Friday, 29 May 2015

Annie in the middle

I may be a bit tired.

But , apparently it was not so with the almost 90 year old former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Today, he came out with another posting which I'm certain was personally written by himself.

REPAYMENT OF DEBTS

excerpts:
3. In business, money can be lost through bad investments or bad management. That is acceptable though the CEO and Managers would be sacked.


4. But when money is lost and the management cannot explain where it went and how it disappeared then management would still be responsible even if there is a bailout or the debts paid.


5. Thus with money claimed to have been invested in Cayman Islands and despite claims that it had been brought back and is now in Singapore, the money cannot be demonstrated to be there in tangible form, then management will be held responsible for its loss. The assumption must be that management had misappropriated the money unless otherwise proven.


That is the second posting by Dr Mahathir in the last 24 hours.

If he keeps this up, his postings on the need to oust  PM DS Najib Razak could be compiled into a book.

If combined with Najib replies, I think such a book will make a very interesting read. 

Meanwhile, those of us who are still wishing for some sorts of compromise between the two guys for the sake of the establishment and more importantly the country are slowly losing hope.

As pointed by Rocky, the fight between supporters of the two leaders has gone

Just another notch lower  

In this case, the idiotic goons on Najib's side are apparently still at it.

They are making things worse just to be in the good book of their bosses.

The Dr Mahathir's side will definitely retaliate and the tit-for-tat will continue. 

Honestly, this is sad.

Since I'm now sitting in the middle of the two factions, I'm getting whacked by both sides.

Those who know me should realize my deep loathing of some Najib's people for what they did to me.

In fact, I have more reasons to see Najib falls than many of those pro-Dr Mahathir bloggers.

But, I don't feel that should be an excuse for me to go all out attacking Najib.

That would be selfish of me and make me no better than those mercenaries with vested interests.

I believe that there should be a better way to turn around the situation.

After all, the way I understand it, Dr Mahathir's real objective is not really to topple Najib but to prevent Pakatan from winning the next general election and thus save the country.

So, I'm trying to stay focus on that bigger picture and contribute what ever little that I can afford.

I may be losing hope but I will hang on there as long as I'm able to do so.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

A bit tired

I'm a bit tired of people who can't seem to read properly and understand what I have been trying to convey.

I don't mind that much being called a bitch, makan nasi kangkang, etc but after a while I can't avoid feeling tired of such nonsense.

I would like to suggest for those people who called me such names and accused me of all sorts of things regarding former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to read back my earlier posts about the guy.

You all can just type "Mahathir" on the search column to get to those postings.

As for the allegation that I'm a pre-paid or post-paid blogger and such, let me make a pledge here:

"Semoga Allah menghukum aku muntah darah malam ni kalau benar ada sesiapa pernah upah aku duit atau apa saja untuk aku menulis dalam blog ini."

Puas hati?

Well, let me tell you all that this blog is actually just an outlet for me to express myself and present what's in my mind and heart over things that are happening around me.

It's not an authority on anything. I previously wrote about this.

On top of it all, I'm not asking or expecting you all to agree with me.

I have also tried to publish all of your comments as long as they are not contrary to the very minimal regulations which I imposed on commenting. Get the details on the right side of this web page.

I think I have tried my best to be fair.

Having said all that, I would like to get some rest now.

Wish I can have a massage.

Sigh...

Never mind.

Well, here is a bit of nice music for going to sleep,


Good night.

Lying versus smearing, allegedly

Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his team appeared very well prepared in their battle with PM DS Najib Razak and his supporters.

Less than 24 hours after the release of the latest FAQs by the prime minister which you can read here, Dr Mahathir posted another critical entry about Najib in his blog,

SIAPA BERTANGGUNGJAWAB

Dr Mahathir this time completely ignored the Najib's FAQs and had instead pressed on along this angle of attack from his previous post,

NAJIB DAN PEMBOHONGAN 

Excerpts from Dr Mahathir's latest post,

4. Perdana Menteri telah jelaskan bahawa wang sebanyak USD 1 billion tidak dibawa balik ke Malaysia kerana Bank Negara akan menganggu urusan keluar masuk wang yang lebih dari 50 juta.
5. Setahu saya bank-bank telah diarah menyoal urusan yang lebih dari RM50,000/-. Jika urusan tidak ada kaitan dengan “money laundering”, iaitu yang didapati secara haram, ia tidak jadi masalah.
6. Soalnya apakah 1MDB dengan pengetahuan penasihatnya terlibat dengan money laundering, sehingga wang dari Cayman Islands terpaksa disimpan di Singapura.
7. Singapura juga memeriksa dengan teliti wang yang masuk-keluar negara itu bagi mengelak jenayah money laundering. Apakah 1MDB tidak tahu akan peraturan Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)?
8. Atau apakah tujuan sebenar ialah untuk membohong berkenaan penyimpanan wang ini di Singapura, iaitu sebenarnya tidak ada wang yang disimpan di sana, bahawa wang sebanyak lebih satu billion U.S. dollar sudah hilang.
9. Jika tidak dapat dibuktikan wang ini ada di Singapura, maka sekali lagi, pegawai dan menteri bersalah kerana membohong.


