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Malaysia is doomed by racist politics and extreme corruption
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Racism hitting a new high in Malaysia
In my last article I thought by telling the ethnic minorities to steer clear of the current political tussle and fallouts they would be safe. By the look of things, they cannot walk away from trouble and trouble is going after them. And they know the situation is dire and MCA President Liow Tiong Lai made a call to Najib to express his concern for the safety of the Chinese.
After the Red Shirt rally many thought it was over and peace would return. There is a Jamal Md Yunos bent on holding another rally tomorrow to march into Petaling Street to protest against the shops mostly owned by the ethnic Chinese. Jamal has been alleged to have threatened the Chinese community during the 16 Sep rally. His agenda is quite obvious and this time sparks will fly as they are more prepared to do what they failed to do in the last rally.
Najib on the other hand has been very supportive of the Red Shirt rally and likely to support this rally tomorrow. Fear is every where. Liow Tiong Lai, the Transport Minister, has been quoted in an Agencies report to say, ‘It is obvious that the rally goers intended to stoke fear and create racial tension. BN must take stock and put a stop to this unhealthy problem immediately.’
The big question is whether Najib would do anything and it is looking very unlikely while he is fighting for his own survival. A rioting on the streets would be a great reprieve to take the heat off him and redirect the attention away. The ethnic minorities in Malaysia, particularly the Chinese, would bear the brunt of any break down of law and order tomorrow. Their are well being and safety are hanging on tender hooks.
What is going to happen tomorrow is harrowing.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamal released, an ugly crisis avoided

While many Singaporeans spent their weekends complaining about the irritating haze and the missed opportunities to go out there to have their fun, the minorities in Malaysia heaved a sigh of relief. The harrowing experience of May 13 almost descended on them and many feared that they would end up as carnage on the streets bathed with blood, and their homes and shops razed to the ground like before. It was fear everywhere that prompted the MCA chief to call on Najib to put a stop to the Saturday’s second Red Shirt Rally in Chinatown. And in desperation, the Chinese Ambassador was invited to visit Chinatown to make a statement that what the Red Shirts were planning was unacceptable.

The Police acted and arrested Jamal, the UMNO NGO head who was associated with the Sep 16 rally and the planned Saturday rally into Chinatown. With Jamal out of the picture, and with increasing pressure and international spotlight on the grave acts waiting to happen, reasons and wisdom took over and the rally was called off. It was unimaginable should the Red Shirts be let lose to do what they intended to do in Chinatown and to the ethnic Chinese community. How the situation could escalate to such a level in modern and supposedly moderate Malaysia only showed that beneath the façade of calm, all is not well. A little provocation and instigation and the primordial instinct of mob behaviour would surface. In the 21st Century, the thought of political leaders tapping on racial hostility and to exploit it to create mob violence for personal interests is scary and unforgiveable.

The Malaysian Chinese from now on would appreciate better the presence of a powerful China to fall back on to avoid being massacred freely like in the past. Those were the days when China was hapless and could only watch in vain, too weak to do anything, and many ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia were easy meat to be slaughtered with impunity by the natives. Hopefully those days would never happen again because of a powerful China that could intervene to prevent further bloodshed, but more as a result of enlightenment, civilisation and progress among the people in the region, to move away from the old tribal ways when life was short and brutal.

Countries and societies should be governed by the rule of law, not raw naked primitive power. Malaysia is still in transformation, from bad to good and some from good to bad. The power brokers in Malaysia are changing sides. The forces of progress have degenerated while the forces of extremism have turned moderates. In the midst of trouble times, a beckon of light appears from a forgotten royalty that was ostracized by the politicians for the very same reasons the politicians are guilty of today. And the royalties have returned to be a force of moderation, modernization and wisdom, to put the politicians in their rightful place, not to abuse the power bestowed on them by the rakyat. A badly behaved political fiefdom would now have to reckon with the royalties to stand up for the rakyat, to assume their rightful place as rulers and protectors of the rakyat, and to put the usurpers back to where they are.

