Sunday, November 18, 2018

Malaysian Malaysia DAP "acts dunno" on ICERD

NST - PM: Almost impossible for Malaysia to implement ICERD (extracts):

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says it will be almost impossible to implement international convention on racial discrimination.

The Prime Minister said the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) involves amending the Federal Constitution.

To do that, it would need a two-thirds majority from Parliament, Dr Mahathir told Malaysian media after concluding his two-day Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation sojourn here on Sunday.

This was almost impossible given the current number of Members of Parliament from the government as well reaction from both the opposition and government members over the matter, he added.

Senior officials of Pakatan Harapan component parties such as Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman were reportedly against ICERD if constitutional rights and national harmony were affected.

Top leaders from PAS and Umno, meanwhile, reportedly agreed to hold a joint rally on December 8 to protest plans to ratify it.

Last night, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi warned Putrajaya the Malay-Muslim community would run "amuk" to protest the government's pledge to ratify ICERD. [...]

Dr Mahathir said ICERD was sensitive to the Malays. [...]

Malaysia is among a handful of countries that have neither signed nor ratified the treaty.

The treaty provides individuals worldwide with a mechanism for complaints over issues of racial discrimination, among others, and is enforceable against member states.

Several groups said ratifying ICERD would undermine the special position of the Malays, including provisions to allow quotas in public institutions

Abdul Hadi menyifatkan ICERD sebagai konvensyen yang bersifat tidak adil kepada Islam dan bumiputera.

"Pas menentang sekeras-kerasnya ICERD"

Naturally Malay groups do not want to lose their privileged position in the politic-economic-socio-cultural status in Malaysia. No, not even Mahathir.

I reckon his wish has presumably been voiced through his son Mukhriz, whilst Syed Saddiq who had initially dismissed the concept of Ketuanan Melayu has since backflipped because he was told off by Moody.

dad's good boy 

There has been no embarrassment from most Malay quarters, with PAS and UMNO unashamedly objecting to ICERD, but it's telling that Pribumi, a so-called Pakatan Harapan member, has persisted in Ketuanan Melayu.

The mighty Malaysian Malaysia party, the DAP, has also kuai-kuai kept quiet in its new MCA-ised role.

GE can now smell my fart and even say it's fragrant

it wasn't me, t'was Waythamoorthy lah


NST reported in its DAP distances itself from commenting on ICERD, to wit, on the elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, that the DAP's secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, when approached on the matter at the state DAP convention today, said the matter should be answered by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Watha Moorthy.

“We did not raise the issue. It was Watha who did,” he said.

Pressed on DAP’s stand on ratifying the ICERD, Lim said his focus now was on improving the country’s economy.

“My concern now is addressing the country’s economy”.


The DAP since becoming or rather joining the ruling authority has politically 'circumcised' itself into an 'obedient' Macai bin Abdullah.

Hallelujah to that, but at least we are spared from listening-reading another of Lim Kit Siang's 'useless' rants.

now kuai-kuai
LKS has been sealed up kau-kau

poor Lim Kit Siang 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Malaysian Law - GUILTY until proven innocent

FMT - Everyone charged with graft must wear MACC’s orange garb, says Kadir (extracts):

KUALA LUMPUR: Special adviser to the prime minister on media and communication A Kadir Jasin finds it puzzling why some of the leaders probed for graft never wore the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission’s orange lock-up attire.

He said everyone charged in court, including former prime minister Najib Razak, must be made to wear the uniform.

“I’m sure there’s one in his size. It’s made using a stretchable material. I believe that we should insist that everybody be treated fairly.

“Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done. I think it’s not too late to get them to wear the garb,” the veteran newsman said.

Kadir was answering a question on why former leaders like Najib, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor were not spotted wearing orange when they were charged in the Kuala Lumpur courts

amazing Malaysian legal doctrine - GUILTY until proven innocent

Do you think Pak Kadir was tokking-kok? Is being charged for corruption the same as being proven-found GUILTY of corruption?

I thought the doctrine still in existence in Malaysia is that 'a man is innocent until proven guilty', so such is the case, why should a person being charged wear the demeaning MACC’s orange lock-up attire?

Mind, I have read the new PM saying in October (last month) that Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who faces a multitude of charges, must show proof that he has not done anything wrong.

