Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Ghani and Osman

Friends had previously asked me why I didn't go hard on current Johor MB Datuk Osman Sapian despite me being among the first to express reservations over his appointment.

This is what I wrote a day after GE14  on May 9 last year;

Osman Sapian is the leading Johor MB candidate

Well, as proven by now, Osman does have several serious flaws.

However, as pointed by my friends, my criticisms of the PH menteri besar of Johor were rather mild compared to those that I had expressed against his predecessor from BN, DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin when the latter was in power.

To begin with, Salahuddin Ayub whom I initially suggested to be chosen over Osman for the job turned out to be not such a good choice after all. He is making a mess as the Agriculture Minister.

Now I believe that Salahuddin would not have been any better than Osman as the Johor MB.

In actual truth, I do pity Osman. He's in a pair of shoes too big for himself.

He landed himself a very tough job and, as I was told by friends in JB, he's really struggling with it despite trying his best. 

However, one thing I know which is good about Osman is that he's aware of his limitations and he is not what the Malays describe as a bodoh sombong.

Despite his reputation of being abrasive and less refined, Osman does not shy away from asking for advice from those whom he respects.

I know that among the first he called after appointed as Johor MB was his former boss TS Abdul Ghani Othman.

Ghani was the menteri besar when Osman, who was then with Umno, served as Kempas assemblyman for three terms.

I believed Osman had called Ghani for advice about his MB duties and as a show of respect for his former boss who is his senior in that capacity.

The same thing didn't happen when Khaled Nordin took over the post from Ghani in 2013.

In fact this was what happened,

The eradication of Datuk Ghani 

I wrote that less than a month after GE13;


If this is how Khaled's people want to behave, then I dare say that he will be just a one term MB and Johor will fall five years from now.

Johor is no longer a BN stronghold because of the Chinese tsunami in GE13.

Five years from now, Johor will not even be an Umno stronghold if those in control of the party are "beraja di mata, bersultan dihati" even among their fellow Umno people.

Do mark my words on this.

I was told that Ghani rarely went back to Johor after he left the state that year.

Most of the time he only went back to his kampung in Sungai Mati, Muar and he never spent a night elsewhere while in Johor.

That was until Monday night when he went down to JB for a meeting with Osman in his capacity as the Sime Darby Plantation chairman.

It must be a poignant visit for Ghani as he spends the night in Iskandar Puteri, which he developed to be the state's administrative centre under the Iskandar Malaysia initiative.

A journalist friend forwarded me these pictures of Ghani's meeting with Osman yesterday.

The meeting between Johor Government and Sime Darby Plantation
Ghani and Osman
Ghani and Osman with Kota Iskandar staff
My friend told me that those who were present at the meeting were actually amazed that Osman salam and cium tangan Ghani when they met.

That's the level of respect that Osman has for Ghani.

I had only done that once, which I mentioned in this post;

About cium tangan

Whatever it is, I believe that it's good to show respect for our seniors and elders.

Well, I'm wishing Ghani and Osman all the best.

Ghani, for him to remain healthy and happy.

Osman, for him not to wreck Johor too much and be remembered as not the worst MB of the state.

Friday, 15 March 2019

A day in Rantau

It was a very hot afternoon in Rantau yesterday.

Yup, I went and spent the whole day there. Woke up in the morning and just decided to have a look at the place.

It's a typical small town with rows of shophouses along the main trunk road and villages as well as oil palm estates in the surrounding area.

Arrived there around noon and had lunch at a stall. Rice, mackerel masak lemak cili padi, fried bean sprouts, sambal belacan and teh O ice for RM5. Really not bad.

I asked the makcik who ran the stall about the coming by-election and she said things are not hotting up yet.

"Makcik nanti nak undi siapa?" I jokingly asked her.

"Ish....undi tu kan rahsia," she said laughing.

I laughed too as I didn't expect her to answer the question.

But then she added; "Tapi kalau boleh biarlah kita undi orang kita...."

I think I know what she meant, but I rather leave it at that.

I drove around a bit after that and noticed that everything seemed to be in place. The infra of the place looked good.

I even noticed a rather new fire station by the roadside, which is not bad considering the small size of the town.

Then I decided to check out the kampung house of Mat Hassan, the Umno deputy president who is going to be the BN candidate for the by-election.

The makcik at the stall had earlier told me how to get there. Everyone at the town seemed very familiar with Mat Hassan, who is the incumbent assemblyman there.

It was a bit troublesome to get to Mat Hassan's house yesterday as they were repairing the road in front of it.

The original small wooden structure, which is typical of Malay traditional kampung houses of Negeri Sembilan is still there. It looked very nice in front of the normal modern-looking part behind it.

