22 October 2021

Walaun2 dah mula kencing lobai2 ostad...

Haddad Distillaries - Arak Abu Nuwas

Sajat-'Saya diraba pegawai agama'...

I was groped by religious officers, says Nur Sajat. In February 2018, on her birthday, Nur Sajat put on a demure hijab and attended a Muslim prayer session at a new building she was inaugurating near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Three years after that sartorial choice, the Malaysian authorities have charged her with “insulting Islam” and wearing female attire.

On Monday, Ms. Nur Sajat, a transgender entrepreneur and social media personality, announced that she had fled to Australia to escape the threat of prison in her home state, Selangor. “When I received refuge in Australia, I felt protected to be my true self, to be free,” Ms. Nur Sajat said in an interview with The New York Times. “I felt trapped in my own country, where I was born, because of the laws there that criminalize me and consider me a man.”

Ms. Nur Sajat’s dilemma — having to flee home in order to be herself — broadly reflects a national division in Malaysia between more conservative Malays and a coalition of liberal Muslims and minority Chinese and Indians who stress the Southeast Asian nation’s multiethnic, multifaith heritage.

Malaysia is bound by a hybrid legal system when it comes to personal or family matters. Muslims, who make up more than half the population, must follow Shariah law. Non-Muslims are bound by civil law. While some of the stricter Shariah laws are rarely enforced, the governing coalition, which draws support from the nation’s Muslim Malay base, is tightening legislation targeting transgender and gay people.

“The government is serious about the issue of L.G.B.T. people in the country, as Malaysia is a country that adheres to the religion of Islam,” Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said last month, shortly after he was sworn in as Malaysia’s new leader. “Any individual who violates the law must face action. Nevertheless, at the same time, they need to be guided and be made aware so that they can return to the right path.”

Guiding Ms. Nur Sajat would mean, at the very least, placing her in a rehabilitation camp for transgender people, Islamic officials said. On Tuesday, Idris Ahmad, the minister for religious affairs in the prime minister’s department, offered such a camp as a more palatable option for Ms. Nur Sajat than imprisonment.

It is not clear why the charges against Ms. Nur Sajat were made three years after she had presided over the prayer ceremony while wearing female religious clothing. Ms. Nur Sajat, who has a large following on social media, said she had regularly conducted such events and donated part of her earnings to charity, as is the Islamic custom.

“When I received refuge in Australia, I felt protected to be my true self, to be free,” Ms. Nur Sajat said. “When I received refuge in Australia, I felt protected to be my true self, to be free,” Ms. Nur Sajat said. “I was born and raised as a Muslim person so I was taught to do things in an Islamic way,” she said. “I conducted a halal business.”

In January, Ms. Nur Sajat received a summons from the religious department of the state of Selangor, where her wellness and lifestyle business is based. It was the kind of missive that strikes fear in transgender people in Malaysia. With several friends and family, Ms. Nur Sajat went to meet the officials at the Islamic department, who said they had received public complaints about her.

While inside, Ms. Nur Sajat said that at least three men kicked her and pinned her down. They groped her breasts, she said. The same day, she was handcuffed, arrested and officially charged in a Shariah court. She was placed overnight in a male detention facility.

Ms. Nur Sajat’s mother, who witnessed the assault, confronted one officer, asking how pious Muslims could do something like that. He responded that Ms. Nur Sajat was a man so it was OK. (Her account of the assault was corroborated by an activist who spoke to her mother.)

“They think it is justified to touch my private parts and my breasts because they perceive me as a male person,” Ms. Nur Sajat said. “They didn’t treat me with any compassion or humanity.”

After the incident, Ms. Nur Sajat made a police complaint, and a few days later the authorities said that a religious department enforcement officer was called in to give a statement. Since then, no further action has been taken. The religious department refused to comment.

Panicked, Ms. Nur Sajat escaped in February to neighboring Thailand, where she was later convicted of illegal entry. That crime could have merited extradition to Malaysia, and the Malaysian authorities made it clear they wanted her back. But Ms. Nur Sajat quietly left Thailand this month and ended up in Australia, where other transgender Malaysians have been resettled through the United Nations refugee process.

“I’ve always been scapegoated to distract from larger issues, and my case has been sensationalized because of my social media presence,” Ms. Nur Sajat said.

The targeting of transgender people has intensified under the current governing coalition, which displaced an opposition force last year. A top religious official encouraged the nation’s Islamic authorities to arrest transgender people. In September, an Islamic council in the state of Perlis issued what amounted to a prohibition on transgender people entering mosques.

Through the middle of this year, more than 1,700 people were forced to attend a government-run “spiritual camp” meant to counter “unnatural sex,” according to government statistics.

Legislation in Malaysia targeting gay and transgender people is rooted not only in religious courts. British colonial-era prohibitions outlaw “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Shariah courts have the power to order caning for Muslims engaging in same-sex conduct, but for years the punishment was not meted out. Then, in 2018, two women were subjected to the brutal form of corporal punishment for having sex in the conservative state of Terengganu. A year later, five men were sentenced to caning in Selangor for the same offense, a ruling that was partly overturned by a higher court this year.

Ms. Nur Sajat released a video on social media earlier this year questioning whether she should give up her faith. She later deleted the video and said in the interview with The Times that she was in an anxious state because of the assault by religious department officials. Renouncing Islam can be considered a crime in Malaysia. “Islam is a holy religion,” Ms. Nur Sajat said. “It is a personal matter, and I have a right to privacy.”

