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THE STAR’S COCKEYED VIEW OF MALAYSIAN POLITICS
April 25, 2013, 11:36 am
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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!



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!



MALAYSIAN MOVIES BASED ON ‘HISTORICAL EVENTS’ : SPECIALLY CHOREOGRAPHED TO MAKE ONE RACE HATE ANOTHER?

It was only last week that I got to watch this movie starred by Christian Bale.

No, it was not the Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises”.

It was a foreign movie entitled, “The Flowers of War”, which I understand won several awards from film critics.

It was set during the Japanese invasion of Nanjing, China in the 1940s……that led to much suffering arising from the cruelty of war.

In a nutshell, the story revolved around a group of young Chinese female students holed up in a church…….together with another group of Chinese prostitutes……evading the marauding (and lustful) Japanese soldiers!

Christian Bale (acting as a mortician) somehow also ended up in the church and got himself promising to get the young female students to safety.

Problem was that the Japanese soldiers and their commander…… who thought that the young female students and Bale were the only occupants of the church…… decided to use the young students as ‘Comfort Women’ and invited (read: ordered) the girls to attend a ‘party’ the following day.

That’s when the prostitutes (they do appear to have hearts!) later came to the rescue……by agreeing to take the place of the young female students.

The prostitutes were made to look like ‘innocent’ young girls, thanks to the mortician turned ‘beautician’ Bale, who by that time was posing (to the Japanese) as the parish priest!

In the end, the Chinese prostitutes went to their deaths (as they planned to, with concealed glass sheaths, slice off any part of the Japs’ human anatomy at the ‘party’!)……….whilst the young girls escaped to freedom in a truck driven by Bale.

In between all this, the cruelty, ruthlessness…..besides the animal behaviour of the Japanese soldiers…..were laid bare for all to see!

Being a Chinese produced movie, it was obvious that this ugly part of history was not meant to be forgotten too easily.

After all, China had been, figuratively speaking, ‘gang raped’ by so many countries in the past…..from the Mongolian Tartars to the Europeans and the Japanese…..that movies like this reminds their people why China needs to be vigilant against external threats.

This is no different from Israel, who after having lost over 5 million Jews from the holocaust, would declare ‘Never Again’.

Is it no wonder why these two countries have strong armies….besides also having a nuclear deterrent?

Which now brings me to the UMNO led Malaysian government (read: Finas – National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia) sponsored movie entitled ‘Tanda Putera’ which was purportedly to portray the role played by Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Dr Ismail (Malaysia’s past premier and deputy premier) in Malaysia’s nation building.

Inevitably, the movie also highlighted the bloody riots of 13 May 1969 caused by the political inroads made by non-Malay parties in the General Elections then. (Note: The non-Malays already controlled the economic wealth of the country then……and still have a significant influence to this day!)

The riots in Malaysia then resulted in a New Economic Policy that favoured the Malays in everything from jobs, education, awarding of contracts, housing, financial privileges etc…….the aim of which was to bring the economically disadvantaged Malay majority in Malaysia to par (or close to it) with the other communities.

So one might conclude that it was only natural for UMNO to now remind their fellow Malay brethren of its history and the threat from the non-Malays who are again making political inroads today…….in the form of a movie like ‘Tanda Putera’!

(note: UMNO’s loss of support, especially from the non Malays, is not because of the New Economic Policy [NEP] but from the abuse of the NEP)

But hold on…….can a non Malay political party like DAP today make the kind of political inroads that happened over 40 years ago?

Since then, parliamentary and state seats have been delineated to favour the Malays or Bumiputeras.

In other words, there is non-proportional representation in Malaysia’s parliament.

Like in the Sarawark state elections, one seat in a location comprising  Bumiputeras that support Taib would have just over 10,000 voters…..whilst a non-Bumiputera  majority seat would have over 35,000 voters.

This means that the DAP can only make political inroads with the support of the Malays!

Anyway, it would be political suicide for DAP to go it alone…..and everyone knows it!

So who’s enabling DAP to make those inroads today?

It’s the Malay based (and true Muslim based) party, PAS (headed by Tok Gurus Hadi & Nik Aziz) and also the predominantly Malay Parti Keadilan Rakyat (headed by Anwar Ibrahim).

In other words, the Malay vote is split!

Is that why the UMNO controlled media and bloggers are vilifying DAP as evil and even Christian proselytisers?

But the fact remains that the Muslim based PAS and PKR are in partnership with DAP. Period!

So is the current situation different from that in 1969?

You bet your bottom dollar that it is!

In 1969, it was a straight split between the Malays and the Chinese.

Today, the split is between the Malays – between the rich Malays & cronies…. spoilt by the abuses of the New Economic Policy AND the decent God fearing Malays who disdain corruption and the abuse of the country’s institutions in furthering the interests of a small, albeit financially strong, group of croney capitalists!

