Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Umno's Letter to The Editor of Malaysiakini you ought to read

Here's why the unpolished gems in Umno should be allowed to come out more often to air their views. This letter to the editor published by the Malaysiakini penned by Shahril Hamdan is an excellent read, someone who does not care much for Umno told me. I blogged about the 31-year old exco member of Umno Youth once (The day Syed Saddiq made a name for his opponent, Sept 2017). Dira Abu Zahar is the other "star" in Puteri Umno who came out, seemingly out of nowhere, to shine. 
There are more, if BN chairman Najib Razak is interested to field younger candidates at the GE14. But quite a number of the old ones don't want to go ...

Mahathir is doing all this for Malaysia, right?

by Shahril Hamdan

COMMENT | I refer to the Malaysiakini article titled Mukhriz: Dad threw a fit when Umno tried to field me in election.
I find Mukhriz Mahathir's claim that his father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad threw a fit when Umno tried to field him as a candidate in the 1999 general election most amusing.
For starters, the late 1990s is now subject to some pretty extreme historical revisionism by Mahathir.
So I wouldn't put much stock in what he says he did or did not do in that period, since the versions change dramatically every so often.
But if we are on the subject of Mahathir throwing fits, the public should also be aware of the metaphorical one he had in more recent memory - when his son lost the bid to become one of the three Umno vice-presidents.
Might it be coincidental that, at that moment too, Mahathir stepped up his attacks against Umno and the prime minister personally?
If one didn't know better, one might say that Mahathir took his son's loss as a personal affront by Najib Abdul Razak, whom he perceived to have helped the three incumbents retain their spot.
If one didn't know better, one might find this perception ironic, considering the iron grip Mahathir himself had on Umno in his decades as president - deciding who wins what seat where and when.
The master craftsman
If one didn't know better, one might assume that Mahathir was further affronted by the fact that one particular person, Khairy Jamaluddin, did in fact very publicly campaign for Hishammuddin Hussein to the clear electoral detriment of Mukhriz in that close contest for the third VP spot.
If one didn't know better, one might say that Mahathir never got over the fact that after so many years of trying to “end” Khairy, the guy just wouldn't go gently into the good night.
But instead, he had the nerve to try, and then succeed, in defeating Mukhriz in the 2009 contest for Umno Youth chief.
If one didn't know better, one might say this latest intervention about stopping his son contesting as a candidate in 1999 is vintage Mahathir, acting out the concerned, principled, elderly statesman routine that belies the master craftsman of a politician he actually is.
He who uses everything at his disposal and pulls every emotional string at the most opportune times to secure what he truly wants – an unassailable legacy, Lee Kuan Yew style.
Alas, I guess we in BN ought to know better. Because surely Mahathir would not have the audacity to quit the party, rejoin and then quit again, form a new one, eat his own words, make countless bewildering U-turns on everything and culminate in signing off on a manifesto that essentially seeks to undo his own policies in office - for his own personal gain.
Surely we ought to know better. This has nothing to do with his narrow agenda or vendetta. He's just not that type of person, right? He's doing this for Malaysia, right?
SHAHRIL HAMDAN is an Umno Youth exco member.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Why Felda should disclose findings of forensic audit investigation

Keep the docs but share the findings, YB

240 DOCS LINKED TO PROBE. Well, I don't think people are interested in the 240 documents linked to forensic audit investigation into the Felda Jalan Semarak land's lost and found mystery. For the matter, I fear former DPM Muhyiddin Yassin himself would be lost under those piles of documents, just as he was with the 1MDB issue. 
But most Malaysians, I'm sure, would like to know the findings of that investigation. Who lost the land and how or why, for example. And, for the sake of credibility and transparency, people really would not mind knowing who or which firm conducted that audit investigation. Of course, only when the whole investigation has been completed, YB Razali Ibrahim. No point giving  the people a blow-by-blow account of an on-going forensic audit probe. This isn't football. 
I am sure the (new) Felda management would also want the people to know [1. findings of the audit report 2. the company that conducted the audit]. Why? Because it was Felda's own big boss Shahrir Samad who had highlighted the problem (the "lost" land)  in the first place. There was talk of fraud and abuse of power, etc. Surely, the people are owed the right to know if fraud was indeed committed. And if so, who are the culprits?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Checkmate Sarawak and (soon) Sabah

