Saturday, December 16, 2017

Political Mavericks

Malaysiakini - Maverick DAP rep asks why party impatient to get rid of him (extracts):

Teh Yee Cheu

Maverick DAP Tanjung Bungah assemblyperson Teh Yee Cheu broke his silence and questioned why his party was apparently impatient to get rid of him by barring him from being involved in flood aid in his state constituency.

Teh said he has not joined another political party and is still a DAP member and assemblyperson. [...]

Teh expressed disappointment that a senior DAP leader ran him down in the state newsletter Buletin Mutiara.

"Now you condemn me and say bad things about me. Aren't you just playing politics?" he asked.

"You say I might be a risk. What kind of risk do I pose? You mean I can sabotage the whole thing? How can I do that?

"If I want to sabotage (DAP), I do not need to announce in advance that I want to leave the party."

On Dec 14, DAP Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari revealed that Teh was barred from approving the registration of flood victims which will entitle them the state's RM700 in financial aid. [...]

On why the two-term elected representative was barred, Zairil said this was due to Teh issuing a few negative statements to the press.

"He had publicly announced that he’s leaving DAP and that also means he's leaving the Pakatan Harapan state government. So, when there's uncertainty, do you take the risk?" Zairil was quoted as saying in Buletin Mutiara.

Political parties do not like go-it-alone mavericks, no matter how good or people-oriented these mavericks might be. So Zairil Khir has not been wrong in describing Teh as a possible 'risk' to the DAP.

And that's the specific and not just a general rule, but with one sole exception. Wakakaka, as in everything, there is always an exception (and sometimes disparagingly called a 'freak' or an aberration).

That exception is one where that maverick is so popular with the voters the party would be foolish to expel or marginalise him or her, or even allow him/her to leave the party. Examples would be Lim Chong Eu, Anwar Ibrahim and not-so-much-as-a-maverick as someone who didn't get along with the party's state top leaders, Fong Po Kuan, MP for Batu Gajah from 1999 to 2013.

Many do not realise that Lim Chong Eu was once the President of MCA. He left on his own accord after having a dispute with Tunku (UMNO) on MCA's fair allocation of federal seats for an election. He was succeeded by Tan Siew Sin as MCA President.

Wikipedia tells us: In the March 1958 Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) party elections, he challenged Tun Tan Cheng Lock and won the presidency with a majority of 22 votes.

kt note: Tan Cheng Lock was the father of Tan Siew Sin

During the one-year period when the MCA was under Lim, the party came under tremendous pressure from within and outside. After his victory, he called an extraordinary general meeting to amend the Constitution to consolidate the power of the Central Committee. This was met with strong resistance by Tun Tan Siew Sin and his supporters. Although the proposal was passed with a single-vote majority, the move left the Party split.

At the same time, the MCA under Lim also had severe political differences with the then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. The crisis worsened on the eve of the 1959 general elections when Lim demanded 40 parliamentary seats and also wanted to make Chinese an official language. The Tunku increased the seats allocated to MCA from 28 to 31 but this was rejected and their relationship worsened.

Tunku Abdul Rahman rejected Lim's demands, prompting Lim to resign as president of MCA ...

Eventually Chong Eu took his 'popularity' back to his hometown Penang where he started humbly but rather significantly with his own new party the United Democratic Party (UDP) which became one of the several parties and NGOs that formed the once-powerful Gerakan Party.

Gerakan (in a loose front with DAP and another once-great PPP) won so convincingly in 1969 that many including Malays thought it would be the next ruling party in the following election.

Firstly, the May 13 riots, secondly the formation of Barisan Nasional (BN) which included Gerakan Party, and thirdly the divide-&-rule-within-BN strategy of Tun Razak prevented the further rise of Gerakan Party, denying its place as possibly Malaysia's dominant multiracial party.

Tun Razak's strategy saw Gerakan Party besieged from within BN by its old foe MCA, whilst it had to contend with its former ally, DAP, from without.

