Saturday, March 24, 2018

Chinese saved Mahathir in 1999; after elections he accused them of being communists

From the Chinese press:

In 1999, the Chinese guilds and associations rallied 90% of Chinese support and submitted a memorandum of appeals called “Suqiu” to the Mahathir regime before the general election. Why I say 90%? It is because DAP did not support the move and also the Chinese still made up 26.7% of the Malaysian population.

The 1999 Suqiu was an extension of the 1985 Joint Declaration of the Chinese Guilds and Associations. Actually, Suqiu covers not only Chinese issues but also issues of different races in Malaysia. Thus, it can called an appeal by all people rather than just the Chinese.

At that time, Deputy Prime Minister Anwar was sacked by the Mahathir regime which triggered a series of domino effects and Malay voters were divided. The Chinese guilds and associations then in Aug 16, 1999 came out with the memorandum of appeals covering political, economic, cultural and education issues and calling on the government to respect democratic and human rights, restore judiciary independence, press freedom, rout out corruption and attend to the marginalized groups. The memorandum was signed by 2,098 Chinese guilds and associations all over the country.

Mahathir pretended to support the appeal and won the general election with the support of Chinese guilds and associations. But he made a denial after the election and lambasted the Chinese campaign, comparing the promoters with the Communists and Al-Ma’unah Islamic extremists.

This triggered a backlash from the Chinese community. The dictatorial and bullying Mahathir immediate assigned radical elements threatening to burn down the Selangor-Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall. The Chinese community who have experienced the May 13 incident and Operasi Lalang became fearful.

The 14th general election will be held in 2018 and the Chinese population has shrunk to 22.7%. As Chinese birth rate is shrinking, it is projected that by the 15th election, the Chinese population will go down to a mere 19%.

Is the 1985 Joint Declaration of the Chinese guilds and associations and the 1999 Suqiu still relevant for this age and time? This writer would not dare to speculate. But they can certainly be used as a reference to draft the 2018 Suqiu. The Malay votes are divided among UMNO, Pribumi Bersatu and PAS. It is absolutely a good opportunity for the Chinese guilds and associations to submit its Suqiu again.

I suggest striking a deal in black and white with legal obligations with whichever party that offers the best and fulfill at least half of the appeals before the election.

What are you waiting for if you don’t do it now? Wait until our population has shrunk to 19% or even less than 10%?

Original Source: 还等什么?大诉求

Nurul Izzah in peril

As posted several times, my prediction seems to be coming true, that Nurul Izzah will be changing seat from her Lembah Pantai to somewhere safer.

Mind, not that requires a rocket scientist to foresee her plight in GE14, but it seems from news report that Raja Nong Chik has been investing much time in the Lembah constituency and he now stands a good chnace of wresting that parliamentary seat from Nurul.

Her 2013 victory in Lembah Pantai was only with a majority of 1,847 in a total ballot of 61,048 cast. Thus effectively Raja Nong Chik lost by only 924 winning votes. I heard some EC sakti-ness will occur under the current re-delineation process, so poor Nurul could possibly become another politically moribund Snow White. Where then are the bloody 7 dwarfs (can also be spelt as 'dwarves')?

MM Online today publishes Tipped to replace Nurul Izzah, Fahmi tempers expectations in Lembah Pantai which tells us clearly that Nurul will abandon the sinking ship.

Fahmi Fadzil PKR Comm Chief

As she is a precious princess (of Anwar Ibrahim and the so-called PKR Reformasi) she must be given a safe safe safe seat. But which PKR seat will be safe now that PAS will be playing spoiler in Permatang Pauh and elsewhere (as it did in GE13 in Kota Damansara).

I don't think she'll be safe in Perlis, Kedah, NS, Malacca, Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, which leaves us Selangor, FT, Penang and Perak.

But she has mucho enemies in PKR Selangor which is ruled by Azmin Ali. 

Currently PKR holds the following seats:

I doubt Azmin's inner core will surrender any of their Selangor seats, though mind you, Azmin himself is quite unsafe in Gombak.

And with Rafizi claiming arrogantly that PKR will win Pandan even if its candidate is a cat, miaow, will Nurul chance herself in the Pandan seat, bearing in mind the Pandan DAP, a typical source of support for PKR, had closed shop earlier this month, shifting their loyalties now to PRM and possibly Jenny what's-her-name?

I will be brave and politically incorrect to say that Nurul will be most safe in a Chinese majority constituency, that is, if she wants to be very very very comfy in GE14, from both BN and her intra party enemies.

