Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Something may be brewing in Umno

I suspect that Umno deputy president TS Muhyiddin Yassin is very likely up to something.

Those who carefully listened to his speech at the opening of the Umno's party wings last night which was televised live may agree with me.

Here is the story of part of his speech which is most telling....

Don't postpone UMNO 2016 election, says Muhyiddin

The next few days of Umno general assembly will be very interesting.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Umno lost in cyberspace

PM DS Najib Razak said this yesterday,

Internet not a tool for stoking racial, religious tension

Sorry Datuk Najib, I disagree.

Internet is indeed a tool for stoking racial and religious tension.

In fact, it's a tool for stoking all other sorts of things.

Actually, it's a matter of who are using the internet better, and not how the internet is being used.

In the context of cyber warfare, this is why Umno and its BN allies are being massacred.

They simply do not know how the war is to be fought.

Does complaining about how your enemy is misusing the internet helps you to win the fight?

I don't think so. 

People wouldn't listen to you if you keep whining about how your enemy cheated you.

You simply have to act and not just talk.

As you all may likely agree, Umno and its BN allies were utterly crushed in the cyberspace prior to the general election last year.

Umno and the other BN gangs simply have no answer to the likes of Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider.

I believe they were set to be crushed again in the next general election. 

Maybe for good this time.

The reason is because, whomever were put in charge of Umno's and BN's cyber war effort are lazy morons.

Either that, or they are corrupt bastards who are more interested in reaping profit for themselves from the allocations provided for cyber war by their party, instead of doing their job.

Okay, do you see any changes in the cyber war effort of Umno and its BN allies since the general election last year?

I don't think so.

They can't even get positive news about the establishment into Google News.

Check for yourself if you don't believe me.

Google News is full of negative stories by pro-Pakatan portals about the government and its BN leaders.

What is this guy doing as Information Minister?

Yesterday at the event where the PM spoke, DS Shabery Cheek said he carries three smart phones  to illustrate how tech savvy he is....and also because he is the Information Minister.

That's a bit stupid if you ask me.

In fact the whole event was not very smart either as getting speakers from the likes of North Korea and China to talk about the world's hyper connectivity is actually rather dumb.

And this event was supposed to be part of the run-up to the Umno general assembly which starts today.

You don't get people excited to write good stuff about Umno and BN in the cyberspace by holding talk shops.

It doesn't work that way.

If you want to get people to voluntarily write nice things about you, then you have to INSPIRE them.

It's the only way.

I used to write good things about Umno and BN, particularly in Johor because I was inspired by the good leadership of former MB Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

He never asked me to write all those good stuff about him and his party, let alone pay me to do so.

I did it just because I feel good that I can contribute to something good which was being done by good people.

My conscious was clear back then.

To be honest, I'm now struggling just by looking at what were happening in my home state Johor.

I hope the PM realize that many non-Umno members who used to support the party are beginning to have doubts because of the way Umno people behaves.

Arrogant and stupid.

That's how many of them are starting to describe Umno people.

Actually, I said that a couple of times this blog.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Dr Mahathir's absence and a message from Perkasa to Umno

The much anticipated speech by former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Perkasa's function yesterday did not materialize.

Tun was not well enough to attend the National Unity Convention at Pusat Islam, KL.

(Note: Let's pray for Allah to grant Tun good health and long life. We need his wisdom more than ever now)

His speech was instead read by his former political secretary TS Aziz Shamsuddin.

This is a short report on his speech,

Dr M: Conflicts between races to go on without power, wealth sharing concept

Nothing on urging the removal of Umno president DS Najib Razak, as some people were hoping.

It was instead an advice on how to manage the racial complexity of the country.

I want to believe that it was meant for Najib.

Despite the disappointment over Dr Mahathir's absence, Perkasa, along with over 300 Malay NGOs represented at the convention finalized their memorandum to be submitted to Yang DiPertuan Agung, the Conference of Rulers and PM DS Najib Razak.

The memorandum basically calls for the defense of the country's pribumi's (sons of soil) rights, sanctity of Islam, and the royal Malay institution.

These are basically the core struggles of Umno.

The way I see it, it's a message to Umno - if you can't deliver what you say are your core struggles, then we are ready to take over from you.

Umno, which will have their general assembly two days from now should not just brush off the memorandum by Perkasa and the Malay NGOs.

