13 May 2021

Salam Syawal...

Naik kapai selam gerenti takdak roadblock...

Balik Raya Traffic Jam...

CCTV images allegedly taken near the Gombak toll plaza on the Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway (E8) captured a trail of vehicles caught in a traffic jam heading into the city...Discussions on social media reveal that the public is generally angry, scared and disappointed over the number of vehicles seen entering KL despite the enforcement of the nationwide MCO and a strict ‘no balik kampung’ rule made by the government. Some concluded that the heavy traffic was caused by the ‘balik KL’ crowd who are returning to the city after Hari Raya – allegedly breaking state and district travel restrictions in the process. - msn news

cheers.

11 May 2021

SOP- Semua Orang Pening...

Lencun rakyat kena kencing...

Sekarang ini rakyat gelisah dengan SOP yang cepat berubah dan darurat.  Kata kerajaan, darurat bertujuan untuk mengatasi Covid-19 tetapi terbukti dengan darurat, Covid semakin mengganas.Apabila rakyat sudah hilang keyakinan, maka kerajaan buatlah pengumuman apapun, rakyat kurang ambil peduli.  Keluarlah apa hasil survey dari pusat penyelidikan manapun tentang kehebatan pemimpin dan kerajaan PN, rakyat memandangnya hanya sebagai propaganda politik. - Prof.Agus


MCO: Malaysia Cincai Order?...

MCO 3.0 is being implemented in several areas in the country due to the deteriorating COVID-19 outbreak. As soon as the new SOPs are unveiled, many people would assert, as they usually do, that MCO 3.0 is going to fail. A friend has even offered MCO a new definition on Facebook: Menteri Cincai Order.

"I have to admit that MCO 2.0 has failed. This can be proven with the rising R-0 and daily new infection numbers," public health expert Dr Hanafiah has told Sin Chew Daily in an interview. He said MCO 2.0 failed because of several reasons, including opening of social activities and educational institutions while the number of new cases was still rising. Even members of the public and medical frontliners are confused about the SOPs. The equally confusing MCO 3.0 will not make anyone any more optimistic that it can put the virus under effective control.

Dr Hanafiah is not alone. Medical frontliners, patients struggling and fighting for life on hospital beds are also under tremendous psychological and mental stress. They all need some space to breathe. Is that a kind of punishment for these people? In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was punished with rolling an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it neared the top, over and again. This picture reflects what we are going through right now in our fight against the heinous coronavirus.

Fighting the virus shouldn't be a kind of punishment. Rolling the boulder up the hill (battling the virus) is our goal. It's for the safety of ourselves and the society at large. We need to work very much harder to free ourselves from the predicament by rolling the boulder up the hill with concerted effort, and try not to let it roll down again and kill more innocent people and create more havoc.

Why have we made very minimal progress in our battle against the virus? Menteri Cincai Order is one of the reasons, while public exhaustion from over a year of fights and lockdowns is another. The war can only be won with concerted effort from all. Our problem now is: this Menteri Cincai Order has now evolved into a bigger Malaysia Cincai Order!

Ministers and politicians have been trifling with the rules for their own political interests. Lack of actions against VIPs flouting the SOPs and selective enforcement will only encourage complacency among the enforcers, from top down, thinking that there's no big deal about it. But it is a really big deal now!
Some say we cannot count on the government alone to win the war against the virus, as self-discipline is of utmost importance. Very true, but as as we are disciplining ourselves, we must also not neglect that we have an obligation to oversee the government and highlight the many irregularities with the SOPs. If the government becomes complacent,it is the rakyat and the entire nation that will eventually suffer. 

We need to work together in unison to stop the virus, as pointed out in a letter to the media from retired doctor Dato' Dr Amar-Singh HSS. He said there was room for improvement in screening individuals, contact tracing, drawing up SOPs, implementing the immunization program, communicating with the public on the side effects of vaccines, as well as the emergency measures to tackle the mutant variants. "If the MOH is short on resources, tell the public," he said.

Indeed, in fighting the virus including tackling major day-to-day issues of the people and emergency incidents, we cannot afford to be intransparent. Members of the public must be adequately informed and prepared for any untoward incident. And improved transparency will help boost public confidence towards the government.

Currently there is a very obvious dearth of confidence among the public in the government, especially in view of the fact that many VIPs have failed to set a good example by dutifully adhering to the government SOPs. The ubiquitous double standards in law enforcement has affected the people's willingness to abide by the rules. If even the VIPs have failed to comply with the SOPs, then the government should not put the blame on the rakyat when the situation worsens.


The government cannot issue directives to the people in the absence of adequate transparency and external supervision. They think they know best, and have drawn up the SOPs that will be enforced on all of us except themselves. If the people see that VIPs join in the effort to stop the virus, sure enough they will be willing to get involved too, by working wholeheartedly with the government to battle the virus in hope of achieving the best results within the shortest time possible.

Malaysians have become so sick of some of the ministers who only make inappropriate comments but have not put in much effort to fight the virus. As if that is not enough they also create trouble for the ministers and technocrats who actually work very hard to stop the virus. We are already under tremendous pressure to make ends meet and we do not want to hear more of the nonsensical remarks of some of these minsters.

As a matter of fact, the government does have a set of good and effective measures to deal with the pandemic, including the HIDE (Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement) system set up by CPRC (Crisis Preparedness And Response Center) with the use of big data analysis and artificial intelligence. This is a forewarning system that identifies possible COVID-19 hot spots and takes the necessary preventive measures to prevent a new infection cluster. Yesterday, the HIDE system listed a total of 151 high risk areas in the country.

Science, technology and innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said the list is to help people get adequately prepared and make a wise deicision before visiting specific places or shops in a id to avert the risk of being infected. I believe that with HIDE, Malaysians will cooperate and take care of their own safety. The question is: will our VIPs cooperate, too?

We cannot afford to fight the war any longer. Our economy and the livelihoods of countless of Malaysians are struggling. We do not want to be another Sisyphus, doing the whole thing over and again in vain until eternity.- Chong Lip Teck, Sin Chew Daily


cheers.

09 May 2021

Buah kurma punya pasai...


Di pejabat Bersatu depa sesama depa bergaduh pasai barang bantuan. Mahu tak berebut,dari bagi free baik jual dapat juga duit. Tulah Melayu sama Melayu bergaduh.  Islam sama Islam bergaduh. Tapi salahkan DAP...Pak Lebai kata ambo takpo asalkan jangan DAP memerintah...


DG is back. In his first PC in over 2 months, Dr Noor Hisham attributed the spike in cases to resumption of social, education and religious activities in March, public fatigue and poor adherence to SOPs. New variants not only harder to treat also saw more young people being  infected. - Melissa Goh


Dr. Nor Hisham meminta kerjasama orang ramai untuk tinggal di rumah sebanyak mungkin selama 2 minggu yang akan datang agar sistem penjagaan kesihatan dapat dibina semula. Varian Covid19 yang baru meletakkan pesakit yang lebih muda di ICU ,menggunakan ventilator dan tidak responsif terhadap rawatan. Hari ini ada 4519 kes baru, 25 kematian.

