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;

excerpts;

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.

Yesterday,

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.

Sure.

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.

Cheers.

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.

Friday, 1 March 2019

About a Pas leader's doa and Jamal Abdillah being a BN's mole

I'm in Semenyih since yesterday.

Just observing as the campaigning reaches the end.

This is the first by-election that I'm on the ground since the one in Sungai Besar in 2016.

And it's the first time I watched a true BN-Pas political cooperation in an election.

For me, that's the most significant thing about this Semenyih by-election.

Honestly, I think Pakatan is in trouble because of it. The same as they were in Cameron Highlands and likely in future elections.

I was at the Pakatan's gathering near Tesco Semenyih yesterday evening where Dr Mahathir and others were there for the final push before the polls on Saturday.

It was actually kicked of by a performance by popular singer Jamal Abdillah. Seriously, okay.

And the guy sang two songs. I don't know the first one, but the second one with slightly modified lyrics was titled "Kau Lupa Janji" (You forgot your promise).

Ironic, isn't it, considering Pakatan's unfulfilled election promises.

I even suspected that Jamal Abdillah was a BN's mole at the Pakatan's function.

I'm not very good at estimating the number of a crowd, but I noticed that at least half of those present were wearing the red Pakatan or Pribumi Bersatu t-shirts.

I don't think that having to fill up half of the venue with party workers was a good sign.

Then there's a stall less than 50 meters away from the stage selling Apa Malu Bossku t-shirts and it's doing, I believe, good business. There was some sort of a pasar malam near the venue which probably helped to boost the number of crowd.

The first speaker was Amanah president Mat Sabu.

His speech was focused on three things which were
- Najib and BN bashing.
- Telling Malays not to fear DAP.
- Pleading to the Malays not to let Dr Mahathir down.

Seriously, it was an awkward speech. Mat Sabu tried to be clownish as he always did but now that he's a minister and not an opposition leader anymore, he sounded more stupid than ever instead of being funny.

I didn't wait for the other speeches and left for Bandar Sri Putra about 20 minutes drive away to check on the BN's ceramah featuring Mat Hassan and Pas deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

By the time I arrived, Tuan Ibrahim was already halfway through his speech. I completely missed Mat Hassan's.

Still, Tuan Ibrahim's speech was quite good.

I particularly like the part where he asked for the audience to be honest with themselves on what have they gained from the change of government last year.

I know and like Tuan Ibrahim from my days in Pahang and I believe the guy is honest. His demeanour is that of a wise elderly kampung man. Nothing like Mat Sabu.


And I got chills down my spine when he read the doa at the end of his speech.

The first time ever that I listened to a Pas leader praying for a BN victory.

The crowd at the housing estate field looked more genuine than the Pakatan's one.

The BN supporters clapped to Tuan Ibrahim's speech while the Pas ones cried "Allahuakbar".

Pas' Unit Amal members were also in full force managing the traffic near the venue. It was as if the candidate on their side is from Pas instead of BN.

Well, I have a feeling that BN may win this one as it did in Cameron Highlands.

But then again, as I pointed at this earlier post


Pakatan have a buffer of over 8,000 votes majority from the last general election less than a year ago.

That's very hard to turn around.

But who knows, if it really turns around, then we may expect another roller coaster ride all the way to the next general election four years from now.

Okay, here's Jamal Abdillah and his song at the Pakatan's gathering,


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

BN has a slight edge in Semenyih, a bit about flying cars

Many things happened this past week but I have not been writing here because I was not well.

Now I'm feeling a bit better.

Well, let me start with the Semenyih by-election which is now entering the final phase of its campaigning period.

I was there on the ground to look around a bit, so maybe I can tell you all what I saw and heard.

I think it's going to be close with BN having a slight advantage.

I say "slight" because PH has a relatively huge over 8,000 majority in GE14 less than a year ago.

It's not going to be easy to turn that around, especially in a by-election.

As I previously pointed out, I remember only three by-elections where the incumbent lost - Lunas in 2000, Kuala Terengganu in 2008 and Teluk Intan in 2014.

Still, the campaigning on the ground, as I saw it indicated that BN has more than just a chance to win.

Well, there's the apparent general dissatisfaction of the Malays who are the outright majority (68 per cent) there towards PH for its unfulfilled promises and tilt towards abolishing their rights.

