07 February 2021

Haram..halal ada musim...

Bukan gila or sombong, tapi bebal and bingung...

PAS jelas menjual agama bagi meraih sokongan politik...

Why Pakatan Harapan (PH) 
will win GE15 by a landslide..

Lately, Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders and MP’s have become conspicuous by their near deafening silence and invisibility as the Opposition. Many were so even when in government, having thrown their election pledge of transparency and accountability in the rubbish bin, as soon as they took office, e.g. at the MoF. No doubt, many of them are suffering from the shell-shock of having lost  the government last March. They seem not to have recovered from the hammer blow dealt by the most racist, bigoted and vindictive of Prime Ministers, Dr.Mahathir, whose backstabbing of principally Anwar Ibrahim and DAP, backfired on him. That led to his shock exit and that of PH through a backdoor coup engineered by (now) PM Muhyiddin and the coalition comprising his minority party PPBM, UMNO and PAS, calling itself Perikatan Nasional (PN).  

Anwar’s failure last September to prove that he had the “numbers” to convince the King to replace the PN government with his, was a disaster of Quranic proportions. He had apparently been supported by the very people like UMNO’s Zahid Hamidi and Najib whom we had all voted for to be sent to Bamboo River Resort for a long while. Next, last November, he committed an even bigger strategic blunder in not pushing for a vote of no confidence against Muhyiddin on the opening day of the Budget debate, suggesting he may have finally lost the plot. Sleep with the devil? What on earth was he thinking in desperation? In the end, Anwar was sucker punched by UMNO’s old three card trick. They used him to demand positions and privileges in PN, where the tail (PPBM) was wagging the dog!

Regardless, the Opposition must soldier on. The Covid19 pandemic is not an excuse for PH to retreat into a turtle shell. The Opposition must do its job. This is politics, not a game of tiddlywinks. The Chinese, Indians, "liberal" and reforms-minded Malays/Bumiputras and DAP are once again under racist demonisation attacks by extremists with an eye on general elections, corruption is on the rise, the Covid pandemic has been handled poorly and a totally unwarranted fake Emergency declared by PN so that Parliament, its oversight functions and a vote of no confidence, suspended and blocked!

Then we have articles like ‘Why PN Will Win GE15 With A Landslide’ by Prof Mohd Tajuddin. He is on our side and a reform-minded liberal seeking to establish a united and inclusive Malaysia. He contradicts himself by saying PN will easily secure 2/3 majority, but that Anwar controls 90 seats out of a 222 total. So, his clickbait headline is really a dash of reverse psychology. I see it as an attempt to get PH and others get cracking and not drown in their sorrows. To galvanize the electorate to win GE15 for them.

What should we do? Cozy up to Muhyiddin and his minority PPBM because he’s playing the populist card, a Malay-Muslim government? Suck up to PN because, otherwise, the non-Malays will be sidelined with no representation? Partner up with Zahid and Najib and UMNO which we labelled as a government of thieves and fought so hard for 20 years and 2018 finally succeeded in throwing them out? Look at the sheer audacity of UMNO’s MP Ahmad Maslan who is on trial for allegedly misleading the MACC and failing to declare RM2 million in income tax for 2013 over payments he allegedly received from then prime minister Najib:

“One more dissatisfaction is not so much about positions but that the government now is continuing the cruelty of the past government. This should not be...these cases brought to court were the cruelty from the time of (former prime minister) Dr Mahathir Mohamad, (former attorney-general) Tommy Thomas and (former MACC chief) Latheefa Koya. Mahathir is no longer in government, and I don't know where Thomas and Latheefa have gone but why have these cases continued?" Continuing the charges against Umno leaders means the current government is also cruel, thus necessitating a general election so a new government can be elected.” CLICK HERE.

He is implying that the rule of law does not apply equally to all, that there may be some special provision in law whereby high ranking UMNO politicians should not be prosecuted for alleged serious crimes such as multi-hundred million and billion ringgit fraud, CBT, AMLA, abuse of power etc., while the book should be thrown at ordinary citizens for RM1 thefts and minor shop lifting crimes.

Some others are suggesting that the Emergency and temporary, almost absolute power of PM Muhyiddin, be extended indefinitely to establish a kind of “benevolent dictatorship”, a contradiction in terms. Muhyiddin might then be persuaded to smoke the peace pipe with us and carry out major reforms. Seriously? A publicly self-confessed “I am Malay first” Muhyiddin will risk losing the entire Malay vote and GE15 by championing reduction/withdrawal of Bumiputra privileges under the NEP? Downsize the 1.6 million bloated civil service and restore meritocracy therein and in employment in top positions in the joint forces, courts, schools, colleges, universities and GLC’s? Equitable distribution of scholarships? A more inclusive public sector? Abolish Federal JAKIM? Deport Zakir Naik? Two-term limit for the PM? You might as well ask him to put a bullet in his head right now.

PN figures that playing the populist race, creed, colour, religion and "patriotism" card will be their best bet to victory at GE15. Make Malaysia Great Again (MMGA)! Oh, yes, and from whom have we recently heard a similar cry? Why, it was from none other than that congenital, inveterate, uncouth, crude, rude, coarse, dishonest, graceless fake, fraud,  liar, rogue, bully and scoundrel, ex-US President Donald Trump and his MAGA! Where is he now? History! Rest assured, he’s finished for good, and his legacy, a Disunited States of America, is a crying shame and disgrace.

We should learn from history, not mock it. Populist politicians will not last long. Populism will not last long. Trump lasted a horrible 4 years. PN is as unstable a coalition as any. Their MP’s squabbles openly, a few have publicly declared they do not support the PM. So, it would appear that PM Muhyiddin does not "have the numbers” and would not survive a vote of no confidence in Parliament. Would any sane person vote in favour of a Disunited Malaysia?