DAP Malaysia...

Like any other race based political party the DAP is also evolving. Nothing is written in stone. What was the rallying cry 50 years ago may not hold true (or be relevant anymore). The recent public spat between old school DAP stalwart Ronnie Liew and YB Hannah Yeoh and YB Liew Chin Tong about whether the DAP should retain its Chinese-ness (Ronnie Liew) or develop into a more  multi-racial, multi-cultural party (Hannah Yeoh, Liew Chin Tong) is reflective of the 'political-evolution' the DAP must and is going through. I think the DAP is headed in the right direction - mesti multi-cultural lah YB Ronnie. Maybe not 100% yet but they seem headed there. 

The DAP was born from the PAP. After Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965, the local branches of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's PAP were converted into DAP branches. In  the 1964 General Election, the PAP's Devan Nair became the elected Member of Parliament for Bangsar.  Devan Nair was the sole PAP MP on the Malay Peninsula. 

It must be noted that the very next General Elections in 1969 witnessed the May 13 troubles. My view is the "separation anxiety"  arising out of  Singapore separating from Malaysia contributed a significant amount of tension in the country at that time. This aspect of the May 13 troubles have not been discussed much or looked into in sufficient detail. After the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, the Malay politicians from Johore (for example) became very vocal over Singapore, Chinese and Malay issues. One example was the 'Lion of UMNO' fellow who was from Johore.

Throughout its history the DAP has won huge support from the Chinese community. Particularly the Chinese communities that populate the 'new villages' (Kampong Baru).  The 'New Villages' or 'Kampong Baru' have also contributed not only to the rapid advancement of the Chinese community but they have also shaped Chinese political 'unity'. This is my view. Pre-Emergency (1948-1960) the Chinese community in Malaya existed along 'clan identities' with some language and even 'cultural' differences being very wide. 

During the Malayan Emergency (1948 - 1960) the British set up the New Villages and re-settled hundreds of thousands of Chinese - regardless of clan identity - within very confined spaces.  Over 600 New Villages or Kampong Baru were set up. Over time the new villages developed their own identity  - community based, centered around the Chinese school and the local temple. The super cantankerous Cantonese, Hakkas, TeoChews, Hokkiens etc   all began to intermingle in close proximity and became closer as a Malaysian Chinese community. Chinese "unity" was certainly expedited in the New Villages but at some cost to developing a multi-cultural Malaysian identity. Other non 'New Village' Chinese developed a more Malaysian outlook at a quicker pace. For example both Hannah Yeo and Liew Chin Tong were born in multi-racial, multi-cultural Subang Jaya. Ronnie Liu on the other hand is old-salt 'New Village'.  

The New Villages have come a very long way. Here is a picture of a Chinese 'New Village' in one area.  I have been there and seen it myself. All the houses there are relatively new constructions with huge bungalows everywhere (which you can see in the picture). The Chinese community has done well and we should all be thankful for that. 

The next step is for the Chinese communities in the New Villages to step out more and mingle with all other Malaysians at a more intimate level of social mixing. This is what is being suggested by Hannah Yeo but  being "resisted" by old-salts like Ronnie Liu. May I suggest that the Chinese New Villages listen to Hannah Yeoh here.   YB Ronnie kita sudah tua lah. Kasi chan orang baru.

But here is something that is entirely feasible and possible. With 42 MPs the DAP is already the single largest party in Parliament today. In 2017 (before the 14th General Elections) the Singaporeans invited me over to talk about Malaysia issues. I said at that time that the DAP was the strongest political party in Malaysia and that the DAP would win between 40 - 60 seats at the General Elections. They won 42. 

The DAP's strength is its unity and its increasingly multi-racial and Malaysian focus. For the sake of the country this trend must continue. Malay politics on the other hand is caca-marba, kucar-kacir, haru-biru or at best hiruk-pikuk and riuh-rendah. 


Meanwhile,Umno and MCA are fighting over a Parliamentary seat they have not won since 2008. 13 years ago. The incumbent MP for Seremban is from the DAP. This is the formula that can repeat itself throughout the Peninsula in the next General Elections (GE15).  Despite Malay voters making up the majority (59%) in Seremban the DAP still won Seremban with a huge majority of over 30,000 votes in GE14. Obviously many Malays also voted for the DAP.

Now with the Malay vote being split at least FIVE ways the DAP stands an even better chance of winning the seats it contests.The DAP now has 42 seats. I believe if the DAP can win 50 to 60 Parliamentary seats in the next GE, the DAP can nominate the Prime Minister. Because with 50 to 60 seats the DAP will certainly be the biggest single bloc in Parliament. 

No doubt the Federal Constitution does not deny a non Malay from becoming Prime Minister but a Chinese Prime Minister, especially from the DAP - does not seem feasible in the near future, despite YB Liew Chin Tong or YB Hannah Yeoh.

What the DAP needs but does not have are well regarded Malay faces within its own ranks. They found this out in Perak in 2008. Despite winning Perak, the DAP did not have a single Malay ADUN to become Menteri Besar.  Hence they had to get that PAS joker instead.  

Hence also the DAP's reliance on non DAP Malays like Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar Ibrahim may have served the DAP well since 1998 but the time has come to drop the brader. He is now a liability. He cannot hold his own party together and most of his closest lieutenants have already dumped him.  The Malay voters also do not really trust him - which is why he cannot win a convincing majority anywhere. He simply does not have the numbers.  Anwar's best days are really behind him (no pun intended). 

If I may suggest the DAP needs to get Rafizi Ramli onboard as a party member and present a 'multi-cultural' team for the next GE.   The party really needs marketable and sellable Malay names. And they have to do this with some urgency. Rafizi Ramli has proven himself as a capable and intelligent fellow. Sadly he is in the wrong party and will most likely fade away from the political scene completely. This is because PKR is history and no other Malay based party will take in Rafizi Ramli. It will be a waste if Rafizi's talents go to waste.

The future for the DAP is multi-culturalism. Ronnie Liu's comments have belied the DAP's claim of being a multi-racial party. They are not. But you dont have to be as long as you can practise multi-culturalism. If you can protect the interests of all Malaysians, especially the majority Malays, who cares what is your race or religion?

But reality can really suck. The reality is that in this country, when a group of mono-cultureds, mono-ethnics and mono-religionists get together, they always piss on people outside their grouping. So far no one is exempt from this bad behaviour, whether it is the DAP, Umno, Pas or whoever. We can build roads and highways but 'nation-building' seems to be more elusive. - Syed Akbar Ali 

The Coming Battle For 
The Malay Heartland...