It was also said that the BN's choice of candidate was more agreeable to them than the one from PH.

Then there were talks that many Indians there are switching side to BN because they were unhappy for not really getting much after PH won GE14.

Some of the Chinese were said to be unhappy too.

Well, that's what they told me.

As I see it, the BN's campaign looks not so bad at all despite some stupidities such as the one on nomination day.

I guess the reemergence of personalities who screwed up BN's GE14 campaign this time should be expected. After the win in Cameron Highlands they must have felt that they can make a comeback and start leeching again.

Really stupid.

Hopefully Mat Hassan is smart enough to stop them so that BN and Umno could have a better image without such characters in future.

Despite such hiccups, BN campaign still looks better than PH.

The cooperation between BN and Pas also looks good despite Dr Mahathir's earlier assertion that it's not going to be so.


I even met outstation Umno and Pas people who were staying and campaigning together at a kampung there.

Then there's Najib running around in Semenyih, and he does get the crowd such as this one,


A Najib rock star presence in Semenyih



Well, I think I'll update this by-election later as I'm planning to go to Semenyih a bit more before polling on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the PH ministers continue to be not so intelligent.

The latest,

Minister talks about flying car



Come on la, even if it's for real, try la not to talk about it before we really have it.

Agak-agak la.

Or at least wait until you got all the details together.

Now I'm feeling so bad for previously calling Ahmad Maslan stupid.

If PH really lose in Semenyih, I dare to say that it's partly due to these sort of stupidities on the PH's side.

See, BN and PH both have their stupid parts. All the same, actually, except this flying car thing being a bit on the extreme side.

Really, okay.

Ehh, I need to get up and get ready for work now.

Will try to write again tomorrow.

Cheers.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Shafie can't have a kingdom, Guan Eng can't have a macai

So, Shafie Apdal is not going to have his own little kingdom.

I think Dr Mahathir saw the guy is trying to set up one and decided not to let him.

Dr M: PPBM to enter Sabah

I also think that the move was because  Dr Mahathir wants to strengthen Pribumi Bersatu in face of the growing Umno-Pas alliance threat.

Whatever it is, Shafie and others, particularly DAP were obviously upset.

Shafie avoids media, Sabah DAP Youth hits out at PPBM’s entry into state


Of course, Shafie was upset because with Dr Mahathir's party there, he can't have Sabah the way past leaders such as Tun Datu Mustapha had it.

On this I'm happy.

Shafie is not known to be an incorruptible leader when he was with Umno. Dr Mahathr knows this and he has to make sure Sabah will not be the guy's private property.

I think many Sabahans agree with that as they don't want Shafie to be a Sabah king.

As for the Sabah DAP guy getting upset, that's probably because what ever lucrative thing he had kowtimed with Shafie will not work out now.

With Dr Mahathir's people there they can't do as they please. Ya, that's why they were unhappy.

Meanwhile, DAP leaders in the Peninsular seemed upset too.

PH should discuss PPBM’s move, says Guan Eng

excerpts;

Lim said just like the admission of former Umno members into PPBM, the decision to venture into Sabah should be discussed by the Council as agreed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself.

Hmmmm....Guan Eng telling Dr Mahathir what the handsome old man should and should't do.

And he sounds upset.


I think he is begining to realise that Dr Mahathir is not exactly going to let DAP control him.

Guan Eng and gang must have thought that Pribumi Bersatu having so few seats in parliament will be easy to manipulate, especially in breaking up the Malay/bumiputera majority power.

They must have want it to remain that way.

Pribumi Bersatu with Dr Mahathir at its helm is more effective as a stooge for that purpose than Amanah or even Pas during the Pakatan Rakyat days.

I believe that's why Guan Eng doesn't want Pribumi Bersatu to be stronger by way of absorbing the Umno turncoats or expanding to Sabah.

Well, I don't think Dr Mahathir really care about all that.

After almost a year in power now, he too probably realised that DAP, PKR, Amanah and Warisan are actually quite useless as a government.

The signs are all there to see now with all sort of councils being set up every now and then to manage the country where the Cabinet can't.

Dr Mahathir knows that he needs to strengthen Pribumi Bersatu to survive at least the coming four years before the next general election.