Such is the new fCk-up Malaysian law under the old dragon. The old fox was then denying Zahid was charged for political reasons, whilst Zaid claimed that when he met Mahathir, the PM told him to disband UMNO, and that had he done so, he said he might not have been charged.

Anyway, I know the orange lockup uniform for serious criminals is in the USA, but when the fCk did this American procedure came into the Malaysian legal system?

I am sure most of my readers would love to see Najib and his wife Rosmah clad in prange uniform, but read on before you make up your mind, wakakaka.

Today (Singapore) 30 June 2016 - Penang's Lim Guan Eng charged with corruption over house deal (extracts):

in orange lockup uniform? 

GEORGE TOWN ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Khoon were slapped with charges at the Sessions Court on Thursday morning (June 30) over the allegedly corrupt house purchase deal they struck last year.

A sombre-looking Mr Lim garbed in a dark suit and red polka dot tie claimed trial to two charges, one under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and another under the Penal Code.

He was first charged with using his public office or position to obtain gratification for himself and his wife, Ms Betty Chew, by approving an application by Magnificent Emblem to convert agricultural land to residential purpose during a state exco meeting on July 18, 2014.

Section 23 carries a jail term of not more than 20 years and a fine of five times the value of gratification or RM10,000 (S$3,000) whichever is higher.

The second charge was under Section 165 of the Penal Code, the same section used to convict former Selangor mentri besar Khir Toyo

So guppies, what do you think? Was Pak Kadir tokking-kok when he insisted that everyone charged in court, including former PM Najib, former DPM Zahid and Ku Nan must be made to wear the uniform, but didn't include new matey Lim GE?

still valid??? 

Of course we know that the graft charges against Lim GE has since been dropped after Pakatan won the election, wakakaka.


Wan Azizah must go

FMT - Sarawak politicians shocked by Wan Azizah’s remark on aid disbursal (extracts):

PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak lawmaker has taken Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to task for saying that voters from the East Malaysian state did not vote for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the May 9 polls which swept the coalition to federal power.

Wan Azizah, who is also women, family and community development minister, had made the comment in response to Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang’s question in the Dewan Rakyat about allocations for disaster aid.

Rubiah had asked on the status of aid for Sarawak from an emergency fund known as Tabung Kumpulan Wang Amanah Bencana Negara (KWABBN).

“Wait for a while, be patient,” Wan Azizah said. “We have only just said we want to disburse the funds to be channelled there.

Sarawak already did not vote for us, did not give us support. For your information, in the 11th Malaysia Plan there are flood mitigation projects for Kota Samarahan,” she said, adding that these projects cost RM10 million

What a stupid divisive and highly politicised statement to say "Sarawak already did not vote for us, did not give us support". It will give the Sarawakians and Sabahans, already-annoyed and unhappy-at-being-treated-like-stepchildren, just more ammunition to strafe the Peninsula-based federal government.

We know that Wan Azizah has been a political joke but we didn't expect her to say such a moronic statement in parliament. It's very reminiscent of a divisive UMNO who once treated opposition states and constituencies like dirt.

It once again reminds us of the UMNO DNA of PKR (and of course Pribumi). The bangsat langsat sure as hell didn't fall far from the langsat tree.

The sooner she's removed from any position of authority in the new government especially its cabinet, the better it'll be for her husband and PKR party. She's an absolute disgrace to everyone in her own PKR, and naturally a delight to the opposition (and Mahathir's Pribumi).

Two PKR non-angels fought; only one becomes a tiger on the non-reformasi mountain

Star Online - PKR election troubles casting a shadow on congress:

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim had sensed the shift in public opinion about his party midway through the PKR polls.

But last weekend, as polling in Sarawak got underway, the critical voices had grown into a cacophony, largely because of the controversy over the Julau division and its overnight membership spike.

Anwar could no longer ignore the court of public opinion about his party.

The comments section of a popular pro-Pakatan Harapan news portal was on fire with cynical, negative and angry reactions about what was going on in PKR.

The overwhelming criticism levelled at PKR’s first family was quite unprecedented.

Public opinion had also swung against PKR wonder boy Rafizi Ramli.

As one PKR politician put it: “Rafizi used to be up there in the sky, but he fell to earth.”

The messy party polls and mudslinging had given the party a black eye, so to speak.

And the fishy goings-on in Julau seemed to epitomise all that had gone wrong in the election.

