Archive for October 2015

PAS is in the past, new hope with Pakatan Harapan

October 22, 2015

Parti Amanah Negara, DAP and PKR have officially announced the formation of their new coalition Pakatan Harapan on 22/9/2015 with much hope and promise in view of the fast emerging new political landscape. One faction in PKR wants the formation delayed until PAS is persuaded to join the coalition. But PAS seems not keen in joining the coalition while their friendship with UMNO is warming day by-day.
PAS members who oppose their courtship with UMNO have deserted and have formed Parti Amanah Negara. So waiting for Hadi’s PAS to join Pakatan Harapan seems futile. PAS has shown that they cannot be trusted and their words mean nothing. For Hadi’s PAS, the hereafter is more real and rewarding than bring about a clean and just government here and now.
The race and religious politics of UMNO and PAS have divided Malaysians and keep the Malays under siege mentality. The Malays are forever warned that they will lose their privileges and political power to non-Malays if they do not support UMNO. But UMNO, with its total control over the government machinery, judiciary, parliament, law enforcement and even the royalty, has transformed the country into a heaven for the corrupt, racists and religious bigots. Non UMNO connected Malays themselves and other races are the big losers. Now we are known internationally for corruption and money laundering. The situation is becoming direr as we go forward.
Malaysians of all races are looking for alternative to the current mess created by UMNO. Pakatan Harapan should but instead lead the country move forward taking into consideration the aspirations of all Malaysians. The young are no more interested in the racial and religious divide and rule politics of UMNO and PAS.
But of course the UMNO warlords and leaders will continue to perpetuate their brand of politics and derail any alternative to their brand of politics. Unfortunately PAS, which has been fighting against the UMNO corruption and high handedness all this while, has fallen in love with UMNO that is fully immersed in corruption.
By including PAS in Pakatan Harapan may portend yet another Pakatan Rakyat disaster in the opposition coalition. Once bitten, one needs to be twice as careful. PAS under Hadi Awang seem to be moving back to the stone ages by making ridiculous statements like all those who desert PAS must divorce their wives and the need for 4 witness to prove that 2.6 billion donation is bribe.
Nobody takes bribe and has 4 witnesses to testify to it!. He seems to be the agent provocateur in Pakatan Rakyat. Under Hadi’s leadership PAS lost Trengganu and Kedah state governments. And now, without Tok Guru,Nik Aziz Nik Mat, PAS may lose Kelantan too.
Hadi seems to be the down fall of PAS. Even the moderates in PAS have deserted it and formed Amanah. So why should one faction of PKR want Hadi’s PAS to be in Pakatan Harapan? Something is not right here. Do we still need religious and race based political parties after all these hiccups, backstabbing and scandals.
With urbanites voting for change, rural areas in peninsula Malaysia seems to be the political battleground. UMNO or PAS were the choice they had all this while. Now both these parties are in shatters and seem to be imploding. Can Pakatan Harapan able to convince these voters into voting for a change. These important constituents may be more conservative to new political developments and may be slow to changes. Amanah has to move in quickly to fill the vacuum.
Of course UMNO and even PAS will throw spanners and bottles to frustrate Amanah’s attempt. Younger voters who are victims of GST and the bad economic policies of UMNO are the hope. So, all is not lost in the Malaysian political quagmire. There is still hope. Let’s seize the moment. There is a new hope…

UMNO’s red rally backfires

October 22, 2015

The recent Bersih 4 gathering is an outstanding example of how a peaceful rally can gather without any incidences, in sharp contrast to the ‘red shirt rally, held, ironically, in conjunction with Malaysia Day. Bersih 4 gathering led by NGOs, was peacefully protesting against corruption, nepotism, unfair elections and the right to protest.
They were disciplined, polite and courteous. Bersih 4 participants even went out of their way to collect litter, rubbish and kept KL clean. They serve as role model to the outside world as to how a civil society movement can hold peaceful gathering. This only shows that Malaysians are matured and responsible in their public expression and gathering. Without police presence the 250000/300000 gathering went incident free.
But the organiser of red t-shirt rally on 16th Sept, PESAKA president Ali Rustam, said the Malay dignity was hurt by the Bersih 4 rally held on Aug 29th and 30th. This seems a most ridiculous and inconsiderate claim that even Malays themselves will not accept.
The Bersih 4 rally can only hurt the feeling of corrupt and chauvinistic UMNO supporters and leaders. The red shirt rally was held under a strong police presence and fully sponsored by UMNO and its leaders. Yet the gathering turned unruly towards the end. This rally insults and hurts the Malay pride and dignity.
Despite the reasonable Malay presence on the first and second day of Bersih 4 gathering, UMNO and their sponsored NGOs will continues to claim that the Malays did not participate in Bersih 4. The absence of Malays in Bersih 4 is only in the UMNO’s collective figment of imagination and not the reality on the ground.
Malays would have overwhelmed the Bersih 4 rally if not for the fear tactics of losing their jobs, losing PTPTN loan, scholarship and government contracts used by UMNO leaders. But red t shirt rally was fully sponsored by UMNO cronies and supporters.
It is public knowledge that UMNO/BN has lost the non-Malay support and are now losing the Malay support. They can’t accept the changes taking place on the ground therefore are throwing tantrums and want to show who the boss in Malaysia is.
Three-quarters of the hardcore poor are still Malays. Trillions of ringgit spent to uplift Malays did not serve its purpose. Where did the money go then? Malaysians, except the UMNO elite, are very much affected by the rise in cost of living, GST, depreciation of ringgit, economic slowdown and the chronic corruption.
UMNO instead of protecting and promoting pluralism and multiracialism, are behaving like gangsters and big bullies. They make false and imaginary claims and justify it by any mean. UMNO/BN are losing the moral authority and legitimacy to govern further.
UMNO protects its leaders no matter how corrupt and bigoted they are. After 58 years of independence, UMNO leaders can still label the non-Malay Malaysian as Pendatang (immigrants) and Penumpang (passengers). No other country calls its citizens with such label.
They are never grateful to the enormous contributions of non-Malays. Can Malaysia progress and go forward if this is the attitude and thinking of the ruling party of 58 years since independence?
UMNO will ruin this country with corruption, narrow mindedness and divide and rule polices. With UMNO in power, Malaysia will stagnate while the whole world is moving forward. Malaysia has become a laughing stock for the whole world due to 1MDB and 2.6 billion donations. Do we need any further insults? Its time Malaysians especially the rural folks wake up to the changing reality.