Friday, 29 August 2014

A good girl

The Selangor leadership crisis has turned into a quagmire for DS Anwar Ibrahim and his gang, who started the whole mess. They are now stuck in their trenches.

I believe that with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah holding his ground in defending Selangor from being turned into Anwar's private property, it will take quite awhile before the crisis could be settled.

I therefore would like to take a bit of a break from writing about the issue today.

Just want to write something light.

Saw this article on page 2 of the New Straits Times' Life & Times section,

Memorable Merdeka


What made me paused to read the article was the picture of NTV7 presenter Lisa Wong and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.

Lisa was beautiful while Dr Siti Hasmah elegant.

Excerpts of the interview with Lisa about her encounter with Dr Siti Hasmah:

What was it like speaking to her?
It was a privilege to visit her at her residence and speak with her at length. She has a genuine warmth and ease about her — she would easily break into conversations with our crew, no matter what rank. I didn’t know she had a sense of humour and teased those who barely touched the refreshments laid out for us.
Her values on moderation came up when I asked her about the comment online about the pair of Bata shoes she wore while playing badminton some time ago. She smiled and said: “Those shoes did the job, so I didn’t see why I had to spend more.”
At 88, she’s sharp, keeps a journal, plays the piano and recently got reunited with her love for another instrument, one that’s challenging to master — the violin. She’s also learning a new language, Japanese.
I especially appreciate her honest insight on her role as the wife of the former prime minister who was in power for 22 years and the challenges that came with it, such as raising seven children — a couple of them vocal public figures — and her enduring relationship with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
I found the whole experience humbling because she expounded on values that are timeless, yet which are fading in today’s society — values that carry humanistic legacies for a better world.
What have you learnt from her?
Grace, contentment and that learning never stops. No matter the juncture of life you may be at, never get jaded with the struggles but continue to grow with grace and acceptance. And don’t stop learning and growing as a person because the day you do, you stop being interesting.


How I wish I can mature to one day being like Dr Siti Hasmah.

I also wish I can have an enduring love like what she has with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The two are for me the cutest couple ever,


I wish when I am old, I can pose for a picture like that with my beloved.

Now, there was a hadith (or is it a Quranic verse?) which more or less said that a good girl will end up being with a good guy, while a bad girl will end up with a bastard. Something like that.

Guess I have to try harder to be a good girl if I want to be like Dr Siti Hasmah. At the moment, I am not so good....

Okay, need to get back to work.

See you all around. Cheers.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Pas' third candidate

Pas yesterday effectively said it will nominate PKR president DS Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, her deputy Azmin Ali and another Selangor PKR assemblyman as menteri besar.

Party secretary general Datuk Mustafa Ali said the decision is in compliance with the decree issued by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on Tuesday.

The Pas' decision was the opposite of stand taken by its Pakatan allies, PKR and DAP, which had insisted on maintaining their single nomination of Dr Wan Azizah.

Pas was clearly trying to take the middle path of naming two other candidates alongside that of Dr Wan Azizah in order not to be seen as defying the Sultan while at the same time pledging that all three candidates of their choice will be from PKR to appease its allies to a certain extent.

The big question at the moment should be, who is the third candidate who will be named by Pas?

My bet is that, it will be Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad.


This guy seems to be the only sensible option for the post.

He is very professional, in good term with all sides in the Selangor political scene including the opposition Umno, and was said to be even well liked by Sultan Sharafuddin.

He  also hailed from the Selangor Malay heartland where traditionally the State's MBs were selected from, unlike Dr Wan Azizah and Azmin, who are both Singapore-born.

The only problem with Dr Idris' candidacy as MB was however quite major, at least to the DS Anwar Ibrahim's camp :

The guy may very well ends up becoming another TS Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Dr Idris, being a decent fellow, may not be able to stomach Anwar's attempt to use the State and particularly its riches to further his ambitions.

Still, Pas don't seems to have much choice other than naming Dr Idris or someone like him as a MB candidate.

The Pas leadership know they can't defy the Sultan like what their counterparts from PKR and DAP did as it will set them back by a few hundred thousands votes among the Malays, who are their core supporters.