If and when the emergency lapses called in January with the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext to protect Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s shaky Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, five major political forces will be competing to win the hearts and minds of ethnic Malay voters, who make up 63 percent of the population of Peninsular Malaysia, seeking leverage over who will exercise national leadership. The battle for ethnic Malay primacy – the key to government – is yet to be fought.

The Muhyiddin Yassin administration’s legitimacy and very survival has been on tenterhooks, since the Sheraton putsch, back in February 2020. Since Muhyiddin installed his Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration, Malaysia has been in political malaise, unable to move forward. This has suspended the Muhyiddin government within a political limbo, maintained by the Covid-19 pandemic, and resulting restrictions, such as the Movement Control Orders (MCOs).  Muhyiddin is hanging onto power through an emergency decree granted to him by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Shah Ahmad Shah in January, which enables him to avoid any leadership challenges, while providing extraordinary powers to introduce laws without the approval of parliament.  

There has been wide speculation about the calling of a snap election. However, Muhyiddin doesn’t need to call an election until midway through 2023, unless the emergency decree lapses without extension, and a major parliamentary block formally withdraws support. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the current president of the United Malay National Organization (UMNO) was given carte blanche to remove the party’s support for Muhyiddin’s government by the membership at the recent general assembly. He is holding this card up his sleeve, while carrying on negotiations with Muhyiddin’s Party Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) on one side, and Anwar Ibrahim’s Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), on the other side. 

What is evident is that five major political forces are vying to compete in winning the hearts and minds of voters within the Malay heartlands. The party and/or group that electorally dominates the heartlands will be in prime position of leverage over who will exercise national leadership. The next government of Malaysia will comprise of the grouping which dominates the Malay heartlands, and is able to muster up some urban electoral support, and an alliance with political party groupings within Sabah and Sarawak. 

The battle for the Malay heartlands is yet to be fought. Even though 77.5 percent of people within Malaysia reside in urban areas, electoral malapportionment has allowed rural and semi-rural constituencies, which make up 85 of 165 constituencies – just over 50 percent – to dominate.  The average malapportionment ratio runs around one to six, with a rural vote worth many times an urban vote. Thus, if any political grouping can dominate the so-called Malay heartland, this would potentially make that grouping the largest minority group within the 222-seat federal parliament. With support from some urban constituency members, and across in Sabah and Sarawak, a government could be formed, which has been the practice since the formation of Malaysia in 1963. 

Winning the Malay heartland is the key to government. The Malay heartland is by far from homogenous, where local cultural variances, histories, personalities, and issues have shaped their nature and voting characteristics. Traditionally, the southern state of Johor had been staunchly loyal to UMNO, but this was eroded by Bersatu. Kelantan voters have been loyal to PAS over the last decades, but also shown loyalty to two UMNO stalwarts, Mustapa Mohamed and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, within the state. Perlis and Pahang have remained loyal to UMNO, where Kedah, Perak, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, have swayed from side to side across elections. Finally, Selangor has over the last couple of decades become a Pakatan Harapan (PH) stronghold. 

Rural areas are quickly becoming urbanized, and many youth voters are moving to the cities in search of jobs and careers. This has weakened the Malay heartland as being a bank of support for any single Malay based party. It can now longer be assumed that Malay voters will support one party anymore, as was accepted in the past.  Now constituencies within the Malay heartland are shared between five Malay based parties, UMNO, PAS, Bersatu, Amanah, the multi-racial, but still predominantly Malay PKR, and the Mahathir grouping, ousted from Bersatu. 


This means that no one political party is able to take the reigns of government without some sort of collaboration with other political parties. Today, political alliances are very fluid. If parliament was to sit, it is highly doubtful Muhyiddin would have the numbers to command a majority on the floor of the parliament. If one takes, UMNO’s rhetoric of formally abandoning support for the Muhyiddin administration, if not for the emergency, the government should fall. 

However, this is made much more complicated, where 9 UMNO MPs are currently serving loyally in Muhyiddin’s cabinet. UMNO is itself in tatters, highly factionalized, with the court cluster still in control. Pundits see the court cluster as a major liability electorally, but former prime minister Najib Razak is very popular on the hustings and social media, despite being sentenced to 12 years in prison and facing additional charges. Parti Amanah led by the liberal Mohamed Sabu extolling a brand of Islam more like former Kelantan MB, the late Nik Aziz, will pair off against its nemesis, PAS, led by the firebrand Abdul Hadi Awang, while the small group of Mahathir supporters must decide where they want to go. Amanah is still aligned with the 95-year-old Mahathir who left Bersatu when Muhyiddin hijacked it out from under him, must decide where they want to go.

Muhyiddin survives because there is just no one credible and able to command a majority of supporters within the current parliament. Anwar has a number of times proclaimed he has the numbers to takeover government. On each occasion, nothing concrete had been presented to support his proclamations. He is now seen by many as the Malaysian boy who cried wolf, too many times. 

There is now a political limbo, where all political parties are weighing up options, and contingencies to hedge their bets. Although many pundits believe an election may come sooner, rather than later, most want time to play out, in order to manoeuvre themselves into the best position possible for the coming election. For this reason, Covid aside, this term of parliament will most probably run the full course, especially if the Agong extends the emergency decree. The key for the battle for the Malay heartland will be rearranging political alliances for the coming election. 

Pakatan Harapan (PH) supporters are intent on trying to win back government, in what they believe was stolen from them through the betrayal of former party lieutenant Azmin Ali with what is now being called the Sheraton putsch in February 2020. They see the Muhyiddin government as totally illegitimate. 

The ageing PKR leader, Anwar Ibrahim still has strong ambition to become prime minister and knows time is running out. Therefore, any alliance that could propel him to the prime minister’s chair is worth exploring, whether under the banner of reform, or a Malay-Malaysia paradigm. PKR control a large number of strategic constituencies across the rural, rural-urban, and urban spectrums. Within PKR, there is a hardcore band of supporters who believe Anwar should have a chance to become PM, a view shared by some voters. The PKR grassroots election machinery is improving, but not as strong as UMNO, although a high level of motivation exists within rank and file at election time. 

At this point of time, PKR is open to any deal which is a potentially winning deal. Anwar’s personal strength has been bringing groups together. He is also a great orator on the hustings. 


Nominally, the largest party within the Malay heartland is UMNO. UNMO suffered many defections to Bersatu, which the party wants to win back next election. UMNO also believes many BERSATU constituencies are naturally theirs, but stolen away. UMNO is the party that dominated politics for 70 years, and knows that the party is the potential kingmaker, and is sort after. UMNO believes it is the natural party to rule in the minds of the old guard. 

This is Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s main card. However, the “court cluster” leadership of UMNO, also have a personal covert agenda of keeping out of jail. Holding the prime place of government is foremost in their mind. There is a paradox with the court cluster electorally. Most pundits argue that UMNO without removing the “court cluster” will do very poorly electorally. Nonetheless, the convicted Najib Razak’s personal popularity in the rural areas and on social media is strong. Some people in the Malay heartland believe Najib and Zahid are victims of political vengeance by Mahathir. 

