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It takes more than Mahathir to overthrow Prime minister

May 15, 2015

UMNO leaders may have never dreamt of a day when their members may turn their back on them. Will that day materialize? Malays including UMNO members are unhappy and feel betrayed at what their top leaders have done with regards to GST, 1MDB, Tabung Haji and now KWAP. Malay community has blindly supported UMNO through thick and thin only to be deceived and made use of. But to keep the UMNO members satisfied goodies and privileges are constantly given out. UMNO has successfully kept the Malay support for the past 58 years simply by instilling fear that the Chinese will take over the country and Malays will lose their political leadership and Islam is under threat. The presences of non-Malays were conveniently used as devils to frighten off the Kampong folks into submission and blind support. UMNO has been using the race, religion and country in such inter-changeably that even educated Malays gets confused and submits into blind loyalty.

This blind and unquestionable support has brought about complacence, arrogance, care a less and grab anything and everything for myself attitude among its leaders. Religion has been recklessly used to instill fear, conformity and a false sense of superiority. Can all these falsehood and superficiality stand the test of time? May not be so. Past UMNO leaders led by none other than Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad going all out to replace Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib tun Razak. After 69 years UMNO is in crisis of confidence with it’s leader who is also under pressure from past leaders. Will the current debacle bring about any change in UMNO?

UMNO as a race based party has been rocked by a number of leadership struggles before. UMNO baru itself is a creation out of a bitter leadership struggle between Tun Dr Mahathir and Tengku Razaleigh. After UMNO baru formation Tun Dr Mahathir sacked Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 and followed by Tun Dr Mahathir forced Abdullah Badawi to step down in 2004. Tun Dr Mahathir who has been successful in all the past leadership struggles has entered into another tussle with his own protégé Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Each struggle had weaken, disintegrate and factionalized the once mighty party.

Under the leadership of Dr Mahathir Mohammad, UMNO president’s office was vested with unprecedented power. Datuk Seri Najib has inherited this powerful office. Therefore it takes a huge crisis to bring the UMNO president down. Datuk Seri Najib has rolled over his sleeves for standoff with Tun Dr Mahathir by publicly declaring that he was elected by UMNO members and the people. No UMNO leader has deserted Datuk Seri Najib yet. Under these circumstances, it is impossible for Dr Mahathir to bring down the current president. Datuk Seri Najib may have weakened his moral authority and statue, but as long as UMNO leaders stand by him, it is not possible by Dr Mahathir to bring down the current UMNO president.

UMNO president who is also the prime Minister has huge budget to keep the UMNO leaders on his side. Budget allocation to Prime Minister Office comes to about 50 billion in 2015. Half the amount is special allocations that are decided at the discretion of Prime Minister. Therefore he has enough goodies to offer the UMNO leaders to keep them happy. Corruption, abuse of power and conflict of interest cannot bring down UMNO leadership. So Datuk Seri Najib is here to stay longer. The fact that UMNO still commanded 61% of votes in Rompin and 41% of votes in Permatang Pauh despite GST and 1MDB debacle shows that Prime Minister is firm in

PM Najib promotes 1Malaysia yet defends Nasir Jaffar for his seditious words.

June 29, 2010

So Nasir Jaffar is let off scot free despite the most derogatory words on Indians and Chinese uttered last February in a 1Malaysia gathering. The prime minister defended Nasir jaffar by saying that Nasir was not referring to local Indians and Chinese. Public apology is punishment enough therefore no prosecution was necessary.

The MIC and MCA leaders who attended the 1Malaysia public gathering when Nasir Jaffar made the derogatory remark made a number of police reports. Yet the UMNO led government refuses to belief that the remark was seditious and gives all kinds of excuses for Nasir Jaffar.

This is an indication of the 1Malaysia hypocrisy of Najib which was intended to be mere political slogan to deceive non Malays to vote for UMNO led government. Well, he can fool some people at some time and not all the people all the time.

Nasir Jaffar’s outburst reflects the deeper feeling and thinking of UMNO leaders towards the acceptance of non Malays as equal citizens of Malaysia. UMNO wants the votes of Chinese and Indians but never wanted to share the wealth of this country. It is a feudalistic party that enriches only its cronies and friends. They have no regards for good governance, equitability and fairness.

Therefore the UMNO led government is not sustainable. After 50 years of governance they have become corrupted, out of touch with people and power crazy. The apartheid government of South Africa despite 46 years of iron rule too can collapse. Similarly the racial segregation of UMNO led government was given strong message that if you do not shape up, you will be shipped out.