Mr. Idris, the religious affairs minister, said last month that should Ms. Nur Sajat “plead guilty” and “return to a natural self,” there would be “no problem.” He referred to Ms. Nur Sajat by the full name she was given at birth. “We do not seek to punish, we are more toward educating,” Mr. Idris added.

Ms. Nur Sajat runs a skin care, wellness and clothing business, and her appearance on a reality TV show placed her in the firmament of Malaysia’s social influencers. Last year, she went on a pilgrimage to Mecca and documented the trip on Instagram, courting controversy from some Malaysian clerics. One official deemed that she had “marred Islam” by wearing female prayer attire.

In 2019, the religious authorities tried to make Ms. Nur Sajat undergo physical tests to determine her gender. She refused.

“She has no protection in Malaysia and the state is hellbent in not only prosecuting her but also using this event to impose wider restrictions against all L.G.B.T.Q. persons,” said Thilaga Sulathireh, a co-founder of Justice for Sisters, a transgender advocacy group in Malaysia.

Other transgender Malaysians said they were worried about the zeal with which the nation’s religious authority, which recently received a surge of funding, had pursued Ms. Nur Sajat. - Hannah Beech and Hadi Azmi,New York Times

Tuan Idris Ahmad promised 
Nur Sajat “counselling” if she returns... 

When the de facto Religious Affairs Minister, Idris Ahmad, said he would provide counselling services to the transgender and cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat, what did he have in mind? When news emerged that Nur had sought asylum in Australia, Idris urged her to return to Malaysia, and said that the government would offer her “counselling services”. The definition of counselling, in particular the religious authorities like Jakim, is different from what most of us refer to as counselling.

For many transgenders and those in the LGBT community, counselling means that they are forced to attend boot camps, where it is alleged that effeminate males are subject to beatings and cruel taunts. Don’t they realise that the use of physical and mental violence will not cure anyone with LGBT traits?

Apart from the alleged use of violence, they are forced to pray harder and more frequently, in the hope that divine intervention through concentrated prayer, will compel the transgender to be what the authorities perceive to be a “normal” person. When arrested, many transgenders are groped, abused and some are allegedly raped.

In 2016, when Nur first publicly identified herself as a woman, many conservative Malaysians claimed that she had tarnished the reputation of Islam. Ever since then, she has been the target of cyber-bullying, hate mail and death threats from sections of the community, including from the religious authorities.

In 2018, Nur was charged in the Syariah High Court, for dressing as a woman at a religious event. When she failed to appear in court, an arrest warrant was issued, and the immigration department subsequently revoked her passport. Many people will wonder why crossdressing is considered a crime. Some of us do wonder if we will also be charged for dressing as a pirate at a fancy-dress party.

The authorities have failed to prioritise the nation’s needs. People are targeted for the manner in which they dress. When will more focus be placed on getting rid of corruption and abuse of power, instead of focussing on trivial issues like one’s garments?

Why should Nur return to Malaysia and face endless persecution and harassment? She will be vilified because she has a strong following on her social media sites. The idea is to humiliate her and bend her to the wishes of the authorities.

Nur has admitted that she does not feel safe in Malaysia. She has sacrificed being with her family and given up on her cosmetics business, to remain in a country where she is happy and free, and more importantly, will be accepted for who she is. So, why are some Malaysians, and especially the religious authorities obsessed with the LGBT community, whom they treat with contempt?

Members of the LGBT community have to be careful with whom they mix because of rising intolerance and ignorance. The religious authorities and conservative Malays/Muslims have perpetuated the claim, that they are deviant. They are not!

They cannot conduct their lives as normal as is possible, without having to look over their shoulders. They face intense scrutiny, threats and humiliating treatment at the workplace. They are subject to violent attacks and discrimination. Many have died. Their community is often targeted by the moral police. Stiff sentences are dispensed by the courts.

After Pakatan Harapan won GE-14 in 2018, many members of the LGBT community had hoped for reform and protection after years of discrimination. They thought that they may have been accorded equal rights, but many of its former leaders, like Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim, reneged on their promise of equal rights for the LGBT community.

For decades, members of the LGBT community have been deprived of adequate and affordable healthcare, opportunities in education and jobs. Many of them recall their time at school, when their own teachers would call them names in front of the class, and the subsequent loss of friends who reject their friendship.

Their community suffer from high rates of depression and suicide. It is not just the conservative Muslims who target them because as one gay person told me, the Christians can also show intolerance. Members of the LGBT community are often treated as normal people when they venture to the west. They feel liberated when overseas, and express sadness that they shoulder a heavy burden.

If Islam is a religion of peace, compassion, kindness and justice, and if Islam teaches us that every person has been created with dignity, why are some of us very intolerant and fearful of the LGBT Why have we forgotten that “Every human is equal. I am not better than you, nor are you better than me”?

Nur describe her fears of returning to Malaysia. As we are aware, she will face persecution and will be targeted by the authorities. Sadly, her possible treatment at the hands of the authorities is a reflection of us, and how we treat others to whom we object, solely because they refuse to conform to our rules. – Mariam Mokhtar


20 October 2021

Bila usung Timah janda sana sini, lobai dah meroyan...

MACC to call up Anwar 
over Pandora Papers...

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has asked Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to assist in providing information regarding the "Pandora Papers" exposé. MACC said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 16) that they would work with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and other relevant agencies to conduct investigations into the matter.

"As such, the MACC is asking Anwar to assist if he has further information regarding the issue,” the statement read. Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said on Saturday that they had received four police reports regarding the matter.