UMNO’s reformers don’t have the numbers to takeover and bring the party back to relevance. If they did, it would have already happened. The Muhyiddin support group is slowly being purged by the “court cluster” leadership. UMNO warlord Shahidan Kassim was removed as Perlis UMNO chief in favour of an ally just recently.

UMNO’s biggest asset is the grassroots electoral machinery it normally yields during elections. This requires massive funding, and it still remains to be seen, whether the party’s sources of funding still remain intact for the coming election.

Muhyiddin’s Bersatu is in an electoral quandary. The party has lost the Mahathir grouping with an ugly expulsion last year, but gained the Azmin Ali faction from PKR. In addition, a number of UMNO MPs defected to Bersatu. Bersatu is now a target of what could amount to electoral ‘blood sport’ if deals can’t be made. Bersatu would potentially be wiped out, if voting patterns remained the same as previous by-elections. 

However, the political environment has drastically changed since then with a number of factors in play. Muhyiddin’s COVID management made him popular during the Sabah state election. However, the economy is worsening due to prolonged lockdowns, leading to financial hardship within the community. The Muhyiddin government has actually done very little in the area of economic management and policy wise is drifting aimlessly. 

Last election, Bersatu was able to utilize DAP and PKR election logistic support, which it will have to replace for the next election. One ace up Muhyiddin’s sleeve is his control of the Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) across rural Malaysia. They are overseen by two Bersatu cabinet ministers Abdul Latiff Haji Ahmad, minister of Rural Development and ex-PKR member Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing and Local Government. The JKKK can be used to channel massive resources into selected rural constituencies. This is one of UMNO’s prime electoral weapons, now in control of Muhyiddin. 

Bersatu desperately needs a strong alliance the where the party would be the senior partner to survive. The current electoral numbers indicate that Bersatu has exerted influence far beyond its size, and this wont last past the next election. 


PAS and Amanah are most likely to maintain their status quo. Amanah will be restricted in how many seats it can contest due to any arrangements the party makes with a grouping, and the need to avoid three-way contests with “friendly” parties. Amanah also has very limited resources relative to PAS. 

PAS, however faces a number of issues. Some kampong talk is critical about how PAS apparatchiks in government have behaved. Secondly, the performance of PAS in government has been lacklustre, where the party didn’t even get the religious affairs ministry, held by Zulkifli Mohamed Al-Bakri, where PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang was out manoeuvred by Perlis Mufti Mohd. Asri Zainal Abidin, in arranging that appointment. Finally, the health of PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang, signals an impending power struggle within PAS, which may change its very nature and narratives. 

Finally, the Mahathir grouping made up of his son Mukhriz Mahathir, Amiruddin Hamzah, and former unpopular PH ministers Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, and Maszlee Malik, are scattered in no-mans land. Dr Mahathir’s standing was severely damaged by his abrupt resignation during the Sheraton putsch, where his last bastion of support exists in senior citizens and retirees of the civil service. It’s really unknown whether the 85 year old Mahathir would run again for re-election, although he remains active. At the next general election, its very probable that the majority of the rest of the Mahathir grouping will lose their constituencies. Only a deal or defection will save this group.

Although the DAP will not be a factor within the Malay heartland, it will maintain the number of seats it has in parliament, even if there was a reduction in its aggregate votes for any reason. The DAP has become a pariah for Malay-centric parties, however the reality is that some accommodation may need to be made with the DAP, for any group to govern comfortably. 

What will be certain until the next general election is that focus will be on Malay-centric narrative in an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the Malay heartland. No party has yet grappled with a definitive strategy about how to win the heartland, where all options are currently on the table for the various groupings. 

One thing for sure, any firm new electoral groupings will be the product of relationships, rather than policy agreement. The arena is still full of the evergreen Malay politicians, who are preventing new blood from coming through, to takeover the reigns of power. For this reason, Malaysia is stuck in a malaise for at least the next five to eight years. Winning the Malay heartland is more about the preservation of the old guard than moving the nation forward. - Murray Hunter,Asia Sentinel

cheers.

07 May 2021

Dengaq dan nilaikan sendiri...

 
Jebat tibai lagi...

Story kat SINI dan SINI...

Subang Airport - jadi di antara MCA dan DAP,
Cina mana yang lebih patriotik?...

The IGP and the ‘unintelligent’ Minister...

 I have a feeling that Abdul Hamid Bador would have agreed to continue for another few months as inspector-general of police (IGP) till the emergency is over in August had he been asked to. The policeman in him will compel him to do so; just as he had confided in his farewell address last Monday that “I look happy to retire but my heart is anxious for the police force”.

However, I do not think that another four months for Hamid as the IGP will make much difference or see any significant changes for PDRM (Polis DiRaja Malaysia). On the contrary, it could turn out to be disastrous for the police force if the top brass are unable to get along. Let’s face it. There is too much bad blood between Hamid and his political boss, Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin. It is now public knowledge. There is nothing to hide.

On April 30, Hamid was not even informed by the minister that a new IGP has been picked to take over from him beginning May 4. Well, Hamzah showed who’s the boss here. (So, don’t play-play with me.) Why, both men would even prefer to avoid each other. Any wonder why Hamzah did not turn up for the handing-over ceremony to the new IGP Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani last Monday.

Now, we know how childish a minister can behave for all to see. Sending a deputy to cover for him was to save Hamzah the blushes and some awkward moments in the presence of Hamid. The minister can flush his lame excuses for his absence down the toilet! Oh yes, there are some ministers who are unintelligent, as Hamid has aptly called out recently. He was being polite and professional by carefully choosing the adjective, “unintelligent”.


Still, that does not hide the fact that some ministers are actually dumb, pea-brained, crass, dull-witted and stupid. That is coming from me straight up as always, not from Hamid. The statement from the Home Ministry yesterday that it would continue to see that PDRM function professionally and efficiently was not such an “intelligent” response, particularly coming on the heels of the mountain of brickbats it has just been laden with.

To me, this past week has to be “IGP Hamid Bador Week”. I have always found PDRM and police work a fascinating subject, possibly due to my close working relationship with many police officers in years gone by. This week has the most public-grabbing police stories for a long while. I have written three articles, including in a Sarawak daily, on the police controversies this week alone.

I expect things will continue to heat up in Bukit Aman as Hamid has vouched to keep PDRM close to his heart. I take that to mean he would continue to speak up. In passing, I have also noted with interest Hamid’s statement that he was very worried about smuggling, online gambling, and immoral activities in Sarawak. I have attempted to contact Hamid with the hope to learn more about what he had uncovered and what could be done to resolve the issues. I do hope to meet Hamid in due course to discuss Sarawak affairs, particularly those pertaining to corrupt practices within the force.

