Thursday, 26 May 2016

Umno not to field racists in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar

The latest that I heard was that BN, or to be more precise Umno, will not go into the coming by-elections of Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar exclusively to win Malays' votes.

I was relieved when I heard that.

Whom ever is that at the Umno war room who advised DS Najib Razak on the need for the party to remain moderate should be commended.

I was told that Umno will pick its candidates for the by-elections solely based on their credentials and being acceptable among the constituents.

That means they will be chosen because they are deemed to be the best when it comes to serving the people there and not because they are the Umno division chiefs or loudest in spewing racist remarks.

It's a good move by Umno because these by-elections will set the tone for the next general election two years from now.

Despite all those talks about getting back at the Chinese for their tsunami in 2013, Umno has apparently not lost its way by choosing to remain moderate.

For me, it doesn't really matter whether the Umno candidates will eventually win the by-elections or not, but what's more important is that the party has sent a message that it will not be the one to cause the division of this country along racial line.

I know that some people who wanted Umno to turn itself into an ultra Malay racist party were disappointed.

They wanted the most vile of racist characters to be fielded as candidates by Umno in those by-elections.

They argued that it will help the Malays unite and teach the Chinese a lesson.

I'm not really sure of their motives but I know what they wanted is wrong.

Umno will eventually be destroyed if it goes down that path.

Anyway, these people who wanted Umno to be like the Nazi party or the Klu Klax Klan do not understand that Malays are not by nature racists.

Their culture and Islamic faith do not shape them to be such.

They are instead conditioned to be nice people.

Given half a chance, they want to be friends with just about anyone.

They are so nice as a people that others labelled them as docile, lazy, lack competitive spirit, etc.

Whatever not so nice things you see about them were not because of themselves being Malays.

Those were more personal failings than anything else, okay.

As a people, they are nice.

They don't really mind sharing with you their country, language, identity, etc.

That's just the way of the Malays as a people.

That's why Umno cannot be the vulgar racist party that those people wanted.

The Malays will eventually reject the party if it does become such an entity.

Being racist is not nice, and Malays want to be nice.

Sometimes I suspect that those who want Umno to be racist actually want it to be dead.

They pretended to be on Umno's side but actually plotting and subtly goading it to self-destruct.

It's like planting a virus in a computer by disguising it as something good for the machine.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Bank Islam douses rumours about Zukri

A friend forwarded me this memo just now,

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Do note that the memo was issued today.

I find it rather strange that Bank Islam needed to reiterate DS Zukri Samat's position as its managing director in such a manner.

I asked my friend why the Bank Islam board of directors needed to issue such a memo to the staff and what the rumours were all about.

This was his exact reply via Wassap,

"This is because someone has been spreading rumours that an ex islamic banker who is currently out of job is coming in to replace zukri. The rumour had caused uneasiness among senior management staff at b islam who like zukri to stay."

Honestly, it sounded to me that the rumours must be quite strong for Bank Islam BoD to issue such a memo.

Well, at least they did something about it.

If I was not mistaken, Bank Islam is doing rather well of late and if that's because of Zukri's effort, then why the need to replace him?

Anyway, never thought rumormongering  could have such an impact on all those sophisticated bankers....unless of course if there's some truth to it in the first place lah.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The opposition leader who can reunite them

It is true that BN is now in a mess and suffering a huge trust deficit even among its supporters.

The Umno civil war is still simmering, after all.

Fortunately for PM DS Najib Razak and his people, the opposition camp is in an even worse condition.

Pas versus DAP...

DAP versus PKR...

Pas versus Amanah...

Anwar versus Dr Mahathir...

And the latest PKR versus PKR - this one is the expose by Rafizi that if you deal with the Selangor government, you may be asked to provide money and even women to get things done.

So how?

Most of my friends who talked to me about it said they can't be bothered anymore.

They just want to continue with life and when the general election comes, they will vote according to their conscience.

No more listening to the whining of self-serving politicians.

Wasting time only.

But still, it's amazing to see the opposition being very stupid to fight each other when BN is at its weakest position ever.

It goes to show that similar to many BN politicians, they are also mainly motivated by self-interest, thus they were not willing to sacrifice anything theirs even for the opposition's greater good.

