Thursday, June 30, 2016

BN’s gamble in Lim Guan Eng arrest

The Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional (BN) have thrown down the gauntlet. Riding on a feel good factor they have begun to purge the Opposition of their generals.

Lim Guan Eng’s arrest yesterday, brought out a sense of bewilderment.

Just a week ago I spoke of accountability and how politicians being the servant of the voting public should be held accountable over their conduct during their tenure as Members of a Legislative Assembly.

I do not subscribe to DAP’s policies, nor do I agree with how the Penang Chief Minister portrays himself to the general public (some may love his brash and in your face style, some do not).

However, I do not take great pleasure to see someone arrested.

During the entire episode of Bungalow-gate, Guan Eng has been nothing but transparent (to the point of humouring the press and allowing parodies to poke fun of his predicament) and, personally, accountable for his actions.

When one asks a Penangite who works in the civil service about Lim Guan Eng, nine out of 10 will answer: “I like and respect him. He has depoliticised the civil service”. Now this is commendable.
The first thought upon hearing the news was “why was he arrested just to appear before a judge?”, to which I believe it was a pure show of force.

The man had yet to be charged for a crime nor was he a threat to begin with. Of course, MACC and the police will perhaps justify it as “protecting” Lim Guan Eng from being harrassed by the press corps and his supporters who may or may not have prevented him appearing before the court.
This particular act is of course for show on behalf of BN and will bring out questions of Malaysia being a police state.

I do not know whether Guan Eng is guilty or not, as that is up to the court to decide. He must be given a fair trial under the law, as is his constitutional right, and allow the evidence to speak on behalf of him.

In hindsight, it is a straight forward deal of purchasing a bungalow below market price and some business allegedly thrown to the buyer to justify the under-market valuation. It is not as if he plundered state funds or laundered money via third parties, which is hard to prove without a paper trail.

Thus, Guan Eng is innocent until proven guilty.

Members of the general public need to be more politically aware and be accountable for their own actions pertaining to this incident. The DAP supporters, from the time of the Sarawak state elections right up until now have not shown any sign of maturity.

First, there was the Superman “Screw Malay” video to which many DAP supporters thought it was a joke (and did not realise the sensitivities of the Malays). Then, you have the outright blame on Sarawakian voters that chose Adenan Satem and, of course, the vitriol spewed against voters who chose BN in the recent twin by-elections.

Malaysians have a fundamental right to freely choose which party to support without any form of recourse, and they need not be bullied to think otherwise.

Furthermore, if Malaysia were to enter some form of mob rule, then by all means Guan Eng is innocent, but this is the difference between the rule of law and mob rule.

As for the BN supporters, this is not a cause for celebration. You can disagree with a party and their policies, but one should not jump for joy over someone’s arrest. That is sick and shows one’s immaturity.

In the realm of politics, especially Malaysian politics, there is no black and white and definitely no “Good Guy vs Bad Guy” scenario.

To DAP supporters, it is exactly this scenario that they have miraculously conjured up and this has left many fence-sitters sick to the stomach.

The Malaysian public should be allowed to call a spade a spade, if they deem it so. If one does not agree with your political inclination, please articulate it well and have a meaningful discussion.
Why must there be a “Good Guy vs Bad Guy” between a public that needs to be won over?
Objectively speaking, and returning to the episode at hand, BN may have scored a victory – but a pyrrhic one at that.

What BN have failed to grasp is that DAP has always been the scapegoat for whatever mishap that occurs (some are true, some are not) and they will always have a lone ranger and cowboy mentality when it comes to Malaysian politics.

This is where DAP gathers their strength from and Guan Eng’s arrest will galvanise much needed sympathy and support for DAP. In essence, BN has pitted urbanites (who tend to favour DAP and the Opposition) versus rural and fence-sitters and it may become a racial issue if it is not contained.
Furthermore, it also seems that BN is gearing themselves up for snap elections and with a split Opposition that is without a leader, it may seem that BN may win.

However, BN has not calculated that the Opposition will now have no choice but to rally behind Tun Dr Mahathir, Mukhriz Mahathir and Muhyiddin Yassin – three key people who have experience in running a country.

BN may feel confident that a government machinery will outbid anything that the Opposition can offer, and that their sustainable policies will provide a cushion of support.

This is where I believe their over-confidence can eventually derail them. Thus, I would not count a total victory just yet.

Besides, money is not always the solution to a problem, and it will run out.

[Tariq Ismail is a co-founder of Aura Merdeka, an NGO created to foster ties among Malaysians.]

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The RM12m question.

What exactly happened to the $12 million ransom money raised by the family and relatives of the four kidnapped victims???  Why so many different stories and where does the truth lie???  Who are the liars-definitely not the ones who raised the money??? Readers' comments!!!