Otherwise, he and his party will diminish to nothing.

They said a person will be most remembered by what he/she is at the end.

I don't think Dr Mahathir wants to be remembered in Malaysian history as a leader of a small Malay party which abides by the wishes of someone like Guan Eng.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Mat Hassan's style

Not been in the mood over the past few days because I was pissed off over something.

I'm terrible when I'm pissed off. Really.

Actually, I'm still not in the mood.

So, I'm just sharing this raw one which was forwarded to me via WhatsApp by a journalist friend who was in Semenyih today.

Mat Hassan with Zakaria (jolok di pusat penamaan calon)

kempen PRK semenyih diurus oleh bilik gerakan kita yang mana kita bersama2 dgn rakan komponen BN dan dibantu oleh PAS. 

So kita ada PDM dikenalpasti dan siapa jaga...begitu juga dgn pihak PAS pun mengikut sama. 

Contoh kata kalau peti undi A tak angkatnya di bahagian Tanjong Karang BN, maka T.Karang PAS akan ambil sama utk tujuan kempen bersama, eratkan silaturahim lagi dan persahabatan antara 2 parti supaya selepas ini kita tidak berakhir setakat PRK tp kita nak supaya agenda punya tuan rumah, agama, bangsa dan negara ini dapat diperkasakan lagi. 

Q: gempur kawasan BN keutamaan mana?

saya tak ada keutamaan gempur orang atau tidak. Kita tak mengempur siapa2, ini pilihanraya kita buat kerja, ajak undi, memupuk supaya beri kita peluang supaya dalam DUN. 

Kalau BN menang pun tidak kan mengubah apa2, tapi ia akan menjadi sebagai wakil suara rakyat yang suarakan isu2 perlu diketengahkan supaya kerajaan tidak terlalu kuat. Bila kerajaan terlalu kuat, macam di Selangor ini, tiada suara kita tenggelam makanya suara rakyat kadang2 diketepikan. Agenda politik dilebihkan daripada agenda membela rakyat dan juga lain2. 

Jadi ialah mustahak bagi PRK semenyih ini supaya mandat diberikan kepada BN supaya kita dapat membawa suara kita, lebihkan suara. 

Walaupun tak mengubah struktur kerajaan, dia tak jadi kudis kepada PH. Tapi kepada rakyat, ini satu kemenangan untuk kita dapat lagi satu saluran untuk adanya wakil rakyat yang bawa isu rakyat. 

Q: 7K pengundi india for BN? 

(xdengar sangat) saya harap semua rakyat pengundi di Semenyih keluar mengundi BN kerana ini penting. 

Bukan nak ubah struktur kerajaan, tetapi bawa suara rakyat. ... Calon tiada apa2 kempen program, dia akan ikut kita program kempen yang telah dijadualkan. 

Belau juga akan jumpa seramai mungkin orang di pasar malam, atau jumpa ibu bapa lepas sekolah dan macam2. 

Yang penting calon kita letak ini ialah calon masyarakat, bukannya calon yang jadi roket saintis, yang xkenal orang, yang tak mau campur, yang kekok dengan orang. 

Yang ni memang calon dah bersama dengan masyarakat. ... Kita pilih calon yang amat sesuai kerana di DUN ini wakil rakyat mesti bersama dengan masyarakat yang boleh mengutip isu dan selesaikan masalah. 

Not so much on going to Parliament, di Parlimen kita bahas RUU...tp di peringkat DUN kita tidak menggubal undang2, cumanya kita mesti menjadi seorang wakil rakyat yang boleh dan sesuai bercampur dengan masyarakat.


BN's candidate for Semenyih Zakaria Hanafi with Mat Hassan
Honestly, I never really know Mat Hassan, but I think I like this style of his. Cool, humble and intelligent. And I think he's quite honest too.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Guan Eng doesn't look so handsome anymore....isn't he?

This doesn't look good for Guan Eng.

Provisional membership casts doubt

 on Guan Eng’s professional status

excerpts;

According to Wee, such a membership is one of the first steps to take the necessary programme modules and examinations to qualify first as an accountant and then full membership in the Australian society.
Australian-based accountant Melissa Tan corroborated Wee’s arguments, adding that in Australia one needs to accumulate three years of experience and sit for several exams before one can be called a certified accountant.
Said Wee at Facebook : “Therefore a provisional membership is far from being a fully certified chartered accountant or even an accountant. You cannot call yourself using either designation,” adding that neither is Lim a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) .
Now I probably have to stop using my favourite picture of Guan Eng,


and replace it with maybe this one,


Look more humble and repentant, right?