They had erected a huge tent behind the house and I was told by local BN people later that the place will be the coalition's command centre for the by-election.

I then decided to visit Mat Hassan's community service centre in the town, which is about two km away.

There was already a crowd there as it turned out that Mat Hassan almost always would be at the service centre in late afternoon to personally attend to his constituents' problems.

The kind of help he gave ranged from providing financial assistance for the needy to easing the bureaucracies for those dealing with government agencies on matters such as applications for land titles.

I was also pleasantly surprised to meet a journalist friend who was there with his team from KL to try get an interview with Mat Hassan.

Mat Hassan arrived from KL about 4.30pm. I was told that he had earlier been at the parliament as an observer.  My friend was given a slot to see him after he had done with attending to his constituents.

I  went to a nearby cendol stall for a drink as my friend and his team waited for their turn to see Mat Hassan.

Unfortunately for him, Mat Hassan declined to be interviewed as he was not feeling very well. My friend only managed to chat a bit with him and even that was off-the-record.

Despite having waited for hours, my friend seemed okay with it as he really likes Mat Hassan.

"Tok Mat really looked tired and he is fasting today,' said my friend.

He, nonetheless managed to get some pictures of Mat Hassan attending to his constituents who were there asking for his assistance.

He gave me some of those pictures and that of the Rantau town as he knows I'm not good with a camera,

And these are pictures which I took myself yesterday,

The stall where I had lunch in Rantau yesterday.

The cendol that I had near Mat Hassan's community service centre.
Well, that's my day in Rantau yesterday.

My friend said he will try again to get a proper interview with Mat Hassan before the by-election. Hopefully he'll get it.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Things look good for Mat Hassan and BN

I think BN will win the coming Rantau by-election.


PH retains Streram as candidate for Rantau by-election

and Anwar, the PKR president gave a long winded explanation for the decision.

Well, whatever.

I just hope the guy will bring his pass to the nomination centre this time and save us all the time, money and trouble to have yet another by-election later.

Simple thing like that also he cannot do and still wants to be a wakil rakyat. Sigh.

Eh, a by-election costs tax payers a few million ringgit, okay.

Honestly, before the announcement of PH candidate yesterday, I calculated that PH may have a slight advantage to win in Rantau.

Bear in mind that the demographics of the Rantau constituency is Malay 53.43%; Chinese 18.81%; Indian 27.01%; B/P Sabah 0.18%; B/P Sarawak 0.13%; Orang Asli (Pen. Msia) 0.01%; Others 0.42%.

It's not an outright Malay/Bumiputera majority constituency like Semenyih which BN won the other day.

If PH was being realistic about the current political scenario, they would have fielded a Malay candidate to have a better chance of beating Mat Hassan, the acting Umno president.

By right they should have solid support of the Chinese and Indians and only needed a fraction of the Malay votes.

A good Malay candidate would have done the trick.

However, I suspect that PH had done its own calculation and discovered that it can't win in Rantau even if they are to field such a candidate.

So, that's why they are sending the Streram guy there again.

Guess, at least they have an excuse when they lose later.

Oh, we are multi-racial unlike BN which uses racial and religious cards, they would say.


I wonder what Pribumi Bersatu people think about that.

Amanah.....well that party will take its cue from DAP and I think we all know what it would be for them.

It would be interesting to watch how enthusiastic the Malays of PH will campaign in Rantau.

As for BN, I think they will do well like in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih or maybe even better.

MCA and MIC have reaffirmed their commitment in the coalition and the cooperation with Pas is getting more solid by the day.

I think MCA and MIC are now confident that there is nothing sinister about the Umno-Pas cooperation and they will convey this to the non-Malays in Rantau.

I'm quite sure that Pas will even help along if the candidate of the by-election is from MCA or MIC, the same way they did so for their former allies such as DAP.

Well, it really do look good for BN at the moment.

If Mat Hassan, whom I believe is the key factor for the BN's turn-around to recovery could win in Rantau, then the road back to Putrajaya is going to be a real one for the coalition.

Finally, BN and Umno have a proper leader who has his feet firmly planted on the ground, tactically smart and willing to listen to not just party members but all the rakyat.

Here's a bit more of Mat Hassan's background by the man himself,

Cool and down to earth guy.

All the best to him for the by-election.


Friday, 8 March 2019

Preparing for Guan Eng's war

Things are rather chaotic at the moment. At least that's how I feel.

BN won two by-elections and some people apparently got paranoid attacks.

Guess you all know by now about Guan Eng's "declaration of war" remark.

Umno and Pas cooperate, non-Malays must get ready for war, is it?