The safest seat for a Pakatan person in Peninsular is P.122 Seputeh (to be renamed Sri Petaling). It's currently held by sweetie Teresa Kok who won her seat in 2013 with the biggest majority in Malaysia, to wit, 51,552 votes in a total turnout of 71,859.

Sweetie Teresa crushed her MCA opponent Nicole Wong Siaw Ting who somehow managed to secure 13.9% of the votes. Call it a landslide or tsunamic victory, sweetie did it since 1999.

Nicole Wong 

I heard sweetie Teresa may be part of the DAP Kamikaze Division in GE14 and thus move out of Seputeh. Princess Nurul can put in a bid for P.122 Seputeh (to be renamed Sri Petaling). Be quick or a grumpy 93-year old man who too wants to be safe may appropriate it, wakakaka.

Racial-religious extremism is ironically 'colour-blind'

As I informed my FB matey Mandy Ping, there are always extremists in every society. How society and its law and guardians deal with such extremism would be the difference.

The following is an example in Hindu India, the land of Sakyamuni Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.

NEW DELHI: Mahkamah India menjatuhi hukuman penjara seumur hidup terhadap 11 lelaki kerana membunuh peniaga daging Islam yang disangka mengangkut daging lembu, dalam sabitan pertama yang dikaitkan dengan “vigilantisme lembu”.

Tertuduh, termasuk seorang kakitangan parti pemerintah Perdana Menteri Narendra Modi, didapati bersalah membunuh Alimuddin Ansari di timur negeri Jharkhand pada Jun 2017.

Ia merupakan salah satu siri serangan yang berkaitan dengan lembu, yang dianggap suci oleh penganut Hindu.

Lelaki-lelaki terbabit didakwa membunuh, melakukan rusuhan dan kesalahan lain di bawah Kanun Keseksaan India.

“Mahkamah menjatuhi hukuman penjara seumur hidup semalam,” kata Rajesh Kumar, pegawai kanan polis di Ramgarh kepada AFP melalui perbualan telefon pada Khamis.

But those perpetrators' punishment is a lesson for us to remember that our respective religion would not have condone such evil acts of killing in the name of religion or praying for death unto our political foes.

Friday, March 23, 2018

BEST political statement 2018 (9)

Editorial from TMI (extracts):

... as pundits and his critics discussed and debated his age and fitness to be prime minister again at 93, the former prime minister calmly walked in and sat in the front row.

The organisers were surprised. Sure, they did invite him but no confirmation came through that he would turn up to listen to the panellists made up of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) academic Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, psychologist Dr Mat Saat Mohd Baki and fitness coach Kevin Zahri Abdul Ghaffar.

Even his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, came for the forum and sat next to him while listening to the surprised panellists.

There are several phrases, polite and crude, to describe Dr Mahathir's attitude. In polite circles, he showed testicular fortitude or scrotal gumption.

As we know, The Malaysian Insight (also TMI) is likely to cease operations next week in the same way as its rumoured predecessor The Malaysian Insider (TMI) did.

But I am in a way delighted that just prior to its close-down after a year's worth of news (including GST-ed kembong and kerang, wakakaka), its editor Jahabar Sadiq has endowed us with a parting gift, that of another BEST (9th) political statement 2018 for kaytee to add to the collection here, to wit:

In polite circles, he showed testicular fortitude or scrotal gumption.

I use this opportunity to wish Jahabar Sadiq and his staff the best for the future.

Stop blaming others for your faults

Malaysiakini - Mukhriz: Dr M foresaw the start of Umno's rot (extracts):

Mahathir's son, Bersatu Pribumi deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir, who is more willing to tackle the past in a frank manner, acknowledged that issues such as patronage had begun to manifest since Mahathir's time and worsened under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (photo) and Najib.

However, Mukhriz did not blame his father but attributed the problems to circumstances, which he said Mahathir had also expressed worry about when he was prime minister.

He pointed out that Mahathir, in his speech to the Umno general assembly in 1995, had made comments that he found "rather strange".

Worried about Umno's direction

"But now we understand where he was coming from. He said he was worried about where Umno was heading.

"He said he saw that Umno was changing from a party that had members coming from the teaching profession to become a party that has more corporate members.

At the time, Mukhriz said, the transition was not necessarily bad as it was due to the booming economy but there were concerns how it would affect the future.

"Perhaps this was a sign of the times, the economy was doing well, the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) was booming, everyone was making money and there were lots of investments coming to the country.

"He (Mahathir) said this in his speech as if it was a concern of his. He was afraid that this will have a certain impact on the party and that the party will change and maybe lose its identity or principle of struggling for the people."