UPDATES, 13 March:
With Sabah safe in the bank, can Mahathir still topple Najib?
by A Voice says "Most Semenanjung voters are not aware of the relevance of Sabah and Sarawak for the general election. Without these two block of seats, the chances of toppling BN by "Pakatan DAP" will be of low probability."

original article:
The establishment of Petros, the Sarawak state oil and gas exploration firm, caught many by surprise. An industry player asked over dinner last week what PM Najib Razak was up to and how Petroleum Sarawak Berhad would affect how business is done. Nobody could come up with sure answers.

What's certain is that industry players aren't the only ones paying close attention. Politicians gearing up for the 14th general election are on their feet. Political mouthpieces in the Opposition have gone out to suggest that this was PM Najib Razak's election gimmick. But at the rate Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg is gloating h e r e, we can safely rule it out as an empty promise by the Federal Government.

And now Foreign Minister Anifah Aman has made a public announcement to his fellow Sabahans that they are poised for good news from the Prime Minister. News with regards to Sabah's long-standing claims with Putrajaya. Anifah trying out some general election gimmick? Not likely. The Kimanis MP says he would quit Umno if Najib does not deliver. And Anifah percaya Najib tuna janji.

Sabah and Sarawak have long been regarded as the ruling coalition's "fixed deposit" but one the Opposition led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad had been hoping could be shaken by pitting Putrajaya against the locals over long-standing sensitive claims involving the two states. But with Petros and the likely 40% minimum guarantee for Sabah, things are suddenly looking tough for Pakatan Harapan in Sabah and Sarawak.

And it'll be tougher very quickly if the PM decides to pick a Sabahan or a Sarawakian as Malaysia's 2nd Deputy Prime Minister after the GE. The Opposition has always been talking about a Chinese as second DPM. 

A Sabahan, or a Sarawakian, would be more deserving for that post, if you ask me.

Harapan setinggi gunung, berderai menjadi debu [Theme song for Pakatan's GE14 manifesto]

Someone asked me yesterday. what I thought of Pakatan Harapan's manifesto for the 14th general election [which may happen next month or as late as in August].
The opening lines of BDB's 70s hit song Hatiku Luka Lagi jumped to mind:
Harapan setinggi gunungBerderai menjadi debu
Waltz straight to 1:05 to skip the Earth, Wind and Fire-styled dialogue. Still a catchy number, I tell yer:

Read  Kua Kia Song's What's lacking in Pakatan Harapan's manifesto posted by FMT 

I agree with the Suaram chief: the Opposition's manifesto looks and smells of Barisan Nasional. But what does he expect? Pakatan Harapan is led by a former BN-Umno strongman, the man who was Prime Minister for 22 years. And whereas Kia Song thinks emulating the BN is not a good thing for the Opposition, the Pakatan Harapan's leaders obviously think otherwise. Dr Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to keep BR1M (he is a big opponent of BR1M before this, listing the cash aid scheme for the poor as one of the reasons why he said he had to oppose Najib Razak) if Pakatan comes to power.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Salut, Ng Jern-Fei

Jern-Fei, NST pic
Read Zaharah Othman's piece on PJ boy Ng Jern-Fei, 38, youngest human being ever to be made QC. It's the kind of story that makes your morning. You feel happy for another countryman who's doing extremely well overseas. And happier that (unlike some who have done well for themselves abroad) this man reserves kind words for his country of birth:
"... if this somehow represents a brain drain from Malaysia, I think the more accurate narrative is that, Malaysia has, through its education system, been able to produce individuals who are able to compete with the world’s best on the global stage."
Please read the Zaharah's full article h e r e.

