Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Megalomaniac editor who made me pity Rosmah

Sometimes I don't really understand why some people get very upset with what I wrote in this blog.

I am after all just an insignificant anonymous blogger.

It's not like I am a Tokoh Wartawan Negara or something like that.

That was why I'm a bit surprised and honestly amused when my last post,

1MDB on the right track

received quite a number of venomous comments.

I wasn't even really trying to defend 1MDB and instead just saying that they are doing the right thing by engaging their critics.

The response I got was I think quite an overkill.

It's typical of Pakatan's style of running down people that they deemed should be thrashed to achieve their political ambitions.

All these made me remember how they spun what was said by PM DS Najib Razak's wife Rosmah Mansor regarding her inquiry about wanting to get her hair done at home.

She had said the reply that it costs RM1,200 was too expensive for her but the pro-Pakatan jurnos seized on it by going to the town that Rosmah was paying that much for her hair.

And then, the whole world believe it, and branded her with all sorts of evil things.

That whole nonsense also reminded me of an article by Terence Fernandez, the so-called investigation editor of The Edge.

It wanted to make me puke.

Terence didn't name Rosmah in the article but anyone who read it would know that he was referring to her.

You see, I may not be Rosmah's biggest fan, but the way Terence wrote about her in that article was so malicious and petty that I felt pity for the woman.

The title of the article is,

Rise of a ‘megalomaniac’ First Lady

but truthfully, it made me conclude that the writer is the one who is a megalomaniac.

I think he is so full of himself that he believes he is God the All Mighty and can thrash another human being that way.

Here, is the whole article and you can judge for yourself,

Terence Fernandez
Published: 25 February 2015

She is regarded by many as among both the most loved and the most vilified woman of her time.

Her taste for luxury came from a childhood that was far from what she became accustomed to when she married the man who would one day be the nation’s leader.
She eyed him when he was a greenhorn politician, still trying to earn his place in the eyes of his elders.
But she had the gift of foresight and knew that he would be great one day. So she warded off all other suitors – and there were a few – and set her eyes on him.
Her gamble paid off when she stood beside him years later as he was sworn in as the chief executive.
When she became the First Lady, she could afford to style herself in the latest fashions. She even set trends herself. Some worked; some did not, according to fashion experts.
But what critics and admirers did agree on was that she would come across as a woman of irony.
While preaching to womenfolk of the need for austerity, the benefits of budgeting and tightening one’s belt in a time of economic difficulties, she would be decked to the nines.
It was not uncommon to see her leaving an event for single mothers and heading straight to a boutique or home for a house call. As it is with such powerful personalities, you can summon the boutique to come to you.
After a speech on the need for equal opportunities and controlling one’s urges to overspend, she would be trying on the latest couture gown from Dior (one of her favourites), jewellery from Van Cleef & Arpels among others or even custom-made Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.
While styling herself as “The First Lady of Charity” by heading an influential welfare association, she had to ward of accusations that such outfits were a front to channel funds into Swiss accounts in hers and her husband’s name.
Even government programmes which were dressed up as people-oriented projects to uplift poverty or increase the nation’s wealth were alleged to be projects to secure the First Couple’s retirement.
There had been increasing distrust and dislike of her by the rest of the Cabinet as she positioned herself as the stand-in for her husband – the country’s leader – when he is indisposed.
She had never hidden the fact that she would be very comfortable to fill that role permanently. She was already enjoying all the wealth and power that comes with being the First Lady. The potential of unfettered wealth and power was tantalising to say the least.
Due to her inherent power and control of several key personalities in the police and military, there were half-hearted attempts to oust her as well as her husband.
It did not augur well for the detractors and political enemies that they too had skeletons in their closet from ill-gotten wealth to mistresses.
It is said that even when her husband’s own popularity among the masses and his own circle was waning she made sure they continue to support him – through impassioned pleas, threats and financial gratifications.
While she had claimed to represent the working class, she was quick to defend the government’s cut in wages and spending and introducing new taxes.
Soon the people, especially the working class built resentment against the first couple who now seemed detached from reality with their jet-setting lifestyle and her particular taste for the finer things in life.
Her critics began likening her to Marie Antoinette – the executed former Queen of France and her now infamous “let them eat cake” remark.
“Megalomaniac” was just one description of her by a political analyst.
Still, her influence had already spread far and wide – including the corridors of power, where she is first to have access and in some cases give her approval of her husband’s schedule.
Her love for song and stage is legendary and began from her time as a little girl where she would dream of the big cities where, in her own words are "marvellous places, where nothing was given but wealth”.
Many official functions would see her in attendance and grabbing the limelight from her spouse who would often be left standing behind her.
However, being upstaged by his wife was the least of the nation’s chief executive’s problems.
With a tanking economy and a more hard-line approach to quell dissent and criticism, he was also losing support among the middle class, where arbitrary arrests and imprisonments were becoming the norm.
But this and several coups attempts did not stop Juan Peron from becoming president of Argentina three times in over 20 years.
And yet, he is still remembered today by most of the world simply as the husband of Eva Peron. – February 25, 2015.

