Saturday, May 14, 2011

Is it wise for PAS to join UMNO?

When I read this article "Back to the wall, Umno may even offer PAS half its powers" in the Malaysia Chronicle, I can't help but feel how desperate [I mean like D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E] UMNO must be to even consider sharing half of its powers with PAS for the sake of 'Malay unity'. I asked myself, "Are they serious or what?" After over five decades being at the pinnacle of power, how conceivable it is for them just to share 10%, 20% 30% 40% or even 50% of its powers with PAS. If they do three questions will undoubtedly arise. The first one would be how would the non-Malay component parties in the BN react when they have to forgo their posts to PAS. Secondly, Chua Soi Lek will look like an utter idiot after his continuous discrediting of PAS, to suddenly find that MCA too have to make way for PAS, no thanks to UMNO. So , will Chua Soi Lek finally take MCA out of the BN or will he continue to maintain his thick skin, swallow his pride, by still remaining in the coalition? Thirdly, many of the UMNO ministers equally will have to make way for PAS, and this is one thing, they will probably not take it lying down. They will be in no mood to concede to Najib with a "Yes, Boss" or "Anything, you say, Boss" response. Once this reaches the grass root level, it will be bye bye to UMNO.

If UMNO has arrived at such pathetic level, why don't they just dissolve and let the members join PAS. At this stage, it would be more advantageous to PAS if UMNO was to join PAS rather than the other way round. PAS in fact has a lot more to lose whereas UMNO doesn't. Reason being, PAS has worked so hard through the years to build a great amount of goodwill with the non-Malays. Any such move to accept UMNO's proposal will undoubtedly create a perception amongst the non-Malays that Malays, whether PAS or UMNO, cannot be trusted. I know PAS will not want to commit 'hara kiri' by teaming up with UMNO, but it is always better to remember the line, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread".

The Selangor Times - May 13 to 15 2011 edition


Thursday, May 12, 2011

UMNO and its mathematics

This is an interesting article by Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz aka Sakmongkol AK47.

I was “bad” at math when I said out of 10, 11 do not believe. I almost believe that I was terrible at math until I scanned the mainstreams papers screaming that DAP wants a Christian PM and Christianity to be made an official religion.

I know, the trappings of power have made some people soft. What I didn’t realise as quickly as I should have is they have made some people soft in the head.

We have 222 parliamentary seats for grabs. DAP contests, at most, 40. Assuming they win all the 40 parliamentary seats, perhaps Umno mathematicians can tell me how, with 40 seats, DAP or anyone else can form a national government? You have 82 seats and even you can’t form a national government.

Malays number 17-18 million. They form 60 over per cent of the population. Even if DAP marshals the entirety of the Chinese support, can 20 per cent of the population outnumber the 60 over per cent? Perhaps the Umno mathematicians can enlighten me.

Next we have the screamer who says “hidup Melayu”. There is no way we will allow DAP to take over the country. If that makes you happy, please scream some more. We can’t argue much against such emotions and illogic.

But PAS is also Malay. So “hidup Melayu” can also mean “hidup PAS” in as much as it can also mean Umno. Umno people have this self-conceited idea, borne from uncontested arrogance perhaps, that Umno is Malay and Malay is Umno.

Hello kawan, you can’t even marshal support from 1.5 million Umno members to support you and Umno candidates got around only two million votes from the 5.7 available in the 2008 elections.

So the Malays live but they do so without needing Umno. I hope many will realise that every Malay wants to live with the slogan “Hidup Melayu,” but the Malays can now do so with choices. That’s what democracy is all about.

Pray tell, how on earth can a party which contests 40 seats and is not sure of winning all of them form a government, what more to rule Malaysia as PAP does Singapore?

Christianity and other issues

A government minister asks, what’s wrong with a Christian PM? He isn’t wrong there. Nothing wrong if the PM is a Christian in a majority Christian country. Nothing wrong if the Christian PM is accepted even in a Muslim country.

In the context of Malaysia, he is saying that probably because he is also a Christian and he if were to become a PM he thinks he can take care of all the people. So what’s wrong with a Christian thinking that way of himself and of the coveted position of PM?

Secondly, he is probably thinking that way because he knows such a proposition isn’t going to work in Malaysia. Malays who are Muslims dominate the parliamentary seats and they hold the bigger number as legislators.

Unless, of course, these Malay legislators can be bought out with money and women. Or the entire Malay population can accept a Christian as PM.

Supposing many Malays are comfortable with the idea of having a Christian as PM. What does that tell you? That tells you that Malays are disillusioned with the Malay who is a Muslim, who is PM. Think about that.

Thirdly, the majority of the population are Malays who are Muslims and who are most likely to NOT support such a proposition.

So what that Christian Minister says is not wrong because he knows it’s an impossible dream.

But it’s good for the minster to say so because it throws the Umno people into a frenzy and extreme paranoia.

