19 July 2021

Macam jalan nak pi Siam saja...

Mail kalut kelepiaq kiri kanan...

Buka kilang perkerja ratusan orang boleh tapi buka Parlimen hanya 80 MP dibenar hadir sidang Dewan Rakyat. Awat depa takut sangat?Memang jenis tak berteloq.Bukankah semua MP dah lengkap 2 dos vaksin?Kalu macam tu Bang Non dok rumah saja jaga cucu dan bekebun...

Seseorang Muslim yg menanam sesuatu tanaman yg berbuah lalu dimakan oleh manusia atau binatang,mereka akan mendapat pahala sedekah. - Al Bukhari dan Muslim

Mr Prime Minister, can I 
advise you something?...

“I think if we go to the ground, we will probably find the kitchens of homes to be full (with supplies). I don’t mean this is the case for everyone, that’s why we have a registration system so that distribution can be fair.”- PM Muhyiddin Yassin

Your acidic words above must have hit the hearts of millions of Malaysians in these difficult times, especially those who have lost their jobs and have no source of income. To conclude that the needy are involved in a game of deception is the unkindest cut of all from no less than Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

I am still wondering what made you utter those words. It is unbecoming of any politician, let alone a sitting prime minister. It could be a clear sign that you are either naïve and ignorant or being misled by your coterie of hangers-on and cronies who may not have gone to the ground. Perhaps their minds are tuned and fixated on telling you what you would like to hear.

Your scathing comments lacked empathy and citizens were quick to quip that “maybe you live in a different world”. Klang MP Charles Santiago's remarks were more scornful: “I think we have a delusional prime minister who is quite divorced from what’s happening on the ground.” Rightly or wrongly, many Malaysians agree with this assertion.

The kitchens filled with supplies you talked about may be those of your party members or the political elite or those who live in upmarket neighbourhoods like Bukit Damansara or Bukit Tunku. Of course, they have different tastes and traits like wearing an RM100,000 watch, using an RM120 face mask, owning an Alphard (as a second car), and sending their children, not to the neighbourhood tadika, but to a Montessori in France.

Sir, have you or members of your family ever gone to bed on an empty stomach? You should also be reminded that the political elite never had experienced empty stomachs and had never been subjected to surviving on a meal of only bread and tap water.

Every day, several thousands of empty stomachs are filled, thanks to contributions from fellow Malaysians from all walks of life. For the hungry, food did not drop from the sky, nor did they get food from the government. They were identified by the white flags they raised.

This is not politics where you keep denying and passing the buck, hoping that people will forget the transgressions soon enough. The government of which you are the leader has a real problem in its hands. By brushing it aside and pooh-poohing it with rhetoric is not going to make the problem go away.

Mr Prime Minister, you were also quoted as saying that the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has a record of those who need assistance but these records are not up to date.

If aid has indeed been given, why are there long queues at soup kitchens and service centres run by individuals and charity organisations? In times of restricted movement of people, how and where does one register for such aid?

Even then, the ministry, for lack of a better phrase, does not have a good record when distributing food items to the needy. Last year, despite being allocated RM100 for each pack, what was delivered to residents in Seremban were packs with items worth less than RM35.

Sir, you were quoted as saying: “Most of the target groups, be they from the M40, B40 or the T20 households, were affected by the pandemic as they may have lost their jobs, cannot run their business, so we give them aid.”

What aid has been accorded to businesses? They have been clamouring for some easing of restrictions so that they can carry out their business activities, but this plea has fallen on deaf ears.

In Cameron Highlands, tonnes of vegetables are going to waste every day because the farmers are unable to leave their homes to harvest their produce. Elsewhere, restaurants and coffee shops are closing down and thousands have become unemployed.

Not a day passes without one sector or industry pleading for help. The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been severely hit and despite assurances by all and sundry, they continue with their pleas. Ditto for mall operators and retailers.

Mr Prime Minister, you can no longer rely on your ministers or your aides to give you accurate feedback on what is happening on the ground. The time has come for you to pound the streets and get a first-hand look at the issues and problems.

Please do so unannounced, sans the fanfare and protocol. Otherwise, it will be a repeat of what happened at the Klang General Hospital, where the “bad” side of what was really happening was hidden and kept away from your entourage. And finally, providing constructive criticism of the prime minister and the government does not make me unpatriotic or a lesser Malaysian. - R.Nadeswaran

Mahathir must let go, 
move on, never look back...

Mahathir must let go, move on, never look back even if sky falls down. M’sia no longer his problem, every generation has the right to rule itself. In management the principle holds that the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) never interferes in the internal affairs of Departments even if the Managers are virtually “killing” their subordinates.

Likewise, former Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (2018 to 2020) must learn to let go, move on, never look back even if the sky falls down. Life is an experience. Being Prime Minister isn’t the be all and end all of life.

M’sia was no longer Mahathir’s problem, every generation has the right to rule itself. If he wants an active life, there’s always something else . . . take up art, write, work with the community, travel and observe, and give the occasional pep talk in schools but not on politics.

Mahathir, 96, has today become part of the problem in Malaysian politics, indeed perhaps even the main problem. Mahathir perhaps continues to belabour in the delusion that he’s the only solution. He can only claim that dubious privilege as an immortal. He remains an Earthly mortal awaiting the grim reaper who draws ever closer by the day.

Indeed, the end may be seconds and minutes away, and if delayed, will surely come much sooner than later. The gross human body must return to Mother Earth when it’s time runs out. Running the gauntlet — read disordered mind, amnesia, dementia and alzheimer’s — will not delay the inevitable. Hopefully, when the end comes, it will be merciful.

The seeds of the current disorientation, confusion and chaos in the nation’s body politic arises from Mahathir’s long innings (1981 to 2003) as Prime Minister. He outstayed his welcome in the belief that it was good for the people. Briefly, it can be put, that the longer a gov’t stays in power and enforces a kind of artificial stability, the greater and more prolonged the instability when that gov’t finally goes, as it must.

It was theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Dr Stephen William Hawking (1942 to 2018) who confirmed what the ancient Indian always knew. The only predictable property of the universe was chaos.

The gov’t can always form the proposed National Recovery Council (NRC) as a Panel of subject matter experts to vet the National Recovery Plan (NRP) announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Tues 15 June. The NRC may assist the Cabinet in reducing politicking and help the people “live with the virus”.

There’s no reason why Mahathir, at 96 years old, should head the proposed National Recovery Council (NRC). The NRC is an idea which Mahathir himself floated when he met the Agong in early June.

Earlier, he had written to the Agong on the state of the nation. That prompted the proactive head of state to meet with the heads of all parties which had seats in Parliament. In hindsight, it appears that Mahathir never really retired in 2003 after 22 years in office and a long goodbye. He clearly continued to work from behind the scenes against the gov’t.

That saw the departure of three Prime Ministers viz. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on 3 April 2009 after nearly six years, Najib Abdul Razak on 10 May 2018 after nine years, and ironically, himself on Feb 24 last year.

He was Interim Prime Minister, at his insistence, from Feb 24 to Mar 1 when Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as the 8th Prime Minister. Therein lies the problem for the gov’t as Mahathir has not made peace with himself, the people, and the universe. - fernzthegreat


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