Thursday, May 26, 2016

Azmin Ali - Pakatan's saviour or problem?

In an article Has Pakatan Harapan lost its self-belief? by Hare Kari, Agenda Daily, as obtained from RPK's blog (post is Azmin to be brought down before 2018) I left a comment saying:

The best sentence in Hare Kare's article above is:

"Azmin like Hadi is a classic example of a charlatan politician who runs with the hare and hound to serve their own bigoted political self-interests at the expense of their respective parties and the rakyat"

... though the idiom applicable to Azmin Ali should correctly be "... runs with the hare and hunts with the hounds", but Hare Kari's article is not completely without merits as that sentence encapsulates the problem of Pakatan Rakyat as well as Pakatan Harapan, namely, an Azmin Ali who so wants to be this (MB) and that (PM) that while he is already married to DAP and Amanah, he still woos PAS and is likely to flirt with UMNO (via Mahathir).

But it's okay as a Muslim can legally marry 4, wakakaka.

Of late, I view with great regret and particular disgust an Azmin Ali virtually destroying Pakatan Harapan (PH) by a number of unilateral decisions/actions, but which in reality are not new to PKR's character under Azmin Ali.

Indeed, prior to recent events I had also written about PKR making media statements as if those policy statements or seat allocations were determined by Pakatan after consultations among its members, but which were actually unilaterally announced (by PKR), sort of preemptive strikes (by stealth, sneakiness and shameless slyness), and which would invariably invoke parties like DAP to scream "WTF" the next morning when they read of PKR's unilateral decisions in the newspaper, wakakaka.

Note the following PKR recent unilateral decisions:

  • Despite the pompous fanfare about PH having drawn out a consultative agreement where no single party makes unilateral announcement to the surprise and shock of the other coalition members, PKR nonetheless went ahead to announce in Sarawak well ahead of the state elections that it would be contesting in 40 seats, in which 15 seats were NOT negotiable. Not negotiable by a member of a so-called coalition virtually meant 'suck my dick and like it or f**k off.'
  • He woos PAS by himself, inviting the Islamic Party to be part of PH, even knowing his Pakatan Harapan (PH) partners are hostile to PAS, and vice versa in what can be said to be in a currently irreversible state of enmity 
  • Though Baru Bian sent 5 PKR candidates to stand in seats in the Sarawak state elections already allocated to the DAP by PH's top leadership, it was said Azmin Ali was the decision maker, or at least the provocateur of Baru Bian's decision
  • He made promises to PAS, such as for PAS to stand back from the Sg Besar by-election to make way for PKR, with a quid pro quo promise to PAS of PH not standing in Sabak Bernam in GE-14 to make way for PAS. Wow, just who the f**k was he to unilaterally give Sabak Bernam away to PAS?
  • etc etc etc

Today RPK has a new post titled Azmin Ali's Triple-A rating. Please read it yourself and decide on its plausibility, but essentially RPK reminds us of the warning he gave more than 15 months back. The following are extracts from his new post to rekindle in our minds what he had told us before:

Malaysia Today was implying (or maybe even alleging) that Azmin had sold out Anwar and was attempting to replace Anwar with Mahathir as the new de facto Opposition Leader. But that would never happen because Azmin would bend over backwards for Anwar if need be (figure of speech of course and not literally) — or so they thought.

Today, that assumption has changed. And it changed not because Malaysia Today revealed 15 months ago about what Azmin discussed with Mahathir in London. It changed because Azmin himself has proven that Mahathir and not Anwar is his boss.

But then Azmin cannot help himself. That was the promise Azmin made to be able to become the Selangor Menteri Besar — that he would dump Anwar and not serve Anwar any longer. But whom did Azmin make this promise to? To who did Azmin promise that if he were appointed the Selangor Menteri Besar he would no longer serve Anwar or pledge loyalty to Anwar but would dump Anwar?

Yes, a most interesting question, don’t you think so? And I am sure some of you already suspect who that person is. Nevertheless, I am not going to mention his name just yet although I cannot promise you that some time in the future I will reveal who that person is. Suffice to say that Azmin got the job as Selangor Menteri Besar on the agreement that he must turn his back on Anwar.

And Azmin delivered his promise, although only 18 months later, by ousting Anwar as the de facto Opposition Leader and by not getting Mahathir to agree to a pardon for Anwar and by supporting Mahathir as the new de facto Opposition Leader to replace Anwar.

