Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Pakatan's Press freedom

I have friends who work as journalists for pro-Pakatan news portals such as Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider.

Most of them previously worked for the mainstream media which have been accused of being pro-BN.

These friends of mine actually believe that by joining the pro-Pakatan portals made them more partial journalists.

The fact that those portals are blatantly pro-Pakatan doesn't seems to bother them at all.

Believing that they are now part of the "Free Media", these friends of mine actually look down at their former colleagues still working for the mainstream media.

I actually don't fully blame these guys for feeling that way as some of the mainstream media people are indeed irritatingly too pro-establishment in their attempt to further their career within their respective organizations by pleasing their undeniably pro-establishment bosses.

But still, for the people of the pro-Pakatan portals to claim themselves of having better integrity and independence than their friends in the mainstream media is laughable.

Do try to count the number of pro-Pakatan stories in Malaysiakini today and then compare with how many neutral political stories the portal has, if you want to know what I mean.

Let's not even try to find any story which shed some nice light on the BN government.

Inculcating the belief that being pro-Pakatan is being righteous and progressive among Malaysian journalists was actually part of the Pakatan's strategy to win the psychological battle against their BN rivals.

Pakatan have always project the image of themselves as championing freedom of the Press and expression.

Well, it was more or less the same reason why members of the Chinese media were also mostly supportive of Pakatan.

Of course their way of seeing things was a bit different - they believe that being pro-Pakatan will help their community overcome what the DAP's propaganda touted as oppression of the Chinese by the BN government led by Umno (read Malays).

What they don't seem to realize is that those who claim to champion freedom in order to attain power are the ones who will in the end suppress that freedom themselves once they actually have the power in their hand.

It's already happening in the case of Pakatan.

This story, I intentionally sourced from the pro-Pakatan portal FMT so that pro-Pakatan readers of this blog will not accuse me of lying :

Guan Eng out to tarnish Chinese media image




Excerpts :

Penang Press Club (PPC) president Teoh Boon Liang (pix) said that Lim was not telling the truth when he accused a senior reporter from a Chinese press for scolding state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh during a press conference on Aug 20.
In that press conference, senior journalist Chua Cheong Wee from Kwong Wah Yit Poh apparently questioned Phee, who handles welfare, caring society and environment portfolios, on whether underworld elements were involved in the Penang Voluntary Patrol Squad (PPS).
Teoh said Lim had misled the public to believe that a Chinese press reporter (Chua) had scolded Phee and acted impolitely at the press conference.
Teoh said Lim had also accused certain Chinese media of not being daring enough to confront Umno in the same manner without concrete evidence.
“CM Lim seems to have the bad intention to tarnish the image of the Chinese media. We have requested an apology from the CM on the accusation in our last statement.
“Hereby, we ask for his apology again,” said Teoh at a press conference here today.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Purple is a bit gay for stormtroopers

I'm always of the opinion that the color of pink and purple are only suitable for girls.

Pink dress, purple handbag, etc.

It's just not right for a guy to wear pink or purple shirt, unless the guy is a gay.


Well, at least that's how I see it. The picture above is from the Gay Pride march in Madrid last year.

Purple from Wikipedia:

Purple is sometimes associated with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. It is the symbolic color worn on Spirit Day, a commemoration that began in 2010 to show support for young people who are bullied because of their sexual orientation. The purple hand is another symbol sometimes used by the LGBT community during parades and demonstrations.  

So, when the handsome DAP Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng choose for his Pasukan Peronda Sukarela (PPS) or Voluntary Patrol Unit to be clad in purple, I thought, hmmm...why purple la?

Guan Eng should really choose a  more macho color to clad his stormtroopers.

A name change would also be good. Guan Eng Guards or something like that. More apt for the goons' real function of intimidating political opponents.

Pas seems to be more good with these sorts of things.

The name of their Unit Amal, sounds simple and decisive. And their maroon uniform is the right macho color too.

Guan Eng should learn from past megalomaniacs on these sorts of things.

Adolf Hitler had his brown clad Sturmabteilung :

Storm Detachment or Assault Division, or Brownshirts functioned as the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party. It played a key role in Adolf Hitler's raise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Their main assignments were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of the opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary unit of the opposing parties and intimidating Slavic and Romani citizens, unionists and Jews.