All the best, Jern-Fei.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Cynthia, Mejar Huan and the fight against corruption, Malaysian style

Given her reputation, one might have expected Cynthia ready-to-be-called-CIA-agent Gabriel to ask Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to resign over his "strange"  claim of ignorance about the RM22 million undersea tunnel "payoff". 
But not even a rap on the DAP and Pakatan Harapan leader's  knuckles. Instead, the founder of the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), recipient of the prestigious 2017 NED award, and fierce opponent of 1MDB and the Scorpene deal merely urged the Penang government to end its contract with Zenith over the RM22m believed to be bribes paid for Guan Eng's proposed RM6.3 billion tunnel project.
If Guan Eng doesn't end its contract with Zenith, "the public may be confused", she said.

Her words, according to The Sun, not mine. 

Is that it from Cynthia and C4, then? I hope not but I fear that's it, really. Some Malaysians fight corruption and abuses as long as they do not implicate the people or factions they are party to. To them, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Attorney-General and the courts are doing their job only if they go after people or factions they are not party to. That's how things work. 
But because of that, fortunately, we get to depend on other Malaysian individuals like Huan I-have-been-vidicated Cheng Guan to try and dig up the wrong-doings, corruption, and abuses of powerful people, including politicians like Guan Eng, that the likes of Cynthia Gabriel may choose to ignore, downplay or even excuse. 

The next NED award recipient, perhaps? :-)

Thursday, March 01, 2018

It's March, Let's read The Quran!

I shall begin my m(M)arch by rejoining Anas Zubedy and his #LRTQ2018 campaign in the hope that I, myself, and me as well as my Dear Readers will benefit, sedikit sebanyak, from this dude's initiative and from the Holy Book's guidance and boundless derivatives. 

Here's the link to Zubedy's Share The Quran e-book, A Collection of Selected Verses from the Quran. Happy Reading to us ...

Friday, February 23, 2018

The truth about the Corruption Perception Index

"There is no truth. There is only perception." - Gustave Flaubert

The MACC chief (right) with Tunku Abdul Aziz, who helped found TI-M in 1998

Dzulkifli Ahmad, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief, said he was rather shocked by the latest Corruption Perception Index issued yesterday by the Transparency International-Malaysia. The report, in a nutshell, perceives corruption in Malaysia as worse in 2017 (the year in review) than in 2016. Read here.

According to Dzul: 
“If we based it on the reality of what happened in the country and the actions taken by the MACC, then it (our rank) should be better than 2016.” 
But that's the thing that Dzul needs to get used to. The Transparency International-Malaysia's CPI deals with perception. Not reality. And not truth, either. Dr Mahathir Mohamad, when he was Prime Minister,  labeled the TM's index as another example of Western cultural imperialism. He labeled a lot of things as such. It did not mean that Mahathir tolerated or encouraged corruption.

Abu Kassim worked hard to correct perception
Dzul's predecessor Abu Kassim Mohamed, who now sits on the board of IACA, understood where the TI-M and its CPI were coming from. At a meeting with feared and influential Malaysian bloggers shortly after his appointment as at the MACC boss in 2010, Abu Kassim started the meeting by demanding to know who among the bloggers present, if any, had lately received or paid bribes. 

Abu Kassim's charisma was such that one blogger, probably thinking that the MACC chief knew, confessed to having bribed workers from a utility company recently to overlook procedures to get a job done for him. 

Thankfully, only one. 

Abu Kassim quickly made his point. Almost everyone in the room had been critical of the MACC and the fight against corruption. Newspapers, too, reported rampant and blatant corruption. And TI  and Opposition politicians kept talking about poor or worsening perception on corruption in Malaysia. But the reality is, I remember Abu Kassim saying, corruption is not a way of life in Malaysia. "What we have is not a problem with corruption but a problem of perception."

By choice, Abu Kassim spent a lot of his time as MACC chief attending international conferences on corruption because he believed that it was part the key to correcting the negative perception about the country's fight against corruption. I suppose if you look at the CPI during his tenure, you will find that Abu Kassim was quite right.