Anwar plus his four political strategists in the photograph above now know that Azmin has sold them out.

In short, without resorting to adverse descriptions such Et tu Azmin!, backstabbing, sellout, coup d'etat in PKR, etc, RPK is saying that Azmin has cleverly deposed of Anwar from the PKR No 1 leadership post, de facto of course, and even gaining the MB position in Selangor as part of his power grab.

I left a comment at one of RPK's posts but can't remember which. Essentially I commented on Azmin Ali's appointment to the Selangor MB post as follows (words to the effect):

Does anyone imagine for an instant that Azmin wasn't involved in the manoeuvrings behind the scene to undermine Wan Azizah from being appointed MB and by default to promote his own suitability.

Does anyone imagine for an instant that when Azmin was summoned before HRH and informed he was approved by HRH as the new MB to replace Khalid Ibrahim, poor innocent naive and clueless Azmin would gape at HRH with wide open eyes and utter surprise, and then stutter: "Paaaateeeeek Tuanku? Ampun Tuanku, patek sangat terkejut. Menjunjung Tuanku, Ampun Tuanku. Dirgahayu Tuanku, Ampun Tuanku".


Anyway, I'll leave it at that, and see what Rafizi Ramli will do next instead of beating around the PKR bush about corruption in PKR Selangor involving 'money & women', that is, if he has the balls like the state DAP who not only sacked Loh Chee Heng, their own ADUN in Selangor, for misuse of public funds allocated to his constituency of Teluk Datuk, Banting but also reported his misdeeds to MACC.

Then, where relevant only, I'll blog another post if I am able to detect links between Rafizi's recent noisy shouts about the above-mention issue of corruption involving 'money & women' and the current PKR internal power struggles, wakakaka.

Related: Machiavellian knot unravelling

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Discarding own culture and history?

Dr P Ramasamy, also DCM II of Penang, asked of Professor Mokhtar Saidin, apparently a prominent Malaysian archaeologist, and rather sarcastically if I may add, is there really No scientific proof of Hinduism-Buddhism in Bujang Valley?, this news article being published by FMT.

a candi in Bujang Valley archaeological site

would it be like the one Parameswara prayed at? 

a Buddhist-Hindu candi in Muaro Jambi Sumatra

would it be THE one Parameswara prayed at? 

The tone of Dr Ramasamy's query (don't forget a rather sarcastic one, wakakaka) unhappily questions Prof Saidin's argument that in our famed Bujang Valley (as reported by FMT) animism rather than Hinduism or Buddhism was the dominant form of worship in Bujang Valley more than 2,500 years ago. Second, that Bujang Valley stands no chance of being gazetted by Unesco because there is no scientific research to date to verify that the temple ruins were Hindu or Buddhist structures.

Please read the FMT article yourself, but I wouldn't be wrong if I gather from Dr Ramasamy, and indeed I share his suspicions, that there is a gargantuan reluctance by Prof Saidin to admit Hinduism and/or Buddhism were practised in those ancient times in Bujang Valley.

Additionally, and perhaps because of this, there is also a home-grown reluctance to have a Hindu-Buddhist site gazetted by UNESCO, rather than UNESCO being reluctant to do so.

If Dr Ramasamy's (and indeed my) suspicions have grounds, then I really don't know why there is this local academic reluctance about admitting the Hindu-Buddhist heritage of Malaya, when virtually everyone knows that the founder of the golden Malay civilisation in Malacca was a Buddhist, namely, Parameswara, late of the Buddhist Kingdom of Srivijaya who scooted off from his Empire's capital in Palembang when Hindu Majapahit troops were hot on his heels.

It was even said Parameswara did not convert to Islam as history books have it, though how would we know when that's hundreds of years ago.

The Indonesians have never been ashamed of their Buddhist-Hindu heritage, nay, in fact very proud of it. They still maintain and indeed flaunt their proud heritage, a simple everyday example being in their names such as Parameswara (obviously), Purnawarman, Prabowo, Kertarajasa, Soekarno, Soeharto, Megawati, Rachmawati, Ratna Dewi, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Joko Widodo, Panggabean without the need to Arabise their identity in order to prove they are Muslims.

Recently there was an academic forum on the worrying Arabisation of Malays and Malay culture in Malaysia. Malay scholars suspected that one of many contributing factors to this cultural colonization has been some Malays' low esteem of themselves.

