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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 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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