Thursday, February 28, 2013

Puteri Gunung Ledang's 8th condition?

When one reads or talks about the Malay unity, the thoughts/reflections or discussions could possibly lead to the story of Hang Tuah and his warrior-brethren. And we would be particularly intrigued with the puzzle of the Tuah–Jebat fratricidal conflict.

But let us skip the vexing yet perplexing question of why and how Tuah could bring himself to kill his warrior-brethren, his best friend, a man who actually loved and defended him and his honour against a tyrant who wanted to execute Tuah. Ironically Tuah acted on the orders of the very tyrant.

Let us instead mull over the seven conditions that the legendary Puteri Gunung Ledang (the Princess of Mount Ophir) set as pre-marital conditions for the tyrannical sultan who lusted after her. Apparently, as the story tells us, Tuah was the emissary for the royal proposal of marriage.

The Princess demanded seven impossible conditions, far more unachievable than the 12 tasks Heracles was required to accomplish. They consisted of golden and silver bridges to be built to span the distance between Mouth Ophir and the sultan’s palace, for her to travel to and back from Malacca, two feats admittedly less demanding than Dr Mahathir’s crooked bridge to Singapore, wakakaka.

Some of the more ridiculous demands were seventeen barrels of tears from virgin girls to bathe with, seven trays of the hearts of mosquitoes and a bowl of blood of the sultan’s only son.

‘Twas a set of conditions to carry the subtle message of the Princess’ ‘No’ to the sultan’s proposal of marriage, but like Yen Yen, he thought it was a ‘Yes’, wakakaka.

Puteri Yes Yes Yes, wakakaka

But you know, given the fratricidal murder or slaying of Jebat, I wonder whether the Princess would have set an eighth (impossible?) condition, one perhaps judiciously omitted by the original author or folklore story teller, that of Malay unity?

In recent times in the desperate high stakes of the coming Malaysian election, where the winner regardless of its winning majority will take all, we have been pounded ceaselessly with calls for Malay unity, mainly from UMNO but also from some PAS politicians while some in PKR might possibly have pondered over UMNO's invitation seriously but covertly, wakakaka.

Over at The Nut Graph, sweetie Jacqueline Ann Surin posted an article titled The problem with Malay unityI recommend it as sweetie has come up with an interesting approach to her doubts about Malay unity.

To buttress her point, sweetie wonders, for all UMNO’s bleating about Malay unity, why the so-called Malay or Muslim unity hasn't been at work when UMNO itself experienced (maybe still experiences) internal splits, and as the hypocritical author of the ethnic clarion call, demonises and attacks PAS or when as the government, persecutes Muslims or denies them their constitutional rights.

However, the thrust of her message alludes to a far darker portent, as follows:

That’s not to say that some Malays and some Muslims cannot unite in the true sense of the word. They can when there is a solid cause which draws people together because of a shared ideal. But when unity is called for solely on the basis of one’s racial or religious identity as a Malay or Muslim, the basis for that unity is founded on shifting sands. Since there are so many kinds of Malays and quite a few types of Muslims, what kind of Malay or what kind of Islam are the adherents of unity advocating for?

My uneasiness with calls to vote a particular way or to merge parties for the sake of Malay or Muslim unity stems from the underlying, and often unstated, purpose of such encouragement. What are Malays and Muslims supposed to be uniting for and/or against?

Implicit in the call for unity is the need to armour up against non-Malays and non-Muslims. If the Malays don’t unite, the argument goes, non-Malay Malaysians will politically and economically overwhelm the Malays, no matter that the majority of our population are Malays and that Malays hold power in nearly all arms of government. And if Muslims don’t unite, the threat from non-Muslims, Christians in particular, will strengthen to Islam’s detriment.

And so, the rallying cry for Malay or Muslim unity can actually be heard as a clarion call for pitting Malaysians against one another. Hence, advocating for Malay or Muslim unity is really a call for disunity and distrust in Malaysia, where Malays and Muslims should only think about their own interest at the expense of other citizens.

Even more troubling for me is that the way to go is apparently to vote UMNO or to merge with UMNO. Yes, vote in, or merge, with the party that wants ‘ketuanan Melayu’, has not closed the gap between rich and poor Malays, … […].

