30 January 2023

The UMNO purge is good for Malaysia...

Once again, Zahid will be the savior of the Unity Government and Malaysia. Many civil society personalities and academics would disagree with me and still name Zahid as the “collateral” for Anwar Ibrahim. Again, at the risk of repeating myself, these critics of Zahid only criticize and have not shown which personality can replace Zahid to ensure that Umno and BN are stout supporters of the Unity Government.

Do these critics believe that if there is a “fair election in the Umno General Assembly, this party will come out stronger, better and be a blessing for Malaysia?” Come on-lah! Which planet have you been living in? Who would be the next Umno president if all positions can be contested? Ismail? Hishammuddin? Or Khairy? All these people have relished working with PN under Ismail and Muhyiddin as prime minister. Is there a likelihood they would work with Anwar? There is no way that will happen.

Did Khairy say he was going to support Anwar if he became president of Umno? Is this the same Khairy who never apologized for calling the rakyat beruk-beruk and insinuated in a kurang ajar manner that Anwar main belakang? Come on-lah! Be realistic!

Many of these academics and political analysts have never been in the position of a “king” or leader in a political party. Many are just sideline commentators and pride themselves with their political analysis patterns and historical precedents.

I know enough to say I don’t know many things and being a leader of a political party or a “king” is one of them. I do know that the first rule of a king or a leader is political survival first and idealism second or third. If idealism and principles come first, then as they say, “the good die young.”

There is no place for “good but naïve” people in this world as leaders, maybe in the “Kingdom of God” in the next bolehlah! Right now, we are in this real world that calls for realpolitik. Umno is in a survival mode after its defeat in the last election.

Zahid has carved a winning formula by first agreeing to be in the Unity Government with Anwar, and second in putting down dissent by the ten traitors and now the art of purging the enemies from within before the next theater of war commences, the state elections. Zahid’s next hat trick will be forging an alliance with PH-BN against the enemies of Malaysia, the extremist PN.

In any military organization, the purging of traitors and would-be challengers is necessary. Umno cannot rejuvenate and reinvent itself with the dissenting voices of those who have sold their souls to the rival party…PN. These traitors are puppets for the puppet master Hadi Awang and Muhyiddin, no two ways about that.

How can Umno with 30 seats outplay PN with more than twice the number? Critics will also say that by purging Umno, PN will gain the upper hand by accepting these dissenters into their midst. Really huh? That much you know about Malays and politics? There is no trust between robbers and thieves and so there is no trust between PN and the sacked traitors. PN is interested only in influencing the voters in the camps of the individuals.

Well, that may be so. As far as I can understand, most of the voters and Malays who support the sacked and suspended leaders do it only for money. They may yell and scream for Melayu, Islam dan Raja but in reality, yang dia mau duit saja! Thus, not having been able to dish out projects and titles, how many would actually support these dissenters?

Take Khairy for instance, he rose with his connection as the son-in-law to the then PM and have never shown any credible leadership to support democracy or accord dignity to individuals like Anwar and Malaysians. Beruk-beruk, remember? Yes, he seemed successful at the tail end of Covid-19 after the hard work was done by others. That was no measure at all, to me. 

Now, he shouts democracy in his party when he himself helped weaken the Umno leadership. When someone threatens the leadership of a party when that leader is strong, then that someone can be called a hero. But when one threatens the leader when the party is weak, that person is an opportunist or a traitor!

Many observers must be interested to see Hishammuddin finally being dealt his destiny. This is one quiet but lethal warlord that strives on the loudness of others while he engineers lethal poisons silently to be the next prime minister of Malaysia. He has no vision like his grandfather, the great Onn Jaafar who stood tall against royalty, and Umno leadership to the point of setting up a party for all Malaysians. 

Hishammuddin is not even a shadow of his grandfather. The only way he can be PM is through stealth and cunning relationships with enemies. Malaysians must be smart in observing the historical events unfolding before us. Do not trust those who tout “principles” or “analysis” as if these two make up the real world. 

Believe me, as an academic, I once gave a lecture that academic knowledge is the least valuable as compared to knowledge from wisdom, experience, practice, divine inspiration and spiritual awakening. Principles and ideals are what we hold dear but implementation and their practice must be tampered with the situation of the time and the context of emerging and urgent issues.

We must trust Zahid to rebuild Umno in the image of the present leadership and that of the future to help us fight the extremist opposition that will destroy Malaysia as a nation for all. After Malaysia is safe…then we can create a new story. - Prof.Dr.Mohd.Tajuddin Mohd.Rasdi,mysinchew

Sri Ram’s landmark judgments...

Former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram was well-known for giving on-the-spot oral judgments and landmark rulings relating to constitutional, public, contract and industrial law. Sri Ram, who died earlier today, aged 79, had the distinction of being the first lawyer in private practice to be appointed straight to the Court of Appeal when it was set up in 1994. He never served as a judicial commissioner or a High Court judge.