It was also the same year in which Mahathir had read the poem, ‘Perjuangan Belum Selesai’ (The fight is not over), said Mukhriz.

"I remember really well, even then people were talking about 'what is wrong with this old man? Why is he lamenting when we were all doing well?'. Then, he was breaking down when he was reading this poem.

"Now we see that's exactly what happened. Umno changed into a party that was made up of corporate types who weren't putting the interest of the rakyat ahead of everything but had more self-interest.

"They were going up and down ministries, vying for projects, direct awards, closed tenders, using whatever cable they may have to get projects and contracts and that is what Umno is now," said Mukhriz.

Mukhriz claimed he also witnessed this during his time in Umno Youth.

"I saw it with own eyes in Umno, I was there for quite some time. You can see how people can change.

If so, then why didn't your father do something about it, when he was still PM and at the height of his power, a power so great that he could de-fang the royals, unseat the judiciary and reconstruct the Dewan Senate to his liking?

Why blame his (claimed) two successors?

Stop blaming others and start accepting responsibilities and his wrongs.

Pudding is no proof, eating pudding is

MM Online - Proof is in the pudding, Pakatan leaders say about ‘unsustainable ‘manifesto (extracts):

PETALING JAYA, March 23 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders called today for a chance to win federal government to show that their manifesto works.

Batu MP and PKR vice president Chua Tian Chang said the current administration’s spending habits were unsustainable, in response to comments that PH’s election manifesto for the 14th general election would harm the economy.

“The proof will come if we are in power,” Chua told Malay Mail.

The saying is incorrect, about 'The proof is in the pudding'.

Where is the proof?

The correct saying is "The proof of the pudding is in the eating".

Yes, proof is in the eating, not just in the pudding. Isn't that basic logic?

As for Tian Chua boast in his “The proof will come if we are in power” I'd say that's an EMPTY boast.

By then (after the election), it'll be far too late to check Tian Chua's promise.

And that is further explained by:

isn't that too late? 

If it is just "The proof is in the pudding" then that's as good as saying "Wanna buy a pig in a poke" (poke being medieval English for bag or sack - saying derives from "Don't buy a pig in a poke" as explained by following image, wakakaka).

Manifesto Magic - Non-Core Promise

From FMT - Don’t abolish GST and don’t reintroduce SST (extracts):

by TK Chua

GST is bad because poor implementation has caused prices to escalate beyond the 6% GST rate. To maintain stability, just keep the GST but with a reduced rate, and for goodness’ sake don’t reintroduce the SST. It is going to be ugly if SST is reintroduced.

I understand abolishing GST is already a part of PH’s manifesto. Don’t worry; it can rethink this manifesto if it wins the election.

I love such lateral belakang pusing thinking, that a political party manifesto can be "re-thought" as required after that party has won the election.

Does that mean Mahathir can "rethink" his promise to get a pardon for Anwar, which BTW may take two to three years, while the pardon he obtained for ex-MB Selangor Harun Idris took only a fraction of that time?

What else in the manifesto can be "re-thought"?

Frightening manifesto magic.

Also read about:

Australian non-core promise

An election promise that you have gone back on after the election is over. It is important not to define what promises are core and what are non-core before the election itself.

After winning the 1996 Australian Federal election John Howard slashed spending on Education, Health, Social Welfare blaming a budget deficit left by the previous government.

When it was pointed out that he had promised not to cut spending on these areas as part of his election platform and that he had lied, he claimed that these were "non-core promises".

From Australian (extracts):

This one’s a doozy: core and non-core promises. It’s the get-out-of-jail-free card that has now become part of the political lexicon.

Here’s how it worked. When Liberal Prime Minister John Howard won office in 1996 he promised to retain many of the social policies of the Keating Government that he had vanquished.

Howard’s first horror budget — which analysts say Treasurer Joe Hockey will emulate when he hands down his first budget next week — cut funding to higher education, labour market programs and the ABC, despite a promise not to.

Howard justified this by saying he would keep his “core” promises, sidestepping criticism by implying that the rest of his commitments were “non-core” and didn’t count.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pardon for Anwar?

Extracts from Ubah My A** by Karamjit Singh:

Tun Hussein Onn 

Harun Idris 

In the mid-70’s, when the late Tun Hussein Onn was the deputy prime minister, he insisted that the then Menteri Besar (of Selangor) Harun Idris was charged for bribery and corruption.

Harun was charged, convicted, and sentenced for the same.