Hmmm....this is really Tony Pua's fault.

Why did he not check properly before calling for the PC yesterday to show off Guan Eng's credentials?

And they said Pua is smart.

He even said Guan Eng going to sue Wee Ka Siong if the latter continues to question the finance minister's credential as an  accountant.

That's really dumb because once in court, Guan Eng can't run and hide anymore.

It surprises me that Pua didn't even consider that.

But then again, I don't think this whole nonsense will affect DAP by much.

I'm quite sure the overwhelming majority of its Chinese community support base will not abandon it just because of this.

I don't think they care that Guan Eng is not an accountant or even if he had lied to them about it.

After all, there are other Pakatan ministers and menteri besar who now turned out to be not being exactly honest about their academic qualifications.

Ya, I don't think they care too much about the integrity of their leaders, especially for someone like Guan Eng.

Biasa lah, tipu tipu sikit. Just trying to look more educated is okay what.

Like tipu tipu manifesto for election only.

Yup. That's Malaysia Baru.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Battle for the Malays of Semenyih

This doesn't seem to be right,

Muhyiddin regards Semenyih by-election an uphill battle

excerpts;

“It is not going to be easy. This is going to be an uphill battle as we are faced with a difficult task," the Home Minister told a press conference after a meeting with Bersatu and community leaders ahead of the by-election set for March 2.

By right the by-election should be easy for Pakatan as it won by a huge 8,964 votes majority in GE14 less than a year ago.

It should be noted that the incumbent almost always wins in a by-election.

Well, maybe Muhyiddin was not so confident because the other day


BN crushes PH in Cameron Highlands


Nonetheless,

Azmin is confident of victory in Semenyih

I think we should look closer at Semenyih and see whether Muhyiddin or Azmin is right.

This is the racial composition of the state constituency of 54,503 voters;

Malay 67.71%; Chinese 16.69%; Indian 13.73%; B/P Sabah 0.32%; B/P Sarawak 0.23%; Orang Asli (Pen. Msia) 0.54%; Others 0.77%.

BN had held the seat all these years even when Pakatan started to rule Selangor in 2008. It only lost there for the first time in GE14 last year.

Basically, it's a Malay majority constituency which used to be an Umno stronghold in Selangor.

Therefore, I think the big question of whether the bulk of Malay voters have turned around again to now support BN will be answered in Semenyih.

The BN's victory in Cameron Highlands by-election gave a glimpse of that, but some may argue that it may not be so accurate because BN had fielded an Orang Asli candidate which swung around the community's significant number totally in its favour.

So, Semenyih will be a more percise barometer for the Malay votes.

Considering the Malay voters factor, I think the outcome of this by-election will be more crucial than Cameron Highlands as Pakatan, especially Pribumi Bersatu which will be fielding its candidate could not afford to lose it.

If it does so, then it's confirmed that Pakatan is sliding further down and set to lose more support among the Malays.

A more extreme analysis may even conclude that such an outcome points to Pakatan not even be able to survive till the next general election.

I also think that this is going to be a fight for survival for Pribumi Bersatu which is trying to replace Umno as the main party for the Malays.

If it fails to defend the Malay-majority Semenyih, then it will lose a lot of credibility and may not be able to hold Pakatan together as it does now.

But then again, the over 8,000 majority it won there in GE14 less than a year ago should be a good enough cushion for Pribumi Bersatu and Pakatan to win the by-election.

It could also be safely said that Pakatan already have the over 30 per cent votes of Chinese and Indians in the bag.

On top of those, I'm also quite sure Pakatan will go all out to defend the seat, and use whatever means to win.

Well, for one thing it did use government assets to campaign in Cameron Highland and therefore I think they may do the same again in Semenyih.

I'm also quite sure that Pakatan will try to exploit Najib's trials which start this week to remind people, especially Malays in Semenyih that BN, or to be more precise Umno is bad.

BN will find things to be tougher this time as they don't have much resources after the post-GE14 crackdown where its accounts were frozen.

