THIS IS A WARNING/PROPHECY BY AN OLD GUY. HAVING REACHED THE BIBLICAL AGE WHERE I AM ALLOWED TO OFFER BLESSINGS, SPIT OUT CURSES, AND ISSUE WILD-EYED PROPHECIES, I HAVE DECIDED TO GET THEM ALL OVER WITH IN THIS ONE ALL-PURPOSE BLOG.
Malaysians have no other choice than giving Anwar Ibrahim the chance of being our next primr minister. He has been through hell and high water and still has not been drowned. His partners in Pakatan want him as their leader to help build a better Malaysia for all Malaysians. Vote for Pakatan and make it happen! Good proposal. Convert the PM’s residence in Putra Jaya into a museum showcasing the luxury lifestyle of leaders who just want to enjoy themselves without serious attempts at improving the country’s economy.
those causes…. not a peep out of Anwar &Co as to what they might do. So the scenario is that you have a group of PAS and PKR politicians waiting in the wings for their bite at the cherry pie. You have already seen that if you would only open your eyes… frog hoppers, disgraced politicians, minor corruption… and yet you still want to give Pakatan a chance.quote Anwar “we will make do with what we have” This is what i want to hear from my leader of my country. not BR1M, giving out money for WHATEVER reason instead of improving education, law, etc to let rakyat know how to fish by their own. Not 1M Supermarket or whatever it is. We want our leader to govern the country not to do business in this free market. Not building Tun Razak Exchange, that make no sense at all. even the name. Fight corruption? is the two words that current and pre leaders do not dare to mention. -Malaysian You confound meIt is a symbolic gesture, that say’s that if the new PM can do it , the rest of the ministers, Chief ministers, senior civil servants can also do it. It is leadership by example. The impact is not in the amount of RM2.9 million per annum that is not spend but rather the message and the multiplier effect throughout the rest of the government. Unlike Najib who has spend over RM15. million on the latest renovations of the offical residence at a time when our debt and budget deficit is growing ,Anwars gestures speaks a thousand words of the difference between the irresponsible and profligate BN that driving Malaysia to bankruptcy versus a prudent and effective government as proven by the Selangor and Penang state government of PR”The Malays are among the poorest. But there are poor among the Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Dayaks. They all deserve to have a share in what rightfully belongs to all of them.” No wonder many poor and suffering Chinamen are moved to tears. At least Anwar did not forget them, those who are poor and needy whom because of Malaysian stereotypes, we think all Chinese are rich and wealthy. You should see some of the abject poverty and squalid condition in their backyard. But Alas! nobody bothered. Here Anwar speaks the truth and the reality. I shall not mention the Indians and the rets for I am sure they catch the drift of the message too. My vote goes to Nizar Jamaluddin as new MB of Perak post GE 13.The PM’s residence in Putra Jaya, in fact, the entire Putra Jaya is a monument to abuse of public funds, a shameful show piece to SHOW OFF, one of the many unwanted legacies of the RM100 billion man. For example, the Twin Towers, KLIA etc. How difficult, how far, how expensive, how inconvenient, how time wasting etc is Putra Jaya for the general public who have dealings, which are plenty, with all public institutions. Your thought here, Anwar, is a good one but remember you were the DPM and Finance Minister when that opulence were built and had a collective role to play in all that colossal waste and abuse of tax payers money. But then, who dared challenge and question the almighty, all powerful RM100 billion manWith the deplorable state that Malaysia is in economically, its leaders ought to be frugal and not but not be ostentatious. Living in mansions and spending millions a year on electricity and water, one-half million ringgit on their offspring’s engagement party and 80,000 ringgit on their birthday party (both expenses alleged to have been met from public funds and the matter has not been disproved convincingly), when the country is heavily in debt and very many are ‘hard-core’ poor smacks of the style of the presidents of banana republics and African countries such as Zimbabwe. On another note, I do agree with blind freddo that the PR announcing of what it will do in its first 100 days would be nice to hear. As for Anwar using a Merc, I wouldn’t quibble over that, unless the car had been bought with public funds.