Benito Mussolini had his Blackshirts or Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale :

Voluntary Militia for National Security was inspired by the military prowess and black uniforms of the Arditi, Italy's elite storm troops of World War I, the Fascist Blackshirts were organized by Benito Mussolini as the military tool of his political movement. The founders of the paramilitary groups were nationalist intellectuals, former army officers and young landowners opposing peasants' and country labourers' unions. Their methods became harsher as Mussolini's power grew, and they used violence and intimidation against Mussolini's opponents.


See Guan Eng, that's how to name and clad stormtroopers properly. Macho and sophisticated. Really, you need to do a makeover of yours.

For now they look wimpish and a bit girlie la.

No wonder the police was not intimidated by Guan Eng's threats and tantrum when the  PPS was declared illegal and some of its members herded like cattle into custody yesterday.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Not feeling much of a patriot on Merdeka Day

I am just laying in bed now.

Not much energy to get up. Tired.

It is quiet here.

I wish I could had watched the Merdeka parade this morning, but the room has no TV.

Can't watch it on the internet too because there's no Wi-Fi.

I'm just using the hotspot of my phone for the connection to write this. Not much bandwidth to watch video. It keeps breaking apart. Celcom people really need to get their act together.

Well, never mind. I am not much of a patriot anyway.

When I was much younger I actually wished that I am Finnish.

Finland is a beautiful country and the people are cool.

And Kimi Raikkonen is very handsome, okay.


Stupid, but that how I was.

I only started to really appreciate myself being a Malaysian after I travelled overseas a couple of times and people I met kept telling me how wonderful is my country.

Mostly, they would talk about how they envy the development of my country, how friendly Malaysians are, and their awe and respect for former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

One of the most memorable of such conversations was the one I had with an American lady from California in Beijing a few years ago.

It went something like this:

AL: Oh, you are a Malaysian then. It's such a lovely country. The people are nice.

Me: Thanks. I believe your country is lovely too. Well, I have never been to the US but that's what my aunt who studied in Minnesota told me.

AL: Very nice of you to think so. I admire the way your country progress.

Me: We are trying our best (smile).

AL: Anyway, how's your prime minister Mahathir? The guy is really something.

Me: Errrr....Mahathir is no longer our prime minister. He retired for quite a while now. Nowadays he just make some noises whenever the younger people try to wreck the country. That's about it with him these days, I think.

AL: Oh yes, I forgot, he is indeed retired. I always have Mahathir in mind whenever your country is being mentioned (laugh).

Me: So, when was the last time you visited Malaysia?

AL: Well, I actually haven't been to your country (smile). I just read about it and saw some documentaries in the net and on TV. But, I intend to visit it one day.

Me: Oh....yes, I hope you can make it to my country. It is indeed as nice as what you read and saw on TV. Maybe you can skip that trip to Indonesia you said you are planning next year and come to my country instead (smile).

AL: Well, I'll think about it...(laugh).


Well, I am still not going to lie and say that I am the most patriotic Malaysian.

There are actually so many things that I don't like about Malaysia.

One of which is the lousy political culture.

But still, this is my country, and for that I have to love it and protect it in which ever way I could.

It's something like how I wish my mother is not a garang Cina bukit and my father is not overly in love with her that he just follows what ever she said.

It makes me so geram every time I think about them that way.

Yet still they are my mother and father and I have to love and protect them no matter what.

The same with this country, don't you think?

P.S Nowadays, I am so not into Mat Salleh anymore. So, Kimi Raikkonen is out, okay.  Come to think about it, I am not interested in men that much anymore notwithstanding their race or nationality. I am getting tired of their bastardly ways.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Just a short prayer

I'm writing this using my handphone.

So, it has to be short and without picture.

I'm at this moment sitting in a gazebo at the Kajang Hospital.

It's a nice tidy place. The buildings of the sprawling hospital complex are old but well kept.

There's a little garden next to the gazebo.

The bougainvillea are in full bloom. It's beautiful.

There are also small birds chirping away.

The weather is also nice. Lots of clouds in the blue sky. I like watching clouds drifting in the sky.

I feel calm sitting here as I wait for the inevitable.

Told myself that things will be okay in the end no matter what the outcome will be today.

Yes, things will in the end be fine.

I just need to be strong and patient.

Allah, the Almighty, please makes things okay. Thanks.

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.