Monday, 2 March 2015

1MDB on the right track

I wrote this back in October last year,

At that time I was becoming skeptical of 1MDB due to the incessant attacks against it.

As it is, when you relentlessly attack something, some people may in the end believe it.

That is actually the tactic used by Pakatan against the BN government.

Since then, I noticed that 1MDB had started to try to explain itself to the people.

Some of their effort were not so good but there were times when they got it right and their explanation did to a certain extent clear the air.

What ever it is, at least they had improved by making the effort to engage the public and dispel some doubts about their operations.

That's important, as everyone knows, the attacks directed at 1MDB were actually meant for PM DS Najib Razak.

Of course there were some more rooms for improvements, but what 1MDB was doing now at the very least is encouraging.

It is better than letting itself be a sitting duck ready to be shot at by their detractors all the time.

This is the latest that came out from 1MDB:

"1MDB notes with concern certain claims carried by an online media portal concerning business arrangements 1MDB entered into with PetroSaudi. 1MDB exited the relationship in 2012, and received backits investment in full, with a profit of US$488m.  These facts, and all details related to this transaction, may be verified by reference to our audited accounts, which are publicly available on the Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia website."

- Arul Kanda, President & Group Executive Director of 1MDB

And this is from PetroSaudi,


We refer to certain media reports which has made malicious and harmful allegations with respect to PetroSaudi's partnership with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

We wish to state categorically that all funds from 1MDB went to PetroSaudi owned entities, any other inference is false. 

Upon 1MDB's exit, PetroSaudi has paid 1MDB in full and both parties no longer have any financial or legal relationship.

Finally, we are seeking legal advice on the appropriate course of action to these malicious and slanderous allegations.


Well, it is good that 1MDB had improved on its public engagement effort.

They should do more though as the attack against them are not going to cease any time soon.

Hopefully things will be better for 1MDB and others connected to the leadership of the PM.

They should realize that they represent Najib's future as the country's prime minister and therefore do more to avoid being liabilities for him.

If they don't do the right things, they will cause Najib's downfall.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Two years have passed

This blog is two years old today.

The following is for my record keeping purposes,

Posts : 701

Pageviews : 1,754,384 

Comments : 21,940

I would like to thank all who visited this blog, especially those
who commented on the issues that I wrote.

As of now, the most read post is

Stupid Malay men

which I wrote at the height of campaigning of the Teluk Intan

by-election in May last year.

For comparison, this is what I wrote exactly a year ago,

Today, I am resting at home.

I am contemplating finding another job.

Been bitching too much about my work place.

It's not healthy.

Actually I am not sure why I so easily get upset with my bosses.

They are not actually bothering me too much.

I just don't like their style of running things.

Things like scolding their subordinates in public.

It's humiliating for those who have to endure it, and I don't like
to be a witness to such things. 

However, someone pointed out to me last night that it's the bosses' 
rights to scold anyone who don't do their job well, privately or publicly.

That someone said I was being too idealistic to expect all people
to behave properly all the time.

Still, I don't think that it was right for me to do nothing.

Let's say you see someone slapping his child in public. I think 
you will try to stop it.

It's just wrong to do that even to your own child, even if the child had
indeed done something wrong.

It's the same with what my bosses are doing to their subordinates.

I think I will write more about it later.

Sorry for repeatedly writing about it. 