The Malay Mail Online reported in its Forum explores creeping ‘Arabisation’ among Malays that Self-loathing, ignorance and insecurity were among the main reasons for 'Arabisation' taking root in Malaysia’s Malay community. 

Sociologist Syed Farid al-Attas was quoted as saying: “For some reason the Malays often feel very low about themselves. So when they ape the Arabs they believe they are the more authentic (Muslims).”

“What we are importing is not the faith but the practices and beliefs from a culture from Saudi Arabia.

“So what it is actually is not Arabisation, but the salafisation or Saudi Arabisation process… this is dangerous as this narrow interpretation of Islam can undermine (the diversity) of our religion.”

Another historian Eddin Khoo said: ... that prior to the Arabisation phenomenon, the Malays were known for their ability to “internalise” Islam with their own culture. The result was a rich mix of identity that became unique to this region.

But much of it, like Kuda Kepang and Dikir Barat, have been systematically erased as the community became more eager to prove who is the more “authentic” Muslim.

There is an internal struggle within the Malays… Malay culture has become the victim of the battle between factions vying for control over who is more Malay (and Muslim).

He was referring to the political rivalry between nationalist Umno and Islamist PAS.

On this note, we should remember that PAS has banned the wayang kulit in Kelantan because of the cultural shadow-play's narration of stories from the Hindu Ramayana and Mahabharata.

My fave person, Marina Mahathir, who was also a panellist at the forum, argued that one of the reasons why Malays want to appropriate Arab culture is because they ignorantly equate the community with Islam, whereas Arabs made up just 15 per cent of the world's Muslim population.

“Malays have this simple thinking that everything Islam is Arab. But there are so many types of Arabs in the region… so when we try and emulate Arabs, which one are we talking about?”

In my personal opinion wakakaka, the most notable (or notorious) of the Arabisation indoctrination has been the example given by one particular mufti on the required obedience of a exemplary Muslim wife who must accept her husband wishes even if to bonk on the back of a camel (why not a kerbau or a car?)

Thus Dr Ramasamy's queries on Prof Saidin's seeming reluctance to consider Hindu-Buddhist worship in ancient Bujang Valley are timely and welcomed, and perhaps even succinctly on target.

candi in Bujang Valley archaeological site 

animism worship?


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What's good for the goose ...

Star Online – Ban goes against rules

Kuala Lumpur: Any proposed law to ban unilateral conversions in Malaysia will contravene the Federal Constitution, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (pic).

“In the context of Malaysian law, whether civil or Syariah, we want to uphold justice and ensure that the rights of all parties are maintained and upheld.

“In that manner, any law to ban unilateral conversions is against Clause 4 of Article 12 in the Federal Constitution, which allows for conversion of a person under 18 years old by either the child’s mother or father,” he said in a written reply to M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) in Parliament yesterday.

Kulasegaran had asked when the laws banning unilateral conversions would be drawn up.

So if the minister believes “In the context of Malaysian law, whether civil or Syariah, we want to uphold justice and ensure that the rights of all parties are maintained and upheld. In that manner, ... any law to ban unilateral conversions is against Clause 4 of Article 12 in the Federal Constitution, which allows for conversion of a person under 18 years old by either the child’s mother or father”, ...

... then can a Muslim child like Prasana Diksa be converted by just one of his/her (the child's) parents, to wit, Indira Gandhi, to a non-Islamic religion like Hinduism?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Machiavellian knot unravelling

When Azmin Ali criticized MACC for raiding Lim Guan Eng's house in the anti-graft agency's search for evidence on allegations of naughty dealings by Guan Eng in the purchase of his Pinhorn Road house, it's not that Azmin has been wrong. In fact he has been spot on in saying MACC has continued to demonstrate imbalanced treatment of Pakatan pollies in contrast to BN pollies like Najib Razak and his various billions of this and that.

It's the timing lah. Yes, his timing has been less than brilliant, in fact far from that, wakakaka.

or a start, I've always viewed Azmin as not one to show sympathy for DAP pollies - I suspect he believes his status is way way above Guan Eng - an analogy would be like a Brahmin to a Sudra, wakakaka, and in this regard Guan Eng is lucky not to have been considered as an 'untouchable', wakakaka again.

