Thursday, April 29, 2010
Najib was reported to have said, "I do not want the pledge we made to be questioned. This allocation is a sincere gesture to the Chinese community. We will continue to hope for cooperation and support from the Chinese community. Although not all had voted for us this time, we hope in the future, the community will give their full support to Barisan."
Errrr......okay sounds genuine enough. Or does it? Later on in the story it was reported that
"During the campaign, Najib made a pledge to approve the allocation for the school a day after the by-election on Sunday, provided the Barisan won."
That's not all. As if to stick the finger further in our collected asses, Chua Soi Lek who was there at the check presentation ceremony allegedly said "the Prime Minister’s action proved that the Barisan had not dangled the allocation as a “bargaining tool” to fish for votes in Hulu Selangor." HUH???!!!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
There seems to be a formula coming out of this kind of thing doesn't it? Get someone to shoot your local MP. Might not be difficult these days. Check if he/she has a valid driving licence and likes watching football. Or if you don't want to be so drastic 'persuade' him to resign. Reasons? Hiyah! No need la. Then prepare a list of goodies that you want to ask for during the ensuing by-elections that are held. Sure get one. True one. Even the pee emm say so, “I have already made a pledge that all promises that we made in the by-election would be delivered. It is not true that just because the Chinese community did not give us their votes, we would ignore them”
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Star says that Naza's defence division has launched a Armoured Modular Vehicle and called it the Rosomak 8x8!!! I don't think the 1st lady will be pleased with that close resemblance to her name. Especially since it is no sleek sports car but a big-assed 8x8 armoured vehicle which its manufacturer claims weighs between 18 and 26 tonnes and can withstand explosions up to 10 kg (22lb) TNT.
:-) I thought we could all use a giggle.
We are all familiar with the litany of sins: twenty-two years of authoritarian rule under which the perpetuation of unjust laws, moving in tandem with the increasing politicisation of race, education and religion; and the growing dependence on money as the universal medium, have turned the state into a creature of evil.
In 1998-1999 the whole business came to a head. The impotent “People”, having suffered silently and for too long under this yoke, rallied to the cause of Anwar Ibrahim, late protégé of that geriatric villain Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and once the brightest star within that putrid, corrupt fascist behemoth the Nazi Party, I mean, the United Malays National Organisation.
The People rallied to the banner of Freedom, Justice, and Democracy without understanding a word of anything because not a single comprehensible word was spoken in their defence, and because we were too busy chanting slogans to ask. Anwar, once Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the very same regime now unmasked as a kleptocratic dictatorship (and really you would have had to be daft to think any such unmasking necessary) was the Prodigal Son, returned and transformed, into a kind of oriental Moses.
Alternative policies weren’t necessary (remember that was during the time of the Asian Financial Crisis), actions plans were irrelevant. All that mattered was the Promised Land to which he and his kind proposed to lead us. Where was that, exactly?
To be charitable, Anwar did not have much time to articulate an alternative before he was arrested, abused, tried and sentenced in a kangaroo court filled with incompetent prosecutors whose failed attempts at misdirection were saved only by the dismal rants of that mindless automaton, the late S. Augustine Paul. I speak no ill of the dead, but I make an exception for that cadaverous monkey who, as much as Eusoff Chin, Hamid Omar, and V.K. Lingham, prostituted the judiciary for a pittance in the dark corridors of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Ten years later on March 8 Anwar, and we, had another chance to change our common political future, but again we failed and even now we are engrossed with questions of private morality—whether Zaid Ibrahim drinks bourbon or owns race horses, or both, or whatever; whether Khairy Jamaluddin drinks, whether Hishammuddin Hussein got wasted on a tin of Anchor, etc. Why is this important?
Why, in Malaysia, is it more important to believe what a politician says than to judge her by what she does as a legislator? Why do all political parties fail consistently to provide social leadership and seek instead to appeal to the lowest, most vulgar, denominator and turn that into a public virtue?
