Friday, November 28, 2014

Embarrassing!

Who picked this guy to speak at the Umno General Assembly?

I believe what he said during a policy speech debate yesterday was perceived as 'junks' and 'rubbish' by many. I didn't find any logic to it. Its embarrassing instead!
The leaders of Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties should be directly elected by Umno members to ensure that only individuals who respected Malay and Muslim rights could represent the coalition at the top level, an Umno delegate from Johor said today.
“Umno must ensure that the leaders of BN component parties have to be voted into the BN supreme council by Umno members,” said Khairul Anwar Rahmat when debating the policy speech at the Umno general assembly.
“This is to ensure that the leaders are not ‘jaguh kampung’ (champions of their own communities).”
He said some current component party leaders had dared to question Malay and Muslim issues, such as religious schools, covering of women’s aurat (modesty) and the Shariah Court.
Khairul Anwar said he believed they did this to gain popularity in their own communities.
“So let them become the presidents of MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the rest, but when they want to sit in BN’s highest council, they should be voted in by the Malays of Umno."
Come on la bro. 'Jangan kasi malu sama Umno'! Where is your brain?

Protecting the Malay interest doesn't permit you to go to such a stupid extent. Why didn't you propose that Umno should also choose leaders of NGOs and other organisations such as the Bar Council, Sisters in Islam, Perkasa, etc?

Or you may also suggest that we be given a say to choose who should become Singapore's next prime minister!

Don't just talk Malay interest. Consider others too, bro! You think there is no 'racist' leaders within Umno?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A wiser Najib, a prop up Sedition Act

Finally! The much-awaited decision on the Sedition Act 1948 is here.

The Opposition (Pakatan Rakyat) will not like it. Its leader Anwar Ibrahim is criticising it. Soon, we will hear it from Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Hadi Awang, Mat Sabu, Khalid Samad and others. Also, the Bar Council, Sisters in Islam, anti-government NGOs, Suaram, Aliran and human rights groups.

But what the heck. Prime Minister and Umno President Najib Tun Razak is a wiser man today. Not that he has been under tremendous pressure by friends in Umno for the Act to be retained but after realising what he did (by repealing the Internal Security Act in 2011) was 'not very right'.

(Also read Rocky's Bru)

Let the critics come, Najib! Its time to ignore them. Our priority - national security and stability.
After listening to and considering the views of the public, including Umno members, the Prime Minister today said the Sedition Act 1948 is maintained with improvements to include two special provisions to further strengthen the act.
Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the special provisions aimed to preserve the sanctity of Islam and other religions as well as prosecute those who called for the separation of Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia.
"The Sedition Act will be maintained. Moreover, it will be strengthened," he said when delivering his policy speech at the Umno General Assembly 2014 at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.
The stand of the Umno-led government caused 2,752 delegates to stand and cheer 'Setuju!' (agree) in favour of the decision made by the president of the biggest Malay party in the country which has a total of 3.47 million members.
"This is our aspiration and I believe others in the Barisan Nasional leadership are with us, so enforcement must be fair for us to create a more peaceful, stable and harmonious country," said the Umno president.
The president's policy speech featured a video presentation for the first time on seditious articles and photos which insulted Islam, the Malay race and the monarchy system.
Suggestions to repeal the Sedition Act 1948 was first made in July 2012, and will be replaced by a new act to be known as the National Harmony Act.

The proposal initially aimed to look for a mechanism that would ensure the best continuity between the need to ensure freedom of speech and the need to tackle the complexity of the plural society in Malaysia.

However, the suggestion was met with opposition from various quarters who gave critical views calling for the act to be retained to tackle issues that could cause racial and religious tension.

