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Over the course of last weekend, a few of us were discussing about Kelantan and how Hudud has not been implemented in the state regardless the fact that it has been administered by PAS for the past 23 years and on top of that, the state government had shamelessly proclaimed itself as ‘Serambi Mekah’ albeit the statistics that Kelantan has the highest case of AIDS/HIV in Malaysia. Not to mention the state has also one of the highest drug cases and rape cases in the country.
The prevailing myth among the ignorants within PAS is that hudud in Kelantan couldn’t be established because Tun Dr. Mahathir is anti hudud and with that hyperbole, he is automatically deemed as anti-Islam; a label which had extended to all Umno members.
Every now and then, especially during elections, all Umno members are labeled as anti-Islam in the eyes of all PAS members. Consequently, Umno members are kafirs, or infidels. And by extension, working with kafirs is haram and Umno as a whole must be vanquished.
Nevermind the fact that Umno consists more muslims in their fold than PAS’ partners in crime – the DAP and PKR.
All this illogical stand of PAS can only be effective and permeated within the mentality of its members because of one thing and one thing only – PAS members are fanatical. And being fanatics, they are unable to think. Islamic education ala PAS comprised brainwashing its members which is then compounded by the notion that any questions which run contrary to the core philosophy of PAS is either un-Islamic or sinful.
Which begs the question – what actually is the philosophy of PAS?
Just like its chameleon brother in PKR, PAS has its very own devil it needs to dispose off in order for their existence to be taken seriously. And the devil is the elephant in the room – WHY DOES PAS WORK CLOSELY WITH A KNOWN ANTI HUDUD ENTITY LIKE DAP BUT CHOSE NOT TO WORK WITH UMNO, ANOTHER MUSLIM PARTY?
Surely there are more common platforms between PAS and Umno than PAS and DAP?
The answer is – market share. The target audience of both Umno and PAS are the malays. But as Umno is working on a moderate Islamic stance, as compared to a more Talibanic views that is PAS, the battle for support from the masses has never been crucial, and mutually exclusive. More market share means more political power.
But as Karpal Singh had again and again showed his contempt and disdain towards PAS and their brand of Islam, the disrespect from DAP members have not gone unnoticed. Behind closed doors, PAS have been discussing the need to review their cooperation.
PAS can hide behind fancy arabic phrases such as tahaluf siyasi to hide their actual crave for power within the Malaysian political context. But in reality, it is just a smokescreen by their leaders to stupefy their blind followers into thinking that it is necessary to hook up with a very non muslim party like DAP to bring down a ‘kafir’ party like Umno.
In actual fact, PAS is trying to trick its followers that by claiming that working with DAP will benefit PAS more. Are they having this fantasy that somehow, by being disrespected by DAP and playing second fiddle to them will eventually turn Malaysia into a proper Islamic nation under their mould?
Fact is, as far as general elections go, PAS’ seats in parliament had been steadily declining ever since they started to be in bed with DAP. But on the other hand, the tireless workers from PAS had lent an increase in votes and parliamentary seats for DAP.
PAS wanted to ride DAP in bed, but became bedridden instead.
Certainly the intelligence of PAS’ leaders comes into question. How would tahaluf siyasi benefit them in the long term when they are treated like a persona non grata in public by DAP, with diminishing political power in parliament as well as being disrespected by their own disgruntled members?
Importantly, how wise would it be to strengthen a very Christian party like DAP in order to weaken a muslim party like Umno? Is this PAS’ way in strengthening Islam? Do all PAS members sincerely think that Lim Guan Eng or Tony Pua or Hannah Yeoh reveres Islam more than Najib Razak or Muhyiddin Yassin does?
In sheer desperation that unfortunately beguiles the mind PAS members, their Youth Wing even hope that Lim Guan Eng will embrace Islam! Perhaps the muslims in PAS these days are easily won over by christians who tirelessly work against their Islamic struggle. To the chagrin of Dewan Ulama PAS, their political leaders can’t even defend the usage of Allah’s name without being chided by DAP. In fact, at the end of every issue that involves Islam, PAS always had to make way for DAP. Truly, the Islamic movement being brought by PAS whimpers out when faced with political expediency.
Can you hear that silence? That is the sound of abject shame and cowardice. All in the name of Islam which PAS always use and abuse.
Coming back to PAS’ hudud, it is astounding that PAS members kept harping on the myth that Tun Dr Mahathir had blocked the implementation of hudud in Kelantan just because they assumed Tun Dr Mahathir is anti-hudud, anti Islam. Shouldn’t they blame their partner, the DAP for being against hudud from the start?
Below is the re-published letter by Tun Dr Mahathir for Nik Aziz back in 1994, detailing step by step explanation as to why hudud ala PAS cannot be implemented (as opposed to the Quranic hudud).
PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA
YAB Tuan Haji Nik Abdul Aziz bin Nik Mat
Menteri Besar Kelantan
Y.A.B. Tuan Haji,
PENGUATKUASAAN KANUN JENAYAH SYARIAH II 1993 DI NEGERI KELANTAN
Rujukan : MB(KN)(S)16/6/(26)
Bertarikh 8 Jun 1994
Pihak kerajaan pusat sentiasa berpandukan kepada kebijaksanaan (al-Hikmah) yang telah ditunjukkan oleh baginda Rasulullah SAW. dan juga para sahabat baginda khususnya al-khulafa ar-Rasyidun dalam melaksanakan ajaran Islam lebih-lebih lagi yang berkaitan dengan hukum-hukum jenayah.
1. Jalan yang diambil oleh Kerajaan Pusat ini adalah juga berpandukan kepada kaedah yang terdapat dalam sistem pemerintahan Islam iaitu “tindakan pemerintahan adalah sentiasa bergantung kapada kepentingan ramai (muslihat umum).” Penguatkuasaan kanun jenayah yang digubal oleh Kerajaan PAS di Kelantan, menurut kajian sehingga setakat ini tidak menampakkan dan tidak menyakinkan pakar-pakar perundangan Islam yang tidak mempunyai sebarang kepentingan politik bahawa ia selari dengan ajaran dan kehendak Islam sebagaimana yang telah diuruskan dengan bijaksana oleh Rasulullah SAW. dan para sahabat.
2. Sepertimana yang Amat Berhormat sendiri sedia ketahui, KEADILAN adalah ASAS yang paling utama ditekankan oleh agama Islam apabila melaksanakan sesuatu perkara. Penekanan mengenai dengan keadilan adalah sangat terserlah dalam ajaran Islam lebih daripada penekanan yang terdapat dalam ajaran-ajaran yang lain dalam sejarah agama. Baginda Rasulullah SAW sewaktu mengembangkan agama Islam ialah usaha menghapuskan ketidakadilan yang menjadi sebahagian daripada budaya di zaman itu.
3. Tidak perlu bagi saya menyatakan disini betapa banyaknya terdapat ayat-ayat Al-Quran yang menegaskan tentang pentingnya keadilan dan lebih banyak bagi ayat-ayat yang mencela sebarang jenis kezaliman. Disamping itu al-Quran juga sentiasa menggesa supaya dielak daripada terjadinya huru-hara dan Allah sendiri sangat tidak gemarkan kapada mereka yang menyebabkan huru-hara berlaku. Kita hanya bertindak balas terhadap sikap permusuhan dan serangan yang dilakukan terhadap kita. Di Malaysia, orang bukan Islam bukan sahaja tidak memusuhi kita tetapi mereka memberi kerjasama bahkan membantu kita dalam urusan-urusan yang bersangkutan dengan kegiatan dan amalan ajaran Islam.
4. Khusus mengenai undang-undang jenayah PAS di Kelantan, kajian awal menunjukkan dengan jelas bahawa undang-undang itu yang disediakan menerusi perjuangan sebuah parti politik ternyata bukan sahaja menyebabkan ketidakadilan aakan berlaku tetapi, sebaliknya ia akan membawa kezaliman. Kebenaran kenyataan ini adalah berdasarkan kapada keterangan berikut:
(i) Dakwaan bahawa undang-undang ini akan dikuatkuasakan hanya di kalangan orang Islam sahaja dan tidak digunapakai untuk orang bukan Islam akan menyebabkan ketidakadilan dan kezaliman yang ketara berlaku. Memang benar di zaman Nabi Muhammad SAW., orang Yahudi biasa dihukum di bawah undang-undang yang berada di dalam kitab Taurat mereka tetapi kitab Taurat mempunyai hukuman yang tidak berbedza dengan hukum-hukum dalam al Quran. Mereka yang berzina umpamanya, akan dihukum rejam sama seperti hukuman terhadap jenayah yang sama bagi orang Islam. Justru itu tidak ada perbedzaan sama ada penjenayah dihukum di bawah undang-undang Islam atau Undang-undang Yahudi di zaman Nabi Muhammad SAW. Tetapi terdapat perbedzaan yang amat ketara di antara hukuman di bawah undang-undang yang ada sekarang dengan hukuman di bawah undang-undang jenayah yang dicadangkan oleh kerajaan PAS di Kelantan.
Menghukum orang Islam dengan lebih berat tetapi orang bukan Islam dengan amat ringan untuk jenayah yang sama atau jenayah dilakukan bersama amatlah tidak adil dan merupakan satu kezaliman, sedangkan undang-undang PAS akan menyebabkan ketidakadilan dan kezaliman berlaku, maka undang-undang PAS tidak boleh diterima sebagai undang-undang Islam atau secucuk dengan undang-undang Islam ataupun selaras dengan ajaran Islam. Ia sebenarnya tertentangan dengan agama Islam.
(ii) Masaalah kesalahan merogol wanita, berdasarkan kapada undang-undang PAS, jika seseorang wanita yang belum kahwin melahirkan anak maka ini adalah bukti ia telah berzina dan akan dihukum mengikut undang-undang PAS, sedangkan apa yang sebenarnya berlaku ialah wanita itu adalah mangsa rogol. Mengikut undang-undang PAS jika ia menuduh perogolnya, tuduhan hanya boleh diterima sah jika terdapat empat orang saksi (yang terdiri daripada orang-orang yang baik, yang tidak melakukan dosa besar) yang menyatakan bahawa telah melihat dengan terang dan jelas bahawa yang dituduh telah merogol wanita berkenaan.
Seperti kita ketahui, melainkan dalam keadaan perang seperti di Bosnia diwaktu mana orang Serb merogol beramai-ramai wanita Bosnia, tidak mungkin jenayah merogol dilakukan di hadapan saksi-saksi yang terdiri daripada orang-orang yang baik. Jika saksi ini melihat dan mereka tidak menolong wanita berkenaan, mereka boleh dianggap sebagai bersubahat seperti penjenayah-penjenayah Serb bersubahat dengan perogol daripada kaum mereka. Jika ada pun saksi, dan mereka tidak membuat apa-apa untuk menolong mereka tidak boleh dianggap sebagai terdiri daripada orang yang baik, tetapi disebaliknya dianggap sudah bersubahat. Dengan itu tuduhan mangsa rogol akan ditolak dan perogol akan terlepas.
Keadaan di mana mangsa rogol dihukum salah kerana melahirkan anak di luar nikah dan perogol dilepaskan sebagai tidak bersalah kerana tidak ada saksi adalah sama sekali tidak boleh diterima oleh sesiapa pun sebagai sesuatu yang adil, bahkan aia adalah satu kezaliman yang dahsyat.
5. Hukum Hudud Islam bertujuan untuk memberi keadilan kapada semua pihak. Ia bukanlah bertujuan untuk melakukan kezaliman. Undang-undang PAS jelas menunjukkan ketidakadilan dan kezaliman yang ketara akan berlaku. Justeru itu undang-undang yang disediakan oleh PAS bukanlah undang-undang yang menepati ajaran Islam. Ia hanyalah undang-undang ciptaan PAS yang bertentangan dengan penekanan oleh agama Islam yang menuntut supaya menghukum secara adil dan menolok sebarang kezaliman. Kerajaan Pusat akan sentiasa berpandu dan menerima ajaran-ajaran dan amalan Islam dari semua aspek tanpa diheret oleh kehendak organasasi politik yang mempunyai kepentingan yang lain daripada Islam dan kepentingannya.