That's how they ended up fighting among themselves.

BN can count on this selfish stupidity within the opposition rank to win the next general election and the next and the next and the next....

The real danger to the ruling coalition now is that  if there is someone among the opposition leaders who could knock some sense into them and unite the whole bloody bunch.

Anwar did that for the opposition in the run-up to the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

But the guy is now back in jail and I believe has lost his capability to play the same role again.

For instance, his admirers in Pas are now out of the party after last year's Erdogan purge.

As it so happened, things in the opposition camp unravelled right after Anwar went back to Sungai Buloh for buggering a young man.

Well, what to, when they are horny, they become stupid.

Nowadays they talked about Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the new opposition leader.

Okay, compared to the real opposition leader DS Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail,  Dr Mahathir is better.

Heck, I think even myself is better if given the role.

Ever heard Kak Wan spoke at a rally...try not to, okay.

But Dr Mahathir is not really for the opposition and everyone knows that.

He just wants Najib out. That's all.

He is not going to be the new opposition messiah.

The opposition leaders layan him just because they wanted Dr Mahathir to continue wrecking havoc within the BN's camp.

I'm quite sure they are not going to make him their leader.

It's too weird for them to do that.

Anyway, the handsome old man is way past 90 years old.

He wouldn't have the energy even if he wants to do it.

It's one thing to write a blog and go around on a roadshow against Najib, but another thing altogether to lead the quarrelsome opposition parties and manage the bullshit which comes with it.

So, anyone among the opposition leaders has the prospect of turning into their super hero?

Actually, there is.

DS Mohamed Azmin Ali.

The Selangor MB and PKR deputy president.

And it so happens that he is the most handsome of them all....okay, second after KJ.

Really, Azmin is the only one among the opposition leaders who could get the opposition back together.

I became convinced of it after reading this story,

Azmin wants to meet Hadi on by-election candidates


The Selangor Menteri Besar said he had already met with Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Pas election director Datuk Mustafa Ali to discuss on the issue.
“I have also met with Amanah leaders and Penang chief minister (Lim Guan Eng). Talks are progressing positively and I hope the choice on the candidates will be finalised soon,” he told reporters after launching the SmartSelangor Food Stamp programme here, yesterday.
See, Azmin can talk to everybody in the opposition.

He is okay with Pas, okay with DAP and okay with Amanah.

He is the only one who can do it.

That's how he became Selangor MB in the first place.

He played it very well by being the good guy who quietly sat in the middle of a fight between Pas and supporters of former MB Khalid on one side and DAP and supporters of Dr Wan Azizah on the other.

In the end, everyone agreed to give the job to him. 

Oh, Azmin is also okay with Dr Mahathir. 

He is after all the handsome old man's anak angkat since when he was studying in the US.

His former classmate at Minnesota University in the 80s told me of how Azmin took the trouble to travel all the way to New York and Washington to meet Dr Mahathir whenever the then PM visited the country.

More on that at later postings, okay.

Now with Azmin being the Selangor MB and regarded with much more respect than ever before, he has the potential to replace the now jaded and fast becoming irrelevant Anwar. 

The guy is relatively young at 52, smart, have the least baggage compared to other opposition leaders and I repeat, quite handsome.

Hey, he's more handsome than Guan Eng, okay. Admit it, you all.

Well, BN needs to prepare itself for the opposition under Azmin's leadership.

I'm quite sure it is coming to bite them hard in the next general election. 

BN's best weapon to counter this new Azmin threat is actually KJ, the only politician more handsome than Azmin in the country.

But let me write about that another day, okay.

Need to go to Tesco now to stock up the fridge.


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Thoughts on Wesak Day

First of all, I'm wishing all good Buddhists a happy and peaceful Wesak day.

I have quite a number of Buddhist friends.

Except for a Sinhalese girl, the rest of them are Chinese.

They are all good people, the same as my other friends of other faiths.

Well, I chose them to be my friends because they are good people, not because they are of that or this religion.

Called one of them just now.

She's one of my closest friends from my former work place.

The girl is a very devout Buddhist.

She was on a bus to work.

It's Saturday and Wesak day some more, and there she was, on her way to work.

She said the office don't have enough people, so that she has to work today.