Deputy PM Muhyiddin Yassin said Barisan Nasional will engage the relevant parties on any amendments to strengthen the Sedition Act 1948, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
"That is for certain. When it involves something that is being done with the people's welfare in mind, it has been common practice for the government to engage all stakeholders.
"For example, there are those suggesting a repeal of the Sedition Act, saying it is an outdated and draconian law, so (we) must engage and convince them that this is not the case," Muhyiddin, who is Umno deputy president, told a press conference at Umno annual general assembly on Thursday.
He praised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for being responsive to the voices calling for the Act to be retained, reiterating that the main objective was to ensure peace and harmony for Malaysians.
Anwar, as usual lambasted the decision by describing Putrajaya’s U-turn on its 2012 pledge to repeal the Sedition Act 1948 as 'dragging Malaysians back' into the “days of the ISA”.

The Opposition Leader, who was once an ISA detainee himself, flayed Najib for deciding against repealing the Sedition Act, and said this was proof that the prime minister is unable to stick to his reform agenda.
He called the move a “regressive” one, and accused Najib of bowing to pressures from right-wing elements in ruling party Umno.
“This is his failure as a leader, as PM and as president of Umno.
“His weak leadership has resulted in him caving in to demands of the right-wingers of his own party,” Anwar told Malay Malay Online when contacted.
I think its better bowing to the 'right wing elements' than to the 'leftists' in the Opposition, their NGOs and foreign-sponsored organisations.

We have seen how they took advantage of the 'Malaysia without ISA' by provoking racial and religious sentiments, elements that might cause public chaos and bloodshed. Wonder if they want to see it happen.

Yes, Najib did make a promise back then to repeal the Sedition Act but those who wanted ISA to go had also broke their promise not to resort to dirty and provocative politics. Promises (some of it) are meant to be broken, right?

So, we win some, we lose some...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Possible bloodshed in Keramat...

I've been told about it. The Malays in Taman Keramat are furious, a few were apprehended by the police for protesting while some were intimidated by 'agents of a developer' for trying to stop their luxury project.


The Malays have been acting on their own; the Umno leaders and their representatives didn't say much. Forget about the Malays outside Umno.

However, the government - notably Selangor mentri besar Azmin Ali - must interfere to prevent any untoward incident from taking place in Taman Keramat. This is not about Umno or PKR or PAS or DAP but the residents' woes.
Residents of a Malay-majority community in Taman Keramat warned today of possible “bloodshed” if Selangor proceeds with plans to construct luxury condominiums instead of affordable homes in the neighbourhood.
According to reports, the Datum Jelatek luxury condominium project sits on the former site of four blocks of Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) flats owned mostly by Malays. The flats were demolished in late 2010.
“If there is bloodshed in Taman Keramat it is not my fault. Things have heated up.The development is a threat to the residents there. We do not want to allow development that infringes on the rights of Malays especially in a 100 per cent Malay area,” Datum Jelatek action committee chairman Salleh Samad told reporters when met at the entrance of the state secretariat building here.
Salleh, who was accompanied by 12 other residents submitted a protest memorandum to Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali’s press secretary Radzi Razak.
Salleh pointed out to Azmin that protests against the project began as far back as when the latter’s predecessor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was still running the Selangor administration.
“We want affordable housing, we are not against development. After this, there will be no more memorandums, we are tired,” Salleh added.

“The affordable housing can be bought by the current generation of the original settlers who had founded the village after the May 13 incident with the help of then-Selangor MB Datuk Haron Idris,” he said.

Salleh had previously said the planned luxury studio apartment, measuring 538 square feet each, was priced at RM700,000 and was not affordable to the Taman Keramat Malay community.

He has also alleged that the residents, who were asked to move out, were paid only a small compensation. Based on land value, the residents should have received at least RM1 million each. However, most received only about RM150,000.

As the developer, PKNS has the say as compensation was paid. However, Azmin must take into consideration the sentiment of the Malays too!

New law to combat terrorism

Yes, we need a new set of law to stamp out terrorists, and nobody should question the government for taking such measures.

We have seen how extremism and terrorism brought down a few governments and caused chaos, instability and deaths of the innocents. What is termed as 'jihadists' is now on the prowl; and prejudice rises on Islam.


