Saturday, 19 August 2017

Another wedding and a bit on Johor MB

Was at yet another wedding reception today. Been like this for the last four weekends.


To Ahmad Arshad Said and Najwa Solehah Shamsul Bahrin,

Wishing and congratulating both of you on the special day of your lives.
May you have lifetime love, harmony and happiness.
Have a great marriage


I quite enjoyed attending the wedding.

Ate quite a bit too,

Nasi beriyani, Palembang beef, mutton curry, some fruits and chrysanthemum tea
Very sedap, but I think if I eat like that for one week straight, I would probably be dead. Too rich.

Anyway, as I was sitting quietly there eating my food, I received these wassap messages from a friend.

- Jauh MB ko lunch hari ni
- Sampai starhill
- Datang segerombolan

Apparently, Johor Menteri Besar DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin was having lunch with about 10 of his people at the Luk Yu Tea House in Bukit Bintang, KL

Hmmmm....

I guess that more or less an indication that the general election is not likely within the next two or three months.

Many are saying now that it will be in November.

That couldn't be, as Khaled seemed to still have the time to spend his weekends in KL.

If the election is so near, I don't think he would have the luxury to spend precious weekends outside Johor.

I remember his predecessor, TS Abdul Ghani Othman spending all his weekends on exhaustive tour of all the kawasan peti undi in Johor as far back as a year before the last general election in 2013.

Ghani can't do that during the week days at that time because he had the state administration to run too.

I'm quite sure Khaled would do the same too if this coming general election is already just around the corner.

He wouldn't have time to hang out with buddies at a fancy restaurant in KL during the weekends if the polls will be in November as predicted by a lot of people now....right?

Unless maybe Johor BN's election preparations are already in tip top condition that he can afford such luxuries.

Hmmmm.....I'm a bit skeptical about that.

Well....don't know lah.

Talk too much, people get angry with me pulak.

Never mind.

Okay, here's some music to cheer up your weekend,


Nice, right?

That drummer is the fantastic Kanade Sato.

Cheers

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Good that Malaysia is really neutral over Arab quarrel

Last month I wrote this,


excerpts;

I was told that the people who wanted us to take sides in the dispute wanted Malaysia to be with the other Arab states going against Qatar.

Yesterday, Jahabar of Malaysian Insight wrote this,

Qatar emir's visit causes split in Putrajaya


excerpts;

The Malaysian Insight understands Foreign Minister Anifah Aman is firm that Putrajaya, as a neutral party in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, will host Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani when he visits next month
But Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also the Special Functions Minister and seen to be close to the Saudi government, wants the trip delayed until peace is brokered between the Middle East nations.
"There is a spat and Anifah is unhappy, to put it diplomatically, that his ministry's decisions and jurisdiction is being questioned. The emir has been invited and it cannot be delayed," a source told The Malaysian Insight.
Then both Hishammuddin and Anifah immediately denied Jahabar's story,


Malaysia welcomes Qatari emir visit, denies ministerial rift

excerpts;

Hishammuddin Hussein and I have long been working very well and closely with each other on many occasions,” Anifah said in a statement. 
“The government of Malaysia looks forward to the state visit by the emir of Qatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with other Malaysian government agencies are currently making the necessary preparations for the visit,” he added. 
He also said Malaysia had made its position clear on “the ongoing difficulties between the Arab Quartet and Qatar”.
“Why should there be rift? The rift is between the Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
“Do you really think that I can stop the emir of Qatar if he wants to come?” Hishammuddin said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby.
Whatever it is, I'm glad that it's confirmed now Malaysia will remain neutral as far as the Arab quarrel is concerned.

I believe that's the best for the country.

It doesn't matter to me that Jahabar's story, and in a way my post on the matter too, were denied by the ministers yesterday.

For me, that's only natural.

I don't know about Jahabar, but I didn't write that post of mine last month simply to make the ministers seemed to be quarreling  with each other over the issue.

I didn't even mention any of the ministers' name.

My posting was actually just an appeal for PM DS Najib Razak and his government to do the right thing which is to remain neutral when it comes to other people's disputes.