Thus, the Gerakan Party today is a pale shadow of its once popularity and potential greatness.

But Chong Eu did become CM of Penang for 21 years. In 1990 he was defeated by Lim Kit Siang of DAP during a period which saw internecine war between Gerakan and MCA in Penang.

If MCA did not replace Chong Eu or had held him back after his tiff with Tunku, the political landscape could have been different, but that's for the alternative history of 'what if'.

As for Anwar Ibrahim, I leave it to UMNO (including PKR die-hards) to also reflect on 'what if'.

More interesting would be Fong Po Kuan who was MP for Batu Gajah from 1999 to 2013. Nicknamed 'cili padi' for her sterling take-no-shit performance in federal parliament, the tri-lingual sweetheart was the youngest MP in 1999.

This should surprise many of you, that Po Kuan was a law graduate of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

In some ways she was a wee bit like Teh Yee Cheu in not getting along well with the DAP Perak state leaders but unlike Teh she didn't air her differences with her party leaders in public.

Due to differences with the party leaders in Perak, she did not want to defend her seat in the 2008 general elections but her popularity with her electorate was so immense that Lim Kit Siang had to persuade her to stand for Batu Gajah again.

She agreed and won 72.78% of the votes with a staggering resultant majority of 24,627 votes. But she did not re-contest in 2013, surrendering her place to her colleague V Sivakumar.

She is still in the DAP.

Teh Yee Cheu is a good bloke but he has to understand that being a member of a party requires discipline and at times sacrifices in one's personal stand. Fong Po Kuan had been an example of such discipline and sacrifice.

Teh in taking his disagreements with his party into the public arena, no matter how sincere he has been, shows his inability to be a disciplined member of a party.

He can still serve the people of Tanjung Bungah as an independent, though as a member of another party may yet see him facing/experiencing the same maverick problem. In essence he is not a party bloke.

Pity. But I wish Teh all the best in his future career.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Another King Fruit

Fruits of their labour: Ahmad Shabery Chek putting a pineapple on an arch after launching the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board's 60th Anniversary Pineapple Fiesta at the Pontian Trade Centre, Johor. 

Top Pineapple Producing Countries

RankCountryPineapple Production (in thousand metric tonnes)
1Costa Rica26853.13 2685.131

The above statistics have been true up to April this year.

The first top 4 each supply approximately 10% of the world's requirements.

Malaysia produces 412,720 metric tons per year, about less than a fifth of above top countries like Costa Rica and our neighbour Philippines and Thailand.

And now we read in The Star Online that China pines for Malaysian pineapples (clever pun by Star reporter Yee Xiang Yun) that apart from the Gua Musang King durians, the Chinese (the ones in China, that is, wakakaka) are also crazy for Malaysia’s fresh MD2 type pineapples.

It seems those fruits-crazy Chinese (the ones in China, wakakaka) want about 100 tonnes each week but Malaysia was only able to provide about 60 tonnes.

When I was a kid I studied that Malaysia was No 2 globally in pineapple production and second only to the USA (Hawaii). It seems now that both Malaysia and the USA have disappeared from the list of top 10 pineapple-producers.

Antigua Black Pineapple: The World's Sweetest.

When the Arawak migrated to the Caribbean from South America in the 17th century, they brought with them what would become the official fruit of Antigua, the Black Pineapple.

Pineapples are popular with Chinese, especially in Penang, during Chinese New Year as the word 'pineapple' in Penang Hokkien is 'Ong-Lai' which sounds like 'Prosperity-Comes', a good pun for luck.

Hence one will see a pineapple or pineapples as votive offering to Shen (Chinese native or folk religion gods) and ancestors during worship.

In recent times (in fact early this year), I notice that Chinese, in particular Cantonese, cut a fresh pineapples at their ancestors' tombs during Qing Ming, placing the decapitated crown on top of the tombstone and the skins cast widely over the grave.