Christianity as the official religion replacing Islam?

Islam is the official religion or, if it isn’t formally so, it’s so in substance. Again it is so because the majority of people here in Malaysia are Muslims.

The Malays make up the greater number of the population. The sheer number will prevail over any attempts by the minority to make Christianity the official religion.

But let us for a moment pursue the proposition. By official religion, what do they mean? Do they mean that they want to ask that Christianity be accepted as a constitutionally guaranteed religion practised by a section of the Malaysian people? For they also know, by doing, that a constitutionally guaranteed religion deserves to get funding and all that.

Then even if they do mean it that way, that is a valid proposition as Christians, too, form a legitimate section of this country. Christians have a right to be fearful that the religion they practise will be obliterated. They want recognition and I think that is valid request. As to funding, I don’t think they want any from the government.

I find it unbelievable that the majority who can never be dislodged from the seat of power on account of the sheer numbers is paranoid over an unconfirmed report of this so-called Christian plot.

On a serious note, the government should go after those responsible for causing this distress and sedition.

If it is evidently clear their conduct was done with malice aforethought, place them under ISA. Perhaps a brief sojourn as guest to the government can make some people lose weight and other people learn the art and science of anger management. —

* Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de plume of Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz. He was Pulau Manis assemblyman (2004-2008).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our King and Queen at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

I wonder whether Najib has instructed his Foreign Affairs Ministry, or the Malaysian High Commission in London to inform the UK government that there should be no display of crosses or crucifixes, nor the singing of Christian hymns due to the presence of their Majesties. It is a great surprise that people like Ibrahim Ali, Yusri Mohamed of PEMBELA and the enlightened Mufti of Perak did not make an issue out of this event. Food for thought, though.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Really, the MCP is active again???

After blaming the Chinese, DAP, the Christians, for posing as threats to the nation, this Ibrahim Ali fella now points his finger at, of all the people, the Malayan Communist Party. Read the Malaysian Insider article here. Well this seems to be the flavour of the month now.

Quite frankly, this guy never failed to amaze me with his warped thinking. The COMMUNISTS???? Please-lah Ibrahim, use your otak for once. Chin Peng is now almost 90 years old. How old do you think his comrades would be to carry on the fight, a cause that is already lost. I doubt they could even carry a cherry gun, let alone a rifle. Furthermore, how many are left in Chin Peng's age group to think of starting another revolution. The excitement would probably kill them first than anything else. So, Ibrahim, after the communists, any body else left in that paranoid brain of yours?

I wonder whether he ever stop to think for a moment, that it would be plausible that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, during his visit here on April 27 2011, have planted some of his communist moles here to cause unrest amongst Malaysians. Maybe this will help to stir his imagination,

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on his recent visit to Malaysia

I was away for an eye operations

Many of my friends must have noticed that there were no postings from me last week. As a matter of fact, I was away undergoing surgery of my two eyes that involved lens implant/cataract removal, and this is something I would like to share with you, especially those having eye problems. The results of the surgery were amazing. Prior to the surgery, the images were like viewing those from RTM TV shows that use analogue signals. After the surgery, the images were crystal clear, sharp and bright. It was almost like you are watching ASTRO Beyond HD quality. Every thing around me was so much 'alive'. However, the most noticeable part was, it was a painless operations and the eyes could be used immediately after the operations except it would be covered with a plastic transparent eye shield to prevent accidental knocks or scratchings. Unlike similar operations done else where, I did not experience blood shot eyes either. The actual operations lasted only 15 minutes done under LA conditions.

Well, my thanks should actually go to Dr Choong Yee Fong, who performed the surgery and is one of the heads at ISEC or International Specialist Eye Centre located at Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur. Dr Choong is no doubt one of the most affable doctors I have ever come across. During the entire operations, he was very assuring and even kept me informed on the going-ons in the operating room.

The staff at ISEC is another matter worth mentioning. From the moment you check in for your check ups until your departure after the operations, credit must be given to their excellent services. I was even pleasantly surprised when on my subsequent follow up visits, some of the staff were already addressing me by my first name. You just cannot help but feel nice about the reception.

The fees may be a little pricey, but I guess for the type of service provided, it is money worth spending.

For you information, ISEC caters for the following treatment:
  • Cornea & Anterior Segment
  • Cataract and Intraocular Lens Implants
  • Glaucoma
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology
  • Strabismus (Squint)
  • Medical Retinal Diseases
  • Vitreous & Retinal Diseases
  • Uveitis
  • Oculoplastics
  • Optometry & Orthoptics
  • Laser Refractive Surgery
From what I have seen so far, ISEC applies the latest technology in eye surgery.

Read here for Dr Choong Yee Fong's credentials.

Dr Choong Yee Fong

Visit ISEC web-site for more information on their services and related eye care services.