Auld Lang Swine

I have no respect for the perfidious people above.  I have no respect for people who leave their party and form or join another and go against their former party.

Nor do I have respect for people who go back on their words after spending a lifetime making others believe those words.

Spineless. Principle-less.

Look at Mat Sabu for instance. Once he was speaking out loud against the Christians.


He even spoke against the proselytising of Muslims by Christian evangelists, giving speeches against the act.


Now he is subservient to the party that is run by evangelists – becoming their loyal dog that does their biddings.


Then you have this 92-year old man who once claimed that Anwar Ibrahim is too old to become a Prime Minister.


Suddenly he is thinking of becoming the Prime Minister again, after saying he’d never return to the Premier seat again.


Probably that is the reason he did not lift the “Anwar As The 7th PM” placard at the recent PKR convention and pretended he was takkng a video with his phone.


We are, I guess, living in the age of the auld lang swine.

Omega 3

PAS delegates at a Muktamar – photo courtesy of Perak Today
It is almost 29-27 in Selangor.

Yesterday, the Dewan Ulama PAS voted for the party to end its ties with DAP-lackey, PKR. Today, the Muktamar Pemuda PAS voted for the same.

Tomorrow, the Muktamar PAS will decide if it will continue to work with PKR or not.

This would see the end of the 19-year alliance that started with Mahathir’s ousting of Anwar Ibrahim.

PKR has already called PAS’s bluff. Saifuddin Nasution has already called for PAS Selangor Exco members to quit their posts if the decision to sever ties with PKR is final.

Even with PAS out of the picture, the Selangor Pakatan government holds on to the seat of the government with a simple majority.

Pakatan would be down to the last three parties in Selangor: PKR, DAP and PAN.

But this would mean the true master in Selangor which is DAP, holds the largest number of non-Malay seats in the government. They hold 14 seats while PKR has only 13 of which three are non-Malays. PAN, which lives at the mercy of DAP only has two.

It is very unlikely that PAN would go against DAP’s wishes in Selangor.

It was bad enough during Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s time when the Malays in Selangor were stronger. DAP was the one calling the shots.

It would be interesting to see how much real power Azmin Ali would have after the Muktamar tomorrow.

Especially when there is already a marked increase in the number of Chinese voters in the Shah Alam Parliamentary constituency.

Real Growth For The East Coast

Graphic courtesy of The Star

The first rail line was opened in 1885 running between Port Weld and Taiping.  The line to the east coast running between Gemas and Tumpat was only completed in 1931, by passing major towns such as Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu.

For decades after that there was no real growth in terms of communications in the east coast.

As a punishment to the people of the east coast for not voting in the Barisan Nasional, aid to Kelantan was curbed and was changed into the form of ‘Wang Ihsan‘ in 1990, and the East Coast Highway terminated near Kuantan because Barisan Nasional was ousted by the people of Terengganu in 1999.

Najib Razak changed all that.

Phase 3 of the East Coast Highway which will terminate at Kota Bharu will commence during the 11th Malaysian Plan (2016-2020), as well as the East Coast Rail Link, a new rail link cutting through green fields.

The first phase will see the Klang Valley connected to Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu in the second phase and Kota Bharu and Wakaf Bharu in the third and final phase.


Announcing at the handover ceremony of the Ganchong Water Treatment Plant, he said that the GDP of the state of Pahang would increase by 1.5 percent when the ECRL comes online.

The Opposition as usual is opposed to anything that is good for the people if it comes from the government.

PAN’s Mujahid Yusof Rawa, for instance, questioned how it will benefit the local economy – and you do not need to be a member of Parliament let alone a rocket scientist to figure out the answer.

The ECRL will act as a land bridge for goods coming from the west coast going to especially Shenzen in China through Kuantan port, and similarly goods from the east coast get sent to the Middle East and India through Port Klang.

This land bridge would also allow goods from the eastern part of the globe be sent to the western part through these two ports without having to circumnavigate the Singapore strait.

This cuts down the over-reliance on the Strait of Malacca. Today, more than 80 percent of China’s energy needs pass through that narrow waterway.

So if you imagine it takes just four hours for goods to be transported by a lorry from Kota Bharu to Port Klang using the ECRL as compared to seven hours using the Gua Musang way or nine hours via the East Coast highway, you would be able to imagine the kind of economic growth the east coast states would stand to benefit from the ECRL.

No longer would SME or heavy industries have to be centred in the Klang Valley where the costs of land and living are far higher compared to in Kelantan and Terengganu. More jobs would be created and the luxury gap lessened tremendously.

The time for goods to be transported from Shenzen to Port Klang would be 30 hours lesser than having to sail them around Singapore.

Cost issues aside, this new network will create new alternative routes to boost trade for Asean, with Malaysia as the base; and why this has to be taken seriously is because the Chinese have a direct interest in the (Kuantan) port and the rail link,” said Mr G. Durairaj, managing director of maritime and logistics consultancy PortsWorld.

