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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anwar Ibrahim - The PM in waiting forever
20 years ago Anwar was the PM in waiting during Mahathir's premiership but was jailed by Mahathir, ending his long wait to be the next PM of Malaysia. 20 years later, Anwar again is the PM in waiting under Mahathir and almost as sure or more sure than 20 years ago to be the next PM. There was a deal with Mahathir that he will stay as PM for two years only.

Anwar's daughter wept. She could not believe Anwar would make a deal with Mahathir, the man that put him behind bars, the man that chose him to be his disciple to take over the PM. Anwar's daughter seen it and would not believe in this man called Mahathir.

Anwar chose to believe in Mahathir. Mahathir has already served a year and to Anwar's horror, Mahathir said he would hand over power to Anwar within 3 years. What did Mahathir meant by this 'within 3 years', 3 years from now or 3 years from the start of this premiership?

Even then, a 3 year term was not in the deal with Pakatan Rakyat. What is happening, Mahathir going against his words that he would served only two years?

Being cheated by a man once is bad enough but still forgivable. Being cheated by the same man twice is pure foolishness, stupidity. Would Anwar be cheated by Mahathir a second time? If so, it is not only a matter of stupidity but the lost of his dream of becoming the PM of Malaysia and be forever be the PM in waiting in the history of Malaysia.

Can Mahathir be trusted to live by his words? The way he casually talked about handing over power to Anwar within 3 years is like a thunderbolt to Anwar and his party. Mahathir has secured his premiership and there is no way Anwar could replace him now if Mahathir chooses to stay on for the full term. Within 3 years from now is to serve the full term.

Is this what Malaysian politics is all about, or is this all about Mahathir? Poor Anwar, if history repeats itself.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tourism boost in Malaysia
The progressive Malaysian govt has come up with something that would put Singapore to shame. While Singapore is still hardcore in condemning drug taking and with capital punishment as a deterrent, Malaysia is going to allow drug taking in small amount as acceptable, not a crime. Now this must be music to the ears of all the drug addicts in Singapore. Taking a cue from the progressive West is always a good and easy thing. The West did it, so must be OK.

Below is a report in Yahoo News on this drug taking in small amount as a new way of life. Oh, drug trafficking is still a serious offence. But taking sikit sikit is ok, just a disease and just try to cure them by allowing them to take sikit sikit, should not pose any problem, not drug addiction.

Singaporeans can be expected to swarm into Malaysia once this new progressive law is introduced. Just take sikit sikit would be nice. Can do is publicly, hold sikit sikit drug parties in Malaysia, and take them in style and in comfort. No need to think of going to Canada or some western cities far far away. Now it can be done across the Causeway. It is a game changer.

My only fear is that when tourism money starts to flow into Malaysia because of this, some 'pragmatic' aka money minded politicians would say hey, let's do the same. How can Malaysia be more progressive than us, we are a world city and this is the in thing, everyone is doing it and very good also for bringing in more wildlife here, oops, I mean rich and affluent foreigners to spend their money here. More oomphs and vibrancy in this dull city.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government plans to drop criminal penalties for the possession and use of drugs in small quantities to battle addiction, but stressed the move is not akin to legalizing narcotics.

Malaysia has one of the world's harshest penalties for drug possession. Anyone found with 200 grams (7.05 ounces) of cannabis, 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of opium, 40 grams (1.41 ounces) of cocaine, and 15 grams (0.53 ounces) of heroin or morphine face being charged with drug trafficking, which carries the death penalty.

More than 1,200 prisoners are on death row, most of them convicted of drug crimes.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said in a statement Thursday that the proposal for the decriminalization of drug addiction will be a significant game changer. He said drug addiction is a complex, relapsing medical condition and throwing an addict into jail will not cure them.

"Drug decriminalization will indeed be a critical next step toward achieving a rational drug policy that puts science and public health before punishment and incarceration," Dzulkefly said. "An addict shall be treated as a patient, not as a criminal, whose addiction is a disease we would like to cure."