My mind is so full of the nonsense at the moment.

I'm just angry.

Okay, I better cool down and listen to something nice,

Watching these guys perform always make me smile,

Ya, I better smile more and be less angry.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

A good PMO guy

A few days ago, a high ranking PMO (prime minister's office) guy asked me out for lunch.

I consider him my senior and friend as we used to work together for a while before he joined the team of DS Najib Razak.

At that time Najib was not yet a PM.

I have always respect him for being a good and honest guy.

Occasionally he would call me out for lunch just to chit chat.

Indian Sweet Mangoes - Syed Bistro in Bangsar )

I never call him out. He is married and a very busy man.

It was very nice of him to find time to see me as I know that he keeps a tight schedule.

Furthermore, I'm just his junior and of no rank and stature.

As usual, we talked about our life and of course politics.

I can't tell you all in detail what we talked about as far as politics were concerned.

A lot of classified information.

Suffice to say that as always, he defended his boss against all those criticisms directed at the PM.

I know that he genuinely believes in Najib and had defended him not because he wanted to score brownie points.

After all, I am not one of those people who keep track of brownie points scored by people for praising and defending Najib.

When I told him that I know of a plan by some of his colleagues to kick him out of the PMO, he just laughed and told me that he was aware of it too.

"I am ready for that. If they ask me to leave, I will go. My conscience is clear as I have tried my best for Najib all these years. What ever happened, I still believe my boss is a kind hearted man who on his part is trying his best for this country," he said.

The guy is really sincere.

After all, I know that he is not rich despite working as a close aide of Najib for so many years.

He just works for his salary and nothing else.

Then the conversation turned something like this:

PMO guy: "How about you? How's your life?"

Me: My life sucks.

PMO guy: Why? What's wrong?

Me: It sucks because I don't really have a life except my work. And my work sucks too.

PMO guy: You seem to be doing well at work. I keep track of your work. It's quite okay.

Me: That's what you see. What you don't see is something else.

PMO guy: Tell me what's wrong. I know your big boss. Maybe I can help you.

Me: It's okay. I will try to handle it myself. If I can't stand it anymore, I will just fucking suicide bomb all those fuckers in my office.

PMO guy: Eh, don't talk like that lah. You are crazy or what? Just tell me what's wrong.

Me: I just hate the fucking bullies in my office. They enjoy bullying their subordinates by humiliating the poor bastards in the office wassap group. It's as fucking bad as humiliating someone in public.

PMO guy: Have they ever done that to you?

Me: Not yet, but I am waiting for it. I really going to suicide bomb those fucking bastards if they do that to me. I'm not their fucking slave.

PMO guy: Hush! Stop talking like that okay. Try to relax. People may think that you are an Islamic State terrorist for real. Come on, I will try to help you, okay.

Me: No need lah. I know you are too busy to care for my little nonsense. Najib needs all the help that he can get now. You better be focused on helping him...and try not to get kicked out of PMO. Najib needs all his good people....instead of all those asshole opportunists hanging around him now.

PMO guy: Okay...but do tell me if they disturb you. I will try to work out something. Don't go around suicide bombing people, okay.

Me: Okay....

PMO guy: You have enough money? I mean...last time I met you, you said you were broke.

Me: Could be better. Those fucking bastards gave me a lousy annual assessment that day despite me working my ass off last year. Now, I got just pittance for my bonus. They should have shove it up their arse instead. Real fucking pricks.

PMO guy: Relax, don't lose your temper.

Me: Okay....I will try to fucking chill....

PMO guy: Can I give you some money...I want to help.

Me: No. You try to give me money again and I will really kick your ass.

The conversation went on something like that for almost two hours.

It was actually nice having someone listening to my nonsensical troubles.

I know the guy can't help me, but still I appreciate his friendship.

Well, good luck to him and his Najib.

I think both guys need a lot of luck.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Kota Iskandar's consultants

It looks like the Johor government is also following the trend of hiring consultants for works it supposed to do itself.

Here is a picture I took from the Facebook page of one Tengku Naufal Tengku Mansor, a lawyer and consultant of some sorts,

Tengku Naufal (second from right) is seen in the picture with members of the MedKom, the media and communication unit of the Johor government.