Bridge of Death - Banggol Jering river in Pasir Mas - PAS country
yet the UMNO government could afford to half complete and abandon 
the crooked bridge to 
the tune of over RM1 billion but couldn't bother to build a safe one for these school kids.
UMNO, where's Malay unity?
(NST photo by Syamsi Suhaimi)

Much earlier, RPK has also written on that nebulous and questionable unity for Malay and Muslims, an unachievable state worthy as the eighth condition that should have been (maybe even was) set by Puteri Gunung Ledang as a prerequisite for her marriage to the Malacca sultan.

Bridge of Death 2 - also in PAS country
Pengkalan Pasir village near KB
UMNO, where's Malay unity?

RPK didn’t confine his article to the Malay environment but reached back to the humongous split between Abu Bakr and Ali, respectively the father-in-law and cousin (& also son-in–law) of the Prophet Mohamad (pbuh). The result of an unsatisfactory settlement between the two as to who should inherit the Islamic leadership from the Prophet (pbuh) led to 1500 years of irreconcilable schism between Sunnis and Shiites.

There have been very bitter wars between Sunnis and Shiites ever since, to an extent that today Saudi Arabia considers Shiites as far greater enemies than Israelis – and doesn't that just say something about the hatred between Sunnis and Shiites.

So much for Muslim unity, and don’t forget that when the Boxing Day tsunami occurred with approximately 350,000 Indonesians killed in the Muslim stronghold of Aceh province in Sumatra devastated, a number of oil-rich Gulf countries came up with pathetic donations in sharp contrast to Western nations, China and Japan, etc.

An example of the missing Muslim unity or brotherhood was Midas-rich Kuwait giving a measly US$2 million (one-fifth of what Michael Schumacher, a German Christian, gave as donation to the tsunami funds; another Christian individual, Sandra Bullocks gave US1 million). As if that was not pathetic enough, it added insult to injury when its mullahs from their Friday pulpits condemned their Muslim brethren in Aceh for being punished for their decadent sins by Allah swt.

Now get this, the same Kuwaiti government immediately donated US$500 million (without any patronising moralising sermon of attribution by Allah swt for wickedness) to the USA when New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Presumably the people of New Orleans were not as sinful as those poor Muslim fishermen and farmers in Aceh, Sumatra.

New Orleans, USA, where the people are less sinful than Acehese

Australia, a principally Christian nation, provided AUS$1 billion (yes, billion, not million) to Indonesia. Look, maybe those were Western conspiracies to make the Muslim Arab-Gulf countries look bad.

Locally of course we have witnessed in UMNO the schisms between Oon Jaafar and Tunku, Tunku and Tun Razak, Mahathir and (in turn) Ku Li, Musa Hitam, Anwar Ibrahim, Pak Lah, and of course some internal UMNO sabo-ing against Ali Rustam, KJ, etc, not that the latter two deserve any sympathies at all, wakakaka.

Then there’s UMNO versus PAS and PKR, where both have been UMNO splinter groups born out of acrimonious wedlock with the Mothership.

Within PKR we witnessed bitter relationships between Anwar-Azmin against (in turn) Ezam Mohd Nor, Johari Yasin, Abdul Rahman (PKR membership No 3), Zaid Ibrahim, and even a still serving PKR member, Badrul Hisham Sharin (Chegubard).

Incidentally, should I consider former PKR VP Chandra Muzaffar as a Malay? If I may, then add his name to the list above.

Since its last party elections, PKR in reality has been a house divided, very very much divided. Jonson Chong (admittedly not a Malay-Muslim) like Zaid Ibrahim left PKR in frustration over the alleged dodgy-ness in the party election process, and in parting, advised Dr Wan Azizah:

"If the president still does not take some serious action to remedy this situation, then I'm afraid the party’s days may be numbered with or without a new line-up. And let me unequivocally state that I am not addressing the de facto leader on this matter because I no longer recognize the validity of that position."