Therefore, Dzul's "reality of what happened in the country and the actions taken by the MACC" are not enough. In fact, the more actions the MACC takes, the worse the perception might become. As Paul Low, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of integrity and governance, says: 
“The high degree of publicity and exposure given by MACC to these cases especially in the last year may have created a more negative perception which could have contributed to the drop in Malaysia’s CPI score and ranking.” - Malaysia's drop in global graft index shocks MACC chief

The irony did not escape Another Brick in the Wall, one of the feared and influential blogger who attended our 2010 closed-door meeting with Abu Kassim (but not the one who confessed to his indiscretion), observes:
"By mentioning NFC in which Rafizi Ramli's recent appeal for prison sentencing was rejected, it proves that TI's perception based corruption index is seriously faulty. The message from TI-Malaysia finding is that perception on corruption worsen when MACC uncover and investigate high profile corruption cases. 
"Datok Paul Low proves the point. TI-Malaysia index implies that the countries better perceived in term of corruption are those that cover-up big corruption cases and anti-graft agency should do nothing." - TMI's latest CPI telling MACC not to investigate corruption

Mejar Huan: Blames Guan Eng for Msia's latest CPI

Political activist Huan Cheng Guan aka Mejar Huan blames the rise in CPI to the alleged corrupt practices of the states under the Opposition, particularly his own home state of Penang, which has been under the rule of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for 10 years. 

Excerpts from his latest FB posting: 

Read Mejar Huan Penang's FULL posting

Again, that is largely the writer's perception of things. Except, of course, Mejar Huan's last line about Guan Eng refusing to resign. That's reality. That's the truth. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

So Guan Eng and the DAP don't need the Malay votes

Guan Eng's tunnel vision: If t h i s is true,
Dr M and Junior can't represent Malay voters lah

Orignial article:
21 Feb
Guan Eng's tunnel vision about multiracial politics 

In MCA leaders avoiding Chinese-majority seats, Lim Guan Eng mocks his political foes from the Malaysian Chinese Association, Umno's major partner in the ruling BN coalition, for needing Malay votes to win the elections. The way I see it and the way most people will see it, the beleaguered Penang Chief Minister mocks himself. He insults the  Malay voters. 
If a Chinese leader contests and wins in a non-Chinese-majority area or an Indian leader in a non-Indian-community constituent, isn't that testimony and validation of multi racial politics? 
Doesn't it show that voters are able to decide NOT on racial background? 

Guan Eng is a complete moron to say that MCA can't represent Chinese voters if it's banking on Malay support. What's wrong with Malay voters, mo? The DAP does not need Malay support, is it? 
But wasn't that what you and your party claimed to have been fighting for? Preaching us for decades about Malaysian Malaysia and all that bs? And now you are whining and bitching ... just because the MCA seems to have achieved it! 
I am a Malay voter so Guan Eng does not need my support or my vote but I would still like to tell him: maybe you can't undo your mistakes with regards to your underground tunnel but you can still go and fix that tunnel vision of yours. 

Read also:
Lim can be investigated over tunnel issue - NST, Feb 17
Tunnel project: Penang govt spawng half truths - FMT Feb 13
Guan Eng hot under the collar over press' knowledge - The Star Feb 14

Monday, February 12, 2018

Could Nur Aina Nabihah have been saved?

"Police had questioned the father in June last year after the victim's biological mother lodged a report after finding swellings on her body.
"Police referred the case to the deputy public prosecutor but no further action was taken." - Man charged with murdering nine-year old daughter, The Star, 12 Feb

Those two paragraphs appeared at the end - yes, at the very end - of the news article. Based on Journalism 101's inverted pyramid, editors usually leave the most insignificant part of a news article last. If the sub editor needs the length of the story reduced to give way to another item (such as an important late news or a last-minute ad), she would just need to chop the story from the bottom. Am glad the editor didn't have to do that in the case of this story. For in those last two paragraphs lies the most tragic part of the story of the senseless murder of little Nur Aina Nabihah.

"Police had questioned the father in June last year after the victim's biological mother lodged a report after finding swellings on her body. 
"Police referred the case to the deputy public prosecutor but no further action was taken." 

