Friday, August 30, 2019

The Arrogant but Incompetent Political Party

A mouse is walking through the jungle when he sees a female elephant crying. He asks the elephant why she is crying.

The elephant shows him that she has a huge thorn stuck in her foot and says "if you get this thorn out, I will do whatever you want."

The mouse, who was a little horny, takes the thorn out. The elephant thanks him and says, "I know what you want" and turns around. The mouse gets behind her and starts bonking her.

All the while this was going on, two monkeys were watching from a coconut tree above. They both then throw a coconut at the elephant, hitting her on the head "Bonk, Bonk" and she yelled out, "Ouch, ouch".

From behind, the mouse pats the elephant on her bum and says ‘sorry I was too rough, my dear’.

Wakakaka, wasn't that the 'Height of Arrogance'?

Now read this about an arrogant political party.

Kadir Jasin & Bersatu

by Fateh Aiman

It’s an open secret that loyalty in BERSATU Pribumi is in short supply. Just take a look at how it catapulted itself as the third most powerful political party in Pakatan Harapan (in terms of parliamentarians) – which only came about with the help of party hoppers in the post-GE 14 environment.

But for Kadir Jasin to make sweeping statements as if the people of Johor voted for a 
BERSATU Pribumi-led state government given their track record as a political force seems disconnected with the realities on the ground. Even more so considering that his recent blogpost is an attempt to shore up support for the incoming BERSATU Pribumi party election.

Take for example the recent Menteri Besar selection controversy in Johor, where Tun Mahathir and the Johor Royal Family locked horns over who should replace the former Menteri Besar, Osman Sapian. According to the Johor State Constitution, it is clearly the right of the Sultan to approve who should best represent his state – something that one hoped would have been respected given that the Pakatan Harapan manifesto pushed for a return to the spirit of federalism.

While BERSATU Pribumi may be prominent nationally due to Tun Mahathir’s status as Prime Minister, this does not mean that it gives them full discretionary power over how their state representatives act in governing their states.Let’s keep in mind that in Johor, BERSATU Pribumi only won 8 seats in GE14 as opposed to 17 seats retained by UMNO.

The same cannot be said for Bersatu Pribumi in Perak – where the administration of Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu is a clear example of the three deadly sins that is becoming increasingly apparent in Pakatan Harapan: disunity, lack of focus and incompetency.

Pribumi is just like a mouse in Pakatan
smallest but the one carrying deadly disease

Headlines from the Perak PH government range from the tragic to the bizzare – with Faizal Azumu openly trampling upon the ancestral land of local Orang Asli for logging contracts to the case of two Bersatu Pribumi Division Chiefs selling sacrificial cows to buy laptops.

cows disappearing both under UMNO and Pribumi

both parties have the same bovine-sucking DNA, wakakaka

Clearly, one Bersatu Pribumi-led government deserves more attention than the other.

The party isn’t any better on the national level either. Despite the fact that the party was given prominent positions in cabinet, it certainly has been a mixed bag.

Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof, the Minister of Entrepreneur Development is known for two things – his obsession with flying cars and his lack of direction in building up the Malaysian entrepreneurial environment.

{kt note: see my post The MOST racist Minister in Pakatan government}

On the other hand, Datuk Seri Rina binti Mohd Harun, the Minister of Rural Development is barely known by the rakyat nor does it seem that she has any plans on how to perform her portfolio.

how in the world did she become a minister?

Mahathir has a bloody lot to answer for 

Syed Saddiq, the Minister of Youth and Sports, has the unfortunate habit of mixing politics with public service – just take a look at opaque dealings involving his Youth Power Club and the appointment of youth party leaders in ministerial positions. It seems that for him, youth power only comes if you can help him secure his position as head of ARMADA.

I do not envy the position that either Kadir Jasin nor Bersatu Pribumi finds themselves in. Their performance in the Semenyih by-election is more than enough to show that they have much to work on – where despite bringing their best, BN managed to overturn PH’s gains in the seat entirely despite a shaky alliance with PAS.

Resolving their grassroots issues should take precedence instead of blaming external factors in their lack of success as a political party. After all, it was reported that the cow-for-computers incident only occurred due to a lack of funds for the party machinery there.

Bersatu leaders admit selling sacrificial cows donated by Perak MB to buy computers

If anyone in Bersatu Pribumi is to be applauded, it should be Bersatu Pribumi in Johor. It seems that they are aware and respect the political landscape that they are in. They understand that while the Johor Royal Family may have voiced a word of caution in supporting PH in GE14, it is ultimately up to Bersatu Pribumi and Pakatan Harapan to prove themselves to the stakeholders of Johor that they can perform as an effective state government.

I am sure that Kadir Jasin is aware of the 30 or so marginal Malay seats that will be essential in securing victory in GE15. Perhaps he should work with his party to build it into viable political party that can effectively secure these 30 seats rather than placing blame elsewhere.


  1. Tok Pa may be a frog but is a good one. He should be the one to take over the leadership of Bersatu. Everybody else is rubbish.

  2. Aahhh now I get it...

    Mouse = Bersatu
    Elephant = PKR & DAP
    Monkeys = Rakyat
    Coconut = Zakar Naik

    Wan Azizah: If Dr M steps down, then there will be a Cabinet vacancy

    Friday, 30 Aug 2019

    PUTRAJAYA: A vacancy in the Cabinet may only happen when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad steps down as Prime Minister, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

    The Deputy Prime Minister said there is no issue about no current vacancy in the Cabinet.

    "There is no vacancy, so?

    "I guess (there will only be a vacancy in Cabinet) when the Prime Minister vacates the seat as promised," Dr Wan Azizah said to reporters after a visit to CyberSecurity Malaysia on Friday (Aug 30).

    DAP MP: Fearing Dr M back to old tricks, people want to give Anwar a chance

    Aug 30, 2019

    After all that has transpired over the past 16 months since Pakatan Harapan swept into power, Charles Santiago said like everyone else, he too, tinkered with a tiny flash of hope.

    However, the DAP lawmaker lamented that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had dashed this with his remarks that there is no room for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim in the cabinet.

    Describing Mahathir's explanation for this as ridiculous, Charles said: “The premier's words only goes to show that we are more focused on holding on to power rather than nation-building.”

    “I am privy to the whispers on the ground. People are now willing to give Anwar a chance, fearing Mahathir is back to his old tricks,” he added in his Merdeka message this afternoon.

    I have never asked to be a minister, says Anwar
    Ainaa Aiman - August 30, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim today said he never offered himself to be a minister, following Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that there is “no room” for him in the Cabinet.

    “I have never offered myself to be a member of the Cabinet.

    “I am tied to the Pakatan Harapan consensus that I should give full space for Mahathir to lead the present Cabinet,” Anwar told a press conference after chairing a meeting of the parliamentary caucus on reform and governance today.

    Last night, Mahathir said Anwar could not be a minister because “we are not having any change or any increase in the number of members of the Cabinet”.

    “Since nobody has indicated they want to resign, we have no vacancy,” he said after chairing a PPBM Supreme Council meeting at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

    Today, Anwar maintained that the current understanding was he would assume the prime minister’s post at the right moment, adding that he had never proposed to become a minister before.

    “There is no issue at all on whether I would want to be a member of the Cabinet,” he said.