Malaysia can't afford to fall prey to such activities. The fact that some Malaysians are killed for joining the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Turkey is not a 'small matter' as those who received trainings there will pose danger to national security upon their return.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has suggested the creation of a new law to combat terrorism, in addition to strengthening existing legislation.
Speaking to the parliament while tabling a white paper on Wednesday (Nov 26), Mr Najib said the government is concerned with Malaysians returning home after fighting alongside militants in conflict zones. He said there are currently 39 citizens who have joined extremist groups overseas.
Home Minister Zahid Hamidi said the proposed law will be tabled at the next parliamentary session.
The proposed legislation will include provisions for the rehabilitation of militants, added Zahid. He said some Malaysians who have returned home after joining the Islamic State militant group expressed regret, and said they had been deceived.
Mr Najib added that the use of social media to recruit Malaysian militants is concerning, and that it was time for the government to act and stem the influence of the Islamic State group. But he stressed that legislation alone will not curb terrorism, and called on Malaysians to reject extremism and that parents should guide their children.
Malaysia’s Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein supported the move, saying that the proposed law is “urgent”. When asked if the proposed legislation would be similar to the country’s Internal Security Act, Mr Hishammuddin said it is different, as the law will target militants.

Hishammuddin added that the new terror developments do not have any link to the aviation disasters of MH370 and MH17.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim also voiced support for tough action against the threat posed by militants, and called for holistic action.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

That's what I call a speech!


                                  The best speech at Umno General Assembly in 20 years.

                                  Congrats Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin!

                                  Read it in full here...

Umno and the non-Malays

The question now is not about Umno and the Malays. Its more on how 'benevolent' Umno is to Malaysians as a whole, in winning back the lost votes among its own members and support from its allies in Barisan Nasional.

It will depend on how the party's general assembly which starts today at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) manouvre issues about Malay unity and achievement without resorting to debates that will hurt sensitivities of others.

This will be the most crucial GA for the party in a bid to falsetto efforts in retaining power in the next general election amid calls by certain quarters in and outside Umno for a revamp in its approach to woo popular support for BN.


However, months before they convene in stylish outfit and 'parade of luxury cars and accessories', party president Najib Tun Razak was pressured to carry out some 'amendments' which include abolishing all vernacular schools.

The prime minister, however, has to tailor to his 1Malaysia concept by reiterating that the vernacular education is here to stay.
KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sunday reassured that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government will ensure Chinese schools, which are part of vernacular schools, will remain part of the education system in the country.
He said the Government has no problem to let Chinese education to continue as an education option for the people.
"What is wrong in emphasising on the learning of 'Bahasa Kebangsaan' and to speak the language well and proficiently, and not speaking 'bahasa pasar'.
" I want to tell you that in fact the Chinese government gave me an officer who is proficient in Bahasa…a Chinese from its foreign affair office who had studied Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Kebangsaan to a level to be proficient.
"And if the emphasis on Bahasa Kebangsaan in Chinese schools and the Malays also learn Mandarin language… then what is wrong with it?" he asked.
Vice-president Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, in reminding speakers at the GA to avoid 'taking the issue to their nerve' has said the relevance of maintaining the Chinese school system will be one of the hotly-debated topics during the Umno annual general assembly this month.
Party vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday said at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here that the issue was among key topics to be debated, arising from 755 proposals sent by the 191 Umno divisions in the country.
“The issues that are expected to dominate this year’s general assembly include the debate on Chinese schools versus single-stream schools, the Sedition Act, cost of living and quality of life.”
Umno ally in BN, MCA (apart from opposition DAP) are opposed to parties challenging or questioning the position of Chinese education in the country, especially calls for vernacular schools to be abolished, says is president, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said Chinese educational institutions had produced many quality and highly skilled professionals who contributed to the country's development. "Calls for national-type Chinese schools (SJKC) to be abolished will not help Barisan Nasional gain public support."
Liow's deputy Dr Wee Ka Siong who is also Minister in the Prime Minister Department claimed that although he cannot predict or dictate what will be discussed in the upcoming Umno general assembly, he is hoping that the delegates can stop harping on the issue of vernacular schools.
Responding to a reporter's question on the vernacular schools issue that may be raised by Umno delegates during the party meeting at the end of the month, Wee said that although every political party has the right to freely express or raise any issues during their general assembly, it was also important for them to see that the issue discussed is something good for the country. Wee was speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters after he co-chaired a dialogue session between MCA and Chinese new village leaders. It was previously reported that Umno Petaling Jaya Utara division deputy chief Mohamad Azli Mohamaed Saad will be seeking for a debate during the party general assembly on whether vernacular schools should be abolished.
What Mohamad Azli and others said contains some logic - that a single-stream education will augur well in bringing the rakyat together.

