Monday, February 18, 2013

Nick Xenophon's Grandstanding Does Australia No Good

Relevant excerpts from an article titled "Nick Xenophon's grandstanding does us no good" by Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor in The Australian,
"Xenophon wants the Australian government to send electoral monitors to the forthcoming Malaysian election. This idea is stupid and impractical."

"Why isn't he in Vietnam, leading protests outside the jails where Buddhists and Catholics are incarcerated?"

"Malaysia on any measure is one of the most democratic and freewheeling nations in Southeast Asia"

"Indeed, its very openness allows people such as Xenophon to grandstand there."
My daughter, who is in the fifth form, asked me yesterday who is Nick Xenophon. She had just come back from Cathechism class and I asked her whether he was discussed in her class. She replied said no but said the name was being talked about among her friends.

I told her that he was an Australian politician who had been deported and that our government had every right, as a sovereign nation, to lawfully decide who can or cannot be allowed into the country.

That said, my personal view and I told her, the government should have allowed the Aussie into the country, even though like most Malaysians except opposition supporters and their leaders who don't mind as long as it serves their agenda, we do not take kindly to foreigners interfering in our domestic affairs.

That way, the mischief, these unwanted visitors would be up to, will be there for all to see. Or, keep your enemies closer.

They way I see it, Xenophon's visit would most likely be given coverage and publicised only in the pro-opposition on-line portals. We can more than manage and engage these on-line portals.

For example, as a Catholic and for the benefit of Rev father Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing and other Catholics, we can expose Xenophon's dishonorable and cowardly act to disclose in parliament, names of persons involved in an allegation that a Catholic priest had committed rape. The priest was subsequently cleared of the decades old allegation by an internal inquiry of the Catholic church.

Or how Xenophon is an anti-palm oil lobbyist and just like Anwar failing in his attempt to get the government of Australia to intercede in our elections, Xenophon will also fail.

Yes, we do not need foreigners, especially suspicious foreign politicians, to tell us how to run the country when they run our country down and why give the Aussie senator political capital and raise his profile he does not deserve?

Deporting the Xenophon only provided the opportunist to nick "martyr" status in the media.

Edited 1.50pm

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Letter to Free Malaysia Today

The argument whether there is 100% press freedom in Malaysia, print or on-line, is one of divided opinions.

Press freedom not only in Malaysia but in other countries around the world as well.

I subscribe to the principle that everybody has a right of say and reply, with, the key words being, responsibly and sensibly.

The same goes for the medium that chooses to publish what a person wishes to say.

It is not that I am a great admirer of Tun Mahathir or it is an obvious attack on the elder statesman but when a letter such as this one "Dr M, do keep your self respect intact" is published in Free Malaysia Today, you wonder whether there is any editorial intellect or capital in FMT to fall for an apparently skewed missive.

Letters, of this sort and these days, are a sen a dozen.

More so when it is contradictive and dishonest from the word go.

The writer would want to impress but fail to disguise a true detestation, lambasting in grandiloquent manner, and you know where the person is coming from and going to, by the very first confounding paragraph,
"I used to revere Dr Mahathir. I am, after all a product of his period and up till now, I respect him as an elderly man even though his misdeeds affected me and my compatriots adversely. My mother taught me to respect my elders"
Yes indeed, "used to revere Dr Mahathir" and respect, despite and in spite of all the "misdeeds" as in the letter lies, pun intended.

And by the way, what's with this continued attraction and interest for Tun Mahathir, when he is already an "old" man, when he's "no longer" relevant?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

If At First You Don't Succeed

There is a motivating saying "If at first you don't succeed; try, try again".

A picure is worth a thousand words. Here are two.

Pakatan Rakyat designated prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, had at the time claimed that the opposition would be forming the federal government just after the 2008 general elections.

The above pictures are a subject of reports where the PKR supremo is getting stick for being garlanded a "Huguan Siou".

Free Malaysia Today reports the controversy, "Anwar’s ‘Huguan Siou’ debacle draws flak"
Anwar, however, denied that he was bestowed the honour.

It’s not true. I am not aware of it. There was never a public announcement about it”
We all know now that the claim by Anwar, to take over the government in 2008, have been proven to be one big lie.

Cannot blame the man though. A severe case of bloated ego and he's so desperate to be PM.

For him "if at first you don't succeed; lie, lie again".

Citizenchip and Other Things Nothing New

Datuk Rocky's latest posting "Now they claim that "Look East Policy" was not Dr Mahathir's idea" and provides an extensive article by a writer Ali Cordoba.