Then, as I just mentioned, the very timing of his criticism of MACC with regards to its raid of Guan Eng's house is gnam gnam at a time when Azmin finds himself right in the midst of all sorts of self-induced strife.

He is a very unhappy bloke right now, finding himself currently not popular with his own party PKR, his so-called Pakatan allies (so-called in the way he has been treating them, both DAP and Amanah) and worse, his complete nightmare, a PAS whom he as a so-called Pakatan leader has been shamelessly wooing like a lovesick Casanova, becoming estranged from his embrace and turning rather hostile to him.

'Twas reported he had threatened Selangor's PAS exco members that he would require them to resign from the state exco positions if PAS doesn't give way in the Sungai Besar by-election to ... guess who? ... wakakaka ... yes sir ... PKR.

Then he denied that accusation, saying it was sheer nonsense but alas, those PAS blokes in in Selangor pulled the rug from beneath his feet by confirming he did say so. Alamak, how to believe him liao lah!?

This was naturally followed by PAS giving him the proverbial two lil' birdies.

Then the Anwar letter emerged, in what was an obvious chiding of Azmin.

Anwar had written sadly:

My kind and generous disposition towards Tun M was not reciprocated. Far from being remorseful he displayed the contemptible aspect of his character by repeating the scurrilous attacks.

The humiliation, sadly did not elicit any response from my trusted colleagues.

And what trusted colleagues? Azmin Ali? Shamsul Iskandar?

The latter just said it's fair for PAS to demand to contest the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections. Who cares what PAS wants. We put Amanah in the two by-elections as the rep of Pakatan Harapan for whom both UMNO and PAS are its enemies.

Anwar's letter was followed by Rafizi Ramli making allegations of salacious corruption demands in Selangor, yes, Pakatan's or PKR's Selangor state.

That leaves Azmin only with his Uncle who himself is becoming politically less credible day by day.

As TK Chua, a FMT reader, has written in an opinion piece titled No such thing as being a little pregnant in a reference to Azmin Ali's unholy dalliance with PAS, the political foe of Pakatan Harapan, Azmin's judgement is questioned as to where his loyalty lies, with his Pakatan ally Amanah or with Pakatan's foe, PAS?

Chua asked:

We have pretenders, hypocrites and corruptors as our politicians and leaders. The baloney being perpetrated is beyond belief. No explanation, justification and rationale has been given for anything. Everything is based on power, defiance, personal survival, and obstinacy.

We violate agreements, ethics and principles and we allow the slippery slope of expediency and hypocrisy to lead us to more baloney as is evidenced today.

[obviously referring to PKR's treacherous actions in standing in 5 constituencies in the recent Sarawak state elections when those 5 seats were already allocated to DAP in an agreement signed by PKR President Wan Azizah]

Seriously, how could we have PAS as a friend and ally on one hand and as an enemy and opponent on the other at the same time? I think only the greatest hypocrites and the most self-conceited could see no contradiction in this situation.

[The above is the the part about Azmin and PAS being a "little pregnant" in their questionable alliance].

How can Pakatan Harapan (PH) especially PKR treat its equal partner Amanah as a lesser friend whenever the situation suits them? We may occasionally ask our friends to sacrifice something for us, but asking them to sacrifice for their enemies is nonsensical. Asking Amanah to sacrifice for PAS is out of the question. If PKR was a true friend, it would never have even thought of asking this.

Indeed, it's just horribly obscene to ask Amanah of Pakatan Harapan to give way to PAS, the enemy of PH, but we're also aware that Mahathir wants to see PAS in a straight fight with BN, and what Mahathir wants, Azmin seems to be anxious to ensure Uncle gets what Uncle wants.

Yes, we must question Azmin's judgement and loyalty to Pakatan in asking Amanah to sacrifice for PAS in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

[Actually Azmin has voiced his wish for PKR to contest in Sungai Besar, and as quid pro quo, promised to leave Sabak Bernam federal constituency for PAS in GE-14 - and just who the f**k is Azmin to promise PAS the seat of Sabak Bernam unilaterally without consulting Pakatan allies?]

I strongly believe Amanah should contest in both Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar - they will get around 25% Chinese votes in the former and 30% Chinese votes in the latter - the rest is up to Amanah's canvassing of the Malay votes but at least they'll fare far better than PAS.

Pakatan must ensure Amanah stands in the by-elections for the two federal seats, with or without Azmin and PKR.