Now it's really becoming a case of tit-for-tat between the PM and his ex-boss.

In his latest FAQs, Najib among others said, "Much of what Tun has said lacks objectivity and is downright wrong."

Dr Mahathir today simply responded by reiterating that Najib may had lied or attempting to lie over the 1MDB issue.

Personally, I would prefer for both of them to be inaccurate in their assessment of each other.

I would rather want to believe that Dr Mahathir was being fed with the wrong information by people with vested interest, causing him to attack Najib out of fear that his former protege may cause the downfall of Umno and Barisan Nasional.

I would also like to believe that Najib on his part was given poorly prepared information by his less than brilliant people, causing him to give a less than satisfactory explanation of the 1MDB issue, thus prompting Dr Mahathir to come up with the idea that the PM was trying to dupe the people.

Those would be better than having to believe that either of those two guys is a crook.

Yes, maybe both men should consider the position of each other and try to be more positive about it.

I still believe that the only way this Najib-Dr Mahathir spat could be put to an end is for both of them to meet and talk with each other for the sake of not only Umno and BN, but also the country.

But since both at the moment still prefer to continue fighting, I think I will try to study more carefully BN's chances of winning the next general election under Najib's leadership.

Honestly, I doubt Dr Mahathir will be able to force Najib to step down from his PM post before the polls.

I also don't think anyone credible in Umno have the balls to challenge Najib for now.

Well, in the light of that, who knows, maybe Najib can really pull it off even if all of Dr Mahathir's supporters decided not to vote for BN in the next general election.

That would be brilliant....but again, my money is not on it happening.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

No Japanese truce between Najib and Dr Mahathir

The last blog post by former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad is,

NAJIB DAN PEMBOHONGAN 

which was on May 24.

This is the opening paragraph of that post,

"Amatlah menyedihkan apabila saya dapati saya tidak dapat elak dari kenyataan bahawa Perdana Menteri membohong . Dalam kes wang 1MDB yang dikatakan telah dibawa balik dari Cayman Islands dan disimpan dalam bank BSI Singapura, jawapan tertulis oleh Perdana Menteri kepada soalan Parlimen tidak menepati kebenaran sama sekali."

That's three days ago.

I learnt from Rocky's post

PM, Dr M in Tokyo

that Dr Mahathir had since been to Japan for a follow-up on an eye surgery. 

At the same time, PM DS Najib Razak was also in Japan for an official visit.

From what transpired today, it is quite obvious that the two didn't meet up over there to settle their differences.

In a statement today, Najib went on the offensive again.