I don’t think of myself as aged (I was just as cranky at thirty and I still get around pretty good) and my wife hates for me to use that ugly three-letter word — OLD — we are both chronic age deniers – but to deny my age at 80 would be like denying global warming during this fetid, never-ending New York summer. It’s hot and getting hotter, and I’m old and getting older. I am more than worried, but not about the aging process. I accept the inevitable as I see my friends and contemporaries leave the scene, but what I cannot so easily accept is the inevitability of the Romney/Ryan election. I find that this is the scariest, most dangerous election that America has faced in my lifetime, and I’ve been around long enough to experience quite a few frightening ones.
Since I have a fair record of losing at the ballot box I have come to understand that my losses were not irreparable. That is until this election. I cast my first vote for Adlai Stevenson who lost to Dwight Eisenhower. As a kid growing up during WWII, I admired Eisenhower as a war hero, but as a young adult I didn’t believe that war heroes were the best men to usher in peace and prosperity, and I was charmed by Stevenson’s literacy and golden tongue. Frankly, I did not like Ike. Eisenhower proved me wrong. He helped to rebuild the country, proved himself a more than decent president despite his caution during the McCarthy era and surrounding himself with the smear monger Nixon and a few sleazy characters in vicuna coats, he warned about the military industrial complex, and helped in his own slow, cautious way to calm the Cold Wa, made some small progress with Civil Rights, and built a highway system that helped shape this country into a great postwar power. And after Ike I kept losing more than winning at the ballot box. I lost in my second vote against Richard Nixon. I lost in my vote against Ronald Reagan, and I lost and lost and lost again in my vote against George Bush senior and junior. And both the country and me survived our losses. Arguably, not so well after W: Indeed, disastrously so, still we were able to pick ourselves up as best we could, scrape off some of the dirt, smear on some anti-biotic salve, put on a clean bandage, and vote his party out of office.
We now live in a different time since Bush’s Supreme Court left us with Citizens United, Carl Rove’s political fundraisers, and the Tea Party. Quite simply these people aided by the Koch Industries’ billions will try to buy the coming presidential election. And they may well succeed. The polls are close enough to cause a progressive like myself to worry a lot. And people are desperate in these hard economic times resulting from the last Republican recession to forget who caused their troubles, and to seek relief in a new set of rouges with a new set of promises. This time I fear it will be different. Indeed, I know it will be different.
Elections are the best tool we have for gaining a representative government. But they can also be the beginning of an end for the democratic process. Whoever believes that the Muslim Brotherhood will be voted out of power in Egypt should they prove too extreme and bring in a radical Sharia law is hopelessly naïve. Not all totalitarian regimes are brought in by military coups. Some are voted in. Germany in 1932 brought in fascism by electing it (with a little help from the SS murderer/bullies).
The time machine has catapulted us back to a dark era, to the times of Mahathir’s rule. The ‘dark’ times are well and truly here, thanks to the relentless efforts of a few sacred beings with a holier than thou attitude. Welcome ‘darkness’, welcome to a haunting world, where eerie shadows lurk in the dark, where daggers are brandished in case we wish to express our fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression.And I remain flabbergasted with what is going on right now, with the Government acting possessed and trying to exorcise our fundamental rights out of us instead!It will be interesting to see how much further would the Government be willing to push it’s agenda. An obvious agenda that targets those who are critical of it. It is vital for a mature democracy to be fed information from all fronts in order for it to make an informed decision. There ought to be some semblance of ‘variety’, variety still being a rare commodity. However, the void is being filled by strong voices on social media and who have a reasonable audience that worries the Government. Most of these voices do not instigate the common man to brandish their swords (and naturally the ones who do have to be clamped), they instead provide a trajectory that is quite different to that of the new media’s. This makes their outlook refreshing and innovative. What the Government has failed to understand in this unwanted clampdown is that by blocking people on Twitter, Facebook etc, it has birthed ten dozen more such free thinking people elsewhere. They can clamp your freedom of speech, but not your freedom of thought.Already well-known for his ‘anything-to-win’ political ruthlessness, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is not a stranger to controversy.
Calling the MCA’s bluff
Indeed, Mahathir’s recent U-turn over a controversial Muslim penal code that calls for outrageous punishment including beheading, stoning to death and the amputation of limbs has cast the spotlight on MCA, adding to the pressure on the Chinese-based party to leave BN.
