We thought they were different, rues Ambiga
Former Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan said she can understand how Malaysians feel with regard to the Pakatan Harapan administration.
In a series of tweets this afternoon, she said the nation needed more statespersons who think of the next generation, as opposed to politicians whose sights are set on the next election.
“Every time you expect the leaders to behave in a reasonable fashion, some let you down so badly. It is as if we do not really matter. Just staying in power does. We thought they were different.
“That is why the saying: 'A politician only thinks of the next elections, a statesman, the next generation'. We need more statesmen.
“What this government does will determine the future of Malaysians. But those that promote narrow interests will not benefit the building of a vibrant nation," she added.
To illustrate her point, Ambiga quoted the words of Abraham Lincoln - "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."
In what appeared to be a reference to controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik (photo), she said if the government kept conceding to narrow interests and accorded one man so much importance that he appears stronger than them, then they have failed themselves and Malaysians.
“I ask again - if ministers keep appearing powerless to act when the going gets tough, then who can we count on? If this government does not set the right path, then who can?” she asked.
However, Ambiga said Malaysians should not allow one man or a single issue to dampen the Merdeka and Malaysia Day spirit.
“Again, having said all that, we must come together to celebrate our Merdeka and Malaysia Day.
“We must not allow differences over one man or one issue to take the joy out of our celebration. We have challenges ahead that will require all our focus and energy,” she added.
Earlier, Ambiga, who also headed the electoral watchdog Bersih from 2011 to 2013, said certain issues are deliberately played up to undermine the government.
“(The) government, on the other hand, must show the maturity and courage to set us on the right path, no matter how difficult. Who said change was easy?” she added.
Furthermore, she said, those who distract do not have the interests of the people at heart.
“We are facing a huge global economic problem and we are arguing about race and religion. We must look so incompetent to investors. All this will adversely affect the people,” she added.
Ambiga was responding to DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang's political secretary Syahredzan Johan (above) who turned to the wisdom of Professor Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series to highlight the situation in Malaysia.
“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right. - Dumbledore
“Let us all have that courage to do what is right, instead of what is easy,” he tweeted.
Over the weekend, Ambiga also expressed disappointment with Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman who hosted a dinner for Zakir at his residence and urged Malaysians to move on.
tough luck my Chinese and Indian brethren - I have to follow Atuk's wish
The Indian-born preacher is under police investigation for his remarks concerning Hindu Malaysians and Chinese Malaysians during a ceramah in Kelantan on Aug 8.
Zakir, who has since apologised, claimed that his remarks were taken out of context.
We have fuckup politicians carrying the water of an Indian reject preacher running away from the Indian authorities.These stooges are sucking his tiny prick like he was their grandfather's.This Saddiq dude is just a boy still wet behind the ears.Apple polishing at best.ReplyDelete
Biggest mistake we trusted this new goverment...its ok .nxt GE we will correct it..Delete
Soon we will become refugees running to another country if things keep going on these way...no mistake that is gonna be... sheets..!!!Delete
Yes, true, we have autocrat religious and racial zealots running the government. In my opinion non of them are equal to statesman like Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew.Delete
Next AGM, Correct it how?!Delete
y all this idiot include that stupid fm keep telling us to move on? we will move on when u stupid move out.ReplyDelete
Hope Ambiga becomes our first Indian lady to form a new party for all Indians those are voiceless we really need a strong leader like her or Hindrafs Uthaya.Delete
In short, Under the present situation, Good people will leave this country and more bad people will enter. With technology placed the ruling elite can control the masses like robots and reap abundance for themselves.ReplyDelete
I don't like BN but they were better.ReplyDelete
PH your ministers really sucks. The sports ministery fellow who not only acts but still behave as a nappy kid and wasting tax payers money.
Upcoming any elections you will see the results of your actions.
BN and PH same dogs so who can people vote next election. PSM a socialist party cannot lah, so smallest party in malaysia.Delete
Well said Ambiga. We need an educator, economist,and a statesman for all Malaysians. This fake fakir with his ridicule of Hinduism, n the division he has caused among Malaysians n incredibly supported by the very man whom true believers among Malaysians had again put in power believing him, when he pleaded he'll right the wrongs he created has left us deceived yet again. He promised to hand over to Anwar but now he has created a charade again. He has no human decency. Malaysia needs a leader for all Malaysians. Send the fugitive, fake, fakir ZN n his bunch of Indian Dalits home.ReplyDelete
Yes, Ambiga, I fully agree & support your views. We all voted out BN & voted in PH in order to have a better Malaysia to live in.ReplyDelete
However, it looks like many Malaysians are really disappointed with the PH govt under the leadership of Dr M. All I hope for is that he has not gone back to his old ways, but like the saying goes "a leopard never changes his spots". What you said is so true, that politicians only think of next election, without caring for next generation.