The ‘Pandora Papers’ exposé is related to private documents linked to rich and influential individuals around the world who have hidden their wealth using offshore companies and incognito bank accounts.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Saturday that the government would leave it to the authorities to take action against any party involved in the "Pandora Papers" exposé. On Monday (Oct 11), Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz was reported to have said that BNM was ready to cooperate with law enforcement agencies to monitor and investigate documents contained in the "Pandora Papers" that involved individuals in the country. - theedgemarkets

‘I don’t need to repent’ says Nur Sajat...

A well-known entrepreneur wanted in Malaysia on blasphemy charges revealed to her fans today that she is in Sydney, Australia. 

The 36-year-old transgender businesswoman, known for selling beauty products, went live on TikTok for the first time since running to Bangkok earlier this year after Malaysian Islamic authorities accused her of insulting Islam. 

In her livestream, Sajat told fans that she was in the Sydney suburb of Canterbury city, where she was looking forward to starting afresh, including continuing her business there. “I don’t need to repent because I did not do anything wrong,” she said to social conservatives telling her to change her ways during her livestream.

Sajat reportedly applied for refugee status with the United Nations and is seeking asylum in Australia after her passport was canceled amid attempts by Malaysian authorities to extradite her. 

Speaking from what looked like a hotel room, Sajat told her followers that she does not plan on returning to Malaysia for fear of being caught by the Selangor Islamic authorities, or JAIS, who deployed around 120 officers in February to find her after she failed to turn up in court. 

She had been due to appear at a hearing after a distressed Sajat secretly filmed herself handcuffed and in the custody of JAIS officers. 

Sajat was accused of wearing a pink dress and floral headscarf while doing charity work at a local religious school in 2018.

Her two children, known as Syaza and Syahmi, were in the care of her parents, she said today. She did not respond to questions asking to see her UNHCR card but showed viewers a brown envelope with an Australian Embassy logo on it, without revealing its contents. She also mentioned plans to open a store in the city to sell her girdles, among other things. - MSN

I could have died if I 
cannot find a hospital bed...  

On the 5 October at 1.30am I was breathless. My wife and son rushed me to the Emergency Section of the Sunway Medical Centre . They put me on oxygen and revived me . I had a rude shock when Sunway told me that they have no bed for me. They however told my wife that they will try to help find a bed in other hospitals.

I was willing to go to either a private or a public hospital  in the Klang Valley.Sunway reported that they have called 13 hospital but none have a bed for me. Can you imagine the dilemma and anxiety that my wife and I were going thru with those NO VACANCY news.

Luckily , the 14th Hospital, which is the Shah Alam Hospital was willing to squeeze me in. I was told to rush to their emergency section immediately.At 4.30 am, the ambulance with full siren blasting rush me to Shah Alam. 

I am 73 years old , a former  Army Capt scrambling to find a bed to save my life. This is more frightening  than when I started to serve Malaysia as a 21 years old 2Lt looking for Communist Terrorist in our jungles.

The doctors finally identified  my sickness as severe pneumonia with lung infection. They found water in my lungs.They drew about two liters of water from it. It was the Shah Alam team of very hardworking young doctors, nurses who saved my life.. 

I  was discharged on 14 October. I realized the poor and inadequate state of our Medical facilities. I am on a long road to  recovery.I hope our overcrowded hospital has the equipment, medicine and resources to help me recover.

To those POLITICIANS who have taken Malaysia ‘s  Money , RETURN the  RAKYATS’ MONEY .We need our money to enhance our Medical Services And Facilities Immediately.Some of our Ministers  have the audacity to talk about spending lots of money to renovate their offices and official residence The  RAKYAT ARE  SUFFERING.

May I propose that our Ministry of Health provide WEB SITES dedicated to the following:
- List of Published Rates for the Standard and Basic Facilities Daily Charges at Private Hospitals.
- List of Ambulance Services and their Rates.
- The Real Time Occupancy at Public and Private Hospitals.

I Plead to the Young and  Honest Politicians like Syed Saddiq, Rafizi, Hannah, Nurul and Yeoh Bee Yin, to come forward and serve Malaysia.

To all those:

Capt ( Rtd) Kung Boon Chin
17 Oct 2021 (I drafted this from my hospital bed. Please help, viral it)


18 October 2021

Lebai punya wayang...

Is Kit Siang good or bad?...

Is Lim Kit Siang the good guy or the bad guy? It depends very much on whom you ask. Members of the DAP, and those who admire him, will say that the party adviser and former secretary-general is the good guy, even a great guy. Members of Umno, PAS and Bersatu, however, will insist he’s the bad guy.

Supporters say Lim has been demonised by most Umno and PAS leaders over the years, including former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. However, when some of them, like Mahathir and PAS’s Hadi Awang, collaborated briefly with Lim and the DAP to achieve political power, the DAP veteran suddenly became a good guy.

Privately, over the years, some Umno leaders and pro-Umno or pro-PAS government officials have grudgingly told me they respected Lim’s principles and incorruptibility, and even acknowledged his role in keeping democracy alive.

Lim has, like Mahathir, been described as a dictator by various people and politicians, including those from his party who were expelled or who left due to clashes with him. Quite a number see him as arrogant. It is inevitable that people will compare Lim with other previous opposition stalwarts such as “Mr Opposition” Tan Chee Koon and the Seenivasagam brothers, and may be found wanting.

What is clear though is that, for the past five decades, Lim has been a mainstay in Malaysian politics, especially opposition politics. And he has been jailed, harassed and investigated by Umno-led governments over the years for his political stand and ideals.

It will take volumes to write about his political career and life and what others thought/think of him. Well-known author Kee Thuan Chye has attempted to do this in two volumes, the first of which will be launched on Oct 25.