An unusual calm has returned to Malaysia, but life is still far from normal. There could still be fireworks when Najib returns from the UN. Or would he be retained by the Americans for his vices and remove the source of all the problems during this critical time?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who else is offending Malaysia?
The Bersih 4 protest had offended Malay dignity and Islam. The Chinese Ambassador’s comment in Petaling Street that China opposed discrimination on ethnic minorities has offended Malaysia, an interference in Malaysia’s domestic affairs. The Acting Foreign Minister had called up the Chinese Ambassador to clarify on his remarks that had ‘attracted attention and caused concern to the Malaysian public’. Interestingly no minister has raised concern about the aborted protest in Chinatown that threatened peace and security and violence against the Chinese minority.
What about the FBI investigation on Najib’s involvement in 1MDB and the threat of arresting the PM? Would that be a concern or important enough to call up the American Ambassador to clarify on the matter and to ensure Najib’s safety in the USA? Maybe the public did not see any problem with that and so not a concern and not offending to Malaysian or Malay dignity.
By the way Jamal is going to organize another protest this time against Dr Wan Azizah in her constituency. This protest is more political in nature and the police have less reason to ban it. Just hope that this protest is just against Azizah and nothing else and would not spread into Chinatown and take on a different slant and different consequences. Maybe the shops would be closed again for good reasons. The public would not be concerned for anything bad to happen surely.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The return of the Sultans as a force of stability
Two days before the Conference of Rulers, the nine rulers of Malaysia issued a statement calling the govt to quickly conclude the investigations into the 1MDB affair. For almost two decades, the role of the Sultans was in eclipsed, their wings clipped by the notorious Mahathir whose political fortune was on the rise. Mahathir then was the undisputed and most powerful PM Malaysia ever had. He was the one to call the shot and had little respect for the rulers of Malaysia whose track records gave Mahathir a chance to clamp down on their powers.
In those days, Mahathir and UMNO were riding on a wave of Malay supremacy and popularity and stood on high moral grounds relative to the house of the rulers. Mahathir was able to chastise the rulers and in 1993 amended the Constitution to remove the rulers’ legal immunity. Mahathir was then at the peak of his power and no rulers could stand up to him.
Two decades today, the fate of Malay politicians and UMNO have changed with Mahathir out of the PM’s seat. The indiscretion and wayward ways of UMNO and its politicians have weakened their standing among the rakyat and the charges of corruption are so prevalent that the house of the royalties is looking like angels.
The 1MDB affair is looking so ridiculous that no matter what Najib and his peers tried to do, the matter just got worse. There is hardly any chance of Najib getting out of this fracas clean. Mahathir tried his best but not enough as he is no longer at his best. A stalemate kind of situation has been reached whereby Najib would still be the PM and no one could do anything about it.
This scenario is like two wounded lions fighting desperately to stay alive and here comes the hunter waiting for the kill. The royalties have kept themselves pretty clean for the last two decades and confidence in them have grown among the rakyat. And with the politicians falling all over among themselves, everyone as bad as the other, the royalties are now standing on high moral grounds to tell the politicians to shape up or get out.
The statement made by the house of rulers is quite unprecedented and a sign of the growing confidence and power of the royalties. They are back, to regain their rightful place in Malaysia politics. The politicians no longer can stand on solid ground to dispel the royalties for any wrongdoings. They are all up to their necks in deep water and are struggling to stay alive.
It is an opportune moment for the house of rulers to tell him who is boss and should be respected. The Constitution Amendments withdrawing the legal immunity of the rulers still stands. Such immunity shall be applied equally and the politicians shall not enjoy any immunity for any criminal acts. There shall be no legal immunity for the politicians.
The 1MDB must be settled quickly. The Red Shirts are not going to give up until they create a riot to create a diversion from 1MDB. And there is now another excuse to do in Malacca. Some Malay immigration officers were assaulted by gangsters in downtown Malacca while conducting a raid in the area. Mohd Ali Baharom, a Red Shirt leader, is taking this opportunity to raise fear in downtown Malacca. He warned that 10,000 Red Shirts will descend upon downtown Malacca and it ‘will not be safe’. The police are going to question him. Just hope the police will do the same thing like in KL to prevent another racial riot.
Would the Malay rulers put pressure on the Red Shirts not to politicize the issue and turn the country upside down? The police should round up the gangsters in the assault. It is a police case, not a case for political rioting.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1MDB, Tony Pua and Bilahari Kausikan

The 1MDB affair has spilled over across the causeway with Bilahari calling the Malaysian Chinese delusional. And Tony Pua is furious and rebutted Bilahari just as furiously as he could. Sometimes such spate is unnecessary and uncalled for. When commenting about Malaysian politics, if possible it is better to be more discreet. A wrong word said or used could mean temperature shooting into the empty cans between the ears. For calling the Malaysian Chinese delusional, what did Bilahari hope to gain? I can see that he is trying to tell the Malaysian Chinese to back off and not to invite a May 13. The expected effect is exactly what Tony Pua did, mind your own business and don’t act smug.

