSIAN POLITICS
April 25, 2013, 11:36 am
Filed under: Malaysia politics, Racial Issues, Racial politics | Tags: , ,

It was with such horror that I saw those provocative adverts in The Star newspaper…….that only confirmed my fear that its owners (read: MCA) has brought the paper to the pantheons of irrelevance and ultimate obscurity.

Just like the UMNO owned New Straits Times.

Unable to rationally and logically present or argue its case to the electorate as to why MCA….and Barisan Nasional is still trustworthy and electable, it uses its media arm to indulge in cheap rhetoric and dangerous rumor and scare mongering!

Like UMNO, MCA has also attempted to introduce new faces to the seats they are contesting in……hoping that the electorate would give them a ‘second chance’.

But don’t they realize that the Chinese gave MCA their last chance in the 2004 General Elections…..when they supported Pak Lah with the expectation that MCA would see through the evolution of the UMNO led Government post-Mahathir?

And what exactly did MCA do?

Not only were they impotent in checking the excesses of the Pak Lah-led government (or was it Khairy-led?)……..it’s businessmen/tycoon members joined in with the alleged excesses!

Another chance for MCA?

Unlikely.

Is it no wonder that MCA owned newspapers like The Star now indulge in gutter media reporting?

Shame on you!



THE SILENT CONCERNED MAJORITY IN MALAYSIA : THEY ARE THE ONES SENDING THE SHIVERS DOWN UMNO’S SPINE

It’s the numbers……you keep hearing!

Even the police appear to be scrambling to revise their estimate as to the numbers present at the People’s Uprising Rally or Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat.

Why the numbers?

Well, essentially it will contradict the spin spun by UMNO bloggers that the people have spurned the politics of the People’s Alliance.

They had said, “Look at their rally at the KL Stadium not too long ago where they could not even fill up half of the 25,000 capacity stadium.”

That may be so because it was a political rally.

But look at the People’s Rally on 112 i.e. January 12 People’s Rally.

It was spine chilling……as far as the UMNO warlords were concerned!

Not only were the political party members present, there were also the NGOs, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers and (some) children. There were the office workers, factory workers……you name them, they were there.

And in economic jargon, can you imagine the multiplier effect this rally has had on the nation?

Most Malaysians do not participate in this kind of rally BUT for such numbers to do so indicates the kind of concern Malaysians have on the way UMNO has run the country to date.

And what about those silent concerned majority who have not participated?

Their concern does not diminish with non-attendance.

In fact, their determination to ensure change and reforms do occur becomes more pressing.

This is because we are now seeing the UMNO led Barisan Nasional (BN) government is now trying to lure the votes of the people by using taxpayers’ money.

This indicates the unwillingness of the warlords to cede their positions and power.

Why do you think Najib is having such a tough time to finalise his candidates’ list for the coming General Elections?

You cannot blame the warlords’ resistance against him – because they consider Najib equally tainted – a case of ‘pot calling the kettle black’?

The taint applies to the UMNO led BN government.

Yet, it is not a foregone conclusion that Pakatan Rakyat will prevail this time round in taking over Putrajaya.

This is due to the profoundly skewed non-proportional representation found in the state and parliamentary states in the country….thanks to the Election Commission.

This is their last line of defence in ensuring UMNO’s survival as the political masters of Malaysia.

However, like they say, Rome was not built in a day.

The process to remove UMNO started in the 1999 General Elections, shortly after the crude sacking and physical abuse of Anwar Ibrahim. In that GE, BN lost the state of Terengganu besides failing to regain Kelantan.

The 2004 General Elections was a landslide for BN as the people were prepared to give UMNO one more chance with the retirement of Mahathir.

However, Pak Lah failed miserably and the 2008 General Elections reflected the people’s verdict of the UMNO led BN, which lost its two thirds majority in addition to the states of Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Perak (Kelantan was retained by PAS under Tok Guru Nik Aziz).

Pakatan Rakyat has now proven to the Rakyat that they can indeed run the country efficiently as evidenced in the abovementioned states under their administration consistent with each state’s culture and sentiments – with them garnering the largest percentage of investments including foreign direct investments.

The electoral structure is the next to be revamped fundamentally – that has resulted in the Bersih rallies that have been met with stinging resistance from the UMNO establishment.