What happened? What did the police establish after questioning the father? What was actually referred to the DPP by the police? Why was no further action taken? Will we ever learn from these deaths?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Why GE14 won't be called before May

“The three months probe will start today ... Only after the review is completed will Felda be able to take disciplinary actions." - Shahrir Samad 

Thanks to Shahrir Samad, the Felda chairman, many will now assume  that the general election won't happen until May. 
During a press conference (that started 10.45pm) last night, Shahrir announced the Felda board's decision to establish a special committee on legal review tasked to recommend legal/disciplinary action against Felda officers/directors implicated in a forensic audit investigation into Felda's "lost" Jalan Semarak land issue. Findings by the audit firm have been submitted to the PM but these findings were not shared with the Press last night. Shahrir declined to even reveal the name of the audit firm. 
That aside, the latest committee will require three months to complete its review, Shahrir said.  It's February so three months will take us to May. The Holy Ramadan starts middle May and Hari Raya is mid-June. The Constitution dictates that GE14 must be held by August this year.
PM Najib is not likely to call for a GE if the Felda Jalan Semarak land issue is not fully resolved. Too much at stake there. 

Read Everything you need to know about Malaysia's upcoming election 

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Tabung Haji's hibah: Why it's a gift of love

Generally, Tabung Haji depositors are appreciative of the 2017 hibah announced by Tabung Haji yesterday. But as usual, it is the smallest who makes the biggest noise. If they can hush for just a minute to really analyse the numbers and put things in perspective, instead of listening to just their own voices, these people may actually see that Tabung Haji depositors - the non-Haji depositors as well as those saving up to go to the Haj - have all done quite well for themselves.

Short of conducting a survey, I asked my contacts in the financial sector and also those who are queuing up to perform their Haj through Tabung Haji. what they thought about the latest hibah. All were quite impressed with Tabung Haji's performance, given that 2017 wasn't exactly the best of years for anybody.

One ex-CEO of a giant of a financial institution wrote back: 
"I think it is a reasonable return of 4.5 per cent for non-Haji depositors compared to 3.5 per cent bank deposits. Remember, (these) people can withdraw their money as and when they require. 
"For those saving to go to the Haj, they get 6.25 per cent, which is good given the low returns on cash, money market and fixed income instruments. For example, the yield for 10-year MGS is below 4 per cent." 
On the social media, some depositors expressed disappointment with the returns they are getting from their savings in TH. They felt TH should have done better for their money. Fair enough. But one or two people are accusing TH of cheating its depositors.

This dude on FB may have the "key" to why such people may have been so unreasonably unhappy:

To date, 7 per cent (600,000) of TH depositors have been to the Haj and still maintain their accounts with TH. Out of the remaining 93 per cent of 8.7 million depositors, some 2.7 million have registered to go to the Haj.

Monday, February 05, 2018

War against Fake news: Why we need to win it together

Msia and Spore join nations around the globe
 in the war against FAKE news

Some Opposition politicians have accused the Government  of wanting to use a proposed new law against fake news to silence anti-government elements aka its political enemies. Well, some Opposition politicians are stupid. You don't need me to tell you that but I will tell you that anyway.  Because Communications Minister Saleh Said Keruak is not going to say that because he has to play nice and explain why Malaysia needs such a law:

“The fake news are not only a matter of concern for those from the ruling party but also those from the opposition parties and members of the public. We should determine together that the fake news problem can be resolved.” - Law against fake news not for political interest: Salleh 
Fake news according to the Daily Telegraph 

Fact is, fake news is not just a Malaysian problem. Just last month, the UK government said it was going to set up a new national security unit to tackle fake news. US president Donald Trump says even the great American mainstream media - not just the social media - have been faking it these days. Singapore has launched its war against fake news, h e r e.
Trumping fake news in America

Here in Malaysia, we really know how to fake it. Let's not blame it just on the ruling party's so-called cyber troopers; the Opposition's propaganda machinery has had more experience in this department. In any case, an anti-fake news law should serve neither the ruling party nor the Opposition; it should be meant to protect the Malaysian public against fakehood and half-truths. 

Friday, February 02, 2018

Ex-IGP's son to lodge police report against Mahathir for threats

The Mole columnist* Abdul Rahmat Omar is lodging a police report against the handler of the Facebook account Mahathir The Legend for defamation and threats to cause bodily harm. 