Already Kuantan port is home to several petrochemical companies such as the BASF-PETRONAS Chemicals. 

The port has also attracted RM8.9 billion worrh of investments including a RM3.5 billion steel facility.

The integrated steel mill will occupy a 287ha site – half the size of Singapore’s Sentosa island – and have an annual production of 3.5 million tonnes.

Imagine the size of investments that the ECRL could bring into the east coast states. Would you now question the benefits the ECRL would bring?

Loose Cannon On The Loose

When Zaid Ibrahim joined the DAP. It is the fourth political party the 65 year-old irrelevant politician has joined, his third jump if I am not mistaken.

Although he claims that he was expelled from UMNO, he was expelled ONLY AFTER he had joined PKR.

Citing vote-buying after losing a PKR party Deputy Presidency election to Azmin Ali he formed his own party called KITA which he himself could not manage.

After a series of in-fightings with other party officials he left KITA and at one point even suggested he might join Mat Sabu’s PAN.

Even U-Turn Mahathir took a swipe at Zaid at the latter’s press conference suggesting that Zaid stop being a ‘political frog’.

Zaid is a loose cannon and DAP has begun to realise this. In a matter of days after joining DAP he made a remark saying that U-Turn Mahathir is the de facto leader of the Opposition.

According to NST this did not fare well with DAP leaders and DAP Central Executive Committee member Gobind Singh Deo took Zaid to task for implying that there is a “silent agreement” amongst the opposition pact that U-Turn Mahathir is the current de facto leader.


“I find it strange that Zaid has chosen to make such an announcement as a DAP member without first consulting the party leadership,” said Gobind further.

This certainly is a droll to me as U-Turn Mahathir had written something similar about Zaid in October 2008.

Just as Zaid had called U-Turn Mahathir the de facto leader of the Opposition, Mahathir in 2008 called him the de facto Minister of Justice.


Noting Zaid’s ‘loose cannon’ behaviour, U-Turn Mahathir wrote:


So what is new about Zaid shooting his mouth off? The good thing is that the DAP has chosen to inherit this political failure that came to them as a 2-in-1 package; a frog and the other being a loose cannon.

I am so looking forward to the next DAP party election.

UMNO 70 – Weary Or Youthful?

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UMNO is 70 this year.

Whether we like it or not, communal politics shall remain the main feature of Malaysian politics.  Although the Federal Constitution places Bahasa Malaysia as the official language and medium of instruction, MCA, MIC and other communal parties including the self-proclaimed multiracial party DAP will continue to fight for the existence of the vernacular schools which is among the reasons this country continues to produce an ever divisive society.

And although the Federal Constitution places Islam as the religion of this blessed nation and although the Federal Constitution also gives the right to for each religion to manage its own affairs, we get BN component parties questioning the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act amendments which does not affect them and claims that it would lead to double jeopardy – a claim so ludicrous that it makes me wonder how these lawmakers even made it to Parliament not knowing that Article 121(1)(1A) of the Federal Constitution stated clearly that neither the High Court of Malaya and the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak have any jurisdiction in any matters that are within the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.

And DAP as well as its puppets (PAN, Pribumi, PKR, BERSIH) will hitch a ride on this communal collision course to ensure that the wagon cannot be steered to safety.

The basic question that was raised during the Pemuda and Puteri meetings revolved around the rising cost of living.  Ridzuan Ahmad (Pemuda UMNO) from Negeri Sembilan quoted a makcik selling pisang goreng who lamented the rise of fuel prices as well as the smuggling of cooking oil to foreign countries that has caused the removal of subsidies. Norsarfinaz Mohd Azman (Puteri UMNO) of Pahang told the government not to sugar-coat the economic situation from the public.

While the questions above are valid questions, what has the Pemuda as well as Puteri UMNO delegates done to understand and explain things to the masses?

As a layman and a non-UMNO person, I can proudly say I have explained this better to the masses.  Therefore, I find it odd that even with a strong Information Machinery, Pemuda UMNO finds it difficult to explain to the masses about the benefits of the withdrawal of subsidies.  On the question of hoarding and smuggling of cooking oil, it is not an easy task to prevent smuggling.  Nevertheless, one cannot expect the government agencies to achieve success if the public does not cooperate in reporting such activities to them.

I don’t think the government has sugar-coated anything. In his Budget 2017 speech, Najib Razak spoke about the drastic reduction in earnings from the oil and gas industry.  This has been made up by the introduction of the GST which saw an increase in the number of businesses having to pay taxes to the government as opposed to them collecting tax from their customers but under-declare earnings to the government previously.  Furthermore, household essentials are mostly zero-rated items under the GST scheme thus there is no tax on most food items nor should it affect households.