In this case, I believe that we have a good foreign minister in Anifah and therefore Najib and the government should trust him and his people at Wisma Putra to handle such matters.


I also think that Anifah is the best Sabah guy that Najib have in his Cabinet.

The guy is cool and I really believe that he knows what he is doing.

These are two of my previous postings on him,

Maybe Anifah is more humane than Aung San Suu Kyi


Please let Anifah do his job


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Guys in red look the same

The Pribumi people have been going to town about Umno people being responsible for the fracas at their Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum over the weekend.

Most linked the culprits to the Red Shirts of that funny Jamal Sekinchan Ikan Bakar guy.

Umno people on the other hand accused the Pribumi people of self-sabotage to gain public sympathy.

They said it's the work of the Pribumi's youth wing Armada who themselves organised the event.

There were tones of this debate in the social media.

However, when people asked me what I think of it, I said I don't know.

Seriously.

I was not there, so what can I say?

Both sides of the argument have their own logics.

Honestly, I feel that both sides are more or less the same so that I can't really tell who were telling the truth and who were lying.

They even sounded the same.

In fact, they even look almost the same,

Red Shirts

Armada
What is it with these guys and wearing red?

Personally, I prefer purple.

Okay, I know the Pribumi supporters will say their Armada guys are very much nicer than the Red Shirts.

Well, I don't like the Red Shirts too. They tend to look thuggish and behave as such.

But than again, I find that the Pribumi side, despite their Armada leader looking a bit cute, can be as nasty too.

Just read the comments section of this blog, okay.

They were very quick to jump on my neck whenever they didn't like what I wrote.

And of course they mercilessly whacked people they don't like and any BN or Umno supporters who dare to voice their opinion in this blog.

Sometimes I do wish that they were not too harsh.

I think it only makes people like them less.

By the way, why they called themselves Armada, eh?

It's weird la.

So, I rather look at the fracas over the weekend as just another one of those usual Malaysian political comedies.

Alhamdulillah though that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali were not injured in the incident.

I always feel that the elderly couple should not be exposed to such risks, but since they insisted on going on the campaign trail,  I hope the Pribumi people could tighten security at events to be attended by them.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pas-Umno cooperation and possible GE14 scenario

After reading this Bernama story yesterday, I was convinced that there will be a real political cooperation between Umno and Pas for the coming general election,

Pas practices mature, constructive politics  - Najib


excerpts,

The prime minister, who is on a one-day visit to Kelantan, said because of Pas’ maturity in politics, the party had become a constructive opposition party.
“We oppose (one another), but in certain matters that bring good and benefit for the people, we can cooperate,” he said.
Most significantly, Najib said all that at an Umno function in Pas-governed Kelantan and in the presence of Kelantan Umno chief DS Mustapa Mohamed.

I think it's sort of a signal to Tok Pa and Kelantan Umno people that it's okay for them to let Pas keep the state as it has now become a good opposition party, and friendly to BN.

In return, perhaps they may probably have a Pas-Umno coalition Kelantan government after the next general election.


The same set-up seems possible in other states too, particularly in the outright Malay majority states of Kedah, Terengganu, Pahang and Perlis.

They may have an arrangement where Pas lead in Kelantan and Kedah while Umno lead in Terengganu, Pahang and Perlis.

If Umno and its BN allies prevail in the other states, Pas elected representatives may also be included in the state administration there even though the party may not be joining the ruling coalition.

BN may also expect support from Pas MPs in the parliament even if they are sitting in the opposition side of the hall.

In return, Pas may get the support of Umno MPs every time it proposes some "Islamic laws".

There may even be ministers appointed from among the Pas MPs at that point.

It's actually a good arrangement for both Umno and Pas.

It secures at least the five outright Malay majority states for Umno in the bigger picture, while Pas may get to lead Kedah in addition to its Kelantan now.

Yes, Kedah may then also have syariah public whippings too like in Kelantan soon. 

Pakatan's Malay parties of Pribumi and Amanah which were expected to contest in those states may not likely stand much of a chance against a combined Pas and Umno arrangement.

Okay, maybe Pribumi and Amanah can put up a bit of a fight in Kedah but I don't think the Dr Mahathir factor is enough for them to defeat a combined Umno and Pas in the state.