They should study that memorandum and activate an action plan on how Umno could satisfy those demands by it.

Umno needs such wake up calls now.

Yes, Perkasa and its gang are rather funny people sometimes, with that Ibrahim Ali at its helm and all, but their arguments on those issues raised in the memorandum were no laughing matter.

They represent mostly Malays who want to support Umno but were unhappy with the party leadership and the direction of the party.

These members of Perkasa and other Malay NGOs may not be as refined or politically as polished as the usual members of Umno, Pas, PKR or other parties, but they appear as determined or even more so in their quest for their goals.

At least, that's the way I understand them after observing the way they carry themselves at Pusat Islam yesterday.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Painfully, Umno people

Earlier in the morning I woke up and felt severe pain all over the left side of my body.

I suspected something was wrong with my muscles.

Initially, I tried to ignore it and went through my off day routine.

Checked this blog and decided that of late I sounded very much like a pro-Pakatan blogger.

Very negative.

Can't help it. Things are indeed not going very well.

At least being a pro-establishment blogger, I can criticize the leaders whenever I feel they are not doing the right things.

You can't do that if you are a DAP, Pas or PKR people.

In DAP, you can be sacked for not having enough affection for the leaders. That's how the then DAP's star Wee Choo Keong got booted out.

Okay, BN and Umno also have their purges but they are not as bad as that.

Whatever it is, I need to find something that can inspire me to write properly again.

But for now, I am just simply tired and feeling fed-up.

I look at all those smug irritating faces in the Umno leadership line-up and I got fed-up.

Faces like this,

Talked nonsense, being arrogant, lost the Batu Pahat parliament seat for being arrogant...and the Umno people elected him into their supreme council and get him appointed as a board member of the pro-establishment Media Prima.


No wonder Umno's media strategy is completely useless.

Then there are all those issues such as fuel prices....well, I rather not talk about it again.....need to be positive.

Anyway, the pain in the left side of my body grew intense in the afternoon.

Decided to go for a massage.

Took a long drive to Setia Alam for it.

Had a two hour Thai herbal massage.

It eased the pain but not by much.

Had Vietnamese beef noodle for lunch and then went for a movie.


Nice movie until it got muddled up towards the end.

Driving home, I could felt the pain crept back all over my left side.

Now I am resting.

Hopefully the pain will be gone by tomorrow.

I got a very important thing to do tomorrow.

If the pain persist, I will have to go for proper check up on Monday.

Hopefully, it's nothing sinister.

Fuel subsidies blow for BN foot soldiers

This is the news of the hour

Malaysia to stop petrol subsidies from December 1

and this is among the justifications

Bye-Bye Fuel Subsidies 

but I am afraid reaction on the ground was actually quite harsh.

I was on the phone with a lady in Kuantan just now and she was telling me how everyone in her former college Wassap group were very unhappy about it.

She said even the pro-BN among them were apprehensive as it was expected that with an increase price of fuel, prices of other goods will also go up.

It will be a strain for the average wage earners, already struggling with ever increasing costs of living.

"Kita orang pun tak boleh nak kata apa bila geng opposition hentam government pasal harga minyak ni," the lady said.

"Actually kita orang pun rasa tertipu sebab hari tu ingatkan ada lah something yang boleh ringankan beban rakyat. Kalau cakap pasal BR1M meringankan beban rakyat kat geng opposition, dia orang ketawakan kita je. Sekarang harga minyak dah nak naik lagi. Tak tau lah nak kata apa," she added.

I don't know how to console the lady.

I can put forth an argument about how the move to stop fuel subsidies will be good for the country in the long run, but I don't think the lady could buy it.

She was more concerned about the here and now, and countering the taunting of her pro-Pakatan friends in the Wassap group.

It's easy for a well paid armchair commentator to come up with a theory of how good our life will be without the fuel subsidies, but it is a totally different game for those in the political trenches facing the enemies in real time.

Well, I am not happy myself.

I don't see any positive change from how things were after the general election last year.

In fact, things appear to be getting only worse.

Johor is sliding down the drain, purges were happening in the Umno rank and file, good people are giving up the fight, the crooks are in control of almost everything....etc.

Pakatan, despite their problems such as the recent Selangor leadership crisis seem to be gaining ground almost everywhere.

Umno and the other BN gang never seem to learn from their dismal performance in the general elections of 2008 and last year.