A few years later when Hussein Onn was the prime minister, he went to England for a medical check-up. Mahathir was the then acting PM. In that little window, Mahathir wrote to the king and secured a royal pardon for Harun.

Today, he says he will remain for 2-3 years while waiting for a royal pardon for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Why? so he could place his son in a better footing to become the PM.

Or the pardon may not even materialise, wakakaka.

Yes, but why is there the humongous difference in the time required to get a pardon for Harun Idris and that promised for Anwar Ibrahim?


TMI -Apologise for ‘table-flipping speech’, ex-servicemen tell Negri MB (extracts):

A GROUP of retired police and military servicemen want Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamed Hassan to apologise over a speech they allege was inciting youth to “take physical action” against those who slander the government.

The National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Brig Gen (rtd) Mohd Arshad Raji said that if politicians continue to make inflamatory speeches, then the next election will not be free of violence.

"Regardless of whether there is a police report made against Hassan, the association urges the police to investigate the speech and to take whatever action permissible within the law," he said in a statement today.

Arshad was responding to a video that has gone viral showing Mohamad telling Barisan Nasional Youth members in the Rembau parliamentary constituency to take physical action against business outlets that defame the government.

Hassan in the video had said: "If there is a coffee shop disseminating slanderous statements against the government, you storm the coffeeshop, overturn their tables. If you're picked up by the police, I will bail you out."

Arshad said the video showed how uncultured and uncivilised Hassan could be, of wanting to remain in power, not by peaceful, democratically acceptable means but by inciting and propagating violence against those who criticised the government.

"His conduct is unbecoming of a politician and a state leader.

"Such gangster-like conduct is totally wrong and unacceptable in our Malaysian culture.

"His speech wasn’t well received by the public at large and many who viewed the video had expressed scorn and disgust."

Unbelievable. Methinks Hassan is even worse than Perkasa or Jamal Yunos, wakakaka.

was told that in Negeri Sembilan. the most active gangster group (now dominated by Indians) is 18, and followed by 36, 21, 08 and 24.

Gang 18 in Penang was once called (in Penang Hokkien) Chap Peh Lohan (18 Lohans or Arhats).

18 Arhats 

Chinese like to name their gang(s) after Chinese gods like:

18 Lohans,
8 Immortals (Pat Sian)
4 Heavenly Kings (See Tai Kim Kong)

8 Immortals 

4 Heavenly Kings 


But Hassan belongs to UMNO, which if translated into Penang Hokkien (Am Nor) would come out as "Dark Two", wakakaka again.

WTF, who switch on the f**king lights when we ...?


Both lie like sh*t

Malaysiakini - Is GST responsible for rising prices? by Guansegaram (in full):


Is the Goods and Services Tax (GST) responsible for higher prices now? Can one reverse the price increases by scrapping the GST or zero-rating items in the GST? Will the poor see a significant drop in living costs if we removed the GST?

Unfortunately, the answer to all three questions above, as we shall see, is a resounding “no!” Which begs the question why the opposition is using these old, false assertion to whip the rakyat into a frenzy.

That’s probably because their surveys show that the rise in living costs is a major election issue. So, their spin doctors - yes, the opposition has theirs too - probably decided that demonising GST will resonate with the rakyat. Never mind-lah that it is not quite accurate! Easy to message, ma.

That GST ploy appeared to backfire some when Penang Chief Minister and DAP supremo Lim Guan Eng was criticised heavily for encouraging, singing and dancing to a heavily political GST singalong with children.

Lim’s defence was rather pathetic, saying that BN was practising double standards when the Federal Territory minister and Umno secretary-general did worse at a government school. Does that imply that it is okay for Lim to descend to the kind of behaviour that BN politicians practise? By now he should know that the public wants a higher standard of behaviour from him than that.

But the truth may actually resonate better with the rakyat in this case. There is a good story to tell. In any case, should anyone who wants to be more moral and honest than BN try and win the election by putting up half-truths? No.

What is closer to the truth is that the cycle of price increases is more related to the depreciated currency - now around RM3.9 to the US dollar, which has come down steadily from around RM3 around post the 2009 world financial crisis when money flowed into developed countries. And the other problem is that incomes have not risen sufficiently to keep up with rising prices.

But first, is the GST responsible for higher prices now? No. Because it was implemented on April 1, 2015. In fact, the full-year effect on prices as a result of GST was 2016. Most of the price increase would have occurred in 2015 because GST was already in place for nine months. It is an indisputable fact that GST is no longer responsible for rising prices.