Kedahans that I know told me that they will only vote either BN or Pas. They seemed allergic to other than those two parties. It's brand loyalty, I guess.

With that, Umno can therefore concentrates its energy and resources in the other states where Pas knows that it would not be able to do much due to its lack of non-Malay support.

There are Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territories, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah.

BN will probably not put up too much of a fight in Penang, Selangor and Federal Territories. The anti-BN sentiment on the ground there is probably very bad, that they would not want to waste too much effort and resources.

Meanwhile, Sarawak is already in the bag.

Sabah too. Probably Shafie Apdal's Warisan may manage a decent showing but I doubt it will be able to do more than just winning a few electoral seats.

So the only real fight will be in Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor. They are going to be the key states of GE14.

BN is likely to put more efforts there than elsewhere.

I believe Pakatan planners knew this and will do likewise.

Their chances are the best in Perak and Johor where the racial composition and level of political awareness are similar to that of Selangor.

Pakatan chances in Perak should be for now at about 50/50. and in Johor about 40/60.

Even if they can't wrest those states, Pakatan may likely be able to get extra parliament seats there.

I think Negeri Sembilan and Malacca are at slightly lesser risks for BN compared to in Perak and Johor.

Still, BN does have the over all advantage at this stage.

Worst case scenario for BN is that it loses in Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territories, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor but still wins (with the help of Pas) in Perlis, Kedah, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sarawak and Sabah. That's 7-7.

But a more realistic scenario is that, BN is just likely only going to lose in Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories and maybe Perak.

Despite some of my friends in Johor saying my home state will likely fall to Pakatan, I still think BN will prevail there. It may lose some more parliament and state seats but I just can't believe that it can become another Selangor.

To a lesser extent, I feel the same about Negeri Sembilan and Malacca.

Combined with Pas MPs, I also think BN will still control parliament even though without the two third majority after GE14. It should basically be about the same as now.

Again, bear in mind that my calculations include the likelihood of Umno-Pas coalition state governments in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Kedah and Perlis.

Okay, at the moment, that's how I think it will be for GE14 and its outcome.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Love songs

Woke up a bit early.

Going to my cousin's wedding in a short while.

So many weddings of people I know over the past weeks.

Mating season, I guess.


Better lah.

The past year, so many people I know died.

It was as if some sorts of deadly plague had set upon them.

Well, weddings are much better than funerals.

I wish I can have one for myself too, but I don't think I have much hope for that.

Better chance of me having a funeral, I think...hahaha.

I'm still not well.

Don't even know if I could get well.

Never mind.

Must cheer up a bit for the wedding.

Sorry, no politics today.

Actually, thinking about funerals is better than thinking about politics.

Politics is really darker and gloomier.

At funerals, at least everyone is a friend.

You don't fight at funerals. Politics seems so stupid at such moments.

Okay, need to go now.

Here's a love song to go with the wedding mood,


I sing this song whenever I think about my love life these days.

Used to sing this one back then,


Cheers and have a good weekend.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A neutral observation

Actually, I did my last four posts the way they are to test the response of readers from both sides of the political divide to views of a neutral observer such as myself.

Two of the posts are slightly pro-BN and the others slightly pro-Pakatan.

About 80 percent of the comments are from the pro-Pakatan crowd.

Most of them were not happy with every pro-BN elements of the postings.

They seemed to react quite harshly to the posts perceived not to be in their favour.

On the other hand, the few pro-BN readers who commented seemed more docile even when I appeared to be criticising their side.

The truth is, I wrote all four posts aimed at highlighting weaknesses of both sides and the need to remedy them.

- It's on the need for BN not to be over confident even at its strongholds as the chances of it losing the next general election is quite real.

-  The post was meant to inform the Pakatan people that they could not hope to replace the BN people if they behave as bad as the BN people or worse.

- This one is to inform the BN people why their methods were not doing so well in the perception war to win the heart and mind of the people.

- This post is actually to tell Pakatan people not to get arrogant with their opinions because they could be distasteful to many who would otherwise support them.

As I wrote above, I think the BN side reacted more positively to my criticisms than the Pakatan side.