So, should we be concerned about the stirring of racial hatred in the movie, Tanda Putera?

Certainly not……for Malaysians have come of age!



LYNAS : GOVT SAYS ‘SAFETY’S CERTAIN’ SO DON’T WORRY …… BUT DIDN’T THEY SAY THE SAME FOR JAPAN’S FUKUSHIMA PLANT?

It just amazes me that the UMNO led government seems to get itself into perpetual controversy  with the Rakyat.

If it’s not the ‘Cow for Condo’ controversy, it’s accusing another religion for their own bretherens’ alleged apostasy!

Now, it’s the Lynas plant in the Malaysian ‘easterlies’ that is claimed will cause harm including babies born with deformities!

How does the UMNO led government expect people to believe that everything is okay and that the government can be trusted on this Lynas project?

After all, the same was said about the ‘Bukit Merah’ plant then run by Mitsubishi and closed in 1992 ……. which subsequently had such a negative health impact on its population …….. although the government claims that it has not been proven.

Click HERE for the shameful story picked up by the New York Times.

In any case, doesn’t the government realize that the inevitable DOES NOT occur …….. it is the UNEXPECTED that always take place.

The fall-out at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the Japanese tsunami is a case in point.

What is of added concern is that the government’s risk management ……. just like many of its agencies ……. leaves much to be desired.

That’s because in their risk assessment exercise, only what is known to them ….. and that’s very limited to say the least ……..  are identified and tabulated for consideration.

And of course, if these ‘risks’ are limited (and simple) in nature, it is naturally easy to appear to have addressed those ‘risks’ ……….. leaving the impression that all is well!

Well, all is NOT well!

Malaysians,  especially Malays, are fed up with the patronising attitude of the UMNO led government ……. as though UMNO knows what is best for their bretherens.

Baloney?

Most likely!!

Contrary to what UMNO may think, Malays, be they educated or otherwise, have strong views about the sorry state of the education system, free speech and most importantly, rampant corruption.

That may explain why the electorate is being lured with the promise of stronger power for the anti-corruption agency, MACC …….. if the UMNO led government is returned with a two thirds majority!

Such desperation!

Even the listing of Felda, in which the people (through their cooperative) has a 51%  stake in the crown jewel, is being held up by the ‘serious concern’ expressed by the very people the UMNO led government seems to be taking for granted!

The fact that the government’s ‘golden share’ in the Felda joint venture is being considered to be used in order to ‘push through’ the listing of Felda highlights the lack of in-depth thought in the proposal!

Bottom line is that rhetoric is a thing of the past.

The substantive achievement of the government of the day will be the criteria in which the Rakyat will decide which way they are going to vote!



PENANG’S SURGING CAPTIVE AUDIENCE SEEMS TO NOW INCLUDE THE COMPETITIVE SINGAPOREANS

We have always known the Singaporeans to be a ‘kiasu’ lot …… literally meaning ‘scared to die’ or scared to lose out on virtually anything.

This may be one of the end result of the siege mentality that Lee Kuan Yew created during the time of partition between Malaysia and Singapore in 1965.

Lee Kuan Yew always talks about the intimidation and the Malaysian military on Singapore soil …… resulting in Singapore now having the fire-power to dent any aggression …… even from Indonesia!

Back to my story ……. in today’s age, the siege mentality is more confined to economics ……. like how Singapore can stay ahead of its competitors in the region or even globally.

I recall at one time, much coverage and analysis arose from the building of the Port of Tanjong Pelepas in Johore.

The Singaporean viewed this as a direct threat to its own shipping business that had one of the largest turnovers (in terms of TEU [ton equivalent units]) then …… about 14m per annum!

I recall the Singaporean business papers working overtime on the development of the Malaysian port led by Syed Mokhtar Albukary.

I even recall the PSA (Port of Singapore Authority) having to defer its IPO (Initial Public Offering) around that time although they attributed to market sentiments ……. which I felt that had to do with Syed Mokhtar’s PTP!

Fast forward to today ……. and again I am sensing the same Singaporean ‘concerns’ or shall I call it interests in the recent economic development of Penang.

The Pearl of the Orient had in the past been seen as a direct competitor to Singapore in the early 1970s especially when Penang was under the late Lim Chong Eu.

That ‘threat’ crumbled when the leadership changed to Koh Tsu Koon and his UMNO bretherens and Singapore surged ahead.

That ‘threat’ appears to be returning in the form of the Lim Guan Eng rejuvenated Penang.

Threat enough for the Singapore Business Times to publish the Bloomberg report that was originally entitled, ‘Malaysia Losses from Racial Law Exposed’.

Singapore has always responded to competition by being more proactive and value-added in it processes.

This is in stark contrast to how the current UMNO regime seems to be adopting.

In fact, UMNO’s current media spinners do no justice to the UMNO of the past.