6. Jika undang-undang PAS yang jelas mengandungi unsur-unsur ketidakadilan dikuatkuasakan dinegara ini, dan jika ia dikatakan itulah Hukum Hudud Islam maka umat Islam dan juga anggota masyarakat bukan Islam akan hilang kepercayaan Islam membawa keadilan untuk penganutnya. Ia juga memberi gambaran yang buruk terhadap agama yang suci ini dan menjejaskan imej orang-orang Islam di kalangan penganut agama-agama yang lain. Ia tetap akan menyebabkan penganut agama lain menjauhkan diri daripada agama Islam dan menyebabkan orang yang berminat memeluk Islam menolaknya.
7. Kerajaan Pusat tidak berhajat untuk bersubahat dengan PAS bagi melaksanakan ketidakadilan semata-mata untuk kepentingan politik dan sokongan oleh orang yang telah diabui matanya. Kerajaan Malaysia yang sentiasa dan terus mempertahankan ajaran dan nilai-nilai Islam tidak dapat membenarkan Kerajaan Pas menjalankan sesuatu yang bercangah dengan prinsip keadilan dalam Islam, maka Kerajaan Pusat akan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya terhadapKerajaan PAS demi menjaga maruah dan ketinggian martabat Islam dan penganut-penganutnya.
DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD
15 Julai 1994
So, what is the philosophy of PAS? Opposite attracts? Tahaluf siyasi? Do as you are told, not as what we do? Hudud? Islam? Masochism? Power? Stupidity?
The Mind of the Analyst
1. Among the cleverest people in the world are the analysts – the people who can see through solids, even see and recognise what lies behind. This gives them power and as we all know power corrupts. Few among the analysts can restrain the corrupting influence of their power.
2. The analyst who works for Malaysian Insider clearly is one who cannot resist the abuse of that power. Given a task by his master he comes up with a fantastic analysis on the recent decision by the court that the word “Allah” is exclusive to Islam and may not be used by the Catholic “Herald”. He saw an opportunity to serve his master like the toady he is.
3. His master had recently demonised me by incorrectly and clearly deliberately translating my statement on corruption. I had said that I was sold by my divisional representatives for RM200/-. The English version was correct. But the Malay translation implied that I bribed my divisional delegates with RM200/-. Why I should bribe them so they would not vote for me is beyond me. But the opportunity to blacken my name in the eyes of the Malays was too good to be missed by his master.
4. When asked to correct and apologise, Malaysian Insider decided to demonise me instead by stating that Twenty-five years ago when “Tun Mahathir Mohamad dismantled one of the most respected judicial institutions in the Commonwealth and destroyed the concept of separation of powers in Malaysia rhetorically he asked “how many Malaysians were truly upset with his interference?” In one sentence he made a lie appear to be an indisputable truth, without stating what indeed I had done to deserve the demonisation.
5. The arguments by the great analyst are rather convoluted but the implication is clear. The Malaysian courts (and here Tun Suffian words are made use of) will never be able to recover the respect they had before I “destroyed” them.
6. The truth is that the courts often made judgements against me or the government I lead. The classic case is when UMNO, the ruling party was declared illegal because a few branches cheated. Yet recently when the Central Committee of the DAP was found to have basically cheated, it was simply asked to hold another election. But for UMNO, when four out of more than 6000 branches did not follow procedures, the whole party was declared illegal. The judge who made this judgement was then promoted. I did not object.
The rest of the article can be read at his blog here.
For more articles on how The Malaysian Insider is really a running dog for the liberals who are afraid that their own smokescreens of under-achievements, weaknesses and insecurities will be discovered by the public, please go here, here and here.
It’s good that the Ketua Pemuda admits he is liberal. He had never admitted it before and in the previous article, we just labelled him as such only due to his affinity towards doing something unorthodox and non traditional. We half expected him to say that he is at most, a modernist.
Meaning, trying to modernise Umno and strengthen it by adapting with the change of times. But never a liberal. We dangled the word because his policies and speeches often mimicked the self proclaimed liberals in DAP and PKR. Here is the true meaning of the word liberal in its political sense:
1) Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers..
2) One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems
So there you go.
Now we are certain that he is indeed, a liberal.
By the way, do you know why Ketua Pemuda Umno no longer care about the court ruling involving the Allah issue? Precisely because he is now liberal.
As at this time (2pm), no tweets were forthcoming from the Ketua Pemuda. Only his non-Umno minions are busy lambasting the court ruling.
The focus now is no longer about religion or even race (that letter M in UMNO used to mean something). Besides, if he is seen as being too much gung-ho on anything about his agama and bangsa, might not sit well with his liberal friends outside Umno. That will only make him less popular.
The focus now is about liberalism and to a greater extent, how to use this liberal agenda to gain further support for his political career from outside Barisan Nasional. Grassroots Pemuda Umno do not really understand the word ‘liberal’ in its political context. Just maybe, even the Ketua Pemuda does not understand the history behind the word ‘liberal’.
When Pemuda Umno see their Ketua Pemuda as popular and even gets positive remarks from people within Pakatan Rakyat, they then feel that they must vote him at all costs. Maybe in the future Umno will get more votes from Pakatan Rakyat fans -just because he is popular. What Pemuda Umno know is just what they see. Not what they think.
The Ketua Pemuda will just follow the hottest trend of the day. That’s why sometimes he regressed on his words and does an about turn on a lot of things just to pander towards a more popular sentiment. For all these self-promoting actions, only a trained mind will able to discern them in the next couple of years. The oblivious Umno members will just be like rats being led by the pied piper.
For the past couple of weeks there have been no articles regarding the upcoming Umno elections in this blog. It was on purpose because this Umno election, well at least to the opinion of this blogger will not see much change. Whether specifically on the line-up or generally on Umno itself.
We can bet, after the winners have been announced and the confetti being swept away clean, and after the party president gave an arousing speech that the new (more or less) line-up will pave way for a new and re-energised Umno, the party will revert to its old ways of doing things.
This blog tried to stay away from commenting on the candidates because honestly, there are bigger things to ponder about.
But when a known stooge of the incumbent Ketua Pemuda unfairly ridiculed the father of an Umno Vice President candidate through his tweets, then this blog just had to say something about him and his boss – the Ketua Pemuda. Something along the line – ‘kokok berderai-derai, ekor bergelumang tahi’.
Since the Ketua Pemuda and his lackeys have no due regards towards the older generation and had extensively in every turn tried to denigrate the grand old man in very way possible, let us then write something about the Ketua Pemuda just to remind his pack of mongrels to look in the mirror first before poking their noses where they don’t belong.
First off, we begin with these few paragraphs which were written back in November 2008:
Since 2004, Umno is permeated with a culture of being ‘biadap’ to its illustrious former president. This culture of running down their own former leader was one of the factor Umno lost the support from many of its own members.
When Pak Lah and followers were rude to Tun Dr Mahathir, many were turned off by their diatribe. The 4th floor boys were working overtime in discrediting Tun Dr Mahathir. Even NST, Umno’s own newspaper were used to criticise the grand old man. An astute blogger, Datuk Sakmongkol had succinctly put it in a few words;
“The present administration is distinguished in its feverish attempts to discredit as much as possible the legacy of Tun Dr Mahathir. Hence the open ended freedom to strike and assassinate given to political storm troopers like Obergruppenfuhrer Musa Hitam, the purveyor of the term elegant silence plus the barking Rottweilers and Dobermans like Nazri Aziz, Sabry Cheek, Azalina Othman, Ismail Sabri, Zaid Ibrahim, Zaid Hamidi and the man who claimed to be primus inter pares- Shahrir ‘the silverback’ Samad.”
Summarily, they still do not realise their mistake. This barrage of criticisms prolonged even after the general election.
When Samy Vellu was criticising Tun, where were the Umno Youth wing to defend their own leader? Again, as aptly said by Datuk Sakmongkol in one of his earlier writings;
“When Tun Dr Mahathir was his boss, Samy Vellu did not find anything wrong with Tun Mahathir. In fact, Samy Vellu was the greatest apple polisher Tun Mahathir had. Indeed sometimes Samy was more Mahathir that Tun himself. Who shall ever forget, Samy’s act of filial devotion by hand feeding Tun Mahathir with a Deepavali morsel?
Meanwhile in UMNOland, it was All Quiet On The Western Front. Not a single UMNO leader defended their one time president. This man was the UMNO president for 22 years. Their dreadful and shameless behaviour confirms my belief that all these UMNO leaders must be resign en bloc from their MKT positions. If they cannot defend their own leader, how can we ever hope they will protect us? Let the UMNO electorate now judge you.”
With this kind of scenario, I am surprised that Khairy Jamaluddin still do not get it. When many of his underlings in the form of pro KJ blogs are condemning Tun left right and centre, one left to wonder if he could really learn any lesson.
Until now, there is one question that can never be answered comprehensively by KJ and his followers.
“What was the basis, the merit and the reason that enable KJ to be elected unopposed to the post of Deputy Umno Youth Head of Malaysia in 2004?”
And yet, he and his bloggers have no qualms in ridiculing Tun in the blogosphere. In their effort of criticising their political rival Datuk Mukhriz, the only modus operandi of these cyber troopers resort to is to question Mukhriz’s pedigree and his father’s.
I cannot help but to be amused with this. Because, if I were to take the same route, I can also compare Tun with KJ’s own father in law in the process. A feat I would happily relish.
Since they assume that today, Tun Dr. Mahathir is protecting and promoting his son, let’s go down memory lane and read this:
Back in 2009 during the pervious Umno election, the current Ketua Pemuda was caught by the Disciplinary Board of Umno but was able to continue on despite the money politics charges. It was written:
Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam
Verdict : GUILTY
Action : BARRED FROM CONTESTING
Verdict : GUILTY
Action : STILL ABLE TO CONTEST
Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo
Verdict : CLEARED OF ANY WRONG DOING
Action : STATUS QUO
My take? It will be interesting to see whether Umno Youth delegates would still want to vote a candidate that was deemed guilty of money politics. Umno disciplinary board had made mockery of all Umno members. I can imagine the headlines should KJ wins the contest next week:
“KJ BECOMES UMNO YOUTH CHIEF DESPITE BEING GUILTY OF MONEY POLITICS”
Can anyone takes a guess how did the son in law of the Prime Minister at that time could be let off so easily even after being caught in money politics? The only possible explanation is because he had blatantly said time and time again that he will use the protection from his father in law to attain his ambition.
He actually said:
“There’s a certain extent (to which) these people in Umno will not go after me. So it gives me ‘protection’ to change things.
“If I don’t use this ‘protection’ to change things for the better, then I’m just wasting time and marking my time to go up the ladder of politics. That’s not what I am about.
“I want to use this time that I have while I have this ‘protection’ to change things, to change Umno for the better,” he said yesterday during a question-and-answer session at the Kancil Awards Festival Speakers series.
Yes, he is not about to wait his time and patiently and slowly go up the ladder of hierarchy like other people. He unashamedly said that he will USE his position as son-in-law to change things! But judging from what we can see for the past 9 years, Umno didn’t become better. The only changes we have seen is him, promoting himself and going up the leadership hierarchy in record time – just like what he said he would.
And yet, the underlings, those sycophants of this Ketua Pemuda had the gall to tell us that he is where he is now because of his own merit?!
These yes-men must have gone full retard!
The only reason why he is in the race as Ketua Pemuda back in 2009 was because he won unopposed as its deputy in 2004. That is not merit. That is nepotism.
The reason he became Ketua Pemuda was because the Disciplinary Board of Umno felt that it needs to give protection to a corrupt candidate guilty of money politics, which of course he won the race.
In 2008, Barisan Nasional did not get the majority votes from the youth. In 2013, Barisan Nasional fared even worse than in 2008 with the majority of youths again, did not vote for Barisan Nasional. Now what have Ketua Pemuda Umno and BN Youth Chairman had to say about that?
Well in not so many words he said – I have fulfilled my KPI and must be made a minister. Again, that misplaced arrogance and misguided sense of self-entitledment.
The reason he became a minister is because he is the Ketua Pemuda Umno. That’s it.
The only thing that was accomplished by him is that he is now loved by the leaders from Pakatan Rakyat. All the Barisan Nasional Youth Fair, all the BN Job Fair and all his other initiatives he had concocted, did all those manage to gain votes from the youth? Of course it didn’t. Otherwise BN could have gained a few more seats. What it did gain is increase of his popularity.
In other words, BN Youth Wing and Umno Youth Wing do not understand the basics of voters’ mentality. Even from his speeches, the Ketua Pemuda is way off tangent in understanding the basics of Umno’s raison d’etre. His political speeches once suffered a few criticism from yours truly and a few bloggers.