Here is the statement in full with those I found interesting in blue,


1. I accept criticism with an open mind and will continue to address legitimate concerns and feedback. 
2. We must also always respect our elders who have done a lot for Malaysia.  
3. However, I know many believe that it is time they let the next generation run the country, and this includes overcoming problems and challenges on our own. 
4. Malaysia is a democracy. I was elected by UMNO, and by the people of this country, to lead them. Therefore, I have their mandate and I am answerable to the party and the people, not to any one individual. At the next general election and party election, the party and the rakyat can exercise their democratic rights through the ballot box. 
5. Furthermore, many of Tun’s criticisms are unfair or misleading
6. He is opposed to the implementation of GST, although all credible economists believe that broadening our tax base is the right thing to do. The revenue will be used for the welfare of the rakyat. Indeed, the idea was first mooted during his administration. 
7. Tun has echoed malicious opposition rumours concerning my wife and family. For example, in a recent speech in Ipoh, he cited a fictitious statement that the opposition has been peddling through the use of a doctored Utusan article.  
8. Also, he regurgitated a false smear started by the opposition at the time of the last general election that my wife owned a RM24 million ring. It is a lie, and the company that owned the ring clarified in detail at the time that such a ring was never bought by Rosmah. It is regrettable that someone of Tun’s stature should pass on such slander to the people.
9. He also echoed the opposition in raising the purchase of the replacement government jet, claiming that the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong does not use the jet, calling me a liar. But again this is false – His Majesty was in fact the first VIP passenger to use the newly arrived aircraft for a trip to Langkawi, and will continue to do so. 
10. Tun has used the financial challenges facing 1MDB as an excuse to attack me. It is true that 1MDB is facing challenges, but not at the level being alleged. 
11. Indeed, some of the allegations that have been made have no grounding in reality, for instance Tun’s claim that I am responsible for a loss of RM42 billon on 1MDB’s balance sheet. This appears to be a deliberate twisting of the facts as 1MDB has not made a loss of this amount. This is the amount of its total debt; debt that is far exceeded by the company’s assets of RM51 billion, as audited and confirmed by Deloitte. Most large companies around the world have high levels of debt, there is nothing unusual about this. 
12. He also claimed that I do not answer issues surrounding 1MDB, but I have gone beyond that – and instructed the Auditor General to conduct an audit of 1MDB, the results of which will be presented to the bipartisan Public Accounts Committee. This should ensure that the process is transparent, and all questions that have been asked of the company are independently answered by legitimate bodies rather than politically motivated sources. 
13.Tun often claims that he is doing something because of what people tell him when they come to see him. However, he should check whether such hearsay and claims have any evidence and truth before airing them. He knows well that many allegations were made about what happened under his administration.  
14. And always Tun’s answer was: “Where is the proof?” He should be applying the same test to what he hears. 
15. Although much has been achieved in the first six years of my administration, all of the progress that our country and BN has made are being ignored in favour of baseless allegations and lies started by the opposition.  
16. Much of what Tun has said lacks objectivity and is downright wrong. The question should be asked – what is Tun’s motivation in choosing this moment to regurgitate smears manufactured by the very opposition groups that he previously denounced as liars? 
17. During his 22 years in power, Tun had always insisted on party members supporting the leadership, especially during challenging times. We did our part then, and I supported him through thick and thin. I did so because I believed then, as I do now, that party unity is a prerequisite for what we want to achieve for the country. The vast majority of UMNO members still recognize that real loyalty means working together to build the party for the good of the rakyat. 
18. It is wrong for Tun and any party members to undermine today’s party leadership just because their personal wishes are not met. The interests of the people and the party are far more important than any one individual. 
19. I was democratically elected by both the party and the people, and, as I have the mandate, will complete my term as party President and Prime Minister. My priority is to ensure that we achieve Vision 2020 and the economic, governmental and political transformation that will benefit all Malaysians.

It is quite a well written article.

I guess the Prime Minister must had composed it in between his busy schedule in Japan.

Well, I guess Barisan Nasional and Umno supporters will just have to bear with the tussle until the next general election.

I'm not putting my money on it, but hopefully the BN coalition and that parti keramat orang Melayu will survive beyond the polls.

Real journalists on media strategy of 1MDB

I wrote this over a year ago,

Stupid media strategy leads BN into the longkang

Unfortunately, it's still happening now and in fact had turned from bad to worse with the 1MDB issue.

I'm of the opinion that the advisers, consultants and big time editors were really making a mess out of the whole thing.

Apparently, others share the same view on this matter.

These quotes by senior journalists about the handling of information on the 1MDB issues were from an article in Malaysia Online (The Mole);

Syed Nadzri
“The government and 1MDB are not doing a good job in communicating with the masses as people are still wondering when the crisis started and when is it going to end.
“The way they are handling the information is terrible. One minute the money is in Cayman Island, suddenly it is in Singapore. First, they said it was in cash but now it is in units. Which one is the truth?” 

Rashid
“It is not in the interest of everyone associated with 1MDB to share their troubles at every juncture. They were probably hoping for a comprehensive solution, hoping that time would afford them a breather. It was not to be because they were confronted midway by body politics. Journalism arrived after the facts."

Rejal
“More importantly, where is the money now? Such huge loan will not be approved by only one bank as it usually requires approval from a consortium of several banks and how could those banks approve the loan? Was there any pressure being put on them? These are the questions that need answering.”


Rocky
“What Najib needs to do is defend and explain his policies, not attack his ex boss. I am quite certain Lim Kok Wing would agree with me, that the PM’s existing strategy, which is to attack Mahathir to defend Najib, via the newspapers and prime news, is backfiring.”


To read the full article, please click on this link,
Senior journalists call for better handling of 1MDB issue

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Maybe Anifah is more humane than Aung San Suu Kyi

I doubt that many Malaysians knew about Wang Kelian until a few days ago.

Well, I have been to the place, which is located at the Thai-border in Perlis.

I was at the minor border crossing many years ago to check on its weekend bazaar.


On weekends, Malaysians were allowed to cross into the Thai side of the border there without their passport or border pass for several hundred meters to the bazaar which the locals called "Nat".

It's a nice place to be.

The greeneries of the Nakawan range which made up the back drop of the place was picturesque.

I enjoyed my afternoon at that place.

However, I also got to know that the place was a smugglers' heaven.