In the end, we must ask Azmin Ali: Are you with PAS or Pakatan (Amanah, DAP)? Just showing sympathy for Lim GE on the matter of MACC raiding the latter's house is just not good enough.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

JAKIM's RM1 billion budget

Malay Mail Online - Johor Sultan: Why does JAKIM need RM1b budget?

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) must explain its expenditure and justify its demand for RM1 billion in annual allocations, said Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Iskandar.

The Johor ruler said he will have JAKIM provide details of its spending when the Conference of Malay Rulers meets next, noting that the federal Islamic agency has an obligation to report to the conference.

“I am curious to know — if it is true — why do they need a RM1 billion budget? Does it include allocations to all the states?

“During the next Conference of Rulers (meeting), I want them to show me their breakdown for expenses. I want to know if they are financing our religious schools here,” he said in an interview with the Sunday Star.

We would all love to know too, but alas, HRH did not attend the recent Rulers' Conference.

Continuing with the MM Online article:

... the Johor ruler reminded JAKIM that the Conference of Malay Rulers was the highest authority on Islamic matters and that the agency’s function was only advisory.

“We are the heads of religion in our own states. JAKIM can give advice or propose guidelines but it is up to us whether we want to accept it or not,” he said.

The Johor Sultan also pointed out in Johor, fatwas or religious edicts issued by the Johor Islamic Council cannot be effective without his approval, and that he had questioned some of the fatwa issued by them before.

By the by, Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki a deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs and thus JAKIM claimed the RM724.6 million set aside for the JAKIM next year was not sufficient to combat “extremist” ideologies like the Islamic State (IS) but then JAKIM Director General said Jakim powerless to contain Islamic State threat, so WTF?

If you're unable to combat IS, please lah, don't waste my tax money.

But wait, according to Dr Asyraf Wajdi, JAKIM's remaining targets (besides IS which its DG confessed JAKIM is powerless to contain) are "liberalism, pluralism, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community"

Wah such dangerous threats! But is that what JAKIM's proposed RM1 billion is supposed to do. I have to admit I'm unimpressed and in total amazement that we have a RM1 billion-budgeted department just to combat "liberalism, pluralism, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community".

Sebentar bib tunggu dulu okay? I err because JAKIM has additional important roles, namely:

(1) Jakim urges Muslims to hold prayers for rain, and I suppose if successful a rain-making kit (like the UMP anti-hysteria kit) will be exported to the Middle East, and

My dear Tuan Othman Mustapha (DG JAKIM)
Sir, how about outsourcing? Cheaper lah.

(2) JAKIM's halal hub division issues halal certificate for chicken eggs to avoid dubious elements in its cleaning and packaging process (just in case there may be porcine DNA a la the alleged Cadbury scandal recently).

Amazing, isn't it? Apart from eggs, I wonder what else will come under the scrutiny of JAKIM's halal hub division?

Maybe rice, salt, sugar, pepper, kunyit, etc?

Thank goodness KitKat was not affected - I love KitKats and it would have jeopardized kissing sweeties

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The cruel death of Kho Jabing

Today is Wesak Day as celebrated by mostly those of the Theravada School of Buddhism [The Mahayana School celebrated Wesak a week earlier].

In Malaysia we have a mix of the two schools of Buddhist thoughts but most Chinese Malaysians who are Buddhists don't know the difference. In fact some (Chinese Malaysian Buddhists) even conflate Buddhism with their Chinese folk religion, Taoism and Confucianism, such is their relaxed attitude towards religions.

Perhaps this could be the result of 2600 years of Confucian indoctrination, in which we have been told that Confucius himself said: "Revere the gods but keep them at a distance."

Whatever, whichever, Buddhism instructs Buddhists to cultivate the good and avoid the bad in their lives, and especially to follow a path of non-violence.

Lay Buddhists follow the Pancasila or the Five Precepts, a code of ethics in everyday living which are NOT religious imperatives but voluntary training practices in following Buddhist principles. The first Sila or Precept is:

Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi

which is in the ancient Pali language and would translate into English as

I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing

Singapore is a nation in which most of its citizens are Buddhists, yet its legal code nurtures the medieval capital punishment which in any language today is an euphemism for state sanctioned or state legalised murder. Singapore as a much touted 1st World nation is ironically notorious for its inflexible readiness to apply capital punishment for certain crimes.