Hamid’s explosive revelations are very serious as it involves political interference in police work. His direct claim that Hamzah wanted to use the Special Branch for political purposes warrants nothing short of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to probe the case. This has to be acted upon as a matter of urgency since the matter was raised by the top cop himself. PDRM, as the nation’s key security agency, cannot be abused by ministers to fulfil certain political agendas.


Hamzah’s interference has also seen the National Patriots Association (Patriot) demanding that Hamzah be sacked from the cabinet. The veterans described Hamzah’s actions as insulting, insolent, and disregarding the statutory functions of the police force.

Earlier, I’ve commented that it is better for Hamid to retire as IGP now rather than four months later because this acrimonious Hamid-Hamzah relationship will not be healthy in Bukit Aman. This is a case of a popular police chief unprepared to pander to his unpopular political boss of a very unpopular government. Because political bosses, and not civil servants, always have the upper hand, a prolonged clash at the top of PDRM will benefit no one.

Hence, I believe it is best for Hamid to leave now but his continuous efforts from outside to improve the police force would be welcomed and his views, being the former IGP, would be valued and respected. And there is one thing Hamid can rest assured. I doubt anyone will describe him as the “unintelligent” former IGP. - Francis Paul Siah

Muhyiddin govt made changes within 
24 hours in yet another half-baked MCO 3.0...

As predicted, the backdoor government of Muhyiddin has announced yet another half-baked lockdown – MCO 3.0. While people did not expect much from the clueless regime, they were flabbergasted at the deteriorating competency of the ministers involved. Even primary school students could do a better job than the bloated Cabinet of 72 ministers and deputy ministers.

One would expect that after two versions of MCO and dozens of EMCO, Semi-EMCO, CMCO, RMCO and whatnot, a government, regardless of its level of incompetency, would not have screwed up again so royally. The MCO 1.0 was a nationwide lockdown, while the MCO 2.0 was confined to only 5 states – Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah and Federal Territories.
 
But the latest MCO 3.0, announced yesterday, only involved six out of nine districts in the state of Selangor. Exactly why can’t the highly-paid ministers handle the movement control order of just 6 districts efficiently? And why weren’t the top-3 states with highest Covid-19 new cases as of yesterday (4 May) – Selangor (675 cases), Sarawak (620) and Kuala Lumpur (408) – locked down?

Of course, the trick is simple – declares a lockdown under the pretext of fighting Covid-19. But don’t implement a strict lockdown under the pretext of saving the economy. And when the lockdown fails, which was already anticipated, then declares yet another half-baked lockdown under the same excuse. Repeat the process and voila, the regime can rule forever.

Everyone knows that neither MCO 2.0 nor 3.0 were meant to flatten the curve. They are just convenient tools to create a fake perception that the government is doing something to stop the spread of the virus. But the gullible and ignorant folks in villages had no idea that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Even if the whole idea is to put up a drama to hoodwink the voters, especially the illiterate Malay community, at the very least the illegitimate government should be able to present a sexy and impressive standard operating procedure (SOP). It’s simply unacceptable and humiliating, even at the standard of villagers, to announce a lockdown without a properly prepared SOP.

MCO Violation Compound Of RM10,000...

Yes, after more than a year of mishandling the pandemic and introducing different types of lockdowns, it’s both hilarious and surprising that Muhyiddin government still fails to consolidate, compile and fine-tune an acceptable set of SOP, which eventually led to some embarrassing moments on the first day the MCO 3.0 was declared.

For example, while Senior Minister Ismail Sabri insisted that anyone with a vaccination appointment must obtain an approval letter from the police, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin said otherwise. So could or should citizens cross into districts or states between Selangor and Klang Valley to get their dose of vaccines?

Mr Khairy said people just need to show their appointments on MySejahtera app, or a hardcopy printout, as proof of their vaccination appointment to the police at roadblocks. But have the authorities been updated on this? Can Khairy even give an order to the police or the soldiers, which is under the jurisdiction of “turtle egg” Ismail Sabri, who happens to be the Defence Minister?

So far, the clueless Ismail Sabri has kept his mouth shut after being humiliated by Khairy. Without an acknowledgement from Sabri, who is in charge of security and defence, it’s safe to say the police at roadblocks will most likely slap travellers with compound tickets. Why should people rush to get vaccinated, knowing very well they could be punished with a maximum compound of RM10,000?

The genius Minister Ismail Sabri also could not clarify whether schools will continue to operate during the lockdown period, which will be effective from May 6 to 17. After criticized, the Education Ministry today finally gives an order to all schools in Selangor, including districts not affected by MCO 3.0, to close starting tomorrow (May 6) until after the Hari Raya holidays are over.

However, international schools and kindergarten, as well as childcare or tuition centres, appear to be caught in the grey areas. It’s still unknown whether they must be closed or can remain open for business. Heck, people in the six districts (Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang) under MCO 3.0 were equally confused initially whether they can travel inter-districts to work.


Grocery, convenience stores, dining premises and petrol stations are allowed to operate between 6am and midnight, even though dine-in is not allowed. While daily markets (night and morning markets) will be allowed to operate between 6am and 2pm, Ramadan bazaars are still allowed to operate (Selangor today announced the bazaars will be closed effective May 8).

What’s the purpose of introducing MCO 3.0 if there isn’t any difference from the previous MCO 2.0? If the MCO 2.0 had failed to contain the Coronavirus, what makes the clowns think it would be any different this time? If the backdoor Perikatan Nasional government was running like a headless chicken during the MCO 2.0, now it is like a dog chasing its own tail.

Stunningly, within 24 hours, the clueless and incompetent government has made some spectacular changes. Now, the MCO lockdown will also include Kuala Lumpur from May 7 to 20. Apparently Minister Ismail Sabri claimed the decision was made after the National Security Council considered the emergence of 17 Covid-19 clusters in Kuala Lumpur over the past week.
Ismail Sabri Yaakob - Confused - CMCO Work From Home

Was “turtle egg” Sabri trying to say that the government had forgotten the capital city Kuala Lumpur clusters when a decision to introduce MCO 3.0 was made yesterday? The government should stop insulting people’s intelligence. They talked as if a sudden outbreak has just exploded in Kuala Lumpur. Obviously, it was damage control after heavy criticisms from the general public.

Interestingly, something bizarre happened over the weekend when Prime Minister Muhyiddin, who was initially scheduled to make an official visit to Singapore on Monday (May 3), abruptly cancelled it on Sunday. Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein claimed the visit was postponed because the premier wanted to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Again, it was yet another cock and bull story. The current fourth wave has started since the early April, and didn’t appear out of the blue. Exactly why Mahiaddin alias Muhyiddin could fly to Indonesia to meet President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on 4 Feb when Malaysia was hit with over 4,000 daily new cases of Coronavirus, but could not visit nearby Lee Hsien Loong when there were only 3,000 new infections? - FT

cheers.

05 May 2021

Jangankan langkah negeri,daerah pun tak lepaih...