Social media owners in Malaysia rarely involve the police in their war of words but in recent months that "war" has become savage and downright ugly. In his posting attacking Capt Seademon, Rahmat's popular nickname on social media, Mahathir had accused the columnist of having been stripped of his ranks when he was in the military and implied that he had used the influence of his father, who was the Inspector General of Police, to avert a worse fate than just to be stripped of his rank.
Rahmat has challenged Mahathir to furnish proof of his allegations but the latter merely repeated the allegations.

I am not a big fan of police reports and lawsuits against any kind of scribes, but I am even less of a fan when it comes to lies, half-truths and baseless allegations thrown at a fellow scribe, especially by someone who hides behind anonymity. 
I hope Mahathir knows Facebook is not an excuse to defame others and neither is it a protection against lawsuits. But I'm quite sure legal aid is not an issue with him; it never is with the Opposition. Capt Rahmat will soon find out that he will be disadvantaged if he takes Mahathir to court ...

p.s. If Capt Seademon's article on Sendayan h e r e had driven Mahathir crazy, his latest piece on Rais Hussin will undoubtedly earn him the mighty wrath of the Policy and Strategy Bureau head for Tun Mahathir Mohamad's Pribumi party. BecauseAllah knows and the truth hurts ...

Read Ada Faham Rais? 

* Rahmat has been writing  his column in The Mole since last year

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Felda's negotiators and Lurah Bilut 2.0

You can make fun of Shahrir Samad and the "lost" Jalan Semarak land all you want but doubt the Felda chairman's resolve at your own peril. He has said (after getting back the lost land) he wanted a better deal out of a three-year old Development Agreement on the KL Vertical City and without much ado he's set up this Special Committee of negotiators to achieve that better deal. 

I only wish Shahrir had formed this Special Committee earlier, much earlier. We know for a fact that the developer had offered to "return" the "lost" land to him sometime last year, long before Berita Harian's Dec 21 sensational piece. That would have been a good time for Shahrir as the still relatively new Felda chairman  to set up such a committee to discuss, diplomatically, new terms with the developer. 

And I wish Shahrir had included a representative of the Felda Investment Corporation (FIC) in the Special Committee.  As it is, Shahrir's negotiators in the Special Committee are people from the Minister of Finance, Prime Minister's Office, and the Public Private Partnership (Ukas) and the Felda GM.

The FIC, not Felda, signed the Development Agreement with SPSB.

That aside, I wish Shahrir all the best for this Sunday's launch of Felda 2.0 by Prime Minister Najib Razak in Lurah Bilut. 

Read what Felda 2.0 is hoped to accomplish h e r e
and h e r e.

The Lurah Bilut pilot project aims not just to uplift the living standards of the 6,000 settler families "similar to that of cities" but attract new residents from outside urban areas. More importantly, 3rd generation Felda settlers would want to stay in the settlements and help develop them.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The story behind the Indira Ghandi's story

I usually stay away from controversial issues concerning religion, be it mine, yours, or theirs. Because I believe in most cases such controversies are created, manufactured, concocted to divide us, to turn us onto one another and keep us at loggerheads. And, if you notice, they become more rampant as this nation gets closer to a general election ...

The Indira Ghandi's controversy is no exception. It has a familiar ring to it. Malaysians have been here and they know it and yet here they are getting worked up and ready to go to war to defend their religions or attack others'.

When, in actual fact, according to Herman Basuki,*:

Excerpts from Indira Ghandi's case was never about religion
At the risk of grossly oversimplifying the grounds of judgment, the three key points of the judgment are: 
(1) The High Court can review the actions of the Registrar of Muallafs being a public authority exercising statutory powers under the Administration of the Religion of Islam (Perak) Enactment 2004 (‘the Perak Enactment’).
(2) The conversion of a child to Islam must comply with the Perak Enactment.
(3) Both parents of a child must consent to the conversion of a child to Islam. 
The issue in Indira Gandhi’s case has always been whether the conversion of Indira Gandhi’s children to Islam by her ex-husband was lawful. For a child to be converted to Islam, the provisions of the Perak Enactment must be complied with. To put it more simpler, the procedures and perhaps ritual related to the converion as stipulated under the Perak Enactment were not done thus could put the conversion as questionable. 
Indira Gandhi’s case was never about religion, it has always been whether the Registrar of Muallafs, the public authority responsible for registering the children as Muslims, have complied with the provisions of the Perak Enactment ... READ MORE!