He said the move mustn't be mistaken as legalizing drugs as drug trafficking will remain a crime....
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When Malaysia thinks business, Singapore will be in trouble
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia will implement six short-term measures to handle the congestion at checkpoints especially at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex and the Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ (KSAB) complex in Johor.
Also decided was extending the use of autogate for all foreign visitors; increasing the number of Customs scanning machines, increasing the number of lorry counters at KSAB on par with Tuas; usage of hybrid counters; and the development of immigration integrated system (IIS) with automation features....

Above are a few paragraphs of a post in theindependent.sg on Malaysia's move to make moving in and out of Malaysia easier and to cut down on the jams that are affecting visitors going to Malaysia. This kind of thing was unthinkable in the past. The thinking then was don't come if foreigners think it is a big hassle to queue up at the Causeway. It was a kind of visitors/tourists and business transportation were not really wanted. Malaysia did not want them and the visitors would have to live with the inconvenience and long wait at the immigration.

The sudden change to want to free up the Causeway and to facilitate entry and exit into and out of Malaysia is a big change in the thinking in Malaysia. It is all about business and revenue from the visitors. The choke points are bad for business and detrimental to more money coming into Malaysia.

Now all the lanes are to be open, immigration staff are to work overtime if necessary. When Malaysia is thinking of money and business, Singapore is in for big trouble. Malaysia would pose a big and powerful challenge to bring in the visitors and their money. And this is just the beginning. When all the ministries and officials are thinking this way, Malaysia would pose a very serious threat to Singapore for attracting business and tourists into Malaysia.

Singapore can only hope that this is a passing craze and Malaysia would be back to its old normal self soon, tiada apa, money not important, want to come, come, don't come, never mind. Malaysia does not need the tourists nor the business nor the money.

Would Malaysia gets its acts right and pursued this for the long term, be persistent and consistent in wanting to change to bring in more growth and development and revenue for the country and not be bogged down by petty political squabbles and agenda?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reasons why Mahathir to stay for 3 years as PM
When Mahathir out of the blue announced that he was going to stay as PM for another 3 years, it took everyone by surprise even though this flip flop king was just being himself . But in this case it was a blatant affront to the PKR and his commitment to quit after two years to let Anwar in. But as days passed, this about turn by Mahathir becomes clearer. It was not out of nothing. It was in defiance and sending a message to Anwar that Mahathir is still the king maker and no one should touch his new protege Azmin that he is grooming to be the next PM.

If one is still wondering what is happening, read the following as reported in the main media to get some clues on this issue. Anwar's position as the next PM is hanging on a string. Many things were unsaid but out there for all to see. No one is saying the whole truth and no one is going to say otherwise. There is high tension in Malaysia on who is going to become the next PM and when.

Here are some extracts from a post in Channel News Asia to understand the intrigue of Malaysia politics and the power struggle that is going on at the moment. On the surface Anwar's relation with Mahathir is normal and his taking over as the PM is still in the cards.

'He added that Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali should resign if it is confirmed that he was involved in the video.

“My initial view is for him not to resign. It will depend on investigations. If the investigation is conclusive, in terms of the participants of the act, then I think he needs to resign,” said Mr Anwar....

In a sharp retort, Mr Azmin said: “Look at the man in the mirror.”
“Ask Anwar to ‘muhasabah diri’ (carry out self-introspection) and reflect on himself,” the minister was quoted as saying by the Malaysian Insight.
According to Malaysian media reports, Mr Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak - who is Mr Anwar’s political secretary and PKR’s Kuala Kangsar, Perak division chief - was among three men detained on Tuesday. The 37-year-old was said to have been nabbed at a house near Pasir Gudang, Johor....