Well said. AgreedDelete
I think we need another bersih to totally clean up this mess forever so that our generation will live peacefullyDelete
Well written Ambiga. But i have hiven up bcos Malaysia is only race n religion and we have bloody Mr U Turns who just seek political mileage.ReplyDelete
Politicians are same...goodies only for them and their suckers.
Well said madam, harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi. No point crying over spilt milk. Don't ever trust a Cobra.ReplyDelete
Hi Ambiga, I do agree with your observations on the current state of affairs of this country where we were born and call home with utmost loyalty and dedication for the wellbeing of all its citizens disregard to race or religion. Nevertheless, unfortunately, we seem to have amongst us divisive politicians and NGOs which could lead the country backwards. Please wake up all citizens to create a highly progressive and developed country to be handed over to our next generation. Bersatu Teguh, Bercerai Roboh. Sedarlah wahai rakyat Malaysia ku demi kesejahteraan generasi masa akan datang sebelum nasi menjadi bubur. Sesal dahulu pendapatan, sesal kemudian tiada guna. Keluarkanlah anasir luar yang meracuni kedamaian keluarga Malaysia yang dihargai ibarat duri didalam daging, perbuatan ahli politik yang cuma mementingkan diri sendiri. Sila bangkit demi perpaduan rakyat Malaysia. Sekian, terima kasih.ReplyDelete
Who will you disguard a cobra or Dr.m.ReplyDelete
Both, but timing in reverse order!Delete
Ha..ha..ha..UBAH kerajaan and u got it.So,why all this fuss..For years Baju Kuning hidup..Even Ambika hiding in the closet..Wait for the full term to expire...but by then the way this is going ..best of luck to all Malaysian who were harping for a UBAHReplyDelete
Surely but slowly lah!!!!Delete
My generation will survive but what about my next generation? A cobra is always a cobra.ReplyDelete
Kudos to Ambika for highlighting the bigotry of our politicians regarding the racial-religious issues > we need statemen for a total revamp of our political quagmire in order to create a "New Malaysia"!ReplyDelete
A pack of unknowns coming out from the woodwork!
Blog admin, ain't there a setting to block these common unknown acronym?
Well said ma'am.. Harapan saya sudah hancur.. Stupid politicians, playing racial issues.. Keeping their mouth shut when outsider talking about our loyalty to our wonderful country.. This is last round for PHReplyDelete
Our understanding is that BAU Mahathir had submitting to radicalised Muslims demand. He expounded that if MALUSIA wanted peace, unlike those Middle Eastern States of Syria or Iraq, we have to accommodated the views of those fundamentalists in order to avoid a religious war in Malaysia. This is cowardice in the face of the enemy.ReplyDelete
The international norm when it comes to TERRORISM is never to strike a deal of whatever form with these habitual terrorists. But here we have a government so spineless and gutless to take the appropriate steps to nip it in the bud.
For the last 10 years, this group has been emboldened with the inactions of the authorities and now even bolder and more daring to demand from the government what it so wishes.
The fight again terrorism is always one long road but with no concessions to it, otherwise it would rule over the masses in the end.
What is there to celebrate when this country is no better than the years before?? We celebrate MERDEKA when we are happy and want to call it our Home, but NO, we don't see any beneficial changes.ReplyDelete
No, we are not saying UMNO/BN is any better but there in a vacuum of GOOD Malay leaders in the country. One is just as racist, divisive and prejudice as the other. Our MERDEKA call is for Mahathir to step down for someone else.