Hitler distinguished between “members” and “supporters” of his party UMNO, I mean, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party:
“The greater and more essentially revolutionary an idea is, the more activistic its membership will become, since the revolutionary force of a doctrine involves a danger for its supporters, which seems calculated to keep cowardly little shopkeepers away from it.
“They will privately regard themselves as supporters, but decline to make a public avowal of this by membership. By virtue of this fact, the organisation of a really revolutionary idea obtains as members only the most active among the supporters won over by propaganda.
“And precisely in this activity of a movement’s membership, guaranteed by natural selection, lies the premise for equally active future propaganda as well as a successful struggle for the realisation of the idea.” (Mein Kampf, Vol 2, Ch XI. No I am not saying Nazism is good; but it is good to be aware of Nazi tactics, and I shall even use them for antifascist ends if you trust me enough.)
Our parties, on the other hand, seek perpetually to make members of everyone. We proceed from the base assumption that strength is good, and strength lies in numbers, and we replace activism with the whatever we can get, as long as there is a lot of it. It doesn’t matter if it’s the frothing hyperventilation of diseased fanatical sheep.
How else do you explain the quick descent of the democratic process in Hulu Selangor, even as I write this, into the juvenile hell of Molesworth & Co.? How do you explain the giddy complaisance of the MIC politician, Kamalanathan, in cozying up to the very same brand of bigot who might very well describe him, in Parliament itself, as a “toddy-drinking darkie” who should “go back to the estates” or even better, India?
How else do you explain the absence of talk about democratic obligations rather than perpetual screaming for rights and privileges?
And how else do you explain 53 years of Perikatan-Barisan Nasional despotism?
Well, whose fault is that? The politicians? They merely tell you what you want to hear, promise you things you covet but which they are unable to give and—here’s the funny bit—were yours by right in the first place. Wang for the Rakyat. A new school. Land titles. Justice. Freedom. Democracy.
We, the People, are idiots and exult in our own ignorance.
In this sense I prefer to continue living under Mahathir’s regime: at least then my enemy was one man and he was honest enough not to dodge. Now my enemy is almost the entire population led by fools parading around as saints.
And if anyone wishes to remind me of vox populi, vox Dei (the voice of the people is the voice of God), I beg to draw attention to the full quotation: Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit. (But they ought not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, for the restless mob ever approaches insanity.)
It is imperative that we eject from political office that international disgrace Najib Razak, as well as the vertically-challenged human worm that follows him about, before the two of them pauperise the rest of us for their explosive, unsinkable purposes. But who for the sake of this wonderful country do we propose to replace them with?
Therein lies the rub, doesn’t it? We have no bloody idea, and we don’t damned well care.
1MalaysiaMan's explanation in The Malaysian Insider today......
“Oh my God! This is culture we are talking about. If someone can say that culture is selling pride then I do not know what they are talking about."
“I am shocked that people can compare culture to pride,” he said.
The MIC information chief insisted that it was in Malaysian culture to show such acts of respect to the elders.
“Every child is taught to respect their elders. I was taught the same thing...”
“Kiss his hand? When did I kiss his hand? Show me where I did that,” he (Kamalanathan) exclaimed, looking miffed when asked at an unplanned press conference in Ladang Kerling near here (Kuala Kubu Bahru).
(My friend, Antares says 1MalaysiaMan wasn't lying. Really. A close analysis of the photo above reveals that he was actually kissing his own hand. However, for public relations purposes, he wanted his gesture to look like subservience to the arrogant mud-faced Umno warlord....)Niamah!!!
Monday, April 19, 2010
"You cannot get traction without friction" - Najib Razak at a luncheon forum at the Asia Society.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" - Najib in reply to doubters of him and his colleagues in government having the will to bring about difficult changes.
"We must build a future worthy of our past" - Najib on 1Malaysia.
Well, I think, if nothing else, we certainly cemented our reputation as bunch of cliche'd people. Among the best of the lot.
But in the words of great wisdom race Najib paled in the face of his deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin.