Tak boleh balik kampung, tak ada rumah terbuka tahun ini semasa Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, PKP yang diperbaharui di 6 daerah di Selangor adalah tempat yang hampir dengan PKP yang ketat tahun lalu. Peniaga tak mengeluh, dengan bazar Ramadan dan Aidil Fitri masih boleh beroperasi dengan syarat SOP kesihatan yang ketat. Lawatan ke rumah hanya untuk Hari Raya pertama di kawasan di bawah PKP yang dikenakan untuk maksimum 15 orang. Di kawasan PKPB /PKPP lawatan ke rumah dibenarkan untuk 3 hari pertama kata Menteri. - Melissa Goh

(No balik kampung, no open house this year during Eid festival, the renewed MCO in 6 districts in Selangor is no where close to the strict MCO last year.  Traders aren’t complaining ,  with Ramadan and Eid bazaars still allowed to operate subject  to stringent health SOPs. House visits only for the first day in areas under MCO subject to max 15 people.  In CMCO/RMCO areas house visits allowed for first 3 days says Minister. - Melissa Goh)

KL too to come under MCO for two weeks from May 7-20.  Restaurants eateries can remain open but for takeout only . Ramadan bazaars can still operate subject to strict SOPs...
 
Carrot and Stick...

The sensational phenomenon of political frogs hopping madly after GE14 must have made Malaysia world renowned as the land of political frogs. Such maddening hopping have caused the change of many state governments as well as the creation of a new federal ruling power now led by a party  consisting essentially of political frogs who have hopped  over from many different parties. 

At the rate such political corruptions are going on almost freely, our parliamentary democracy will be in tatters in no time. But what can you expect, when our law enforcing institutions, particularly the MACC, have been reduced to political stooges of the ruling party which is the mother of such frogs? - Kim Quek

After 15 Months Muhyiddin 
Entering Precarious Territory...

The PN government is going down the hill of unpopularity extremely very fast. This is exactly the same thing that happened to Dr Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan government which was kicked out after just 22 months in power. And the reasons are the same. Please read Sejarah Berulang at the bottom here. 

1. No confidence vote is out of the question.

For now Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (TSMY) is quite intact as the PM. There will be no more votes of no confidence against him.  He has the support of enough desperate MPs and Cabinet Ministers from Umno, Pas and other parties such that he will have a thin but comfortable majority in Parliament to hang on. As long as the desperados support him the PM will be in office until the 2023 general elections. But since the next GE15 is only (about) 23 months away it is really difficult to see TSMY surviving GE15. 

2. The overall atmosphere in the country now is hatred of the government.

Dr Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan government went from hero to zero in just over 12 months of being in power. After another 10 months (and losing SEVEN by-elections) Dr Mahathir was kicked out in February 2020 in a yet-to-be-fully-explained coup de etat. 

In contrast the replacement Perikatan Nasional government was born amidst much anger and hatred from the people. After a few months there seemed to be a turnaround which could have earned support from the people. But sadly it did not materialise. The PN government now faces more hatred from the people. If a General Election is held tomorrow the PN will certainly lose. 

The General Election must be held in about 24 months. The way things are now the PN is going to get kicked out. This seems to be more certain as the days go by, as more stupid Ministers say and do even more stupid things, as the economic recovery is getting more remote and the Covid crisis is being poorly managed. (Getting worse actually).

The big factor in the PN's favour is that there will be no more By Elections allowed - since the GE is two years away. Under Dr Mahathir there were multiple By Elections and Dr Mahathir lost seven of them. In Tanjong Piai in Johor the PH was almost completely wiped out. That is why Dr Mahathir was kicked out - the people began to hate his leadership. Back to the PN - under the PN Malaysia has slipped down the corruption indexes again. Read  the latest "Sarawak Report - Big Money For Small Businesses!" for another expose of yet even more corruption going on in the PN government. 

The Covid Vaccine program is a shambles. Now I get messages from MySejahtera to register for the Astra Zeneca vaccine. What about the other vaccines? Anyway by 12 pm I get another message that registrations sudah tutup or words to that effect. What is going on? I am a warga emas now. Still no news from MySejahtera. And all the stories about the Covid vaccine, the billions and billions being spent. Last year's Budget allocated billions for Covid. This year billions of KWAN money are being used also for Covid. So many billions. Where are the vaccines? 

3. TSMY losing support or has lost support in Pagoh and in Johor. 

Talk is that for sometime now TSMY has lost significant support both in his homestate of Johor as well as in his own Parliamentary constituency of Pagoh. People high up in Johor suggest that TSMY may even lose his Parliamentary seat in Pagoh in the next election.  

This suggestion is not without basis because (for example) one of TSMY's closest lieutenants for 20 years (Dato Shaharudin)  dumped him and switched sides to Dr Mahathir and Pejuang. Even Dr Mahathir was surprised and said the last person that he would expect to support him would be Shahar. But that is what happened. 

Shaharudin was one time ADUN in the state seat of Jorak which falls under TSMY's Pagoh Parliamentary seat. Shaharudin has significant influence in the area and has been running down TSMY with some effect.  So the PM does not stand on solid ground both in his home state and in his own constituency of Pagoh. 

4. Challenge to TSMY's position from inside Bersatu.

The rumour is that there will be a challenge to TSMY's position as president of Bersatu at the party's elections next year. The person who is rumoured to be the challenger is Genda.  Genda was behind the Sheraton Move, he delivered Sabah to Bersatu and has also been closely involved in the Bersatu chessgames. Although the recent leaked audio tape over the Police matters has splashed a bit of mud over him n'theless Genda is a planner and a doer.  More importantly WHY is there talk about TSMY being challenged from inside his own party? The answer is a duplicate to what happened to Dr Mahathir and the Pakatan Harapan. 

The Game of Thrones in Parliament will see TSMY retain his post of Prime Minister. But it is obvious that outside of Parliament, TSMY is weakening. The general public has significant hatred for the PN government and TSMY is also weakening in Johor and Pagoh.  In situations like this usually challengers will rise up to "save the party'.  This is exactly what happened when Dr Mahathir lost seven by-elections and became extremely unpopular. He was kicked out as Prime Minister.  Now the same thing can happen to TSMY.  History repeats itself. Sejarah berulang. Do read on. 

5. Sejarah Berulang

I see exactly the same patterns why the BN began losing its popularity beginning in 1994 and was kicked out in 2018. The same reasons why Pakatan Harapan lasted only 22 months. And now we are seeing the Perikatan Nasional becoming extremely unpopular after just 14 months in power. The reasons are the same - because there is no change in the policies that do not work. 

Here is a history of the number of Parliamentary seats won by Barisan Nasional since the 1994  General Elections. As you can see the trend has been going downwards (except for Mr Clean's appearance in 2004).