The problem with this Ketua Pemuda is that he wasn’t brought up within the ambient of Umno’s struggle. Most of his life, he spent it away from this country. He can be termed as liberal and somewhat progressive. The only reason why he is even in Umno is because that is where the power lies. And with power, comes the many forms of benefits such as – twitter toadies.
It is not a sin to be liberal and progressive. The only problem is the apparent dichotomy of being liberal philosophically but trapped in a right wing party.
And when you surround yourself with like-minded liberals as your groupies, then it takes a toll in your reputation from within the party. Although being thick skinned is this particular Ketua Pemuda’s trademark, being wise is certainly not.
This Ketua Pemuda wants to be liberal in Umno and be looked upon as liberal in national politics as well.
Therein lies the problem and the central theme on why he is not trusted by most grassroot Umno members.
The Ketua Pemuda of Umno must always be seen as the protector of malay rights and the Constitution. This must be seen even in national stage and beyond. For if the Ketua Pemuda is too liberal and is friendly towards the enemies of malay rights and the Constitution (like how he as successfully achieved), then any speeches he made within Umno’s context is deemed as hypocritical.
You cannot be a left wing at national level but right wing at party levels. It just doesn’t make sense. That would be called, playing to the gallery.
And what is worse about this Ketua Pemuda, he changes tact at a drop of the hat. At one time he kissed the keris to protect the malay rights when he made speeches during a party assembly, but at certain times, he wants to make Umno more centrist.
Now if at national level Umno is being attacked from all corners, who is there to protect the malay rights and it’s position in the Constitution? The liberal Minister of Youth and Sports? Or the sometimes conservative, sometimes centrist but most of the times confused Ketua Pemuda?
The right way to do things as an Umno leader in this multiracial country is to be right wing at national level (nationalistic, patriotic, protecting the Constitution, defending malay rights) but be very strong in advocating progress in the thinking of Umno members (malays must be progressive, must not rely on the crutches forever, must attain meritocracy etc). That way Umno as a party will progress and yet its position at national level is defended.
You can’t be both liberals at national level AND at party levels.
Currently we have one Prime Minister who tries to inculcate moderation and liberal ideas at national front but during Umno assembly, made fiery remarks on how he will protect malay rights.
It doesn’t makes sense for the 3 million Umno members.
His actions in launching damning initiatives towards the malay agenda since 2009 did not help his cause. That is why when he recently announced a few policies to help the bumiputera community last month, it was immediately deemed as pandering towards the upcoming Umno elections. Thank God (for him) that he was unchallenged. Therefore, there could be a risk that those policies will not be pursued with vigour after all.
And we also do not understand why this Ketua Pemuda has this nonsensical urge to spew rhetoric:
Khairy Jamaluddin, who looks set to be returned unopposed as Umno Youth chief, will use his second term to cultivate a more centrist approach for the wing that has traditionally been a pressure group.
He said that being vocal in expressing right-wing sentiment in defending the interests of the party was no longer appropriate.
“I am trying to change the DNA of Umno Youth from being mostly right-wing and Malay-centric to a more centrist wing that focuses on issues and their solutions,” Khairy said in an interview.
Will focussing on issues and solutions brings back votes from the youth to Barisan Nasional and Umno? What are the examples of Pemuda Umno focussing on issues and providing solutions that had gained majority flocks of votes into the fold of Barisan Nasional in the last general election?
Before this article gets too carried away, just a stark reminder to those who want to ridicule other people – please look at the non-accomplishments of your Ketua Pemuda first before criticising others.
Some of this yes-men of the Ketua Pemuda may argue that this blog is trying to ‘bodek’ Tun Dr. Mahathir. But unlike the Ketua Pemuda, Tun Dr. Mahathir has no say in the government and has no powers in Umno. He only has his words and charisma. There is nothing to gain by defending Tun Dr. Mahathir. This is done just by the sheer respect he commands.
Not many leaders have that capability. Most people only command respect when they are in the position of power. Something most Umno leaders past and present often forgot.
This is not an article to dent the chances of the Ketua Pemuda to retain his seat. We have no doubt that he will win with a big margin. He has done that before in 2009 and he will do it again. Umno members especially the Pemuda have no ability to discern between what is good and what is bad for them anyway. This article is just for the lackeys of Ketua Pemuda and hopefully they remember the kind of person they are supporting. There is actually nothing to be proud of. Like some old wise men always say “Buruk ketuanya buruk lah pengikutnya. Pengikut kurang ajar, pemimpin hilang maruah”.
Just as mentioned at the start of this article, this wouldn’t have been written if it’s not because of a few uncouth people.
Let’s get something straight. A catchy tagline, symbolic logo, pretty colours that symbolize the ‘personality’ of the brand and a custom designed font are not Nation Branding.
Glossy advertisements that push the creative envelope and consist of content that is impossible for stakeholders to buy into or live up to, is not Nation Branding.
Expensive brochures and other marketing collateral that use light gray colours on white backgrounds and font sizes impossible to read is not Nation Branding.
Hugely expensive billboards that create awareness but do little else and are soon lost in the fog of the tens of thousands of messages consumers are exposed to every day is not Nation Branding.
It might have been possible to use such creative-driven branding to build a Nation Brand in the 1960s – 1990s, when countries and their advertising agencies focused more on getting attention than getting results.
But this is a different era. There are now so many channels to consumers, so many competitors all with a similar offering and so many distractions that it is no longer possible to build a Nation Brand in this way.
Furthermore, too many taglines have made promises the Nation couldn’t possibly keep or their marketing or PR collateral has left potential customers underwhelmed. This may not have been the fault of the Nation or it may be the result of poor internal implementation but it has resulted in a delivery failure that has negatively impacted all efforts till then. A case in point is the Incredible India campaign and the multiple attacks on women over the last year.
Moreover, engaging (not reaching) target markets through traditional channels with traditional tools is virtually impossible today. Especially in the digital age when consumers are more knowledgeable, have more choice and are more demanding.
So how do we make the Malaysia Nation Brand successful?
So how do we make it successful?
I wrote this paragraph about Khairy Jamaluddin in an article (do read it again, thank you) a couple of months back:
There is also this principle that one must always use in politics. When the enemy hates you, you are doing the right thing. But when your political enemy is loving you, then something is indeed wrong.
Therefore, when the opposition leaders, no less than Anwar Ibrahim had lavished praises to Pak Lah over the purported publication of ‘Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia’ we will certainly have to take a closer look at what that implies.
Not to mention the fact that book itself will be launched by none other than Nurul Izzah, the daughter of Umno’s nemesis. Nurul Izzah’s presence for the book launch is an obvious symbolism that the book itself has the blessings of Anwar Ibrahim.
Is there anything else to be said in this matter?
Let us read what the main culprit had to say:
KENYATAAN MEDIA Y.A.BHG TUN ABDULLAH HAJI AHMAD BADAWI
Sejak dua tiga hari yang lepas, banyak berita diterbit mengenai ‘buku Pak Lah’. Isu ini juga mendapat liputan luas dalam media sosial dengan pelbagai reaksi dan komen. Sebelum saya memberi apa-apa komen, mungkin saya perlu memberi sedikit penjelasan tentang buku tersebut.
Pertamanya, buku tersebut tidak ditulis oleh saya. Buku ini disusun oleh dua ahli akademik, James Chin dan Bridget Welsh, dengan memuatkan beberapa rencana oleh pelbagai penulis yang telah menyumbangkan tulisan masing-masing mengenai pentadbiran saya sebagai Perdana Menteri. Ada yang dikhabarkan positif dan banyak juga yang negatif dan kritikal.
Kedua, saya sendiri hanya terlibat melalui wawancara yang dibuat oleh James Chin dan Bridget Welsh. Wawancara ini lebih kepada menjawab soalan-soalan yang dibangkitkan oleh penulis-penulis yang telah menyumbang kepada buku tersebut dan memberi saya ruang untuk menjelaskan beberapa perkara dari sudut saya sendiri.
Ketiga, saya tidak menaja atau meminta buku tersebut diterbitkan. Sudah menjadi perkara biasa para akademik membuat analisa tentang sejarah politik negara kita dan sudah pasti era saya tidak terlepas dari kajian ilmiah. Saya cuma telah setuju untuk diwawancara agar suara, pendapat serta penjelasan saya dapat dimuatkan didalam buku tersebut.
Keempat, oleh kerana saya bukan penerbit, pencetak, pengarang ataupun penulis buku tersebut, saya tidak tahu, tidak diberitahu dan tidak bertanggungjawab diatas mana-mana jemputan untuk melancarkan atau membincangkan buku tersebut. Berita yang mengatakan pemimpin dari parti pembangkang dijemput untuk melancarkan buku ini di Singapura – kalaupun benar – adalah keputusan penerbit buku, bukan saya.
Kelima, saya tidak merancang untuk menghadiri pelancaran buku tersebut. Ini kerana saya tidak mahu orang membuat andaian yang buku ini ditulis atau ditaja oleh saya. Saya cuma menjawab soalan yang ditanya. Biarlah jawapan-jawapan saya menjadi tumpuan pembaca.
Berlatarbelakangkan fakta-fakta diatas, saya berharap orang awam mendapat gambaran yang lebih jelas tentang ‘buku Pak Lah’. Sekali lagi, ini bukan buku yang ditulis atau ditaja oleh saya. Mungkin ada yang bertanya, kenapa Pak Lah setuju untuk diwawancara oleh pengarang-pengarang yang dikatakan selalu menulis rencana yang kritikal? Saya bersetuju diwawancara kerana perlu ada penjelasan saya sendiri didalam kajian ilmiah ini. Suka atau tidak, setuju atau tidak, saya berpegang kepada prinsip keterbukaan sebagai paksi kepada demokrasi yang matang. Prinsip keterbukaan inilah yang saya amalkan apabila didatangi dengan permohonan oleh para pengarang buku ini untuk diwawancara. Walaupun saya dimaklumkan buku ini bakal memuatkan rencana yang kritis dan ‘unflattering’ tentang kepimpinan saya, saya masih setuju diwawancara atas semangat keterbukaan demi perdebatan yang seimbang dengan mengambil kira semua sudut pandangan.
Sudah pasti pandangan-pandangan dalam buku ini akan mengundang reaksi-reaksi tertentu. Terpulanglah kepada semua pihak untuk membuat rumusan masing-masing. Prinsip keterbukaan bermaksud kita sedia memberi ruang kepada semua untuk bersuara. Tetapi janganlah pula ada yang membuat andaian bahawa buku ini ditulis oleh Pak Lah yang sudah bersubahat dengan pembangkang untuk menentang partinya sendiri. Itu sudah memesong fakta dan menjadi fitnah. Apa juga teguran yang diberikan dalam wawancara saya yang dimuatkan dalam buku ini dibuat kerana saya ingin melihat UMNO terus diberikan mandat dan kepercayaan oleh rakyat. Saya tak pernah meninggalkan UMNO dan Insya’Allah bila tiba masanya nanti, saya akan menghembuskan nafas terakhir saya di dunia ini masih lagi sebagai ahli UMNO yang cintakan negaranya.
First and foremost, it does not matter if this book was not written by Pak Lah himself. But the fact that he contributed his thinking in the form of specifically arranged interview session which in turn became the very first chapter of the book shows that it wasn’t just a case of ‘saya tidak menaja atau meminta buku tersebut diterbitkan’. Surely an agreement should have been made to ensure that he will be indemnified by the publisher should litigation suits were brought forward against him. Surely proper controls and mechanism have been made in order to publish a book which is beyond reproach and above suspicion.
What is more important is the fact that Pak Lah should have the awareness that this book might be used against Umno by the opposition leaders. Sure enough, you can see Anwar Ibrahim squeezing every ounce of it with glee. It is good to have ’semangat keterbukaan‘. But intelligent people should know that there is time and place for such ‘keterbukaan’. The last time he wanted to have this sort of thing, he lost 5 states and for the first time in history, the two thirds majority in Parliament.
If there is such written publishing agreement then surely there is a clause inserted by his team that the publisher must not let the book be exploited by politicians especially from the opposition in order to further their cause. The fact that Nurul Izzah is launching it proves that a) the opposition is politicising it and b) there is no such clause.
The inability to look further beyond the nose is a stark reminder of how ill-equipped and poor Pak Lah was as a Prime Minister. It is like the skillset did not match the job scope. Some people can wing it. Some will thrive in it. But most fail miserably. Today, we are living in his mess.