So, what should we do? We go back to first principles. Ethics matter. Honesty matters. Principles matter. NOT being liars, extremists, supremacists, racists, bigots, haters of women, practitioners of child marriages and female genital mutilation and phobic about religions, matters. Anti-corruption matters. In the short term, we may not have the luxury of finding people and parties with all these ideal traits, so, a compromise of sorts will have to me made. We need a coalition of like minded people to take back our government. We work with PKR, DAP, Amanah, Warisan. We work with the newly formed MAJU which seeks to identify and champion MPs who will adhere to universal principles, no frogging and possibly form a block of unshakeable king makers.

As Prof Tajuddin says, let’s work out a deal with Sabah and Sarawak, bring them into the mainstream of MALAYSIAN governance and government to counter the threat of a non-inclusive dominant Islamic Government. And why not a Sabah or Sarawak PM or DPM, perhaps on a rotation basis? Whatever it takes.

We did it at GE14, we can do it again. What do we need? We need:

a. People with the right stuff.
b. People who think long term.
c. To get on our side the 3-5 million 18-20 year old youths who will be eligible to vote at GE15.
d. Joe Biden’s election strategist. We do not need to win every seat. The Malay vote is split at least 4 ways. That’s not going to change. We need to focus also on constituencies where the nons will be the king makers, i.e. the marginal seats.
e. To bring Sabah and Sarawak into our fold, to dismantle especially UMNO/PPBM’s Sarawak “fixed deposit”.
f. No Mahathir in government, ever again. We’ll win without him or die trying!

Remember, there’s nothing seditious in talking about us taking back our government or retiring PN via the ballot box, fake Emergency or not. We love our country, but we may not love our government, its Ministers and MPs and are entitled to say so publicly.

Who shall lead us? That’s the $64,000 question. Again, short term, we do not have a wide choice and will have to work with the material we have. Let the coalition decide, their choice will not be worse than Najib or Muhyiddin. Long term, we’ll have to make key changes to our education system for the right leaders to rise.

Is all that shooting for the stars? Impractical? Certainly not. Better that and preserve our honour and dignity than surrender meekly to pseudo and actual religio-fascists. Our mission is very, very clear. Perikatan Nasional - OUT! OUT! OUT! We, every single one of us, Malays, Indians, Chinese, Others, Sabahans and Sarawakians, must all unite and start NOW to canvass support with an even greater intensity than we did for GE14, for the new PH government to emerge clear winners at GE15. Get the word out today. Get everyone registered to vote. This will be the battle of and for our lives. - E.S. Shankar

Thomas’ book a breath of fresh air...

The recent publication of Tan Sri Tommy Thomas’ memoir, My Story: Justice in the Wilderness, appears to have ruffled many feathers. He is being sued, police reports have been lodged against him, and angry denunciations have been made. And now, the Home Ministry is threatening to have the book banned. Not since Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s The Malay Dilemma has a book stirred so much controversy.

Regardless of whether one agrees with Thomas’ take on events or his presentation of the facts as he saw it, the book has generated widespread debate and discussion about key events in our nation. This has not happened before, and is long overdue. As a nation, we tend to avoid a frank discussion on issues, for fear of stoking tensions. The result is that people in power who act egregiously, even illegally, have been able to avoid accountability. 

It may be argued that we are where we are today because we failed to hold these kinds of discussions in the past. In this sense, Thomas’ book should be welcomed by all Malaysians interested in transparency and accountability. Thomas is also not the first senior official to write a memoir. The late Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas, for example, was just as forthright in his own memoir (May Day for Justice). Dr Mahathir, too, wrote a memoir (A Doctor in the House). 

What these memoirs do is peel away the layers of official whitewash, and allow ordinary citizens an opportunity to make their own assessment of the people and politics that have shaped our nation.  In this sense, Thomas, like Salleh before him, has done the nation a great service, and I, for one, laud him for his courage in sharing his thoughts and perspectives of key events that continue to inform our politics.   

Hanafiah lodged a police report against the former attorney-general alleging defamation.Hanafiah, in his police report, said Thomas’ comment had connotations and nuances that he was incapable...

I thought it instructive, as well, that while Dr Mahathir was clearly peeved by some of Thomas’ comments, he has not faulted the man’s professional conduct or the way he studiously sought to uphold the rule of law. Can there be any doubt that some of the high-profile cases of corruption and malfeasance now before our courts would not have happened without Thomas’ commitment to justice on behalf of the people of Malaysia? That, in itself, speaks volumes of the man.

It is also worth noting that much of what he has revealed in his book is not entirely new, though his insider perspective lends greater credibility to earlier reports. The view that May 13 was a coup against Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, for example, was extensively covered in Kua Kia Soong’s 2007 book, May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969.  The events surrounding the surprise resignation of Dr Mahathir were also widely covered and dissected in the media for almost a whole year before Thomas’ book. 

Furthermore, Thomas’ remark that “seldom in our nation’s history have so many million voters been let down by the actions of one man” is a view that is still widely held and shared. Thomas simply gave expression to what many of us already know or have long suspected. No doubt, many will thank him for it. Of course, some of the people mentioned in his book have not come out smelling like roses. It is up to them to defend themselves and their actions. What they should not be allowed to do, however, is silence him or the conversation that has been started as a result of the publication of his book. 

By all means, engage him on his facts, opinions and assertions, but do not seek to silence him by banning his book or hauling him up for interrogation. Our nation will be a darker place if dissenting or critical opinions and views are smothered. I hope more Malaysians at every level of government and society will record their stories for posterity. It is, in fact, their patriotic duty. – Dennis Ignatius


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