In a way I agree with Bilahari that the game is over for the minorities in Malaysia. The Malays have absolute control over everything and their dominance is not only unchallengeable but cannot be challenged. The threat of the Red Shirts running amok, burning down Petaling Street and killing the people there must not to be taken lightly. And the another slightest provocation will lead to it. The fate of the minorities has been sealed long ago since the May 13 of 1969. That is the ultimate weapon and could be unleashed for the right or wrong reason, or for no reason.

The minorities in Malaysia can at best hope to have a more progressive Malay leadership that would work with them and tap on their industry and commercial skill to grow together to benefit the country and people. Pushing the boundaries of race and religion is inviting a massacre. Pushing for a non racial and religious issue would come to the same end. The minorities may want to think that 1MDB is not a racial or religious thing. I too agree with that. It is about bad govt and corruption. But by now they must have learnt their lesson, that anything can be changed into a race and religion thing. Even if it is not, they will make it so.

Malacca could be in chaos if the planned Red Shirt protest is shifted to downtown Malacca. Thanks to the police for killing it. And thanks to the Malaysian court for ruling that there is no wrongdoing in the 1MDB case. Najib’s position is now safe and has no reason for a diversion and a racial bloodbath.

The so called tussle for Malay leadership will go on. Let the Malays choose their leaders. The minorities can only watch from the sideline and give some support, but not to be seen as a force de majeure. They would be taken down, they will be turned into target number one. The top political leadership will not change hands to the minorities for the next century or forever. That is Malaysia today and likely forever.

There is no need to huff and puff between Bilahari and Tony Pua. Venting anger and letting off steam would not change the realities in Malaysia. This is the new normal of Malaysian politics.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Malaysiakini article on Najib
‘There are two separate ways to move a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in the upcoming parliamentary sitting, Bersih vice- chairperson Thomas Fann revealed today.
Apart from having MPs table a motion in the Dewan Rakyat, he said the MPs can also opt to vote down Najib’s budget proposal after it has been debated.’
Read this article in Malaysiakini dated 9 Oct. Is this Thomas Fann going to table the motion to move a no confidence vote against Najib? Does he know the consequences of the aborted Red Shirt Protests in Petaling Street and downtown Malacca? The Chinese could breathe a sigh of relief just a couple of weeks back when they were living in fear. Hope this Thomas Fann is not going invite another Red Shirt Protest and risking a bloodbath by tabling such a motion in Parliament. The Chinese minorities just had two narrow escapes. Do not tempt trouble for a third time.
It would be better for the Malay MPs to make such a move if needed. For a non Malay MP to do so is delusional and irresponsible. There is no fight and only inviting disaster to the Chinese minority when violence breaks out. And it would be a one way blood letting, and no Malay leaders will be there to stop it.
Think very carefully. Do not throw eggs against a stone wall. Bilahari is right to warn the Malaysian Chinese to know what they are up against. Let Mahathir and his gang to take the fight to Najib. It is not a fight for the Chinese or Indian minorities. In a way it would be better for the Malaysian Chinese to squabble with Kausikan instead. This would be harmless other than some letting off of verbal diatribes. The goals of fighting for freedom, justice, rules of law and good governance are only good if they could be seen in those context. But the extremists would not and would turn them into another anti Malay issue. Idealism and aspirations must be tempered with realism. The minorities in Malaysia have very little room to move around.
Mahathir has rounded up his team of Malay leaders to challenge Najib. Let them do battle in their own terms and do not offer yourself as the convenient diversion and scapegoat for a bloodbath waiting to happen. Spend more time engaging with Bilahari. He is doing the Malaysian Chinese a favour as a convenient target to divert their attention and anger from flirting with death and destruction.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johore threatening to secede from Malaysia
The comments by the Johore royalty of the possibility of Johore seceding from Malaysia have hit the news again. The Crown Prince has said it again, indicating that the frustration over the mess created by the Federal Govt and the politics of racial unrest have upset the royal family in Johore. Several news agencies have the same report below:
“I am going to be the future Sultan of this state and my main responsibility goes towards the people of Johor. Malaysia is important to me, but Johor and JDT will always come first.
He also explained that Johor only agreed to be a part of the Federation of Malaysia provided “several basic terms” were fulfilled and added, “And if any one of those terms are breached, we have every right to secede from this country.”
Expressing his strong sense of duty to the people of Johor first and foremost, he said, “You can accuse me of instigating state-based sentiments, but to me, I’m merely doing my duty to the people of Johor, and reminding them of the history and heritage behind this great land.”
He also said it was important that everyone was aware that the current political and economic maelstrom in the country was not of the Johor royalty’s doing.
“People deserve to know, that the mess we have in the country right now, should in no way be associated to the Johor royal family. Over the years, we’ve always been strong and independent as well as resourceful.”….
Talk of secession first surfaced in June when the crown prince’s brother, Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim, posted a reminder to Putrajaya over Instagram that the Johor government had joined the Federation of Malaysia on the conditions Islam be declared the religion of the state; that the state have absolute right over water and land issues; and that the state royal house has its own armed forces….