PH, Mahathir especially have let down the rakyat with all the promises made prior to GE14. People were hoping for a new Malaysia as this is what was pr ok missed prior to GE14. Lynas, Racism, Favouritism, Selective persecution, The Toll, PTPN were all supposed go but they haven't. The peoples Hope's have been dashed and the people are feeling hopeless under DrM and PH. God bless the nation and her people. A bleak Merdeka day and years ahead indeed.ReplyDelete
He has made more wrongs for he was brought to make wrongs done by past Government Right.1) Zakir 2) Suppose remove Toll now more Tolls coming up. 3) Giving Green light to Deport Turkish Family out from Malaysia protected by UN to face the Turkish Military Court which is more difficult Military or Normal People's Court like going and facing India's Court. Zakir very rich man can have many Lawyers & Judges to ensure he gets a fair trail in India. Why keep him & send out Turkish Family knowing protected by UN....3) Crocks free to raom stole money from the Malays & People's money.Eg...EPF, Tabung Haji & PAS Delegates involved in Money laundering with 1MDB. How many more wrongs he has to do until the People will decide have him replaced....Enough is Enough.Delete
It is very surprising that Zakir Naik not well versed with Bahasa Malaysia still can get PR status ,many people came to Malaysia years still cannot get PRReplyDelete
Knowing bm is not a requirement according to the dickdeah hamidiDelete
Knowing BM he is not a requirement for permanent residency according to the dick head hamid comedy.Delete
Yes.why people lived here no rights and still carry red IC !?!? ZN why???Delete
Ambiga.. People like yourself must take leadership and get into tge government. I wish you had. Commenting on the sidelines hardly produces resultsReplyDelete
Not all on the Gov have let us down.Some are stil more equal than others.ReplyDelete
Hopeless mahathir should step down immediately then we will celebrate Merdeka.ReplyDelete
Syed Saddiq is proving himself that he is a premature baby.ReplyDelete
PH 100days promise thru but people don't understand this 100 days start counting from when???ReplyDelete
So PH is not wrong but voter did not ask before election the effective date whennnn
I salute MDM AmbikaReplyDelete
There were thousands of rubber tappers who contributed to the economy and development and progress of malaya have died and turn to dust being stateless in this country.the lame exucuse they were illterate in spoken malay.but they able to communicate and survive.under the semi slavery of the british raj,they built the roads,railway ,pwd,night soil disposes.they were forgotten but a fake indian given pr.overnight .will those resp0nsible have a place in heaven.karma waiting.ReplyDelete
I for one dont feel like celebrating Merdeka bcos I am saddened by the events happening recently. Race & religion have become the main topic for our politicians to divide the various races & a fugitive comes into our country to question our integrity & no one can do anything about it. He has become a VVIP & our politicians are sucking up to him. Its a sad day for Malaysia. What we have now are a web if lies, deceit, manipulation, unfulfilled election manifesto but our esteemed politicians are more interested in playing the race/religion cards. I shudder to even think of another May 13th. May God help & protect MalaysiaReplyDelete
What did dr zakir do wrong to u? He never condemn other religion only explain the differences. Who are u to ask PM to resign just because of this issue?ReplyDelete
R u a DUMB,FUCKING, MALAY ASSHOLE who's got BELACAN💩 & NASI LEMAK🍛4 🧠brains⁉️Delete
Can't u c wat he told the Indians & Chinese⁉️
You must be a very dumb person. Why don't you put yourself in our shoes. How will you react if a Hindu monk or preacher makes comparison between the quran and our vedas and say your quran is all wrong words of God. How will you react. You know nuts about Hinduism or Christianity to defend ZN and his words.Delete
Yes, he didn't do any wrong but instead he's trying to create racial hatred and here you are, defending him. What stupidity!!!Delete
Ismail Maryadi. Are you a nut?ReplyDelete
Merdeka ? What merdeka ? The old fox has destroyed all aspirations & dreams of a new Malaysia !!ReplyDelete
Calling M'sian Chinese to leave and accusing M'sian Indians of their loyalty isn't wrong? Then what is? You nerd or what? I.M.ReplyDelete
The eyes of Malaysians are sharp, we know who have the interest of people at heart. We also know the selfish politicians always talk rubbish.ReplyDelete
Any politician who only selfishing strengthening his own party & position cannot be a good politician. He has no interest of Malaysians in his heart. He only think of his position & his family's wealth.ReplyDelete
A good politician will always hold an open dialog with his people, he has nothing to hide & not fearing he will not be re-elected, Malaysian will vote for him if he really works for the people.ReplyDelete