Kee wants Malaysians to know the real Lim, who, he says, is “much misunderstood”. By and large, Kee says, “the public see only the demon, not the man; the icon, not the human being”. Kee – an actor, playwright, stage director, journalist and author – has attempted to humanise Lim in his book ’Lim Kit Siang: Malaysian First’. The first volume is titled ’None but the Bold’.

In presenting his picture of the trials and triumphs of Lim, who is known as Kit to those in the party and others close to him, Kee has spoken to numerous people, including former government politicians and journalists.

Recollections of former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam, former Penang chief minister Koh Tsu Koon, current Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow and Lim’s son Guan Eng feature alongside the views of former journalists such as K Gurunathan.

For instance, Lim’s daughter Hui Ming says: “One thing about my father is that he’s a very forgiving person. People attack, bad-mouth him, but when they come back to re-join the party later, he still welcomes them with open arms. It takes a very strong person to do that. That’s why I say he is mentally very strong. … If people were to do things to me like they did to him, I don’t know if I’d be so magnanimous and forget what they did. I think that’s how he keeps his sanity, because if you don’t forgive and forget, it will destroy you from within.”

Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the DAP candidate in the Teluk Intan by-election in 2014, has this to say: “To me, he is not the nasty old Chinese man people have been talking about. This is just a person who loves his country, who loves being in politics, loves working and believes in working very hard for the future generations. …What I like about him is when he needs a new perspective on things, he will have a makan (meal) or coffee session with a bunch of young members or leaders, and ask everyone for their opinion. Not all leaders are like that.”

The book describes the career of a politician who has seen Malaya become Malaysia and played a significant role in nation building. One of the events Lim talks about in Kee’s book is the May 13, 1969 tragedy and how he was arrested under the Internal Security Act.

Lim says he was placed in a large cell together with some gangsters and criminals immediately after being arrested but that they were “very respectful” towards him because they sympathised with the opposition cause for a better Malaysia.

He recalls two Special Branch officers interrogating him. “During interrogation time, they would take me out, go to the rest house near Kuala Selangor. It was supposed to be a ‘holiday’ for you. You could have nasi lemak or noodles, different from lock-up food. They asked you questions. In my case, quite civil. After a while, I told them let’s make things easy, what are your questions? I’ll type the answers for you. Faster.”

Lim tells Kee that he was not tortured and that no psychological pressure was applied on him. Lim feels this is because he is and always has been “an open book”. “If they want to torture you, there must be a reason, to get info they don’t have. I had no info to offer that they didn’t already have. “I told them it was utterly nonsensical and ridiculous to believe that the DAP had anything to do with the riots. For the simple reason that we were the victors,” Lim recollects.

“In fact, we never expected to win so big. So if you have created inroads, you don’t want to spoil the whole process by organising May 13 and having riots, curfew, a cessation of political activities. It’s totally against our interest. Conversely, it can only be orchestrated by people who have lost.” That, of course, makes sense.

Kee tells me that Lim is indeed “an open book”. According to Kee, “Lim answers whatever I ask, to the best of his memory. Not once did he ever say ’No comment’ or ’I don’t want to address this’.” 

The biography, Kee emphasises, is an independent project and not a commissioned job. Kee says: “Kit never said to me how it should be written or what should go into it. I respect that aspect of him very much.” I ask Kee how he found Lim and whether his view of the veteran politician changed as the interview sessions progressed.

The author of ‘No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians’ and ‘March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up’ says: “Kit is not a voluble man. Far from the sort of politician who spews verbal diarrhoea. He is a thinking man.

“His answers can sometimes be short, even terse. He doesn’t say more than what needs to be said. Once, someone asked him how an interview I had just done with him went and Kit replied jokingly that during the session, he was being “victimised” by me!”

Kee tells me: “We got on well together. Laughed a lot together – at things he said and things I said. I enjoyed his dry sense of humour. Some of it is reproduced in the book. He is not the intensely serious person some people perceive him to be. He is actually down-to-earth.

“He was forthright in answering my questions, but as can be expected, he cannot remember the details of some events that happened long ago. That’s understandable because his political career goes back more than five decades, and he’s now 80. I try to fill in the gaps by interviewing other people. That way, I also get different perspectives on the same event or issue.

“He was also consistent from my first interview to the latest one. I’ll be interviewing him further for Vol 2. To me, he came across as a person who is steadfast in his beliefs. He also doesn’t impose himself or try to project an image that might make him look good – he just answers the questions matter-of-factly as I asked them. He doesn’t try to embellish. I admire that. It shows that he is honest in his responses.”

Kee says in his preface that the idea of writing a biography of Lim came to him several years ago, but that it wasn’t till the beginning of 2020 that he started working on it. “I had no idea then what a massive undertaking the project would be. It was only after I had written numerous chapters that I realised it would take more than one volume to do justice to Mr Lim’s life and work.

“Now that the first volume is done, I’m looking forward to tackling the next one. It has been an edifying mission for me so far because I have learnt much from everyone I interviewed, and derived immense pleasure from writing Mr Lim’s story. “I’m sure I will experience more pleasure and learning when I set about crafting the next volume.”

The RM80 book, published by Landmark Books, will be a welcome addition to the biographies of Malaysians who have made a difference in the lives of its citizens.- Kee Thuan Chye.


15 October 2021

Tak berakhlaklah, gomen Mail kasi 15 juta...