Election committee chairman Datuk Rashid Din did the right thing in not allowing a re-election otherwise all hell would have broken loose.

The election results for Julau were suspended following complaints from the Rafizi camp about election tampering. Rightly or wrongly, the perception out there was that the proposed re-election was to enable a win for Rafizi.

Julau, whose membership ballooned overnight from 603 to about 13,000, has become a metaphor for election manipulation.

Moreover, Larry Sng, the man behind the membership spike, had been depicted by his opponents as part of the “towkay politics” permeating the party in Sarawak.

The state PKR Wanita chief Nurhanim Mokhsen had said, days before the Julau polls: “A vote for Rafizi is a vote for Larry Sng. We all know who he (Larry) is, he has been in so many parties. If he wins, our party will be destroyed.”

Larry who joined PKR after GE14, comes from a well-known tycoon family in Sarawak. The family owns a private jet, which has been used to fly PKR leaders.

Larry’s family, including his father, uncle and brother had also contested for control of a total of four divisions.

Only Larry won in Julau but he lost the war of public opinion.

Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and his team – labelled “the cartel” by the Rafizi camp - have won big and now dominate the party’s national line-up.

It is no secret that Azmin was not only fighting Rafizi, he was also up against Istana Segambut, as the Anwar family is known.

Istana Segambat was rooting for Rafizi whom they viewed as a loyalist.

In that sense, it was quite amazing that Azmin and his team managed to make it.


It only means one thing: Azmin has finally come into his own. He not only won against the odds, he kept his cool and soldiered on to carry his team across the finishing line.

But if the brains behind the PKR national congress this weekend have their way, the party gathering will not be about the winning or losing teams.

It will be about the grand return of Anwar to national politics – as their party president, as the new MP for Port Dickson and, of course, as the prime minister-in-waiting.

“Anwar will be the focus. This is his time after spending so many years in prison. We have been waiting so long for this moment,” said Kota Anggerik assemblyman Najwan Halimi, who was Anwar’s former aide.

Najwan said the party would also be waiting to see how Anwar intends to balance the winners and the losers so that the winner does not take all.

“He will be dealing with a team of rivals and he needs to get the best out of everybody,” said Najwan.

KRA strategy chief Amir Fareed Rahim said the integrity of the party’s election process has to be restored and allegations of polls manipulation must be addressed instead of being swept under the carpet.

“If Anwar is to cement his status as the PM-in-waiting, he needs to quickly unite and pacify the warring factions.

“If he can’t pull together his own party, it will be difficult to convince the key stakeholders and general public of a seamless transition when Mahathir (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) decides to step down,” said Amir.

Election expert and Unisel vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman has advised the vanquished to accept the loss as part of the democratic process.

He also has advice for the winners: “Don’t become big-headed and arrogant.”

The atmosphere at the national congress will be tense and sensitive.

There has not been enough time for a proper cooling down period. In fact, the votes for a few divisions are still in question.

Feelings are still raw after two months of intense rivalry. Both the winning and losing teams are still angry and resentful over the hurtful and nasty things said during the campaign.

Will the rival teams maintain their decorum or will they allow their dislike for each other to boil over at the congress?

Will Azmin and Rafizi put on their best plastic smiles when they meet?

How will Anwar reconcile with Azmin, given that the latter had contemplated going for the presidency?

Everyone will also be watching their outgoing president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail who, in the last few days, let her mask drop about who she was supporting for deputy president.

It will be a fascinating gathering.

But post-election hangover aside, the public will be watching for signals and direction from the future prime minister.

His presidential address has to impress and inspire as he strives to convince Malaysians to continue supporting his party and him.

Friday, November 16, 2018

PKR - same old, same old - PKR and Malaysia's future political landscape:

While this appears to be a wholly internal problem of PKR, it may have implications for the position of the PH government as well as the country's future political landscape. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily 

The dust has almost settled on PKR's heated elections. Azmin Ali is confirmed to be re-elected as party deputy president, while his challenger Rafizi Ramli has failed to unseat him. The party's election committee will make the official announcement during the party's general congress this weekend.

Based on the results released by the election committee so far, coupled with the fact that there will be no fresh election for the highly controversial Julau division, it is almost certain that Azmin is the ultimate winner in the tightly contested race.