No matter how one's to put it, the odds are still not in their favour.

Nonetheless, I think it still boils down to just how the BN's leadership approach the by-election.

If Mat Hassan and the gang remain as smart as they were in Cameron Highlands, then they may spring another surprise and completely turn the tide around.

A right candidate and smart campaign strategy may do the trick again, I think.

Then of course, there's the cooperation with Pas which worked beautifully in Cameron Highlands.

It should be noted that the Pakatan's 8,964 majority in GE14 for Semenyih would have been much reduced if votes won by BN and Pas were combined. BN had received 14,484 votes and Pas (6,966) as compared to Pakatan's 23,428.

Then there's also the fact that Pakatan has became arrogant and screwed up on so many fronts since winning GE14.

There's no doubt that many Malays are getting disillusioned with Pakatan, especially over its handling of issues such as ICERD and the tragic death of fireman Adib.


And of course there are those Pakatan's broken promises and the failure to improve things, especially for the Malays after winning GE14.

Those may help BN a lot in this coming by-election just as they did in Cameron Highlands.

Personally, I think Azmin was not wrong to feel confident about Pakatan winning in Semenyih because it's after all the incumbent with a huge majority cushion.

However, Muhyiddin, being the former Umno deputy president should know the Malays' sentiment better and that the danger of Pakatan losing to BN in a Malay majority constituency such as Semenyih is currently very real.

I'm with Muhyiddin on this one.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Relax, it's only politics

This is nice,

Siti Hasmah visits Mohamed Azmin in hospital


excerpts;

The tweet, by Mohamed Azmin’s daughter Farah Amira, mentioned that Dr Siti Hasmah was with Datin Seri Shamsida Taharin, the wife of the PKR deputy president, at a hospital room but it did not say which hospital it was and what surgery the minister had undergone.

“A picture paints a thousand words, they say. Indeed, Abah@AzminAli in high spirits, from the care, love and affection showered on him by Tun Dr. Siti who came to visit after Abah's surgery.


I guess the old nasty things during the Anwar crackdown have been forgiven.

But were they forgotten?

Even though Dr Siti Hasmah was not involved, she surely remembers that it was very bad back then when they accused Azmin of giving Shamsidar to Anwar.

They even brought a mattress to court as evidence, complete with DNA samples and such.


Some even claimed that a child of Azmin and Shamsidar was actually Anwar's.

At that time, people blamed Dr Siti Hasmah's husband Dr Mahathir of all the sordidness.

Honestly, I never believe in the accusation.

As far as I know, Shamsidar is a good person and would never let herself be used like that.

I don't think Azmin is that vile too.

Looking at that picture of Dr Siti Hasmah with Azmin and Shamsidar, I believe the grand old lady also didn't believe in the allegations even back then when all those nasty things were happening.

Whatever it is, that's how things are in Malaysian politics.

All those sordid things they accused of each other were just part of their politics.

I think we shouldn't take those things too seriously.

Well, some of us got all worked up over them which I think was not very smart at all.

Just look at what they said Najib had done.

I think they will one day admit that it's only politics.

Ya, for now it's all seemed so real with all those multiple charges in court.

Later on, I think it will turn out to be just the same as that mattress they hauled up to court two decades ago.

It's just politics.

By the way, a foreigner friend asked me last night whether I believe this could happen,

Azmin appointed DPM after CNY

I told him, I don't think Dr Mahathir will want to rock the boat too early.

But rocks he will soon....and Azmin, I believe, will feature prominently.

No mattress this time though.

Monday, 4 February 2019

A quiet and peaceful new year's eve

With family at this beautiful and peaceful place on new year's eve.

I love this place and I'm happy.

No worries or assholes disturbing me here.

I can just enjoy myself.

Well, I'm wishing a happy new year to the good people who celebrate it.

The bad people, no need.

Special wish for my dear ones in JB, Kluang.....and Singapore.

Since I think you all are already mostly sick of listening to new year songs at the malls and other places these past few weeks, here's a non-new year song instead;


Remembrance of the one I lost.....and miss so much.

The beautiful train ride.

Okay, I'm continuing my relaxing.

 Cheers.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Best ways to handle Najib

I think this is silly.