6th Generation Immigrant: How many sides are there to a Malaysian coin? Only God knows.

Family: We handed RM12 million to the Special Branch and the family did not keep even a single cent they collected. IGP: No ransom was ever paid to secure the release of the kidnapped victims.

DPM: The money was donated to Islamic organisations in the Philippines. IGP: I categorially deny the SB received any of the ransom.
What the DPM meant in his statement was that there was a third party (but Islamic organisations in the Philippines one must guess here) involvement as the police never agrees to deal with and in ransom.

Manila Times: Abu Sayaf only received RM8.8 million in ransom.
So which sides of the coin does our Malaysian leaders fit into. Now, and obviously, we know that ransom was indeed paid but some of the monies were siphoned or leaked in the transaction process.
The DPM and IGP surely must now come out with a joint, better and a more believable crafted, press release to redeem our Malaysian integrity.

Odin Tajué: The lack of forthrightness and of brilliance in many of those in authority in Malaysia have been amply demonstrated in this episode.
What the home minister and the IGP (inspector-general of police) have said is already well known. Perhaps less known is the fact that the deputy home minister has three days ago urged the public and families of the four Sarawakians abducted to douse the spotlight on the RM12 million raised for the release of the foursome.
His reason was that discussion on the money could invite more kidnapping. "When you reveal that such a sum can be raised," he explained, "about RM3 million for each hostage, then you are encouraging them to go and kidnap again."
But the foursome was released 11 days before he made that statement. Therefore, the Abu Sayyaf already knew how much was raised for the ransom. Enough said.

Doc: The Jews may be famed with being the best bankers and scientists in the world. The Germans may be famed with being masters of engineering. The Americans, famous for being innovators and leaders.
The Thais are famed for their food. Singaporeans are famed for constantly evolving. The Swiss are famed for being neutral. The Afghans for being fearless fighters after centuries of pretty much; fighting.
The Greeks gave us democracy. The Indians are known for thriving under chaos hence are the best in the fields of medicine and business.
The Chinese are known to learn fast and in getting good at pretty much everything. The Kenyans are known for endurance. The Brazilians are known for partying and football.
The Aussies are known for trying to be unique. Russians are proud. UAE and Qatar gave us opulence. Iraq was famous for being the cradle of civilisation.
Sadly, at the rate it is going, the Malaysians may be labelled as the most shameless people around, not thanks to those despicable few Malaysians in power.

Anonymous_4056: How could legitimate and religiously sanctioned organisations accepted such haram money in the holy month of Ramadan? y they are eternally cursed and condemned for causing tremendous sorrow and pain.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Gay Question.

Written by FinanceTwitter

The Orlando mass shooting that left at least 50 people dead while injured another 53 can be used to provide an answer to a burning question. Nope, we’re not going into the debate of “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all Terrorists are Muslims”. After the Sunday terrorising by Omar Mateen (full name: Omar Mir Seddique Mateen), the answer is obvious.

For as long as one can remember, while all terrorists targeting non-Muslims’ interest and innocent lives somehow ended up as Muslims, the Muslimswouldn’t admit they support terrorism. But if they don’t support such violence, as they claim they are, one would expect them to condemn and protest the killing of innocent lives – in a massive way.

Orlando Florida Terrorism - People Mourning

Was there any huge demonstration by Muslims community around the world condemning the Orlando terrorism? Nil, Nada, Nothing, Zero, Zilch. Therefore, can we conclude that Muslims actually do celebrate the slaughtering of innocent lives, as long as those being butchered were non-Muslims? Are you already mad and foaming on the mouth with this fact?

Look no further for proof but Malaysia, a country whose prime minister was President Barack Hussein Obama’s golfing buddy. Not only did some Malaysian Muslims celebrate the Orlando killing, some actually wished those injured would not make it. These show there’re Muslims in Malaysia who are no difference from ISIS who treats human no better than animals.
Malaysian Muslims Protest Gays Lesbians

Like it or not, some Muslims do love reading mass killing of non-Muslims by their Muslim brothers. It was what the Muslims do, or don’t do, that add fuels to Islamophobia. When we called Omar Mateen a radicalized Islamic terrorist, some Malaysian Muslims retaliated and justified that those gays deserved to be slaughtered because homosexuality is forbidden in Islam.

Recently, a 15-year-old boy was arrested by ISIS militants on charges of homosexuality and he was thrown from the top of a building in central Deir ez-Zor, Syria. Amazingly, the man who raped him – a prominent ISIS officer Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi – was just demoted and sent to the front lines. Going by these Malaysian Muslims’ logic, is their Islamic teaching the same as those practiced by ISIS?