Well meaning citizens of all races must unite against racism of UMNO and never allow them to hoodwink us anymore. This nation is like a ship where the misdoings of a few crony crews can sink the whole ship of all races. Every citizen has a stake in the well being of this beloved country. Racism, nepotism and corruption the hallmarks of UMNO will wreck this beautiful and bountiful Malaysia.

Even in the 10th Malaysia Plan the prime minister said that New Economic Model will be the pillar for the plan but in actual there is no NEM but all about achieving 30% bumiputra equity participation. There is no separate affirmative action for any marginalized or weak community but privatization and incentives for mega projects.

The UMNO led government has abdicated ordinary folks of all races but protects and accredits its cronies and supporters. Malaysians must awake up to the political realities without any preconditions and prejudices and see the wealth accumulation thrust of UMNO government. The ball is in people’s court.

Direct selling of sugar to customers is bush fighting and competing with small retailers

June 10, 2010

The recent announcement by deputy domestic trade cooperative and consumerism minister Datuk Tan Lian hoe that so long as there are complaints of sugar shortage from retail outlets or consumers, the ministry will sell it directly to the public is an irresponsible and callous attempt to redress the ground situation. It is because of such stop gap measures that shortages of basic commodities occur off and on all the time.

The ministry never wanted to solve the problem and put the delivery mechanism right. How many hoarders and smugglers were prosecuted this year?  Looks like our enforcement lacks the will and wish in arresting these culprits. Rules and laws are useless if no proper enforcement.
Instead of finding a long term sustainable solution to this shortage, minister has found stop gap measure to issue license without fee to sell these basic commodity. This measure will increase bureaucracy, corruption and nepotism. Traders are now subjected to more inconvenience and hassle from enforcement officers.

The ministry officials must make most informed decision to improve the present supply and delivery of sugar so that current situation is repeated often. Similar actions and safeguards must be taken to keep other basic commodities supply is not affected. Malaysia must improve security plan for sugar supply in the long term knowing the need and demand for sugar.

Malaysian government is not consistent and slip short in developing food supply chain in the long term. Manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and consumers must be taken on board to develop a long term sustainable food production and supply chain. This is very lacking in the current ground reality. Closing monitoring and ground empirical study must be conducted to find a beneficial solution.

The current shortage is an artificial one that has to be solved by increasing the supply by allowing more manufacturers and regulate the terms and conditions of wholesalers and retailers. The three suppliers of refined sugar there are: Malayan Sugar Manufacturing (MSM), Central Sugar Refinery Sdn Bhd and Padang Terap Sdn Bhd. Besides these three manufacturers can we import sugar if the price is cheaper?

The political persecution of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

February 5, 2010

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy hearing is covered with detailed accounts in all print and electronic media. The government seems determined to charge the opposition leader at any cost with a large prosecution team and occupying the precious time of the courts.

The main stream media is conducting its own trial in the media by giving prominence and wide coverage to the prosecution’s first witness. Is there a sinister motive behind all these efforts by the federal government? After all the federal government has the authority to renew media licenses.

UMNO led Barisan National government has lost its iron grip of the past since the unprecedented election results of March 2008. The ruling party has lost eight by elections and won the 9th by election since the last general elections.


Nasir’s blunder

February 4, 2010

The special officer to Prime Minister, Datuk Nasir bin Safar, has exposed the 1Malaysia scam by telling off Malaysian Indians and Chinese as immigrants to this country (pendatang) for begging and selling their bodies.

These remarks totally disregards and negates the enormous contribution of Malaysian Indians and Chinese be it economy, political, cultural, social and sports.

This shows the duplicity and shallowness of the 1Malaysia campaign and slogan chanting rhetoric among the UMNO circle. UMNO, which was set up as a racial party, is becoming more racist by the day. UMNO members present in the seminar did not walk out in protest of this remark. Does it mean that they accept and condone what Nasir said?

It is shocking that this special officer to Najib Tun Razak told off the Malaysian Indians and Chinese in such a vulgar and crude manner at a public function on 1Malaysia and in the presence of MIC and MCA supporters.

Tendering a resignation after saying a colossal and derogatory remark of this nature will not send a strong message to other racists within UMNO.

Najib should sack him from UMNO and charge him under the Sedition Act and penal code 505. His Datukship should be revoked by the government.

A former UMNO state assemblymen and special officer to Prime Minister had made demeaning remarks but there were no calls from UMNO for action against him. This shows the indignation and non acceptance of 1Malaysia among UMNO leaders.

It looks like only Najib is talking about 1Malaysia and the other leaders in UMNO are reluctant followers. UMNO should be grateful to Malaysian Indians and Chinese for their contributions.