The eyes of Malaysian are always watching on our politicians who perform his works rightly or wrongly.ReplyDelete
A politician who never keeps his promise must not keep him ?ReplyDelete
A good politician only has Malaysians interest at heart, nothing else.ReplyDelete
There are approximately 2.2 billion Christians in this world believe Jesus is God, but only ONE little syaitan,ZK twisting the Bible and by memorizing a few verses so as to impresse & deceive fools and simple minded folks into believing in him!ReplyDelete
Bro, I hv many Malaysian Muslim friends. The problem is that they don't read enough to know enough. ZN is lying n miss interpreting the Bible. U guys are so gullible. U trust this man so easy. U will soon see his true colors.Malaysia Boleh!😀ReplyDelete
We need more Malaysian as leaders not the one representing their own group.ReplyDelete
Is not the PH fault is just a certain politicians who like to create the problem like Tun M. He is the one who create the problem and DAP get the blame by the ppl. He try to get DAP out of the PH group.ReplyDelete
Teaching your grandfather how to such eggs.ReplyDelete
We are all board a ship where the Captain & Crews has no interest on the survival of passengers. The ship(passengers) is going to sink, the Captain & crews are bailing out into a holiday cruise ship.ReplyDelete
May be T. M. Wants idot Zakir to be in his cabinet as a Appointed minister.ReplyDelete
Tun Mahadir Sir, you know why you were elected is to make Right from the Wrongs done by previous Government BN,PAS & UMNO....Now you are making things worst Fugitive From India has past bad records & cases of Money Laundering no different from X Prime Minister. Why You in Power letting Crocks who stole Money from the Malays & People free until now nothing done..eg..EPF, Tabung Haji & PAS Delegates... More important things to do to win the Heart of the People but you ate not doing anything..eg..Toll not asking remove the whole lot but on one Highways there might be 1 or more unnecessary just remove doing a little here and there you are able to win the hearts of the People who voted these Government...What happened to Peoples Power eg...People wanted Sports Minister & Shoe Minister Education to step down why nothing done what Democracy Malaysia Practicing Here. Just Independence over What as Prime Minister you have done to lift Malaysia... You again bring Malaysia down by aggreeing to deport the Turkish Family know very well protecteted by UN...Enough of Your Drama to make Look PKR & DAP bad they not Bad You are the BAD Dictator in Malaysia...Doing all so can hoop over new Party UMNO BARU & Protect all the Crocks & Your Family Members Permanently as untouchables... Anything done in Malaysia is your doing not PKR or DAP...You working to Your Plan that's all since Malaysia Boleh...What we need is Brains to Run the Country NO MORE SKIN OR RACE / RELIGION TALK EVER ANYMORE IN MALAYSIA IF WANT MALAYSIA TO SUCCEED WITH MALAYSIANS PROUD....GOD BLESS MALAYSIA.ReplyDelete
Almost all who had voted for PH r extremely disappointed on their policies.... It seems that only race & religion issues r all matter to them... we r in deep trouble while they r still politicizing around like a bunch of nerd....we need Avengers badly...ReplyDelete
A disaster in d making in d near future by keeping d moron zn. Just wait n watch. By then it will b too late. Malaysia will never realise since she is blind n deaf. For her, it's always, My Way. She won't care a damn. Whoever leads Malaysia again, we will still b fighting for our rights, again and again. God Bless Malaysia.ReplyDelete
We choose the best actress. Because of our sympathy towards him he won and now stand on our headed till next election.ReplyDelete
All this happened because of bapa racist. Came as zero and currently his is rich. He try to be hero, if never stay together we will be zero.
V need mature & wise leaders who genuinely care for all Malaysians irrespective of races & religions & to give them a brighter future; not hypocrites, lembek politicians & spineless ones who only craves for power & r deaf or blind to issues affecting our country dat divides d people. Malaysia is for ALL Malaysians. Dont divide us as a multiracial Malaysia is truly a beautiful Malaysia. A too religious Malaysia will b just dat & will never amount to anything.ReplyDelete
I salute ur views, Ambi. I for one, am indeed disappointed wth PH. While a few in d cabinet r brave enuf to oppose d PM's views n d decisions he makes (unilaterally, it appears), d majority remain silent. Is there too much power wrongly given away to d PM? Apart from d sole (but serious) accusation of plundering d nation's wealth, ex-PM Najib seemed to have performed better, in comparison!ReplyDelete
Malas nak commentReplyDelete
What's the fuss aboit ZakirNaik?ReplyDelete
Tell me in what way are his speeches wrong? Rebut facts with facts lah. Don't just undermine and condemn with hatred and sentiments. Where's your argument?