Drama Korea atau Drama Kelantan...- dr.ts

Malaysians are getting frustrated with the cabbage policy. Please revert to the status quo. Enough of helping crony companies at the expense of good internet connectivity due to the withdrawal of tech giants. Sudahlah. Enough is enough. - JazliSalleh

Instruction has been given to Wee Wee that the cronies need to be protected at all cost. Cronies are bigger than national interest. Wee Wee is unable to let Rakyat knows that this is the case. Wee Wee job is to do and die. Wee Wee is not to question why. So when issue has been blown up, Wee Wee is on his own. His PM has disavowed him. None of his cabinet ministers stood up for him too. Poor Wee Wee. Wee Wee has become the unwanted child. This is the problem when MCA has 1 seat with no friends around to defend him. In Malaysia national interest is not in the vocabulary when cronies are concerned. The cronies rice bowl needs to be protected even though they cannot do the job. It is a protected privilege. Even after 60 years, cronies need protection. It shows that the cronies cannot compete on even terms. Sad sad case. - Oct

I am quite curious. The cabotaged detail explanation is not just for Wee and Lim. The entire Malaysian wants to know now. - VioletCat3443

Committee formation reflects govt's 
inability to make wise decisions...

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced the formation of three committees. One to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

One for the allegations made by former attorney-general Tommy Thomas in his book about judicial abuse (appointment of judges, excessive executive interference in the judiciary and selective political prosecution).

Committee three is to look for a “Tort of Misfeasance” against those who are found to have been negligent for not pursuing a judicial review of the Pulau Batu Puteh case.

Unfortunately, the formation of the three committees reflects the government's pathetic inability to make wise decisions on important issues in the country. As they say, if you don't want to make decisions, form a committee.

In July 2020, the police had already submitted investigation papers (IP) to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to charge 12 people for their involvement in Adib's death. Why was this not done? You do not need a government committee to do justice; you ask the AG. A phone call will do.

If the police had asked for another inquest at the same time, then you ask Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin: did the police know what they were doing? If they don't have enough evidence to charge anyone, say so. Public or political pressure should not influence the decision of a professional police force.

I hope this special committee into Adib’s death will not be used to ‘compel’ the attorney-general to make a decision. The law gives the AG the discretion to decide to charge or not to charge anyone, based on evidence, and nothing else, without fear or favour. The question is, does our AG have the qualities to do that? That's all we need to know.

Thomas entitled to his opinion

What Thomas said in his book "My Story: Justice in the Wilderness" was nothing new. It is his book, and he is entitled to express his opinions. If you don't like it, don't read it. There is absolutely no need to waste money on more findings. Since the days of the famous VK Lingam’s "looks like me, sounds like me, but it is not me" quote, we have been grappling with the issue of judicial independence.

Although things are better now, there is no guarantee that political interference by politicians has ceased entirely. The Royal Commission Inquiry (RCI) on Lingam tapes recommended criminal actions be taken against those involved in "judge fixing", but the government refused to act on the recommendations.

We have over the years RCI such as Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah’s recommendations on police reform, special committees on custodial deaths, foreign exchange losses in Bank Negara, and many more, but nothing by way of remedial actions were taken. Why do we want to waste more time and money to look good to the unsuspecting public by forming committees?

'We did not lose anything in Pulau Batu Puteh case'

The third committee on Pulau Batu Puteh is the craziest of the lot. We lost the case on the sovereignty of Pedro Branca/Batu Puteh (the lighthouse) fair and square. 

A total of 14 judges of the International Court of Justice (by a comfortable majority) gave the decision to Singapore. But the judges gave the middle rocks and South Ledge to Malaysia. We won partly. We did not lose everything as our emotional leaders were fond of saying.

What tort of misfeasance are they talking about?

Do they want to find fault and blame former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail? What review Apandi Ali and the battery of new international lawyers (that will cost us a few million US dollars) can do to benefit the country? Nothing at all. Gani (a good lawyer) engaged some well-known international law experts during the trial, and our witnesses were the best we had. We just lost the case after three full days of arguments.

By the way, is no one competent around here to do a "judicial review" of complex international law issues that took the International Court of Justice months to investigate and deliberate; that depended on history and incomplete documentation to boot?

It would be a bad precedent if Apandi’s committee was formed to find fault with his predecessor Gani and the AGC at that time because one day there will be another special committee to look at Apandi’s and Idrus Harun’s “tort of misfeasance”.

Do we expect this committee to also find fault with the assistant Johor state secretary who in 1953 wrote a letter to the effect that Johore had no claim on Pedro Branca? What good will this do?

I think the prime minister has to be more careful with the advice he gets from his Umno colleagues, who may have "other reasons" for going against certain former decision-makers in the country. Ismail Sabri must realise that if we take too much time looking back, we will have little left to move forward. - Zaid Ibrahim,mk

Guys, all decisions of the International Court of Justice or ICJ are final and CANNOT be appealed. Please read for yourself here. Unless new evidence is found that has not been submitted to the ICJ Court.

But as far as we know, in the case of Pulau Batu Putih (and also the case of Pulau Sipadan which we have won) Malaysia has already presented all kinds of evidence accumulated from over a hundred years ago. Unless Ismail Sabri has found new evidence that we can refer to, but if there is no new evidence, then this is just a ‘political toy’ before the State Election in Malacca.

Believe me, in their talk to the villagers, UMNO goons will twist the facts as if we can win back Pulau Batu Putih. The reality is the case is closed. Cannot appeal.

Similar to the case of the unfortunate Firefighter Adib. Trust me, Umno will accuse those people who have nothing to do with this case. State Elections in Malacca dah sampai... - Syed Akbar Ali 

13 October 2021

Lebai pemuda ni lebih berani dpd Chief Lebai PAS...