And he probably did more damage to himself and also to his son in law’s reputation within the party by using this opportunity to run with a pack of opposition figures.
Since the first chapter is a rebuttal of whatever criticisms being hurled (if any) by other writers in the subsequent chapters, then it will be opened to further criticisms and a trip down memory lane.
Already Terence Netto, a pro-opposition writer had written about it -
Here Abdullah missed out on a good opportunity to shed necessary perspective on a matter that dogs almost all serving politicians: how to counter the inevitable public perception of bias when the powerful are blood relations to underlings seen as wielding undue influence?
Abdullah’s response – conveyed in reflections that appear in a compilation of assessments of his premiership titled “Awakening: the Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia” – is flat denial that Khairy wielded “undue influence” on him in the five years and five months he was premier.
It was against this background of Abdullah’s vacillation on police reform that Khairy Jamaluddin’s transition from political novice to powerful presence behind the scenes took place.
The grapevine began to buzz with stories of Khairy’s influence on major decisions and even of his interference with the civil service.
Exasperatingly, Abdullah mixed vacillation over police reform with deafness to the need to decisively demonstrate that Khairy was not a power behind the scenes.
Khairy increasingly became a target of criticism even as public disappointment mounted against Abdullah over the latter’s dithering on reform.
It is disingenuous on Abdullah’s part to now say that Khairy had no “undue influence” on him. As well believe Wanita Umno leader Shahrizat Jalil when she contended that she had nothing to do with the scandalous way in which a national cattle breeding project was managed by a company run by her husband and children.
Pak Lah’s simple flat out denial in the book that Khairy had vast influence in his administration reminded us about an interview he made in 2006 denying that his son Kamal Abdullah had received any contracts from the government. A simple discovery later revealed that Scomi, a company which his son has a lot of interests in at that time, received huge contracts from Petronas and in other companies. Some of them are:
1. In March, The Malay Mail reported that KTM had in 2005 awarded a five-year RM50 million contract to Scomi Group ‘to overhaul and maintain’ as many as 1,000 wagons.
2. Also in March, Business Times reported that Scomi Group was going to submit a bid for a RM120 million contract ‘to make body parts for about 400 buses for state-owned Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd’. Which they eventually won.
3. In April, The Edge reported that Scomi Engineering Bhd is acquiring a 51% stake in MTrans Transportation Systems Sdn Bhd for RM30 million to provide it a platform to be a key player in urban transportation.
4. Scomi Marine Bhd received a letter of intent from TNB Fuel Services Sdn Bhd for a coal shipment contract for three years from Oct 1, with an option to extend for another two years, the company said. Scomi Marine announced to Bursa Malaysia on April 14 that under the contract, it would be required to transport 500,000 tonnes (with 20% variation) of coal from Australia, Indonesia and South Africa yearly. It said TNB Fuel Services would determine the actual quantity of coal to be transported and from which country upon finalisation of the contract, The Edge reported.
5. Also recently, Scomi Group Bhd, an oil services company, won a contract from Petronas Carigali (Turkmenistan) Sdn Bhd to provide drilling fluids and other services for exploration works in Block 1, offshore Turkmenistan.\
In this particular matter, he actually lied in a live TV interview!
There were more lies and examples of ineptitude which he had made throughout his career as the PM. Did anyone remember him saying on 13th February 2008 that the Parliament will not be dissolved? But he made an about turn and dissolved the Parliament on the very next day that he earlier confirmed won’t be dissolved! What kind of clowning deceit was he trying to do? A stupid one of course.
When the leader lies to the rakyat and doing stupid things, obviously the cabinet ministers will do the same. Anyone remember back in May 2008 his cabinet assured the rakyat that there will be no increase in petrol prices till September? Well, they increased it 78 sen to RM2.70 in August!
That was the single biggest jump in fuel price ever recorded in our history. To make matters worse, his minister said that they wanted to make a 50 sen increase but decided on 78 sen because they do not want to increase it twice later on. Wasn’t that a galactically stupid decision? In the mean time, the rakyat suffered inflation and all kinds of repercussions.
Back in 2007, he also quashed rumours that he had remarried but soon afterwards, it was revealed he was indeed married a few weeks before that. Talk about a natural born liar.
There were many many more mistimed and ill-advised decisions which were made during his time as Prime Minister. One of the biggest mistakes they made is the decision to create Iskandar Corridor in Johor. Many parties had warned his administration that opening up lands for sale to foreigners particularly Singaporeans will create damaging implications to the state of Johor.
Currently, the Menteri Besar of Johor is having headaches on how to curb the spiralling home property prices and how to curb influx of foreigners gaining properties there. All these negative implications have detrimental effects on the locals there particularly the malays; the largest BN vote bank in Johor.
But to the Fourth Floor boys at that time, wealth and quick money coming out of it was more important.
And the fact that he revealed he had a sleeping disorder called ‘sleep apnea’ which made him dozed off during meetings is prove that he indeed, was sleeping on his job. A responsible leader would have turned down the offer. But he felt that having power is more honourable than embarrassing the nation when pictures of him sleeping during meetings and public assemblies were circulating in media all over the world.
But miraculously, he revealed that his sleeping disorder was cured after he had stepped down. The fact that the illness could be cured easily is testament that all this was just an excuse. He was indeed irresponsible and had laid too much importance on other people to run this country.
Back then the monicker and popular phrases people had associated with him were – The Sleeping PM, Kerajaan Tiga Beranak, UnderLah Pak Lah etc’
Now this is the type of Prime Minister which after 2009, all the opposition leaders love to compliment. Even now all of them are heaping praises towards Pak Lah and his son in law, Khairy Jamaluddin. Again, when your political enemies are loving you, then something is indeed wrong. What sort of pact is going on here?
Shall we go back in time and read what Lim Kit Siang, had written about Pak Lah? You can read it here. Mind you that this is one of the ‘milder’ articles about our PM back then. Excerpt:
Abdullah should seriously find out why more and more people, including in government, the ruling coalition and the public, are talking in this vein about “a sleeping PM” when it was never said against the four previous Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein Onn and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the first 46 years of Malaysian nationhood.
One could disagree with the first four Prime Ministers, whether on government policies, measures or specific issues, but no one would attribute it to lack of focus, attention or interest by the Prime Minister.
Unfortunately, under Abdullah’s premiership, more and more people are putting the blame for many of the ills in government and country on “a sleeping PM”, which has not been helped by several factors, including:
- Abdullah’s trebling up as Minister for Internal Security and Minister for Finance when it is clear that he does not have the time nor temperament to be a full-time hands-on head for either Ministry.
- His 83 overseas trips in 44 months as Prime Minister;
- His “gate-keepers” at the “fourth-storey” in Putrajaya who have made the very personable Abdullah even more inaccessible to those who want to meet him when compared to his predecessor Tun Dr. Mahathir, who had the public image of being arrogant and haughty.
I have for instance stopped asking for an appointment with the Prime Minister after meeting him twice after the 2004 general election where he would invariably end each meeting with the polite standing offer to call on him whenever necessary. This was after my several requests to meet up with him were blocked by his “gatekeepers”.
I do not think Abdullah is aware as to who are asking to see him. In fact, I do not think Abdullah even reads or is informed of the gist of official letters written to him, for instance, my letter registering “strongest protest possible” to him on Tuesday at the most unsatisfactory reply to a parliamentary question in Malaysian parliamentary history which totally evaded the specific query posed — and the reply was in the name of the Prime Minister.
I do not think Abdullah has seen my “strongest possible protest” letter which had also asked for the missing answer to be furnished.
In contrast, I never had doubts that when I wrote a letter to Tun Dr. Mahathir when he was Prime Minister, it would be seen by him. There was one occasion when I wrote to Mahathir protesting against his public criticism of the DAP for not speaking up against the atrocities and genocide committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, telling him why it was baseless and untrue as he was victim of the media blackout of DAP. I immediately received a terse one-paragraph apology from Mahathir!
Although I am Parliamentary Opposition Leader, I do not want talk that the country has a “sleeping PM” to continue, as this is not good whether for the people or the country internationally.
Secondly, he must re-assert authority as Prime Minister and ensure that he is in control of the “gate-keepers” in the “fourth storey of Putrajaya” and not being controlled by his gatekeepers.
So Lim Kit Siang, who are the gatekeepers? Are they still running around creating havoc in this country? Are they your friends now?
There are a lot more we can write here but the most important thing regarding the book is this – it is just an effort to change what really happened during his years as Prime Minister.
- Ineptitude and stupidity are disguised as inability to reform Umno (Umno members are to be blamed here),
- Mismanagement and corruption of his cronies and family members are disguised as “Mahathir’s pet projects will make this country bankrupt”,
- Cronyism, nepotism and total control of mainstream media editors are disguised as ‘democratisation of society’,
- Wastage and unwise decisions are disguised as national projects,
- Dictatorial tendency where nobody within the party can criticise the Prime Minister is disguised as proponent of democracy
Perhaps the best way to look into how easy people forget what had happened merely 10 years ago is from the tweet of one called Lokman Adam. In the effort to defend Pak Lah, today he tweeted:
“Pak Lah pun pernah bawa kita menang besar PRU 2004, kita juga pernah hilang 2/3 tahun 2008.”
That is an erroneous statement. Pak Lah did not bring about the huge mandate in 2004. He wasn’t the main factor. He was barely 5 months into his term as the Prime Minister back then. What kind of reform has he done within that short space of time to garner such huge mandate? But the loss of 2008, yes we can attribute it mainly on him, judging from all the stinging vitriol by the opposition leaders as well as the rakyat’s loss of confidence in him. All those were resulted from his own undoing.
But of course, we have to forgive Lokman Adam because wasn’t even in Umno during that time as he was with Anwar Ibrahim in PKR. But now after he crossed over to Umno during Pak Lah’s reign and currently managed to become a Youth Exco, memory could be a little bit jarred.
There is no point defending the indefensible. It is a futile effort.
Nevertheless, people must remember what had really happened and since we could not rely on the opposition leaders to tell the truth about Pak Lah nor can we rely on the Umno Youth members in correcting the perception that this book could just be a pact between Pak Lah and the opposition, then we must use our own ability to search for the truth. Just use google and search its archives on all the happenings from 2004 to 2008.
This trip down the memory lane will make us re-live the nightmares.
Following up with the previous article regarding the government’s ill-conceived idea of repealing ISA and Emergency Ordinance Act, below is an article regarding a similar issue happening in California at this very moment (my comment after the article)
Supreme Court orders California to release 10,000 inmates, despite governor’s protest
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year’s end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they’re forced to open the prison gates.
A majority of justices refused an emergency request by the governor to halt a lower court’s directive for the early release of the prisoners to ease severe overcrowding at California’s 33 adult prisons.
The decision was met with concern by law enforcement officials in the state.
Covina Police Chief Kim Raney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, said the justices ignored efforts already underway to reduce prison populations and “chose instead to allow for the release of more felons into already overburdened communities.”
Brown’s office referred a request for comment to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where Secretary Jeff Beard vowed that the state would press on with a still-pending appeal in hope of preventing the releases.
A panel of three federal judges had previously ordered the state to cut its prison population by nearly 8 percent to roughly 110,000 inmates by Dec. 31 to avoid conditions amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. That panel, responding to decades of lawsuits filed by inmates, repeatedly ordered early releases after finding inmates were needlessly dying and suffering because of inadequate medical and mental health care caused by overcrowding.
Court-appointed experts found that the prison system had a suicide rate that worsened last year to 24 per 100,000 inmates, far exceeding the national average of 16 suicides per 100,000 inmates in state prisons.
Brown had appealed the latest decision of the panel and, separately, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to cancel the early release order while considering his arguments that the state is making significant progress in improving conditions. The high court refused Friday to stop the release but did not rule on the appeal itself. Corrections Secretary Beard said the state would press on with that, so the “merits of the case can be considered without delay.”
Lawyers representing Brown had argued to the high court that releasing 10,000 more inmates would mean letting violent criminals out on the streets and overwhelm the abilities of law enforcement and social services to monitor them.
“No data suggests that a sudden release of inmates with these characteristics can be done safely,” the state said in its filing. “No state has ever done it.” (Malaysia has)
The panel of federal judges has consistently rejected that argument. The judges, prisoners’ lawyers and others say other states have marginally reduced inmate sentences without sparking an increase in crime.
The governor said the state has already transferred thousands of low-level and nonviolent offenders to county jails, but that local officials in turn have been forced into releasing some inmates early to ease their own overcrowding issues.