Another moron.majority of times you idiots don't even understand what ZN is saying but all of you get into a jungle dance when he recites some quaranic verses. But we Hindus know what he so called recites as our vedas are wrong as we have learnt it.Delete
Absolutely you are right Mdm Ambiga,PH is leading to more dissaster than what BN did before.. Most of the voters are regrets and definitely our mindset and perception are changed to PH from Saviour to dissaster.ReplyDelete
We're betrayed by PH government,abolished GST and coming in with SST which is worse than the GST and imposing 5% property gain tax after 5years is unacceptable. They are going back to the same old ways as BN if not worse. Ok never mind, we know what to do next. Wake up Malaysian and get united.ReplyDelete
of course they are now the new BN, headed by an old BN leader/PMDelete
Zakir all knows many Countries don't want him why Malaysia want to harbour him. Fugitive run away from the Law still Tun gives him PR why not give the Red IC mostly Indians. What the Government doing when the Peoples Power the Issue is Simple they want both Sports & Shoe Minister to step down but nothing done by Tun himself. We brought him to make Wrong done by past Government Right in stead doing so he making more Wrongs. Why give PR to Fugitive where by many Countries don't want him b'cos he is a troublemaker who disturbs Unity, Harmony & Togetherness among People. Why Tun keeps him to be Good with Malays make PKR & DAP look bad so he can continue his dramas in Malaysia find ways to Protect the Crocks so in return his Family Protected Permanently in Malaysia. They become the untouchables living with the richness stolen from the People. That's Tun ultimate PLAN doing all his Dramas sing his Ministers as Dummies. Shoe Minister or Educational Minister you think for 1 minute has the Brains to bring Jawi into Bahasa Malaysia when all knows is not part of Bahasa Malaysia as it belongs to religious subject for never ever taught in any school as a subject in Bahasa Malaysia. Khat an act mainly used for religious writings his now pig esters, monitor lizard eaters, gamblers & drinkers allowed to write the so called Act.What happened to all the Ulama's in Malaysia why done came forward to say anything about these Act being forced onto Other races in Malaysia... Why is it B'cos Tun said it was fine...Ulama's blinded by TUN's involvement... Looks like it's Correct Malaysia Boleh....ReplyDelete
What PH is any difference from the BN when it comes to races and religion they just conseal when the Malay Muslim protests like the issues involved fugitive from India? Why must our Pm protect him? Difficult to understand why that man is wanted by hus own country n having citizenship from Arab need be protected in our beloved country? Hope our Pm can explain -ReplyDelete
We used to have gentlemen whose words were their bond but we have a man who made promises before GE14 and kept non of it. What a despicable man without any sense of righteousness and dignity. What a shame! He could have been a great statesman and well loved but he threw it all away. What a disgrace and downtrodden man without principles and scruples.ReplyDelete
Vote any party but PH at the next election!!! Even if its UMNO-PAS-BN ,it would be better than PH. A party/coalition which does not keep their promises and make a mockery of the citizens should be voted out!! We may not like Najib but I think Mahathir is much much worse as a racist than a kleptocrat!!! OUT WITH PH AT THE NEXT ELECTION.ReplyDelete
Mahathir was never a man of his wordsDelete
Apparently, the votes from the same faith is above anything!Both MCA and MIC should leave BN asap and join forces with GERAKAN Pru 15 as a third coalition or third force as a vote of choice for our voters. If the both the presidents are reluctant to, members can start a signatory campaign to gather enough quorum, a 2/3 to call for AGM with 2 agenda, firstly, dismiss the president and secondly, leave BN asap!! In a multiracial and multireligion country, the more coalitions the merrier and the is no dominant party that can form the government of the day with other coalitions. Thus, all have to be more liberal if they one to get the support of others!!ReplyDelete
The biggest racist bigot is mahatir. The root of all evil. Even Anwar is no angel either but if you think of azmin mukhriz n hadi we are limited in choiches.ReplyDelete
We shouldnt worry to much about zakir...he is the symbol of inferiority complex of his religion. Cheers
Kini sudah ramai rakyat Malaysia menganggur, untuk menambah buruk keadaan ini lagi masih ada segelentir masyarakat membuat Malaysia ketidak tenteraman. Olih yang demikian pelabur-pelabur asing dan tempatan akan memindah kilang-kilang atau firma-firma mereka ke negara lain seperti ke Vietnam dan Thailand. Nampaknya Malaysia akan jadi mundur dan tidak akan capai WAWASAN 2030.ReplyDelete
To be frank, the problem is because they are prone on race and religion thus everything with regards to the religion of the majority is.compromised.ReplyDelete