He said that over the decades and centuries, the people of Johor were encouraged to be united and committed to a cause.
"So politicians may instigate racist sentiments, but the people of Johor will always be racially united and that very unity will go on to become the backbone of this football club," said Tunku Ismail. See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/johor-always-first-says-crown-prince#sthash.Dd5HiHtt.dpuf

The frustration by the royalty family with Federal policies that in many ways could scuttle the State’s development plans must be a big sore point given the mammoth development projects in Johore and the risk of them being killed prematurely. Johore is in a rapid phase of economic development, probably the fastest pace among all the Malaysian states and huge funds are involved. Failure for these projects to take off is something the Johore royalties will not swallow without a good fight, and secession is a last option that may be considered if the big plans are put to risk.
With a small city state like Singapore, 1/100 the size of Johore, succeeding in going alone, big states like Johore, Sarawak and Sabah, with huge natural resources, land and people and good leaderships, cannot do worse and breaking off to found new states is a very attractive option. Singapore and many smaller countries in the world have proven that small states can carve out a living and be sustainable as small economies. Bigger states like Johore would have lesser problems with sustainability issues. Johore is self sufficient in everything and an independent Johore, Sarawak or Sabah and as new members in Asean would be a natural outcome. Brunei is doing exceptionally well too in Asean as an independent state.
The fear of the politicians in KL turning Malaysia upside down and burning is very real. The cries for independence and statehood to the more progressive and dynamic leaders who could be founders of new nation states and to be able to chart the destinies of their people and country in their chosen path, to be in full control, must be a very attractive and sexy inspiration. Why would they want to let foolish politicians to destroy their plans for their states and people?
If the politicians in KL do not get their acts together and continue to run down Malaysia, the secession dream could become a reality. The Johore royalties are no longer the little village sultans but sophisticated and worldly statesmen with clear vision of what is good for their people and state. They would not tolerate imbecile politicians to ruin their plans and statehood.
The prophecy of the 6 prime ministers of Malaysia in the name ‘Rahman’ is coming to an end with Najib as the last PM. After him, there is no mention of another PM. What would it be for Malaysia, who would it be as the next PM, or would it be a case of no more PMs?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mahathir playing the race card again
The racist politics of Malaysia today has it origin in Mahathir. When racism or whatever serves his interest, Mahathir will take it to the extreme. Today he is stirring racist hate again, this time attacking Najib and the Sultan of Johore. Investment by China is bad, Chinese investment is bad. He has set up another party and wondering how many non Malays would join his party or form a coalition with him to take on Najib by playing with the race card all over again.
The Sultan of Johore is not going to allow Mahathir to stir anti Chinese sentiment in Johore. The Chinese are pouring money into Malaysia to the tune of hundreds of billions. It is not just benefitting Johore alone, Selangor, Malacca, Pahang, Trengganu and Kelantan are all beneficiaries to foreign Chinese investments, all negotiated fairly between Malaysia and China, unlike the days of colonialism when the British put a gun at the sultans and said, sign here.
Malaysia is enjoying an economic boom it has not seen before. No western countries or Arab countries are willing to invest that kind of money in Malaysia like the Chinese did. There is no gun boat diplomacy, no coercion, strictly business. But Mahathir is angry because the investment is from China.
What Mahathir is doing is like what Sultan Ibrahim said, ‘this is a clear case of economic sabotage and racial instigating…If investors wish to pump money into Johor Baru, do we say “no, no, if you are from China, you cannot come”…Dr Mahathir thinks it is easy to play up race because these investors happen to be from China. This is utterly disgusting”’.
The realities of today is that every country is now independent and is best placed to seek investments and negotiate the best deals they could get, unlike the days of colonialism when all deals favoured the colonial masters. Every economic and commercial deal is sealed when both parties agreed to the terms that they deemed are favourable to them. No more one sided colonial terms. Najib and the Sultan would not allow that to happen.
Oh, some unthinking western cronies would blindly agree with Mahathir, anything Chinese is bad, must bring in the western companies to balance the Chinese investments. What about the days when all investments were British, why no calls for Asian investments to balance western investments? And what if no western company is interested, no Arab company is interested, wait for the coconut to fall? Investors with the money will go wherever they are welcomed. Every country is putting up their best terms to attract foreign investors.
The world today is different. Every country, every leader would want the best for his country and would get the best deals for his country. No leaders would sell out their countries to foreign interests or to sell out the interests of their people to foreigners. Najib and Sultan Ibrahim are smart enough to get the best deals for Malaysia and Johore. Mahathir is only stirring shit and will stir all kinds of shit for his personal agenda.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Malaysia GE - Between the devil and the deep blue sea