That PKR internal rivalry hasn't ended where we currently hear of Team A (headed by Azmin Ali and 101% back by Anwar Ibrahim – the team comprises PKR’s ‘inner coterie’) in acrimonious rivalry with Team W (headed by Wan Azizah – the team has Nurul, Khalid Ibrahim, Faekah Husin, etc).

See also my post Talam - DAP & PAS rescue a PKR MB while PKR act dunno. It's rumoured that Khalid Ibrahim doesn't even know where he stands (literally) in the coming state election. And we read of Azmin Ali (not Wan Azizah herself) informing us that Wan Azizah won't be standing even as a candidate in GE-13, not even for a state seat - for more, read FMT's Wan Azizah tidak bertanding PRU13.

Where’s the party unity, let alone Malay unity?

Referring again to sweetie Jacqueline’s article, I left a comment there which I reproduce below, but in a much expanded version to address the default limitation in length of comments at The Nut Graph blog.

UMNO in using the term ‘Malay-Muslim unity’ in the Malaysian context is, to borrow a religious term (me being an atheist), seditious blasphemy against the nation because as Jacqueline wrote, it is a call to pit Malaysians against Malaysians on the basis of ethnicity and religion.

The so-called threat to Malay-Muslims has been an unscrupulous concoction when the real threat is the potential political defeat of UMNO the party

By conflating the political party with the entire Malay race, UMNO cloaks its own unpopularity, as a result of its government’s mismanagement & waste, corruption, cronyism and arrogance, with an ethnic-based clarion call to defend the Malay race (and Muslim community) against the hordes at the gates, which incidentally happen to be Malay-based or Malay-dominated political parties (respectively PAS and PKR).

But that, UMNO's political opposition/threat being mainly Malays (PAS and PKR), was swiftly glossed over. As UMNO made the Chinese-dominated communists the bogeymen behind every Malaysian bush in the past, today it has done likewise for DAP, to frighten the Malay heartland into rallying behind the UMNO banner as the only defence against the threat of The Yellow Peril.

And there seems to be no limit or responsible diligence to its scare tactics, as it ratchets up the scale and degree of bigoted scare-mongering and lies to instil a siege mentality in the hope-for faithful.

While Perkasa is the front for UMNO to farm out its politically-driven racism, and perhaps Ridhuan Tee Abdullah its poster boy, there has been disturbing evidence of like-mindedness in PAS as well.

We are already familiar with Hasan Ali, Azizan Abdul Razak, and Nasharuddin Mat Isa, but recently, we came to learn of the terrible mindset of Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad (PAS ADUN for Gaal, Kelantan).

My favourite PAS man, Nizar Jamaluddin asserted that the UMNO-controlled media had spun Nik Mazian’s PAS-centric statement into mischievous news that the latter preferred an UMNO candidate to a non-Malay non-Muslim Pakatan candidate. Nizar matey, I'm not so assured as already there have been indications of more than a few PAS politicians who demonstrated their uni-ethnic proclivity rather than Islamic cultivation.

In this, perhaps we should congratulate UMNO for convincing Hasan Ali and Nasharuddin Mat Isa to join its ‘cause’(?) for Malay unity, while PAS moans its loss because of UMNO’s Malay unity. Hah, the paradoxical outcome of Malay unity, wakakaka.

While seeking to mine the darker side of the Malay psyche with the seditious call of Malay-Muslim unity, all for its own political gains and nothing to do with bangsa, UMNO would ironically be diminishing the confidence and general mental well-being of many Malays, with the longer term effect of destroying Malaysian society.

And that’s why I speculate perhaps the eighth condition imposed by Puteri Gunung Ledang could be the achievement of Malay unity, wakakaka, an impossible condition to frustrate the amorous advances of the Malacca sultan.

If we are prepared to humble ourselves and take a better look at our Indonesian neighbour, we would find their founding leaders recognized the ethnic diversity in the Indonesian people and commendably aimed to unify them, at least in the aspirational sense, with their national motto of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.

Translated from old Javanese, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika means ‘Unity in diversity’. Here, we see that the call of unity, to achieve the state of being one, has been directed towards unifying all Indonesians, regardless of ethnicity, creed, colour or religion, totally unlike the UMNO clarion call which promotes divisiveness between Malay-Muslims and non Malay-Muslims.