If it does, then again it becomes the responsibility of the masses to assist government agencies by reporting such occurrence to them.  Has this been conveyed to the voters?

We can all whine about the cost of living but what have we, especially those in UMNO done, to actually come up with solutions to accompany the problems that they put forth to the party management?  Is it fair that the party management is given the burden to think of solutions but the whole party bathe in all the glory when a solution works without the participation of the grassroots?

Even the non-Malay and non-UMNO Miss Lim Sian See could explain things better than most!

Perhaps, in this final stretch before the 14th General Elections, party wings organise workshops on improving the standards of living rather than go on trips or exclusive makan-makan events.

However, on my Facebook this morning I received a message from a friend asking is the Ringgit really bad and are the rakyat truly suffering?  This was the message:

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UMNO party members should be more selfless.  I watched the commentary by one of the panelists on RTM1 just before Najib Razak delivered his speech and it was an interesting piece when he said the Opposition is more on the ground and stand on the a level platform as do the people in the rural areas, while UMNO members spend more time at high-end coffee places and surround themselves with ‘loyalists.’

Najib Razak also touched on this in his speech:

“Bercakap tentang tanda hormat, acknowledgement and respect terhadap Wanita ini, saya berasa begitu sayu dan tersentuh apabila mendengar cerita tentang wirawati-wirawati Wanita UMNO yang tidak didendang, namun telah berkorban jiwa dan raga demi kepentingan parti.

Kisah tauladan yang saya maksudkan, adalah tentang Puan Saridah binti Ibrahim, Nombor Ahli UMNO 01441342, Ketua Wanita Cawangan Bandar Baru Selayang, juga merangkap Ketua Penerangan Wanita Bahagian Selayang.

 

Beliau terlibat dalam kemalangan jalanraya sewaktu pulang dari berkempen untuk Barisan Nasional, semasa Pilihanraya Kecil DUN Kajang pada tahun 2014.

 

Sesungguhnya, saya berasa sungguh sebak dan terharu, melihat keadaan Puan Saridah kini… yang penuh semangat, walaupun dalam keadaan yang uzur, beliau sanggup hadir bersama kita.”

Such is one of the selfless acts that UMNO members should emulate.  Najib Razak rightfully gave respect to Wanita UMNO which forms the backbone of UMNO – with 1.3 million members from a total of 3.5 million members nationwide.  Pemuda UMNO has about 600,000 while Puteri UMNO has close to 400,000.

However, questioning the race of a GLC boss by a Wanita UMNO member, was not something smart.  Arul Kanda is not a Malay although he is a Muslim, but it is his expertise that is sought to handle GLCs in the manner that they should be.  We cannot just appoint someone just because he is a Malay and expect things to be rosy.  Look at FGV, for instance. I shan’t say more.

Najib Razak also pointed out on how the government has provided medical treatment to its people for next to free. Transformation Centres that run daily until 10pm.  And for the benefit of Ridzuan Ahmad and Norsarfinaz, the government provides RM200 in assistance per person for the 400,000 small-scale farmers and rubber tappers during the monsoon season.  On top of that, the 60,000 fishermen in Malaysia are being given a special allowance of between RM200 to RM300 per month for the whole year.  For padi farmers, RM1.3 billion is provided to subsidise the purchase of seedlings, fertilisers and price of rice to make them more competitive.

Yet, people still call the government zalim not knowing what the word really means.

The zalim are the ones who, when in office, make solemn oaths proclaiming Wallahi Watallahi Wabillahi which all literally mean ‘and by Allah.’  When they are sworn into office, in Parliament as cabinet members, they took an oath Wallahi Wabtallahi Wabillahi to protect government secrets and not disclose them to anyone under whatever circumstance; then as party leaders they swore Wallahi Watallahi Wabillahi to protect the sanctity of Islam as the religion of the Federation, and uphold the Malay rights as leaders of UMNO, yet when they fail to fulfil their self-interests, they leave the party and take sides with those who actually attack Islam and the Malay rights.

Those, as Najib Razak mentioned in his speech, are munafiks (hypocrites).

At 70, UMNO is still young. It shall remain youthful for as long as it is able to draw the support of the younger generation and continues to not only listen to grouses but able to provide solutions as well as explain well to the masses.  It is those weary ones, who from the start never align their aspirations with that of UMNO’s (putting self-interest forward) who will cause UMNO to feel weary.

These are the people who would just dump everything, leave, and then attack UMNO out of frustration.

As Najib Razak quoted of the national literary figure Usman Awang and the Melayu-Riau literary figure Tenas Affendy at the beginning of his speech:

Melayu itu orang yang bijaksana,

Budi bahasanya tidak terkira,

Kurang ajarnya masih beralas dan bersantun,

Kalau berkelahi biarlah cara Melayu,

Kalau menikam pula, pun dengan berpantun,

Walau menyanggah dikuntum senyum.