But change is inevitable.

And a two party state will be the way to go moving forward – a check and balance system of democracy.



MCA PRESIDENT VILLIFIES ONG TEE KEAT : THE ‘SOH CHAI’ IS INDEED FEELING THE HEAT!

Being the incumbent President of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), one would have thought that he would not be too worried about the rivals that he had defeated in the last Presidential elections.

Chua Soi Lek now even claims that having defeated two former Presidents the last time round, he would have no problem defeating them again.

But much has taken place since that event.

As President, Chua Soi Lek has not been able to galvanise the party to its former strength since gaining power in the party.

Droves have deserted the party…….leaving the hangers on and businessmen who ‘play on both sides’ (just to be on the safe side) left!

And why is Soi Lek alias ‘Soh Chai’ having to villify Ong Tee Keat? Click HERE

That’s because the Barisan Nasional election machinery thinks that Ong has a better chance to retain his seat at Pandan….as opposed to replacing him with a ‘Soh Chai’ nominee!!

The stakes are apparently too high to take the risk……so it seems!

Which brings me to the point that……since the last MCA Presidential elections, Ong Tee Keat’s credibility has remained intact (in the Rakyat’s eyes)….or even gone stronger, as opposed to the ‘Soh Chai’s’ dwindling fortunes!

Reason?

People are beginning to see the wisdom of Ong Tee Keat’s drive then as MCA President to get to the bottom of the Port Klang Free Zone financial fiasco……in order to redeem the severely damaged reputation of the MCA.

Unfortunately, he was blocked and ultimately removed from his Ministerial positions…..much to the chagrin of the Rakyat.

Maybe the stakes were too high for the powers within the Barisan Nasional establishment…….but the ensuing damaging to the UMNO led coalition is irreversible!

That damage was further compounded by the release of the story behind the PKFZ fiasco by Ong’s ally, Lee Hwa Beng, who was tasked to clean up and get to the bottom of the matter.

If you recall, Lee Hwa Beng, was also ostracised and subsequently removed as Chairman of Port Klang.

Isn’t it plain obvious that with UMNO now taking the ‘racialistic’ route (i.e. taking a Malay rhetorical stand whilst blaming the Chinese for the problems), the UMNO warlords have ‘given up’ on the Chinese support that was previously reliably delivered by the MCA?

And together with the other ‘predominantly Chinese’ Parti Gerakan Malaysia helmed by the equally weak Koh Tsu Koon, is it any wonder why Chinese do not see any leadership emanating from both parties?

In any case, race is secondary as far as this coming General Elections is concerned.

Bread and butter issues, corruption and abuse of powers are!



LIM KENG YAIK : A STRONG CHIEFTAIN, THROUGH & THROUGH!
December 25, 2012, 1:23 am
Filed under: Corporate Governance, Malaysia politics | Tags: , , , ,

It was indeed sad to hear of the passing of Lim Keng Yaik.

As Deputy PM, Muhyiddin highlighted, Keng Yaik’s forthrightness did not endear him to the (many) less secure folk of his generation……but that’s the man.

When he was plucked out from obscurity to join the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), many in the party were intimidated by him.

Why? Because he was smart…….street smart……and could read the situation a mile away and strategise to his own advantage.

The insecurity of MCA then was so stark…….that Keng Yaik was sacked from the party….apparently for ‘rocking the boat’!!

His entry into Gerakan was equally stormy with many challengers over his nearly 27 years as President of the party.

Paul Leong, Goh Cheng Teik, Joseph Chong & Kerk Choo Ting came, challenged and departed.

None could unseat this China-man character!

Keng Yaik was known to be the smart one….notwithstanding his mannerism and frankness.

Indeed, he made things happen……unlike many other Ministers who not only waited things to happen, but also did not know what the ‘f–k’ was happening!

If he did appear to have any flaw, it was his backing of exPenang Chief  Minister, Koh Tsu Koon.

The manner in which Koh Tsu Koon portrayed himself as a weakling….especially when Ibrahim Saad was his deputy in Penang……led very much to the debacle in the 2008 General Elections as far as Gerakan was concerned.

Keng Yaik should have seen the signs and made the necessary changes before retiring.

But when one has stayed as long as Keng Yaik had in Gerakan, it was only human to wish and hope that things would get better!