In tracing the origin of the Indonesian national motto into antiquity, we would discover the term originated from the Majapahit epic poem Sutasoma which offered reconciliation and promoted tolerance between the two prevailing and competing or warring religions in Java at that time, namely, Buddhism and Hinduism, with the doctrinal belief that although the religions were of different ideology and beliefs, both were truthful to Dharma*. The unifying promotion emphasized on sameness or similarities rather than differences in Majapahit society.

* Dharma in the Indian sense meant a social structure with its principles being Truth, Love, Fortitude and the famous Ahimsa or Non-violence.

Prambanan - Hindu temple in 9th Century Java

By comparison or more correctly, by contrast, the UMNO Malay-Muslim unity is a seditious obscenity in fostering divisiveness, created purely for some politicians’ selfish personal power and gains, and in reality nothing to do the interests of the bangsa. It emphasized on differences rather than sameness or similarities in Malaysian society.

Finally, I just wonder whether UMNO would spin the government’s non action on the Filipinos’ intrusion as Malay unity (I won’t dignify the unauthorized presence of 200 Filipinos in Lahad Datu as an invasion), bearing in mind it depends heavily on many Bangsamoro in Sabah holding blue IC to substantiate its claim of Sabah being its fixed deposit.

Maybe for Malay unity it will even gazette the so-called Sultan of Sulu as the 10th sultan in Malaysia? Wakakaka.

Wish sweetie Puteri Gunung Ledang was still around today. I would love to consult her on today’s impossible politics and the use of her 8th 'condition', wakakaka.

Look out Hisham, her keris is sharper than your Panca Warsisan

Monday, February 25, 2013

The missing man in the Altantuyaa story

I am very attracted to the FMT news article Deepak: PI Bala and I on the same team where Deepak aims, together with brave Perumal Balasubramaniam, to reveal the "truth” behind the 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.

After all, they are the new G-Ds of "truth" as I had posted in Age of Gemini?

We gather the two new G-Ds of "truth" will team up like the Ashwini Kumaras who incidentally were doctors to other gods, and from that Hindu belief we may presume they could "doctor" stuff for a healthier life for other G-Ds. Marvellous.

But why leave the G-D team members at only two. More should be better where they could then be like the League of Super-Heroes.

If I'm not mistaken, what had led the world's most courageous private investigator into issuing his famous or notorious (take your pick) statutory declaration (SD), which,

... coincidentally during a period of allegations of sodomy, alleged Najib Razak did it to Altantuyaa in her behind with the late Mongolian expressing her delight at that (all according to Perumal Balasubramaniam's 1st SD), ...

... started in Fogles pub and then The Backyard pub in Sri Hartamas when Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu, Balasubramaniam, ASP Suresh, Puravalen (another lawyer) were having a few drinks and discussing the Altantuyaa case.

They were coincidentally joined by none other than Sivarasa Rasiah who coincidentally was/is a PKR MP.

Apparently after hearing what Balasubramaniam had to offer, ...

... regarding what he was informed by Razak Baginda who in turn was informed by Najib Razak who in turn was informed by Altantuyaa Shariibuu who in turn confessed she liked ‘getting it’ in her behind, ...

... Sivarasa (remember, he's coincidentally the PKR MP) 'suggested' that Balasubramaniam get ‘someone’ neutral to record everything down. What a wonderful suggestion!

And coincidentallythat neutral 'someone' was Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu.

In fact it had been Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu who assured us that he was nominated because he was coincidentally the one lawyer who did not have an agenda in this matter (presumably the Altantuuyaa case).

I recall Sivarasa was coincidentally(?) at the press conference when Balasubramnaiam revealed his 1st SD, sitting just beside Anwar Ibrahim who coincidentally was there to grace the press conference.

And if you are thinking of blaming Anwar or suggesting he had something to do with Balasubramniam's SD, please don't bother because coincidentally Malaysia's very civic-minded and a 'neutral' lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu had 'cleared' Anwar Ibrahim from that.

If I recall, it was on 26 Nov 2009 that we read Malaysiakini's PI's lawyer: 'Anwar not behind Bala tapes' which led me to post Bala's SD - Americk Sidhu clears Anwar Ibrahim from involvement.