We have seen those coming from vernacular schools have difficulty in Bahasa Kebangsaan (Bahasa Melayu). Some non-Malays Members of Parliament (MPs) are of no exception. Just look and listen to how they speak at the Dewan Rakyat!

We find it hard to accept that 57 years after Merdeka, there are Malaysians who are not able to converse in the national language. Its the point of debate among champions of 'Satu Sekolah' concept, which prompted the non-Malays to label Umno as 'bullying' them.

However, in bringing the people closer, the Malays too should learn other languages, notably Mandarin and Tamil. Some 'sekolah kebangsaan' are already introducing it and the results are fantastic.

Unless some Chinese and Tamil education syllabus are allowed entry into 'sekolah kebangsaan', I believe the system will work. However, I don't think Chinese educationists and politicians (and the Indians too) are willing to let go of their respective stream.

So, what's the point of debating it at the Umno General Assembly?
Putrajaya must abolish all vernacular schools as they are impeding national unity, and instead replace them with single-stream schools, a coalition of Malay rights groups said today.
They said in their National Unity Memorandum today that Putrajaya could silence any "radical" education groups that opposed such a move, like Dong Zong, through the threat of de-registration.
"This firmness is needed because the multiple streams of schools that have existed all this while are not conducive to efforts to promote and strengthen national unity in Malaysia," read the memorandum, which was drafted by a committee chaired by Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali.
"If the proposal to abolish SKJC and SKJT is opposed by organisations like Dong Zong, the Malaysian government must review these organisations, and issue a show-cause letter asking why their registration should not be revoked.
"In other words, it is time the Malaysian government acts firmly against any radical education group that opposes efforts to promote national unity, including Dong Zong and its ilk."
Radical or not, Dong Zong and Perkasa are chauvinist of their own, and nothing is wrong with that since every single race will do the best to protect its own interest.

However, there must be an interim solution to 'education system for unity' in the country. There must be check and balance, tolerance and proper planning'. We need to integrate the nation, yes but at what cost?

I am waiting for the first debate on the issue...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Heirlooms...

At least there is someone in Umno who dares to remind each and every leader that party positions do not belong to certain families, and that equal opportunity should be given to others.

Some years ago during a coffee table talk, I had to agree to a suggestion by an Umno veteran that 'a prime minister's son need not necessarily become a prime minister' unless he has the right package and quality.

If we go by the 'trend' now, only those from Johor, Pahang, Penang and Kedah stand better chance to become the next and next and next Umno president and prime minister.

What about 'quality leaders' from other states? 
PUTRAJAYA— Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today urged his contemporaries to make way for the young to take rise, as he echoed party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s call for the party to embrace youths as an “investment” for the future.
He said this is now the time of those from Generations X and Y to take on the mantle of leadership in the Barisan Nasional (BN) lynchpin, especially since amendments have been made to the party constitution allowing direct membership to Umno without having to sign on to any party division or branch.
“The era has passed. The opportunity should be given to the young. We are not warlords who consider party posts to be our possessions or should be handed down to our bloodline,” he said at a news conference after officiating at the Film Censorship Board’s 60th anniversary Carnival.
Ooopsss... I'm not saying the prime minister's sons - Hishammuddin Hussein and Mukhriz Mahathir - dont have the right package but they must proof something 'extraordinary' to reach the pinnacle of politics.

I have seen how a few division chiefs 'planted' their spouse as the division Wanita head, their son as Ketua Pemuda and daughter for Ketua Puteri.

What do you call that, if its not a political dynasty!

And up there, it's still a practice...