This must be a recent modernised improvisation of the 'Ong-Lai' pun as the ritual did not exist during my kiddy days, or at least in Penang which were chiefly populated by Hokkiens and Teochoews.

Revenge of the "Zombie Blur-Sotongs'?

MM Online - Perak woman gets jail time, fine for mocking Islam:

and may God save the Queen, wakakaka 

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — A housewife was sentenced to six months' jail today after she was convicted of demeaning Islam outside an Ulu Kinta mosque last year.

According to national news agency Bernama, a magistrates court in Ipoh also fined 46-year-old Tham Yut Mooi RM5,000 for each of her three charges under Section 298 of the Penal Code.

She allegedly committed the offence outside the Abu Ubaidah mosque in Ulu Kinta on May 4, 2016.

CK, is she your aunt or sister? Wakakaka.

Tell her not to worry about being lonely in jail as one day you may join her with your vile abuses against 'blur sotongs' and 'zombies', wakakaka again.

However, I would also like to see those who chucked a kepala kerbau in front of an Indian temple get the same court punishments as well.

And don't forget Ann Wan Seng. Ann was (is?) an ustaz and a member of Perkim national council.

Somehow, like his better known gene-denying twin, instead of doing his work for Islam and Perkim without insulting other races or religions, he just had to insult the non-Muslim non-Christian Chinese, presumably for the same self aggrandizing self interests.

But he did it in a pitiful ignorant way, testifying to his abysmal ignorance on a topic he set out to insult, a typically dubious hallmark of his BTN-ized Boleh-ness but more of Bodoh-ness.

Ustaz King Kong Know-Nothing 

Sometime back in 2010, he delivered a speech to deliberately insult the non-Muslim non-Christian Chinese, specifically the Buddhists.

He pompously and grandstandingly attempted to ingratiate himself with a congregation of Malay-Muslims with his speech to them as follows:

Bukan sekadar orang Cina menyembah agama Buddha. Mereka juga sembah berbagai dewa dan juga dewi. Mereka sembah Tua Pek Kong, mereka sembah Pau Kong, mereka sembah Datuk Kong dan barangkali mereka juga sembah King Kong.

Maka jadilah agama dia agama Kong Kali Kong.

Dan inilah keadaan yang sedia wujud itu di mana orang Cina sembah patung-patung ini kerana mereka yakin dan juga mereka percaya bahawa patung ini boleh mendatangkan kebaikan kepada mereka, boleh mendatangkan kesejahteraan kepada mereka, boleh memberikan keselamatan malahan boleh menjadikan mereka ini kaya-raya.

Sadly, the ignoramus' ignorant religious bigotry drew the desired laughter, sniggers, giggles from his rapt audience who weren't aware of the religious fact that Buddhists, unlike many other religions specifically the Abrahamic religions, have NO almighty creator god or gods.

Yes, Buddhists (and Jainists, Confucianists, and to a certain extent Taoists, as there are some Taoists who have confusingly conflated Taosim with Shenism) don’t give two figs about god or gods because the way to Nirvana or Enlightenment (end of their sufferings through zillions of rebirths) must be and can only be achieved through their own efforts.

Thus God or gods would be completely irrelevant to their religious beliefs.

They leave Kong Kali Kong to the bigoted ignorant imagination of Ustaz Ann Wan Seng.

What about poor kaytee who has annoyed many of my readers with his anti religious posts, wakakaka?

If you care to note, kaytee is never anti any religion per se, but only personalities in religion whether today (
Ustaz Ann Wan Seng, JAWI, JAKIM, etc) or yester-years (Judah, King David, Mahabharata personalities like Drona, etc).

let's look at above image and re-examine 2 Samuel 12, as follows:

Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said,
“There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.

“The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

“But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb
Which he bought and nourished;
And it grew up together with him and his children.
It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom,
And was like a daughter to him.

“Now a traveler came to the rich man,
And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd,
To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him;
Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. “He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.”

     Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.

‘I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these!

‘Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.

‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’

Such was just one of the evil acts of King David.