Cops urged to monitor Najib's 

events in Langkawi


excerpts;
Langkawi police chief Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said five reports were lodged by the local Bersatu division members at the Kuah police station at 4.30pm yesterday.
"The reports were on the former prime minister’s programme in Pantai Cenang today.
“Police have noted their concerns, and have already advised the organisers on it and they have reverted to us that it will only be a breakfast function at a restaurant and that no speeches will be made,” he told Bernama.
They should just let Najib be.

He was just jalan-jalan and meeting his fans for breakfast.

Even if he is campaigning like what he did in Cameron Highlands, I don't think they should try to stop him.

Lodging police reports like that was just being over the top.

Makes them looked petty, actually.

In case we forget, this is still a free and democratic country.

Najib is free for now and he still has his democratic rights.

Well, the courts are yet to find him guilty of anything.

If he's found guilty of all those charges, then that's another story lah.

What ever it is, the guy will not be the PM again, okay.

So, don't worry,

In fact, I also don't want him to be PM again.

And we shouldn't blame people for being his fans too.


I have to admit that his Facebook postings were quite sharp and witty these days.

That's probably why he's quite popular of late.

Also bear in mind that Najib's administration was not all that bad.

Some of his initiatives were even praised till this days.

Like this one;

PM impressed with Southern Integrated Terminal


If Pakatan people can't stand that, then I suggest for them to get their leaders to do their job properly.

Fulfil the election promises, don't make conflicting or U-turn statements, stop talking like idiots, come up with good ideas instead of nonsense like black school shoes,  stop spinning and lying etc etc.

Really, if Pakatan leaders can do those things, it would stop Najib and his growing fan club.

No need to be silly by lodging police reports just to stop Najib from having breakfast with people who like him.

Also, Pakatan people should get AG Tommy Thomas to speed up the legal process against Najib.

That way, Najib could be jailed quickly and stop causing discomfort to them.

For one thing, they should get him a Bahasa Malaysia tutor so that he can understand the national language better as I think that's holding him back a little in handling Najib's cases.

While they are at it, I think they should also get some of the ministers and their deputies Bahasa Malaysia tutors too to make them more effective.

Can avoid these sort of things;

Deputy minister’s national language

 proficiency questioned


Really. I believe things will be better for Pakatan people if they can fix these problems.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Sultan Abdullah will be a cool Agong

I'm quite happy with this news,

Sultan Abdullah sworn in as the new Agong


I met and talked with Sultan Abdullah  quite a few times including at his home, the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Palace in Kuantan and found him to be genuinely nice and people-friendly.

I'm quite sure he will be a good Agong.

This is my favourite picture of him;


That's because I personally took the picture.

I first published it at this post,

Alhamdulillah, the worst seems over


It was at the Temerloh R&R area of the East Coast Highway near the end of the major flood of 2014, which devastated Pahang and the other East Coast states.

The highway at that time was cut off by flood water along with many other roads in the state.

I was doing my bit of volunteer works at the R&R when Sultan Abdullah landed his helicopter to visit flood victims from nearby villages sheltered there.

It so happened that a journalist friend was there too and I told him to tell Sultan Abdullah that the flood victims were not getting food supply and other assistance from the relief agencies because the R&R area was not a designated flood evacuation centre.

They were instead getting limited help from some kind souls from the nearby Jengka Felda settlements.

Sultan Abdullah was visibly shocked upon learning this and immediately told the officials who were with him to make the arrangement to provide necessary assistance for the people there.

He looked very natural with the people and after giving them some personal contributions didn't mind me asking him to pose for the picture.

If you look carefully at the picture, you would notice that Sultan Abdullah have that tired look on his face.

That's because he had been flying to all the hot spots in the state almost daily ever since the devastating floods hit Pahang.

I believe that he genuinely care for the people and for that he is generally popular among them.

I gave the picture to my journalist friend and if I'm not mistaken it was published in one of the newspapers.

And this is a video sent to me by my best friend who lives near his palace as Sultan Abdullah's convoy passed-by the neighbourhood to the Kuantan Airport this morning.


And this one is when he boarded the plane to KL with his wife Tunku Azizah.

Quite cool isn't he.

Daulat Tuanku.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Sunday, 27 January 2019

The tide is really turning

I previously wrote


and it actually did yesterday.