He was a Court of Appeal judge for 15 years before being elevated to the Federal Court in 2009, and subsequently retired in 2010. On July 12, 2007, Sri Ram, as a Court of Appeal judge, made a landmark decision on a 17-year-old boy’s case for murdering his tuition teacher’s daughter after ruling that his detention at the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was unconstitutional.

The case caused an uproar when Sri Ram ruled that Section 92 (2) of the Child Act was unconstitutional as it gave the power to the executive to sentence a child convicted of murder. He said it went against the doctrine of separation of powers as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

Sri Ram had held that the courts must have the exclusive authority to find a person guilty of murder and then impose a penalty, and it could not merely convict a person but leave the responsibility of sentencing to the King, the rulers or governors who acted on the advice of the executive.

On April 17, 2009, Sri Ram also made a landmark decision in allowing former national athletics coach C Ramanathan’s application to review the Court of Appeal’s earlier decision dated July 11, 2008. He ruled that the Court of Appeal had the jurisdiction to review an appeal, which had already been determined, to avoid and correct injustice to the party. He set aside the previous Court of Appeal’s order which upheld the sessions court’s decision in convicting Ramanathan and sentencing him to four years’ jail for molesting two underage female athletes in 1992.

On Jan 19, 2010, Sri Ram also made a ruling in a legal dispute between the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and 354 Felda Kemahang settlers in Tanah Merah, Kelantan, over payments for oil palm fruits. In the case, the Federal Court, comprising then Chief Justice Zaki Azmi, Federal Court judge Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and Sri Ram, denied Felda leave to appeal against the Kota Bharu High Court’s decision ordering the agency to pay RM7.8 million in damages and interest to the settlers.

After retiring in 2010, Sri Ram continued to practise as a lawyer. He represented Anwar Ibrahim in his appeal on a sodomy case at the Federal Court, his defamation suit against Khairy Jamaluddin, and the case relating to the prime minister’s Pardons Board.

He also acted as counsel on R Kengadharan’s appeal to challenge the imposition of departure levy on Malaysians travelling overseas at the Court of Appeal, and Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar’s appeal to challenge the dissolution of Parliament.

Sri Ram also led the defence team in clerk Sam Ke Ting’s appeal against her conviction and jail sentence for reckless driving that caused the death of eight teenagers riding on modified bicycles, or basikal lajak, in the Court of Appeal.

He was also appointed as lead prosecutor by the Attorney-General’s Chambers in high-profile cases involving former prime minister Najib Razak’s 1MDB corruption case, and the audit report tampering case involving Najib and former 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

He was also the leading prosecutor for the corruption trials of Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, involving a solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, and money laundering. RIP Sir... - fmt

Isu Nurul Izzah...

Heboh di media sosial mengenai perlantikkan Nurul Izzah dilantik sebagai penasihat kanan bagi ekonomi dan kewangan kepada Perdana Menteri, Anwar Ibrahim. Riuh di kalangan para cybertrooper pihak lawan menjerit-jerit'nepotisme' Mereka boleh orang lain tak boleh. Anak dia ok, anak orang lain nepotisme. 

Jika ingin berbicara soal nepotisme ini mari kita lihat sejarahnya. Presiden Pas, Abdul Hadi Awang pernah melantik anaknya, Khalil Abdul Hadi mengetuai Sekretariat Aid4Palestine. Akmal Kamaruddin yang juga menantu Hadi dilantik menjadi Exco Perak. Anak Abdul Hadi Awang, Muhammad Khalil menjawat jawatan sebagai Ketua Dewan Pemuda bagi sesi 2017 dan bertanding di DUN Batu Buruk. Itu belum Mahathir lantik anak jadi MB Kedah, Pak Lah lantik menantunya KJ bekerja di PMO dan lain2. Jadi adakah ia sesuatu yang pelik? 

Bagi saya bukan soal anak siapa? Yang penting integriti yang kita mahukan. Integriti maksudnya bersikap jujur ​​dan menunjukkan kepatuhan tanpa kompromi terhadap prinsip dan nilai moral serta etika yang kuat. 

Lagipun dia hanya sekadar adviser yang tak bergaji saja bukannya sebagai Menteri Utara atau Selatan negara. Dia hanya penasihat yg tiada apa2 kuasa memutuskan keputusan. 

Tiada orang bekerja tidak mahu dibayar gaji.Ia jauh lebih mulia daripada orang yang dilantik dan diberi gaji berpuluh ribu tetapi tidak bekerja. Jika bersoal kpd hukum yang mana makan duit haram? Kerja tak dibayar gaji atau bergaji tetapi tidak bekerja??? - Norman Radzuan


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