I'm not so sure about now, but back then I observed that the smuggling activities there were rampant.

The small time smugglers whom I saw were actually Thai villagers who carried mainly packets of high grade Siamese rice through the border check point to be sold in Malaysia.

I noticed the same thing happening at the main border check-point of nearby Padang Besar.

The smugglers went about their business right under the nose of the border guards of both sides, who seemed to tolerate the whole thing.

I did ask a friendly member of the Unit Pencegahan Penyeludupan (UPP) stationed there as to why he and his colleagues didn't take any action against the smugglers.

"Mereka tu orang kampung cari makan je dik. Bukannya penyeludup betul. Lagi pun tu semua Siam Islam. Kesian dia orang susah cari makan kat sebelah sana tu," he replied.

Nonetheless, I was told by my friends among the locals that the border guards were given some "incentives" by the smugglers to turn a blind eye.

I was also made to understand that the goods being smuggled were also not all entirely as harmless as just the beras Siam. There were cases of firearms and drugs being smuggled across the border too.

A few years ago, there was even a tremendous uproar over the smuggling of Malaysian subsidized diesel through those border checkpoints.

As we now know it, these breaches of our border had actually turned into something even more sinister.

Who would have ever thought that there were mass graves to be found in this country.

But that's the hottest news about Malaysia now,

Here is the news by UK's The Guardian,
Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia 

And here is a feature by The New York Times
Migrants Flooding Into Malaysia and Indonesia Trade One Nightmare with Another

In light of these developments of the migrant/refugee issue, I think it was a good thing that our government had decided to provide humanitarian assistance and temporary refuge for the boat people, especially the Rohingya refugees who were forced to flee Myanmar after being prosecuted in that country.

Kudos to Foreign Minister DS Anifah Aman whom I was made to understand as being the man who single handedly pushed the government to make that decision.



As I had previously wrote, not all of those in the administration of PM DS Najib Razak are bad.

Not only it was the right thing to do, the move may had actually saved the country from being labeled as being inhumane when faced with such a human tragedy.

Just imagine the kind of bad Press that our country would have to suffer if the mass graves in Wang Kelian were found while we were still hesitating to decide whether to assist the Rohingya refugees who may be dying on those boats.

As the authorities continue to comb the forested area in Wang Kelian for possibly more graves of victims of the human trafficking syndicates, it is hopeful that they could also devise a strategy to prevent such a human tragedy from happening again.

The authorities also need to tighten security at the border.

Maybe they should spend more on high-tech surveillance equipments such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) while at the same time enforcing stricter discipline among security personnel guarding the country's border.

Cooperation on security with neighboring countries should also be enhanced.

Last but not least, I am also of the opinion that countries such as Myanmar should be chastised by the international community for being irresponsible in letting its domestic problems, such as the ethnic prosecution of the Rohingya to cause incidences of human tragedy such as now being discovered in Wang Kelian.

I do wonder what happened to that Nobel laureate democracy heroine Aung San Su Kyi as her country washed its hands over the Rohingya refugees issue.

Here is a report on her by Al Jazeera,
Aung San Suu Kyi's inexcusable silence

After reading that article, I can't help but to have a fleeting thought that maybe Anifah Aman is a better humanitarian than her.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sports day

Earlier this morning, I joined my friend and her husband at their son's school sports day.

They are the ones I mentioned in the post,

Nasib penyokong marhaen Najib

My friend told me that it was the first time that her husband managed to attend their son's sports day as he was previously working elsewhere and only got to be home about once a month.

My friend's husband was forced to quit his job recently and now spends more time with his family.

"I am quite happy, actually. Despite the uncertainties of him not having a proper job now, he drives back from KL almost every weekend to be with us," she said.

It was indeed a pleasant occasion as it was also the first time I attended a school sports day ever since I finished schooling.

I just sat at a corner of the field and observed the carnival like atmosphere.

My friend's son, who has autism attended special education classes at the school.

He took part in several events but didn't win any of them.

According to my friend, her son doesn't really understand the concept of being competitive and therefore doesn't really care whether he finished first or last in anything.

It may be a handicap for most of us, but maybe Allah had blessed the boy with a life without malice being the way he is.

Here are some pictures I took at the sports day,

The special education contingent

My friend's son finished second last in this 80 meters race for special needs students. He seemed contented running behind his friends.

The 4x50 meters race between the blue, red, green and yellow houses. It was fun watching the kids ran, but I actually can't remember which house won the race.

At the creatively decorated tent of the special education contingent.
Well, it's nice to occasionally post something like this instead of those political bickering.

I really enjoy my relaxing time here in Kuantan with my friend and her family.

So not looking forward to go back to KL tomorrow morning.