They are unlike their counterparts from DAP, whose solid support comes from the Chinese community, who as a matter of fact, don't really care much about the party's defiance of the Sultan's decree.

I think it will be hard to find a Chinese who voted for DAP in the last election who will now say; "Ohhh!!! That's bad!!! DAP should never be so rude as to defy the Sultan's decree!!!! Itu sudah biadap namanya!!!! I am not going to vote for Lim Guan Eng again despite him being so handsome and all!!!!"

Those asked will more likely to say this instead; "Errr...the Sultan so great meh? Apa dia mau sibuk? We democracy what? Kita rakyat berkuasa lar. You tau tak apa itu constitutional monarchy? Itu Sultan cannot say no, one. Suka hati Pakatan la want to have their own MB."

As for the PKR leadership, actually, they are also, not unlike Pas will lose out a significant amount of votes from the Malay community if they continue to insist on fighting the Selangor palace.

But they don't care to even think about that.

The PKR leadership has a kind of tunnel vision mentality and will ignore all the facts on the ground, by insisting on something which is actually craved by Anwar and his immediate cronies.

On whether, Pas will break off from Pakatan over the issue as argued by some, I have to say that will not be the case.

Pas, DAP and Pakatan needed each other to keep their hope of capturing Putrajaya alive.

That is the reality for them.

I believe they will continue to justify their fractious relationship by all kind of excuses and their supporters will happily swallow the shit without much thought.

What Sultan Sharafuddin will do now?

Hmmm....that's for anyone to guess. But if I am His Royal Highness, I will say:

"Screw Anwar and his crazy gang, I am not letting them get away with hijacking my State and plundering it. I am going to reject their candidates as long as I can and keep Khalid as MB for the time being to irritate them. At the end of it, I will let them know that I am only going to agree with having that good guy Dr Idris as MB. Let Anwar shit bricks after that."

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Istana Segambut trains its guns at Istana Bukit Kayangan (updated)

UPDATES

Khalid revealed that PKR and DAP were not being exactly truthful in their insistence for the Selangor palace to accept Dr Wan Azizah as his replacement.

Please read here:


MB Khalid: I was not the sole candidate for MB’s post in 2008, 2013


excerpts:


"Even when I agreed to become a candidate for Pakatan, there were some factions in the coalition that submitted other names for the Sultan to consider.
"My name was not the only one submitted. It's just that the parties submitted the names using different applications," he said after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting with the remaining four exco members from Pas.
Khalid however declined to reveal the names of other candidates,


ORIGINAL POSTING

It has now boiled down to a showdown between Anwar and the gang against the Selangor Palace.


Last night, just about an hour before midnight, PKR and DAP issued a statement that they are maintaining their insistence to nominate only the former's president DS Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as menteri besar.

It was a clear cut open rebellion against the palace.

Their claims that they were abiding to the Sultan's call for them to observe convention were twisted and insulting as it was clear to all that the monarch's intent for conventions to be observed had actually meant that the Royal Highness wanted options other than Dr Wan Azizah as his menteri besar.

Earlier in the day, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, as the Ruler of the State had decreed that Pakatan must present at least three names for the post.

It's a subtle inference that His Royal Highness was not willing to be pushed around by the Pakatan coalition over the matter.

Outgoing menteri besar, TS Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who was at the centre of the crisis the past weeks has now retreated into the background as Pakatan now trains its guns at the Istana Bukit Kayangan.

It is now for the people of Selangor to decide whether they want to side with their Sultan who reside at Istana Bukit Kayangan or Anwar, who wants to solidify his grip on the State from his Istana Segambut by having his wife as menteri besar.

As PM DS Najib Razak said yesterday, the people of Selangor must assess the political crisis in the state rationally and weigh for themselves what would be best for them and the state.

This particular advise, I think is most pertinent for Pas to consider, especially so since its leadership being the only one from Pakatan not yet to decide on whether to join the fight against the Sultan. 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

KJ rides again

I am at my office now.

The Celcom's line is tip top here unlike at my place.

