Friday, December 08, 2017

"Super smart" Neelofa is AirAsia board member!

Even Tony Fermades thinks she's super smart

Ah, and I had just mentioned Neelofa in my latest posting Different Icons, Different IQs. Here's hoping she remains level-headed and keeps her feet always on the ground (not in the mouth like some icons do). 
Fight for a cause, Neelofa, don't cause a fight.
Congrats, Air Asia!

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Different Icons, Different IQs

Food is expensive, ringgit is weak ...
From Sheila to Neelofa
I have come to believe that what Sheila Majid wanted to do, actually, was, really, to champion a cause. Like a lot of Hollywood celebs have been doing. Unfortunately, her tweet the other day on soaring cost of living came out all wrong. She came across as unduly critical of a government whose policies have actually helped improve the people's welfare, especially those in the lower-income bracket.

And, unfortunately times two, her tweet was used by Mahathir and Co as proof that "yet another icon has spoken up (against the Najib administration)". Cheap shot, but they have nothing to lose in trying to bring down this government, so why not?

Pro-Najib supporters were also unnecessarily harsh towards Sheila, if you ask me. Like a seasoned journo wrote in her FB, the jazz diva may be all-class when she sings but she ain't that smart. That partisan politics is ugly and manipulative is probably beyond Sheila or the likes of Siti Nurhaliza and Nur Fathia Abdul Latif, both of whom have also recently put their feet in their mouth in their attempts to be political. 
Candidate for Pekan at GE14?

I say let those celebs who want to rant on their social media do so. But their managers must do their job and tell their stars that they can actually champion a good cause without looking silly or, worse, stupid. Or without being partisan (unless, of course, they have political ambitions) because that will surely isolate a lot of their fans.

If Sheila is concerned that her fans are spending too much of borrowed money, advise them to be thrifty and to say NO to their desire for what they could hardly afford (like the iPhone X which, incidentally, has become the best-selling iPhone model despite the nearly RM6k price tag, so much for and Sheila's complaints about the government and rising cost of living). 

Sheila doesn't have to be super smart to give a good advice and because she's an icon a lot of people will listen to her if she's got something good to share.

Pro-Mahahtir or anti-Najib?
In any case, I'm not too concerned about Sheila or Siti Nurhaliza or even less so Fathia because I am not a fan (I did buy Sheila's album Legenda in the early 90s because it of P. Ramlee's songs and I had never heard of Fathia before this). I am Awie, Amy Search, M. Nasir and, of course, Ramli Sarip kinda guy. I dig Joe Flizzow even though I am not into rap. And am forever in awe of Ella and Yuna, too. 

We have more than enough icons who are smart, who constantly fight and who speak up (but not to please the old political gods) ...

Moderate but firm

And then there's Neelofa, an icon who has not only made the tudung fashionable but has continued to make tudung affordable (despite the expensive food, weak ringgit, high cost of living, etc etc). Tak bodoh, tak sombong dan tak bodoh sombong ...

Icon, both sides now

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Umno and Jerusalem

THE Prime Minister has been known to bide his time before making up his mind. Some say he's indecisive; others call him meticulous. But on US President Donald Trump's shocking move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Najib Razak didn't blink an eye. 

At the Umno General Assembly this morning, he wasted no time in setting the Malaysian agenda on Jerusalem: Malaysia will never accept Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
"As Umno president and Malaysian prime minister, I call upon all party leaders, delegates and members here and out there, wherever they may be, to stand and express your stand with confidence ... so that the world will hear the voice of Muslims in Malaysia, that we vehemently reject the proposal to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital for all times". 
Those expecting the Prime Minister to be coy because this concerns the most powerful nation on Earth are mistaken (What say Najib on Trump's Jerusalem's move?). Trump may regard Najib as a "good friend' and vice versa but the US President won't have Malaysia's support on this. Over the next three days, the Umno general assembly will set the Malaysia's biggest political party's agenda on Jerusalem. Barisan Nasional's other component parties will no doubt pledge solidarity on this, just as they have done over the years.

It would be interesting to see if Pakatan Harapan will follow suit. The Opposition's interim PM-designate Dr Mahathir Mohamad was a champion of sorts for the so-called developing countries of the South, for Palestine and South Africa, and for Bosnia during his 22 years as PM. But in cahoots with the DAP, who is known to have a different view on some of these issues (PKR-Amanah, PPBM membisu isu Jerusalem Jubilee sebab DAP, dakwa NGO), Dr M may have to sing a different tune. 

If he did, it wouldn't surprise too many people. But let's hope that won't be the case. We need to be united on the Jerusalem issue.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Felda TAK Bangkrap rupanya

The defaming front page from June 2010

PKR's husband-and-wife bosses Anwar Ibrahim and Wan Azizah Ismail may blame karma. First, the decision by the Pakatan Harapan elders to name Dr Mahathir Moahamd, the man who sacked Anwar accused the then DPM him of sodomy, among other things, as the Opposition's Prime Minister-designate in case, just in case, the Opposition wins the 14th general election, which is due before mid-2018. Same elders also proposed Wan Azizah as interim DPM but PKR has requested to defer a final decision (fear that in the interim, an interim may send the other to jail, perhaps?). 
There was that little something to gaze the sky upon when blogger Papagomo was ordered by the court to pay Anwar nearly RM1 million in damages. But, as it turns out, there won't be any early Christmas celebration as Wan Azizah was told yesterday to pay RM2 million to Felda, whose settlers are traditionally BN diehards, for defamation. 6 Dec 2017 

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Blogger in Malaysia pays Anwar Ibrahim close to RM1 million in damages!?

The Star's report
BEFORE anyone gets any ideas, let me assure you that bloggers in Malaysia generally don't have this kind of money. We are basically unemployed, liars, cheats and female. The only ones on my blogroll who may be rich enough to make you richer if you win a lawsuit against them are Najib Razak and Dr Mahathir Mohamad. And they are not really bloggers, at least not like the rest of us, if you know what I mean.