MP Pasir Mas Ahmad Fadhli Shaari yang juga Naib Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS hanya sekadar mohon membatalkan cabutan khas judi saja, bukan lesen perjudian.Lepaih tu cadang jual tanah UM kononnya nak ganti hasil dari judi. Tapi peliknya zaman PH dulu,macam mana LGE bijak kurangkan cabutan khas dari 22 sampai ke 8 tanpa jual aset negara? Inilah yang jadi pada parti lebai bila golongan profesional semua dah cabut lari, yang tinggal geng2 Mullah palsu... - Mohd Mukhlis Mohd Sharif

Lebih baik lebai syorkan gomen Kelantan juai aset 
untuk tingkatkan bekalan air bersih bagi rakyatnya... - dr.ts

Shame on you Mr.Speaker...

Old story repeated over and over since Merdeka.
Don't lah Mail, you made us laughed until our teloq dropped...- dr.ts

The new "Parti Kuasa Rakyat" 
sponsored by PM Mail Sabri...

United Malays National Organization (UMNO) is on the path of destruction, but the political party hasn’t realized it, thinking the worst is over after the May 2018 General Election, where it lost power for the first time in 61 years since independence in 1957. Now that it is back to power through a series of backdoor and betrayal manoeuvres, UMNO thinks it could return to its former glory.

But former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s plan to seek re-election to parliament, despite being convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail, along with the latest power struggle between Melaka Chief Minister Sulaiman Md Ali and former Chief Minister Idris Haron, suggest that the arrogant UMNO has not learned its lesson. UMNO is actually more divided now than when it first lost its power.

Assuming Najib managed to get re-elected without being disqualified, and UMNO President Zahid Hamidi won’t be convicted, who would become the next prime minister? Will current clueless “turtle egg” PM Sabri continues to get the support from both Najib and Zahid to run the country, assuming again that the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional coalition could win big in the next 15th General Election?

The only way Barisan Nasional can win big is to either wipe out Opposition Pakatan Harapan (comprised PKR, DAP, Amanah, UPKO), or to totally destroy ally Perikatan Nasional, which consists of Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu or PPBM), Islamist party PAS and Gerakan. If Barisan fails to snatch more seats and win big, then UMNO may not get to claim the premiership.

However, if UMNO is cocksure of a victory by going solo, why must Kamarazaman Yaakob (older brother of PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob) launched a new party called “Parti Kuasa Rakyat” on Sunday Oct 10? Heck, the party is deliberately abbreviated PKR to confuse voters with Opposition PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat), the People’s Justice Party.
It’s not rocket science that Kamarazaman’s PKR is being sponsored and supported by the Prime Minister himself. It’s not easy to get approval for the setting up of a new political party in the country. Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (MUDA) has seen its registration rejected and blocked by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) because it is seen as a threat to the current regime.

Parti Kuasa Rakyat  - Kamarazaman Yaakob

The most hilarious part was when Kamarazaman declared that the goal of his dubious PKR is to champion the poor and in order to do that, Parti Kuasa Rakyat will be friendly to Barisan Nasional. Has he just woken up from slumberland and found out that there are tonnes of poor people in the country? Where has he been for the last 60 years?

Did Mr Kamarazaman realize how contradictory and ridiculous the justifications he hastily cooked up? He talked as if the people suddenly become poor yesterday. Was it not UMNO (the party his brother Ismail joined since 1987) that had been ruling for the last 61 years since independence before it was stunningly defeated by the Opposition in the May 2018 General Election?

It means the corrupt UMNO had failed spectacularly to solve the poverty of ethnic Malay for more than 6 decades because the UMNO-Malay elite, including the entire families of Sabri Yaakob, were busy enriching themselves. Had Kamarazaman asked himself why a Malay stole a handphone, leading to the Low Yat bloody racial riots in 2015, where his brother applauded the thievery?

So, if UMNO, the Malay nationalist party formed to defend the ethnic Malays, could not (or rather not interested) even uplift the Malay community out of poverty after 60 years, what make Mr Kamarazaman thinks his party could do so by being friendly with Barisan Nasional? He even has the cheek to claim his party is multiracial, and belittled DAP and Gerakan as non-multiracial parties.

Just because Parti Kuasa Rakyat has one Malay president, and cosmetically decorates five deputy presidents and five vice presidents with rejected politicians of various racial combinations – Malay, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Dusuns, Muruts, Bajaus, Bidayuhs, Orang Ulus, Melanaus, Ibans, Dayaks and whatnot – does not make the party multiracial.

The brother of the prime minister has already demonstrated his utmost racism when he proclaims that only his party and Parti Keadilan Rakyat are multiracial. It seems when a party is headed by Malays, only then it can be qualified as multiracial. But if they are headed by a Chinese (like DAP or Gerakan), then those parties are racist and not multiracial.

UMNO  Logo

But Kamarazaman, a so-called veteran activist, has conveniently forgotten that Barisan Nasional was supposed to be a multiracial coalition, comprising not only UMNO to defend the ethnic Malay, but also MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) and MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) to represent the minorities Chinese and Indians, as well as other non-Malay minorities and natives in Sabah and Sarawak.

By saying that Parti Kuasa Rakyat is formed to champion the multiracial poor, it is essentially an admission that the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional was corrupt, racist and incompetent. Without Kamarazaman realized it, he actually has also admitted that his brother, PM Ismail, was part of the corrupt and racist system for the last 34 years since the turtle-egg man joined UMNO in 1987.