The Supreme Court’s ruling rejected Brown’s plea over the objections of Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, who all said they would have granted the state’s request.
Scalia, in a dissent joined by Thomas, wrote that the previous order by the three-judge panel was a “terrible injunction” that threatens public safety. Scalia said the state’s evidence shows it has made meaningful progress and that such reductions in the inmate population are no longer necessary.
In recent years, the special panel of federal judges accused Brown of attempting to delay and circumvent their orders. They previously threatened to cite the governor for contempt if he did not comply.
The judges waived all state laws in June as they ordered Brown to expand good-time credits leading to early release. They also directed the governor to take other steps, including sending more inmates to firefighting camps, paroling elderly felons, leasing cells at county jails and slowing the return of thousands of inmates now housed in private prisons in other states.
If those steps fail, the judges ordered the state to release by year’s end enough inmates from a list of lower-risk offenders until it reaches the maximum allowed population.
In its latest filing with the Supreme Court, the state argued that no governor has the unilateral authority to take the steps ordered by the three-judge panel. That would require approval by the Legislature or judicial pre-emption of California’s core police powers, the administration argued.
Brown has said the state is spending $2 billion on new or expanded facilities for inmate medical and mental health treatment. That includes seven new centers for mental health treatment and the opening last June of an $839 million prison hospital in Stockton that will treat 1,722 inmates requiring long-term care. The state also has boosted hiring and salaries for all types of medical and mental health professionals.
The state has already reduced the population by 46,000 inmates since 2006.
More than half of the decrease that has occurred so far is due to a two-year-old state law – known as realignment – that is sentencing offenders convicted of crimes considered nonviolent, non-serious and non-sexual to county jails instead of state prisons.
The USA shouldn’t go far to learn about the repercussions of releasing criminals into the streets. They can see the terrible effects Malaysia is currently going through after the 2,600 criminals detained under the Emergency Ordinance Act were released at the end of 2011.
For the months since April 2013 to 3rd August 2013 alone, there were 33 shooting incidents happening across the country already. Imagine if 10,000 inmates running loose in the west coast of USA.
There is a gross lack of empathy from the supreme court judges overseeing the case above. There is a phrase, ‘the law is an ass’; it means, an application of the law that is contrary to common sense.
Here, the judges were more worried about the rights of the criminals in the prisons in California. Their well being, their basic rights as human beings eventhough most of them had committed grievous and heinous crime imaginable. These fools, who were unelected by the people and all of whom are living in secured manors with bodyguards etc couldn’t care less about the consequences of their actions or directives. On the other hand, Governor Jerry Brown, who were elected into office by the people to safeguard the people’s interests and safety is more than correct in saying that “releasing 10,000 more inmates would mean letting violent criminals out on the streets and overwhelm the abilities of law enforcement and social services to monitor them”.
Even his police chief do not agree with the decisions made by the judges. The solution was simple – build more prisons and improve on the living conditions and reduce the abuses in prisons. Perhaps only then the lawsuits from inmates can be minimised.
The naiveté of these law practitioners are beyond comprehension. Do they really believe that should one of those 10,000 criminals went on and killing an innocent victim months after he was released, it wouldn’t be their fault? Is the life of one innocent human being less valuable than the cost to build more prisons?
Read what the Suaram had to say when they urged the government back in 2011 to repeal the Emergency Ordinance Act:
Repeal Emergency Ordinance: Report
KUALA LUMPUR: The Emergency (Public Order and Crime Prevention) Ordinance (EO) should be repealed and the country should just rely on criminal laws to prosecute criminals, the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
“The EO was enacted in 1969 as a temporary measure to respond to the May 13 riots. But for nearly four decades, the government has used the law to detain criminal suspects without trial for lengthy periods as a shortcut when there is insufficient evidence,” said HRW Asia division researcher Sahr Muhammed Ally today.
She was speaking to reporters after launching a 35-page report “Convicted Before Trial: Indefinite Detention Under Malaysia’s Emergency Ordinance”, a result of a one-year research project she conducted.
The report documents how the Malaysian government has detained criminal suspects indefinitely without charge or trial, and subjected them to ill-treatment while in detention at the Simpang Renggam Behavioural Rehabilitation Centre.
It also highlights how detainees are re-arrested upon court-ordered release.
Sahr pointed out that the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police had also recommended for the EO to be abolished because it had outlived its purpose and violates civil liberties.
The Royal Commission had also said the EO was a “lazy way” for the police to lock up suspects without conducting proper investigation.
“However, nothing has been done about it (since then),” she said.
Sahr also called for an investigation into Simpang Renggam’s inhumane and degrading conditions where cells are overcrowded and unhygienic, and food inedible.
Suaram secretariat member S. Arutchelvan said the EO has been abused more than the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA).
He said while there were more than 100 detainees under the ISA as of last year and more than 100 under the DDA as of end of 2004, there were 712 EO detainees as of last year (2005).
Arutchelvan said there were EO detainees who were juveniles, and detainees who have been held for almost eight years.
The EO allows for detention without trial that can be renewed indefinitely every two years, after the first 60 days of detention.
Arutchelvan said the EO can be used against anyone.
“Many who are detained are left wondering why they were detained in the first place,” he said.
He noted that other groups have also called for the EO to be repealed, including Suhakam, the Bar Council and the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights.
Also present at the launch was former EO detainee Mohd Samsudin Mohd Ibrahim, who was remanded for a total of 143 days in several lockups in Kedah, Penang and Perak before being re-arrested and detained under the EO for 60 days.
He was later ordered to be in restricted residence for two years in Jerantut for robbery.
“I lost my business and I was cut off from my family,” Mohd Samsudin said.
Sahr and Suaram will be submitting the HRW report to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz on Monday (Aug 28, 2006) at Parliament.
Was that biased report from Suaram used by the government in deciding how the EO to be repealed? We can easily imagine how that report got its way into the hands of PM Najib’s many consultants and idiotic advisors and then after a couple of hours of discussing among themselves over coffee, they decided to advise the PM that the EO and ISA should indeed be repealed. That would certainly bring more votes for Barisan Nasional in General Elections 2013!
No nationwide research was done BY the government, no in-depth review was consulted from the police, no study were made to analyse the after effects. The only thing they did was – how to write a magnificent speech on the eve of Malaysia Day 2011 to wow the rakyat.
The rakyat was indeed shocked at that time. The opposition were smiling. And fast forward to present time, the rakyat is still shocked by the shortsightedness and by all the blundering mistakes made by this administration. Meanwhile the opposition is laughing so hard, they should not even say anything. The government of Barisan Nasional is tying its own noose without anyone’e help.
‘When the enemy is making a mistake, do not interrupt them’, we would imagine that is what Anwar Ibrahim is currently thinking.
To the clueless consultants and advisors in Prime Minister’s Department, Sri Perdana as well as in Pemandu, the Bar Council and lawyers are not the ones responsible for the safety and security of the rakyat. They are not the stakeholders. If we must tell you who are the real stakeholders for this, then this article is too intelligent for you to comprehend.
Recently, taking a swipe at the EO, they was a lawyer who said (can’t remember which one, or perhaps maybe a junior minister who said it) – ‘the laws in this country is already adequate to capture a criminal. There is no need for a preventive law.’
That person must be high on drugs or maybe just plain imbecilic when he said it. It is not about capturing or punishing a criminal that we are worried about. It is about preventing and reducing crime.
There is no point capturing and putting a criminal in jail AFTER he had committed a crime or worse, he killed someone. Will 20 years jail term bring back the life of someone he has killed?
What if during a robbery, his family member was murdered by that criminal. Will his words – ‘the laws in this country is already adequate to capture a criminal. There is no need for a preventive law,’ bring back his loved ones from the dead?
Prevention of Crime Act won’t solve anything too. First, it caters for crime suspects only in Peninsular Malaysia, and it only provides 28 days remand (not detention) for investigations and conducting an enquiry. After that, if there are no concrete evidence accepted by the magistrate, the criminal will be released to plot and conceive his crime another day. And sometimes, it’s not just the law that acts like an ass, the magistrate and the below par prosecutors can be asses too.
Some people with high position may look smart, but deep inside, they are nothing more than a shady nincompoop, disguising themselves with impeccable English and surrounded by equally idiotic yes-men.
Whatever it may be, prevention is always better when lives are at stake. If there are abuses in the preventive law, you correct them and reinforce it with better check and balance within that law. We do not abandon it just because Suaram said so. Whose interests is this Prime Minister is serving?
In the effort to outdo and hijack the label ‘reformer’ from Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak wanted to be a Reformer too. What he had successfully done was unbuckling the rakyat’s safety mechanism just to please a few segments of a larger population.
No wonder the street criminals have much to thank him for.
Since we the people know that the cabinet is running around like a headless chicken, what the PM should do is this – just follow what Seinfeld had advised his friend George Constanza; “if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.”
If your advisor and consultants are telling you one thing, just do the complete opposite. That should do the trick. You then will be fine.
Albert Einstein said something to the effect – ‘A problem cannot be solved with the same kind of brains that was used when the problem was first created’. We are paraphrasing of course. But the point we are making is the same…
Since the consultants and advisors gave the wrong advice to create this problem, it’s time to dump all them and get better ones.
We read with glee when the Prime Minister said the government will aid cops in improving effectiveness to tackle crime. Ironic because he was the one responsible to create the mess that the police and the public is currently nose-deep in.
PUTRAJAYA- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the government is prepared to give the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) whatever is needed within reason and affordability to raise the effectiveness of the force in fighting crime, particularly serious crime in the country.
The Prime Minister also expressed concern over a spate of killings using firearms lately, saying it affected public confidence and increased fear with regard to security and serious crime.
In this regard, he said the police must take immediate action to regain public confidence following the developments with regard to security lately.
“It is up to the police to ask from the government what they require in terms of enhancing the capability within reason and within affordability. We will provide the police (with the necessary tools) to fight organised crime and serious crime in the country.
“We are prepared to consider the request and requirements of the police as long as there is a guarantee to safeguard against abuse of power and human rights,” he said at a media conference after chairing the National Finance Council Meeting 2013 at the Finance Ministry, here.
For immediate action, Najib said the police would use the existing law to implement whatever possible in the fight against serious crime.
In addition, he said a sub-committee comprising several ministers including the Home Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department would be set up.
Najib said the sub-committee would discuss with the Attorney-General and Inspector-General of Police to determine additional provisions in the law that could strengthen the police capacity to act.
“This matter can be brought up to the next Parliament session.
“We cannot allow the situation to persist. Immediate and serious action must be taken by the authorities to bring back public peace and confidence,” he said.
The stupidity continues.
The reason why there is a spate of killings in this country is because of the sudden influx of mercenaries and drug lords. Where did they come from? You can bet they came from the 2,600 criminals being released when the Emergency Ordinance Act was repealed back in 2011 together with the ISA.
The reason why ISA and the EO were repealed because the Prime Minister, under the wrong advise given by his consultants, thought that ISA and EO are against human rights, because eventhough it is good for the country, there are bound to be abuse of power.
Therefore, if we repeal the ISO and the EO, we will definitely win more votes as the people will see that the government is having a first world country mentality.
Those were some of the words bandied about by the Prime Minister’s consultants and his myriad of advisers. All these liberals and so-called first worlders have this deluded perception that should the very laws and the social fabric of this country be reformed based at par with other first world democratic countries, the PM will get more votes than his predecessor. Two thirds majority even.
But in actual fact, that wasn’t what the rakyat needs. That is like putting the cart before the horse. You first need to win votes, then reform the country with the huge mandate you are given. Not the other way around. That would be as the malays say – “yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong keciciran”.
What say you advisers and consultants? Busy counting money and driving Aston Martins?
You want the PM to be a reformer? Look what you have gotten the country into. And with an even fewer parliamentary seats.
And back in 2011 when the ISA and EO were repealed on the eve of Malaysia Day, they were repealed without the proper consultation with the police and the public.
If there were consultation, reviews and proper research, there wouldn’t be such lawlessness in this country as the result of that decision. And now, like an after thought, the PM is seen like a buffoon, chastising the police for being weak in combating crime when he himself had clipped their wings.
The only reason why the ill-advised move was made is because the PM was too busy serving the interests of the opposition leaders instead of the interests of the rakyat.
ISA and EO was repealed only due to its probability of being abused for political mileage.