Hello Guan Eng, the non-Malays have been at war against BN since before the GE13 because of your instigations la.

Remember the DAP's extreme racialist tactics?

You told Chinese that they are second, third, forth, fifth class citizens. Remember that one?

DAP even used religious tactics such as the kalimah "Allah" issue and telling Christians that they were being prosecuted.

Go la play up those issues again now.

Now Chinese are more than 90 per cent with DAP, make it 100 per cent la.

Indians also.

Now Umno and Pas just want to cooperate, they were already condemned as declaring war against non-Malays.

But one thing I'm glad about this was that MCA and MIC were against Guan Eng too.

BN, PAS youths demand Guan Eng’s apology 

for "declaration of war' remark 

Let's wait and see whether Guan Eng will apologise.

My bet is that he would not do so because of his colossal ego.

I think this is one of DAP's moves to prepare for Guan Eng's impending war,

Government mulls authorising MCMC to remove fake news, racist posts from social media

Last time they made so much noise about the anti-fake news law, and now they are coming out with their own version.

Of course DAP with Gobind as communication minister will decide what are fake news and racist posts.

I'm quite sure Guan Eng's war declaration remark was not racist, according to them.

On the other hand, next time you write "Orang Melayu dan Islam perlulah menguatkan ukhwah dan perpaduan demi masa depan anak cucu kita", they will deem it as racist and have MCMC to remove it.

Well, just brace yourself for it.

Bear in mind that others were already hit and became casualties of Guan Eng's war,

That's the evicted Taman Manggis residents at Komtar yesterday.

Guan Eng's cronies in Penang said they were just doing things according to the law. Must be firm like in Singapore.

Hei, those are PPR residents la.

I do wonder whether the DAP state government would be so firm if the evicted residents are mostly poor Chinese.

But of course Guan Eng said it's a war what.

Us versus them.

No mercy.

Right, Guan Eng?

But somehow I do wonder a bit whether this is just his diversionary tactic to make people forget about his fake accountant status.

Never mind.

Have a good day.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Religious break

Someone asked me why I'm not writing these past few days.

BN won in Semenyih the other day what, she said.

Well, actually I'm for now spending my free time watching this guy's videos.

Interesting, right?

I'll write again when I finished watching all of this guy's videos.

Maybe tomorrow or the next day.

Peace be upon you.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Selamat mengundi, Semenyih....and remember the Pakatan's promises

It's polling day in Semenyih.

I think I will hang around here until the result is announced later this evening.

That's because I enjoy observing things on the ground during an election.

Sometimes what you see and hear from afar, is not the real picture, unless you are there yourself to witness it.

As for this Semenyih by-election, what I noticed most by being on the ground was that many people are quite fed up with Pakatan, despite them voting for it in GE14 less than a year ago.

Pakatan people are just talks and not much else.

That's what most of them said and I have to agree.

Have the people's life really improved because of the change in government last year?

I don't think so.

Prices of goods are still high or even worse, race relations definitely worse than before, many people are losing their jobs, etc etc.

The only pleasure is for some who hate the truly Malay-led government of BN and wanted it to be destroyed.

They think their kind can do a better job.

But really, on the ground, most people I met here don't really care about all that politics too much for now.

For them, it's about bread and butter issues as well as the GE14 broken promises of Pakatan.

Well, at least that's the sentiment among the Malay majority constituents.

A friend yesterday asked me via WhatsApp about the claim that Pas paid Sarawak Report to settle their case and I said it doesn't really matter in Semenyih.

It's just a sign of desperation.

The SB's report must be in by now and it most probably indicates that Pakatan may likely lose the by-election.

That's why they needed to have a last minute "bomb" to undermine the Pas-Umno cooperation which is giving them nightmare here as it was in Cameron Highlands several weeks ago.

The problem is that the target of the bomb is actually Pas supporters whom Pakatan needs to stop from voting for BN.

The claim needs to convince them that Pas leaders are corrupt, the way the same claim managed to persuade many Umno members to go against their party leaders in GE14.

Well, Pas supporters are not the same as Umno supporters. They believe in their leaders more than anyone else.

So, it's not going to work, okay.

It's not even convincing in the first place. Anyone can bank-in a sum of money to Sarawak Report and then claimed it's from Pas.

You know la how people lie these days....just like the Pakatan's GE14 manifesto.

And after all, the people on the ground in Semenyih can't really be bothered by such nonsense.

They should know better what's in their heart and who to vote for.

Well, just wait and see their decision by the end of today.

For me, the Semenyih voters may send either a strong message to the Pakatan government to get their acts together or just be happy with getting rid of BN and be contented with Pakatan's promises....doesn't matter that they were unfulfilled.

Selamat mengundi.