Malaysia's very civic-minded Mr 'Neutral' asserted that:

“… Anwar had nothing to do with the release of the first SD except to deliver a speech prior to the press conference at the PKR headquarters last July. I have had no communication with Anwar at all, and neither has he or any PKR member tried to contact me.”

Americk Singh Sidhu: "Anwar had nothing to do with the release of the 1st SD"

Then, I was greatly comforted by Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer’s assertion, though I was somewhat puzzled, just a tad though, that despite having no communication with Anwar or any PKR member whatsoever (except of course for a coincidental encounter with Sivarasa Rasiah at ‘The Backyard’ pub and Anwar Ibrahim at the press conference) Mr Americk Singh Sidhu was able to further assert:

“… Many people think Anwar Ibrahim is behind all this. That is absolutely untrue. Anwar has no idea about this whole episode except what he may have read in the blogs and on Malaysiakini.” 

In my post I had commented that I was (coincidentally) in a somewhat similar position as Americk, sharing with him a status where I too coincidentally “…have had no communication with Anwar at all, and neither has he or any PKR member tried to contact me”, indeed wakakaka. 

Thus I too would definitely not accuse Anwar Ibrahim of being behind Balasubramaniam’s 1st SD ... Absolutely NOT! 

But precisely for that very reason, that I was and am not in communication with Anwar wakakaka, I wouldn't be able to claim whether Anwar was involved or not involved.

You're allowed 3 guesses as to who's the person on right
look at person, not what's on the board behind him

But strangely but most wonderfully (coincidentally?), Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu was able to, proving he must be a better man than most, especially me, dungu kaytee.

Coincidentally Incidentally Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer has also cleared Cecil Abraham from being the mysterious lawyer who drafted the 2nd SD.

UPDATE: as we currently know, Mr Americk Singh Sidhu has since reported to the Bar Council the alleged naughty involvement of Cecil Abraham in the drafting of Balasubramaniam's 2nd SD.

Gasp gulp omigosh ... does that mean Mr Americk Singh Sidhu could be wrong in the 1st instant ... no I can't believe that ... gasp gulp omigosh again.

While on the 2nd SD, Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu informed us that he "... was absolutely flabbergasted" by the 2nd SD, meaning he wasn't aware that Balasubramaniam was going to issue a second SD.

But then, if he didn't know Balasubramnaiam was going to make a 2nd SD, how could he (Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu) then know, let alone assure us that “… no one is paying Bala to recant in his 2nd SD” ...

… in exactly the same way as he had assured us Anwar had nothing to do with the release of the first SD despite him (Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer) having no communication whatsoever with our Great Leader or any PKR bloke (other than PKR MP Sivarasa Rasiah in 'The Backyard' pub), yet somehow knowing the non-involvement of Anwar. Coincidences?

UPDATEas we currently know, Mr Americk Singh Sidhu has since reported to the Bar Council the alleged naughty involvement of Cecil Abraham in the drafting of Balasubramaniam's 2nd SD ...

... who he had originally (also) assured us was not the lawyer behind the drafting of Balasubramnaian's 2nd SD, and had already cleared Cecil Abraham from that.

Though my uncle once told me I was a smart boy, I know I was not and still am not, thus don't blame me for being totally confused by the above. Maybe I just have to attribute those (what I perceive as contradictions) to pure coincidences.

Coincidentally Continuing (a bit dazed by now), I recall Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu pronounced that lawyer Arunapalam (who accompanied Perumal Balasubramaniam in releasing the 2nd SD) was not responsible for drafting that follow-up SD.

But Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu gob-smacked me with the reason for his assertion (of Arunalpalam not being the drafter of the 2nd SD), by stating: "We now know Arunalpalam didn't draft or prepare that second SD. Deepak has said so."

"Deepak said so!"
Gasp gulp omigosh, another coincidence?!

Of course not, not when you have it in clear unambiguous emphatic terms that "Deepak said so!"

The new G-D had thus spoken, and thus must be believed. Maybe in a previous incarnation, Deepak belonged to the 'noble' profession of lawyers?