So how do we deal with abuse of power? We punish the abuser! We do not repeal the whole law.
Yes ISA has the perception that it was abused every now and then but did the government do anything to curb the abuse? In the famous debacle involving a journalist being detained under the ISA by Syed Hamid Albar a few years ago, did Syed Hamid goes to court for it? Or at least being subjected to an inquiry? Was he ever penalised about the fiasco? No he did not. Not getting elected as a general election candidate certainly cannot be classified as a punishment.
Similarly, if there are dirty cops, do we disband the whole police force?
The same goes to the law. We do not repeal the law and then made the mess out of it and in the end tries to enact a new one which are similar to the previous one. Isn’t that foolish? Isn’t that stupid?
In the case of the EO, since when do we concerned ourselves with the human rights of drug lords and assassins? So what if these drug lords and gangsters were locked up without trial? Since when is the rakyat’s safety and security stand second to the rights of these criminals?
Is the government that daft? Do you know who are terribly afraid of prevention laws? Yes, the criminals and perhaps some politicians who are actively against it. Maybe they do not have loved ones. Or maybe they do not fear being randomly shot at by drug lords and their henchmen. Or maybe they themselves are up to no good.
This blog has written about the security issues of this country should the ISA be repealed nearly 2 years ago. It can be read here (please re-read it).
Given the severity of the issue and also the changing world environment we are living in, the abolishment of such laws will have a direct and quick impact on the citizens.
… the continuity of our nation’s peace and stability is paramount no matter what is at stake and as the US had shown us, even human rights to freedom has to take a backseat when dealing with dangerous elements within the country.
It is hoped that Malaysia will safely chart its course based on the same wisdom and the same experience that had made it relatively one of the most peaceful and successful country ever existed today.
And now yet another stupidity is about to happen. The repeal of Sedition Act. And in its place, the National Harmony Act or whatever.
PUTRAJAYA: The government’s power in dealing with any actions threatening national unity and harmony will not be affected by the decision to abolish the Sedition Act and replacing it with the National Harmony Act.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the new act would be guided by three key principles to deal with actions that could incite hatred and insult any institutions and existing provisions under the Constitution.
“(Firstly,) the new act will address any action that can incite hatred and raise disloyalty towards the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or any ruler,” he said after chairing the 10th Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) council meeting and witnessing the signing and exchanging of four memorandums of agreements on developmental projects in the northern corridor worth RM1.96 billion.
Najib said, secondly, the new act would address actions to spread malicious intent and create racial tension among the different segments of the population in the country.
“Thirdly, it will deal with any attempts to question matters involving the rights, status, special privileges, sovereignty or fixed prerogative as stipulated and protected under the Federal Constitution or Articles 151, 153 and 181 of the Federal Constitution.
Referring to sex bloggers Alvin Tan Jye Yee and his Singaporean girlfriend, Vivian Lee, Najib said the young couple’s rude and disrespectful act towards Islam showed that abusing the freedom of voice and opinion could harm society.
“Although the government would like to guarantee the freedom of speech, it cannot be abused to the extent that it can harm national unity.”
The controversial couple had incurred the wrath of Malaysians over their Facebook posting of a picture of them eating bak kut teh with the caption “Selamat berbuka puasa” on Facebook.
The picture had a halal logo and the words “wangi, enak, menyelerakan” (fragrant, delicious and appetising) were used to describe the herbal pork dish.
It was reported yesterday that the couple could be charged under the Sedition Act 1948.
Najib yesterday also reiterated the government’s firm stand against attempts to incite hatred and stir racial discord. He said the nation’s main pillars of national unity and harmony could crumble if the government was not firm in dealing with actions threatening them.
“We must be firm on this. There cannot be absolute freedom at the expense of national interest and harmony. I have always stressed the principle of freedom with responsibility. The government’s position on this is clear and we will maintain and uphold the principle,” Najib said, stressing that the people must be sensitive to differences in religions and cultures.
Najib also said the government would look into views asking for a new law similar to the repealed Emergency Ordinance 1969.
He said the relevant stakeholders would be involved in the discussion including the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers on this proposal.
“We can get the views of Suhakam and even from the Bar Council.”
On whether the government would be seen as back-tracking should it come up with an act similar to the Emergency Ordinance, Najib said it should not be viewed as such.
“It is not back-tracking. We want to ensure that the fight against crime will be effective.
“At the same time, we must strike a balance to protect the rights of individuals and the interests of society by ensuring there is no abuse of power.“
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had earlier this month said he was discussing with Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail the draft of a new law following the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance.
Concerns were raised after it was revealed that many of the more than 2,600 detainees released from the Simpang Renggam detention centre after the Emergency Ordinance was repealed had returned to a life of crime.
There you go again, that word – ‘abuse of power’. Just because there could be abuse of power, the Prime Minister wants to repeal Sedition Act and replace it with an act so similar it could just be its clone. But of course, since the the lawmakers have nothing better to do, why not waste precious time debating about the same act in Parliament and waste further money and resources to pass it as a new law.
All this is beyond stupidity. Why is the Prime Minister too busy thinking about the human rights of the perpetrators and evil doers? Will this get him more votes? We are laughing as we are writing this. Yes, please seek more advice from the Bar Council. They are the best in defending the human rights of criminals.
Now let us look of what could happen to the new ‘ Sedition Act’.
Let us look at the Peaceful Assembly Act the government had triumphantly gazetted in 2012. This act replaces some of the provisions of the Police Act.
Penalty of up to RM20,000 is the maximum punishment for anyone who had broken the Peaceful Assembly Act above. There is no jail term. If the magistrate says – “You are sentenced to RM3,000 fine”, then Anwar Ibrahim would just have to ask the contractors from Penang to pay the fine on behalf of his rioting supporters.
This kind of act has lost its tooth. People are not afraid of paying fines. They are more afraid of being sent to jail. While the police act provided some jail term as one of its punishments, this new act has none.
The same fate could fall to the National Harmony Act when it is being debated by the opposition in Parliament. Opposition will surely fight for a no jail term clause. And since the Prime Minister will bend over backwards to please the interests of the Opposition leaders, this will definitely happen.
Advisers and consultants are nice to have if they know what they are doing. Being liberal and progressive is fine; but if you do not know the head and tail of an issue, please do not give the wrong advice. This is because the person is probably no longer capable of thinking straight.
First and foremost, we would like to congratulate The Mole for being brave in publishing articles which are critical towards Barisan Nasional, its ministers, and especially towards the PM Najib Tun Razak.
Once in a while, The Mole has published this blog’s more stinging articles directed to the group stated above and we are gratified that there still exist credible media platforms which are not afraid to publish excoriating write-ups for the sake of exposing the weaknesses identified. Hopefully all this constructive criticisms will be taken into account to improve further on the back of a disastrous general election recently.
As we all know, the next general election is less than five years away and we have, as the rakyat, another five years to criticise, expose, analyse, judge and even guide the top leadership of this country from any missteps and wrong decisions made. Therefore, please brace yourselves. Politicians, especially the young ones who can’t stand the heat, please stay out from the kitchen. Similarly, the malay phrase for this is – if you are afraid of the waves, then don’t live near the seashore.
But all these criticisms will be written in another article although barely two months after the general elections, there are already a few dozens blunders made and are begging to be written about.
But today we are going to read is about a brief analysis on the recent movement of people in the media industry.
The big news for the past week is the exodus of Leslie Lau, his sister Joan Lau and their band of misfits from The Malaysian Insider to The Malay Mail.
There is a mystery on why the Malay Mail shareholders didn’t find it necessary to own the majority shares of Trinity Diligence Sdn Bhd, or employ Leslie Lau and Joan Lau right under their payroll. That would be safer, and more cost effective and have all the necessary procedures to discipline any wayward behaviour of editors. Because it doesn’t make sense for Malay Mail to outsource another company to manage an online media that uses The Malay Mail brand. If there are any negative news published in that online platform, it will have an impact on the reputation of Malay Mail as a company, not to Trinity Diligence.
How can they control the day to day operations and editorial direction?
Unless of course, Malay Mail directors and its shareholders are glutton for punishment and love firefighting activities where they had to mitigate any repercussions after a damage has been done.
And why would the contents of The Malay Mail paper are entirely different from its ‘outsourced’ online platform? Why would the owners of the brand ‘Malay Mail’ do it this way? Unless of course, there are different agendas (read: propaganda) planned for it. As we all know, there are different rules and laws applied between a newspaper and the online news platforms. Newspapers need to have their permits and licenses; online portals don’t.
Hence, online portals are freer to publish its contents without any parameters to adhere to.
And we all know where the loyalty of Leslie Lau lies with. He made no secret of it. As a very pro-Pakatan Rakyat editor with trails of articles lambasting Barisan Nasional and their leaders (although he is quite fond towards Pak Lah and very anti-Dr. Mahathir), his skewed and often biased writings can be searched easily in the Malaysian Insider.
There is no point to announce that the new Malay Mail online is independent and support neither Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat when history of his writings speaks for itself.
There in lies the bigger picture..
..that another pro-Pakatan Rakyat portal has been established – whether accidentally or by design, right under the nose of the owners of The Malay Mail who incidentally, have very close ties to the Najib administration. With this latest development, this oldest newspaper in Malaysia, will never be the same again.
Of course with the arrival of an editor and his team of journalists, the current chief editor of The Malay Mail has to make way for Leslie Lau. Terence Fernandez, allegedly made his way to fz.com as the result of this. A few of The Malay Mail editorial staff are already there. Terence is slightly less partisan than Leslie Lau in terms of his writings but it is not a difficult thing to say that his leanings is definitely towards Pakatan Rakyat. Therefore, fz.com gained another pro-Pakatan Rakyat senior editor to shape its direction.
Wither Barisan Nasional’s online news presence.
Speaking of which, we now move on to The Star.
The Star ‘s editorial stand is a puzzle to begin with. Eventhough the company belongs to MCA, it often act as DAP’s mouthpiece. They spray DAP’s propaganda in its pages and would even promote shamelessly the key figures in DAP party. A fact that is not lost on the blogger Helen Ang. She is well known in exposing’s The Star’s treacherous articles against MCA and Barisan Nasional.
Are the owners of The Star that stupid? Calvin Sankaran aptly described The Star - “I would compare The Star with a girl who is high maintenance who spends her rich boyfriend’s money freely and having a good time doing it while at the same time sleeping with her BF’s sworn enemy and making jokes about her BF.”
Why would the owners (read: MCA) let this happen?
We would surmise this through one of MCA’s local leader’s tweets a few days ago. Although Ti Lian Ker’s opinions are his own and may not necessarily reflect the MCA leadership, we can take his as a base perspective. Ti Lian Ker was responding to an article forwarded to him about The Star’s backstabbing nature. What we can deduce from the tweet interaction is the fact that The Star had chosen to engage the middle ground. Thus they want to portray themselves as giving more space to DAP leaders compared to BN leaders.
But when most of the news that are originally sourced for example, from Lim Guan Eng’s foul mouth or Hannah Yeoh’s anti-malay stance, there is nothing more to engage the middle ground. The Star, had erroneously believed that in order to gain more readers and be seen as independent, they are helping MCA garner more votes which, according to the recent general election, The Star had failed to do so.
In order to gain more votes for Barisan Nasional, what The Star should have done (this is where Wong Chun Wai had failed to do so) is whenever Lim Guan Eng or Lim Kit Siang give out anti-BN jibes in a press conference, the reporter should contact any BN leaders, get comment from them to rebut whatever the father-son had said in order to give it a more balanced story fit to be published. This is what we call ‘balanced and independent’.
You don’t let a story run by itself and imprinted in the readers’ mind for days on what the DAP leaders had said without even having the right of reply by a BN leader WITHIN the same news story. This happens everyday for the past few years. And if the middle ground read all these, do you think they will suddenly want to vote Barisan Nasional?
Even the editorial staff of The Star are blatantly supporting Pakatan Rakyat’s leaders through their twitter accounts. What kind of message do you want to give to Barisan Nasional voters? That it is okay to vote for Pakatan Rakyat?
When the mouthpiece of MCA is singing praises and letting DAP leaders hurling vitriol towards Barisan Nasional, why would voters vote for Barisan Nasional?
There is no more middle ground among The Star’s readers. Especially among the english speaking chinese. Majority of them have swung towards DAP. No thanks to The Star’s ‘middle ground engagement’.