The BN people may not like what I wrote but they were not too quick to jump on my head and accuse me of this and that.

As for the reactions of the Pakatan people, you all just need to go to the comments section of those postings and judge for yourselves.

I feel that the Pakatan people need to be more cool and not too quick to jump to conclusions.

But then again, maybe they just enjoy whacking people that they perceived to be their enemies.

Many people are like that.

The question is, how are they to be better than the BN people with such an attitude?

Think about it, okay.


Anyway, I'm not feeling very well today.

Something to do with my heart. Very painful.

So, that's all for now.

For a bit of cheer, here's a wonderful song,


It's actually requested by an Indian friend.

Nice, right?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

An example of how Pakatan people screwed up

Someone suggested for me to read an anti-BN blog written by a supposedly intelligent woman named Mariam Mokhtar.

Honestly, I never read anything by her before this.

So, I gave it a try and read this latest post in the blog,

What has “bumiputeraism” done for the Malays?

It actually made me felt like going back being a full-fledged pro-BN blogger again.

Really. I was that disgusted.

I found the post to be extremely arrogant, insulting and condescending.

If I'm a BN operative, I would like to translate the article to Bahasa Malaysia and distribute it among the Malays, telling them that this is the typical attitude of anti-BN people.

That should be able to secure several hundred thousands extra votes for BN.

It's much better than whacking Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad which only have the opposite effect.

I tried checking the background of this Mariam Mokhtar but can't really find it.

But I bet she's one of those Malays who never care to learn how 70 per cent of the Bumiputera were living below the poverty line before the introduction of the New Economy Policy in the early 1970s.

Now it's almost next to zero per cent, with many these days complaining about their perceived poverty in the social media via their expensive sophisticated smartphones.

This Mariam Mokhtar probably never experienced poverty herself and never feel anything when the Malays were being generalised as stupid or lazy by others.

Her line of reasoning is actually very similar to that of many DAP people that I know.

So, it's not really off the mark to say that's the typical attitude towards Malays of many who wanted BN out.

I think it's also the very reason why many Malays would never accept the opposition, particularly DAP.

Malays as a whole would never accept arrogant, insulting or condescending people like that.

At least Najib, no matter what accusations they threw at him never treated them with such contempt.

A bit of search also revealed that I'm not alone in my opinion about the woman's writings.

I'm putting in full here a posting from what appeared to be a dormant politically neutral blog about another arrogant, insulting and condescending article by Mariam Mokhtar,

A Response to Mariam Mokhtar’s “A superior Malay … is an Arab”