There have been a fair share of irregularities taking place during the course of the party's elections, seriously tarnishing the image of the country's largest ruling party and hurting the credibility of the new Pakatan Harapan government.

Incoming president Anwar Ibrahim, who is prepared to take over the premiership from Tun Mahathir, has not demonstrated a respectable level of leadership in the midst of confidential crisis arising from the elections.

The elections have been marred by suspected vote-buying and technical issues but the election committee's approach in resolving the problems has been crude and inconsistent. The legitimacy of election results in some divisions has been questionable, and this has dealt a severe blow on transparency and credibility of the elections.

Take the Julau division in Sarawak for instance, some argue that an invisible hand was behind the overnight surge in the number of eligible voters. Others complained about the tablets used in e-voting, although such technical issues have later been denied by the election committee.

In addition, the election committee has also failed to address the problem of missing ballots in some divisions.

As a consequence of the election committee's inefficiency and incompetency, PKR's party elections have been full of irregularities which are sadly ignored by the party's political bureau and top leadership.

The PKR leadership must not remain in a state of denial but must seriously look into the complaints of all party members and rectify the weaknesses in relation to party elections while offering full cooperation to the investigation authorities in a bid to restore the party's credibility.

If incoming president Anwar Ibrahim who is also the PM-in-waiting, and his wife outgoing president cum deputy PM Wan Azizah, have both failed to demonstrate a high level of leadership, their roles and abilities in the government will be questionable.

They must let the voters see the real strength of PKR as a component of the ruling coalition. Otherwise, they cannot convince Malaysians that Anwar is capable enough to take over as PM within two years.

Anwar must have the ability to put together a party that is on the brink of division because the party's future is closely associated with his hold to the PM post as well as the stability of the PH government.

Following the re-election of Azmin and major party posts won by his team mates, it is anticipated that his position in the party will get further boosted, threatening Anwar's position in party and government.

How is Anwar going to handle such an intricate relationship between him, Azmin and Rafizi? While this appears to be a wholly internal problem of PKR, it will nevertheless have implications for the position of the PH government as well as the country's future political landscape.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wan Azizah fails and fails in preventing child marriages

Star Online - Malaysia to allow child marriages to go on, but tighter enforcement:

have you played 'mimi-masak' (house domestic) as a kid? But she (girl above) is a child bride

KUALA LUMPUR: Laws to better protect the interest of those involved in child marriages will be tabled in Parliament by the middle of next year, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The amendments will cover both civil and Islamic marriages and make it a requirement for reports from relevant agencies to be submitted before such marriages are allowed.

“For non-Muslim marriages, Cabinet papers to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 will tabled in Cabinet in 2019.

“The amendments, among others, will include the requirements that social, health and police reports are submitted for application for underage marriages, which comes under the purview of the Home Ministry,” she said when replying to a question raised by Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 15).

At present, she said the government had tightened approval for underage marriages whose procedures are governed by the Home Ministry, Syariah and customary courts.

She said the Syariah Judiciary Department's standard operating procedure (SOP) on Muslim underage marriage was issued to Syariah courts nationwide on July 23.

“Under the SOP, the state Welfare Department and Health Department, and state police, must submit a social, health and police report if a Syariah judge finds it necessary for consideration in an application for an underage marriage,” she added.

Dr Wan Azizah said the reports would contain information on the applicant's background, income, social status, and education level.

“This will help the Syariah judge in coming to a decision that will protect those involved in underage marriages,” she said.

Although the Federal Government has proposed that the minimum marrieagable age be fixed at 18, Dr Wan Azizah said that so far, only Selangor had done so, two months ago.

She added that Melaka, Penang, Kedah, Johor and Sabah had indicated their intention to raise the minimum marriageable age to 18.

To a question by William Leong (PH-Selayang), Dr Wan Azizah told lawmakers that the marriageable age in Britain, Canada and Australia was 16, while there was no minimum age for certain states in the United States.

Child marriage became a national issue in July after it was reported that a 41-year-old man in Gua Musang, Kelantan, had taken an 11-year-old girl as his third wife.

There were also reports of another marriage in Tumpat, Kelantan, where a 15-year-old girl married a man nearly 30 years older than her.