Anyway, we arrive at the point I want to make on the League of Super-Heroes, the one hero who might be able to help clarify or enlighten us on the 'truth' behind the Altantuyaa case.

Lamentably until now, he has somehow slipped repetitively beneath the radar, mind you, through no fault of his but our negligence - no coincidence. Yes, I'm referring to none other than our dear Yang Berhormat Encik Sivarasa Rasiah (PKR).

Sivarasa has been coincidentally one of the common denominators in both SD's, the second case only indirectly by virtue of him acting as Mr Deepak's lawyer (a most noble profession).

Sivarasa and PKR people garlanding super-hero Balasubramaniam
on the latter's return to Malaysia to campaign for PKR

By leaving dear YB Sivarasa out of our League of Super-Heroes, we have missed out on the "truth" about the 2nd SD and how a courageous private investigator who spent months with Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer assessing the issues, reflecting on the impact and consequences, courageously going ahead to carefully draft a SD condemning one of Malaysia's most powerful politician and then, ...

... presumably after again assessing and knowing the risks involved, releasing such damning allegations against the (then) DPM, ...

... could, within a mere 24 hours, retract his allegations via a 2nd SD ..... because he suddenly became afraid?

One of the mysteries of the circumstances surrounding the SD's or just a series of coincidences?

Yes sir, we have been grossly remiss in not appealing to YB Sivarasa Rasiah (PKR MP) for more information, thus missing golden opportunities to probe deeper and more substantially into the circumstances surrounding the SD's.

We should rightfully have him enlighten us, right from the case's very Genesis in a Bangsar pub (initially Fogles, then The Backyard).

Malaysia's very civic minded lawyer, a very neutral person, has done his part, from helping Perumal Balasubramnaiam draft the 1st SD, to clearing Anwar Ibrahim from complicity in the SD, to clearing Cecil Abraham and Arunalpalam  (both belonging to the 'noble' profession) from being the drafter of the 2nd SD, introducing us to the true words of Deepak Jaikishan (a la "Deepak said so!"), and condemning Najib as being 'linked' to Bala's disappearance.

On that last point about Najib being linked to Bala's disappearance, that Balasubramaniam since his 2nd SD has been in and out of Malaysia on a number of occasions, and now appearing again in Malaysia to campaign (coincidentallyfor PKR must be coincidences.

Despite Najib being linked to Balasubramaniam's disappearance the super-hero has "re-appeared" to "thunderous applause" wakakaka to campaign for PKR

{Deepak, eat your heart out (at least for the moment)}

Take note of PKR MP YB Sivarasa Rasiah in welcoming party for the super-hero

Yes sir, we definitely need YB Sivarasa Rasiah to team up with Deepak Jaikishan and Perumal Balasubramaniam to reveal “the truth” behind the 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, and not just how the late model liked it when Najib went into her behind, ........ all supposedly according to what she told Najib who then told Razak Baginda who then told Balasubramaniam who then told us.

Of course if Malaysia's very civic-minded lawyer wants to offer his participation, we would enjoy a wonderful foursome possessing valuable information.

Maybe then a 3rd SD?

He's always around, hasn't he?
No, I'm not referring to Balasubramaniam

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ong Tee Keat is feared

The Malaysian Insider - PKR mulled Tee Keat for Pandan but chose Rafizi, source says

PKR claims OTK's supporters sent out 'feelers' to PKR, implying OTK was prepared to 'jump', an allegation which parroted Chua Soi Lek's accusation of OTK.

So it seems to me that PKR shares a conspiracy bed with CSL in attempting to present OTK as a frog. PKR and MCA, bloody 'fine' company.

And most certainly PKR revelation of this at this particular juncture in time supports the suspicion that it's nothing more than a naughty campaign propaganda.

The source that provided TMI this allegation has been just that, an unnamed 'source' (and we respect the media's confidentiality of its sources), but it raises the interesting question of the reliability of the information.

Has it been a pure misinformation to badmouth OTK as a pre-emptive strike against his candidature in Pandan, as there are indications that Najib may override CSL and appoint OTK as the BN's candidate for Pandan, as the PM did in the Hulu Selangor by-election when he dismissed MIC's preferred candidate.