In the NST it was reported that, when refuting allegations by the opposition that he was a racist and neglected the needs of other races, he said, "How can this be? ... A large number of my close friends are Indians and Chinese. The only thing is that some of my friends say I have a serious-looking face, but what can I do? I was born like that. But don't worry, I have a good heart," he said in jest. Did that also mean that he only said he has a good heart as a joke and he really didn't? Or what? :-)
And then this is the clincher la..................
In describing the BN candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election Muhyiddin said that Kamalanathan (the BN candidate) has a truly 1Malaysia name. Why? Oh you got to give him the award for brilliant thinking for this.
Muhyiddin Yassin said that "Kamal" is Malay, "Alan" is Christian (the Bible got this name meh?) and "Nathan" an Indian name.
Muhyiddin went on to say that the fler's name was perfect to get people to understand the 1Malaysia concept. Wah! Damn good right? In one name, the DPM has managed to explain the 1Malaysia concept. Now, I am waiting for Chinese and non-Christian groups together with the lain-lain flers and the peoples of East Malaysia to organise demonstrations in protest because their names were left out of the 1Malaysia concept. How can man?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Rosmah Mansor about Malaysia. From Washington......
“Malaysia is not a tapestry woven from one thread, one colour or one cloth. Our muti-ethnicity and cultural diversity have become an integral part of our society....”
“We have learnt to develop an excellent recipe of tolerance, acceptance and co-existence. This is our identity, our image as well as our strength which in turn, provided a strong foundation for our country’s politicial, social and economic success."
Nazri Abdul Aziz about ministers having to declare their assets.....
“I think we must understand that for security reasons, if our assets are known to the public, then it means everyone… thieves and kidnappers. We are then putting ourselves and our families in danger by declaring to the public”.
Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali about...well it is Ibrahim Ali la......
“There can be no meeting point when it comes to religion”
Muhyiddin Yassin about Zaid Ibrahim in the Hulu Selangor by-election......
“He (Zaid) is heavy only due to his size but in reality he is a featherweight”
A friend of mine sent me this front page photo taken from the Asia Wall Street Journal. The thing that caught his attention and mine was the very unusual body language of Najib in the photo. It almost begs a caption contest. So go ahead. Have some fun. Be creative. Nothing lewd or silly please. Thank you.
Collaboration is what we need
He used ONE smooth pebble, put it in his sling and swung it towards Goliath, striking him square in his forehead (just underneath his helmet armour). That was how tiny David took out Goliath, a beast of a man that tormented his enemies by his sheer physique and presence.
Everyone said it was impossible to take him on, until ‘naïve’ little David proved them wrong.
What needs to be pointed out in relation to our current situation is David used ONE pebble. You did not see him throw a basket or bag of stones hoping that it will hit somewhere unprotected by armour, hoping it will hit one of Goliath’s vital organs. Statistically, killing Goliath with one pebble would most likely not happen.The odds are against the disadvantaged David.
Coming back to the present, there is a lot of enthusiasm in the air right now and a lot of us who are revving our engines furiously, waiting anxiously to take off, do something, anything to bring about change in our community and country.
We are equally as excited and anxious to launch too. However we realize that our actions and plans will be futile without collaboration, without working as one with others. I think it has been way too long that us Malaysians have not worked together properly that we have missed what true collaboration means. Again the purpose and reason for the collaboration is the cause, nothing more, nothing less. That means putting all our resources, people, time, effort and plans together to reach our common goal in the most efficient way possible.
Collaboration certainly does not mean, "I’ll do my own thing, I scratch your back, you scratch mine”. This is what we have been doing, and this is what got us in this mess in the first place. We are a divided people not because certain forces have made it that way; it is simply because we cannot work together for the bigger cause. We are short sighted and blinded by our doubt and mistrust towards our neighbors, those weaknesses were just exploited by the forces. Yes! We gave them a weakness, they took advantage of it!
Collaboration can only work with trust; no team can function without trust. Believing that the other has your back is vital and key to a successful collaboration. There is no time to doubt one another’s loyalty to the cause. Remember, it is the cause, that we are fighting for. When a person acts against another who is in the cause, it is the cause that will suffer. And in this case, it is our aim (as a nation) to register our brothers and sisters as voters so that they will have a voice for their choice.