Geram betul aku kat Celcom ni.

The bosses are not around, so I got a bit of time to write this posting.

However, I don't have the mood anymore to write all over again what I wrote earlier this morning about the Selangor crisis.

I just want to write simple stuff for today.

Went through the newspapers, reading just the headlines except one.

The one which really caught my attention were a write-up and pictures of handsome guy Khairy Jamaluddin at page 4 and 5 of the Life & Times section of the New Straits Times today.


Nope, that is not one of the pictures. I am putting it there just for show because I can't find the one I really wanted in Google image. Anyway, I like that picture of Khairy being a good father.

As usual, NST pictures and stories are hard to find unless one goes direct to the newspapers' website. I wish the NST people can fix this problem.

Okay, you all can see the pictures and read the related Khairy's story which interest me in NST today at this link,


Get fit, Malaysia



You have to admit, the guy is good at reinventing his image.

He doesn't exactly need Kalimullah people in NST to get such a good write up.

I am honestly impressed.

Well, credit maybe should go to his press secretary Regina Lee too.

Okay, I better stop now. I saw one of the bosses coming into the office just now.

Nanti kena marah pulak sebab tak buat kerja tapi main blogging.

Have a good day everyone.

Celcom, you really suck

Spend two hours just now writing my latest posting on the Selangor crisis.

It was however wiped out due to the erratic Celcom connection in my area.

Yes, the whole bloody thing just gone. Wasted two hours of my life just like that.

It was not the first time this had happened.

I simply give up.

I really need to switch to Digi. My landlady is using a Digi line and her internet connection has been tip top.

Ingat stay loyal bertahun-tahun dengan Celcom boleh tolong telco Melayu, tapi kalau servis macam hampeh nak buat camana.

Okay, I need to get ready to go to work now.

Sudah lambat.

Monday, 25 August 2014

PKR's ugliness over Selangor leadership crisis

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is scheduled to meet Selangor MB TS Abdul Khalid Ibrahim at 2pm tomorrow.

His Royal Highness is expected to decide whether to ask Khalid to resign from his post or dissolve the state assembly for a snap state election to be held.

My bet is that the state assembly will be dissolved.

I think the Sultan will decide that way as he would want to settle the dispute over the MB post once and for all.

Possible reasons for such a decision include:

1. The Sultan wants the people of Selangor to think again who they want to be their government.

2. His Royal Highness doesn't want PKR de facto leader DS Anwar Ibrahim to turn Selangor into his family's real estate by having his wife as menteri besar.

3. Sultan Sharafuddin may want to try stopping the DAP evangelists from using Selangor as their base to undermine the status of Islam in the country.

4. The Ruler wants the results of the potential state election to expose DAP as the real puppet masters of Pas and DAP, especially in the state.

5. Sultan Sharafuddin could be unhappy that outsiders from places such as Penang and even Singapore to be in charge in Selangor.

There are of course quite a number of other reasons which may persuade the Sultan to dissolve the assembly but I think I better leave them for you all to ponder.

Honestly, if I am the Sultan, I would just dissolve the assembly simply because the Anwar's gang had been kurang ajar to me over the matter.

Their attempts to pre-empt the Sultan's decision over the past few days was evidence of their greed for power.

PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin had during the party's Wanita congress on Friday, describe any move to dissolve the state assembly as "nonsense and against the constitution".

You can read the story here at Chuah Bee Kim's blog:
Waiting ...

Is she saying that if the Sultan decides to dissolve the state assembly, then His Royal Highness is being nonsensical, and that he doesn't know the constitution of his own state?

Who is this Zuraida anyway to pre-empt a possible decision by the Sultan of Selangor on a very important matter which will have far reaching consequences on His Royal Highness' own state?