Kalau merayu dan meminta,

Hendaklah pada yang kasih dan sudi memberi.

Mencontoh biarlah pada yang senonoh,

Berteladan pada yang sepadan.

Adil menjadi hakim,

Amanah dalam bersumpah,

Sekalipun begitu,… walau watak Melayu menolak permusuhan, setia dan sabar tiada sempadan,…

biar berkecai tulang,… hatta hancurnya badan,…

pantang pendekar, meninggalkan gelanggang!!!

 

Water: Time For Azmin To Sue BN

There is no water in most parts of Selangor…again. And this is due to the Semenyih river being polluted…again. And The administratively-impotent Menteri Besar, Azmin Ali, has blamed everyone else but the weakness of his administration…again.


I cannot remember how many water cuts has it been since August but this time Azmin has taken the idiot-level a step up by blaming the Barisan Nasional.

Giving him the benefit of the doubt one can only blame the Pakatan-led Selangor government for its failure to gazette water catchment areas, continuing to allow industries to encroach river buffer zones despite having an enactment to enforce a ban, and failure to haul the culprits in previous episodes of water cuts to court. Barisan Nasional is not in charge of administering Selangor so start pointing your finger at yourself!

This is typical of Pakatan Haprak (Harapan + Rakyat). They shout out rhetorics about bringing prices down and only Lim Guan Eng gets a discount for his bungalow. Is Pakatan Haprak really concerned about the welfare of the rakyat? Are they even democratic as claimed? I doubt. The walkout done by them from the tabling of the budget session last Friday is a poignant reminder of that.

This edited photo of Pakatan Harapan leaders after the staged walkout has made its way around in the Internet
Blaming provocation Azmin said that the budget delivered by Najib Razak did not address the fundamental issues. If the Pakatan leaders cannot stand mere provocation then how is it going to find the patience to even listen to the rakyat? I got blocked by the various Pakatan leaders on Twitter for asking a simple question that they have refused to answer! I am sure there are many more whom have been treated in the same manner by Pakatan leaders!


Walking out of Parliament like spoilt little girls isn’t the only thing that Pakatan Haprak MPs are famous for; they also did not attend Parliament to vote against the Peaceful Assembly Bill and the Prevention of Terrorism Bill that have now been enacted. Then, they label the laws passed as draconian and restrictive but what have they done to ensure that these Acts never got passed in the first place? At the hint of a struggle, they collapse like jelly.

And I am sure they had to suddenly squeeze those placards out from their rear orifice because they claim that the walkout was not planned.

You can read for yourselves the disappointment that the Pakatan Haprak is:


Is Azmin Ali interested in doing work as a Menteri Besar? No.

Is Pakatan Haprak interested in democracy? No.

They are only interested in using the rakyat‘s money to finance their campaign and lifestyle. And Pakatan Haprak will cling on to power so that they can continue this financed lifestyle while you and I will have to endure endless water cuts!

If Azmin Ali feels he is right about Barisan Nasional sabotaging the water supply, provide evidence to the police and arrest the culprits. Or shut up and continue to remain the screwed-up little girl he is!

On A Suicide Watch


A month ago in the aftermath of the Sarawak State Elections, Mahathir remarked that the situation for Barisan Nasional were different in Sarawak compared to the Peninsula. Whilst national issues are natural concerns for the Malayans, Sarawakians were more concerned about their well-being. Nary a day passed without Mahathir campaigning against Najib.

This 91-year old thoroughgoing villain pulled out all the stops to have Najib removed albeit undemocratically even to the extent of cooperating with his political enemies, soliciting help from foreigners to throw baseless allegations and lies, as well as coming up with a nonsensical “Citizens Declaration” that was proven to have false signatures.

In the end, the parliamentary by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar proved that the voters totally rejected the destructive lies brought forth by Mahathir as well as his attempt to make Muhyiddin the Prime Minister to warm up that seat for his son Mukhriz. The opposition paid a heavy price for jockeying this mule when, despite heavy campaigning, they lost badly to Barisan Nasional and made an ass of themselves. That is the price they paid for aligning themselves with Mahathir thinking it would benefit them. Anwar must be smiling to himself in prison.

In 1905, George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Mahathir was a great man but he was a cruel and egotistical dictator nevertheless. He was rejected by his own UMNO division in 2004. Instead of remembering that episode, the opposition chose to ride on Mahathir’s “popularity.”

Unfortunately for them, most of the voters still remember Mahathir’s sins. This played well into BN’s hands where the backroom boys used to engineer the opposition’s downfall. And being the proud and egotistical person that he is, Mahathir refused to recognise that his campaign was disastrous. Instead of saving his “friends,” he dragged PKR, DAP and PAN deep into the hole that he had himself dug.

It’s a bit like a suicide watch…with a twist.