The mainstream media has blanked out this remark and some have given minor coverage. They instead blow out of proportion the grumblings made by Pakatan Rakyat leaders. This shows the government muscles and keeps tight control over the mainstream media which deprives Malaysians from knowing the shallowness and empty slogans of UMNO leaders.

MIC and MCA leaders, although protesting over the remark, still support racist UMNO. This clearly demonstrates that they cannot live without UMNO handouts, positions in the government and the power associated with it.

There is no seriousness and real protest from the MIC and MCA over the racial slander of UMNO. This will only embolden the racist attitude of UMNO.

There is no oneness in 1Malaysia

January 30, 2010

The Selangor state government was not allowed to put up a stage for the Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim, and other state leaders to meet the people on the eve of Thaipusam. Therefore all cultural and entertainment shows organised had to be cancelled incurring financial losses amounting to RM120,000.

Details about the event were informed to police and they had given a verbal approval. Police normally do not give written permits for opposition functions until the last minute. Barisan National does not have such problems.

Later PM Najib decided to visit Batu caves at the same time as the state government event. Najib’s function was well within the temple complex and state stage was outside the temple compound. Yet the police came down hard and dismantled the stage and barred the state function.

Apparently the Selangor state government event is security threat to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Thaipusan is a religious festival celebrated in Batu Caves and in many Murugan temples all over the country for the past 50 years without any disruptions and hindrances. Millions of people jostle and make their way to the temple with constraints and limitations, peacefully.

They hike, go up the narrow steps, bathe in narrow rivers, walk barefoot with sober and subdued spirit to fulfill their vows and penance. Temple committees and government bodies do capitalise on these gatherings to promote tourism.

But Thaipuam festival itself is a solemn event for devotees and worshipers. To say that the stage set up for Selangor Menteri Besar and state leaders to meet the people poses security threat to Najib is an insult to millions of Hindus and other devotees coming to Batu Caves.

Prime Ministers and many ministers have come to Batu Caves while state chief ministers walk with devotees a few kilometres in Penang to the temple for many years. The devotees and visitors to temples will only be pleased and happy to see their leaders coming to temple to greet them. The Hindus and others will be glad and ask more non Indian leaders to come to meet them in such mass gathering.

That itself is their prayer answered.

Malaysian police must manage the crowd and see that the festival takes place in an orderly manner and people gathered are least inconvenienced. It is the responsibility of the police to ensure that no trouble creators disturb the event.

But they should not disrupt and cancel meet the people sessions saying that it poses a security threat to Najin. Imalaysia will only be realised when more Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban and Kadazan leaders meet people of other faiths in festivals like Thaipusam. If such events are disrupted and cancelled where is the oneness in 1Malaysia.

1Malaysia should manifest in spirit and implementation and not just be a mere hollow slogan.

Mr. PM what about a National Key Result Areas (NKRA) for race relations?

January 20, 2010

The call for inter faith dialogue is long overdue and should be whole heartedly supported by the BN government and used not for political expediency.

We already have a multi-religious Malaysian consultative council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) in existence for the past 25 years. Unfortunately the government is not interested in such dialogues and did not encourage Muslim NGOs to participate in such forums.

Invitations by MCCBCHST to Muslim organisations were not taken seriously. The BN government found it inappropriate to discuss religious matters with a group of NGOs representing their respective religions. Nor does the government want any NGOs to speak for Islam. In the end there was no representative from Muslim organisations in MCCBCST.

Challenges provide opportunities. At least after the ALLAH controversy all the religious representatives should meet and accept that the world is big enough for all to have their own faiths and beliefs as long as they don’t impose their beliefs on the other.

There must be mutual respect for our religions to co-exist. Religious leaders must meet regularly and sort out the various issues that crop up from the interactions of followers in the daily routines.

After all the followers of all religions have to live in this one world. It should be easy for religious leaders to resolve any differences that arise. If the religious leaders cannot resolve differences amicably then something is wrong with our interpretation of our religious doctrines and dogmas.

To Quote Mahatma Gandhi “All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, together proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth”.  So let’s not fear the unknown and lose the opportunity to resolve current problems which has serious repercussions on the future.

We must be aware not to include politicians in this inter-faith dialogue. Let the religious leaders come to an understanding and resolve the differences. Politicians need to get the people’s support in every election.

It is the religious leaders who are powerful but not accountable to anybody. Let them face each other and account for practical problems that arise from their interpretation and decree of dogmas and sacred scripts.

This will make our religious leaders more practical, realistic and compassionate to each other’s faiths and beliefs.

I call upon the Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, to set National Key Result Areas (NKRA) for race relations and religious tolerance to avoid religious differences in the future. Such targets will activate affirmative action by decision makers, be it in the federal, state or local levels.