This is a bit of Zuraida's background which I took from the Bahasa Melayu Wikipedia:


Hajah Zuraida dilahirkan pada 14 Mac 1958 di Bengkulu, Sumatera Indonesia. Beliau merupakan anak bongsu daripada empat beradik. Akibat kesukaran hidup, keluarganya telah berhijrah ke Singapura yang ketika itu masih lagi berada dalam Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.
Selepas berlaku perpisahan antara Singapura dengan Malaysia, keluarganya mengambil keputusan untuk memilih Malaysia sebagai tempat bermaustatin. Selepas itu mereka telah diberi kerakyatan Malaysia. Nama asal mereka sekeluarga juga dipercayai telah ditukar. Kini beliau menetap di Ampang bersama-sama suami dan tiga orang anak.


Yesterday, newly minted PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who is from Terengganu repeated Zuraida's assertions for the state assembly not to be dissolved in his winding-up speech at the closing of the party's 10th national congress.

Rafizi had warned Khalid not to advise the Sultan to dissolve the assembly to pave the way for a state election.

I do wonder why people like Zuraida and Rafizi were so scared of a possible state election. It's not that BN is strong in the State as it only have 12 out of the 56 assembly seats.

Could it be that they think PKR will be punished by the people of Selangor for causing all the unnecessary problems?

Whatever it is, if I am the Sultan, I wouldn't want these type of greedy arrogant people from outside Selangor to have a say in how I want my state to be administer.

Anyway, let's just wait for Sultan Sharafuddin's decision instead of trying to be smart to the point of being kurang ajar to the Ruler like Zuraida and Rafizi.

I believe His Royal Highness will be wise in deciding this matter and that he has nothing but the interests of the Selangor people at heart.

By the way, can someone among the smart PKR people do something about Zuraida's look?



Please make over sikit. Can?

No la, I'm not trying to say that she is ugly or what.

Just that kesian la they make fun of her by photoshop like this,



Saturday, 23 August 2014

Just some non-political nonsense

I went shopping with a friend today.

Had my hair done.

It's now slightly blondish.

My friend is from out of town.

She is staying with me for a few days to take care of some business in KL.

We had wanted to watch a movie but can't find any good one showing.

I'm tired of watching cartoon superhero movies.

That's all they seem to be making these days.

Had lunch at one of those Japanese restaurants.

I had sukiyaki which was not so good.

It's nothing like the one I used to have at my favorite Japanese restaurant at Taman Pelangi in JB.

My friend was not complaining though. She finished her sushi set in no time.

She also topped it up with a small bottle of warm sake.

I just had green tea.

Haram to drink sake as it's alcoholic.

Well, I know that much, okay.

Since she enjoyed it so much, I let my friend paid for the meal.

Why I'm telling you all these?

Simply.

I am tired of writing about politics.

Need to have a little break from it to recharge myself.

Writing about politics can actually be quite draining.

As you all may noticed, a lot of the sopo blogs had closed down or became inactive after last year's general election.

I guess those bloggers just got nothing more to write after that....or maybe no one wants to "finance" them anymore.

Can't blame them. Maintaining an active sopo blog can be quite expensive. You have to buy the bandwidth, maintain your computer, belanja makan your sources, etc.

I wish I have someone sponsoring me too.

But, as it is, I know that no one is willing to give me money while letting me write whatever I want.

That's the way it is. Nothing is for free.

Well, I like to be free and write whatever I want.

So, no sponsors for me.

As it is, just now, I paid Celcom RM50 for 5GB.

I also need to buy a new computer soon.

This one I am using now has been quite wobbly of late.

I am saving bit by bit for it.

I am not good with money though as I tend to be quite impulsive with my purchases.

This is a new bag I bought today. It's for work.


Nice, I think. It's quite expensive, okay.

Hmmm....sometimes I wish I have a rich boyfriend who can buy me nice stuff so that I can save my money instead to buy things like a new computer.

But I am not pretty enough to get a rich boyfriend.

Just so so only...hahaha. Poor boyfriend also cannot get la.

Sometimes I miss that Chinese guy who used to buy me dinner from time to time.

It was nice hanging out with him.

But like all other guys, he also wanted the one thing I am not willing to give.

When he still asked for it, I told him to buzz off.

That's the end of it.

Not as if he is serious enough about me, anyway.

Well, men are all bastards.

Okay lah. Enough of my nonsense.

I am going to sleep now.

Here is a bit of music for the night,



Good night.