On Tuesday (Nov 13), a group of civil society activists and school students staged a peaceful demonstration in front of Parliament to urge the government to ban child marriages.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Abolishing capital punishment - Malaysia must not falter

MM Online - Do away with the death penalty already, please:

COMMENTARY by Editor Joan Lau, Nov 14 — Among the many things that have happened since May 9, one made me particularly happy: The government’s announcement in October that the death penalty will be abolished.

I don’t remember when it happened, when I first realised that I was against capital punishment.

Maybe it was when I first found out that prisoners spend many years on Death Row before they are finally executed. Or maybe it was when I read about how innocent people are not only jailed but sometimes executed.

So, yes, I was super proud of us as a country when it was announced we would be doing away with the death penalty.

In 2017, Guinea and Mongolia did away with the death penalty for all crimes. Now is our turn.

Since then I have watched in dismay as the government walked back on this decision. Yesterday, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong announced that the Cabinet has decided the death penalty for 33 offences will be abolished.

Not a blanket abolition but one that has limits. Why?

Some observers say it is because some crimes are so heinous, only the death penalty will do. Others mention that the families of those murdered need to see justice done.

Even lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh who once advocated for the abolition changed his mind after the recent brutal death of a nine-month-old baby.

But the idea behind the abolition of the death penalty is not that complex really: All lives are sacred and the taking of a life — for whatever reason — simply cannot be justified.
There is no data to show that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than, say... a jail term.

This circle of violence must be broken.

I commend the government for wishing to get public feedback on this issue but they got it right the first time. Abolish the death penalty.

“All executions violate the right to life. Those carried out publicly are a gross affront to human dignity which cannot be tolerated,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Killing someone because he/she killed someone is not right.

We must be better

Editor Joan Lau is absolutely correct. Abolishing capital punishment for only 32 or 33 offences means Malaysia STILL has the death penalty. The abolishing must be complete and not partial - one is pregnant or not pregnant and cannot be half pregnant.

Yes, some crimes are truly heinous like the recent rape and murder of a young toddler. But that person, only if found guilty by the civil court, can be locked up "for the rest of his natural life", meaning he will die in prison. 30 years for him, if found guilty, will not be enough for such a horrible crime.

Thus, the earlier suggestion that those who have been sentenced to death be given 30 years is not a suitable substitution of punishment. There cannot be "one size fits all" penalty.

One example has been the crime of raping and murdering a toddler - 30 years will NOT be enough.

Another example at the other extreme end of murder crimes could be a person who inadvertently kills someone in a fight at, say, a kopitiam in what started as a non-cold blooded but passionate stoush (quarrel), should NOT be jailed for 30 years. That person can be rehabilitated and if successful, released in 20 years (or with official remission, even less).

Thus abolish capital punishment TOTALLY but allow the civil courts to decide on a range of punishments ranging from a minimum of, say 20 years, to "for the rest of the criminal's natural life".  

I can understand why Ramkarpal has second thoughts on abolishing capital punishment as the recent rape and murder of a baby was just too horrid, horrendous and heinous to contemplate. Calling that alleged perpetrator a 'beast' would be to insult the animals.

But as I wrote in an earlier post Death sentence - Justice or Revenge the following (extracts only):

Naturally people whose love ones had suffered at the hands of evil killers, murderers, drug traffickers or terrorists want to see the caught criminals receive the ultimate punishment. I can understand their wish but they are NOT the best people to ask for advice on capital punishment, given their emotional state of mind.

National (political, social, religious, legal, etc) leaders are the ones to make a sound national decision on whether Malaysia should continue to have such a draconian punishment

But coincidentally, Ramkarpal's late father, my hero, the late Karpal Singh, an advocate for abolishing capital punishment, once in 2010 also confused us by demanding the death penalty for child rapist, following a shocking case where an Indian school bus driver with numerous children on board the bus, stopped by the roadside a la ta'boleh tahan lagi to sexually assault one of his lil’ passengers.

As I posted, I did wonder whether the late Karpal had overreacted because the driver was an Indian who had cast shame on the entire Indian community for his insane criminal act? But thank goodness after that, I had never heard my (late) hero made another bizarre irresponsible call for the death penalty.

karpal's momentray lapse in his advocacy would be what the ancient (pre-Jesus) Roman poet-lyricist-soldier-senator Quintus Horatius Flaccus, better known to the English-speaking World as as Horace would say: Indignor quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus (I am displeased when sometimes even the worthy Homer nods) or Anglicised and popularised as 'Sometimes even Homer nodded'ie. 'No one is perfect: even the wisest make mistakes'.