Obviously, the game plan is to grab the market share of voters who are not happy with any of the existing political parties. Kamarazaman hopes to help his brother by pretending to be the third force, offering safe haven to independent MPs and targeting all fence sitters, especially the young 18-year-old vote bank – the critical group of voters who will determine the winners and losers.

UMNO is in trouble largely because unlike the Republicans and Democrats in America that are deeply divided along ideological lines, UMNO is divided not only along ideological lines, which saw it fights for the same Malay vote bank with Bersatu, PAS, Pejuang and PKR, but also along racial lines. It cannot claim as champion for non-Malays or non-Muslims because it was founded based on racism.

You can only play racial card for so long. Now that the Malay vote bank is split into not only different Malay-centric parties, but also divided into many power-hungry factions within UMNO itself, the cake has shrunk into a dangerously small size. Even Muhyiddin’s racist Malay-only party has turned into a multiracial party last year (August 2020) – without much success.

That’s why UMNO vice-president Mahdzir Khalid said the Malays do not need many political parties because it will only lead to factionalism in the community. Apparently, he was worried of not only Parti Kuasa Rakyat, but also UMNO veteran Tengku Razaleigh’s plan to revive the “old UMNO”. However, it would be a futile attempt for Kamarazaman to hoodwink the Chinese or Indians.

Pakatan Harapan Supporters - PKR Flags

After 60 years of racism, bullying and discrimination, the Chinese voters would not vote for UMNO or its subsidiaries, but prefer Opposition or not vote at all. Only 5% would vote for MCA. How could they vote for a new party like Parti Kuasa Rakyat that claims to champion the poor, but friendly with bullies, racists and crooks in Barisan Nasional? It would be more believable if the fake PKR pretends to be anti-UMNO.

Ismail Sabri hopes his brother’s PKR could become the Pepsi that managed to snatch Coca-Cola’s share market. It is a clone copy of the original Opposition de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR, offering free scholarships, free healthcare, free housing and whatnot. UMNO desperately needs the Chinese and Indian, the supports which MCA, MIC and Gerakan failed to deliver.

It’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Kamarazaman’s idiotic plan to set up PKR would most likely suffer the same fate as “Low Yat 2”, the silly idea of his racist brother to empowering Malay vendors after mini racial riots at IT Mall Low Yat in 2015. He should stop insulting people’s intelligence with claims that his brother – the PM – doesn’t know about his new party.

The Malay elite has set up two new standards after the 2018 General Election. The first standard was set up by Muhyiddin Yassin, who says there is no red line that cannot be crossed, when he betrayed his own allies in democratically elected Pakatan Harapan so that he could become a prime minister. The second standard was when a man as clueless and incompetent as Ismail Sabri could become a premier.

It was because of these two disgraceful standards that saw the greedy and corrupt Malay leaders scramble for the “Iron Throne”, contributing to mushrooming of new political parties under the pretext of fighting for the Malays or championing the poor. The more the merrier – the more Malay parties fight each other, the more they would need non-Malay votes – forcing them to play less racial and religious card. - FT

How 'powerful' will 
Parti Kuasa Rakyat be?...

There’s a new party that will be launched tomorrow by Kamarazaman Yaakob, the older brother of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. It’s called Parti Kuasa Rakyat. Although I’m not invited, I am still looking forward to being there, as I am excited whenever a new party is born.

I don't know Kamarazaman (above), although he was my contemporary in student politics. I was closer to a dedicated socialist, Hishamuddin Rais. Of course, the prime mover of "marhainism" or "the party for the poor" was PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, although Anwar was more of an "Islamist", banding his political ideas with Islamic content.

Hishamuddin and Kamarazaman could be described, in those days, as democratic socialists. Somewhat similar to the genuine socialist Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj from Sungai Siput, Perak. Kamarazaman felt he was a victim when allegations of a political conspiracy were bandied about regarding his new party because his brother is the prime minister and an Umno leader. He should not worry what others say.

If he is genuinely interested in realigning national politics so that government policies are more friendly to the working class, then he deserves support. His party is more exciting than the multitude of Malay only Muslim only, Chinese only and Indian only parties. They are so dull and bereft of ideas.

It is alright for Kamarazaman to support his brother, the prime minister, as he has proudly declared. It's only natural. After all, Ismail Sabri is our second prime minister who was not born from a wealthy class and so he could be more sympathetic to the issues of the poor. In fact, I think our prime minister will support some of his older brother's initiatives if presented coherently to the government.

The real challenge

But Kamarazaman has to have his eyes wide open and willing to be objective about what is happening in the country. Is he willing to criticise government policies and laws that are inimical to the welfare of the workers and the poor? Will he ask for the repeal of certain laws that criminalise criticisms of the elites and aristocrats so that a more transparent and accountable society can rise?

I need to remind him that what is hard in this country is not having a brother as a prime minister but pursuing political ideals that are democratic and egalitarian. The challenge is to imbue our society with the right values to attain a fair and just environment for everyone.

Fairness means that if the government approves the registration of Parti Kuasa Rakyat, then Kamarazaman must also fight for Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s party Malaysian United Democratic Alliance to be registered. Will he do that? How does Kamarazaman hope to address the myopic and occasionally toxic issues of privileges and rights (famously known as Art 153) so that the poor marhain, regardless of race and religion can get a fair deal?

To dismantle decades of selfish policies designed to protect the rich and the ruling class require absolute honesty and integrity. It requires great material sacrifice. Perhaps launching the new party at an exclusive venue is a wrong signal to give if we are fighting for the poor. Let Bersatu and Umno carry the symbol of wealth and arrogance. Let Parti Pejuang Tanah Air and Perkasa, and PAS have the image of "exclusive racial and religious clubs". 