Led by the scandal-tainted Chua Soi Lek, MCA has been trying hard to regain the huge ground lost to the Opposition in the 2008 general election. Many believe it faces annihilation in the next polls as do its colleagues Gerakan and MIC.
The rest of the BN parties are mostly from East Malaysia, where some senior leaders have already resigned, preferring to contest the 13th general election under the Opposition banner.
In recent months, the MCA has been rehashing an old BN strategy – using the Muslim hudud law to scare Chinese voters back to its fold.
Three street dogs wagged their tails expectantly in front of our neighbour’s gate—instinctively they knew that it was time for the lady of the house to come and hand out last night’s leftover ‘parathas’ to cows and canines. It is a typical Indian tradition which has morphed into a good deed of the day and it leaves people feeling atoned for the sins of the last 24 hours at the least. Anyways, the quadrupeds feasted till they had had their fill and, satiated, they went away, probably for a snooze. A skinny rag-picker, about 11 or 12 years old, was watching the scene from a nearby vacant plot (which was distastefully being used as a dumping-ground by many residents and hence was a veritable treasure trove for the urchin, from where he picked up sundry trash which earned him his measly livelihood). His hungry eyes had noticed the two ‘parathas’ the dogs had left behind (probably too oily for canine taste, huh ?) and he looked furtively to his left, then to his right and, seeing that no one was looking, dashed towards the gate and grabbed the ‘parathas’. But he was out of luck—isn’t that the underlying theme of his miserable life?—and the lady reappeared and, seeing the boy scurrying away, raised an alarm of “Thief ! Thief ! Get him!” A few odd men—drivers, security guards, various vendors—hanging around in the locality immediately sprung into action and in a matter of a few seconds, had the pathetic boy by the scruff of his tattered collar and had dealt him a few tight slaps. They asked the lady what had been stolen by the imp, and she said she had no idea; she had simply seen him grabbing something and fleeing.
It seems that A-G Gani Patail can fix people up and practise selective prosecution (more like persecution) and there is nothing anyone can do about this.
Was that why, five years ago A-G Gani Patail dared to sanction the brutal arrest of lawyer Rosli Dahlan and then make the Anti-Corruption Agency (now known as the the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission [MACC]) to charge him on Hari Raya eve?
Was that why the MACC was not bothered about losing that case badly despiteits Deputy Director of Prosecution, DPP Kevin Anthony Morais, being exposed as a Liar? Was that why A-G Gani Patail remained unperturbed and made the MACC appeal against Rosli’s acquittal and kept that hanging on for two more long years but withdrew it last minute on the very day the appeal came up for hearing? Is it because A-G Gani Patail feels his conduct cannot be questioned by anyone, even by the Prime Minister? I considered that as an abuse of power, malicious prosecution and prosecutorial misconduct and made that the central theme in my recent writings in these links:HERE, HERE, HERE
To my mind, abuses must be exposed and checked by the Courts– that simple! That is why I posted Tan Sri Robert Phang’s Statutory Declaration describing how the MACC knew they had no case but was made to continue persecuting Rosli by A-G Gani Patail. I now understand why Rosli had filed multiple law suits against those him he considered “Rogues in Government” to seek accountability from them. Despite initial disappointments when dirty tactics were used in Rosli’s criminal trial and goal posts were changed several times, Rosli was vindicated by the criminal courts.
Rosli is now pursuing civil claims against his perpetrators – 17 Defendants were named in his RM50 million law suit filed in 2008 including the Government of Malaysia. He also sued big mainstream media like Utusan Malaysia, The Star and The NST. Utusan Malaysia had published a public apology admitting that “their news article was untruthful and written in a sensational manner to generate publicity which exceeded the parameters of ethical journalism”.
Rosli seems to be taking on the whole establishment. As I have seen how his family and career suffered during his incarceration and persecution, perhaps he should step back and think about his family. Many will be cheerleaders but eventually he will be standing alone in facing the onslaught from those in the corridors of power. That is my friendly advice because his path towards vindication has been quite a rocky climb and he has had to go through a baptism of fire.