Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Laurels and Hardys of Malaysian Politics

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Bersih staging a coup? Come on, IGP, you can't be serious?

When I first read the news report of Mahathir's claim that the recent Bersih 3.0 rally was meant to topple the government, I dismissed it as another one of his 'senilic' remarks and decided not to dignify it with a response.  But when three former IGPs jumped onto the bandwagon, singing in harmony the same song, now this is something else.  What is even more amusing is, our current IGP now wants an investigation on a possible coup d'tat by the organisers. Do the pictures below even remotely resemble a coup?

When an IGP doesn't think intelligently, it breeds down, and no wonder.

"Peace, brother"
Flowers from a pretty lass
Beauty and the beasts?
Hungry 'coup' members taking time off for lunch
Members of the coup in wheel chair??
"Now I know how a mat rempit feels"
"Sorry, no coup today.  We are simply too tired to stage one"
"Do we look like some devious coup plotters?"

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Forget the blame game. Forcus on Bersih 4.0

Everyone who attended the Bersih 3.0 rally last Saturday was there for national interests. The police will have their version of what is in their national interest, PKR leaders Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali will have their versions, and so does everyone else who have demonstrated under the banner of Bersih.

Unfortunately there are no independent arbitrators to define what is ‘national interest’ is at the moment. That was the main reason why Bersih managed to galvanise such huge support in a simple cry for "free and fair" elections.

We are where we are now because at some historical moment long ago a cunning prime minister called Dr Mahathir Mohamad went on a wholesale campaign to plant his "yes” men (literally) to all the top positions in the public institutions.

The rest is history; all the heads of government departments since then have just been marching to orders from Mahathir.

Back to Bersih 3.0, pointing fingers at particular individuals who breached the barricades last Saturday or the police who went on a rampage at this point will only generate more hatred amongst one another and intensify the tension.

We are stuck now because we do not have an independent arbitrator on this matter. Everyone had hoped that Najib could act responsibly on our behalf, for the sake of national interest to sack the EC top duo, and sincerely go through the process of meeting the demands of Bersih.

Unfortunately the strong arm tactics that were employed by the police and the FRU during the Bersih 3.0 rally showed that Najib is willing to defend PutraJaya till the last drop of Umno's blood.

The ball is now in the Bersih steering committee's court on what to do next. This is uncharted territory in Malaysia's political history. It is not that important to rate Bersih a success or a failure or to establish who did what, where and when.

We all know how the police and the government inquiries will end up. There is no independent arbitrator on this matter neither. Even though Suhakam will come out with their conclusion, no action will be taken against the police. However action will undoubtedly be taken against the demonstrators.

Therefore we may as well move on. What's next is more crucial. Do we want to continue with Bersih 4.0 to agitate for change? If we do, how far are we willing to go? Does it have to end up like Tahrir Square in Egypt?

What have we learned from Bersih 3.0?

The Umno regime has successfully divided Bersih into two camps: those who support the barricade incident and those who do not. At the press conference by PKR, the leaders indicated that there were barricades open at other locations at Dataran Merdeka before the barricades were breached where Anwar and Azmin were located, but that does not matter because the strategy of discrediting PKR is considered a success by Umno.

It overshadowed the police brutality and in fact it justified it. In the eyes of the kampung folks who watched it on the mainstream media, that might translate to more votes for BN in the next general election.

The Bersih steering committee will do a post mortem to replot its strategies. I have faith that the Bersih steering committee will consider all avenues before we get to the Tahrir Square scenario.

This is where the power of the new media can help change the course of history. I would like to invite all Malaysians to brainstorm the kind of possible non-violent actions that we can do to avoid fatalities and have a peaceful change.

Give suggestions as if you are in the Bersih steering committee meeting. I would like to start with my two cents worth of suggestions.

1. Never hold any more Bersih rallies in a stadium. If Bersih 3.0 had been held at Stadium Merdeka as the authorities had suggested, there would have been a massive stampede if the police fire tear gas and water cannons.
2. Play ball at the BN's court with their set of rules instead. Have Bersih 4.0 in all the crucial rural constituencies. Hold day-long field events, ie. workshops, dikir barat, wayang kulit, community theatre or information field day at these crucial constituencies. A simultaneous day of ‘Bersih 4.0 Balik Kampung day’ at all these rural areas.
3. Can we approach the Agong to do something about election fraud? I am not a constitutional law expert therefore I am not sure.
4. If Najib’s administration still refuses to budge before the next GE, then it is to the national interest for Bersih to make a stand on which side they would choose in the election. Bersih can make it clear that it is in the national interest that we seek a change in government for this process of democratisation to happen.

If the opposition does get to form the next government, Bersih will have to make sure that all the top administrative positions in the public institutions be independent and able to spearhead the nation to a full-fledged democracy. Salam Bersih!

[Written by Kuo Yong Kooi]

April 28 2012 - A day that will live in infamy

President Franklin D Roosevelt, on December 8 1941, made the following speech :
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."  

I would like to quote the same, but in relations to Bersih 3.0 :
"Yesterday, April 28 2012 - a date which will live in infamy. The peaceful rally of Bersih 3.0 was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the Malaysian police of the government of the United Malay National Organisation [UMNO]."  

Negri Royal demands Hishamuddin's resignation

SEREMBAN: A member of the Negeri Sembilan royal family has demanded the resignation of Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, saying he must take responsibility for alleged police brutality during the Bersih 3.0 rally last Saturday.

Speaking at the grand finale of the “Jelajah Jom Ubah Demi Rakyat Negeri Sembilan” ceramah series on Tuesday night in Seremban, Tunku Harmy Tunku Hannan said the police had no reason to turn violent.