Parti Kuasa Rakyat has to shape itself more along the lines of successful socialists parties in other countries. The struggle will be long and hard. Unless Kamarazaman is willing to do this, then he and his party will not succeed. He will be remembered as just another political operative willing to play a designated role, to placate and please the rich and the powerful. We already have so many such players in our political midst. - Zaid Ibrahim,mk


11 October 2021

Barulah merdeka...

Inter-state travel resumes from midnight, Malaysians were told to stay vigilant especially when visiting families back home, adhere strictly to SOPs. Although screening is not necessary,but PM Mail has advised the people to self test before traveling... - MG


Mahathir’s abiding obsession with race...

In a recent blog post, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked: Why is it that political parties in Malaysia are race-based? He then went on to answer his own question by saying that it is because “Malaysians insist on retaining their identification with their countries of origin. This is not so in other multiracial countries. The migrants from other countries, upon accepting citizenship adopt the language, culture and loyalties to their adopted countries completely. They get fully assimilated after one or two generations. 

But in Malaysia the migrants, despite being citizens insist not only on being recognised as of different origins from the indigenous people but are physically separated through their economic functions and their political affiliations…. As long as we retain our identification with our countries of origin, politics and political parties in Malaysia will remain racial.”

In other words, Malaysia remains mired in racism because the non-Malays – “the migrants” as he calls them – have refused to assimilate with the local population. Indeed, they have, he says, deliberately separated themselves economically, politically and physically from the indigenous people. He also hints that even their loyalty might be suspect.

It’s another way of saying that racism in Malaysia will only end when non-Malays abandon their respective identities – cultural, linguistic and religious – and identify themselves completely with the indigenous people. In other words, he wants non-Malays to commit cultural hara-kiri before they can be fully accepted. It is an outrageous and profoundly racist assertion that cannot go unchallenged.

Whether Mahathir likes it or not, we are who we are – Malaysians of Chinese, Indian or other descent. We can’t change that, and neither should we be expected to. It is what makes us unique; it is what makes Malaysia unique. It does not, however, make us any less Malaysian. I would argue that non-Malay Malaysians have always considered themselves Malaysian first and are very proud of it. Compare that to people like Mahathir and former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin who insist that they are Malay first and Malaysian second.

If non-Malays are increasingly moving in different directions, pulling apart even, it is because leaders like Mahathir have marginalised them and shut them out of many areas of national life, including the civil service, the armed forces, the universities, GLCs, etc. At one time non-Malays were well represented in all these sectors but they were systematically purged. Even their contribution to nation-building was minimised. The walls of separation were not built by non-Malays; they were put there by men like Mahathir.

And how does it help the assimilation process when our politicians – Mahathir included – insist on demonising non-Malays at every turn. They’ve been tagged with derogatory terms like “pendatang” or “migrants”. Their religious beliefs have been demeaned, their places of worship demolished or restricted. Even their businesses – built up over many decades of hard work and sacrifice – continue to be taken from them (reference the recent furore over equity ownership of freight forwarding companies). You can’t treat people like dirt and expect them to be grateful.

The double standards and hypocrisy that Mahathir displays are also stunning. Why is someone like Zahid Hamidi, for example, allowed to celebrate and take pride in his ethnic origins (Indonesian) but not Malaysian Chinese or Indians? Why does Mahathir go out of his way to protect a fugitive Muslim preacher from India but cannot find it in his heart to show even a little bit of respect for Malaysians, who like him, can trace their roots back to India?

As well, Mahathir rather disingenuously references migrant communities in other countries to make his case for assimilation. The fact is that in many countries migrant communities are free to hold on to their ancestry, their culture and even their language. US President Joe Biden is proud of his heritage (Irish) as is Vice-President Kamala Harris (Indian). It is absolute nonsense to suggest that they have had to abandon their culture and heritage in order to become American. Their culture and heritage is who they are; America is where their loyalties lie. The same can be said of Malaysian Chinese and Indians.

What’s more, Mahathir himself has rallied against western governments when they have imposed rules that seek to force migrant communities to assimilate. He was, for example, very critical of European governments that sought to restrict the use of the hijab or limit the construction of mosques. He is right to speak out against such racism, but he ought to practise at home what he preaches abroad.

At the end of the day, if there has been a failure to assimilate, it’s because politicians like Mahathir have made it impossibly difficult. They have made national integration a one-way street; they’ve put the onus entirely on non-Malays to compromise while refusing to address their own bigotry and intolerance. Their almost daily disparagement of non-Malays, the disdain they harbour towards the so-called “migrants” and the walls they have created have done more to damage the fabric of our nation than anything else.

Our politicians – Mahathir included – need to understand the depth of non-Malay disappointment, hurt and indignation that’s building up. Our nation is being slowly torn asunder because men like Mahathir are unable to come to terms with history and the fact that we are all Malaysians now.

When I served as ambassador, I always made it a point to meet with the Malaysian diaspora.  I can tell you that the pain they feel in their hearts at having to leave their homeland is real. They left not because they did not love their country but because their country did not love them or appreciate them. Unless you are a non-Malay, you will never understand what it feels like to be bypassed, overlooked or made to feel like a second-class citizen simply because of your race or religion. I dare say it’s a pain that non-Malays as a whole carry in their hearts wherever they may be. It’s a pain that men like Mahathir have built their careers upon. - Dennis Ignatius