Friday, 21 November 2014

An old Johor story and Umno's weakness

This post

Shahredzan will say sorry "only if the AG wants to hear it"

by Rocky somehow reminds me of a rather interesting story told to me by an old friend from Johor.

It's about Shahredzan's father, current Media Prima head honcho TS Johan Jaafar.

It was either in 1996 or 1997.

Johan, who is a Johorean was said to be groomed to be the Johor menteri besar.

At that time Johan was the big boss of Utusan Malaysia.

His Umno godfather who wanted him to take over the Johor MB post was then Umno deputy president DS Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar at that time ruled the mainstream media with an iron fist.

If you don't believe this story, ask Utusan Malaysia editor Zulkifli Bakar for confirmation as he was at that time a journalist based in JB.

Better known as Zul Bakar, he is the one who asked that now popular cheeky question "Apa lagi Cina Mau?"

Ask him what kind of stories he was told to write about then Johor MB Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Whenever I think about the plot, I do wonder what would had happened in Johor if it had succeeded.

As everyone knew, Anwar was sacked and jailed in 1998 for abuse of power before the plot could take off.

Johan spend a few years in the wilderness after Anwar's fall before making a comeback and now head the editorial of pro-establishment Media Prima, the biggest media organization in the country.

Strangely though, his son becomes a rabid Pakatan supporter.

Kumpulan pro-Akta Hasutan didesak henti mengganggu peguam Syahredzan Johan susulan peguam itu menganjurkan kempen mansuh akta berkenaan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 29 September, 2014.

Anyway, whenever I think of the story, it reminds me of one of Umno's main weaknesses.

Its leadership doesn't know how to differentiate between those who genuinely fight for its struggles and those who pretend to do so for their own vested interest.

Since the Umno general assembly is coming soon, let me elaborate more on this Umno's problem.

The party actually spend a huge chunk of its energy on internal fights for positions within the party itself.

The victorious factions will usually chopped off their rivals from the party.

It doesn't matter even if their rivals had contributed to the party in the fight against the opposition.

Not only they will chop off their rivals but also those they deemed to be aligned with their rivals, no matter how small the alignment.

Here is an example of it: The eradication of Datuk Ghani has begun

Well, if you keep cutting off your limbs because you don't like the way they were, then you will end up with no limbs at all.

That, I believe was what is happening in Umno now.

If those in power don't like you - off to the chopping block with you.

Soon all the good people will be gone.

All that's left will be the cronies and those who are milking Umno for their vested interest.

Kesetiaan dan perjuangan sebenar sudah mula tiada nilai.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Being Malays

The blog BigCat has this posting

Shunning Politics

which I think is a good read for those who want to understand how Malays and Bumiputera experience racial discrimination in this country.

Yes, it's not just the Chinese who can claim of being discriminated because of their skin color.

Sometimes, I find it weird that the liberal urbanite Malays can't see such things.

Just consider this, of all those smart and savvy Malay journalists in MCA-owned but pro-DAP, The Star newspaper, none of them had ever managed to be an editor with real decision making authority.

And there you have all those liberal urbanite Malays given the space to write in The Star about how we are all Malaysians and being a Malay is not that important anymore or even a racist thing to do.

Yes, this is the same newspaper that gave prominence to MCA's CC member Datuk Ti Liang Ker's "gentle reminder" on Monday for Umno to mind their language in the party's coming general assembly.

Okay, go and ask the so-called Malays such as Anas Zubedy who is a great fan of The Star what does he know about "jati diri Melayu".

Ask him whether being a Malaysian first means he supports single stream schools for Malaysian students instead of the current multiple school systems. Tell him to write and put it on record at The Star.

Yes, let's see whether it get published by all those powerful Chinese and Indian editors in The Star.

It will be interesting to know what people like Marina Mahathir, Azmi Sharom and Anas Zubedy think of the Chinese vernacular schools.

Anyway, the Umno general assembly is drawing near.

I believe it's a make or break for the party.

If it fails at the assembly to convince the Malays that it is helping them instead of just helping themselves, then I believe the party is doomed.

If Umno choose to be as liberal as Anas Zubedy, then I believe the party is doomed.

If the more educated Umno people still choose to read The Star over anything else, then I believe the party is doomed.

Sometimes I wish Malays still look, talk and behave like this,