He said he was at the rally from noon to 11pm.
“The environment was just like we were going for a picnic at Port Dickson,” he told the large crowd. “There were elderly people and children as well. I didn’t see any bad intentions among the protesters.

“Instead of protecting the protesters, the police became aggressive and beat the protesters just like a pack of wolves.

“Some people in Bersih T-shirts were wearing boots. This makes me suspicious.

“I can’t think of any other theory except that (the violence) was well planned. Hishammuddin must take the blame for the havoc and duly tender his resignation.”

Tunku Harmy also called Hishammuddin a traitor, alleging that he was responsible for allowing foreigners to hold Malaysian identity cards.

“It doesn’t matter whether the MyKad is genuine or fake. As the minister in charge of national security, he should take responsibility for letting things go out of control. The card is given to foreigners to (help BN) win the election,” he said.

“Go and check at Chow Kit Road, Selayang and other parts of Kuala Lumpur. There are countless numbers of foreigners doing business who have MyKads.”

Other speakers at the ceramah included Negeri Sembilan DAP chief Loke Siew Fook, state PAS chief Mohd Taufek Abdul Ghani and Rembau PKR chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin. But the star speaker was former information minister Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir.


The following was written by Iskander Dzulkarnain [Malaysia Chronicle].

Of course BN will never officially reveal the real reason why the 6P programs are adopted now,all these are for the coming election. 
Those perpetuators are traitors of Malaysia and should be jailed or worst - 
executed!! Illegal Immigrants Registration:  Of course you don't believe it, so here to show proof - enough !!! Forcing illegals to swear in Allah's name to vote BN and to keep it a secret!!

Wanita PKR has said that it has proof that illegal immigrants registering with the Home Ministry’s 6P amnesty programme have been made to swear an oath that they and their families will vote for Barisan Nasional come polling day. 
Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin had brought to the party evidence in the form of a written statement requiring them to pledge allegiance to Umno and BN. The statement which reads:

“Bismillahhirahmanirrahim. Wallahi Wabillahi Watawallahi. I (name) in the name of Allah pledge and promise to be loyal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Sultans and Malaysia . “I / my husband / my wife / my children will undividedly support and vote Umno / Barisan Nasional (BN). I will also continue to fight for Islam and the Malay race. My family and I promise to keep this SECRET, and if I break it I will pay the price.”

Zuraida said the statement was obtained from 6P centres in either Sepang, Hulu Selangor or Shah Alam, but would not specify which to protect the whistleblowers. She also called on the Najib administration to put a stop to the 6P programme and conduct a high-level probe into the allegations to ensure that the amnesty drive does not violate the country’s sovereignty to ensure continuity of power for Umno and Barisan Nasional.

Instant Bumi 
If there is any truth in the above allegations, then the BN government has sunk to new depths in their desperation to cling on to power. Not only is the above allegation highly treasonous it is also a slap in the face for Malaysians.

Non-Malays in the country do not enjoy the “Bumiputra” status unlike their Malay and Muslim counterparts. However, if a Muslim immigrant is granted new citizenship, he is automatically given bumiputra status based on his Islamic beliefs.
If this is allowed to go on at the expense of non-Malay Citizens in the country, it will be a big mockery to the tax-paying non-Malay citizens, and also the Bumiputras of this country, who have to share their 'first-class' status with that of immigrants. Already the number of ‘bumiputras’ in this country is more than the non-bumiputras, so there is not much sense in injecting more new bumiputras into the congested system.

Furthermore, in this country, only Malaysians above 21 are allowed to vote, while in most other countries once a youth touches 18, he automatically becomes an adult with voting rights. Why is the BN government determined to keep our children from becoming full-fledged adults and denying them their full rights for a further 3 years?

Malaysians residing overseas are not allowed to vote and neither are students studying overseas. Yet new citizens are automatically allowed to vote the minute their applications are approved. How can the Malaysian government say that it has the people's interest at heart? New citizens should only be allowed voting rights after 5 years of residency. How can they be allowed to vote, since they have yet to learn of Malaysia ’s history, culture, political and economic aspirations?

Or can they? All they have to do is to pledge allegiance to the current Barisan National government. On top of that, they have to keep it a SECRET and to bear the consequences and pay the price if they break the oath.

BN has gone too far this time
It seems it is never enough for the BN. They have tried to divide the country along racial lines, but in the process, they have antagonized Malaysians with religious strife and now to cover their tracks, their new modus operandi is to get new immigrants to vote for them if Malaysians themselves refuse to support them.
Day in and day out, rabble rouser NGOs goes around shattering the peace in the country by playing up race and religious conflicts, while on the other hand the BN is quietly registering more citizens with instant voting rights to join the swelling ranks of citizens in the country.

Non-Malays feel that they are literally being pushed aside like rag dolls without any rights. How can such a thing be allowed to happen in such a fine country like Malaysia , when our leaders continue to swear allegiance – demi Agama, Raja dan Negara! (For Religion, King and Country)

Government servants and politicians should spend one day at Times Square in Kuala Lumpur and watch the crowds of Malaysians mingling around. Look at their busy, happy faces. All of them have a future, focus and an ambition. These people are the future of this country and the bread and butter of the government. They are the tax payers that drive the engines of economic growth in this country.

So many things happening in this country are caused by the greed of our politicians. There are so many good things going for Malaysia , but our government must spoil it by playing with fire. Haven’t their mums ever taught them that they can get burnt for playing with fire?

Seriously, we need to screen new citizens closely. Especially if their applications were approved for the sole purpose of voting to help the BN cheat. Malaysians welcome bona fide new citizens who can contribute to the economy and well-being of this country.

We simply must put a full stop to all this nonsense.