Yesterday in what was seen as indecent haste, Singapore executed Malaysian Kho Jabing. And right on the eve of Wesak Day

State executions in Singapore are usually carried out in the very early mornings of Fridays, but almost immediately after yesterday's (Friday morning) last minute appeal for Kho Jabing was dismissed by the courts, he was executed at 3.30 pm on Friday afternoon. The Sing authorities obviously wouldn't wait a week for another Friday early morning.

“But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? 
For there to be equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. 
Such a monster is not encountered in private life.”  
- Albert Camus

I deplore Singapore's heinously cruel act against a human being. This is not to say that Kho Jabing was innocent but to take away the life of even a criminal demeans the humanity of Singapore and its predominantly Buddhist population.

Many Asian countries like South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, with predominant Buddhist populations, though haven't as yet expunged the death penalty from their legal code of punishments, have studiously avoided applying the ultimate and extremely cruel penalty for more than a decade or so.

Catholic Philippines and East Timur have abandoned the death penalty for some years, though the new Philippines president Duterte wants to reintroduce it as he had avowed in his election campaign.

“The State is not God. It has not the right to take away what it cannot restore when it wants to.”
Anton Chekhov 

In Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada there is no capital punishment.

In January last year Myanmar commuted all death sentences to life imprisonment. There have been no known executions in the Myanmar since 1989, nor in Laos since that time. Thailand has not carried out capital punishment since 1988. In effect these states are what Cornell University's Death Penalty Worldwide database describe as 'abolitionist de facto'. The Philippines, East Timor and Cambodia have abolished capital punishment entirely.

Brunei hasn't carried out any known executions since 1957 (though with the enactment of the first wave of hudud law last year, that tide may turn).

It would seem that above-mentioned SE Asian Buddhist countries (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos) have abandoned the cruel barbaric death penalty.

I hope Philippines President Duterte won't implement his campaign promise of reintroducing capital punishment though I have little hope on this as Duterte is already notorious for his ultra rightwing-speak, but nevertheless we continue to hope it's just his campaigning boast. But alas, he may be compelled by his rightwing constituency to do as he has promised.

Until he does, the Asean nations which practise sanctioned and legalised state executions, in reality acts of murder, are secular Indonesia, secular Singapore, communist Vietnam, and secular (and at times Islamic) Malaysia, with perhaps Islamic Brunei with its hudud code of punishment and a Duterte-d Catholic Philippines joining the terrible foursome in the future.

“Capital punishment could not be justified in any society calling itself civilized.” 
- Howard Zinn

The worst in recent times have been ironically a supposedly liberal President Joko Widodo of Indonesia who has escalated state executions in his country. There is always an irreversible but shameful danger in playing politics at the expense of human lives. Shame on him.

In today's modern world, abandoning such a cruel punishment from the legal code of punishment would be the hallmark of a mature civilised nation which no longer subscribes to the ancient tribal ritual of 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth', a barbaric rite best left to the medieval Middle-Eastern nations of Israel and the Arab States, and some equally barbaric states in the USA and sadly the ancient civilizations of China and India.

We must strive to convince our politicians to speak out against capital punishment, as the late Karpal Singh had and UMNO Minister Nazri Aziz (in his personal capacity) also has, and hopefully erase such a barbarous punishment from our nation's legal code of punishment.

“It is wrong to become absorbed in the divine law to such a degree as not to perceive human law. Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men touch that unknown thing?” 
- Victor Hugo

Indeed if you are of the Abrahamic religious faith, then there's all the more reason you should leave the lives of human beings to the decision of your divine god and not mortal politicians. Just detain the murderous criminals for life from society. There is no need to ape their vile acts by murdering them and euphemistically camouflage our foul actions as capital punishment.

May the soul of Kho Jabing rest in peace.

Read also:

(2) Not a Martyr, Not a Hero, but a Human Being

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Selangor Buah Langsat

MM Online - Rafizi threatens to expose Selangor graft in leaked message

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — PKR’s whistleblower Rafizi Ramli is warning his party that he will reveal alleged corruption involving the Selangor administration unless it is halted, according to a leaked text message.

In the message purportedly sent to the “Solidarity for Anwar” WhatsApp group, Rafizi said he received complaints of demands for cash and women in dealings with the Selangor administration, which is headed by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“Yesterday I received reports and complaints from bona fide individuals that, other than money, there are now demands for ‘women’ when dealing with the state government. They have complained to me and I’m currently collecting information.