But what about the Mahabharata?

As just one example, I was annoyed by the racist-caste-consciousness of Drona, in the story of Ekalavya in the Mahabharata, which troubled me as much as the story of Hang Tuah unjustly (or stupidly) killing his best friend and sworn brother-in-arms (and that by deceit too) on the say-so of the Sultan whose unjust persecution of Tuah had ironically been the very reason for Jebat rebelling against the tyrannical ruler.

Ekalavya idolised Drona, who was the ultimate sifu (martial art master) who had taught martial arts and magic to both the Pandava and their cousins the Kaurava, the two principal warring foes in the epic.

But Drona refused to accept Ekalavya as his student because the latter was a low caste person. Yes, the Mahabharata reeks throughout of despicable caste discrimination and class snobbery.

righteous (but stupid) Ekalavya giving his right thumb to a caste-conscious discriminatory and sinister Drona 

Yet Ekalavya despite his low caste disadvantage practised diligently by himself with only Drona as his inspiration, becoming the best archer in the epic.

But Drona was out to get him as he subsequently revealed his sinister upper caste discriminatory reason to his fave student Arjuna on why he had Ekalavya cut off the latter's own thumb:
"What would happen to society if the lower castes start learning the martial arts reserved for Kshatrias? I had to do this to preserve stability and social order. My goal is to make you the best archer in the world and remove all barriers towards that goal."

You may want to know why Ekalavya willingly cut off his own thumb to give it to an asshole like Drona even if that act caused the silly bloke to lose his supreme skills in archery?

Well, that's almost the same question you would ask on why Tuah killed his best mate Jebat for a tyrannical ruler.

Intrigues after intrigues - another Mahathir-Anwar story

FMT - Dr M has no interest in Anwar’s release, says Reformasi veteran (extracts):

A pioneer Reformasi activist has questioned the sincerity of Dr Mahathir Mohamad in calling for the release of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Abdul Razak Ismail had been part of the Reformasi movement since its inception in 1998, following the sacking of Anwar as deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president, when Mahathir headed both the party and the government.

He said that he believes that the former prime minister does not have any interest in pushing for the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar. [...]

Razak, who was secretary of the Otai Reformasi 1998 NGO before quitting his post to become an ordinary member, lamented how the opposition coalition had welcomed Mahathir into their fold.

“The whole idea of Mahathir’s name being on the statement looked more like PH’s gimmick of wanting to bring Mahathir into the picture.

“If that’s what they’re trying to do, it’s bad ‘advertising’,” Razak said, adding that it seemed a moot point to have Mahathir release the statement when Anwar is set to be free in a matter of months anyway having served most of his jail term.

“Moreover, Mahathir doesn’t have to fight for Anwar’s release because his jail term is anticipated to end next year June.

“In fact, I hear rumours of Prime Minister Najib Razak wanting to release Anwar earlier but keep him under house arrest, just to get back at Mahathir.

“So this statement Mahathir made doesn’t carry any weight and won’t make any difference,” Razak said.

Wakakaka, it doesn't take rocket science to know that Mahathir has zero interest in getting Anwar Ibrahim released.

Once Mahathir hated only one person but today he hates two blokes with deep deep deepest vengeance. They are Najib Razak and Anwar Ibrahim. 

He hates Najib for refusing to obey his dictates and ignoring him, failing to report to him, etc.

And he hates Anwar for trying to oust him in 1997-8.

Once Mahathir hates you with a giant-size HATRED, he never forgets, thus for him to join US human rights lawyer Kimberley Motley in calling for the release of Anwar Ibrahim is hardly plausible, apart from a gesture that's hardly likely to receive any attention from Najib.

But as Abdul Razak Ismail said, that implausibility looked more like Pakatan Harapan’s gimmick of wanting to bring Mahathir into the picture, though we do not know who in PH dreamed up that personal-political incongruity.