Tim Cook - Pose with Male

Some Malaysian Muslims might not realize it but the iPhone they used to send message celebrating the Orlando terrorism came from a company called Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook is “gay” (*grin*). Guess what; a former MP – Zahrain Mohd Hashim – whom Malaysian Muslims had helped voting into the parliament is also “gay”.

Heck, not only “homosexual” Mr Zahrain got elected, he was also later promoted as Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia by Prime Minister Najib Razak, a Muslim. There’s more; to balance the “Yin” and “Yang”, Najib had also promoted a “lesbian” – Azalina Othman – as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Zahrain Mohd Hashim - Malaysia's Ambassador to Indonesia
Azalina Othman – Minister in the Prime Minsiter’s Department

What should these Malaysian Muslims do about the gay and lesbian in their own backyard? Ahh, it’s OK for Malaysian Muslims to be gays or lesbians, as long as they keep it quiet and deny about their sexual preference. Get real, there are tons of gay within Muslim men and it wasn’t their fault. One just needs to pay a visit to Kelantan, the Muslim’s holiest city in Malaysia, to see gay men.

While some Malaysian Muslims are cheering hero American-born Muslim Omar Mateen slaughtered non-Muslim gay Americans, turns out Mateen was a gay himself who had visited gay nightclub Pulse and frequented other gay clubs in the past. And he had used a dating apps – such as Grindr and Jack’d– on his phone to meet other men.

Orlando Florida Terrorism - Omar Mateen - Middle School Yearbook Photo - Driver License Photo - Gay

Mateen’s family said his acts of murder were committed due to his hatred of homosexuality. But his ex-wife Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months, claimed in an interview on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil that she believed he was homosexual. In fact, Mateen’s father had even referred to him as “gay” in front of her on at least one occasion.

According to a former classmate, he, Mateen and a few other friends went tofour gay clubs in the Treasure Coast and West Palm Beach in 2006 – Kashmir Night Club in West Palm Beach, Byrd Cage in Port St. Lucie, Cold Keg in Melbourne and Rebar in Port St. Lucie. So, was Mateen really a gay but chose to hide it because of anger or shame?

Sitora Yusufiy – Omar Mateen’s Ex-Wife

But if he was gay, why did he choose spraying bullets on gays? His father claims it was the kissing incident – he saw two men kissing in Miami – that had actually fueled his rage and subsequently the shootings. Does it make sense that Mateen couldn’t stand the sight of two men kissing but had enjoyed partying in gay nightclubs, where people did more than kissing?

Was Omar Mateen a Muslim gay or a radicalised Islamic terrorist? Perhaps both. Perhaps he wanted to be open about being gay, like other happy gay couples, but was stuck because of his religion. Perhaps the sight of two men kissing was his tipping point and he snapped because he couldn’t enjoy such delicious moment – openly.

Orlando Florida Terrorism - Omar Mateen

And since he was radicalised from his trips to Saudi Arabia, allegedly performing “umrah”, he saw it as an opportunity to end his miserable and shameful life using Islam as a tool to kill all the happy gays on that fateful Sunday. Will he still get 72 virgins (guys) in heaven? If only the God could Whatsapp a message, or at least update His Facebook. -

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Hudud Bill


The MCA and Gerakan and Joseph Kurup will continue to remain in the BN, whilst the MIC will pretend nothing ever happened as is always the case.

After the bill is passed, they will then claim that there is "nothing to worry about" as the bill will not affect non Muslims - which pure bullshit.

History will tell us that it has happened before, when a bill was passed in the Selangor state

Assembly, after it was passed that was exactly what we were told that the provisions of that bill could not be enforced as it was ultra vires the Federal Constitution, and today we find out that is not true, and all BN members in the state assembly voted the bill. Ask Tan Seng Giaw he will tell you he was objecting the bill form the time it was proposed in the Selangor State Assembly.

This is the typical BN strategy employed by UMNO to use its non Muslim running dogs in the BN to support its strategy to pass these bills.

If these community traitors like the running dogs of UMNO are serious, they should not talk about quitting, after all the bill was proposed by UMNO without their knowledge, they should quit if they are gentlemen, quit immediately, not threaten to quit.

This move alone shows that UMNO values PAS more than it does to MCA, Gerakan,  MIC and Sabah-based parties, etc.

This sandiwara has been played over and over again and anyone who believes that Liow or his deputy are serious needs to think again.

No BN head worth his salt is serious, they have other things to worry about like the gains and the windfalls that will benefit them should they continue to be in the BN.