Yes,

BN crushes PH in Cameron Highlands


There's no other way to describe it.

excerpts;

The victory was exceptional as BN had won the parliament seat by an impressive 3,238-vote majority, which is a significant improvement compared to the just several hundred votes in the last two general elections in 2018 and 2013.
BN’s candidatee Ramli Mohd Noor, 61, who is a retired senior policeman became the the country’s first Orang Asli to become an MP, after taking 12,038 votes.
PH’s Manogaran Marimuthu only managed to garner 8,800 votes, while independent candidates Sallehudin Ab Talib received 314 votes and Wong Seng Yee (276 votes).
BN's majority increased by six folds from the one in GE14.

Why did this happen?

Simple. It's because of Pakatan's arrogance.

They lost their head after their GE14 victory.

They now think they can get away with anything and expect rakyat to swallow all their bullshit all the time.

Well, as now proven, they can't.

For why did I say so, please read my last few posts which are on the Cameron Highlands by-election.

Credit nonetheless goes to the BN leadership under Mat Hassan for a job well done.

That includes those of Umno, MIC and even MCA.

They did everything right this time.

And of course special credit to Pas, which support, without which, BN may not have achieved such a remarkable win.

I have a feeling this momentum will continue in the coming Semenyih by-election in March.

I'm saying that because reactions from Pakatan leaders to their loss still indicate that they are still big headed.

Yes, they are still arrogant despite the humiliating defeat.

Their candidate who has now lost in Cameron Highlands three times in a row even have the gall to claim that BN won because it played the race card.

Hello, why the hell did Kit Siang goes around campaigning accompanied by a lion dance troupe?


Read this,


excerpts;

“(But) Our main target now is to maintain the support of Chinese and Indians who make up the bulk of voter base,“ he said, taking cognisance that in the last general election, PH garnered only 10% of Malay votes and 10% of orang asli votes.

That's what their election director said.

Ya, that's how arrogant they were and now that they have lost the by-election, they are saying that other people are racists.

Really. I can see only bad stuff coming Pakatan's way after this.

I don't really like Pas, but this is a good one from another angle by Nik Abduh on why Pakatan will suffer;


Friday, 25 January 2019

Whatever it is, we still need a good opposition

The Cameron Highlands by-election is tomorrow.

I'm betting on a BN's victory.

This is so because BN has till this moment not made any mistake during campaigning while Pakatan did so on several occasions.

For instance, there's the Lim Kit Siang's stupid offer of full citizenship to the Orang Asli community, his son's veiled threat that there may be no new development for Cameron Highlands if Pakatan fails to win and the over emphasis on wining non-Bumiputera votes as I highlighted in my last two posts.

I think such arrogance was not good for Pakatan.

Still, most of my friends, including the pro-BN ones said Pakatan will win.

One of them even believed that the Election Commission under Art Harun will make sure a Pakatan's victory.

This is so, he said because Art Harun is running EC on his own and can do as he pleases.

Well, I know la that Art Harun is more inclined to Pakatan, but I don't think he'll do such a not nice thing.

The guy also needs to take care of his reputation as a champion of these and those, isn't he?

Meanwhile, another friend, who used to be a staunch Umno supporter said he hopes BN will lose.

"Let Umno die. It's too corrupted to be salvaged," he said.

I was a bit surprised as he's not an Umno turncoat and was supporting BN all the way till its defeat in GE14. The guy is good and not involved in any hanky panky throughout his years with Umno.

But I understand my friend's frustration because he was part of the Umno machinery for a long time and saw how the party degenerated to what it is now.

I think he lost faith in Umno after the post-GE14 party election which results indicated that the party refused to change.

I didn't tell my friend to change his mind except asking him to be patient.

After all, we still need an opposition for our democracy to stay alive and Pakatan , as proven over the past eight months is not any better than BN in so many aspects.

And maybe Allah makes Umno and BN lost GE14 so that they could be reformed.

The signs were slow to come but they were there, especially after Zahid gave way to Mat Hassan to lead Umno.


How Umno and its BN friends conducted themselves while campaigning in Cameron Highlands is also a good sign.

If they can win the by-election, then I think there will be a good chance for them to turn the tide.

They may have learnt their lessons and be better for the future.

Well, maybe they could even win the next by-election in Semenyih.