I wonder whether it could have been one of PKR's strategic-thinkers like Rafizi? Nurul? or even the outside-of-PKR LKS? Wakakaka. But Abdul Razak Ismail assessed it as a bad move.

But maybe that it would in the end be a meaningless gesture for Mahathir to call for Anwar to be released, an unwinnable move hardly likely to gain traction with the authorities, that saw Mahathir willing to participate in that useless act of tokenism, wakakaka.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not qualified to become Selangor menteri besar as his struggle is solely to become the prime minister, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"I think he (Anwar) is not qualified to become menteri besar, he formed a party purely to ensure he becomes prime minister, not to fight for race, religion and nation.

"Everywhere he struggles, it is also only to become prime minister, enter Umno (before) is also because he wanted to be prime minister, not to fight for Umno," said the former prime minister.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the Tun Mahathir Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) Chair for Global Peace at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) here, Tuesday. [...]

Dr Mahathir, who is also PGPF president, said he was "afraid" the people of Selangor would not be safe if Anwar became its menteri besar.

"Of course, I have fear because the people would not be safe, the staff will not be safe with him around, you see what happened to his staff? He will be more influenced by his freedom to do whatever he likes."

He thinks as prime minister, probably he will be above the law, you are not above the law, if you commit anything wrong, (or if) you are immoral, the government will take action against you,"

- source 'Malaysian Digest'

But Abdul Razak Ismail revealed a juicy lil' nugget of information, that he heard rumours of Prime Minister Najib Razak wanting to release Anwar earlier but keep him under house arrest, just to get back at Mahathir.

That rumour, while still a rumour, might not be completely baseless as Anwar’s release is anticipated to end next year June, just a mere 6 months away. Early releases for good behaviour or on political amnesty are not uncommon. Najib might also have considered an early release of Anwar as a bit of pre-election good-will 'sales gimmick'.

If indeed this rumour has grounds, then the 'bright spark' in PH who dreamt up the meaningless but politically-profitable -to-PH gesture of having Mahathir request for Anwar's release together with US lawyer Kimberley Motley, has instead f* Anwar up by instigating Najib to allegedly frustrate Mahathir deliberately, in showing the Old Man 'siapa raja'.

Wah, the intrigues of Malay politics ... but which sometimes ended up in burnt satay, sodomy and hypothetically 'unnecessary extra days' in jail for Anwar.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Shafted twice

In Hollywood Salma Hayek talked about her perverted 'monster' she had the misfortune to encounter.

In Malaysia, 'someone' talked about his misfortune to have been 'shafted' TWICE, the first time physically and the second time, morally/ethically.

I asked him which was worst, being shafted physically or being shafted morally/ethically?

He replied: I was physically embraced when shafted the first time but morally abandoned in the second.

Hamsap test for Members of Parliament

MM Online - Covering up stewardesses won’t stop plane crashes (extracts):

by Erna Mahyuni

I propose a ban on certain subjects from ever being brought up in the Dewan e.g. sitting members' menstrual cycles, Malaysia Book of Records and what our stewardesses are wearing.

Someone has apparently been calling for “shariah-compliant” uniforms for stewardesses.

One, there is no such thing as “shariah-compliant.” It is a made-up term that is nonsensical and theologically problematic.

Two, can hamsapness in general just be banned from the Dewan? 

'dirty-minded' or 'pervert' would be more correct

Seriously-lah, if instead of work, you're fixated on what stewardesses are wearing when you're on business trips, you should be banned from airplanes. Forever.

Cabin crew are just that ― cabin crew. Poor souls who not only have to look presentable even when jetlagged and cooped up in a cramped metal bird, but have to babysit a whole plane of passengers. [...]

The nonsensical assumption that God punishes airlines who don't follow God's rules are ridiculous. Again, it's theologically problematic and unsound. Plenty of women who do not dress immodestly are raped ― as are senior citizens, children and the physically and mentally challenged.

That's enough proof that modest clothing does not deter or hinder rape. Let's not forget the high incidence of rape in Saudi where women aren't allowed to walk around uncovered in the first place.