So, The Heat Malaysia featured an article by (who I assume to be) guest writer Mariam Mokhtar. She’s pretty prolific, with her own website and articles/opinion pieces featured in a bunch of news portals. Go click on this link above and then come back. Done? Cools. Okay, if you were too lazy to read the whole thing, Mariam basically is writing about the modern Malay fascination with Arab culture. I’m sure you’ve seen examples of it. Lots of people are emulating the clothes, rituals, habits and speech patterns (using the Arabic names for holidays like Hari Raya, for example). There’s also a pretty heavy focus on religion in many of these cases. Mariam argues that the adoption of this culture is making Malay people intolerant and arrogant towards non-Malays and patronising towards Malays who choose not to adopt those ‘Arabic’ aspects. But here’s my problem. She does it terribly. Ms Mokhtar, if you’re reading this, know that I have no hard feelings on you personally, but your opinion piece is honestly quite horrifying to read. She starts off with an anecdote that goes: “Until the 1990s, a Malay boy would  usually reply that his ambition would be to become a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Today, a sea [of] change has occurred. A child social worker said, “These days, many Malay boys aspire to become ustaz. They appear to have no other ambition, or interests.”” I don’t know who this child social worker is, but they’re a horrible child social worker. I thought people in that field were supposed to encourage kids to achieve their dream? I mean, who are you to say that taking up a religious profession means a lack of ambition? She goes on and gives a list of occupations that she thinks are more ‘beneficial’ (engineers and scientists, lecturers and trade workers) and compliments those people for wanting to help their communities, as if those in a religious profession are lazy and ignorant themselves. Come on, Ms Mokhtar, I’m sure you know better than to generalize an entire group? But wait. She then writes: “Many Malays today, are intolerant and arrogant. They claim superiority over other Malaysians, but when it comes to meritocracy, they suddenly cry foul, and blame the non-Malays of denying them of their rights. […] Today, the Malays have allowed the insidious Arabisation to creep into their everyday life, and dilute their own culture. Their children are given Arabic sounding names, which are difficult to spell and are almost unpronounceable. […] Why does the Malay man not ride his camel to work, rather than terrorise other road users with his kapchai or Proton?” You have got to be kidding me, right? Calling an entire culture ‘insidious’? Making fun of their naming conventions? Using ridiculous stereotypes like ‘Arabs ride camels’? I’m sorry, which group of people are you calling out for being intolerant of other cultures again? And here is where the nail in the coffin lies, guys. She ends her piece with this stunning work of journalistic talent: “The Saudi Arabians depend on Pakistani and Bangladeshi menial labourers. We, too, depend heavily on Bangladeshi workers. If he’s not careful, the ‘superior’ Malay will be an Arab… or perhaps a Bangladeshi.” Give this woman a Pulitzer Prize, folks! I’m going to ignore the incredibly obvious question of “How is that at all relevant to this discussion?” because that would be too easy. How on Earth could you be so condescending to foreign workers? If ‘superior Malays’ are not ‘careful’, they’ll end up like Bangladeshis? How do you mean, Ms Mokhtar? Do you mean to say that they will begin to work extremely hard? Do you mean to say that they’ll be willing to travel thousands of kilometres, going through isolation in a foreign country in hope of a better life for their family? Or perhaps you wanted to say that they’d face persecution, abuses of their rights, and offensive opinion pieces put out on The Heat Malaysia treating them like the butt of a bad joke? No, Ms Mokhtar, I don’t believe you meant to say any of those things. You were just trying to make a cheap shot at the expense of one of the most marginalized communities in Malaysia, and while trying to prove how ‘intolerant and arrogant’ a certain group of people were because they adopted Arab culture, you proved that a person could be just as intolerant and arrogant and condescending without adopting it. I have friends from many different national backgrounds, I am happy to say. Some of them are from the Middle East, some of them are from Bangladesh. They vary in educational qualification and income levels, but the most important thing is that they vary at all. They’re not some homogeneous, faceless, monolithic group that it’s okay to make fun of. Your opinion piece was basically the equivalent of saying “Don’t be intolerant… because everyone knows only Arabs are intolerant! And don’t even get me started on the Bangladeshis!” I hope you realize the problem with that statement. I’m sorry, but I’d very much prefer to live in a Malaysia where we celebrate a variety of different cultures, Arab, Malay, Bangladeshi, what have you. The day when a group of ‘Arabicised’ Malay people start giving me flak for being Malaysian-Chinese, then maybe I’ll write about that, but I sure as heck won’t be putting down entire cultures and groups of people while I do.



Sunday, 6 August 2017

Bland stories on a happy day

These are the links to ALL political stories published by national news agency Bernama yesterday :

Kota Belud UMNO, BN Fully Support Najib's Leadership

Johor UMNO Ready To Face Former Leader Who Joined Opposition

Leadership Qualities A Must To Attract Urban Malay Voters - Khairy

DPM Tells Component Parties To Prove Their Worth

Don't Abandon UMNO If Not Selected As Candidate - Johari

Semporna UMNO Still Intact - Nasir Sakaran

Shahrizat Reminds Umno Members To Be Ready To Face GE Challenges

Reject Perception-based Politics - Puteri UMNO

Sabah UMNO, BN Must Unite To Defend Government

No One Can Drive A Wedge Between Najib And Ahmad Zahid - Ismail Sabri

BN Will Still Be In Power After GE14 - Mahdzir

GE 14: Terengganu UMNO Intends To Field Women Candidates

Rather one-sided and predictable, aren't they?

Boring, if you asked me.

I wonder what's in the mind of the Bernama editors when they saw those headlines on their webpage at the end of yesterday.

I mean, can't they be a little bit more creative?