I append, "Look East Policy" and quote,
"The Look East Policy was launched in late 1981, at the beginning of Mahathir’s career as Prime Minister."
Anwar Ibrahim joined UMNO in 1982 and debuted as Culture, Youth and Sports Minister in 1983.

Well that was what Ali Cordoba claimed and where wild claims by Anwar Ibrahim is concerned it's nothing new.

As claims go, the biggest of all claims incontrovertibly attributed to Anwar Ibrahim is, that Pakatan Rakyat would be forming the government in light of BN's poor showing in the 2008 GE. That claim by Anwar is a misnomer, it was daylight fraud.

Tun Mahathir is also making headlines on claims of the Tun alluding to revocation of Madam BERSIH Ambiga's citizenship.

But Tun Mahathir is not the first to raise matters related to citizenship.

That dishonour goes to and you guessed it - Anwar, the DAP designated prime minister, Ibrahim.

And Anwar, the DAP designated prime minister, Ibrahim had questioned the citizenship of a certain community.

From what Lim Kit Siang protests, it must be related to the Chinese citizenry, "DAP deplores Anwar Ibrahim’s warning and threat to raise ‘citizenship’ question as unworthy of a Minister who should know what is the law and Constitution".

The ony thing DAP has learned thus far, after GE 2008, is being cocky .

But they have never learnt from their past knowledge of their designated PM,
"Anwar started his political career with the reputation of a liberal, but he nows seems to be the new advocate for repression and suffcation of dissent.

Is this the price Anwar must pay so that he could make his bid for the future Prime Ministership in the country?" - Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Kota Melaka, Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya, 21st April 1986
Lim Kit Siang and others in and out of the DAP be forewarned. Wasn't it foretold?

Being "liberal" is the price Anwar Ibrahim will pay, for the moment, to be the future PM. As prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim will then repress and suffocate you and all your secular colleagues to death, as he has shown in the past.

And that is the very least of your worries should the unthinkable happens.

That goes for you too, Madam BERSIH Ambiga.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Not Another Malay

In the initial results of the DAP national CEC elections no Malay was elected. This led many to chide the party as confirmation of being a Chinese chauvinistic party.

It would come to pass that the election results were found to be inaccurate due to "technical" reasons. After internal auditing, so the party says, Zairil Khir Johari, was found to have made it as the 20th and last elected CEC member.

It is worth mentioning that the DAP, when caught in ideological differences and dilemma with PAS or even the PKR, would claim the matter being settled in the oft repeated and tiring "agree to disagree".

It is merely a charade to keep the opposition pact intact and to project an illusory image of practising freedom to express and respect of individual views, as in the case of Anwar Ibrahim when he publicly declared his support for Hudud.

But the DAP is hypocritical. When former DAP senator Tunku Abdul Aziz expressed his views on BERSIH which ran counter to the party's stand, he was promptly criticised by the party and his senatorship was not renewed.

"Freedom of expression", "respect for individual views" and "agree to disagree" with their PR partners and leaders but no such benefit is given to a senior member of it's own party who just happened to be a Malay.

Tunku Abdul Aziz subsequently resigned from the party.

The Sundaily now reports, "Ronnie Liu's aide resigns, citing dissatisfaction",
Throughout the press conference, Jafrei who was appointed by Liu in 2008, said his resignation was due to loss of confidence towards Liu and that he has a deep disappointment after Liu had failed to explain the various allegations of graft and misuse of power against him.
But graft and misuse of power is not the the subject but will soon be. It is to be expected.

The subject matter is, the person resigning from the DAP is Jafrei Nordin, who just happens to be...another Malay.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Calculative Liew Chin Tong Prediction

We all know the DAP party is so chauvinistically Chinese. It took a technical error for a Malay to be eventually "elected" into the CEC in their national party elections. At the same time, you could count the fingers on one hand or even less, among the members of parliament elected into the CEC, there is anyone worthy of being a member in the august house of parliament.

The most unworthy and preposterous must be the MP for Bukit Bendera, Liew Chin Tong.

In fact, Free Malaysia Today is most wanting to report the MP's farcical, I had a first hand experience hearing Liew's political gibberish at a SUARAM forum in Penang, and "hopeful" calculations and prediction, ‘BN’s Johor fortress can be broken’

Nobody needs any reminding that 8/3/2008 was the worst election result in the history of Barisan Nasional.