Year    Seats won by BN / UMNO

1994    162 seats of 193 seats
1999    148 seats
2004    198 of 219 seats 
2008    140 of 222 seats
2013    133 of 222 seats
2018    79 of 222 seats

Here is a graph of the Number of Parliamentary seats 
won by the BN from 1994 to 2018 (24 years). 

The huge success for the BN in year 2004 was an anomaly. After getting tired of Dr Mahathir (who quit in 2003), the people gave Abdullah Badawi a huge vote of 'Great Expectations' in 2004. Badawi won 198 Parliamentary seats in 2004. But Mr Clean soon started wearing the Dirtiest Laundry and so in 2008 Badawi lost 58 Parliamentary seats to secure only 140 Parliamentary seats. Badawi also lost the 2/3 majority for the first time. It was at this time (2008) that one analyst gave a talk to a closed audience where he said that the BN will lose more seats in 2013 and finally get kicked out in 2018. And that is exactly what happened. 

In 2013 the really stupid Najib lost even more seats for the BN. The BN won only 133 seats in 2013.  Then came disaster in 2018 where the BN under Najib lost the elections completely. The BN won only 79 Parliamentary seats. The question is the downtrend had begun from 1994. How come these idiots in the BN could not see that they were steadily but certainly losing popularity? The simple answer is money. Money makes you blind. They were making so much money at the expense of the rakyat that they did not see that the rakyat was getting tired of them. The people were getting poorer.  Especially the Malays.

So they did not change the policies. They did silly things like giving out cash during elections, giving out BR1M, handing out free this and free that. What they did not do is make the people rich by being able to stand on their own feet and compete. So after the cash handouts ran out, the Malays became poor again. And these policies DID NOT CHANGE even after Pakatan Harapan came into power and Dr Mahathir became the PM for the second time.

Dr Mahathir continued the same failed policies. He wanted to make yet another third national car !!  Senility had certainly set in. Why couldnt Dr Mahathir abolish the tolls? Or at least reduce tolls by 30% (which had been discussed). Because the toll roads were controlled by his old Umno buddy-buddy cartels. There was and still is a huge eco-system behind the toll road cartels that live off easy money. The suppliers, the contractors, the sub-contractors, the repairs, maintenance, equipment suppliers etc etc are all from the old BN days. They are still in place. If the toll roads had been abolished this entire ecosystem would be jeopardised. 

Therefore to save this eco-system Dr Mahathir refused to abolish the tolls or even to reduce them significantly.  The people will continue to pay tolls for the benefit of the few rich. It is this line of dinosaur thinking that lost Dr Mahathir SEVEN by-elections. And then when the other Pakatan Harapan leaders  saw that Dr Mahathir was losing so many by-elections and the public had begun to hate the Pakatan Harapan (including myself - I had been Dr Mahathir's supporter for over 20 years) thats when they decided to dump Dr Mahathir. Hence the success of the Sheraton Move and Dr Mahathir was kicked out.

Then came Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. And now TSMY is doing the same thing. No change in the same old policies that saw the BN losing their influence from 1994 and getting finally kicked out in 2018,  and then Dr Mahathir getting kicked out in February 2020. It is the same old money game - the cronyism, the orang kaya politics, the Melayu elit getting the lion's share, the ordinary people suffering etc etc.

Nothing has changed. That is why history is repeating itself. Again the people hate the government. So once again some one else will try to overthrow TSMY as the party president. Just like Dr Mahathir was overthrown by TSMY.  Then they will repeat the same old mistakes. The policies will not change. New cronies will replace old cronies. But still cronies. The people will benefit less. So yet again the people will kick out the government at the next general elections. We have to break this cycle.  Someone has to come to their senses.  - Syed Akbar Ali 
Misi memburu Lailatulqadar...

Malam 21 - Ahad (2 Mei) 
Malam 23 - Selasa (4 Mei) 
Malam 25 - Khamis (6 Mei)
Malam 27 - Sabtu (8 Mei)
Malam 29 - Isnin (10 Mei) 
"Carilah malam Lailatulqadar di malam ganjil 
pada 10 hari terakhir bulan Ramadan." - HR Bukhari Muslim..

cheers.

03 May 2021

Ini Polis DiRaja M'sia...bukan Polis Pak Menteri...


After denying the recording was him, he has now come out to reveal that it was indeed him.
The message on the recording displays  that there are elements of favoritism in the appointment of the IGP, what does he mean  by “our boy” from Ipoh. From the voice recording "Do you want it if I give our boy... promote him? And he is a Perakian, Ipoh boy. Tuanku would surely like.Which Tuanku was he talking about and what exactly is going on?


Persoalan utama, apakah perletakan jawatan sdra IGP itu boleh dalam suasana darurat? Bagi kami, selagi darurat itu belum berakhir...sdra IGP masih mengekalkan jawatannya sehingga darurat di tamatkan. Itu adalah fakta dalam perundangan yg tak buleh di sangkal. Menteri KDN itu, terlalu ghairah melantik IGP yg baru. Hal ini perlu di siasat, semak dan imbang.

Ya, kami kerap menyentuh isu negatif dalam agensi keselamatan PDRM. Kalau PDRM itu intergritinya melebihi dr apa yg di cakapkan, kami tetap akan hormat dan sanjung. Tapi jika bersekongkol dgn penjenayah, dapat habuan bulanan yg lumayan, membantu scammer meloloskan diri...saban hari kami menulis hal ini, ibarat nyawa kami pula di hujung tanduk. Begitulah rosaknya badan institusi dalam negara.

Agenda PH dari dahulu perjuangkan agar PDRM & SPRM di letakkan di bawah Parlimen. Siapa yg sengaja membantah ketika itu? Ahli parlimen korup dan dalam PDRM itu sendiri bersuara tidak perlu buat demikian! Akhirnya apa jua alasan dan tindakan serta keputusan, mereka hanya beri kpd Tuanku di mana mereka bertindak sbg penasihat. Ibarat dh serupa cop mohor ja mereka perlakukan demikian. - Gino Marvela

MCO 3.0 lockdown on the cards – Get 
ready for “Balik Kampung” cluster...

Backdoor Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin appears to be ready to announce yet another half-baked MCO lockdown next week. Mr Muhyiddin, or his real name Mahiaddin, said the government is reviewing the movement control order (MCO) as the Coronavirus daily new cases jump to above 3,000, despite declaring 2 weeks ago that he has no intention of imposing another MCO.
 
Regardless whether it’s a nationwide lockdown or a partial lockdown, the MCO 3.0, if declared, will be yet another half-baked lockdown that serves no purpose other than for the survival of the illegitimate regime. It will look almost the same like the recent MCO 2.0, which went into effect on January 13, but fails to flatten the curve ever since.
 