It would seem that PKR fears OTK as a BN candidate in Pandan as much as CSL does, though the latter has a slightly different reason.

While psychological warfare is part and parcel of political campaigning, it's lamentable some people can't see the difference between psychological warfare and dirty trick allegations.

In Malaysiakini's Vox Populi one (presumably) PKR supporter even suggested the following:

I respect OTK for his unrelenting stand on PKFZ, but that was where he made too many powerful enemies. One strategy for OTK is to sit out GE13, let MCA be humbled then challenge for the MCA top post again in the next party elections.

Should he win, he has many more options as MCA head than just being an Independent MP in Parliament.

Obviously he or she wanted a clear field for Rafizi Ramli.

But isn't it sheer naivety or moronic stupidity to suggest to a man like OTK to give way to Rafizi Ramli of PKR when he wouldn't even give way to CSL, Najib or Hishamuddin? See my earlier (2006) posts:

(a) Corruption 'Fact' for DPM Najib & Hishamuddin
(b) Najib riled with Ong Tee Keat's last laugh!

As a DAP supporter, obviously I would support Rafizi Ramli but I would not any dirty tricks campaigning, as I suspect would be the allegation that OTK supporters had sent out 'feelers' to PKR, especially when one knows the person OTK is.

As RPK said, we want Pakatan to raise the bar, not to ape BN in their dirty tricks.

Friday, February 22, 2013

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Malaysiakini - Johor temple parade bans Bersih and anti-Lynas tees

I'm afraid I have to say I support the organizers' ban on such T-shirts. The Johor Chingay (unlike the Penang Chingay) is a religious parade and should not be mixed up with or hijacked by political NGOs ... as two politicians hijacked Bersih 3.

I've always frown upon religion and politics getting into bed together.

That the organizers have invited politicians (only from BN side) is a separate issue and should not be argued as justifying Bersih, anti-Lynas or whatever politics to be advertised during a religious parade.

WTF, I have to defend PKR again, wakakaka.

Like the Johor Chingay, Thaipusam is a religious festival and any sporting or political activities should not intrude into the holy day.

OTOH, Chap God Meh is NOT a religious festival, and lovers or wannabes could put on their matching jogging shoes and run while making goo goo eyes at or exchanging mandarin oranges with each other.

(l) Perumal Balasubramaniam, (r) Americk Singh

Didn't the world's bravest (and most consistently inconsistent) private investigator say he couldn't return home unless the MACC investigate his allegations against Najib? Pordah Perumal.

I suspect it's G.A.N attempting to ratchet up the screws on Najib as GE-13 approaches.

Oh, BTW, keep an eye out on Americk Singh to see whether he becomes a PKR candidate.

The Malaysian Insider - As polls loom, PAS wavers over Anwar as PM PAS wants Tengku Razaleigh instead. 

Aiyah, the Kelantanese in PAS are now talking cock. Let me ask, is Ku Li in Pakatan?

Free Malaysia Today - Deepak sues Najib for defamation

Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan today filed a defamation suit against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in a bid to drag out the truth over the 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaaribuu.

As Penangites would sneeringly say: 'Chnea paah liao snio eng', meaning (idiomatically) 'Doesn't he have better things to do?'

And does anyone for one moment believe this new G-D of Truth is interested in 'the truth' of Alatantuyaa's murder?

Again I suspect it's part of the G.A.N strategy, but why descend down into the gutter?

Free Malaysia Today - Pandan MCA denies endorsing Gary Lim

MCA’s Pandan division today denied that it had endorsed Gary Lim as the BN election candidate for the constituency, contradicting party president Dr Chua Soi Lek’s announcement and heightening the feud between him and former president Ong Tee Keat.

Open rebellion by MCA Pandan division against CSL is only natural when you consider the MCA president has selfishly attempted to marginalise Ong Tee Keat the only MCA candidate likely to retain his federal parliamentary seat in GE-13, all because of personal rivalry over the leadership in a moribund party.

 Time again to ask you to read my BolehTalk post Malaysian Racism & The 3 Baskets of Crabs.

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