My ‘hope’ is that there will be more ‘Keng Yaik’ characters in the Malaysian political arena……as it will only mean an inclination towards confronting issues………as opposed to confronting people!!



CAN UMNO-LED BN SWEEP COMFORTABLY TO A TWO THIRDS MAJORITY AT THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS?
November 28, 2012, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Malaysia politics, Rakyat's concerns | Tags: , ,

 

The war drums are being sounded and the sabres are rattling incessantly.

But can the UMNO led government regain its two thirds majority in Parliament?

PM Najib claims this is possible if the Malays are united. Click HERE

To me, this is a major admission that it CANNOT be attained!

This is because the Malay electorate is seriously split.

The mistrust and disdain a large proportion of Malays, educated and young, have for the UMNO establishment is staggering.

This UMNO establishment is still perceived to hold the Mahathir era values of corruption, nepotism and cronyism.

An indication of this happened recently when I visited a specialist’s office/clinic. He had in the past proudly displayed photos of him and Mahathir together at his clinic where Mahathir was a patient of his.

This time round, the photos were missing!

When asked, this specialist friend of mine said many of his patients from all walks of life……especially the Malays, expressly questioned his ‘wisdom’ in displaying the photos.

In time, he got the hint from his many patients and removed the photos.

Of course UMNO is favoured to win……what with non proportional representation, phantom voters, vote buying, rigging and a pliant Election Commission.

But two thirds parliamentary majority, I’m not too sure.

To attain that, the candidates’ list for UMNO will require a clean up that starts from the top!

Don’t think that is possible……..for now!



SOMBER CHARACTERIZATION OF MALAYSIA’S ECONOMY : LEADING TIGER ECONOMY, BUT IN A DIFFERENT ‘PACK’!

It was reported recently that the cosmetic firm, L’Oreal, was building its largest overseas factory in Indonesia…..costing about 100 million Euros, that’s about RM400 million Ringgit.

An accompanying story reported an expected 6.3% GDP growth for Indonesia.

Hold on…..I thought not too long ago, Indonesia was a sick; no, sorry economy where its citizens had to venture overseas to earn a living either as a maid or a construction worker.

That was during the Suharto era whereby the governors of the various provinces were a lord unto themselves…..most of them being  military personnel that then had the patronage of Suharto.

We also read about the family of the President…..from daughter, Tut-tut to his flamboyant son, Tommy…..enjoying the ‘privileges’ of being in the inner circle.

That seemed a distant past……including the Presidencies of Habibie, Wahid and Megawati.

The Indonesian economy has evolved significantly since the ouster of Suharto and credit has to be given to all the presidents since including the incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a.k.a. SBY.

The key change instituted has been the plugging of the ‘leakages’ suffered by Indonesia and other economies that were wracked by corruption, nepotism and intimidation.

The effects of the change is clearly seen in the economic data of the country. Not only that, it is further evidenced by the significant investments made by foreign companies and the ensuing improvement in the country’s infrastructure.

Of course, corruption is a problem…….it is impossible to completely eradicate corruption (ask Singapore) but it can be curtailed to such a stage that the perception of the country improves correspondingly.

After all, it is perception that determines reality!

Which brings us to Malaysia.

People are oh so polite in their responses when asked about Malaysia’s economic prospects.

The latest was the label, ‘Tiger Economy’ was still tagged to Malaysia.

But hold on, that was in the 1980s and 1990s when Malaysia was in the pack with the likes of Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan etc. who have since moved on to a higher level.

So their response is that yes, Malaysia is now the leading Tiger Economy in the pack ahead of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma etc!!

Well, that’s comforting!

But for the realists, it is indeed serious warning bells being sounded (again) for the political masters of Malaysia…..whoever they may be after the forthcoming General Elections!

Whichever coalition that wins has to take the necessary steps to enable the country to move up to the next level……on par or close to par with the likes of Singapore and South Korea.

Word out is that Najib is already doing it quietly……..by facilitating the privatization of major government linked companies and clearing the deadwood (read: Proton…….and sooner or later, MAS).

As far as the Rakyat is concerned, that’s music to their ears……as in the medium to long term, it means a curtailment to those massive ‘leakages’ that can only mean good things for the country!