The bill has been tabled, if they are serious quit.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Sarawak State Election - a post-mortem comment by Tony Pua

Perhaps the Sarawak results it isn't the end of the world, but it came quite close. The DAP didn't lose all our seats, but we lost all our battleground.

Our campaign had its weaknesses, which we will in time rectify. But this was our most expansive and best prepared campaign in the history of Sarawak elections, despite the obvious limitations arising from a drastically uneven playing field.

Our messages were clear and consistent. They were twin-pronged - "national issues" affecting Sarawakians such as GST and BN's corruption (Najib's 'donation'), and "local issues" such as roads, water, electricity and other basic infrastructural issues.

Both anecdotal and formal surveys told us these were the issues which are the issues which the people were most concerned about. Our campaign videos, leaflets and ceramah speakers focused almost exclusively on these issues.

But they didn't matter. We had hoped they did, right to the very end, but they didn't.
In rural districts, our campaign teams were peppered with cash requests on a daily basis. "Supporters" turning up for nomination will follow up by camping at our campaign office awaiting their "allowance". You want work done? Pay up. You want PACA? Pay up. You want to campaign at a longhouse? Pay up. You want people to attend ceramah? Pay up. And of course, on the final day, voters were asking how much were we paying for their votes.

Some of our campaign teams were literally torn apart because of the question of "paying up". When is it acceptable to pay an allowance and when is it not?

I'm proud to say that our teams did not hand out outright cash for votes. But in the heat of the campaign, you cannot believe the sheer will power needed to stay sane and how one's principles gets stretched and questioned to a breaking point.

But we paid the price.

This is best exemplified by our campaigns in Pakan, Ngemah and Simanggang. It was independents who were nobodies of particularly significance, other than the fact that they were backed by rich and powerful forces who gave BN the run of their money. The DAP, despite having worked the ground for many years, especially in Simanggang, lost our deposits. And where PKR entered the fray in Ngemah and Simanggang, they lost their deposits too.

These " independents" had no leaflets, no videos, no message and barely any campaign presence, managed to lose to BN by a whisker.

It might even be more comforting to blame the inexcusable 3-corner fights with PKR for the losses we suffered. At least that would appear to be easier to remedy.

But no, the 3-corner fights in these rural interior constituencies were details of little or no significance to the voters. Money unfortunately in this case, makes the world go round.

There were glimmers of hope and encouragement in 1-2 Dayak seats where we definitely gained ground, like Tasik Biru or even Mambong (despite being beset by a 3-corner fight). But they were too far and few in-between to offer any semblance of consolation.

On the other hand, in our incumbent urban seats, the size of BN's majority in the 5 seats we lost showed that the battle was lost before it even began. We knew that the Adenan juggernaut will be BN's single biggest weapon. We just didn't expect the juggernaut to be near-invincible. Try as we did, and we threw the whole kitchen sink, we were unable to create a chink in BN's armour.

In addition to the pressing issues surrounding GST and Najib's scandal, we emphasized repeatedly on the need for check and balance via a strong opposition to ensure that Adenan didn't become the next "pek moh".

Despite the seeming strength of the message, it obviously did not have sufficient traction even among the urban voters. People were sufficiently happy with the few apparent concessions Adenan gave.
They were more than happy to overlook the continued corruption in the BN regime and the implications on the people via higher taxes. The rampant and blatant abuse of power by Adenan, such as banning Members of Parliament from entering the state also didn't matter too much to them.
However, perhaps, had we not campaigned that hard, we might have lost even more seats. Therefore we must thank those tens of thousands of supporters who continued to stick to us under such trying circumstances.

Hence on hindsight, our Sarawak battle was one of limiting the damage rather than one of consolidating our hold on these seats won in the last elections, or making gains in the rural districts.
The election is undoubtedly a sobering experience. It makes you question your ideals, your principles and the worth of your fight. It shakes your faith in people and your beliefs that the better good will ultimately win at the end of the day.

These are the sort of times when you need inspiration to continue the fight, to pick ourselves up and to continue the journey. And the inspiration comes from heroes like the 75 year old Lim Kit Siang - for I now finally appreciate his sheer strength in spirit and character to keep up the fight, despite repeated demoralising election losses and personal sacrifices he must have gone through in past elections for the decades before 2008.

We will go lick our wounds. But in the interest of the millions of Malaysians, whether they appreciate it or otherwise, we will get up and fight again another day.

For it is when good men do nothing, that evil men succeeds.

Tomorrow, will be a brand new day.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Rara seeing for herself, the progress of the MRT project along the Cheras highway

Talking with officials of MMA-Gamuda.  Second from right is Dato Ravi Shanker, the President of the Taman Fern Grove RA.

Group photo with MMC Gamuda officials and RA leaders of Cheras Zone 2