MCA leaders must be high on drugs when they say that The Star should be given space to run its story. And for the purpose of comparing who gets the job done, Utusan Malaysia was successful in getting the malay votes. Umno’s increased seat is proof to that. How do they do it?
What has The Star done to help MCA getting the votes? It doesn’t matter if you receive millions of advertising money from The Star. We can’t believe MCA leaders are looking at things as immaterial as advertising money. Even till today, MCA are like headless chickens running around not knowing what to do when decisions in every Barisan Nasional state seemed not beneficial towards their community. Just swallow your pride and take the posts which were generously offered by Barisan Nasional top leadership.
How could you be the defender of your race if you do not want to be part of the decision making body? You want other people to take care of your fortunes? What happened in Melaka today is fine example when there is lack of participation in the state exco. When the chinese do not want to vote for Barisan Nasional, what do you expect to happen? It is not something by design. If you are not part of the process because you chose it that way, then do not come out crying foul over something that was decided when you weren’t there.
And it seems Wong Chun Wai’s number two – Wong Sai Wan has moved to The Malay Mail (the paper) to be in charge of ‘Special Projects’. We do not know yet what that entails but surely if The Malay Mail is moving towards what The Star is doing, then obviously we will get another version of a paper that is ‘attracting middle ground’.
If you you know something is not working, then stop doing it.
Ultimately, from the recent movement of people in the media, we can conclude that Barisan Nasional has been losing an english daily with the highest readership and it is also losing the battle in english speaking online portals. Being independent does not win you votes. Being smart is. And Barisan Nasional leaders and their friends who are owners of the media are definitely not smart. You have less than five years before you lose in the next general election. What are you going to do?
Daripada Merdeka-Online :
Bapak Jusuf Kalla, Mantan Naib Presiden Indonesia
Nama bapak Jusuf Kalla (JK), mantan Naib Presiden Indonesia menjadi penting di Malaysia kerana peranan persahabatannya dalam PRU13 baru-baru ini. Ramai rakyat Malaysia terkejut bagaimana beliau tiba-tiba muncul dalam kancah politik Malaysia.
Ikuti perbualan eksklusif saya dengan bapak Jusuf Kalla di Jakarta baru-baru ini yang turut memperkatakan pelbagai isu sampingan.
Sebagai Ketua Editor Merdeka-Online, sebuah portal baru yang saya usahakan dengan matlamat rakyat Malaysia boleh meresapi jiwa merdeka dengan semangat “a sense of belonging“. Baru-baru ini, pada 1 Jun 2013 saya berkunjung ke rumah bapak Jusuf Kalla, di Jakarta, Indonesia dengan niat untuk bertemu bapak Jusuf Kalla sekiranya beliau boleh ditemuramah. Alhamdulillah, bukan sahaja saya diterima dengan baik oleh bapak Jusuf kalla, tetapi saya turut dapat berbicara pelbagai hal khususnya mengenai Pilihanraya Umum Ke-13 di Malaysia. Ikuti sedutan soal-jawab saya dengan bapak Jusuf kalla.
MO: Assalamualaikum dan terima kasih saya ucap kepada Bapak atas kesudian menerima kehadiran saya.
JK: Waalaikum Salam warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Terima kasih.
MO: Saya ingin menyatakan perasaan teruja atas peranan bapak dalam hal, kalau bisa disebut perdamaian semasa Pilihanraya Umum di Malaysia baru-baru ini. Saya dapati rata-rata rakyat Malaysia masih tertanya-tanya bagaimana bapak tiba-tiba bisa muncul dalam hal ini?
JK: Sebetulnya, saya ingin jelaskan bahawa bapak Anwar bertemu saya sebanyak 3 kali. Pertamanya pada bulan Mac, 2013 di rumah ini juga dia datang pada malam hari. Ketika itu, hadir bersama dua ahli Parlimen Indoneisa iaitu Yusril Ihza Mahendra dan Fahmi Idris.
Saya lihat, pada ketika itu, Anwar terlalu yakin akan menang Pilihanraya di Malaysia, kerana katanya di mana-mana dia pergi sambutannya cukup luar biasa.
Jadi Anwar mahu saya jadi perantaraan kepada bapak Najib, karena hubungan saya dengan kedua-dua mereka ini sangat baik, maka atas dasar persahabatan saya menerima. Bukan saya mahu masuk campur dalam urusan negara Malaysia, saya menerima urusan ini sebagai urusan persahabatan saya.
MO: Barangkali bapa bisa jelaskan apakah permintaan bapak Anwar semasa pertemuan dengan bapak tempohari?
JK: Anwar memang ada membuat beberapa permintaan supaya saya bisa sampaikan kepada bapak Najib. Pertamanya, Anwar mahu agar supaya bapak Najib menerima ketetapan bahawa sesiapa yang kalah hendaklah menerima kekalahan itu. Dan yang kalah juga hendaklah mengucapkan selamat berjaya kepada yang menang, dan yang kalah itu kalau bisa disesuaikan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan yang baru.
Jadi, saya terbang ke Kuala Lumpur dan menyampaikan permintaan-permintaan Anwar itu dan bapak Najib mendengar dengan baik.
Saya lihat bapak Najib seorang yang berjiwa besar, mendengar dengan baik segala permintaan Anwar tetapi bapak Najib juga mempunyai keyakinan yang tinggi akan menang Pilihanraya itu.
MO: Bagaimana tentang hal perjanjian, kerana di Malaysia heboh kononnya ada surat perjanjian antara Anwar dengan bapak Najib?
JK: Anwar memang ada membuat perjanjian bertulis. Anwar yang membuatnya, jadi semasa Anwar datang ke rumah saya, Anwar mahu supaya bapak Najib menurunkan tandatangan dalam perjanjian itu.
Anwar sangat konfiden akan menang. Di dalam mindanya dia sudah bayangkan dia Perdana Menteri. Jadi, saya kata kepada Anwar ok, kalau kamu kalah kamu juga harus menerima kekalahan kamu. Anwar bersetuju, jadi saya tandatangan dan Anwar juga tandatangan.
Apabila saya terbang ke Kuala Lumpur, saya bawa hal surat perjanjian ini kepada bapak Najib, saya melihat bapak Najib tidak ada masalah melihat perjanjian itu, tapi bapak Najib mengambil keputusan tidak menurunkan tandatangan. Saya tidak bisa memaksa.
Jadi saya balik semula kepada Anwar, saya beritahu kepada Anwar bahawa bapak Najib tidak turunkan tandatangan tetapi saya mahu kamu (Anwar) percaya kepada my mouth (mulut saya) bahawa bapak Najib tidak ada halangan dengan permintaan kamu (Anwar) itu. Maknanya, sesiapa yang kalah harus menerima kekalahan dengan hati yang terbuka (gentleman).
Inilah gentleman’s agreement antara saya dengan bapak Najib. Akhirnya Anwar bersetuju dalam isu bapak Najib tidak turunkan tandatangan karena Anwar mempercayai cakap saya.
Malangnya, selepas keputusan Pilihanraya, Anwar mungkir janji dan tidak komited kepada perjanjian itu sendiri. Itu sebab saya marah kepada Anwar dan kawan-kawan Anwar di Jakarta turut marah kepadanya kerana Anwar mungkir janji dan tidak komited. Asean Wall Street Journal menghub ungi saya bertanya apakah benar Anwar tidak komted. Saya beritahu mereka ya, benar Anwar memang tidak komited.
Saya tidak akan hubungi Anwar, biar dia tahu kami(Yusril, Fatmi dan teman-teman yang lain) marah kepadanya.
ISU PENIPUAN PILIHANRAYA
MO: Apa alasan Anwar tidak mahu menerima kekalahannya, mungkir janji dan tidak komited?
JK: Anwar menuduh berlaku penipuan, antaranya soal dakwat kekal. Jadi saya marah Anwar, saya kata kamu bilang dakwat itu tidak kekal, itu kamu lihat di jari kamu masih ada bekas dakwat kekal belum hilang (sambil bapak Jusuf Kalla memegang jari Anwar yang masih ada bekas dakwat).
Kemudian Anwar bangkitkan pengundi Bangladesh. Saya bilang sama Anwar, tak kan orang Malaysia tidak boleh membezakan percakapan, bahasa, budaya dan gaya orang Bangladesh. Tidak mungkin berpuluh ribu orang Bangladesh boleh dibawa masuk ke Malaysia dan menjadi pengundi. Ini tidak masuk akal.
Tapi, Anwar tetap tidak mahu menerima keputusan dan dia tetap dengan egonya.
MO: Anwar kata dia menang kerana undi popular dia lebih banyak daripada bapak Najib?
JK: Saya beritahu Anwar, kamu berada di Malaysia bukannya di Indonesia. Kalau kamu (Anwar) bertanding di Indonesia kamu sudah jadi Presiden Indonesia. Tapi di Malaysia sistemnya lain, kemenangannya dikira melalui sistem undi electoral, yang mana partai yang menang akan membentuk kerajaan dan melantik Perdana Menteri.
Malangnya Anwar ini ego, imaginasinya sangat melampau-lampau, dia tetap mahu jadi Perdana Menteri.
Saya bilang kepada Anwar, “Kamu sudah gila?” mana mungkin kamu (Anwar) menjadi Perdana Menteri sedangkan kamu hanya menang 89 kerusi parlimen walhal bapak Najib menang 133. Tolong beri saya jawapan atas dasar apa kamu boleh jadi Perdana Menteri kerana kamu sendiri tahu kamu hanya menang 89 walhal bapak Najib menang 133.
Kami bertengkar dan akhirnya Anwar berfikir juga. Kemudian, kami juga berbicara tentang masa depannya dan masa depan Nurul Izzah. Saya bercakap tentang Menteri Penuh, Anwar meminta masa berfikir tentang perkara itu.
Kesilapan Anwar ialah dia sudah dua kali mengumumkan mahu bersara jika tewas dalam Pilihanraya, malangnya Anwar tidak pernah komited kepada janji-janjinya.
HIMPUNAN BLACK OUT 505
MO: Anwar kini sedang mengadakan himpunan Black Out 505 di seluruh negara sebagai bantahan ke atas keputusan Pilihanraya Umum baru-baru ini. Bagaimana bapak melihat perkara ini?
JK: Pertama saya mahu beritahu bahawa saya mengetahui Anwar dibantu oleh beberapa pihak khususnya dari Turki, Washington, Filipina, dan mungkin juga di negara Thai dan China, itu kamu kena selidiki. Pemberi dana yang besar itu dari sebuah syarikat besar di Filipina, dan sedikit-sedikit dari Turki untuk membantu aktiviti himpunan bantahan itu. Mereka tidak boleh menyembunyikan diri mereka kerana mereka adalah rakan-rakan bisnes yang kita ketahui siapa mereka.
Isunya untuk apa membuat himpunan tersebut jika ianya hanya memberi keuntungan kepada musuh-musuh Islam dan orang Melayu. Saya sendiri bertanya kepada Anwar, apakah kamu boleh mengontrol (mengawal) parti DAP? Anwar terdiam dan Anwar tidak dapat memberi jawapan dengan jelas, ternyata Anwar punya masalah dan kepayahan untuk mengawal ahli-ahli parlimen dari parti lain.
Makanya, saya sendiri berfikiran tindakan Anwar mengadakan himpunan Black Out 505 itu hanya sia-sia sahaja, melainkan hanya menguntungkan sebelah pihak sahaja iaitu musuh-musuh Islam.
PERTEMUAN SUSILO & ELEMEN WASHINGTON
JK: Baru-baru ini Presiden Susilo menelefon saya bertanyakan mengenai panggilan telefon dari “Polis Washington” supaya Presiden Susilo menerima permintaan Anwar untuk bertemu dengannya.
Saya memberitahu Presiden Susilo supaya tidak tunduk kepada tekanan Washington dan tidak kena dengan peraturan kenegaraan untuk menerima permintaan Anwar kerana Anwar hanya pembangkang bukan Perdana Menteri. Ini bermakna, saya sangat yakin, bahawa ada elemen Washington dalam urusan campurtangan kuasa luar dalam politik negara Malaysia. Anda perlu terus menyiasat perkara ini.
ISU PENCEROBOHAN LAHAD DATU
JK: Dalam kes pencerobohan Lahad Datu, saya juga tahu bahawa ada campurtangan dari orang-orang tertentu di Filipina, kawan-kawan Anwar seperti Joseph Estrada dan sebuah syarikat besar di Filipina memberi sokongan kewangan dalam kes pencerobohan di Lahad Datu.