Our politicians should be kept busy with other things instead of stewardess uniforms. If their eyes roam to improper locations, it's not the stewardesses who need to be censured.

On that note it's time society gets with the 21st century and properly educate men on the need to keep their eyes and hands to appropriate places. No touching, no looking, no unasked for wardrobe suggestions.

At this point, I think we should just come up with a hamsap test all elected reps must take before serving. Anyone who fails should not be allowed to serve, end of story.

Then maybe we'll have MPs who show up to talk about their jobs instead of air hostess' bodies.

10 years ago at an UMNO general assembly, one of UMNO aspirant-wannabes, then known as the tebuan keeper for his references to May 13 and warnings nto non-Malays not to kacau a tebuan nest, Badruddin Amiruldin failed the hamsap test badly, wakakaka.

At that general assembly, Wanita Umno Kubang Kerian chief Zaleha Hussin presumably felt she needed to make some kind of impact at the gathering. Poor dear, as we all know it’s a competitive world in UMNO as the party’s pyramidal structure gets narrower and narrower as one approached the top

Though there were plenty of important pressing material for discussions at such forum, what with the nation still reeling from corruption, crimes and cronyism (all three ‘c’ could well be inter-related), and prices inflating like chapattis heated on pans, and young little girls murdered before they reached 10, Zaleha decided …….. get this …….. to attack the uniform of AirAsia air stewardesses.

Malaysiakini reported that at the UMNO annual assembly Wanita delegate sees red over AirAsia uniform.

The women delegates to the annual general assembly of mighty political juggernaut UMNO discussed "in depth, and with strong words" (wakakaka), the AirAsia uniform for female cabin crew as ‘embarrassing’ to women.

She gasped: “Legs, knees and thighs are exposed for all to see. This is an embarrassment to women. Something must be done.”

She raised the matter during the debate on a motion on social issues and religion. And guess who was the Chairperson of the debate?

Yes, Badruddin Amiruldin. The exchange between those two mighty mickey mouse midgets went as follows:

Zaleha: The provocative uniform must be changed to something reflective of Eastern values and which complies with the values of Islam.

Badruddin: I think their skirts are too short.

Zaleha: Cloth can be bought.

Badruddin: I think they don’t have enough cloth.

I suppose one could admit the debate was 'profound' (wakakaka) ........ well, in UMNO's pathetic but pompous philosophy.

Zaleha: She [referring to her ‘embarrassed’ friend] said a flight attendant sat in front of her and she could see her legs, thighs and knees. She was so embarrassed!

Badruddin: Did she see the tunnel?

And the UMNO crowd roared with laughter and approval at that disgraceful puerile salacious remark by the Chairperson of an UMNO forum on social issues and religion. Now you know why some UMNO  blokes get away with such outrageous idiotic nonsense.

Around that time (10 years ago), UMNO MPs Mohd Said Yusof and Bung Mokhtar Radin harassed DAP MP Fong Po Kuan by uttering sexist remarks of the bocor kind in Parliament, which led me to post MP's menstruation mesmerised motherless monkeys.

Sadly, no lady MP from Barisan Nasional protested against their unparliamentary intrusive pariah-ish comments on Fong Po Kuan's menstruation.

But when Fong, the lady directly insulted by those crude crass comments called for a motion under the Standing Order 26 (1P) to refer the two BN MPs to the Committee of Privileges, Speaker Ramli Ngah Talib (predictably) dismissed the motion.

she's bocor-ing? wow 

This was what renowned Malaysian philosopher Dodgee Dimsum ;-) had to say about the DAP insensitivity for making mountains out of ‘puddles’ - read Apology - A letter to the minister.

As mentioned, menstruation is more commonly referred to as ‘monthly period’. It seems it’s governed by the lunar cycle, which may explain why it makes some UMNO MPs mad (lunatic, you know, from the word ‘lunar’) or alternatively, hamsap, wakakaka.