It was so bad that the election was termed a "tsunami" for the opposition.

And yet, and yet, the score for parliamentary seats in the Johore state was - BN 25 PR 1.

Here is the breakdown of seats won by BN with a majority in excess of 10,000 votes:
1. P143 - PAGOH Maj: 12581

2. P147 - PARIT SULONG Maj: 13599

3. P148 - AYER HITAM Maj: 13909

4. P149 - SRI GADING Maj: 10874

5. P150 - BATU PAHAT Maj: 12704

6. P153 - SEMBRONG Maj: 11570

7. P154 - MERSING Maj: 13736

8. P155 - TENGGARA Maj: 14049

9. P156 - KOTA TINGGI Maj: 18961

10. P158 - TEBRAU Maj: 14658

11 P159 - PASIR GUDANG Maj: 17281

12. P160 - JOHOR BAHRU Maj: 25349

13. P161 - PULAI Maj: 20449

14. P163 - KULAI Maj: 11744

15. P164 - PONTIAN Maj: 14444

16. P165 - TANJONG PIAI Maj: 12371
Source The Star
Of the other 9 seats won by BN, one was uncontested, 6 had the margin of majority from 4,000 to 9,000 votes and only 2 by 2,900 and 3,800 votes respectively.

Remember, this was the "tsunami", caused in no small part by the ineffective Pak Lah, when there was a substantial swing of votes to the opposition, notably from the Chinese and Indian voters.

In the week, during which Datuk Seri Najib had just taken over the post of prime minister in 3rd April 2009, BN could only capture 1 of 3 by-elections.

Opposition euphoria continued in July and August that same year with PR winning 2 more by-elections.

Back to the present time and the FMT report,
Liew believes greater cooperation among Pakatan partners can improve all-round support from various communities.

“As election approaches, I believe the gaps will narrow if PAS and DAP, with the help of PKR, manage to convince supporters to vote for each other in the context of the coalition,” he said

From purely mathematics simulations, Liew listed several possible post-election scenarios in Johor, assuming Indian support for Pakatan is constant:
•Malay support at 25%, Chinese support at 65%, Pakatan will win just one parliamentary seat in Johor;
•Malay support at 30%, Chinese support at 70%, Pakatan will win six seats;
•Malay support at 30%, Chinese support at 75%, Pakatan will win 12 seats;
•Malay support at 35%, Chinese support at 75%, Pakatan will win 16 seats;
•Malay support at 35%, Chinese support at 80%, Pakatan will win 20 seats.
Although his forecast was just simulations on paper, Liew said it showed optimism that BN’s Johor fortress can crumble in a perfect storm.
Now, it is the turn of the DAP MP to be reminded, by the tailend of 2009, the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib showed acceptance by the rakyat voting for BN in the last by-election that year.

Liew Chin Tong, may have conveniently forgotten, Datuk Seri Najib had revived BN fortunes, leading the governing coalition in 2010 to 3 of 4 by-election victories.

By 2011, the prime minister had weathered the "tsunami" and turned the tide with BN winning all 3 by-elections that year.

What it all means is since assuming position as PM and under Datuk Seri Najib's effective leadership and administration of the country, BN has become stronger as the days go by, up till the present time.

Perusing the 2008 Johore election results where BN thumped PR 25 to 1, measures into Liew Chin Tong's calculation of PR winning only 1 seat, "assuming Indian support for Pakatan is constant"(??). He is also saying with an increase of 10%(??) Malay support (Look at the wide margin of BN wins above) and 80% Chinese support, Pakatan Rakyat will carry Johore with a score of 20 to 6.

Liew's calculation, with 35% Malay support and 80% Chinese support for PR the score will be 20 to 6, is wrong and should be 25 to 1, but in favour of Barisan Nasional! Because isn't that the 2008 Johore election result in the worst of BN times.

In fact, DAP must be concerned and Liew should be hopeful, that there is a 100% Chinese support for the DAP in the only seat it won in 2008.

A 1% swing of Chinese support to BN and "assuming Indian support for Pakatan is constant" (whatever it means), would cause the DAP seat to fall. The DAP candidate won the Bakri seat, with a 722 vote margin, in the best of their time.

It is also moot the 1,561 spoilt votes would have gone to the BN candidate. There was an unprecedented high number of spoilt votes nationwide as a sign of protest against the ineffective Pak Lah by BN supporters and the DAP candidate would have lost had it not been the case.