Try to make the stories be a bit more interesting and different from those published by New Straits Times, perhaps.

Surely the editorial direction can be better, right?

Wouldn't it be nice if they can make a bit of an effort to attract people into reading their stories?

Jeezzz, surely they must have thought of that.

Or did they?

What's the point of all the feel good stories if no one really feels like reading them, right?

Did they think of that too, or did they just do those stories to please those upstairs so that they can keep their well paying job without caring whether people want to read them or not?

Honestly, I feel that they didn't seem to even try being smart about it anymore these days.

Simply do the stories to fill up the pages without getting in trouble with the bosses, I think.

No wonder that good for nothing pro-opposition Malaysiakini is the most read news portal in the country.

People want to know what's happening on the other side too, okay.

Umno really need to do a survey to find out how many of its members read Malaysiakini.

I think they would be shocked with the findings.

Maybe then they will do something about it.

Well, never mind.

I'm rather sure they will carry on like now no matter how much I bitch about it here.

Wasting my breath only.

The most, they will do a bit of revamp, change several people here and there with golden parachutes for the outgoing big time editors and that's it.

Heard that what's happening at Media Prima.

Someone forwarded me this Wassap message yesterday evening,


Sure hope whatever that they are doing, I would like to be proven wrong by them selling more of their stories after such a revamp.

It would be wonderful, I think if one day the NST Online can replace Malaysiakini as the number one news portal in the country.

Well, you can never tell what's going to happen in future, okay.

Nothing is impossible.


See, even a cat can grows horns.

Anyway, despite everything, yesterday was a happy day for me.

Unfortunately, someone requested for me not to write about the main reason why I was happy.

Such a spoilsport. But what to, the guy is a shy one.

However, I think I can write a bit about the secondary reason why I was happy yesterday.

I got to meet many of my friends from the old Johor BN team.

They are good sincere people whom I have the honour to work with.

We worked hard in defence of Johor back in the last general election in 2013.

We didn't become rich or anything like that because of it, but our conscience is clear as we believed in what we were doing.

It feels good being able to feel and say that.

Special thanks to our chief at that time, TS Abdul Ghani Othman, whose leadership by example inspires us to do the right things.

Latest picture I have of Datuk Ghani and his wife Prof Jamilah (I still find it difficult to call them Tan Sri and Puan Sri)

Friday, 4 August 2017

Don't be so annoying

Someone asked me yesterday what's the difference between Pakatan people and BN people.

My answer - more or less the same.

Most on both sides are annoying.

Seriously.

Just read the comments section of this blog if you don't believe me.

Just the other day I told a friend who is with Pribumi that I'm irritated with many of the people on his side the same way I'm irritated with many of the Umno people.

What is it with that obsession of wanting to put Najib in jail is all about anyway?

Are we to be like some third world countries which enjoy jailing leaders they don't like anymore?

Are we going to be like Peru, for instance.

Are we going to be a lynch mob if there is a change of government?

For someone like me, it just shows that they are no different than the BN people they accused as being tyrants.

And that even before they got power.

Why can't they talk more about healing the nation and reconciliation?

Talk about proper justice, cannot ka?

Simply simply want to throw people in jail.

Crazy.

They sound the same as those Umno people who talk about "either you are with us or against us".

Just imagine the chaos if people like that got into power.

Some of them are in fact creepier than the creepiest Umno people.


Urgh....

I think this is why some people got fed up with politics in this country now.

The alternative doesn't seems very appealing.

That is if they pause and think la.

Seriously. They are more or less the same, right?

Okay, that's my morning thoughts for the day after reading again comments at my last post.

Just need to let it out.

Eh, can you all write less annoying comments in this blog, please?

Here, an energetic morning music video to go with that request;

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A bit on soundbites from Johor over tea

Had tea with an old friend yesterday afternoon.

The guy is from my gang in Johor back when we were defending the state for the last general election in 2013.

He's sorts of my senior and I respect him very much.

Even though out of politics now, my friend still receives credible intel from the ground, especially in Johor.

I have not seen him for quite a while, so initially I was not really sure why he called me out for tea.

It turned out that he's worried about Johor BN's preparations for the coming general election.