Standing next to him in the batik shirt is a special officer of Johor MB DS Mohd Khaled Nordin and third from left (without tie) is the boss of MedKom.

And this goes with the picture,

Well, looks like it's a new thing in Kota Iskandar these days.

I do wonder how much the state government spent on the consultant just to do  public relation works.

The officers at Kota Iskandar who were supposed to do the work buat apa ya?

And this is just a small one.

Bigger things surely require bigger consultants.

The bigger, the more expensive.

The state government got so much money to spend, I guess.

As far as I know, the previous state administration used to be very careful about spending money on these sorts of things.

Anyway, how transparent was the appointment of these consultants?

Who appointed them?

Well, I will be looking forward to see how the Khaled's administration perform after spending money on these consultants.

Hopefully, with the state government being guided by these consultants, Johor BN will improve its performance in the next general election, particularly doing better than winning 83 per cent of Malay votes as it did in GE13.

I am not counting on it to improve from winning just less than 10 per cent of the Chinese votes.

I don't think the consultants can help BN on that one.

By the way, I was told by someone that Tengku Naufal is the younger brother of Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor. Not sure if it's true. I didn't bother to double check.

What I am sure is that the guy is not a Johorean and doesn't operate in Johor.

I wonder how much he knows about Johor anyway that the state government feels the need to consult him on how to do things.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

An interesting but crazy theory on MH370

I read with interest this report in Rakyat Post earlier today,

Expert claims Russia hijacked MH370, flew it to Kazakhstan

Daily Mail also reported it here,

CNN's MH370 expert says Vladim ir Putin ordered special ops

A more detailed report of the same theory is in New York Magazine here,

How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where MH370 is?

The theory basically said that the missing Malaysia Airlines' plane had ben hijacked by the Russians and flew to a Central Asian country.

I know it sounded crazy. Even the person who is behind the theory said so. But it was still an interesting theory all the same.

The only part which I found hard to believe is that the Russians are behind something like this.

I would have find it more believable if it was said that the Americans are the actual culprits.

They are after all the ones with more capability for such sophisticated hijacking of a plane.

Still, it was just a theory and the motive for such a hijacking seems fantastical.

Anyway, these are what I wrote just days after MH370 went missing,

I was then clinging on the hope that I was right with that theory and the passengers and crew of MH370 were still alive and kept at a secret location somewhere in a Central asian country.

That was until it was declared that MH370 was lost in the southern Indian Ocean.

My prayers tonight are for the missing souls, where ever they may be now.

It's all about politicians' ego

My room's air-cond has gone kaput.

And it's so damn hot tonight.

It had been like this the past several days.

The ceiling fan is not doing much good.

I am wearing very little clothing now, but still sweating.

It's the ongoing heat wave, I think.

Maybe I need to take another round of shower later.

Anyway, i am writing this post simply because I got nothing better to do.

It's hard to sleep in this heat.

Actually there is still nothing yet really beneficial to write about the political scene.

None of what is happening now is of any help to the life of ordinary Malaysians.

Does it improve our life that yesterday Anwar's family filed a petition for royal pardon to get him out of jail?

I don't think so.

Who really cares anyway? Right?

The MIC ding dong helping the Indian community?

I don't think so too.


How about the DAP and Pas fight over hudud and other things?

That's to me is just to please their followers. Their tit-for-tat is not going to improve the people's quality of life or lower the crime rate.

How about DAP's rule in Penang? Has it improved the life of the people of Penang by leaps and bounds?

Honestly, I can't see much difference between the life of someone who lives in Alor Star and someone who lives in Penang.

Okay la, maybe in Penang a Chinese may feel liberated because the chief minister is a handsome Chinese guy.

But that does not make life much better by much, isn't it?

Dengar ceramah DAP hantam the Melayu gomen tak improve life, okay.

Syok sikit je. Itu saja.

Really, everything that's happening were almost all about the politicians' ego.

The Umno people are no better.

They are messing things up and showing no sign of improving.

Very tiresome people, actually.

Eh...this is wasting time lah.

I better wait until I am really inspired again before writing a posting.

Don't want to bore you all with my aimless ranting all the time.

Here, better listen to this nice song instead.