I am of course referring to Ahirudin Attan a.k.a. Rocky.

His outsourced hatchet man, someone called ‘SatD’, runs an expletive laced blog which attempts (in expletive terms) to run down whatever achievements of the Pakatan Rakyat in Penang especially in a totally illogical ranting manner!

The best description of their attempts is pure written diarrhea ……. thank God we don’t have to listen to them, or else it’ll be verbal diarrhea!

Please understand why I am not linking you to their articles as they are bad, bad examples of communication skills!

On the other hand, let me re-produce the article from Bloomberg below that was also published in today’s Singapore Business Times under a more ‘face saving’ heading:-

PEARL OF THE ORIENT SHINES BRIGHTLY

(KUALA LUMPUR) Lim Guan Eng turned Malaysia’s second-smallest state into the nation’s biggest economic success after he bumped into two National Instruments Corp executives at the local airport in 2008.

Elected in March that year as Penang’s first chief minister from an opposition party in 36 years, Mr Lim was struggling with the prospect of federal funding cuts.

He convinced the managers to set up a research and production centre in the state, and within two years the former British trading post was Malaysia’s top destination for foreign manufacturing investment.

With a general election due by early 2013, Penang’s progress highlights the challenges facing the rest of Malaysia and the National Front government as China, Indonesia and Vietnam offer investors bigger workforces while Singapore lures talent with lower taxes and easier immigration.

Mr Lim, 50, the country’s only ethnic-Chinese state leader, embodies the contrast between Penang’s business transparency and the four-decade old policies of the ruling party that favour Malays, which the World Bank says undermine competitiveness.

‘Penang now has a chance to show that if you have good governance, and if you put fairness and justice as your main qualities, free of race considerations, that is actually the way to go for Malaysia,’ said Ooi Kee Beng, Penang-born author and a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

In the first seven months of 2011, Penang won RM3.6 billion (S$1.46 billion) of approved foreign manufacturing investment, ahead of the RM3.4 billion that went to Selangor, the state that surrounds the capital Kuala Lumpur, a government report showed last month. The state made up 8.1 per cent of Malaysia’s gross domestic product in 2009, based on constant prices.

Mr Lim has managed to keep Penang attractive for international companies even as Prime Minister Najib focuses federal support on regions such as Johor and Sarawak, where his ruling coalition has among its biggest parliamentary-seat majorities.

To prevent corruption, Penang requires open bidding on contracts of more than RM200,000 and has awarded about RM125 million of jobs through competitive tenders, according to Mr Lim. Transparency International said in a 2009 report that Penang was Malaysia’s first state to implement open tenders for government contracts.

While Mr Lim said his government awards contracts based on merit within the national guidelines, the federal government states that it has no obligation to accept the lowest offer or to give any reason for rejecting a bid.

Under Malaysian federal rules, agencies are only required to invite quotations from at least five bidders for works contracts.

The Malaysian government says it is also pushing for greater transparency, including introducing a whistleblower protection law to fight corruption and a planned competition law next year.

Malaysia’s efforts to woo investments in recent years may have been hampered by its policy of giving preferential treatment to ethnic Malays and some indigenous groups, collectively known as bumiputra, in government jobs, contracts, education and cheaper housing, said Mr Ooi.

When the economy was booming along with its neighbours before the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the effects of the policy were less apparent, he said. When growth slowed, the race-based programme became a greater damper, according to Mr Ooi.

While the nation outperformed rivals in the early and mid-1990s, it has struggled to maintain that edge since the regional crisis.

Malaysia’s racial policies spurred a brain drain of largely Chinese and Indian minorities, and limited foreign investment, Philip Schellekens, a senior economist at the World Bank, said in April.

Mr Lim says ethnic Malays also benefit from the state’s economic growth. In the Malaysian state with the highest proportion of ethnic Chinese at 42 per cent, Malay contractors have won most of the jobs awarded by his government through the open tenders, Mr Lim said. The Malay community doesn’t need racial quotas to succeed, he said.

‘We have proven that this is the way forward,’ Mr Lim said in an interview in July. ‘Malaysia has a historical opportunity for change.’ – Bloomberg



FOR UIA’S AZIZ BARI OR ANYONE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT FOR THAT MATTER : IS IT SAFE COMMENTING ON ISSUES THAT MATTER?

Much has been said about the suspension and investigation into the comments by constitutional expert, Aziz Bari, about the involvement of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor in the JAIS raid on a Christian establishment.

It is as though lese majeste laws like the ones in Thailand has suddenly become the fashion of the day …… the perception being that it is being used by UMNO to stifle comments cum revelations within the establishment.

It was therefore not surprising when the release of the  Auditor General’s report was deferred from the original date of release.

There was much speculation that the ‘cover’ of the report needed to be ‘re-phrased’ ….. or even ‘revamped’ in order NOT to put the UMNO led government in bad light!