Basically, his worries were almost the same as what I wrote in this previous post,

Can Khaled do what Ghani did in handling a Malay tsunami?


Well, actually his assessment was even slightly worse than mine.

He said the possibility of Pakatan Harapan capturing half of the Johor's 26 parliamentary seats is very real.

The opposition coalition already have six - Gelang Patah, Senai, Bakri, Kluang, Batu Pahat and Pagoh.

Click on the link to my previous post above to know the other constituencies in Johor which were at risk of falling to Pakatan Harapan.

My friend said BN's preparations for the coming general election in Johor so far was not even close to the level of what were done during the same period in the run-up to the 2013 polls.

He felt that MB DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin and his team have not been on the ground enough and Khaled's visits to the parliamentary constituencies earlier this year, said to be in preparation for the polls, were mere touch n go affairs.

Khaled visiting Johor Baru parliamentary constituency early this year

"They can't just go to a constituency for a few hours, look around a bit, listen to a briefing by the district officer or someone like that and consider that as preparing for the general election," he said.

My friend also believed that there were not even proper follow-ups for those visits.

He said he was told that another round of similar "gerak gempur" visits will be launched by Johor BN soon but he felt even that is not going to be good enough.

Using fancy or fearsome soundbites and nothing much else is not going to win elections.

Just theorising and inventing catchy slogans are also not good enough.

They came out with a lot of those lately.

Well, making noise and looking tough is easier than really thinking properly and doing the actual work.

I'm always of the opinion that nothing can replace sustained hard work on the ground as the best way to win elections

That should had been started right after the last general election.

A bit too late now, I guess. So much time wasted.

In many cases, chasing individual interest seemed more important back then..

Sudah ada kuasa sikit, mahu pulun jadi kaya la pulak. Tak apa, pilihanraya lama lagi.

I wrote several times about many with that attitude right after the last general election.

Now they suddenly realised that there's not much time left even if they really want to do those real works. So, make noise lah a bit here and there. Make it sounds as if they are doing work.

Anyway, back to my old friend. I was surprised that he seemed more pessimistic about BN's chances than I did.

He said feedback from the ground have not been very good at all.

I'm very sure that he has not turned to the other side, but he even believed that Pakatan will likely win in Kedah.

He said BN leaders are making too many mistakes even now, which I agreed.

Too many own goals.

For one thing, I believe they got it all wrong from the start with their handling of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

They shouldn't have whacked the handsome old man the way they did. It only made things worse for them.

Many succumbed to their ego and ended up shouting on top of their lung with no one actually bothering to listen to them.

And what with that full page articles in newspapers supposedly written by MBs, which were actually their speeches written by I don't know who? How much did they pay for that? Did they really think people read those stuff?

What to do. Those are already rice turned to porridge cases.

Now I think they are making another mistake - they underestimated Dr Mahathir's ability to get the opposition parties to work together.

He's doing exactly that now.

The more time they give him to do that, the more dangerous it would be for BN.

Ignore this and I think BN will be in serious trouble.

But, then again, what would I know....I'm just an insignificant anonymous two-bit blogger, right?

My blog is devoid of facts, said some.

True also, my blog doesn't have charts, what.

Well, never mind. Doesn't make much difference to me what most people think about me and what I wrote.

I just write whatever stuff that crossed my mind which made sense to me.

Okay, that's all.

Cheers.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A sister's love

Just want to share this message from a sister to her brother, who is with autism.

Putri Farhana:

Bismillahi Rahman Nirohim.

To my baby panda, Megat Mukhreez. 

I am not sure where to begin, I have known you my whole life and you have impacted it in ways you will never understand. A thank you isn’t enough for me to say to you because of the lessons you’ve taught me.  Before you came into my life, I couldn’t have imagined the gift of your life being so impactful to mine. You’ve given me an outlook on life that is positive in all areas.

Just everyday life can be challenging for you and at times it has been so over whelming for me just to watch. Your struggles make me want to fight them for you. I wish I could take them away from you, since you don’t deserve them. 