Let us for once, put all our hands together and make something EPIC happen in this nation. Let us as people with pride rise up once again as 1Malaysia for a common cause.
We realize that we do not want to be one of the stones tossed at random to achieve effectiveness based on luck. We want to join hands with all of you who have a heart for this nation, a mind with brilliant ideas and hands which are opened to hold ours. Let us all be that one stone, sharing that one sling, tossed with no hesitance, no wastages, only a focus that will get us to our future. Let us together slay the target, that big giant, which is our past doubts and skepticism.
We have set a target of 2 million and we are calling all of you out there who share the same mission to register voters to work together not FOR us, but WITH us.
The date has been set, 8th May 2010 is the day we VOICE our CHOICE to be one.
Do contact us HERE
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia at the Singapore Foreign Correspondents Gala Dinner........
We don’t want rent seekers and the politics of patronage in our economy. I committed to that and it is dangerous because they are politically connected......
But we have to help the Bumiputeras who need help, the Sarawakians, the Sabahans and the Orang Asli. Not just the Malays......
Every single Malaysian who is poor and vulnerable must be helped. If you are earning less than RM1,500 a month, you must be helped and it does not matter if you are Chinese, Indian or Malay.
If nothing else I think it will show some clumsy attempts to turn every discussion and comment into racial and religious conflicts.
It isn't about religion, moron. It is about common sense and the lack of it in some Malaysian "leaders". Get it? Oh, never mind.
I take offence with the statement. What do you mean insane ? Muslims ? The fatwa council ? The Government ? The whole situation of the government following the ruling of the fatwa council ?
What's wrong with Muslims want to follow the ruling of the fatwa council ? After all, it's the Muslims that have to follow the ruling, not the others. Even Lim Kit Siang is smart enough not to touch this issue. Obviously you are not cunning or smart enough as him. Or maybe you're just plain oblivious.
The fatwa council has stated its point ever since the independence, that observing Warrior's Day at places like the National Monument is against the teaching of Islam. They are only renewing their call on the issue to the government.
Blame the previous administrations for making you accustomed with the thought of Warrior's Day celebration must be held at the National Monument, whereas it shouldn't have been celebrated there in the first place.
Ultimately, it's the government call whether or not to follow the ruling. If you have any grievances with the government's decision, well, you have to live with it. Furthermore, the government didn't say anything about the non-muslims cannot celebrate Warriors Day at the National Monument, nor did it say anything about tearing the statues down. You can still very much celebrate Warriors Day there if you want to, but I don't think that you celebrate it anyway. I think it's just your knack making a big fuss out of nothing.
For you to go against the building of the proposed Warriors Square, read this so that you can have a little thought about it. Think about the warriors who have fallen since before the independence. Think of those who were Muslims. Is it fair for them to be remembered in a way that's against the teaching of their OWN religion ? If you say yes, well, you are definitely, grossly chauvinistic. I think they would rather not be remembered if the remembrance ceremony is held against the teaching of their faith. The celebration of Warriors Day in the proposed Warriors Square would be fair, as both our muslim and non-muslim fallen heroes could be remembered as it would not go against the teachings of any religions. It’s not that the Warriors Day celebration is a religious ceremony anyway, apart from one minute fact that it is usually started with a doa as to have the celebration and the souls of the departed heroes blessed by Allah. But if you are offended by that, maybe you shouldn’t go to the celebration or any government-organized function, because usually all of them are started with a doa, or muslim prayers, if you must know.
Actually, I’m perplexed as to why you bring up this issue in the first place. Why Patrick ? This is only a minor issue. It’s not something that should be blown out of proportion. What you do here is actually inciting religious and racial hatred. You’ve lived long enough to know that you abhor animosity amongst the people of Malaysia, correct ? Yet, what you’ve written shows your immaturity. Or maybe you’re just playing oblivious for reasons known only to you and to god. My advice Patrick, don’t write about something if you don’t know any better. Staying quiet is a whole lot better.