The trick is quite simple – declare a lockdown under the pretext of fighting Covid-19. But don’t implement a strict lockdown under the pretext of saving business. And when the lockdown fails, which was already anticipated, declare yet another half-baked lockdown under the same excuse of fighting the virus. Repeat the process and voila, the dictator can rule forever.
Coronavirus - Muhyiddin Extends Lockdown Road Block MCO

It’s absolutely hilarious when health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today that the spread of Covid-19 has become critical again. Can he make up his mind? It was only in early January that he said the worst is yet to come, before changing his tune in February, announcing the worst was over because the number of cases hit its peak on Jan 31 with 5,298 infections.
 
Dr Noor had even praised the MCO 2.0 as the factor behind the plunge in Coronavirus cases in February, and targeted the numbers of cases to continue to drop to double digits by May. Of course, today is May 1, but daily infections are nowhere near three digits, let alone double digits. Perhaps he should explain how could new cases suddenly drop to 2,881 today, compared to 3,788 yesterday.
 
So, what had gone so wrong that Dr Noor now looks like a fool, flip-flopping and babbling unprofessionally? If Dr Noor is indeed a professional, he could actually threaten to resign if the government refuses to strictly follow the health standard operating procedures (SOP). Instead, he chose to dance to his political master’s tune, hiding and manipulating data to help PM Muhyiddin clings to power.

PM with Dr.Noor Hashim

Two weeks after secondary school students returned to face-to-face school sessions, which began on April 4 and 5, they have to revert back to online learning. One school after another has to close as Coronavirus spreads. Obviously the reopening of schools, which began in stages starting with preschoolers and Year One as well as Year Two pupils on March 1, has contributed to the jump in infections.

By April 26, there were a staggering 99 education clusters, of which 52 involved public schools with 2,274 cases. Yet, on the same day the mind-boggling school clusters were revealed, Education Minister Radzi Jidin insisted schools were safe and his ministry was committed to keeping schools in session, expressing his confidence the SOP in schools can curb the spread of Covid-19.

However, on the same day – again – the clueless education minister also announced that school sessions will be held online for 2 weeks after the Hari Raya holidays through the home-based teaching and learning method, effective from May 16 to 28. Mr Radzi said the decision was made to avoid the risk of Coronavirus infections in schools after the Aidilfitri festive period.

Can this genius education minister make up his mind? If the schools were indeed safe in the first place as claimed, why was there a need to conduct school sessions online for 2 weeks? Should not the SOP in schools able to check or restraint the spread of the virus? Was he admitting, without him realizing it, that it was a big fat lie after all that schools are safe?

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba unveiled recently that last year, 8,369 children aged 12 and below tested positive for Covid-19. This year, however, up to 23,739 children aged 12 and under have been infected. And we haven’t even talked about infections with students above that age. The statistic alone speaks volumes about the failure of school SOP in curbing the spread of Coronavirus.

In truth, the education ministry was caught with its pants down. Of course, with hundreds or even thousands of students in a school, it’s a guarantee that the virus can spread easily. Sharing a same school bus or van is already an example of vulnerability. Not all schools have the luxury of huge classrooms to accommodate social distancing during learning or having meal during a break.
 
Ramadan Bazaar Crowd - Low Compliance 

But the ministry had no choice but to allow parents to send their children to school, knowing very well the risks. Public or government schools, where majority students could not afford the hardware and software to attend virtual classes, are facing a serious problem of students lagging behind since last year’s closure of schools nationwide, only to reopen in phases but closed again.

To make matters worse, the backdoor government has been evasive when grilled about the promise made during the Budget 2021 last November to provide 150,000 free laptops to poor students in 500 schools to do online lessons. It’s funny that Muhyiddin could not afford RM150 million for the laptops, but could spend RM35 million to build some useless halls in his constituency.

The money wasted in building the halls can be used to buy 35,000 laptops for students. The hundreds of millions of Ringgit in fines or compounds slapped on people who flouted the movement control order (MCO) could also be used to purchase laptops. Instead, all the money mysteriously disappears, so much so the prime minister has hinted that the country is on the brink of bankruptcy.

As if the school clusters were not bad enough, the Mahiaddin government has decided to allow Ramadan bazaar (market) to open this year. The markets, which were cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus outbreak, are allowed to operate despite over 2,000 daily cases of Covid infections because the Malay community, the vote bank of PM Muhyiddin party PPBM, must be kept happy.
 
You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that new Ramadan bazaar clusters are about to explode when visuals of packed market make the rounds on social media and messaging app. In Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan alone, there were 66 operating bazaars which saw people scrambling to buy food, with low compliances and shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.

By April 15, just two days after the beginning of the fasting month, a total of 904 Covid-19 positive cases was already reported, traceable to visits to Ramadan bazaars. Stunningly, to make up for interstate travel restriction during the Ramadan, Senior Minister “turtle egg” Ismail Sabri Yaakob Aidilfitri announced that bazaars nationwide – numbering 1,073 in total – are allowed to operate until 2am.

Secondary School Students Returned To Class

With about 2 weeks to go before the festival, the virus has all the time in the world to efficiently spread and hibernate. While the school clusters have exploded, and is still spreading like wildfire because there’re some schools that remain open, the Ramadan clusters have yet to go nuclear until after the 14 days hibernation period of the virus.

Just when you thought the school and Ramadan bazaar clusters would knock some sense into the clueless and incompetent government, the Higher Education Ministry dropped a bombshell. Students at all higher educational institutions are allowed to return to their hometowns as part of the traditional “balik kampung” exodus for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, except those from Sarawak.
 
Apparently, university students can travel home from May 7 to May 12, and return to campus from May 15 to May 20. This means an estimated 103,994 students can travel interstate, potentially infecting the entire nation. Exactly how did the government determine that university students are immune to virus or will not spread the virus in their hometowns is beyond comprehension.

With triple clusters – school, Ramadan bazaar and balik kampung – hatched by the brilliant Muhyiddin government, what could possibly go wrong, right? Coincidentally, the Covid-19 daily cases started to climb after the UMNO General Assembly agreed on March 28 to empower party president and supreme council to determine when to withdraw support for Muhyiddin’s ruling Perikatan Nasional government.

Connecting the dots, when health director-general Dr Noor Hisham said on January 9 that the worst is yet to come, it was to help justify the State of Emergency, which was declared by PM Muhyiddin three days later on January 12. When he later announced on February 9 that the worst was over, it was supposedly to cook up data to slowly bring down the Covid new cases to allow Malay community to “balik kampung”.

But when ally UMNO president Zahid Hamidi went rogue and influenced his party to withdraw support for the fragile and illegitimate prime minister on March 28, the plan had to change. On the same day (March 28), Dr Noor Hisham conveniently said the government was preparing for the possibility of a surge in new Covid-19 cases come mid-April. - FT

Personally I cannot stand the imposition of another MCO. These lockdown have destroyed livelihoods,business,caused hardship,suffering and injustice due to double standards in enforcement... - TS
26 April kata nak sekat flight dari India mulai 28 April. 
Lepas 28 April tengok berapa ramai dari India dah sampai...

cheers.