Kakak learned about bullies at a very young age. I remember back in our younger days when we were at the swimming pool. Other kids kept staring at you, whispering as they saw you behaved strangely, you loved to throw other people’s belonging into the pool, you were loud & naughty. Nonetheless, we believed you deserved to swim and enjoy playing in the water just as much as anyone else. We sent you for a private swimming lessons. I remember how you love being in the water, All I could hear was you laughing, but I could also very clearly see that others were making fun of you, splashed water and threw things at you. 

My heart aches at times, mukhreez. I have cried in silence. I want to fix everything to protect you from pain. The pain of the intolerance of others, from bullying, from your struggles just to ‘cope’ with everyday living. But I swear, I don't blame their children for making fun or staring at you and your behavior. I also do appreciate the parents attempt to get their children not to. As I grew older, I would learn to ignore the bullies and encourage people to ask questions instead, or without them asking, I would tell them about you, about why you are different, about your diagnosis, in order to spread awareness just to ensure families like us dealing with this on a daily basis are not isolated & ostracize. 

Kakak learned about patience at the age of 7, when I had to sit and wait for you during your countless therapy session. There were speech therapy, occupational therapy, sensory therapy etc etc. I would sit in on your sessions with the therapist and play with you. I didn’t understand really what it meant at the time because I was only seven. No matter what the doctors or the therapist said you had, I didn’t see you any different, you were my baby brother and to me you were the most perfect baby brother I could ever have, and I knew that I was going to protect you, forever.

Sacrifice is something else that really comes along with having you. I grew up thinking of all the fun things I wanted to do, but often times, I had to stay home with you. But I don’t mind at all, because I know that you needed me more than I wanted to experience the little things that I wouldn’t even remember the next day. Even now, as I’m slowly reaching thirty… I still put your needs before anything else. Do you know that they have been questioning me, when will I get married? What will happen to you if I get married? Have I ever go out for a date since you are super attached to me? Eh, Mukhreez, should I tell them that I bring you along on my dates as well? 😏 They should know that we come as a combo set. You get two for the price of one 😛 lol, Jokes aside, You are my ‘keutamaan’ Mukhreez, I will never turn my back on you. Your future is mine, because you are my life, and that’s the only explanation they need. 

I have learned so many things from you, Mukhreez. Far more than I could ever teach you. You have taught me how to love in a different way. In a way, that is purer than what I would feel for anyone else. I have learned to love you and your special friends because of what you have, not because I feel bad for what you don't have. 

You and your special friends have such a joy that seeps out of you adorable people every day. You and your friends are some of the happiest people I know and being around all of you is a breath of fresh air. Your definition of love may be different than mine, but it is not any less pure. It is not any less meaningful. 

You taught me that not everyone is the same and that Allah has created us to be unique. You taught me not to judge others because you don't always know the entire story. You taught me to never have to fit into society's mold... and to find joy in the simplest things. True, Life never has to be as complicated as we make it.

"Iyaa kakak tau yang Mukhreez tu Autistic. But it does not make you any less different. Yes you have behaviors that seem strange but that does not make you strange. Yes you have Autism, but that doesn't define you as a person. I think being raised around you has made our family the people they are today. We look at people and we do not judge, because we understand that not everybody is the same. We look at Special Needs people and we do not see them as less than, we see them as people. We learned people are more than what they are diagnosed with. Being raised around you we learned unconditional love, and we learned the uniqueness in the world. And we learned how to stand up for people who cannot stand up for themselves. We learned a lot of things. And I don't think any of us would change it because of than the lessons we have learned being raised around an Autistic.

I worry about you everyday, Mukhreez. Hoping the people you encounter everyday will treat you with dignity and respect. I hope they see how truly lovely you are because your soul is so pure and bright.

You have truly shown me what it is like to have a different kind of love that lasts a lifetime. Kasih sayang yang tiada akhirnya.

I pray the world shows you nothing but kindness, my love. 

Kakak loves you very much, Happy 24th my baby panda 🐼 ❤

Let's pray that we both dapat hidup bersama seribu tahun lagi & jika diizinkan-Nya supaya kita bisa ditemukan semula di syurga, insyaAllah. 

For longer than forever, 

Kakak Fara ❤



Kakak Fara and Mukhreez