Horace, as imagined by Anton von Werner

Yes, Horace's immortal saying means 
'Not even the most vigilant and expert are immune to error'. Thus I made that explanation (or excuse) for my late hero Karpal. 

Nonetheless, I have to admit at that time my esteem for him was severely shaken. Thus it's a sort of déjà vu to see-hear Ramkarpal stating his second thoughts on abolishing capital punishment completely. It's like hearing Karpal say that again.

Emperor Xuanzong (685 to 782 CE) 

It may surprise many of us that once during the Tang Dynasty, specifically during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong (7th Emperor of Tang Dynasty), only the emperor could sentence a convict to death. This initially resulted in a low number of executions throughout the empire, with only 24 executions in 730 and 58 executions in 736.

But in the year 747, the emperor abolished the death penalty altogether. Yes, the death penalty was actually abolished in China about 1400 years ago.

Alas, after his reign was toppled by the An Lushan rebellion, the death penalty was brought back.

I urge the Malaysian government not to be swayed by pockets of understandable emotion protesting against abolishing capital punishment. The national and social leadership must push for and attain civilised moral and humane conduct in our legal justice system.

The Western World (except for the USA and Eastern Europe) has abolished the death penalty and even Cambodia (1989), East Timor (1999) and Mongolia in Asia have joined them. 

The death penalty was also abandoned in the Philippines in 2006, but rumours have it President Duterte may want it back. The last known executions in the Buddhist countries Laos and Myamnar were in 1989, whilst Thailand, also a Buddhist nation, has a high rate of clemency, which amounts to 'de facto' abolition – its last reported execution was in 2009.

We must not lag behind these nations in the advancement of our humanity.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanks JAKIM for bringing us closer to Nur Sajat

I really must thank JAKIM for conducting its one-month long "gender-check" on Nur Sajat.

Mind you, kaytee would have done all of that in a mere 10 seconds, though I have to admit I might have been slapped or kissed by Most Sayang-est Nur.

Yes sir, kaytee's Ayer Itam kampong style macho-tactic would have been very dicey, to say the least, though at times its effectiveness surprised me.

I have to grudgingly concede JAKIM did the right and safe thing by taking a one-month long sweet and juicy study. Aiyah, why didn't I think of that dragged-out pleasure, wakakaka?

Be that as it was, now why did I thank my favourite organisation JAKIM?

Ever since the media told us about JAKIM's "gender-check" for Nur Sajat, many many many men in Malaysia have shown incredible and immense interest in gay lifestyle.

I suspect it's just a coincidence as Nur Sajat has nothing to do with influencing those naughty men (including kaytee).

Nonetheless, kaytee is no longer alone in my love, adoration and ........ for sweetie Nur [mind, not that I want competition, but I remember my late mum telling me to be generous in sharing something (or someone) wonderful, sweet and delicious around].

Thanks JAKIM, for once you have done a swell job.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The man who forgot (or didn't know how) to bodek

FMT - Last Testament by Zaid Ibrahim:

The world came crashing down on me after I suggested in a tweet and a blog posting that Tun Daim Zainuddin and his billionaire friends were making key decisions for the Pakatan Harapan government.

First Mr Lim Guan Eng called and said my statement was uncalled for as it was not true and not based on facts. He suggested that I make a retraction. Then my closest friends asked why I was picking unnecessary fights with so many people. Even my family members seemed unhappy. They told me we would no longer have food on the table if I continued giving opinions about powerful people in the country.

The die is cast.

I now fully retract my statement about Tun Daim’s involvement with the Pakatan Harapan government and the reference to his role in making important decisions. I regret my unfair and unjustified remarks and apologise to both Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Daim Zainuddin for the anguish my writing has caused them both. In all my years of writing, I have taken great pains to ensure the accuracy of the information I received, but this one is obviously faulty and has crossed the line of responsible writing. I much regret it.

To my readers:

I have decided it’s best for my self esteem and my family’s welfare that I cease writing altogether. I started writing regularly nine years ago. It’s difficult to write with honesty and some courage without upsetting or hurting some feelings somewhere.