Click HERE to see how Bernama (Malaysia’s official news agency) puts it so positively!

Hey, these short-comings and wastages involving the government machinery have been highlighted for so many years ….. dating back to the days of former Auditor General, the late Ahmad Nordin.

And what has really been done?

Absolutely nowt!!

The country is at a cross-road between continued prosperity (relatively speaking) AND falling into the ABYSS of no return.

Hey, but why do the political leaders of today care whether we fall into the abyss or not.

They are already substantial (in material terms …… and physically too). In fact, their material wealth can last them several generations, so I was told!

Following from this, it is therefore incumbent that failings or shortcomings need to be highlighted by the people concerned and not be allowed to get lost in the mass of details within the documentation.

Officials appointed to high offices within the establishment are duty bound to act in the interest of the country.

Isn’t it always ….. DEMI BANGSA, UGAMA DAN NEGARA?

A prime example of such obligations to whistleblow was shown in the case of the company, Olympus.

The newly appointed CEO, Michael Woodford, felt obliged to raise certain improprieties publicly …… after he had been ‘removed’ from office shortly after exposing these ‘matters’.

His whistleblowing was duly supported by documentation that revealed questionable fee payments that were in excess of 35% of the transaction cost. These fees are usually in the region of 1% to 2%, a world practice in fact.

Click HERE for Woodford’s letter to the Olympus Board that was published by the New York Times.

Better still, watch below Woodford’s interview with Reuters …. a brave man indeed but also one who is refusing to succumb to accusations against his competency:

Latest news reveal that the Chairman, Kikukawa (the previous CEO) has resigned and the company is under investigation by the Japanese authorities and the FBI.

This corporate greed is a world wide endemic and is not confined only to Malaysia.

And it is for that reason that the Rakyat cannot meekly accept the lackadaisical explanations and efforts in resolving these serious shortcomings that have become a serious Malaysian rot.

The moment key leaders are less than incorruptible, less than stern in demanding high standards, from that moment the structure of administrative integrity will weaken and eventually crumble.



UMNO’S SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIM GUAN ENG : A SIGN OF SUCCESS IN PENANG STATE UNDER DAP?

The time is nigh.

The end of the world?

No.

It’s the General Elections for Malaysia!

Why?

Because there have been so much ‘rubbish’ and ‘accusations’ published in the mainstream media and ‘outsourced’ online media …… that to observers, it’s the signal for elections!

God, they don’t change, do they?

It is as though these ‘shit stirrers’ expect their target audience to have the same degree of ignorance as the people thirty years ago had ….. when technology was not so advanced then.

Look at the way they attempted to scandalise the son of Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng ….. something that has now been refuted by the ‘victim’ herself!!

What about linking Penang’s DAP to the takeover of E&O by linking DAP’s Guan Eng to ECM Libra?

Notice how the worms quickly went back to their holes when they realized that ECM Libra was in fact an UMNO company?

And what about insinuating that DAP is linked to the attempted proselytising of Muslims ….. just because Guan Eng is a Christian.

There was supposed to be a mammoth rally of a MILLION people to protest the   the proselytisation …… but it was a whimper of a turnout organised by 3,0000 Muslim NGOs.

Based on my basic calculations, with a 5,000 turnout at Shah Alam 80,000 capacity stadium, this would work out to 1.666 members from each NGO!

Not much support from the Rakyat, it would appear.

The fact of the matter is that Penang under the Pakatan Rakyat has done amazingly well ….. despite the constraints put by the Federal Government.

It has won the largest portion of Foreign Direct Investments to Malaysia and is known for its forward looking and corrupt free practices.

Not only that, Bloomberg has commended the Penang State Government for the tremendous work done in the relatively short period they have been in government. Click HERE for the Bloomberg report.

Penang has also shown that it is able to work with PAS which has ruled Kelantan for all these years …… despite attempts to split them over the Hudud law.

And who says that materialism is always an indicator of development in a state?

After all, isn’t it said that contentedness is the greatest form of wealth?

Under Tok Guru Nik Aziz, the Kelantanese are way ahead of their other bretherens in terms of spiritual development as compared to the others’ material development.

Yes, let’s get on with the General Elections …… as we shall face all the challenges including money politics, disproportionate representation, intimidation and the likes.

The perseverence will continue.

For was it not said that:

TRUTH AND JUSTICE WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL.

THERE WILL BE MURDERERS, PLUNDERERS, DICTATORS …. AND AT TIMES THEY APPEAR INVINCIBLE.

BUT IN THE END, THEY WILL ALWAYS FALL.

ALWAYS!

Tunisia’s Ben Ali, Egypt’s Mubarak ….. and quite recently, Libya’s Gadhafi …… have attested to that!

The only difference is that Malaysia’s will most likely be a peaceful one!