For 2017, therefore, price increases and the rising relative cost of living - incomes staying stagnant while prices increased - that people are experiencing is not at all due to the GST. On top of that, a long list of goods and services are exempt from GST, which means price increases for these cannot be attributed to GST. This includes almost all food consumed by most people, transports costs, many services, education and so on.

Why set the clock back?

In fact, GST is a good tax in the sense that it taxes consumption - those who consume pay more, with essential goods and services exempted. It catches too those who evade income tax by taxing consumption because it is the rich who consume more and therefore spares the poor for whom many essential items are exempted anyway.

Not only are the opposition’s assertions false, it appears that they don’t even want to help the poor by raising taxes from those who can afford it to help the development process. Who are the opposition helping by cutting GST? The poor? Certainly not.

Will abolishing GST bring down prices for the poor? Highly unlikely because the poor consume essential goods more which will not move even a little bit down because there is no GST on them. What will happen is that although the price of consumer goods may, I repeat may, go down prices are more likely to be slow to adjust and will not drop by as much - sticky downwards.

Where the prices will go down is for items where the prices are clearly marked - such as cars or restaurant food prices. But even then, what many of them would do is to simply increase their prices and say that costs have gone up. Thus, GST removal is likely to have an extremely limited impact in terms of prices coming down, and certainly not for the ordinary man.

So will the poor see a significant reduction in the costs of living if GST is removed? Of course not. The opposition is campaigning strongly on an issue which is not – yes, rising costs are an issue but not GST because that is not what is causing costs to rise anymore.

The groundwork has been set and the GST is being collected. Difficulties have already been ironed out. Some 160 countries around the world implement it. Why set the clock back and abolish it? There is so much more the opposition could be doing.

If GST is not the cause of rising prices now, what is then? Now we come to the real story. Currency depreciation is the main one. When BN under Najib Razak was re-elected in May 2013, the ringgit was RM3 to one US dollar. Today it is RM3.90 - in effect a depreciation by about nearly a quarter or some 25%. That exerts a lot of cost pressures because on average prices of imports are going up by an average of 5% a year, adding up over the years.

Yes, some money is moving back to the US but the Malaysian currency depreciated more than most despite the economy showing good relative growth and performance. Why? Most probably because of reduced confidence in Malaysia caused by 1MDB, the biggest case of kleptocracy in the world. Investors and speculators, and many Malaysians have imputed a negative premium on the ringgit.

The other reason is that successive BN governments, including Najib’s have not done enough to increase the incomes of ordinary people, which means price increases exceed income increases. These are the two main reasons why people are suffering from the higher cost of living.

Is that not a sexy enough story to tell voters instead of resorting to half-truths, economically unsound measures like abolishing GST and asking children to participate in misleading singalongs? Imagine what will happen if GST is removed and prices remained high and increased anyway as it is most likely to. Then what? How does the opposition fill that hole in revenue?

For me, the main reason this government should go is that it has allowed kleptocracy - theft of unimaginable proportions, circa RM40 billion - to go uninvestigated and unpunished. That’s good enough reason instead of conjecturing falsehoods and descending to the low level of the incumbents.

When your hands are clean, truth is the best defence - and offence. Keep the dirt off your hands and fight, then you stand a better chance of converting people to your side to win the war.

BEST political statement 2018 (8)

FMT - DAP: We won’t play race game in Raub (extracts):

Ariff Sabri better known as Sakmongkol AK47 

Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz captured the seat for DAP in 2013. He got 23,415 votes against BN candidate Hoh Khai Mun’s 20,601.
Between 1978 and 2013, Raub was represented in Parliament by BN MPs from MCA. They included former MCA president Tan Koon Swan and former MCA Wanita chief Ng Yen Yen.

Mohd Ariff suffered a stroke in May last year and is not expected to defend the seat in GE14.

A well placed source in Pahang DAP recently said the party would be fielding a Chinese candidate in Raub although it is a Malay-majority area.

The source told FMT the choice was between DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok, former Selangor exco Ronnie Liu and Leong.

Sweetie Teresa Kok 

Salt-of-the-Earth Ronnie Liu 

Asked whether DAP would consider fielding a Malay candidate instead if BN were to field one, Leong said it was unlikely.

“We will not waste time or resources worrying about race,” he said. “It is the preoccupation with race that has made our country backward.”

Another BEST political statement for this year, to wit, what has been said by DAP's Leong Ngah Ngah, that:

Leong Ngah Ngah

“We will not waste time or resources worrying about race. It is the preoccupation with race that has made our country backward.”


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