** This was in August last year, "Hindu mother Indira Ghandi", as some newspapers described her,   may have a totally different view now ...

* OK, who is Herman Basuki? 
I would like to know also because I would like to thank him for oversimplifying the issue. Sometimes that's what we Malaysians need. Kiss. As in, Keep it simple, stupid!

To all my Hindu readers, Happy Thaipusam!

Monday, January 29, 2018

VMY logo, Siti Hasmah and police bruuuutality

Two things riled us up over the weekend: the Visit Malaysia Year logo for 2020 and the so-called interrogation of Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, the wife of the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, over some things she said during an anti-government rally last year.

First, this logo...

Malaysians made fun of the logo, the orang utans in the logo, the penyu and its Oakley (or Ray-ban). They slammed Nazri the Minister, they even "weep for all our great graphic designers". I think some of them over-reacted, big time. The logo's kinda cute, if you ask me. And it might have actually been designed by some school kid or some talented OKU, if you know what I mean. 
My only complaint is the use of the Twin Towers (is it Mallaysia or Malalysia?). Why not The Exchange 106 (which will be 40 m taller than the Twin Towers when completed in a few months)? 

And second but not secondary, the interrogation that wasn't ...

The picture that went viral of the "interrogation" is so damning. Tun Siti could be nodding off or looking at an odd stain on the desk but from this angle it does look like she is at the point of breaking down. If you were not touched by the photograph, Rafidah Aziz's Country has reached new low by investigating Dr Siti Hasmah and Siti Hasmah wasn't even involved in kleptocracy make sure you are fired up!

But Siti Hasmah was not called to the police station. The police station came to her. 
In fact, the policemen were sheepish, embarrassed (in other words, respectful and just doing their job), we found out later. Not just that, Tun Siti was not intimidated or afraid (her words, not mine). 

I think some of those who screamed at the police and swore at the Najib Administration were just taking advantage of the situation for their own gains (to remain relevant, maybe, or to hide their own massive scandals when they were in government?). If they really cared for Tun Siti, they should be screaming and swearing at those people who had dragged her to attend their political rallies and who were using her to promote their dwindling street protests. Tun Siti is 91, for heaven's sake,

Like most Malaysians my generation, I'd grown fond of Tun Siti, who stood quietly and solidly for 22 years behind the country's longest-serving Prime Minister. Throughout her First Ladyship, she was witty, comel  and, like the wife of the current Prime Minister, can really sing (and play the piano, too). In the early years of her First Ladyship, the nasty people accused her of demanding a percentage of whatever business you wanted to lobby from her husband.  One of her kids complained to a New Straits Times editor about a journalist who failed to get to her feet when the mother entered the room; the journalist was quickly transferred out of Jalan Riong. Other than these, Siti Hasmah managed to stay away and above all the scandals and crises that plagued her husband and children.

If she were my mom, I'll whack them for exploiting her for their own gains.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Bruneian" Mukhriz fumbles at U-turn

After the terrible backlash from his citizen of Brunei when abroad confession, Mukhriz Mahathir despatched an aide to tell Malaysiakini that he had actually been misquoted by the Sinar Harian [Mukhriz malu Malaysia banyak masalah]. 

Typical, eh? But some politicians have said U-turns are allowed.

Still, I thought Mukhriz should have at the very least set the record straight himself. With Sinar Harian and not Malaysiakini.

And there was really no need to implicate the rest of us to save your sorry arse:

"Malaysians in general feel ashamed by the country's image that has been tarnished in the eyes of the world?"
Really, Mukhriz?

So, all these Malaysians in geneal claimed to be citizens of Brunei when they were abroad or performing the umrah, izzit?

Hum ...

Once upon a time, Malaysians in general thought Mukhriz had it in him. They've been had and are now very embarrassed.

As I am.

Please read:

Sinar Harian's original article Mukhriz malu Malaysia banyak masalah: