Saturday, February 13, 2016

Emperor booby-trapped?

My post on PAS' Mohd Khairuddin Othman dressed in Chinese period costume has been published in Malaysiakini today, wakakaka.


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'Chinese deity' costume saga: Emperor booby-trapped?


 K Temoc     Published Today 9:53 am     Updated Today 9:59 am      3 comments


  
COMMENT | Please tell me, prior to the beginning of the Chinese New Year how many of you know Cao Guojiu?
Wait, let me rephrase that more appropriately - how many of you "Chinese" know Cao Guojiu?
As a Chinese Malaysian myself, I have to admit I don’t, well at least not prior to the start of this Monkey year.
And I dare bet you that 999 out of 1,000 Chinese in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and especially mainland China don't as well. Perhaps in Taiwan there may be more Chinese who knows who Cao Guojiu was.
Today we come to be informed of who Cao Guojiu was/is, but only because poor Mohd Khairuddin Othman of PAS, the state assemblyperson for Paya Jaras, Selangor, was seen dressed in a period costume allegedly that of Cao Guojiu.


Our dear Yang Berhormat had sportingly worn the costume in a Chinese New Year celebration, apparently on the encouragement of his constituents of Paya Jaras near Kepong, having been informed that the costume was that of a Chinese emperor.
Chinese members of his state constituency who told him so was probably acting in good faith (excuse the unintended pun), because ... well, for answer/explanation ... please refer to my queries above (at beginning of this article). His Chinese constituents were probably as clueless as me [grin].
But let us explore other possible reasons for his constituents unwittingly dunking the luckless though innocent YB into the hot Islamic soup like a Chinese kuih kapit.
The period costume Khairuddin wore would be typically those of the nobility during the Song Dynasty, so the allegedly incorrect information about the period costume he was asked to don was in the end not so incorrect after all.
Historically, Cao Guojiu was a member of the royal family, being a younger brother of an empress, specifically the wife of Emperor Renzong of the Song dynasty. He was the royal brother-in-law.
While he wasn't the emperor himself, he certainly was a member of royalty. We can’t blame people for believing his clothing (that is, assuming they even remember or know who he was) was those of an emperor.
Besides, people are also known for name-dropping so those who had once knew him, and those rare few Chinese Malaysians who still do, might possibly insinuate he was somewhat and somehow an emperor.
Yes, we Malaysians are notorious for our name-dropping habits. I recall as a schoolboy, when I was involved in a schoolyard scrap with another student, the brat having lost the bout threatened me with his father’s might, saying: “I’ll tell my dad you all gang up on me just because I spoke out against the class monitor!” [maniacal laughter – you know how that would go!]
One of the Eight Immortals
Before we come to the third possible reason for Khairuddin ending up as an about-to-be-executed though innocent Chinese emperor (and Chinese history has plenty of that), let us review what we know about Chinese New Year celebrations.
For umpteen Chinese New Year celebrations, we had never experienced the presence of the deity Cao Guojiu in any form, whether in votive rituals, mere mention nor story recount. Indeed nor did any in the entire pantheon of Taoist deities called the Eight Immortals (Baxian).
While Chinese Malaysians including me are aware of the Taoist Eight Immortals, the only two in that pantheon that I believe most are familiar with, if at all, would be Lu Dongbin and Li Tieguai. Personally I could never remember the other six.
Thus I reiterate here that 99.9 percent of Chinese don't know who Cao Guojiu was, so why would a Malay, whether from PAS, PKR or Umno.
As a Chinese I can personally testify to the non-involvement of the Eight Immortals, including Cao Guojiu, in Chinese New Year celebrations, and so I believe would other Chinese too.
I do wonder why there has been such an alleged costume (specific to Cao Guojiu) for Khairuddin Othman to wear?
I'm compelled to conclude that either:
a) it was just a generic period costume and has nothing to do with a Chinese deity, and that someone had been maliciously-gleefully fibbing, or
b) just as Singapore intelligence informed the Australian Office of National Assessment (ONA) in 2008, and revealed by Wikileaks in 2010, that Anwar Ibrahim to have walked willingly into a Saiful-ish ‘honey trap’, Khairuddin had walked willingly into an emperor 'syirik-trap’ set by his political foes.
The root of this possibility would be solved if we can identify who first raised this Cao Guojiu rubbish.
As I mentioned, not many Chinese know or at least knew who that deity was, so who has been that clever boy who raised the observation of poor innocent Khairuddin in the dress of allegedly Cao Guojiu, a near-unknown unfamiliar Chinese deity?
Anyway, to Khairuddin, I would say, don't fret matey, you may be a PAS man (smile) but I've great respect for your 'innocent' muhibbah sporting gesture in donning a Chinese period costume, and that you've been absolutely correct in stating "Chinese New Year is a cultural celebration which has nothing to do with religion".
Indeed, some 10 years ago, journalist Baradan Kuppusamy in an article, wrote the following:
“Curiously, the (Merdeka Center) survey also showed that many Malaysians have a vague idea, not only of one another's cultures and traditions, but also of their own.
“Hari Raya Puasa was wrongly perceived as the Malay New Year by 32 percent of Malays, 84 percent of Chinese and 45 percent of Indians - the festival actually marks the culmination of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Similarly, the Chinese New Year was thought to be a religious festival by 57 percent of Malays, 53 percent of Indians and a whopping 62 percent of Chinese respondents.”
Well, that may be 10 years ago but at least Khairuddin of PAS today is far more knowledgeable than 62 percent of Chinese then, in that the Chinese New Year celebrations have nothing to do with religion.
Not the first time
Indeed, Chinese New Year has nothing to do with religion, any religion, and that Chinese of any religion - Islam, Christianity, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianism, etc, or even those without one (smirk here), would celebrate the start of the Chinese lunar-solar calendar, to wit, the beginning of the Spring season (in China), a socio-seasonal festival which after thousands of years has become a socio-cultural-administrative festival, even for godless communist China.
I say kudos to Khairuddin for his truly Malaysian muhibbah attitude as I would also say kudos to Khairy Jamaluddin for doing a similar muhibbah gesture in giving a Chinese New Year greeting in Mandarin.
Now, many may not realise that the brouhaha about Khairuddin in Chinese period costume has not been the first, because years, years back, Sudirman Arshad (when still alive) had together with his regular performing sidekick Noorkumalasari put together a Gong Xi Fa Cai special programme for RTM. Both planned to dress up in Chinese period costumes for their performances.
It was reported that poor Noorkumalasari was harassed brutally, called all sorts of names and bullied continuously by ultras into not donning the Chinese period costume until she broke down and burst into tears.
It's a shame that today, more than a decade after the shameful brutal bullying of Noorkumalasari, people still look for the trivial to create controversy.

K TEMOC is a Penangite who enjoys being an independent blogger and loves to share his opinion on Malaysian and world affairs without fear or favour.


  
COMMENT | Please tell me, prior to the beginning of the Chinese New Year how many of you know Cao Guojiu?
Wait, let me rephrase that more appropriately - how many of you "Chinese" know Cao Guojiu?
As a Chinese Malaysian myself, I have to admit I don’t, well at least not prior to the start of this Monkey year.
And I dare bet you that 999 out of 1,000 Chinese in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and especially mainland China don't as well. Perhaps in Taiwan there may be more Chinese who knows who Cao Guojiu was.
Today we come to be informed of who Cao Guojiu was/is, but only because poor Mohd Khairuddin Othman of PAS, the state assemblyperson for Paya Jaras, Selangor, was seen dressed in a period costume allegedly that of Cao Guojiu.
Our dear Yang Berhormat had sportingly worn the costume in a Chinese New Year celebration, apparently on the encouragement of his constituents of Paya Jaras near Kepong, having been informed that the costume was that of a Chinese emperor.
Chinese members of his state constituency who told him so was probably acting in good faith (excuse the unintended pun), because ... well, for answer/explanation ... please refer to my queries above (at beginning of this article). His Chinese constituents were probably as clueless as me [grin].
But let us explore other possible reasons for his constituents unwittingly dunking the luckless though innocent YB into the hot Islamic soup like a Chinese kuih kapit.
The period costume Khairuddin wore would be typically those of the nobility during the Song Dynasty, so the allegedly incorrect information about the period costume he was asked to don was in the end not so incorrect after all.
Historically, Cao Guojiu was a member of the royal family, being a younger brother of an empress, specifically the wife of Emperor Renzong of the Song dynasty. He was the royal brother-in-law.
While he wasn't the emperor himself, he certainly was a member of royalty. We can’t blame people for believing his clothing (that is, assuming they even remember or know who he was) was those of an emperor.
Besides, people are also known for name-dropping so those who had once knew him, and those rare few Chinese Malaysians who still do, might possibly insinuate he was somewhat and somehow an emperor.
Yes, we Malaysians are notorious for our name-dropping habits. I recall as a schoolboy, when I was involved in a schoolyard scrap with another student, the brat having lost the bout threatened me with his father’s might, saying: “I’ll tell my dad you all gang up on me just because I spoke out against the class monitor!” [maniacal laughter – you know how that would go!]
One of the Eight Immortals
Before we come to the third possible reason for Khairuddin ending up as an about-to-be-executed though innocent Chinese emperor (and Chinese history has plenty of that), let us review what we know about Chinese New Year celebrations.
For umpteen Chinese New Year celebrations, we had never experienced the presence of the deity Cao Guojiu in any form, whether in votive rituals, mere mention nor story recount. Indeed nor did any in the entire pantheon of Taoist deities called the Eight Immortals (Baxian).
While Chinese Malaysians including me are aware of the Taoist Eight Immortals, the only two in that pantheon that I believe most are familiar with, if at all, would be Lu Dongbin and Li Tieguai. Personally I could never remember the other six.
Thus I reiterate here that 99.9 percent of Chinese don't know who Cao Guojiu was, so why would a Malay, whether from PAS, PKR or Umno.
As a Chinese I can personally testify to the non-involvement of the Eight Immortals, including Cao Guojiu, in Chinese New Year celebrations, and so I believe would other Chinese too.
I do wonder why there has been such an alleged costume (specific to Cao Guojiu) for Khairuddin Othman to wear?
I'm compelled to conclude that either:
a) it was just a generic period costume and has nothing to do with a Chinese deity, and that someone had been maliciously-gleefully fibbing, or
b) just as Singapore intelligence informed the Australian Office of National Assessment (ONA) in 2008, and revealed by Wikileaks in 2010, that Anwar Ibrahim to have walked willingly into a Saiful-ish ‘honey trap’, Khairuddin had walked willingly into an emperor 'syirik-trap’ set by his political foes.
The root of this possibility would be solved if we can identify who first raised this Cao Guojiu rubbish.
As I mentioned, not many Chinese know or at least knew who that deity was, so who has been that clever boy who raised the observation of poor innocent Khairuddin in the dress of allegedly Cao Guojiu, a near-unknown unfamiliar Chinese deity?
Anyway, to Khairuddin, I would say, don't fret matey, you may be a PAS man (smile) but I've great respect for your 'innocent' muhibbah sporting gesture in donning a Chinese period costume, and that you've been absolutely correct in stating "Chinese New Year is a cultural celebration which has nothing to do with religion".
Indeed, some 10 years ago, journalist Baradan Kuppusamy in an article, wrote the following:
“Curiously, the (Merdeka Center) survey also showed that many Malaysians have a vague idea, not only of one another's cultures and traditions, but also of their own.
“Hari Raya Puasa was wrongly perceived as the Malay New Year by 32 percent of Malays, 84 percent of Chinese and 45 percent of Indians - the festival actually marks the culmination of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Similarly, the Chinese New Year was thought to be a religious festival by 57 percent of Malays, 53 percent of Indians and a whopping 62 percent of Chinese respondents.”
Well, that may be 10 years ago but at least Khairuddin of PAS today is far more knowledgeable than 62 percent of Chinese then, in that the Chinese New Year celebrations have nothing to do with religion.
Not the first time
Indeed, Chinese New Year has nothing to do with religion, any religion, and that Chinese of any religion - Islam, Christianity, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianism, etc, or even those without one (smirk here), would celebrate the start of the Chinese lunar-solar calendar, to wit, the beginning of the Spring season (in China), a socio-seasonal festival which after thousands of years has become a socio-cultural-administrative festival, even for godless communist China.
I say kudos to Khairuddin for his truly Malaysian muhibbah attitude as I would also say kudos to Khairy Jamaluddin for doing a similar muhibbah gesture in giving a Chinese New Year greeting in Mandarin.
Now, many may not realise that the brouhaha about Khairuddin in Chinese period costume has not been the first, because years, years back, Sudirman Arshad (when still alive) had together with his regular performing sidekick Noorkumalasari put together a Gong Xi Fa Cai special programme for RTM. Both planned to dress up in Chinese period costumes for their performances.
It was reported that poor Noorkumalasari was harassed brutally, called all sorts of names and bullied continuously by ultras into not donning the Chinese period costume until she broke down and burst into tears.
It's a shame that today, more than a decade after the shameful brutal bullying of Noorkumalasari, people still look for the trivial to create controversy.

K TEMOC is a Penangite who enjoys being an independent blogger and loves to share his opinion on Malaysian and world affairs without fear or favour.


Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/330221#ixzz400rRjUAy

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Has Court rewarded act of disobedience?

TMI - Court gave ‘disobedient’ Muslim convert custody, says lawyers’ group


The Federal Court has rewarded a Muslim convert with custody of his son even though he was in contempt of a Seremban High Court order, says a lawyers’ group.

Lawyers for Liberty legal and campaign coordinator Melissa Sasidaran said Izwan Abdullah snatched his son Mithran (Nabil) from his ex-wife two days after the court granted custody to S. Deepa in 2014.

"The Federal Court seems to be rewarding a wrongdoer who had blatantly disregarded the High Court order, thus giving the impression that a wrongdoer can abuse the legal process and benefit from it," she said in a statement today.

Yesterday, a five-man bench chaired by Tan Sri Raus Sharif said a non-Muslim marriage did not dissolve when one party embraced Islam.

But the bench varied the High Court order and gave custody of Mithran to Izwan, and their daughter Sharmila to Deepa.

Melissa said the Federal Court should have also taken the inspector-general of police to task for failing to enforce the High Court order in recovering custody of Mithran who was forcibly taken away.

The judgment did not resolve the issue of unilateral conversion and custody obtained from the Shariah Court, she added.

“Deepa’s case is unfortunately one of the many instances where conversion to Islam by one spouse is being used in a very unfair manner in order to win custodial disputes.


I was wondering how the Federal Court would handle this admittedly delicate-in-Malaysia issue, particularly for Muslims and the Muslim judges (who I suspect must have probably been on tenterhooks), and I wasn't too surprised by its ruling, one with a 'compromise' settlement to (hopefully) please both non-Muslims and Muslims.

We have been informed that Judge Raus Sharif led a five-man bench to rule that a non-Muslim marriage did not dissolve when one party embraced Islam. It has been a great and erudite, nay, very wise and fair ruling.

But alas in the eyes of many, the the Federal Court ruling was marred by inserting in a 'compromise' element, where the bench varied the High Court order (which gave mum Deepa custody of both kids) by giving custody of the son to the Muslim father and the daughter to the Hindu mum, to wit, a 50-50% sharing.

The anger at this undeniable 'compromise' is that the father, Izwan Abdullah has now 'rewarded' (if you like) instead of being 'punished' for defying the High Court ruling in refusing to hand over the two children.

His argument was that he as a Muslim preferred to obey the Syariah Court ruling which gave him custody of both kids.

In the first place, and now reaffirmed by the Federal Court, syariah courts have no jurisdiction on non-Muslims like mum Deepa and should/could not rule against her.

In the second, syariah courts are also subordinate to civil courts. We have been told (Wikipedia): The Syariah Courts have jurisdiction only over Muslim in the matters of family laws and religious observances, and can generally only pass sentences of not more than three years imprisonment, a fine of up to RM5,000, and/or up to six strokes of the cane.

Thus his excuse that he preferred the ruling of the syariah court is irrelevant, and he should have been 'punished' by the court for holding the High Court's ruling in contempt.

Mind, some syariah officials believe, quite erroneously, that the syariah courts are on par with civil courts, despite their limited powers (see above).

And do you know how they came to such an erroneous belief? If you want to know, please read my Letter to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, wakakaka.

Mohd Sofi Yusuf, (obviously a Muslim from his name but) stepfather of Deepa blasted the Pusat Dakwah Islamiah Negeri Sembilan for failing to exercise wisdom in accepting the conversion of Deepa's children.

FMT reported: He expressed the opinion today in an interview with FMT following the abduction of Deepa’s six-year-old son by her former husband, Izwan Viran Abdullah.

“Even though it was the Syariah Court that gave custody of the children to Izwan, the mess was started by the Pusat Dakwah, which converted them without getting Deepa’s consent,” he said.

Sofi said the centre had been “totally unfair” to Deepa. Sofi, a Malay-Muslim, is married to Deepa’s mother who has converted to Islam from Hinduism.

“The officer who converted the children should have consulted Deepa, my wife or myself before making his decision,” he added.

Please read my post Have Malaysian Muslims abused Islam? to know my thoughts on matter, in which I had written:

... as a non-Muslim I wonder why the Islamic religious authorities don't impose QA and QC on such cases, to wit, the entry qualifications, intent and vis-a-vis Islam the spirit of the 'convertees'?

If they don't because they are hard up for whatever whoever whichever converts, then they are the ones, and not so much the 'convertees', who have insulted Islam humongously.

To paraphrase a Christian saying, "To err is human, but for a cleric it's unforgivable"!

Amin!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Is Anwar guilty or not?

TMI - House arrest better than jail for Anwar, lawyers’ group tells Putrajaya


Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should be released from jail and put under house arrest instead, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said today, one year after the opposition leader was sent to the Sungai Buloh Prison. LFL executive director Eric Paulsen said the former parliamentary opposition leader suffered from health issues and limited access to medical treatment, adding that his incarceration tarnished Malaysia's reputation.


"In line with Anwar’s status as 'prisoner of conscience' and international concerns that have been raised, we call upon the authorities to release him on house arrest so that he can spend the rest of his sentence in a minimum security correctional facility and for him to receive the medical treatment that is not available in prison."

If Anwar is innocent then he should be freed, and not placed under house arrest or imprisonment. No if's no but's.

But if he is guilty then he must serve time as society requires it. There are medical facilities available for prisoners.

As for the term 'prisoner of conscience' there are many such people, all named by Amnesty International, not our courts.

The point that bears noticing is that Eric Paulsen of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has called for Anwar to serve his term under house arrest instead of in prison, and not for Anwar's total release.

Does this mean that Paulsen recognizes the crime Anwar has committed and being found guilty of? And that he is asking for Anwar to serve his time in a more lenient way?

Why is Anwar different from other prisoners? Why should he be treated differently?

By the by, did Anwar, then DPM, consider in 1994 to allow Lim Guan Eng to serve his time under house arrest instead of in prison?


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

PAS man a credit to muhibbah Malaysia

How many of you know Cao Guojiu?

Wait, let me rephrase that - how many of you Chinese know Cao Guojiu?

I can bet you 999 out of 1000 Chinese in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao and especially mainland China don't. Perhaps in Taiwan there may be more Chinese who knows who Cao Guojiu was.

Today we come to be reminded of Cao Guojiu only because poor Mohd Khairuddin Othman of PAS, the ADUN for Paya Jaras (near Kepong) was seen dressed in a period costume allegedly that of Cau Guojiu.


YB had sportingly worn the costume in a Chinese New Year celebrations on the encouragement of his constituents in Wangsa Permai, Kepong, having been informed that the costume was that of a Chinese Emperor.


Cao Guojiu 

Mind, the member of his constituents who told him so was probably acting in good faith, because ... well, for answer/explanation ... please refer to my queries above (at beginning of this post).

Malaysiakini reports in its his constituents in Wangsa Permai, Kepong, had said that the costume was that of a Chinese Emperor that:

Dressing as a "Chinese emperor" for Chinese New Year may land PAS' Paya Jaras assemblyperson Mohd Khairuddin Othman in hot water.

Khairuddin said he is prepared to face censure from the party's ulama council after realising the costume he donned likened him to one of the eight immortals of the Tao pantheon, Cao Guojiu.

According to PAS organ Harakah Daily, Khairuddin said he did not realise the costume had religious or spiritual elements.

"I believed that Chinese New Year is a cultural celebration and had nothing to do with religion," he is quoted as saying.

He said he was informed by local residents who invited him to the celebrations in Kepong that the costume was that of a "Chinese emperor".

He said he did not decline the residents' request that he don the costume out of respect.


be truthful Chinese
how many of you know that Mohd Khairuddin Othman was wearing the costume for Cao Guojiu?
I don't! 

I truly respect Mohd Khairuddin Othman for his muhibbah sporting gesture, to be (excuse the unintended pun) "at one" with his constituents.

I reiterate here that even 99.9% of Chinese don't know who Cao Guojiu was, so let alone a Malay, whether from PAS, PKR or UMNO.

For me personally, while I am aware of the Taoist Eight Immortals, the only two in that pantheon that I am familiar with would be Lu Dongbin and Li Tieguai. I could never remember the other six.



So to Mohd Khairuddin Othman, I would say, don't fret matey, you may be a PAS man but I've great respect for your 'innocent' muhibbah gesture, and that you've been absolutely correct in stating "Chinese New Year is a cultural celebration and had nothing to do with religion".

In fact I posted an article titled ‘bin Abdullahs’ celebrating Chinese New Year! on this issue some 10 years ago in which I quoted Baradan Kuppusamy of Malaysiakini writing in an article Racism alive and well in Malaysia the following:

“Curiously, the survey also showed that many Malaysians have a vague idea, not only of one another's cultures and traditions. but also of their own.”

“Hari Raya Puasa was wrongly perceived as the Malay New Year by 32% of Malays, 84% of Chinese and 45% of Indians - the festival actually marks the culmination of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Similarly, the Chinese New Year was thought to be a religious festival by 57% of Malays, 53% of Indians and a whopping 62% of Chinese respondents.”


Well, that may be 10 years ago but at least Mohd Khairuddin Othman of PAS is far more knowledgeable than 62% of Chinese then, wakakaka, in that the Chinese New Year celebrations has nothing to do with religion.

In that 10-year old post of mine, I wrote that Chinese New Year has nothing to do with religion, any religion, and that Chinese of any religion - Islam, Christianity, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianism, etc - or even without one (wakakaka), would celebrate the start of the Chinese lunar-solar calendar, the beginning of the Spring season.

  

note Mandarin oranges, symbol of CNY 

In other words it was a socio-seasonal festival which after thousands of years has become a socio-cultural-administrative festival, even for communist China.

Furthermore, the costume Mohd Khairuddin wore would be typically those of the nobility during the Song Dynasty, so the incorrect info he was given was in the end not so incorrect afterall. In fact Cao Guojiu was a member of the royal family. a younger brother of an empress, the wife of Emperor Renzong of the Song dynasty.


UPDATE: thanks to visitor HY, he reminded me that the deity Cao Guojiu has no role nor function in Chinese New Year celebrations, and as a Chinese who celebrated many many Chinese New Year celebrations I can personally testify to that, so I do wonder why there has been such a costume for Mohd Khairuddin Othman to wear? I've to assume it was just a generic period costume and has nothing to do with a Chinese deity. Someone has been fibbing.

I say kudos to Mohd Khairuddin Othman for his truly Malaysian muhibbah attitude as I would also say kudos to KJ for doing a similar muhibbah gesture - read The Star Online's
Khairy surprises with Mandarin CNY message.


Now, a word from my personal sponsor, wakakaka, to wit, my uncle who pays for my Malaysiakini subscriptions - Uncle informed me that years ago, one of his two fave singers, Sudirman Arshad (see my post Remembering a great Malaysian - Sudirman Arshad) together with his regular performing sidekick Noorkumalasari put together a Gong Xi Fa Cai Special program for RTM. Both planned to dress up in Chinese period costumes for their performances.


Sudirman and Noorkumalasari

he was truly a great Malaysian 

Poor Noorkumalasari was harassed brutally, called all sorts of names and bullied continuously by ultras into not donning the Chinese costumes until she broke down and burst into tears. All these were published in a newspaper (Star?).

It's a shame that today, 10 years since the brutal bullying of Noorkumalasari, people still look for the trivial to create controversy.

Gong Xi Fa Cai, wakakaka.


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Wishing all my visitors and friends



May your journey through the Year of the Monkey be safe and filled with happiness, health and success.

Wakakaka!


Pakatan's misplaced snobbery

Ahmad Bashah, the new & 12th MB of Kedah and the bloke who dislodged (Boston-Uni and Sophia-Uni educated) Mukhriz Mahathir from his post as the political CEO of the rice-bowl state, is looked upon by some at best as a joke, an uneducated buffoon, and in other cases, as a nasty piece of treacherous shit, the last is putting it mildly, wakakaka.


The out-of-date joke on him was he allegedly snoozed during his swearing in ceremony at the Alor Setar Palace three days ago.

Malaysiakini reported (04 Feb 16): According to The Star, Bashah shut his eyes for several moments but may not have dozed off because his head was still upright.

Yesterday, he said he did not nap during a function at the palace earlier this year, dismissing the allegation made by Mukhriz when announcing his resignation.

“I was not asleep, just closed my eyes in order to appreciate (menghayati) the Tuanku’s speech at the palace.

"Sometimes, I feel I can concentrate more like that," Bashah had said.


That sleepy-head denigrating joke had also been applied to AAB by you-know-who (wakakaka - like father, like son? wakakaka again) until we subsequently learned poor AAB was suffering from a sleep disorder (sleep apnoea) which rendered him tired and sleepy during the day.

But the 'Sleepy' insult suddenly went out of fashion (at least among Pakatan crowd) when it was revealed that PKR, DAP and Amanah leaders had also "closed their eyes" during parliamentary sessions, wakakaka.




So the insulting against Ahmad Bashah switched to his lack of formal education.

I'm sad that Pakatan leaders couldn't find something more relevant than to find fault with Bashah's lack of formal education (or his dozing off during official functions) because it demonstrated a disgraceful and misplaced snobbery, especially for us Malaysians.

As a personal example of that misplaced and irrelevant act of snobbery, one of my senior uncles who didn't even complete the equivalent of Form II in secondary schooling, became through his several years of apprenticeship, sheer hard work and initiatives, a senior Shell official in charge of sales & marketing for Northern Malaya and Southern Thailand (okay, he spoke fluent Thai, wakakaka).

But my fave example is that of Paul Keating, the 24th PM of Australia and Mahathir's foreign archfoe (because he dismissed Mahathir as a 'recalcitrant' for refusing to attend the 1993 APEC summit, wakakaka).

According to Wikipedia: Keating grew up in Bankstown, a working-class suburb of Sydney. He was one of four children born to Matthew Keating, a boilermaker and trade union representative of Irish Catholic descent, and his wife Minnie. His siblings include Anne Keating, a company director and businesswoman. Leaving De La Salle College ... at the age of 15, Keating decided not to pursue higher education, and instead worked as a pay clerk at Sydney's electricity authority. He then worked as research assistant for a trade union, having joined the Labor Party as soon as he was eligible. In 1966, he became president of NSW Young Labor. In the 1960s, Keating also managed rock band "The Ramrods".

From working as a pay clerk & band manager, Paul Keating not only went on to be Australia's 24th PM but also to be considered in 1984 (by reputable Euromoney magazine) as the world's best treasurer (equivalent to Malaysia's finance minister).


Fellow Aussie (Labor Party) Wayne Swan was so named in 2011, while Tharman Shanmugaratnam of Singapore was similarly honoured with that title in 2013.

Paul Keating was also renowned, among many brilliant achievements, for the following (by Wikipedia): Keating was one of the major driving forces behind the various extensive macro and microeconomic reforms of the Hawke government. 

As Treasurer, Keating pursued economic policies such as floating the Australian dollar in 1983, reducing tariffs on imports, completely reforming the tax system, moving from centralised wage-fixing to enterprise bargaining, privatising publicly owned companies such as Qantas,CSL Limited and the Commonwealth Bank, and deregulating large parts of the banking system. Keating was also instrumental in the introduction of the Prices and Incomes Accord, an agreement between the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the government to negotiate wages. 

His management of the Accord, and close working relationship with ACTU President Bill Kelty, became a source of tremendous political power for Keating. Through the power given to him, Keating was often able to bypass the Cabinet altogether, notably in exercising monetary policy, and he was regularly referred to as "the most powerful Treasurer in modern times".

Though renowned for his political and economic-financial visions as well as his acerbic sharp tongue, wakakaka, unfortunately Aussies in general (during his PM-ship) found it hard to like him, viewing him as far too arrogant.

But today, in retirement, Keating is looked up by Aussies and world leaders with great respect and is much sought after for his opinions on politics, the economy and art. His public talks have been very popular.

Wikipedia also tells us: Keating is currently a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the University of New South Wales. He has been awarded honorary doctorates in law from Keio University in Tokyo (1995), the National University of Singapore (1999), the University of New South Wales (2003) and Macquarie University (2012).

Not bad for a bloke who left school at 15 to become a pay clerk and a band manager, wakakaka.

So, don't be so arrogant with tertiary education and other such pieces of paper.

But do attack Ahmad Bashah for any bad policies, bad management of Kedah and bad divisive politicking.

Jaga standards lah even in your criticisms.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Omelette du Mahathir

The Star Online reports today (extracts):


Will I be like General MacArthur, saying "I came through and I shall return"? 

ALOR SETAR: Outgoing Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir claims that the move to oust him began 18 months ago.

Mukhriz declared he would continue to serve the people and remain loyal to Umno and he hoped the party would undergo a “drastic and dramatic transformation”.

He said he was throwing in the towel as the Regency Council informed him that he had lost the majority support of the State Legislative Assembly.


Poor Mukhriz. As I commented over at M2D, I personally believe Mukhriz is a nice bloke but nonetheless I'm glad he has been ousted, only because I want to see the real power behind him, daddy Mahathir, lose.

Hey, you can't make an omelette without breaking the egg. To rephrase, you can't make an Omelette du Mahathir without breaking the Mukhriz egg, wakakaka.


Omelette du Loaf, wakakaka

Mukhriz's 'political' blood as collateral damage 

My dear dear Muhriz, it's your dad who has been the cause of your fall.

No? You don't think so? You think it's Najib?

Recall how after the 2008 GE you were appointed the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry while your Youth Head (KJ) sat by the side with his duck's egg, wakakaka.

How do you think you were appointed? I hope you don't believe it was your good looks? Wakakaka.

Recall in the pre-election nomination to be Langkawi's representative in the 2008 GE, 85 out of 91 branches in that constituency rejected you, yet you were still given a seat in Jerlun to contest. Indeed, given this, I wonder at your popularity in Kedah.

And guess how you joined the Airborne, wakakaka, to subsequently become MB Kedah?


2013 - oopsie, looks like I'm going to land on top of Ahmad Bashah's head

hope he won't bear a grudge, wakakaka

I believe Najib was trying to mollify your dad. But your dad has been a man who didn't/doesn't know when to give and take. He's the ultimate kiasu, or as RTA would have said, an ultra kiasu, a man who wants, nay make that, demands to win all the time, because he believes not only he is always right but he must be obeyed kau kau.

Mahathir's pompous hubris even extends to declaring that both AAB and Najib were bad choices as his "successorS" (note the word's plurality).

In August last year TMI published Dr Mahathir apologises for choice of successors. TMI reported (relevant extracts):

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the country’s longest serving prime minister for 22 years, today apologised for the choice of his successors, saying that he didn't know any better then. "Manalah saya tahu waktu pilih, saya minta ampun, minta maaflah pada semua (How did I know when I made the choice, I am sorry and apologise to all)," he said. [...]

... Dr Mahathir also took a dig at his immediate successor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, as well as current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, without mentioning any names.


Omelette du 'Kepala Batas'

stuffed with potatoes for energy, wakakaka 

"We can only guess, when someone is known as 'Mr Clean', we choose lah, but once he entered the arena, he became dirty."

"So I tried to find a cleaner replacement, who knew, this new guy's idea (would be) 'cash is king' and if you give people money, they will like you.”

In a veiled attack at Najib, Dr Mahathir said: "But in giving money to people, we must have money. If don't have, can do business, but not if we are holding a position (in government), but stealing, can.”

His remarks drew laughter and applause from some 4,000 students, lecturers and the public.

Hadn't it been wonderful that even at 90 years old, Mahathir could still find the words to entertain 4000 students (a group who once hated him when he was PM) to such an extent that they laughed and applauded at his politically-titillating jabs at both AAB and Najib?

What he had said was he found to his surprise 'Mr Clean' (AAB) became 'dirty' once he became PM. OK then, so what did Mahathir do on discovering AAB wasn't the 'successor' he had wanted?

In his own words, "So I tried to find a cleaner replacement .....".

[Note: I was informed that his hatred for AAB had more to do with their sons than the crooked bridge, wakakaka]

The 'replacement' he sought for the ousted AAB was of course Najib who, he subsequently found to his shock again, has been engaged in 'stealing'.

Thus Mahathir apologized (with his usual sarcasm of course) for his poor choice of 'successorS'.

Wait, don't bother me by asking me why Mahathir did not apologize for his many acts which hurt us, scared us, horrified us and disgusted us, like the dismissal of Lord President Salleh Abas, Ops Lalang, unilaterally declaring Malaysia as a fundamentalist Islamic state, Forex, Maminco, BB, MAS and various other lamentable acts and events.



I don't want to go into those right now as they have been dealt with endlessly by so many other bloggers, reporters, journalists (including foreign ones) and a host of websites and news portals.

But while everyone would acknowledge it's an undeniable fact AAB had been his "final" successor, (note my use of the word "final"? Sorry Mr Manmanlai, wakakaka again), I wonder how Najib became his 2nd succesor?

According to Mahathir's own words, Najib was considered as a 'cleaner replacement' for a 'dirty' AAB.

It's something we can derive directly from Mahathir's declaration, "So I tried to find a cleaner replacement .....".

Those ridiculous words tell us about his flabbergasting hubris and twisted mindset, that Najib had been his 2nd "successor", one whom he "found" to replace AAB.

Those words show that the man didn't (and probably still doesn't) consider himself as a retired PM, but as a PM in political mufti*, someone who rules Malaysia in perpetuity.

[* mufti as in dress, not Muslim cleric, wakakaka]


Omelette 'Siapa Raja', wakakaka 

To him, AAB must have been only an acting caretaker sort of PM, or at best still his 'deputy', who he could continue to dictate to, perhaps not on everything in running the government, but certainly on his pet issues and hobby horses, and likewise with Najib.

And didn't he once complain that Najib hadn't reported to him for 6 months?

Holy moley, a PM to report to him at regular intervals? Didn't that confirm his mindset as one who had believed he was still the de facto PM?

Yes, in his delusional mind Najib as his 'successor' has failed to satisfy his 'expectations', though Najib tried to mollify him by making Mukhriz a deputy minister and at the same time did not appoint his bete noire, KJ the UMNO Youth Chief, as a minister, wakakaka.

It's not rocket science to know the reason behind the unprecedented non-appointment of the UMNO Youth boss as a minister by the PM (while appointing Mukhriz a deputy minister) when all along every UMNO Youth Chief has been appointed as one.

[Now, haven't I mentioned above that his hatred for AAB had more to do with their sons (including s-i-l) than the crooked bridge, wakakaka]

Najib must have thought he'd nominate Mukhriz as MB Kedah as another mollifying act, but I suspect the old man's implacable ire was ignited by his perception Najib didn't do enough to boost Mukhriz up into one of UMNO VP positions, without which the leadership distance between Mukhriz and the PM position is way way way too far.


Omelette 'A bridge too far' (for Mukhriz) , wakakaka

The amazing thing is he hadn't blamed himself for bringing Mukhriz into politics at such a late stage, and I can only guess (apart from his hubristic belief he is never ever wrong) it has been his invincible (over)-confidence that he, as (still) the most power man in both UMNO and Malaysia, could and would eventually make things tick in accordance with his wishes, including safe and mentored passage to the top for Mukhriz.

I suppose to him, as de facto reigning 'Emperor of Malaysia', a non-performing Najib, non-performing to his specific desires, must be removed!

But alas, as someone in Sungai Buloh would tell you, 'de facto' is one thing while 'de jure' is another, especially when the de jure person has direct and immediate access to party funds and control of the government apparatus, which he undoubtedly will use to his own betterment, wakakaka.

In the end, the 1MDB fiasco is just one of many excuses to remove Najib. This is not to say Najib is yet to be completely absolved from the dodginess associated with 1MDB, but let us put in perspective the real reason for Mahathir becoming such a "diligent guardian of governance" in Malaysia when we consider in context such sickening issues like Forex, Maminco, Perwaja, BB, MAS, and various scarey profligacy during his time, and of course not forgetting the humiliating dismissal of Salleh Abas, then Lord President of the judiciary.

Many inform me that that's all in the past and we should deal with the current problem, to wit, Najib. But wouldn't we say he had been chiefly responsible for most of the ills we are facing today, so how can we so easily brush aside his record and performance - it would be like ignoring Godzilla while we chase after the garden lizard.



Another of his attacks against Najib has been the resurrected Altantuyaa affair, where a convicted killer had been virtually 'beautified' and almost 'canonized' into a saint. Indeed, why weren't these raised before Mahathir's declaration's "So I tried to find a cleaner replacement ....."?

But far more important than Mukhriz's loss in Kedah, lies bare that realization that Mahathir no longer scares UMNO people. It would seem that 'Avarice' surpasses 'Awe', wakakaka, Indeed 'Cash is King' in UMNO!

And I have no sympathy at all for the father.



Tunku Abdul Rahman's Alliance (Perikatan) Party

'someone' was sacked from it in 1969, wakakaka 

As I said at the start, I personally believe Mukhriz is a nice bloke but when someone starts to rock the Perikatan boat (BN predecessor, used here for its nautical characteristic, wakakaka), and rock it vigorously out of selfish petulance, surely some eggs would be broken.



Aiyah, I could have hatched nicely into a PM, wakakaka 

Even a very very tolerant kungfu master would only entertain a few free blows but not continuously because one lucky blow by the attacker would eventually penetrate through his defence and land him on the ground. He had to strike back and stop the ongoing assault. Najib is a kungfu master of political maneouvrings and intrigues, even more so than Mahathir, as the former is quietly sly, less openly aggressive and thus deadlier.



Grasshopper, to make an omelette, you need to break an egg 

Poor Mukhriz has been the collateral damage, not that the filial son hadn't been also publicly vocal against his party boss. 

I've to say I'm glad Mukhriz has been ousted, but only because I want to see the real power behind him lose. It annoys me when the father always gets his way, no matter how wrong he had been.

Yes, you can't make an omelette without breaking the egg. To rephrase, you can't make an Omelette du Mahathir without breaking the Mukhriz egg, wakakaka.


Omelette de la Kedah

karn-neen-nare, semua 'dah jadi chop-suey liao, wakakaka