Anyone uttering the word frivolous about the Malaysia GE? Yes, it is frivolous, it is about infidelity, it is about sleeping around, anyone will do, even with those that killed your loved ones or punched the day light out of you and put you behind bars. You cannot believe that this is true. This is thousands of times more than the Deng Xiaoping's black cat, white cat, as long as it catches the mouse, it is a good cat moral. Malaysia has outdone Deng Xiaoping in every way. Malaysia boleh.

The devil has his hands dripping with blood. But no one is looking at it, or at least no one thinks it wise to talk about it. And the devil is strutting around hugging the survivors and descendants of those that his bullets and butcher knife missed. Did anyone remember what happened a few years ago? Did anyone recognise the devil without his horns? They might but are not saying. They even put on a brave smile and hugged the devil as he came by.

The deep blue sea has hands dangling with money. There is money everywhere, his pockets are fulled of money and he could simply swing his arms around and everyone would be jumping for joy picking up the cash. The deep blue sea is all about making everyone rich and giving everyone a better life. He is pro economic growth, investment, to provide more and better jobs to those who want a better and richer life. He does not hide his agenda. He believes or at least gives the impression that black cat or white cat, catches mouse means good cat.

The Malaysians would have to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea. The Malay votes would be heavily polarised and divided. The super extremists or super ultras would be with the devil. Hope no blood will spill but you can't be sure as the devil is always the devil eternally. You can bet that tension will rise when the devil speaks. His evil schemes and agenda will be the same. The other half of the Malay votes would be with the deep blue sea. The ultras and extremist will still be with him. They can see money and prosperity and would be appeased. Other than these two factors, the devil and the deep blue sea are sama sama. You can't tell the difference between them. They would have the Malay votes equally split between them.

The game changer will be the Chinese votes. Do not be surprised that MCA will be the big winner in this GE. The Chinese votes would have to choose and it is highly likely that they would choose the deep blue sea than the devil. They know the devil all these years and know that the devil is still the devil and would unleash his devilish blow when needed to achieve his evil objective. The Chinese voters have a lot to fear the devil.

On the contrary they see the deep blue sea more practical, pragmatic and development and growth minded. Money talks and if everyone is rich, there would be less tension and less likelihood of bloodshed. The deep blue sea would create a bigger economic pie for everyone and there will be more money to go around to make everyone happy or less unhappy.

What can the devil offer? The devil does not have any card to play except the racist card and more of the same during his reign of terror. And when he shouted all in, be afraid, be very afraid. The devil is merciless and very vengeful. The devil will not take no for an answer. Would the other half of the deep blue sea do the necessary to make the devil disappear before he could do more harm to the country and the people he hated most and exploited most to achieve his personal agenda for so many decades?

My bet, the Chinese votes would be the deciding factor and the deep blue sea looks much better to stay on in Putrajaya. And for good measures, he may lock up the devil for good.
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Malaysian GE 2018 – Is the power struggle settled?
The bargaining and unhappiness within the Pakatan Harapan coalition is getting serious and the division is coming into the open. Pakatan Harapan is not the multi racial party fighting for a Malaysian Malaysia as it was touted to be. Mahathir and his peers were surprisingly calling for a Malaysian Malaysia and PKR is turning out to be another Malay supremist party. This revelation is going to put a wedge in the new coalition.
The minority Chinese have put everything they got into DAP for a Malaysian Malaysia and are getting a rude shock with PKR opposing the appointment of Lim Guan Eng as the Finance Minister on racial ground. PKR is taking the Chinese community for granted again, just like UMNO treating the MCA and MIC. How is the Chinese community and other minority parties going to take this change? Would they be thinking of a realignment, breaking away from Harapan? If shove comes to push, would DAP jump into bed with UMNO that is desperately looking for a new coalition to remain in power and willing to give more concessions to the other minority parties?
The PH won 113 seats, inclusive of 42 from DAP while UMNO had 79 seats. This means that PH without DAP only had 71 seats, putting aside the new shifting of some independent and UMNO MPs to PH. If DAP were to join UMNO under new terms and form the govt, there would be another round of changing sides. The is still an outside chance for Najib to make a last attempt to forge a new coalition with DAP and other minority groups. As they said, there is no permanent enemies but permanent interests. If Najib and UMNO could strike a deal with DAP, they will be back in business.
The situation is still very fluid and anything can happen in Malaysia. Anwar may not be the PM if things turn sour with the coalition. The minority parties, especially the DAP, may have second thought with this new bedfellow unmasking itself. Remember, Malaysia boleh, anything also boleh.
Another strange development coming from this GE, if Mahathir can hold on to the premiership, is that he may do Singapore a big favour by terminating many contracts with China, scuttling the plans for Malacca or Port Klang to replace Singapore as the new shipping hub of the region. Singapore may have Mahathir to thank for to relive its glories days as the number one sea port in the region.
Many plans and dreams are now in suspense when the devils revealed what they truly are too prematurely, no more hiding behind a smiling mask.
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Malaysia, the end of an ‘Emperor’
Chinese history has lots of stories of fatuous emperors or high officials that met sorrowful and tragic endings. And what followed after such a demise were the persecution and execution of all the relatives, cronies and accomplices that abused power under the patronage of the fatuous emperor.
The fall of Najib is a similar case in point. This is not new, the fall of Marcos and Suharto also led to the same story of the rounding up of the henchmen that did the dirty work for the dictators. In Malaysia case the persecution is going to be quite widespread as the corruption of power was widespread and many cronies were involved, in the take and also abused powers to persecute those on the wrong side of the power house. And there is also a Mahathir that is bend on taking out all the dirty bedfellows, to drain the swamp. This time it is real, very real, unlike Donald Trump that is all talks.
The fate of cronies, relatives, accomplices that rose to positions of power, that did what the power wanted them to do, and willingly doing while enjoying the wealth and glory, would be the same. They would be taken down, one by one, by the new power holders.
This story is nothing new. It happened all the time, in every country, without exceptions. When a fatuous ‘emperor’ took the seat of power and planted all his relatives and cronies into position of power and authority, and abused the power for the benefits of the emperor and families and the inner circle, they better make sure that they stay in power forever. Unfortunately there is no such thing as forever when abuse of power is concerned.
It is only a matter of when, not if, as they said, that all emperors must meet their tragic ends, and so would be their lackeys, and relatives, no one would be spare. It is very sad that such things are still being repeated in modern history and many greedy and power hungry cronies are willing to play their roles for a moment of wealth and glory only to end in shame and humiliation. Maybe when wealth, power and glory come easily, they were blinded and think that it would never end.
There is no exception, and history would always repeat itself. Nothing last forever. Mahathir is working extremely hard for a 92 year old man, to bring justice to those that abused their position of trust and power, feasting on the people’s money and wealth, stealing the people’s and country’s money as if the country and money belong to them and it is their privilege to help themselves.
The strange thing is that the fatuous ‘emperor’ and his relatives and henchmen knew that it will come, a matter of time, but throw caution to the wind, hoping and praying that it would not come, that they can be the exception.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mahathir Dilemma
After half a century since he wrote the Malay Dilemma, today Mahathir is faced with a new dilemma. Everyone knows that he has an axe to grind against Singapore. Now he also has an axe to grind against Chinese investments in Malaysia, deals that were signed by his foe, Najib Razak. He has so many reasons to pick on these projects and to tear them to pieces unless he could renegotiate new terms to his benefits. Oops, I mean to Malaysia’s benefits.
Now, why would these two axes become a dilemma to Mahathir? The Singapore axe is simple to understand. He cannot tahan Singapore’s success and be better than Malaysia, putting personalities aside. He had done many things in the past to cripple Singapore’s progress, like the crooked bridge, not selling sand and water to Singapore even when water is falling free from the sky, and sand dredging from Malaysian rivers would have served dual purposes beneficial to Malaysia. No deal if things benefit Singapore even if Malaysia stands to benefit as well.
Now look at what China is doing in Malaysia. The grand plan is to make Malaysia the new transportation hub to replace Singapore, his arch enemy. Malacca or Port Klang would be developed to replace Singapore and become the most important and busiest port in this part of the world. Would that be nice?
But the Chinese plan was negotiated by Najib and all the benefits and credit would go to Najib as well. Killing the plan would be good to Singapore as the net effect would be to kill off the competition from Port Klang and Malacca as the alternatives to Singapore. But not killing the plan would mean he has to go along with it, with Najib’s initiative to court Chinese investments, sanctioning the work of Najib. Though this would make Malaysia a new trade and transportation hub as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, he could not gain anything from it. People would say it was all the contribution of Najib.
There is also the HSR to Singapore. Mahathir may also want to drop this project as it would benefit Singapore more than Malaysia, allowing Singapore to be in the link of the BRI. To him, just like selling water and sand to Singapore, as long as it benefits Singapore, it is no go.
The Mahathir Dilemma is to support the Chinese BRI that would have transformed Malacca or Port Klang as the biggest and busiest port in the region, to replace Singapore, or to kill it and let Singapore to continue as the transportation hub in the region, with Malaysia playing second fiddle. This way, his action would actually benefit Singapore instead of killing Singapore. What would he choose, to kill the BRI and Chinese investments, or to kill Singapore?
This could be the making of his new book, The Mahathir Dilemma.
Mahathir has many other dilemmas to deal with and to write about. What about his pro bumi Malay Malaysia and his new Malaysian Malaysia slogan?
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stubborn Mahathir just refuses to learn
Don’t teach an old dog new tricks. Mahathir just announced a 10% cut in ministerial salary. His own salary will be cut from MR 22,826 to RM 20,540. His ministers’ salary would be from RM14,907 to RM 13,416. Anyone knows how miserable is RM 20,540? It is less than S$7,000pm. How to survive like that? The quality of life of his family members would be gravely affected. And his ministers’s RM 13,416 is less than S$5,000. Does he know how much is our PM and ministers getting a day?
My God, any average Singaporean will have a household income of more than S$5,000. Many household incomes here are more than S$7,000. This means than many Singaporeans are earning more than Mahathir, the PM of Malaysia. This is really injustice. No dignity.
Does Mahathir really think his ministers can survive with such a miserable salary? Does he know that human beans are corrupt by nature and if he does not pay them multi million dollar salaries they will definitely become corrupt? This human nature is universal.
Singapore’s govt understand this and have solved this problem by paying their ministers in the millions to prevent them from becoming corrupt. When Hsien Loong visited him, did he not see the shining example of a incorruptible PM and his cabinet of equally incorruptible ministers? Should he have learnt something?
Instead of raising his ministers’ salaries to the millions, he made them take a 10% pay cut! He is really asking for trouble. They will become corrupt for sure. Like that Malaysia would be in more trouble. His govt would become more corrupt than Najib’s. At least Najib tried to pay them well.
This old dog is too stubborn and refuses to learn from Singapore. On second thought, how could he learn from Singapore? He detests everything Singapore. He is trying to prove the impossible, that low minister salaries would not lead to corruption. I am sure he will surely fail. He does not understand human nature. Greed is good. He also does not know that to lead a quality life, you must have million dollar salary. The peasants can tighten their belts, but how can he expects his ministers to tighten their belts and live like paupers?
Malaysia jiat lat leow.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When mega projects were the in things
Isn’t it surprising for Mahathir to be scrapping mega projects in the name of saving cost? During his rein he too was a party to many mega projects and the infamous crooked bridge that was built half way and abandoned by Badawi and Najib. Today mega projects are taboo, insane and money wasting.
Mega projects were once the darling of third world tin pot dictators as the kickbacks were enormous. The bigger the mega projects, the costlier they were, the bigger the kickbacks. That was the key reason why many tin pot dictators were crazy about building monuments that served little purpose.
Listen to this, ‘The most important thing for us now is to reduce the amount of borrowings by the govt. We have borrowed too much money. And we cannot pay so much money if we continue with the project.’ It sounds quite logical. But look, as the govt of the day, there is nothing to stop Mahathir from raising taxes to fund these projects. Just tell the people they are good projects and go ahead with whatever taxes to raise whatever sum you need. Does Mahathir know this trick? Oh, an easier way is to rob the people’s savings in the EPF. Just introduce a few compulsory insurance schemes and he could rip off the people in the billions. What is 10b or 20b, ringgits some more when the whole EPF is there to take and for as long as the people keep contributing to it? It is an ATM.
This old man must be getting senile. He went on to say that govt spending must be reduced, and he started by shrinking his cabinet with lesser ministers. With such a big country and with so few ministers, and with so miserable pay, how can he expect his ministers to perform and not be corrupt? He is going nuts.
In third world countries, undeniably mega projects are all about kickbacks. In first world countries, mega projects are about necessary projects that are good for the countries. And while in third world countries, higher cost in mega projects are about bigger kickbacks, in first world countries, higher project cost is about quality. The more expensive is the project the better is the quality of the project.
It is important to see this difference when viewing mega projects. Look at the country and ask this simple question, is it a third world country or a first world country? The answer will be different.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Malaysia, an excellent case study of a fatuous leader
Malaysia makes an excellent case study of a fatuous leader and a corrupt govt for all to see and to study. It is a living example of history being made in real time and all history buff and living beans should treasure this privilege to live, read and bear witness to it. This is a rare event that a fatuous leader and a corrupt govt were brought down at its peak in the abuse of power and corruption. This is not a historical event compiled by historians after every was over. It is fresh from the oven and still unfolding.