Tujuan mereka satu sahaja iaitu untuk melemahkan kerajaan Malaysia, di mana mereka yang menceroboh itu mahu menunjukkan kepada dunia luar bahawa kerajaan Malaysia lemah dan gagal menangani isu tersebut.
MO: Saya ucap terimakasih kepada bapak atas kesudian bapak menerima kehadiran saya dan seterusnya berbicara tentang isu penting ini. Saya sangat hargai dan saya berharap rakyat Malaysia boleh melihat peranan bapak yang mulia ini khususnya kedua-duanya adalah sahabat baik bapak.
JK: Terima kasih.
1 Jun 2013.
This will be a short post and a challenge to Lim Kit Siang. Please read his article first:
I am disappointed over the UMNO betrayal of former Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Ghani Othman who was completely by-passed instead of being appointed Senator and Minister in the new Cabinet line-up announced by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.
The UMNO leadership had praised Ghani sky-high during the 13th General Election campaign when fielding him as a parliamentary candidate for Gelang Patah against me, and it is most unfair and ungrateful for UMNO leaders to drop Ghani like a ton of bricks after Ghani failed to defeat me in Gelang Patah in the May 5 polls.
General elections should not be regarded as a zero-sum game, and in the case of Ghani, whom I had openly acknowledged as having made invaluable contribution to the development and progress in Johor, his talents and experience should be tapped by the Federal government as Ghani can have still many years of national service and contribution in him.
I am surprised that Ghani is facing so much resistance in UMNO as there are powerful forces who object to his return to national politics, to the extent that MUBARAK, the association of former Barisan Nasional wakil rakyats, have come out with a statement opposing any UMNO candidate who lost in the 13GE being appointed a Senator and a Minister – clearly targetting at Ghani.
It would be interesting to know who are the UMNO leaders behind the MUBARAK statement for it would throw an interesting light on the UMNO power tussle which has started escalating after the 13GE preparing for the “royal battle” in the UMNO party elections at the end of the year.
If Lim Kit Siang wants to portray himself as magnanimous as he wants us to believe, then we the people challenge him to vacate his seat immediately and let Ghani contest again in Gelang Patah uncontested so that Ghani can be appointed to the cabinet. Can you do that Kit Siang?
Because my heart cannot bear to see how heartbroken you are over the fact Ghani Othman didn’t get appointed to be in the cabinet. Kit Siang, this is the only way to alleviate your sadness.
Perhaps what is lacking in Lim Kit Siang is principles. Does he believe that we will swallow hook, line and sinker over such statement? Maybe in his mid-70s, Kit Siang is already getting more desperate thus, all this nonsense statements coming out from him. There is no resistance from Umno towards Ghani. It was determined way before the elections that those who lost, will not be appointed. Unlike DAP, Umno has systems that must be followed. DAP’s system changes according to the mood of Lim Kit Siang.
It is sad that what Lim Kit Siang just concocted above are just bedtime stories by a granddaddy. This is what happens when someone is in power for so long. He’ll believe his own made-up stories.
It is indeed as silly season.
Today Nurul Izzah issued a tweet which beguiled us all. She has the belief that Barisan Nasional is effectively a minority government. Although her loose coalition of DAP, PKR and PAS had the majority of the votes, she felt shortchanged for the fact that her ambition to see her father installed as the Prime Minister is curtailed yet again. This also implies, in her own mind that the current government does not have the legality to govern this country.
With this blatant misconception of truth and apparent lack of knowledge on the current Malaysian voting system have raised a few unsavoury spectres most notably the Pakatan’s resident spaniel, Haris Ibrahim who told us that his group will topple Barisan Nasional government by end of this year.
As a background, in the just concluded general election, Barisan Nasional received 46.9% of votes while parties in Pakatan Rakyat received 50.9%. There was approximately 4% difference amounting to 361,000 votes. Basically, out of 13 million registered voters in Malaysia, BN managed to get 5.3 million votes while DAP, PAS and PKR managed to get 5.6 million votes. About 2 million voters did not vote in the recent general election.
Now this is where Nurul Izzah and the rest of the leaders in Pakatan Rakyat (including lawyers) got it wrong.
Our election system is not through popular voting. We vote via a parliamentary system.
Among the countries that use pure parliamentary system are Canada, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Italy, Israel, Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, and India.
Even the United States uses electoral system, and not popular votes to choose its President.
So how exactly does Malaysia and the nations that use parliamentary system select their government? In layman terms, it is like this:
The country is divided into districts or, parliamentaries. All registered voters will select one candidate from a particular political party as winner in each parliamentary and this winner will represent them in the Parliament (the Dewan Rakyat).
A party with the majority of winners in the combined parliamentary seats (all 222 of them) will become the federal government. That is why, in our democracy, getting the majority of seats (as opposed to getting the majority of votes) is important. The reason for this is purely simple – it protects the rights of the people in the less populated states and is a cornerstone of our federal vs states relationship.
Didn’t opposition leaders tell us too many times that it is time to decrease federalism in this country?
Wouldn’t it be unfair if what Nurul Izzah is propagating is accepted as the basis to form a government, then the battle to become Federal Government is decided by the people in west coast Malaysia and not by the rest of Malaysia!
The recent statistics in our last general election are simple to read – DAP won bigger majorities in seats within urban areas while Barisan Nasional won bigger number of seats but with much, much smaller majorities. As a matter of fact, the combined majority of Teresa Kok and Kim Kit Siang is already 65,000 votes. Hence, the opposition garnered bigger number of votes but obtained smaller number of seats.
This is possible because we work in the current operating system called, the parliamentary system. Let’s put this into perspective – you have been using the iPhone and living under the iOS system all this while and yet when things didn’t go your way, you complain about the iPhone because it doesn’t use the Android system.
That argument is impractical and inconsequential.
The ultimate fact, which no matter how the opposition trying to spin is, Barisan Nasional won bigger number of seats and that fact is enough for it to form the Federal Government in the parliament.
So what is the correct definition of a popular voting? It is actually irrelevant in the context of Malaysian democracy system.
For whatever reason people lose, the delusion that they had won the general election is perhaps the most pathetic kind of excuse for a sore loser could come up with.
Even their lawyers got the term ‘minority government’ wrong. Minority government simply means, when a political party or coalition of parties does not have a majority of overall seats in the parliament but is sworn into government to break a hung parliament election result.
Simply put, Barisan Nasional is neither a minority government nor the fact that it doesn’t have the legality to form a government. It fulfils both criteria and what Nurul Izzah must understand is that ignorance of our electoral system is not a good sign of a leader with a sound mind, particularly since she is a parliamentarian herself.
Better yet, we seriously do not need a Pakatan gangster in the form of Haris Ibrahim who strongly claimed they will topple the government by this year because they are too impatient and too greedy to wait:
“We will take to the streets and take over Putrajaya. If we really want to overthrow them, there is no other way. Democracy does not work. The people cannot wait anymore. We don’t want to wait another five years. We will take the streets.”
Ironic that people who extol democracy and freedom to choose are the ones who refuse to believe in those things. Orwell’s Animal Farm comes to mind. I believe we have found another Napoleon, the pig.
My view is that the Chinese voters have given their best shot to vote for the DAP and the Pakatan in this round of elections versus the Malay voters who did not turn out in full force. – OutSyed The Box
The results of the recent concluded general election revealed one pertinent point.
That with the majority of chinese in peninsular Malaysia voted Pakatan Rakyat in bulk, they could only secure 89 seats in Parliament. That is just ONE seat more than Umno’s ability to garner the votes from Malaysian voters. We haven’t even take into account the rest of component parties in Barisan Nasional.
UMNO – 88
MCA – 7
MIC – 4
Gerakan – 1
PBB – 14
PRS – 6
SPDP – 4
PBS – 4
PBRS – 1
UPKO – 3
Total – 133
It is now imperative that Barisan Nasional look into their strategy of national reconciliation. Obviously, all the reconciliation efforts for the past 4 years under the Prime Minister in order to appease and mollycoddle the chinese community particularly in the peninsular Malaysia did not work.
All the money being pumped into their chinese schools, all the recognition given to their university and their exam certificates as well as uplifting their education system (to the detriment of national unity) and all the opportunities given to their businesses, has failed.
The PM must recognise that the advice given by his advisors on the chinese issue were miscalculated and erroneous.
With the MCA and Gerakan totally decimated by the will of their own community, it is therefore be concluded that the majority of chinese here in West Malaysia do not want to be represented by the federal government.
You are responsible for the consequences of your voting action.
What needs to be done now is for the PM to appoint more wakil rakyats from Sabah and Sarawak into the cabinet. There are many more communities over there that still appreciate what Barisan Nasional has given them all these years – development, peace, stability and economic prosperity.
Since we know the people in Sabah and Sarawak (be it chinese, iban, malays, indians, kadazans etc) care about Barisan Nasional, Barisan Nasional in return must focus more on East Malaysia.
Perhaps, more representation in cabinet is befitting. As the chinese here in West Malaysia rejects the concept of 1Malaysia, 1Malaysia should make a stronger presence in East Malaysia.
Why would we want to focus on people who do not want to be part of the ruling government?
It is also timely for Barisan Nasional to give direct membership to people who believe in the Barisan Nasional philosophy but quite apprehensive in joining Umno, MCA, MIC, PBB or other component parties. This will definitely appeal to the urban populace who are politically incline to contribute.
There is also a need for automatic registration to those who reached the age of 21. This is vital for the fight in the next general elections.
Barisan Nasional again has been caught sleeping. It has been sleeping since 2004. If they continue to sleepwalk their entire administration for the next 5 years, be certain that Barisan Nasional will lose Johor and East Malaysia as well.
Although Umno gained more seats this time around, do remember that they lost many, many more seats they had contested. The sense of accomplishment that Umno had performed better than 2008 is exactly the sense of false strength that will be their downfall in the coming years.
Although Umno and their East Malaysian component parties can rejoice about this false victory, they must be cognisant of the fact that Pakatan Rakyat is gaining ground. The opposition would just need to break the malay votes further and launch a campaign that will ensnare them to vote for Pakatan in the next general election since they have already secured the chinese votes.
This is the reality. If the effort to continue appeasing the chinese here in West Malaysia is looked upon as a sign of weakness by Umno, be sure that come GE14, there will be more spoilt votes.
Yes, we are talking about voting along racial lines as propagated by the DAP and its chinese community. Hence, the chinese tsunami of 2013.
And poor PAS with its 21 seats. That’s 2 seats less than what they had won in 2008. It seems that their sacrifice in being the accomplice of DAP has made their dream to institute hudud law in this country getting gloomier as the years gone by. Muslim malays just can’t seem to catch a break.
The next immediate step for the PM is to form a cabinet sans all the old faces we inherited from Pak Lah’s administration. No more Nazri Aziz and his ilk.
People say that the PM needs a Rottweiler in Parliament. But how many times this puppy went against the BN consensus and issued statements which are friendly towards Pakatan?
If the PM wants a Rottweiler, there are many more capable MPs which can do the task even better. It’s just they had not been given the chance. Belum cuba belum tahu.
As for cabinet posts, emphasis should be given to the Home Ministry as this ministry will have its hands full for the next 5 years. Hishamuddin Hussein failed in his task as Home Ministry and should be given the the job of Foreign Ministry so that he can learn to have more cojones while working abroad.
Hanifah Aman, should head the Home Ministry as he is seen as having more strength and determination in performing his task. He was fearless in engaging overseas protesters and perhaps, in the spirit of focussing more on leaders from East Malaysia, this move is perfect for both the PM and the West Malaysians.
The Umno Youth head with an increasing majority in his constituency should be made a deputy minister in a junior ministry, at most. There were talks that he should be made a full minister but this may not be a wise move as one should learn the ropes first. One must remember that Umno Youth failed to make inroads among the young voters despite organising many events trying to attract them towards Umno and Barisan Nasional. The social media unit of Umno Youth was abysmal and could not fight against Pakatan’s more organised social media users. As the result, Umno/BN youth lost the young urban votes.
Another vital ministry is the Finance Ministry where the PM should let go of the position Finance Minister I and give it to a professional. Zeti Akhtar for instance. Or perhaps Husni Hanadzlah should just hold the ministry in its sole capacity. I believe he is a good man and has performed his duty well.
These are just a few pertinent points in the cabinet issue. There is no point in discussing more of it until the PM has decided. Only then we can see if the PM is serious is improving and transforming his team.