There have been suggestions that supporters of Mr Anwar were responsible for the video in a bid to topple Mr Azmin, but Mr Anwar has refuted the allegations.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, when asked for a comment regarding Mr Farhash’s arrest, replied: “This is the first time I’m hearing (this).”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-shocked-arrest-of-aide-viral-sex-video-azmin-11728574
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mahathir – the smartest man in Malaysia

Mahathir is widely revered in Malaysia as the best PM they could get. After several PMs came and gone, Mahathir, at 93, was reelected as the PM of Malaysia after being out for 2 decades. Why would Malaysia need to bring in an old man that is in his twilight years and in many ways should not be in active life? Here Mahathir is in the thick of things, the man central to everything that is happening in Malaysia. He is not a piece of furniture putting there for show, but fully involved in every minute affairs in Malaysia.

The one and only reason for Mahathir to be back is that he is the most capable and smartest man in Malaysia. They could not find anyone that is better than him after trying out a few young PM. I am wondering if this is a blessing or a curse for Malaysia, with the smartest man in Mahathir. He is the best Malaysia could produce in the last 50 years.

And the few smart things he did when returning to office were to cancel major infrastructure projects signed by his predecessor, Najib, in the name of cutting cost, cannot afford to pay. And he expects the cancellation of these projects with no cost implications or downside to the Malaysian economy. The contractors would just give up everything, including hundreds of million spent on the projects that have already started. This is how smart Mahathir is, tearing away contracts freely with no consequences, no need to pay. This is the law of Mahathir.

His next clever move was to keep shifting his goal posts with regard to handling power to Anwar as promised and spoken publicly. He has no qualms or regards to whatever he said or promised, or how the PKR and the rakyat think of him. He just do it and nothing can be done to stop him. The PKR is hapless, the rakyat is hapless. He is the smartest man after all and who dares to challenge him?

To conclude, let me just add one more Mahathir wisdom. They have finally run down a monopolistic national airline. Mahathir still wants to own a national airline. It is the pride of a nation. His latest quip, Malaysia can own a national airline without paying for one. This kind of smartest is unequalled, unparalleled. Only Mahathir can claim that it is possible. Tomorrow he may tell the Chinese to resume the cancelled major projects for free. And the Chinese would have to do it because Mahathir said so.

Mahathir is the smartest man in Malaysia and no one is near to him in intellect. Malaysia has a great future with the smartest man in Malaysia in charge. Not only Malaysia will have its national airline for free, the high speed train and Malacca port will be built for free by China because of Mahathir.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More gay sex scandal - Mahathir keeping mum
Mahathir was instrumental in putting Anwar behind bars for gay sex, sodomy, when Anwar was his deputy PM and supposedly to take over as PM from him. Today Anwar is waiting to take over from him as promised by him in two years after he took office as PM in a deal with PKR. Mahathir is dragging his feet and very evasive as to when he is willing to hand over power to Anwar, with his position changed to 3 years and could be the whole term.

There is now another sodomy case involving a minister of Economic Affairs, Azmin Ali, someone closed to Mahathir and being groomed by Mahathir as the next PM. Anwar has been alleged to be behind this sodomy scandal that he vehemently denied to be involved. Azmin on his part also denied he was the other person in the dozens of video clips being distributed freely and widely in Malaysia.

Why is Mahathir keeping mum now when he found it irresistible to throw the book at Anwar and even dragged a hotel room mattress to court to prove Anwar’s guilt? The other question is, irrespective of whether Anwar is involved in spreading the video clips, a crime is a crime and if Azmin was the man, then he had committed sodomy like Anwar. Is there double standard?

Perhaps Mahathir could change the sodomy law like the law on drugs. Since it is so prevalent in Malaysia, why not decriminalize it and no one needs to be charged? In Malaysia anything can happen. Malaysia boleh. With Mahathir in the PM seat, Malaysia lagi boleh.

Mahathir had taken on the rulers of Malaysia, taken on China, what else is he afraid to take on when it is just a passing of a new law for the good of Malaysia?
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