A few months before the event, a few weeks and a few days before the downfall, none of them see it coming and were intoxicating themselves with all the power, attention and stuffing money into their pockets. The wife was spending the easy money like no tomorrow and no need to account for it. Neither would they know that fortune would turn overnight and they could become criminals and being prosecuted and the likelihood that all the ill gotten gains would be taken away from them. Never would the cronies, eunuchs and fellow thieves believe that they were doing anything wrong. And the beast that was the hatchet man has gone into hiding, running away from the very law that used to protect him while he abused the law of the corrupt govt. threaten to kill the innocent.

All the years, the fatuous leader thought he was brilliant, clever and untouchable, without a clue that he was a walking idiot. And his fellow thieves did not think they were stealing the people's money and enriching themselves undeservingly. They thought they had all the power to protect themselves and their wrongdoings, their abuses of power and the stealing of the nation's and public wealth.

A good example of how silly the situation was is best described by Lim Kit Siang in an article in Yahoo News.

" “But as Khairy has now admitted, there was not even a bleat from anyone of the 730-odd Umno/BN candidates about the evil and monstrosity of the 1MDB scandal.
“Najib believed that he could get away from full accounting for the 1MDB scandal in the 14th general election, by obfuscating and virtually censoring detailed examination and debate of what the US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions had described as ‘kleptocracy at its worst’,” Lim said in a statement.
Umno leaders had staunchly defended former president Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the corruption scandal, including repeatedly backing his assertion that a RM2.6 billion deposit in his personal account was a “donation” from an unnamed Arab royal."

Notice the word, they don't even bleat a word and staunchly defended the fatuous leader over corruption scandals? And they all looked so innocent by looking the other way. No corruption. And the fatuous leader believed he could get away from full accounting by...obfuscating and virtually censoring examination and debate.

Now they are jumping ship. They knew that they were doing all the wrong things but pretended nothing of the sort for as long as they could hang on to power. When the power was taken from them, they could see their nakedness and there was nothing to hide anymore. They knew it is game over.

We all live to see how it happened and how it is going to end.
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