Five years before the Wall Street Journal report about the 1MDB scandal came out, I gave a speech at the Kuala Lumpur Rotary Club where I spoke of the undesirability of having Dato Seri Najib Razak succeed Tun Abdullah Badawi as prime minister because of the many financial scandals that I believed he was embroiled in although the stories were not out yet.

The reaction was fast and furious, just like it is now, and that’s why I took the step of retiring from my firm Zaid Ibrahim & Co so that it would not suffer from the association with me. Such was the heavy price I had to pay for the freedom to speak on matters that I thought were important to the country.

Having left the firm, I continued writing, on average three times a week. Sometimes I ran foul of the law, at least as perceived by the then attorney-general. I was in and out of court countless times. Fortunately for me, my friends M Puravalen, Americk Singh and Gopal Sri Ram took the cases pro bono and I was able to survive five long years of court actions.

I thought that a new country would be born from the struggles of the people against Najib Razak, and I was playing my part as a responsible citizen should. I got pats on my back for those writings and no one then said I was picking unnecessary fights. Now an opinion piece on Tun Daim has caused so much anger from so many, exacting another heavy price from me.

Not only I will stop writing altogether, I will no longer be a member of any political party. I have wasted enough years in politics, thinking I could make some difference to the country, but it’s not to be. Maybe Malaysian politics does not need someone like me and I have realised this a little too late. I thought I had given Pakatan Harapan enough in the last eight years to at least get some respect and recognition from its members, but it’s not to be.

I will now start working again to pay for the debts I have accumulated in the many years in the wilderness. To my friends who remain steadfast and support me in finding a job again, I say thank you. To my readers, I appreciate your support too. They called me all sorts of names – maverick and what not – but don’t believe them. I am just a simple man who believes in truth and justice, but I don’t have the means to fight anymore

I am truly sad that Zaid Ibrahim is retiring from politics, especially when we need a non-gullible non-bodek-ish brave voice in Pakatan. He must be very disappointed with Pakatan, and I can't blame him.

He left UMNO as a minister (de facto Law Minister under AAB) when he could have stayed back to enjoy the gravy train. He also persuaded AAB to compensate if not apologise to Tun Abas Saleh for injustices done to the Judiciary by the Mahathir regime.


Lord President sacked 

now, a certain "someone" has the rhino-skin to tok-kok about revival of democracy

My first disappointment with his action post-UMNO was when he joined PKR instead of the DAP, because PKR already had (still has) too many Malay tigers when DAP was lacking in its 'Malay-ness' qualifications, thus one more like Zaid in PKR was not practical and definitely couldn't be (indeed wasn't) accommodated.

True enough, in his competition against Azmin Ali, he experienced the effects of a naughty party poll which would have turned the former EC green with envy, wakakaka.

Without due recourse, naturally he left PKR with great disappointment. Then he joined DAP which to me was great - remember I was a staunch DAP supporter in those silly day, wakakaka again.

But alas, the DAP leaders (Lim family?) kept him in cold storage - they had no time for people like Zaid who dared/still does to speak out especially on the Truth.

mai chap ee (jangan pedulinya) 

Zaid has no choice but to leave DAP, just like Zulkifli Nor, a 26 year true-blue DAP veteran who was so marginalised in favour of younger DAP punks that he saw no further use for his previously treasured Malay presence in the once-ostracised-by-Malay DAP. T'was like Aladdin's old lamp being changed for a new lamp.

an old DAP lamp then 

Zaid is a brave soul who speaks out when necessary and especially on truth. He is overtly (not shyly or slyly) against injustice such as racism and prejudices; he left UMNO as a minister when he could have stayed back to partake of the gravy.

But most of all, the irony has been his vocal support for Mahathir to join Pakatan to oust Najib, and it is now Mahathir's displeasure with him that has made him see the truth, that Pakatan with its supposedly claimed 'freedom of speech' has no place for individualism and individual speech or opinion.

Zaid, have you got ze f-o from Lim GE yet? 

Yes, today note how everyone in Pakatan ignores him - they are bloody scared of the man who dares to speak out when the norm should be to behave subserviently to the new-old Imperator.

I came, I saw & I kowtim

dei mongrels, listen and obey or bloody else

What a waste to our nation to marginalise a man who is politically solid gold, namely, the indefatigable Zaid Ibrahim.

Farewell, Zaid, but I hope not 'Goodbye'.