“All this talk about money and now women is making people inside and outside talk about ‘dedak’,” read the message sighted by Malay Mail Online.

“Dedak” is Malay for animal feed, and is used euphemistically to denote payoffs.

The buah langsat sure as hell doesn't fall far from the bloody bangsat sorry I mean langsat tree, wakakaka, but if true, then it suggests an ugly, very very ugly PKR.

Malaysiakini also informs us of the same story in its Leaked! Money, women allegedly requested during discussions with S'gor govt where it reported:

The leaked Whatsapp conversation was exposed by news portal Malaysian Mirror.

"Yesterday, I received a report and complaint from a 'bonafide' person that apart from money, now there are also requests for women when dealing with the state government. There is no point for me to elaborate, you know what I mean.

"They came to me and complained, and I am collecting information," Rafizi was quoted as saying in the 'Solidariti for Anwar' Whatsapp group.

He also stated in the conversation that he was more concerned about sins and good deeds as opposed to political strategies.

"I don't really care about political strategies and other (issues).

"I have never once been to the SUK (state secretariat building) since Azmin (Ali) became MB to ask (for something) or to discuss (matters)," he said.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Anwar Letter

I am known for my unfriendliness towards Anwar Ibrahim but no, I don't hate him as one particular but now-erstwhile (wakakaka) anwarista had often accused me of.

My antipathy towards Anwar's brand of politics has been the reason for my dislike of him. To me, he has a proclivity towards his old UMNO defomasi rather than what he claims, reformasi. There have been ample evidence to support my assertions-accusations.

However, I had once defended him much to my own surprise and embarrassment, partly because UMNO's KJ attacked him unfairly and partly because I saw it just to do so - for more, see my letter to Malaysiakini posted also in my blog as Defending Anwar Ibrahim - wakakaka.

Nonetheless, despite my general lack of respect and support for him and his brand of politics I have to grudgingly admit that he pulled off probably the greatest political feat of all times in Malaysia, that was when he somehow managed to bring together 3 parties with disparate ideologies with two virtually at opposite ends of the Malaysian political ideological spectrum and one still steeped in UMNO ketuanan DNA, to form a loose coalition called Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

PR's achievements in 2008 and 2013 are now legends in Malaysian politics. PR was not the first unified opposition approach to Malaysian elections. In 1969 Gerakan Party, DAP, PPP and even PAS also formed a similar informal but highly disciplined electoral pact though was not known as a coalition, But their election victories in 1969 so frightened and shook up Perikatan (BN's predecessor) that saw the tragic outbreak of civil racial riots just 3 days after the election results, an opportunistic necessity for some but a tragic event for many, especially for the Chinese. That event became the notorious May 13.

We needn't elaborate on May 13 as virtually every Malaysian knows who was responsible and why it happened.

Let's instead examine today and tomorrow rather than yester-years, though of course we need to be mindful of the lessons of history, for Spanish philosopher George Santayana advised us 100 years ago that 'Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it'.

Thus while we needn't dwell on the tragedy of May 13, we should still be mindful of those who were said to be the opportunistic mischief-makers.

So back to Anwar Ibrahim's amazing political feat in bringing PAS and DAP together to join his own PKR in a loose coalition to offer the once-invincible BN a jolly good fight in elections.

His coalition would be deemed as far more effective than the one in 1969 in winning in the 2008 general and state elections (GE-12) majority rule in 5 states (Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Perak and Selangor) and more than a third of the total federal seats (82 out of 222).  Quite frankly I doubt anyone else could have done that.

Mahathir is now attempting to do so but alas, those who once detested him politically have now become blind as bats in their obsessive hatred for Najib and have frighteningly forgiven his unforgivable sins as well as also failed to intelligently question his motive and 'plans' for the 'morning after'.

Of course it must be said and indeed to be admitted as well that Anwar didn't do it for altruistic reasons - he wanted to be PM and if PR could serve his personal grande idée, then he would go all out to ensure the viability, versatility and survivability of the coalition by nurturing the compatibility of the component parties.

In this, his grande idée, he was concerned with the big picture, that of becoming PM, and not so much into grubby avaricious jealous politicking as some of his PKR leaders are, they being small picture dwarves.

In more than one way Anwar succeeded beyond his wildest dreams but alas which ironically led him impatiently and stupidly to his 916 deformasi coup d'etat via frogology.