Things must be not so good at my former work place now that they have to make my friend work on a day like this.

Nonetheless, my friend doesn't seems to mind.

"Some of the Muslims also have to work on Hari Raya what," she cheerfully said.

My friend is always mostly cheerful and positive about life.

I admire her for it.

"So, you are not going to temple today?" I asked.

"No, tak sempat la. Two people only working today," she said.

Oh, in case you think my friend is a DAPster because she is Chinese, let me assure you that she is not.

You know lah, these days there are people who try to make especially Malays believe that all Chinese are evil DAPsters.

I know for certain that not only my friend voted for BN in the last general election, but she also helped to campaign for it.

And nope, she is not a member of MCA or Gerakan either.

That's her personal choice, okay.

Anyway, need to get up and get ready for the day now.

Got a date this afternoon.

Lunch, movie, and maybe a massage at a spa.

Just want to relax and enjoy the day.

Don't want to be grumpy grumpy,

As it makes you fat and ugly.


Cheers and have a good weekend guys.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Please help these sisters with autism

The following is a story which someone showed me three days ago.

I had meant to highlight it that day but can't do so till now because I was not feeling well these past few days.

It's from The Star's other newspapers column,

A COUPLE from Kaki Bukit, Perlis, is desperately looking for help to care for two adult daughters who are autistic, reported Kwong Wah Yit Poh.
Lew Choon Lin, 58, and his wife Chong Gaik Hwa, 55, are worried about their daughters’ future once they are no longer around.
Their daughters Mei Sing, 26, and Mei Fong, 23, do not know how to express themselves or communicate with other people.

The family is depending on their eldest son who gives them between RM200 and RM300 every month, as well as help from the Welfare Depart­ment.
Lew said he could no longer work after an accident years ago, and now helps his wife look after their daughters at home.
He hopes the public can help them and teach his daughters to be independent.

Those wishing to help can contact Kaki Bukit Village Security Development Committee chairman Loh Kong Yap at 012-476 2391.

I hope more people will help the family.

Maybe all those NGOs which were meant to help those with autism and the needy will also help them.

I had been to Kaki Bukit where the family live.

It's a rustic little Chinese settlement near Padang Besar at the Thai border.

You will have to pass through the place if you are going to the Wang Kelian border checkpoint.

It would be nice if Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin can ask members of the movement in Padang Besar to visit the family and lend their help, especially in getting the girls with autism some kind of therapy.

I think KJ will understand why I'm asking him to help the family.

Hopefully he will see this posting and does so.

Monday, 16 May 2016

An advice for pro-establishment newsmen

Someone sent me this screen-shot of a Facebook posting by Mustapha Kamil Mohd Janor last night,

That's harsh, Mus.

Can't imagine the difficulty of those reporters trying to swallow a paper ball.

I'm glad that Mus didn't tell the editors to eat the unsold newspapers too.

Some of them may choke and die, okay.

Whatever it is, I think I know what Mus was really trying to say.

Of course he didn't really mean it for the newsmen to eat paper balls.

He was actually advising those pro-establishment media people to be more creative in being pro-establishment.

Well, I think he got a point there.

Why write something supposedly pro-establishment but no one cares to read it...or even worse, just irritate or piss off people even more.

Basically, don't write syok sendiri stuff la...or write just for trying to please the boss.

I think the same applies to blogging.

Unless of course if you are blogging just for fun like me.

If you were paid to write for the establishment, then better make sure your writings really help the establishment.

Don't just do kiss ass job, okay.

Anyway, Mus is the New Straits Times group editor since last year.

However, I heard he had tendered his resignation and will leave the newspaper by end of this month.

Lucky NST reporters, no need to eat paper balls :)

If it's true, Mus is the first one to voluntarily resign from that post, as far as I know.

Group editor of NST is a very important post.

It's like being the captain of a flagship in a naval fleet,

But of course he still needs to take orders from the Admiral who is of even higher rank.

Tough job, I guess.

Especially for smart people like Mus.

He may wants the newspaper to go right, but the Admiral insists on going left...straight into the longkang.

Yup, that's difficult Mus.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Umno shouldn't be a despicable racist party

In the runs up to the last general election in 2013, everyone who are pro-establishment, or to be more precise pro-BN, supports DS Najib Razak's 1Malaysia.