Those who are not conversant about Islam, please refrain from saying anything on issues pertinent to the religion, for I'm afraid it would only show your gross ignorance and lack of understanding about the faith. Muslims included.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil 'scolded' Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng for the recently announced 'gift' of RM100 to each of the state's senior citizens......
“(He said it) like he has done enough for the senior citizen... It was less than RM10 a month and he said that it was a statement of appreciation? As a minister in charge of the people’s welfare, I feel so ashamed! Thank God we have a federal government and a Barisan Nasional government for that matter to take care of the people’s welfare. If not, the poor in Penang will be starving."
Of course tokkok must come in two's right? And so she also added for good measure......
"I would like to congratulate the mentri besar because based on our records, Negri Sembilan (a Barisan Nasional run state) has done a very good job in poverty eradication programmes compared to Penang,” she said.
She said based on records, Negri Sembilan only had 95 hardcore poor and 646 poor families whose monthly household income was less than RM440.
Good or not? Damn terror, right? Believe or not?
If you need proof that our country is going absolutely bonkers go read this in The Malaysian Insider.......................
And as if to rub it in further former army field commander retired, Lt-Gen Zaini Mohamad Said said "......there is some truth in it being unIslamic"...... and that....."Moving the ceremony is obviously for the better, I am quite sure it is for the better and will satisfy our multi-religious society".
According to a 1995 religious ruling, the playing of “The Last Post” and “The Rouse”, observing one minute's silence with heads bowed, laying of wreaths, reading of poetry and singing before a sculptured monument are in conflict with Islamic teachings
This is INSANE!!!
Monday, April 05, 2010
Thank you for your support.
Thank you so much for all that was done to support us in our first baby step. Just a short update!
We are very tired, but glad. In the run-up to the event, we have had only nighly naps of 3-4 hours for one week. For the event of weekends, we had virtually no sleep at all. The results we good, but we know we can do more. As a result, we will be asking for feedback from all parties that was working with us. (this will enable improvements)
The final score is as below, which we have updated on our site
Subang Parade: 357
Amcorp Mall: 183
in TOTAL: 1021 newly registered voters.
Please go to our site for more updates (tomorrow) when we are more lucid. In the meantime, we are preparing for the nationwide launch for May 8 & 9. We would need more support to do this.
On Behalf of
Thursday, April 01, 2010
It was reported in the Star today that the National Fatwa Council has found the National Monument venue unsuitable for the celebration of Warriors Day. This was announced by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom. He said that the council had found the venue unsuitable because the monument was in the form of human statues. Jamil said, "The Fatwa Council’s guidelines say that the venue should not have items in the shape of humans, as this can be controversial."
But of course, this being Malaysia the minister also announced that a Warriors Square would be built on a permanent site in Putrajaya for future celebrations.
Okay, line up here if you want to say goodbye to some of your tax money.
Sign#1 Najib and Ong Tee Keat, accompanied by a the usual entourage I suppose, took a ride on the new LRT train and commented, “It was a very pleasant experience and the views were beautiful too. So I wonder why there are those who had no problem using public transportation when overseas but when back here, would never take the LRT or bus?”.
Of course, it would be most pleasant for him la. But is it for the rest of us? And his question doesn't even deserve an answer, does it?
"They will also be required to enter into an agreement which contains an anti-corruption clause in government procurement. This is our committment to fight corruption and enhance government integrity."
PHWAAAAR!!! This is OUR commitment to fight corruption man! I'm not holding my breath.
Najib also said that the declaration letters would remind bidders of their responsibilities, particularly in meeting "their end of the deal".
Ahhhhh soooooo.....remind them of their end of the deal. I can see clearly now (I used this line cos the song keeps playing in my head. ARRRGGGGHHH!!!)
But to be fair Najib did say something that perhaps proved that he hasn't settle permanently in planet X. Yet.
He declared that "the era where the Government knows best is over".
You don't say! Great deduction, Sherlock.
I am sure that one of the above stories is an April Fool's joke by The Star. Actually, I am hoping that it is. Yes?