Hmmm, I wonder whether he had thought along this line when the 2008 GE results came out: "Aiyah, sikit lagi saje lah ... sayang saje. Jadi, how about this then ... yadda yadda yadda ... ", wakakaka.

In the midst of that 1st tsunami with the clearer potentiality of Pakatan breaching the high walls of Putrajaya in the near future becoming not just a possible but a probability, I reckon one PAS man, who had viewed Anwar with distrust, jealousy and a long-time grudge stemming from the days when PAS president allahyarham Ustaz Haji Fadzil bin Muhammad Noor had wanted to make Anwar Ibrahim his successor as president of PAS, started to entertain his own political dreams as well a la 'Anything he can do, I can do better', wakakaka.

But let's leave that for another post and also his equally stupid Kajang Satay which was the lidi stick that broke the Pakatan camel's back, when his PAS rival saw his opportunity to strike.

I come now to Anwar's next amazing act, one which I have to grudgingly again admire, namely, his recent and to some, most controversial but very eloquent letter in which he reminded his PKR leaders to beware believing in an old poisonous scorpion who wants to ride across the Sungai Najib on the back of the new Pakatan Harapan very gullible foolish frog.

but I helped you cross Sg Najib
thanks, now die 

And indeed sadly Pakatan Harapan has become a f**king frog which has jumped from its original concept of reforms, justice, democracy, transparency and accountability to being in deep shameful cahoots with a selfish old man who has in the first place been the very cause of all our destroyed debilitated and deformed public institutions (once much vaunted and much admired by our neighbours and the world) and who only wants to depose of Najib for his own selfish needs, as he had deposed of AAB prior to Najib.

And Pakatan and even my hero Ambiga Sreenevasan wants to back and work alongside such a man?

Read Anwar's very eloquent letter here in which he chided his Pakatan colleagues on their seeming betrayal of him, their former PR leader, by acting in typical Malaysian act-dunno fashion. He wrote out his sad cry:

My kind and generous disposition towards Tun M was not reciprocated. Far from being remorseful he displayed the contemptible aspect of his character by repeating the scurrilous attacks.

The humiliation, sadly did not elicit any response from my trusted colleagues. 

And wasn't Azmin conspicuous by his deafening silence while sitting cozily besides his 'Uncle', let alone others like Lim KS and Mat Sabu?

He continued:

Presumably you may consider it critical to protect this cohabitation. Unfortunately this will only embolden him to justify his past excesses. The trend seems to move from past repudiation to redemption! Azizah and I felt compelled to rebut as a matter of principle and to protect our honour.

Sadly, doesn't Anwar's observation of ... you may consider it critical to protect this cohabitation. ..... The trend seems to move from past repudiation to redemption! ... point towards a taxi-sapu mentality?

But I, known as an anti Anwar person, have to say the most moving paragraph in Anwar's missive, one which actually makes me feel for him for the first time, has been his plaintive call for protection for his family (wife and daughter Nurul) from stressful pressure towards unfilial support for Anwar's unrepentant archfoe.

I've put the two paragraphs instead of just the one to give his words some context, as follows:

Let me now comment to your other responses. My apologies – but I can’t help feeling flabbergasted by the simplistic assertions that with Najib’s removal we will be able to usher change towards democratic accountability. I’ve asserted to the contrary and no evidence is adduced to suggest otherwise. I’ve also been urged to show clarity and not ambivalence in regard to the declaration; and I’ve done precisely that.

But I resent the insensitivity in pressuring the president and in particular Nurul Izzah to pay respects to Tun M or attend his functions. You may want to appease him, but to demand such a sacrifice from my family, particularly after the recent scorn is the unkindest cut of all!

And I wonder whether the last sentence, ... the unkindest cut of all ..., was in any way directed towards Azmin Ali, who as I've said above, now sits cozily besides Uncle Mahathir.

And now perhaps a word from Anwar's reputed fave author for someone in PKR to peruse (consider me as Mark Anthony and Anwar as the wannabe Caesar, wakakaka):

For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel.
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov'd him!
This was the most unkindest cut of all;
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,
Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty
. . .

Marcus Antonius - Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 2, 181–186

And do you have to force my wife and daughter into showing him respect and attending his functions?

You may want to appease him, but to demand such a sacrifice from my family, particularly after the recent scorn is the unkindest cut of all!