They did so even if they personally don't really believe in it.

Many, especially among the Malays were secretly unhappy that Najib and his team were trying very hard to win over the Chinese.

Nonetheless, they went along with it in the hope that the Chinese who were being aggressively wooed by DAP will not abandon BN.

Despite their effort, the Chinese went all out against BN.

It was a Chinese tsunami and because of it, GE13 turned out to be arguably the worst BN's performance in a general election.

The immediate reactions were anger and frustration towards the Chinese.

I was also caught up in it.

Apa lagi Cina mahu?

That was the famous question, popularised by the headline of an article by Utusan editor Zul Bakar in the aftermath of the Chinese tsunami.

At that time, I also agreed with the notion that the Chinese will never support BN again.

Many forgot that back then when everyone was supporting Najib's 1Malaysia, it was to prevent a more racially polarised Malaysia.

After GE13, the right wing gains ground in Umno and their supporters wanted BN to abandon any further effort to win support of the Chinese and instead focused on just the majority Malays and bumiputera.

Under the doctrine, BN should consists Umno, the bumiputera parties of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the Indian-based parties. The Chinese-based component parties such as MCA and Gerakan are garbage and should be cast out.

According to proponents of this doctrine, it all boils down to getting the majority non-Chinese siding with BN to crush the recalcitrant Chinese on the other side.

They want BN to abandon its original ideal of being a moderate multi-racial coalition for all Malaysians.

They even encourage Umno to team-up with Pas and turned itself into a conservative Malay-Islamist party.

You can read more on how this doctrine works in a blog which operator became famous for peddling hate, first towards Muslims, Malays and Umno but nowadays towards Christians, Chinese, DAP, MCA, Gerakan and other Chinese-based entities.

Cari sendiri lah ya, just follow the smell of hatred and I'm sure you all can find the blog.

Sometimes I suspect that such people as the blogger, who is a (former ???) DAP operative purposely try to incite Umno to be a despicable racist party so that it will lose all credibility and relevancy as a party which represents good rationale Malays.

I try not to be buruk sangka, but that suspicion does comes to mind from time to time.

I believe that even the Malays will reject it if Umno turned itself from a party which struggles for the betterment of Malays in particular and Malaysians in general into a hateful racist entity.

Anyway, do you think the Malays in general want to throw the Chinese into the sea?

I don't think so.

They may talk tough sometimes, but in actual fact they prefer to be friendly with people of other races.

Malays are too docile as a people to hate the Chinese the way people such as that hate-spewing blogger want them to be.

It's in their nature to be nice like that.

As for the Chinese, I think they are getting a bit tired of DAP now.

Maybe not by much, but if BN behaves, it may get some crucial support from them such as in the recent Sarawak election.

I actually first noticed the small yet significant change of mood among them during the two by-elections contested by BN's Chinese-based parties after GE13 - Kajang by MCA and Telok Intan by Gerakan.

The hardworking MCA's DS Chew Mei Fun managed to significantly reduce PKR's majority in Kajang despite facing PKR president DS Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, while Gerakan president DS Mah Siew Keong managed to overturn a DAP's over 7,000 majority in Teluk Intan.

I was on the ground at both by-elections from start to finish.

I saw things such as a group of MCA supporters trying very hard to outshout their PKR and DAP rivals at the entrance of a polling centre in Kajang.

I also saw the outnumbered and outgunned Gerakan members in Teluk Intan giving their all to deliver a BN victory no one really believed they could win.

I saw a cute young Chinese couple along with others wearing the blue of BN distributing the party's pamphlets in the middle of Teluk Intan town.

I remember my traveling companion at that time, a young Chinese guy, happily walking around the town carrying a BN umbrella underneath the scorching sun on polling day.

What I saw and experienced during those by-elections convinced me that I shouldn't be angry with the Chinese anymore because of what happened during GE13.

They made me not want to give up on the Chinese and the ideal that we Malaysians of all races should work together rather than split ourselves apart along racial lines as propagated by some hate mongering people.

Maybe I'll write more on that later.

For now, I just want to enjoy my weekend.

Here's a song for you all,

Do enjoy your weekend too.