As recent events have unfolded, borrowing Liew's words "PAS and DAP, with the help of PKR", in a "word", belies his optimism and for that reason there is no snowball chance in hell, of a swing in Malay votes for the fast dismantling opposition coalition.

It will come as no surprise, with the help of PKR, Liew Chin Tong had his calculations based solely on the other similar election calculation, that of a chief economist and PKR member, Encik AAA.

My advise to the DAP MP for Bukit Bendera, don't attempt complicated calculations, your party cannot even manage simple mathematical addition and subtraction but excellent, however, in magical addition, for a particular Malay in your party polls.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Old Wives' Tales - When JASA Stings BERSIH

Another issue has been resurrected which elicited another BERSIH protest.

Protest from BERSIH by it's steering committee member, Maria Chin Abdullah, and co-chairman, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, with cries of “dishonesty and recklessness”.

The Malaysia Insider reports in "JASA’s booklet dishonest propaganda, Bersih says" where both the grand old ladies of BERSIH had their nest stirred by a booklet, quoting Chinese-language daily Sin Chew, purportedly been printed by JASA.

Since the issue is about honesty, examine what the two main characters are saying, as reported by TMI.

Quote Maria Chin,
“The report was issued last year — just after Bersih 3.0. It is obvious that such propaganda has not any effect on Malaysians as 112 happened,” she said, referring to the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (People’s Uprising Rally), or 112 rally, which went on peacefully here on January 12.
Let's leave the Sabah RCI aside because the subject matter is the JASA booklet and in that respect Madam Ambiga could only offer,
"She (Ambiga) also weighed in on the “wild” claim in the booklet where it was reportedly stated that some rally participants had purportedly admitted that they were paid RM100 each to show up and provided with three days’ food and accommodation"
I will do Ambiga a favour and save some money for those interested in buying the booklet by providing the e-book version in PDF form here.

From the e-book (page 197) which dedicates a total of 11 pages on the subject of BERSIH 3.0, there is nothing that can be construed to be "dishonest". Most of what JASA states can be corroborated by reports online in the alternative and main stream media.

So let's be honest here.

This is what was reported by alternative media, Free Malaysia Today, when violence broke out and blame was placed squarely on opposition designated prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, for allegedly inciting the protesters to storm Dataran Merdeka and what Ambiga and Maria had to say about Anwar's involvement,
“We did not know that they [opposition] leaders were going to speak. Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim came up and spoke to the crowd.

She added that the plan for the gathering did not allow for politicians to speak.

In fact, she said that had Bersih known that politicians were going to deliver speeches, it would not allow them to do so.

“We wouldn’t have allowed them to speak,” she told a press conference today

Bersih steering committee member, Maria Chin Abdullah, who also present, said the event was to feature only speeches from Ambiga, co-chairman A Samad Said and songs.

“Before April 28, all the NGOs agreed to exclude any political speeches by political leaders… that was also agreed upon by the political parties,” she said
Whether you believe Ambiga and Maria in part or whole, the net meaning of their statements remains the same - after Anwar spoke violence erupted.

For good measure, Wall Street Journal also questioned Anwar Ibrahim's role in the violence and quoted Bridget Welsh,
“The minute [Mr.] Najib called the police the ‘victims,’ it was the nail in the coffin of his ability to call himself a reformer,” Ms. Welsh said. “But [opposition] tactics make you wonder how much you can trust them as well.”
The WSJ included in its report "multiple videos, hand signals by Anwar Ibrahim, posted on YouTube show opposition leaders signaling hand gestures that could be read as calls to break the barricades".

Anwar hand signals for the benefit of the deaf and dumb opposition and BERSIH supporters.

11 pages and all Ambiga can muster is to "fault" the finding by JASA, as a "wild" claim, that PAS paid for those to participate in the BERSIH 3.0 protest.

Ambiga could only furnish, not deny outright, her single "wild" assertion.

As for Maria Chin Abdullah, do not hide what is a known fact - rallies can be peaceful and violence prevented but only when no opposition leaders incite a crowd, especially the master, Anwar Ibrahim. And KL 112 was held in a stadium.

In case Maria Chin is suffering from the onset of Alzheimers, she needs to be reminded BERSIH 3.0 had been insistent on Dataran Merdeka from day 1 and rejected stadiums as alternative venues, which could have prevented the very reason BERSIH 3.0 has become infamous and equally culpable for - a violent protest.

In the matter of this latest ressurrection, if you listen to Ambiga and Maria Chin Abdullah, it's akin to listening to old wives' tales.